Thoughts on Ed Schultz Death

I found out that yesterday, Ed Schultz had died.  He was 64 years old, which is pretty young in this day and age to go.  Got me thinking about a long time ago in my life.  A time when I was much more politically active and had a very different group of friends in my life  Kind of waxing nostalgia here, but indulge me a bit.  I am going to talk about my thoughts on Ed Schulz as well.  It’s all connected.

The first time I caught his show, it was in the dorms.  As a young liberal who was headed to college, MSNBC was a common place I viewed.  Back in the days before they showed their hand as the tired corporate whores they are.  Fond memories of the Special Comment segments by Keith Olbermann.  Good times.  A lot of things in my life developed during those days.  My love of certain YouTubers, my political ideologies, a lot of my thoughts about the world.  Changes did happen, but that was how I grew then.

One of the people that I saw was Ed Schultz.  Here was a guy who was loud, boisterous, and as far as I could see, very populist.  He didn’t like corporate America anymore than I did.  He wanted to give power to the people.  He was at the head of people demanding universal healthcare back when the Obamacare debates were happening, and was just as angry as I was that Obama sold out to the private insurance companies and didn’t even stand his ground for a second on any of what he wanted.

However, not everyone in my circle felt the way I did about him.  A former girly-mate who is not especially fond of me anymore thought that Schultz was quite insufferable.  I believe the comparison she made was that he is “the left’s version of Rush Limbaugh.”  Why?  Because he is loud and principled?  It shows what kind of person she is.  The two of us fell out because her husband stopped enjoying my company.  Like any wife does, the moment her spouse doesn’t like someone, neither does she.  I get the feeling that she was an absolute rabid dog for Hillary Clinton.  I also figure that once the SJW movement within politics grew, she and her husband were right at the front of it.  Alas, nothing to be gained from thinking about it now.

Throughout my days in the dorms, at least until he left MSNBC, Ed Schultz was a voice that I watched with great enthusiasm.  I found out from a shuttle driver on campus that I was quite fond of that he also had a radio show.  Maybe that’s why my ex-girly-mate thought he was akin to Rush Limbaugh.  Unsure.

We live in an interesting era.  People no longer like loud, boisterous individuals with strong values.  Now we live in an era where everyone wants some soft-spoken, mature-sounding person.  Why?  I guess it conveys wisdom?  Unsure.  I myself find it tedious.  Not only have I seen this in political commentary, but also in online discourse.  Everyone is rushing to be super open and non-confrontational.  The days of the pwnage videos and people looking to go after idiots who have stupid views, in a way that shows the factual reasons why they are wrong while combining it with braggadocios personalities, is gone.  Maybe that’s why I still enjoy The Amazing Atheist.  At least there I can feel some passion about his beliefs.  Not this Boogie2988 shit where you have to be nice to everyone.

I will never understand why people are so afraid of having strong feelings for what they believe in.  If you believe you are right, then say so, dammit!  You can be articulate and show why you’re right in a very thoughtful way while also having the strength of your convictions.  Perhaps everyone just associates being loud and argumentative with the Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh types.  The problem with them is that they didn’t cite things.  They didn’t make good arguments.  They just yelled a lot and counted on that to convince their equally-stupid audiences.

Ed Schultz didn’t strike me as that guy.  Neither did old-school Keith Olbermann.  Alas, those days are gone, and now a voice of gravitas and populist idealism is gone.  It’s a shame, but that’s how it goes.  Rest in peace, Ed.  I wish you all the best.

Until next time, a quote,

“I’m an idealist without illusions.” – John F Kennedy

Peace out,

Maverick

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Lucien’s Unpopular Opinion: Maxine Waters Conduct is Dangerous

It’s strange to see the face of modern politics in this country.  I remember George Bush II being an idiot who got our nation into two quagmire wars and whose tax cuts absolutely blasted the deficit along with those wars.  It was a disastrous presidency that had his approval ratings in the tank by the time he left office.  To say nothing for his ability to make a speech.  In his final year, listening to Bush talk was so garbled that it was kind of amazing.  But you know what I never saw?  I never saw his staff members being kicked out of restaurants, harassed at their homes.  I never saw politicians calling for this.

We didn’t even see it under Obama.  Hell, he got himself a hug from a conservative restaurant owner when he went there.  That was kinda touching.  But we didn’t see what we see today.  And as far as I’m concerned, it’s dangerous.  It’s genuinely frightening to see this sort of thing happening during a time when this country is at a crossroads.  What makes the whole thing frustrating to me is that I seem to be the only one who sees it.

There is a thing called the escalation of force.  It’s a military concept.  You bring in a new weapon, your enemy finds a way to get past it or to get a weapon of their own that can take you out.  You bring in gunships, they get anti-aircraft weapons.  It always happens.  Now we have a politician actively telling people that they need to make life miserable for those she disagrees with.  That they need to attack them in any way they can.  She even said that she has God on her side!

More than anything, that is what frightens me.  The moment that you have people start talking about religion, that’s when you see blood start to flow.  George Carlin has a great quote about this –

Millions of dead mother-fuckers, all because they gave the wrong answer to ‘the God question.’  You believe in God?  No. Dead!  You believe in God?  Yes.  You believe in my God? No. Dead!  My God has a bigger dick than your God!

This woman has said that she has God on her side, with a ton of people there cheering for her.  That should frighten people, but it doesn’t seem to be.  Sure, the conservatives bitch and moan, but what the fuck else is new.  The left’s silence on this issue is deafening.

Not to mention – it’s so ironic that we have all these atheists mocking conservative morons who invoke their deity, yet this woman is getting radio silence.  How the fuck does she know that Gawd is real?  How does she know that he is on her side?  I’m sure she will quote the line about Jesus telling the kids to “come unto him” (giggity, if that’s what you’re into.  Freaks), but will leave out the bit where God commanded a bear to kill 42 children who insulted one of his prophets.  The left has a real gift at believing at the New Testament magically erased the Old Testament, even though nowhere did Jesus say that.  Hell, he said that he came to fulfill the law, not abolish it.  Where are the atheists taking this religious zealot to task?  Just a little question I have.

