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Okay, okay, i need to blog more. This will probably happen whether I want it to or not because either I tore something else in my knee or the VA didn't bother to fix it all the last time they operated.

As for what's going with certain elected officials? Holy shit, I need to RANT, but I guess the oligarchs that now own LJ won't allow politics.

As usual, the PTSD has an effect, buuuuuttttt....I got on a bus! And then I did it again! (It took me three tries, but fuck it, right?) And I did it by myself. Good drugs make a HUGE difference.

I can't rant at great length here, but I think my dreamwidth needs to be broken in.
Yesterday, I did approximately 8,500 steps. That apparently dud the truck because except for a few nightnares, I slept really well.

So far this morning, I fed the cats, took out some garbage, scrubbed some of the floor, cleamed five litter boxes, and racked up 1,390 steps. Yesterday, about step 5,000, I realized I'd forgotten to eat. Whoops.

I have a cleaning product addiction. I need to get that organized. It feels like I see something new and my eyes get cartoonishly huge and lustful.

I've been puppy sitting a neighbor's bichon frisé puppy. Cutest little thing ever, and it gets me out of the house.

Now off to get myself caffeinated.

BTW, I'm going to be trying the move to Dreamwidth. It feels like I never get to sit down. That's not neccesarily bad.
For 18 years, I thought she was stealing my identity. Until I found her |
US news | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/03/identity-theft-racial-justice
Yargh. For the second day in a row I managed to double my step count, but today the knee gave me a twinge. I did 6,800-something steps yesterday, 7,300-something today, without really trying. Yesterday was sorting books in the garage. Today was errands, or at least it was supposed to be. One minute I'm thinking---like a normal person----"I just need to get this key copied"-----and the next thing I know I'm looking at a cart which has two HUGE sacks of potting soil in it, three bags of sunflower seeds---because you have to pay squirrel protection around here----and enough pots, plants, and seeds to recreate Versailles in my garden this year. Or at least on my front porch.

Depot my ass. They need to just call it a crack house and have done with it.

I'd like to write more but Shadow---my Grumpaluffagus, my scarred ex feral who hisses at everyone but me----has once again made me into the big spoon and is using my arm as a pillow.

Weird thing: ever since they started giving me that anxiety med that actually reduces nightmares, I have not had a single instance where I woke up gasping. Not one.

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The next Brock Turners?

Arizona high school athletes arrested in hazing case | Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-arizona-hazing-idUSKBN170383?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter



Yeah, more entries in the "rape charges really ruin a guy's life"
category.
Good news: managed to make fresh buns this morning. Mmmmm, fresh bread with bu------

Where IS the butter?

I put some out last night to soften in the cupboard, because Fred has made off with whole sticks of butter.

So....oh. Wait. Why are those bowls in the sink? I just washed those yesterday.

I put them in the cupboard.

And shut it tightly.

Now I have an open cupboard, spilled bowls, and.....no butter.

He opened the bloody cupboard.

"FRED, goddamit."

In other news...

So I see people are ignoring the major, glaring, huge, implication in these ISIS attacks: car attacks and knife-wielders? This is not an enemy with any reserves of tactics, personnel, or plans to offer.

Meanwhile, a white guy----ex-Army----came up to New York to specifically black men. He killed one. "All Lives Matter" personnel are suspiciously absent from conversations about this. The guy apparently has long-standing ties to white supremacist hate grops, but Trump quietly removed those groups from hate group watch lists. Now they can operate with impunity. Their radio stations and youtube channels spew hatred and conspiracy 24/7, but they're white, so they CAN'T be terrorists.


And Trump is declaring that he's "vindicated" by the discovery that his people were inadvertantly surveilled as part of an investigation into suspect foreign nationals. The guy making excuses for him----Nunes----was part of his transition team.


Now, if you're an idiot (or a Trumper, but I repeat myself) you can call this "vindication", when what it shows is that Trump's people had a lot of meetings with foreign actors that various intelligence agencies felt compelled to observe.


Meetings which those Trumpers either failed to mention (Flynn) or outright lied about(Sessions).


Hm, if it were just golfing being discussed, why was Sergei Kislyak brought into Trump Tower in such a way as to avoid the constant press photographers? And why is Trump desperately acting like somebody who knows there's a whole wardrobe of shoes about to drop? So much for questions about collusion. If he didn't know-----but why is Putin (of all people) the only person he gushes over?----then he's so oblivious he shouldn't be president. The willfully stupid and the congenitally-idiotic have found their savior, however.


