Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Gif of the Day


A very important question when entering an establishment.

Request for Donations

Hello, this is your irregular call to donate to my ass because I am a woman writing, providing a service and hopefully some entertainment, so I need to ask for payment. Writing this right now is more to convince myself than you.

It's difficult to ask for donations in this culture that tells us that women are supposed to provide free labor and also that blogging isn't a real job. But it does wear on me, mentally and emotionally, to keep up this blog, as much as I may love this crappy little blogger site.

I had an unexpected $561 expense this month when my kitty Leela started pawing at her mouth and I found a huge mass growing on her gums. It turned out to be an abscess that definitely needed to be removed, but that was a lot of money, especially during a time when my significant other and I are trying to save up for a second car before the first one craps out. The old Nissan turned 20 this year. I'm assuming next year I can start pouring ethanol into the tank. Because it'll be 21. Get it? This is the kind of entertainment I'm talking about.

Our rent is also going up by another $80 per month so uhhhh fuck.

Anyway, copy-pasting from my other donation posts:

The best way to donate to me is through Paypal, and here is my Paypal.me link.

Otherwise you could donate through my Patreon which I still have for some reason.

Any amount is appreciated. Love you folks.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Gif of the Day


Birb too pretty for this world.

College Administrators Have No More Excuses

[TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE, SEXUAL ABUSE]

First of all:

A New Report Finds That Sexual Assault Cases Do Nothing to Hurt a College's Reputation

But, according to a new analysis from the National Bureau of Economic Research, that "hit" appears to have been little more than a glancing blow: Despite the uptick in federal investigations into the mishandling of sexual assault on college campuses since the Obama administration signed its "Dear Colleague" letter—a directive to the publicly funded universities to more aggressively pursue sexual assault cases—it appears the associated public scrutiny did little to affect Columbia's public standing when it comes to applications or donations.

So they're out of that excuse. Now the only reason they could have for fucking over sexual assault victims is pure misogyny and loyalty to rape culture.

Meanwhile:

Ohio State sexual abuse scandal: Jim Jordan implausibly says he and others didn't know.

Jordan’s story centers on Ohio State University, where he worked as the assistant wrestling coach in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Former students say that during those years, OSU coaches and administrators ignored reports of sexual abuse and harassment by the wrestling team’s doctor and other faculty members. For weeks, Jordan has denied that he knew about inappropriate sexual behavior of any kind. That contradicts statements from former students who say he was directly informed. But now Jordan is going further. He’s denying not just that he knew about abuse, but also that other coaches or administrators did.
... 
That’s odd, because Hellickson has been recorded on video saying that the team doctor, Richard Strauss, was too “hands on” with student wrestlers, that Strauss made the students “nervous” by showering with them for an hour at a time, and that Hellickson told OSU administrators about the problem. Three weeks ago, Hellickson told USA Today that he had warned Strauss to stop touching students excessively during weigh-ins. Politico reports that according to witnesses, shower voyeurism of the athletes became so invasive that Hellickson had to “physically drag the gawkers out of the building.” According to the article, Hellickson “pleaded with the university multiple times to move their athletes to a private facility.”

I found both of these articles this morning.

You can't tell me any of this was about a school's reputation. And there's no reason I should be surprised. No one gives a fuck about sexual assault and rape victims. Victim blaming of these people is so rampant that of course no one would blame the school. So the only logical conclusion is that this man is a sexual abuser and rapist and is defending his own, or at best he knew that his buddies were sexual abusers and rapists and wanted to not only cover for them, but feed them victims.

Hang him.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Gif of the Day


Oh for the love of god.

Trump is Concerned and We Should All Be Terrified



So amid all the new fucked up news about how Russia absolutely definitely did rig the election for Trump, SUDDENLY Trump has done a 180 from trying to deny it happened or that Russia had anything to do with it (only not wtf ahhhhhhh) and is now VERY CONCERNED ABOUT ELECTION TAMPERING.

President Trump 'very concerned' Russia will meddle in midterm elections — to help Democrats

This makes exactly 0% sense, of course, until you realize that this is exactly the kind of propaganda bullshit that will rally his base behind him when (and I mean WHEN) he starts suggesting that we postpone elections until they can be secured or whatever.

And that is how what's left of Democracy will die in the U.S. Unless we can stop him. I'm not entirely sure how we do that, but I'm all for storming the White House if we have to.

Fuck the orange fascist.

A Real Male Ally

[TRIGGER WARNING: CHILD MARRIAGE]

I'm not a big fan of men calling themselves feminists, but I'll make an exception for this guy.

Turkish Photographer Beats Up Groom at Wedding Over Child Bride

Yeah. This is how you ally.

And really the only acceptable reaction to child marriage.

Hurriyet Daily News reports that Albayrak had been hired to photograph the July 5th wedding at Turgut Özal Nature Park in the eastern Turkish province of Malatya. On the day of, when he noticed that the bride-to-be didn’t look like an adult, he asked the groom her age and learned that she was only 15. 
“The groom had come to my studio some two weeks ago and was alone,” Albayrak tells the Daily News. “I saw the bride for the first time at the wedding. She’s a child, and I felt her fear because she was trembling.” 
Albayrak then reportedly refused to continue as the wedding photographer and attempted to stop the wedding.

Though actually, Albayrak didn't mean to beat up the guy.

The argument soon turned physical when the groom attacked him as he was attempting to leave, Albayrak says. The photographer ended up breaking the client’s nose in the fight, according to local reports.

This is also a great time to mention that while anybody getting married under 18 is illegal in Turkey, it's only illegal in two U.S. states. In all other states, girls can get married at 14, or even younger in all those states where no minimum age is even specified, with parental permission. Or with parents forcing them. Whatever.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Gif of the Day


This seems like it would not end well.

Conservative Goes to Progressive Rally, Made Uncomfortable By the Idea That Living is a Right




There is so much about this that is hilarious and also mind-blowing. It's a trip from start to finish.

This ‘Fox & Friends’ segment about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is beyond parody

So a conservative white woman went to an Ocasio-Cortez rally and that was so incredible that it landed her a spot on Fox & Friends. Is this the first time a conservative has ever actually gone out and listened to progressive ideas? Because they're constantly telling us that we need to listen to their racism and bootlicking. So.

Also, when we go to Trump rallies, whether to protest or just to be there for whatever reason, we get assaulted and thrown out. By Trump's demand and under his encouragement. So.

I've been to a couple far-right rallies. To protest the fact that they're full of actual nazis who are always attacking people during and after their rallies. So.

But let's start unpacking the shit that this lady said on Fox & Friends. Brace yourself.

Kruta told hosts that both Ocasio-Cortez and the Democratic candidate for whom she was stumping, Cori Bush, “talk about things that everybody wants, especially if you’re a parent — they talk about education for your kids, health care for your kids. Things that you want.”
...
“If you’re not really paying attention to how they’re going to pay for it, or the rest of that, it’s easy to fall into that trap and say, ‘my kids deserve this, and maybe the government should be responsible for helping me with that,'” she added.

Oh my god. Progressives think that CHILDREN. DESERVE. shit like HEALTH CARE. and EDUCATION?? WHAT THE FUUUUUUUUUUU




Question. What exactly do conservatives think the government is for? Besides bombing the children of people from other countries, I mean.

I guess if you can't pay for it, this woman thinks that children deserve to die in ignorance and filth from treatable and preventable diseases?

And the idea that they DON'T deserve such a horrible fate made her deeply uncomfortable.

