Last Friday of 2016 Reads: RESIST

15781068_10202587205197499_5603833120012101186_nThe struggle continues in earnest.  RESIST.

I’m not going to be celebrating the New Year as much as I will be crying over 2016 which turned hope into dread.  The only hopeful thing I’m seeing at this point are the acts of deliberate protest against the Fascist regime we face starting January 20th.  Some are more subtle than others. The most important thing is that must continue.

We must RESIST.



Mama Ayesha’s restaurant Washington, D.C.’s Adams Morgan neighborhood does not plan on painting President-elect Donald Trump into its presidential mural, the Washingtonian reported on Thursday.

“Our official position is that it is not in the budget,” Amir Abu-El-Hawa, a member of the family that owns the restaurant, told the publication.

The mural features the founder of the restaurant, “Mama” Ayesha Abraham, standing alongside 11 presidents, from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Barack Obama.

“She was the American dream. For a Muslim and Arab woman immigrant from Palestine to come here on her own and build this business, is a remarkable legacy,” said Abu-El-Hawa, who is the founder’s great-nephew.

According to the Washingtonian, the mural was painted by Karla “Karlisima” Rodas between 2007 and 2009 and was partially sponsored by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

The artist is Colombian born had has been in the USA since 1984.  You can see more about the artist and the restaurant at the link.  There’s a great video of the artist explaining her work and vision.

15698278_10209781867398191_6258457269335681400_nA member of the Mormon Tabernacle choir has resigned rather than be part of an organization that would participate in the Inauguration of the Hair Furor.  The best part is that she said she “could not throw roses at Hitler” and would “certainly never sing for him”.

President-elect Donald Trump’s plans for his inauguration have hit another bump in the road. A member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which is slated to perform at the event, has quit in protest and penned an open letter explaining her reasoning.

Jan Chamberlin announced her resignation from the Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-day Saints-affiliated choir in a note on Facebook on Thursday. In the letter, which is addressed to the choir’s leader and her family and friends, Chamberlin said that after reflection and prayer and with “a sad and heavy heart,” she is resigning her position in the choir.

T-rump continues to have a difficult time getting any one to perform at his installment.  Performance is definitely a political statement for many and even those who may like him are afraid of the blowback from those of us that RESIST.

Unlike any other year, however, the overarching theme of performing at Trump’s swearing-in is that of risk. “An artist would be risking too much,” notes Horowitz. “Their career, their fan base, their relationships in the music industry. As one of the most divisive president-elects in history, Trump shouldn’t be surprised that he’s facing a lack of support.”


Meanwhile, a restaurant in Hawaii has banned Trump voters saying “No Nazis”.

Café 8 ½ in Honolulu, Hawaii, is facing harsh criticism for hanging a sign on its front door that tells voters who cast their ballot for President-elect Donald Trump to eat elsewhere.
“If you voted for Trump you cannot eat here! No Nazis,” reads the yellow sign, as reported by Fox News on Tuesday.

Here’s a great interview to read at VersoBooks: “Trump, fascism, and the construction of “the people”: An interview with Judith Butler”.  Isn’t it nice to see people calling it what it is?  FASCISM!!!!

What does Donald Trump represent? The American philosopher Judith Butler, professor at Berkeley University, has recently published a short book in French, Rassemblement [Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly]. She explains that Donald Trump incarnates a new form of fascism. As she puts it, “A lot of people are very happy to see this disturbing, unintelligent guy parading around as if he was the centre of the Earth and winning power thanks to this posture.”

Many writers and intellectuals in the United States and Europe have expressed their views on the Trump phenomenon; mostly to express their consternation or their reprobation, condemning the excesses of his language or expressing their alarm at his proposals to build a wall on the Mexican border or to expel millions of undocumented migrants. But if we are to try to understand what is going on with “Trump” — the Trump phenomenon — then we need to bear in mind the analyses that Judith Butler has elaborated since the late 1990s, from her Excitable Speech, A Politics of the Performative to her latest book, Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly.

