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Most awesome Twitterness…

Posted on: December 12, 2016

Good morning Widdershins.  I truly hope your weekend was a great one.  If you are wondering, our friend MB is on a much deserved vacay.  She will be enjoying some R&R through next week.

Something much different for today.  Almost finished with a post, I ran across this awesome and most righteous Twitter thread from yesterday afternoon.  If ever there is a Nobel Prize for Twitterature, this gentleman will win it.

Eric Garland

Eric Garland

The author’s name is Eric Garland, @ericgarland. His profile says he’s a strategic analyst for businesses and government agencies. A linguist and a bassist.

Imagine for a moment, this is over 240 tweets, back-to-back over a couple of hours yesterday afternoon.  To get them in a form acceptable to WordPress, I copied, pasted, by the ones went through them, and put them in an acceptable form. The substance of the tweets remain original to Mr. Garland.

As to what you would call this, I don’t know.  This is a call to arms.  A call of patriotic resistance.  The climatic speech of every science fiction movie president. A Fox Mulder long-stare soliloquy.  Whatever it is, it is worth the read.

Eric Garland‏@ericgarland

<THREAD> I’m now hearing this meme that says Obama, Clinton, et al. are doing nothing, just gave up. Guys. It’s time for some game theory.

ACTOR ANALYSIS: The Russians enter the Game with a broad objective, flexible tactics, and several acceptable outcomes.

Russian interests have been, for many years now, the subversion of Western institutions, principally NATO, but any will do.

This subversion can take many forms: driving wedges between US-Commonwealth-Euro intel cooperation, break up NATO, create chaos.

This game has been developing for many years, is asymmetrical, and much cheaper than building a decent aircraft carrier.

Plus, the Russians f**king rule at covert shit. Always have. Ask a cold warrior. Mucho respect for our adversaries. They do clever work!

Post-communism, they’re reduced to Drunk Uncle status in the global balance of power. Mouthy, smart, degraded, much reduced in stature.

Russians as *people* are civilized, artistic, enamored of brilliance and tragedy, and generally proud. And should be. They do not like this.

From this position launches an initiative from an old hand at the KGB, now solidified in influence: Subvert for the throat. Go big. Go hard.

While the West is frivolous and lazy and “Post-History,” the clever take advantage. And here begins our present story.

Let’s skip ahead to “Wikileaks.” BRILLIANT. Ingratiate the Left into this anti-establishment distrust of Western intel.

The Dubya Years

George W Bush and Dick Cheney being slovenly, reckless idiots, the moral authority of Iraq and US intel is nil. In step “journalists.

Stealing hard drives from US intel and dumping them to foreign agents? That’s *snicker* “journalism!” FREE SPEECH! ROFLMAO.

Oh, and such grand characters, so well run: Manning, Greenwald. So righteous, yet fragile! And feisty! Try a Twitter war with Glenn!

OH YOU PHILISTINE, YOU JUST HATE JOURNALISM! *sigh* *swigs something strong* And Moscow must have been doubling over.

Putting Snowden and his mole in context

THEN, OMG, that worked so well that the pièce de résistance was next: SNOWDEN!!! BOOYAH! THE BIG GAME! NSA! PRISM! SPASM!

(incidentally, the NSA was about the only agency the Russians took seriously) But then this EARNEST young man. He tells THE TROOTH!


And still hungover from the rotten venality of the Iraq War and Bush’s perversion of the Intelligence Community as reliable, Wikileaks journalisms the NSA!

DON’T YOU CALL IT SOMETHING ELSE. HARD DRIVES FROM THE NSA IZ JOURNALISM! Even when you take the files to Brazil! Honest! Ask Glenn!

And then, automagically, our man Ed ends up…what’s this now? In Russia? Well, they are such welcoming folks! How…nice!

Langley and Fort Meade run out of bourbon in about three hours, and every intel guy in Russia is drunk, dancing on the desks, and LAFFING.

AND THE LEFT! HOLY F**KING ADORABLE BATMAN! Honi soit qui mal y pense! How dare you suggest untoward Russian involvement! Journamalisms!!!!

US intel snorts all of the Robotussin in the DC/MD/VA area. Putin calls Snowden “A weird guy.” LOLZ. Moving on to the current chapter.

