More from the #WomensMarch: Photos from BJ Jackals

A beautiful bunch, one and all!

From commentor JackMac:

About 2,000 people attended a march through downtown Rockford, Ill. last Saturday. My favorite sign from the day.


From commentor ST:

Portland, Oregon. Over 100,000 estimated attendees. Zero arrests, and security provided by some antifa as well as police. No black bloc!


From commentor Suzanne:

Phoenix. A great time was had by all!


From commentor Mandarama:

Here are some photos from the beautiful day we had here in Nashville, 15,000 strong at the Women’s March 2.0!

Mostly-lurker Mandarama (right) and lurker sister lattitudes (left), with our aunt in the middle. These are the back sides of our signs.

Our crew: my 13-year old son, aunt, me, and my sister.

Some of the best of Nashville.


From commentor PAM Dirac:

This is part of the crowd in Frederick, MD on Sunday. Filled up “the Creek”. Didn’t get a pic of my favorite sign: “I fix toys, dinner, and boo-boos. In Nov. I’ll fix Congress.”

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    I like how some of the March For Science messaging (thinking, facts, etc) is leaking into the much more visible Women’s March. I attended the Science march last year. The message was “policy should be evidence-based”. I’m not sure how much progress they’ve made on that front. I don’t think you’ll ever convince a GOP politician of that, so the only answer is more and better Democrats.

    Edit to add: That post came off more negative than I intended. I was really overjoyed to see the huge turnout for the Women’s March this weekend, and I am very optimistic about the Democratic Wave this fall, largely driven by newly-activist women.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    Lovely photos. Good to know that so many BJ commenters are active when it comes to the Resistance. Protest marches are great and now we can mobilize to take down the GOP and flip Congress.

    P.S. Go Mueller!!

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    zhena gogolia says:

    OT, the autoplay audio is very troublesome. It doesn’t even stop when I turn off the audio on my computer.

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    JPL says:

    The signs made me smile, and thanks to all those who are standing up to the orange asshole.

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    @zhena gogolia: I’ve been shutting BJ down while I work on other stuff rather than leaving it open to check on.

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    donnah says:

    I had to work last Saturday, so I missed out on the Women’s March in Downtown Dayton. But my husband and his sister went, and they were thrilled to see more than the predicted 3500 attendees. They said the crowd was upbeat and energized.

    The local news had small coverage, and I wish it had gotten more exposure. We can’t engage more people in the voting process if they don’t feel the energy of resistance. It just occured to me that you can’t have “resistance” without a “stance”.

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    Timurid says:

    In other news, the GOP is tipping its hand on how it plans to welch on yesterday’s deal

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    Yarrow says:

    Those are some great signs! So inspiring that the Women’s Marches were so big again this year.

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    Amaranthine RBG says:

    Tons of great signs on dogs, too. Worth googling if you haven’t seen them.

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    Barbara says:

    @Timurid: No surprise that we will find ourselves back to the same place three weeks from now. Racist thugs control the House. Getting affirmative legislation out of the House requires someone, specifically, Paul Ryan, to care about something other than giving blow jobs to wealthy donors, something I would not hold my breath waiting for. Notwithstanding all that, there is no evidence in my view that shutting down the government does anything to make a positive resolution more likely. I wish it were otherwise but I will not wish myself into delusions of greater power than we actually have.

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    Jack McCarthy says:

    Hey Anne Laurie, thanks for running my photo! And I love all the images you’ve posted.

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    ruemara says:

    @Timurid: Not a shock. The fact that people need to be reminded of how depraved, craven and indifferent to human life they are, that’s why Dems are doing this.

    Congrats to all who marched. I was chained to a desk, working on my fellowship application script, so, glad to see everyone out.

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    Kinda off-topic, but those bastards at the Oscars totally snubbed Wonder Woman movie.

    By the by, they nominated Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for, like, Best Tree Sprout or something, but NOOOOOOOOO one of the most relevant cultural icons of the century doesn’t even get looked at for Best Costuming (FOR CHRIST’S SAKE! ALL THAT AMAZONIAN ARMOR! The Edwardian fashions of wartime Europe! DAMN THEM!).

