Sunday, May 31, 2020

Where is the president?

As the country falls apart due to racial tensions, Americans are wondering-where is President Trump? Why can't he make an address to at least assure the nation that we should all come together?

The last few months have made it plainly clear that he doesn't know WTF he is doing and is absolutely the worst person to be president right now. 

He's selfish, arrogant, incompetent, and completely lacking in empathy, especially when it comes to racial issues. In short, he's just like his followers, AKA the actual problem.

I've wondered for years what our country would look like if the right-wing blogger mentality ran the country. It would look like this:

1. Tens of thousands dead 
2. A crashed economy
3. Rioting in the streets.

And why? Because of their adolescent emotions about government and, in particular, accomplished leaders that are more intelligent than them. 

Given their continued whining about how it's always someone else's fault, can we eject them from the capsule for good? Democrats and other liberal groups will bury them forever if they just show up and vote. I know they will this year but they have to every single year.

Otherwise, more death, more loss of money, and more rioting in the streets. 

Friday, May 29, 2020

My City In Ruins

The systemic racism in the Minneapolis Police Department (and, indeed, the entire country) has destroyed large swaths of my city. My heart is broken but I have to admit that when I saw the 3rd police precinct burning to the ground early this morning, I felt a sense of the old order being washed away. The media is portraying them as “thugs” or “hooligans” but maybe the people who torched the police station were just ordinary people who had enough of the racism in law enforcement.

John Lennon wrote in the song "Revolution," “When you talk about destruction, don’t you know you that can count me” That’s where I’m at this morning.

We are no longer going to tolerate white officers killing African American males. Period. If it happens again in an unjustified fashion, the buildings that house institutional racism will be destroyed. We will not take it any longer.

I didn’t write this it’s copy paste but it’s powerful and you should see it.

To help understand what white privilege is...

I can do all of these things without thinking twice about it... I can relax in the comfort of my own home (#BothemSean and #AtatianaJefferson and #BreonnaTaylor). I can go jogging (#AmaudArbery). I can ask for help after being in a car crash (#JonathanFerrell and #RenishaMcBride). I can have a cellphone (#StephonClark). I can leave a party to get to safety (#JordanEdwards). I can play loud music (#JordanDavis). I can sell CDs (#AltonSterling). I can sleep (#AiyanaJones) I can walk from the corner store (#MikeBrown). I can play cops and robbers (#TamirRice). I can go to church (#Charleston9). I can walk home with Skittles (#TrayvonMartin). I can hold a hairbrush while leaving my own bachelor party (#SeanBell). I can party on New Years (#OscarGrant). I can get a traffic ticket (#SandraBland). I can lawfully carry a weapon (#PhilandoCastile). I can break down on a public road with car problems (#CoreyJones). I can shop at Walmart (#JohnCrawford) . I can have a disabled vehicle (#TerrenceCrutcher). I can read a book in my own car (#KeithScott). I can be a 10yr old walking with my grandfather (#CliffordGlover). I can decorate for a party (#ClaudeReese). I can ask a cop a question (#RandyEvans). I can cash a check in peace (#YvonneSmallwood). I can take out my wallet (#AmadouDiallo). I can run (#WalterScott). I can breathe (#EricGarner). I can live (#FreddieGray). I can ask someone to put a leash on their dog when it is required in the public park we are in. #ChristianCooper) I CAN BE ARRESTED WITHOUT THE FEAR OF BEING MURDERED. #GeorgeFloyd) #BlackLivesMatter

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Fear Is No Excuse

Amy Cooper is having the worst week of her protected, privileged life. After threatening a black man with the cops she lost her job and her dog. She's just the latest example of a privileged white person using the police to bully black Americans.

The excuse used by people like her is always, "I'm afraid." She was "afraid" of a "threatening" black man whose only threat was calling her on violating the park's leash law.

"I'm afraid" is always the excuse gun nuts use when they shoot black people. Or when dirty cops kneel on black men's neck and kill them, as they did recently in Minneapolis.

