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who I am told actually reads the Sunday New York Times cover to cover, posted the following two final paragraphs of an article, written by Hisman Matar, titled Books Can Take You Places Donald Trump Doesn’t Want You to Go.

'Doubt and contradictions are not tolerated in Mr. Trump's life; but, of course, they are there -- as they are in every life -- no matter how deeply concealed. You can see it in the tragic air that never leaves him, in the rhythm of his steps, the lines sculpted into his face, the rigidity of his neck as he signs those wretched executive orders. Yes, doubt must be there because he is not only intolerant of complexity; he fears it.

What false vigor then must demonizing and excluding millions of innocent people based on their race and religion inspire. And just like the censor who underestimates the common reader, Mr. Trump too has a limited interpretation of himself and therefore of humanity. And just like the censor, his actions will damage the fiber of his society because, in the long run, the lasting damage falls on the one doing the excluding more than those being excluded.'

The entire article can be found here.

Thank you fansee :)

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Taken from the Daily Kos who took it from the Opinion Page page of the New York Times:
Written by user name El Jamon

And Quote:
          I am not a wealthy man. According to Donald Trump, I would be a loser. I changed diapers. I am an attentive, nurturing father. I built a modest business.
         I am devoted to my spouse. We've been through thick and thin, better or worse and we still remain devoted and deeply in love.
         Our home is modest. Our car is not luxurious. I served my country and paid for college myself, without ever taking a loan or dime from my parents.
         And I am happy because I am grateful.
         Every single day, I am grateful for this life, better or worse, rich or poor. I'm even grateful for the trials and struggles I've had. I'm grateful for the wisdom life's difficulties and set backs have provided.
         The man in the gilded tower is not grateful. He is not wise. He is steeped in fears that, though we see the same television news stations, and read many of the same papers, I do not share.
         Why is it that someone who had never wondered how he was going to pay for college, someone who (unlike myself) was backed by the generosity of the happenstance of wealthy parents, someone who cycles through luxury, why is he not grateful? Why is he so angry?
         Look at this wealthy, powerful man's face. He is tormented, even twisted by his fears, and envy and pride, despite the evidence and, as he often brags, the rewards of his greed and gluttony.
          Why do I, a poor man by comparison, live in a state of gratitude, while he is in service to his envy and wrath? I view Mr. Trump's fear, lust and sloth and I do not envy him.
And Unquote

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Shared-ideas.jpg   So, I was reading somewhere, undoubtedly in my echo chamber The Daily Beast, that whatever anyone may think of the Tea-Party, its name worked. It related back to a point-of-pride moment in American history, and for that reason is a positive. And it is to-the-point, cohesive, and so on.
     This, the author implied, is something The Left/ The Progressives/ The Resistance/ The Dems etc., are lacking. He feels that The Resistance isn't good because it implies minority-status, which it isn't because afterall Hillary did win the popular vote by 2.9million votes, and it has the connotation of negativity since generally those resisting are dealt with harshly by those in power who have all the military stuff like armies as per history. The others mentioned seem to me to be generic, non-inclusive, and so on.
    So, he wondered, is there a name that could be inclusive, positive, related to a point-of-pride in history, speak to common values etc. He admitted that he had nothing, was merely asking the question which I have herein paraphrased.
    What do you think? Does a name help with cohesion? With identification? Do you think that The Tea-Party was a good name? Is all of this merely superficial nonsense? I have always felt that The Dems are not cohesive, we split along minority lines but I absolutely know that is changing. As one speaker at the Immigration Rally said, as many others have said, when they hurt one of us, they hurt all of us.
   So, how to concisely define 'Us'? I got nothing, honestly. One suggestion, 'The Real Majority' I don't care for because it reminds me too much of 'The Moral Majority'.
   Does anyone have an idea for naming a movement? Let me know.

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no title There's a written demonstration taking place on March 15th, this Wednesday, wherein those who feel unfavorably towards the current American administration, particularly its president, are being encouraged to send postcards to the White House, address below, expressing their dissension.
          I have of late posted any number of dissension quotes from notables, mainly Americans but not only, here on Livejournal that I'm going to write on my several postcards. The idea is to flood the White House in a visible way.
More information, only one of many sites, can be found here.

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Happy writing!!!

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Oh yeah!!!

