June 4, 2020
137 Days since first US infection
So I do not feel it is a viable thing to ignore the POTUS’s actions because it is not C-19 related. I feel obligated as a citizen, as a human, and most especially as a Vet, to speak out about it. As a vet, when he was running, I was aghast. Here is the original silver spoon Nam kid, so rich his Dad could get him exemptions because of ‘bone spurs’, not once but five times, while our poor died every day. Such a draft dodger, with no actual evidence of actual bone spurs, and no record of treatment for bone spurs in the decades between the Nam and now, such a person has no concept of military command. Their idea would be formed from movies, TV, books, and their own imagination.
Such a person is contemptuous. If they had the courage of either side; of those protesting, burning draft cards and risking prison for doing so; or those who followed the flag right into the grave, or still suffer the effects of that conflict on body, mind, and soul; that would be one thing. However this POTUS lacks the conviction and determination of either side; a milksop. A Milksop is unfit for command in any sense, and utterly unfit to be commander in chief.
Now Trump wants to use US troops against US citizens, and we are back to the divide and conquer tactic I keep seeing, and have been writing about for years. The main issue is ‘Who is conquering Americans?’ It is pointless for Americans to divide Americans and only serves to aid other nations, or some particular individuals. So the GOP and Trump are dividing us to benefit themselves or perhaps more nefarious interests. Self over nation.
Trump is Derek Chauvin, kneeling on the American neck with the GOP standing as mute as Derek Chauvin’s fellow officers.
Global Infected 6,445,457 6,573,286
Increase Infected 68,635 127,829
Global Dead 382,451 388,118
Increase Dead 2,271 5,667
US Infected 1,841,629 1,864,538
Increase Infected 10,194 22,909
US Dead 106,696 107,765
Increase Dead 516 1,069
Maine infected 2,418 2,446
Increase Infected 41 28
Maine Dead 95 95
Increase Dead 1 0
I’m Purple; that is I am an independent and have been since Regan. I vote on character and policy, not along party lines. The GOP however has made it impossible for me to ever vote for any of them ever again. I cannot imagine what they could do to get a vote out of me again.
If you have a party, and you allow Nazis, neo Nazis, white supremacist and extremists into that party, don’t you now have a Nazi party rebranded as the Grand Ole Party? Isn’t it now the Grand Ole Nazi Party?
On top of all that you have the misuse of power from the Senate and the Congress as GOP, repeatedly bending or breaking the Congressional rules to have things go their way. Worst of all you have complicit silence to the aggressive posture the POTUS has assumed and endorsement of that same aggressive posture by some of these people.
Huh, maybe I will die in a fucking firefight after all, Hua?
I was watching a former Seal on Rogan a few weeks back, who spoke for me and many others like me. We all swore oaths to protect the Constitution, to protect the people, the Citizens, our families and friends. We all still hold those oaths as sacred. If Trump and his gun toting supporters think all those active duty soldiers will assent to attacking their own families, they are very mistaken. If they think they can use those same troops to just run over the citizen’s rights, they are again mistaken, the end result would be a lot of bloodshed.
That Seal pointed out that a lot of these guys, sporting weapons and screaming Trump, would not last a second against him or his comrades in arms, and they all know it. They don’t even carry the weapon properly. In my own life I have found that loudmouth bullies like Trump bluster and induce fear in people. I discovered a long time ago that a well-placed head-butt can shatter a bully’s coalition of fear in an instant.
If Trump supporters rise up in the streets with weapons, people like that Seal, all over America, will re-connect with old comrades in arms and respond in their own locales. This is a fact that every military commander knows well. We train them to fight, kill, and die for the Constitution, it is well known that few forget the necessity of that.
Watching Rogan today and I expect he will hear from Jocko or the like, to explain to him that active military is not for policing Americans. We defend Americans from our enemies, to make me or any troop post up, to lock and load on fellow Americans is a violation of the Constitution and my personal code of Honor.
National Guard are trained to fill that Gap, they all have riot training and basic prisoner handling training, and many are cross trained as MP’s as well. National Guard is not the damn Marines, Army, Air Force, or Navy, those departments are designed and made for the enemy, and to use them against American citizens is to declare the citizen an enemy of America itself.
Legacy C-19 Headlines
Authors Retract Study That Found Risks of Using Antimalaria Drug Against Covid-19
NBA to return from coronavirus on July 31 with 22-team format
Iran cases hit record high in second wave of coronavirus
Face masks to be made compulsory on public transport in England
Trump to sign order to waive environmental reviews for key projects
Spain to open land borders with Portugal, France from June 22
St Petersburg death tally casts doubt on Russian coronavirus figures
Robot dog hounds Thai shoppers to keep hands coronavirus-free
UK PM Johnson met business minister Alok Sharma, shortly before Sharma taken ill
Cleaner air during UK lockdown relieves asthma for millions
Germany unveils 130 billion euro stimulus package to kickstart virus-hit economy
Coronavirus began ‘as an accident’ in Chinese lab, says former MI6 boss
EU, China postpone September summit due to pandemic
Spreading coronavirus amid George Floyd protests
Frontline health care workers kneel in solidarity
Experts warn protests may lead to new COVID-19 hotspots
Spreading coronavirus amid George Floyd protests
16-year-old creates inspirational short film about coronavirus
Covid-19 pandemic: WHO restart hydroxychloroquine tests after study doubts
Brazil’s big cites reopen despite daily record-breaking Covid-19 deaths
Parisians decided to settle on the coast as France eases Covid-19 lockdown measures
Italy calls for reciprocity from EU partners as borders reopen over Covid-19 lockdown
Trump To Global Vaccine Summit: ‘Let’s Get The Answer’ To Defeating Coronavirus
Demonstrations In Coronavirus Hot Spots Spur Fears Of 2nd Wave
Black-Owned Businesses Try To Recover From Coronavirus Shutdown Amid Floyd Protests
How Protesters Can Reduce Risk Of Coronavirus Spread
Las Vegas casinos reopen after coronavirus closure
Shipping workers stranded at sea by pandemic
Cuomo: Protesters have ‘civic duty’ to get tested
COVID-19 lockdown sparks trend in volunteerism
Harvard experts worry over infections at protests
Greece to introduce controlled tourists’ visits
Ukraine priests comfort the faithful amid pandemic
Coronavirus in Russia: ‘I don’t trust Putin any more’
I discovered a new data stream through Rogan called ‘Krystal & Saagar’. I suspect this Dynamic Duo will lead me to other data, at other places, relevant to this work. ‘If your wrong, in the right way, it’s ok’, is a very apt and well-spoken truism spoken by Krystal about both political parties and an example of what I expect to gain from ‘Krystal & Saagar’; plus the source matter of course. To the few real time readers out there, this is a RED co-operative with BLUE news program, seeking to find the balance we need to function as a Union by being willing to call out their own parties for the BS they both do.
