Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Gillette in Hot Water For Asking Men to Be Righteous

So, Gillette just released an ad chastising bad behavior by men in society while exhorting us to be the best we can be and the apologists are already trotting out the tired epithet acronyms they love (“PC”, “SJW”, etc.) to boycott the company and decry the subjugation of men by the liberal media, blah blah blah.  What these folks fail to realize is that with these knee-jerk reactions they are, in fact, proving the point of the ad and those who share in the sentiments expressed by it.

The problem, as I see it is, in essence, this: there is no gray area.

Just like the blinded nationalists who believe the US hasn’t, can’t and won’t ever do anything wrong, there’s a contingent of men (and women, too) who are convinced that short of you being a serial rapist, your inappropriate behavior towards women is nothing to be all up in arms about; that the respective outcries and movements spawned from this climate are simply the handiwork of oversensitive hags and girly men looking for time in the media spotlight.

What these folks fail to grasp (and let’s be honest, plenty of liberals, as well) is that you can proudly carry with you all of the traditional attributes of masculinity and still refuse to be an abusive, ignorant, condescending jerk. But we live in a time when many who’ve benefitted from the status quo are threatened by the possibility of adopting a different thought process, seeing this is as a sure sign of weakness and defeat, while deeming the middle ground a forsaken place to be avoided at all costs.

And the examples are everywhere and out in the open. Sure, the SCOTUS confirmation process of Justice Kavanaugh was deeply entrenched in partisan ideology, as was the senate candidacy of Roy Moore from Alabama, and of course the presidential campaign of the current POTUS. Plenty held their nose and supported these men, despite their past sexual transgressions towards women, on the basis of politics. But a significant portion of the electorate condoned, if not celebrated, the disgusting exploits of these men because, after all, no matter their chronological age, they believe boys will be boys. And girls ain’t shit.

I don’t know if this newest controversy will serve to enlighten folks who need to understand how real men should act in a civilized society; if nothing will change; or if Gillette will suffer (or not) a significant commercial backlash for putting their necks out there. But as far as I’m concerned, by their reaction to this you can have a pretty good idea of where people stand on matters of fairness and equality. How ‘bout you?

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Thanks?

From an email I got on Thanksgiving Day...
"First, just by reading this, you are more fortunate than close to a billion people all over the world who cannot read at all, due to a lack of educational resources. Think you don’t make much money? If your family income is at least $10,000 a year, you are wealthier than 84% of the world. If it’s $47,500 or more you are in the top 1% of the world. If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, that’s more than 75% of the planet can say. Similarly, if you have access to health care, air conditioning, clean drinking water, and a flushing toilet, you can make a claim that most of the world cannot. In reality, in comparison to virtually the entirety of humanity, you are a King." 
Yes, I am grateful for what I have. And I try to remember, when I'm unsatisfied with certain circumstances in my life, that I still have it better than the majority of my fellow humans on the planet. But at some point, that gratitude turns to anger and sadness and I think, "Wait, not sleeping on the sidewalk, in a modern domicile, with basic comforts makes me a king? What kind of a fucking world do we live in?!"

Monday, November 19, 2018

Trump Isn't The Rotting of Conservative Values Just Its Most Potent Symbol

You would think Cadet Bone Spurs would have, at least, a smidgen of respect towards the people who, unlike himself, put their lives on the line and oftentimes made the ultimate sacrifice. But as we've seen, time and time again, this narcissist PoS will retaliate against any perceived slight, no matter how inappropriate it would be to do so, regardless of circumstance.

And if that wasn't bad enough, his sycophants will defend him no matter how despicable the remark and who it's intended for: war heroes, Gold Star families...you name it. The military are just props for these people. Nothing more.

If there's one thing we can all be grateful to Trump for is the unmasking of legions of conservative hypocrites in Washington and around the country. The fake military supporters who never call him out on these transgressions; the so-called Christians who make excuses for the Pussy Grabber-in-Chief; and those defenders of the Constitution only when it's convenient and lines up with their partisanship, are all part of the same ratty tapestry of duplicity and hypocrisy that is eating away at the fabric of conservatism in this country.

