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Trump Supporters Raise Right Hands to Pledge Support. The Photos Are Terrifying.

Trump Supporters Raise Right Hands to Pledge Support. The Photos Are Terrifying.

On Saturday, Donald Trump led a rally of supporters to raise their right hands and take a pledge that they would vote for him. “Let’s do a pledge. Who likes me in this room?” Trump asked the crowd at a rally in Orlando, Florida, which was frequently interrupted by protesters. “I’ve never done this before. Can I have a pledge? A swearing? Raise your right hand.”

The Republican presidential front-runner then proceeded to get the audience to repeat after him. “I do solemnly swear that I, no matter how I feel, no matter what the conditions, if there are hurricanes or whatever, will vote on or before the 12th for Donald J. Trump for president.”

“Thank you. Now I know. Don’t forget you all raised your hands. You swore. Bad things happen if you don’t live up to what you just did,” Trump said before continuing with his speech.

Now if that doesn't make you all feel warm and fuzzy, I don't know what does.
(Just in case)
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Sun Mar 6, 2016, 05:13 PM (16 replies)

What Happens to Journalists When No One Wants to Print Their Words Anymore?

What Happens to Journalists When No One Wants to Print Their Words Anymore?
As newsrooms disappear, veteran older reporters are being forced from the profession. That’s bad for journalism — and democracy.
Arthur Miller’s classic 1949 Pulitzer Prize–winning 
play Death of a Salesman opens with musical direction: “A melody is heard, played upon a flute. It is small and fine, telling of grass and trees and the horizon. The curtain rises.” The play follows Willy Loman, past 60, as his grasp on life crumbles amid job troubles. When, at the end of Act II, he reaches his beaten-down end, the melody soars again, this time a requiem. “Only the music of the flute,” writes Miller, “is left on the darkening stage….”

I heard this flute’s dirge throughout last summer and fall, as I made the rounds talking with downsized journalists — men and women who had gotten hooked on the profession as young, ink-stained idealists, only to find themselves cast out in mid- or later life. These veterans spoke of forced buyouts and failed job searches — of lost purpose, lost confidence, even lost homes. I had known of the decimation of my profession: I’d read the statistics, seen the news articles, watched old friends pushed from jobs as bureau chiefs, editors, senior reporters, into the free fall of freelance. But the texture of their Lomanesque despair surprised me. There were some grim moments.

Summer 2015, the West Coast: I’m chatting with a longtime friend, a great investigative reporter who was pushed out of a big-city daily. She’s managed to land a new, well-paying job — but it’s not in journalism. A mutual colleague told me that “it’s the most hated job she never wanted to do.” I insist that my friend needs to find a way back someday, because she has stunning reportorial talent. “I don’t remember that person,” she interrupts sharply.

Early fall 2015, a bar on the East Coast: An unemployed middle-aged writer whose work I’ve admired for decades agrees to meet for a drink. I buy the first round, he gets the second. In between we talk about editors and writers we know in common, about stories nailed and those that got away. Typical journo stuff. “So what do you want?” he asks finally. I explain that I’m seeking the human angle behind the news of thousands of downsized journalists. “Am I the lead to your story?” he asks, sizing me up, tensing. 
I feel that I’m losing him. Thus a Hail Mary: “Are you depressed?” His fast retort: “Are you trying to piss me off?” He walks out, leaving a full beer on the table.

The great recovery has not been kind to the older generation. Skills developed over a lifetime are no longer wanted. It is not just journalists. After I lost my last job, I found myself competing with people 25 to 30 years younger.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Sat Mar 5, 2016, 10:13 PM (7 replies)

The U.S. just sent a carrier strike group to confront China

The U.S. just sent a carrier strike group to confront China The U.S. Navy has dispatched a small armada to the South China Sea.

The carrier John C. Stennis, two destroyers, two cruisers and the 7th Fleet flagship have sailed into the disputed waters in recent days, according to military officials. The carrier strike group is the latest show of force in the tense region, with the U.S. asserting that China is militarizing the region to guard its excessive territorial claims.

Stennis is joined in the region by the cruisers Antietam and Mobile Bay, and the destroyers Chung-Hoon and Stockdale. The command ship Blue Ridge, the floating headquarters of the Japan-based 7th Fleet, is also in the area, en route to a port visit in the Philippines. Stennis deployed from Washington state on Jan. 15.

The Japan-based Antietam, officials said, was conducting a "routine patrol" separate from the Stennis, following up patrols conducted by the destroyer McCambell and the dock landing ship Ashland in late February.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Fri Mar 4, 2016, 06:56 PM (57 replies)

I have made my decision, for Republicans, I prefer Trump to Cruz.

Trump is out for himself, and i doubt he believes in anything but Trump.

Cruz is a holy warrior. I you think living in an Oligarchy is bad, you don't want to live in a Theocracy.
With one Supreme Court Justice waiting to be appointed by the next President, and the two most liberal members of the court being among the oldest, I do not want to see Roy Moore and his clones on the bench.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Fri Mar 4, 2016, 06:35 PM (20 replies)

Be graceful in victory? It is hard to be graceful

When every time I look up someone nails me between the eyes with a meme club.

Oh, I understand the reason for the exhortation to "let them wail and gnash their teeth. They are in grief."

I am no Job and I do not intend to be.

Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Wed Mar 2, 2016, 07:23 PM (24 replies)

To everyone in a primary state, Vote.

If you know a registered voter who is sitting it out.
Invite the person to a dinner, if that person votes first. Take that person to the polls and then feed the voter.

Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Tue Mar 1, 2016, 01:03 PM (4 replies)
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