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There are quite a few lists out there, and most of them are useful.

What I want to say here is that the decision to act, to be present, is important. The decision to remain active is just as important.

To stand up and be accountable is a daily activity, but it does not mean that the level of activity will always be the same.  Self worthy persons, and, we all have worth, choose every day, even in all their small actions, how to live, in the groceries they buy,  or not, the fripperies of societal needs, the media they absorb and allow to remain unchallenged, whether they can make it to the town halls, support their libraries, write to and support their local paper.

This might mean that the economic and convenience cost of our actions are greater than it would otherwise be, as in the decision to buy or not from a big box store, or to cut the cable cord if it does not provide balanced news. Daily decisions, such as those of noted above, are best served with notice of accountability to that establishment. Tell them why you have chosen to disassociate with them.

We have been at a bipartisan war, that we could have declared officially, with other countries since 2011. We pretended that the war was a military action and never acknowledged the blood and treasure it took from our country. We never acknowledged that more than half the oil we are perpetually fighting over goes to our military. We never saw the caskets, and just barely heard the low moaning of the families of the dead.  When Michelle Obama started the White House garden, we saw the value of feeding our children fresh veggies, but not that we actually all needed victory gardens, or that we were killing our planet with excess brought to us on petroleum wheels.

This election signaled what will be a long war for the future of our country. We are already past the rhetoric and into the actions of a militant dictator. We have witnessed a five year old child handcuffed behind his back because the cuffs were too big for his wrists in the airport. We know that children are being followed by strangers in order to ascertain the homes of their mothers. We have witnessed harassment, killing and bomb threats to minorities and institutions for women. This week brought both the shut down of the NoDAPL site with most of the neutral cameras off,  and the revelation of Immigration tearing a woman out her hospital while she was waiting for a brain tumor operation and being sent to the Alvarado Detention Center, where she was handcuffed and strapped down.

Do not assume these are abarrations.

Bannon, in his address to CPAC, this week, made it quite clear that these are not, but rather the beginning of his new world order. This will not stop unless we stop it.

Which leads me to my point. I was gratified to here that there are elite geometry mathematicians working on the problem of “compactness” in gerrymandered districts, which cause us to perpetuate Republican, mostly, representatives. We desperately need a better districting formula. Folks are being trained as expert witnesses to discuss, in court, the ramifications of these findings. However, redistricting is also performed on the basis of our ten year census. The next one won’t occur until 2021. So, unless the courts find a way to invalidate the current districts now, its very probable that the same political landscape will be present in 2020; the same one that elected Trump this time. It’s more than likely that it will still be in place in 2018.

Trunp is known for rewarding the loyalists. He is also very good at knowing how to “chum” the waters. He will spend infrastructure money on those states he needs. He has already promised road money to Florida. Unless things change dramatically before 2018, expect the same states to be in play.

So, if you don’t do another thing, stand up and be accountable by voting. Around  fifty percent of you didn’t last time. Start planning how you will do it now. I know it’s very hard for some of us in our disctricts get there, or to even stay on the rolls. Some of us are harassed and suffer indignities that we we shouldn’t have to suffer. Indigenous peoples shouldn’t have to drive hundreds of miles in winter, because a Nevadan official decides she doesn’t want to provide a polling place. I don’t know what it will take, volunteer lawyers standing beside you, a new group of Red Berets, or Acorn, or  better taxi service. Maybe that includes volunteering and doing the work for your home to be a polling place.

Whatever it is that will get your vote counted; do it.

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Good Afternoon! It’s just one devastating hit to the constitution, civil rights, global stability, science, women, our allies, our citizens of color, our GLBT citizens, journalists, National …

Source: Friday: Will the US ever be the US again?

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Politico has provided below the text of the speech that was given to the CIA week. I urge you strongly to read it. It isn’t the word salad, I don’t think, of a dementia sufferer, but it is definitely unusual. Pence, on the other hand…a caregiver/enabler. The three points that I could tease out of this, aside from his media hatred, were: he wants a fully operational CIA secret service with few if any restrictions, he thinks we should be able to take over another country’s oil/assets,  because we wouldn’t have ISIS if we had done that in Iraq, and he is really focused on eradicating ISIS. Read it and make up your own mind. To me, this speech was really ominous.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/full-text-trump-pence-remarks-cia-headquarters-233978

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Grieve, get you and yours safe and start. Now.

 

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Howell/Mateen

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One Florida security guard drove 2 hours to a place with 300 inside and few to stop him. He murdered 50, injured 53 and more may die. Another security guard from Indiana and actually reputed to be bisexual, attempted the same at the LA Pride Parade, failed, but only just. What the hell, people? It really doesn’t matter in what form or ethnicity, deranged men express their fears, it all comes out as abuse, bullying and ammosexuality. The pattern is always there.  Did you hear that AR-15 go off? Did you hear the adrenaline, the excitement, until he was spent? What kind of security companies hired these two? They actually got to work jobs that fed their imagination.

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For your use from CNN:

Transcript of Republican debate in Miami, full text

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From Wapo. For your use:

Transcript: The Post-Univision Democratic debate, annotated

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For your use. May I say, it was quite good tonight and it was wonderful to view it on free TV on PBS. Thank you, KVIE!

Transcript: The Democratic debate in Milwaukee, annotated

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You all know I was in construction. As a production waterproofer and roofer in the Bay Area, I, at one time held union cards for both roofers and bricklayers, because in the Bay area waterproofing can overlap both these trades. So, you would think I would be very appreciative of Bernie Sanders’s plans to put us all to work. I want to be, but I can’t.

