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Shit that Pissed me off – 9/23

Tulsa Police Officer Shoots an Unarmed Black Man with Car Trouble

I mean holy shit.  The guy has car trouble and he is clearly standing with his hands up talking to the cops.  He goes back to his car for some reason (arms still up) and they shoot him.

He’s dead.

Now, the good news is that this is being treated like a criminal investigation because the officers murdered someone.  The bad news is the inevitable backlash that will come as people say things like “well, he shouldn’t have been walking back towards the car” or “I wasn’t there so even though there is video, there is no way for me to really understand happened” or, of course “I’m going to withhold judgement until we have all the facts.”

We do have all the facts.  He was unarmed. He had car trouble.  He was black.

And now he’s dead.

Gene Wilder is also dead.  But that is where the similarities end.

Gene Wilder is also dead. But that is where the similarities end.

Oh yeah, and people have dredged up his criminal record that does not include any capital offenses as a means to justify the fact he was sentenced to death without benefit of a judge or jury.

How many more times does this need to happen until people stop trotting out the same bullshit arguments instead of acknowledging that there is a systemic problem?

This is not about that police officer friend or relative of yours who is a great person.  They probably are.  This is about a clear problem with the training of police officers when it comes to escalation and a problem with how our justice system is set up to excuse this kind of behavior when it occurs.

It isn’t that police officers are sometimes exonerated.  It is that they are almost never charged and even when they are charged, they are almost never convicted of doing anything wrong.

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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.

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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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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.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 7/15

Rudy Giuliani Says Black Lives Matter is Racist

In a classic white guy move, Rudy Guiliani makes the Black Lives Matter movement all about him.  He doesn’t seem to understand that the statement “black lives matter” is not the same as “white lives don’t matter” or “black lives matter more.”

Instead, he focuses on black people trying to find a voice and calls it racist.  He tells the BLM protestors that they are doing it wrong because they aren’t protesting every murder in Chicago.

Chicago is a big thing with the right.  They bring it up all the time.  Why isn’t BLM protesting every death in Chicago?

Like old black men who die of a heart attack because they drank too much coffee? Why isn't Black Lives Matter trying to shut down Starbucks? What a bunch of racist fucks!

Like old black men who die of a heart attack because they drank too much coffee? Why isn’t Black Lives Matter trying to shut down Starbucks? What a bunch of racist fucks!

Hey, good question, Rudy!  While you’re at it, why don’t you ask why people who are against the Death penalty don’t protest every death in America?

And hey Rudy, you’re pro-life, right?  So after you go to those pro-life rallies, do you ever go to a rally protesting parents who beat their children to death?  If I used that argument on you, would you call me racist?

Black Lives Matter is focused on a specific part of the black experience in America.  It is not the only part.

But – and this is the crazy thing you don’t get Rudy – they are all related.  You can protest one particular part of the problem (police brutality that disproportionately targets black men) and have an impact on all of it.

However, when you tell the BLM movement that they are doing it wrong, all you are doing is proving their point.  They are saying white America needs to stop thinking about race from our point of view and spend a little time trying to understand it from their point of view.

And then we say “but you don’t understand my point of view.”

And we wonder why they block traffic so we’ll listen.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 7/8

I took another week off for CONvergence and oh my did this week get full of all the things.  I kept a few old articles but let’s start by taking a look at what happened this week.

Philando Castile was Murdered by Police

I know there are people who claim we should wait to judge until all the facts come out.  It is interesting to me that every person who has said this to me is white.

I’m not suggesting these people are racist.  I’m suggesting that these people need to listen to the facts that are already there and recognize that magnanimously suggesting that we need to know all of the facts before we “overreact” is part of the problem.

Every person of color I know is already well acquainted with the facts.  They know that the officer who killed Castile will have a reasonable sounding excuse that he feared for his life.  He may face a trial and he may face some public backlash but – and this is really important – no matter how unpleasant those things may be he will still be alive.

This is what he looked like. Just so we all remember that he was a human being.

This is what he looked like. Just so we all remember that he was a human being.

Philando Castile will be vilified by clueless people who will find reasons he deserves to be dead.  They will tell the rest of us that we don’t know what happened at that traffic stop and he probably deserved to be pulled over.

He doesn’t get to defend himself.  He doesn’t get to tell his story.  To anyone waiting for all the facts to come out, please remember that the only person who gets to tell their story is the man who killed him.

And if you believe his race didn’t matter, you really haven’t been paying attention.

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