Sunday, August 19, 2018

Today's GIF

Don't skip leg day.



The Message

Families torn apart.
A man arrested and deported as he drives his pregnant wife to the the hospital.
Kids in cages.
Girls sexually assaulted by ICE agents.
And...

Susan Ferriss, WaPo:

Tameika Lovell was retrieving luggage at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport when Customs and Border Protection officers detained her for a random search. It was Nov. 27, 2016, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and the school counselor from Long Island had just returned from a short Jamaica vacation. Lovell, who is black, had been stopped before, but this time a CBP supervisor began asking questions she hadn’t heard previously.

“Don’t you think you’re spending too much money traveling?” Lovell, 34, recalls a CBP supervisor asking.

What happened next is the subject of a harrowing lawsuit pending in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Inside a secure room, Lovell’s litigation alleges, a female CBP officer searched Lovell’s belongings, presumably for illegal drugs, and asked if she was using a tampon or sanitary pad. The question upset her, but Lovell replied “no” and complied when told to remove her shoes, lift her arms and spread her legs.

As a second female officer observed, hand on her firearm, the lawsuit says, the first officer touched Lovell “from head to toe” before ordering her to squat. Lovell was clothed, but the lawsuit claims that the officer squeezed Lovell’s breasts, and, “placed her right hand into [Lovell’s] pants ‘forcibly’ inserting four gloved fingers into plaintiff’s vagina” before parting Lovell’s buttocks “for viewing.”
The Banality of Evil tells us that eventually, abuse of power happens just because people have the power (and understand that having that power lessens the likelihood of being held to account), so the abuse becomes an end in itself.  Torture for the sake of torture. Power is abused simply because people have the power to abuse.

There are reasons for all of this. There's nothing particularly random about it, even if it's more stochastic than scripted.
So at this point, I have to conclude that while plenty of the shitty things happening to immigrants at the hands of ICE and CBP are happening just because people are people and people can get real shitty real fast when unrestrained, I have to remember that the policy behind these shitty occurrences is intended to engender these shitty things in order to send a message that "we'll fuck you up if you come here - don't come here'.

The Daddy State is on the porch, and it's bangin' on the door.

A Poem

Another one from Ella Wheeler Wilcox.

What seems like an admonition - "Just cheer up and everything is peachy" - turns out to be a kind of an ironic lament.


Really glad to have been turned on to Ms Wilcox. I stumbled across her work when I went in search of a quote misattributed to Abe Lincoln.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Today's Tweet



Some days it's really hard to see how we're going to get thru this Cult45 nightmare. 

Then this comes along and the road back looks a little shorter.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Yeesh


Dear Senator Burr,

Maybe Mr Brennan has a living thinking brain in his head and he's capable of using it to ascertain a few things on his own, given what the whole world has seen in the public record.

Or, to put it in a way that even you and the deliberately ignorant rubes can grok:

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DumFux News is one big lie.

 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Sam This Week

Samantha Bee



A Poem

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

PROTEST

To sin by silence, when we should protest,
Makes cowards out of men. The human race
Has climbed on protest. Had no voice been raised
Against injustice, ignorance, and lust,
The inquisition yet would serve the law,
And guillotines decide our least disputes.
The few who dare, must speak and speak again
To right the wrongs of many. Speech, thank God,
No vested power in this great day and land
Can gag or throttle. Press and voice may cry
Loud disapproval of existing ills;
May criticise oppression and condemn
The lawlessness of wealth-protecting laws
That let the children and childbearers toil
To purchase ease for idle millionaires.

Therefore I do protest against the boast
Of independence in this mighty land.
Call no chain strong, which holds one rusted link.
Call no land free, that holds one fettered slave.
Until the manacled slim wrists of babes
Are loosed to toss in childish sport and glee,
Until the mother bears no burden, save
The precious one beneath her heart, until
God’s soil is rescued from the clutch of greed
And given back to labor, let no man
Call this the land of freedom.

Today's Tweet



Fucking brilliant is all that is.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

PINO

 

After a very short research trip thru Wingnutopia - aka: the toxic wasteland of Alt-Right Intertoobz, I have reason to believe I can accurately translate that tweet.

45* called her a dog because he knows the rubes will assume he meant "bitch", and the hardcore meat puppets would know that what he really really meant was "ni@@er bitch".

ed note:
I apologize first for bringing that word into my blog - my regular visitors know I'm not shy with the language, but I just can't use that word - not even in quotes.
And second, I'm sorry for euphemizing it because that makes you say it in your mind, which can make it just as bad.

I'm just pretty sorry today.

Today's GIF

Ohmmmmmm


Deep Thoughts

If someone declares you to be stubborn, there's no difference between denying the assessment and accepting it.

Today's Tweet



"I can't guarantee anything"

 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Beware Of Images

Alex Jones goes Indie Folk

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I don't know if this points at something specific, but it seems like a good idea to remind ourselves of how totally hollow Republican office-holders are.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Forgot His One-Iron

WALKER COUNTY, Ala. -- Around 12:30 Sunday afternoon, a call came into Walker County dispatchers regarding someone being struck by lightning.

