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Good Weekend Widdershins!

My goodness, what a week this has been.  We have had the continuing revelations of more young women that Roy Moore either stalked at the Gadsden Mall (until he was banned), or called up during their trig. class; the first one that he picked up on while sitting outside the Etowah County Courthouse, plus the one whose yearbook he “autographed” at the Old Hickory House Barbecue restaurant.  Adding to the sordid mess were the descriptions of what he wanted to do to several of the young girls in his car.  But, he’s got that (R) behind his name and besides he’s a Christian* so yeah it’s okay for the voters of Alabama to send him up to the world’s greatest deliberative body, one of 100 who are members of that body.

Then…sigh…Mr. Franken.  Damnit Al, you’re better than this.  You were better than this in 2006 and I’m glad you are not making any excuses. You admitted what you did and you made a sincere apology (on the second try) to Ms. Tweeden.  Still Al for you, you must do five hundred Daily Affirmation sessions with Mr. Smalley along with the Senate Ethics Investigation.

And then there’s the uh, titular (ahem) head of the United States government.  Sadly we already know what he’s done and what he said he grabbed – we have the tape.  We have the stories…we’ve had enough.

Following along the lines of what these jerks did with their feeling and grabbing and what have you, let’s take a look at songs about feelings.  There are a ton of them out there but I don’t believe they specifically cover the uh “feelings” these clowns did.

(1) Feelings ~ Morris Albert

(2) Hooked on a feeling ~ B.J. Thomas

(3) The 59th Street Bridge Song ~ Simon and Garfunklel

(4) Can’t Fight This Feeling ~ REO Speedwagon

(5) No Hard Feelings ~ The Avett Brothers

(6) I Get The Sweetest Feeling ~ Jackie Wilson

(7) How Would You Feel ~ Ed Sheeran

Okay Widdershins, there ya go – seven nice songs about feeling/feelings and no actual assaults on women occur in these songs.  There are still lots of songs about feelings out there so I hope to see a few in the comments.

Open thread of course.

 

 

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Via Elle Magazine: Women who won on November 8, 2017

Good Monday, all. It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, and I cannot thank Fredster, DYB and GAGal enough for stepping up so wonderfully in my absence. Everything is fine, just working an average of 60-70 hours a week, including Sundays (which, at the moment, means packing for Monday travel again).

Back in the Old PUMA days, many of us struggled with our sense of betrayal by the DNC as we saw them put thumbs, hands and feet on the scale to make it seem like Obama was the favorite of the primary electorate. Even after massively over-weighting caucuses, and making huge states like California and Florida count as “half votes” (a decision much like Bush v. Gore, in that it only applied to Hillary Clinton and was never seen again), the DNC still failed to convincingly eliminate Our Girl the way she would crush Bernie Sanders in 2017 (by 4 million votes). The super delegates switched to Obama, however, making her nomination impossible. This cemented our perception that the DNC had driven the bus over the clear female favorite in order to install their guy. (Remember my radio show with Sheri Tag and other PUMAs, “Not Under the Bus?” Blast from the past!)

One of the reasons I had a bit of a reputation in those days was my advocacy for the 30% solution; in other words, work up to 30% women in government, and the balance will start tilting towards equality. I stated time and again that women needed to take matters into their own hands, wake up and realize that the DNC was not going to do enough to court and promote women for office. I stated also, in pre-Tea Party and Trump days, that Republican women were better than Republican men, and made it clear that I was only going to vote for women until the DNC heard me.

Some of what I said in the original 30% solution post hasn’t aged well. Palin turned out to be a disappointment (to say the least), and McMaverick ended up following his party off the extremist cliff as they became more and more out of touch with reality. And Barack Obama was not unelectable.

This part, unfortunately, was dead on.

If 30% of the Senate and House were women, you can bet your increasingly-less-valuable paycheck that both parties would be feeling a lot more responsible to that constituency. But as it is now, the Democrats have gotten fat and lazy, assuming that we will hand them our votes no matter what they do, resting on their decades-old laurels and doing little or nothing to stop [the] horrendous attack on our reproductive freedoms.

[snip]

[The Democrats]…will continue to be a Party divided on racial and sexual lines; a Party that thinks nothing of an African-American candidate who gains the support of 93% of AA’s by race-baiting, but is fauxraged at women who self-identified with Hillary and now Sarah Palin; a Party destroyed from within by the most divisive and destructive candidate in recent memory.

