Monday, January 23, 2017

A Surprise for the Next Sean Spicer Press Briefing?

In his first two appearances, Donald Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer has shown himself to be an aficionado  of "alternative facts" and a master practitioner of the Fine White Whine of blaming the press, but the press shouldn't get too comfortable with the routine verbal back and forth.

They should remember that Richard Nixon built the Press Briefing Room over FDR's indoor pool and Sean might be saving a practical joke for just the right moment.


Some of my favorite signs from Saturday's Women's March in D.C.

Anyone who was at the sprawling massive Women's March on D.C. last Saturday could only see a small sample of the tens of thousands of creative signs that were made and carried by the hundreds of thousands of marchers. Here are a few of the favorites that crossed my path (most of these photos were taken from a precarious perch on top of a temporary seven-foot tall fence near the Hirschhorn Museum).

"We are the Great-Grand-DAUGHTERS of the Witches you didn't BURN!"
"PUTIN IS NOT MY PRES."
"ORANGE YOU SICK OF HIM YET?"
"DONALD TRUMP HAS A CIRCUS PEANUT FOR A DICK"

"1962 is Calling. DON'T ANSWER!"

"The Presidency Is NOT an Apprenticeship"

"FREE MELANIA" A popular sentiment expressed by many poster artists.

"YOU'RE THE PUPPET"
"DUCK FONALD"
"I'M WITH HER" (with arrows pointing toward the other marchers)
"NOT USUALLY A SIGN PERSON, BUT C'MON"

"THIS PUSSY GRABS BACK"

"THE FEMPIRE STRIKES BACK"

"I'M NOT YOUR SISTER, I'M NOT YOUR DAUGHTER, BUT I'M A FUCKING HUMAN"

"Donny you're out of your element / So you have no frame of reference here Donny"
and
"THEY TRIED TO BURY US. THEY DIDN'T KNOW WE WERE SEEDS. Mexican Proverb"

"KEEP YOUR Tiny Hands OFF MY RIGHTS"

"Not Mein Führer"

"Good Morning America / YOU HAVE A SHITHEAD FOR PRESIDENT"

"SORRY WORLD"

"I WANT SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE BUT WILL SETTLE FOR YOU NOT KILLING US. 

"Many Snowflakes together make an AVALANCHE!"

"DON'T TREAD ON ME" (with a uterine twist)

"NO DICKTATER"
and
"GIRLS just wanna have FUNDING for SCIENCE"

"TWEETING DOESN'T MAKE IT TWUE!"

"WE ARE NOT NASTY / WE ARE REVOLTING"
"'People call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that distinguish me from a doormat.' -- Rebecca West, Suffragette -1913-"
"THE OPPRESSION OF WOMEN BELONGS IN A MUSEUM"
"SHUT THE F*CK UP DONNY"
"DONNY, YOU'RE OUT OF YOUR ELEMENT"
and
"THIS ISN'T NAM / THERE ARE RULES"
"WELCOME TO MOSCOW ON THE POTOMAC"
"Dear Donald, Go fuck yourself" (expressed politely with cursive and flowers)
"I AM NOT FREE IF ANY WOMAN IS NOT FREE. --Audre Lorde"
"THEY PUT THE 'MOCK' IN DEMOCKRACY"
"P.S. -- I CAN'T BELIEVE WE STILL HAVE TO PROTEST THIS SHIT!"

"I WALK for my MOTHER SISTER and the FUTURE"
"Ceci n'est pas un président."
"IGNORANCE ALLIED w/POWER IS THE MOST FEROCIOUS ENEMY JUSTICE CAN HAVE." ~~JAMES BALDWIN
" 'You have to treat [women] like SHIT.' --Fuhrer von Gropenpussy"
"RIGGED PIG"
and
"KEEP YOUR TINY HANDS OFF OUR RIGHTS"
"WE SHALL OVERCOMB"

An annotated Donald Trump battle flag near the White House.

"SEXUAL PREDATOR LIVES HERE"
A friendly official Neighborhood Watch warning across Lafayette Square from the White House

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Happy 74th Birthday to Janis Joplin.

Here's Janis with Big Brother and the Holding Company at the Monterey Pop Festival on June 18, 1967.




She was 24 at this performance right before her big breakthrough.

She'll never be older than 27.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Someone Is Desperately Begging for Inauguration Crowds! Sad!

Yesterday afternoon I checked Facebook and found that Donald Trump was personally inviting me to his inauguration on Friday. It seems that the Trump campaign picked me because I fell into that exclusive group of people who are 1) Over 27 and 2) Living in New York.

I had to send the PEOTUS my regrets; I will be working on Friday, but I will be in D.C. on Saturday for the Women's March (I'll try to take and post a couple of panorama photos here).

At noon today, with just two days to Trump Day, I opened this blog and found that the organizers are still looking to fill empty seats and spaces on the National Mall just 48 hours from now, with this banner ad offering readers of TrueBlueLiberal.org free inaugural tickets. Doesn't he know that if any of my readers click on his banner, this liberal blogger may actually earn a whole penny from Google (OK, maybe one-tenth of a penny, but still, does he want to support the artisanal left-wing media machine at all?)?


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UPDATE January 19, 2017 at 8:56am:
With the inauguration happening tomorrow, the banner ad offering a "Free Inaugural Ticket" was still at the top of my blog again this morning. He's starting to sound desperate.

Will Trump Revive this Blast of Past American Greatness?

The president elect made a statement published today about military parades and flyovers that brought to mind images of goose-stepping German troops and rows of Red Square missiles and choreographed Pyongyang multitudes; it also made me wonder if he's going to bring back one of the signature looks of one of his Republican forerunners who tried to install some old-world grandeur at the gates and doors of the White House.

I don't know if Americans under a certain age will remember the immediate reaction to Nixon's Palace Guard uniforms when he introduced them after a European trip in 1970, but they were almost immediately seen as a joke and retired. Americans in those years had a gut reaction to anything that had echoes of faux central-European grandeur and militarism (and toy soldiers and movie ushers and high-school bands). Like Nixon though, I can't help thinking that Donald Trump would look at these gold braids and buttons over double-breasted white tunics topped with gold-encrusted tall black caps and think, Classy! Great! Call Ivanka's best Chinese seamstresses and get them busy!




Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A New TrueBlueLiberal Twitter Poll

With the latest news from last night about Donald Trump's Russian entanglements, it seems time to ask the following question. I'd love to know how many of my Twitter followers think that our next President is going to make through an entire four-year term (if, in fact, he makes it to his inauguration).


Friday, December 30, 2016

The Tweet Of The Day for December 30, 2016

I don't need to wait until later tonight to pick a winner. The TrueBlueLiberal.org tweet of the day -- the tweet that needs to be preserved and highlighted before it disappears under the relentless surge of Twitter's flood -- came from @SummerBrennan drawing attention to these words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.



Though this sounds like Bonhoeffer to me, I always like to confirm any quotation I'm given in a tweet or Facebook or blog post. It was easy to find the exact source of this on page 43 of his Letters and Papers from Prison, in case you want to read it in context.


Happy Birthday Patti Smith!

Happy 70th!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

"You're Fired!" A prominent Trump supporter lost his job today.

The Buffalo Bills just fired their head coach Rex Ryan today (and his brother Rob Ryan too). Here's Rex introducing Donald Trump in Buffalo last April, and telling a story about how team-owner Trump threatened to fire his coaches:



Maybe @realDonaldTrump needs to tweet about this outrageous act of anti-Trump prejudice being demonstrated by the Bills ownership!