Let’s Unplug

Hello dear reader(s)!

I am wondering right now if this will be one of my last posts.  It isn’t because I have a nasty stomach issue (was told it was an ulcer, but everyone is having these symptoms in my house, so no, we think it’s a virus), or that I am simply spending more time away from this computer.  Nope, the reason is because Net Neutrality is likely dead.

The repeal of the rules governing Net Neutrality isn’t a partisan issue.  It was former President Barack Obama who appointed the fucking piece of shit punchable cuntface to the FCC who is hell-bent on giving a giant gift to the telecom industry from where he came.  It was President Trump who then promoted that fucking douche-canoe to the Chair.  Republicans and Democrats both take a fuckton of money from the telecom industry that is lobbying heavily to repeal the rules that allow the FCC to enforce the principle.

Despite assurances from ISP’s such as Comcast that they will not throttle or block specific content, there is ample reason to suspect that will happen.  From previous instances of throttling and blocking by major ISP’s prior to the rules under Title II, to their omission of assurances that they will not break content into packages (similar to cable channels) to charge extra for certain content, there is a good reason for people to be very concerned.

Of course, the sky won’t fall after the vote on December 14.  That would create an outrage.  It would be a PR nightmare for Comcast, Verizon, etc…  The CEO’s of these companies are smart enough to protect their bottom line.  No, what you will see is a gradual erosion of what we have, just as has been done with our say in our republic.  It will be so gradual, that they are betting we will all accept it, just as we have accepted police not being held accountable, voter suppression, a Congress that ignores everyone but its richest donors, a narcissistic President who is a Russian puppet, attacks on the LGBT community, attacks on religious minorities, attacks on racial minorities, attacks on labor, attacks on the poor, attacks on the disabled, attacks on human decency, legislation of, by, and for the corporations, attacks on the free press, attacks on the very pillars of democracy within this republic, etc, etc…

I recently watched a movie that took place in Berlin just before the wall came down.  It brought back a lot of memories of that time, and all the people who basically fought in secret every single day for decades against a totalitarian regime.  All before the internet.  Thousands of people took to the streets in civil unrest for weeks before the government announced on November 9, 1989 that all East Germans could visit the west.  The wall had fallen.  The people took to the streets and made it happen in defiance of the Stasi, all without a free press, let alone Facebook invites to the protests.

When the “Justice” Department demands information on anyone who liked a Facebook page that promoted a protest of Fuhrer Trump’s inauguration in an attempt to charge them with crimes, the government labels dissenters as “terrorists” then tracks their internet communications, and likely has the ability to see anything you do at any time on the web, perhaps it isn’t the best tool to use for resisting anyway.

In fact, maybe, just maybe, if people got off the fucking internet, they might actually be aware of what is happening.  Maybe if those aware of the issues had no internet, perhaps they would be motivated to do something meaningful instead of thinking they are making a difference by commenting their opinion online.  (He says via his online blog-type-thing.)

Look, I am aware that I am not walking the walk.  I am not exactly some combat ready leader about to overthrow our corporatocracy.  I type this shit while sick, on a couch, online.

I may not be the person for the job, but somebody needs to defend our rights.  Our military sure as hell doesn’t, they’re too busy in endless wars-for-profit in service of Exxon-Mobile and Goldman-Sachs.  Patriotism is reduced to flag waving and slavery-endorsing anthem singing.  Nobody is actually fighting for freedom anymore.  Maybe the loss of the free flow of information on the internet will what people finally feel strongly enough about that they decide to fight for it.  Maybe having to pay for porn and memes will finally be the spark this tinder box needs.  Who knows?  One can only hope.

We can try all we want to stop the repeal of Net Neutrality, but I think it is only a matter of time.  Instead of paying the ISP’s extra fees and wondering why that politically controversial video keeps buffering, we can unplug and participate in the revolution, or at the very least, we can unplug and spend more time with our loved ones before the end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The REAL Men

Hello dear reader(s)!

I am not a REAL man!  The comments section on the intertubes certainly seem to think so, anyway.  I think every dumb fucking redneck in the country has told me that since Hollywood has been blowing up about sexual assault and harassment, although it has been going on really ever since I first suggested people are their own business.  It is because I believe women are treated like fucking shit in our society and it’s not even right, or natural given their importance to humanity.  I guess being against sexual assault and pedophilia is also a bad thing, according to these REAL men.  And apparently, being sex-positive, for equality, and for body autonomy is an automatic revocation of my REAL man card.  (Because only men decide what REAL men are, and if those REAL men are lucky, they get cards.  It’s like Valentine’s Day in elementary school, but for misogynists.)

