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I have a garden gnome. His name is Chomsky.

Every day, we wake to some new outrage as decency is attacked on a thousand fronts. I replied to someone else here, a retired man in TX who deplores the hatred that dwells now in that state. He says there is real hatred now in this nation, and I'm made mindful of McCain's comment during his campaign when a woman said Obama is a Muslim who wants to destroy our way of life or some such. McCain said, "No, he's a decent man who has different opinions than me."

I guess that was how civility died, a casualty of the constant Koch-funded propaganda organs which spew out dehumanizing hatred towards us Democrats. So here's what I said to the gentleman, and NOW I SAY IT TO YOU BECAUSE THE ELECTION THIS NOVEMBER MAY WELL BE THE LAST CHANCE WE HAVE TO PEACEFULLY END THE RIGHT-WING COUP AND SAVE OUR REPUBLIC.

So here goes: if you disagree with me, fine. No problem. I'm not asking you to feel like I do, but I am pointing out some stuff and saying that all of us need to do everything we can to turn our government blue in November!

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There is real hatred. The Koch brothers and the other billionaire freaks who own the Republican party and its propaganda organ love to spew out vitriol that dehumanizes Democrats.

Why? Well, this is a slow coup. The billionaire freaks and multinational corporations are trying to make America an oligarchy where we are merely wage slaves with no rights as workers. They want to exploit us for starvation wages, work us long hours in unsafe working conditions and not provide any healthcare or old age pensions. Ideally for them, we should live in constant fear because they believe such fear motivates us to work harder longer - even if we are sick or become disabled. You want to know their vision? Read Jack London's 'People of the Abyss.' Dickens' 'Christmas Carol' alludes to it as well. Unrestrained capitalism is heaven for a few, and a life of unremitting, grinding poverty, fear, hunger, illness and wage slavery for the rest of us.

So these jokers know that if they dehumanize us, it will be easy for them, should the need arise, to send the neonazis, nazis and kluxers out into the streets with truncheons and guns to bloody us and make us run.

At least that's how I see the current situation. Fortunately we still have enough real Americans, people who put nation over party, in powerful enough positions to try and save the republic. They are disparagingly called 'deep state,' again a term the billionaire freaks have ejaculated into common lexicon through their throbbing propaganda organs of Info Wars and hate-talk radio.

And, we have the press, which Trump, of course, for his own reasons is disparaging and calling an 'enemy of the people.' Because Trump is basically a shill. Like the Kruppers and IG Farbens thought Hitler would be. He wants to impose a white nationalist government, which taken in combination with the oligarchy the billionaire freaks want is a FASCIST government that will lead us to a world war as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow.

That, my friend, is why we must get the vote out in a big way in November. It may really be our last chance to avoid a long, dark, hungry, terrible and bloody ride.

Some cheerful news today, which we can use after Trump's disgrace on the international stage with

Putin.

Here's the story of how a man who has been a Republican all his life and has always voted a straight Republican ticket, including in 2016, has gotten to the point that he's going to vote blue in November!

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Was on the phone today with my wife's brother, who owns a wholesale operation in KY serving a national chain of stores. We'll call him R.

R called my wife today to get a phone number, and he and I chatted a bit. He and his wife are going to Ireland on vacation soon, and he expressed some concern about how they might be treated because of Trump. I said that I'm sure the Irish understand and differentiate between the American people and Trump.

And HERE'S the cheerful part. He said, "You know, Pat, I've been a Republican all my life, but in November I'm voting straight Democratic because I'm so disgusted with Trump and with how things are going."

Oh, man, my wife and I looked at each other, eye wide, jaws on the floor. We talked a bit more after this, about how Trump has lurched from one disastrous policy to another and the disgust R expressed was very heartening.

So...shall we be like the Salvation Army and save 'em one at a time?



GOP candidate in Kansas: 'Outside of Western civilization, there is only barbarism'

Source: CNN

The comments from State Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, a candidate seeking the Republican nomination in the race to replace retiring Rep. Lynn Jenkins, came at a July 2 meeting of the Leavenworth County Republican Party. During his more-than-30-minute speech, Fitzgerald lamented the fact that people believe "Western civilization is the problem," argued that Christendom is "under attack" and doubled down on his previous statement that Planned Parenthood is worse than a Nazi concentration camp.

"We are being told that Western civilization is the problem in the world," Fitzgerald said, according to video provided by a Democratic operative. "Outside of Western civilization there is only barbarism."

