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Jan 5 monorail commented on Centrist Democrats Using Putin and Russian Hackers To Maintain Control of Their Party.
In 1936, FDR said in a campaign speech that he "welcomed the hatred" of big bankers and the financial elite. The electoral map from the ensuing election is almost nothing but blue. By contrast, Clinton took six-figure fees for speeches to Wall Street where she assured her wealthy patrons of "private policies" which would be different from public policies... and she lost to the most unqualified bozo in history.

The key underlying deception that Trump pulled off was that he persuaded people he was against the side of power. It's a ludicrous notion; no one is more on the side of power than Trump-- but he was able to convince the gullible that he was another FDR, welcoming the hatred of the powerful elite. On the other hand, Clinton and the Democratic Party were perceived as the servants of power. Clinton didn't make those Wall St speeched because she needed the money; she made them because she believes in power, and felt the need to kiss the hands of power on her path to the White House. The deplorables might be woefully ignorant about almost everything, but they saw this very clearly.

Charles is correct. If the Democratic Party is to have a future, it will have to once again become the party that is against the side of power.
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Dec 12, 2016 monorail commented on Epic Eric Garland Twitter Thread/Novella/Opus.
I got as far as where he starts denouncing Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, and Glenn Greenwald. Anyone who believes the public does NOT have a right to know what their government is up to-- especially when said government is in the business of torture and extrajudicial execution--- is truly a moron, and not worth reading.
Dec 2, 2016 monorail commented on Why Should I Give a Fuck About... Pere Ubu?.
It's true that some of their later albums aren't so great... but "Raygun Suitcase" from 1995 might be the best thing they ever did. One of the most underappreciated albums of all time. Also great (and overlooked) is the David Thomas solo album "Erewhon," from around the same period.
Nov 22, 2016 monorail commented on Guest Editorial: Sawant’s Response to Mudede’s “Brazenly Dishonest” Argument About Anti-Trump Protests.
The fact is that if everyone had voted for Jill Stein, Trump would not be the next president. Therefore, if you didn't vote for Jill Stein, this is all your fault and so (following Mudede's logic) you have no business protesting Trump's policies.
Nov 16, 2016 monorail commented on Free Will Astrology.
That Rebecca Solnit quote (under 'Scorpio') is the best thing I've heard in a long time.
Nov 15, 2016 monorail commented on "Awash in False Conspiracy Theories and Petulant Immaturity, Liberals Put Trump in the White House".
So this is where the Stranger turns for wisdom: a Bush supporter at Newsweek, and (in Mudede's earlier post) Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat. Sure is great to have "alternative media."
Nov 6, 2016 monorail commented on Fuck This Fucking Guy: Robert Satiacum, the Washington State Democratic Elector Who Won't Vote Clinton.
Just to clarify: the electors don't vote until December. So, let's say that on Wednesday morning we learn that Clinton has exactly 270 votes, not taking into account faithless electors. Everyone in the world would know that Clinton's supposed to become president, but that it's not going to happen because of some guy in Puyallup who has no secret service protection. Anyone want to lay odds on Satiacum's chances of surviving til December in that scenario? (And just to be clear, I am NOT advocating violence; I just think it's pretty obvious what would happen). My guess is he would quickly realize his situation and resign as elector well before the electoral votes are cast.
Oct 27, 2016 monorail commented on Today in Third-Party Candidates.
Well, since Dan Savage is so opposed so to this kind of hypocrisy, he certainly won't be voting for Clinton... right, Dan? Or are you a hypocrite too?
Oct 3, 2016 monorail commented on Netflix's Amanda Knox Leaves People of Color Out of the Story.
@10 Mignini's theory of the crime as presented in a preliminary hearing on Oct. 19, 2008:

"...premeditated and was in addition a 'rite' celebrated on the occasion of the night of Halloween, a sexual and sacrificial rite... In the intention of the organizers, the rite should have occurred twenty-four hours earlier, but on account of a dinner at the house of horrors, organized by Meredith's and Amanda's Italian flatmates, it was postponed by one day. The presumed assassins contented themselves with the evening of 1 November to perform their do-it-yourself rite, when for some hours it would again be the night of All Saints."

He also said Knox "has the look of a she-devil." It's a bit alarming to me that so many Slog readers (and writers) are on board with a witch trial.
Oct 3, 2016 monorail commented on Netflix's Amanda Knox Leaves People of Color Out of the Story.
While I have no idea how the murder unfolded or who was involved, there is one thing I am quite sure of: prosecutor Giuliano Mignini is a raving lunatic. He is obsessed with Satanism, and his starting point for each case involves a wildly outlandish Satanic conspiracy. In the Monster of Florence case, when a journalist published unflattering stories about Mignini, Mignini ordered the journalist arrested and charged him with being involved in the murders (a ludicrous accusation).

There are a lot of parallels between this case and the West Memphis Three: police/prosecutors obsessed with Satanism, prosecutions based largely on disapproval of lifestyle, etc.