Links September 19, 2022

I spent most of the morning glued to the BBC, while dealing with the weekend back up of emails. It was a lovely ceremony. I don’t have much to say about it other than the American journalists should major in political science and not communications. Seriously lame coverage by toothy script-readers. Great pictures over at the Daily Mail.

At some point, I plan on talking about the national housing shortage. I think I’m going to connect this issue with the Nantucket migrants and disability funding. How am I going to do that gymnastics? You’ll have to tune in to find out.

It’s funny that The Atlantic wrote about King Charles as the Hobbit King. Have you seen the President of Ireland? Totally Bilbo.

Did you see that short little presser that Biden did as he signed the condolence book for Queen Elizabeth yesterday? Let’s just say that I would be worried about him passing a driver’s test. As he was making his comments, Jill, who was standing behind him in a stunning dress, looked concerned. Her eyes kept darting back and forth. There are some rumors that he had difficulties when writing remarks in the condolence book. Then, later on 60 Minutes, he refused to commit to running for another term. We’ve got a problem. Are we allowed to talk about this yet?

I need a little black hat with a veil.

5 thoughts on “Links September 19, 2022

  1. ” Then, later on 60 Minutes, he refused to commit to running for another term. We’ve got a problem. Are we allowed to talk about this yet?” What means this ‘we’, Laura? My friends and I have been talking about this problem for some time. I hoped the guy would win despite my awareness that he was an enfeebled grifter and plagiarist and with the expectation that there were functional adults who would give him guidance. Those hopes have been dashed repeatedly as he has done stupid shit (Afghanistan most spectacularly), though lately he seems to have settled down more and to be reading his teleprompter more obediently. Our Chernenko. Ron Klain a fearful nation turns its eyes to you.

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    1. I’m pleased that American help to Ukraine has been as competent as it has been, although I winced every time this spring that Biden spelled out what we weren’t going to do or weren’t going to offer. At least say “for the time being” and leave the door open to doing more later…Fortunately, Biden seems to have mostly stopped making statements about what we’re not going to do.

      As time goes by, it has become obvious that invading Ukraine and reconstituting the Soviet Union has been on Putin’s bucket list for a long time, but I feel very strongly that the shambles of the American exit from Afghanistan and Biden’s feebleness (as well as the hand slap after the 2014 Russian incursions into Ukraine) must have contributed to a sense of impunity on the Russian side. Before Feb. 24, Biden talked a lot about a severe response–but nobody really believed that.

      I don’t care what agreements Trump signed with the Taliban. They’re the Taliban–we could have stalled them and done visas and evacuations for more Afghan translators and green card holders and their families…if we had wanted to. Or processed papers faster before Kabul fell. Lots of options!

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  2. “I think I’m going to connect this issue with the Nantucket migrants and disability funding.”

    Martha’s Vineyard.

    “As he was making his comments, Jill, who was standing behind him in a stunning dress, looked concerned. Her eyes kept darting back and forth.”

    Jet lag is a b***h. I’m a mess the first few days when I travel to Europe no matter what I try. Some people handle it better.

    The best part of the media coverage of the mourning for/funeral of the queen is my sisters posting pics to our group chat saying “I’ve been there!” or “I’ve seen that!” They are so thrilled. (It was the first time out of the US for both of them.)

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  3. Putin announced partial mobilization this morning.

    Protests have broken out in Moscow and Yekaterinburg.

    Lots of cops and press in Moscow, not huge crowds of protesters that I can see, but there’s still chanting of “No to war!” and lots of arrests being made.

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