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  1. meta note (0 Replies)

    If you remove the “#comments” at the end of the link to the article, it will open at the top instead of at the end of the Op-Ed.

  2. fraud? even Trump's own lawyers... (1 Reply)

    In their filing to stop the recount in Michigan, Trump’s own lawyers note:

    All available evidence suggests that the 2016 election was not tainted by fraud or mistake.

  3. at a minimum (0 Replies)

    Please sign this ACLU Action petition to demilitarize Standing Rock.

  4. doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result... (2 Replies)

    By reminding us that the people who are going to fix this thing and govern well are going to look a lot like Hillary Clinton.

    Us? We’re not the ones that matter.

    And meanwhile you throw bombs at people here who are trying to figure out how to make a difference. To paraphrase Mr. Rumsfeld, “You run an election with the voters you have, not the voters you might want or wish to have”. Somehow, a black man won the presidency twice, convincingly. There are voters out there who can be convinced to vote for a D candidate (and enough that could have been convinced to vote for Clinton) without normalizing unacceptable behavior or any other nonsense you are accusing us of.

    “Blame the voters” is a losing proposition.

  5. also, I'll challenge this (1 Reply)

    The norm that existed previously was that the very idea of Trump as president was a ridiculous and implausible notion that only irrational people would make. We all thought it.

    I don’t know who you were hanging around with, but everyone I know was nervous as hell about the election and the possibility that Trump could win. I was shocked, saddened, but not surprised. My “we” knew that this country was capable of this outcome.

    So I’m looking for things that can be done, especially given that I can’t do a Vulcan mind-meld with everyone in the country to make them see “the errors of their ways”, in order to realize what I wrote in that above comment.

  6. no, not really (1 Reply)

    So, I guess, my ‘plan’ (such as it is) is to try to remember that the norms we held before last week were sane and it is the breaching of them that is irrational. We should try to hold on to the way we’ve lived and not treat the breach of one norm as the destruction of all… and we should not let other take that advantage either. I don’t know if that’s ‘plan’ enough for you. But it’s all I got right now.

    How does this help anyone who is being targeted now by those encouraged to take their hate out on the “others”.

    How does this help to minimize the damage Trump and the Rs will cause over the next two years?

    How does this help to ensure that we get better electoral results 2, 4, 6… years out?

  7. so what is your plan? (1 Reply)

    It seems like your attitude is that the fix is “for everyone to think as I do”. If that’s not correct (or if it is), what is your plan to move forward? Or is it enough for you to be “right” ™.

  8. and in the 2008 general (0 Replies)

    He took the state by 9 points. So there’s that.

  9. additions (0 Replies)

    Fugazi: Greed

    Replacements: God Damn Job

    Minor Threat: just about anything (e.g., I Don’t Wanna Hear it)

    And currently anything in the Riot Grrrl genre.

    This all leans more cathartic than political – just let me turn up the volume and scream. For political, I can always put on Bruce Cockburn.

  10. couple off the top of my head (1 Reply)

    Couple covers my band does:

    Hüsker Dü: It’s Not Funny Anymore

    Nirvana: Territorial Pissings
    (just because you’re paranoid / don’t mean they’re not after you)

  11. good tweet-storm on the registry (0 Replies)

    From @Rrrrnessa: Link

    A few outtakes (but I recommend reading the whole thing):

    So, first. While I appreciate the outrage at this Muslim registry thing, where have you guys been?

    Muslims are already registered, there are no-fly lists, there’s the CVE program, there’s all the monitoring of mosques, FBI informants.

    So, here’s the thing. If this Muslim registry happens…I don’t want to hear words of kindness. They won’t help me or my community.

    I don’t want to hear how when it happens you will register. I want you to prevent it from happening and if it happens I want you to resist.

    What will make me feel safe will be knowing that there will be people ready to resist this, by an means necessary.

    And guys…. I dont want other marginilized people signing up for this registry too. I don’t want them endangering themselves.