Mediapart: Might we say that Donald Trump is a sort of “figure in the carpet” of the analyses you have been producing over the last two decades? Is Trump not a “Butlerian object” par excellence

Judith Butler: I am not sure that Trump is a very good object for the analyses that I usually conduct. For example, I do not think that there is a fascination for Trump as a person. And when we look at his speeches, we also have to consider more particularly the effects this discourse has on a certain fringe of the American people. Let us not forget that he was elected by less than a quarter of the population, and that he is on the brink of becoming president only thanks to the existence of an archaic Electoral College.

So we should not imagine that Trump enjoys wide popular support. There is a general disillusionment with the political field and a certain scorn for the two main US parties. But Hillary Clinton got more votes than Trump. So when we ask about the support for Trump, we should also ask ourselves how it was that a minority of Americans was able to bring him to power.  What we need to interrogate is not an upsurge of popular support [for Trump], but a democratic deficit. The Electoral College should be abolished so that our elections more clearly reflect the popular will. I also believe that our political parties should be rethought in order to increase popular participation in the democratic process.

The minority that supported Trump, the minority allowing him this electoral success, was able to achieve its goal not only thanks to its own rejection of the political field but also the fact that almost 50% of the electorate expressed their disaffection by not going out to vote. Perhaps we ought to speak of the collapse of democratic participation in the United States.

I think that Trump unleashed a rage that has many causes and many targets, and we should probably be sceptical of those who claim to know the true cause, the one single object of this anger. The state of economic devastation and disappointment and the loss of hope for the future — born of economic and financial movements that have decimated whole communities — certainly did play an important role. But so, too, did the United States’ increasing demographic complexity, as well as forms of racism both old and new… There is a desire for “firmness,” expressed through the strengthening of state power against foreigners and undocumented workers, but this is also accompanied by a desire for greater freedom from the burden of government: a slogan simultaneously serving both individualism and the market.

Here’s a ten-point list of what we can do in the upcoming year(s) of the work to tear down our country within the White House itself. Peter Drier suggests we prepare ourselves. I love this first one.

1. Don’t forget: Trump does not have a mandate. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote byclose to 3 million votes. Only 27 percent of the nation’s 231 million eligible voters voted for Trump. In the first election in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act, Republicans intensified their voter-suppression efforts, targeting black and Latino communities in key battleground states. More than 40 percent of eligible voters did not vote; most non-voters were low-income, minority and/or young Americans who, had they gone to the polls, would have voted Democratic. Polls also show that even most Trump voters do not agree with much of his policy agenda. A CBS survey showed about one-quarter of Trump voters said he is not qualified to be president. Seventy percent of all voters said immigrants without documents should be able to apply for legal status rather than be deported.

2545a7a78c6bd79acf1178e548d7c1afBut, can we ever forget exactly how much we saw racism, misogyny, and xenophobia on display this last year?  Can we face down our disappointment at being wrong when we thought that America was basically good and couldn’t go down this rabbit hole of hate?  Can the struggle for justice succeed?

After Trump’s election, it is more or less impossible to believe that we are making meaningful progress. White liberals who woke up horrified on Nov. 9 weren’t horrified because the world had suddenly changed—we were horrified because the scales had finally fallen from our eyes, and we could at least see our unjust, racist, sexist country for what it is. The next president will not be a woman, the makeup of the Supreme Court will not shift toward progressivism, and we are not jolly passengers on a cruise ship sailing toward an era of tolerance, justice, and respect for the dignity and rights of all.

The first challenge is being met now.  Trump’s spin on Russian interference in our election is falling apart. The Alt-Right enablers have going from denying Russian involvement to saying it was a good thing.  How can this not be seen as treason?

This morning, Russian President Vladimir Putin responded to the Obama administration’s announcement yesterday that the United States will undertake sweeping retaliation against Russia for its alleged interference in our election. In a surprise, Putin said he would not be expelling U.S. diplomats as part of the escalating tensions.

