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Future Hazy, Shake Again

Future Hazy, Shake Again

This is insane. I can’t even begin to predict where it’s going. It’s like federal and constitutional law has never been challenged by someone like him in the role of president-elect and enforcement is something nobody planned for (I have a feeling history has seen this guy before). As though it has always been assumed that anyone interested in the presidency would also be interested in following a standard of decorum, respecting the office, and working within the framework that allows us to share a set of goals while we fight over the finer details. He has no connection to the conventional morality that we all share. We understand that bullish, self-absorbed, narcissism as personal traits would set some members of our families, coworkers, and associates against us in unnecessary ways. Did this guy ever have to hold his tongue in a meeting of colleagues, ruminate on hurting his mom’s feelings, or rethink how his actions contributed to creating a tense situation at a family gathering? 

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The Republican Party is now the Official Party of Hate, Oppression, and Fear

The Republican Party is now the Official Party of Hate, Oppression, and Fear

Racism-Hate-Fear-Tony-Puryear-sm The Republican Party is now the Official Party of Hate, Oppression, and Fear  All the racists, xenophobes, misogynists, and nationalists across our country heard Donald Trump’s dog whistle “Make America Great Again” and united to vote for Donald Trump to make the Republican party the official party of hate, oppression, and fear. They heard Donald Trump say things about groups they hate, people they want to oppress, and heard him stoke the fires of fear. All these things he said  appealed to them (“He says the things I’m thinking”), so they voted for Trump.

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Donald Trump Scares the Hell out of Me and so does this Song by Radney Foster

Donald Trump Scares the Hell out of Me and so does this Song by Radney Foster

I have been in shock since around 10:00 last night when it became clear to me that Donald Trump will be the next president. I have a friend who tells me we get the president we deserve, but what the fuck did we do to deserve a fear-mongering racist, bigoted, egotistical, pussy grabbing, narcissist with the vocabulary of a fifth grader and the temperament of colicky toddler in a hot car seat? I don’t know. I have some thoughts, but I haven’t strung them together yet.

I was going to when I got home tonight, but I turned on the radio and tuned into Greg Vandy’s Roadhouse on KEXP. I’m still listening, and it’s exactly what I need to hear right now.

Greg’s show is a heavy one tonight with old and new songs about the current state of our divided union, and many songs are by people I’ve never heard before, including this song by Radney Foster. It captured my attention first because of the powerful vocal quality and then because it’s a frightening vision of a demagogue’s power over the rubes.

It’s a single that was released in September. I think it will be on his upcoming album due out soon. It’s on my list.

Low Voter Turnout Favors the Republican Candidate

Low Voter Turnout Favors the Republican Candidate

Three ideas I’ve heard today to improve our democracy:

Some people seem to think this will improve voter turnout. So many people have to work on election day and, with the long lines in some precincts, in some states, this makes it more difficult for young, poor, and rural voters to make it to polling places when work, family, and distance impede their participation in our democratic process.
1.a Poor people, young people, and rural people don’t get the day off on national holidays. This would not change the electorate nor enfranchise those currently left out of the process. But if low voter turnout favors Republicans, this change would allow them to claim another “law and order” excuse for suppressing access to the polls.

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Political Songs: The 2016 Election Selection

Political Songs: The 2016 Election Selection

Hillary-and-Donald-6-sm Political Songs: The 2016 Election Selection

Choose wisely.

Here is a list of political songs you need to listen to during the final two weeks leading up to the presidential election on November 8th.

As you may have figured out by now, one of the biggest issues of this election is racism. The first few political songs take us back to the mid sixties through the mid seventies. Yes our nation has made some progress since then, but these songs remind you about what was going on then and makes you wonder why it’s still going on now.

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Donald Trump – Pussy Grabber

Donald Trump – Pussy Grabber

Donald-Trump-Guilty-of-Groping Donald Trump - Pussy Grabber
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Donald Trump grabs pussy because, when it comes to women, he can do anything he wants. He’s God’s gift to women!

How do we know this? Because The Washington Post obtained a video of Donald Trump preparing for an appearance on “Days of Our Lives” with actress Arianne Zucker in 2005. Here is a part of the transcript of the conversation he had with “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush about Nancy O’Dell, who was his co-host at the time:

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A Question for all the Donald Trump Supporters

A Question for all the Donald Trump Supporters

A Question for all the Donald Trump supporters who continue to baffle me with their unwavering support for a politician who is clearly at odds with their own personal values and moral codes.

So what if one day between now and November 8th Donald Trump actually acted out all of his narcissistic, bullying, racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, war-crimes rhetoric and did this:

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Donald Trump Tweets at 2:30 a.m. Inviting Supporters to Watch Machado Sex Tape

Donald Trump Tweets at 2:30 a.m. Inviting Supporters to Watch Machado Sex Tape

Machado-and-Trump Donald Trump Tweets at 2:30 a.m. Inviting Supporters to Watch Machado Sex Tape

Donald Trump woke up grumpy and agitated during the wee hours of Friday morning and sent out angry tweets about Hillary Clinton and Alicia Machado. One suggested his supporters view a Machado sex tape.

