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It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – Taking the Fifth

The Village News & Views July 5, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All


Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 167 of the Resistance and time for another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread. 

I’m afraid the holiday and personal events have left me short of time to give you much in the way of good Resistance content. Hope you enjoyed your personal Independence Day.

Feel free to partake of your favorite morning (or afternoon) beverage, greet your friends and discuss the events of the day, any Resistance news you have to share and anything else you would like.

My contribution today will be confined to some music.

“Suite Madame Blue”

Time after time I sit and I wait for your call
I know I’m a fool but why can I say
Whatever the price I’ll pay for you, Madame Blue
Once long ago, a word from your lips and the world turned around
But somehow you’ve changed, you’re so far away
I long for the past and dream of the days with you, Madame Blue

Suite Madame Blue, gaze in your looking glass
You’re not a child anymore
Suite Madame Blue, the future is all but past
Dressed in your jewels, you made your own rules
You conquered the world and more …………..heaven’s door

America….America…America..America..
America….America…America..America..
America….America…America..America..

Red white and blue, gaze in your looking glass
You’re not a child anymore
Red, white, and blue, the future is all but past
So lift up your heart, make a new start
And lead us away from here

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – Violence of Summer

The Village News & Views June 28, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All


Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 160 of the Resistance and time for another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread. 

Well it appears we have been offered a reprieve of sorts in the form of the delay of this week’s vote on the BCRA, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, A.K.A. Trumpcare, Deathcare, GOPdontCare, GimmeMyTaxCuts4theRichLetThePoorDieOfAHangnailCare, or whatever name you prefer. (Whole diaries and articles have been written on folks’ favorite names, they circulate as Twitter hashtags. We get our grim chuckles where we can, folks.)

The message of the moment is, DeathCare is delayed but NOT dead. We are called on the keep the pressure on through the break.

However, make time for your own break. Do whatever gives you pleasure, and look around. Summer is upon us!

In my neck of the woods, summer means heat, humidity, and rare breaks from either or both. It means Hurricane Season! Also “feels-like” temps in three digits.

But summer still retains some of the magic it has always possessed. Adults may not get summer vacation but we remember the feeling, and we can have a hot dog, or summer fresh fruit, or beer, or wine, or ice cream, or whatever treat we like, and enjoy roadside wildflowers, a cool breeze, summer rain.

#RESIST… but take a moment to celebrate summer.

WTFJH yesterday… Day 159: Delayed

Shakesville… Senate “Healthcare” Vote Delayed

Wonkette…. WONKETTE EXCLUSIVE! A Conversation With Lizz Winstead About Lady Parts Justice And Vagical Mysteries!

 

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – Does She Weep?

The Village News & Views June 21, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All


Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 153 of the Resistance and time for another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread. 

The general theme of the day is Justice.

She is said to be blind, not able to see whether those who are brought before her are rich or poor, of what skin color, sect or sex, but I think most of us are present to the reality of our American system.

In Trumpland, the courts have helped us Resist the Muslim Ban, and other RW agenda items, but at the same time, the news is filled almost daily with verdicts that render no justice for the victims.

Yet justice is one of the things we strive towards, and one of the things we as Democrats believe should be accorded equally to all.

My depiction in our banner seems to be weeping beneath her blindfold. Tears are sadness and pain, but they are also compassion, and sometimes, mercy.

The victims of injustice are among those we fight for.

Remember them today.

WTFJH yesterday…  Day 152: Spicey.

Wonkette… Count The Gunshots In Philando Castile’s Dashcam Murder

Bustle.com… Who Was Charleena Lyles? She Was Shot & Killed After Calling 911

Rantt.com… The 7 Women In The Senate Leading The Resistance

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – The Stand

The Village News & Views June 14, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All


Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 146 of the Resistance and time for another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread. Today has been designated Stop #TrumpCare National Senate Call-In Day by Indivisible.

I know you have been hearing a lot about this on Village threads and elsewhere. You know why.

This is not the first nor will it be the last time we are faced with legislation that Republican-majority Congress expects to pass which will not only not be helpful for anyone other than millionaires and billionaires and their GOP minions, but will actively harm a significant number of American citizens.

Can we stop it?

I don’t think it is possible to say for certain yes or no, but we definitely need to do everything we can to try.

This is a definite, specific call to action.

In addition, if you have any thoughts about the secretive process the Republicans are using, any thoughts about what the Affordable Care Act has meant to you or someone you know, or any beliefs or stories you think you would like to share, please feel free to do that.

Here we go!

WTFJH yesterday…  Day 145: Haxored.

