Party of One

Guess who?:

Now, when I say PUMA was only a 2008 thing, that means that to ME, after the election was over, it lost its meaning as a resistance movement. The Democratic party lost me. I officially rescinded my membership in the party in 2008 and only re-registered as a Democrat in PA last year when I applied for a new driver’s license here in PA after my move. In PA, the primaries are closed so voters are forced to choose a party when they register to vote, unlike NJ where the semi-closed primary means you can choose a party on primary election day. I think anyone who reads my credo will see that I am a liberal New Deal style Democrat but my party affiliation, in spite of my registration, is very tenuous. In other words, if a third party came around that represented my views, I’d jump in an instant. Also note that I’m not a fan of the Greens and don’t particularly care for the crunchy type’s irrational condemnation of GMO crops, vaccines, pharmaceuticals, nuclear energy and corporations. I find some of the left to be as black and white in their thinking as the right and, frankly, I am losing patience debating the “religious” beliefs of both sides. I’m also not a selfish short sighted Libertarian. That’s where the rebels without a cause hang out. And you will never catch me voting for Republican ever again. My one vote for McCain in 2008 was purely a protest vote against the Democratic party because of its unethical treatment of its own party voters in 2008. It was not an expression of support for the Republican party or its cavalier, cruel, heartless, greedy, narcissistically malignant, lying, deceptive, destructive platform of “ideas”.

It was very upsetting to pull that lever and I will never forgive the Democratic party for pushing me to make that decision for a couple of important reasons. First, I was deprived of an identity and second, I was deprived of voting for the first African-American for president. But in my very important opinion, voting for the first ANYTHING was not a sufficient excuse to overlook or condone the party for rigging the primary and compromising what the party stood for. Some Democrats were able to overcome their moral resistance to what the party was asking them to do. I could not. That’s what made me a PUMA and also explains why PUMA lost its utility after the election. I felt that that what was required to fix what was broken was something bigger, more organized and longer lasting than a slogan. And then real life intervened and I couldn’t devote any time to it.

But PUMA did survive in another form on other blogs. I can’t endorse these other PUMA blogs. I have a sense that they were compromised by Tea Party and Republican operatives. There was an irrational embrace of birtherism and a weird support for Sarah Palin. This blog struggled with some of those holdouts for awhile until their presence got to be unbearable. These are the people that I think EJ Dionne is referring to in his post. What I think they have in common is their extreme anger at what happened to them in 2008. They were completely ignored by the Democrats who circular filed their votes and topped it off with a smug, “we’re smarter and know what’s best for you, you ignorant working class ‘gits” attitude.

Oh really? Those PUMAs who are still fuming on the Tea Party friendly blogs may not have Ivy League degrees or know someone who works in a “creative class” field but when it comes right down to it, the election of Barack Obama has done more to solidify the strangle hold of the oligarchs on the American public than any previous president we have ever had. We have actually devolved as a progressive nation. I will go so far as to say that Obama’s presidency has sped up that devolution. You could argue that Hillary Clinton wouldn’t have been different but my intuition (which hasn’t failed me yet in this whole mess) tells me that you would be wrong. In any case, when it comes right down to it, the “creative class” that got fooled into voting for Obama in 2008 and 2012 is no different from the working class voters it dismissed so senselessly. To the oligarchs, you might as well be living on a rice paddy in Bangladesh. Your ultimate fate is no different than the bitter gun toting church goers in rural Pennsylvania. You can be economically ruined and made politically impotent just as easily. That truth is just now dawning on you as you read The Divide and Piketty’s Capital and the latest study that says you don’t have enough money to make a dent in the lobbying shield wall of the 1%.

As for me, I don’t know if I would support Clinton in 2016. My sense is that so much has happened to fundamentally change the nature of our country in the past 20 years that there would have to be a personality much bigger and more visionary than Clinton’s to drag us back onto the right track. Could she do it? Maybe. But maybe she also recognizes the political landscape that she would be entering. I saw her evolve during the primary season. She was forged by fire and was gaining momentum when the party cut her off. That was a mistake the party made out of fear but it made it prematurely. By September of 2008, Elmer Fudd could have gotten elected as the first cartoon Democratic president, the situation was that dire. In a sense, the election of Barack Obama was not a triumph of identity politics as much as it was one of panic and desperation. But I have no doubt that under Hillary Clinton, there would have been more rehab and less codependence.

I like Riverdaughter. I really do. She gave me the opportunity to establish myself as a D-list blogger. She used to be an awesome writer; creative, original and prolific. I feel bad for her because I know she has really been put thru the ringer the past few years.

But there is no pity in the blogosphere.

When I read Riverdaughter’s posts these days I see someone who has lost her religion. Her whole world was shaken to the core by what happened in 2008. She was betrayed by the party she had devoted years of service to, and she was made a pariah and cast out of her original home at Dailykos. Then her career fell apart and she was laid-off.

I’ve been thru similar ringers a few times. It leaves you questioning everything you believe. Some people find themselves clinging bitterly to the flotsam and jetsam of their lives, trying futilely to put Humpty-Dumpty together again.

All the things she loved and believed in failed her. Now she is mostly left with the things she hates and despises. Three of the things she hates the most are religion, stay-at-home moms and Republicans. In her eyes, Tea Partiers and wealthy capitalists are the personification of evil.

Not unlike some who have been abused by corrupt members of the clergy, Riverdaughter wants to believe that her religion is true and it was only the church that betrayed her. In her case the religion is liberalism.

That, I believe, is why she became so enamored with OWS. She went to Zuccotti Park and found a new temple to worship in. To the rest of us it looked like she had joined a cult. My analysis also explains her phobic reaction to Sarah Palin. To her, supporting Palin was like a Christian practicing witchcraft.

When my ideological world came apart in 2008 I chose a different path. Like all paths, you have to travel them to get anywhere. I let go of all my prejudices and preconceptions. I dissolved all my ties to any political parties. I tried looking at the world without anybody’s goggles filtering what I saw.

I took my beliefs out and inventoried them, tossing a few but keeping most of them. I started rebuilding with solid principles like honesty, liberty, freedom of speech and equality as a foundation. Only when the foundation is finished can you build the house. I’m still working on mine.

