Republicans' Titanic sinks; Democrats offer rowboat for survivors

First off, I would like to thank my inspiration for this article or essay or rant, whatever to the following:

1. CS in AZ whose post about Ryancare (AKA Trumpcare, AKA Death panels for the sick) provided the primary inspiration.

Democrats: are they finally realizing they are on the Titanic?

Should I give you the short answer, or will you have to read through this, or do you already know? A considerable constituency of our community believe that the Blue Party is beyond resuscitation, to which faction I also belong. Why? They are the party of Hillary Clinton. They are the party of No Changes Needed Nancy. They are the party of NotTrump. They are the party of no issues, other than to get re-elected, even if it means to lie, cheat and steal. I could go on but won't.

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.

The Sad State of America

Preface: This is just my uneducated opinion...and the rantings of a mindless lunatic.

The sad state we find ourselves in today hasn't been the republicans or the democrats fault, but a combination of both corporate bought and sold political parties, not to mention a population that seems to be able to only think in terms of binary logic. "You're either with us, or against us".

We're caught in a trap....

That's the opening line from a very good Elvis Presley song, "Suspicious Minds". It goes..."We're caught in a trap, I can't walk out...." And so it goes with America 2017. We are truly caught in a trap. Trump is president and will be until 2021 unless he is removed, dies or steps down. Assuming that he will remain as the MFIC for the next 3 years, 11 months and 7 days (but who's counting?) how do we turn things around?

American Privilege

Caitlyn Johnstone has been writing some pretty good articles lately. Today she hit one out of the park.

Her framing of the issue in this article is just a masterpiece - and if it catches on, it just might be a way to fight back against the warmonger Democrats in the public mind.

I'll post an excerpt below the fold, but it is really worth clicking the link to read this article in full.

Senate Democrats have the power to stop Trump. All they have to do is use it.

Weasly, useless Democrats! Not in their nature, pragmatic my ass. May they rot in a fracking pit.

Did you know this? I thought Dems had no choice. I thought they were so outnumbered they couldn't obstruct. I was surprised to read that this is not the case. Slowing down this runaway freight train is important. Trump moving like greased lighting underscores how slow, inept and impotent Obama and the Democrats were for 8 fucking years.


Among all the major headlines today, the one with the potential for the most lasting impact and damage is that Donald Trump has narrowed down his Supreme Court nominee list down to two or three and will formally nominate someone next week. The only reason he is set to nominate anyone at all, of course, is that the Republicans in the Senate refused to even hold a vote on President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland in an unprecedented maneuver last year.

Democrats Should Win on Values, Jesus

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(Analysis.) "All politics is moral," writes cognitive scientist and author George Lakoff. For years he has counseled Democrats on winning hearts and minds from the dishonest, but effective, Fox News and Rush Limbaugh-style Republican propaganda.

[S]tart with values, not policies and facts and numbers. Say what you believe, but haven't been saying. For example, progressive thought is built on empathy, on citizens caring about other citizens and working through our government to provide public resources for all, both businesses and individuals. Use history. That’s how America started. The public resources used by businesses were not only roads and bridges, but public education, a national bank, a patent office, courts for business cases, interstate commerce support, and of course the criminal justice system. From the beginning, the Private Depended on Public Resources, both private lives and private enterprise.

Over time those resources have included sewers, water and electricity, research universities and research support: computer science (via the NSF), the internet (ARPA), pharmaceuticals and modern medicine (the NIH), satellite communication (NASA and NOA), and GPS systems and cell phones (the Defense Department). Private enterprise and private life utterly depend on public resources. ... And stop defending “the government.” Talk about the public, the people, Americans, the American people, public servants, and good government. And take back freedom. Public resources provide for freedom in private enterprise and private life.

The conservatives are committed to privatizing just about everything and to eliminating funding for most public resources. The contribution of public resources to our freedoms cannot be overstated. Start saying it.

Of course, having, as the Republicans do, hundreds of radio stations and a major news network devoted to the messaging would greatly help. Still, every liberal-minded person that speaks a clear message grounded in values, whether to one or a million-and-one, would also help.

DAPL and Cowardly DemocRATs

Poll: who is most cowardly Democrat you know?

Sorry: poll is closed or your registration is invalid or you aren't really a DemocRAT. Anyway, it's my own poll, for all that's worth (polls this year haven't been worth too much as we know). Runner up in this poll is of course Hillary Goddam Clinton who was too cowardly to campaign, too cowardly to lay out a believable domestic agenda, too cowardly to take on the corporations from whose tits she has been sucking for years.

Open Thread 12-08-16: Throwback Thursday!

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(Shahryar here....shaharazade has a little illness, nothing serious, and I'm swamped with work. She's authorized me to repost this open thread she wrote way back when the membership of c99 started booming, way back in March 2016. It's pretty wonky! And still timely, probably always will be.)