Wonkette… Senate Bans Reporters While It Strangles Obamacare. Nothing To See Here. Literally

Shakesville… Keep Dialing for Healthcare

The New York Times… The Senate Hides Its Trumpcare Bill Behind Closed Doors

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – Soon

The Village News & Views June 7, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All


Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 139 of the Resistance and time for another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread. Today’s theme is…. Soon™

What does Soon™ mean? Does it mean we can soon expect 45 to be impeached by a recalcitrant Republican-controlled Congress?

Unlikely.

Does it mean we can soon expect Comey to drop some kind of bombshell in his testimony before the Senate on Thursday?

Not necessarily (though it would be really cool).

Does it mean unicorns and rainbows will soon fly out of my posterior and dance a joyous dance of celebration?

No. Unfortunately…. no.

However Soon™ does have a special meaning. It means, specifically, to Donald J. Trump, poor Voldemort impersonator, you will never prosper. It means #TheResistance will never tire of calling you out, working for your downfall, protesting, supporting each other, supporting all Americans of good conscience and all friends and allies around the world.

It means We Are Coming For You.

It means our number includes Democrats, Independents, People of Color, Women, Men, all sexual orientations, all walks of life. We will never stop.

Soon™ also means, GOP, enjoy yourselves while you can, because the more you do, the faster your downfall will come. You are now exposed before the world and before anyone who is not brainwashed by your propaganda. And that brainwashing is not infallible. It may be only a few here and there, or it may be millions.

Soon™ means time is against you. Upcoming generations see through your greed. Your values are not their values. And you will lose.

Here we go!

WTFJH yesterday…  Day 138: Show them a body.

Shakesville… We Need A Patriot

In the above tweet, “tomorrow” is today….

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – Random Acts

The Village News & Views May 31, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 132 of the Resistance and time for another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread. 

Since DoReMI reminded us yesterday of the value of random acts of love and kindness, today’s theme is going to be no theme – Random Resistance.

I’m sure someone will argue that Resistance should not be random, it must be a steady, sustained effort in order to be effective. I don’t disagree.

However there is something to be said for injecting a little randomness into the mix in order to keep our minds and hearts fresh, and to confused the heck out of the forces of oppression.

Thus, today’s Get Over the Hump post is going to be a Random Collection of Things.

Here we go!

WTFJH yesterday…  Day 124: Deragatory information.

Wonkette… Your Boyfriend Emmanuel Macron Just Got Up In Putin’s Grill Like ‘YEAH BRO, WHAT YOU GONNA DO?’

Shakesville… We Resist: Day 131

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – The World Goes Blind

The Village News & Views May 24, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 125 of the Resistance and  another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread for your reading, viewing and commenting.

We live in an age of unexpected, sudden violence.

I wish it were not so, and I know that everyone reading this wishes the same. For the youngest among us, they have never known anything else. For the older of us, there is still and always will be a sudden sick shock and a feeling of incomprehension about why, about how the world we remember became the world we live in now.

Those of my generation were alive when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered on a hotel balcony. When Robert Kennedy was shot while trying to bring our country back some hope.

Those were shocking enough and we believed that we understood that we were living in a generation surviving a national trauma.

But nothing prepared us for Columbine.

I’m not going to list off all the disasters and shootings and murders, to do so would be to disrespect them all. Each deserves its own consideration, recognition and mourning. Each is an anniversary written in sorrow and loss that will never completely heal.

President Barack Obama became the inheritor of an excruciating legacy when he was called to comfort the families of Sandy Hook. And again, disbelieving, we thought we had lived to see the worst in our lifetimes.

How can we bear up?

How do we face each new horror, and how to we give each past tragedy its due?

Perhaps we can’t, perhaps it isn’t possible. It can become all too easy to turn away, to close ourselves off from the pain, to measure how much we allow ourselves to care based on how geographically close was the latest attack, or whether we knew someone who was there, or know someone who knew… If not, we may let it drift away from our thoughts, an understandable and perhaps needful generation of ever so thin scar tissue that settles layer upon layer until we don’t even realize the distance we have created.

If you need that distance, please take it. We have to preserve our own sanity, to choose our battles, to pick our focus. We have to, because no one can do it for you. Not friend or parent or pastor or political figure.

Know when to look away. When to step back.

But… if you find a little strength… for a moment, don’t look away.

Look past the horror if you can, take a deep breath to get past the loss, to endure the empathy.

And see the people. The broken-hearted, the brave, the scared, the trembling. If you let yourself look, and listen, and care, that is the only thing you can really do, sometimes. When you can do more, of course, do it.

But when you feel helpless… look and see what you can – the people. Listen to the stories you can bear. Accept the grief because maybe you can carry just a little of it. That gift may be yours to give. The gift that someone heard and someone saw and did not move right away.

