• Let’s Get Uncomfortable, Election Edition

    November 15, 2016

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    Posted in: Democracy, Post-Constitution America

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    For the people now protesting, good for you to make your views known. It is important.


    May I also suggest you use the remaining time to protest Obama’s refusal to prosecute torture, curtail the NSA, fail to close Gitmo, his jailing of whistleblowers, his decision not to use his Justice Department to aggressively prosecute police killers of young Black men under existing civil rights laws, his claiming of the power to assassinate Americans with drones, and his war on journalists via gutting of FOIA?

    Because silence on those issues means Trump inherits all of that power.


    May I also suggest volunteering for some of: homeless shelters, LGBTQ and vet’s crisis lines, Planned Parenthood, Congresspeople who will work for these causes, ACLU, Occupy (who addresses the economic inequality that drove many Trump voters) and the like?

    And make a long term commitment, because many of those groups are used to people showing up for a few days after some bad event happens and then disappearing soon after.

    Please also unsubscribe from media that fed you false narratives for 18 months about those damn emails, the Clinton Foundation, pay-for-play, etc., leading to the election “surprise.” Check the election results. Apparently they all did matter and you should seek out new information sources so you are not fooled again.

    To educate yourself during the coming years, consider foreign media. Look at the range of choices and start reading. Many present a much more dispassionate and balanced view of America than our own corporate infotainment. FYI, the “Daily Show” is satire and comedy, light commentary at best. It is not news. A warning, though, that some of what you read will be challenging and make you think outside your own bubble.

    Stop embarrassing yourselves by claiming “well, Hillary won the popular vote.” True but irrelevant. We’ve had the albeit imperfect electoral college system for some 220 years. The fact that you recently discovered it when your preferred candidate lost does not impress. This election is the fifth time in U.S. history a candidate won the popular vote but lost the election.

    May I also suggest you read the full text of Roe v. Wade (not just Wikipedia!) so you are prepared to rebut in detail the various state-allowed restrictions, particularly the balancing tests, because that is where the attacks may likely come.


    Nothing wrong with “solidarity” and “raising awareness,” but stopping there, like wearing safety pins, like changing your Facebook profile photo, feels good, but working for real change hurts.

    ‘Cause talk is cheap.




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    • rich bauer said...

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      Talk is cheap but writing the truth will cost you in Trumpland. Trump and Thiel have big changes in mind. Of course the Supreme idiots will go right along. Heil Trump.

      11/15/16 7:07 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Steve Bannon Breitbart will be the model for truthtelling in your Amerika. Heil Trump.

      11/15/16 7:23 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Guiliani as SecState makes it all worthwhile having to listen to Trump bloviate the next few years. He wont last the fool term when Trumps head will explode when his blood pressure reaches critical mass when he cant use nuclear weapons to bomb the shit out of ISIS when it blows up his towers. Heil Trump.

      11/15/16 7:54 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer: Who did you vote for? Did you vote?

      11/15/16 8:13 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Oh, and put down your smart phone. You don’t need to check all your apps and social media contacts every five minutes. It will make you a better citizen once you self rehab.

      11/15/16 8:23 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      JP , keep your focus on the enemy.

      11/15/16 8:36 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      The nice thing about this site is the absence of political correctness. Lets keep it that way, jp.

      11/15/16 8:39 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Oh I forgot….Heil Trump.

      11/15/16 8:42 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      speaking of free speech, vulgar language can stop you from wrestling and playing soccer but not running the Dumbest Country on the Planet. Heil Trump.

      11/15/16 8:47 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      JP, ask the other residents of your retirement home how to work that thing with the keyboard and magic screen to check previous posts who I voted for. Hint. NONE OF THE ABOVE.

      11/15/16 8:51 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      No one is happier that Trump won with a minority popular vote. We all got it coming.

      11/15/16 9:06 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer- I asked a simple question- who did you vote for. I stated who I voted for- Stein. That was a civil question. I’m not in a retirement home and never will be. Where did you glean such misinformation?

      11/15/16 9:28 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Sorry JP but that better citizen snark got my Pitchfork rising.

      11/15/16 9:41 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      quote”Because silence on those issues means Trump inherits all of that power.”unquote

      Bingo. The only thing the protesters care about is IMMIGRATION, gays and womens rights. They didn’t care about everything that Obama did. No protests throughout Obama’s tenure, except for those at the Supreme court..over..the same things. So yeah,where were they when Obama was raping the planet? errr..wait.. I forgot Occupy. damn. My bad. Ok..sue me.

