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*dusts this thing off*

I suck. I really suck. I can go 22 days without a public post and 17 days after a locked one before posting again, so I must suck. I was thinking - even today - "Ha, maybe I'll post in April, maybe I won't." On a blog I offered to abandon for "greener pastures" months ago.

I don't feel like writing about Cheeto, though. He was among the main reasons I stopped (majority Republican Congress being the other, because you can't fight facts). I was too overwhelmed. I wasn't thorough in covering Spray Tan In Chief to begin with - I'd read what others were chewing over or linking to, then pick and choose, usually offering up bits and pieces others didn't - filling the gaps, if you will. Which was good, for a while.

But you can get tired of just being good in a pinch.

Then I started looking at bloggers like [personal profile] solarbird, [personal profile] conuly and [personal profile] gwydion - whose in-depth coverage are the bees knee's - and realized I'm never going to do that. I don't have the time, patience, or attention span. I can't sit at the computer that long verbally wringing my hands over the Deplorange regime because I'll probably go nuts. And sitting at the computer has been bad for me over time, woo-hee has it now.

So if I can't, then maybe I should stop this, because I'm already overwhelmed.

Not to mention my favorite role turns out be cheerleader, surprising even me. I'm more into victories - the first travel ban being held up and revoked, Trump being proven wrong or a liar time and again, the health care bill being held up or failing - than I am into all the currently fashionable doom and gloom.

Even Nancy Pelosi walks around with a half-shocked, half-empty looking in her eyes like she's seen the devil, who is now running our country, the fuck. I can't sink to that level, sorry. An Irish girl's got her pride.

So I can cheer but no one cheers along, can yell "Go team!" and pump a fist in the air but the team's dragging bats, ready to walk off the diamond for good. And so many people are "scared", and I'm like, "What is that?"

No, seriously, what is it?

I was terrified for weeks - maybe months - with the election. One life ended, another began at 2am on Nov. 9th. Both were my own. I've had tons of trouble, sleepless nights and fucked up days where I'm at best in an awful fog and at worst drowning in apprehension. Just for the fact that it went as it did, and that the newly majority Republican Congress moved so fast to undo everything the other side has spent decades fighting for.

And I worried anew over the first Muslim ban because of the heavy implications not just for Muslims but other communities, down the road. But then the orange who fought so hard to push the ban? L-O-S-T. For the 20 years the elevation of a piece of fruit to the highest office in the land aged me and spooked me out of my own skin, at least 12 of those years rolled off my shoulders instantly in just one night, and I haven't really felt so afraid since.

There are more holes in that piece of fruit than you'll find in five blocks of Swiss cheese. He is a joke. Hopefully one that gets thrown out of office soon, and I don't mean in four years - hopefully three and a half times faster than that.

I tried to ask myself tonight while cooking dinner (liver and onions - because maybe I'm anemic) OK, if you're going online later to piss and moan about how inadequate you are against the sheer spectacular whirlwind of bullshit ejected by this ongoing orangado, what will you do about it? Because there's only one thing I hate more than other people whining, and that's me, whining. I'm like, "Action, bitch, take some".

But all that occurrs to me is, "Hire a team of reporters?" Which, dudes, would be heaven. I'd *love* it. I might not run it off Dreamwidth, of course, but have a team, yes.

And a gun for potential grizzly, because you just never know.

But yeah, short of that, I've just kind of fizzled. I'm out of predictions, at least for the moment, but glad the Muslim ban got held up yet again (may it be held up into perpetuity) and glad the health care "plan" got "pulled", though I'd much rather it "die" in an actual "vote", something these cowards are a shade too pale to pull off until it's more "conservative", which is Republican codespeak for "so it kills as many of their own voters as possible".

In the meantime, I realized without logging into or reading Dreamwidth I don't run out of things to do, and my old adage is true. Actually, two of them are. A poem of mine from years ago goes: "Never settle for less/When you want nothing but the best/If you've got to have more/You know where to find the door...I'd rather have nothing at all/Than have a little/But not have it all", which completely sums up how I feel about covering Rumpernado, at least for the moment.

The other adage is "it all comes back around" (actually, that's the title of another one of my poems). I realize we'll spend the next however many years (hopefully, not even one) - collectively, as a country - live on Twitter, CNN, CBS, and coming to radio station near you - watching whomever voted this orange into office get what they asked for, and I'm going to do a lot of that thing where I haltingly laugh into my sleeve, then pretend I was coughing, then wonder how much they're enjoying it.

Live and learn!

They're getting it now. The healthcare bill - should it come forward - will decimate their finances, families, personal well-being, and even take some of their lives. Talk about dying for your country. The shuttering of the Appalachian programs will put the most ardent orange peel supporters - who, I don't kid myself, might very well continue to support him in spite of it - out of their very jobs. And just wait 'til the new tax laws comes out. Just wait.

