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Even the Trumps-by-marriage are terrible people. Trump daughter-in-law Lara Trump went to claims about “the worst things that ever happened to Germany” to make that point, because why water down your awfulness?

Asked about German Chancellor Angela Merkel allowing a million refugees into the country in 2015 under “extraordinary” circumstances, Lara Trump said that “It was the downfall of Germany, it was one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany.” 

At least she said one of the worst? Still and nonetheless, it seems like decency requires a rule against talking about bad things that have happened to Germany unless you lead with the Holocaust.

Trump went on: “This president knows that, he’s trying to prevent that from happening here.” Heaven forbid the United States do the humanitarian thing during a refugee crisis. Now if only Donald Trump would be as interested in preventing the ideologies that led to the actual worst thing to happen to Germany from taking root here.

PEDTM: Day 25

Apr. 25th, 2019 07:54 pm
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Woke up feeling as though I had ground my teeth all night long, so I took a naproxen and drank a mug of hot tea right away. Poor Webster woke up with a headache -- I could tell the minute he turned his head, as if it were fragile. He ended up having to take all the meds, poor fella.

And just as I was leaving for Mother's, I broke a vase. Hit the tile floor in the kitchen and absolutely shattered into the tiniest fragments. I swept and Swiffered and then Webster swept; tomorrow I'll mop.

But I got to Mother's safely though I found her upset -- no memory of where she was, as usual, although that normally doesn't happen till the afternoon or evening. I had brought back her clean clothes, including her favorite robe which I call her peony robe. It's blue with large peony flowers printed on it. She had no memory of it all all, even though she's had it for years and years. She cried, of course, and I hugged her a lot.

My sister called which kind of helped? Except Mother misses her so much she started crying again. Poor thing. When she cries, I just hug her and we tell her we love her, but how much help is that, really?

Anyway, eventually she calmed down and off we went for a mani-pedi. She really loves the pedicures -- we have the Princess Treatment, which includes a sugar scrub and warm stone massage. Oh my god, it feels so good. So her toes and fingers are all painted a bright red, one of the few colors she can still see, and she was very cheered. Then we went to a favorite Mexican restaurant and that turned out to be a really good idea. She ate almost all of her green corn tamale and her beer. God, the food was good; I ate more than I normally do for lunch.

By the time we got home she was in a pretty good mood, thank heavens, and I was able to leave her without any tears. I'm so glad my sister will be here in early June.

On the way home, the social worker from palliative care called. I told her what's been happening and we're going to meet again but away from Mother, so she doesn't have to hear what we say.

And then I was home. Webster was up but feeling a bit fragile. I barbecued chicken, with mashed potatoes, gravy, and a salad for him (since I was still full from lunch) and then went to the gym and worked out. He seems to be a bit better, so the meds are finally working, and I think a good meal often helps.

Tomorrow our handyman will be over in the morning; we have a long list of little things for him to do that I'm kind of excited about. Stuff like hanging a plant in the entryway, putting up an address plate above the doorbell, hanging a clock in the music room . . . And other than my early morning swim, that is the only thing we have planned all day. YAY.

Live in a Way Without Giving

Apr. 25th, 2019 10:35 pm
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If you'd told me five years ago that Bloomingdale's would be the highlight--sometimes the only highlight--of my night window display trips, I wouldn't have believed you.

I was hoping for some window goodness since a lot of stores step up their game for the upcoming Met Gala, but Saks was in progress and not in a way that led me to expect better coming, Bergdorf was doing a variation on things it's done many times before, Dior was dull, and Chanel was dull and didn't even have lights on. Bloomingdale's, though, was doing some kind of recycling-themed window series. The bottom one with the wall o' Windex had something about Windex doing some recycling thing but I just wanted to get home at that point and tl;dr.

Reduce & Reuse

Recycling in Style (Garbage Apocalypse)

Get Your Feet Wet

Clean Up the Ocean in Style

I've mostly been listening to the local alternative radio station in my car lately but last night and today I linked my iPod nano in and belted along to various songs from my past, even physically rocking out where appropriate. It's so bittersweet to sing along with Chester Bennington now.
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Team Trump is getting nervous about Pennsylvania in 2020. A team of Trump campaign advisers is spending Wednesday in a come-to-Jesus with state Republicans as worries grow that Trump could lose the state he so narrowly carried in 2016.

It’s not just that Pennsylvania voted by large margins for a Democratic governor and senator in 2018, added three Democrats to its House contingent, and flipped 16 legislative seats from red to blue—though those things are relevant. It’s also that the state Republican Party is in the kind of shambles that has Politico noting, as a positive sign, that there hasn’t been a no-confidence vote taken against the party chair. Team Trump is also unhappy that Pennsylvania Republicans didn’t do a good job at packing the audience for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ recent Fox News town hall with Trump loyalists. 

But the Trump campaign could also look squarely at one Donald J. Trump, whose approval in Pennsylvania is extremely low. Civiqs puts his approval at 43 percent to 54 percent disapproval, while a recent poll from Franklin & Marshall College had Trump at just 34 percent approval. No matter the reason, though, Trump’s people are taking the threat in Pennsylvania seriously—and as they turn their attention there, Democrats shouldn’t be overconfident.

