One Guy, whomever you are, thank you for actually thinking.
ATLANTA (AP) -- As members of the Electoral College prepare to choose Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, some Republican electors say they are defending rural and small-town America against big-state liberalism and its support for national popular vote leader Hillary Clinton.
But the picture is more complicated.[..]
Clinton won some 2.6 million more votes than Trump in the nationwide tally. But Trump is line to get 306 of the 538 electoral votes under the state-by-state distribution of electors used to choose presidents since 1789.[..]
The Associated Press tried to reach all 538 electors and was able to interview more than 330 of them. Many reported getting tens of thousands of emails, calls and letters asking them to vote against Trump.
But the canvass found overwhelming support for the system, and the nominee, among Republican electors. The AP found only one pledged to Trump who will refuse to vote for him.
I don't know who he is or what state he's from but I want him to know that I appreciate what he's going to do. So out there. Mr. Elector, whomever you are, thank you.
Yes he's draining the swamp, and replacing it with a Tar Pit. But stupid fuckers are too stupid to realize this.
As each Cabinet announcement draws fresh criticism of Donald Trump's latest appointees, many Americans who voted for him say the president-elect is doing what he promised to do: draining the swamp.
And they're excited. (AP)
Sure they're excited. These are people who actually believe they're going to win every time they buy a scratch ticket, the same morons who think that racial profiling makes them safe and that god hates lesbians. Sure they're excited. Trump could line them all up against a wall and shoot them in the nuts and they'd STILL find a reason why "god made this happen to make america great again."
Because stupid has no boundaries.
The funny thing will be in 8 years when these same imbeciles look back at how not better off they are they'll claim that Trump was "sabotaged" and find a million excuses to never admit they were taken in by the best P.T. Barnum around. They just want to believe that different is better, even when different means their own misery and the misery of everyone not in the 1%.
Season of joy my fucking ass.
"President-elect Donald Trump issued a single tweet blasting defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. at 8:30 a.m. on Monday. By lunchtime, he had wiped $4 billion off the company's market value." (Politico)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Republicans stripped the incoming Democratic governor of some of his authority on Friday and they were on the cusp of an even greater power grab, an extraordinary move that critics said flies in the face of voters.
US First Lady Michelle Obama has struck a much less upbeat tone in her last TV interview before the family leaves the White House. Speaking to talk show host Oprah Winfrey, Mrs Obama said America's outlook had changed since Donald Trump won November's election. "Now we're feeling what not having hope feels like," she said. (BBC)
There's not a lot of hope left to go around these days. In Syria people are dying and dead. In Palestine hopes are moribund. In the US a total fucktard is president and people I know and respected voted for him. Day to day living has become less than pleasant, in fact downright corrosive. I trust no one and hate everyone, learning once again that believing that someone else actually has YOUR best interest at heart is about a realistic as believing in Santa.
Yes Virginia there is no Santa. Nor is there friendship, love, respect or loyalty. We're all in it for ourselves. Huzzah and good night.
Yes, yes they do.
According to US news website The Wrap, Trump's inaugural committee is scrambling to find stars who are willing to play at his swearing in ceremony on 20 January 2017.
"They're calling managers, agents, everyone in town to see who they can get and it's been problematic," an unnamed source told the site.
Grammy-winner John Legend, who has been a guest of the Obamas several times, says he is "not surprised at all".
"Creative people tend to reject bigotry and hate," he told the BBC. (BBC)
So the "headliners" for the Trump-travesty are shitbags and a-holes like Nugent and Kid Rock. Omg wee. What a night to remember. Yeah gonna be a hell of a party, maybe the KKK will have a smores-roast over their crosses too.
Who does he represent? Not 48%.
The latest election totals showed that Mrs Clinton, who lost to outsider Mr Trump last month, has received more votes than Mr Obama did in his 2012 victory, according to data from the National Archives and a running total by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.
She has overtaken Mr Trump by nearly 2.8 million votes (48% to Mr Trump's 46%). (BBC)
America loves a winner right? But what if that "winner" didn't really win?
