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.

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If you are a Trump Supporter, these are 9 things I assume about you.

November 16, 2016

If you are a Trump Supporter, these are 9 things I assume about you.

1) You think a great America consists of disrespecting our nation’s veterans, particularly our POW’s.  

On July 18, 2015, Trump said of former Navy pilot and POW John McCain, ““He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

2) You believe that in a great America it’s okay to mock people with physical disabilities.

At a rally in South Carolina last year, Trump mocked Serge Kovaleski, a reporter known to have a condition called arthrogryposis which affects joint movements.  Because Kovaleski denied that a 2001 article he’d written supported one of Trump’s claims, Trump publicly “imitated” Kovaleski, jerking his arms about in a manner reminiscent of the disability’s symptoms.  Though Kovaleski had covered Trump extensively during the 80’s and early 90’s, meeting with him repeatedly and knowing each other on a first name basis, Trump denied he was mocking Kovaleski’s appearance, claiming that he didn’t even know him.

3) You think a great America is where a woman’s purpose is to be a beautiful piece of a**.

Trump famously said in an interview with Esquire in 1991, “”You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of a**.”
This is not to mention disrespecting his own first wife Ivana by having an affair and marrying his mistress who was 17 years his junior. Should we assume that his 2nd marriage didn’t last because she didn’t satisfy him either?  To his “credit” he seems satisfied for now with his 3rd wife whom he married when he was 58 and she was 34.

4) You hope for a great America that strongly dislikes or refuses to accept entire people groups (and there’s a word for that).

Last year Trump made controversial comments that Mexico was sending us drug dealers and rapists as an argument for why we should round up and deport millions of illegals and build a wall.  He also proposed that we put a ban on all Muslim immigrants.
Many, as a result, have accused him of being a “racist.” But it’s the continued pattern of activities and statements over a period of time that has many designating the label. But if that label of “racism” won’t stick, there’s another word that should.  Its definition is:
a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc.: a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group)

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, that word is “bigot.”

Dictionary.com has the broader definition of “a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.”  With his aggressive attack style, it’s hard to imagine a person more intolerant of other’s beliefs or opinions than Trump. As a Trump supporter you have not only failed to hold him accountable for any such statements or actions, you have often openly cheered him.

5) You look forward to a great America that is politics as usual.

In the last two decades Trump has gone from being a Republican to an independent to a Democrat and back to Republican.

He previously supported universal healthcare but now opposes it.  He once proposed a tax increase on the rich but now stands against it.  In 2010 he praised President Obama as having done a good job but now describes him as “incompetent.”  In 2008 he supported Hillary Clinton’s campaign and In 2012 he said she was a terrific woman; but now he states that she is “the worst Secretary of State in the history of our nation.”

He once said he was “very pro-choice” and now he says he is “very pro-life.”  In 2000 he supported longer waiting periods on gun purchases and a ban on assault weapons but now is against those.

Up until 2011 he had made more financial contributions to Democrats than to Republicans.

Just on the recent campaign trail itself he has flip-flopped on issues such as ISIS, Syria, Afghanistan, Planned Parenthood, military spending and the flat tax.

6) You fight for a great America where the ends justify the means and things like faith and character do not matter.

In your frustration and desperation for change you have compromised some of the very things that were once important to you.

There was a time where the particular faith of the President was of extreme importance to you.  Right or wrong, many of you even questioned in the last campaign whether we could trust a Mormon president.  You questioned the legitimacy of President Obama’s faith, arguing that he is really a Muslim.  But now you strongly endorse a candidate who is clearly not Christian.

7) You believe in a great America in which the best way to win is to bully (and maybe you’re a bully, too).

It’s no secret that when challenged, Trump’s modus operandi is to attack a person’s character rather than substantively address the issue.  No one who has questioned him is free from his degrading wrath.

His decision to publically give out Lindsey Graham’s cell phone number and social media bashing brings to mind the maturity and scheming of a teenage Mean Girl who belittles everyone around her.  Only this Mean Girl you want to make into the school Principal.

