Confessions of a broken-hearted Tulsicrat

Nobody ever accused alligators of being all that smart, except perhaps Pogo (Sobek love him). So, when I started getting wet behind the ears as the saying goes--or at least, one saying goes. There are more sayings than that. For one, I am fond of interspersing wise musings from the past into essays--this may often be done without attribution, in order to promote an aura of my cleverness. You may cease laughing for the moment and listen respectfully as I recite my political stupidity. Perhaps, as the attorneys say, this might bear some probative value. Most, if not all c99ers are well-past the stage of making bone-head political stances. But WTF do you expect from a thick-skulled alligator?

Please be patient, this ramble will eventually arrive at Tulsicratocracy--or you may proceed to the bottom or perhaps do something productive.

First, I have deep-seated political sin that I will only reveal on my death bed and only if I am in a good mood then. Now my first admissible sin was momentarily believing John McCain. I was cured of that attachment when he picked Sarah Politician to Nowhere Palin. Remind me to tell you of the pizza shop owner who used Sarah to baby sit their kids. Apparently not the sharpest knife in the drawer. But John McCain, the singing canary according to co-residents of the Hanoi Hilton was a fellow who never encountered a war he didn't like. When he was actively flying, spreading mayhem, there are incidents of where he took off flight decks so rapidly that there is a term for it. This hot take off leaves flames and uncombusted fuel behind the jet engines. This is not only inconsiderate but a practice officially frowned upon by Naval regulations. McCain McCain. Muaz Moustafa, Al-Baghdadi, Poroshenko,---fuck it, where didn't he do his filthy miss? Don't forget the Keating Five. And, oh yeah, how many homes he owned--McCain lost track. Brain tumor maybe. Trumpian rub-out perhaps.

I voted for Hope and Change once. Blecch! Bad

My next notable political mistake was believing that Pocohontas, aka Liawatha, was a real progressive. Nope. Lizzy, aka whoizliz, is a real piece of work. Liz iz a real peice of work. Dreck. Unadulterated, certified 99.4% pure dreck.

Then Bernie. I loved Bernie. Still respect the dude for his ideas and his courage-within-limits. Contributed to Bernie as much as the millionaires and billionaires (i.e., $2700). Suppose that tags me as rich. Went to the Bern's enthusiastic Santa Maria CA rally which featured not only the usual English-Spanish translators, but also English to Misteco translators--and Misteco in sign language. Match that NYC or Chi town!

Boo hoo.

Pardon my sob. A sob consisting of involuntary emotional expression, which involves involuntary exhalation while enunciating involuntarily soft gasping accompanied by sad facies with or without some tearfulness. Sobs may also be noted to be immediately preceded by sharp, abrupt inhalations resulting in sudden bilateral shoulder elevation.

Where the Eff is this going?

Hang on. Tulsi, here we come.

Bernie broke my heart when he kissed the ring of the Giant Rat of Chappaqua. Ugh. All over. Good bye. It's done. My heart, politically was broken. Crushed. Arrgh! Hurt so bad. Ooh. It was like my divorce from the first Mrs. Gator.

By the time Bernie screwed me over (and others also), I had journeyed from the Great Orange Satan to the friendly environs of c99. In response to a posted comment by me, one of our wise members, whose name I don't recall, said to me "this is just the first heartache you'll get [from politics]".

Vowing never to get suckered again, I continued undeterred by all political pleas and seduction of the political class. That is, until the siren song of Tulsi Gabbard. Then, I, like a big dumb fish, open-end my mouth widely and inserted the hook myself into my oral cavity.

This time, caution did restrain my financial generosity. I don't regret my modest donations to Tulsi. She has a good message. Basically she has a kind heart but a will of steel. When Tulsi becomes president, under whichever partei banner she chooses, Tulsi will rule as the iron fist in a velvet glove. Make no mistake about this. Tulsi's resolve is solid although I do not know what her deep intentions are.

