The Moon, Venus, and Mars putting on a show in the western sky tonight.
The Moon, Venus, and Mars putting on a show in the western sky tonight.
It’s called malignant narcissism.
…was that I did not beat cancer to deal with this crap.
And then I realized that maybe that was the reason I did—and to fight against it.
From Wil Wheaton:
I am so disgusted by my government, and the cowards in Congress who refuse to stand up to the popular vote losing madman who currently sits in the White House, so profoundly out of his depth, he can be controlled by a neonazi and sent off to watch a children’s movie while thousands upon thousands of my fellow Americans take to the streets to challenge and resist his deplorable, unconstitutional, Fascist actions.
Yet I am also proud, inspired, and comforted by the millions of people not just in America, but around the world, who are standing up and declaring that we will fight this despicable scourge, this illegitimate, incompetent, corrupt, hateful, bigoted, petty tyrant, and everything he stands for. We will fight him until he is defeated, and we will never forget the appeasers and cowards who did nothing to stop him. Those who stand by silently, or offer empty words are no better than the evil men and women who enable this would-be dictator.
This is a binary moment in history, and all of us must make a choice that we will live with for the rest of our lives: you may choose to stand with Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, Richard Spencer, and the racist white nationalists who support them, or you may choose to stand on the side of justice, equality, and the rule of law.
If you can imagine a thing, then it has already existed, somewhere, somewhen, somehow.” ~ Toba Beta
I take some solace in knowing that somewhere in the alternate timelines of the multiverse, these things are true.
And that, my friends, is how it’s done.
We share this planet with some truly amazing creatures.
And only one week in…
The man is a serial liar, or delusional. Either way, the word of the President of the United States now means nothing.” ~ John Aravosis, writing about 45’s (from this point forward I refuse to even write his name any more) “secret plan” to defeat ISIS.
We felt we needed to say something while saying something is still allowed.
We know many of you have lived under malevolent, unhinged Dictators before, but this is new for us. For its history our nation has been led by men who, despite their varying flaws and deficiencies, some of which were quite disturbing—were by and large, normal human beings.Whatever darkness in them, they had at the very least, a baseline of humanity and decency that more often than not insured rational behavior.
This man is not normal.
He is unstable, malignant, devoid of integrity—and he does not speak for us.
Please understand that nearly three million more people voted for his opponent Hillary Clinton than for him. (Yes, we realize this is completely screwed-up). Millions more voted for other candidates, and sadly nearly 90 million of our people did not vote at all. The point is, the vast majority of Americans are not with him. He does not speak for us. His America is not our America.
Over the past week, we’ve watched long erected pillars of our Republic bulldozed in the stroke of a madman’s pen. We’ve seen the very hallmarks of who we are as a nation tossed in the garbage; the celebration of diverse coexistence, the open welcome to the oppressed, the guarantee of unalienable rights for every person, the same access to health and opportunity and safety afforded to everyone, the freedom to speak without censor or restraint. At this moment these are all in great jeopardy.
Things we took for granted in our leadership: things like goodness, wisdom, and basic truthfulness are no longer in play, and as things are eroding quickly we wanted to let you know that we’re sorry.
We’re sorry that our apathy and laziness have yielded such a reckless, impulsive, small man to steward this nation.
We’re sorry for the jagged, bitter ugliness that is characterizing us in these moments.
We’re sorry to those suffering greatly, who have braved such peril to seek refuge here and who’ve now been turned away based on the faith they profess.
We’re sorry to our Mexican neighbors who’ve been fashioned into convenient villains for erecting a grandiose, wasteful display of false protection that we do not want.
We’re sorry to Muslims everywhere who’ve been used as pawns to generate irrational fear among those already susceptible to bigotry and discrimination.
We’re sorry to the leaders of the world, who instead of being met by level-headed, measured, intelligent dialogue, are now greeted with the social media rantings of a furious child.
