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I agree with both your lists, Birdz.

I'll add one item to the things I find encouraging:

Senator Jeff Flake, R, Arizona, listened to the women, especially the women who waylaid him at the elevator, and acted on what he heard. Because of him, and because of those women, there will be an FBI investigation.

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A few things I find outrageous and depressing:

* While the Senate GOPers were careful not to trash Ford, they came across as patronizing.

* Senator Grassley apologized to kavanaugh for the death threats he’s received, but I missed the part where he offered a similar apology to Ford.

* Senator Hatch has been an unmitigated asshole in that he has described Ford as “mixed up.”

* It’s clear now that the GOPers were not going to let any allegations against kavanaugh get in the way of getting him on the bench. The vote yesterday showed that the hearings were nothing but a kangaroo court.

* In some conservative media and on some social media sites, some lowlifes are ripping Ford to shreds. It’s disgusting.

A few things I find encouraging:

* more people are willing to believe and support a victim of sexual assault than before.

* When lowlifes try to trash a victim, some decent people push back and tell the trashers that that behavior is uncalled for. IOW, there is less tolerance for that behavior than previously.



I agree, Robbie.

I might just add one discouraging point -- the gutter politics of Lindsey Graham during his shrieking litany during Kavanaugh's testimony. He DID go after Ford.

- "This is going to destroy the ability of good people to come forward because of this crap." Ford's allegation is "crap"?

- "His integrity is absolutely unquestioned." Really? Because the entire PURPOSE of that hearing was a SERIOUS question about his integrity.

- "He is the very circumspect in his personal conduct, harbors no biases or prejudices. He's entirely ethical, is a really decent person. He is warm, friendly, unassuming. He's the nicest person." I wonder if that was what Ford was thinking as she struggled to get out from underneath him.

- "To my Republican colleagues, if you vote no, you're legitimizing the most despicable thing I have seen in my time in politics." No, Lindsey. Republicans who believe Ford and STILL vote to put Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court is the most despicable thing in politics.

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I'm thinking Graham's attempts to legitimize Trump, after showing earlier that he knows exactly what Trump is, would be in the running for the most despicable thing he has seen.
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quote:

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A few things I find outrageous and depressing:

* While the Senate GOPers were careful not to trash Ford, they came across as patronizing.

* Senator Grassley apologized to kavanaugh for the death threats he’s received, but I missed the part where he offered a similar apology to Ford.

* Senator Hatch has been an unmitigated asshole in that he has described Ford as “mixed up.”

* It’s clear now that the GOPers were not going to let any allegations against kavanaugh get in the way of getting him on the bench. The vote yesterday showed that the hearings were nothing but a kangaroo court.

* In some conservative media and on some social media sites, some lowlifes are ripping Ford to shreds. It’s disgusting.

A few things I find encouraging:

* more people are willing to believe and support a victim of sexual assault than before.

* When lowlifes try to trash a victim, some decent people push back and tell the trashers that that behavior is uncalled for. IOW, there is less tolerance for that behavior than previously.



I agree, Robbie.




Um... She's Birdz.

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Well.... Sorry, Robbie.

I was trying to respond to Birdz, but when I clicked on "Quote", the post that showed up on top was yours.

I read it and agreed with you, and then went on to respond to Birdz's post. I'm exhausted and wasn't thinking. Sorry for the confusion.

I agree with both of you. emoticon

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No sweat, Lis. Maybe I can take credit for Birdz's terrific list! emoticon

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No sweat, Lis. Maybe I can take credit for Birdz's terrific list! emoticon



Be my guest! emoticon
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Ever since trump assumed office, I have been plagued with anger, outrage and utter disgust at his behavior, and just as angry and depressed that there’s little I can do that is legal and effective to counter his nonstop outrages.

Yes, I vote, and I intend to vote next month. But it’s just one vote, and I live in a blue state where my vote is unlikely to change things in DC. According to [sign in to see URL], Senator Cardin (D) has >99% chance of winning re-election, and the Dem who is running for Congress in my district, David Trone, likewise has a >99% chance of winning (my current congressman, John Delaney, a Dem, is not running for re-election).

Trump’s nonstop outrages are affecting my emotional well being, and I’ve been racking my brains trying to figure out a coping strategy. As corny as it might sound, I came up with: prayer. Not prayer for something bad to happen to trump, but instead prayer that, even at his age, he might have some kind of epiphany and try to become a better person. Yes, I know it seems far fetched, but it’s the best I can come up with, for my own sanity.

This too shall pass- I hope.
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Birdz, I also live in a blue state. Both my senators are Democrats and the one up for reelection should win. My Congressman is also a Democrat and his opponent is a Libertarian I've seen nothing about.

However, the races for the state house and senate are very important and not at all a sure thing. And that's where the action is because that's where the gerrymandering gets done. I don't know about your state houses, but they may be worth some of your efforts.

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And there’s the rub for me, Robbie. The Dems control MD, and it was the Dems who did the gerrymandering last time around, this getting rid of one conrep congressman.

