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Putin's Civil War


—Self-admitted alcoholic who blacks out on occasion.

— A man who can't control himself at a Senate hearing.

— A man who has allegedly forced his genitals on a woman against her will. This allegation can be corraborated by nearby witnesses but won't if the president* abuses his executive privileges and prevents the FBI from doing its job thoroughly.

— A man who has trapped a woman in a room, held her down, turned up music to prevent others hearing her screams, placed his hand over her mouth to muffle her. There was a witness who has written that this same Brett Kavanaugh has been known to drink until he passed out.

—Refused polygraph test when accused of sexual assault by several reputable women (whose accusations have stood up to vigorous cross examination).

—Endorses torture (which is unconstitutional).

—Endorses extending executive power (which is also unconstitutional).

—Lies about using emails stolen from Democrats.

—Lies repeatedly under oath.


To place this man on the Supreme Court would be an act of civil war driven by traitors working for an outside power. That power, Russia, is ruled by an emotionally insecure tyrant with a complete absence of empathy for the scores of journalists and lawyers he has murdered. These individuals were uncovering multiple crimes by Putin and his crime syndicate.

This is real.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Sun Sep 30, 2018, 11:28 AM (4 replies)

2 words for Kavanaugh: abusive alcoholic

This is the personality profile of a repeat abuser under the influence of alcohol. This is the new Republican USA. Mark Judge wrote that Kavanaugh passed out repeatedly. His yearbook indicated intense binge drinking. He has written in a deposition that sometimes he has had too many drinks.

As the Kavanaugh hearing is making increasingly clear: These abusive alcoholic Republicans only get angrier when you question their behavior. And especially when you question their logic and their refusal to have an FBI investigation.

Want this kind of abuse on the Supreme court backing up an equally abusive and criminal President?

Posted by DemocracyMouse | Thu Sep 27, 2018, 05:10 PM (10 replies)

Who should be fired at NPR?

Some editor at NPR has pushed through a false equivalency between "sexual assault" and the gang rape of scores of under age women through the use of alcohol and drugs. The former is terrible, but vague. The latter has placed Bill Cosby in prison.

Are we being numbed by National Public Radio (and its "squeaky clean" white fan base) into assuming that Kavanaugh, Judge and all their preppie high school thugs are NOT going to prison?

They should say "the accusations of gang rape" not "the sexual assault allegations."

If Kavanaugh and Judge were working class African Americans Fox News would be calling the accusation full on gang rape.

I'm sick to my stomach and getting nothing done.

Posted by DemocracyMouse | Wed Sep 26, 2018, 03:04 PM (19 replies)

"What happens at Georgetown Prep STAYS at Georgetown Prep."

That excerpt from a speech by Kavanaugh explains everything. It is the general consensus of a community of Republican hypocrites. It is why ZERO response came from Judiciary Rep Mike Davis when Avenatti submitted the 3rd scorched Earth testimony against Kavanaugh on Monday and precisely why we need smart, information-age lawyers like Avenatti to make the testimony public today.

Kavanaugh's quote also explains why the thoroughly corrupted Republican judiciary committee members and McConnell are trying to "plough through" all these women. They truly think that abusive behavior is trivial, especially if they can all agree to hide it. (McConnell's emphasis on "plough through" is entirely sexual by intent. These are rapist enablers, if not former, quaalude slinging rapists themselves. They genuinely see no problem with it. They are monsters.

So THANK YOU to the three brave women who have come forward to testify. We have your backs.

And F'K YOU to the judicial rape squad.

And THANK YOU to Avenatti for your media savvy. Stay the course. Keep your street savvy. We should all be in the proverbial street with you.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Wed Sep 26, 2018, 01:16 PM (2 replies)

So I talked with 3 random Americans....

... one at a diner and two at a Good Will store. None of them knew we were in the midst of a constitutional crisis, that we might lose Social Security and the ACA if a Kavanaugh-reinforced Trump has his way and shuts down Muellar. None knew what the difference was between the two major parties. "All politicians are the same" was the standard position.

When I suggested they start reading newspapers they said they couldn't trust any of them and they just switch off TV news. These weren't pro-Trump people (who are not worth any drop of logical discourse). They were low-information NON-voters. And there are MILLIONS of them.

