Blackface Is As American As Apple Pie.

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Back in the day the current governor of  Virginia liked to rub shoe polish on his face and black it up.   Pictures have appeared.  Outrage has ensued.  Demowimps and Rethuglicans alike agree.  Bad boy   Gotta go.

Allow me to retort.  Governor Ralph Northam should not resign.

He should stay right where he is. He should not quit. He should remain in power until his term is over. Do NOT give into the social media mobs and the echo chamber of woke social justice warriors. Do NOT grovel before the conveniently moralistic conservatives of right-wing radio, Fux News and other Trump zombie droogs. Don’t listen to them Governor. Hang tough. Stay the course. Don’t retreat and don’t surrender.

Because this is bigger than you.

What is it within non-Black people to believe they can smear makeup on their faces, name a professional football team “Redskins,” elect a man who calls Mexicans “rapists” and gleefully brags about grabbing women by the pussy, exterminate entire groups of people based upon their race, the color of their skin, or for praying to a different god?

What is it that allows the same race who invaded North and South America and eradicated both the Indian and the buffalo, brought the slave to the New Land chained in the hold of ships as they laid in their own bodily wastes as well as the hapless, hopeless others being stolen from Africa to delude themselves that their ancestors aren’t part of those who would make America great on the broken backs of the Blacks?

Why take so much unseemly pleasure in the all but certain fall in the impending fall of a governor of a state where you don’t live, pretty much forgotten all about since his election against a Confederacy cuddling cretin and you never had a chance to vote for or against in the first damn place? Be honest. How many of y’all who live outside of Virginia really gave two fucks about Ralph Northam before his trending on social media numbers when he said something on one day that the right-wingers were calling an endorsement of infanticide and before the weekend is over some embarrassing pics from his past just happened to pop-up IMMEDIATELY AFTER.

You think that’s a coincidence? You don’t think somebody somewhere put that info out there? You don’t think Northam didn’t make himself some serious enemies when he went from obscurity to notoriety in less than a week? You don’t think those Russian, Chinese and North Korean bots aren’t blowing up Twitter and Facebook and the rest of social media every day to sow confusion, fear, anger and dissension among the American people? You think they save that only for presidential and congressional elections? You don’t think there are governmental agencies, private individuals and groups, corporations and dark little cabals working day and night then night and day to feed our petty little hatreds and fears and worst case scenarios?

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Let make this clear. Ralph Northam is a trash human being. Saying that wasn’t him in one picture, but he did wear blackface to portray Michael Jackson is the definition of difference without a difference. But let’s be honest, okay? You think getting rid of Ralph Northam changes anything? It never has before, so why should this time be any different?

Nothing is gonna to change. Not until good White folks take responsibility for owning their own shit. Not until good White folks really own up that the only way to raise the next generation of good White folks is to not act as if purging one useless politician is purging the entire group of their long history of privilege and power over over races and groups.

Not until White people take responsibility for not teaching and training their kids that blackface isn’t cool and it isn’t hip and it isn’t harmless. Not until White parents sit down with their White children and include among their dinner table conversations a reminder that blackface is always wrong and doesn’t feed right into the mentality of Black folks that White folks don’t give even slightly close to a fuck when it comes to calling out their own bigotry and superiority.

Angela Davis once said, “I feel that if we don’t take seriously the ways in which racism is embedded in structures of institutions, if we assume that there must be an identifiable racist who is the perpetrator, then we won’t ever succeed in eradicating racism.” Which we won’t. Not as long as the masses are convinced if only if they burn enough witches we’ll burn all the bigotry out of the Caucasoid.

Not gonna happen. Not until you come get your children. Whether they’re moderate Democrats in Virginia or MAGA gear-rockers from Covington Catholic in Kentucky or teachers in Iowa and in California or fraternities, sororities, sporting events or the boyfriend of an Oscar-winning actress, blackface is wrong. No matter when or no matter the reason. It can’t be anything else.

Getting rid of a non-entity of Northam will only get rid of one asshole in a lawn full of blooming assholes who think they can nod and wink at racist imagery and it won’t come back to bite them in the buttocks. This is like putting a Band-Aid on someone who needs brain (and heart) surgery.

