Last day/first day.

We all know what day it is. The outgoing president has been generous with his time this week, with his presser, various other interviews and one I’m halfway through on Pod Save America, the podcast that succeeded Keepin’ it 1600.

You can read/listen/watch those, or you can join me in Tom & Lorenzo’s retrospective of FLOTUS’ style, which I’m enjoying. Daywear, parts one and two, plus separate posts on the gowns and the coats.

So many pretty clothes to look at. I’m so sad. I’m going to look at the pretty clothes and try not to think of the incoming administration’s extended family trying to cadge free haircuts.

Here we go, America. Try to have a good weekend.

Posted at 9:32 pm in Current events |
 

70 responses to “Last day/first day.”

  1. Basset said on January 19, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Every night just before I go to bed, I open the back door and shine a strong flashlight around the yard. Recently, I’ve been expecting to see a muscled and and ugly man standing out there with a coffin on his back.

  2. Deborah said on January 20, 2017 at 2:21 am

    I’m going to try to go the whole day, starting at 6am, without looking at my iPhone or laptop. I’m going to read a good book and maybe draw. It’s going to be a lousy day weatherwise so I may not go anywhere.

    So sad to think we will have such a shitty president. An understatement, I know.

  3. David C. said on January 20, 2017 at 5:59 am

    It would have been a lot more fun to give Marla and Tiffany haircuts worthy of free rather than complain to WaPo. What are they going to do, not pay her?

  4. Suzanne said on January 20, 2017 at 7:05 am

    I plan to wear black all day.

  5. alex said on January 20, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Maybe we’ll get lucky and the flying formation of 20 planes will take a nosedive into the dais.

  6. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on January 20, 2017 at 7:45 am

    If Hillary was being sworn in today, I’d still be rolling out to argue with high school principals about punitive measures they want to exercise through me against youth with mental health problems; I’d still be trying to figure out what churches and community groups can do about the flood of fentanyl made in China and shipped through Mexico sloshing around our ankles here in Licking County, Ohio, killing some and putting others where their kids end up in care of the county (360 of them as of yesterday); I’d still have work to do getting mental and behavioral health parity actually being put into practice, while working the demand side in reducing stigma and explaining about addiction and recovery to communities that want one round of treatment, a single prescription, to fix it all (a mindset which, by the way, helps to encourage the thinking that leads people to use and abuse opiates in the first place, because short-term they sure do cover everything analgesic).

    Of course, if Hillary were getting sworn in, I wouldn’t go out today with the sense that suddenly I’m shoveling sand uphill. But I’d still be shoveling. Dig in, friends. We can do this.

  7. Suzanne said on January 20, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Or to quote King George in Hamilton:
    “Oceans rise, empires fall”

  8. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on January 20, 2017 at 8:20 am

    . . . We have seen each other through it all;
    And when push comes to shove,
    I will send a fully armed battalion to remind you of my love . . .

  9. Julie Robinson said on January 20, 2017 at 8:29 am

    And in its reprise, “When you’re gone, I’ll go mad. So don’t throw away this thing we had. ‘Cause when push comes to shove, I will kill your friends and family to remind you of my love.” Listening to Hamilton again was already on my docket today.

    But it’s times like these that dedication to an obscure sport really pay off: it’s Nationals for US Figure Skating, and it’ll be a wonderful distraction. Not only that, I’ve finished all my year-end reports at work and am heading down to Orlando in a couple of weeks, so I need to catch up at home and plan for the trip. All while pretending Obama is still President.

  10. brian stouder said on January 20, 2017 at 9:45 am

    A pleasant little thing regarding the oath of office that prospective presidents of the US take.

    Scroll down to Nicole Hemmer’s riff about the 13 year old girl who caught an error in the way the Supreme Court Chief Justice administered the oath of office to President Hoover, in 1929 –

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/19/opinions/oath-of-office-roundup-opinion/index.html

    Made me laugh out loud!

  11. Jeff Borden said on January 20, 2017 at 10:15 am

    The fight isn’t over today. It begins.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxiMrvDbq3s

  12. Heather said on January 20, 2017 at 10:51 am

    It’s my birthday today, so I’m determined to ignore all the T hoopla (of which there is little in Chicago). I think I’m going to go to the Art Institute for some art therapy and then I’m meeting my cousin at the Peninsula for a fancy afternoon tea.

