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I've Never Felt Quite Like This Before.

In fact I've never been this close to shredding my US passport in my life.[It's a criminal offence, you have to send it back intact.]

Watching CPAC and the Trump circus last week was more than depressing.

Watching the MSM carry on both publicizing and criticizing at the same time the snake-oil salesmen in the White House is quite frankly just mind numbing.

OK, so Tom Perez won -- now what?

My first posting, so please be gentle, people.

Just sent the following missive to my congressional "representative" (a declared democrat in a "purple" state; although I suspect she supports demorat "leadership" on most issues). BTW, I was/am pretty unhappy about the outcome, in case you can't tell --

No room for progressives in the Democratic Party -- Where to now?

For any of you who believed that progressives could take control of the Democratic Party, today’s election of the Establishment’s candidate, Tom Perez, as party chair should dispel those illusions. Before his coronation, they also voted down a resolution that would have reinstated Obama’s ban on corporate PAC donations to the party. They defeated Resolution 33, which would have forbidden registered, federal corporate lobbyists from serving as DNC chair-appointed, at-large members. Wow!

The Uses of Pain to Impoverish and Exploit the American People

Today, as I type, my body is racked by a great deal of pain caused by the inflammation of connective tissue throughout my body - in my fingers, neck, shoulders, elbows, chest and hips. Unfortunately, the medicine I take is having little effect. Pain of this type is often accompanied by fever, chills and fatigue, and mental states such as depression.

PBS Newshour hit it out of the park

I saw this clip live on PBS and had to find and post it here.

I am NOT a essay writer. Some have recently posted excellent and well written 0nes (for which we all are grateful). I just couldn't post this to the middle of an open thread. It needs more.

The thrust of the Dems and the #resistance movement seems clear - Hate the haters.
Lets not fall into that trap. Force the conversation to the issues not whack job personalities.

The Syria War, Propaganda and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

The Syria "civil" war began in 2011 after unrest occurred in the context of the manufactured Arab Spring protests.

"The CIA’s Fake “Arab Spring” Becoming A Long, Hot Summer Of War"


"U.S. Groups Helped Nurture Arab Uprisings"

Why Trump’s America is like the real America (link fixed)

Why Trump’s America is like the real America

I grew up believing in a host of commonly taught myths about my country. I’m embarrassed by how long it takes to get over these myths, but I also see that many people never do.

A good way to shatter these illusions with good historical facts is to read An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Oritz. Spanning more than four hundred years, this classic bottom-up peoples’ history radically reframes US history and explodes the silences that have haunted our national narrative.

Meeting my Assemblyman: "Gimme three steps..."

The election of President Trump is the New Pearl Harbor: it awoke the sleeping giant. Protests abound from coast to coast, from Canadian to Mexican borders. Undoubtedly part of it is due to George Soros and Hillary Clinton but that's only a part of the story and probably not even the major part of the story.
Angry citizens have voiced their fears, frustrations, and threats of reprisal against elected "representatives" (i.e., voting them out next election).

CPAC gives a rare public look at Bannonism's claim to the "deconstruction of the administrative state"


CPAC had some actual Deconstruction unlike Bannon's riff on nationalist deregulation

"Bannon is a near-constant presence every time cameras cover a Trump press conference or follow the president into the Oval Office. He has gained a place on the “principals committee” of the National Security Council, elevating him above the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and the director of national intelligence."

Kumbaya in the bunker ...

Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus appeared in a joint interview at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) outside Washington, D.C. and the former provided a glimpse of the crypto-fascist mentality that informs POTUS45* and his White House.

It was quite unlike the pageant queen’s interview segment where “world peace” was the main goal for a winner or her runner-up.

(She's back and releasing videos) In New Video, Clinton Rallies Democrats and Promotes ‘An America That’s Hopeful, Inclusive and Big-Hearted’

In New Video, Clinton Rallies Democrats and Promotes ‘An America That’s Hopeful, Inclusive and Big-Hearted’

The Democrats ✔ @TheDemocrats
A message from @HillaryClinton: "Let resistance plus persistence equal progress for our Party and our country." #DNCFuture
11:15 AM - 24 Feb 2017

Breaking Points

In my life I've been very, very fortunate. I've gotten to points at which I thought I would NEVER make it past without severe damage to my mind and body.

These points may seem trivial to some, but they're an examination of how hard you have to fight at least on a personal level, to make it past those events that you have considered nightmare scenarios. There will be a point afterwords, I promise.

Immigration - not the hill I want to die on

Trump's immigration/deportation exercises are getting a lot of pushback from the liberal community. Frankly, I find myself wanting to feel that this issue is really important, but honestly, I just don't give much of a shit about it. All countries have borders and many of them are far more strict about controlling immigration than the US. I don't see anyone actually advocating open borders, which I could understand at least for the functional consistency of it.

There are good people out there

You might find this hard to believe if you spend all your time watching the news of even perusing the various political forums and soicla media platforms on the internet. There the desire the demonize and label people evil, bad or "deplorable is strong. It can, if you let it, cause you to lose all faith on the kindness of strangers.