Alt Left

The alt left is a made up term by right wing propagandists like Sean Shamity, now picked up by the president, to create a false equivalency to white supremacists, fascists, nazis, racists, anti-semites, and bigots of all stripes. When they use the term alt left, they mean feminists, blacks, non-whites, anti-fascists, gays, interfaith clergy members peacefully singing while they incite violence with torches, or anyone who dares to speak out against discrimination, hatred, and fascism. Since I won’t be silent, I guess that makes me a part of the alt left. Continue reading “Alt Left”

Don’t Let Your Boys Grow Up to Be Entitled

GUEST POST BY LINDA

Yesterday at the gym, I had to school a young man in proper etiquette. That leaving your gym bag next to a machine doesn’t entitle you to hold the machine until you are ready to use it.

The machine had been empty long enough for me to do three sets of fifteen reps on another machine nearby. Then I moved to the “bagged” machine and started adjusting the seat and weights. Appearing out of nowhere, the young man stepped into the my space and said he was using the machine. No excuse or pardon me. Just there. In my space.

I was momentarily stunned and gave him my best “are you kidding me” look. He didn’t flinch or move. “Really?” I said.

“Yes,” he said, “I left my gym bag here. Didn’t you see it? I was using it.”

We had a five second standoff. Then I walked away. In those five seconds, and the thirty that followed, I kept telling myself, “Let it go. Let it go. Who cares? It’s only a weight machine. Go work out a different muscle. Don’t make a scene.” And finally, “Look around, you’re out numbered.” I was one of only three women in the entire gym, and the other two were nowhere near me. Continue reading “Don’t Let Your Boys Grow Up to Be Entitled”

Make or Break Time?

Most Sunday mornings we tune into CBS Sunday Morning, and watch right up to the sights and sounds of nature at the very end. Then we turn it off before the talking heads and pundits pontificate on Face The Nation (and the other Sunday round table shows).

This morning, right before they left us with that tranquil end to the show, they showed a promo for Face The Nation. When John Dickerson said, coming up, it’s make or break time for the Republican healthcare bill, I turned to my husband and ranted, “What does that mean? Make or break time? Mitch McConnell owns the Senate. He can make or break anything any time he wants. If he wants to have a vote on the healthcare bill next week, he can. If he wants to have a vote a year from now, he can. He controls the Senate. This is a guy who stole a Supreme Court seat. He can do whatever the fuck he wants whenever the fuck he wants to.”

And in response to my short, but intense outburst, my loving husband calmly said, “You had to get that out. Now, what do you want to eat for dinner this week?”

And with that, we set off to Trader Joe’s.

But… Media: stop with this make or break time narrative. It’s meaningless. There are no norms left in DC. 

That’s my post for today. I’ll leave you with an image from Rocky Mountain National Park.

Freedom and Fake News

Anyone who knows me or reads this blog knows I’m not a big fan of the television news media. And by news, I mean legit news organizations, not the sly-as-a-fox-make-shit-up-to-brainwash-our-viewers-in-order-to-serve-our-oligarchic-agenda “news.”

CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, BBC, etc., are all legit news. I may not like the way they present the news, um, I mean BREAK the news, since it’s always BREAKING NEWS with fancy graphics, ominous scoring, and dramatic language—for Pete’s sake, I’m watching the news, not a James Cameron movie—but they are legitimate.

I wish they’d stop trying to entertain me and just give me the facts.

Legit news organizations are NOT fake news. They don’t make shit up. Yes, they make mistakes, as we all do, but they are responsible and correct themselves, or even fire people. We all know Fox never makes mistakes. They are infallible news popes. (That’s sarcasm for those who don’t get sarcasm.) Continue reading “Freedom and Fake News”

Asking For a Friend

Help.

A friend of mine has been diagnosed with cancer. Some days, though, you can’t tell; she seems perfectly healthy. Other days she looks and feels hellish. And while she is regarded as strong and has the most radiant blue eyes you’ve ever seen, she is really sick.