I wasn’t going to make today’s post about the Manchester bombing, because surely by Wednesday, the terror that happened on Monday would be old news.

And then I caught myself thinking that. Maybe not as nakedly as I’ve said just now, but in essence.

Resistance has to be more than protests, more than phone calls and texts, more than marching, more than tweeting…

Resistance must be about resisting a colder world. Resisting hate, yes, but also resisting the dilution of love by numbness.

I promise cat tweets and other stuff at the end, so feel free to skip to that if you need to, but for a moment, I want to look.

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – What God Has Joined Together

The Village News & Views May 17, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

Greetings Village Meese! It’s Day 118 of the Resistance and  another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread for your reading, viewing and commenting enjoyment.

WTFJH Yesterday… Undercut.

Wonkette… Supreme Court Not Having North Carolina’s Jim Crow, Thanks And Fuck You

And mentioned in my post last week….

Marriage Equality Support at All-Time High; Republicans Still Lag

Why Trump Is Reportedly Planning an Unconstitutional Assault on LGBTQ Rights

For the opposition perspective, from CBN News (the Christian perspective)…

HISTORIC: Trump Restores Religious Rights and Protects Pastors on Day of Prayer

The article linked above admits that Trump’s EO “promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty” is pretty toothless, however it is a shot over the bow. Think this is the last you will hear about it? Think again. The recognition of Marriage Equality was a deep setback to the freedom of Christian Conservatives to continue to dictate what is acceptable, what is to be reviled and rejected, in short what human beings can and cannot do as long as they breathe the same air as the aforesaid Christian Conservatives.

I’m aware this is not the biggest story of the day, and in fact probably seems like small potatoes by comparison with #TrumpRussia and the latest National Security gaffe/Constitutional Crisis du Jour, but you will have lots of sources for those stories.

For today, I thought I would make it personal.

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – That Darn Comey

The Village News & Views May 10, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

Greetings Village Meese! It’s Day 111 of the Resistance and  another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread for your reading, viewing and commenting enjoyment.

I had other thoughts about what to theme today’s post but that was blown out of the water at approximately 5:30pm Tuesday afternoon.

So here we go.

WTFJH Yesterday… Day 110: Finger pointing. Fired.

CNN exclusive: Grand jury subpoenas issued in FBI’s Russia investigation

 

Non-sequitur and probably more tweets following the break…

 

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday Taste the Rainbow… Tastes Like Resistance

The Village News & Views May 3, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

Greetings Village Meese! Yes, it’s another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread for your reading, viewing and commenting pleasure!

Today I’ve decided to feature the Rainbow side of the Resistance, which can actually mean anything you darn well want it to mean, but for my purposes, spotlights resistance under the Rainbow Flag of LGBTQ Activism.

While most of our attention, intentionally or otherwise, is often monopolized by the antics of the Pussy-Grabber In Chief, just behind his shoulder there is someone patiently (more or less) waiting for the time he is certain will come – his time. The Time of Pence.

He’s not worried about #TrumpRussia, he doesn’t care how many gaffes the Donald fails to duck, he can tolerate the Trump Kids Carousel and the Bannon Banning, secure in the belief that even if the Resistance succeeds in defeating the Moscow Candidate, what is the country going to do, have a new election? No! If Trump bails or is indicted or impeached, Mike Pence will eagerly step in to save us from… the Godless Gay Agenda, the Ludicrous Ladies Equality Movement and the Pagan Pursuit of Progress!

But he isn’t content to simply wait, wringing his hands and chuckling evilly, safely chaperoned by his dear “Mother”, er Mrs. Pence. After all, Warriors of God shouldn’t wait! Instead he’s working to get as much of his backwards time warp started as he can shove under the radar, over the rive, and through the woods.

Here’s an example of what I’m talking about.

The New Civil Rights Movement…

Trump Expected to Sign Anti-LGBT ‘Religious Freedom’ Executive Order

President Donald Trump is expected to sign an anti-LGBT “religious freedom executive order on Thursday, the National Day of Prayer.

You may recall they attempted to put this through a short time ago and El Presidente Loco failed to sign it for some reason. Mike Pence and his fellow religious zealot homophobes went back to work and here we are again.

“Pence and a small team of conservative allies quickly began working behind the scenes to revise the language, and in recent weeks have ratcheted up the pressure on Trump to sign it,” Politico notes.

And now, for some more article links, and more tweets on the backside…

WTFJH yesterday…

What The Fuck Just Happened Today – May 2

Consummerist…

4 Misleading Things ISPs And The FCC Need To Stop Claiming About Net Neutrality

Wonkette…

Hillary Clinton Emerges From Woods To Break Foot Up In Donald Trump’s Ass