And I realized today that guys who whine about Mel Gibson or whoever when the talk is about some asshole black guy are just the "but her emails!" people with a tweak of subject. Bill Cosby raped 50+ women. Let me know how many women it takes before you give a shit. Saudi Arabia only requires four. At a certain point, a guy does such a horrible thing or so many horrible things to so many people that whatever he did before doesn't matter.


Oh. Shit. "People". I forgot, women still aren't people, even to men who themselves have had to fight to be regarded as such. And they think sexism is a fun thing they've been denied while white men got to have all the toys.



Certain people see this and scream, "You libtards want special standards!" No, asshole, we want the same standards that mediocre white men get. One standard for everybody. We want the same assholes who scream, "ITPG!" (Innocent Till Proven Guilty)about every rapist to appear when a woman gets falsely accused of lying about men who attack and harm women. I'm sure they'll be along any day now.

No, the Irish were NOT slaves, you morons

Debunking a Myth: The Irish Were Not Slaves, Too - The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/17/us/irish-slaves-myth.html?_r=0

Brian Bilston

Thanks to another "gangster bully careerist reviewer" for introducing me to this poem.

Read the poem first from the top.

Then read the lines up from the bottom.

Meals on Wheels

C'mon, Repubs, just TRY and jutify cutting Meals on Wheels. I dare you. And the school lunch program? C'mon. ONE weekend at Mar-A-Lago would fund Meals on Wheels for the year. And that's, what, the FIFTH of six weekends he's spent there, while Melania stays in NY?

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Another Tea Bagger

Former Tea Party darling Steve Stockman arrested for felony election law
violations - Salon.com
https://www.salon.com/2017/03/17/former-tea-party-darling-steve-stockman-arrested-for-felony-election-law-violations/

Another Nazi in the White house.

Top Trump Adviser Sebastian Gorka Denied A Report That He Belongs To A
Nazi-Allied Group - BuzzFeed News
https://www.buzzfeed.com/talalansari/sebastian-gorka-report?utm_term=.ud583MbzP#.kpoYgnVLK

Now and forever

Rachel has this report that got leaked by the intel community and it says....

*people do not COME here as radicals.
*they get radicalized here.....gee, do you suppose rampant Islamophobia mighy have something to do with it?

Can we get to work on rightwing nutjob hate groups now?

So it turns out if you.....act like Saddam Hussein people don't like it. There have been HUNDREDS of attacks on Muslims, Jews, and Sikhs since Trump was elected. These people FLEE the Saddams and the ISIS groups, then they come here, and what do they greeted with, as they stand there, drooping, having left everything behind them?

"Give me your tired, your poor...."

They are us. We were once them. Tomorrow we could be all us, one big colorful group. Those of us who have been saying this is NOT America, that this is NOT right.....were right.

The right thing is not a fad. It's like the clear note of music that you get from a properly-tuned piano. That never changes. There is no fashion this year for decency and bare humanity, it never changes. If that is your thing, two thousand years ago, Jesus said,

"...for I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me drink. I was a stranger, and you took me in. I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you; or thirsty, and give you a drink? When did we see you as a stranger, and take you in; or naked, and clothe you? When did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?’

“The King will answer them, ‘Most certainly I tell you, because you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

These are the words the people pushing this ban supposedly believe.

By your actions ye will know them is the phrase.

Now is the time to take action. It remains, forever, the right thing to do.

Another sexual assault discussion

I took this from my facebook, where HTML is impossible, so capital letters are the only form of emphasis available. I might format this later.

This contains heavy sarcasm. Heavy. YUGE.


It's absolutely amazing watching guys flood a discussion about rape to scream INNOCENT TILL PROVEN GUILTY while falsely accusing all women of lying, but to really be gobsmacked, you have to observe the smug arrogance of men who proclaim that they don't need to READ BOOKS ABOUT RAPE.

And then they demand evidence from women. Which they ignore or then just dismiss out of hand. This is often called JAQing off----just asking questions.

Oh, and butthurt Trumpies are a new feature, too. Yeah....no. You voted for an asshole who BRAGGED about sexually assaulting women. You have no place in ANY discussion.

And another feature of these discussions is the way the guys ABSOLUTELY refuse to listen to women.