This is not a matter of throwing yet another dumb-ass White man under the mashing wheels of yet another bus. This not about soothing the ruffled feelings of the liberal cognoscenti who frequently eat their own to preserve their own sense Northam is a deviant gene and not part of the hardwired racism that is endemic within White people. Nor is it about joining hands with the conservative witchfinders who were calling for the Virginia governor’s head at the beginning of the week and are now joining by their opposite number by the end of the week.

This is about treating a symptom while ignoring the disease. This is about deflecting upon others the flaws that lie within ourselves. Ralph Northam is not an outlier. He is not an aberration or a deviant gene. This is America. Ralph Northam is as traditionally an American a story as they come.

If you didn’t give a fuck about the “good people on both sides” bullshit when Trump spewed that shit about the neo-Nazis and White supremacist White Trash who murdered Heather Heyer, u can miss me with your sanctimonious, hypocritical bullshit.   Don’t wanna none of that.

If you didn’t give a fuck when Donald John Trump and the “Blacks love me” became the 45th Resident of the UnUnited States of Amerikka and all the White supremacist endorsements he earned, u can miss me with your sanctimonious, hypocritical bullshit.   Don’t need none o’ that either.

If you didn’t give a fuck when Donald John Trump and his bought-and-paid bobblehead both dragged Barack Obama as an outsider, an unfit usurper, and a fake, fraudulent hustler who lied about where he was born, then yes, you can miss me with your sanctimonious, hypocritical bullshit.

And if you think Governor Northam is anything but the fruit of a bipartisan poisoned treee where Dems and Repubs take turns clowning, mocking  and dogging out Black people, u can miss me with all of your sanctimonious, hypocritical  bullshit and oh, by the way, FUCK YOU VERY MUCH.

There’s nothing to debate.  There is no statue of limitations for ignorant, bigoted behavior.   Ralph Northam should definitely be the immediate former governor of Virginia, but singling him out as a bad example doesn’t make all White People good ones.

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Racism thrives not because Blacks keeping harping on it but because Whites don’t realize how they enable it and assist it in continuing to thrive.  George Wallace is dead.  Lester Maddox is dead.   Strom Thurmond, James Eastland, Theodore Bilbo, Byron de la Beckwith, and Bull Connor are all dead, dead, DEAD.   Deader than disco.  Dead as fuck.

But racism didn’t die with them.   It not only lives even to this day, it thrives because there is a straight line from Northman’s blackface then and Covington Catholic now.

And if you don’t see the correlation, then you’re no different, no better and just as culpable as they are.   Enjoy the smug confidence you’re more enlightened than they are.   Then ask yourself, “What have I done to kill my own racism and that of the people in my life?”

I hope you sleep well with the answer.

 

Are You Ready For Some Debating?

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Tonight when she takes the  stage for the first presidential debate with Donald Trump at Hofstra University It’s a given Hillary Clinton enters the debate with a superior advantage in knowledge of policy, international and domestic issues, gravitas, substance and will not at any time brag about her lady parts.

If Trump gets through the debate without calling Clinton a “lyin’ ass bitch”, he’ll be declared the winner by those already predisposed to do so. That’s okay. My own expectations are we’re going to have a substantive and civil discourse on matters of great importance in a dignified debate.

Kidding! I’m appalled this debate has been framed like a heavyweight fight and the only question is how many jabs and feints will it take before the big knockout punch is thrown.

I will be watching the debates with a glass of sangria in one hand and the TV remote in the other so I can follow the Falcons vs. Saints game. I have a Saints receiver starting for my fantasy football team (The Blair Walsh Project) and I’d like to finish my weekend strong. However, as a good American, I am skilled at viewing two vastly different events at the same time and thus switch between a relatively meaningless early NFL game and an important discussion between two wildly unpopular and disliked people vying for the right to lead a nation into peace or war.

James Fallows on why we will watch and what it will mean

Clinton has the burden is to show she can be trusted. Trump has the burden of trying to appear, not only presidential, but sane. He’s got the easier lift.

If you don’t have time to read Fallows’ analysis of the first debate, take 4:49 and it sums it up nicely.

