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VNV Tuesday – …Doomed to Repeat It (Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930) 6/26/18

Willis C. Hawley (left) and Reed Smoot meeting shortly after the signing of the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act.

If you’re like me, the Smoot-Hawley (sometimes called Hawley-Smoot) Tariff Act is a vague memory from high school history class and a less-vague memory from this scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off:

Since tariffs have been in the news lately, I thought this would be a good time to review the most infamous tariff act in United States history, the Smoot-Hawley Act of 1930.











Morning meese!

What a completely demoralizing week…but we persist. DD(DumDonnie) thinks he can shock us into giving up…He’s got another thing coming..The dipshit works for us even though he seems to think he’s boss and we work for him. Not the way it works in our democracy.








This is awesome!



I’m not going to be here this morning as I have a doctor appointment at 8 AM so you’re on your own.


Fire away!








































VNV Tuesday – …Doomed to Repeat It (Chinese Restriction Act of 1882 ) 6/19/18

As usual, I present this post with the caveat that I am neither a scholar nor a specialist in this field; I’m merely providing an overview for those who wish to have a cursory explanation and enough information to enable continued research on one’s own. For the parenthetical part of the title of this post, I chose the less-common, but contemporaneously-accurate, reference to the Chinese Restriction Act, although today it is most often called the Chinese Exclusion Act. This was a conscious choice, guided by my desire to show the fluidity and evolution of the immigration restrictions directed at the Chinese, and later other Asian immigrants.




Good morning meese!

The IG report was what we expected it to be, conformation that James Comey used his position indiscriminately to cover his own ass. I’m hoping the report goes the way of the dinosaurs and disappears now that we got confirmation. The longer it sticks around the more we’ll hear the Trump sycophants use it for their own false narrative.

As SBG points out…


My reasoning for wanting the IG report to go away…Cohen and Manafort’s day in court today is more important to take center stage.

Until the additional report that we’ve read about concerning NY FBI and Ghouliani and what was leaked, which is more important by leaps and bounds than the one released Thursday becasue it could very well bring down charges by DOJ against all involved.

I’m inclined to believe that Rod Rosenstein’s appearance at the WH that coincided with the release of the IG Report might have something to do with the additional report that I mentioned above. Reasoning being that I believe the report by the IG in reference to the criminality of Rudy and the NY FBI agents has already been written up and Rod has it in his possession already.


Excellent breakdown of the IG Report…


The morons have finally started to use their hypocritical Christianity in an attempt to legitimize their bullshit policies and try and use it to make way for their idea of theocracy.

Pence tried and got shot down very quickly…

Then lying sack of shit Sarah and the Elf tried and sounded as dumb as hell…



What I was talking about above…The crucial part of the IG Report not yet released.




Panic on social media…Trumpers grasping at straws!


Nice birthday present you got there Dotard… LOL




That’s it for this weeks TGIF…

Have a great weekend…

Fire away!!!!!!







































































VNV Tuesday – 147 Days Until Midterms; Time to Set Our Hope On Fire (A Call to Action) 6/12/18

Father Time Overcome by Love, Hope, and Beauty (1627, oil on canvas)

Today’s inspiration came from this song by Vienna Teng about a nascent activist, as well as Rebecca Solnit’s book Hope in the Darkness: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities.

So what is this “hope” of which I speak? Solnit says it best:

It’s important to say what hope is not: it is not the belief that everything was, is, or will be fine. The evidence is all around us of tremendous suffering and tremendous destruction. The hope I’m interested in is about broad perspectives with specific possibilities, ones that invite or demand that we act. It’s also not a sunny everything-is-getting-better narrative, though it may be a counter to the everything-is-getting-worse narrative. You could call it an account of complexities and uncertainties, with openings. “Critical thinking without hope is cynicism, but hope without critical thinking is naivete,” the Bulgarian writer Maria Popova recently remarked. And Patrisse Cullors, one of the founders of Black Lives Matter, early on described the movement’s mission as to “Provide hope and inspiration for collective action to build collective power to achieve collective transformation, rooted in grief and rage but pointed towards vision and dreams.” It’s a statement that acknowledges that grief and hope can coexist. Source: Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit, pp. xiii-xiv

Grief and rage when I see this:

Visions and dreams lead me to support this:

Set your hope on fire/action item
Call your senators, particularly if you have D senators, and encourage them to vote against cloture on all of 45*s judges; Senate comity has been abused (blue slips, anyone?) by the Republicans, and it’s long past time to fight back with all the tools we have.

