Rape Culture

Some cis-hetero woman is womansplaining to fathers:

If you’d like to protect your daughter, raise her in such a way that she can protect herself. Give her the tools to decipher a dangerous situation. Teach her the language of consent and how to exit a situation that makes her uncomfortable. Help her be confident about her decisions, and show her how to make good choices about the people she spends time with. Take the time and be involved in her life. Protect your son in the same ways. And, for goodness sake, if you have good reason to distrust their judgement, make sure their activities are safe and monitored.

This is rape culture, straight up.

What she is really saying is that when her son coerces and cajoles a girl into having sex with him when she really doesn’t want to, it’s the girl’s fault, and that she should “make good choices” instead of being raped.  Because, after all, her son is a member of the patriarchy, and he should be allowed to have sex with any girl he wants, whether she wants it or not.  And if she has her father create a safe space for her to do that in, that some how injures her son’s privilege to invade any vagina he wants.

Boehner says he’ll wreck up the Party on the way out

Boehner is talking big about what he’ll do on the way out. Either he really is as incompetent as we’ve always suspected, or he really likes the sound of “President Trump.”

People who are supporting Trump aren’t supporting him so much because we love him and think he will do a great job.  We are supporting him because we hate you and know that you will do a shitty job.  At worst, Trump will bumble around in office and make a spectacle of himself.  At your best you bankrupt the party’s political capital and give our enemies everything they want.

This is the part that really gets my goat:

Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a longtime Boehner ally in the Republican leadership, said those clamoring for another shutdown this week or later this year would jeopardize the party’s chances at the big prize — winning the presidency in 2016.

“We have the very same people who led us to disaster in 2013 telling us to do the same thing,” Cole said Monday on MSNBC. “Government shutdowns never work.”

And remember, by “disaster” he means the 2014 midterm elections.  What happened there again?

  • The Republicans retook the Senate.
  • The Republicans took more of the House.
  • We have the largest majority since 1928.
  • We have the largest majority of state legislatures since 1928.
  • We added 2 governorships to our existing majority.

That’s what the GOPe considers disaster.  And you know why?  Because they weren’t establishment candidates being elected to those positions.  Because they didn’t get drones that would sit by and vote for their “compromises” with the Democrats (remember, that means “we get nothing that we want, but they don’t get everything that they want, so ‘compromise'”) they consider it a disaster.

Boehner broke the Hastert Rule.  Boehner broke the Boehner Rule.  Boehner handed the Democrats everything they asked for, and signaled from the start that they would continue getting anything they wanted if they just put a little pressure on him.

The GOPe has made it very clear that they consider Republican voters their enemy.  It is time we make it clear that this runs both ways.

Hackaday Forgets Its Audience

So Hackaday decided that, on a site where they talk about people building nuclear reactors in their garage, that Irving Ahmed’s “invention” is something to be celebrated.

It’s not.

To be clear, I place 100% of the blame for the whole kerfuffle on the school.  They had every opportunity to end this debacle, and at every turn they escalated.  It was obviously not a bomb.  They never treated it like a bomb.  Anyone who thinks that looks like a bomb is at best wholly ignorant about the modern world and is probably stupid.

So what if he intended it to look like a bomb?  That’s your excuse, Irving?  That you were outsmarted by a 14 year old whose “invention” was taking the case off a Radio Shack alarm clock?  You aren’t getting any further ahead with the “we got punked by a 14 year old kid” than with “we can’t tell an alarm clock from a bomb.”

At the end of the day, though, this is Muslim science.  Muslim science is 1400 years of taking another culture’s knowledge, wrapping a shitty, inferior wrapper around it, and calling it your “invention.”

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Luntz Group Hates Trump, Trump Hates Luntz

Frank Luntz did another focus group of the debate.  Trump fared poorly.

A lot of the support for Trump among the Aware is simply a big “Fuck You” to the GOP establishment.  When they stop pushing Jeb and Kasich, then you’ll see a sizable shift away from Trump to people like Cruz and Paul.

I think it is different for the Unawares (which is what Luntz curates for his group.)  These are people who only deal in what Limbaugh calls the Drive By Media.  They get little snippets.

What are the snippets on Trump?  “Trump has now said (something that liberals think is outrageous) and you should be terrified of him now!”  And the Unawares immediately dismiss it.

I think the thought process goes like this:

  1. They hate the media and think the media does nothing but feed them lies.
  2. The media is lying about Trump because they hate him.
  3. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, and they must be lying about him for a reason.

I don’t think it is anything more complex than that.  Trump isn’t a particularly likable guy.  He’s terrible on policy.  He gets my FU vote, but that doesn’t explain the Unawares support.  If they are doing it as an FU to the media, then it all makes sense — and it also explains why they don’t like him when they actually get him unfiltered by a media report.



Parenting While Black

So in Houston, this Mother was charged with child abandonment when said kids were never out of sight.

To add insult to injury, she was there conducting a job interview.  (And she got the job.)

This “stranger danger” and “precious snowflakes” shit is far, far out of hand for all races.  Those kids were never in danger.  There aren’t perverts waiting around every corner for a chance to snatch a kid away.  These kids weren’t neglected — they were just fed before they went out to play.  They weren’t even outside.

She was doing all the things that a parent should be doing, and got shit for it.  The thing is, white parents also get shit for this — but they don’t get arrested.  This mother, however, is black.

A different story says that a cop found the kids crying and alone, and took them to the mall office.  Still another says that someone called the cops because the kids were alone.  Given that all reporting sucks (and all cops lie) who knows what the truth is?  The fact remains, however, that she still should not have been arrested.

What the hell is wrong with this cop?  When I was a kid, you didn’t get dragged away and locked in the backroom if you lost your parents.  The cop helped you find your parents.  He sure as shit didn’t arrest them when he found them, white or black.

What kind of chickenshit busybody calls the cops to come get a crying child instead of going to help the child?  How callous and cowardly an asshole are you that you won’t take the time to console a crying child, but you will call 911?

Shitheels abound in this story, and they are entirely representative of the society that we have created.


But only when they are ended by a white person.

If a black man is murdered by a carload of black racists?

That don’t matter.