Aug/14
2017

Alt right

Ah, the alt right is out in force. They want to be called that because calling them by their true name sounds bad. There is no good way to be a racist. Sorry. Doesn't matter if your a Klansman against blacks and jews. Or a Nazi against blacks and jews. Or a white supremacist again blacks, Muslims and Mexicans. Now they want to be called the alt-right. But they're the same people.

And they helped elect a orange gibbon. It's been building up for years. They've sat in the echo chambers of the internet and become more and more isolated from society. They built this mantra between themselves that it wasn't just them. Others must believe it too. Because they were insulated from people who would tell them that they're racists, they assumed it must be getting more common.

They stood up and started being more visible. And they blended in with the tea party. It was an American Taliban, and they loved it. They fit in! They helped elect other racists. The party of Strom Thurman was getting even more bent into their image. Fast forward to the current presidential campaign. He's given them hints that he supports them. The whole party saw them and just tried to pretend they weren't there. But they're there. Right in his rallies. Committing violence in front of him and the orange gibbon's egging them on. The entire voice of republican voters saw it. And they tried to ignore it.

Fast forward again, he's elected and these fuck heads have his silent support. Now they have a protest. More accurately, they planned and coordinated a race riot. They came armed with AR-15s and flak jackets. They came with swastika flags and Klan hood. They stood up with one voice and they said they were the alt-right, and they had political power. Then they killed someone.

I say them. One person drove the car. the rest of them were party to it because they supported the crazy mindset that fucked this kid up. They own part of this. From my previous post, I hold the gibbon responsible for it as well. But this time I go further.

You conservatives that voted for him. I lay a dead person at your feet. This is on you too.

You saw what he was.

You saw who else supported him.

You voted for him.

You voted for THEM. They killed someone. You helped.

Fuck you.

Aug/14
2017

Orange Gibbon

It's not hard. Facing a crisis, sometimes it's difficult to say the right thing. You want to be cautious and make sure what you say is appropriate.

Not the Giant Orange Gibbon. He says exactly the wrong thing. Well, that's not true. He spoke from the heart. He said what he meant. He didn't think hard about it. He blamed everyone else for killing a girl. He didn't call out the hate groups that were involved, and clearly so. He didn't speak up and show courage and demand that we, as a people, reject white nationalism. He didn't says nazi's were bad, or that the Klan doesn't represent the views of the people. He didn't call it domestic terrorism, despite the obviousness of the facts. He didn't say that the federal government would start an investigation and track down and additional parties involved. Or that the government would be cracking down on hate groups that promote violence, and that radicalize the youth.

He said none of that. And those fucks heard EVERY SINGLE UNSPOKEN WORD. It was fucking music to their ears. The Leader of the Free World endorsed them. It's not the first time the subject has come up. And every time, the orange gibbon does his best to duck the subject. He won't speak out against them voluntarily. And as John Oliver said last night, it's almost impossible to screw up. Don't be on the side of nazi's. As we've come to expect, the gibbon is weak. He's cowardly. He has no ethical or moral values. He does what's good for him. And he knows how Nazi's vote.

He knows that the positions and statements he's given them since the beginning of the campaign have lead them to the position that he supports their racist views. Build a wall to keep darkies out. Defang affirmative action. Break down voting rights protections. Bannon being allowed anywhere near him. One thing after another. They heard it and supported. They voted for him en masse. Did they make the difference? Doubtful, but it's hard to be sure. The problem is that not every Klansman shows his face. Not every Nazi has a swastika on his forehead. Not every racist wears a shirt that says 'Die Niggers'. But, we can say pretty confidently that virtually none of them voted for Hillary.

He feed them. They ate. This is the result.

Now sure, he had a much harsher statement today. Less equivocal. But everyone in the world knows it wasn't something he wanted to do. It wasn't scheduled until moments beforehand in a world where every minute of the President's day is detailed. He didn't do it yesterday, or Friday night when the issue began to blow up. The entire worlds press called him out on his bullshit before he opened his mouth to speak. Even during his speech, he was so obviously reading a prepared statement that he didn't want to read that the nazi's know it's political theater and are ignoring it.

