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We thought we hit rock bottom and then someone knocked from underneath.

This is an old Russian expression, appropriately Russian. After more than 2 years of Trump dominating headlines and causing outrage everywhere he went – he launched his Presidential bid by declaring that all Mexicans were rapists and murderers – it’s shocking to me that I can still be shocked. But on Tuesday I found myself shocked when right-wing Republicans began attacking survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting. Leading the charge was the demented rancid garbage subhuman demon Dinesh D’Souza.

CNN’s pro-Trump pundit, and former Republican Congressthug from Georgia Jack Kingston, started floating the theory that the kids speaking out were actually actors and they were coached by Democrats to attack Trump. Gateway Pundit, which has White House press credentials, joined the fray. Bill O’Reilly began questioning why anyone listens to the kids anyway. Others began attacking the kids on twitter directly for being liars and fake, and someone started blaming Soros. Donald Junior began liking tweets that were attacking the kids. Florida state representative Shawn Harris’ Deputy Secretary Benjamin Kelly began emailing journalists claiming that the kids being interviewed don’t even go to the school where the massacre happened. When asked for proof he emailed links to conspiracy youtube videos where people claim these are crises actors and not students. Remember Sandy Hook? Same accusations were spread about the victims there by the likes of Alex Jones. Now this entered the mainstream. Harris – after twitter erupted in outrage at Kelly – soon announced that he fired him. But not before he voted in Florida assembly not to advance a bill to ban assault weapons, with some of the Parkland kids in the gallery. This is what D’Souza found so funny. The blowback against convicted felon D’Souza was so severe that even CPAC announced they were canceling this appearance there. (Last year it was Milo Snuffleapaganus’ appearance they cancelled after he defended child rape.)

Speaking of CPAC, did you see the list of speakers this year? It has gone full on KKK/White nationalist/European fascist. Speakers include Marion Le Pen – the more radical niece of Marine Le Pen, Nigel Farrage, Sean Hannity, “Sheriff” David Clarke, Judge Jeanine Piro, Ted Cruz, Dump and Pence, John Bolton, Wayne La Pierre, Dana Loesch, Sebastian Gorka. And Gary Johnson. Yes, Gary Johnson will be speaking at CPAC among all those other Republican luminaries. (Again, D’Souza’s appearance was cancelled on Tue after his tweets attacking Parkland kids.)

This is the Republican party in February of 2018. We are in Hell.

 

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Hello Widdershins! Thank you for all the good wishes! Things are definitely getting better here chez MadamaB.

Last week was a doozy even in the Era of Drumpf and Republicans sans spinal cartilage, moral compasses or patriotism. The Rob Porter scandal has taken hold the way few of the multitudinous scandals of this benighted, horrible administration have managed to. And for the first time, unbelievable though it may seem, the Mango Meerkat’s approval rating has been seriously damaged amongst women.

The most recent Washington Post-ABC poll has found that approval from white women has fallen since the president’s first 100 days. While most white women voted for Trump in 2016, his approval rating has fallen 10 points since then, and strong disapproval of the president by this group rose 12 points, from 39 percent to 51 percent.

I would take issue with the verbiage that “While most white women voted for Trump in 2016,” and replace it with the wording, “While a slim majority of white women voted for Trump in 2016,” since 53% is hardly “most” in most peoples’ minds. But whatevs…the bottom line is that Drumpf is in trouble, again, and the sainted General Kelly, as well as pResidential serial-dating spokesmodel Hope Hicks, are in trouble with him. But even this major disaster could be eclipsed by a greater one, which has been brewing for many months now: the potential firing of Rod Rosenstein.

I have always been of the opinion that the Orange Crusher won’t dare fire Robert Mueller, and that his preferred tactic was to discredit the investigation. So far, that opinion has held at least partially true, especially with the myriad attacks the Republicans, and their enablers in the press, have been making against the FBI and DOJ. But that doesn’t mean Drumpf won’t take a page from Nixon’s book, and try to make the people overseeing the investigation fire him. He is a desperate, cornered animal, and may risk it all to try to escape the consequences of his actions. And everything from the release of the ridiculous dud called the Nunes Memo, to the recent resignation of Rachel Brand, is showing that this reckless and dangerous course of action might be imminent.

