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[Redacted] does "Great Presidential Quotes"

Truman: "The buck stops here." (Sign on his desk)
[Redacted] Version: "The buck stops with everybody!"

Okay, everybody can play, now! I'll start us off:

FDR: "We have nothing to fear but fear itself."
[Redacted]: "Fear whatever I tell you to fear."

JFK: "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."
[Redacted]: "Ask what you can do for me, and do it!"

derivatively,
Bright

I'm trying to imagine what $5.7 billion could do in terms of REAL national security.

We have 328 Ports of Entry, and approximately 153 consulates and embassies around the world. Imagine the improvements in data management those nearly 500 facilities could implement for $5.7 billion. Additional staff could be processing requests for visas, for asylum, for all forms of entry, providing fast and secure processing at ports of entry, tracking visa holders and enforcing visa limits, providing secure asylum, identifying sponsors, nailing employers of undocumented and exploited workers, liaising with local law enforcement and social services, managing wait lists, operating courts to provide expeditious decisions...

And all of those jobs would be good quality jobs, able to hire qualified individuals, with excellent training and advancement available, building economic strength and improving relations with host countries, giving legal immigrants the opportunity to add to America's economic growth and mesh with new communities, and meeting crises and special needs with flexibility, skill, and even-handed judgment.

Instead, what does [Redacted] want to provide?

A wall to keep brown people out at the southern border.

WTF, people?

Stop claiming you care about immigration policy and/or national security and just call it what it is: a monument to ignorance, and our own national pride in being mean, racist goobers.

wearily,
Bright

It's got to really chap some misogynist asses that the two most important people in government...

...are women.

Please note the word choice: "Important."

Nancy D'Alesandro Pelosi

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

These are the two people in America's government making the toughest stand between us and tyranny.

Remember how there was a slight hope, between the election of 2008 and the inauguration of Barack Obama, that the nastier and more overt forms of American racism might be abandoned, and we might actually begin to have the important discussions about race and history that would free us from those underlying chains?

Remember what we got?

Prepare for misogyny like you've never seen it before, people. Even during Hillary Rodham Clinton's candidacy for President.

Misogynistic shit, meet right-wing media fan.

wearily,
Bright

The line I MOST want to hear from Madam Speaker:

"Please don't worry, Mitch. We plan on treating [Redacted] with every bit of the respect, deference, consideration, cooperation and bipartisanship that President Obama received from you and Mr. Ryan."

She won't, of course, because tit-for-tat isn't her style.

But a persona can dream...

wistfully,
Bright

Dear Mr. Bezos, Mr. Buffet, Mr. Soros, Mr. Steyer, et al.... May I suggest...

...a truly spectacular way for you to serve your country while ensuring the future stability of capitalism in America?

It's pretty simple: Form a consortium, buy Faux Snooze, and transform it into an actual news source.

helpfully,
Bright

What DWI teaches us about the GOP's long history of GWI.

"DWI", of course, is "driving while impaired." It's a persistent, lethal problem (every 51 minutes in America, someone's killed by an impaired driver) and it requires resources and attention from the health, social, business and legal sectors to address with any efficacy at all.

The health sector? Critical- they must have training, tools, and procedures to do quick assessments, interventions and referrals at any sign of problem intoxicant use. And the resources to provide comprehensive treatment and long-term support for problem intoxicant users.

The social sector? Education, public awareness, a social stigma attached to the horrific consequences of DWI, and a steadily decreasing tolerance for any level of impaired vehicle operation, along with support and impetus for the other sectors to provide their interventions.

Business sector? Hospitality and entertainment establishments have to be proactive in preventing impaired customers from getting into a driver's seat. All businesses that use any kind of vehicle operator have to have policies and monitoring in place. Vendors have to work with, rather than against, broader limits on supplying intoxicants in situations that promote impaired vehicle operation.

Legal sector? They're the pointy end of the stick in getting impaired drivers off the road, providing escalating levels of consequences for impaired driving, testing new laws and enforcement procedures to address the problem, promoting prevention policies and supporting all the other sectors.