    I’m also miffed Hugh Jackman didn’t get nominated for Best Actor in Logan. So yeah, I’m starting a riot.

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    Chat Noir says:

    Marched in St. Louis on Saturday. Great crowd, great signs, and the same determined vibe as last year. The resistance is still strong and hopeful.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Timurid: My guess is the House will forward something like the appalling draft that was circulating last week from that vile asshole Goodlatte and fellow travelers. It was probably too punitive to pass the Senate — it reduced eligibility drastically, did not provide a path to citizenship and basically reduced Dreamers to “indentured servant” status by levying fees and fines. That’s the pile of shit the Senate is going to have to reconcile if anything is to be done at all.

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    JohnO says:

    Didn’t get a pic but the one that made me laugh hardest in Chicago had a pic of The Boy King followed by the caption, “Does this ass make my sign look fat?”

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    VFX Lurker says:

    Great pix. Here are some of the pix I took from the Los Angeles march last Saturday:

    The crowd marching down the street and rounding the corner

    The crowd standing after the march (too far from the stage to hear the speakers)

    “I’ve Seen Smarter Cabinets at IKEA”

    The rest of the best (hope this link to a folder works)

    Overall, it was a positive event with remarkable marchers and speakers. I spoke to some of the marchers, and for many of them this was their first March — they did not attend the March last year. I spent seven hours on my feet, but it was worth it.

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    Paula says:

    It’s frustrating that we don’t get more coverage, but Dems never do. My husband and I went, with my sister and her husband & daughter, brother & his girlfriend, to the DC March. This trip was for a late Christmas gathering, with the March as the cherry on top. Part of our going was an effort to motivate my brother’s girlfriend to vote in 2018. She is someone who has absorbed the “everything is fixed, no diff between the parties” idea. She didn’t vote in 2016 (neither did my Brother but he regrets it and is fully committed to voting in the mid-terms) and she doesn’t follow politics – she used to, but was discouraged during Bush years and stopped. She understands Trump is bad but thought HRC would have been just as bad (sigh). She was inspired by the march and by all the women who are running for different offices. We went to see The Post on Sunday, which was a nice underline to Trump’s efforts to demonize the press. By yesterday she was saying she was rethinking her views on voting and separately my brother told us he’ll be nudging her forward.

    Every one of us needs to find people around us who don’t vote and get them activated. Marches and other resistance actions are as much for US as anything. The media always favors Repubs/Conservatives and will never give us enough credit. We need to be in contact with our Dem leaders, giving them support too, because THEY also see the media favoring the GOP and ignoring us. But being at the March was great because we saw so many other cool, smart people, united. And there were marchers all over the country and world.

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    @Betty Cracker: Indentured servant is too kind, more like a criminal on parole, h/t David Bier.

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    Barbara says:

    @Betty Cracker: I do sense a growing divide between Republicans in the House and the Senate, with around four senators losing patience with the House tactics on this issue. That still won’t help get better legislation out of the House. There are very few House members who would provide any cover on this issue — people like Cathy McMorris-Rodgers and Martha McSally, because they aspire to be in the Senate, or people like Will Hurd and the South Florida delegation, whose electoral fate is probably tied to this issue, and then a few of the blue state Republicans who are trying to placate employer interests or who got their tax legislation and that’s all they really care about. It’s probably enough of a margin to pass legislation, but it’s not enough to strong arm the House. Ryan is the key.

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    guachi says:


    Kinda off-topic, but those bastards at the Oscars totally snubbed Wonder Woman movie.

    It wasn’t better than any of the other movies out there in any of the categories that exist. Its visual effects were average. Its sound was average. Its cinematography was average. Its costume design was good but not better than what I saw from other nominees.

    I liked the movie but I don’t think it deserved a nomination in any relevant category. “DC movie that doesn’t suck” isn’t an Oscar category.

