Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Gif of the Day

Why are humans like this.

Family Separation Never Stopped And 70,000 Migrant Kids Have Been Locked Up In 2019


Welp, this thing we collectively failed to stop, particularly those in power, is back in the news again as an AP report found that nearly 70,000 migrants kids have been locked up for being migrants at any time in 2019, breaking our previous record and once again putting the U.S. at the top the worst kind of list.

About 4,000 of these kids are in custody right now. Some of the nearly 70,000 have been released to family, others have been deported back to dangerous countries. The AP report details examples of child trauma endured by specific kids including some really triggering stuff, so proceed with caution.

US held record number of migrant children in custody in 2019

This month, new government data shows the little girl is one of an unprecedented 69,550 migrant children held in U.S. government custody over the past year, enough infants, toddlers, kids and teens to overflow the typical NFL stadium. That’s more children detained away from their parents than any other country, according to United Nations researchers. And it’s happening even though the U.S. government has acknowledged that being held in detention can be traumatic for children, putting them at risk of long-term physical and emotional damage.

As though the current administration gives a single fuck about the well-being of migrant children.

The government says that all of these kids arrived here "unaccompanied," but many of them were separated from their families and then labeled unaccompanied anyway in order to keep going with their evil, outlawed policy designed to punish desperate people for trying to save their families' lives. Sometimes this happens because CBP uses "exceptions" to the family separation ban, claiming their guardian is dangerous in some way to the child or that they have committed a crime or are affiliated with a gang.

Who wants to bet these exceptions are abused? With little to no oversight, border patrol and ICE can do pretty much whatever they want. Why not just take the kids and lie about them being unaccompanied?

People will say that these kids have to be locked up, but reports come out constantly about families desperately trying to get these kids out of detention and being ignored for months. We can't be sure whether this is entirely malicious or a funding issue, but a funding issue could be solved at any time if the administration felt like it. But they don't.

Let the kids go. They would be better off almost anywhere than these horrible detention centers. I will take care of one in my apartment if I have to. Let them go.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Gif of the Day

I may have posted this one already but I'm running out of gifs because gifs keep trying to be saved as WEBP files for some reason that don't work when I try to post them here. I've heard it's a Google Chrome thing and I would like to ask Google why they want their browser to be so non-functional.

Transphobes Are The Weirdest People On The Planet

I came across this little gem of a tweet yesterday containing an excerpt from an article telling a definitely real story about the dangers of naughty little boys and gender-neutral bathrooms. Buckle the fuck up.

The article is real. I googled it and clicked on it only so I could make sure everyone has access to the following horrifying text:

I was out for lunch at a Manhattan restaurant with my friend’s daughter, an exceptionally classy seven-year-old. 
“Please, may I go to the bathroom by myself?” she asked. “Yes, but no dilly-dallying!” I replied. And off she went. Striding briskly, blonde curls a-bouncing — straight into an “all-gender” restroom. 
Oh dear. 
As she entered this unlocked (lockable) room, three little boys were — now in full view — urinating round one toilet. Perturbed, if not alarmed, my young friend immediately burst back out, gave me a big wave, as if to say “oops” and “don’t worry!” She turned on her heel, disappearing around the corner. A moment passed. One by one, the heads of three naughty little boys popped out. Scheming and snickering, with catlike tread, they traced my wee pal’s route. 
Terrifying and immediate was my arrival on the scene, scattering the would-be tormentors. 
“Those boys were trying to peek on me!” she said. “I only peeked on them by accident!” 
Little boys are little savages, I told her gently, adding that very few improve with age. More importantly, I explained that gender-neutral bathrooms were only recently invented. And, evidently, by some very careless and wasteful people who don’t mind sacrificing the privacy, hygiene, and camaraderie of the female toilet experience.

The article goes on for several more paragraphs, during which I assume National Review William F. Buckley Fellow in Political Journalism Madeleine Kearns explains that all of the above, including the savagery of little boys and the men they grow into, is the fault of the bathrooms that don't specify a gender.

