The Widdershins

This Is What Democracy Looks Like

Posted on: January 25, 2017


Here we are Widdeshins, living in a Trumpian world. His first act as President was to name his inauguration day a holiday: National Day of Patriotic Devotion. Dear Leader Clamoring Yam (DLCY.)

“Now, therefore, I, Donald J. Trump, president of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Jan. 20, 2017, as National Day of Patriotic Devotion, in order to strengthen our bonds to each other and to our country — and to renew the duties of government to the people,” the order says.

“Our Constitution is written on parchment, but it lives in the hearts of the American people,” the order continues. “There is no freedom where the people do not believe in it; no law where the people do not follow it; and no peace where the people do not pray for it.”

I hope you are all ready to worship at the gilded feet of DLCY. His other early acts was an16174923_724468074383372_7727914148357211662_n
executive order reinstating the Global Gag Rule, which forbids family planning organizations that receive federal money to talk about contraception and abortion. Though some Democrats are saying they will fight it, we will see if party leaders have any fight left in them.

Whatever resistance is bubbling up, it is, unlike the Tea Party, actually bubbling from the bottom up. The Democratic Party has been completely missing in action since the Day of Horrors. The Marches on Washington and around the country (and the globe, like this march of 15 people in the tiny village of Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia) were entirely grass-roots organized. And they brought out millions to show the Dear Leader that we will not do what he desires most: love him. We will not love him, we will not respect him. He has earned neither.

Now on to the marches. The organizing was not without issues. The original DC march was somehow coopted by a Bernie Bros: Linda Sarsour. Her hatred of HRC manifested itself when the march released a list of 40 women it honored – and HRC was not on the list. sarsourWhen the internet exploded in rage, Sarsour said something stupid about being angry at HRC for attending the inauguration. I’m really not sure what he fuck that means, especially since her favorite Bot, Bernie, attended it as well. Even so, I really don’t understand how HRC attending the inauguration negates decades of public service and a historical run for President, which won her more votes than Dear Leader. Sarsour is filth. The irony is that she is now feeling the heat from the right-wing media. All the usual suspects have descended on her, accusing her of having ties to Hamas, Islamic Brotherhood and ISIS, as well as distributing Tweets from her that justify Sharia Law (I actually have not been able to verify if these Tweets are real or fake…) I won’t link to any of this because it comes from right-wing sites none of us want to visit. A visit to her Twitter page shows some of the more personal…shall we call them “contacts.” But Sarsour felt so sad about it that she started her own Twitter hashtag: #imarchwithlinda. Many, including Bernie, have Tweeted their support. As for me – to quote Angel on the series Angel – “And yet, somehow, I just can’t seem to care.” If only there was a woman, smeared for decades by the right-wing media, that Sarsour could relate to… if only… I can’t think of anyone, can you?

Now on to the more inspiring topic of the marches. The NYC march – pointedly not affiliated in any way with the DC march (!) was incredible. As a point of reference, here is the map showing the planned route it.


My friends and I walked to the starting line of the March, on 2nd Ave and 47th St. We had tickets, but before we could figure out where the staging area was, NYPD put down barriers and suddenly we and thousands of others were blocked from actually marching, though we could spectate. Before us was a women’s drumming group (sorry to say I don’t know who they were). They were going to lead the parade and 2nd in line was the Mayor’s Office, represented by Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, actors Helen Mirren and Cynthia Nixon, and many other city officials. The crowd was a bit annoyed at being locked in behind the barriers, and as soon as the drumming group passed, signaling the start of the March – thousands of people started climbing over the barriers to join the March. NYPD just shrugged. This was a good thing. Everybody realized that people just wanted to March. The result of thousands of people rushing the barricades is a traffic jam. Suddenly the March came to a halt. After about 30 minutes of not knowing what to do, NYPD told us to start walking towards 5th Ave (where the March was supposed to start making its way towards Trump Tower.) So thousands of us started walking on 43 through 47th Streets from 2nd to 5th Avenues. All traffic along the way came to a grinding halt. We are talking here spontaneously shutting down entire East Side of Manhattan. And yet, there was no violence, no screaming, no fighting. Many cars, now sitting in traffic that would not move for hours, honked in encouragement. We finally made our way to 5th Ave, now essentially the lead of the March, as the marching band – which lead the way on the official route, walked behind us. On 5th Ave, Minority Leader and NY Senator Chuck Schumer did a walk-by to many cheers. At a rally later he said Donald Trump wouldn’t know what hit him when Democrats are through with him. Again, we will see about that… we can only hope.

