Lucien’s Unpopular Opinion: Screw Trump, Let’s Talk About Hillary Instead

This actually is an unpopular opinion in the left-leaning circles of politics.  Recently, Donna Brazile dropped a political bomb in an article in The Washington Post.  Kyle Kulinski did a great breakdown of it (linked here), and it really blew the lid and vindicated a fuck-ton of people who had been saying that the primary was rigged and the entire party is dirty.  While this in no way make Brazile clean, it certainly does have a lot of people who were the “Bernie bros” or any number of terms for those who didn’t kiss Hillary Clinton’s ring rightfully pissed.

At this point, everything people said about the primary having been rigged against Bernie has been 100% vindicated.  We now know that Hillary had rigged the election against Bernie Sanders and has the entire party in her back pocket.  Now everyone who said that the reason Trump won is because the party decided to back the wrong horse was proven right.  The reaction across the Internet has been venomous, to say the least.  Hillary had been talking about another run in 2020.  I genuinely want to see how she could possibly do that.  Her entire candidacy is dead.  The party she stands with has lost all ethical ground on which to stand.  It’s integrity is GONE.

It’s interesting.  One of the things in Brazile’s disclosure was that Bernie was told about all of this.  And his reaction was, “what’s the damage?”  In other words, he chose to ask how bad this was, instead of being mad about it, which he had every right to be.  He’s already said he wants to make another run in 2020.  I cannot stress enough how much we need this.  He should be more invigorated now than ever before.  With the WikiLeaks documents and Brazile’s confessed information, we now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was screwed out of a primary and he needs redemption.  Would be hilarious to see Hillary on stage against him again.  He would take Brazile’s confession and beat her death with it.  Groj knows, that bitch deserves it.

But what interests me is how the corporate left is responding.  I’ve seen posts all over Facebook and Twitter from those who kiss the corporate-left ring trying in any way they can to mitigate the damage.  My personal favorite is from a woman on Facebook who posts to her page, “Who cares what happened then?!  We need to focus on stopping Trump!”  To which I genuinely reply – no.  Let’s not.  Instead, let’s talk about the fact that an entire election was rigged and an entire party is corrupt.  Yeah, let’s talk about that for a little while.

Here’s the thing – you all wanna talk about defeating Trump?  Okay, who do you think is gonna stand against him?  The Democratic candidate.  And now that we know the party is corrupt and doesn’t give two fucks about the people they’re supposed to serve and only care about the money, who do you think is going to vote for them?  You think Hillary’s numbers were abysmal in this last election?  If the party decides to shill for her again and she wins, her numbers in the next election would be virtually non-existent, with Bill Maher desperately having to plead on his decrepit knees for people to vote for her.

Yeah, let’s talk about Bill Maher for a second.  Hey Bill, remember when you told all the Sanders supporters “fuck you” for sticking to principal rather than just giving in and towing the line?  Yeah, how about fuck you!  How about fuck you and the fact that you’re a corporate fucking tool who we now have proof was bought and paid for with the rest of the media who kissed Hillary’s butt-pucker!  While you’re busy insulting the people who voted for Sanders who refused to vote for Hillary, we now have been completely and utterly vindicated in what we said and why we refused.  This is the reason Trump won, Bill!  It’s because your party is corrupt and now we know it!  You think that ANYONE is going to support a candidate like this in the next round?  I can’t honestly think of any corporate Democrats who they have left to run.  None of them look good, and the Justice Dems have already pledged that they are going to be fighting these people in their primaries.  The left has been galvanized to bring the Democratic Party to its knees and siphon out the corporate venom that has corrupted it.

I got no problem not focusing on the orange buffoon in the White House and focusing on this, because you know what, I have seen this shit before.  In my home state, I was involved with a political effort to help the LGBT community not face housing discrimination.  And when I saw the political process get subverted in front of me, and then subsequently saw nobody fighting for it, it pissed me off so much that I lost my ability to have political activism.  Now I am seeing democracy get subverted in front of me on a much grander scale.  This time I refuse to sit back and say nothing.  Or to allow these corporate tool Democrats to just sweep this under the rug with “but Trump is bad!”  Trump is a bad joke, but the punchline is that the reason he is in office is because our fair democracy was stolen away from us by a party that now is seen for the tools that they are.

So when Sanders decides to run again, I am all about supporting him.  Still think it would be great if he could have Tulsi Gabbard as his VP nominee.  She’s got years of military service, which would appeal to conservatives who had been behind the message of Bernie Sanders, and none of the political baggage.  Sanders could groom her to make her own run at the Presidency when he wins.  It’s time we take out the political trash.  Starting with Hillary fucking Clinton!

Until next time, a quote,

“We’re not gonna donate to the DNC!  We’re gonna take down the DNC!  We’re gonna take over the DNC.  Justicedemocrats.com/fight” – Kyle Kulinski

Peace out,

Maverick

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Shooting in Las Vegas, Let the Political Bickering Begin!

There was a horrific shooting in Las Vegas today, where a 64 year old man opened fire on a crowd at a concert from his 32nd story window.  At least 50 confirmed dead and over 200 wounded at the time of writing this post.  Another horrible tragedy that shouldn’t have happened, but did.  Got to see a video where a guy stayed standing while everyone was ducking for cover, shouting at the shooter to aim for him.  That takes balls of absolute steel.  No idea if that guy was one of the victims, but if so, you did a service to try and save people by having the gunman go after you.

The moment the story broke, I got to see the left and the right immediately lining up to get their political views heard.  From the social justice retards who say that this was a problem of white privilege, and male privilege, and it was a racial crime.  To the right who refuse to call this guy a terrorist even though he most likely is.  I get the feeling a crime like this was motivate by political ideology.  If he killed for political ideals, he’s a terrorist.  If he just felt like opening fire on a crowd, he’s a fucking psychopath who decided to kill and injure a ton of people because he could.