So what do we do if that happens?

WE TAKE TO THE STREETS!!!

Moveon.org has organized a march that can take place at a moment’s notice, if Trump fires his way to find a Bork who will fire Mueller. The marches are called “Nobody is Above the Law,” and are organized all over the country. You can sign up here:

https://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response-events/search/

If the firing of Mueller happens before 2 pm, the local march will take place that day. If it happens after 2 pm, it will take place the day after. I’m ready to go. Are you?

In these dark times, we never know what may happen. Let’s make sure we are as prepared for action as we can be.

This is an open thread.

Hello Widdershins,

January is finally over. I’m really not happy with the new calendar where January is 249 days long. The good news is February is much shorter. According to the new Trump Calendar February will only run 188 days.

And what a January it has been! The last day of the month went out with a kaboom, just

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to make sure we appreciated it. Representative Devin Nunes is … what the hell is he doing? Does anybody know? He recused himself from the Trump/Russian investigation many months ago after his bizarre behavior of running around Washington DC in the middle of the night, jumping into random cars and disappearing for hours, only to reemerge in front of the White House telling the media he discovered something shocking which he was about to the White House to tell them about. But it’s top secret. We then found out his late night top secret mission was at the White House, so he went to the White House in the middle of the night via secret cars, learned something from the White House and the next day went to the White House to inform the White House that he learned something top secret. And so he recused himself. But LOL, not really. He’s been not just getting access to top secret materials in the Trump/Russia House investigation – which he is not supposed to receive because he recused – but he has been organizing a House GOP revolt against the FBI and the Justice Department using those top secret documents he’s not supposed to have access to. Now there’s a memo which everyone is freaking out over. When Nunes was asked if he has been coordinating the writing and releasing of the memo with the White House he said he wasn’t sure. Errrrrrr. Then Adam Schiff discovers that Nunes made alterations to the memo without telling anyone. Oh and then Schiff found out that in secret Nunes and House GOP have started an investigation into the FBI. So that’s happening and what in the world is happening? The consensus among twitter scholars (no, some of them are actual lawyers, not just twayers) is that Nunes is digging a gargantuan hole for himself and is so blatantly obstructing justice that he will go to prison. This, of course, assumes that Republicans believe in the rule of law and it is becoming increasingly clear that they do not. Trump was right about one thing: he could shoot someone in the middle of 5th Ave and not only would he not lose any voters, the NY Times would accuse Hillary Clinton of shooting someone on 5th Ave.

Though it all Paul Ryan says he has full confidence in Devin Nunes. Which makes Paul time-paulryan-5-gthmb.jpgRyan not just complicit in enabling Trump, it makes him an active participant in an attempt to discredit the chief law enforcement agency of the US. Nunes is a nobody, but that is an astounding legacy for the Speaker of the House. And as Jonathan Chait reminds us, it is Paul Ryan who blocked the release of Trump’s tax returns. And nobody in the media really asks him about that.

That may be because the media is busy investigating Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign. You all know about the latest scandal uncovered by NY Times’ Maggie Haberman and Amy Chozick (both of whom are writing their own books about Hillary and the 2016 campaign). Clinton posted a very lengthy response explaining her decision and pointing out that by not firing Glenn Thrush, NY Times did in 2017 what she, Clinton, is criticized for doing in 2008. Shit hits the fan as the media goes into epileptic seizures. How dare Clinton not crawl on all fours apologizing and criticize the NY Times. All the usual suspects have thoughts. Today a NY Times Rome bureau chief attacked Chelsea Clinton on Twitter for saying she was proud of her mother. Because this is the most important story of our day.

