I hold no hope that the GOP will do… well, anything to limit Trump. Their president got on national TV and committed treason, and I doubt they’re going to do a thing about it, outside of making a few stern statements.

The GOP, and the conservative/Republican movement in America, is completely, thoroughly compromised. And I know I’m preaching to the choir when I say that. The people who need to know won’t listen, and the folks who listen already know.

I wish I had better answers about how to fix this, but course correction is going to be a long, hard slog. Assuming it can even be fixed at all at this point.

Reading List

So, uh. All that happened. The President of the United States stood on foreign soil and trash-talked the security apparatus of America, and America itself, while kissing the entire ass of an oppressive dictator who seeks to directly harm us and destroy our democracy. That is a thing we witnessed happening live on TV in the year of our lord 2018. Yep.

I mean, I really, honestly don’t know what to say about all that. I’m just sitting here tallying up my credentials and thinking to myself, “No way am I gonna be able to immigrate to Canada. Fuck, I can’t even remember if that usage is supposed to be ‘immigrate’ or ’emigrate.’ I’m too dumb for Canada.”

(I just Googled it. It’s “immigrate.” See, Canada? I can learn. I even already like poutine.)

So, of course, everyone had statements to make. The GOP made a lot of disapproving noises, but I mean, that’s all they’re gonna do. They’re not going to act against Trump, or censure him, or impeach him, or anything useful, because they’re a bunch of sociopathic opportunists who don’t even have the common decency to be actually evil. They’re just greedy and power hungry.

I don’t know what to tell you about all that. Just make damn sure you’re register to vote, that you stay registered to vote, and that you actually get your ass out and vote on election day, folks.

Reading List

Couple of quick notes, here.

The escape room burglar? Is absolutely the best thing I’ve read all week. I’ve been dying all morning over this.

Since this is the first time I’m linking to them that I can think of, Emptywheel is a professional blog written by lawyers, independent journalists, and writers and experts of various stripes. The writer of the article linked below is Marcy Wheeler, an independent natsec journalist who’s published articles at various professional news outlets and other publications, been on TV, and is an all-around reliable reporter.

Vox.com has several articles about today’s election hacking news and indictments, so it’s worth heading over there for a scroll through their front page.

5 Things to Read Today

All right, folks, it’s Friday. Get outta here.

Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States and let’s be honest, here, this dude is gonna get confirmed. We can kick and scream about it, but it’s almost certainly going to happen. And that’s gonna be bad.

Start thinking about how to deploy harm reduction strategies in your life now. If you’re a member of a marginalized community or a woman, best get your ass to a blue state ASAP. Get an IUD. Stock up on Plan B (it’s got a 4-year shelf life, FYI).

It’s going to get real ugly before we can start making it better, folks.

  1. CNN: Where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh stands on key issues
  2. Vox: Brett Kavanaugh likely gives the Supreme Court the votes to overturn Roe. Here’s how they’d do it.
  3. Washington Post: 4 big questions about Brett Kavanaugh
  4. Politico: Brett Kavanaugh: Who is he? Bio, facts, background and political views
  5. NPR: Who Is Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Pick For The Supreme Court?

Vote. Register to vote. Make sure you stay registered to vote. Then get your butt out on voting day, and make your voice heard. It’s the single most important thing you can do to stop Trump’s awful agendas. It’s important. And yes, your vote counts – now more than ever.

5 Things to Read Today

SCotUS

Trump’s supposed to announce his supreme court pick at 9pm tonight. Don’t worry about who exactly it is; they’re going to be awful. There isn’t a whole lot we can do about it, either. One thing you can do is call your elected representatives and raise hell, particularly if you have a GOP rep.

Use 5Calls.org or CallYourRep.co for numbers and scripts, but the script part is pretty easy. Give them your name, tell them where you live, and that you’re a constituent. Then tell them that you believe that the American people should have a say in who the next SCotUS justice is, and that the vote should be delayed until the next Congress is seated. Be polite, be civil, be brief.

One quick thing I wanted to mention before I get off the Internet for the weekend: Back in February the DHS released an article that’s, um… not sure how to describe it. Nazi-ish? Here’s the article: We Must Secure The Border And Build The Wall To Make America Safe Again.

So, you can read the article and at first blush probably you’re not gonna notice anything weird about it. But what set everyone off is that the first part of the title, “We Must Secure,” is part of the neo nazi “14 Words” mantra, and that near the bottom of the article, it uses a weird ratio, “13 out of 88” claims. “88” is another nazi call-out.