An incredible day, with zero violence and no arrests by NYPD. Some cops were taking selfies with the marchers. As my friends and I were making our way towards 5th Ave, I heard one police officer on his cell phone say: “It’s crazier up here than it is down there. It’s completely bonkers.”

Here are a bunch of photos from the march, some of my favorites signs I was able to capture, some taken by friends. Alas, many others I could not catch.


























NYC Mayor’s Office delegation: First Lady Chirlane McCray, actor Cynthia Nixon and other city officials







Starting line of the march. You can see the crowd disappearing in the distance












128 Responses to "This Is What Democracy Looks Like"

The National Parks peeps are pushing back! This is great – o need another march.
Also, there is already a protest scheduled in Tulsa this Sat against the Dakota Pipeline. And thanks for the info on Sansur, DYB. I hadn’t followed that. It still makes me mad they pushed Hillary out of the march. My friend I. Boston said she was honored there.

OMG DYB, I love this post. The homemade signs are wonderful. Love the signs that reflect on our girl.

Great photos and very inspiring!!!

The march in San Francisco was very similar, just on a smaller scale because there were so many marches in the Bay Area…one in Oakland, and the smaller cities had their own marches too.

Thank you for this post!!!!!!

So this is not a good thing. Robby Mook, Hillary’s former campaign manager, is teaming up for a series of paid speeches/spectacles with Corey Lewandowsky. I mean, cashing in is ok, but holy shit dude, he’s out of his mind to turn this whole insanity into a circus.

Ok, Mook/Lewandowsky circus act is off. The Agency that advertised it may have jumped the gun.

Is anyone keeping a list? Here is one a friend started:
Those who study authoritarian regimes suggest keeping a list of abnormal events after a demagogue is elected, as a way to remind yourself that this isn’t normal and to keep from being overwhelmed into acceptance by the onslaught of attacks on our rights.
Here is a list below. We are 4 days in.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the DOJ’s Violence Against Women programs.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Minority Business Development Agency.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Economic Development Administration.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the International Trade Administration.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Legal Services Corporation.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the DOJ.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Office of Electricity Deliverability and Energy Reliability.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
* On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Office of Fossil Energy.
* On January 20th, 2017, DT ordered all regulatory powers of all federal agencies frozen.
* On January 20th, 2017, DT ordered the National Parks Service to stop using social media after RTing factual, side by side photos of the crowds for the 2009 and 2017 inaugurations.
* On January 20th, 2017, roughly 230 protestors were arrested in DC and face unprecedented felony riot charges. Among them were legal observers, journalists, and medics.
* On January 20th, 2017, a member of the International Workers of the World was shot in the stomach at an anti-fascist protest in Seattle. He remains in critical condition.
* On January 21st, 2017, DT brought a group of 40 cheerleaders to a meeting with the CIA to cheer for him during a speech that consisted almost entirely of framing himself as the victim of dishonest press.
* On January 21st, 2017, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer held a press conference largely to attack the press for accurately reporting the size of attendance at the inaugural festivities, saying that the inauguration had the largest audience of any in history, “period.”
* On January 22nd, 2017, White House advisor Kellyann Conway defended Spicer’s lies as “alternative facts” on national television news.
* On January 22nd, 2017, DT appeared to blow a kiss to director James Comey during a meeting with the FBI, and then opened his arms in a gesture of strange, paternal affection, before hugging him with a pat on the back.
* On January 23rd, 2017, DT reinstated the global gag order, which defunds international organizations that even mention abortion as a medical option.
* On January 23rd, 2017, Spicer said that the US will not tolerate China’s expansion onto islands in the South China Sea, essentially threatening war with China.
* On January 23rd, 2017, DT repeated the lie that 3-5 million people voted “illegally” thus costing him the popular vote.
* On January 23rd, 2017, it was announced that the man who shot the anti-fascist protester in Seattle was released without charges, despite turning himself in.
* On January 24th, 2017, Spicer reiterated the lie that 3-5 million people voted “illegally” thus costing DT the popular vote.
* On January 24th, 2017, DT tweeted a picture from his personal Twitter account of a photo he says depicts the crowd at his inauguration and will hang in the White House press room. The photo is of the 2009 inauguration of 44th President Barack Obama, and is curiously dated January 21st, 2017, the day AFTER the inauguration and the day of the Women’s March, the largest inauguration related protest in history.
* On January 24th, 2017, the EPA was ordered to stop communicating with the public through social media or the press and to freeze all grants and contracts.
* On January 24th, 2017, the USDA was ordered to stop communicating with the public through social media or the press and to stop publishing any papers or research. All communication with the press would also have to be authorized and vetted by the White House.
* On January 24th, 2017, HR7, a bill that would prohibit federal funding not only to abortion service providers, but to any insurance coverage, including Medicaid, that provides abortion coverage, went to the floor of the House for a vote.
* On January 24th, 2017, Director of the Department of Health and Human Service nominee Tom Price characterized federal guidelines on transgender equality as “absurd.”
* On January 24th, 2017, DT ordered the resumption of construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline, while the North Dakota state congress considers a bill that would legalize hitting and killing protestors with cars if they are on roadways.
* On January 24th, 2017, it was discovered that police officers had used confiscated cell phones to search the emails and messages of the 230 demonstrators now facing felony riot charges for protesting on January 20th, including lawyers and journalists whose email accounts contain privileged information of clients and sources.
Copied and pasted originally from Susan Derwin

