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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Another man on Facebook thinks I should die

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Earlier today, I wrote an article about Donald Trump. I posted a link to that article in a discussion thread on Lynda Carter's Facebook page. A man named Travis Small was deeply offended by my article, and responded with the following comment:

 Travis Small  Did he say that? Or did he condemn them? I guess you're watching CNN... or just being as ignorant as the rest of the haters of America... Who think it's ok to have Black LIves Matters and ANIFTA running freely through the streets burning and destroying peoples livelihoods and personal properties... Get real.. those thugs that were there causing all the trouble are the ones who need to be plowed down. and that is you Black lives matter and anifta.. The ones who was peacefully marching had a permit and it was their right to march... so suck it up.. This is America... and everyone has a right to march or protest PEACEFULLY...

The part that got my attention was where he wants me dead, sorry "plowed down." Did you notice that? "Get real..those thugs that were causing all the trouble are the ones who to to be plowed down. and that is you Black lives matter and ANIFTA [sic].."

So, in the world of Travis Small, Nazis are the good guys, and those of us trying to fight against Nazis should be "plowed down." The Nazis were marching peacefully (with torches while screaming "Jews will not replace us" and "Blood and soil") and the counter-protesters, the people who used their bodies to protect members of the clergy, people like Deandre Harris, Marcus Martin, and Heather Heyer, were causing all the trouble. Heather Heyer who was "plowed down" by a Nazi using a Dodge Charger as a murder weapon, whose memorial service is today

Travis ends his hateful, violent screed by writing the word "peacefully" all in caps. Is that irony or hypocrisy? How does it work, I wonder, in Travis Small's mind, how can he write that I and everyone else fighting against Nazis in whatever way we can deserve to be killed, and then write about peace? 

But I guess this is your typical Trump supporter. Nazis are peaceful protesters, people fighting against Nazis are causing trouble and deserve to "plowed down." 

I reported Travis to Facebook, but since there doesn't seem to be a way to share what Travis wrote, his profile will most likely remain up. I think the best way to fight back against someone like Travis is to make sure people know exactly who, and what, he is. Travis is a man who believes someone like me deserves to be murdered. 

Donald Trump prefers actual Nazis to people fighting Nazis

Tuesday evening, Donald Trump got his base back. He nearly lost them Monday, when he read words he does not believe off a teleprompter. But the Nazis and the Klan members and David Duke and Christopher Cantwell and Andrew Anglin knew he was forced to say those things. They saw Trump's face as he called his base what they are in a monotone, as if he was a hostage and someone had a gun to his head. His base understood the hidden message: I don't believe what I am saying.

And on Tuesday, Donald Trump showed himself for precisely what he is. Donald Trump is a narcissistic, sociopath who sympathizes with Nazis. He stated there were "bad people" on the Nazi side of what happened in Charlottesville, but that the other side had very "violent people." He did not mention Deandre Harris, the young man almost beaten to death by Nazi thugs, he did not mention Marcus Martin, the young man who was hit by the Dodge Charger a Nazi used as a weapon of mass destruction, and he most certainly did not mention Heather Heyer, the young woman murdered by that same Nazi. He did mention her mother, but only in reference to himself:

I thought that the statement put out, the mother’s statement, I thought was a beautiful statement. I tell you, it was something that I really appreciated. I thought it was terrific. Under the kind of stress that she is under and the heartache that she is under, I thought putting out that statement to me was really something I won’t forget. Thank you all very much. Thank you.

Trump also took a few moments to brag about a winery he has in Charlottesville:

Charlottesville is a great place that’s been very badly hurt over the last couple of days. I own actually one of the largest wineries in the United States. It’s in Charlottesville.

Trump's words on Tuesday were divisive, historically inaccurate, and incredibly dangerous. By treating the counter-protesters as somehow worse than the Nazis who descended on Charlottesville, he gave his support to the driver of that Dodge Charger, he gave his support to monsters like Christopher Cantwell and David Duke and Andrew Anglin.

Charles Krauthammer, a conservative pundit, called Trump's words a "moral disgrace." Marco Rubio countered Trump's words on Twitter, stating the organizers of the Nazi protest were "100% to blame" for the violence. Other conservative politicians rebuked Trump as well, including Paul Ryan, Steve Scalise, and Jeff Flake.

Donald Trump said there were "good people" in Charlottesville on Friday night, people who just wanted to calmly protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. Good people, who wielded torches as they screamed "Jews will not replace us," and "Blood and soil." 

Image from NBC news

Trump echoed many conservatives on the internet when he spoke about permits, as if having a permit gives a group of Nazis permission to terrorize, beat, and use a Dodge Charger as a murder weapon. In Donald Trump's mind, it would seem, as long as you have the proper paperwork, you can do whatever you want. Well, if you're a Nazi. Black Lives Matter protests have secured permits, and Trump supporters, including Sheriff David Clarke, have called BLM a hate group and a terrorist organization. 

