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Great response to the latest Trump idiot tweet.

So, after the horrific attack in Egypt, Trump of course tweeted something ridiculous:

Will be calling the President of Egypt in a short while to discuss the tragic terrorist attack, with so much loss of life. We have to get TOUGHER AND SMARTER than ever before, and we will. Need the WALL, need the BAN! God bless the people of Egypt.

And of course, people are pointing out how ridiculous, nonsensical, tone-deaf, tasteless, and downright wrong Trump is. Here's my personal favourite:

We need a WALL between us and MEXICO, a CATHOLIC-MAJORITY NATION, to respond to an ATTACK *AGAINST* MUSLIMS in EGYPT, a MUSLIM-MAJORITY nation, because I am an IDIOT who understands NOTHING about ANYTHING, ANYWHERE, I am very STUPID, and I'm playing GOLF RIGHT NOW.

Franken is a trap and it's lose-lose for us.

A couple of different ways this might all go down.

1) There's an investigation and Franken is found to be a serial creep. Seems unlikely, but it's out there. We lose a Democratic lion in the Senate who has been a very strong and loud voice standing up against GOP appointees and policies. I'm sure we'd all like to think that this would allow us to bring down other big name molesters (like Trump himself), but we all know that the right wingers do not hold their people to the same standards that we do ours.

2) The women are discredited and the allegations are found to be entirely spurious. This allows the GOP to paint the accusers of people like Trump and Moore as spurious as well, even though a) the accusations are nowhere near the same severity and b) they are well documented and not anonymous. And the media will report it as a "These ladies over here have been debunked, what does that mean for Trump and Moore's accusers?" This has the add-on effect of pushing real accusations of molestation and assault back underground just as women were starting to make some headway exposing well-known (within their industries) molesters like Harvey Weinstein, Louis CK, Andy Signore, and Brett Ratner.

3) Something in the middle. Franken is determined to be a slight creep. He apologizes, issues a statement, everyone moves on. The right uses this as a way to shield their much bigger, more dangerous, and horrific creeps with a "Well, you kept yours in power! Why shouldn't Moore be in the Senate if you're not going to deal with Franken?" and they get to bash us over the head with it in the next election cycle.

The good news: There is a hint that people are starting to get a bit fed up with the lies, obfuscation, moralizing, and moral relativism of the right. That is where the real change is going to come from. Bubbling up from the ground as voters decide that they've had enough of being obviously lied to in order to enrich the already mega-wealthy.

Ginger Molasses Cookies recipe

So, our video this week is a really delicious cookie recipe that has recently been repopularized by a big coffee chain *cough*starbucks*cough*. But it really is a delicious cookie, and if you bake them differently, you can sort of customize how they come out. My husband used to serve this in his restaurant in the winter months. If you cook them until they're just soft (as we did in this video), they will be crisp on the outside and still soft inside. You can, however, bake them just a few minutes longer (3 or 4), and they'll come out crunchy instead of chewy.

The crystalized/candied ginger is entirely optional in this recipe, but it is a really fantastic addition. They add a real bright gingery kick to the final flavour of the cookies. Also, this is a great recipe to make a large batch of, roll into balls, roll in sugar, then pop them into a great big ziplock bag in the freezer and whenever you want some cookies, just get out 4 or 5 and have fresh hot cookies whenever you want!

(NOT SATIRE) Trump Fans Are Owning Libs by Losing All Their Friends

Full article here on VICE: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/vb3aqd/trump-fans-are-owning-libs-by-losing-all-their-friends

In the era of Trump, Breitbart, and the MAGA set, it seems as if familial cordiality is becoming a thing of the past for many. America has always been ruled by political tribalism to some degree or another, but the divisions have been kicked up to 11 since the 2016 election, with no signs of being cranked down anytime soon.

The evidence of this is (of course) on social media. On Tuesday, popular pro-Trump Twitter account @Education4Libs tweeted out, “I just saved a bunch of money on Christmas presents by sharing my political views on Facebook,” a sentiment that subsequently went viral, with more than 2,700 retweets. Obviously the original post was meant to be (at least partially) satirical, but as beloved cool guy of online @RandyGDub pointed out, it precipitated thousands of replies from @Education4Libs’s fellow Trumpers, many of whom seemed gleeful that their breathless support of America’s big wet leader has alienated them from their loved ones:

Trickle-down economics may be a big pile of Reagan-era bullshit, but trickle-down Trumpism seems to be a startlingly real factor behind this rise in manic tribalist behavior. Trump’s identity, and his style of governance, is based on highly polarized divisiveness and outspoken feuding. In just the past few weeks, he has started extremely public fights with everyone from NFL player Marshawn Lynch to basketball dad LaVar Ball to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. The unifying factor in the Trump attacks is a complete scorched-earth strategy: The NFL should enforce his suggestions or face total boycott. Ball should be thanking Trump on both knees for keeping his son out of Chinese prison. There is no room for nuance or compromise or even just not talking politics—either you’re with Trump, or fuck you. And now his supporters are bringing this philosophy into their own lives.