One of the things I have spent a lot of time contemplating is the proper role of government in an allegedly free democracy. We NEED some government, but how much and how to best organize it is the issue to be resolved. I have come to believe that big government is the antithesis of freedom.

A couple hundred and some years ago some guys back east who were a lot smarter than me concluded that the way to preserve freedom and yet maintain a unified society was something we call “limited government”. I think we really need to get back to the basics of the plan they came up with.

I have tentatively called this idea “small-government liberalism.” Take a lot of the power that has been accumulating in Washington DC and spread it back out among the states and local governments. Make the federal government the watchdog over civil rights and corruption at lower levels.

My idea is not completely fleshed out, and the working name I have given it has to go because of the bad connotations attached to the L-word. I will say that I think that government should get the hell out of the business of trying to manipulate/regulate the economy and private behavior. Simplify the tax codes and put an end to subsidies and other forms of crony capitalism.

One thing I am certain of is that government MUST live within its means.

Anyway, it’s late and I gotta go check on the cat. She likes to go outside at night. She never goes far from the back door, but I guess she has some nocturnal predator DNA in her and feels the need to stalk blades of grass and leaves and stuff.



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173 Responses to Party of One

  1. 1539days says:

    The Obama Party of former Democrats has one thing to say to PUMAs, “Where else are you going to go?” RD’s answer is ultimately “nowhere.” The “progressives” of the early 20th century were actually Republicans and they invented taking land for national parks. To say that the Democrats are the keepers of any particular ideology is short-sighted.

    The Republican Party was nearly unstoppable after the Civil War. One of their problems is that they responded to freed slaves and Blacks by asking “Where else are you going to go.” They went to the Democrats and ever since, that party has paid lip-service to the African-American community. The power rests in your willingness to not participate.

  2. Lulu says:

    I am sorry for the troubles she has had to go through the last few of years. I find her tedious, self important, and bigoted. And angry, very, very angry. Usually at the wrong things.

    • The Klown says:

      To be fair, she had a lot to be angry about. The problem was she started taking it out on the wrong people.

      OTOH I have no sympathy for people who betray their friends for personal financial gain. I am referring to someone else from the old days at TC.

      • votermom says:

        Mealy-mouthed backstabbing skyflucking bitca. I don’t blame you.
        What was amazing to me was seeing some commenters start out saying “what? myiq didn’t do anything like you’re saying” – and then when she made it tribal they suddenly flipped and sided with her.”

        • The Klown says:

          She didn’t get nearly as many as she thought she would.

          • abc says:

            Yeah, you pretty much kept almost everyone. The one you speak of is the only one I never visit. That site makes me ill with the ridiculous blinders and pro-Obama bull-crap. Some people need to affiliate and they don’t care what slime they bed with. And talk about elitist liberals. Yick. And besides, they are pathetic, with their 4 or so bloggers who are also their 4 or so readers, LOL. ECCCCCHOOOOOOO.

            I read RD. She is very self-centric and I think she gets things WAAAY wrong a lot of the time, but she has some good points to make at times. As usual with almost every blog, I tend to enjoy reading commenters better than bloggers. I suppose bloggers run out of things to say.

            Yes, 2008 was a chance to uncouple and regroup. I am thankful for how it opened my eyes.

        • angienc says:

          You know when I realized what a fucking C U Next Tuesday she was was? She made a very snide remark to me about the school where my mom teaches (my mom is a prof. of mathematics at a historically black university) when, in fact, she teaches at a school that has the nickname “Univ. of Slow Learners” — the school my mom is at isn’t Harvard, but neither is hers, so she has no business turning up her nose at *any* other school & can truly go fuck herself.

  3. votermom says:

    All the things she loved and believed in failed her. Now she is mostly left with the things she hates and despises.

    A profound observation on something that can happen to the best of us.

    A very insightful post, Klown.

    • The Klown says:

      One thing I have learned is that you have to let go of hate and anger. It’s not easy to do sometimes, but hate and anger harm you far more than your enemies. I’ve seen otherwise decent people warp their whole lives into ruin that way.

      • votermom says:

        Sometimes anger and hate can get you to fight your way through a really bad time – it’s better than giving into despair & ending it all – but after you survive the crisis you need to find something positive to love or the hate it will devour you.

        • foxyladi14 says:

          honk it is worse then cancer. 😦

        • DeniseVB says:

          Reminds me of the Stages of Grief. Funny how it can apply to politics too. My husband goes through it every time the Cowboys, Red Sox or Notre Dame loses a football game.

          As the saying goes (Craig Crawford?) Politics is like sports where the fans can participate. I guess you have to be a rabid sports fan to understand that 😉

  4. The Klown says:
    • Lulu says:

      I read the court order this morning. It’s a real humdinger. The goal of the Democrats is to criminalize dissent. Here it is in PDF:

    • piper says:

      Best news heard yesterday. The unions spent a small fortune trying to recall Walker and cried in their beers when he won by a bigger margin than the first time. More loss in dues paying members anywhere between 30 and 60%.

      “In 2010 — the year that Walker was elected governor — the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees District Council 48 was thriving, having enrolled more than 9,000 workers and reporting income exceeding $7 million.
      By the end of 2012, District Council 48 was down to just under 3,500 dues-paying members — a loss of nearly two-thirds of its represented workers.
      The local also reported its net worth had plummeted, so it is now more than $650,000 in the red. This was the case even after AFSCME’s international headquarters pumped $250,000 into the Milwaukee’s union’s coffers last year.
      But according to a person who has reviewed the group’s internal numbers, WEAC has lost roughly 50% of its 98,000 dues-paying members since Walker signed Act 10.
      The financial pressure has caused the union to cut a large share of its staff.”

