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Female. Retired. Wife-Mom-Grandma. Approx. 30 years in broadcasting, at least 20 of those in news biz. Taurus. Loves chocolate - preferably without nuts or cocoanut. Animal lover. Rock-hound from pre-school age. Proud Democrat for life. Ardent environmentalist and pro-choicer. Hoping to use my skills set for the greater good. Still married to the same guy for 40+ years. Probably because he's a proud Democrat, too. Penmanship absolutely stinks, so I'm glad I'm a fast typist! I will always love Hillary and she will always be my President.

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Odd. This is the second time I've seen a photo of him, post-election, where his hair is messed up

and not perfectly slicked into place. The other one was the pumping-his-own-gas shot. Is this his private-citizen self? One he didn't want to show in public because he always had to be meticulously coiffed and pressed and creased and starched and polished? The candid romney sans pomade.

Thank you for sharing this, and welcome to DU, monique2

Glad you're here. As you can see, the support and sympathy here is just massive. This is a wonderful and comforting place to come - especially when you can't sleep and you're tossing and turning and wishing you could talk to someone or even just vent.

I can't describe adequately how many times DU has buoyed me up during a time of personal or other crisis. Whether it was something serious I was going through myself, OR just becoming distraught about what was happening to our country during the dubya years, for example. When I was fearful or discouraged, I always have found solace here.

Just know, monique, that there's quite a vortex of prayer and good vibes and healing thoughts being generated on your behalf from all the souls here. I know it's not as heartening to you as an actual call from the doctor saying "Total Remission." But that's a goal we can all work on, in our prayers, visualizations, and meditations.

I like to envision a lot of green. Green - signifying healing, renewal, springtime, growth, youth, health, vitality, and new beginnings.

Welcome to DU, liberal from boston, and scmoore120!

Glad you're both here! Damn glad to meetcha!

This really should be "Person of the Year." The resoluteness of these voters, determined to prove that their votes could NOT be suppressed, helped save this country this November! A relieved and grateful nation should always remember and be proud!

Now we have to make sure we build upon the ground we gained!

Grateful as all-get-out!

Thanking God that wrongney lost, multiple times! Every day and every night and every time I walk the dog. And then some!

Now we have to make sure we USE these gifts, for the greater good. Use 'em or lose 'em!

Ouchez-vous! Didn't wrongney end up with approximately 47%?

Oh, the ignominy of it all...

And one more thing - Dems won seats in the house. The GOP LOST seats.

Just because our side didn't win back a full-on majority, outright, doesn't mean there wasn't still a NET GAIN.

They... what? Let me hear it, now - LOST. They LOST. Repeat after me. What'd they do? They LOST. Gimme an "L." Gimme an "O." Gimme an "S." Gimme a "T" - the sweetest, too, because since 2010 "T" stood for teabaggers. Now it's OURS. They LOST.

They lost in all three Washington realms:
The White House
The Senate - we EXTENDED our lead there - UNLIKE what they did in the House
AND the House of Representatives.

They may have kept the House, BUT - our final score is TWO keeps and ONE net gain. Whereas their final score is only ONE keep and TWO net losses. People need to be reminded of that. Let's show the republi-CONS who's boss here, and put them in their place - where they belong. In the LOSERS column.

It's all in the framing.

A highly annoying majority, even on our side, is forgetting or otherwise neglecting to point the last third of that three-way win. Not enough on our side are steadily and repeatedly reminding everyone from the chattering class outward, AND republi-CONS they know and know of, that the GOP LOST seats in the House. Let's all remember that. They did not gain a single one. Their majority was not enlarged and reaffirmed. On the contrary! It was decreased and weakened, PARTICULARLY considering the loss of two of their biggest marquee-name, camera-hogging teabagger freshmen, two of their best and noisiest point-men, the two biggest and most extreme and offensive and in-yer-face loudmouths they had on the team: joe walsh and allen west. Yep, those two were both so fabulous and acquitted themselves so damn well that they got their asses shown the door after only ONE term. EPIC FAIL! PLUS another couple of wannabe loudmouths they were hoping to add in the Senate, richard mourdock and todd akin, whose loud mouths turned out to render them both nonstarters who couldn't even get in the front door. Yet another very high-profile FAIL.

This was NOT any reassertion or underscoring of their majority. That majority today is not nearly as robust as it was two years ago, and is now more anemic with both of its two front fangs removed. Yes, technically, the GOP still does have what's left of one, and we oughta add "just barely!" whenever it comes up for discussion. They may still be ahead there, but we're gaining on them. Their lead is much less. The momentum is OURS. And we need to be gutsy and build on it and reconfirm in voters' minds that they're getting their money's worth as far as strong and respectable representation. That needs to be said, read, and spread!

