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Shit that Pissed me Off – 3/16/18

Minnesota Lawmakers Introduce a Bill to Put In God We Trust in Schools

Following in the footsteps of Florida Lawmakers, who are working on a similar bill, State Senator Dan Hall of Burnsville is the chief sponsor of a bill to ensure the phrase “In God We Trust” is posted in every Minnesota school. He argues that it is really about American History which explains why his bill also requires a poster with the phrase “E Pluribus Unum” posted Minnesota schools as well.

Ha ha! No it doesn’t.

Now the odds are this bill doesn’t go very far. At least we can all hope it doesn’t.

What seems so puzzling to me is that lawmakers like Hall think kids are incapable of thinking about god on their own.  And even though he insists that the phrase “In God We Trust” is completely neutral since it isn’t “In Jesus We Trust” or “In Mohammed We Trust,” the fact that he’s a Chaplain and former Principal of a Christian school would suggest otherwise.

I am shocked, SHOCKED, to learn there is gambling going on in here!

Christian kids (and sure – any other non Christian kids who believe in a non-Christian god that is totally being represented by the sign) are 100% capable of thinking about god without a great big sign on their school wall. Such a sign represents a big old middle finger to any kids who don’t believe in god.

But seriously – who cares about them? They’re wrong anyway.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 3/9/18

Utah State House Makes The Worst Rap Video Ever

Mostly this is so bad it’s funny but you have to be a little upset at the fact they made this horrible and cluelessly racist video that uses the theme from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (and titled “The Fresh Prints of Bill Here” – I’m not kidding) to educate children in a way Schoolhouse Rock did much better back in the 70’s at all.

Spoiler: This was not based on a song by Will Smith.

The mostly Republican and all white cast put together for the express purpose of teaching kids how legislation works while simultaneously setting poetry back several thousand years is hypnotically painful. Barely ten seconds in, there is a remarkable effort to make the word “chamber” rhyme with the word “there.”

It fails.

And while I’m sure whoever produced this video will argue that it is about how a Utah State Bill becomes law, it really is exactly the same process covered by a certain bill sitting there on Capitol hill.  That video also didn’t feature a bunch of white people unironically trying to dance like black rappers.

The legislators featured in the video can almost be excused for their clueless behavior because it probably wasn’t their idea. But someone thought this up. And shot it. And edited it together. And at no point did it occur to them that what they were doing was going to be a spectacular failure.

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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 – 2/23/18

There is a New Division for Health and Human Services

This happened in January so excuse my tardiness.

The new division is the “Conscience and Religious Freedom Division” and it has been put in place to help health care providers avoid consequences for failing to treat people with whom they have fundamental religious disagreements. Like – say – gay people.

The division is, ironically, part of the Office for Civil Rights and when the new division was announced, director Roger Severino said, in part:

No one should be forced to choose between helping sick people and living by one’s deepest moral or religious convictions

No, Roger, they shouldn’t be forced to make that decision. So if they want to be a pharmacist but don’t want to fill prescriptions for birth control, they should be encouraged to find a job where being a judgmental prick doesn’t make it hard to do what they were hired to do.

Working here, for example, wouldn’t be any kind of problem.

Medical professionals are supposed to want the job because they want to help people. Not because they want to help some people. And the government certainly shouldn’t be in the business of protecting assholes who don’t want to operate on a gay man because he’s a gay man.

Welcome to the religious freedom crusade. It is the right wing Christianity tantrum that has been started in the wake of legalized same sex marriage. Those who want to push their own moral code on others have been told they don’t get to do that on a grand scale so they figure they would like to make it personal.

Sure, you two gentlemen can get married. But that doesn’t mean I have to like it and to prove it, I’m going to refuse to treat one of you. Or refuse to sell you a wedding cake. Or refuse to give you CPR. And I want to be protected because GOD.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 2/9/18

White House Defends Senior Official Who is a Serial Abuser

I know the headline would make you think that I’m talking about our President but I think that it is important to note he is a sexual predator. While he may also be physically abusive, I think the odds of that are slim because it would require him to engage in strenuous physical activity.

No – that is not a dig on his weight. I’m just saying that I think he’s lazy.

However, this week it came to light that White House staff Secretary Rob Porter physically abused both of his ex-wives.

Now I now the narrative is to say “look – we all know that when a woman accuses a Democrat of being physically or sexually abusive, it has to be the truth. But this is a Republican and members of the Republican party are only accused of such activities as part of a massive plot perpetuated by the liberal media.”

Did you know if you type Liberal Media Plot into a Google Search, you get a ton of pictures of Rush Limbaugh?

That is certainly the narrative the White House seems to favor as they rally behind Porter and say he’s very good at his job and they didn’t know his home life included regular assault and battery.

At least not before last fall.  They knew last fall.  So maybe they were surprised then. But they aren’t surprised now.

Look, I don’t know that every transgression one commits in life should necessarily prevent one from holding a job. Using marijuana, for instance, should not result in being raped by cops (see below). But being someone who regularly beats women? I don’t think you should be able to work in the White House.

And I definitely don’t think the White House should be defending your sorry ass.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 11/10/17

After Historic wins for Transgender Candidates, a Minnesota Politician is a Douche on Twitter

It should be no surprise that Twitter is where people go to be insufferable assholes. I mean, our President has made it his career (because he clearly doesn’t enjoy being President).

This week, off-year elections went pretty well for the non ruling party. I mean we are looking mostly at city council races, mayoral races, and a few governor races but still, the Republicans didn’t do great.

One could argue that happens when the highest ranking member of your party is an incompetent, bigoted sexual predator but perhaps that’s just me.

In case you were wondering, this is the incompetent, bigoted sexual predator I was taking about.

In Minnesota, Representative Mary Franson was a bit disappointed by the fact four transgender candidates won elections this year so she took to Twitter. Because that’s what you do when you want to make sure as many people as possible know you’re a transphobic jackass.

She tweeted “A guy who thinks he’s a girl is still a guy with a mental health condition.”

Which was her way of saying “fuck these transgender candidates, I’m going to publicly call them crazy.”

She didn’t call them “crazy,” of course. She used the more acceptable term “mental health condition.”  Which I suppose I should applaud.

But everyone knew she meant crazy.  And in an environment where the conservative talking points around gun violence are always about mental health, there is a veiled implication these people are one step away from shooting up a school.

Would she have made the same tweet if even one of these candidates was a Republican?

My guess is yes. Because she’s an awful person and if she wasn’t a Republican state representative in a heavily conservative district, she’d probably be out of a job in the next election cycle. But she is. So we’re stuck with her until she decides to quit.


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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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