The single worst aspect of the DWI problem, responsible for many deaths and injuries every year, are recidivists. Addressing recidivism is the biggest challenge of all.

Why?

Research has shown that the average impaired driver gets caught once in eighty incidents of driving impaired. Think about that. Average. So while many people may get caught on their first, third, or ninth intoxicated spin, many are also driving intoxicated more than eighty times before they're caught. A hundred times? More?

Here's what we know about how that affects recidivism: When they DO get caught, habitual impaired drivers tend to blame, not themselves and their poor judgment and their problem intoxicant use, but the officer that pulled them over, the lawyer that didn't get them off, the judge that mandated them to go to DWI class or spend time in jail. They blame the system.

Why shouldn't they? They've been driving intoxicated for weeks, months, years. Never been caught before. Obvs the prob isn't them. It's the system!

Unless, of course, they're unlucky enough to add to the morbidity and mortality statistics. Sometimes that shakes them up.

Sometimes, not.

What we know is that the more quickly we can identify a likely habitual DWI offender and catch them driving impaired, the better chance we have to educate and prevent them from picking up the habit. It's difficult, but we're learning a few things about who those likely ones are, and beginning to focus prevention programs better to reach them.

Now let's talk about another lethal and horrifying problem: Governing While Impaired.

This is the GOP's problem. They've been governing while impaired- by corruption, incompetence, ignorance, greed, and malice, for decades. And they've gotten away with it!

Again, and again, and again. They've flown under the radar, they've gotten a pass from lackadaisical and corrupt media and ethics systems, they've played the "everybody does it" card successfully, the "it didn't kill anyone this time" card, the "got no other way to do it and it's got to get done" card, all the excuses for their lousy anti-democratic governing that's slowly degenerating our republic and killing thousands, indirectly at first but now increasingly, directly (here's one).

They've gotten away with it when they've funneled money to their corrupt business partners. When they've profited by insider trading. When they've bent campaign finance laws like a pretzel and even when they've shattered them like a crystal goblet dropped ten stories. When they've enacted laws that cost taxpayers billions and enriched a few wealthy buddies. When they've changed regulations to pay back campaign contributors.

They get away with it, again, and again and again.

Now... all of a sudden, there's a critical mass, like the 'explosive growth' stage in yeast. And for the first time in decades, they may --just may start getting 'pulled over' for GWI. Possibly even face a few consequences.

Here's the deal: Anyone thinking these assholes are going to "learn their lesson" has never been to a DWI court. It's not their fault! They're not doing anything wrong! They've been doing this shit for decades! Obvs it's okay! The problem isn't them-- it's the SYSTEM. Those corrupt Democrats who have a down on them. They should NEVER be allowed to have power, right?

We have a long way to go, people.

This problem isn't going to clean itself up, and it's not going to yield to fast, cheap solutions.

We need a major "help stamp out GWI" campaign, and it's got to run for years, maybe decades, and it's got to involve many key sectors.

wearily,
Bright

On the First Day of Muellermas...

...Fox News gave to me,
A grifter up his last tree.

On the second day of Muellermas
Fox News gave to me,
Two flipping schmucks,
And a grifter up his last tree.

On the third day of Muellermas
Fox News gave to me,
Three sealed indictments,
Two flipping schmucks,
And a grifter up his last tree.

On the fourth day of Muellermas
Fox News gave to me,
Four no-knock warrants,
Three sealed indictments,
Two flipping schmucks,
And a grifter up his last tree.

On the fifth day of Mullermas
Fox News gave to me,
FIVE SMOCKING GUNS!
Four no-knock warrants,
Three sealed indictments,
Two flipping schmucks,
And a grifter up his last tree.

On the sixth day of Muellermas
Fox News gave to me,
Six witnesses lying,
FIVE SMOCKING GUNS!
Four no-knock warrants,
Three sealed indictments,
Two flipping schmucks,
And a grifter up his last tree.

On the seventh day of Muellermas
Fox News gave to me,
Seven porn stars singing,
Six witnesses lying,
FIVE SMOCKING GUNS!
Four no-knock warrants,
Three sealed indictments,
Two flipping schmucks,
And a grifter up his last tree.

