“Donald Trump is the literal opposite of Fred Rogers.”
I posted that earlier to my facebook feed, and I’ll be honest… When I did it I was kind of hoping it would encourage my friend who studied the life of Fred Rogers extensively to chime in because I knew he would have something pertinent to say. I was not wrong.
“Fred Rogers had such a huge problem with both Regan (who he programmed his show against) and Bush Jr. (The latter of which is much more complicated as they had a relationship that tested Fred’s boundaries.) that I can’t say “I can’t imagine how Fred would react” I know how Fred would react based on his interactions with the lesser evils of Reagan and Bush:
1. Had he not been retired, he would have themed weeks specifically against what Trump was putting in the news cycle. When Trump mocked a disabled reporter he’d have a week on disability and inclusion, when Trump promoted sexual assault, he’d program a week on respect and physical boundaries, when he bad mouthed women he’d have strong women on for a week. Fred would have travelled to do a week on Mexico and he would have moved in an Islamic neighbor.
I know this for a fact because these are the actions he took with Regan both with his “conflict weeks” and his traveling to Russia for remotes during the Cold War.
2. Fred would have attended events Trump invited him to but he would do so on his terms. He would participate in these events as well as long as it was on his terms. Because Fred would rather speak truth into those spaces then avoid them. But Fred would not accuse, he would just bear truth, refuse to be seen as supporting an evil and exit.
This is what he did to respond to the love the Bush family had for him and his work. He even offered prayer at one of their fundraisers: but it was a challenging prayer, one insisting that those in power and privilege use that for the least of these and especially children. After delivering that prayer Fred exited the building and sat outside like a kid after soccer practice waiting for his ride, spurning the thousands of dollars a plate dinner not even gladhanding with the bushes after.
When asked why he said he had reached the limit of what he could do before becoming an accuser. He wanted to challenge but never accuse as accusation was what Fred associated with the devil.
3. Fred would accept invitations to news programs when those programs allowed him to educate parents on countering the negative things coming from the president for their children. He knew those things affected children so he wanted to spread tools on helping them reject war, violence, hatred, oppression and racism.
He did this during any presidents term if it didn’t prevent him from meeting an obligation to children (he once turned down a spot on Nightline to talk about violence and children, one of his main causes, because he had a visit to an elementary school that same morning and knew he wouldn’t be mentally present for it if he was planning for Nightline in the afternoon.)
So we need to be like Fred. Getting in between children and any normalization of Trumps ways or words. Fred would have been diligently working on how to handle Trump in the land of make believe. Just like when King Friday started building nuclear bombs with money he promised to schools. Yeah Fred wasn’t subtle.” - Rev. Kevin Ireland
claudia henderson was once dropping dustin off at the wheelers’ house when she “accidentally” drove her car into their front yard and ran over their reagan/bush sign and then she looked dustin directly in the eye and said “direct action”
A Guide to Why the Trump-Republican Tax Plan is a Disgrace (for When you Confront Your Republican Uncle Bob During the Holidays)
Here are the 3 main Republican arguments in favor of the Republican tax plan, followed by the truth.
1. It will make American corporations competitive with foreign corporations, which are taxed at a lower rate.
(1) American corporations now pay an effective rate (after taking deductions and tax credits) that’s just about the same as most foreign based corporations pay.
(2) Most of these other countries also impose a “Value Added Tax” on top of the corporate tax.
(3) When we cut our corporate rate from 35% to 20%, other nations will cut their corporate rates in order to be competitive with us – so we gain nothing anyway.
(4) Most big American corporations who benefit most from the Republican tax plan aren’t even “American.” Over 35 percent of their shareholders are foreign (which means that by cutting corporate taxes we’re giving a big tax cut to those foreign shareholders). 20 percent of their employees are foreign, while many Americans work for foreign-based corporations.
(5) The “competitiveness” of America depends on American workers, not on “American” corporations. But this tax plan will make it harder to finance public investments in education, health, and infrastructure, on which the future competitiveness of American workers depends.