Is THAT why they're so obsessed with defending the concept of lying women? Why many of these guys jeer at "enthusiastic" consent? (You know they do.)Because the way they try and shout women down makes you wonder what they're actually defending. I suspect it's themselves. I suspect they're remembering all those instances where they tuned out a woman or where they just steam rolled over her. After all, who LISTENS to women, amirite? So if they say something stupid like "No", it's their own damned fault nobody listens, right? Right?

Which brings us to the last point. These guys scream about the poor sensitive falsely-accused Oscar winner while they brand women liars without the bat of a hypocritical eye, but what REALLY gets them incensed is any woman who behaves like a man----like me, for example, if you define "like a man" as "refusing to tolerate aroogance, lies, or condescension, states one's opinion without qualifications or equivocations,demands answers, and gets exasperated with bullshit." Men who do all these things are called assertive. This is what women get called.


Notice the claims made here:
1. I never claimed to be first.
2. My unit most definitely did and STILL exists now.
3. Somebody says? Oh, wow, I'm totally convinced.
4. More anonymous sources, saying....what??


They won't listen to me so fuck 'em. They search for offense and find it. Unless you kiss their ass you're a man hater and they'll happily make excuses for how "feminazi" is totally fair but using your own judgment (by a woman) is persecution. CRUCIFICTION. A witch hunt. They NEVER use those terms for women. There is NO such thing as "Innocent till proven guilty" when you are a woman being accused by a man.

Yet women are to accept being bashed and condescended to by these guys. Sexism is unique among all hatreds because the defense is, "Yeah, so? She IS a bitch." Your choices are bitch or submission.

They expect you to take them by the hand and educate them while they either ignore it or ooh and aaah over them. Anything less than adoration is abuse by default. You only have two speeds where they're concerned.

And their excuse for not reading books? "It's about the rule of law and the presumption of innocence." Yeah, that's nice. Funny how it removes all sexism---theirs----from debate. And yet they ALWAYS falsely accuse women.

Oh, and ladies? NOTHING exists unless this guy sees it or experiences it. Nothing. Just stop. And YOUR experiences are probably lies but his are tremendously witty, interesting, LONG, and RELEVANT.

The final thing these guys do is magnification. Okay, FINE. Go ahead, make your jokes. But why are rape apologists so whiny? Any resistance or disagreement by women is being a harpy or a feminazi or a man hater. It's crucifixtion. Persecution. A witch hunt.

The phrase "woman-hater", though, gets shrugged off, because what ELSE do you do with women? They are SO hatable after all.

And God help you if you're sarcastic or just fed up with the bullshit. You're asking for it. (Men never ask for it. They're ALWAYS innocent.)Then you are "crucifying" them. You are conducting "a witch hunt." Bitching about a legal decision about a guy is "declaring one's self judge, jury, and executioner." Yeah, well, if I could smite assholes via a key on my computer then why are they still here? These guys get so overwrought at disagreement from women that you can get a glimpse of how cushy their lives are compared to womens'. You also wonder how they greet the concept of "no" from women.

"Women who disagree" so incenses these guys that they start raging both about crucifixtion and oppression----their own. Geena Davis did research about how men freak out when there's more than one woman per five men in a movie, but is there any way to measure the milijoules of male fury at women who refuse to suck up, who refuse to play nice, who think their history and their opinions---especially if they actually ARE informed about the subject----are more important than the bloviating of guys who assert their right to NOT read? Unread guys think their opinions are more important than the informed, educated, opinions of women. And they are flat out enraged at the notion that those bitches think otherwise. Male rage at female opinions fueled gamergate and the MRAs who morphed into Trump's Nazi base. (They care only ABOUT white men. When brown men get accused of rape, these guys are eager to "protect" white women who they would scream at as liars were the accused white men.)

And THEN there's the women. There's always the Reichwing women who think that strong means being an attacker rather than victim, though without a bat of a contradictory eyelash, they might talk about how they were victimized. Remember "The Only Moral Abortion is MY Abortion", that essay about the same demographic of women who see themselves as the extra special, unique, pure, innocent, perfect exception to the rule that all OTHER women are stupid lying filthy slatternly whores? So THEIR abortion is totally necessary? Yeah, keep that in mind. Yeah, yeah, yeah, people keep saying "internalized misogyny" but the evil stepsisters of the Reich sure aren't shy about attacking other women. You know the "compliment" 'you're not like other girls'? These are the "girls" who think that that compliment is all the better because if they throw other women under the bus, the sleaze at the wheel won't get to run them over while struggling over THAT hump.