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The earth is a multibillion-year-old sphere.
The Nazis killed millions of Jews.
On 9/11/01 a Boeing 757 (AA77) flew into the Pentagon.
AGCC is happening.
If you cannot accept these facts, I cannot fake an interest in any of your opinions.

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@UntimelyRippd Great tune!! Rec’d!!

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Some yahoos make me want to change species!

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The earth is a multibillion-year-old sphere.
The Nazis killed millions of Jews.
On 9/11/01 a Boeing 757 (AA77) flew into the Pentagon.
AGCC is happening.
If you cannot accept these facts, I cannot fake an interest in any of your opinions.

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"I say enough! If Israel wants to be the only superpower in the Middle East then they can put their own asses on the line and do it themselves. I want to continue to eat."
-- snoopydawg

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She's another one of them. That Jimmy Dore video is extremely difficult to watch because, frankly, it's elitist and unreal. Talk to us, Tulsi! Instead it's bushwah around a crafted statement.

She supports Biden although he's not yet the nominee. She can't have it make sense so instead she spouts platitudes. That, to me, is a disqualifier.

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@Shahryar @Shahryar @Shahryar If she has steel will, I can't figure out to what purpose she might use it, except to go along with the Democrats and the CFR.
I have been disappointed in politicians all the way back to 1972.
Barbara Jordan is the only one that stayed the course.
Not a flaw in that amazing woman.
That's my list of politicians that didn't disappoint.
Pretty damn short list.
Edit: all of us local D's voted for Charles Wilson who lived only an hour away. We thought he was the next JFK.
See how that worked out?

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@Shahryar mightily. Feeble excuse. But, she did promise to vote blue, no matter who. Which is no excuse. I'll vote for a smurf before I vote Dem again.

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@Shahryar

She supports Biden although he's not yet the nominee. She can't have it make sense so instead she spouts

..... bullshit.

That, to me, is a disqualifier.

That is a disqualifier, period. No "to me" about it; it's a fact, not a personal opinion. At least, it's a fact to all common-sense and fact driven individuals alike. When one tries to baffle such people with bullshit, as Tulsi did, revulsion is the inevitable consequence.

Bad

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"I say enough! If Israel wants to be the only superpower in the Middle East then they can put their own asses on the line and do it themselves. I want to continue to eat."
-- snoopydawg

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@thanatokephaloides [your ears will be spared temporarily from the expected musical excerpt--but I am humming the tune to myself, and not loving it]

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You've described my political trajectory to a T (give or take some #s around donations to Bernie) - that said, I no longer believe TPTB allow anyone to be president without their complete capitulation to the .1%(in Obama's case covertly, in Trump's case overtly).

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It's a big club...and you ain't in it!

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@Cha Cha DiGregorio Just a week or so ago, I was laughing about the DNC screwing Bernie during Super Tuesday. Now the alligator shoe is on the other foot. Thank all of those who restrain their laughter politely. Welcome to the Dummy Club, AE. I have found a chair with my name already on it.

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endorsing Joe Hiden immediately, after dropping out, felt like a craven move.

Up until then, I was reasonably positive with regard to her candidacy.

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Gëzuar!!
from a reasonably stable genius.

Tulsi was full of it?

I went back and forth on her until a couple months ago when I just threw up my hands in disgust.
Now I know she was a phony all along. I sense you are still not ready to admit that, but that's okay. One day you'll accept that no way she endorses Biden if she truly believes in anything she was saying.

she merely stole votes from Bernie, but in the end, that didn't matter since they didn't actually count the votes anyways.

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Alligator Ed's picture

@Battle of Blair Mountain but Tulsi came damn close to the overflow line. How could she could say with a straight face that Bankruptcy Biden had his heart in the right place is beyond my tolerance. Ugh.

Abandon ship. Fortunately, I am a good swimmer. Even though not very smart.

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I just didn't fall so hard. I saw, fairly clearly, the ways in which she was to the right of me, and the ways in which she wasn't as firmly committed to some policies that mattered to me a lot.

