Forum posts made by principessa

Topic Trump's Response to Charlottesville Is Both Disappointing and Dooming
Posted 17 Aug 2017 18:58

Let's put a little spin on this. would you be okay with putting up a statue of Osama Bin Laden at Ground zero? How about one of Hitler in London? it's one thing to make books like Mein Kampf available or any history book, really, but do we really need to celebrate "heroes" who fought in a war with the purpose of protecting their "right" to keep an entire race as slaves?

no, it doesn't erase what happened - but think about this - can you even imagine what it would feel like to be black and see those honorifics every day in your hometown as a reminder of what a lot of people still believe? that you are an animal and deserve nothing better than to be beaten, enslaved, or lynched - and that is exactly what neo-nazis, white supremists, etc, believe.

yes, washington and jefferson owned slaves - you can't forget that, but they also did their part in promoting the ideal of 'all
men are created equal'. imperfect men in an imperfect time, admittedly, but they created a nation in which people could, eventually, be free.

It is one thing to acknowledge symbols as a part of history, but they must be put in proper context. Hitler and Stalin are not to be venerated. Symbols of the Confederacy belong in a museum but not in public squares to remind people every day of who and what they were.

Topic Trump's Response to Charlottesville Is Both Disappointing and Dooming
Posted 17 Aug 2017 14:36

I think that Trump was as surprised as everyone else when he won, despite his constant bluster about his win. I doubt he gave more than ten minutes of thought as to what he would do if elected throughout the campaign. His campaign rallies were more about his bragging and attacking Hillary Clinton than they were about policy which is not his strong suit. I think that he likes the game and the chase and is bored easily once that is over hence his retreating to pep rallies to recharge his ego every few weeks. He may well have been elected in part by a protest vote against the establishment along with his appeal to people like those who marched in Charlottesville this past weekend.

He is a man uniquely unsuited to actually be president for a number of reasons: the short attention span I mentioned, laziness, a lack of intellectual curiosity, a lack of any background in governance, history or diplomacy, and, in my view, the absence of a moral compass. He loves the idea of being president, the pomp, the plane and helicopters and probably the chocolate cake and ice cream at the White House. He does not like briefing books and has asked for one page reports with bullet points on policy issues. He does not like long hours of work and ironically has visited his golf clubs dozens of times in his tenure after criticizing Obama for his occasional games.

And now we have his equivocation after the events in Charolottesville, talking about "many fine people" on both sides and giving neo-nazis, racists, and anti-semites the same status as those who opposed them. Yes, there was physical violence on both sides, but only the white supremacists arrived armed with assault weapons and more, openly carried. Anyone who has seen the video of those people marching through the campus on Friday night with their torches and chanting "Jews won't replace us", "you won't replace us", "blood and soil" and much worse. The torches and "blood and soil" and the anti-semitic chants were a direct nod to the brownshirt marches of 1930s. That anyone could find such people morally equivalent to their opposition is absurd and an effort to legitimize white identity politics. Of course, they have been emboldened by Trump to march unmasked and proud. No dog whistle politics from Trump. He encourages them without shame.

His embrace of Confederate history and culture including the recent tweets about Confederate statues and Bannon's interview goading the Dems to talk about race while they talked about economic issues and squash the Dems are a distraction diversion to take the light off of Trump's lack of moral authority in this situation. Instead of being a source of comfort to all Americans after these events, he has exacerbated divisions. Trump and Bannon play the game of giving the press and the rest of us another shiny object to look at to take attention away from whatever mess they have created and we all fall for it every time. It is a three ring circus.

What is also disheartening is the deafening silence among GOP elected and appointed officials regarding Trump's behaviour and statements but for a very few. I naively thought that some in his cabinet might resign.

Topic Potus45 - Will he be impeached?
Posted 15 Aug 2017 10:22

He's not gonna be impeached.

American blood spilled on American soil by Nazi's, and within 24 hours it is just another talking point. It's clear the house and senate are happy with this clown in charge, because while this deadly circus is going on, the EPA is being shredded, regulations on big business are being stripped away, voting rights and abortion clinics are being shut down, and the stock market is surging, even as wages stagnate. They will tolerate bloodshed and casual racism and the threat of nuclear war to push their agenda through.

