Forum posts made by principessa

Topic New question to help me understand...
Posted 31 Jan 2017 17:16

I feel less safe not because of immigrants or refugees, but because Donald Trump is POTUS.

It was one thing to contemplate this when he was part of the circus of the GOP primary campaign, but once he became their candidate it was not funny any more. He has appealed to the worst in people and normalized racism, xenophobia, sexism and pathological lying - all that with impunity and encouragement of his followers. Now he is POTUS. Most of his choices for his cabinet distinguish themselves by ethical issues and backgrounds/views completely antithetical to the departments they have been chosen to run. A racist AG. An Education Secretary who plagiarized answers on her application package. A HUD Secretary with no background at all. And now we have Steve Bannon, a presidential appointee who need not pass any Senate scrutiny and a well known ideologue sitting in on NSA meetings. This man said he was a Leninist in that he wanted to completely blow up government. He has his own alt right agenda and has found the perfect empty vessel in Trump to carry it out. All you need to do is flatter him, as Putin well knows.

Trump is a man who cannot let go of what he deems an insulting tweet. How will he deal with an international crisis? I cannot imagine him negotiating out of a situation like the Cuban Missile Crisis of the 60s. The fact that he is capable of starting a nuclear war should give all of us sleepless nights.

Topic IMMIGRATION .... the elephant in the room
Posted 31 Jan 2017 13:13

During Watergate, Nixon asserted that anything the president does is legal because he is the president. Without getting into the entire history of that sad episode in US history, I will just say that Alexander Cox had been appointed to investigate the scandal and criminal wrongdoing that led all the way to Nixon. He had a dramatic confrontation with Nixon when he subpoenaed the tapes the president had secretly recorded of his Oval Office conversations. When Cox refused a direct order from the White House to seek no further tapes or presidential materials, Nixon fired him in an incident that became known as the Saturday Night Massacre. The AG then, Elliot Richardson, resigned rather than obey Nixon's order to fire Cox. More resignations followed at the Department of Justice until someone agreed to fire Cox, Robert Bork. Fast forward to the end: Nixon was forced to resign after being informed that there were enough votes to impeach him for criminality and more.

That is probably too much information, but my point is that this has happened before.

Topic President Trump's First Week
Posted 31 Jan 2017 13:01

I think Steve Bannon is the behind the scenes power player. His fingerprints are all over the travel ban and how it was rolled out without consultation with the departments which would have to administer it or the interim AG. He has said he is a Leninist and that his goal is to blow government up entirely. Every day has brought a new drama and that is what he wants, to create so much chaos that any resistance or questioning is diluted by the mere number of fires to put out. He found his perfect candidate in Trump, a preening narcissist who has no appetite for the hard work of governance. Trump thrives on attention and adulation and has shown himself to be remarkably thin-skinned. He does not want to read the briefing books, do the meetings where policy is developed and discussed, seek consensus to push his agenda through Congress. Far easier to delegate the work and rule by fiat (executive order). Bannon is happy to choreograph this crazy show and feed Trump his lines. This is the alt right's wet dream come true.

As an aside I heard an interesting observation on television last night. Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is an Orthodox Jew. The Sabbath for him runs from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday. It was noticed that some of Trump's outrageousness has been occurring during this time, when Kushner is out of the loop. He and Ivanka may be the only brake on The Donald.

Topic IMMIGRATION .... the elephant in the room
Posted 29 Jan 2017 17:36

Many points made here are very true and valid, but I think some people have lost sight that when a mob forms, many times, a mob mentality takes over.

I agree with you. The willful blindness of some Trump followers to some of his obvious deficiencies is astounding were it not so frightening. Mob mentality is exactly what he has encouraged during the election, against anything that could be labelled other.

This reminds me of the Groucho Marx quote about being caught at something naughty. Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes? (And ears in this case.)

Topic IMMIGRATION .... the elephant in the room
Posted 29 Jan 2017 16:45

I'm not singling you out Principessa, But quoting what I see a lot of here. In general, comments like these make me laugh. The hypocracy of saying that here, a sex site where everywhere you look there are porno images and I'd say 80% of the women and men in relationships, are here behind their partners' backs. How dare he even joke about something like grabbing a pussy.

It was no joke. He was showing off to Billy Bush about doing this habitually. There is a difference between consensual sexual contact and sexual assault. That has absolutely nothing to do with who is on Lush, what they do here or whether their partners know about it. Hayley was comparing Trump favourably to Bill Clinton and sexual allegations against him. I reminded her of his remarks and what he admitted doing.

