war kills people from the inside out sometimes
“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.”
i think i’ve posted this before but it’s so powerful
At some point with many things that drive you crazy you hit a breaking point, and I might have just reached mine.
Now this isn’t aimed at sensible Republicans, I know there are a few out there. The problem is the key part in that that sentence “a few”— very few, and seemingly getting smaller every day.
I can handle ideological difference. I can handle reasonable debate on issues such as immigration, taxes, our deficits and war. But what I can’t handle is utter stupidity. Just sheer ignorance about issues where not even the slightest bit of common sense seems to be prevalent in someone’s thought process.
It terrifies me that many of these people drive out on our roads without someone telling them what to think and do.
For example, someone like Sarah Palin. You see, we had the yearly White House Correspondence dinner this week. It’s a tradition that goes back to 1920 and something that almost every President has attended.
But here this twit just had to tweet about it…
Well first, it probably wasn’t even her that sent the actual tweet. I’m sure she’s too damn dumb to figure out how to properly use Twitter.
But still, her Twitter account sent out a tweet, and in pure Palin ignorance she basically said ‘while the rest of the country is out there working our asses off, the DC assclowns throw themselves a nerd prom.’ The keyword being working our asses off.
Excuse me? She’s working her ass off? Exactly what the hell is this bumbling idiot doing these days? She failed as a VP candidate, quit as governor, her shows (plural) failed and Fox News fired her—what the hell is she doing?
And heaven forbid that one night of the year, in an American tradition spanning 93 years, some of those in our nation’s capital poke fun at one another and have fun. That makes them assclowns? I know what it is, she’s still pissed off that she’ll never be present at one of these dinners. I mean hell, when you get fired from Fox News because you’re too much of a headcase, joining the likes of Glenn Beck in that respect, that says enough about what kind of assclown you are.
Then there’s the continued debate on gun regulation. I swear, if I hear “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” again my head might just pop right off.
Is alcohol an issue with drunk driving? Or is it just the people? No, alcohol is an issue with drunk driving, which is why we regulated it. Now I know what’s coming, “But drinking isn’t a right!” Who gives a crap. Just because it’s a right doesn’t mean it isn’t a problem. Gun ownership might be a right, but that doesn’t suddenly negate the fact that guns are part of the problem! Just because over 200 years ago a group of men wrote a document that gave us the right to bear arms, doesn’t mean those arms are excused from ever being included as part of a problem with violence that includes those arms.
Many during that time argued slavery was a right too. In fact, many of the Founding Fathers were slave owners. Can we just finally agree that maybe their judgement on every issue wasn’t exactly perfect? Especially considering that during their time guns were single-shot muskets, not rapid fire semi-automatics with large magazines.
And if you think this government fears an armed populous, you’re clearly too mentally unstable to own a gun. How well did that work out for the south during the Civil War? Overthrow the government did they? Oh no, that’s right, they got their asses kicked by the federal government and had to free their slaves. And this was when our government, and military, were much weaker.
Then the whole “homosexuals are sinners” argument. Let’s just put it like this: If you’re a Christian, you have but one judge and that’s God. If homosexuals are to be “dammed to hell” as millions of these right-wing Christians believe, then so bet it—let them find that out when they face God. Until then, shut your mouth, live your own life and worry about your own damn sins. Because I’m sure you’re guilty of plenty.
But for the rest of us who are sane, we all know people are born the way they are born. Our sexual orientation isn’t a choice. As a Christian, I believe God made both straight and gay individuals. Our actions toward others determine what kind of people we are, not who we love.
And of course there are the Republicans who hate Obama more than they claim to love the United States. You know who you are. The ones who would rather have millions of people lose their jobs, homes and family if it would make President Obama look bad. The ones who call yourselves “proud patriots” yet hate our government, hate millions of Americans and seem to love some version of the Constitution that’s never existed.
Oh, and for you “the Republican opposition to President Obama has nothing to do with race” people—spare me. I live in Texas, you know how often I hear conservatives who don’t know I’m a liberal call Obama some racially derogatory word? I’ll just say it’s more than I hear him called President.
But let’s just take a look at this image that compares Republican majority states and the states of the Confederacy:
But I’m sure there’s no coincidence with that—none at all.
I’ve just had it with people who seem to live in some alternate reality where facts, history, science, math and common sense are all vulgar words and thoughts.
Where the use of critical thinking seems to be taboo for millions when it comes to discussing the issues which face our nation.
Again, I’m not asking that we agree upon every issue. I’m simply asking that when we begin to discuss these issues, we’re discussing them in the same dimension of reality.
And right now it’s not even close to happening.
can we stop blaming poor people for buying cheap products that were made in sweatshops? can we stop acting like alternatives to products that are made through things like child labor are always accessible and/or affordable? can we stop talking like participation in the game of capitalism is always a choice made willingly and not something poor people are forced to play a part in even when they don’t want to?
A catcall is entirely about reminding you that you are not yours. The purity myth is entirely about reminding you that you are not yours. The fetishization of female purity in a world where catcalls are an acceptable form of communication telegraphs one thing very clearly:
“Women, stop sexualizing yourselves—that’s our job, and you’re taking all the fun out of it.”
The sexualization of women is only appealing if it’s nonconsensual. Otherwise it’s “sluttiness,” and sluttiness is agency and agency is threatening.
We have a word for the conscious slaughter of a racial or ethnic group: genocide. And one for the conscious destruction of aspects of the environment: ecocide. But we don’t have a word for the conscious act of destroying the planet we live on, the world as humanity had known it until, historically speaking, late last night. A possibility might be “terracide” from the Latin word for earth. It has the right ring, given its similarity to the commonplace danger word of our era: terrorist.
The truth is, whatever we call them, it’s time to talk bluntly about the terrarists of our world. Yes, I know, 9/11 was horrific. Almost 3,000 dead, massive towers down, apocalyptic scenes. And yes, when it comes to terror attacks, the Boston Marathon bombings weren’t pretty either. But in both cases, those who committed the acts paid for or will pay for their crimes.
In the case of the terrarists — and here I’m referring in particular to the men who run what may be the most profitable corporations on the planet, giant energy companies like ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, BP, and Shell — you’re the one who’s going to pay, especially your children and grandchildren. You can take one thing for granted: not a single terrarist will ever go to jail, and yet they certainly knew what they were doing.
“Terracide and the Terrarists, Destroying the Planet for Record Profits,” Tom Engelhardt
“Chronic illness takes its toll on friendship for several reasons. We become undependable as companions, often having to cancel plans at the last minute if it turns out we can’t get out of bed on the day of a scheduled commitment. And, living in the world of the sick, we gradually have less and less in common with those with whom we worked and played.”
“Knowing these reasons doesn’t make the isolation any less painful an adjustment as we watch people disappear from our lives one by one, some after dozens of years of friendship. On top of this painful personal experience, we also encounter all the ‘healthy living’ advice that tells us that maintaining an active social life enhances both mental and physical health. And so worry is added to isolation.”
Philip Van Cleave, Virginia gun advocate, with John Oliver on The Daily Show.