I’d like to sell you a bridge…O’Canada!

Burgoyne bridge St.Catharines Ontario

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Canadian Engineering. The struggle is real.

 

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Car centric societies have no business engineering bicycle specific infrastructure. They aren’t qualified. You can not live your entire life driving a car and think that your engineering degree makes you fit to design bicycle specific infrastructure. You can’t do it. It’s like hiring someone who only walks, and has never driven, to design the roads you drive on. You would consider them unqualified, no matter how extensive their engineering knowledge or how many framed bits of expensive paper they have hanging on their wall.

You have to feel bicycling.

Local cycling advocate Tyler P. wants to ride his bicycle. He has a job, he goes to school, he shops, pays taxes, and is an all around responsible person.

He is a first class citizen being treated with second class status.

Because he rides a bicycle.

Toronto a.k.a. ‘Car’onto thanks to politicians like the “Ford’s” is vastly lopsided in its engineering practices. These engineering policies affect the entire province of Ontario, including the city of St. Catharines in the Niagara region.

Tyler P. has been actively reaching out to the local administration in the Niagara region and asking them for

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Legally it’s “Shall” but that’s a whole ‘nother blog.

These are temporary signs that he is asking to be placed until the new construction is complete.

As it stands now. There is a 1.2 meter sidewalk and the city of St. Catharines is asking cyclist to dismount and walk their bicycles across a bridge.

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Looks like someone wanted to be cute and put a little blue hat on the cyclist.

It’s a long walk.

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All bridge photo’s courtesy of Tyler P.

Bicycling for transportation is fun. It’s also healthy, good for the environment, and easy on the wallet. The number one response from cyclists when asked why they enjoy cycling is “FREEDOM.”

You can’t get that with a car, even if you made it 100% free in every aspect you would still be hemmed in, limited, and stuck in traffic. That is the nature of autos.

Car centric societies are jealous of the freedom which cycling brings and it’s why people blame cyclists for their traffic problems, try to pass laws restricting them, and gamers design infra which hems cyclists in on every side.

Why can’t he just ride in the lane?

Well he can. Legally in St. Catharines, and all of Canada, Tyler’s bicycle is a vehicle and he is legally allowed to occupy the full lane of travel. Which is why he is asking for the sign. Tyler knows what he can do. That’s not the problem. The problem is that people driving autos will make his life a living hell for exercising his rights. Because they are

  1. Uneducated on the equal status of bicycles as vehicles.
  2. Educated by auto ads that their auto is “like a family member,” and we all put our family before strangers.
  3. Car culture breeds lazy, distracted, and passive driving.

Namely tyler doesn’t want to be harassed.

 

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There is plenty of space for Tyler on the road. There is little space for pedestrians, Tyler and his bicycle.

There has been Twitter mention to the authorities in charge of this project to take into consideration the needs of the cyclist before after the construction is completed. As it stands now the bridge is being built to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists as an afterthought.

There is a real problem with bicycle infra that project engineers, city planners, and cycling advocates like to pretend doesn’t exist.

All transportation engineers put every measure into insuring that autos can operate at maximum speed with safety. They put very little of this same safety culture into bicycle design. Everyone assumes all cyclists are going to operate at super slow speed. I can tell you from experience that cyclists do not, and most will not, operate at the speeds for which you are designing their infra.

You create unsafe places for cyclists, pass laws mandating that cyclists must use these unsafe facilities, and then scratch your heads and conduct million dollar research studies to figure out why cyclists keep dying after all that effort.

Go ride your bike! 

I’m talking to you transportation engineers.

In the meantime. Can we put a little lean on the people in charge of the Burgoyne bridge in St.Catharines, Ontario and get Tyler P. the help he needs in creating space for cycling?

You can contact them here. Niagara Region
And here.
the construction firm
the region is like the county
the mayor who seems responsive at times
Alan Caslin

Please be aware that:

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When it’s done it will have painted lanes at the edge

And on a highly trafficked bridge some paint on the road is completely unacceptable. If a cyclist can be harassed for safely controlling their lane. Then the city has a moral responsibility to create a protected space. Not just from auto’s but from the debris that they push into bike lanes. (It’s why I prefer to cycling in the travel lane. Those nice people in their autos keep them swept clean.)

Please contact the names listed and go to their FB page.

