A Look Back

 Posted by at 6:50 am  Politics
Jan 212017
 

Like Nameless and TomCat, I found it impossible to look forward on this weekend.  But I saw this article in the Washington Post, and I could not think of a better way to stop and look back.  This weekend, through Saturday the 21st, the Post has waived its limit of 10 articles per month for non-subscribers; anyone may browse freely (I assume that means until midnight eastern time Saturday).  So go ahead, grab a couple of hankies, and enjoy the nine wonderful stories.  Here is one (with a video, not embedded here, but at the site):

 

Cecilia Muñoz, assistant to the president and director of the Domestic Policy Council:

In my eight years in the White House, I have savored especially the moments that have enormous impact without attracting much notice from official Washington. One of my favorites took place in July 2010, when President Obama signed the Tribal Law and Order Act. Native American women have a one in three chance of being raped in their lifetimes, something the president has described as a shock to the conscience. In part, this is because men who are not from a reservation can attack women on reservation land, escaping justice by tribal authorities once they are off the reservation. With the administration’s help, Congress addressed these issues in the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization of 2013.

The standard procedure for a bill signing ceremony is for someone to introduce the president while he waits in the next room. In this case, Lisa Marie Lyotte, of the Sicangu Lakota Ospaya people, began her introduction by bracing herself to recount her very moving story of surviving a violent sexual assault that took place in her home in front of her children. Not surprisingly, she was full of emotion and was at first unable to speak. The president, not waiting for the introduction, burst into the room and gave her a hug, quietly telling her, “I’m right here.” He stood beside her quietly, occasionally squeezing her shoulder as she tearfully told her story and introduced him.

There wasn’t much coverage of that signing ceremony in Washington, or of that dramatic moment in which a survivor of violence showed uncommon courage and her president showed uncommon grace. But I will treasure the memory for the rest of my days, with pride in the accomplishment and wonder that it took this country so long.

 

Click through for the other eightI think I will "print" a copy to my files as a pdf so I will have it to refer to.  I hope that looking back to how it could be, and how it can be, will help us all to keep up the courage to

The Furies and I will be back next week.

Cross posted to Care2 at http://www.care2.com/news/member/101612212/4032133

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Jan 202017
 

I find nothing "Fun" about this particular Friday, so I'll put up just a couple of graphics.  I'm hopeful to put something together more joyful next week.

This is how our journey began eight years ago:

And now we’ve come to the end of a presidency the like of which not only us, but few Americans have ever witnessed.  Not sure where I saw this drawing, but I think it captures how most of us feel.  It was actually drawn by someone in Amsterdam, Netherlands – so it’s a universal sense of thankfulness for those eight years, and now a sense of great loss:

This is a sketched drawing (you can see the pad) I saw on Twitter, and it prompted me to dig a little deeper.  This site has a little background informat.

https://nsikanessien.blogspot.com/2017/01/farewell-obama-statue-of-liberty-begs.html

Now that we’re burdened with #45, we can at least be thankful we had #44.  So with all sincerity I hope you'll join me in saying, "Thank you, President Obama!"

Rest assured that we will continue to …

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DeVos at a Loss

 Posted by at 10:17 am  Politics
Jan 192017
 

In case you are not aware of this, Betsy DeVos Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christian billionaire, is the Theocon Fascist that Putin’s Perverted Puppet has appointed to destroy public education in the US.  When she showed up for her hearings, she was quite ill prepared.

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Betsy DeVos’ confirmation hearing to become President-elect Donald Trump’s education secretary was originally scheduled for last Wednesday but ultimately postponed until late Tuesday afternoon. With an extra week to get ready, Senate Democrats came prepared—and DeVos, oddly enough, did not.

While Republicans on the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions lauded the billionaire philanthropist—and prominent GOP donor—for her commitment to expanding charter schools and voucher programs, committee Democrats barraged DeVos with specific, pointed questions about her attempts to privatize public education, even pleading with Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the HELP chairman, for the opportunity to ask more questions as the three-and-a-half-hour hearing boiled over.