And then there's the girls who are either lucky or oblivious enough to have somehow avoided sexism their whole life. They get terribly upset at sarcasm so they invariably tut tut.....women. Not men. They will wade into the fray and start simpering at the sexist guys, all the while waving their finger at women who have actually been fighting this fight since before this little fetus was able to walk upright. It's one of the most passive aggressive things you can imagine. Sometimes they confide they've had an experience, too, and because they Learned and Healed and Grew, you should too. Thanks, fetus, but take that sparkly shiny fairy shit and turn it into a glittery suppository. People are REALLY afraid of women getting angry. Why? Because they know what they've done and they fear finally getting nailed? Because payback's a bitch? Because every bigot, every sexist, every racist, knows that their paranoid hatred of women, POC, and LGBTQ folks amounts to an inadvertant confession?

Like....BLM. (Hatred of BLM is SO reliable as an asshole indicator I'm reluctant to mention it.) Who in FUCK could have a problem with the idea that Black Lives Matter TOO? The "too" is implied but it's there. So much of this culture illustrates that to many people, black lives do NOT matter, and this movement is to reddress that imbalance.

And that is threatening when the whole message is, "Please don't kill us."

The whole rape (and sexual harassment, and sexual assault) discussion amounts to women saying, "Please don't rape us. Please don't call us liars."

And the male response is, "Lol you bitches."

Well, after a few rounds (or decades) of that, women have reached the point where it's become, "Fuck you then. We TRIED asking nicely."

Last but not least are the BWATM people, the ones who attack you for not mentioning male victims. We're talking about female victims here.

Furthermore, the correct sentence is, "Men get raped." It's declarative. "Men get raped, too, yannow!" is a demand that the minority of victims get the majority of the attention. The people who do this display NO interest in discussing it in any other context but when women are fighting men to get them to stop shitting out the usual rape apology turds. They do not have discussions about this topic on its own. The two types of victims are treated so differently that they cannot be part of the same discussion.

You disagree? Look at Milo. For YEARS, he has been harassing and stalking and attacking women, and encouraging others with his, "Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest?" coy claims that he's not responsible. He's repeatedly attacked female rape victims.(And of course Trump is president because people either don't give a shit that the guy bragged about all manner of sexual assault or harassment, or they actually live vicariously through his behavior.)

But the minute Milo talked about boys he was dead in the water. Girls? Nobody gives a shit. To be sure, part of this is homophobia, but I'm sorry....a 48-yr-old guy and a 13-yr-old boy IS abusive. The end. I'm not going to sit here and kowtow to the sensibilities of those who demand women excuse themselves and apologize and qualify their every opinion. I've addressed this topic before. But in a week, Milo was over. Trump is president. And when 13-yr-old girls DO accuse men or boys of rape.....they get called liars. Boys get called some fucked up shit, but "liar" is not the go to.

And by the way, what IS with these plantation owner type fantasies? Certain guys always seem to think---and some actually whine out loud---- that all they want is to be asked *nicely* and they'll distribute some rights. But those aren't rights if someone else holds them and decides who gets them.

These rape discussions have been going on for decades at this point. Women aren't giving up. Rapist apologists think they can just be assholes, but fuck them.

From now on, I just conclude that these guys defending sexual assaulters and harassers and rapists are rapists themselves or want to keep theiroptions open. They only have their own words to blame.

Ohhhh....

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This is my dad. He can't have been more than five or six, against the backdrop of the Russian tray I brought back from Moscow.

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So......

So.

A variety of things have been happening lately. And then there's the election of a lying orange fascist to the White House, a guy who lies pathetically, obviously, and often right after something he said that was entirely different. His obsession with the size of his inauguration is positively Freudian. Freud must be spinning like Nancy Kerrigan at the thought of all the summer houses and little midlife crisis cars he could buy off of Cheetolini's grandiosity and pitiful boasts.

How do you sum that up? He's been married three times and has five kids. Tell me a woman could get away with that. He just had to pay $25 million in the lawsuit off of Fraud U, a suit he said he'd never settle. He insulted Muslims, Mexicans, women, Gold Star families, little girls, the disabled.....Actually, stop right there. After that little performance he gave, mocking the disabled reporter like an overgrown orange schoolyard bully from The Little Rascals, that should have been it.

I just don't get how anybody could watch this flaming sphincter lie about any- and every- thing and either think, "That's great!" or watch him lie and think, "Who cares?"