During the campaign, Trump said, "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose voters." I used to think that statement was hyperbolic, but it seems more and more likely to be true. Fuck, he might just do it to prove himself right. (I can hear him now telling Steve Doucey he’s never even been on Fifth Avenue.) I never had many Trump-supporting friends on Facebook to begin with, but the few I did have spent the last year systemically antagonizing everyone they knew, almost challenging them to sever ties.

Conservatives are of course not the only guilty parties here —many on the left have consciously uncoupled from relatives and friends following the election of America’s Special Guy. (I personally cut ties with an old co-worker who sent me a bunch of racist stuff on election night as a way to gloat.) But the gleeful attitude of some of these Trump supporters is still a hell of a thing to see. It’s supposed to be sad when we can’t bring ourselves to sit down to a meal with people we disagree with. Politics isn’t supposed to be this toxic.

World Party: Ship of Fools

This song from 1987 (30 years ago!!) sums up my feelings on Trump's presidency pretty astutely.

Someone get me off this ship of fools! Here are the lyrics:

We're setting sail
To the place on the map from which no one has ever returned
Drawn by the promise of the joker and the fool
By the light of the crosses that burn
Drawn by the promise of the women and the lace
And the gold and the cotton and pearls
It's the place where they keep all the darkness you need
You sail away from the light of the world on this trip baby
Pay, you will pay tomorrow
You're gonna pay tomorrow
You will pay tomorrow
Save me, save me from tomorrow
I don't want to sail with this ship of fools, no no
Oh, save me, save me from tomorrow
I don't want to sail with this ship of fools, no no
I want to run and hide
Right now
Avarice and greed are gonna drive you over the endless sea
They will leave you drifting in the shallows
Drowning in the oceans of history
Travellin' the world, you're in search of no good
But I'm sure you'll build your Sodom like I knew you would
Using all the good people for your galley slaves
As your little boat struggles through the the warning waves
But you will pay, you will pay tomorrow
You're gonna pay tomorrow
You gonna pay tomorrow
Save me, save me from tomorrow
I don't want to sail with this ship of fools, no
Oh, save me, save me from tomorrow
I don't want to sail with this ship of fools, no
Where's it comin' from or where's it goin' to?
It's just a, it's just a ship of fools
All aboard

But I think we can all agree that Trump's going to pay tomorrow. Mueller's knocking at your door! You will pay tomorrow!

A perfect Twitter summary of the GOP today (wrt. Roy Moore)


The Republican Party is currently defending a pedophile so that he can vote for a tax plan which takes money meant for sick children and gives it to people with private jets.

It calls itself the party of "family values."

Some News: President Trumps Successful Year of Rebranding The Swamp

Governor of Alabama says she thinks Roy Moore is guilty, and also shes going to vote for him


Gov. Kay Ivey says, “I have no reason to disbelieve any of them” [the women] and yet is going to vote for Moore bc "We need to have a Republican in the United States Senate" to vote for Supreme Court justices #2017

According to one estimate, wealthy couples in NYC need $190 million to keep their heads above water

From Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-much-money-to-be-rich-2017-11

Even rich people think wealth is elusive.

About 5% of Americans are millionaires. The vast majority of them, about 95% according to a report by Wealth Engine, have between $1 million and $5 million — and many think that's just not enough.

"Many people believe that, along with tangible assets and services, having it all means having some wiggle room — money to cover a major splurge or setback, and more on top of that," writes Norman Vanamee in Town & Country magazine.

Vanamee consulted experts to estimate the "happiness number" for a hypothetical, wealthy, non-working couple in their forties with two teenage kids in an expensive private school in New York City. They live in a park-side Fifth Avenue apartment, buy art, take private jets, donate to charity, and have a household staff — a chef, driver, and housekeeper — plus two vacation homes. They're also setting aside $25 million for each child to inherit.

This is vast, almost completely incomprehensible privilege. I wonder how many guillotines that $190million would buy? Things are reaching a breaking point in the western world. The gap between the wealthy and the poor cannot continue to grow at the rate it is growing.

