Anyone who attended last years Womens March in DC or the satellite marches across the country and world, recall the endless ocean of pink hats. An awesome sight. I was at the March 2017 protest in DC and it was . . . emotional, thrilling.
However, the controversy over the Pussyhat Project designed and promoted by Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman started well before the 2017 March. Some feminists believed the whole idea was vulgar, symbolizing women by a single body part, their genitalia. Others believed that women were taking back the word 'pussy' after the Trumpster had demeaned its meaning in the crassest sense. Grab em by the pussy became a rallying cry. Millions of women donned the pink-eared caps as a symbol of unity on womens issues and human rights.
That did not stop the controversy.
The current line of attack is based on accusations of TERF, Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism. Because, as Ive read online recently, not all women have a vagina and not everyone who has a vagina is a woman. Or so the argument goes.
I dont buy into this line of thinking because this was a Womens March, by and for women but a March that was open to anyone and everyone protesting the installation of the Trumpster in the WH. What I saw on the faces of marchers of all ages, colors, shapes and sizes was determination and joy.
The protestors have been proven right x1000 since the original March on DC. We all see and know what The Trump is: unfit for Office. If anything, we know more now than we did then. And its far worse than many imagined.
The second line of argument is presumably from women of color. Its been claimed in several articles that the pink color of the hats exclude women of different races.
We all wear pink ribbons for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I dont recall anyone objecting to that, even though men can, in fact, be diagnosed with breast cancer and breasts come in many skin tones. For all the hoopla, the color pink is feminine in nature. The color of the hat IMHO doesnt read: white womens genitalia. Because trust me as a white woman: if I turned hot pink in the nether regions, Id run to the doctor. Rather the color reads:
Sisters United. A Force to be Reckoned With. We Will Not Stand Down.
So, how do these stories of division and controversy start? The first article I read this year was written by an Emily Zanotti at the Daily Wire, a conservative outlet led by no other than Ben Shapiro, former editor of Breitbart. Then it was picked up by the Detroit Free Press. Now, the Daily Mail and Washington Times have run the same article with few changes. Out of the four publications only the Detroit Free Press is considered Left-of-Center.
So why would the conservative press want to fan the flames of division with the Second Womens March approaching on 20 January?
Because the original Womens March was enormously successful. The event inspired more people to show-up, march and protest than attended the Trumspters fraudulent inauguration. I was there; I saw The Donald's poor showing.
As for the pussyhats?
I remember standing inside the Maryland House off Rt 95, waiting to purchase water on my way back to Philly. A large group of women entered the rest stop, all donning their hats. A spontaneous round of applause started then grew into a thundering roar. People stamped their feet. Fists punched the air. Electric!
Thats the excitement we generated. Thats what the GOP's right-right wing is afraid of, again.
Fortunately, not everyone is taking the conservative cue on pussyhat donning. See here:
And the Pussyhat Project? Glad to say, its alive and well.
Another blast on January 20th, people!
plural noun: a word, phrase, or name formed by rearranging the letters of another, such as cinema, formed from iceman.
Anagrams have been around since the ancient Greeks who believed in the mystical and revelatory nature of letter rearrangement. Victorians saw anagramming as a form of literary entertainment.
So why shouldnt we have fun, particularly on a day when there's little fun to be had?
And todays word? Shithole, of course.
Anagram: his hotel.
How very ourious!
Trumps comments yesterday about shithole countries has ignited a firestorm, rightly so. Despite the mans protests to the contraryIm the least racist person in the worldhis words and past behavior on all things race-related is evidence of who the man is.
Obamas birth certificate. Mexican immigrants are all rapists, criminals. Judge Curiel. Khizr and Ghazala Khan, Gold Star family. To mention a few.
We see you, Mr. Trump.
So, forgive us for scoffing at your lame excuse about your cancelled trip to the UK, blaming President Obama once again. Or rejecting your obvious lie about the vile words that actually spilled from your mouth. There were witnesses in the room, sir. No number of sycophants claiming the remarks were not racist or merely economics will ever wash this stain away.