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[personal profile] casualbird posting in [community profile] fan_flashworks
title: the ash of ishval
fandom: fullmetal alchemist: brotherhood
rating: t
content warning: descriptions of pseudo-surgical procedures (riza's tattoo)
summary: roy burns riza clean
note: fills the 'resolution' square on my bingo card

Read more... )
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The Giffords Law Center, founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, has filed suit against the Federal Election Commission for apparently ignoring now-widely public allegations that the powerful National Rifle Association flagrantly violated anti-coordination campaign finance laws in its efforts to help elect national blowhard Donald J. Trump.

In the 2016 presidential election, the suit alleges, that the NRA circumvented campaign laws by using the same individuals who were handling Trump’s campaign ads to also place its ads in support of Trump. The media buyers operated under different company names, but shared the same address.

The pro-gun extremist group, now battling severe money problems and accusations of rampant internal corruption, spent at least $25 million to boost Trump in the election. Thanks to one of the few remaining campaign finance laws anyone seems to still pay attention to, that's only legal if the NRA was not "coordinating" with the Trump campaign in placing those ads. If the same firm, and more to the point the exact same individuals, were handling both efforts simultaneously, then it shatters any notion of a firewall between the two advertising efforts.

The Federal Election Commission may be (apparently) ignoring the NRA's alleged crimes, but that's not the only group the NRA needs to be worried about. Federal investigators were drawn to the NRA's dealings and finances after the arrest of a Russian agent with cozy relationships with top NRA leadership; reporters continue to probe what appears to be an illegal self-enrichment scheme between NRA leaders and a connected "public relations" firm. Even if the FEC does nothing, the NRA's top figures may end up under indictment before all this is over.

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Apr. 25th, 2019 10:19 pm
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Today was much better pain-wise than yesterday or, really, any other day recently. I think that having my hair shorter and not having to try to brush it or put it up repeatedly is helping. I mean, I did brush it, but at this length, it barely registers as needing movement.

I do, however, keep trying to move my hair so that it won't get in the way when I'm doing routine things-- picking up my purse, rinsing my mouth after brushing my teeth-- and it's not in the right place. It's long enough that my hand still touches it, but I only brush the ends. It's weird.

I've managed to get my Wayback Exchange assignment moving again, but I have no idea how I'm going to get from where I am to what I intend. Optional details are optional, but I'd like to manage something in the general vicinity of what my recipient is hoping for. I'm sitting on the H/C Exchange story for a few days while I figure out the bits that need to go into the already written part to make it work. I think I know what they are, but I need to set them in place just so or it won't work.

I've decided to return one library book without even cracking it open. It's due Sunday and has holds, and while I'm kind of interested in reading Elfquest some day, I don't think I actually care enough to deal with the book. It's too big and heavy (and I never cared enough to look at the comics online, so...). Mostly, I'm interested in it as something that people I played AD&D with in college were really into. The DM built his elves on the comics.

Wire : no fandom : icons : Tuning

Apr. 25th, 2019 09:12 pm
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Title: Tuning
Fandom: no fandom
Rating: G
Content notes: None apply
Summary: icons of the wires inside a piano. fills the 'wire' square on my bingo card

Tuning )

Social Media Manifesto and Call to DW

Apr. 25th, 2019 08:49 pm
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I got this from [personal profile] devilc and I'm sharing it here: the link to Social Media Manifesto and Call to DW.
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The Trump administration has made it clear that it has no intention of protecting the 2020 election from Russian hacking. From Trump's refusal to allow the issue to be discussed at the top levels of his administration to Vice President Mike Pence's absolute refusal to discuss the issue or even to pledge not to use hacked information in 2020, they've demonstrated that.

That, says Hillary Clinton, is dangerous. In an op-ed for the Washington Post, the one person perhaps most qualified to talk about the exact crossroads at which the nation finds itself is demanding "action and accountability" from elected officials. As Clinton explains, she was the primary target and victim of Russian interference. But more, "by a strange twist of fate, was a young staff attorney on the House Judiciary Committee's Watergate impeachment inquiry in 1974, as well as first lady during the impeachment process that began in 1998. And I was a senator for New York after 9/11, when Congress had to respond to an attack on our country."

It's the Watergate experience she draws on particularly here as "better precedent. Then, as now, there was an investigation that found evidence of corruption and a coverup." That investigation, she reminds us, included public hearings and those "televised hearings added to the factual record and, crucially, helped the public understand the facts in a way that no dense legal report could." This is so important, she argues, because of the national security threat of foreign interference in our elections.

And because "the president of the United States has proved himself unwilling to defend our nation from a clear and present danger." This, she writes, is "an administration that refuses to take even the most minimal, common-sense steps to prevent future attacks and counter ongoing threats to our nation." The threat, we know, is very real. Cybersecurity experts are warning that the threats for 2020 are even great than what we saw in 2016.