He added: "Our Judeo-Christian ethic is what is civilization. And that is what is under attack here and abroad. It also goes by a different name. Christendom. It's under attack. And even speaking about it can bring you under attack. It has brought me under attack."

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/07/politics/steve-fitzgerald-kansas-candidate-barbarism-comments/index.html



This is how white nationalist racism looks on the ground, people. Let's make sure we watch this race and help whoever the Democrat is that is running against this cretin.

Scott Pruitt is the face of America's big problem

Great opinion piece from CNN. Here is the link: https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/09/opinions/pruitt-sums-up-americas-biggest-challenge-sachs/index.html

Well worth reading. Here are some selected excerpts.

The current state of our politics would be risible if the stakes were not so terrifyingly high. Pruitt has made a career of trying to gut any and all environmental protection. Trump is an unprincipled hothead real estate developer and reality TV persona who lost all access to serious capital long ago and so has largely relied on foreign money to keep afloat, as even his sons have reportedly affirmed. Yet Pruitt is now in charge of dismantling every barrier between us and environmental ruin, and Trump has the nuclear codes that could end life on the planet.

They both work for larger financial interests. Our country today, and indeed much of the world, is run by and for billionaires actively manipulating the political process. They have the means, power, influence and muscle to get their way. Trump was elected with the backing of several, including Sheldon Adelson, Carl Icahn, Robert Mercer, John Paulson, T. Boone Pickens and Peter Thiel. And Trump has delivered for them, most importantly by signing into law last December a budget-busting $1.5 trillion tax cut that largely benefits the rich.

Even now, all is not lost. The rich may have the money but the people still have the votes. Yet time is short. November is our best hope to reclaim our democracy from the likes of Pruitt and Trump.


I have a promise for all of you.

First, we must totally repudiate the Republican evil this November by voting straight D. We must accomplish this first.
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Yesterday morning I hugged my little 2 1/2 year old granddaughter - she is so precious, so smart, full of love and life.

Then I wept at the picture of the little Honduran girl. Now we find out there is no real record of where these kids are and it will be nearly impossible for the parents to find them in the living hell that is Trump's gulag.

SO THIS IS MY PROMISE TO ALL OF YOU:

I will work, for years if need be, to bring these criminals to justice. They are guilty of crimes against humanity, and there is blood and death on their hands and in their souls. I believe we should set up an international tribunal where these criminals can be put in the dock and the whole sordid story can come out, and they can be sentenced to just punishment.

What will happen, I wonder to that little Honduran girl? To the other 2,300 kids lost in the shit-hole of immorality that passes for ICE. Where are all the private concentration camps where these kids are being held? How much money have they sucked from the treasury to perpetrate suffering. How much pain and suffering must happen before we get rid of these fucks?????

THERE SHALL BE A TRIBUNAL WHERE THESE CRIMINALS CAN BE TRIED FOR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY. THEY MUST AND WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THESE ATROCITIES.

A letter to Republicans I just posted on the Hill.

Well, I just got off the phone with both my US Senators and my Representative. I'm calling them daily until we can find a resolution to this moral crisis. Two things: Trump tweeted that it is the Dems fault, and equates immigrants with vermin who infest our country. In other words, like the Nazis in the 1930s, he is systematically working with his base to dehumanize people who disagree.

Then there's a memo from DOJ to ICE that calls for agents and judges to go through six weeks of training on 'mass migration emergencies, enforcement initiatives and management needs including staff shortages.'

Problem is, I object to being dehumanized, and I object to the cruelty of this policy. You want to be tough on immigration? Fine. You don't want to let these families in? Fine. But don't take the children away from their parents and put them in cages. That is a crime against humanity. Because they ARE human. As human as you.

And you know what, to the people who will reply to this with some flippant thing that says, in effect, that it is either a) the Democrats' fault, and/or b) the suffering of the children is the fault of their parents, I ask how you sleep at night. I'm looking at the picture of the little two-year-old girl crying as ICE takes away her mother, the photos of caged children living in the new Trump 'hotels' in southern TX, and a picture of rosaries confiscated at the border.

Those rosaries remind me of the piles of wedding rings the Nazis 'confiscated' from their victims before the gassed them and cremated them in huge ovens. I remember the railroad car full of shoes at the Holocaust Museum.

