Oct 152017
 

Here is the one hundredth article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Republican Nazi organizer Richard Spencer. He is so honored for his Republican attitudes about women’s rights, his Fuhrer, and Caucasians’ place in society.

1015SpencerWhite Nationalist Richard Spencer’s tiki torch rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, and his distant dream of forming a white ethnostate steal headlines, but his views about women—that their role in politics be shrunk down to a barely visible place that would be unrecognizable to almost anyone in modern America—is seldom highlighted.

I spoke to Spencer this week, and in the context of a discussion about two documents that he admires, the American Naturalization Acts of 1790 and 1795, laws that once set out rules for the United States in limiting naturalization to only free white persons of good moral standing, I pointed out that the U.S. was a fundamentally different country at the turn of the 19th century. More specifically, I asked him if he wanted to return to a time in which women weren’t allowed to vote.

"I’m not terribly excited about voting in general," Spencer said. "I think that mass democracy is a bit of a joke to be honest."

I pressed him on the question again.

“I don’t necessarily think that that’s a great thing,” Spencer said of women voting in U.S. elections… [emphasis added]

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That ought to be enough to give this Republican a parade all by itself.  However, just in case you forget who this Republican is, here he is celebrating the infestation of the White House by his Fuhrer.  You need to see this no matter how much it makes you cringe!

Barf Bag Alert!!

Do you want this Republican Nazi hate to become standard here?

RESIST THE REPUBLICAN REICH!!

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Which Republicans?

 Posted by at 12:32 pm  Politics
Oct 092017
 

Since Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten has infested political life there has been a major uptick in demonstrations by Republican white supremacist Nazis and/or Klan.  They have marched all over the USA, screaming hatred and often committing acts of violence.  Now it turns out that it can be hard to tell which Republicans are organizing the demonstrations, American Republicans or Russian Republicans?

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Last May, nearly 100 demonstrators gathered around the Islamic Da’wah Center in downtown Houston, squaring off against one another in competing camps.

The “Stop Islamization of Texas” protest was, on its face, largely similar to any number of other tense, vitriolic demonstrations that percolated through 2016. On the one end: a crew carrying Confederate flags, #WhiteLivesMatter banners, and heavy weaponry. On the other: counter-protesters with signs decrying Islamophobia, calling for communal unity, and a bubble machine going at full blast.

Despite the presence of AR-15s [Russian Weapons], the demonstrations ended without violence. The white supremacists screaming “Fascist and proud!” dissipated, as did those supporting the Islamic center.

The organizers behind the anti-Islam protesters, however, never showed. And now, over 16 months later, we know why.

As CNN reported last week, the protest was put together by the “Heart of Texas” Facebook page – a page that was revealed last month as one of the fake accounts operated out of Russia

Inserted from <Think Progress>

When you come right down to it, whether a white supremacist demonstration is organized by American Republicans or Russian Republicans, does it?  After all, it’s the Russian Republicans that control the Party.

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Oct 092017
 

It’s Monday.  I’m not taking a nap this morning, because I had a lot of paperwork to so, and now that it’s done, I’ll just write earlier than usual and publish right after lunch.  That’s probably a good thing, because I’m battling a mild case of Republicosis again.  I seem to have that more often since my gall bladder was removed, so I think I’m going to cut out stool softeners, except for when I have Republicitis.  In the other hand, that might not be it.  Since there has been an asshole in the White House, mine has decided to RESIST!! Sad smile

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:34 (average 5:04).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From Media Matters: Buzzfeed News has obtained and published “an explosive cache of documents” confirming Breitbart as the mouthpiece for neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the racist right-wing movement known as the alt-right. Buzzfeed’s entire report on Breitbart management’s courting of neo-Nazis and white supremacists can be found here.

Breitbart actively courted and solicited neo-Nazis and white supremacist leaders for stories, even allowing them to contribute ideas and kill stories [emphasis original]

Click through. This is too horrid to ignore. RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: San Francisco 49ers Safety Eric Reid had something to say after his team lost to the Indy Colts in overtime — 26-23 — the game which Vice-Resident Mike Pence staged a planned publicity stunt walk out on to whine-protest players exercising the first amendment rights to protest the extra judicial executions of young black men by bad police officers.

