Monday, October 5, 2020

Proactive Progressive Populism 2

The next generation of my blog is here. After a decade with this blog I decided for a new look and a new start. All posts going forward will be at the new linked address. Thanks for your support here over the last decade and I look forward to your reading at the new location.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Dem Senators face a critical test tomorrow

According to Sirota, McConnell desperately wants a consent agreement for an adjournment resolution, because keeping the Senate open will allow the Dems to use procedural measures to delay the Supreme Corp. nomination. They could deny McConnell, forcing any resolution to include that delay until after the election. This is another test to see if the Dems have what it takes to practice what they've preached to use every arrow in their quiver. Tomorrow will tell.

Don't fall for the abusive manipulation

We're now well aware of who is trying to lay this on us and we won't be fooled again.


Reich: Twit and Repugs don't play fair

Reich lays into the lying, cheating and stealing Repugs, not least of which is the hypocrisy and double standard on the pandemic and Twit's illness. Then there's the Dems wimpy, losing strategy of playing nice and fair in response. Reich says he understands the latter, that they want that sort of society. But they will never get it by playing by rules the other side not only shuns but outright despises. Dems need to learn from Bernie and AOC that you can fight fairly yet fiercely and win. There's a difference between that and interpreting fairness from a place of weakness and surrender. From his FB post:

"For about a minute today I found myself feeling sorry for Donald Trump. The poor man is now 'battling' Covid-19 (the pugilistic verb is showing up all over the news). He’s in the hospital. He’s out-of-shape. He’s 74-years old. His chief of staff calls his symptoms 'very concerning.'
"Joe Biden is praying for him. Kamala Harris sends him heartfelt wishes. President Obama reminds us we’re all in this together and we want to make sure everyone is healthy. But hold on: Why should we feel empathy for one of the least empathetic people in the world? Out of respect. He’s a human being. And he’s our president.
"Yet there’s an asymmetry here. While the Biden campaign has taken down all negative television advertising, the Trump campaign’s negative ads continue non-stop. And at almost the same time that Biden, Harris, and Obama offered prayers and consoling words, the Trump campaign blasted 'Lyin’ Obama and Phony Kamala Harris' and charged that 'Sleepy Joe isn’t fit to be YOUR President.'
"Can you imagine if Biden had contracted Covid rather than Trump? Trump would be all over him. He’d attack Biden as weak, feeble, and old. He’d mock Biden’s mask-wearing – 'See, masks don’t work!' – and lampoon his unwillingness to hold live rallies: 'Guess he got Covid in his basement!'
"How can we even be sure Trump has the disease? He’s lied about everything else. Maybe he’ll reappear in a day or two, refreshed and relaxed, saying 'Covid is no big deal.' He’ll claim he took hydroxychloroquine, and it cured him. He’ll boast that he won the 'battle' with Covid because he’s strong and powerful.

What goes around comes around

 Let's vote for poetic justice.

SNL: 1st Presidential debate

With Alec Baldwin playing Twit and Jim Carrey playing Biden.

Twit's covid update

I was watching Meet the Press where they were discussing the conflicting reports about Twit's health. Dr. Conley, Twit's personal physician, presented a rosy picture yet the Chief of Staph (infection) reported otherwise. They were just commenting whether the Conley could be believed when the program was interrupted by him with an update, who again painted a rosy picture. 

However after that update NBC interviewed their medical contributor, Dr. John Torres. He said he was concerned because Twit is taking dexamethasone, which is indicated for severe symptoms for those who are mechanically ventilated or requiring supplemental oxygen. It is strongly contraindicated for mild to moderate symptoms. He further commented that to him it indicates more is going on that Twit's doctor is reporting. Given how Meet the Press started with questions about that doctor's credibility, along with Twit's long history of lying about every thing, we have good reason to doubt their reports.

Senator Johnson tests positive, then goes to fundraiser

Yet another example of Repugnantans putting other lives in danger for money. While he did wear a mask, he took it off to make his presentation claiming he was 12 feet away from anyone. This after we've learned that that distance is irrelevant in an enclosed room.This is the same guy who opposes state-wide mask mandates. Just another death merchant participating in genocide. Yeah, let's vote for that.

Pro death Repugnantans

Despite their lying spin, actions speak louder than words.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Liberal Redneck - Twit caught Covid

His usual, unique perspective.

Lady Gaga - 911

Her latest YouTube video release. Lyrics here.

Twit covid update

Let's hope for the best outcome, however you interpret what that is. As of 6:21 pm MDT according to Wapo, Mark Meadows, Blight House Chief of Staph (infection), said: 

"The president’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning, and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery."

Question asked and answered

Which heralded the rise of the middle class and a more fair and equitable society. But that's exactly what the likes of Dell don't want. Hence the snide rhetorical question that actually has the answer he doesn't want to hear.


The 3 Ghosts of Covid

Funny take on the A Christmas Carol with Herman Cain playing Jacob Marley. The theme of the original is that Scrooge has an epiphany after being visiting by the 3 ghosts. Does anyone honestly think Twitnezer is going to learn anything from the 3 ghosts of Covid?



Twit is receiving socialized medicine

At Walter Reed. At taxpayer expense. After paying only $750 in federal income tax. Kick this welfare queen out on Nov. 3.

Coney Barrett Blight House ceremony a superspreader event

So far at least 7 cases of new covid-19 have been tied to this event where masks and social distancing were rare. We can remember a number of Twit's Blight House lawn rallies under the same conditions. It's obvious he and his Twitiots don't care about the lives of others. To the contrary they are superspreading the pandemic instead of battling it. If effect this is intentional genocide. Yea, let's vote for genocide!

