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It’s a mess. All of it. The whole damned thing is a disaster. Dump nukes NATO, issues an executive order to fire some judges, nominates a hyper-partisan former Bill Clinton hunter and Bush White House torturer to be the new SCOTUS (which justice Kennedy might have used some unethical backchannel shenanigans to make happen), Roe is on the chopping block, etc. etc. I don’t need to make a full list, you already know. So where the bloody hell is the Democratic leadership? Chuck? Nancy? Bueller? I think we have all been asking this question for a long time. Why are the national Democratic leaders not leading protests and rallies to oppose Trump? Why is Maxine Waters the only member of Congress to seemingly be an avowed member of The Resistance? They may not have the votes to stop him and McConnell/Ryan – but why are they not making any noise to make it seem like they give a damn? It’s demoralizing, yes? I’ve been raging at them for some time, I know you have too. A few days ago The Hoarse Whisperer wrote an interesting thread on twitter that attempted to answer that question. And I think he made a very compelling argument for why Nancy and Chuck are not on TV every day screaming at Trump and McConnell and generally wreaking havoc, and why it may actually be the correct strategy.

The Hoarse Whisperer argued that by placing themselves in front of the camera as “leaders of the Resistance” Chuck and Nancy and Kamala, etc., will make every single election around the country about the Democratic leadership, not about the specific Democratic candidate, and that would be a disaster for Democrats. Imagine San Francisco liberal Nancy Pelosi every day on TV calling Trump a dumbass. One reason Democrats have managed to flip almost every special election, even in deep red states, is that although Republicans keep trying to tie Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer or Kamala Harris to each candidate, the “establishment” leaders of the party – by staying largely out of the way – allow each candidate to disown them and run on local issues…and then win. (Pelosi actually said recently that she doesn’t care if Democrats like Connor Lamb bashed her as long as they win their elections.) The public thinks their absence a sign of weakness or lack of determination to fight Trump. (It may actually be with Schumer, who is a wuss, but definitely not with Pelosi, who is a legislative warrior.) The public wants to see Pelosi storm the barricades because it will feel like she’s doing something even though legislatively there is nothing she can do at the moment. But in reality all Nancy Pelosi storming barricades would do is make each special election, in every red state, about Nancy Pelosi, the San Francisco liberal. So it’s not a sign of weakness; it is a strategy for Democratic party leaders to stay out of the way and let others be the faces of the Resistance. And the special elections results so far are evidence that the strategy is working.

What do you think about this? I actually was convinced by this argument.

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Another question: this photo of Melanie Trump is from Brussels. Does it look like she had kidney surgery?

And a bit of literature trivia: The Booker Prize is a prestigious British literary award, given each year to an English-language work of fiction published in the UK. To commemorate their 50th anniversary the Bookers decided to create a special award this year, to recognize the best novel out of its past 50 winners. It’s an impressive list made up of Salman Rushdie, William Golding, Hilary Mantel, Kazuo Ishiguro, Margaret Atwood

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Michael Ondaatje

and many other writing geniuses. The judges narrowed the list down to 1 title from each decade and then they let the big words loving public vote on the ultimate winner. And the prize was given to….Michael Ondaatje’s “The English Patient.” I’m sorry to our friend Pat, a former member of our blog, who detested Anthony Minghella’s movie adaptation with every fiber of her body. It’s a shame because I consider it to be one of the top 10 best (English language) movies ever made. And Ondaatje’s novel – quite different from the movie in some key story points, but breathing the same fire in spirit – is truly a masterpiece of words. When I read it I would go back and re-read entire pages because of the beauty of Ondaatje’s language. It is poetry in prose. And the characters he created are magnificent and rich with life. From the title character, the “English” patient – a man who betrayed everything he believed in for a woman he loved; to the young nurse, Hana, who tries to give him comfort in his final days because he reminds her of her loved dead ones and she is desperate to hold on to her memories for as long as she can; to the young Indian sapper Kip, whose life is consumed with finding bombs to diffuse and if he misses one – he knows people will die. “He spends all day searching,” Hana says at one point, “and at night he only wants to be found.” One of the most beautiful passages in the book – read in its entirety in the movie – is from a journal the Patient’s beloved, Katharine, left behind in a cave where she died alone.

My darling, I’m waiting for you — how long is a day in the dark, or a week? The fire is gone now, and I’m horribly cold. I really ought to drag myself outside but then there would be the sun. . . I’m afraid I waste the light on the paintings and on writing these words. We die, we die rich with lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have entered and swum up like rivers, fears we have hidden in, like this wretched cave. I want all this marked in my body. We are the real countries, not the boundaries drawn on maps with the names of powerful men. I know you will come and carry me out into the palace of winds. That’s all I’ve wanted — to walk in such a place with you, with friends, on earth without maps. The lamp is gone now, and I’m writing in the darkness.

