Take The Liberty




Sneachta Pix writes:

You may or may not like this but for the day that’s in it, myself and my friend Laura (Pixxiee Dustt) wanted to do something on how we felt about today’s (US Presidential] inauguration…it’s called Blinded By Ignorance…

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99 thoughts on “Take The Liberty

    1. Nigel

      You look at that and think ‘creche?’ What sort of denuded nightmare eco-holocaust creche do you leave your children at?

      Er, are the rates reasonable? Asking for a friend.

  1. jimmy russell

    drumpf is LITERALLY hitler he will take away everyone’s rights who isnt a white male he will make camps for muslims and he will launch nuclear bombs on everyone the russians hacked into the computer that had the election results and changed them how is this happening he shouldn’t have even been aloud to be president ugh i literally cant even right now

        1. Birneybau2

          Are you calling your beloved Trump a pig?

          You flip-flop so much with your inane comments I don’t know what to think.

          1. Clampers Outside!

            I haven’t flip flopped you deluded muppet :)

            One last time for those down the back…. Not supporting Hillary is not the same as supporting Trump no matter how much you try to say that it does.

  2. f_lawless

    If you’re only getting worked up now about the state of American politics I think you must be ‘blinded by ignorance’. In fact , Trump for all his odious personal qualities, offers more hope to America for change than “Brand Obama” ever did (although admittedly I don’t think there’s much hope!). Just look at how the US corporate machine is lined up against him ready to take him down.
    Have a look at this excerpt of this 2015 speech by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges about “Brand Obama” and the corporate takeover of the US: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0TEY1QVKbo&w=640&h=360%5D

    1. Nigel

      I think people have every right to judge the nature and quality of the impending changes and find them to be potentially horrible. if the Republican actions in terms of wholesale repeal of the ACA are an indication, then they are, in fact, entirely correct to fear Trump Brand Change (tm and (c).) It’s like hailing a new era of rapprochement in US/American relations when you should really be worrying about a US that may suddenly cease to be any kind of check on Russian ambitions. Trying to put a positive spin on it doesn’t change the reality of it.

      1. Clampers Outside!

        ” like hailing a new era of rapprochement in US/American relations when you should really be worrying about a US that may suddenly cease to be any kind of check on Russian ambitions. ”

        Anyone else laughing at this…. :)

        You should write for The Sun

      2. f_lawless

        “you should really be worrying about a US that may suddenly cease to be any kind of check on Russian ambitions.” To me that just reads like your parroting neoliberal/neocon talking points as presented in corporate media. Hyping the “red fear”. As if the role of US presidential office exerts some kind of supreme control over the Pentagon. Shouldn’t Obama’s 8 years in office be enough to demonstrate that that’s clearly not the case?
        And if Trump wants to foment better relations with Russia rather than continue with the highy dangerous Cold War levels of tension we’re currently being taken too and to work with Russia to defeat ISIL, that doesn’t mean he’s suddenly “Putin’s puppet” willing to give Putin carte blanche on anything he may attempt to do in an imperialistic sense.

        1. Nigel

          Well I tried to phrase it carefully, to allow for the least excitable assessment of Trump’s relationship with Putin, I kind of wish neo-liberal neo-con policies hadn’t lead to the current situation in the Middle East and North Africa – it’s a catastrophe. It’s a mess, and Putin’s taking advantage. Ugh, I dunno. If we can’t be worried about an immensely powerful security-state oligarch furthering his reach unchecked, what can we be worried about?

          (You’re right about the Pentagon and the president, though. On the other hand it’s not comforting to think that the last right-wing president started Gulf War 2.)

          1. Clampers Outside!

            “I kind of wish neo-liberal neo-con policies hadn’t lead to the current situation in the Middle East and North Africa – it’s a catastrophe.”

            BULLPOO !

            If you were concerned you wouldn’t throw your hat in so fervently to support Hillary… a war mongering neocon ffs.

            Your self delusion knows no bounds….. truly astonishing, and sad…

          2. Nigel

            Wow, it’s as if the level at which you like to debate these issues fails to allow for much in the way of nuance or complexity, or leave room for even the possibility of grave concerns about preferred candidates. Somebody who has a fit of the snits every time he’s accused of supporting Trump just because he savagely attacks Clinton should probably be more open to the idea that his opponents might have conflicted attitudes about their own ‘llesser evil,’ it”s just that they had the guts to commit and take a stand. If you get this far, you can now go ahead and accuse me of rambling and twisting or whatever.

