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Deep Thoughts

They say video gaming is making us more violent. They said the same thing about TV and movies and radio and comic books. But back as late as the 17th century, they were drowning and crushing and hanging people accused of being witches.  So maybe it's just that humans can get really shitty with each other sometimes.

Today's Pix

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Today's Godliness

A preacher/teacher guy named Robin Meyers via Oklahoma Gazette:Oklahoma was the first state west of the Mississippi to be called for Donald Trump, and what prouder moment could there be for followers of Jesus? If Hollywood designed the perfect candidate to represent the anti-Christ for evangelicals, he would be thrice married, twice divorced, a builder of casinos, a sexual predator (unless the women are ugly), a liar and a man so in love with himself that his fondest wish is to die in his own arms.--and--
Democrats are all secular humanists, they said, and the problem with America is that not enough people go to church. If we had the Ten Commandments in plain sight, they say, morality and virtue would return to America. Really? If you vote for someone who violated all 10 of them, then obviously something else matters a lot more to you than the religion you are wearing on your sleeve. As for the seven deadly sins, see Donald Trump.And I'll say it again - there's plenty wrong wit…

Kleptocratic Kakistocracy

Kalamitous? Kataclysmic? Katastrophic maybe?
We're only a 'K' away - but even that's just a way to distract us from the on-rushing shit storm.

Playing The Differences

Comey's testimony, explaining why you prosecute one guy and not the next regarding their handling of classified material.

"He" in this discussion is David Patraeus.


Hillary sent an email: Lock her up! Petraeus leaked "highly classified" information: Make him Secretary of State.pic.twitter.com/ygL13Phf15 — Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) November 28, 2016
Let's review: Hillary's private server and 3 document attachments not properly identified by the sender = Lock Her UpPatraeus sharing actual classified info with his mistress = Secretary of State

Some Saw It Coming

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From The New Yorker, Joe Dator 2012


Today's Tweet

Who we are now. pic.twitter.com/hu90JUpGW2 — Travon Free (@Travon) November 28, 2016

Shades Of Things To Come

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Let's just fast forward to 01-21-17, and look in on Trump's first day in office:

Today's Tweet

pic.twitter.com/wdJz5NdRml — Theater of SciFi (@theaterofscifi) November 11, 2016

What We're Up Against

(keep in mind what happens to a segment of any population when it's been isolated for a long enough period of time)

Single-Thread explanations are not very useful when you're trying to figure out "what went wrong".

That said, there's something very compelling about this from AlterNet:
As the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump is being sorted out, a common theme keeps cropping up from all sides: "Democrats failed to understand white, working-class, fly-over America.”Trump supporters are saying this. Progressive pundits are saying this. Talking heads across all forms of the media are saying this. Even some Democratic leaders are saying this. It doesn’t matter how many people say it, it is complete bullshit. It is an intellectual/linguistic sleight of hand meant to throw attention away from the real problem. The real problem isn’t east coast elites who don’t understand or care about rural America. The real problem is rural America doesn’t understand the cau…

Just Make Shit Up

Now that Trump is playing the other side of his Unpredictability Game, the apologists have been widely deployed to explain that everything Mr Un-PC-I-Tell-It-Like-It-Is said during the Scampaign® was really just election-year rhetoric and metaphorical language - he didn't really mean any of it to be taken literally. C'mon.

Today's Pix

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New Music (updated)

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"listening to that song cuz it hurts just right" (Never Mind Your Bleeding Heart)

Regina Spektor:



A little artsy and the poetry is a tad obvious sometimes, but musicianship counts for an awful lot, plus I can hear Jennifer Warnes and Sara Bareilles, and that ain't bad at all - so I just want her to stay with it and keep gettin' better.


Here's a PlayList

The Marketplace Of Ideas

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Meanwhile, over at Amazon:






What We're Up Against

The frame has been in place for a long time - everything's better with Tax Cuts.  So, of course, we can expect the same ol' shit.

Professional Left Podcast

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And don't forget you can "donate" to the podcast just by doing some shopping thru the Amazon link on the Professional Left website.

(aka: using the Evil Empire's own money to defeat them - tilt head back; laugh maniacally)



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Today's GIF

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Something not quite right with this

On That NYT Chat With Trump

Here's the whole banana in case the pay wall at NYT jumps up in front of you.It was good to hear Donald Trump “disavow and condemn” the white nationalism of some of his supporters,in a meeting Tuesday at The New York Times.It was good to hear him acknowledge that climate change is linked to human activity, and that maybe waterboarding isn’t such a great idea after all. And speaking for the home team, it was good to hear him even call The New York Times a “great, great American jewel.”It was, of course, hard to square all these statements with his record of spreading the birther lie about President Obama, calling climate change a “hoax,” promising he’d “bring back waterboarding” and describing The New York Times as “failing.”But, hey, if President-elect Trump moderates his views, and then crystallizes those views in policies that, as he put it, “save our country,” we will commend him on growth in office. “I am awed by the job,” he said.The problem is, as pleasant as it was to hear …

Thankful For Keith

The dirty secret of the 25th Amendment: VP and cabinet can declare Trump "unfit" and 3 weeks later he could be out pic.twitter.com/0k0DQ6Z1zX — Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) November 24, 2016

Today's Today

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Don't Mean One Damn Thang

Yeah Trumpians, you're not getting jobs, a wall, infrastructure, HRC ain't going to jail, all you're losing is your benefits! Thanks alot! pic.twitter.com/qOzg8wVSZQ — philip harris (@pharris830) November 23, 2016

Trump recently indicated he has no plans to go after Hillary - although, "I don't wanna hurt her" is easily taken as a warning and as a veiled threat to hurt her a lot.