Nor should the interview you gave to the Wall Street Journal be overlooked or minimized. In a jumbled ramble you beat your own drumthe best president ever; excoriated the FBI for doing the investigative work it is mandated to do; accused FBI agent Peter Strzok (relieved of his position on Muellers team) of treason; proved beyond a doubt that you have no understanding or respect for the Rule of Law, let alone capable of putting a cogent thought together:
"There was no obstruction. Of course there was no obstruction. But there was no crime. So now they're saying, could there be -- now, I haven't even heard that they're looking at obstruct -- I don't know that they're looking at obstruction. But how can you -- I'm sorry, this is the most open dialogue ever, I've given everything, number one. That's not obstruction.
We see you, Mr. Trump.
The press/media sees you though for too long they were blinded by the glare, patiently waiting, predicting the pivot that never came, never could come because Hillary Clinton was right: what you see is what you get. Nevertheless, the morning cable shows and newspaper headlines have taken up yesterdays racist comments like a banner, some angry, some emotional. With the exception of Fox News, all disgusted. The countries you slandered are demanding official apologies/explanations and former Mexican President Vicente Fox tweeted out a suitable metaphor for the raucous occasion.
The Wall Street Journal has curiously defended you in the past. But this recent interview has been neither edited nor smoothed over. Your words in all their jumbled glory are on the pagethe incoherent thoughts, half-baked ideas and incessant self-aggrandizement.
We see you, Mr. Trump. The whole damn world sees you.
Wall Street Journal summary below. Though I read the interview in its entirety last night, its now behind a paywall. Frankly, if I were Trump, I would want this Q&A hidden in an undersea vault. In any case, CNN has picked up the main topics/excerpts here:
Greg Sargent has a piece up today in the Washington Post. The above headline is as it appears above the article.
In my mind, those four words encapsulate what weve been witnessing over the last year but made particularly striking in the last few weeks. Gone are the criticisms of Bob Corker, he of adult-daycare fame. Forgotten are Jeff Flakes comments on the floor of the Senate where he insisted he would not be complicit or silent.
And yet, complicity and silence is the Republican response to the Trumpsters antics: his performance art, masquerading as serious immigration negotiation; his twisting in the wind regarding FISAs renewal vote or his contentious attacks against our traditional institutionsthe FBI, DOJ, any and all intelligence agencies. Not to mention his calls for private citizens to be thrown in jail.
Banana Republic, anyone?
Yesterday, I posted an OP on the release of The Foreign Relations Committees Report, specifically citing Putins asymmetric assault on democracies around the world and recommendations to defend ourselves and our allies from on-going and future threats.
Republicans remained silent, refusing to sign onto the report. Because . . . Trump. Because . . . Russia. And as Sargent contends, theyre hoping the report itself will be seen as a partisan document, evidence lending credence to the Trumpsters whine: WITCH HUNT, WITCH HUNT.
Our national security as a country, as a people is being risked for the sake of political gamesmanship. This is a glaring, chilling example of Republican complicity, enabling the disgraceful and treacherous behavior/actions of Donald Trump. Even in light of Michael Woffes scathing expose, Republicans have remained largely silent about the books details. Rather, theyve spent the debate time trashing Wolff as a betrayer, a con-man. Irony is having a rebirth!
Theres more, of course.
Diane Feinsteins release of the Fusion GPS testimony proves the GOPs dueling narrative regarding Simpson and Steele was always false, that Republicans knew it, that Grassley and Graham certainly knew they were grandstanding and lying when they referred a criminal investigation request to the DOJ on Steele.
And yet, they did it anyway.
Which begs the question: Who are they protecting? The Donald, for whom few have respect? Vladimir Putin, who has made no secret of his antipathy toward the United States and our Allies?
Or themselves, the silent partners in How to Sell Your Soul and Pretend It Doesnt Matter.
Sargent suggests the Foreign Relations Committees Report and Diane Feinstein going rogue is a new phase in the Democratic Partys resistance and push-back to all things Trump/Russia.
For the sake of us all, I hope hes right.
WAPO link here:
Democratic Senator Ben Cardin released a report from the Foreign Relations Committee detailing Two Decades of Putins Attacks on Democracy.
