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Author: Raine    Date: 02/12/2018 14:09:06

First, make sure you read TriSec's Saturday Blog. I was thinking these same thoughts over the weekend, you know, when I wasn't seething about how poorly this administration is dealing with the issue of domestic violence.

So, let me just say this: both sides don't do it. One personally commits an act of violence and the other person is the victim of violence.

Will Bunch nails it in his column.
The 1977 skit gently mocked the women’s movement and less gently mocked the patriarchy with a TV talk show called “You’ve Come a Long Way, Buddy” that promoted the work of male painters like Vincent Van Gogh (who “influenced many artists. And he was a man.”) while music written by men, like Beethoven, played in the background, The skit reached its absurdist crescendo when a cigar-smoking John Belushi appears as a character who’s launched a 24-hour rape hotline … for men who’ve committed a rape. Belushi’s “Sam Montgomery” says the hotline gives rapists “an opportunity to talk to someone who understands what he’s gone through” — and it’s completely anonymous.

“Very often, to be known as a rapist is a social stigma, and it can ruin a man’s life.”

That’s a quote from SNL and what was supposed to be biting social satire, in a time when the future absurdity of Donald Trump, 45th president of the United States, was beyond the ability of comedy writers to imagine. But when Trump addressed reporters on Friday who asked about Porter — who’d funneled America’s most important secrets onto the president’s desks for months while top aides knew his sordid past had blocked him from a security clearance — his words could have been ripped directly from that farcical skit four decades ago.

“We wish him well, he worked very hard. We found out about it recently and I was surprised by it, but we certainly wish him well and it’s a tough time for him,” said Trump, showing his not-satirical concern for how the social stigma of wife-beating can ruin a man’s life. “He did a very good job when he was in the White House. And we hope he has a wonderful career and he will have a great career ahead of him. But it was very sad when we heard about it and certainly he’s also very sad now.”
(snip)

That’s an unconscionable message, not just to “our wives and daughters” (which is what male writers always say) but to the more than 160 million human beings who live in America and who are not men. There are many ways that Trump has blown up the contract to be a president of all of the American people, but this mindset that leads the president to offer his well-wishes to a credibly accused wife-beater is particular abhorrent. November’s midterm election will be a chance to prove that a would-be autocrat can’t succeed by suppressing a majority group, but I’m also sick and tired of well-meaning men waiting for women to save America at the ballot box. It’s time for men to acknowledge we haven’t come a long way, buddy. Let’s all work together to topple Trump’s United States of Men.


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Raine






 
 

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Comment by Raine on 02/12/2018 14:20:05


Good morning!

Comment by BobR on 02/12/2018 14:21:40
The video is hilarious

Comment by Raine on 02/12/2018 14:27:55




Comment by wickedpam on 02/12/2018 14:39:56
Morning

Comment by Scoopster on 02/12/2018 14:40:24
Mornin' all..

This isn't an infrastructure plan. This is the Federal Government telling the states to go screw themselves.

It also makes you wonder - if the plan is to only have $200B available for federal grants to the states, then where is the other $1.3T going?

Comment by BobR on 02/12/2018 14:41:57
on a brighter note, the Google Doodles have been fun for the Olympics

Comment by Raine on 02/12/2018 14:50:33
Quote by BobR:
on a brighter note, the Google Doodles have been fun for the Olympics

They are!


Comment by Raine on 02/12/2018 14:55:47
Holy hell. I’ve been saying as a satirical dark comedic Joke that his racism is a feature not a bug, and then I read this:

A source close to the White House tells me that with an eye to getting Republicans excited about voting for Republicans in midterms, the president this year will be looking for "unexpected cultural flashpoints" — like the NFL and kneeling — that he can latch onto in person and on Twitter.

The source said Trump "is going to be looking for opportunities to stir up the base, more than focusing on any particular legislation or issue."


Comment by wickedpam on 02/12/2018 15:09:25
So if you're by Centreville, VA when the farms and stuff reopen, head over to Cox Farm They seem like good people.

Comment by wickedpam on 02/12/2018 15:11:55
Quote by Raine:
Holy hell. I’ve been saying as a satirical dark comedic Joke that his racism is a feature not a bug, and then I read this:

A source close to the White House tells me that with an eye to getting Republicans excited about voting for Republicans in midterms, the president this year will be looking for "unexpected cultural flashpoints" — like the NFL and kneeling — that he can latch onto in person and on Twitter.

The source said Trump "is going to be looking for opportunities to stir up the base, more than focusing on any particular legislation or issue."



Gawd I hate him.