Then we got other right-wing posts deciding to go after the left for some of the violent rhetoric they said about wanting to kill Trump.  I suppose I could go after the likes of Riley E Dennis, if I wanted to get on that bandwagon, but I don’t.  Even though she has her own beliefs about attacking people.  The left wants to use this opportunity to come out and defend Islam.  Because Groj forbid anyone say that Muslim has even committed terrorism before.  Nope, not once *cough*bullshit!*cough*

Christians in America had to make their voices heard and talk about how Gawd would have fixed all this.  I’m sure all the people who are dead right now didn’t have Jeebus at all in their hearts.  Nope, not one.  In a nation that is 80% Christian, I’m sure not one of those people wasn’t a practicing Christian.  Maybe Jim Bakker can come out and say that this shooting was Gawd’s response to men doing each other in the ass.

So what about me?  What is my stance on all this?  What political viewpoint am I going to espouse right now?  Here is what I have done – donate to a GoFundMe account someone set up to help the victims.  Here’s the link, go donate.  That’s something to do. Something more valuable than any of the arguing idiots on Twitter.  What else am I going to do?  Be saddened by this.  Be saddened by the fact that this kind of wanton killing is becoming so commonplace.  Feel so ashamed of the fact that I share a species with a fucking animal who got out on balcony or an open window and opened fire with a fucking automatic weapon at a crowd of people just listening to music.

It’s beyond clear something needs to happen.  With stricter gun laws help.  Not this kind of situation.  I still believe that gun control does need to be tightened, but I am still aware enough of the way things work to realize that even if all the guns were strictly controlled, the crazed lone gunman will still be a threat.  Help America’s failing mental health system.  Maybe that would help some of the problem, but as we have seen with people like Timothy McVeigh, not all of the people who do this sort of shit are outright insane.  For as evil as what McVeigh did, he had very firm and rationalized (not rational, rationalized) reasons for what he did.  This shooter may have as well.  We may never know.

I don’t know what the right thing is to do.  I donated to a fund set up to help victims.  After all the hurricane destruction down in the Florida and Texas I donated to the Red Cross.  It’s as much as I can think to do in this situation.  Because here’s the thing which has blown my fucking mind – as soon as the story broke, the fighting started.  The political bickering began before we even knew how many are dead and injured.  Remember when national tragedies brought people together?  Remember when we would set aside personal differences to try and help those in need when the situation called for it?  Where the fuck has that mentality gone?!  Are we just so eager to hate each other than we’ll use any excuse we can?  Fuck the victims, I have to make my point known!  Yeah, fuck white people!  Fuck gun control!  Fuck calling him a terrorist!  Let’s all just bicker over whatever stupid bullshit while the blood flows in the streets.

Sister-diddler Lena Dunham said that this has to be political, and supposedly-recovering SJW Laci Green agreed.  Yeah, let’s talk about white privilege!  Why the fuck not?!  Instead of deciding to set all that bullshit aside and actually coming together as a community and as a species, we look for any reason to drive the wedges of division further in.  I am so fucking ashamed of my species when I see us all do everything we can to hate each other and not even try and care, while people literally die. The left and the right stand on mountains of bodies in order to scream at each other over who is correct.

Fuck all of us.  We clearly are beyond redemption as a species.  Can Trump and Un just start dropping the nukes so World War III can start and another species can have a fucking shot?  Please?!  But hey, let’s at least be glad of one thing – there was at least one person in all of this who didn’t take a side and choose to be picky.

The shooter.

Until next time, a quote,

“Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.” – H.L. Mencken

Peace out,

Maverick

I Am Firmly Against the Death Penalty (A response to Prager U)

Our favorite conservative “think tank” has come out with yet-another video where they blatantly miss the point of an issue while trying to sound super smart, and somehow these people have a ton of defenders.  I will never understand that.  As in never, at any point in time.  How a conservative group dedicated towards “education” can make videos on such relevant topics as why people don’t like saying Merry Christmas, or why belief in God is actually the best thing for America, or the ever-popular God showing that murder is wrong.  Yeah, that’s totally not contradicted by the Bible.  Nope, not at all.

Now they have decided to come out and say that the death penalty is a-okay!  I’m sure this guy considers himself “pro-life” too.  Of course he does.  If these people weren’t bleeding hypocrites, they’d be nothing at all.  Dennis Prager comes out and say that the death penalty is not only right, it’s moral.  Let’s take a look at this bullshit.

Prager begins by saying that there are almost no issues where he doesn’t understand both sides.  Dennis, there are a TON of issues that you don’t understand both sides on.  I linked three of them above.  Your inability to understand the most basic of counterarguments that people make is quite something.  But it seems that when it comes to the death penalty, Prager has an unbridgeable gap that he cannot reconcile with the left on.  He wants us to make sure he knows that he thinks not every murderer should be killed, but he believes there is a moral imperative that they should not be.  Okay, Dennis, let’s hear your reasoning.

He goes through a story, and yeah, it’s awful.  The two people he talked about are terrible people.  But, Dennis, this isn’t about your anecdotes about horrible people.  There are a TON of truly horrifying stories that I can tell about murders that go far beyond two guys and one crime.  He says that the people opposed to the death penalty in this instance are saying they deserve to live.  It’s not that, Dennis.

