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I start with mainstream commentary from the crude to amusing and then include more recent good FEMINIST commentary, since millions of feminists and tens of millions of woman are FURIOUS about this. Not that most political guys care, since they are too busy taking money from rich closet transvestites who like the idea of their ilk being in openly in power.
Cruz is not the Christian Messiah his father thinks he is and he may think he is. But keep it up and he at least might be the Bathroom Messiah!!!
From some right wing Xian site below, name blacked over because the commentary is correct even if the source is questionable.
Twitter/CarolMoore1776. A tweet and a picture can tell a 1000 words. Or be totally stupid and pointless. After largely ignoring it for all these years, I've gotten more active with some good tweets and some tawdry ones. (Oh, gee, I've done some here too...) So many thoughts, so little time to share them... so here are some memes. Guess which ones are mine... ha ha ha
Oh, yeah, and see my new video of the anti-AIPAC-anti-TRUMP rally 3/21/16 in D.C.! No big news story but a lot of fun...
Trump's advocacy of violence against protesters and who knows who else has been well documented by now in video and quotes like at Mashable. And media criticism at Mediate. Definitely the scariest aspect of his personality - besides the fear of a big and/or nuclear war caused by some little affront to his ego. I don't think he'll get elected, but even pundits have started talking about real riots in the streets this long hot summer, including at the Republican Convention in Cleveland.
As one pundit put it, Trump's real message is "Make America White Again" and people of color get that message from him. By 2050 more than half of American will be people of color. Get used to it! (We're mostly all coming back people of color in our next life. So get used to that, too.)
March 8 was International Womens Day. Have we overthrown patriarchy yet? By raising the consciousnesses of the alpha males who maintain a violent hold on society. Or at least that of those guys and gals who let them get away with it...
So this week I belatedly discovered that besides Trump's obvious homoerotic overtures to the likes of Mitt Romney, he has quite a history of heterosexual abuse. This includes alleged molestation, rape and pimping from not highly reliable sources, but that's where those kind of accusations usually start, before they work their way up. There even are inferences that he pimped his current wife Melania who once worked for Trump Models. (As a libertarian I do believe those few women who voluntarily become sex workers have a right to do so; but I also know most women are driven into sex work by poverty or manipulative or abusive males.)
Trump definitely did have Melania pose nude in his airplane, a photo that landed on the cover of Gentlemans Quarterly in 2000. (The Guardian story here.) He married her a few years later.
Meanwhile, of course, another First Lady has died, Nancy Reagan. I always liked her "Ronnie" despite his faults and certainly feel that many of the attacks on Nancy over the years were undue. Hearing how she encouraged him to work with Gorbachev, including on reducing the number of nuclear weapons, certainly was heartening. Of course, one does have to wonder if poor Nancy was watching Trump repeatedly comparing himself to Ronald Reagan. How disgusted she must have been. And did she hear Trump inferring on March 3rd that Mitt Romney should give him fellatio and boasting on national television a few hours later about how big his penis was. If Nancy watched all that, it would not be surprising why she died of heart failure only two days later!
OOOPS! Per my past post or two on homoeroticism and the presidential election...
There they go again... This time Trump inferring former Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney who had criticized him a few hours earlier would have performed fellatio on him to get his endorsement in the 2012 election. Of course, was it homophobia as the linked article says? Or did Trump really get off on it - if not the idea of the sex itself, the idea of what that blow job would represent: Ultimate Power!! (His later inference that his dick is big, no matter the size of his hands, is relevant to sex with females and males, after all.)
So here's my photo-shopped twitter reaction...
So again I say, FREE THE CLOSET BISEXUALS. Even TRUMP, if he happens to be one.
To start, there is no doubt that Donald Trump is a bigot whose HUGE sense of self is based in part on feeling superior to everyone else on the planet. So he considers it a personal insult for anyone to think anything negative or hostile he's said regarding individuals' or groups' sex, race, religion, ethnicity, nationality,
LGBT status, etc. is an insult. His sense of superiority makes him think the slightest criticism of, or doubts,
about him are an insult because he thinks he is just describing reality, not being bigoted.
