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7 Republicans stood with us? Couldn't even find 10 righteous? God destroyed Sodom & Gomorrah...

...when 10 just men could not be found.

I have issues with the Old Testament God, but stories like this come to mind today, given all the alleged “believers” there are in US politics. “Believers” who swore an oath on their holy book before their god to uphold the US Constitution.

I am a Big Fan of women having access to the full range of women's necessary medical care ...

You may not be a big fan of men having access to prostate exams, but it is part of men’s medical care. You may not be a big fan of prostatectomies, but on occasion, they are necessary. You may not be a big fan of vasectomies, but some men find them necessary.

Don’t judge human beings’ private medical decisions, especially about their reproductive parts.

I spent too much of my life parsing the abortion issue, trying to allow for the “sincerity” of abortion foes. Several years ago I finally, finally realized it was a hopeless endeavor. The RW in particular cares nothing about my level of sincerity, nor do they care about my or any woman's life or health. If they did care they would not be trying to outlaw all forms of contraception. If they did care they would ensure that all children would be fed, housed, and schooled, instead of abandoning them to hunger, poverty, and ignorance.

I understand your inner struggle with the word and concept of abortion. But that uncertainty is the wedge the RW anti-choice fanatics uses against us. I am over 70 and I decided to not even allow that any more. To hell with the RW, and I mean that. To hell with them.

Instead, what I hold to is: I believe women should have full & affordable access to the full range of women’s necessary medical care. Full stop.

Melania will never understand that the difference between herself & Dr Jill is caring about others

Dr Jill cares about others, has real accomplishments to her name, and works hard. Those traits, more than her new title and more than her husband’s title, make her beloved, & make her of public interest (oh, say, to your average magazine editor) now that she has the title.

FLOTUS Michelle Obama had all that and glamor, too. The camera just loved her.

Of course Melania Trump is bitter with envy. She thought adulation on a royal scale came with the title, and it doesn’t. She still doesn’t understand — she never will — she is incapable of it. She is pathetic.

In my youth I read any number of Russian novels & short stories from different eras...

Solzhenitsyn was very popular in the 1960s. I was assigned Lower Depths in college. And so on.

More recently I read a lengthy memoir of a very observant Englishwoman who lived in Russia for about a decade prior to the Crimean War.

There is a common thread among them all: melancholy, misery among the lower classes, gaiety of a sort among the upper classes, and ultimately an all-pervading fear of the government and its spies. The Englishwoman was sent home for her own protection, and her memoir was published anonymously for the protection of everyone she was friends with or had even met while living there.

It was not just about the Tsar. It was not just about Communism. It’s not just Putin. It’s Russia.

The issue of domestic terrorists has been neglected for decades, as in, there is no such category...

...in the law, from what I have heard. This needs to be rectified soon.

Anybody who supports Planned Parenthood and other women’s reproductive rights organizations has known for 40 years about one network of domestic terrorists that has moved way past clinic protests and supports arson, murder, maiming, stalking, and doxxing. Their heroes are sheltered, hidden, and supported when on the run. When in prison they are still treated as heroes and receive visits, gifts, and letters.

The USA PATRIOT ACT (1 & 2) was shocking. Many of us believe it was overreach, but I am not going to argue the case now.

In all sincerity, there were American elements that were simply left out: white Christian men with personal armories and a simmering grudge against society and the federal government. Now, right now, we all just witnessed a political insurrection in which our Capitol was overrun. By these men and their female cohorts. They are fully networked across social media — so much so that there’s even a Proud Boys chapter in Honolulu.

The Legislature needs to name them for what they are — domestic terrorists — and enact a coherent body of laws to deal with them.

If you have not read the Los Angeles Times recently, you should. It was purchased by ...

...Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong a couple of years ago and has been on an upward trajectory ever since. He’s added tremendous diversity to the staff, is paying attention to news of importance to the many ethnic communities of Los Angeles, and covers the region well. In addition he has once again made it a major newspaper for national and international news.

If I sound like a fan, it’s because I’ve literally been reading the LA Times my whole life, since all I could read was the headlines and the comics section. When the Chandlers sold, it was a blow to watch the quality decline — the new owners decided all they really needed to cover was the city itself and that the city’s major industry was in Hollywood, so they had a big section called The Biz. My gods.

I love what it has become since 2018. I’m not looking for a left-wing slant to my news, I am looking for objectivity, insofar as that is possible, and a humane point of view. I can take it from there.

That's an old pic of a thin King Donald. Sad to think of him wandering his empty palace...

Remembering the days when it was full of courtiers who paid top dollar just to have him crash their daughters’ weddings. Courtiers and hangers-on who applauded his entrance, who breathlessly awaited his next breach of national security at his dinner table, hoping they would be chosen to shine their cell phone flashlights on the proceedings. Bejewelled women who tolerated his groping with a smile...

Remembering the days when he could swagger forth in his little kingdom, the bright orange El Caudillo del Mar a Lago.

How long before we behold him on the browned golf course bellowing for his daughter, with only a jesting golf caddy for company?


Well, I can dream Shakespearian dreams, can’t I?

What I think is really worth considering is how many were white collar workers & professionals...

The guy up the hill from me is a Trumpista so sad he still has his US flag flying upside down — and he’s a medical doctor.

There were 3 people from Beverley Hills who went to the insurrection, and one was a doctor. People arrested and/or spotted in DC run the gamut from real estate agent to school teacher and on in that vein. One in 5 are veterans.

This really worries me. Between the failed Beer Hall Putsch of 1923 and 1933 Hitler co-opted enough of all classes of society and was invited right in.

Yeah, a lot of the January 6, 2021 insurrectionists look dumb as a sack of hammers — but a lot of them are not dumb at all. And some of them are in Congress.

ETA link to op-ed I originally read in the LA Times, but this will do

Sadly, they did not wait a moment, beginning w his choice of minister for the invocation...

The Black minister was allegedly homophobic, and on this allegation, Obama was vociferously accused of caving to the homophobes of this country.

It went downhill fast from there, all before the inauguration was even held. The tropes were cast and never quit, no matter what he did.

That’s why I and many others spent nearly 8 years in the BOG, celebrating each incremental gain — in this instance, gains for gay rights, where the incremental gains led to acceptance of out gays in the military, gay marriage in the military, and finally gay marriage for this nation.

Obama’s an incremental kind of guy. He lays the groundwork and plays a long game. If he is not cut off at the knees, he gets the job done.

Joe Biden worked closely with him for 8 years. Yes?

Iirc, he simply raised his hand when Trump did one of his "all those present, if you agree" things

You know how Trump loves to have a big group around the conference table and pressure them to pressure each other. Few can resist. Rather than being the architect of the plan (that would be Stephen Miller, I think) RR simply went along. Only one person kept her hand down. Until I heard this nugget, I thought RR had a soul.

However, if that was part of what Comey just said to Nicolle, I take it back about RR not being the architect of this abomination. I know Miller thought it up, though.

Remember the famous phrase Everything Trump Touches Dies. Comey got one thing outstandingly right when he wrote:

Accomplished people lacking inner strength can’t resist the compromises necessary to survive Mr Trump and that adds up to something they will never recover from. It takes character like Mattis’ to avoid the damage, because Mr Trump eats your soul in small bites.

(This appeared in an Op-Ed about Barr’s resignation that he wrote for the NY Times. It was then quoted in a letter to the editor of the LA Times on 12-16-2020.)
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