    Also I think everyone should watch this video today. That joy and love is still within us. The future is still female.

  13. brian stouder said on January 20, 2017 at 11:37 am

    So my question is – what would Lorelai (Gilmore) and/or her writer/journalist daughter Rory say, today? I find the thought of that somewhat comforting

    (Pam and I have been watching/re-watching all the oldies, over the past few weeks, and we’re almost ready to watch the re-boot/new ones)

  14. Peter said on January 20, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Well, sure sounds like our new master is doubling down on the crazy.

    “I will never ever let you down”. You already have, craphead.

  15. Suzanne said on January 20, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    In protest, I am listening to the Hamilton Mixtape.

  16. ROGirl said on January 20, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    I’m listening to the cast album

  17. Jolene said on January 20, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Some schadenfreude: In 2008, 400,000 people attended Obama’s concert at the Lincoln Memorial. Last night, 10,000 attended Trump’s concert at the same location. There’s a similar discrepancy in attendance at today’s ceremony compared to 2008. Fortunately, DJT doesn’t care about things like ratings and crowd size.

  18. Jolene said on January 20, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Picture of 2008 vs. 2016 crowds.

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/comparison-president-trump-and-barack-obamas-inauguration-crowds/

  19. Dorothy said on January 20, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Happy birthday Heather! Hope it’s pleasant in other ways not involving you-know-who/what.

    Sherri from yesterday’s thread and your plan to (probably) run for office. I’m so proud of you!!!

    In happier news, my grandbaby’s due date is now 58 days away. I’m so glad I have that to look forward to. Otherwise I’d be seriously down in the dumps. I’m having too many awful thoughts about how ‘not unhappy’ I would be if the POTUS suddenly had a massive cardiac incident causing him to stop living. I hate feeling like this. My husband asked me the other day (after I posted something angry on Facebook) “You’re not going to stop with this stuff about Trump, are you?” “NOPE” was my answer. Maybe someday it’ll subside. But I truly, madly, deeply despise that man. Not my husband. You know who I mean.

  20. Jakash said on January 20, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Good on you, Jeffmo @ 6. Keeping calmish and carrying on sounds like a good strategy, while resisting when possible. Here’s hoping that the sand is manageable, at least, and your back holds up…

    What I don’t understand is why it’s in the interest of drug dealers to kill their customers via lacing their heroin with fentanyl. Not that they’re business geniuses, but the goal is to have people hooked and coming back for more, not dead, isn’t it?

    Back in the 60’s and 70’s, when the country also seemed to be coming apart at the seams, my mother used to view the latest disconcerting development on TV or in the paper and remark, in an ironic way, “God Bless America!” It was kind of a wry version of her saying “Heaven help us!”, though she wasn’t of a very wry temperament, generally. She WAS religious though, and one could take the exclamation straight, if so inclined. I don’t have her faith, but I certainly can abide by that sentiment today, as America could certainly use whatever blessings are available in the predicament that approximately 25% of the voting-age populace has now placed the country. (Not that I’m feeling very understanding toward the 46% who didn’t even vote, of course.)

  21. FDChief said on January 20, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    I woke up today thinking that the quarter of my countrymen who had failed high school English was handing me a go cup half full of warm Bud Lite chortling”Now watch THIS shit!”. That was not a heartening thought.

  22. Deborah said on January 20, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    I’m breaking my resolve to stay off the internet today, long enough to tell you all that I walked past the tRump tower again today on my way home from walking with my husband to the green line in the loop. As I was walking north on Wabash I could see police car lights up ahead by the tower and my curiosity got the best of me. When I got to the bridge at Wacker and Wabash the cops stopped me from crossing the bridge. I told them I was on my way to Trader Joe’s (true) just a few blocks north of the tower and that I was a little old lady with a bum foot (sort of true). But they still wouldn’t let me cross. So I walked along the river to State and crossed the bridge there. When I got to the IBM building I snuck through the barricades and crossed the plaza over to Wabash, right in front of the Tower entrance, where no one stopped me or seemed to look at me even though the street was swarming with cops. They had stopped all traffic between Illinois and Wacker on Wabash. I wanted to take a photo but I didn’t want to call attention to myself so I kept walking. It was weird, nothing was going on, no protests or anything.

