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In light of You-Know-Who’s election to the White House we have witnessed an unprecedented increase in Democrats registering to run for office. This is true particularly of women. Enraged by how Dump and the media treated Hillary Clinton, women are ready to fight back. One of the brightest stars of those already running was Kim Weaver for Iowa 4th Congressional District. That’s the seat currently held by one of the most vile people in America, racist/misogynistic/homophobic scum-pig Steve King. The district covers 39 counties, including Ames, Fort Dodge and Sioux City. Weaver’s campaign was getting a lot of attention on social media. Then suddenly, on June 3rd, Weaver dropped out of the race. This was a surprising development. But Weaver’s announcement was more shocking still.

Over the last several weeks, I have been evaluating personal circumstances along with the political climate regarding this campaign. After much deliberation, I have determined that the best decision for me is to withdraw my candidacy for the U.S. House race in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District.

One consideration has been raised again by recent events at my home. Beginning during my 2016 campaign, I have received very alarming acts of intimidation, including death threats. While some may say enduring threats are just a part of running for office, my personal safety has increasingly become a concern.

But there is actually more to Weaver dropping out of the campaign than death threats. As reported by Shareblue writer Matthew Chapman on Twitter, Weaver also revealed that Republicans conspired to punish her as a civil servant. Weaver works at the Iowa Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman, an agency that investigates problems in nursing homes. This year the Iowa General Assembly cut funding to this agency. Weaver’s supervisor relayed a message to her from a state legislator that the cuts were intended to punish her for challenging King. This placed the agency and its other employees in danger.

The Republican has become the mob, but without an honor code. They feel untouchable. And let’s face it, they have been. McConnell has bullied Democrats into obedience for 8 years. As we learn more and more about Russian hacking of our elections (the newest documents leaked to The Intercept raise the stakes significantly… I won’t link to The Intercept just like I won’t link to Breitbart), but as we learn more and more about how much Russia did to steal the election for Trump, we must remember that one of the things that stopped Obama from announcing what they already knew in the summer of 2016 was Mitch McConnell telling him to keep his mouth shut. And Obama kept his mouth shut. This is the sort of behavior that inspires Iowa legislature to punish anyone having the gall to run against Steve fucking King. When and how will this stop?

As a side note, after Weaver announced she was leaving the race, she received a phone call from Hillary Clinton. Weaver tweeted: “She was very sweet and wanted me to know she was thinking about me.”

On an unrelated note, Newsweek reports that last year Bernie Sanders made $1,000,000.  We already know he owns 3 homes and Jane Sanders is under FBI investigation for shenanigans at Burlington College. These are the socialists from Vermont who were 2016 election’s original sin. I don’t think any of us have problems with Bernie making money. We just have a problem with Sanders being hypocrite who doesn’t want anyone else to make money.

Do you know who else makes money – as a special speaker? Cornell West. That paragon 1000wof… I don’t even know. What the hell is he a paragon of? He certainly thought Hillary was corrupt for giving speeches and he didn’t want Obama making any money speaking post-White House either. And here’s Dr. West, making money…speaking.  West earned $25,000 to speak at Coastal Carolina University. One might argue that $25,000 pales in comparison to what Clinton and Obama earned. But one would also argue that Dr. West is a far less significant figure than either Clinton or Obama. And the real kicker to West’s speaking fees is…

The records obtained by the newspaper revealed something about CCU’s priciest orator: West did not want the public to know how much he was paid for his Sept. 16 keynote address.

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The speaking contract included a confidentiality clause.

And there you have it folks. The honorable Bernie Sanders and Dr. Cornell West, mere mortals who like new things; just like everyone else after all.

After the May 22nd attack on young women leaving Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester, Grande vowed to hold a benefit concert for the families impacted by the attack. On June 4th she did (before the concert she visited survivors of the blast in hospitals.) She managed to convince several of her friends who were available to sing with her. Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Black Eyed Peas, Pharrell Williams, and others. There was a roughness to the concert, obviously not a lot of rehearsal took place. But that made it all the more real. Here Grande sings with Miley Cyrus a cover of Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over.”