      Read more from Journal Sentinel:

  5. angienc says:

    RD’s main problem is she *still* hasn’t realized the government –whether in the hands of Ds or Rs — doesn’t give a shit about her & it never will.
    That’s what 2008 et seq. made me realize.
    My basic political philosophy now boils down to: the government needs to stay out of my bedroom & out of my wallet.
    I’m sure RD will mistakenly think that makes me selfish — and for that she can go fuck herself. I give a minimum 10% of my income (GROSS, not net) to charity and always have. Those checks are sent out every month just like the one to pay the mortgage. And that’s not counting the volunteering of my time that I do. I’m not saying that 10% makes me a saint; but it helps a lot more people than camping out around the drum circle with a bunch of lazy bums while your basement is renovated does.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Why is it liberal women who run blogs hate Sarah Palin ? I noticed that with Amy Siskind too. It sorta became the beginning of the end of these “feminists” who I thought were on my side. SP’s a treasure and a role model. She doesn’t need a “movement” (right or left) to define her. No American Woman should.

  6. s7teen70six says:

    I will say one thing about Riverdaughter. She gave a very inspirational speech at the get together for Hillary in the park at the 2008 convention. Without a doubt the best there. She took the defeat hard like many of us did. And knowing now that she voted for McCain only makes me respect her a little more. I totally agree about all the things falling apart in her life at once. The few times I bothered to check in at her blog it was as if someone else started writing there.

    I wish her the best. I’m sure we won’t see eye to eye on many things. Nor should we.

    • dm says:

      I agree…I’ve always admired her passion, but I don’t agree much. But I’m one of the weirdos who like to read what people think – whether I agree or not. I don’t post much anywhere, but RD has always been much more courteous than those bitches at SkyDancing – which I don’t understand what is wrong with people…it’s ok to disagree and it’s ok to state those opinions as long as it’s given and received with respect. That is definitely something that Dakinikat and Boston Boomer don’t understand and don’t practice – I guess their happy in their own little special place in the world.

      • DeniseVB says:

        From reading both sides of bloggy world, those who own the blog owns the sandbox. If I bring my pail and shovel only to have sand thrown in my face, I’ll leave and find another.

        I remember during Bush, conservative blogs were amazed at the popularity of sites like DU and Dkos then realized liberals like to be angry and fight, which drives the traffic. Both liked to eat their own too. Circa 2008, if you weren’t for Obama the hell with you. It’s the year the Vile Progs destroyed liberalism as we knew it.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Ditto 🙂

      • mothy67 says:

        I feel that when you read RD you have to remember that she studied science. The arts or the law make you look at things from many perspectives. Science is more cut and dry. Think her passion is comendable but she has a bit of a short fuse.

  7. driguana says:

    Excellent post once again, Klown. This may be the most important issue facing us in these times. How do we make appropriate changes and what exactly are “appropriate” changes? Change to what? Everyone has a different opinion and different needs. Several things, however, seem to be very relevant….smaller more affective and responsive government….at all levels, federal, state and local. A better tax system. A better approach to providing public and social services. Freedom for diversity. Personally, I don’t think either the Democrat or Republican party are up to the task with their current membership or platforms. Which leads me to want some other avenue….call it another political party if you will. The essential problem though, as I have mentioned numerous times on this blog and one that garnered wrath over at The Confluence, is the need for leadership. Leadership means someone who can take action and who can get people to work together. I don’t see anyone who can do this in either party. But, where is this leader…..who is it? It is going to have to be someone who can bring the “tribes” back together. I don’t have a problem with tribes…I’ve lived among a lot of them…Irish, Italian, Jewish, Catholic, Kpelle, Loma, Mandingo, Ashanti, whatever, but it will still take someone who can elevate respect, communication and cooperation…above all else.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I’m not sure what brought to read/lurk at TC, but it’s where I first saw the fireball comments by a myiq2xu or something like that (wink). I agreed with him, but RD seemed threatened by his presence and was reading along when he was banned. That made me sad. So I kept re-lurking TC and someone posted a link to TCH where he was then based. I’ve been here ever since. ❤

      • lildoggy4u says:

        Me too. That’s where I was able to find my new home so I gotta say thank you to the Confluence. I go back now and then just to see if all the renovations and such have been completed. Seems like they never are and she is never settled or satisfied with the end result – so seeks more stuff.
        What got to me was how easily you can get attacked. I had a problem with her calling out mothers (just because she doesn’t like hers). Mentioned it and got the most vile, hateful response ever.

  8. The Klown says:

    Al Sharpton Versus The Teleprompter:

  9. The Klown says:
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  11. The Klown says:
    • DandyTIger says:

      Yeah, make Hillary a sympathetic victim, that will work. Idiots.

    • Somebody says:

      Perhaps I’m dense, but I don’t get how Monica Lewinsky would have any impact on the election. I also don’t understand how it is that Lewinsky is any kind of scandal with regard to Hillary. I lived through the 90’s and as I recall the scandal involving Lewinsky had to do with Bill Clinton, not Hillary. Did I miss something?? Is there some opinion out there somewhere that Hillary can somehow be tainted by the fact that her husband had an affair with Lewinsky? Is that it? Is it the “vast right wing conspiracy” comment? Is it the fact that she didn’t divorce him??? Where is this supposed tie in? Who the hell is claiming that there is one??? Seriously where is this thought process coming from?

  12. elliesmom says:

    I think I can figure out why she hates religion and Republicans and why she thinks Cambridge, MA is responsible for her career situation, but I have never been able to figure out why she has such a hate on for SAHMs. What has a woman who stays home to take care of her kids ever done to her except pick up the slack at the PTA?

    • votermom says:

      Imo, most of the WorkMom vs SAHM animosity comes from misplaced guilt. Working moms feel guilt from not having time for the kids, SAHM moms feel guilty about not pulling their weight financially.

      • elliesmom says:

        To be honest I don’t know any SAHMs who feel guilty about staying home and taking care of their kids. They report getting a lot of “stink eye” from working moms, but they seem to be a pretty happy bunch. There are a lot of them in my neighborhood, and I interact with a lot of SAHMs in the online sewing world. My daughter is a WAHM, a work at home mom, and she is much happier than when she left her kids in daycare. If they felt guilty about not working outside their homes, I think they’d find a job.

        • The Klown says:

          This is one of those women vs. women things that has guys scratching their heads and wondering why the women are fighting.

