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Trump is an incredibly vain and self-deluded man. Yes, he is fair game. Sarah HuckaSan's problems

...go much deeper than the face she was born with, and she is ripe for caricature by political cartoonists. The preacher's daughter lies so much and is so angry and contemptuous of reporters' questions that her face is distorted much further. And she dresses funny.

You know what? Among my friends and relatives are a whole variety of body types and problems, and I would never mock them. I would never mock strangers, either.

But people like Trump and Sarah H thrust themselves into my life -- all our lives -- with evil intent.

We have very few weapons to fight them with on a day to day basis, and satire and mockery have always been the weapons of the powerless.

I refuse to give up those weapons and I refuse to be shamed by misguided people who are so sensitive about themselves that they cannot see past that.

Newspaper "want ads" were clear on the subject. Very clear. When I was in high school...

...it was understood in my family that we would get summer jobs, and I worked through college, so I was well-inculcated in society's expectations and limitations by the time I graduated HS in '65.

Someone else brought up airline pilots. Not a career ambition of mine, but still. I remember at one time (probably in the 1970s) reading that one of the reasons women were having SUCH a hard time breaking into the commercial airline piloting field was that all the men had achieved so many hours in military service starting in WW II, so the men were miles ahead. That's why women couldn't get hired: no military service. Oh, and size. Then the struggle began to get women into the Air Force as pilots.

Fast forward decades, when one of my mother's dearest friends died, essentially of old age. The whole time I'd known her, she'd been a secretary. At her memorial service I read some things in her scrapbook and had to pick my jaw off the floor. That little woman had been a WW II pilot of military aircraft.

How? You may well ask. Well, while Rosie the Riveter was building aircraft, Penny the Pilot was ferrying the planes across the US continent to military bases, where they were then flown across the ocean into battle by men. Manly men.

It made me furious to learn that. I had no idea, not only about Eileen, but about all the other women who flew military aircraft before I was born, and the lies of omission we were taught as history.

No they don't know, but it is not "bad parenting." I would go with environmental contaminents...

Environmental contaminents are so pervasive in America that amniotic fluid tests positive for hundreds of toxic substances. Like 600+. That's at all socioeconomic levels and all levels of education, whether their moms ate organic food or not.

These toxic substances range from rocket fuel that contaminates underground aquifers in So Cal to household pesticides and so much more.

SOURCE: Articles from the Los Angeles Times several years back. I subscribe.

Autism has always been around, just by other names. But the drastic surge in autism feels to me like these kids are the proverbial "canary in the coal mine." (For those who don't know, coal miners in some regions used to take a caged canary underground with them as an early warning device for odorless gasses that could blow up or simply kill them quickly. When the canary keeled over, that was the signal for the miners to get the hell out.)

But as for blaming mothers, which used to be the favorite culprit -- that also has been thoroughly disproven. I think our culture is poisoning our own babies.

That Will Rogers joke* from the 1930s hit its expiry date the day FDR died...

...and if not then, the day Nixon was elected. I read it here too often since I came aboard in 2002, and I feel Mme Speaker is even less amused than I am.

We are in a flaming national emergency, a real one, and if old hands like Hoyer and Clyburn can't relate what they are doing in the House every day to whether or not the Blue Wave can achieve anything at all, then maybe they should just get out of the way. Because if this is a day at the beach, the beach is Normandy.

Age is not the issue. Every day I am glad for Nancy Pelosi, her experience, and her abilities.

* "I'm not a member of any organized party. I'm a Democrat."

My observation is that Mme Speaker has been "training people" her whole career...

Not by holding classes, that's not how it's done. But by the committee assignments she gives, and the opportunities to grow. People who are capable learn and grow. Then their peers elect them, and so on. She didn't just waltz into the House one day and say "Hi there peons, I am now your Speaker" -- other Democratic House representatives elected her of their own free will, based on her proven abilities to lead.

If Schiff or Swallwell want to be Speaker after she retires, they will let it be known to their peers. So will a lot of other congresscritters. Then, presuming Dems retain the majority in the House, the Dems will hold an election and decide who they want to lead them.

That's how it's done. It's not magic, and it's not corrupt.

The Mad King, plus his whole bastardized royal family...

Crown Princess Ivanka, the clear favorite. She who will be Queen hereafter.
Prince Consort Jared -- because he's married to the Crown Princess. Looks like a cipher, but is he really?
The two Princes in the Tower, Junior and Eric, who aren't that important but have jobs assigned to them
The Bastard Princess Tiffany (have you seen their body language when she's around?)
Princess Consort Melania, product of another foreign alliance, who reports back whence she came. No love lost between Melania and the three Spawn of Queen Ivana.
Prince Barron, still a child and still unimportant to anyone but his mother, lucky for him

Chris Matthews calls them The Romanoffs, but I had this schema worked out long before he started saying that. Once I came up with Mad King the rest just fell into place -- what a sick family.

