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"And the REAL culprit is..."

I tell ya what I'm not going to miss the day after the election...

Russian trolls. They're EVERYWHERE.

I can't wait until all of those motherfuckers are out of a job.

Everyone keeps saying that we're nervous about tomorrow's election.

I don't know about you, but I'm not nervous at all. The reason is quite simple... It's not all up to me to feel any way except how I feel for myself. Since very little ever flusters me, especially in the political arena, all I know is that I'm going to do my part and hope that everyone else is doing their part as well.

I also believe that I have a rational expectation that Hillary Clinton is going to win... Given the fact that the emotions of all the people with whom I disagree on just about every subject seems to run the gamut from despair and frustration to apoplexy and delusions, that puts a smile on my face. I expect to be pleased by tomorrow night's outcome.

And it's the risk of living in a large, diverse representative democracy is having to cope with the outcomes that may come. Like them or not, they are what they are. Win or lose, all of us need to internalize the results of our collective choice. Some of it may not be pretty, while some of it may be downright glorious... Welcome to the real world. In a way, the results of elections are litmus tests of our individual and collective coping skills. I tend to think that we, on the left, can do that much better that those on the right.

I mean that I've yet to hear any Hillary voters threatening to storm the White House if it doesn't turn out our way tomorrow... Who are the adults in the room again?

However, if I did have one power, I would grant every eligible voter a strong motivation to be an intelligent, informed and conscientious voter, instead of this system which discourages people from voting, cages their votes and even suppresses the vote.

People need to have a sense that they have control over their own lives, and participating in open and free elections are especially important in free societies.

Unfortunately, I can't say that our society is free... Not by judging who we have to choose from, but because the outcomes of our political processes are so disparate from how we see ourselves as a society. Not to mention the fact that so many in power and money seem to fear the power of the vote and are intent on overturning the needs of all of the people.

I'll say this, though, whoever wins the White House, that will be a testament to our collective self-image. There are two sides to either candidate winning: For those supporting Hillary Clinton, most of us see her as a positive, intelligent, compassionate and competent individual who is benefitted by years of experience. This makes her greatly qualified to handle the nation's affairs in our minds.

The other side sees her as evil incarnate, out to destroy everything they hold dear... This is no accident, since she's been the target of baseless right wing smears for thirty years. If all the believe are the smears, their delusions about her are going to be more realistic than reality itself.

Those who support Donald Trump see in him whatever they want to see in him. To the willfully blind he's a cypher for his supporters to make of him however they're inclined. This is basically because they're only in if for themselves. Trump has promised a certain segment the world and despite the fact that he's completely unable to give it to them even if he was in the Oval Office, none of that matters. He's a con man, selling the sizzle, not the steak. (Which is appropriate, because his scheme to sell his nasty-assed steaks collapsed like most of his other failures.)

As I've said, it's about outcomes. And to me the outcomes are pretty clear: If and when Hillary wins, it'll be a win for everyone, including those who stand against her. The same thing happened when Barack Obama was twice elected, despite the protestations of the RWNJs. The years under a Clinton Presidency should be the same.

It could be better... The Republicans could also be ejected from elective office as well, but I'm not getting my hopes up there. We have to take the bad with the good and work toward better outcomes.

If Trump is somehow elected, given everything that we all know about this person, we're all fucked, RWNJs included. All that's left to do is declare America as a failed experiment. And I certainly don't expect his supporters to take any responsibility for such a debacle. They're just going to take out their frustrations on any convenient scapegoats.

Unfortunately, under the latter scenario we'd all be asking ourselves what's the worst that can happen. I really don't want to think about that at all. Given our reasonable expectations, I'm sure that we'll never have to consider that.

So, see you all at the polls tomorrow and remember that we're ALL STRONGER TOGETHER.

We just lost Janet Reno

May she rest in power.

Cops Successfully Disarm A White Person Without Killing Them - Supplemental 07/11/16

Jesse Williams: “We know that police somehow manage to de-escalate, disarm and not kill white people everyday.”

52-year-old Noel Christner Kuebler Jr. from Arnold, Missouri, was charged with three counts of assault on a law enforcement officer, three counts of armed criminal action and one count of felony resisting arrest.

Witnesses say the man was holding a shotgun and threatening to shoot someone in the mobile car park.
“Upon arrival officers came in contact with Kuebler, who was hiding in a bush near the residence with at shotgun. Kuebler immediately fired two rounds at the officers. The buckshot from the blast struck two of the officers in the face, shoulder, and hand. The officers never returned fire on the Kuebler.”

Source http://www.kmov.com/story/33634583/heavy-police-presence-prompts-school-lockdown-in-arnold

If this ain’t white privilege, what the hell is it? This guy wouldn’t even have made it to jail if he were Black! He would have been shot right away. Even if he didn’t have a gun and wasn’t threatening anyone.

Where’s the blue lives matter gang now?!


At its core, this election is simply about saving angry white males from themselves...

Of course, there's more of us than there are of them, so we're going to help them from committing collective self-harm. I have no doubt about that.