What people like myself are saying when we say that we oppose the death penalty isn’t that people like these two scum-fucks deserve to live.  It’s that we do not believe that if our government is going to say that we believe in the rule of law, and that murder is wrong (two things I wholeheartedly do believe), then we can’t have a government coming in and saying that we should have no issue killing other people.  What those two men did was deplorable.  They are awful people and I have no problem locking them in jail and throwing away the fucking key.  But it is ethical hypocrisy for us to be able to say that we are a moral nation that has an ethical standard, and then fail to live up to that standard.  I’m sorry, but that’s wrong.

He goes on to say that people like me are saying that these people don’t deserve to die.  I’m not saying that all, Dennis.  I’m saying that our country is a nation of hypocrites if we decide to kill these two people and then turning around and saying that murder is wrong.  It’s not that complicated.  This is what I hate about Prager.  He can’t do ethical arguments.  The whole reason he told this story with the background going all back and dark images meant to conjure dark images in the mind was to get past the critical thinking part of your mind and get to the part that wants justice.  The part that wants blood for blood.  Those two men he described are disgusting people.  I don’t care if they get butt-raped in prison.  But I am able to look past the emotional side and see to the side that says that if we are going to be the kinds of people who ignore our own standard, then we might as well just not have that standard at all.

Let me give you a counter-example, Dennis.  Say those two men do what you described, and I just happened to be there with a loaded .44.  I blow their disgusting fucking brains out for what they did.  I apparently wasn’t there in time to stop them from doing it, but I am there in time to kill them as they are trying to escape or something like that.  What would happen to me?  I’d be tried for second degree murder.  Maybe I could make the argument that I was trying to save the life of the father who you never said if he lived or died.  But if they are no longer a threat and are fleeing, then I killed two people in cold blood.  I’d be found guilty.  Maybe my defense lawyer could do what you’re trying to do and maybe that would work, but probably not.  Because at least one person would see that I took the law into my own hands.

By your standard, I did nothing wrong.  Those two men are disgusting people and they don’t deserve to live.  So then why should I not be potentially found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder and potentially sentenced to death and they should.  What’s the line between them and what would be me?  Where do you draw that line?

Your first example is pretty much on point with what I just said as to what people like me believe.  Bravo.  But your second example is fucking stupid.  I just said that I don’t care about the value of human life in respect to those two pieces of shit.  Fuck them.  This is purely a standard of ethics and a refusal to be a hypocrite.

Prager then says one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard – that sparing murderers belittles the act of murder.  How?  They’ll be in jail for the rest of their lives.  For all the crimes they are guilty of, those two are never going to breathe free air again.  I have protected the public by locking them away, if I’m on that jury.  I’m dying to hear how keeping murderers alive somehow belittles the act of murder.  Does sending a rapist to jail belittle the act of rape?  SJWs calling everything under the sun sure does, but when the police arrest someone and they are found guilty in a court of law and they are on the sex offender registry for the rest of the lives, that sure as fuck doesn’t sound like it belittles that.  That person will likely never hold a good job, likely never have a stable relationship, and likely never have a good home because plenty of good neighborhoods have laws about sexual predators living there.  Some places have it where if you are on the sexual offender registry, you have to go door to door and tell people that.  Effectively killing any chance of you integrating successfully into that neighborhood.  I’m not seeing your point here.

It’s easily proven, he says.  This should be good.  He argument is the biggest non-sequitur I’ve ever seen.  Saying that murderers shouldn’t be killed is the same as making murder have the same punishment as…a speeding ticket?  The fuck?!  One of these things is not like the other.  By putting a murderer in jail for the rest of their life, or for the vast portion of it, you are effectively removing that person from the rest of society.  They can no longer present a danger to anyone.  How is that belittling it.  We recognize this person as a serious danger, and so they will be removed from society for the vast portion of their life, if not all of it.  The two gentlemen he described, if found guilty, their parole officer doesn’t exist.  For four (potentially, we don’t know if the father lived or died) counts of murder and two (or three?) counts of sexual assault, these men are never getting out of jail.  Ever.  How was murder belittled?  All ears, Dennis.

Then we get the “what about the loved ones?” argument.  Oh Groj.  Yeah, and what about the loved ones of the people who are killed by the state?  This makes for a nice segway into another argument against the death penalty – what about the loved ones of people killed for crimes they didn’t commit?  Like that dad in Texas who was killed because he was found guilty of murdering his daughter, when it was found out later that she actually was ripped up by the family dog, and the cuts the investigators believed were knife wounds were from the surgeons trying to stop the bleeding.  What about that man’s loved ones?  He was sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit, and it’s only after he is already dead that he is exonerated.  What about those people?!  Where’s their justice?  In my eyes, if we kill one innocent person as part of your “moral” imperative for the death penalty, that’s one person too many.

He says that the families are angry and hurt because that person isn’t dead.  Sure.  Of course they are.  But here’s the thing, Dennis – justice isn’t about that.  It isn’t about emotional satisfaction.  If that were the case, shouldn’t the victims of rape be allowed to rip off the genitals of the person who raped them?  What about the woman who kept teenage girls in her basement as sex slaves?  What should they be allowed to do to her?  The justice system is about doling out punishments that fit, based on what the person did.  I’m sorry that the person in front of that headstone is sad.  It sucks.  I’ve lost someone I loved to a fucking idiot who is going to be getting out of prison in the not too distant future.  But he served his time and that’s that.

Then he make a strawman argument saying that if I think the Dr who I guess did live at the end of this saying that the people who did this should die, I think he’s immoral.  I don’t think that.  What I think is that he is being government by his anger, and not seeing that the law isn’t about making him feel good.  If that were the case, punishments for all sorts of crimes would be infinitely worse.  The law is about removing dangerous elements from society, and about providing rehabilitation for those who can be rehabilitated.  Granted, with the piss-poor quality of American prisons, that’s not happening.  Gotta love the private prison system and the drug war.  But some people can’t be rehabilitated, and they have to go away forever for the safety of the public.  I’m sorry the doctor is angry.  I really am.  What happened to him is awful.  But his anger doesn’t dictate the nature of the law and how punishment is supposed to work.