Jan. 29th, 2017 05:43 pm
gaeln9796: (icon political_not my president)
As per the Daily Kos & The Hill

ACLU Receives $19M In Donations, And 150,000 New Members, Since Saturday!
We've been members for years so we aren't part of 150,000 new members but I did donate yesterday so we are a part of the $10M. If you aren't either, you might want to consider donating or, even better, joining because it is these people, these lawyers who are going to protect true America values from Not-My-President Trump's sick form of racism, religious intolerance, and sexism.and help prove to the world who we really are, not blind-followers but decent human beings who care about diversity, refugees, and civil rights. IMO

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I snagged these two quote-y-quotes from [ profile] grrm
And I quote him, his words not mine
The late great Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said, "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." So make no mistake, when Kellyanne Conway talks about "alternative facts," what she means is lies.

Here's another quote for you: "“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it." That one is from Josef Goebbels. Keep him in mind when you hear the big lies repeated ad nauseum.
And I Unquote him

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Two weekends ago, Saturday the 14th to be exact and prior to the Women's March, Aaron and I joined several hundred others at an Immigrtion Advocates Rally at San Jose City Hall and March to Cesar Chavez Park. 1 & 2_Gathering at City Hall; 3_A particularly adorable demonstrator; 4_Marching; 5_Speaking is San Jose's US Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren.

We had such a wonderful time! The rally, while mainly focused on immigration, was also solidly behind the idea of unity as many minorty issues were addressed. Aaron, at first was a little unsure just what was being accomplished, after all this is only his second rally.  But the speakers brought that home for him, made their message clear. Solidarity. Unity. Resistance. That what makes this country great is that we
are a nation of immigrants each of which adds its own unique color to our national tapestry. And that everyone deserves a chance. One San Jose Councilmember told the story of how he here undocumented as a very samll child. Now he's in government having become a citizen three years ago. That's the way!!!

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When I estimated in my head how many would be involved in Bay Area March, I thought maybe 50,000.
Estimates are:
100,000 in San Francisco
60,000 in Oakland
25,000 in San Jose
A bit more than I thought :)

Aaron, Katie, Cindy, & me above and everyone else below. Well, a tiny tiny bit of everyone else belw :)

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I am posting
obama.jpeg   the transcript of President Obama's Farewell Speech as posted by the

the vid of his speech taken from YouTube,

and the Eight Biggest Takeaways from his speech as posted by , including resisting
Trumpisms, a renewed committment to public service, and defending his accomplishments. Along with the rest of us.
          We have IMO gone from the finest of human beings to the worst, from respect to disrespect, from a life of public service to a life spent chasing the all mighty dollar, from the real-deal to a snake-oil-salesman, and on and on and on.

From here on out, resistance, defiance, is the name of the game.

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We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty…We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason.
          – Edward R. Murrow

From: The Daily Beast
This is on us, not just journalists but all citizens who are committed to putting patriotism ahead of partisanship. This is our Murrow moment. “We can deny our heritage and our history,” Ed Murrow warned, “but we cannot escape responsibility for the result.”

Murrow famously risked his career to confront a popular and powerful conservative populist demagogue, Senator Joe McCarthy. He secured his legacy through a commitment to independence and integrity.

McCarthy used lies and innuendo to intimidate critics, famously parading a fake list of communists in the State Department, accusing a Democratic administration of participating in a vast conspiracy to subvert our sovereignty and falsely declaring that the ACLU a communist front group. In an ironic bit of symmetry, among his aides was a young true believer named Roy Cohn, who would later become attorney for both mob bosses and Donald Trump. It was from Cohn that Trump learned to never apologize, always attack.

If you don't know about, or much about, Edward R. Murrow then let the
Good Night, and Good Luck, directed by George Clooney,
be your introduction. Excellent film with David Strathairn givng a stellar performance.

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...on the Result of Presidential Election was issued on Wednesday, November 09, 2016, the day after the general election.

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement on the results of the President election:

'Today, we woke up feeling like strangers in a foreign land, because yesterday Americans expressed their views on a pluralistic and democratic society that are clearly inconsistent with the values of the people of California.

We have never been more proud to be Californians.

By a margin in the millions, Californians overwhelmingly rejected politics fueled by resentment, bigotry, and misogyny.

The largest state of the union and the strongest driver of our nation’s economy has shown it has its surest conscience as well.

California is – and must always be – a refuge of justice and opportunity for people of all walks, talks, ages and aspirations – regardless of how you look, where you live, what language you speak, or who you love.

California has long set an example for other states to follow. And California will defend its people and our progress. We are not going to allow one election to reverse generations of progress at the height of our historic diversity, scientific advancement, economic output, and sense of global responsibility.

We will be reaching out to federal, state and local officials to evaluate how a Trump Presidency will potentially impact federal funding of ongoing state programs, job-creating investments reliant on foreign trade, and federal enforcement of laws affecting the rights of people living in our state. We will maximize the time during the presidential transition to defend our accomplishments using every tool at our disposal.

