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Guilded Lilly

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Posted by Guilded Lilly | Sun Dec 24, 2017, 01:10 PM (7 replies)

I juggle sadness and anger. Franken fought hard to get to the

place where he could be a warrior for liberal and Democratic beliefs. His fights were dedicated, determined and successful without the ultra drama of flashier, pandering egomaniacs.

Republicans targeted his seat because they saw a potential “opening” and vulnerability and the added perk of bringing down a former member of SNL was just too much to resist. We all know Republicans haven’t got an iota of humor or wit but shitloads of vengeance agenda and soulless plotting.

Also, because the insidious hideousness of sexual harassment is finally and successfully being addressed, they saw an opportunity to use that as well.

The initial allegation against Franken was an insulting embarrassment and disservice to the millions of women who ARE victimized and targeted, and after the flurry of “fifteen minutes of fame”, the woman’s victimization could be seen for what it was, a hit job. In this climate of “The Stupid” and reality show mentality ratings obsession it was a breeze to get tons of air time and Internet attention. Even so, Franken owned up to the embarrassment of a juvenile photo op and put himself squarely and honestly in the hands of a Senate’s ethics commitee investigation.

In this instance, the other pile-on allegations that weren’t cloaked by the sometimes sorely abused convenience of “anonymity” were lame at best~ and another outrageous disservice to the sufferings of true victims of abuse and predators , who genuinely guard their privacy and lives with sound reasons.

The Perfect Storm of political opportunity to attack.

And then his fellow/Pal/co-worker/friend Democrat Senators stepped up to bring him totally down. Jaysus, how eager they were. And in this woman’s eyes, how easily and predictably manipulated they were when in the “name” of the high road (Which Republicans never travel) they denied a fair and honest chance for Al Franken to challenge the allegations, face his accusers, openly investigate all and accept their findings, with total co-operation.
(Accusers who miraculously drifted off into the convenient land of nothingness immediately)
Et tu, Democrats?

The Republicans quietly and smugly smiled. Check off another easy target. Democrats administered the final shot to the head. Our own head.

Now plot to take that seat, Republicans!

We lose a warrior and my juggling act continues.
Posted by Guilded Lilly | Fri Dec 22, 2017, 07:01 AM (2 replies)

Senator Frankens last speech today in the Senate


Senator Franken- last speech in the Senate

Beyond sad/frustrated/angry.
We are losing a warrior, unfairly denied due process
Posted by Guilded Lilly | Thu Dec 21, 2017, 04:34 PM (5 replies)

Senator Al Frankens last speech before the Senate.

Source: Al Franken

Al Franken’s last speech before the Senate.

Read more: https://www.facebook.com/senatoralfranken/videos/1602947769791099/

Telling it like it is.
Posted by Guilded Lilly | Thu Dec 21, 2017, 12:06 PM (10 replies)

Return to the Light

From the darkest, longest of days, step towards the light.

Posted by Guilded Lilly | Thu Dec 21, 2017, 09:28 AM (0 replies)

One womans opinion: People are the real problem, not the medium the use to communicate...

With every pro, there is a likely con. Both can be powerful.

Bottom line, no matter how enabling to dangerous ignorance and damaging incivility social media has been to our culture, it has also allowed us to communicate.

It has brought families and friends separated by miles, instantly reachable. It has given us the immeasurable ability to meet and develop personal communications with people we would never have met just by walking out of our doors. It has given us the open hallways to knowledge and advocacy and having our voices heard.

The problem and faults will always lie within the individual’s ability to act decently.

That obviously can be a huge problem. And very ugly.

But the potential and power of turning that behavior into or towards something more productive and beneficial to all must still be the defining factor.
Posted by Guilded Lilly | Sat Dec 16, 2017, 12:32 PM (1 replies)

With the permeating infection of soulless thugs in the Republican Congress and

Statewide gerrymandering, billionaire bros and co., etc., yeah , frighteningly, Robinson has a very valid point. And never forget, Russia.

When men without morals, men without decency, men without an ounce of human compassion and integrity have obscene money and power, the outlook can be devastating.

Before these men drenched and soaked bone-deep in treachery die out (so far they cannot buy immortality) and become fodder for worms, a whole helluva lot of suffering and fighting will happen. They are legally making it much easier to pass their infected brains, money and agendas on to younger generations of men before they quit breathing and rot away.