          3. Nigel

            Never happened! Clamps I remember telling you my ever so nuanced thoughts on that very thing! Tsk my immortal prose and subtle arguments wasted.

            I’ve had lunch so I’ve mellowed out a bit.

        2. Anne

          Trump is too compromised financially to Russia.
          He’s too compromised with all of his financial dealings around the world and handing over control to his sons and saying he won’t talk to them is not considered sufficient for him to not be considered too compromised.

          Here is the loud mouth on twitter from 2013 –
          “I just got back from Russia-learned lots & lots. Moscow is a very interesting and amazing place! U.S. MUST BE VERY SMART AND VERY STRATEGIC”

          One of the sons said -“Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia”

          The man is a class A bullsh*t artist and a conman. He was saying he doesn’t give a poo anymore about the golf course down in Doonbeg, and was saying the EU were coming up with ‘environmental tricks’ that stopped him building his wall down there. Like, come on, planning permission is decided by Clare County Council for that.


    2. Anne

      min 4:30 approx.there.
      Hedges is no fan of Trump.

      Trump offers less hope.

      Follow Robert Reich on facebook if you want to get some decent info about what Trump is up to and the people Trump is putting in his cabinet and the policies they advocate.

      1. Clampers Outside!

        +1 Anne, a good recommendation is Mr Reich.
        A shame Bill fupped him around, Hillary would likely have done to Bernie what Bill did to Robert… but we’ll never know…

        Reich and Sanders… Pres and VP… now that would have been something to get behind :)
        An earlier piece by Reich on the state of the Dems, and how the Dems created the electoral space for the like of Trump… https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/10/democrats-working-class-americans-us-election

      2. f_lawless

        I’d hardly have expected him to be Anne! Thanks for the link though. Just to be clear I’m no Trump fan either, I just get annoyed when I read the narrative here and there that Obama was a force for good and only now with the arrival of Trump that America has started on a dark path. I also find it fascinating that Trump is getting himself involved in a public war of words with the CIA and certain US MSM outlets. How’s it going to unfold?
        I’m not sure about that Robert Reich character though just from the first part of that video: Worked under the Pres. Clinton administration; “With a great deal of reluctance, initially, I endorsed Bernie Sanders..I’ve known Hillary Clinton for 50 years..she will make a great president”

        1. Anne

          With a great deal of reluctance, he supported Hillary… it’s an agonising time for Sanders supporters he said.
          He was a strong advocate for Sanders from the start.

          I think his view was that Hillary was the best of two bad choices. You can’t get much worse than Trump in fairness, so reluctantly supporting her, isn’t too much of an endorsement. He said she would have been a great president all right, but he also said a great president in terms of the system that’s in place. He thought Bernie was the president they needed to change things. Reich looks wrecked in his videos lately btw. It’s a very worrying time for progressives like himself.

          I think a lot of people are worried about what Trump will do. He doesn’t give a poo about the working class.

          1. Nigel

            Yeah, this. I want to be so wrong about him, and if I’m wrong the LOLs of the likes of Clampers will be a small price to pay, but there are just too many ways in which his ignorant cronyism could be a potential disaster, from education to economics to the environment.

          2. Anne

            “but there are just too many ways in which his ignorant cronyism could be a potential disaster, from education to economics to the environment.”

            Economics –

            Trump’s Treasury Secretary – Steve Mnuchin.


            Steven Mnuchin, the Wall Street executive tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to be the next Treasury secretary, faced some of the most blistering personal attacks of any Cabinet pick so far as Democrats accused him of foreclosing on the homes of thousands of struggling Americans while head of a Pasadena bank, even as he helped rich hedge fund clients shelter their wealth offshore.

          3. Anne

            On his Secretary of Labor.
            A fast food billionaire –

            Trump’s secretary of labor pick believes workers are ‘overprotected’ and shouldn’t get breaks


            The Department of Labor came into his restaurants and found that half his restaurants had wage and labor violations that violated the law of the United States.”

            It seems that Puzder is not the most “pro-worker” pick for Trump’s cabinet, which is important given that the president-elect ran his campaign on the basis of making America work again, while catering to the working class.

            We’re living in Orwellian times.

          4. Anne

            Last one..
            You mentioned the environment –


            Donald Trump has made no secret of his disdain for America’s Environmental Protection Agency. In October, he promised to cut EPA regulations “70 to 80 percent”

            If you are wondering how Trump will dismantle EPA regulations and staff, meet Myron Ebell

            Ebell’s work has been funded by some of America’s biggest polluters. CEI jealously guards the sources of its $7 million annual budget, but research from records of Exxon Mobil and others show a long track record of taking money from polluters.