The guy has driven a casino into the ground---and make money off it through complicated tax shenanigans. He refused to reveal his taxes. He lied so many times about Putin it's easier to point out when he told the truth. Which....must have happened, right? Somewhere?

He's been sued thousands of times for aggreeing to pay workers for services, then backing out on the deal.....because he could. He's even been sued by law firms who worked on those suits, because no one is safe from Cheetohitler's greed.

He's bribed two Attorneys General. He's filled his cabinet with billionaires and crooked slimebags who are supposed to destroy the very agencies they've been appointed to lead----all at the behest of a bloated red-faced day drinker Nazi named Steve Bannon, who you can thank for that venomous snake Milo. Funny how Milo attacked and libeled and harassed dozens of women over the years, but nobody gave a shit. Same thing with Trump and other white men. If you attack women, even little girls, well, that's okay because what else are they good for? Okay, Trump and Woody Allen and Polanski may have liked them a little young, goes the Reichwing thinking, but we have both houses and the White House, who cares about the pretense?

I sure hope the Bernie or Bust purists and the Sarandons feel happy. I notice they still haven't stopped telling lies about Hillary, though, so let me just say this: Shut the fuck up, you whining assholes.

Would Hillary have banned all Muslims?

Would Hillary have appointed all those billionaires to the cabinet?

Would Hillary have dissolved protection for trans rights? Smirked and used Nazi propaganda? I could go on, but if you seriously think "Yes" is the answer there you're a bigger asshole than Trump, and that's saying something, because you should be smart enough to face your issues and not project them on a world you just took part in ruining.

LIke I said, the bullshit here is too deep to wade through. I've been sick since the end of January and I frankly haven't had the energy. Fuck these Nazis AND their whiny little fanbrats, too----and oh, by the way, the angry little fuckers just HATE being called Nazis, even while they use Nazi propaganda and ban entire religions and dismantle the rights of everybody who's not a rich white racist dude.

They hate women----yes, even some of the women. No, I don't give a shit Milo is gay. He hates being gay. Nor do I care he fucks black dudes. He might as well be masturbating when he does so, because he's just fetisizing is unfortunate partners. Aside from which, his whole shtrick is, "Some of my best friends are....." except he's offering his services as that "black friend." He hates women. He hates black women. I wonder who he DOESN'T hate, because bile is all he's got, apparently. Even Breitbart booted him.

I'm sick of morons who say, "But I didn't think he MEANT it," and then whine about their Obamacare. The orange obscenity has spent HIS LIFE cheating people, screwing people, bragging about himself, getting sued, lying some more, and starring on shitty TV shows. And, apparently, assaulting women, although he seemed to want a cookie when he said he wouldn't assault a 12-year-old Paris Hilton.

And how stupid is he? "My inauguration was the biggest ever."

"You realize there are photographs, right?"

"Those are fake."

Yeah. Fake. Anything he doesn't like is fake. To that end he has waged war on the actual media, even while he bitches about the leaks.....but not the substance of them.

I can guarantee you one thing. From the moment his shoes touched the carpet of an Aeroflot plane to take him to Moscow, he was bugged. The golden showers tape was just the FSB's version of letting him know they were waving the most innocuous thing they had on him in public, threatening him with what's worse. My money's on a tape with an extremly young and small prostitute or something even worse---and he either can't perform or he does and it's violent and possibly fatal.

Putin does not mess around. He poisons first, sometimes non fatally, then he sometimes uses poison to kill. He likes public executions, though. And he'll kill his own to get what he wants. His excuse for the second Chechan war was the apartment bombings in the late Nineties that he blamed on....Chechans.

If he won't hesitate to kill his own to get what he wants, what won't he do to people who are nothing to him?

Putin, like Trump, is massively insecure. If you think he's bad as as a puppet master, well, consider him as an enemy. God help us if there's a personal falling out between these two incredibly insecure, vain, boastful, slimy men. They'll do anything to stifle the feeling that the image they think they present is not the image others see. Yeah, you're welcome for those nightmares. I didn't vote for this asshole.

The mango monster is so unforigivably stupid it boggles belief. One can only assume his followers are even more dumb, if that's possible. No, wait, I guess it is. "Oh, he didn't mean that!" The US Intel community so distrusts him that they're holding back intelligence because they're afraid it'll go straight to Putin.