I've seen plenty of tweets and various other posts saying it's just Trump showing us he never had any intention of going after her, and whoa mama, won't the Trumpsters be upset when he starts breaking all those promises.

To which I will retort - so fuckin' what?  Not that it won't make some of the more radicalized Trumpsters a little crazy(er), but it plays for most of them as Trump The Merciful: "See? I told ya he was OK; would a really bad guy let a crook like Hillary off the hook like that?" 

(And don't get on me about how silly and contradictory the…

Today's Tweet

(I have no confirmation on this)

These fascist posters are appearing at US universities. This is chilling considered alongside the prof. watchlist. Please spread the word. pic.twitter.com/hBKjFmpdvs — Christopher Stroop (@C_Stroop) November 22, 2016

Framing

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High School Bully Intimidated By The Theater Kids

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Hamilton won a fight against the Vice President - historically, this has not been the case.




Something to remember:
First, Trump's shit-flinging is about covering up the Big Bamboozle.  This is a heist-in-progress.  So let the comics make fun of it (I can sure use a good laugh on a frequent basis), but we need to remind each other to look for the story behind the story, which is something a guy like Meyers does pretty well - but wouldn't it be nice if The Press Poodles could do a bit more of that for us?
Second - Pence may play Mr Gracious and mumble a few niceties like "that's what democracy sounds like", but never forget that a smiling hyena will still eat your children.
Don't trust this bunch any farther than you could spit one of 'em.

Who's Doin' What

(See if you can spot the ones being applied right now - by the same people who've screamed for 30 years about how rotten all of this is)
The following is a list of Power Tactics that Saul Alinsky put together in his 1971 book, Rules For Radicals - A Pragmatic Guide For Realistic Radicals.

1. Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.

2. Never go outside the experience of your people. When an action is outside the experience of the people, the result is confusion, fear, and retreat.

3. Wherever possible go outside the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.

4. Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.

5. Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.

6. A good tactic …

Today's Tweet

Mixing those interests, @realDonaldTrump, with a presidency is an impeachable offense, you smug little fascist #Resistpic.twitter.com/lKGOJmouqF — Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) November 22, 2016

Richard Spencer

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Via The Atlantic:

Spencer has popularized the term “alt-right” to describe the movement he leads. Spencer has said his dream is “a new society, an ethno-state that would be a gathering point for all Europeans,” and has called for “peaceful ethnic cleansing.”

But Not Here

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We get lazy sometimes.  We start to think "we shouldn't need that kind of reminder - not here in America".

Obviously, we do need it. And we need it precisely because this is America.

Today's driftglass

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driftglass on what to do when trying to hold Trump accountable.
In Bridge on the River Kwai, Colonel Saito never understood Colonel Nicholson...
You are stubborn,  but have no pride.
You endure, but you have no courage.
,,,but Nicholson understood Saito perfectly. 
Saito was a not-very-bright middle-manager -- a Reince Preibus -- whose only tools are the blunt instruments of the inept martinet.  And that would have been sufficient if all he had to do was keep a bunch of prisoners locked up and in line, but was also charged by his superiors with completing critical infrastructure project which neither he nor the men under his command were competent to perform. 
Saito can threaten and torture all he likes...
...but since he refuses to abide by the rule of the civilized world...
...he absolves those who are civilized of any obligation to respect his authority:
And we on the Left understand Trump and the Right just as perfectly.You are defeated, but you have no shame.Saito [speaking of the Geneva …

Today's Tweet

If Melania and Barron Trump don't have to live with Donald Trump, why do we? — Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) November 20, 2016

Rachel On Mike Flynn

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"Stick a pin in it" should be the new motto of anybody trying to push back against this.
The shit flinger depends on flinging so much shit that you just can't deal with all of it.
Eventually, all you can do is shake your head when the surrogates jump on you and demand that you cite specifics, but there will have been so much that you'll stumble and they'll take that "hesitation" to mean you're wrong (The Fallacy Fallacy).  And since "you're wrong", the False Dichotomy they've embraced for so many years automatically kicks in and that means they're right.

Big Beautiful Boobs And Buildings

SNL last nite:


Today's Skeptical Poe

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Today's Tweet

Someone found the perfect visual metaphor for the alt-right running the federal government #transition2017pic.twitter.com/qptLP1te8W — William Resh (@billresh) November 18, 2016

What We're Up Against

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Spotted in a NC parking lot (via Reddit)
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Revenge Of The Nerds

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I am dearly lovin' me some Nerdsville right now.


Today's Tweet

What he said. pic.twitter.com/l7BZjVpqw0 — Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) November 17, 2016

Today's Pix

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