There is, by the way, a long history of the alt-right wet dream of running down leftist protesters with cars. This was no lone wingnut.

I disagree about Trump being impeached but agree with your assessment. The members of the House and Senate are content to have Trump distracted while they push forward a right wing agenda as you described. So long as the stock market surges and tax cuts are coming the 1% will be happy. However, there will come a point where Trump has become so unpopular that incumbents will be concerned about their re-election. That is when they will be forced to distance themselves from him. His popularity was cited today at 34%, an all time low for presidents at this point in their term.

We also can predict that the Mueller investigation will unearth not only collusion among his campaign team and the Russians, but also information about his finances and business that he has tried not to disclose, including his tax returns and the hundreds of millions he owes to Russian banks owned by oligarchs who are Putin's pals. I think there will be a tsunami of information that will be the undoing of Trump's presidency including criminal charges against some team members. The GOP will abandon him to save themselves and impeach him.

His performance this weekend in the wake of the racist anti-semitic hate groups marching through Charlottesville armed with assault rifles was despicable. There is no moral equivalence between them and those who opposed them. His second statement was too little, too late and lacked any real conviction. He has been in bed with these people since early in his campaign and has always been loath to repudiate them and their votes. He has given them permission to parade proudly without hoods and masks and to shout publicly opinions which had been relegated to their homes.

I understand the impulse to pay no attention to these alt right extremists and neo-Nazis. Perhaps we should give them less publicity, but they must be faced down. A clear message must be sent that these views are not acceptable in the US or anywhere else. Bad things happen when good people remain silent and this silence is interpreted as consent. Hate crimes against minorities, Jews and Muslims have spiked. People have to communicate that this is not done in their name.

Topic Potus45 - Will he be impeached?
Posted 14 Aug 2017 15:09

Here is something that I found out this weekend that I had not known before. The Lee statue in question and many other such monuments are not really a part of the Civil War history in the south. Many were erected in the 50s and 60s as a response to the civil rights movement, to remind all of the deep roots of segregation in the south. If you think about it, Lee and other Civil War heroes were actually treasonous, trying to tear the country apart, so not to be lauded by all for seceding from the US to perpetuate slavery which was the basis of the life and economy in the south and some other states. This is not a heritage worthy of homage.

So, these statues and monuments are the perfect symbols for the KKK, neo-nazis, and alt right racist anti-semites. That they marched with torches reminiscent both of 1930s Germany and the KKK in the south is no accident. The campaign that Trump ran gave them permission to come out into the open as he sent barely coded messages about taking the country back. Everyone knows what that means: back from women and minorities, back from immigrants, back from Jews and Muslims, back from anyone not exactly like these angry white people. The first thing Trump has to do after his statement today is to rid the White House of Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, and any other alt right adherents. Then we will know this statement was not too little too late. It took three days to state unequivocally that he abhors hate and name those guilty of it. Shameful.

Topic Potus45 - Will he be impeached?
Posted 14 Aug 2017 09:52

@ Ruthie Your analysis is spot on.

Topic Potus45 - Will he be impeached?
Posted 14 Aug 2017 09:38

He should be held partly responsible for the people who died over the weekend and also it's a terror attack if you asked me. He is not treating it as such and has never held a stance against white Supremacists. My 2 cents

My heart goes to the victims and their loved ones.

Impeach now! How about his whole shitty backwards Administration as well? I know the Amendments but they're all so shady and money hungry.

I don't have many words to describe this. Other than it needs to stop.

This man has no trouble calling out people who annoy or criticize him. He has vented against the Merck CEO who quit one of his advisory councils over his inadequate response to the events in Charlottesville. Members of both parties have had no trouble denouncing the racist anti-semites who marched with their tiki torches on Friday onto the campus of UVA, reminiscent of KKK marches. On Saturday they marched through town chanting that "Jews will not replace us" and racist chants. They were armed to the teeth as Virginia is an open carry state. They were looking for publicity and for a fight. They are responsible for the murder of one young woman and the injury of many others, including two police officers killed in a helicopter crash there.

For Trump to draw a moral equivalence between these neo-Nazis and those who showed up to protest against them is mindboggling. David Duke and others of his ilk celebrated that statement as Trump did not specifically condemn them, acknowledging that they voted for him and supported his agenda.

