Does Being Surrounded By Idiots Lower Your IQ?

I really need to know. I mean not only when you meet idiots in your day to day life, but from the internet as well.

I honestly feel like every time I open my browser and just skim some of the headlines I am loosing freaking brain cells. So bad that I almost did an s instead of a c for cells. WTF!

Meanwhile, I guess because my brain isn’t working I thought I’d just compile the other posts into this one as I think there is good stuff in there somewhere. Sorry there may or may not be links.

The Friend Zone (I know many are very opinionated on this subject, especially the ones who have been so called ‘friend zoned’ but as you can see, I think it’s bullshit).

The “friend zone”: a nice catch-all that evokes the picture of a sweet, sensitive, ginger-haired lad looking forlornly out to sea whilst you, the lady he loves, gallivants around town with another. All he wants to do is make you mix tapes of his favorite indie bands and show you his rare collection of first-edition Dylan Thomas hardcovers, but NO. You just want to be “friends” (you bitch). You just want to enjoy his company without also wanting his dick.

The term “friend zone” has become so entrenched in our culture that it’s almost never questioned. A quick search for self-help articles aimed toward men shows that the “friend zone” is a regular focus: how to avoid the friend zone; how to know you’re in the friend zone; what to do if you’re in the friend zone. It’s almost as if no one is stopping to think what this term is saying to women, or how it affects us. It’s almost as if women aren’t the problem. Also, type ‘friend zone’ into google then check the images.

When men use the term “friend zone,” they are explicitly attempting to shame women for hurting their feelings. “Friend zone” shames women for exercising their right to say no, just as “slut” shames women for exercising their right to say yes (and “bitch” attacks women for their right to call you out on your horseshit).

By using “the friend zone,” men are telling women that we owe them something. It tells us we don’t have autonomy over our own lives, and that that should be decided for us. We owe them sex or a romantic relationship because we should be grateful that a dude—any dude—is being nice to us. Even though being nice is literally the bare minimum. You don’t get a cookie for passing the lowest possible bar of humanity. That’s great that you loudly proclaim you’re not sexist or racist or shallow or self-involved or abusive, but there’s no gold star for listing a bunch of faults you don’t have, or for doing what you’re fucking supposed to do.

“I’m a nice guy, I don’t do that,” you might say. OK, but do you stand up against men who do? Or do you sit there and watch while you think about how nice you are?

Women are constantly told that our instincts and feelings aren’t as important as those of men. Don’t like being hit on at work? But how is he supposed to meet romantic partners? Don’t like it when strange, greasy guys at the club say you have fuckable titties? Maybe you should learn to take a compliment! It’s funny how often “You need to learn how to take a compliment” is said by fully-grown men who still have not learned how to take rejection. If a woman tells you she fears for her safety because of street harassment, and your main concern is that you now can’t hit on strangers on the street, then I would reconsider your fucking priorities. If you think women are crazy for not accepting your compliments, you’ve never had the unique experience of being hit on by a man, then the same man threatening to kill you in the time it takes you to say, “no thanks.”

Often, the love-stricken friend in this non-existent “zone” launches into a volley of romantic gestures: he sends you little hello texts every morning, he comes to all your house parties, he likes everything you post on Facebook and he tells all his friends about you. Sweet. Charming. Harmless. Because he just *knows* you’re meant to be together, and if society has taught men anything, it’s that persistence pays off! Of course when women perform the same sweeping romantic gestures to men who clearly say they’re not interested, it’s seen universally as desperate and sad. Stage 5 Clinger! Stalker. Bitches be cray.

But if a woman tells you she’s not interested, she’s not speaking in code. When she says, “I’m fine,” what she really means is: She’s fine. Just like when she says “no,” it’s not a yes in disguise. Or a “yes if you pursue me.” Stop believing that women don’t know how to accurately express themselves. And stop believing that you can claim a woman because you saw her first, or because you’re positive you are exactly what she needs.

The argument that men can also “friend zone” women has been put out there, but it ignores one universal truth: women don’t see men as binary options like fuckable or friend. Of course there are the few out there who do and I’d be lying if I have never looked at a good looking man and thought he’s fuckable. Women have complex, nuanced, confusing, fulfilling, tumultuous relationships with women, men and non-gender-binary persons. Naturally, men can as well, but the type of man who claims he’s been put in the “friend zone” is explicitly telling you he is categorizing your worth on whether or not he wants to stick his dick in you.

“Friend zoned” men need to grow the fuck up and handle rejection like adults. Because the “friend zone” isn’t actually a thing.

Original content by Christine Estima. Some few things added by me.

The Four Horsemen (didn’t get very far on this one)

Ended up watching the documentary “Four Horsemen” and found it quite interesting. It’s not about the biblical myth, but the one more modern day.

The modern day Four Horsemen continue to ride roughshod over the people who can least afford it. Crises are converging when governments, religion and mainstream economists have stalled. 23 international thinkers come together and break their silence about how the world really works and why there is still hope in re-establishing a moral and just society. Four Horsemen is free from mainstream media propaganda, doesn’t bash bankers, criticize politicians or get involved in conspiracy theories. The film ignites the debate about how we usher a new economic paradigm into the world which, globally, would dramatically improve the quality of life for billions.

It’s from 2012.

Male Power Advocates (There was a rant building in this one, but warning, I never really get there. Don’t you hate that ladies? *wink*)

Gos is a womanLadies, did you have a pleasant International Woman’s Day? I for one did absolutely nothing. I did wear red, but since I didn’t leave the house, no one saw it. And I’m in Mexico so I wouldn’t even know if anyone would have made connection. But anyways. I did mean to make a post but I just couldn’t find the energy.

I have skipped reading a lot of my Facebook newsfeed because it’s almost all politics and trump this, that and I just do not want to read about the shit. Each thing just reminds me how fucked up the United States is and how much of a joke the country has become. I am seriously SERIOUSLY hoping that there is a big announcement on April 1.

In the spirit of women are awesome and apparently many people have forgotten this nifty little fact, I decided that there is always two sides of every situation. On the one hand we have women who since the dawn of time have been treated differently, it’s really hard for anyone but the dumb to deny this, and yet there are of course men who deny it loudly and are terribly upset that women have been allowed the few precious rights and “privileges” given no matter how small. And they’ll be damned if women are going to get any more of them.

These men who actually call themselves Men’s Rights Activists or MRA for short like to pretend that all of this is the worst thing that has ever happened in the history of man. Worst. Thing. Ever. #ManTears

James Fell described these so called men perfectly: “Imagine a kid who got a cone with three scoops of ice cream in it. Good flavors, too. Like peanut-butter chocolate, plus a scoop of cookie dough. In a waffle cone. And then this child whines about the lack of chocolate sprinkles on top.”

Personally I think it’s a bit insulting to children everywhere to suggest these males are like a bratty child. Even the brattiest of brats are better then these guys! Why? Because even at some moment, no matter how small, the brat will be happy. These men will never be happy. Even if trump was able to ‘Make America Great Again’ by sending us all back to the 50’s, at least in the gender equality area as there is no way we’ll ever get the country back to the way it was in any other area.

You already got the puppy one. At least the gist of it. Puppy. New. Awesome.

Until next time, find a way to keep that brain healthy, and active. Don’t ask me for advice on that one as it would seem I need to Google that shit myself. I need a cat nap.

Cat Nap

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The Words Just Disappear.

I have six drafts in my drafts folder (or whatever it is called) and I can’t seem to find the words I had to finish them. They were of course all going to be great posts; there was one about the so called men’s rights movements, one about the new puppy we’ve adopted recently, one on the mythological Friend Zone, and something about the Four Horsemen which was a documentary I saw awhile ago. All good, but once I started them I felt like people would only berate me for restating what others have said about the topics recently and I didn’t want to do that. The exception of course being the puppy.

