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      A few months ago I read a couple of books by the Singaporean intellectual Kishore Mahbubani. In “Has China Already Won he discusses Taiwan. The one exceptional trigger for a war involving China is Taiwan. Most of the time, the Chinese leaders have a lot of policy flexibility. There are no strong domestic lobbies to worry about. But the one issue where the Ch […]
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What do we know today that we didn’t know two days ago?

medium_9016253998-21Raise your hand if anything that has happened in the last couple of days has surprised or shocked you.  Betsy DeVos was going to be confirmed. The scorecard was predictive. The only useful power that the VP has is to cast a tie breaking vote. Would the GOP really confirm an unpopular cabinet nominee along party lines in spite of so much opposition from their voters? Of course it would. These are the same Republicans who would shut down the government and threaten its credit rating in order to throw red meat to their “Christian” conservative constituents who wanted to put a silver bullet through Planned Parenthood.

And making Elizabeth Warren sit down and shut the fuck up was a twofer. They got to disrespect Coretta Scott King and Warren at the same time. They were probably just waiting for the opportunity to do it, sharpening their knives for the day when they could humiliate Warren and tell a woman to know her place. It doesn’t matter if they finally gave in on the letter. That wasn’t the point. Defanging Warren was the point.

They really are that shameless.

For the next two years, they can do whatever they want. We’ve known this since the day after the election. That feeling of dread we all had in the run up to Trump’s inauguration? It’s all been justified.

Getting angry with righteous indignation will only get you so far. And if they know they can push our buttons, they’ll keep doing it like a rat on cocaine pushing the lever over and over again.

These are not nice people. They’re Stanford prison experiment guards with sunglasses people. The problem is that no one is going to stop this experiment early. It’s going to go on until at least November 2018. There will be no halt to the daily humiliations, the long term devastations, the collaborations with the Trump White House that are intended to keep us off balance and infuriated. They are teaching us learned helplessness.

Are we going to let them do that to us?

Don’t get mad. Get even.

“Come, you spirits

That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,
And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full
Of direst cruelty. Make thick my blood.
Stop up the access and passage to remorse,
That no compunctious visitings of nature
Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between
The effect and it! Come to my woman’s breasts,
And take my milk for gall, you murd’ring ministers,
Wherever in your sightless substances
You wait on nature’s mischief. Come, thick night,
And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell,
That my keen knife see not the wound it makes,
Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark
To cry “Hold, hold!”
– Macbeth, William Shakespeare
Show no mercy.


Thanks to all of you who sent me messages and little gifts of music and I Ching yesterday. It lifted my spirits. I worked off my sleep deficit last night.

17 Responses

  1. 2018: We will persist and WIN.

  2. Seeing tweets about his botched conversation with Hollande, like so many others in past weeks. Remember how he would say things to Hillary or others to their face with no inhibition or shame during the campaign. No empathy for the Khans and so many other NOT NORMAL type of events, right? Well, look up Frontal Lobe Dementia (FTD) and its symptoms. We need to have a law to make it mandatory to release tax returns and health details for future candidates. Don’t put them on your state ballots if they don’t provide those. After he is removed, we have to make GOP brand so toxic that they will not win another election.

  3. Just a little thing, but over on the anime forum which I frequent, I just changed my user title from “Antique Flatulence” to “Nevertheless, we persist”. :mrgreen:

  4. Strong advice from Tom Freidman of the NYT over the weekend on this administration –

    Ignore what they say avoid any related social media .. It will suck your brains out … Rather watch what they do and how it comes to pass … that is what we need to consider and control

    • Little Tommy Friedman of the notorious Friedman Unit? It’s an Atrios thing. 🙂

      I think we can see what they are doing and why they are doing it. It’s because they can.

      Not sure what social media he’s referring to. Facebook? Yeah, stay away from Facebook for a wide variety of reasons.

      Twitter? IDK. I like sifting for signal in all the noise.

      What would he prefer? What we get all our news from him and his well researched conversations with cab drivers? Yeah, you’re more open minded than I am in that regard. I guess that’s a good thing. 😉

    • Rachel Maddow says essentially the same thing, frequently, on her shows. Her point being that outrageous verbiage from this admin is just a series of “look at the shiny objects/squirrel!” events to keep us from looking at what they are REALLY trying to do. Last night, it was the USDA’s removal of inspection reports on animal abuse from the USDA website. I suspect that move is part of the “regulations, regulations, we don’t need any stinkin’ Dem regulations” item on the Repub agenda rather than a conscious effort to facilitate animal cruelty which it actually also does.

      • Oh, if you’re talking about Trump’s silly tweets and everyone who chases after them on twitter, that’s the noise I was referring to.

  5. We have to fight this in 2018 & 2020 we have to do this. We don’t have a second to waste.

  6. Charles Pierce regarding Republican war on science. Seems like the House just passed a bill stating that federally funded science research must support the national interest. As if learning the facts ever contravenes the national interest… http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a52925/lamar-smith-house-republicans-war-on-science/

    • Just look at Lamar Smiths face and you can see an old, ignoramus sick Neanderthal…
      Texas is breathing out the worst of the white crop supremacists…i:e. the Bannon type.

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