Forum posts made by principessa

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

Topic La Resistance
Posted 22 Jan 2017 09:49

A columnist in a Toronto paper referred to this poem and how it resonates after Trump's inauguration. It was written by W.H. Auden decades ago. I have added a complete version here.

What we all have to do is more than march and resist. Americans in particular have to organize politically from the bottom up, in local and state politics and the federal level. The Democratic party has to retake power, precinct by precinct, state by state. It has to reclaim its role as the voice of the working class and middle class. There is a long list of why Trump is anathema to all that America purportedly stands for. The country has to be taken back from him and his alt right (polite for neo-Nazis like Steve Bannon) and hard right team and Cabinet nominees. It is like reading "1984". His appointees have views opposing the agencies that they are named to lead. Jeff Sessions for Justice*, an EPA who opposes all environmental legislation and regulation and has sued against it. An Education Secretary who does not support public education. A Secretary of State with close ties to Putin. Cognitive dissonance. Volunteer, organize, make your voices heard, find and support candidates to bring a progressive agenda to politics. Do not let anything that Trump does pass silently. Do as Sprite says and call every day. That is three minutes. Organizing politically at the local level will take more time and effort but is the only way to take your country back. Do not wait. You have to start now to impact the 2018 elections. Show an affirming flame. Be an ironic point of light.

*(edit) Jeff Sessions has a long history opposing civil rights, voting rights, and women's rights. He is a Southerner of the old school segregationist ilk.

Here is the poem.

September 1, 1939
I sit in one of the dives

On Fifty-second Street
Uncertain and afraid
As the clever hopes expire
Of a low dishonest decade:
Waves of anger and fear
Circulate over the bright
And darkened lands of the earth,
Obsessing our private lives;
The unmentionable odor of death
Offends the September night.
Accurate scholarship can
Unearth the whole offence
From Luther until now
That has driven a culture mad,
Find what occurred at Linz,
What huge imago made
A psychopathic god:
I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those to whom evil is done
Do evil in return.
Exiled Thucydides knew
All that a speech can say
About democracy,
And what dictators do,
The elderly rubbish they talk
To an apathetic grave;
Analysed all in his book,
The enlightenment driven away,
The habit-forming pain,
Mismanagement and grief:
We must suffer them all again.
Into this neutral air
Where blind skyscrapers use
Their full height to proclaim
The strength of Collective Man,
Each language pours its vain
Competitive excuse;
But who can live for long
In an euphoric dream?
Out of the mirror they stare,
Imperialism's face
And the international wrong.
Faces along the bar
Cling to their average day:
The lights must never go out,
The music must always play
All the conventions conspire
To make this fort assume
The furniture of home;
Lest we should see where we are,
Lost in a haunted wood,
Children afraid of the night
Who have never been happy or good.
The windiest militant trash
Important Persons shout
Is not so crude as our wish:
What mad Nijinsky wrote
About Diaghilev
Is true of the normal heart;
The error bred in the bone
Of each woman and each man
Craves what it cannot have,
Not universal love,
But to be loved alone.
From the conservative dark
Into the ethical life
The dense commuters come,
Repeating their morning vow,
"I will be true to the wife,
I'll concentrate more on my work,"
And helpless governors wake
To resume their compulsory game:
Who can release them now,
Who can reach the deaf,
Who can speak for the dumb?
All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie,
The romantic lie in the brain
Of the sensual Man-in-the-street
The lie of Authority
Whose buildings grope the sky:
There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.
Defenceless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.

Topic Collaborators... share who you've written with or want to write with...
Posted 17 Jan 2017 16:43

I've had the honor of working with some of our most talented writers. It's been an incredibly positive experience and together we've won multiple awards. I am very proud that all of these stories now appear on my page as well as my esteemed cowriters.

I have had the pleasure of writing with Milik. There was a two-part legally related story called "Legal Intrigue" and the multi-part "Power Play" whose characters drove the story along further than we imagined when we began. Both were well received by Lushies and awarded RRs, an EP and a series award. I also co-wrote a long series of romantic and sexy stories with Alphamagus earlier in my membership here called "Parisian Surprise". It won a series award. RRs were not being given at that time if I remember correctly.

There is a real excitement that happens when you work with someone on a shared idea, a synergy that can bring the writing to a higher level than you expect - a kind of writers' serendipity. You seem to spur each other on.

I have stepped back a little here, but would consider collaborating again with the right person and a shared vision of a story. Here are links to the stories/series mentioned as well as a couple for stories I wrote myself which merited awards. Three solo efforts (if I remember correctly) were top ten competition entries.

Topic Would you slip into bed naked with the person above you?
Posted 07 Nov 2016 17:37


Topic What Two words Describe Person Above You?
Posted 07 Nov 2016 17:36

Very blue

Topic February Fast Approaches... Donald Trump is being taken seriously... Should we be TERRIFIED???
Posted 20 Oct 2016 08:43

Trump has been played like a yoyo by Putin with a few complimentary words. Imagine the leader of the free world made into putty by a ruthless dictator's flattery. The Donald seems to admire dictators and thinks that the presidency would be the same. He has no idea how the government works in the US - a combination of the two houses of Congress and the President. He imagines he would rule by fiat and has blamed Clinton for not solving every problem single-handedly for the past thirty years. He is singularly unfit to be President having appealed to the worst in people and normalizing racism, sexism, xenophobia, and so much more. The list is endless. And now we know that he has sexually assaulted women as some sort of droit de seigneur of a rich entertainer. He says he will not accept the election results (unless he wins which is unlikely) and suggests that the 2nd Amendment is a solution - armed violence. He has gone very close to suggesting that Clinton be assassinated, which as I understand it on its own is a crime. I have seen his supporters saying that if he loses that doing this would be a patriotic act. How much more crazy can they get?

