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Transnational Crime Syndicate Replacing Governments Requires Civility!

Posted on: October 11, 2018

The enablers, Republicans in the US case, say we have to maintain civility to the syndicate (and the enablers themselves, of course) at all costs.

While the ship of state is falling apart around us, the trusty Democrats scurry around trying to figure out which salad fork to use so that Emily Post McTurtle won’t sneer at them.

Hillary, as always, says it well: “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for.”

But, zomg, then what to do?! We can’t sink to their level! Right?! !Eleventy!

I’m going to be serious for a second and shout the obvious answer:

You speak the truth. You call things what they are. You stop worrying about Repub fee-fees.

No, it’s not civil. No, you wouldn’t do it at a garden party. This is not a goddamn garden party.

You don’t shut down your most direct truthtellers. Maxine Waters, bless her, can’t be shut down. But give her a megaphone! Alan Grayson — remember Alan Grayson? The Repub health plan was don’t get sick, and if you do, die quickly — was somehow shut down and disappeared. Al Franken was bundled off by what looks to me a lot like a Rove-style plot to blow backstage comedy trip weirdness, in which all participated, out of proportion. Maizie Hirono is brilliant. Give her another megaphone!

Impeachment? Sure, if you’re Pelosi, you can point out that enablers in the Senate would make it a waste of time, but make it clear: impeachment for treason is deserved. It’s what checks and balances are for. It’s not the same as using it to try to kneecap a popular president with a popular agenda.

So, stop being civil. In the service of truth. Not lies. It’s that simple.


arrestee in handcuffs
I wish.


Apologies about all the shouting. But … honestly.

Crossposted from Acid Test

60 Responses to "Transnational Crime Syndicate Replacing Governments Requires Civility!"

Civility!! How’s this for civility?

Christ. What a tool.

Didn’t he-Kelly say he was leaving the W.H. ? He can go anytime he wishes to. Really.

The whole civility thing is such horseshit. It is a clearly coordinated strategy Republicans are using: it’s been used by McConnell and Pence and Graham and GOP Chairwoman whose name used to be Romney until Trump made her change it and everyone on Fox and many others. Republicans always blame others for things they do. And they are very good at it. They always manage to change the conversation. Yesterday Jake Tapper was blindly retweeting every right-winger attacking Democrats for lack of civility, including Kellyanne. (I loathe Tapper.) This is how it always is. The media plays along each and every damned time.

I’m definitely in the rage stage! LOL The media, by and large, is complicit in everything Trump does. If we survive Trump, it will be in spite of the media, not because of them. Everyone keeps screaming how much we owe them right now. We can also blame them for all this shit.

One interesting thing I saw: that infamous NY Times headline “FBI Sees No Clear Links” between Trump and Russia. Apparently Eric Lichtblau, whose name appears as the co-author of the article, now claims the article he submitted to the Times was completely different than the one they published. He says he believed there was a connection and the piece he wrote said so. Then the Times editors (Dean Baquet) re-wrote the piece to say the opposite, used very little of what he (Lichtblau) wrote in the last paragraph, wrote their headline and send it to print. Do we believe Lichtblau? Well, in light of how the Times has stood by that story – and Dean Baquet specifically – yes, I’d believe Lichtblau. But if the Times really did do what he says they did, he should have resigned in protest.

@4 This long and highly detailed piece from The New Yorker has a lot of what happened with Lichtblau, along with everything that is known so far about the AlfaBank/Trump tower server. It’s too long to copy and paste but it begins 9 or 10 paragraphs down.

Great post, Quixote. Agree, agree, agree. If we can get them down, let’s keep them kicked down.

Elizabeth Warren explains what happened with Kelly. Kelly is scum.

Q Great post, couldn’t agree more.

DYB, “The whole civility thing is such horseshit.”

I busted out laughing when I read this and thought to myself, I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to say it than this.

I think all this bs civility got to me near the end of Hillary’s campaign…all Hell was breaking lose and her campaign was talking about love and hand-holding. I wanted her to be just like she was in the debates, smarter than Hell and taking no prisoners. I blame it on her campaign that tried to pull in the Sandman supporters and we saw how they stayed home and some males went to Dump Truck. All the love and kisses were a waste of effort and time.

I got madder when the Franken expulsion happened, where some effin’ women decided he deserved no hearing and just made him the enemy.

What did that bs teach Rethugs? That Dems are a bunch of cowards and like to play the saints of the Dems. Gilibran and Harris really pist me off on that.

So, I am all for kicking the GOP in the teeth and taking no prisoners. Strip them of their male parts in this election and get all the effin’ white haired males out of congress.

My patience has run out with turning the cheek, while our country is going down the drain.

@1, glad you brought that up from last thread because I’m catching up and itching to tear into Kelly, who obviously feels threatened by strong intelligent women.