It is not Devin Nunes’ war with the FBI and it’s not the latest revelation that Hope Hicks  – a woman who went from being a model to a senior role in the White House after

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Hope Hicks

working for Ivanka – declared Junior’s emails about Trump Tower meeting with the Russians would never see the light of day. If Hicks declared that she intended to destroy evidence, that’s bad. Mark Corallo was member of Trump’s media team and he resigned from the administration – one of the very few people who have done so – because he feared they were obstructing justice. He is now a witness testifying to Mueller that Hicks said she’d make sure the Junior emails never saw the light of day, Hicks is denying it, and everyone thinks she needs a very good lawyer. Including Steve Bannon. The Times thinks they broke this story, but actually Michael Wolff broke the story in his book “Fire and Fury,” which many – notably NY Times folks – spent many days blasting as lies and hearsay. Well, Wolff wrote that Hicks said what NY Times now confirms she says and Steve Bannon yelled at her that she was dumb as a rock and he – Bannon – would call her father (!) and tell him she needs a lawyer. That’s actually sort of sweet of Bannon. But how did this story drop in the Times after being ignored in Wolff’s book? Are NY Times reporters scouring the book for good leads and following up on them? Or did someone leak it? Is FBI sending Trump a message by taking a shot at his beloved second daughter/lover? Or is Trump leaking this because throwing Hicks under the bus might save Junior? If he’s trying to save Junior, that’s kind of sweet too! See, Bannon and Trump aren’t all bad, just mostly bad!

Trey Benghazi Gowdy Doody has said he will not seek reelection. He is too upset with partisanship in Washington DC. He said that with a straight face. And Zeus did not throw a bolt a lighting at his head.

So that was all yesterday. Oh, also, the entire USA Gymnastics board did resign, as demanded by the Olympic Committee. They waited until the last day of the deadline to do it, because they are super classy.

January was fun! What will February bring us? Any predictions?

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hello Widdershins! It’s been almost a year since many of us marched, in the largest protest in American history, to show our solidarity with women across the nation. The inauguration of this cruel, bigoted and misogynistic President brought out people who had never marched before – even my 75-year-old father! Martin Luther King Jr. would have been proud of us.

That terrible, yet fortifying and loving day spawned the resilient, organized and powerful movement called #TheResistance. I don’t think any of us knew it would be as widespread and passionate as it is. On social media, in the streets, with calls and emails and signed petitions, we are now, and for the foreseeable future, making our voices heard. Hear us roar!

In these days, when we have “human error” causing Hawaiians to fear for their lives while the President golfs and tweets about his press coverage; when the racism of the leader of the free world causes more and more damage every day; when the Republicans lie shamelessly and continuously to protect their political futures and (I think) their dirty, dirty money; well…it’s hard to believe that we are living through it and somehow, hanging on to our sanity. So let’s take a look at the various ways #TheResistance is still alive, well, and thriving.

Here are a couple of photos from our very own Contrask, who protested last weekend. Amazing!

Yesterday, hundreds of Haitians protested near Mar-A-Lago, explaining to Drumpf (as he golfed on MLK Day) that Haiti “is not a Shithole.” (Still incredulous. I’ll never get over what he said.)

And oh my! What terrible reviews Trump properties are suddenly getting on Yelp!

It didn’t take long for people offended by President Trump’s remark that African nations were “shithole countries” to turn the insult back around on his family-owned company’s properties. The Yelp page for the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue has been swamped since Thursday afternoon with one-star reviews calling the 263-room luxury hotel a “shithole.”

“It’s a shithole. The owner is a racist senile old man. Don’t waste your money. #shithole,” reads one review. Another tells readers, “But I hear you can get incredible ‘service’ if you bring in your own Russian hookers to give you the ‘golden treatment.’”

Speaking of Shithole activism: I think this is my favorite.

There are Women’s March Anniversary protests set up for this weekend. Get out there and march if you can!

This is an open thread.

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Good morning Widdershins,

There’s a storm coming, so I hope anyone being effected is prepared and staying warm! I think it’s supposed to come to NYC as well, but honestly, since I’m working from home I’m not too concerned. Although my dog might not enjoy blistering walks (he likes snow.)