Comment by Raine on 02/12/2018 15:23:19
Quote by wickedpam:
So if you're by Centreville, VA when the farms and stuff reopen, head over to Cox Farm They seem like good people.

Nice!

We tried to go there one fall and it was REALLY packed.

Comment by Raine on 02/12/2018 15:23:51
Quote by Raine:


Michelle is speaking now.


Comment by Scoopster on 02/12/2018 15:24:21
Quote by wickedpam:
So if you're by Centreville, VA when the farms and stuff reopen, head over to Cox Farm They seem like good people.

I just tweeted 'em & asked if they have an online store.

Comment by Raine on 02/12/2018 15:33:33
Comment by Raine on 02/12/2018 15:36:31
Comment by wickedpam on 02/12/2018 15:40:09
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
So if you're by Centreville, VA when the farms and stuff reopen, head over to Cox Farm They seem like good people.

Nice!

We tried to go there one fall and it was REALLY packed.



If its the place I think its it, its always packed. People love them some Cox Farms

Comment by wickedpam on 02/12/2018 15:40:24
Quote by Scoopster:
Quote by wickedpam:
So if you're by Centreville, VA when the farms and stuff reopen, head over to Cox Farm They seem like good people.

I just tweeted 'em & asked if they have an online store.



Nice!

Comment by Mondobubba on 02/12/2018 15:52:11
Quote by Scoopster:
Mornin' all..

This isn't an infrastructure plan. This is the Federal Government telling the states to go screw themselves.

It also makes you wonder - if the plan is to only have $200B available for federal grants to the states, then where is the other $1.3T going?


Capitalists.

Comment by Raine on 02/12/2018 16:01:04
Comment by Raine on 02/12/2018 16:23:52
If you want to watch it later:



Comment by livingonli on 02/12/2018 17:23:55
It sounds like the infrastructure plan is going to be another pile of corruption that will redistribute more wealth to the very rich. Donald Trump and the Koch Brothers make an increasing argument for communism at this rate.

Comment by Raine on 02/12/2018 17:30:17
I love our Vice President.






Comment by Raine on 02/12/2018 17:35:44
Quote by livingonli:
It sounds like the infrastructure plan is going to be another pile of corruption that will redistribute more wealth to the very rich. Donald Trump and the Koch Brothers make an increasing argument for communism at this rate.

There is no longer a curtain of even pretending to give a shit.

Comment by wickedpam on 02/12/2018 17:46:35
Quote by Raine:
Quote by livingonli:
It sounds like the infrastructure plan is going to be another pile of corruption that will redistribute more wealth to the very rich. Donald Trump and the Koch Brothers make an increasing argument for communism at this rate.

There is no longer a curtain of even pretending to give a shit.



I chucked it in when I heard privatized roads. This is why we now have $40 peak tolls on 66.

Comment by livingonli on 02/12/2018 18:58:07
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by livingonli:
It sounds like the infrastructure plan is going to be another pile of corruption that will redistribute more wealth to the very rich. Donald Trump and the Koch Brothers make an increasing argument for communism at this rate.

There is no longer a curtain of even pretending to give a shit.



I chucked it in when I heard privatized roads. This is why we now have $40 peak tolls on 66.

And expect more toll roads as this comes down the pike. More profits for the wealthy and you will pay more in fees than you ever did in taxes.

Comment by Raine on 02/12/2018 19:01:24
His white robe slipped:



Comment by wickedpam on 02/12/2018 19:17:49
Quote by Raine:
His white robe slipped:




Anglo-American heritage? Ahhh - rebranding.

Comment by livingonli on 02/12/2018 19:58:10
It's already noted that Trump's entire mid-term strategy is to play to the racists in order to make sure they still show up at the polls in November. But that hopefully will bring out the opposition as well. The only thing Trump is capable of doing is playing into a shrinking space of the most backwards and ignorant people.

Comment by Mondobubba on 02/12/2018 20:34:31
Quote by Raine:
His white robe slipped:



Sheriffs are unique in Anglo derived countries.


Comment by Scoopster on 02/12/2018 20:43:16
This dude on Twitter is trying to tell me that there are no similarities to the rise of the Nazis and the rise of .

Perhaps he should go read the ways in which the NSDAP mirrors the Republican Party over the past 30 years, like their consistent propaganda campaign and increasingly reactionary policy positions over that time, or the policies that have been put into place since took office to demonize & throw out undesirable people who share a common ancestry, or labeling anything and anyone that criticized them as fake news.

Comment by Raine on 02/12/2018 20:47:07
ahem:



Comment by Raine on 02/12/2018 20:47:38

This is good news! that nomination was a mess.