Kruta also wrote a Daily Caller piece about her experience in which she characterized the Ocasio-Cortez/Bush rally as “truly terrifying,” because “I saw just how easy it would be, were I less involved and less certain of our nation’s founding and its history, to fall for the populist lines they were shouting from that stage.” 
She went on to mention three scary things in particular. 
— I saw how easy it would be, as a parent, to accept the idea that my children deserve healthcare and education. 
— I saw how easy it would be, as someone who has struggled to make ends meet, to accept the idea that a “living wage” was a human right. 
— Above all, I saw how easy it would be to accept the notion that it was the government’s job to make sure that those things were provided.

Again, to be clear. The government's job is to take care of its people. It was always supposed to be "for the people." Somehow, conservatives have been led to believe that this means "murdering people outside of our borders and giving lots of money to the rich."

I also love this:

Kruta replied by saying she “was mostly uncomfortable, because I was surrounded by a group of people who were talking about how they had gotten involved because they were tired of being angry all the time. It seems like so much effort to be angry about everything, instead of to focus on what you could do to change it.”

Yeah, because conservative white women don't have any anger at anything.


Florida Strikes Again: White Woman Captured on Video Spewing Curses, Racial Slurs at Black Family

‘Rapist!’ she yelled at a Hispanic man. ‘She’s quoting the president,’ he thought.

White Woman Fired After Video Showed Her Scream ‘You B***h A*s C**t N****r’ At Black Couple

Police say woman screamed racial slurs and smacked a black teen at a pool. She lost her job.

White woman caught on video spewing racial slurs on bus

This Proudly Racist Woman Can’t Stop Screaming the N-Word at a Man Who Dared to Start His Car in Front of Her Kids




Here's the difference. Progressives are angry at the injustice in the world leading to widespread suffering and preventable death, and general oppression of the powerless by the powerful. Conservatives are angry that people of color exist.

Maybe your discomfort and terror is actually coming from the cognitive dissonance created by being a human being with kids who would lose your mind if someone tried to deny them healthcare or education and trying to believe that kids don't deserve health care and education for some reason.

And if you're smart enough to write an article, I'm confident that you can figure out that there is always money to pay for that. The U.S. government has a shit ton of money. They just decide to spend it on other things, like, say, a bloated military budget that is bigger than the next ten biggest military budgets combined.

Maybe that fear comes from the scary idea that everything you've been told and therefore believed your entire life is... actually.... fucking wrong.

It's okay to admit when you've been wrong, you know. Just saying.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Gif of the Day



When cats use other animals as beds, cry if you agree.

Something Kinda Good For Once

Hey, let's talk about something good happening after all those super downer posts! Recently, the iconic Seattle Pike Place Fish Market was sold to employees rather to some rich fuck who could have paid a lot more for it.

Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Fish Market sold to four veteran salmon-tossing employees.


No, that's not it.


There we go.

This is something us young people can do to help make the world a little better. We can start/buy businesses and turn them into employee-owned co-ops. I would love to work for a co-op where every person who works for the business shares the profits equally and shares in business decisions that affect how much the company makes. It's not my ideal view of the world, but it's a big step in the right direction. No entitled bosses hoarding the majority of the profit created by the workers.

Your boss does not actually deserve to collect the fruits of your labor and toss you some leftover scraps. You deserve the fruits of your labor.

If Ignorance is Bliss, Then Knock the Smile Off My Face

You know how there's like a mandatory article at least once a month speculating about why Millennials are so depressed and inevitably blaming cell phones and/or social media? Well I've been doing my own thinking, considering how nice it would be to live in like an isolated village somewhere where the world is fantastic as long as there's peace and prosperity in your one little corner of the universe because you don't know what's going on in the rest of the world.

Right now I'm feeling like it's not social media, but simply the internet that's the cause of a lot of people's discontent even when they're living relatively decent lives. Lately I've been having pretty intense feelings of "what am I doing fucking around with any of this when there is so much suffering going on in the world." I keep questioning why I don't just give up this unfulfilling capitalist existence and run off to some part of the world that can really use help, and just dedicate myself to supporting the residents there. Why don't I get student loans to go to medical school, join Doctors Without Borders, and never come back to the U.S. so they can't bother me to pay back the loans?

If I didn't know about all this suffering, wouldn't I be happier?

This isn't a new idea at all. It's just "ignorance is bliss." And I also could be completely wrong. Sometimes it feels like I'll find ways to be unhappy.

Then again, there was a time when I was happy. When I was in college, and I didn't have to worry about money, and I didn't have to work that hard, and often I could choose the subjects I studied, and I was just learning and wasn't nearly as aware of how fucked up the world is. I was really, truly happy then.

What I'm saying is that if we had universal basic income or just full communism, I would be both spending most of my time helping the people who need it most and I wouldn't have to worry about money so maybe I'd be happy.

I just want to smash capitalism so bad. And I'm rambling about it. These are thoughts I'm writing at 12:10 AM that I'll schedule for later because I desperately need to get them out, or at least need them to be somewhere besides just my head. Maybe I'll sleep better tonight.

Maybe I'll keep dreaming about being on the vacation I can't afford and then some weird stressful shit happens.

Recommended Reading

[TRIGGER WARNING: DRONE BOMBINGS, DEATH, U.S. TERRORISM]

Another great article, this one from one of the various emails I get from publications featuring top stories, I think. This one is about a guy who found himself on the U.S.'s drone kill list.

How to Survive America's Kill List

What a headline.

The beauty of this article is that it puts into stark view just how fucked up this country's drone program is. It lays out how we threw out any semblance of policy against assassinations and then plunged headfirst down a path toward "the U.S. government can kill anyone at any time for any reason."

This shouldn't only have become alarming when U.S. citizens were added to the list of "anyone," but...

Kareem now had no doubt he was on America’s infamous “Kill List.” Most Americans don’t even know we have such a thing. We do. Officially, it goes by the ghoulish bureaucratic euphemism “Disposition Matrix.” 
Seemingly conceived in the Obama years, the lethal list – about which little is known outside a few leaks and court pleadings – appears to sort people into targeting for capture, interrogation, or assassination by drone. It was run by a star-chamber of two-dozen security officials and the president. According to a 2012 New York Times report, they met once a week to decide which targets around the world lived or died. 
These meetings became known as “Terror Tuesdays.”



The chillariousness (chilling hilariousness) began in the 1998, under President Clinton.

Finally, in 1998, under Bill Clinton, and then again in the George W. Bush years, classified Justice Department memoranda were written explaining, according to The Washington Post, that “executive orders banning assassination do not prevent the president from lawfully singling out a terrorist for death by covert action.”

"Death by covert action" SOUNDS LIKE ASSASSINATION A LITTLE BIT I DUNNO.

Then 9/11 happened, and our "leaders" chucked democracy into the dumpster.

Robotized killings began almost immediately. The first known drone assassination took place in Afghanistan in 2001. By 2012, we were flying at least 16 drone missions per day, mostly for reconnaissance but some for more deadly reasons, and we had committed lethal drone attacks in six countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Somalia, Iraq and Yemen. These were supported by a pan-Arabian archipelago of airstrips, with bases in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, even the Seychelles. 
A crucial Rubicon was crossed in 2011, when the Obama administration decided to drone-bomb New Mexico-born Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen and suspected Al Qaeda terrorist.

The fact that we're randomly killing people via robot plane every goddamn day is bad enough. But did you know that they've given the task of choosing who gets put on the kill list to computers, too?

