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Happy weekend Widdershins!

This week has been a cray-cray rollercoaster. Dump continues to Dump, but we did get further confirmation that everything he touches dies. He has not been good for the GOP. And I don’t just mean that he has corrupted them (in fact, we all know Dump didn’t corrupt them. This is how they’ve been for a long time. Dump is a symptom, not the cause of the infection.) He is bad for the GOP because he is causing “minority flight.” It’s like white flight, but the reverse: non-white people are fleeing. Except by fleeing I mean running to the polls. We have witnessed stunning upsets in elections all over the country, locally Democrats are taking government seats previously occupied by Republicans in deep red places like Oklahoma. And nationally we have seen two stunning upsets for the GOP: Virginia and Alabama. Democrats actually won a US Senate seat in Alabama. And Doug Jones didn’t do it by running as a conservative Democrat. That has been one of the remarkable features of his campaign. He didn’t waffle on choice or gay marriage. He didn’t run by blasting Pelosi or Schumer. So by Alabama standard Doug Jones is a far-left nut job. Except he won the election anyway. He won because black women (and black men) came out in higher than expected numbers and voted. Even though GOP tried their darnedest to stop them. Many irregularities were reported all day. And still, they came out to vote. White men and white women chose the accused pedophile. But it didn’t matter: non-white voters came out to vote. They have lived for a year under the horror of Dump. And this is what happens when Democrats bring out their base to vote: Democrats win. If Democrats managed to win a seat in Alabama, every state should be in play in 2018.

The fact that Roy Moore refuses to concede the race is irrelevant. He will have to exit the stage regardless. There are speculations that Bannon’s reputation is greatly damaged because he went all in on Moore – as did Dump. And Moore losing is a humiliating defeat for Bannon and Dump. So let us imagine for a minute that this is the beginning of their grand exit off the stage too.

Omarosa is existing too. Actually she was escorted out.

So many exits this week. Let’s wish some of these people good riddance.

 

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We normally have a new post on Wednesday, so here ya go.  Feel free to discuss whatever you wish in the comments.  Completely open thread.

 

(Since there were some issues with the spinning 45 record image I found a nice one of a vintage jukebox)

The last few months have been quite the eye-opener when it comes to stories of powerful men who have taken advantage of women either in the workplace, in politics, in the media, and other venues.  It seems that once the dime was dropped on Harvey Weinstein, there was a veritable tsunami of stories waiting to pour forth.

And while I am among those who shouted “Yay, about time” it seems that perhaps there was too much of a rush to judgement in some cases (thanks Meeka ).  After Al Franken’s announcement that he would resign from the Senate let us hope people will now start differentiating between sexual harassment, sexual assault and …let’s call it “boorish behavior”.  All are bad.  One less so than the others.

I am sure part of the anger that women have has been due to how they have been treated in politics and other previously male-only professions and domains.

So the previous 172 words are to lead into a musical post about “angry women”, or women who are angry or take your pick.

Below are some of the songs I found about this and I hope you’ll put some of your own in the comments.

(1) Alanis Morissette~You Ought To Know

(2) Fiona Apple~Get Gone

(3) L7~Shitlist

(4) P J Harvey~Snake

(5) X~Your phone’s off the hook but you’re not

(6) Lesley Gore~You Don’t Own Me

(6*) The version I’m sure we know much better

That’s all I have for you Widdershins.  Please share any choices you may have in the comments.  Open thread of course.

 

 

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Good morning Widdershins,

2017 is quickly approaching its end. Remember when in 2016 we were all really upset because all the celebrities were dying? Well, I wish we could go back to 2016 again. To hell with the celebrities. But alas, suffer forward we must. What fresh hell 2018 will bring, only time will tell.

Over the past couple of days a few interesting developments. After I’m not sure what number accusation of groping, Al Franken is likely to announce his resignation from the Senate today. Already several of his Democratic colleagues (including Kristen Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Claire McCaskill and Chuck Schumer) have called for him to step aside.  (Somewhere Jeff Sessions is ironing his sheets and doing a square dance.) This comes on the heels of John Conyers being forced to resign. Now, the charges against Conyers and Franken are not the same. (And Conyers appears to be more senile than your average Senator to boot.) Conyers finally said he’ll leave, but he’s not happy and he’s endorsed a family member to take his place. That’s not how that’s supposed to work, but we are living in the age of Trump where Ivanka and Jared are senior White House advisors, so why not let someone from the Conyers family take over?