Many mental health professionals have come out to say that Trump meets the classic symptoms of a Narcissist.  They opened up about this out of great concern for what a Trump presidency could mean, in spite of a professional rule (as stated in this article) that you are not normally supposed to publicly comment on the mental state of an individual without directly examining them.

So why support a narcissist and a bully?  Is it, again, because the ends justify the means and you’re happy for him to do the dirty work?  Or is it, like in all the movies, bullies have their sidekicks?  If you’re a supporter, are you a bully, too?

8) You dream of a great America with a strong central government that monitors and controls civil liberties such as freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press (and possibly even the right to bear arms).

And in terms of speech, Trump has already demonstrated he’ll use whatever means necessary (giving out a person’s cell phone #, having protesters thrown out, verbally assaulting and social media bullying, and even boycotting debates) in order to silence his opponents.

Furthermore, there was his questionable statement about closing down the internet:

“We have to go see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what’s happening. We have to talk to them about, maybe in certain areas, closing that Internet up in some way… Somebody will say, ‘Oh, freedom of speech, freedom of speech.’ These are foolish people.”

In regards to the press, Trump has threatened to sue the Washington Post for reporting on one of his bankruptcies.  His own lawyer once warned a newspaper that if they reported about rape allegations against Trump, he was going to mess up the reporters’ life.  He stated, “Tread very f—ing lightly, because what I’m going to do to you is going to be f—ing disgusting.”

Now if he’s currently willing to use whatever weapons he has available to him to try to quell any opposing views or press reports, what happens when he has the chief lawyer of the land (the Attorney General), Homeland Security, the FBI, the Bureau of Land Management, the IRS, the ATF, and other Federal offices at his disposal to continue to do the same?

9) You think a great America is one that looks like Donald Trump.

Trump has promised to “make America great again,” invoking the idea of making it great like the past.  Most discerning people now recognizes that there are things in our past that were good, such as things your “momma” or “daddy” taught you about honesty, hard work and respect, and there were things in our past that were bad, such as bigotry, misogyny, and abuse of power.

So far Trump’s demonstration of “great” seems to be a return to our past in what was bad, while ignoring the things that were good.

Many conservatives themselves, including “Tea Party” leaders, have said that Trump is actually dangerous for America.

While he may not claim to be a prophet, Libertarian author David Boaz heeds a similar warning now for us when he wrote for the National Review:

And yet, you as a Trump supporter, so far have ignored this, along with all the other warning flags.

Trump launched his campaign talking about Mexican rapists and has gone on to rant about mass deportation, bans on Muslim immigration, shutting down mosques, and building a wall around America. America is an exceptional nation in large part because we’ve aspired to rise above such prejudices and guarantee life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to everyone. Equally troubling is his idea of the presidency—his promise that he’s the guy, the man on a white horse, who can ride into Washington, fire the stupid people, hire the best people, and fix everything. He doesn’t talk about policy or working with Congress. He’s effectively vowing to be an American Mussolini, concentrating power in the Trump White House and governing by fiat. It’s a vision to make the last 16 years of executive abuse of power seem modest.

You’ve put Orange Adolf in the Oval Office and he’s busy putting together his Schutzstaffel of bigots, racists and fascists. Next, the FBI will become the Gestapo and people will begin to disappear in the night. You didn’t learn from history class . Now we’re repeating Germany of the 30s and there is nothing to stop it since we have a Republican House and a Republican Senate and soon we’ll have an extreme right wing conservative Supreme Court Justice, thanks to the obstruction of the Republicans. If we lose any more justices on the Supreme Court, we are looking at a right wing activist Supreme Court that will be 5-4, then 6-3, then 7-2 for decades.

Kiss your rights goodbye. The First amendment isn’t the only one Trump would like to ignore.  


If you tell me you are supporting Trump, I already know seven things about you.

