“Take Your Broken Heart….”

In a world that has felt crazy and out of control for a while now, it is a true delight to know that there are women in the world like the radiant Viola Davis and the incomparable Meryl Streep. Their words from this year’s Golden Globe Awards are both touching and eloquent. Faced with the reality into which we are all about to be plunged, Meryl Streep’s words resonate profoundly. They bear listening to and repeating again and again.

To be used in a piece with the same title on Expats Post on Wednesday 11th January 2017

Remember, Remember the 8th of November

This is IMPORTANT. It’s our lives we’re talk about.

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As most regular visitors to the Nest know, Dragons have very little use for human politics. Oh, now and then, when concerns over habitat protection and civil rights are part of the mix, sure. In that respect, they’re like a lot of us: politics, in the end, being local and personal.

So, on this Guy Fawkes’ Day, let’s get personal.

Now, US public schools teach scant English history, so for many Americans, Guy Fawkes is some noble figure appropriated by the wonderfully anti-totalitarian film, V for Vendetta, and, subsequently, by the activist group, Anonymous. Image result for guy fawkes v for vendettaBeing a radical anti-fascist myself, this is an invigorating association. Sadly, it’s a leap of fancy rather than fact. (Anyone who likes a bit of classy Brit-drama with their history should check out the 2-part series, Gunpowder, Teason, & Plot on Netflix. Excellent acting and not too biased.)

But let me return to the personal…

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Shoulders: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Story

Meryl Streep is the narrator of this emotionally powerful short film.

Meryl Streep Speaking @ DNC for HRC

Meryl Streep Speaking @ DNC for HRC

To prepare, here are some of Meryl Streep’s remarks at the DNC Convention 2016:

“Nearly 100 years after women got the vote, you people have made history, and you’re gonna make history again in November. Because Hillary Clinton will be our first woman president.

And she will be a great president, and she will be the first in a long line of women. And men. Who serve with grit and grace. She’ll be the first, but she won’t be the last.

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Maggie the Cat – Roars & Purrs

I must confess I have the Bern, but after listening and watching President Barack Obama speak at the DNC on Wednesday night 27th July 2016, His fire and the best speech I have ever heard him give or anyone give, not since Lincoln has a President spoke so fine. Barack has the effectiveness to help one evaluate just what is IMPORTANT. Bernie will still be our Senator from Vermont, and will help Hillary when asked and I am sure and hopeful she will work with Bernie toward continuing the revolution he started. I know now we who supported him have to look to Hillary Clinton to lead us in the future after the Obamas vacate the White House. It is imperative our future President needs desperately to be Hillary Clinton. She needs to be our leader and the leader for the Free world.

Watch this video; find Obama’s speech and listen carefully; observe the demagogue DT; think about what you want the future of the USA and the world to be. Do you want it to be free and moving forward creating beneficial change for the USA and the world? Or do you want to eat FEAR every moment knowing DT holds the codes to a Nuclear Holocaust in his tiny hands? It doesn’t matter to Trump. He probably has a luxurious bunker waiting, and the workers probably weren’t paid to build it. DT wants you to be on the edge of oblivion so he can do what? Absolutely Nothing. He has no plans. He wants the adulations not the work. In place of being the nominee for the ‘Republicans;’ he instead should be arrested for all the laws he’s broken and the fraud he’s committed; the incitement to riot; and for anything he has ever done to steal from the vulnerable and his insults to all who are not a member of his perfectly ugly club. He really thinks he’s above it all. I think it’s time to show him he is no more or less, maybe less, than the rest of us. It’s time for him to stop. Shut the F up and quietly slip back into the primordial slime he slithered out of.

Let’s move away from the Gila Monster with his poisonous aspects and true stories of sexually assaulting unsuspecting women while casting it aside as ‘locker room talk’. Girls and woman have been perceived by predators as easy prey for most of our lives. We are objects in the eyes of DT and the men like him. They must cease or be arrested and imprisoned for the prisons they place the women they assault and objectify. So lets move on. Enough of Dork The Orc. Now on to something productive.