In 2014, former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden said in a public debate, “We kill people based on metadata.” 
According to multiple reports and leaks, death-by-metadata could be triggered, without even knowing the target’s name, if too many derogatory checks appear on their profile. “Armed military aged males” exhibiting suspicious behavior in the wrong place can become targets, as can someone “seen to be giving out orders.” Such mathematics-based assassinations have come to be known as “signature strikes.”



There is so much fucked up shit in this article, you really need to read the entire thing.

But TL;DR:

The question before Collyer would challenge the most gifted legal mind. At issue is the fact that America, in the wake of 9/11, has become two countries. 
One is a democracy, visible to the population and governed by the lofty laws and rules and constitutional principles we learned about in Schoolhouse Rock. 
The second nation is an authoritarian state-within-a-state, governed exclusively by the executive branch. In this parallel world, all rights redound to a bureaucracy that may kill anyone it pleases at any time, restrained only by the inclinations of the executive.

It's difficult to fit into my head the idea that the country I've been told so often I should be proud of is using Google algorithms to choose assassination targets and killing thousands of innocent civilians, including many children, in its attempts to murder people without trial. And we Americans go on about our daily lives, the vast majority of us, if we're even aware, having convinced ourselves that it's all fine because those people live in other countries we don't relate to because they're full of brown people. Because that's just how it is over there, right? It's always been that way. Nevermind that this country is the one who made it that way, and not that long ago.

The Middle East did not used to be a horror-fest. We made it that way. And we've been making it worse and worse and worse in the name of fighting the increasingly horrifying terrorist groups we created. We sowed the Middle East with death and now we're surprised with what we reap.

Bilal Abdul Kareem is not an enemy of the American people. He is a man who went to the Middle East and found human beings experiencing human reactions to the death and horror rained onto them from above by the U.S. That made him an enemy of the U.S. state.

I would be an enemy of the state before I would be an enemy of Kareem. But thanks to my whiteness, I probably won't end up on the kill list.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Gif of the Day


Where racists are going.

I Don't Know How To Explain That You Should Care About Other People

[TRIGGER WARNING: DEPORTATIONS, ANTI-IMMIGRANT RACISM, PRISON ABUSE, MENTION OF RAPE]

I feel like I've been over and over this and anyone who reads this will already know it but I can't stop being upset over it.

Over the weekend I commented on one of the OccupyNWDC's Facebook posts offering my gratitude and support for their temporary shutdown of the Northwest Detention Center's operations. Some racist trolls responded to me telling me that I'm [insert ableist slur here] for supporting the prisoners inside the NWDC because they're all apparently rapists and murderers and I should be grateful to ICE for protecting me from being raped and murdered.

I just don't understand how people can go around walking and talking like normal humans while having a complete lack of a soul. I have a hard time believing that anyone is guillible enough to believe that the all of the people inside this immigrant detention center are there because they either raped or murdered someone. Even if someone took in that bullshit on face value, it has to be because they're motivated to believe it by their own intense racism.

Unauthorized crossing of the border into the U.S. is a midemeanor. I don't think it should be a crime at all, but it's not a felony on par with rape or murder. It's not something you should be indefinitely imprisoned for.

Crossing the border and asking for asylum is not a crime. If you cross the border without a Visa or whatever and then ask for asylum, you have not committed a crime.

Now, the idea used to be that you'd only really pursue and deport undocumented immigrants if they committed a crime here (besides the "crime" of crossing an imaginary line in the sand). This crime could be anything, including the kinds of crimes that us white citizens (and white undocumented immigrants honestly) get off for all the time, such as possessing small amounts of weed, drunk driving, petty shoplifting, and various other things that we've all been guilty of but been lucky enough to not get caught, partially because nobody looks at us and automatically thinks "criminal."

These days, undocumented immigrants are increasingly being arrested and imprisoned for nothing other than being here without the right documentation. For fleeing here and avoiding being imprisoned by ICE in the first place, for desperately trying to save their children from lives of horror and/or horrific deaths, for leaving their families behind to work their asses off daily to send some money back home so their kids can eat.

None of the people inside the NWDC are there for rape or murder. This private prison is not designed to hold people that dangerous. It's specifically an immigrant detention center, designed to hold undocumented immigrants while they await deportation hearings. Some of the parents who had their children ripped from them at the southern border have also been transfered here because there are so many people coming here seeking asylum right now. These people have broken no laws at all.

Meanwhile, the conditions inside the NWDC are appalling and the inmates are being exploited for very cheap or free labor.

In June 2008, the Seattle University School of Law's International Human Rights Clinic published an investigation on the NWDC concluding that conditions they found, "violate both international human rights law and domestic Constitutional protections."

This hasn't gotten better. There was a hunger strike to protest the awful conditions in 2014, a guard beat a 60-year-old man for speaking up in 2015, and the NWDC was sued in 2017 for violating Washington State minimum wage laws.

On September 20, 2017 WA State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit against GEO Group, Inc., the private prison company that runs Tacoma's Northwest Detention Center (NWDC). The lawsuit alleges that GEO Group, Inc., the second-largest private prison provider in the country, has for years violated Washington State's minimum wage law, paying its workers $1 per day or in some instances, with snacks and extra food. "Let's be honest about what's going on," said Ferguson, speaking at a downtown Seattle news conference. "GEO has a captive population of vulnerable individuals who cannot easily advocate for themselves. This corporation is exploiting those workers for their own profits."

If you really think that all of these people are rapists and murderers, you've been drinking straight out of the Trump racism bottle, probably because you were racist as fuck to begin with and he's only vindicated your rank bigotry.

If you think that people fleeing their homes out of fear of death and worse for themselves and their children, or people leaving everything behind to come to a strange country to be exploited for cheap labor so their kids can eat, deserve to be arrested, abused, subject to conditions that violate international human rights laws, and deported back to a likely death (and in some cases to a place they haven't been to since they were tiny children where they have nothing and know no one), then you have no soul. That's the only conclusion that makes sense in my mind.

You're just a heartless, soulless monster.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Gif of the Day


Did you forget about this video of the tiny kitten struggling with the bowl of milk?

Never forget.

Recommended Reading

[TRIGGER WARNING: MURDER, ABLEISM, PEDOPHILIA REFERENCES]

A friend sent me this article, published yesterday, on the man who stabbed his father to death on Samish Island over alt-right conspiracy theories 70 miles from where I live.

Alt-Right Troll To Father Killer: The Unraveling Of Lane Davis

It's an incredible story of a man desperate to find a reason to live, finding it in wild right-wing and white supremacist conspiracy theories, and murdering his own father when he was told to either get help or move out.

The most incredible parts are how alt-right "celebrities" or whatever you call them, I guess exploiters of false outrage for money, used the man and then tossed him aside multiple times, including up to and after the murder. The article explains exactly how the owners and employees of the "Ralph Retort," a fairly well-known website in the alt-right fake outrage exploitation market, goaded Lane into increasingly intense rages and then denounced him as a "loser" after hearing of the murder. They also, of course, denied any and all responsibility for helping to radicalize him and encouraging the beliefs and desperation that led directly to the murder.

They went straight to the "it's just a joke" shit. [Ableist language ahead.]

