Essays and Open Threads
While a person pays very close attention to legislative shenanigans happening in one state, stuff is going down in another.
This morning, while I was still asleep in California, Republicans in New Hampshire were determined to maintain their exclusivity as the only state in New England to keep transgender people subject to discrimination.
The sun is up, I'm up and there is no OT. OTOH, I've got a ton to do today, no plan, no topic, and no real inspiration. The muse is off somewhere musing about something. We (my wife & I) adhered to the women's day "no women" program except that, obviously, she was here.
Perez, Ellison embark on unity tour
New Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez and Deputy Chair Keith Ellison are taking their buddy show on the road.
First, of course, liberals must not say "liberals." (Duu-uuh!) Remember the BCTYAI (Big Club That You Ain't In), including, of course, the PPC (Politician Pundit Complex)? Well, the BCTYAI launched an attack on "loony," "moonbat" liberals (as distinguished from "pragmatic" liberals). That Luntz-like maneuver seemed relatively effective: In the U.S., which is more conservative in some ways than many other nations, "liberal" became a slur word.
It’s not only me that is going nuts with the lack of urgency regarding climate change. More and more it’s the only thing I think about. And that thinking, as you can imagine, is mostly dread.
Trump's U.N. Ambassador, Nikki Haley, is proving to be every bit the rabid warmonger Samantha Power was/is. Trump is proving to be every bit the Imperialist his predecessors were. "Make America Great Again". Wasn't that a clue? I thought it was.
In Brain hacking, part 1, I pointed out some of the technology, with lots more technology to be discussed, so that you may see how close to reality this idea is. The technology exists and just needs refinement. Don't doubt for a moment that the CIA is working on it.
The core of part 1 is based upon mind-to-mind communication.
I'm going to talk about something very painful to me. I've had the need to write about this for a long time. And the tears are aleady flowing.
It's about my mom. Doris Oleana Munniks. She died on November 30, 1989.
Every Womens Day jabs at me to tell her story.
She was, without doubt, one of the first modern day feminist. Born in a hollow in the back country of Appalachia. West by God Virginia. As was I.
That is something everyone can agree on. Just exactly what that evil was is what we disagree on.
This morning SB 6, which is HB 2 reincarnated and beamed over from North Carolina, was passed by the Texas Senate Affairs Committee by a vote on 8-1. That followed testimony on Tuesday of over 250 people which lasted more than 13 hours. There were 253 witnesses who testified against SB6 and 29 who testified in favor of it.
Remember the Tea Party of 2010?
Their defining feature in my mind was their crazy conspiracy theories.
Recall that Obama was a Kenyan, Communist Muslim (among other crazy stuff).
But their paranoid delusions went far, far beyond that.
The 2017 Assembly election held last week resulted in the end of the Unionist majority in Northern Ireland. From here Unionism will continue to wither away as their predominantly older voters die and are replaced by predominantly younger Nationalist voters.
The betrayal. It was, which is why so many people are so pissed at the Clintons and Democrats
It is already past evening for most of the women in our world.
Most of our women, along with their family and friends, struggle to survive as the "wretched of the earth" and do not know anything about who is or is not entitled to use which bathroom.
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Over 20 bars in Hamburg have banded together to protest against US President Donald Trump‘s visit to the northern German city for the Group of 20 (G20) summit in July.
Honestly, I can't hardly believe I want to have this conversation but I do. I could care less how many true believers attended anyone's inauguration. But what I very much do care about is just how badly media is lying to us so I want to peek into Trump's inauguration event.
If you give me a choice between taking $1000 from twenty million families or hitting 50,000 people who shuffle money around all day, I'll take it from the people who shuffle money.
I would be interested to know now many here would agree this thought is consistent with their point of view.
It's election day here in Los Angeles. Hence I've found something brief to post while I go out to do my civic duty and perform my necessary chores.
Middle- and upper-class America are desperately fighting the WTR, just as they have historically always fought off White Trash demands for justice and fairness. And it is true that there is no guarantee at this date that the WTR will not descend into fascism. Certainly, many of the same xenophobic and fascist elements are similar to the 1930s.
. . . Wikileaks has brought forth the first of multiple installments of alleged CIA documents (which all have so far indicated look to be the real thing), detailing the ways that the U.S. is spying upon others and upon its own citizens.
For all practical purposes the office of the American President has become one of an uncrowned king.
There are many, many steps that led us to this point, but the parallels are blatant and numerous. Our uncrowned king has the power of life and death over his citizens, the authority to impose laws via fiat, and no accountability to any save the nobles which are the only check on his power.
It's good to see you. Come on in, leave your shoes in the hallway, we've got fire on the stove preparing lunch for later. In the meantime, browse the bookshelves and plunk down on the sofa with one, or pick out some tunes from the music library or come in to the kitchen to help with the cooking. Our special blend of tea is steeping and will be right up.