But clearly Cooper wasn't afraid of the birder in the park. She was totally in the wrong, and was belligerent, threatening and intimidating.

If she had really been afraid, she would have simply left. But instead she approached the man and was the aggressor.

It's the same with George Zimmerman, who murdered Trayvon Martin in Florida and was acquitted  because Zimmerman said he "was afraid." The guy with the gun was afraid? People who are actually afraid run away, they don't rush up the supposed subject of their fear.

Being afraid should never be an excuse for making malicious police reports or murdering black teenagers, any more than "I was drunk" is an excuse for crashing your car, or "I was horny" is for committing rape, or "I am penniless" is for robbing a bank.

But racism wasn't Cooper's only sin. She is a horrible dog owner: watch how she drags the dog around by the throat.

And more: Cooper is one of those obnoxious twits who think that parks are dog toilets. These people don't let their dogs run amok in parks because they have some romantic notion that her dog's inner wolf should be free and wild.

No, they want their pets to do their business in the bushes so they don't have to pick up after them.

People who actually care about their pets keep them leashed or indoors,  not just because Kitty or Fido will leave their shit where other people will walk in it, but because they could be attacked by bigger dog, or get rabies from a skunk, or kill or chase away the wildlife (like the birds the birder was there to see), or be killed by deer, or get hit by a car.

Cooper is one of those thoughtless, selfish people who think the rules don't apply to them, and lash out at anyone who tries to hold them to account.

Geeze. People like this shouldn't have pets if they can't take care of them properly.

Understanding White Supremacy

Most white people don't understand white supremacy. Here is a handy image that will help explain it to them.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Racist Cops Love Trump

My hometown was in the news recently with yet another white cop killing a black man.

Do you know what the worst part about this incident will be? It’s not the inhumane behavior by the cop who murdered this man. It’s not his partner standing by and doing nothing. It’s not the fact that if this man were white and carrying an AR-15, he’d have a red fucking carpet rolled out for him. It’s not even the system that created this monstrosity and continues to support it every day.

It’s the spin that’s about to come out from the fuckholes who are going to attempt to justify this. There are a lot of them, folks, and guess who they voted for?

I don’t get how a group of people (conservatives) can keep their heads from exploding with two conflicting thoughts in their heads at all times. They hate government authority but man, do they love police beating on criminals, especially black ones.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Liberals Get To Define What Being A Liberal Means

Tired of the straw man and adolescent arguments about liberals propagated by internet fuckholes? Look no further than Lori Gallagher Witt.

I'm a liberal, but that doesn't mean what a lot of you apparently think it does. Let's break it down, shall we? Because quite frankly, I'm getting a little tired of being told what I believe and what I stand for. Spoiler alert: not every liberal is the same, though the majority of liberals I know think along roughly these same lines: 

1. I believe a country should take care of its weakest members. A country cannot call itself civilized when its children, disabled, sick, and elderly are neglected. PERIOD. 

2. I believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Somehow that's interpreted as "I believe Obamacare is the end-all, be-all." This is not the case. I'm fully aware that the ACA has problems, that a national healthcare system would require everyone to chip in, and that it's impossible to create one that is devoid of flaws, but I have yet to hear an argument against it that makes "let people die because they can't afford healthcare" a better alternative. I believe healthcare should be far cheaper than it is, and that everyone should have access to it. And no, I'm not opposed to paying higher taxes in the name of making that happen. 

3. I believe education should be affordable. It doesn't necessarily have to be free (though it works in other countries so I'm mystified as to why it can't work in the US), but at the end of the day, there is no excuse for students graduating college saddled with five- or six-figure debt. 

4. I don't believe your money should be taken from you and given to people who don't want to work. I have literally never encountered anyone who believes this. Ever. I just have a massive moral problem with a society where a handful of people can possess the majority of the wealth while there are people literally starving to death, freezing to death, or dying because they can't afford to go to the doctor. Fair wages, lower housing costs, universal healthcare, affordable education, and the wealthy actually paying their share would go a long way toward alleviating this. Somehow believing that makes me a communist. 

