Personally, I think President Trump gets off on ordering a billion taxpayer dollars of men and materiel to fire tens of millions of taxpayer dollars of missiles to blow the shit out of a few hundred million dollars of materiel and men, just because it strokes his ego to know people will kill people because he wants them to, and other people will worship him for it.
Yes, absolutely some response was required. 60 missiles and sending every foreign nation to DefCon Four anticipating irrational attack from our ego maniac President is NOT an appropriate response.
(Just as a reminder, President Trump paid ZERO income taxes for nearly 20 years. So, all those "taxpayer" dollars President Trump is wanking off on blowing up? YOUR MONEY.)
Meanwhile, Donald Trump whips out his big ego and strokes or for everyone to see. He wants the world to see how big and manly he is. He starts a goddamn fucking war with a US ally, turns the world against us, and pushes us all closer to World War III - because he can stroke his ego and 60 fucking missiles annihilate an area the size of a town.
If you support Trump and the GOP - who have waged war on humanity to feed the greed of tiny little savages like the Trump family for decades, then you can fuck off. YOU can sign up yourself and your children and your grandchildren to die for Donald’s ego, for Bannon’s Aryan Dream and to make the elitist rich richer while children starve to death. Make the world a better place: fuck off and die.
Today I passed a woman and her two children on the street of Seattle. They were freezing and begging for spare change - outside the fucking Macy’s store. Their not-tattered cloths, clean skin, and look of shock said until recently they enjoyed a normal life, and knew life wasn't supposed to be “leave school and curl up in the sidewalk for the night.” Quite probably they had a home until last week. The first of the month is when rent comes due. It's when landlords kick people out. I gave her the pissant change I had on me.
The first of the month is when rent comes due.
It's when landlords kick people out.
This evening there was a young woman camped outside Fred Meyer, freezing her ass off. Her sign was asking for tents, blankets, camping gear, and spare change. Again, her gloves, cloths and skin screamed “I had a roof until this week.” She was smart enough to write that sign. She almost certainly completed high school and maybe college. I gave her the money in had gotten from the ATM to buy myself a candy bar.
No one should be forced to live in the street. It’s a stab through the heart to look at children exactly like the middle class kids you grew up with, and a woman exactly like the soccer mom, who was your “other mom,” who took you for ice cream with your best friend after every game, huddled against a fucking wall with her children, trying not to show the terror, despair and crushing sense of failure she felt, because she couldn't protect her kids.
It turns your world upside to see yourself sitting by the road, freezing, begging for blankets or spare change. Education means opportunity, but it no longer guarantees survival. “By the grace of God,” and all that bullshit. My lifepath lead to stability - her’s has lead to freezing on the street.
It fills the compassionate heart with revulsion that we have allowed this to happen. It fills the sane mind with terror to know it can easily happen to people exactly like us.
America is the richest country in the history of human civilization. There is no excuse for anyone - especially children! - to be freezing, starving and begging.
NO EXCUSE FOR LETTING CHILDREN STARVE.
Every day I try to do something - anything - to make the world a better place for everyone. I give time, I give money. Some days more, some days less, but something.
I don’t give a fuck who you want to blame for the sorry state of the world. Blame and anger aren’t helpful unless they all focus on one critical action item:
I was spending more time with my family, and thinking about putting up new pictures, or maybe getting some old posters (that I still carry around, because I still love them) framed and hung on the walls. Maybe re-working the budget to buy a better (used) car. Exercising regularly again, and getting more sleep.
I discovered I actually can keep houseplants alive, and that I like bright flowers.
Then, the fucking universe kicked me in the face and screamed:
"HA! HA! You can't hide! You're hard-wired to give a crap! Rage and depression and screaming into the wind is your function! Welcome back, bitch!"
“We can't expect the President to pay for security on the building where his wife and son are living,” just because they refuse to move to the White House, like every other Presidential Family has done. And nevermind he was paying for it himself, before becoming President, instead of making you pay for it.
If I had superhuman powers, who would I be? Well, since I'm hard-wired to give a crap, I'd make the best go I could at being a super hero. Of course, the world has such a love-hate relationship with heroes, that would go over just so awesomely well. But, I'd try anyway. So, here is who I might be, if I was a Savage Worlds Supers character.
