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Choices…

Posted on: June 6, 2016

Good morning and welcome to what promises to be a most glorious week.  It will be the week for which we have waited eight years.  This will be the week where a woman will capture the nomination for President of the United States. Not just any woman — Hillary Rodham Clinton.  The former old boys’ club of Presidents is about to get a much-needed infusion of I.Q., emotional intelligence, backbone, resilience, and good common sense.  Folks, this is really happening.

MB is inundated in an avalanche of work and family business.  She will be around this week to celebrate with us and will return next week.  Choices

Let’s say you have a choice.  The choice – being the brunt of Donald Trump’s unyielding insults; or demonstrating, for the entire world to see, a complete and utter lack of personal integrity. Which would you choose?  This is the Faustian choice that faced Paul Ryan after his sanctimonious proclamation he “wasn’t yet ready to endorse” L’Orange Cantaloupe.

Given the self-dealing graft, adultery hypocrisy, and pedophilia of recent Republican Speakers, Ryan had few guideposts.  Given the recent role models, a continuation of non-existent integrity seasoned with a heaping helping of bankrupt morality seemed to be the special of the day.

Since Ryan wasn’t yet ready to endorse thirty days ago, we can only surmise Trump did something during the last thirty days that caused Ryan to take the plunge.  Was it Trump’s plan of making Kim Jong Un a BFF?  Or was it Trump’s commitment to education exemplified by Trump University?  Or was it Trump’s demeaning a federal judge of Latin descent?  Could it be insulting the only female Latina governor or his personal excitement over the 2008 housing crash or the way he called a female Senator Pocahontas?  All within the last thirty days.

And Ryan wasn’t flying blind.  There were other signs along the way:

Marco Rubio called him a “con man.” Mitt Romney called him “a phony, a fraud.” Cruz called him an “amoral pathological liar” and said if he is elected “this country could well plunge into the abyss.” Lindsey Graham said Trump would lead to “another 9/11.”David Brooks called him “epically unprepared to be president.” George Will said that “his running mate will be unqualified for high office because he or she will think Trump is qualified.” The house organ of conservatism, National Review, condemned him in florid terms. A Super PAC was created just to stop him.

Whatever it was, Paul Ryan, unassailable budget quack and proclaimed intellectual savior of the Republican Party opted to forego the Trumpian insults for door number two.  Door number two hiding an undeniable demonstration of Ryan’s utter lack of personal integrity.Trump is becoming more acceptable...

What is fascinating is that Ryan wasn’t alone on this journey of self-discovery.  He isn’t even unique.  He is the prototypical Republican.  Trump is fast becoming the huckleberry of Republicans or at least 70% of them.

Perhaps it wasn’t any particular position of Trump because no one is quite sure what position the mango-haired, barely house-trained human meerkat will take:

[W]hat you see may not be what you get.

This applies as well to Trump, about whose policies we still know next to nothing. What we do know is that Trump is a chameleon who changes his positions with the same conviction he takes to the wedding chapel. More hummingbird than flip-flopper, he flits from one position to another, rarely alighting anywhere for long. Oh, yes, I like this one! No, that one.

Is Trump’s flexibility owing to a low threshold for boredom? Or does he perhaps suffer severe attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder? Suffice it to say, if he were a Democrat, Republicans would be blitzing the airwaves with cartoonish ads featuring Trump’s head on a hummingbird, his nectar-straw Pinocchio-esque.

But Trump isn’t a Democrat.  He’s now the leader of the Republican Party and as such, he should be setting an agenda beyond Twitter insults.

As researchers at the financial firm Nomura pointed out in a note to investors last week, the “issues” section of Trump’s website lists only seven topics, and his plans total just 9,000 words. “In contrast,” the researchers wrote, “at roughly this point during the campaign in 2000, Governor George W. Bush published a 450-page book of speeches offering detailed policy proposals on everything from education to tax reform to the environment to trade and Social Security.”

RIP GOPThink about that for a moment:  The Republican Party has nominated someone who is intellectually inferior to Dubya — a President whose decision-making would have been enhanced by a Ouija board, a Magic 8 Ball, and malpractice by Cheney’s cardiologist.

In a policy dance of the seven veils, Ryan has insisted he will lay out a Republican Agenda this month.  And just like a June bride, he is blushing and bashful about the content.  Let me help by being the first to review the inevitable Ryan Agenda:  The tax cuts are bogus, regulatory overhaul will leave the “at risk” more vulnerable, repeal of Obamacare will increase the uninsured, and robbing women of the right to make their own health care decisions is a fever dream of old, crusty white guys.