MEANWHILE, AT THE FOX NATION FORUMS: The other part of this impressive op is percolating – the buttress of the Alt-Right.

ONCE UPON A TIME, Dan Rather chased Nixon around a room asking him questions VERY HARSHLY and the notion of the Evil Media Elite was born.

See, because Nixon got impeached, that meant the media was in on it! WaPo! NYT! Traitors! We look bad! And the media hate begins.

Never mind that to know something in Topeka, somebody’s gotta send you a newspaper or a radio signal or whatevs: The Media Is Lying.

Now, it’s true, high level journalists and editors don’t always see the world like Johnny Lunchpail in Missouri. True facts. But. Trouble.

Republicans decide to create a whole new layer of think tanks and media outlets in the 1980s dedicated to The Other Side.

The think tanks have a POV, but some are quite good, Cato in particular. Heritage came up with what’s now Obamacare. AEI…ehhh. 2 outta 3.

But then the media play comes in. The cranky insane tent pastors on AM radio get…a makeover. They become Legitimate. Embraced.

Magnates start investing in outlets. Brand new pundits get huge audiences yelling about The Way Things Ought to Be (for White People).

And it’s more successful than free chicken and beer. The money flows, the ratings swell. An Australian starts a TV network in the US.

What develops is an attractive, well-produced alternate universe. You no longer need an alternate take. You have alternate facts.

Al Gore mutters and bores his way out of a presidency in a race against a guy who spoke English like he learned it from Rosetta Stone.

And now, the stage is set for a metastasis of batshit nuttery, jingoism, and irrational autocratic fervor. A party becomes a cult.

9/11 and our Response in Context

September 11, 2001 occurs. A buncha guys are in DC who couldn’t wait to go to Iraq. And the right wing media is shiny and tuned-up.

We go kick a bunch of barbarian ass in Afghanistan, as well we should have. They were beating women and destroying Buddhas. F**k ’em.

But then, The Axis of Evil Speech. And all the analysts in DC I know collectively go, “Oh, fuuuuu…they’re not serious, are they?”

Bill Clinton spent most of his years pounding the living snot out of Hussein. Dude built anything funny lookin’, in came the rockets.

There was one concerning nation-state for most, and – hint – it’s in Asia. The other threat was non-state actors. *ahem* Which played out.

And now – *headdesk* – they’re going to Iraq. With bullshit intel. Goddamn it. GODDAMN IT. This is going to suck, said smart people.

And there’s the entire right-wing think tank and media machine blaring, careening, gloating. From the gov’t itself, and from every outlet.


And goddamn, did those media outlets sell a lot of ads for trucks, pain killers, pharmaceuticals and financial services. $$$$$$

Many earnest patriots also pointed out, hey, um, there apparently are no weapons that could have blown up Cleveland, so…

But now, this whole thing has morphed into tribalism. YES THEY DID TOO FIND WEAPONS OF MASS DEPRESSION AND YOU SUCK BUSH ROCKS PUSSY

Ann Coulter comes on TV to talk over B-roll of rusty munitions WE SOLD HUSSEIN and said, well look, there they are. Total. Propaganda.

America looks like shit. Our intel services take a helluva beating. Iraq’s invasion – which was basically unplanned – results in chaos.

Katrina. Bush. Looking out the window. Confused. Hey, but in intel news, the National Geospatial-Intel Agency helps critically.

2008.  The housing Ponzi we used to get out of the DotComBust-9/11-era recession has now gone pear-shaped. Utterly nuclear.

America’s banks, the one thing other than movies and video games we do reliably, all shit the bed simultaneously.

The Obama Administration

We then elect a cappuccino-colored president whose middle name is Hussein. The Right goes completely over the f**king cliff into insane.


This political movement happens when the only thing Obama has really said with conviction is “Fired up! Ready to go!” In late November 2008.

But ON GEORGE WASHINGTON’S GRAVE THIS HAS GONE TOO FAR!!! And the entire right-wing media gets its next several years of revenue LOCKED.

Now, we’ve got a really, reaaaally fertile field in which former KGB agents can make a long play. And Moscow gets to work.

America’s at this weird nihilistic place, which is one thing for France and Russia, but NOT for earnest midwesterners who are agape.

