Friday, July 29, 2016

When Liberals bully Liberals

I'm resharing this not so much because of his advocacy of the candidate, but because he calls out the fucked up bullshit of the vitriolic, aggressive, threatening and violent stupidity with which bullies and assholes descend to express the irrational depths of their loathing for the candidate.

No, seriously, people - especially women - are getting bullied for wanting to support a candidate this year. (Any candidate, really, but especially for supporting the woman candidate.)

Yes, all the candidates kinda suck! But - especially the "liberals" - need to remember we're supposed to better than the thugs and troglodytes on the other team.

"Liberals" are doing a damn fine job this year of acting indistinguishable from the trolls, trogs and thugs they've been congratulating themselves on being better than. Which suggests that deep down, all humans suck.

Having said that - I am very grateful that my G+ community consists largely of people who are articulate and intelligent, in addition to being passionate.

We're all passionate. But, I thank you for also being able to rise above that and remember that there is more to life than just arguing mindless over ... well... anything . I mean, Just Bieber is still making music! Bleah!

(Hey, check it out! I discovered how to embed G+ posts into Blogger posts! I love new toys...)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Bernie didn't betray you

How deep a sense of entitlement does it require to feel betrayed by Sanders, because he stopped chasing the impossible and "endorsed the enemy"?

Seriously, he hasn't stopped being a crusader. He hasn't stopped being a "socialist."

He said "Let's shake up the world," and you did.

He didn't put himself on a pedestal - the fans did. Now those fans feel betrayed because he didn't stay in that on that pedestal.

Huh. FANatics.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Joker or Penguin - which would be the better President?

Honestly, it blows my mind when "lefties" say "Trump is better than Clinton." Seriously? Somehow "totally politically corrupt" is worse than "Completely batshit crazy, morally bankrupt, racist, fascist, sexist, has the attention span of a squirrel, and is vindictive as Hell, so let's give him control of the FBI, the IRS, the Supreme Court, AND Nuclear Weapons!"

And, no, really, the "Well, she's a calculating bitch" doesn't wash either.

Look at it this way: Would you prefer the Penguin or the Joker in charge of your country? Both are evil, but the Penguin likes continuity and stability.

The Penguin actually protects the people around him, because it benefits him. Selfish, but stable.

The Joker does whatever the fuck makes him feel good in that moment, and thrives on chaos, usually by killing people in horrific and destabilizing ways.

Yeah, hey, Joker for President. Why the fuck not?

This vid shows in those first 15 seconds why NOT to let the Joker anywhere near anything, or anyone, important, but especially not the White House, where he'd also have access to the nuclear codes and the IRS.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

White means invisible

I've a friend who says

I'm 6-foot-6, 280 lbs, and in most of America I'm invisible to authority figures, because I'm white, mainstream, nerdy, not inked, boring. 

My job has me walk around a lot of city streets, and take a lot of public transit. I watch the authority figures - regardless of race - eyeball the non-whites near me, but their eyes roll right over me.  

This goes mostly for my fellow bystanders, too. Women react to my presence, but rarely ever men.

In heavily Asian neighborhoods, I'm a curiosity - a silly anomaly, who may buy something, or not.

In Latino and black neighborhoods, I'm a fool, and that's how they look at me. Not so much animosity, as incredulity. Then again, I've never tried walking there at night. 

In white neighborhoods, no one even notices me. I'm just another guy walking through.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The GOP National Convention - America has gone off the rails

I wasn't going to post. I wasn't. I was going to stay a way and ride out this whole fucked up political season. I was. But, OMFG! Come on!

The Republican National Convention has gone completely off the rails. These people are an embarrassment to the very concept of civilization. The Convention has literally turned into a totally disorganized circus show.

NO ONE has any control over anything, and especially no one has any control over their candidate - who bloody well shows every two minutes that he not only lacks impulse control, but he thinks impulse control is something that doesn't apply to him!

