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The Ides of Trump

March 15, 2017

Today is the Ides of Trump.

Get a postcard and tell him exactly what you think of the job he’s doing.

 


The Advanced Pussyhat

January 17, 2017

Sorry, no photos.

If you are knitting a Pussyhat for this Saturday and are a fairly advanced knitter (who hates to seam) this is for YOU.

Use two sets of double ended needles size 8. It’s easier. Unless you have some with really long cords, like a Denise set. I’m using two sets of Crystalite #8 lavender.

Cast on 50 stitches on the bottom and 50 stitches on the top using Judy’s Magic Cast On.

Knit until the “pocket” (from the cast on to the needle) is 7.5 inches. Remember, you’re working in the round here so as you go, your hat will form a pocket.

Start your stockinette and knit 2 purl 2 for 4.25 inches.

Use Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off.

Sew in the two tails and you’re done.

I hate seaming so working in the round like I do for toe up socks makes a great hat. Goes really fast too.


Learn a little media literacy

November 30, 2016

In order to prevent the spread of fake news, here is a quick guide to spotting it.

1. Read Past The Headline

2. Check What News Outlet Published It

3. Check The Publish Date And Time

4. Who Is The Author?

5. Look At What Links And Sources Are Used

6. Look Out For Questionable Quotes And Photos

7. Beware Confirmation Bias

8. SEARCH IF OTHER NEWS OUTLETS ARE REPORTING IT

9. Think Before You Share

Now, give it a try:

Bernie Sanders could replace President Trump with a little-known loophole. 

(Actually, he can’t. That title is for those that don’t bother to even read beyond the title!)

I’ve made one change. Share LAST! Nothing should be shared until you have really checked out and verified the veracity of your source.

1. Read first. 

2. Check the source (and their sources).

3. Watch out for recycled stories.

4. If you care about facts, ignore the blatantly slanted.

5. Google it. (but be careful)

6. Then share.


How to make sure Congress hears you.

November 20, 2016

How to effectively talk to your member of Congress.

Emily Ellsworth explains:

First, tweeting or writing on Facebook is largely ineffective. I never looked at those comments except to remove the harassing ones.

Second, writing a letter to the district office (state) is better than sending an email or writing a letter to DC.

But, the most effective thing is to actually call them on the phone. At their district (state) office. They have to talk to you there.

Also, recognize that your letters and your emails get seen by staffers, just like your phone calls get answered. That’s the way of it.

If you want to talk to your rep, show up at town hall meetings. Get a huge group that they can’t ignore. Pack that place and ask questions.

We held town halls consistently that fewer than 50 people showed up for. And it was always the same people. So, shake it up.

As always, please be kind but firm with those staffers. They will listen and talk to you. I always, always did.

If you run an advocacy group, invite local staffers to show up to your events. Let them talk to people you work with and set up meetings.

Invite staffers on “field trips” and show them what it’s like in your communities. Show them the work you are doing. It works.

Are you noticing a pattern here? The staff are the ones who run the ground game for Congress. Work on helping them understand and learn.

Because, if the staff knows you, when they have a question about a piece of legislation or amendment, they will be the one you call.

Sending a personal letter to your congressman’s state office is absolutely effective. If you can’t call on the phone, try to do that.

Another FAQ: how do I know if my representative is having a town hall meeting?

Sign up for their email list and you’ll get notifications.


Take it from the horse’s mouth.

November 20, 2016

I think George Takei is more qualified than anyone to comment on the Trump administration’s policies.

“For Takei, who spent his childhood in an internment camp, to tout this dark chapter in American history is to ignore the tragedy that took place when 120,000 people were robbed of their home, livelihood and freedom.

Takei, who rose to prominence on “Star Trek” and later connected with a new generation as a social media personality, penned an op-ed for the Washington Post on Friday criticizing Carl Higbie, a prominent Donald Trump surrogate, for suggesting that the internment would allow the president-elect to establish a database of Muslims.

“Let us all be clear: ‘National security’ must never again be permitted to justify wholesale denial of constitutional rights and protections,” Takei wrote. “If it is freedom and our way of life that we fight for, our first obligation is to ensure that our own government adheres to those principles. Without that, we are no better than our enemies.” “

 


Michael Moore has a plan.

November 16, 2016

Way back in July, Michael Moore blogged about exactly how Trump would win, and it went down exactly as he predicted. Just goes to show a native of Michigan was more politically savvy than the Democratic leadership and their hand picked nominee.

Nothing can be done about the past. Mistakes were made by many, including the many Trump supporters who will slowly embrace the same buyer’s remorse the U.K.’s Brexit voters are suffering from. Not only couldn’t the Trump supporters learn anything from post WWI Germany they couldn’t even learn from Brexit, that JUST HAPPENED.

