A FB Post From a Friend

Shared:

Women: “Can I have birth control?”
Republicans: “No.”
Women: “I couldn’t get birth control so I got pregnant. Can I have an abortion?”
Republicans: “No.”
Women: “You prevented me from having an abortion so I’m carrying the fetus, but my employer won’t provide reasonable accommodations and is threatening to fire me. Would you please pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act?”
Republicans: “No”
Women: “I had the baby, but I’m out of work. Can I have WIC and food stamps until I get back on my feet?”
Republicans: “No.”
Women: “I found a job, but it doesn’t offer me insurance. Can I have government guaranteed insurance?”
Republicans: “No.”
Women: “My kid got sick and I got fired because I missed time caring for him. Can I get unemployment?”
Republicans: “No.”
Women: “I’m having a hard time getting my kid from school consistently. Can we fund after-school programs?”
Republicans: “No.”
Women: “I’m prepared to work to support my family. Can you make sure that a full-time job’s minimum wage is enough to do that?”
Republicans: No. But what’s the matter with you and your family, that working two jobs can’t lift you out of poverty? And what kind of a mother are you, letting someone else watch your child while you work? If your child doesn’t do well in school or gets in trouble, it’s entirely your fault. You shouldn’t have had a child if you weren’t prepared to take care of her.”

And that about says it all.

#TakeAKnee Protest

I say one thing:

No employer, outside of owners of sports teams, demands the national anthem be played before they begin work. Outside of my Navy days I have never had the national anthem played before I plunged into my “Today” pile.

Articles like this one from Redstate.com about the [perceived] death of the #TakeAKnee movement make me angry. It starts with the press promoting the idea that this is about the flag and respect, and the anthem and respect, and standing and respect. And the Redstaters eat it up and the Bluestaters shrug and move on to the next civil rights violation. When it has nothing to do with respect of the flag, but respect of a people. That’s why media won’t touch it. It’s a civil rights issue.

About respect. I always thought kneeling was respectful. What if the players decided to turn their back to the flag, would that have been fine, or an even worse offense? Would people have made the same judgement: it’s about the flag? The news media is largely at fault for their part in misleading from the true meaning of the TakeAKnee protest to a false one about the anthem, standing, sitting.

 

 

And the NFL is going to back down from the Almighty Naked Emperor, and demand players stand. I’m ashamed of the corporation that stands down at the threat of “bad ratings” about an issue that is not the issue. These owners of the players. Players I might point out are generally Black. Black men being owned by rich white men none of them ever sees up there in the Big House.

The players are free men and they are free to protest. And where better to be seen by millions of people. The devastation Kaepernick must feel. The anger and frustration. I feel it, so I imagine he does too, especially with the law suit.

No where in the constitution is there anything about standing for the anthem. There are no rules, outside of the military rules of a salute, and if a civilian to remove hats, stand, etc. It’s a military thing and was started as a patriotic whim in 1918 during WWI, which turned into publicity for baseball. And we all know how that works. It has no real basis to be played before a sporting event. Personally I think it’s silly. Must I prove my loyalty only at sporting events by standing when the anthem is played? What about the other events I attend: concerts, movies, camping, family reunions.

Any redneck, backwoods knuckle dragger wants to wave the Nazi flag and hang the Confederate flag in a prominent place in his house, like, say, the front room picture window, is free to do so. No one bats an eye. After 200 years, no one seems to notice. And yet it offends intelligent people everywhere. You cannot honor each flag in equal, would that not indicate a lack of loyalty to another? Obviously these people are not loyal Americans. Some rednecks are proud war vets you say?

There are many Black veterans as well. And after they fought for YOUR freedom, and helped free Jews from prison camps, they came back to segregated water fountains, buses, neighborhoods, unemployment, poor education, etc. Black men who fought and were injured, and I’m betting not paid but 1/3 the pay of any White soldier. There’s some research to be done here. Odd that the Black war vets do not hang Confederate or Nazi flags in their homes. They hang American flags.