But I did trust. Even knowing she was associated with the CFR.

Then she went for Biden, and I found out she was also associated with No Labels, on the same day.

Ow.

I can't believe I let myself get tricked again. Some of it still doesn't make sense--if she's a sheepdog, why did she take down Kamala? Seems like an awfully costly way to earn trust, or social capital, as the assholes now call it.

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Actually, the issue at stake is patriotism. You must return to your world and put an end to the Commies. All it takes are a few good men.
--Q

Exit polls not involving George W. Bush or Hillary Clinton tend to be quite accurate.
--Doug Hatlem

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@Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal

Millions of people wanted to believe that this time someone who gives a rat's ass about us would win even though we knew that democrats would never let Bernie or Tulsi anywhere near the presidency. This is what happens when millions are desperate because of how things have been rigged against them.

I thought if more people were watching and keeping track of things that they wouldn't dare steal it again. Remember how desperate people were after Bush and let Obama be a Rorschach's candidate who said something and they filled in the blanks? Listen to some of his old campaign speeches and see how hollow they really were. "Yes we can!" Yes we can what?

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@snoopydawg I saw the ink blob and filled in the title the way I thought it read. One bitten, twice shy. Don't take no third time to fall for their crap.

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@snoopydawg I know I tend to be too skeptical, but it's interesting to me to look at the other end of the spectrum, which I think would be Rorschach's candidate. This term made my think of Michael Moore's podcast about Elizabeth Warren where he goes on about how the signs were all there, but he didn't see them. It's an interesting concept, and I think we'll see more of these vs. real progressives.

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Actually, the issue at stake is patriotism. You must return to your world and put an end to the Commies. All it takes are a few good men.
--Q

Exit polls not involving George W. Bush or Hillary Clinton tend to be quite accurate.
--Doug Hatlem

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Friendly or not?

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Marilyn

"Make dirt, not war." eyo

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get yourself a ukulele and join those folks singing. Her deep intentions are to do something good for the real people and have fun with it. What's wrong with that?
Smile
I am singing for Tulsi. She is no sell-out, just a lady who is strong enough to not care about Biden or Sanders and has a polite and kind Aloha demeanor.

Go Tulsi, I hope you take care of the suffering poor people in Hawaii and fight the super rich MFs occupying your islands' land. That's more honorable than to sit in that deeply dark White House with a bunch of con-artists.

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@mimi

I am singing for Tulsi. She is no sell-out, just a lady who is strong enough to not care about Biden or Sanders and has a polite and kind Aloha demeanor.

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There is one positive here, although still not enough:

Tulsi gave the Dems the finger by promoting demented JoJo--classic poison pill. Swallow that, Dems. I double-dawg dare ya. See you after the implosion. Stand back, mates, There's going to be a giant sucking sound when JoJo falls flat on his face while Trump dances around him like Mohammed Ali--float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Yep. Donnie's gonna git yore gizzard and all them other corrupt parts, JoJo.

But Hunter can stuff your epidermis and nobody will notice that you are deceased--because Joe, sniff sniff, you ain't far from that now. Maybe Hunter will stand your corpus in the front hall foyer, like a coat rack. Stretch out your arms, so it works better.

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@Alligator Ed @JtC (edited and added stuff)
... was unfortunatly a lie (and Tulsi made a big pile of poop saying that), but I think it's not relevant anymore. Liars and broken hearts profiteers are on sale on e-bay. Are you buying? I am not. Jimmy Dore being close to tears is what counts. Honest tears and relevant news. I buy that.

Ok. Sorry, Stay healthy. Be well. Gotta go reading more and worry less.
Bye

PS1: Have self-quarantained elderlies and young ones all with symptoms and no testing avalable in my family. More than 15. Masks nowhere to get. I make my own masks now. "Self is the woman". (Selbst ist die Frau).

@JtC
PS2: I need to be able to understand, how the internet could be shut down from one country to another (or even completely). If that communication for the poor us folks gets "kaput" it is time to ... (you can finish that sentence for yourself in private).