(6) American corporations already have more money than they know what to do with. Their profits are at record levels. They’re using them to buy back their shares of stock, and raise executive pay. That’s what they’ll do with the additional $1 trillion they’ll receive in this tax cut.
2. With the tax cut, big corporations and the rich will invest and create more jobs.
(1) Job creation doesn’t trickle down. After Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush cut taxes on the top, few jobs and little growth resulted. America cut taxes on corporations in 2004 in an attempt to get them to bring their profits home from abroad, and what happened? They didn’t invest. They just bought up more shares of their own stock, and increased executive pay.
(2) Companies expand and create jobs when there’s more demand for their goods and services. That demand comes from customers who have the money to buy what companies sell. Those customers are primarily the middle class and poor, who spend far more of their incomes than the rich. But this tax bill mostly benefits the rich.
(3) At a time when the richest 1 percent already have 40 percent of all the wealth in the country, it’s immoral to give them even more – especially when financed partly by 13 million low-income Americans who will lose their health coverage as a result of this tax plan (according to the Congressional Budget Office), and by subsequent cuts in safety-net programs necessitated by increasing the deficit by $1.5 trillion.
3. It will give small businesses an incentive to invest and create more jobs.
(1) At least 85 percent of small businesses earn so little they already pay the lowest corporate tax rate, which this plan doesn’t change.
(2) In fact, because the tax plan bestows much larger rewards on big businesses, they’ll have more ability to use predatory tactics to squeeze small firms and force them out of business.
Don’t let your Uncle Bob be fooled: Republicans are voting for this because their wealthy patrons demand it. Their tax plan will weaken our economy for years – reducing demand, widening inequality, and increasing the national debt by at least $1.5 trillion over the next decade.
Shame on the greedy Republican backers who have engineered this. Shame on Trump and the Republicans who have lied to the public about its consequences.
On the 27th, now co-bylined, the story was ready for upper
management: Bannon and Larry Solov, Breitbart’s press-shy CEO. It was
also ready, on a separate email chain, for another read and round of
comments from the white nationalist Saucier, the feudalist Yarvin, the
neo-Nazi Weev, and Vox Day.
“I need to go thru this tomorrow in
depth…although I do appreciate any piece that mentions evola,” Bannon
wrote. On the 29th, in an email titled “steve wants you to read this,”
Marlow sent Yiannopoulos a list of edits and notes Bannon had solicited
from James Pinkerton, a former Reagan and George H.W. Bush staffer and a
contributing editor of the American Conservative. The 59-year-old
Pinkerton was put off by a cartoon of Pepe the Frog conducting the Trump
“I love art,” he wrote inline. “I think [Breitbart News
Network] needs a lot more of it, but I don’t get the above. Frogs?
Kermit? Am I missing something here?”
Later that day, Breitbart
published “An Establishment Conservative’s Guide to the Alt-Right.” It
quickly became a touchstone, cited in the New York Times, the Los
Angeles Times, the New Yorker, CNN, and New York Magazine, among others.
And its influence is still being felt. This past July, in a speech in
Warsaw that was celebrated by the alt-right, President Trump echoed a line from the story
— a story written by a “brown-sounding” amanuensis, all but line-edited
by a white nationalist, laundered for racism by Breitbart’s editors,
and supervised by the man who would in short order become the
president’s chief strategist.
The machine had worked well.
It hadn’t always been so easy.
November, Yiannopoulos emailed Bannon with a bone to pick. Breitbart
London reported that a London college student behind a popular social
justice hashtag had threatened the anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller.
story is horseshit and we should never have published it,” Yiannopoulos
wrote. “Reckless and stupid. … Strongly recommend we pull. it’s
insanely defamatory. I spoke to pamela geller and even she said it was
rubbish. We’re outright lying about this girl and surely we’re better
than that. We can and should win by telling the truth.”
Six minutes later, Bannon wrote back to his tech editor in a fury. “Your [sic]
full of shit. When I need your advice on anything I will ask. … The
tech site is a total clusterfuck—meaningless stories written by
juveniles. You don’t have a clue how to build a company or what real
content is. And you don’t have long to figure it out or your [sic] gone. … You are magenalia [sic].”
clarified to BuzzFeed News in a statement that she believed it was
“rubbish” that the London university characterized the threats against
her as “fake.”)