And the hypocrisy! "EMAILS! BENGHAZI!" Well now you have an orange anus who decided on the Yemen raid over dinner with Bannon ----a peacetime Navy seamen who never saw action and Agent Orange's son-in-law, who also serves as a human shield for Cheetolini by playing the part of the "Jewish friend" to stem off attacks on the Nazi-like tenor of Bannon's Breitbart.

Dinner. Yeah, that meal that Trump also uses to discuss North Korea over, in full view of the unvetted public at his club, to which he charges access.

One SEAL died in that raid. Several others were seriously wounded, and God knows how many unarmed civilians---including children----died on the ground.

CheetoHitler tried to claim Obama approved the raid, but he did not. The risk wasn't worth the gain. So there you have a grown man of seventy, trying to tattle on another man.

I could go on and on and on. I won't.

Make no mistake. We need to fight for our country. We need to protest and hold their feet to the fire, and if they disconnect the phones, we'll show up at their houses. And if this cranky old soldier with agoraphobia, a nasty cough, and a bad knee can do it....you better, too.

The spectacle with the immigrants made me see red. Can we trade gamergators and these nasty little edgelords for those immigrants, those translators to whom we made promises, the doctors and students, and tourists and green card holders.....All of whom come here because they believe the myth.

The GOP needs to be called on their bullshit. They claim to be patriots, but they hate the Consitution and never read it? They claim to be brave fighters of terrorists, but they live in fear and terror. They claim to be Christians, but they cast out the "foreigner traveller in your midst" and do anything they can for money, they take shelter from the homeless, medication and doctors from the sick, while they hate their neighbor and proclaim their 'faith' from the street corners. Jesus would have a horsewhip with their name on it, I think. In fact, the minute I see "Supporter the cops, Blue Lives Matter, Remember 9/11, Christian, Patriot, Milo, that Watson dude from Infowars, Breitbart, Sean Hannity," I know I'm dealing with one of these American nazis who inexplicably ALSO love Putin.

And while Agent Orange can't control who endorses him, he also can't deny that WHEN NAZIS AND THE KKK LIKE YOU IT MEANS YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING WRONG.

Christ, this cheeto on two legs attacked John Lewis---YES, that John Lewis----faster and more viciously than he ever used on one of his KKK followers.

I'm not even going to mention the Frederick Douglass thing because that was so stupid I'm afraid it might cause a rip in the fabric of reality. "I am Moron, the destroyer of worlds."

This has to be our level of engagement now. There are people who we have not backed up till now. Now we start.

It won't be fast and it won't be easy, but this is what we have to do. This is what it means to be a responsible civilian. Get up and get protesting.
How much overlap is there between the assholes saying "Kim K lied" and the "I just KNOW Hillary is lying," people, plus the "Amber Heard is lying" crew, along with the "Amanda Knox HAS to be guilty of SOMETHING!" crowd?

All these women have a LOT of evidence that they are being falsely accused, that they are telling the truth. Heard had video, photos, witnesses, sworn statements, and medical records, but all that proof just made people accuse her of being conniving. Knox, of course, was falsely accused by the Donald Trump of Italian law enforcement, a guy who hands out false accusations like they're party favors. Her room mate was the victim of a rape and murder by a local sleaze who liked to threaten people with knives. Prosecutors and cops took an instant dislike to the young, pretty Knox, and subjected her to abusive interrogation. Why? Why does the GOP hate women? Probably the same thing.

When the DNA came back, though, it pointed exclusively to Rudy Guede. The cops then offered HIM deals if he would just implicate Knox.

Strangely enough, people call Knox "racist" for accusing her boss, but that's not what happened, and even if it was, she was under duress at the time.

But NOBODY cares that Rudy Guede REPEATEDLY falsely accused Knox. NOBODY calls him a misogynist. Lying about women....well, that's just boys will be boys, innit?

Hillary, of course, has been falsely accused of all kinds of bullshit for decades, always by the sort of loser who has to denigrate anybody BUT white men. Themselves, in other words. It's just about impossible at this point to tell the liars on the left from the liars about Hillary on the right, because they tell the same lies. Hello, Berniebros, if you repeat the same rightwing shit that's been debunked for years, you are sexist. It's a lie and at this point your determination to demonize a woman proves you're sexist.