“Arrogant” is when a woman speaks with the courage of her convictions instead of shutting up and being the meek little woman. And “impolite” ZOMG! Clutch pearls! You’re worried about politeness (from Democrats because Rs don’t have to be polite) when you’re helping Trump turn the US into a satellite state of Russian?

John Kelly, you ain’t seen the last of us impolite arrogant women! We will haunt your dreams like demon succubi.

Quixote, no need to apologize for the shouting. What’s happening needs to be shouted about.

Quixote, I forgot to mention how much I love the title of your post. Spot on.

I also love the title! Excellent post! I can’t wait til election day is over.

Yeah, I kinda like the title myself 😀 . Plus, it’s true.

MB from last post: Well said. We soldier on. I mailed our ballots in tonight.

@14 Damn right your title is true. In fact, it might be an understatement.

@17> OMG that is ridiculously cute! I want a seal!!!

Remember The Real World on MTV in the 1990s? The introductory line was: “..stop being polite and start getting real.”

On the topic of women’s anger, RD has highly recommended Traister’s new book.

Awesome post, Q!

Did you all see Michelle Obama didn’t like what Hillary said about Republicans? Good grief, woman. Now is not the time to diss her, especially when she is right!!!

@21 – That looks both well-done and long-overdue.

With Michelle Obama, I didn’t see anything specific, I just saw some general headlines. Did she specifically address Hillary or was she also responding to Eric Holder? He’s also in hot water for what he said, even though every single Republican and reporter only presented a part of what Holder said, making it seem like he was advocating violence, when he made it clear he was not. Michelle and Barack have an image to preserve and they’re doing it. Didn’t Michelle also say she adored George Dubya in the same interview? The war criminal who helped get Kavanaugh on SCOTUS. That Dubya.

@4- according to GAGal’s linked New Yorker piece, Lichtblau did quit the NYT, but quite a few months later. He did not make a big stink about it, though. What a series of horrible errors and coincidences. What is up with the Times? Is the payola that transparent? The other night, which night I have lost track of, Rachel very diplomatically and quietly dissed the Times greatly- it was nice to hear, but the more things come out, the more hopeless inevitability takes hold.

26, yes lililam, the only hope I have left is this election and Mueller. Either of those things fail and we are headed for pure Hell.

Yes, that’s a great title, Quixote!

@16, that’s a Steller’s Jay! I love their color and their head crests.

“At multiple junctures since Trump became president, Democrats have seemed oblivious to the nature of the political threat they and the country face. These are unpleasant circumstances for people of good faith in public life, but things will only get worse until Democrats confront the threat squarely—and only in the past few days have we started seeing signs that reality is dawning on them.”

speaking of not facing things, via Carole Cadwalladr (just about the best journalist out there, read her twitter), an excerpt from Milton Meyer’s famous book, They Thought They Were Free which I’ve heard of but not seen before.

“You see,” my colleague went on, “one doesn’t see exactly where or how to move. Believe me, this is true. Each act, each occasion, is worse than the last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the next. You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join with you in resisting somehow. You don’t want to act, or even talk, alone; you don’t want to ‘go out of your way to make trouble.’ Why not?—Well, you are not in the habit of doing it. And it is not just fear, fear of standing alone, that restrains you; it is also genuine uncertainty.

In the university community, in your own community, you speak privately to your colleagues, some of whom certainly feel as you do; but what do they say? They say, ‘It’s not so bad’ or ‘You’re seeing things’ or ‘You’re an alarmist.’

“And you are an alarmist. You are saying that this must lead to this, and you can’t prove it. These are the beginnings, yes; but how do you know for sure when you don’t know the end, and how do you know, or even surmise, the end?

This weakens your confidence still further and serves as a further deterrent to—to what? It is clearer all the time that, if you are going to do anything, you must make an occasion to do it, and then you are obviously a troublemaker. So you wait, and you wait.

“But the one great shocking occasion, when tens or hundreds or thousands will join with you, never comes. That’s the difficulty. If the last and worst act of the whole regime had come immediately after the first and smallest, thousands, yes, millions would have been sufficiently shocked

Just mindboggling that we’ve been through this exact sequence before, we do know how it ends, and it still seems to be impossible to stop a critical mass of people from lending themselves to it.

@24, agree.

@29, I thought that looked like WA.

@31 – It seems to me that the critical mass of people is there and is active. Otherwise, what is #TheResistance? Why have 187 women won political office since 2016? Why did Doug Jones win in Alabama and Conor Lamb in PA? Why did people travel from Alaska to DC to get arrested and sh*t on by Republicans?

It is not the people that are the problem. It is Democratic Party leaders and the media.

Can you believe fucking Bernie?

Bernie is all about Bernie. Plus he’s getting bribes from Putin or has kompromat held over his head.

madamab @33, you’re certainly right about the people resisting. And it certainly helps that the last rerun of this cruelty is within living memory. I was thinking more in terms of how far we’ve slid to this point, pushed along by people happy to hear talk radio hate speech and then the garbage on Fox and elsewhere. That critical mass. Like you, I’m trying to make sure they’re a smaller mass than the rest of us!

