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I haven’t really read up on the women President Trump preyed upon. I just figured when it got to five accusers I knew all I needed to know, and that number would more than triple within days. Jessica Leeds has been interviewed before, but this is the first time I’ve listened to her. The story is fascinating – not just what happened, but how a letter to the editor sprang her into the national spotlight. She really comes across not just as believable, but impressive in her depth as well as integrity. I challenge anybody to listen to her and tell me that she’s lying.

The interview begins about 25 minutes or so into the video.

Link to story.

Oh, and please, please – somebody bring up Lou Dobbs’s bulls— stunt.  Make my day!

And where’s that defamation suit Trump promised?




Guess what we’re going to talk about?

7:00 as always.

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Since Doug Jones’s historic and unexpected win was declared last night a number of posts have crossed my timeline along the lines of “so they managed to not elect a child molester, whoopie,” to “Well we owe gratitude to the black voters, no thanks to the white voters.”

In other words the voters of Alabama (and no, the black voters, as amazing as their turnout and unity were, could not have done it alone in a state in which 26 percent of the residents and 30 percent of yesterday’s voters were black) handed progressives an amazing unlikely win, and we’re still judging them because they do not perceive and think the way we do.

I intend to write something longer another time, but this just indicates to me a huge necessity for progressives to occasionally wander outside of our echo chambers and give up the attitudes which helped Trump to power and which enable our own representatives to use phrases like “basket of deplorables” and not understand why that hurts. It indicates that secular culture is oblivious to the perceptions of religious culture – we refer to evangelical culture as “the American Taliban” not realizing how inaccurate it is, but also not realizing the ways in which it IS accurate.

There are communities, and people in our own communities, who see the universe (not just the world) on completely different terms, and we’re so busy patting ourselves on our collective backs for how forward thinking we are, that we just don’t have a concept that others are operating from a different cultural context, and looking at the world from a different lens. The guy on NPR yesterday morning who saw voting for a likely child molester as a lesser evil to the “genocide of the unborn” he sees associated with Doug Jones isn’t evil. He’s wrong, and the implications of his beliefs on the liberty of women and other concerns are huge, and we have to oppose him politically. But we do not have to frame his beliefs as motivated by a desire to maintain power over women. Nor do we have to adjudge his vote as one motivated by feelings of white superiority. We cannot read his mind. We can only hear his words. And then we do what we have to politically. And we really need to make damn sure that we understand that the opposition to abortion and other “social issues” as the media like to refer them is hardly limited to the white working class.

And we need to toss the phrase “white working class.”

There were enough white people in the state, mostly working class, who either changed their vote or simply abstained from voting, to turn the tide against Moore and what he represents. We need to embrace the moment and those who set aside the angry agenda long enough to act sensibly – sensibly on our terms. For a moment, they thought like us. And now, all over social media, and God knows where else, we want to start punishing them all over again because they think and perceive differently from us. Because they are the “white working class.”

There are people who have not had the opportunity to take your ethnic woman’s studies class in college. They have probably never heard the word “intersectionalism.” But they are not stupid. They know you judge them and possibly on a certain level of justification, they feel that you hate them. But I’m going to say this now, and I will repeat it in the future: There can be no intersectionalism without class. Do you want to keep losing ground? Keep judging them.

I mean, look at the map.  Yes, Moore is ahead, but hardly anything in Montgomery has been counted.  Less than 1/4 of Birmingham and the surrounding areas.  And it looks like much of the rural areas have been counted.  Doesn’t look like Trump had much of an effect in Mobile.  We could be looking at a huge progressive win in one of the reddest states in the country!

Still, Moore is up by 5.  I’ll feel better when that changes.

Addendum:  Moore up by 8 percent now, but still lots of Birmingham, Mobile, and Montgomery to count.  And Jones is winning in Madison County!

Second addendum:  Spread is back down to 5 when some Birmingham results came in.  Okay, I’m walking away from the screen for awhile!

Third addendum:  Jones just took the lead!  86 percent counted.

Final addendum:  AP just called it for Jones!!!!

I think I took this a couple of years ago.  Just came upon it in my stash while looking for something else.



Regarding the Andrew Hamer settlement.

I will look into the availability of the second video.

About as succinct as it gets.

I’ll post some stories, but I’m sure you’ve all heard by now that Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI and is reportedly going to testify that Trump instructed him to contact Russians during the campaign.   When the story broke, Trump cancelled a photo-op and went into hiding.  In surreal fashion, the White House is now trying to blame Obama.

Let us not forget the famous speech at the RNC.  I guess he did his tenth, right?

Interesting story – much like Virginia.

Whether he was guilty or innocent had nothing to do with his immigration status. I happen to agree with the jury based upon my readings of the story. There was no evidence of a motive for murder. It was criminal negligence at best, and yeah, if I had just unwittingly shot off a gun I might instinctively throw it into the water. In any case, under the law he’s innocent and that San Francisco is a sanctuary city had nothing to do with the woman’s tragic death. That this case was exploited by haters only adds to the tragedy.

Full story.

Addendum:  Some facts you probably don’t know about the case – from a conservative source!


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