Also, the state and county level Dems have never met a tax or tax hike that they didn’t love. They are classic tax and spend liberals, and that is why I feel alienated from the state and local Dems. Our taxes are too high as it is.

Still, they are almost certain to keep control of the state and the county I live in.

Our governor is a moderate GOPer and I kind of like him. My only reservation about him is that, should Senator Cardin die (he’s over 70, so I think of this), Governor Hogan just might nominate a GOPer to replace him.

I am most concerned with the damage trump and the current crop of GOPers in DC may inflict on the country.
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Well, Birdz.... I invite you to come live in my BRIGHT red state and county. Republican supermajority in both houses of the state legislature. Republican Governor. Republican US Representative. One Republican US Senator and one Democratic US Senator who is fighting for his life in this election.

I also live in a place where I know my vote won't change anything in DC -- but then get to enjoy all of the news coverage of our Republican officials lying in statement after statement and instigating hatred and derision for anyone who dares hold a different point of view.

C'mon in! The water's fine! (Just watch out for those sharks right below the surface....)

Sometimes prayer IS the best answer! emoticon

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Whatever gets you through the night.

I'm about to finish season 5 of West Wing.
10/17/2018, 8:47 am Link to this post PM Bellelettres
 
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I'm a middle-class old white woman who has never had it terribly hard. Sure, like anyone, I can point to things that weren't ideal, but I've never been in danger of losing my life or liberty or property. While I'm quite willing to whine about things gone wrong, I can't hold a candle to what many others have experienced.

I am left handed. And, given that I'm old, I was a child in an era whose prevailing belief was that the left hand was the devil's hand and children needed to be prevented from having it as their dominant hand. My uncle was also left handed and was made to change in grammar school to being right handed. He had the worst handwriting in four counties.

My mother got her back up. She was ready to go fight the school district on my behalf if they were going to make me change. Fortunately for all of us there had been some sort of epiphany in the public schools and they were no longer requiring lefties to become righties. I wasn't required to change, but not all teachers were on board with that decision. I adored my third grade teacher, but she wounded me deeply when we were learning cursive writing and I didn't form letters the way she thought we should. I didn't swirl my whole arm as we made circles. "Pfah," she sneered, "you're nothing but a left-handed finger-writer." (I was in third grade in 1951-52 and I can still hear her say that.)

Lefties, of course, are southpaws. A left-handed compliment is no compliment at all. The devil sat at God's left, before he (the devil, that is, not God) got the boot. A left handed person sits next to a right handed person at a dinner table. The left handed person keeps her elbows closely to her side. The right handed person elbows the left handed person while cutting a bite. The rightie looks at the leftie with indulgent disgust. "Lefties," he sneers, while grinning. Others nod.

Many implements are made for right handed people. A new, trendy set of kitchen implements includes scrapers that can only be used by right handers because of where the blade is and the fact that there is a slight cup in the middle of it. Potato peelers need to be examined before purchase to be sure they're sharp on both edges. Little things, such as pencil sharpeners, are made for right handed people.

I cite these things not because they're overwhelming, but because they are constant irritants through a leftie's life and adjustments need to be made in order to be able to adapt to them to get along in the world on a very basic level.

So then I ask myself, what constant adjustments must be made when one is a racial or ethnic minority? When one is gay or lesbian? When one is transgender? I know what it is to be left handed and that adaptations must be made on a regular basis and insults, even minor ones, must be tolerated. I can't imagine what it is to be a racial minority, or gay/lesbian, or transgender. But it must be utterly overwhelming.

My hat is off to all those who are coping in this society. It must take an enormous effort just to get from one day to the next.

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What an extraordinary analogy, Robbie!

May I send this to my e-mail correspondents?


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What an extraordinary analogy, Robbie!

May I send this to my e-mail correspondents?



Wow, Belle, I'm terribly flattered! Yes, feel free to send it.

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Thank you!
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I live in a very red state populated by the ignorant and stupid who are very proud of it.

I have some hope that Democrats just could win the Governor and Lt. Governors' races next year. The probable GOP nominee for Governor is not that popular within his own party, and knows that if he gets the nomination will have to beat a popular Dem. AG.

My State Representative is running for Lt. Gov., and I think he's got a shot. Some conservatives with educations are getting tired of the right-wing government that is dragging the State down. The GOP has been terrible for Mississippi.

I think that Mike Espy winning the Senate race is a long shot but possible. Those of you who don't know who Mike is, just do a search.
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My e-mail correspondents are as impressed as I am by your analogy, Robbie. One of them asked if she could spread it around, and I told her yes, assuming that if I asked you, you would say yes.
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My e-mail correspondents are as impressed as I am by your analogy, Robbie. One of them asked if she could spread it around, and I told her yes, assuming that if I asked you, you would say yes.



Wow, I'm flattered again! Yes, it can be sent anywhere by anyone.

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Very well said, Robbie!

Cooter, I wish I had any hope at all of seeing Dems in office in Indiana. Joe Donnelly is fighting for his life for the Senate seat. We have Dem Representatives in Indianapolis and Gary, but that's it.

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