This led to some speculation that Putin is simply biding his time until Donald Trump takes over as president, putting someone more friendly to Putin and Russia in the White House — hopefully meaning all those bad feelings about possible Russian efforts to tip the election to Trump can be forgotten. Trump, too, has been saying we need to “move on.”

Reporters and scholars continue to be under attack for providing evidence.  False claims from Alt Right enablers are sending Trump Goons into attack and threat mode.

If we ever had any doubt that DudeBroProgs are just Republicans in hipster clothing who smoke pot, take a look at this Chait headline:  “Glenn Greenwald, Tucker Carlson Unite to Dismiss Russian Hacking Allegations”.  At least were seeing the birds of that feather finally flock together.

One of the great meetings of journalistic minds took place last week, when left-wing journalist Glenn Greenwald appeared on Fox News with Tucker Carlson. The segment was devoted to their purportedly strange agreement over the Russian hacking story (which is not actually strange at all, given their mutual antipathy for the center-left). Greenwald has long dismissed the charge that Russia manipulated WikiLeaks’ publication of Democratic party emails as a “smear,” mocking suspicions of misbehavior by what he referred to in sarcastic capitalized words as “The Russians”; he called it typical of the Democrats’ alleged tendency to use false attacks against Russia to discredit its adversaries (“So WikiLeaks has become an enemy of the Democratic Party, and they seem to have one tactic with their adversaries and enemies, which is to accuse them of being Russian agents”). On Carlson’s program, Greenwald attacked the Washington Post for reporting that the CIA and the FBI believed Russia’s hacking was intended to help Trump win. It is a remarkable segment that merits close reading.

“Should we believe that assessment?” asked Carlson. “We should be extremely skeptical of it for multiple reasons,” replied Greenwald. “These are assertions that are being made unaccompanied by any evidence whatsoever.”

download-1We actually need to thank Lady Lindsey and her sidekick McGrumpy McGrumpkins for doing the right thing today.

Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain has scheduled a hearing on cyber threats for Thursday, where the issue of Russia’s election-year hacking will take center stage, a source familiar with the committee’s planning told POLITICO.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, National Security Agency and Cyber Command Chief Adm. Mike Rogers and Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Marcel Lettre are scheduled to testify, according to the source.

The timing of the hearing — three days into the new Congress — is in the same week that President-elect Donald Trump says he plans to be briefed by the intelligence community on the Russian hacking.

This is going to be a long, draining struggle but I don’t think we have much of a choice at this point but to fight all we can.


What’s on your reading and blogging list today?

25 Comments on “Last Friday of 2016 Reads: RESIST”

  1. Dawsalee says:

    Framing for the Resistance is the latest post from hecatedemeter. I don’t know if you read her blog but she’s got some great posts up about what we can do to resist the incoming administration. Here’s the link to her latest post:

    One of the things my brother is telling everyone is that we have to name these groups – not alt-right but with the powerful, evocative names they’ve had in the past. That include bigots, racists, fascists. We cannot let them frame the discussion by using less inflammatory verbiage. They are “deplorables” and they need to hear that word in relation to themselves.

    And I just wanted to say thanks for all the great discussion here. This site has helped me stay centered after the debacle of an election.

  2. NW Luna says:

    Really tells you something when the alt-right and the alt-left get together and reveal they’re two heads of the same monster. We were right all along about them.

    • dakinikat says:

      I think Rudy Guillani just told a Fox asshole that the Mossad and the KGB could do a better job looking into the hacking than the NSA and CIA

  3. NW Luna says:

    In response to President-elect Donald Trump’s reckless behavior and disrespect for political norms that have always governed presidential transition periods, California Democratic Representative Jared Huffman has introduced the appropriately-titled One President at a Time Act.

    Since winning the election, Donald Trump has behaved as though he is already the president, engaging in foolhardy and dangerous foreign policy antics and showing disrespect to still-President Obama while doing so.