Hortensia Mihaela Quinones
Background & Origin: She is a native of Belgium, in the northern region, where Dutch is the native language, and French is spoken by almost everyone (Belgium has three official languages - Dutch, French and German).
She was working as a carpet fitter, when she had a mysterious radiation accident and gained superhuman powers.
She was born as a university hospital. It was the closest facility when her mother went into labor at the university library. She was raised by close family members: grandparents, an aunt/uncle, or similar. They were royalty by blood. They are alive and well.
She has the following siblings:
A younger brother that she has lost touch with;
An older brother that she is very close to;
An older brother that she is very close to.
She has experienced the following important events:
A serious relationship ended when her partner died, dying under mysterious circumstances;
She became addicted to drugs.
She made a friend; an old friend that she reconnected with. They have great personal power;
She was involved in several casual relationships, each lasting a month or more, but none became serious;
A holy man visited her home region, and she spent several months as a disciple, bolstering her faith;
She made a friend, a relative. They are an important figure both locally and beyond the immediate area;
She found that she has a younger brother that she never knew she had (see above);
She made an enemy, people in positions of power, the authorities. She'll go out of her way to start a physical altercation with them. They are an important figure both locally and beyond the immediate area. The dislike is the result of a personal relationship.
Combat Tactics: She is a skilled melee fighter, having studied various forms of close combat even before developing super strength.
Personality Traits: Brilliant, arrogant, independent (that's what the random generator came up with, but yeah, yeah, it totally fits, I know).
Appearance: She favors latex, because skintight stays out of the way, and it just looks good. She has wild, unkempt hair. She carries a locket, with a lock of hair from her partner who died. She wears it fairlyprominently, and sometimes drops (fake) clues that it is the source of her power (motivation maybe, power no).
Powers: She can run at 200 MPH, do tasks ten times faster than normal, regenerate, and lift a bus, while keeping her witty charm, good hair and cute butt.
Notes: Model unknown.
Hortensia Mihaela Quinones - Savage Worlds
Novice Human Heavy Hitter Superhero
Strengthd12+6 (lift 10 tons)
Knowledge (language) (Dutch) (native)
Knowledge (language) (English) d4
Knowledge (language) (French) d6
Arcane Background (Super Human)
Heroic (Major) - always compelled to help those in need and a sucker for a sob story
Big Mouth (Minor) - she talks too freely and doesn't edit enough
Wanted (Minor) - She pissed off the authorities in a couple Asian countries. It was all a "misunderstanding," of course, and really it wasn't that much property damage, but that whole "slavery" thing kind of pissed her off.
Extra Actions 0Modifiers: Fast Action (still only one action per turn at no penalty, but extended actions take significantly less time) (2 pp)
Regeneration2Modifiers: Recovery, Regrowth (natural healing roll every hour, halve time to recover from fatigue, permanent injuries are only temporary) (7 pp)
Speed Pace 96, Modifiers: Blinding Reflexes (240 MPH, attack penalty -4, might be able to dodge explosions) (12 pp)
Super Attribute 10 Strength +9, Vigor +1 (20 pp)
Super Edge Combat Reflexes, Dodge, Martial Artist (6 pp)
Super Skill 5 (5 pp)
Toughness8 (+8 Toughness) (8 pp)
Sourcebooks Savage Worlds (PEG, 2015), Savage Worlds Super Powers Companion (PEG, 2014), Savage Worlds Rifts The Tomorrow Legion Players Guide (PEG, 2016).
I haven't played Savage Worlds yet, so I don't know what I think. I was kind of disappointed with how many hoops I had to jump through to get the exact character concept I was looking for, and I had to bump her up a power category (to Heavy Hitter) to get enough points for what seemed like a fairly basic concept.
I don't know. Maybe if I actually get a chance to play it, sometime, it will make more sense.
Oh, Hell, "thinking" at all, seems to be a lost art form. A huge problem today is that people like to replace selfish emotional needs with thinking. People don't like the answers that come back, therefore substitute the answers they want and gyrate like crazy to justify it.
It takes real emotional maturity to be able to accept reasonable and honest answers and then deal with those answers. Grown-ups can say "I don't like that answer, but I will now deal with it," but children say "Nuh-uh! That's not the answer! I had the biggest inauguration crowd in history! Ever!"
Women don't get raped for wearing the wrong clothing, they get raped, because men rape them.