It’s up to you, Democrats. You can re-commit yourselves to social justice and gender equality, or you can continue on your path towards becoming the New Plutocratic Party. But be prepared to reap what you sow. Remember, pissing off your constituents, then blaming them for not voting for you, is never a good electoral strategy. Giving your constituents what they want, however, works every time.

Flash forward to 2015. The majority President Obama briefly enjoyed was quickly swept away in 2010 by the overwhelming Tea Party reaction to his election, and the Republicans have only gained ground since then. The Democrats have shrugged at the concerns of women and minorities, focusing solely on health care, fixing “the economy” (translation – improving the stock market and creating jobs for highly educated people) and litigating LGBT rights (which I’m happy about of course, but couldn’t they have walked and chewed gum at the same time?). The number of women in Congress has actually decreased, so the ERA remains DOA. And, equal pay for equal work was stripped out of the Lily Ledbetter Act in the Senate, even though Democrats controlled it at the time. This made the Act toothless and once again, left women out of the economic recovery Obama has presided over. And predictably, the number of health care options available for women has deteriorated astonishingly: for so many women in rural America, there’s no place to either get an abortion, or give birth.

Yet still, we failed to learn the lessons of 2008. Still, we put our faith in a Democratic Party hollowed out by the self-centered “leadership” of Barack Obama, tens of millions in debt and without a clear transition plan, electoral strategy or modern infrastructure. Still, we hoped against hope that this time, the Party would support the obvious, clear favorite, that they would empower her candidacy against a Republican Party suffering from its own identity crisis. Still, feminists of all genders, thrilled beyond words by the thought of the first female President, felt that finally, our time had arrived. The Party couldn’t, wouldn’t screw this up again, would it?

Of course it could, and of course it did, by letting a bitter, disingenuous and unelectable candidate exploit the cracks in the Party that Obama had exposed in 2008. Obamabots became BernieBros, and took to Twitter and Facebook to bully and silence Hillary’s supporters, aided and abetted by wingnuts and Russian bots. As before, policy and facts didn’t matter; sexist rants, death threats and abuse became routine for those who dared not bow to the Cult of Sanders. And even now, his toxic effects are being felt. Bernie’s “Unity Commission” recommendations are about to be shared, and they’re the worst ideas ever: more caucuses and open primaries, guaranteed to break the Party even more and expose it to epic Republican ratf*cking.

Yes, the Democratic Party was one of the factors that gave us Drumpf. And finally, ever since the day after Drumpf’s nightmare inauguration, we have been showing that now, we get it. Hat tip to Socalannie for sharing this article: The Glorious Anger of Female Voters, One Year Later.

As recently as the morning of November 8, 2016, I believed, as I think many American women did, that if we only played by the rules, we could rise to the highest positions of power.

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On November 9, we woke up, and Donald Trump had been elected.

It became clear that you can be the most qualified woman and still lose to the least qualified man.

That was like a spell being broken. All across the land, women woke up and realized we were never going to get where we wanted to go by playing by the rules. Even if you walked the tightrope of acceptable feminine behavior perfectly, even if you managed to sidestep every trap laid for women, you would still never to get to the top. The bar for men was so low they could slither right over it.

And I think something inside us broke. Some dam within so many women that kept them quiet, that kept their anger tucked away, pent up all the times women smile politely when we feel like screaming. That dam burst.

And every furious moment we’d tried not to think about came flooding forth. We were awake, and we were righteously angry.

Being women, and people of all genders who support us, what did we do with that anger? We turned it into action. #TheResistance was born. If the Democratic Party wasn’t going to support the most qualified, admired, exceptional woman in the world, then we weren’t going to waste any more time waiting for it to support us. Instead, we would run for office. We would form our own groups and support outside organizations that trained and supported female candidates. We would support Hillary’s new PAC, Onward Together, and donate to organizations like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood instead of the DNC. We would speak out on Twitter and Facebook. We would stand up to rape culture by demonstrating the scope of the problem through the #MeToo campaign. And most of all, we realized that no one is going to listen if we don’t take control of the conversation.

So in 2017, we gave the Rulez a polite and definite middle finger. Women are running for office and winning at 4 times the usual rate for first-time candidates. Transgender candidates are running and winning. Suburban women are supporting their sisters. And men, more and more, are standing up proudly for equality, sharing their own stories about rape culture, and pledging to stand up to misogyny whenever they see or hear it. What’s happening now is the silver lining starting to shine through the dark clouds storming over our democracy.

I’m going to close this hopeful post with some words from Our Girl on November 8, always and forever our inspiration. We’re finally woke, and we won’t stop until we have the equality we deserve.