I know I am not totally above the fray.  I am certain that in my early teen years I went along with the lewd comments about the girls who were my friends.  I probably said a few things to fit in, too.  Every boy did.  And I know for a fact that the word “fag” was a regular part of my vocabulary before I even knew what it was supposed to mean.  It’s what was expected.  That belief that anything but the patriarchal view of masculinity is wrong happens to be everywhere, and is being promoted.  I’ve never whipped out my cock to masturbate in front of the girls I liked, I’ve never grabbed them by their pussy, or any other body part, I’ve never assaulted them, but did I make some feel uncomfortable?  I’ve never hit a kid for being gay, or even openly purposely made fun of anyone who my peers suspected, but did I ever help make them feel unaccepted?  I’ve never been called out for that, but that means nothing, given how normal this behavior is within our society.

I would say that it is pretty likely that I have offended someone before with a little too many “jokes”, or a little too much “flirting”.  If any woman from my past is reading this, and I made you feel uncomfortable, I cannot express how sorry I am.  I would say that is pretty likely I have offended people with a non-textbook definition of patriarchal gender roles and orientations when calling someone a “fag” for something completely unrelated to my perception of their or any bystanders’ heteronormativity.  For that, I also offer my sincerest apologies.

However, unlike the REAL men, I grew the fuck up.  I learned it was wrong, and adjusted my attitude to understand that we are not entitled to anyone’s bodies, attention, time, or anything else they choose not to give us.  It didn’t take me until a media storm to realize it, or decades into adulthood when I should have fucking known better.

I’m not a REAL man because I accept the truth.  It is a simple truth, but because of our fucked-up society, it is actually quite controversial.  That truth is, “People don’t fucking belong to you.

Anyway, because I say this, I guess I am not a REAL man.  Apparently, I am a libtard, sissy, beta, cuck.  In fact, this has become a common “insult” string from the alt-right (Nazis) to any man who doesn’t believe that hyper-“masculine” white males are superior to anyone else.

Hmmm, okay, let’s break this “insult” down.

Libtard.  This is a combination of the word “liberal” (fuck you, I’m a Democratic Socialist, thank you), and “retarded”.  By retarded, I can only assume they mean the pejorative for someone who is less advanced in mental, physical, or social development than is usual for ones age.  It is important to note the people who use this word likely had to look up “pejorative” to even understand what I just said.

Sissy.  Well, I seriously doubt they mean a little sister (which I am not), so I am guessing they mean a weak and effeminate man, or someone into that particular kink.  So, to the first, yes, I am weak.  Surviving something that would make you put a bullet through your head can do that to someone.  Effeminate?  Well, I think most traits are human traits, so I am not even really sure that what means.  I would say based on the incorrect and arbitrary assignment of those traits to prospective genders and the constant reinforcement of those assignments in all of our culture, I likely still end up with more traditionally “masculine” traits than the falsely named “feminine” ones.  Or perhaps they mean transvestite or transexual, which I am not, to either.  However, I fail to see the insult there.  So what if someone is, or is not any one or all of those things?

Beta.  Oh don’t even get me started on this one.  I’ll just let Adam Conover help me out on this one.

Cuck.  Of course.  It’s like the Nazi insult du jour.  This word comes from the fetish of cuckolding, which for those who pretend to have never heard about it, (search tracking proves you’re probably lying), is basically a fetish wherein a man chooses to remain faithful to his significant other as he accepts her having sex outside the relationship, or encourages it.  There are various degrees of this fetish, and variations to include all partnered sexes and orientations, but it boils down to consensual activity between adults.  The fact that these people who use that as an insult typically support Presidential candidates that brag about sexual assault, or Senatorial candidates that are alleged pedophiles, should speak volumes.  Bottom line, I do not find this word to be insulting.  Just because I hope to be my love’s everything, doesn’t mean I disrespect those who would rather their significant other has more than they can offer.

So even though I fit none of the “insults” above, the fact of the matter is that I do not think any of those things are something insulting anyway.  (Except maybe the “libtard”, because liberals abandoned labor in favor of corporate cash, and I don’t think anyone should made fun due to developmental differences.)  The point is, if these REAL men think that anyone who fits how they use these words should be insulted, it also means that a REAL man must be a misogynist, homophobic, puritanical douche-canoe.

