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Name: Kerry
Gender: Female
Hometown: Calumet City, IL
Current location: Chicago
Member since: Wed Jun 24, 2015, 01:08 PM
Number of posts: 321

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People on both sides need to recognize the relationship between feminism and progressivism

It seems to me that there are a lot of people - of all political persuasions - who haven't delved much into what Progressivism is. It is a legitimate political tradition that accomplished much in U.S. history.

Progressives don't bash feminists or sideline women's rights. Women's movements of the twentieth century CAME OUT OF the Progressive movement, particularly women's suffrage, but also economic reforms:

Reforming their World: Women in the Progressive Era


"At the end of the nineteenth century, women were considered the "moral guardians" and protectors of the home. During the Progressive Era, female reformers used this ideology to argue that in order to protect the home, women should move into the public sphere where they could exercise their moral authority over issues such as public sanitation and education, which ultimately affected the home. In massive numbers, women joined volunteer organizations to work for reform. Efforts often began at the local level, and expanded to the state and national level. Women conducted research, implemented programs, and lobbied for legislation to address social, political, and economic problems.
Middle-class clubwomen and settlement workers organized to address issues of education, healthcare, and political corruption. Working women organized on their own and in partnership with middle-class women to raise wages and improve working conditions. African American women organized to combat racism and provide mutual support. Together, their efforts led to real improvements in the lives of many Americans."
Posted by MountCleaners | Sun Apr 23, 2017, 09:30 AM (1 replies)

This is what "conservatives" say behind closed doors

My brother married a woman whose dad is VERY conservative. Most of my family is very liberal, and many of us are atheists. You'd think he would try to fit in with us. My brother participated in a gay rights protest against his church when they fired a gay music director, and the father-in-law was horrified. He won't accept that we just don't agree with him.

I am not boycotting the holidays, because 90% of my family is very liberal. My dad was very liberal and I miss him terribly. It hurts my feelings to have to listen to homophobic and racist shit at the holidays, all coming from one guy. It makes me angry, because my liberal, fun and cool dad is dead while this racist bore is still alive. How can this guy talk to me like this. It's rude. He also said condescending stuff about my dad after he was dead, like, "he sure was an interesting guy."

They think they're not racist, but this is what they say at holidays, "Black people say we're racist, but they have stuff like Black Entertainment Television and the Black Caucus. Can you imagine if there was White Entertainment Television and a White Caucus?" As if my family has no black friends or family on our side, and we do.

I mean, what nuttiness to think that BET and the Black Caucus is racist. Just because the Republican politicians don't say this stuff doesn't mean that their supporters don't think it.

These are people with mainstream Republican politics - middle-class church goers - and they say stuff that also comes out of the mouths of white supremacists. Never let them cow you into saying they're not racist. This is how they really are.

I'm thinking of writing a letter to this guy's pastor asking him why he does not condemn racism coming from his congregation. If religious leaders took a stronger stand against racism, these people might think twice before hurting people's feelings with their views.

Posted by MountCleaners | Tue Apr 18, 2017, 07:43 AM (26 replies)

Heads up - Earth Day March for Science

There is a March for Science on Earth Day - April 22.


It is high time we had another BIG march against Trump.
Posted by MountCleaners | Sat Mar 18, 2017, 07:31 AM (10 replies)

Trump Voters Show President They Can Complain on Twitter, Too

by Katie Rogers

Ms. Nelson reluctantly voted for Mr. Trump — “because of Hillary’s lies” — but grew disillusioned with Mr. Trump’s behavior, which she thought would change after the election. On Feb. 6, she added her message for the president to the fray: “We need a mature adult as president. Can I take my vote back?” (For Ms. Nelson, the tipping point was seeing Mr. Trump dismiss news and negative polls as fake that day.)

...and so on. I can't believe how naive these people are! They had a personal dislike of HRC, so they vote
for a shady billionaire instead?

At least it gives insight into these people's mentality. But look how bad their reasons are for voting Trump.
Posted by MountCleaners | Wed Feb 15, 2017, 09:29 AM (10 replies)

President Donald Trump to publish weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants

Source: The Independent (UK)

Ben Kentish @BenKentish 2 hours ago

The order reads:

To better inform the public regarding the public safety threats associated with sanctuary jurisdictions, the Secretary shall utilize the Declined Detainer Outcome Report or its equivalent and, on a weekly basis, make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens and any jurisdiction that ignored or otherwise failed to honor any detainers with respect to such aliens.”