It’s against this anorexic agenda that the press will have to gin up a race.  Our two-party system isn’t built to function around a one-sided race.  Coke has to have Pepsi and vice versa in order to compete and compare.  Coke versus sewer water isn’t the stuff of great marketing campaigns.

Journalists undoubtedly will be driven to the altar of false equivalency – the craven idol of journalistic laziness.  Through their equivalency contortions they will undoubtedly bolster Trump while tearing Hillary down.  They must maintain parity for their ratings and preemptively forestall any possible criticism since “working the ref” is always the last refuge of the team that sucks.What-Leadership-Traits-matter

We have already seen this theory at work.  How many times have you seen Hillary questioned about “honesty” or “trustworthiness”?  Ever wonder why? Pretty simple.  Women candidates always have a demonstrable advantage on honesty. Reporters attack Hillary on honesty to bring parity to the race since there’s no question who is the most qualified. Where has the “vast right wing conspiracy focused their thirty-year assault on Hillary? Where is Trump focusing his “crooked” attacks?  It is all an attempt to refocus attention away from the fact Hillary has been investigated more than Lucy, the Ethiopian skeletal relic, and repeatedly has been pronounced:  Squeaky clean.

So Ryan shouldn’t be sad.  He’s not alone.  He can’t be what he’s not.  As his spiritual guide Ayn Rand said, “There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist.

With Ryan’s tepid, but servile and unctuous endorsement of Trump, he proved he was playing the fashionable non-conformist by holding out for thirty days before doing what we all knew he was going to do from the start.  There is no better way to leave your mark on the Republican Party than by surpassing a grifter, a hypocrite, and a pedophile in setting a new low for integrity-free cowardice as Speaker of the House.  Congratulations on your choice Mr. Ryan.

What’s on your mind?

 

 

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79 Responses to "Choices…"

Shinners!!! Hello Prolix! At home today due to Tropical Storm Colin.

Was out of commission after the work marathon from Thursday thru Saturday night, feeling my age coming on :)! Sunday should’ve been celebratory, but I was in bed recouping so I can go do the 2-hour commute, but TS Colin comes around and it’s a “snow day” for me 🙂 !

Tomorrow the kid unit graduates high school, so another day out. Come Wednesday, it’s pedal/metal time.

YAY Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands! Daughter was born in San Juan, and I probably would still live there had I not had the divorce-thingy. Beautiful place,

Sorry, rambling and back to your post…Republicants and wonts are having to swallow their bitter Drumpf medicine. And WOO!!! It feels so good, Dr. Schadenfreude is giving out prescriptions via the ne new Hillary team ad:

.@realdonaldtrump's bigoted comments about a Latino judge are so disgusting, even other Republicans are offended.https://t.co/3CEBq2jsDh— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 6, 2016

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UGH, just tried to embed ad from Hillary’s new ad and Shinner bodyguard shinned me 😦

OK, here’s what I tried to link.Hillary ad with Republicants responding to Drumpf’s racist comments against Judge Gonzalo Curiel:

What so many people forget is that Hillary is an accomplished and BRUTAL attorney. She is Alexandra Cabot, Atticus Finch, Henry Drummond, Joe Miller and [insert any awesome attorney-at-law here].

Ok, found out how to do it, Shinner bodyguard let me through after I gave her the password :)…don’t taze me, sis!

@2, SM, that is a good ad. Did you notice that Trump’s face blends in with the wall during the Jake Tapper interview? He’s just not a very smart man — I mean, he’s smart enough to be born from wealth and then play at being a mogul, but when it comes to having an understanding of the world, the guy doesn’t even measure up to putz level.

@3. LOL!

Today is the equivalent of a snow day for me due to T.S. Colin, so yay! :)!

Tomorrow is also the kid unit’s graduation day at 9:00am, so double yay! Not crazy about the weekday graduation, but we’ll make it happen :)!

I was soooooo exhausted from working this weekend to fully enjoy Hillary’s wins in the Virgin Islands and Puerto RIco. My daughter was born in San Juan and I’ve been blessed to have lived in Puerto Rico for a few years in the 90s and have visited the Virgin Islands despite not being one (ba-dump-dump-swish drum roll).

GO HILLARY!!! We’re almost there!

Here’s another great one. We are truly all one:

BTW, your photo reminds me of my fellow high school alumni, Poet Laureate, Mr. Robert Frost:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

@4: Prolix, Drumpf beieves his skin is matching the gold-plated toilets, lol!