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    Timurid says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    “I did exactly what we agreed to… b-b-but what can I do about those unwashed plebs in the House? Savages, I tell you…”

    –Mitch McConnell, next month

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Let’s face it — everyone knows the Republicans will try and weasel out, including Chuck Schumer. That was kind of the point: to put the GOP on the spot and make them publicly reverse themselves even though yet another government shutdown is looming.

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    Kristine says:

    Friday I’m attending Election Judge training. Then there’s voter registrar training In a couple of weeks, assuming I get in the class. Stepping a little outside my comfort zone.

    Great mood at the Chicago march. I was so glad to hear that attendance exceeded last year’s. Momentum!

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @VFX Lurker:

    Yay! I’m still on the damn crutches, so I had to stay home. 😢 I’m hoping to be off them within a couple of weeks, though.

    Ruckus was there, but you probably couldn’t have found that needle in the haystack.

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    SenyorDave says:

    Last year I got sick just in time to miss the march. I went to the DC march this year, the energy was great. I was very glad to see that my 7 year old granddaughter went with her mother to the Philly march.

    @guachi: “DC movie that doesn’t suck” isn’t an Oscar category.

    My feelings were pretty much the same. I thought the movie did actually have some interesting plot twists, but it still is just a comic book on the big screen. And at the end I wondered why if she was able to help end WW1, where was she during WW2?

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    bemused says:

    It really is astonishing but not surprising that last weekend’s was not covered by msm. Rebecca Traister was on Chris Hayes last night. Interesting segment. Traister said she was not aware of the planned marches until early January and made a comparison between media coverage of tea party surge a few years ago. Not sure if it was Traister or Hayes that said media was faithfully there at every townhall or other event when tea party supporters showed up even if it was only ten people. What a blatant contrast not covering hundreds of thousands marching last weekend who were not only marching but registering people to vote and the large number of women planning to run for office.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    I’m demoralized by the “Democrats blinked” coverage both WaPo and NYT are giving it.

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    @zhena gogolia: That’s the whole point isn’t it? To attack Ds and demoralize them so that Rs win. Tune them out, they are not our friends.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    Pursuant to the early morning thread which I just got around to reading, does Trump have anything to lose by firing Kelly? Will any Republicans take it in il part?

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Barbara: Trump is also central to the outcome, dog help us. He’s such a simple-minded prick that he likely bought into the immigrant demonization campaign the GOP waged on his behalf during the weekend shutdown and has forgotten all about the “bill of love” he promised, just like he forgot who was supposed to pay for the wall, how everyone was going to get better, cheaper health insurance, etc.

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    catclub says:


    And at the end I wondered why if she was able to help end WW1, where was she during WW2?

    Looking for logic in a cartoon universe.

    Almost as crazy as looking for it in ours.

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    Immanentize says:

    @zhena gogolia: That was as certain to happen as night following day. It is demoralizing, but the damage being done by the republicans is much more momentous — and energizing — than who gets credit for a three day disturbance in the Government force.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    FTFNYT. That was our bloghost’s first take on it, too, but at least he was smart enough to realize later that he was wrong.

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    Immanentize says:

    @Betty Cracker: Betty, I just saw that Florida will have a ballot initiative to re-enfranchise past felons. This is, as Biden would say, “rather momentous.” If you are going to work on this, let me know how I/we can help?

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    Mnemosyne says:


    The marches really seem to have flown under the radar for a lot of people. I think I like that our ignored constituency can still get a couple million boots on the ground without much fanfare.

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    germy says:


    why if she was able to help end WW1, where was she during WW2?

    According to dialogue in Justice League she was so discouraged she hid herself away:

    BRUCE WAYNE: Superman was a beacon to the world… Why aren’t you? You’re an inspiration, Diana. You don’t just save people; you make them see their better selves. And yet, I’d never even heard of you until Luthor lured you out by stealing a picture of your dead boyfriend. You shut yourself down for a century, so let’s not talk about me moving on!

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    Mike in DC says:

    Apply a 40% turnout rate for a presidential election and that’s potentially 600k more voters. Combined with Haitian and Puerto Rican emigration, could turn Florida as blue as California over the next 20 years.