It's unclear to anyone, other than Dickhead himself, what he represents. He's scared his party, infuriated women, panicked non-binary genders and maligned anyone and everyone he can, friend or foe. There's only one person Trump cares about, and we all know who that is. As we're seeing he's going to buy or threaten anyone whose influence he needs, everyone else, voters included, can fuck off and die.
Make America great? Only if "America" = "Donaldildo Trump". Maybe Louis XIV said it first, but Trumptard is living it right now. L'Etat, c'est moi. Putain.
Ah the days of the red scare are back... only THIS time the most conservative, the most right wing are in LOVE with the vodka swilling bears.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday called a recent CIA assessment of Russian hacking "ridiculous" and says he's not interested in getting daily intelligence briefings - an unprecedented rejection of the nation's massive and sophisticated intelligence apparatus.
Anyone who wasn't dead during the last election knows how much Russia played a part. Regular releases from "Friends of Russia" lambasted and harangued Hillary to ensure that the email scandal never went away (of course, now that it's over where's all the news releases now?) Nah, everyone KNEW where the hackers were from and KNEW how much it was going to help one side of the equation.
Of course in the end it did make a difference in a tight race and the Russians did tip the scales and the new "Emailgateski" is a thing, a thing that the beneficiary doesn't want to hear about so he's going to stuff fingers in his ears and go "lalalalala I can't hear you."
I'm not really sure what the big deal is since this was pretty much all going on out in the open. The only people who are going to be "surprised" are the people who voted for der Fucktard that willfully and knowingly wanted to believe otherwise. Still, I think that's a very small percentage: those who backed and are still backing this cocktard WANT a lying, cheating, hateful asshole as president because it justifies their own anger, fear and pettiness.
Meh. Another Watergate? Dunno, don't care. Damage is already done and fox is in the hen house. Now it's just a matter of how MUCH can be screwed up in the next four years.
A man without a plan, that's our new president. At least he doesn't have one for the country. Himself? Sure, stay rich, get richer, make his family rich and famous. Everyone else? Ha! Hahahahhaahahaha. Fuck no.
Take care of the economy? Pfff, more like reward those he likes which consists of his buddies in various wealthy industries. The poor morons who voted for him? Well, P.T. Barnum never had much sympathy for people who wanted to throw their money and power away, why the fuck would Trump who is cut from the same mold? No, there's no plan, there never was and best of all PEOPLE ACTUALLY APPRECIATED IT. Why? Because thinking about reality, judging for themselves if something actually made sense, checking facts WAS JUST TOO HARD.
Stupid + greedy + fearful + religious all superimposed upon each other to create the perfect storm of belief in a man who, by technical description, has all the traits of the antichrist.
Well, down the hatch. Here we go.
There's nothing Dickbrain can do that doesn't make me nauseous.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Donald Trump is gone from the boardroom of NBC's reboot of "Celebrity Apprentice" but he's kept a business connection to the reality show.
President-elect Trump has an executive producer credit on "The New Celebrity Apprentice," said Clare Anne Darragh, a spokesman for "Apprentice" creator Mark Burnett. She declined further comment on Trump's participation in the show that taped last February.
Yep, being president isn't enough for the ol'Donaldo, he's going to hold on to his show and pay himself to put on parties for foreign dignitaries in his own hotel. In a nutshell he's going to make him self rich and richer at the cost of every citizen.
But hey, that's ok, because "if the President does it then it's not illegal!" (der Trump)
So the nativity is back at the corner of our block again, each character lit up with 40 watts of celestial joy. In the past years I've recounted how the infant is typically wedged, catty corner, in a plastic magazine rack. Last year I think it was a plastic laundry basket. This year - upgrade! He now rolls about in a wicker (looking) basket about the same size as the plastic laundry one from last year.
It's pretty funny, the whole plastic crew clustered around the unlit basket, like everyone wants to dive in and find their missing sock. On the other hand at least some things never change much.
We tolerated it here in the US against a presidential candidate so why doesn't Canada feel the same?
Canadian politicians have expressed outrage after protesters at a political rally chanted "lock her up" about Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.