November 16, 2016

If you tell me you are supporting Trump, I already know seven things about you.

1.  You want to be ruled, not governed.

The single trait that predicts the Trump supporter has nothing to do with race, income, or education. A researcher at the University of Massachusetts found that the top predictor of whether a voter supports Trump is his or her proclivity towards authoritarianism.

2.  You have no class.

Seriously. You don’t. I’m sorry. I tried to revisit this one several times but I don’t know how to sugar-coat it.

It is NOT OKAY that Trump mocked a disabled person. If Hillary did that, it would be a deal-breaker for me. I’d go third-party, or write in my own name. I have standards. You apparently don’t. Some people try to justify this by saying Trump didn’t really do it. Except he really did, and it was awful.

3. You are definitely not someone to do business with.

Yes, all politicians lie, but Trump is obscene with his falsehoods. He says whatever he feels like to whatever crowd he is speaking to, and then will deny ever saying it. I am not okay with someone who lies to me constantly. If you are, I have to wonder: would you fudge the numbers? If you caught someone on your team doing something unethical, would you be okay with that?

I already know that integrity is not high on your list. Furthermore, you clearly have no trouble with someone who has a long history of fraudulent business practices.

4.  You are either a racist, or at best, have no problem with racism.

Trump threw out all the dog whistles and fully embraced the alt-right movement. He led the campaign to de-legitimize Obama’s presidency. He constantly complains that black Americans are violent and stated that Mexican immigrants bring “crime” and are “rapists.” He demanded that any judge who tries him be white! He retweets from handles like “@WhiteGenocideTM,” and goes to anti-Semitic websites for material to attack his opponents.

Your embrace of this kind of hate makes me wonder what things you say about my family behind my back. Going back to #3, if I was to hire you, you would be expected to work with people who don’t share your ethnic background or religion, and that might be a problem. Which brings me to #5.

5.  You have an issue with women.

Trump has brought a level of vulgarity that we have never before seen in national politics. From his attack on Megyn Kelly, to insulting Rosie O’Donnell twice in national debates, to bragging about his genitalia on television in front of millions, to his suggestion that Hillary and Carly Fiorina are too ugly to be president. Anyone who supports a man who doesn’t think twice about calling women “pigs” or “dogs” is not someone I want to deal with.

If you have a boy or a girl, what kind of message are you sending them by making excuses for a man who brags about sexually assaulting women!

6.  You aren’t really Christian.

Sure, tell me you are. But if you read Scripture, it’s pretty clear on this. (Or if you can’t be bothered, there’s always youtube). Trump, a man who refuses the fundamental tenet of asking God’s forgiveness, is the anti-thesis for everything Christianity is.

And now you find out that Trump, the top of the GOP ticket, sent you instructions at 3am to go watch a sex tape with a former Miss Universe who insulted him.  And no, of course there is no sex tape. He lied about that too.  (As it turns out, there was a sex tape that was uncovered, but it was a 2000 Playboy soft-core porn that starred Donald Trump!)  Your candidate.

7.  You don’t believe in the Constitution.

For eight years I have listened to your rabid rantings on how Obama doesn’t follow the Constitution. Yet you support a man who said the US government should shut down mosques, curb our First Amendment rights, and forego due process on people he doesn’t like.  These protections are enshrined in our Bill of Rights, and you want to give them up. Trump also said he wants to end birthright citizenship, which is also in the Constitution. Maybe Mr. Khan should have made more copies for Trump’s supporters.

That’s the thing that really bothers me, though. I respect people who hold convictions, even if they are different than mine, but Trump supporters don’t really believe in anything. They are authoritarian-prone sheep who will justify anything Trump says or does. Unfortunately, once you decide to sell your soul, there is no limit to how low you will go. Kimmel proved this in a bit that was both funny and horrible.  He had someone ask Trump supporters on the street about the surprises on Trump’s fictitious tax returns.  Trump supporters vigorously defended everything they thought he did–writing off his wives as entertainment expenses, buying Putin a tiger, donating large sums of money to Jared Fogle—nothing they could come up with remotely bothered any of them.