A huge cross-section of America has become poorly educated, disengaged and disenchanted. They aren't angry at the status quo like we here at DU. They have retreated from ANY form of mature adult engagement with civic life. They work and consume what little they can afford.

So we must reach out to them. We must be street diplomats, bringing them back into a relationship with the democratic process. I told the waitress at the diner to consider looking at one of the more "fun" news aggregators like RawStory. It's not perfect, but it's a tad easier on tired eyes than, say, the Washington Post or Mother Jones. She said she might try it. I was encouraged. All is not lost.


And I recommend handmade, across-the-pumper signs saying:

Raise the minimum wage:

Posted by DemocracyMouse | Wed Sep 26, 2018, 12:41 AM (44 replies)

Don't compare Al Franken to Kavanaugh

Kavanaugh has been accused of trapping a woman in a room, muffling her screams, and attempting to tear her clothes off. He has already committted PERJURY which makes his denials of attempted rape pretty difficult to take seriously.

As for Franken, that famous "groping" photo on the plane was SATIRE. There is no comparison. And Franken did it fully in the presence of observers who could check his behavior if he crossed any lines. The photo, carefully inspected, shows no actual contact. It was satirical in the spirit of goofy satire that his accuser had established hours earlier when she ACTUALLY grabbed the ass of a bass player on stage. And she even grapped another performer with her legs as video of that USO tour has shown beyond the shadow of a doubt. She was performing SATIRE too. (And only "came forward" after a push by Trump adviser Roger Stone).

That means BOTH Franken and his accuser were mocking the act of groping with her involvement in the theatrics. To mock something, to perform satire, is actually in the GREAT TRADITION of Vaudeville theater. It is a method of establishing our principles. i.e. actual gropping is over the line.

So the problem here is not Al Franken, but the American education system which doesn't teach the public (including quite a few congressional folks) anything about Vaudeville, a stylized satirical art form at the historical root of Hollywood comedy. The public has learned nothing about the critical role satire in general plays in both the arts and in human behaviour.

Furthermore, Franken is Jewish and since giving up his SNL career, still conducts his photo ops in an affectionate, theatrical fashion which seems to have thrown off a few WASP associates (as a WASP myself I am a veritable expert on this colder culture!). And Franken's short so instead of placing his arms around shoulders, he puts them around people's waists. So what!!!

And finally all of his colleagues from the comedy world, including Saturday Night Live, signed a letter stating he was a wonderful human being.

So establishing Franken's behavior as a line we shouldn't cross places hundreds of humorless Democrats, Republicans and their operatives beneath him.

NOTE: If there was actual poor behavior we never had a chance to address it because the pogrom against this comedy genius prevented an actual investigation. And he even invited an investigation. Mob justice thwarted due process. Period.

Might I add that picking on short, Jewish former comedians is a form of bullying? Shame on all who indulged in that mob behavior. I'm looking forward to an investigation and apologies from all who bullied Franken if all they had against him was about goofy satire and photo-ops.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Mon Sep 17, 2018, 12:33 PM (5 replies)

Now Brexit is flipping?

London Mayor Pushes For 2nd Brexit Vote

[Flip Manafort, flip Brexit? Never mind Theresa May's getting a bad exit deal from the EU, we must not forget that Putin pushed for Brexit via his legions of goblins to undermine the EU (and democracy) and gain the upper hand... maybe Manafort will spill what he knows in this related area...]


“It’s time to take this crucial issue out of the hands of the politicians and return it to the people,” Sadiq Khan said in a Sunday Op-Ed.

Alarmed by the possibility of a bad or “no-deal” Brexit, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for a second referendum on the contentious subject of the U.K.’s departure from the European Union.

In a Sunday Op-Ed published in The Observer, Khan said the British public has the right to “take back control” of the issue after U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s “abject failure” to negotiate a good Brexit deal for the country.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Sun Sep 16, 2018, 11:59 AM (17 replies)

Everyone on DU should see this

The new film, Sorry to Bother You, is bringing the creeping loss of workers' rights and dignity to a boil. Democrats, ready to reclaim your union mission?


