Thursday, April 26, 2018

Gif of the Day

I don't often like anime but this movie was awesome.

Afternoon Announcements

So I'm doing this ill-advised article for my job and it's about being an introvert and going out every night for a week. So I'm a little bit stressed out. Yeah.

No more blogging this week, I'll be back Monday if I survive.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Gif of the Day

It took me several watches to confirm that, yes, that is a cat taking down that guy's probably very expensive drone.

James Shaw Jr. is Better Than the Rest of Us


You've probably heard about the Waffle House shooting, and if you haven't yet heard the name James Shaw, Jr., your news sources are racist.

Waffle House hero James Shaw Jr. makes stunning statement while being honored at TN Capitol

There’s no doubt James Shaw Jr. is a hero in the eyes of many, and he was honored Tuesday morning at Tennessee’s State Capitol. Shaw, who was unarmed, courageously wrestled down a man who was armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic gun in the process of killing four young people of color and injuring others.

I want to stress this point for multiple reasons but partly because it makes Shaw a special individual - most people in that situation will freeze or flee. It's not to say that most people are cowards, it's that our survival instinct is so strong in moments of imminent danger to our lives that it overrides any other personality traits, values, or desires to protect others. Unless you've undergone special training (like military training), your lizard brain is going to take control.

Shaw is special, partially because his instinct went to "fight," which is rare, but also because of this:

If you watch the full video of the ceremony, you will see Shaw say that he does not consider himself a hero. In tears and with incredible humility and integrity, Shaw says he wasn’t trying to save the lives of others—he was trying to save his own. 

Again, completely normal and not something he could have controlled in the moment. But it does take an incredible amount of integrity to admit something like that. This father and honorable man also said he has been inspired to get political.

Shaw now looks to the future and says the the honor means a lot to him. He calls what happened “a life-changing moment,” adding, “I’m going to try to use this moment as a platform to bring awareness to shootings and just violence.”

James, you are an amazing human being.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Live Blogging Palestine and Palestinians: Lecture By Karam Dana, Ph.D.

I decided to go to a nearby talk on Palestine that's being put on by the local University for reasons, and they have wifi here so why not live blog this biz? Not that anyone is going to be tuning in but whatever, here we go!

The full title of the lecture is Palestine and Palestinians: Exploring Public Opinion After the Oslo Accords.

Should be good. Lecture starts at 7 pm PST.

6:57 - Not a lot of young people here. Mostly middle age and up, mostly white.

7:02 - Dean of the local branch of UW is introducing Dr. Dana.

7:07 - Recent foreign policy recap: Israeli occupation continues to violate Palestinian rights and makes their lives more and more difficult daily without repercussions from the U.S. Trump's calling Jerusalem as the capital of Israel means that the U.S. position on Palestine/Israel is no longer ambiguous. What can Palestinians do?

7:12 - History refresher - 1917: England foreign minister promised that the state looks in favor of a declaration of a Jewish state. 1948: Largely immigrant Jewish population in Palestine declared a state. 700-900 thousand Palestinians became refugees and were violently forced out. Palestinians lose 77% of their land. 1967: Israel carries out preemptive war against Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq. This lasts 6 days and Israel gains land to become three times its side. 1987: The first intifada (uprising) occupied Palestine and in Palestinian communities in Israel. Israel now controls every aspect of Palestinian lives.

7:16 - 1993: First intifada ends with the signing of Oslo Accords - agreement to start talking about what can be done to make both Israel and Palestine happy. The idea was that in 5 years, Palestine as a state would be up and running. That didn't happen, lol. Israel says "give us land in exchange for peace." At some point Israel is ordered by the UN to withdraw from Palestinian land, I think.

7:21 - 2000: The Oslo Accords have failed. The second intifada starts. This is when Israel starts moving their citizens into Palestine with the goal of "maximizing their outcome." (Sounds like getting as much as they can and fuck Palestine). Palestinian Authority arises to police within Palestinian cities, but outside of small areas, Israeli military rules, surrounding Palestinians. "Withdrawl" from Palestinian land was really just Israel "redeploying" outside of city limits.

7:26 - Dr. Dana breaks out That Graphic. If there was a car accident between an Israeli and a Palestinian, Israeli police would be in charge and Palestinian police would not even be allowed to show up. This is where the comparison to apartheid comes up.

7:28 - Dr. Dana shows different graphic showing that the occupation is much more complex than That Graphic. I hope I can find it later. It must be so confusing and terrifying to be a Palestinian. Dr. Dana prefers "colonization" to "occupation," because it's really just a military force going in and taking land and Palestinians have no legal recourse.

7:31 - Now on to the public opinion survey - West Bank attitudes on the peace process 20 years after the Oslo Accord signing, approval ratings of the PA, and President Abbas. 832 surveys done in 2013. Over 18 only. Self-administered exit-pole style survey.

7:33 - Substantial amount of Palestinians think of the PA as "doing the dirty work of the occupation." They want the PA dismantled.

7:35 - Palestinians understand the importance of spreading knowledge of their struggle and PR. Over the years, American views of Palestinians have become more positive. After 2nd intifada, BDS emerges (boycott, divestment, and sanctions). It's international, but focused on Western countries. BDS is committed to non-violence, or at least stresses its importance. They boycott companies made in Israel, built by Israel on Palestinian land, and that enable Israeli occupation. It's a social movement, decentralized.