That message needs to be out there, and rather vigorously! And on repeat - because it's necessary.

I certainly don't think it's crazy. Not at all. When you consider who's involved and what their

track record has been, longterm. I think there's something to it, absolutely. Wouldn't be a bit surprised. If kkkarl rove's involved, suspect a rat. Suspect there's something no good afoot.

Welcome to DU, GatorLarry!

Yes. This is one giant machine. Very well-researched, very well-funded. And they do coordinate.

The bad guys - koch brothers and US Chamber and the shel adelsons and the like write the checks. They fund "think tanks" and "foundations" that were set up to develop and disseminate wrong-wing propaganda, design this wonderful alternate-reality world of theirs, and then talent-hunt, develop, and groom mouthpieces to go out and sell it in the media, whether it's Pox Noise, or CNN or ABC News or NBC or CBS, The "700 Club," or whatever. These are the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, the Eagle Forum, the Family Research Council, the American Enterprise Institute - there are HUNDREDS of them by now. These are the foundational building blocks - the viper pits where the eggs are laid and the reptile-brain babies are hatched, fed, nurtured, and taught how to crawl and walk and fly.

That funding also supports "authors" like ann coulter, and of course, limbaugh and that-guy-whose-name-rhymes-with-Vanity and glenn beck and all these other assholes, providing them entree into their own publishing houses like Regnery Publishing and offshoots of Random House and other established imprints. Those authors crank out crank books full of nothing but shit, and then the same major funding sources buy truckloads of them, and those bulk buys then qualify them as best-selling authors. I remember when limbaugh had a TV show and his whole set was filled with stacks of his books. There was literally a WALL of books that stretched across his entire set. Well, your foundations or sponsors or wealthy sugar daddies buy those up and suddenly you've got thousands of sales and the New York Times puts you on its bestseller list. It's often noted as a "bulk buy," but it's still a buy.

Then those authors are encouraged to fan out over the talk show landscape, especially all those friendly talk and hate-radio shows - and get exposure, with their "credibility" as best-selling authors. They then start disseminating the shit they wrote to mass markets, while at the same time, they're writing columns for many friendly newspapers - mostly owned by the same handful of CONservative corporations, and of course they're frequent guests on "Meet the Press" and "Face the Nation" and other prestigious shows. They say things that friendly media pick up to do follow-up stories on, the following morning, and the talking points are allowed to spread.

These people are VERY media-savvy. Public-opinion mavens like frank luntz and other word-crunchers do focus-group testing on buzz phrases and campaign slogans and special word combinations and talking points, and then those are blast-faxed and emailed and texted and otherwise transmitted to all their operatives all over the media. Notice how at certain times, ALL the talking heads and talk show guests and guest commentators - ALL say the same things, same wording, same phraseology? Watch for it. I remember when all the "recruits" were saying the same "well, they counted, and then they counted again, and then they counted a third time..." during Selection 2000 when they were trying to stop the vote count so bush2 would win. Notice how every "good" entity is a "job-creating fill-in-the-blank-here"? And every bad entity is a "job-killing fill-in-the-blank-here"? Notice how you've started hearing people parrotting "makers and takers"? All those phrases and slogans and quick-hit catchy-as-hell bumper-sticker fodder start popping up on the radio, on cable and conventional TV, in print, online, at about the same time. And now, of course, they've got a whole frickin' cable NETWORK parrotting this same crap 24/7 to the angry old resentful white crank demographic.

Notice how all the same wording is being used by multiple different people from the Senate to the talk shows, criticizing Susan Rice? Notice how so many of them had the same pull-the-string-and-Chatty-Cathy-speaks stuff in criticizing President Obama, defending paul ryan, defending their policies, defending all kinds of crap, attacking on Benghazi, etc etc etc. Notice the same sentences coming out of their mouths all the time? Notice how when they're asked a point-blank question that's meant to rattle their conventional wisdom, they ALWAYS detour off to the talking points? I used to marvel at the way, whenever somebody brought up the divisions over a woman's right to choose - whoever wanted to take that right away would always start blabbing away about how "well, this is a VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM, and blah-blah-blah..." with a bunch of smoke and mirrors and fast talk that says NOTHING. But they'd never actually answer the question. Notice how their precious little token Latino, marco rubio, couldn't give a straight answer to the simple, fact-based question - "how old is the Earth?" He rattled on for several minutes in this convoluted verbal mess about how he's no scientist and well there's this idea and that idea and blah-blah-blah until the untrained ear starts drowning in that morass of words and you sort of get lost and forget and ... "now my next question is..." THIS IS ALL DESIGNED. THIS IS ALL DELIBERATE. It's TESTED, HOMOGENIZED, PROCESSED, AND PLANTED.