Protesters erupted into jeers at a rally against a carbon tax, hosted by the right-wing Rebel media group.
"Lock her up" was frequently chanted by Donald Trump supporters in reference to Hillary Clinton during the US election.
Mrs Clinton was under FBI investigation over her emails but Ms Notley has not faced any criminal probe.(BBC)
Yes women who aspire are criminals for challenging the status quo. Generally the same actions and antics performed by men (Oh that silly email server that Colin Powell had was NO big deal) is the basis for criminal proceedings against women. Sure we mock religious islamic zealots for forcing women to hide their faces but we totally support radical jews who do the same, or judges that ask rape victims if their dress or drunkeness meant they deserved what they got. It's a sliding scale but all on the same spectrum.
Women are losers. It's a historical fact. They take the brunt of everything bad, from famine to getting off an aircraft on fire, women die first, suffer most, and in many cases they accept their fate without fighting.
Lock her up.
Yes lock HER up. Because she dared. Imagine that.
Usually by now the streets around me are awash in LED cheer. Blinking, twinkling the lights tangle porches and trees, festoon eves and windows. This year not so much. Maybe one house every two or three blocks has lights up; an odd occurrence for a typically relaxed and kid friendly area.
It's not hard to imagine why, for my part I'm hardly encouraged to put pen to holiday card myself. The last time I'd felt this level of depression was in 2001. I didn't send cards then either. Now that I think about it I feel the same scale of devastation, only this it's not outsiders hating us, it's US hating US.
What did the old cartoon Pogo say?
"We have met the enemy and he is us." (Pogo)
All too true. Happy Hellidays Everyone!
Yes it's tRumpMerica folks! And the first order of business is to harass everyone and anyone who DOESN'T hold your fucked up views. Case in point: for the first time ever I received a call that started with a young woman asking if I were Pro-Life.
I live in Massachusetts ffs. Of COURSE I'm NOT Pro-Life.
I'm not sure when she precisely I hung up. I think it was midway between "You're to blame for every unwanted child that dies in America" and "You have no empathy for what it means to be a single, pregnant woman" but she bailed on me.
I wished the blank air "And have a nice day" with the most hatred that I could muster.
Yes, tRump fans, this is your day so make the most of it. You get to alienate your fellow citizens with the presumption that we hold your caustic views. Just don't be surprised when that acid gets vomited right back all over your nice, shiny, new tRump shirt. The harassment has started, on phones and in our faces. Think life isn't going to change? Guess again. It already has. You just better fucking PRAY that it doesn't affect you.
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City police are looking for three men who taunted a Muslim woman aboard a subway train, yelling "Donald Trump" and calling her a terrorist.
This is what you wanted. Proud yet?
Happy Thanksgiving to all--even the haters and losers! (DT)
Remember, this is the guy that 50 million americans voted for. If you're one of the 50 million, this IS what you voted for. This IS what you're giving america. So don't be surprised in the least when those that voted for sanity, dignity and honesty give you the same shit right back.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING FUCKTARDS!
This is going to be one hate-filled "thanks" giving this year. I, personally, have taken steps to draw a neutral zone in the areas I can and told everyone to expect an abrupt exit from me should that not be respected.
If that's how things are around here I can visualize how non-homogeneous families will be this year.
Hate doesn't heal. It festers. Sure you can ignore it, but then eventually it starts to smell and you lose a limb.
On a flight to retrieve their son's body, the Perrys were booed. Their son, Sgt. John Perry, was killed when he tried to stop a suicide boomer in Afghanistan. He may have saved 100 people or more.
(Stewart Perry) told the Daily News that he, his wife and his daughter were delayed on an American Airlines flight from Sacramento to Phoenix, and were allowed to leave the plane first so they did not miss a connecting flight that brought them to the East Coast so they could reach Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.
Perry said that other passengers in the first class cabin hissed when the captain mentioned that everyone needed to remain seated because family and "military personnel" needed to leave, and added that he believed that at least some passengers had been told that the family members of a fallen soldier were aboard.