@5> OMG, I can’t.

Just looking at that list…. I’m so discouraged by it all. After the euphoria of last Saturday, his behavior and the seeming inability for everything awful to actually stick with his supporters and with Republicans at large… I mean, I am not seeing any Republican go after him. Forget McCain and Graham, but someone Susanne Collins. They’re just watching the train going off the rails and sticking with their party. Nothing is working, nothing is changing from the election. When he said he could shoot someone in the face on 5th Ave and not lose votes – that was true then and it’s still true. I really don’t know what the solutions are. Nobody does, nobody knows how to deal with him. And before anyone figures it out, it may be too late. The damage being done is rapid. Destruction is instantaneous. Rebuilding isn’t.

Hillary Clinton, After Massive Marches Protesting President Trump’s Agenda, Tells PEOPLE: ‘We Have to Keep Up the Momentum’

Hillary Clinton has a message for the millions of “awe-inspiring” women and men who marched in Washington, D.C. and in cities around the world on Saturday to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump — keep up the good fight.

The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, who notably attended her former opponent’s inauguration on Friday, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue that she did so “to honor democracy and its enduring values.”

“On Saturday, we watched women and men across this country and the globe stand up, speak out, and peacefully march for those values with one voice,” she continued. “It was awe-inspiring. We have to keep up the momentum.”

Hillary Clinton ✔ @HillaryClinton
Scrolling through images of the #womensmarch is awe-inspiring. Hope it brought joy to others as it did to me.
4:18 PM – 22 Jan 2017

“I will never stop believing in this country and our collective future,” Clinton told PEOPLE. “We are still, and will always be, stronger together.”

DYB, what a fantastic post! The signs are so uplifting and goodness knows we need some good news these days.

I really find it most telling that the people sitting in cars were good natured about the whole thing. That is unheard of.

Ms. Sarsour seems to be out over the tip of her skis. She doesn’t seem to be wearing her new found celebrity with the dignity of some more accomplished women. Just as you say, “If only she had a role model…”

I’m proud that you were there. You are a good man.

With true sadness, I must report Mary Tyler Moore has passed away.

I think Mary Richards helped shape my beliefs about equal rights and feminism.

@5,6 and 7: That list is stunning in its scope and detail over a period of a few days. I read the repubs were ready on day one to countermand all of Obama’s EOs so not a minute would be wasted once IT was installed. The targets are surgical, he didn’t come up with all this on his own, his brain is commensurate with his appendages. Every day I feel like I am being kicked in my stomach by jackboots. If we can’t turn trump supporters from the dark side for a housecleaning in 2018, I don’t know how we are going to get out of this without violence or a war. Can NATO defend us from our own government? If the CIA is going to nail him, they have to do it soon. Pence, McConnell, Ryan and his Cabinet of crooks, thieves and idiots need to go as well, but how? We are in dangerous, uncharted waters now kids.

