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The Edge of the Knife

Tolkien’s words of wisdom: 

Despair, or folly?’ said Gandalf. ‘It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not. It is wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope. Well, let folly be our cloak, a veil before the eyes of the Enemy! For he is very wise, and weighs all things to a nicety in the scales of his malice. But the only measure that he knows is desire, desire for power; and so he judges all hearts. Into his heart the thought will not enter that any will refuse it, that having the Ring we may seek to destroy it. If we seek this, we shall put him out of reckoning.’ 

‘At least for a while,’ said Elrond. ‘The road must be trod, but it will be very hard. And neither strenght nor wisdom will carry us far upon it. This quest may be attempted by the weak with as much hope as the strong. Yet such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.

53 Responses

  1. Just goes to show: when you sit down at a restaurant and the menu offers you a choice of shit sandwich or deluxe shit sandwich, sometimes people splurge.

  2. I know how hard you worked. You did all you could and then some. Thank you for being on the good side and and having faith. Now take a rest (in real life, as we love your blogging). lots of hugs

    • Awww, you’re so sweet. I’ve met a lot of really nice people lately. I think some of them will become friends. There definitely is a lot of guilt. Like, could I have knocked on more doors, even if I couldn’t see in the dark? Could I have stayed up later and counted more files? (Probably not)
      I don’t know. The questions will go on forever. I think the campaign should have leveled with us. Knowing the exact status at the time instead of treating everything as an emergency would have helped.

      • She won the popular vote. Watch the CSPAN replay of her speech from the beginning (Tim Kaine points this out.)
        A tweet noted that the election was rigged–by rural white men in 1787.
        Imagine how T. would have reacted had the tables been turned. Concession? Call to arms?

    • I second that.
      Thanks for all that you did, RD.

  3. Hillary Clinton, Chappaqua, N.Y. Send letters of thanks to Hillary. Include a check in any amount to the Clinton Foundation for her work with women and children. Pass this on. We still have a leader.

  4. I’m really devastated. Despite my doubts about our electorate,I thought we would do it. I thought we were ready for it all. Everyone I talk to feels sick, I thought it was only me since I’m such a Hillary diehard but this is felt deeply around the world. And it’s ok to be in shock and sorrow right now. We will regroup. I ran to your site yesterday hoping to see your words RD, thanks for this site and providing a save haven

    • I´m in shock along with tears.

      Yet, in my heart I think it was best for Hillary in the long run. Her health, her family and the enjoyment of life as well as respect of her integrity.

      The “hateful” ones -out of fear of her, would have never stop with their witch hunt and let her govern and accomplish all those great ideas, projects and dreams. Then call her incompetent, criminal and have impeachment proceedings, etc, etc.

      Hillary has written history, but she has a lot of more history to write in the wide world platform where she is an icon for humanity and respected for her intelligentsia.

      Plenty of world out there that was hopeful for a better USA, is mourning…

  5. Lots of hugs and lots of love RD.
    Like our Hillary, you are part of this movement…

  6. For every guy who ever swatted me, goosed me or grabbed my boob, or lied about me or made smirking lurid comments, you won again. A little bit of me died last night.

  7. Sexism is alive and well just as it was in 2008.

  8. Mandos on Trump’s Victory, from Ian Welsh’s blog.

    I wish to extract point #7 in its entirety (Mandos is writing here, not I):

    7. The whistleblower movement, if it can be called that, de facto figureheaded by Julian Assange, is now completely and possibly perpetually discredited with left liberals everywhere, aside from the extremely narcissistic kind. It will never be forgiven for letting a rapist into the White House because of email. On the contrary, they provided the perfect conditions for left liberals to justify to themselves state secrecy among government leaders — because the breaking of state secrecy was used to hinder feminist advance and empower white nationalism. As I said, I don’t personally believe the emails had much to do with anything, and their contents and the inner meaning of the episode is going to be forgotten just like the Enron emails were, a social science curio. But the public interpretation of this is clear: WikiLeaks tried to stab American blacks, Hispanics, women, and gays in the back, and succeeded. A perfect alibi.

  9. BTW, the last time a Republican Presidential candidate won clear, comfortable victories in both the Electoral College and the popular vote was in 1988, when Bush Senior did it.

