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Tue Dec 13, 2016, 04:47 PM

Seriously, it's just unbelievable how my friends are handling the day to day developments.

I follow their posts on Facebook (For the ones I haven't unfollowed) and even the enlightened ones are going into deep denial or withdrawal from reality. I have one woman friend who is left-leaning who is withdrawing into Yoga zen, wishing away all the negativity from her life and focusing her attention on the positives of life. My military friends are suddenly praying to God to keep "toxic" people out of their lives. And one of them said it all with just one sentence on her timeline: "I just don't know."

How is everybody else coping with this calm before the storm?

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Reply Seriously, it's just unbelievable how my friends are handling the day to day developments. (Original post)
Baitball Blogger Dec 2016 OP
FarCenter Dec 2016 #1
blue neen Dec 2016 #7
0rganism Dec 2016 #12
awoke_in_2003 Dec 2016 #60
deaniac21 Dec 2016 #68
tinrobot Dec 2016 #2
rzemanfl Dec 2016 #3
aidbo Dec 2016 #46
rzemanfl Dec 2016 #47
SammyWinstonJack Dec 2016 #4
Baitball Blogger Dec 2016 #17
bdamomma Dec 2016 #32
Amaril Dec 2016 #69
BainsBane Dec 2016 #5
JenniferJuniper Dec 2016 #11
MotorCityMan Dec 2016 #65
ThoughtCriminal Dec 2016 #43
Hortensis Dec 2016 #6
OKNancy Dec 2016 #8
Laura PourMeADrink Dec 2016 #38
enough Dec 2016 #9
taught_me_patience Dec 2016 #10
leftofcool Dec 2016 #52
Lint Head Dec 2016 #13
bdamomma Dec 2016 #35
democrank Dec 2016 #14
get the red out Dec 2016 #15
sanitygirl Dec 2016 #16
bdamomma Dec 2016 #36
sweetroxie Dec 2016 #18
Baitball Blogger Dec 2016 #21
tavernier Dec 2016 #19
awoke_in_2003 Dec 2016 #61
Proud Liberal Dem Dec 2016 #64
tavernier Dec 2016 #67
lunatica Dec 2016 #20
pnwest Dec 2016 #22
kudzu22 Dec 2016 #23
Blue Shoes Dec 2016 #26
kudzu22 Dec 2016 #42
Baitball Blogger Dec 2016 #62
renate Dec 2016 #55
lindysalsagal Dec 2016 #24
sarcasmo Dec 2016 #33
lindysalsagal Dec 2016 #37
sarcasmo Dec 2016 #53
PasadenaTrudy Dec 2016 #25
Farmgirl1961 Dec 2016 #27
BigDemVoter Dec 2016 #28
hibbing Dec 2016 #29
neeksgeek Dec 2016 #30
Warpy Dec 2016 #31
calguy Dec 2016 #34
billymike Dec 2016 #41
shadowrider Dec 2016 #44
OKNancy Dec 2016 #45
calguy Dec 2016 #56
PasadenaTrudy Dec 2016 #66
TrekLuver Dec 2016 #39
billymike Dec 2016 #40
txwhitedove Dec 2016 #48
sarcasmo Dec 2016 #54
shraby Dec 2016 #49
still_one Dec 2016 #50
marlakay Dec 2016 #51
flamingdem Dec 2016 #57
meadowlander Dec 2016 #58
Yavin4 Dec 2016 #59
lapislzi Dec 2016 #63

Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 04:49 PM

1. The mountains are high and the emperor is far away.

 

Old Chinese saying.

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 04:58 PM

7. The emperor is high and the mountains are far away,

when it comes to Trump.

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 05:07 PM

12. a proper blessing for the czar

"God bless and keep the czar... far away from us!"

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 14, 2016, 03:52 AM

60. With ICBMs

 

it's a small world.