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Centaurea's picture

That's clear as mud.

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@Centaurea My judgement sucked. Is that clearer? I hope so.

Since you, Centaurea, are apparently a member of the Bar, I shall conclude in the most exacting way with which to end my interrogatory:

Hereinafter, the affiant sayeth naught.

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@Alligator Ed

My judgment apparently sucked, too. I never gave up on Bernie, but I supported Tulsi and thought she was the real deal. "Warrior Tulsi", I called her. Darn it.

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"If you want revolution, be it."
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In many ways, my political trajectory and experience has been much the same as yer gator. I loved Tulsi's non-intervention peace message. It was great to hear it be part of the conversation for the first time in a long time. Her single-shot takedowns were beautiful.

But for her to say the people have spoken and clearly chosen Joe was a straight up lie. She has ulterior motives she has not divulged, and has lost my trust now. That is very sad.

We are not alone. She broke lots of people's hearts selling out to a bumbling, war mongering, incoherent, corporatocrat, I am sure.

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein

some person in power to actually promote our agenda and well being, some politician says things. Provocative things. Things we dream of hearing from a pol. Then they slip on that ONE THING, and we just over look it because, then they slip up on that SECOND THING, and we do it again, until they completely betray us and expect us to accept it.
It was tough for me to ride Bernie's train after he capitulated to HRC.
He did me a favor.
Notice Warren began with a platform. Then changed on a thing. And another thing.
Obama kept us hoping and dreaming until he started calling in his advisory troops, appointing our fucking worst enemies into his cabinet, and even then, I and how many others thought his second term would be magic!
Well, it was for the 1%.
Shit happens, to both humans and reptiles.

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DCOTN is up for grabs and a vote.

- We’re going to teach the world all kinds of things about how this virus behaves because Russia won’t share their data and China did better at containing it.

- Some are more concerned with his stutter and technical difficulties with his media roll out.

- How precisely, exactly does a "potential" nominee exert pressure in Congress? Particularly, with Republicans?

(Kos wrote another anti Bernie diary and wants him to drop out.)

- Every time Bernie speaks, Unicorns fart rainbows! /s
(Not really snark)

- Disagree. There’s a reason Putin is running an operation to convince progressives to not vote for Biden. That’s how they won in 16 and that’s their only path to win again.

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Unfortunately, the purge drove out a lot of the most interesting people on this site.I think also, Kos’ behavior drove a lot of the most interesting diarists away.

Glad a lot of “pure lefties who were the real Democrats” went over to Caucus99. That was the Tulsi Gabbard/Jill Stein crowd. There were people here I fucking detested who were attacking Barack Obama’ s character. Glad they’re fucking gone. Gone and good riddance.
(Oh no attacking Obama?)

But the winners are...

omfg how far up your own ass do you have to be to write something like this?

Fuck Bernie Sanders, fuck Jill Stein, fuck Ralph Nader, and fuck all of the other 3rd party candidates who work to elect Republicans. Except Pat Paulsen. He was cool.

There is always an exception for ones point of view, but only for yourself.

I remember when comments like that would get you banned. Not any more. You can say, "fuck Tulsi and she is a Russian asset and you'll get lots of standing O's.

Even kos was invited to come here..why? No idea..

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@snoopydawg

Were they referring to Bernie Sanders here? That's Senator Bernie Sanders, sitting US Senator from Vermont, who has worked to build bipartisan coalitions in the House and Senate for the past 30 years?

How precisely, exactly does a "potential" nominee exert pressure in Congress? Particularly, with Republicans?

Seriously, those people are lost. I lurked at that place a lot, beginning in the first term of the terrible Dubya years (that's the Dubya who's now good friends with the Obamas, who say he shares their values).

But I never became a member. I never posted there. Every time I thought about joining, something stopped me. I found out what that something was in 2015 after Bernie's campaign took off.