Trump cannot immediately become an American dictator if he wins.  But within four years? Challenge accepted!

So! We meet again!

So! We meet again!

Make no mistake about it. Donald Trump would be like no other president we’ve ever had because he’s like no other presidential candidate we’ve ever seen. No need to go down the list of Trump’s personality quirks, propensity to lie repeatedly even when he doesn’t have to, or the policy proposals and statements which would be nightmarish in their effect or just flat-out unconstitutional as proposed.

There is something about Trump which tells me he wouldn’t be an American dictator.  He’s vicious and evil enough, but also too lazy to commit to  it.  He’s not philosophically motivated or driven by ideology to pursue the means to accomplish the ends of dismantling democracy.  Anyone as flaky as Trump can be isn’t going to round-up all his enemies and waterboard them when he becomes Commander-in-Chief. That’s too small.   Sure, he’d  make their lives a living hell, but that sort of fun and games will be President Trump’s downtime distraction  in-between starting a war with Iran or North Korea  and  shooting the shit with his new butt-buddy, Vladimir Putin.

There will be no dull days with Trump in the White House. He may walk into the Situation Room in a foul mood because the First Lady wouldn’t give him a handjob last night, so now he’s ready to bomb the bejesus outta somebody and shout, “Bring me the nuclear football!”

Nothing to worry about.  Just the fate of the free world.  That’s all.

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Trump will look to add Clinton to his list of victims.

Those Whom Speak the Truth Will Suffer For It.

Eric Holder,  President Obama’s first attorney general,  had only been on the job for a month when he called out the whole damn U.S. of A. for its timid reluctance to talk about race in an open and honest way.   Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards. Though race related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion, and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race.”

Conservatives already didn’t like Holder before,  but they were really pissed at him for being rude enough to remind the nation this isn’t a post-racial paradise.   When Black people tell White people things like this they are going to get crushed for doing so.    This is where Colin Kaepernick finds himself in today.

If you’re a professional athlete and you’re actively supporting Black Lives Matter, you’re putting yourself in the frying pan.   If you refuse to stand for the Star-Spangled Banner, you’re cooked.   America loved Muhammad Ali  after he got sick and no longer dangerous, but they don’t want NFL players walking in his shoes.

As a longtime San Francisco 49ers fan, my interest was rekindled when Jim Harbaugh selected  Colin Kaepernick as the quarterback to lead the 49ers back to somewhere Alex Smith never could get to:  The Super Bowl.  They came up three points short to the Baltimore Ravens, but the future looked bright for the  Niners and Kaepernick looked like the guy to return the franchise to its Montana/Young glory days.

Only four players remain from that 2012 Super Bowl runner-up and after today’s final  roster cuts today while Kaepernick is  still one of them,  it’s only as the $11 million back-up to the wretched Blaine Gabbert.

The scourging of Colin Kaepernick takes several different lines of attack.

“Kaepernick is a rich, well-paid football player who should shut up because where else is he going to enjoy this level of success.”

Because only poor people have the right to protest?

“Kaepernick is a lousy football player who should be cut, traded or ride the bench in San Francisco. Who is he to say anything?”

It’s true Kapernick is not the hot property he once was, but he is an American citizens and American citizens are not required to stand and observe the National Anthem. This right extends even to professional football players. Incredible, yes I know.

“Kaepernick isn’t Black so what does he know about how Black men experience racism?”

That one came courtesy of NBC Sports’ Rodney Harrison. Harrison, who suffered at least 10 concussions in his playing days and was suspended four games in 2007 for using Human Growth Hormone, later “apologized” for questioning Kaepernick’s racial roots because he didn’t know Kaepernick was Black.

You may not believe it, Rodney Harrison, but this IS a Black guy. (Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)

You may not believe it, Rodney Harrison, but this IS a Black guy.
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I can’t even.

“I acknowledge Kaepernick’s right to protest, but since America is one of the least racist countries on the planet, he’s protesting about the wrong thing.”

Here’s the thing:  if you only agree someone has the right to protest when you agree with what they’re protesting about, you don’t really believe in the right.

