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Shit that Pissed me Off – 5/18/18

White People Are Calling the Police on Black People All Over the Place

Since I missed last week’s column (I was on a trip for my anniversary and we had a lovely time thank you), I didn’t get to write about the white woman who called the cops on a black student who fell asleep at college or the white woman who called the cops on a black family barbecuing. I was also going to write about the two Native American students who were on a campus tour but detained when a white woman called campus security on them.

I was going to write about all three happening in the same week. But then I didn’t write a post last week.

Then this week a Hobby Lobby manager called the police when a black man with proper receipt tried to return something to their store. Shockingly, the manager was a white woman! A white woman also called the police on a black man who was inspecting a property he was planning to buy.

In every one of these cases, the people had done nothing wrong. I mean aside from not being white. In most cases, the individuals reported were at least inconvenienced by the situation. But in all cases, the police acknowledged they had, basically, done nothing wrong.

I suppose all of these people of color should be relieved that they hadn’t raised the concern of a white male because he probably would have shot them and claimed self defense.

I know, not all white women call the cops on people of color. And not all white dudes shoot black people. It seems silly that I have to point out that I’m using hyperbole to make a point but I fear I will bruise fragile white egos if I don’t point out to the white people reading this column that I’m not talking about them specifically.

#NotAllWhitePeople

But then let me as a white dude say this – yes I am.

Because this is our problem. When you put a racist in the White House and you argue that we need to understand both sides of the argument, you are forgetting that sometimes one side is right and the other side is wrong. When a black man can’t return something to a store without the manager calling the cops, the problem isn’t the black man’s behavior.

One one side you have a guy just trying to get on with his day and on the other, you have a racist.

So maybe you aren’t specifically calling the cops on black people. Or shooting black people. Next time it happens, though, maybe you should stop trying to see the “other side” because if you are white, you can’t even begin to understand what it is like to know someone might call the cops on you for existing.

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Shit that Pissed Me Off – 4/13/18

Black Teenager Asks for Directions and Almost Gets Shot

Post racist America is alive and well in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

14-year-old Brennan Walker (yes – you read that right – he’s fourteen) missed his bus and he got lost. Sounds pretty scary, right? Not compared to what happened next.

Next, he rang a doorbell to ask directions. The woman who answered the door freaked out and said he was trying to rob them. Because most robbers ring the doorbell.

Her husband grabbed a gun and that’s when Brennan ran. As he was running away, the dude shot at him. Fortunately, he missed or Brennan would be a statistic and his murderers would be claiming they were in fear for their lives to avoid going to jail.

And they probably were.

Because they are racist fucks who freaked out when a black kid came to their door. The guy who shot at Brennan (who was convinced he was a “good guy with a gun”) is facing charges but we all know he’s probably going to get away with it. Because a fourteen year old kid asking for directions was a credible threat.

Maybe if he’d been selling girl scout cookies, they wouldn’t have shot at him. Oh who am I kidding? They would have claimed he’d stolen them.

What’s sad is Brennan’s mom told him this could happen. She warned him that people would be afraid of him because he’s young and black. The warning probably saved his life because he ran away from the murdering racists before they could murder him.

Isn’t it great, though, that the mothers of black young men need to prepare them for situations like this? Because they actually happen?

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 3/30/18

Rick Santorum Suggests Students Should Learn CPR to Deal with School Shooters

It continues to baffle me that Santorum is considered the kind of person who should be taken seriously. A day after students took it upon themselves to stage a massive demonstration against guns in schools, he appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” and suggested that the kids should stop asking other people to solve their problems.

Instead of asking politicians to do their fucking job, he said maybe these kids should take classes on how to deal with an active shooter or maybe learn CPR.

That makes sense, right? The kids are already in school and they don’t need to learn stuff like math and science.

He backed off his initial statement by saying he didn’t mean CPR. I’m not sure what he meant instead. Santorum has always struck me as particularly dumb and that means he might not have understood what he was saying when he said “CPR.”

I mean he clearly didn’t understand what he was saying when he chastised kids for asking politicians to do their jobs. Because the best thing an adult should do is tell kids that they should stop asking adults to keep them safe because the adults aren’t going to do it.

Even if, when he said it, he was accidentally telling the truth.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 3/2/18

A Bunch of Teenagers are Running for Governor of Kansas

I’m not pissed about teens running for Governor. I think it’s hilarious that someone finally noticed there is no age restriction to be Governor in Kansas and while I’m pretty sure no teenager is equipped to do the job competently, being seventy hasn’t helped our current President any so what the hell?

Given the current law doesn’t even require a candidate to be human, the legislature is working on a fix but it won’t be in place before the fall elections so Kansas might elect someone who isn’t even old enough to be drafted.

Here’s what pisses me off – every single teenager running to be governor of Kansas is a white male. Some are Republicans. Some are Democrats. A few are members of other parties.  But they are all a bunch of white males.