David Duke thanked Donald Trump on Twitter Tuesday evening, writing:

Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about #Charlottesville & condemn the leftist terrorists in BLM/Antifa

David Duke, a former grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, thanked Donald Trump. That's where we are now. The President of the United States, who is anything but presidential, is so beloved by Nazis and white supremacists, one of their leaders thanked him for his "honesty and courage." 

Can you imagine if Trump had been the president during World War II? He would have shamed the Allies, said there were bad people on both sides, given speeches about the good people in the Nazi party who were just trying to preserve history, and perhaps received a telegram from Hitler thanking Trump for his "honesty and courage."

You want to know who Trump was defending? Who those good people were? The ones with the permit? Vice News sent journalist Elle Reeve to Charlottesville, and she spoke with the leaders and organizers of the Nazi protest. Listen to their words, watch their faces, see what and who they really are. And while you watch, remember that Donald Trump thinks they are the victims.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dear George Soros: Where's My Money?

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Over the past decade, there have been whispers, quick comments here and there, about a man named George Soros, and how he's paying liberals to do all sorts of things. Protest, attend rallies and vigils, write things on the internet, create content, start Facebook pages and Twitter accounts-all of these, according to many conservatives, are paid positions thanks to Mr. Soros. Even Donald Trump believes we're getting paid to protest.

No one I know has ever been paid by George Soros to protest, to write a comment on an article, to create a meme, but that doesn't mean it's not happening. Look at how right conservatives were about "Pizzagate" that's a really bad example. President Obama's birth certificate nope. Hillary Clinton murdering people and no, that...

Okay, there is a slight chance conservatives made this up. So many of them believe that we're all getting paid by George Soros, however, that it made me wonder if, perhaps, I should reach out to Mr. Soros and ask him: Where's my money?

Mr. Soros, I've been a faithful member of the Democratic party for as long as I can remember. And for ten years, I have been writing online, commenting online, creating memes, helping admin Facebook pages, I even made a few videos. But I've never received a check, a money order, Bitcoins, a gift card, a lifetime subscription to the Jelly-of-the-Month club, nothing. You have never paid me for all the things conservatives tell me I should be getting paid for.

I made a list for you, Mr. Soros, to give you an idea of what I believe my liberalism is worth. I took into account what conservatives have said I am being paid, and added some figures of my own. I hope you appreciate that I am low-balling all of this, because I know many other liberals who will probably be reaching out to you, asking about their money, too.

1) Articles

Ten years, five websites, probably over 1,000 articles. Let's make that an even 1,000. At $20 an article, you owe me $20,000. Which seems fair.

2) Social media

Ten years, three Facebook pages, and (again, low-balling) ten thousand comments. We'll ignore the Facebook pages, and just focus on the comments. The reason? I cannot recall how many times, after writing a comment on an article or post, I have been told I am a paid Soros troll. So, ten thousand comments, at, oh I don't know, .50 a comment, that comes to $5,000.

3) Activism

Mr. Soros, I will admit I have not been to as many rallies, protests, and marches as I should. You see, sir, I have chronic anxiety, and large crowds cause me great stress. I can't go to the mall on weekends, and the one time I went to Costco on a Saturday, I almost had a panic attack in the condiment aisle. But I have managed to attend three events, along with founding the original We Are Woman. On Sunday, a conservative woman told me I was paid $25 to attend a vigil Saturday evening. One pride parade, one anti-Trump march, and one vigil=$75. Add to that $100 for founding an actual organization, my activism total comes to $175.

I prefer to be paid by check, but if necessary, you can drop cash down our chimney. You know, like Santa, because Santa is as real as the idea that you are paying liberals to do all these things.

Love, Erin

PS: I think I understand why so many conservatives are convinced liberals are all Soros trolls. Standing up for the disenfranchised, the marginalized, the poor, immigrants, people of color, the LGBTQ community, are all foreign concepts to a lot of folks on the right. The idea of taking time out of one's day to march down a street with others in support of people who don't look like you, or pray like you, or love like you, is unthinkable to quite a few conservatives.

Getting together with a bunch of polo-shirt wearing, tiki-torch bearing, actual Nazis makes perfect sense; supporting Black Lives Matter if you're not black is a head-scratcher.

Monday, August 14, 2017

White People, We Let This Happen

Hello, fellow white people. Feeling a bit discombobulated today? Wondering what happened in Charlottesville over the weekend? Asking yourself how it got to this point? Signing petitions and sharing memes to soothe your broken heart? 