If there was ever a dipsh*t symbol of buying their way, the Drumpf is the mascot. Wharton School of Business with that level of dip-sh*ttery??? (SMH). He’s embarrassing Penn State and everyone who ever went and will go to school there.

@8, Penn might retroactively rescind his diploma. And in his case, there’s a reason the word begins with “dip”.

@7, I love that Frost poem.

THIS PIECE OF SHIT dismissing Yamiche Alcindor, an awesome voice in journalism, FEMALE OF COLOR journalism in the NYTimes, and look what he does to her!!! Then when he dismisses her, a MAN journalist asks a question and then he gets all professorial and calmy.

Disclosure, my cousin used to work at USA Today and was her co-worker:

And here’s her website:https://yamichealcindor.com/

Now Yamiche is at the NY TImes and here’s Bernie being the massive asshole that he is, BERNING out the NY Times. I think if he knew she worked for them, he’d address her differently. RACIST AND SEXIST??? Absolutely.

I AM GETTING REALLY EFFIN ANGRY AT THIS ASSH*LE.

Shiiner bodyguard, please release my comment on Yamiche Alcindor???

OK, since the Shinner bodyguard is occupied elsewhere, here’s Yamiche Alcindor’s question to Bernie Sanders today. he treated her like SH*T. She’s black and if he knew she now works for the NY Times, he’d probably answer differently.

DISCLAIMER: My cousin used to be a co-worker of Yamiche at USAToday,

OK!!! Now the Shinner bodyguard can let go one of the two comments, LMAO!!!

SM, I’m trying to get both of your comments out. Should be done now.

Hey Fredster!!! I’d prefer if the Shinner bodyguard can let @12 stay, if possible. Yamiche’s face needs to be seen and how Bernie dismisses her is so heinous and wrong.

Kick ass post, Prolix! It was hard to imagine Ryan sinking any lower, but yes he has! I hope this wrecks his career in politics.

@12, Bernie sounds terrible. I think this has all been too much for him. Go home and rest Bernie. Enjoy retirement and your golden years. Hillary’s got this, and we’re all good.

SM, looks like all your comments are out now.

Just heard on ABC that Obama will endorse Hillary after she wins the needed delegates to put her over the top and that he supposedly made a call to Sanders to talk about “post election” stuff.

@13 & 14, is it ageist of me to say, “Bernie, stop acting like a two-year old having a meltdown over an ice cream cone. Grow up and go home. Hump on some maple tree and call it a day.”

@15, SM, the Shinner Secret Service bodyguard has it out for you. She likes your company.

@18, thanks Annie. Ryan, and others, believed they could “unring” the bell with Drumpf. Drumpf can’t be what he’s not and that is a thin skinned, arse-hole, who believes he was imbued with special talent and come to find out, his zygote just got lucky to be hanging out in a rich uterus.

SM, did you want us to take out your comment @14? I don’t think it hurts to have both up here.

SM, Fredster has a good relationship with the Secret Service Bodyguard. If we have any dealings with her, we send Fredster. She doesn’t like me — says I’m too wordy and verbose.

Prolix, this epic takedown made my day!! Hilarious and spot-on.

I would say it made my week, but well…we know what’s happening tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!

Hey SM77, your friends in Puerto Rico did so great this weekend! And, that comment by Bernie doesn’t surprise me in the least. He has no time for anyone but his Bros.

Annie, he does sound awful. He’s clearly exhausted. Oh sure, he is the best choice to beat Trump, who is like a feral Energized Bunny powered by rage instead of Duracell.

Just saw that Hillary will be on Maddow’s show tonight at 9 p.m Eastern.

Also, I spoke to chat’s daughter this weekend and chat’s grandson – puppydawg graduated high school on Friday. So, congrats to puppydawg!!

@19, hey Socalannie! Imagine the following: Just replay that clip, and replace it with “Black,” “Hispanic,” “Asian,” “Native American…” as long as they are cis-gendered male candidates…oooh, that’s what matters to Bernie and his Bernie-bros.

@16, 19, 22 – keep whatever you want. Had to run out for the kid on something she forgot to get for graduation. LOVE YOU ALL and go HILLZ!!!

@26, MadamaB,they love you back! Give a rest to that Aruba trip and go to PR in between :)!!

@27, yay puppydawg!! Our babies are growing. :)!

@29: I ain’t touchin’ nuthin’ else. LOL!

I’m getting ready to stream the LSU/Rice rematch so if I’m away, you know why..

