Resistance, Kalamazoo Style

Flushed with triumphalism, and following in the footsteps of minions throughout history, last week the Kalamazoo GOP put up a billboard just down the street from me celebrating the person of their Dear Leader and promoting his slogan.

It lasted less than a week before some good person made the necessary adjustments.

FYI Kalamazoo’s GOP party has also brought us Rep. Fred Upton, slimy heir to the Whirlpool appliance / outsourcing fortune, and one of the worst of the worst.

Lots of weekend news to keep discussing, so let’s open a thread.

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    Tilda Swintons Bald Cap says:

    Remember when Republicans kept telling us what a horrible dictator Obama was ? Good times, good times.

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    Lavocat says:

    Celebrating vandalism is not something to be proud about, regardless of the thing being vandalized. Better to sponsor a dueling billboard than to deface this one. Imagine for a moment that the image of Trump is the image of Obama. Let’s not sink so low.

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    MomSense says:

    Here’s what I wonder sometimes. Is trump’s incompetence what saves us or gets us all killed? He’s a total wildcard.

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    Hillary Rettig says:

    @Lavocat: i can’t object too much. one problem is that billboard companies are consolidated like other media so it would be hard to get a true progressive billboard up.

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    comrade scotts agenda of rage says:

    Like so many of us are relating, my center-left, politically quiet wife of a gazillion years wants to chuck it all in and become and activist. One by product of that is she now watches some cable news (I stopped watching close to a decade ago) and listens to NPR with the same kind of analytical ear I used before I swore off them several years back.

    What amazed me were the two late afternoon/early evening news ladies on CNN over the weekend. Good lord, they pushed back, they asked tough questions, they followed up. They did everything Villager media *never* does.

    We’ll see how long it lasts.

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    comrade scotts agenda of rage says:

    @Hillary Rettig:

    I dunno. Living here in the billboard capital of ‘Murka (Misery), my sense is if you have money to blow on signage, any billboard company will accommodate you.

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    dogwood says:

    When you get 600 protesters at the Boise airport things are moving rapidly. But to be fair, as an Idaho resident, Boise isn’t really a crazy right wing place. It’s a great little city.

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    Huh, Trump really has small hands, doesn’t he.

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    rikyrah says:

    The people at the airports boosted my spirits this weekend.

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    Spanky says:

    Associated Press

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google has created a crisis fund that could raise up to $4 million for four immigrant rights organizations.

    Google has confirmed that it is funding an initial $2 million for the fund that can be matched with up to $2 million in donations from employees. The money will go toward the American Civil Liberties Union, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the International Rescue Committee and the U.N. Refugee Agency.

    Company executives are also donating separately to the effort.

    Google says in a statement that it’s concerned about the impact President Donald Trump’s order to temporarily suspend immigration from seven Muslim majority nations will have on the company’s employees and their families.

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    rikyrah says:

    Trump’s newest national security moves labeled ‘stone cold crazy’
    01/30/17 09:20 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, reviewed Donald Trump’s new directive on the White House’s National Security Council, and felt compelled to issue a candid assessment. “This is a ‘Holy Crap’ moment,” the congressman said.

    Under the circumstances, it’s hard to argue with Larsen’s conclusion. The New York Times reported:

    [T]he defining moment for [Chief White House Strategist Stephen] Bannon came Saturday night in the form of an executive order giving the rumpled right-wing agitator a full seat on the “principals committee” of the National Security Council – while downgrading the roles of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence, who will now attend only when the council is considering issues in their direct areas of responsibilities.

    It is a startling elevation of a political adviser, to a status alongside the secretaries of state and defense, and over the president’s top military and intelligence advisers.

    Sure, Trump’s national security team was already something of a mess. National Security Advisor Michael Flynn clearly has no business holding his current post; his deputy is even less qualified; and the person the president tapped to oversee NSC communications was forced to resign.

    But this takes the problems to a whole new level. Susan Rice, who served as one of President Obama’s National Security Advisors, described Trump’s move as “stone cold crazy,” which also seems more than fair.

    Putting the former head of a right-wing website on the White House’s National Security Council is bonkers. Putting him on the National Security Council while removing the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence is so plainly crazy that no one has been able to present a coherent defense.

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    rikyrah says:


    The senate is three votes short of blocking Betsy DeVos. If you live in ME, TN, AK, GA, UT, NC, WY, LA, KS, SC, or KY, call your senators.

    — Thomas Pluck (@thomaspluck) January 29, 2017

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    Wag says:

    @comrade scotts agenda of rage:

    My wife is undergoing a similar transformation. It is a thing of beauty.

    And I’ve been thrilled to hear NPR calling out Trumps lies on a daily basis, just as I’ve been excited to see the NYT and the WaPo doing the same in print.

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    Hillary Rettig says:

    @rikyrah: Mine, too! And they probably boosted their own spirits, too! We picked someone up from Detroit airport yesterday and saw the protesters arrive and they looked galvanized and great.

    My favorite sign was one John retweeted, “First they came for the Muslims, and we said no fucking way.”

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    dww44 says:

    @MomSense: I said something similar to my spouse last evening. “If his policies don’t turn off his supporters, then perhaps the sheer incompetence of his administration will provided it doesn’t kill us all.” If this past weekend’s events don’t point the way, I don’t know what will. He and the evils and weasels inside the WH are not likely to be ever tamed by the saner ones who won’t be on site. God help us too that he’s put Bannon on the National Security team.