          • The Klown says:

            One thing I learned a long time ago is that if your woman is mad at someone besides you, stay the hell out of it. Keep your head down and wait for the storm to pass or you will be collateral damage.

          • 49erDweet says:

            …..why the women are REALLY fighting.

          • Somebody says:

            It is a women vs women thing and it is SOOOO stupid. Women should support every woman’s choice, isn’t that was feminism is supposed to be about…..CHOICES? SAHM’s nor WM’s should be made to feel guilty. Women should be supporting each other and celebrating each other and their choices. Whether somebody’s choice is your cup of tea or not…..the fact is they have a choice. Although many women don’t have a choice to stay home due to economic factors or because they’re single moms.

        • votermom says:

          Being a SAHM mom is very rewarding emotionally but I do know SAHM moms who feel pressured (by the economy mainly) to go back to work. It’s tough.
          The stink eye thing – very true.

          • DeniseVB says:

            As a child of the 50’s- 60’s, I set my goal at finding a man with a job, have babies and not worrying about paying the rent. I must have missed the meme 😉 I just wasn’t college material, so had to shift my career goals, heh.

          • gxm17 says:

            I stayed home with my youngest for almost two years and went back to work because, frankly, I didn’t enjoy it. The boredom really started to get to me.

        • abc says:

          Personally, I think that much of the “stink eye” is the SAHM guilt being projected on to working moms. SAHM’s tell themselves every day that they are inferior and then somehow imagine the working mothers are the ones saying it. I get tired of SAHM’s saying they have the hardest job in the world. No, I think that title goes to Chinese children and citizens of South Africa. No doubt, there are easier jobs than being a SAHM (see Congress Critter, for example). But that self-righteousness gets really old….

          • Somebody says:

            No, trust me there are plenty of working moms that are openly hostile to SAHM’s. They make nasty, derisive comments…….I’ve been the object of those comments more times than I care to count. I absolutely dreaded big holiday parties and social gatherings for years for that very reason. You know the kind of events like your spouses work related events where you don’t want to make waves, so you just try to avoid conversation. I’ve never been into the whole “it’s the hardest job in the world” thing, although I’ve certainly heard people say that.
            Personally I think it’s like anything you have good days and bad days, sometimes good years and bad years. I did resent my siblings and my husband’s siblings with their reasoning for why it was best for me to take care of sick family members; because you know I sat around eating bon bons and watching soaps or something. I ended up at home with two teens, an infant, my MIL and my father. The two seniors had serious medical issues, one was terminal, lots of doctor appointments and medical needs. I would have gladly traded places with anyone during those years, LOL! There are plenty of jobs of any kind that have really sucky years and pretty good years, SAHM’s jobs are no different………now where did I put my box of bon bons and the remote!

          • DeniseVB says:

            I was crafty, my goal in life was being the SAHM, got lucky too, met the guy who supported that goal. No regrets.

    • gxm17 says:

      My husband and I both work full-time and we also volunteered for the PTA and other school events (I was their go-to graphic artist and gave them thousand of dollars of free work, a new logo, stationery, t-shirts, etc.) and we even coached our daughter’s softball team. Nobody had to pick up any slack for us. Admittedly, we were young parents and still had as much energy as the kids.

  13. Mary says:

    So she actually DID vote for McCain, while battering and trashing anyone else who was doing same.

    Riverdaughter has many personal issues she needs to address before assuming she’ll be any kind of “leader” amongst the offended-by-Democrats crowd. I wish her no ill-will, but she’s hardly the person equipped to bring anyone together, given the people she belittled and drove away. She has no solutions; she is a creature of division. And if you don’t agree completly with her, you’re subjected to arrogant derision.

    There’s a reason Confluence splintered and dissolved, and another reason why her comments contain only a very few people even noticing anymore.

    No thank you.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      I was there and so was everyone I loved it.
      Then there were three to visit some were there.
      Now I am back to one again and most everyone is here.
      I love it 😀 ❤

    • trixta says:

      Well said, Mary. Hard times or not, the anger and lashing out at some on the blog was mind-boggling. Indeed, the brutality against stay-at-home mothers and those with religious beliefs (of which I am neither) was especially disturbing.. But when language and thought were being policed that is when I began to turn away from her site. Ultimately, the straw that broke the camels’ back, as it were, was the shooting of Gabby Giffard and RT’s insistence that Sarah Palin and the TP were to blame. Many of us disagreed with that irrational conclusion. Anyway, too bad she alienated so many. On the other hand, we got Klown and this wonderful blog out of that fall out. Hope RT finds some peace from her demons and bitterness. I forget her blog is even there anymore.

  14. swanspirit says:

    I didn’t have to guess who , for some inexplicable reason, I had wandered over there and read it . When I think about it , I am sure it was the title that got me . And I really really resent that RD acts as if she owns “PUMA” , when that attitude alone is the antithesis of the movement , that anyone could own us, or it .
    I have said this before , but for me it bears repeating . When RD decided that Jews were “using the holocaust as a crutch ” I was outta there for good. But that choice comment was the last of many , the proverbial straw ; and quite a few had come before .
    RD was not the only angry person after those elections , but at some point , for me I have to decide what to do about my anger , and where to go with it . I can’t wallow it , that is just destructive .
    A great many of us were hugely disappointed and discouraged in 2008 , and RD acts as if she was the only one . Many of us have had to re-examine what we thought and realign our alliances , and it has not been an easy thing .For me it has been gut wrenching and tearful at times . Independent was the only way to go for me . I now very much like cherry picking my stance on anything depending on the circumstances , not the party or parties involved .
    This is a great post , Klown , thanks !

    • Lulu says:

      This is a great comment! Agree, agree, agree.

    • Somebody says:

      There are many disenfranchised from both parties. If there weren’t then movements like PUMA, the tea party, coffee party and even OWS would never gain any traction. There is a palpable frustration across the country, which has only been exacerbated by the relatively stagnant economy. Sooner or later that frustration will win the day either through a complete purge and replace of one party or the other…..or perhaps a third party. I don’t know how long that will take, but the more out of touch and the more overreaching the government continues to be the more it will hasten it.


    • DeniseVB says:

      Dittos Swan !

