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  1. As an aspiring completist of all things Elio and Linda, and of course that Martin fellow, I'm in. I loved Fire & Blood and will happily buy this new book for the artwork alone even if there is nothing else new.
  2. A lament about the San Francisco recall. Lots of money went into the effort to recall three school board members, and almost no effort was waged to stop this abuse of recall provisions in my city. A political fire was fed because of parents anger against distance learning, and it was aimed against three people who should never been attacked. Now it is being touted nationwide as some kind of shift in San Francisco politics and a harbinger of doom for progressives. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our mayor has been a key factor in splitting the democratic coalition and stoking this anger. But the overreach of this autopsy of a tiny vote in a special election is amazing. edit: Here is a politico column also calling into questions some of the outrageous overreach
  3. Anyone see anything about when this might be published? Is it supposed to follow the 20th Anniversary of the publication of the original? Or is coming earlier? I keep looking to Beastly Books for information and I'm seeing nothing.
  4. Ran, can you be a little more specific in your criticism? What scenarios are you talking about? The militia movements are very real in this country. As is the so-called "2nd Amendment" gun nuts lobby (NRA and others) who would have open carry of any type of weapon legal in our streets. If you want more examples of this let me know, but I suspect a person as smart as yourself knows this background. So, my point is these organizations and the politics they espouse have everything to do with people like Rittenhouse showing up with weapons to political rallies they disagree with. It is a growing powder keg cheered on by people who openly support a second civil war in the US. The growth of political violence is extremely dangerous, and the results of the Rittenhouse verdict only makes it more so. As to the "facts of the case," let me just say the facts tell me Kyle Rittenhouse killed two unarmed people and almost killed another unarmed man with a gun he couldn't legally own. Those three people's right to life and to express themselves in political protest ended because, supposedly the well armed Rittenhouse felt "threatened." I don't believe him, and even if one person did make the threat Rittenhouse alleges, he did not have the right to kill him. He had every opportunity to go to the police nearby and report the threat, and they should have dealt with it, not young Kyle's itchy trigger finger. Ran, as to Nikole Hannah-Jones's tweets, I haven't read them. I will try to find them and respond to your criticism, but just let me say I'm flattered to be mentioned with her in your response. Which doesn't mean I agree with something she said that I have no knowledge of.
  5. I am well aware of that fact. Reread my post. It says nothing about the "race" or nationality of those who were shot by Rittenhouse. Only that we now invite more violence by those who are emboldened to carry weapons of war to demonstrations in order to confront those which they disagree with politically. Yell at little boys playing soldiers in their militia gear and they can kill in the name of "self-defense." A right-wing thug with a AR-15 can kill if they think anyone moves "aggressively" in their vicinity. Two systems of justice. One for supporters of police violence against people of color and another for those who protest against it.
  6. The Militia movement has new poster boy for carrying weapons of war on the streets of America. The message is you can gun down protesters as long as they do so against people arguing for social justice and against police abuse of people of color. One step closer to civil war. Next demonstration I go to, I will expect Kyle Rittenhouse wannabes trying to intimidate us with open carry of these weapons.
  7. link? I did see this on filibuster reform. Looks promising
  8. How is it misleading voters? Harris has to stand for election as Vice President, and everyone knows what the role of a Vice-President is in the case of a President resigning his office. If Biden runs in 2024 for reelection and doesn't discuss the possibility of Harris replacing him, then you might have an argument, but I doubt that will be the case given his age. As to the "too cute" charge around the timing of a possible Biden resignation, and all of this is just my speculation, the Constitution isn't a secret document and the effect of a retirement after the second anniversary of a inauguration is well known. LBJ had the same opportunity. He could have run in 1968, but chose not to do so. Perhaps my being old enough to remember his speech saying he wouldn't run again effects my view of things, but following the Constitution doesn't seem "too cute." Anyway, file my crazy predictions away for posterity. I'll buy you a drink if Harris is a ninth year President.
  9. From Biden's perspective, I think he looks to Harris as his chosen successor. A mid term retirement makes him directly responsible for Harris becoming the first woman President, and the second African American to hold the office. If he retires after the second anniversary of his inauguration, he also gives Harris a unique shot at becoming a 10 year President. Of course, the same would be true if he retires after completing two years of his current term. All of which I think Biden would see as part of a legacy of his Presidency. Wild speculation on my part.
  10. People (meaning Politico and others) just can't help themselves, but it is too damn early for such speculation. Biden's age and current poll numbers feed the absurdity, but for right now I will contribute to the absurd nature of a tout's favorites in 2024 sweepstakes and place my money (always a cheap bettor) on a rerun of Biden and Trump. Assuming Trump is not in jail. Of course Eugene Debs showed one can still run from behind bars. Wouldn't that be a race? A sound argument for going for a conviction on charges of insurrection and the Constitutional bar to Trump ever running again. As to Harris, my wild guess is she runs in 2028 as the incumbent President. Not a prediction of Biden's demise, but of him fulfilling his pledge to be a "transitional" President by retiring before the end of his second term. Sorry, DMC. I'll put my crystal ball away and shut up now.
