This map tracks the rise and fall of empires and once-great nations; it hangs on Mitt Romney’s Senate office wall.
As a Mormon, Mitt Romney presumably does not believe in Karma. But maybe, more informally, he could nod glumly at the non-theological adage that what goes around comes around.
Or, more biblically, does he acknowledge that the scripture says we reap what we sow?
I have a feeling he does, now.
Or he should, at least when his money manager passes on the invoices for the $150K+ monthly he’s paying for 24/7 security for
his four houses and his family.
And what about when he ponders the fact that all his five sons have already quit the GOP.
(The figures come from published excerpts from the forthcoming book,
Romney: A Reckoning,, by reporter McKay Coppins.)
Continue reading A Mourning Meditation On Miserable Melancholic Multi-Millionaire Mitt
In Germany, the AfD are weaponising climate change
The Economist — Sep 14th 2023
A spectre is haunting Europe: the spectre of a rising hard right. In Germany the overtly xenophobic Alternative for Germany ( a f d ) has surged to become the country’s second-most popular party.
Its success is polarising domestic politics and it seems poised to triumph in state elections in the east next year. In Poland the ruling Law and Justice party is leading the polls ahead of a general election on October 15th, and it is being drawn further to the right by an extreme new party, Confederation.
Continue reading A fresh wave of hard-right populism is stalking Europe
You Can’t Talk About Trump’s Georgia Case Without Talking About Racism
Janell Ross, TIME Magazine
As the final bars of Lee Greenwood’s “ God Bless the USA” filled the room, former President Donald Trump took the stage in Windham, N.H. The audience, many of them white New Englanders and veterans, chanting “U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A” had to settle a bit before Trump could launch into a winding, military-themed speech at the August 8 campaign rally.
Continue reading A Weekend Read: The Atlanta Trials & Race
Mark Meadows was on the infamous call — detailed in the indictment — in which Trump urged state election officials to find the votes he’d need to win. Meadows, a former North Carolina congressman, also traveled to Georgia at one point to try and gain access to a state audit of absentee ballot envelopes. Meadows faces two felony counts in the indictment. Meadows is charged with racketeering and soliciting a violation of an oath by a public officer.
Continue reading Rogues’ Gallery? Nine More Atlanta Mugshots — Now Out on (Blog) Bond
This image is a fantasy: the Court is far from “done” — just taking a summer break. And I’m not even sure that “You can COME OUT now” is safe advice anymore. . . .
Continue reading Surveying the Damage: Counting the Cost of a Corrupted Court