If being a REAL man means that I need to think that women are required to give us anything they do not wish to do so freely, or that anything we have mislabeled as feminine is to be derided, or that sexual activities between consenting adults are any of our business, then those REAL men can take their little man cards and send them to the people who are worried that they may be be forced into the unisex bathrooms in the FEMA camps during Operation Jade Helm with only their precious man cards to save them from the possibility of having to pee next to a transexual made in a liberal conspiracy to end all males using chemtrails.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I am going to go to a DNC donor meeting in my pink, frilly dress.  I’ll just stand there really passively while a fictional alpha man fucks my significant other with his AR-15.  Then I’m running right home to cash my check from George Soros!

I would feel much less ashamed about any of that than I would for thinking that those who don’t fit some bullshit version of masculinity is inferior.  Long story slightly less long, I would rather be a liberal, sissy, beta, cuck, than a racist, misogynist, transphobic, homophobic, white-trash, ignorant, Trump supporting asshole, any day of the week.  Especially on Sundays, because Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Have No Justice Here

Hello dear reader(s)!

I have come to the unfortunate conclusion that the United States lacks a justice system.  It isn’t just that reforms are absolutely needed in the courts, public funding, and jails, but simply that our concept of justice isn’t justice at all.

American justice, is just some small-dick, white guy’s vengeance fantasy straight from every bad Dirty Harry movie or Hollywood Western.

From when a very large cop throws a hay maker to the face of a seriously intoxicated girl at a college football game, simply because she drunk slapped him in the back of the head as she was being carried out, to all the people who cheer when a protester gets run down…we don’t really understand justice.

In the incident in Miami, this woman was clearly no threat to the cop.  He had numerous other options to restrain her, but chose to respond with disproportionate force.  That isn’t justice.  This cop will get off, because he was struck first, and because cops always get off, and that isn’t justice either.

When the cop fanboys cheer that kind of thing, I ask what they would do if it were their own children who, in a tempter tantrum, tried some half-assed slap.  Would they punch the kid square in the face ten times harder to prove their point?  Or would they grab their hands (because you still don’t want a finger in your eye), and let them know that they are getting in even bigger trouble for trying to slap?  And don’t try to give me the notion that children are not as strong as adults and so these adults are threats, because in either case, the force difference is overwhelming.

Cops shoot unarmed people (mostly black people) for any number of imagined slights.  The internet army cheers them on.  “He should’ve complied.”  “He was a thug.”  “He should have reached for the ID the officer barked at him to get more slowly.”

If you survive a cop, there are two routes you can go.  The route with money will get a lawyer that will actually work on your case, and will spend time getting the court to see the human being you are outside of the crime in an attempt to mitigate any sentencing provided you are actually convicted.  Extra bonus points if you are young, wealthy, and white.  You probably won’t be convicted though, because your lawyer can spend the time to exploit any possibly weaknesses in the case made by the Prosecution.

The route without money is much worse.  You will get an overworked lawyer, with about six hours (if you’re lucky) to review your case.  About 95% of cases taken by a public defender result in a plea agreement.  If you dare to refuse a plea and take your case to trial, you will sit in jail longer as you await that trial.  Of course, you can buy your way out of jail, if you can afford it.

Sadly, most of the US doesn’t care.  “You did the crime, you do the crime”, they say.  But this is for people without a conviction.  This is a system that railroads poor people into pleading guilty when they may not be.  Americans believe that arrest equals guilt, which is the antithesis of what our justice system should be predicated upon.  Some people believe that any encounter with the police equals guilt.

Then, or course, there are the laws themselves.  Many laws are simply unjust.  Many laws infringe upon our human and Constitutional rights, but are enforced anyway.  For most of those laws, are selectively enforced, and that’s not just perception, the numbers back it up.

“Sorry random black kid with two ounces, you obviously have intent to sell, thug.”  vs. “Don’t worry little white kid, feels like an ounce to me.  We’re just going to write you a ticket, or give you a warning.  If I catch you again, I will tell your parents the next time I see them at Bennigan’s.”

