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Shit that Pissed me Off – 10/13/17

Judge Gives Rapist Joint Custody of His Child

With all the news of Harvey Weinstein and Ben Affleck and the fact we elected a known sexual predator President of the United States (fucking fuck), we should remember that this is all part of a culture that actually rewards rapists and sexual predators.

In this case, a 12-year-old girl was raped by a much older man and she chose to bear the child that was conceived as a result. Her body, her choice.

But when she applied for Government aid, she was forced to reveal the name of the biological father. And then that biological father took her to court for custodial rights. The prosecutor claimed the young woman had approved of allowing her rapist to spend time with his now eight year old son.

Thing is, she didn’t. And the judge didn’t fucking check.

Maybe they used some sort of alien mind control.

The whole story is out now and the judge has suspended the order pending another hearing but that likely means the young woman has to sit in court with her rapist just to explain why that fucker shouldn’t get parental rights to a kid who isn’t that much younger than his mother was when she was raped by his father.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 10/6/2017

Sorry I’ve been gone for almost a month.  Over the last three weeks, I’ve been out of town for my 50th Birthday (yay me) and playing at a funeral for someone who died much too young (boo the inevitability of death).  Thanks for waiting patiently and not filling my e-mail with angry messages.

So anyway – here goes!

It Took Less Than Two Days for Conspiracy Theories To Pop Up About the Las Vegas Shooter

Here’s the dirty little secret about this kind of conspiracy theory: It never seems to happen when the shooter is a person of color. At least nobody seems to spend a lot of time talking about them.

I know someone is going to point out that there are conspiracy theories around 9/11 and the attackers there were (allegedly) people of color.  Yeah, but I’m talking about mass shootings.

And the thing that seems to come into play here is that people don’t believe white guys would do this sort of thing. Not unless those white guys are members of the CIA or the FBI or Interpol or whatever the fuck these people think.

When a person of color shot up an Orlando nightclub, nobody started saying that it was a cover up.  It was terrorism.

But white guys don’t commit terrorism.  They are lone wolves.

Which is bullshit because wolves don’t even have opposable thumbs

So the alternative is to look at an act of senseless violence and think “I understand Islamic extremists.  I don’t understand some 64 year old dude shooting up a concert so it must not be that.”

By the way – they don’t understand Islamic extremists either. But that’s for another day.

It is kind of remarkable to me that some of us can’t wrap our heads around a guy shooting up an elementary school but we can totally wrap our heads around the idea that some shadow agency decided to stage the event so they could get gun control legislation passed.

Which they can’t so what the hell is that about anyway?

Thing is, at least some of this is racism.  Some of it is our inherent response that we’ve been taught the more pigmentation you have in your skin, the more violent you are.

Conspiracy theories are dumb.  One guy shot all those people in Las Vegas and we will probably never know why.  But it was one guy. And he was white. Deal with it.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 9/8/17

Kevin Sorbo’s Politics

Sorbo is a Conservative Christian and while I don’t agree with him on…well…most anything in the political arena, that’s his right.  So it doesn’t piss me off that he is speaking at a big old anti GLBTQ  “values voters” conference more that it pisses me off that the conference exists.

I will note that twice divorced Donald Trump is also speaking at the “values voters” conference so I begin to wonder exactly which “values” are important to these folks.  Apparently dumping your wife for a younger model is a completely acceptable value.

But Sorbo, star of the immensely popular (in Conservative Christian circles) but objectively horrible God is Not Dead, is outspoken about one thing that really bothers me – how persecuted he is for being a Christian.

In the article linked above, he talks about how he had trouble getting jobs after he “came out” as a Conservative Christian. I mean, his acting in “Hercules” was amazing so he should have been working all the time. I don’t know when he “came out” but I see he was in an obscure series called “Andromeda” for five years.

He was also in Kull the Conqueror. If you’ve seen it, I’m very sorry.

I mean, did David Schwimmer “come out” as a Conservative Christian?  Because he hasn’t had a ton of work since “Friends” went off the air.

How about every actress in Hollywood who is over forty?  Did all of them “come out” as Conservative Christians?

Sorbo’s bullshit idea that he had trouble getting work because of his Christianity doesn’t hold up to the number of credits on his resume.  On the other hand, given how many of those credits are shitty Christian apologist films, his narrative is probably very useful in getting him roles in those kinds of films.

And I’ll bet those roles pay.

Poor Kevin Sorbo.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 9/1/2017

CA Restaurant Owner Blames “War on Whites” for Loss of Business

In case you missed it, a whole bunch of business owners were outed for their contributions to David Dukes failed Senate campaign, including here in my home state of Minnesota.

In California, a restaurateur has elected to close shop because he’s faced some flack over the fact he donated to one of the most prominent racists in the country who isn’t currently inhabiting the White House.