@1: Contrask: that’s heartening news! May the Force be with you living and fighting in a red state that appears to be fracking itself to oblivion. Did the birds ever come back after that last large earthquake? If not, please relocate!

Did those birds ever come back after that last 5.3?

My comment @8 is in moderation…

Already fixed, thanks so much.

That list is a good start, but some is missing…and I wonder if he will get to the point where we don’t hear about it in the news…like Hitler did.

Putting this on D’s post because I had it on the prev one and it was late/early when I did it.

Randy Rainbow strikes again.

Great post! As the others have said, I love all the photos and the signs.
It must have felt very empowering to be a part of that event.

Women have been rushing out since the election to get I.U.Ds and other forms of contraception because they are concerned about birth control access being cut off due to tRump and the repubtards.

Trump says intelligence officials have told him torture “absolutely” works-

Yeah, no problem getting other crackpots to agree with him, and opening the door for our soldiers to now be tortured.

What does it take for him to be held accountable?????

People will say anything under torture. Then our troops get sent in on false information, and more die.

Does he realize that by endorsing torture, he has just shown the rest of the world that the U.S.A. is no longer a civilized nation?

There’s always someone who wants to rain on your parade, or protest. Also note the section this is under: lifestyle/style

“White women and white bodies can hold space on streets and shut down cities ‘peacefully’ because they are allowed to,” wrote blogger and author Luvvie Ajayi in a Facebook post that has been shared more than 6,000 times. “Black and brown people who march are assaulted by cops.”

“In a world that doesn’t protect women much, when it chooses to, it is white women it protects,” Ajayi wrote.

@19: Oh I’d really like to know who those intelligence officials were who said that. Just something else that appeared in Donald’s mind.


@21, riiiiiight, so white women have never been/never will be mocked or assaulted or targeted by Trump and his goons? Is being less of a target equal to not a target of hate and discrimination? Do women of whatever melanin not share womanhood? Is not what unites us greater than what divides us?

I keep remembering the late, great Shirley Chisholm saying that she faced more barriers due to being female than she did for being black. Or maybe Ajayi is too young to remember Representative Chisholm, who was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus and the National Women’s Political Caucus, and to whom Obama gave (alas, posthumously) a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

@26: When I read the article I was really infuriated by it. And when looking at the picture on the WaPo article I see faces of at least three p.o.c. in there. I really hope Ms Ajayi gets some blowback on her facebook post/comment.

DYB, love the post: reading about your personal experience in the NYC march, the wonderful pictures, the Sarsour snark. Am happy that you were there.

That Sarsour woman pisses me off. The Bernie or Bern-it-all-down Brigade cost us the election. Their failures will cost all of planet earth and its inhabitants greatly, likely for a long time. I personally don’t think they should have any standing whatsoever in directing how mainstream liberal Americans (the majority) protest and plan their strategies for undoing the terrible harm that they (bernies) and the dumb dump voters inflicted on all of the rest of us. If they want to join us, they should humbly apologize first and then stand in the back.

@26, Brava Luna!

I love the National Parks and scientist push backs.

@16, he’s hysterical. Seriously, he should have a Broadway or HBO show or something.

Randy Rainbow is amazing!

@31: I agree completely. Randy has too much talent and deserves a larger audience.

I still see too many Bernie stickers in my ‘hood. I’m going to make some “Thanks for Trump, Bernie!” stickers.

@34, LOL!

Back to my rant on Sarsour, what gets my goat about this woman is that she’s a) a woman and b) an ethnic minority and c) a religious minority, and she dumps on Hillary?!?! Who fought for her rights more than Hillary? Not freaking Bernie.Ugh! Well, thanks for letting me get that off my chest.

And undecideds voted for dump because of Hillary’s emails?

@36, the stupid is so deep. Most POC saw through Sanders.

I hear there’s another demonstration in NYC. Go New Yorkers! I’m sick and hitting the sack. Have to be to work at 6:30am.

