Invasive Species Monday

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Quack! Quack! Quack! Quack!

He crossed the border without permission or, as far as I could tell, documentation of any sort. I’m speaking about Donald Trump’s uninvited, unasked-for invasion of my personal space. He’s there daily, often hourly, whether I like it or not, and I don’t have a Department of Homeland Security to separate him from his children, throw them all in degrading versions of prison — without even basic toiletries or edible food or clean water — and then send him back to whatever shithole tower he came from in the first place. (For that, I have to depend on the American people in 2020 and what still passes, however dubiously, for a democracy.)

And yes, the president has been an invader par excellence in these years — not a word I’d use idly, unlike so many among us these days. Think of the spreading use of “invasion,” particularly on the political right, in this season of the most invasive president ever to occupy the Oval Office, as a version of America’s wars coming home. Think of it, linguistically, as the equivalent of those menacing cops on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, back in 2014, togged out to look like an occupying army with Pentagon surplus equipment, some of it directly off America’s distant battlefields.

Not that many are likely to think of what’s happening, invasion-wise, in such terms these days.

Tom Engelhardt

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14 Responses to Invasive Species Monday

  1. Micki says:

    Oh, I haven’t read Tom Engelhardt for quite some time, but have respect for him…

    Edward R. Murrow would tell us the fault is in us … we allowed our submission to FEAR, and this is one result .. we see enemies — “invaders” everywhere!

    Murrow reminds us that our independence was not won from a position of fear.

    https://speakola.com/political/edward-r-murrow-on-mccarthy-1954

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  2. David B. Benson says:

    Little bits of blue sky.

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  3. Den says:

    Gloomy windy, raining, and cold 50’s. Back on the road tomorrow.

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    More sun.

    More microplastics in your beer.

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  5. Micki says:

    Sun break … cloudy …sun break ….drizzle ….cloudy …sun break …now mostly cloudy.

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  6. David B. Benson says:

    After blackberry snack, 14 minutes to the north door of the Hillside Cafe.

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  7. David B. Benson says:

    Dandelions invasive species.

    Worse, so is creeping thistle, usually called Canada thistle although it is invasive there as well.

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  8. Carol says:

    Watched a You Tube, trying to figure out why my computer keeps freezing up. Lots of help in the video, but I don’t think I should mess with some of the suggestions. I’ll have Pete watch the video. I probably should take it somewhere to be fixed. It’s driving me nuts.

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    • Micki says:

      My laptop froze a couple of times last week.

      First time that’s ever happened.

      Freaked me out.

      So, I shook it and told it to stop it.

      Powered it off.

      Stepped away for half a day.

      Powered it back up.

      Voila!

      Fingers crossed.

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  9. Den says:

    Shut own, wait 30 seconds, turn on, do a Disk Cleanup after.

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