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    Another Scott says:

    Some of my pictures from the DC March are here. Dunno if anyone but me can see them as no one has said anything about them. :-/

    Some are heavily compressed (500 kB) as I didn’t upload them right, but many are full-size.


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    Mnemosyne says:


    I liked Wonder Woman, but not enough to see it three times like I did GotG Vol 2. And if we’re going to reward women filmmakers, I’m fine with Lady Bird and Mudbound being the representative films at the Oscars.

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    lahke says:

    Hi, folks! I’m temporarily in the Sacramento area (shuttling between Fair Oaks and Roseville). Are there any local jackals who want to do a meet up? I’m thinking Saturday evening, but open to alternatives. Anne Laurie: could you make a post? For some reason not everyone reads all the comments.

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    ruemara says:

    @Kristine: Wow! Congrats to you! I’ve been thinking about it, but does anyone know if a legal alien can do that? I’m familiar with the donation & volunteering laws for campaigns but I don’t know that one.

    @zhena gogolia: We’re never going to get good media coverage. Which is great. The less the conservatives see us, the better. Think about how the nazis hid their support for Trump until they voted. Use their taxes. We don’t need to win pundits, we need to bring in voters. Fuck the haters.

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    bemused says:

    Me too. They will persist. Millions of women have said, that’s it, we’ve had enough of this, we’re pulling this car over.

    I’m imagining if it was millions of white nationalists/supremacists marching. Media would be all over that. Is msm more scared of them or the women.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @SenyorDave: One WW at a time.

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    Chyron HR says:


    Is msm more scared of them or the women.

    Well I’m certainly more scared of the nazis, no offense.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Immanentize: Yeah — we collected enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot! Yay! Now, we’ve got to get 60% approval to make it law. That’s going to be an uphill climb!

    I know from collecting signatures for it that people instinctively have a “fuck those criminals” reaction. But I also know from talking to potential signees that if you can explain what the law does and put it in context, people will see that rights restoration is the right thing to do! I’m hoping the organization that led the petition drive, the Democratic Party, etc., are planning on a massive education campaign.

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    germy says:


    In a tweet on Monday, Chelsea Manning said that she attended the event to gather intelligence to better thwart the “fascists/alt-right.”

    “I took an opportunity to gather intel on them b/c the ideology they peddle threatens everybody,” the tweet said.

    But a source who claimed to know Manning and attended the party told Buzzfeed that the whistleblower attended the event “in a effort to bridge gaps between left and right.”

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    opiejeanne says:

    @bemused: They will be more scared of the women when they notice us. Right now they’re pretending we don’t exist so they don’t have to worry about us, but the day is coming very soon when they will have to acknowledge us.

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    Yutsano says:

    @schrodingers_cat: CNN had two opinion columns that said the Democrats lost. One actually had the gall to say Yertle rolled them! The MSM deserve all our scorn after this.

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    bemused says:

    @Chyron HR:

    Anyone with an ounce of sense would but media has different priorities.

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    ruemara says:

    @germy: Then why has she hung out with Cassandra Rules before?

    Whatever to Chels Manning. She’s not that bright, not a radical, and based on her track record of behavior, misogynistic.

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    bemused says:


    I think so too.

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    Ruckus says:

    Well I estimated 250,000 but I’ve seen 500,000 as a “official” estimate. I walked to the turn but was having a rather shitty health day and even with a rest in the middle I was done for the day. Saw some great signs and a lot of fired up people.

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    Suzanne says:

    @Yutsano: We did get rolled. Scalise said the House won’t take up the bill.
    Not that there was really any way to prevent getting rolled, but let’s not pretend it didn’t happen.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    She hasn’t done anything to piss the misogynists off yet. When she does, she will be astounded at just how much some men really do hate women.

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    Suzanne says:

    Oh, and back on topic, that is me with the “NYET”.

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    Kristine says:

    @ruemara: I don’t know. According to this, a Lawful Permanent Resident can vote in state and local elections in which being a US citizen is not a requirement, but I couldn’t find info about registering others to vote or acting as a judge. I assume it depends on which state you live in. Talk to an immigration expert?

