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Guest Post: Occasional Words from the Resistance …from the desk of R.E. Vanella.

Filed in National by on November 17, 2016 10 Comments
Guest Post: Occasional Words from the Resistance  …from the desk of R.E. Vanella.

In reply to anonymous; is it fascist fait accompli? Move me on to any black square.  Use me any time you want. Just remember that the goal is for us to capture all we want.    –Yes, I’ve Seen All Good People

Steve Bannon to king’s knight 2…. check.

On Woody Guthrie’s guitar there was a note taped that read, “This Machine Kills Fascists.”  Now, I’m nobody to disparage Woody Guthrie, but throughout history when fascists really needed killing the Martin 000-18 was insufficient.

John R Bolton to queen’s rook 4…. check.

Now that we’ve arranged the pieces just so how many moves will it take the Grand Master marketer and media manipulator to sort it out?

Wraith of Julius Streicher to queen’s bishop 3…. check.

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Guest Post: Occasional Words from the Resistance – The first in a series of remarks from the desk of R.E. Vanella

Filed in National by on November 15, 2016 9 Comments
Guest Post: Occasional Words from the Resistance – The first in a series of remarks from the desk of R.E. Vanella

Unhappy the land where heroes are needed.  –Bertolt Brecht, Life of Galileo

I am in here.  Like many of you I had a painful week.  I think dramatic vacillation between severe emotions has the same effect as ascending too quickly from great depths in the sea.  If I accelerate from rage directly to despondency in, say, less than two seconds I experience significant waves of nausea.

I’ve concluded that the seriousness of this moment requires us to navigate through the storms of the body and the psyche and get on the same page.  There’s been mention of coming together.  So to that end and if you’ll permit me, I’d like to make a few remarks.

What I am going to do, and what I strongly urge you all to do, is whatever it takes to prepare yourself for the fight ahead.  We’ve read polls, and spread memes, and spewed talking points, and told the jokes, and made predictions, and dismissed other people predictions, and also the videos.  It seems a little surreal that there was a game in this space around Republican primary season.  Has anyone else had this thought? Please know I mean no disrespect, but I’m in no mood to play now.

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Here’s What’s Headed Our Way – No Surprises

Filed in National by on November 14, 2016 5 Comments
Here’s What’s Headed Our Way – No Surprises

It hasn’t even been a week. 1. Bye-bye Medicare Paul Ryan has been pushing to phase out Medicare and replace it with private insurance for several years. But now it’s real with unified Republican government. He just said he will try to rush it through early next year while repealing Obamacare. 2. Repealing the ACA […]

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It’s On – I’m Sure Trump Voters (And Anyone Who Didn’t Vote Or Voted 3rd Party) Will Be Happy

Filed in National by on November 11, 2016 16 Comments
It’s On – I’m Sure Trump Voters (And Anyone Who Didn’t Vote Or Voted 3rd Party) Will Be Happy

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday that Medicare has “serious problems” that would need to be addressed when Congress moves to repeal and replace President Obama’s health-care reform law — a signal that he is willing to immediately enter the treacherous politics of entitlement reform and perhaps break with President-elect Donald Trump.

“When Obamacare became Obamacare, Obamacare rewrote Medicare, rewrote Medicaid, so if you’re going to repeal and replace Obamacare, you have to address those issues as well,” he said in a Fox News Channel interview. “What people don’t realize is that Medicare is going broke, that Medicare is going to have price controls. Because of Obamacare, Medicaid is in fiscal straits. So you have to deal with those issues if you’re going to repeal and replace Obamacare. Medicare has got some serious problems because of Obamacare. Those things are part of our plan to replace Obamacare.”

Oooh… basically private insurance for retirees! Which, if you had a functioning brain cell, you knew was always the Republican plan. If you voted for Trump, or voted 3rd party, or didn’t vote then you voted for this. No complaining. This was the agenda. Shame our media never discussed it, but, you know… EMAILS and Hillary is untrustworthy!

