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Say it loud, say it often. Say it in the same breath as Andersonville, Auschwitz, the Gulag, Abu Ghraib. Make it a synonym for Trump's evil.


Preparing for the battle ahead.

This is my view of the reality that confronts us:

1. Trump is the spear, not the one who wields it. The man's brain may have turned to tapioca pudding, but he can still follow orders. And, since he's the weapon, he's expendable. Putin can send him out to do the most outrageous things that would put any normal politician in dire peril, but Putin won't care if he goes down in flames, as long as chaos and destruction happens.

2. The Republican Party is filthy with Russian connections. It's my view that the Russians did not infiltrate the GOP surreptitiously, but just showed up at the front door with baskets full of dirty rubles and were welcomed into the club with open arms.

3. The media will not be reliable friends. Media ownership is heavily concentrated, making them especially vulnerable to bribes and threats. Anyone remember Campaign 2000, where Dubya got inexplicable kid-glove treatment while Al Gore got savaged. I sure do.

4. Nearly all of the people who currently support Trump are lost to us forever. They have drunk the Kool-Aid and there's no turning back for them. They only listen to Fox News (and various Foxoid outlets) which tells them what they are supposed to believe.

5. There is absolutely nothing the Republican Party and Trump will not do to stay in power. Erase, "But they wouldn't do that" from your vocabulary. Think Trump wouldn't issue blanket pardons to everyone he's ever been connected to? Think again.

6. The top levels of the Democratic Party will not be much help -- partly because they're stuck in the past and longing for the never-to-return days of comity and reaching across the aisle, and partly because any Democrat who becomes a nationally prominent figure will become a lightning rod to be viciously attacked by Fox, et al.

7. We can't put all our eggs in the Mueller investigation basket. Mueller can investigate, report, and prosecute. Trump can pardon. Congressional Republicans can ignore reports.

8. The war will be won by activism at the local level, by GOTV, entering Democratic candidates in every race, and making voting everywhere as accessible, reliable, accurate, and safe as possible in the face of Republican attacks. (Yes, safe. Look to item 5.)

9. And last, but not least, given that Puerto Ricans were left to die because Trump assumed they weren't white, and given that we're now putting thousands of children into what can only be described as concentration camps, and for a hundred other reasons we all know, it's time to start saying without apology:


Just saw the musical "Come From Away". My friends couldn't understand why I hated it.

I'm sorry. The central reality was the murders of nearly three thousand people. I get it that there were amazing acts of compassion and generosity at that time, but that doesn't make it anywise anything but a vicious crime and a horrible tragedy.

So, with summer approaching, do I start wearing khakis or toss them?

Has the Alt-right succeeded in making them a Deplorable uniform?

Thinking about starting a local Political Trauma Support Group.

Has anyone ever heard of such a thing? People go to support groups to deal with all kinds of losses, and if you're one of those people who reads the morning news each day with a knot in your stomach, nods and goes "uh-huh, uh-huh" when reading a history of Europe in the 1930's, and has a long list of ex-friends and family who you used to be able to talk to, but now avoid -- you've definitely suffered a loss.

This isn't about Activism. Activism is very good, but this is not it -- it's a complement to it. I can see all kinds of pitfalls. There could be verbal fistfights over Campaigns 2016, 2018 or 2020. There could be Deplorables showing up just so they could shout "Snowflakes! Snowflakes!"

Any thoughts?

Is it just me, or does this "Big Rosenstein Announcement pretty soon" sound like a trial balloon?

Like they're waiting to see if there's a big negative reaction from somewhere.

Something that's always bugged me about the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica/Russia story.

I've been reading about what the Russians have been up to ever since the Cuban Missile Crisis happened when I was a kid. One thing I've seen about the Russians is that they have a deep streak of pragmatism and straight-line thinking -- these are the people who didn't bother to make a fancy-shmancy argon-pressurized ballpoint pen that would write in space when a pencil got the job done just fine.

This is what seems wrong to me about the FB/CA/Russia thing. It's not that they don't have the tech skills. They do. It's not like they have moral reservations. They don't. It's not even like I don't think they did it. I do. It's just that the data thing seems to me to be way too much of a three-cushion-bank-shot thing for the Russians to use as their main strategy. They're the guys who take your money in the pool hall, not with a slick hustle, but by pranging you over the head with a cue.

My gut feeling is that they visited the CEOs of major media with a suitcase full of cash in one hand and a baseball bat in the other. Maybe that's just me.

Is it time to form a shadow government?

Imagine there was an actual organization where:

* Information from whistle-blowers could be collected and analyzed.
* Legal strategies could be formulated and promulgated and activists with a legal bent could volunteer.
* Liaisons could be formed with businesses and foreign governments to exchange accurate information and plan for a post-Trump future.
* Contributions could be pooled and directed to situations of immediate need.
* A cadre of intelligent and informed spokespeople with specialized knowledge could be formed to respond to crises.
* Legal services could be directed to people directly attacked by Trump.

The possibilities are endless. Yeah, I get it that the Democratic Party should be where it's happening, or that Hillary and Bill Clinton, Chuck Schumer, or Nancy Pelosi should be there -- but if they wanted to do that, they'd be doing it already.

What do you think?

Is this the first mass shooting to look like a direct retaliation against an anti-gun policy?

Or were there others that I missed?

Ever wonder what it is that Bolton really wants?

We all know that Bolton's been the perfect image of the chickenhawk -- a man who managed never to fight in a war, but can't wait to send other people off to fight and kill and die at the drop of a hat.

Thing is, when did it become part of the chickenhawk schtik to sell your country out? At this point, even ten-year-olds can see that Trump has sold his soul (or whatever he has that passes for one) to Putin and the Russian oligarchs. Is this Bolton's overarching ambition -- to sell out America? Or does he have a fantasy of making some eleventy-dimensional three-cushion bank shot that puts him in the history books as the man who MAGAed?

Or is he just barking mad?
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