And then we get another strawman of those who made the argument I did about those who are innocent and get killed, saying that we oppose it even when evidence is absolute.  Dennis, that’s not the fucking point!  The point is that one innocent person being killed by this law that you say is so justice is one too many!  For a guy who says that he sees both sides of an argument, you sure are missing the point on this one.  Huh, maybe it’s because his notion of seeing both sides is bullshit.

Prager then makes the argument that by keeping murderers alive in prison, they get to kill more people in prison.  Hey Dennis, I don’t know if you knew this, but a fuck-ton more people get killed in prison when gang violence in the streets comes inside.  America’s prison system is so fucked because of the drug war, and the drug war comes inside and that is where so much more prison murder comes from.

That’s all of the major arguments.  After that it’s just him reiterating his old points. My point stands – if we are going to say that we say that murder is wrong (which I most-assuredly do) and that we are a nation that respects the rule of law (which I try to believe, though until all cops are forced to wear cameras), then we cannot kill another person while saying that killing is wrong.  Mama didn’t raise no hypocrite.

Until next time, a quote,

“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” – H.L. Mencken

Peace out,

Maverick

 

People Cheering John McCain’s Cancer Make Me Sick

I’m a liberal.  That’s something you have to clarify now, because the hard-left has a purity test for this shit.  Because if you don’t hate the person they hate as much as they hate them, you’re secretly a conservative.  If you have opinions that they don’t like, you’re right-wing (ask Dusty Smith about that).  If any of your politics don’t align with their sensibilities, you are a traitor to your fellow liberals, no matter how left-leaning your positions are.  Just ask Laci Green how that’s going.  She decided to give those opposed to her side a voice and let them speak and now she is the SJW equivalent of a race-traitor, even though she still harbors a lot of values that are in line with a lot of theirs.  But she is open to conversation, so I can at least disagree with her and it’s okay.  If she was here, I would have some lively debates with her about the nature of gender and how everyone’s belief in thousands of them is something I find ridiculous.

The reason I brought that up is because I’m on Twitter today and I’m seeing a lot of shit.  Like how Chester Bennington committed suicide.  A fact for which I am incredibly saddened.  I may not be a fan of their later stuff, but when I was young Linkin Park got me into punk rock.  My friend Quinn hit me up after the news dropped and said it hurt her personally because she had a very strong punk identity growing up.  We used to listen to Linkin Park’s CD’s, back when those were still a thing.  To this day she tries to still keep the punk rock love close to her heart.  The punk rock lesbian, and she calls herself.  We had a long conversation about growing up listening to that music.  It was saddening.

I also learned that John McCain recently found out that he has cancer.  It’s very serious.  Having just gotten through an episode where I could have potentially had skin cancer, stuff like this strikes very close to my heart.  I also got to see my grandfather die of it.  Then there was Quinn’s mom, who was the most important person in the world to her.  When her father cast her out when she came out, it was her mom that stood by her.  Destroyed the family, but she was loyal to her daughter.  Lost the relationship with the older daughter for that as well.  Since she couldn’t put the smokes down, lung cancer took her as well.  It was an episode that I got to help Quinn through when she was broken so hard.

But here’s the thing – I don’t agree with John McCain on pretty much anything.  I can say that at least he wasn’t a hypocrite about valuing family.  He was strongly against the LGBT community, but when his daughter comes out as gay, he is suddenly very quiet on that.  So props there.  He put his money where his mouth is.

With the announcement of him having a serious condition that could potentially be fatal, I see shit like this.-

Or this –

To the people who are cheering at the thought of a man dying of cancer, has any one of you detestable pieces of shit lost someone to cancer?  Have you seen what it does to a person?  I honestly question if any of these loathsome shit-biscuits have any sense of empathy at all.  Yes, because what side of the political debate I’m on should mean that I want to see this man die a very painful death?!  Is that really how these animals think?!  That’s what you are if you think this way – an animal!  You’re lower than the lowest form of scum.

Is this the new left?  Stuff like this is why I have to qualify me being a liberal.  Because I do NOT stand with these people.  I do NOT consider them my friends, my allies, my comrades in arms.  I want NOTHING to do with anyone who thinks this way.  I think the liberals need to kick these fuckers to the curb to let them rot away like the gangrenous growth that they are!  Post haste!

I am a liberal, and now it comes with a caveat that I am not one of these liberals.  I am not part of the regressive, authoritarian left.  I am part of the libertarian left, and damn proud of it.  If these worthless pricks shown above could please be forced to watch someone that they care about have to suffer with cancer, maybe then those little empathy muscles would go off and they could remember what being a decent fucking person is like.  Oh, who am I kidding?  If these people were capable of empathy they wouldn’t have reveled in someone dying in the first place.

Until next time, a quote,

“It’s the hardest thing in the world, to go on being aware of someone else’s pain.” – Pat Barker

Peace out,

Maverick

The Left and Right Have No Nuance Left

I am honestly so tired of watching modern political discourse.  Watching the news just tires me anymore.  All I see on my feeds anymore is my liberal and conservatives friends posting links to obvious click-bait that is beyond predictable.  The snowflakes on the left and the right screaming about their pet issues.  No joke, it’s exhausting.  I find myself getting tired of listening to the same arguments day in and day out.  Where is the nuance?  Where is the critical examination of issues on more than a “Trump is evil and his supporters are Nazis!” level?  Where is the examination beyond, “the left is trying to take away our rights to free speech!”  As I said, it’s exhausting.  Makes one not want to even talk about politics anymore.