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A great New Year’s Eve Widdershin friends.

To say goodbye to 2013 is not at all unpleasant for me. It hasn’t been the worst of years, but it hasn’t been the bestStop watch 2013 and 2014 of years by a long shot. It has been the consummate “meh” year. Here are a few things I remember, please add to them.

The stock market rose 30% for the year meaning a paper gain in wealth of $5.2 Trillion, but somehow nearly every single Republican in the House of Representatives thought the exorbitant amount of $1.33 a meal was too much to spend by way of food stamps on the poor.

Edith Windsor, after a 30-year loving relationship with Thea Spyer, got a huge estate tax refund courtesy of the Supreme Court saying, “Duh, DOMA’s not fair.”

Miley Cyrus dropped a Wrecking Ball on Hannah Montana.

A meteor hit Russia with a big blast and then Edward Snowden did too.  Snowden liked the airport terminal so he stayed. Between the two, most Russians would probably prefer keeping the meteor and sending Snowden into outer space.

We have 5.7 million missing workers — people who have dropped out of the workforce and have stopped actively looking for work. Rand Paul thinks they should be treated like starving artists since they need to suffer a little more.  Rand, the off-sprung of Ron Paul, believes cutting them off unemployment is the least we can do for them. Uncharacteristically accurate, he is right — doing absolutely nothing for them is indeed the very least we can do.

During 2013, there were a bunch of people wandering around shouting to themselves in the streets.  Remarkably, it wasn’t Congress. It was the Google Glass testers. I wonder if anyone at Google Galactic headquarters thought about pairing them up.

2014 pushing 2013We were almost at war with Syria until we weren’t. Sadness prevailed among the neocons until someone finally looked at an atlas and figured out Iran was close enough to count on their “Start a War” coupon cards. The added bonus is the fun of going about scuttling Iranian peace negotiations. Why talk when you can bomb?

It seems the biggest event of 2013 was reliving a horrific event of 1963. Abraham Zapruder knew we didn’t need to see the blood spatter explosion. Fifty-years later, I wish the cable channels had exhibited his sense of decency.

It seems like 2013 was the year of the filibuster. Wendy Davis used it to protect the reproductive health care of Texas women. Rand Paul used it to protect, as he said, “Jane Fonda from being killed by a drone while having a cup of coffee at a sidewalk café.” And Ted Cruz used it to hear himself drone on and on and on.

Prince George arrived courtesy of Kate and Wills — here’s hoping he has more Middleton than Windsor genes.

Anthony Weiner needed a pair of jeans before his selfie fest.

Chris Christie was re-elected governor of New Jersey spouting off about building bridges. Too bad his henchman watched too many Soprano reruns and closed the George Washington Bridge.

Given the way Kim Jong Un treats family, Dennis Rodman should quiet down on calling him “brother.”

3D printing became an issue for all those NRA aficionados who envisioned their Second Amendment rights entitled them to whip up a gun in the middle of the night in case they couldn’t get to any of the 50,000 gun shops or gun shows.

Paula Deen thought 2013 was a pretty good year until she realized it wasn’t 1863.Firewords 2014

2013 was the year where House Republicans thought it was a good idea to vote 47 times to repeal the right of about 50 million Americans to get healthcare.  They also thought it was a travesty for a few percent to no longer be allowed to pay premiums for bogus trash policies covering nothing. Just one of many examples of their 2013 consistent inconsistency.

Breaking Bad ended. George Zimmerman continues.

Pope Francis made it cool to wear old shoes and care about the poor. He thinks we’ve heard enough about abortion and gay marriage. He thinks we should hear more about healing and helping. An unpopular philosophy for the “pious for profit” crowd.  I’m betting on Pope Francis.

At $25 Billion, the government shutdown proved to be the most expensive tantrum ever staged on the planet, but North West is still less than a year old.

Please add your thoughts from 2013, this is an open thread.

 

Happy Christmas Eve my Widdershin friends. I hope you are warm, responsibly festive, and if not with loving family, you are with someone you can reasonably tolerate this holiday season.  And if you find yourself reaching the tolerance threshold, spike the eggnog.