DeVos reaffirmed her support for an education system beyond a "one size fits all" approach that opened up choices—"whether magnet, virtual, charter, home, religious, or any combination thereof." But when pushed beyond her talking points, she was stiff and often thrown off her game:

"If you were not a multibillionaire…"

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) didn’t shy away from challenging DeVos on her family’s large contributions to the Republican Party. "Do you think that if you were not a multibillionaire, if your family had not made hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions, that you would be sitting here today?" Sanders followed up by grilling DeVos on free college education and tax cuts on the richest Americans…

From <Mother Jones>

To summarize, she ducked every one of Bernie’s questions in a way that made it clear that more welfare for billionaires should take precedence over any benefits for America’s students.

In addition to Bernie, the article includes five more Senators who grilled DeVos, and it has a video for each.  I recommend that you click through for the rest of this fine piece.  Then…

RESIST!!

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Jan 192017
 

This is the last day of comparative national sanity in the US, and it is my prayer that we all will have survived to celebrate together on the day it returns.  As I see it, the earliest possibility is four years from now, because even if the Perverted Puppet is impeached on Monday, the Pensive pseudo-Christian Psycho is no better.  Tomorrow, Politics Plus will have a day of mourning.  I will post a graphic  announcing it and will spend the rest of the day isolated from political affairs.  It’s bad enough that I have to suffer through another Republican Reich.  I’ll be damned if I’m going to sit and watch that vile pile of excrement rub our noses in it.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:42 (average 4:12).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Trump’s Devious Plan to Destroy the White House Press Corps | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

Isn’t it interesting that Keith and Robert Reich are mirroring each other.  RESIST!!

From YouTube (Full Frontal Channel): Swamp Dwellers

 

That’s not just Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten. It’s how all Republicans "drain" swamps.  RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Moving vans arrived at the White House on Wednesday to remove all traces of competence and dignity.

Working around the clock, movers started clearing out the optimism and progress that had accumulated during the past eight years.

“Once we’ve packed up that stuff, we’ll start moving out the wisdom and maturity,” one of the movers said. “The guy who’s moving in wants all of that gone.”

After the movers complete their work, a cleaning crew will come in and scrub the White House of every last speck of compassion.

That’s more straight news from Andy.  RESIST!!

Cartoon:

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Muzzling the Press

 Posted by at 2:08 pm  Politics
Jan 182017
 

The Republican Reich has plans to muzzle the press, because there is nothing Republicans won’t do to hide accurate information from the American people.  Fortunately for us there is another Reich, the Reich on the Left, who is virtually always right, Robert Reich.  Here is his take on the sublet.

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Tyrants don’t allow open questioning, and they hate the free press. They want total control.

That’s why, according to three senior officials on the transition team, the incoming Trump administration is considering evicting the White House press corps from the press room inside the White House and moving them – and news conferences – to a conference center or to the Old Executive Office Building.

This may sound like a small logistic matter. It’s not. The White House “press room” contains work stations and broadcast booths, and the briefing area for presidential news conferences. Reporters have had workspace at the White House since Teddy Roosevelt was president, in 1901.

But we’re in a new era, the reign of King Trump.

Sean Spicer, Trump’s press secretary, acknowledges “there has been some discussion about how” to move the press out of the White House. Spicer says it’s because the new administration would like a larger room to allow more members of the press to attend press conferences.

Rubbish. It’s because a larger room would allow the administration to fill seats with “alt-right” fringe journalists, rightwing social media, Trump supporters and paid staffers. They’d be there to ask the questions Trump wants to answer, and to jeer at reporters who ask critical questions and applaud Trump’s answers

From <Robert Reich>

I strongly encourage you to click through for the rest of what Robert Reich has to say.  Then…

RESIST!!

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