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 16, 2016, 11:08 AM

68. Where ignorance is bliss, it's folly to be wise.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 04:50 PM

2. Meditating and reading up on Canadian immigration policies.

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Response to tinrobot (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 04:52 PM

3. You might want to meditate a tiny bit on spelling. n/t

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 09:02 PM

46. You may want to consider how much mediate looks like meditate.

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Response to aidbo (Reply #46)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 09:14 PM

47. OMG! Thanks. n/t

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Response to tinrobot (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 04:52 PM

4. Thinking seriously about Mexico. Cuts to Social Security and Medicare

will make the final decision for me.

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Response to SammyWinstonJack (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 05:25 PM

17. Well, if we all end up in Mexico, we can work together ...

...to make Mexico great again!

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #17)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 07:41 PM

32. Oh Carrier will be going down there

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #17)

Fri Dec 16, 2016, 11:29 AM

69. And we can make Trump pay for a wall

..........to keep the deplorables out of Mexico!

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 04:56 PM

5. I'm not allowed to mention Trump to my mother

Following the election she decided she would stop watching the news and told me that I shouldn't talk to her about what he's doing. She's in her 70s now and I think this election was the last straw for her. She just wants to check out of politics.

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 05:06 PM

11. Same with my 75 year old mother

She will not allow anyone to mention He Who Cannot Be Named and won't let my father turn the news on. Which is a huge lifestyle change for both of them.

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Response to JenniferJuniper (Reply #11)

Wed Dec 14, 2016, 01:09 PM

65. Used to discuss politics all the time with dad

Since he died 3 years ago, mom has taken over. She is in Phoenix, and we have weekly Sunday bitch sessions. She hates Trump and is really worried, as are we all.

I'm actually glad my dad wasn't around for this election. He and I bitched all the way through the Bush years, and I know exactly how he would have felt about Trump/

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 08:24 PM

43. I've watched the news once a couple of weeks ago

It was actually the first time I had watched network news in many years and only because I was at a neighbor's house.

I learned that it makes you less informed than if you had not watched it at all. Pure "Everything is normal with Trump's transition" propaganda.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 04:57 PM

6. Lol. Kroger has some good buys on canned beans,

so I stocked up a few dozen cans, on top of what we already have. And, of course, more rice since it lasts forever in storage and the two together make a complete protein. Makes me feel a little more secure as Trump spits at China and the other megalomaniac, Putin, decides whether he wants to try fricaseeing or roasting us whole. A little more secure about waiting out little "slaps" back, only, of course.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 04:59 PM

8. Deep in the bowels of Pinterest

making hurricane candle holders, decorating my house like never before. Cleaning, organizing.
Watching the Hallmark channel instead of the news.

If I started writing about my worries, I don't think I could stay sane.

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Response to OKNancy (Reply #8)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 07:49 PM

38. YES....stopped watching MSNBC 24/7 - now a bit of CNN (more liberal actually) and

back to doing ALL the things I neglected while I spent a year following this shit show

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 05:04 PM

9. I think yoga and meditation are needed now, but not as a way to withdraw or

wish away all negativity in the world. It 's more like a way to try to participate in reality without being swallowed up by fear and rage. Helps to figure out what really needs to be done and how to proceed.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 05:05 PM

10. My wife and I have started to have discussions about moving to Australia

 

or New Zealand. It's a remote possibility but one we've opened up.

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Response to taught_me_patience (Reply #10)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 09:49 PM

52. As long as you are under 56.

We looked at their policies and we are too old.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 05:08 PM

13. I'm calling my congressman and senators and raising hell.

I am a bulldog. I will not give up. Even if it cost me my life. Via heart attack or whatever. Because so many of my friends and relatives have died and been wounded in combat fighting fascism. Their graves are being spat upon by the GOP. They are also spitting in the faces of Americans who voted for Hillary Clinton. I can safely say that 2.5 million more people plus the others who voted for Hillary are pissed. That is the majority. It's Theocratic corporate fascism we are facing. Mitch McConnell, Bob Corker, Lamar Alexander and all of the other GOP actors are treasonous cowards for letting this happen. Mitch McConnell was paid back by having his wife appointed to the cabinet. He blackmailed Obama by saying he would frame the situation with the CIA pronouncement that Russian hacking was involved. Rex Tillerson is even worse. Screw it all. I will not stop I will not give up. I don't care if it takes 4 years are 8 years are 200 years. I will never stand for this.