    In an effort to call this out, and to forestall similar behavior from future presidents-elect, California Democratic Representative Jared Huffman recently introduced the One President at a Time Act.

    NBC News notes that the bill seeks to clarify that the Logan Act “which prohibits private citizens from conducting foreign policy, also applies to incoming presidents.”

    • bostonboomer says:

      Now we need a “presidents must release their taxes and divest themselves of their businesses act.”

  4. NW Luna says:

    I’m cautiously optimistic about NC. So far, so good:

    A North Carolina judge on Friday temporarily blocked a state law hours after incoming Democratic Governor Roy Cooper sued to void Republican-backed legislation lessening his control over state and county elections boards, local media reported.

    Cooper’s transition team described the measure, which would have abolished the current state elections board on Sunday, when he will be sworn in during a private ceremony, as “unconstitutional legislative overreach.

    The law, enacted by the state’s Republican-dominated legislature during a special session this month, calls for the governor and legislature to appoint four members each to a new board evenly split between Republicans and Democrats. Previously, governors appointed a majority of members.

    The measure also replaces three-member county elections boards, where the sitting governor’s party had the majority, with four-member boards made up of two Republicans and two Democrats each.

    A temporary restraining order issued by a Wake County Superior Court judge will stop the law from taking effect on Sunday, reported.”

    • Earlynerd says:

      Thank you for posting this. I try to keep up with the local news on the ReThuggery here in NC, but missed seeing this.

      McCrory, who trailed Cooper by about 10,000 votes when he conceded the race nearly four weeks after the Nov. 8 election, and other Republican leaders have argued the new elections law would help ensure a fair voting process.

      So is McCrory finally admitting his hand-picked elections boards ensured an unfair voting process? Which they did – turnout was radically down from 2012 in counties with large minority, traditionally Dem-voting populations, due to the boards’ cutting early voting sites, hours and especially, Sundays. Just surprised he’d admit it – or it could be just more NewSpeak, where “fair” means only what tRump said it meant, i.e. if they won.

  5. NW Luna says:

    • NW Luna says:

      I think that should be sometime in the middle of the 20th of Jan.

    • janicen says:

      Warning to anyone buying tee shirts and merchandise related to the January march: My friend designed and is selling on redbubble, several different tee shirts and hoodies for the march. She is an artist and will send a portion of all proceeds to Planned Parenthood, ACLU, or the Environmental Defense Fund. Anyway, I happened to notice that there is a FB group called Hillary Clinton Nasty Woman Society and they advertised my friend’s designs being sold by a company called TeeChip. I told her about it and she said her designs have been stolen by this outfit and she is filing complaints with the group as well as FB. Today, I just noticed a receipt posted on a thread in Trump’s twitter feed for Trump merchandise and the name of the company on the receipt is TeeChip! So it looks like Trumpsters may be stealing designs related to the march and selling them to make money off of protestors. Please be very careful who you buy from, you might just be sending your money to Russia.

  6. Mary Brown says:

    I also like “graft” to describe what’s happening with Trump’s business while he’s in office.

    And even though I’m coming into DC on the 20th for the Women’s March, I refuse to be in town for the Oaf of Office. I made sure to book a flight coming in at night so I would miss the inauguration

  7. purplefinn says:

    “Hair Furor” That just says so much!!

  8. ANonOMouse says:

    I’m with you Dak………The only path we have left is the path of Resistance. Those who voted for tRump are no different in my mind than those who supported Hitler. Hitler gathered people to his cause using hatred and fear of “the other” and tRump followed that blueprint to his meager electoral college gifting. He put targets squarely on the backs of Latino’s, Blacks, Muslims, LGBT and women who dare to fight back. I’m an old woman, but not too old to fight for what I believe in. We’re in for a rough four years. Be prepared for the worst because it’s coming.