The older I get, the more I realize that my generation is out of its goddamn mind.  I have ZERO love for Hillary and the DNC.  Their corruption was laid bare.  Whatever Russia had in mind with why they did it, Hillary made an ironic burn on herself when she said that Putin shouldn’t have been mad that she exposed that he rigged an election, but instead should be mad that he did it.  Her lack of self-awareness is amazing.  After all, NOWHERE in all the coverage of how Russia was behind it do they claim the info that proved she rigged the election against Bernie Sanders does she claim the info leaked is inaccurate.  Hey, Hillary, maybe instead of lecturing Putin on a pulpit, you can take some fucking responsibility for the horrible shill that you are?!  Maybe have the self-awareness to realize how hypocritical it is for you to call out ANYONE for corruption when there are thousands of leaked documents showing how corrupt you and your entire party I.

Meanwhile, I have ZERO love for Trump.  This dude is fucking bonkers.  No joke, he is totally nuts.  He can’t even keep his own party lines going.  Every time his cabinet says one thing, he goes on the news and says another.  His Twitter account makes me think of a clown smacking its head into a wall and asking us to laugh along with him.  His appointees are a joke, worst being his attorney general who wants to come after people who smoke pot.  Everyone was all like, “give Trump a chance!”  Fine.  I gave him one.  Now he can go fuck himself.  This guy’s administration is a joke.  I feel like I am watching America’s version of the fall of the Roman Empire.  You ever read some of the stuff about what my old teacher call the “Clown Town Emperors?”  There were some real loon in that lot.

But you know what bugs me more than all of that?  The real problem I have is that instead of us talking about these issues in a critical way, all it devolves to is people using buzzwords to attack the others.  It’s gotten to the point where I wonder if genuine political discourse is actually possible.  And we need genuine discourse.  We need to talk about the fact that the Democratic party is too corrupt to be sustainable.  Sure, if it’s Trump vs Hillary (she is already claiming to be starting a new PAC to run), she’s pretty much got it already.  Anyone who is watching what is happening can see that.  When you have conservatives going on Fox News and saying that Trump is an idiot, then you know you are done.  But why is it that I suddenly magically have to support that crooked harpy just because Trump is an idiot?  Do people not realize that I can be against both?

I can hear you argue – “Well then, Lucien, who do you want to see as President?”  I’m glad you asked.  If I could, I would LOVE to see Tulsi Gabbard make a run.  She has appeal to both conservatives and liberals.  She has a lot of Sanders talking points, which there were plenty of conservatives and libertarians who said they would support.  Not to mention she has years of military service which is another huge appeal to conservatives.  She’s the perfect candidate.  None of the political baggage that Hillary has, with talking points that voters were shown to actually support.  While assholes like Bill Maher claim that I didn’t vote for Hillary because she is a woman (I am one of the people who wrote in Harambe.  No joke, I actually did it), there is a woman who I would note on vote for, I would campaign for.  Or if Elizabeth Warren made a run.  Sure, she kissed Hillary’s ring, but she still does have genuine principals that I can get behind.  Either of those women would have my full support.  Glass ceiling that, Shillary. *rude hand gesture*

The Republican Party has now been pushed to the point that they can’t even begin to salvage their reputation.  Assuming all this stuff with Trump under investigation leads to impeachment, then who are they going to run next?  Ted Cruz, maybe?  If the other candidates had gotten out of the primary earlier, I am convinced that he would be the President now instead of Trump.  Part of me wonders if the left would still be using retarded hashtags like #NotMyPresident if that was the case, because these idiots don’t seem to know what democracy is or how it works.  Yes he is.  And he didn’t have to be.  If the other candidate wasn’t a corrupt bitch, we could have had someone with principals.  I know, crazy thought.

Throughout all of this, I try and look at both sides and really come to an objective side where I can actually examine the issue with some form of nuance.  I hate both sides of the political debate in this country.  Neither has the high ground.  It’s like watching hogs do battle in the mud.  Who is the better group?  I don’t know, because they are both covered in shit.  And I am almost to the point where I am tuning out and just enjoying movies and video games, because what is there left to talk about?  Please, I am all fucking ears.

Until next time, a quote,

“Very often, people confuse simple with simplistic.  The nuance is lost on most.” – Clement Mok

Peace out,

Maverick

Brianna Wu is Running for Congress

I’ve said how I was done talking about Crypt Keeper Wu, but when I saw this video on my Twitter, I couldn’t resist.  This is the the funniest thing I have ever seen.  It’s funny for all kinds of reasons.  It seems that Brianna Wu is running for Congress.  That’s right, she’s going to put her hat into the political arena.  The whole reason that I am making this post is so we can watch and enjoy her first congressional ad, and shed some light some of the things that she’s done and see if that makes her congressional material.  First things first, let’s see this wonderful magnum opus that is her video.

First things first, I do love the pic they got for her to use as the one time we see her face.  It is a marvel that they found a pic which doesn’t make her look like the nightmarish ghoul that she is.  I’m honestly not going to pick apart the video.  A million people have done that already.  I’m just going to provide some context for the media who may or may not talk about her congressional run to know what kind of woman she is.

I’m so glad she brought up GamerGate.  Aside from the bulk of the electorate not knowing what the fuck that is, it is a nice segway into one of the first thing to talk about in respect to Brianna.  Like how she lied about being driven out of her home by EVIL GamerGaters.  Here’s a video that broke it down pretty well.  In a series of interviews between the dates of 10/13 to 12/09 of 2014, Brianna was talking about how she was driven out of her home and scared for her life.  The person in the video was able to notice something about the location that she was being interviewed at in all of these new segments.  There’s this skid mark on the wall.  Not so weird, right?  Well, something to know about that skid mark – it’s in her office.  So, Brianna was basically doing all of these interviews from her office.  Guess where her office is – in her home!  So, her whole song and dance about being run out of her home?  A lie.  100% pure bullshit.  But I’m just getting started.

