Aug 312017
 

Here we go again!  Portland is under an excessive heat warning through Monday night.  I expect it to be extended.  Catch-up is all I have on tap today and tomorrow, but there’s a lot of catching up to do.  YouTube changed their format and it sucks!  We can no longer control video size, or protect your privacy by preventing their cookies.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:58 (average 5:15).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Would Impeaching Trump Truly Lead to Civil War? | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

In my opinion, impeaching Trump would lead to widespread violence, but not against the government, per se. Like their Fuhrer, Republican Trump supporters are cowards.  They would maul people not prepared for self-defense: women, seniors, the disabled, and greatly outnumbered progressives, Blacks, Latinos, LGBT, etc. When police arrived, they would scurry away. RESIST!!

From YouTube (RWW Channel): RWW News: Robert Maginnis Says Demonic Forces Are Waging A Revolution Against Trump

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

Is that pseudo-Christian a master of deceptive projection or what? But he’s right that we should confront lies. Someone tell him to stop lying! RESIST!!

From The Last Word: New evidence about Russia hotel deal raises stakes in probe

Jennifer Rubin and Eugene Robinson talk with Lawrence O’Donnell about Trump’s relationship with Putin and new reports about Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s role in a business deal with Russia in 2015.

 

On a scale of one to ten, how busted is Putin’s Piddle Puppet?! RESIST!!

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Aug 062017
 

Projection is the tactic of taking your own shortcoming and projecting it onto your enemies, so that it appears that they are the ones committing your own evil.  It’s a standard Republican tactic.  It saddens me to see it used by a Democrat, even one who rubs elbows with Trump at Mar-a-Lago.  He is a racist law professor who has taken Trump’s side against Mueller.

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Former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz was accused of being a “race-baiter” on MSNBC on Saturday morning over his comments that the grand jury looking into allegations against President Donald Trump was too diverse to give the president a fair shake.

During a panel discussion on AM Joy, host Joy Reid brought up Dershowitz’s comments on a New York radio station where he claimed, “The District of Columbia, which is always solidly Democratic and has an ethnic and racial composition that might be very unfavorable to the Trump Administration.”

“Trump’s supporters are trying to back him up is by saying the compostion of this grand jury is unfair to Donald Trump,” Ried began. “On Friday, on WABC, Alan Dershowitz told Rita Cosby the racial and ethnic makeup is stacked against Donald Trump because D.C. so many black people in it. That seems one of the more absurd arguments against the grand jury process.”… [emphasis added]

From <Alternet>

Here’s the video.

Dershowitz has previously stated that Trump and his cronies have committed no crimes, that at most they have committed only a "political wrongdoing".

In addition, he said he would leave the Democratic Party if Keith Ellison was elected to head the DNC.

But all else aside, his statement that people could not perform with integrity on a grand jury, because they are black is racist to the core.  He should qiut the Democrats and join the Republican Party.  They are people like him.

RESIST!!

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See the Republican Lie!

 Posted by at 1:17 pm  Politics
Jul 172017
 

When confronted with facts about their own crimes, Republicans like to call it fake news, but when the truth is already widespread, they deflect and project.  They change the subject and lie to make it seem like their opponents are guilty of similar or worse crimes.  When Breitfart contributor, and Faux Noise conspiracy theorist, Herb London, used this tactic, Joy-Ann Reid tore him a new one.  See the Republican Lie!

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Conservative activist Herb London appeared on AM Joy and attempted to defend Donald Trump by deflecting towards conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton. Joy-Ann Reid continued her journalistic duties as she forcefully fact checked him in real time. It was an epic performance.

The AM Joy Host was not pulling any punches as she immediately corrected the record from the lies spewed by her Conservative guest. London started off by giving a long soliloquy in an attempt to minimize the severity of the Trump Scandal. He included some easily debunked statements about the Trump administration.

"I don’t believe for a moment there’s a criminal case here," London said. "I do believe that there’s an awful lot of razzle-dazzle as you pointed out. And I’m not happy about the fact that the Russians are involved in any way with what happens in an American election. But I do think that the high dudgeon that you’ve now expressed to make a major case is a distraction from the policy agenda of the Trump administration. And I’m not necessarily a defender of the Trump team. My feeling is that what you’ve overlooked is the fact that we’ve made significant strides since Donald Trump has been president, and that has been overlooked largely because this is a distraction notwithstanding your claims to the contrary. It is a distraction from the kind of policy agenda that I think we should be following."

