Sunday Open Thread – Tis the Season


Started a post just so I could use this photo🙂 Have a great day!

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Saturday Open Thread

Here’s a fresh thread about nothing.


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How Did We Get Here?

hillary-pepe-300x464Almost 9 years ago I got told to sit down and STFU. I didn’t go quietly or complacently. I did what I normally did at that time, which was to continue to participate in the general political conversation. For probably the first time in my life, I got met with outright hostility at just about every turn. I lost A LOT of friends, including my best friend, with whom I’d been close for more than 20 years. It hurt, but I took the hits. And I learned to STFU to preserve certain relationships that were important to me, and my job.

Today I work in a major academic center in a major city. No one at work knows what my political beliefs are, and certainly they don’t know that I voted for Trump. I don’t share much political conversation with people in everyday life, except for my new best friend, who got a free Hillary-Pepe (pictured above) shirt from me for being a solid friend. She wore it to work the day after the election, under a sweater, of course. I have a matching shirt. I wear it to the grocery shirt in hopes of pissing off random strangers. It feels like a subversive act every single time.

How did we get here? I feel like I’m basically a brooding, 45 year old troll. It sucks.

I turn on the news and I just can’t identify. I still listen to NPR on my way to work most days, but unlike before Obama, I just count the times Steve Inskeep lets the mask slip, which is about every 2 minutes these days. When I get home I check in with Memeorandum just to see the shitpile of posts of vile progressive oriented media excoriating Donald Trump for having the unmitigated gall to take another breath. I check in on Facebook, which is intolerable, and Twitter, which is stupid, maybe Gab. Good God, Gab. God Bless ‘Em, they’re trying, but it’s definitely an echo chamber. Then I check in here. I find some modicum of peace. Maybe I make a #DailyFuckYou. Then I fall down a Reddit rabbit hole. Go to sleep, wake up; lather, rinse, repeat.

I think I need a new routine, a new purpose, but I don’t know how to make it work. I fantasize sometimes about getting a shirt that says “I voted for Trump,” like those abortion shirts they used to have that just declared that the wearer had an abortion. I think I might get fired if I did. I constantly have to remind co-workers that I don’t talk about politics at work or on Facebook. The office is the worst place in the world these days. They’re firmly in the angry phase, haughtily sure that the people who disagree with them are completely stupid and reading 100% fake news 100% of the time. As much as I enjoyed watching Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews (and Megan Kelly) eat a shit pie on November 8th, I don’t enjoy working with people who sit around judging the fuck out of everyone around them all day long. It’s patently ridiculous.

And I know how this is going to turn out. I’ve seen plenty of Trump supporters claim that things should settle down after Trump is sworn in and people see what he can do. That’s. Not. Going. To. Happen.

That’s what they said about Reagan, too. Reagan went on to engage the left, appointing more minorities and women in positions of power than any president we’d ever had. He gave amnesty to 3 million illegal immigrants. He tried as hard as any president in my lifetime to brook the chasm between the left and the right, and the left just doubled down on their ridiculous, persistent negativity, and we ended up with a digital lynching of the second black man appointed to the SCOTUS, resulting in his silence for the next 30 years.

Now I just want the left to STFU, before they ruin this for all of us. I really don’t know how we got here. If you had told me as I cast my first vote for president for Bill Clinton that we’d be here, that I would not be able to vote for Hillary Clinton, I wouldn’t have believed you. If you had told me as I cast my second vote for Bill Clinton that one day I would be sitting here thinking that the entire left should just take a seat and a pill, I wouldn’t have believed that either. But that’s where I am. Is that where you are?

So we did it. We got Trump elected. Not just us, of course, but us and a loose network of folks who disengaged with the left as they got more and more tyrannical even as they grew more impotent. We teamed up with Republican voters to put the brakes on their shitty plans.