  11. Lyanna is a girl of fourteen to sixteen years old when the events from the time of the Harrenhal tourney to her likely death at the Tower of Joy. She is member of an aristocratic family in which her role is rigidly defined. Yet the Lyanna we know is a young woman who rebels against that role time and time again. Think of her battle with the squires over their treatment of Howland Reed, the possibility she rides in the tourney as the Knight of the Laughing Tree, and her remarks about Robert's nature to Ned. Which is also consistent with the "wild" northern girl who rides like a centaur and trains in skills decidedly not approved by her father or much of Westerosi society. This is a portrait of a young woman fighting for her own way in her world, not just a tool of others. I call that "agency." That is even more so if, as I think is likely, Lyanna herself plays a role in her "kidnapping" or escape from an impending marriage to a man she wants no part of.
  12. And there won't be anytime soon. It looks like the new Secretary of the Navy will be Carlos Del Toro. Only the second Latinx nominee for that post.. I've been watching the same thing. You are likely right about Julie Su, Her name appears regularly on the the Senate Calendar for nomination and I expect we will see some movement this week but she was voted out favorably from the committee. John Tien is in the same position of just waiting for the confirmation vote. Perhaps a confirmation vote next week for both of them.. Adrianne Todman was just confirmed as Deputy of HUD. Of course, one of the reasons for the delay is the priority put on getting some of Biden's judges confirmed. The big news today being the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to Garland's old seat. Great news!
  13. A very good first step. Kentaji BrownJackson should be the first pick for the SCOTUS when there is an opening. Her opinion against Trump's crazy claims of Presidential immunity alone should qualify her to be on the High Court. Now, I'm looking for who will be the next Solicitor General? Leondra Kruger?
  14. Adewale Adeyemo was the confirmed today as Deputy Secretary of the Treasury. The first black person to serve in that position.
  15. Both Levine and Turk are confirmed. Levine by a narrow margin. Transphobia thy name is the Senate GOP
  16. With the Young and Murthy nominations confirmed today, the Senate moves on tomorrow to vote on the nominations of Rachel Levine, Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, and David Turk, Deputy Secretary of Energy. If Levine is confirmed she will be the first trans woman to hold such a position. Adewale Adeyemo, nominee for Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, is likely to be up next on Thursday. Of interest, though she was never formally sent forward for Senate confirmation, Elizabeth Klein was withdrawn from consideration as the Deputy Secretary of the Interior position. According to reporting, this is due to objections from Senators Manchin and Murkowski.
  17. Walsh was confirmed on a vote of 68-29 today. It looks like Young and Murthy will be confirmed tomorrow. Don't know who missed the vote. If one wants to spin the possible positive side of a Nelson appointment to NASA, he could bring Senate political knowledge and enthusiasm for the agency in a fight for budget dollars. Knowing the way around the Senate corridors isn't necessarily a bad thing. Let's see if he can conjure up some bipartisan support for Biden endorsed space initiatives. Of course, then the cynic in me thinks your take is likely right.
  18. From tomorrow's US Senate executive calendar: Looks like both Becerra and Walsh will get their confirmation votes tomorrow. Which would give Biden his full Cabinet proper, and everyone but Tanden, who was withdrawn, and Lander, who was the last nominee announced on the Cabinet level. Unfortunately, I don't trust Collins to not change her vote at the last minute. It wouldn't make any sense for her to do so, but Collins's history is so convoluted it is always a question of just what she will do.
  19. Tai's vote is schedule on tomorrow's calendar. Becerra and Walsh are scheduled to get cloture vote tomorrow. I haven't seen when that means Becerra will get an actual confirmation vote. Likely we can read the tea leaves by when the VP will be in DC. I would expect we will see Young being voted on soon and be the de facto head of the OMB until she can either be confirmed in that role, or Biden names someone else to replace Tanden. Lander was the last person named for a Cabinet level position, and he hasn't even got a committee hearing yet. It maybe a while for him.
  20. Sullivan's vote does look interesting. Alaska has a relatively large and politically active Native American population, which might explain his vote. It also doesn't hurt that Don Young testified in committee for Haaland. Young has been the Republican Party in Alaska forever, and is the one of the most powerful politicians in the state. I haven't a clue about the quartet who missed the vote? Their Barbershop singing group had a gig? As to Graham? Not sure that I care to hear his explanation. I did see this on the Senate's site: This looks to lay the groundwork for a vote this week on both of them. Becerra looks to be near as well? Any idea on Walsh? At OMB, Shalanda Young looks to get a vote as Deputy Director before Biden even nominates someone to replace Tanden.
  21. The vote on Becerra was 51 - 48 in favor. Looks like a vote on confirmation next week. Haaland is being debated now and is scheduled for a vote on Monday. Guzman and Tai were also moved forward for a vote, but it is unclear if they will be voted for on Monday as well. I see nothing on Walsh yet.
  22. That leaves Haaland, Becerra, and Walsh in the Cabinet proper awaiting confirmation. Walsh seems a shoe-in, Haaland seems likely to win narrowly, and Becerra is looking to be with only Democratic votes to get his nomination out of committee and up for a final vote. Among Cabinet level nominations we have left Tai, Guzman, Lander, and the yet unknown person who is named to replace Tanden. Tai and Guzman just await a final vote, but Lander isn't out of committee yet (a very late Biden pick.) We could be looking at only Lander and Tanden's replacement needing confirmation by the end of the week or early next week. Sounds like they need to work the full week to me.
  23. Michael Regan was just confirmed.
  24. Marcia Fudge is confirmed as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Garland and Regan both to be voted on today Shalanda Young is reported out favorably from committee to be Deputy Administrator at OMB.
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