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Response to Lint Head (Reply #13)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 07:45 PM

35. great post

you are doing the right thing. This is our country. They are asking for names for those scientists for climate change, that is not good. Call those reps and congressman/woman up they were elected to do their jobs for us.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 05:10 PM

14. These aren't the best of days, but

just rewatch some videos of the courage displayed by the Standing Rock Sioux and the veterans and others who came to support them. Think of that precious child who was posting from Aleppo....with danger all around her.

We shall overcome. Believe it.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 05:12 PM

15. Constant online news consumption

At DU and other liberal sites. I guess I just want shit to hit the fan on him so much, that I keep looking to see if it has.

I am not doing much Trump on social media outside of liberal groups I belong to on FB. Just no point in that IMO.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 05:24 PM

16. Ive become the daily storm of dissent and protest.

Contacting our elected representatives and communicating on social media. Using any and all tools to speak out. Zen and prayers are awesome, but silence during this time is not. ✌️️

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Response to sanitygirl (Reply #16)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 07:47 PM

36. I heard something today

silence means consent........ so LETS MAKE ALOT OF NOISE.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 05:58 PM

18. What calm?

eom

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Response to sweetroxie (Reply #18)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 06:16 PM

21. +1

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 06:02 PM

19. I binge watched the entire

Game of Thrones and Transparent series.
Had to head to lala land.

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Response to tavernier (Reply #19)

Wed Dec 14, 2016, 03:56 AM

61. Just started the Walking Dead

 

3 weeks ago. I'm all caught up.

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Response to tavernier (Reply #19)

Wed Dec 14, 2016, 12:12 PM

64. I guess that things are a *little* better for us

than the Starks have had it under the Lannisters and Boltons......so far.

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Reply #64)

Wed Dec 14, 2016, 03:07 PM

67. Lots of similarities.

I wouldn't mind having a few dragons these days.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 06:13 PM

20. I'm a firm believer in watching your enemy very closely

I'm simply watching what's going on for now. Gotta know what's happening and I want to be a witness to history just as I've been all my life (I'm 68 so I've watched a hell of a lot of our history in the last 50 plus years). I need to be able to do what Rachel Maddow does. Put historical moments into historical context.

But I do escape into Netflix and other forms of entertainment because I've learned that emotional breaks are very significant in keeping me sane.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 06:43 PM

22. Doing what I can emailing electors and such, I live 90 miles

from the nearest big city where actions and marches would take place. If I marched here where I live I'd only be inconveniencing deer and ducks...LOL. I'm voraciously reading everything I can to educate myself on the cabinet picks, AKA "The Clowns of The Apocalypse", and I'm still trying to educate and enlighten the few of my Facebook friends I have left who are R's - but toning down my hysteria, and trying to present facts. I know, they don't like to be confused with facts, but if I can't/won't stop trying. If I can't actually turn any R's, maybe I can sway a center or an Independent that evil is upon us and we need their numbers.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 06:54 PM

23. This too shall pass

Yeah it's gonna suck for at least four years. In the meantime pray for as little permanent damage as possible and focus on the next steps. It does little good to fantasize about revolutions, coups or impeachments that aren't going to materialize. Keep calm and know that this too shall pass.

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Response to kudzu22 (Reply #23)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 07:16 PM

26. Onto what exactly?

Things aren't going to magically go back after all this has happened. The genie is out.
Whatever the future hold, it defiantly lacks reasoned political discourse or action on climate change. These problems are going to haunt us for the next century and it'll be because of four damned years of Trump.

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Response to Blue Shoes (Reply #26)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 08:10 PM

42. Unless he starts a nuclear war

I don't believe any damage is irreversible. Have faith in humanity.

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Response to Blue Shoes (Reply #26)

Wed Dec 14, 2016, 11:56 AM

62. You just have to look at the Bush years to see that we won't come out of this unchanged for the

worst. Republicans do not self-analyze. They do not take accountability for their mistakes, so they move forward with the same bone-headed ideas.

