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Hometown: Bawlmer, Murlind
Home country: United States
Current location: Trump Household
Member since: Wed Dec 6, 2017, 11:45 PM
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About Me

I love logic and respect feelings. My aspiration here is to engage in reasoned discourse. I believe that Truth Leaks. It may take the time span of a Grand Canyon to wear away at human deceit and denial, but truth always carves its own path.

Journal Archives

Two Parent Families ARE Better For Kids. . .

. . . But Right-Wing policies which lionize "traditional family values" don't help to create the stable homes that they claim to support.

[T]he problem isn’t a cultural rejection of marriage, or a nationwide feminist rejection of the nuclear family (I wish). Most people want to get married. The problem is that decades of largely conservative policy-making have fueled inequality, gutted the working class, left a generation of men isolated and under-employed and unmoored, impoverished families and made it harder for women to both control their own fertility and find suitable partners.


Woke up this morning to a little news alert on my phone.

Swiped the little icon to read, "White House offers shameless lie." I did NOT tap on the headline to open up that particular click bait. I did, however, ask myself, Which White House?

"You're Not Equal"

Posting the link to this article--which features a link to video content--here in this thread because I'm not techno-saavy enough to present the contents any other way.

There are over 4500 comments to this story and, of course, many of them are racist*. I didn't even watch the video content because I don't want the ugly images and words stamped on my brain. Just reading the story and many of the comments are so discouraging that I want a giant meteor to destroy the planet.

Okay, so I can be melodramatic. I need to remind myself that Black people face this kind of crap all the time and the number of them who want that meteor to swing by is probably on par with the statisical average of other ethnic groups, right? Seriously, at times like this, I try to remind myself of what Anne Frank wrote in her diary. She was in the midst of one of the worst "discriminatory episodes", (if you can call it that) in human history and she still believed in the basic goodness of humankind.

I tell myself that if someone in those circumstances can still hold onto hope, then I have no right to give up. All I can do is examine my own ideas and thinking process, treat people with decency and kindness and vote responsibily. Also, I come here to DU to remember that I am not alone is seeing through and condemning prejudice and discrimination of all kinds.

Apologies if this is a duplicate.



* They are also sort of stupid, but that just drags us into a chicken and egg philosophical rabbit hole, doesn't it?



Carlson, Heritage, Russia: Follow the money

Another offering from OnlySky:

This point here, is a clear indication that the American Right Wing doesn't respect traditional American values.


In 2022, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC, the annual political conference attended by American conservative activists and elected officials) took the rather bizarre and unexpected decision to set up shop, not in Pennsylvania or Texas, Ohio or North Carolina, but in Budapest, Hungary. This was bizarre for some fairly obvious reasons, meaning that “leading American conservatives who are supposedly deeply committed to the ideals of personal liberty, limited government, free markets, human dignity, and the like will be joining forces behind one of the most authoritarian and antisemitic heads of state in the world. “


The article's author zeroes in on the Heritage Foundation and its connection with Tucker Carlson.


If Heritage Foundation is directly funded by these Hungarian organizations, then the link from the dictator Putin, through fascistic autocrat Viktor Orban, to American politics is evident. But even without direct funding (something that might be hard to cast light upon), then the insidious influence is actually clearly there for the world to see anyway, moving from Russia through Hungary, and on via Heritage to CPAC and Tucker Carlson, and then onto the American public via Fox News and Elon Musk’s X.


There is a lot to unpack in this article, and it makes me more curious about Carlson's dismissal from Fox. Fox's viewership may have a different perspective about what makes for the American Ideal, but they are still very committed to the idea of American sovereignty. Was Tucker a little too close to selling us out in an overt act of treason?

(Oh, and if that seems like a leading question full of spurious speculation, please remember that no one deserves to be subjected to such bullshit as much as Tucker, "We're just asking", Carlson. )

This from OnlySky website. . .

. . . It's not completely new, but it articulates the issue clearly and succinctly.

For the Trump faithful, it comes down to plot armor.

The writer talks about being engaged with the "reality-based community" (RBC) versus those who put their focus into creating their own realities.