7:40 - "Palestinians exist and live in a transnational setting." Palestine refugees live all over the world. This makes for effective communication across different cultures and opinions. Refugees can educate the local population. The effectiveness of specific strategies for resisting Israel will determine the next courses of action.

7:43 - Palestinian views on Western countries: They like the people and don't like the governments or don't like both. They rarely like our governments and don't like our people. At least 57% of Palestinians have positive feelings toward our people. 38.5% have negative views of our governments. They know that we didn't all vote for Trump. Thanks, folks. People living under oppressive governments get that governments often don't represent the people.

7:48 - Palestinians generally believe that what happens to Palestinian refugees outside of Palestine affects their lives. Mostly "somewhat" or "a little," few "not at all." They are split on whether Oslo was a failure. 52.6% think it was "sometimes" a success. 27% say it's a success. They largely did not think that John Kerry's efforts to find a solution to Palestine/Israel question would be successful. 62.6% think the PA should stay, 37% say it should be dismantled. Even if the PA police are problematic, it's better to have something of their own.

7:53 - Palestinians are more dissatisfied with President Assad than satisfied. 29% think there will never be peace between the two nations. Only 11% think it will take 5 years, 31% think 10, 29% think 20. They don't feel like they're in control of their own fate. They don't see a way out.

7:55 - 71.6% of Palestinians on West Bank don't think they should continue to seek peace with Israel. That route has only led to them losing more and more. I don't blame them.

7:57 - Palestinians are leaning toward using "any means necessary," including violence, as being an effective method to fight the Israeli occupation. Yet they seem to think non-violent methods will be equally effective. Older people depend to be more supportive of non-violence, as well as the "secular nationalist" party, according to Dr. Dana.

8:01 - They seem to be a bit more likely believe the BDS movement will be effective. Again, older individuals favor this more than younger. "Lobbying" and PR efforts are viewed even more favorably than BDS methods, with the same age trends again.

8:06 - Dr. Dana is summing up previous points. Other methods of resistance include music, solidarity with other oppressed people like BLM, and engaging with anti-Zionist Israelis. Ferguson to Palestine. Holocaust survivors' support. There was an ad in an Israeli daily newspaper early this year calling for a BDS-style boycott. BDS movement was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Barnard College just voted for BDS. Natalie Portman speaks out against violence against Palestinians. Police forces in U.S. are banning police training exchanges with Israel.

8:10 - End of lecture, question time.

8:12 - Obama increased financial aid to Israel, fast-tracking a billion smackers.

8:13 - White man asks annoying question about demographics that is clearly only asked to sound smart. I guess people never grow out of this shit. Dr. Dana went over the demographics that were important, why do you care about others? If you did you'd be more specific.

8:15 - It is interesting to learn that demographics in Palestine end up being pretty much like those in the U.S. when you're out in public collecting random opinions from passers-by. Guess what, we're not so different from anyone else.

8:19 - How can we convince our government to stop supporting Israel? Dr. Dana says be an informed citizen. (Overthrow the fucking U.S. government and end capitalism, Peter).

8:23 - UW student asks boring, pointless question about some book he read.

8:24 - If Israel and Palestine had an equal amount of power, could they coexist? Why ask this question when that's not how it is? Dr. Dana points out that in 1967, Israel could have made the decision to give everyone equal rights, and instead came up with colored ID system that allowed them to discriminate. Israel claims that Palestinians are better off than they would have been without them, *17-minute long fart noise*

8:29 - Finally a woman gets to ask a question. She wants to know about more companies to boycott. Google it, lady.

8:30 - I have a terrible time understanding accents. My parents didn't raise me with enough diverse media. The educational system in Palestine has gone through changes. When Dr. Dana was a kid, the word Palestine was scratched out of textbooks and replaced with Israel. Books were banned. There's a public opinion that Palestinians don't like their children? That's some racist nonsense. Dr. Dana thinks that education is doing pretty well in Palestine. Sounds better than us, despite the constant harassment they endure.

The end!

Gif of the Day

Oh god it's like one of those nightmares.

Amazing Girls of Color

This little black girl is so much better than every single one of my fellow white people who are saying that kids under 18 shouldn't speak on political issues because they're too young combined.

7-Year-Old Havana Edwards on Why She Joined the National School Walkout


Havana Edwards, a 7-year-old student from Washington, D.C., was the only one at her school to walk out of classes on Friday, April 20. She posted an image from her protest on Twitter, writing: "I am all alone at my school, but I know I am not alone." 
In an interview with Teen Vogue, Havana shared that she had urged her other classmates to join her and was sad that they didn't. "I didn't understand why they didn't care," she said. "I tried to tell them to come, but they said no."

Havana is still hopeful that the next walkout will be different. "After watching her sit in silence to honor the Columbine students, we turned on CNN to watch the walkouts at other schools," her mother, Bethany Edwards, tells Teen Vogue. "She said, 'I am going to tell my friends I did this, and then next time there will be more of us. That means we are winning.' I knew then that she understood what it means to be a leader, even in the most simple terms."

