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When Democrats act like right wing trolls

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rant alert

I'm trying my best to follow Doctor's orders, I really am. I'm staying away from the computer for a good part of the day, I write 90% fewer posts than I used to, and when I do write, I concentrate on more upbeat news stories.

However.

For months-- no, make that years-- it's been impossible to escape from the tea party style, trolly behavior of many so-called "Democrats" on Twitter, in TPC Comments, and on Facebook. And yes, many of these people are really, truly left leaning, not conservatives in blue sheep's clothing.

Let's start with this old chestnut: Over the years, I've been called an "EmoProg," which is supposed to be some kind of terrible, poison dart insult, the ultimate slur that can be hurled at you by a fellow Dem. My pal over at FreakOutNation, @Anomaly100, and I have mocked this lunacy by calling our selves MEmos ( adding "me" to "emo" to fake-narcisstically own our apparent evil EmoProgitude).

I've never been quite sure what EmoProg means, but per Urban Dictionary, in part:

Emo Progressive (or "emoprog") is a self-described liberal or progressive, often with libertarian leanings, whose political orientation is to be angry, dissatisfied and unhappy with the state of the nation at any given time, because in their view, liberal policies are not being implemented quickly or forcefully enough. They have particular contempt for Democratic presidents.

Emoprogs are ideological purists who disdain compromise and incremental change, which they see as "selling out" liberal ideas like full employment, an end to all wars, state secrets, and liberal social policy...

Emoprogs have a strong affinity for 3rd party politics as a way to punish Democratic presidents. They are especially hostile to President Obama and deem anyone who expresses a lack of ill will toward him to be "Obamabots" and enemies of liberalism.

I've also been called an "Obamabot," which as you can see is the opposite of an EmoProg, so go figure. That's how utterly inane and infantile these labels are. They're also destructive, damaging to party unity, toxic, and resolve nothing. In fact, for those who claim to be so "inclusive," this kind of name-calling is sure a funny way of displaying their "tolerance" of others.

There can be disagreement within a party without resorting to this kind of immaturity. We share the same goals, ultimately, so zinging hostile labels at political allies, alienating them instead of working together whenever possible, is at best self-defeating.

Next, and I'm putting this in all caps because I want to scream this loudly, and a few words on a page won't suffice:

PLEASE STOP USING THE WORD "RETARD" AND STOP USING "TARD" AS A SUFFIX.

Again, so-called "inclusive" Dems using that word as a slur is utterly counterproductive, very offensive, and plain stupid. Or ignorant. Or both. Even readers/followers I adore use it. Most stop when I explain what I'm about to write next:

I worked with special ed students for years when I taught high school theater classes. I challenge anyone who uses the R Word or suffix to look any of those dear, innocent kids in the eye and say that directly to them or within earshot of them, and then not feel like a total ass as they see the hurt and bewilderment on the sweet faces that stare back.

Are "liberal" vocabularies so limited that no other words are accessible? Words that don't sting? Words that don't devalue people with real feelings who matter and take things to heart just as you and I do? Really?

And finally, there's this: Yesterday I had a very pleasant Twitter exchange with a *gasp!* Republican TV and print commentator who shall remain nameless. In fact, I have a few far right followers who I get along with, but who I never ever discuss politics with. Our conversations are strictly goofy or personal or about movies, TV, dogs, vacations, that kind of thing. But not politics. Our mutual heads would explode if we did that.

In fact, I detest their politics at worst, and strongly disagree with them at best. But we get along, and one extremely conservative pundit in particular was the very first to "be there" for me (privately in Direct Messages) when my dad first became ill and then supported me all the way through to my father's death. I value that in a person, no matter what their beliefs or politics.

After my quippy back and forth with Mr. GOP Commentator, a follower (who I am happy to say I never followed back) called me "self-righteous" and "muted" me because I dared to engage someone who he (and I) vehemently disagreed with about the Affordable Care Act.

Call me EmoProg-- or is it Obamabot?-- but I am able to compartmentalize and remain friendly with people who are kind to me, who enjoy tweet talk now and then, who have a sense of humor, and who give me no reason to block them. If I eventually find them to be offensive or distasteful, I unfollow or block, that is my choice.

But come on, "Dems" or "liberals" or "Progressives" or "Obama supporters" or whoever you are, grow up. Throwing insults out of the blue, initiating convos only to be rude because I occasionally chat with someone whose point of view we both find objectionable is not exactly true to our Big D Democratic values.