She’s two months old, has beagle in her and is quite smart. She already knows how to sit, can pack walk relatively well, plays fetch like a champion and is house broken with barely any accidents. I’ve only had her for two weeks now. Talk about an ego boost on my part since I have felt like I’m not as animal smart as I believed myself to be. It could of course be all her.

She thinks she’s a lap dog, and since she’s about the same size as hubby’s size 16 shoe, at the moment she is. But if she gets as big as a beagle, she will have some difficultly crawling into my lap in the future. She’ll grab a toy or chew and crawl into my lap to chew on it. Or to fall asleep. When we play fetch and I’m sitting on the ground she’ll crawl into my lap after running full speed at me with the object thrown and play tug of war with me.

The cats are still adjusting. I’m afraid she will/does think she’s a cat. She plays with the cat toys, sleeps under the scratching tree, and curls up in BK’s little cave. I am having some difficulty getting her to stop chasing them. That’s the biggest rub they have at the moment. Of, and she likes poofy tails; which of course three of the cat’s have. Hopefully this will get under control soon.

Until next time, spay and neuter your pets. There already is enough animals in this world going unloved. Adopt don’t shop!

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Let’s Talk About Sex.

The US is absolutely horrible when it comes to sex ed. You either get the “Don’t you freaking dare have sex EVER” or the “This is a penis, this is a vagina. Instead of telling you how to use these two together, let’s tell you what’s inside them. But first let’s split you up according to sex.”. There are some variants, really depended on what part of the country you grew up in.

But it doesn’t at all matter, because I can guarantee you still had questions once the day or week of sex was over. Probably even during. So I found 19 things you should know about sex. There are SO many things, so don’t you dare stop here!

19 things you should have learned in sex ed but probably didn’t.

Come one

Let’s talk about sex, baby
Let’s talk about you and me
Let’s talk about all the good things
And the bad things that may be
Let’s talk about sex
Let’s talk about sex
Let’s talk about sex
Let’s talk about sex

Let’s talk about sex for now
To the people at home or in the crowd
It keeps coming up anyhow
Don’t decoy, avoid, or make void the topic
‘Cause that ain’t gonna stop it
Now we talk about sex on the radio and video shows
Many will know anything goes
Let’s tell it how it is, and how it could be
How it was, and of course, how it should be
Those who think it’s dirty have a choice
Pick up the needle, press pause, or turn the radio off
Will that stop us, Pep? I doubt it
All right then, come on, Spin

Let’s talk about sex, baby
Let’s talk about you and me
Let’s talk about all the good things
And the bad things that may be
Let’s talk about sex
Let’s talk about sex
Let’s talk about sex
Let’s talk about sex

Hot to trot, make any man’s eyes pop
She use what she got to get whatever she don’t got
Fellas drool like fools, but then again they’re only human
The chick was a hit because her body was boomin’
Gold, pearls, rubies, crazy diamonds
Nothin’ she ever wore was ever common
Her dates heads of state, men of taste
Lawyers, doctors, no one was too great for her to get with
Or even mess with, the Prez she says was next on her list
And believe me, you, it’s as good as true
There ain’t a man alive that she couldn’t get next to
She had it all in the bag
So she should have been glad
But she was mad and sad and feelin’ bad
Thinkin’ about the things that she never had
No love, just sex, followed next with a check and a note
That last night was dope, dope

Take it easy now

Let’s talk about sex, baby (sing it)
Let’s talk about you and me (sing it, sing it)
Let’s talk about all the good things
And the bad things that may be
Let’s talk about sex (come on)
Let’s talk about sex (do it)
Let’s talk about sex (uh-huh)
Let’s talk about sex

Ladies
All the ladies
Louder now, help me out
Come on, all the ladies
Let’s talk about sex, alright

Ladies
All the ladies
Louder now, help me out
Come on, all the ladies
Let’s talk about sex, alright

(Yo, Pep, I don’t think they’re gonna play this on the radio
And why not? Everybody have sex
I mean, everybody should be makin’ love
Come on, how many guys you know make love?)

Let’s talk about sex, baby
Let’s talk about you and me
Let’s talk about all the good things
And the bad things that may be
Let’s talk about sex
Let’s talk about sex
Let’s talk about sex
Let’s talk about sex

Let’s talk about sex, baby
Let’s talk about you and me
Let’s talk about all the good things
And the bad things that may be
Let’s talk about sex
Let’s talk about sex
Let’s talk about sex
Let’s talk about sex

You KNOW you wanna see the video!

Until Next Time, sorry you have the song stuck in your head now.

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10 Little Questions T Supporters Can’t Answer.

In the spirit of the raging dumpster fire that is the Trump administration, I thought I’d list 10 questions I think his supporters lack the cojones to answer truthfully.

1. Will you admit that when he got you all to chant “Lock her up!” by saying he was going to prosecute Clinton (even though immediately after the election he said he’s not going to), said he was going to make Mexico pay for the wall that he clearly has no way to make them pay for, and claimed the jobs reports he now tries to take credit for were “fake” or “phony” — he was blatantly lying to all of you?

2. How many Russian ties to his administration and campaign, and people caught lying about meetings with Russian officials, would it take before you at least entertain the idea that these might not simply be a bunch of “coincidences”?

3. If Russia didn’t help him get “elected” by launching a cyber attack against the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, then why did Trump frequently cite the information that was stolen to attack her before the election? Are you saying Trump brought up this information multiple times every day during interviews and campaign rallies for no reason at all?

4. Does it not concern you that he claims millions of people voted illegally, yet he’s not doing anything about it and has yet to provide any evidence that this took place? If what Trump says is true, that millions of people voted illegally, are you okay with the President of the United States completely ignoring what would be one of the biggest scandals in our nation’s history?

5. Since the Senate Intelligence Committee, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, practically every member of Congress, the FBI, CIA, NSA, and even British intelligence have all said that there’s absolutely no evidence that President Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped — yet Trump continues to insist, without proof, that it happened — doesn’t that prove he’s either legitimately insane or continuing to lie because he’s too immature to simply admit that he was wrong?

6. Speaking of his wiretapping conspiracy, considering he insists the New York Times is “FAKE NEWS!,” then why did he cite their article as his “source” that led to his Twitter meltdown on March 4th? Considering he has a history of being more than willing to use sources he often says push “FAKE NEWS” whenever they happen report on something that benefits him, doesn’t that kind of prove that he uses “FAKE NEWS,” not to expose news that’s legitimately fake, but to attack information he doesn’t want people believing? Otherwise, why would he find a report from the NYT credible enough to accuse Barack Obama of one of the most serious crimes in our political history if he thinks that newspaper is “FAKE”?

7. If you want to support Trump that’s one thing, but is it really too much to ask of you all to require him to provide evidence for many of the outrageous things he says for which he never provides any proof? If he’s as honest as he claims he is, and you all think he is, then there should be mounds of evidence to prove everything he says is true. So why don’t you all at least demand to see it — or are you all afraid to ask him for proof because you’re afraid he won’t be able to provide any?

8. If Donald Trump has nothing to hide in his tax returns, then why won’t he release them? Regardless of whether or not you think they’re important, if he has nothing to hide, then why not release them and silence critics who claim he does? Not only that, if he has nothing to hide, then why did he claim being audited prevented him from releasing his taxes even though the IRS said that does not prevent him from being able to make these documents public? Do you find it’s common for people with nothing to hide to refuse to show something to prove their “innocence” — then lie about why they won’t show that proof?

9. Can you cite a single instance where Donald Trump genuinely admitted he was wrong about something?

10. Be honest, had he not been caught on video bragging about grabbing women “by the pussy,” but Billy Bush or someone who was there that day came out and said he made these statements, do you think Trump would have admitted he made those comments or would he have accused them of being liars and the media of pushing “FAKE NEWS”? And if you don’t think he would have confessed to saying such things without the video evidence, aren’t you admitting that he’s someone who’ll lie and slander people who tell the truth about him just as long as he feels he can get away with doing so?