Me coming to protect Havana:


Monday, April 23, 2018

Gif of the Day

This is getting out of hand.

So This Isn't All Over The News Today? Um?


So I'm out yesterday getting drunk for an article I'm doing (yes that is a real story) and I come upon this shit on Facebook:

This happened after a neo-nazi rally in Georgia on Saturday. Something I had heard nothing about.

I guess news outlets are covering this, at least I found articles when I googled "neo nazi rally Georgia," but it's not on Facebook's trending news thing, and I'm not even seeing shit about it on Tumblr? Apparently only a handful of actual white supremacists showed up to the actual rally which may be why I didn't hear about it, but that image is fucking chilling. I mean, they had to gather some serious materials to make that happen. And any number of nazis fills me with rage.

But also, this:

Here we have militatized police, pointing their big ass guns directly at anti-nazi protesters. The counter-protesters who came to protest white supremacy and nazism. Did the cops point their guns at the nazis? No? They never do.

This is the most ass backward country there ever was.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Gif of the Day


Even More White Male Terrorists

This is getting increasingly common. I don't think it's going to stop any time soon.

Federal jurors convicted three men on Wednesday of plotting to blow up an apartment complex where Somali refugees live and pray in Garden City, Kan. The domestic terrorism verdict came at a time when threats against religious and racial minorities are rising nationally, and the case drew interest from the highest levels of the Justice Department. 
“The defendants in this case acted with clear premeditation in an attempt to kill people on the basis of their religion and national origin,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “That’s not just illegal — it’s immoral and unacceptable, and we’re not going to stand for it.”

At least the New York Time is willing to actually call these men what they are - domestic terrorists. Even Sessions condemned them, as much of a racist, white supremacist slimeball as he is.

Does this conviction represent a turning point against racist, white supremacist domestic terrorists? Probably not. I'm betting that large portions of the right are celebrating these men as heroes or martyrs instead of condemning them for attacking freedom of religion and hating the First Amendment so they're bad Americans and traitors and deserve to rot in prison.

I am glad they were convicted. I hope this becomes the norm. I'm just bitter as all hell. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Gif of the Day


Persecuted Black Activist Could Be Forced To Give Birth In Prison

Siwatu-Salama Ra, a dedicated environmental activist since age 19, has been sentenced to 2 years in prison on a bullshit charge that once again demonstrates the racism behind "Stand Your Ground" laws.

#FreeSiwatu: Pregnant Black Detroit Activist Jailed for Standing Her Ground & Protecting Her Family

She campaigned against the Marathon oil refinery and the Detroit Renewable Power trash incinerator. She represented Detroit at the Paris climate summit. She’s also worked to engage kids and educate young mothers about nutrition. Now, at age 26, Siwatu has been sentenced to a mandatory two years in prison, following an incident in which she brandished her unloaded—and legally registered—handgun while defending her mother and 2-year-old daughter. She was sentenced last month to two years in prison even though she is scheduled to give birth in June.

This is a serious activist. She's stood up against oil companies and represented the entire city of Detroit. It's no surprise that once certain people had the chance to get her into prison, they took it. It's unbelievably cruel considering the fact that she's pregnant, though it would screw her life up regardless. These people have no souls.

It also exposes how ridiculously racist the argument that "people need guns for protection" is when any time a black woman tries to use a gun to protect herself and family without harming a soul, she gets thrown in prison. Gun laws in this country are a joke. This country is a joke.

The details in the interview are even worse. She's already been shackled during doctors visits to the point that her legs go numb. She's also Muslim and her religious rights are not being respected. They're giving her food with pork in it that she can't eat. So she's been losing weight. While pregnant.

If there was any justice, Siwatu would get a full pardon. #FreeSiwatu

This Song


Did you know that A Perfect Circle is back? They've made a new album for the first time in five years, and the first that wasn't a recording of a show in 14 years. It's called Eat the Elephant and it's coming out on April 20th.


The latest single is currently murdering me.

The lyrics:

Time is money and money's time
We wasted every second dime
On diets, lawyers, shrinks and apps and flags and plastic surgery
Now Willy Wonka, Major Tom, Ali, and Leia have moved on
Signal the final curtain call in all its atomic pageantry 
Bravissimo, hip hip hooray
For this fireworks display
Mind and body blown away
What a radiant crescendo! 
Ticker tape parade
Our hair and skin like
Marilyn Monroe
In an afterwind 
Time is money and money's time
We wasted every second dime
On politicians, fancy water and guns and plastic surgery
Like old Prince and Brady's mom
All the dolphins have moved on
Signaling the final curtain call in all its atomic pageantry 
Bravissimo, hip hip hooray
What a glorious display
Melt our joyous hearts away
Under the mushroom cloud confetti 
Hip hip hooray for this fireworks display
Mind and body blown away
What a radiant crescendo 
Hip hip hooray
Hip hip hooray 
Ticker tape parade
Our hair and skin like
Marilyn Monroe in an afterwind 
Time is money and money's time
We wasted every second dime
On diets, lawyers, shrinks and apps flags and plastic surgery
Now Willy Wonka, Major Tom, Ali and Leia have moved on
Signal the final curtain call in all its atomic pageantry

Melt our joyous hearts away.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Gif of the Day

Bubbles is so me.