Philip Bobbitt, a constitutional scholar at Columbia University, echoes that concern, and has argued that Trump's attempts to obstruct the Mueller investigation into his own activities has also blocked the Congress and the people from an accounting of the Russia attacks, "impeding an investigation to stop a determination of what Russia did, why, and how they did it. Because this is not over." He continues, "The exposure of the country to very damaging political intelligence techniques, for the venal reason of not diminishing the status of your victory—would that be a high crime and misdemeanor? It certainly would."

Clinton doesn't come right out and demand impeachment, but it's there in every line. "A crime was committed against all Americans, and all Americans should demand action and accountability," she says. "Our founders envisioned the danger we face today and designed a system to meet it. Now it's up to us to prove the wisdom of our Constitution, the resilience of our democracy and the strength of our nation." In not so many words, use it or lose it.

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Young people and people of color were key in making the 2018 elections the highest-turnout midterm elections in more than a century. According to a new report from the Census Bureau, 53.4 percent of eligible voters turned out in 2018, the highest percentage since 2014. 

Turnout rose across the board, but “Turnout increased much more in the segments most opposed to Trump—young adults, women, the more educated, and central city residents. Turnout increased the least in the segments most supportive of Trump—men, older adults, the less educated, and non-metro residents,” according to demographer Cheryl Russell. African American turnout rose by 10 points, and Hispanic and Asian American turnout rose by 13 points. Younger voters were also much more likely to vote in 2018 than in 2014—16 points more likely, an increase from 20 percent to 36 percent.

Increased turnout among Democratic-leaning groups should happen again in 2020 … but don’t get too comfortable with that. “Trump’s supporters will show up to vote for him. They may not have showed up to vote for some other candidates when his name wasn’t on the ballot,” political scientist Michael McDonald predicts.

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--Friends, I have SO MANY tabs open. ;_; So many. I don't quite understand how this happened.

--There's still a lot of post-heat pump-installation tidying and cleaning to do, but at least all the manga's off my office floor now.

--Tomorrow is a "stay home and work on manga" day. None of my deadlines are at the point of being scary, but I'm pretty fried. And of course it'd be nice to avoid getting to that scary point.

--Tomorrow is also both when I'm seeing Endgame and when the next episode of Fruits Basket drops (although I may not manage to see it until Saturday), in which we'll meet a character who was played by a seiyuu I dearly love in the original anime, and yet I'm really excited to hear being played by someone else now. The approach taken with her the first time around was very much about playing up her comedic elements, and I can't imagine that would have transitioned well into some of her later material, so I'm glad to get a new take. (Assuming I like the new performance. *g*)

--I have been and will continue to be aggressively dodging Endgame spoilers, but there is one element that's being widely warned about, and I'm glad to have had the heads-up: link to an otherwise not-majorly-spoilery article about it under the cut )

ETA: [personal profile] alexseanchai linked to an even less-spoilery tweet with the basic content-warning info.

our bodies, possessed by light

Apr. 25th, 2019 08:55 pm
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I missed yesterday for migraine reasons (I am not feeling amazing today, either, but poetry month continues, and makes me feel better about most things), so here are two poems by two different poets with the same title. The second one was already on my poem schedule, but I also really love the first one, and it made sense to post them together. Both poems do kind of amazing and completely different things with poetic structure, and both, of course, are about Scheherazade, and storytelling, and love.

Words were a silver thread )


Tell me we'll never get used to it )
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A court has sided with an immigrant rights leader who said he has been targeted for deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement last year for his activism and outspoken criticism of the agency’s policies. “Immigration activist Ravi Ragbir can remain in the United States for now because it’s possible ICE wrongly tried to muzzle his advocacy by kicking him out of the country, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.”

Ragbir’s January 2018 arrest by federal immigration agents during what was supposed to be a routine ICE check-in sparked protests in his home of New York City. He was released from ICE custody that month, when “United States District Judge Katherine Forrest ruled that the ‘the government acted wrongly’ and with ‘unnecessary cruelty’” in detaining him. 

In one example cited by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals this week, Scott Mechkowski, ICE’s deputy director in the state, appeared to threaten New Sanctuary of New York cofounder Jean Montrevil for criticisms of ICE. “Jean, from me to you,” he said, “you don’t want to make matters worse by saying things.” Mechkowski also reportedly complained that it “bothered” him that “everybody knows” Ragbir’s case.

Ragbir still faced deportation after decades here, following a judge ruling last spring that “his decision to speak does not confer upon him an immunity from the enforcement of a pre-existing final order of removal." Ragbir kept fighting, and he is safe from deportation for now. “A plausible, clear inference is drawn that Ragbir’s public expression of his criticism, and its prominence, played a significant role in the recent attempts to remove him,” the court said.

This wouldn’t be the first time ICE has targeted critics, and the appeals court decision represents a significant victory for advocates. His attorney R. Stanton Jones said that “The Second Circuit correctly held that the First Amendment to our Constitution prohibits the government from openly and forcefully retaliating against political dissidents by deporting them, and the court further correctly held that Mr. Ragbir is entitled to pursue his First Amendment challenge in federal court.”

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