Kaepernick is not the next MLK. He’s not the next Jim Brown, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Muhammad Ali or any other Black athlete who has stood up (or sat down) to protest the racial inequities of America. He’s the first Colin Kaepernick and he’s following the light all those before him cast upon the darkness of American racism.

Some guys don’t get it. Like Rodney Harrison. Some guys do like Bart Scott.

“I think the death of Muhammad Ali has stirred the pot. It has moved the needle to where athletes are becoming socially conscious. They’re not concerned about the bottom line. They’re not concerned with their dollars. They understand that they have a voice and [they’re] almost ashamed of how they used their voice in the last 20 years since Jim Brown, Lew Alcindor, Muhammad Ali stepped up for social change. Now, guys are ashamed and I think they’re going to try to do something about it.

“We just honored the same man that we persecuted back in the day. It’s always the right time to fight for justice, fight for what you believe in. It’s never a convenient time to talk about what you believe in. You’re supposed to wait til tomorrow? Until he’s not a player? Who’s going to listen? If he had tweeted, who would have cared?”

The way this supposedly washed-up, scrub QB is being vilified, scorned, mocked, and damned, you would think he came out of the huddle, ripped off his jersey revealing a “Black Lives Matter” T-shirt, and then pulled out an American flag and set it on fire on the 50-yard line. All he did was remaining seated on the bench instead of standing for an anthem that has lost its meaning for him.

Maybe Kaepernick eventually goes and maybe he stays.  Either way, the 49ers are going to suck.  This is a rotten team. and the bookmakers give them the least chance to make it to the Super Bowl.   I knew this before this drama jumped off so where Kap stands on the national anthem, Black Lives Matter or being able to check down to a receiver probably isn’t going to make much difference to the overall product on the field.

American history is soaked in the blood of Black people. It is the nation’s Original Sin and it didn’t end as much as it evolved. If it hasn’t why are we still having this discussion. Racism is a cancer, not a bruise. It goes dormant and then it blazes back to ferocious life.

White Americans have a remarkable talent to ignore the past, sugarcoat the future and hope the future never comes. This works for them until every so often someone like Colin Kaepernick comes along to remind them, that’s the America they created for themselves. It’s not the one Black Americans live in.

Thanks,  Colin for reminding the rest of America, but its gonna cost you.

Donald Trump’s Worst Enemy Will Always Be Donald Trump

Here lies an American hero.


Here is an American liar.

Since he entered the race, Trump has insulted, mocked and picked fights with every Republican candidate and nearly every Democratic candidate, the wives of several candidates, the Pope, a reporter with a disability, Mexicans, immigrants, Muslims, pregnant women, the U.S. military, Europe, African-Americans, the media, and pretty much anybody who crossed him in any way, shape or form.

Going after Khizr and Ghazala Khan feels like a different sort of fight. This feels like a fight Trump can lose and lose badly. Taking on a Gold Star mother and father who are Muslim Americans that lost their son in defense of this country by a rich man’s brat who ducked military service and none of his brats have served either is a cowardly move. But that’s what Trump is: a coward. A gutless, craven, unprincipled, coward.

Every little insult prompts Trump to respond even when he shouldn’t and the Trump vs. The Khans fight is the one he shouldn’t have taken on as Trump is taking fire from both enemies and allies. Trump would sooner pull off that dyed dead raccoon off his head than ever apologize and as long as he can wave it away as refusing to bow to “political correctness” he won’t. If and When his supporters who seemingly are impervious to being offended by anything Trump says, finally find something even they are troubled by he will have to.

If Trump has no decency in him his supporters will have to find their own.

Picking a fight with Gold Star parents is dumb but Donald Trump is a big dummy.

Khizr Khan On NPR’s All Things Considered “I will do it [a] million times, I will do it louder, I will do it forcefully,” Khan told Kelly McEvers, host of NPR’s All Things Considered. “I’ll do it [a] hundred million times — now is the time for the rest of the world to see the true America, the decent America, the good America.”

But let’s not get carried away,yet. Trump had a bad week and he brought it all on himself, but it doesn’t mean he won’t have any good weeks. Even now, Clinton is still sticking her foot in her mouth over her damn emails saying FBI director James Comey cleared her of any wrongdoing when he did no such thing. Now there are hints, allegations and things unsaid the Clinton Foundation and the State Department were enjoying a cozy relationship.

