A big theme of the protest today, as always, is "Why?"
Let me explain why, because blaming NRA $$ is only half right.
1st, let's talk about NRA. Originally a sportsman organization, members were hunters who paid dues & voted on policy positions. Dues funded hunter safety classes, including classes geared towards women. They were not against gun control or gun safety.
Misguided, but legit.
In the late 70's (I think) the organization was taken over by hardliners, and gun manufacturers started funding them. For a long time they went through the motions of letting their membership of hunters vote, but it was a formality.
I have taken classes at the Leadership Institute. Berners can add this to the list of "evidence" that I'm a "secret Republican" but I consider it gaming the system. Also, like the Iowa gig, it was really interesting to peek behind the curtain.
Let me explain
As a civic education group, Leaderhip Int gets federal subsidies. (I'm not sure Democrats have anything similar but we should.) They have tons of classes: social media, research, campaign management, graphic design, media training and they are DIRT CHEAP
I'm not even kidding. $35, $50, never more than $100/day for multi-day classes, and they serve breakfast, lunch & dinner free- n some cases you come out ahead. It's technically "non-partisan" so they have to let anyone in. They'd lose funding if they treated me differently
I'm going to re-work a thread from June that speaks to what Trump is doing with this Nunes memo, and why GOP is letting him get away with it. (Thread)
Once upon a time a guy friend of ours was fighting with his girlfriend because he did something horrible. The details escape me but in the end he made up an elaborate story and somehow convinced her to give him another chance. 2/
We were pretty skeptical she would believe such a ridiculous lie. But here's what he said:
"Sally, girls want to believe. Give them an explanation that isn't 'He doesn't love me' then they can let themselves forgive you. She didn't want to break up, she just needed a reason."
Thread: As the campaigns heat up for 2018, here's a reminder of how GOP will exploit Berners and their insistence on a single payer litmus test to destroy us if we let them.
First, let's talk about "Bernie's bill" m4a. It's not legislation, it's a campaign document. Yes, it was introduced and has cosponsors, but it has no funding mechanism. Meaning, there's nothing in it that addresses how to pay for it.
The Senators who cosponsored m4a are politically brilliant. It appeases the litmus test crew and while costing them nothing. Even if it were a real bill, cosponsoring isn't binding. It means nothing beyond, "I like this idea." They all still support fixing ACA (except Bernie)
1/ I see lots of people speculating about Impeachment. How "close" is Mueller? Is this enough evidence? Is this crime "bad" enough? These aren't the right questions.
2/ There's no statutory standard for impeachment. It's solely up to the discretion and whims of the House, so Paul Ryan. They don't need a reason. I think there has to be a charge, can't just say "We don't like your face," but could be anything, jaywalking
3/ Think I'm kidding? These are the people who impeached Clinton over a blow job. My bad, "obstruction of justice" for lying about the blow job. 🙄
2/ Brainstorming - Scan your TL or better yet, search a hashtag or keyword and see if anything inspires you. Other people's lists are good too. And you can use your TL or list as a prompt ("Write something about the 14th tweet down")
3/ Research - I'm always asking questions on Twitter and Facebook. There's always someone out there who knows, who has been there, or done that. You can also reach out to specific accounts of people who know your topic.
2/ Starting with threads, @WriteRack is essential. You can compose in the program or copy and paste your essay. It formats your text into a thread of tweets then you clean them up so the breaks are where you want them. Then you set them to go out on a timer.
3/ I use Twitter Moments to preserve threads. I used to use Tweetdeck but this is a lot easier. Sometimes I don't even publish them - they require a photo - because I can grab the top tweet straight from the draft when I need it.
Should I do a Twitter Tips thread and go over how these tools work? There's nothing nefarious, but there's some cool free stuff we use for professional accounts that anyone can use.
Also I have a "Twitter for Writers" piece if anyone wants to take a look.
Ok let's start with things that make Berners' heads explode.
We tell everyone, leave your own tweets at the top when you log off. Not just your pinned tweet, your current stuff. I usually hit the top two in my mentions. This is free advertising. In weird twitter it's currency
Buffer is a great tool for scheduling tweets. There are a ton of apps that let you post to multiple platforms but with Buffer the posts don't go out at the same time. You can also schedule tweets at optimum times based on your when your followers are online
We can't believe ALL women, because every time true motivations of women like "Grace," Leeann Tweeden, Susan Smith, Ashley Todd, Casey Anthony, or Tawana Brawley come to light, it reflects on our credibility and makes real victims less sympathetic and more easily dismissed.
I understand that false reporting of sexual assault is at the same level of any other crime, but that's the justice system, not the court of public opinion. Other crimes aren't as newsworthy. The consequences of anonymous, spurious allegations are not as profound.
With MeToo, we have harnessed the power to ruin someone's life with the stroke of a pen. This is a power that must be considered seriously and wielded with the utmost responsibility. We cannot allow it to be weaponize and rendered impotent through misrepresentation and abuse
Maybe it's different for me because this isn't theoretical. This is the working environment I inhabit. Because Franken was not offered due process, any man knows he can't expect it either. The only way to avoid a similar fate is the Pence rule, don't be alone with women.
The fear that someone could appear from your past and claim something ridiculous happened that you don't remember and thus can't defend yourself is very real.
Unless you've followed horse racing for a really long time, you've probably never heard of Tabasco Cat.
Tabasco Cat was sired by a horse named Storm Cat, considered the most expensive stallion in history. His trainer was Wayne Lucas, his jockey was Pat Day. These are Bold Face Names in thoroughbred racing.
In other words, Tabasco Cat was an investment
In 1993, there was a terrible tragedy. Tabasco Cat trampled his owner, or someone in his owner's family, causing permanent injury and irreparable brain damage.
The owners didn't shoot him, or sell him, or do anything they wouldn't have normally done. They kept racing him.