No.  We don’t do justice here in the US.  We can’t call cops to help us, we call them to clean up the mess and exact our vengeance.  Cops can’t keep us safe.  They don’t stop the nutjob who opens fire over a crowd of concertgoers or parishioners; they either clean up the murder-suicide, or kill or arrest the perpetrator after it happens.  They don’t stop the break-in, they try to get an arrest and then cruise the pawn shops to get your stuff back after the fact.  Yet those arrests don’t deter the crime.  Our prison population includes a bigger percentage of our population than any other nation, and yet people still commit crimes.  What keeps us safe, isn’t the police, it is the fact that most of us are good people, who are not yet desperate enough to survive by any means necessary.  The home invader is either gone, dead or injured, or has harmed someone by the time police arrive.

Your local police aren’t some fictional TV show or spy movie.  They don’t stop the terrorist attack just before the bomb blows up ala NCIS LA, they pick up the pieces and try to arrest someone for it afterward.  They were too busy getting an easy arrest by raiding a place for cannabis.  Much easier to bust a relaxed stoner than it would be to investigate, infiltrate, and prevent a terrorist attack, after all.  Too busy harassing the guy panhandling on the freeway entrance.  Too busy working crowd control protecting Nazis’ “rights” to intimidate and call for genocide.

If it sounds like I don’t like police, I can’t really argue that.  I like the concept of police.  I do think that some actions should have consequences.  I do believe that justice still should carry an element of punishment for unjust offenses.  Where I don’t like police is their belief that those consequences only apply the way they choose to apply them, and never face them themselves.

But it isn’t personal, or just against cops.

Until we realize that justice isn’t vengeance, that justice needs to be equally applied, and that those who carry out justice need to be just people themselves, I don’t really like any aspect of our “justice system”.  We need a full cultural shift on what defines justice, if we ever want to live in a just society.

Until then, no justice, no peace.  That’s not a threat, it is what’s happening.

 

 

 

Why It’s Wrong To Denounce Antifa

Hello dear reader(s)!

I would like to state that I am not now, nor have I even been a member of one of the many Antifa Chapters throughout the world.  It isn’t for me.  I am fine responding to violence (or imminent threats of violence with possible preemptive violence), but usually think violence just to make a point is not how I personally would like to do things.

I am also not an anarchist nor a communist.  My perfect system would be a sort of Democratic Socialism Plus.  Socialism where taxes cover everybody’s basics.  Food, clean water, shelter, clothing, and healthcare.  Plus, where anything else you want needs to be worked and paid for.  I believe with all the data and technology available to us, this would be easy to implement, making sure people’s needs (and only their needs) are met by society.

However, just because we have different views, does not mean I consider them to be wrong or somehow bad for the world.  Antifa doesn’t call for genocide.  Antifa doesn’t hurt people based on skin color or sexuality.  Antifa doesn’t wish death to all conservatives like the white supremacists wish death to liberals.

Antifa and similar groups are the only ones out there preventing a Nazi takeover of wherever the Nazi scum like to show up.  

We saw it in the lack of police response to the Unite The Nazis…er…Right planned riot in Charlottesville.  The authorities are in league with these groups.  Whereas water hoses and tear gas are used against peaceful water protectors in Standing Rock, or any Black Lives Matter protest in a city where a cop shot an unarmed black person and is about to get away with it, police protect the rights of armed Nazi armies to infiltrate and intimidate a liberal town (Charlottesville went 86% for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 general election) and incite violence.

On Friday night, during the Tiki Putsch, the Nazi mob encircled a small group of Black Lives Matter activists and prevented them from leaving.  (That is called false imprisonment where I come from.)  They chanted, “Blood and soil!” and “Jews will not replace us!”  None were arrested for this violent intimidation, and one is still working and attending a public university in my home town.  False imprisonment is a crime, and this was clearly fueled by hate.

The next day, these Nazi thugs went back on a plan made with police to keep them separate from the activists who had showed up at Emancipation Park in downtown Charlottesville to ensure the Nazis did not have free rein, and that the white supremacist message wasn’t delivered without response.  At about 11 am, a group of Nazis charged the activists swinging clubs.  The activists (made up of Antifa and other groups) fought back.  Police DID NOT MOVE to break up the violence.  They claimed it was because their officers were in regular uniforms and would be in danger without their riot gear.

At 11:22, the police finally declared the rally an unlawful assembly and gave a dispersal order.  The Nazis then marched to McIntire Park a mile from downtown.  On the way, they shouted things like, “Dylan Roof is a hero!”  One lit a flare and threw it at a Washington Post videographer.