Trump (I refuse to call him President) will not call out these groups by name and call racism, bigotry and anti-semitism elements of evil. Why this moral bankruptcy? He has winked and nodded during the campaign as he got their support. He needs to walk away from that now, or is he too afraid of losing their votes? He seems able to lash out at so many others for reasons that are minor compared to this. And yet, he is reluctant to use strong language against bigotry, racism, anti-semitism. This is added to his blind spot about Putin, another confounding lapse.

This man does not have any moral authority or judgment to understand evil when it is right in front of him. He derided President Obama for not saying "radical Islamic terrorism", but will not denounce the KKK, racists, and neo-Nazis. Even his AG, who does not have a liberal history (to be kind to his racist past) spoke out more strongly than Trump. He is to make another statement today - three days later - no doubt having been convinced by members of his staff and party to clean up this mess. Let's see if he can. It is shameful that he had to be prodded to do this. For many it will be too little, too late as it should have been his first impulse to do this.

Edit: He is on television now and has begun by talking about jobs, the economy and tax cuts.(Odd.) Now he is talking about civil rights charges being brought by the FBI. At last he names the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremicists, and other hate groups calling racism, hate and bigotry evil. I guess Steve Bannon did not have much to do with this speech. What will he do when he is off script? What will happen the next time? To convince us that there is a shred of sincerity in this he will have to fire Bannon and Gorka - poster boys for the alt right which is the polite term now for neo-Nazis - from the White House. One late statement will not make this go away. One would think that criticizing Nazis and the KKK would be the easiest thing to do. Abdicating moral authority on Saturday, and having to clean it up on Monday is not exactly a profile in courage after all of the push back from even those of his own party.

This goes beyond this weekend. How do you deal with a man who is morally and ethically bankrupt, considers himself above the law, incompetent in governance and diplomacy, and who admires dictators the world over while giving silent consent to the racist underbelly of his country. A man who cannot unequivocally and immediately denounce neo-Nazis and traffics in racism is not fit for the office he occupies. There are many questions being quietly asked now behind the scenes among the GOP about what steps to take about him. The dissonance between the most basic norms for a president and the words, decisions and behaviour of Trump could not be more clear. They will have to find a way for him to go before 2020.

Topic North Korea and The United States
Posted 13 Aug 2017 13:22

Two narcissisitic bullies in a pissing match about nuclear weapons. What could go wrong?

Let us hope that cooler heads prevail and that China can influence North Korea and the US to cease goading each other. This kind of brinksmanship is very scary. We all know that the US military is the most powerful in the world. There is no need for Trump to prove it. The consequences would be unthinkable.

Topic Advice before submitting a story
Posted 10 Aug 2017 17:24



Thanks for remembering this. I hope it is helpful to newer Lush writers.

Topic The Age of Un-Enlightenment
Posted 28 Jul 2017 14:28

I agree that education does not automatically make one an intelligent, well-rounded person. I have known many people who did not have the opportunity for higher education, but spent their time reading a lot including fiction, non-fiction, history, and periodicals. They could speak comfortably about many subjects because of their making the effort to educate themselves. On the other hand I have known people who graduated from professional schools like law, medicine, or accounting who may have passed their professional exams, but seem to have no intellectual curiosity otherwise. It is that curiosity that keeps one learning through life.

As to current culture, there is certainly a dumbing down. It may well be that the access we have to all kinds of information on the internet and the instant gratification of 24/7 contact and availability has impacted on that. People think that they can write the way the compose texts and are shocked that this is not acceptable in business correspondence and documents. Literacy has suffered because of texting. There also seems to be a willingness to deny science and reputable research that I don't really understand. You can find a citation for almost any fact or opinion on the interest if you don't care about the source.

Somehow education and knowledge have been labeled elitist in the age of Trump. It is not a good thing.

Topic Power Play by Principessa and Milik_the_Red
Posted 28 Jul 2017 09:24

"Power Play" is a story about a psychologist for a school and a student referred to him. The complications of their relationship make the story interesting and exciting.

Each chapter begins with this Oscar Wilde quote, “Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.” That is the struggle that this story is about, also that between duty and desire, fantasy and reality, security and risk, and the difference between love and sex, wants and needs.

