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Sun Oct 7, 2018, 08:11 PM

The tiger is stirring.

My friend Charles and I get together frequently, and the conversation often turns to the dire state of things since the election of 2016. Last year, in the course of one of those conversations, I sank into a rare state of defeatism and despair. "Dear god", I said. "We really may be screwed."

Now, Charles is probably one of the most hard-nosed and unsentimental guys I've ever known. He lives in the world of hard facts. Nothing Kumbaya about this guy.

So what was his hard-nosed, unsentimental assesment?

"You're wrong, Ed.", he declared firmly. "It's going to be women. You'll see. Women are going to bring the change."

That seemed like sort of a surprising statement, coming from Charles. But I let his words echo in my brain, and I began to feel the truth of them. Waxing eloquent, I replied slowly:

"Yeeess. Yes. That's it. That's going to be it. Women are the sleeping tiger of the world. When the tiger walks, things are going to be different."

And now, sometimes when I least expect it, I get a strange feeling, and a sudden realization washes over me:

The tiger is stirring.

Sometimes it comes to me when things seem darkest.

The tiger is stirring. In the darkness of the jungle, the tiger is stirring.

I bear in mind that a tiger is a creature that moves in ways that are often outside of my understanding. It does not exist to fulfill my wishes, even the most noble of them. It does not heed my call, and it does not respond to my urging. It will move in its own way, and its own time, and not in the ways that I expect or anticipate.

But it is immensely powerful.

And I feel it, I'm sure of it: The tiger is stirring.

Oh, they think they have nothing to fear from the tiger. They think they have it cowed and tamed. They think they are strong. They think they are invulnerable.

But listen closely, friends, and listen closely, foes:

The tiger is stirring.

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Reply The tiger is stirring. (Original post)
Mister Ed Oct 2018 OP
manor321 Oct 2018 #1
babylonsister Oct 2018 #6
marylandblue Oct 2018 #7
ZZenith Oct 2018 #8
leftynyc Oct 2018 #19
Charlotte Little Oct 2018 #21
ZZenith Oct 2018 #23
Charlotte Little Oct 2018 #24
ZZenith Oct 2018 #25
leftynyc Oct 2018 #18
Charlotte Little Oct 2018 #22
samnsara Oct 2018 #2
fierywoman Oct 2018 #3
Xipe Totec Oct 2018 #4
cpamomfromtexas Oct 2018 #5
Land Shark Oct 2018 #9
pansypoo53219 Oct 2018 #10
Bernardo de La Paz Oct 2018 #11
Olafjoy Oct 2018 #12
elmac Oct 2018 #13
pnwmom Oct 2018 #14
grantcart Oct 2018 #15
Cha Oct 2018 #16
Heartstrings Oct 2018 #17
CaliforniaPeggy Oct 2018 #20
riverwalker Oct 2018 #26
LuckyLib Oct 2018 #27
rtracey Oct 2018 #28
volstork Oct 2018 #29
DinahMoeHum Oct 2018 #30
MadDAsHell Oct 2018 #31

Response to Mister Ed (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2018, 08:14 PM

1. Sure

 

But the Supreme Court will cage that tiger until after I'm dead.

This is what elections are for. This is what we tried to tell everyone for the 2016 election.

For many of us, it is likely too late.

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Response to manor321 (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 7, 2018, 08:27 PM

6. So look forward to the mid-terms. That's the next step. nt

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Response to manor321 (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 7, 2018, 08:43 PM

7. The tiger did not wake up until January 21, 2017

Don't worry about the Supreme Court, the tiger will tear it to pieces.

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Response to manor321 (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 7, 2018, 09:16 PM

8. Are every single one of your posts going to be discouraging?

Because so far, every one Iíve seen is exactly that.

Just wondering...

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Response to ZZenith (Reply #8)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 02:18 PM

19. That's what the ignore button is for (n/t)

 

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Response to ZZenith (Reply #8)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 04:30 PM

21. Ya'll can ignore my ass too

Some of us (women, cough, women) are very angry and not at all hopeful right now. Sorry we can't constantly entertain you and wear perpetual smiles.

But the damn truth is that the supreme court is going to hurt us more than men, and for some of us who are a little older, it will be for our lifetimes. Especially women of color.