            It’s wishful thinking to think he offers more hope than Obama.

          5. f_lawless

            “With a great deal of reluctance, he supported Hillary”
            I know its a bit pedantic Anne, but listen again to what he says from the 1:00 mark.
            “I, with a great deal of reluctance initially, – because I’ve known Hillary Clinton for 50 years, 50 years – endorsed Bernie Sanders”.

          6. Anne

            Yeah, I listened again.

            I’m not sure if he’s saying it was with reluctance he initially supported Bernie Sanders, or it’s with reluctance he’s now supporting Hillary.
            I think he means the latter, as he said he feels there’s no other option than to support Hillary at this time.

            The host: “I’d like to begin with Robert Reich. You were a Bernie Sanders supporter, you’re now backing Hillary Clinton..”

            Reich “… you know this is a very agonising time for many Bernie Sander’s supportors.. I with a great deal of reluctance initially…because I have known Hillary Clinton for 50 years, 50 years, endorsed Bernie Sanders and worked my heart out for him. So at this particular juncture there’s a great deal of sadness and a great feeling of regret. But having worked so long and so many years for basically the progressive ideals that Bernie Sanders stands for, I can tell you that the movement is going to continue, in fact it’s going to grow and right now at this particular time I just don’t see any other alternative than to support Hillary..

            I supported Bernie Sanders because I thought he would make a better president for the system we need, but nonetheless, Hillary Clinton is going to be the nominee.. I support her..because frankly I am tremendously worried about the alternative.”

            He’s been critical of Bill Clinton. I think his reluctance was in supporting Hillary after she became the nominee. He’s been for Bernie from the start.

        2. Anne

          “Worked under the Pres. Clinton administration;”

          Read the Guardian link Clampers gave above. He was Secretary of Labor for Clinton. He left half way through on Clinton’s second term. He’s been critical of Clinton.

          From the article –
          Both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama ardently pushed for free trade agreements without providing millions of blue-collar workers who thereby lost their jobs means of getting new ones that paid at least as well.

          They stood by as corporations hammered trade unions, the backbone of the white working class – failing to reform labor laws to impose meaningful penalties on companies that violate them, or help workers form unions with simple up-or-down votes.

          1. Anne

            The opposing side of what Reich stands for, is what we currently have.

            If F_Lawless likes Hedges, he’ll like Reich too probably.

            My only reservation about Hedges is that he’s not very practical. He offers no solutions and I’ve listened to a fair bit of him.
            At least Reich is fighting the system and trying to change it, not throwing his hands in the air.

          2. Clampers Outside!

            I’m new to Hedges… I may need to do some pruning to get to what he’s on about…

            Yay, a gone done a joke :)
            I’ll look him up some more Anne, thanks for heads up on him.

  3. Clampers Outside!

    Crying because your war mongering fupp wit didn’t get in… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Fuppin’ feminist snowflakes!

    The real ‘blindness’ are the marchers who still believe Hillary the war mongering scumbag should have won. That’s the real blindness.

    Anyway, the march has nothing to do with solidarity for all women as they have banned womens’ groups they don’t agree with….

    Proper LOLs all round at that………. solidarity, but only solidarity on the organisers terms… is NOT solidarity.

        1. jimmy russell

          Obama was anti war he won the nobel peace prize ffs, you reveal your own ignorance and racism by criticizing President Obama

          1. Clampers Outside!

            You must be trolling…. you have to be….

            He won the Noble based mostly on speeches. Speeches given before his presidency and at the beginning of it. Speeches.

            I’m more concerned with his actions.

            You’d do well looking at Russell Brand’s latest vid on the cult of “personality” that was Obomba – He’s back on form… Brand that is :)


    1. Nigel

      She should have won, for all her flaws, and it’s a pity she didn’t, and the Republicans are repealing health care for millions of Americans, so perhaps they’ve every right to be upset. Laugh it up, though. I have friends in the US who may be in serious health and financial difficulties because of the ACA repeal. They’ll love to know people like you are laughing at them. I love to see people laughing at friends of mine who are in difficulty. it really shows your worth.

      In other news ‘political protest shows preference to groups that agrees with political protest’ shock.

      1. Taanbuaagam

        +1 this idiot won’t be laughing when his no doubt worthless occupation ( to judge from his serial o’nanism on here) disappears because Trump “persuades” the big technology firms to create more McJobs in Idaho from now on.

          1. Taanbuaagam

            Go on then. Tell us what poor unfortunate has the vocation/obligation to employ you!