Allons les Tigres!

Ok, just cause I have to get some kid hair did and want leave you all with some love and some laughs, random thoughts brought me to Diana Ross’ 1979 concert when she calls out an audience member at “NEW JERSEY???” LMAO, but it’s a stellar 2-part clip.

I’m afraid to get comment.other link, so following it up in my next comment.

OMG, it didn’t let me link it to that part. Ok. HMPH. Anyway, find it on Youtube, Diana Ross’ 1979 concert in Las Vegas when she is doing an audience participation walkthough with “Reach out and touch” and she meets a guy from New Jersey, LOL.

Just saw this online:

8:19 p.m.

Hillary Clinton will be the first woman to top the presidential ticket of a major U.S. political party, having captured commitments from the number of delegates needed to become the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee.

It was a victory that arrived Monday — nearly eight years to the day after she conceded her first White House campaign to Barack Obama and famously noted her inability to “shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling.”

Campaigning this time as the loyal successor to the nation’s first black president, Clinton held off a surprisingly strong challenge from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to break through.

Clinton reached the 2,383 delegates needed to become the presumptive nominee with a decisive victory in Puerto Rico and a burst of last-minute support from party insiders known as superdelegates.

Someone check Bernie for a case of apoplexy!

NBC has declared Hillary the presumptive nominee.

AP has called it for Hillary as well since she has the number of delegates.

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/282432-clinton-secures-delegates-need-for-nomination

The media is, as always, trying to slam Hillary by announcing this preemptively. By announcing this the night before the CA primary, Hillary’s voters will stay home, BerningBum’s angry bots will show up to register their anger, and ergo, BerningBum will have just another issue to remain in to the convention.

They are such ruthless scum.

@38 – you are right, I’m sure…but #TheBernout and the media can’t spoil my high. My GAWD it feels GOOOOOOOOD!!!!!

Thanks for the puppydawg news, Fredster! I’m so proud of our junior Widdershins. 🙂

@38: By announcing this the night before the CA primary, Hillary’s voters will stay home, BerningBum’s angry bots will show up to register their anger, and ergo, Ber

Let’s hope not. Maddow is supposed to have Hillary on so I hope she makes a statement about her supporters still turning out tomorrow.
(She has a spokesperson for Sanders on right now)

Per NPR, Hillary’s doing damage control:

The Clinton campaign is stressing this is an “important milestone,” but it doesn’t want voters to be discouraged from going to the polls tomorrow, especially in California.

“This is an important milestone, but there are six states that are voting Tuesday, with millions of people heading to the polls, and Hillary Clinton is working to earn every vote,” Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook said in a written statement. “We look forward to Tuesday night, when Hillary Clinton will clinch not only a win in the popular vote, but also the majority of pledged delegates.”

Well this is gonna rip the shit out of my scheduled live blogging post for tomorrow. How do you say “anticlimactic”? 😫

@42 – Argggggh! Sorry Fredster. We’ll love it anyway!

@42, well, given the seizures the Bernbots are having on the teevee and Twitter, it will be anything but anticlimactic. There is apoplexy breaking out all over BernieWorld.

If you have a tranq gun, get it out. These Bernbots are reverting to the feral creatures they are.

There is apoplexy breaking out all over BernieWorld.

If you have a tranq gun, get it out. These Bernbots are reverting to the feral creatures they are.

Wouldn’t it be more fun to watch them wallow around in their own vomit and excrement in utter frustration? 😆

@40, the Hillary interview was taped previously before all this came down.

Bernie’s paid shills are having an epidemic of tied tongues.

@45, Fredster said, “Wouldn’t it be more fun to watch them wallow around in their own vomit and excrement in utter frustration?”

That’s called Tuesday in BernieWorld.

Most excellent post Prolix!! Woot Woot for Hillary!!!

OT, my power has been out for the last five hours and all I kept thinking was – omg what if this happened Tuesday night instead of today? No TV, no internet. I would have missed the 8:00 polls closing. I’m gonna get real nervous if a big storm rolls through tomorrow afternoon.

Yes, the Bros wallow in their own crapulence on a daily basis. I think it’s long past time for them to be sedated.

Most of these idiots were Obots in 2008, and simply could not understand why we were so upset about what the Democratic Party did to Hillary. At that time, they really DID game the system against her, Obama was barely winning in pledged delegates, and she had won the popular vote; yet they still told us we were wrong and crazy to want Hillary to be the nominee.

