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In a way, Trump is a blessing

Hang on, before you throw tomatoes and knives, hear me out.

The main trick the GOP has used to gain power was the ability to effectively back all sorts of noxious, racist, mammon worshiping evil, then turn to Joe and Mary working class and say "I am really just like you, looking out for your interest against those arrogant suits in New York and Los Angeles." It has been a potent spell, so much that a New England scion like W. turned himself into a Texas Cowboy. Donald Trump does NOT have that ability. Even with one of the largest group of courtiers since the days of European Monarchy, he cannot, will not, even attempt to conceal what he thinks, and MORE importantly, what his FLOCK thinks. Think about the many, many times where if Trump was able to pull back. If he softened up, and played "compassionate conservative", he could very well have put Hillary behind.

He cannot though, and that is our saving grace. Suppose someone like Jon Kasich, or for that , Mike Pence, was the front runner. Both of them are very good at backing some of the more vile, hateful and deadly aspects of the right, but they can pull the "I'm really a reasonable man" nonsense. Do remember John Kasich was someone that yelled at a heckler in the audience ththey would cut social security and we would "get over it"


Pence, let's not even get into his anti gay and anti abortion platform.

As much as we wish the GOP would send up people like Cruz and Trump who are right out of central casting, we know that is not the case, so part of what saved us is that the GOP, which for years mastered the art of painting demons in clown make up, finally gave in to it's addictions.

Dylan getting the Nobel: a bittersweet opinion

Now of course, there are many people mad he got this award: fans of names as diverse as Ngugi wa Thiong’o or Philip Roth felt snubbed. However, let me say this, whether you were in Nigeria, Japan, or New York, mad that your person did not win, you also know a Bob Dylan song that went beyond a mere tune. Like it or not, Dylan forced pop music to aspire to literary greatness, and yes, for every Bob Dylan song that was obviously not mean to be literature, there was a "Masters of War", or "Blowing in the Wind" that was. Literature, for all it's academic pretense, is the written word being applied to the life we live, to reflect life, and speak truth to life. Take a look how a simple song like "Maggie's farm" managed to inspire people from student strikes to Obama himself, when they took action against the people that song describes. If the purpose of the written word is to inspire people to think, act and make changes, then there can be no doubt that Dylan has done that. Aside from all the people inspired by the Music, there are people who think in terms of affecting the mind with the lyrics, the written word, something that was not absent from popular music before Dylan, but had a permanent stronghold in music thanks TO Dylan. And yes, Dylan's work echoed everywhere where there is protest: there is a reason three generations of different protesters can break out a Dylan song and be on the same page. When you get diverse people on that same page, that same thought, you have POWER, the power to unify thought that is the power of a written word. Dylan IS Literature, and his works will be studied by everyone from poets to politicians, because he stepped into a moment when the notion of popular culture itself was open for literature, and he forced popular culture to be open to the idea that yes, it could be literature too.

Now, that being said, here is the bitter part. First off, awards are often given not to reward, but to assimilate. Just like China allowed Dylan to play (albeit they told him the protest songs were out), the fact that Dylan has gotten so big means that the establishment does NOT consider him a threat. When the famously Euro-centric Nobel committee feels free to award ANY American, it means they feel confident that he is not a threat. Remember when the head of the Nobel committee said

"Of course there is powerful literature in all big cultures, but you can't get away from the fact that Europe still is the centre of the literary world ... not the United States," he told the Associated Press today."

The Eurocentric arrogance is the reason why many of the people who felt they were snubbed for Dylan are angry, one of the main rivals was a Nigerian, another Japanese. Let us not even touch the fact that Salman Rushdie is treated like a non person lest the Saudis threaten to spread money where it will do harm. So really, I do feel that Dylan is being used as a cover up, and it feels VERY cynical.

So, this reward, far from acknowledging the power of a good lyric to change a mind and inspire action, is the celebration of the fact that the world has learned to become immune to that power. Also, I do hate to engage in generational war, but is the fact that Dylan was considered one of the examples of the Baby Boomers glory not part of the show? We are in an election in America where two Baby Boomers both argue that they are willing to go to war, and many of their counterparts in Europe also speak of war, and now, Dylan gets a nobel.