Last night, we were reminded what is possible when we come together and fight for what we believe in.

With the support of Onward Together, 40% of the candidates that Run for Something endorsed and supported won their races in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and more — compared to the 10% rate at which first-time candidates usually win. 86 women trained by Emerge America won last night, including nine of the seats flipped in Virginia. Color of Change PAC was instrumental in winning the district attorney race in Philadelphia. And Indivisible groups made more than 600,000 calls into Virginia to help pull out a win for Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax, and Mark Herring.

This year hasn’t been what any of us had hoped it would be. In fact, it’s been frustrating and, at times, painful. But we never lost faith in our vision of an America where our children and grandchildren can grow up safe and loved, and with every opportunity they deserve.

To those of you who worked your hearts out for these victories, including our friends on the ground in Virginia, New Jersey, and more: thank you. I am so proud to be on your team.

This is an open thread.

How did we get here? Who could have imagined we would end up with the Kremlin Klan in our White House? Let’s hope Robert Mueller picks them off one by one. I don’t know if any of these criminals will actually go to prison, but their financial standing and reputations will be shot.

I’m amazed that Paul Manafort had three different passports. Don’t they check these things? Was he planning to go on the lam? I just want those who are guilty to be removed by hook or by crook. If you collude with the Russian crime syndicate, eventually the po-po will catch up. If I had my way, they’d lock ’em all up!

I think I’ve dropped enough hints now for this weekend’s music theme! Add your own selections or just your thoughts.

Eric Clapton – I Shot the Sheriff

Styx – Renegade

Bon Jovi – Dead or Alive

Blake Shelton – Ol’ Red

Bobby Fuller – I Fought the Law

Bad Company – Bad Company

Open thread, too.

 

Have no idea what’s happening with WordPress but the previous post got closed and I cannot open it back to comments.

 

Soooo, here’s a brand new post to carry us over until GAgal’s weekend post goes live later in the day.

 

GOOD DAY WIDDERSHINS!
This post was written before the announcement concerning indictments from the Mueller Grand Jury  – will probably be a lot to talk about concerning that

From her comment the other day we know that MB is super busy with her job right now and that she may or may not be doing Monday posts.  I am going to run on the assumption that she won’t be writing any Monday posts so here’s one for this week.  I’m not sure how often I’ll be doing this because basically it’s just DYB and me trying to keep things going.  Nevertheless, here’s one for Halloween and spooky, Halloweenish songs, some of them you are probably familiar with.

(1) Werewolves of London ~ Warren Zevon

(2) Highway to Hell ~ AC/DC

(3) Thriller ~ Michael Jackson (short version)

(4) Monster Mash ~ Bobby Pickett

(5) Silly Symphonies ~ Skeleton Dance

(6) Night on Bald Mountain~Mussorgsky~Fantasia (full)

(7) Danse Macbre ~Camille Saint-Saëns

(8) In The Hall Of The Mountain King ~ Grieg-Animation

Okay!  That should get you into a nice Halloweenish mood for tomorrow Widdershins.  Please add some of your Halloween favorites below.

 

I thought this was interesting to watch.  From the folks who created it:

Dozens upon dozens upon dozens of pumpkins were cut, gutted, rotated, scraped, poked, slapped, and banged to make this stop-motion animation and the music that bring it to life. It took a few years – pumpkins rot, schedules get busy – but we loved discovering the methods that worked and the many that didn’t. Many pumpkins were photographed twice. First as a nicely lit, carving-free plate. Then again after carving our designs and removing the top or back so we could insert a light. The two were then composited together to remove the lighting equipment. We re-used pumpkins where we could (fronts and backs and sometimes sides) but that wasn’t always possible.

A reminder:  I won’t be doing a weekend post this coming weekend because LSU/Bama.  However I’m sure someone will be able to pick up the slack and keep everyone entertained.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This weekend post will be very simple:  I’m just copying and pasting some things from No Mister Nice’s post right here.

 

Myeshia Johnson spoke to George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America today and didn’t seem angry. She just seemed to be in pain.

And that’s understandable enough isn’t it?

Steve M, (No More Mister Nice himself) has two reasons why that isn’t enough for our good friends in the “fly over” states and why Trump’s version, along with the conservative media’s version plays so well in those areas.

There are one-word answers to that. Racism. Sexism

(snip)

What do Trump voters — our neighbors — think when they watch something like this take place? What do they say to one another?