      Meanwhile I’m hoping for another 9/11.. on Trump Towers… when he’s there, cause it looks like he won’t be sleeping in the White House. He need’s his blankee at the top of his castle. However, I bet the Secret Service is gonna blow a gasket over this one.

      http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/11/13/1598262/-Trump-doesn-t-want-to-stay-in-the-White-House-full-time-or-stop-holding-his-rallies

      11/15/16 10:11 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Who wants TRUTH ? Manning, Snowden ,Assange and others (myself included). Who will, or could pardon the whistle blowers? Obama and Trump. Who could turn back on internet connection for Assange (Obomber shut it down, Russians etc. LIE)? Will Assange get internet connection Jan. 21? Why did Fox news only report on WikiLeaks emails? That suprided the PHUCK out of me. I’m with Her. Who jailed Chelsea ( I went to his trial)? Pardon Manning, and others, Trump or Obama.

      11/15/16 10:17 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Just say NO to I’m with Her, Madeline Albright!

      11/15/16 10:19 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      I voted for Stein. The New 1 %. I have the power. Beware. Fear. Etc… Wave flags 99%ers. Bonus ? Who shut down Occuppy? OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

      11/15/16 10:24 AM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

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      It IS the Revolt of Teh ILLEGAL$, enabled by the Purple Diaper Babies’ NAPPYS (No Account Precedents and Party of You’re Screwed); firmly affixed with their cognitively dissonant* “safety” pins.
      *Originally symbolized pro-Brexit (anti-Globalism) across the Pond.

      11/15/16 10:27 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Army Corps delay Pipeline on The Original Homeland Security Peoples water. Glad and hope the delay is not for a tactic to make Trump look bad. But wait, he has money invested in it. Please help me. What investments do The Clinton Foundation have millions in? Is it disclosed? If not why? I’m with Her. Mother Earth…………..Has Bill Mckibben(D) gone to the Rez.?

      11/15/16 10:41 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Did Obama gift (with Dems help) the fun of Tuesday Kill list meetings to Trump? Please only Dems answer. I do not mean to stop Truth, but be the media and control the channel you are educating with. Organize, Educate……..Oh yeah. sorry for caps…………………EDUCATE…………..peas

      11/15/16 10:53 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      TY PVB

      11/15/16 10:54 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      ps.. he doesn’t want to stop holding his rallies either.
      right.

      Right out of 1939 Germany that is. sheeezushchrist. This scumbag will whip his base into the biggest racist rallies ever seen on this planet. All I know is whoever said “it can’t happen here” was a goddamned moron.

      11/15/16 11:21 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      ps…wait till he forms his “deportation” Gestapo.

      11/15/16 11:25 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Imagie… Hillary closes Gitmo. Damn. We missed our chance. How are Obamas Militarized Poleice doing helping The Blacks, and white mfers like me?

      11/15/16 11:29 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Off to due the Pledge. Dog Bless (sorry for typo). God

      11/15/16 11:31 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      11/15/16 11:34 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Hey Sports Fans!!!!!! Obama will pass the fun drone killing stuff to Trump. We came, we saw, we realized, the Empire is dead. Save the people. Rise. Not against Trump or for Clinton. For the People. Power to the People. Get out of our way. Peace…

      11/15/16 11:37 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Have a nice day.

      11/15/16 11:37 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Will Trump help or Bomb (and support like Barry) Gaza? Free Palestine. BDS, etc..

      11/15/16 12:26 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      In N.Y. state Cuomo (D) wants it to be illegal to support BDS. You all may know this. Thank you for listening. Stop the White KKK, and the Zionist Apartheid. BDS. Free Palestine. How is Donna Brazile? Have not heard her lying ass recently. Karma sucks. Blow back with Peace.

      11/15/16 12:31 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      So what. That is the real message of this election when the two corrupt parties run two candidates with the lowest fav ratings. Less voters bothered to vote than the last two elections. People know what a con this democracy is. Cant wait until 2020 when this whole corrupt process collapses.

      Cant

      11/15/16 4:42 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Damn!!!

      Go out of town for a day… And the knives come out.