Now the American Left has got some juice back again. But the Right is just apoplectic from pure suffering. Both are ripe for subversion.

The Left is out of love with American business and military-industrial, the Right foams at the mouth against legitimate government.

And the guys who have been twisting minds from Vladivostok to Havana and back get to work building an “alt” media structure.

We’ve already covered the genius of that who Wikileaks op on the Left. SCORE! Now for the perversion of the formerly nationalist Right.

JESUS TAPDANCING CHRIST THERE’S A BLACK DUDE IN THE WHITE HOUSE! LIVING THERE! It’s not hard to convince Southerners this is insane.

But put a little elbow grease in on some internet forums, and pretty soon you can have Northern John Adams-type conservatives, too.

A whole generation of disaffect Rush Limbaugh fans (WE LISTENED AND DITTOED SO HARD WHY IS THERE A BLACK DUDE THERE?) is ripe for picking.

In addition to alt-finance sites and “Russia Today” a new TV network, they start infiltrating “social media.”

Disclosure: Because I’m mouthy all the time like this, RT had me on as a guest. They prop up US “subversives.” And they don’t edit you!

Fun fact: Al Jazeera and RT just let me talk. US media almost always wants some hand in your final product before booking you. Ironic, no?

But from about 2009 to the 2016 election, a madness is being brewed and slowly poured down the throats of increasingly hysterical Americans.

When you imbibe from this potion, everything is awful and everyone official is lying to you. Only other members of the cult are with you!

US media, which is complicit in many of our problems, is portrayed for the extremists as conspiratorial liars. All the time.

Formerly sane members of US society start sounding like my schizophrenic grandfather, who said Government was keeping him from His Mission.

Only the Gubmint knew the Archangel Gabriel was sending him to find the next Jesus. So, cut it out, CIA! Stop it, Giant Conspiracy!

And then people you knew from Functional Daily Life started talking that way. People with car dealerships. Dentists. Regular folk.



A CABAL CALLED The Pentaveret: The Queen. The Pope. The Gettys. The Rothschilds. AND COLONEL SANDERS, BEFORE HE WENT TITS UP!

If you haven’t unfollowed by now, 1. You’re nuts and 2. Thank you for indulging my So I Married an Axe Murderer reference.

The 2016 Election

MOVING ON. The conspiratorial fever at about 108, we begin the 2016 election – AGAINST EVERYTHING HOLY – in 2015.

The Republicans debate over 712 times, discussing topics such as who hated Obamacare more, and who had a large penis. Jesus, that happened.

The Democrats all debate who’s going to get out of Hillary’s way first, except for VERMONT’S OWN BERNIE SANDERS, who…gets popular?

I’m from Vermont and have known Bernie forever, so I’m very surprised, but everyone kinda likes it. Hillary wins anyhow.

And now, the target for electoral mischief is enormous. Hillary is the most known quantity in America, with huge backstory.

Creating a conspiracy narrative around the Clintons is like creating a “southern” narrative around NASCAR and grits.

Now – with Trump as the non-conformist, not-like-all-the-other-rotten-conspiratorial-assholes paragon, the Russians go into overdrive.

The Russians didn’t create Trump – only New York City and American gullibility could have done that. But they’ve got a SWEETHEART outcome.

Trump – a moron – is probably unlikely to take the whole enchilada, but that’s perfect. If he gets close enough, he can cry UNFAIR! forever.

Amazing scenario for Russia – instead of RT, they get an institutional nihilist chowderhead with American credentials. They butter him up.

Hell, to hear many tell of it, the have kompromat on him. But anyhow, they invest in his stuff. He was there in 2013. They have a lever.

IF on the off chance, Trump actually (and who could guess this) wins, then…wow, they’ve got quite an opening.

Either way, on the run-up to Nov 2016, Russian involvement was as subtle as a fart in a spacesuit. Scroll down my TL for details.

The U.S. IC had its hair on fire. This situation was incredibly dangerous. A paranoid U.S. faction backing a rogue with ties to Russia.

Back to Present Day

OK, Jesus, at LONG LAST, back to my initial premise. Why didn’t Obama and Clinton “do something?” JESUS, WHAT CAN YOU DO?

You come out and have the CIA enter the goddamn race for Clinton? True or not, we look like some weird cryptofascist state.