This story was well received and won a series award. The first chapter is now 711 views away from a "Famous Story" badge. Milik and I would be grateful if you had a look to push it over the 30,000 benchmark. Of course we would like you to read the story and let us know what you think. It is quite a ride, so fasten your seat belt. We hope that you will enjoy it.

Thank you all in advance.

Here is the link:

And links for the following parts:

Topic Repeal and Replace
Posted 27 Jul 2017 08:53

I would like to remind my American friends that they are the only industrialized country that has a healthcare system that is profit based. In every other such country, healthcare for its citizens is an essential service. There are many iterations of these systems, but they are essentially single payer and paid for with citizens' taxes at much less cost than US health insurance. It is possible to buy extra insurance if you want greater benefits, like a private hospital room. Many government plans allow for private care at one's own expense. This is not communism or creeping socialism, but rather an understanding that healthcare is a right not a privilege and that this should not be a profit making industry. No one should face bankruptcy because of an illness, catastrophic or otherwise.

I think that American legislators are finding out that once a form of a national plan is available, people do not want to give it up. The current plan has problems that have to be fixed, but it is certainly better than having nothing at all. What Americans have to understand is that healthcare is indeed one sixth of their economy, but a large fraction of that is because of the profits made, including those of large providers and pharmaceutical companies. The US spends more money per capita on healthcare and yet ranks shockingly low on criteria of outcomes like infant mortality. The money that is being spent should allow every American the kind of coverage that their legislators have as they comfortably debate the end of the ACA without any idea of how to replace it with something that is better. Republicans in particular are hypocritical in railing against the ACA without having to worry about coverage for themselves or their families. The reason there is difficulty with this is the power of the insurance companies, the for profit healthcare providers and the big pharma.

As a Canadian, I can tell you that the horror stories publicized about our single payer system are false. A impartial look at how things work here or in Europe or the UK, or Australia or NZ will show that the various different systems work much better for the people of those countries than the US system works.

Topic Potus45 - Will he be impeached?
Posted 26 Jul 2017 08:32

Oh he has been in the money laundering business for years. Your analysis my dear is "spot on." I must agree with you.
The way it looks, I think just a book, "The Trumps" would make a
"good" read.
Thank you Principessa for your brilliant post!

Thank you.

Paul Manafort who was Trump's campaign manager for a few months last summer will be testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He has been subpoenaed, so he cannot avoid it. He has deep connections to Russia and has acted for interests there and in the Ukraine. He may have facilitated the collusion of the Trump team with the Russians during the election. We know that there were meetings. We know that top level team members and family were involved including Don Jr., Jared Kushner, and the current AG Jeff Sessions. Evidence of more and more meetings and interaction is coming to light. Interestingly, the Russian ambassador to the US who was involved in all of this including that jolly meeting with Trump in the White House where Trump revealed top secret information has been recalled to Russia. No doubt they want him out of the country. Manafort may make a deal for lesser charges or immunity to give evidence either to the Senate or to Meuller's investigation. The effort by Trump's team to stonewall these investigations and label any reporting on this as fake news will be in vain. The truth will come out and the Trump house of cards will implode.

Topic Potus45 - Will he be impeached?
Posted 25 Jul 2017 14:48

I agree with the above description of Trump, but disagree on the prediction therein. I think that Trump's bullying of Jeff Sessions signals his efforts to do indirectly what he cannot do directly, that is shut down the investigation of Russian interference in the US election. Only Rosenstein, the deputy AG can fire Robert Meuller. Trump does not want his finances, taxes, and business machinations exposed, particularly if he owes hundreds of millions to banks controlled by Russian oligarchs who are Putin's pals. Putin's gaming the US election benefited Trump, and Trump feels it denigrates his win. He has been played like a violin by Putin with flattery and fed disinformation by this master manipulator who formerly ran the KGB. Trump doesn't understand that the issue is that this Russian effort undermined US democracy, no matter who benefited from it. They have done the same thing in European and other elections.