5. I don't throw around "I'm willing to pay higher taxes" lightly. If I'm suggesting something that involves paying more, well, it's because I'm fine with paying my share as long as it's actually going to something besides lining corporate pockets or bombing other countries while Americans die without healthcare. 

6. I believe companies should be required to pay their employees a decent, livable wage. Somehow this is always interpreted as me wanting burger flippers to be able to afford a penthouse apartment and a Mercedes. What it actually means is that no one should have to work three full-time jobs just to keep their head above water. Restaurant servers should not have to rely on tips, multibillion-dollar companies should not have employees on food stamps, workers shouldn't have to work themselves into the ground just to barely make ends meet, and minimum wage should be enough for someone to work 40 hours and live. 

7. I am not anti-Christian. I have no desire to stop Christians from being Christians, to close churches, to ban the Bible, to forbid prayer in school, etc. (BTW, prayer in school is NOT illegal; *compulsory* prayer in school is - and should be - illegal). All I ask is that Christians recognize *my* right to live according to *my* beliefs. When I get pissed off that a politician is trying to legislate Scripture into law, I'm not "offended by Christianity" -- I'm offended that you're trying to force me to live by your religion's rules. You know how you get really upset at the thought of Muslims imposing Sharia law on you? That's how I feel about Christians trying to impose biblical law on me. Be a Christian. Do your thing. Just don't force it on me or mine. 

8. I don't believe LGBT people should have more rights than you. I just believe they should have the *same* rights as you. 

9. I don't believe illegal immigrants should come to America and have the world at their feet, especially since THIS ISN'T WHAT THEY DO (spoiler: undocumented immigrants are ineligible for all those programs they're supposed to be abusing, and if they're "stealing" your job it's because your employer is hiring illegally). I believe there are far more humane ways to handle undocumented immigration than our current practices (i.e., detaining children, splitting up families, ending DACA, etc). 

10. I don't believe the government should regulate everything, but since greed is such a driving force in our country, we NEED regulations to prevent cut corners, environmental destruction, tainted food/water, unsafe materials in consumable goods, or medical equipment, etc. It's not that I want the government's hands in everything -- I just don't trust people trying to make money to ensure that their products/practices/etc. are actually SAFE. Is the government devoid of shadiness? Of course not. But with those regulations in place, consumers have recourse if they're harmed and companies are liable for medical bills, environmental cleanup, etc. Just kind of seems like common sense when the alternative to government regulation is letting companies bring their bottom line into the equation. 

11. I believe our current administration is fascist. Not because I dislike them or because I can’t get over an election, but because I've spent too many years reading and learning about the Third Reich to miss the similarities. Not because any administration I dislike must be Nazis, but because things are actually mirroring authoritarian and fascist regimes of the past. 

12. I believe the systemic racism and misogyny in our society is much worse than many people think, and desperately needs to be addressed. Which means those with privilege -- white, straight, male, economic, etc. -- need to start listening, even if you don't like what you're hearing, so we can start dismantling everything that's causing people to be marginalized. 

13. I am not interested in coming after your blessed guns, nor is anyone serving in government. What I am interested in is the enforcement of present laws and enacting new, common-sense gun regulations. Got another opinion? Put it on your page, not mine. 

14. I believe in so-called political correctness. I prefer to think it’s social politeness. If I call you Chuck and you say you prefer to be called Charles I’ll call you Charles. It’s the polite thing to do. Not because everyone is a delicate snowflake, but because as Maya Angelou put it when we know better, we do better. When someone tells you that a term or phrase is more accurate/less hurtful than the one you're using, you now know better. So why not do better? How does it hurt you to NOT hurt another person? 

15. I believe in funding sustainable energy, including offering education to people currently working in coal or oil so they can change jobs. There are too many sustainable options available for us to continue with coal and oil. Sorry, billionaires. Maybe try investing in something else. 