This is basic root cause for so many things. People get shot (or stabbed, or clubbed), because someone shoots them.
You get two basic reasons for trying to wave off the reality of rape.
1) blame the victim - often done as a way to justify it otherwise moralize the rape action. "Well, if she hadn't advertised she wanted to be raped, no one would have raped her." Obviously, this is bullshit, and somehow the would-be rapist never seems to catch the implicit insult about how he has less self-control than a mentally damaged dog.
2) Evil exists in the world and you need to try to protect yourself from it. This is a true statement. It should not be construed as an excuse for evil to be evil, that is, just because men sometimes rape women, does not absolve rapists of being rapists, if a women does not somehow prevent him from raping her.
So, just as the root cause of murder (deliberate killing action) is someone committing the murderous action, and failure to prevent oneself being murdered does not absolve the murderer of being a murderer, then rapists are rapists and we need to grow up and accept that rape happens, because men refuse to exercise even basic control over themselves.
But, you know, at the end of the day, grow up and take some responsibility for your actions.
Yeah, no. Republicans didn't "soul-search" when the GOP lost in 2008 or 2012. They did double-down on their racism, thumbscrews and false promises, though. They did double-down on plans to screw Americans and tell them to beg for more, the ungrateful little turds.
I just don't feel like there is a lot that needs to be said here. After #Electiongeddon2016, and millions of Americans stared at themselves in the mirror and asked "Oh, fuck, what have we done!?" and now, months later, it turns out that everything is worse than possibly expected from President Trump and the GOP, and - this is the kicker - the Faithful Flock, who - it turns out - are just as arrogant, self-centered, and self-delusional as we always knew they were. Amazing.
Background & Origin: She was a marine biology student, when a freak diving accident lead to her eruption. She continued her studies and is now working professionally as a marine explorer and salvage operator.
She knows people in the marine salvage community, where she works as a deep sea specialist, and in the marine biology academic world, where she contributes to research papers.
Combat Tactics: She'll try to drown a foe into unconsciousness, then haul him to the surface and resuscitate him.
Personality Traits: Relaxed, easy-going, loves the ocean and can talk about it for hours.
Appearance: She is six feet tall, and her hair has turned green as a natural mutation.
Powers: She is perfect in every way, and also bullet proof. She is fully amphibious, and can survive at extreme depths indefinitely. She is a professional Marine Biologist by training and vocation.
Lots of Mega-Stamina, by itself, isn't actually much use, since there are only two Abilities linked to it, and it's overpriced compared to Armor for the defensive benefits it provides. However, this character was specifically built around the premise of lots of Mega-Stamina, so there you go.
Eufiber is actually the cheapest possible way to boost soak, since five dots can be had for one nova point.
I'm totally fine as long as we're really talking about using them for hunting rifles, which is the story the meme is selling.
So, let's all agree to keep pistol suppressors off the market? Since no sane person tries hunting deer or rabbit with just a pistol, anyway, right?
I mean, a pistol as a backup, in case something goes wrong, absolutely, but anyone who wants to shoot the rabbit or deer up close and pistol personal in the first place isn't the kind of person I want having a gun, anyway.
By the way, apparently in the US, there is a $200 application fee to buy a silencer, aka firearm suppressor. Given that most decent firearms can cost well in excess of $200, oh, boo hoo. If you want it badly enough, do some paperwork, otherwise don't whine when "the criminals" start flooding the market with suppressors and shooting your "lawful gun owner" ass.
It's called "persuasive argument," and the point is to convince you of an idea. The meme presents the idea of firearm silencers as a good thing that every reasonable person would want.
What the meme deliberately ignores and deliberately misleads you away from is items I touched on above - pistols and all the other reasons silencers are currently illegal. They weren't designed as courtesy features. They were designed as military and killing features - imagine how much harder domestic violence case become when there are fewer witnesses because no one heard the gun shots the day before, so no one called the cops until the body was found long after the assailant fled the state.
This isn't rocket science. There are very good reasons that suppressors are not legal, and the NRA assholes are still selling the same old shit: get everyone terrified, so everyone jumps into the arms race out of terror, and the NRA owners - the gun makers - make shitloads of money off terrified peasants killing each other.
Listen, “Berned,” #Electiongeddon2016 is over. We have Trump.
Clinton is gone and relegated to the dustbin of history. Both of them. Let it go. We have Trump and the GOP.