In fact, it's more tea party than it is Dem. And that kind of behavior is intolerable.

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Here's A Tip On A Tip - Grow Up

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Sometimes it's hard to compute how much to leave as a tip in a restaurant. In the old days, it was 15%. Now people generally leave closer to 20. I remember growing up that my father, who was a very generous man would say that waiters and waitresses survived on their tips. Their base pay was so low.

He told me that if service was exceptional, leave 20%. If it was fine but short of the highest ranking, leave 15%. And if service was poor, 10%. I asked why even leave 10% and he said, to make a statement, to show that you didn't just forget. It would send a message to the server, but it didn't totally stiff them.

I asked him what if the service was good, but the food wasn't, what do you do? He said the tip was for the service not the food. If the food was bad, you just don't come back. But tips are strictly for service.

And that's the philosophy that my dad passed down to me.

So what kind of message does the following story pass down to their kids?

This was a family dinner with two kids. This means the children must have heard the discussion and reasoning between the two parents on this rude note in place of a tip. For these two adults to think they're so high and mighty that they can sit in judgement about someone's sexual identity is appalling. And to make a judgement based strictly on looks is even more of a stereo-typing blunder on these two parents. You have to wonder if they're worthy of being parents in the first place.

It's strange to me that if they were so offended by ex-marine, Ms. Morales' assumed sexuality, why didn't they didn't speak up immediately. They could have called a manager over and requested a different server. They also accepted the full meal service this waitress provided without a single complaint.

So she's good enough to serve this family, and serve our country as a marine, but not up to the standards of a reasonable tip. Sadly this isn't an isolated case. I hope it's not the beginning of an epidemic of religious wackadoos. Here's another case, not that long ago, late October, 2013:

From Gaystar News:

A Christian couple have caused outrage after refusing to tip a gay waiter and calling him a ‘fag’.

The waiter, 20, had just finished giving excellent service to a couple in a suburban Kansas City Italian restaurant.

But instead of receiving a tip from the couple, he received a nasty message.

‘Thank you for your service, it was excellent,’ it said. ‘That being said, we cannot in good conscience tip you, for your homosexual lifestyle is an affront to GOD.

Queers do not share in the wealth of GOD, and you will not share in ours. ‘We hope you will see the tip your fag choices made you lose out on, and plan accordingly. ‘It is never too late for GOD’S love, but none shall be spared for fags. May GOD have mercy on you.’

This, from a Christian couple. If this is their behavior, what does it say about the Christian teachings? Obviously these particular folks may read the bible, but they don't understand it. Their unchristian-like action is nothing short of rude and intolerant which in my world is unacceptable behavior.

If bigots like are demonstrative of what evangelicals are really thinking, they are in for a bumpy ride. Maybe it's time for their religious leaders to come out and condemn this kind of twisted, deranged thinking before it spreads too far.

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"Fag!" Say What, Ole Miss?

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Ah, Ole Miss -- University of Mississippi in case you don't follow football or U.S. history. It has a great and storied past.  Home of the Runnin' Rebels.

Some highlights from the school's annals which began with it's opening it's doors way back in 1848, are compiled by Wikipedia:

With the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, classes were interrupted when the entire student body from the University of Mississippi enlisted in the Confederate army. Their company, Company A, 11th Mississippi Infantry, was nicknamed the University Greys, and suffered a 100% casualty rate during the Civil War. A great number of those casualties occurred during Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863.

Those were great, brave soldiers and citizens. On the wrong side of the war, but still to be honored and respected.

Ole Miss James Meredith

Desegregation came to Ole Miss in the early 1960s with the activities of United States Air Force veteran James Meredith from Kosciusko, Mississippi. Meredith won a lawsuit that allowed him admission to The University of Mississippi in September 1962. He attempted to enter campus on September 20, September 25, and again on September 26, only to be blocked by Mississippi Governor Ross R. Barnett,

After the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held both Barnett and Lieutenant Governor Paul B. Johnson, Jr. in contempt Meredith, escorted by a force of U.S. Marshals, entered the campus on September 30, 1962.

Again, that's some great history. On the wrong side of justice and civil rights, but they learned from that and the school it totally integrated and has a fine record of acceptance and tolerance. So much so, it was chosen to host the first presidential debate between Senators John McCain and Barack Obama.

