Activism: 50 State Strategy and The Constitutional Convention

[Ed. I’m pinning this to the top of the blog today. Fresher posts below.

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chairagainstwallOn Saturday the DNC held the first of four regional forums in Phoenix.

I didn’t watch the whole thing. It was a pep rally for the DLC, to propagandize DLC candidates and spout bullshit about the DLC plans for the future.

The Constitutional Convention

The only thing that held my attention and scared me was when it was pointed out that the Republicans control 37 state legislatures, the senate and the congress. If they gain control of one (1) more state legislature they could/will hold a constitutional convention and re-write our constitution.

If you’re concerned about what the Russian Puppet is going to do to us with his Supreme Court appointments, then imagine the constitution as written by Gohmert, Ryan, Pence, King and the Koch brothers.

If the whackjobs, d1ckheads, and child molesters get control of one more state legislature what’s to stop them? Basic human decency? Xristian values? Enlightened self interest?

The DLC has focused on three “swing states” in the Presidential Elections for the past thirty years, and the Republicans have worked  to take control of the government at every level in all fifty states. And they’ve done a pretty damned good job of it, too.

Only We the People can stop them. We, all of us must be involved in the governance of our land from the lowest levels to the highest.

Fifty State Strategy

“The fault, dear Brutus lies not in our stars, but in ourselves,
that we are underlings.”
William Shakespere

The fifty state strategy will return the governance of our country to the liberal foundations upon which it was built.

First: Get the DLC out of the DNC. They put us in this position.

SecondWe need to stop bitching to each other, get our asses off the couch, and go out in the real world, be adults and get involved. We must take control of our school boards, parks and rec, city councils, judicial, state legislatures, congress, senate, executive. If we don’t do this, Wingnuttia will. In fact they already have.

Third: We need good people like Elizabeth Warren, Keith Ellison and Bernie Sanders in elected office all over the country, from the local dog catcher to the Senate.

Make three calls to members of the DNC listed in the activism tab above. Advocate for your preferred candidate for DNC Chair, but most importantly advocate they support the 50 state strategy.

Please make the calls today. Our “life” depends on you.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead

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Bad Signs, Cont.

Existing

“I rebel; therefore I exist.”

― Albert Camus

(Hat tip: Scissorhead Moeman)

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News That Will Drive You To Drink

Happy Hour News Briefs

Hey Baby, Come Here Often?

Hey Baby, Come Here Often?

That old Nixon-era rat-eff’er, Roger Stone, is back to eff’ing rats (and by rats I mean the Cruz family, père et fils Rafael and Ted, not that there’s anything wrong with that):

ROGER STONE: In my upcoming book, The Making President 2016, I show you why it is not fake news and I make the case that Ted Cruz’s father was indeed a CIA operative and was indeed in New Orleans. So that has yet to be adjudicated. You’re going to want to read this book. Why did Trump do that? That’s simple. It was published in the National Enquirer, the photograph that they published came from the Warren Commission report, federal government report on the Kennedy assassination, and I will show you using a lot of high technology photographic analysis that it is indeed Ted Cruz’s father.

CURTIS SLIWA: So Roger Stone, you actually believe there is enough documentary evidence to prove that what was said by then-candidate Donald Trump the day of the Indiana primary was in fact true? The National Enquirer story that Ted Cruz’s father, now an evangelical preacher, was working side by side with Lee Harvey Oswald?

STONE: Yes.

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Public Outrage and The Dark Triad: Why Donald Trump is a Pandemic Health Crisis that we Must Stop Normalizing

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We are trapped in the throes of an almost pathological need to normalize Donald Trump’s behavior in a desperate attempt at self-preservation because we can’t fathom the reality of who he categorically is -a monster- dousing acid on dauntingly familiar and already systemic wounds.

 

We refuse to believe that the absolute worst case scenario can happen in America: that Trump will upend democracy for autocracy and authoritarianism. However, that is precisely what he is doing. Listen to Trump’s praise for dictators and fascists. Listen to him condemn protesters. He and his cabinet are steeped in racism, homophobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia, Antisemitism, and unbridled hate. We can’t fathom losing our freedoms, I know—. Though people of color, the LGBTQ community and women have acclimated to inequality our entire lives. Like millions, I have overwhelming fear for every American losing far more than I ever imagined possible.

