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Fritz Walter

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"All that we share"

This video brought tears to my eyes.

First, its message and method are so very powerful. Especially for me because I have very close friends who live where it was produced, Denmark.

Second, I am so filled with rage at what our nation has become. Since November, it has been all about putting fellow citizens -- and would-be citizens -- in boxes, then closing up those boxes, and wrapping steel bands around them. Throwing some boxes into the ocean, and others off a cliff.

But it does give me hope that one day we could rebuild our culture to resemble what's portrayed here.

Perhaps in 2018.

Because if we do not recover our collective sanity by 2020, I may be living in Denmark... if they're accepting refugees then.

Playboy: Drumpf "...Has Already Made America Great Again"

A female business acquaintance and FB friend posted this link to a Playboy article earlier today without comment. Given the fact that she is more than a bit conservative, I found her post intriguing to say the very least. I recall Playboy as having been a mostly-liberal publication. Until now.

Some of the points made by the writer -- one Bridget Phetasy (I shit you not, that's her byline) -- include:

HES INSPIRED PEOPLE TO TAKE ACTION
Okay, millions of us are marching and taking other actions to fight back against what appears to be the most regressive and oppressive regimes our republic has ever seen, but at what cost?

HES FORCED US TO FOCUS ON POLICY
I just wish there was a single, coherent policy emerging from the executive branch over the past few days, but wishing doesn't make things so. Please do carry on...

HES REVEALED OUR BLIND SPOTS
The author elaborates by stating:
...there is little room for nuance in the liberal media circle-jerk.
Excuse me? Are you attacking liberals for a tactic that the Alt-Right have (ahem) honed to perfection? Don't recent events and statements from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue completely undermine your argument, such as it is? And must you compare the serious work by working journalists (excluding Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and other alt-Right channels) in adolescent terms?

HES FORCED US TO RECONSIDER OUR VALUES
This article was written over a week ago. I think "our values" are abundantly clear now, in light of recent developments, i.e. executive orders that would have made Hitler and Pol Pot blush (if not ejaculate, given the publication through which you've chosen to express this opinion), but please, do continue...

HES PROVEN JUST HOW ADDICTED WE ARE TO ENTERTAINMENT
Fine words from a masturbatory magazine (and cable TV channel, as I recall), but I agree: "we can do better." However, you're not helping by throwing gasoline on a Drumpster fire.

HES WOKEN US UP
Much in the same way that a two-by-four upside the head would. But at what cost? This is more than entertainment -- our lives and livelihoods are on the line here, as well as those of our fellow global citizens!

So Ms. Phetasy, my personal and professional recommendation is that you return to writing your "Sex and Dating" column and trolling celebrities on Playboy, and leave the serious commentary to others.

Your publication is no Esquire, and you, my dear, are no Charlie Pierce!

Did anyone else catch this gesture?

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/kellyanne-conway-snaps-at-chuck-todd-sean-spicers-lies-about-crowd-size-are-alternative-facts/

Those of us who have traveled to the U.K. or British Commonwealth countries -- or even just watched BBC-America -- recognize this gesture: index and middle fingers up, with the palm towards the one giving the gesture: "Fuck you!"

As much as we on this side of the aisle may have given the finger or other similar gestures to Mr. Todd privately, or among friends -- to do so in public, let alone on network TV -- is intolerable. By extension, she's giving all of us the finger.

Please allow me to retort:
"Fuck you and the horse you rode in on."

Is Barron "off limits," here and elsewhere?

A couple of recent posts on Facebook have sparked outrage on the part of some, arguing that mocking Barron Drumpf is beyond the pale.

The first was a meme I remember from my own adolescence (some decades ago), regarding nude photos of one's mother. The meme was posted in response to a GIF where the First Kid did not give a high five to his mother during inauguration ceremonies.

The other is a Change.org petition aimed at NBC/Bombast over something Tweeted by a cast member of SNL.

I have yet to weigh in on either discussion.

Some would argue "sauce for the goose" -- i.e. attacks against Chelsea Clinton, the Obama girls and even the Bush daughters did not prompt such outrage while their respective dads were in office -- so Barron is fair game.

Others argue that children -- including and especially those of public figures -- should be shielded from ridicule and even "bullying" in social media.

Your thoughts, please!

Alec Baldwin nails it again!

Note the Russian flag pin on his lapel.



Attn: Mr. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, the Turd

As I caught a few sound/video bites of your confirmation hearing on DU and other various websites (while at work, so I could not watch the full coverage), my advanced years of memories harkened back to the song by Neil Young, Southern Man.
Southern man, better keep your head
Don't forget what your Good Book said
Southern change gonna come at last
Now your crosses are burning fast!


How prophetic!

And how sad that -- over the past 40+ years -- we have not advanced. Indeed, we are regressing to an era that should have faded into history (if not oblivion)!

Perhaps Neil's lyrics can inspire another generation.
My plea to fellow Dems and others who still have a conscience.

For that, I thank you, Neil! We need you now more than ever!!



Naughty or nice?