Stormy! Stormy! Stormy!

Stormy Daniels is reportedly donating her $130,000 hush money to Planned Parenthood in Trump's name

Referring to her defamation case against Trump lawyer/fixer Michael Cohen, as well as the allegation that someone possibly connected to Trump/Cohen threatened her, Daniels says in the interview, “I don’t have shame. You can’t bully me.” She also reveals that, should she win her case, she plans to donate the $130,000 to Planned Parenthood in Cohen and Trump’s names.

Seriously, this woman is amazing. Thank god for sex workers. This sex worker will save us all. Stormy Daniels for president. Why aren't we all celebrating her more. Nevermind I know the answer to that. But I'll celebrate her.


Everybody Wants To Raise the Minimum Wage

Except super rich fucks and assholes. The polls don't lie.

The Restaurant Industry Ran A Private Poll On the Minimum Wage. It Did Not Go Well For Them.

Not just the restaurant industry, though.

One of the nation’s most powerful anti-minimum wage lobbying groups tapped a longtime Republican pollster to survey the public about a range of issues impacting the industry. 
A significant chunk of the survey focused on attitudes toward the minimum wage — and many members of the powerful lobby group aren’t going to like the results. 
The poll — which was presented on a slide deck obtained by The Intercept and Documented — found that seven in 10 Americans want to see the minimum wage raised even if it means that they’d have to pay more for meals. It also found that the industry’s various talking points against raising the wage are mostly falling flat with the general public.


When you're a huge anti-minimum wage lobby and you tap a Republican pollster to do a poll on the minimum wage and it finds that a strong majority of people want it to be raised.

Of course, $10 per hour isn't nearly enough, but it would help people in states that use the pathetic federal minimum wage a LOT. So. Just imagine 70% of Americans converging on the white house. I'm just saying.

Abolish ICE

ICE literally does nothing but get people killed and make this country even worse, please read this:

It’s Time to Abolish ICE

“ICE​ is terrorizing American communities right now,” said Angel Padilla, policy director of the Indivisible Project. “They’re going into schools, entering hospitals, conducting massive raids, and separating children from parents every day. We are funding those activities, and we need to use all the leverage we have to stop it.”

If you think any of this is okay because undocumented migrants technically did something not completely legal, I hate you.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Gif of the Day

Same, little kitten. Same.

Reminder That Trump is Still Pandering to White Supremacists


Not to ruin your day or anything but come along back to reality for a bit before you distract yourself with something (which I don't blame you for, I'm gonna write this and then play some Overwatch).

Trump and his troll army declare war on "caravan" of migrants fleeing persecution

When news broke of a “caravan” of peaceful Central American migrants marching toward Mexico and the United States, anti-immigrant activists and hate groups went on high alert and began a concerted effort to demonize the marchers and harass the organizers. President Trump quickly displaced his Easter Sunday message with a string of attacks on the migrants, who are seeking political asylum as they flee persecution and human rights violations in their countries of origin.

I don't think I've yet taken the time to mention how much I hate that this "caravan" is being demonized so hard by the right but I fucking hate it and every person who demonizes these desperate people trying to save their children from horrific deaths, rape, being forced into gangs, etc. might as well murder those kids themselves if they hate them so much, then get on a rocket and blast themselves into the sun, which is almost as hot as the hell that they deserve to burn in.

The rest of this SPLC report explains how Trump went from a Tomi Lahren interview on Fox News and proceeded to echo rhetoric from white supremacist and anti-immigrant hate groups about this group of mostly women and children fleeing the violence we caused in their home countries. It also explains how the white supremacist/"alt-right" troll mobs created tweet storms attacking these refugees, doxxing organizers of the caravan, and publishing articles on neo-nazi sites like the Daily Stormer calling these desperate humans "mud" and other dehumanizing terms.

Meanwhile, Trump deploys the National Guard to the border.

Anyone in the National Guard who obeys this deployment is a jackboot thug murderer piece of shit, by the way.

Hello I Will Kill Anyone Who Lays A Hand On This Girl

There are so many incredible and very young heroes coming out of the Parkland school shootings and this black Jewish girl may be my favorite.

11-Year-Old Gun Control Activist Taunted Because She’s Black And Jewish

Wadler has given interviews to several news outlets in recent days. She told Elle magazine in an April 9 interview that she has experienced discrimination both for being black and Jewish. 
She said that two years ago while playing a game with a classmate, he told her she should be the slave or beggar woman because she is black. The same classmate said she could not also be Jewish because “there aren’t black people who are Jews. “ 
After she told the Huffington Post in an interview posted on Saturday that she wanted to be executive editor of the New York Times one day, she added that she would be the first black woman in the position. The she joked that she could be the “First Ethiopian woman. And then on and on until we get to Ethiopian Jewish woman. And then I can be the first immigrant.”

I will follow her to hell and back. Anyone who threatens her can literally come fight me. See how you handle coming out from behind your Twitter handle and facing an actual adult with 29 years of anger behind her.

LGBT Rights Hero and Environmentalist Publicly Self-Immolates


I'm surprised people aren't talking about this more. He's a white man, aren't you supposed to care?