While Donald Trump may have won the presidency, he hasn’t changed our values. America is greater than any one man or party. We will not be dragged back into the past. We will lead the resistance to any effort that would shred our social fabric or our Constitution.

California was not a part of this nation when its history began, but we are clearly now the keeper of its future.

And in Spanish )

Anger is a great force. If you control it, it can be transmuted into a power which can move the whole world
  William Shenstone, poet Nov 18, 1714-1763

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Taken From: NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive
Image Credit & Copyright: Data - ESO/INAF/R. Colombari/E. Recurt;
Assembling & Processing: R. Colombari

Explanation: Stars are battling gas and dust in the Lagoon Nebula but the photographers are winning. Also known as M8, this photogenic nebula is visible even without binoculars towards the constellation of Sagittarius. The energetic processes of star formation create not only the colors but the chaos. The red-glowing gas results from high-energy starlight striking interstellar hydrogen gas. The dark dust filaments that lace M8 were created in the atmospheres of cool giant stars and in the debris from supernovae explosions. The light from M8 we see today left about 5,000 years ago. Light takes about 50 years to cross this section of M8. Data used to compose this image was taken with the wide-field camera OmegaCam of the ESO's VLT Survey Telescope (VST).


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As my mood icon says, I am so very grateful for having had this amazing man as our president for these past eight years. Oh how you will be missed.

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The real index of civilization is when people are kinder than they need to be
Louis de Bernieres, novelist_Dexc 8, 1954 to current

For examples of the above just google The Safety Pin Movement


Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities
Voltaire, philosopher_Nov 21, 1694-1778

For examples of the above just google The Trump Effect in schools

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Taken from The Daily Kos: Dan Rather is sounding the alarm and we would do well to listen and then take action

And if Dan Ratheris old school than I guess I am too because what he says makes such sense to me.

Now is a time when none of us can afford to remain seated or silent. We must all stand up to be counted.

HIstory will demand to know which side were you on. This is not a question of politics or party or even policy. This is a question about the very fundamentals of our beautiful experiment in a pluralistic democracy ruled by law.

When I see neo-Nazis raise their hands in terrifying solute, in public, in our nation's capital, I shudder in horror. When I see that action mildly rebuked by a boilerplate statement from the President-elect whom these bigots have praised, the anger in me grows. And when I see some in a pliant press turn that mild statement into what they call a denunciation I cannot hold back any longer.

Our Declaration of Independence bequeaths us our cherished foundational principle: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

These truths may be self-evident but they are not self-replicating. Each generation has to renew these vows. This nation was founded as an opposite pole to the capriciousness of an authoritarian monarch. We set up institutions like a free press and an independent court system to protect our fragile rights. We have survived through bloody spasms of a Civil War and a Civil Rights Movement to extend more of these rights to more of our citizens. But the direction of our ship of state has not always been one of progress. We interned Japanese Americans, Red Baited during the McCarthy era, and more. I feel the rip tide of regression once again swelling under my feet. But I intend to remain standing.

In normal times of a transition in our presidency between an incoming and outgoing administration of differing political parties, there is a certain amount of fretting on one side and gloating on the other. And the press usually takes a stance that the new administration at least deserves to have a chance to get started - a honeymoon period. But these are not normal times. This is not about tax policy, health care, or education - even though all those and more are so important. This is about racism, bigotry, intimidation and the specter of corruption.

But as I stand I do not despair, because I believe the vast majority of Americans stand with me. To all those in Congress of both political parties, to all those in the press, to religious and civic leaders around the country. your voices must be heard. I hope that the President-elect can learn to rise above this and see the dangers that are brewing. If he does and speaks forcibly, and with action, we should be ready to welcome his voice. But of course I am deeply worried that his selections of advisors and cabinet posts suggests otherwise.

To all of you I say, stay vigilant. The great Martin Luther King, Jr. knew that even as a minority, there was strength in numbers in fighting tyranny. Holding hands and marching forward, raising your voice above the din of complacency, can move mountains. And in this case, I believe there is a vast majority who wants to see this nation continue in tolerance and freedom. But it will require speaking. Engage in your civic government. Flood newsrooms or TV networks with your calls if you feel they are slipping into the normalization of extremism. Donate your time and money to causes that will fight to protect our liberties.

We are a great nation. We have survived deep challenges in our past. We can and will do so again. But we cannot be afraid to speak and act to ensure the future we want for our children and grandchildren.

