Double standards

    I came across 2 stories this morning that rather shocked me for their overt incitement to race mongering:

    "Here’s the gossip: Breitbart is about to replace Drudge as most important White source of journalism", plus

    "When Paul Ryan changed political reality. And evangelist culture slapped him down"

    I wondered where they got the affrontery to talk like that, the implicit white privilege, and the rather retro political position they've taken as if we were going back to 60's Birmingham.

    And then I squinted a bit harder:

    Cuban Dependence

    This blog was inspired by and draws from Jerry Sierra's summary of Cuba's long struggle and failure to achieve independence.

    American's will cheer or lament Fidel's passing and proceed largely ignorant of our involvement in Cuba's history the last 300 years, even as the torch bearers of the budding British presence in the New World (and the benefactors of the chaos unfolding in the Old).

    America's Batista, Whorehouse of the Hemisphere

    As if we didn't have enough Irony this year and election cycle, Castro's death now invites disturbing parallels.

    It's like Cuba went into a deep sleep, and woke up not to the revolution, but to Batista's government back in power - with the new/old values led from Washington - more 5-star hotels, "beautiful women", rigged mafia ties, military/security force backing and a callous disregard for poverty or those disconnected from this wealth.

    Yes, America's voted in the Batista of the 50's to be its new Godfather-in-Chief.

    THE WAY FORWARD FOR PROGRESSIVES IN TRUMP’S WAKE

    Apocryphal Chinese curse - May you live in interesting times.

    Voltaire - We must tend to our garden.

    As the omnipresent sounds and sights of progressives rending cloth and gnashing teeth over the past fortnight powerfully demonstrates, an ignorant, anti-democratic, immigrant-bashing, climate change denying demagogue won the Presidential election two weeks ago. With both houses of Congress in Republican hands, an open seat on the Supreme Court, and 33 states governed by Republicans, Trump's power seems nearly unfettered. How should we respond? One is reminded of the old baseball manager riddle: Question: What's your strategy when you're down 13 runs in the top of the 4th? Answer: Pray for rain.

    White is the new Black

    It's interesting, if not disconcerting, watching the right co-opt the plaints and the postures of the left, in a thoroughly cynical but formulaic pattern.

    Sure I see some problems with Politically Correct speech on campus shutting down debate. But the irony is palpable - "Yet today free speech is blatantly under attack on multiple fronts, in all of our institutions, especially in the very place where it was supposed to be most enshrined: the universities", one article in the Federalist writes.

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    L'etat, c'est Moi!" Turning America into a Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization

     

    Even as he settles one RICO action, paying 25 million dollars, by insisting, (pace Richard Nixon) that since he is King President there can be no conflict between his  interests and those of the state Donald Trump has declared it his intention to at least potentiate if not reify a shakedown scheme that dwarfs any since Rome monetized the Pax Romanum

     

    "L'etat", as the saying goes, "C'est moi"

     

     

    Identity's Many Forms

    Bernie's hit the trail again to talk about what he thinks is important, and to clue us in that voting for someone just because they're a woman is a dead-end, while blacks should be more concerned about social repression than racial.

    Since we had a whole season to get irritated with Bern-splaynin', and we just lost an important election over something we still don't understand, we should take his words for what they are - a cry for help.

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    HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAGBLOGGERS!

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    I hide.

    I am a hermit.

    I speak on a telephone with my children.

    I speak to others, sort of, on the internet.

    Ha

    We had a blizzard up here in the great white north on the 18th.

    When I say blizzard, I mean a real blizzard.

    Golden Goose vs. Golden Calf (updated)

    To hear Trump tell it, the US is in the worst financial shape ever. You'd never guess that unemployment for example had decreased from a Bush-crash high of 10% all the way down to 5%, along with restructuring banks, taking us off the "bankrupt" list, etc. (You'd think that would even produce some gratitude, but don't hold your breath. You see....

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    Mad Dog Marine of Mukaradeeb to Head the DoD?

    Cutting through the fog of American amnesia...

     

     

    Now... Let's take a trip in the wayback machine.

    Survivors describe wedding massacre as generals refuse to apologise

    20 May 2004 - Rory McCarthy in Ramadi

    --snip--

    I Know You Are but What Am I?

    The election of Trump has been touted as a challenge to "identity politics". What is identity politics?

    The Neoliberal Inside Me

    You may have heard this story. I hadn't. Or at least not beyond the punch line, the cruelty part.

    There was a man, a black man. He was angry a lot and one night when a friend couldn't afford $3 cover charge to get into a dance hall, he pulled out a gun and shot 3 people, I presume also black, but maybe not. One died. All over a $3 cover charge. He then drove away and stayed with different people for 3 days until his sister got him to agree to surrender to an old acquaintance, a cop. The cop was sitting in his mother's kitchen, said hi to him, and then turned back to speak to the mother, at which point the man fired 2 deadly shots into his neck and head.

    He then walked outside, and fired a shot into his own head, leaving him partially lobotomized.

    Abortion: Taming the Beast?