London went into lying conspiracy land…

From <Egberto Willies>

Unfortunately, once you turn on Egberto’s videos, they don’t turn off, as long as you are at the site, wasting resources, but I did find the same clip elsewhere to embed.

Click through for the rest of the story.

Kudos to Joy-Ann.  Rarely do we see a fascist so egregiously exposed.

RESIST!!

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Everyday Erinyes #80

 Posted by at 12:27 pm  Politics
Jun 242017
 

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.”

I am running late today, and short-handed, since I really needed to ask Tisiphone to do a favor for a friend (who has an ex-spouse who needs to be – explained – the meaning of “restraining order.”)  But – as I point out every week – no one knows the true total number of the Furies, and I need to ask them if any of them are children.  Because what is really needed for the first situation this week is about 400 baby Eumenides, primed to comfort children who need it.

We probably all cringed this week when the murderer of Philando Castile was acquitted of all charges (He is no longer a police officer, but now, what’s to prevent him from becoming one again?), and many of us re-lived that horrible night, particularly since, with the trial over, the dashcam video was now available and shocking.  Castile’s death, happening as it did in front of his girl friend and right before the eyes of her little girl, was devastating even to those of us who follow such killings, and was covered here at Politics Plus as well in all the mainstream media.

What went under the radar then, and which I only realized this week, was that Philando Castile had in life worked as the nutrition services supervisor at J.J. Hill, “a small bastion of diversity, a Montessori school that draws from surrounding progressive neighborhoods.”

It was a few weeks after his death in July 2016 when Sakki Selznick learned that her daughter had been giving imaginary high-fives to Philando Castile.

Castile ― or Mr. Phil, as students at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School would call him ― often greeted students with high-fives while they waited on line to get breakfast in the cafeteria. Now that Mr. Phil was gone, Selznick’s young daughter worried she’d never get one of his famous high-fives again. One evening, she explained, she was thinking about it and she’d started high-fiving the air, hoping Mr. Phil would respond somehow.

A magical high-five didn’t arrive. Through tears, Selznick explained to her daughter that she would not be getting one. 

Ten-year old Miss Selznick is far from alone.  “395 adoring students … have spent the past year mourning Castile, a loss that was felt anew last week with the news that Yanez had been acquitted of any wrongdoing.

When the students returned to school last fall, they had been visibly changed.  The school has been doing its best to deal with the grief head on.  Teachers got special training, counselors had extended availabilty, visible memorials were created.  But  when adults cannot work through and make sense of a catastrophe. children really cannot be expected to do so.  400 or so baby Eumenides probably cannot resolve this either, but it couldn’t hurt, could it?

As one parent said, “It has been a hard year.  I don’t imagine the next year will be easier.”

Grief like this is immobilizing.  But the right is not immobilized right now.  It is invigorated.  And, while I would hesitate to call anyone on the right “intelligent,” you don’t gain as much power as they have without having something.  Call it low cunning if you will.  Shrewdness works for me.  And I am seeing a trend.  Some one, or some group, possibly not even organized, on the right, is is combining our grief and their projection to use against us.  They don’t need to immobilize us forever.  They just need to immobilize us long enough to destroy us.  From AlterNet

 You may have mocked claims about the existence of paid protesters as just another lie from the right. As it turns out, at least on this one issue, they’re actually telling the truth. The problem is, the right neglected to mention those paid protesters are part of the right-wing apparatus….  If it seemed incongruous that the “new right”—whose members have declared themselves the defenders of free speech and conservationists of Western culture—claimed to be so outraged by the recent staging of a Shakespeare play, this might explain why. And when the right talks about “paid protesters,” just assume they personally know whence they speak. 

If sending out paid protestors isn’t enough, consider how the right is complaining about left-wing violence – and using that as an excuse to knock a few heads themselves.  From Mother Jones:

“Did anybody get to bash a commie yet?” [Kyle] Chapman asked, addressing a group of “Western chauvinist” street brawlers known as the Proud Boys, who flashed “OK” hand signs as a videographer livestreamed the event for Chapman’s 34,000 Facebook followers. “Well, let me know when the time is right because I’m not going to miss out on any fun.”

Mike Cernovich, who has a lot of monty to spend on paid protesting, made it into this story too –

“These [left/right] labels are changing,” insists internet troll, vlogger, and self-proclaimed “national security reporter” Mike Cernovich, who is among the most prominent pro-Trump voices online and now works for Infowars. “Whether the liberals agree with us or not, we view the left as being the establishment now. The counterculture, the dissident thinking is now coming from the right.”

