The power of fear and incompetence

This video speaks for itself. Even though it was first published November 18, 2016, nothing has changed. If anything, there has been lots of crowing over a misidentified mandate (there is NO mandate), some right wing fear mongers are beginning to ratchet up playing on people’s fears.

Is some of the most recent ratcheting an attempt to scare the left into submission? Control the right and scare the left seems to be the not-so hidden agenda.

Ben Carson to head up HUD? He has never held a government post. Of course, neither has the president. While we are at it, let’s destabilize our relationship with China. I sure hope we don’t need their help with North Korea any time soon.

Throw in Retired US Army Lieutenant-General Mike Flynn as National Security advisor. Has he denounced his radical son yet?  What other leaders have surrounded themselves with generals?

What Trump is doing is disgraceful, irresponsible, and unacceptable.  His behavior brings a whole new meaning to bully pulpit.   I can’t wait for the impeachment hearings to begin.

No one is surprised.  Trump is filling our dreaded expectations, even before taking office.

What happens when lies and fake news get spread….

Washingtonpost.com:

A North Carolina man was arrested Sunday after he walked into a popular pizza restaurant in Northwest Washington carrying an assault rifle and fired one or more shots, D.C. police said. The man told police he had come to the restaurant to “self-investigate” a false election-related conspiracy theory involving Hillary Clinton that spread online during her presidential campaign.

The incident caused panic, with several businesses going into lockdown as police swarmed the neighborhood after receiving the call shortly before 3 p.m.

Police said 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch, of Salisbury, N.C., walked in the front door of Comet Ping Pong and pointed a firearm in the direction of a restaurant employee. The employee was able to flee and notify police. Police said Welch proceeded to discharge the rifle inside the restaurant; they believe all other occupants had fled when Welch began shooting.

Welch has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. Police said there were no reported injuries.

We should not be surprised when more and more people start taking the law into their own hands.   I expect by now there is a conspiracy theory about what happened today.

This situation is another reason why the president- elect needs to put down his twitter account and stop  tweeting.

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Open Thread……………………December 2016

wintersolsticeWhose woods are these?  I do not know.  Certainly none around these parts.  The Japanese maple outside my front door still has all its beautiful leaves.  Winter doesn’t seem to be right around the corner.

So what kind of winter will we have?  I have heard all sorts of predictions.  Cold, no snow.  Very snowy.  Warmer than usual.

What do the woolly caterpillars tell us?  I don’t know.  I never saw a one of them this year.  Nor were the fruit trees laden with fruit.  My holly tree doesn’t have a single berry.  Last year it was full.

 

It’s all a mystery to me.

Governed by the fabulously wealthy

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Washingtonpost.com:

Trump is putting together what will be the wealthiest administration in modern American history. His announced nominees for top positions include several multimillionaires, an heir to a family mega-fortune and two Forbes-certified billionaires, one of whose family is worth as much as industrial tycoon Andrew Mellon was when he served as treasury secretary nearly a century ago. Rumored candidates for other positions suggest Trump could add more ultra-rich appointees soon.

Many of the Trump appointees were born wealthy, attended elite schools and went on to amass even larger fortunes as adults. As a group, they have much more experience funding political candidates than they do running government agencies.

Their collective wealth in many ways defies Trump’s populist campaign promises. Their business ties, particularly to Wall Street, have drawn rebukes from Democrats. But the group also amplifies Trump’s own campaign pitch: that Washington outsiders who know how to navigate and exploit a “rigged” system are best able to fix that system for the working class.

“It fits into Trump’s message that he’s trying to do business in an unusual way, by bringing in these outsiders,” said Nicole Hemmer, an assistant professor in presidential studies at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center. But Trump and his team, she added, won’t be able to draw on the same sort of life struggles that President Obama did, in crafting policy to lift poor and middle-class Americans.

“They’re just not going to have any access to that” life experience, she said. “I guess it will be a test — does empathy actually matter? If you’re able to echo back what people are telling you, is that enough?”

Does this situation not scare the rest of us earthlings?  There is something sinister about the 1% having power over us all.   Some Orwellian sc-fi plan that I just can’t put my finger on is lingering in the back of my mind.

What were the American people thinking?  [shaking head!!]

Making sense of the Trump victory

Charles Murray explains how many of us are insulated from working class America.

I found his bubble quiz to be difficult to answer. I grew up in a pseudo-bubble. My parents were educators but not at the college level. Perhaps the mere fact that I found the bubble quiz difficult to take speaks volumes.

Northern Virginia is unique in itself and probably gives a false negative on bubble-dom.

TAKE THE BUBBLE QUIZ

Virginia looks like a red state from a distance.  It’s obvious Virginia would have gone for Trump if Northern Virginia counties had not kicked in late.  Prince William, Fairfax and Loudoun saved the day for Clinton.

Do you believe Northern Virginia insulates us from the rest of the country?

 

Students and faculty ask President Sullivan not to quote Jefferson

Richmondtimesdispatch.com:

University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan is being asked to refrain from quoting Thomas Jefferson because of his racist beliefs, according to The Cavalier Daily.