Meanwhile, let’s talk about what this could potentially mean.  Now that we are deciding to draw the battle lines to this point, I can tell you exactly what is going to happen next – escalation.  Because what she said wasn’t a call to violence, but it was so close to that, to the point that it cannot be ignored.  Now we are going to have conservatives talking about retribution.  We’ve moved political discourse in this country to the point that we are actively encouraging vigilantism against people in government.  What does it end?  Do you have an answer?  Can you speak for the rest of the left who was cheering her speech on that day?

The left immediately runs to – they are the ones that abandoned civility before us!  Oh really?  Like I said, outside of the government itself, where was this while Obama was in office?  Where were political officials calling on people to disrupt the lives and attack those in his administration.  “But Lucien, look at how Trump treat people!”  He is a moron on Twitter, dumb-shits!  He spends his days bitching about people on Twitter.  That is a far cry from what this woman is doing.

And if you think that this won’t escalate, you’re idiots.  What this woman has done is laid the ground work for violence in the streets.  We’ve already seen Milo Yiannopoulos saying that we need to start murdering journalists.  Where does this all end?!  The left was always the party saying that we aren’t as bad as the people we condemn.  We are better than them and don’t stoop to their level.  Turns out that now we’ve hit a new low.  INstead of rising above it, we stooped down to it.  That’s not a good look for us.

As for you, Maxine, just you wait.  As soon as the pendulum turns (as it always fucking does in America), and the show is on the other foot, you might find yourself on the receiving end, wondering where you went wrong.  Or, worse still, the fighting in the streets just gets worse and worse, until we finally do have that civil war that morons like Alex Jones talk about.

I don’t like Trump.  I think he’s a fucking idiot.  But shit like this is what gets us to a very bad place as a country.  I can’t be the only one who sees that.  That woman is fucking nuts, and anyone who can’t see it is fucking brainwashed.

Until next time, a quote,

“For thousands of years!  Thousands of years, and all the best wars too!  The bloodiest, most brutal wars ever fought, all based off of religious hatred.” – George Carlin

Peace out,

Maverick

Let’s Answer 100 Ways White People Can Make People Less Frustrating for People of Color

What a Title.  Yes, I am aware that I said two posts ago that I was never going to do this again.  I may end up horribly regretting this decision.  But I found out today that I had unknown members in my audience who keep up regularly, and knowing that I have an audience and they love my stuff is compelling me to keep the content flowing and to try and keep it fresh.  Plus, I got to thinking – there are people who buy into this shit.  There are actual people in the actual world who think that these lists aren’t complete and utterly bullshit and take their premises without a second thought.  That not only blows my mind, but also kind of bothers me.  How many kids today read this shit and take it as gospel.  This type of dogmatic thinking needs to stop, so let’s do this.

I have said before that I HATE the term “people of color.”  It’s and “of” and “ed” away from “colored people.”  I figure they might address this complain, so I’ll head it off here.  Here’s a link to the post, now let’s see what they got.

1. Just because you can’t see racism around you doesn’t mean it’s not happening. Trust people of color’s assessment of a situation.

I can’t do that.  I’ve seen FAR too many instance of the social justice idiots declaring things that are not remotely racist to be racism.  Ever heard of “digital blackface?”  It’s when a white person shares a GIF of a black person.  When you have these people calling shit like this racism, then I’m sorry but I have to take what you all say with a grain of salt.

2. Don’t assume that all people of color share the same views. We are not a monolith.

And yet, here you are, having made a list that we are to assume is to be universally applied.  Idiot!

3. Don’t assume or guess people’s races. This is NOT a fun game for us.

Unless I know you on a personal level, I don’t give a fuck what your race is.  I work with two Asian Americans, and since I am tight with them, we have talked about their racial identity.  Thankfully, they are from Asian heritage, so they don’t have the stick up their ass that some other ethnic groups do.

4. If someone tells you they’re from Uganda, don’t say, “I went to Nigeria once!” Just, please.

No.  Don’t tell me how to talk to people, bitch.  If I find out someone is from a part of the world that I have been around, and I feel like it’s a good talking point, then I will do that.  Fuck off.

5. Related: Don’t refer to Africa as a country. It’s a continent and it’s wildly varied. Yes. Take a moment.

America is the stupidest First World country.  It’s a fact.  You saying this is basically just asking for the sky not to be blue.  It’s a cute suggestion.  By the way, got to your average American college and see how many people say that it’s a country.  Go watch your faith in the human race die.

6. Oh, and rest assured that literally no person of color ever wants you to get back from holiday, show off your tan and excitedly exclaim, “Look, I’m almost as dark as you!” Cease and desist.

In my last post, I talked about a place called “Shit That Never Happens Land,” let’s add this to the list.  Also, it’s amazing how you say this is for all “people of color,” when most of your examples thus far are pretty fucking specific.

7. Don’t assume that a person of color knows everything about their country of heritage. Do you know everything there is to know about America? Germany? Sweden? That’s what I thought.

I don’t assume that.  Stop putting words in my mouth.

8. Don’t assume we can run if we’re Black, do math if we’re Asian, have drinking problems if we’re indigenous…

Don’t assume that women drown their babies, or white people hate black people simply by virtue of their existence.  How about we all give up bad stereotypes.

9. Regard us as autonomous, unique individuals, not as representatives of our race.

You already brought this up in a previous point.  Already running out of ideas?  We’re only 9 in on this list.

10. Don’t make embarrassing jokes to try and be “down” with people of color. We’ll laugh at you, not with you.

This is oddly specific.  Not to mention, I get the feeling the person who did this is one of your “intersectional” allies.  These are the white people you create when you have social justice telling us to hate ourselves and raise you up as the paragon virtue.

