The person who wrote the @nytimes how to have a "real conversation" about race op-ed is both a racist and an idiot. That is the extent of my interest in a "real conversation" with them.
"I'm not racist. I just have a Confederate flag on my car to honor dead people I never met, whose feelings matter more to me than actual living black people. Also, never talk to me about slavery. The lynching museum is rude."
"Taking a knee during the national anthem is disrespectful. Worse than actual police violence against black people, which I don't care about. Cops are great. It's Obamacare that's fascism!"
Most autopsies of GOP's 2012 electoral losses dictated that they openly appeal to Latino voters. The base rejected this plan and eventually rallied behind Trump, who led the party to victory in 2016 with immigration policy no pundit would've predicted in 2013.
The pundits now insist that the Democrats, after suffering electoral setbacks, appeal to the WWC rather than their actual base. They even point to Dem versions of Rubio (white, midwestern candidates vs young hispanic) as the "great white hope" of 2020.
Why are Democrats listening to these people, given how Republicans have succeeded in the past few years.
This just reminds me of how "inside baseball" political pundits have become. All they care about is the number of home runs. Obama and HRC might have lost on a literal level but they can also sleep at night. Shouldn't that count for something? And it's a problem that it doesn't.
No one questions W. Bush enjoying Texas brisket and painting while his Republican successor in the White House possibly conspired with a hostile foreign power.
I was raised to respect military heroes and show compassion toward anyone dying from a terminal illness. I was also raised to do the same to women and my elders, but @HillaryClinton never received this consideration.
When I was a kid, if you'd told me that Nancy Reagan would run for political office, I'd assume that there'd be some deference shown to her as a former First Lady who was eligible for social security.
The Republican National Convention regularly featured chants of "Lock Her Up!" directed at an almost 70-yr-old grandmother who was also a former First Lady of the US. (Note that once upon a time, the notion of jailing a former First Lady would be unheard of.)
By the late '70s, the Ma and Pa Kent trope was already outdated enough that Superboy comics made them small business owners of a general store in town. But I think the Rockwell depiction of them in SUPERMAN THE MOVIE stuck & that's how the Kents were depicted in movies/TV shows.
It was laughable whenever you'd see Jonathan Kent on SMALLVILLE fiddling with a tractor or something, which implied he managed to run a farm by himself (with some super aid from his alien son).
Yes, he is in agreement 93% of the time with @SenWarren but Kaine's figure doesn't qualify, to me, as making him "more conservative." That was a very loaded word to use during the campaign and Sanders knew it.
I thought that DOCTOR WHO lampshaded something I thought was a weakness in the series hero for a while. Because life isn't that easy. It's why Capaldi became my favorite Doctor in the episode "Heaven Sent."
Social/political progress is crushing your fist against the diamond wall for a billion years. You'll die constantly a long the way. But you keep going. Eventually you'll break through.
Seriously, here's what's dumb about "compromising" with ex-Republicans. They aren't leaving the party for any policy-related reason but because the party is corrupt. That's the dilemma that has Jeff Flake denouncing Trump on the Senate floor but voting with him most of the time.
If Trump is removed by 2020 (unlikely), *most* of these "ex-Republicans" would back Pence or Romney/Flake, etc in the 2020 election. They aren't a reliable part of the Democratic coalition.
It's also weird that it's considered "crazy" for moderate Republicans to just accept the current Democratic platform/leadership when "moderates" like Collins have 'compromised' with the right wing leadership of the GOP.
Here's what also pisses me off about these Chicken Little calls from Republicans. Should we *really* be seriously concerned that someone like, say, @Ocasio2018 beat a more moderate Dem in a D + 29 district? You really believe that is part of a "rush" to a socialist left? Please.
The Republicans literally have white supremacists in Congress. They are also in bed with Russia. And you're worried that someone who likely is no more "liberal" than Ted Kennedy was might enter the House? And you were head of the FBI? Maybe Trump should've fired your dumbass.
It's not like because the GOP put forth a sex predator in Alabama, that the current Dem Senator is another Bernie Sanders. He's fairly moderate. So is Connor Lamb. If the Dems take the House, it will be because moderates won.
Letting Sanders co-opt her is just pathetic. I know Sanders is god in his own bathroom but in reality, he’s a polarizing figure, even within the Democratic party, and especially among the women and minorities she seeks to represent.
I wouldn’t have advised her to do co-interviews with Nancy Pelosi but this is the worst possible optic: It’s like her granddad’s gonna take her out for ice cream after this.
Still wonder who is advising @Ocasio2018 and agreed it was a good idea for her to hit the road as Bernie Sanders’s opening act.
Men love to dominate. Women I know who have excelled their fields have told me that the first thing they learned was to not let men dominate them professionally, which they will often do in the guise of mentorship.
Sanders and his supporters revealed a lot to me early on when it was clear they only really appreciated women in subordinate positions to men.
Yes, they were adaptations of an existing novel but the same principle applies. I think we tend to consider film and TV works as frozen in amber now, especially since we have ready access to them.
But updates/reboots to reflect changing times/sensibilities is reasonable. A different motivation perhaps than “hey we can do this in color or sound!” but one still rooted in connecting a story to modern audiences.
The really tired plot of #Insatiable reminded me more of the revenge fantasy of Carrie than the redemption fantasies (w. the “revenge” more subtle) of male-centered superhero stories, where the marginalized outsider gains great powers (Captain America, Spider-Man, etc)
Note the classic Superman dynamic: Clark Kent is an unassuming geek, and Lois must learn to love him to “deserve” Superman. I can’t immediately think of versions of this dynamic with the genders reversed.
When I had you to myself, I didn't want you around
Those pretty faces always make you stand out in a crowd
But someone picked you from the bunch, one glance is all it took
Now it's much too late for me to take a second look
Oh baby, give me one more chance
(To show you that I love you)
Won't you please let me back in your heart
Oh darlin', I was blind to let you go
(Let you go, baby)
But now since I've seen you it is on
(I want you back)
Trying to live without your presidency is one long sleepless night
Let me show you, @BarackObama , that I know wrong from right
Every street you walk on, I leave tear stains on the ground
Following the Kenyan I didn't even want around
The GOP’s current narrative for Russia’s election attack is that OK, it happened, but it didn’t succeed. Yet, that’s materially false: Putin has admitted that Trump was the candidate he wanted in office and he’s benefitting from that in every way. He likely thinks he succeeded.
That’s the problem. He has no reason to stop, despite McConnell saying, “He better stop!” How is that even convincing.
The Frank Miller influenced version of Batman makes me uneasy as I get older and see the links to right-wing vigilantism. This scene from YEAR ONE makes Bruce Wayne seem like Travis Bickle, which is all wrong.
Bruce Wayne is a billionaire. He has far more effective ways of improving his home town other than beating up junkies. A wealthy white guy talking about "cleaning up" a city has really unfortunate implications.