A letter, signed by 469 faculty members and students, was sent to Sullivan on Nov. 11 protesting the use of a Jefferson quotation in her email calling for unity after the presidential election, the student newspaper reported.

“We would like for our administration to understand that although some members of this community may have come to this university because of Thomas Jefferson’s legacy, others of us came here in spite of it,” the letter read. “For many of us, the inclusion of Jefferson quotations in these e-mails undermines the message of unity, equality and civility that you are attempting to convey.”

In her message after the election, Sullivan said that “Thomas Jefferson wrote to a friend that University of Virginia students ‘are not of ordinary significance only: they are exactly the persons who are to succeed to the government of our country, and to rule its future enmities, its friendships and fortunes.’”

She encouraged “today’s U.Va. students to embrace that responsibility.”

Noelle Hurd, an assistant professor of psychology who drafted the letter, said in a statement that the intention “was to start a conversation with our administration regarding ways to be more inclusive.”

Oh Dear God!  Do these youngsters realize they wouldn’t have a college if it weren’t for Jefferson?  I am so tired of irrational behavior.  Why do students refuse to accept the fact that times change, values change, and what was the status quo then, in Jefferson’s day, was different than today?

I hope Sullivan says BITE ME to them.

Supermoon 11.14.16

The moon was great tonight. I went to the Battlefield where I usually go for sunset and the sky put on quite a show. There were throngs of people out there.

West Sky
West Sky
Rising Moon over the Tree Line
Rising Moon over the Tree Line in the East

It may rain tomorrow and we simply won’t get to see the mega-moon.  I hope that is not the case.

 

Did Hillary win the popular vote? Oh the irony!!!

Chicagotribune.com:

Despite losing Tuesday’s presidential election, Hillary Clinton appears to be on pace to win the popular vote, an ironic twist in an election in which her opponent repeatedly said the system was rigged against him.

Just two days before Election Day, Republican businessman Donald Trump tweeted: “The Electoral College is a disaster for a democracy.”

As it turns out, without the Electoral College, Trump probably wouldn’t be the president-elect.

A day after Election Day, Clinton held a narrow lead in the popular vote, according to unofficial results tallied by The Associated Press. With nearly 125 million votes counted, Clinton had 47.7 percent of the vote and Trump had 47.5 percent.

That’s a lead of about 236,000 votes.

Many states count votes after Election Day, so Clinton isn’t guaranteed to keep her lead. However, most of the outstanding votes appear to be in Democratic-leaning states, making it very likely she will become the second Democratic candidate for president this century to win the popular vote but lose the presidency.

Oh the irony!  Perhaps Donald Trump will now have an opportunity to grow up.

This is twice that the electoral college has deprived the real winner of the presidency.  Al Gore and Hillary Clinton.

Perhaps it’s time to change the Constitution so there is no electoral college.

 

The biggest chunk of uncounted votes is in California. Washington State, New York, Oregon and Maryland also have large numbers of uncounted votes. Clinton won all those states, and if the trends continue, she will pad her lead by more than 1 million votes.

The first woman president….

This baby will be able to vote
This baby will be able to vote!

I would be remiss not to  mention the significance of the woman issue on this blog.  Never before has a woman been one of the candidates from a mainstream political party.  Yes, it is a big deal.

I can remember when President Obama was first elected.  There in that park in Chicago, on election night, one could see famous blacks like Jesse Jackson and Oprah Winfrey standing there listening to the newly elected first black president who addressing the huge crowd.  Tears were streaming down their faces.  It was then that I realized I would never understand how blacks, rich or poor, felt about seeing the election of a first black American president.

I thought about how I would feel if a woman were elected.  I didn’t think it would hit me quite as hard but it would hit me.  I guess I am now on the precipice of testing my theory.

This morning I though about my own personal history.  My grandmother was 30 years old before she could vote.  My mother was born just 4 months after the passage of the 19th amendment.    WWII began when women had only had the vote for  21 years.  Now on November 8, 2016, some 96 years after getting the right to vote, a woman could be elected president of the United States.

Yes, as a female, I am standing in awe.  I don’t think I will cry when it happens.  I am not that moved.  However, the special social  and political significance is not lost on me.  It’s about damn time!

Manassas City Endorsements: Parr, Sebesky and Wolfe

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Let’s keep this short and to the point.  I have been very impressed with the Dream Team comprised of Pam Sebesky, Rex Parr and Mark Wolfe.  All three candidates have a long community service record.  All three candidates have run a great GOTV campaign.  I have been pleased with how they work with each other.  That tells me that they will attempt to work as well on the Manassas City Council.

Together they can accomplish great things.  Sometimes people’s political parties leave them.  I am happy to see my friend Mark Wolfe has found a new home with the Democrats.  I know that switching political parties isn’t easy.   However, Mark always looks to better the community, regardless of political party.  When pushing to buy a new fire truck, political party is just not important.

Good luck to all three candidates.  Moonhowlings.net endorses all three, Pam, Rex and Mark!  Vote Parr, Sebesky and Wolfe!