Speaking of storms, category 6 Hurricane Bannon hit the Dump White House yesterday. Excerpts from a new book by Michael Wolff, “Fire and Fury,” were published in The New Yorker. (The book is already #1 on Amazon’s best seller list.) Whether or not it’s true (and there are reasons to question Michael Wolff’s often imaginative imagination) isn’t even relevant. I’m sure some of the stories are true and others are true in part. And it’s not the stories themselves that matter, it’s the fact that Steve Bannon told some of them them, Michael Wolff put them in a book, and Donald Dump thought they were true enough to release a blistering attack on Bannon (on official White House letterhead via Sarah Huckleberry), calling Bannon insane. Don Junior activated his attack mode and called Bannon a lying, backstabbing ingrate on Twitter.

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Rebekah Mercer

Rebekah Mercer, the former actress (whose credits include “Xena: Warrior Princess) and evil billionaire who has been funding Bannon’s Breitbart and the Dump campaign has, supposedly, severed all ties with Bannon. Which part of all this is not living up to Mercer’s expectations, I don’t know. I suppose she may have expected loyalty from a man she gave so much money to. Perhaps she expected honor among thieves? Dump doesn’t have any; he has destroyed more people than one can count. But it will be interesting to see what happens in this angry divorce between Bannon and Dump. So much of their followers are the same people: alt-right, white supremacists. Arguably they were Bannon’s first. He gifted them to Dump. Now they will have to choose sides. It’s a real pickle they find themselves in… Who do you think they will choose?

 

And what does the GOP think about all this? Well, Mitch McConnell’s official Twitter feed posted this creepy gif:

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Draw your own conclusions. Everybody else has been strangely quiet. (But we can imagine their responses. For example, when asked about Dump’s tweet threatening nuclear annihilation, Susan Collins said … “I’m going to vote” as she stormed away to vote on something. Bob Corker laughed and said he hadn’t seen the tweet, but Trump will be Trump. LOL.) So as a Civil War breaks out in the GOP – what do we think Widdershins? What is Bannon doing? We know his real desire is to destroy everything. So are his opening shots at Trump a surprise? He built Dump and he will destroy him. What will Dump do in response? He’s certainly going to do something… What will McTurtle do besides grin? Is this war good or bad for the GOP? And how will Democrats screw everything up?

I know only one thing: in 2020 Bannon will endorse Bernie Sanders for President. Mark my words.

 


Good Monday, all. We have certainly had some very good news this past week. The amazing victory of Doug Jones in Alabama took us all by surprise…and for once, it was a happy surprise! Roy Moore’s refusal to concede is both embarrassing and ridiculous, and makes both him and the Republican Party look worse (if such a thing is even possible). It won’t get him anywhere except the loony bin, which, frankly, is where he has belonged for a long time.

As DYB pointed out on Saturday, Senator-Elect Jones ran as an unabashed liberal on social issues, with the requisite full-throated support for a woman’s right to choose. It’s important to note this actual fact, as I’ve been hearing an alarming amount of noise from white men in the media who don’t seem to feel Jones had the winning strategy.

“Why can’t Democrats allow some room for pro-lifers in the Party?” bemoaned well-known sexist jackass “Tingly Leg” Chris Matthews last week. “I mean, most people are against late-term abortions. It would make such a difference in red states.” (I can’t seem to find this video – sorry folks, maybe someone else can?) Now, let me get this straight…a 70-year-old white Catholic man is advising Democrats to throw women’s rights under the bus, even after it has been demonstrated time and again that women have been critical to the special election sweeps since 2016? This was before Jones’ victory, I admit…but if moderate white Republican women didn’t go over to Jones, he wouldn’t have won. Do you really think they were worried about abortion when they went to the voting booth? Somehow I think they were more worried about their teenage daughters running into Moore in the mall!