Wu traded in victimhood, just like most SJW women.  However, unlik e her contemporaries, she didn’t have nearly the skill at it.  Zoe Quinn was busted orchestrating a harassment campaign against Candace Owens which torpedoed her Kickstarter campaign.  Anita Sarkeesian is a masterful con artist.  The best in her class.  Only difference is she just wants people to give her piles of money so she can do nothing.  But Wu wasn’t so good at it.  See, she tried to get in on the action without first realizing that trolling for victim points is more art than science.  Her failure was just beautiful.  What she did is try and bait trolls into saying hateful things on her on Steam.  Here’s a link to a screen-cap.  It’s beautiful in its contemplation. Instead of switching to an appropriately-misogynistic sock-puppet account, she decided to do post something that was blatant fishing from her own Steam page.  Brilliant.

Years of Wu lying, manipulating every media outlet she can into sucking her dick (there is no confirmation that her transition was complete), and her cashing on her victim points every time she possibly could is interesting in and of itself.  After all, doesn’t she say in her ad how she beat the “alt-right” of GamerGate?  Gee, it sure would be a shame if most of the people associated with GG were part of the libertarian-left.  But the really grotesque part of this is the kind of woman that will use the dead as a prop to sell her victimhood.  Don’t believe me?  Well, there’s a fun story ahead.

During the heyday of GamerGate, there was a completely and utterly unrelated story of a woman named Amber Lynn Schraw.  She was strangled to death by her ex-boyfriend and left naked for her son to find.  Something which I am sure has scarred the kid for the rest of his life.  The news broken, and guess what our good “strong woman” decided to do – exploit it to show how in danger she is.  In a Tweet heard round the world, she shared a link to the article with the words, “Tell me again how my life isn’t in danger.”  This dead woman, who left four children without a mother and one child scarred forever, was nothing but a prop to this disgusting, putrid pile of shit in human skin.  I was disgusted by it then, and I’m disgusted by it now.

I wonder if, in that video where she talks about how she is going to stand up for women’s rights, she will acknowledge using a dead woman as a prop.  I think her potential constituents might like to know.  Maybe David Pakman might have liked to know, when he did his soft-ball interview with her that she blew up on him about.  Maybe the people at Huffpost would like to know, when they were kissing her ass just as hard.  I don’t know, maybe they would have liked to know.  The limp-dick media is going to cheer her on and talk about what a hero she is, both as a woman and as a trans person fight for “women’s right.”  Never mind that a dead woman was NOTHING to her but a prop to use to sell a narrative.

This woman’s 15 minutes of fame has gone on far too long.  Hell, it’s going on even now.  But hey, let’s not say that Brianna is a cold and heartless bitch.  After all, it’s not like she is going to already start smearing her opponent and doing every disgusting trick that she can to make herself look good.  Right, Brianna?

brianna-wuOh.  Well, shit.

Until next time, a quote,

“Villains who twirl their mustaches are easy to spot.  But those who cloak themselves in good deeds are well-camouflaged.” – Capt. Jean Luc Picard

Peace out,

Maverick

#GamerGate Blamed for Trump’s Election (A response to L.A. Times)

Man, here’s something I never thought I would be talking about again.  It’s been YEARS since GamerGate was a thing.  During the heyday battles, it was a conflict that ran the gamut of ideological participants.  It brought groups who absolutely despise one-another together for the common goal of striking back against the games media and how corrupt it had become.  How it was pretty blatantly shilling a progressive message and leaving any form of objectivity at the door.  A fact that was apparently championed by “consumer advocate” landwhales like Jim Sterling, who listened to a game dev talk about doxing people and nodded while saying “absolutely.”  Given his stances on Quiet and sexy women in games, that should surprise no one.

I’ve heard every group imaginable be blamed for Donald Trump getting elected.  Russia is the biggest one, for their alleged leaks of documents that not one person has been able to prove are untrue.  Assuming it is true, I say that we should be thanking them.  Russia didn’t leak some lie to the American people.  It was the truth.  The truth about Hillary Clinton having her entire party behind her and manipulating the electoral process as much as possible to destroy Bernie Sanders.  Huh, makes you wonder if the reason that people didn’t like her is because she is a vindictive bitch.  That’s not to say that I like Trump.  Although, when you think about the alternatives, he really is the best option.  Hillary was doomed, regardless.  Had it been Ted Cruz who won the primary, he would have taken the WikiLeaks documents and beaten her to death with them.

However, in addition to blaming Russia, Millennials, Bernie Sanders, and neo-nazis for Trump winning, now the L.A. Times wants to add GamerGate to the pile.  Oh boy, this should be fun.  Here’s a link to the article, now let’s talk about it.

SEE IF THIS CAMPAIGN TACTIC sounds familiar: Rally white men who feel the world is changing too fast, leverage racial bias for the cause, and demean women along the way.

The strategy belonged to a radical corner of the gaming world that may have provided the winning playbook for the campaign that won the presidential election.

I’m gonna destroy the white men argument right out of the gate so I don’t have to bring that up again when destroying the rest of this bullshit argument.  Because this author clearly gets his news from BuzzFeed, I guess he didn’t know about the tag that came with GamerGate – #NotYourShield.  Here’s a video that may put it into perspective.  Alright, moving on.  I can already see the insane strawman corollary that is being drawn here, but let’s let him get into it a bit more.