Here is the series of his early morning tweets:

Anytime you see a story about me or my campaign saying “sources said,” DO NOT believe it. There are no sources, they are just made up lies!
12:20 AM – 30 Sep 2016

Wow, Crooked Hillary was duped and used by my worst Miss U. Hillary floated her as an “angel” without checking her past, which is terrible!
2:14 AM – 30 Sep 2016

Using Alicia M in the debate as a paragon of virtue just shows that Crooked Hillary suffers from BAD JUDGEMENT! Hillary was set up by a con.
2:19 AM – 30 Sep 2016

Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out sex tape and past) Alicia M become a U.S. citizen so she could use her in the debate?
2:30 AM – 30 Sep 2016

Wait… isn’t he a Republican candidate? Doesn’t that make him a man of character and strong values? Aren’t Evangelical Christians a large portion of the Republican base? Trump just asked them to watch a sex tape! You have to wonder what that group thinks such conduct, but then if they’ve hung with him this long, there’s nothing he can say or do that would cause them to reject him.

But they should, because there are two problems with Trump’s early morning tweets.

One: Any normal person running for president would have apologized for his nasty comments about Machado’s weight gain and moved on to what should really matter to him – his campaign for why he should be president. Only a narcissistic psychopath like Donald J. Trump would stew over it for 3 days, wake up in the middle of the night, and then tweet more  humiliating comments about her.

Two: According to The Guardian, the alleged sex tape doesn’t exist:

The pornography charge appears to be false. The website Snopes, which specializes in debunking online hoaxes, writes that the anal sex clip that turns up on free porn sites under Machado’s name appears to be from the 2004 feature Apprentass 4, which stars another woman.

Of course a real sex tape could exist in Trump’s library of old sex videos to watch during the wee hours of the morning. Maybe he will release it for all of us to see. Or maybe he’s in it too, and won’t, because we all know what he looks like naked. (See previous post).

Donald Trump Fat Shamed Alicia Machado and then gets Fat Shamed by Timothy Egan

Donald Trump Fat Shamed Alicia Machado and then gets Fat Shamed by Timothy Egan

Donald Trump fat shamed his 1996 Miss Universe winner Alicia Machado, and Hillary Clinton used his own demeaning words to bait him into a trap.

This exchange during Monday night’s debate obviously caught him off guard:

CLINTON: And one of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest. He loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them. And he called this woman “Miss Piggy.” Then he called her “Miss Housekeeping,” because she was Latina. Donald, she has a name.

TRUMP: Where did you find this? Where did you find this?

CLINTON: Her name is Alicia Machado.

TRUMP: Where did you find this?

CLINTON: And she has become a U.S. citizen, and you can bet…

TRUMP: Oh, really?

CLINTON: … she’s going to vote this November.

Well played Hillary. Donald Trump of course had to respond by saying “[Machado] was the worst we ever had. The worst, the absolute worst”. And “She was the winner, and, you know, she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem. We had a real problem. Not only that, her attitude, and we had a real problem with her.”

Well Timothy Egan had a problem with Donald Trump, and flipped the fat-shaming back at him:

So, in the spirit of the discourse that Trump has brought us to, let’s objectify the Republican nominee on his terms. This guy is fat. Bigly. He’s got an extra chin, a gut you wouldn’t want to see riding above a bathing suit, and a rear that serves no purpose but ballast.

At 6-foot-2, the height that he has long given profile writers, Trump weighs 236 pounds, he told Dr. Oz. Not quite Taftian — he ballooned to 354 pounds by his inauguration in 1909 — but not healthy, either. By government guidelines, Trump is obese. In a weasel move to avoid that classification, Trump now says he is 6-foot-3, which makes him merely overweight. How he grew an inch, at the age of 70, is a story that has escaped his hagiographers at Fox.

Trump’s ducktail hairdo, colored in a hue unknown to nature, is a complicated comb-over inspired by Dr. Seuss. He wears a silly cap at outdoor rallies to keep the nest in place. It makes him look like “the warm-up guy,” Garrison Keillor wrote, “the guy who announces the license number of the car left in the parking lot, doors locked, lights on, motor running.”

His fingers, as Spy magazine first noted decades ago, are unusually short. At 7.25 inches from the tip of his middle finger to the wrist (according to sleuthing by investigative reporters), Trump’s hands are smaller than 85 percent of American men. No surprise he lies about that as well. “Look at these hands,” he said during a debate earlier this year, holding the dwarf-size digits up for all to see. “Are they small hands?”

And that reminded me of this photo I took of the “Naked Trump” statue that was placed in four cities around the country, including Seattle. This one was saved from the Seattle Department of Transportation and moved from the street to inside a shop named “No Parking on Pike”.

Naked-Trump-No-Parking-on-Pike Donald Trump Fat Shamed Alicia Machado and then gets Fat Shamed by Timothy Egan
Naked Trump at No Parking on Pike

Except I think they made his hands a little too big.