The Looming New Order of Trumpistan

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From Dave Dubya:

Abetted by the electoral college’s betrayal of democracy, White America has spoken. It’s going to be a long dark journey ahead, kids.

“Conflict of interest” will be ignored as Trump and his cronies fleece the nation and violate our Constitution. Kleptocracy will rise to greater heights.

Article 1 Section 9:

No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.

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From SJ at Random Thoughts:

They’re Still at It. They’re not going home.

…Occupying this and that, over here and over there. OWS participants are annoying and scaring everyone from formerly unconcerned stock traders who “don’t know what everybody’s so mad about,” to minimum-wage janitors who work at corporate banks and wish that the great unwashed sitting at Zuccotti Park would just all go get a job and take a bath.

Even the cops’ frustrations are hitting an existential boiling point as they aggressively defend the dignity and peace of mind of a transnational financial community that has no empathy and less in common with their own way of life than people in their own economic strata, like those girls they are cowardly pepper spraying on occasion.

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No Media Attention for
Anti-Semitism at Trump Rally

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From Tommy Christopher:

President-elect Donald Trump’s “thank you” tour kicked off in Cincinnati on Thursday, broadcast live by news networks who appear determined to learn nothing from the 2016 election. Once again, viewers got to hear Trump telling lies about issues like his deal with Carrier, free of any filter providing analysis, context, or fact-checking.

The mere existence of a Trump “thank you” tour is disturbing, and during its inaugural rally, there was no shortage of other disturbing things, like the return of “lock her up” chants, some of which received critical coverage in the national media.

What you regrettably will not be hearing much about, though, is Trump’s continued use of a phrase that has an established and undisputed anti-Semitic history:

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Activism: This Is How It’s Done

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From osirisopto at Mock Paper Scissors:

The protestors, the people who live at Standing Rock (Dakota Access Pipeline) and their supporters who have all endured incredible hardships, injustices and frightening brutality by the authorities have won a battle in their war.

The Army Corps of Engineers has stayed the easement to run the DAPL under the lake requiring a full environmental impact study be done.

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Fidel Castro the Misunderstood Understood

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From Darcwonn The Intersection of Madness and Reality:

Fidel Castro has left this mortal plane at the age of 90. Many of us either rejoiced his death or shook our heads at the passing of a steadfast man of principle. To many (stateside), he was viewed as a tyrant. To many that are anti-imperialism, he was an inspiration. The problem is that there are very few that fall in between when it comes to Fidel.

Fidel Castro is practically the real-world Dr. Doom. Yes, he worked hard to do right by the people that were with him. However, anyone that went against him felt his wrath like none other. Just like Victor Von, Castro wanted adjunct loyalty. Nothing else was to be tolerated.

English: The Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Español: El líder cubano Fidel Castro. Italiano: Il leader cubano Fidel Castro Français : Le dirigeant cubain Fidel Castro. 日本語: キューバの最高指導者であるフィデル・カストロ Português: O líder cubano Fidel Castro. ‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Cubas statsoverhode Fidel Castro. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

However, many black people have a special adoration for the man that many white politicians find to be repulsive. And there are quite a few reasons why.

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Castro’s Mortal Sins . . . PERIOD

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From libertarian Michael A. LaFerrara at Principled Perspectives:

After duly acknowledging the horror of the deceased Cuban Communist dictator—although it shockingly saw fit to praise Castro for bringing “medical care and education to the country’s poor”—the New Jersey Star-Ledger saw fit to spend most of its editorial criticizing America’s foreign policy as it relates to Cuba since 1959. The Star-Ledger opens Castro’s mortal sins, and our own imperial arrogance with;

Fidel Castro had a knack for driving Americans nuts.

No doubt, he was a tyrant and a liar, a man who tortured people for the crime of speaking their minds.

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Where’s the Irony?

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From Iron Knee at Political Irony:

This website is dedicated to “political irony”, including humor. So you might think that the election of Donald Trump would make it easy to find good stories. But it isn’t turning out that way.

For example, it is hardly ironic, and certainly not humorous, that Trump is filling his cabinet with the same alligators he promised to drain out of the DC swamp, or that he has already reversed his position on pretty much every one of his campaign promises.

But isn’t that jumping the gun?

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The Electors’ Duties

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From Green Eagle:

Well, as it is getting closer to the time when the Electoral College will, in overwhelming likelihood, put its seal of approval on the travesty of Trump’s accession to the White House, I thought it would do well to see what the founding fathers really thought about this institution. For that purpose, I’ll turn to Federalist Paper no. 68, where the musical man of the hour, Alexander Hamilton, explains on behalf of himself and his fellow authors of the Constitution, what it actually means, as opposed to the ludicrous nonsense that is peddled far and wide, in largely successful attempts to bend the Constitution to whatever suits the right’s purpose at the moment.

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What if Facts Were True?

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From Vixen Strangely at Strangely Blogged:

So, it happens that a Trump surrogate made an interesting statement regarding “facts”–they don’t matter anymore. Things are true if people believe in them. So, maybe Obama is a Kenyan-born Muslim–who knows? Maybe aspirin is a good birth control pill. Maybe climate change can be dumb because your dumb face, right?

Of course this is an appalling thing to say. There needs to be common ground for people to be able to get together and discuss their wants and needs. If facts–the concrete understandings that are the underpinning for our shared reality–don’t matter, then how can we ever deal with the subjective responses people have in reaction to those facts? It seems like a casual way of dismissing groups one doesn’t want to listen to–“I reject your reality and replace it with my own.”

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