Guess what? We let this happen. Last November, we could have voted for the most qualified presidential candidate in modern history, but we didn't, did we? No, we most certainly did not. Some white liberals wrote in Bernie Sanders because HER EMAILS, some white liberals voted for Jill Fucking Stein because GOLDMAN SACHS, some white liberals stayed home and pouted, and the rest of us voted for Hillary Clinton. It wasn't enough. Hillary won the popular vote, but we wound up with Donald Trump as POTUS. 

Of course, we've been letting this happen for decades, this being dumping the fight at the feet of the victims. We expect people of color to change the system, while we sign our petitions and share our memes. We expect the men and women who have endured so much pain, bloodshed, hate, violence, and loss, to fight this battle. It's not their fight, it's ours. Black people did not beat the living shit out of Deandre Harris, white people did that. Black people did not drive a Dodge Charger through a crowd of counter-protesters, injuring dozens, and killing Heather Heyer, a white guy did that. And not just a white guy; an actual, 100% bonafide Nazi. 

Black people did not descend on Charlottesville armed with tiki torches, decked out in polo shirts and khakis, screaming "JEWS WILL NOT REPLACE US," that was white people. And here are a few more white people who decided to let their Nazi flag fly in comment sections on Facebook under articles on Breitbart, Info Wars, and Fox:

Michael Meeks I'm just tired of the BLM movement always protesting about something and then going back to slavery, it's a confederate general, it's not a big deal for God's sake. Slavery happened in the past, that stupid movement should keep it in the past. Also, how come they don't understand that their own people sold them out? So sad the direction is that our society is moving into

Timothy Launhardt Antifa and blm started the violence.

Donald M. Dawson * it’s now been confirmed that it was indeed a Democrat Party member and Antifa terrorist drove his car into free speech advocates in Charlottesville Virginia this morning

Chris L Lindeman Trump needs to put the National Guard on the streets to deal with ANTIFA and BLM. Put the in civics prison. Take their citizenship away until they learn some manners. It isn't the responsibility of fringe right wing groups or the silent majority to police the street. ANTIFA and BLM will continue to be paid to attack Trump supporters so watch your backs.


Len Snart Our side had permits. They forced us out of Lee Park. There was no violence from us until antifa started attacking, we responded with self defence. 

I found two white men who thought reposting memes from The Daily Stormer was a great idea:

Speaking of The Daily Stormer, Andrew Anglin, evil Nazi creator and sole contributor to TDS, came up with a pretty brilliant way to make money. Thanks to Amy Siskind and her many followers, Go Daddy is dumping TDS. Anglin will no longer have a host for his Nazi website so he needs funds fast. What better way to drive traffic to a hate-filled website than to convince liberals Anonymous has hacked said website? WOOHOO yelled too many white liberals, and in their exuberance they began sharing links to The Daily Stormer as proof. Except no, it's all bullshit, Anonymous did not hack TDS, and you all just made money for an actual Nazi. I'm sure Andrew Anglin thanks you for your support.

But this is how we got here, it's what I mean when I tell you we let this happen. It took me less than 2 minutes to verify what I was already 99% sure of-Anonymous did not hack TDS. And when I proved it, people still argued with me. When I point out Hillary Clinton never murdered anyone, people argue with me. When other fact-based activists, writers, content creators, average white liberals with a double-digit IQ, call out the lies and the bias and the hyperbole, they are shouted down. Because too many white liberals are lazy as fuck.

Too many white liberals want people of color to fight this battle. Too many white liberals refuse to understand how they are complicit in everything that has happened, not just since the election, but for decades. Too many white liberals are willing to march with other white liberals, but have never been to a Black Lives Matter protest or rally. Too many white liberals whitesplain to people of color without ever listening. "I'm on your side, I have black friends, I have a BLM sign in the front yard of my 4,000-square-foot house, I give money to the NAACP, I just can't go to every rally or march; I have a job/life/family/vacation plans, but let me sign this petition from Change dot org, and pat myself on the back."

We let this happen. This is all on us, and it's all on us to fix it. We need to tell Nazis to GTFO of our cities, our schools, our government, our neighborhoods, our country. These are evil, violent people who wear a swastika while waving an American flag. They believe they have the right to preach their hate, to assault people of color, to kill, to beat, they believe they can be both a Nazi and an American.

That flag they wave beat that swastika they wear in WWII. And it's up to white people to make sure the new Nazis get beaten again. The fight belongs to us because we let this happen.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Dear Bernie-or-Busters:You're not progressives

I am very lucky in that I have quite a few brilliant, passionate, politically savvy friends. One of those friends is Sabine Blunt. We've known each other awhile, and we have very similar personalities. And sometimes, when I get so angry I can't see straight, somehow Sabine reads my mind, and writes down precisely what I'm thinking.