 

The tweets spewed by his fascistic tiny fingers are an archive of how he manipulates, lies, and undermines the press and our government, fabrics of our democracy. Chief among them, our intelligence communities. He savagely attacks anyone who dare question his perceived authority. His rantings are a trove of hate designed to incite fear and rage, thus deflecting the narratives he prefer we do not dig deeper into and praising himself for false accomplishments. That isn’t normal.

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As unnerving as is to face, if we’re going to save ourselves and our country, we must stop normalizing Trump. We mustn’t allow him to dictate the conversation. We mustn’t allow him or his supporters to bully and intimidate us. We must expose his corruption and conflicts of interest and how our government is being dismantled by him and by emboldened, racist conservatives who felt “marginalized” for eight years because we had an African-American president.

 

Trump, republicans and all the rest who support him view us liberals as sore losers, when in fact, that’s not the case at all. Trump is not a partisan issue. If Hillary had lost to a “normal” republican candidate we wouldn’t be as enraged and terrified on the scale that we are of losing not only all the progress that our beloved President Obama shepherded, but our hard fought-for constitutional rights. Which explains why liberals and non-Trump supporters are justifiably outraged. To think of and treat Trump as a normal person or a normal republican is like walking into a mental hospital and conclude that someone in a straitjacket repeatedly banging their head against a wall is exhibiting completely normal behavior.

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In November, I co-authored a piece in the Huffington Post titled, “If Trump Has A Personality Disorder It May Be The ‘What’ In The Collective ‘WTF?‘” and touched on my history with a narcissist. The Dark Triad -a subject in psychology that focuses on three personality traits: narcissism, machiavellianism, and psychopathy- goes one step further and defines what I believe is a large part of Trump’s stark and deadly Cluster B personality disorders.

 

Dark Triadic people live amongst us. Not all of them are in prison for gruesome crimes. In fact, one of them is days away from occupying the Oval Office.

 

Trump’s narcissistic personality disorder is evidenced by his exaggerated sense of self-importance, his expectation to be recognized as superior and his ceaseless need for admiration. His psychology is Machiavellian in that he exploits and manipulates others to get ahead. He’s driven by self-interest. He lies and deceives others. Trump lacks principles and values. He’s cynical of goodness and morality, and doesn’t reveal his true intentions. And his psychopathy constantly manifests in his grandiose self-worth, pathological lying, conning and manipulative behavior, lack of remorse, callousness and lack of empathy, his parasitic lifestyle, poor behavior controls, lack of realistic long-term goals, and criminal versatility.

 

Combined with his stance on Muslims, immigrants, LGBTQ, women’s health, abortion, the ACA, racial profiling, law and order, Supreme Court appointments, international relations, et al, Trump is a walking terrorist threat to democracy. He is fundamentally and alarmingly unfit to serve as President of the United States. Policymakers who support Trump clearly endorse dismantling the constitution, too, evidenced by their actions. Underestimating and normalizing Trump and his supporters, including the GOP is tantamount to forfeiting our freedoms.

 

So we march. We sign petitions. We donate funds to organizations that will fight for our rights. We call our senators. We show up at our local policymaker’s offices. Every protestor is the face of patriotism. All battle cries to save our democracy from Trump is patriotism. Every anti-Trump chant is patriotism. Each anti-Trump movement is patriotism. Policymakers rejecting Trump is patriotism.

 

We the People didn’t choose Trump. We the People do not accept Trump. We the People will not give up. We the People know that America is great, and what makes us great is our diversity, inclusiveness and unwillingness to accept what we know is wrong. Donald J. Trump is wrong.

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I asked a diverse group of Americans what concerns them most about a Trump presidency. Many were far too concerned about a backlash, even anonymously. That’s wholly due to Trump. Those that were comfortable sharing their thoughts, did. Here’s what they had to say:

 

My concerns about a Trump presidency began during his campaign. I believe that the surge in hate crimes during those eighteen months was the result of the bullying and divisiveness spewed in his rhetoric. And his victory was followed by a wave of hate crimes against minorities. His maniacal fear mongering if and deceptiveness proved effective in the sense that many of those for whom MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN means going back to “the way things used to be” gave themselves permission to act out their contempt for those perceived as different. My partner and I no longer go to gay bars unless accompanied by friends. And even sadder than that, when we do something as ordinary as going to the movies, we find ourselves slightly on guard.—JP

 

I’m most worried about trump normalizing male entitlement over females and female bodies thereby encouraging a more deeply embedded rape and abuse culture toward women.—Nicole Criona

