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AdLib4 hours ago

Hey TW! Nice article!

AdLib3 hours ago

Ad, I know I’m early but I what the heck there is so much to talk about. Read the ruling from the court of appeals it the just blew Trump’s arguments out of the water.

twilson117

3 hours ago

Ad, thanks I rewrote that at least five times

twilson117

3 hours ago

The work you put into it shows! It publishes tomorrow morning!

AdLib3 hours ago

Appreciate that.

twilson117

3 hours ago

Yes, lots of good news this week. The 11th Circuit stomped Loose Cannon flat and Trump’s BS arguments with her.

AdLib3 hours ago

I like how they’re changing the Dem Primary order and getting rid of IA and its insane caucus.

AdLib3 hours ago

Musk is getting beaten down over his pro-MAGA push on Twitter.

AdLib3 hours ago

Kanye just turned even the GOP against him!

AdLib3 hours ago

I also wrote one on Kanye thought about submitting it, but decided not to.

twilson117

3 hours ago

Forced Elon to suspend him just after cheering him back on.

AdLib3 hours ago

Why?

AdLib3 hours ago

Well my approach is from the view he has lost his touchstone and that’s why he’s behaving like a total a-hole. I will put it after the session you can review and if you feel it’s good to go then I’m ok with it.

twilson117

3 hours ago

I have a twitter account but moving to shutting it down since I really don’t use it all that much.

twilson117

3 hours ago

First off, your perspective is always appreciated and it’s a good thing to look at things from a different angle. I haven’t figured out exactly what his motivations are but I hop over that to a bottom line, whoever becomes a victim of the anti-Semitism and hatred that Kanye promotes isn’t going to care what motivated him. He is just as guilty of hate speech and contributing to the attacks and killings of innocent people as any other hate-filled bigot.

AdLib3 hours ago

Yes, I have been cutting way back on Twitter, I’ve set up an account on Mastadon.

AdLib2 hours ago

I also want to reinvigorate folks to use Short Posts here for short comments on things. If we can build that back up, I will work at bringing folks from Twitter and Mastadon over here.

AdLib2 hours ago

Because many good people are leaving Twitter which is becoming a sewer.

AdLib2 hours ago

I have a quote in it from James Baldwin from his essay on Negros Are Anti-Semitic Because They Are Anti-white which was very powerful on Baldwin’s part when he writes why he stopped hating Jews.

twilson117

2 hours ago

But, you’re right if someone acts out because of his words it won’t matter what anyone writes because the damage will have been done.

twilson117

2 hours ago

TW – I would really like to read more about that, Balwin’s POV. He was brilliant.

AdLib2 hours ago

I will post it after the session.

twilson117

2 hours ago

I think it is a very valuable area to explore as to why people become bigoted so that’s important. But feeling a sense of urgency right now, as all kinds of bigotry is growing, my view is to not let anyone off the hook for inspiring hate crimes, make it toxic and inescapable first but meanwhile, it would be good to understand what drives people to this in order to undermine it.

AdLib2 hours ago

Great!

AdLib2 hours ago

I think Kanye’s issues are the same as Trump, Musk, MTG, and all the other RW narcissists. They know that saying horrible and hateful things will get them double the attention that they crave, quoted by the majority who are outraged and quoted by the MAGA crowd as they cheer it all.

AdLib2 hours ago

West, in my opinion, is dealing with some inner demons and he is lashing out, but the fact he is blaming Jews for his problem is scapegoating for his failure on a number of fronts I believe.

twilson117

2 hours ago

I can agree he has gotten full of himself and believes all the bs he’s been told by others and himself about how great he is and having the kind of money he has that seems to have gone to his head as well.

twilson117

2 hours ago

I have no problem recognizing that Trump, Kanye, Elon, MTG, etc. have inner demons and are narcissists which twists them into needing attention for hateful words. But there are many people walking around with inner demons and who are narcissists but aren’t cheerleading hate crimes. So the acting out is the corruption of wealth and fame.

AdLib2 hours ago

Can’t argue with that. Those folks you speak of seem to have found ways to deal with their issues and not cause harm to others.

twilson117

2 hours ago

Apparently, after Musk suspended him on Twitter yesterday, Kanye went on Truth Social to be defiant and claim that he is Jesus. I don’t see Kanye as that complicated, he is an insecure narcissist like Trump, Elon, MTG, etc. who needs to be at the center of attention, whether hated or loved, and knows that saying outrageous things brings that attention day after day.