Prominent Gay Rights Lawyer Dies After Setting Himself On Fire In New York Park

On the last day of his life, he reportedly emphasized environmental responsibility, stating in a note to the media, "Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather. Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result — my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves."

This is far from the first time someone has self-immolated for political protest. It's actually acceptable practice in Mahayana Buddhism and Hinduism which is why this story may bring up that image of the monk engulfed in flames while sitting calmly on the ground for some. There were also a number of self-immolation suicides just before the Arab Spring, and the suicides did help launch the political revolution of 2011.

This lawyer, by the way, was David S. Buckel. He was a great man and instrumental in cases that helped bring justice to LGBT+ people and help us take the rights we always deserved for ourselves.

Trigger warning for rape and murder for the following excerpt:

In one of his most noted cases, he represented the mother of Brandon Teena, a transgender man who had notified a Nebraska sheriff that he had been raped. The sheriff informed Teena's assailants who killed him in the days that followed. "It should not be the case that reporting a crime makes matters worse for you," Buckel told The Daily Nebraskan in 2001. Eventually the sheriff was found liable for failing to protect Teena and his brutal murder was dramatized in a film called Boys Don't Cry starring Hilary Swank.

This man is a hero. The fact that he felt it necessary to self-immolate because we're killing ourselves with fossil fuels should be a full-on slap in the face to every one of us. Yet pretty much nothing.

Are we afraid of what this means? Does the mainstream media not want us to see this?

I wouldn't be surprised if we see more of this kind of thing very soon.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Gif of the Day

This show was so great.

Another White Christian Male Terrorist

Are they ever going to stop painting white male terrorists as good people?

Probably not.

Yet the first thing they do is describe his as a Bible-toting lab worker. And the police say he's wasn't necessary a white supremacist

"It does cause me some concern but I want to make very clear just because Mr. Morrow was in the possession of this material, does not categorize in any particular light,” Lt. Terrence Gebhardt told CBS 58. “He could have been an individual that was doing research.”

Go fuck yourself Lt. Terrence Gebhardt.

If there was any hint that this dude was Muslim, Donald Trump would have already tried to use this to push a new anti-Muslim travel ban. But god forbid we stereotype the white dude.

I'm so tired.

Syrian Refugee Has Been Tom Hanks-ed In Airport

What the actual fuck.

This Syrian Refugee Has Been Marooned in an Airport for a Month, With No End in Sight

How can they do this to a human being. What kind of unimaginable cruelty.

Hassan Al Kontar is bored out of his mind. For more than a month, the 36-year-old Syrian national has been pacing the transit terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia, unable to enter the country or purchase a ticket to leave. Like Tom Hanks in “The Terminal,” he is camped out in the departures lounge with a neck pillow and an airplane blanket, while his homeland is wracked by war.

This guy's story is ridiculous and another example of how awful capitalism and U.S. imperialism is. You should read the whole thing. This just happened to pop up on Medium when I was checking to see if my latest Establishment piece was up yet. He's just been jerked around and now he's going through his savings living at a fucking airport.

This is all because countries have created bureaucratic nightmares designed to deter refugees from even trying to enter, because they don't care if these people die. Fuck everything.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Gif of the Day

Omg the slow motion grabbing raccoons are amazing.

Check Out Trans Unite

I got an email from a representative of this U.K. organization called Trans Unite. I don't know if this blog reaches anyone in the U.K. but you know, it's worth a shot.

It's a site that helps trans and non-binary people find local and online support groups.

From the email:

The site is run by volunteers and a not for profit organisation We are the most up to date resource for the UK and online based support groups; users can find a local group and even message them directly from our site using the "Contact Group" button. We don't store any details and the site is secured by SSL. 
We're verifying and adding groups on an ongoing basis with our next focus being online groups with Discord Servers, Telegram and Facebook groups becoming increasingly popular to compliment those that meet up in person.

They asked me to add them to my resources page but I don't have one. So here you go.

The site looks legit. I hope this helps somebody. I love my trans and non-binary readers!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Gif of the Day


Your Feel-Good Post of the Day

UPDATE: Samantha Bee's team thinks it's Rep. Peter T. King. Amazing.

Feel-good if you enjoy schadenfreude. Have you seen this rant by a random Republican congressman about how much he hates Trump and thinks everything is going to shit for Republicans?

Trigger warning for a lot of ableist slurs, gendered slurs, and the general shit you'd expect from a Republican politician.

This all actually comes from Erik Erikson but I'm not linking directly to that asshole.

"I read you writing about this, about wanting to say nice things when you can and criticize when you need to. He may be an idiot, but he's still the President and leader of my party and he is capable of doing some things right," he says before conceding it's usually other people doing the right things in the President's name. "But dammit he's taking us all down with him. We are well and truly f**ked in November. Kevin [McCarthy] is already circling like a green fly circling sh*t trying to take Paul's [Ryan] job because nobody thinks he's sticking around for Nancy [Pelosi]. She's going to f**k up the cafeteria again too. [Lord's name in vain], at least I'll probably lose too and won't have to put up with that sh*t."
"It's like Forrest Gump won the presidency, but an evil, really f*cking stupid Forrest Gump. He can't help himself. He's just a f**king idiot who thinks he's winning when people are b*tching about him. He really does see the world as ratings and attention. I hate Forrest Gump. I listen to your podcast and heard you hate it too. What an overrated piece of sh*t movie. Can you believe it beat the Shawshank Redemption?"

What kind of asshole hates Forrest Gump.

"I say a lot of shit on TV defending him, even over this. But honestly, I wish the motherf*cker would just go away. We're going to lose the House, lose the Senate, and lose a bunch of states because of him. All his supporters will blame us for what we have or have not done, but he hasn't led. He wakes up in the morning, sh*ts all over Twitter, sh*ts all over us, sh*ts all over his staff, then hits golf balls. F*ck him. Of course, I can't say that in public or I'd get run out of town."

Someone please figure out who this is.

"Judiciary is stacked with a bunch of people who can win re-election so long as they don't piss off Trump voters in the primary. But if we get to summer and most of the primaries are over, they just might pull the trigger if the President fires Mueller. The sh*t will hit the fan if that happens and I'd vote to impeach him myself. Most of us would, I think. Hell, all the Democrats would and you only need a majority in the House. If we're going to lose because of him, we might as well impeach the motherf**ker. Take him out with us and let Mike [Pence] take over. At least then we could sleep well at night," he said before going off on a tangent about how the situations with Russia and China scare him. Then, "You know having Mike as President would really piss off all the right people, too. They think they hate Trump. Mike is competent," at which point he sighs and laments that there were, in his mind, more than a dozen competent choices in 2016.

You made your bed of shit, now roll in it, asshole.

This One Tumblr Post Obliterates Capitalism

Sorry for the clickbait but I mean.

[Image: Screenshot of Tumblr post saying "'People are naturally lazy and will never do any kind of work for free.'

Minecraft Players:"

Image of a massive intricate medieval city built entirely in Minecraft.]

Isn't it weird how people tell us things and we just believe them until we actually think about it for a second?

End capitalism.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Simpsons Is Over

Sunday night, The Simpsons apparently aired an episode responding to a now-months-old documentary about the character Apu and how the stereotypes portrayal hurt Southeast Asian people. Comedian Hari Kondabolu interviews several Southeast Asian/Indian celebrities and other individuals, who reveal the bullying and general pain they endured as a direct result of this caricature.

A room full of comics says that Apu was referenced as part of their school bullying. Aziz Ansari says he was taunted about Apu while driving with his father. Actor Maulik Pancholy feared encountering an Indian person in a convenience store for fear his friends would launch into their Apu impressions. Even the former surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, talks about his experiences with stereotypes.

Apparently, the largely white writers of the Simpsons (I have to assume because lol please), including the white voice actor who plays Apu, took this to mean they think these individuals who shared childhoods full of pain believe all the character should be ripped out of the show and replaced with something bland and inoffensive.

I didn't see the episode. To be honest, I thought the Simpsons had finally ended, as it probably should have 20 fucking years ago. And I say that as someone who loves the first eight seasons to the point that I can practically recite along with entire episodes. It's absurd the number of times I've seen the episodes from these seasons. I still drop random obscure Simpsons references in everyday life which almost no one gets except for my best friend and college roommate with whom I watched these seasons over and over, and still drop random quotes with while we laugh our asses off.

I love the Simpsons like I believe those angered by my article on South Park love South Park.

The writers and producers of the Simpsons are in the wrong here. The Simpsons is in the wrong. And it sounds like the extent to which they were wrong was painful and awkward.

After Marge asks what she's supposed to do, Lisa — Lisa! — looks directly at the camera. "It's hard to say," she says. "Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?" And she looks at a framed photo next to her bed of Apu, which is signed, "Don't have a cow. Apu." Marge puts a hand on her shoulder. "Some things will be dealt with at a later date." "If at all," Lisa responds. Both look blankly at the audience.

Maybe it's easier for me because the Simpsons has gotten so bad. While episodes going into teen seasons had some good episodes, at some point the show became a somehow worse version of Family Guy, losing the nuanced approach to social issues and sharp wit that made it special. I think the latest episode I've seen was that one Halloween episode where Smithers the snake eats Mr. Burns/Voldemort while weeping - a rare hilarious moment for a show that has gone far past its expiration date already. At this point, the show is an unrecognizable pile of mold and rot.

Maybe, and this is a big maybe, at one point Apu and the other characters who were made to be stereotypes were meant to mock the average American's perception of each ethnicity. But not only did that clearly cause far more harm than good, that alleged original intent has been obliterated.

Looking back on my own childhood and adolescence, I remember making "thank you, come again" jokes about Indian people as a white kid. And yeah, it pains me a bit to think that a TV show that was so important to me and in some ways may have helped push me left also contributed to making me into a racist white kid. Who knows if a South Asian classmate heard me doing this at some point. I even had an Indian best friend in Kindergarten. Did I do that to her?

After criticizing South Park as I did, speaking on how media influences you whether you like it or not and how careless """satire""" can be incredibly harmful, I need to confront my own love of The Simpsons.

It's harmful. It's always been harmful. And though I would have been racist as all white people are racist without it, it is still part of the culture that made me racist.

