Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Jacqueline Skye Outlaw asks questions

Does anyone wonder why? What is wrong with the Republican party when we break it down? Why does the Republican party continue to fight against the undeniable and unrefutably scientific proof of climate change? Why do they foolishly refuse to take immediate action to try to save us before time runs out? Why do they work extra hard to deny humans and other life forms the right to a long term healthy existence on our planet? Why do they fight against the immigrants with such fierce resistance and cruelty in order to prevent them from obtaining a deserved piece of the American pie? Why do they plot against the middle class's' right to obtain a working wage, an obtainable higher education, a piece of the American dream? Why do they work hard and long to fool people into continuing to vote for them while covering up that they are trying to phase us out one class and lifeform at a time? Why are they taking everything away from the ninety something percent only to give more to the already filthy rich? Why do they want to make the poor poorer? Why do they wish to make it impossible for the average person to obtain quality healthcare and affordable health insurance? Why do they promote the NRA's desire to make and sell war weapons of mass destruction while innocent people die regularly from the arrogance of such stubborn resistance to the truth? Why do they side with the NRA in their evil plot to hide and distort the facts that guns kill while we continue to bury our dead? Why do they go to great lengths to ignore and cover up that thousands of species of plants and animals are dying each year to never return? Why do they twist and distort the Constitution of the United States to promote ignorance while denying our Constitutional rights to American citizens living in a country meant to remain free? Why are they putting up with a deranged man masquerading as President when his incompetence is obvious and destructive to our country now and long term? Why are they allowing Russia to invade, control, and attack our country behind the scenes? What are they up to exactly? What is their end game? Do they possibly have a hidden agenda, a long term secret plan to escape the massive destruction they are causing to our environment as they make our planet uninhabitable? Where will they go when our planet no longer sustains life? Do they know? Do they have another planet in mind and plan to leave the rest of us behind to burn to death and wither way without food and water? Are they truly this short sighted in their deranged madness to chase the almighty shallow dollar? Have they lost sight of their own immanent demise? Why are they trying to kill us off as they pollute and destroy our very existence in every way on a planet that can't possibly continue to survive? Are they not made of flesh and bone? Do they not also depend on the planet as their primary source of life? All the power and money in the world can't save them from what they are doing to our Nation and our planet! No one in their right minds would do the horrid things they are doing unless? Is there is an underlying agenda that we don't know about and aren't privy to as the average Americans whom they are always trying to hoodwink? Where does their hellbent road to certain destruction end, if not with our imminent deaths? What does the Republican Party stand for if not for certain death of all things good, in disguise? Still, we have to ask why?!

Friday, August 23, 2019

Trump via the Brits' viewpoint

Rachel Everington
Someone asked "Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?"
Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England, wrote this magnificent response:
"A few things spring to mind.
Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem.
For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace - all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.
So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.
Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing - not once, ever.
I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility - for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman.
But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is - his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty.
Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers.
And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults - he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness.
There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface.
Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront.
Well, we don’t. We see it as having no inner world, no soul.
And in Britain we traditionally side with David, not Goliath. All our heroes are plucky underdogs: Robin Hood, Dick Whittington, Oliver Twist.
Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that.
He’s not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat.
He’s more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege.
And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things to the British: a bully.
That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a snivelling sidekick instead.
There are unspoken rules to this stuff - the Queensberry rules of basic decency - and he breaks them all. He punches downwards - which a gentleman should, would, could never do - and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless - and he kicks them when they are down.
So the fact that a significant minority - perhaps a third - of Americans look at what he does, listen to what he says, and then think 'Yeah, he seems like my kind of guy’ is a matter of some confusion and no little distress to British people, given that:
* Americans are supposed to be nicer than us, and mostly are.
* You don't need a particularly keen eye for detail to spot a few flaws in the man.
This last point is what especially confuses and dismays British people, and many other people too; his faults seem pretty bloody hard to miss.
After all, it’s impossible to read a single tweet, or hear him speak a sentence or two, without staring deep into the abyss. He turns being artless into an art form; he is a Picasso of pettiness; a Shakespeare of shit. His faults are fractal: even his flaws have flaws, and so on ad infinitum.
God knows there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid.
He makes Nixon look trustworthy and George W look smart.
In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws - he would make a Trump.
And a remorseful Doctor Frankenstein would clutch out big clumpfuls of hair and scream in anguish:
'My God… what… have… I… created?
If being a twat was a TV show, Trump would be the boxed set."
Thanks Occupy Democrats

Thursday, August 22, 2019

There will be an accounting.

We want the names. 

The names of the corporations that have rushed to drill in our national parks, dump their poisons into our rivers, chop away at regulations that protect our food and environment. 