Thus he dismisses all such comments as "politically correct attacks" from liberal/progressive/mind controlling "gotcha" media and political culture. He gets away with this because such a culture does exist and is used to bully people. I know. I've done it myself a few times myself over the last 30 odd years, blowing up some minor mis-statement or viewpoint into a major cause celebre. (Pay me to write my autobiography and I'll give you some examples; or search the internet with my name and various examples.)
And of course I have been a victim of such false accusations of bigotry behavior numerous times by (mostly) males in political groups. Those who just cannot put up with an uppity female with a somewhat different political viewpoint who dares to criticize them and their viewpoints and who shows leadership ability in getting others who agree to do something the disagree with. ("Pay me" ditto per above...)
But it took the recent Trump/KKK situation for me to really hear and realize what is perhaps the most annoying part of the demands of those claiming bigotry. And that is the demand that others show a certain minimal level of OUTRAGE before they can escape the label of "bigot." A couple pundits in particular (on MSNBC and on CNN) were livid that not just Trump but anyone would dare have less than 95% of their emotional outrage on the issue. And that the just punishment for anyone notexpressing that level ofemotional outrage is disavowal (leading to banishment from polite society, loss of job and assets and hopefully homelessness for their family and anyone who dares to support them.)
This, of course, is the essence of emotional and political blackmail and fascism. And pretty much what Trump himself is doing by demanding that people be outraged by these allegedly "illegal aliens and terrorist Muslims and cop killing blacks and castrating feminists and pansy males (and losers making less than $100,000 a year?)" etc. He actually pumps up peoples' outrage - and bigotry - which before was nonexistent, long forgotten or effectively suppressed from expression; suppressed by some combination of common decency and the fear of being targeted falsely for bigotry, depending on the individual. So, yes, extreme political correctness can promote bigotry.
On the one hand, I know a woman barely has to say anything even hinting at feminism to be slammed as "politically correct." On the other hand, I also know it personally has been fun for me to slam certain fellows as sexists in the most thoroughly politically correct fashion. Of course, I usually do so on firm grounds like their insulting and abusing and cheating women, not on the phony issues sexist guys claim are "politically correct" persecution. So I can see how those who enjoy slamming people on purely imagined slights can really get off on it.
The worst practitioners of this in my experience tend to be rabidly pro-Israel Jews and rabidly "call-me-a- woman-or-I'll-sue-you" male-to-"female" transgenders. Then there are Muslim males who think "accepting their culture" means they can insult non-Muslim women who don't bow to Shariah law. On the other hand when I hear real complaints about real bigotry against Jews, transgenders, Muslims, and all other groups I'll condemn them, when I get a chance and in a venue and in a tone which I choose.
But don't expect that you have a right to demand I live up to your level of outrage - even as I will largely control myself in making demands on you. My level of outrage may depend on the mood I'm in, the importance of and evidence regarding the incident or practice in question, my general knowledge of and/or personal experience of the issue, the attitude of the questioner (curious or autocratic) - and even how burnt out I am on being outraged on the issue!
All that being said, where is the OUTRAGE about the fact that all Presidential candidates besides those who will run on the Green and Libertarians are pushing us towards more murder and devastation and terrorist blowback in the Middle East? Towards nuclear war with Russia and China? (Trump will surely threaten it the first time Putin refuses to kiss his ring as the "reigning" US/World President. And start one with China the first week in office?)
And where is the OUTRAGE that the US government right now has 210 trillion dollars in unfunded liabilities? Many times bigger than the 19 trillion dollar national debt. That the US is in worst shape than Greece, according to one Boston Professor. (Even the quasi-libertarian Cato Institute has estimated it as a less than that.) And most of the liabilities are social security, medicare, veterans benefits and government employee pensions that NEVER will be paid, starting in the near future. Well, at least there are minor concerns on that. But all the candidates promise they'll fix it, though only Christie really blurted out (once or twice) how bad it is. Now Christie has got to stand there and listen to Trump deny he knows who Duke/KKK are...(or not)...and other patent nonsense...
Don't worry, I won't belittle you for not feeling my level of outrage on those two issues. (The first I'm outraged with on a constant basis. The second a couple times a week.) All I ask you is don't go PSYCHO on me because I don't immediately equal your level of outrage, based only on YOUR say so. For an example of some anonymous male ass who did just that, see his backlash at me on truly "trumped up" KKK-type issues at NotCarolMoore.Blogspot.com. (Send me enough money to hire a good private investigator and we'll find out who he is and protest his sexism outside his place of employment in Vermont - or in DC working for Bernie Sanders?? How else does he know what kind of drapes my housemate has in his DC bedroom?)