If you love football, you'll know the name Manning -- three quarterbacks destined for the Hall of Fame. There's Payton, Eli and their father Archie. Archie hailed from Ole Miss. He was so great a star for them that...

Archie Manning's uniform number, 18, is the official speed limit of the Oxford campus.

Why this preamble? It's to show that this school's storied past is a reflection on history. And it was made again this past week. But once again, on the wrong side of justice. And it ties in with bigotry and football. Toss in a bit of theater and you have the story. Now here it is, courtesy of Veracity Stew:

Matthew Shephard 2

The play, [The Laramie Project] written by Moisés Kaufman, is based on the 1998 murder of gay Wyoming college student Matthew Shephard, and details the events and individuals surrounding the hate crime that captured the world’s attention for its brutality and unimaginable cruelty.

Shouts of “Fag” and other anti-gay slurs disrupted a production of “The Laramie Project” at the University of Mississippi on Tuesday night. Most of the disruption came from a group of about 20 Ole Miss football players.

Now jeering (respectful kind, anyway) and shouts are commonplace in the outdoor athletics stadiums but have no place in a theater, so perhaps these football guys can be forgiven for getting carried away. But they can't be forgiven for what they shouted. It's HATE pure and simple.

Once again Ole Miss is on the wrong side of the issue. And it remains to be seen what action the school takes. Here's what they've done so far:

The school’s athletic department issued a formal apology for their players’ conduct, and Dean of Students Sparky Reardon offered said simply that he was “extremely sorry to hear” of the incident.

No suspensions from the team? No forfeiting of a game? No loss of scholarships? Football is a multi-million dollar program. Will there be any meaningful action taken by the school?

This is a real test. I hope they pass it. I'm going to be watching. Hate is hate. And what this gang did is inexcusable. It is a wake-up call to how times may change the issue, slavery, race and now LGBT rights.

You show your colors proudly, Runnin' Rebels. Now show what you're really made of.

HBO has just made a film based on the the play which will soon be coming out. Here's the trailer -- and based on this, the Ole Miss Football players felt is appropriate to yell out "FAG!!!"

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Video- The Daily Show: Faith/Off

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Immigration Reform Watch: Lindsey Graham equates including gay couples with "taxpayer funded abortion"

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family values my ass

In their post McCain: Binational Same-Sex Couples Are ‘Not Of Paramount Importance’ To Immigration Reform, Think Progress included this gem of a Little Lindsey quote:

 tweet lindsey graham immigration gay rights

When one half of a couple is an American citizen and the other is not, even if they are *gasp!* gay, they still love each other and need to be together, just as all families do. That's called -- say it with me, Senator-- a re-la-tion-ship.

Try to process this, Linds: Same-sex couples are family who care deeply for one another. Deal:

There are “at least 28,500 same-sex couples in the United States in which one partner is a U.S. citizen and the other is not, and 11,500 same-sex couples where neither partner is a U.S. citizen,” the Williams Institute estimates.

But according to Graham, an amendment that would provide for binational gay and lesbian couples = taxpayer funded abortion.  If that didn't make sense to you, then you are a reasonable, sane, caring person.

Oh, now I get it! This must be an example of how the GOP is trying to soften their message in order appeal to more voters! See: Karl Rove said to the GOP: Just don’t *sound* intolerant, Bobby Jindal said, “If we want people to like us, we have to like them first,” and Yep, still a pig, Reince Priebus.

Family values my ass.

ICYMI: VIDEO: President Obama lays out plan for immigration reform. “We forget that most of us used to be them.”

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Yep, still a pig, Reince Priebus

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lipstick on a pig

Taegan found this quote at Politico from RNC chair Reince Priebus:

"It's not the platform of the party that's the issue. In many cases, it's how we communicate about it."

No, it's both, Reince. Good communication techniques are helpful, but first you need a message or twelve that, you know, resonate, or down you go again.

Priebus is now channeling Karl Rove, who said to the GOP: Just don’t *sound* intolerant.

Mitt Romney famously said, “It would be helpful to be Latino.” So he, too, was hoping to appear to be someone voters could relate to, but had no intention of changing his message. Not really. Whatever that message was at the moment.

And Bobby Jindal said, “If we want people to like us, we have to like them first.”

Again, it’s one thing to be introspective and see the error of your ways. It’s quite another to do an abrupt 180 and pretend you care, hoping nobody will notice that you’re pandering your ass off.