Now, I absolutely think our infrastructure has gone to hell in a hand basket. Sanders states that we need 3.6 trillion just to get back to good repair. Having worked in the production and managerial ends of building rehab, I can tell you that there are always unknown and hidden conditions that can and will likely increase costs astronomically over projected figures. When we start this proposed building boom we should be prepared for what will be much larger costs. Even so, we need it.

However, I feel bound to point out who will be working in this new building boom. As of 2010, just into the Great Recession, there were 800,000 women working in the field of construction. Of that amount only 200,000 were actually in production. The rest were secretarial, architectural, managerial, etc. This total equated at that time to around 9% of the construction population. In my field it was less than 2%.

Many women began in the trades because of affirmative action, required by work done on public facilities. Numbers were increasing up through 2007 but dropped dramatically when building began to fall off in the same sector as the recession hit. We all know how few jobs there were out there and women, like many men had to look elsewhere.

I want you to comprehend just how little 9% of 3.6 trillion is to women. It’s 324,000,000,000, or 324 billion. Of course that figure represents each woman as a cost of construction overhead, not what they will earn, which will be considerably less. Compare that to the 2012 procurement costs of the F35C at 93.3 million each, of which the Navy alone intends to buy 280. This is but one toy in the military’s vast arsenal. That doesn’t include the development costs, which are inching up around 160 billion. In the scheme of government costs, Sander’s implied 324 billion for women is a sop; it’s worse, it’s an insult.

This is not equality. Without activism, training, and affirmative action it is not equal opportunity. Sanders entire jobs list is based on rebuilding our infrastructure. We women can do these jobs, but our society has many other urgent needs that women do as well and should be paid for. This is a male oriented “lift all boats” plan that will leave some women indirectly but only relatively better off, and only till the construction money runs out. Also, there is no mention of how many of these jobs will be union or in what states, or how they will be prioritized, or whether they will take into account our new global warming fossil fuel constraints.

See below a cut and paste from Bernie Sanders web site, done today. (more…)

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By November 1963 John Kennedy had been assassinated and Lyndon Johnson had become President. The Vietnam War was omnipresent. I was 16. The draft was on. All the boys I knew then were hyper aware of what was coming for them. ROTC was on every campus. One friend was planning on joining the Merchant Marines, but most I knew weren’t trying to jump out of the gate early and sign up. It wasn’t a declared war and fighting the “Commies” in Vietnam, just because, was a pretty hard sell. On the West coast folks felt that Kennedy had tried to moderate involvement and Johnson was upping the involvement.

I joined the high school Young Republicans. Why? Someone asked me and I was into joining groups. When you moved every two years like I did, it was a smart idea to be a joiner. Plus, I was developing opinions and ideas about what was going on around me. The war was front and center.

I remember one meeting at the school; there may have been more. However, very shortly after that there was an announcement that we were invited to a statewide meet up where we would be choosing representatives.

The meet-up was in Stockton CA. We lived in San Rafael then. Woot! An out of town event for a 16 year old, chaperoned. Four of us, shiny geeky white republicans, plus, an 18 year-old chaperone went.

We got there, I think, during the middle of the day, checked into an event motel and had a very short meeting after which we were dispersed to “caucus”. Our chaperone disappeared. So we went to a few motel rooms to meet each other. In the first room were a few people saying absolutely nothing to each other. Though they suggested we stay, we thought we should look for some actual “caucusing” so we went looking and found: drinking, and next thing, a lot of sex. It seemed like every door we opened folks were writhing on the motel beds.

So, you know, as “Young Republican” representatives, this highly unethical situation left us not knowing what to do next. The four of us decided to go across the street to the bowling alley and go bowling. It was fun; I hadn’t bowled before and none of us were really any good, but we were a good new group together. I remember, it grew strangely quiet in the alley. When we got out of the door we saw it was dark and we started back quickly to see if anyone had shown up for the proscribed motel dinner. Walking out the door, four young Hispanic men confronted us. Stockton had a high Hispanic population even in 1963. Next thing I know, for no apparent reason, one of the locals had hit one of our smallest boys in the nose. I’ll never forget that clot of blood, the size of a softball, in his hand.

Protection mode kicked in and I went into the perpetrators face and confronted him. It was scary because I had no idea what I was going to do. Fortunately, because I think, he was expecting to kick the intruding boys off his turf, and not a girl, he stepped back from me enough that we achieved a kind of stand off. We walked away and took care of our friend. It was a time long ago; no knives or guns were involved.

The next day was the final meeting with a lot of hung over barely speaking representatives who voted in somebody for something. Clearly everything was prearranged and what we had witnessed those two days was “real” Republican politics in action. We left.

I have thought about that event often; how we invaded unknowingly another’s turf in an unfamiliar town, who they must have been and grown into, how we were scolded for leaving the motel, even though we knew it was safer than the motel, how my actions possibly impacted my friends self esteem as being the only one, a girl who stood up, whether the boys were smarter, how we never really talked to each other after that, and what the heck politics was all about anyway?

By 1964 we had moved again, this time to Lake Oswego, OR. I was 17, not yet a voter. Dad was a Republican and Mom was a Democrat. I was not a Republican.

Six months later, in 1964, Hillary Clinton was 17.

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/showelection.php?year=1964

http://www.factcheck.org/2008/03/hillary-worked-for-goldwater/

 

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