Aftermath (Part 10): Are we really so blind we can’t see?

Aftermath (Part 10): Are we really so blind we can’t see?

It’s remarkable, you know. I see patterns other people don’t and there are people who know me and think I’m too full of hyperbole to pay attention. Even when I’m right. Continue reading “Aftermath (Part 10): Are we really so blind we can’t see?”

Racisim: It’s baKkKed in…

Racisim: It’s baKkKed in…

This post has been brewing since the end of May, but I didn’t have the words until last night. Not until I sat through BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee’s new Joint. Continue reading “Racisim: It’s baKkKed in…”

Asking for a friend…

Asking for a friend…

I keep seeing variations on a theme on my FB wall and elsewhere regarding protesters being late to the party and that we should stop blaming the people who voted third party and heal ourselves through compassion. This is the response I wrote to the direct question on my wall, to answer a question from a friend.

There is no way I can write a response to her question without taking on the people who read my writing, so let me preface this statement with the following: I am GLAD people are finally waking up and doing something. It’s about damn time.
 

That said, in realigning my personal and political blogs, I’ve had ample opportunity to look back at my writing. I lived through the Reagan era and I spent a lot of time reading articles about our history, about abortion, toxic waste, energy, and a host of other issues most kids my age barely acknowledged.

I guarantee you the writing was on the wall, even back then, especially as the USA Patriot Act was fresh and new.

People were complacent when the GOP put the mechanisms in place that control our lives today, but they were just as complacent when Reagan started to strip our rights, when Bush took office as VP and pushed the GOP to the Right, when Gingrich put out his contract on America.
 
Decades of erosion, blame, hate…they’ve all been there. NOW people have finally started noticing, and suddenly they’re paying attention because all along they thought it couldn’t happen here. The problem is, there is nothing T will do about it, nothing Pence will do about it, short of an actual war. And the mechanisms are already in place to prosecute with prejudice ANY individual who takes on the government.
 
About midway through last year, I asked a friend who I later unfriended (and then recently added back because he asked) what he would be prepared to do to keep his guns. Would he go out and shoot people who threatened to disarm him?
 
I never got a response. I won’t call him out now. It’s theoretically possible he’s reading this post right now. He might finally reply, or he might unfriend me.
 
I’m telling you this, right now: If you are not ready to kill to protect your family, if you are not prepared to run somewhere else to protect your family, if you are not reading every propaganda item that attempts to suggest this is normal, acceptable, or in any way false panic, you won’t see what’s coming next.
 
People are STILL telling me this isn’t Weimar, Germany, that we are not where we are today, that it can’t happen here.
 
The gunman who shot those Muslims in Quebec was immediately misidentified as one of the people INSIDE the mosque, instead of the white supremacist he is.
 
The seething hate has been building for a century and a half, but back then, we didn’t have nuclear weapons, and there wasn’t a flood of refugees coming in from areas WE fucked up first. It was our own people rising up to fight and die for what was right, to end slavery.
 
In the early part of the century we did NOTHING until Europe attacked US. We would have sat out WWII if Roosevelt could have arranged it. We turned Jews away because we were afraid. We locked up our own Japanese citizens (and others as well) because we were afraid.
 
We’re about to do it all again, because people who thought it couldn’t be that bad allowed these dangerous assholes into the highest office of the country, and when they finally take over the Supreme Court, there will be no checks or balances left.
 
And the Soviets won’t come to our rescue this time. Oh, no. Not unless they think they’ll win control, as with East Berlin. Red Dawn was just fiction, after all.
 
No, I’m not crazy, and I’m not going to apologize. I wrote about this stuff then and people blew me off. Many of them still haven’t apologized. I’ve noticed.
 
I want you to get active. Protest. Call your senators and representatives. Take that trip to the local office, SHOW UP and FIGHT. And be ready to fight in the real sense, because we’re past fuzzy pink hats and high fives.
 
This isn’t a feel-good movement. It’s the fight of our lives.

ETA:

The people who ought to be reading this are no longer part of my page for a reason. If you think I’m wrong, fine. Bring them back. I’m done talking to them.
But let’s be clear here: Bernie wasn’t going to win. Not once the white supremacists made their presence known. He had zero chance, because he is a socialist Jew.

I supported him. I did not and DO NOT support those people who thought he should win, picked up their toys and went to vote for Johnson or Stein instead.

I listened to Stein continue the dialogue, and to Nader as well, on Election night. They *STILL* have not walked back one thing they said that night. Until I see THEM apologize, turn THEIR supporters back into the fold, this whole discussion is meaningless.

Where the fuck are THEY now?

Forgot one supremely important thing: The Million Muppet March on November 3 in DC!!!

Forgot one supremely important thing: The Million Muppet March on November 3 in DC!!!

If you’re not following me on FB, you don’t know about this because I’ve forgotten to include the info here, until now.

http://millionmuppetmarch.com/

No, this isn’t just an online event. Reuters has the latest article on the movement. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/12/usa-campaign-muppets-idUSL1E8LCCU120121012

There’s a growing list of folks who are meeting at the Greenbelt Metro at 8am for a joint trip down to the Mall. If you’re interested in joining us, but you’re not on FB, comment here and I’ll add you to my list of folks to watch for on the 3rd.