  15. votermom says:

    OT I tried to post this as a comment to the Anchoress but it wouldn’t post, so I’ll put it here.

    (The Anchoress was wondering about the timing of the Emily Letts abortion, since Letts says she found out she was 2-3 weeks pregnant in November, but doesn’t say when she got the abortion.)

    Emily Letts found out, by testing “on a whim”, that she was 2-3 weeks pregnant in November.

    The abortion video contest she entered was announced in the first week of November – see this announcement which links to a youtube ad promoting it that was posted Nov 6, 2013.

    As an abortion activist, its possible that she knew about the contest even before it was announced.
    If you go to this blog, on the lone comment you will see that someone from the Abortion Care Network was soliciting entries to the contest as early as Oct 2013.

    It’s entirely plausible that Emily got pregnant to enter the contest.

    That doesn’t tell us when she got her abortion, but I go with my reasoning that since her intent to abort was tied to her intent to post a video, she would have posted the video right after her abortion. She posted the vimeo video in Jan 2014.

    This leads me to suspect that
    a) she got pregnant to enter the contest
    b) while she found out she was pregnant in Nov, she waited until January to get an abortion.

    • leslie says:

      I had not viewed the video until I went over to the Anchoress yesterday. I agreed with her observations that there had been a change in Letts’s demeanor and appearance.
      I personally knew one young woman who, after terminating her pregnancy early on, ultimately ended her own life. It was so sad for everyone. I still believe that her decision to end her life was strongly influenced by her decision to terminate the pregnancy.
      If your theory is correct votermom, she needs more help than ever. I hope she gets it.

  16. DeniseVB says:

    Funny that we were all at that same place in 2008 when the Obama Dems pretty much treated the PUMAs like they do the Tea Party now. That’s the road I chose, country before party. Had RD attended ONE Tea Party rally in those early years, she would have found those PUMAs who woke up and realized our government doesn’t give a sh*t about anybody no matter what the rallying cry of the people.

    As a Dem, I spent most of the Bush years protesting his bad policies. When Obama came along, he doubled down on those bad policies and the left went silent. That’s what boggles my mind, where is the Question Authority wing of the liberal left? OWS came pretty close but they targeted the wrong people. They should have brought the Obama policies to the front and center of their anger, not the very people on Wall Street that Obama’s made richer, in fact, Obama’s become richer because of them. OWS was destined to fail as we all predicted from the first drum beat.

    Abandoned Orphan Snowflakes of the Left (not supporting Obama, but hate Republicans more) are exactly what’s wrong with our country now. RD does point out the problems, but never seems to have the solutions. Until she puts her country before her feelings , she will never find her happy place. Minds are like umbrellas, they only work when they open 😉

    • piper says:

      The left are afraid of being called racists and now seem to operate on feelings alone. Luv your sentence “Minds are like umbrellas, they only work when they open.”

    • leslie says:

      As a Dem, I spent most of the Bush years protesting his bad policies. When Obama came along, he doubled down on those bad policies and the left went silent. That’s what boggles my mind, where is the Question Authority wing of the liberal left?”

      This is nearly word for word what I have written my “representative” on more than one occasion. I also said it to her directly when I saw her at the store.
      They have no answers. NONE. Not when directly and respectfully spoken to in a face to face setting. The email responses invite open dialogue. They are completely unprepared for that open dialogue.

    • Monster from the Id says:

      “Country before feelings”

      I can’t speak for RD, but I don’t belong to the Malefactors Of Great Wealth, or their high-ranking and well-paid minions, so I don’t have a country. We humans of the non-elite majority truly have no country, but we can be brainwashed into thinking we have one. This is because human beings are primates, and primates are tribal animals. Nationalism is a confidence scheme which takes advantage of the basic primate tribalism of humans, to make the non-elite majority willing to suffer and die for their “country”, which of course, actually means to suffer and die for the elite who OWN the country. That is all nationalism is. That is all it ever was.


      • DandyTIger says:

        Libertarian point of view in a nutshell. Reduce or eliminate the State (or Country) because that is always “owned” by the “elite”. But according to RD, that would be selfish. I can see how some might think that’s selfish, but in a funny way, it’s the opposite of that.

    • 49erDweet says:

      As the lone commenter here who’s never followed RD was going to remain silent, BUT can’t resist noting her abject hatred of all things GOP shouts “closed, immature mind” LOUDER than she intends. Both parties have the capacity to be evil. Adults recognize this and attempt to mitigate or minimize it. Juveniles place fingers in ears and ignore it. Scoundrels try to use it to their advantage. I sadly place RD in the juvenile category.

      • Somebody says:

        Well, well, well 49er something else we have in common. I never followed RD either and have only read the things she’s written that were posted here.

        I agree completely with your assessment of her as juvenile too!

      • DeniseVB says:

        I think it’s upthread, but told my story how I got here 🙂 I followed a like mind that questioned authority.

  17. mothy67 says:

    YOU peeps are a lot smarter than I.
    Baby girl commented last night at a softball game that I was 47 and not married.
    I had made a comment to my niece that her candy was the gayest thing I had ever seen. ITwas some sort of rainbow colored sour patch amalgamation.
    Anywho the brat picked up on it. I do not know how to have this conversation with her. I am scared. How do I tell her? Thought I had a few years. She is not yet 8. Do I just tell her. Make if matter oc fsct or do I go cornball and say something about changing her diapers for years and that even if she cannot process this I still cherish her. Iam so fucking lost right now. I have invested a ton of time in this little person. Not an option to walk away. I do not know what to do.

    • votermom says:

      I guess just be matter-of-fact? Kids start asking awkward questions pretty young, but they just need basic answers.
      Just know that she loves you for being who you are to her, not from any label other people put on you.
      Probably the most important thing she needs is the knowledge & reasurance that she can ask you about anything, and you will answer her calmly and not freak out and you will still love her. That gets to be important when she grows up and starts wrestling with her own interpersonal dilemmas.

      • piper says:

        Agree with VM. Mothy, keep it simple, she doesn’t really need nor want a long detailed explanation.

