It turns out that caution was warranted before drawing conclusions about the missile that fell into Poland yesterday, killing two civilians. Today, Polish president Andrzej Duda told reporters that the missile was likely an “unfortunate accident” caused by Ukrainian attempts to counter a group of about 100 Russian missiles launched at Ukraine.
Quiverin' Qevin can't drive the Republican clown car 10 feet in a straight line because the Fwee-dumb Kawkuss in back will be throwing their feces out the windows at passers-by and taking turns grabbing for the steering wheel.
For two years we get to point at these clucks and say "This is why you cannot have nice things."
Here's a good laugh from the New York Post today, on page 26, upper right corner, three column inches:
FLORIDA MAN MAKES ANNOUNCEMENT
“With just 720 days to go before the next election, a Florida retiree made the surprise announcement Tuesday night that he was running for President.
“In a move no political pundit saw coming, avid golfer Donald J. Trump kicked things off at Mar-a-Lago, his resort and classified-documents library,” .
“Trump, famous for gold-plated lobbies and for firing people on reality television, will be 78 in 2024. His cholesterol levels are unknown, but his favorite food is a charred steak with ketchup.”
“Trump also served as the 45th president.”
Love is love!
Love President Joe Biden!
The new Defense of Marriage Act is a step forward for democracy. The House brouhaha that we are expecting may well turn out to be quite the contrary - a two-year circus. Meanwhile I’m hoping for Rev Warnock’s win on 6 December and encouraging everyone who values this new edition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to make a donation or write GOTV postcards. There are donation sites that multiply small donations several times.
Support for Ukraine is the essential message in today's Letter. Essential to the world, that is how important Ukraine's freedom as an independent, democratic nation. It is about 'the power of partnership'.
'U.S. pledged more assistance that will bring its total so far up to $18.6 billion, and seven other countries also either delivered or pledged more military assistance.'
'Sweden today offered another $287 million, Spain is sending 2 more HAWK launchers and missiles, and Canada is sending another $500 million in assistance and more in winter gear. Germany is sending more defense supplies, artillery, and ammunition. Greece and Poland are sending more ammunition as well.'
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin concluded, “Our resolve is only strengthened by Russia’s indefensible attacks on civilian targets, and we’ll continue to stand together in common purpose because no member of this contact group wants to live in a world where big countries bulldoze their peaceful neighbors, and we won’t just accept Putin’s imperial aggression and erosion of international norms as some kind of new normal. Instead, we will continue to stand up for Ukraine’s inalienable rights to defend itself. We’ll continue to strengthen our unity and resolve. We’ll continue to show the power of partnership.” (Letter)
The US is working with Ukraine and our allies to do the essential work on behalf of Democracy.
"The Republican civil war between the far right and the medium right is playing out in leadership struggles."
I was thinking it was more like between fascists and semi-fascists!
Thanks for the post on two important aspects of what is transpiring in this time of transition nationally. Great to see the continued strong support of the Ukraine. Also, it is going to be interesting to see the convolutions (and convulsions) that occur in the fragmenting GOP. Reading the latest several posts on the National Review web page (some allowed for full length) shows the change in the climate and the finger pointing. No time to relax however. Georgia is a key to the future. The GOP will NOT stop dirty tricks, lying, and the continual attempt to undercut justice, compassion, opportunity, and just plain common sense. They really are the Party of Destruction. The Clown Car is also a potential Demolition Derby (for the nation.....)
On the missle that landed in Prezewodow, Poland, I had requested in LFAA comments yesterday asking anyone to post Anne Applebaum on the incident. No one did. So here is the bottom line from Anne's piece today in the "Ideas" section of The Atlantic:
"What really caused the missle that landed in the Polish border village of Prezewodow yesterday was as Presidemt Joe Biden, Polish President Andrezej & other Nato officials have suggested, the result of a Ukranian antimissle defense barrage".
For those who watched Biden's statement abroad made to reporters, Biden specifically mentioned the trajectory of the missle [not from Russia]. See also, theguardian.com & note that Emma Grahan-Harrelson is reporting from Prezewodow, Poland.
For those who watched the Pentagon's very early terse statement, that statement contradicted those who still confuse association with causation, a form of misinformation.