I’m sure there will be a few Trump supporters who try to answer these questions, but their answers are going to be so incredibly ridiculous (likely pivoting to a talking point they’ve been fed) that they’re not actually going to qualify as serious. I hope I’m proven wrong.

These are some fabulous questions for supporters to be asked and I am in fact quite curious as to what anyone can come up with. If they even have the gumption to do so, which many do not. Many are all talk and no action, which makes for a pretty boring debate, Thanks to   who wrote the original article with these questions.

Until Next time, never get into a battle of wits, knowledge or intelligence with unarmed people. It’s just mean!

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The Perfect What Now?

Scrolling through documentaries we’ve run across one called ‘The Perfect Vagina‘. Yep. Not at all kidding. Did we watch it? Absolutely.

Of all the things I have ever thought might be wrong with my body, my vagina and the labia has NEVER been on the list. NEVER. Nevertheless, apparently enough women and girls out there that are so upset with the way their vaginas look that they’re getting PLASTIC SURGERY to make it look “better”. Moreover, it is not just women who have had children who are doing these; it’s also 16 year old girls. Girls who have not begun to develop are flocking to these doctors to change themselves. I know it’s not too different from any other plastic surgery out there, but I honestly have never thought that there was something that could be visually wrong with my vagina nor the outer bits.

It seems that most of these are happening in Britain. Probably because everything below the belly button is taboo in the States. Which is sad but *shrug*.

Of course, these women and girls are comparing their vagina and vulvas to what they see in pornos and magazines. Same places women and girls have all always gotten unrealistic views of body. If I allow myself, I can understand the usual views of body, where they’re coming from and why they’d be considered important. But honestly blokes, how many women have you refused to have sex with just because they looked different down there? If the vagina works, why mess with it? It’s not like having to stare at someone’s face. Most of the time you blokes do not even pay any attention to it, only that you can stick your dick in it. Yes, I of course am assuming a lot here. Some of you blokes out there could be as baffled as I am. In addition, of course probably ones are sitting there thinking it is a good idea.

I am aware that guys are pretty self-conscious about their privates parts. They are a little more out there then lady parts so I can understand how guys can be. People are always wanting to change some aspect of themselves that the world can see, and I am not, ever, ever judging these people as they are so free to do what makes them happy.

Even if you are not thinking about any type of surgery, it is very important to talk with people about things like this so that it’s not such a taboo subject. No idea what group of idiots decided that no one can talk about sex or the penis and vagina but honestly, this is actually how this type of shit gets started.

If you have kids, talk to them. Don’t use silly names, use actual names. Let them know that every person is different and really no one person is actually better than another, especially not because of their penis size or labia size. Honestly, if you actually do love a person, does the way their vulva look going to be a deal breaker? If it is, you don’t actually love that person. It goes both ways, yes. And for the other way I ask and say the same thing. Knowledge is power. It really freaking is so if anything I have said here is foreign or unknown to you, google it. I know people are not up to date on the actual terminology for the private regions of either sex so google. Yes, you may see things that cannot be unseen (I’m sorry) and if that’s the only price you pay for knowledge you’re freaking lucky.

Until next time, WordPress has made some changes recently that look all well and good, but I seem to no longer have a working spell check (so VERY important) and the Windows 10 App went blank on me while I was in the middle of this entry. It too has no spell check. I had to do it in a Word document. I’m lazy, if I have to do a lot of jumping around to do a single thing, unless it’s important to me, I’m not going to do it.

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Because religion is in my face.

I miss the days where I didn’t get annoyed with stupid people due to the fact I didn’t know just how many of them there was on this poor planet. This time is also known as BIA. Before Internet Access.

The last couple of days I have been annoyed once again with Christians. Because they are truly stupid and probably should have been exterminated a long ass time ago. And yes, as usual I am quite aware not everyone of any group is the same, feel the same and certainly don’t act the same. But if we’re completely honest with ourselves, we’d realize that it doesn’t fucking matter. One. Little. Bit.

Perhaps we should point the finger at a subtype of the Christian faith, the Conservatives. These idiots come out of the woodwork of their pews to make a big stink about something completely utterly mind-blowingly stupid. And I am more then sure you know what I am talking about for I am also sure that it’s been blown up in your face, especially if you have a Facebook account.

Conservative Christians have crawled out of the church pew woodwork to rend their garments and beat their breasts, at word that Disney’s live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast will feature an openly gay character. They’ve loudly promised to boycott the film and Disney itself in spiritual protest.

OMD WHO CARES??? Seriously. Who the fuck cares? These idiots have been promising to boycott everything. I’m sorry, did anyone see them bitching about Fifty Shades of Grey or even the second movie whose title I can’t even remember, not that it’s important. I honestly don’t remember hearing shit. There could be many reasons behind this.. may hap I was ignoring everything that had to do with that disgusting display of lies as I am certainly no fan of the books that spawned such crap. But I’m not talented enough to be able to avoid hearing everything there was about it… with exception of it’s second movie, which I didn’t even know was created much less hit theaters. Perhaps because I’m out of the US?

This news alone is of little surprise, as it’s been the M.O. for these opportunistic, self-righteous Bible-thumpers who never waste an opportunity when there’s publicity to be had, damnation to be dispensed, and joy to be squashed. Such unprovoked jerkery is what we now expect from the American Religious Right, who have long since jettisoned the loving, compassionate, redemptive justice work of a poor-loving Jesus—and gone all in with the glossy, homophobic pulpit bullies who arouse their passions. Their continued persecution of the LGBTQ community and anyone who supports them, is a sad song we’ve all gotten used to them singing.

This is true. These asshats come out whenever there is joy to be had. Perhaps the reason we (or I) didn’t hear them screaming about Fifty Shades is because it started life as a fanfiction of the god awful Twilight series and that was presumed written by a religious idiot.

But right now their sanctimonious diatribes and their public castigation ring more hollow than usual, because to offer these things they’ve had to take a break from the work of breathlessly and violently defending the three-time married, adultering, vile, misogynistic, professed pussy grabber that many of them voted into office. To ratchet up the energy to launch a witch hunt about a fictional gay character, they’ve had to pause from doubling down on supporting a flesh and blood President guilty of Olympic levels of lying, vulgarity, and a seemingly endless stream of decisions targeting the poorest, sickest, most vulnerable—not to mention the water we drink, the air we breath, and the planet we stand on. (Thank God there aren’t any Bible verses addressing any of that stuff, or these folks would be looking pretty darn ridiculous right about now.)

Yes. Actually where the FUCK have these asshats been since the beginning of the year? Why of all things they have chosen they’re making a fucking stink about a FICTIONAL CHARACTER when there is a most deserving clusterfuck of a appalling creature in the flesh??? Perhaps they would be better turning this energy inwards to themselves to ask why the holy fuck would they ever stand behind a man like trump?

It turns out that when the rubber meets the road (or the campaign trail), “Biblical morality” is far less of a concern when it’s the guy who claims he’s against abortion, the one who promises you a Supreme Court Seat, the one who can keep your state Red. Then, the selectively parsed out words of the Scriptures become far less pressing, the life of Jesus much less critical—and a stranger’s sexual activity no longer a priority. In that case, they can in one breath lament the corruptible influence of LGBTQ people simply trying to live quiet, undisturbed lives—and in the next breath they can pledge allegiance to a foul-mouthed predator who’s repeatedly treated woman as utilitarian sex objects.