“Lane Davis was a 33-year-old unemployed loser who lived with his parents and had no income to speak of. The man he murdered is the sole reason he was able to subsist at all. He had some volatile anger issues which are evident in the many YouTube streams he’s been present on. He’s also made threats and wild unfounded accusations against a lot of people over the past few years. I thought it was all in jest, but hindsight is always 20-20.”
...
If the Ralphs felt guilt over the killing, though, they felt an equal amount of anger and bewilderment. It astounded them that Lane had been serious all along. No one could really believe, they thought, in a Marxist plot to enforce pedophilia with antifa shock troops.
“He completely ruined his life with some stupid internet shit,” Ralph said. “He didn’t get the game.”
“I watch Alex Jones,” Nora told me. “To me, that’s entertainment. We don’t really think the frogs are gay. I don’t think the protein powder works. I never thought some people watch this stuff and are like, yes, this is hard-hitting journalism. I thought most of us could distinguish between entertainment and facts. I never really thought people were stupid enough to get caught up in this stuff.”

You did, you do, and you exploit that for money.

What a lot of people don't realize is how many of these highly visible "alt-right" assholes are just exploiting fake news and false right-wing outrage for money. And in doing so, they're further radicalizing the many, many people who believe all this conspiracy shit and pushing some of them to violence and murder.

But they're such assholes that they don't care if people die in their pursuit of views and clicks. If Ralph really did feel guilty for a second, he brushed it off with the same "it's just a joke" bullshit that these Schrodinger's Assholes have to deflect responsibility for the violence they incite that they've used for several years now.

This is the same Ralph Retort guy who spread photos of a woman to get her fired from Nintendo because maybe she had a side gig as a sex worker. None of that was a joke. She really did get harassed, she really did get fired, she really did get shamed by hundreds of whorephobic pieces of shit. He has blood on his hands and as far as I'm concerned he can choke on it.

None of this is to say that Lane bears no responsibility for his own actions. But the Ralphs and friends contributed a lot to the circumstances leading directly to the murder. Yet they go on with their website and new YouTube series, interviewing Richard Spencer and other white supremacists.

They should be in jail with Lane.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Cops and Klan Go Hand in Hand

[TRIGGER WARNING: WHITE SUPREMACIST SYMBOL]

One of the fucked up things that the Bothell Police sergeant said to me while trying to convince me not to file a complaint against the Bothell Police was that 99% of cops are good people. That is very hard for me to believe considering how many articles and videos about cops doing fucked up shit I see on a literal daily basis.

Some of them like this:

Jasper police officers suspended for 'white power' hand symbol in post-arrest photo

SUSPENDED.

Jasper Mayor David O'Mary told AL.com in an email the officers have been suspended from the narcotics team. 
"The Civil Service Board has a say in what happens relative to compensation loss. We feel it is within the powers of the Mayor to impose a five day loss of pay," O'Mary said in an email. "In addition we will require some diversity training."

Five days pay for brazenly giving that new white power symbol in a photo in their police gear.

And of course people are trying to claim that the symbol in question is "just a joke," as though it's not utterly fucked up to joke about racist hate symbols, about the "white power movement," and as though the 4chan fucks who use that are anything better than Schrödinger's Assholes who conveniently say it's a joke when it could get them into trouble but have become completely indistinguishable from 100% proud white supremacists.

In other words, people who use that symbol are just white supremacists who go on 4chan in their spare time, which does not make them better than white supremacists who don't go on 4chan in their spare time. Also, some of those people are cops! Who get to keep their fucking jobs after outing themselves as white supremacists who go on 4chan.

I really wish I didn't have to live on this world.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Gif of the Day


Hot damn, those are some TEEFS.

Headline of the Month

I knew it wouldn't be long before I found a use for that new gif.

Trump says he meant to say the exact opposite of what he said about Russia’s election meddling

When he was onstage beside Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday, Trump said about election meddling, “I have President Putin. He just said it's not Russia. I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be. So I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.” 
But after major backlash, Trump told reporters Tuesday that he has full confidence in the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that the Russians did, in fact, meddle in the election. Trump said he was originally flummoxed by the press’ reaction to his comments, and that when he requested a transcript, he realized he’d made a critical mistake. 
“I realize that there is a need for some clarification,” Trump said. “In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t.'"

Uh huh.


A mistake in one very key word doesn't explain the rest of what he said. You know, "So I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today."

The key word there being BUT, and also finding any excuse to call Putin "strong and powerful."

And, you know. Everything else he's said. All the other times he's licked Putin's asshole.

So when is his treason trial already?

Elon Musk is the Actual Worst

[TRIGGER WARNING: PEDOPHILIA ACCUSATION, FALSE ACCUSATION]

I talk a lot of shit about Bezos, and don't get me wrong, Bezos is a horrible person who is sucking resources out of the Earth and hoarding it as ever more people die of starvation. But have you heard about Elon Musk?

The Tesla billionaire has been getting increasingly bad press lately, but this takes the fucking cake:


Now, you know me. I take accusations like this very seriously, no matter where they come from. But Elon Musk made it 100% clear that he just threw this out there to try and drag a hero's name through the mud. Why? Because said hero told Musk to shove his bullshit submarine PR attempt up his ass.

63-year-old British caver Vern Unsworth, who according to CNN played an instrumental role in rescuing the team, criticized Musk in an interview with the network this week for his attempted involvement in the mission. As the saga was unfolding, Musk said that his companies SpaceX and the Boring Company would help rescue the boys. He proposed creating an “air tunnel underwater.” Musk also had engineers from SpaceX and Tesla build and test a mini submarine for the boys to escape, but it was never used. 
Unsworth in an interview with CNN said Musk’s submarine was “just a PR stunt” and had “absolutely no chance” of working. “He can stick his submarine where it hurts,” he said.

And so Elon Musk threw a tantrum like the baby he is.

Musk reacted to Unsworth’s assessment in a series of tweets. He said he “never saw this British expat guy” and mentioned a rescue video that he said could refute his remarks. But then Musk went a step further, saying not to “bother” showing the video and calling Unsworth a “pedo guy” — as in, accusing him of being a pedophile.

Did he follow up with any kind of explanation for the accusation? I'm not about to demand "evidence" like an asshole but you can't just casually throw that out there. What is the basis of your statement? Do we need to try and get this diver guy arrested?

Lol nope.

When a fellow Twitter user pointed out the accusation Musk had lobbed, the South African entrepreneur responded, “Bet ya a signed dollar it’s true.”

WOW okay so let's see if I have this straight. You threw out a pedophilia accusation against a man who played a big part in rescuing 20 kids from a horrible death, then when people asked for more information, you straight up admit that you made it up, you pulled it out of your ass, by saying you "bet it's true."

And why? Why do you bet it's true? Are you implying that anyone who would make an effort to save a bunch of kids from a horrible death must be doing it because they want to fuck children? And since you were "trying" to save them, too, does that make you a pedophile? Or does it not count if you don't actually care about the kids at all and were only doing it for a pathetic and gross PR stunt?

Which is it, Elon Musk? Gross PR stunt guy or pedophile? Which are you? I look forward to your clumsy explanation on Twitter.

Either way, this is for you:

Monday, July 16, 2018

Friday, July 13, 2018

Gif of the Day


I wish I could do that.

Straw Bans Hurt Disabled People

In yet another thing I'd never thought about because I'm able-bodied, straw bans make life even more difficult for many disabled people. Unfortunately, because people don't ever listen to disabled individuals, this has only reached even leftist Tumblr after the ban passed in Seattle. Now it's being considered in other areas.

