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My idea to end the shutdown

Here's my idea to end the shutdown.

Congress needs to come up with a bill that does the following:
--fixes DACA with a path to legal status
--funds CHIP
--immigration fixes that D's and R's can both agree on
--provides funding for disaster relief, especially for PR and the VI
now, bear with me...
--provides lots for border security (tech, manpower, etc., but NO WALL)
--increases military spending because that's all the R's care about

It needs to be a bill that includes all of the stuff that D's and R's already agree on to a large extent, but NO WALL because a wall is stupid, wasteful, counterproductive, and everyone knows it except our moron-in-chief.

This needs to be a bill that could pass easily in both houses, perhaps something like the original bill that President Moron torpedoed. But NO WALL.

And then pass it, and when Trump vetoes it, override the veto.

Trump won't "get it" of course, but it might teach John Kelly to keep his nose out legislative business. And besides, it would be good for the country.

Franni for Senate!

I put this in a comment, and people thought it was a pretty good idea, so I thought I'd try it out as a post.

If Al's resignation is not rescinded with the full support of the Democratic Party, I say Franni (his amazing wife) should be appointed to his seat!

I read in another post that Chuck Schumer is now putting his thumb on the scale as to how he thinks the seat should be filled. Well, frankly, the ONLY people who should have their thumb on this scale are the people of Minnesota. But if Schumer can open his pie-hole on the subject, then so can I. I and I want Franni!

Maybe he should run for president.

So Franken is leaving the senate. But apparently sexual harassment/assault is okay for the president, so I hereby call on Al Franken to run for president.

I suppose he would need to switch to the Republican party first, though, since it is only ever "Okay If You're A Republican."

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My favorite quote tonight...

Steve Kornacki: "It might as well be Donald Trump on the ballot tonight."

Congrats, Virginia! Great win for sanity!

You're DAMN RIGHT I'm politicizing this tragedy!

So, Sean Hannity is "incensed" that people would call for stricter gun control laws this soon after some cowardly prick decides to deprive hundreds of people of their lives and loved ones?

Well, I'm incensed that that steaming-pile-of-horse-shit-with-lips uses his megaphone to defend the gutless idiots in Congress who allow themselves to be purchased wholesale by gun manufacturers.

POLITICS is what allows this madness to continue unabated. It's what will allow the shameless cowards in Congress to soon get away with selling their "yes" vote on a bill to loosen restrictions on silencers so that next time there's a Vegas no one will be able to hide because they won't know where the shots are coming from.

POLITICS is what allows the sick interpretation of the Second Amendment that fuels the continuation of this senseless death. And POLITICS can stop it.

So you're goddamn right I'm politicizing this tragedy, you mindless moron!

And every gun-owner in this country should be politicizing it too. Allowing sick fucks to stockpile weapons and ammo like a squirrel gathering nuts does not help their cause. It just means that they get to have the same second thoughts as the rest of us the next time they want to go to a music festival...or a movie...or kindergarten.

I'm feeling just as outraged and as helpless as the Mayor of Puerto Rico, and her words are just as appropriate here as they are in her own situation. "I am BEGGING you! We are DYING!"

The people who can do something about this idiocy are POLITICIANS. So, tell me Sean, how are we to go about stopping it other than through POLITICS? You say that politicizing this tragedy is "an absolutely despicable display." Well, what I think is absolutely despicable is the carnage on display in Vegas, and the impotent blather coming from your "News" outlet every time the bullets begin to fly.

So, yeah, Sean. I'm politicizing this tragedy. And you should too.

My niece lives in Houston.

My two brothers, their families, and lots of other relatives live in Austin. So far they're all okay.

I'm keeping them and all of the people who aren't okay in my thoughts, and I know all of DU are doing the same. So, thank you, and keep it up!

You have to TEACH them.

When my son was about eight years old he witnessed an uncharacteristically loud argument going on between my husband and me. The argument was insignificant, and probably (knowing myself) petty. But afterwards I noticed my son’s behavior changing. His normal stubborn individualism turned into compliant acquiescence. He began offering to do things like unload the dishwasher without being asked (until then I wasn’t even sure he knew we owned a dishwasher), and he seemed somehow…sad.