Ah yes, when the person can throw money or power your way, you’re going to ignore their horrible ways and just pretend they are just and godly. I am not sorry to say that I have never once seen anyone from the LGBTQ community standing on a corner telling people they’re going to hell because they are not a person of LGBTQ persuasion. They don’t get in your face and demand you change your sexual preference because they believe they of all people are more deserving of whatever it is people want most I suppose. They certainly don’t go knocking door to door asking you if you have found sex with another *insert your sex here*. I got physically assaulted by a Christian when I walked into Hastings to return a movie because they were holding a Harry Potter book party. I wasn’t even there for the party. I just wanted to return a movie and find another one. But I got HIT IN THE FACE with a fucking Bible. I did get the woman hauled off to jail, the whole while she screamed that I was going to hell.

And this is the pathetic, hypocritical corner the Evangelical Church has now painted itself into. By throwing its muscle, money, and manpower behind such an unapologetic, reprehensible, amoral human being like Donald Trump—it has lost the very small patch of moral ground it had left on which to stand to point the finger at any professed sinful behavior. They now haven’t a pulpit to pound on. And this is why their decision to once again go back to draw from the well of making the LGBTQ community the target of attack is so reprehensible. That they insist on inflicting damage on an already marginalized community to rally their base, is opportunistic bullying and hypocrisy of the highest order.

This is the only reason I even bring this stupidness up. These people helped trump get into the white house. They if not financially supported him, they spiritually supported him and now they wish to damn Disney for having an openly gay character? Who the fuck do you people think you are? Jesus himself will turn his back on you if he actually exists and you honestly believe we are going to pay you any mind?

More and more, younger generations view gender identity and sexual orientation as non-issues, which is making these religious folk’s righteous indignation look more and more like the unhinged ramblings of an old man who has lost his faculties. The Christians who are weeping and gnashing their teeth right now aren’t winning any converts, they’re doing nothing to damage Disney, and everything to damage the image of the Church in the eyes of the world, as an out-of-touch, hateful, inconsistent horde—who apparently find gay people “icky” but misogyny perfectly Presidential.

Do I really need to say anything right now? Are we really expecting them to be able to convince people that they should have any say in anything ever?

I’m sure these folks will do some wild theological gymnastics to make a gay character in a fictional story somehow more of a threat to our children than a confessed predatory President who brags about forcing himself physically upon strangers. They will work overtime to try and get God to consent to their inconsistency—but God will not. They can conjure up all sorts of Biblical slight-of-hand to try and justify themselves, but it will all be fruitless.

There may have been a day in the now distant past, where the preachers and Evangelists would have gotten a nice bump from such histrionics; a time when they may have even convinced some Biblically illiterate, easily suggestible bystanders to go along with them. It may have been sound Church business at one time. But these self-righteous reservoirs are drying up, as the old folks in these communities die out and the building themselves grow dormant, with no new converts to fill them. They are quickly become dusty museums of a religious bigotry that thankfully fewer and fewer people feel like practicing.

Today these protests are falling on deaf ears, by an educated, technologically connected generation, who see such obsessions with people’s personal plumbing all as much ado about nothing. They have no interest in a Church who doesn’t seem at all burdened to attend to the real suffering in the world, preferring to protest musicals, out terrified teenagers, and police public bathrooms for nonexistent boogeymen. 

Disney’s primary business is in the telling of stories and the dreaming of dreams and the singing of songs. And in days when the world has become so dark and so starved of simple joy—we need their brand of beautiful magic more than ever. The majority of us who affirm the inherent value of all people will pack the theaters and escape from that dim existence for a couple of hours, celebrating the diversity of this life with our children in stories and songs. Meanwhile “the Church” will stand outside with signs, sneering and scowling and being miserable in the name of Jesus—before returning to social media to troll some folks online who believe Donald Trump isn’t a great model of morality for our nation’s children.

And those of us who believe that we’re all equally welcome at the table despite who or how we love (many of us committed Christians), will stand at the door smiling, and with our hands pointed toward the dining room, simply sing to all who gather:

Be our guest, be our guest…

I am so glad the younger generation are looking at the older ones wondering just what the fuck is their deal. As they should, as we all have and should. Sometimes things need to be called out on. Things need to be looked at and then weighed to determine their priority in each and every one of our lives. Weights come out differently for us all. For some, like myself the fact that there is an openly gay character in a Disney movie, live action or animated weighs absolutely NOTHING compared to the Tangerine Tyrant many of religious community put in charge.

Quoted article can be found in it’s entirety without my comments. If you want to read it that way. Also to give the original author props. Please like it, especially if you liked mine!

Any community who supports the Tyrant will not get any support from me. In fact, I’ll be more likely to gladly support whatever they’re against. But I tend to do that anyway.

Until next time, do yourself a favor and just pick your battles. Have the sense to know when to give up on something and when to really dig in and fight.

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There as GOT to be some happy somewhere!!

I completely hate it when I don’t have anything nice, happy or positive to post. All the negativity in this world already sucks and I hate contributing to it. Who wants to read the same negative shit over and over again? I mean, I don’t share the stuff because it’s negative but because I want people to be aware of what the hell is going on as we are in this horrible predicament because people didn’t have the facts or a clue what was/is going on.

But if you look at it, it seems that it wouldn’t have mattered if people had the facts, knew what was going on, or cared. In fact, it didn’t even matter to these people as they wanted a racist bigot leading the country because they are racist bigots. You can say you’re not but if you voted for him you’re okay with these actions, beliefs and ideals which actually makes you worse then them in many people’s eyes.

Yesterday I came across something that made me laugh. It was a meme, which of course is the purpose of memes but this one was funny because it wasn’t meant to be. christianI’ll give you a few minutes to figure out why this is fucking hilarious. When you are ready, scroll down.

This is funny because it talks about ridiculing, torturing and killing. Now those three things on their own are no way funny. Those are horrible, horrible things. HORRIBLE. But the funny thing is the fact that this is a Christian saying you can do these things to them and they are not going to change their religion.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t it the CHRISTIANS who did these exact things to anyone not of the Christian faith until they CHANGED THEIR RELIGION? What was that one thing that happened where millions of non-Christians were killed because they weren’t Christian?? I know there was a name for it.

I am more than sure that back in those horribly violent times many Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhas felt the same way. Difference being they were actually tortured, killed and before those two they were publicly ridiculed. Christians never suffered this.

Oh sure, the bible says differently but how can we as people (not people of faith, just people) trust a book written entirely by old men? Why should we? Christians sure in the hell don’t follow it.

Now I’m not a complete idiot to think that Christians have never been treated like shit. Early Christians were persecuted for their faith at the hands of both Jews from whose religion Christianity arose and the Romans who controlled many of the land across which early Christianity was distributed. Early in the fourth century, the religion was legalized by the Edict of Milan, and it eventually became the State church of the Roman Empire.
Christian missionaries as well as converts to Christianity have been the targets of persecution ever since the emergence of Christianity, sometimes to the point of being martyred for their faith.
Schisms of the Middle Ages and especially the Protestant Reformation, provoked severe conflicts between Christian denominations persecuting each other.
In the 20th century, Christians have been persecuted by various groups, including the Islamic Ottoman Empire in the form of the Armenian Genocide, the Assyrian Genocide and the Greek Genocide, as well as atheistic states such as the Soviet Union and North Korea. During World War II members of some Christian churches were persecuted in Nazi Germany for resisting Nazi ideology.
In more recent times the persecution of Christians has increased in India according to International Christian Concern. The Christian missionary organization Open Doors (UK) estimates 100 million Christians face persecution, particularly in Muslim-majority countries such as Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

Now from what I can see, or what I can remember, Christians were just killed sometimes, tortured and ridiculed but never given the chance or the option of changing faiths. Which of course Christians were rumored to give others this choice, but what really gets me, is that today, in America where we are “a Christian nation” a Christian posts this meme as if it relates in any way to them. How the fuck could it?? Christians may be teased and taunted, but I have never heard of one in America being tortured and killed.

Maybe, just maybe the people in other countries claiming to be killing for their god (my belief in this is that there is only a few gods, not one major one. I mean if we’re all fighting for god and there’s only one, what does that say about the human race?) aren’t targeting the United States because we’re a super power (ego much America?) but because they believe that we are really a Christian nation and have decided that the crap the Christians did back in the day isn’t just going to go unpunished.