We called him weak and he showed up to try to prove he's not. But all it did is demonstrate conclusively that he has no spine or convictions. No sense of right and wrong. It just goes to show that his tiny hands match his tiny dick, which both match his tiny moral fortitude. He walked out there today to try to show that he's against white supremacist *nudge nudge wink wink*. Maybe he's a closet racist. Maybe he's not, but he's acting like one.

The orange gibbon is deplorable. He's won the support of the KKK, neo nazis and every other group of white power mental deficits. He earned their support. It's time for the rest of us to call it like is is. He who feeds them, owns responsibility for them. The trail from that woman's corpse runs straight to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Fuck him. He's an accessory to murder.

Aug/14
2017

Nazis

The events of the past weekend, culminated with the death of a person who's sole purpose that day was to stand up against the hateful ideas and goals of nazis. In the 1940s, it was the goal of the country. In the 2010's it's something we honestly have to do again.

I could go on and on about the events in Charlottesville but let's step back a minute and look at what happened.

City renames park away from Civil War General. City plans to remove statue of individual. Both events are a movement toward political correctness that has been going on for a long time. Those values are legitimately debatable. I have a position, but it's not germane. What is germane is that the cities plans drew a response from a cultural group that has been feeling increasingly maligned by the rest of society. They feel that their values are under attack. That society doesn't want them around, and disrespects them.

They're right. I don't feel bad about it. Nazis (neo or otherwise), Klan members, white supremacists, armed vigilantes and a boiling soup of other 'deplorable' people showed up to protest. I support their right to protest. Their values and culture can go fuck themselves. Every single person who showed up to join that crowd of people needs to be cast out of society post haste. Anyone that can walk up to a crowd of people with swastikas and Klan hoods and says to themselves 'yeah, let me chant with them' can go fuck off. The moment you joined the crowd, you supported the worst of the worst. Literally Hitler. You walked beside Hitler supporters. I'm done with you. It's the ultimate Godwin. Your argument is invalid, you sided with Hitler. We're done here.

How the hell any of them have the nerve to wave a swastika next to a American flag baffles me. And I also don't know where to start on the person wearing a 101st Airborne badge on his jacket. From dropping on Normandy to kill Nazis to standing side by side with them. One assumes the wearer has nothing to do with the unit and is just so mind blowing stupid as not realize the number of former member who would kick his ass if they saw him.

There are a sub group of this giant fuck fest who claim they're not with 'those' guys. They claim they were just there to help 'unite the right'. Two things... First, you were with them. Right in the fucking pictures you douche bags. You were right NEXT to them. You were with them. You are them. Second, you united the right alright. Those on the left have been saying it for years. The right is made up of racists. They're bigots. They're Nazi's. They're Klan. All of them? No. But enough of them are that they could do this. And the people that showed up this past weekend are just the ones brave enough to crawl out from under a rock.

Fuck them. All of them.

Apr/10
2017

Fly the Fuck You Skies.

You're in Chicago, and you board a United flight to Louisville. Why anyone would want to go there is beyond me, but let's accept the premise. United has naturally fully booked (probably overbooked) the flight. The passengers all board and prepare to continue their journey. Then, United realizes it needs to get four of it's own employees to Louisville. So it asks for people to volunteer to get off for a hotel room and $400. No one takes it. So they go to $800. No one takes that either. Then they decide to randomly pick people to get off. The first two they pick get off without hassle. The third... well... this is where they get into some trouble.

The third man refused to get off because he needed to get where he was going. He said he was a doctor and had patients to see. So, United was of course very understanding. So understanding that they call the cops, tried to forcibly remove the man, knocked him out by smashing his head against an armrest, and dragged his unconscious and bleeding body body down the aisle and off the plane. In front of a plane load of people with cell phones, they thought they'd get away with that. Eventually, he was allowed to re-board the plane, with blood still on his forehead but was clearly disoriented (concussed I'd assume). Then they deplaned everyone so United could "tidy up".

So, let me start with this:

FUCK YOU UNITED!

Now, let move on to the rest. United response? Check this:

“Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked. After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate. We apologize for the overbook situation.”

That's it. They're sorry they overbooked.

FUCK YOU UNITED!