“Gamergate” is the term now used to describe the movement in which Internet trolls attacked high-profile people in the game industry if they attempted to change — or even speak out about — the misogynistic themes of video games. They are the gaming world’s radical right, and they’re fighting back against what they see as the onslaught of politically correct culture.

Actually, numb-nuts, GamerGate supporters ran the spectrum of political ideologies.  There are left-leaning social libertarians like me.  You had classical liberals like Sargon of Akkad.  You had conservatives who tried to avoid the politics of it all like Internet Aristocrat.  You had left-leaning gaming commentators like Mundane Matt.  There were all kinds in this movement.  If anything, it was impressive in how it brought together not just people of different ideologies, but people from various gaming spheres.  GameFAQs and Reddit forums came together in a show of solidarity never seen before.  Boards that hated each other like it was no one’s business on 4chan came together.  And all of it was sparked off when Eron Gjoni wrote his post, which Mundane Matt covered in a video that got a DMCA flag, which caught Internet Aristocrat’s attention.  You can’t even make your caricature of GamerGate right.  But again, he probably got all of his news from BuzzFeed and the rest of the left-leaning media.  It didn’t matter how many people debunked what they were saying, the narrative stuck.

The trajectories of Trump and Gamergate could be practically charted by the same graph — guys (for the most part) that a significant portion of the country didn’t take  seriously pandered to humanity’s most base instincts and won.

Actually, they are very far apart.  GamerGate was tired of the social justice culture injecting itself into video games.  You say that we rebelled against news outlets talking about “misogynistic themes in video games” (citation, please), but that’s not true.  What we rebelled against was the injection of social justice where it clearly wasn’t wanted or needed.  I’m sure you will come on and say, “It was needed!  Gaming is misogyny!  Just look at how sexy that woman is!  That’s demeaning to all women!”  However, there were a TON of very well-educated voices who spoke out against this attitude.  Like this video by Christina Hoff Summers.

Donald Trump won the election because he convinced people that he was some big outsider who was going to fight against the corporate government establishment that people were so tired of.  He capitalized on the same energy the Bernie Sanders had.  I knew that Trump wasn’t some big outsider, because I actually pay attention to history.  He’s center-right, much like Hillary Clinton.  There really isn’t that much difference between them.  GamerGate started as a consumer revolt.  Donald Trump started as a con artist capitalizing on energy that a genuine believer already had stirred up.  The truth is that these two movements have almost nothing in common, outside of people being tired of the status quo, and fighting against it.

The term “Gamergate” emerged as a hashtag in mid-August 2014. It described the attacks, particularly on women in the gaming world, by trolls and eventually their de-facto leader Milo Yiannopoulos, who became Gamergate’s Breitbart champion.

There were no leaders in this movement, dude.  None.  That was part of the problem.  The movement had no unifying message.  Some of its proponents took actions, and some didn’t.  Some chose to do this thing or that thing, but the truth is that all we had in common was a shared dislike of politics in video games journalism.  We just wanted to get straight news, and not have to hear about how Gone Home is the greatest game ever, just because it involves a gay chick.  Whoopty-fucking-doo.  Milo was definitely an ally of the movement, but he was not a leader.  I am really wondering where this guy got his news.

He goes on to make Milo out to be just like Trump.  This dude will take whatever he can to try and make these two things seem connected.  It’s kind of sad, if we’re being honest here.

Female game designers and journalists who spoke out about a more inclusive future for the medium were harassed on social media with threats of physical attacks, rape and death. Their emails were leaked (sound familiar?), and some saw details about their personal lives published online.

Let’s break this down, piece by piece.  I know what “game developers” he’s talking about – Zoe Quinn and Brianna Wu.  Zoe Quinn was nothing to the movement but a launching point.  To be honest, we cared more about Nathan Grayson than we did about her.  After all, it was him that she was sleeping with, and him who had given her positive coverage (not a review.  People had said he reviewed her game, and that wasn’t true.  But he had written positive articles about her.  He is also crediting in Quinn’s “game” Depression Quest), which basically broke every rule about conflict of interest.  After she faded from the spotlight, she did everything she possibly could to pretend that the movement still cared about her.  Neat thing – Quinn was actually busted propagating a harassment campaign against a developer of an app.  Dead to rights, she was busted exploited personal information the app developer gave her to orchestrate a harassment campaign, and only stopped when the person threatened to go public about it.  Which they did anyway.  Well-played.

Next up we have Brianna Wu.  A woman whose 15 minutes of fame went on FAR too long.  She was one of the many people who came out and attempted to make the story about her.  Every time she could possibly find a way to make herself out to be the victim, she did.  Like when she exploited the death of a woman who wasn’t even remotely connected to GamerGate to sell her own victimhood.  An act so repulsive that I was openly venomous with her.  Using the horrific death of a woman to sell the fact that she is “in danger” was just sick.  Then, Wu was busted trolling herself on Steam to try and rack up victimhood points.  Guess she didn’t get the memo to make sure to switch to an appropriately-misogynistic sock-puppet account first.  Idiot.

As for the leaked emails, I’m assuming he’s talking about the GameJournoPros list that got leaked.  Neat fact about that – most of the emails and senders whose names got leaked in that were men.  This Todd really must get his news from a fantastic source.

“Lock her up,” Trump supporters shouted about Hillary Clinton.

“I hope you die,” Gamergate champions tweeted at Anita Sarkeesian, a prominent cultural critic who critiques games from a feminist perspective.

Yes, let’s equate what people said at a political rally to what trolls said to a con artist who used them to get victim points.  Sure, that sounds equivalent.

Gamergate advocates argued that gaming journalists were corrupt and were colluding to bring a politically correct makeover to the medium (read: take away our digital guns, treat women as something more than sex objects and cast someone — anyone — other than a white male as the lead protagonist).

