The hidden political message of Chuck Schumer’s inaugural speech – Vox

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Interesting, and well said.

“To some extent, this is standard patriotic rhetoric. But when said in front of a man who thought a Latino judge was not fit to judge him, who has called for a ban on Muslim immigration and for mass deportations, who mocked a New York Times reporter’s disability, and whose entire rise to power would’ve been impossible without his own incredible wealth, it takes on new meaning. Mentioning ‘gender identity’ and ‘sexual orientation’ in front of Mike Pence, a stalwart opponent of LGBTQ rights, stings as well.”


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Trump, The Cabinet, and the Purse-Strings of Power

***Warning: unapologetic speculation follows***

More than two months after Donald Trump’s electoral victory, many who did not vote for him are still in ‘Chicken Little’ mode, with social media commentators frequently inveighing against the impending disintegration of the United States, sandwiched as they are between the antithetical inexperience of the incoming ruling elite (Ben Carson, Betsy DeVos, Scott Pruitt, Tom Price: looking at you – and your boss), and the abject ignorance of those they see as having cast their vote from some dank recess of the 14th century. Continue reading

Unravel: Homophobic Relapse in the House of Trump

Despite Donald Trump’s post-electoral pledge of being a “president for all Americans”, things look decidedly unsettling for the LGBT community, right now. Granted, he only said he would a be president for all Americans. He never at any point intimated that he would be a president anyone would like, a fact that likely hasn’t gone unnoticed. Continue reading

The Moron’s Case For Hillary Clinton…because some of you really are that stupid.

Found thanks to a friend posting the link on Facebook, this is a scathing – but compelling, and, might I add, true! – diatribe on why a right-thinking person should be supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton for President of the United States of America. My feeling is that no amount of reason or invective will sway the minds of Trump supporters (as, from my various interactions with them on various social media platforms, they seem to be committed to a rigorously fact-free diet, utterly averse to reality), and indeed, the only solution may be a combination of medication, sustained psychiatric support, and perhaps some complimentary electroconvulsive therapy, for good measure.  Still, to quote Mr. Edmund Blackadder (and with apologies to Alexander Pope), “Hope springs eternal, Baldrick”: some may find this persuasive, and it remains well worth reblogging, regardless.

An old colleague and I were having breakfast this morning when he looked up at the news (I can’t remember which network …MSNBC, I think) and noticed a split screen of Donald Trump and Hillary Clint…

Source: The Moron’s Case For Hillary Clinton…because some of you really are that stupid.

Presidential Progress

So this showed up in one of my social media feeds, today.

While the historical momentousness for the United States of Hillary Rodham Clinton winning the presidential race is obvious (as much as would be the historical catastrophe of a Trump victory, but that’s not the topic of this post), the cynic in me, at least in reaction to this cartoon, called my mind back to a Gallup poll carried out in 2007,1 on the relative desirability of Continue reading