47190. Ms. No - 6/30/2018 12:19:28 AM
That's great news!
I am soon to be spending many an hour sitting on my dad's porch looking out across the Great Smokey Mountains.
47191. arkymalarky - 6/30/2018 7:03:31 AM
How nice! Will be going to Colorado in a couple of weeks, but Dad didn't even let me be out of school a week before he fell and ended up in the emergency room and I've been hauling them back and forth to the doctor, so my brother is going to hold down the fort while we're gone so we can get out of here. I desperately need to get away. And that will be away from trumpistan as well which I need. I'm doing a lot of volunteering gotv, etcetera, when I get back.
47192. alistairconnor - 8/14/2018 5:07:31 PM
One day, Ms No, I'll join you on that porch. I just had a visit from my NC friends, we intend to walk the Blue Ridge trail one day, just like Bill Bryson in that movie.
47193. Ms. No - 8/16/2018 6:44:24 PM
That sounds wonderful! You'll have to let me know when you get it planned. I'd definitely be up for meeting up and perhaps even providing a porch depending on where all my kin are living at that point.
I've only ever hiked little bits of the trail, but I've driven the Blue Ridge Parkway many a time. It's one of my favorite tours -- especially in the fall when the leaves are changing, but it's always beautiful.
47194. Ms. No - 8/16/2018 6:59:46 PM
And just to show that beauty occurs even in red states:
This is sunset in the Smokies from my father's porch.
47195. Ms. No - 9/24/2018 7:55:07 PM
So, Rosenstein may be out, which will mean that Mueller is out, which will mean that the Russians are in, and that the right-wing fanatics will continue to take over the government and disenfranchise Americans.
I suggest we keep fighting, but hunker down and take names, dates, times, and places. When some reasonable government regains power, there should be a long list of people brought up on charges of Treason.
Mitch McConnel not the least of them.
47196. Ms. No - 9/24/2018 7:55:40 PM
Hell, if we wait until Trump is out of office, he could be prosecuted criminally and actually serve time --- which doesn't happen to an impeached President.
47197. winstonsmith - 9/25/2018 6:31:44 AM
Beautiful photo Ms. No.
At this point, with rate things are happening, it is beyond me to predict what will happen. I just hope Democrats come out to vote. I see the right starting to get worked up and worry that they may rally in the next few weeks. Hopefully, in the end, sanity will prevail and Trump will be vilified like Nixon was.
47198. Ms. No - 10/5/2018 3:35:15 PM
Sheesh. I thought I posted -- but now I remember that I couldn't get my words right (probably because I was foaming at the mouth).
Had to explain to my students the other day why their vote still counts. They are NOT fond of the electoral college, so now I'm looking for a couple of good articles to give them the arguments for keeping, abolishing, or changing the process.
We also had a big discussion about exactly why Kavanaugh might or might not be suited to the office of SCJ. I was proud of them for coming to the conclusion that they couldn't say whether or not he assaulted Dr. Ford, but he didn't make himself look innocent by crying and refusing to answer the interview questions.
"Is he gonna cry and scream in court?"
Yes, children. Yes, he likely will.
47199. wabbit - 10/6/2018 7:45:46 PM
Setting aside the fiasco with Dr. Ford over the past few weeks, there are other reasons a Susan Collins or Jeff Flake could oppose Kavanaugh's nomination.
Kavanaugh lied about his yearbook and his drinking, according to people who knew him at the time. Maybe these are "small" lies from years ago, so they can be ignored.
Some who knew him years later in a professional capacity do not think he belongs on the SC.
What about those pesky Miranda memos? Weasel words seem to have gotten him out of that one. How about the mountain of emails, only some of which have been released, supposedly because of "national security"? Maybe more will come out in a few years, when it will be too late.
Kavanaugh tipped his hand with "What goes around, comes around." Pass the beer and the partisan chips. Should we be happy that at least we can see it coming?
One thing is certain, Kavanaugh has Trump's back. Welcome to the Imperial Presidency, where the rule of law applies to everyone except the President. I wonder why Susan Collins, Jeff Flake and Joe Manchin think that's a good idea.
47200. wabbit - 10/7/2018 12:55:05 AM
“The Supreme Court must never, never be viewed as a partisan institution,” Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh observed at the start of his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Partisanship is all there is, maybe all there ever was. The difference is now we see can see who the wizards are.
47201. Ms. No - 10/8/2018 6:36:20 PM
Joe Manchin thinks keeping himself in the Senate seat is more important than democracy. He wants to be re-elected, so he sacrificed the nation for the next 40 years to a whiney, entitled, partisan, who not only lies, but lies badly because it would never occur to him that anyone would question him to begin with. The sheer audacity!!!
Joe Manchin is going to get a lot of mail. So will Flake and Collins and Murkowski.
None of them voted for Kavanaugh because they thought he is fit to serve. They chose him because their party affiliations are more important to them than the American people.
47202. winstonsmith - 10/9/2018 7:47:58 PM
It may turn out to be a good thing that red state Republicans have surged a bit in the polls. Democrats need to not become complacent about a blue wave taking care of things. We need to make sure people (especially young people) get out and vote. It is the only way out of the mess we are in. I took my 18 year old son to get registered to vote yesterday. My daughter is already registered. They and most of their friends will be voting.
47203. Ms. No - 10/9/2018 8:28:30 PM
Viva la Revolucion!
47204. Ms. No - 10/29/2018 4:28:56 PM
Looks like I'll be teaching the Pyramid of Hate this week.
Dirty, rotten, fuckers.
Yes, speech matters.
47205. arkymalarky - 11/7/2018 8:49:50 AM
Hello you wonderful moties. Been staying off of here on purpose because I was too stressed about this election, so I've been working locally on registration get-out-the-vote Etc, and I've been helping my parents and traveling so I can see my grandson. But I am so relieved about the house. I hate that some races didn't go like I hoped they would but taking the house was the big thing and it happened and now I can sleep and move forward with my retired life.
47206. arkymalarky - 11/7/2018 8:52:51 AM
And dem numbers look good even in places they lost compared to what they have been, even in a lot of red districts, and some really cool people have been elected even in Kansas and Oklahoma. Makes me feel positive looking at 2020 instead of dreading it. And the Senate map for Den's is a lot better in 2020. Course Arkansas sucks rocks and I was expecting that, but they did raise the minimum wage
47207. arkymalarky - 11/7/2018 10:06:56 PM
Buckle up everybody. The cornered animal is in full Panic defense mode
47208. Ms. No - 11/9/2018 12:19:37 AM
Yeah, we're seeing evidence of that already.
As I said before, I hope people are quietly keeping every speck of evidence they can find. Verifying, re-verifying, and documenting. So long as Trump is in office, he'll be a martyr no matter how he's removed -- ditto his cronies and the members of Congress who back him. Once he's out of office? Once there are people of conscience with power again? Go after every single one of those treasonous assholes.
47209. Ms. No - 11/15/2018 10:52:00 PM