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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.

Still Suckers.

I've noticed that my neighbor who voted for Trump last fall and was a total b}%^ about a sump pump pipe to a sewer drain that has been around for 60 years once she knew my house was a Hillary campaign staging area, is suddenly being nice. So is her husband. She's even killed some poison ivy in my yard. Yeah, like that's going to make me like her now.

I don't trust her. It doesn't matter how neighborly she is now. To me, she'll always be a pod person and a sucker.

Speaking of suckers, the department of defense made this film that seems uncannily relevant today. In the Trump era, the unit responsible for producing these crucial history lessons would be defunded and a gag order would be imposed on the federal employees who worked there.

Soooo, watch this now before it gets yanked from YouTube. It's not long and it will definitely give you chills. Cue the spooky thuremin music.

Too late to back out now.

Lindsay Graham at least has been consistent. We might think he serves the greed of the .1% but as far as I know, he's never been a fan of white supremacists. Here's what he had to say about Donald Trump's response to the despicable behavior of white supremacists in Charlottesville.

Ok, to all you Trump apologists, I'm looking at you Constance, eat the shame that is being hurled at you. You voted for a completely unprincipled man who has severe narcissistic personality disorder. He won the presidency by specifically trumping up white resentment. He pandered to white supremacists to the point that they held a press conference before the election last year to say that they were glad Trump was on their side.

Trump reached into the dark shadow inside each and every one of you Trump voters. He appealed to your secret hatred, greed, sense of entitlement and irrational fear of others. He knew who you were because he could see the absence of character.

Don't try to now defend yourselves and say that defenders of Charlottesville and peaceful protestors are equivalent to the organized hate groups that have made it their mission to dehumanize anyone who isn't white male. None of us should give you an excuse to hide behind.

And don't you dare try to say you did it to defend unborn lives. We weren't born yesterday. You either had an axe to grind against underrepresented citizens or you were too weak to protest when your friends cheered Trump on. Being a person who can't defend decency and values against a mob is as bad as being part of the mob. When your guy was winning, well, that was enough, right?

You are not nice, decent, caring people. We see who you are now. It's too late to run away from Trump, though it wouldn't surprise me in the least if many of you denounced him as quickly as you can so you save face with your actually decent neighbors.

We know who you are. We know what you were thinking when you hitched your wagon to Trump's rising star. We saw your yard signs and smug smiles and heard your "the election's over, get over it, we won" comments. Yeah, that last bit came off every bit as insensitive and hostile as it sounds.

Many people now see thru you. They see what your heart is made of. Do you hear me Constance? You had an opportunity to "show your quality" and we see that it is low.

Related: Germany takes full responsibility for its nazi past. No one in Germany grows up thinking that anything the nazis did was in any way acceptable and Germany's politicians are quick to condemn any sign that white nationalists are gaining a foothold. They have zero tolerance for white nationalism, anti-semitism and fascism. They learned their lesson the hard way.

We should follow Germany's example. It's only rational to learn from the harsh and devastating experiences of others. But, no, the majority of this country is held captive by the minority who is determined to take us with them as they hurtle over a cliff.

“Go home, you’re not wanted here”

Terry McAuliffe, governor of Virginia has a message for out of state white nationalists who came to Charlottesville. "You are not patriots. You are not Americans."

Feel it still…

If you voted for Trump, you’re responsible for this

Daily Progress photojournalist Ryan Kelly captured the moment when violent domestic terrorists of the white nationalist variety murdered at least one person with a car and caused 19 other casualties.

Oh, you didn't KNOW you were enabling the far right, nationalist, violent evil doers?

How come you didn't know that??

The rest of us knew this. That's what Hillary's "Deplorable Speech" was all about.

We all have choices. Elections have consequences. Now we have to live with them.

Or in this case, die by them.

For the record, I've witnessed protest marches like these especially Occupy marches in New York City in 2011. March organizers repeatedly stressed non-violent passive resistance and not provoking the police. Lefties don't go out of their way to hurt their adversaries.

Those are very tough, courageous "snowflakes" without weapons out there who got mowed down. They all know it's a possibility. Now it's an actuality. Expect the flurry to turn into a blizzard now.

The comments on the videos on YouTube are disgusting and morally reprehensible. I hope to god we don't have to hear more of the aggrieved white Trump voter's point of view any more. They've sucked the oxygen out of the room for too long now. It's time for them to shut up and think before they open their mouths again to dehumanize their fellow citizens.

I can't express enough how outraged I am by the sick people cheering on the deliberate homocide of peaceful protestors. It's criminal, despicable and none of us should tolerate this.

Michael Rappaport sums up exactly what kind of people these white nationalists are.

Real men don't join white nationalist marches.

Wow. This picture says so much.

Jamison Foser says it for me:

It's not about Hillary anymore, even if she was right about Trump. It's about the majority of us who didn't vote for Trump resisting the lowering of our standards and undermining our principles and rule of law. I will never accept the results of the election as legitimate. No good American could ever condone such behavior, chaos and moral degeneracy.

I will stand on the side of the blizzard.