    I don’t think I’d want to live in that tower or stay in the hotel for the next 4 years. It seems that it would be a natural target for a disgruntled jihadist of any stripe. They can’t possibly afford to keep tight security like that all of the time.

    Happy birthday Heather!

  23. Little Bird said on January 20, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    You go mom! You are the embodiment of what trump fears!

  24. brian stouder said on January 20, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Here’s a story that verges on the abyss – but seems to have a “happy” (or at least, not terrible) conclusion

    http://wane.com/2017/01/20/1-student-hurt-1-person-in-custody-in-ohio-school-shooting/

    (and indeed, you never know when a grizzly bear will show up north of Columbus, Ohio

  25. Suzanne said on January 20, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Oh, Indiana. Always willing to steer towards the stereotype
    http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/fashion/karen-pence-mocked-inaugural-ball-repurposed-wedding-dress-article-1.2951332

  26. alex said on January 20, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    I kind of enjoyed Nurse Melania in her designer blue scrubs this morning. Not sure what you could put on Karen Pence to make her look less frumpy, not that she’d let you. That’s not a repurposed wedding dress but a Holy Roller Sunday Best costume like Jerry Fallwell’s wife used to wear, and bible-thumping harridans in Indiana still wear.

  27. nancy said on January 20, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    One bit of sympathy I can rustle up for Karen Pence is her apparent four-year sentence to stand next to the Trump women at public events. That’s a hard comparison for any woman.

  28. Sherri said on January 20, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    It’s official. I turned in my application for the open seat on city council today, and it’s been stamped received by the city clerk and everything. Deadline for applications is next Friday at 4, so I’m sure there will be more applications. Depending on how many people apply, the council may cut down to a short list before conducting interviews next month. The process should be done by the end of next month.

  29. Deborah said on January 20, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Sherri, Wow that seems like an accelerated schedule, to have the process done by the end of next month. What are they mainly looking for from applicants? Do you know who you might be up against?

  30. Deborah said on January 20, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    I obviously can’t stay away from the internet today. Still trying to stay away from inauguration stuff.

  31. alex said on January 20, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    One bit of sympathy I can rustle up for Karen Pence is her apparent four-year sentence to stand next to the Trump women at public events. That’s a hard comparison for any woman.

    After standing by a risible empty suit for forty years I’m sure she’s inured to other peoples’ judgments.

  32. Sherri said on January 20, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    I have heard names of some people who might be interested, some people who serve on other boards or commissions. Others are some of the usual cranks every city has. Various city council members are encouraging their favorite candidates to apply.

    The council member who is resigning is gone effective January 31, the official press release announcing that and the process went out January 12 (though I knew about it before Christmas.) I don’t know if the schedule is accelerated or not, but if it is, maybe it’s because the filing date for the election will be in mid-May for a primary, if necessary, in August, and you need to start organizing a campaign in Feb-Mar.

    I was interviewed by the council for the Planning Commission spot, plus I know all the council members, so I have a feel For the way they think, though it will be more of a competitive process. One of the council members will ask some weird question that makes no sense, because he’s weird, but I can run with that.

  33. Andrea said on January 20, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Happy birthday, Heather, and congrats Sherri. You are two spots of bright on a black day. I too am wearing all black today, as did most of my staff. Tonight I’m hosting my 6th grade daughter’s Girl Scout troop. We are making signs for the march in Chicago tomorrow morning.

  34. Deborah said on January 20, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    My husband just texted me, he’s on his way home from his class at IIT walking up wabash from the green line stop at the loop where he gets off and says there are protests at the tRump tower, possibly thousands.

  35. Suzanne said on January 20, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    I can’t wait to hear what Tom & Lorenzo have to say about Karen Pence’s purity ball dress and Kellyann Conway’s whatever-it-was Red White & Blue fracas. Because that was…odd.