  9. Yes, Anon and Dak. One difference between Germany then and USA now is that we have been raised, for the most part, to expect to express ourselves and not to simply follow our leaders. Germans had pretty harsh child-rearing practices. Also we live in the world of the internet, for better and for worse. Most people are connected to many others not in their immediate orbit. And we live here, in the new world. Yes, it is full of hypocrisies, but most of us aspire to create a better world for others, not just for ourselves. And we can look back on fascism in Germany, we know about dictatorships elsewhere, we do have knowledge and knowledge is power. Was it 27% of the population who voted for Trump? and many of those would be unlikely to vote for him today. So viva la resistance and watch out repubs and trump. This is just the beginning of resistance. May it go far and with good results! But, yeah, it is going to be a rough road.

  10. contrask says:

    Yes, I’m resisting. And I think most of our resistance ought to be ignoring him. I will not watch the oaf take office. I’m doing my part in supporting good journalistic efforts and I’ve picked up subscriptions the NYT and the Washington Post. I will support any organized effort to stop his horrible agenda, but I’m not watching his speeches, I will wait until after the fact.

  11. NW Luna says:

    Pretty good. Ignore the BS about appealing to white workers toward the end, when the author forgets that Hillary had the might of Russian, the GOP, the FBI, the wrecked Voting Rights Act, the Crosscheck Act, and sexism to fight while still winning nearly 3 million more than her opponent.

    Preparing for President Trump: A 10-point plan for activists, politicians, the press and everyday citizens.

    1. Don’t forget: Trump does not have a mandate.
    2. Challenge Trump’s Nominees.
    3. Don’t Normalize Trump.
    4. Focus on Real People.
    5. Protest and Engage in Civil Disobedience.
    6. Oppose Trump’s infrastructure plan.
    7. Obstruct Trump’s Presidency.8. Exploit Republican Infighting.
    9. Mobilize for the Next Elections.
    10. Start Presidential Vetting Now.

  12. Earlynerd says:

    This is just addressed to the moderators, so please feel to delete it.

    I’ve changed my email to a different one. I signed up with WordPress to create a one post rant on what the Dem party has done to woman since 1988 and to Hillary every time she’s run, but didn’t know WordPress forever captures the email one signs up with when using their free blog service. After that, I found that every time I tried to comment, WordPress would make me sign in and then made it very hard to sign out again. -And- WordPress refuses to delete any account, ever, so that email address is gone for good as an address for commenting.

    • joanelle says:

      Pressure needs to be put on the Republican’s and the RNC. Right now they are giddy and ‘drunk’ with the thought that they have total control over the three arms of our government.
      Clearly trump will (has begun to) kill our democracy, and will complete the job that terrorists engaged in on 911 to destroy our way of life.
      That will forever be the Republican’s legacy, do they care? I’m sure some do and I’m sure that Americans in general do. This is part of a reframing strategy to help people understand that T is not about to ‘make America great again’ but rather to make America another one of his failed companies.

    • NW Luna says:

      Early, have you looked at the preferences and history and anything like that on your computer? I don’t completely understand what WordPress is doing, but maybe you can clean out your prefs and history and see if that helps at all.

      • Earlynerd says:

        Just saw this, sorry to respond so late – basically, what WordPress is doing is the same thing Google did that got a lot of people upset initially: insist on your logging into your account in their system, once you have one, when using any part of it, as in this case, commenting on a WordPress site.

        Thank you for the tip – that would be the first thing I’d suggest to a normal user. I am not normal 🙂 I almost always use a Linux-based browser on one Linux OS or another, and always set those to delete all cookies, exterminate all trackers, store nothing off-line and forget I ever existed history-wise after closing the browser. There may be some new wizz-bang trackers that have gotten around my increasingly dated standards, though – it couldn’t hurt to check.

        It seems WordPress stored my email addy in -their- databanks and regard it as my cost of doing business with them. Their own customer service site has a refreshingly grouchy admin whose response to questions about how to delete accounts (and thus get back one’s email address) is, after the second response, to say he’s already said it can’t be done and STOP ASKING.

        It’s not a big deal, though, since the kindly admins here and at other WP sites let me use a different and even more seldom used address with minimum time in moderation. I