Of course where there are right wingers there will be money, and money pervades all of this activity.  Chapman is now looking to publish comic books.  Partly because:

“Marvel, DC have really let their readership down because they’ve moved so far to the left,” he told me. “They’ve gone and changed white characters to black characters. They’ve taken straight characters and made ’em gay. It’s not what people wanted. They want superheroes.”

May I digress a little bit here?  I am straight, and so white that I can’t spend more than five minutes in the sun without sunscreen.  But I can recognize a superhero when I see one – and it mostly ain’t white guys.  Anyone who is black or brown or gay or Muslim or any one of a thousand pther things these guys just can’t stand, IS a superhero.  They HAVE to be super heroes just to survive.  To not only survive but to stay positive, to stay away from hate (like the survivors at Mother Emanuel in Charleston) – these are the superest of superheroes.  Anyone who can’t see that is blind.  The blindness may or may not be deliberate.

The Nation also has an article on why political violence is necessarily on the right and of the right.  The Nation has a pretty fierce paywall, and when I see something there I might want to refer to again not in the same month, I “print” it to a pdf or an xps file to save on my computer, so as not to keep spending that same “view” over and over.  I did that with this one.

In the wake of the mass shooting in suburban Virginia last week that left House majority whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and three others wounded, conservatives have been furiously waving the bloody shirt. With LEFT-WINGHATE filling half the screen, Sean Hannity blamed Democrats, saying they “dehumanize Republicans and paint them as monsters.” Tucker Carlson claimed that “some on the hard left” support political violence because it “could lead to the dissolution of a country they despise.” Others have blamed seemingly anything even vaguely identified with liberalism for inciting the violence—from Madonna to MSNBC to Shakespeare in the Park.

This is all a truly remarkable example of projection. In the wake of the shooting, Erick Erickson wrote a piece titled, “The Violence is Only Getting Started,” as if three innocent people hadn’t been brutally murdered by white supremacists in two separate incidents in just the past month.

All of these articles are strong on what the right is in fact doing.  Unfortunately, they are weak on ideas about how to combat what the right is doing.  Because, unfortunately, just saying “Oh, they’re projecting,” is not going to work.  One either sees that or one doesn’t.  And they don’t.

But maybe Megaera and Alecto can come up with something. And, when she gets back, Tisiphone.

The Furies and I will be back.

Cross posted to Care2 at http://www.care2.com/news/member/101612212/4059167

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Mar 162017
 

I’m still sick, but my body demands a couple upright hours.  This is my only article today.  Congrats and kudos to Lona and the Netherlands for remaining a socially democratic republic.  I hope that one day, the US will become one.  In the meantime, I wonder of the Fuhrer will put Geert to work in the Rectum Reich.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:07 (average 5:10).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Trump Can’t Even Watch TV Correctly | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

Who would have ever thought that the USA would become a second rate reality TV show!! Pull the plug!! RESIST!!

From YouTube and YouTube (Full Frontal Channel):

Deepest State

 

What we actually have here is projection. Republican political appointees actually did burrow in, as Crawford Caligula was leaving.  RESIST!!

Checking in with the #Resistance

 

RESIST!! Then VOTE!!

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Feb 012017
 

I’m waiting for Store to Door to deliver my groceries.  Wendy is coming this evening.  I’m swamped with tasks, so please pardon my brevity.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:26 (average 5:50).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (RWW Channel): RWW News: Alex Jones Thinks Quebec City Attack Was A False Flag

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

This is how Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians try to project their own terrorism onto others. RESIST!!

From The Rachel Maddow Show: Democrats vow to block Trump SCOTUS pick Gorsuch

Senator Jeff Merkley talks with Rachel Maddow about his intention to filibuster Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, after Republicans refused to give former President Obama’s nominee a hearing.

 

Kudos to Jeff! Oregon leads the way! Just say NO to Neil Whoresuch! RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Donald Trump fired the acting Attorney General, Sally Q. Yates, after learning that she had downloaded a copy of the United States Constitution to her computer, Trump told reporters on Monday night.

According to the Trump Administration’s code of ethics, established by Steve Bannon, a counsellor to the President, “possessing, reading, or referring to the United States Constitution” is a violation that is punishable by termination.

Suspecting that Yates was in breach of that rule, Bannon seized Yates’s computer at the Justice Department and discovered that she had secretly downloaded a complete copy of the 1789 document.

OK, Andy! It’s time to get back to satire. RESIST!!

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