Dems ready to surrender on Coney Barrett

Continuing this post, per Sirota some Democrats have given up any hope of stopping Coney Barrett's nomination. Specifically, Senators Durbin and Whitehouse. Segal and Teachout penned an op-ed in the NY Times laying out 19 procedural ploys to delay it yet too many Dems side with the quitters given their Party's "culture of learned helplessness." They wrote:

"Premature assertions of hopelessness are endemic to establishment Democratic politicians. This even passes for savvy: If nothing ever happens, because you convince yourself nothing can be done, then you’re never wrong."

The NY Times wrote:

"Democrats have opted against using parliamentary tactics to grind the Senate to a complete halt to try to delay a confirmation vote until after the election on Nov. 3, as some progressive groups have demanded."

What would McConnell do in this situation? We know the answer. In addition to those 19 procedures he'd lie, cheat and steal to prevent a Supreme Corp pick that he didn't want. We Democrats don't have to resort to his unethical practices because we have 19 legal procedures to achieve our goal. We all need to contact our Senators and demand that they fight like hell to protect our long-term rights via the Corp. We must exert the utmost pressure with threats of a primary to get rid of them and follow through on those threats. It's time Democrats grow a spine and fight back for we the people instead of caving to those who don't give one shit about us.

Friday, October 2, 2020

Senator Warren: 2 members of Judiciary Committee test positive

With Covid-19, so she rightly suggests the work of approving any Supreme Corp nominee be put on hold to protect the other members of the Committee. Of course we know that Repugnantans, like Twit, have no regard for human life, even members of their own Party, should it stand in the way of imposing their ideology on the rest of us through this process. From her FB post:

"Two Senate Judiciary Committee members tested positive for COVID-19 today. We don't know when we'll know just how many people have been infected. The Senate cannot safely proceed on the Supreme Court nomination. We must focus on containing this virus to protect members and staff."

After Hicks tested positive Twit interacted with dozens of people

In close proximity. Twit knew Hicks tested positive by Thursday morning and he knew he'd been in close contact with her for several days. So what did he do? He traveled that afternoon to a fundraiser and interacted with donors without a mask. That excuse of a man has no regard for the life of others. Of course we already knew that by his incompetence and neglect in having one of the worst pandemic responses in the world tantamount to genocide. And we're supposed to feel sorry for or be nice to him now? Seriously?

Totally Under Control

Trailer for a new documentary due out soon exposing Twit's lies on the pandemic.

Naomi Klein: Twit will use his Covid to further disrupt election

She voices what we're all thinking.

"There is no doubt that Trump is meeting with his advisers, and has been since they knew about this, since they knew about Hope Hicks, trying to figure out how to exploit this, including, I’m afraid, using it as an excuse to do what they have been trying to do relentlessly, which is discredit elections that Trump is terrified he is going to lose. So, as we think about what this means, we need to be prepared for the president using the fact that he’s having to cancel campaign events for two weeks to try to further delegitimize elections that he very likely will lose."


Twit and Malaria test positive for Covid-19

How can we not doubt the validity of this report by the Biggest Liar in History? Of course it makes sense given his cavalier behavior. But he is fully capable of creating a story about it for his own purposes. 

"President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus just days after one of his closest advisers who also had COVID-19 traveled with him aboard Air Force One. A White House official said Trump is experiencing 'mild' symptoms, according to the Associated Press."



Thursday, October 1, 2020

Could Repugnantans be any more obvious?

They don't even make a pretense anymore for their voter suppression.

Honest Government Ad: The recession

While this one is about the Australian government, every single point applies to the US govt. too. Conservatives everywhere have the same sick ideology.

538: How Twit could spark an election crisis

Problem is, Twit is blatantly signalling he's going to contest the election results due to his imaginary mail fraud, which could then be decided by 12th Amendment and the Supreme Corp. Does anyone really think Twit won't go this route when he loses? 

Hartmann: American white supremacy and racism

In light of Twit's call out to his white hoods (our version of the brown shirts), Thom issues a dire warning in his FB post:

"We’re now learning that the Department of Homeland Security officials were given talking points to share with the media the defended Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who traveled with his semiautomatic assault rifle from Illinois to Kenosha, Wisconsin to kill two people and blow the arm off a third. Specifically, members of DHS were given written talking points that Rittenhouse “took his rifle to the scene of the rioting to help defend small business owners.“
Other DHS talking points said that another right wing street-gang group had been “incorrectly” labeled as racist. 
"Our nation’s top law-enforcement agency is now charged with providing a public defense, in the media, of a racist, fascist murderer and groups that consider him a hero. When Tim McVeigh blew up the federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995, it was the coming-out party for today’s racist, right wing movement. The Klan was so 19th century; there’s a new generation of right wing killer racists in America.
"Most Americans probably think the racist cheerleading is limited to Trump, but this cancer is now spreading unchecked through our federal, state and local police agencies.Groups like the ones Trump shouted out to on Tuesday night are actively infiltrating and recruiting police and active duty military, and on numerous occasions have been seen coordinating with officers at protest sites.

On balance

I've long studied kung fu, where the philosophy and practice emphasize the shifting and dynamic balance of yin and yang, empty and full, left and right, body and mind and so on. Those are natural and embodied complements. But when we achieve that balance it is health, not sickness. It is harmony, not strife. It is love, not hate. All of the latter are a condition of imbalance and dysfunction. And that is the difference that makes a huge difference. Just because our language creates opposites doesn't mean they are all created equal.

False equivalence

This cartoon highlights the difference. Add to that democracy and fascism, love and hate, truth and lies,  humanity and selfishness, right and wrong, health and sickness and so on. There is no middle ground between them where some mythical compromise or balance lies. We must choose our friends accordingly.