"My tongue will tell the anger of my heart,
Or else my heart concealing it will break." - The Bard....
“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of a Republic.”
"Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these." Ovid...
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Big Brother and the Moment of Hate. This picture says it all. (from today's NY Times) The following paragraph from a NY Times comment back in July sketches a brief factual history worth heeding when considering HOW on earth such a bunch of dumbkoffs ended up holding congress and the nation hostage for more than two decades now, then had the effrontery to offer the voting public the Orwellian Trump for President in 2016. With a calculated, publicly and repeatedly declared (was everyone deaf as well?) plan to dismantle ("shrink the size of") the US Government. How was this not treasonous? How did the People and their Representatives get so dumb? Here's how.
This sassy meme may end up being, at least as far as feminists are concerned, the one that most perfectly summarizes the 2016 election results.
In Today's NY Times Frank Bruni brilliantly puts the lie to the GOP's latest edition of feigned chivalrous concern for women ("daughters, sisters, wives") as the reason for withdrawing support for Trump. (And we say, Yea, Frank, for doing so.) But this commenter thoroughly exposes the hypocrisy and leaves it flayed and filleted.
Maryland33 minutes ago LAST BUT NOT LEAST, A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY TO MY WONDERFUL SON, A SINCERE FEMINIST, PROUD TO BE SO. WHAT A GUY!
Unlike Euripides' tale of the poor, confused, matricidal Orestes, there will be no Apollo arriving last minute tonight to rescue the Donald from himself. But you can bet Hillary is coming for him. Yes, indeed. And, for once, I'm with her.
For it turns out that this election, in the end, has clearly come down to two distinct sides: The Misogynists and the Feminists. Each with a distinctly different vision for the future of American women. And, whether they admit it publicly or not, each and every American knows which side they're on, and their secret vote this year will reflect that. So don't tell me you're not voting for Trump, but you're also not voting for Hillary, and expect anyone with a brain to say that's okay. This is about the future of all women, the half of the human race that cleans up the other half's messes. This woman looks like she's cleaned up a few.
Upstate ny4 hours ago
Lee Naples. FL4 hours ago While most people guide their lives by rules and respecting boundaries the real reason we have them is to try to protect ourselves from those who don't.Mature, thoughtful people recognize that without rules, regulations and a code of ethics the most dominant, self-centered and caustic people (and corporations) will take advantage of those of us who play by the rules. We are simpletons and marks in their eyes.There is good reason to have regulations, there is good reason to have a democratic government to protect us from the likes of Donald Trump and the too big to fail corporations that otherwise have no regard for anyone but themselves. I blame the Republicans for giving us the epitome of their credo.
This is why we have rules, and regulations and ethics...so that crazy, rich bullies do not get to lord it over the rest of us. I've been wondering how the Republicans have wrought this monster upon us and I hear their constant refrain "freedom", "liberty", "no more regulations", "free markets", "shrink government down to a size that can be drowned in a bathtub". An untethered Donald Trump is the Frankensteinian creation of the Republican refrain.
CECILY STRONG ABSOLUTELY nailed the Undecided Voter; UVs are simply citizens with no sense of civic duty who can't be bothered to pay some semblance of regular attention to the political life of their own nation, state, county, town. From Today's NY Times:
"In 2012, roughly half the people who were undecided at the end of the campaign stayed home. The other half split in similar proportions to the overall vote share. Despite the many ways that the 2016 election has been unexpected and unusual, the characteristics of undecided voters is not one of them. This may mean that we can expect half of them to stay home and the other half to split similarly to those who have decided already. They may be holdouts, but they are unlikely to be pivotal."
Lynn Vavreck, a professor of political science at U.C.L.A., is a co-author of “The Gamble,” about the 2012 presidential campaign. Follow her on Twitter at @vavreck.
Treat yourself to this, watch the whole nine minutes. Finally, two journalists who actually know what their job is supposed to be. And she's a Republican! Would there were more like her. Love when she asks him to "rescue" himself from the humiliation of trying to justify his position. I find it a bit scary that this practice of trying to convince the public that reality is something other than what we believe it is seems to be on the rise. I believe the word for such a situation is "Orwellian", non?
And, by the way, what is fekkin Twitter but the latest venue for "tittering gossip" snark, practiced back in the day by the likes of Hollywood's Louella Parsons and today's Limbaughs? The name "twitter" says it all: communication practiced by Twits. Don't think the idiots that brought it to market didn't know that when they named it.
"The hypocrite's crime is that he bears false witness against himself. What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one.
Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core."