When the Nazis arrived, they were met with the news that a state of emergency had been declared, there would be no rally, and they began to get picked up by their rides or dive off.  The majority of anti-fascist activists, having successfully driven the Nazis from downtown Charlottesville, did not pursue the Nazis to McIntire Park.  Not far from Emancipation Park, was a group of antifascist activists, including Heather Heyer.  A little after 1 pm, a car, driven by a Nazi slammed into the back of the crowd, killing her, and injuring 19 others.

In every instance, witnesses say that the Nazis struck first, and the police stood down.  The only groups keeping the rampage of the Nazis from being much worse were the anti-fascists including groups like Antifa (which literally means anti-fascist).  Everyone should be anti-fascit, whether you are in Antifa or not.

Quoting Cornel West, who was with a group of Clergy in Charlottesville, “Absolutely. You had a number of the courageous students, of all colors, at the University of Virginia who were protesting against the neofascists themselves. The neofascists had their own ammunition. And this is very important to keep in mind, because the police, for the most part, pulled back. The next day, for example, those 20 of us who were standing, many of them clergy, we would have been crushed like cockroaches if it were not for the anarchists and the anti-fascists who approached, over 300, 350 anti-fascists. We just had 20.

He went on to say, “The anti-fascists, and then, crucial, the anarchists, because they saved our lives, actually. We would have been completely crushed, and I’ll never forget that. Meaning what? Meaning that you had the police holding back, on the one hand, so we couldn’t even get arrested. We were there to get arrested. We couldn’t get arrested, because the police had pulled back, and just allowing fellow citizens to go at each other, you see, and with all of the consequences that would follow therefrom.”

You don’t have to want to be a part of them.  You don’t have to join them.  You may not have the same ideas as them for how the world should be.

But they are out there, in the streets, protecting the innocent from the fascists our government clearly supports.  They saved people in Charlottesville, and they show Nazis that a price must be paid if they wish to intimidate and be violent against anyone they deem to not be their idea of what people should be.

They are trying to make Nazis afraid again.  What are you doing?

Sources:  The Washington Post, And Democracy Now!

Logo by Inmanitas, Creative Commons license.

DIE NAZI SCUM

Hello dear reader(s)!

Many on the left are stating that people who respond to Nazi violence with violence are just as bad as the Nazis.  And that really pisses me off.

You see, the alt-right (Nazis) have declared war on anyone who disagrees with their hateful ideology.  Buoyed by a fascist in the white house and forces that protect their rights to protest, (but will shoot unarmed black people for talking back), they are invading towns and cities with full-scale armies.  They come armed, and ready to fight.

Yesterday’s horrible events in Charlottesville, VA were not (as the media reported) a protest turned violent, but a planned and premeditated riot perpetuated by Nazis onto a community that does not wish to honor those who fought for slavery and against the United States.  The murder of a white woman, who was peacefully counter-protesting these terrorist armies should be a wake-up call to anyone opposed to the rise of fascism that peaceful protest is simply not enough.  The failure of the fascist occupying the white house to condemn the Nazis should send a clear signal that the government will not protect you.  The policeman caught smiling on camera after the murder of this woman should tell everyone that some of those who work forces are the same who burn crosses.  The differences in police response to protests in Ferguson, MO and Standing Rock, SD verses that of the murderous riots in Charlottesville should make it crystal clear that a war is being fought against anyone who resists the fascists already.

If a war is being fought against you, maybe it is time to fight back.  I am all for peace, but when a group of Nazis surrounds you in a parking garage and beats you with objects, or when a Nazi runs you down from behind with his car, being for peace gets you absolutely nothing.

In yesterday’s post, I said, “See a Nazi, shoot a Nazi.”  I was not advocating for unprovoked violence.  I am simply reiterating America’s position in Europe during WWII.  But make no mistake, when violence is waged against you, you have every right to respond with violence.  The left should arm, and train, and repel any Nazi invasion force that should arrive.

A Nazi army killed an American woman on American soil.  This was not the work of one man.  She was not being hateful on some fictitious side of the “many sides”.  The Nazis attacked and killed her, and attacked others, and were not even condemned by the occupier of the white house.  One person was arrested, out of a conspiracy of hundreds allowed to return to their homes.  He hasn’t even been charged with terrorism.  Could you imagine if he was Muslim?

Nazi groups are already trying to trash the reputation of the young woman killed.  They are referring to it as a road-rage incident.