They can never be the family/moral values, patriotism people ever again. They've shone their true colors and they have faded like a 50¢ t-shirt.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Recipe for Graham Cracker Pie

In a recent WaPo OpEd piece, conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin points out that Rep. Mark Sanford [R- SC], after mildly criticizing Chumpie, was primaried by a “cheerleader for President Trump” who was then in turn beaten soundly by Democrat Joe Cunningham in a county described by Sanford as the most “conservative district in the country to flip to the Democrats”.

So the local GOPers went for the Chumpbot but the overall populace went blue. Hmm. According to Sanford, one of the reasons for this is current, Trump-inspired, Republican incivility: “I heard it from young soccer moms and longtime Republican voters alike. They don’t want to condone behavior that is counter to what they’ve taught their children.

 Rubin suggests that by Sanford primarying the rat known as Sen. Lindsay Graham [R-SC], he “would do his party, state and country a service” and characterized Graham’s born again Trumpism as burning “with a fervor that stuns colleagues and friends of his former ally, the late senator John McCain (R-AZ)”, further bemoaning Graham’s vote in favor of “a budget-busting tax bill, but he’s also become an all-purpose apologist for Trump’s lawlessness (e.g., illegally putting an unfit acting attorney general in charge of the Russia probe, undermining the credibility of elections, smearing the FBI).” Rubin believes “Sanford has the unique ability to primary him from the right while bashing him for enabling Trump.”

The interesting thing is that those in the know not only agree with Rubin but have stated that Graham’s conversion to Chumpism stems from a fear of losing his seat, not to a Democrat but to a fellow Republican in the primaries. Sanford could be the one.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

A Line of Blood in the Sand

I recently saw Dave Chappelle being interviewed on CNN and the one thing that stuck with me from that exchange was his assertion that he still could not understand how families and friendships had been frayed due to politics. What I don’t understand is how Chappelle could not comprehend such a thing.

We’re not in the realm of arguing over tax cuts and funding for Sesame Street and the NEA anymore; those quaint days are behind us. What we have now is a significant portion of our citizenry supporting a PROVEN bigot, con man, misogynist, sexual predator and thief who cannot and will not acknowledge his role in fanning the flames of hatred and division in this country, not in the furtherance of an ideology or philosophy but simply to pamper his fragile ego. A man whose increasingly despicable actions and pronouncements are seen as daily reminders of past authoritarian regimes by those who have managed to survive them, including Holocaust survivors. And listen, I don’t know about you, but if someone who lived thru the horrors of Nazi Germany tells me to pay attention to what’s going down, I’m gonna pay attention.

Trump has drawn a line of blood in the sand, one that dares decent people to continue to follow him. And for many of us who see this waste of human life for what he truly is, being apologists for his followers is simply not possible. In the end, my question is not why Mr. Chappelle doesn't understand the reason behind these aggressively divided families and friends, but why would he expect anyone to look the other way at an allegiance to the monster that has created this divide?

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Who You Gonna Call?

We can criticize this individual all day for anonymously going to the NYT and denouncing the terrifying disaster that is the Trump presidency(not that anyone paying attention has been surprised), but where else could s/he go? To the borderline treasonous Congress? To the Pentagon to ask they stage a coup?

Congress was designed for instances in which a dangerously inept con man in the White House needs to be taken down. But who's gonna lead the charge? Paul Ryan? Mitch McConnell? Devin PoS Nunes? The fiasco and travesty that is the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings is proof we cannot trust the Republicans to do the right thing.

So, again, where was this whistle blower supposed to go?

Sunday, September 2, 2018

With His Batman Now Gone, Sen. Graham's Robin Has Joined The Joker in the White House

WaPo:
"On Tuesday, [Sen. Lindsey] Graham took a seat on the couch of Fox & Friends, President Trump’s favorite show, and sealed his transition from apostate to Trump apparatchik...Having echoed Trump’s no-collusion line (as if that were the lone issue), Graham, a former military lawyer, picked up Trump’s attack on the justice system...From there, the South Carolina Republican echoed all of Trump’s attacks against the Russia investigation...Incredibly, Graham even joined the 'lock her up' movement...Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, could not have said it better." 

Watching the eulogies given by Meghan McCain and President Obama, I was wondering what the hell Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were doing at Sen. McCain's service. Later, I read Sen. Graham had asked Cindy McCain permission to invite them, who accepted his request.