On the eighth day of Muellermas
Fox News gave to me,
Eight in-laws bilking,
Seven porn stars singing,
Six witnesses lying,
FIVE SMOCKING GUNS!
Four no-knock warrants,
Three sealed indictments,
Two flipping schmucks,
And a grifter up his last tree.

On the ninth day of Muellermas
Fox News gave to me,
Nine staffers leaking
Eight in-laws bilking,
Seven porn stars singing,
Six witnesses lying,
FIVE SMOCKING GUNS!
Four no-knock warrants,
Three sealed indictments,
Two flipping schmucks,
And a grifter up his last tree.

On the tenth day of Muellermas
Fox News gave to me,
Ten lawyers dancin'
Nine staffers leaking
Eight in-laws bilking,
Seven porn stars singing,
Six witnesses lying,
FIVE SMOCKING GUNS!
Four no-knock warrants,
Three sealed indictments,
Two flipping schmucks,
And a grifter up his last tree.

On the eleventh day of Muellermas
Fox News gave to me,
Eleven Russian condos,
Ten lawyers dancin'
Nine staffers leaking
Eight in-laws bilking,
Seven porn stars singing,
Six witnesses lying,
FIVE SMOCKING GUNS!
Four no-knock warrants,
Three sealed indictments,
Two flipping schmucks,
And a grifter up his last tree.

On the twelfth day of Muellermas
Fox News gave to me,
Twelve grand jurors voting,
Eleven Russian condos,
Ten lawyers dancin'
Nine staffers leaking
Eight in-laws bilking,
Seven porn stars singing,
Six witnesses lying,
FIVE SMOCKING GUNS!
Four no-knock warrants,
Three sealed indictments,
Two flipping schmucks,
And a grifter up his last tree.

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

merrily,
Bright

TygrBright sez: I will not let them win the War on Christmas

This War on Christmas, that is.

John Pavlovitz gets it right:

Christmas, is a child of Palestinian parents desperately fleeing politically ordered genocide. Christmas is a dark-skinned refugee, born amid the smell of damp straw and animal dung, because no human-worthy welcome could be found. Christmas is a poor, itinerant, street preaching Jewish rabbi, living off the generosity of those around him. Christmas is a compassionate caregiver, feeding and clothing and healing whoever crossed his path. Christmas is a liberal activist fighting for the poor, condemning violence, shunning material wealth, and calling the world to live sacrificially for the common good.

...

The white Evangelical Church in America in 2018 has no use for this Christmas. In fact, worse than that—it has open contempt for it.

...

And this Christmas, is now hiding here in plain sight among the “least of these:”
It is the weary father of four taking refuge from ICE in a suburban church building.
It is the exhausted family sprinting through barren borderlands under the cover of darkness.
It is the transgender teenager trying to feel at home within their own body, while being terrorized by lawmakers and preachers from without.
It is the homeless veteran starving to death on the corners of its opulent megachurches.
It is the grievously ill toddler whose parents have exhausted their resources trying to keep him breathing.
It is the young black man terrified during a traffic stop, because he has seen this viral body cam video a hundred times before.

...

And so this season, while they hide behind ceremonial religion, armed with recklessly wielded Bible verses, dressed in ornamental piety, and drenched in flowery prayers and sweet songs—these religious people wage their war on Christmas; with every social media diatribe, with every piece of legislation, with every cell phone complaint to police, with every ICE raid, with every homophobic rant, with every manufactured crisis, with every incendiary Sunday sermon.


Once upon a time, Christmas was not about shopping. It wasn't about partying. It wasn't even about donating to a good cause. It wasn't about taking time from a hectic schedule of scrabbling for economic, social or political advancement to spend a few days being kinder to one another.

Once upon a time, Christmas was a call to action. It was a reminder that one birth could change everything. It was a reminder that love can take human shape, and make an immense difference that resounds through eternity.

In the darkest and most difficult times, Christmas is about the Light which overcomes the darkness, and the darkness' inability to comprehend the Light.