Nicely! Ask them to support cycling.

Do it for yourself, Do it for cycling, Do it for the environment, But above all!

Do it for Tyler!

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Steady there. Once false move and it’s a head under a tire. #ForTyler

Now I know

The image at the top is what happens when cyclists ride on the edge of a highway. This is our story on how we learned the easy way to stay safe.

When I first started out, I didn’t have a clue but now I know.

I know that the biggest problem with getting people to accept cycling as a viable means of transportation is not a lack of bike lanes. It is instead the human condition. What we lack is knowledge and critical thinking skills. This idea that you have to be “fearless” to ride a bicycle on certain roads is complete bunk. Knowledge of the laws and why we have said laws or rather the lack of such knowledge is far more crippling to cycling than the lack of bike lanes.

How can I be so sure?

Because I was faced with the choice of keeping my kids locked up and confined to a small town. A town which doesn’t have a single movie theater, museum, or anything remotely kid friendly for entertainment. A town that moved it’s one form of entertainment a.ka. the local library, and put it so far out of reach that we had to ride our bicycles through a high-speed road where dump trucks were accessing the entrance to the local rock quarry. A town where there isn’t a single bike lane and all roads are driven at 35 mph or greater regardless of signage. A town where a family of five burned up in a fiery high-speed crash and a pedestrian was mowed down while crossing her residential street to visit a neighbor.

My choice was to educate my children on how to safely group ride from one town to the next.

In the beginning they were nervous and my youngest said she was down right scared. I told her that if we decided it was too scary we would turn back and go home.

So we discuss our route. I explain where we are going to ride on the shoulder and I explain where we are not going to ride on the shoulder. I explain the different movements that vehicles make and discuss driving theory 101 with them.

We pretend to be people driving cars and one of us pretends to be on the edge as a cyclist. They get a first person experience in a closed environment and learn about why people drive the way they do and how we can prevent common mistakes.

We start out.

The first thing we do is turn onto the shoulder at the junction of Wichita lane and U.S. 27. Very quickly we approach that section where riding on the shoulder is no longer safe. Motorists go flying past us at full speed. 60 mph + onto the off ramp. We are not a part of traffic. We are irrelevant to them. We stop and wait and wait and wait and wait and wait and wait. It starts to get tense. Sitting still while cars go flying past you is very uncomfortable. There on the edge my daughters fear rises as motorists blindly fly by, her anxiety climbs. I’m feeling it too. As soon as it is clear, we dart across the on ramp and continue on the shoulder. Things go well. My daughter starts to feel better and before we know it we are now at the off ramp. This is the junction where U.S. 29 meets U.S. 27. It is important to note that these ramps are marked as 15 mph. However they are engineered in such a way that you can take them at full speed and take them at full speed the locals do.

We all stop in the center “no mans” land. It was the shoulder but now it is an island of doom. Cars are whizzing past us on both sides. The break comes sooner than last time and we make our way onto the road. This time we do something different. We ride the travel lane. The shoulder here is like all the other shoulders covered in rumble strips, broken glass, gravel, bits of metal shards and other garbage strewn across it. The travel lane is smooth and worry free.

As we bike down the high-speed road I ask my daughter how she feels. “This is a lot better than the shoulder” she says, I was surprised. Shocked really. I was sure that she would “feel safer” on the shoulder. My daughter explains: “When I was on the shoulder all these cars were just whizzing by us like weren’t even there. Once we were on the road it was like they saw us and a lot of people slowed down and passed us at slower speeds. I didn’t have to worry about someone running into us”.

We ride the travel lane over to Etter Dr. and after we make it through the intersection we move back to the shoulder at my request. Both kids were asking why we had to be on the shoulder. My son was saying “Come on mom. We can be in the travel lane. Let’s just move over.” I was determined to keep us on the shoulder and we kept on going. Right up until we came to Raising Cane’s. This is another section of road where the engineers designed a nice high-speed right turn. My fear is that someone will take that right turn at typical speed and plow right into us. So we waited and waited and waited and waited for traffic to clear. Then we carefully navigated the rumble strip and we rode the travel lane. Once again the anxiety that had been building in the kids quickly dissipated and even though we were honked at and screamed at by passing motorists. Everyone enjoyed their ride in the travel lane. People in cars noticed us. They slowed down to normal speeds and acknowledged us with honks and screams. We shook our heads at the sorry ass motorists and kept on biking.