Grief and rage when I see this:

Visions and dreams lead me to support this:

Set your hope on fire/action item
Call your House member and senators, and let them know that this is a deal breaker; demand that they make a public statement, so that voters will know their position. Supporting a D candidate for the House or Senate? Contact them, and demand that they address this issue loudly and proudly.

Grief and rage when I see this:

Visions and dreams lead me to support this:

Set your hope on fire/action item
See that tweet above? Those are your beginning talking points. Now get on the phone, and let your righteous anger loose.

Grief and rage when I see this:

Visions and dreams lead me to support this:

Set your hope on fire/action item
“I’m also pressing for a simple one-sentence law that says it is the policy of the United States not to separate children from their parents,” Merkley said. (Southwest Key Programs regrets denying Sen. Merkley entry ) Your action item in one sentence.

Grief and rage when I see this:

Visions and dreams lead me to support this:

Set your hope on fire/action item
Need some help in crafting your talking points? Read this: Evidence That New Tariffs, Not Immigrants, Are Costing Jobs Or maybe this will help: Car bosses round on Trump over threat of tariffs

Grief and rage when I see this:

Visions and dreams lead me to support this:

Set your hope on fire/action item
Given the botched and frankly, inhumane, response to the crisis in Puerto Rico, a foreclosure moratorium should be the minimal response. #CanceltheDebt is another ask, as is a repeal of the provisions of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (the “Jones Act”) which place such a burden on Puerto Rico.

With the rampaging destruction being carried on by the Republicans, this diary could be never-ending. But while we’re all helping in some form or another to make the Blue Wave happen in November, I wanted to illustrate that hope isn’t a state of being; it’s a series of actions that we take today. Preparing for November is, sadly, not enough. We must be working the phones, educating our friends and neighbors, and committing to act now. While no one person can do all of the work, together we create the ripples which will lead to the wave.



Good morning meese!

Everyone is going to start to realize something we came to realize even before the election. That Putin/Russia helped get Dotard elected to cause turmoil everywhere. It will give Putin lots of shits and giggles at what is happening becasue of the fucking mess Dotard is creating. Starting to look like the G7 is going to become the G6. Everything is playing right into Putin’s hands.

Going to be that line in the sand coming soon that Trump is going to cross that I don’t think even the Republican party, or at least the ones not already traitorous, is going to start going against Trump. At least I hope some of them get their heads out of the sand before the economy takes a nosedive. If not it will be the end of the Republican party.

I’m firmly starting to believe that Bobby is taking as long as he has becasue there are 100’s within the Republican party and others like the Mercers that are going down. Everything is so convoluted that Bobby will want to get them all at once and not let any stragglers miss their time in the poop walks.

Gonna be the shit storm to make all other shit storms look like a fart.




Bobby already has a jail cell ready with Hannity’s name on it.



Go away Tulsi!


Hallelujah…NYT is going down…






Fire away!!!