Our war against them is going to be ...well I can’t even think of the words...before humanity triumphs, or at least maims them enough to hold them down under the rocks they should live under.

We need more fierce leaders with the same defiant, steely determination of the scores of millions of everyday “resisters”, but with more immediate power. Backbone, loyalty....fucking support for processes we still have in place to get to the truth and strengthen our “decency” core to shield us from multitudes of diversions.

Many of those diversions are serious stand alone issues and essential battles with massive generation and gender impact (#MeToo). Some diversions involve defending the literal earth we walk on and air we breathe. Some threaten our children and the strong health we need to fight their battles as well as our own.

And then there is the purposeful enabling of The Stupid to contend with daily.

Nothing about this insidious war is going to be in the least bit easy. Screw ups will be exploited brutally.

Sadly, this week was not a notch in the win column for our “Force”. That really sucked. It was in the same life-disbelief-wtf column as election night though further down the hideous list.

It is nightmarish to have to wait while things outside of our daily control are going down behind the scenes. It is enough to give us all literal heart attacks realizing that these findings just may not be enough. Dumbfounding, but nothing so far about the abject indecency and moronic ignorance of the Cretin has made enough of a difference.

Herculean, yup.
Goddess strength, oh, hell, yeah.
But it hasn’t stopped us, yet.
The eventual success will be ten times as satisfying as the agony is debilitating.


Posted by Guilded Lilly | Sat Dec 9, 2017, 09:38 AM (1 replies)

Childhood Lessons, Sen. Franken and Surviving this Political Nightmare

I was asked by another DUer as well as a lurker friend to create this as a separate thread. Pardons to those who read this post elsewhere but today is a huge deal. We are in genuine trouble as a party.

Childhood lessons: When I was nine, my father died of a cancer that now, is quite
curable. I sadly remember very little about him, as he was on the road carving out a living during the week and only home on weekends...but one thing he would always say was “if you are going to kill someone, kill them with kindness.”
Good, high road words, right? I lived those words and raised my children on them.
I struggle with that now, to an extent. There are nuances. Serious nuances.

My mother used to say over and over, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Again, good, high road words. Until you realize that in some instances, by saying nothing enables disgusting lies and hideously foul behavior to flourish in people who have no morality or conscience. Again nuances.

Neither of these high road life lessons will work societally or mean enough unless you temper them with truth and accountability. Fairness Is the third lingering but essential factor.

Al Franken is facing a serious situation that, societally, MUST be addressed.

Long overdue and insidious, the gender-inbred disrespect of females is a real ongoing and deep seated societal problem. Sexual harassment of the vulnerable of any gender is a very serious problem. Exploitation and abuse of children is a heinous, monumental problem.

Don’t just address these problems with blanket high road morality. Find the truth behind the problem or actions. Take the time to investigate. When those truths come to light, demand accountability using those TRUTHS. And do so with fairness.

There IS a difference between someone who recognizes there is an unacceptable behavior they may have performed, seeks an open examination of that behavior, takes accountability when truth is discovered in a fair and level investigation and someone who defiantly ignores said behavior, denies any accountability and blames/vilifies the rest of the world with arrogance or ignorance.

People will lie. For all kinds of reasons. Perpetrators most certainly and even some victims. People will practice vile behavior or stupid behavior for all kinds of reasons. People will get away with anything and too much in the process while too little is done for the weaker or less powerful. Crappy people could succeed and stagnate and never improve. Better people will learn and grow. There is a difference.

Nothing about this very real and painful process will be easy or quick for any of us.

Until truth, accountability and fairness are parts of the solution- bad, even criminal behavior will flourish. High road mentality must be tempered with a demand for truth, accountability and fairness or it is just a stance without substance or solution.

In this specific instance, Al Franken has immediately requested and will co-operate with an ethics investigation seeking the truth. He has indicated he will take accountability for those discovered truths. Give that stance the fairness it deserves.

Or, in the process of demanding the high road without truth, accountability and fairness, the ignorant, hideous and arrogant WILL flourish.
Posted by Guilded Lilly | Thu Dec 7, 2017, 10:24 AM (0 replies)
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