39 thoughts on “Celebration Time

  1. Marilyn Armstrong November 7, 2020 / 11:06 am

    I sure wouldn’t like to be an incoming president right now! What a mess Trump is leaving behind.

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    • Fandango November 7, 2020 / 2:04 pm

      It’s going to be an uphill battle.


      • Marleen November 7, 2020 / 2:22 pm

        My biggest concern is mush for brains “standing by” hoping to be operational [like in Michigan today, where militia types planned to abduct the governor, as if Biden being elected is the government’s fault] at the suggestion of the oversized baby.

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    • Fandango November 7, 2020 / 2:05 pm

      Don’t let the door hit your big butt on the way out, Donnie Boy.


      • James Pyles November 7, 2020 / 4:18 pm

        Both Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jennifer Rubin have called for the creation of an “enemies list” (I have the screenshots from twitter to prove it) of Trump supporters. A Jewish friend of mine on Facebook who is in this country legally but not a citizen is afraid that another Kristalnacht is coming. I’ve never seen this much fear after an election, not even Trump in 2016. Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro said that the Democratic party has fallen far more radically left than when Obama was President. I think the prospect of Civil War is more likely than ever. My wife is scared and forbids me to talk about our family, especially about being Jewish in social media. In fiction, Star Wars speaks of the Empire as being the “dark times” and as much as you celebrate what you believe is light and freedom, I truly expect a violent response, either supported by the government or initiated by it, against anyone even remotely conservative, even if we didn’t vote for Trump. I hope I’m just being paranoid, but if I’m not, then America will cease to be even slightly free.

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        • Marleen November 7, 2020 / 4:37 pm

          As usual, the Republican (current base as in trumpites whether they “voted” for him or not) injectors of cortisol project their own evils onto others.

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        • Fandango November 7, 2020 / 5:12 pm

          If there is going to be a civil war, James, it will be incited by a vindictive and spiteful Donald Trump and carried out by his right-wing “militia” groups, not by the left. Biden is not like Trump. He’s more likely to seek to unite the country, not divide it, as Trump has. He’s going to offer a hand to the Republicans and will try to work with them in a way that Trump, McConnell, and most of the GOP refused to work with Obama. Now if the Republicans bite the hand he offers, well, at least he would have tried. I think you are being paranoid and your paranoia has been fueled by four years of fear, uncertainty, and doubt spewed by Trump and his surrogates. Tell your wife that Fandango said not to worry. It’s all good and will get better.

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        • Marleen November 8, 2020 / 11:26 pm

          Here is something Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
          tweeted on November 6, 2020 (at 3:24 PM):

          Lol at the “party of personal responsibility” being upset at the idea of being responsible for their behavior over last four years

          Me: It’s actually more than four years, if counting the campaign before November of 2016 and counting Donald’s (and enablers’) disgusting behavior during the Obama administration. Plus those who were sensationalists against Obama, generally, whether they spoke up specifically for Trump or not. Alexandria is young.

          As for quotations, quoting what someone says she said isn’t the same as quoting what she said… James. You’ve made this mistake before (concerning other people).

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        • Marleen November 9, 2020 / 5:56 am

          I came across this (involving Steve Bannon) a few minutes ago, from days ago. I’m behind James on any semblance of keeping up with right-wing propaganda and obsession:

          … Head on A Pike

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          • Marleen November 15, 2020 / 5:27 pm


            [Thursday] NOVEMBER 12, 2020 01:07

            Part of photo caption: Chapman now says he has transformed the group into an explicitly white supremacist organization.

            Kyle Chapman, the founder of a “tactical defense arm” of the Proud Boys known for engaging in street violence, claimed in a message on the encrypted chat app Telegram that he has staged a “coup” against the current leader of the Proud Boys — a Black man named Enrique Tarrio.

            … “We recognize that the West was built by the White Race alone and we owe nothing to any other race.”

            The move comes as the Proud Boys are preparing to protest [on Saturday/yesterday] with other right-wing groups in Washington, DC, on behalf of Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that the presidential election was stolen from him through widespread voter fraud.


            … Proud Boys have documented ties to white supremacist groups. McInnes posted videos surrounding a 2017 trip to Israel in which he made antisemitic statements. A former Proud Boys member was the organizer of the deadly 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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            • Marleen November 15, 2020 / 10:38 pm

              There was reporting at a video news outlet I often view that Chapman had said, “We will no longer cuck to the left by anointing token negros as our leaders. We will no longer allow homosexuals or other ‘undesirables’ into our ranks.”

              I found that confirmed at Newsweek in an article from Wednesday, the 11th of November, 6:56 AM EST; found it as well within the article below (which article conveys much more and includes links).


              End of article, so you’ll know when you’re there:

              … Tarrio told Kelly Weill of The Daily Beast ……. “I’ve never had an issue with Kyle,” … “I think he went on a drunken rant that night, and he thought it was funny to put the things he did on his channel, then he said it was a joke. Which regardless of whether it was a joke or not, I think it was stupid.”

              Chapman, as Weill reports, later denied that it was a joke, and moreover was joined in the call to depose Tarrio by another openly white supremacist Proud Boy, Jovi Val.

              These incidents exposing the Proud Boys’ … underbelly aren’t merely accidental. It’s who they really are, and always have been.