            Is it some kind of Rehab set-up?

          2. Clampers Outside!

            @Taanentless… still doing that line of accusation and supposition I see. Attack the man.

            * slow clap *

            FYI… in case you have forgotten again, a “slow clap” is a mocking gesture, good lad.

      2. Clampers Outside!

        ” I have friends in the US….” …………wahwahwah !

        27,000 bombs Obomba dropped… and Hillary was ready to come and continue that. All the indicators are that Trump will de-escalate current war mongering stance of the US, while Hillary was ready to up the anti.
        …yes, it remains to be seen will this be, but at least there is hope, under Hillary there was only the assurance it would get worse.

        You moan all you want.

        1. Nigel

          I will. thanks. And you keep LOLing at my friends and keep pretending you think putting Trump in charge of US foreign policy in the Middle East is going to work out dandy while he sabre-rattles at China and mulls over a new nuclear arms race via twitter.

          1. Nigel

            ‘” I have friends in the US….” …………wahwahwah !’
            ‘All the indicators are that Trump will de-escalate current war mongering stance of the US,’

            Sorry I put those words in your LOLling mouth, you big mature grown-up person you.

          2. Nigel

            I accept your gracious apology. Let’s never fight again, you disingenuous Trump-apologist-by-default.

          3. Clampers Outside!

            I’m a “Trump-apologist-by-default.”

            What anything of Trump’s have I made excuses for….. * tumbleweed *


            Thanks, thought as much. Your usual accusation tactic Nigel. Delegitimise those who oppose you because you have no argument.

            As I said a week or two ago Nigel. Please keep this up, you demonstrate the disingenuous tactic so well.

          4. Nigel

            You were bravely defending him against the hypocrisy of the music industry and a cruel bullying of a single satellite far out in space yesterday, weren’t you? Nah, I should have put a big hairy LOL after that to show we was havin the bants, yeah? Because of course you’d either not know or pretend to not know what ‘by default’ means.

          5. Clampers Outside!

            I defended Trump by laughing at the hypocrisy of the music industry…. jesus fuppin’ crimminey Nigel…. you are literally just making stuff up now.

            WTF… seriously, wtf….. I do know what by default means pet, a lack of opposition.

            But just because you know what it means Nigel, doesn’t mean it applies here. You’ve taken something and said ‘that applies because I said so’. That’s not an argument, that’s bluster and accusation and bullpoo pet.

            Let me show you how that can work, according to the Oxford Dictionaries, the meaning of ‘by default’ is “through lack of positive action rather than conscious choice”.
            So, one can quite easily argue that the democrats ran a campaign of hate mongering and through lack of any positive action to win over voters rather than winning them over to a conscious choice, the result was that the Dems lost.
            That is, they lost by default because their efforts were so poor.

            Please make a better effort next time.

          1. jusayinlike

            hey taanbuuagum do you need a friend? might I suggest ringing the Simon community if you are so desperate for some company

      1. Clampers Outside!

        Snowflake? Moi? I have no problem dealing with and standing up to opinions i disagree with, and arguing from my position of understanding, and when new info comes into the picture, adjusting or re-affirming the position, or abandoning it all together, if that is what the new information reveals.
        I am most certainly not the first to start throwing names around like some of the real special snowflakes around here, in fairness.

        Maybe you just want me to stop ranting… which is fair enough. But I aint no snowflake, I stand by what I say, thanks.

  4. Dav

    I dunno what’s more annoying here: the general heavy-handedness of its commentary, the missed irony in the title concerning the “sjw doomsaying” the piece seems to be espousing or simply the layouts they’ve chosen for their facebook pages. Ugh…

  5. AlisonT

    “Blinded By Ignorance” – Yea lets put down all alternative opinions to ignorance.
    The love for Obama and Clinton in Ireland is crazy, In 8 years he didn’t even keep his promise close Guantanamo when all he had to do was order the inmates transferred to the US so they could come under the authority of the US justice system. Once on US soil they could not have been sent back. He can’t blame congress for that one. What a hero.

    1. Taanbuaagam

      Moronic response.

      He didn’t want to make them into politicians you mean by giving them access to cross examine witnesses and rights of due process under the US legal system. If you’re going to have a go at Obama at least do it from a position of knowledge.

      1. Clampers Outside!

        ” He didn’t want to make them into politicians you mean ”

        That’s not what AlisonT said. That’s literally, what you wanted AlisonT to say, as you even put in the words “you mean”… and then go on a rant about what she should have said.

        You are a tool, Taanentless.

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