AdLib2 hours ago

He went on Truth social to claim he was Jesus? You have got to be kidding me. Now that is time for the folks with the white coats to show up because he is totally off his rocker.

twilson117

2 hours ago

Deep down, I think Kanye knows he is a mess and an addict for attention but like other addicts, he feel he needs to BS about how great he is, how victimized he is while saying outrageous things to stay in the spotlight and be thought about and talked about each day.

AdLib2 hours ago

Yep, but he’s claimed to be Jesus before and he is operating a church/cult where he is the “Jesus” in it. Trump also positioned himself as the Second Coming of Jesus. This is not new for narcissists, they need to at least tell the world they are the Chosen One so all should worship them.

AdLib2 hours ago

I agree with that statement, the reason I titled the piece Kanye Lost His Touchstone. Can He Find Another? He needs someone to pull him back that won’t feed into his ego but tell him that he s f-ings things up and going down a path he might be able to come back from.

twilson117

2 hours ago

Well as long as he doesn’t start getting into the Jim Jones mode and offering everyone grapejuice.

twilson117

2 hours ago

At Kanye West’s Sunday Service, ‘He Is The Church

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/25/717219251/at-kanye-wests-sunday-service-he-is-the-church

AdLib2 hours ago

Maybe he can, if he goes back to his medication. But for a narcissist, this is the biggest high he can chase, being talked about by the whole country and the center of attention. Going back to acting like a sane human being would take that all away from him.

AdLib2 hours ago

Hey CL!

AdLib2 hours ago

Hey everyone! Ad and TW – good to see you!

choicelady

2 hours ago

I’ve seen mixed polls in GA, I don’t think most polls are very accurate but the early voting stats sure seem like Warnock is going to do very well.

AdLib2 hours ago

So how was your Turkey day?

twilson117

2 hours ago

CL is in the house

twilson117

2 hours ago

We had three days of leftovers, that’s all I could do. The one week anniversary was yesterday so had to bid the remaining leftovers bye-bye.

AdLib2 hours ago

Ad Saw headline Walker is begging for money that’s never a good sign, I hope his campaign goes broke.

twilson117

2 hours ago

I need to update you all. The first homeless man we took in, Pat, was a Vietnam vet. He took over the care of Puppy, the dog that belonged to ANOTHER vet who died in our alley in 2014. We had promised to take the dog, but Pat did, and we bonded from there. Long, long story of knowing him, finding his wife whose contact info he’d lost, and getting them reunited in Iowa, Well – after all those ups and downs, they were waiting for a Section 8 apartment when he got sick this past Thanksgiving day and, after the EMTS refused to help him only finally taking him locally, NOT to the VA, he died Monday. We are gutted.

choicelady

2 hours ago

TW – I saw the money race between Warnock and Walker, Warnock gathered around $50M and Walker around $25M. Literally doubled Walker’s contributions. I think Repubs know he is unlikely to win.

AdLib2 hours ago

CL that’s rough,

twilson117

2 hours ago

I read that Black men in GA have dropped from double digit support for Hersh to 3%. That alone bodes well.

choicelady

2 hours ago

That’s terrible to hear, so sorry CL. You’ve talked about him before. I know you have to be devastated. We’re with you.

AdLib2 hours ago

What’s your thoughts on the Lt Gov who waited in line and decided because he was a Repub couldn’t vote for either Walker or Warnock.

twilson117

2 hours ago

CL – Hadn’t heard that stat yet, that would decidee the race. Walker had around half of the black male vote in the first vote, didn’t he?

AdLib2 hours ago

TW – That is a great story and should hopefully discourage at least some Repubs in GA from voting. The LT Gov just gave permission for Repubs to do the same and skip voting for Walker.

AdLib2 hours ago

I think Warnock will win by at least 3% – 4%.

AdLib2 hours ago

Did you hear Obama skewer Walker about wanting to be a werewolf?

AdLib2 hours ago

TW – yes. Loved that old rascal. Can’t take it in. His widow and I are going to the same crematorium where our other long time friend was taken during COVID when he died. The VA told Jeannie they’d pay for everything – hallelujah! – but if not, we will because it’s pretty affordable. Then they will send her back to Iowa near her stepdaughter, Pat’s daughter, to get her own place. But get this – they just now determined Pat should have been getting disability since – wait for it – 1975, and they are paying her BACK INCOME for all that time until he got it c. 2015. That is FORTY YEARS of income. That is around $300,000. She will be able to buy a house of her own. DAYUM.

choicelady

2 hours ago

Ad hopefully by more, but I’ll take it.

twilson117

2 hours ago

I so want Warnock to win. He’s a decent man. Walker is NOT.

choicelady

2 hours ago

CL – On one hand, I’m happy that his widow and will receive that windfall but as you probably think too, had he received that $300,000 a year ago, he might be alive today.