We went through the intersection and just like before, we signaled and moved onto the shoulder. Same thing again. Ride the shoulder, anxiety increases, fear mounts, and then we come to an area that is no longer even remotely safe to be in so we move over to the travel lane and the anxiety decreases, the fear disappears and we are safer than we were before.

Motorists are anxious. They don’t like us to be in the travel lane. They honk at us. Scream at us. Call us idiots. But we are not idiots. We feel safe and carefree in the travel lane. It was after all built and engineered for traffic. The rules of the road are dictated by the lane. We are following the rules of the road and it feels good. My daughter laughs. My son shrugs his shoulders and rolls his eyes. Life is good.

As we wait at the light that intersects Business U.S. 27 from U.S. 27 I ask them if they want to move over to the shoulder after we get past the on ramp. They say “NO”. We are safer here in the lane they insist. I shrug and say o.k. but inside I am bursting with pride. My kids are smarter than Andy Clarke of L.A.B. infamy and Carl Overton of Lexington who at 30 something is afraid to ride his bicycle on anything other than 25 mph roads.

Cars drive past in the left lane. We ride on in the right lane. My kids are practically bouncing up and down on their respective seats. “This is fun!” my daughter screams at a motorist who aggressively honks as they pass us. They flip her the bird. She laughs and flips them the bird back. “Fuck them” she says. I chide her on her language. “They flipped me the bird first.” she says. We agree to let it go and continue our ride.

We make our first pit stop at Catnip Hill Road. We stop at the BP and get sodas. We talk about the route so far. We discuss how we felt on the shoulder as opposed to the travel lane. My kids are practically walking on air. They high-five each other and shout “We are riding the travel lane.” and off we go.

We take a left from Catnip Hill Road back onto U.S. 27 and this is where the safety of the travel lane is re-enforced into our mental psyche. As we are riding along a motorist comes flying out of a local strip mall shopping center and slams to a halt right on the shoulder. You can see from the tire marks on the pavement that this is normal motorist behavior. My son says “Good thing we weren’t on the shoulder”. My daughter says “Yea, they would have hit us for sure.” We ride on.

As we continue down U.S. 27 I point out the potholes, rumble strips, and broken pavement. They point out the rocks, gravel, and broken glass. We all agree that the travel lane is best.

We had a great time in Lexington and half the fun was traveling there. We rode back home without incident and on the way back my daughter said “I can’t believe I was afraid to ride my bike.”

Fear for fears sake

or

Fear of the unknown

Propaganda fueled rhetoric about making cycling safer isn’t helping anyone. So shut up and put up. If you can’t ride the ride then you have no place deciding what is or isn’t safe.

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There are not any side roads to get to Lexington. All of the roads are high speed roads. So we pick the one that takes us directly to our destination. It also has the added benefit of being a multi lane road.
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We are traveling from Nicholasville to Lexington. U.S. 27 is the safest and most direct route.
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Nathan has his back to the camera. Elena is looking out towards Main St. in Lexington.
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Elena. Bicycle adventurer. She loves exploring the town on her bicycle. She says “Sidewalk riding isn’t safe.”
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Nathan. He likes to visit his friends. He gets around on his bicycle. Nathan says “Who needs a car when you have a bicycle?”

Bike Commuting’s Worst Enemy Isn’t What You Think

The Urban Phoenix

When I tell someone I bike to and from work every day, I typically get one of four responses.

  1. “Hey man that’s awesome, keeps ya healthy, helps the environment right?”
  2. “How do you do that every day?  Don’t you get cold?  What about rain and snow?”
  3. “I like to drive too much, I just don’t get riding a bike like that when you can drive.”
  4. “Oh, that’s interesting, do you not own a car?”

The fourth is more from people who I just met… it’s the “feeler” question, trying to see if I ride my bike because I’m either poor (which I kind of am) or I have a DWI (which I don’t).  But you get the idea.

enlight1-40 When traveling to Rome, New York, I use their bike share program to get around.

enlight1-34 I use bike share to get to where I need to go in Buffalo as well.