All those people who say "ignore the trolls" and "oh, it's free speech" (but they only EVER defend MENS' free speech and how they attack women with it) have inadvertantly created this. Proof used to matter. Now the neo-Nazis and the anti-social little edgelords are all over. "Ignoring them" (would you just shut UP about it already?) , it turns out, meant in reality, letting them rampage around without anybody stopping them, and now the GOP has turned into Gamergate, except with fifty- and sixty- year old losers on their third or fourth wife instead of incels in their mama's basement.

Jacob. Tamir.

Patti Wetterling: "Until last week, Jacob was alive to us."

Jesus Christ.

Jacob begged to go home at the end.

Yeah, I know, I know, "the childruns" is such a cliché.....but I don't know *anybody* who can't remember being scared as a kid.....and how Mom made it all better.

I don't even have kids. I never wanted them. Never bought the clichés, the romanticizing, none of that. I wouldn't have been a good mom. I am, however, a very good (or bad) evil auntie.

But even I get struck by how very vulnerable children are. And how trusting they are.



Jacob was taken from his mom. She never got the chance to comfort him. He died in terror, knowing he was going to die.

Civilian *adults* shouldn't have to experience that. But *kids*?? Jacob was a kid who got taken at a time when people were just starting to take account of what adults did to kids. Some kids. Nobody says it out loud. In a town of 3,000 people, Jacob should have been safe. Other kids? Well. Um. There are whole segments of this country where children don't have that freedom from fear.

That just hits you so viscerally, with this kid.

But why not Tamir Rice? He was Jacob's age.

Jacob was taken away and killed. Tamir was murdered where he stood. One was sexually molested by his killer. One was not. One was murdered by the boogeyman. How do you live when your is everybody else's hero?

If we can't keep ALL our kids safe.....from US....who *are* we?

Really?

I'm watching the election crap with astonishment. For starters, there's Trump. The guy has six bankruptcies, three marriages, over three thousand lawsuits against him, a history of sexually harassing and denigrating women, a habit of refusing to pay workers, has bribed at least one AG, AND he won't release his taxes. He courts the New Klux Klan on the Block, his campaign managers have been a woman-abusing rage monkey, a Russian crook, and now a white supremacist with a history of racism, beating women, and every kind of hatred there is.

And then there are the people who claim there's no difference bewteen him and Hillary.

They call her a warmonger, blame her----and ONLY her----for wars, deaths, Presidential orders, rapes, her husband, and.....global warming.

Let's see, what is this called? For starters, it's false equivalence and it's lazy thinking. You just don't want to do the heavy lifting. Hillary Clinton is an extraordinary candidate who's being subjected to a smear campaign that's extraordinary. Trump is a Nazi. You're saying she's a Nazi. To me that says you are at best, lazy, or at worst, have designated Hillary as the repository for all your misogyny. (And it WILL spill over on other women, it's the nature of hatred.)

Trump accuses her of racism---Trump, who refused to rent to black people, Trump, who called for the execution of the Central Park Five.

Then there's Sanders. For thirty years, Sanders has accused women of voting for female candidates because they both have uteruses.

Then there's his refusal to reveal hos taxes-----while demanding Hillary reveal every last little thing. Worse yet was his attacks on her for "superpredator." She was not an alected official. She could not vote for tge bill. Bernie did.

Don't get me started on either Stein or Johnson. They want to be public servants, they say. Yet between elections, neither of these gadflies do anything for the public. They only show up when the cameras start flashing----once every four years. They have no history of service. They have no experience. Stein dogwhistles to anti-vaxx nutjobs. Threatening to vote for them out of spite indicates that you're eager to bash Clinton even though everything people use as an excuse is nothing but Repub propaganda.

The Boston Globe printed a story the other day that typifies the biased coverage.

It was about how, in 2009, the Clinton Foundation (which, as a charity, receives higher ratings than the Red Cross) requested diplomatic passports for a couple of staffers so that they could accompany Bill Clinton. This request was turned down. (Much like other stories of "favors for donations", the accusation is made, but it's never pointed out that that these requests were turned down.)

The Globe's source, Judicial Watch, claimed that Secretary Clinton took an undue interest in these events.

The article does not that that particular incident is when two hostages were veing held by North Korea. It does not point out that as Secretary of State, Hillary would have been remiss in not being interested in an international incident that required the intervention of a former President.

Judicial Watch is a group funded by the Scaife Foundation. I'll wait while you look that up.

Meanwhile, Trump's threats, lies, frauds, and everything else gets brushed off. Every accusation against Hillary is taken as fact. Don't kid yourself that this election involves just one man and one woman. Men have been accusing Hillary (and all other women) of horrible things, and other men (and some women) are eager to believe in those accusations. Meanwhile, when Hillary tells the truth (and she does so almost always) she gets called a liar.