So, please, if you're looking for encouragement, maybe go join a meditation or wrestling website and stay off a political one.

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Response to Charlotte Little (Reply #21)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 04:52 PM

23. No thanks. I'll stay here and fight the good fight.

And for the record, I never put anyone on ignore.

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Response to ZZenith (Reply #23)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 05:05 PM

24. Neither do I

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Response to Charlotte Little (Reply #24)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 05:13 PM

25. I hear you.

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Response to manor321 (Reply #1)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 02:17 PM

18. Do you have ANY posts

 

that aren't gloomy? Actually, it doesn't matter, I've seen none and off to ignore you go.

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Response to manor321 (Reply #1)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 04:32 PM

22. Totally agree with you

Thank you for being honest. This is exactly what the tiger faces. She'll be kept a kitten for 40 years unless a major revolution happens.

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Response to Mister Ed (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2018, 08:15 PM

2. ..purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr urrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr right..;)

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Response to Mister Ed (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2018, 08:15 PM

3. Yes ! Beautiful.

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Response to Mister Ed (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2018, 08:21 PM

4. Tigress nt

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Response to Mister Ed (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2018, 08:21 PM

5. You and your friend are SO right!

Yesterday I went to the store and a girl waited on me who Iíve never met. She proceeded to tell me that management there had been preying on the help and embezzling too!

I broached the subject about Kavanaugh and she said she is ready to vote in November

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Response to Mister Ed (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2018, 09:23 PM

9. Yep

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Response to Mister Ed (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2018, 09:54 PM

10. I want the tiger to kill trumpism.

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Response to Mister Ed (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2018, 09:58 PM

11. Walk Tiger Walk . . . nt

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Response to Mister Ed (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2018, 09:58 PM

12. My female bartender in Arizona last night (I needed a drink, bad)

Never voted before. Now voting because so disgusted by.....everything. Said boyfriend in military is deploying. She was really angry that POTUS and his family didnít pay taxes on their billion dollar fortune. ďTaxes pay Mikeís salary. They pay for his gun and bullets. I hate taxes but I pay them and I am poor. I hate rich people who cheat on taxes. It makes me want to barfĒ
November is coming

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Response to Olafjoy (Reply #12)

Sun Oct 7, 2018, 10:14 PM

13. i never used to hate taxes but i do now knowing that i'm paying for all the rich tax breaks nt

 

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Response to Mister Ed (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2018, 10:15 PM

14. Okay, but please keep working on your guy friends. We need more of them to help, too!

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Response to Mister Ed (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2018, 10:18 PM

15. "Honey I am on the way to the Post Office, where is your mail in ballot?"


The women resistance in Tucson formed their own PAC.

Very professional, little question that they are going to flip McSally's seat.

Flakes seat is going to be a woman.

In addition to the high profile actions I wonder how many women are going to undertake gentle acts of subterfuge like closing their husband's ballot.


A whole lot of people are going to wake up Nov 7th and ask "What just happened?"


They are counting on it just "blowing over".

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Response to Mister Ed (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 12:10 AM

16. Here's to our Women leading the charge and making all our Voices Heard!



Thank You, Mister Ed

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Response to Mister Ed (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 02:09 PM

17. We are women,

Hear us roar!

November is coming! GOTV!!!!

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Response to Mister Ed (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 04:22 PM

20. The tiger is stirring, indeed! A big, fat K&R. n/t

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Response to Mister Ed (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 05:18 PM

26. Tyger, Tyger, burning bright

If ever a time for William Blake, itís now.

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Response to Mister Ed (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 06:30 PM

27. K and R.

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Response to Mister Ed (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 07:12 PM

28. THATS GREAT

 

But we need the Tiger to vote, not just prowl.....

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Response to Mister Ed (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 07:39 PM

29. Thank you.

I needed to hear that message, especially in such a powerful metaphor. It reminded me of an African proverb: " The daughters of lions are lions too."

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Response to Mister Ed (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 07:49 PM

30. Heh heh. Big Pussy Bites Back. . .

American elephant steaks on the menu come November 6:

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Response to Mister Ed (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2018, 08:02 PM

31. How do we get the 30% of women still supporting Trump? The 40% that are anti-choice?

 

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