'Disabled People Are Not Part of the Conversation.' Advocates Speak Out Against Plastic Straw Bans

Popular alternatives for plastic straws include options made from biodegradable paper and metal, the latter of which are typically reusable once cleaned. But Jamie Szymkowiak, founder of the Scotland-based “One in Five” disabled rights campaign, says those options may not suit people with certain disabilities. 
For instance, Szymkowiak — who says he has arthrogryposis, a condition that affects the movement of his joints — says some disabled people can take a longer time to drink, leading paper straws to get soggy or even disintegrate, potentially increasing the risk of choking. He added that metal straws are usually inflexible, making them more difficult to use for people who have a mobility-related impairment.

This is a perfect opportunity for us able-bodied people to reflect on our privilege. It's also a perfect time to consider whether the best course of action to protect the planet is to ban minor things like plastic straws or whether we might want to just abolish capitalism to rid the world of the incentive to destroy the world with mass amounts of industrial waste because it creates short-term profits.

These liberal band-aids won't stop environmental disaster and always seem to hurt the disenfranchised. Let's do better.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Gif of the Day


I identify so strongly with this gif.

CLASSY AS FUCK

I know we got really distracted by the whole "ripping babies from their mothers' arms and throwing them in cages with no plan to ever reunite them" thing. But remember how we have a horrible mass shooting problem in this country and gun humpers who harass teen kids who try to make it so no other kids will have to go through the horrific trauma they did.

Utah gun fanatics trail Parkland survivors speaking tour in armored vehicle with replica machine gun

Have these assholes in Utah every thought about maybe instead using their time to go fuck themselves? Just wondering.

The Utah Gun Exchange, which describes itself as a “patriot marketplace,” is taunting these teens and their supporters by following them around in armored vehicle that has a giant replica machine gun, a replica that is complete with a propane-powered mechanism to create realistic-sounding machine gun fire. They are attempting to attend the teen town halls. Can you imagine traumatizing mass shooting survivors in this way? Well, buckle up because after police stops in New York and Chicago, Bryan Melchior, co-owner of the Utah Gun Exchange, claims that he’s the real victim here.

OF COURSE HE DOES.

Why isn't this considered to be criminal harassment? Does the word "harassment" even mean anything in this fucking country?

And also, just what kind of an awful person do you have to be to harass traumatized children?

Literally like,


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Gif of the Day


The way this cat strokes the child's face is so human it's kind of unnerving.

Also oh my god cats.

Your Daily Dose of ICE Horror

I'd say that this should catch the attention of the "pro-life" crowd but hahahaha we all know they don't actually give a fuck about life.

Pregnant Women Say They Miscarried In Immigration Detention And Didn't Get The Care They Needed

Two weeks after arriving in the US seeking asylum, E, 23, found herself in a detention cell in San Luis, Arizona, bleeding profusely and begging for help from staff at the facility. She was four months pregnant and felt like she was losing her baby. She had come to the US from El Salvador after finding out she was pregnant, in the hopes of raising her son in a safer home. 
“An official arrived and they said it was not a hospital and they weren’t doctors. They wouldn’t look after me,” she told BuzzFeed News, speaking by phone from another detention center, Otay Mesa in San Diego. “I realized I was losing my son. It was his life that I was bleeding out. I was staining everything. I spent about eight days just lying down. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t do anything. I started crying and crying and crying.”

Is there any end to the horrors of this country's immigration policies? They're not doctors but they could have fucking found her one. She was bleeding for eight days, unable to eat. She could have died. Her baby did. Do those heartless fucks as ICE care at all? No.

About a week after speaking with BuzzFeed News, E gave up her fight for asylum, accepted voluntary departure, and was deported back to El Salvador.

This makes me sick with anger. We treat desperate people just looking for a better life for their children like criminals, put them in cages, refuse them medical care, and kill their unborn children. No word from the so-called "pro-life" administration on this.

Who cares about pregnant women or their babies if they're not white, is that it?

The new ICE directive states that women are not to be held into their third trimester and that ICE is responsible for “ensuring pregnant detainees receive appropriate medical care including effectuating transfers to facilities that are able to provide appropriate medical treatment.” 
But BuzzFeed News has found evidence that that directive is not being carried out. Instead, women in immigration detention are often denied adequate medical care, even when in dire need of it, are shackled around the stomach while being transported between facilities, and have been physically and psychologically mistreated.

Pregnant women shackled around the fucking stomach.

The BuzzFeed article is long and full of many more horrors.

Fucking. Abolish. ICE.

There's Nothing Quite Like Fake Male Allies

[TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL ABUSE, SEXUAL ASSAULT]

This story takes the cake. If you're a feminist then it's likely you've seen the company "Feminist Apparel" pop up now and again. I honestly thought that they must be yet another capitalism scheme to squeeze money out of a popular movement and that their products were probably made in a sweatshop in some exploited country. That may still be true, but the company actually was run by feminists. Or at least, by people claiming to be.

Feminist Apparel CEO Fires Entire Staff After They Learn He's An Admitted Sexual Abuser

I actually laughed at this headline because it's so fucked up but also OF COURSE THAT WOULD FUCKING HAPPEN JESUS FUCKING HELL.

It all came to a grinding halt in June of 2018 when Feminist Apparel staff discovered that the brand’s founder and CEO Alan Martofel had an admitted history of sexually abusing women. In fact, he claims it’s the reason why he started the company in the first place. After asking for his resignation, all nine employees were fired without notice or severance. (Only Martfel and an outside consultant remained.)

This is classic fake, exploitative male ally. This Alan Martofel did an especially good job, made a bunch of money, and ruined a bunch of women's lives. I hope his career and life go the way of that one dude, what's his name, who was a professor of Women's Studies or something. I hope I forget his name because he becomes an obscure nobody that everybody wants to forget.

I can see how people were fooled. At first, reading this article, I was mildly impressed by the story of a guy who realized he had sexually abused women and wanted to reform himself. But here's the thing. Using the self-reform story to start a company you make a profit from is just another way of exploiting women. He could have started a charity, he could have started the company and handed it off to a woman, he could have not fired all the women who worked for them after they confronted him about his past.

It's also pretty clear that he was not up front about his sexually abusive past to his employees upon hiring them, which is especially gross considering the fact that some of his (now former) employees were survivors.

Of course, it all went down the toilet when he fired them all. I don't know what he was thinking. He could have at least salvaged his reputation and maybe had some kind of role in the company. Now he's guaranteed to be flushed straight down the feminist toilet. His messages about the confrontation and resulting firing are disgusting.

Sadly, in the meeting that took place with my now-former employees last Friday, I was made aware that they, unequivocally, do not share my views on either business or feminism.

In other words, this was nothing but a "business" to you. It's also hilarious to accuse women who confronted you for being a former sexual abuser and whom you fired for doing so of being unfeminist. Apparently, feminism to Alan means not holding men accountable for their actions when they're making money off of feminist slogans and their name is Alan Martofel.

Bye bye, Alen. Don't drown on your way down to the sewers.

Amazon Strike This Week

It would have been better to write about this before the strike started but I've been preoccupied with massive amounts of police bullshit.

Amazon workers around the world are striking today for better pay, better treatment, and better conditions. For years now, there have been reports of appalling conditions in Amazon warehouses where people work 10 hours a day under grueling quotas that don't leave them enough time to go to the bathroom. Ambulances have taken to just waiting outside these warehouses because workers routinely collapse from exhaustion.

Undercover journalists have been reporting on this shit for a long time, but nothing has changed. Now Darth Bezos is facing a mass workers' strike.

