I’m logical as hell and I’m not gonna take this!

We can push back against bullies. But they don’t just roll over. They fight back. They use dirty tricks. They have an enemies list. They are the Watergate burglars, people who use their power to harass and punish.  They use their power to get more power. When WE get in power and DON’T go after them, it means they get away with it.

If we fight them, they will go after us. We will prepare for it. When they do hit us, we USE that attack to gather more strength. Americans love the underdog. So much so that even the rich and powerful want to be the underdog. They always position themselves as the victim and want people to feel bad for them when they get their feeling hurt by someone calling them “fat cats.”

Don’t give up people! It’s not about just “surviving” this, it’s about seeing this as an opportunity for great things.

My friend Athenae has a piece about “surviving.”

Women got the vote in no small part because Alice Paul starved herself in prison to ask rights of a Democratic president. Because Susan B. Anthony was beaten in the street. Because Ida B. Wells lived . . . → Read More: I’m logical as hell and I’m not gonna take this!

I’m not gonna take this!

 

You know me. I’m a fighter. I took on Right Wing Talk radio and kicked their ass–financially. I worked because I got good people at the advertisers to walk away from racist, sexist violent rhetoric.

I prepared–and with the help of the EFF, Media Matters, bloggers and people around the world–we beat ABC/Disney in a copyright claim.

We cost KSFO millions in revenue. They didn’t renew the contract of Melanie Morgan because they lost so much money. They ended Lee Roger’s contract because he wouldn’t stop with this violent rhetoric and calling for genocide. His insulting of women was heard by the women who didn’t want to pay to sponsor him.

We cost Michael Savage millions in revenue.

We got Glenn Beck fired from Fox News because he wasn’t bringing in revenue.

We cost Limbaugh’s distributors 100’s of millions of dollars and thousands of advertisers won’t associate him with him again, ever.

And we did it because we fought. We saw they cared more about the money than anything, and we took it away from them. We beat them in the marketplace, which is what they actually care about.  We can push back against bullies. They don’t just . . . → Read More: I’m not gonna take this!

Not all White Men are Bad, But I Will Fight The Ones Who Are

 I’m not embarrassed to be a white male. I’m a good man. I feel sorry for men who feel so fragile and have been so screwed by white men and women in power that they grasp at the straws offered by Trump.

Women and feminism have been great for me and I’m happy to be alive during this time.

The men who reject strong, smart women are fearful and weak. They represent the worst of manhood.

I will stay a strong male progressive. I will not go backwards in my views on equality. I will not backdown to bullies. I will fight them and hurt them in the ways I know how – – financially, intellectually, and mortally.

They will not get the love they crave because they have rejected women.

They have rejected intellect and morality and they will pay the price. Not from me, but from all the intelligent and moral people out there.

I am Spocko and I will Live Long And Prosper here in the USA. I’m not going away back to my logical,  liberal planet.  I’m staying here to fight for the gains we have made.

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How to Report Men With Guns at Polling Places

If you spot some of Trump’s “Poll Watchers” with their guns at polling places, text GUNSDOWN to 91990 You will receive information on a national voter protection hotline (866-OUR-VOTE) operated by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Appropriate reports will be passed on to law enforcement and election officials, and voters will have the opportunity, if they feel safe doing so, to share photos of voter intimidation on social media.

There has already been an incident in Virginia.  A Guy In A Trump Shirt Carried A Gun Outside Of A Virginia Polling Place. Authorities Say That’s Fine. 

Note this comment, “Voters will have the opportunity, if they feel safe doing so, to share photos of voter intimidation on social media.”

Compare to how the right-wing acted when they have video of a New Black Panthers member with a night stick in 2008.

The right-wing didn’t hesitate to put up the videos, they also sent a reporter to the location to get more video and have a confrontation because that makes good TV. (Why is it a black man with a night stick so scary and a white man with a gun is not? I can’t quiet put my finger . . . → Read More: How to Report Men With Guns at Polling Places

What’s Obama’s Response to Pre-Election Cyber Attacks?

Let’s say the Obama administration has read and believed the intelligence agencies briefs about cyber attacks from state actors.  We know Hillary has.

“We have 17 intelligence agencies, civilian and military, who have all concluded that these espionage attacks, these cyber attacks, come from the highest levels of the Kremlin, and they are designed to influence our election.”  — Hillary Clinton on 10/19/16 the third presidential debate

What is the Obama administration doing about this now? Hopefully something good. It’s probably classified.

Visualization of Mirai Botnet Source HackRead

But I have another question. Were these cyber attacks, identified as coming from Russia, part of Donald Trump’s national security briefs? At the time of the debate Trump was getting national security briefings. Here is what he had to say about Clinton’s comment.

Trump: She has no idea whether it is Russia, China or anybody else.

Clinton: I am not quoting myself.

Trump: You have no idea.

Clinton: I am quoting 17, 17 — do you doubt?

Trump: Our country has no idea.

Clinton: Our military and civilian –

Trump: Yeah, I doubt it, I doubt it.

. . . → Read More: What’s Obama’s Response to Pre-Election Cyber Attacks?

People Who Went to Jail after Bundy’s Oregon Standoff

These people, dressed as they are, came from all over America to play militia man. Some, after making a deal with the Feds to NOT participate in future militia actions, still came and broke their agreements. All eleven have pled guilty. Photos courtesy of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office

After seven defendants were found not guilty following the Malheur Refuge occupation trial, lots of people are pissed off. I understand the thinking and hear the frustration. Especially when compared to what is happening to unarmed protesters at the Dakota pipeline protests. But did you know eleven defendants pled guilty?