Talking to reporters in the locker room Reid said:

"My honest reaction: … Does anybody know the last time he’s (Pence) been to a football game? With that being said, he tweeted out a three-year-old photo of him at a Colts game, so with the information I have, the last time he was at a Colts game was three years ago. So this looks like a PR stunt to me. He knew our team has had the most players protest. He knew that we were probably going to do it again. This is what systemic oppression looks like. A man with power comes to the game, tweets a couple of things out and leaves the game with an attempt to thwart our efforts. Based on the information I have, that’s the assumption I’ve made."

I’d say that’s a safe assumption Eric, and well stated.

I’d say it’s a safe assumption too, since Trump has admitted telling Pence to leave.  WE paid for one damn pricey photo-op!  RESIST!!

From NY Times: The White House on Sunday delivered to Congress a long list of hard-line immigration measures that President Trump is demanding in exchange for any deal to protect the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, imperiling a fledgling bipartisan push to reach a legislative solution.

Before agreeing to provide legal status for 800,000 young immigrants brought here illegally as children, Mr. Trump will insist on the construction of a wall across the southern border, the hiring of 10,000 immigration agents, tougher laws for those seeking asylum and denial of federal grants to “sanctuary cities,” officials said.

As much as I want to protect the dreamers, Trump is charging too high a price in his Republican oppression of other undocumented Latinos and their families.  RESIST!!

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Everyday Erinyes #95

 Posted by at 10:34 am  Politics
Oct 072017
 

Experts in autocracies have pointed out that it is, unfortunately, easy to slip into normalizing the tyrant, hence it is important to hang on to outrage.  These incidents which seem to call for the efforts of the Greek Furies (Erinyes) to come and deal with them will, I hope, help with that.  Even though there are many more which I can’t include.  As a reminder, though no one really knows how many there were supposed to be, the three names we have are Alecto, Megaera, and Tisiphone. These roughly translate as “unceasing,” “grudging,” and “vengeful destruction.”

Freya put up a link on the Open Thread yesterday to a story about a teacher in Georgia who clearly did not have a clue how to teach about the Nazis. (She also started a petition to censure the teacher.)  But, you know, this is really, in my opinion, just a symptom of a bigger problem.  It begins to appear that no one in the U.S.A., certainly no one under the age of sixty, has a clue about the Nazis.  It’s certainly not just Georgia.

In Massachusetts, after an incident of swastika vandalism, followed by a threat of revenge to another student who confronted him, a few teachers attempted to address the concerns of students, and ended up getting reprimanded, and one suspended without pay “for rescinding a college letter of recommendation for the student who made the swastika,” among other high crimes and misdemeanors.  The school district’s superintendant personally reprimanded senior English teacher Stella Martin after the parents of the perpetrator of the vandalism complained that he was being “bullied.”

In this case, it would appear to be the parents of this student who do not have a clue about the Nazis (and, incidntally, cannot recognize a bully when one is right under their nose.)

Do you suppose it is a coincidence that as of today – well, yesterday – the school is now on its fourth Nazi incident in less than a year?

The Principal, Juliette Miller, engaged the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to create educational materials for a program for “students, faculty, staff, and parents.”  They still have a little over a year to finish it; however,

Last month, representatives from [the ADL] were at the school training upperclassmen to be peer ambassadors for the groups A World of Difference Institute. The training focused on understanding symbols of hate.

There appears to be some resistance.

Meanwhile, the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law has taken up the cause of the reprimanded and suspended teachers, and is trying to get the punishments expunged.

Alecto, if there was ever a need for education about who and what the Nazis were, and why they are not to be emulated, it’s right here and right now – all over the United States, and not just in schools.

The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment is an organization building power in low to moderate income neighborhoods.  ACCE has been working on unjust evictions, insane rent increases, and rent control for some time, but this week, there is a situation which is urgent.  Urgent enough for me to get an email about it (from which I shall quoute extensively, though I did find a news article) from an ACCE member, Norma Sanchez:

My three sons, my husband and I are in the brink of becoming homeless.

My family has lived in our home for 8 years, but after my landlord, Steve Kalmbach, bought a $4 million dollar mansion in Piedmont this June, he sent my family and the 6 other families in my neighborhood whose homes he owns a rent increase between $1100 – $1300.

Thats a full 100% increase in rent for us.

When we visited our landlord at his mansion in Piedmont a few weeks ago, with a Tesla and a BMW in the driveway, Steve claimed he needed to raise the rent so he could send his kid to college. But while his family lives with chandeliers, luxurious decor, and on what Zillow describes as “one of the most desired streets in Piedmont,” my family and my son are at risk of losing our homes, our jobs, and everything we’ve worked hard to build for. As a housekeeper, I work 12 hour days on a regular basis while my husband works full-time at Togo’s sandwich shop. And yet while we’ve worked hard our entire lives and pay our rent on time – we somehow live in a world where its okay for my landlord to live in a mansion while my children face potential homelessness.