I understand, you are anti-gun.  That doesn’t do much when a bullet is heading in your direction.  Get a gun, learn how to use it.  When the NRA advocates for violence against you, know that you can respond with the very same weapon they are so scared you might take away.

You don’t need to become a communist and march to destroy shop windows.  In fact, you really shouldn’t.  But when these fuckers invade your city, you and your army can show up to show them the gates out.  Then do what is necessary to defend yourself and your fellow people.

Tolerance doesn’t work against Nazis.  They are advocating to kill people.  Imagine a group marching down your street in support of pedophilia.  Would you be so quick to defend their right to free speech from violence?  Sure, the government may not be able to infringe upon their right to say it, but that doesn’t mean that you have to take it.  If a group of tiki torch carrying monsters came down your street at night shouting, “I want to rape your children!” wouldn’t you do something about it?  These Nazis don’t shout about raping your children, but they do shout in code about genocide.  They are essentially swinging their fist in your face and telegraphing their intent to hit your nose.  They aren’t just shouting either, as seen by the unprovoked violence that occurred yesterday.

To all of you who think that nonviolence is the best solution, I would like to remind you that when the US defeated the Nazis in WWII, it was not through nonviolent action.  I would like to remind you that many of the things you think nonviolent movements have accomplished, have not actually been accomplished.  With the Voting Rights Act rolled back, with the legalized slavery in our private prisons, with Nazi armies invading cities to beat and murder the innocent with no real condemnation from the government, with black people getting murdered by police who walk free over and over again; the only thing that has been accomplished by nonviolent action is to push blatant issues underground, allowing too many white people to claim the issues are solved and not understand why we can’t all just get along.  Nonviolence made people bury their heads in the sand.

Too many white people:  “Well we even GAVE Martin Luther King Jr. a holiday.  Surely they can be happy now.  We don’t get a history month.  Etc, Etc.”

And I get it, I am a white guy.  I benefit a lot from being white, and I know it.  But y’all motherfuckers aren’t my team just because you have the same color skin as me, and all that skin color affords.

People argue over whether it is okay to punch a Nazi.   I can only say that punches should be the least worry of an invading violent force with genocidal ideologies.

 

Comments are closed on this post.  I have no patience to argue with fuckwits.  

 

Pagans Can Suck Too

Hello dear reader(s)!

Do you think all Christians like all other Christians or the things other Christians do?  Do you think all Muslims like all other Muslims and all they do?  If you do, I can show you actual wars that would suggest otherwise.

I am a Pagan.  I am an eclectic Pagan, who does not belong to a coven.  I do (when I can), belong to a group that celebrates the Sabbats together, however, we all have pretty different beliefs and ideologies.  The great thing about being a Pagan, is that most of us are not trying to convert each other into believing the same.

However, that isn’t to say that there aren’t things that other Pagans do that annoy the shit out of me.  It isn’t to say that there aren’t some Pagans who I wish would call themselves something else because I’d rather not associate with them.

So, because I like lists, for your education, entertainment, and enlightenment, let me list those Pagan-type people who annoy the living fuck out of me.