You can support this strike by participating in a coinciding boycott. You've probably heard that Amazon is planning some kind of "deals day" with the most/best sales of the year. This is a deliberate attempt to undermine the strike and keep their profits up. Do not buy from Amazon on the 16th. Don't even visit the website. You can do even better by not visiting Amazon from now until the 18th, as strikes in European countries have already begun.

Addition actions you can take include canceling your Amazon Prime and putting the strike/Amazon's foul treatment of its workers as the reason. You can also boycott other companies owned by Amazon and Darth Bezos. This includes Whole Foods. And Twitch, nerds.

11 Companies You Might Not Realize Are Owned by Amazon

Jeff Bezos needs to be stopped. He thinks he can do anything he wants because of his money. We all need to buckle down and show him that we find his lack of faith disturbing.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Gif of the Day


Me @ my bosses.

I Went to the Police Station to File a Complaint and Left Angrier

[TRIGGER WARNING: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, POLICE BRUTALITY, SPECULATION OF SEXUAL ASSAULT, GUN VIOLENCE]

I left with more to complain about. I left with my boyfriend completely shaken and in tears. I left all the more determined to see the police abolished.

I filed a complaint with the Bothell Police Department online early Saturday morning after all that shit went down and I was far too upset to sleep. The next day, to my surprise, I got a call from a Bothell officer to follow up. I got some more information from him as well as some excuses and after refusing to take them, he asked me if I wanted to file a complaint. I said yes, confused, because I thought I had already done so, and he said I could come down to the station to file one. I guess doing it online isn't official, maybe I don't know. But I wanted to make sure it was officially on file, so after gathering the nerve for a couple days, I finally went to the station today.

We (myself and my boyfriend because I was too scared to go alone) waited 10-15 minutes for an officer to show up after using an internal phone to explain that I wanted to file a complaint about police conduct. He took us into a little office where he sat at a desk and us in chairs in front of him. He asked me what happened and I explained the domestic violence incident we witnessed and a bit of why I wanted to file a complaint. I really didn't expect to have to say this directly to a cop. I wanted a form I could fill out in peace.

The officer took some time to read the police reports on the incident after saying that he could probably "answer my questions" (I hadn't asked any). He then asked us some questions like whether the couple lived together, and we said we assumed so but weren't totally sure. He then went into some thing about "imagine if you didn't live together but one of you came over all the time but your name isn't on the lease" and I was confused as to where he was going with that. I'm not sure if that was listed as a reason for the woman's arrest, but the male half of that couple didn't seem to be trying to get her to leave at any point, rather he was saying that he was trying to leave and she shouted at him to leave at least once, very likely at least twice.

My boyfriend chimed in to say that he understood but he didn't think it mattered whether she was officially on the lease or not. He and the officer talked a bit and it was soon clear that my boyfriend was not a fan of the police. The officer then made a bit of a speech about how he's a black man and understands stereotypes, and tried to convince us that stereotypes against cops are the same as racial stereotypes. I was not trying to get into an argument about this - I just came for some fucking forms - but I was of course thinking "YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A COP. YOU CAN TAKE OFF YOUR UNIFORM."

Mostly I nodded respectfully, trying to keep my white privilege in mind. I was also stressed out to the max, fidgeting and picking at my skin constantly. I just wanted to fill out a complaint form or take one home with me. I just wanted to leave.

Instead the officer proceeded to try and explain away everything the cops on scene that horrific night did. I was waiting for an opportunity to explain that I would not be at all surprised if the police were following procedure - my problem is with the procedure. But you know how men are. I was mostly quiet for the rest of the time as my boyfriend and the officer talked. My boyfriend was getting increasingly upset and visibly crying. Actually, the first thing my boyfriend said in that tiny little office/interrogation room was asking me if I had any tissues because he was already tearing up.

At some point, and I might be getting the order of things mixed up because it feels like my brain is actively trying to push the memories out of my head, he asked me what my biggest complaint was, and said it was very unusual for someone to file a complaint when they were not directly involved in the incident. I don't know why he needed to pinpoint the biggest complaint because all of my complaints were important, but I said the most upsetting thing was that they hadn't let the woman get dressed before arresting her and dragging her off in her negligee.

He read both the initial and secondary reports to try and find a reason why they didn't let her get dressed, but there was none given. He said that typically, someone would be allowed to go back inside their home and get properly dressed before being handcuffed, but sometimes they are not. Reasons include if they think there are weapons in the person's home or if the arrestee is combative. The officer asked me if the woman had been "lippy" with the officers on scene.

I want to pause here to say that being upset and loud and yes, even """lippy""" should not disqualify someone from basic dignity. We civilians have a right to clothing even if we're not 100% licking the cops' assholes at all times. Especially women as long as cops have a tendency to sexually assault women.

Oh, and before that, the officer explained to me that cops can indeed determine the primary aggressor in a domestic violence call in under 5 minutes, and in fact in as little as 30 seconds! Okay, Sergeant Collins, you may think that cops can do that. What I am here to say is that no, you fucking can't. Just because you think you got enough to tick off your cop boxes for "probable cause" doesn't mean it's right. This is the entire problem with police. Now this woman has an arrest record, now the state of Washington is charging her with a crime whether her boyfriend wants to press charges or not, now she's had to spend time in one of those awful, disgusting, abuse-ridden jails because the cops didn't want to spend more than five minutes to find out what happened.

Also, he explained that Bothell does have domestic violence advocates, but they're not going to come out at 2 am! By which he means the city/police department isn't going to pay to have enough of these advocates staffed around the clock or pay enough to get them to agree to be on call after business hours, which I'm guessing is when most domestic violence calls happen. He practically laughed at the idea. Ha ha ha.

Back to the big complaint, and my least favorite part of this trip to the friendly neighborhood Bothell Police Department. He then said that we, me and my boyfriend, were in the report, and that it said we were hostile or something like that. He said that """maybe""" the reason they had to haul this woman off without letting her get dressed is because we and the three other people out there were, essentially, making cops nervous. He then asked us to imagine a situation where a big crowd of people were yelling at the police while they were arresting someone naked at McMenamins. The police would want to get the person out of there quick in order to calm things down!

Here are the problems with that. 1) There were, at most, five bystanders watching the situation. Me and my boyfriend in our pajamas (me without shoes on), a man from another building in the complex off by the mailboxes, an old lady, and my apartment manager watching from his window. 2) None of us were yelling or doing anything but watching until they pulled the woman's hands behind her back and handcuffed her. At this point, they already were not going to let her get dressed, because how's she going to do that in handcuffs? It wasn't until then that the yelling started. 3) There were three officers there, all of them with guns, against a tiny gaggle of people in pajamas, one who didn't want to come outside (because cops) and one an old fucking lady.

Why do cops feel so threatened by the people they're supposedly supposed to protect and serve? But also, #2 invalidates the whole argument, which is essentially that it was our fault the woman didn't get clothes. So I'm guessing either the cops were lazy, didn't give a fuck, or the woman was too "lippy" to deserve dignity and protection from being ogled by gross cops. Who knows, maybe the male cops there just wanted a show! Maybe they got off on handcuffing an almost-nude woman. That may seem unreasonable, but it sounds more reasonable to me than "the three cops with guns were afraid of the five unarmed civilians in pajama bottoms."