Back to Sessions and impeachment. I think that this may follow the pattern that happened in the 70s with Nixon and the Saturday Night Massacre when he fired Archibald Cox who was investigating the Watergate scandal. At that time the AG Elliot Richardson and his deputy William Ruckelhaus both refused to fire Cox and the third in line (if I remember correctly) Robert Bork did it. This is the same right wing ideologue whose later nomination for the Supreme Court failed. If you look back at what happened at that time, it provides a template for what is happening now and may be predictive of what will happen. The difference is that Nixon was much more intelligent than Trump and also understood how the government works. What Trump shares with Nixon is his desperation and rage at the prospect of being exposed. I think this is the beginning of it all unraveling. There have been breaches of ethics and laws, both electoral and criminal law, and who knows what else. This will reach a critical mass where even GOP senators and Congressmen will be unable to support Trump any longer. He will be impeached or resign to avoid that process and exposure of the depth of his wrongdoing. It is just a matter of time.

"All the President's Men" by Woodward and Bernstein exposed the depth of the Watergate scandal and is worth reading now to give some context to what is going on. Who knows, they may already be working on a 21st century version centered on the Trump family and their team.

Topic Potus45 - Will he be impeached?
Posted 07 Jun 2017 17:48

I agree with Van. This is unraveling like a badly knit sweater. Trump, his family, and those around him have been involved in all manner of ethical lapses, possible criminal activity (such as diverting charity funds for personal use) and collusion with the Russians to skew the election in Trump's favour. Several people involved in his campaign (Flynn, Manafort, Sessions, and Kushner) have conveniently forgotten meetings with Russian bigwigs. The Russian ambassador in Washington is known to be their spymaster in the US. I think one of the reasons we have not seen Trump's tax returns is that he is indebted to the tune of hundreds of millions to Russian oligarchs who are one step removed from Putin. Putin has been playing him like a violin throughout the campaign and to this day.

Much of this is difficult to prove, but it will be proven as a result of following the money, following the threads of communication and confluence among Trump people and the Russians, and just as with Watergate, exposing the cover-up that goes all the way to the Oval Office. It may take months if not years to expose Trump's depth of corruption and dishonesty, and of course cooperation in machinations that undermined the bases of American democracy. Obstruction of justice may be the least of his problems if it is determined that his minions with his knowledge and consent perpetrated what might be considered treasonous acts during the primaries and election campaign.

Comey is going to start the process with his testimony tomorrow and has given a written statement today saying it will allow intelligent questions to be asked.

As Churchill said this may not be the beginning of the end, but it is the end of the beginning.

Topic donald trump for president
Posted 05 Jun 2017 12:26

There is a reason that Lavrov and Kislyak are laughing. If there were a thought bubble it would say, "Can you believe we got this idiot elected? He is now revealing top secret information to us to show off."

Topic Do you believe in any kinda paranormal phenomena?
Posted 03 Jun 2017 10:31

None. Not since I grew too old for fairy tales. No paranormal phenomena. No New Age ideas.

Topic Horrible Advice for Talentless Authors
Posted 01 Jun 2017 15:51

Never mind spelling or grammar. Just write your story as you would a text message or tweet. After all, this is your version of artistic expression. Be sure to tell that to the story moderator who returns your story suggesting corrections.

Topic Memorial Day In USA
Posted 29 May 2017 16:08

For the record McCrae was a Canadian. This poem became iconic and is read each Remembrance Day. Children learn of it in elementary school. The poppies that are worn in Canada in the days leading up to Remembrance Day were also inspired by that poem. Tradition now is to deposit your poppy on the war memorial in your city after the service that day. By the end of the day memorials everywhere are blanketed with poppies.

Topic Potus45 - Will he be impeached?
Posted 26 May 2017 07:21

If there is solid evidence, as you suggest there could be, then President Trump will be impeached. If there isn't he will win in 2020.

Meanwhile, after their loss in the election the Democrats formed their own think tank to study, in depth, why they lost. The conclusions of that think tank are far removed from Comey and the Russians. It concluded that to reverse their ongoing slide and win back the House in 2018, they would have to convince those who would normally vote Democrat but chose Donald Trump, to change sides. Their findings contradicts the current party line that mobilisation of support, those that failed to vote must be 'got out' to vote, is the answer.
If the investigations at present underway are not finalised before the 2018 elections, and the advice given by their own think tank goes unheeded, that very think tank says that there will be further losses in 2018. They say as many as 15 more Senate seats will be lost. That's scary for any party.