It really would seriously suck to the rest of us if there is why we keep getting attacked. Maybe instead of banning immigrants from coming into this country, we need to get rid of the Christians first.

But, I am just rambling and allowing words to flow. I have nothing against any religion. I don’t judge people by their religion, sex or skin color. I judge (and I use this loosely) people based on who they are. How they treat others not like them. How they treat themselves and of curse how they treat animals. Always on how they treat animals.

Until next time, religious studies are interesting classes to take as long as you don’t get the (and excuse the pun) holier than thou idiot who thinks one religion is the best above all of them. In anthropology we call that ethnocentrism. Which is the deep felt belief that your culture is superior to all others.  Being fond of your own way of life and condescending or even hostile toward other cultures is normal for all people.  Alien culture traits are often viewed as being not just different but less sensible and even “unnatural.”  Ethnocentrism is normal for all people in the world. But do we really need to kill each other because of it?

 

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Dragons. I love dragons.

Give me dragons any day of the year. Big ones, small ones, any type and colored ones. I belong to a few Facebook groups that deal with Dragons and one of them shared a video of a 30 foot dragon sadly not a real live one, but a robotic one. So I of course hit YouTube for some more video of it and I was NOT disappointed!

Meet a 30 Feet Dragon That’s Also The World’s Largest Walking Robot

Further Drache, Biggest walking robot in the world. [Guiness World Record]

Der Drache von Furth im Wald – Demo

Largest Walking Robot – English version that shows the work that went into creating it.

Of course it’s from Zollner Elektronik AG. They developed and constructed the world’s largest four-legged walking robot.”Tradinno” is a remote-controlled, outdoor-capable walking robot with dimensions never seen before. Tradinno — its name is a mashup of “tradition” and “innovation” — is a mechatronic system starring in Germany’s oldest folk play “Further Drachenstich”, performed each August in the Bavarian town of Furth im Wald.
The 11-ton dragon, 51 feet long, with a 40 foot wingspan, is driven by a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine. It is listed in the newly released “Guinness World Records 2014” as the world’s largest walking robot.
Zollner Elektronik AG, founded in 1965 in Zandt, Germany, has 17 international sites, including one in Milpitas, California.

Learn more about the Dragon. It’s in German so either view Microsoft Edge with the Translator app extension or of course Chrome.

Until next time, anyone who wants to make me a walking fire breathing dragon I’m 100% game!

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Speech, speech, speech

THE STORY

Last night, President Trump held his first solo performance in front of Congress. It was basically a State of the Union, but you can’t ‘officially’ call it that for a brand new prez.

SO HOW WAS IT?

Presidential. Trump said he knows the country hasn’t exactly been doing trust falls lately, and called for “unity and strength.” VP Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) even wore matching outfits. Some Dem lady lawmakers did too in a nod to women’s rights.

WHAT DID HE SAY?

Trump called out the rise in racial and anti-Semitic hate crimes, saying the US should condemn “hate and evil” in all its forms. Then he pulled out his notes on how he thinks he’s doing so far. Bringing jobs back to the US? Check. Nominated a Supreme Court Justice? Check. Cracked down on border security? Check. But he still has a pretty long to-do list…

Health care…as in Trump still wants Congress to repeal Obamacare – and replace it with a law that lets people ‘buy their own plans instead of ones the US gov wants them to have.’ Oh, and Americans with pre-existing conditions (think: asthma, diabetes) should still have access to insurance.

Immigration…as in Trump says he wants to achieve immigration reform by working with both sides of the aisle. He also thinks the US has been letting in too many “lower-skilled” immigrants. Instead, he’d like to roll out the welcome mat for people who can support themselves financially.

Economy…as in Trump’s focused on creating jobs, jobs, and more jobs. He plans on making it harder for companies to take their business overseas, and promises ‘Murica won’t be taken for a ride by trade deals. Trump also won’t be taken for a ride on a Harley Davidson, thx.

Education…as in Trump says it’s the “civil rights issue of our time.” He wants Congress to pass a bill that’ll make it easier for kids – especially minorities – to have more choices (think: public, private, religious, charter) when it comes to where they go to school.

Military spending…as in Trump wants to go on one of the largest defense spending sprees in US history. He supports NATO, but would like the US’s foreign friends to pick up more financial slack. Everyone reached for the Kleenex when Trump intro’d the widow of Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, who was killed earlier this year in a raid in Yemen. Cue the standing ovation.

WHO WAS AT HOME WITH THE CODES?

Veterans Affairs Sec. David Shulkin had a cozy night in with Secret Service and the nuclear codes. This is meant to comfort you.

WHAT DID THE OTHER SIDE SAY?

Former Gov Steve Beshear (D-KY) gave the Dems’ response from a wax museum. He called out Trump for pledging to protect the American people – but instead cutting financial regulations and repealing Obamacare. Beshear also thinks Trump needs to remember that just because people disagree with him sometimes, it doesn’t make them the enemy.

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The first weeks of the Trump administration were a little rocky. Last night, Trump tried to change the tone and smooth things over. But a lot of this vision requires Congress to write some checks. Get ready for budget battles.

Trump called out the rise in racial and anti-Semitic hate crimes, saying the US should condemn “hate and evil” in all its forms.

IN ALL ITS FORMS.

IN ALL ITS FORMS.

Immigration…as in Trump says he wants to achieve immigration reform by working with both sides of the aisle. He also thinks the US has been letting in too many “lower-skilled” immigrants. Instead, he’d like to roll out the welcome mat for people who can support themselves financially.

If we don’t have any “lower-skilled” people working in America, who are going to do all the jobs you don’t want to. Maid service? Bus boy? Waitress? Errand person? Cashier? Front desk? You do know that they are coming here BECAUSE THEY CANNOT SUPPORT THEMSELVES FINANCIALLY. To them America is the land of dreams still. Poor souls.

I think Trump would have been better saying the speech that was running all over Facebook yesterday:

President Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress later today has been leaked. Here it is: “REMARKS BY PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP TO A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you for that applause, which was the longest, loudest and most enthusiastic applause any president has ever received from Congress — period. It is probably the most applause that anybody has ever received anywhere.
As you know, I won the largest electoral college victory in history, even though 11 million illegal immigrants in this country voted illegally for my opponent — some of them twice. Even some of the dead people who voted for Hillary now regret their vote and say they should have voted for me. One of them is seated in the gallery tonight with Melania, and more and more people are recognizing him lately. Ladies and gentlemen, please recognize Frederick Douglass.
My fellow Americans, I inherited a mess. I heard this statistic: Ninety percent of Americans were starving. School bathrooms were jammed with transgender students. Ceiling tiles were falling from tunnels and killing people. Almost everybody in Chicago had been murdered. We had been attacked by terrorists 78 times and the media didn’t report it. Each month, millions of jobs were shipped overseas, where American workers were murdered and tortured by ISIS.
But now that we have eliminated all sources of information other than me, we are making America great again. I agreed to pay Boeing only one dollar for the new Air Force One. Lockheed-Martin is paying me $600 million to let them build the F-35. Carrier is now employing millions of people at its plant in Indiana. My cabinet nominees were all confirmed unanimously, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was just offered membership in Mensa.
The FBI, under new director Steve Bannon, has completed its review and determined that the Democratic National Committee was not hacked by Russia but by some guy in his bedroom who weighs 400 pounds. The FBI also said that the disruptions that occurred in American cities the day after my inauguration, followed by actions at airports after my travel ban, were because of frustration with Delta’s reservation system.
Internationally, ISIS has been defeated, Mexico has paid for the wall in advance, China has abolished its currency, and Australia has apologized for treating us so badly. Our military action in Yemen was a huge success. The incident in Sweden is finally under control.
Here at home, crime has stopped, and there are no more drugs. Calm has returned to Bowling Green. Thousands of Muslims in New Jersey cheered when I issued my travel ban. We have replaced Obamacare with something much better that costs nothing. Vanity Fair has given the Trump Grill in Trump Tower 5 stars, and a major retailer has been rebranded “Nordstrom by Ivanka Trump.” My support is 98 percent in a Rasmussen poll.
My budget has a huge tax cut and the largest military expansion and infrastructure spending program in history. It also protects Medicare and Social Security, eliminates the federal debt and buys every American a pony. I have eliminated dangerous leaks by abolishing the CIA and saved costs by having Russia maintain our nuclear arsenal. I deregulated the environment and left it to the states to set spelling rules.
The State of the Union is great. If anybody says otherwise, consider the source.