Thus I present to you the words of Sabine Blunt, words with which I agree 100%, reprinted with her permission.

Once again, I am filled with loathing for the short sightedness of Bernie or Busters and Third Party voters and non voters. They get my special focus because they seems to think they are part of the Left and "on my side," which they decidedly are not. Trump voters don't even pretend to give a damn about anyone but their own families.

I remember during the primary last year, so called progressives were saying that Clinton was "just more of the same", "just as bad as Trump,", and that we needed to "burn the system down and start over."

To say I was infuriated by those people calling themselves progressives is a bit of an understatement, as they pretty much define the idea of NOT creating any positive changes, but there will always be some of those, and I still (wrongly) believed they would not be important in the election...

Most of those people have shut up now. I think they realize the damage being done by TrumpCo far outstrips anything the fictional Crooked Hillary would have done, and what idiots they were to fall for that rhetoric.

But some of them are still crowing about how they stuck it to the Dems, and how we all deserve this because something something Bernie.

Well, congratulations.

You had your chance to prevent this disaster, and you decided to choose personal purity over the social contract. And you may not get a chance to vote again to fix this.

While we were all (justifiably livid) over Trump's unpresidential twitter feuds, the Republicans continue to consolidate their power to prevent unhappy US citizens from calling them out on their crap.

While they simultaneously try to undermine ObamaCare at ANY cost, including just repealing it with no replacement, and their popularity dips below 20%, they are also defunding and undermining the efforts of the only federal agency tasked with helping states to prevent election fraud hacking.

Let me repeat that for clarity:

In a time when US Intelligence can say without a doubt that Russian hackers targeted American voter rolls and election software, the GOP is defunding the only agency that tries to help prevent that. That is as much as an open invitation to those hackers to continue their work.

In addition, the GOP Congress formed a commission to look into voter fraud, which is frequently cited but virtually never founded in any facts, which has demanded that all 50 states hand over their voter rolls, and that they explicitly describe their plans to purge those lists of voters. The message is clear: give less people access to the vote.

The chair of this commission, and at least one of other member, are both well known for their opposition and activism to the Voting Rights Act. I'm sure this is just a coincidence. (sarcasm, for those who don't know me).

Slavery ended officially in 1865 and it took 100 years of activism, death, outrage, and suffering for the Voting Rights Act to be established and to start amending the lack of access to full citizenship. It was imperfect and was still needing activism and outrage to move it further, but now we're being moved backwards. Fast.

So yeah, congrats to the Bernie or Busters, the Third Party voters, and the non voters.
Instead of fixing our system you were willing to risk it ending.

Well, it seems you're getting what you wanted.

Go celebrate, but don't complain when your rights are restricted, as you couldn't be bothered being an ally to others.

And please, stop calling yourselves progressives. You're nothing but nihilist libertarians, wrapping yourselves in a liberal flag.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Does Donald Trump have the same personality structure as a serial killer?

Every day, Donald Trump takes to Twitter to release his id. Every day, I read those tweets and sigh, or roll my eyes, or listen to my husband swear. But this morning, one of those tweets stopped me cold.

This morning, Donald Trump forgot his act, forgot his con, and wrote:

If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!

What Trump is saying in this message is clear: Throw millions of people off healthcare because he can't get his way. He doesn't care about the ramifications of this, he has no empathy for US citizens who depend on the ACA for insurance, he wants them to suffer. He wants us to suffer. The parents whose child has leukemia, the single mom with MS, the 9/11 first responder struggling with COPD or PTSD, the grandfather with Alzheimer's. Trump doesn't care about any of us, he only cares about Trump.

His supporters don't understand, in any way, what they are cheering. Much like the women who were lured to their death by Ted Bundy's fake broken arm, Trump's fans are falling for a dangerous confidence game. A game that could, for many of them, result in their demise. Because their hero is a narcissistic sociopath.

It's important to note that antisocial personality disorder (sociopathy) cannot be cured, anymore that narcissistic personality disorder can. These are both part of the B Cluster of personality disorders, along with histrionic personality disorder and borderline personality disorder. From the Mayo Clinic:

Cluster B personality disorders

Cluster B personality disorders are characterized by dramatic, overly emotional or unpredictable thinking or behavior. They include antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder.