I was pretty sure that his new obedience and amenability were, while in some ways refreshing, a direct result of the argument he saw. I consulted his school counselor about it, saying at one point, “It’s like he thinks we’re going to get divorced!”

Her response shook me, “Are you?”

“Of course not!” I exclaimed. “It was just a stupid argument. I don’t even remember what it was about.”

“Well, he doesn’t know that,” she said calmly. I was stunned. How could he possibly think that his father and I would split up? The very wise counselor continued, “He has a lot of friends whose families are breaking up, and he sees first hand the heartache it causes. How is he supposed to know that his family is any different? You have to tell him.”

I wasted no time. The next time my son and I were alone together, I explained, “Look, I know you have friends whose parents are getting divorced.” I saw his eyes begin to well with tears and realized I had botched the opening statement, so I quickly forged ahead, “That’s not gonna happen here. Dad and I aren’t separating. We can’t. No one else would take us.” My son’s face relaxed for the first time in days, even as the tears began to fall. I told him in no uncertain terms that he was stuck with both of us, in the same house until he, himself, was good and ready to be rid of us and move out.

Once I had finished my clumsy explanation, he sat silent for what felt like hours—probably about thirty seconds. Then he looked up at me, cracked a tearful smile, and said, “Thanks, Mom.” I’ve never been so relieved to have my son, once again, ignoring dirty dishes.

I’ve been thinking about this incident with regard to Charlottesville and all of the parents and families of the Neo-Nazis, racists, and fascists, who are shocked to find that their children and siblings have become so hateful and so violent. And while I certainly don’t blame them for their loved ones' actions, it bears reminding ourselves that people, especially our kids, have to be taught things like acceptance, equality, and social justice. They don’t just “get it” by being around good people.

I grew up in the South. My high school had been desegregated for over a decade before I arrived, and the population was about half white and half African-American. But none of us were taught how to behave toward each other. We weren’t given lessons in equality and tolerance. We were simply thrown together by administrators and well-meaning activists who, once desegregation was accomplished, simply congratulated themselves on their progressivism and moved on to other issues.

The result was a kind of self-segregated environment, and a racial tension that was even exacerbated by some of the “teachers,” some of whom honestly had a lot in common with the racists in Charlottesville. The white kids sat in one section of the cafeteria, and the blacks in another. The white kids were vastly more likely to be in advanced classes than the black kids (not on merit, mind you, but on the presumptions of a few, frankly, racist instructors), making most classrooms pretty monochromatic. And even in classrooms where the number of black and white students were evenly matched, there was always an invisible line that separated their desks by skin color—usually white kids in the front, black kids in the back. And the teachers, typically, said nothing.

Even extra-curricular activities like band, drill-team, and of course football, which were much more physically integrated, didn’t make an attempt to teach equality and acceptance. Once the football game was over, the races would simply go their separate ways once again. An opportunity tragically missed.

One of the saddest observations about Charlottesville has been seeing so many young people spewing hatred and truly vile racism that we, as a nation, continue to believe is in our past until it once again erupts into murderous riots. And it is sad. But it’s not that surprising. Not to me.

Kids have to be taught. They must be told, and shown, and practice how to live together in harmony. It has to be explicit, and it has to be given the priority it deserves in a child’s education. Because, if we just assume that our children “get it” we end up with Charlottesville.

"How do you solve a problem like Reality?"

This was Ari Melber's description of how Trump aides came up with the idea of presenting him with "positive" "news" stories about himself.

I've always liked Ari.

Are you kidding me?

Are you fucking kidding me!!??

From Daily Kos:

"...The current bill will force millions of people into junk policies that offer essentially no coverage and it prohibits people from upgrading to better plans for six months. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, HOWEVER, WOULD BE EXEMPT FROM THIS PROVISION."

(my emphasis added)

How corrupt must you be to inflict this bill on the public, but then exclude yourself from having to abide by the law?

I know I'm preaching to the choir here on DU, but for FUCK'S SAKE...!

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