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Protest Donald Trump’s Inauguration by Wearing Black

Protest Donald Trump’s Inauguration by Wearing Black

Well, we’re doin’ mighty fine, I do suppose,
In our streak of lightnin’ cars and fancy clothes,
But just so we’re reminded of the ones who are held back
Up front there ought ‘a be a Man In Black.

– Johnny Cash, from “Man in Black

Inauguration in Black

What should you wear to protest Donald  Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States of America on Friday, January 20, 2017? It’s pretty simple. Wear black, and I mean all black – black underwear, black t-shirt, black pants, black belt, black shirt, black tie, black socks, black shoes, black coat (raincoat with a hood if you live in Seattle), black accessories, and if you hair is not black – consider dying it black.

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Donald Trump Tweets Flag Burners belong in Jail and should Lose their Citizenship

Donald Trump Tweets Flag Burners belong in Jail and should Lose their Citizenship

American-Flag-Burning Donald Trump Tweets Flag Burners belong in Jail and should Lose their Citizenship

Early this morning, Donald Trump woke up and sent off a flurry of tweets including this one:

“Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail”!

6:55 AM – 29 Nov 2016

What are we to make of this tweet that defies the U.S. Constitution? In 1989 the Supreme Court in Texas v. Johnson ruled that burning a flag in protest is political expression protected by the First Amendment. In 1967 the Supreme Court ruled in Afroyim v. Rusk that the 14th Amendment forbids the government from taking away the citizenship of natural born Americans. Is Donald Trump suggesting that congress enact laws to punish flag-burning protesters by incarcerating them for a year and/or stripping them of their citizenship? Based on Supreme Court decisions, if congress did pass such laws, they would immediately be ruled unconstitutional.

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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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