You've seen in this past election cycle how they even went so far as to set up their own polling people. "Unskewed Polls" is actually some asshole on the internet in his mom's basement artificially inflating GOP voter numbers so they "reflect more accurately" the pool of voters. HAS NO BASIS IN FACT!!!!! And for many, his miscreant "polling company" was covered as news and included in the same lists with PPP, Rasmussen, Gallup, Quinnipiac, and Nate Silver. And it was all PRETEND. MADE UP. BASED ON NOTHING!!!! Nothing but pure fantasy, with NO bearing on the real world, or facts, or even the most basic truths. They've sold us "trickle-down" this way for years. When objections are made and evidence or credible studies or other information is presented that disproves the point they're trying to drive home, they challenge and question and criticize the sources of that information and say they're bogus or biased or - "well OUR information says the opposite." There was this line in the movie "Network" where Robert Duvall says "you get your psychiatrists, I'll get mine." In the dispute over global warming, they dig up their own cockamamie "scientists" who'll say what they want said, and write papers and dissertations and presentations and op-ed pieces that say what they want said, and then point to that as evidence that THEIR take on global warming is the correct one.

They've spent about 40 years and probably a few trillion dollars by now, building this infrastructure. And it's so solid by now that they swallowed whole and declared as cold-hard-FACT the landslide victory that myth wrongney was going to enjoy, and it was nothing but a fictitious invention. And so many low-information voters are SO damned conditioned by now, that they bought that whole bill o' goods and now they're shell-shocked because they believed their own crap-filled nonsense, since they all live in this imaginary world that says liberals = BAD and CONs = good.

The machinery is really quite awesome and impressive, but it's a house built upon shifting sands rather than firm, solid rock - to use a metaphor they might actually understand. It's really quite sad, and pathetic. And horrifying - when you think how close they've come to taking over. wrongney never should have gotten within 10 points of President Obama. Shows you how many people are still fooled and totally taken in by this long-term snow job. It's a superstorm of the political kind, and it's going to take longer to clean up after - than Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina combined.

Welcome to DU, aandegoons!

Glad you're here! There's nothing I'd like better than to see rush flushed! Only problem is, nature abhors a vacuum so there would certainly be many takers hoping to move in. That-guy-whose-name-rhymes-with-Vanity would be crowing about how he is now king. glenn beck would be, too. That ass michael savage now has the number-one hate-radio show in the country as limbaugh's bright light slowly dims. He's costing his syndicators a huge amount of money because that advertiser boycott after he lit into Sandra Fluke actually did draw blood. And it continues.

But then again, might be good to hope for the status quo with this bunch. A majority of them remain in denial and are convinced they just didn't message well enough. What they still don't get (and hopefully it'll finally be the end of them) is:

It's not HOW they messaged. It's WHAT they messaged. It's their ideas that suck. It's their policies that suck. It's their vision for a turn-time-back America to a fantasy moment that really never existed outside an "Ozzie and Harriet" soundstage. They're going to have to change their policies and their ideas and their agenda, and I doubt many of them are willing to do that, or even entertain the idea of it. After all, they're "right," and God is "on their side"! The rest of us know better.

Can somebody please explain to me WHAT he's trying to communicate in this photo?

I do NOT get it. Am I supposed to swoon because of his big blue seemingly-always-bloodshot eyes, his beefed up arms, his hairy legs, his running shoes, his hat on backwards (wow - how 13-year-old-punkish of him!), the gesture, the head tilt, what? Is there something I'm supposed to be picking up on, as a female viewer? Is this hot? Am I supposed to scratch 'n' sniff for pheromones or something?

'Cause I am not getting it! Sex appeal, where art thou?

Makes me curl my lip if you really wanna know. As a mom, it makes me want to turn him over my knee, give him a good spanking, take away his cell phone and his iPad and his Playstation or whatever it is he does with all his little would-be hoodlum friends, ground him for the rest of the school year and send him to bed early. Punk-ass dork.

And I'm sorry, but it doesn't matter what the external packaging looks like. His ideas make him extremely ugly in my eyes. With apologies to the late Alex Karras, "Mongo NOT impressed!"