I always wonder what these people gripped in the iron clutches of bathroom hysteria think keeps people of various genders from entering bathrooms specified for different ones. There's no scanner. There's no gender-detecting forcefield. If packs of little boys are running loose in Manhattan restaurants, a sign with a simple human-like figure with a triangular body isn't going to stop them from crowding into a single-stall bathroom and peeing on the floor.

What about the restaurants with just one single-person bathroom? What horrors are wrought within those four walls?

Look. I'm not going to tell you that I've never been in a gender-neutral public or establishment restroom that absolutely reeked of piss in the way women-only restrooms never seem to. I've also been in gender-neutral restrooms that smelled fine. I've also used single-stall men's restrooms when the women's was occupied and again, the chance of strong pee smell is about 50/50. Regardless, the smell of pee is really the only downside to gender-neutral restrooms and that's a small price to pay for trans and non-binary people being able to pee in public and not getting bladder infections and wanting to kill themselves so much.

Also, now that I think about it, I have a memory from preschool in which I totally intentionally peeped on a boy who I knew was using the bathroom. Sorry, guy.

And yet transphobes have to weave tales of bands of peeing little boys stalking their friends' young daughters who they for some reason go to restaurants with in order to try and convince people that the kinds of bathrooms that already exist everywhere are going to lead directly to the downfall of civilized society. And it's impossible to simply teach boys to pee in the toilet and to not run around restaurants unsupervised stalking and peeping on girls in the bathroom. Also, boys apparently only ever do that when little girls accidentally walk in on them in the middle of their pee parties when it's in a gender-neutral bathroom. Thank fuck for those gender-detecting forcefields!

Reading the rest of the article, because I am in love with suffering, I find a series of equally absurd arguments. Kearns says that gender-neutral bathrooms, which have already existed all over the place, are "pointless" and that "most Americans care most about bread and peace," according to polls. I'm assuming she dug up this poll from the year 1279. It's also incredible to write an entire article on a topic and declare in the middle of it that it's pointless. How much did she get paid for that one?

She also laments that they're terribly wasteful right before admitting that many schools have spent only around $500 to convert some of the gendered restrooms into non-gendered restrooms. She then wails that Target spent $2 million to convert their restrooms to gender-neutrality. Does she think that Target is a taxpayer-subsidized institution? We may never know.

Her last point on this conservative website is that gender-neutral restrooms are SEXIST, and I'm assuming managed to avoid getting a thousand conservative dudes screaming at her about having a victim complex and being a misandrist. But they're sexist because "women are cleaner than men" which is apparently trans and non-binary folks' fault somehow. Also, because women take longer in the bathroom than men. I don't know how mixing genders in the bathroom rather than segregating women into one single bathroom with the same number of stalls where they're all sitting down and washing their hands is supposed to make that worse for women rather than better. She doesn't explain. Like, at all.

Her third reason that gender-neutral bathrooms are sexist are because women often like to go to the bathroom in groups for safety or for "tradition," though I don't think I've ever gone to the bathroom with a friend out of a feeling of obligation to tradition, but okay. She then fails to explain at all how groups of women would be unable to enter a gender-neutral bathroom together. Just. Nothing.

She then gives an example a London theater that converted its bathrooms to be gender-neutral, adding toilets and urinals, resulting in "44 where there were once 22." The author of another bathroom hysteria article that used the phrase "gauntlet of penis" then complains that there are now "26 toilets and 18 urinals," concluding that this means 44 toilets for men and only 26 toilets for women.

I'm just. Okay. Getting past the fact that these authors have entirely missed the point of gender neutrality, it sounds like there was previously 11 toilets for women in the old system and now there are 26. So that's quite a bit more. But also, people with penises can use both urinals and regular toilets. So the only way to make things even in their minds, which are unable to grasp the idea of women with penises and men with vaginas and non-binary people entirely, is to have no urinals at all. Which I think would be fine, urinals seem awkward to me anyway and I don't know why men have put up with them for so long, but I have a feeling if people were like "let's just stop making urinals then," the National Review would have an article up in about five minutes decrying the war on men and their precious urinals under attack by the viciousness of feminism.

Any-fuckin-way, the responses to the tweeted excerpt of this terrible article are incredible.