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HOW THE AGE OF EXPLORATION AND DISCOVERY JUSTIFIES A MILITANT CHRISTIAN TAKEOVER OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT– SEE BETSY DEVOS, KELLYANNE CONWAY, STEVE BANNON, DOMINIONISTS, AND THE SECRETIVE COUNCIL FOR NATION POLICY FOR DETAILS

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The History of Dominionism

       In the 15th century, Papal Bulls were issued that gave Christian explorers the right to claim, for their Christian monarchs, the land that they had discovered. Any land that was not already inhabited by Christians was decreed to be available for discovery, for claiming, and for exploitation. If any so-called ‘pagan’ inhabitants could be converted, it was possible for them to be spared from enslavement or from being killed.

These Papal Bulls, which collectively came to be known as the Discovery Doctrine or the Doctrine of Discovery, is also a concept of public international law, one that was first extensively addressed in a series of United States Supreme Court decisions, going back to Johnson v. M’Intosh in 1823. It was the means for Chief Justice John Marshall to explain the way that colonial powers first laid claim to newly discovered lands…

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HOW THE AGE OF EXPLORATION AND DISCOVERY JUSTIFIES A MILITANT CHRISTIAN TAKEOVER OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT– SEE BETSY DEVOS, KELLYANNE CONWAY, STEVE BANNON, DOMINIONISTS, AND THE SECRETIVE COUNCIL FOR NATION POLICY FOR DETAILS

Source: HOW THE AGE OF EXPLORATION AND DISCOVERY JUSTIFIES A MILITANT CHRISTIAN TAKEOVER OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT– SEE BETSY DEVOS, KELLYANNE CONWAY, STEVE BANNON, DOMINIONISTS, AND THE SECRETIVE COUNCIL FOR NATION POLICY FOR DETAILS

#ChristianAltFacts, or, how the Christian Right Broke America

When reading this, look also at how cycling advocates create their own insular communities. For example 1. The infra only crowd. (All problems can be solved with infrastructure alone.) 2. The vehicular cycling crowd. (All problems can be solved by following rule’s. )

Not Your Mission Field

Christopher Douglas’s article “The Religious Origins of Fake News and ‘Alternative Facts,'” published yesterday on Religion Dispatches, is a must read for anyone who wants to understand why and how America’s asymmetric polarization–polarization from the Right–has led to Trumpism. You cannot understand this apart from the theocratic element and the relationship between fundamentalist psychology and political authoritarianism.

The key, as I explain in this Twitter thread, is to understand the psychology behind the construction of parallel institutions, of enclave communities, by fundamentalist subcultures. These enclave communities–I grew up in one–are designed defensively to protect the group’s “absolute Truth” against facts that are too difficult and painful to face. As Douglas relates in well sourced detail, fundamentalists’ parallel institutions–like the Christian schools, colleges, and bookstores built by conservative Evangelicals–are “bodies of counter-expertise” meant to oppose and undermine credible science and scholarship that threatens the fundamentalist worldview.

People in enclave…

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I see it now

I see it now.

It’s strange how I didn’t see it before. You’d think I’d have noticed. It was there. I even named it once. But back then it felt more like grasping at straws.

I was sitting in a jail cell. Fox News had requested to do an interview with me. Did I have a statement for the C.A.? Yes, I said. I looked into the camera and asked why he was targeting me. Was it because I was poor? Or was it because I was a woman? This last one seemed too absurd to contemplate. I mean really. Who prosecutes a bicyclist for being a woman? Absurd. Right?

I see it now.

I didn’t see it before and I should have. But I was in the forest of misogyny and all I could see were the tree’s.

I’m white. And that helps. At least a little. I commute by bicycle. That doesn’t help. At all. When I’m on my bicycle people don’t see me. I’m no longer human. They see a cyclist. An object. Something in their way. Ruining their day. I’m an ‘it.’

Men tell me they feel the same. I want to believe them. But I think in some ways it won’t ever really be an authentic experience. Just like I, as a white woman, can never truly have an authentic experience as black woman. But I can come close. When I’m on my bicycle.