I do agree as a matter of International Law & common sense, Putin is ultimately responsible for the terror barrage on Ukraine, As I posted yesterday, Putin has lost the land war. Putin has switched to a new strategy already deployed in Syria: terror, ethnic cleansing & infrastructure destruction against the people of Ukraine that must be stopped without fail.
Ukraine must be repaired; its people must be healed. The war crimes must be prosecuted.
Very happy the Defense “of Marriage act moved forward with bipartisan support. Maybe “only twelve” Republicans voted for it but a cross over is a cross over. I wonder if there could be enough Republican crossover in the House to keep the Jan 6 committee going just to drive another nail in trump’s demise.
Kyiv Lat: 50.45466, Long: 30.5238
Lviv Lat: 49.83826, Long: 24.02324
Polish Farmers field: Lat: 50.45466 Long: 24.02324
Kyiv Lat = Polish Farmers Field Lat
Lviv Long = Polish Farmers Field Long
Very improbable that this is a coincidence! very likely a Russian entered the coordinates incorrectly. President Zelenskyy must be allowed to participate in the investigation and NATO absolutely must be truthful!
The mandate is in to get much critical legislation completed between now and Jan. 3 when the new Congress takes office. It's clear the Republicans are threatened by Congressmen Swawell and Schiff. I'm expecting Congressman Raskin to be on the Hit List, too. The Good News today is learning that Katie Porter (and her white board) from CA was re-elected.
There is no time for voters to sit back and relax though. Letters and emails will be needed to let every member of the Senate and House know where we stand when the crazies like MTG, Jordan, Biggs, Hawley, and so many more try to push their "burn & destroy" agenda while cheer-leading Trump in front of media microphones. There will be no loose pennies from this household. In addition to the non-profits I try to support, I can see the need already for building campaign chests for those with backbone and commitment to continue the fight for our democracy.
'An American Tragedy'
By David Remnick
'November 9, 2016'
'The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. Trump’s shocking victory, his ascension to the Presidency, is a sickening event in the history of the United States and liberal democracy. On January 20, 2017, we will bid farewell to the first African-American President—a man of integrity, dignity, and generous spirit—and witness the inauguration of a con who did little to spurn endorsement by forces of xenophobia and white supremacy. It is impossible to react to this moment with anything less than revulsion and profound anxiety.' (NewYorker)
The Republican Twelve:
Susan Collins of Maine
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
Rob Portman of Ohio
Mitt Romney of Utah
Thom Tillis of North Carolina
Roy Blunt of Missouri
Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming
Richard Burr of North Carolina
Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia
Dan Sullivan of Alaska
Joni Ernst of Iowa
Todd Young of Indiana
I take back all the bad things I've reported they've said. Not really. They're still all deplorables.
Thank you Heather.
“Russia could stop the war at any time.”
Yes, Putin could.
Of course I’m disappointed that team Blue didn’t keep the House - though if reasonable Reds will trump the Trumps, perhaps our 2 party system has a shot at functioning again.
May prison be in Trump’s future and the gulag in Putin’s.
Does anyone not recognize the irony that Justice Thomas is in an inter-racial marriage, yet he opposes LGBTQ+ marriages. Really?????? I grew up in the south (born 1960) and I honestly had no idea into my 20's and maybe 30's that gay marriage wasn't legalized when inter-racial marriage was legalized. That made sense to me - marry whomever you love. Call me clueless, and I knew lots of people that I presumed were gay, but I didn't think it was any of my business whether they married or not. Why would they advertise their sexual orientation any more than I would? Little did I know that they couldn't get married and were still horribly discriminated against! My son is gay and I'm so glad he came of age in a (somewhat) better world.
It's fantastic to see the Democratic leadership rushing to take advantage of the waning days of their control of both the Senate and House to pass such historic legislation. The Respect for Marriage Act will be more enduring proof that the government can indeed protect our pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness.
You are simply brilliant.
“In 1856, at a time when party alignments were shifting markedly, it took the House two months and 133 ballots finally to choose Representative Nathaniel Banks of Massachusetts, and by then, everyone knew exactly who backed whom.”