It was truly a blessing for Clinton she drew the Trump Card as her opponent. With her low likability and even lower credibility with many voters, she might well be losing to Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, or even Ted Cruz. They would make mistakes too, but not like Trump’s mistakes.

Everything about Trump screams of terminal testosterone poisoning (we should be so lucky). That, or he has a microscopic penis. His desperate need to prove how tough he is and how he’d be merciless and pitiless to terrorists, suspected terrorists, families of terrorists, and anybody who says anything mean about Donald Trump screams of overcompensation.

I regret my amusement of last year. I should have been more suspicious of the capacity of the American people to discern genuine and authentic conservatism from swaggering macho posturing. Regrettably, I overestimated my fellow citizens who have been suckered into believing a con man who consciously and consistently avoided military service, denigrates Gold Star families, former P.O.W’s, and our current active duty soldiers, and fantasizes about dropping nukes on enemies, somehow projects “strength” and a bold America that can stare down anybody and make them take a backward step.

I fully expect should he show up for their first debate, at some point Trump will unzip his fly, pull out The Trump Tower, and sneer at Hillary Clinton, “Mine’s bigger than yours.” The mouth-breathers will love it.

There is no low too low for Donald Trump and he proved it yet again.

Trump TweetsThat was bad.  Really bad.   But Trump being Trump means there’s no bottom.    What’s smearing a grieving mother and father mean when you can suggest someone might shoot  Hillary Clinton if she’s elected?

“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,.  Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know.”

Congratulations, Donald. You just made yourself responsible if anything happens to Hillary Clinton for the rest of this election.

Beating Trump was always Job One this election season. Getting Clinton elected and making Mitch McConnell the minority leader again was always of paramount importance, but not to the degree of keeping Trump out of the White House and away from the vast powers of the presidency was.

Now it’s not enough to beat Trump. Now he needs to be crushed. Squashed like a scuttling cockroach across the kitchen floor. Mashed into bits of viscera and bone, never to rise again and contaminate the American body politic with his disgustingly boorish coarseness and gross vulgarity again.

Beating Trump is no longer good enough. Defeating him is not enough. He must be humiliated and his failure must be massive, epic in scope and complete in its awful destructiveness.

“I’ll just keep doing the same thing I’m doing right now,” Trump told CNBC. “And at the end, it’s either going to work, or I’m going to, you know, I’m going to have a very, very nice, long vacation.”

Let’s send Donald on vacation. A real, LONG vacation.

Man Who Talks To Empty Chair Shares Equally Empty Opinions.

Donald Trump just emerged from a self-imposed Week in Political Purgatory, and that’s not good news for The Trumpster, but it’s not all bad. At least The Man With No Name Who Talks To Chairs appreciates him.

Clint Eastwood says that he hasn’t endorsed any candidate for president, but given a choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, he’d choose the latter.

“That’s a tough one, isn’t it? I’d have to go for Trump … you know, ’cause she’s declared that she’s gonna follow in Obama’s footsteps,” Eastwood says in Esquire’s September issue. “There’s been just too much funny business on both sides of the aisle. She’s made a lot of dough out of being a politician. I gave up dough to be a politician. I’m sure that Ronald Reagan gave up dough to be a politician.”

Eastwood was clear that he hasn’t endorsed anyone — “I haven’t talked to Trump. I haven’t talked to anybody.” — but he was praiseworthy of the Republican nominee for being “onto something, because secretly everybody’s getting tired of political correctness, kissing up.”

In fact, Eastwood said that “we’re really in a pussy generation. Everybody’s walking on eggshells. We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren’t called racist.”

He added, “You know, he’s a racist now because he’s talked about this judge. And yeah, it’s a dumb thing to say. I mean, to predicate your opinion on the fact that the guy was born to Mexican parents or something. He’s said a lot of dumb things. So have all of them. Both sides. But everybody—the press and everybody’s going, ‘Oh, well, that’s racist,’ and they’re making a big hoodoo out of it. Just fucking get over it. It’s a sad time in history.”