The Argo Area Volunteer Fire Department responded to the Argo Church of God on Highway 78. When they arrived, they found Pastor Ricky Adams who had been hit by an indirect lightning strike.

Adams said he was about to lock the front door of the church, when lightning struck nearby, traveled through the ground and eventually shocked him. Argo Area Volunteer Fire Department Chief Terry Pickett said Adams was alert and talking when first responders arrived. Pickett added that church members were assisting Adams after it happened. Adams did not sustain any major injuries and did not need to be transported to the hospital.

Everybody Plays The Fool

...sometimes. 

No exception to the rule.
It may factual; may be cruel,
but everybody plays the fool.

From Early 2018 - Renee Elliott



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Just a faint and nebulous inkling.

 

Citizens For Fresher Orange Juice

John Oliver - Astroturfing:

Break It Down


In the wake of the far right’s flop and the left’s success, it’s worth looking at how both media and law enforcement have treated white nationalists and those protesting them. Police sheltered the Unite the Right attendees from when they arrived at Vienna Metro station in Virginia, through the rally where they were protected by multiple rows of fencing to after the rally when the attendees were loaded into vans and driven away. That law enforcement wanted to avoid violent clashes is understandable. But contrast this with how other protests are often handled both in the District and across the country. As the Atlantic’s Adam Serwer noted, “In Ferguson, black protesters had police snipers trained on them. In DC, the Nazis get a police escort.” If Black Lives Matter is going to be treated as potential troublemakers, white supremacists should at least face the same suspicion.


Press Poodles just can't help themselves sometimes. "...the far right's flop and the left's success..." - no fellas, the fact that a gigundous majority of us aren't malignant bigots doesn't make anybody "the left".

Yeah, OK, it can be kinda hard to sort thru it, but your insistence on framing everything in binary terms is a big part of your problem - which you're making our problem. 

And that's a fucking problem.

I think we're starting to push you to make some progress towards realizing that sometimes, there aren't two sides at all - that objective fact is a real thing.
2+2=4
Human activity is a big part of what's driving Climate Change
Vaccination works, and vaccines are not causing autism
But sometimes there are many many sides - or maybe we should drop the "sides" paradigm altogether and see if we can get a handle on the concept of 'aspects' or 'facets' or 'angles' - or whatever the fuck gets you out of the idiotic commitment that everything has to be perfectly equalized in order to thread the needle that the Marketing Dept says you have to thread in order to maximize ad revenues because "stoopid people buy boner pills and reverse mortgages too, y'know".

Stop it. 

Just. Fucking. Stop it.

The "Rallies"

What if they threw a Racist Asshole Shindig and nobody showed up?


 



Meanwhile, in Charlottesville yesterday:






I guess the good news is that very little happened yesterday.

And there were no military-looking snipers that the cops were really reluctant to acknowledge on top of any buildings (none that I could see anyway) - that in itself qualifies as a big improvement over Saturday.

And I guess the bad news is that plenty of people showed up looking for a fight.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Anniversary




CHARLOTTESVILLE — There are no visible scars on Charlottesville. It remains a beautiful, leafy town of 50,000 residents with a thriving core, great restaurants, a bustling nightlife, and the cultural and intellectual amenities of being home to the state’s signature university and a major hospital. 

But if the outward appearance is unchanged, those who live here know how injured the city is and how strained the recovery has been. On Aug. 12, the city will mark one year since racial hatred bared its fangs here, menacing a community and a country. There will be prayer services and music and tributes to the injured and the dead. It is being billed as a day to remember and to heal after a tumultuous and often painful year.

Charlottesville has spent the better part of the past 12 months remembering and recovering. It also has been taking stock and placing blame. There has been plenty of that to go around. Blame for law enforcement that didn’t protect its citizens. Blame for the city council and the local and state government that planned ineffectively. Blame for the university that didn’t communicate the danger to its community. Blame for President Trump for not speaking out unequivocally to condemn the marchers who had spewed their racist views.


- and -

The violence of last August shattered the conceptions some here had of their home. There was a desire to look at the white supremacists as invaders and outsiders, even though two of the organizers, Jason Kessler and Richard Spencer, were U-Va. graduates and Kessler lives in the city. The city had to more closely examine what it represented.

“We lost our naivete,” said Kathy Galvin, 62, a city councilwoman who has lived in Charlottesville since 1983. “It is easy to kind of take comfort in all the accolades we got up until that point. ‘Most innovative city, the happiest city.’ But there were many of us who knew that we had entrenched pockets of poverty that were also aligned by race and were legacies of Jim Crow.”

While the process has been difficult, it has also been illuminating, Galvin said.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Podcast

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Crocs are no more. yay.

Check your voter registration: www.headcount.org - or call 866-OUR-VOTE

Waving money at a woman - I think that one's worth the whole investment of my time listening to this podcast.

It's not that it doesn't happen to men all the time - the assumption being that you'll compromise any and all principles if the money's right. That shit happens to everybody, pretty much every day (everybody's got a mortgage to pay).