  36. Sherri said on January 20, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    “It seems people have a much higher tolerance for what used to be a scandal.”

    IOKIYAR.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trump-cabinet-weak-vetting-233931

  37. Deborah said on January 20, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    My husband said he was stopped by police at Michigan Ave and Wacker before he crossed the bridge. They wouldn’t let him cross after he said he was trying to walk home until he produced his drivers license that shows his address north of there. He said there were lots of people milling about but he saw no trouble. Haven’t heard anything about protests on the news though.

  38. beb said on January 21, 2017 at 12:22 am

    My wife tells me she was automatically friended to POTUS and FLOTUS by Twitter. I’m curious if that’s happened to anyone else?

  39. susan said on January 21, 2017 at 12:41 am

    beb, I got an offer: “Get Your Trump Coin While You Still Can!” “How do you celebrate Trump’s victory over the nay-sayers? With This Exclusive LIMITED EDITION Donald Trump Coin!” “YOU HELPED MAKE PRESIDENTIAL HISTORY! ***Now You Can Own A Piece Of It Today!*** YES! GET MY TRUMP COIN NOW! PS-Makes the perfect holiday gift for friends, family, coworkers too!”

    Well, the fucker didn’t take long in getting into the Big Grift he lives by. Now we are all part of it.

    Right-o. That’s not how I am “celebrating” Drumphth’s steal.

  40. Deni Menken said on January 21, 2017 at 12:44 am

    OMG! A seagull landed on Melania’s chest and now they are dancing to the cheesiest version of My Way ever. Classy.

  41. David C. said on January 21, 2017 at 7:29 am

    We have the first post-inauguration scandal (that we know about). Cakegate.

    https://twitter.com/Duff_Goldman/status/822675780341641216

  42. Connie said on January 21, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Suzanne, I believe that Tom and Lorenzo swore they would not cover the fashions of Trump and crew.

  43. David C. said on January 21, 2017 at 9:46 am

    beb, I had unfollow CheetoPOTUS but not FLOTUS on Twitter this morning. This may be why.

    http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/lgf-blog.php?entry=46796_Is_Twitter_Force-Following_Donald_Trumps_@POTUS_Account&only

  44. beb said on January 21, 2017 at 11:38 am

    OMG, the Trump team totally ripped-off Duff Goldman’s Obama Inaugural cake design.

    And from LittleGreenFootballs confirmation that other people who never followed Potus or Flotus before were friended on twitter without their permission.

    TWO scandals on the first day of his administration.

    And via Talkingpoints memo, Trump’s official White House bio includes:
    Mr. Trump won the election on November 8 of 2016 in the largest electoral college landslide for a Republican in 28 years. He won over 2,600 counties nationwide, the most since President Reagan in 1984. Additionally, he won over 62 million votes in the popular vote, the highest all-time for a Republican nominee. He also won 306 electoral votes, the most for a Republican since George H.W. Bush in 1988.

    All of which deserve asterixs.

    * But overall Trump’s electroal number are among the lowest.
    * populations of counties are not uniform. Some can quite desolate .
    * and 65 million Americans voted for the other guy, Hillary!
    * There’a only been one Republican president between GHWBush and DJT. Not much of a commendation.

  45. Jolene said on January 21, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    beb, the reference to number of counties is the most ridiculous. LA County in California has more than 10 million people, more than ND, SD, WY, MT, Co, and NE combined.

    And the margin of Trump’s Electoral College victory is 46th out of 58 US presidential elections.

    A smarter, less emotionally needy politician would use that narrow victory to build support. Would say, “I know many Americans voted for my opponent. I see you; I hear you. But watch what we do. You will see that I care for all Americans.” Instead, he brags and acts like a victim when people don’t believe him. Even last night, at one of the inaugural balls, he referred to his enemies, a word no American president should ever use to refer to fellow citizens.

    Honestly, in all my long life, I don’t think I have ever encountered a grown-up with such a pitifully immature, inadequate sense of self.