Antisocial personality disorder

  • Disregard for others' needs or feelings
  • Persistent lying, stealing, using aliases, conning others
  • Recurring problems with the law
  • Repeated violation of the rights of others
  • Aggressive, often violent behavior
  • Disregard for the safety of self or others
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Consistently irresponsible
  • Lack of remorse for behavior

Borderline personality disorder

  • Impulsive and risky behavior, such as having unsafe sex, gambling or binge eating
  • Unstable or fragile self-image
  • Unstable and intense relationships
  • Up and down moods, often as a reaction to interpersonal stress
  • Suicidal behavior or threats of self-injury
  • Intense fear of being alone or abandoned
  • Ongoing feelings of emptiness
  • Frequent, intense displays of anger
  • Stress-related paranoia that comes and goes

Histrionic personality disorder

  • Constantly seeking attention
  • Excessively emotional, dramatic or sexually provocative to gain attention
  • Speaks dramatically with strong opinions, but few facts or details to back them up
  • Easily influenced by others
  • Shallow, rapidly changing emotions
  • Excessive concern with physical appearance
  • Thinks relationships with others are closer than they really are

Narcissistic personality disorder

  • Belief that you're special and more important than others
  • Fantasies about power, success and attractiveness
  • Failure to recognize others' needs and feelings
  • Exaggeration of achievements or talents
  • Expectation of constant praise and admiration
  • Arrogance
  • Unreasonable expectations of favors and advantages, often taking advantage of others
  • Envy of others or belief that others envy you

Envy, anger, paranoid ideation, attention-seeking, speaking dramatically without facts or details, disregard for other people's feelings, repeated violation of the rights of others. This is Donald Trump.

Trump also shares a number of key personality structures with one of the most infamous and prolific serial killers in U.S. history, Ted Bundy. In 2007, a group of psychologists were asked to participate in a study focused on the personality of Ted Bundy. Because Bundy's personality disorders did not meet one criteria over another, the psychologists used the FFM (Five-Factor Model) along with the DSM to define Ted Bundy:

Of course, the most notable aspect of Bundy’s FFM profile was the consistently low ratings on all six facets of antagonism, indicating that the clinicians saw him as manipulative, deceitful, mistrustful, arrogant and callous. However, consistent with the reports of Bundy’s success in political endeavors, the clinicians also rated him highly in the domain of extraversion, describing him as assertive, active, and thrill-seeking although also extremely low in the extraversion facet of warmth.

Bundy was described as being particularly low on all the facets of neuroticism, with the exception of angry hostility. This indicates that he was seen as relatively free from experiencing negative emotions such as anxiety, depression, and self consciousness, but also as having great difficulty controlling his anger. Perhaps the most noteworthy finding from the FFM ratings was his generally high ratings on the domain of conscientiousness.

In contrast with the impulsive, undercontrolled behavior that one would typically expect from an antisocial criminal, Bundy was described as being competent, orderly, achievement oriented and deliberate. Perhaps it was his characteristic style of careful planning and deliberate execution that enabled Bundy to avoid capture and arrest for so many years. 

Donald Trump has all the same traits as a violent predator: he's sadistic, he has no empathy, he believes he's more special than everyone else, he's arrogant, he has very frequent displays of intense anger, he lies, and he's even used aliases in the past.

When law enforcement arrest a serial killer or serial rapist, there are always people-friends, family members, neighbors-who stutter through an interview and say things like "He was so friendly, he was quiet, I had no idea." In Trump's case, we did have an idea, and yet, last November, it didn't matter. It didn't matter that he bragged about sexually assaulting women, it didn't matter that he enjoyed causing other people pain, it didn't matter that he objectified women, it didn't matter that he believed he deserved to be president because he was rich, it didn't matter that he's a racist, it didn't matter that many people already knew he had Cluster B personality disorders.

We are now a country run by a sadistic sociopath, who has zero regard for other people, who believes he is the smartest person in the world, who is all id, who rages against anyone and anything he deems less than, who hates women, who hates people of color, who sees the world's population as his own special plaything. 

Donald Trump has the launch codes. He is Commander in Chief. Donald Trump is the leader of the free world. And he has the same cluster of personality disorders as a serial killer. 

You can find a link to Trump's quotes about women, including where he says you have to treat women like shit, here.

Disclaimer: I am not a mental health specialist. However, having spent 30 years traversing the mental health landscape, coupled with decades of research, I am offering my opinion on Donald Trump. This article should in no way be viewed as a diagnosis.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Trump Throws Toxic Twitter Tantrum

Once again, Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to unleash his rage on a woman. And once again, this Twitter tantrum includes references to blood. And once again again, Melania Trump, who announced last November her platform would be combatting cyberbullying, is silent.

