Monday, March 27, 2017

A Tapestry of Trumpcare's Humiliating Failure

From the Daily Beast:

Meanwhile, House Freedom Caucus members seemed to dig in further. Upon hearing that White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and President Trump were compiling a “shit list” of those who opposed the bill, an aide working for the hardline conservative caucus responded, “Meh.”
When asked by The Daily Beast if he was at all concerned about potentially making the White House “hit list” for his staunch opposition from the beginning to the American Health Care Act, Freedom Caucus member Rep. Justin Amash just smiled, laughed, and replied, “What do you think?”

Paul Ryan announcing Trumpcare's withdrawal:




Huffington Post:


“Guys, look,” Bannon reportedly said. “This is not a discussion. This is not a debate. You have no choice but to vote for this bill.” 
Bannon apparently did not count on the fact that House Republicans knew they actually did have a choice in the matter.  
“You know, the last time someone ordered me to something, I was 18 years old,” one of the members reportedly told Bannon. “And it was my daddy. And I didn’t listen to him, either.”





Trumpcare might be gone but the internet is memeing it to death just in case

Looks like governing an entire country is harder than tweeting to all your fans and bullying people with a fake news site! Uh oh!

Nazi Rhetoric Leads to Dead People

[TRIGGER WARNING: HATE CRIME, MURDER]

I'm sure you've already heard about this but let me lay it out for you:


  1. White man goes on YouTube and watches videos by neo-Nazis and white supremacists who are also Trump supporters.
  2. White man becomes a white supremacist.
  3. White man goes to New York specifically to find a black man in a relationship with a white woman and kill him.
  4. White man stabs and kills a black man as planned.
  5. White man turns himself in and admits to doing is as an intentional racist hate crime. Also admits to being part of a white supremacist group - the National Policy Institute, founded by Richard Spencer.
  6. A "manifesto" written by this white man is found saying that he was going to do this to "send a message."
  7. People continue to say that it's wrong to physically attack Nazis.

This is pretty much the same sequence of events that transpired with Dylan Roof, only Roof had a gun. How many lives could have been saved if we hadn't passively allowed dangerous white supremacists platforms to spread their deadly rhetoric? Do not tolerate them. No unchallenged speech for Nazis.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Gif of the Day



I laughed at this for like five minutes straight oh my god.

Rape and Incest Are the Will of God but Abortion Isn't

So says Oklahoma Rep. George Faught who has introduced a bill that claims to protect kids with "genetic abnormalities" like Down Syndrome from selective abortion but makes no exception for pregnancy due to rape or incest. When challenged by Rep. Cory Williams with the question "is rape the will of God," Faught replied with this bullshit:

“If you read the Bible, there’s actually a couple circumstances where that happened and the Lord uses all circumstances,” Faught replied. “I mean, you can go down that path, but it’s a reality, unfortunately.”

And when pressed further:

“It’s a great question to ask, and, obviously if it happens in someone’s life, it may not be the best thing that ever happened. But, so you’re saying that God is not sovereign with every activity that happens in someone’s life and can’t use anything and everything in someone’s life, and I disagree with that.”

I was raised Christian so I know a thing or two about God's will. Actually, there's only one thing you need to know about God's will, and that is that nobody is supposed to know what it is or even speculate on it.

And, not to brag, but I also know a thing or two about basic human logic. And basic human logic says that if horrible things like rape and incest can be God's will, then abortion could also be God's will. This seems especially true since the Bible never says anything directly about abortion, especially in the New Testament. However, rape and incest are condemned multiple times.

Also, the fact that Republicans are getting more and more bold in their refusal to give exceptions for rape and incest in their anti-abortion bills just shows that they have never given a fuck about victim of either and only ever included these exceptions because the political climate would have made it political suicide. And that's very, very depressing.

Headline of the Month


For Tim Allen, being a non-liberal in Hollywood is like being in 1930s Germany




“You gotta be real careful around here,” actor Tim Allen said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” after stuttering through a confession that he attended President Trump’s inauguration. “You get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody else believes. This is like ’30s Germany.”

I do not believe that anybody has been "beat up" for being conservative in Hollywood but I'm going to imagine Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie beating the shit out of Tim Allen every night before I fall asleep.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gif of the Day



Same.

Man Casually Tells Police He Raped a Woman During Job Interview

I don't know if it's possible to frame just how ridiculous this in within the confines of a headline of reasonable length. Here's what happened. A guy who wants to become a police officer goes in for a pre-interview thing with current police officers and somehow ended up confessing to raping a woman. The article on this shit doesn't explain how the fuck that happened. I guess it's possible that cops somewhere are actually asking applicants if they've ever committed a sexual assault, or maybe they just asked if he'd ever committed a crime, but why then would he admit to rape?

The only thing I can think of is that police are so fucking awful when it comes to sexual assault that this applicant-rapist was like "no I've never committed a crime, unless you count the time I banged this blackout drunk woman, haha, score, amirite?" I would bet money that that's how it went down. Then he admitted to video taping the assault, and they found the woman and she told them she hadn't consented nor was even aware that this had happened to her.

I'm glad that they at least arrested and charged him, although only with second-degree sexual assault (do men ever get charged with actual rape or is that not a thing?), but everything about this story is indicative of how pervasive rape culture is, and is therefore a giant bummer.