The Report includes more than 30 recommendations for the US and its Allies. Key points:
1. Mr. Trump must demonstrate presidential leadership in declaring US policy to deter Russian threats and attacks mobilizing our government in defense.
2. The US should provide assistance in concert with Allies in Europe, to build democratic institutions within those European and Eurasian states most vulnerable to Russian interference.
3. The United States and our Allies should freeze and expose Kremlin-linked dirty money.
4. The US Government should designate countries that employ malign influence to assault democracies . . . and subject them to a preemptive, escalative sanctions regime . . .
5. The US government and NATO should lead a coalition of countries committed to mutual defense against cyberattacks, to include the establishment of rapid action teams to defend allies under attack.
6. US and European governments should mandate that social media companies make public sources of funding for political advertisements along the same lines as TV channels and print media.
I took particular notice of Mr. Trump in the first recommendation. The Foreign Relations Committee is saying: ENOUGH ALREADY! Add this to the naming of a Boris Nemtsov Square adjacent to DCs Russian Embassy and I can easily imagine this:
At 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Happy days, Mr. Trump.
For more on the report:
Theres something to be said about an Administration in meltdown, a group so toxic that no one with a real reputation or genuine set of professional credentials is willing to hop aboard the Runaway Train. This has been demonstrated repeatedly with a number of nominees, even the Trumpsters legal team, 3rd tier at best.
And now we have yet another embarrassment: the candidate for leading the Indian Health Services Agency. Robert Weaver, a 39-year old member of Quapaw Tribe claims he is qualified to head the agency serving 2 million Native Americans in 26 hospitals and clinics with a budget of roughly $6 billion. His resume indicated a history of supervisory and management positions from 1997-2006 at St Johns Medical Center, Joplin, MO.
No one recalls the dude working at the hospital in anything beyond an entrance-level capacity. As for his employment records? Well, coincidentally both his personal records and those of the hospital were destroyed by the tornado that ripped through Joplin in 2011.
Theres also some question about his educational qualifications. As in, did he ever graduate from Southern Missouri State University with a major in International Business. Or why a business degree would substitute for a medical degree, a requirement for former Agency heads.
Oh, happy days!
These people really have no shame.
Full article from WJS can be found here:
According to the Trumpsters latest tweet storm, Sloppy Steve Bannon was dumped like a dog from his WH position, then begged and cried in the aftermath.
Variations on the Trumpsters simile usage: Mitt Romney choked like a dog when he lost the 2012 election to Barack Obama. Keith Olbermann reminded me that Trump said Marco Rubio sweated like a dog during his infamous water-bottle rebuttal to President Obamas STOU address.
Somewhat confounding, of course, since dogs dont sweat.
There are other references to individuals begging for moneylike a dogthough in all my doggy experiences Ive never seen a canine begging for dollars. For attention, yes. For food, absolutely. Never cash. Presumably Kristin Stewart cheated on Robert Pattinson . . . like a dog.
Mr Smart, Stable Genius appears to be hung up on the dog analogies without understanding the nature of dogs. Or anything else.
Puppies are loyal to a fault, seeking the love and approval of even the most despicable human beings. Hitler loved his dogs and they loved him right back. Dogs are devoid of judgments about their owners. Whether youre sick, old, beautiful or downright ugly, fat or thin, rich or poor, your dog doesnt care and will adore you regardless. Bad breath or BO? No biggie because any dog worth his/her salt will outdo you in that department. Whatever smalls bad or unusual, dogs generally love. Because its all about the nose.
So what is the Trumpsters real beef with the dog world?
Well, Ive read hes a germaphobe. He might think dogs are dirty, germ-laden creatures invading his space. Of course, the truth is that were all swarming with bacteria, actually share the world, a symbiotic relationship with our unseen but very prevalent cousins. Try reading I Contain Multitudes, the Microbes Within Us by Ed Yong for a wakeup tutorial.
But then, The Donald would need to read a book, believe in science, catch up to the Enlightenment.