Mind you, I'm not exactly happy about any of this. But they deserve every last bit of it, a lot more than those who didn't vote for citrus zest ever have or will. Them I feel sorry for. His voters? Uh, maybe get back to me on that.

What happens when you get what you say only others deserve?

When you don't have a conscience until what you wished upon them comes back to bite you right in the ass?

That might be a question we'll spend decades trying to answer, starting right about...now.

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She couldn't afford her DACA renewal - $495 - when it came due in November, so she kept saving up, but now ICE is deporting her - but not for not renewing her DACA status on time.

According to ICE, she got a visa waiver in the interim, which is good for just 90 days, so now they're trying to send her back saying she overstayed her waiver. Thing is, ICE's story isn't adding up because Argentina doesn't issue waivers anymore.

ICE also said on Wednesday they'll make sure she has a hearing. Well, that's not what they told her attorney on Thursday. They told her that Daniela's being deported immediately without any hearing or bond.

The worst part, maybe, is that if she hadn't spoken up about her family being deported at a press conference, ICE might not have gotten her. They pulled her and her driver over on the road after the conference just to take her away.

Realizing you've been taken from your home country, brought to another you don't know or understand and forced to grow up in it, then being told 15 years later that you must leave when you're trying to stay must be an awful shock. She isn't, to use Cheetolini's words, one of the "bad ones", and that should be quite clear to anyone.

It's blood-chilling how ruthless this roundup is so quickly becoming. With people like Daniela the writing is on the wall: it might only be random "good ones" right now but before you know it, it will be all the good ones.

Daniela's case makes me think no one should have to leave over lack of money: if someone's fit to stay, they should stay. She came here as a small child, as have so many others. So every time I read an update on her my question is, why didn't she have a GoFundMe or access to some other crowdfunding site to raise money for her DACA renewal?

Is anyone raising money for financially disadvantaged Dreamers to stay? If not, I think it's time the intertubes came to the rescue, and got a fund started.

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At the rate I'm going I could rename this [profile] thepoliticalprophetess, move the political posts to their own website, run ads, add a Paypal button ("Help me prophetize - donate today") and maybe make a buck or two. Secret sauce: drink more than you would've if Hillary had won. I swear that's the whole thing. Which, yeah, might require more funding.

Here's a thing I said a few weeks ago in Egg On Your Face, emphasis added: "The ban is ordered on a Friday (all bad news from this regime is issued on weekends so the public can rage and stew and gloat and preen at each other for a few days [...]." The news today: "Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon arranged the timing in the expectation that opponents, freed from work on the weekend, would stage huge protests [...] says a senior administration official".

Where was this magical ability to predict with Obama? (Couldn't, he bored me. Voting for him was like hitting the Snooze button for eight years.) How did I not see 9/11 and still can't say if it was an inside job?

Before I get serious, I also predicted: "When Trump calls you/your outfit/your organization a 'failing pile of garbage' you need to take it as a HUGE WIN." Guess what? They did. But I wasn't just rallying the troops: I truly believe that. The more he runs his Cheeto™ cruncher at them, the more they must be getting under his skin like an army of mites - one little, annoying itch at a time - so I say keep on keeping on.

To expand on this, because I sense no one will feel reassured, Spicer holding a private presser is not an unusual move coming from any White House, and won't be until it starts looking overused, manipulative, or retaliatory. But shutting out disliked organizations - on the same day - is unheard of and fake-newsing this reporter on some no-name, sympathetic website was wrong, offensive and disgusting.

While I wouldn't let one-offs - which these all are, at least for now - impart a chilling effect if I were in the press, future patterns in the same vein coming from this regime will be something to keep an eye on.

Now for the serious part: If you're distracted by all the low-hanging fruit this regime keeps shaking at us from the tress then you might not see this train coming until it's too late - remember, it might've been Trump's idea to run for office, but once he became campaign CEO (more like "malevolent mastermind") it was Steve Bannon we swore in, Steve Bannon's Inaugural speech Trump read to us, and it's Steve Bannon's "deconstruction of the administrative state" (he should have said "dismantling", but whatever) and war on Muslims that's in the offing while we grab our smelling salts over who or whatever the guy we think got elected took a crap on today.

Question: why are people not protesting still-empty federal positions? Why is Congress not in a clearly festering rage that four weeks in, Trump still doesn't have the same budget prepared that Obama and W. submitted in their first terms by Week Two? Where is anyone's give a damn? If I'd known these things sooner I'd have spoken out sooner. Why doesn't anyone else?

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And I'd laugh if I wasn't so shocked, pure buttoned-up, repressed American style, at just how uh, blunt the visual commentary is. While my initial reaction was, "Jesus Christ, I don't know these people" I am these people, so probably need to thank God for stuff like this to remind me.

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It just hit me while reading this that I predicted Milo's downfall; not what caused it (thank you, smart 16 year old), only that he would be used and thrown away, which happened even faster than I expected.

