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Gillian Flynn’s words echo and echo and echo inside my skull.

They don’t care about us enough to hate us. We are simply a form of livestock.

(Via Sarah Kendzior. I’ve said the same too, repeatedly, less efficiently.)

There’s Senator Orrin Hatch saying, “…consider who the judge is today – because that’s the issue. Is this judge a really good man? And he is. And by any measure he is.”

“By any measure.” Any measure.

Kavanaugh has never shown any repentance or made any amends, but by any measure he’s in Hatch’s good books. Despite every indication of willingness to commit a crime so bad it’s right up there with murder. Technically, of course. It’s vanishingly unlikely to happen to Hatch. So Kavanaugh is a “good man.”

They don’t care about us enough to hate us. We are simply a form of livestock.

You wonder how the slavers could do what they did to black human beings two hundred years ago? This is how. They thought it was natural, normal, just how things were. They could think well of themselves with no trouble while they sold people. Those people were livestock. Just as people now consider themselves “good” while thinking that a little rape never hurt anyone. Not any real people. Slaveholders were Supreme Court Justices once. What could possibly be the objection to a rapist on the highest court in the land?

They don’t care about us enough to hate us. We are simply a form of livestock.

Crossposted from Acid Test

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So, the Mango Moron has nominated himself a Justice. Based on his writings, Justice Brett Kavanaugh is as conservative and Trumpy as any criminal traitor “President” on the verge of indictment could want. He has already gone on record against undocumented immigrants, against LEGAL abortion, against the Affordable Care Act and against the Consumer Financial Protection Board….and of course, has said he felt it would be disastrous for a President to be indicted.

What now? As DYB pointed out so eloquently, the Democrats have no procedural remedy to stop the confirmation of this asshole. Chuck Schumer cannot pull a Mitch McConnell and fakely claim that he is concerned about adding a justice at such close proximity to the election, even if he wanted to. (My point, that Drumpf is an illegitimate President, and shouldn’t get to nominate anyone because he did not legitimately win, is clearly not being embraced by anyone in power. SAD!)

As I write, protests are going on in front of the Supreme Court. People are truly fired up about this, and that’s great. I think calls and letters and showing up in front of Senators’ offices will be forthcoming, and will have an effect. But what will be the most effective, in my opinion, is this: Lobby the Ladies.

We cannot allow Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins to hide behind a pretension that they “don’t know” whether or not Judge Kavanaugh will overturn Roe v. Wade. The Federalist Society List ONLY contains people who will overturn Roe v. Wade. As conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin stated so eloquently,

It should not be more complicated than this: Voting for a nominee on the Trump list (either the original 20, or the wider 25) opens the door to the criminalization of abortion. Collins might break her pledge and vote to confirm one of these judges approved by Federalist Society. That is up to her. But she should fool no one that voting for one of these judges would not amount to reversing Roe. Oh, and the Federalist Society judge-pickers must be called to testify under oath, and all notes, documents and other materials relating to their selection process must be subpoenaed for review. I bet that’d be fascinating.

This, to me, is the key point. Every man and woman in the Senate who claims to be pro-choice should be told this over and over again: We ARE NOT FOOLED. We know that Kavanaugh was picked partially for his anti-choice beliefs and record. There should not be any pretension otherwise, and Susan and Lisa should be confronted with this reality by us, Democratic Senators and activists everywhere.

If ANYONE votes for this guy, they should know exactly what they’re getting: an ultra-conservative, corrupt justice who will overturn Roe v. Wade. As a special bonus, he will protect Drumpf if/when he is subpoenaed by Mueller. If this country were less screwed up, not a single Senator would even consider it. But these are desperate times. We must rise to them accordingly.

This is an open thread.