Ok, let start with the fact that the man could have avoided this if he'd been a sheep. He could have bent over and allow United to fuck him. Or allow the transit cops to do the same. But instead, he stood his ground and was beated down for it. Now, he broke no laws. United had no legal reason for asking him to leave. He wasn't s a disturbance until AFTER they asked him to leave. The cops therefore shouldn't have any authority to remove him. At that point, they were only there to enforce company policy, not legal code. Moreso because the company had tried to bribe people to get off the plane, and only stopped raising the fee in order to save money. I bet for $2000 or $5000 someone either volunteers to gets off the plane, or United finds another way to deal with getting employees to Kentucky. So, these officers were just thugs, even before they smashed a mans head into the armrest. I really hope they get charged with assault, but we all know they won't.

This isn't quite the worst case PR scenario for United. I mean, preventing a doctor from seeing his patients is bad. Holy crap is it heartless and stupid. But it could have been a person flying to a wedding, birth, or funeral. Can you imagine if he'd been flying to his mother's deathbed? And got there too late because of this crap? The sad thing is that it doesn't really matter why he was flying. Every person on that flight thought that it wasn't worth $800 to get off and fly later. They all had places they wanted to go. NO ONE puts up with going through the hassle of going to an airport, getting molested by TSA, and waiting forever and a day to get on board a flight just because. They all needed to go somewhere. And it doesn't matter if it's a doctor with patients, a person with a dying family member or a stripper going to her next gig. This sort of bullshit is far to common with airlines anymore. And the idea that they think they can use transit cops as armed thugs to enforce company will is terrifying.

Personally, I'll be really sad if this man walks away without pressing criminal charges on the cop and settling for at least 5 million from United. The police need to understand that they're not corporate thugs, and are responsible for the safety of the passengers, not the bottom line of the airline. More importantly, when they're not enforcing the law, they're personally responsible for their actions (in this case, assault). And the corporation needs a firm slap to make it understand that overbooking has penalties.

As for that statement.... holy crap. I don't see how any human being could be heartless enough to write it up. They must have hired a true lizard person style lawyer to be that cold. One person refused to voluntarily leave the plane? I think it's safe to say that the other two people didn't leave voluntarily either. You tried to bribe them, and they rejected it. They were just less willing to push the issue once you threatened them. More than that nugget, you don't even mention that you are directly responsible for the actions of your thugs? That your corporate greed and mismanagement directly lead to a situation that you handled this fucking badly? That your strong-arms brutalized a man and potentially gave him a concussion? That they did so in full view of children? Let alone the rest of the plane load of passengers?

In case it needs to be said again,

FUCK YOU UNITED!

And whoever wrote that statement... I really hope that you end up buried to your neck surrounded by fire ants.

Feb/25
2017

Like a Donald Duck

The signs are all there. When it walks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck.

He talks like a racist. He hires racists. He advocates for the Aryan nation. He wants to build a wall to keep Mexicans out because they are ‘rapists’. He refused to disavow the support of the KKK. He attacked a judge for being too Mexican. His company refused to rent to blacks. He claimed, for years, that Obama was born in Kenya. He condoned the beating of a black protester. He is probably a racist.

He talks like an anti-Semite. He neglects to mention Jews on a memorial of the Holocaust. He used neo-nazi images to attack his opponents. He is probably an anti-Semite.

He talks like a sexist. He boasts about sexual assault. He dismisses women’s opinions as menstruation issues. He calls women ugly rather than discuss their concerns. He is probably a sexist.

He talks like an Islamophobic. He tried to ban Muslims from entering the country, and has said he will try again. He lied about them celebrating 9/11 in New Jersey. He advocating forcing their belief to be cataloged in a government database. He attacked the parents of a war hero because they were Muslim. He is probably Islamophobic.

He talks like an idiot. He lives inside an echo chamber where the only views he hears are the ones he’s been told to believe. He is incapable of thinking for himself. He’s illogical and imprudent. He is probably an idiot.

He talks like a dictator. He thinks there are no limits to the power of the presidency. He believe that his will is the only think that matters. He seeks out ways to suppress the views of anyone that disagrees. Dissension is labeled as lies and fake. He’s practically taking leadership lessons from ‘Mein Kampf’. He wishes he was a dictator. If people don’t resist him, he might even manage it. Either way, he IS a dick.

He does not act like a president. He is racist. He is antisemitic. He is inarticulate. He is sexist. He is Islamophobic. He is an idiot. He is hateful. He exactly what he says he is. He doesn’t represent the views of most Americans. He hates free speech and press. He is NOT my president.

