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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

Obama's response to Trump as 'Champion of Working Class'? 'Come on, man'

Obama's response to Trump: 'Come on, man' - CNNPolitics.com 


"If a guy's spent 70 years on this earth showing no regard for working
people, there's no record that he's supported (the) minimum wage or
supported collective bargaining, invested in poor communities, and then
suddenly he's going to be the champion of working people?

Come on,"
Obama said.


"‘I Think He’s a Very Dangerous Man for the Next Three or Four Weeks"

Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/10/donald-trump-2016-biographers-214350#ixzz4N88KgLeD 

Michelle Obama Denounces Donald Trump for 'bragging about sexually assaulting women'

Here Donald Trump's high-wire act is getting pretty thin. Pretty sure there is no net.

Having Michelle Obama--who has been a wonderful First Lady--weigh in with disgust at a man ill-equipped and ill-suited to run for President is powerful. Watching Donald discredit so many normal and good people makes one uncomfortable. If he tries to demean Michelle it is just going to backfire. But surely he will try.

#noclass #richandcorrupt #morallycorrupt

Bob Dylan Wins the Nobel Prize for Literature!


Poet, folkie and rocker has touched so many. Apropos. The sub-title of this blog describes among other things how much rock & roll and the web will fuel activism. Bob Dylan's head is in that Mt. Rushmore big and in the middle. His work not only enduringly speaks to the spirit and dreams of everyday people, and freedom, and resistance to the system (still skewed to benefit few). But helps those of us who care realize how much more we can do, how much more we should do, and how much it is worth it.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Donald Trump, Van Jones, and If Trump Were Black, People Would Be Freaking Out, Jail on Their Tongues


WOW. If Trump were black. You should find 10 minutes to watch it. And/or read some excerpts below. Van Jones spot on, again.
“If he were an NBA player… if he were Tiger Woods…Everybody would be like, I wonder if he’s going to drop out, I wonder if he’s going to go to jail!?”
The groper, the super-predator. Admitting to serial assaults of women.
“Let’s be very clear: Donald Trump has confessed to a sex crime.”
“And yet you have a super predator running for President.”
“When black people do stuff, we quickly rush to criminality. When white people do stuff, it’s like, ok, this is frat boy behavior.”
“The racism, the sexism… white privilege, is amazing. Let’s talk about male privilege…. What if Hillary Clinton was running around grabbing men’s crotches?”
“If I were to go up to Donald Trump, and grab Donald Trump’s crotch, and try to kiss Donald Trump, I would go to jail, I would be arrested. That is called sexual assault. It is a crime. Ok, it is a crime. You can’t do that.”
“You have somebody running for President of the United States, who has confessed on tape to committing sex crimes, and people are talking about it as if there is something wrong about the language.”
“Remember Richard Sherman, a Stanford-educated top athlete, who spiked a football and talked some trash, was widely called a thug. If he’s a thug, what is Donald Trump?”
“No black man in America could be in this situation without the entire universe coming down on the whole black community.”
“All year long you have seen the presumption of criminality of young black men…. He’s a thug, he’s a criminal, what’s a cop supposed to do? Kill him.”
“And then you have a confession to a sex crime [three months into a new marriage] by a prominent person and nobody even sees it as a crime. They just see it as profanity… ‘He used lewd language.’
It’s not the language!”
“It’s the presumption of innocence and non criminality of white Americans no matter what crazy thing they confess to! It’s not an accusation-- this dude is confessing!”
“So I’m upset, I’m frustrated, I’m furious. This is ridiculous.”
“If Donald Trump were a black man he would be up under the prison and the word thug would be all over the internet, all over the TV.”

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Donald Trump's Implosion Continues, Women Come Forward, Sen. Mike Lee urges Trump to quit, as Utah Republicans abandon their party’s nominee


Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, who has not endorsed Trump and is the most precariously-positioned Republican in the Senate, called his party’s nominee “a malignant clown – unprepared and unfit to be president of the United States.”

And per Gary Johnson, "“I’m shocked by these revelations about Donald Trump, but is anyone really surprised?” Johnson wrote on Facebook. “It is just sad and embarrassing that a man who is now the nominee of a major party for President could display such a disgusting attitude toward women. America deserves better. Women deserve better, and our daughters deserve better.” 

Per the Huffington Post 10/10/16:

"Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar,rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S."

Per the Huffington Post 10/10/16:

"Two Women Say Donald Trump Touched Them Inappropriately"


Per the Huffington Post 10/12/16:

"More Women Come Forward With Donald Trump Groping Allegations"

"Trump says his boasts of sexual assault were just talk. These women say it happened to them."

 The story reports on and quotes at least seven women reporting various levels of groping and assault, it's hard to keep track count them all.


4 to 1 GOP Women Politicians to Men Are Leaving Trump

Sunset, Venice 12/20/2012

Sunset, Venice 12/20/2012
I've been thinking some about the Winter Solstice, the Mayan end of the 30,000-year-cycle on 12/21/12.

What if in fact the world did end? To live consciously, even though this probably will not happen, it is honest to take a bit of an inventory.

Am I happy with how I've lived my life? (Yesterday, I thought mostly yes, with some areas for improvement, as below.) Are there changes I would make?
Would I have tried to forgive those that were hostile or disappointing to me?
Would I spend more time with those I loved the most, telling them that, feeling that more?
Would I be happier, grateful for what I have, what I've experienced, the joy, the beauty in this world?

Maybe the answer is yes to all of the above.
So this time can serve as a point of rebirth for all of us. If we think about it.

Because somewhere I realized I think maybe mankind deserves it. !
The way we are killing each other, killing the planet.
How selfish we are, and snotty to those around us. Petty, competitive. Why is this? Do we have to behave this way? (I say no, it greatly detracts and misdirects energy from the full-time celebration in which we could engage, the great multi-cultural, multi-rhythmic dance we can sustain here.)

Maybe God or the Great Universe is fed up, and will pull the rug out from under us.
Don't think I can say we could blame Him/Her/It.

But it probably won't happen. (Probably not! This time.)

Still we are finite on this ride.

It is a time to think, am I happy with how I've lived my life?
Hopefully most of us can say yes.

For the part of us that have a little worry, a little sadness....
This is the time to be present.
This is the time to be the person you want to be, that can die at peace, that can hope to every day be able to look yourself and the Universe in the eye and say, how beautiful, smiling, and thank you. Let's do that.

Antidotes to Violence, a.k.a., Take Charge of Where Your Head's At - here

Tell Congress to Strengthen Gun Control Laws NOW - here

Good News & Brain Food News -
Christians & Muslims Gather, for Peace here
Good News - Top RIO+20 Summit Posts here
The 'Busy' Trap - NYTimes.com