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Come on Girl, You Got to Get Back Up

Today, I got some unexpected good news on the job front. My days of living under tyranny and oppression have finally come to an end. I almost ran down the sidewalk in Pittsburgh, splashing through puddles and into a strong gust that blew my wrap dress open and my umbrella inside out.

Everything else suddenly seemed surmountable and easily dismissed. I celebrated by spending money to amply make my bed. I have a hard time sleeping in my bedroom, for whatever reason. Maybe the new quilt will make me want to give it another try before I have to bust out another can of paint and sell the sleigh bed.

So, I worked myself into a tizzy yesterday over nothing.

Now, I feel able to focus my attention on what has happened in the last 2.5 months.

When we last tuned in back in November, the most qualified woman was beaten by the least qualified man. They say it’s not sexism. Yeah, right. Anyway, the day fast approacheth when Creamsicle takes the oath, unless we can indict him before the inauguration. But then we would be stuck with Pence and that might be worse because he actually understands government and how to undermine it. It is hard to believe that a nation would voluntarily do this to itself but there you are, we are that nation.

But there are ways to resist. Our own Lady V is chewing off a large bite of activism. Expect her site to go active any day now.

tdraicer, one of our more eloquent commenters has started his own blog called The Journal of Schadenfreude.  Check him out.

And a bunch of congressional staffers have put together a site called Indivisible- A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda.

I still think we should copy the Christian Coalition model shamelessly. We need to get serious about organized activism.

So, game on, people. It’s time, passed time, to get serious about what we are facing. If today’s repeal of CHIP is any indication of how heartless and cruel the next four (hopefully only two) years are going to be, we have our work cut out for us.

We’ve got to find that reservoir of resilience and hold on. In the near future, we may have lots of chances of turning back, but we’re not going to. We’re going to keep on going because we are holding on to something.

 

Britney Howard: Great blues guitarist or THE greatest blues guitarist?

I’m just finishing up a bottle of Chez Etters Coastal Red from York County, PA, our friendly neighbors in central PA that gave us Trump. Rico the bartender is on tonight, you can order anything you want. It’s on the house.

 

Windows to Fly Through

I heard there was a lot going on yesterday. The Republicans front loaded the confirmation hearings, Obama gave his last speech the night before warning ominously about how fear can undermine democracy, Twitter had a field day with #goldenshowers (thanks for the levity V. I needed that), and Trump attacked his biggest campaign donor, CNN, for being fake news. 

In real life, someone told me yesterday to not let things stress you out if there’s nothing you can do about them. But there are plenty of things we can do to resist being dragged under the water of careless indifference, corruption and bigotry. I’m going to check my credo. Maybe you can do the same?

And as always, stick together, hold hands, look out for each other. I’ll be back as soon as I fly through some open windows. 


Saw this in the xkcd archives:


All together now: {{Awwwww}}

More stuff: 

Matt Stoller wrote a piece in WaPo about how Obama’s financial and economic policies have hurt the party. He gets it right up until he does the obligatory bash of Clinton at the end. Let’s say for the sake of argument that Clinton kicked it all off in the 1990’s, a premise I’m not completely on board with for various reasons, that was no excuse for Obama to squander the first two years of his first term when he had majorities in the House and Senate. The financial collapse was a perfect opportunity for him to show his quality. Instead, he prolonged the suffering of homeowners and the unemployed in order to save the financiers golden asses. 

Still worth a read. The first part of Matt’s analysis is solid. Also see my series on Karen Ho’s book, Liquidated, for more on “the strategy of no strategy”. It’s there somewhere. Will try to find the links later…