So that was the biggest bit of bullshit. At this point it was very clear that the officer was trying to convince us not to file a complaint. He was trying to explain away what happened, hoping that we would go "oh, well, if that kind of horrible and heartless conduct is standard procedure, then it's fine!" God knows how long that would have gone on, but our time there came to an abrupt end when my boyfriend, getting more upset, said that he had seen videos of "de-escalation training" in which cops are told/have said that putting their hands on their guns is de-escalation. The officer directly denied this and claimed to have been a de-escalation trainer. He then, for some reason I will never be able to determine, said it was ridiculous to say that grabbing at your gun was de-escalation, and demonstrated that action. He grabbed his holstered gun handle right there in front of us.

My brain is at a complete stop at this point and I'm feeling pretty numb, but my boyfriend does not have this reaction to stress and is also very afraid of guns, moreso than I am. He freaks out a little. He says that he's done and he wants to leave, and gets up from his chair, again visibly crying. The officer gets up as well and says he'll get us the complaint forms and we can request copies of the police reports up front. My boyfriend does not want to turn his back on the officer and says so, but the officer refuses to go out first, saying he'll stand there all day until we leave first. My stress has spiked to the limit so I basically push my poor boyfriend out the door because I need the fuck out of there immediately.

The officer goes to get the forms, I request the police reports and am told to do so online, and I hope I fucking can because now that I'm out of there I realize I'm pretty sure I can't do that when it's a domestic violence case so fuck me. I then tell my boyfriend to wait in the car because he is so upset. It takes a few minutes for the officer to come back, leave again to write down the case number for us, and come back again.

As he's walking me out he starts going into the "officers were following procedure and did nothing wrong" speech again, and is onto "bystanders like your boyfriend are the reason they didn't let the woman get dressed" (he literally said my boyfriend there) when said boyfriend returned because he thought the officer had accosted me (and he had, let's be honest). I finally got the opportunity to say that I understood that the officers on scene were following procedure, and that my problem was with the procedure. This ends the interaction, and we leave.

There's a good chance that there's more that happened that I don't remember just now. I am, once again, very tired and feeling pretty awful. But this time, I'm much angrier. I did not use my personal time to go down to the police station to have a cop try and convince me not to file a complaint. Now I have something new to complain about, and this time I know the officer's name.

They make it as difficult as possible to even file a complaint against an officer. If someone wants to file a complaint about how I do my job, they could just do so on the fucking company Facebook account. I'm not allowed to sit them down in a little room and try to convince them not to file a complaint until I make their significant other cry.

All Sergeant Collins did was harden my resolve. I'm not letting this go. My complaints will be filed, and I will be writing the city council, and I'll be pitching an article about all this until someone accepts it. And I'm betting that someone will.

Introducing the "Unmasking Antifa Act"

Also could be another "Here's Fascism!"

By the way, I made a special new reaction image to go along with that particular post series:


Get it? Haaaaaahahaha it's terrible.

Anyway, back to the bill. Apparently, just over a month ago, some mess called the "Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018" was introduced by  Rep. Donovan, Daniel M., Jr. [R-NY-11].

"To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide penalty enhancements for committing certain offenses while in disguise, and for other purposes."

If you didn't know, dedicated anti-fascists often cover their faces in protest to avoid harassment by fascists, both of the police and non-police variety, and the state in general. We've all seen how cops and often local governments side with fascists and arrest, brutalize, and do everything they can to prosecute and imprison the heroes who try to defend communities against fascists. Covering their faces protects them in this age of video. It's essential for dedicated antifa to exist.

Making this a crime is a transparent attempt to wipe out anti-fascist efforts and allow fascist thugs to overrun our communities and harass, bully, assault, and murder marginalized peoples and their allies into hiding and, ideally (from their perspective), non-existence.

"Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, while in disguise, including while wearing a mask, injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both."

Defend yourself against a fascist thug in a mask and you can get 15 years in prison. That's what this does. Hell, "oppresses, threatens, or intimidates" can be interpreted widely, god knows how far they'll take it. Can you even yell "fuck of, nazi" in a mask at a shithead with a tiki torch without being thrown in prison for 15 years?

This is still in committee and I hope it gets nowhere, but the fact that it exists at all is alarming. I'll be checking up on it periodically. Be prepared to fight it.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Gif of the Day


When dogs lick their paws like they're cats, say "awww" if you agree.

Why is This Allowed to Happen?

Can somebody please explain to me how we've reached this point as a nation?

A 1-Year-Old Boy Had a Court Appearance Before an Immigration Judge in Phoenix

The 1-year-old boy in a green button-up shirt drank milk from a bottle, played with a small purple ball that lit up when it hit the ground and occasionally asked for “agua.” 
Then it was the child’s turn for his court appearance before a Phoenix immigration judge, who could hardly contain his unease with the situation during the portion of the hearing where he asks immigrant defendants whether they understand the proceedings. 
“I’m embarrassed to ask it, because I don’t know who you would explain it to, unless you think that a 1-year-old could learn immigration law,” Judge John W. Richardson told the lawyer representing the 1-year-old boy.

Brief moment to appreciate how Time kept repeating "1-year-old" in the article. It might have been for SEO purposes but it works as an effective rhetorical device anyway, reminding the reader that THIS DEFENDANT WAS A 1-YEAR-OLD.

But let's talk about how fucked up a country needs to be to require a literal bottle-drinking baby to appear before a judge who has to ask him if he understands the proceedings. At least this one had a lawyer. Many of the children made to appear in these unfunny Saturday Night Live skits come to life don't have any legal representation, because they don't get constitutional rights.

Also, this case has some additional fucked up details.

In Phoenix on Friday, the Honduran boy named Johan waited over an hour to see the judge. His attorney told Richardson that the boy’s father had brought him to the U.S. but that they had been separated, although it’s unclear when. He said the father, who was now in Honduras, was removed from the country under false pretenses that he would be able to leave with his son.

One moment, please.


Carry on.

In the end, Johan was granted a voluntary departure order that would allow the government to fly him to Honduras so that he could be reunited with his family. An attorney with the Florence Project, an Arizona-based nonprofit that provides free legal help to immigrants, said both his mother and father were in Honduras.

Well, I hope they don't all die horribly there, because that is a distinct possibility.

The United States of America is officially the United States of Disgrace.

Bothell, WA Police Arrest and Haul Off a Woman in Negligee, I Witness Everything

[TRIGGER WARNING: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, POLICE BRUTALITY]

Early Saturday morning, I became one of the many people in the U.S. who will witness either or both a domestic violence situation and/or police fuckery. I am still feeling incredibly troubled by what I saw, and "troubled" is really an understatement. I can't accurately describe this awful feeling in my gut. I honestly think this experience might have been traumatizing. Not exaggerating.

I wrote down every detail I can remember from the night. Buckle up.

Saturday morning, around 2 am, I was startled out of a dead sleep by the sound of a woman screaming “help” at the top of her lungs. It took a second to figure out that I was not dreaming, and at the same time my significant other woke and said “did you hear that?” We scrambled out of bed and threw pajamas on. I ran out into the apartment parking lot (we live in an outside-access apartment building) to try and find the source of the screaming, but it had gone quiet. I’ll never forget the feeling of panic and horror, wondering if a woman was being murdered or already dead while I stood frozen in place. I was disoriented from sleep and the sound had come through our open bedroom window. I had no way to determine which apartment it came from.

My SO ran down the length of the building and finally heard commotion coming from a couple apartments down from ours. That’s how loud the screaming was. They were inside a couple apartments down and it woke us both up from dead sleep at 2 am. My SO ran to call the police. He wasn’t the only one to do so, but still, a mistake, and my mistake for not stopping him.