  46. Jolene said on January 21, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Matches all over the world.

  47. Deborah said on January 21, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Wow, what a day. We went to the March in Chicago. It was amazing. At first they said 150,000 people, three times more than they were expecting. But now they’re saying 250,000. Who knows? But it was a lot of people hyped up about our situation, with the craphead (minority) president. It was very moving to be surrounded by so many people who care and think.

  48. Sherri said on January 21, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Sean Spicer gave a briefing to the WHPC, lied with every breath, accused the media of sowing discord, and looked like his head was going to explode. I kept being distracted by how badly his suit fit.

    I didn’t march, because our city council was having their planning retreat and I wanted to go to that, but I am heartened by all the pictures from all over the world. There are more of us than there are of them!

  49. Deborah said on January 21, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    I mean come on. How long can the charade of tRump last? When in the history of the US has there been ANYTHING like the number of marches and protests against a president EVER! This was a truely historic day. Do people even realize that? All over the world people got together to say that tRump is just wrong, wrong, wrong. We need to do more of this. I can’t tell you how invigorating it was and how pumped up I am to get more involved.

  50. Dorothy said on January 21, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    beb when you follow someone or an entity on Twitter, it’s not exactly the same thing as ‘friending.’ But I get your drift. I, and apparently your wife, used to follow President Obama on Twitter @POTUS. Now that he is no longer the President, Trump has taken over the account. All you have to do is UNfollow the account and BOOM you won’t see their tweets anymore. Which I did earlier today.

  51. alex said on January 22, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Our local women’s march was given equal time in the local media with an anti-abortion march scheduled for the same day, no doubt in an effort by the latter to deflate the former.

    SNL’s cold open last night was good.

  52. alex said on January 22, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Even funnier than the cold open is watching Kellyanne Conway at this very moment talking about how Trump “didn’t cause the divide in this country” and how his inaugural speech was “so uplifting and so unifying.” Four years of this shit could get tiresome, though.

  53. Deborah said on January 22, 2017 at 11:20 am

    I will continue to call her kellyanne Conman. And why do they keep interviewing her? They know she’s just going to come out with crapolla. Is that what people want? This is why I don’t watch much TV news. I’m sick of looking at her and tRump.

    One thing is for sure, we need to make what happened yesterday in DC and cities (big and small) all around the world, a movement not a moment. The group that founded the marches idea now have this out https://www.womensmarch.com/100?source=direct_link& to take more actions the first 100 days of the new (crappy) administration. They are recommending an action every 10 days, so 10 actions. This may seem lame to you but I’m pumped from marching yesterday and I plan to stick with it. If you didn’t march, if you ever get the chance to do it, do it. Do it for yourself, it was truly inspiring to see so many people fired up. Lots and lots of young people and a very diverse group (at least in Chicago). Seriously, I’m still smiling and I haven’t done much of that since Nov 8.

  54. beb said on January 22, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Jolene @46: I was a bit confused by your comment about “matches all over the world” until I realized it was a typo. Though I suppose that if everyone marching to protest Trump had lit a match it was have significantly contributed to global warming (lol)

    I just came from reading talkingpointsmemo.com Gawd, what a strange, frightening world they paint. First Trump peace-making visit to the CIA went off the rails as he mostly complained about the media reporting on the small size of the Inaugural crowd. Then the new press secretary, Sean Spicer holds the presser that Sherri mentioned above, where he doesn’t take any questions merely rants at the crowd about the size of the crowds while flanked by pictures taken from behind Trump’s swearing in podium which does make the crowds look bigger. Then this morning Priebus (on Fox) and Conway (on Meet The Press) argue that Spicier wasn’t lying. Both, thankfully, got push-back from Wallace and Todd.

    One day in and the level of discourse in our country had hit rock bottom.

  55. beb said on January 22, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Forgot to add this…

    Dorothy, the thing is my wife NEVER followed POTUS or FLOTUS and after Trump’s swearing-in suddenly, and without her authoriztion, she was. LittleGreenFootballs also reported that people who had never followed the POTUS when Obama was president are suddenly following Trump.

    And going back to Trump’s visit to the CIA, he all but asked for a Loyalty Oath from those present. This isn’t just a vain man, but a dangerously vain man.

