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    Millions protest at Women’s Marches across U.S.

    Millions of women gathered in Washington and cities around the country and the world Saturday to mount a roaring rejoinder to the inauguration of President Donald Trump. What started as a Facebook post by a Hawaii retiree became a historic international rebuke of new president that packed cities large and small — from London to Los Angeles, Paris to Park City, Utah, Miami to Melbourne, Australia.

    In Chicago, the demonstration was overwhelmed by its own size, forcing officials to curtail its planned march when the crowd threatened to swamp the planned route.
    The Washington organizers, who originally sought a permit for a gathering of 200,000, said Saturday that as many as a half million people participated, dwarfing Friday’s inaugural crowd.

    Similar mass gatherings took place around the country, with march organizers listing more than 670 planned events nationwide and in another 70 cities around the world, including Tel Aviv, Barcelona, Mexico City, Berlin and Yellowknife in Canada’s Northwest Territories .

    In Chicago, after 150,000 demonstrators swamped downtown blocks, officials cancelled the march portion of the event. In Boston, police estimated a gathering of 125,000. In Los Angeles, officials temporarily closed some side streets to accommodate the crowds.

    “We are doing our best to facilitate because they are squeezing into every street right now,” said Capt. Andrew Nieman of the Los Angeles Police Department.
    There were huge gatherings in New York, Miami, Denver and Seattle. In Juneau, Alaska, one man marveled that the crowd was the biggest he had ever seen on the state Capitol’s steps.

    In Philadelphia, marchers filled city bridges. In Lexington, Kentucky, they shut down streets. In New Orleans, they played brass instruments.

    The fear — and anger — at Trump’s rise to the most powerful position in the United States reverberated at renowned protest sites around the globe, from the Trocadero in Paris to Trafalgar Square in London.

    Marina Knight, a 43-year-old executive assistant, and her 9-year-old daughter were two of the tens of thousands marching in London.

    “This is her first march,” Knight said, referring to her daughter. “It’s the first time we felt it was vital to march. I feel the rights we take for granted could go backwards, and we owe it to our daughters and the next generation to fix this somehow.”

    In the United States, the crowds marched in weather ranging from balmy to snowy. But common to every gathering was fiery rhetoric, pink knit hats, and repeated references to the boast that offended so many women: Trump’s infamous taped comments about groping female genitals.

    Among the thousands of signs marchers dumped at the end of the day in front of the Trump International Hotel, just blocks from the White House: “P---y Power” and “This P---y Bites Back.”

    In Washington, demonstrators came from around the country, sometimes sleeping on the couches of people they had never met before. More than 470,000 people had taken Metro by 1 p.m., a weekend ridership record. (By 11 a.m. on Inauguration Day, 193,000 trips had been taken.) The city issued about 1,800 bus parking permits for the event, and Amtrak added extra trains in and out of Union Station.

    Many said they wanted to take the most public possible stand against Trump, a candidate and now president whom they said routinely insults women and the issues they care about. But the gathering also provided a balm for many eager to immerse themselves in a like-minded sea of citizens who shared their anxiety and disappointment after Democrat Hillary Clinton’s historic bid for the presidency ended in defeat.

    Clinton tweeted her gratitude as the rally got under way at 10 a.m., telling them: “Thanks for standing, speaking & marching for our values @womensmarch. Important as ever. I truly believe we’re always stronger together.”
    Feminist icon Gloria Steinem, 82, who was among the first speakers, looked out over the huge crowd and exulted, “This is the upside of the downside. This is an outpouring of democracy like I’ve never seen in my very long life.”

    Around the Mall, the sound system failed to reach everyone in the massive crowd, and far more portable toiletswere needed.

    When the port-a-potties behind the stage broke down, security instructed women to use cups and ushered them into a box truck for privacy.

    “I’m afraid to shake anyone’s hand,” one woman joked.

    Though the marchers were mostly female and white, men and people of color also joined the throngs.

    Cynthia English, a 61-year-old Jamaican-American living in Florida, said she wanted the new president to know that women will be fighting during his presidency to ensure that the country and laws treat them equally. She was with her daughter and marching for her two granddaughters in that hope that no future president feels comfortable making lewd comments about women.

    “I don’t want this to happen to them 20 years from now, so I am making my mark now,” English said. “Why are we the ones that bring people into this world, and we are treated the worst? We should be treated with respect.”

    The crowd was buoyant, even joyous. Many held up signs — “I Am Very Upset!” and “Love Trumps Hate” and “Bridges Not Walls” — while others took videos of the moment on their cell phones. Every few minutes, a rolling roar swept over them, echoing through the concrete concourse.

    D.C. police said they had made no march-related arrests, compared to more than 200 when protesters created chaos in downtown Washington.