The real point though, is that a man pulls that shit with a woman, and it's easy to see how she'd interpret it in a very different way. It becomes the same old story of subjugation - of how a woman is considered worthless if she's not under the aegis of a man. A good little eye-opener for me. Thanks, Blue Gal.


Cheat Sheet®



A suspected arsonist who was arrested in connection with one of California’s many raging wildfires promoted Alex Jones theories and a series of other right-wing conspiracies on his personal Facebook page, according to a Friday report from ThinkProgress.

In the new book, Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House, Manigault Newman wrote that Trump’s daughter-in-law and campaign adviser Lara Trump offered her a job and a $15,000 monthly contract to keep quiet—but she refused the deal. 

Former Maricopa County Sheriff and Arizona Senate candidate Joe Arpaio said that his interview with undercover comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was “bad mistake” riddled with simple misunderstandings. Arpaio told The Washington Examiner that he “couldn’t understand” Cohen while the comedian feigned a Finnish accent for his Who Is America? program.

BuzzFeed News reports that Smith transferred $9,500 from a bank account dedicated to his email-finding efforts to his personal account, then took about $6,100 in cash out in three separate withdrawals. Both the FBI and Senate Intel are now trying to find out if “Smith paid anyone connected with the Russian government,” and Mueller’s office has reportedly “interviewed people who Smith tried to recruit” for his operation. The FBI has reportedly gathered information about how Russian hackers were discussing passing the Clinton emails to Gen. Michael Flynn “through a cutout.” 
The group's main account along with the account of its founder and former Fox News personality Gavin McInnes have been suspended for violations of the platform’s policy against “violent extremist groups.”
Miller’s attorney Paul Kamenar told the Washington Post that his client was “held in contempt, which we asked him to be in order for us to appeal the judge’s decision to the court of appeals.”
She claims three unnamed sources told her there are tapes from the president’s NBC days that record him using the “N-word” repeatedly. In her new memoir, obtained ahead of its release by The Guardian, she says she believes the rumors, but never heard him say the word herself. She claims that she did witness Trump using other racial slurs about George Conway, the half-Filipino husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway. “Would you look at this George Conway article?” she quotes the president as saying. “F**ing FLIP! Disloyal! Fucking Goo-goo.” 
8. UN Told China Is Holding 1M Uighurs in ‘Internment Camp’
 The committee also estimates that 2 million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in the western Xinjiang autonomous region are being held in “political camps for indoctrination” in order to combat “religious extremism” and maintain “social stability.”
9. Police Gas Crowds at Anti-Corruption Protests in Romania
Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis, a critic of the government, called the police action “brutal intervention” that was not an appropriate response to the mostly peaceful protest. Romania is currently considered one of the most corrupt countries in the European Union, who also monitors their court system.


Friday, August 10, 2018

Trashed

Knowing this is the state of our existence on Earth's surface...







...does it come as some kind of news that we'd have similar problems in our planetary neighborhood?


Is it really necessary to point out that we're headed for a bad end if we don't stop fouling the nest?

The Kessler Syndrome:

The Kessler syndrome is troublesome because of the domino effect and feedback runaway wherein impacts between objects of sizable mass spall off debris from the force of collision. The shrapnel can then hit other objects, producing even more space debris: if a large enough collision or explosion were to occur, such as between a space station and a defunct satellite, or as the result of hostile actions in space, then the resulting debris cascade could make prospects for long-term viability of satellites in low earth orbit extremely low.[6][7] However, even a catastrophic Kessler scenario at LEO would pose minimal risk for launches continuing past LEO, or satellites traveling at medium Earth orbit (MEO) or geosynchronous orbit (GEO)...
And if we're really serious about wanting to explore beyond our little cluster of cosmic dust particles, here's the kicker:

.. The catastrophic scenarios predict an increase in the number of collisions per year, as opposed to a physically impassable barrier to space exploration that occurs in higher orbits.

So, lemme see - if there's no chain reaction that kills all the tech shit that we have to have just to stay alive - much less go rocketing off into deep space - then the continued accumulation of space junk around the planet will constitute a barrier that we can't navigate thru as we try to rocket off into deep space.

For the one species with a big brain and all the smarts to rise above the other critters, we sure are pretty fuckin' stoopid sometimes.

Space Force Theme

Songify - Schmoyoho


Today's Today

Happy National S'mores Day, everybody.


This is a really weird fuckin' country sometimes.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Today's Tweet



More than that I cannot add.

Jesus Fuck

Meet Joe Manchik, Green Party "candidate" for OH12


1,127 people voted for this idiot, in a race where the margin in favor of the Republican is about 1,750. 

And please - spare me the bullshit about "how bad the Dems must be to make people think they should vote Green..."

What I hear you saying is, "how fucking stoopid does a voter have to be to think Joe Manchik is a good choice?"

Your little protest votes for these idiotic boutique candidates running their idiotic vanity project campaigns are costing us dearly.

You're an adult. You can see the difference. You don't need spoon feeding. You can do some of the fucking work for yourself.