We’re sorry to those who now experience the Christian faith as a racist, Nationalistic bully pulpit wielded with malice toward the very diverse Humanity Jesus lived and died for.
We’re sorry to people everywhere whose lives are made more tenuous, more violent, less safe, less secure than it has been before.
We want you to know that this is not who we are. It may be who this man is. It may be who those sharing power with him are. It may even be the tens of millions who originally voted for him (though that support is vanishing quickly among those who not among the religious zealots and extremists).
But this is not America. It is not the steady, strong beacon of freedom that it was intended to be. It is not the America our people have fought and died for. It is not the one first formed in the crucible of oppression and cast into the words of our ever-disregarded Constitution.
This is not our America. Our America affirms the inherent, priceless beauty of every human being. Our America declares that no person is ascribed less value because of their skin color, religion, gender, financial means, sexual orientation, nation of origin, or any other variable. Our America is home for those seeking hope and joy and rest.
And we are going to fight for this America. Through political channels and through grassroots activism, through the use of our Press and of our personal voices, we’re going to expose this man’s incompetence, call out his heart sickness, and condemn every violent, reckless, vicious act when it does not reflect our hearts and our will. Please do your best to disregard anything that comes from his mouth or those loudly and continually parroting his propaganda. They have proven themselves mortally allergic to the truth.
And we hope that in whatever way you can, that you will stand with us.We know that we have made this mess ourselves. We understand that you have your own problems to contend with, some far more urgent and pressing than this, but we believe that we are a single community; that we are tethered together in our Humanity, that we are in real-time crafting the life our children and their children will inherit.
Dear World, we’re sorry and we hope you’ll endure these days with us.
With Despair and Hope in equal measure, in Peace and Unity with you,
The American Majority
“Damage report.” Picard sat down into the chair and braced himself for his worst nightmare.
The previous few days were like this:
“The Environmental Protection Agency has been frozen.”
“There has been a gag order issued in the quadrant.”
“There is now a form of warpdrive that hurts space being used. It is speeding up the process of making black holes.”
“There is a protective anti-transporter barrier being built around the planet as we speak.”
Picard leaned back, half afraid to say it. Those five words, “What else can go wrong?” He rubbed the bridge of his nose feeling annoyed and dread. Dripping dread. The dreaded statement. It was as though the year 2017 was happening, from what little documentation remained from earth, all over again. What the hell was going on down there on Earth? Why was there a xenophobic human in charge of Star Fleet? Captain Kirk did not retire for this. What was next? Taking Earth out of the UFP? It would hurt Star Fleet as a whole. He didn’t expect this to happen. Honestly. He voted for Janeway. Where would they go? The crew went out into space to explore and meet new civilizations. He didn’t want to go back to Earth. Families were aboard the Enterprise. They could always go to Alpha Centauri and re-establish Star Fleet Command from there. Earth was returning to its isolationist state. The admirals had been planning for that and had informed Picard of this contingency plan among other captains. They were report there when the threatening, very conservative started turning issuing executive orders. People were likely leaving in the dozens by this news.
What is next?
Specie migration/immigration being pulled to a halt? And escorted from Earth?
“Captain. . .”
Picard lowered his hand after careful consideration.
“Plot course for Alpha Centauri.”
It made him sick to think this was really happening. He couldn’t believe it wasn’t a trick pulled by Q. God, did he wish that it was the case. Many of the crew members shared his feelings. Data,Geordi, Deanna,Worf, Wesley. . . Never mind that Wesley was his son who also happened to be a entity. Unity was the strength of Star Fleet. Never mind how Military like it had become. The main goal was to explore. God, the next president had to be better than this man.
Aww! Are his widdle fweelings hurt? Does Pwesident Poopypants need his diapey changed? Maybe he just needs a sippy cup or his bwankie…
President Donald Trump is the toughest. He is the best. He has the fortitude to stand against all of the evils of the world. At least that is the venom which he spews to distract from the reality that he has the mental toughness of a 3-year-old and cannot handle the fact that the majority of the American people despise him and would not invite him to their cocktail parties. America’s great leader believes the protests are unfair and that he is not being allowed to “enjoy” the White House due to millions of Americans constantly protesting outside of the White House gates.