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Response to kudzu22 (Reply #23)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 11:54 PM

55. I feel like we have a front-row seat at the end of the US as a superpower

Which is fine, of course, but it makes me a little sad because it's so unnecessary.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 07:01 PM

24. Becoming hysterical isn't going to change anything. Only time will tell how/when this will revert

itself.

The only good news is that a presidency is only 4 years. No way is he getting another 4.

Attempting to get others to remain in constant red alert will fail, regardless of whether or not it's warranted.

Join common cause, aclu, reliable news sources, women's groups like naral, support planned parenthood, and call your legislators, top to botom.

Help local dems and their programs.

Running around with your hair on fire won't change a thing.

Get off facebook: It can only lead to trouble.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #24)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 07:42 PM

33. How much will Orange Julius destroy in 4 years?

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Response to sarcasmo (Reply #33)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 07:49 PM

37. I know: That's the question. What will the market bear?

How susceptible are the GOP to taxpayer revolt? Their favorable numbers have been in the teens so long, I doubt they care. Their districts are totally gerrymandered.

ONe thing for sure: the GOP owns it all. Because they own it all.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #37)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 10:18 PM

53. Back to 7,000 for the market is my prediction.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 07:10 PM

25. I'm spending a lot of time

in nature. I'm also signing petitions, but I need my sanity. Panicking doesn't do a damn bit of good.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 07:18 PM

27. I'm signing every petition that comes my way, have sent emails to the electors several times

post everything of importance on FB and Twitter and wait with baited breath for the proverbial shoe to drop. We also have plans to move to Europe (from the fire into the frying pan...) as my husband has dual citizenship and my daughter and niece have been accepted into schools there.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 07:22 PM

28. Writing e-mails to my congresswomen/congressmen, giving $$ to ACLU, supporting liberal candidates

and causes.

But really, the ACLU right now might be the best defense. It doesn't look anybody else will do so.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 07:26 PM

29. Avoiding that gosh darned liberal media..ha ha

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 07:28 PM

30. Several things

For one thing, it's becoming an opportunity to enhance my Photoshop collage skills.

I have signed some petitions and I keep a few people in my circle informed of news stories they might otherwise not see (since I've been unable to ween them of mainstream media, and I stay away from most social media). And I will continue writing letters to government officials, at least when it might do some good.

My wife and my Dad both have decided to ignore the news; she believes I'm obsessed, and he thinks I'm losing my sanity. So I've backed off sharing regular updates with them.

But I reminded my Dad of an Edmund Burke quote he used to have on his email signature:

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 07:32 PM

31. Two things are at work

First, they're probably in the first two stages: shock & disbelief alternating with anger. They just don't want to talk about it.

Second, passive-aggressive resistance is still resistance.

It sounds like your Yoga-Zen friend is taking care of herself so she'll be in good shape for the battles ahead. Your military friends wonder how they're going to survive in a sea of Trumpers.

Mostly, they're just not ready to talk about it.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 07:44 PM

34. I'm doing the same things I did before the election

While I fear for the future of our country, my personal day to day life hasn't changed one bit other the way I am trading in the stock market these days.
BOTTOM LINE HERE FOLKS:
Donald Trump doesn't have the power to make my life shitty.
Hillary Clinton wouldn't have had the power to make my life wonderful.
All that is determined by ME. I am responsible for my own life regardless of the political realities of the day.
So while we despise the political landscape right now, always remember that the quality of our day to day lives is in our own hands.

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Response to calguy (Reply #34)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 08:02 PM

41. I respect and honestly will emulate your decisions. Thanks! (nt)

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Response to calguy (Reply #34)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 08:32 PM

44. You and I have the same opinion

I'm going to work, paying my bills and doing what I can for me and my family.

Let's look forward to 2018 and change things there.

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Response to calguy (Reply #34)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 08:39 PM

45. except that my husband is recovering from cancer and is on "Obamacare"

If we lose our Blue Cross... well just hoping for our own personal well-being they have a grace period of a year or two as he turns 65 in 2018.