Michael Moore has mapped out a plan.

1. Take over the Democratic Party and return it to the people. They have failed us miserably.

2. Fire all pundits, predictors, pollsters and anyone else in the media who had a narrative they wouldn’t let go of and refused to listen to or acknowledge what was really going on. Those same bloviators will now tell us we must “heal the divide” and “come together.” They will pull more hooey like that out of their ass in the days to come. Turn them off.

3. Any Democratic member of Congress who didn’t wake up this morning ready to fight, resist and obstruct in the way Republicans did against President Obama every day for eight full years must step out of the way and let those of us who know the score lead the way in stopping the meanness and the madness that’s about to begin. 

4. Everyone must stop saying they are “stunned” and “shocked.” What you mean to say is that you were in a bubble and weren’t paying attention to your fellow Americans and their despair. YEARS of being neglected by both parties, the anger and the need for revenge against the system only grew. Along came a TV star they liked whose plan was to destroy both parties and tell them all “You’re fired!” Trump’s victory is no surprise. He was never a joke. Treating him as one only strengthened him. He is both a creature and a creation of the media and the media will never own that. 

5. You must say this sentence to everyone you meet today: “HILLARY CLINTON WON THE POPULAR VOTE!” The MAJORITY of our fellow Americans preferred Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. Period. Fact. If you woke up this morning thinking you live in an effed-up country, you don’t. The majority of your fellow Americans wanted Hillary, not Trump. The only reason he’s president is because of an arcane, insane 18th-century idea called the Electoral College. Until we change that, we’ll continue to have presidents we didn’t elect and didn’t want. You live in a country where a majority of its citizens have said they believe there’s climate change, they believe women should be paid the same as men, they want a debt-free college education, they don’t want us invading countries, they want a raise in the minimum wage and they want a single-payer true universal health care system. None of that has changed. We live in a country where the majority agree with the “liberal” position. We just lack the liberal leadership to make that happen (see: #1 above)

Stop signing useless petitions and sending useless e-mails. They are not effective and only give you a false sense that you are doing something useful. You’re not. Instead, continue with Michael Moore’s plan.

1. Must quickly and decisively form an opposition movement, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the 1960s.

I will do my part to help lead this as I’m sure many others (Bernie, Elizabeth Warren, MoveOn, the hip-hop community, DFA, etc.) will, too. The core of this opposition force will be fueled by young people who, as with Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter, don’t tolerate b.s. and are relentless in their resistance to authority. They have no interest in compromising with racists and misogynists.

2. Prepare to impeach Trump.

Just as the Republicans were already planning to do with President Hillary from day one, we must organize the apparatus that will bring charges against him when he violates his oath and breaks the law ― and then we must remove him from office.

3. Must commit right now to a vigorous fight (including civil disobedience, if necessary) which will block any and all Donald Trump Supreme Court nominees who do not meet our approval.

We demand the Democrats in the Senate aggressively filibuster any nominees who support Citizens United or who oppose the rights of women, immigrants and the poor. This is non-negotiable.

4. Demand the DNC apologize to Bernie Sanders…

…for trying to fix the primaries against him, for spinning the press to ignore his historic campaign, for giving Clinton the questions in advance at the Flint debate, for its latent ageism and anti-Semism in trying to turn voters against him because of his age or religious beliefs, and for its anti-democracy system of “superdelegates” who are elected by no one.

We all know now had Bernie been given a fair shot, he probably would have been the nominee and he ― as the true outsider and “change” candidate ―would have inspired and fired up the base and soundly defeated Donald Trump. If no apology is soon forthcoming from the DNC, that’s ok ― when we take over the Democratic Party (see yesterday’s to-do list, #1), we will issue the apology in person.

5. Demand that President Obama establish a special prosecutor…

…to investigate who and what was behind FBI Director James Comey’s illegal interference into the presidential election 11 days before the vote was held.

6. Begin a national push, while it’s fresh in everyone’s mind, for a constitutional amendment to fix our broken electoral system.

1. Eliminate the Electoral College ― popular vote only.

2. Paper ballots only ― no electronic voting.

3. Election Day must be made a holiday for all ― or held on a weekend so more people vote.

4. All citizens, regardless of any run-ins with the criminal “justice” system, must have the right to vote. (In swing states like Florida and Virginia, 30-40 percent of all Black men are prohibited by law from voting.)

7. Convince President Obama to immediately do what he should have done a year ago.

Send in the Army Corps of Engineers to Flint to dig up and replace all the poisoned pipes. NOTHING HAS CHANGED; the water in Flint is still unusable.