Friday, 6/2/17, Public Square

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by | June 2, 2017 · 8:10 am

10 responses to “Friday, 6/2/17, Public Square

  1. I didn’t write this and I don’t know who to give the credit deserved. It says very eloquently what most Americans are thinking.

    Dear World,

    We are so sorry that this embarrassing, obnoxious, garish, deranged fool is the POTUS. (To many of us, he is not!) We are as anxious as you are (much more so, I’m sure) for him to be exposed, charged, tried, and convicted so that he can be completely removed from society, once and for all.

    We cringe every time we see/hear him. We gnash our teeth. Our collective blood pressure skyrockets. Our stomachs churn. We recoil. Our chests tighten.

    Please know that we are not all like him. We do NOT think we are superior to the rest of the world. We seek out and enjoy any/all opportunities to learn from others. We recognize that we are all sharing the same beloved Mother Earth, and we care about her health and well-being.

    We embrace the beauty of diversity. We are not bigots, homophobes, misogynists, Christofascists, ammosexuals, and/or paranoid, entitled narcissists.

    We believe in and work for human rights for all.

    We believe in and work for peace in our homes, neighborhoods, communities, in our country, and around the world.

    We are moved by grace, humility, wisdom, generosity, kindness, and simplicity.

    Please be patient with us. The press and some of our politicians are doing their level best to shine the brightest light possible on this infected regime.

    We look forward to the new day we know is coming. We agree with you that it can’t get here soon enough.

    We love you.

    In peace and solidarity,

    The majority of the citizens of the United States of America

  2. Rick Liebst

    LOL I seem to both be making new friends with my stance on Trump. And learning new descriptions of me from others. Of course the prevailing one is a Liberal. Some how between the choices that do not seem that bad!

  3. Again from Jim Wright at Stonekettle Station (he says it so very well!):

    Rogue Nation

    It’s as if somebody said, “Hey, I know. What’s the absolute worst possible administration we could come up with? Crooks, con artists, cashiered generals, Nazis, nepotism, treason, polluters, war mongers, science deniers, ignorant shit shakers and religious nuts, I mean the absolute worst. What would THAT look like? Yeah.”

    And then we actually did it.

    Over the last few years, if nothing else, Republicans have sent one message to the rest of the world: Sign a treaty with the United States at your own peril. We can’t be trusted. Our word is worthless and whether or not we keep it depends entirely on the arbitrary whims of the most greedy, self-serving, faithless, untrustworthy sons of bitches in our society.

    I mean, you have to be one gullible idiot to sign a treaty with the US.


    What’s that?

    Native Americans have known this for literally centuries?

    Well, yeah, that’s probably true, but then nobody cares until it happens to them.

    And so, here we are.

    Our president announced yesterday that the United States is pulling out of the Paris Accords. He says he’s open to reentering the treaty, IF the signatories agree to renegotiate the agreement in a manner more favorable to the United States — which, given Republicans’ love of money and hatred of science, apparently would involve removing any mention of actual climate change, science, people, the future, or, you know, actually doing anything about it.

    It seems that in Trump’s mind, a handful of West Virginia votes from a dying industry outweigh the future of eight billion people.

    It’s easier to keep digging coal out of the ground than actually investing in education, retraining, science, engineering, and new technologies. An equation based creation science math, I guess.

    But I digress.

    Now, every single day it becomes more and more difficult to deny the effects of climate change. Climate is a heat engine and you can see it all around you. Growing seasons are changing. The weather has become more violent, hurricanes more powerful and frequent. Drought. Blight. Wildfires. Flooding. Erosion. Biosphere collapse.

    Nowhere is this more evident than in Alaska where the permafrost is melting and native villages have fallen into the warming seas and the negative effects on the wildlife from polar bears to caribou are obvious to even the most thick headed conservative. Alaska is the canary chirping in alarms as the coal mine fills with toxic gas and explosive vapor.

    Alaska is not just an example of the environmental effects, but the political ones too.

    Nowhere are the moral and intellectual failings of modern conservatism more evident than Alaska, where the government is firmly in control of Republicans even the liberals in Alaska are conservative.

    Yesterday, Alaska’s politicians reacted to Trump’s announcement in predictable fashion:

    Alaska Governor Bill Walker isn’t really sure about climate change, but he’s pretty sure it can be fought with military power and more oil drilling:
    “In spite of the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris climate accord today, Alaska will continue to work to boost national defense and security measures for our 6,640 miles of Alaskan coastline, increase resilience for Arctic communities, and provide energy leadership for the nation.”

    It’s a shame about that climate treaty, but we’ll get to work on national defense anyway.

    Maybe it’s just me.

    Walker went on to say that Alaskans are actually witnessing “social and economic upheaval caused by shrinking sea ice, rising sea level, increasing intensity of storms and increasing coastal erosion.” I mean, he admits climate change is not only real AND it’s directly impacting his state in a negative way, but his chief concern is how shifting coastlines and melting permafrost might endanger MILITARY operations.

    “We stand ready to assist the Trump Administration in achieving the goal of protecting Americans, their communities, and their way of life.”

    And there you have it, Alaskans. When your village falls into the sea, we’ll be ready to assist with … F-22s and a super cool Ballistic Missile Defense rocket. Yeah.

    Senator Dan Sullivan said, the Paris Accords “significantly disadvantaged the U.S. economy and American families and workers relative to other nations, especially China.”