If only Matthews were the only one pushing this crap. But alas, he’s not. White male, and now-former Republican Joe Scarborough jumped on the train that same week. Surrounding Democratic 2020 candidate John Delaney (yes, I know, who?) with an all-conservative, almost all-male audience (the sole female being Peggy Noonan), white male Delaney was mercilessly quizzed about his Catholicism and how he feels about abortion. Delaney said he feels that pro-life Democrats should “join the big tent” as long as they support the other planks of the platform, like “economic values.” Really, John, really? And how will women gain economic equality if Democrats don’t consider their rights as human rights? Or are we really supposed to accept the idiotic Sandersian myth that a $15/hr. minimum wage will magically erase the institutionalized racism and misogyny that keep women and people of color from earning their fair share of the dollar?

I’m going to bang on an old drum here: Democrats have not done right by their female supporters in decades. They never pushed through the ERA when they had the chance. When they had their first viable female candidate for the Presidency in 2008, the National Party decided Obama was more “historic,” and demonstrably rigged the nomination for him. Perhaps this innate knowledge that we are an afterthought for most Dems, is why so many of my white sisters vote Republican? Certainly after the debacle of 2008, many of us frustrated women (and the men who support us) re-registered as Independents, but came back to the fold when the Tea Party rose up and took the Republicans on the final leg of their long trip to CrazyTown.

After the Democratic Party once again allowed a sexist man to run a misogynistic campaign against Hillary in 2016, contributing to her electoral defeat, women started getting a lot smarter. They stopped passively expecting the Party to help them, and decided to take it over for themselves. The leadership of the Party should have noticed this by now. Women are running for office in unbelievable numbers, and winning, and are the backbone of the Resistance which helped defeat the overturn of the Affordable Care Act and fueled the anti-Trump furor across America. Yet, if my Maryland brother John Delaney is any indication, it’s clear that the Democratic Party still cannot get over its encrusted and myopic focus on its…male members. (Wink.)

I admit I have just started to fully understand my privilege as a white female living in a blue state. There is not a chance in hell that a pro-death Democrat will beat a pro-choice one here. And in fact, I couldn’t care less what people think privately, as long as they don’t vote to curtail a woman’s right to choose in any way. But should we really invite this kind of ambiguity into the Party, when so many women have lost access to not just abortion, but any form of pre-natal care at all? And when our maternal mortality rate has gone up so much, we’re now the only developed country where it’s increasing?

This excellent Slate article explains why we’re going backwards instead of forwards in the area of women’s health. There are three reasons: poverty, lack of access to health care, and regressive contraception and abortion policies. All of these issues disproportionately affect African-American women, who die in childbirth at 3 times the rate of white women, and 98% of whom voted for Doug Jones, a pro-choice Democrat.

I hope we’re seeing the connection here.

I’m not going to threaten to leave the Party. I’m over that; as I’ve said a few times now, I’ll vote for an artichoke if it has a D next to it. Our democracy depends on wresting power from the wanna-be Fascist in the White House, and the cowardly, corrupt Republicans who are enabling his blatant dismantling of our sacred rule of law.

But I will say this. If the Democrats do not get their sh*t together and start respecting women’s rights as much as they respect that cranky old Socialist’s annoying rants, they will most assuredly hear from me. And I suspect millions of my sisters and brothers will do the same.

This is an open thread.

Good Monday, all. I hope you had a very good holiday, and for those Widdershins on the DL, I hope you continue to mend!

My Thanksgiving was very nice. My family, my husband and I had a lot of political discussions, which were passionate, but not nasty. It helps that we’re all on the same side: we’re pro-democracy, anti-Russian cyber-attacks. We’re pro-truth, anti-lie. We’re pro-feminism, anti-sexual predation. We’re pro-racial equality, anti-Nazism. We’re pro-economic fairness, anti-plutocracy.

In this day and age, those positions make us Democrats.

