Toyota

Since the Dilly, Dally, Delay & Stall Law Firms are adding their billable hours, the Toyota U.S.A. and Route 44 Toyota posts have been separated here:

Route 44 Toyota Sold Me A Lemon



Sunday, July 16, 2017

RSN: Marc Ash | No Country for Old Republicans



Reader Supported News
16 July 17 AM
It's Live on the HomePage Now:
Reader Supported News

Sure, I'll make a donation!


Marc Ash | No Country for Old Republicans 
In this scene from the movie, No Country for Old Men Llewelyn (Josh Brolin) finds the drug money and makes the decision to keep it. (image: Miramax)
Marc Ash, Reader Supported News
Ash writes: "Like a bag of money, Vladimir Putin has handed American Republican members of Congress more political currency than they or anyone else saw coming."
READ MORE




than and Joel Coen’s 2007 cinematic masterpiece No Country for Old Men, like all classics, is considered a significant work of art because it paints a compelling portrait of the human condition.
The film’s two central protagonists are Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) and Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem). It is in Llewelyn, however, that perhaps we best see ourselves and are forced to ask deep questions about the decisions we make.
The plot revolves around a drug deal gone bad in the West Texas desert. Llewelyn, out hunting, stumbles upon a scene of human carnage, the aftermath of a gunfight that presumably erupted when the transporters, sellers of Mexican heroin, and their buyers jumped the gun, literally leaving almost no one alive.
As he stands amid the corpses, weapons, and drugs, Llewelyn’s alarm is palpable. He takes on the demeanor of a wild animal, senses alive, on high alert. He won’t touch the drugs, he takes one handgun from the grasp of a dead man, and then he sees the suitcase with the two million dollars in cash. Heroin he wants no part of, he doesn’t understand it. But the money has his attention. After all, money is money, right?
Off he goes, suitcase in hand, with more money than he has ever seen and more trouble than he will be able to stop. The cartels, armed with automatic weapons, come looking for the drugs or the money, and a brilliantly psychopathic Chigurh, played by Bardem, comes looking for the money on behalf of the American buyers.
The beleaguered and overmatched lawman, Sheriff Ed Tom Bell, played by Tommy Lee Jones, tasked with restoring law and order, at one point goes to his uncle Ellis, played by Barry Corbin, a retired Sheriff himself, and asks for advice. The warning he gets is ominous: “You cain’t stop what’s coming.” Indeed, what is coming is a trail of violence and bloodshed that the quiet desert communities in the area are totally unprepared for. In the end Llewelyn, his wife, and a number of others are murdered.
Currency is currency, right?
Like a bag of money, Vladimir Putin has handed American Republican members of Congress more political currency than they or anyone else saw coming. They’re not comfortable embracing Putin, but they’re okay with the newfound currency he has bestowed upon them. After all, political currency is political currency, right?
Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and their supporters have a problem not unlike Llewelyn’s. They’re off down the road with a bag of ill-begotten political currency, and there’s a crime scene they’re running from.
Talking heads while talking often speak of Putin’s interference in 2016 U.S. presidential election in the past or future tense. “It happened at that time … and we don’t want it to happen next time.” Seemingly oblivious to the three-ring circus of foreign influence and national security degradation unfolding before their eyes.
Putin’s Godfatherly embrace of Trump, his family, and his wide circle of supporters constitutes a right-here, right-now, live, active national security threat to the United States. This is a smash and grab of our republic underway in full view.
When Donald Trump as president opens up the Oval Office to the Putin regime or snubs the NATO Alliance, he is recklessly ignoring the advice of every national security expert in the Western world. When Trump contemptuously refuses to reveal his business dealings or financial dealings with Putin’s circle of oligarchs, he is leaving the door wide open for massive corruption and betrayal of his oath as President.
Of equal cause for alarm is what the Republicans themselves are buying with Putin’s currency. A new “conservative Supreme Court Justice,” no problem. The destruction of the U.S. healthcare system for the benefit of the wealthiest one percent, of course. Putin’s currency spends well.
Evan McMullin, writing for the Washington Post, opined, Republicans are Risking Becoming the Party of Putin. Consider that done. There is still the matter of the bag of illicit currency and its consequences.
Like the Sheriff said, “You cain’t stop what’s coming.”

Marc Ash is the founder and former Executive Director of Truthout, and is now founder and Editor of Reader Supported News.
Reader Supported News is the Publication of Origin for this work. Permission to republish is freely granted with credit and a link back to Reader Supported News.




McConnell Defers Action on Healthcare Vote After McCain Surgery
Associated Press
Excerpt: "Sen. John McCain's absence from the Senate as he recovers from surgery for a blood clot has led the GOP leadership to postpone consideration of healthcare legislation that is already on the brink."
READ MORE
Trump Campaign Paid Don Jr.'s Lawyer $50,000 Two Weeks Before Email Scandal
Lachlan Markay, The Daily Beast
Markay writes: "About two weeks before the release of emails showing Donald Trump Jr. seeking opposition research from attorneys representing the Russian government, his father's reelection campaign began paying the law firm now representing Trump Jr. in the ensuing political and legal fallout."
READ MORE
Houston Police End Use of Drug Tests That Helped Produce Wrongful Convictions
Ryan Gabrielson, ProPublica
Gabrielson writes: "The Houston Police Department has ended its longstanding practice of using $2 chemical kits to make drugs arrests, a policy that had contributed to hundreds of wrongful convictions in recent years."
READ MORE
Hawaii Just Became the First US State to Support a Universal Basic Income
Chris Weller, Business Insider
Weller writes: "Few US politicians have mentioned or pursued policies related to basic income. But thanks to Chris Lee, the democratic representative who proposed Hawaii's measure, the state could become the first to run a government-sponsored basic income experiment on US soil."
READ MORE
Chechen Leader on Torture Claims: Gays Are 'Not People'
Adam Taylor, The Washington Post
Taylor writes: "In an interview, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov denies reports that gay men are being detained and tortured in the Russian republic - not because such abuses would not be allowed, but because he thinks there are no gay men in Chechnya."
READ MORE
Bad News for Big Oil: Electric Vehicle Sales to Surpass Gas Guzzlers by 2038
Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch
Chow writes: "Despite the Koch brothers' best efforts, it looks like gas guzzlers are on the way out. Sales of electric vehicles will surpass those using internal combustion engines by 2038, a new analysis has found."
READ MORE

Contribute to RSN
Become a Fan of RSN on Facebook and Twitter
Update My Monthly Donation





No comments: