Monday, January 27, 2020

Gif of the Day

This may be the most tender inter-species cuddle I've ever seen.

On Joe Rogan's Endorsement Of Bernie Sanders

If you're paying attention to this kind of shit, you probably already know that Joe Rogan kinda sorta endorsed Bernie Sanders, saying on his show that he would "probably" vote for Sanders. The Sanders Twitter account then tweeted a video of the part of the show in which Rogan said this, also quoting him in text, which was widely interpreted as an acceptance of this endorsement.

Up front I'm gonna say that I do not like Joe Rogan. I think he's a perfect representative of the privileged cis straight able-bodied white dude who is mad that he can't throw around slurs and generally be a piece of shit without consequences anymore, but he also has a lot of money so he made a radio show about it. I blame him for having to hear my own brother say the phrase "social justice warriors" in that snotty tone and for introducing him favorably to fucking Jordan Peterson. I have been worried that my brother would be drawn into white nationalism because of Joe Rogan, because that seems to be what Joe Rogan does, knowingly or not.

People's issues with Rogan go far beyond the fact that, as some Bernie worshippers have tried to claim, saying a couple problematic things in the past. He is misogynistic, racist, transphobic, rankly ableist and fatphobic, and spreads all of this to his millions of loyal listeners. In my view, he is a shitty bigot who has occasionally had a decent thought pass through his brain. But more than that, he is a dangerous public figure who functions as a gateway to the "alt-right" and the fascism and white supremacy beyond.

Does this mean I won't be supporting Bernie anymore? No, it doesn't mean that. It does mean I don't want to support him, which is the same thing I felt back when Bernie went on Joe Rogan's show last summer. I feel like people didn't get as upset about Bernie's friendliness with Rogan back then, but that is perhaps because the primaries are about to begin and Bernie is now very clearly at the front of the pack with Biden.

There is one point that Bernie supporters have made about this that I think is a good one -- that it is just as bad or worse that Elizabeth Warren accepted the endorsement of the New York Times, or half of it, or whatever. They rightly point out that although no one blinks at a New York Times endorsement, the news giant is a neoliberal beacon that has supported imperialism and other policies that have killed more people and caused more suffering than Joe Rogan ever could, hopefully.

Though the NYT may not be as overtly shitty as Rogan, they have more influence and in a more subtle way have likely done more damage. I also feel like the split Warren/Klobuchar endorsement seems sexist. Like, Bernie and Warren have a lot more in common than Warren and Klobuchar. Liz and Amy aren't interchangeable because they're women, NYT.

Rogan has also claimed that Warren, along with most other Democratic candidates, sought to be on his show. I don't trust Rogan, but Warren's camp has neither confirmed nor denied this. As far as I can tell, they haven't commented on the Rogan endorsement at all, which I find curious.

Some people have tried to claim, or seemed to vocally hope, that Sanders was simply unaware of Rogan's shittiness. I don't buy that for a minute. Rogan is a famous man well-known for being basically South Park incarnate and Sanders' campaign managers undoubtedly held meetings to decide whether he would go on Rogan's show and whether they would accept his endorsement. If they didn't totally suck at their jobs, they weighed the benefits of gaining some of Rogan's fans against the possibility of losing some people who Rogan has harmed.

We know what he chose. That's just the reality of it. As usual, my plea to people is not to support or reject Bernie but to LEAVE PEOPLE ALONE if they're angry or publicly deciding not to support Bernie because of this. Bernie Sanders accepted that he would lose a certain number of trans people, women, people of color, disabled people, fat people, etc. You should, too.

You're not going to get anywhere yelling at hurt marginalized people that they shouldn't be feeling hurt, no matter what Bernie has done to try and help them in the past. And more importantly, you're an asshole for doing so. They have a right to their anger and their hurt. Neither you nor Bernie has a right to their support.

I know many people feel that the ends justify the means. I have in the past felt strongly that if we can't save ourselves without hurting those already in the most pain, we don't deserve to survive. Right now I just feel tired.

Just 10 months and four days until November.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Gif of the Day

When you're coming out of an existential crisis.

Want To Make A Difference In The 2020 Election? Primaries and Caucuses Time

Do you not live in a swing state? Are you annoyed by feeling like your vote doesn't really count because your state's electoral college is already decided? Do you live in a swing state but want to have more of a say in who you get to vote for in November?

It's a great year to participate in primaries and caucuses!

There are still several Democratic candidates for president and early voting in some states has already started. State primaries/caucuses will decide which of these candidates goes up against Trump in November. There are many different opinion about which candidate is the most likely to defeat Trump and which will be the best for the country in the long term. This post is not about that. I just want as many people as possible to participate in this very important part of the process of electing the U.S. president.

Because this country is a mess, every state does things a little bit differently, and things can change year to year. For example, Washington State just switched from a caucus system to a simple primary vote, to take place in March.