Topic Are You A Different Person When Drunk?
Posted 29 Jan 2017 16:22

Yes. For better or worse, yes. But still harmless. A happy inebriate. A resolute inebriate. A meticulous inebriate. A thorough inebriate. A full immersion inebriate. Burp.

So the only difference is the burp.

I get silly. drunken

Topic Give a Stripper name to the person above you!
Posted 29 Jan 2017 16:15

Blue Cherub

Topic IMMIGRATION .... the elephant in the room
Posted 29 Jan 2017 11:47

haley wrote:
And I was is no way going to help Bill Clinton back into the White House and gift him interns. You know who I'm quoting when I say "DJT said he could whereas BC actually did!... and his wife tried to cover up for him by persecuting the women involved.

So a man who brags about grabbing women's pussies with impunity just because he can (as he has power over them) is your hero. In most jurisdictions that is sexual assault. Perhaps he is the one who should be locked up.

Topic IMMIGRATION .... the elephant in the room
Posted 29 Jan 2017 11:40

This is a comment written by John Griswald of Utah and posted in response to a column in the NY Times today written by Frank Bruni.

So, it's time to start printing the "I am a Muslim" buttons, time to reach out to somebody who looks different, time to tell Uncle "Charlie" that his racist cracks are NOT welcome at the table, time to "take our country back". America belongs to the educated as well as the "poorly educated", to the scientists as well as the Flat Earth Society, to those who extend the hand of hospitality as well as those who turn a cold shoulder. The question is, who and what will prevail? Will courage win or will cowardice? Will love of knowledge and truth win or will superstition? Will the Lady in the New York Harbor win or will the little man in the gold painted tower? Time to stand up and be counted. I am an agnostic and I am a Muslim.

Topic President Trump's First Week
Posted 29 Jan 2017 11:35

With Trump and his fascist cabinet now bent on destroying the US Constitution and our civil rights, now is a good time to make financial contributions to the ACLU.

Absolutely. But that is not enough.

Resist. Organize. Mobilize. Be as determined and loud as the Tea Party was against President Obama in working for the ouster of the GOP at every level of government.

To borrow a phrase, take your country back.

Topic President Trump's First Week
Posted 29 Jan 2017 11:12

Hayley, with respect, for you to compare being a Trump supporter with being an inmate in a concentration camp or survivor of one is not only insensitive but oblivious to what those people actually went through before they were murdered, or for the few lucky ones, before they were liberated. You mention Christians, some of whom were in this group, as were unionists, homosexuals, artists and others, but the vast majority of those killed were Jews. Six million of them. The last of the survivors are dying. There will only be the history of their stories that they left behind, but time should not erase that memory. Any suffering that you think you are going through as a Trump supporter is in no way comparable and it is disrespectful to even float that idea.

Topic IMMIGRATION .... the elephant in the room
Posted 29 Jan 2017 10:53

Given that we do not differentiate, or should not differentiate, on grounds of religion, what do you think of the options in the original thread? If we were to adopt totally open borders, would the question of religion even be raised?

I am not an expert on immigration policy in the US or anywhere else other than knowing it is a complicated and demanding process. It should be based on parameters like education, skills, family ties, whether the applicant has a criminal record, and other information like ability to speak the language of the country, but absolutely not on race, religion, gender or any characteristic that would be protected in most human rights legislation. Many countries are now looking at the system in Canada which has government sponsored refugees as well as community sponsored ones who are supported in the first year they are in Canada by their sponsors in their integration into Canadian society. The second type is not common in other countries. Of course refugees are a separate stream from ordinary immigrants.

Coincidentally, Trump issued a proclamation on Holocaust Memorial Day on the same day as the immigration ban versus anyone entering the US from several Muslim majority nations. This ban did not include Saudi Arabia which is origin of about three thousand terrorists. The Holocaust proclamation on the same day reminds us of what happens when we close the doors to those fleeing war and oppression. However, Steve Bannon, Trump's communication and policy guru, formerly the head of the neo-Nazi Breitbart News and a noted racist and anti-Semite, seems to have influenced the wording in that there was not one mention of Jews in this document. In Trump/Bannon land even the Holocaust is Juden rein (free of Jews). So, fascism lives on and it is in the White House now. Trump's America has lost its moral compass, but the American people have not as they proved last weekend and last night at various US airports.