Let's start at the beginning. During the election, Morning Joe, or at least Joe Scarborough, was very gentle when it came to discussing Trump. Since Trump became president, both Scarborough and his co-host (and fiancée) Mika Brzezinski have let their hair down, and become harsh critics of the authoritarian president. This seems to be confusing for Trump, as evidenced by his toxic Twitter tantrum this morning:

He doesn't watch anymore because they "speak badly of him." What was this speaking badly that got Trump's Made-In-China boxers all in a twist? Morning Joe reported on a Politico story that claimed Rex Tillerson yelled at a White House aide, and commented on Trump's apparent favoritism toward his son-in-law. From the Washington Post:

During the show Thursday, both hosts raised concerns about the president seeming to sideline Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in favor of allowing his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to act as a de facto secretary of state. Brzezinski said that Trump's behavior is unlike that of any president before him.

"Let’s say someone came into NBC and took over NBC and started tweeting wildly about people’s appearances, bullying people, talking about people in the competition, lying every day, undermining his managers, throwing them under — the person would be thrown out. It’s just not normal behavior. In fact, there would be concern that perhaps the person who runs the company is out of his mind."

There's quite a bit of truth in Brzezinski's statement. If the CEO of a company behaved the way Trump does, that person would be thrown out. Trump is not exuding the calm, rational pragmatism we expect from the president. He's a 3-year-old, screaming in the middle of the mall because he didn't get his way. And Mika Brzezinski pointed out Trump has the hands of a toddler, too. Behold her response:

Some Republicans are not pleased that their orange mascot continues to have toxic tantrums on Twitter. Bill Kristol, a man not known for his liberalism, called Trump a "pig." The  White House however, in the form of the lovely and dishonest Sarah Huckabee, defended Trump's bullying, telling Fox Spews:

"This is a president who fights fire with fire and certainly will not be allowed to be bullied by the liberal media and the liberal elites within the media or in Hollywood or anywhere else."

Yes, that's fabulous, because what we really need is a president with a hair trigger who launches salvos when his ego gets bruised.

And yes, Melania Trump did really state last fall that her platform as First Lady would be cyberbullying. Many people, myself included, fell down laughing at the irony of Melania being married to a cyberbully while claiming she would fight cyberbullying. That's like being married to a Grand Dragon in the Klan, and working to rename a street in your town after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In fact, Mrs. Trump is not just ignoring her own husband's cyberbullying, she's defending it. In a statement to CNN, Mrs. Trump's communications director said:

"As the First Lady has stated publicly in the past, when her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder."

Carrier's laying people off after telling Trump they wouldn't lay people off, the rest of the world thinks we're insane, over twenty million Americans will lose access to healthcare once Trump's Death Care bill passes, and the Muslim ban went into effect today. And the president of the Divided States is attacking a female journalist on Twitter, ranting about blood.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Death Care, Johnny Depp, Bill Cosby, and Penn State: What a Week!

What a great week it's been. Trump's Death Care Bill was finally released to the public, and hot damn, it's a doozy. When you scrape away the technical jargon, and get down to the bare bones, you realize that's what many Americans will become if this bill becomes law: bare bones. The gist of the GOP's Death Panel legislation is the poor will pay a lot more for really, really shitty health insurance. Vox has a good article on this, and it includes a chart!

Johnny Depp's in the news this week, and not because the 416th "Pirates of the Caribbean" sucks. No, it seems that Mr. Depp decided, while in England, to joke about assassination. According to CNN:

Even before Johnny Depp said it, the actor seemed to know that his comment would ignite controversy.

"This is going to be in the press, and it will be horrible..." he said, speaking to a crowd on Thursday. "When was the last time an actor assassinated a President?"

The actor was at the Glastonbury Festival in the UK when he made his remarks, which were recorded.
    The Secret Service is aware of the comments Depp made about President Donald Trump, Secret Service staff assistant Shawn Holtzclaw told CNN.

    "For security reasons, we cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities," according to a statement from the Secret Service.
    Depp brought up the topic of President Donald Trump while speaking to the crowd.
    "Can we bring Trump here?" he asked.

    The UK crowd booed and roared, "No."

    "I think he needs help," Depp said, as the crowd laughed.

    "This is going to be in the press, and it will be horrible," he said. He paused briefly and said, "But I like that you're all a part of it."

    "When was the last time an actor assassinated a President?" he asked.

    It appeared to be a reference to John Wilkes Booth, the actor who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.

    After posing the question, Depp said, "I want to clarify. I'm not an actor."

    The crowd laughed.

    "I lie for a living," he said.

    Conservatives who cheered when Ted Nugent told Barack Obama to "suck on his machine gun" are livid this morning because, well, Obama's black, which makes threatening to kill him okay, but Twitler's white-orange, which makes a tasteless joke DEEPLY OFFENSIVE. Conservatives like Kelly:

    Kelly Dover Jordan This is not free speech! This is a threat to the President! Why is the Secret Service allowing this? This type of violent rhetoric should not be tolerated!