11. Don’t rinse our culturally specific memes. They’re ours. Go enjoy that weird one about the plums.

This is also oddly specific.  What are you talking about?

12. If you’re at my house party, don’t turn off the Weeknd to put on Arctic Monkeys. (Okay this one is very specific but it happened to me once and I’m not over it. The audacity!)

Is this bitch trolling?  I’m starting to think this bitch is trolling.

13. Avoid phrases like “But I have a Black friend! I can’t be racist!” You know that’s BS as well as we do.

Um, no.  If you hate people of an ethnic group, you’re not going to have friends in that group.  Why would you befriend people who you hate?  Also, nobody says they aren’t racist because they have a black friend.  I’m convinced this is a talking point you all invented because somebody at some point said it, so now it’s ad nauseum for all white people.

14. When you endlessly complain about how terrible white people are, you are being that terrible white person. Jeez.

Again, this is your baby.  You made this.  Don’t shit on what you created.

15. Don’t say shit like, “I know what it’s like to be a person of color…I’m a ginger!”

Given how, historically, being a ginger was associated with Irish heritage, you might wanna learn some history about how the Irish were treated like shit in this country.  For a group of people who goes on and on and on and ON about history like that has some bearing on modern culture, they have just as much of a right to get in on the fun as you do.

16. Don’t question someone’s Blackness if they’re light-skinned. It’s not your place. Other Black people can make sure that light-skinned Black people are cognizant of their privilege.

What white person has ever done this?!  The only people I hear bitching about lighter skinned black people are you all.

17. Never try and tell a person of color what is or isn’t racist.

No.  You all ignore nuance like the plague.  Sorry if I refuse to play ball (not sorry).

18. When you find instances of racist bullshit online, please don’t send it to us. We know racism exists, thanks.

I don’t want to deal with you ever again after dealing with your bullshit list, so yeah.

19. Read something already written about it rather than coming to your friends/acquaintances of color looking for hot takes on anything and everything appropriative a Kardashian/Miley Cyrus does. We don’t wanna think about this shit 24/7!

You all are the ones bitching about Kanye ad infinitum!  The ones I see online doing the most bitching about pop culture are black people.  Maybe I am just lucky enough to hang out with nerds and skeptics, but still.

20. Understand that some days are even more mentally exhausting for people of color thanks to the news cycle. Try not to badger us for our opinions on the latest atrocity that has occurred. Leave us to grieve.

I’ll talk about whatever the fuck I want.  Thanks.

21. But when we do have something to say about it, listen.

No.  I think you’re an idiot.  Why would I listen to you?

22. Share articles relating to the everyday experiences of race and racism written by people of color.

No.  A lot of this shit is stupid crap like the stuff you’ve listed here.  Why would I share that stuff?

23. But don’t be that person who is weird and sycophantic and loves to demonstrate their wokeness constantly to the people of color around them. Be thoughtful.

Your baby.  Your fault.  Fuck you.

24. Read books by people of color. I recommend Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander and literally everything that Junot Diaz writes for great insights into Blackness.

I don’t read books about social justice.  Period.  Find me an author who isn’t white that has written good science fiction or fantasy?  I did read NeXus recently, and that was written by a guy who isn’t white, so find me more and I’ll consider it.

25. Watch shows that are created by people of color i.e. Atlanta or Insecure. (Seriously, if you haven’t seen Atlanta, you need to watch it. Now.)

No!  Stop telling me what to watch!  I comb through lists, and if I like it, I’ll watch it.  But don’t tell me what to do with my free time!  Bitch.

26. Have a critical eye when watching TV and movies. How are they portraying people of color and why? What purpose does it serve?

You know what I’m gonna do instead of that?  I’m gonna ask – how are they portraying characters.  Not just the “people of color.”  Because rather than wanting good characters of other ethnic groups, I want good characters.  I know, I’m such a piece of shit.

27. If you go to an art gallery, notice how many works are by people of color. If it’s lacking, make some noise, send an email, query the curator. White people shouldn’t have a monopoly on what can be considered art.

No!  If you don’t like what an art gallery is showing, start your own!  Stop telling the rest of the world to suck your dick.  You can go out and do your own shit.  Make your own movies, your own art, and your own art gallery to show it off.

28. If a character you assumed was white in a book is portrayed by an actor of color in the movie, embrace it. Whiteness is not the default.

This just ties into a point I’ve made 1000 times about how you all would rather the rest of popular culture cater to you rather than making your own shit.  See how well it’s done for you so far *cough*The Dark Tower!*cough*

29. Support plays written by and acted in by people of color. The world of theater is overwhelmingly white.

Tell you what, boo, you show me a play by “people of color” in my area, and I’ll see if I want to check it out.  But if I do, I’ll do a review, and don’t expect me to treat it with kid gloves.  If it sucks, I’m gonna call it out for that.

30. Refuse to go to club nights or drag shows or burlesque nights that use culturally appropriative acts.

No.  Cultural appropriation is bullshit.

31. If you have kids, buy them dolls of color and books with characters of color.

No.  If I have a kid, I’m gonna help them to cultivate their own interests.  I’ll show them the books I loved as a kid, and some of those do have characters of color, but not all.

32. Support crowdfunding campaigns for cultural products created by people of color if you can.

No.  Crowd-funding is a real good way to get scammed.  Ask Anita Sarkeesian how that works.

33. Donate money to grassroots movements around you that are run by and support people of color.

If the movement has a cause I can get behind, I’d consider it.  I don’t just look at a movement and go “black people are there!  I will support that!”  That’s how we got people like Barack Obama, who turned his back on the liberals who got him elected based on all the “hope” and “change” bullshit.  Don’t you feel foolish (same with the Trump supporters who believed he would “drain the swamp”)?

34. Support small businesses owned by people of color.

If they sell something I want.

35. If you’re upper or middle class try to avoid moving into an area that has historically been populated by low-income people of color. Gentrification tears communities apart.