        • mothy67 says:

          I think I knew the answer when I made the question. Still frightened. She is such a gem. Had to take her to the Home Depot where she bought a ton of plywood because she wants to have a Harry Potter themed birthday. Crud wont be 8 til Sept 1 but she is building a castle. I do not want to fuck this up. TOOO easy all I have to do is say one wrong thing and I can mark her forever. She is the best thing I have ever contributed to. She was shaking when she built a train station in my garage. She asked me if I would be Harry Potter and lead everyone to the train. I just do not want to fuck this up.

      • elliesmom says:

        Also make sure you’re answering the question she’s really asking. There are some great scenes in “Modern Family” where Phil gets all flustered answering questions his son never really asked. Father – It was just a picture of a naked lady riding a tractor. Son – Was she hot? Father- Well, some guys would think so. She had large breasts and long blonde hair. Funny look on son’s face Father- Oh, you meant was the temperature warm? Did she take off her clothes because she was too hot? Son – Well, yeah. What did you think I meant ?

        • mothy67 says:

          Funny show. That and Big Bang are the best comedies. Neither pretends to teach you they just reflect. I haave done stand up. Tough job unless you get people laughing at themselves. Modern Family does that. So did Rosanne, Seinfeld, Archie Bunker, Maude and on and on. Who does not like Saved by the Bell and The Facts of Life? Both shows used stereotypes to tell a story.

          • DeniseVB says:

            I binge watch Modern Family, TBBT (and Frasier) during their syndicated cable marathon blocks.. Seen the shows too many times, still enjoyable!

            A little trivia on Frasier, Kelsey Grammer is a conservative and the show was originally to be based in Denver. At the time (90’s), CO had passed some controversial anti-gay legislation, so he moved the show’s setting to Seattle out of respect to his cast and crew.

        • Somebody says:

          Good point Elliesmom. She may in fact simply wonder why Timothy isn’t married or dating, perhaps him being gay hasn’t crossed her mind.

          I agree you should keep it simple, but think about what Elliemom said and perhaps start with something along the lines of I’ve never found the right person or some version of that. That may be all she’s searching for now or she may ask more. No matter what be as matter of fact as you can be and reassure her that she’ll always be you’re #1.

          • DeniseVB says:

            As a child that grew up in the Mad Men era, I would have been just as happy to be raised by a pack of Wolves who loved me unconditionally.

      • mothy67 says:

        Screw it all. Gonna take her to Universal Studio in Florida and just let her know that I am one big flaw. Gonna call in 30 years of favors but I want Emma Watson there.

        • votermom says:

          You are going to have so much fun there!
          Hit the ride you want best early and first thing.

          • mothy67 says:

            This is too funny not to share. I just used everyone I ever met to have Emma Watson there. Nope I ended up on the phone with Dame Judi Dench. And no she is not going to Universal Studio. She was however very sweet.

          • mothy67 says:

            KID does matter to me and I am sorry for being lugbrious.

        • Somebody says:

          Well if all else fails supposedly my son looks just like Daniel Radcliffe. I don’t see it, OK maybe I do a little like this picture Same hair, same eyes, same jawline, but my son’s nose is a little bit different, IMO and his lips are a little fuller.

          Anyway we live in Florida so we’re close, you just have to find the glasses and convince my son to cut and lighten his hair……..his hair looks exactly like that picture it’s not a Harry Potter look. His gf convinced him to do that once and he won an online look alike contest so there is a strong resemblance. Son’s gf is Harry Potter obsessed, hence her attraction to my son. She wanted to name their daughter Hermione, thankfully they settled on Emma.

      • 49erDweet says:

        Keep it simple and restate your love for her. Over and over. It is not about YOU. It’s about her. It will be about her the next dozen years. Don’t make it about you, ever.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Good advice ! Love trumps all.

        • mothy67 says:

          Met her for lunch today and she is well aware that Led Zeppilin Sinatra elvis and Barry manilow are my favorites. I played Something. STUPID, FOOL in the Rsin, Suspicious Minds and Weekend in New england . Leave her a song every morning on the. Computer so I know she got the messahe Also played Dream a litle jdream of me

  18. jeffhas says:

    ” Four dead Americans in Libya, while tragic, pales in comparison to 3000 dead Americans at the WTC on 9/11, not to mention a pointless, wasteful, destructive war in Iraq.”

    I’ll certainly give you the pointless war in Iraq thing – although the thought/goal of another Democracy in the ME might’ve been ‘a point’… But can we stop equating the absolutely never here before seen attacks of 9/11 (OK the daily briefing mentioned AQ would ‘like’ to attack us – but how we were attacked and the never before seen/thought about/realized manner was truly one of those historical a-ha moments…no?) with the now foreseen anything goes (and by the way mundane by those standards) attack on our consulate in Libya WHERE OUR AMBASSADOR WAS MURDERED!!!

    …. And actually losing an Ambassador is not the same as ‘Four Americans Died’ – it’s belittling to the Ambassador and his historical legacy and family, it is insulting to anyone’s intelligence … Stop it!

    … The fact that he was murdered in what normally would be considered a two-bit rebel warlord raid with the hindsight of the first 9/11 in all our heads is stupefying to not comprehend the grave mistakes that must have been made. For God’s sake – can we get to the bottom OF THAT already!?


  19. fernschild says:

    I enjoyed this post more than most, Mr. Klown – especially because you can constructively criticize without re-writing history to devalue a friendship. The Confluence was once an awesome place and I can’t imagine having done without it. The post that remains with me and that still seems like the example of Riverdaughter at her best was from June 5th, 2008, called Nitecap:Thursday. Before the bitterness set in.

  20. helenk3 says:

    In 2008 over 18 million voters were cheated and it was not good for the country. I am sorry the riverdaughter really does think that she was alone in being hurt. Does she ever think about the people that she insulted and belittled because they talked about oncoming problems with the democratic party? Instead of sulking put on you big girl panties and stand up look around and see what you can do to make people aware and to wake up and help fix the problems. One person can make a difference. One person can not do everything, but one person can do something. Stop whining, get out of the corner and see what you as one person can do.
    pity parties are really not fun

  21. swanspirit says:

    An amazing article regarding what is going on in the field of SCI FI , and the insanity of the thought police and what is happening to writers

    Heinlein, Hugos, and Hogwash
    By John C. Wright
    Robert Heinlein could not win a Hugo Award today.