16. I believe that women should not be treated as a separate class of human. They should be paid the same as men who do the same work, should have the same rights as men, and should be free from abuse. Why on earth shouldn’t they be? 

I think that about covers it. The bottom line is that I'm a liberal because I think we should take care of each other. That doesn't mean you should work 80 hours a week so your lazy neighbor can get all your money. It just means I don't believe there is any scenario in which preventable suffering is an acceptable outcome as long as money is saved.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Saturday, May 16, 2020

The Face of Hate

Two captions come to mind.

How Fascism Takes Root in America. 

What a Cult Looks Like.

Sacrifices must be made...

Monday, May 11, 2020

Economy Failing and Country Dying

He is now known in our house as Incompetent Fuckhole Ruined My Son's Senior Year. And he will be until his ass is booted out of office. 

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Trump Regularly Shits Himself

"[Trump's] incontinence stems from his decades of stimulant abuse and fast food diet. His bodily functions are being dictated by his drug addiction—and he tries to cover it up. The crew nicknamed Celebrity Apprentice “The Shitshow,” because he would soil himself during tapings, often after flying into a rage and cursing out the Script Dept. Because he couldn’t read a three-syllable word." 😳

"Celebrity Apprentice" talent handler

Saturday, May 09, 2020

A Pack of Idiots

A couple of days ago the White House announced that Donald Trump's valet was infected with the coronavirus. Then they announced that Mike Pence's press secretary, Katie Miller, was infected with the coronavirus. Then it was announced that one of Ivanka Trump's aides was infected with the coronavirus, and the FDA commissioner was in quarantine. Then it was announced that 11 Secret Service personnel are infected with the coronavirus, and 60 more are in quarantine.

After all those infections, Trump -- showing how ultimately selfish and stupid he is -- had a photo op with several 95- to 100-year-old WWII vets, vainly and cowardly hoping to steal some of their glory for himself. No one at the ceremony was wearing the masks that could save those men's lives.

Of course, no one in the White House is paying any attention to the guidelines from the CDC, which is why they're all infected. Yes, most of them will be just fine. But that's not the point.

When you get infected you become a vector for the disease, and you infect other people. Like your mom, or the grandma that your mom takes care of. Or 100-year-old WWII vets.

These "pro-life" Republicans don't care how many people die of COVID-19. They just want to keep Trump in office. For what? So Trump can continue to run this country into the ground with more idiotic trade wars? So Trump can talk more people into injecting bleach or killing themselves with hydroxychloroquine? So Trump can fawn over Kim Jong Un like some awestruck middle school girl?

Jesus Christ, these people are so embarrassing.

Katie Miller is the wife of Steven Miller, the architect of Trump's racist anti-immigration strategy. Recently the administration announced more limits on immigration "due to the pandemic." You can't let a good disaster go to waste!

It's incredibly ironic that Miller's own wife and Pence's press secretary is infected, because Trump and his lackeys ignore the best advice of the task force that Pence himself is running!

At this point it seems that Trump's White House is infecting more people than the immigrants Trump wants to keep out.

These people are such arrogant nitwits. Didn't they hear that Boris Johnson, the prime minister of Britain, almost died from COVID-19? (Johnson even named his newborn child after the doctors he credited with saving his life)

What a pack of idiots and clowns, led by an total idiot and clown. Or as numerous former Trump cabinet officers so succinctly put it: What a fucking moron.

Monday, May 04, 2020

Joe Biden and Tara Reade

Joe Biden should have a town hall on women's issues. The panel should be all women. He should invite Donald Trump. Attendees should be women who have issues with his past behavior and he should just listen to what they have to say and talk about how he will change.

Here is an update (as of this AM) about everything we know about the allegations.

Sunday, May 03, 2020

If one photo could sum up the right...

I'm not sure who this fuckhole is but he is a perfect representation of what I think about when I imagine right-wing bloggers and commenters.

Angry, white, fat, bearded, armed, racist.

Saturday, May 02, 2020

Rachel Bitecofer Spoils the 2020 Election

How do things look for the Dems this fall? Quite good.