Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Announcement to My Many Tens of Readers: is going away. The blog itself isn't going away. I've just decided to stop paying for hosting on a third party site, because I've never been able to overcome my squeamishness about letting Google pick my ads: talk about being a grandma, the sidebar ads are for incontinence products and phones for old politics and sketchy ads for mock polls like "Do you support Trump"", etc. So, if you have bookmarked, please change your link to, the original address. Right now that address is redirected to the domain so you'll get there either way, but yeah, I can't justify paying for hosting when I'm not making a dime off this sad little neglected blog. Not to mention that my water bill just doubled (a court challenge is imminent on that bullshit) and my condo dues are about to increase again, and yet, I still make no more money. Oh, and I tried to switch auto insurance carriers. I've been with the cute gecko for years, and lately my premiums have gone up with every renewal, though I have a spotless driving record and drive a common as dirt used vehicle. I found an alternative that would lower my annual premium by $600 with better coverage and tried to make that happen, but they're not writing policies here now, because my county is still under a flood alert. Nothing is flooded. I don't live on the river, or a lake. But the flood alert is still in place for the entire county because water levels on lakes and streams are still higher than normal, and that means insurance companies aren't writing policies here. So I had to take money out of my ever-dwindling emergency fund to pay the gecko. I'll switch when the flood warning is dropped and other carriers will write in my county again, and get a refund, but still, that was a startling amount of money out of pocket. My cost of living goes ever higher, while my income remains the same. So yeah, the vanity plate equivalent domain name will no longer be hosted.


But boy howdy, yesterday was a GOOD DAY in Resistance World, and a model for how we fix this shit. And the answer isn't "Sit down with a Trump Voter and Try to Understand His/Her Angst, because we need to bring them into the light." NOPE. Fuck that. If they now regret their vote, let them quietly take stock of their lives and vow to do better, and leave them alone with their shame. If they still support him, fuck them, they are hopeless. They're just shitty people mired in their own toxic stew of Fox News fueled racism and resentment, but that's fine. Let 'em rot in it. They are the 33-36% that we just have to accept as baggage. They just don't understand how this country works.

We need to focus on the people who didn't vote last year, and make sure they do. A whole lot of eligible voters sat it out last year, and that's why we are where we are. Yes, of course Russia had a huge thumb on the scale for Trump, but last night was the model for going forward, and it's turnout, turnout, turnout. Russian bots are still active on Facebook and Twitter. Fake ads and dark money still flowed on the GOP side. But people got out and knocked on doors, made calls, made connections, drove people who didn't have rides to the polls if they needed a lift. And the GOP got their asses kicked up and down the ticket, all over the country. Never mind the awesome wins in VA and NJ, freakin' Helena, Montana elected a Liberian refugee as mayor. And many state houses got way more colorful and female, and that's the blueprint for how we fix this mess.

Focus on turnout, focus on issues that matter, like jobs and health care, and 2018 can be a rout like last night. But it's going to require a huge freaking turnout, because gerrymandering and voter suppression aren't going to get fixed in our current almost cartoonishly corrupt, GOP-controlled Congress. And I am committing today to pick a campaign to volunteer for - I have an embarrassment of riches, with a senator and a representative I'd like to see go back to DC, and an underdog candidate for FL governor that seems like he could shake things up, and knows Tallahassee.

Be patient with us, world. We had a really unfortunate, embarrassing accident in our government, but last night was proof that we are committed to cleaning this shit up and taking out the trash. This has been an absolutely awful year, but last night was an incredibly positive first step forward.


Caroline aka FiberTribe said...

Amen, Sister! And I follow you from the Rav feed, so I'm assuming that will still work? I'm sorry about all the money out the door. Same here.

T.T.J. said...

Yes we did elect a Liberian refugee - one I'm still amazed at how few people voted in Helena and two I can't get over those same non-voters complaining about the ethnicity of the new mayor! But Helena is just the tiny tip of the iceberg with regard to voting!

KatyaR said...

I feel your pain. I'm trying to find a new job and am probably facing a 33% cut in pay at least. I need a new job, but that percentage is killing me.