So for many, life goes on, but for us maybe not. And my gay daughter. I worry for her as well.

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Response to OKNancy (Reply #45)

Wed Dec 14, 2016, 12:00 AM

56. You be OK

from what I'm hearing, even if they repeal ACA they are saying they need 3 years to figure out how to replace it. In other words, they have no idea, no plans to replace it, at least not before they have to face re-election. I think anything they do will be just for show, like everything else they do.

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Response to calguy (Reply #34)

Wed Dec 14, 2016, 01:09 PM

66. +1 n/t

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 07:55 PM

39. I'm doing the same stuff as before...torturing my pro Trashpot co-worker about the day to day

 

developments...I must say it's quite fun and also a great stress reliever. Whatever this Trashpot fuck does I will not sit idly by. I will be picking up the phone and attending rallies when I can. I will donate money to anti Trashbag causes. We should work in concert here on DU as far as phone calls and activism goes. These bastards listen when they get hundreds (would love thousands) of calls rather than just 10. I also enjoy calling Senators from out of state...I am a constituent everywhere.

I am mildly concerned about my country and what this Orange scented Trashbag is going to do to it. I fear us paying more $$ for things and I don't like that. I fear him picking fights with world leaders...I mean he already has. His cabinet picks are mostly an insult...we all know I could go on and on.... I can't control this Trashpot...just myself and I think it would do everybody a world a good to get ready to fight and get ready to get big league involved.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 09:18 PM

48. Panic attacks and a nervous twitch in the corner of my mouth.

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Response to txwhitedove (Reply #48)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 10:19 PM

54. I get the eye twitch, never had a mouth twitch.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 09:22 PM

49. I feel like the rainbowed cat. Ready for the claws to come out.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 09:22 PM

50. First thing i did is xowngrade my satellite service, so i essentillay just get the localsNo CNN,

no MSNBC, no fox

Focus on my music, reading good books, hiking

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2016, 09:40 PM

51. Mindfulness and meditation groups

I belong too. Lots of walks by the beach (i am only 1/2 mile away)

First few weeks I was emotional eating a ton of sugary stuff until I came down with bad cold/flu, so that was bad idea. I am now still recuperating from that on couch by fire watching lots of series and cheesey Christmas movies.

Not watching news, but through fb friends and here I learn all i need.

I plan on not watching any of Trumps coverage for as long as i can. Watching Alex on SNL is as close as i get.

At first me and my family and friends talked the first week, shock and all, now we never talk politics. For my family thats pretty normal unless its time to vote but for my political friends not to talk isn't.

Everyone posting cute Christmas or funny coffee pics except a few hardcore political fb friends who post tons per day of all the horror that is happening with links to real news sites. I have been tempted to not look at their stuff but figure I can't hide my head in the sand.

I wrote on every Christmas card have a peaceful new year. I am hoping for some type of peace!

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2016, 12:42 AM

57. Not going anywhere. I lived through Nixon

and in the end it was exhilarating because so many of us were on the same page and so many risked life and limb for their convictions.

There's no hiding from the truth. If you want to delay fine, but it's still going to haunt you

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2016, 01:10 AM

58. Same as 9/11.

Watching a lot of Star Trek and chanting "this too shall pass".

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2016, 01:14 AM

59. This is what folks did in the 1970s when Nixon won re-election

They withdrew inward.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2016, 12:08 PM

63. Making nice to my ex and my ex's brother

My ex was born in South Africa but is a US citizen now. I lived in South Africa for several years in the 90s. His brother still lives there and is extremely well-off. We've always been on good terms, but I'm making a conscious effort to make more friendly overtures.

Ex BIL has bought up quite a bit of property in Cape Town. Ex has indicated he'll be retiring there soon, taking up one of BIL's properties for a rental. It's reasonably inexpensive to live there. I've mentioned to BIL that if he finds a suitable property (he knows my needs), I'll crack open the 401(k) and pay him cash for it.

I still have my old residence permit, and enough in-law and step family to help me find my feet if I go that way.

That, and listening to nice storytime podcasts and audio books in place of news during the commute.

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