It does not specify that only crimes committed by illegal immigrants should be included - raising the prospect of offences committed by any immigrant being published even if the person is living in the US legally.

The decision to publish a list of immigrant crimes is reminiscent of the ‘Black crime’ listings on Breitbart News - the far-right website that until recently was run by Steve Bannon, who is now Mr Trump’s chief strategist.

Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-publish-weekly-list-crimes-immigrants-commit-refugees-aliens-executive-order-us-a7546826.html
Posted by MountCleaners | Thu Jan 26, 2017, 08:14 AM (36 replies)

Shooter sent Facebook message to Breitbarts Milo Yiannopoulos before gunfire at UW protest

"“Hey Milo,” the 29-year-old former UW student posted to Yiannopoulos’ Facebook page at 7:24 p.m. “im outside in line to your UW event.

“I got sucker punched (he was a bit limp wristed) and someone jacked my #MAGA hat,” he said, referring to the ubiquitous red and white “Make America Great Again” caps worn by supporters of President Trump.

“Anyway (sic) for me to get a replacement signed by you?” the man asked"


Knew this would happen when they boasted they'd bring guns to any rallies.
Posted by MountCleaners | Tue Jan 24, 2017, 06:32 PM (0 replies)

President Snowflake: Trump's personal fragility used to be just his problem

...Now it's Ours

by Jamil Smith

"Trump’s personal insecurities are not a mere annoyance, nor are they just entertainment or a diversion for the media hordes. A new report on Trump's bad weekend underscored just how much trouble we're in. We know from the president's social media that he has problems with impulse control, but an unnamed person "who frequently talks to Trump" told Politico that it's so bad that his aides "have to control information that may infuriate him," like a parent might do for an excitable child. They can't control it all, of course, and it’s inevitable that his pathology will shape national policy."

Posted by MountCleaners | Tue Jan 24, 2017, 05:43 PM (1 replies)

Without evidence, Trump tells lawmakers 3-5 million illegal ballots cost him the popular vote

Source: Washington Post

Days after being sworn in, President Trump insisted to congressional leaders invited to a reception at the White House that he would have won the popular vote had it not been for millions of illegal votes, according to people familiar with the meeting.

Trump has repeatedly claimed, without evidence, that widespread voter fraud caused him to lose the popular vote to Hillary Clinton, even while he clinched the presidency with an electoral college victory.

Two people familiar with the meeting said Trump spent about 10 minutes at the top of the gathering with Republican and Democratic lawmakers rehashing the campaign. Trump also told them that between 3 million and 5 million illegal votes caused him to lose the popular vote.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/01/23/at-white-house-trump-tells-congressional-leaders-3-5-million-illegal-ballots-cost-him-the-popular-vote/?utm_term=.fd63d9a83e58

Trump lies again! The needling about his popular vote loss must really be getting to him. It's not even one lie a day, it's several.
Posted by MountCleaners | Mon Jan 23, 2017, 09:51 PM (66 replies)

Donald Trump, nuclear weapons, and the ominous tick of the Doomsday Clock

"The eyebrow-raiser didn’t come out of nowhere, following as it did directly on the heels of Vladimir Putin’s pledge to build a new Russian weapons systems. But it was a characteristically jumbled, counterintuitive thought—not what one hopes to see in terms of nuclear-weapons policy. (Trump reportedly double-downed on the build-up claim according to Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC. She claimed that he told her: "Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.") It was of a pattern, too, part of a string of confounding—sometimes terrifyingly so—statements about nuclear capabilities. The Bulletin must’ve thought: Since the Cold War, has the need for a reminder of the potential for atomic catastrophe ever seemed simultaneously so essential and so redundant? "

Posted by MountCleaners | Mon Jan 23, 2017, 01:42 PM (2 replies)

Ted Nugent wants the Secret Service to investigate Madonna


“As part of the protest, Madonna said something about wanting to blow up the White House,” he noted. “Oh, boy. The braindead lying Alinsky left sic’d the secret service on me for stating my fear of the corrupt obama government. Bet nobody sics em on old withered maddonna.”

Learn to spell, you withered jackass. Your musical career is "withered".
Posted by MountCleaners | Mon Jan 23, 2017, 01:25 PM (15 replies)
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