His response has been to complain about how all of this is a war on whites, which kind of explains why he chose to give money to David Duke’s campaign.  He even said David Duke supports “European American Civil Rights.”  In other words, the asshole is a white supremacist and screw him if he has to shut down his restaurant.

Here’s the problem that we face in all of this – I think it is great to out white supremacists.  I think it is great to let them know their philosophy is bullshit.

I worry, however, that there is a lot of collateral damage.  When the owner of Clubhouse Jager was outed as a Duke contributor, his employees announced they were quitting.  At least one of them was later accosted at a different bar* because they worked for racist asshole even though they weren’t aware he was a racist asshole.

Please note: the person who took this picture is not a white supremacist.

I’m fully in support of outing Nazis and white supremacists.  I think we should have full knowledge of who they are and then we should make our own informed decisions on whether or not to do business with them.

I just hope we don’t hurt people who aren’t white supremacists because they are unintentionally connected to racist assholes.  If they lose their jobs, that sucks. Even if they leave that job voluntarily.

If we are going to cost a Nazi their business, that’s fine.  But let’s not turn our backs on the people who are hurt when that business closes, OK?

*This report is from a reputable source but there is no news coverage of the incident.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 7/28/17

North Carolina Church Reportedly Importing Slaves from Brazil

Post racial society, huh?

This report, which the church very pointedly doesn’t deny in it’s vehement tirade against the news organization that broke the story, suggests some troubling things.

Now I know we could all simply dismiss this entire mess because people aren’t that awful but history tells us that, yes, people can really be that awful.  There is currently a person that awful working in the white house.  And our President regularly listens to what Mr. Bannon has to say.

America is, we are told, the greatest country in the history of countries (sure we are) so we ought to be super upset about this entire problem.  However, with the possible exception of Vatican City, we are the most smugly Christian country in the history of countries and that means any report like this must be viewed with suspicion because Christians just don’t do that sort of thing!

And to be fair, most Christians don’t do that sort of thing.  We should really get upset, though, when some self professed Christians actually do that sort of thing.

Remember how we all got super upset about this story five years after it broke?

The response so far seems tepid.  It isn’t the sort of “what the FUCK” kind of response you like to see when a church is accused of enslaving people.  I mean the health care vote is a big deal and it affects all Americans so I understand why we aren’t quite as concerned about a few Brazilians.

Once we get this health care thing sorted out, though, can we spare a few thoughts for people tricked into slavery?

Oh fuck.  We’re never going to be done sorting out this health care thing, are we?

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Shit that Pissed me off – 7/21/17

Meme that Pissed me Off

I love/hate anti Feminist memes because they are all insufferably stupid.  Take this one:

OH SNAP!  Clearly the 50’s woman was perfect and the modern woman is completely fucked up!  Because that is literally what every modern woman looks like!

Not that it would matter if that was what every modern woman looked like because fuck you and your standard of beauty, oh haters of feminism.  Not that the modern woman in this meme has anything to do with feminism.

I mean, I’m pretty sure there are women with shit tons of body piercings who would claim they are not feminists. Also pretty sure there are women who look a lot more like our 1950’s “ideal” who are loud and proud about feminism.

And how do you know the young woman on the right didn’t alter her appearance to please the men in her life just like the woman on the left?  Both of them could be sacrificing their own identity.  Or, maybe, neither of them are. You don’t know.  You just grabbed a couple of pictures off the internet to basically say “damn, I wish women would just shut the fuck up and meet my standards of beauty and decorum because clearly we would all be a lot happier.”

Except maybe women but why the fuck should we care about that?

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 7/14/17

Kid Rock Might Be Running for Senate

The article I link to claims it is for certain but it is also on Fox News so who actually knows, right?  Still, there is a website and Rock says we should stay tuned for a “major” announcement so, for the sake of this blog post, let’s just assume he’s actually planning on running.

I mean, the Kid (I call him a kid because that is his name) can run.  That’s the way of our Democracy.  You don’t actually have to be an experienced politician to run for office.  You’d think that it might be some sort of problem that someone applying for the job doesn’t have any actual qualifications but in politics, many people consider that a plus.

He would be the first male Senator with long hair so that would be breaking a barrier, right?

That is precisely why many of us are forced to say things like “President Trump.”  My fingers hurt just typing that.

So Mr. Rock is going to run for the Senate.  Probably.  Or he’s using the whole thing to help sell his next album (for which I would have grudging respect).

As a musician, I have to say I would appreciate another Senator who is not a lawyer.  I’ve always appreciated that Al Franken is the only comedian in the Senate and I’m pleased that I have someone representing my interests.

I’m not sure about Kid Rock, though, and it isn’t just because he’s a conservative.  Rather, it is because I don’t think the gives two fucks about anything but himself.  And in that, he and Donald Trump have a lot in common.

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