    March organizers briefly considered suspending the formal march to the Ellipse out of concern that the crowd had grown too large to safely navigate the route to the White House. But speakers soon told the marchers to set out.

    Lorraine LaHuta, 66, who came to the march from New York City, said at times she wasn’t sure where to go, but it never chaotic. “It was organized disorganization that worked very well,” she said.

    The march turned into the weekend’s star-studded event, with celebrities including Janelle Monáe, Scarlett Johansson and Ashley Judd making appearances. Bowser introduced herself as a proud “chick mayor” and implored the Republican majority in Congress to stop meddling in the District’s local lawmaking.

    Activist filmmaker Michael Moore ripped The Washington Post in half, noting the headline “Trump Takes Power” and declaring “I don’t think so.” Actress America Ferrera declared that “our new president is waging a war” on the values that define the country with “a credo of hate fear and suspicion of one another.”

    “It’s been a heart-rending time to be both a woman and an immigrant,” said Ferrera, whose parents are from Honduras. “Our dignity, our character, our rights have been under attack.”

    “But the president is not America,” she said. “We are America.”

    As the march grew in prominence, it highlighted long-existing racial and political rifts in the feminist movement. The initial organizers of the march were white women, though they quickly handed its leadership over to a diverse group of veteran organizers from New York.

    They have embraced an imperiled liberal agenda, in sharp contrast to much of what Trump laid out for his presidency. The platform calls for ending violence against women, workers’ rights, reproductive rights, environmental justice, immigrant rights and more.

    But a group of anti-abortion women also came, beseeching the larger march to recognize their variety of feminism. Whether or not to include the conservative viewpoint sparked controversy in the days before the march. Anti-abortion women said they were excluded.

    Siobhan Rooney, 32, drove from Philadelphia this morning to march for women’s rights. For her that includes the rights of their unborn children.

    “We are in the same page on so many issues. It’s just this one issue,”she said.

    With a golden retriever service dog, Fargo, by her side, U.S. Army veteran Khai Willson walked toward the marchers with a sign in her hand: “I served for better than this.”

    Willson said she is well positioned to influence Trump supporters who might be otherwise difficult to persuade: She’s white, middle class and a veteran.

    “I have a lot of privilege,” said Willson, now a freelance copywriter. “I have to use that to engage with people.”

    John Fisher, a 34-year-old locksmith from Grand Rapids, Mich., drove more than nine hours with his wife Kara Eagle.

    I’m here to support my wife,” said Fischer. “I don’t care who you are, women impact your life and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t have the same rights as men.”


    www.washingtonpost.com/local/womens-march-on-washington-a-sea-of-pink-hatted-protesters-vow-to-resist-donald-trump/2017/01/21/ae4def62-dfdf-11e6-acdf-14da832ae861_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-bignews2_banner-hed%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

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    Report very light on exactly how the protesters feel threatened by Trump, more full of banalities about port-a-potties etc..
    And the main stream media wonder why they are circling the drain..

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    You have to wonder what all these people would do if they ever encountered a real problem or threat, instead of imaginary ones..... All this boils down to a moment of silly locker room banter over ten years ago being embellished and hyped up by the "news" outlets.

    It really does not take much to start a parade these days.
    I blame the Americans......and Thaksin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue
    Report very light on exactly how the protesters feel threatened by Trump
    You might want to read another report then: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/21/u...=top-news&_r=0

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    Quote Originally Posted by koman
    You have to wonder what all these people would do if they ever encountered a real problem or threat, instead of imaginary ones
    Imaginary rapes, imaginary glass ceilings, imaginary restrictions on abortions...such imaginations these girls have!

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    And nothing changed. Trump remains President. FFS get over yourselves. Futile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat
    perhaps a closer read of the "report" would help...
    As suspected. You got nothing

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    nothing you like, anyway...

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    Damm it, the Tissue Sellers would have cleaned up.

    Business Opportunity ...




    Like him or Loath him ... he's YOURS for the next 4 years.

    No use crying now.

    In 4 years, you allow democracy to run it's course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD
    In 4 years, you allow democracy to run it's course.
    Actually, the midterm elections are in 2 years. I suspect the Republicans will lose their majorities in the House and Senate.

    What will poor Donald do when he can't get his way anymore? I predict a flounce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD
    No use crying now
    crying? no, no use at all. Protesting? Keep in mind the Selma marchers spurred a civil rights upheaval in the US...making noise, pushing back, not tolerating the hateful and cynical...sometimes works

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    Quote Originally Posted by pickel
    I suspect the Republicans will lose their majorities in the House and Senate.
    'tis devoutly to be wished, but doubt it will happen due to Republican gerrymandering for House seats. The best bet is that Republicans will tear themselves apart with all the power and authority given them by rust-belt middle Americans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pickel View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD
    In 4 years, you allow democracy to run it's course.
    Actually, the midterm elections are in 2 years. I suspect the Republicans will lose their majorities in the House and Senate.