    And Dee:

    Dee Byrum MINE TOO!!!!!! Do they have a CLUE how stupid they are?? And their words are THREATS??? Why aren't they ARRESTED??? Most are washed up has beens anyway just wanting attention because they have no work.

    And Linda:

    Linda La Londe What angers me more than these idiot liberals making their threats, is how the secret service does nothing. I bet if I said this I'd be locked up.

    Depp's joke is making headlines, while the fact that he is a domestic abuser is not. In fact, when Amber Heard accused Depp of being violent towards her, she was labeled a liar and a gold digger. I guess a tasteless joke about assassination is bad, but beating a woman is fine.

    There are more, but honestly, there's a limit to how much of their hypocritical drivel I can stomach. On to Bill Cosby!

    Bill Cosby, accused and acquitted serial rapist, has recovered from being blind and at death's door so well, he's headed out on a speaking tour. That's right, young Americans, soon you will be able to listen to a man who drugged dozens of women and sexually assaulted them tell you how to get away with rape! No, seriously:

    Embattled comic Bill Cosby plans to embark on a town hall-style speaking tour to educate young people about sexual assault allegations.

    His spokespeople said on Thursday that due to changing laws, more young men will face sexual assault allegations.

    Mr Cosby narrowly escaped a prison sentence when a sexual assault trial against him ended in a hung jury.

    Prosecutors plan to retry the case. At least 50 other women accuse him of drugging and sexually assaulting them.

    Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt told WBRC-TV's Good Day Alabama that the comedian will begin his summer motivational speaking tour in Alabama as early as July.

    "This is bigger than Bill Cosby," Mr Wyatt said, adding "this issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today".

    "They need to know what they're facing when they're hanging out and partying, when they're doing certain things that they shouldn't be doing," he told the interviewer.

    Just a smidge more:

    Ebonee Benson, who also appeared on the programme, noted that the statute of limitations on sexual assault accusations is being lengthened, allowing accusers more time to come forward to authorities.

    "This is why people need to be educated on - you know, a brush on the shoulder - you know, anything at this point can be considered sexual assault and it's a good thing to be educated about the laws," said Ms Benson, who is a spokeswoman for Mr Cosby's wife, Camille.

    PS: This right here, this bullshit, is why women don't report rape.

    Finally, in what might be the most tone-deaf thing ever done anywhere, Penn State students are collecting teddy bears to give to kids in "stressful situations." You know what's a stressful situation for a kid? Being raped and molested by an adult. An adult who's a coach. And the coach's boss, the coach's college, the college's entire football program, conspire to protect that coach. And you know what happened at Penn State? Young boys were raped and molested by Jerry Sandusky, and the Penn State football program covered it up. Protected Sandusky over his victims. But it's okay now, because Penn State students are giving out teddy bears.

    Take the weekend to regroup, recharge, mow the lawn, wash the car, take a nap, get some sun, go to work, join a protest or rally, hug your dog/cat/ferret/whatever, spend time with your family. Walk on sunshine for two days, because you know next week will be just as FUBAR as this one.

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    The Bachmann Diaries: Comedy Makes Liberals Violent

    Dear Diary,

    Last week, a crazed liberal went on a shooting spree during GOP baseball practice. This loony lefty almost killed my dear friend and fellow Klan member Steve Scalise. Luckily, there were many patriotically armed Americans there, and the traitorous assassin was killed.

    Liberals always claim they're the party of love and peace and acceptance, Diary, but it's becoming more and more clear that liberals are really violent. Remember all those homos who attacked Marcus with glitter? That was awful! I used to get attacked every day when I was in Congress by liberals who thought I was evil for believing bullying is just a part of life. I would go on Fox, and Sean Hannity and I would commiserate about how often we were called names or made fun of. It was hurtful, and no one should have to put up with that.

    But Donald Trump's presidency has brought out the hate and violence of the left. I don't recall one time when a conservative threatened Obama, or called him names, or threatened to impeach him, or made fun of his wife or children. That's happening every day to President Trump, and frankly, it's disgusting. We may not have liked Obama, or agreed with him, or approved of his skin color socialist beliefs, but no one ever threatened to kill him.

    I blame a lot of things for violent liberals, but mostly comedians. There's this colored black guy on The Daily Show, and he's so mean! And that awful Samantha Bee, who just swears a lot and wears yoga pants. John Oliver, who's not even an American, just went after President Trump's promise to bring back coal jobs, and he had a giant squirrel come out and insult one of the greatest men in the country, Bob Murray. Bob's suing that squirrel, and I for one am thrilled.

    There is nothing funny about making fun of the president when he's a white conservative. The presidency is a sacred trust between rich people and the president, and it's very important. Not just anyone can be elected president; it has to be someone who's smart and Christian and who wants to blow up the Middle East except for Israel, and bring about the End Times. Yes, President Trump is not a career politician, no, he doesn't really know what he's doing, yes, he's sort of stupid, but he's better than Obummer! And he is leaps and bounds better than that old Jewish guy or Hillary Clinton.