Resist. Organize. Mobilize. Be as determined and loud as the Tea Party was against President Obama in working for the ouster of the GOP at every level of government.

Topic IMMIGRATION .... the elephant in the room
Posted 28 Jan 2017 16:21

i'm a british citizen but i'm not white. maybe this makes me biased but i feel that rejecting refugees is intensely selfish. a tiny minority (if any) are terrorists and there are definitely already more homegrown terrorists in the USA/UK. people should not have to flee their homelands and if they're doing this, it's because they HAVE to. would you want to leave the country you'd grown up in, leave behind your home, your language, your family and friends? you have to understand that these people are innocent and desperate. have a heart. we're all goddamn human, aren't we?

why does this child not deserve the same chances as our own children? what has he done wrong? why are we so selfish?

Thank you for that.

That Trump's edict is being applied on Holocaust Memorial Day makes this even more appalling. Did the world not learn anything from history and the rejection of Jews fleeing from Hitler and those who implemented his policies in a long list of European countries? Are we still so fearful and hardhearted regarding the plight of people who are not exactly like us?

I am proud to say that Canadian PM Trudeau has said that Canada will welcome refugees fleeing war and persecution in response to American mass rejection.

Topic IMMIGRATION .... the elephant in the room
Posted 28 Jan 2017 13:56

It is those who wont integrate who are currently the problem - if they wish to follow their religious beliefs so be it, but we are a christian country and we do not want to be told WE ARE WRONG IN OUR BELIEFS. /quote]

You are not wrong in practising your religion, but are wrong to assert that the US is a Christian country. The first amendment to the US Constitution states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". There is no state religion in the US or any other western democracy. You are free to practice whatever religion you choose, but not to impose it on anyone else. Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, and followers of every other religion have an equal right to worship freely. Your view infringes on that freedom. They have as much right worship as you do and be under the same constitutional protection. Compare that with a theocracy like Iran.

Edit: Did not notice at first that you were in Australia. It makes no difference to my point. Canada, Australia, NZ, and European democracies have similar protections in their constitutions or bills of rights.

Topic Bannon: Media should keep its mouth shut
Posted 27 Jan 2017 15:45

One of the first moves a fascist government makes is to discredit the press and limit the availability of truth to the public. This should come as no surprise.

Exactly. It is the role of the press to question the government and its policies and expose "alternate facts" otherwise known as lies. Bannon is an extreme ideologue and Conway is capable of spinning anything, no matter how outrageous. The press gave Trump lots of space and free air time during the election. Now is the time to expose spin, lies, and contradictions of the new regime.

I find it interesting that all of the complaints about media bias from Trump and the GOP never mention Fox News, which by any standard is as unbiased as Tass was in Soviet Russia.

Topic President Obama's Legacy .... What will it be?
Posted 25 Jan 2017 19:24

Let's see. Eight years with not one scandal. Obama managed to maintain his equanimity through every crisis, including the financial mess left by Bush II that was the deepest since the Depression. He saved the auto industry. He displayed grace and intelligence in the face of the barely disguised racism of his opponents who tried in every way they could to delegitimize him. He brought a health care system to the US at last, not quite as good as that of all of the other western democracies, but an enormous improvement for Americans. He redeemed the respect for the US in the world of nations. He and Michelle managed to bring up their daughters in the White House with a large degree of normalcy. He called to the better selves of the electorate unlike his successor. And, as Michelle said, when they went low, he went high. Very few people could have managed it as he did. A classy man.

History will be kind to him.

Topic donald trump for president
Posted 25 Jan 2017 13:40

Topic Does the new American President seem mentally ill to you?
Posted 25 Jan 2017 13:37

No. You are not. Here we have a man who has a hard time telling the truth and accepting facts. He lives in a place where his delusions are his reality, or as Kellyanne Conway says "alternate facts", which the rest of us call lies. He his a preening narcissist with the attention span of a child and the same selfish capriciousness. Everything in his world is described in superlatives: greatest, best, worst, disaster, etc. He sees the world and all events only as they impact him, hence mentioning crowd sizes, or that groups before whom he is speaking voted for him like the homeland security staff yesterday or today. His ego knows no bounds and makes him easy to manipulate by the likes of Putin who knows flattery will get him everywhere - maybe even the former satellite states of the USSR and diminishment of NATO. Trump has no background or education for the presidency, and barely understands how government works, imagining he can rule by fiat. The cabinet prospects he has chosen for the most part share views antithetical to the department they will head.