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I have never lived in fear or cared too much about one-off racist comments, or as I like to call them, “paying up my brown tax.” It was just something that happened in certain places and times. Sometimes I would shrug off, like the time a sales rep told me, “The glasses were too expensive to take them out of the case.” Other times I complained, like when my African American friend and I received horrible service at a fine dining establishment. But what I have found since Trump decided to run and stir up racist white folks, is that it has normalized hate against people of color. People no longer think about what they say. Instead, they vocalize hate on a level I’ve never seen before. Calling out hate, bigotry, and racism are things I have always done on a much lesser scale, but have now become a constant. The divisive language used by emboldened white people is stronger than before. While my voice has softened against their crazed and unfounded ideals, I’ve become fearless because I feel that it’s my obligation to use my voice for the greater good. At the same time, I’m scared of the Pandora’s box Trump has opened. I can no longer let things go. I have to fight every day for what is right and uphold the diverse ideals that has made this country great. My commitment to write, direct and produce thoughtful stories for a diverse audience remains. But my commitment is stronger than before because Trump has shown me that I can’t depend on the “friendly white friend” for support. I have to, instead, depend on the sisterhood and community of my POC (people of color) tribe to make things happen. — Ana Lydia Ochoa-Monaco

 

I’m concerned about everything, but my main concern is having a compulsively vengeful, thin-skinned child in possession of the nuclear codes.—David Axelrod

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My biggest concerns under a Trump presidency are the fact that he seems to get off on Gaslighting the public…really, you watch him on television or listen on radio or tape (ahem) something he says and then about faces, and denies it. Gaslighting creates instability and ultimately crazy making and terror. It destroys any shred of credibility he could possibly garner and mark my words this style will have far reaching and historical effects of the worst kind. My biggest concerns as a lesbian are that with the confirmation of AG Jeff Sessions that he will be instrumental in helping to pick the next SCOTUS (which was robbed from Obama by the obstructionist house) and with that they will take DOMA to the mat to get it struck down. Sessions’ voting record on LGBTQ and human and civil rights issues is abhorrent…he is not a friend, he is a foe. DOMA struck down would mean my marriage would be effected regarding taxes (my wife and I would pay more), liberties on making decisions for my family in a hospital setting outside of our home state, infringed liberties while traveling outside of the state of California which recognizes my marriage, and list the goes on and on…my biggest concern as a feminist is that Roe v Wade will be challenged and overturned, that Planned Parenthood and other like organizations will be defunded. Most people do not realize that PP services are critical for many, many mostly women/people across the board who would not otherwise have access to health services and that only 3% of their services go toward funding abortion and that THOSE funds in particular are not publicly funded (see the Hyde Amendment). This is a Public Health issue. Without these services I am deeply concerned for women’s health and the sure-to-come upturn of unwanted pregnancies and subsequent births. The people who want to defund Planned Parenthood are not Pro-Life, they are only Pro-Birth. They have no interest, infrastructure or agenda to support those women who birth an unwanted child once it comes into this world. Finally, as a parent, my biggest concern is that because Trump has galvanized his win on the wave of riding, racism, islamophobia, misogyny, and repealing regulations the EPA has set in order to combat Global Warming (science matters) to the White House, his attitude has appealed to the dark underbelly of those amongst us who feel more emboldened to let their bigotry shine in a way most of us haven’t seen in decades. And that my children will be hurt and/or attacked (emotionally, verbally, the air they breathe, the oceans we enjoy, or otherwise) by this swell of his supporters to normalize indecency, Intolerance of difference, destruction of the environment in the name of more jobs, and hate.—SD

 

There are many issues to worry about, almost too many. It feels as if we are heading towards a global crisis. With a twitter obsessed, climate denying, nuclear loving, xenophobic, racist president, anything is possible. But if what we have seen so far is any indication of what’s to come, then I’m worried mostly for the poor, the sick and minorities. Without healthcare, opportunity and freedoms, where’s that going to leave us all when we’re submerged in Trumplandia? So much progress could be lost and wasted in the next four years and I’m terrified to see what happen next.—Eric Law

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Original artwork by Heather Carr, Seattle based artist

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Bad Signs, Cont. (Early Edition)

Sharp-eyed sender-inner and noted Scissorhead Skinny-D sends us this important early bad sign from the north end of the SF Bay Area:

Pest of the Month

We’re gonna need Hydrex over the next 4 years. You don’t want an infestation of Trumps.

