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Shit that Pissed me Off – 8/26

French Burkini Ban

I’m not going to pretend I don’t have issues with any religion (or interpretation of religion) that tells women they must keep their bodies covered.  It is an act of body shaming and subtle oppression meant to make women feel ashamed of their own identity.

However, women also get to make their own choices regarding what they want to wear.  And if they want to wear a head scarf at the beach, that ought to be completely fine.  It’s their fucking head and their fucking scarf.  You shouldn’t be handing out tickets (she was given a fucking ticket) based on the fact they have put on too much clothing.

That this is being done in the name of secularism (her ticket was for failing to wear “an outfit respecting good morals and secularism”) is equally disgusting.  There is nothing about secularism that suggests anyone should be judged for what they choose to wear.

Even if they want to wear this.

Even if they want to wear this.

French courts seem to agree so far as they have struck down the ban on burkinis in the last few days.

You can understand the concern about terrorism in France given recent horrific attacks.  It makes a lot more sense than the concern in other countries like, say, the United States.

However, swimwear is not a sign of terroristic intent.  It is a sign of someone who believes that they have a right to cover their bodies because it is their fucking body.

It is ironic that France has many topless (and even nude) beaches implying that you can’t wear too little at the beach, you can only wear too much.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 8/19

Donald Trump Says the Only Way Hillary Clinton Can Win Pennsylvania is if she Cheats

Trump says alarming things and then smugly points out that everyone is talking about him.

He’s right.  But the good news, for now, is that it doesn’t seem to be working.  Trailing in every national poll, Trump has shaken up his campaign leadership again.  Maybe this time it will work.  I expect not because no matter how many smart people he has around him, he is still going to keep saying alarming things.

I'm betting I could convince these yahoos that Denny's makes better food than Perkins!

I’m betting I could convince these yahoos that Denny’s makes better food than Perkins!

In this case, there seems to be some sort of suggestion that even though voter fraud of the level Trump is suggestion is basically impossible, Hillary could pull it off.

Now voter fraud is no joking matter but if Clinton could pull off fraud at that level, she deserves to be President because her organizational skills are fucking amazing.

Although, one has to wonder how she could be so organized as to steal an entire state from Donald Trump but not organized enough to manage her e-mails properly.

If Clinton wins this election, she won’t have to cheat.  At this point, it would seem that all she needs to do is shut up and let Donald do most of the talking.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 8/12

Donald Trump Makes a Joke (It Wasn’t Really a Joke) or Maybe he was Misunderstood (He Wasn’t) or Maybe Both (Huh?)

Some may ask why I keep writing about all the stupid shit Donald Trump does.  Simple – there is a remote possibility that I will convince one person to change their vote.  I don’t care if they vote for Clinton.  Maybe they will vote for Johnson.  Maybe they will just not vote for President.  I don’t care.  I just want Trump to get creamed.

Because if Trump does OK or, fuck me, actually wins, he’s the kind of candidate we will start to see all the time.  I can’t figure out why any of us would want that.

Here’s what he said this week:

“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Mr. Trump said, as the crowd began to boo. He quickly added: “Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know.”

Now there are three possible explanations for what he meant.

  1.  He actually was suggesting that someone should assassinate Hillary Clinton to ensure she doesn’t get to appoint Supreme Court Justices.
  2. He was just saying they were a powerful voting bloc and everyone is over-reacting.
  3. He was making a joke

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If we examine the ramifications of each statement we come up with these possible conclusions:

  1. HOLY FUCK!
  2. So, in other words, he was too stupid to realize that what he said could easily be interpreted as a veiled threat against his opponent.  By association, his followers were too stupid to realize that his rhetoric is dangerous and could incite violence.
  3. So it can’t be both 2 & 3 even though various folks from the Trump camp have indeed claimed both 2 & 3.  If it is a joke, then it means he was well aware of what he was saying.  In which case: HOLY FUCK!  Making a joke about killing your opponent isn’t any better!

None of these scenarios look good for Trump.  They look worse for people who continue to make excuses for him.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 8/5

New York Post Puts a Nude Melania Trump on Their Cover

I hate feeling like Trump has a genuine beef with anyone.  I really do.

But this is sexist bullshit at it’s most base.  Trump posed for nude pictures several years ago.  OK.  I get it.  That has no bearing on how good her husband will be as a President.

For the record, he would be a shitty President.

