Friday, January 20, 2017

Gif of the Day

From today on out :)


It's not been an easy day, for multiple reasons. I've been at work, listening to this song over and over and doing my version of praying:

In spite of the names of both the band and the album, there is some seriously deep spiritual stuff on here that I need today. I hope it can offer you some comfort, dear reader.

Keep surviving.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Gif of the Day

The timing of the camera pull-out with her expression, holy shit.

I am sorry that I missed this party.

Here Comes Fascism!

Just when you think you've run out of ways to be stunned by Republican fascist bullshit:

Republicans propose bill making it legal for police to kill protesters

Republican senator Jim Tomes introduced Senate Bill 285 in January, though it was given its first committee hearing on Wednesday. The bill authorizes city officials to use “any means necessary” to break up a group of 10 or more protesters blocking traffic, “even to the point of costing lives.”
“A responsible public official shall, not later than 15 minutes after learning of a mass traffic obstruction in the official’s jurisdiction, dispatch all available law enforcement officers … with directions to use any means necessary to clear the roads of the persons unlawfully obstructing vehicular traffic,” the legislation reads.

How do you propose legislation like this in the US of A and not be immediately relieved of your position as legislator and escorted to jail? Like oh I'm sorry that it clearly fascist legislation, please go directly to jail, do not pass Go, do not collect $200.

If this is how it's going to be then I don't have any qualms about the American people protecting themselves from Senator Tomes by any means necessary.

Don't Mess With The Gays

Big Gay has struck back at Mike "Electrocute Away the Gay" Pence with an official Queer Dance Party outside of his house last night before he moves to D.C.

Mike Pence's Big Gay Going Away Party Was Lit

Not all heroes wear capes.

Queer activism is the best activism and Big Gay throws the best parties.

Don't Forget About These People When You March

It can be difficult to ensure that everyone is included in an event, protest, or march. But that doesn't mean anybody gets a pass for failing to do so, especially for an event as huge as the Women's March on Washington and its supporting marches.

Unfortunately, throughout its organization and development, this event has had issues. First it came under criticism for ripping off titles of marches from the Civil Rights era that had been organized by black women. There were concerns that too many cis white women were leading the efforts. Then, after that was somewhat settled, there were issues with the organization efforts and mission statement leaving out disabled women and sex workers.

Janet Mock herself has been working with the leaders of the Women's March on Washington and ensured that a line supporting sex workers was included in the mission statement. Because she is amazing. Sex workers are very often left out of feminist events and organizations, partially due to SWERF (sex worker exclusionary radical feminist) sentiments leaking in everywhere, bleh. But this blog is 100% supportive and inclusive of sex workers, who get to determine for themselves what is best for them. So I'm therefore happy that there is at least a little acknowledgement of sex workers from the Women's March mission statement.

At the same time, people with disabilities, chronic illness, and chronic pain are often left out of any kind of march, for obvious reasons. The Women's March is no exception, and as far as I know, not much has been done to include them. Not everyone can get a wheelchair, and even if they can, large marches can be difficult to navigate in a wheelchair. People with chronic illness/pain may not typically use a wheelchair, but a march going for a couple miles would be completely out of the question for individuals who experience pain with every step or are rendered exhausted from a simple trip to the grocery store.

Thankfully, though it's disappointing that they had to do this themselves, disability rights groups have come up with a way that people with disabilities and illness can participate in the protest even if they can't physically march.

Virtual march makes Women's March more accessible to people with disabilities

The Disability March organizers invite people living with disabilities to submit their names, photos and a statement on why they want to "march." The images and text will be uploaded to the website in time for the Women's March on Jan. 21, creating a virtual archive of people showing solidarity with the main event in Washington, D.C.

It's not much, honestly, but that combined with the people livecasting the march will hopefully help women with disabilities and chronic illness/pain feel somewhat included.

Always remember that though marching is great, it is not the only nor the best way to engage in activism. Revolution requires activism of multiple types from multiple fronts, and writing, planning, organizing, and spreading the word are just as important as marching.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Gif of the Day

How is this happening.

Emergency Vine

This Vine is so amazing that I had to post it, it is an emergency.


Women's March on Seattle

I will definitely be at the Women's March on Seattle this Saturday, barring some kind of emergency or Earth-destroying meteor (which I might not mind to be perfectly honest hahahahahahahaha). If you somehow are not aware that this is a thing, there are marches scheduled all over the country to take place on the day after Inauguration Day to send a message that women and everyone who gives a shit about women and other marginalized persons will be resisting Donald and his gang of neo-Nazis at every step.

Main (Washington DC) Facebook Event.

Seattle Facebook Event.

Hundreds of thousands of people have pledged to attend the DC march and tens of thousands have pledged to march in Seattle. For the U.S., these are historic numbers. I'm excited to be a part of it.

If you're in the Seattle area, I'm thinking that I'll make a sign that's a fascism checklist, like:

Signs of Fascism:

  • Demonizing the media
  • Inserting your family into positions of power
  • Obtaining lists of your enemies
  • Attempting to disband ethics committees
  • Election tampering

Except instead of bullet points they'll be check marks, because Donald has done all of these and more.

Two more days.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Gif of the Day

Me looking at conservatives who don't understand that Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are the same thing.

More Good News

I honestly did not think this would happen, but Chelsea Manning's sentence has been mostly commuted. She only has to do five more months in prison and then she'll be freed. Instead of staying in a men's prison until 2045, in and out of solitary confinement, very likely killing herself from the torture.

Chelsea Manning never should have been imprisoned in the first place. She is a whistleblower who gave up everything and literally risked her life to expose wrongdoing within our government. She is a hero who should have been rewarded and protected. Instead, she was betrayed and thrown into a men's prison despite the fact that she is a woman, exposing her to the extreme risk of sexual assault, regular assault, and death. That's she survived to this point is a miracle, and the fact that she will soon be free is nothing short of astounding. I am as happy for her as I am angry for her that she saw even a single day in prison.

Obama, you should have ensured that she was not convicted of anything, let alone put in prison, let alone in a men's prison. This commutation comes extremely late. Shame on you for putting her through that much suffering. You don't deserve thanks for pulling her back from the hell that you put her in for years.

Thank you to everyone who fought for Chelsea Manning. This commutation has saved her life. You saved her life. Thank you.

Fighting is Working

Though Donald may be incapable of listening to the actual people of the U.S. due to the intense fragility of his ego coupled with his lack of fuck-giving for anyone but himself, we can scare his nominees away, if only because some of them are less able to deal with the anger and criticism of many, many millions of people.

One down: Trump's minimum wage-hating nominee for labor secretary is in search of an exit

President-elect Donald Trump's choice to be labor secretary has voiced second thoughts in recent days, because of a relentless barrage of criticism from Democrats, labor unions and other liberal groups, a business ally and GOP sources tell CNN. … 
"He may be bailing," said a Republican source plugged into the Trump transition effort. "He is not into the pounding he is taking, and the paperwork."

But mostly the pounding, right? Not into the rough stuff.

So the calls and emails and articles and petitions are clearly working. Keep it up. I mean Andy will likely be replaced with someone just as terrible, but everything we can do to impede the disaster than this administration will be is worth it. If only to get revenge on the fucking asshole Republicans who obstructed everything Obama did for eight years as much as possible, no matter how positive the legislation.

Fuck you, Republicans.