Nov/09
2016

Dear America

Fuck you. -me
Sep/12
2016

Forget

It's good for people to grieve. When someone you loves dies, you need to mourn them. Grieve for a while. Then move on with your life. When something reminds you of the lost ones, you stop, think of them fondly, and remember what they meant to you. It's a healthy process. As a nation, we've moved well past healthy. Two thousand, nine hundred seventy seven people died. That's a lot of friends and family that had to grieve. As a country, we banded together and grieved with them. We took up their grief and wore it like a badge of pride. Every year, the anniversary of the event comes around again and we wrap ourselves in patriotism and declare with one voice that we will never forget. Except... maybe we should. If not forget, at least tone down the rhetoric and jingoism. 15 years is a really long time to hold onto a loss. If a person went to these lengths to remember someone that died, most people would tell them to seek therapy. You need to let it go in order to move forward. That doesn't mean forgetting it entirely, or pretending it didn't happen. It means moving forward. The scar of 9/11 is part of the national psyche now. It will likely go down with 'Remember the Alamo' and 'Remember Pearl Harbor'. Those patriotic cries faded after the war they were attached to ended. The events remembered, but the sting of them removed. This year, in November, newly minted voters will go to the polls and not be able to remember 9/11. But the conflict associated with it is on-going. They have spent their entire memorable life with people on TV dying in a 'war'. Every year on 9/11, the country pulls out all the stops to remind them why they're fighting. Maybe we should all look forward. It's fine to remember your loved ones. But this national pastime needs to stop.
May/24
2016
Josh Duggar wants to get back on TV. I know, that sounds far fetched. The child molesting fucktard thinks that enough time has passed that he can waltz onto a talk show, preach his special brand of bullshit, blame the devil, beg forgiveness for his flawed human nature and everything will be fine. Then TLC will give him his own TV show to let him live the high life some more. See, this is the central flaw in Christianity. That idea that saying your sorry means total forgiveness. And if God/Jesus forgives him, everyone else should forget about what he did too. It helps if you can offload your own failing onto something else insubstantial and unearthly. I mean, if the devil made you do it, what chance did you have? He's an all powerful demon with an eternity to plot your personal downfall. He spent eons thinking up ways to exploit the tiny cracks in your character to make you fall from grace for just one second. On top of that, Josh thinks that simply offering up his apology, even if sincerely felt, puts everything back to a correct place in the world. That, because he said 'my bad', not only must we forgive, but he deserves to be put back into the limelight. That not only must all good Christians overlook his foibles, but we must assist in his return to 'fame' and fortune. Not every mistake made by person is the same. Some people slip up and deserve to be redeemed with an apology. This isn't one of those times. Josh shouldn't get to be famous again. He doesn't deserve it. If you want to live a penitent and 'forgiven' life, maybe you should avoid the spotlight. After all, the devil can tempt you better there, right? If you come out from under the rock you've been hiding under, you should expect infamy and ridicule. Not forgiveness and adulation. Really, let us be honest here. You deserve nothing. You're scum. Want to prove you're not? Spend the rest of your life making up for your mistakes. Until then, fuck off.
Apr/08
2016
Fuck you and have a nice day. In one of those rare moments, I get to say that after punishment has been meted out. You see, Trooper... ahem... former Trooper Hamilton is an asshole. He pulls you over for a speeding ticket. Everyone hates it. You're caught, you know it, you're pissed off, and you're out a bunch of money. Best case you get a warning and waste 20 minutes. Amazingly, this prick makes a routine traffic stop even more excruciating. His third question after 'do you know how fast you were going?' and 'Can you provide me with your license and registration?' is not in the standard police guidelines. 'What Chruch do you go to?' and the follow up 'Are you Saved?'. He also provides directions if you want to attend his Chruch. yes, of COURSE he provides pamphlets. Seriously. go fuck yourself. The last thing ANYONE wants to talk about when they're getting a ticket is religion. The nicest pastor in the most cordial Church since the beginning of man doesn't want to talk about it then. But hey. He got fired yesterday. So I can't be made at Indiana. He got a warning 18 months ago to knock it off and now his ass is walking the unemployment line. When asked about it, this is his comment: "Oh well... I'm just following what the Lord told me to do and you can't change what the Lord tells you to do. So if the Lord tells me to speak about Jesus Christ, I do. And that's why they fired me so that's where we're at" What a douche.
Feb/29
2016

