My thanks to Summer Sights, my Web mistress, for getting this site back up and on a firmer footing.
Please watch former CIA operations officer Evan McMullin on how the Vladimir Putin manipulated our election. (Seven minutes.) Are we really going to let Putin and the KGB win?
Renee: “At this point, according to a couple of Hamilton electors I know, what’s needed aren’t more letters to the electors. They recommend instead: (1) Contact your representatives and governors to ask that they demand that the electors be briefed with CIA information on Russian interference prior to Dec. 19, even if it means delaying the Electoral College vote. (2) Contact the U.S. Attorney General to ask that the Electoral College vote be postponed until a full investigation of Russian interference and the Trump campaign’s potential coordination with Russia is complete. You can reach the Attorney General’s office at 202-514-2000 (comment line…press 4). Please cut and paste to share this, and let’s flood the office with calls. You can call non business hours and leave voice message.”
One of my sharpest Democratic friends writes, under the subject line “Will-to-Power”:
Anyone who still harbors a scintilla of doubt that there are “good” people on the other side, that they maintain an iota of respect or belief in the underlying tenets of democracy, should read this: “North Carolina Republicans Lost An Election, So Now They’re Trying To Undermine The Results.”
They lose governor of NC, and decide, before leaving, to strip the office of its powers and money.
Republicans want power. Period. Once in power, they move to make it impossible to dislodge them. If, by a fluke, they are dislodged, they emasculate the office. With Obama, it was birtherism and total obstruction.
In the absence of a big scandal dragging down Republicans, or a charismatic candidate lifting all Democratic boats, Democrats always lose because they lack the will-to-power.
Look how hard the mainstream media tries to “prove” it is unbiased, versus how hard FOX tries. The latter just proclaims it, and spews right-wing diatribe. The former are constantly defending themselves against bias charges and desperately point out the right-wing characters they hire (CNN hired Corey Lewandowski, who was shilling for Trump, and continued him even as Trump attacked CNN—pathetic!).
I, for one, am not in this arena anymore until we show that we have the will-to-power.
☞ We show we have the will-to-power in part by having our smartest and most passionate — like my friend — stay in the fight.
We need people to stay engaged and, if anything, redouble their commitment going forward. Otherwise, Putin and the KGB and those Republicans who are thugs and bullies (not all, by any means!) win even bigger.
Quote of the Day
Many [managing agents of New York cooperative apartment buildings] promote arbitration and mediation. This would prevent cases like the recent one in which $130,000 in legal fees were exhausted to decide who should pay for window bars costing $924.~The New York Times, October, 1995
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