Or, you let the Russkis laugh and taunt and infiltrate Facebook with majillions of propaganda tales for idiots? Just let them run around?

Do you come out the day after this totally weird-smelling abomination of an election with all its technical difficulties?

Do you tell America the day after the election that Russia spearfished all of our think tanks in brazen fashion?

Hillary, for her part, gives a brief and all-too-calm speech and goes hiking. Probably the best move on the board.

Obama WELCOMES! Mr. Trump in an intense, welcoming welcome. To the White House. Mr. Big Winner Guy! Welcome! Fellow American!

Trump looks like he swallowed a goldfish and stares at the floor a bit too long. As if maybe a joke has gone too far.

In the next month, a small band of propagandists run in a circle and try to look like they’re forming a government. It’s ungainly.

And now, it’s December 11th. Trump says he don’t need no stinkin’ intel agencies. Russia (BWA HAHAHAHAAAA) blames Ukraine! LOLOLOLOLZZZ

A lot of Republicans stare into the middle distance, except for McCain and Graham who are NOT HAVING THIS SHIT. (I salute you, gentlemen.)

And here we are. Americans. Hopefully soon united. This isn’t a partisan issue. Obama isn’t late to the party. People are doing their jobs.

If you think any of this is easy, you’re ignorant and delusional. Tonight, though, I write to you with great hope.

Music Working Up to Crescendo and Aliens are about to get Whooped

This may be America’s finest hour, as we act together with unshakable resolve to deal with enemies foreign and domestic.

We have done so in the past and come out a stronger, more just, more pluralistic nation. We will do so now. And for me? Or die trying.

America is the steward of a genius system entrusted to flawed stewards whose descendants seem to act on the right side of history.

This system is not rotten, not beyond repair, not exiled from the future. We have been infiltrated by agents who would drive us mad.

This is a nation built on civilization, humanity, and reason, rejecting the febrile superstitions of the past. It must stand. And will.

We are at present in a place of danger where some of our fellow citizens have forgotten our most cherished values. We’ve been here before.

America, reluctantly but dutifully, recognizes its internal contradictions and failings. Slavery. Racism. Internment. Classism.

The genius documents that gave rise to noble American sentiments were themselves authored by those who failed them. (h/t @ Mr. Jefferson)

We spilled the blood of our brothers to resolve the contradictions of slavery and then abandoned the project while killing Indians.

Americans proclaimed the equality of all men while treating women as chattel and all non-whites as lesser. We are indeed hypocrites.

But to be American is to accept that unflinchingly and to soldier forth for future generations, and DO BETTER, GODDAMN IT.

There are those who would mire us in worldly cynicism, to anchor us in a world where our institutions betray forever, where values perish.

And to be American is to face that intellectual, moral, and spiritual assault with the unshakeable devotion to something more lofty.

And when that loftiness fails, as it so often does, to be American is to seize it again and again, knowing that our Creator desire Progress.

Progress can come from Traditionalists or Labor Unionists or mystics or musicians or doctors or Senators or journalists. All are exhorted.

The Progress demanded by our Creator can be achieved by immigrants and natives, skeptics and believers, the elite and the humble alike.

That is America. That is the promise that Americans oft ignore and which more cynical nations would defile for their own gain.

That America will last long after I have died, long after new people have picked the torch. Long after we betray it again, as we will.

But America will go on, even if by another name, unless all who have heard her name are extinguished. This is just the locus of promise.

America came from the olive groves of Italy and the shipyard of Plymouth and the islands of the Philippines. Indivisible.

America came from the Torah and Voltaire’s Candide and Adam Smith and zen koans and Greek mathematics and Rumi’s poetry.

America is all these things, and should yet another absolutist demagogue, foreign or domestic seize her, it will be far from the end.

Now is a time for patriots. It’s also Sunday afternoon. I’m gonna get a beer and watch football. God Bless America, and all nations.


What’s on your mind today?

75 Responses to "Most awesome Twitterness…"

I read that Twitter thread last night and reposted on my Facebook page. It’s very very good. I’m so glad he’s calling out people like Glenn Greenwald. Greenwald can go to hell, along with Rush Limbaugh and their ilk.