Thank god for these responses, honestly. I need a normal human being pallet cleanser after that article.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Gif of the Day

Remember when Bethesda problems were limited to this kind of thing?

Where Is The False Rape Accusation Brigade On Rodney Reed?

Going back to what I posted about on Tuesday, which you should really check out because a man's life is on the line, I can't help but notice that I haven't heard a word about the many supposed advocates for men who have been falsely accused of rape. Rodney Reed was accused of rape and murder and, in a rare case, there is a lot of evidence to suggest that their sexual relationship was actually consensual and the accused is generally innocent.

What could be going on here? Well, there are a few details that are different from the usual cases that so-called "Men's Rights Advocates" and others jump on.

  1. The accusation didn't come from the victim herself, because dead people can't make accusations. The accusation came from the police and from the state.
  2. The accused man is Black.
  3. The man who probably actually committed both crimes is a white cop, abuser, and white supremacist.

Isn't it interesting how when a woman accuses a man, especially a white man, of rape, there's automatically a thousand people breaking out their magnifying glasses and white gloves to pour over every detail for any excuse to call her a liar, but when the state and police accuse a black man of rape, it's crickets from here to Miami.

Anyway Rodney Reed has already spent like 22 years in prison and somehow hasn't been released after all kinds of new evidence arose strongly suggesting he didn't do it and is scheduled to be murdered by the state of Texas on November 20. Check out Tuesday's post for all kinds of ways you can contact people to tell them that you don't think a likely innocent man should be killed without even considering all the new fucking evidence. Let's save this guy's life.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Gif of the Day


Save Rodney Reed From Execution


Here's something you might not have heard about yet that you could actually help with. Rodney Reed, a black man, was charged with rape and murder and sentenced to death. According to a growing campaign to stop his execution, evidence that the real perpetrator was actually the victim's abusive fiance, a cop, was withheld from an all-white jury.

The website makes a compelling case, but if you have any hesitation, remember that capital punishment is inherently immoral, has killed innocent people in the past, and disproportionately targets black men. And it's just wrong for the state to kill people. Even if he is guilty, Reed should not be executed. But I don't think he is guilty.

You can go to the website for full instructions on how you can help. There's an easy online petition to sign, plus a long list of public figures you can contact. This includes calls as well as sending letters, which is a great option for those of us with phone anxiety. You can also send faxes for free to members of Congress and governors with faxZero.

Help save a man's life, feel good about yourself!

Here's a full list of people you could possibly contact in case you can't access the Free Rodney Reed website for some reason:

Governor's Office

Luis Saenz, Governor’s Chief of Staff:
(512) 463-1762

Kim Snyder, Governor’s Scheduler
(512) 463-7210

Jordan Hale, Administration Director
(512) 463-2000

Peggy Venable, Appointments Director
(512) 463-1828

Walter Fisher, Legislative Director
(512) 463-1830

Matt Hirsch, Communications Director
(512) 463-1826

John Colyandro, Sr Advisor and Policy Director
(512) 463-1762

Sarah Hicks, Senior Advisor
(512) 463-1778

Greg Davidson, Constituent Communications
(512) 463-1800

Jeff Oldham, General Counsel
(512) 463-1788

District Attorney Brian Goertz
(512) 581-7125 ( ask to withdraw petition to execute )

Members of the Board of Pardons and Paroles

David Gutiérrez - Chair
254-865-8870 (Chairman's Office: 254-404-2701)