These people didn’t get acquitted of all charges: Travis Cox, Geoffry Stanek, Jon Ritzheimer, Ryan Payne, Joseph O’Shaughnessy, Wesley Kjar, Corey Lequieu, Eric Flores, Blaine Cooper, Brian Cavalier, and Jason Blomgren.

One, Corey Lequieu, is already serving his jail term. Others, like Brian Cavalier, have been sentenced for crimes committed in Oregon, and still has to stand trial for charges at the Bundy stand-off in Nevada. Charges that the government did not press at the time.

There are also seven awaiting trial. Remember this guy, Sean Anderson? 

Yes, some of the big names from the Malheur Occupation got off, but that’s not the whole story. The government actually got a number of convictions, . . . → Read More: People Who Went to Jail after Bundy’s Oregon Standoff

What To Do When Trump Supporters Threaten To Kill

Here is what Trump’s followers are doing right now: From Virginia. Two guys with guns show up outside a democrat’s office to protest Hillary saying, “We’re not a threat to anybody, the only threat is ignorance, and ignorance breeds fear.”   Another Trump guy calls for a bloody coup and hopes someone shoots Hillary.

In the space between the extremes of,  “He will never win!” and “OMG, he could win this thing!” there is now a discussion of what his followers will do. That’s good. We need to be prepared for their “It was rigged!” screams.  But we also need to talk about what WE will do right now.

When Lou Dobbs published the phone number of Jessica Leeds, the 74-year-old former traveling businesswoman who accused Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her, I told my friends that I hope the secret service, the FBI and local law enforcement will be keeping an eye on all communications she receives.  I want her to be safe, but I also want to see a story about her threats being tracked, people identified and arrests being made before the election.

I want CNN and Fox to report on these arrests, because they helped make the threats happen, each in their own way.  I want arrests to . . . → Read More: What To Do When Trump Supporters Threaten To Kill

Glenn Beck’s Blaze is Flaming Out, And We Helped!

 From the Huffington Post:

Glenn Beck’s The Blaze Is Falling Apart, Staff Says Once the envy of other right-leaning sites. Not anymore. -Huffington Post

Dragon’s Breath at Firefighter School,by Lance CheungCreative Commons Licence

It’s a nice story about Glenn Beck’s The Blaze falling apart. The other day Digby wrote about what this might mean for conservative media and what it might mean for the Talking Yam after his electoral failure.

What the Huffington Post story doesn’t cover is why Beck had to create his own media “empire” instead of staying in the protected bubble of Fox News and News Corp. He was fired, canned, pushed out, let go, contract not renewed, left to spend more time crying with his family or whatever euphemism is used these days. News Corp gave all sorts of lame reasons, but the documented fact that he stopped bringing in ad revenue for News Corp is a huge part of why he is off Fox.

And the reason ad revenue disappeared is because of the incredible work of my friends at Color of Change, Angelo Carusone of @stopbeck (now at Media Matters) and all of their supporters. They convinced advertisers to not associate their brand . . . → Read More: Glenn Beck’s Blaze is Flaming Out, And We Helped!

On Debate Night Your Tweet Matters

When the debates are on, my comedian friends and I are trying to come up with funny tweets. We’ll comment on the zingers and if they landed or not. We retweet the ones we think are the funniest. Getting a like for a funny tweet is nice, but getting a retweet really hits the ol’ dopamine centers. ( Frank Conniff is my favorite. The HRC camp should classify him as a national treasure and put him in charge of strategic zingers.)

While I’m trying to craft 140 character zingers, my political friends are trying to fill out their debate bingo drinking cards.

“When Hillary’s opponent says, ‘I’m going to build a wall!’ take a drink. If he says, ‘Mexico will pay for it,’ take a shot of tequila.’ If the moderator, asks ‘How will that work?’ or cites comments from the Mexican President about paying for the wall, eat the worm. (Don’t worry, you won’t have to eat a worm!)”

When I watched the first GOP debate I knew I was no longer watching a political debate but the TV show Who Wants to be President? which morphed into Last Comic Standing. It was all about the zingers, insults and . . . → Read More: On Debate Night Your Tweet Matters

Monday’s Debate Is Not An Episode Of ‘America’s Got Presidential Talent’ [Updated]

My friend Joel Silberman was on MSNBC talking about what to expect at the debates. He talked about how important it is for the media to not lower the bar for Trump.

This isn’t Dancing With the Stars, or The Voice or America’s Got Presidential Talent. We’re talking about the leader of the free world so let’s ask some real questions and hold them accountable.

UPDATE: Here’s a clip from Joels’ appearance on MSNBC the Sunday before the debate.

Trigger alert, it includes the odious Hugh Hewitt who tries to makes the claim that facts are “In fact, a debatable set of conclusions based on disparate set of evidence.” In the right wing media that IS how they define facts. (I think it is hilarious that just before Hewitt gives his definition he says, “In fact,” which is a standard right wing gambit they use to bust something they don’t like.

They typically go after an all encompassing statement. Like in his example. “If she says, ‘all or I never.. about the emails…” That is no longer a fact, because it doesn’t include a qualifier.  Qualifying statements, which makes something accurate, are seen as weasel words by the right. By the way, . . . → Read More: Monday’s Debate Is Not An Episode Of ‘America’s Got Presidential Talent’ [Updated]