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I almost wish I had just put on my pink hat, found a good place to sit, and watched the parade go by, but even that would have been a pain with the crutches.

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    Immanentize says:

    @Betty Cracker: At this point, probably 70% of the folks in Florida know someone who is a “felon.” I think it is, as you say, a question of getting people to get with the very American idea — “You do the crime, you do the time. But when your time is up, after you have payed the price for your wrong, it is time to be allowed to live.”

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    I still can’t believe that shooting last summer didn’t scare them into being more compliant

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷:
    I mean, Scalise nearly fucking died.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    The shooting during the Congressional Republican Baseball Practice. Scalise was seriously wounded and in the hospital for a while.

    I don’t prefer violence but that should have shown them a preview of the future if they continue to act like dictators.

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    Immanentize says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷: I was kinda kidding. No shooting is going to cow these assholes. Look at poor Gabby Giffords.

    Meanwhile — I am still VERY interested to learn what went down in Las Vegas. And why doesn’t anyone seem to know?

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    Suzanne says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷: It would never have made them compliant. It would just have allowed them to be martyrs for the cause.

    Violence is an understandable but ultimately fruitless reaction.

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    Timurid says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷:

    Gangsters get shot all the time. That’s never stopped people from being gangsters.

    That shooting was no different than one gangbanger capping another gangbanger in a beef over a drug corner. In this case the rival gangs were not Crips vs. Bloods but Leftist Extremists vs. Rightist Extremists. I have no sympathy for the perp, who acted lawlessly and endangered innocents. I also have zero sympathy for Scalise, who acts barely within the letter of the law but also threatens innocents… and who has access to weapons orders of magnitude more powerful than a cheap Chinese assault rifle.

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    geg6 says:

    I didn’t take pics, but my cousin, her wife, and I went to the Pittsburgh march on Sunday. I was sure the crowd would be smaller than last year. But I was wrong! Last year was 25,000; this year was 30,000! It was great and such beautiful weather.

    ETA: The only bigger crowds I’ve seen all together like that is when we win the Super Bowl or Stanley Cup.

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    Suzanne says:

    @BruceFromOhio: Thank you! SuzMom made it, as well as the hats worn by the Spawns. The Spawns are in the image under the NYET image, with Spawn the Younger on Mr. Suzanne’s shoulders. Spawn the Elder made her lovely sign herself, and I made StY’s sign.

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    ruemara says:

    @Suzanne: We didn’t. Schumer just pulled support for the wall funding, which was part of the deal. So we’re Lucy now.

    @Timurid: Agreed.

    @Mnemosyne: A number of alt-right menninist transwomen have made a shocking discovery. That privilege is a hell of a drug until they really get treated like a woman. Welcome, not sistren! Ain’t no one have time for your nonintersectional bullshit with an extra side of baggage. Wise up.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    It seems to be a fairly small group, but man are they loud with their complaints about how misogyny is a myth and the real problem is the “misandrists” … until they get on the wrong side of an issue like Gamergate and discover that, yeah, misogynists are real and are going to treat them just like they do ciswomen, and often even worse.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    @Mnemosyne: I seriously disliked GotG 2 which was disappointing as I liked 1 a lot. To me it felt like the actors thought that since it IS a cheesy bit of pop culture, they ought to act as if they were aware of it. My willing suspension of disbelief was not up to it.

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    Suzanne says:

    @ruemara: So nothing happens on DACA/DREAM.

    It’s hard to feel like this is in any way a win.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Gelfling 545:

    Fair enough. The self-awareness didn’t prevent me from getting involved with the characters, but I could see it going too far for some people’s tastes.

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    @Mnemosyne: and @Suzanne:
    McConnell weaseling out on this was expected. The point wasn’t even to get him on record. The point was to free the CHIP hostages, then force McConnell to go right back to another round of negotiations in less than three weeks. He has to do this again with a much weaker hand.