The entire lie-riddled unscripted-for-TV black comedy (that's a term meaning "evil, sinister, deranged, maligned, people-get-hurt" comedy, and not a racist remark, just for those illiterate tits who didn't know) was a train wreck to endure.

It's an absolute mockery of American politics. No, worse, it's a literal mocumentary of American politics.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Stupid memes: Gummit controls your life

Well, you know, that whole gummit by the people, for the people, trying to protect people from other people thing.

I mean, really, can't have slum lords building shit houses and letting people die when they fall over, right? Who'd want that?

Don't want crazy people putting sharp objects near people's throats, right? I mean, that worked out so well for Sweeney Todd's clients, right?

Don't want just everyone fishing, all the damn time, and wiping out all the fish, so there aren't any next year, right?

I mean, hey, fucking gummit, telling other people they have to respect my rights. I'll just run down to the sporting goods store and buy myself a $600 AR-15 - Hell, ain't no gummit regulations stopping me!

That way, if anyone tries to overfish the river, I'll just shoot 'em. Before they shoot me, right?

Fucking stupid meme. "Gummit" ain't the damn enemy. It's the oligarchs hiding behind their corporate paper shields and using YOUR gummit as their enforcement arm that's the damn problem.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Stupid meme burns - two wrongs do not make a right, you moron

Mocking the meme: So, you're saying "two wrongs make a right."

Because we're not going to talk about how to stop "baby killers," then we're not going to talk about how to stop grade-school murderers (Adam Lanza, Sandy Hook), or high school murderers (Columbine), or partier murderers (Orlando Pulse Nightclub), happen to be too close to the building murderers (Robert Dear), or church murderers (Dylann Roof) or murderers of people just watching a Batman movie (Aurora)

Oh, yeah, you're so "pro-life," aren't you?.

No, you're not. You're so anti-abortion you've become the very thing you congratulate yourself on hating - someone who condones murder in the name of selfish "my emotional needs trump your rights."

You're an idiot.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

It's a Gun, Not a Condom 9: If a gun is a hammer, why do you need a gun?

Lots of people like to say "A gun is a tool, like a hammer," and make other silly equivalencies like that, so here is a meme to undercut that.

Especially since - let's have some perspective here.  A HOUSE isn't that big.  It's got curves and corners.  Most houses have paper walls that bullets will rip right through.

So, an assault rifle is about three feet long.

If I'm sneaking around my house, trying to find the assholes who have broken in, I don't want a three-foot long thing banging on the walls, and snagging on the corners, and blowing my stealth rolls. No, a pistol works much better for being stealthy, especially in the middle of the night.

Also, an automatic weapon shoots a shitload of bullets per second.  Remember the paper walls?  If I am not absolutely certain where every member of my family is, and where the dog is, then I do NOT want to be blowing my own house full of holes.  Nope, I sure don't.  If the intruder startles me, I might accidentally spin or twist, and suddenly I've put two bullets through the dining room ceiling, through my baby's crib, and not only have I failed to surprise the intruder, I've just killed my own baby.  Yep, my husband and in-laws are going to sue the shit out of me, and my other children will never forgive me for being so careless and stupid.

I mean, for fuck's sake, how much brain matter does it take to realize "I need a big ass bullet blaster for 'home defense'," is such a load of crap?

(Note:  I revised the text to remove references to the AR-15, since it turns out the AR-15 didn't meet the requirements for the point I was trying to make - q.v. comments below.)

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day!

July 4 - Independence Day - is a national holiday in the United States.

It's a day when people hang out with friends and family, and bond over burnt meat, badly cut grass, and generally just appreciate being alive.

And that love for fellow human beings is the focus of this post.

And that's why this is the only post I'm making this week.

Go hug someone. It will make you both feel better about life.

Fourth of July fireworks behind the Washington Monument, 1986.jpg

Displays of fireworks, such as these over the Washington Monument in 1986, take place across the United States on Independence Day.