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Should the real Santa be a Widdershin reader, I thought we might help him out with some gift ideas for the notable and notorious this year. By no means is this list exhaustive, please add your gift suggestions.

Happy Holidays!

President Barack Obama: A needlepoint pillow for the Oval Office that says: A vision without a plan of execution is a hallucination.

Trey Radel, the coked Congressman: A six-pack of Pepsi.

Anthony Weiner: A rotary dial telephone.

Darrell Issa: A thesaurus since he only knows nouns, verbs, and the word “scandal.”

Ted Cruz: Some green eggs and ham, the only thing he got right during the government shutdown.

Lance Armstrong: Some postage stamps so he will have a start point on paying back the $40 million he owes the U.S. Postal Service.

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The two rats whose brains were surgically connected earlier this year: A psychic connection with the similarly situated Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity.

The Wal-Mart Heirs: Since they have as much wealth as 42% of the population, a year’s supply of “5 Hour Energy” drinks so that by next year they can have 100% of everything and move it to Bentonville, Arkansas.

The Higgs Boson: Some Texas barbecue since the Higgs Boson and pretty much all science has been outlawed in Texas.

Tiger Woods: A marketing specialist who understands the unflattering irony of his being named “Player of the Year” for the 11th time.

Duck Dynasty: A copy of the gay porn movie The Fluffer starring Scott Gurney, the creator, producer, and marketing guy who created their show and their millions.

Miley Cyrus: Free chiropractic coupons to adjust her twerked out spine.

Any French or Italian politician: A zipper that stays zipped.

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Kim Jong Un: A family member with whom to spend the holidays because you can’t spell “dead Uncle” without the “Un.”

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West: Each other — enough said.

American public: Five minutes without seeing Will Farrell hyping Ron Burgundy.

And to everyone in the Widdershin neighborhood: The best of whatever makes you the happiest.

This is an open thread awaiting your gift suggestions.

Morning Widdershin — here’s hoping your Friday is gloriously anticipatory of an even better Labor Day weekend.

I wish I could, but I can’t make up stuff like this.

Twenty-nine percent of the Republicans in Louisiana blame the poor response to Hurricane Katrina on — wait for it, wait for it — Barack Obama. You know him, the guy who in 2005 was in the process of relocating from Kenya via Indonesia on his way to public housing in D.C.

Not to be outdone by a little thing like a hurricane, twenty-two percent of Romney voters believe Obama is the Antichrist. Obviously, Indonesian madrassa education can lead to a plethora of vocational possibilities.

It just goes without saying, Americans were three times more likely to be able to name two of the seven dwarfs than Supreme Court justices. Of course, that doesn’t mean the names of the dwarfs are not equally applicable to the justices — especially Dopey and Grumpy.

All of this isn’t surprising. In the words of former President Bush when he was talking about the importance of education, “Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?”

Apparently, they is not.

These among other facts bubbled up through the scotch-ridden synapses of my brain on Wednesday when I saw the Fox commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

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Josh Barro the neo-liberal conservative (I know he’s got to be in therapy) gets the hat tip for finding this. He opines that the “50 years since the March on Washington” works for anything, such as:

50 years since the March on Washington, bees are still dying.

50 years since the March on Washington, some worry about Miley Cyrus’ twerking.

50 years since the March on Washington, my sink is still leaking.

It does work for just about anything and is a convenient precursor in order to steer just about any conversation. Roger Ailes is brilliant that way.

So here are a few of mine:

Forty-four years after the moon landing, Arizona passes stiffer immigration laws — just in case.

Two-thousand Two-hundred Nineteen years since the opening of the Great Wall of China, the neighbors are still waiting for a barbecue invitation.

One-hundred Thirty-nine years after the first Kentucky Derby, no one is quite sure why Lady Camilla Parker Bowles has such a long face.

Five-hundred Twenty-one years after Columbus landed in the New World, most everyone is glad he didn’t book with Carnival.

Seven-hundred Twenty-two years after the Crusades, do you think anyone will miss Jerry Lewis this weekend?

If Fox can do it, we can too — what’s your headline of deflection today?

Have a great weekend!

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