(snip)

Reporters file endless stories about older white voters in heartland diners who say partisan but more or less civil things about Trump. The message is that they’re decent people who happen to be passionate conservatives or populists or what-have-you.

From here, Steve M. saunters over to Free Republic (FREEP) and gathers some comments about Myeshia Johnson and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson who seems to be the main baddie in the thread.  (I’m not linking to the FREEP piece – I refuse)  But here are some of the comments from there:

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Wow. Nearly $700,000.00 on the Go Fund Me page. This whole spectacle is bringing in loads of cash, unlike other Gold Star wives.

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Money, money, money!!!!!!!!!

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Why indeed? Why did you just happen to have the rodeo clown riding with you?

The husband made the sacrifice, and yes he knew the risks.

The family and the rodeo clown are engaging in an old democrat and muslim tradition of parading the corpse for political gain.

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So you make a fortune purely by fighting with Trump over your dead husband. And some of us understand that what we are observing here is pure racist and political hatred.

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I watched the interview with the widow. It is telling that she stated that she said nothing back to the president…as in he called, he made his condolence statement, and there was no feedback.

Sounds like it was a very awkward call…Trump made a call to a widow who has strong partisan feelings about him…and after he was done talking, well that was that. Very different from the other call from months ago that has been made public.

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She is lying.
Further, she is about to be EXPOSED by lots of people who are going to be digging at her past.

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Why are the blacks the only ones bitching.
Its like this guy La whats his name was the only one in Niger.

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…”shoulda picked our own cotton…” Keeps running through my mind….

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Left unsaid is that both Mrs. Johnson and empty-barrel Congressperson Wilson had to be stupid not to understand the context of what the president said. The proof is that they took his compliment of the soldier’s bravery as insensitivity; that is, if they’re being truthful.

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This is why the media has to be taken on, on a daily basis. 9.9 out of 10 gold star families say Trump has been respectful and kind. But the media always finds one victim and uses them by portraying them as a majority. They have the megaphone to do this. Anyone remember the MSM trying to pimp the “Jersey Girls” as speaking for all 9/11 families in an effort to destroy Bush?  (Love to know where the commenter got “9.9 out of…” me)

Despite other families releasing audio or coming forward to say Trump was gracious, the media ignores it. They got to this woman. Right now they are trying to get to the other three as well. And the cynicism is staggering. The media hates the military and privately celebrates each and every death as an opportunity to do what they are doing now.

Heaped on top of this all is the effort to destroy a four star marine general while insulating that rodeo clown from all criticism under an umbrella of racism. I would be angry but for the fact that rodeo clown has become the face of the democrat party. If that is the face they want, then have at it.

This is absolutely disgusting at this point. I say again the media must be destroyed and it must be made personal. Bannon should add the MSM to his list and get to them. He should make public every aspect of their lives. Where their children go to school, what they eat, drive and where they live. Make them pay the way they make anyone who disagrees with them pay.

I would say make John McCain pay as well but fate has intervened.
(Yes all of that is ONE comment)

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What kind of a creep who is a recent widow would bring in a dimwitted Congresswoman to eaves drop on a “personal” conversation with our President?

This woman is dripping with fury NOT at the Communist Maobama who sent her there, but at TRUMP! Sick stuff, just like at the Wellstone funeral.

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Frederica Wilson is also a particularly nasty race hustler. Read her Trayvon Martin speech. If you know the facts of the Martin case [you being a full bore Leftist, that’s doubtful] you will notice the degree to which Wilson misrepresented the case in order to stoke racial hatred.

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I also think that if he used the phrase “he knew what he signed up for…” or some version of that, she was too ignorant to understand the context. Anyone who has spoken to an ignorant person of color has had this experience. One can never underestimate the thin skin of dumb people!  (bold/italics mine)

Steve wraps it up with:

“Everyone who criticizes Trump is evil — and is part of a hydra-headed conspiracy of evil. It’s the family and the congresswoman and black people in general (you know how stupid they can be) and the media and Muslims and Trayvon Martin’s family and even John McCain.

These are grievance collectors who are able to do one-stop shopping for new grievances (and the airing of old ones) every day on talk radio or Fox. Their hatred for everyone who’s not on their side is so great that it’s all but impossible to share a political system with them anymore. That’s the story that needs reporting.”

All of this above is what Charles Pierce calls “the prion disease” of the Republicans.  It started all the way back with Goldwater, was intensified with Nixon’s “Southern Strategy”, and continued on to Reagan and the “welfare queen” and her Cadillac, and of course Lee Atwater; Reagan’s dark imp.