Probably less than a minute later, a man comes out of the apartment from where the screaming originated, soon followed by a very angry and upset woman yelling at him. She was wearing a pretty revealing negligee or nighty or whatever you call it, no real pants. The man repeatedly apologized to us and other bystanders who had gathered outside at this point, and appeared to try and calm her down. There was arguing, she was demanding her phone from him and he claimed not to have it, she demanded her purse from him and he said it was inside.

It took 5-10 minutes for the police to arrive from the point my SO called. I now know that the man called the police before they went outside, perhaps before my SO called. Other people called, too. I heard no sirens, but three cops walked up into the parking lot from the apartment complex entrance. They approached the couple and the woman turned and stormed back toward her apartment. The cops placed their hands on their holstered guns and demanded she sit on the ground. I don’t know what exactly they were afraid of from this small woman in negligee. She could not have hid a weapon on that outfit.

She sat on the ground as ordered. The cops spent maybe five minutes talking to each individual separately. And I don’t mean five minutes each, but total. After this, they approached the woman, forced her hands behind her back and handcuffed her. She started sobbing and saying “I’m sorry” and when they tried to lift her up, I heard her say “wait, wait, I have a bad hip.”

At this point, my apartment manager, whom I fucking love, yelled loudly out of his window: “What are you doing??” followed by something I can’t remember precisely, but the message was “you’re arresting HER and not HIM??” My SO shouted at the woman to say nothing and get a lawyer. A cop started to ask her a question and my SO interrupted, repeating the advice. I tell my SO to get out his camera and film, and he does. Then another man approaches, also angry and shouting at the cops, saying that he lives in a separate building in the complex but could still hear the woman scream.

Through all the chaos, I notice the cops leading the woman away. Their cars are out of sight and I start to feel panicky, and I follow, even though I’m terrified because cops scare me and guns scare me and these cops putting their hands on their guns in a very obviously threatening manner. All I can think is that this woman only has a revealing negligee on and cops are taking her out of sight, and I know what cops do to women. My SO yells at me to come back because he’s terrified for my safety, and I hesitate, and I don’t know what the fuck to do. There’s still yelling going on.

I wish I had had the presence of mind to demand she be given clothing, or to take off the zip-up hoodie I had grabbed for myself and offer it to this woman. Fuck, I wish I would have offered her my pants. I wasn’t wearing underwear, but the cops can look at my bare ass and hairy cooch for all I care. But I don’t, I’m stunned and paralyzed and I turn back at my SO’s urging. At this point I’m crying. My apartment manager has come out to talk to the cops even though he did not want to, another cop is talking to the guy from the other building.

I don’t know how much time passed during all of this. At some point the cop who led the woman away, who was also a woman, approaches us, and I ask, crying, if the arrested woman was given a jacket or something. She doesn’t respond, instead turning her attention to my SO, who is starting to rant but also clearly afraid. I ask again if the woman was given a jacket or something because she was hardly wearing anything, my voice shaking and strained from trying not to break down sobbing, and I don’t remember exactly what she said, but it was basically “yeah, she’ll be given something,” which if you pay attention is a “no” to my actual question.

She may have told us to go inside at this point, and we refused, it’s hard to remember because I was so beyond upset. The cop then left us and we stayed outside for a while longer. I wanted to out of concern for my apartment manager, who was still talking to the cops. The man who was the other half of the domestic violence call is still outside, still free. My SO and I are talking about how fucked up it all is, and he’s like staring at us and starts saying something to us from a distance. My SO accurately responds that he’s not even listening to what the guy is saying and starts ranting about how fucked up the police are again (rightly). This is when I finally go inside. My SO soon follows as I’m shakily trying to drink some water. At one point I wonder aloud if anyone got names and badge numbers, and my SO volunteers to do so, a little too enthusiastically, and I get cold feet and tell him not to, because I am afraid he’ll be arrested or worse.

I felt so powerless and was still terrified for the woman who was arrested. Somehow we landed on the idea of bringing her clothes because we didn’t trust the cops to give her any. We actually drove in the middle of the night to the local jail, only to be told that she had been booked at the county jail. I still don’t know why.

We returned home and I crawled into bed, not because I thought I could sleep but because I felt a powerful urge to huddle under the covers. I stared into space for I don’t know how long, going over and over the whole thing in my head, as my SO paced the apartment. I finally fell into a fitful sleep, got up a couple hours later, and went to work.

My SO drove me to work, actually, and on the way there, I got a call from the Bothell Police Department. I had practically forgotten that in my shocked, angry, horrified state in the middle of the night I had filed a complaint online about the whole incident, which unfortunately requires giving them a lot of information about yourself, and they actually called me about it. That was when I learned that they arrested her on domestic violence charges, finding her to be the “primary instigator” of the violence. My SO later learned that they did this because the man called the police, dispatch heard the woman yelling over the phone, and the man had blood on his pants when the police arrived. The police claimed they had no choice but to arrest her because of this. She will be there until she can see a judge on Monday.

I asked the guy who called me about them not letting her put on clothes before or after arresting her, and he said she “would have” been given some at the county jail. When exactly this “would have” happened, I don’t know.

Like I said before, I am completely fucked up over this. I’ll never forget the horror and panic of being woken up by screams for help and not knowing if something terrible is happening to someone, and not knowing where to find them. I’ll never get over seeing police arrest the one who screamed for help and hauling her off in fucking negligee, having heard many horror stories of cops sexually assaulting/raping detained women. I hate how scared and paralyzed I felt. I hate that there are these people who get to run around and make bad situations a thousand times worse and we’re supposed to be grateful for it.

I don’t know what happened between this couple last night before I was yanked out of sleep by a scream for help. I know a woman screamed for help, and that same woman was arrested while the man walked free. I know cops spent barely any time at all talking to the pair before deciding to arrest a woman in negligee without letting her dress. I know they treated her and the rest of us as hostile, and at times like a threat. I knew I was afraid for the woman and for my and my SO’s safety. I know I feel traumatized by what happened. I know others have witnessed so much worse, without whiteness to protect them.

We are going to keep following up with police and demanding answers. On Monday, my day off, I’m going to contact my city council, my mayor, and I am going to keep asking why a woman was hauled off in a police car in negligee, without pants, without shoes, after five minutes of gathering information. I am going to keep asking why the cops had to threaten to shoot a small woman in nothing but negligee and make me feel afraid for my safety. The cops kept talking about our and their safety, but I have never felt so unsafe. There was no threat to the police from a woman in negligee and a couple sleep-addled people in pajamas.

Today, I plan to go down to the police department and file a formal complaint about how the police handled this. I'm also going to be writing to my city council and the Mayor of Bothell asking why this is acceptable police procedure and why there was not a domestic violence advocate there with them. We'll also be calling to find out the results of the young woman's arraignment, and offering ourselves to her as witnesses.

It's one thing to write about this kind of shit every goddamn weekday. It's quite another to be woken up by it at two in the morning and then have it play out before my very eyes. I can't imagine how traumatizing it must be to witness much worse police conduct, including murder.

This is all cops do anymore. They don't protect and serve. They come, they make things worse, they threaten, they harm, they traumatize. I hate that there are just these people out there among us who get to terrorize us and make us miserable and if we don't totally roll over and take it, we're liable to end up in jail or dead. That's the reality of it. Even if the police used to be better, this was always how they were going to end up. The police as an institution needs to be abolished. Nothing less is acceptable.