  10. I was never a big LOTR fan, but our task is more difficult than theirs, I think. This entire system has been gamed beyond repair by the Republicans. The Democrats basically care about making the country and people’s lives better. The Republicans only care about winning elections by any possible means. So they own the Supreme Court, will not even let a Democratic President appoint a Justice. They gerrymandered the states so that they have almost all safe seats in the Red states. They took over state legislatures under Obama, and then pass radical restrictions against voting rights, designed to insure their continued political dominance. They own the FBI quite obviously. Today there were traders on Wall Street chanting “locl her up,” when Hillary’s concession speech was shown. They own Wall Street, too.

    Hillary talked about a vast right-wing conspiracy, and of course the right wing, as well as the anti-Clinton Left, criticized her for it. I think that she was the last person who might have been able to know how to combat them. She was going to do everything she could to improve the Democrats’ power in states. She was beaten by the right-wing forces who are entrenched; as well as the usual Jacbins on the Left who wanted to wrinkle up their noses in distaste, and not vote, or vote for the third party candidates. If they hadn’t done that, she would have won. She won the popular vote, and the antiquated electoral college system, kept in place by Republicans, beat her, just like it beat Gore.

    I have played a lot of poker; and this has the pervasive feeling of a crooked game with cheating players, where the decent person has no chance to win. Oh, we will get a Democratic President at some point, when the Court is already lost for another 40 years. But he or she won’t be close to as gifted as Hillary. And so, as much as I always like to maintain some hope; I don’t feel at all hopeful now; and I have seen enough of these, to not have the willingness to sit back, pray that Trump and Ryan do not destroy our country, and then hope against hope that we can somehow not only win an election, but weed out the Far Right from all of their entrenched positions, including the political system, the FBI, the media, and now the Russian government. Frodo, Hercules, and Harry Potter combined couldn’t do that.

    • Yeah, she’s a tool of Wall Street and everybody there loves her. That’s why those dudebro stock traders were chanting “lock her up”.

      The Pure Left swings and misses again, but what else is new? 😛

  11. Now then. What have we learned?

    Everyone in America loathes your degenerate kleptocracy. A dwindling rump of simpletons has been induced to blame state predation on the opposing synthetic faction or ‘party,’ and as it turns out, you are in the minority of this credulous remnant. Therefore you ‘lose.’

    In a brilliantly scripted ceremony, CIA allowed the subject population to repudiate a hapless piñata who embodies US state failure, by choosing a man who illustrates the dictionary entry Asshole, n. This provides harmless catharsis for the ‘winners’ while maximizing the internecine fury of the ‘losers.’ CIA focal points in the executive branch ensure that your new figurehead will have less workplace discretion than the average cashier at McDonald’s.


    Nothing has occurred to change the slow ineluctable collapse of US legitimacy and capacity.

    • Oh, ok. Word salad time again.
      She won the popular vote. So, you know, voters didn’t really reject her. They were just concentrated in the most heavily populated states.

    • “Now then, what have we learned?”


      Oh wait–we knew that already. 😛

    • Sorry, hon. Not only is the healthcare industry no longer using DSM–it’s using ICD, of course–but there is no longer an Axis II, or any Axes at all. That being said, the personality disorder in question suggested by your post is actually (paranoia superimposed on) antisocial. Methinks you project too much.

      • Oh, that’s what the troll meant?

        That’s what I get for missing the most recent installment of Star Wars. I thought DSM-5 was the name of the new droid character. 😛

  12. You can take Hillary, DWS, Brazille, The DNC, The DLC, the Clintonistas and shove them up your ass. Thanks a lot, old-fags


  13. Ah, of course, you are now in the majority of this credulous remnant. Congratulations! You lose. You’re going to keep getting fucked, but this time by your adversaries, for a change. Won’t it be nice to have Republicans, not Democrats, help banks fraudulently take your home, or your social security and pension, or your right to education, or your contemptible heath care, or whatever it is you’re going to be stripped of next?

  14. It’s especially a comfort on this depressing day to have so-called feminists blaming white women for Trump. They don’t even see the irony. It’s so gross. Guess they skipped Feminism 101. But, hey, cherchez la femme, right?

    • I think she was a diamond and will always be happy about the campaign she ran.

      • She’s the best, and will be making lives better for the rest of her life. My leader-in-exile. I don’t see how any one could have seen the “debates” and chosen him over her. So now the man whose ghostwriter says hasn’t read a book as an adult, has the attention span of a gnat, and a 200-word vocabulary is supposed to absorb complex, critical information? His speech at the Al Smith dinner was so boorish as to be cringeworthy. Afterwards, everyone wanted to interact with Hillary, but T & wife were left with Giuliani, who was just quoted as saying “Obama will be the worst president ever if he pardons Hillary.” So hiring the prosecutor to put her in jail is what T’s “Administration” is about?