It's 100% OKAY to have complicated feelings about the Franken accusations

Let's be honest, there's a LOT to unpack in the Al Franken accusations, and lots of people are picking sides as though they know exactly what happened, but we've got to be honest with ourselves, we don't know. So, let's do a little bit of unpacking, and see what it is we're really looking at:

1) The photo itself. Set up for a bit or goofy joke while she was asleep, it doesn't really matter. It's a pretty tasteless joke of the type that women have been told to just put up with for a long long time. Al Franken himself admits that the joke and picture were tasteless. We may not want to admit it, but it's part of a pattern in our culture that objectifies women. Whether or not Franken was actually touching her in that photo, he was making grabby hands at her breasts. I've also heard the justification that she's wearing a flak jacket and armor between her breasts and the potential grope, and that justification can just please go away.

2) Initial reactions. There was a knee-jerk reaction among liberals, progressives, and Democrats that came down two ways: One was that "Dammit, Al, you were supposed to be one of the good guys, I'm so disappointed." and the other was "This is 100% fake, this woman is lying to smear a Democrat to distract from the gross tax reform bill and the AL race." That's fine, we had no useful information at the time. But initial reactions should calm down as our blood cools. We're getting more and more information coming out, and things look far more complicated than they did in those first moments.

3) Believing women. So, in the last few months we've seen a lot of women coming forward with allegations of sexual assault that they've been sitting on for years and years. Why? Because we don't believe women. Because when women typically bring forward these sorts of allegations against powerful men who have abused that power, those women are the ones who are put on trial. Their past is examined, their sexual history, their wardrobe, their friends, their drinking habits. Their lives are torn and ripped apart to try and justify the assault on them. Our culture blames the victim in these crimes a LOT. And now there have been some high-profile cases where we've started to actually listen and believe, so women are starting to feel free to come forward with their stories of harassment, assault, abuse, and rape.

4) The timing. In the context of that last one, the timing seems suspect for a couple of reasons. Of course as progressives and liberals we want to believe women, but at the same time we're hesitant to believe accusations against our heroes. Franken has done amazing work for the Democratic party in the Senate, and we want him to stay one of the good guys. I've got news for you, lots of people who we thought were good guys were creeps (I was a big fan of Louis CK and Andy Signore, for instance). But then there's the timing of these allegations against the work Franken's doing in the Senate re: Sessions and Trump's appointments. And the distraction this provides against Moore and the GOP tax bill currently going through Congress and the Senate.

5) Right-wing operative? We are torn between wanting to believe women and wanting to disbelieve right-wing people who are friends with liars Hannity and Stone. So, this muddies the water a lot, obviously. With the timing, the lack of context on the photo, the he-said-she-said, the length of time, and the association with Hannity and Stone, it's easy for us to just say we're not happy to accept her accusations at face value. Here is where I would say it's time for that investigation that Franken called for into himself, and let the facts come to light. We don't have enough data. And if she's an operative trying to smear someone, we'll find that out. If it turns out that Franken acted inappropriately towards her and she happens to be a right winger, then that's a whole other kettle of fish. But we can't presume to know, yet. We don't have all of the information, yet. It's okay to be skeptical and it's okay to be disappointed. It's not okay to attack the accuser or the accused at this point. We don't know enough.

6) Other stuff happening right now. The news media must have raised a great cheer when this went down. I'm certain they've been hoping for a left-wing sex scandal with slightly salacious details that they can report on comfortably for everyone's prurient enjoyment instead of the truly heinous and frankly disgusting coverage of Roy Moore's past. To be clear: I'm not comparing Moore to Franken in any way. The only people who are seriously doing that are right wingers, to my experience. Franken acted inappropriately and creepy and (if guilty) at worst needs to offer an apology and make amends. Roy Moore deserves jail time. There is no moral equivalence between the two.

7) Holding ourselves to the same standards. So, we have to call out our creeps just as we call out the Republican creeps, but we know they won't call out their own creeps. So where does that leave us? Here's that moral high ground again. In some regards, this is win-win for us, because we can now say, "Here is an accusation against one of ours, and we are taking it seriously, it's time to take these things seriously, now about those dozens of accusations against that orange fellow in the oval office?" Franken is being proactive and requesting an investigation into his own behaviour. Great! That gives the left leverage to start investigating Trump's behaviour in relation to all of the many accusations against him (some of which he has admitted to!!!). But on the other side of this, in some ways this is lose-lose for us. If it turns out that this woman is an operative that is bringing forth these accusations now to smear Franken, and that is revealed, it may serve to make it more difficult to believe other (more credible!) accusations against people like Trump and Moore.

So, please, everyone, it's fine to have complicated feelings about all of this. There's a LOT going on, and it's not as simple as it may seem on the face of it. I would also just like to add, the whole sexual harassment thing is not a left/right problem, it's not a Democrat/Republican problem, it's a men problem.

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