No, it doesn’t.  It makes communities look nicer.  The whole “broken windows theory.”  If you want black communities to not be so infested by poverty, I suggest you lobby to end the drug war.  That will do more to help this problem them telling white people to stay away while low-income communities tear themselves apart.  By the way, I couldn’t help but notice you only said low-income communities populated by “people of color.”  So I guess the low-income communities with white people can go fuck themselves?

36. Don’t assume people of color can’t speak English.

I don’t.

37. But also be patient if our English isn’t perfect. Are you bi/tri/multi-lingual? Probably not. It’s hard.

Yeah, if you’re learning a language as a grown-up.  The older you get, the harder it becomes.  I know this kid whose dad is Russian, his mother is Brazilian.  He can speak Russian to his dad, Portuguese to his mom, and English to us totally interchangeably.  It was pretty crazy.  But to your point, I worked in a call center.  Thank Groj later on we got a translator service.  Saved me a lot of headache that I covered with absolute professionalism.

38. In general, just don’t assume we want to be white or want to assimilate. And don’t pressure us to do so.

So, you don’t want to be a part of a community or on good terms with another ethnic group?  Fantastic.  Then don’t be mad when other ethnic groups want nothing to do with you.  We can all have our little homogenized bubbles.  Because that’s what makes for an engaging world.  Fucking moron.

39. Recognize that you can’t assume someone’s religion based on how they look. Not all South Asians and Middle Eastern people are Muslims, not all Black people are Christian, not all East Asian people are Buddhist. You get the idea.

I don’t.  You all are the ones who said that being anti-Islam is racist.  Don’t blame us when your chickens come home to roost.

40. Remember that not all people of color are straight.

I don’t assume that.

41. Remember that people of color are not inherently more homophobic than white people.

The black community in this country is historically VERY homophobic.  Remember Prop 8 in California?  The black community of that state was staggeringly against it.  Things have gotten better when Obama came out in support of the LGBT community, but it isn’t great.  Also, Middle Eastern people have no room to talk about this.  Ever.

42. People can be Black and gay and disabled and trans and middle class. Blackness is expansive. It doesn’t look one way. Keep this in mind.

O-kay….

43. When we talk about race, we’re not just talking about men! Repeat after me: Intersections of race and gender exist.

Who just assumes it’s men?  We’re back in “Shit that Never Happens Land.”

44. Remember that it is Black women and Native women and mixed race women who are most likely to be raped in their lifetimes in America. You cannot be an advocate against sexual violence without considering the impact of race.

I come from a state where rape is damn-near an epidemic.  It’s all over the place because of bush communities of natives, where not only do sex crimes often go unreported, but there are cultural elements at play.  Not to mention, in the bush, the white man is often not a welcome sight.  There are women who would NEVER go anywhere in a native village alone.  Sexual violence is an ugly thing, and the worst part about it is that in your efforts to make it all about your ethnic group, you ignore factors outside of race.

45. Don’t ask Black women if it’s our “real hair.” And don’t judge Black women for wearing wigs or weaves or having relaxers.

I don’t give a shit about your hair.

46. Don’t touch our fucking hair.

Wasn’t planning to.

47. If you have a Black girlfriend, please make sure that your shower is always adequately stocked with conditioner. Never that 2-in-1 stuff!!! We beg you.

No.  Last I checked, she’s a grown woman and can buy her own.  That’s on her.

48. Never try and pull any uninvited “race play” shit in the bedroom. Seriously, what the fuck?

Last I checked, what two people do in the privacy of their bedroom is none of your fucking business.

49. Actively try to identify and unsubscribe from orientalist tropes i.e. believing that East Asian women are naturally more submissive or docile. People of color are people, not characters.

It’s white women I assume to be more submissive and docile, boo.

50. If you call a woman of color “exotic,” you deserve to stub your toe every day for a year. Do. Not. Do. This.

“Shit that Never Happens Land.”

51. Also, saying “I’ve never fucked a Black/Asian/Native etc. person” to someone you’re trying to hook up with is a one way ticket to hell.

Don’t believe in Hell.  This means nothing to me.

52. If you have such fetishistic thoughts, just don’t even bother coming near a person of color.

What I may or may not find sexually appealing is none of your fucking business.  Fuck you.  You do you, and I’ll do me.

53. Remember that having mixed race children is not a cure for racism or a way to live out weird racial fantasies.

Nobody has ever thought this.  Ever.

54. If you’re trying to start a mixed raced family, sit down and deeply interrogate your intentions.

Why?  If you want to start a family with the person you are involved with, typically it comes from a place of “I care very deeply for this person and want to start a family with them.”  But that aside, the reasons they start a family are none of your fucking business.

55. If you do have mixed race children, make sure that they have access to people who look like them and who understand their experiences.

I’ll let them choose their friends  Thanks.

56. If you have a partner of color or children of color, trust and believe that you can still be racist. You’re not exempt. If anything, you have even more of a duty to examine your behavior for the benefit of your loved ones.

No, I don’t.  I have a duty to do the best for my family, and that’s it.  Your social justice bullshit has no part of my family’s life.

57. Take your racist family members to task for the shit they say over the dinner table or via social media.

No.  I believe they have the right to say whatever hateful shit they want.  Unlike you, I actually believe in freedom of speech.  If they ask my opinion on what they said, I’ll convey my belief that it’s racist, but trust me, they don’t ask.  I’m the liberal on a conservative extended family.  They don’t ask.

58. Confront your colleagues who say racist shit unchecked at work.

My colleagues are professionals in an environment with high professionalism standards.  Trust me, the boss would ream them a new one if they said something like “don’t you all hate niggers?”  Oh no!  I said a word that is racially insensitive in the context of what a potential person might say if they were unprofessional and racist!  That must mean I’m a horrible racist!  Oh no!

59. Look around your workplace—are the only people of color cleaners or assistants? What can you do to change that? (The answer is almost never “nothing.”)