Reunite

It's been a long time since I saw them, but not long enough. When I say that my time in high school was the worst on my life, please understand that the sentiment is not said casually or jokingly. They are the low point of my life. Every day further from the torture and anguish I suffered in that school is an improvement in my well being. There is a little more haze on the pain, and a little less clarity to the faces. I survived high school. Barely. Of my classmates, I call none of them friends. None of them even rate the level of an acquaintance. Since leaving that school, I have spoken to none of them. Beyond the missives requesting my attendance to these regular demarcations of when we graduated, I don't know if they're alive or dead. I don't care if they're better people. I don't want to know who got fatter or thinner; whose hairline has receded; who procreated; whose job pays the most. None of that matters. They were vile people. While some degree of that can be forgiven in youth, I see no reason to put myself in their presence again. The worst case scenario is that seeing them reopens wounds long since scarred over. The best case is the prostrate themselves before me begging for my forgiveness. The likelihood is that I would discover nothing more than some of them are as bad as ever, some are worse, and a precious few managed to improve themselves into something that doesn't make me want to punch them. I can see no instance where meeting them would make me want to reconnect or repeat the experience. To be honest, I'd be better off going to a random school that graduated the same year and trying to get to know those people. Those random people would have the advantage of not having a plethora of hideous memories attached to them. Those reprobates are all shadows of my past. And despite these attempts to crawl out of the dark recesses of my memories, and asking me to relive it all, I condemn them to remain memories. The crimes and abuses committed are left unvarying moments etched in the past. I do not forgive. I don't foresee any future far enough away to forget.
Nov/12
2015
I want to be clear here. When you say make a statement that statement doesn't get to exist in a vacuum. Doesn't matter if it was an argument for a position on racism or a commentary on your favorite color. When you open your mouth and present an idea, that idea is open to commentary, debate and criticism. Safe spaces? Trigger warnings? No. Those are ideas designed restrict the free exchange of ideas. When you say the best Halloween costume is a mummy, I get to tell you why I disagree. That's how free expression works. Instead you want to lock it down and hide behind the idea that I need to warn you that I might say something that offends you or doesn't conform to your worldview so you can avoid it. Or worse, so you can exclude my view from your 'open forum'. No. No warnings. No limits. I'm sorry if my brash nature damages your sensitive little ears, but I will stand up and I will be heard. I won't censor myself because you want me to. My ability to speak my mind is no less relevant that yours. You want a safe place? You want a home? You want an echo chamber? Then let me introduce you to a little place I like to call private property. When you own the land you stand on, feel free to build a wall to keep my views out. But on public property, and out in the anonymity of the digital landscape, my views have the same right as yours. Do I offend you with my ideas? I don't give two shits. As I've said before, you're welcome to be offended. Feel free to tell me about how much I offended you. Discuss it like a rational person. If you make a good point, I might change my mind. But you don't get tape my mouth shut because you don't want to hear it. There is a chance (though infinitesimally small) you might open your ear, understand what I said and allow it to have an impact on you. You want a warning that something I say might offend you. How about this: Something I say will probably offend you. The part you need to concern yourself with is whether or not you can move past your offense and examine the issue at hand like an adult. Until that happens, warnings and safe spaces are just ways to shrink your world down to include only those that agree with every utterance you make. This is your choice. Stride boldly out and confront that which offends you, or curl up into a ball and pretend it doesn't exist. I will not help you do the latter, but if you ever decide to do the former, you can be assured that I will stand up and make sure others can't silence you. Even if your position is stupid as fuck.
Jul/21
2015
46 years ago yesterday, Man walked on the moon. It's an accomplishment that I still consider unparalleled to this day. We've done many wonderful things since then, but it is somehow all the more amazing for the time period, the technology, the speed and the success rate that they achieved. So, this morning, upon getting in my car, el douchbag radio DJ started my ride by talking about how the entire thing was a hoax. Readers of my previous comment and posts might know my feelings for this particular conspiracy theory, but if you're new, here's the deal. It's bullshit. We landed on the moon. Multiple times. We can prove it beyond any shadow of a doubt. The people that belief this lie are either really ignorant, really invested in it, or really gullible. In most cases, you can pick two. They have a lot of 'reasons' for this: the pictures don't have stars (it's daytime so light reflection obscures them), the flag moves in the 'wind' (inertia from the astronauts contact), the pictures are well focused (technology and practice), the radiation would have killed them (minimal exposure during a period carefully selected to be low), and the dust doesn't bounce correctly (it does). Every objection put forward has been debunked repeatedly. If that wasn't proof enough, we brought back fucking rocks. They're different from earth rocks in a number of easily discerned ways. If we try real hard, we can still see the fucking landers there. We left reflectors on the moon. If you know how, and have a laser, you can still bounce a laser off of one. It's an ongoing project so we can measure the moon's movement away from Earth. And finally? The soviets were watching us. If we'd faked it, they would have noticed. They tracked the radio signals, and radar. They would have said something. So, dumbass radio jockey? fuck you. It is people with your combination of low intelligence and large mouth piece that helps keep this set of lies alive. I almost wish I had paid attention to which morning show crap fest you were on so I could call you out by name. But saying your name would still be some level of raising your profile. Either way, fuck you.
Jun/18
2015