Dogs love unconditionally, demonstrate joy with complete and utter abandon. Anyone coming home after work (or even a 15-minute absence) to their dog knows what Im talking about. All a pooch asks in return is a square meal, a roof to share, some gentle pats on the head and a scratch behind the ears. These traits are obviously foreign to the Trumpster and his ilk who demand obedience and obeisance in all things, no questions asked. I can easily imagine The Donald believing that dogs are suckers, inferior creatures serving no useful purpose beyond objects to be kicked, choked, cheated on and/or dumped. His sons appear to think that animals in the wild exist for their own amusement and blood sport.
Heres a newsflash for The Donald and his clan:
You cant pay, intimidate or threaten anyone to to love you more than a dog loves on his or her worst day. And Americans love their dogs right back. So watch it on the inane dog references.
Because words matter. And your words could end up biting you in the ass. Like a pack of dogs. Or their irritated, disgusted owners.
Btw, I dont know if Bob Mueller owns a dog but he does have a pit bull named Andrew Weissmann, a prosecutor with expertise in bringing down N.Y Mob bosses, Enron crooks and more recently oversaw that pre-dawn raid of Paul Manaforts Virginia home. The Trumpster may disrespect the dog world in general but he and his enablers do fear the breed-specific instincts of Weissmann, his persistent, never-let-go prosecutorial skills.
Oh, the irony!
The stunning reveals of Michael Wolffs expose is the center point of nearly every article Ive read this morning. But none was quite as shocking to me than Wolffs statement here:
Trump didnt read. He didnt really even skim. If it was print, it might as well not exist. Some believed that for all practical purposes he was no more than semiliterate .?.?. . Some thought him dyslexic; certainly his comprehension was limited. Others concluded that he didnt read because he didnt have to, and that in fact this was one of his key attributes as a populist. He was postliteratetotal television.
Let that sink inThe Donald is postliteratetotal television.
Of course, that factoid begs the question: exactly what is the Trumpster, Tweeter extraordinaire, watching on television? Where is he getting his facts and slant?
Matthew Gertz over at Politico asked the same question. All these tweet storms, the rat-a-tat-tat nature of the Trumpsters concerns, rages, perpetual attacks appear erratic and all over the board. Unless you check Fox News programming, which Gertz did over a 3-month period, only to find that tweet after tweet could be lined up with the networks beef-of-the-moment.
Im sure a lot of people would say, Duh. We knew that already. Wheres the surprise?
Heres Gertz explaining:
Everyone has a theory about Trumps hyper-aggressive early morning tweetstorms. Some think they are a deliberate ploy the president uses to distract the press from his administrations potential weaknesses, or to frame the public debate to his liking. Others warn his rapid shifts from one topic to another indicate mental instability.
But my many hours following the presidents tweets for Media Matters for America, the progressive media watchdog organization, have convinced me the truth is often much simpler: The president is just live-tweeting Fox, particularly the networks Trump-loving morning show, Fox & Friends.
So, here we have a man installed in the WH, handed the extraordinary powers of the Executive Branch of the United States and his working knowledge comes from a propaganda-driven network blasting out ideological nonsense 24/7. The man sits in front of the TVhe has three in his bedroom. He consumes Fox-laden newsprobably has fake news CNN and MSNBC running in the backgroundwhile wolfing down cheeseburgers. Then he makes decisions that ultimately affect the entire world. As Gertz describes it: "weve been experiencing a continuous Trump/Fox feedback loop for months."
But certainly the Trumpster has advisors to tap, experts to outline, analyze and discuss the weighty issues of the world, you might ask?
Michael Wolff speaks to that:
But not only didnt he read, he didnt listen. He preferred to be the person talking. And he trusted his own expertiseno matter how paltry or irrelevantmore than anyone elses. Whats more, he had an extremely short attention span, even when he thought you were worthy of attention.
This Know-Nothing, the post-literate Trump, trusts his own take/opinion over anyone elses. And this is one of his key attributes as a populist because according to the spin, educated men or women are not to be admired or emulated. Their very education, their intellectual natures mark them as members of the dreaded elite.
Instead what we have squatting in the White House is someone arrogantly ignorant, an entitled asshole and flimflam artist all rolled into the shape of a human being.
Hooray for us!!!