His wife, however, made a very good nude model.  She was paid well to do it and it was her body.  Will the Post be following up with nude pictures of Bill Clinton?

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I doubt it.  Because in politics, women are judged by appearance more than anything else.  I know plenty of people who refer to Hillary Clinton as “the pantsuit” without recognizing the sexism inherent in judging what she chooses to wear.

Does anyone call Trump “the suit and tie?”

No.  Because every damn male candidate wears a suit and tie.

I’d like to see him wear a kilt for a couple of weeks, though.  Just to see if anyone would start referring to him as “the kilt.”

Now Melania Trump posed for those pictures and knew they existed.  I would expect she is intelligent enough to not give a fuck that the Post published them.  Unless she should be getting royalties.  In which case they’d better pay up.

Knowing Melania was a good model brings up a more important issue, though: it would appear she was a more successful model than Trump has been a businessman. Read More…

Shit that Pissed me Off – 7/29

The Debate Rages Over Slaves who Built the White House

If you missed Michelle Obama’s speech at the DNC, she basically dropped the mic. At which point, she picked it up and dropped it again.

She killed it so hard, not even many Republicans had bad things to say.  So they attacked the one thing that, you would think, no smart person would attack.

Obama pointed out that she lives in a house built by slaves.  Because, you know, the labor that built the white house was at least partially slave labor.  I mean Abigail Adams wrote about it. Fact checking what Obama said, it would seem that perhaps she could have said “partially built by slaves” to be more accurate.

Not that it should matter.  She is a black woman in America and when she points out that her home was at least partially built by slaves, it shouldn’t fucking matter what percentage was built by slaves.

The response should be “good point, Michelle.  As a white person, there is no way I could relate to how that feels.”

Instead, we are hearing that it wasn’t entirely built by slaves (so how many would be an OK number) and Bill O’Reilly told us the slaves were “well fed” (thanks for the good meal but I’d appreciate it if you didn’t sell my son).

O'Reilly definitely knows a lot about being well fed.

O’Reilly definitely knows a lot about being well fed.

The fact this is a conversation should embarrass all of us.  The white house was at least partially built by slaves and when a black woman living in that house points it out, you should think about what that means instead of being a nit-picky racist asshole.

Because seriously, lecturing a black woman on slavery is pretty fucking racist, don’t you think?

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What’s Next?

Josiah_BartletI loved “The West Wing” and in that I was not alone.  I think many of us – conservative and liberal alike – would prefer to vote for Jed Bartlet.  We want that idealized version of a President to be a real person.  He wasn’t a perfect person but he was thoughtful and compassionate and oh so damned smart.

When he had made up his mind on something, he’d simply ask “what’s next?”  It was a good question because you are never done.  There is always a next step.

I would identify myself as a Socialist so of course I was a supporter of Bernie Sanders.  He was speaking my language and even if he didn’t get the nomination, I wanted the Democratic Party to know that I’m kind of tired of their rush towards the middle.  I know a lot of other people who were excited about Bernie and who, for whatever reasons, hated Hillary.

They still hate Hillary.  And now some of them seem to want to hate Bernie too.  They feel betrayed because he is endorsing her and will be campaigning for her.

I’m not going to lecture anyone about voting third party.  If you honestly think Jill Stein would make a good President (I don’t), vote for her.  If you supported Bernie and are switching to Trump or Johnson, I don’t totally get it because he’s a Socialist and they are not.  But it isn’t my vote.  It’s yours.  Use it however you feel is most appropriate.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 7/21

Leslie Jones Gets Trolled off Twitter

If you haven’t seen the new Ghostbusters, stop reading my column and go.  It isn’t the greatest movie ever but it is very good and it should make a pile of money just because of shit like this.

Trolls, spurred on by the likes of Milo Yiannopoulos (I might have misspelled his name but I don’t give a fuck), bullied Leslie Jones right off of Twitter.  In response, Twitter banned Yannipopcorn for violating their terms of service.  He claims this is the end of Twitter.  He claims it is a violation of free speech.

Maybe Twitter just flew into the side of US Bank Stadium.

Maybe Twitter just flew into the side of US Bank Stadium.

Well look, Yolopenguin, you keep going on about free speech when you really mean consequence free speech.

 

The rest of us are going to see Ghostbusters again and again for two very important reasons.

One, Leslie Jones (and the rest of the cast) is awesome.

And two: Fuck you. Read More…

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