    If you are a fan of science fiction, you know how shocking that statement is. If you are not a science fiction fan, I salute you for having better things to do with your time than read stories about space princesses being rescued from bug-eyed monsters by stalwart and clean-limbed fighting men of Virginia; but please let me explain why this is shocking.

    Robert Heinlein is without doubt the leading writer in the science fiction field. He was the first to break into the slick magazines or into hardcover. Were it not for him, science fiction would still be languishing in a literary ghetto, no more popular than niche-market stories about samurai or railroad executives.

    He was a gadfly. Heinlein’s two most famous novels are Starship Troopers and Stranger in a Strange Land. The first challenges the orthodoxy of the Left as much as the second does the Right. But in his day, few science fiction readers were offended by his or anyone’s ideas. Science fiction was proud to be a literature of the new and startling. A spirit of intellectual fearlessness was paramount.

    A darker time followed. The lamps of the intellect were put out one by one, first in society at large, then in literature, then in our little corner called science fiction. What we have now instead is a smothering fog of caution, of silence, of an unwillingness to speak for fear of offending the perpetually hypersensitive.

    Science fiction is under the control of the thought police. The chains are invisible, but real. For a genre that glories in counting George Orwell as one of its own, this is ironic, to say the least.

    Myriad examples exist. Orson Scott Card publicly expressed the mildest imaginable opposition to having judges overrule popular votes defining marriage in the traditional way. The uproar of hate directed against this innocent and honorable man is vehement and ongoing. An unsuccessful boycott was organized against the movie Ender’s Game, but he was successfully shoved off a project to write for Superman comics. ”

    • The Klown says:

      I knew there was a reason that I rarely read SciFi anymore. I still love the classics tho.

      • votermom says:

        Most of the scifi published nowadays is pure lefty propaganda. Awards go to teh commiest writers (see Bacigalupi, Paolo).
        The exception is some stuff published by BAEN – they don’t care about politics, just if it’s a good yarn.

        • 1539days says:

          The real trouble began when they pushed the genres of Scifi and Fantasy together. There’s a good deal of crossover to be sure, but I personally don’t go in for that geeky stuff like LOTR or Harry Potter. I don’t even like Star Wars very much.

  22. The Klown says:
  23. DeniseVB says:

    From the left of center National Journal, don’t pay attention to the Brand Names both parties are floating now……

  24. helenk3 says:

    stole this from a commenter at no quarter

    information on benghazi

  25. The Klown says:
    • lyn says:

      Reid needs to go into a nursing home and play pin the tail on the donkey all day.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Climate Change is a full fledged religion now. The science is interesting, and most everyone agrees we should minimize bad stuff. It would be good for the environment, good for us, and would lead to some great revolutions in science and industry and be a big economic boom. But that has long since been lost to a new religion.

      The first tell is when they say people need to be convinced. Really, why? Science is science, and can be openly debated. The other tell is the science is settled. Um no, science can not be settled by definition.

      There are some trends that are alarming and need to be understood and studied. And we should all want to do better with the environment no matter what. But notice that’s not the focus of the movement. It’s a religion and it’s about control. Period.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Does anyone take into consideration over the past 100 years our little country has grown and built more homes in dangerous severe weather zones ? So of course, there will be more death and destruction. Obama’s little Science Team is doing nothing more than helping him create more regulation and taxes = control. Everything’s about Obama, he could care less about climate or the people it affects. I think he’s going to the tornado damaged areas (photo op back drop!) to prove he cares. (It also helps pay for his x-country trip to fundraisers this week).

      • The Klown says:

        I guess you didn’t get the memo. It is now called “Global Climate Disruption.”


      • DandyTIger says:

        The first tell is when they say people need to be convinced.
        Otherwise know as you need to be converted.

  26. helenk3 says:

    a lot of msm discussion on why monica lewisky published her book now. all kinds of ideas . my thought is how much time is the msm spending on a past scandal to avoid talking about a present scandal Benghazi. just my thought

    • sleepyhead says:

      I just figured that she saw a way to get another 15 minutes. Either just for the attention or (more likely) for the $$. And of course the MSM will go along with that for their own reasons. Win-win.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Lynn Cheney says the Clintons are behind this timing to get it out of the way for 2016. Not sure why, Monica wasn’t an issue in 2008 for Hillary?

      • DandyTIger says:

        Lynn is wrong. The Clintons and Monica are not working together. That smells of the right’s obsession with the Clinton’s as the ultimate puppet masters of all things. They are really good politicians, but they’re not that powerful. See for example, 2008.

  27. DandyTIger says:

    Great post. My path has involved finally understanding that both parties are run by mostly the same people behind the scenes. Neither party is on your side. And, this is the important bit, neither party is about doing the things they make noises about. If you think one party is more evil than the other, you’re being well played. And further, the conservative and liberal labels are meaningless. Right now liberal means unquestioning loyalty to big brother, and conservative means question authority. It will mean the opposite when the pendulum swings.

    Better to be independent of any party. There will never be a party about ideas and ideology, there will only be parties about control and power. So pick and chose, and dig beneath the labels and propaganda. And spend a lot of time messing with them by randomly switching them out and throwing incumbents out of office, no matter who they are. And finally do other things to make for a smaller government environment. The larger the government, no matter the label, means fascism in the end.

  28. The Klown says:

    I don’t know how many hours of “news” programming are available on my television each day but I do know how many I watch. Practically none. The little bit I do watch is mostly YouTube clips that get posted on blogs.

    And yet somehow I manage to stay current on what’s happening in the world.

  29. votermom says:


    • The Klown says:

      That reminds me of the story of the first woman mail carrier. She had to sue to get her job, and finally she won. So after doing the paperwork and getting her new uniforms, the supervisor told her “The guys get here at 8 am. You can come in at 10 am everyday.”

      When she asked why she would be starting at a different hour for her male coworkers each day, the supervisor said. “We just stand around scratching our balls for the first couple hours.”

