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  • The New Yorker has kept me sane since 9/11/01. I have to admit I am seriously afraid now, because of climate change and increased hate crimes already. This is part of the problem:

     It’s difficult to count uncast votes, but there were clearly thousands of them as a result of the voter-suppression measures. In 2014, according to a Wisconsin federal court, three hundred thousand registered voters in that state lacked the forms of identification that Republican legislators deemed necessary to cast their ballots. (The G.O.P. likes some forms of I.D. better than others. In Texas, a gun permit works; student identification does not.) In Milwaukee County, which has a large African-American population, sixty thousand fewer votes were cast in 2016 than in 2012. To put it another way, Clinton received forty-three thousand fewer votes in that county than Barack Obama did—a number that is nearly double Trump’s margin of victory in all of Wisconsin. The North Carolina Republican Party actually sent out a press release boasting about how its efforts drove down African-American turnout in this election.

  • Borowitz is a treasure. I survived the Bush years because of Jon Stewart at The Daily Show. Borowitz is my lifeline now. Maybe also Samantha Bee and John Oliver.
    Susan Anderson
  • edited December 2016
     This is part of the problem:
    Most assuredly. The tactics Republicans are using to seize and hold control are not merely indicative of the techniques of totalitarian oligarchies, but are also a tacit admission that they could not win in fair and open elections.

    Republicans are aware that if the American public were allowed to vote, both without attempts to selectively thin the number of voters, and with accurate knowledge of the state of the world and the policies of the parties, then Republicans could not win more than a small minority of seats, and certainly not the presidency.

    We are in the midst of a slow coup, intended to destroy the foundations of democracy in our country and to substitute in its place a neo-feudal fascist regime owned and operated by oligarchs and robber barons.
    PG_AntiochSusan Anderson
  • edited December 2016

    And the only thing that can slow down the oligarchs dismantling of all we like about our US government - is an informed, enraged, engaged, though thoughtful (and constructive !) public like we ain't seen since the hay-days of the Civil Rights and Environmental Movements, before the Republicans decided that protecting our life sustain environment mattered less than making a killing.

    Adapting to Trump's Lies - Trevor Noah

    Profiles in Fraud - Nell Hughes: Facts not facts no mo - Steven Meyer

    For those who think the panic in my words and incessant recent posting is exaggerating the clear and imminent existential attacks that will soon be buffeting us.  Take a look at this and check out the Citizens United link - it will prove my point - that things will be very, very ugly, if there isn't a strong, massive million person vocal uprising against this Russian Obligate American CEO we've handed out government over to.

    While we slumber…Behold “Turning Point USA”!

    ACLU to Trump: We Are Here !

    Petition the Electoral College, Roger Wolfson BEFORE DECEMBER FRIDAY 16TH !

    they meet 12/19/2016

    (Yes, I'm mirroring my posts at both WUWTW and CC)

    pssst, pass it along.  ;- )
    dcpettersonSusan AndersonPG_Antioch
  • Got a petition today in my email (hopefully it won't put in my name but yours). Signed it in a heartbeat. Not hopeful but think it must be done. There's a time to be nice, and a time to be wise, and nice isn't wise on this. I'm also hoping the Electors have a good hard think and change their votes. Not giving up yet.

  • It's a nice idea. I suspect it won't happen, but no harm in trying, and in letting our elected officials know where we stand.

    What I want is for American politics to get back to something sane. One party intentionally broke things, and has yet to suffer any negative consequences for having done so. Unfortunately, they've rigged things such that the only way to provide consequences is techniques like this, which break things more. 

    Well, that or somehow achieving a massive voter turnout. Every opinion poll shows huge majorities of Americans don't like the direction the country is going, and disapprove of the Break It All policies and politics. If they voted--even in the percentages they did in, say, 2008, or perhaps a bit better--America would change drastically, and not even gerrymandering or vote suppression would stop it.

    The US has the lowest voter participation rate of any existing democracy, which has resulted in electoral disasters. Less than half of qualified voters actually vote, and the Break It All Party is dedicated to suppressing that number still further. When people don't vote, we get catastrophes such as we got this year.

    The regressives cannot win fair and open elections in which large percentages actually vote, and they know it. When more people vote, progressives win. We have the power, we have the numbers, and we're in the right.

    And yet, people don't vote. I don't get it. And I don't know how to deal with the stupidity of it.

    PG_AntiochGriffSusan Anderson
  • And yet, people don't vote (or get engaged with their representatives). I don't get it. And I don't know how to deal with the stupidity of it.
    Keep working on it!  If you get any ideas, be sure to let me know.    ;)

    Calls Grow For A New Presidential Election To Be Held After Russia Meddled To Help Trump
    By Jason Easley on Sat, Dec 10th, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    How Russian Hackers Can Blackmail Donald Trump—and the GOP
    If it is true that the Russians hacked the Republican National Committee as well as the DNC, then their power over POTUS potentially knows few bounds.

  • Given how the media is almost directly to blame for putting the Donald in power in the first place... I honestly don't know what to expect of this. I wouldn't hold my breath that anything's going to be done about it, but on the other hand, the feelings of US-Russia antagonism might just be powerful enough that even the Republicans feel like they have to do something.
  • I very much enjoy Andy Borowitz's articles. Thanks for the link, Susan.
  • If anyone wants to make some noise, be sure to check out. — Make Your Voice Heard
    About December 19, 2016
    We the People will come together at every state capital across the United States to call on the Electors of the Electoral College to listen to the voice of the people and refuse to cast their ballots for Donald Trump.

  • edited December 2016

    I've added the following two links in a short post on my Lucid Politics blog.

    A group of congressional staffers who watched the Tea Party stymie much of President Obama's agenda has written a helpful booklet to describe the things those people did, why they worked, and how we can use those same techniques to defeat Trump. It is a guide for how small, local groups can form, maintain cohesiveness, and alter the course of history.

    You can download it here: indivisible (right-click on that link and download the Word doc. The original is on Google Docs, but it's getting so much traffic it's hard to obtain, so I put a Word copy on my site).

    Another good place to visit is, which includes the OH CRAP! WHAT NOW? survival guide. 

  • Thanks for the tip about Indivisible, coolest thing I've seen in a while.
    Am working on mirroring their videos at my blog, 4 down, 7 to go.
    The videos are simple with posters of talking points that I'm taking screenshots of and posting under the embedded video.

    One reason I got into blogging was because I was sick of seeing the internet crowded with astro-turfed repetition of fraudulent denier memes.  We need more bloggers to start sites and drive home the consistent truth of science and such.  Something to counter the internet contrarian machine which seems to be getting bigger all the time.

    Now off to bed, I've got a couple days of serious snow shoveling ahead for me, need my sleep.  Getting too old for that shit, then again, nice to be capable of still doing it.   cheers
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