We want the names of those members of congress who stood by silently while Trump and his cohorts destroyed our government and country. 

We want the names of the ICE teams who refuse to recognize the humanity of those who they mistreat. 

We want the names of the lawyers and judges who excuse rape and pedophilia.

We want the names. When we get back in control of the government, there will be an accounting.


'Just following orders' will not be an acceptable excuse.
'It was my job' will not be an acceptable excuse.
'It was just so much money' will not be an acceptable excuse.


We will not forget. We will not forgive. There will be an accounting.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Bwak bwak?

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And if the "illegal immigrants" are stealing jobs from US citizens, why did only 25 to 30 people show up for the Koch owned chicken processing plant job fair which had 680 job openings?

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Liberals


I'm a liberal, but that doesn't mean what a lot of you apparently think it does.

Let's break it down, shall we? Because quite frankly, I'm getting a little tired of being told what I believe and what I stand for. Spoiler alert: Not every liberal is the same, though the majority of liberals I know think along roughly these same lines:

1. I believe a country should take care of its weakest members. A country cannot call itself civilized when its children, disabled, sick, and elderly are neglected. Period.

2. I believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Somehow that's interpreted as "I believe Obamacare is the end-all, be-all." This is not the case. I'm fully aware that the ACA has problems, that a national healthcare system would require everyone to chip in, and that it's impossible to create one that is devoid of flaws, but I have yet to hear an argument against it that makes "let people die because they can't afford healthcare" a better alternative. I believe healthcare should be far cheaper than it is, and that everyone should have access to it. And no, I'm not opposed to paying higher taxes in the name of making that happen.

3. I believe education should be affordable and accessible to everyone. It doesn't necessarily have to be free (though it works in other countries so I'm mystified as to why it can't work in the US), but at the end of the day, there is no excuse for students graduating college saddled with five- or six-figure debt.

4. I don't believe your money should be taken from you and given to people who don't want to work. I have literally never encountered anyone who believes this. Ever. I just have a massive moral problem with a society where a handful of people can possess the majority of the wealth while there are people literally starving to death, freezing to death, or dying because they can't afford to go to the doctor. Fair wages, lower housing costs, universal healthcare, affordable education, and the wealthy actually paying their share would go a long way toward alleviating this. Somehow believing that makes me a communist.

5. I don't throw around "I'm willing to pay higher taxes" lightly. If I'm suggesting something that involves paying more, well, it's because I'm fine with paying my share as long as it's actually going to something besides lining corporate pockets or bombing other countries while Americans die without healthcare.

6. I believe companies should be required to pay their employees a decent, livable wage. Somehow this is always interpreted as me wanting burger flippers to be able to afford a penthouse apartment and a Mercedes. What it actually means is that no one should have to work three full-time jobs just to keep their head above water. Restaurant servers should not have to rely on tips, multibillion-dollar companies should not have employees on food stamps, workers shouldn't have to work themselves into the ground just to barely make ends meet, and minimum wage should be enough for someone to work 40 hours and live.

7. I am not anti-Christian. I have no desire to stop Christians from being Christians, to close churches, to ban the Bible, to forbid prayer in school, etc. (BTW, prayer in school is NOT illegal; *compulsory* prayer in school is - and should be - illegal). All I ask is that Christians recognize *my* right to live according to *my* beliefs. When I get pissed off that a politician is trying to legislate Scripture into law, I'm not "offended by Christianity" -- I'm offended that you're trying to force me to live by your religion's rules. You know how you get really upset at the thought of Muslims imposing Sharia law on you? That's how I feel about Christians trying to impose biblical law on me. Be a Christian. Do your thing. Just don't force it on me or mine.

8. I don't believe LGBT people should have more rights than you. I just believe they should have the *same* rights as you.

9. I don't believe illegal immigrants should come to America and have the world at their feet, especially since THIS ISN'T WHAT THEY DO (spoiler: undocumented immigrants are ineligible for all those programs they're supposed to be abusing, and if they're "stealing" your job it's because your employer is hiring illegally). I'm not opposed to deporting people who are here illegally, but I believe there are far more humane ways to handle undocumented immigration than our current practices (i.e., detaining children, splitting up families, ending DACA, etc).

10. I don't believe the government should regulate everything, but since greed is such a driving force in our country, we NEED regulations to prevent cut corners, environmental destruction, tainted food/water, unsafe materials in consumable goods or medical equipment, etc. It's not that I want the government's hands in everything -- I just don't trust people trying to make money to ensure that their products/practices/etc. are actually SAFE. Is the government devoid of shadiness? Of course not. But with those regulations in place, consumers have recourse if they're harmed and companies are liable for medical bills, environmental cleanup, etc. Just kind of seems like common sense when the alternative to government regulation is letting companies bring their bottom line into the equation.