@28 That is brilliant Fredster! Thanks! I’m going to use that a work tomorrow 🙂

@40 Can’t claim it as mine contrask. Saw it over on the twitter machine. 😆

2 Responses
pm317, on January 25, 2017 at 11:06 pm said:
More of these Russians, please! I am not into watching ballet but of course I listen to the music. Speaking of Russians and music, Borodin is my all time favorite and he was a scientist/chemist and writing music was his hobby, imagine that. But if I want something deep and cerebral, I turn to Rimsky-Korsakov, master of orchestration.
Shadowfax, on January 25, 2017 at 11:09 pm said:
Dems plot ‘constant campaign’ against Trump in war room
t’s been nearly three months since Election Day. But as far as the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is concerned, the campaign against President Trump is far from over.
While the party hashes out who will be its next leader, a group of two dozen operatives has assembled a party “war room” singularly focused on taking on Trump.
Zac Petkanas, the former Hillary Clinton campaign rapid response director who leads the project, told The Hill before Trump’s inauguration that he plans to wage a “constant campaign” to keep up the pressure during the early days of Trump’s administration.
“That’s what it is going to take — a campaign mindset, a campaign effort, campaign operatives who are looking at this administration the same way they would be as if they were still running against him,” he said.
“That is the mindset that is required right now … to be able to break through in a meaningful way.”
Donna Brazile, the party’s interim chair, revealed the plans to start its war room in early January in the hope of putting the trove of information compiled during the Clinton campaign to good use as part of the Trump opposition.
The four initial goals are targeting Trump’s conflicts of interest, researching possible connections to Russia, vetting the incoming administration and protecting former President Obama’s legacy.
There, campaign veterans who lived and breathed Trump opposition research could reuse that institutional knowledge as the DNC positions itself at the front line of the anti-Trump forces. The war room’s roughly two dozen staffers worked with the DNC during the 2016 campaign, either in Clinton’s camp or for the party itself.
War room staffers include Petkanas, former Clinton spokeswoman Adrienne Watson, DNC digital director Tessa Simonds and DNC research director Lauren Dillon.

@42: Hmmm, pm317. I think I recall that screen name from No Quarter, right?

Give me those yearning to breathe free….America, land of refugees, now has a POTUS* slam the door in their faces. Excepting those countries he gets bribes—uh, has businesses in.

@43, familiar from someplace in the past…

@45: Yeah, it was ringing a bell with me too.

Argh, I put the link in twice on @44, Fredster or another mod, can you pretty please fix that for me?

Luna I took the second link out, however when you click on it’s saying that page doesn’t exist.

Weird, it was there when I rechecked 1 min ago….let me find it again….try this — looks like I cut off a digit.

Scary — he doesn’t realize the hugeness of his assness.

Interesting read on Trump’s state of mind:

Yes there was a rally tonight in NYC!

I attended a meeting with the Stonewall Democrats, an LGBTQ organization. Mains speaker was a top lawyer for NY Governor’s office. Some very interesting thoughts. He said NY is ready with all kinds of lawsuits and litigation against Drumpf. But he also pointed out that all of Drumpf’s executive orders have to be separated “real from bluster.” Because a lot of things he’s putting in his executive orders are not realistic and will never happen. However, it occurred to me that in many ways this is all a brilliant move by Drumpf and Bannon and the rest of that cabal. They are putting everything he campaigned on into his executive orders – knowing most of it will not come to pass – to appease the deplorables. When most of these things don’t happen the way Drumpf is selling it – deplorables will blame someone else (Congress (including Republicans), Democrats, HRC, Obama, The Media, etc.) They will not blame Drumpf, they will love and praise him even more because he kept his promises – and everyone stopped his progress. That’s scary.

Ok but seriously, Diane Feinstein might vote Yes on Sessions because not enough people called her to say no? What fucking hell hole are we all living in now?

A lot of these are for NY – which would explain why Chuck Schumer has not led an opposition to Drumpf.

@53: So I wonder if we have another Ronnie Raygun in the Oval?

Say what you’re told and hit your marks?

@56: Yep that’s a lot of goodies in there.

@54, thanks for the report!

@56, It’s one thing for Trump to promise it, and quite another for him to deliver on it. Not sure that Trump is capable of doing anything good.

43 pm was on Uppity’s and now on the Confluence.

@60: Ah okay, I knew it was familiar somehow and somewhere.


” Because a lot of things he’s putting in his executive orders are not realistic and will never happen. However, it occurred to me that in many ways this is all a brilliant move by Drumpf and Bannon…”

Most of the executive orders that do not require Congressional approval, will go though. There are a lot of them.