At least the American people would have believed this one. And it skips the part where he uses the widow he created to take credit for a standing ovation. Veterans all across the country are livid. And I really cannot blame them. why-not-invite

Now I can’t tell you for sure Bernie said that. But it still needs to be said! I cannot for the life of me understand why the widow would go to this. Unless it was to see the man responsible for her husband’s death. Maybe slap him around a bit. Or hex him.

Which reminds me…how did that ‘all witches hexing trump’ thing go?? Anyone know?? Can anyone tell if he’s been properly hexed? Isn’t doing that sort of against wicca code? Do what you will but harm none? Isn’t it got to do with karma? How many questions can a person put in a paragraph before it’s annoying?

Probably as bad as reading a book of questions but no answers. Not even a teacher’s edition.

And because the WTF isn’t even going to stop any time soon (I suppose everyone ought to get used to the WTF feeling as I have a sad feeling that this is going to be a permanent state we’ll be in), I bring you day 40 and 41 of What The Fuck Just Happened Today:

Day 41: Tumultuous. 03/01/2017 Updated: 03/01/2017 03:06:13 PM PST

1/ Trump defended his tumultuous presidency and asked Congress to put aside its “trivial fights” to help ordinary Americans in his first speech. Trump reiterated a host of familiar themes from his campaign and called for unity to address a litany of issues that he says are plaguing the country. “The time for small thinking is over,” Trump said. “The time for trivial fights is behind us. We just need the courage to share the dreams that fill our hearts. The bravery to express the hopes that stir our souls. And the confidence to turn those hopes and those dreams into action.” (New York Times)

UPDATE:

Sanders tells supporters after Trump’s speech to “continue the fight” and publicly push back against the administration. “Keep showing up. Keep calling Congress and continue the fight. The Republicans are now on the defensive and we’ve got to continue to push them back,” Sanders said. (The Hill)

Trump seeks to parlay post-speech boost into action on contentious agenda. Pence said the reception Trump received gave him “great confidence that the agenda that the president articulated last night is the right agenda for America, it’s resonating with the American people.” (Washington Post)

Trump’s softer tone masks hard road ahead with few details on how he’d turn them into reality. (Bloomberg)

Speech marks a shift in tone. Trump’s pitched his agenda to voters and Congress with language that was much more presidential and traditional in tone, even as he made no major policy changes. (Wall Street Journal)

The 5 main takeaways from Trump’s speech. (New York Times)

6 things we learned from Trump’s address to Congress. (CNN)

Key moments from Trump’s speech: Condeming the recent vandalism of Jewish cemeteries; celebrating his own accomplishments; announcing a “historic tax reform”; repeating the line “radical Islamic terrorism”; outlining what he said would be a “better healthcare system”; and referring to illegal immigration as “American carnage.” (Politico)

Fact checking Trump’s first address to Congress. (New York Times)

The full text of Trump’s speech to Congress. (CNN)

The Democratic response to Trump’s address by Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, annotated by NPR journalists. (NPR)

2/ DeVos backpedals on remarks about historically black colleges due to a fierce backlash after she called historically black colleges and universities “real pioneers” of school choice backlash. In a series of tweets, DeVos acknowledged that the schools were not created simply to give African-American students more choices, but because black students across the country were not allowed into segregated white schools. (New York Times)

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3/ New Trump order drops Iraq from travel ban list. The decision follows pressure from the Pentagon and State Department, which had urged the White House to reconsider Iraq’s inclusion given its key role in fighting the Islamic State group. (Associated Press)

UPDATE:

Trump called on the Department of Homeland Security to “create an office to serve American victims” of crimes committed by immigrant. The Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) would provide “a voice to those who have been ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests.” He made no explanation as to why the targets of crime perpetrated by immigrants should receive the support of a new federal government agency that apparently excludes the victims of crime committed by U.S. citizens. (CNBC)

  • Trump delays signing new travel ban order. The delay was due to a busy news cycle, and Trump wanted the new execeutive order to get it’s own “moment.” Signing the executive order today, as originally planned, would have undercut the favorable coverage of Trump’s speech. (CNN)
  • Trump seesaws on legal status for undocumented immigrants. (New York Times)

4/ Republican governors divided on Obamacare replacement. States that expanded Medicaid coverage fear they’‘ll be left holding the bag if the federal government doesn’t provide enough money to pay for the entitlement they expanded under the Affordable Care Act. (Washington Post)

  • House Republicans announce only Republicans are allowed to see the new health care plan. Paul Ryan had previous boasted that they were “not hatching some bill in a backroom and plopping it on the American people’s front door.” Oh well… (New York Magazine)

5/ Police chiefs object to Trump’s efforts to involve them in immigrant deportations. A letter from more than 60 law enforcement heads asks to soften push to include police in round-ups, saying it makes their communities less safe. (The Guardian)

6/ Generals may launch new ISIS raids without Trump’s approval. The White House is considering delegating more authority to the Pentagon to greenlight anti-terrorist operations after Trump took heat for a raid in Yemen that killed a SEAL. (The Daily Beast)

7/ Pelosi to Democrats: Treat Trump voters like a friend whose boyfriend is a jerk Pelosi is confident a good portion of Trump’s voters will eventually turn on him – and Democrats just have to wait it out. (CNN)

8/ The State of Trump’s State Department. Anxiety and listless days as a foreign-policy bureaucracy confronts the possibility of radical change. (The Atlantic)

9/ “You People” are doing an amazing job, Trump told HBCU presidents during meeting. Trump repeated the complimentary refrain three times. A White House adviser called the characterization of the meeting false, and said it was “ridiculous spin.” (BuzzFeed News)

10/ White House: Conway acted “without nefarious motive” in Ivanka Trump plug. A letter from the White House to the Office of Government Ethics says a White House lawyer met with Conway to review federal rules prohibiting endorsements by government employees. The letter makes no mention of plans for disciplinary action. (CNN Money)

11/ Rubio asked to leave Tampa office over disruption from weekly protests. The owner of the build notified Rubio on February 1st that they will not be renewing the lease because the rallies have become too disruptive to the other tenants. (Tampa Bay Times)

12/ Sen. Lindsey Graham he wants all presidential candidates to be required by law to release their tax returns, starting in 2020. The proposal would include Donald Trump if the president seeks reelection. (Politico)

13/ Senate approves Trump’s nominee, Ryan Zinke, for the Department of the Interior. The Republican congressman promised to review Obama-era actions limiting oil and gas drilling in Alaska and said he rejected President Donald Trump’s past comment that climate change is a “hoax.” (CNN)

poll/ Trump’s speech was a hit with viewers in two early polls. A CBS News/YouGov poll found 76% of viewers approved of the speech and 82% found it “presidential.” A CNN/ORC poll found 70% felt more optimistic. (Politico)

Day 40: Split. Choice.