Unlike a direct comparison spreadsheet between Bernie and Liz, which I am still working on, there are already guides out there for voting for your preferred Democratic presidential candidate. The AARP has a great one on when the primaries/caucuses happen in each state. For those who can't access that, here's a simplified list I stole from them:

  • Alabama — March 3
  • Alaska — April 4 (D)
  • Arizona — March 17 (D)
  • Arkansas — March 3
  • California — March 3
  • Colorado — March 3
  • Connecticut — April 28
  • Delaware — April 28
  • District of Columbia — June 2
  • Florida — March 17
  • Georgia — March 24
  • Hawaii — April 4 (D) - Caucus
  • Idaho — March 10
  • Illinois — March 17
  • Indiana — May 5
  • Iowa — Feb. 3 - Caucus
  • Kansas — May 2 (D)
  • Kentucky — May 19 (D); March 21 (R) Caucus
  • Louisiana — April 4
  • Maine — March 3
  • Maryland — April 28
  • Massachusetts — March 3
  • Michigan — March 10
  • Minnesota — March 3
  • Mississippi — March 10
  • Missouri — March 10
  • Montana — June 2
  • Nebraska — May 12
  • Nevada — Feb. 22 (D) - Caucus
  • New Hampshire — Feb. 11
  • New Jersey — June 2
  • New Mexico — June 2
  • New York — April 28
  • North Carolina — March 3
  • North Dakota — March 10 (D) - Caucus
  • Ohio — March 17
  • Oklahoma — March 3
  • Oregon — May 19
  • Pennsylvania — April 28
  • Rhode Island — April 28
  • South Carolina — Feb. 29 (D)
  • South Dakota — June 2
  • Tennessee — March 3
  • Texas — March 3
  • Utah — March 3
  • Vermont — March 3
  • Virginia — March 3 (D)
  • Washington — March 10
  • West Virginia — May 12
  • Wisconsin — April 7
  • Wyoming — April 4 (D)-Caucus; TBD-Caucus

I can't find a guide that outlines the process for every state's primary or caucus, but if your state does a caucus, I recommend looking up instructions for where to go and what you'll need to bring and do to participate. I did it once and it was a lot more complicated than just voting. We had to travel to a nearby school and follow the instructions there to sign in, find out what group we were in, fill out forms, then we were given time to debate and discuss within our groups, then assign a group leader to deliver our individual votes for our preferred candidate.

It took hours. I'm glad we're just doing a primary vote this year. But try to do it anyway if your state is doing a caucus because not very many people participate. Your voice will have a much bigger impact in a caucus than in the November national election.

Enjoy our country's messed up and disjointed electoral system!

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Gif of the Day

Never let me near something like this. Just the gif has me wanting to lick that molten metal.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Gif of the Day

I forget what this Pokemon is called but somebody did this and I just want to eat one, maybe just a nibble?

Trump Administration To Expand "Travel Ban"

Hey. Remember when Trump instituted a Muslim ban and we all freaked out? But now the Overton window has shifted so dramatically because we weren't able to stop it and everyone's focused on the massive sham circus that is the Senate impeachment trial?

Well the so-called "travel ban" is not only still a thing, but Trump's gonna expand it to include seven other mystery countries and basically create a partial immigration ban.

Unlike the travel restrictions currently in place, the new rules could limit certain immigrant visas from the additional countries, said a US government official — essentially creating a partial immigration ban. 
Not all of the restrictions are uniform, said the official, adding that the proposal limits some immigrant visas from one country and other visas from another.

The new ban is "still under review" and apparently there's fuck all we can do about it. Trump won't say which countries will be added but I bet they're full of a certain type of people, I do.

Meanwhile the U.S. continues to lock away tens of thousands of migrants every month, banking a total of 851,508 "apprehensions" in the fiscal year 2019. Only 126,001 were deemed "inadmissible." It continues to be very difficult to figure out how many people are currently detained.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Gif of the Day

I cannot figure out what the fuck that is on his head.

Afternoon Announcements

So I'm currently working on an extensive spreadsheet directly comparing the policy positions and records of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in order to help people make their decisions in the upcoming primaries and caucuses. It's taking longer than expected because between the two of them they have about a billion positions laid out on their respective campaign websites, not to mention all of Warren's plans, plus I'm trying to go deeper on the important issues to make sure what they say on their websites appears to be accurate.

I'm going to be plugging away at this I'm guessing for the rest of the week. I'll do my best to blog some but today I really need a nap. Being right all the time is exhausting, you know.

Oh, but I do have a quick feeling to express about Hillary Clinton trashing Bernie and refusing to say she'll support him if he turns out to be the nominee:

Have a nice day everyone except Hillary Clinton!

Monday, January 20, 2020

Gif of the Day

People calling Rey a Mary Sue because she's too good of a Jedi apparently forgot Luke Supermanning the fuck out of this pit.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Gif of the Day


Oakland Police Evict Black Mothers With Riot Gear And Armored Vehicles

What a great country we have, full of so much freedom and people being allowed to live without being oppressed by big mean oppressive governments hahahahaha I'm just kidding.

Cops in Riot Gear Evict Homeless Mothers From Vacant House

So these four black homeless mothers have been engaging in civil disobedience, protesting aggressive eviction practices and gentrification by occupying a vacant house that was bought up by a house-flipping company. You know, those assholes who snatch up all the affordable places to live and makes them expensive and sells them to my fellow white people. And by "occupying," I mean fixing up the place themselves and paying the bills and living there with their children who would have been homeless otherwise.

So police came in armored vehicles that are basically tanks and riot gear and bashed down their door with a battering ram and arrested two of them, along with two protesters that had come to be like "hey maybe don't force these people to be homeless again to benefit the rich."

The video of the whole affair is horrifying and deeply, deeply American.

The women have thankfully been released on bail thanks to funds raised by decent human beings. But this country is an absolute atrocity and I don't understand why so many of us think it's right to throw mothers and children out onto the street because rich people are allowed to buy up all the houses and leave them empty for obscene profits.