First of all, it was terribly inappropriate for Graham to ask Mrs. McCain for such a thing and put her in such a painfully awkward and unnecessary predicament. To invite Trump family members who never uttered a peep of disapproval when that walking sewage drain in the Oval Office repeatedly demeaned John McCain's military service and attacked him personally, even as he fought a deadly disease, was naive and insulting, at best. But seeing it is part of his re-election process, in which he's obviously going all-in kneepads for Trump, is both incredibly craven and despicable.

Lindsey Graham, you are one toxic piece of shit, sir.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Nixon's Silent Minority

Lots of buzz over last night's gubernatorial debate between the incumbent, Andrew Cuomo and upstart Cynthia Nixon. And with this race, as well as many others, there's been a lot of talk about upsets and fresh blood within the Democratic party, all good stuff. But in this case, no dice.

Here's the cold hard truth: African-Americans and Hispanics make up more than 40% of the party in NY. And Nixon's numbers among that bunch, to put it mildly, pale in comparison to Cuomo who has something along the lines of 75% of that demo's support.

Basically, we can predict what happens to a statewide candidate in NY with negligible black and brown support, right?

Saturday, August 25, 2018

The Perfect Orange Shit Storm

Here's a crazy idea...

Could it be that Chump's harping on an on of late about Mueller's investigation, Sessions' recusal, etc. is his bid to distract us all from what he fears is the monumental shitstorm that will come from the fall of Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, plus the cooperation with the Feds from David Pecker and the Trump Organization's CFO?

You know what they say: It never looks good for the boss when the accountant has the Feds' ear.

Oh, and just a friendly reminder: the POTUS can't pardon anyone for state and local crimes. This means you Jared, Ivanka, Uday and Qusay. Sorry.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Get Your Shit Together, Democrats

I was reading an online Op-Ed piece at CNN critical of what one could call the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party, written by Froma Harrop, an author/writer who the conservative/libertarian think tank The Heartland Institute has called her its "favorite lefty”. Not good.

And it shows in the CNN piece. Harrop takes on what I would call a benign Fox News tone, respectfully criticizing but not pulling her punches, as she details the sins of the hard left and their effect on the party’s losses over the last two decades.

She does make some good points, though: It’s a fact plenty of folks irresponsibly and/or naively gave their vote to the Ralph Naders and the Jill Steins and then bemoaned getting Bush or Trump in that Faustian bargain. And yeah, the Ocasio-Cortez-type candidates are not going to appeal to the Dem base in every district. But the biggest takeaway for me was her allegation that the party’s hard left was more interested in dethroning establishment Democrats than winning the November midterms. And frankly, that doesn’t seem a far-fetched accusation when you factor in what went down in the 2016 Democratic primaries and campaign and what we’ve seen and heard since.

Listen, it’s time for Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and the rest of their ilk to hit the road. But let’s keep the eye on the ball: the goal of the 2016 midterms is to gain majorities in Congress not settle internal scores or make dramatic, symbolic purges for the fuck of it. We need to win. Badly. I’d rather hold my nose a little bit and see a Democrat I don’t see completely see eye to eye with win the election, than have another Louie Gomer Pyle or Rapey Roy Moore-type go to Washington.

Democrats are routinely mocked for being more than able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. We don’t have the luxury this time. Get on message and stay there, Democrats. We can deal with our dirty laundry after we’ve won back Congress. Don’t fuck this up.

[CNN: Democrats Pop The Movement’s Balloon]

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

GOP Rolls Over and Plays Dead With Anti-Lynching Legislation

Incredibly, the US Senate has not been able to pass anti-lynching legislation for over 100 years. Right now there is a bill in the Senate to make lynching a federal hate crime. It has 26 sponsors. 25 of them are Democrats. The lone Republican? Tim Scott of South Carolina, who happens to be African-American.

Scott, when asked about the absence of GOP sponsors to the bill, graciously defended his scumbag colleagues and called himself “the first” Republican to support the bill, not the only one and seemed quite hopeful in this regard.

You know, the allegations of black (and brown) folks that Democrats take them for granted have a certain validity, and Republicans have been known to piggyback on this narrative in a futile attempt to win over PoC. And I say futile ‘cause how the fuck do they intend to win over the African-American community when the GOP can’t even get behind an ANTI-LYNCHING BILL?!

Welcome to Trumpistan.

Gillette in Hot Water For Asking Men to Be Righteous

So, Gillette just released an ad chastising bad behavior by men in society while exhorting us to be the best we can be and the apologists ar...