On December 8, the New York Times published a major story about the
radicalization of American Muslims on Facebook. Yiannopoulos published a
story called “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy.”
That afternoon, Bannon emailed Yiannopoulos and Marlow.
r in a global existentialist war where our enemy EXISTS in social media
and u r jerking yourself off w/ marginalia!!!! U should be OWNING this
conversation because u r everything they hate!!! Drop your toys, pick up
your tools and go help save western civilization.”
“Message received,” Yiannopoulos wrote back. “I will do a Week of Islam next week.”
don’t need that,” Bannon responded. “Just get in the fight—ur Social
Media and they have made it a powerful weapon of war. … There is no war
correspondent in the west yet dude and u can own it and be remember for 3
generations–or sit around wasting your God-given talents jerking off
to your fan base.”
Over the next several months, Yiannopoulos
began to find the right targets. First it was a continued attack on
Shaun King, the writer and Black Lives Matter activist whose ethnicity
Yiannopoulos had called into question. Next it was then–Yahoo CEO
Marissa Mayer, who Bannon called in an email to Yiannopoulos the “poster
child for the narcissistic ecosystem.”
And increasingly it was
enemies of Donald Trump. In response to a Yiannopoulos pitch accusing a
prominent Republican opponent of Trump of being a pill-popper, Bannon
wrote: “Dude!!! LMAO! … Epic.” And Bannon signed off on an April story
by Yiannopoulos imploring #NeverTrumpers to get on board with “Trump and
the alt-right.” (Bannon did, however, veto making it the lead story on
the site, writing to Yiannopoulos and Marlow, “Looks like we have our
thumb on the scale.”)
this story is a bit gossipy but it’s nice to know just how tight all these figures are (and how many are from the supposedly “liberal” media)
They were. Just like they were offensive when George W. Bush was President. And,
when Bill Clinton was President. And, George H.W. Bush. And, Ronald Reagan, etc.
It’s just that people didn’t want to listen when people tried to have a
reasonable debate. To discuss the issue without screaming. It took protests, and
things like Charlottesville, and Colin Kaepernick, and a hundred other marches
and actions to get people thinking, “Hey, maybe this is about more than just
some guy kneeling during the National Anthem.”
the world isn’t changed by people who whisper. It’s too easy to ignore when
people try to be reasonable.
[Transcription of Twitter thread by @alexandraerin:] Alright, babies. I got my drink on and I got my think on, and so here’s the thing I want us all to remember.
Paul Ryan didn’t stand around a keg predicting he’d dismantle Medicare. He planned on it.
I point this out because I’m going to talk about how we get out of this mess, and I know I’m going to get a bunch of people asking me: “Do you really think that will happen?”
No. No, I do not think it will happen.
Because I’m not making predictions.
I’m making plans.
Whether they pass this monstrosity tonight or not, we are going to nail them to the fudging wall they keep threatening to build with it in 2018 and 2020. We’re going to be so mad and we’ll turn out so hard their voter suppression schemes won’t be enough to save them.
And when we have removed their majorities in Congress and taken Trump out of our White House, we are going after his judges. We’re going to call them the tainted judges. We’re going to put an asterisk by every decision they make.
We’re going to fund the appeals of anyone who is found guilty or has an appeal denied under the tainted judges. We’re going to challenge their legitimacy at every turn, because they were appointed illegitimately.
Until the day that Gorsuch resigns in shame, we’re going to call the Supreme Court “the Star Chamber”, because it’s got an asterisk on it.
We’re going to get journalists to do it, too. The old guard won’t, but the new guard is moving in. Citizen-journalists making a name for themselves. And hey, there are vacancies in some top positions right now, which will create more openings in the ranks. I bet more are coming.
An alternative view on Will not being ‘canonly’ gay: an analysis
Yo everyone. This has spoilers so I’m gonna do the line break thingo majig BUT I think it’s super important that we remember a few things about the context of ST before we start to get mad that Will isn’t ‘canonly’ gay. PLEASE READ. Spoilers below the link.