Trump has to be defeated and defeated soundly enough to give control of the House and the Senate to the Dems. The GOP has to rebuild itself from the ground up offering a conservative alternative to the Dems and casting out the alt right extremists and their odious opinions. Perhaps they will form another party led by Trump and Steve Bannon with Roger Ailes as their media guru, like the extreme right parties in Europe. The GOP sold their souls to Trump and will reap the rewards of that.

Topic February Fast Approaches... Donald Trump is being taken seriously... Should we be TERRIFIED???
Posted 18 Oct 2016 14:40

I am more afraid of what will happen after the election, which I expect that Trump will lose. There is a segment of his followers that are particularly disturbing. Locking Clinton up is not enough for some of these people. They are now vowing to take her out. I saw one man interviewed who said it would be a patriotic act. As I understand it, making such a threat is a crime. It is people like him should be locked up.

Trump knows he is going to lose and is lashing out in every way, trying to undermine the process, an effort to delegitimize another president as he did with President Obama. This is contrary to how election contenders behave in the US. They accept the outcome. If anyone could have made an issue of legitimacy it was Al Gore, who lost to George Bush because of Florida where his brother was governor and in charge of the process along with a GOP Secretary of State, Katherine Harris. She too was clearly doing whatever she could to skew the results to Bush. The Supreme Court made the final decision led by Scalia. Gore accepted it all instead of keeping the country in turmoil for months over the 500 or so Florida votes that lost the election for him. He did win the popular vote in the country, but put country before party and himself in an act of grace.

I think we will see Trump unraveling before us until the election and unwilling to concede if he loses. The GOP is likely to split with one half made up of its traditional politicians like Paul Ryan, and another with the alt right Steve Bannon, and Roger Ailes and Donald Trump. This second part will continue with its racist, sexist, nativist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic rhetoric to the delight of those who fanatically supported Trump and agreed with the hateful ideas openly asserted or given some cover between the lines.

So, there is reason to fear for the US, no matter how this election ends.

Topic February Fast Approaches... Donald Trump is being taken seriously... Should we be TERRIFIED???
Posted 10 Oct 2016 08:11

After last night's performance, we understand why Trump admires Putin so much. Talking about putting your political opponents in jail is reminiscent of dictators like Putin and Stalin, not elected presidents in democracies. He has bragged about sexually assaulting women, women who likely could not pursue it because of his money and power, so the criminal acts have been perpetrated by him.

He is a volatile child-man, with an enormous ego, thin skin, and no moral compass. His response to criticism is to vow revenge in a Nixon-like fashion. He lies with impunity. In Trumpworld, the earth is flat and black is white if he says so and it is convenient. This is like the children's story, "The Emperor's New Clothes" in that his followers are willfully blind to his utter and complete lack of ability and character to be POTUS. So long as he keeps spewing hate they are happy. I well understand that Hillary Clinton is a flawed candidate, but her flaws are nothing compared to The Donald's.

The town hall likely ended in a draw at best from Trump's point of view. Trump used a scorched earth approach that will keep his base. He did nothing to increase the number of people voting for him, especially women and independents. His remaining on the ticket is the best outcome for Clinton. All he has to do is keep talking and threatening and lying and she wins.

Topic Who should be the next US president?
Posted 10 Oct 2016 07:55

Oh geez, that pull-away by her... yeah, now I see why she stuck that hand out.

It's creepy and more than a little bit sick. I think this man has mental health issues for a lot of reasons and this is one of them.

Topic Who should be the next US president?
Posted 09 Oct 2016 20:19

A fucking handshake though... Oh hey we are on TV, let me give my daughter a handshake so it's not weird lol.

He has made some very inappropriate remarks about Ivanka and allowed Howard Stern to call her a piece of ass. What father would be complicit in a such a conversation about his daughter? There is a part of him that sees her that way. It is best that he keep his hands off her. Aside from all of the other reasons that he is unfit to be the POTUS, he has lots of issues with women, including his daughter, always viewing them as possibilities for sex. His conversation with Billy Bush is evidence of that and I understand that there are lots more like that which will likely be revealed before this is over.

Topic Count Down - And the Winner Is .....
Posted 09 Oct 2016 08:24

The only question now is if the Democrats will retake both the House and the Senate. Trump is toast and is taking the GOP down with him. The GOP candidates now denouncing him should have done so months ago instead of defending the indefensible. If they had put country before party, Trump would never have gotten the nomination.

Topic What's Your Greatest Fear In Life?
Posted 05 Oct 2016 11:46

My fear would be dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

There is something worse. It is Lewy body disease which is like having Alzheimer's and Parkinson's simultaneously. So you are deteriorating both mentally and physically. I understand that Robin Williams' wife said he had been diagnosed with it.

Topic Presidential debate ...
Posted 04 Oct 2016 17:54

When is the next one?

This coming Sunday evening.

Topic Irregular verbs
Posted 02 Oct 2016 15:41

One that I saw many times when I was modding stories was grinded. It should be ground.

Topic What do you find harder?
Posted 13 Sep 2016 13:07

For me it is equal. I think that you should be telling a story that captures the imagination of the reader, one that happens to lead to sex within the story. Sex scenes strung together with haphazard narrative do not make an interesting story. Your characters should have some depth and be believable. If they are, the story will unfold and the sex that happens will read as a natural development in the story.