Nope.  Our cleaning lady is an old white gal who is a very pleasant individual, and we have a broad spectrum of people with various ethnic groups who are office assistants and caseworkers at my job.  So yeah, we’re just fine.  Thanks for asking.

60. If someone asks you to fill a role that you think a person of color would be better suited for, recommend a talented person of color who you know and forego the position yourself.

Uh, fuck you.  If there’s a chance to get a better position and not have to be in such crushing financial dire straits, I’m going to take it.  I’m already under enough pressure since I live in poverty now.

61. Don’t make us be the de facto diversity guy at work. Or at least pay us extra to do the labor of diversifying the workplace.

In my office, we hire people based on qualifications.  And everyone is paid the same.  That’s how equality works.  Sorry we don’t go out of our way to kiss your ass (not sorry).

62. Refuse to speak on an all-white panel. Regardless of the topic.

No.

63. If there are only a couple of people of color in your seminar, don’t weirdly stare at them when the lecturer poses questions about race and expect them to answer everything.

I don’t attend seminars.  They’re boring.

64. If you’re in charge of making curricula, make sure there is work by people of color, especially women of color, on the reading list. And not just in the weeks dedicated to race.

No.  I’m gonna put in those who I believe to be the best minds on the subject that I’m teaching.  I actually want students to learn.  I know, shocking in a country as stupid as America.

65. Commission people of color to make work about race.

If they have the credentials to show they have studied it in an in-depth way.

66. Commission people of color to make work that has nothing to do with race.

If they have the qualifications I’m looking for.

67. Don’t say things like “there are two sides to every story!” or play devil’s advocate when it comes to conversations about race.

No!  I refuse to “listen and believe” like you all want.  I do this weird thinking thing.  It’s why I left religion and never went to your church of social justice.  All seemed kind of silly to me.

68. In those situations, just listen.

NO!

69. It’s never useful to say stuff like, “But what about the white working class!!!” Have you thought about non-white working class people’s needs?

Right back at ya, sugar-tits.  Except about the first part.

70. Don’t? Vote? For? Racist? Politicians? Can’t believe I need to say this one but it seems like possibly, maybe, some of y’all did not get this memo.

Unless it’s a candidate I believe in, I don’t vote.  I voted in the primary for Bernie Sanders, but then saw Shillary rig the primary against him.  A nice reminder to me that the party supposedly for the people has systems in place in case a candidate for the people actually comes along.  A lesson I feel Democrats have forgotten.

71. Research your candidates. Who has progressive policies that won’t needlessly criminalize people of color? Vote for them.

What “progressive” policies needlessly criminalize “people of color?”  The progressive ideas I am for are things like ending the drug war, which would help an area where black people are most definitely being racially discriminated against.  So yeah, gonna need some examples on this one.

72. Remember that Black women are not here to save you from yourselves. You’ve gotta put in the work, too.

Nobody thinks this way.  Nobody.

73. Be cognizant of how your whiteness could be weaponized against Black people. i.e. white women, don’t play into stereotypes about Black men being inherently threatening to you. It gets Black men killed. See: Emmett Till.

My attributes aren’t weaponized against anyone.  Find me an example of how I, personally, am having the fact that I’m white used against anyone (you have to be specific of who) and I’ll take that argument and beat the shit out of it.

74. Use your white privilege to be on the frontline between people of color and the police at protests. You’re at much less risk than us.

I wouldn’t be caught dead at one of your protests.

75. Record police encounters you see involving Black people.

No.

76. Share alerts when ICE is planning a raid.

No.

77. Stand up to Islamophobia wherever you see it.

No.

78. If you have ever thought a phrase like “Black lives matter” is too assertive, consider why you’re so uncomfortable with Black people standing up for our humanity.

Too assertive?  Is that we call the chant “What do we want?  Dead cops!  When do we want it?  Now!”  Or is that what we call when they are smashing cars and committing property damage?  Or maybe it’s what we call when they have members saying things like telling a white couple who had a baby that their baby should die because it’s white?  Yeah, I’ll call them all sorts of negative things.  Your pathetic attempts at damage control do NOTHING to help your cause.

79. Listen when Black people say, “I’m not comfortable in this situation.” You’ve seen Get Out, haven’t you?

Because fiction is reality!

80. If you haven’t seen Get Out, watch Get Out. Understand that the everyday horror is real.

A film with racial undertones is real.  You people literally can’t distinguish fantasy from reality.  And you wonder why you aren’t taken seriously.  Huh, it’s a fucking mystery.

81. Question whether you have double standards when it comes to drugs. Do you think it’s cool when white weed entrepreneurs make tons of money but think that Black people who are found to have traces of marijuana in their systems deserve to be thrown in prison?

I don’t think that, actually.  I want to end the drug war, because it is destroying this country.  So yeah, totally covered on this one.

82. Don’t have dreadlocks if you’re not Black, just don’t. Beyond being offensive, it’s just not suited to your hair type. Do literally anything else with your hair.

I’ll do whatever the fuck I like with what little hair I have, and you can keep your fucking mouth shut, bitch.

83. Don’t refer to things as your “spirit animal” if you’re not Native. There are other ways to express affinity with something.

I’ll do whatever I like.

84. Do not compare the exploitation of animals to racism. Ever. I’m deadly serious.

I don’t care if you’re serious.  I’ll do whatever the fuck I like.

85. I can’t believe I even need to say this in 2018 but here we go: Don’t wear Blackface.

Who does this?  Outside of edgelords, who does this?

86. Don’t even think about saying the N word. Even if you’re alone. Even if you’re listening to rap. Even if you’re alone and listening to rap.

If I’m listening to 2pac and I hear him say “nigga,” and I’m rapping along, I’ll say whatever I like.  It’s a word.  The power you give it over you it is up to you.

87. Similarly, don’t use the word “g*psy” or “p*ki” or “r*dskin” or any other racial slur. Even if you’re repeating what someone else said or reading from a text.