Fucking A and Hell Yeah! That’s right! Racism? That’s sooooooo politically correct. Just fucking get over it!   Look at Trump and his supporters.  They’re over racism except when they say they’re being discriminated based upon being White.

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An actor who plays made-up characters chats with his imaginary friend

Eastwood is right that it’s a sad time in history, but what’s even sadder is when people you liked when you were both young turn into somebody you can’t stand when you both get old and nothing screams Old Guy Talkin’ Like a  Gibbering Idiot than beginning a sentence with  “When I grew up…”

When you grew up Clint it was still a popular way to spend a slow Friday night by burning down Black folks houses and lynching the ones who complained! That your idea of The Good Ol’ Days? You feeling a bit wistful and misty-eyed about the open bigotry of your youth, Clint?

Anybody got Clint’s address? I’d like to send him some fan mail.

Dear Clint

Yeah, I know we’re all a bunch of p.c. pussies today and not real men like you who drop babies all over the country and scream at chairs, but I gotta tell ya, man, it would be a lot easier to “fucking get over” racism if old bastards like you would stop being so fucking racist.

Signed,

A Black Guy Who Loves Your Movies Though You Haven’t Made A Really Good One Since “Million Dollar Baby” But Hates How You Turned Into a Just Another Old White Guy Who Thinks His Age Gives Him the Right To Say Stupid Shit.

Resting Bitch Face Eastwood Style.

RNC 2016: The Audacity of A Dope

I’m with Stupid.

I didn’t watch the first night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and I don’t plan on watching any other nights either. I did hear something about Melania Trump, Donald’s mail order bride engaging in an absurd act of plagiarism and from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech to the Democratic National Convention, no less.

The audacity of such dopiness deserves breaking my blog silence. For those wanting the relevant passages to compare, read ’em and draw your own conclusions:

Mrs. Trump, Monday night:
“From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise, that you treat people with respect. They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily lives. That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son. And we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow. Because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”

Mrs. Obama, in her 2008 speech:
“Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you’re going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them, and even if you don’t agree with them. And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them onto the next generation. Because we want our children — and all children in this nation — to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.

Mrs. Trump:
“I was born in Slovenia, a small, beautiful and then-communist country in Central Europe. My sister, Ines, who is an incredible woman and a friend, and I were raised by my wonderful parents. My elegant and hardworking mother, Amalija, introduced me to fashion and beauty. My father, Viktor, instilled in me a passion for business and travel. Their integrity, compassion and intelligence reflects to this day on me and for my love of family and America.”

Mrs. Obama in 2008:
“And I come here as a daughter — raised on the South Side of Chicago by a father who was a blue-collar city worker and a mother who stayed at home with my brother and me. My mother’s love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion and her intelligence reflected in my own daughters.”

What say you, gentle readers? Is Mrs. Trump an innocent conveyor of words coincidentally complied as a previous presidential aspirant’s spouse once did or is she guilty as hell of deliberately and purposefully ripping off Michelle Obama?

Set aside the sadistic schadenfreude of Melania Trump’s face-plant before a national audience, it can be reasonably argued her shitty speech was no better or worse than all the other shitty speeches I ignored in Day #1 of the Republican National We Hate Barry and Hillary Convention. However, not being important is not the same as not mattering.

When your best argument against the other candidate is they are dishonest and crooked and gets away with lying and then you lift entire sections from a speech made in public eight years ago, that goes past arrogance and headlong into stupid. Every word Melania Trump uttered was going to be recorded, fact-checked and stress tested. How long did campaign manager Paul Manifort think it would take before somebody stirred in their chair and said, “Say…that sure sounds familiar…?

For nobody on Team Trump to have caught this isn’t incompetence. It’s knowing their base won’t give a fuck.

This is how the Trump “campaign” does it. They lie and they lie loud and long and when they’re caught in the lie, they deny they lied in the first place, but if they did, it’s Clinton’s fault! Only groupies. blind partisans, and idiots let Trump get away with this shit and don’t believe the truth matters when they’re being lied to right in their face. David Frum lists ten reasons why Melania’s howler feeds into the narrative that the Trump “campaign” is like Indiana Jones making it up as they go along.

