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Stroll: whiners

Lunch: nooners

Taking a lunch break from chasing down multiple counterintuitive settings and looking forward to almost a 3 hour lab.

So, what stupid thing has Trump done this morning? I need updates.


It’s very simple.

Stephen Colbert broke it down for us last night. At its heart, the Battle of Charlottesville was not about statutes.

It was a clash between Nazis and NOT Nazis. The KKK and the NOT KKK. Anti-Semites and NOT Anti-Semites.

Which side are you on? Take your time. It’s a character test.

Here’s Colbert’s opening monologue from last night where he clears up any confusion for those of you still struggling with that question (I’m looking at you Constance and Blizz):

Stride: To the Barricades!

Omg, stop digging.

CNN says Donald gave another press conference where he doubled down on the “both sides were at fault” argument.

Yeah, that guy who was driving the car couldn’t help it if protestors ran into his car- 19 of them. All at once. With no regard to their personal safety or damage to the paint job.

Steve Bannon probably put him up to this. He can’t be seen as backing down or yielding an inch. That’s what LOSERS do.

This is the hill he is choosing to fall on.

The one with the Nazis on it.


Stroll: Winding down.

I had a full day of training on a Microsoft product. This is day 2 of a full week of it. My mind races down endless corridors and blind alleys.

I need a shot of whiskey and some mindless Game of Thrones reviews.


This tweet got 53000 retweets. Must have hit a nerve.

Definitely a deal breaker. Because WTF WERE THEY THINKING??


For those of you who are new political junkies, learn about The Overton Window. You can understand it in context from this tweet by Atrios at eschatonblog:

Stride: Children, Wake Up

Hold your mistake up…


IBW pointed me to this post on Wonkette about what if Hillary had only *warned* us about those neo-nazi racist sexist @$$holes who were supporting Trump??

Here’s an excerpt from her speech last summer that everyone thought was ridiculously over the top:

“I know there are only 60 days left to make our case — and don’t get complacent, don’t see the latest outrageous, offensive, inappropriate comment and think, well, he’s done this time. We are living in a volatile political environment. You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people — now 11 million. He tweets and retweets their offensive hateful mean-spirited rhetoric. Now, some of those folks — they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.”

“But the other basket — and I know this because I see friends from all over America here — I see friends from Florida and Georgia and South Carolina and Texas — as well as, you know, New York and California — but that other basket of people are people who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures, and they’re just desperate for change. It doesn’t really even matter where it comes from. They don’t buy everything he says, but he seems to hold out some hope that their lives will be different. They won’t wake up and see their jobs disappear, lose a kid to heroin, feel like they’re in a dead-end. Those are people we have to understand and empathize with as well.”

There’s nothing worse that a woman who is right. Men just can’t take it. It doesn’t matter what side of the political spectrum they are on. That’s what this all comes down to. A lot of guys felt discomfort and resentment about electing a woman. Women are always to be regarded with suspicion. Any mistake they make is 10 times worse than anything their male opponent could ever do. They can’t be as smart as they sound. There has got to be a different set of brains behind her face that aren’t hers.

Right, guys? You know I am.

It wasn’t the deplorables who got Trump elected. It was the media, the Bernie Bros, the reluctant male independent. They’re the ones who let the evil out of Pandora’s box.

Pandora only took the blame.

“Nazis are a lot like cats…

… if they like you, it's probably because you're feeding them"

So says John Oliver:

Stroll: Dog Days

Dog Days are named after Sirius, the Dog Star. That was one of my first astronomy lessons to me a looong time ago. Late July through most of August are dog days when all kinds of uncomfortable things occur, not just the hot weather.

The NYTimes editorial board writes that Donald Trump won't explicitly condemn white supremacists and that this is actually a tacit endorsement.

Probably true. And I'm also sure he's agnostic about racism. It's just that it serves him so well – at the present time. When they now longer serve his interests, he'll drop them like a hot potato.

Might take awhile. They're virtually all he has left.

Mayor of Charlottesville, Michael Signer, is one of Trump's harshest critics and says "look at the campaign he ran".

No one who voted for Trump has an excuse. We all knew what kind of snake Trump was when they picked him up. They just thought he would bite someone else.

But you are who you associate with.

That article shows how deftly Signer handles trolls on Twitter. Another superb Twitter Troll Slayer is J.k. Rowling. Follow her if you want expert troll put downs served deftly and with a devastating sense of humor:

And here are RD's reminders for female bloggers and commenters who come in contact with a troll:

  1. They are only a collection of black pixels on a screen. They can not hurt you. Seriously. Their threats are all a bunch of hot air. You should have seen the death threats and rape scenarios I got in 2008. Trolls know women get freaked out by that but they're too lazy to carry any of it out. So ignore it. If they start posting your address and other personal information, contact the authorities and carry on.
  2. They don't know you. So it doesn't matter if they call you fat or ugly. I will never understand why women get bent out of shape about this. Deflect your shields. Don't let them into your headspace. Everyone is a hot supermodel in a creative class career on the internet.
  3. The internet is the great equalizer for women. You can let your inner guy come out. You know those times when you are humiliated by someone in person and you think, "damn, if only I'd said x,y and z"? Well, you can do that in virtual space. If someone is bothering you, learn from Rowling and take your time to craft a put down they will never forget.
  4. If you have the access to edit their comments, do it. It's your blog. You own the space. You don't have to let them say any bullshit thing they want. If they start whining about censorship, and trolls are the first ones to scream about their first amendment rights, point them to the WordPress or blogspot site and tell them to get their own blog. That's what free speech is all about. You are not responsible for giving them a voice. Tell them they already have the freedom and liberty to say whatever stupid, offensive, hateful thing they want. Somewhere else. Then use your sys admin skills to make sure they go elsewhere.

Have at it, ladies.