I could go on and on. What we are in for is four years of this kind of cognitive dissonance. But, I suspect that Trump will not last that long either because of ethical and legal lapses and scandals that will see him impeached or forced to resign, or because he is bored stiff by the job in which case he may resign for purported health reasons to spend more time with his family as is always said.

I think that he has mental health issues and has been protected by his money and the enablers around him until now. He cannot stand the scrutiny and criticism that will come along with the power of the Presidency.

Topic Dear Mr. President: the Netherlands
Posted 24 Jan 2017 16:39

Hilarious but for the "black Pete".

Topic La Resistance
Posted 24 Jan 2017 15:57

@ MM You can stay and mobilize politically against the current regime or consider this.

Topic La Resistance
Posted 24 Jan 2017 14:10

Topic Why I voted for Donald Trump
Posted 24 Jan 2017 10:45

Trump supporters should stop using the word smug regarding those who opposed him as they advise that he won, you lost, get over it. Hillary Clinton got over 2.5 million more votes than he did. I believe that he took the swing states by less than a total of 80K votes. In Michigan two votes per precinct would have changed the outcome. This was no resounding mandate for you to be smug about.

Trump managed to get elected by appealing to the worst in voters. He normalized racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia and more in his campaign. He did not offer his tax returns for the review of the voters and has now confirmed that this will never happen. He has Steve Bannon as a chief advisor in the White House, the guru of the alt right which is polite for neo-Nazi, a man who has shamelessly promoted racism, sexism and anti-Semitism. Most of his cabinet picks are distinguished by their conflicts of interest and patent unsuitability for the departments they are to run. His inauguration speech was neither visionary nor inspiring. It was the same bombast we heard on the campaign. The only Kennedyesque thing there was Melania's dress. He did not even have the grace to shake the Clintons hands at the ceremony. If this were a parliamentary system he would soon be facing a vote of no confidence. He will self-destruct in less than the four year tenure with ethical conflicts, constitutional issues, and criminality, not to mention total incompetence. The GOP will have no compunction about throwing him under the bus and replacing him with Pence, a true blue Republican religious zealot. They owe Trump no loyalty. As to those who voted for him, they will be profoundly disappointed. He is a master con man and they have been conned.

So, Americans, you have aired your views on Friday and on Saturday. Those of you who want a future without Trump have to translate that energy into work that will unseat the GOP in state legislatures, governorships, the House, the Senate and the White House. It has to begin now to impact the 2018 elections. This is no time for inertia. You have two years to send the message resoundingly rejecting Trump and all he stands for.

Topic donald trump for president
Posted 23 Jan 2017 11:48

Donald Trump is the reason for the marches worldwide. People, not just women, are not willing to have the clock turned back to the '50s and lose the progress they have made.

Trump is a narcissistic liar surrounded by enablers and charlatans. Steve Bannon is a racist, anti-Semite with a dystopian vision for America. Kellyanne Conway seems to need some Haldol for her delusional pronouncments: alternative facts indeed. Priebus and Spicer are GOP hacks. And then there are his Cabinet picks almost all of whom hold views antithetical to the briefs of their departments. This is "Alice in Wonderland". Up is down and down is up. Trump is the capricious and angry Queen of Hearts more concerned with his crowd numbers than paying homage to those who died in the service of their country at the CIA.

The marches on Saturday were wonderful, an expression of resistance and disgust with the new president. However, this is not enough. This energy has to be translated into action and organization in rebuilding the Democratic Party from the ground up, precinct by precinct, state by state to retake state legislatures and governorships and then the federal government. This resistance has to be as determined and loud as the Tea Party. The Democrats have to regain the trust of working class and middle class voters and motivate young people. So all you marchers and those who could not march, join the Dems, support the ACLU and Southern Poverty Law Center in fighting any erosion in civil and voting rights. Start right now to impact the 2018 election. Marching is not enough.

Topic donald trump for president
Posted 23 Jan 2017 11:40

Here is the bridge. Choice and the liberty to make it. Just as women choose freely to bear children for reasons that are their own, other women choose freely not to have a child for many reasons that are their own business and perhaps that of their physician. You have very right to choose as you wish, but not the right to impose your values and views on others. That is the crux of the issue. I would never presume to tell another woman what she should or should not do as I do not walk in her shoes.