And as much as I’d like to lay the blame for all of this at the GOP’s feet, I can’t. On this very blog, for months – and even days – before the election we (WE!) were still discussing this nonsense. Hell, liberals/progressives were discussing the DNC and how rigged it is. We Gored (get it?) ourselves because *sigh* we weren’t inspired. Holy crap, aren’t we supposed to be grown ups? Obviously not.

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White Privilege And It’s Built-In “Lone Wolf” Excuse

Filed in National by on November 4, 2016 14 Comments
White Privilege And It’s Built-In “Lone Wolf” Excuse

I’m exhausted. This election season, along with other events, has beaten me down. It’s endless, and next Tuesday will not put an end to it. And now we have another lone wolf.

Here’s how the NYT described the “ambush shooter” who killed two police officers:

Investigators quickly identified a suspect in the slayings, who then surrendered — a local man described as a troubled loner who was familiar to the police in his suburban town, Urbandale. He had a string of arrests and confrontations with officers and others, but nothing in his record approached the scale of violence that erupted here.

Sgt. Paul Parizek, a spokesman for the Des Moines Police Department, “We may never actually know what motivated this act.”

A troubled loner. Oh well then, let’s move along. He couldn’t possibly be part of a culture. Why? Because white men are viewed as individuals. I’m so tired of this. There is a problem here, and why we keep ignoring – and excusing – it escapes me.

And the idea that “we may never actually know what motivated this act” strikes me as ridiculous.

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Wondering What White Privilege Looks Like?

Filed in National by on October 27, 2016 8 Comments
Wondering What White Privilege Looks Like?

Via TPM: PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -The leaders of an armed group that took over a national wildlife refuge in rural Oregon have been found not guilty of conspiracy and possession of firearms at a federal facility. A jury on Thursday exonerated brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five others of conspiring to impede federal workers […]

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The Walking Dead Tonight!

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on October 23, 2016 19 Comments
The Walking Dead Tonight!

Yeah, you either love it or hate it. I love it – a show I started watching three years ago when I was looking for something to do with my 19 year old son in the dead of winter. Anyway… I’m hooked. Season 7 starts tonight. It airs at the same time as Westworld (HBO’s […]

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2016 Presidential Debate Open Thread (10/19)

Filed in National by on October 19, 2016 37 Comments
2016 Presidential Debate Open Thread (10/19)

Welp. Looks like Trump’s gonna go full Breitbart – Bill Clinton’s illegitimate child?

So… how ugly is it going to get?

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#WhyWomenDontReport

Filed in National by on October 14, 2016 17 Comments
#WhyWomenDontReport

Exhibit A:

A day after Jessica Leeds accused Donald Trump of sexual assault in a story reported by the New York Times, Fox Business anchor Lou Dobbs used his large audience on Twitter — roughly 797K followers — to advertise the woman’s New York address and telephone number.

 Exhibit B:

“Take a look. You take a look. Look at her. Look at her words. You tell me what you think. I don’t think so. I don’t think so.” – Donald Trump

Exhibit C:

#WhyWomenDontReport   (Amazing Twitter thread)

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Trump Warns: Don’t Make Me Hit You

Filed in National by on October 12, 2016 6 Comments
Trump Warns: Don’t Make Me Hit You

Josh Marshall (TPM) refers to Donald Trump as an abuser. The description is accurate. In The Abuser’s House: By any pre-2016 standard we know, the entirety of angry, blustering manner would be fatal for a presidential candidate. But we’ve been living with this guy for a year and a half. We all have a little […]

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2016 Presidential Debate Open Thread

Filed in National by on October 9, 2016 76 Comments

I have absolutely no idea what to expect, but I bet it’s going to be really ugly.

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If You Thought Trump Couldn’t Be More Disgusting – You’d Be Wrong

Filed in National by on October 7, 2016 17 Comments
If You Thought Trump Couldn’t Be More Disgusting – You’d Be Wrong

Even more distressing than his words below is his sense of entitlement to women’s bodies without their consent.

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2016 VP Debate Open Thread

Filed in National by on October 4, 2016 28 Comments
2016 VP Debate Open Thread

Have at it!