D'Wayne Jernigan

Carmella Jones

James LaFavers

Brian Long

Ed Robertson

Fred Solis

Staff at the Board of Pardons and Paroles

General email: bpp_pio@tdcj.texas.gov

Jessica Dillard - Board Administrator
(512) 406-5452/5453

Bettie Wells - General Counsel
(512) 406-5353 / (512) 463-1702

Rachel Alderete - Director of Hearing Operations
(512) 406-5452/5453

Raymond Estrada - Director of Public Information
(512) 406-5452/5453

Barry Bertocki - Clemency Director
(512) 406-5852

Veronica Muraira- Director of Administrative Support
(512) 406-5452/5453

Libby Hamilton - Victim Liaison
(512) 406-5833

Texas House Corrections Committee

Rep. James White - Chair
(409) 283-3700

Rep Alma Allen - Vice Chair
(713) 776-0505

Rep. Ernest Bailes
(936) 628-6687

Rep. Rhetta Bowers
(972) 272-6237

Rep. Jay Dean

Rep. Christina Morales
(512) 463-0732

Rep. Victoria Neave
(972) 288-9438

Rep. Clark Sherman Sr.
(972) 227-1064

Rep. Phil Stephenson

Monday, November 4, 2019

Gif of the Day

Lookit these little dudes.

I'm Still Mad About The Katie Hill Thing

I already wrote about this but every time I hear about it again I get re-angry about it. The entire debacle is just a perfect representation of patriarchy and rape culture doing their never-ending dance upon the backs of women everywhere.

You folks know how hypocrisy drives me up the fucking wall, yeah? Well, Republicans. You've seen them trying to push the idea that impeachment is an attempt to overturn the 2016 election, probably. This argument is absurd for multiple reasons, including the fact that impeachment doesn't mean removal from office (and historically never has) and the fact that even if the Republican-controlled Senate did remove him from office, Trump would be replaced by Mike Pence, not Hillary Clinton.

Meanwhile, here they are pushing a woman out of office via revenge porn after she fought so hard in a hotly contested district to beat her Republican opponent, the incumbent. Yeah, they were involved.

Hey, California Republicans and Steve Knight in particular:

The worst part about this is that revenge porn is so intensely gendered. I'm sure there are cases out there of women using revenge porn against men, particularly if the man was queer. But imagine if Katie Hill had tried to do this to Steve Knight. Nobody would have cared because men are supposed to be hypersexual, right? Men in power having relationships with the women they have power over is routine. Not to mention the fact that Republican men already have absolutely no shame. We can't even get Steve King out of office for being an open white supremacist.

And while the President is an admitted serial sexual predator with over 100 accusations against him and also is clearly just a blatant criminal barely even trying to hide his various crime, Hill had to suffer what is supposed to be a crime against her and that crime basically forced her to resign. Revenge porn is a crime, is it not? So has her abusive ex been arrested yet? No? Figures.

And what about the Daily Mail? Did they not aid and abet this crime by spreading the private photos around? But hey only 3% of rapists spend even a day in jail so I guess it's too much to expect for any man to be arrested for openly committing a sexual crime.

And I still have people trying to tell me that rape culture isn't real and men are the ones who are really oppressed in this society.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Gif of the Day

Surprise one more Halloween gif because I said so yay!

This is Solidarity

These days, it's not easy to restore my faith in humanity to any extent. However, this video that's been going around of soccer players surrounding a hijabi player from the opposing team because her hijab slipped off during play and shielding her from view so that she could fix it makes my shriveled heart swell.

Even ESPN saw this and was like "some things are more important than sports."

What I love about this is that so many people take sports SO SERIOUSLY and Islamophobia is so prevalent that it's really surprising to me that not only did the women on the opposing team do this for her, they IMMEDIATELY stopped everything even though the ball might have been in play and leapt into action. They recognized the problem, dropped everything, and quickly mobilized to help the hijabi player rather than take advantage of the situation to get the upper hand in the game.

I'm guessing that the hijabi player cried out and that's why they stopped, but I just love how they immediately all turn to her to see what was wrong, like the one player turns away from the ball right away even though she probably could have stopped it from going out of bounds. The humanity of her fellow player, opponent or not, is so much more important to her than the game. This is how it should be. None of this bullshit trying to police what other women wear under the guise of feminism. Just "oh this fellow human needs help let's go," and they helped in the way they should have.

I imagine this also takes some forethought. I feel like in that situation I would have frozen up, as I tend to do, but if I had taken the time to think beforehand that if I ever saw a hijabi player get her hijab partially torn off during a game, I should block her from view, then I might be able to act quickly.

This is how we should act in all aspects of our lives. Helping each other in culturally sensitive ways and putting each other's humanity before anything else. Well done, ladies.