Oh, how the worms have turned…

@49, karma is one sick puppy in its sense of humor, but it is oh so sweet.

@48, thanks GAgal. Hope your power issues are manageable this evening.

Reading around, people seemed to be worried this announcement will suppress the vote in CA tomorrow. I don’t see how unless they were only gonna vote for president and not care about any down ticket races. I doubt Hillary supporters would be that careless. Plus, early voting (or mail in) has been going on for a couple of weeks.

@52, very true!

@42, your post will be fantastic anyway. Really, we all knew she was going to win. I’m also suspicious of their motives, but I think most people will vote anyway. Tomorrow will still be a magnificent day!

Congratulations to Puppydawg! I so wish chat were here! I hope her family have a lovely graduation, and we all know how proud they make chat!

MB! Good to see you here after all!

@ 46: “Bernie’s paid shills are having an epidemic of tied tongues.”

Haha! Good! Serves them right! What they should be saying is, “we will support our presumptive nominee!”

From Bernie’s Socialist Job Posting Board:

WANTED: Cold calling opportunity for the right Bolshevik. The right candidate will be talking with approximately 700 influential Democrats who were called despicable before they were called love bunny pumpkins.

Previous experience cold calling for time shares in the 9th Circle of Hell or door-to-door sales of slightly used dog turds helpful, but not required.

Welp, the Tigers didn’t do it tonight against Rice so it’s all or nothing tomorrow at 4 p.m. Central time. That means I’ll probably be back and forth here.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Hilarious that Arnold Schwarzeneeger, who will be the host of the new Celebrity Apprentice voted for John Kasich in the CA primary…

Wow! This is a scary-@ss mug shot!

The victim was standing in the area when Hilton approached him and began stabbing him, police said.

@57 LOL!! How about:
If you have previously harassed, stalked or threatened any individual via social media please see related link – Come join anarchists in the streets of Philly at the end of July!! We need your bullhorns!! No math required!!

Bernie, there’s been a change in your road trip:

@62, LOL — GAgal, the piece about “no math required” got an out loud guffaw!

Just a thought- if Trump has a melt-down, breakdown, or disintegrates before the convention, what would the Repugs do next? He seems to be heading that way. If the candidate is in a psych ward, don’t they look for someone else? They are tricky fuckers like that.

@66, MsMass, in the event the Repubs admitted the obvious, that they have nominated an orange crazy Meerkat/humanoid hybrid, they would turn to the Convention. In order, Viperous Cruz, Sexy Boots Marco, and Electroshock Kasich would be in the mix because they have the most residual delegates. I would bet the daddy of the dancing horse Raffalca would waltz into that equation as well.

Ah, what a glorious day here in New Jersey! I hope my fellow East Coasters come out in droves to vote for Hill-a-REEEEE!

You know what really p*sses me off? Now that Our Girl has clinched the nomination despite all their efforts to tank her, the media is finally admitting the historic nature of her candidacy. In 2008, there was nary a whisper of this either – it was AAO and how HE was so historic.

Even more ironically, #TheBernout is blaming the media for his loss. Honey, if they spent one second puncturing the razor-thin membrane that protects you from an obvious flameout, you would have been toast 9 months ago. It was only their relentless hyping and fluffing that kept you in the game! Gawd he’s an *ssh0l3.

Oh, and now that Bill Clinton has had a talk with him, he’s going to “reassess” after today. So maybe he’ll finally come down off his unicorn and acknowledge that he has no basis WHATSOEVER to contest the convention, or keep stealing money from his deluded supporters! I am hopeful.

@68: Those photos of him wandering around Santa Monica on Sunday were truly pathetic. Timing-wise they must have been taken after his chat with Obama. He looks like a wreck. I’d almost feel sorry for him if weren’t such a misogynistic, whiny jerk. What did Bill supposedly say to him?

This is from the OC Register where they are running an ongoing blog during the election:

The number of mail-in ballots is also already 11 percent higher than it was four years ago.

Good news for President Elect Clinton.

Oh how delightful: Lady Lindsey has taken to the fainting couch with a baaad case of the vapors. Can’t blame him this time but I do believe y’all Republicans are stuck with what you have.

No worries, Madamab. I bet Bill would have LOTS to say to him but Bernie would just say “La la la… I am not listening to you.”

Prolix, check your email.

From Prolix:

Thanks Fredster.

@76 – HAHAHA!

New post up – but one more thought on Trump: I still maintain he will not be the nominee. They simply cannot do it. The entire United States will be blue.

No problem Prolix. 🙂

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