Problem is Conyers is not leaving quietly. The Congressional Black Caucus is angry too. They think Conyers was treated differently. Certainly as a Democrat he has. Blake Fahrenthold is still in Congress. And Trump is in the White House. And Roy Moore will probably end up in the Senate. But Conyers must go. And now so does Franken. At this point I’m still not convinced Franken should be forced to resign. (There’s also the case of the NJ Senator Bob Menendez, who was on trial for corruption… That’s a whole other kettle of fish.) Main part of my hesitation for any Democrat to resign is…it achieves nothing except make some Democrats feel good about themselves. And that’s fine: principles, higher ground, moral superiority, blah blah. Republicans don’t care. None of this matters to them. They have managed to change the narrative from Roy Moore to Franken and Conyers. Democrats are leaving, Republicans are going in. Nothing matters. Do Democrats need to stop acting morally superior? I think there’s a case to be made for that. Enough with playing by the rules! Bring a bazooka to a knife fight! Alas…plastic utensils to a nuclear war it is. And Republicans will win every fight because they just don’t care.

In a media madness moment, consider this:Screen Shot 2017-12-06 at 11.39.30 PM.png

Chozick is a New York Times reporter. She covered Hillary’s campaign and she is now writing a book. (Of course she is. The list of people who have made money off of the Clintons is long and deplorable.) The article spends an obscene (so normal by NY Times standards) amount of time talking about Hillary Clinton. So Chozick is highlighting how Harvey Weinstein is Hillary’s fault. When people called Chozick out on this, she came back with: “Who said it was Hillary’s fault? More like a stunning # of men accused of bad behavior.” Sure sure Amy. While trying to point out how many bad men there are she naturally could only express herself via Hillary. The Clinton Derangement Syndrome is as strong as it ever was in the NY Times. I am glad to no longer have a subscription.

Sigh. Good morning, all. This was a week like few of us have experienced in national politics. While the Commander-In-Chief demonstrated his mental illness, racism and stupidity for all the world to see, and Mueller’s case for obstruction visibly grew more and more ironclad, the GOP rushed breathlessly and desperately to do their donors’ bidding and pass the most horrible bill in modern history. It’s like the kitchen sink of everything reality-based individuals oppose.

As Our Girl said during the Teen Vogue Summit,

“We’re facing a concerted effort to turn back progress,” Clinton told the audience. “This is a well funded, ideological, and very mean spirited campaign to strip away rights that have been won by people over the last 50, 60 years.” With that in mind, Clinton spent much of her keynote conversation with Blackish star and teen activist Yara Shahidi focused on energizing the younger generation – and driving home the importance of their vote. “This could not be a more blatant and insulting attack on hardworking Americans,” she said of the tax bill, “and we can’t let them get away with it. And how are we going to prevent that? We’re going to vote in 2018. Yara’s going to turn 18 and she’s going to vote in 2018.”

What did she mean by “strip away rights that have been won by people over the last 50, 60 years?” Isn’t this primarily a wealth transfer bill, which is bad enough, and will negatively impact 99% of Americans?

Well, no, it’s not.

So far, here’s what else is in the Senate bill. Let’s just say evangelicals, the oil and gas industry, and racists make out very nicely. Women, poor and working class people of color, children, the environment, the separation of church and state…not so much.

So what happens now? The bill goes to conference, and unless there are some major machinations going on in the background, agreement could be farther away than we might think. If Drumpf starts throwing his “Fart of the Deal” into the mix, and saying the corporate tax rate needs to be higher, then what will the House and Senate do? Will they ignore him, or will they try to make him happy?

And then there’s Susan Collins. She claims her “yes” vote is not final, and will depend on what comes out of conference. There were several amendments she put in that she thinks make a big difference, but she also said she had an ironclad commitment that Social Security and Medicare won’t be cut….and of course, they will be, as Marco Rubio so blithely admitted, publicly. In fact, other Republicans were promised “a better bill out of conference,” and were under pressure to vote yes. What will they do if/when the final bill doesn’t meet their requirements?

Whatever happens, it doesn’t appear likely that the bill will pass quickly out of conference. Until it does, there are plenty of peaceful actions you can take to show your displeasure with your Congresscritter, should s/he be voting the wrong way. I know contrask is planning to march, and Luna posted this link for those who can protest in DC today and tomorrow. Great job, ladies!!