So, you're mad at the DNC because you feel cheated and defeated by the 40 year slow burn of the GOP? You can point to the neo-liberal failings of Clinton and Obama? You’re mad that Obama wasn't radical enough.
That's nice. Remember the part where Obama spent 8 years barely able to get anything done at all, due to GOP obstruction? Oh, you've already forgotten because #Electiongeddon2016 left you feeling Berned and angry?
Where were you during the Clinton years? Where were you during the Bush years? Where were you during the Obama years? You do know the GOP were stealing your shit long before Bernie’s Kiss magically woke you up during #Electiongeddon2016, right, Berned?
Congratulating yourself that a Trump presidency is “punishing” the DNC is just plain stupid. The DNC still exists. The DNC will continue to exist. The DNC isn't “punished,” because you voted Trump, or Stein, or - this is my favorite - wrote in Sanders (after he dropped out and told you not to), instead of Clinton.
No, Berned, the DNC are doing just fine despite your choice. It's the rest of America that's getting fucked and that's why everyone thinks you're being an asshole, Berned.
What are you doing - TODAY - about GOP voter suppression, Berned?
What are you doing - TODAY - about GOP gerrymandering, Berned?
What are you doing - TODAY - about GOP brainwashing and gaslighting of America, Berned?
What are you doing - TODAY - in your district to unseat the GOP with candidates you do like, Berned?
In other words, Berned, what are you doing other than tearing down the only bulwark - shitty as it may be - standing between everyone in America and the naked fascism of the GOP?
Or, are you just hung up on Clinton and the DNC and feeling “berned,” so you’re just as useless to humanity as the Trumplings you congratulate yourself in being better than?
GR “The Liberal RN” B wrote:
(And, I mean, really, about the only thing I can add to this seriously epic rant is some amusing links. Sometimes a work of art is so beautiful, just don't fuck with it, you know?)
Satan's Son, Prince Reibus Claims #RepubliKlanners Never Questioned Obama's Legitimacy...
Wait! What? Repeat that, #PrinceReibus (R-Satan's Son)? You unmitigated fucksticks didn't question his legitimacy? For EIGHT fkn years, your #Klanbaggers demanded to "see the birth certificate" and calling him a secret Muslim/Kenyan. Shit, even that overweight glob of grease, former House Speaker Newt(ron) "Bomb" Gingrich (R-I Cheat On Sick Wives) said on TV that Obama had a Kenyan Colonialist mindset (and HOW the FCK would he know what Obama was thinking and thinking like? When did this slug become a mind reader?). And all of those "Birther" asshats were led by none other than Our Dear Leader, The #GiantOompaLoompa, The #NuclearCheeto, The #VulgarTalkingYam, #GoldenShowers, himself, Donald J. #tRump (R-Ferret-Wearing-Shitgibbon)...and you can sit there with a straight face telling that lie? Oh, let's not forget the notorious Joe "You Lie!" Wilson (R-I Have No Fucking Manners), who screams like a spoiled toddler in the middle of the State of The Union address.
I could go ON and ON with plenty of documented statements by elected #Klanbaggers and #ReichWingDouchbags that attempted to delegitimize President Obama. Not one word from YOU, #PrinceReibus, nor from #MitchTheBitch "Mumbles" McConnell (R-Yertle The Turtle), nor #LyinPaulRyan (R-Eddie Munster)to EVER condemn that shit. No, not once. You sat there grinning on the sidelines, tacitly endorsing this shit, while the #Klanbaggers screamed "Take our country back". We all know that meant, "Take it back from the NITWH*".
So, to borrow a couple of movie quotes, #PrinceReibus:
"Don't tell me you're innocent. Because it insults my intelligence and makes me very angry." - Michael Corleone (The Godfather)
"Reap the whirlwind!" - Billy The Kid (Young Guns)
In other words, #PrinceReibus, "Go fornicate with thine ownself, injest excrement and expire" because "Thou dost protest too much".
(It stripped the poster's name, because this isn't about him necessarily, it's about the meme and the attitude, and that's my focus, because he and I agree on so many things. He can jump in here if he wants. I'm just explaining why I did it this way.)
Listen, random lady overheard on the train: Any time you use the phrase "Well, he doesn't hit her..." you've just described a relationship that doesn't have "communication issues," (as you went on to say), you've described a toxic relationship that simply needs to be ended. Ugh.