From today's Slate review:

Boots Riley’s film, released earlier this summer, is a funny and insanely inventive trip that has been accurately described as science fiction with a dollop of magical realism. But from the perspective of workers’ rights, it’s frighteningly accurate in its depiction of the world we are heading toward.

In the film, the main character, Cassius Green—played by Lakeith Stanfield—and his friends work at RegalView, a telemarketing company. The employees get only commissions and no wages at all. So far, this doesn’t depart from what’s legal in the real world: Generally, employers are allowed to pay salespeople on a commission basis (although what they’re paid has to add up to minimum wage and in some cases overtime too). In this case, the reality of what is happening in the real-life labor market is actually sometimes worse than the fiction. For example, supermarket baggers or other similar workers have sometimes been paid only in tips, which is plainly illegal. And Amazon’s Mechanical Turk website allows people to assign tasks for as little as a penny. In such cases, many workers end up with paltry earnings. And then there are the gig economy companies that fraudulently treat their workers as independent contractors, paying only commissions to their workforce, who alone bear most of the expenses and virtually all the risk.

Posted by DemocracyMouse | Tue Sep 4, 2018, 04:20 AM (1 replies)

The shine is officially off Trump's turd

I ran into a young, visibly Republican voter yesterday (they always look scared and uptight) and asked if he was registered to vote, do consider voting for Dems in November, etc.

The response? He said he just didn't feel like voting at all this time.

What happened to the exciting new fuhrer? The Trump thing was always a lot of gaslighting propped up by opportunistic oligarchs, teen basement dwellers and hyper-capitalist media pundits leveraging Trump for entertainment dollars. Even "Trump's economy" is fools gold: it was Obama's economy and he had to extract it from an earlier Republican recession. It was Trump's job to spread the recovery out to the rest of us, but he gave all the gains away to an overpaid minority.

The shine is gone. The gas is leaving the bag. Trump's voters just don't feel like voting. The Trump product is last year's trend and all the packaging is getting twisted up in a hall of media mirrors. In fact I no longer fear the Republican swamp. It was always more of a consumer culture than a citizen's movement in the first place. (Look at the ratio of White Nationalists to counter protestors). The glitter on the turd is gone. The gas is out of the bag. The facts are rising out if the swamp like lotus blossoms. Choose your metaphor.

And the Democrats, who actualy have a movement and a substantial, progressive platform, are getting hotter.

Stay the course. Campaign hard and with resolve. The wind is at our backs, but we must still stear the ship.

In fact, there has never been a better time to go door-to-door for a Democratic candidate or to put out signs. Why? The context is a multiplier. For every citizen we convince that voting is sexy, ten more will "get it" when the first citizen you inspire spreads it to their friends.

Replace Trump's phony shine with a spine and we will have a renaissance.

Posted by DemocracyMouse | Sun Sep 2, 2018, 12:34 PM (9 replies)

Libertarianism is officially dead

The events of this past week, indeed of Trump's entire self-serving, hyper-capitalist modality, have done us at least one favor: Ayn Rand's libertarian creed is now exposed for what it is – lawless, self-serving chaos.

We have had several centuries of historical experiments and the outcome could not be more clear: good government and robust economy and meaningful participation in both is a BALANCING act. These in pure form do not work:


If we define democracy as a civic infrastructure informing a civic economy it escapes the list above and we can position it as an emerging alternative leading towards a solution.

When protesters shout "this is what democracy looks like!" they (we) are effectively acknowledging that there are no clean, simple solutions. Complex and messy civic involvement is really quite natural. The new thinking in biology supports the notion that a complex balancing of the individual with the collective, freedom with responsibility, has always lead to the most satisfactory state of health (homeostasis). The new paradigm I'm fond of expresses this balancing act thus:

A civil, democratically informed, infrastructure gives rise to a civil, small business economy (with plenty of room for a not-for-profit sector). The soundbite version:


(Feel free to provide balance to my language in the great North African tradition of uncompleted sentences in group decision-making).

Posted by DemocracyMouse | Sat Aug 25, 2018, 11:59 AM (38 replies)
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