Where’s the Bus to Philly? (July 25 at the Convention)

BTPlogoScene_at_the_Signing_of_the_Constitution_of_the_United_States  Talk about a real Tea Party!  Or should I say an improved Tea Party, one that will practice only civil disobedience Henry Thoreau style?

Elizabeth Arnold, who started EDGE*, and Nina Turner, a Sanders surrogate, got it right, whereas Harry (Senator Reid, NV) and Roberta Lange** (NV Democratic chair) got it wrong.

Barbara got it even wronger (Senator Boxer, CA).  She doesn’t want the Sanders supporters to protest because “it’s distressing.”  Really!!?!*&?

Our youth are finally practicing Occupy Wall Street–like tactics for the upcoming Democratic convention.  I doubt that many “chairs will fly” in Philly, so why doesn’t the Democratic party stop whining?

A candidate cannot be opposed to Citizens United while others are staging a demonstration that enacts the real protest against Citizens United and not be labeled a hypocrite.  Yes, HC, that’s you.  Hillary Clinton’s got to win this primary election the fair way if she expects to win the general election against Donald Trump.

Otherwise, what always happens will happen again — voters will turn away from the American polls the American way (with their feet), and the rest of the world will get to call us an “apathetic nation.”  For our enemies, the emphasis is always on the root: pathetic.  I, for one, would like to be free of that.

* End Dirty Gas Exploitation, an environmental-justice group.

** No one should threaten death, and especially not death to one’s family, who believes – really believes – in our First Amendment

#

New Rules & Paycheck Reparations

Gold_Bars  The BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) is so dull that even professors in American Political Development took years to publish a book on the origins of this statistics-collecting agency formed in 1906.

But information is power, and President Barack Obama will exercise his executive power to force medium and large firms to “report to the federal government what they pay employees by race, gender and ethnicity . . . to crack down on firms that pay women less for doing the same work as men.” Wowsa. Hillary Clinton just scored an executive power worth following if she’s elected.

If American businesses start reporting what women, Latinos, African-Americans, LGBTQers, persons with disabilities, and (best of all) any employees — including white men — who are over 39 years old (and thus protected under age discrimination) are paid, we can all count on getting a pay raise, no? All of us but white men who are under 40 and older than 18 years old — many of whom make up Trump’s voting base — will have the data reported for potential lawsuits.  In other words, less than 20% of the American workforce is not protected, or 80% can sue for discrimination.

The Lilly Ledbetter Law, the first law Obama signed, has had little to no effect. The neotribal Roberts Court (religious, anti-woman, anti-union . . .) undermined class-action suits as a means of helping those who were discriminated against to get paid fairly, so Obama found another way — new rules that capitalize on the reparations movement re-energized by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  African-American women, historically paid the least, should be the first in line for raises.

 

Her Mother’s Womb; & Scary Anti-LGBTQ Rhetoric

default “We are losing the white male vote in droves,” said former Democratic New Mexico governor Bill Richardson. And the issue is — wait for it — “economic inequality.”

How does this Bill, a hopeful Latino presidential candidate from 2008, wish to woo them back? Charging women a higher discrimination tax? Is it because white women went from 59 to 78 cents in three generations, and he thinks that’s moving too fast? Or is it because the SLAMs (straight, liberal, Anglo men) are starting to identify only with the SCAMs (straight, conservative, Anglo men)?

Since they are just 5 percent* of the American population, why should any politician coddle them? To be sure, 5 percent is not 1 percent, but really. (Five percent is the figure given to represent those who the police regularly, repeatedly serve when they’re fighting crime.)

And in identifying with SCAMs, are the SLAMs also going to become more obsessed with our bodies? Is this really only about money? Or is there a cultural fear permeating here?

I mean, another recent New York Times headline was about how women and their daughters can start sharing uteruses with temporary transplants, so that more women can give birth. Now isn’t that cool? Rent a uterus. What does Hobby Lobby mean for this reproductive transplant, particularly if it’s temporary?

Being temporary also means it facilitates women having their own biological children, and keeping this part of the process “in the family.” At the very least this should please Jeb!, who eschews that state, particularly when it comes to the family.

This Bush argues for “parental consent over government intrusions into families.” He knows about being neotribal, making sure who in each family retains supremacy and remains “chief.”

Talk about neotribal, and women, girls, boys, and the 95 percenters fear. What if “family first” puts them in danger? No, safety first, family second, or so I say.

Listen to this anti-LGBTQ rhetoric (warning: not for PG ears!)