Ray Price will now probably spend a few months in jail and then will be free to become a cop and keep raping women. Again, I bet you money that's what happens. MONEY.

I hate everything.

[UPDATED] There is an Actual Down With Trans Bus

[TRIGGER WARNING: RANK TRANSPHOBIA]

A little background. There's a bit of a running joke around certain Tumblr circles, by which I mean trans and non-binary people. It originated when some transphobe posted a not at all believable story about innocently walking down the street when a bus rolled up and a bunch of trans people got off wearing shirts that said "DOWN WITH CIS" and started beating up the person's friend.

Trans people, who are clearly used to this kind of bizarre, bigoted bullshit, turned it into a massive joke, Photoshopping "down with cis" onto everything and generally making a running gag about the down with cis bus. Nearly two years later, this pops up:




The "free speech bus" makes no sense because this has nothing to do with free speech. This is the down with trans bus.

It would be funny if it weren't so nauseatingly, enragingly awful. that and the "Respect all" bit. "YOUR GENDER IS WHAT I SAY IT IS. Respect all."

On Wednesday, they parked outside the United Nations headquarters, where ambassadors are considering a sex education resolution that a spokesperson for the bus argued promotes “an ideology that gender is fluid.” 
“We are trying to strike back against that,” said Joseph Grabowski, a spokesperson for the National Organization for Marriage, one of the three conservative groups behind the project. They hope parading the bus through major cities will unleash a silent majority that they believe is frustrated by shifting norms about gender and families.

Sounds like Nazis. Except since when are transphobes the minority or silent? Since never, that's when. Not in this country or the UK, at least.

This giant turd on wheels is going on tour in the Northeastern states, stopping in New Haven, Boston, Philadelphia, and DC. I live on the West coast, unfortunately, but if I had the ability I'd be hopping on a plan just to hunt this thing down with several cartons of eggs and a bag of sugar.

Seriously, if you're cis, and you see this bus around town, consider vandalism! Because this bus might as well say "go ahead and violently attack every trans person you see on the street! Your bigotry and hatred are valid and will be supported!"

Fuck you, transphobes. Fuck you, fuck your complete non-understanding of biology, fuck your bigotry, fuck your inability to mind your own goddamn business, and fuck the bus you rode in on.


UPDATE:


ANOTHER UPDATE:

It's been suggested that the image above is a Photoshop job. This is real:

Bus carrying anti-trans message vandalised in New York City



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Gif of the Day



Oops.

I'm at DMX Levels of Done


There's only one song I identify with right now:





This is not an endorsement of the actual message of this song or anything DMX says/does or has said/done, okay thanks.

I just literally feel sometimes as though I'm losing my grip on reality because people cannot be this cruel, they cannot be this hypocritical, they cannot claim to be Christians and spit in the faces of refugees while worshiping rich idols. But they are, and they do.

People who claim to be conservative being fine with a man who wants to jack up the military budget by nearly double what he's even going to cut while spending more than a year's funding for Meals on Wheels, which he wants to cut, on trips to his Florida resort every fucking weekend because instead of doing his fucking job he decided that he's the only president ever who gets to take weekends off.

People who claim to be Christians or claim to be logical judging millions of people to be deserving of suffering, homelessness, starvation and death without even meeting them, just assuming that if they're already poor then they deserve to be poor, in fact they deserve to be even deeper in poverty. They deserve to lose everything and die in the gutter. That is what conservatives, libertarians and Republicans are condemning millions of people in the U.S. alone to, and countless others outside of our borders. They dare to judge them without knowing a thing about each individual's situation.

"Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you." Matthew 7:1-2 
"When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt." Leviticus 19:33-34 
"Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God." Matthew 19:24

If you support Trump, you are not Christian. You are not fiscally conservative. You are just a horrible asshole. And if you're not rich, you're going to get fucked like the rest of us. Only it will be your own fault.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Gif of the Day



Love you, Pluto.

Flawless Human Victory

[TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE CULTURE]

This is too important of a victory to be snarky or rubbing people's face in it.

Rape victims will no longer face cross-examination in court with testimony to be filmed instead

Unfortunately, this only affects the U.K. But it's still a fantastic step in a world that is very much plagued by rape culture in nearly every corner of the globe.

Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss said that, from September, their cross-examination will be pre-recorded and then played to the jury during the trial. 
The roll-out of the scheme was originally not scheduled to start until the beginning of next year but has been brought forward following an agreement with senior judges. 
"Attitudes to sex crimes and victims have changed beyond all recognition in our lifetime, and rape prosecutions are now at record levels," Ms Truss said. 
"With more victims now finding the confidence to come forward, I am determined to make their path to justice swifter and less traumatic.

YOU RULE JUSTICE SECRETARY ELIZABETH TRUSS.

Many survivors that have come forward have spoken out about the trauma of being aggressively cross-examined during trial proceedings, made to recount one of the worst moments of their lives over and over to an often hostile room full of strangers. This is why victims so often drop charges or suddenly refuse to help prosecution. They can't take that kind of psychological torture anymore.

More needs to be done, however, to protect survivors. Dealing with police is still often very traumatizing for them and harassment from the defendant's friends and family and often the entire community is still a massive problem. But this is a great step. And a bit of good news in a never-ending downpour of shit lately.