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I've been a member of DU for over 14 years, but now it is time for me to check out. The glee people on this site took over bashing Gov Northam is too much. EW Jackson, VA's version of a RW troll is being respected and his options considered while the Gov who expanded medicare to 800,000 citizens of my state (including an adult son) is bashed over a 35-year old indiscretion. I see DU as being infected by RW trolls and ratfuckers while the admins are largely absent. See 2016 if you don't believe me. While Northam was being bashed, threads appeared bashing Harris (she took a hard stance against Franken) and Booker (he's corporate) and promoted people who will never be elected in America such as Gabbard and Sanders. Their indiscretions are ignored. For what reason? Their unelectability? The members here that aren't RW trolls or ratfuckers are attempting to achieve some type of purity that will never happen due to mankind's flawed nature. People ar human and prone to mistakes. The rhetorical tools that attack people such as HRC, Franken and Northam will be turned on people like Kamala Harris and Justin Fairfax. It is only a matter of time. I refuse to help the RW and the PURE destroy people and our party. DU was a noble idea, but is a tool on the internet being used to ruin the Democratic Party, suppress the vote, and destroy decent candidates. I won't take part in this crap any longer. To my couple of friends here, so long, it was nice chatting with you. You know how to reach me if you want.

Journal Archives

Scientists: Doomsday Asteroid to Collide with Earth; GOP: We Feel Like It Won't

From Tom the Dancing Bug

Think Melania's red forest is kooky? Consider the Christmas tree once hidden in a White House closet

White House Christmas trees fell out of favor around the turn of the 20th century. Conservationists denounced cutting down young trees in forests to make Christmas trees, calling it ďarboreal infanticide.Ē Some critics wrote President William McKinley in 1899 urging him to drop the White House ďChristmas tree habit.Ē McKinley did, except for a small tree in the kitchen for the maids.

The policy continued when President Theodore Roosevelt took office in 1901 after McKinley was assassinated. An ardent conservationist, Roosevelt banned cut Christmas trees in the White House. But even Teddy had to laugh when in 1902 his young son Archie secretly set up a small Christmas tree in a White House closet.

Much more WH history and a video from Washington Post's Ronald G. Shafer at:


A Very Melania Christmas!

Actually her design makes me feel sorry for her. What a joyless, cold, barren world she inhabits. The most humble, meager Christmas display either constructed by a child or some inartful person would contain more happiness than Melania could ever understand. Very sad.

Why Thanksgiving isn't necessarily a celebration: a Native American writer's take

Itís that time of year again. As the season turns, so does our attention to Native Americans. Itís Native American Heritage Month, and ironically, of course, the month we celebrate Thanksgiving. Or maybe it isnít irony but something else. Itís that we celebrate the holiday while trying to acknowledge the history of a people often remembered wrong. So the celebratory spirit feels wrong, because we still arenít willing to acknowledge what actually happened. Kids in schools dress up as Indians and Pilgrims as if it were a nice meal and a peaceable time generally, even after the fact.

Plenty of native people still celebrate the holiday, too. Everyone has the time off, and no one is against gratitude. Itís complicated. And I would never condemn a native person or family for having a meal together. The problem is deep and systemic. I donít have any good answers about what to do instead or whether people should continue to celebrate the holiday. Thinking about what actually happened is a good start. Talking about it, even if the meal still happens, is a good beginning. But what actually happened, and according to whom, further complicates things.

Itís hard to know exactly how to feel about months of the year singled out to celebrate any people or culture or history anyway. Itís sort of like being a Native American author or writer. White men get to be writers. White people and history according to them get the rest of the attention when itís not one of the months. And here I am, worried again about sounding mad or angry or bitter ó about what exactly? A celebration of my people?

Itís just that we recently watched native people getting shot with rubber bullets while praying to keep clean water and not have a pipeline get put into the ground. And, of course, we have a president in office whose favorite president in history was the worst for Native Americans, Andrew Jackson.

More by Tommy Orange and some book recs here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/why-thanksgiving-isnt-necessarily-a-celebration-a-native-american-writers-take/2018/11/14/c4516a2a-e2d8-11e8-ab2c-b31dcd53ca6b_story.html?utm_term=.1832179af7cc

In case you are wondering why Stan Lee was important, here's his column from

the December 1970 issues of Marvel Comics. He was editor-in-chief then and this would have appeared on the letters page of every Marvel Comic.

Matthew Whitaker is a crackpot

The acting attorney general of the United States is a crackpot.

Matthew G. Whitaker, installed in the job by President Trump to replace Jeff Sessions, was asked in 2014, during an ill-fated run in the Republican senatorial primary in Iowa, about the worst decisions in the Supreme Courtís history. Whitakerís answer, to an Iowa blog called Caffeinated Thoughts, was chilling.

ďThere are so many,Ē he replied. ďI would start with the idea of Marbury v. Madison. Thatís probably a good place to start and the way itís looked at the Supreme Court as the final arbiter of constitutional issues. Weíll move forward from there. All New Deal cases that were expansive of the federal government. Those would be bad. Then all the way up to the Affordable Care Act and the individual mandate.Ē

Reasonable people can differ over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Maybe thereís some space to debate the New Deal-era cases that cemented the authority of the regulatory state. But Marbury? This is lunacy. For any lawyer ó certainly for one now at the helm of the Justice Department ó to disagree with Marbury is like a physicist denouncing the laws of gravity.

More the Washington Post's Ruth Marcus at


I like her conclusion:

Marbury was wrong. Religious tests for judges. If you thought the big worry about Whitaker was how he would handle special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, that might be just the beginning.

Trump's acting attorney general: Judges should be Christian with a "biblical view of justice"

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, Trump's replacement for fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, thinks that if you're not Christian, you shouldn't be a federal judge. Judges should be "people of faith" and need to have a ďbiblical view of justice," and Whitaker would like to see a person's "world view," because if they have a secular world view, he'd be "very concerned with how they judge."

Whitaker revealed his ignorance with these remarks during a 2014 conservative forum while vying for the Republican US Senate nomination in Iowa.

The takeaway from this: According to the acting Attorney General of the United States, if you're open-minded, don't be a judge.

More at:

Another day, another mass shooting

Hey Floyd, Remember if 4 out of 5 people suffer from depression,

that means the 5th one enjoys it.

Sorry, gotta agree with Bugs Bunny on this one

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