Context: in replying to a comment that ostensibly suggested you can judge a book by its cover, at least in AU, I trotted out Milos as an example of why covers are increasingly meaningless, at least in the US (he's Jewish and gay, yet aligns himself with antisemitic and anti-gay forces mainly via his GamerGate "leadership" and trollish writing/editorial influence on Breitbart).

The exact prediction (after the election I decided to lock certain personal posts, including this one): "[...] but the plurality of these sort of people seem to have accepted Milo all the same, and will continue to act like the[y] accept him until he's served his purposes and can be discarded along with every other gay they hate. So never say never, is my ultimate point."

Just to answer the unasked question, yes, he could be picked up again to be used as rocket fuel for whomever else finds him useful, but yes, he will be disposed of again, and just as forthwith-like. Anyone desperate enough to put his face on their group's name is doomed from the start, so we can pick out just what that doomed thing is much faster if they will.

What gets me is not that I predicted his being used and chucked over the right's collective shoulder like so much dirtied Kleenex™, but that anyone could have seen it coming. Surprise? Not really. He's one of the more obvious examples of Useful Idiot I've seen.

Since it's not fair to bring him up (which I don't do in a top-level post manner, as he's a discredit to every group he's ever feigned to represent or turned his back on despite representing - whether he likes it or not) it'd be a disservice not to mention how he got his start: with those who feign not caring because they feel it's the only way to hide or ignore their own pain.

Which, you know, cry me a river: we all have pain and feelings we'd like to forget, we all live in some shade of misery, denial or emotional degradation, but it's online bullies who cause more pain while doing nothing to make themselves feel better except in the moment (and yes, there's a whole essay to be written on how people who bully falsely believe others are happier than them and resent their happiness so do what they can to destroy it, but maybe another time).

Like any other addiction, the highs of the moment have to be continuously repeated so will eventually just wear them down...

Back in the day society had a good answer: you wouldn't dare. Now the Internet exists as a self-validating circlejerk to prove just how nihilistic they are. Which is what happens when the boys in the basement, along with extreme racists and xenophobes, take over political discourse after being given false equivalency as "the other side" or "another take" on otherwise clear-cut issues that more level heads have tossed about (with varying degrees of success, ranging from civilized debate and law-setting to outright civil and world wars) for literally thousands of years.

tl;dr: 1) don't give a book of matches to a 2 year old; what else did you expect to happen? 2) Am I blaming today's relatively standardless society for failing to rein in mindlesssly hateful discourse, mostly because the provocateurs themselves dismissed it as jk, except if they ever were, now they're not, so we should've been paying more attention and had ancient societal repercussions in place to deal with it? Sounds that way.

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...are insane. Congratulations if you're the Whitest of People, as you're probably safe from border control harassment - for now. Anyone else, regardless of the ethnicity(ies) or race(s) they consider or actually know themselves to be, is at risk of deportation.

There's no way to break out figures on how many people this will throw into utter panic or despair, but it's safe to say tens of millions have become human bull's eyes, at serious risk of getting stopped, asked for papers, but without them, getting arrested, then without due process, dumped over the border into Mexico - even if they're not from Mexico - to be formally deported later on.

100 miles from the US border is "the border" for deportation purposes, so on top of how greatly the pool of deportables has been expanded - you simply have to not look exactly white or be slightly darker and not be able to produce papers on the spot to get arrested and sent off to Mexico - because of the 100 mile delineation, entire states around the country are border control units now.

If you thought it was "just Mexicans" or "just" the actual border being monitored, splash some cold water on your face and wake up. This is Nazi Germany-style "show us papers or GTFO" with the main difference being that Jews, since they're of mostly Northern European origin, are harder to tease apart from "whites" than Hispanic-looking people are, which in this country will save the Whitest of People from getting stopped or asked for papers - for now. But we all know where this is going; hunting Mexicans is just this regime's little warm-up act, and I mean really little, so don't say I didn't warn you.

Because who knows; I might not be around by then to even remind you that I did.

Any plans to hinder the worst parts of this or any other order through the courts might soon be made moot by this Florida representative's bill to nullify our state and federal judiciaries. The bill states only a 60% super-majority is needed to override anything the courts decide, so don't look to our judicial branch for help, as it might soon be unable to function - and all this with Cheetolini's express blessing.

Can't say we should've seen it coming - but yeah, we should have seen it coming. We all knew the dictator when we saw him, even waaaaaay back when he announced his run for office by declaring, among other things, that Mexicans are rapists; it was just a matter of extrapolating downward from there.

Lastly, after learning Cambridge Analytica won the election for El Orango more handily than Russian interference did, I forgive all but the most hateful of his supporters in the same spirit as someone who once declared, "Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do". Read these words carefully: I think they were brainwashed, I think they were brainwashed, I think they were brainwashed - because after reading that, there's nothing else I can think.