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Forgive the hyperbole in the title for this post. I am deadly serious.

We are living in dangerous times right now. At the risk of offending some who supported him blindly, we have put the fox in charge of the henhouse and we may pay for it dearly. We need to be vigilant and carefully pay attention to forces that have likely been behind the scenes, engineering putting the fox in charge. I have often said in the past to understand why things are as they are, you have to follow the money. That dictum remains I think all too true.

Rachel Maddow is a major voice that needs to be heard and listened to. She brings to the airwaves a thirst for truth and examination. If you don't catch her on cable, I strongly suggest you subscribe to the podcast of her show. Specifically, listen this past Friday's show and then tell me you're not disturbed, perturbed, and asking for more information. The appointments of Jeff Sessions, Rex Tillerson and Wilbur Ross to the cabinet now make much more sense to me.

And I'm starting to have greater respect to some of the intelligence community.

Seriously, if you do nothing else today download Friday's podcast and listen to it!

Then join the resistance.
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I'm angry. I'm angry at the turn of events in this country which feel incredibly hostile to anyone identified as "the other". As much as it pains me to say it, it feels to me right this moment if you are not white, Anglo, heterosexual, cis-gendered, Christian, & a native English speaker, the United States has become incredibly unwelcoming, if not out right hostile. Is it being driven by our current president, or is he simply a symptom of a larger malaise within this country?

With the change in the administrations, we have gone from 'class' to crass, from the audacity of hope, to simple audacity, from a society that was moving towards inclusivity, to one now turning it's back & embracing exclusivity. The more I watch Donald Trump, the more I ask how in the name of Sam Hill did this man get elected? He seems to vary from bigot, to buffoon, to bully all within the space of a single paragraph. My response to almost everything I hear him say is either to cringe, shake my head, or want to throw something. It's painful when I respect the office and yet hold no respect for the man who currently holds it.

As I alluded earlier, that I keep hearing people support him, & actually cheering his actions on, doesn't just sadden and disappoint me, it scares the bejeezus out of me. I may be white, but I'm neither a Christian,l nor heterosexual, and while an American citizen, I'm the child of an immigrant family. Having lost the bulk of my mother's family during the holocaust, as they did not have the wherewithal to get out, I find myself asking if this new president is a harbinger of still worse to come? Will we as nation rise up and fight back, or is it time for people like me to start thinking about getting out?
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...crowds.

I cannot honestly take credit for that statement l. It was given voice by a BBC reporter this morning. My G-d, how apt!

All one needs to do is to look at arial photos done of his Inauguration Day crowds and compare them to photos from either of the two previous inaugurations. You know the two. They were for the illegitimate Kenyan the Donald railed against for 8 years.

Moreover, from arial photos taken just 24 hours later, estimates are the women's march brought 5-600,000 people protesting Trump and his ilk. The administration's response? Send a bellicose press secretary out to yell at the press, accuse them of lying to the American public and with that he turned on his heel and marched out, allowing not a single question. WTF!?!

You may be entitled to your own opinion, but you're not entitled to your own set of facts.
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Meryl Streep was given the lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes. Well deserved, if you ask me. She is an amazing talent, a virtual chameleon, with an enormous body of work stretching back to the 70's.

She criticized the president elect last night from the pulpit the Globes gave her, again spot on criticism that was well deserved if you ask me. I'd recommend watching her comments in their entirety and judge for yourselves if she isn't spot on in her take.

https://youtu.be/NxyGmyEby40

Of course this morning, the president elect struck back on his favorite platform, Twitter.

Fasten your seatbelt friends; the next 4 years are gonna be a very bumpy ride.
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So while discussing the odd pledge the Donald has extracted from his blind followers adoring supporters where they were asked to raise their right hands and promise to vote for him in an upcoming primary, the discourse on MSNBC went like this:

Brian Williams: One supporter was seen holding up the right paw of his border collie.

Rachel Maddow: Not a German Shepherd?

Honestly, I find watching these rallies disturbing when Herr Drumpf (the family name Trump's grandfather carried on arrival to the US from Germany), when he calls for a protester or a reporter to be ejected from the rally and supporters physically manhandles the person roughly out the door. It reminds me all too clearly of Hitler's brown shirts.

As much as I dislike the man, I have no love for anyone in the Republican field. I suspect Trump is the Republican with the worst odds winning in November and ultimately I am praying to see The Republican party lose in November. Hopefully to Bernie Sanders, though I could live with Clinton.

Note to all: Go to Louis CK's website and read his letter about Trump. It's scathing.

Bombastic

Nov. 3rd, 2015 09:02 am
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—adjective

1. (of speech, writing, etc.) high-sounding; high-flown; inflated; pretentious.

syn.: Trump-like

Origin: 1695–1705; bombast + -ic


Mexico is going to pay for a border wall? Really?

You're going to win the Hispanic vote? No one has better relations with the Hispanics than you do? You really do live on Planet Trump, don't you?

First of all, the moment you define any racial/ethnic group with a "the" you imply they're one monolithic group. What you show us is how little you really understand true diversity, or worse, how little the people you're working to appeal to, do. Secondly, governing means building consensus, finding solutions that meet community needs, not actively pushing wedges between communities playing people against one another. Lastly, elections are about meeting societal needs and goals, not entertainment. They're for defining & shaping our future.

Your vision sir, both offends & frightens me.

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