I agree that the Dems have a lot of rebuilding to do. They have lost their ability to appeal to middle class Americans, just as the GOP have convinced the same group to vote against their own self-interest for a party whose mantra is tax cuts for the rich. Trump's budget will drastically cut programs such as Medicaid and food stamps whille doing exactly that, providing advantages and cuts for the wealthy. However, you have to give people reasons to vote for you rather than just against the other guys. It is also time that the Dems look to a younger generation for leadership, perhaps someone like Cory Booker.

What will be interesting will be to see how far the investigations get before the 2018 election and their impact on GOP candidates. Will they stand by Trump or jump ship if evidence accumulates against him and his team? We'll see. I think that even if it does not go that far, Trump will have a fight on his hands if he lasts to 2020. Four years of him and his Cabinet may well be enough for the American people.

Topic Potus45 - Will he be impeached?
Posted 25 May 2017 19:11

That is from "All About Eve" where Davis famously says, "Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night." That may be apt for the the months ahead of us as the investigations proceed.

Topic Potus45 - Will he be impeached?
Posted 25 May 2017 19:03

There is another way to look at this. The GOP Congress is up for re-election in about a year and a half. One third of the Senate will be running that year as well. As Robert Mueller's investigation proceeds and the net widens catching more and more members of Trump's team, their instinct for self-preservation may well kick in. There will be Congressional investigations ongoing and journalists following every lead regarding money and paper trails. The steady drip, drip, drip of more and more damning information may reach a critical mass where even many Trump supporters will no longer be able to deny what has gone on in this administration before, during, and after the election. If there is solid evidence that Trump allowed this to happen with his knowledge and consent, or is himself implicated in collusion with the Russians to win the election, it is game over. Surely conspiring with an adversary of the US to undermine American democracy at its most basic level, an election, is a high crime as it is understood as a basis for impeachment. The GOP may desert Trump if it comes to this, but he will not resign instead of putting the country through the process as Nixon was convinced to do. He will have to be dragged kicking and screaming from the White House, still calling it all fake news. As of tonight, Jared Kushner, Ivanka's husband is the focus of the Russia investigation by the FBI. This is going to unravel like a badly knit sweater. It may take many months to document all of the malfeasance, but the process has begun.

There is a precedent for this and it is Watergate. Relentless work by journalists connected the dots from a stupid break-in to Nixon's re-election campaign and from there to his close advisors (Erlichman, Haldeman, and of course John Dean) and straight to the Oval Office and Nixon himself.

Topic Potus45 - Will he be impeached?
Posted 14 May 2017 16:46

Richard Nixon suborned perjury and obstructed justice in secret. This was revealed in the tapes that were subpoenaed during Watergate. Trump has obstructed justice in demanding personal loyalty from James Comey and in firing him to stop his investigation of Trump and his team colluding with the Russians. He baldly admitted this on national television in his interview with Lester Holt. Even if the investigation did not produce enough evidence to charge Manafort, Flynn, Stone, and others in Trump's cadre, this interference is obstruction of justice. The demand for personal loyalty is out of bounds for a leader of a democracy. The head of the national police force owes loyalty to the public, the Constitution, and the rule of law. Personal loyalty of the police to political leadership is something that happens in dictatorships. Let us not forget that Trump also posted a barely veiled threat against Comey in a tweet soon after he fired him.

Those of us too young to remember Watergate should read "All the President's Men" or watch the movie with Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Woodward and Bernstein, the legendary journalists who wrote the book and whose dogged and determined work brought Nixon down. The echoes to current events are eerie. Two lessons to remember from Watergate: follow the money and it is the cover up not the crime that tends to get people in trouble. What is needed now is some GOP politicians who put country before party and power and have the backbone to ask a crucial Watergate question: what did the President know and when did he know it?

My personal opinion is that Nixon was a much smarter man than Trump, despite their sharing paranoia, insecurity, resentment. The collusion with the Russians will eventually be exposed and documented and Trump will be impeached if he does not resign. I doubt he will last through his four year term, especially if the Dems retake the House and Senate in 2018. By that time the dam may have broken and public opinion may well have turned against Trump.

