U.S. History


On a quiet morning 75 years ago today, Imperial Japanese forces attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. More than 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,100 more wounded. Twenty-one ships of the Pacific Fleet were sunk or damaged, including the USS Arizona. Shocked and angered by the attack, the country joined the Allied forces to fight World War II, inspired by the call of “Remember Pearl Harbor.” A moving reminder of the service and sacrifice of those who fought, the USS Arizona Memorial is jointly administered by the U.S. Navy and the National Park Service. Photos from World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument by National Park Service.

Trump is Unworthy to Shake Angela Merkel’s Hand, Anyway

It was reprehensible DJT didn’t shake Merkel’s hand today. 

But she’s the better for it. 

The leader of the free world shouldn’t have to touch that goon.

Rachel Maddow, Trump’s 2005 Taxes, and a Reminder about Watergate

So, half the Internet lost its damned mind tonight, howling that Rachel Maddow didn’t produce the silver bullet that would bring down the DJT White House in the course of one broadcast. 

It’s too early to tell whether DJT’s 2005 tax returns she obtained via Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Cay Johnston are part of a larger forthcoming leak, whether DJT leaked them to Johnston himself, or what, exactly, the deal is. 

However, it’s worth highlighting and circling and writing in neon that Watergate entailed dozens of reports over roughly a year. Neither Nixon–nor Agnew before him–were brought down in one 60 minute segment.

Maddow did a fine job of underscoring why DJT’s tax returns from any year might or might not indicate whether he either colluded with the Russians or whether he is beholden to foreign banks and why all of this is a matter of national security. 

I keep saying this, but it’s worth reiterating: the Boomers brought down Agnew and Nixon and ended the Vietnam War. This is our Watergate/Vietnam War and we’ll  likely be at it for years. 

It sucks SO hard, but that is the reality. 

We either fight smart and hard and think longterm or the American experiment dies on our watch. 

I firmly believe we’ll rise to the occasion. 

The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free
The New York Public Library just released a treasure trove of digitized public domain images, everything from epic poetry from the 11th century to photographs of used car lots in Columbus, Ohio from the 1930s.
By Andrew J . Hawkins

Over 180,000 manuscripts, maps, photographs, sheet music, lithographs, postcards, and other images were released online Wednesday in incredibly high resolution, and are available to download using the library’s user-friendly visualization tool. It’s a nostalgist’s dream come true.

Trumpcare Floundering: The GOP Isn’t Just Chasing Its Own Tail, But Eating It

The House Republicans don’t have the votes to pass Trumpcare, so they rewrote chunks that actually make the bill worse–it now omits coverage for emergency room visits–and postponed today’s vote until tomorrow. 

When President Obama was in office, the GOP unsuccessfully voted 64 times to repeal ACA, aka Obamacare, which became law seven years ago today.

Yet they still have no viable replacement. Even they themselves can’t agree on how to proceed, despite the fact they were obstructionist cretins for all seven years.

Which underscores a point a lot of us have made from the start: they had no legitimate reason for opposing ACA except for the fact it was President Obama’s law and, as you might have heard, the GOP was none too keen on having a Black man in the Oval Office. 

And, amazingly, a simple fact eludes them: most people become sick at some point in their lives and they don’t want to lose their homes as a result. 

Ta da! 

While it’s fun watching them choke on their own venality, it’s deeply saddening their bill might impact untold millions of vulnerable citizens. 

DJT threatened Republicans that if they can’t pass Trumpcare tomorrow, he’ll leave Obamacare in place. 

Fingers crossed. 


March 3, 1864…
General Payne [Eleazer Paine] rode out this evening to look at the stock, in his last trip he killed only one man (citizen, he always kills citizens when he can’t find soldiers) swears he will kill every man in Gallatin and Hartsville if bushwhacking isn’t stopped shortly.

April 7 & 8, 1864…
Another soldier was shot yesterday. The Yankees went to jail and brought him while a citizen was standing near. He said the soldier was very poorly clad but his countenance was that of a gentleman. When the guard brought his horse to him (a broken down one from the camp) he asked what they were going to do with him. On being told to “Mount that horse and say no more…” he did so remarking that he supposed they were going to shoot him… When they carry them out to shoot them they give them a worn out horse and tell them if they can escape they may; they say they “have fine fun chasing the boy with fresh horses.”

The soldier was shot while the Yankees taunted him with such remarks as, “I will have his boots.”

June 15 & 16, 1864…
In all the doings of the Yanks their fiendish acts today will balance them all. They brought a man in today and hung him up by the thumbs to make him tell where he came from. He told them, but they would not believe him. He fainted three times. They took him down at three o’clock to shoot him. I have not heard whether they did so or not. They would neither give him food or water though he bagged for the latter often.

The man was shot today without any charges.

The Treasonous Dickhole Who Lied About President Obama Wiretapping Him Just Saw His Healthcare Bill Sink Faster Than His Approval Ratings

Please note that Trumpcare was such a spectacular failure, it wasn’t voted down, but never came to a vote in the first place because the GOP knew it had no chance of passing.

DJT groused about Democrats failing to work with him, ignoring that most reliable sources estimate 36 Republicans jumped ship.

He also whined about obstructionism, which is like the Mafia complaining about violence. 

Throughout the campaign, DJT insisted he’d “repeal and replace!” ACA aka Obamacare on “Day 1″. 

Today is Day #64.

Let’s gloat then get back to work. 

Each part of his agenda must be blocked, investigated, or dismantled.

But damn, today is a good day.

I Feel Like “Alt-Left” is Just an Internet Term for Sexist, Racist Assholes Who Live in Cities and Like Arcade Fire

At the exact moment in history when we need cooperation on the left, we’ve now got a new strain of batshit conspiracy theorists, the “alt-left”. 

Despite the fact Bernie himself takes DJT’s collusion with Putin quite seriously and is doing a fine job opposing this administration, the alt-left has been trolling liberals hard, particularly women. 

They insist “Hitlerly” or “Killary” “stole” the primary from Bernie and–no joke–that the Washington Post is a “mouthpiece” for the CIA. 

In other words, a virulent strain of white dude who can’t fathom how Barack Obama won the Democratic nomination in 2008 or how Hillary Clinton won it in 2016. I.e. the Black Man and the Lady each beat White Men so there simply MUST be a conspiracy of evil forces because how else could an eminently qualified Black Man or White Lady win?

As my friend said, “So, the alt-left wears *recycled* tinfoil hats.”

Meanwhile, DJT announced his health care pla this week and it’s literally punitive: it makes it SO much harder for the poor and working class to obtain healthcare or to hang onto the healthcare they might already have. 

And it charges people 50 and older far more than they’re paying now. 

Flat out: if Trumpcare passes, people will die. 

Today makes seven weeks since DJT’s inauguration and, in that time, again and again we’ve seen all vulnerable groups targeted. 

As a woman with both a high IQ and a potentially fatal disability, I wake up each morning and feel like this administration hates me. 

And my friends and colleagues feel the same way. The only ones who aren’t targeted now are rich, white, extremely conservative men.

If you haven’t already, I highly recommend reading “Active Measures” in the March 6, 2017 issue of the New Yorker. It details the extent of this administration’s collusion with Putin and company. 

This is no time for distractions or infighting. 

Stay focused, stay informed, stay angry. (Anger can be healthy and useful; it’s rage that destroys.) 

Day #50. 

Women, in particular, are fighting venality on all sides.