When I’m on my bicycle I have to think about how to plan my route. Wouldn’t want to make the white men and women angry as I cycle past. Wouldn’t want to be in their way. But my whiteness is a privilege that a black woman doesn’t share. So it’s not quite the same and fuck anyone who says it is. But it’s close. It’s a solid taste. And it’s like poison on my tongue. Just that little bit of a taste. So tiny it’s almost nothing. But it floods my veins with the burning sensation of being dehumanized. In that moment I want to wrap chains around my antagonists neck and pull hard. Pull so damn hard they gasp for air and whisper “I can’t breathe.” I want to do this to the white man who felt that it was his superior right as a driver of an auto, (315 ABJ Oregon plates; white car) to press his car up close to my leg and intimidate me, as he pressed into my lane. My rage was white hot as I pulled up next to him at the light and poured my rage down on him. I think I scared him. Good. I hope he got a little taste of how he made me feel.

I see it now.

But I didn’t see it then. It was easy to compare myself to someone I actually couldn’t relate to, but thought I could. It was easy to deny that being a woman, even a white one, was a handicap. Though not nearly as much as being a woman and being a person of color. I can’t imagine being a black woman on a bicycle. I see why the black community aligns itself with auto culture. It exudes power. Even if it’s a false power. It’s a beautiful lie and one that is easily swallowed. But three handicaps is three too many and it’s tough enough with two.

Misogyny affects us all. Men and women. But we each experience it in a way that is unique to our own experiences. Misogyny hurts men as much as it hurts women. But men have their privilege to act as a buffer. Just as my whiteness is a buffer of privilege for me. It’s hard to imagine how it feels to be on the other side. The side that is perceived as weaker. The part that makes me smile deep down inside? I’m stronger, as a woman, for riding a bicycle. It takes knowledge and courage to feel your fear and live your life with authenticity, in the face of adversity. Each day is a fight and a struggle. You find your happiness where you can and you keep on keeping on. Is that what it feels like to be black? If so; It’s hard. And I’m sorry I didn’t feel your pain before. I’m sorry I couldn’t relate or imagine what it is like for you.

We’re going to win. We’re going to shatter misogyny and racism. We will win.

Come ride with me. You’ll see.

 

Are Women Better Leaders?

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Looking back . . .

I’m not much for generalizations, especially when talking about groups. By generalizing [about behaviors] we are often inherently unfair to individuals within the group.  With that being said, this post is a generalization based on what I have learned from female leaders during my career.  My hope is that you will appreciate the information being offered for your consideration, without being overly concerned for those (individuals or groups) not adequately represented here.  Trust me; I understand that there are great leaders of both sexes to be found in all groups.

Like most of you I have worked for both strong and weak leaders during my career. Looking back, I believe that I have learned more from the strong female leaders than from the men.  Some of those women (while not identified) may see themselves weaved within the fabric of this post.

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States rights. Right?

 

Last night I was listening to a book on audio. It’s called “White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America.”
by Nancy Isenberg

Everything I had studied and taken in over the years, up to that point, began to click. It was like watching a mind boggling large jigsaw puzzle suddenly assemble itself and seeing the picture it was hiding when it laid scattered around.

Then I knew.

The first thing I want to make clear is that for some people this won’t be anything new or especially revealing. We’ve seen this coming but not understood what it was or how to address it.

I first became aware when I was arrested for riding a bicycle, legally and safely, on a public road.

That’s when I started researching and studying these subjects. Because I knew they were connected but I couldn’t tell you how they were connected. OR why. It was this jumbled jigsaw puzzle of a million pieces and I had the border done but couldn’t see how to piece together the individual parts which made up the whole.

Mostly it was because I was missing so many of the pieces. Even now I don’t have them all but the picture is complete enough that I can extrapolate the rest and see what I’ve, what we all have been missing.

I am not a writer. Putting this together in a coherent piece is a struggle for me. It’s Thanksgiving morning and a lot of people have willfully chosen to ignore all talk of world doings and politics. If this wasn’t important. Yes, THAT important. I wouldn’t be up at an unreasonable hour struggling to put this together for you. The least you can do is read it and keep  your snide grammar nazi comments to yourself.

Let’s begin.

We are a continually evolving species. This is the epoch of our next painful evolutionary burst.

It started in what is now Europe. People had become overpopulated in each of their individual countries. The wealthy needed to get rid of the poor “waste” people. Prisons were overcrowded and there was a lot of suffering in the streets. Technology had advanced mankind into a more robust species and people were surviving at a higher rate. The age of enlightenment had come upon man and the church could no longer hold full sway over her people. Things had gotten rowdy and quite out of control. In an effort to maintain the old zeal a lot of people were killed through persecution. Whether it be religious, class, or education people who were deemed unfit for society were murdered or thrown out.