    What will poor Donald do when he can't get his way anymore? I predict a flounce.
    Thanks for that ... I didn't know.

    Wouldn't it be prudent to get the majority of his more controversial reforms enacted in the first 2 years with a Republican majority in both houses that he is guaranteed of?

    As an aside, assuming Hillary C is out of the Frame, who and how is the Democrat Leader regarded by the public?

    For example, I would never vote for Trump (not that I'm a US Citizen), but Paul Ryan has impressed from what I've seen of him in the Media.
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    “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago”

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD
    Paul Ryan has impressed from what I've seen of him in the Media
    He certainly hasn't impressed those who need Social Security or Medicare: his "reforms" are the same re-worded blather Republicans usually spout: trickle-down wealth from tax-advantaged "job creators", cut government spending on the poor and "welfare cheats," and white folks uber alles...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pickel
    I suspect the Republicans will lose their majorities in the House and Senate.
    You suspect? All evidence points to the contrary in all seriousness.

    I mean I know you guys just like to say shit that makes you feel good but it's just not gonna happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pickel
    Actually, the midterm elections are in 2 years.
    Awh. FFS. Will we have to go through all the bollocks again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat
    but doubt it will happen due to Republican gerrymandering for House seats.
    Really? Gerrymandering?

    Give me a break

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slick
    I mean I know you guys just like to say shit that makes you feel good but it's just not gonna happen.
    What do you mean by "you guys"? Do you like to put everyone into a nice little box to suit your self-righteous views? You have no idea about my political leanings or where my political compass is. You'd probably be surprised. I guess it's just an American thing stemming from high school football games and rah rah rah. Us against them. With us or against us. It really does distract it's citizens from independent thought.

    Some people are truly free thinkers and might have views on both sides of the political spectrum, unfortunately not many Americans are.

    As for my prediction of the mid terms, it's MY prediction. Feel free to have your own.

    And get used to the protests, there will be many more to come. Do you have a problem with the constitution?

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    Looks like more people showed up at the march in Washington than did for trumps inauguration


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    Quote Originally Posted by pickel
    I guess it's just an American thing
    Quote Originally Posted by pickel
    Some people are truly free thinkers and might have views on both sides of the political spectrum, unfortunately not many Americans are.
    Unfortunate generalizations...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slick
    All evidence points to the contrary.
    The forum's fact-checker weighs in...

    Quote Originally Posted by Slick
    You have no dog in the fight and only know and see what's on the surface & provided by the media
    You obviously have inside sources then...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat
    You obviously have inside sources then...
    ......and of course you have zero to say, just smug commentary.

    Situation normal I guess.

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    All the cry babies in the same spot. Opportunity missed, perhaps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus Jones
    Opportunity missed, perhaps!
    yep, a target-rich environment for pussy grabbin'

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    Some signs noted at the demonstrations (courtesy of WaPo):

    #FreeMelania
    No Country for Dirty Old Men
    Sad!
    Resistance is Fertile
    Too Worried to be Funny
    If Mom’s Not Happy, Nobody’s Happy
    I Have a Vagenda
    Manchurine Candidate
    Orange Is the New Fascism
    There Is So Much Wrong It Cannot Fit on This Sign
    Super Callous Fragile Ego, Trump You Are Atrocious
    Super Callous Fascist Racist Extra Braggadocious
    Actuaries Against Repeal and Delay
    Leave it to the Beavers
    Viva la Vulva
    (Older woman’s sign I Can’t Believe I’m Still Protesting This S—
    J Edgar Comey
    (On image of President Trump as a scarecrow If He Only Had a Brain
    (On a drawing of ovaries Grow a Pair
    This P—- Grabs Back
    Donald You Ignorant Slut
    Melania, Blink Twice if You Need Help
    Impeach Trump, Convert Pence
    #emoluments
    Sorry World, We’ll Fix This
    (On needlepoint I Made This So I Could Stab Something 35,000 Times
    Patriarchy is for D—-
    There Will Be Hell Toupée
    We Want a Leader, Not a Creepy Tweeter.
    HARDLY ANYONE MARCHED. FAILURE. SAD.
    (Beneath a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag Don’t Pee on Me
    1968 is Calling. Don’t Answer
    Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Czar/ Putin Made You What You Are
    Fact Checkers of the World, Unite!
    I know signs. I make the best signs. They’re great. Everyone agrees.
    I (heart) Journalists.
    Vaginas Brought You Into the World. Vaginas Will Vote You Out.
    I Wish My Uterus Shot Bullets So the Government Wouldn’t Regulate It
    (On photo of Meryl Streep): What She Said.
    I’m Quite Unhappy.
    We Shall Overcomb.
    Majestically enthroned amid the vulgar herd

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