47184. arkymalarky - 6/27/2018 9:35:52 PM
For the first time, I'm glad I retired.
47185. Ms. No - 6/28/2018 8:35:32 PM
Nah, you're right, Arx. I was being hyperbolic about votes not counting in Nov. Of course they do, and of course, it's more important than ever. I'm just disgusted and disheartened and mad as hell that we have yet another serious battle to retain our Democracy.
Went to an Indigo Girls concert last night and it soothed my soul. Their opening act was Lucy Wainwright Roche (of Louden and Roche sister descent). Great music, great messages, good vibe and so, so restorative to spend the evening in an auditorium full of loving, accepting, progressive folks.
It was great walking to the venue --- it was like middle-aged lesbians on parade.
And of course, there were protest songs. :-) LWR closed her set with a cover of Petty's "Won't Back Down" and it brought tears to a lot of eyes.
I'll be going to the march on Saturday for as long as I can. A friend of mine is leaving town for the summer and I promised her the day before this rally was organized. I don't know if she will be up for it or not.
47186. Ms. No - 6/28/2018 8:51:54 PM
In other news, another friend recently published a book:
Punching Nazis: And Other Good Ideas
Went to his reading a few days ago and was both entertained and inspired. His first announcement when he got up to read was that he was not responsible for the recommendation on the cover of his book and he'd be happy to cross out not only the typo but also Rosanne Barr's name and write in another comedian of your choice.
I'm weighing whether to go to his standup gig tomorrow night or my writing group. I'm thinking I may need the laugh more than I need to write.
47187. arkymalarky - 6/29/2018 2:11:54 AM
I've been talking myself up and down ever since the announcement, and my latest thing i, especially after finding out that his son was Trump's Deutsch Bank Banker that we're really not changing much but replacing him with another trump sycophant. Honestly I've never had issues with depression except for a brief time after my hysterectomy when my hormones went crazy, but I've struggled with being down ever since November 9th. The day before I became a grandmother, ironically, which was a wonderful thing and still is. But it's hard to shake that stuff off. Just doing what you're doing and keeping Positive Vibes around seems like the best way to deal with it. That and fight. I truly think McConnell didn't dare risk waiting until after November, and I'm sure somebody exprsesed that to Kennedy.
47188. Ms. No - 6/29/2018 6:14:18 AM
I do wish I were sitting on the porch with you and the gang, though. :-)
47189. arkymalarky - 6/29/2018 6:08:19 PM
The door is always open even when were gone! Spook can let you in because he's our neighbor now. You'd love his place too. It's really beautiful with a nice Old Farm house with lots of Windows and hardwood floors, beautiful Meadow surrounded by trees and a creek and a big old fashioned Red Barn I'll try to find a picture and send it to you. He's a lot happier than he was when he was "happily married"
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!