ACA will not, but all he is doing is causing confusion so in the long run, that confusion in Trumper’s states may cause some to not get the health care they need?

El Douche is running his office like the National Enquirer, or Blightbark News.

Here’s a good article by Charles Pierce. And I will quote from same:

However, it is also my considered opinion that the Democratic Party should get its shit together in one quick hurry. Waiting until March, and dragging out a pointless internal slanging match for three months, is such typically Democratic bungling that it’s almost classic. Get a chairman because, cats and kittens, they’re coming already for what’s left of you.

Amen brother Pierce, amen!

@63, Righteous amen! If we wanted them to act like Republicans we would have voted for the Rs instead.

@65, I think the candidates for DNC Chair and Vice-Chair will be presenting.

Sooo.. It turns out that not only is Chief of White Supremacy Staff Stephen Bannon registered to vote in two states (NY and FL) and Tiffany Trump registered to vote in both NY and PA – also Steve Mnuchin is registered in both NY and *gasp* California. Will Trump, Kobach and my own SOS shut up and do away with Crosscheck now? I doubt it, but I will do what I can. Where was the media, who are digging in now, BEFORE the election? Nevermind. We all know. They thought President Hillary would be boring.

DYB, Forgot to say what a wonderful post this is! The pics are… beautiful… forever.. and at the same time, just the beginning.

Mary Tyler Moore RIP

One of our senators, Kirsten Gillibrand, voted No on all but 1 of Trump’s nominees so far. She voted Yes on Nikki Hayley for UN.

And then there’s Chuck Schumer.

4 top people of State Department just resigned, leaving a total vacuum.

Mexico’s President cancelled his meeting with Drumpf. (Which was then followed by Drumpf tweeting that he is cancelling his meeting the Mexican president… even though the Mexican president cancelled first…)

It’s just past noon.

Anyone know how to dismantle the Electoral College? Is it just voted on by Congress??

Executive order on election fraud due out around 4. -read it on CNN earlier now can’t find it

No wonder the EC is still around…

What would be the process of repealing the Electoral College System?

I don’t see any details out yet, but it will cost taxpayers big bucks and it is to discredit Hillary’s win. Expect fake data.

@74: Chilling, DYB. This country is just ripe for the taking and it’s being took!.

@74, yes.

@74> BTW, Elliott Lusztig has disappeared from Twitter. Nobody knows why.

Now I have no love for David Brock. And I do believe his ego is huge, but this part of the article made me LOL.

“His ability to produce wins for Democrats is nonexistent,” Jeff Weaver, former campaign manager for Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential run, told The Daily Beast. “He does not have the kind of understanding of what kind of coalition you have to bring together to win national races—that’s his fundamental problem.”

Weaver should be glad Brock didn’t unleash oppo research on Bernie during the primary.

A break for a little levity.

@84> Weaver is a Grade A Idiot.

I honestly don’t know much about David Brock outside of the basic info.

@84: From the article:

“Are they calling for purges?” Carville rhetorically asked The Daily Beast. “David has a really good relationship with a lot of donors and people who can help the party. If I were them, I would be thinking of ways I could work with David Brock, as opposed to having a tribunal determining the extent of party purity. I don’t think we need to walk around with ideological chastity belts.”

Haha. WaPo reporting Jared Kushner is registered to vote in both NY and NJ.

This is terrifying (I haven’t said that in at least 25 minutes.)

@89: Very simple fix for that: Don’t ever give him another one-on-one interview again.

@90: But the day is not over yet.

The march pictures are great, thanks DYB. It makes me happy, relieved, inspired to see so many people protesting Dump, across the US and worldwide! Dump’s behavior would actually be funny with his preoccupation with popularity if he didn’t have the power to do so much harm.
I wanted to march myself but thought it more prudent to hold off until after my cardiac catheterization was done. Just to let you know, the procedure went very well (though I was terrified) and the results were the best I could have hoped for – there is no blockage and I will not need a stent or surgery. So, VERY relieved, especially about the surgery part 🙂 Thank you to all who wished me well!

Krugman just called Trump “Agent Orange” on Twitter.

@93> That’s great news Branjor!

Ok Lindsey Graham can be funny sometimes.

@93: Great news on the results!!