    THEN he declared that CLIMATE CHANGE can be fought with the development of Alaska’s fossil fuels. Sullivan readily admits to the negatives effects of climate change on his state. I mean, he actually believes it’s actually happening, BUT he thinks the way to reverse the impending disaster is pull out of the United Nations and go it alone by selling natural gas to China. Sure, we can pretend to give a damn and get rich in the process, whoo hoo! Banking on the hope that by the time it all goes to hell we’ll be dead and it’ll be the future’s problem.

    Alaska’s other Senator, the queen of nepotism, Lisa Murkowski, describes herself as “agnostic” on climate change.


    And man, if THAT isn’t a Republican for you. Agnostic. Creation science. As if gravity won’t kill you whether you believe in it or not. As if rising seas and melting glaciers were dependent on BELIEF. Agnostic, that’s Murkowski’s entire political career, sitting on the fence, terrified to actually take a stand, to actually DO something. I mean she believes climate change is “real” (her word), buuuuuut well, um, maybe we should wait and see. It’s concerning, yes, but we shouldn’t actually commit to any action or, you know, stand up to our party.

    Lisa Murkowski, John McCain Lite.

    No word from Don Young, Alaska’s only Representative, but you can safely assume that when he returns from his latest hunting trip shooting endangered wildlife in Africa, his eventual comments will involve misogyny, racial slurs, and a folksy description of how climate change is a series of tubes. Tubes!
    As goes Alaska, so goes the nation.

    The simple truth of the matter is this: with this decision, Trump has declared to the rest of the world that the United States can not be trusted to live up to our sworn obligations and America led by Republicans has informed its own citizens that profit for a few TODAY is more important than a future for all TOMORROW.

    But science doesn’t require belief.

    Nature doesn’t give a damn about profit.

    And gravity will kill you whether you believe in it or not.

  4. The decision is galvanizing opponents in a way that neither side fully anticipated, with a drive under way to meet the U.S. commitments in spite of Trump … N.Y. Times p. A12, “Bucking Trump, These Cities, States and Companies Embrace Accord,” by Hiroko Tabuch and Henry Fountain:

    “Representatives of American cities, states and companies are preparing to submit a plan to the United Nations pledging to meet the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions targets under the Paris climate accord, despite President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement.”
    “The unnamed group — which, so far, includes 30 mayors, three governors, more than 80 university presidents and more than 100 businesses — is negotiating with the United Nations to have its submission accepted alongside contributions to the Paris climate deal by other nations.”

    “Bloomberg Philanthropies, Mr. Bloomberg’s charitable organization, is offering to donate $14 million over the next two years to help fund the budget should it be needed, a spokeswoman said. That figure represents the United States’ share, she said.”

  5. Everyone knew that 45 had a history of violating women. We should have expected that Mother Earth would not get a free pass.

    • Mother Earth and her Twin Sister Lady Karma may be the only two women who can effectively grope Trump in ways he never imagined.

      Have you noticed that the majority of severe weather has been directed at the Southern States?

      If it’s one thing Trumpublicans have taught me – I really don’t care anymore. I used to be a compassionate and caring person. Why bother any more – especially when all the ‘right’ people are getting hit with the results of their beloved Republicans’ denial of basic science of climate change.

      BTW – did you know that Trump has yet to name the director of FEMA or NOAA?

      Is this why Trump has not bothered to even come out and publicly speak to the country when we’ve seen some very violent severe weather since he has taken office?

      Or – does it just mean Trump doesn’t give a fat rat’s ass about ‘those people’. There is no angle for him to make a profit – so why bother with them?

      I remember President Obama many, many times make a public statement and he was so caring, so compassionate and he showed empathy for fellow Americans.

      I suspect Trump does not even known what the word empathy means. And even if he read the definition, he would call the dictionary FAKE

      Sad to say – that’s where we are today folks. And all thanks to the core supporters of Trump – those White Evangelical FAKE Kristians.

  6. Thunderchild

    Times like this, I really miss the WEBlog, when I could have directly at the minions of evil. Oh I miss so much tearing their throats out. But more interesting now would be enjoying their dilemma. They are trapped. His ego and corruption will suck them all down with it. But if they bail on him they lose too! The core of the support of the voters for little hands is the uninformed, the uninvolved, the ignorant, and disaffected. These are people ready to die for him. Even more so now that they know it is him, and them, against the majority in America and the rest of the entire world. It is lose lose for the GOP.

    • Your left one very big Trump group out of your list (well, the adjectives you used do apply to them).

      The White Evangelical Kristians love Trump. I’m talking about Televangelist Pat Robertson, Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell Jr and many others.

      I force myself to listen to Pat Robertson on his CNN t.v. show. I watch the Channel 12 local news but if I don’t change the channel, then good ol’ Pat is on spewing his nonsense.

      On Wednesday – he was talking about how Trump should send in drone missiles with a missile on the tip and target ISIS and take them out one by one. Pat actually called them ‘exotic weapons’ and he also gave a dig to Obama by saying the previous administration was too coward to use them.

      Then on Thursday – good ol’ Pat was talking about the Kurds in Iraq, Turkey and Syria should be given their own homeland and be recognized as a nation – that would be a good way for peace to come to the Middle East?

      If it’s peace in Middle East that good ol’ Pat wants – then why not give the Palestinians their own homeland and recognition as a nation?

      Then good ol’ Pat went on to say that he prayed Trump would pull the US out of the Paris Climate Change Accord – because it was just a big joke and would cost too many American jobs.,

      These FAKE Kristians do have large groups of blind followers.

      Isn’t that why all three of these FAKE Kristians I named all very wealthy?