    This deal was a big step towards fixing the DACA problem, not because of some vote everybody knew McConnell wouldn’t hold. It’s a step towards fixing DACA because it takes away McConnell’s biggest weapon in the fight.

    EDIT – Very seriously, if this were the end of the process, McConnell would have scraped a win. But it’s not. It’s barely a pause in the fight, and we hurt them badly and came away clean.

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    catclub says:


    The point was to free the CHIP hostages, then force McConnell to go right back to another round of negotiations in less than three weeks.

    You could have fooled me. I regularly posted a few weeks ago: “Why don’t they get CHIP this time and something else on the list( ACA CSR’s, Hurricane relief, DACA) next shutdown?”
    All the wise people said then that DACA cannot be forgotten for even a moment. Now, it looks more like my suggestion was what happened.

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    catclub says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Now, we’ve got to get 60% approval to make it law. That’s going to be an uphill climb!

    I bet that Great Britain wishes they had prescribed a 60% majority for approving Brexit. That was a big deal.

    It probably takes 75% to get a tax increase.

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    bemused says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Interesting how differently they view redemption for their own than for other people.

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    a thousand flouncing lurkers (was fidelio) says:

    @Frankensteinbeck: Given Schumer’s most recent comment on this process–that if McConnell broke his word on the DACA vote, he wasn’t just breaking his word to Democratic senators, but to those in his own party–I wonder if part of the behind the scenes scheming is a threat to McConnell’s status as Majority Leader, to be replaced by a Republican with less of a scorched earth approach to business.

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    Suzanne says:

    @Frankensteinbeck: I don’t follow that logic. McConnell will hold the vote. It’s the House that won’t. So the Senate votes, and even if it passes, it’s DOA at the House. McConnell lives up to his promise, so the government doesn’t shut down, and we still get nothing for the Dreamers. So how is this advancing the goals of the Dreamers? It makes the House look bad? Too late.

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    Because we’re going to be having this same debate again before February 8th, and this time McConnell can’t go ‘You have to choose CHIP or DACA.’ We wanted two big things, and we got one, and McConnell got less than three weeks. When we go back to this negotiation, again, almost immediately, we still get to hold out for DACA and McConnell has lost the hostage he was threatening us with. The promised vote would have been great, but I doubt seriously anybody expected it.

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    catclub says:

    @a thousand flouncing lurkers (was fidelio):

    I wonder if part of the behind the scenes scheming is a threat to McConnell’s status as Majority Leader, to be replaced by a Republican with less of a scorched earth approach to business.

    ha ha. Maybe Ted Cruz? How about Tom Cotton? Just no.

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    ruemara says:

    @Suzanne: Ma’am. 9 million sick children have health care. DACA affects nearly a million. It’s not fantastic they’re still waiting for a solution, but let me tell you a secret. You have nazis in control of your government. They don’t want a solution. They’d prefer to destroy everything, which is why they were willing to hold American kids hostage. Look at PR. Look at even less mentioned USVI. The republicans don’t want a real deal, at least not the ones with control of the racist puppet in chief. You weren’t going to win anything good on DACA without a serious fight. But removing the most vulnerable hostages from the line of fire was a good, strong move and the fact they need our reps to get the funding – which our side just pulled – means we are in a more powerful position.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Suzanne: It’s not clear that the Senate is going to vote before the CR ends.

    From the Congressional Record for yesterday, McConnell talking:

    Bearing this in mind, I hope and intend that we can reach bipartisan solutions on issues such as military spending, immigration and border security [he’s threatening poison pills here], and disaster relief before the February 8 deadline.

    But yesterday evening, I restated my position that these negotiations can’t last forever. Should these issues not be resolved by the time the funding bill before us expires on February 8, so long as the government remains open, it would be my intention to take up legislation here in the Senate that would address DACA, border security, and related issues, as well as disaster relief, defense funding, healthcare, and other important matters.