?To hear the reaction of the flight being delayed because of a Gold Star family, and the first class cabin booing that was really upsetting, and it made us cry some more,? he told KOVR, who first reported the story.
The elder Perry juxtaposed the "people who only think about themselves" to the second flight, which waited for his family despite them being late.
He praised the respectful nods from passengers on the second flight had, saying that he has also noticed others with a disregard for the loved ones left behind by veterans.
Shame on those people on that first flight. I wonder if anyone who didn't boo shamed those that did or if they just sat mutely. Are we only willing to support and protect certain classes people, like gays, handicapped and minorities, from ridicule and abuse?
Those pointing fingers at those they assume hate need to make sure they aren't passing on the hate themselves. Please don't throw salt in the wound of a parent who lost a child, whether you agree with our military or not. Only we can decide to to come together despite what others do around us.
So, Ladies and Germs, let's look behind Curtain A, let's read the packing list, examine the fine print because it appears that many people just bought without checking the details. When you voted for tRump what exactly did you agree to? (This is like one of those "contract with the Devil" or "Rent to own" things where you're so caught up with the excitement of getting something NEW that you didn't quite do the diligence that was required, no worries though, because I'm here to help.)
Item 1: Intolerance - by voting for der tRumpmeister you affirmed that you hate immigrants and non-whites to the point where you'd threaten their family and their lives
Item 2: Misogyny - women should know their places, they should NOT be news anchors, they should NOT complain when they are mistreated by rich men, they should NOT aspire to an equal wage, they should NOT be allowed to make their own medical decisions
Item 3: Greed - wealth wins, more than laws, more than honesty. Being rich means you really can do whatever you want and flaunt it.
Item 4: Lies - did you know that tRump voters retweeted "news" from certified fake sources? Yes really: "My sites were picked up by Trump supporters all the time. I think Trump is in the White House because of me. His followers don't fact-check anything -- they'll post everything, believe anything. His campaign manager posted my story about a protester getting paid $3,500 as fact. Like, I made that up." (Paul Horner)
Item 5: Selfishness - unless you're an Eskimo or a Native American someone in your family tree came here, unless you're a Rockefeller or Kennedy chances are someone in your family needed financial help from the government. Why should that stop for everyone else just because YOU don't need it any more?
Item 6: Ignorance - making shit up is NOT the same as looking shit up, but you've affired that the facts don't matter to you one bit, in fact it's preferred.
Congratulations! But wait there's more! And you won't know all the deets until four years from now, so good luck with that!
Next week is Thanksgiving. It is a time when we should pause to take stock of all that is good in our lives and be thankful. I know I am thankful for all the good things in my life including friends and family, blood or choosen. However, this year's presidential election it is not without a certain level of angst.
Dysfunction - The mass reaction has lead to many people not being able to effectively do their jobs or live their lives. The outcome of this election will affect our lives. However, it will be a long time before there is any real change if any at all. Most of us are still doing the same shit everyday that we did before the election, and likely before the presidential race started. From the Game of Thrones: "The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace." Really, does anything else matter to use little people.
Discord - There have been all out feuds in families. Friends have stopped talking to friends. One woman even packed her eight year old's things in a suitcase and kicked the kid out over a mock election at school. It has been a bit like the civil war without cannons, muskets or bayonets. And please don't get any ideas. But just to be sure, be extra selective about who wields the carving knife this year.
Polar - That is polar as in opposite of character or the North and South Poles. People have been shrilly shouting at the opposition and no one seemly hears or cares what the other side has to say. One side pushing and shoving the other further and further away to the point that they may as well live at opposite ends of the world.
Politics - No matter who you voted for, the election itself was like the climax from some cheap B horror flick featuring gruesome, snarling monsters snapping at each other. Honestly, it may as well be a cheap movie. Most politicians are so disingenuous that they might be eligible for an Academy Award if it were the political stage were a movie set.
We need to reclaim our sanity, or what passed as sanity previously. We need to work together. Name calling and crying accomplishes nothing. Ask yourselves, is it worth alienating those close to you based on the results of one election?