However you wish to define "Christ" - as Divine Source manifesting within a human form, as a Divinely-inspired preacher/prophet/practitioner of love, as a mythological figure created to inspire the practice of the Golden Rule, a culture-wide focus on the presence and meaning of Christ provides an opportunity to shine that Light on the power of every human being to live with love.

May Christmas bring you inspiration, joy, and the transcendent flow of love in all you connect to, whether you are "Christian" in any form, any kind of believer at all, or a proud atheist invested in the ethical and humanitarian potential of our species.

It's a door. I will embrace the Christmas call to action, and bust that door wide open.

hopefully,
Bright

The Qualifications This Democrat Seeks in a 2020 Presidential Nominee

First, and most important: Family values. The candidate I support must understand that the well-being of families of ALL types and configurations, of all races, faiths, national or ethnic origins is the most important concern of the Federal government. This certainly includes basic security (especially security from Russian propaganda, economic and political manipulation) but also educational and economic opportunity and - MOST CRITICAL - breathable air, drinkable water, sustainable food production from the earth for generations to come.

Second, and almost as important: A character appropriate for leadership of a complex and diverse people. The candidate I support must have maturity, compassion, intelligence, and an innate sense of ethical grounding. They must be able to weigh the benefits of a compromise against the costs- especially the non-monetary costs. They must be able to see the long-term as well as the short-term possible outcomes of a policy. And they must be able to make difficult decisions when competing interests and priorities among their supporters are at stake, and communicate effectively their reasons for a particular decision.

Third, and very important indeed: Political viability. This is a complex quality that balances experience and accomplishments against charisma and communications skills. It includes a "clean closet", a minimum of burned bridges, and enough humility to acknowledge what they don't know as well as what they do know. It strikes a balance between standing up firmly for core principles, and being flexible in accommodating differing agendas and priorities.

Fourth, and also important: The candidate should be in some way symbolic of the end of white heterosexual Christian patriarchal privilege. This doesn't mean that I won't support a caucasian male under any circumstances. It does mean I'd prefer someone who isn't a caucasian male, and if a caucasian male does want my support, their experience and their record should demonstrate their clear commitment to ending the privilege that comes with their gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. "Clear commitment" including risks taken and accomplishments already achieved.

I do realize that I'm unable to get everything I want. While I've listed these qualifications in a rough order of importance, that doesnt' mean that I wouldn't weight them differently in combinations unique to distinct individuals.

Some of the definitions of terms I've used are also pretty individual to me as well- my definition of "innate sense of ethical grounding" will probably have ramifications that others may not have. But I'll know it when I see it.

hopefully,
Bright

Here's What They'll Do Next if Tuesday Brings an Overwhelming Blue Wave

I have seen it before, in many forms.

When they lose, this is what they do: They look for a fault line.

Then they start inserting wedges. Small ones at first. Silly-seeming ones.

They get lots and lots of wedges in.

Then they start banging on the wedges, trying to fracture and divide the ones who defeated them. Rob us of effectiveness and capability. Get us fighting one another, rather than pursuing the agenda that brought about their defeat and promised hope, making liars of us.

And we have one BIG fault line offering itself as a target.

So let's prepare.

What fault line am I talking about?

We're fighting back against racism and misogyny. We want to redress centuries of oppression of those marginalized for their brown skin and non-european ancestry. We want to root out the systemic patriarchy that has deprived half of our citizens of agency and equality. This is essential, if we are to secure the existence of this planet and a future for all children.

And therein lies the fault line.

All those white women who pick up the cell phone to tell the police about black people doing the scary stuff of daily life, not to mention the 'soccer moms' who voted for [Redacted].

All those rap lyrics about "hos" and "bitches" and the machismo cultures that produce stunningly toxic misogynists with brown skins.

It may be all too easy to divide us along that fault line. What are we going to do about it?

Can we prepare?

If we are lucky, Tuesday night may usher in an unprecedented wave of new leadership: Black and brown leadership. Female leadership. Young leadership. Exactly who we need to map out new paths to a better future.

Unless they successfully exploit that fault line and get us wasting all that energy against ourselves.

Can we be ready?

Strategies?

Suggestions?

Analysis?

Disagreement?

This enquiring mind wants to know.

thoughtfully,
Bright
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