    "Safe, legal & frequent"? Hillary tried finding a way to calm the culture wars, to unite women and all people in a divisive climate around an issue that shouldn't be bipartisan - Republican women and girls go for abortions in nearly the same numbers as Democratic ones do.

    Ah, irony!

    that woman spending........years locking up the Establishment's support and it  turns out that the electorate doesn't   trust the establishment

     

     

    Don't know.The combination of  the Establishment and the electorate gave "that woman"  a  healthy popular vote margin of more than 2 million. (Or will do once the missing 20% of California finally appears.)

    Obama: Pardon Hillary-Stop a GOP Distraction Ploy

    Time to skip the happy talk about how things will be OK under our lying sex predator fraudulent ignoramus narcissist, and preemptively pardon Hillary to avoid another distracting partisan witch hunt, on the email server nonsense and Clinton Foundation 'favoritism'.

    Irony is dead. A short footnote to Alanis

    Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think, that a reality TV host got elected leader of the free world? That the corporate media mocked his rants about a rigged system and yet he won anyway? It’s like Zuckerberg making billions publishing fake right wing news but lowly media minnow Breitbart is the villain. It’s like a buffoonish misogynist defeating a highly qualified woman. It’s like that woman spending eight (twelve? thirty?) years locking up the Establishment’s support and then it turns out the electorate doesn’t trust the establishment. It’s a hundred crass celebrity ads when all you needed was a rust-belt listening tour. Isn’t it just so Ironic, don’t you think?

    Vagina Decalogues

    This year's election brought women's anatomy into play with some of the crudest language ever. We all remember that quote that kicked it all in:

    "I don't vote with my vagina"

    (or at least that's the one I remember).

    But worse, the cat was out of the bag (or Pandora's "Box", so to speak) - women's privies are fair game for contemptuous political comments. A woman, Susan Sarandon, told us so. And she's a liberal political activist, a feminist, so it must be okay.

    Just in case that wasn't clear enough, in endorsing Bernie she clarified "I don’t vote with my vagina…It’s so insulting to women to think that [we] would follow a candidate just because she’s a woman."

    The Wizard Behind the Curtain

    After a bit of thought & perusing through the archives, I'm pretty convinced Trump will give us the greatest chaos, most godawful scenarios, and we'll be tickled pink to give him what used to be an awful deal, but will now be thought of as a bad but acceptable alternative. [once upon a time Bill Clinton was a master of setting out an audaciously wide field too, to put the expectations on his side]. Trump knows how to play chicken and game it in so many ways, such as with the huge threats re: immigration, and if we don't up our game quick, we're in for a heap of trouble.

    Do It To Julia...

    I think I read somewhere or came to the expectation that values would converge - maybe because of the speed of communication, our increased mobility, our common tongue...

    I was wrong.

    Society doesn't move backwards or forwards - it moves sideways like a crab. Buckminster Fuller used to hope for that day we could move directly towards our needs, but a man embedded in tetrahedrons and spin should have realized we're always in orbit orthogonal to something we're zipping past.

    If We're Starting Over, Bernie Goes Too

    In the "lessons learned" department, we seem to be going through major soul-searching for how the party should reinvent itself, with some major finger pointing that the Clinton campaign didn't learn from its mistakes (or "doesn't think they made any"). Fair enough, maybe still clinging to a crushing near-win, maybe just unable to adapt to modern techniques of politicking. History will be the judge.

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    THE CURSE OF CABLE NEWS

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Curse_of_Oak_Island


    There is a situation-comedy airing on the History Channel called:


    THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND


    I think I wrote about it a couple of years ago.

    Say it ain't so, Joe

    As Democrats sadly and nostalgically wave goodbye to Obama and Biden, a small upsurge of the "why didn't we elect Uncle Joe" has popped up.

    Coincidentally, researching another topic, I was surprised to discover that Biden had been a Republican in 1968, making the irony complete - no "Goldwater Girl" (at 16) for Joe at 26. 

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    The war of Giuliani's Grin

     

    Good news, bad news, good news:  Rudy Guiliani will NOT be Attorney General, Rudy Guiliani WILL be Secretary of State, we will no longer be in doubt as to "why they hate us..."

     

    It is hard to conjure up a more toxic collection of misfiring neural networks than Giuliani.  He combines sumg incompetence (he ignored years of urgent suggestions too move his NYC security hub out of the World Trade Center) a megalomaniacal zeal for power, a vindictive pettiness that is legendary, and an almost autistic inability to imagine how he is seen by others.

     

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    My Election Diary: Week 1

    The next two to four weeks will be busy! Scratch that, the next two years are going to be busy. I am lucky enough to be advised by a former HRC Staff member in Georgia. I think I can make social media work to my advantage. And there is a dagger or two with special skills who have also offered to advise me.

    I haven't run for any office since Student Council, and that was a really long time ago. And I am out of practice. I've been raising children and going to work, and doing all the mundane things families do. I have no more excuses; our youngest is almost 26, and my oldest is almost 31.  So I do hate that Trump won.  I only know one way to deal with my disappointment, which means I have to do something, and I can't just sit around and bitch and moan about what went wrong.  So much has gone wrong and to assess all that went wrong in the last election and recover from it is going to take some planning and openness.

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