27- thanks- I didn’t mean to sound like such a Debbie downer- I certainly don’t want to acquiesce to the horror. Vigilance is obviously still necessary, as is action. Even though I am in Cali, I have the joy of voting against a republican representative!

Totally OT, but I suddenly had a thought about Melania “all I wanted was to quietly wait for the Donald to die” Trump, about her saying she’s the most bullied person. We’re all laughing at her. But think about it. She (sort of) lives with that bullying pile of shit. For all we know, she may be right ???

@38, sorry, but I have to say “I don’t care do u?” to that. Yeah, it must be hell to be the appendage on Trump’s arm, but her kid isn’t in a cage. She’s got health care. No one’s going to ship her back to Slovenia.

iet, weight loss and sex supplements are tainted with unapproved drugs

Researchers found unapproved and sometimes dangerous drugs in 746 dietary supplements, almost all of them marketed for sexual enhancement, weight loss or muscle growth, a new analysis published Friday shows.

The review of a Food and Drug Administration database of contaminated supplements for the years 2007 to 2016 most commonly turned up sildenafil — the drug sold as Viagra — and other erectile dysfunction drugs in sex enhancement products; sibutramine and the laxative phenolphthalein, both banned by the FDA, in weight-loss supplements; and steroids or their analogues in muscle-building products. About 80 percent of the supplements were contaminated by one pharmaceutical that should not have been in the product. Twenty percent contained at least two such drugs, and two of the supplements contained six unapproved drugs. One product contained a drug that raises blood pressure and another drug that lowers it. Despite these contaminants, fewer than half the products were recalled.

Controversy over adulterated supplements stretches back decades. Under a 1994 law, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, the products are regulated as food and therefore not subject to premarket safety and effectiveness testing imposed on pharmaceuticals. The $35 billion supplement market includes multivitamins, minerals, botanicals and other products.

Unfortunately the FDA has no ability to enforce recalls of non-pharmaceuticals. Interestingly, in many European countries supplements are regulated and some need an Rx.

On Melania, I have zero sympathy for her. She has been an active participant, not just a bystander, of Trump’s vileness. She became a birther. Earlier this week, from Egypt, she declared Kavanaugh very qualified and decent. She injects herself into these situations – like Kavanaugh – for no reason whatsoever. She is complicit every single day. I have no doubt that there is no affection between them. They don’t even share a room. But she stands by him. She knows what he is. And she doesn’t really care, do you? I’d compare Melania to Eva Braun. Braun was largely apolitical. She just wanted to dance and have a fun life. If Hitler decided to resume his painting career instead of building gas chambers, Eva would have been satisfied with that too.

Speaking of Melania, here she is in all her glory. Fuck this amoral bitch. (Pardon my French.)

(I’m not actually talking about sympathy. Just that it suddenly dawned on me that she could be being bullied. I can be slow that way. I mean, add in her recent statements about victims of assault needing “proof” or whatever it was — three male witnesses, perhaps? I agree, she’s a piece of work.)

Those particular dietary supplements sound like they’re aimed at the bodybuilding market. ? I don’t know many bodybuilders, but the ones I have met took the prize for being utter meatheads. It wouldn’t surprise me to find out their supplements are a mix of meth and cardboard.

@43> Meth and cardboard might be good for weight loss. I need to lose weight.

I have no doubt they’d be *excellent* for weight loss. Not much else though. Be careful, DYB 😛 ! We need you around here!

@46 LOL

Hahahaha! Oh, this is gonna be persuasive.

Trump at rally asks African Americans for their votes while praising Confederate icon Robert E. Lee.

President Trump’s unexpected monologue on America’s Civil War history came during a speech at a congressman’s campaign event in Ohio.

Yeah, Melania is a fully-functioning adult woman who chose the life she has. I do feel sorry for Barron Trump. Maybe he’ll change his name after Drumpf’s corruption and treason are fully made known.

Melania is a gold-digger that just makes excuses to defend her wanting a lavish lifestyle. A fifteen year old girl needs to have proof that she was molested and there was an attempted rape.
How about the third person in the room that lied to defend his bro?????

OMFG, LSU just beat the #2 team in the country, chat’s dawgs. They must have been really angry after that FL loss.

@51 Fredster, who???? Is this the sport where they hit the ball with the sticks?

DYB, my Dodgers just played the game where they hit the ball with the sticks and they won! Yay!

Fredster, congrats! Here’s a cute doxie for ya:

@52: No, this is the sport where big, buff, guys chase other big, and buff guys around a big ole field.

Think of it as Fire Island except it’s on land.

@53: Thanks annie, and congrats to USC also!

Loved the floppy eared little doxie and the underwater singing.

Kanye is going to go crackers when he sees this…

Bernie Sanders, about as useful as an asshole on your elbow.

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