I’ve bought some stocks, because I’m pretty sure Wall Street is about to turn bull. I’m going to grad school starting in January. Majoring in Public Affairs because I can’t stand the thought of an MSW, and because I think it’s important to have intellectual diversity in public institutions. But I haven’t quite found the will to speak up, and until I do, I won’t be able to reasonably claim to be contributing to that intellectual diversity. I’ve got some ideas for more subversive approaches, but quite honestly, I really wish I could just be me without worrying about the loss of my job or my friends or more family members.

Hell, I don’t know why I’m still rambling on about this. I just thought you might understand. *shrug* Maybe Neil Young was right.

I’d rather keep changing and lose a lot of people along the way. If that’s the price, I’ll pay it.

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St. Mattis of Quantico

St. Mattis of Quantico

Open thread

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Afternoon/Evening/Overnight Open Thread

I regret that I never paid attention to Andrew Breitbart until after he was dead. He was unique.

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Like Pavlov’s Dogs

It’s as if Dr. Pavlov had a Twitter account:

‘Flag Burning Challenge’ launches after Trump’s tweet

Things are getting heated after Donald Trump’s message to flag burners.

First amendment advocates are taking part in a Flag Burning Challenge in response to Trump’s tweet on Tuesday that people who set U.S. flags on fire should be punished.

“Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag — if they do, there must be consequences, perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.

His stance, which goes against a 1989 U.S. Supreme court decision, prompted some activists to call for the Flag Burning Challenge.

Activists stood in front of the Trump International Hotel in New York City in a video posted on Wednesday night to burn two U.S. flags.

“Just burned US flag at Trump Hotel NYC. We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America! Now your turn: #FlagBurningChallenge,” Sunsara Taylor tweeted.

The video features several members from the NYC Revolution Club, which announced the protest on Twitter ahead of the event.

“We burn this flag for the people of the world,” said an activist in the video.

Several other users also took to social media to share footage burning flags with the #FlagBurningChallenge hashtag.

“I’m so here for this #FlagBurningChallenge,” tweeted one user.

Leftists love to burn American flags. It’s like they have been trained to do it reflexively.

In 1904, Ivan Pavlov won a Nobel Prize in Medicine for his research on classical conditioning.

The concept for which Pavlov is famous is the “conditioned reflex” (or in his own words the conditional reflex) he developed jointly with his assistant Ivan Filippovitch Tolochinov in 1901. He had come to learn this concept of conditioned reflex when examining the rates of salivations among dogs. Pavlov had learned that when a buzzer or metronome was sounded in subsequent time with food being presented to the dog in consecutive sequences, the dog would initially salivate when the food was presented. The dog would later come to associate the sound with the presentation of the food and salivate upon the presentation of that stimulus.[32] Tolochinov, whose own term for the phenomenon had been “reflex at a distance”, communicated the results at the Congress of Natural Sciences in Helsinki in 1903.[33] Later the same year Pavlov more fully explained the findings, at the 14th International Medical Congress in Madrid, where he read a paper titled The Experimental Psychology and Psychopathology of Animals.[9]

A common Hollywood plot device is people being conditioned to commit acts of murder or sabotage after hearing certain sounds or phrases. I guess tweets work too.

It should be pointed out that Donald Trump hasn’t actually done anything to make flag burning illegal. He just threw that idea out there. It’s not even an original idea – Hillary sponsored a bill to outlaw flag burning a decade ago. And yet here we are on Day 3 of the Flag Burning Crisis.

Most Americans would agree that burning an American flag is protected by the First Amendment. Most Americans also hate to see anyone burn an American flag. If your group starts burning American flags don’t expect to win the hearts and minds of the voters. You will be perceived as unamerican. (OWS and BLM burned flags.)

If Donald Trump tried to outlaw flag burning he would run into both political opposition and constitutional challenges. But tweeting is free.

The funniest part is all the idiots burning flags think they are winning.

Pavlov's Dog

Pavlov’s Dog

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Sweet Home Trumpabama, Transistion Editon

Overnight Open Thread!

Stealth Magnolia

Love.This.Movie. Trivia: Candice Bergen and DJT were classmates in college.

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