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Give @TommyXtopher a Round of Applause

Our pal and once-upon-a-time Scissorhead Tommy Christopher got something of a scoop, you know, just by paying attention:

Against the backdrop of President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign to discredit the intelligence community, current CIA chief John Brennan gave an eyebrow-raising answer when asked if his agency had seen evidence of collusion between Trump’s circle and the Russians whose cyberattacks aided his electoral victory. Brennan’s unusual response appears to be subtle pushback against Trump’s discrediting strategy.

WALLACE: Does the intelligence community have any information — I’m not talking about rumors, information — about contacts between the Trump camp and associates of the Kremlin about discussions during the campaign about hacking the Democrats?

BRENNAN: The intelligence community collects foreign intelligence on foreign parties, entities or people. If in the course of our intelligence collection, we pick up information related to U.S. persons or officials, which we refer to as incidental collection, we share that information with the appropriate authorities. In most instances, that’s the FBI.

And so, if we did come into contact with that type of information, it would have been shared with the FBI, and we would make sure that our intelligence committees then were aware of it as well.

WALLACE: So, is there such information?

BRENNAN: As I said, if we came into — if we had that type of information, we would share it with the FBI.

WALLACE: I mean, I just would say, that’s not a denial, sir.

BRENNAN: Well, I wouldn’t confirm or deny something like that on your program, as much as I respect you, Chris.

Brennan’s response is an extraordinary departure from the standard non-denial, and included a very detailed description of how such hypothetical evidence would be collected, which Wallace did not ask him about.

Brennan volunteered that hypothetical twice, each time pointing the finger at the FBI as an answer to Wallace’s questions about the existence of information on Trump’s collusion with Russia. If such evidence existed before the election, this insulates Brennan from the charge that he did not act properly on such information. It is also a very different response than if Brennan had simply said at the start that he would neither confirm nor deny the existence of such information.

The fact that Brennan volunteered this information twice, unprompted, is significant — if Wallace had asked him about how such intel would be treated, that would be different, but it appears Brennan was pointing viewers in a specific direction, and did so without any obvious lead from Wallace.

And almost immediately, Boom! Down comes the mango-hued shitgibbon:

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Midday Palate Cleanser

Who among us have not wanted a good butt rub?

“MORE!”

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Eiron, the Goddess of Irony, laughed so hard she farted:

My Little Pony fact checker Sean Spice white ‘splains civil rights to Rep. John Lewis:

“I think what’s disappointing is someone like John Lewis, who is such an icon of voting rights and civil rights, to make a comment about the legitimacy of an election, something that he’s fought so hard to create the integrity of, to talk about delegitimizing an election.”

…and fails to mention that Trump — who is the most unpopular incoming president in history, who lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes — spent eight years leading the Birther charge.

That takes some brass.

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Another GOP Portrait of Courage

What the Tweet doesn’t mention is that Rep. Coffman was being deluged with constituents angry about repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Dude, you work for them. You just skipped out on a meeting with your boss.

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Less than 100 Hours…

"A Strong Man for Troubled Times"

“A Strong Man for Troubled Times”

…before the Russian Usurper is sworn into office.

Ratings matter to Trump. Factbase lists 804 instances of him mentioning ratings, including my favorite, in which he calls himself a ratings machine.

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And so this is what we must do: we must deny him his ratings.

Do NOT watch any coverage of his inauguration. Something has to WIN the ratings that he absolutely will check, so it helps if we are all on the same page.

I urge you to give your vote to Comedy Central’s all-day South Park marathon by setting your teevee or computer to that station (you don’t have to watch, or listen). Make Trump a LOSER to a cartoon. It’s perfect. It’s the spitballer thing to do.

Then once you’ve set your teevee to Comedy Central, take to the streets.

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One Lump of Stupid or Two, Bloomberg?

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A bust from The Pantheon of Dunces

Live! From the Pantheon on Dunces!

Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie tells us:

COVERING THE COVERAGE – “Bloomberg’s special Inauguration coverage begins [tonight] at 9 p.m. ET with the first of four one-hour ‘With All Due Respect’ specials hosted by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann that will explore different elements of the new administration’s priorities. … On Inauguration Day, Halperin and Heilemann will anchor live coverage of the day’s events from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET available on Bloomberg TV, Bloomberg.Com and live-streamed on the Bloomberg Politics YouTube page, and will host an encore episode of ‘With All Due Respect’ LIVE at 5 p.m. ET on Bloomberg TV.”

How is Halperin able to talk with the Russian Usurper Trump’s wee wee-wee in his mouth?

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