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It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday Ides of March Edition

The Village News & Views March 15, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

Good morning fellow Village people!

It’s Day 55 of the Resistance and the election is far, far behind us. Perception is a weird thing, and in this new America it often feels like one day is a week and every week is a month. So much tension, so many assaults on our sensibilities, Muslim bans, destruction of health care, Russian collaboration… the list unfortunately goes on.

So I realize I should “be over it”. However, it seems I may not be. In fact, my mind wants to argue that there is some illogic to “being over it”, that something valuable and important may be lost if I just give in and get over it.

I haven’t.

March 15th is of course the Ides of March. I remember as a little girl demanding to know what Ides were and why Ceasar was supposed to fear them. Shakespeare has never been my particular thing but I always did love Marc Antony’s speech in Act 3, Scene 2, and have parodied it a time or two, however badly.

It appears I haven’t quite gotten that out of my system yet either.

Patient friends, I promise tweets and a cat meme or two at the end. Meanwhile…

Yo, Village – blank verse by momentarygrace

It Takes A Village – VNV Tuesday: Immigration Threatens Us 3/15/17

“The High Tide of Immigration — A National Menace” (1903)

Continuing my look at our unspoken, unstudied history through historical images, this week’s topic is immigration. For those who are not solely descendents of either First Nations’ people or slaves, immigration is a shared legacy. And yet, our history shows our ongoing uneasiness with the Other, however that is defined at any given period in our history. Reactions were often harsh, mean-spirited, and without compassion, and defined the newest wave with the ugliest of racial, religious, and ethnic stereotypes. Sound familiar?

It Takes A Village…TGIF Edition!

 

Many of those who actually voted for real estate tycoon-reality show TV host Donald J. Trump for President last November now have “buyer’s remorse” over their decision.

What I find so ludicrous is that there are still morons in our country that support the ape acting like he’s presidential when that is far from the truth.

Most new Presidents use a “first 100 days” to define their Presidency.  Halfway through Trump’s first 100 defines a manic President out of control in a White House where the staff still has trouble finding light switches and the doors that lead into and out of rooms.

I join with many others who shake their heads and wring their hands over the incredible mess in our nation’s capital.If it’s not over Trumps narcissistic ways, chaos in the White House, the lies coming from nearly every spokesman in the WH or anyone associated with the conservatives, the turmoil created by the Trump-Russia connections and all too many people shrugging it off as nothing, the turmoil created by the WH in the far-east, and these are just the tip of the iceberg.

There are two things even more damaging to our country and the gov’t that we elect but can’t seemingly govern for the people.

The Republicans utter lack of showing any compassion for anyone but themselves and their partisan and prejudiced  policies is a large part of why we are where we are right now. While Trump isn’t who most wanted as their President they are seemingly fine with it now as long as they are given free rein pushing through their conservative dismantling of our societies forward progress and installing repressive policies meant to demean and dehumanize anyone they see as liberal and beneath their status in life. The one thing I think they are forgetting is that they are elected by the citizens and work for us and can be voted out, which we are all hoping every available voter is educated enough on their BS so they thrown to the gutter.

The other thing we should be looking at and fighting against is pseudo President Bannon’s dismantling of the gov’t apparatus. There are numerous slots within any administration that need to be filled to carry out the everyday workings of the gov’t and some are high level positions. As of now there are 512 posts which Trump has failed to put forth a nominee. For instance the State Dept. is lacking at 111 positions and DOD has 50 un-staffed positions. This article from the WaPo gives a good breakdown of this and why it’s an alarming catastrophe in the making…

 

 

 

GoGoGo Maxine….Love this woman!!!

As always I’ll end my thread with our champion and the woman that rightly our President…

This is your open for Friday….Have a great weekend!

 

 

Hide in your shadow.

It takes a village: The majority in red rules

 

Coretta Scott King along with a woman who has Trump’s number and is the spark we need when things get tough…. see if you can find her in this photo 😃

 

No need to comment…. sign says it all.