 

 

Ack!

I’m spending 2 out of 5 days unable to get out of bed because of depression from watching D. Trump destroy our country.

I blame those who voted for him.

I blame the Electoral Collage, which should have saved us from this fate!

I blame the GOP for goading him on.

I blame Congress for allowing the chaos to overwhelm the WH.

I blame Trump’s father.  He must’ve been some kind of monster to have destroyed DT’s mind and stunted him at about age 5. I think his short attention span, his ability to rationalize, his lack of empathy, his need to bully, his “mine, mine, me, me” attitude, and his vocabulary all put him at about 5 years old.

Why is a 5 year old running (ruining) my country?

Washington: FIX THIS! I can feel the revolution bubbling now.

In San Juan, Trump Tells Puerto Ricans That They Have Been Lucky

I can’t say it better than this.

Repeating Islands

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A report by Philip Gourevitch for the New Yorker.

One of the more memorable headlines of the past quarter century read, simply, “If Bosnians were Dolphins.” It appeared in Commentarymagazine, on an article by Edward Luttwak, which began, “If Bosnian Muslims had been bottle-nosed dolphins, would the world have allowed Croats and Serbs to slaughter them by the tens of thousands?” That question came to mind as Donald Trump flew south to spend a few hours in Puerto Rico, nearly two weeks after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria: two weeks during which it became clear that the Administration had done practically nothing to prepare the island for the alarmingly forecast storm; two weeks in which the federal response to the storm’s ravages has only gradually approached something like a mobilization that would have been appropriate on Day One for a much lesser calamity; two weeks in which…

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Stop It!

Stop it! Please, I ask all media outlets to please stop calling this biased, misogynistic, egomaniac “President.”  Since so many of us agree that he is not fit to be president, he should not be so addressed. Maybe we could call him Emperor, as in the one who wears no clothes though I’m sure he’d prefer something like “Your Highness.”

TrumpsuitWhatever else he is, he is definitely not “presidential” in his unbuttoned, wrinkled suits and over-sized red tie. He’s the Columbo of presidents, where in comparison, Obama was James Bond. 45’s limited vocabulary makes it nearly impossible for him to speak extemporaneously and be understood. Give him a script and he looks like a 10 year old reading aloud in class.

He makes executive decisions in TWEETS for pity’s sake. He doesn’t follow proper channels. Every day he insults someone. Every day he blames someone else. Every day he lies. He’s sneaky, and conniving, and even in DC seems like someone no one should trust, least of all the American people. I might go so far as to say he is evil in his endless pursuit of his own imagined greatness.

He has served 254 days, 1 hour 16 minutes and 10 seconds as of this writing, and what has he done in that time? Insulted disaster victims, mayors, soldiers, everyone in the LGBTQ community, people of color, the poor. He pretends to be Christian, yet does nothing Christian-like. Exactly as his (so-called) Christian followers behave. He spits on the Constitution and denegrates the Founding Fathers, who we all know were as duplicitious as anyone and just as falible, but still more honorable than anyone in the White House today.

If we have to accept this bilious bag of bullshit as our leader, can we all at least agree to call him something else? Not My President Trump works for some of us.

 

Open Letter to US Congress

Shame on you! This is NOT Game of Thrones. Or is it?  Every. Day. It’s some new atrocity out of your boy’s mouth. He’s vile, despicable and nasty as licking road kill. Saying the Puerto Ricans “want everything done for them,”  as he climbs his jet for another US tax-payer funded golf trip. A trip Puerto Rican taxes help pay for!

He’s vain, arrogant, and mean (in every way). He believes himself to be the King, and you guys are calling him Your Grace. Meanwhile the rest of us know he’s a naked emperor and he’s running amok.