      Rich,

      Once, a very bright man said,

      “the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results ”

      You are familiar with the man who coined that phrase…. And turn out to be a bigger despot than almost any before him.

      I, and many others, are aware of how angry you are, but, maybe, just maybe, the chain of legacies has been broken.

      Maybe, doubt it, but just maybe.

      We do know, that for the first time in a couple hundred years, a individual who is Not a professional politician, is president.

      Is he the ideal candidate…. Hell No…. One of the reasons he’s not, is because he never prepped to be president. Unlike, the Bush clan, Clinton clan, Kennedy’s… Etc.

      So…… How about this…. Instead of being pissed off…throwing cheap shots… Etc…. And work with others here… As a way of maybe having meanful discussions.

      Just a thought.

      M

      11/15/16 6:21 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Damn!!!

      Go out of town for a day… And the knives come out.

      Rich,

      Once, a very bright man said,
      “the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results ”
      You are familiar with the man who coined that phrase…. And turn out to be a bigger despot than almost any before him.

      I, and many others, are aware of how angry you are, but, maybe, just maybe, the chain of legacies has been broken.

      Maybe, doubt it, but just maybe.
      We do know, that for the first time in a couple hundred years, a individual who is Not a professional politician, is president.

      Is he the ideal candidate…. Hell No…. One of the reasons he’s not, is because he never prepped to be president. Unlike, the Bush clan, Clinton clan, Kennedy’s… Etc.

      So…… How about this…. Instead of being pissed off…throwing cheap shots… Etc…. And work with others here… As a way of maybe having meanful discussions.

      Just a thought.
      M

      11/15/16 6:28 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Cant wait until 2020 when this whole corrupt process collapses.

      What???? WHAT?????? IT ALREADY COLLAPSED YOU FUCKING MORON!! What part of this don’t you understand? It collapsed into a boiling inferno of hate, prejudice, greed, fear, sociopath power unlike the planet has ever seen. Until this narcississtic sociopath came along, at least there was a balance of civil governance that human kind could quarantine through democratic process.IF.. the electorate weren’t the Dumbest Country on the Planet. Now, we know without a shadow of doubt. Not only is the USA filled with the Big Bang of Stupidity… it’s the posterchild for the most racist, pathetically stupidity, moronic dumbfuck doofus idiots in the universe.

      However…they will reap that which they have sown. And I’ll be laughing my ass off as it unfolds. And it will. Revelations doesn’t lie.

      11/15/16 6:45 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Mitch, a very bright man once said no one went broke underestimating the intelligence of the dumbest country on the planet. Trump will bust all your illusions. He will not fail. Heil Trump.

      11/15/16 6:46 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Rich,

      I have zero illusions.

      Just learned never judge a book by its cover.

      And I am willing to give him a chance. He may.. Probably is, just like the rest.

      But… This is a first, in a couple hundred years.

      Question for you…..

      What will you say, if he turns out to be a repeat of Sam Adams???

      M

      11/15/16 6:56 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      PS.

      I would have Prefered a zombie apocalypse

      M

      11/15/16 6:58 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      So when will 1% guys like Colbert and Stewart leave the country? Can’t wait. Any Schumer said she’d move to Canada. No loss there of course What a miserable unloved female.

      11/15/16 7:18 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Cant wait for the GOP– Grabbers Of Pussy– to get their greedy hands on JPs medicare. Ryan is salivating more than Trump. Then you will see the voter apathy disappear. Sam Adams would find that revolting.

      11/15/16 7:24 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Rich,

      You of course, reali, that is not an answer?

      And, also, belittling a commenter does nothing for your argument?

      So, among the many questions you avoided… Did you vote?

      Reason I ask. I’d you don’t parcipate…. Can you really have any place to attack and be critical?

      M

      11/15/16 7:39 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Rich,

      Btw.

      By way of a correction for you.

      The count in Michigan was completed.

      Trump won the popular vote as well. By 700k

      Thought you might want the updated information.

      M

      11/15/16 7:44 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      11/15/16 8:12 PM | Comment Link

    • teri said...

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      I think y’all have just lost your minds temporarily. I can’t even figure out what half these comments are supposed to mean. Actually, I can’t tell what MOST of these comments are trying to express.

      WTF is up with everyone?

      11/16/16 3:55 AM | Comment Link

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