I would like to see the energy that the pro-life groups expend be refocused on fostering and adopting children in the child protection system. These children are either unwanted or have parents incapable of taking care of them for whatever reason. If the lives of children are so important, take care of those who are here and parentless, many from broken and dysfunctional homes, victims of abuse and more. If you care about children's lives that is a good place to start.

Topic La Resistance
Posted 22 Jan 2017 16:19

This is why we fight:

Last week, with little fanfare, a bill was introduced into the Wyoming state legislature. House Bill 135, also called the Government Nondiscrimination Act, would legalize discrimination against the LGBTQ community, so long as the discrimination is done for religious or “moral” reasons.

The act is sponsored by three Republican representatives and two Republican senators.

Specifically, the bill would forbid the government from taking action against any “person,” including public and private corporations and entities, if that person acts on a “religious belief or moral conviction” that marriage is the union of one man and woman, or that “‘man’ and ‘woman’ mean an individual’s biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy genetics at the time of birth.”

The bill is remarkable for the breadth of organizations it allows to discriminate on the basis of religious freedom. “If passed, HB 135 would allow government employees, licensed professionals (like teachers or counselors) and private businesses to discriminate,” said Sabrina King, Policy Director at the ACLU of Wyoming. Under the bill, even hospitals and doctors would be allowed to deny routine health care services. (The bill does not exempt the provision of “emergency medical treatment necessary for treatment of an illness or injury.”)

This would not withstand a constitutional challenge regarding equal treatment in the provision of goods and services. This fight was fought in the '50s and '60s against segregation. Wyoming may find that high profile companies and events will withdraw from the state if this is passed by its legislature. I believe Mike Pence tried the same thing in Indiana and had to withdraw once the economic backlash against the state began.

So, aside from getting active with the Democratic Party, this is also the time to support the ACLU and the Southern Poverty Law Center which both battle discrimination, hate and intolerance through education and litigation. If your civil rights are not to be eroded by the Republicans either at state or federal level, these organizations need your support to challenge such legislation in the courts.

Topic donald trump for president
Posted 22 Jan 2017 13:09

To add to Sprite's list about Pence, he has tried to make it impossible for women to get an abortion in Indiana. He is a religious zealot despite that mild manner and seeks to impose his views on everyone. He is not just anti LGBTQ, he is anti-woman.

Topic donald trump for president
Posted 22 Jan 2017 12:51

yeah, sadly. i think she's an "alternate woman". :D

Master of 1984 doublespeak. It is like "Alice in Wonderland". Up is down and down is up in Trumpland. All this about the number of people at his inauguration. There are no alternate facts, just lies. The pictures speak for themselves. Reminds me of the Groucho Marx quote, "Are you going to believe me or your lying eyes?"

I normally don't like personal attacks but had to laugh when someone suggested that Kellyanne's Gucci outfit made her look like a doorman at FAO Schwartz (renowned toy store in NYC).

Topic donald trump for president
Posted 22 Jan 2017 11:44

My prediction is that Trump will have a hard time adjusting to the hard work and constraints of the presidency. He is already in ethical trouble with his sons supposedly taking over his businesses. There will be ethics and constitutional problems, possibly criminal transgressions. He will make Nixon look like a boy scout. Braggadocio does not make policy or make it happen. He will disappoint his voters and American allies. He will lie and obfuscate. He will be bored stiff. I think he will not last the four years. He will either be forced to resign for scandal and ethical issues, perhaps even criminal behaviour, or be impeached for the same.

Topic La Resistance
Posted 22 Jan 2017 11:29

This is the march in Toronto, at the provincial legislature. An enormous crowd.

Topic La Resistance
Posted 22 Jan 2017 10:54

And as an aside, thank you, women of the United States, for showing us how it's supposed to be done, in thousands of cities across the country yesterday. You talked the talk, and walked the walk. Non-violently, and often with a great deal of humor. You made me believe in democracy again. Bless you.

A friend of mine said this: "A peaceful transition of power and a peaceful demonstration in reaction to the transition. I over use the word awesome, but not today."

It was women and men all over the world, not just the US. Have a look at the photos in the NY Times: Canada, Europe, Africa, South America, Australia and NZ and more. Even Antarctica. Every continent represented.®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0