    • Somebody says:

      For the life of me I simply do NOT understand how government employees do this kind of stuff and don’t get fired. The rules of conduct are clear, they should be fired end of subject. Their supervisors should be fired for not doing their jobs. Beyond that the IT staff should be disciplined or fired for not doing their jobs.

      I know federal employees that have been fired for far less. One woman I know didn’t have cash on hand and used her government credit card at an airport kiosk to buy a trinket for her daughter. She repaid the government immediately, but what she did was against the rules and 3 years later she was fired because of it. I know a couple of people fired for doing the ebay thing on government time and on government computers.

      Seriously there is something very, very wrong where these things keep happening. Someone needs to hold the managers and on up the line accountable for not doing their jobs. I honestly can’t wrap my brain around how these employees got away with this, then add in the fact that they got bonuses….OMG! Where the hell does all this bonus money come from anyway? If agencies have that much extra cash cut their damn budgets. Clearly my husband had the wrong government job, LOL!

      • 49erDweet says:

        Two reasons. #Seniority rules. #Unions.
        When I worked for the state new employees worked rings around experienced. Fifteen of us were hired into a 60 person office as ‘temporaries’. Twelve made ‘permanent’ after six months. Eight were promoted into supervision within 18 months. Four into management within three years. Zero of the other 45 promoted in 10 years. The union HATED that office’s manager. Best woman boss I ever had. 🙂

  30. The Klown says:


    CHANGE: The Climate Change Debate Is Over, And Environmentalists Lost:

    The bloodcurdling National Climate Assessment is here and it portends catastrophe; floods, clouds and other assorted weather events are imminent! … but , says the report, “there is still time to act to limit the amount of climate change and the extent of damaging impacts.”

    Have you noticed that we’re always at the cusp of a cataclysm, yet the deadline to act always moves to a politically convenient not-too-distant future? I guess when the time to act runs out – it will at some point, right? — we can begin thinking about defunding all these panels and reinvesting in something more productive: like figuring out how we can adapt to the future.

    You mean like former NASA scientist James Hansen? “January 17, 2009 – NASA’s James Hansen told us that Obama had only four years to save the planet.”

    And that was on top of declaring in 2004, as the American Thinker noted, “that there is only a ten-year window to act on AGW (presumably by transferring mass quantities of taxpayer funds to global warmist causes) before climate Armageddon destroys humanity.”

    And then there were all of the not-so-final countdowns that were made on the first Earth Day, which have long since quietly expired, and Al Gore declaring in 2008 that “the entire North ‘polarized’ cap will disappear in 5 years,” before tacitly declaring Mission Accomplished on radical environmentalism by selling out last year to big oil?

    No, never noticed.

    • Falstaff says:

      I actually lean toward the “we’ve already lost” scenario, in which the collapse of agriculture and the resulting human die-off are by now ineluctable. Time will tell, and I won’t be around to see the outcome, but it may well be too late. The Earth is overwhelmingly likely to be around in 75 years, and it will surely be inhabited. Whether humans will be around in anything like their current numbers is questionable.

      • 49erDweet says:

        There’s a tiny, niggling quandary with your assumption, and I can fully appreciate how you reached it, but the problem with it is “farmers”. The Ag Industry keeps getting more efficient, growing more and healthier foods using less and less of our resources. Until there’s no longer money to be made from food products, your understandable prediction is more likely than not to join Al Gore’s, IMO.

        • Falstaff says:

          Whether agriculture can adapt in time to avoid large-scale population downsizing is an empirical question. If the California snow pack goes away for five years, or if Ukraine comes to resemble west Texas, there will be some serious disruptions in food supply. It’s bound to be an interesting time, one way or another.

      • 1539days says:

        But when will it be TOO late? Because then we can really party our asses off.

    • 1539days says:

      Right after 9/11/01, Some Republicans wanted to start drilling for oil in ANWR. Opponents claimed that drilling would not help because any oil that came from Alaska would not go into barrels for 10 years because the site needed to be set up. More than 10 years later, China is using more oil than ever, gas prices are within 20 cents of all time highs and we still can’t drill ANWR because it wouldn’t help since it would take ten years to get the oil out of the ground if we started today.

  31. The Klown says:

    Trey Gowdy on Morning Joe:

    I like Gowdy but if he’s gonna go prime time he needs to invest in a good hair stylist. His Supercuts look just ain’t gettin’ ‘r done.

    • Somebody says:

      Haha his hair never looks the same from one interview to the next either. I’ve seen him a few times when I thought perhaps he’d been on a bender for a few days based on his hair.

    • mcnorman says:

      Savvy former prosecutor doesn’t feel the need for a better cut. I like the “balls to the wall” tude that this guy has with or without a better haircut.

    • Lulu says:

      It is the texture of his hair. It is baby fine, straight as a board, and limp. He is also probably thinning slightly. About all he could do is cut it very short and use hairspray. It has no, as in zero, body. I have similar hair and spend a lot of money and time on it.

    • piper says:

      Like the $400 haircut that John Edwards got.

  32. foxyladi14 says:

    It is not his hair it is his heart,grit, mind and mouth that matters to me.
    Go getem Trey!!! 🙂

  33. mothy67 says:

    Amazon sent me 20 copies of A Confedeacy of Dunces. HOw do you screw up an order that much.I called them. I can send them back and pay for shipping or I can just go to the post office and send them myself. BRilliant because the novel touches on the absurdity of life.

  34. helenk3 says:

    just because we need this

  35. mothy67 says:

    Walker Percy wrote in his forward to A Confederacy of Dunces “But Toole’s greatest achievemeny is Ignatius Reilly himself, intellectual, ideologue, deadbeat, goof-off, glutten, who should repel the reader with his gargantuan bloats, his thunderous contempt and one-man war against everybody– Freud, homosexuals, heterosexusls, Protestants, and the assorted exesses of modern times”

    NO Way i couldnot read.

  36. mothy67 says:

    Another “When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by his sign that the dunces are all in a confederacy against him”
    Jonathon Swift— Thoughts on Various Subjects Moral and Diverting

  37. 49erDweet says:

    …….continuing from last week. Yep, the numbers are down. What to do? What to do?

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