|I cropped this out to replace|
my smiling Facebook photo
with this from when I was
angrier than I ever was in my life.
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Quote from Greg at the vigil: I hear people say that we should give Trump a chance. I tell them you don’t tell someone who is standing with a gun being held to his head to give the assailant a chance to see if the gun is loaded. (Paraphrase)
There are two groups here at Willamette View who I interact with — those progressives who need to engage in sometimes emotion laden discussion and the liberals who may sit with me awhile and then when we’re talking and venting about Trump before they leave because they are feeling overwhelmed. A few have taken off to their seaside beach houses for a few days and not turned on the TV. They come back revitalized and jump back into the fray. Others just don’t like the feelings in themselves that emerge when talking about Trump. I understand. It isn’t me. My shell shock at his win and avoidance lasted a few hours after he was declared the winner, and I was asleep during that time. Then I woke up at 3:00 AM and couldn’t resisted turning on MSNBC. Now I wake up every morning, turn on the TV and read the liberal websites. It gets crazier and crazier and the news coverage at least on the liberal MSNBC (of Bannon and Guliani, the amateurishness of the transition team, the Republican Trump apologists — ) depicts nothing but chaos and turmoil. I have to say that as bad as this seems for the country, it vindicates us. It also leave running the government to careerists who have run the nuts and bolts of the government through several administrations. My fear is once their new appointed bosses take over they will resign. That’s when the trains stop running on time.
|Speaking of trains, many homeless people like this sleep in from of Union|
Station in Washington.
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016
Trump Reportedly Considering Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist For Deputy National Security Adviser
Clare Lopez, reportedly on the short list for an advisory position in the White House, thinks Muslims are infiltrating the government.
Bedtime note after watching Lawrence O’Donnell:
What a choice (apparently) between war monger maniac, Jack D. Ripper Bolton and Rudy Guiliani as Secretary of State. The former knows something about foreign policy having been ambassador to the U.N. but would make the rest of the world even more terrified of the United States than they already are with Trump. Rudy was a prosecutor and NYC mayor and the city didn’t fall apart, although he is an evil, soulless person. He’s the saner choice between the two but he knows nothing about foreign policy…. oh great…. and Obama is on his way to reassure Angela Merkel that Trump isn’t about to bring chaos and crisis to the world. Now with that reassuring note I am going to bed.
This is the message I posted on the PDX Resistance Facebook page:
This picture (above right) is my Michigan State University ID… back then I was you and you were me. Now I want to feel like I can be a part of stopping the unfolding destruction we as a country have embarked on if only by supporting you and writing articles on Daily Kos.
The early 1970’s was another time where being part of a movement where, no matter the odds against us, we felt we had to do whatever we could to win.
When May of 1970 rolled around with the Vietnam War raging on and our friends dying, with Kent State Massacre being the catalyst, like all my friends I was ready to take a more active role in the battle so I became a student activist. Along with millions of others of my generation we took on the government and against tremendous odds we won. Finally the United States pulled out; but not before more than 58,000 Americans died, and estimates of total deaths go up to nearly 4 million.
Now it is up to you, but know that those of my generation, and the even older generation who fought for civil rights, are 100% behind you. When you look at us try not to see white haired and wrinkled geezers but remember what we looked like back in our day. You will be senior citizens someday too, and look back at the fight against Trumpism, a fight that you will suffer many setbacks in, but eventually you too will win.
|From Howard Covitz|
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016
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Thank you, Rutherford B. Hayes: The Posse Comitatus Act and Why We Need It Now More Than Ever
Maryland National Guard Sixth Regiment fighting its
way through Baltimore, Maryland, 20 July 1877
|Ironically In 1876, Hayes was elected president in one|
of the most contentious elections in national history.
He lost the popular vote to Democrat Samuel J. Tilden
but he won an intensely disputed electoral college
vote after a Congressional commission awarded him
twenty contested electoral votes. The result was the
Compromise of 1877, in which the Democrats acquiesced
to Hayes's election and Hayes ended all U.S. military
involvement in Southern politics. (from Wikipedia)
This is ALL so fucking depressing (LINK)… first Leonard Cohen, and now Leon Russell has died (at 74) too…
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Back from Fred Meyer’s I am spitting mad.
On the protests: The nightmare scenario is that Trump orders the National Guard (can he do that?) to stop the protests using non-lethal force --- that he would even have to add non-lethal force is incredible thought.... but of course this could lead to lethal force from both sides.. Kent State?
Would soldiers who are after, all citizens too, actually using any kind of force against non-violent protests?
Warning signs will come when we learn of his appointments.... that a sherrif -- however unhinged as David Clarke -- is being mentioned to head Homeland Security is appalling. That a mere county sheriff, even from a big city like Milwaukie, without the credibility of even a big city police commissioner like William Bratton (NYC) would even be mentioned to head up Homeland Security is strange, but this man is dangerous. Read this….
Trump’s Dr. Jekyll could stop Mr. Hyde from Tweeting this morning:
Sat., Nov. 12, 2016
A pretty photo with a grim reminder.
More dangerously, Clinton’s and Obama’s very civil passages, which ended in applause lines, seemed to close off alternative responses to his minority victory. (It was hard not to be reminded of Neville Chamberlain’s statement, that “We should seek by all means in our power to avoid war, by analyzing possible causes, by trying to remove them, by discussion in a spirit of collaboration and good will.”) Both Clinton’s and Obama’s phrases about the peaceful transfer of power concealed the omission of a call to action. The protesters who took to the streets of New York, Los Angeles, and other American cities on Wednesday night did so not because of Clinton’s speech but in spite of it. One of the falsehoods in the Clinton speech was the implied equivalency between civil resistance and insurgency. This is an autocrat’s favorite con, the explanation for the violent suppression of peaceful protests the world over
The second falsehood is the pretense that America is starting from scratch and its president-elect is a tabula rasa. Or we are: “we owe him an open mind.” It was as though Donald Trump had not, in the course of his campaign, promised to deport US citizens, promised to create a system of surveillance targeted specifically at Muslim Americans, promised to build a wall on the border with Mexico, advocated war crimes, endorsed torture, and repeatedly threatened to jail Hillary Clinton herself. It was as though those statements and many more could be written off as so much campaign hyperbole and now that the campaign was over, Trump would be eager to become a regular, rule-abiding politician of the pre-Trump era.
But Trump is anything but a regular politician and this has been anything but a regular election. Trump will be only the fourth candidate in history and the second in more than a century to win the presidency after losing the popular vote. He is also probably the first candidate in history to win the presidency despite having been shown repeatedly by the national media to be a chronic liar, sexual predator, serial tax-avoider, and race-baiter who has attracted the likes of the Ku Klux Klan. Most important, Trump is the first candidate in memory who ran not for president but for autocrat—and won.Recommended reading:
Autocracy: Rules for Survival
The bitter infighting that plagued Donald Trump’s campaign during the Republican presidential primary is starting to spill over into his team’s efforts to establish an administration and political operation, according to more than half a dozen sources familiar with the planning efforts.
Those rifts and others are complicating what was an already a herculean task for Trump’s team: building a massive new government for a man who has never held public office.
“It's the same situation as in the primary – everyone has the knives out for each other,” said a Republican operative who worked with the campaign and is now advising people on the transition team. Read article
Read article. If you see me I will have lots of extra safety pins to hand out. I got to Freddy’s at 7 and bought the last pack of 50.