Last thing. If the Nobel is going to recognize the power of song lyrics to be literature, let us hope that they remember this in the future. Frankly, considering that Dylan took a lot from both Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie, it will be telling of those two do NOT get some reward. Am I saying that maybe ten years from now, a Bob Marley might get it, or hell, 50 years hence, a Tupac Shakur? Not likely, but a lot of that will have to do with the fact some complexions get connections, others don't. If the Nobel wants to lead humanity, it will need to reflect humanity, and no, the occasional woman or occasional Asian ever few decades won't cut it.

who actually helped Trump more? Fox or MSNBC

Normally, the answer would be fox, but I honestly feel that MSNBC allowed the "respectable moderates" to coat their toxins in candy. I also think the Joe and Mika did a lot of the cheerleading for Trump.

Column: A conversation between an OB-GYN and her Trump-supporting father about sexual assault



OK, where to begin? Here is a professional woman who is still scarred from her rapes, and her father comes across like a complete self righteous ASSHOLE. He has so much hate for the left that he forgives trump, even as he knows his daughter is sobbing. He even admonishes her "don't say anything controversial" as if he felt the PRIVILEGE to tell an OBGYN how to do her JOB!

The scary thing is, this person probably looks and sounds like a nice guy, proud that he raised a doctor, though I will bet hard currency he wanted a boy.

Donald Trump is the GOP’s chemotherapy


OK, when the Washington Post and George F'n Will describe losing an election as "Chemotherapy" you know you are in the waters where the sharks jump and the ships sink.

"Trump is a marvelously efficient acid bath, stripping away his supporters’ surfaces, exposing their skeletal essences. Consider Mike Pence, a favorite of what Republicans devoutly praise as America’s “faith community.” Some of its representatives, their crucifixes glittering in the television lights, are still earnestly explaining the urgency of giving to Trump, who agreed that his daughter is “a piece of ass,” the task of improving America’s coarsened culture.Because Pence looks relatively presidential when standing next to Trump — talk about defining adequacy down — some Republicans want Trump to slink away, allowing Pence to float to the top of the ticket and represent Republicanism resurrected. This idea ignores a pertinent point: Pence is standing next to Trump.He salivated for the privilege of being Trump’s poodle, and he expresses his canine devotion in rhetorical treacle about “this good man.” What would a bad man look like to pastor Pence?"


With malice toward none? (when Hillary wins)

There will be a temptation to become bipartisan, especially if the GOP starts singing the sweet melodies of cooperation that would have been proper around 2008.

Do not believe it, if nothing else , this election has shown that the GOP has NOT repented from the past, and would gladly seek any opportunity to get back what they think is theirs.. We should not yield one inch, and indeed, while Clinton is a centrist, we should gladly seek some gains on the LEFT. These folks had their chance to work with us back when Obama came in like a paladin, ready to endure in order to reconcile. Now, we should show our ENEMIES that there will be no saving of face.

GOP excuse for Hill kicking their ass

inspired by: http://www.democraticunderground.com/12512486014#post1

OK, we know that when they lose, the GOP will make excuses. Let us list of some of the likely ones, and already debunk them, such as "OH, Hillary only won because the Media!" etc
Posted by DonCoquixote | Sun Oct 9, 2016, 02:51 PM (1 replies)

Sincere Question

I know the show "designated survivor" may have brought this up as well, but what would actually happen in the event the two party candidiates could not run, like if one of them died? Do we have the procedure in play?
Posted by DonCoquixote | Sun Oct 9, 2016, 02:37 PM (3 replies)

The Hurricane and Florida Voting

Hello, coming from Tampa, about the one major Florida Metropolitan area not in danger of getting a cat 4 Hurricane. Orlando, Jacksonville, are all in it's path, and frankly, I am not resting easy even though I am on the other side of the state, because I know I could drive to that "other side of the state" and be there in time for dinner.

However, I have a political concern; the part that the Hurricane is hitting is also the LEFTWARD side of the state, especially Orlando which has many Latinos, and an LGBT community that got very vocal and mobilized thanks to the nightclub massacre. I will be blunt, I would nto put it past Rick Scot to try and take advantage, like for example say that so many voter records are gone, meanwhile, the panhandle (aka the part that i still fighting the civil war) gets everything.

In the words of Rachel Maddow, if you can, talk me down
Posted by DonCoquixote | Wed Oct 5, 2016, 09:16 PM (9 replies)

scary thought Re: pence

What if trump is the Trojan horse to get this guy in the Oval Office?
Posted by DonCoquixote | Wed Oct 5, 2016, 12:05 AM (4 replies)
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