Clinton, Duckworth, Kelly. First three boxes i checked in my state twice were women. Robin Kelly enters year 4 as my house rep.

 

The buzz from twitter world.

HMMPH…….

Gabby inspires all of us…. thank you.

Women will continue to command the stage as she did on a cold Iowa night in January 2016

And….. she is the final word.

 

 

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It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday The Prisoner Resistance Primer

The Village News & Views March 8, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

In 1967 a television program aired called The Prisoner. Staring and in many ways the brainchild of actor Patrick McGoohan, who was directly off a 4 year stint on the espionage thriller Danger Man (seen in the US as Secret Agent), the show aired 17 episodes and became very possibly the literal prototype of the television cult classic.

Yes, there was a remake in 2009, but we are going to pretend that didn’t happen, because, well, it might as well not have.

There’s a massive amount of opinion and fan discussion both on the web and in published media about the original series and I will be shocked if very many Meeses are entirely unaware of it. It has been on my mind of late, for a number of reasons not the least of which was the name change that occurred in our original community over on the Daily K from the Village Under the Bus to simply, The Village. That renaming was an elegant effort on the part of one of our bedrock members to preserve the group in that location, however it struck me as both poetic and ironic that our fellowship should eventually end up with a name associate with one of the most extreme, and effective Resistors in all of fiction.

It was only a matter of time before I brought up the subject for consideration by my fellows and that is how we come to today’s post…

The Prisoner: A Resistance Primer

“If I could do it again, I would. As long as people feel something, that’s the great thing. It’s when they are walking around not thinking and not feeling, that’s tough. When you get a mob like that, you can turn them into the sort of gang that Hitler had.”

It Takes A Village – VNV Tuesday: Patriarchy Dismissed Us 3/7/17

A postcard from about 1910; imagine receiving this in the mail!

I’ve decided to continue the exploration of the unspoken history of our country as seen through political cartoons and messaging. I’m not doing this as an exercise in hopelessness. It’s easy to fall into that trap when seeing so many of the same themes over and over. But along with the recurring issues, I see the battles that have been won, even when the “war” is ongoing. For me, remembering the past gives me courage to fight for our future. I hope it will do the same for our Village.

This week, I wanted to focus on the misogyny in our history, but the topic was so broad, it became unmanageable. Since I have no desire to do a dissertation, I chose the suffrage movement as the exemplar of the patriarchy in our midst. The images today are mostly postcards from the early 1900s, as well as political cartoons.

It Takes a Village… TGIF Edition

This whole mess we are having to put up with, concerning Trump and his collusion with Russia to subvert our Democracy, has been coming for quite a while. Thought I might  put up some of the back story today and explain just what Putin has been attempting with regards to Trump and our country.

According to NBC News, our Intelligence Community has “a high level of confidence” that Russia’s president ”personally directed how hacked material from Democrats was leaked and otherwise used.” Putin’s motivation was revenge, according to unnamed senior IC officials, since he despises Clinton, plus the Kremlin sought to create confusion in the United States to make us appear an unreliable ally and an ailing global power.The Russian president grew up in the KGB and long worked in counterintelligence. To his core, Putin is a secret policeman, what Russians call a Chekist—a term worn with pride in the Kremlin. It’s an easy bet that Putin was briefed on this most special intelligence operation daily; it was very likely the first item in his morning briefing from Russia’s spy services, a quotidian event that Putin—unlike our president-elect—takes seriously.

The Kremlin has done this sort of thing many times to countries it dislikes or fears, indeed it’s old hat to a seasoned Chekist like Putin. But the Russians have never done anything quite this brazen to their “Main Adversary”—as they called America during the Cold War and today do again. To be clear, Putin ordered his spies to execute strategic Active Measures against the United States and top Democrats in 2016 because Moscow possessed enough stolen information to do so. He didn’t fear retribution.