11. I believe our current administration is fascist. Not because I dislike them or because I can’t get over an election, but because I've spent too many years reading and learning about the Third Reich to miss the similarities. Not because any administration I dislike must be Nazis, but because things are actually mirroring authoritarian and fascist regimes of the past.

12. I believe the systemic racism and misogyny in our society is much worse than many people think, and desperately needs to be addressed. Which means those with privilege -- white, straight, male, economic, etc. -- need to start listening, even if you don't like what you're hearing, so we can start dismantling everything that's causing people to be marginalized.

13. I am not interested in coming after your blessed guns, nor is anyone serving in government. What I am interested in is sensible policies, including background checks, that just MIGHT save one person’s, perhaps a toddler’s, life by the hand of someone who should not have a gun. (Got another opinion? Put it on your page, not mine).

14. I believe in so-called political correctness. I prefer to think it’s social politeness. If I call you Chuck and you say you prefer to be called Charles I’ll call you Charles. It’s the polite thing to do. Not because everyone is a delicate snowflake, but because as Maya Angelou put it, when we know better, we do better. When someone tells you that a term or phrase is more accurate/less hurtful than the one you're using, you now know better. So why not do better? How does it hurt you to NOT hurt another person?

15. I believe in funding sustainable energy, including offering education to people currently working in coal or oil so they can change jobs. There are too many sustainable options available for us to continue with coal and oil. Sorry, billionaires. Maybe try investing in something else.

16. I believe that women should not be treated as a separate class of human. They should be paid the same as men who do the same work, should have the same rights as men and should be free from abuse. Why on earth shouldn’t they be?

I think that about covers it. Bottom line is that I'm a liberal because I think we should take care of each other. That doesn't mean you should work 80 hours a week so your lazy neighbor can get all your money. It just means I don't believe there is any scenario in which preventable suffering is an acceptable outcome as long as money is saved.

Copy & paste if you want. I did. Author unknown.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Because soon they will push too far....

Is what is going on in the news right now the frantic flailing of the old white male patriarchy, the last fevered dream of the privileged upper class before all power and riches are stripped away? The horrific treatment in the concentration camps at the border. The refusal to acknowledge the humanity of the immigrants. The continual self-justification by the police for the shooting of men of color because they are so afraid that if those scary black men ever got into power, they would do unto the white man what has been done to them?
Judges declaring it was just 'one rape,' or blaming the woman, or giving out a mild slap on the wrist because he was from a good family? The Trumps, Epsteins, the Brock Turners? Is this using a woman's biology against her to hold her down, subjugate her, and force her to return to the kitchen? Deny access to abortion, the right to choose, birth control, or child care. Deny access to healthcare, equal pay, voting rights, civil rights?
The horrible inequity of the tilted playing field of the economy, where millennials are unable to afford housing or cars, unable to escape the incapacitating student debt, while the rich become richer and more indifferent to the other 90 percent?
Is this a desire to crush hopes and efforts for a better future and try and jam everyone back into the 1950s, where white men ruled and everyone else knew their place?
Because the world has changed.
We won't go back.
They have the right to be afraid.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Don't know much about history...

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Apparently Ben did NOT say this.  But I'll keep it up anyway...

Friday, May 24, 2019

Weird. It's almost as if Republicans don't believe women are people.


I’m Australian, and am willing to mail Plan B/birth control to anyone who no longer has access to it.

European doctor defies FDA orders to stop sending US women abortion pills by mail


ABORTION IS IMMORAL, EXCEPT WHEN IT COMES TO MY MISTRESSES




I'm sorry you regret your abortion.

Proof that 'life' was never what this was about...

Cartoon: The ladies will just love Georgia's new anti-abortion law

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Republican view of abortion

Friday, May 17, 2019

Place your left hand on the Bible and raise your right hand, sir.

I've said this before but I think it's even more appropriate now. If male Congress members think it's okay to regulate women's bodies, they must agree to be regulated themselves. They need to answer these questions under oath before running for office:
1) Have you ever had sex out of marriage?
2) Have any women with whom you were involved use birth control? What type? How long? Did you use the missionary position? What other positions?
3) Have any women with whom you were involved need to have an abortion?
4) How often do you masturbate?
5) Explain the different parts of a woman's body involving her uterus, menstruation, ovaries, and how they function.
6) Explain whether you believe women are only hosts to the fetus or are they individual entities with the ability to choose what they will do with their bodies.
7) Are women equal to men? Explain.