    Let me be clear. This immigration debate will have a level playing field at the outset and an amendment process that is fair to all sides, and it would be my strong preference for the Senate to consider a proposal that could actually be signed into law [meaning that Democrats won’t get anything that Trump doesn’t like]. A bipartisan, bicameral group is already negotiating, and I look forward to completion of its work.

    But it is abundantly clear that the Senate cannot make progress on any of these crucial matters until the government is reopened. We need to move forward. The very first step is ending the shutdown. It is evident [evident is another word for ‘obvious’, meaning that he’s trying to reframe the debate and not argue actual facts] that this government shutdown is doing nothing— absolutely nothing — to generate bipartisan progress on the issues the American people care about. Every day we spend arguing about keeping the lights on is another day we cannot spend negotiating DACA, defense spending, or any of our other shared priorities.

    (Emphasis added.)

    He’s basically saying that there can’t be the threat of another shutdown on February 8 or the DACA kids get it.

    It’s not clear how much leverage that leaves TeamD, but Schumer understands this point of McConnell’s very well.

    tl;dr – It’s not clear that the Senate is going to pass a DACA bill or anything else that Democrats care about, and McConnell says the Senate won’t do it if the Democrats threaten another shutdown on February 8. It sucks to be in the minority, but this is what happens when a pathological party has the majority in the legislature.

    I agree with you about the House. Ryan and Goodlatte and all the rest have no interest in a DACA bill. President Miller Donnie doesn’t either.

    We’ll see what happens, while keeping our fight up for November….


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    Ladyraxterinok says:

    @Mnemosyne: We just ignore M$M, who only see women as consumers.

    Aren’t twitter, facebook becoming news sources for women? Maybe rotating billboards? Rent sides of buildings for daily, weekly light shows about women making a difference?

    What was the deal with all the alternative papers in the 60s? They were in places where people doing errands, etc, would stumble accross them. Often you didn’t have to search them out, they found you.

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    Ruckus says:

    Just getting there on crutches would have been a pain. And there were not a lot of places to sit, as I found out.

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    Ladyraxterinok says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷: JimBakker, guests, and others said he stated he was saved by god and would continue his work for gun rights. Implication was that he now knows god is blessing him and all others doing good superconservative work.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Now, it looks more like my suggestion was what happened.

    Feel free to take a victory lap that you made the correct prediction — I did one over Get Out‘s big Oscar nominations.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I’ll third what Frankensteinbeck and Ruemara and others are saying: we got CHIP renewal. The Republicans had two hostages and were trying to make us choose which one to shoot, and we rescued one.

    Now they only have one hostage, so negotiations continue.

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    Barry says:

    ““I did exactly what we agreed to… b-b-but what can I do about those unwashed plebs in the House? Savages, I tell you…”

    –Mitch McConnell, next month”

    Next month will be another showdown over a shutdown, ….

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    Mnemosyne says:


    The alternative papers all got bought out by corporate interests, who killed them when classified ad revenues tanked hard in the wake of the Internet.

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    Barry says:

    @SenyorDave: “And at the end I wondered why if she was able to help end WW1, where was she during WW2?”

    I assumed that they chose WWI because of the obvious sequel potential.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Another Scott: I could see your photos, so the link works.

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    Mandarama says:

    Thanks for posting these, AL! I love seeing everyone else’s towns and signs and enthusiasm.

    This being Tennessee, when we were walking back from the rally, some older white dude in a pickup truck hollered “Goooo Trump!“ at us. My aunt didn’t even pause one second—she yelled “Gooo fuck yourself!”

    My kids are learning how it’s done. 😬

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    Another Scott says:

    @WaterGirl: Thanks! :-)


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    J R in WV says:


    Not sure if it was Traister or Hayes that said media was faithfully there at every townhall or other event when tea party supporters showed up even if it was only ten people. What a blatant contrast not covering hundreds of thousands marching last weekend who were not only marching but registering people to vote and the large number of women planning to run for office.

    It has become obvious that the MSM is managed by misogynous right-wing bigot haters who are willing to do anything to assist the right-wing bigot haters keep total control of our nation and all the women in it. Despicable liars come first, truth tellers aren’t in the queue at all.

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