VNV Thursday – A Theatrical Interlude 6/7/18

45th Street Theatres

I’ve loved theatre for most of my life. When I was in high school, I attended all the school plays, and with my humanities class was able to see William Devane in a production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (he originated the role of McMurphy off-Broadway) that was done at a local theatre-in-the-round. After college, I treated myself one birthday to a production of The Elephant Man at the Blackstone in Chicago, which starred David Bowie; it was an amazing and memorable performance. Although opera has become my theatre-going choice of late, plays and musical theatre still hold a special place for me. The Tony’s are the only award show I ever watch, and since they’re airing this Sunday, June 10th (CBS, 8 EST), I thought I’d give a little preview of what to expect.  (As much as I appreciate and enjoy the technical side of theatre, I’m only going to highlight the Best Play and Best Musical categories.) And the nominees are…








Morning meese…

Another week without poop walks…Trump getting more deranged by the day…Imposing tariffs on our ex-allies which in turn is going to make prices of everything go up. Sure seems like the Repukes want to see the prices go up until only the rich can afford anything. Gasoline has gone up here almost $1/gal in the last 3 or 4 months and is hovering around $3.00/gal…Food prices are rising to the point where all we’ll be able to afford is Ramen at the rate Trump is going. Higher fuel prices is going to mean trucking company prices are going to go up which will in turn mean all consumer prices will rise…

We really need to see Bobby get down and dirty with the mobsters and start either poop walking the assholes or leaking strategic info to make Trump and his cabal make some big mistakes so more people see what is happening.

Until the polls open in November we are going to see some bleak times unless we see some movement against Trump…Until then it’s imperative we get out the vote and make sure people with us VOTE.


Fucking Trump…Thread!


Gotta VOTE!


Good to heed what Melissa has to say…Thread!


Why Trump is getting more deranged!


Fuck the Evangelicals and the morons that listen to them.






That’s all folks!

Fire away!!!

VNV Tuesday – Is It History or Current Events? 5/29/18

White Nationalists salute 45* at National Policy Institute conference, November 19, 2016. Photo by Daniel Lombroso/The Atlantic

Today’s post is inspired this tweet thread by Aphra Behn (@Shaker_aphra), who inspires and educates me on a daily basis. Visuals offered without commentary.

San Antonio motorcycle cops wearing MAGA hats (in violation of city policy) in October 2016. Photo: Twitter screenshot



(Border Patrol agent kills undocumented woman in Texas)


Suppressing the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, 1943.

Nazi concentration camp badges. Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

Nazi policy encouraged racially “acceptable” couples to have as many children as possible. Because of the number of children in this Nazi party official’s family, the mother earned the “Mother’s Cross.” Germany, date uncertain. (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC)

Identification pictures of a prisoner, accused of homosexuality, who arrived at the Auschwitz concentration camp on June 6, 1941. He died there a year later. Auschwitz, Poland. (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC)




Morning meese…

I understood 25 years ago that the conservatives in the country we’re out of their fucking minds with their rhetoric but whoever would have thought it could have gotten to where we are now. I think part of why we ignored their bullshit was becasue Bubba had the country running like a well oiled machine and everyone prospered.

Life was great and then 9/11 happened and changed the whole worldview. It allowed the Republicans to start ranting and raving and do their sword rattling. Then in 2008 Sarah Palin crawled out from under a rock to spearhead with her rhetoric what we are seeing now.

The racism and utter lack of compassion for anyone other than the ultra-conservatives in the country has been an in your face assault on democracy and our way of life. They found the perfect vehicle in Trump, they thought, but never realized he had plans of his own to become a despot. The few sane Republicans have woken up to what is happening while the Trump sycophants have sold their souls.

We will have to GOTV and show up in record numbers in November to right the wrongs we are living through. While I believe Bob Mueller will eventually bring down Trump and his traitorous cabal it is paramount that we as Democrats and sane citizens put a halt to their tearing down the norms by voting them all out in November.


Yeah, what about that small gov’t?


Hell has officially frozen over…Wonder what Ryan and the rest will say to this?


While I applaud Steve for his speechifying, he’s partly complicit for where we are since he should have seen this coming years ago…


This is nepotism at its most ludicrous…


Fuck you Dana…better skedaddle to Russia…No one wants you here.



This ain’t going away and is gonna get worse…NFL owners done fucked up.


You can’t fix stupid!





Have a great Friday and a great 3 day weekend!

Fuck off Bernie!

Fire away!