Like how I call my girly-mate who I met traveling from place to place “gypsy girl” or talking about the Redskins football team?  Like that?

88. That includes the word “colored.” “Person of color” and “colored” are not the same. Trust me.

You’re right, one of them is an “of” and “ed” away from the other.

89. Understand that America has what it has because it stole land from indigenous people and stole people from Africa.

Understand that what’s done is done, and it’s time to move on.  I wasn’t there, and neither was anyone in this generation or the last.  The last three generations have never owned a slave or killed an Indian.  I’m not gonna be held to account for the actions of my ancestors. Sorry (not sorry).

90. Care about race on the 364 days that aren’t Martin Luther King Jr. day.

I care about all sorts of things all sorts of days.  Stop telling me how to live my life.

91. Also, don’t whitewash his legacy and use it to argue that Black people should just take what they’re given lying down.

You all are the ones who dilute that shit down.  Like how you try and ignore the fact that, towards the end of his life, he was much more against income inequality than racial inequality.  He said once that a poor white person and a poor black person have more in common than a poor white person and a rich white one.  So yeah, there’s something you could be championing.  But wait, that doesn’t fit the narrative.

92.Think about how race is operating even when people of color aren’t around. Be cognizant of it wherever you are, whichever situation you’re in. People of color have to, so should you.

I swear, you people should have “it’s because I’m black, isn’t it?” tattooed on your fucking foreheads.

93. Remember that your queerness/womanhood/transness/class background/disability doesn’t exclude you from white privilege.

You were born with Original Sin!  Come into our church so you might be cleansed!

94. Make your feminism useful to all women rather than calling yourself an ‘intersectional feminist’. Show, don’t tell.

Not a feminist.  I’m an egalitarian.

95. Don’t assume, full stop, that you can understand what it’s like to experience racism. You can’t. That’s the whole point.

If someone treats me bad because I’m white, then I can understand.  Thankfully, I’m a fucking giant who walks around with my resting face looking like “fuck off.”  People tend to leave me alone.

96. Understand that nothing in your life has been untouched by your whiteness. Everything you have would have been harder to come by if you had not been born white.

I have had to scratch and claw for everything I’ve gotten.  I haven’t been given a single thing by life, ever!  I bust my fucking ass to get anything.  Don’t you fucking tell me how life is just going out of its way to give me things.  Fuck you!

97. Be grateful for the lesson when you’re called out on racism, getting defensive won’t help.

Not a racist, so calling me one pisses me off.

98. Move past your white guilt. Guilt is an unproductive emotion. Don’t sit there mired in woe, just be better.

Don’t have white guilt.  Fuck off.

99. Recognize that fighting racism isn’t about you, it’s not about your feelings; it’s about liberating people of color from a world that tries to crush us at every turn.

Oh you poor baby.  You have it so fucking hard, here in the First World.  Where you aren’t the victim of random acts of violence by an dictatorial regime, or religious persecution, or like in the Congo, where rape is used as a weapon of military terror.  I feel so bad for you…

100. And remember: Being an ally is a verb, not a noun. You can’t just magically be an ally to people of color because you say you’re one, it’s something that you must continually work on.

Not an ally.  Fuck off.

Until next time, a quote,

“Never argue with stupid people.  They will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” – Mark Twain

Peace out,

Maverick

Using Nazis to Sell Your Political Ideology Needs to Stop!

I’ve already gone after the left at length for their usage of the term “Nazi” to describe people, and how that basically robs the term of any meaning, because as Chris Ray Gun pointed out in a really fantastic song he did, the regressive left has this belief that if you don’t constantly bitch about President Trump, then you are a white supremacist/Nazi/fascist/insert bad group here.  Nazi has joined the pantheon of terms that mean nothing now thanks to their rampant overuse by them, such as sexism, misogyny, and given the usage of terms like stare rape and birth rape, rape isn’t too far behind.  Thankfully that last term has gotten a lot less used over the years.  I’m not hearing it bandied about as much.

But last night, I was scrolling on Facebook, as I am prone to do, and I saw a post by someone that just pissed me off.  See, I have friends of all political stripes.  I don’t believe that a person should just have one ideology in their lives.  I don’t want to live in an echo chamber.  Unfortunately, it means that my Facebook page runs the gamut of far-left to far-right opinions.  People like myself who try and see nuance appear to be in short supply.

What I saw was a meme where it had a pile of shoes from a concentration camp, with the tagline underneath that the Jews died because they gave up their guns to Hitler.  The instant I saw that, I was pissed.  Really, really pissed.  What a way to not learn from history.  What a way to have the memories of the dead insulted to help your political ideology.  Where do I get started on how stupid this is?

For starters, yes, because if the Jews had guns, then they totally would have fucked up the Nazis and they never would have been taken to concentration camps.  I’m totally sure that’s how it would have worked.  A community that has ALWAYS been an extreme minority would have stepped to the Nazis and won.  Yeah, that’s how it would have gone down.  It would have been a one-sided massacre.  Nope, just like the gun-toting, ‘Murica-loving patriots, they would have stepped up to the fascist government and thrown down the tyrants!

Except, you know, in the real world.  Outside of the Clint Eastwood delusion that these gun nuts have thinking that they are Dirty fucking Harry.  A world where, in battles between David and Goliath, Goliath wins.  Because Goliath has an army, and better weapons, and combat vehicles, and the infrastructure to be able to support a conflict.  This wasn’t Vietnam, where skilled guerilla fighters were able to use the jungle and trenches to their benefit.  This wasn’t the Middle East, where the fighters there have a vast community to repel foreign invaders along with the support of the local populace.  This was Nazi Germany, and this fucking retard is saying that if the Jews had had their guns, then they would have been able to stop what happened to them.  They would have fought very bravely, and just like these “patriots” who think they are going to step to tyrant, they would have died very quickly.  That’s how it would have gone in the real world.