You can read about this here: Twitter Explodes After Homeland Security Headline Appears to Mimic ’14-Words’ Neo-Nazi Slogan.

I don’t know if someone at the DHS is a neo nazi, if a bunch of someones at the DHS are neo nazis, or if this is just a conspiracy theory. Here’s what I do know: The “white power” movement has been trying to infiltrate government jobs and police forces for ten years or more, and they’ve had a fair amount of success at it.

News You Missed While We Were All Talking About Immigration, the SCotUS, & Shootings

Look guys, all I can say is if I’m expected to “be civil” with racists, nazis and sociopathic monsters then y’all better get ready to be disappointed.

Back when Trump was elected, 248 years ago, on an old blog, I wrote something about “we have to learn not to be so angry with each other,” and trash to that effect, and I am here today to tell you that I was 100% wrong about that. Fuck Trump, his whole administration, the entire useless GOP, and all of Trump’s terrible, terrible fanboys, literally as hard as possible, preferably with something that has random sharp edges.

We’re talking about people who thought it was cool to steal people’s children and hide them away in cages, drug them against their will, and lose them in the system, just for trying to come here and find a better life.

We’re talking about a guy who said of torch-marching nazis that killed and beat people that “some of them were good people.”

We’re talking about an overtly racist administration that has been successful so far at only one single thing, and that thing is packing federal courts with racists and sociopaths, a move that will reverberate throughout our culture for generations.

We’re talking about people who have screwed the federal budget six ways to Sunday to pad the pockets of their rich benefactors.

We’re talking about people who think it’s somehow advantageous to kick off trade wars, piss off our allies, cozy up to tyrants and dictators, and give away the last of America’s influence over the world stage for nothing.

We’re talking about people who lie dead-eyed into your face and then get mad when you call them on it.

We’re talking about people who are trying again and again to take everyone’s healthcare away, a move that will result in the deaths of literally millions more people than under our current system.

We’re talking about people who stole away a free and fair Internet because they’re scared they’re not making enough money off us with it as it is.

We’re talking about people who did all this and a hundred other awful, shitty, petty little things to benefit themselves and no others and harm those they disagreed with.

And we’re talking about the people who voted them into power, happily, gleefully, or, bare minimum, unthinkingly, because they were mad about a black president and a possible woman president.

So fuck ’em. You can ask me for a lot, but you can’t ask me to be “civil” with people that stupid.

Actions have consequences. If you act like a child-stealing, racist, lying, dead-eyed monster, you can expect to be treated like a child-stealing, racist, lying, dead-eyed monster.

I’ll remind you that in the 2016 election, about half of all voters even voted, and less than half of that voted for Trump. So Trump and his goons are out here enacting all this heinous garbage while flying in the face of the will of the majority of Americans – possibly in the face of the vast majority of Americans.

And while they do that, while they lie to us, while they ban innocent Muslims from American shores for no particular reason, while they steal away South American children and deport South American parents for the crime of trying to find a safe place to raise their kids, while they sympathize with nazis and embolden racists, while they roll back gay and trans rights, while they sneak into place restrictive abortion laws, while they steal away voting rights, while they do all that, and more, we’re the assholes for using bad language and politely asking them to leave our restaurants? We’re the assholes for protesting?

And you think I’m supposed to buy that? Really?

I guess no one remembers back a decade ago when Bush II was president and we were all “shrill liberals,” but this outcry for “civility” is GOP standard operating procedure, and you can always count on the moderate mainstays on the news to fall for it. The GOP doesn’t want “civility.” They want to be able to do what they please and act how they want without facing any consequences for their actions. They want to screw over poor people and non-white people and women and non-straight people and everyone else who isn’t a rich old white dude, but they don’t want to be called names for doing it.

And importantly, they want that not because they’re tender, fragile snowflakes who’re getting their little fee-fees hurt, as some have said over on Twitter, but because they’re specifically trying to train people not to fight them. They want quiet, civil, polite, timid liberals who fuss gently and tsk quietly.

They don’t want millions of angry women in pink pussy hats screaming at inauguration ceremonies. They don’t want crowds upon crowds of people clogging up airports and donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to legal defense funds to fight Muslim bans down to the bitter end. They don’t want thousands of black people blocking streets and chanting that Black Lives Matter. They don’t want to be chased out of restaurants by angry protesters.

They don’t want us to fight their bullshit. That’s what these cries of “civility” are about. They want us patting our pearls with soft gasps, not fighting tooth and nail and screaming our heads off.

Fuck that. Fuck them. And most especially, fuck their “civility.”