The newly minted 45th President of the United States has been throwing temper tantrums over the accurate media coverage he has been receiving from the sparse attendance of his inauguration ceremony in comparison to the attendance of the women’s march in Washington.
According to a White House source, who asked to remain anonymous as they feared losing their job, said Trump accused CNN of “gloating” by comparing the size of the crowds by placing side by side ariel views of the two events. Indeed, how dare CNN present information to the American people which show Trump in an unfavorable light? Perhaps Trump found it surprising that so many women would protest his presidency after he signed an executive order attacking abortion rights.
The White House
Press Secretary Minister of Propaganda, Sean Spicer, has been taking a bruising beating over following through with Trump’s edict of claiming that he’d of won the popular vote had it not been for millions of illegal immigrants voting for Hillary Clinton. When Spicer was asked why Trump continues using this talking point he said, “He believes what he believes based on the information he was provided.”
Spicer then offered up as evidence a report from 2008 by the Pew Charitable Trust, which Trump has cited before, and said that 14% of votes were cast by noncitizens. That report, in fact, is from 2012 and deals with voter registration numbers and has nothing to do with voter fraud.
Thus far the only strategy with which Trump’s team has been able to come up to battle his hemorrhaging ego is to keep him away from a television set. This is doomed to fail as they’ve not been able to dissuade Trump from embarrassing himself and the nation via his nonsensical, and often misspelled, Twitter posts. Instead, Trump will be forced to reconcile himself to being barraged for the term of his presidency with criticism. He is now the most watched man on the planet and he should start acting like it. That includes not considering the White House to be his own personal compound to “enjoy,” but rather the home of the American people that he serves who have every right to express their grievances with him.
That even though Cheeto McShitgibbon is drunk on Executive Orders, allowing him to play the petty dictator and bark orders to the country, the next Administration (assuming we survive this one) can wipe them all out as quickly as he did Obama’s.
I know that I undoubtedly have less than a handful—if that many—readers who actually voted for the orange buffoon, but in case any of you are reading this blog, please listen to what Keith has to say.
It’s no wonder she doesn’t want to move into the White House with the monster. Those are the faces of abused and abuser.
Two years ago if everyone of these Trump Zombies was asked what they thought of Donald Trump they’d say “the rich dude who fires people on TV?” Not what a great political mind he is, not what a compassionate champion of the middle class he is and certainly not what a classy, level headed representative of American values he was.
The megalomaniacal fraud knowingly let a foreign power interfere with an American Presidential election all the while throwing up the smoke screen that it was HE who was the victim of a rigged process.
He’s incompetent, unqualified and dangerously erratic as his Twitter feed for the last 5 years has explicitly shown. He is a low class, silverspooned con artist who gave a pro wrestling style heel promo that all the sub IQ80 closeted bigots, who were upset that the black guy won, bought hook, line and sinker.
The GOP has forgotten that we’re all politically both sides of the same coin. Winning at all costs is all that matters and they all are complicit in participating in the most egregious attack on the democracy of the United States ever. They’ve let a rooster loose in the hen house and knowingly have put the future of our country in unprecedented peril.
GOP’s knew from jumpstreet that he was a egotistical buffoon, and several top Republicans would refuse endorsements and tell the truth about Trump just as intensely as Democrats did. Yet everytime they made a stand they would for a few days, then they’d capitulate and crawl up Trump’s ass because they couldn’t bear the thought that Hillary might win. They’d rather have an insane, sociopathic man child be leader of the free world than “that bitch”, a fully competent, experienced States woman. It is short-sighted and if the Earth survives for the history to be written, it will indict the Republicans who followed Trump and see them as we see Goebbels, Hess and Göring today.