Wow.  What gross hyperbole.  Care to back that up with a citation?  Because, from where I’m sitting, Internet Aristocrat made a truly fantastic series of videos detailing how the story played out (linked here).  I suggest you take a look at that before saying that we were all just losing our shit over nothing, which I take it is what you meant with this comparison.

Also, treat women as something other than sex objects?  Considering how many women were involved in GamerGate, that’s fucking sexist, dude.  That’s basically denying the women involved and their opinions on the subject.  Fuck you.

Those who bought into his words targeted their ire at female critics who sought to intellectualize the medium. Ultimately, they were only bringing to light gaming’s more regrettable traits: that it has long pandered to a male-focused, gun-obsessed community where women were damsels more often than heroes.

To intellectualize the medium?  Oh really? By disabling comments and not once responding to critics, many of whom were level-headed and who wanted honest debate with the likes of Anita Sarkeesian?  Gee, funny how that works.  Seems that revisionist history is alive and well.  But you are making comparisons to GamerGate and Donald Trump.  I’m not surprised.

As for the “regrettable traits,” there have been a TON of fantastic, well-researched, well-made videos that have shown the points that the likes of Anita Sarkeesian has made to be ridiculous.  Here’s one by Mr Repzion.  Here’s one by Triox.  These videos that Anita has done about the “regrettable traits” blatantly ignore context and use bad examples.  But since research clearly isn’t your strong suit, I guess you don’t really care.  Oh well.

The biggest, most visible games are still largely created by men for boys. Gamergate ultimately was driven by nostalgia and fear of change.

“Keep politics out of games,” was Gamergate proponents’ rallying cry, but they may as well have been saying, “Make games great again.”

Bullshit.  GamerGate was driven by the disgust we had at a blatantly-corrupt gaming journalism scene, along with the white knights who defended it.  This idea that we were just like people at a rally is stupid.  Not to mention – games are already great.  They were great before the SJWs decided to inject their bullshit narrative into gaming.  And since games have continued on the straight and narrow and are a billion-dollar industry, it seems they will keep being great.  Works for me.

There’s evidence that major developers are listening to their broader audience rather than being bullied by Gamergate, as recent titles such as “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End,” “Watch Dogs 2” and “Dishonored 2” have touched on mature themes with a wide variety of characters.

Another one of these hipster gamers who doesn’t have ANY perspective on gaming to realize that touching on “mature themes” goes back a long way.  Like how the character of Billy in Xenogears was a child prostitute to help feed his family.  Or how one of the biggest themes in Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is the tragedy of getting old and the inevitability of aging.  Not to mention the truly dark and dismal themes in the follow-up game Majora’s Mask that touched on why being an adult sucks, that time and death is inevitable, and that life goes on in even the worst of circumstances.  Then there is Final Fantasy X, which looked at the corruption of religion, atheism, and how faith can be used to control a population.  But please, tell me more about how gaming is just now getting “mature themes.”  What a brilliant researcher.  This guy must be making the big bucks at the L.A. Times.

For much of the last decade, the biggest game franchises — “Call of Duty” and “Grand Theft Auto” among them — were driven by guns and disparaging views of women and minorities. And unlike the Republican Party, the game industry has done this without lobbying money.

Man, how bad are you at research?  The most recent GTA had one of the protagonists as a black man.  I am sure you will say the disparaging thing toward women was the whole “have sex with a prostitute and then run them over with your car.”  That’s only disparaging if you think that 1. Having sex with a prostitute demeans women (if you do think that, you are sexist as fuck.  It’s a profession that plenty of women choose to do.  Some are forced into it, but some women do it out of financial desperation.  Are you saying those women are lesser for making that choice?  That’s sexist as fuck), and 2. you ignore the fact that you can run over every single character in the game with your car, if you want.

As for CoD, those games run the gamut in terms of ethnicities of the protagonists and antagonists.  And there are lots of chicks in the games too.  Where’s the sexist part there?  Still showing off those stellar research skills, Todd.

It may as well have been content unwittingly aimed directly at the so-called alt-right community, the loosely defined movement made up of social media-savvy white nationalists that has also attracted neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and misogynists.

Find me some evidence, ANY evidence, that this insane bit of hyperbole is even remotely true?  There isn’t any.  None.  You are so full of shit.

“The people who promoted Gamergate said they were concerned about journalism ethics,” read a post on PressThink, a site maintained by New York University professor Jay Rosen. “As a professor of journalism with a social media bent, I felt obligated to examine their claims. When I did I discovered nasty troll behavior with a hard edge of misogyny.”

Wow, a quote that has NO additional context.  I’d love to hear their evidence.  Maybe a link to the article, so we can review it ourselves?  What’s that?  Nothing?  Gee, it makes me think that you were just quote-mining for people who agreed with you that you could use to help make what you say sound good.  In fact, a single link at all in this article would have been nice.  You know, help the credibility thing along.

So Hollywood isn’t out of touch with the real — make that conservative — America, after all. The entertainment powerhouses behind the world’s biggest games have directly targeted it. And now the rest of the country  — the majority of voters behind the popular vote, if you will — can’t press the jump button to avoid it.

This article was as lacking in evidence was it was in ANY substantive connections between GamerGate and Trump.  I’m not at all surprised that the connection was made, but I was at least hoping that destroying it would be harder than this.  And I’m sure that Todd will say that researching all of this is difficult.  Well, I think I’ll let Milo destroy that argument to close this out.

Until next time, a quote,

“I’ve been doing it for a year.  It’s not that hard, you just gotta do the work.” – Milo Yiannopoulos

Peace out,

Maverick