Topic Presidential offspring - out of bounds or fair game..?
Posted 14 May 2017 16:32

Adult children who have put themselves in the public limelight, especially those involved in politics, are fair game. This would be true for Dick Cheney's daughter who was a right wing commentator before running for office and Chelsea Clinton to the extent that she involved herself in her mother's campaign or comments on public policy. Of course Trump's offspring are not off limits but for his young son. Children of POTUS should be allowed to grow up as normally as possible and without media scrutiny as was the case for Chelsea Clinton and the Obama girls.

Topic Berkeley and Ann Coulter: A Free Speech Issue?
Posted 27 Apr 2017 15:21

Not a free speech issue, it's not the government restricting her right to speak, it's entitled and intolerant protesters.

Coulter is a racist, mean-spirited idiot. The easiest way to let people find that out is by letting her speak.

I agree with you. The protesters have been played by her. This has gotten her a lot of publicity and now she will say she has been victimized by them. Universities are supposed to be a marketplace of ideas, not monolithic group think. The best way to counter someone like Coulter is to take apart her arguments or not show up at her events. She thrives on being a provocateur and the attention that it creates.

Topic Repeal and Replace
Posted 07 Mar 2017 20:01

I think that it is the height of hypocrisy for members of both houses to deny the American public an affordable plan if not the same Rolls Royce healthcare plan that they have, paid for by that same American public. That is shameful.

All of Congress as well as their staff are required by law to purchase health insurance from an ACA exchange just like all others who do not have an employer program

Thank you. I did not have up to date information.

Topic Techniques For Writing Sex Scenes
Posted 07 Mar 2017 16:14

I agree with the others in saying that you should relax and let the characters take over. Having a sense memory of various sexual activity will help you describe what they are doing and feeling. Let the scene build as arousal would build and intensify and then climax (pun intended).

One thing that is an immediate turn off is what we call the laundry list to physically describe your characters, especially if it is very unrealistic. For example: She was a slim 5'6" blue-eyed blonde with long hair, 38DD boobs and shaved pubes. He was tall, dark and muscular, and his penis was at least 8 inches before arousal.

I would let the details of the characters' appearance come out slowly in the story or as they are having sex. Avoiding impossible bodies, like a facsimile of a Barbie doll for a female character is also wise. You want to write about people who are believable, not cartoon characters.

Topic Repeal and Replace
Posted 07 Mar 2017 09:04

I think that it is the height of hypocrisy for members of both houses to deny the American public an affordable plan if not the same Rolls Royce healthcare plan that they have, paid for by that same American public. That is shameful.

The US spends more than any other country in the world on healthcare and has dismal outcomes in terms of life expectancy, child mortality and other measures of its success. It is time for Americans to demand that healthcare be recognized as a right of citizenship and not a for profit industry. That would be a big leap for politicians but it is not creeping socialism, rather it would bring the US into the 21st century along with the rest of the industrialized countries in the world. Despite the scare tactics of big pharma and some medical groups, a system like that in Canada, works and works well for the majority of the population. It is not perfect, but no one goes bankrupt trying to pay for care for a catastrophic illness.

Topic Who is YOUR favorite author on Lush?
Posted 06 Mar 2017 16:52

I can see that people tend to read current authors more than longer standing ones. I have given my short lists before so this will be brief:
DanielleX is someone I have read over and over, especially her "Renaissance of the Heart" series. She is just an instant turn on for me if you just mention her name by now.
Then there is Sprite's, "Do You Want Ketchup With That?"
Then there are the poets I adore: LaylaJune is just extraordinary. We all know her as a very classy lady, but that class somehow rubs off on her gift---her poetic muse.
I tend not to read men but there are some damned good writers here who are male.

I have been away so forgive me for not thanking you sooner. I appreciate being listed with some very talented people. Thank you so much.

Topic Mesmerizing GIFs
Posted 16 Feb 2017 16:07

Topic Can Donald Trump Read?
Posted 14 Feb 2017 18:54

It was reported that Trump has no patience for briefing books or policy papers. He doesn't have the attention span or intellectual curiosity for long reads. Staff have been told that reports and policy papers should be limited to one page with maps and illustrations. Kind of 'Being President for Dummies". It would be funny if it weren't so scary. So he knows how to read, he just doesn't like doing it.