Seven things you instantly know about someone if they voted for Trump

November 15, 2016

Seven Things You Instantly Know About Someone If They Voted For Trump

 

1.  You want to be ruled, not governed:

The single trait that predicts the Trump supporter isn’t related to race, income, or education. A University of Massachusetts researches found that the top predictor of whether a voter supports Trump is a tendency to lean toward authoritarianism.

2. You have no class:

Donald Trump and his supporters will try to tell you that he didn’t mock a disabled person, even though we all saw him do it.

Also, remember the time he mocked Senator McCain for being a POW, saying “I like people who weren’t captured”?

There are literally thousands of statements and actions that we could mention here. Keep defending them, please, and prove my point about your lack of class.

3. You are not someone I would trust to do business with:

With Trump’s long history of shady business deals, his refusal to release his tax returns, his constant stream of blatant lies and his habit of not paying people who did work for him, I am assuming by your giving him a pass on this, that you also would behave this way in your business dealings.

4. You’re either a racist or an enabler of racists:

Trump’s campaign has been built almost entirely on racist rhetoric and hypothetical policy.

There is literally NO WAY you can support Donald Trump and at least not be ok with someone else’ racism, though, it’s far more likely you have some of these racist tendencies on your own.

5. You have issues with women:

Trump regularly says vulgar and sexist things about women.

He has routinely called women, including his campaign opponent, dogs and pigs.  He once claimed Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina were both “too ugly” to be president. Donald Trump has consistently said strange and creepy things about his daughter’s appearance, giving off the vibe that he is attracted to her.

Donald Trump has major issues with women.  Again, either you do too, or you have no problem giving Trump a free pass on being a disgusting, sexist creep.

6. You aren’t quite as “Christian” as you claim to be:

Christian author Philip Yancey recently said:
“I am staggered that so many conservative or evangelical Christians would see a man who is a bully, who made his money by casinos, who has had several wives and several affairs, that they would somehow paint him as a hero, as someone that we could stand behind.”

7. You are anti-constitution:

For someone who consistently claims Barack Obama has assaulted our constitutional rights, Donald Trump seems to be set to launch an assault on the constitution the likes of which we have never seen.  He has already indicated any journalists that oppose him will be silenced and oppressed. He has urged congress to consider shutting down mosques. He wants to end birthright citizenship. The list goes on.


I can’t fucking believe how many stupid people there are.

November 8, 2016

I can’t fucking believe there are so many fucking MORONs in this country. Gullible idiots. Uneducated mouth breathers who have learned NOTHING from history. Never mind they couldn’t recognize Trump’s Nazi Germany Fascism and avoid repeating it. They couldn’t even learn from the U.K.’s Brexit fiasco.

Are so many so stupid as to think if they don’t like Trump’s AmeriKKKa after a few months they can just have a do over? Do they think this is some reality TV show where they can just vote him off the island?

This is real and there is no turning back. This cannot be undone.

The House is Republican. The Senate is Republican. That alone is going to put right wing fascist judges in every opening of the Supreme Court. Certainly Merrick Garland will never be confirmed. So up to four in the coming years. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not going to live another four years. She had her chance to retire and let Obama replace her and she didn’t. Now, it’s too late. The Supreme Court will be right wing fascist for decades. It will be 5-4 until it’s 6-3 and then 7-2.

You can look to the end of Obamacare. Gone. Rowe v Wade. Gone. Protections of every kind gone. So we’ll have dirty air, toxic water, bad food. Our protected open space will no longer be protected. Our National Forests will be clear cut. We’ll have oil drilling in the Grand Canyon.

The rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer trying to make up for the tax shortfall from those tax breaks for the 1%ers. The only trickle down we’ll get is warm, smelly piss.

Trump plans on paying for infrastructure by privatizing it. So if you drive anywhere, you’ll pay for each stretch of road, each bridge, each tunnel. That means any goods that are shipped are going to go up in price. So higher costs for food and clothing.