I'd check in as a lurker, hoping to find rational, literate political discussions, and instead I'd find myself in the midst of people running with knives, slashing at other users in cold fury. And the admins did nothing. It was a toxic experience to encounter that vicious, nasty, crazy mess. You can't reach them, and they will only drag you down if you try.

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@Centaurea

but they don't acknowledge all of the bills that he has gotten passed with bipartisan support. Oh no... he's just spend 30 years sucking off the government teat. Quick can anyone name a bill DiFi has passed that helped main stream Americans? Or any other democrat that has been in congress for decades? Oh, but then Bernie is not a democrat just in case you haven't heard that yet while Joe Manchin D from VA is even though he voted for Kavanaugh for gawd's sake..

If anyone goes in a positive Biden diary and talks about his record the knives come out, but it is A-OK for them to come into every positive Bernie one and take a wet dump. Write truthful diaries on Biden's true history? HIT JOB and you get timed out like Subir has or NR as Tom P is.

The reason I still look in is to find something to chuckle about. And yeah I am bored enough to look there. I get a kick out of them wanting to not cover Trump because he lies all the time and they love that Rachel brought that up. But they refuse to see how they have been duped into the new McCarthyism thinking even though the media has admitted numerous times that Mueller did not make his case and yes the FBI lied to the FISA court to get their warrants. And no Biden did nothing wrong in Ukraine nor did Hunter....

SO yeah I chuckle.

Actually someone mentioned throwing Kos off the site and for him to come here. I can't find it again, but not putting too much effort in it.

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@snoopydawg First “high yellow”/mixed race POTUS, etc. I read about him being a Raygun fanboy when he declared in 2007, and thought, uh oh. YUPPIE curse (and how!).

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@snoopydawg @snoopydawg
I remember having seen Markus from a distance talking to "Jerome a Paris". Jerome was a French banker, if I recall it correctly. And Markos was obviously a bit frightened of the man.

Jerome I think disappeared himself from TOP and Markos ... I don"t know, did he wear a yellow vest recently?

It's really not important, but if JtC invited Markos here, what would be the reason we would be here right now?

Whatever. I think Markos should self-quarantaine himself at TOP. Bugs are everywhere and Bucks are nowhere here. So ... JtC didn't drink the right beer, if what you claim, snoopy, is true.

Cheers, viva Corona beer!

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@snoopydawg mainly to see if there is a "Purge, part 2". Can't believe it myself. Sometimes I wonder if the place hasn't been over run with Russian bots.

I saw the Bernie rip up by Markos, and thought the best thing would be to continue the debates. Trumps going to monopolize the media as much as possible. The media have no real reason to cover Biden beyond the random snippet. At least if there are debates ol' Joe can get some sparring practice in, and maybe adopt some progressive policies to widen the tent door.

I think Trump will hit Biden with everything he can find or make up if they debate, and if Trump's seen as the winner he won't have another debate, leaving Biden to rely on politcal ads. If Trump can paint Biden as corrupt, why change crooks mid stream?

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@Snode

Kos has written about that 5 times now and for some reason doesn't understand when there is more than 2 people running the vote gets split more. Nor will he acknowledge the voter suppression that we have seen again in areas that would vote for Bernie. This is CT there. Once upon a time they called that out and wanted dems to get more machines in place.

A lot of members that are just interested during elections have started commenting again and many of them are appalled at what the site has become. Especially all the comments about Russia or Vlad Putin.

Train wreck with lots of rubbernecking is why I still peek in. And for the lol's.

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@Snode

If Trump can paint Biden as corrupt, why change crooks mid stream?

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I remember horses. Before climate change, I remember streams with real water in them. Now I have only fond memories of the good ol' days when we had dependable thieves like Bubba and Dubya and Daddy Bush. We could always count on Darth Cheney to do skullduggery. But JoJo. That's a different kind of horse. Actually a horse's butt--you never know what nonsense will be expelled from his rear-facing mouth.

Remember, folks, horses are not always your friend.

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