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Cesca (Salon): Stop caring what the Red Hats think


Enough cowardice: Democrats must forge ahead, without caring what the Trumpers say
Trump's delusional supporters will rage and scream no matter what. Democrats should quit trying to make peace

By Bob Cesca
November 24, 2020 1:00PM (UTC)

Even after the landslide defeat of Donald Trump, Republicans across the board continue to be terrified by Trump's disciples. Fear of the Red Hats has always been one of the primary reasons why the rest of Trump's party has refused to speak out against his ongoing horror show. It's not the only reason, but it's one of the more potent ones.

While it's pathetic, infuriating and completely unpatriotic, I at least understand why they're doing it. What I don't understand is why the Normals are afraid of Trump's Red Hats, too.

The tragic reality of the Biden years will be this: The Red Hats are going to scream about literally everything anyway. They already are. History has taught us that appeasement only makes the aggressor more aggressive, and trying to unilaterally play nice will only end in unilateral pantsing. In their deluded, brainwashed minds, Biden stole the election from Trump, while professional stooges like Charlie Kirk and Breitbart are already hyping up their fanboys about inevitable "persecutions" that will follow. Ivanka Trump, meanwhile, has expressed outrage over the New York attorney general's comprehensive investigation into Trump's alleged financial crimes. Fox News and the other pro-Trump propaganda outlets will link Biden to all of it, whether Biden wants to be linked or not.

Americans tend to respond to strong, unflinching leadership, and tend to condemn weakness and half-measures. So whether it's the incoming attorney general or a congressional committee or a state and local probe, if the evidence leads to indictments, Democrats should just own it and ignore the shrieking. The Lincoln Project's Rick Wilson once said, "[Mitch McConnell] doesn't care about screaming." The Democrats on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue would do well to employ the same strategy. Hold fast, power through and stop caring about the screaming.

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As God as my witness, I'll never pass up a chance to repost this

From http://www.dumbingofage.com/2016/blog/antichrist/

A little context: the cartoonist, Dave Willis, grew up in a strict conservative evangelical household, and Joyce, the little kid/older kid/young woman in this progression, is sort of his alter-ego about how that religious bubble bursts for some people, and of some of the hypocrisies that manifest in the people for whom it doesn't burst.

I think this is a surviving version, the originals lost to defunct websites and linkrot...

Pitt himself was a DU regular back at that time, but he wore out he welcome through abusive behavior and by violating one of the central purposes of this site, "Support Democrats."

But this is from earlier, when he was still doing good work:


One snippet:
Measures taken by the Clinton administration to thwart international terrorism and bin Laden's network were historic, unprecedented and, sadly, not followed up on. Consider the steps offered by Clinton's 1996 omnibus anti-terror legislation, the pricetag for which stood at $1.097 billion. The following is a partial list of the initiatives offered by the Clinton anti-terrorism bill:

Screen Checked Baggage: $91.1 million
Screen Carry-On Baggage: $37.8 million
Passenger Profiling: $10 million
Screener Training: $5.3 million
Screen Passengers (portals) and Document Scanners: $1 million
Deploying Existing Technology to Inspect International Air Cargo: $31.4
Provide Additional Air/Counterterrorism Security: $26.6 million
Explosives Detection Training: $1.8 million
Augment FAA Security Research: $20 million
Customs Service: Explosives and Radiation Detection Equipment at Ports: $2.2 million
Anti-Terrorism Assistance to Foreign Governments: $2 million
Capacity to Collect and Assemble Explosives Data: $2.1 million
Improve Domestic Intelligence: $38.9 million
Critical Incident Response Teams for Post-Blast Deployment: $7.2 million
Additional Security for Federal Facilities: $6.7 million
Firefighter/Emergency Services Financial Assistance: $2.7 million
Public Building and Museum Security: $7.3 million
Improve Technology to Prevent Nuclear Smuggling: $8 million
Critical Incident Response Facility: $2 million
Counter-Terrorism Fund: $35 million
Explosives Intelligence and Support Systems: $14.2 million
Office of Emergency Preparedness: $5.8 million

Animaniacs Trump Cyclops

Steven Spielberg's animated show is back

Sarcasm separated from tone of voice, which is the reality with text, rarely translates well

Especially in a place like DU which is a constant target for RW trolls. Fortunately, DU does have a graphic for that. It helps distinguish genuinely sarcastic remarks from trolls who really believe it.

See the "smilies" button on the reply screen?


Click on it and you'll get a bunch of smiley graphics that can be added to posts. The one for sarcasm is in an expansion to the list. Click the "..." button at the end:


That will open more smilieys. The "sarcasm" one (blood-red dripping letters) is the first one:


Just click on it and it'll appear in your post like : sarcasm : except with no spaces between the colons and the word. After posting it will appear as as:

BTW, welcome to DU

So let's talk about Parler. Where did it come from? (Hint: Roo Sha)

On edit: If you're here to make a quip about how it's pronounced or to scold that talking about it just promotes it, save it. This is about who started it and what their connections are, and those tend to lead in familiar Trumpy directions.


Unrolled thread at ThreadReaderApp: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1327253991936454663.html

So let’s talk about Parler. Where did it come from? Founder John Matze met his now wife, Alina Mukhutdinova, in May 15, 2016 in Las Vegas. Alina is from Kazan, Russia. She was on a two week road trip “vacation” across the USA with a friend.

(This sounds a lot like this USA road trip taken by Anna Bogacheva and Aleksandra Krylova in 2014.) washingtonpost.com/world/europe/r…

John was involved in a couple of unremarkable tech companies with college friend Jared Thomson. After a short stint working at Amazon in Seattle, and being unhappy there, he and Alina return to Vegas and decide to marry. They traveled to Russia in November 2017.

John and Alina were married December 2, 2017 in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia. They were married in a government facility overseen by Alina’s mother, Gulnara Mukhutdinova, a longtime government functionary. Gulnara’s mother was an “Honored Builder of Russia” in Soviet times.

John and Alina traveled in Russia and in Europe extensively between December and July 2018. They returned to Vegas and launched Parler with Jared Thomson in August 2018. Almost no one joined between August and December 2018; it was in early alpha stages.

Also, a preliminary analysis of the first several thousand accounts on Parler shows that it is the usual Russia aligned operatives that we in this space have tracked for years. This is a large scale op aligned with Russian interests.


More at the link

In 1980 I was still a little short of voting age...

I grew up in a conservative household (of the Bill Buckley fan variety), but that influence always ran up against my sense of fairness. And one of my first political epiphanies was that was that communists weren't the big threat to this country, because too many people couldn't get on board with it. The real danger was the fanatical anti-communists, because they lumped everything they didn't like into "communism". They were the ones who really had the ability to bait-and-switch people, to get them supporting an agenda that was a lot more radical than they realized.

I contend that the past 40 years have proven my youthful insight correct.

Plus, I was a complete science nerd. Once he played footsie with creationists, he'd burned any "charm" he might have had with me.
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