Wealth wasn’t something you could acquire, you were born into it.

The discovery of the northern continents was a boon to the evolution of man in many ways. But it was also a hindrance for those who enjoyed maintaining control. How do you control a free society?

People were taught that the word of god was real and infallible. Anecdotal evidence was all an uneducated swath of society needed to “believe.” And believe they did. So much so that they policed themselves and others. The order of law was a religious process, which even then held a tenuous grip.

As our nation grew and we were exposed to other cultures and belief systems, we started questioning our own.

Our founding fathers established this nation on the understanding that it was an infant and would not reach full maturity until a date well beyond their years. The term “nature” and “nature’s god” isn’t one we are familiar with today. Words also evolve over the years and we add new words to our vocabulary all the time. As well as evolve the definition of old worlds to mean something entirely different than its original meaning.

For example: Slut; didn’t always mean a promiscuous woman. Its original meaning was “lazy” and it could be used for both men and women. But that has changed now.

What hasn’t changed is our inherent nature to classify things and hold separate those whom we deem different from ourselves. Namely class hierarchy.

I’d always been puzzled by the Indians. Not Native Americans but Indians in India. They are one race but they have one of the most vicious caste (class hierarchy) systems in place. It niggled at the back of my brain as I studied American history.

We are all one people. We don’t treat each other differently based on the color of our skin. We treat each other differently based on our station in life. Which in America, we are told that each one of us has the potential to reach the stars. But we don’t. Or at least some of us don’t. That doesn’t mean racism doesn’t exist. What I’m trying to say is that the problem we are seeing today is in many ways larger than our outward differences.

The obvious is too obvious.

Like a magician using sleight of hand we are distracted by racism, xenophobia, and sexism. It’s intentional and the intent is to distract us from what is really happening. A lot of people are going to disagree with me and that’s fine. You still need to hear this.

The nations are rising up to make war with each other. America is on the cusp of being disassembled and separated for corporate gain. But also to make us weak and more compliant.

We truly are stronger when we come together as one people and one voice. There is something we all have in common. We are all people and we are all being divided by class. Not gender, not race, not religion.

Class.

The haves vs. the have nots.

The GOP has taken over the Senate, the House, and the Oval Office. They will nominate conservatives to our Supreme Court. That is on the federal level.

Each state has a constitution and the 10th amendment grants each state their rights to govern individually.

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“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

     “The Tenth Amendment was intended to confirm the understanding of the people at the time the Constitution was adopted, that powers not granted to the United States were reserved to the States or to the people. It added nothing to the instrument as originally ratified.”1 “The amendment states but a truism that all is retained which has not been surrendered. There is nothing in the history of its adoption to suggest that it was more than declaratory of the relationship between the national and state governments as it had been established by the Constitution before the amendment or that its purpose was other than to allay fears that the new national government might seek to exercise powers not granted, and that the states might not be able to exercise fully their reserved powers.”2 That this provision was not conceived to be a yardstick for measuring the powers granted to the Federal Government or reserved to the States was firmly settled by the refusal of both Houses of Congress to insert the word “expressly” before the word “delegated,”3 and was confirmed by Madison’s remarks in the course of the debate which took place while the proposed amendment was pending concerning Hamilton’s plan to establish a national bank. “Interference with the power of the States was no constitutional criterion of the power of Congress. If the power was not[p.1510]given, Congress could not exercise it; if given, they might exercise it, although it should interfere with the laws, or even the Constitutions of the States.”4 Nevertheless, for approximately a century, from the death of Marshall until 1937, the Tenth Amendment was frequently invoked to curtail powers expressly granted to Congress, notably the powers to regulate commerce, to enforce the Fourteenth Amendment, and to lay and collect taxes.