In Fact, the crowded field includes only one woman. She’s a Democrat and this is Kansas so she probably won’t win.

Oh shit. I’m back in Kansas.

So the real question we should ask here is: why is it that no seventeen year old girl decided to run? I mean, it is clear the law makes that possible given that a dog could run for governor so long as it could file the proper papers.

It seems that, at least in Kansas, young women are learning early that they should not speak up. They are being shown by the young men around them that politics is not a game for women of any age. That the boys know what they are doing.

Who am I kidding? It isn’t just Kansas.

Although the demographics show that more women will be running for office than ever before this year, this one state proves we have a long way to go.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 2/16/18

Utah Anti GLBTQIA+ Lawmaker Resigns over Allegations He Solicited a Prostitute

Jon Standard is a Utah politician who, like a lot of other Utah Politicians, is a Mormon and a Republican. He believes that “traditional” marriage should be between one man and one woman (but that’s only because the Mormon church no longer encourages bigamy) and recently helped pass tougher laws for people who solicit prostitutes.

He was forced to resign last week because he solicited a prostitute. He claims it is because his father has cancer and I feel very bad for his father because this jackass is using someone else’s terminal disease as an excuse.

John Wayne had cancer. Maybe he should have stepped down because of John Wayne’s cancer.

I’m sure that the right is going to say this one Mormon Republican lawmaker in an extremely conservative state who is likely to be replaced by another Mormon Republican lawmaker is being targeted for a hit job by this prostitute who is lying because she’s a prostitute and you can’t trust a prostitute.

I mean, she says he hired her to do a job and she did it so I’m feeling like she’s pretty reliable, you know?

Oh, and he may have used taxpayer funds to pay for the hotel where he hooked up with her. Smaller government!

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 1/26/18

School System Blames Late Busses on a Weather Report They Already Knew About

OK, so a little perspective.

Last year, my band had a holiday show scheduled on a day that was forecast to have a horrible snow storm. Even though we didn’t know how bad the story would end up being, we chose to cancel the show and refund the tickets because driving was supposed to be dangerous. The snow happened but it wasn’t nearly as bad as predicted and we could have done the show.

Earlier this week, a gigantic storm was predicted by every weather service. The local school systems opted to close school slightly early and the result was a lot of busses trying to get kids home in the midst of the worst of it. Some children were stuck on busses until past midnight.

That, my friends, is a logistical failure.

Who (aside from every meteorologist in the country) could have predicted this would happen?

Now far be it from me to add to the outrage culture in a weekly blog entitled “Shit that Pissed me Off” but the problem here is the fact the school system then blamed the weather forecast with the implication they never could have known how bad it was going to be. This ignores from the fact they were told how bad it was going to be.

It wasn’t snowing in the morning. I know because I dropped my kid off at school and it wasn’t snowing. By noon, it was horrible. Again, I know because I drive for a living and I was driving in it.

The issue here isn’t the fact kids got stuck on school busses. It’s easy to say “they should have known because they literally did know” but when do you cancel school? Before the storm hits? What if we only get an inch? So they tried to send kids home early once it was clear the storm was going to be as bad as predicted but the end result was they waited too long and some kids (and their parents) had a really shitty night.

Where they screwed up was in blaming the weather report rather than saying “we screwed up.”

The weather report was right. They didn’t act fast enough. They should simply blame themselves.*

*Note: Later in the week, the Superintendent of the St. Paul Schools sent out a very well worded apology that blamed their own shortcomings. So good for him.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 8/4/17

Marvel Editor Posts Selfie With Her Staff and Gets Harassed

Look – this sort of thing just doesn’t happen to guys.  I keep bringing it up but that is only because there is some subset of the human race that will respond to this story by saying “what’s the big deal?”

The big deal is she posted a fun little picture and a bunch of people harassed her because she’s a girl and they don’t think girls should be working in comics.  That’s the crux of it.

There are guys out there who think women ruin comics simply because they are involved.  It’s like they think comics are the one geek medium that is reserved just for them.  What with Star Wars being completely overrun with women, they really need something in this crazy world that isn’t covered in girl cooties.

The Justice League, for instance, is completely swimming in girl cooties.

So they decide to take it out on a group of women who were having lunch.  Because they worked in the wrong industry.

And no, this isn’t all guys.  This isn’t even most guys.  This is some tiny subset of guys who feel they are losing power because the comic industry is hiring women.  Not a lot of women.  Not enough women.  But more than zero.

If we pretend that this subset of guys isn’t a problem, though, we don’t get it.  Because if a bunch of male professionals in comics posted selfies, nobody would give a shit.

It shouldn’t happen to anyone.  The fact that it happens only to women should piss us off.  We shouldn’t be talking about how few people are doing this.  We should be talking about how nobody should be doing this at all!

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