Another Killing

Today there was another killing somewhere in the world. Unstable/Insane person A didn't like person or group B and decided to kill them. Person A obtained the gun/explosive/knife/spork required for the deranged plan and then went to place C to execute it. Person or Group B was injured/died. This story happens regularly. And you can almost see the orgy of excitement in the faces of the 24 hours news moguls. They love this. They get to examine person A and group B and take reaction videos from everyone who ever knew anyone remotely involved. In the era of cellphones, they have a decent chance of getting footage from somewhere that they can broadcast with grisly warnings about the graphic nature of the following footage. They can hunt down photos of the victims and perpetrator and try to psychoanalyze everyone and everything. They have to manufacture spurious statements about intent and ideology. They have days of news filled off this single event. People have died. And the media are masturbating to the corpses.
Mar/13
2015

The Death of Authors

"All right," said Susan. "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need... fantasies to make life bearable." REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE. "Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little?" YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES. "So we can believe the big ones?" YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING. "They're not the same at all!" YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET -Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME...SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED. "Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what's the point?" MY POINT EXACTLY."
-Terry Pratchett, Hogfather You will be missed, my friend. Farewell.
Feb/19
2015

Advanced Placement

Oklahoma legislators want to get rid of AP US History. It's not shocking. Sad perhaps, but not shocking. Let me back up some first though. AP courses are designed to offer college bound high school students a chance to take entry level college course and receive credit for them while in their senior year of high school. These courses are harder and put an emphasis on critical thinking, writing, and analysis. If you pass a test at the end of the course, you get credit toward an equivalent course that most colleges will accept. So, you might wonder, why would Oklahoma legislators have a problem with AP courses and the US history one in particular? Well that's easy. They're stupid. I don't say that casually. They're upset because they don't like the curriculum. They claim that it's leftist revisionist propaganda that portrays American history in a negative light. I'll even be a nice as I can to the and say that is true to some extent. It does highlight negative events. But almost all of history does that. Wars, revolution, repression and conflict are negative events. Those are the highlight reels of every history class I've ever been in. I mean, we could talk about the 50s without mentioning McCarthyism, but much of it doesn't make sense. We could talk about Vietnam, but without the anti-war perspective, it's worthless. You could talk about the Civil War without mentioning slavery, but it would be worthless. You could talk about the Articles of Confederacy, but if you don't mention the shortcomings, you can't talk about why they failed. The founding fathers had some great ideas, but some pretty horrible ones too. Nearly every single decade of this country has some form of major negative event. The stupid legislators in Oklahoma want to pretend that America is exceptional; that manifest destiny wasn't racially motivated; that the 10 commandments mattered to a large group of deists; that war only consists of American heroes. More importantly, they want kids to believe deeply in how great this country is, and how it can do no wrong. I, on the other hand, want to know what mistakes we made in the past in order to learn from them. When I studied the Great Depression, it taught me a lot about economics and how they impacted average people. The Civil War and Civil Rights movements demonstrate the failure to provide equality to minority groups. The foibles of the Founding Fathers show us that even men with great ideals can make a deal with the devil in order to take a step forward for the country. There are so many mistakes in our past that we need to learn from. Failure to teach them does our children an injustice. We just need to put them into perspective and teach the reasoning that drove the people involved to make the choices they made, and explain the intended and unintended consequences of those actions. That's not to say we shouldn't teach the good moments. Talk about the Battle of the Bulge, the moon landing, the Berlin wall's collapse. Bring up the Swamp Fox, and roaring 20s. Paint both sides well and true. There is no place for lies though. We can't paint over our failures as a nation and pretend they didn't happen. Those failures are ours. We have to own them and learn from them. Whitewashing history is bad. Limiting a child's ability to learn is bad. Injuring their chances as college education is bad. That is obvious. Something else is obvious: Oklahoma lawmakers are stupid and they want everyone else to be stupid too.
