Good God, what a fucking week! Monday-Friday bombshells landing!

Sometimes I wish it were quite easy to just switch my brain off and go on autopilot. Reassess the circumstances later.

A bit jealous of the people able to go to Nerd Prom. Biden got to crack some good ones.

Now he doesn't have Obama's natural gift of timing, but he seems to have learned a few things.

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“It was the most invasive, obtrusive, obnoxious thing that I could do to Russian diplomats that does not molest or do violence to their prerogatives as diplomats in the United States."

washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/20

Sen. Brian Schatz exemplifies how a senator should take on Republicans. Sen. Josh Hawley, fist-pumper of insurrectionists, is holding up Department of Defense confirmations until Secretary Austin resigns, which is not going to happen. Hypocrite Hawley votes against Ukraine aid and then complains that the Biden administration is not doing enough to help Ukraine.

Sargent points out that Schatz has a winning tactic and Democrats need to do more of this. Then we need to get this message out to the people. Republicans are good at disseminating their outrage.

washingtonpost.com/opinions/20

President Biden just announced a billion dollars more in military aid and weapons that Zelenskyy asked for.

He did not address the no-fly zone, which will no doubt anger some people. But by saying nothing, he did two things: 1) did not get ahead of his meeting with NATO allies next week, and 2) did not take up a plan that would only make things worse. I would not call that hard headed, as this piece does. I would call that very smart.

I understand that Zelenskyy must ask for all he can, but I am thankful Biden is staying the course when it comes to direct conflict and a no-fly zone. The world is not standing by. It is united and determined.

A situation like this is exactly why I supported Biden; after four years of a clueless imbecile who left U.S. foreign policy in tatters, Biden is a steady, experienced hand.

Thank goodness he's there. It's just too bad Republicans are unwilling to help.

Opinion | Biden is right to pass on Zelensky’s no-fly zone:
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I think Republicans were so supportive of banning oil imports from Russia only because they saw that as potential leverage to blame the Biden administration for the gas prices that would logically follow.

Somehow patriotism and indignation against a predatory Russia does not spring to mind.

While Ukrainian people of all walks of life are fighting life or death battles to preserve their freedom and democracy, we have an entire political party playing a blame game and truckers blocking highways because they don't want to wear a tiny mask.

True, Biden could order increases in U.S. production, but the U.S. is such a small player on the international oil scene — America controls only 4 % of the world's oil reserves — that even if the U.S. doubled its current production capacity, it still wouldn't make much of a difference.

Maybe we need to look to Ukraine to remember how precious the freedom we have is, and that it requires periodic unified sacrifice to preserve.
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Republicans stood up more than I thought they would.

Expecting two times is not a high bar, I know

I wish this weren't necessary, I wish all those refugees were warm& safe back in their homes able to cook their own meals for their families. But seeing all the people reaching out to help is heartwarming.

Chef José Andrés is on the ground feeding refugees at Ukraine-Poland border
"It is below freezing tonight & I am meeting so many refugees, families who are escaping & don’t know what’s next…We will do our best not to let them down!"

today.com/food/news/jose-andre

I stole some text from Twitter that's also relevant here! I'll add it in an announcement. Maybe other admins will also, be sure to change the URL!

"Digital Security on Mastodon: Advice for those in conflict zones or other high-risk areas:
When using Mastodon in conflict zones or other high-risk areas, it is particularly important to be aware of how you can protect your account and digital information. While every situation is different, you can improve the general security of your Mastodon account and manage its visibility in a few clicks. Navigating account settings is critical for human rights activists, journalists and others facing digital security threats. With the evolving situation in Ukraine.

You can review your settings here:
mstdn.social/settings/preferen"

Not gonna lie, they had me with this one.

Play the rest of the ad a little straighter and it'd be perfect.

youtube.com/watch?v=mlChFvmmSQ

@TonyStark If you have to tell people that you're not a partisan hack, you're probably a partisan hack.

No one, absolutely NO ONE, has a personal interest in anyone’s decision to get a medical procedure. Period. End of story. Not my family members, not my spouse, not the government, and certainly not any religious fanatic neighbor. This needs to die in court now.

It should have died in SCOTUS.

npr.org/2021/10/01/1041607684/

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