1) Melania Trump’s speech was the first and best opportunity to humanize Donald Trump. That opportunity was not only wasted, but the whole project of humanizing Trump has become a farce that will haunt the later attempts by Trump’s children to undo Monday night’s debacle.

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3) Since Sunday, every journalist at this convention has been collecting examples of the Trump campaign’s failures and incompetence: the quarrel with Ohio Governor John Kasich, the absent senators and governors, the no-show donors, the convention’s financial embarrassments, the floor fight over rules, the lack of a proper schedule, and the defective apps and other technology. Suddenly, there is one easy-to-understand incident that encapsulates in one grim joke all this convention’s cavalcade of derp.

5) Trump has just vividly demonstrated that his campaign—never mind the campaign, he himself—have zero skill at crisis management. Confronted with this comically absurd failure, their instinct is not only to lie, shift blame, and refuse responsibility, but to do so in laughably unbelievable ways. It’s all a big joke when the crisis in question is a plagiarized speech by a would-be first lady. It won’t be so funny when a President Trump tries to manage a truly life-and-death crisis in the same blundering, dopey, and cowardly way.

9) Plagiarism draws attention to content of the passage plagiarized. In 2008, Michelle Obama summed up the values that she had learned from her parents and that she and Barack Obama now tried to instill in their children: work hard; tell the truth; keep your promises; treat others with dignity and respect. Donald Trump epically does not tell the truth, does not keep his promises, and does not treat others with dignity and respect. A plagiarized speech (and the failure to detect the plagiarism) pretty strongly confirms that the Trumps do not much care about hard work, either. “Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips testify against thee.”

Plagiarism MATTERS. Or at least it should, unless we accept when we’re talking Trump, the rules do not apply. I do not accept. The first night of the Republican convention is a bit early for a Clint Eastwood’s Chair moment but whoomp there it is.

Grumpy Old Man Gets Older and Grumpier

McCain in a bad light.

Remember when John McCain was the Reasonable Republican leader?   If you do, you’re showing your age.  That Johnny Mac is long gone.  This is who he is now.  A grumpy 79-year-old man who having got punked by Donald Trump.  In 2008,  McCain screwed his presidential chances by selecting Sarah Palin.   Now he sounds like Sarah Palin.

“Barack Obama is directly responsible for it, because when he pulled everybody out of Iraq, al-Qaida went to Syria, became ISIS, and ISIS is what it is today thanks to Barack Obama’s failures, utter failures, by pulling everybody out of Iraq. “So the responsibility for it lies with President Barack Obama and his failed policies.”
~ Sen. John McCain, 06/17/16

What in the entire fuck is wrong with McCain?  Is this just a Republican senator taking on a Democratic politics in the usual “I don’t like this guy since he beat my ass eight years ago and took the job I deserved, so I’m gonna hate on him and blame him for the worst mass murder in recent history.”

Politics are involved, all right. The politics of “I’m in a tough reelection fight and I can’t afford to piss off Donald Trump voters so even though he totally disrespected me, I’m gonna out-Trump Trump.”

McCain is in a harder primary fight than he expected, and even if he wins it he faces a strong Democratic challenger in the fall. He’s trying to save his ass and to do so he’s joined the lunatic fringe. If Trump had said the same damn thing everyone would shrug it off as the latest word vomit spewed from his rancid piehole. We’ve come to expect The Donald’s special disdain of truth and facts.

But this is Johnny Mac. Big-time war hero. P.O.W. Soldier. American hero. For him to shit out this garbage doesn’t lessen Barack Obama, but it does diminish McCain. It makes him small and it makes him look weak and like an old pol who’s hung on too fucking long, and right about now, those are things he can’t afford to be.

“I misspoke” is bullshit. Weak-ass BULLSHIT. It was bullshit as an excuse as Trump saying he was “misconstrued” in his bigoted attacks on Judge Curiel and it’s bullshit when a U.S. Senator accuses the President for being personally culpable for the deaths of 49 people. It’s worse when McCain does it, because when his mouth disengages from his brain, people actually listen and many of us can’t believe what we’re hearing from him.

