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Nov 15, 2016 paulus22 commented on "Awash in False Conspiracy Theories and Petulant Immaturity, Liberals Put Trump in the White House".
Since I vividly remember the outcome of the 2000 election and the role that Nader played in all of that (ugh), my main goal before the election was to try to help some of my younger facebook friends see the error of their thinking regarding Hillary, the DNC and the third-party vote. I used sane, rational argumentation, evidence, and many of the same points about Bernie that the author used above.

It didn't work. At all.

The far left was just as blinded by their media bubble and just as passionate against Hillary as the right.

All of the things I feared came to pass. I wish some of them would have listened to sanity and reason.

I tried.
Nov 15, 2016 paulus22 commented on Drinking Local Beer Is a Way to Stick It to Trump While Sticking Together.
Great article. Thanks for highlighting local brews. I do fear, however, that there are quite a few folks who are Trump lovers in our city now. With great income comes heavy leaning toward Republican tax breaks. Be safe and don't get too shitfaced, or there could be some violence in these great pubs.
Nov 9, 2016 paulus22 commented on Good Morning, America. Welcome To Your White Supremacy.
...and us white folks that are as sickened and broken by this decision need to step up even more than we ever have and help.
Oct 26, 2016 paulus22 commented on Watch: Pussy Riot's New Video for "Straight Outta Vagina".
This is so fucking good.
Oct 24, 2016 paulus22 commented on Elizabeth Warren: "Get This, Donald. Nasty Women Are Tough. Nasty Women Are Smart. And Nasty Women Vote.".
The election isn't over until actual votes are cast. I'm seriously concerned that the pre-vote hype will cause people to not vote and for Trump to make some gains. I'm also concerned that the polls are not accurate...that Trump supporters are staying quiet but will show up at the ballot. We still need to keep up the pressure.
Oct 20, 2016 paulus22 commented on Two Thousand Seattle Teachers Wore Black Lives Matter Shirts to Schools.
1) There were way more than 2000 teachers wearing shirts yesterday. At my school, we wore shirts that were from our Black Student Union, not the ones that the article talks about. I know that other schools made similar choices. I'd put the number closer to 3000, perhaps more. It was a really powerful, symbolic visual show of support, and I'm proud to have participated in it.
2) This is about way more than wearing a shirt. The institutional racism, especially toward black and latinx students, needs to stop. I know that there are many factors outside of the school that contribute to these performance discrepencies, and many of them are HUGE factors. Yet, we still approach education from a dated, middle-class perspective generally. It's hard to argue against the sad fact that black students are kicked out of school at much higher rates than other groups. There ARE things we can improve in public education. There is also a lot that communities can do to improve as well.
3) Commentor Comitatus: I can't even. I wish you'd quit adding your spiteful, disturbing, intentionally offensive comments to every thread. If you can't see that #blacklivesmatter is an important movement for our time that is bringing attention to issues that need attention, that the 'thugs' you speak about are a super small minority and not really part of the movement, and that there are DEFINITIVELY multiple systemic problems that add to people of color having it much harder in our country (including schools and police), you are not nearly as smart as you think you are. Rather than call out people who are trying to help, why don't you do something more than blame the victims. You rancid piece of fucking shit.
Oct 18, 2016 paulus22 commented on The Strange Phenomenon of Women Who Vote Trump.
My aunt is a very conservative person. She moved her family from Seattle to northern Idaho to get away from the liberal cesspool that she sees in this city so her kids could grow up in an environment where God wasn't actively removed from everything.

She initially supported Ben Carson in this election, and would often talk about how horrible Trump was. She even said she would never support him. But she does now. Vehemently.

I think there are two major reasons that push her in this direction.

First, her blind obedience to Christianity. Actually, I think a lot of uber-conservatives fall into this category, male or female. But probably even more for females because of the preaching of subservience that involves women in extreme conservative Christianity. I honestly believe that people that are intensely wrapped up in 'belief' are more easily duped out of rational thought. Christians are taught to not question the book. Often, I think that leads to not questioning much else.

Second, the conservative news media does an incredible job of 'preaching' to these folks. They become so blind to alternative perspectives that they treat them as blasphemous.

The combo of religious brainwashing and zealous conservative punditry is where Trump's 'deplorables' come from. IMHO.

And I was really sad when she got on the Trump bandwagon. I thought she's be true enough to her conservative ideals to ignore the media and vote her conscience. I was wrong.
Oct 13, 2016 paulus22 commented on Bob Dylan Doesn't Deserve the Nobel Prize In Literature and He Shouldn't Want It.
So simplistic. Pick a better quote, man. Many of his lyrics resonate without the music and beautifully express poetic technique and nuance. Plus, he also wrote books, one of which was standard literary poetry.

Dylan totally deserves this award. If Shakespeare is considered Literature, Dylan should be too.
Oct 12, 2016 paulus22 commented on Evicted Ballard Resident Who Has Autism Stares Down Homelessness.
Perfect example of how big money ruins life for everyone except those with the big money. This city is starting to disgust me. Homeless sweeps. Evicting people with special needs. We need to do something before this place looks like some scary Ayn Rand 'utopia'.
Oct 10, 2016 paulus22 commented on Hillary Clinton Won the Town Hall Debate.
I'm an avowed liberal, but I thought in some sense Trump won last night. He pretty expertly doubled down on the conservative talking points and deflected the 'pussy grab' controversy well by making it all about evil Hillary crooked Hillary shouldn't-support-her-rapey-husband Hillary. In real, intelligent political terms, he lost by miles. By this election's warped reality terms, he did better than most pundits are giving him credit for, I think. Well enough to pull undecideds? Yes, some. Enough to win. Probably not.