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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #471 - Third Debate - What Just Happened? "Such a nasty woman."


Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #471 - Third Debate - What Just Happened? "Such a nasty woman."

Hi Mom, So Liesel and I watched the entire debate last night. We thought we might fall asleep during it as it started at 9 p.m. but being aghast constantly at what Trump said or flabbergasted with confusion as to what he was talking about kept us awake. Just puzzling over how the conversation went from our huge National Debt to Trump claiming that all these NATO nations need to "pay up" as in they owe us something was min-boggling, and of course, Trump made no effort to reference what he was talking about.

But it was less a circus than the last farce, Debate Two. Clinton came off very presidential and spoke passionately, especially on women's issues, their right to choose and their right to live in a world not filled with sexual predators and assaulters who disavow even knowing them let alone committing the assaults.

The debate was a huge win for Hillary Clinton who knew issues, spoke intelligently, had facts at hand, has actual platforms and plan statements at her web site, and truly cares about ALL of the American people. Her opposition to Trump's deportation and wall building ideas made his America sound a lot like Nazi Germany just before World War Two.

Though it pains me to do so, I must give Trump a tiny bit of credit as his condemning of NAFTA is quite true, and in a rare moment when I had a fact, it is actually true that under the Obama administration the US has deported more people than under any other president in American history, though temper that claim with population growth.

But neither of these small wins for Trump persuades me to think he is even worthy to be a candidate for president let alone a president. He just was not 100% wrong about everything. Likewise, Clinton deflected in a classic politician type way on the subject of the Clinton Foundation, but then I have read reports that all the accusations of quid pro quo and the like about the Foundation are the usual scare-mongering and red herring fallacy work of the Trump camp.

And so, some re-posting, because Bitch Magazine, of which I am a proud supporter and quite fond, nailed some stuff about the debate smartly and powerfully and also provided some good links for other material that's worth a look. Thanks, Bitch.

WHAT JUST HAPPENED?
The Final U.S. Presidential Debate
OUR  TAKE
Did that feel like déjà vu to anyone else? We had the Democratic candidate, poised and smiling and answering the moderator’s questions with detail and specificity. And next to her, the Republican candidate, who sniffed, huffed, interrupted, complained to the moderator, and talked under his breath.
Oh, and lied. About, well, everything. He answered a question about the future of Roe v. Wade with an appeal to stop “partial-birth abortions” because babies are “rip[ped]” from their mothers’ wombs. (Are you sure you’re not thinking of childbirth, Donald?) When asked about the violence at his campaign rallies, he blamed—get this—Hillary Clinton. When asked about his treatment of and predatory behavior toward women, he denied everything, and once again asserted that “No one respects women more than me.” (The audience chuckled audibly, for the record.)
But if the debate was a rerun that was as maddening as it was predictable, there’s one undeniable outcome: A critical mass of women voters is crucial to this election, and increasingly, they’re not here for the grabby, shockingly disrespectful clown who wrapped things up this evening by calling his debate partner a “nasty woman.” (Um, that’s Democratic Nominee Clinton if you’re nasty.) Hillary Clinton addressed this critical mass when she said, of Trump: “Donald thinks that belittling women makes him powerful. He goes after their dignity, their self-worth. I think every woman alive knows what that feels like.”
We do. And we’re ready for November 8
MEDIA ROUNDUP
Check out the best and funniest tweets about the debate [New York Magazine]
“For women and for Hispanics, for the communities that I belong to, to have one Party antagonize you and the other take you for granted is the worst scenario.” [The New Yorker] 
Le Tigre reunited for a pro-Clinton song! [Vulture] 
Trump’s denials represent not only what abusers repeatedly say; they represent rhetoric that we too often begin to believe ourselves. [Feministing] 
In this election, "Believe Women" means nothing. [Jezebel] 
Cognitive sociology can help explain why people vote for different politicians. [The Society Pages]
Clinton took a new approach last night—Trump's. [The New York Times] 
WHAT YOU CAN DO SO FAR
Register to vote! Depending on where you live, there could still be time to register to vote.  
If you're in New York, you can see Michael Moore in Trumpland.
If you missed the debate (or want to watch any of its horrors again), you're in luck!
Take care of yourself! Self-care in the time of Trump is important. 
Volunteer to be a poll worker and hand out those great "I Voted" stickers, along with other duties. 
Become an Election Protection volunteer to make sure voters are fully informed about where and when to cast their ballots.
Talk about the election and the isues with your friends and familyand make sure they're registered to vote!
WHAT SHOULD BITCH DO?
Is there an aspect of the election you think we should be covering? Let us know!

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Reflect and connect.

Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you.

I miss you so very much, Mom.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1610.20 - 10:10

NOTE on time: When I post late, I had been posting at 7:10 a.m. because Google is on Pacific Time, and so this is really 10:10 EDT. However, it still shows up on the blog in Pacific time. So, I am going to start posting at 10:10 a.m. Pacific time, intending this to be 10:10 Eastern time. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom. But I am not going back and changing all the 7:10 a.m. times. But I will run this note for a while. Mom, you know that I am posting at 10:10 a.m. often because this is the time of your death.
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