Well, enough OUTRAGE by me for today - or even this week??
Oh, you didn't hear about it? Well, I was so outraged and traumatized I wrote a book about it, published in late 1995 - years before even more evidence of government crimes was exposed. And before the federal government managed to convince anyone that government agents had committed no crimes.
As I write in the introduction to my online version of the book at CarolMoore.net/Waco:On February 28,1993
overly aggressive and highly militarized agents of BATF set out to put
on a "big show" to increase their budgets and prestige by attacking the
Branch Davidian religious group outside of Waco, Texas. Six
earlier, agents had spurned David Koresh's attempts to cooperate with
investigation of his gun business by inviting them to see his
On February 28, when he came to the front door and tried to cooperate,
reckless agents shot him and mortally wounded his father-in-law. Other
agents started shooting from helicopters, killing four Davidians.
probably assassinated another Davidian who approached Mount Carmel
that day. And so began a 51 day standoff.
The last week I've finally gotten around to re-filing all my research materials, and later materials produced by myself and others, related to my book, our DC Committee for Waco Justice and our work helping the Branch Davidian prisoners. At 67, you never know when you are going to kick over. In that event, I want the best materials nicely boxed and organized for mailing to the organization or academic institution that wants them and will make good use of them.
Seeing all the material not included in my book, my natural urge is to update the book. But I'll have to settle for tempting some historian into writing a definitive work. Or maybe at least get a HUGE data base going - or a Wiki? So many possible projects, so little time.
Anyway, the Davidian prisoners are free now, some in the early 2000s, the last, a non-cooperator, in 2007. The children who lost their parents and brothers and sisters are all grown up and many have children of their own. And the few adult survivors, the ones who haven't passed on, are still living with the trauma.
I remember a peace movement meeting way back in 1997 or '98 where I brought up in very general terms "the militarization of law enforcement". I didn't even mention it was something of which the Davidian massacre was a prime example. I remember one or two young socialist men mocking the very concept, as if they would never have to face such a thing. A couple years later these guys were supportive of the Black Bloc groups that advocated fighting with the militarized police. And 10 years later at least one was still active, involved in the Occupy Movement, a movement broken up by government surveillance and militarized police. (See an outline and links to relevant articles at the Wikipedia article on the movement.)
So for anyone who thinks I'm being paranoid about a presidential candidate who talks about beating up protesters, shooting people in the street, torturing people he defines as terrorists - and who claims he finds it difficult to remember who David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan are... all I can say is, I was predicting the inevitable rise of homegrown fascism and militarized police more than twenty years ago. Sad to see I was so right...
As for Hillary Clinton, she doubtless was consulting with her rapist husband Bill Clinton when he allowed his buddy Webster Hubbell, the U.S. Associate Attorney General sitting in the FBI Operations Center, to make the call to send tanks deep into the Davidians' home. Tanks eventually started at least one accidental fire (possibly followed by a couple of traumatized Davidians' intentional fires), that burned the building to the ground, killing 76 people. (See Chapter 11.) Considering that so many children died that day, in one of our Committee for Waco Justice protests we mocked Hillary's book "It takes a Village to Raise a Child" in our protest banner below.
Below is my graphic that shows the trajectory of bullets fired from a helicopter and the deaths that resulted. Below is an FBI overhead photo showing the massive explosion of a propane tank well into the progression of the fire. Let us pray that Americans don't directly do this to Americans again - or anyone else.
Update 3-11-16: Oregon police released videotape of the January shooting of LaVoy Finicum during the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The synced investigation video from the air and in the automobile helped reveal that the FBI shot two shots that hit the automobile before Finicum left it. They did not admit to shooting and other FBI agents helped them cover up the fact. His wife believes that Finicum was not reaching for his pocket, leading to the police to shoot him, but that he was grabbing his chest after he was shot, leading to more police gunfire. Just evidence that we can't trust the FBI any more than local police to be cool headed and honest. See more at OregonLive and RT.com. Synced video from The Oregonian is here.