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Supreme Court standard and what is left of Trump's term

I think that the Senate should use the same standard they used for Merrick Garland's nomination and apply it to Trump.

Trump has less than a year left in office (no, really!!) as did Obama so the Senate should ignore whomever wins the pageant tonight and wait until a new President comes along.

Refugee Blues

I do not think I have seen this shared here.

Came across this poem by WH Auden set to music with images. The poem was written in 1939. Wikipedia notes: "The poem dramatizes the condition of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany in the years before World War II, especially the indifference and antagonism they faced when seeking asylum in the democracies of the period."

Seems appropriate today.

Added on edit: I want to credit the musician here: Ted Slowik

Say this city has ten million souls,
Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes:
Yet there's no place for us, my dear, yet there's no place for us.

Once we had a country and we thought it fair,
Look in the atlas and you'll find it there:
We cannot go there now, my dear, we cannot go there now.

In the village churchyard there grows an old yew,
Every spring it blossoms anew:
Old passports can't do that, my dear, old passports can't do that.

The consul banged the table and said,
"If you've got no passport you're officially dead":
But we are still alive, my dear, but we are still alive.

Went to a committee; they offered me a chair;
Asked me politely to return next year:
But where shall we go to-day, my dear, but where shall we go to-day?

Came to a public meeting; the speaker got up and said;
"If we let them in, they will steal our daily bread":
He was talking of you and me, my dear, he was talking of you and me.

Thought I heard the thunder rumbling in the sky;
It was Hitler over Europe, saying, "They must die":
O we were in his mind, my dear, O we were in his mind.

Saw a poodle in a jacket fastened with a pin,
Saw a door opened and a cat let in:
But they weren't German Jews, my dear, but they weren't German Jews.

Went down the harbour and stood upon the quay,
Saw the fish swimming as if they were free:
Only ten feet away, my dear, only ten feet away.

Walked through a wood, saw the birds in the trees;
They had no politicians and sang at their ease:
They weren't the human race, my dear, they weren't the human race.

Dreamed I saw a building with a thousand floors,
A thousand windows and a thousand doors:
Not one of them was ours, my dear, not one of them was ours.

Stood on a great plain in the falling snow;
Ten thousand soldiers marched to and fro:
Looking for you and me, my dear, looking for you and me.

WH Auden

Trump as Comrade Napoleon, the President Pig from Animal Farm by Orwell

I just looked up the quote below and came across a great book cover illustration that reminded me of Trump (at bottom of this message). Now I will need to go and re-read Animal Farm by George Orwell again because I think Trump reminds me of Our Leader, Comrade Napoleon, Father of All Animals, Terror of Mankind, Protector of the Sheep-fold, Ducklings' Friend.

As Wikipedia relates:
He is described as "a large, rather fierce-looking Berkshire boar" who is "not much of a talker" and has "a reputation for getting his own way". While he is at first a common farm pig, he gets rid of Snowball, another pig, who is his rival for power, and then takes advantage of the animals' uprising against their masters to eventually become the tyrannical "President" of Animal Farm, which he turns into a dictatorship.

Remember "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others".

I would love to see a caricaturist portray Trump as a pig on the cover of Animal Farm. Must include double chins and extra long tie.

Trump Does Not Pray

I am watching the National Prayer Service and note that Trump never bows his head nor does he close his eyes during a prayer. When a response is called for, he does not read the congregational response that is printed in the service program. He did not sing much suring the service.

Very disrespectful and inappropriate for someone who claims to be such a avowed Christian!

Let's start a "Trump: DELETE your account" movement!

I think it is atrocious and extremely dangerous that the PEOTUS uses Twitter instead of having press conferences or proper lines communication. It risks creating an international fiasco on one hand or can be used for insider trading on the stock market on the other.

I suppose this has already been suggested but what if we start a movement where every time Trump tweets, we get everyone to tweet back at him: "DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT!"?

I just started and it felt so good!

A POTUS has no business using Twitter in the way he does.

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