If we are unsuccessful in stopping this atrocity from passing reconciliation, what then? Well, first and foremost, remember that tax law takes time to implement, and the Trumpsters are terrible at executing on policy. The IRS is habitually underfunded, especially since the (false) accusations a couple of years ago that the department was unfairly targeting conservative organizations. How quickly can this really go through?

In the meantime, the Mango Moron has admitted to obstruction of justice on Twitter, and the national conversation is going there. And yes, even if someone else wrote his tweet about knowing that Flynn lied to the FBI (which didn’t happen), the President is still responsible for what is posted on that account. What 45 is doing now is like blaming your ghostwriter for bad reviews. It’s not done because it doesn’t pass the smell test. You put your name on it, you own it! So that’s happening…and oh did we forget, the government may shut down soon?

So yes, after this horrible year, we all deserve massive amounts of whiskey, eggnog, Real Housewives of Whatever, or [insert guilty pleasure here]. And we will indulge! Just make sure to keep your eyes on the prize: Paper ballots, turnout, keeping the Party focused on our values of inclusion and diversity, and supporting Democratic challengers in 2018 (ESPECIALLY women of color and LGBT). All else is distraction, including talk of 2020.

This is an open thread.

 

 

 

 

 

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Elmo knows about Matt Lauer. Matt knows what he’s doing to Ann Curry.

You know what they say about opinions. They’re like heels – everybody’s got one! One sort of glorious thing we have able to enjoy (in that Eastern European “laughter through tears” way) is the downfall of powerful men in the media. It may be petty, and it certainly won’t solve any of our current problems, but I don’t care. I am enjoying, very much so, the disgrace of Matt Lauer. For decades the lead anchor of NBC’s Today Show he has been their rock and was paid $25,000,000 for it. He smiled and smirked on camera, and somehow whoever watched the show obviously liked it.

My personal take on Lauer is that he’s actually extraordinarily ordinary. He’s ok looking, I guess. He’s not very clever or humorous. Heaven knows he’s not a good journalist. So how did he manage to rise to the top of NBC? White male mediocrity is magical, as we all know.

Emma Gray, writing for Huffington Post, did an excellent rundown of some of Lauer’s most egregious behavior in public, most notably the Commander in Chief Forum during the 2016 election.

During Clinton’s turn, Lauer focused one-third of that time on seemingly prepared questions about her private email server. He asked tough follow-up questions, and interrupted her answers more than once. By the time a veteran in the audience could ask Clinton a specific question about how she would deploy troops to combat ISIS ― the type of inquiry that would allow her to show Americans her understanding of foreign policy and her concrete plans should she become Commander in Chief ― Lauer cut in before she could answer, asking that her response be delivered “as briefly as you can.”

Lauer did not interrupt Trump. He let him lie unchallenged.

The article in Variety from today about Later is what made NBC fire him this morning, before the article actually came out. It was a race against embarrassment. Variety documents an exhaustive investigation into Lauer’s behavior behind-the-scenes. Lauer exposed his genitals to women without approval, gave sex toys as gifts, publicly commented on their looks. Most horrifyingly, he had a button installed in his office desk which he only had to press to lock the door behind the visitor to his office. This, apparently, he did repeatedly. Matt Lauer… think about it! The guy with the big, stupid grin every morning. Variety also reports Lauer – not surprisingly – had a lot of sway over creative content; which stories would be told and how. And which stories would not be told. What kind of decisions does a sexual predator like Matt Lauer make when it comes to talking to the first viable female candidate for President?

Lauer’s humiliation was not the only related news on Wednesday. Also fired for sexual misconduct was Teddy Davis, a senior political producer for Jake Tapper’s “State of the Union” show on CNN. (Jake later tweeted he was shocked by this… Sure Jake. See no evil, hear no evil right under your nose, sanctimoniously lecture others.) And then NPR fired their chief news editor for sexual improprieties.

Now add these up: Lauer, Charlie Rose, Glenn Thrush, senior producer of Jake Tapper’s show, chief news editor at NPR David Sweeney, as well as NPR’s SVP of News and Editorial Director Michael Oreskes, the publisher and president of New Republic Hamilton Fish and its longtime literary editor Leon Wieseltier. So many at Fox… Matt Taibbi, still working at Rolling Stone, even though he used to publicly brag about raping young women in Russia. Vice’s male feminist (!) writer Mark Hafford resigned in disgrace.