@1, DYB, I’m so glad someone else feels the same way I do about Glenn Greenwald. He is so self-satisfied and impressed with his own farting. I can’t abide him. He is partly to blame for where we find ourselves. I’ve always felt that way. I’m just glad I’m not alone.


Most awesome post!

And I really hate the disjointedness of reading Twitter threads. The content would be so much easier to read on a …. blog post! But that’s so unfashionable these days.

Thanks for taking the time to make all those tweets easier to read. I’ve done the copy, paste and cut routine myself for shorter sections of tweets to post at SD and it’s a pain.

As for Snowden being a hero — Ah, that was why he found sanctuary in Russia, that bastion of human rights and shining example of transparency in a democratic government.


I should damn well hope so:

A lawsuit filed in Colorado by two Democratic electors “threatens to undermine” the results of the 2016 election, says an attorney representing President-elect Donald Trump.

@4, Luna, by the time I was finished the cutting, pasting, and deleting, finger muscle memory had been established so it was the perfect melding of man and machine. Or as my computer would say, “We let the simple human come along for the ride.”

@5, I hope Snowden is allergic to vodka and beets.

@6, I agree, why else throw a hanging if you don’t have a dangler.

I’m so amused that the Tangerine Turd is complaining about “delegitimizing” his Presidency. Now that is the pot calling the kettle orange.

Welcome to the kleptocracy courtesy of Twitter and an amoral Circus Peanut.


@10, ooops! They need to work on their timing.

Donald Trump is delaying an announcement about how he plans to handle his business once he takes office, according to a Trump transition spokesperson.

A new date hasn’t been picked yet, but the announcement will come before Trump’s inauguration.

Put my name under the column titled “Unsurprised” — the Orangeloupe is figuring out it is impossible to transfer business interests to someone else, even your children, without a taxable consequence. I’m sure there is someone around that can explain to him what taxes are since he hasn’t paid them since the early 1990s and isn’t expected to have to pay them the rest of his pitiful life.

@12, I suspect he’s also going to do the usual Rethug ploy of delay, and delay, and more delay until he’s in office. Then he’ll pitching a huge tantrum to anyone with the chutzpah to point out his wrong-doing. Then he’ll countersue.

The latest from Keith Olbermann
Is there any hope for the electoral college hail mary?

Wow! That was a read and a half! I’m on twitter but don’t go there as often as I should. I have a feeling that if I followed this guy, my first 10 minutes on there would be scrolling all of his tweets!

I do have to say however, that I’m not as hopeful as Mr. Garland is. To me, the inmates have control of the asylum and there’s nothing I can really do about it. I tried all through 2015 and almost all of 2016. I’m tired and pretty much broken and beat up

@13, I think you are exactly right. There’s just no way to even shroud his ownership in some kind of cloak of non-conflict. Imagine for a moment, trying to unravel international agreements where he’s a limited partner of a limited partnership that is the limited partner of a general partnership that is the minority owner of a controlling interest of another partnership. That is what his deals look like since his deals have to be bankruptcy proof. Ownership is so diluted and separated that banks won’t lose.

@14, WOW. He’s fired up. Whatever he’s taking is working — he’s always keyed up, but he’s really over the top.

Newsweek is going to report tomorrow that Turkey is arresting Trump’s business partners to get us to extradite that Imam living in Pennsylvania. It has started.

@15, it is a long read. I think Mr. Garland is one of those people who starts from a premise of, “When we come out the other side, and it doesn’t kill us, we will be stronger.” I like the optimism in principle, but I don’t have as much faith in the operational aspects of getting there.

18: but I don’t have as much faith in the operational aspects of getting there.

Nope, neither do I.

@17 Oh God – he’s going to get us into major war immediately

Something we knew around here all along:


@21 confirming he is, in fact, Lord Voldemort

@20 & 22, everyone in the media is concentrating on Tillerson, Russia, and the hacking. The real story is China and the South China Sea. The Taiwan telephone call was the opening gambit. This is all about the South China Sea and the oil. It isn’t so much about taking it as the neo-cons want to deprive China of it. It is the ultimate competition trait — for people who have really high competition drives, it isn’t about winning, it is about everyone else losing. Trump has a high competition drive.