She’s seen nearly every doctor there is, so many that she’s lost count. She says it may be close to 100 medical professionals—doctors, nurses, pharmacists, scientists, and even sought advice from spiritual practitioners. All but one says she should start treating the cancer immediately. Her chance of survival with this particular form of cancer Is curable, so that’s good news. While the treatment and cure are expensive, she has the money to invest in her health. Here’s the problem: one doctor has implored her not to worry or to spend the time or money on a condition that will fix itself. He has cited a couple of studies that vigorously claim her body will heal naturally without medical intervention. She respects this doctor a lot. And I’m concerned he’s convinced her that all the other medical professionals are quacks.

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The Low Road

Donny Deutsch took the low road on Morning Joe. As he says in the video clip below, “enough is enough.” Going high when they go low, trying to have a rational debate, and attempting to reason with fox-washed sheep has not worked.

He’s a vulgar pig. Michelle Obama says we go high? I’m going to go low, you guys can go high.

He’s physically disgusting to look at, that’s what I find ironic about the way he always goes after other people’s physical attributes. Beyond the fact that he’s obviously not well, the obvious vulgarity, the obvious stupidity, he’s not mentally okay and we have to start looking at that.

…enough is enough with this disgusting vulgar man to talk about a woman that way.

…maybe it’s time we all stop tippy-toeing. I’m taking the low ground, but you know what? He goes after a woman that way, he goes after a friend that way, he’s a vulgar pig, he’s vulgar to look at, he’s disgusting the way he behaves himself as the president.

Cult of Deplorables

When did fighting back against bullies, having no tolerance for intolerance, and accurately calling out the deranged, disgusting, and delusional become the new racism? When did speaking the truth and presenting the facts become hate speech? When did verifiable facts become a liberal bias? How did the smart and educated become the enemy?*

I believe most of us, the center-right conservatives and center-left liberals, share very similar values.

But we are now living in Orwell’s 1984.

The lines between radical and normal, rational and delusional, truth and propaganda, fact and fiction, and ethical and immoral are intentionally being blurred. And by the leader of the free world. If he and his lying minions keep at it, and the cult of deplorables—the hard core 30% who still worship Trump like a messiah—do not wake up, there will not be a free world left for him or anyone to lead.

 

*My guess is this has always been the case for a segment of the population. But especially when sly-as-a-Fox “news” started and whipped their viewers into a frenzy with fake outrage and weaponized rhetoric.

Fundamentalism, Racism, Fear, and Propaganda

Some strong points in this Raw Story article—Fundamentalism, racism, fear and propaganda: An insider explains why rural, Christian white America will never change.

A few quotes (well, almost the whole article):

As the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump is still being sorted out, a common theme keeps cropping up from all sides: “Democrats failed to understand white, working-class, fly-over America.” Trump supporters are saying this. Progressive pundits are saying this. Talking heads across all forms of the media are saying this. Even some Democratic leaders are saying this. It doesn’t matter how many people say it, it is complete bullshit. It is an intellectual/linguistic sleight of hand meant to throw attention away from the real problem. The real problem isn’t east coast elites who don’t understand or care about rural America. The real problem is rural America doesn’t understand the causes of their own situations and fears and they have shown no interest in finding out. They don’t want to know why they feel the way they do or why they are struggling because they don’t want to admit it is in large part because of choices they’ve made and horrible things they’ve allowed themselves to believe.

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Blow Out the Candles

Before the phone rings and my parents cackle-sing “Happy Birthday” into my ear then ask me what kind of cake or pastry I want for my birthday dessert, I wish to address our dear leader and make some birthday wishes of my own.

Dear leader,

It is an honor and privilege to turn another year older under your noble reign. May you transfer so much wealth from the poor to the rich that Putin needs to build more Russian banks to hold all the money. May the sick without healthcare not die on the sidewalks in front of your towers. May Mar-a-Lago always rise above sea level. May you detain and deport many Mexican rapists. May facts remain as elusive as your tax returns. May you find the 3 million people who voted illegally. May your faithful followers, especially the Sean Calamity Shamity asslickers, forever defend your cons, lies, vulgarity, indecency, bullying, and cruelty while whining about how victimized they are by liberals. May they always believe fake news and never wake up to the truth. May your every tee shot be a hole-in-one.

And most of all, when your time comes, may God show you more mercy and grace than you did for his children.

The phone’s ringing.

So, dear leader, as you blow out the candles on the planet, let us eat cannoli cake.