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My Bet Is That Trump Will Go “There”

Filed in National by on September 28, 2016 26 Comments
My Bet Is That Trump Will Go “There”

In fact, he already has: “Hillary is hitting me with tremendous commercials, some of it said in entertainment, somebody who’s been very vicious to me, Rosie o’donnell, I said very tough things to her, and I think everybody would agree she deserves it, and nobody feels sorry for her. I was going to say something […]

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My thoughts On Last Night’s… Debate?

Filed in National by on September 27, 2016 73 Comments
My thoughts On Last Night’s… Debate?

Let me start by saying, if Hillary had behaved and said the things Trump said and did last night this election would be over. There would be no spin. It would be done. Talk about double standards. Hats off to her. She did an amazing job. Yep, amazing. She kept her cool and played him like a fiddle. That was no easy task. Don’t believe me? Then you should try debating an unhinged liar who constantly interrupts and interjects like a three year old who missed their nap – one who has no qualms about saying anything. How do you even prepare for that? In every other Presidential debate the candidates prepared by knowing each others policy positions and then pointed out why their policies were better. Trump has no policies.

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Presidential Debate Open Thread

Filed in National by on September 26, 2016 101 Comments
Presidential Debate Open Thread

Have at it. I have no idea what’s going to happen tonight.

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Democratic Convention – July 27, 2016

Filed in National by on July 27, 2016 16 Comments
Democratic Convention – July 27, 2016

Are you ready for another convention thread? Have at it!

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Bill Clinton’s Speech

Filed in Featured, National by on July 27, 2016 13 Comments
Bill Clinton’s Speech

This started out as a comment, but morphed into a post. Last night I was asked a question on the DNC Convention post, “Was Bill Clinton’s speech sexist?”

No.

Oh, you want more? Ok.

Here are my thoughts on Bill’s speech. I disagree with Maddow. It wasn’t sexist, but it was a fascinating gender role reversal. Bill Clinton was the first man to give the traditional First Lady speech.

The role of the First Lady speech is to share personal stories of her and the candidate’s life together, to show what a good and loving parent the candidate is, to remind everyone of their spouses accomplishments, their strengths, etc.. Basically, the First Lady speech is an reminder and introduction to the candidate by the person who knows them best.

Bill did just that.

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Democratic Convention – July 26, 2016

Filed in National by on July 26, 2016 85 Comments
Democratic Convention – July 26, 2016

Here’s your convention thread!

4:56 – Beginning nominating speeches and then onto Roll call votes.

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Democratic Convention – July 25, 2016

Filed in National by on July 25, 2016 64 Comments

If you’re watching, this thread’s for you!

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Trump Can’t Help Himself

Filed in National by on July 22, 2016 6 Comments
Trump Can’t Help Himself

Trump goes after Cruz because… well… we knew he would. Via TPM (go read the whole thing!): “Somebody got booed the hell out of a place by thousands and thousands of people,” Trump said. “There wasn’t one person in the room — not one. And then they said there may not be unity. Unity? There […]

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Holy &#*$!

Filed in National by on July 21, 2016 14 Comments
Holy &#*$!

Via Slate: “Conservative radio personality Laura Ingraham closed her Republican National Convention speech this way.”  I have no words.

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Warren And Clinton Meet Today

Filed in National by on June 10, 2016 17 Comments
Warren And Clinton Meet Today

Via The Hill: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will meet privately with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Friday, the Washington Post reported. The meeting comes one day after Warren formally endorsed Clinton, and amid rampant speculation that Warren is being considered as a possible running mate for Clinton. The two women have spoken several […]

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A Victim Speaks Out

Filed in National by on June 6, 2016 81 Comments
A Victim Speaks Out

This is one of the most powerful things I’ve ever read. I’m going to highlight some passages, but you should read the whole thing.

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Trump Rally Turns Violent – We Are Becoming Trump

Filed in National by on June 3, 2016 82 Comments
Trump Rally Turns Violent – We Are Becoming Trump

Congratulations! We’ve finally succeeded in making the “Both sides do it” claim a reality. Via TPM (Be sure to watch the videos): At the end of a Donald Trump rally in San Jose, California, on Thursday night, protesters began throwing eggs and punches at Trump supporters leaving the event, according to several news reports. [...] […]

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