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

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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”

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.

Tone Deaf

Guns suck. People suck worse.

There something mentally unstable with people who worship guns. But okay, I suppose everyone’s got a fetish. If guns are your thing, have it at. But don’t act surprised when someone uses your fetish to murder innocent people.

To be clear: the madman who took aim at Republicans on a baseball field was pure evil. Plain and simple. And if he hadn’t been killed, he deserved to die. (I’m not a knee-jerk bleeding heart against the death penalty. That said, any potential death penalty case should be clear cut with irrefutable, iron-clad evidence, such as with this madman in Alexandria. Innocent people have been put to death. See, contrary to radical right-wing popular belief, liberals are not monolithic. Link provided so you can look it up.)

Neither guns nor evil are going to disappear. But after what happened in Alexandria, instead of addressing the proliferation of guns and evil, our elected officials and the media are telling us to watch our tone. That both sides must be more mindful and careful about how we disagree.

This is absolute false equivalency bullshit! Continue reading “Tone Deaf”

Get Dirty

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My prediction: James Comey’s testimony will mean NOTHING. Actually, less than nothing.

Less than nothing to the Republican Congress and nothing to every one of Trump’s supporters.

Looking for some sort of salvation through stultifying and stilted testimony (with big words that Trump and his followers can’t even understand) in front of Congress (which, by the way, is controlled by the Republicans) is like sending out Donny Osmond to win “Rapper of the Year.”

I confess my “make a wish” moment is to have a spelling bee somewhere in middle America and make the winning word “emoluments.” Continue reading “Get Dirty”

Sowing the Seeds

It’s a settled fact that Russia meddled in our general presidential election. All of our intelligence agencies agree it happened. But this question keeps coming to mind: did Russia also meddle in the Republican primary to help Trump become the nominee? And if they did, why isn’t the GOP outraged about the possibility of their primary being hacked and stolen?

I suspect some in the GOP knew about the meddling and turned a blind eye. As long as the meddling would help keep Hillary out of the White House, they were fine with it. Why else would McConnell take the risk of holding up Obama’s Supreme Court nominee? Which he did with more than a bit of confidence. Did he know the fix was in? But didn’t know that it would lead to a President Trump? Continue reading “Sowing the Seeds”

The Touch-and-Go Asylum

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This may be one of the darkest pieces I have written. Of course, in my eyes, it is a “feel good” piece! This is the kind of piece that friends would say to me, why Michele if you had not written this piece, I would tell you it was right up your alley! It has YOU written all over it!

And if you are even a little bit like me, you are waiting for the ball to drop on this, the most corrupt, corroded and craven administration in American history.

And waiting…and waiting…and waiting…and…zzzzzzzzz…

Meanwhile, we’ve got United Airlines videos to watch, and multiple Harry Styles sightings to entertain us. And I know this sounds like the absolute zenith of zero-hope-left-leaning but I am eagerly anticipating the number of passengers on United Airline flights who will deliberately provoke some kind of “mix-up” or altercation so that they too can grab their “aisle be seeing you” battered and bloodied news moment and milk it for every penny. Continue reading “The Touch-and-Go Asylum”

Terms of Indictment

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Steve Sack, Star Tribune

In the muddled mess I now call my mental mindset, I run a constant dialogue with my inner IDiot.

Which one of the cravenous crustaceans now infesting the White House (and their Republican rah-rah rat faces) will go down first? Office pools, anyone? The names march through my head like a ticker tapeworm parade. The entire crew stand perched, a set of dominoes, just waiting for the first to go to topple the entire bottom-feeder barnacled bunch.

Has there EVER been a worst set of penal-code-to-come pricks in Washington? These schmucks and their shenanigans make Teapot Dome look like a garden party. (And it is painfully ironic that the Teapot Dome scandal shares a whimsical “imagery” with that sludgy slew of slime known as Tea Partiers. Out of the teapot into the tea party.) Continue reading “Terms of Indictment”

100% Pure Projection

Trump is nothing but 100% pure projection.

When a person projects, they tend to fervently accuse others of traits, flaws, and issues that are really about themselves. It is blame shifting. Trump and his propaganda machine (including feckless Republicans) have mastered this primitive defense mechanism and elevated it to a sickening art form.

Some examples:

Hillary is crooked = I am crooked.
She is corrupt = I am corrupt.
The Clintons are criminals = I am a criminal.
Rosie is a pig = I am a pig.
The election is rigged = I am rigging it.
Obama is sick = I am sick.
The media is the enemy of the people = I am the enemy the people.
Anything he labels or calls a disaster = I am a disaster.

Almost every time he opens his mouth to criticize someone else, he is actually talking about himself.