  12. constitutional right (1 Reply)

    None of the things you listed are constitutional rights. I don’t have a constitutional right to drive. Or get credit.

    I do have a constitutional right to vote. So this is comparing apples and oranges.

  13. two thoughts (0 Replies)

    1) Racism / bigotry isn’t binary. It occurs over a spectrum. Everything from someone’s discomfort when in a certain neighborhood all the way to those advocating genocide. It’s all racism, but it isn’t equal in my eyes. I can work with the former group. Honestly, I’ve never met a person who is 100% non-racist and I’m not sure they exist – we all have the prejudices that our experiences have given us. Myself included.

    2) If there is a lesson to be learned by recent elections, it may be the one inferred by the tail-end of Edgar’s comment. I’ve never been one to worry about “electability” during the primaries, but this experience has shown me that someone with high recognition numbers combined with high negatives is awful hard to get elected. It immediately shrinks your universe of potential supporters to ID. Both candidates in this election had this problem and Trump won because, well, one of them had to win. So I will be taking that factor into account in the future.

  14. this article is a year old (0 Replies)

    Trump said he’d require Muslims to register.

    I think he should be asked the question now, point blank, whether this is still his stance. And not be allowed to give any sort of evasive answer.

  15. congrats on that (0 Replies)


    4. 55.23 Ja Man 44.77 Pleeze think of the children

    I thought the one NO on 4 commercial with the woman seeing her son coming out of the pot shot reeked of Reefer Madness and probably did more for the Yes side.

  16. Michael Moore called this accurately in July (2 Replies)

    I received this from Michael Moore via email back on July 5. Do read it.

    I believe Trump is going to focus much of his attention on the four blue states in the rustbelt of the upper Great Lakes – Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

    And this is where the math comes in. In 2012, Mitt Romney lost by 64 electoral votes. Add up the electoral votes cast by Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. It’s 64. All Trump needs to do to win is to carry, as he’s expected to do, the swath of traditional red states from Idaho to Georgia (states that’ll never vote for Hillary Clinton), and then he just needs these four rust belt states. He doesn’t need Florida. He doesn’t need Colorado or Virginia. Just Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. And that will put him over the top. This is how it will happen in November.

    Of course, he got Florida.

    If we keep plugging our ears and screaming “racist” every time someone tries to explain what’s going on, we’re never going to really understand what is happening and why. And we’ll just have more of the same (keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result…) until (maybe) demographics finally save us – but by then it might be too late.

  17. it comes down to actions (1 Reply)

    Late weighing in here, but I’ve been busy. Anyway, my two cents:

    As someone who grew up in a 60s union household in a lower-middle-class Detroit suburb, my reaction to the question is: “It’s OBVIOUS, isn’t it?” In those days, there was no question which party catered to the working class. So it might be difficult to explain it as it in just so ingrained in who I am.

    Anyway, yes, there are racism aspects to it, and the rise of right-wing media has played a part, but it really comes down to the actions and accomplishments of the Democratic party. Then, the party didn’t even have to point out why blue collars voters should be with them because they knew based on what the Dems had done for them.

    Maybe an example would help. When Obama took over in 2009, his team (cabinet and those formulating the stimulus) could have included significant labor representation. I don’t know if we have anyone with the status of Walter Reuther around anymore, but just including labor leaders in the discussion would have been good, both for the optics and the results.

    And then if the stimulus had included significant public works projects that would have made a quick, significant dent in the unemployment situation, notice would have been taken.

    Instead, we got something that looked like a compromise between a Dem president and Rep congress. Or vice versa. A quick turnaround for the Wall Streeters and a continued long slog for the working person.

    So, exactly how does that make a strong argument for the Dems vis-a-vis blue collar workers? It doesn’t matter so much that “we stand for this and that” if the result is more of the same.

    People got frustrated and worried. Think in terms of Maslow’s hierarchy. If people think their ability to put a roof over their heads and food on the table are in jeopardy (whether those fears are justified or not), someone who confidently says he can fix it is going to attract attention.