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The sound of the resistance wins a Grammy

Portugal the Man won a Grammy last night for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance over the ubiquitous Despacito.

No surprise there really. The song is the sound of something bubbling up. The video is full of resistance imagery like a burning “Info Wars” newspaper, a raised fist and Black Lives Matters.

Many awards shows are platforms for whatever messages the artists think are important at the time. The Golden Globes a couple weeks ago was all about #metoo. It’s very of the moment. But Feel It Still was a hit last summer and seemed destined to be swamped by Despacito being played almost non-stop.

Not so fast. Feel It Still is for anyone who is still feeling the anger of having our country taken over by a minority of ignorant bigots who don’t seem to know when the billionaire class is robbing them blind. The rest of us are going to be feeling it all the way to November.

Art is more than pretty pictures and bubbly music. Artists are very powerful. The backlash is coming but this resistance has got legs. It’s no exaggeration to say it has the safety and prosperity of the world in its clenched fist. It’s a little more important right now than a Spanish flavored jelly roll.

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Puzzling tweet this morning:

Really? I’m surprised that anyone in Congress is struggling with the ethical implications of Donald Trump firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The misdirection, faux indignation and smearing of reputations is significant from the right but it’s remarkably easy to blow all the smoke away when you compare what Trump is alleged to have done with what Nixon actually did that eventually forced him to resign before he was impeached. While the methods may have changed, the plot of the story is weirdly identical.

Both Trump’s and Nixon’s campaigns illegally broke into the DNC and stole information. The break ins were reported at the time but they were played down. Then when they got caught, both presidents tried to cover it up and obstruct Justice. Both presidents tried to fire the investigators. Nixon succeeded. Trump appears to be waiting forhis party’s propaganda machine on Fox News to sway public opinion by throwing sand in its audience’s eyes. THEN he’ll fire him, claiming that it will be impossible to get a fair hearing.

The thing is, Trump has been so used to paying his way out of trouble all his life and never being held accountable for anything that he thinks this might actually work.

But the similarity to the Watergate scandal is just too hard to miss, unless you actually *prefer* being a fool. My aunt was telling me how confused she was just the other night and in less than 2 minutes, I cleared up any confusion by comparing the details of The Russia affair to watergate and Trump to Nixon. It was that easy. She’s been foolproofed. It will be harder to distract her now.

I’ve noticed less Fox News on these days as well. It’s not in every waiting room any more. And there are very few other news outlets that are following its lead. I think the lack of a soul, ethics, morality and decency are starting to be more blatantly obvious on Fox and the people who once found punching liberals entertaining are less amused by how the channel makes them feel like they need a shower lately. There’s no feeling more powerful in politics than disgust and decent people will avoid it if possible.

I’m more likely to find my formerly Fox watching relatives tuning in to Rachel Maddow these days. Her way of telling a story is mesmerizing and it might just be giving Hannity and Carlson some legit competition. Oh, sure, Fox could always find a way to triumph but like I said, the confusion is easy to clear. Too easy.

If I were the Republicans, I’d be worried more about that than putting on the kabuki theater of trying to protect the president’s “honor”.

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Trump says he is not a feminist.

Apparently, this is news. 🙄

He is for EVERYONE! Isn’t that special? KellyAnne Conway, who was a post doc under Satan himself (or Newt Gingrich), had this to say about why she is not a feminist:

“It’s difficult for me to call myself a feminist in the classic sense because it seems to be very anti-male and it certainly is very pro-abortion, and I’m neither anti-male or pro-abortion. So, there’s an individual feminism, if you will, that you make your own choices . . . . I look at myself as a product of my choices, not a victim of my circumstances.”

There’s another good reason why Kellyanne is not a feminist. I’m pretty sure she failed the entrance exam.

Anti-male and pro-abortion are not in our bylaws. Does anyone know anyone who is PRO-Abortion? What does that even mean?? I mean, seriously, it’s funny to imagine how a PRO-abortionist does activism. Is it mandatory to get pregnant first? What if you’re a woman and you can’t have an abortion because you can’t get pregnant. Can you still be a feminist? I guess a PRO-abortionist is by definition anti-men since any person in their post feminist utopia who can’t get pregnant would be a second class citizen. Would there really be a purpose for them if they couldn’t fulfill their responsibilities of citizenship?

I’m just pulling your leg, Fox News ladies. We know you have trouble with humor and satire so we’ll point this out as we go along to make it easy for you.

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In the same article we find this more accurate definition of feminism:

Author and professor Cheris Kramarae once famously said: “Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings.”

There is no personal feminism that promotes your own humanity but not the humanity of other women. Conway’s personal feminism does not exist. No, no, don’t even. It doesn’t count if you’re just the one in charge in your family.

Work on that before the next entrance exam coming up in November. There will be an essay question. And don’t use the label until you get your card in the mail. We’ve got standards.

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