Wednesday, November 09, 2016

On indefinite hiatus from election blues (FFB will continue)

34 comments:

R. T. (Tim) Davis said...

You will be missed. Hurry back. Best wishes to you from the Gulf coast.

J. Kingston Pierce said...

Come back soon, Patti. -- Jeff

Jerry House said...

I hope all is well. Best wishes and hurry back.

Richard Robinson said...

Don't let 'em get you down, Patti. Hurry back to us. We all want to share about books and friendship. I'm in shock.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Don't blame you, Patti. I really made myself sick last night thinking of all the implications. Flying to Vegas early this morning has provided necessary distraction and freed us from watching and reading about it.

seana graham said...

My advice to everyone suffering post election blues is to do something self-empowering. Write something or do something artistic. Take some kind of political action. Volunteer. Not even in a political cause necessarily, just something that embodies who you authentically are.

Commiserations to everyone.

Richard Robinson said...

Me, I'm reading, including comfort reading. Plus working in the garden.

Patti, will there be FFB this week?

seana graham said...

Sounds like exactly the thing, Mr. Robinson. Me, I went to yoga, and worked on my Nanowrimo novel. Both felt great.

Margot Kinberg said...

I can't blame you, Patti, but I hope you're back soon.

Anonymous said...

I'm in my mourning period, but when I get through the five phases of grief, I'm joining Elizabeth Warren 2020.

Deb

pattinase (abbott) said...

Love Warren but I think we need a more moderate, less professorial candidate. One reason Hillary lost (apparently) was because she didn't touch people. Warren shares the same hectoring tone. We need someone who does touch people.

Charles Gramlich said...

Bernie Sanders! :)

Steve Oerkfitz said...
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Anonymous said...

I suspect our resident troll has chimed in!

Steve Oerkfitz said...

Yes Patti, he has, my opinion about Donald Trump is the exact opposite of what the troll said.

George said...

Trump had the same number of votes that Mitt had. Hillary had 7 million votes less than Obama did in 2012. The Democrats not showing up gave the Election to Trump.

Yvette said...

I am sick at heart, Patti. Shut down my Facebook page for the foreseeable future. But I love the protests going on across the country. Maybe we can do something in the mid-term election (2018) to kick those Republican bastards out - once the country sees what they're really capable of.

If something isn't done, the country we leave our grandchildren will be a wasteland. I really and truly believe that.

R. T. (Tim) Davis said...
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Richard Robinson said...

Thanks for clarifying, Patti, though I won't have a book this week.

Joe Barone said...

The election will take some getting over, won't it?

R. T. (Tim) Davis said...

Re: democracy!
https://beyond221bbakerstreet.blogspot.com/2016/11/democracy.html

TracyK said...

I do understand, Patti, I could not focus last night and did not work on a post but watched some fun TV shows. And then read. Reading is still good.

seana graham said...

Well, he will be the greatest something, that's for sure.

I don't think we can say she didn't touch people as half the women I know are devastated by this, and it's personal. To say she has to touch people when that certainly isn't the term for what Trump has done is unfair. Of course, he has "touched" people, literally, but no one should strive to emulate him in that.

Finally, this isn't a case of whining. Possibly you could say members of each party has done that when their side has lost in the past. I think it's a derogatory term for what people have felt, but never mind that. This is actually a calamity of a different order and it goes beyond party politics. We have let a demagogue appeal to people's basest instincts and put him in the highest office of the land. It will be a true test of our democracy whether it can withstand this assault.

Cap'n Bob said...

Wait a sec, Patti. You have someone who touches people about to take office. Maybe not where they want to be touched, but let's not split hairs--no pun intended.

Al Tucher said...

What i like about Donald Trump is that he will be the first president in history who will prefer the truth over lies and hypocrisy.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Yeah, rigjt, a man with a 70% "pants on fire" rating. He prefers HIS truth, which bears little resemblance to reality.

Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) said...

All the best Patti - hope you are all well. And then it will be time to be bold and strong again.

Steve Oerkfitz said...

Someone is trolling with my name again. I am definitely not a Trump supporter.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I spotted it at once, Steve. First Deb, now you. What a troll.

Kathy D. said...

I just ate junk food and yelled at the TV and compuater for the last week.

I agree with Seana and Yvette. This is a dangerous calamity. These people in the White House are capable of any and every dastardly deed. Two appointees to be in the White House are first, a white supremacist and anti-Semite, and, two, a GOP leader who wants to privatize Medicare and eliminate a lot of social programs and lower taxes for the rich.

Many people are writing that this is a right-wing coup. And Trump whipped up the worst people to win and he lied constantly about himself -- income, taxes, Trump University, not paying people who worked for him, bankruptcies, mistreatment of women, racist discrimination in his building rentals, etc.

And, meanwhile, who is speaking out? So far, Bernie Sanders, who wrote a good op-ed in the NY Times. He's still kicking. Stephen King and J.K. Rowling are writers who have spoken out.

And, of course, the young people protesting across the country saying, "He's not my president," are what gives the hope amidst the horror.

seana graham said...

A lot of people are speaking out, Kathy. The question is how much can we band together and how far we willing to go? And do mean by non-violent means. But I just watched a show on the History Channel about three people, two men and a woman who managed to infiltrate the white supremacy movement in the 90s. I feel like this election has opened my eyes to how active the white supremacist is. I don't live in a city, but a college town and I think we are equally blindered to how racist the country remains even to this day. Trump was just a match for this tinder. So sad.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Obviously I cannot even speak about it. Every time I think the situation can't get worse it does. And holding Europe up as a role model no longer works. They are moving in the same goose step as we are. Usually one can think of one bright light in times like this but I can't. And I do think the election was sabotaged either by the media, the hackers or someone. It makes no sense.

Kathy D. said...

Anna Maria Alfieri, writer, posted a message at Murder is Everywhere about the good work of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups and sues the Klan. She asked people to donate, a good idea. Her whole post is a good one.

John Oliver, the British comedian, did a half-hour about the election on HBO. I saw it online. He really goes at it and asks everyone to act against everything the Trumpites try to do. He asks people to donate to a lot of quite good organizations that organize on the issues that Trump and company want to act on badly.

I'm worried about Paul Ryan seeking to eliminate Medicare and they want to end the Affordable Care Act, taking 20 million people out of having medical coverage.

And the racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism. Well, the young folks have been demonstrating, but a lot of older folks, seniors, too. It's definitely time.

And those of us who marched against the Vietnam war and for civil rights and women's rights know what it takes. But people will have to be active because nothing else will push back the right wing. That includes the media and the Democrats, and environmentalists, everybody.

seana graham said...

Thanks, Kathy D. Good perspective on all this.