    • I read enough of it to recognize a reiteration of the emerging official narrative of the Unicorn Left: “Economic desperation caused this calamity, bigotry had nothing to do with it.”

      I’m not buying it.

  15. Riverdaughter and friends, I’ve been thinking of you. Sending hugs…

  16. I survived the Reagan Administration and both Bush Administrations. I can survive this.

    My country survived all that, plus, before any of that, a revolution against the mightiest world power of the time, a Civil War, both World Wars (with a Great Depression thrown in between them), and the Cold War.

    It will survive this, too.

    • I was thinking about that last night. The pure horror of election night, 1980. That and the next 4 years were the worst (I thought… little did I know) …. Last night and today reminds me of then.

  17. Thank you RD for all the gotv work you did, and for having this blog.
    And Thank You Hillary for working your heart out to win this election-
    I guess we underestimated the power of racism,sexism and just plain stupidity.

    • “racism, sexism and just plain stupidity.”

      The first two, of course, proceed from the third. 😉

      • “We found that sexism was strongly and significantly correlated with support for Trump, even after accounting for party identification, ideology, authoritarianism and ethnocentrism. In fact, the impact of sexism was equivalent to the impact of ethnocentrism and much larger than the impact of authoritarianism.” The study was performed well before the Access Hollywood tape was released: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/10/23/how-sexism-drives-support-for-donald-trump/

        Please let’s call it what it is. The MSM is blaming Trump’s “mandate” (hahaha) on Hillary being tone deaf re the economy. I agree with RD she needed to do more there, but she was never going to get those voters, because of the article above.

        • Not only the MSM. As our friendly neighborhood troll demonstrates, that is also the emerging narrative on the Pure Left.

  18. Deficient argumentation. “Economic desperation caused this calamity.” Straw man. As usual with you partisans, you read just enough to satisfy your confirmation bias, then you stopped before you got to the disquieting bits about institutionalized peculation.

    Popular revulsion against a parasitic nomenklatura caused this immaterial change of figureheads. The ‘bigotry’ blather is state propaganda meant to crosscut the salient class cleavage of today, between the Soviet-style commissar class and the lumpen, which is everyone else including you.

    ‘My country’ is more state propaganda, which confounds the land mass and the population with the kleptocracy that’s got its hooks in you. You need to specify what you mean by your country. So-called America is a perfectly good continent with a society that’s been perverted by immersive state brainwashing. The USA has no more reason to exist than the USSR.

    Oh, and it’s not yours by any stretch, Is it? It belongs to your betters, all of it, including your debts (i.e. your future service.) That is why your fearless leader lost.

    • Ah, so LT is Joffrey. With only a link, I was not sure.

      @RD: You call Joffrey’s contributions “word salads”, but I think he uses a blender or other food processor, and so they are more like smoothies. 😆

      Awwww, didja have to remind me of the late, great Confirmation Bias?

      You shoulda seen Confirmation Bias in their prime, back when they had just released their only album, and were opening for Collective Soul. Damn shame their lead guitarist ran off and joined an ashram. 😛

    • And what debts? I own one credit card, and pay the full balance each month.

  19. Behold these pitiful, half-starved Trump supporters, all dressed in rags. Why, they look like they’re limping along just one meal ahead of the Reaper’s scythe! No wonder the poor, desperate souls turned to a false messiah.


  20. Hillary won the popular vote by 1/4 of a million votes. Despite. Everything. Hurled. At. Her.

    If we call it what it is, SEXISM, then we can change it.

  21. O ho ho ho ho! Witticisms for your shrinking sect. The seven million disgusted Obama voters you lost, they are not laughing. O ho ho ho ho, You lose.

    • Who could have won? If Joffrey thinks a pure leftist candidate could have won, he doesn’t know the USA very well.

      Of course, my preceding statement assumes that he’s a sincere, if arrogant, left-wing troll, rather than a right-wing troll playing games for some obscure reason (obscure because the election has ended).

      However, one would think that if he sincerely wanted to convert us to Pure Leftishness, he would avoid his sneering and condescending manner.

    • Oh, and how many Obama voters were “disgusted”, versus how many were prevented from voting this time around–the first presidential election in years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act?


  22. I heard Steinem being asked if Trump was her president. No. I won’t break the law, but he doesn’t represent me. Not mine either.

  23. Words are beyond me

  24. I remember during the primaries I wrote a comment on this blog that I fear the dem party will implode. That when the discussion was the impending implosion of the Republican party. I didn’t see anything good coming out of the Bernie pots. Still don’t.

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