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            • Marleen November 15, 2020 / 10:51 pm

              In NEWSWEEK and in the video I heard (not with audio of when it wasn’t originally said), it’s “appointing” rather than “anointing.”

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            • Marleen November 16, 2020 / 11:15 am

              It is infuriating, indeed, Fandango; these people go on and are supported or winked at by [besides being] “the right” (the self-righteous).

              I’m hoping James — and others who are susceptible — will have some intellectual and personal curiosity. (It would be unwieldy to quote everything relevant from the article links. But the articles are there for the reading.) Patriot Prayer, Proud Boys, and others like them, have been defended at James’ own site(s). But he, with no basis, blocked me from responding to foundationless implications and accusations against me when the urge to accuse me struck him.

              Here is further information about these types.


              From a photo caption:

              Kyle Chapman, in helmet and goggles, with Identity Evropa founder Nathan Damigo, center in blue shirt, at the Proud Boys event in …

              Kyle Chapman, a Bay Area commercial diver who gained national notoriety in 2017 as “Based Stickman” after he brought homemade weapons and armor to an alt-right protest in ………………..

              McInnes has sued the SPLC over the hate group designation and claimed that … white nationalists… [as] he told The Guardian, “don’t exist.”

              {Like the Holocaust doesn’t exist with many people such as those.}

              Note: I’m pretty sure that’s supposed to say that Chapman is a commercial driver (while I certainly do not know for sure but have read “driver” elsewhere).

              I’ve learned a new term or descriptor, today. It means one who doesn’t care about others: based.

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          • Marleen November 10, 2020 / 10:27 am

            Rubin has supported the Likud government in Israel, and has been a critic of Hamas and of the Palestine Liberation Organization leadership.[28] In November 2011, Rubin retweeted an anti-Hamas blog post that Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton called “reprehensible”. Rubin later told Pexton that she endorsed and shared the views in the Post that “expressed an understandable desire for righteous vengeance against the kidnappers and human rights abusers of Gilad Shalit”. Pexton said, “in agreeing with the sentiment, and in spreading it to her 7,000 Twitter followers who know her as a Washington Post blogger, Rubin did damage to the Post and the credibility that keeps it afloat.”[29] Andrew Sullivan wrote, “we have a blogger at the WaPo endorsing throwing Arab prisoners into the sea to meet righteous divine punishment.”[30] Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt defended Rubin, saying, “As a general matter I think it isn’t wise for me to comment on the work of the ombudsman, who is entitled to his views, and over whom I do not have editorial control. However, I will say this: I think Jennifer is an excellent journalist and a relentless reporter. I think because she has strong views, and because she is as willing to take on her home team, as it were, as the visitors, she comes under more scrutiny than many and is often the target of unjustified criticism. …”

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        • Marleen November 12, 2020 / 4:51 pm


          By Ezra Schwartz – May 16, 2019


          Shapiro responded by saying: “I believe that if you are somebody who takes Judaism seriously, that comes along with ideological commitment.” (It’s all downhill from there. The interview soon ends.)

          I was educated at Orthodox day schools and yeshivot for 12 years. In all that time, I cannot remember ever hearing anything so hateful. Sure, I can recall rabbis saying that Orthodoxy was the “truest” Jewish path, and maybe the most serious, but never that non-Orthodox Jews don’t take their Judaism seriously, and certainly not that other kinds of Jews’ religious outlook or political positions were antithetical to Judaism.

          Somehow Shapiro, who is also yeshiva-educated, has reached the very different conclusion that Judaism can only lead to one type of ideological commitment – his. He tries to separate good Jews from bad Jews. The good Jews, who “take their Judaism seriously,” will obviously hold the same political positions as him; the bad Jews – the JINOs – are those who hold different political ideologies.

          This type of thinking is [ ] very problematic. At a time of widespread anti-Semitism targeting all Jews, Shapiro wants to tell the majority of his fellow Jews in America that they aren’t Jewish enough. He wants to police their positions and tell them that if only they were more committed to their Judaism, they would abandon their ideologies in favour of his.

          Shapiro’s claims are absurd. He insists that only Orthodox Jews know what it means to be Jewish, but also maintains that Jews must support Israel. Surely he knows that Zionism is not predominantly an Orthodox movement, and that Orthodox Jews are a minority in Israel, too.

          Ben Shapiro might have millions of followers worldwide, but I don’t think most Jews would stoke the hatred he does against his own people. I think our future is positive and full of discussion and debate, not insult and degradation. ….

          Shapiro’s embarrassing BBC interview should motivate us to acknowledge the many different Jews who proudly wear their badge of Jewishness in all sorts of ways. Whether Orthodox or Reform, whether religious or secular, whether socialist or nationalist, we are all Jews. None of us has the right to claim that theirs is the only path of Judaism, or that only they know the paths and political positions that are in line with Jewish values. Those who act otherwise damage not only themselves, but all Jews.

          I can quote AOC further (still not what you, James, quoted her as supposedly saying): She spoke of Trump enablers as “sycophants” — for which, perhaps, you feel deputized to revoke bonafides?

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  2. shail November 7, 2020 / 9:55 pm

    Congrats! I am wondering when I will be able to do a similar post! Hope our time comes soon.

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