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This first quote speaks well to my participation in mission101, for me a project organizer without which many of the projects I have accomplished never would have been completed.

Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun.
Christina Rossetti_Poet_1830-1894


The question is whether or not you choose to disturb the world around you, or if you choose to let it go on as if you had never arrived.
Ann Patchett_Writer_1963 to current

At the moment, and into the forseeble future, I choose to disturb the world around me, not to just let it go on by as if I wasn't even here.
     The Trump effect cannot be allowed to represent who we are as Americans and the only way to mitigate its effect is for us to fight back. We accept the ugliness Trump's movement represents as the new normal and we are as much a part of the problem as those committing acts of hate in Trump's name.

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noun: Government by the least qualified or worst persons.
From Greek kakistos (worst), superlative of kakos (bad) + -cracy (rule). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kakka-/kaka- (to defecate), which also gave us poppycock, cacophony, cacology,  and, cacography. Earliest documented use: 1829.

All of which goes along quite nicely with this quote from one of my favorite writers

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.
          -Isaac Asimov, scientist and writer_1920-1992

Thank you for listening.
Hillary is now up 1.5 million in the popular vote with more to come. In as much as the Dems have won the popular vote but lost the election TWICE already this century, maybe it is time to do away with the Electorial College.

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    Racism tends to attract attention when it's flagrant and filled with invective. But like all bigotry, the most potent component of racism is frame-flipping -- positioning the bigot as the actual victim. So the gay do not simply want to marry; they want to convert our children into sin. The Jews do not merely want to be left in peace; they actually are plotting world take-over. And the blacks are not actually victims of American power, but beneficiaries of the war against hard-working whites. This is a respectable, more sensible bigotry, one that does not seek to name-call, preferring instead change the subject and straw man.
            Ta-Nehisi Coates, writer and journalist

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...doesn't seem to get too political, still, David sent me the following, one Virgil Virgule's comment, a terrifc send-up of what Mr. Trump's version of the Gettysburg Address might have been, to someone else's post about what I don't even know.
           I've also included Mr. Lincoln's version for comparison. And, since David did, I've included his comment back to Mr. Virgule.
Virgil Virgule
          FOURSCORE and seven years ago, our fathers — and also, our mothers. I love mothers, too, because we need our mothers — brought forth on this continent a huge nation, a great, amazing country dedicated to the proposition that we can beat any weak losers who are bad, bad guys and totally overrated, believe me.

Now, it just so happens we are in a horrible, stupid war. They’re killing us. Just killing us. I would sue for peace, because when I sue I never settle, but if it had been up to me we never would have been here to begin with. I would have negotiated, and I wouldn’t have risked the country over a few slaves, who some of them might be good people — I had some nice African-American ladies working for me, and they were very dependable ladies — but it’s dumb to risk the whole country for political correctness. It really is. The blacks love me, by the way. Frederick Douglass has been to my house.

So, here we are in front of you beautiful people of Gettysburg, and you are a very good-looking group of people. You know, I went to business school near here so I know Pennsylvania, believe me. I love the people of Gettysburg, and I can tell you are embarrassed about what our country has become.

Do you see these Amish people buggying around with their very unattractive women in their sad outfits? Please, who would even date these women?

Those bearded fanatics haven’t even bothered to learn English, and they’re taking your cow-milking jobs. It’s sad. It’s sick. It really is. And I know you are angry. I’m angry, too, because I love this country and I can make it great again.

And here, they tell me, this is some great battlefield of the war, and by the way, I know everything about fields and this could be a terrific, world-class 27-hole golf resort: about 7,300 yards from the gold championship tees and a beautiful hotel, and not some cemetery for so-called heroes.

Heroes don’t get killed. Heroes win. Then they kill the families of the losers. It’s a beautiful, beautiful thing. Maybe a casino, too.

So, why dedicate? Why consecrate? Why hallow this ground? Only a very stupid person would consecrate it. What we need to do is rezone it.

“Agriculture”? Are you kidding me? This is a gold mine, and we’re sitting here on folding chairs looking at gravestones? It’s disgusting.

Unfortunately, the suckers died in vain, which never would have happened if matters were in my hands. My attractive, normal-size hands. Look at them … is there anything wrong with these hands? You bet there isn’t.

And if someone next to you maybe disagrees — some sick, sad person — and I’m not saying what to do, but I’d certainly understand if some of my people who are looked down on by those people would seek out some of those people and decide that — who knows? — they should perish from the earth.

Fantastic!!! You captured his tone, syntax and pentameter! The party of Lincoln now has this man to represent sad.

Abraham Lincoln November 19, 1863 )


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