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Posted on: June 21, 2018

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I have spent the last 2 days thinking about what the subject of my weekly post here would be. Honestly – I’m just at a loss for words. The revelations about the concentration camps Donald Trump is building for children – including babies – just kind of takes my breath away and leaves me speechless. Over the last couple of years, as we have watched Trump rise, many of us began comparing him to the Nazis, seeing parallels between his rise to power and Hitler’s. There are many who really believe in Godwin’s law that comparisons to Hitler are inevitable and once you compare someone to Hitler you’ve lost the argument. Except we’ve now jumped the shark and even Mike Godwin himself has cancelled his own law. “By all means, compare these shitheads to Nazis. Again and again. I’m with you,” he tweeted in August 2017. I don’t think you need to have millions of people burn in ovens before you say: “You know, maybe it’s not too early to call them Nazis.” As awful as Trump has been, I just was not ready for “concentration camps for babies” awful. Though it should be noted Hillary Clinton warned us about that too: in one of the debates she said Trump intended to take children away from their parents. But who would believe such a thing was possible! All the pundits who laughed at Hillary, called her “over prepared,” and openly shilled for Trump are now dismayed that Trump would do such a thing. Well, she tried to tell you. When Hillary said “I’m the last thing standing between you and the apocalypse” – perhaps the hyperbole wasn’t that big.

So here we are, with baby concentration camps courtesy of Donald Trump. Kirstjen Nielsen, who was at the center of Dubya’s catastrophic Katrina response, has thrown herself into this with body and soul. Trump will wrap this disaster around her neck and throw her overboard soon. She will be the latest casualty of Trump’s magical ability to grind people and their reputations into dust. People like Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer, General MacMaster, Rex Tillerson, James Comey, etc. etc. Don’t feel bad for them. Each and every one was a willing participant in this charade. So it will be with Kirstjen Nielsen when Trump blames her for everything and fires her. The disgraced secretary who had no idea most people in Sweden were white will crawl away licking her wounds and not peep a bad word against Trump. And let her crawl away all the way into hell. I am not a religious man, but times like these make me hope there is, in fact, a God who damns evildoers to hell. Because that’s where people like Donald Trump and Kirstjen Nielsen belong: in the fires of hell, for all eternity, amen.

The good part is the Irish referendum to repeal their forced pregnancy 8th amendment. Marvelous photos of people converging to vote (they don’t have absentee ballots, I guess??). #HomeToVote. The hashtag is worth reading on the twitter machine, but have a box of tissues handy. The wonderful women and men of Ireland buried, just plain obliterated, the bigots who think women are a cheaper version of artificial wombs, who refuse to see that women are human beings.

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The appalling, horrible, devastating, dire, harrowing, terrifying part is the US government forcibly separating mothers and fathers and children. Some of the children are just a year old. One. year. old. And some have been handed over to somebody, anybody. Some unaccompanied minors given to human traffickers.

Earlier on my blog I had a post about the USA’s continued slide into depravity.

Burned mosque in Victoria, Texas. January 2017. (Bob Daemmrich)

But bad as a hate crime is against a symbol of religion, a hate crime against living, breathing children is even worse.

The sad thing is I think all of us screaming about the atrociousness of it are missing the point.

It’s not like they (the Bully in Chief, his administration, ICE, etc.) didn’t realize the suffering they would cause. It’s not like us pointing it out is going to lead to a big “D’OH!” moment and they’ll quit it.

The suffering is the point. That’s the worst of it. This is fully intentional.

The point is to stop immigration. And I can see where it could slow it way down. If the choice is murder by a local drug gang or losing your children to traffickers, I could see deciding to take a chance on avoiding the murderers. And then the monsters running the US will crow about how well their crimes of state worked.

I just … this has to stop … I wish I knew how. Yes, November. But November is not now. It has to stop now. It has to. It won’t.

Crossposted from Acid Test

Photo courtesy of CNN

Yes, Widdershins, I’m wading into I/P again. I can’t help it – what’s going on in the Middle East is so appalling and wrong, and since the Republican Party is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Russia, they’re all going along with it and letting the madness continue. It’s just insane that this oversized orange rhino is galumphing all over the world with his big giant feet, destroying everything he touches…and not a single peep from Paul Ryan or Mitch McConnell! Do they not get that our enemies have nukes?! Christ on a cracker, as our beloved Chatblu used to say!