But you can’t tell these people that.  They live in their fucking delusional land where they role-play as righteous warriors who have Gawd on their side and will bring freedom to the land.  That’s the mindset of these fucking idiots.  Their political platform and their worldview is that the good guy with the gun stops the bad guy with the gun.  I’m sorry, who am I supposed to be afraid of again?  The government who has NEVER called for the banning of all guns, or the people who all seem to think that the Confederacy really won the Civil War?

I fucking hate that we have reached a point where the victims of the Holocaust are nothing more than a prop to be used to sell some retard’s propaganda.  I hate that, instead of them being a lesson about the nature of dogma and what it can do to a country that is already angry, they are now just a tool for selling a viewpoint.  That’s what that conservative meme was.  It pisses me off so much that that is the country I live in.  I live in a nation where I have to suffer the slings and arrows of fucking IDIOTS who refuse to even court the notion of sensible gun control.  Because it steps on the Second Amendment!  No, you fucking retard, it does not.  It has people like me just wanting to have it so that you have to have a license to buy a gun, and guns have to be registered before you can buy them.  It means trying to keep guns out of the hands of the wrong person, when I can go to someone’s house a buy a gun off their porch and nobody would ever know.  Hell, they could give me the damn thing.

And to anyone who actually believes the way the person who shared that meme does, fuck you.  You’re fucking stupid.  You are among the stupidest people who have EVER lived.  You are a worthless hunk of skin and I hope you end up on the business end of a mass shooter.  Hopefully you have your gun.  Let’s see how many innocent people die so you can be Dirty Harry.  And can we PLEASE stop using the Nazis and especially the victims of the fucking Holocaust as props to sell political points?!  Is there a chance that we can do that?  It not only shows that you can only lean on emotion to make your argument instead of rationality, but it also shows that you are fucking stupid and haven’t learned a single thing from history.

Until next time, a quote,

“Those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it.  Yet those who do study history are doomed to stand by helplessly while everyone else repeats it.” – Anonymous

Peace out,

Maverick

So Tired of You Playing the Woman Card (A response to Hillary Clinton)

Why can’t this woman just go away?  Why can’t she realize that her political career is forever destroyed and just disappear?  To this day I don’t begrudge that she lost.  As much as Trump is the personification of a 14 year old boy in the White House, I still don’t feel bad that he won and she lost.  This woman is a menace, and with the reveal from Donna Brazile, we now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Hillary rigged the primary against Bernie Sanders.  It’s not a question anymore, it’s a fact.  But the first source that revealed her lies might have been Russia!  Oh no!  But now, she’s back again, to play the woman card to get sympathy.  I’m sick of it.

See, she is mad that people are telling her to shut up and go away now that she’s lost and everyone sees her for the greedy, corrupt shill that she is.  She said that people never said that to a man.  Oh really?  Do tell, Hillary, what man in recent memory has been busted rigging a primary, buying their party, damn-near restarting the Cold War to try and get people’s attention away from her lies, and then refusing to just go the fuck away after the firestorm is done?  I’m all ears.  Tell you what, you find me a man who meets those criteria and I will tell him to shut up as well.  Just say the word.  Come on, all you dejected Democrats who care more about party than you do about principles, find me the Presidential candidate who meets those criteria and we can all pile on to that person together.

I fucking hate how this woman keeps playing the woman card the second there is any push-back.  It’s the cowardly response of someone who has absolutely ZERO argument in her favor or nothing legitimate to say to their detractors and just wants to stamp their feet and be like “but mommy, I was supposed to be President!”  It’s the card people play when they have no argument but their own butthurt.

It’s also a way to deflect criticism without having to answer for it.  SJW after SJW has done it.  The moment that any female ones are taken to task for the stupid bullshit that they say, they instantly retreat behind the female card and say they don’t have to explain their position to you, it’s on you to learn about it, or that they are never wrong because woman.  Or minority.  Hell, if they can pull both cards then they are just golden.  Women from Anita Sarkeesian, Brianna Wu, Rebecca Watson, Laci Green, and countless others all pull the Woman Card the second the criticism gets to them.  One among those has at least come down from her pedestal a little, but I didn’t hear her apologizing to Roaming Millennial for filing a DMCA claim against her.  Or for her insane tirade after Trump won the election that looked SO immature.

People like this really do make women look bad when they immediately have to go to the “but I’m a woman!” defense and let their white knights fight for them.  Hillary has had so many people desperately trying to defend what a crooked piece of shit she is.  Like after Donna Brazile let the cat out of the bag in terms of what Hillary did to rig the primary against Bernie Sanders, you had people being like “so she bought the DNC, that doesn’t mean Bernie didn’t have a chance!  So what if she had all the party’s donations going to her and kept the DNC employees on slave wages.  So watch if she had the entire media fighting for her while undercutting Bernie.  So what if there was convenience after convenience in states where Bernie was polling vastly better than her, and she used every political trick she could to get it so Bernie supporters who were Independent couldn’t vote in the primaries?  That doesn’t mean anything!”

Hillary, find me a man who is currently in politics who has done things as bad as you and has refused to just fade into the sunset the way you desperately need to, and I will tell him to shut up too.  Until then, your vagina doesn’t make you immune from criticism, and the fact is that you are a corrupt cunt who rightfully got destroyed like the piece of trash you are!  And before you say that I wouldn’t say anything like what I’m saying to you to a man, I have said NOTHING nice about Trump.  This guy is like a giant 14 year old boy, and his sycophants on /r/TheDonald are some of the funniest useful idiots I’ve ever seen.

Until next time, a quote,

“It’s never too late to shut up, if you know you are lying.” – Anonymous

Peace out,

Maverick

Arming Teachers: The Latest Stupid Conservative Idea

Part of me loves how apathetic our culture is about violence.  We have so many of these school shootings now that we don’t even care.  Not really.  Kids all over the country do a huge amount of walk-outs in protests (props to them) and the establishment comes down hard.  Thankfully, in my home state, a bunch of kids did it and the school supported their rights to non-violent protest.  That’s admirable.  They even worked to make sure the walk-out wasn’t a security risk.  Cool.