Senator Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton worked out the most Progressive Platform of any potential President to use to further change for good so all will benefit in all areas. I want to see the change initiated. Only Hillary Clinton will follow through to help the USA and the world become a more just place in which to live and thrive.

There were things said last night at the DNC [Convention] not known before about Hillary. In the short film ‘Shoulders,’ we find out about a life where encouragement for females was a ‘GOOD’ word. And she has and does so much good for the world, especially for the world’s women and children. She has strengthened and encouraged them to claim their right to be who they want to be and helps them to attain their goals. She will continue to do this.

She will continue to work for veterans and for everyone in the USA and the world, trying to bring the world together. To bring people up from the poverty level. Create jobs for the USA and spread the wealth throughout the world. Watch out 1%ers, your time has come to pay your full dues and back ones too. You will no longer be exempt.

This is the most Beautiful. Sweet. Amazing story of women showing the way to grow in the best way possible and to attain the freedom and recognition we deserve. We are as capable as men. We can do anything men can do. Women can be leaders. Women can be President of the United States of America. With Hillary Rodham Clinton in the White House, I feel we shall see change to follow what Barack Obama has already accomplished even though he was constantly being thwarted by a poor excuse for Republicans I have ever witnessed. The party of Lincoln would be ashamed to be associated with what they have become. What the present day excuse for Republicans is should just disappear into oblivion along with their con artist candidate, and never be heard from again. One can only hope.

We are heading into a new world. The election in November 2016 for the Presidency and for other essential members of the Congress, State and Federal, the Judges, the Sheriffs, and all other representatives. We need to VOTE. THIS ELECTION IS THE ELECTION WHICH WILL AFFECT WHO IS CHOSEN FOR THE SUPREME COURT. It is IMPORTANT who will name them. It’s a matter of human rights, women rights, LGBT rights, shutting down private prisons, free college tuition for state colleges; releasing those incarcerated who should be released for lack of committing any crime. So much more is at stake. FREEDOM FROM FEAR IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST AND RULING OUR OWN LIVES AND HAVING THE FREEDOM TO DO SO.

This is a story. A film which shows how a life is born and directions are taken leading to a special moment that will continue on hopefully in the direction many would like to see it go.

The Bern made this happen for me and many enthusiastic others. It is all part of the revolution. It lives on in us all who fight peacefully for the rights to LIFE, LIBERTY and the PURSUIT of HAPPINESS. We ALL MATTER and even if the Republicans won’t say it: #BLACKLIVES MATTER…I want to add #WOMENSLIVES MATTER. . .And thank you to all the Men who helped all women. Without your help we wouldn’t be where we are now. You supported our Power to be Strong and to move forward toward Equality.”

When you Watch this video, think of the following words:

“We say thank you to all the women who would not take no for an answer: You dreamers and schemers, you rabble rousers and hell raisers, you petticoat abolitionists, you chain-smoking pants wearing exhibitionists, you educators, agitators and aviators, you risk-takers, you rule breakers, you unlikely heroes.”maggie-the-cat-paw-print

And now for the Short Film. Be prepared to be moved. Hillary Rodham Clinton is much more than we ever knew she was. She doesn’t beat her own drum, so we need to do it for her. – Maggie the Cat

FOR FULL EFFECT OPEN VIDEOS TO FULL SCREEN. VOLUME UP ON ‘OUR FIGHT SONG’ IT REALLY ROCKS..

Shoulders: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Story
from Harry Thomason

An added treat, the song performed first at the DNC Convention titled: ‘Our Fight Song’… If the video on Hillary Rodham Clinton doesn’t get you than I am sure listening and watching ‘Our Fight Song’ will move you into a motion of excitement beyond your wildest Dreams. Be prepared to FLY.