  56. Peter said on January 22, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    OK, help me settle an argument between me and my lovely bride –

    Sean Spicer: Reincarnated Baghdad Bob? VS. Joseph Goebbels Jr.

  57. Sherri said on January 22, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    I’m going with Ron Ziegler.

    http://footage.framepool.com/mov/722-460-371.mp4

  58. alex said on January 22, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Goebbels. Baghdad Bob at least smirked like Kellyanne, barely concealing his delight in what he thinks is his own cleverness.

  59. alex said on January 22, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Sherri, that was startling. I was too young to remember that incident but it makes me wonder if we’re gonna see Trump getting physically violent when his minions can no longer hold the media spellbound with their audaciousness.

  60. Sherri said on January 22, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Nobody should be putting kelkyanne conway on TV. They should have stopped the first time she answered a question with “You’d have to ask Mr. trump about that.” She did that constantly during the campaign, and what’s the point of interviewing her if she’s not telling you the trump position?

    By now, we know that all trump surrogates are going to lie about what he said, claim his position has softened when it hasn’t, or pretend ignorance. There is no reason to talk to any of them, and that includes sean spicer. Just send a pool camera and a producer to the briefings so that you have an accurate record of them, and be done with them; there is nothing worthwhile forthcoming from access journalism in this administration.

  61. Deborah said on January 22, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Ignore them all. They crave the attention, don’t give it to them.

  62. Rana said on January 22, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    I think a lot of people in the press are (a) getting tired of the run-around and the brush-offs – it’s like, if you’re doing to insult us and deny us access, why should we go along with your agenda? and (b) realizing that there’s a very large market for people who like seeing them call out Trump and crew for their mendacity.

    So I’m hoping we see more fact-checking and reporting stories that aren’t being issued by the administration as pre-packaged media feeds.

  63. Rana said on January 22, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    I also know that I, and a lot of my friends, are stepping up to financially support news institutions that are already doing that sort of critical journalism.

  64. David C. said on January 22, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Great, some asshole was flying a Nazi flag here in Oshkosh.

    https://twitter.com/JohnStatz/status/823220347088551941

    http://www.thenorthwestern.com/story/news/2017/01/22/nazi-flag-oshkosh-sparks-social-media-outrage/96921434/

  65. Sherri said on January 22, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    I’m looking forward these days, rather than backwards, but this Rick Perlstein article from the latest issue of Mother Jones is only now online. I read it weeks ago, and it is a markedly different piece of the examine the trump voter genre.

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/01/donald-trump-2016-election-oklahoma-working-class

  66. alex said on January 22, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    The pussyhats outnumbered the asshats three to one they’re now reporting. That’s gotta hurt.

  67. Deborah said on January 22, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Alex, someone needs to come up with a knitting pattern for asshats. I would like to see that.

  68. Suzanne said on January 22, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Wow, Sherri, on the Mother Jones piece. Wow, because I have heard those thoughts about reconstruction and that slavery would have died out on its own far too many times, told to me by friends and relatives. There are quite a number of Peters out there. And truly, they think they are on the bottom and economically deprived way more than they often are. They almost never blame the corporate owners for their lousy jobs but instead,the government for enacting too many regulations, infringing on business. And they never, never blame themselves. The jobs may have moved on, but they should have the right to stay where their roots are and where they feel comfortable.
    In other words, blacks should just get over slavery and racism and better themselves, but the south still suffers from the effects of reconstruction. No need for the Southerners to better themselves; they aren’t to blame for their situation.

  69. Deborah said on January 22, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Is it just me or does anyone else find this blog post about the marches written by George Lakoff a little off https://georgelakoff.com/2017/01/22/the-womens-marches-and-the-politics-of-care-the-best-response-to-trumps-inaugural-address/? While I think it has the beginnings of some really good thoughts, it makes some assumptions about women that bother me. I think young women at the marches would be turned off by some of this because it leaves out strength and makes it seems like women should be “nicey nice”. Yes care is important and positive but we have to make demands, otherwise the bully will just walk all over us. Maybe strength is understood and I’m giving the piece the wrong slant?

  70. Sherri said on January 22, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Lakoff has been writing the same article for years. Is there any empirical evidence to back any of it up?

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