Meanwhile, the gun nuts are saying that all of us liberals, no matter how reasonable our suggestions for tighter gun regulations are, are coming to take their guns.  No, numb-nuts!  I personally am suggesting that in order to have that gun, you have to have a license to own it, and that the gun itself has to be registered.  I think that in order to keep that license, just like a driver’s license, you should have to renew it every few years.  None of that steps on your precious Constitution that none of you fucks will admit needs some updating for the 21st century.  “I want me guns!”  Fantastic, you limp-dick loser.  Then go through the legal process and you can have them.  I am not in any way suggesting that we should ban guns.  Not at all.  Just make some red tape to follow through on.  Will it stop this from happening?  Nope.  But it will at least help the problem.  Did legalizing booze and weed stop people from using it illegally?  Nope.  But it has allowed the system to keep track of as much as they can and brings both alcohol and drug offenses down.

Oh, and President Trump has his own idea for how to solve this problem – arming teachers!  The latest in retarded conservative bullshit that we get to hear.  Trump wants to put guns in the hands of teachers to fight back against the bad guys.  Because you have retards like Wayne LaPierre who was famously quoted saying “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.”

Where do I start with how stupid this idea is?  Maybe I could talk about how you’d have to have all the teachers get additional training on how to use and properly handle a firearm.  I don’t want someone who doesn’t know what the fuck they are doing having a gun around my kid.  Hell, I have the same thought about the open carry morons, if I had kids.  Next, you want to put a gun in a classroom?  Where your kids are?  And if Little Billy the retard gets into wherever it is kept and starts waving it around and blows some kids head off, then what?  I can hear you say – keep it in a lock-box!  Yeah, like that has ever stopped a determined kid.  I learned how to pick locks getting into people’s stuff when I was little.

The school would also have to buy some kind of insurance for this.  Otherwise if something did go wrong (as it absolutely would), they’d be legally culpable for whoever got injured or killed.  At a time when schools can’t afford teacher’s pensions, textbooks, the insurance they are already supposed to provide, paper, printer ink, or to get enough teachers to keep class sizes manageable, they now are supposed to add this?

And what about the teachers who don’t want to have a firearm in their classroom?  Trump said that it should be incentivized with a bonus.  But Johnny Dumbshit isn’t gonna want his kid in a classroom where the teacher isn’t arm.  Or Debbie Not Stupid will not want her kid in a classroom where there is one.  Why is she not stupid?  Because there are so many things that can go wrong.  So having teachers have guns in their classroom will have to be an all-or-nothing deal.  So will the teachers who don’t want to have a gun have to be fired?  In a profession with the highest turnover rate of any other, we want to cut the job market down even more?

Finally, are we supposed to expect teachers to be able to handle a firearm when there is an armed assailant?  They have to handle their students, keep everyone safe, keep themselves safe, and be able to fire at an assailant who will be firing back without hitting their students.  What person who isn’t a cop, bodyguard, or soldier can be expected to do that?!

This idea is stupid and on so many levels.  I cannot begin to describe how dumb it is.  The fact that we have a President and people on Congress who believe this baffles me.  Wait, they don’t.  Not for a single fucking second do I buy that ANY of the people propagating this viewpoint actually believe it.

Here’s the thing about this government – it’s apathetic.  While you have the Rhode Island senator trying to put a tax on violent video games, and President Reality TV Star saying stupid shit like this, the reality is that you could lay all the bodies of those dead students and teachers at their feet and they wouldn’t give a shit.  Why?  Because they don’t want to lose out on campaign payments.  The NRA is a crazy powerful lobby, and they pay huge amounts of money to people to spread these retarded worldviews that you’d swear were informed by Arnold Schwarzenegger movies.  It’s all about money to these people.  And the little children get to pay the ultimate price for their greed.

What’s more, the American public lets them.  We are just as apathetic.  I had some homeless guy screaming at me that I’m killing him because I had to get back to work and didn’t want to buy him food.  It was a bummer to hear about him being hungry, but my break was almost over and I had to go back.  But I get home, and in a couple days, I’ll forget about this.  Humanity is so apathetic and dead inside.  The politicians are an extension of us.  And to prove my point about all of this, I’m going to close out on a fantastic quote that puts our government in perspective.

Until next time, a quote,

“Everybody complains about the politicians.  Everybody says they suck.  Well where do they think they came from?  They don’t fall out of the sky.  They don’t pass through a membrane from another reality.  They come from American parents, American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American business, America universities, and they’re elected by the American citizens.  This is the best we can do, folks!  This is what we have to offer.  It’s what our system produces.  Garbage in, garbage out!” – George Carlin

Peace out,

Maverick

The Soggy Chicken Poll

I’ve never done anything like this before, but what happened today was just too funny.  My job sucks the life out of me every day, but there are some moments where it genuinely does put a smile on my face.  Like today.  I have a coworker who has this ability to make himself the butt of some hilarious jokes.  Today it was in an off-handed comment that me and someone else heard – that he would be eating orange chicken and rice in the shower.  You can imagine how fast the ridiculing started.  I mean, how gross is that?!  The entire office got to talking about it, and I decided to take it a step further and ask the person in charge if they think it is work appropriate to put a poll in the field asking whether or not it is weird to eat food in the shower.

Which brings me to where we are now.  I am going to put it to you, my audience, and see whether or not my beliefs in how weird/gross this is are justified.  I present to you – the soggy chicken poll.  So named because we all joked about how if he were to eat his chicken and rice in the shower, it would be soggy.  Let us put this idea to our collective wisdom.  You’ve never had a more serious obligation in your life.

http://www.strawpoll.me/14876897

Until next time, a quote,

“Gentlemen!  As is custom among our kind, we do not plunge headlong into folly on the orders of a single madman, but act in accord to our collective madness.” – Edward Kenway, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

Peace out,

Maverick