Now let me be clear: I completely believe Israel is as lawful a country as all the other countries in the world, and it was established with much more care, much more reason, and much less violence. (See: Native Americans and White Europeans Who Stole Their Country, 17th century to present.) The difference in the perception of Israel is, of course, that Israel is mostly Jewish. And the world, especially the white, European 1% who run it, doesn’t like us much. (See: Holocaust, The.) I also believe there is no such thing as a Palestinian. It’s a made-up word for a hodgepodge of people from the surrounding Arab countries who exited Israel after the Zionists bought it and moved in, during the war that followed. And yes, I say “exited” because, contrary to 70 years of propaganda, they weren’t all kicked out. I was surprised to see CNN’s story actually state this, instead of lazily repeating the usual bullsh*t. Here is another good story on the four sticking points causing the unending conflict…sadly, not much has changed since 2002.

Another point of disagreement: Israel is not “occupying” anything. Israel has as much right to Israel, including Jerusalem, as any of the random Jordanians, Lebanese, Egyptians, etc. who claim it. The very premise that this group is “right” and the Israelis are “wrong” is beyond absurd. Israel’s history (thousands of years of continuous living in the area), as well as the Balfour Declaration, proves the Jewish claim to the homeland. And besides, after the Holocaust, European Jews were rejected all over the world. No one wanted us. Israel was the only safe haven we had, and after what we had suffered at the hands of white Europeans, our survival depended on establishing that haven.

That being said…

The Mango Moron’s idea to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem was a truly terrible one, guaranteed to produce this result. I am quite sure that evangelicals, being prompted by Putin and Netanyahu behind the scenes, convinced Drumpf to do this to bring on the End Times. And while I don’t agree with the protesters, I do fervently support their right to protest, peacefully, and not get killed. Even if some threw rocks and burned tires, did the IDF really need to use live ammunition?! The barbarism of Bibi’s army is appalling.

Here in America, when we protest, we know that, while we may be arrested and/or tear gassed in some extreme cases, we won’t pay for our beliefs with our lives. At the Women’s March, the most that happened was some dyspepsia over the 12 idiotic pro-deathers who tried to make themselves relevant by standing at the end of Pennsylvania Avenue, forlornly draped in black. There was no military presence, no insistence that we not walk right in front of the President’s house and give him the collective middle finger. The First Amendment, protecting the freedom of speech and the right to peaceful assembly, is one of the many things that actually make this country great.

I know the two cases aren’t exactly similar. The protesters do not have to try to cross the border into Israel, or even come close enough to it to be fired upon. But their beliefs are strong, and they are brave, and they are willing to die for their right to express themselves. The cost of protest is high in the Middle East, and I applaud the courage of those who are willing to pay it.

I truly believe that nothing will improve in this troubled region until ignorant, hateful “leaders” like Mahmoud Abbas, Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump are removed from the world stage and put in the Hague where they belong. Perhaps then, like our wonderful American kids who are leading the #NeverAgain movement, young partners for peace will find their voices, and create a new, unified Middle East where all the bloodshed and hatred will be a distant memory.

Ken y’hi ratson. So may it be.

This is an open thread.

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Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf with Hillary Clinton

Wednesday was a doozy of news. Between Kushner’s bribes and security clearance, Hope Hicks’ resignation, Trump telling Senators meeting on guns that we should take guns away from people, Trump attacking Jeff Sessions (who then went on to have a public dinner with Rod Rosenstein), Manafort pleading not guilty to whatever outstanding charges there were from Mueller, Walmart announcing they are raising age for gun purchases to 21 (useless, but ok), Louis Farrakhan delivering a blistering anti-Semitic, homophobic, racist 4-hour lecture while getting cheered on by some Women’s March organizers who threw Hillary under the bus  – I found some interesting news about a hero that doesn’t wear a cape.

Her name is Libby Schaaf and she is the mayor of Oakland. Last Saturday she went on TV and announced that according to information she had ICE was planning to do raids in her city and she advised people to be careful. When ICE did go on a rampage on Tuesday they arrested 150 people. But they claim about 800 got away and they are livid at the mayor.