Those who voted for him and all of those who could have voted but didn’t, are just as complicit. The real crime is that 3 million more people chose the other candidate but since we still adhere to an archaic, stoneage system (the Electoral College) that was put in place to appease SLAVE OWNERS, Trump squeaked by, and by squeaked we’re talking about “winning” by less than 0.9% in the 3 states that put him over the EC 270 threshold.
With Russia’s hacking taking an unknown toll, the FBI putting on a false flag operation a week before the election and the news media giving Trump 100x the TV advertising while he claimed they hampered him, that sham of an Inauguration will go down as the nadir if American history. He shouldn’t be President and the damage he will bring is frightening to ponder. He was more concerned about the crowd sizes than what he’ll replace the Affordable Care Act with, that will send millions back into being uninsured, or any of the other pressing issues that a REAL leader should be addressing.
The funny thing is it used to be the GOP was the “patrioric” party, acting as if they had the patent on patriotism. Look to the days after 9/11 when if you dared criticize Bush Jr or not hang a flag off your window you were deemed a commie. Curious then that the GOP now support a man proven to be in bed with Russia, who makes excuses for the Kremlin all the while with Putin’s hand pushed squarely up his ass.
Trump and those who support him are not Americans, they’re traitors, end of story.
…but I wish I did.
“You’re not going to be the worst, most incompetent president of the 21st century after all, George,” she said.
“Tell me about the rabbits, Michelle.”
These are not normal times. These are extraordinary times. And extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. When you have a spokesperson for the president of the United States wrap up a lie in the Orwellian phrase “alternative facts”…
When you have a press secretary in his first appearance before the White House reporters threaten, bully, lie, and then walk out of the briefing room without the cajones to answer a single question…
When you have a President stand before the stars of the fallen CIA agents and boast about the size of his crowds (lies) and how great his authoritarian inaugural speech was….
These are not normal times. The press has never seen anything like this before. The public has never seen anything like this before. And the political leaders of both parties have never seen anything like this before.
What can we do? We can all step up and say simply and without equivocation. “A lie, is a lie, is a lie!” And if someone won’t say it, those of us who know that there is such a thing as the truth must do whatever is in our power to diminish the liar’s malignant reach into our society.
There is one group of people who can do a lot – very quickly. And that is Republicans in Congress. Without their support, Donald Trump’s presidency will falter. So here is what I think everyone in the press must do. If you are interviewing a Paul Ryan, a Mitch McConnell, or any other GOP elected official, the first question must be “what will you do to combat the lying from the White House?” If they dodge and weave, keep with the follow ups. And if they refuse to give a satisfactory answer, end the interview.
Facts and the truth are not partisan. They are the bedrock of our democracy. And you are either with them, with us, with our Constitution, our history, and the future of our nation, or you are against it. Everyone must answer that question.” ~ Dan Rather
I guarantee from this point forward you’ll be pulling back a bloody stump.
Yesterday showed me that this is not Germany 1938 and will never be. If Trump and his thugs think they’re just going to roll over the opposition, they’ve got another thought coming. This country has freedom of speech and of assembly woven into its DNA, and as much as Cheetolini would like to and will undoubtedly try to, this—and yesterday’s crowds—cannot be denied.
Trump’s election and what he represents probably also explains why we have not been—at least openly—visited by any extraterrestrials. I mean, if you looked down on the creatures swarming over this planet who possess nuclear weapons, share the same DNA with each other and can’t even get along with each other, would you want to drop in and say hello? Oh hell to the no! If anything, you’d quarantine this rock…
My hope is that the Trump name soon becomes so toxic and reviled that even those who share the last name but are of no blood relation are forced to change them.
Spicer statement proves 3 things: 1) Trump knows protest crowds were enormous, 2) he's wildly insecure about it, 3) we need to keep this up
— Justin Shanes (@justinshanes) January 21, 2017