So, for those of you who are all frothy and worked up about MS 13 - that's a 1980s LA street gang whose members are all probably well into their 70s by now. Maybe it exists, but to say that ALL of these people seeking asylum are MS 13 is the same as saying because this granny smith apple is green, all apples are green. It just isn't so. If you think that imposing cruel and inhuman punishments against people who come to this country with hope in their hearts and ask for asylum is OK, if you think taking children away from their parents and putting them in cages is OK, think again.

Your party will not always be in power, and the arc of justice is moving. If camps are built and children die, there will be a tribunal, and those responsible will be put in the dock and held accountable for their crimes against humanity. We did not accept the excuse that "I was just doing my duty" at Nuremberg, and we will not accept that from these ICE people. So be careful. Stop this cruel policy. Nip it in the bud now. Be tough on immigration - that's fine. But do not forget the humanity of those who look at America with hope.

Bill Clinton says impeachment process over Russia probe would be underway if Democrat were in office

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN)Former President Bill Clinton said that impeachment hearings would have begun if a Democratic president, instead of Donald Trump, were in power and the Russia investigation was as far along as it is now.

"I think if the roles were reversed -- now, this is me just talking, but it's based on my experience -- if it were a Democratic president, and these facts were present, most people I know in Washington believe impeachment hearings would have begun already," Clinton told "CBS Sunday Morning."

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/03/politics/bill-clinton-donald-trump-russia-investigation/index.html



Right he is. If a Dem were in the WH and Republicans controlled both houses, impeachment would be in progress whether there was a crime or not.

But Republicans have a different take on the law in terms of whether they should have to obey. They believe they are above the law.

Protesters hold 'die-in' at grocery store

Source: CNN

Publix has suspended its political contributions as it re-evaluates its giving processes, the national grocery chain said in a statement. The announcement comes days after Parkland student activist David Hogg called for a "die-in" at the grocery store to protest its support for a Florida gubernatorial candidate backed by the National Rifle Association.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2018/05/26/david-hogg-publix-die-in-abc-orig-vstop.cnn



That's pretty much all the text in the article, but the video is worth watching. Those Parkland kids are really inspiring.

A 'die-in!' Who would have thought? And...more importantly, who would have thought it would change the way a corporation donates?

In preparation for upcoming election

Since the Secretary of State in Colorado is Republican, he sent all of our voter registration information to the Trump administration when it made that illegal request.

I just checked my registration, and those of the rest of my family.

Colorado allows us to perform such a check online, so it was easy, and we have mail-in ballots as well. We can a) mail it in, b) drop it off, or c) vote in person on election day.

I urge all of you to perform these checks regularly on your own voter registration. I think our party will have an historic turnout for an 'off-year' election, and the worst thing that can happen is if you show up to vote and they don't let you. It's going to happen, but we must try and minimize it.

Death penalty and assisted suicide: the right to die.

Every day, we see a dozen new outrages from these horrible Republican cretins. Since I sometimes weary of adding my minor 2 cents worth to these despicable happenings, I thought it might be fun to introduce a topic for discussion that I know we don't all agree on.

I do this because it seems to me that after November, we will be having some different discussions, and after November 2020, we will quite likely be debating issues like this among ourselves.

So here goes:

I often accuse anti-abortion folks of not being 'pro-life' because how can you be if you don't care about people after they are born?

But, here, in our party, we have what I suspect is a sizable minority of people who are pro-assisted suicide, and pro-death penalty.

In my state, we passed a referendum that made it possible for someone terminally ill, and having six months or less to live, to die by assisted suicide. How this looks on the ground is that you need to get two doctors to sign off on the prescription, which is hard. They want to know if you're of sound mind, if you have thought it through, etc, etc, ect. Personally, I'm for this and think it is fine, but I fear I might not do such a thing due to residual religious upbringing (i.e. fear of consequences in the afterlife for copping out in this one.). Still, it has always irked me that we must have life forced upon us regardless of its quality.

And, as to capital punishment, I'm for it. Because I cannot think of anything, ANYTHING, more cruel than being caged for the rest of my life. I would rather die, because that seems to me more humane. Of course, it should be limited to people we're absolutely sure, due to DNA evidence and witnesses, did the crime. And as to method, I have always believed the more 'humane' ways of execution are actually the most cruel. Lethal injection? The horror. The chair? No.

If I were to be executed, I would want to have it done in the least cruel method possible - either the firing squad or the guillotine. Those, it seems to me, are the most humane because they are instant.

So how do you all feel? Will you bother to comment? Doesn't matter, really. But if you do, that is great.
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