When you’ve spent a lifetime trying to figure out the real world around you, despite your own weaknesses and biases, it’s natural to assume that others are doing the same thing, just really badly.

That’s not what’s happening.

One of the defining features of the human mind is the continuous creation of what research psychologist Dan McAdams calls “narrative identity”—a coherent story into which we can comfortably embed ourselves. That process is inherently subjective. As much as we’d like to think of our senses and minds as faithful recorders of reality, it is never true. Every perception and data point passes through a subjective filter, and our identity emerges from that.


His discussion on "plot armor" really streamlined my grasp of what's at work in some people's minds.

Plot armor is present when you know an important character in a drama will survive a dangerous situation because they are needed for the plot to continue.

My son discovered this phenomenon at age nine, watching a lightsaber duel in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. “I hate these fights,” he said. “You know the good guy is going to win.” Maybe it’ll be magic, or luck, or the sudden appearance of the cavalry, or a bending of the laws of physics. One way or another, the necessary good guy will live.

That’s plot armor.

From the reality-based POV, it is beyond bizarre that 80% of white Evangelicals support Trump. But once you grasp narrative identity, it makes perfect sense. They are a people born and bred on the creation of preferred narratives that disregard inconvenient realities, narratives in which they are the good guys and they win. The reason Jesus couldn’t stay dead is the same reason Trump’s support will never drop below a certain floor: both are needed on set for the plot to continue to the cathartic fourth act.


Happy to recommend this article.

Support the Writers' and Actors' Strikes, but man, do I miss. . .

. . . Colbert, Meyers, Ruffin and Oliver!

I need them to narrow the focus of my free-ranging anxiety over current affairs. I need them to skewer and mock the public figures who are tearing us down and I need to hear the shared applause and laughter of the audience because it reminds me that I'm not alone.

Yes, these strikes are impacting many lives and those people's economic issues are far, FAR more important than my feelings of frustration and isolation. . . But, damn, I really do miss my late night hosts.

Ted Cruz Crap and My Not-At-All-Original Thoughts

Ted Cruz response to Georgia indictments: "I'm pissed...We've never once indicted a former president...This is disgraceful...It is an abuse of power by angry Democrats who've decided the rule of law doesn't matter anymore."

Senator, if we didn't believe in the Rule of Law, there wouldn't be any indictments. We would be storming the walls of Mar-a-Lago and threatening bodily harm to Trump and his cabal of toadies.

As for abusing power, this is an example of wielding power in a sane and sober manner. It only seems like abuse because someone other than yourself has the power in this situation. Your preference is for all power to reside in Republican hands. Your people are the ones who are angry because large swaths of the American public are using every available legal means to maintain power over their lives and destinies.

The guy who tweeted this definitely gets it:



CNN: TRUMP INDICTED

MSNBC: TRUMP INDICTED

CSPAN: TRUMP INDICTED

The Weather Channel: TRUMP INDICTED

Fox News: Is Hunter Biden really a hunter?

"You will get violence": Leading democracy expert says Trump is not runnng to win election.

We are witnessing Trump telling America that if he doesn't get his way — regardless of democratic norms like elections or the rule of law — then you will get violence.


Donald Trump isn't playing a game based on democracy's rules.


A clear and level-headed examination of what is really at stake can be found in this exchange discussing the work of democracy expert Trygve Olson.

Here is a comment under a Youtube Video discussing the Barbie movie.

" . . . it was NEVER about telling men “they’re enough” it about telling men they’re nothing and trying to get increase the male suicide rates!!!!!! and if they can do that then everyone involved in this movie and their fans INCLUDING YOU will be happy!!!!!!!!"

Mind you, there was a little back and forth between commentors before this person burst forth with their particular deranged expostulation, so maybe-- just maybe-- I'm not presenting this person in a completely fair light. But, Oh, My Goddess!* Is there some form of physical existance that is even more fragile than a snowflake? 'Cause this sorry little soul qualifies.

So, the Barbie Movie exists to encourage male suicide. . . Even Tucker Carlson wouldn't have tried to sell that conspiracy.



* Notice how I constrained myself to just the one exclamation mark?
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