While numerous key positions in the White House have still not been filled, of course incompetence reigns and chaos follows. It’s no wonder the WH was not pro-active regarding Hurricane Maria. No one is in charge! Your leader seems to believe the US can be run like a business and closes it’s doors between 5PM and 8AM.  I can just imagine the conversation as Ivanka sticks her head into his office on Friday to update him on Maria. “What’s that? We have people dying in Puerto Rico. Right. Well, it’s 5 and I’m off to Mar a Lago. See you Monday.”

It is up to you to stop him from doing stupid, Un-American things like the It’s Not A Ban Ban on Muslims or destroying health care or over taxing those who can least afford it. Do you really hate the US so much? Is it just the nearly depleted Middle Class, the Poor? Or is it just anyone not white and rich?

Are you really afraid of Muslims, or are you just pandering to the fears of the uneducated masses in Red States and fanning the flames of conflict? Did you lose the Handbook of Intelligence and Morality that came with the suit and red tie? Are you keeping up with your Continuing Education credits on morality and ethics? I think not.

You are a bunch of self-serving, hateful, cruel people pretending to do an important job while you play us like fools. If I could I would fire each and every one of you, you’d have been gone yesterday! The time for action is well past.  Right now the peoples’ hope rests with Mid-Term Elections & BrandNewCongress, and Robert Mueller.

It may not take an armed coup, but I wouldn’t rule that out. When your government tells you to quit whining and die, the people don’t have much to lose, do they?

This Little Group

The Free Thinkers and Peace Builders group I started with a friend has grown quickly. We have 85 members and have only been around 3 months! I thought having this many members would mean good turnouts for the meets I create, with lots of good exchange of ideas.

Alas, I have been disappointed. I know, people join online groups all the time and never attend a single meet. I’ve done that. You get busy and can’t make yoga. Or didn’t write anything to present to the writers group on Monday. I had thought this group was made up of slightly more determined individuals. If we want to make change, talking to each other is key! If we are not determined, why are we bothering?

If you are not committed to making change, how can change ever come? Do people expect things to change simply because they want them to? I know we have leaders out there. Those determined to expose Trump for the racist bumpkin he is. People trying to change the US justice system. They don’t seem to get the media coverage they deserve. Those in power do not really want anything to change. They own the media. All of it, and no one seems to care. Except me.

CNN and the thousands of “independent” news outlets are too busy spending two weeks discussing a hurricane. For 24 hours a day, every day.  For two weeks! And if there is no storm or crisis they still only show you the same 5 stories all day long. It would appear that today’s media does not realize there are more than one story a day.  CNN doesn’t seem to realize what a parody of news it has become. In the US we have CNN or Fox. That explains a lot doesn’t it?

Today’s Newsroom Meeting:

“Ok boys, go out and get those stories.” The “reporters” all look at each other. “What’s the boss mean, “go out”? I pick up all my stories off of Facebook and other social media. I don’t have to “go out” anywhere and talk to people live and in person. I’ve got important shit to do.” So the “reporters” set their interns the task of bringing stories to them off the internet. There are only five reporters, and five interns, therefore, we get only five stories. Not a one with verifiable sources. Are we just lazy? Is it just because my family loves to watch CNN day and night and I get incensed that the story, and clips and interviews that I saw at 9AM are the exact same I see at 9PM.

Today I feel disappointed. I know what I’m trying to do isn’t easy and not everyone can devote the same amount of time and effort. But I can’t do this alone! Have those who have joined my group done so for no apparent reason? Do they care about what I am trying here? My friend who started this group with me has since abandoned the cause. I feel ready to do the same. My WP site costs me money. My Meetup page costs me money. Not much but it’s money that I would otherwise spend on useful things like food. I’d like to think what little I pay out would pay off in a good solid group of people.

Today I am disappointed in my fellows. I sent a notice for a meeting. The topic doesn’t really matter as long as we discuss the important stuff. But only ONE person showed up for the last meet and only ONE has signed on to attend this one. I don’t know if I should bother. You can’t hitch your star to someone else’s wagon.

Same question I ponder daily: Should I give up or keep going?