Even though Oakland has rent control, single-family homes like mine aren’t covered by rent control because of the state law called the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act…. I can understand that he would want to raise the rent – the market is hot right now and rents are skyrocketing. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that his personal profit is founded on my family’s displacement. I know my story is not entirely unique – since 2005, 2.5 million working class families like mine have been forced to leave California in search of an affordable home. And black and brown families like mine are being hit the worst.

Megaera, this sounds terribly grudging to me.  Please lend a hand to the ACCE and these poor people.  The rest of us can try to help you by signing this petition.

Tisiphone, I would say take the week off (you can use the rest), but something will probably come up.

The Furies and I will be back.

Cross posted to Care2 here.

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Oct 062017
 

I’m feeling much better today, but I hope the Immodium does not convert the Republicosis to Republicitis.  I never made it to NFL yesterday, so I never learned that one of my best fantasy players, Gronkowski, was IA last night, so that may cause me to be foot-flattened.  Wendy says thank you for your condolences.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:54 (average 5:00).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Senator Elizabeth Warren calls for a clean Dream Act

 

Like Liz, we stand with our Dreamers. RESIST!!

From YouTube (RWW Channel): GOP Candidate Michael Snyder Says Vegas Shooting Was Probably An Antifa Attack On Trump Supporters

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What a load of Nazi BS! Older, white, Ammosexual, multi-millionaire… Is that the profile of an anti-fascist protestor? We don’t know the killer’s political views yet, but if I had to guess, I’d say that’s the profile of a Republican. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker Twice: Calling the move an “urgent response to recent unfortunate events,” Puerto Rico has issued a sweeping travel ban on malignant narcissists, effective immediately.

Starting on Wednesday, Customs and Border Protection officials at Puerto Rico’s ports of entry will be equipped with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–V) issued by the American Psychiatric Association, and will be instructed to look for symptoms of malignant narcissism in those attempting to enter.

“If port officials encounter a visitor who has a pompous and arrogant demeanor, needs the constant admiration of others, and is unwilling to empathize with others’ feelings, wishes, or needs, that visitor will be denied entry,” a Puerto Rican government statement read.

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Attempting to pour cold water on reports of a rift between him and Donald Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters on Wednesday that he remains “fully committed to this moron’s agenda.”

“There will always be people in Washington eager to stir controversy when there is none,” Tillerson said, at a hastily called press conference at the State Department. “I am standing here today to tell you that I am on the same page as this idiot.”

Elaborating on that point, the former oil-company C.E.O. stressed that he and Trump were in agreement on a broad range of issues. “From North Korea to Iran to China, there is no daylight between me and this imbecile,” he said.

In the first, Andy must be reporting straight news.  In the second, if Andy is accurate, both morons and imbeciles will be suing Tillerson for defamation of character.  RESIST!!

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Sep 292017
 

Please pardon my brevity.  One of the other tenants overloaded the power and kept knocking my AC out.  Eventually the clerk found which one and helped him spread the load, but I missed sleep during and more sleep after, because I was so tense.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:47 (average 4:44).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel):  Trump’s Nine Russia Scandals

 

Imagine, if you will, the wailing and gnashing of teeth we would see from Republican hypocrites had they had 1/10 this much filth on Obama. And there’s still much more that we do not yet know. RESIST!!

From YouTube (RWW Channel): RWW News: Jack Posobiec Recruits 4chan To Help Him Harass A Veteran

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

And these Republican Nazis claim to be patriots. What a crock! RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: In a ringing endorsement from the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos said on Thursday that she did the math on Donald Trump’s tax plan and that she estimates it will save the United States roughly eleventy krillion dollars.

“I took out a pencil and paper and figured it out the old-fashioned way,” DeVos told reporters. “I wound up going through a lot of paper, because eleventy krillion has ten hundredteen zeroes.”

DeVos stressed that the eleventy-krillion figure was actually a conservative estimate. “The exact number was between eleventy and ninety-quelve, but I rounded down to eleventy,” she said.

Dang Andy!! She sure is using her PhD in Bullshitology! RESIST!!

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I hope that dawg gives Roy Moore a triple dose!

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