States retain a significant amount of sovereign authority[p.1516]“only to the extent that the Constitution has not divested them of their original powers and transferred those powers to the Federal Government.”57 The principal restraints on congressional exercise of the Commerce power are to be found not in the Tenth Amendment or in the Commerce Clause itself, but in the structure of the Federal Government and in the political processes.58 “Freestanding conceptions of state sovereignty” such as the National League of Cities test subvert the federal system by “invit[ing] an unelected federal judiciary to make decisions about which state policies it favors and which ones it dislikes.”59 While continuing to recognize that “Congress’ authority under the Commerce Clause must reflect [the] position . . . that the States occupy a special and specific position in our constitutional system,” the Court held that application of Fair Labor Standards Act minimum wage and overtime provisions to state employment does not require identification of these “affirmative limits.”60 In sum, the Court in Garcia seems to have said that most but not necessarily all disputes over the effects on state sovereignty of federal commerce power legislation are to be considered political questions. What it would take for legislation to so threaten the “special and specific position” that states occupy in the constitutional system as to require judicial rather than political resolution was not delineated.
Cornell University Law School

Conservatives and Libertarians are seeking to rend the fabric of America. The threads which bind us will soon be cut.

As I’ve stated previously and it’s common knowledge; the GOP now controls all branches of Government on the Federal level. But being that we are granted state rights we should consider ourselves safe.

NO!

32 states now have a Conservative governor and it’s worse. 45 states have a senate controlled by the Conservatives.

I’m going to start using Conservative with a capital “C” to delineate the mad men from the truly liberty loving in this country.

I’ll give you some examples.

1) One who espouses a political philosophy based on tradition and social stability, stressing established institutions, and preferring gradual development to abrupt change.

2) One who believes in less government being better government.

3) One who believes in such “outmoded” ideas as civil liberties (freedom of speech, separation of church and state, right to keep and bear arms, that kind of thing)

4) One for whom the Republican Party no longer truly speaks.

5) a word that today’s so-called “conservatives” don’t know the definition of.
“Today’s so-called ‘conservatives’ don’t even know what the word means. They think I’ve turned liberal because I believe a woman has a right to an abortion. That’s a decision that’s up to the pregnant woman, not up to the pope or some do-gooders or the Religious Right. It’s not a conservative issue at all.” — Barry Goldwater

Urban Dictionary

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This article from The Atlantic. Which I’ll give you an excerpt.

Roughly two-fifths of Americans call themselves “conservative.” What do they mean by the word? It depends. And during a Republican primary, that can be problematic. Every candidate is vying to be the standard-bearer for conservatism, and exploiting the fact that its meaning is variable.

Conservatives have taken over both the Republican and the Democratic parties.

A conservative Democrat is a member of the Democratic Party in the United States who holds conservative views on social or economic issues. Despite that party’s longstanding reputation as a liberal political party, the Democratic Party has always had a conservative wing.
Conservative Democrat – Conservapedia
www.conservapedia.com/Conservative_Democrat

See also: Blue Dogs.

There is an emerging Alt-Left but Hillary Clinton isn’t the embodiment of it.

Here is a Daily Kos article from someone who is a liberal and has experienced the Alt-Left.
Here is an example of how the Alt-Right are trying to define the Alt-Left. It’s important to note that the Alt-Right is labeling anyone who cares about those who are different as Alt-Left. Telling a baker they can’t discriminate against a gay couple isn’t Alt-Left. But this is what the Alt-Right are telling their followers the Alt-Left is.   <<< This is NOT Alt-Left but this is what the Alt-Right are telling their followers, so be aware.

My own experience with the Alt-Left came when I was attacked and besmirched by bike lane loving cyclists. Nothing screams LIBERAL like talk of bike lanes. Right? Then how in the world would these same people attack me for riding a bike? Because they are Alt-Left. A mirror image of the Alt-Right. Equally pervasive and dangerous.

Hillary Clinton is the embodiment of people who want a progressive, apple pie loving, gentle America. You can disagree but in this age of propaganda paraded as “fake news” and fake news paraded as “News.” You really need to reconsider your position.

I saw this coming but I couldn’t name it or explain it. I was confronted with it up close and in my face. But it was so close to my face that it was blurry and undefined. Everything else has been out of the corner or my eye. By taking a step back and looking around, the picture has come into focus.

But I digress.

Conservatives and Libertarians.

The two sides of one evil.

I will state plainly now the intention of our president elect.

Control of Government will go solely to each state. I suspect but have not found evidence that states will be divided into groups. If my hunch is correct then I believe it would be along judicial lines. Here is a map.