  1. Fucking racist Pagans  This is pretty prevalent in the Norse Pagan groups.  #NotallNorsePagans.  It, of course, is not everyone who is down with the legends of Odin, but substantially too many.  You aren’t superior, you’re not a fucking viking, and I saw your stupid asses on the news marching in Charlottesville today, and trust me, you look like fucking inbred hillbillies that couldn’t fucking lift a toy hammer, let alone carry Thor’s.  I hope you all die.  I’m not kidding.  See a Nazi, shoot a Nazi.  More on the hate crime and our inept President’s piss-ant response tomorrow when I calm down so I don’t say anything that could warrant a visit to my home by the Secret Service.
  2. Believe in anything just because it isn’t mainstream Pagans  If I hear one more thing about Mercury retrograde, I am going to do something that I haven’t quite thought of yet, but trust me, it will be bad.  Mercury never goes retrograde.  It appears to go retrograde.  There is no change in the gravitational pull from Mercury during this time.  Furthermore, just because Mercury was the Roman god of travelers and transporters of goods, does not mean that a planet appearing to reverse orbit (once again, it does not) will affect your travel plans or communication during this time.  Even if the orbit did reverse (it is an optical illusion), the gravitational effect on you from Mercury would be less than that of a car passing you on the street, given the distance you are from that planet.  Just because something is mystical and was once believed, doesn’t mean it still should be.  After all, some believed the Earth was flat, only fucking idiots like Tia Tequilia believe that now.
  3. Path conversion Pagans  Your path is not mine.  If you want to join a converting religion, why aren’t you a Catholic?  We can agree to disagree, no matter what the pope says.  If you need to beat people onto your path, your path is probably made up of horseshit.
  4. Lifestyle conversion Pagans  I am sex-positive.  My path is sex-positive.  A whole lot of Pagan paths are.  But not all.  Everyone’s path is different and that should be okay.  Additionally, many Pagan paths are cool with polyamory.  I am cool with polyamory, even though I am not polyamorous and am quite happy being monogamous.  If you aren’t cool with my monogamy, I am not cool with you.  So go fuck yourself, or your partner, or your group, or nobody.  Up to you.
  5. Lazy Pagans  These are the Pagans who like to preach things then do absolutely fuck-all about it.  For example, a while ago, my little city had its LGBTQ Pride Day.  It was fun.  A whole lot of major Pagan paths, and covens, are very vocal about supporting LGBTQ rights.  In most of the paths, it is pretty clear that joining the masculine and feminine energies are energies, and not necessarily males and females.  Indeed, many paths speak of the energies existing within everyone.  (Something I strongly believe.)  And yet, on the local LGBTQ Pride Day, did I see booths for Pagan groups and their covens?  Nope.  Didn’t see any in the bit of parade I watched either (though admittedly, I may have missed them if they marched since I didn’t see the whole thing.)  But do you know what I did see?  Christian churches (The ones who live by a book that calls a man lying with another man an abomination).   They marched with LGBTQ-friendly church banners, and had booths at the event.  If Chrisitans can show up in support when their own book dislikes something, maybe the people who think it isn’t a problem could show up too.
  6. Pagans who say one thing, and do another  Like the ones who constantly whine about not being taken seriously yet vote for Christian Supremacists.  Or the ones who deny climate-change.  “I love nature, as long as it drowns coastal cities and dries up crops.”
  7. Hollywood Pagans  (This doesn’t mean Pagans who might live in Hollywood.)  Guess what, I have also seen The Craft.  It’s actually a pretty decent movie.  I saw Practical Magic.  Less decent in my opinion, but taste is subjective, I guess.  I have seen Hocus Pocus.  Funny as hell, but not a guide to anything.  I also like Buffy, but I can guarantee you that Willow and Tara are not your typical Pagan.
  8. Light-only Pagans  It’s okay to get down.  It’s okay to embrace the darkness every once in a while.  And, in my opinion, it is okay to do what is necessary to keep someone from harming you.  While I do try to live according to the Wiccan Rede (even though I am not Wiccan), I will take leeway when harming someone is in my own defense or the defense of others.  This is my path, and if you take issue with it, maybe you should look more closely at yours.  An it harm none, do as ye will, but I guarantee you, I take no issue in harming a Nazi.
  9. Pick-up Pagans  As a male, who is attracted to females, I can safely say that I am usually in the minority in most Pagan circles.  There are often a lot of females around at any events I attend.  Many are single, and I would be blind to be unaware of this fact.  However, not once have I, nor should anyone else attend these functions for the sole purpose of hitting on other Pagans.  Sure, you may connect with a Pagan, (similar interest can do that), and maybe something will grow from there, but if you are using your Pagan status as a dating service, you’re just a desperate sleeze.  My love is a Pagan, but us getting together has more to do with seat belts than our spirituality.  That was like a bonus.
  10. Pagans of convenience  These are the Pagans who join up to rebel or be different, but really are not at all on a spiritual path.  They will drop out when faced with any pressure from the overwhelming masses who do not understand why anyone in this nation isn’t Christian, or at the first sign of hardship in life.  “It didn’t work, I am going to go back to believing in a zombie.”  They will decide all Pagans are bad when they are confronted with any of the above types of annoying Pagans.  They will claim they grew-up.  They were never interested in being Pagan, only in being part of clique.

In any group, there are people you would rather not associate with.  It is important to remember this.  Not all Christians are homophobic assholes.  Not all Muslims are terrorists or women abusers.

But as soon as we fail to call-out those who we feel do not represent us, we might as well join them.

I Support Something Trump Did, And The Reason Will Shock You!

…well, sort of.