Imagine this country with Donald Trump Jr. as Secretary of the Interior and Eric Trump heading the Bureau of Land Management. No limit on hunting 365 days a year. Bag as much as you like of anytihng that moves. Goodbye wolves, coyotes, bears, moose, deer, elk, Bighorn sheep. And so the ecology will be forever out of balance, impacting our food, water and air supply. Chris Christie will be on the Supreme Court or maybe Atty General. Trump will pardon him so he’ll never pay for his crimes. Newt Gingrich our Secretary of State. Rudy Giuliani head of the F.B.I. Maybe even fucking Sarah Palin Secretary of Energy.

It’s a nightmare!

How could so many people be so fucking gullible and stupid? Narrow minded. Short sighted. Self-centered. MISOGYNIST. Did they not think that the rest of us are going to have to suffer under Donald Drumpf too?

Just wait until he makes good on NONE of those vague promised sound bites. In four years, it will be too late for the Democrats to try to put back what has been undone or fix what has been irrepairably broken. It will be too late.

And I will by hoarse from four years of screaming TOLD YOU SO!

You can’t fix stupid.

You can’t bring back the Pika or replant those old growth forests. You can’t put the topsoil back or purify the aquifer.

I really love my house. I love my furniture, my dishes, my plants, my bears, my stuff. I love San Diego.

But I’m seriously considering selling everything for whatever I can get for it and becoming an Ex-Pat. At least then, when the bombs fall, I might be far enough away to avoid the fallout.

I can see me separating all of my worldly goods into replaceable and irreplaceable. Figuring out how much I can afford to put in a shipping container to bring with me to wherever I end up. I think I might be able to keep my sewing machines If I stay in the New World. I think Costa Rica has the same electricity but I’d just need to change the plugs. But if I go to Italy I can’t take the Bernina or Featherweight with me. That’s a vote for staying in North America. Also, I think it will be cheaper to ship it to Costa Rica than to Europe.

I might have to sell the Prius and buy a new one just so I have a reliable car for 4-8 years. The Prius is 8 years old and I’m not sure it will last another 4. There probably won’t be any place to do repairs or get parts in Costa Rica.

If I sold the house for full market (providing the housing market doesn’t tank like everything else) I can pay off the mortgage, home equity loan and credit cards plus have money left over. That would cover relocation. I’ll have about $5,500 a month from my pension. That won’t change. I could probably live pretty well in Costa Rica (or El Salvador or Guatemala or Belize) on $5,500 a month.

To those that voted against their own best interests and were too stupid to see through the Republican LIES, you deserve what you’re going to get. I wash my hands of you.

You own this. You cannot blame the Democrats for the final destruction of the United States of America that our forefathers envisioned for us. You own Trump and the Republicans that will have turned this country into a fascist state. Don’t know what a fascist state is? Well, fucking LOOK IT UP. It’s basically what Ann Coulter was spewing this week. Only the elite have democracy. Everyone else lives under a totalitarin dictatorship. That’s what you just voted for when you elected Trump and gave him a Republican Senate.

This may be the last presidential election you ever vote in. If there are any more, they will simply be formalities. You know. Like those elections in Africa. Robert Mugabe has nothing on Donald Trump.


In case you still need to be reminded.

May 15, 2016

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Reality check, John Thune

May 11, 2016

Just wanted you to know that FACEBOOK is a private social media company. It can filter whatever it wants.

And no, the public doesn’t have a right to know. Your right wing thugs have proven that.

If it did then Fox News would be legally required to report the unbiased TRUTH when it reports the news. But a Florida judge said they had no requirement to do so.

So if a news corporation can make stuff up and report anything it wants, I think a privately owned social organization can filter any damned news it wants. If its users want more options, then they can go online to somewhere else and read anything they want.

BTW if you really believed this, you wouldn’t be supporting that fascist Drumpf.