To our everlasting disgust and fear, Republicans have embraced the contrary positions by:

  • Taking no action to shore up our democratic institutions to protect against, or prevent, the next attack by Putin;
  • Allowing continual lying by their President and his corrupt cabal;
  • Refusing to stand up to the self-confessed sexual predator in the White House;
  • Lying supine while the Mango Moron struggled and failed to condemn Nazis and promoted alt-right memes and whacko conspiracy theory websites; and
  • Attempting to eviscerate healthcare and pass tax cuts aimed to create the plutocracy Paul Ryan has wet-dreamed over since he was just a spark in Ayn Rand’s eye. Oh, won’t their billionaire donors be proud!

While my family, we Widdershins and tens of millions of others are in the majority in embracing the only acceptable sides of these arguments, the media doesn’t seem so sure who’s right. Witness the universally panned, seen-through-cheesecloth profile of the nice, approachable “Nazi next door” in the New York Times. What in the world could have possessed the editor to approve a piece like this? Well, he says:

We regret the degree to which [bolding mine] the piece offended so many readers. We recognize that people can disagree on how best to tell a disagreeable story. What we think is indisputable, though, is the need to shed more light, not less, on the most extreme corners of American life and the people who inhabit them. That’s what the story, however imperfectly, tried to do.

“The degree to which?” That means they knew the story would be offensive, but went with it anyway. And honestly, have you all read the story? A seventh-grader could have hit the salient points harder. Here are a few things the reporter could have written:

Nazism is evil. Holocaust denial is evil. Hating people because of their skin color or religion is evil. Pay attention, white people: Your nice-looking, Midwestern neighbor who likes Seinfeld could be a neo-Nazi. This is the movement that led to the Holocaust, and we can’t let it flourish in America.

See, that’s not difficult. Why didn’t the Times close with something like that? Because they calculated that writing the article ambiguously, generated a lot more hits than an unambiguous article would have. They were probably correct. And they will do it again, and again. All publicity is good publicity, right?

Unfortunately now that the media has seen what Trump and the unapologetically racist, misogynistic, homophobic, plutocratic Republicans can do for their bottom line, they will be devoted to chasing hits instead of telling the truth. We knew this before, but the extent to which they’ll go for profits seems now to be endless, and that’s important to state. We can’t rely on the Times to get even Nazism right. We can’t trust Beltway journalists to push back against the cavalcade of lies the Republicans tell to move the discussion off their push to turn the United States into a plutocracy and disguise their real agenda. We can’t trust them to put anything in context, and those who do are the exception, not the rule.

Just look at this travesty in Newsweek, in which the reporter uncritically repeats Drumpf’s flabbergasting claim that the Access Hollywood tape is fake. The source of the article is a New York Times (surprise!) article by Maggie Haberman (double surprise!) which is actually about the Manhattan Meerkat’s support of Roy Moore, and only mentions that ridiculousness in passing. But Newsweek blows it up into its own story, gives the lie heft and visibility. It got me to click; that’s what it was meant to do.

The point of all this is not to say “oh well, time to go back to bed and hope Mueller has indicted Drumpf when we wake up,” but rather to emphasize that we need to continue to support those who are committed to telling the truth and fighting for what used to be American ideals, but are now recognizable as only Democratic ones.

So I’d like to make this a thing, unironically: For the holidays this year, I am donating to various Resistance causes in my friends’ and families’ names, and those donations will be their gifts. I’m sure they’ll appreciate it this year, more than ever.

What will you do to support truth-tellers in the coming weeks, Widdershins?

This is an open thread.


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3 turds control fate of healthcare for millions

That moment when *your* pussy gets grabbed

You go gurl! h/t Adam Joseph

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Quick links for donations.

Donations for our furry, and other critter friends:

Texas SPCA Donate Page

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For the Virgin Islands (Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands)
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Puerto Rico’s First Lady’s organization:
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“The” Book

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Time till the Grifter in Chief is Gone

Hopefully soonerJanuary 21st, 2021
2.9 years to go.

Mueller Time!

Wise Words from Paul Ryan

Heroine of the Resistance

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TELL PEREZ AND ELLISON HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT BRAZILE NUT!

Storify version of E. Rogers HVF explanation

Reason(s) to vote for Doug Jones

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