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    Spanky says:

    It has always seemed that CNN’s website is more fair and balanced (for realz) than the TV version.

    Darker moments in history

    But the targeting of nations that are overwhelmingly Muslim recalls some of the darker moments of American history when individuals or groups were singled out for special scrutiny.

    Only time will tell if Trump’s travel ban comes to be regarded in the same light as the Alien and Sedition Acts signed into law by President John Adams in the late 18th century, which made it easier to deport foreigners and imposed restrictions on new immigrants.

    Other historic parallels could include the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the witch hunts by Senator Joseph McCarthy against alleged communists in politics and the arts in the 1950s.

    The whole front page – titled “Turning Point” at the moment – runs anti-ban, anti-Trump.

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    rikyrah says:

    Americans Think Trump Will Be an Awful President
    by Peregrine Frissell
    January 28, 2017 5:00 PM

    Progressives are still hungover after the surreal election that catapulted Donald J. Trump to the presidency, but here’s some limited solace: Americans aren’t confident in the capabilities of our new commander-in-chief.

    Public Policy Polling released a report on Thursday showing how low the expectations are for the new president—Americans suspect nearly every president over the last half-century will go down as more popular than President Trump. He’s only expected to outperform Richard Nixon, the man who made Watergate possible and ran the country armed with a lexicon of his own racial epithets.

    Of those polled, 46 percent had a negative opinion of Trump, “historically awful numbers for a newly elected President,” notes the report.

    The low expectations for Trump’s presidency stem from both the general unpopularity of his agenda, as well as the continued divisiveness and unpredictability of a leader who has a bad penchant for sending out cryptic tweets laced with fringe conspiracy theories. Public Policy Polling found that:

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    Hillary Rettig says:

    @Wag: Everyone give a listen or look (and a few bucks). The best, most honest, most in-depth news!

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    Yarrow says:

    They missed an opportunity to add two more K’s in front of “KGOP.”

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    Elizabelle says:

    @rikyrah: Good morning.

    Those poll respondents are not fair to Nixon. RMN was a far better president.

    Am guessing Trump will even surpass Warren G. Harding, who at least had the grace to die while in office.

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    Spanky says:

    @Wag: My wife has explicitly told me NOT to tell her anything that Trump’s been up to. She just doesn’t want to hear about it. But I can tell ….

    The girl who defied her parents’ wish to put her in a private school when Richmond VA schools integrated in the 60s and got bussed to a 97% AA school is still in there. Pressure’s building and she’s gonna blow, probably sooner than later. Then we’re gonna have some fun!

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    Woodrowfan says:

    @Elizabelle: and Harding was actually kind of a nice guy. Dumb as a bag of rocks, but not an asshole…

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    dogwood says:

    Comparing Trump to any other president is a fool’s errand. He has no redeeming qualities as a human being.

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    Central Planning says:

    What’s the process for vetting people that apply for visas? RWNJ at the gym this morning said that we don’t do anything. You want a visa? You got one. Hard to argue that when you don’t know what the process is.

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    chopper says:


    Celebrating vandalism is not something to be proud about

    fuck that shit. this is fucking fascism we’re dealing with here.

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    SNoopy says:

    I’m going to file this one with KitKat bars and Nazi-punching: things that I shouldn’t like, but secretly do.

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    The Other Bob says:


    I prefer the celebration of good old-fashioned violence against Nazis.

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    Shana says:

    @comrade scotts agenda of rage: I’ve been a member of the same book group for about 16 years. Most of the women are Democrats but no one’s particularly active outside of voting. After the election several of them have contacted me asking “What can we do going forward? Can we all get together and discuss how to resist?” We’re trying to find a date most of us (and husbands) can meet, but I’ve sent out our Congressman’s contact info as well as our Senators, with phone numbers. I’ve told them that they need to call, repeatedly, and voice their opinions. It really makes a difference. Calls are logged by the offices, emails are read. While all of ours are Democrats – Connolly, Kaine and Warner – they need to hear from us to keep their spines stiffened and know their constituents have their backs. They’ve been skeptical – “Does it really make a difference?” – and I keep telling them it does.

    The other thing I’ve told them is to speak up while involved in other activities, their churches, their civic groups, their volunteer groups. I feel we need to find our allies outside of the traditional Dem-leaning places. It helps other folks who may have thought they were the only Dems involved in an organization as well as demystifying us to Rs or R-leaning folks. They already know you from your work and time in the organization, you’re not the caricature they may have believed.

    It’s a start.

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    Captain C says:

    @Lavocat: Your concern is noted.

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    Adria McDowell (formerly Lurker Extraordinaire says:

    I have a friend in the military who almost didn’t make his flight overseas due to protestors giving him a hard time getting through. This was at Sea-Tac.

    Thing is, he’s really liberal, but impeding him from catching his flight is not a way to win support (and he is supportive of the cause). I’m hoping the focus is on Drumpf and CBP, not random people and military personnel.

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    Glidwrith says:

    Hmmm. Look closely at that thumb’s up. He can’t get the thumb higher and the fist isn’t closed. Coupled with some images of him signing things, I don’t think he can. I tink he’s got arthritis.

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    The Simp in the Suit says:

    @Lavocat: Lighten up, Francis.

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    Glen Scofield says:

    @rikyrah: I suppose that you’d prefer the former head of a left-wing website? Your hypocrisy is sickening!

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