@23, sounds like a potential flashpoint for war, one I never would have seen coming without you Prolix. I can’t believe Donald is smart enough to orchestrate the end of civilization as we know it but I really don’t see this story having a happy ending for anyone, not even Trump.

@24, Cats, I fear it won’t have a happy ending for us. The last two times we were trying to orchestrate things in southeast Asia it didn’t turn out like we wanted. North Korea is going to do something and test the Tangerine Turd. South Korea with its President just being impeached is in turmoil. Now is the time to cause some trouble and I fear they will. With the Taiwan call, we just lost our strongest lever against North Korea. Neither Trump nor any of the ninnies he is depending upon, especially that barking mad Flynn, will back down on the first crisis and then, it is away we go.

@25: The biggest “helping hand” we had with N. Korea is China. Now, not so much. When N. Korea starts acting up, watch Beijing just sit back and let things play out.

@26, China just flew a nuclear capable bomber out over the South China Sea to send an eff-you-gram to the Trumpanzee.

The Global Times, a Chinese state-run newspaper, delivered this message less diplomatically, deriding Trump’s behavior as very “childish and impulsive.”

“China needs to prepare enough ammunition for a roller-coaster ride of the China-U.S. relations with Trump,” the paper wrote in an editorial. “There are many other people in the world that also need to buckle up the seat belts …China and other powers in the world are not going to be bullied.”

@23, Oh shit. And of course the tiny-handed double-chinned toddler-man thought it was no big deal if he teamed up with Putin to screw over someone else for what he wanted. Any means to the desired end.

I’ve said it before: Those Trumpists in the military who voted for him better enjoy those wars they’ll be fighting in.

Interesting bit from Politico via Charles Pierce:

Buried on page 1,404 of the National Defense Authorization Act that passed last week is a provision that would disband the bipartisan board of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the independent U.S. agency that includes Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia, and the Middle East Broadcast Networks…That change, combined with a 2013 legislative revision that allows the network to legally reach a U.S. audience, which was once banned, could pave the way for Trump-approved content created by the U.S. diplomacy arm, if he chooses to exploit the opportunity. Essentially, Trump is finally getting his Trump TV – financed by taxpayers to the tune of $800 million per year.

No HBO or Showtime for you! TrumpTv 24/7.

@27, I saw that, and also that the Orange Accident thought it was just the CIA being wrong again.

@29, but-but-but–it’s going be broadcasting The Apprentice!

Look at it another way — RFE and VOA will no longer be attracting all those immigrant bad hombres and nasty wimminz to our shores.

@31:Good point! Not. 😉

Trump announces DEA pick:

Kanye West was meeting with Drump today at Isengard.

It’s like America is having a stroke.

So Garlands thread ends on an optimistic tone. I’m waiting.

@35> Ugh.

My take on the Tangerine’s Day:

T: Kanye, how’s the food at the Crazy House? Just asking for a friend in case they need it.

Rick Perry: If I could think of it, I’d like to be Sec. of something. How’s my hair?

T: Rick, we need a tackling dummy at Cabinet meetings. I don’t think most anyone cares about the Energy Dept.

Rick Perry: What department? Oops.

Tillerson: Putin loves me the most.

T: No, he loves me most.

Tillerson: He gave me a half a Trillion dollar deal.

T: He gave me a ride on his horse.

So how many other countries will follow Romania’s actions?

Amid deteriorating relations between Russia and the West over Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the alliance opened a NATO Force Integration Unit in Bucharest in 2015 and activated a multinational division headquarters in Bucharest that will coordinate NATO activity in Romania and Bulgaria.


Okay, here’s a toss-up question for the politically sophisticated:

How do you effectively campaign against a candidate who says, “I’m going to take your insurance away,” when the voters don’t believe the candidate will keep the campaign promise to take the insurance away?

Prolix! I read this Twitter thread this morning. It was very taxing to do so in the tweet format. What a lot of work it must have been for you to compile them into a narrative. Thank you.

@42 — If I weren’t also at risk of losing my ACA insurance, I’d say screw em.

@43, Jules, glad to do it. I’m somewhat confused though. There are lots of the “intellectual reporter types” who are being critical of this “thread”. I guess being paid cynics make these reporters Stockholm syndrome hostages in their own bodies.