Is there any doubt this creature needs to be ejected from the WH, sooner rather than later, or that the Republican Party never be permitted to pretend they were hoodwinked, hijacked, taken for a ride?
Never Forget. Never Forgive.
Excerpts for Wolff and Gertz here:
Of course, he did. According to Rush, Trump is a brilliant strategist, fighting lunacy with lunacy and leaving Kim Jong-un confused and disoriented. Which is just what we want for a dictator with nuclear capabilities.
Including our own.
During his show on Tuesday, Rush declared:
Trumps brilliant. He knows who hes dealing with and how to reach them. And if youre dealing with lunatics and if youre dealing with the insane, throw it back at em. You know, throw a little unpredictability and lunaticism back at them. And it discombobulates em and in fact it is. Kim Jong-un is confused. Kim Jong-un doesnt know how to deal with Trump.
Its hard to keep up with the daily crazy, which I believe is a feature, not a bug. How better to keep the public from reacting to re-opening all continental waters to off-shore drilling. Because weve all gotten over the Deepwater Horizon disaster; too bad the Gulf hasnt. Or Session reneging on the burgeoning pot industry or one more DOJ investigation into Hillary Clintons emails because Eye of the Newt says these departments must be obedient or the Electoral Fraud Commission being disbanded but the data collected being turned over to ICE, etc., etc
Our last 24 hours has been totally consumed by Michael Wolffs tell-all book detailing West Wing shenanigans. The book will be released tomorrow, four days early. Timing is everything! Who knows whats been percolating behind the scenes? Maybe the fact Pakistan is turning to China since Trump has called for pulling any and all security funding to the country. Who needs em right? Its America First. America Alone. America Isolated in the Trumpsters paranoia. If you dont hop on the Trump train you wont be invited to the party. As many UN members found out last week.
Rush refers to the Trumpsters posture towards North Korea situation as the Madmans Theory of foreign policy. David Frum has keyed it as foreign policy for three-year olds. I favor the latter description although it could be foreign policy for the forever distracted. Which could prove lethal not only to the Oval Office but the world itself. Then even a Rush Limbaugh echo chamber would be obliterated, forever silenced.
Oh, happy days! 2018 is off to a rip-roaring start.
Vanity Fair ran an eye-popping (if not headache inducing) profile on the inimitable Steve Bannon, chief arsonist and editor of Brietbart News. Bannon describes himself as a revolutionary, who is now eying the prospects of a . . . presidential run in 2020.
Before we all fall over laughing, I would suggest everyone read the VF piece because in doing so I suspect youll come away with something akin to my own take.
Steve Bannon is a very smart operator whounlike Trumpis well-educated, politically adept and media/propaganda savvy. He knows how to move crowds despite his staggering loss in the Alabama/Roy Moore debacle. And he has been ginning up support both in the U.S. and around the world to sell his brand of American nationalism.
Oddly enough, hes using the Obama strategy to gain a grassroots network, a new coalition of libertarians, evangelicals, gun rights activists and union members, those blue-collar workers left behind by globalization. Hes been effectively fanning the flames of victimhood in reversethe unloved, unschooled white guys, put upon by modernity and immigration and who knows what else. Like all good revolutionaries, he is fixing his sights on The Establishment, the moneyed elites (the source of all evil) and pumps his ideology as a cure to all ills.
Snake Oil Salesman. But a clever, articulate snake oil salesman.
Think about a competent, strategic and take-no-prisoners version of the Trumpster and youll get a feel for the real danger of a Steve Bannon. His brand of leadership is lethal, even more deadly that what were experiencing now.
So, we may cheer Bannons desire to rid the world of Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and their various aides and acolytes. But make no mistake: this is careful what you wish for territory.
Remember the snake in the poem/lyric that Trump waxed eloquent (well, almost eloquent) about? The snake ultimately kills its caretaker, reminding her that she always knew He was a snake. Trump called the story beautiful.
With Steve Bannon? This would be a hyena coming in for the kill, yipping and shrieking with laughter. Because tearing things up is what Steve Bannon and his mini-clones are all about.
We must stay awake, always. Because the barbarians are grouping.
Vanity Fair link here:
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