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I've noticed that the same people pissed at confederate statues coming down are pissed that

a Black Lives Matter street sign is going up.

But yeah, it's all about heritage.
Posted by Rustynaerduwell | Sat Jun 6, 2020, 10:56 AM (2 replies)

An anecdote as evidence our devices are listening to us.

I had my phone in my hand as I was having a conversation with my brother. Facebook was open on the browser. Unrelated to our conversation was a humorous video I wanted to show him on Facebook. A google home device was nearby. We are both nearing retirement age and we were discussing our thoughts of the future. I had recently been contemplating my plans after retirement. I am a nurse, a profession I chose over being a history teacher. The pay and the job prospects were the deciding factors. But I have always loved studying history. So my idea was, maybe, selling my home and getting a job as an interpreter at one of many historical sites (parks) in the US. I've been to many in the US, though not recently. I know a lot, I'd guess more than most history teachers, about the Battle of Gettysburg, the history of Harpers Ferry, the significance of Wounded Knee, etc. I actually lived, for four years, in what was once U.S. Grant's living quarters prior to the Civil War. Why not retire to a part time or seasonal job teaching others? My plans are in their infancy. I've not done anything about them except think about it. I've never Googled it. I've never typed anything on my computer mentioning any aspect of this. I've never read any history book on any e-reader. It was all just thoughts in my head.

Until this day, when I broached it in conversation with my brother. I mentioned the US Park Service, my many trips to historical sites, my never fulfilled dreams of being a history teacher. We had spoken about ten minutes when the conversation went back to politics. I was reminded that I had a video on Facebook I wanted him to see. I hit the power button on my phone, swiped up to unlock the home screen, and refreshed Facebook.

The second post on my wall was from The US Forest Service, advertising employment opportunities.
Posted by Rustynaerduwell | Fri May 29, 2020, 12:51 PM (5 replies)

We are going to see more cops more killing people on video because they are learning

they will get a way with it. Body cams and witness videos have done nothing but reinforce this fact.
Posted by Rustynaerduwell | Thu May 28, 2020, 08:02 PM (8 replies)

I have an astounding number of Facebook friends who've lost touch with reality. Mostly people my age

There is no pandemic.
Everything is a conspiracy.
Jesus is coming back...very soon...everyone get ready.
"They" want you to wear masks so they know who they can control.
Global climate change is a hoax.
All media, every educational institution, every hospital, all scientists, everyone in the government for more than the last three years- everyone not a Trumper- is doing everything we see to:

-control you

-indoctrinate your children

-destroy Democracy

-install communism

-destroy Trump

-kill Jesus

BTW, I'm 59.

A lot of people I know believe all of this. And every one of them votes.

Posted by Rustynaerduwell | Sun May 24, 2020, 04:03 PM (18 replies)

I notice that no employee seems to leave the Trump administration gruntled.

Every one- disgruntled. Or convicted. Or both.
Posted by Rustynaerduwell | Thu May 14, 2020, 01:55 PM (3 replies)

In the bell curve of American political thought

any Democratic candidate would get the vote from everyone to his left, and some to his right. It seems to me that the closer the Democratic candidate is to the center, the more votes he will get in November. It seems so obvious to me. I don't see how any GOTV campaign changes this basic fact. I believe we need to start left of center and build more to the left rather than fighting from the left and losing everything to the right.

I am extremely liberal. Most of my friends, and certainly most acquaintances, are to the right of me. I'd rather have a candidate who I don't always agree with but who wins them over than one who's ideas I align with that fails to.
Posted by Rustynaerduwell | Wed Feb 19, 2020, 12:39 PM (4 replies)

Our bar is Barack Obama high. Theirs is Donald Trump low.

They've known for three and a half years who they will vote for this November. We still don't know. 95% of them- 35 percent of voters- WILL VOTE for their candidate. Half of who is left WON'T VOTE. Further vetting of their candidate will not harm him; it will only strengthen his base. Any further vetting of our candidate won't help; it will only weaken our unity. They defend everything he does. We scrutinize everything our candidates ever said. They attack us. We fight each other.

I live in New York and I feel there is nothing I can do to stop Trump from being re-elected. I'm seeing very little being done that will prevent it.

My only hope is that Trump does such horrible things between now and November that no independent voter will vote for him. And even that is tempered by the fear that he does such horrible things and is still re-elected, giving him even more free reign to do even more horrible things.

I feel like I am watching the death of our Democracy.
Posted by Rustynaerduwell | Wed Feb 19, 2020, 12:12 PM (1 replies)

Half of America WILL NOT vote for Trump. Half WILL NOT vote for a socialist.

What happens if those are the choices come November?
Posted by Rustynaerduwell | Wed Feb 12, 2020, 03:49 PM (10 replies)

A dozen or more threads regarding a purposefully corny movie quote said in jest by a Democrat...

plays into the Trump/ Russia playbook of sowing the seeds of confusion and division in our side. Keep shit like this up and we're doomed.
Posted by Rustynaerduwell | Sun Feb 9, 2020, 09:38 PM (91 replies)

I believe only one person can save this country- guaranteed.

Mitt Romney must run for President. Let's convince him. His phone numbers are 801-524-4380 and 202-224-5251.

Edit (again), for clarification. If Romney runs as a third party candidate, He won't win. But Then neither will Trump.
Posted by Rustynaerduwell | Fri Feb 7, 2020, 10:00 AM (10 replies)
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