@44: I’m in the same boat jules. I would say their plan is to take all of us and put us on ice floes except climate change – no ice floes. 😲

@45: Those intellectual reporter types have lost all credibility as far as I’m concerned.

@42: From the article:

I kept hearing informed voters, who had watched the election closely, say they did hear the promise of repeal but simply felt Trump couldn’t repeal a law that had done so much good for them. In fact, some of the people I talked to hope that one of the more divisive pieces of the law — Medicaid expansion — might become even more robust, offering more of the working poor a chance at the same coverage the very poor receive.

As Ron White said: “You can’t fix stupid”.

Again from the article:

We spoke a good deal longer about the Affordable Care Act, and the possibility of repeal. Mills said she had gone into the voting booth confident that Republicans wouldn’t dismantle the law, despite their promises. How could they, when people like her had become so reliant on it?

The pity of that is the she’s not even remotely cognizant of what her elected officials have plainly told her they are going to do. This woman Mills is also expecting a lot of coal jobs are going to come back to help business with her furniture store. I would really like to see her face when she realizes that ain’t happening either.

@42, I am not politically sophisticated but I would say traditional strategies don’t work. I wouldn’t say Trump was politically sophisticated but he is the consummate used car salesman (I believe you called him an executive salesman) and he knows how to make a sale, truth, ethics and reality be damned. So, in today’s world, lots of razzle dazzle, lots of smoke and mirrors, a sexy messenger, appeal to baser instincts not higher angels, a killer social media blitz, and of course KISS. Focus on opinion not fact. Appearance not substance. After all who would the populace rather listen to, watch and put their faith in, a Kardashian or a Hawking? A snake oil salesman or a school marm? A sweet talker or a truth teller? A show horse or a work horse? Obama was a magic man too after all, the winning-est president, evah.

Then there is that large chunk of people who didn’t vote at all, what the hell do they want?

Someone said they lost faith in the media, I have lost almost all faith in my fellow Americans. The fact that Hillary kicked ass in the popular vote is the only shred of hope I have for the future of this country but we don’t outnumber the bastards.

P.S. I will still vote for the school marm, truth teller, work horse every time. They get shit done.

@48, Fredster, I love Ron White, I wonder who he voted for….

@51: Being a son of the Lone Start state I’m sure he voted for tRump. 😦

@50: I agree with you. They get shit done every time.

@50, Cats, I’m so there with you. Why on the earth would people, even people who wanted to blow up the system, vote for someone who would blow up that which do them good! These people who wants someone to blow up the government forget they are blowing up the place that writes their Social Security checks and their Medicare. Like Fredster and Ron White said, “Can’t fix stupid.”

It is interesting when your impression of someone is consistent with reality.


@55: And no Senate confirmation needed so no hearings of any type.

X-posting this everywhere, so keep up the calls!

@59, Wow! I have wondered why this meeting with Don, Jr. didn’t get more play. He and Chatty Kelly met with Russian officials in Paris about a month before the election. Coincidence or poor time management? No one seems to know.

That twitter thread is unnerving.

@60, what’s that saying …. “There are no coincidences”? And no surprise Conway wouldn’t say details.

So those people who thought the Usurper-Elect wouldn’t really do the things he was saying he would do….What would they think if their little Johnny talks about setting fire to the house, or shooting out the windows on the car, or killing the family dog? Do they just chuckle about how refreshingly straightforward he talks?

That level of stupid should be illegal.

@59, Omg. Sounds like treason for Dump and Co. We are in scary territory here.


@62, Luna, my friend, that is the stupid by which I’m surrounded. It is everywhere. The letters to the editor would curl your hair they are so laughably outrageous. If there was a Nobel Prize for Stupid, it would go year after year to folks around here.

Updated letter from electors to Clapper is here.

@67, well written letter. Unless someone along the way gets subpoena power and the ability to put people under oath, we won’t know the truth. This Carter Page dude is bad news who would sell his mother for a kopek.


@70: Whatever the fuck it takes.

@70, I’m gonna chat up Loretta tomorrow.

Heh heh…


& I thought I had stayed up late @57 – thanks for the ray of hope Luna! @67 that thread is amazing Fredster OMG @73 someone needs to make a GIF of Mika’s facial expressions, lol

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