The whole "don't let men into the women's bathroom" is just such a load of shit. You don't need fucking discrimination, you don't need to whip idiots into a frenzy, you don't need to tell idiots they have an excuse to hurt people - any pervert who was going to sneak into the Ladies' Loo before the "Trannie Gonna Getcha!" sham terror campaign is still going to sneak into the Ladies' Loo.
What temp does the floor material in-between melt at? The aluminum ductwork has a lower point. What temp does melting plastic rise to? Plaster board? Computer equipment? Aluminum file cabinets? How much do all those things weaken when thousands of gallons of water from ruptured plumbing floods throughout? Or possible explodes the pipes due to sudden vaporization? But, you know, thinking is hard,9/11 make everyone angry as Hell, and believing in conspiracy theories makes people special.
To hand wave and dismiss 9/11 as a conspiracy theory is to diminish the deaths of thousands of people and the genuinely heroic actions of hundreds of rescue and emergency responders who rushed into the fires a and saved as many people as they could, before dying themselves.
Conspiracy theory throws simple answers at hard problems and makes everything worse.
Grow up and deal with reality. Reality sucks rocks hard enough without making it worse by diminishing it into some childish feel-good fantasy-rama.
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I've rearranged my budget to make monthly donations to ACLU, SPLC, PPNA, and one other I'm forgetting at the moment. Not a lot, but if 50 million people pitch in 5 bucks a month, for two years, even the oligarchs lose ground.
Also, the sheer number of donors can rattle cages, too. And frankly, there are a lot of cages need rattling right now.
Mocking the meme: Must be why the conservatives are demanding so many prisons be built, and putting all those "freeloading" poor and non-white people into them. Ironic all prisons are paid for with taxpayer money.
Just be so much smarter and cheaper to quit whining and fund free education, free healthcare, cut the crime rate, and let all those people now being locked up earn wages and pay taxes. But, you know, those "conservatives" (quotes used very deliberately) aren't known for thinking strategically, are all so whiny and insecure they need to keep telling themselves they're right and better than "libtards," so they can feel good about themselves.
Let's be real, too. The subtext - the meaning behind the meaning - is that "conservatives" are Special, and their little world would just be paradise if only those meany "libtards" were all locked up and would stop picking on them. Because, you know, it's the "libtards" that become gun-toting terrorists like Robert Dear, and rape unconscious women like Brock Turner did, and everyone knows those ISIS lunatics are "libtard" Muslims, and those hard-line Israel militants are all "libtards," too.
No, no. Every asshole in that example is definitely a "conservative" by reasonable definition of the word, and usually their own self-described appellation. They all know their way is the only right way, and definitely "God's Way."
So, hey, "conservatives," laugh all you want at how special your little world would be if the people who brought you freedom of religion, unions, weekends, health insurance, and freedom of speech, were all locked up where they couldn't tell people to stop fucking you over.
Fucking stupid meme that I'd be embarrassed to laugh at.
Are you asking me to accept that assholes come in all political flavors, or that there is parity in the volume of assholeness between "conservatives" and "liberals"?
And when we say "assholeness" are we discussing physical violence, willful disregard for human life in policy, or other?
If you want to me say "sure, assholes and sociopaths and psychopaths sometimes join the Democrat party and are otherwise liberal progressive types," then yep, I just said that.
If you want me to say there is parity between asinine shit and willful disregard for human life between "conservatives" and "liberals," including the willingness to commit acts of vandalism or violence, then piss off, because there isn't parity.
"Conservatives" are the ones collecting guns and chanting "kill them all, let god sort them out."
"Conservatives" are the ones with the racist memes, and trying to kill health insurance for Americans, and Republican governors are blocking Medicare and Medicaid assistance to the hungry and struggling people of their states - in order to crush those people more.
"Conservatives" are the ones who deny marriage rights, and family planning, and magically discover in 2015 that transgender people exist and need to pee in the toilet like everyone else, and "suddenly" need to have laws that invite violence against these people who have been there forever and no one cared until 2015.
"Conservatives" are the ones who love the fetus, and place burdens upon pregnant woman to care for the fetus, whether she can afford to or not, and then "conservatives" refuse to pay for food and shelter for the child they demanded be brought into the world.