Democratic National Convention – Our Fight Song
[a capella – all sounds are from performers]

“Fight Song,” produced by Elizabeth Banks, Bruce Cohen and Mike Thompkins, features actors, musicians and supporters singing their support for Hillary Clinton to Rachel Platten’s Fight Song. The a cappella video is inspired by the Pitch Perfect films, which are produced by Banks.

Will be posting at a later date on ‘the secret keeper’ & ‘Off the Rails – Track 451’ , a blog I share with my partner. The words and story need to be spread. It is important to take these images and song to your heart and feel it in your soul. Everything depends on change. We need it now. Filled with HOPE and absent from FEAR. Hillary Rodham Clinton is our Hope.

Written by a Bernie Sanders supporter and a Vermonter since 1977. Checked the bias at the door.

Originally Posted on Expats Post on August 1, 2016

An Open Letter To Donald Trump From Some Angry Women.

Damn straight!

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Dear Mr. Trump… can I call you Mr. Trump? Is that ok? I want you to be happy, that’s very important to me.

Before I get started, let me say this letter isn’t from all women. The Trumpettes surely won’t approve of this message. But this is from most women.

We see right through you. We have all known you at some point. Your ways are not unfamiliar to us. We see through you because we’ve been dealing with you our whole lives.

We heard you call women pigs. And disgusting. And stupid. And bimbos.

We watched as you called a former Ms. Universe “Ms. Piggy” and then spent four days continuing to insult her.

We see your weakness. Your lust for attention at any cost, your need to denigrate women. We see all of it. And we’re mad.

Yes. We’re mad. And fired up. And here’s the thing about us……

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Bullshit!

An important message for all those who want to understand what really is Bullshit. It’s not a lie. That can be found out. It would be nice to live in a world without so much Bullshit. Instead to have some honest reality. Thinking and developing one’s ideas and sharing them. Listen to a wise message coming from a person who shows wisdom which is refreshing. – j.kiley

BULLSHIT! – Harry Frankfurt

Harry Frankfurt is an American philosopher and author of the New York Times Best Seller “On Bullshit”. Although first conceived as an essay over 30 years ago, his theory on bullshit is more relevant than ever before.

BULLSHIT! aims to further our understanding of what bullshit is, why there’s so much of it, and how it can be a greater enemy to the truth than lies.

Posted on ‘the secret keeper’ Friday 8th July 2016

Truth vs. the GOP’s BIG LIES

In my lifetime, every election has seen more and more (mostly) white, poor-to-middle class Americans buying into the GOP’s big lies and voting against their own self-interest. They latch onto the fear of “the other” (minorities, immigrants, women, LGBTQ, you name it) being peddled in place of honest policy by those who are deep in the caverous pockets of the 1%, and despite mountains of evidence to the contrary, refuse to let go.

With the Iowa caucuses just around the corner, we here at Off the Rails are going to try to combat the Big Lies with – shock! – a little truth. We may be preaching to the choir, but always better to light a match than simply curse the darkness.

For starters, a brief video by Robert Reich, economist, former Sec. of Labor under President Clinton, and all round progressive guy.

This is truth, verifiable economic truth. No more, no less. Listen and remember when you go to the polls.

 

Wisdom knows no age….

Venice – Bodleian Library.

Back in the 14th century, a Venetian merchant put together a compendium of information practical, scientific, and wise, known as the Zibaldone da Canal. It included the following words of wisdom we would do well to heed today. (Courtesy of Medievalists.net)

These are beautiful words to understand

Courtesy from the mouth is very valuable, and costs little.

The excessive man cannot acquire great things that last long.

Whoever errs and does not believe that he has erred ought to find mercy, but whoever knowingly errs is neither true nor good.

If a man knows in himself that which he sees and knows in other people, I have a firm belief that he will not fail in the end, though at times he may fail grievously.