These are the ones know about. Imagine how many we don’t know. And now try not to punch a hole in the wall when you consider that these men who hate women drove the narrative about Hillary Clinton in 2016 (and well before that too.) They did not separate their hate of women in their own lives from the job they had of covering the first female presidential candidate from a major party. They got us here. They did this to us: Thrush and Lauer, New Republic and NPR, Rose and CNN and Rolling Stone, and New York Times and Fox. May they all burn in hell.

Good Monday, all. I hope you had a very good holiday, and for those Widdershins on the DL, I hope you continue to mend!

My Thanksgiving was very nice. My family, my husband and I had a lot of political discussions, which were passionate, but not nasty. It helps that we’re all on the same side: we’re pro-democracy, anti-Russian cyber-attacks. We’re pro-truth, anti-lie. We’re pro-feminism, anti-sexual predation. We’re pro-racial equality, anti-Nazism. We’re pro-economic fairness, anti-plutocracy.

In this day and age, those positions make us Democrats.

To our everlasting disgust and fear, Republicans have embraced the contrary positions by:

  • Taking no action to shore up our democratic institutions to protect against, or prevent, the next attack by Putin;
  • Allowing continual lying by their President and his corrupt cabal;
  • Refusing to stand up to the self-confessed sexual predator in the White House;
  • Lying supine while the Mango Moron struggled and failed to condemn Nazis and promoted alt-right memes and whacko conspiracy theory websites; and
  • Attempting to eviscerate healthcare and pass tax cuts aimed to create the plutocracy Paul Ryan has wet-dreamed over since he was just a spark in Ayn Rand’s eye. Oh, won’t their billionaire donors be proud!

While my family, we Widdershins and tens of millions of others are in the majority in embracing the only acceptable sides of these arguments, the media doesn’t seem so sure who’s right. Witness the universally panned, seen-through-cheesecloth profile of the nice, approachable “Nazi next door” in the New York Times. What in the world could have possessed the editor to approve a piece like this? Well, he says:

We regret the degree to which [bolding mine] the piece offended so many readers. We recognize that people can disagree on how best to tell a disagreeable story. What we think is indisputable, though, is the need to shed more light, not less, on the most extreme corners of American life and the people who inhabit them. That’s what the story, however imperfectly, tried to do.

“The degree to which?” That means they knew the story would be offensive, but went with it anyway. And honestly, have you all read the story? A seventh-grader could have hit the salient points harder. Here are a few things the reporter could have written:

Nazism is evil. Holocaust denial is evil. Hating people because of their skin color or religion is evil. Pay attention, white people: Your nice-looking, Midwestern neighbor who likes Seinfeld could be a neo-Nazi. This is the movement that led to the Holocaust, and we can’t let it flourish in America.

See, that’s not difficult. Why didn’t the Times close with something like that? Because they calculated that writing the article ambiguously, generated a lot more hits than an unambiguous article would have. They were probably correct. And they will do it again, and again. All publicity is good publicity, right?

Unfortunately now that the media has seen what Trump and the unapologetically racist, misogynistic, homophobic, plutocratic Republicans can do for their bottom line, they will be devoted to chasing hits instead of telling the truth. We knew this before, but the extent to which they’ll go for profits seems now to be endless, and that’s important to state. We can’t rely on the Times to get even Nazism right. We can’t trust Beltway journalists to push back against the cavalcade of lies the Republicans tell to move the discussion off their push to turn the United States into a plutocracy and disguise their real agenda. We can’t trust them to put anything in context, and those who do are the exception, not the rule.

Just look at this travesty in Newsweek, in which the reporter uncritically repeats Drumpf’s flabbergasting claim that the Access Hollywood tape is fake. The source of the article is a New York Times (surprise!) article by Maggie Haberman (double surprise!) which is actually about the Manhattan Meerkat’s support of Roy Moore, and only mentions that ridiculousness in passing. But Newsweek blows it up into its own story, gives the lie heft and visibility. It got me to click; that’s what it was meant to do.

The point of all this is not to say “oh well, time to go back to bed and hope Mueller has indicted Drumpf when we wake up,” but rather to emphasize that we need to continue to support those who are committed to telling the truth and fighting for what used to be American ideals, but are now recognizable as only Democratic ones.

So I’d like to make this a thing, unironically: For the holidays this year, I am donating to various Resistance causes in my friends’ and families’ names, and those donations will be their gifts. I’m sure they’ll appreciate it this year, more than ever.

What will you do to support truth-tellers in the coming weeks, Widdershins?

This is an open thread.

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