But why are we in this situation? Why has Trump become the centralized point in the identity politics of white male anger?

Let's first point out that Trump isn't the problem... He's merely the symptom. He's the psychological id of an ugly streak in the American psyche that promotes racist, white supremacist ideology, sexism, hatred, fear and anti-intellectualism. Those feelings, in turn, promote feelings of isolation and inadequacy in ordinary people. If prevents those people from looking for the solutions to their own problems inside of themselves. It's even distorts what the problems actually are. It helps to promote their feelings of anger and fear against those without power, creating scapegoats out of "the other." If anything, it's also the same sense of privilege that actually breeds feelings of inadequacy when loss of traditional privilege occurs.

In the wrong hands, it's the stuff that threatens American representative democracy with oligarchy and fascism. It the stuff that breeds violence and abuse. It's the worst of our very own nature that we inflict on ourselves.

Because angry white males are focused, centralized and identified with this ugliness, they're under the belief that the country's central core, it's meaning and identity is what America is all about. They actually think that they OWN America all by themselves. Of course, they don't, especially if the rest of us has anything to say about it. That's why this election is so important... We can't allow these people to identify the rest of us through their own collective victimhood, defined by their own reflected feelings of inadequacy and loss of privilege.

Trump is now the chief abuser and all of America are his victims in a way. And we have those people who are the most susceptible victims of that abuse, because you can't have the abused without their abusers, especially white male victimhood in particular is involved. It's the feeling of victimhood through the perceived loss of privilege. To these people, electing an intelligent, compassionate woman is an insult to their own self-imposed identification with toxic masculinity and white privilege.

Trump is exploiting those feelings and he's doing it through a process of emotional abuse. Here's a list of traits found in victims of emotional abusive relationships. If anything, it fits the profile of a typical Trump supporter to a T:

Abuse Victim Characteristics

Although there is no specific ‘type’ of person who is more likely to be abused, there are abuse victim characteristics which people in an abusive relationship tend to have in common or display. These can include:

Low self esteem

Emotional and economic dependency

Continued faith and hope abuser will "grow up"


Stress disorders and/or psychosomatic complaints

Accepts blame and guilt for violence or abuse

Socially isolated, eg avoids social interaction, never seems to be alone

Believes social myths about battering

Believes in stereotypical gender roles

Has poor self image

Contemplates or attempts suicide, or self-harms

Participation in pecking-order battering

Appears nervous or anxious

May defend any criticism of abuser

May have repeatedly left, or considered leaving the relationship


How many times have we heard his supporters excusing and defending Trump's abusive behavior and language? All of the time, of course. It's not a coincidence, it's planned and predictable and pretty much plain as day. We only damage ourselves by refusing to admit what's actually going on.

Trump is someone who has narcissistically promoted himself by representing America's core negativity. He isn't the face or voice of hatred, he's the reflection and echo of it. He resonates with his supporters because they hear and see in him what they hear and see in themselves.

The cure? I'm not saying that it's going to be Hillary Clinton all by herself, because, all-in-all, she's only one person, in spite of the fact that she's overwhelmingly qualified to be The President. And she will be The President.

The cure is put upon those of us who have the power to prevent the empowerment of our own collective self-destructiveness. The most direct method is to prevent Trump from getting elected. But that's only the beginning, because this ugly side of ourselves has always been focused like a laser at destroying Hillary Clinton and what they think she represents for quite a long time. By simply being a strong, intelligent, capable, compassionate and industrious woman in her own right, she has become a lighting rod for this American white supremacist, sexist and anti-intellectual ugliness. One doesn't have to like Hillary Clinton, all one needs to do is recognize the forces who are trying to take her down. By taking her down, they'd take the rest of us down and themselves down as well... Don't forget that.

Not one of these forces is beneficial or positive in any way... If anything, if left unchecked, they have the power to destroy us all.

The thing is, despite the fact that she will inhabit the most powerful office on the planet, she shouldn't be expected to do all of the work on her own. She's going to need all of our help in the oncoming years.

The question that we should all ask ourselves is, what are we going to do about it? We all need to answer that question to the best of our ability. Be that as it may, I am confident that we can answer, if we choose to.

In the mean time, I'm looking forward to seeing how well we'll answer that pressing question on Tuesday and I right now, I feel good about the prospects. So remember, friends don't let friends vote Republican. But most of all, We are all Stronger Together.


Question for any of you out there with a new vehicle...

Your on-board clock, does it change automatically for DST and the such, or do you have to fiddle with it?

Remember, Remember...

Election Day is this coming Tuesday. If you haven't yet voted, get out there and do dat!

Oh boy. There's going to be a big ol' lie fest on Tweety tonight, courtesy of Ghouliani

"I didn't know anything beforehand."

"I was just teasing the Clinton camp."

"Hillary is a crook."

"I don't leave a trail of slime behind myself."

"I don't have any contacts in the FBI passing me information."

"Trump is going to win."

"No, I don't know what the blood of virgin girls tastes like."

"The FBI is not helping Trump's campaign."

"I know exactly what I'm talking about."

"I'm not lying."

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