02/28/2017 Updated: 02/28/2017 08:20:26 PM PST 1/ Betsy DeVos press release celebrates Jim Crow education system as a pioneer of “school choice”, saying the legal segregation of historically black colleges and universities gave black students “more options.” Trump met with the leaders of a number of HBCUs yesterday. DeVos commemorated the meeting in a press release today. (Slate)

  • DeVos slammed for calling black colleges “pioneers” of school choice. DeVos’ statement painting African Americans’ efforts to create higher education options for themselves in a segregated society as a “choice” earned her criticism from Democratic members of Congress and others. (Talking Points Memo)

2/ House leaders are split on whether a Russian inquiry is needed. The top Republican and Democrat on the Intelligence Committee gave sharply conflicting views of their investigation into Russian efforts to influence the election, raising questions about whether they will be able to work together. Republican Devin Nunes said that there was no evidence anyone from the Trump campaign had communicated with the government in Moscow. Democrat Adam Schiff said that it was too early to rule out the ties, because the panel had not yet been provided with any evidence collected by intelligence and law enforcement agencies. (New York Times)

UPDATE:

FBI once planned to pay former British spy who authored controversial Trump dossier to continue his work. While Trump has derided the dossier as “fake news” compiled by his political opponents, the FBI’s arrangement with the spy shows that bureau investigators considered him credible and found his line of inquiry to be worthy of pursuit. (Washington Post)

  • GOP intelligence chairman David Nunes: “There’s no evidence of anything” regarding Russia-Trump campaign contacts. Nunes said the House Intelligence Committee won’t subpoena Trump’s tax returns and decries “McCarthyism” and “witch hunts” based on reports that Americans may have connections to the Russian regime. (Salon)
  • George W. Bush said ‘‘we all need answers’’ on the extent of contact between Trump’s team and the Russian government. He didn’t rule out the idea that a special prosecutor could be necessary to lead an investigation. (Boston Globe)

3/ Trump goes to Congress to make a sale. Trump is under pressure to show that his White House can be effective in delivering on the sweeping changes he has promised by working with allies on Capitol Hill. Trump’s aides are promising an “optimistic” speech designed to rally Americans toward a hopeful future. Trump will address Congress shortly after 9 p.m EST tonight. (CNN)

  • A guide for Trump’s first speech to Congress. Instead of reflecting on the state of the U.S., like a State of the Union address, the first joint session speech is typically used to outline a new president’s goals for his administration. Trump will do exactly that — and try to downplay the chaos that has plagued his first 40 days in office. (Politico)
  • Trump prepares to address a divided audience: The Republican Congress. On health care, tax reform and federal spending, GOP lawmakers hold differences of opinion within their own party that are obstructing passage of ambitious Republican policies, and so far Trump has shown little desire to openly referee those disputes. (Washington Post)

4/ Sessions vows to get tough on crime, saying a recent spike in violence in some cities is “driving this sense that we’re in danger.” He’s pledged to commit more federal energy to fighting crime even though crime rates remain far below their 1970s and 1980s levels. Trump is expected to emphasize that the rise in violence in some cities was not “a one-time blip” but rather “the beginning of a trend” during his address to a joint session of Congress tonight. (New York Times)

  • Sessions tells the Justice Department to ease up on police probes into alleged civil rights abuses by local police departments. The attorney general says it’s undermined police and led to an increase in violent crime in some cities. (Wall Street Journal)
  • Sessions pushes tougher line on marijuana even though a growing number of states are moving to legalize or decriminalize pot. “Most of you probably know I don’t think America is going to be a better place when more people of all ages and particularly young people start smoking pot,” Sessions said. (Politico)

5/ Trump envisions a compromise bill allowing many immigrants to stay in US where those who aren’t serious or violent criminals could stay in the US legally, hold a job and pay taxes, without having to worry about being deported. A path to citizenship for those in the country illegally would not be part of Trump’s vision for this deal, with the possible exception of “Dreamers” – those brought into the US illegally as children. (CNN)

6/ Trump gave himself an A grade for his presidency, but only a C for communicating. how. great. he. has. been. in a “Fox and Friends” interview today. He also blamed Obama for organizing opposition against him, called the House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi “incompetent,” and criticized his own press secretary for how he has handled leaks. He has called “Fox and Friends” one of his favorite shows. (New York Times)

  • Trump gave himself a “C or C+” grade for communicating with the public: Needs improvement. He offered high marks for his accomplishments, but he gave himself a “C” for messaging, conceding that he has not been able to properly explain what he’s done. (Washington Post)

7/ Trump says Obama is helping organize protests against his presidency. Trump has been dismissing the protests against his presidency and demonstrations at congressional town hall meetings across the country as concocted by his political enemies. “I think that President Obama is behind it because his people certainly are behind it,” Trump said. “In terms of him being behind things, that’s politics. It will probably continue.” (Washington Post)

8/ Trump begins E.P.A. rollback with executive order on clean water rules. The order, which will have almost no immediate legal effect and could take longer than a single presidential term to dismantle, directs E.P.A. chief Scott Pruitt to rewrite the 2015 rule known as the Waters of the United States. The rule gives the federal government broad authority to limit pollution in major bodies of water as well as in streams and wetlands that drain into them.

Trump is also expected to sign a similar order instructing Pruitt to begin the process of withdrawing and revising Obama’s 2015 climate-change regulation, aimed at curbing emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases from coal-fired power plants. In his former job as attorney general of Oklahoma, Pruitt led or took part in 14 lawsuits intended to block the E.P.A.’s major regulations, including the clean water and climate rules that he is now charged with dismantling. (New York Times)

  • Trump to direct rollback of Obama-era water rule. Trump will instruct the E.P.A. and Army Corps of Engineers to “review and reconsider” a 2015 rule known as the Waters of the United States rule. The move that could ultimately make it easier for agricultural and development interests to drain wetlands and small streams. (Washington Post)

9/ Sen. Lindsey Graham: Trump budget is “dead on arrival.” Trump’s proposing $54 billion in cuts to fund an equivalent boost in defense spending, but lacks key details stoking bipartisan concern. (The Hill)

  • E.P.A. braces for a possibly “devastating” 25% budget cut. There is widespread concern within the E.P.A. that the changes will dramatically alter the function of an agency that was created under Republican President Richard Nixon in 1970, and will weaken the agency to the point where it can only do its most basic functions. (CNN)
  • Trump proposes cutting the State Department budget by 37%. The plan would cut aid given by U.S. Agency for International Development. (Wall Street Journal)
  • The Pentagon budget next year sounds huge at first, but… it comes with a significant cut in foreign aid, including programs that military officials say contribute to global stability and are seen as important in helping avoid future conflicts. (New York Times)
  • Trump says “revved up economy” will pay for budget proposals. The extra $54 billion dollars he has proposed spending on the U.S. military will be offset by a stronger economy as well as cuts in other areas, he said. (Reuters)

10/ Trump urges insurers to work together to “save Americans from Obamacare.” Trump met with major health insurers in the midst of political divisions over how to dismantle and replace Obama’s signature health-care law and intensifying public pressure to preserve the policy. He criticized the Affordable Care Act for creating minimal health coverage requirements that restricted the types of plans insurers could sell. (Washington Post)

  • Schumer predicts health-care law “will not be repealed.” Schumer pointed to widespread disagreement among Republicans about how to go about undoing key parts of the law, as well as intense pressure from constituents urging them not to rush ahead with their effort. (Washington Post)

11/ Trump’s silence on deadly Olathe shooting is disquieting. Nearly a week has passed since two India-born engineers were singled out and shot at an Olathe bar, presumably because they were immigrants, darker in skin tone and possibly viewed by the shooter as unwanted foreigners. (Kansas City Star)

UPDATE:

White House condemns Kansas attack, calling it “racially motivated.” The comments are the most direct the White House has made on the incident. (CNN)

12/ New NSC chief pushed Trump to moderate his language on terrorism, urging him to stop using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism.” The phrase, however, will be in Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress tonight — even though McMaster reviewed drafts and his staff pressed the president’s speechwriter not to use it. (Politico)

13/ Trump signed off on checking White House staffers’ phones to make certain they weren’t communicating with reporters by text message or through encrypted apps. The decision sent a signal across the administration that Trump is furious at leaks from inside the White House. (CNN)

14/ Trump appears to blame generals for SEAL’s death in Yemen raid. Trump highlighted that the controversial raid in Yemen that left one Navy SEAL dead had been a success, and in the works before he took office. He said “they lost” the SEAL — apparently in reference to the generals who planned the mission. (The Hill)

poll/ Trump is delivering on his campaign promises. 56% of registered voters say that Trump is staying true to his 2016 campaign message. 65% say Trump has accomplished what was expected of him — or more. Overall, half of voters approve of the job Trump is doing as president, while 45% disapprove. (Politico)

Has your brain turned to jelly like the IOA’s must be in order to allow such a deplorable person in the White House? Have you figured out what IOA means? I’m sure I mentioned it before in a past post. Did you expect another question? Ha. I’ve got to stop that.