    Diary, Marcus and I have been Skyping! Marcus is in Fort Lauderdale, praying over a dance troupe called EXXXOTIC. Isn't that a neat name? I guess the troupe is all male, and some of them think they are homosexual. Marcus flew down when one of the dancers, a very nice young man named Lucky, called him in the middle of the night, high on the pot. Marcus has been gone a few days, but we spend every night chatting on the computer. Last night, Marcus kept squirming in his chair, and after about 5 minutes, his eyes rolled back, and he let out a weird sort of "whooping" sound. Then I saw the top of someone's head come up around Marcus's lap. Marcus told me the maid had dropped her contact lens, and he was helping her find it. He's so sweet.

    One of things Marcus and I are discussing is me running for president in 2020. My feeling is, if a washed up, orange skinned, serial adulterer and liar man who's never held public office before can get elected, why can't I?

    xoxoxoxoxoxoxo Michele

    Dear Black America: I'm Sorry

    "A Tale of Two Hoodies" by Michael D'Antuono

    I never really took stock of my own white privilege until the murder of Trayvon Martin. That event changed everything. My son was two years younger than Trayvon, and I realized I would never need to have "The Talk" with him. You know, "The Talk" black parents have with their kids every goddamn day in this "post-racial" country. Don't wear your hood up, don't put your hands in your pockets, always say "yes sir," you will be followed in stores, white people will fear you, police will always assume you're up to no good. That talk.

    Philando Castile did all the right things. He was respectful, he obeyed the police officer, he stated he was legally carrying a firearm. He did not reach for that firearm. He did absolutely nothing wrong, and he's dead. Not only is he dead, the police officer who killed him was found not guilty by a jury. Have you watched the videos? The dashcam footage, the footage from the back of the police car? Have you heard the voice of a terrified little girl, begging her mom to not swear because "I don't want you to get shooted?"

    White America is defaming Diamond Reynolds, defending the police officer, blaming Philando Castile for his own death, and is slightly upset that little girl had to witness what she did, but blames that on Ms. Reynolds and Philando Castile as well.

    Black America, I'm sorry. I'm sorry white people are so racist and cruel. I'm sorry police-no matter their skin color, apparently-believe all black men are dangerous. I'm sorry your sons and daughters and husbands and wives are being murdered, and the people in power don't seem to care.

    I'm sorry the NRA has remained deafeningly silent about the murder of Philando Castile. He was a licensed gun owner, with a permit, but because he was black, the NRA has no interest in him whatsoever. The NRA doesn't support the right of black Americans to bear arms, just white Americans. Trevor Noah spoke about this fact on The Daily Show, and also brought up how the goal posts keep moving for black people: He was running away from the police, he was running towards the police, he had a gun, he didn't have a gun, it goes on and on. You can watch the video below; Trevor Noah's comments on Philando Castile and the NRA begin at about the 4:19 mark.

    I have to imagine that being black in America is terrifying. Whatever you do as an African American, it's never enough. It's never enough to guarantee you will survive the day. Black children are not promised a day when their father or mother or sister or brother, or themselves, will be safe from police brutality.

    Tamir Rice went to the park. Trayvon Martin went to the store. Charleena Lyles struggled with mental illness. Terrence Crutcher's car broke down. Alton Sterling was in police custody. Sandra Bland was in a jail cell. Mike Brown was walking down the street. Eric Harris was killed by a 73-year-old reserve deputy who mistook his own gun for a Taser.

    I'm sorry. This is all so wrong, and yet, no one is really willing to change anything. Especially White America. White America responds "All lives matter!" whenever anyone says "Black Lives Matter." White America preaches that black people should just do what the police say (just as Mr. Castile did). White America says this is a "post-racial country." White America doesn't care about black people.

    White America showed up in droves to airports when Trump's travel ban went into affect, donated millions of dollars to the ACLU, but bristles at the idea of teachers wearing "Black Lives Matter" shirts. White America donates to the NAACP, but won't attend a BLM rally, march, or protest.

    Yes, White America is both conservative and liberal. White Americans are Democrats and Republicans. And while conservative White America is more violent in their disdain of African Americans, liberal White America is just as dismissive.

    Dr. Martin Luther King wrote about the "white moderate" in a letter from Birmingham jail, and his words still ring true:

    I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.”

    A more convenient season. Black people are being hunted, murdered, shot to death in front of family members and friends. Maybe White America can wait for a more convenient season, but African Americans cannot. 

    Image of "A Tale of Two Hoodies" from Michael D'Antuono's website.