Hmm, who was just talking about that besides me?
IN UNION THERE IS STRENGTH
“I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled. The words “Equal Justice Under Law” are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand—one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values—our values as people and our values as a nation.
When I joined the military, some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens—much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside.
We must reject any thinking of our cities as a “battlespace” that our uniformed military is called upon to “dominate.” At home, we should use our military only when requested to do so, on very rare occasions, by state governors. Militarizing our response, as we witnessed in Washington, D.C., sets up a conflict—a false conflict—between the military and civilian society. It erodes the moral ground that ensures a trusted bond between men and women in uniform and the society they are sworn to protect, and of which they themselves are a part. Keeping public order rests with civilian state and local leaders who best understand their communities and are answerable to them.
James Madison wrote in Federalist 14 that “America united with a handful of troops, or without a single soldier, exhibits a more forbidding posture to foreign ambition than America disunited, with a hundred thousand veterans ready for combat.” We do not need to militarize our response to protests. We need to unite around a common purpose. And it starts by guaranteeing that all of us are equal before the law.
Instructions given by the military departments to our troops before the Normandy invasion reminded soldiers that “The Nazi slogan for destroying us…was ‘Divide and Conquer.’ Our American answer is ‘In Union there is Strength.’” We must summon that unity to surmount this crisis—confident that we are better than our politics.
Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children.
We can come through this trying time stronger, and with a renewed sense of purpose and respect for one another. The pandemic has shown us that it is not only our troops who are willing to offer the ultimate sacrifice for the safety of the community. Americans in hospitals, grocery stores, post offices, and elsewhere have put their lives on the line in order to serve their fellow citizens and their country. We know that we are better than the abuse of executive authority that we witnessed in Lafayette Square. We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution. At the same time, we must remember Lincoln’s “better angels,” and listen to them, as we work to unite.
Only by adopting a new path—which means, in truth, returning to the original path of our founding ideals—will we again be a country admired and respected at home and abroad.”
General James Mattis USMC
“Donald Trump, first result by searching for “racist” on Twitter”—The flock has spoken.
“Earth’s carbon dioxide levels hit record high, despite coronavirus-related emissions drop””
“Russia’s Putin declares state of emergency after Arctic Circle oil spill”
Don’t forget, while dealing with the pandemic, and the nationwide riots, climate shift keeps right on. It’s a global chemical reaction, ongoing, and will take centuries to play out. Of course we won’t be around to see that side of it, chances of human survival in a recreated Permian extinction is the same, or less than everything else. Permian is the Earth’s most severe known extinction event, with up to 96% of all marine species, 70% of terrestrial vertebrate species, 57% of all biological families and 83% of all genera became extinct.
So a 3, 7, maybe even as much as 17% chance of survival. As a species, give or take, unless we actually acknowledge the threat and take action as quickly as we saw the protests start. It is still not happening, we cannot see that threat the same way you can see the threat applied to George Floyd.
See, as the dominate species we require all those other species to exist, but we don’t care.
And folks wonder why I prefer trees to most people.
As Trump is Derek Chauvin kneeling on the American neck with the GOP standing as mute as Derek Chauvin’s fellow officers, so too are we humans all Derek Chauvin standing on the necks of all life, and standing about, not mute, but celebrating our own magnificence, while we kill our own home.
“Ain’t this somethin? l told my pap and mam I was coming to the mountains, to trap, and hunt and be a mountain man. Acted like they was gut-shot. Says: ”Son, make your life go here. Here’s where the people is; them mountains is for animals and savages!’ l said: ”Mother Gue…the Rocky Mountains is the marrow of the world.” And by God, l was right. These here are God’s finest sculpturings…and there ain’t no laws for the brave ones! And there ain’t no asylums for the crazy ones! And there ain’t no churches except this right here. And there ain’t no priests…excepting the birds! By Gum l are a mountain man! And l’ll live until an arrow or bullet finds me and then l’ll leave my bones on this great map of the magnificent….”
Del Gue, Jerimiah Johnson, 1972
While I lived to do this 5,667 of my fellow humans did not, they, instead, died alone in a bed on a ventilator, fully conscious and slowly suffocating; of those 1,069 were my fellow Americans. Fortunately no Mainers lost their battle today.