Maybe these white Democratic men should start beating on drums again to gain a bit of perspective, if not consciousness. Male consciousness-raising might help them out of this self-esteem progressive pity party, so that they don’t have to increase my discrimination tax to make themselves feel better.

Maybe SLAMs and SCAMs should spend more time in male-dominated China — domination defined here in sheer population numbers, though the nation finally loosened its one-child policy (read one-boy policy). Hillary Clinton’s “it takes a village” leadership clearly scares the former heads of the village, particularly since this village contains a rainbow umbrella that Obama, after all, built.

 

* Italian men are part of the 95 percent, being in a protected class in some locales, such as New York City.

Her Mother’s Rent-a-Womb; & Scary Anti-LGBTQ Rhetoric

default “We are losing the white male vote in droves,” said former Democratic New Mexico governor Bill Richardson. And the issue is — wait for it — “economic inequality.”

How does this Bill, a hopeful Latino presidential candidate from 2008, wish to woo them back? Charging women a higher discrimination tax? Is it because white women went from 59 to 78 cents in three generations, and he thinks that’s moving too fast? Or is it because the SLAMs (straight, liberal, Anglo men) are starting to identify only with the SCAMs (straight, conservative, Anglo men)?

Since they are just 5 percent* of the American population, why should any politician coddle them? To be sure, 5 percent is not 1 percent, but really. (Five percent is the figure given to represent those who the police regularly, repeatedly serve when they’re fighting crime.)

And in identifying with SCAMs, are the SLAMs also going to become more obsessed with our bodies? Is this really only about money? Or is there a cultural fear permeating here?

I mean, another recent New York Times headline was about how women and their daughters can start sharing uteruses with temporary transplants, so that more women can give birth. Now isn’t that cool? Rent a uterus. What does Hobby Lobby mean for this reproductive transplant, particularly if it’s temporary?

Being temporary also means it facilitates women having their own biological children, and keeping this part of the process “in the family.” At the very least this should please Jeb!, who eschews that state, particularly when it comes to the family.

This Bush argues for “parental consent over government intrusions into families.” He knows about being neotribal, making sure who in each family retains supremacy and remains “chief.”

Talk about neotribal, and women, girls, boys, and the 95 percenters fear. What if “family first” puts them in danger? No, safety first, family second, or so I say.

Listen to this anti-LGBTQ rhetoric (warning: not for PG ears!)

Maybe these white Democratic men should start beating on drums again to gain a bit of perspective, if not consciousness. Male consciousness-raising might help them out of this self-esteem progressive pity party, so that they don’t have to increase my discrimination tax to make themselves feel better.

Maybe SLAMs and SCAMs should spend more time in male-dominated China — domination defined here in sheer population numbers, though the nation finally loosened its one-child policy (read one-boy policy). Hillary Clinton’s “it takes a village” leadership clearly scares the former heads of the village, particularly since this village contains a rainbow umbrella that Obama, after all, built.

 

* Italian men are part of the 95 percent, being in a protected class in some locales, such as New York City.

Harming Hillary

images-1  KayDaly Do Democrats want to put a Democrat in the White House? Why complain about the absence of Democratic contenders now? If you’re a self-interested member of the GOP, sure — that GOP-someone who wins the White House will get to nominate four to five Supreme Court justices on what is already an ultra-conservative Roberts Court.

A long time ago, the Literary Digest existed to distill the news from within towns, and from town to town. Social-media news-gathering devices do that now. It’s the algorithms that get your blood boiling about the misinformation, the superficial or cynical, self-serving spins, or the outright fabrications. I’d collect them all, but that would be defeating the purpose of Democrats who want to put a Democrat into the White House, with Bernie playing his part of pushing Hillary leftward. (Thanks, Bernie!)

Here are a couple of outliers to substantiate my neotribalism/SLAMs-and-SCAMs viewpoint. “Hillary Clinton Takes Epic Tumble While Boarding Airplane.”

I’d say the mainstream media, which pretends to be in the middle, and objective, of course does the most damage. Never mind the less-than-subtly negative New York Times. What about the New Yorker’s “How to Beat Hillary Clinton” headline? (Who cares if it’s ironic or doing the switcheroo to get you to read past the headline.)

Do the Democrats need to be more disciplined? Do we really need our national political gender diversity to come from locking-and-loading, gun-toting GOP women contenders, like incumbent Renee Ellmers, who is fending off Kay Daly, in their fight for Congress?