The truth is that, in the same way that shock jocks paved the way to South Park, the Simpsons added its own cement to that path. The caricatures of the Simpsons paved the way for the caricatures of South Park. And in that sense, led to today's """alt-right""" and the rise of open white supremacy.

I'm not going to stop privately enjoying episodes from seasons 1-8 every now and again, because they do still make me laugh. But I am going to place the Simpsons - all of it - directly into the trash pile with the rest of our racist media. Because it's not actually better than South Park at this point. And the show's painful response to legitimate criticism and real pain proves it. Their pathetic "what can you do" throwing up their hands because apparently it's illegal for them to change anything in their mold pile of a TV show is shittier than the excuses Matt and Trey have thrown out there. And their use of a fictional character they control and who is voiced by a white dude to say "don't have a cow" is just embarrassing.

Can the Simpsons please just end.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Gif of the Day

When your friend is losing a game and you've got their back.

If Women Wrote Men The Way Men Write Women

If you need a good laugh today, you should check out this hashtag on Twitter oh my god.

I don't know if I ever posted this sample of how men write women but it's gold:

I wrote an entire article featuring real examples of men writing about or from the perspective of women. I'll post it when it gets published. It's utterly painful.

Ban men from writing 2k18.

Fox News Racists Can't Handle Black Excellence

Water is wet.

So you might have heard of Mike Brown, and no I'm not talking about the Mike Brown from Ferguson who was murdered by police. I'm talking about a living Mike Brown - the one who applied to the 20 best universities in the U.S. and was accepted to all of them with full rides because he's that amazing. A video of him and his family reacting to the news has spread across the internets, even reaching the mainstream white supremacist bastion known as Fox News.

So they dragged him through the mud just like they dragged the other Mike Brown, because they are the most petty, jealous, and pathetic of my fellow white people. And they did it using the same rhetoric they use to attack affirmative action, despite it making zero sense.

Do they not understand what a wait list is?

God forbid a black teen demonstrate and celebrate his excellence. How could he do that when it puts a few probably white kids who would have been just barely qualified for acceptance on the wait list for a bit? Because all black people should be worried about is the anxiety of us white people, as though they didn't have to already worry about that constantly.

The above paragraph was all sarcasm.

Fuck you, Fox News. If you hadn't found a way to criticize this black teen, you never would have done a story on his excellence. Fuck all those white women. I can't wait to see the Fox News buildings burn.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Gif of the Day

The face of the caught.

Help I Can't Stop Playing the Video Game

So uhhhhhh yeah yesterday I completely dropped the ball on blogging because my hands were occupied playing this incredibly fun free game someone told me about. It's like that party game "Mafia" only with way more roles and online. It's called Town of Salem and I've pretty much been playing it for two days straight oops.

And now today I have to go to work at my new part time job and I didn't schedule any posts for today OOPS.

Whatever, I'm sure I'll get bored of it eventually. I hope. Damn I'm gonna be hurting for it today.

See you next week! Don't get shot by the police!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Gif of the Day

Power to the people.

Have You Been Keeping Up With Anti-Black Racism News?


Boy howdy I bet you're excited to learn about the latest in fucked up police brutality and general anti-blackness throughout the U.S. and larger world, huh?

Honestly, I still come across so many people who think that police brutality cases are rare or the result of a few bad eggs or apples or whatever kind of food you want to chuck at the reality banging on your fucking chamber door. But listen. While I was working on that campaign to change police brutality laws in the state of Washington, which passed already, by the way, yay now we're only as terrible as the rest of the country, I followed a bunch of Facebook pages dedicated to documenting cases of police brutality. And I can't bring myself to unfollow any of them now, although I find myself with a rough case of "fuck there's so much I can't even deal with it."

I literally see new cases of horrific police brutality or general fucked-up-ness every goddamn day. Every day. This happens every day. And you don't need me to say it to you. The statistics are out there. Almost four people are killed by cops every day. Every fucking day. And you still want to believe that it's not that big of a deal?

Fuck off.

Stephon Clark. Shot 20 times by police for holding a cell phone in his grandma's backyard while police were out searching for a non-descript black man. They said he was approaching him but entry wounds were found in his back. During protests against this bullshit, a police officer accelerated in his car to mow down a protester.

Meanwhile, a white lesbian couple appears to have likely deliberately driven their SUV off a cliff while driving with three of their black adopted kids. The other three kids are missing and likely dead. It's now coming out that child protection services were called on these women for possible abuse and failing to feed the kids. The children included the boy in that one photo where he hugged a cop while crying.

I think I speak for everyone when I say what the FUCK HAPPENED?????

Did you know that the staff stole a million dollars from Howard University, an HBCU, and the students have now taken over the administration building to try and get it back? The fuck?

50 years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by the U.S. government on his balcony for daring to speak out against U.S. imperialism and the Vietnam War. Today, we are still fighting anti-blackness at every step, on every level.

Racism will end or humanity will die.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Gif of the Day

The sunglasses are great but the perfect tail flick really makes this.

Give Homeless People Cash

I've probably mentioned this before, but the other day at work I overheard two of my coworkers talking shit about homeless people, and one of them basically bragged about buying $5 McDonald's gift cards to give out instead of giving cash.

