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The idealogical difference of the Trump Administration

I said it before, that the battle between the Trump Administration and the political establishment was simply a battle of oligarchs, like the House of York versus the House of Lancaster. It's a real battle, but it's largely meaningless to us peasants.
However, I've come to realize that there are two idealogical differences between the two political camps.

Dazed and Numb

How much more can we endure?

That should perhaps be the ultimate question that is cemented into America's conscious, and yet it is nothing but a fleeting thought.

As Trump continues with his evisceration of the government, attacking Meals on Wheels to dump 50 extra billion into our corpulent defense budget, we would hope that there would be more concern, more outrage. And yet, the current reality also fixates on the numbing agent of outrage itself.

Saturday Song Open Thread - Good Morning Blues

Hey, it's songday. I pick a song that I believe warrants it and publish an assortment of the covers of that song by various persons and or groups. Pick a few that are new to you and have a listen. It is also, of course, an open thread to talk about anything you feel like. Hey its Saturday, so kick back,...

Today's song is: Good Morning Blues

The simple, basic lesson that Americans willfully refuse to learn

As President Trump considers escalating our invasion of Syria, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gave an interview with Chinese TV station Phoenix that the American media largely ignored.
Assad voiced two observations that Americans try very hard to pretend don't exist.


Self publicist supremo, Gee Dubya's poodle and well known lying warmongering ass-hole Tony Blair brings you:

Tony Blair is launching a “new policy platform to refill the wide open space in the middle of politics” aimed at combating a “frightening authoritarian populism” that he says is undermining the west’s belief in democracy.

What will the Democrats do when they have to abandon the Trump/Putin konspiracy theories?

For the past year, instead of attacking Trump for real, concrete reasons of his horribleness, Democrats have gone off the deep end of crazy, irrational, konspiracy theories about Russia. Just visit any Democratic blog like DKos and witness the demands of faith in the unproven that is so absolute that voicing doubts can get you denounced for heresy and banned.

Basic Reason to Block Trump SCOTUS Pick: Justice

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(Analysis.) Many liberal thinkers have put forth good reasons for senators to reject President Trump's nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. People for the American Way, one of a coalition of groups that delivered block-Gorsuch petitions with one million online signatures, cited his ...

troubling views and record when it comes to siding with wealthy and powerful interests, over the rights of working people, women, and the disabled.

More rant than essay, but what the hey.

I don't watch a whole lot of TV. But this morning, I was in a place where CNN was on and I watched a Virginia Repub congressman, who is on the House Budget Committee, talk about voting against the healthcare bill (Trumpcare, if we must).

I wasn't surprised by the fact that he's voting against the bill. He says it doesn't go far enough. I suspect he means that it doesn't go far enough to further enrich and keep the rich alive, while the middle class and poor can pray.

Thursday Open Thread 3-16-2017

Morning – I am going to be hosting Thursday’s for a while from the eastern side of the Cascade Mountain range in Oregon. I plan on writing on the subject of resilience, share the experience of the seasonal flow of farm life and discuss thoughts that pop into by head as I walk the pastures to irrigate, fix fence and work with livestock.

Dutch election confirms Caucus 99%: Liberals must not say "populist."

A recent essay said liberals must no longer say "liberal," "left," "progressive," or "populist." (http://caucus99percent.com/content/liberals-must-not-say-liberal-left-pr...) As to "populist" specifically, the essay pointed out that, since the Democratic primary (or earlier), neoliberals had been working to associate populism with the racism of pro-Jim Crow Democrats and Dixiecrats.

Don't Call Me a Purist Again

(Warning: This essay has no redeeming value whatsoever, it's only purpose is to have a little fun, stir up some shit and make people hate each other.)

So evidently the term "purist" is being used, again, by some in the One Percent's Democratic Party, to describe the "progressive rebels" who are resisting the corporate democratic establishment.

"You're Lazy", Said Every Non-Disabled, Neuro-Typical Person Ever

It's easy to judge a person who has dealt with multiple disabilities their entire lives who isn't working as 'lazy'. It's what most people do. Even people with other disabilities, i.e. "I have ADD and I do just fine."

Funnily enough, even if I were working a McJob or was working as a greeter at Walmart (Many people with disabilities often work as greeters), these same individuals still wouldn't be satisfied.

Those fortunate enough to escape Mosul

are closer to temporary safety than this family pictured last week.

An Iraqi special forces soldier helps a family carry their child to cross from Islamic State controlled part of Mosul to Iraqi forces controlled part of Mosul, Iraq, March 4, 2017. Picture taken March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RTS11IXU