Well you got here in 2007, but you never seem to know who I am, so I'll explain again...

I remember the speech Obama gave at the DNC during the BushCheney administration. 2004? It made a huge impression here at DU -- wow, we all said, this guy's an up-and-comer. I live 2 hours out from Los Angeles, and some of my activist Dem friends filled a van with people to go hear him speak at a neighborhood park somewhere in LA. 2006? It was outdoors and it was packed. We had to park blocks away. He told a story -- all politicians tell a story, but this was pretty much the story of this country as I would tell it myself, and of course I liked that.

I heard about his book and made a point of reading it. I discovered there were only a few degrees of separation between us -- His parents and I went to the same university, though they were a bit before my time. I supported the first campaign of a man who turned out to be a close friend of his mother and father when they were all students: Neil Abercrombie, who by the time I met him was a university prof running for the legislative seat in the 3-M District (Makiki, McCully, Manoa) where I lived. You may have heard his name because he ended up in the US Congress and later became Governor of Hawai'i, but no matter.

Barack Obama's autobiography went straight to my heart as a fellow kama'aina. I never in my life thought my small remote home state would produce a man who might actually end up as president. His grandparents had a very similar reaction to moving to the Islands as my parents did when they came: this is an ethnically-blended paradise. It's not really Heaven, real people with real troubles live there, but in the 1950s and 1960s it was very different in atmosphere from the Mainland.

And there was so much more that he revealed. To you, he is a black man with a white mother. Right? To me, I see how his haole mother fostered his African American identity even when they moved to Indonesia. To me, I see the choices of identity he had, and how he chose to move to the Mainland and how he chose Michelle Robinson. And -- I see the stamp of Hawai'i on him to his core.

But here at DU we had some good old battles over his identity -- I can't remember who said he didn't seem black enough, but there it was.

Be that as it may, although my first choice in 2007-8 was Hillary, I was happy to support Obama. We all want to imagine we understand our preferred candidates' character -- but it would seem so out of character to me if someone accused Obama of nonconsensual sex. As far as I can tell, the man has not had a breath of scandal on him. It would take a lot of convincing for me to lose faith in him.

I don't know what you want me to say. Perhaps you chose the wrong example to use on me and should throw out another challenge.

All things being equal, despite being #MeToo , I try to not make snap judgments when someone I really know nothing about is accused of something, and it has nothing zero zilch nada to do with the color of their skin. I don't know very damn much about Virginia except it is Southern and is allegedly turning Blue, but I sure know Nixonian ratfucking when I see it, and we just keep falling for it.

No. He made a short speech about himself and his ability to soldier on during the shutdown...

Made a little joke about how he could have had Melania and Karen make salads in the absence of kitchen staff, but they would have been (dismissively) little salads, so HE decided to order in real food (man food, you know, not lady food) and HE paid for it. He said there were 300 burgers. But the next time he described it the feast had grown in the telling to 1,000 burgers. His generosity grew in the telling, kind of like Jesus multiplying the loaves and the fishes.

And then he walked away.

One of the team was heard to mutter, regarding the menu: "I thought it was a joke." Those poor kids -- it really was a kind of Trumpian joke: "Look at me, look at me, look how clever I am" posing for cameras, with zero regard for the people in the room he had tricked into coming. And this will be their memory of their splendid and special White House Dinner that they got dressed in their best for: soggy french fries and cold burgers, and a host who used them for a lousy photo op all about himself.

Hillary won the popular vote despite everything thrown at her. That shows the majority of...

...the American people are not with Trump.

But Hillary, much-mocked and much-reviled by the Right Wing in all its manifestations, has been absolutely right at several points in her career. In the current context, the first was when she said a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy (known here as the VRWC) was at work to take down her husband's presidency, and the second was when she called Trump a puppet for Putin.

When in despair over our fellow citizens, hold on to the truth that they (as well as we) voted for her. We are all under siege in a war that is not being fought with guns and bombs by men in recognizable uniforms. But it is a war, and hard for people to wrap their minds around its nature.

As news junkies, we get our news from journalists. They are connecting dots & following leads...

It's what they do. What do you think the headline stories in today's New York Times are about? You know, the story that all the talking heads on cable tv touted as breaking news last night? The reason they all credited the New York Times is because it was Times reporters who ferreted it out and put it together.

Why would you want newspapers to print "speculation" when what we need is solidly-sourced truth? We still have some great newspapers.

As for cable news, I will ask you the same question I ask everyone else who comes here claiming that "no one" is researching, reporting, connecting dots, inviting experts, etc etc: Do you ever watch MSNBC, Rachel Maddow in particular? And if you don't why not? Rachel (or as Charles Pierce calls her, Kindly Doc Maddow) has been connecting dots from the get-go, with charts, documents, heavy research, well-footnoted references to newspaper journalists out there in the trenches, and outstanding expert guests.

Rachel's the most academic, but she is not the only one.

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