Remember that the next thing some guy interrupts a conversation to whine that women.

Tags:

starcat books, pumpkins, and oh my!

Here's a struggling little bookstore, trying to keep going. http://starcatbooks.com/2016/08/10/buy-from-us-online/

They sell ebooks and with a little, ahem, tweaking and pulling and stuff, you can read them on anything, and I do mean anything. I have a kindle, for example. Besides, who doesn't love the idea of sticking it to Amazon now and then? It's a legitimate sale, plus it works for all of you out there who hate Amazon or whomever.

As for updates, well, my house got broken into and my bike got stolen right out from under my nose. The guy's been casing the neighborhood for houses that belong to women, asking all kinds of creepy questions, "Are you alone? Do you live alone? Is the man of the house here?" (How did he know that a "Man of the house" would be more merciful than I would be? Huh.) I almost caught the fucker: I ran after him in bare feet for six blocks, and then I realized, "Ooops, bare feet." My feet got all torn up on newly-spread gravel and asphalt, which I didn't even feel when I was running after him. My knee was the size of a basketball. Not pretty.

A few years ago, the theft would have sent me down into the abyss again, because I was just barely climbing to the lip of the exit. Now I'm furious, wondering how I'm going to get a new bike----I'm not supposed to be running, but damn that felt GOOD,----and worried that I will not get the chance at dismembering the thieving little fucker the way he so richly deserves.

I think it has come time to sharpen one of my machetes on the front step.

Oh, AND:

Sigh

The cop who was helping me yesterday rejoiced at what she called her "last foot chase." The guy had a gun. She was a forty something female, didn't look to be in *that* great shape----I mean, Simon Biles-----but she chased a *much* younger guy down in 80+ degree weather, kitted out in body armor and a polyester uniform, and took his gun away from him without using hers. We chatted. I relayed to her the eerie experience I had just weeks back from Iraq, at the old house, seeing a kid holding a nine mil in the alley, waving it around.

"This country's gone crazy, " she said grimly. I figured I knew where she was heading, and I braced myself for something pro-Trump.

"Everybody's gun crazy," she said. "There's too many guns. Everybody has a gun. It's nuts."

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It's that time of year. The morning glories have started blooming.

Unfortunately, I have been doing a lot related to the knee---stitches come out tomorrow!----which has made sitting down at a desk hard, but hopefully with continued improvement, that will change.

This election has left me stunned with horror. Why didn't people see this coming, our children will be asked. If they survive. Why didn't you do something?

Why didn't we, indeed.

I never thought I would live to see a Gold Star father savaged in the press. That day has come.

Later, I'm going to sit down. See you then.

Jul. 26th, 2016

Leg is very swollen. Don't look. Ugh. Have been on phone with idiots at Home Depot, who have decided that no, the phone number I have used for years is NOT acceptible, instead they are going to call a friend in another state to let her know that the non-repair guy is on the way.

I spent forty five minutes on the phones with these twits this morning, and then.....tjey called her again. In Texas. Because she got me a fucking present five years ago. Read more...Collapse )


It is hot, the pain killers make me dizzy, and Home Depot is trying to weasel out of not honoring their warranty because their machine damaged my house.

Stitches

So I was in the hospital, having surgery. When I'm less drugged, I'll write more. Holy shit, they dumped FIVE different new meds on me, four of which seem to be fairly setious pain killers. Funny thing is, it dodn't rrally start hurting till a few hours ago, after I got home. (I'm typing this in my phone with a fuzzy cat Who Shall Remain Nameless shedding all over, so I'm blaming my typing on...them. Plural pronoun, do you can't identify the culprit. Hah!)


I managed to change the sheets on the daybed before toppling over. The upstairs of the house is COOLER than the downstairs, or was, before I hoisted open some windows. (I'm not allowed upstairs for a few days because I have THREE incisions and THREE sets of stitches. Apparently letting my stumble around for SEVEN months on what the VA called a "badly-torn" meniscus is NOT a great idea.

I have to keep an eye on the windows because Fred hates squirrels the way I hate Cheetohitler, and I'm pretty sure the feeling would be even worse if he was tiny amd stole my strawberries, in addition to being a of a person.

So. I should be writing more. I'm goung to be laid up for a while, so it's that or God knows what.

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