 

 

 

Open Thread……………………November, 2016

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Sciencealert.com:

If you only see one astronomical event this year, make it the November supermoon, when the Moon will be the closest to Earth it’s been since January 1948.

During the event, which will happen on the eve of November 14, the Moon will appear up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than an average full moon. This is the closest the Moon will get to Earth until 25 November 2034, so you really don’t want to miss this one.

There are also several meteor showers–in particular, the Leonids present themselves  on November 18.  November should be a great celestial month!

Lee High School administration: What were they thinking?

 

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Washingtonpost.com:

Principal Mark Rowicki greeted his students at Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton, Va., on Monday dressed as Donald Trump, a get-up that included a Trump campaign button pinned to his lapel and a “Make America Great Again” hat.

The school secretary also got in the spirit that day, donning a short blond wig, a chain belt and an orange jumpsuit — not unlike one worn by prisoners — with a “Hillary R. Clinton” name tag.

Their Halloween costumes have spurred criticism from some parents and school leaders. Some have accused the pair of pushing a political agenda on impressionable teenagers and bringing the ugliness generated by the presidential campaign into the school building.

Neither Rowicki nor the secretary, Stephanie Corbett, could be reached for comment Wednesday. Pictures of the pair in their costumes had appeared in a photo gallery on the school’s home page but were later taken down at the superintendent’s direction. The News Leader newspaper in Staunton first reported the story.

It is the latest example of the deeply polarizing presidential campaign cycle pushing its way into schools. Some teachers have avoided talking about the election altogether because it rouses too much anxiety and conflict among their students. Across the country, some students have repurposed campaign rhetoric to bully their classmates, targeting minority and immigrant students in particular.

Totally unacceptable.  Schools should be as free as possible from electioneering.  I question the wisdom of even having both candidates represented, given the contentiousness of this election cycle.  However, to have a school official as Hillary in jail garb?  I can’t stress the bad taste and poor judgement enough.  The mistake was Hillary in orange.

Both secretary and principal should be fired.  This lapse in judgement goes beyond the pale.   Unless the secretary was forced under duress to dress as “jail bird Hillary”, she needs to go also.  The principal must assume full responsibility.

I expect the community will call for both heads on a platter.

Apparently, I am not the only one.

Further reading

Bob Dylan wins 2016 Nobel Prize in literature

Washingtonpost.com:

Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday for work that the Swedish Academy described as “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

He is the first American to win the prize since Toni Morrison in 1993, and a groundbreaking choice by the Nobel committee to select the first literature laureate whose career has primarily been as a musician.

Although long rumored as a contender for the prize, Dylan was far down the list of predicted winners, which included such renown writers as Haruki Murakami and Ngugi wa Thiong’o.

This is the second year in a row that the academy has turned away from fiction writers for the literature prize. And it’s possibly the first year that the prize has gone to someone who is primarily a musician, not a writer.

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Consent is the magic key to the left?? Rushy gets it!!!


mediamatters.com:

RUSH LIMBAUGH: You know what the magic word, the only thing that matters in American sexual mores today is? One thing. You can do anything, the left will promote and understand and tolerate anything, as long as there is one element. Do you know what it is? Consent. If there is consent on both or all three or all four, however many are involved in the sex act, it’s perfectly fine. Whatever it is. But if the left ever senses and smells that there’s no consent in part of the equation then here come the rape police. But consent is the magic key to the left.

Rush gets it!  Finally!!!  No one cares what consenting adults do.  Yes.  Consent is the key word.  Why has it taken Rush so long to figure this one out?

Donald Trump’s problem is that he is a sexual predator, if both he and his accusers are to be believed.   He doesn’t understand that people’s bodies aren’t there for the taking.  I have known people like this.  They are the vilest of pigs.  They never go quite far enough to break the law, in most cases.  However, they have the ability to make people’s lives miserable.

Trump had better watch out.  If many more violated women come forward, it might be he who is in jail.

It looks like Corey bet on the wrong horse, he got Trumped…errrr dumped

ManassasPatch.com:

WOODBRIDGE, VA — Donald Trump’s Virginia campaign is ending its relationship with state chair Corey Stewart following a Monday afternoon protest event at the RNC headquarters.

Stewart was promoting his busy day just minutes before news broke that the campaign would replace him over the event.

“Tons of interviews today on behalf of Mr. Trump,” Stewart wrote on Facebook on Monday afternoon. “Then, I went to start a rebellion against GOP establishment pukes who betrayed Trump.”

It wasn’t long after that post that news broke of his exit from the campaign.

“He is being replaced, effective immediately,” said Trump Deputy Campaign Manager David Bossie in a campaign statement. “Corey made this decision when he staged a stunt in front of the RNC without the knowledge or approval of the Trump campaign.”

It sounds like Corey was being a good soldier and he got dumped.   I don’t feel sorry for him at all.

Now the Republicans should dump him for excusing horrible behavior and for staging a rebellion of sorts. What is going on here?  Stay tuned.

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