Until next time, it’s quite healthy to have a hobby you enjoy. So if you haven’t found one yet, you might want to take some time to find one. Even if it’s small and online or you can only give a few minutes a day to it. We are all going to need something to get us through these next few moments.

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Too damn much.

Between Oscars, and what the fuck ever is going on in the White House there has been no lack of material for our comedians everywhere. Or those who aren’t comedians. Or who have had only two cups of coffee this morning. Which it isn’t even morning any more. I did make a meme this morning cause I read the Daily Skimm this morning and it just hit me.

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ON EDGE

 

THE STORY

Yesterday, Jewish community centers and schools in several states received more bomb threats.

WHAT’S GOING ON?

This is the fifth time this year that multiple JCCs have been targeted with these kinds of threats. Authorities have not found any actual bombs. It comes a few days after dozens of headstones were knocked over at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia, PA. A similar incident happened at a Jewish cemetery in Missouri earlier this month. Meanwhile, last week, a gunman opened fire on two Indian men at a Kansas bar. One of the men died. The gunman left the scene and later showed up at a Missouri restaurant, where he reportedly told the bartender that he’d shot “two Iranian people.”

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Last week, President Trump said these threats show that there’s more work to do to “root out hate.” Yesterday, Press Sec. Sean Spicer said Trump “continues to condemn” anti-Semitism. Jewish leaders say they want to see “swift and concerted action” from law enforcement and the White House. The FBI and the Justice Dept’s Civil Rights Division are looking into the threats.

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These latest incidents follow a spike in hate crimes over the past year. While officials sort out the motives, many religious and immigrant communities are on edge.

This is the America that Mr. Trump has created. Yes, this has always been a problem in the country, but not to this extent. Trump, who has said that we need to ‘root out hate’ and these are only proof of the work the country still has yet to do doesn’t seem to realize that the recent happenings are HIS fault. And the ONLY reason he said anything at all is because he was “pressured” by celebrities and other high profile people to break his silence. Hey asshat, it shouldn’t have taken ANYONE to pressure your orange fake ass to stand up and say anything. President Obama never had to be pressured or pushed to say anything about any tragedy that happened during his Presidency.

The hate that we must root out is sitting in the Oval Office pretending he knows what is best for this country. To ‘make it great again’. I guess he is getting that part, except that America wasn’t great for everyone in the past. Like Jews and Muslims. African Americans and Women of all ages/races.

Now we’re being told that Mr. Trump thinks ACA is so complicated and apparently no one knew. President Trump also bizarrely lamented about how he wasn’t able to play political games with the ACA, saying he told Republicans that even though it wouldn’t be fair to the American people, they should ideally do nothing in order to win more votes in future elections.

“I say to the Republicans, ‘if you really want to do politically something good, don’t do anything. Sit back for a period of two years, because ’17 is going to be a disaster, a disaster for Obamacare if we don’t do something,” Trump said. “Let [Obamacare] be a disaster. We can blame that on the Dems in the room and we can blame that on Democrats and President Obama.”

“If we do the most meinie, minute thing, a tiny little change, what’s gonna happen? They’re gonna say, ‘it’s the Republicans’ problem. That’s the way it is,” he added.

There’s a video of him saying this. That I am sure all of his supporters are going to exclaim is fake. Just like any news source that makes Trump look stupid or foolish or anything less that stellar. Sorry IoA, he’s everything less than stellar.

This morning, Trump argued that the January raid he authorized that resulted in the death of Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, more than two dozen civilians, and the loss of a $70 million aircraft was the fault of former President Barack Obama. I’m sorry, WHAT?

“Well, this was a mission that was started before I got here,” Trump argued. “This was something that was, you know, they wanted to do. They came to see me, they explained what they wanted to do — the generals, who are very respected, my generals are the most respected that we’ve had in many decades, I believe.”

“And they lost Ryan, and I was at the airport when the casket came in, the body came in, and it was a very sad — with his family and it’s a great family, incredible wife and children, I met most of the family, and I can understand people saying that,” he added. “What’s worse? There’s nothing worse. But again this was something that they were looking at for a long time, and according to General [James] Mattis, it was a very successful mission, they got tremendous amounts of information.”

While Trump is half-right in that plans for the raid began during the waning days of the Obama administration, although President Obama never signed off on any boots-on-the-ground mission in Yemen during his presidency. Retired Admiral James Stavridis told NBC that Trump’s decision to authorize the raid, which he did over the dinner table, was likely due to a need for his new administration to flex its muscles.

But wait. Didn’t White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer insisted the mission “gathered an unbelievable amount of intelligence that will prevent the potential deaths or attacks on American soil” and that the raid was “successful in helping prevent a future attack or attacks on this nation,”? But senior Pentagon officials confided to NBC News that no useful intelligence was gained as a result of the raid. NBC reported that the only intelligence the military acknowledged was gained from the raid was an old bomb-making video that no longer served any purpose for counterterrorism operations.

And if that isn’t bad enough….

His Attorney General is saying that “…current levels of THC in marijuana are very high compared to what they were a few years ago,” Sessions said. “Experts are telling me there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think and there’s big money involved.”

What experts is he talking to? The ones in his head? In 2014, researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas concluded that there is no link between marijuana use and an increase in crime rates. He promised a no-holds-barred war with states that have legal marijuana laws during a Monday evening press gaggle at the DOJ building in Washington, citing those same experts he talked to. A WAR WITH OUR OWN STATES.

WHAT THE ABSOLUTE FUCK?

“States they can pass the laws they choose,” Sessions told reporters. “I would just say it does remain a violation of federal law to distribute marijuana throughout any place in the United States, whether a state legalizes it or not.”

Recreational cannabis use has proven to be an economic boon for states like Colorado, Washington, and Oregon, which have all legalized the sale of cannabis through ballot initiatives in the last five years. All three of those states are ranked among the top 10 best state economies in the country, according to Wallethub. In Colorado alone, the state’s pot shops sold over $1 billion worth of recreational cannabis in 2016, amounting to more than $150 million in tax revenue.

I really think it’s that last thing that is rubbing these guys the wrong way. Who knew legalizing pot would bring in so much money? Um. Apparently everyone in those three states or enough people that they voted yes to legalizing it.

So damn tired of this administration I am actually wishing George W. Bush would come back.

And if you hear trump saying Believe me, do the opposite.

 

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Childish of course. But it’s amazing how well a childish act like this is therapeutic. You can call it hate speak but what his followers have done is much worse. May not make it right, but I rather people do this then attack actual people physically. Also trump needs to man up. He’ll be skipping the 2017 White Hour Correspondents’ Dinner because he can’t deal with a little roasting. Remember how he acted the last time he was roasted.

 

 

Until next time, don’t let hate rule. At home, at work in your community. Trump created this hate and we must not allow it to take over. Stand up to the haters, show them that their hate is not welcomed in OUR America and they are not going to spread it nor are we going to tolerate it.

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