“Sanctuary jurisdictions like San Francisco and Oakland shield dangerous criminal aliens from federal law enforcement at the expense of public safety,” [ICE Deputy Director Thomas D.] Homan said in a statement. “The Oakland mayor’s decision to publicize her suspicions about ICE operations further increased [risks] for my officers and alerted criminal aliens — making clear that this reckless decision was based on her political agenda with the very federal laws that ICE is sworn to uphold.”

Mayor Schaff, however, remains unimpressed.

She had already made her defiance clear last month when she told reporters that she was willing to go to jail to defend Oakland’s “sanctuary city” policy of protecting immigrants who are in the country illegally and not cooperating with federal authorities to deport them. She said Tuesday that she was responding to a suggestion from Homan in January that the Justice Department should begin criminally charging California politicians who supported sanctuary jurisdictions. Politicians like her, she said.

Asked by The Post whether she considered herself part of “the resistance” movement — the unofficial title for left-leaning Americans who do not support the Trump administration — she responded with a resounding yes.

I, for one, hope more politicians take the risk Mayor Schaff did. Her actions here were extremely brave. No doubt ICE will go after her. ICE is our own American Gestapo. I hope  when Democrats come to power they will not only abolish ICE, but investigate and prosecute people like Thomas Homan, people who commit acts of cruelty. “I was just following orders” is historically not a defense that has held up in courts.

This is an open thread.

 

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It is February 15 and we have already had 18 school shootings in the US in 2018. That’s just the school shootings. School shootings are so common and ordinary at this point that NBC didn’t even bother to cut from their Olympic coverage of curling on Wednesday when a former student of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida opened fire, killing 17 people. The first modern school shooting in America was Columbine on April 20, 1999. (I very highly recommend the book “Columbine” by Dave Cullen. It’s a difficult read, but essential. If you got your Columbine news from the news – everything you know about Columbine is wrong.) Coni Sanders, daughter of slain Columbine teacher Dave Sanders, said on CNN earlier that “The world stopped for Columbine.” It also stopped for Sandy Hook. But these were all temporary pauses. We barely slowed down for all the others. As the British commentator Dan Hodges tweeted in 2015: “In retrospect Sandy Hook marked the end of the US gun control debate. Once America decided killing children was bearable, it was over.” So it will be again. Thoughts and prayers is the only thing GOP – and some Democrats (and Bernie) – will ever offer. NRA’s behavior follows a similar pattern each time a shooting like this happens: they go silent for a couple of days, and then just go on acting as if nothing happened. And collectively we let them. We will only rise again the next time there’s a shooting. Then we will give up again until the next one.

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Thoughts and prayers is all GOP has been offering so far. Marco Rubio said no one should rush to judgment. Trump tweeted condolences; apparently his aides encouraged him to make a statement, but he passed. It’s just as well. I can’t imagine his statement would have offered comfort to anyone. And that’s depressing too. We actually don’t want our President* to make a statement about a mass killing of children because we’re afraid of what he’d say.

New York Daily News put together some numbers and facts in response to members of the GOP tweeting their thoughts and prayers. It’s worth a read.

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Personally I think we need to take people’s guns away. Republicans spent 8 years trembling that Obama was going to, but that was absurd, obviously. Well, I think it’s time. It’s time for a politician to step forward and call for a repeal or at the very least, a very serious rethinking of the 2nd Amendment. The gun used in Florida yesterday was the same gun used in Las Vegas and in Sandy Hook. And those semi-automatic guns do not belong in homes of every Joe Schmoes in every town of the country. It’s preposterous. Our Founding Fathers never envisioned a gun like that. And even if they had – so what. It’s a document written hundreds of years ago. In many ways it is an astonishing document, but things change and lives change and standards change. And that document needs to grow with the times. And the times are the 2nd Amendment to go. Repel/replace if you will. Down with the 2nd Amendment!!!!!

What do you think Widdershins? Is it possible? Or will space travel to Mars come before gun control?

This is an open thread Widdershins.


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