Knowing this it can be ascertained that Putin cultivated Donald Trump over the many years and times they’ve come into contact regardless of what Donald Trump states as “fake news”. It’s been stated by Donald Jr on a number of occasions that the Trump family has had business dealings with Russia and DJT has a known associate Felix Sater who is a reported mobster and immigrant from Russia. After it was widely publicized that Sater had underworld connections Trump stated…

“If he were sitting in the room right now, I really wouldn’t know what he looked like,” Trump says in court papers from a 2013 law suit.

Yet, even as the Trump administration was preparing plans to ramp up deportations, the president’s longtime personal attorney sat down for coffee in a Manhattan hotel with this Russian immigrant.

According to The New York Times, Trump attorney Michael Cohen and Sater were party to some amateur diplomacy aimed at settling the Russian war on Ukraine with a plan to push Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko out of office.

We know the sordid story about Gen.(ret) Michael Flynn and his past dealings with Putin. His being photoed with Putin and Jill Stein in Moscow, and his taped conversations with Russian intelligence which untimely led to his resignation as head of the NSC.

Now we have Mister Hypocrisy himself Jeff Sessions the AG appointed by Trump, who should never have been confirmed in the first place, getting caught in taped conversations with the Russian Ambassador before and during the election. When he was questioned by the Senate during confirmation he lied about never having any contact with the Russians.AG Sessions is now being regarded as recusing himself and or resigning his post….As for the Russian

All of this is bad enough when taken alone but the one thing that is ticking me off is the disregard of everything regarding Trump and Russia by the not so distinguished Repukes in Congress. The two heads of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees,Repukes, Rep. Nunes and Sen. Burr that are ardent backers of Trump are acting like  it’s just hogwash and need to recuse themselves also. The partisan politics being played in Congress right now needs to be beat down with a stick and they need to get to the bottom of this. If it’s nothing, like the Repukes keep saying, then an investigation will tell everyone that. My take is that it’s something and they all know it and it will ruin their brand if it comes out.

On to the tweets regarding this travesty…

As always, I will end my diary with the woman that brought all of us here.

This is your open thread…Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

It takes a village: the backbone of civilization

When yesterday’s press reaction to a bigot’s speech can deflate the spirit, maxine’s fire wont let you quit.

I once again Thank Michelle for sharing Barack Obama with the world when she didn’t have to. Her presence, and her matter of fact down to earth attitude always brought a smile to my face.

 

One grammy away from hitting for the cycle! A oscar, emmy and a tony….. not bad for a south Carolina girl! Her story inspires countless people.

 

Women everyday stand up and fight to make voices heard. Kamala is a new powerful voice in the senate, fighting for dreamers and all Americans. We Thank her!

 

From a back Porch in Mississippi to building a billion dollar empire that reshaped daytime tv, Oprah planted her flag and slayed the powerful Phil Donahue to open doors for other women in the business.

That ceiling is about ready to go…. She’s pounded on that damn glass since 1969… tomorrow she goes home to where her political career began: the college she attended. I thank her personally for taking so called identity politics and not going the safe route, being bold and in folks face. Hillary has nothing else to prove …. but still so much to do! This Clinton rider will be watching.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women are the fabric of our existence, thank you for being society’s  north star when all hope sometimes seem lost.

 

 

This is your Thursday  Thread

 

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday What Cats Can Teach Us About Resistance

The Village News & Views
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All 

Did you #BLACKOUTTRUMP last night? Since I’m writing this before the actual speech, I’m sure there will be a number of blogs and news stories about it by Wednesday morning, however I’m going to give you the fun of finding them yourself and talk about something else.

What Can Cats Teach Us About Resistance:

“Never try to outstubborn a cat.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

Not everyone loves cats. Since I respect everyone’s freedom to their own preferences, I suggest that if you aren’t a fan of the cat, when reading this diary, every time you see the word “cat”, you insert the name of your favorite animal.