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Happy Weekend Widdershins!

Suspicion and paranoia (?) seem to be ruling the W.H. these days.

Trump, according to Comey, was fixated on the “pee-pee tape” thing to the point of asking Comey to investigate it so that Melania would be reassured it didn’t happen.  Personally I could see it happening despite tRump’s protestations that he’s a “germophobe”.  His  hatred of Obama  is so strong that I could see him wanting to watch two hookers urinate on the bed that Obama and Michelle slept on in that room.

There’s his fixation on the 2016 election and the electoral college.  It’s been more than a year since he

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became (ahem) President yet he keeps babbling on and on about it.  And then of course there is “Russia, Russia, Russia” and “no collusion”.  Add in his fixations with Sessions, Rosenstein and Mueller, plus the possibility that Michael Cohen might flip and the guy truly trusts no one.

So…let’s take a look at some songs about suspicions and add in a dash or two of paranoia.  Of course your contributions are welcomed.

(1) Suspicious Look In Your Eyes~The Hollies

(2) Gonna Be More Suspicious~Robin Trower

(3) Different Finger~Elvis Costello

(4) P2 Vatican Blues (Last Saturday Night)~George Harrison

(5) Another Town~Keith Whitley
“Somehow I’m a little bit suspicious in my mind”

(6) Paranoid~Black Sabbath

There ya go Widdershins – six songs of  suspicion and paranoia.

Open thread and your contributions are welcomed and appreciated.

 

 


 

Good Weekend Widdershins!

My new laptop is on the way – supposed to be delivered today. 

I have the drive on this laptop backed up and have instructions on how to restore the files to a new computer.  Again with the crossed fingers! 

However, I’m still writing this post on the old machine so it will be brief.

So who knew it might be a porn star named Stormy Daniels that might take down tRump and not the Russian ratfcking of the election?  Of course anything short of tRump’s resignation would have to involve the Republicans in the House and I seriously doubt that will happen.

In honor (?) of Ms. Daniels I’ve selected some songs revolving around storms, rain and the like.  Add your own choices in the comments below.

(1) I Can’t Stand The Rain~Tina Turner

(2) A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall~Bob Dylan

(3) Set Fire To The Rain~Adele

(4) Stormy Weather~Lena  Horne

Okay Widdershins, that’s it for me and my crippled laptop.  I hope by next week I have the new one set up with everything transferred over to it.

Finally, did you remember to set your clocks forward?

Open thread of course.

 

 

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

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

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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?

 

You see Widdershins, I told you previously that we would most likely be visiting this topic again, and here we are.  The latest antics of the “President” are surely the signs of someone who is either bonkers/batshit crazy/insane, or is sooo super smart (ask him about his IQ!) that he is playing three dimensional chess with Spock.  All things being equal above, I’m going with the former.

So…(sigh) once again, let’s take a look at some crazy songs.  Now as before, the songs can be about any form or variation of crazy; plain ole crazy, crazy in love…you know the drill.  My choices are below.

(1) All the Madmen~David  Bowie

(2) Back On My Feet Again~Randy Newman (concerns a patient in the mental hospital, whose sister absconds with a white millionaire wearing blackface)

(3) Delirium~Lacuna Coil

(4) Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment~Ramones

(5) Crazy~Patsy Cline (gotta have one “crazy” love song)

(6) They’re Coming To Take Me Away (ha-ha)~Napoleon XIV

(7) Insane~Korn

(8) Crazy~Gnarls Barkley

(9) Redneck Crazy~Tyler Farr (and here I thought it was just a given-
Redneck/Crazy)

(10) Madhouse~Anthrax

Okay Widdershins those are my selections and hope to see some of yours in the comments.  Also, after listening to all of these, you may feel a little bit anxious or crazy yourselves. In that case we have a fine selection of psychotropic meds at the Widdershins gift shop (trial sizes only).  So stop by to see if we have something that can help out.  Our list of meds literally goes from A to Z so we probably have you covered.

I’ll be around in the later afternoon/evening because, football.

 

 

 

Good weekend to you Widdershins!

I hope that you are having a good weekend.  Let’s pause for a few moments and send some kind thoughts to those people on the Texas Gulf Coast.  According to some of the latest model runs at the time I’m writing this, they could be dealing with this for several days.

I thought today I would share some political cartoons I came across.  The sad part is that while we probably indeed need to laugh at some of these, it is indeed…well sad because some of these are actual things.  And I still find it hard to believe that while the nation is concerned with Harvey in the Gulf, the orange turd decided it’s a good day to pull his stunts.

(Sigh) We used to be able to look forward to Fridays as the start of the weekend.  Now we’re going to start dreading each and every end of the week – not knowing what the hell the talking yam is going to do to ruin it for us.

I hope you enjoy the cartoons and they are in no particular order.

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Take the comments and conversation in any direction you wish.

 

 


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