Folks, this cannot be fixed.  As we’ve seen recently this madness has gotten to the point that it’s driving “mainstream” Republicans to leave office.  All we can do is hope that the bile rises so strongly in them that they choke on it.  Then…perhaps we can bury it deep in the ground and salt the earth.  But I don’t have a lot of hope.

 

MB had a busy weekend what with celebrating her hubby’s birthday so I’m doing a post for her today.  I thought I would continue with the theme of our musical post from the weekend but on a more serious note.

Dr. John Gartner is a psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, and depression. He’s also been an assistant professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School.  Further, he and a host of other mental health professionals believe it is time to do away with the Goldwater Rule.  Here are the basics of the Goldwater Rule:

that states it is unethical for psychiatrists to give a professional opinion about public figures they have not examined in person, and from whom they have not obtained consent to discuss their mental health in public statements. It is named after presidential candidate Barry Goldwater.

However, Dr. Garnter and these other professionals believe that the Goldwater Rule is no longer valid or applicable.  One of the reasons they cite is the Tarasoff V Regents of University of California case and the subsequent “duty to warn” if an individual poses a threat to another individual.

Collectively these mental health professionals have formed an organization called Duty To Warn. This is how they phrase it on their website, which is now on our sidebar under Politics:

Mental-health professionals are mandated reporters with a duty to warn our patients and the community around us if we feel there is a potential danger. In this case, we collectively feel there a a duty to warn the public of the threat Donald Trump poses both to our nation and the planet.

We already know that outgoing Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee has referred to the White House as an adult day care center.  Then a few days later there was the piece in Vanity Fair where Gabe Sherman reported on the fits that Trump has thrown saying “I hate everyone in the White House” (no reports on whether he stomped his feet when saying it).  Sherman cited his White House sources:

In recent days, I spoke with a half dozen prominent Republicans and Trump advisers, and they all describe a White House in crisis as advisers struggle to contain a president who seems to be increasingly unfocused and consumed by dark moods. Trump’s ire is being fueled by his stalled legislative agenda and, to a surprising degree, by his decision last month to back the losing candidate Luther Strange in the Alabama Republican primary. “Alabama was a huge blow to his psyche,” a person close to Trump said. “He saw the cult of personality was broken.”

Hmmm…”cult of personality”.  Personality…perhaps a malignant narcissistic personality?

“Malignant Narcissism: Collision of Two Personality Disorders The intentional destruction of others while pathologically loving self”

However you wish to phrase it, that is basically what Gartner and his colleagues wish to address under the 25th Amendment.

The removal of Trump using the Twenty-fifth Amendment is the aim of a newly launched social movement composed of mental-health professionals. The group, called Duty to Warn, claims that Donald Trump “suffers from an incurable malignant narcissism that makes him incapable of carrying out his presidential duties and poses a danger to the nation.” On Saturday Oct 14th, the organization held coördinated kickoff events in fourteen cities, where mental-health experts spoke out about Trump’s dangerousness and, in several, took to the streets in organized funereal marches, complete with drum corps.

We already know that according to a Quinnipiac poll in September that 56 percent said that Trump was “not fit to serve” and  57 percent disapprove of the job he’s doing as President.

Now about that Goldwater Rule thing.  Here’s some more info on that and recent attempts to do away with it:

Earlier this year, in response to members’ questions and discontent about the Goldwater Rule’s application with respect to Trump, the A.P.A. debated the issue and announced that not just diagnoses but any “opinion about the affect, behavior, speech, or other presentation of an individual that draws on the skills, training, expertise, and/or knowledge inherent in the practice of psychiatry” was off limits. (bolding mine)

So why keep the rule in place?  Psychiatrist John Zinner:

told me of a meeting he attended in March of the Washington Psychiatric Society, where a “high official” of the A.P.A. defended keeping the Goldwater Rule in place, on the theory that if psychiatrists spoke out against Trump the government would retaliate by reducing reimbursements to doctors for psychiatric treatment. “It was really not out of ethical concern,” Zinner said, but, rather, concern for “our pocketbooks.” (bolding mine)

Always the almighty dollar.

The group Duty To Warn has also announced formation of a PAC which “which will raise money for political candidates to run on the very issue of removing Trump via the Twenty-fifth Amendment.”

The group also has created a thirty minute video which you can watch here.  I didn’t want to embed the clip because it does run so long.

I’m sorry dear Widdershins to start your day and week off with such a bummer topic but it’s a Monday and it was going to be a bummer anyway.

So what’s on your minds today?

 


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