AdLib2 hours ago

CL, Wow, at least there is something good that will come out of her lost.

twilson117

2 hours ago

Walker would be the worst and most unfit person to become a Senator in American history and he has a lot of competition.

AdLib2 hours ago

I want to see the RW gutted, routed, vanquished, and humiliated.

choicelady

2 hours ago

Ad, he and Tuberville would = Dumb and Dumber.

twilson117

2 hours ago

Ad – He got GREAT care at the VA. Money wouldn’t have helped that. The problems (too much to go into) were of longstanding. I LOVE the way he was cared for at the VA, but that’s NOT where he wound up, and they missed he was going septic. I will never forgive the EMTs.

choicelady

2 hours ago

CL – Same here, the only way to really put an end to this fascist and hateful GOP is for them to lose terribly in election after election.

AdLib2 hours ago

TW – Tuberville always makes me think he should be doing soft shoe in Vaudeville. Nothing else.

choicelady

2 hours ago

CL with you on that.

twilson117

2 hours ago

Have either of you listened to Maddow’s podcast on the Nazi sympathizers in Congress 1940-44? It’s on msnbc.com/ultra I ABSOLUTELY recommend it., It’s our lives now. LOTS of lessons for our nation in the ‘rinse but don’t repeat’ things we need to know.

choicelady

2 hours ago

TW – Tuberville is a racist moron and among the worst Senators ever elected but Walker takes it to a level that no one can compete with. Attempted murder, abandonment of multiple children, lying about everything in his past, admitting he has personality disorders, rage issues, played Russian Roulette, held a gun to a woman’s head, on and on, he is a human crimewave like Trump but obviously an idiot too.

AdLib2 hours ago

Ad – wasn’t the woman his WIFE? Who – WHO – does that? That’s just sick.

choicelady

2 hours ago

CL – Oh, well that is good to hear. At least he would have had the money to enjoy his last years as much as possible. But very glad to hear the VA took such great care of him.

AdLib2 hours ago

CL I have but haven’t yet, have plans to listen to it over the weekend.

twilson117

2 hours ago

Ad – yes the money would have helped BUT I doubt he’d have gotten sober if he’d had it. We can never know what anyone would do, but in terms of health care, the VA did great by him.

choicelady

2 hours ago

CL – Tuberville comes off to me as the guy at the small town general store who sees a tourist come in to buy groceries and threatens him to get out of town.

AdLib2 hours ago

TW – I HATE podcasts and LOVED this one. She is an outstanding narrator, the two historians who helped develop the program were on air, and there are clips from the archives of the original speeches and other things. Listen while reading the segment’s archival material. It is MIND blowing. It is EXACTLY what we’re going through now.

choicelady

2 hours ago

If Tuberville and Walker were in the Senate together all they would do is talk about football nothing else, because that’s all they really know.

twilson117

2 hours ago

Ad – Yup. Tuberville could be that. He’s awful.

choicelady

2 hours ago

CL – No, I haven’t listened to Ultra yet but I’ve hear her talk a lot about it on her show and other shows on MSNBC. It’s pretty eye opening. I did see the PBS documentary, “The US and The Holocaust” though which talks a lot about the high degree of anti-American sensibilities that most Americans had.

AdLib2 hours ago

I think the PBS series is a perfect companion to Maddow’s podcast. I know this era of history well, but NEVER knew about this!!

choicelady

2 hours ago

CL – Right, that was his wife, he held a gun to her head. I can’t imagine any politician running who did such a horrible thing even running, let alone running for The Senate. He is clearly mentally ill! And yet, as long as he has an “R” next to his name, those cultists automatically vote for him.

AdLib2 hours ago

One needs to tuck it into the book on the origins of today’s Religious Right – Jeff Sharlet’s “The Family”. It started right about the time of the attempted coup against FDR and drew support from those people. An abbreviated version is a five part series on Netflix. The book is far better, but it IS dense.

choicelady

2 hours ago

CL – And I think we’ve discussed The Plot to Overthrow America thwarted by Smedley Butler, right?

AdLib2 hours ago