The FB Event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/467864996591388/. The FB community page has already reached over 16k since they launched the page October 4th.

If you’re not friends with me, you probably won’t be able to see the event, since it’s Friends Only, but there are cures for that sort of thing.

Well, it’s a good thing I decided to check in today!

Well, it’s a good thing I decided to check in today!

SEPTEMBER 15 Mass March in Washington DC!

11am – ish…Arrive either by foot or bus down at McPherson Square and camp out until I see the other folks from my UU congregation. I may also see NW and his crowd, and if they want to join us and swell our ranks, they’re certainly welcome! We’re a “Welcoming Congregation” after all… 😎

Morning gifts…

Morning gifts…

Thanks, Liam!!!

Top White House aide Rove resigns

Ok, so someone please tell me: Does “executive privilege” extend to former employees as well? Please say “No.” Please?

By the way, in case you haven’t heard, September 15 is the next march on Washington.

September 15
Mass March in Washington DC!

Come to Washington DC on September 15 for a large antiwar protest timed to coincide with the report by General Petraeus on the “Surge” in Iraq.

(If you want to do this, you’re welcome to crash here.)

It’s theoretically possible that a group from my congregation will go. I still have the signs I made last time, waiting downstairs.

Just thought I’d share. Happy Monday!

Comment from Joan:

Sorry, but despite what you think executive privilege is not about protecting Rove or any other employee or former employee. By it’s very nature, executive privilege is about protecting the EXECUTIVE and since Bush is still in office he can still use it to block anyone talking about something he said or ordered or had anything to do with at all.

Further bummer – I imagine he’s just freeing his time up to hand pick and polish our NEXT executive. He’s evil, pure and simple from the 8th dimension.

RIP Charles Nelson Reilly, and other partings…

RIP Charles Nelson Reilly, and other partings…

Another piece of my childhood just left the planet for good.

Charles Nelson Reilly dead at 76

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — Charles Nelson Reilly, the Tony Award winner who later became known for his ribald appearances on the “Tonight Show” and various game shows, has died. He was 76.

Reilly died Sunday in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia, his partner, Patrick Hughes, told the New York Times.

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And then, there’s this:

Anti-war mom Cindy Sheehan gives up her protest

Cindy Sheehan, the mother who became an anti-war leader after her soldier son was killed in Iraq, says she is walking away from the peace movement. Sheehan says her son died “for nothing.” And she says her activism has cost her health, her husband and her savings.

FULL STORY

Sigh…

PSAs again…

PSAs again…

This is your semi-annual reminder that more than 90% of my original blog posts fall into the Friends category, and are thus not viewable unless you have your own account AND I’ve friended you.

I leave you with this image:

Last Sunday, after the service was over, the Minister Emeritus stopped me while I was loading the car, and he asked me about the bumper stickers on the back of our new car. Of particular interest: Our WTF sticker. (Oval, looks a lot like the W04 stickers, but with subtle – and not so subtle – differences. This one’s close: http://i3.cpcache.com/product/15326680/wtf_04_rectangle_sticker.jpg

W(TF?) '04
Original source: https://www.cafepress.com/mf/5993251/wtf-04-rectangle_sticker

) He and his wife wanted to know what the WTF stood for. And I told them. Without a lot of blushing. Much. Um…

Interesting life, that’s the case! Don’t miss a minute of it!

Hint.

This is what happens when I get tired…

This is what happens when I get tired…

I’ve been poking around a web site looking for stuff to stick to my new car. I already have a folder full of stickers, including the one I got from MS, but I haven’t gotten the round ‘tuits yet, and I thought I’d see what else I could find. And boy, howdy, there’s plenty here: http://www.evolvefish.com/.

My favorite, and the one least likely to pass muster with DH (who may occasionally drive the car to work), was: “Would Somebody Please Give Bush a Blowjob So We Can Impeach Him?” Then there’s explaining to my kid what the term “blowjob” means…

I’ve got a bunch of stuff racked up in the shopping cart. I just need to know which item(s) DH might want for his car.

All I still need are big bright “flower power” daisies, and I’ll be all set. (Okay, so it isn’t a VW Bug. Sue me.)

Too stunned to write…

Too stunned to write…

Last night I sat down before bed and read all the way through our Bill of Rights. You know, the things which govern how we are supposed to operate as a country?

Too bad the current administration hasn’t bothered to do the same recently.

I have a whole lot to say but I’m thinking about how I want to say it. I’m also contemplating writing it in essay form and posting it on my Writing blog page.

So much to say. So long to wait until the next election.

And so very much disappointment.

Aside from all that, there is apparently a protest being organized for February 13 to support same sex marriage in Annapolis. I am giving serious consideration to attending the event. Anyone who wishes to come join me is welcome to come to my home afterwards for some hot cocoa and like-minded support.

It is time to take our rights back and to hold those responsible for their restriction accountable.

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