I’m beginning to think neither the right nor the left know what the American people want or think. I want us ruled from the center for a few decades please. (And I want my Hillary.)

Also, with trump’s tanking approval ratings, his narrow, narrow wins in a handful of states that got him the electoral votes/college, his loss of the popular vote, and the national, never seen before, popular protests against everything he stands for, what makes these WH loud mouths think they “get” this country??? Same with the congressional thugs, what makes them think that if they gut the middle class and destroy the social safety net that they will win in 2018? Is 2016 the last election we will ever have in my lifetime? Is that the plan?

Branjor: Congrats on the wonderful results you received! That test would have scared the poo right out of me.

Great news Branjor! What a relief it must be to have that over with.

Great news Branjor. Can’t get better news than that. Onward and upward!

Tulsi Gabbard, Bernie moon-eyed cheerleader, just got back from a sit down howdy-do with Assad. That Assad, the one who has killed, gassed, and pillaged his own citizens. Tulsi is the one who appointed herself as the purity regulator of the Democratic Party and promptly declared Hillary insufficiently pure. Well, it’s amazing how karma can bite you when you are traipsing over the globe to get cable news interviews.

Seems like no one is on her side and everyone thinks she is a fraud. It has even been suggested she might find a job on Russian TV promoting her opinions.

Thanks, DYB, Fredster, Catsx3, GAgal! The test did scare the poo out of me (or it would’ve if I’d eaten anything.) I was a nervous wreck, but they were very kind to me. In retrospect, the anticipation of the test was worse than the test itself. I was in a rather morbid state of mind about it. I am really relieved to have it over with!

Thanks, Prolix! 🙂

Branjor, glad that went well and it’s over! Being anxious about it simply means you’re aware of possible outcomes. And any thinking person is more anxious than usual these days. Now you can relax.

Love my Senator!

Cantwell to Vote “NO” Betsy DeVos Nomination for Secretary of Education

SEATTLE, WA – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) announced that she will vote “no” on President Trumps’ Secretary of Education Nominee Betsy DeVos:

“Public education boosts millions out of poverty and gives every student a chance to succeed. Yet Betsy DeVos misses the importance of public schools to working families. When it came to protecting students with disabilities, Mrs. DeVos showed a lack of understanding for federal disability laws in education that ensure every child receives a high-quality education.

“We need a Secretary of Education who will move public education forward and ensure all children are getting the best education possible. I will be voting NO on Mrs. DeVos’ nomination.”

Thanks, Luna!
Yes, there is much to be anxious about these days. In my own case I was anxious over the possibility that I might have needed heart surgery and I am on the Medicaid extension which the lunatics are already in the process of dismantling.

Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gellibrand from NY have said they’ll vote against DeVos.

@105, contrask that is the “most perfectest” thing I think I’ve ever read.

@106, Luna, which one has a better ring to it when talking about the clamorous Yam:

A. Prairie Dropseed-headed Cheddar Block;


B. Sporobolus heterolepis-headed Cheeto infection.

@110, my Senator, McTurtle, came out of his shell, nibbled some lettuce, and gave Trump a tiny turtle reach-around before applying extra moisturizing, deep conditioning Lubriderm and retiring for the evening.

@112, wow, that’s a tough one! There’re both yuuugely great.

Apparently Sporobolus means seed-thrower, though with Agent Orange Yam one is more apt to think “tantrum-thrower.”

@113, Maybe we could plant some Sporobolus heterolepis on McTurtle’s shell. He could fertilize it with all that Trump shit.

@115, LOL

@106: Love it!!

Brava Senator Cantwell.

The hypocrisy of the tRump supporters is amazing.

@118, the spousal unit was calling her office today and reported that he couldn’t get through for a while. We the people are making good trouble and tying up our legislators’ phones!

@119, yeah. (snarls) Saw that earlier. Makes me want to kick those irrational hypocrites off the edge of the flat Earth they think we’re on.

@120: That’s good to know,

But her poor office staff.

Good Charles Pierce article right here.

Branjor, I’m so glad your test went well. I hope you get plenty of rest and a calming atmosphere. Take care of yourself!

@123, omg! He gets loonier every day.

@83, I just checked to see if he turned up, but no, he hasn’t. What the fuck?!?

Thank you, Annie! 🙂


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