Because the electrical tape fell off that part of my car's dashboard where it had covered up the "Maintenance Required" warning light, I spent Boxing Day morning at a local garage while getting this fluid changed, that filter replaced, and the other gadget adjusted.

In the waiting room, the TV was tuned (tooned?) to Fux Nausea, and the remote was nowhere to be found. As the sole customer at the time, I was not about to spend the next two hours engulfed in electronic dysentery. I pushed the correct button on the cable/satellite box to change the channel to CSPAN. Their call-in show was only slightly better -- at least there were no Big Pharma commercials or other snake-oil peddling.

Meanwhile, in walk several other customers. The first of them included a 30-ish white male with his wife and kid (who brings his family to an oil change?), the other was an older African-American male. The white dude made a not-so-sotto voce RWNJ comment at first, but once the program changed to a lecture series, everyone in the waiting room (except the toddler) sat up and paid attention. Maybe it's because the free-wifi sucked as much as the tired, old magazine collection, but at the end of the lecture, we agreed it was a good program.

It might have been naughty of me to change the channel without asking, but I consider the outcome -- thoughtful consideration of the topic (which happened to be scientific) -- to be nice.

Perhaps we should take this approach during the new year/regime: refocus and refine discussion. Drumpf-sters will not yield on political talking points, but maybe by changing the subject will open their eyes and ears.

OK, WikiLeaks: here's your chance to display a whiff of impartiality

I know: your human and electronic resources were really stretched during the recent political campaigns, and have now enjoyed a respite -- well-earned... or not.

Now, show us that you are not a tool of Russian intelligence (or other shadow operations) and deliver the documents, emails, etc. that We The People should see during this transition -- as you did so ably in the run-up to Election Day.:

Let's start with Drumpf's most recent federal tax return. Surely, your network of "freedom-fighters" has uncovered that document by now.

No?

Is there a "smiley " for Crickets?

Election night game: name that country

As you gather together with your family and friends tomorrow evening, here's a way to pass the time as polls close across the country. Giving each guest/player two index cards or note pads, pose the following questions:
1. As the opposition plummets like a homesick rock, to which five countries would you suggest the sore-losers relocate?
2. When you first heard that the Mangled-Apricot-Hellbeast got the nomination from the GOP, which five countries had you considered calling your new home?

The guests take turns with each question, number by number. Whenever one (or more) guest has the same answer, they each take a drink/treat.

It would be better than surfing channels for the least offensive coverage, or binge-watching movies/TV-shows until the west-coast polls close.
Posted by Fritz Walter | Mon Nov 7, 2016, 06:30 PM (0 replies)

Smooth sailing here with early voting... so far!

One of the advantages of being semi-retired is getting Mondays off, so I put my morning to good use by casting my ballot.

My particular multi-precinct polling site is in a very diverse neighborhood, so I didn't know what to expect, (one very good reason to early-vote on a weekday). Despite some lame-ass parking by other voters, this was Minute-Rice-perfect for me. No lines, no waiting, but most especially no hassles. There were two young gentlemen in the library's foyer, attired in day-glo orange vests -- hard to miss, even for those voters still squinting after walking from Florida's clichd bright sunlight to the fluorescence of late-20th-Century public-space architecture. The implicit message here: any self-appointed, Drumpf-ster Divers, presumably sent there to monitor voting were not welcome there.

Everything -- except the paper ballot -- has been automated here. Check-In involved handing my driver's license at the first table (did I already mention "no lines, no waiting"?). The poll-worker swiped my ID into her terminal, asked if anything had changed, made me sign on an attached device, and -- once I checked-out, as who I said I was -- handed me my thermal-printed, bar-coded receipt, inscribed with a number in large, bold type. On to step two.

The worker at the next stop took my "receipt" and stood by a laser printer, waiting for my very-own ballot to print out. It, too, was inscribed with my magical vote number. Fill in the bubbles for each candidate or referendum item, scan it and walk away.

Un-harassed. Un-challenged. Un-impeded.
Is "white privilege" hyphenated?

What troubles me now is the automation bit. Essentially, it identified who I am with the ballot I cast. So much for secret ballots. I get it: we want to avoid multiple votes cast by the same voter, but where else are these data used?!?

OK, no screens that switch from one candidate/referendum to another. But still, in a deeply Red state, how am I assured that the above-mentioned voter number won't be misused to either void my ballot, whether his whim is based on party-affiliation, demographic or just simply because the Supervisor of Elections here in ultra-Red Duval County doesn't like the cut of my jib, or doesn't care for how the early voting results are going?

What's to stop him or one of his drones from negating my ballot -- and hundreds of thousands of others -- because they don't like how things are trending, while counting on avoidance of a manual recount?

Nothing but our perseverance and determination. In numbers that overwhelmingly express our desire to avoid the nightmare that is Drumpf and the continued gridlock on Capitol Hill.

Vote.

Demand accountability.



And, yes, I voted straight Democratic Party for the candidates and in favor of the other ballot issues that aligned with policies favored by -- or at least leaning toward -- those of our Party.
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