The federal government will be dismantled under the excuse of “Article X.” But that doesn’t mean he won’t retain control of power. What it means is he will do exactly what he has said he would do and run America like a corporation. Each state or the circuit court boundaries of states would be like a manager. Then the chain of command would tree out just like in a corporation. The right of the people to redress their government would be removed because their wouldn’t be a government to redress.

If you read the “Federalist Papers” you will see that there is a homogeneous reason for having a United States. The freedoms we have come to enjoy would be wiped out. All progress gone. Child labor? Yes, that’ll be a thing again.

All of the rights which we now enjoy and take for granted will be wiped out under this administration. Women will be the first target. They will keep the obvious obvious as a subterfuge to that which is not obvious.

This is also a global movement. Brexit wasn’t the first. I think Poland was the first.

Read this: As long as America B is left in the lurch by what passes for modernity, it will inevitably try to pull the entire country back to some imagined golden age of the past before all those “others” hijacked the red, white, and blue. Donald Trump has hitched his presidential wagon to America B. The real nightmare, however, is likely to emerge in 2020 or thereafter, if a far more capable politician who embraces similar retrograde positions rides America B into Washington.

This article was written with the assumption that Trump would not win and that a worse fate awaited America in 2020.

I told my friends and anyone who would listen that if Trump won the primaries he WOULD win the General Election. I was told I was crazy. Then he won.

I told my daughter. I was too afraid to labeled a crackpot to speak openly about my fears. I told her that if Trump won the General Election we would be in a serious time of trouble and people would die. Maybe even us.

But that if Hillary won the General Election we would have 4 years to prepare.

Kentucky’s Gov. Matt Bevin was that time to prepare but I didn’t see it. It was too close to my face. What happened to me in Kentucky is going to happen to a lot of people. White people will not be safe. Black people will not be safe. Religious people will not be safe.

To be safe you have to be the “right kind of white and have the right kind of religion.”

No Lubbers, Crackers, Clay Eaters, Niggers, Spics, Muslims, and etc.

It’s going to get that bad.

Seriously.

READ! BOOKS!

The overriding goals of Donald Trump and his allies in Congress are the same as the goals of the conservative movement throughout the modern era: to expand the wealth, status, and power of the privileged few at the expense of everyone else. That’s why big tax cuts for the rich are the top priority.

Talk Poverty

I’ve explained this badly. I feel that I have. But I also think that there is enough information out there that if you cram over the next month. You’ll get caught up and see what I’m seeing.

So Book lists!

Read these books.

6-books-to-help-understand-trumps-win

Also read:

12 books and you’ll be fully up to speed.

The last thing I’ll add is that this is also going to be a religious movement. Churches will be taxed and active participants in Government or whatever new form of Government they are cooking up.

I prognosticate that the events we see unfold over the ensuing years will be so wretchedly horrifying that it will be an end to religion once and for all.

Part of me wonders if we aren’t entering into the birth of a new era. One which will see the old fade away and be replaced by something entirely new. But what will that be? Will it be good, better, or worse?

Only time will tell.

The only thing I can say with any positivity is that if we don’t fight. If we don’t get involved. It’s over and it will all have been for nothing.

 

Further reading.

These assholes. The Federalist Society.

Liberals are an endangered species.

White Nationalists world wide.  Read “White Trash: 400 years of untold history” to understand how this is relevant.

Form local action communities. Start preparing for resistance.

The fact that this happened on this election cycle gives me hope. But we have to start at a the local level. We have to start at the bottom and work from the ground up.

 

180 degrees

Excellent response to a bad situation.

Cycling in the South Bay

It’s hard to admit you’re wrong.

It’s harder to apologize to the people you’ve wronged.

It’s hardest of all to affirmatively do something about it.

The last couple of weeks have seen a slew of attacks on cyclists. Mason Katz, a professional baseball player, used his Twitter account to attack people who ride bicycles and suggest that their mere existence made him contemplate harming them.

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Then there was the woman who I’ll just politely refer to as the Charlotte Nutjob. After assaulting a peaceful group of cyclists she was portrayed in the first news stories as a victim.

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At least one follow-up story confirmed that she’s actually an idiot. Maybe that makes some people feel better.

And then there was the San Diego Easy Reader story, peddling lies and absurd analyses from the Cato Institute trying to argue that bike planning is irrational and we should spend more time…

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