Shit that Pissed me Off – 11/3/17

Trump Corner – Trump Insults the Press in Front of Their Children

Our President (who is a sexual predator) was taking part in a photo-op with children of members of the press. Basically, he was just supposed to be nice to the kids and give them some candy. If this was any other President, it wouldn’t be a problem.

But this is Trump and the parents were members of the Press. And that means there was no way he could get through a stupid photo-op without taking a stab at the them. Even if the they represented parents of the kids in the photo-op.

In addition to fat shaming kids by saying it was OK for them to eat candy because they didn’t seem to have a weight problem, he made sure he reminded the press how unfair they had been to him. I will remind you this was in front of their kids.

Mommy and the President are fighting again!

He told the press they did a good job with their kids. Which was nice, I guess. Then he pointed out they hadn’t done such a good job with him. Because if he was going to give their kids a Kit-Kat, he needed to point out how nice he was to do so given that their parents really hated him personally.

Trump does and says horrible things constantly. He’s a petulant six-year-old. But it is moments like this – moments where almost nobody is looking – that you can see his true personality in all of its grotesque glory.

He takes a photo opportunity and can’t resist making part of it about how awful everyone treats him. He’s a billionaire and the fucking President but he can’t stop being angry at the fact not everyone loves him.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 10/20/17

Trump Corner – Trump Makes Dead Soldiers All About Him

This is what our President (who is also a sexual predator) does with everything. He makes it about him. He makes the suffering of the Puerto Rican people all about him. He makes the death of American Soldiers all about him.

And he lies about it.

So when asked if he’d contacted the families of Green Berets killed in Niger, he talked about how difficult it was to make those kinds of phone calls. He talked about how hard it was to write letters to the families.

And I’m sure it is.

But who gives a shit?  He didn’t lose a son or a daughter or husband or wife.  He just has to talk to the person who did.

I don’t like talking on the phone either. That’s one of the many reasons I never wanted to be the President you whiny jackass.

He also made clear that other Presidents (like Obama) didn’t write letters and/or make phone calls. Because he wanted to look better than them. Specifically Obama. He wants everyone to know that he is better than Obama in literally every conceivable way.

Except it was bullshit. He had no idea what other Presidents had or hadn’t done. And when he was called on it, he said, basically, “well, that’s what I heard.”

So it wasn’t his fault. Somebody told him that.

Nobody fucking told him that. He just wanted to make himself sound better than anyone else who has ever been President.  Except Andrew Jackson. And that should tell you a lot.

Also, when he finally called the family members, he fucked that up too.

Also, and this is important, our President is a sexual predator.

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Short Story – The Last Morning

I’ve been having trouble staying focused and getting my stories written so let’s say this is me trying to re-commit to my daily/weekly writing sessions.

This actually isn’t a short story. This is the first chapter of a longer story that is probably not novel length but we shall see.  It is very much science fiction although there aren’t too many indications of what is going on in the first chapter. It is setting up a lot of things that will become a lot more clear as the story progresses

I had the idea as a sort of dystopian near future where the rich have gotten a lot richer and the options for the poor are a lot more dangerous and dire. I looked at the way we view immigrants in this country and imagined that things were going to get worse even as taboos around things like same sex relationships become less important to society as a whole.

I also decided to make my main character a person of color because I think diversity in storytelling is important. I admit I’m still wrestling with how much or how little the color of her skin will have to do with the arc moving forward.

Anyway, for those of you who have been asking for me to write some more, I’m sorry it took so long. For those of you would didn’t really miss it, you were probably fine anyway!

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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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