Hello dear reader(s)!

I apologize for my brief hiatus.  Actually, it was a knit-boxer hiatus.  Hadn’t done any laundry in a while.  My attorney says that since I wasn’t within 150 feet of a school, I shouldn’t have to register, but that is neither here nor there.

Seriously though, shit came up, I was busy, then more shit happened.  In addition, July is just a shitty month for me, and posting and social media have been far from my mind.  This morning was the icing on the proverbial cake of crap, but I don’t really feel like talking about it right now.

But do you know what I do want to talk about?  Trump.  More specifically, the reasons I agree with his orange, bloated, fascist ass.  …sort of.

Where shall we start?  How about…

Jeffyboy Beuregard Sessions

Trump hates him because he recused himself from the Russian investigation instead of supporting Ze Fuhrer like a good little Nazi.  He is potentially standing in the way of the President firing him and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein who apparently doesn’t want Ze Fuhrer to fire Special Counsel Mueller who is currently investigating Ze Fuhrer in the Russian matter.

I hate him because in all other ways, he is a good little Nazi.  The racist, homophobic piece of shit wants to reignite a drug-war that is always unfairly waged at minorities, wants to allow police to seize your property easier even when you’re not convicted of any crime, wants to override states’ decisions on marijuana using complete and total lies and fabrications as justification, and is currently arguing that homosexuals are not protected from workplace discrimination.  I’d love to see Trump curbstomp this motherfucker, if it weren’t for the fact that Trump would only be doing so to circumvent justice.

Please note:  I am not advocating for anyone to actually commit violence against the racist piece of shit that is Jeff Sessions, even Fuhrer Trump, as that would be illegal.  Yes, that’s the only reason.  

Steve Bannon

Fuck this Nazi, Breitbart, Joseph Goebbles wanna-be fucking ass-clown.  I HATE this motherfucker.  Apparently Trump must too, because he just let his newly appointed Press Secretary Anthony Scaramucci say on the record, “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock.”  He also said that Steve Bannon was trying to build his own brand off the strength of the President.  I find that to be odd, given that Steve Bannon’s propaganda arm is what led to any strength their so-called President has, but, what the fuck ever.

Anyway, while I am inclined to believe that Steve Bannon regularly does try, (and likely fails, I mean, obvious compensation here) to suck his own cock, I am not certain I agree with the reasons Trump is apparently endorsing this language.  Steve Bannon is the one who rebranded being a fucking Nazi.  He is a fucking Nazi, claiming to be a Lenninist, wrapped up in a big bag of Trump’s sweaty ball cheese.

He also reportedly has been pushing for raising the top marginal tax rate in this country, which is the real reason I am sure that he now appears to be persona non grata within Trump’s shitty little club.  I guess Ze Fuhrer could overlook all that hate and lies, but he crossed the line by trying to raise taxes on him and his rich fucking cunt buddies.

Reince Priebus

I hate this motherfucker.  This guy made Trump possible when he was chairman of the RNC.  This motherfucker posed in front of the Confederate Flag and essentially reignited Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” before Trump was even running.  He was a Tea Partier (you remember them, the backers of Sarah Palin who used racism to rile up voters into thinking the ACA was actually going to be worse for them than nothing at all), and really took the Republicans back to the dog-whistle politics that were always happening, but were not so blatant.  He is more responsible for the rise of hate in this country than just about anyone else.

All that was cool though, when Trump needed a Chief of Staff.  No biggie.

But the Trump administration leaks like a fucking sieve, and can’t govern worth of shit.  Nobody is loyal to the CuntManHole-In-Chief and since Reinhold Richard (actual name, why “Reince” is better to him is fucking beyond me) is the chief of that disloyal, leaky staff.  Trump is too much of a narcissist to possibly consider for a moment it might be him, so down goes Reince.

All that is evidenced by n00b Press Secretary Anthony “Two Yutes” Scaramucci saying that Reince is a paranoid schizophrenic who is going to be fired shortly.

Awesome, but all for the wrong reasons.

…and finally…

The Ban On Transgender Soldiers In The Military

Hear me out on this one.

I think this is awesome!  Can we also ban men and women from serving in the military?

Maybe then, Canada will annex us.

Note:  I am not advocating for or assisting in any actual foreign invasion of the United States, because that might be illegal (depending on your interpretation, and what friends in Washington you have).  

Have a good day everyone, while we still can.