Here's what I wrote back in November, responding to Rove's inanity:

So as long as you don’t sound intolerant (or racist, or bigoted), as long as you can pretend you’re one thing while believing another, as long as you put on a good show, you’ll dupe Americans into voting for you. Never mind genuine outreach, just say the right words, sell the right product, be extra careful to couch your disdain in prettier language and voila!

Superficial fixes will pave the way to big election wins if they’re wrapped up real purty with a big bow. Those ignorami will never catch on...

Yet Reince Priebus still believes if his party members use appealing wording and the right catch phrases, yet adhere to the same anti-women, anti-LGBT, anti-voter, anti-civil rights, anti-economic growth, anti-Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security, anti-postal service, anti-union, anti-middle class policies, America will magically fall in love with them and reward them at the ballot box.

The GOP has learned nothing.

They still have no foresight or grasp of the health of our planet and want to do away with the Environmental Protection Agency.

They still want to do away with unions.

They still want to do away with the middle class.

They still want to do away with the Democratic party.

They still want to do away with free speech and expression.

They still want to do away with human dignity.

They still want to do away with civility toward anyone who is not like them, meaning white and/or Christian.

They still want to do away with health care for anyone but the wealthiest AmericansEspecially women’s health care.

They still want to do away with allowing two people who love each other to marry each other.

They still want to do away with privacy and freedom of choice.

They still want to do away with taxes for the very wealthy, not to mention productive spending and job growth at the expense of the health and welfare of this country.

No rewording can do away with all that.

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Growing Latino clout forces GOP hand-- including evangelical pastors, US Chamber of Commerce-- on immigration reform

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Panderers Box

President Obama has consistently been on the side of Dreamers, as you can see here, as well as doing his best to provide Latinos (and everyone else) with comprehensive health care coverage and more. And the GOP fought him and obstructed his every plan every step of the way.

That lost them elections.

So Karl Rove said this to his fellow Republicans: Just don’t *sound* intolerant, fool America into thinking you care. Of course he did. It's all about optics.

In 2012, Mitt Romney famously said, “It would be helpful to be Latino.” Of course he did. It's all about winning. In fact, on the Maddow show, Rosie Perez mocked Romney on immigration and his “joking” about that very thing.

And Bobby Jindal said, “If we want people to like us, we have to like them first.” In that post I noted that it’s one thing to be introspective and see the error of your ways. It’s quite another to do an abrupt 180 and pretend you care, hoping nobody will notice that you’re pandering your ass off.

But pander they will, no matter how much their eyes water and they grind their teeth down to stumps. After all, cosmetics and superficial slogans and narratives are their forte. They believe that will get them the political donations and votes they need to win at the ballot box.

But what actually works, what actually appeals to voters is standing up for all Americans in word and deed, not just old rich old white guys. Take this for example...

With Obama fundraising, Latinos demonstrate growing clout:

Though $30 million was a small slice of Obama's record $1.1-billion haul, the Futuro Fund inducted a new cohort of donors into national politics, and created a Latino fundraising network that other politicians are clamoring to access. Most importantly, the group's work demonstrated the growing clout of Latinos beyond the ballot box. [...]

Democrats are using the inauguration to cement ties with the new class of donors. [...]

A large share came at high-dollar events, such as a fundraiser Obama headlined at the Los Angeles home of actors Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith. But organizers also worked the phones. Concern about the GOP presidential challengers, who quarreled in the primaries over who would be tougher on illegal immigrants, helped spur contributions.

Latino donors "just didn't feel that the Republicans even understood their point of view," Lopez said. "And frankly, a lot of them said, 'I've never been asked,' which was our hunch."

So now they've been asked, and now they'll have more influence, as they should. And you know what that means...

Republican allies advocate for immigration reform. We all saw this coming:

Traditional pillars of the Republican base, such as police groups, evangelical pastors and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have begun to push skeptical GOP lawmakers to change federal immigration laws to allow most of the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants to apply for legal status.

The issue has long been fought mostly between Republicans and Democrats. But the fate of a potential immigration overhaul may be determined by battles erupting inside the GOP. [...]

Republican strategists have dubbed the emerging coalition "Bibles, badges and business." And opponents are gearing up their own lobbying machinery in favor of restricting immigration. [...]

"Republicans need to change now because the country is changing," said Nowrasteh, the immigration expert at the Cato Institute. "It is self preservation as well."

There it is: Self preservation. Bingo.

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