Feb/06
2015
Let's play a game. I'm going to list off some quotes. Then I'll ask you some questions about the speaker. Don't Google it. That's cheating!
'Obviously rape is awful.. [] What is beautiful is the child that could come from this' '...every cloud has a silver lining. It's just that this cloud is a rape. Every rape cloud can have a baby as a silver lining' 'Now it's all 'War on Women' this and 'my body, my choice' that and 'don't lay your theocratic mitts on my uterus you backwards thinking jerkface.' And I think our country is now lost morally because of it' 'They just need to think of a rape baby as God putting one in you, is all' 'God works in mysterious, sometimes kinda rapey ways'
Now. No peeking. Tell me. Man or woman? Age? Skin color? Political affiliation? Job? What state are the from? Let's see how you did: Male. About 40. White. Republican. State Representative. West Virginia. How'd ya do? I guessed Mississippi and 50, but I feel like WV isn't very far off of the sexist spectrum. For the record, Brian Kurcaba is a loser. He's a pathetic sack of shit, who will hopefully never know the horror of being raped personally, or have one of his loved ones suffer the fate. You're a walking talking stereotype of a hateful sexist pig. Everything about you represents that. I could rail on and on about how horrible a person you are. But really, what more needs to be said. You are what you are.
Feb/02
2015

Neglect

It took me a few tries to write this. I just couldn't express my rage and loathing properly. People are finally starting to understand something I've been yelling about for years. Vaccinations are important. It's not just something that's good to have. They're something that should be automatically given to everyone that can have them. People who refuse them should have legitimate health reasons for refusal. A friend of mine's kid has cancer, which has damaged her immune system to the point where vaccinations are dangerous. That is perfectly legitimate. I'm willing to allow limited exceptions for religious reasons, so that communities like the Amish aren't forced into it. I think it's stupid, but I accept that the nature of those communities also limits potential exposure and spread. The rest of you? The worshipers of Jenny McCarthy and Andrew Wakefield? You people can all go fuck yourself. You were told over and over again that vaccinations are highly safe. You were told that the link to autism were false. You refused to listen and created grand conspiracy theories to cover your mindless stupidity. You dismissed facts and research if it disagreed with your preconceived notions. You claimed that 'organic' and 'natural' methods were the best way to raise healthy babies. YOU WERE WRONG. And you should have known better. So, now, one of your brethren has spread this pestilence in a place where millions go every year. And more of your brethren picked it up and spread it across the country. From there, it spreads to other likeminded idiots like you. And in the blink of an eye, a loan case of stupid becomes a fucking wave of stupid. And parents of sick children get to sequester their children at home because you choose to ignore all medical research, all educated advice, and all good common sense. And all of that is in addition to the potential damage to your own crotch spawn that are also unprotected from this outbreak. There is only one way to describe your behavior. Neglectful. You're a bad parent. You willfully exposed your child, and thousands of others to potentially dangerous diseases based on information that you were repeatedly told was false. I think every single parent who prevents their healthy child from getting vaccinated should be charged with criminal negligence and child endangerment. No jail time, or taking the kids away. Just force these parents to work as candy stripers in hospital wards to see the full effect of it. Or better yet, a few weeks in a country where measles isn't the rarity that it is the US. Anti-vaccination drones are scum. They've build their beliefs around a lie, even after being told the truth. Now, those lives have hurt people. If they're lucky, no one will die. Regardless, we should hold them personally responsible for their actions.