Let’s apply John McCain’s twisted logic to his favorite person: John McCain. As a fighter pilot during the Viet Nam war, McCain was a pilot and part of the Operation: Rolling Thunder bombing campaign of North Vietnam. Estimates of civilians killed in the bombing vary between 52,00 and 182,000 killed, and critics of the war say villages and hospitals were targeted. McCain was personally involved in 23 combat missions.

A small man continuing to grow smaller.

A small man continuing to grow smaller.

Applying the senator’s reasoning to himself, instead of running for reelection as a war hero shouldn’t he be prosecuted as a war criminal instead?

Ludicrous? Absurd? Ridiculous? Sure, but so is Johnny Mac as he bows down to Trumpism, the philosophy of the guy who said about McCain, “I like people who weren’t captured.”

I like people who don’t run scared and talk out their ass.

First You Pray. Then You Act.

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Any country which has made the conscious decision to defend its guns over its own children has gone mad. If you can’t get some sensible gun laws passed when they’re carrying out the bodies of slaughtered children, you’re not going to get it when they’re carrying out the bodies of slaughtered gays and lesbians.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bother to TRY.    I’m  damn tired of maniacs using the Second Amendment to shield them from scrutiny and give them the means to get assault weapons and other tools to commit mass murder.  IF we allow what happened at the Pulse nightclub to go by with nothing more than prayers and hand-wringing, we are going to see another maniac try to beat Omar Mateen’s body count.

What we do is taking it to Congress and we can start by calling and writing our U.S. Senators and demanding they answer this question:   What are YOU going to do to prevent another mass shooting like the one in Orlando?

I’ll provide the contact information for your senator at the end of this post.   Today, I came across a call to action from a man I know and respect,  Phil Martin.   Phil is the former executive director of Stonewall Columbus, a founder of the Columbus Gay Men’s Choir and a professor at North Central State College.    He is a conscientious activist, a passionate advocate and a stand-up dude and all-around damn fine human being.

I asked Phil if I could share here what he shared on Facebook and here it is:

When you get done being upset or sad…get angry!! REALLY ANGRY!!!

I’m ANGRY because our legislators are bought and paid for by the gun lobby!

I’m ANGRY because our spineless congress won’t do a God. Damn. Thing.

I’m ANGRY because this country has already said it is ok to kill first graders (Sandyhook), high school kids (Columbine), college kids (Virginia Tech), shoppers (Killeen, TX), and even soldiers (Fort Hood)…so what will it matter that a slew of young gay folks were killed??

I’m ANGRY because this will simply set a new record that someone will try to beat when they easily get their hands on these weapons of mass destruction.

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I’m ANGRY at all the politicians telling us to pray for the victims! When you’re done praying, get up off of your knees, STAND UP and demand that something be DONE for the victims!!

But most of all, I’m ANGRY because I’m TIRED OF BEING ANGRY!!!

Something MUST change!! Don’t vote for spineless politicians!! STAY ANGRY and hold our elected officials accountable!!! They have blood on their hands…and if we don’t do something, we do too!

I can’t speak for anyone but myself, but I don’t want blood on my hands.   Well, maybe I want Mateen’s, but the Orlando SWAT team beat me to it.    That’s still no excuse for the 45 Senators who blocked background checks for gun purchases in the wake of the Sandy Hook rampage.   Many of them are still in Congress and every last mother’s son and daughter among them should have to answer for it now.

One of my representatives, Sherrod Brown voted correctly.  The other, Rob Portman did not and he is up for reelection in November.    Portman was considered vice-president material by Mitt Romney in 2012, but was passed over for Paul Ryan instead.   It was rumored what knocked Portman out of consideration was his vocal support for his son who had come out as a gay man.

The Orlando terrorist targeted the Pulse nightclub because it was popular with the LGBTQ community and Mateen reportedly was offended when he saw two men kissing.   Gay men like Rob Portman’s son.   Now there’s some irony in there.   Portman needs to account for his 2013 vote and what he’s going to do for the dead gay sons of other fathers gunned down in a spasm of hate and blood.

This is the phone and email information for the Senators of the 114th Congress.  Take a stand.  Ask the questions and don’t stop asking until you get the answers.

http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

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Do not let this happen again because you did nothing now.