Who can control himself, it seems to me, rules a very great kingdom.

Good words and evil deeds deceive wise man and fool alike.

These are the three most hopeless things in the world:the first is a poor man, the second is the beauty of a whore, the third is the strength of a fool.

These are three things that are more displeasing to God than any others: the first is for a rich man to be greedy, the second is for a poor man to be arrogant, the third is for an old man to be lascivious.

The wise man says: He who breaks faith will find faith broken.

The wise man says: Whoever shall do well shall have good and shall not know whence it shall come.

If those who wound felt the pain of those who are wounded, they could not often wound with pleasure.

There is a time to climb and at time to descend. And a time to weep and a time to be silent. And there is a time serve those who offend thee. And a time to threaten, not to fear: and at such times a man ought to wait to know the good from the bad, according to which carries the best chance of success.

The wise man has his mouth in his heart, while the fool has his heart in his mouth.

Praise the fool and make him rise.

WTF Moments…

…to make your head spin.

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Just about every time I turn on the news or read the paper, people – especially individuals who aspire to be President and their minions! – are saying such batshit insane things that I wonder if I have inadvertantly stepped into an Alice-In-Wonderland universe.

Every so often, I will post a few WTF gems here for head scratching, shits-and-giggles, and a little enlightenment.

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“We’re gonna get the wall built…and Mexico’s gonna pay for the wall. And they’re gonna be happy about it…because the cost of the wall is peanuts compared to the kind of money they’re making. Mexico is becoming the new China.”  Donald Trump

  • Is it just me, or has DT been reading a little too much Mario Puzo lately? Aside from the utter ignorance this displays about the global economy, making our neighbors an offer they can’t refuse is neither presidential or neighborly. (I promise to limit DT references in the future.)

“It’s really questionable whether they [Supreme Court] have the constitutional authority to do that [rule on marriage equality].”    Mat Staver – attorney for Kim Davis.

  • Yes, actually that is exactly what SCOTUS’s authority is, as any 4th grader (and even Fox News) knows. Fox doesn’t often contradict its extreme guests, but this statement from a member of the bar actually gave them pause. Is there hope for Fox? Probably not, but they at least called this one right.

“…no one is buying the ‘Denali is what the Alaskans have called it for years’ line. I’ve never called the mountain Denali and neither does anyone I know.” Bristol Palin

  • Obviously she knows the wrong people. Denali is the original Athabaskan name of the mountain and the Alaskan Legislature requested the Federal Government change the name from McKinley to Denali way back in 1975. Not a vast left-wing, Obama conspiracy despite what the Palins might think.

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“The [Supreme] Court has many opinions, but they are not law.”   Michael Peroutka (R), Anne Arundel Country, MD councilman.

  • Umm, yes, they are. Perhaps we need civics tests for those who run for office – weed out some of the ignorance.

“We were fully transparent and deceived no one.”   George Tenet on the CIA’s torture program.

  • Yeah, right. And Donald Trump can make you a great deal on some swampland in Georgia.

“Kim Davis in federal custody removed all doubts about the criminalization of Christianity in this country.”  Mike Huckabee, contender for GOP presidential nomination.

  • It simply means that she was held in contempt of court from refusing to follow a judge’s order, the law of the land, and the legal obligations of her office. This has nothing to do with religion. Nothing at all.

“As we stand here today, you can end this nuclear program today. All you do is deliver bombs on the nuclear hardware. We’re not talking about bombing shopping centers and killing innocent kids in Iran. We’re talking about taking out weapons of death. That’s the nuclear hardware….We know where it is. Go take it out, and it’s end of story, move onto something else. That’ll get the attention of these thugs in the Middle East.”  Michele Bachmann, former GOP Congresswoman from Minnesota.

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  • Serious ‘End of Days’ delusional thinking. Another reason separation of church and state is imperative. This woman makes me embarrassed to be from Stillwater. A lovely town, btw.