This is dangerous and dehumanizing bullshit and if you do this, you suck.

This kind of thinking comes from the idea that if you give a homeless person cash, they're going to spend it on drugs and alcohol. First of all, yeah, some of them might. That's their choice. Who are you, their parent?

Second, if you don't know what withdrawal from alcohol or a highly potent opioid feels like, fuck off with this shit. Withdrawal from alcohol can actually be dangerous. It can be deadly. Are you willing to risk lives just so you can stay up there on your high horse? Even if it's not going to be dangerous, it's awful, and they won't be able to do anything while they're in withdrawal. Many homeless people struggling with addiction have jobs. You want them to miss out on days of pay and potentially get fired? Give them cash.

Third, food isn't the only thing that people need to survive. Homeless people need socks and underwear, toiletries, menstrual products, and money for transportation. There are many things not covered by food stamps or your shitty McDonald's gift cards that are necessary for survival.

Finally, just in general, don't be a judgmental little shit. What do you know about being homeless? Oh, you've never experienced that? Then shut up and give that homeless guy a dollar. If you really want to help, fight for affordable housing, rent control, and more, stronger, and more effective welfare programs. Then fight capitalism. But mostly shut up.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Gif of the Day

I feel that way, too, sometimes, random bird.

Stormy Daniels is a National Hero


The depths of whorephobia in this country are truly intense. Stormy Daniels may literally be the one to take down Donald Trump - something the entire liberal establishment has failed to do - and yet are we celebrating her? Are we giving her any credit? God forbid we treat a sex worker like a human being.

And it's not just because she revealed a "sex scandal." It's because she's suing Donald Trump over a "non-disclosure agreement," forcing him to basically admit that everything she said is true. Because he's not fighting her on the basis of slander. He's fighting her because he says she told the secret she wasn't supposed to tell. For this, she has received direct, in-person death threats, in front of and referencing her daughter. "It would be a shame if something happened to her mother."

Why are we treating her like garbage?

If it can be proven that Cohen paid Daniels off in order to aid his presidential prospects—which seems possible, given the timing; Daniels specifically began approaching reporters after the release of the Access Hollywood tape, a time when Trump’s campaign would have been under special pressure to squelch any sex scandals—then, according to watchdog group Common Cause, it could be classified as an unreported in-kind donation to Trump’s campaign. 
And that could amount to a serious violation of campaign finance law, both because of the size of the donation (individuals aren't allowed to donate more than $2,700 to a campaign) and because any donations of this size have to be reported. In laymen's terms? If Cohen paid Daniels $130K to be quiet specifically to aid Trump's presidential run, that money is seen as a campaign donation. And Trump would be in big trouble. Because of this, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), a former prosecutor, has suggested that the NDA could indicate coordination with Trump, itself a violation of federal election law, and both Lieu and Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) have called for an FBI investigation.

Where are the calls to rally behind Daniels? Where are the posts holding her up as the hero we need and don't deserve? Where are the tweets begging her to run for office?

Instead of all that, we have endless, boring jokes about her job.

By treating her as trashy or tainted or inherently ridiculous because of her job, we send the message that none of Trump’s flaws are worse than being a “porn star.” We make it seem like her mere existence is somehow more embarrassing than his worst offenses.

Fuck all this whorephobia. Stormy Daniels is my hero. If this is the thing that takes Trump down, it will be beautiful poetic justice. And yes, it will be funny. But let's laugh in triumph alongside Daniels rather than at her expense. Let's laugh because Trump's attempt to silence a woman backfired spectacularly, not because "lol porn lady." Daniels deserves our thanks, our support, our admiration, our appreciation, and our respect.

RIP Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

In classic misogynoir fashion, Nelson Mandela got pretty much all of the credit for ending apartheid and his former wife, Winnie, is practically unknown in the U.S. Our history books ignore her. But she was more than Nelson Mandela's wife. She was a hardcore activist, incredible badass, and brilliant leader. Our world is lesser without her.

This is a decent article on her, as far as I can tell:

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: Anti-apartheid campaigner dies at 81

To many, she was the pride and joy of the nation, an icon in her own right - never mind the fact she was Nelson Mandela's wife. 
Mrs Madikizela-Mandela was also the first black social worker in the country. Her love and desire to help those in need was always burning from deep inside. 
But she was not nothing but sweet talk. She met the brutality of racial segregation with fire. Each time the police came to arrest her at her home in Orlando West, she held her own.

Also in classic white supremacist style, Winnie was demonized for being willing to use violence in self-defense. She was not a figure that can be used to demand that other black people around the world never fight back in a way that's effective or inconvenient for us white people.

Last year, Netflix released a documentary about this amazing woman called "Winnie." I highly recommend it.

Rest in power, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Have You Seen The World's Most Unsettling Video Yet?

This is everywhere but fucked up enough that I have to comment on it.

Again, dystopian future movie shit right here. Like it looks like something straight from V for Vendetta.

I just have one question. Did Sinclair Broadcasting think we wouldn't notice?

Fake news is a problem and it's coming from multiple sources. But that only means that people on all parts of the political spectrum are going to hate you, Sinclair. I hope your headquarters is literally burned down by a mob of people with pitchforks and torches.