Thoughts & Essays

So tired of hearing about ‘woke’ stuff from Republicans…

Here’s my idea: We all start carrying around spray bottles full of water and every time a conservative says “woke” we squirt them in the face. Maybe we can train them to knock it off like training a cat to stay off the counter.

Of course that doesn’t really work on cats so I’m not sure it’s gonna work on Republicans either, but it might at least be amusing.

My complaint isn’t actually about the word, though, it’s about having to watch Republicans systematically dismantle the laws, regulations, and social mores that are preventing them from being racist, homophobic, transphobic, woman-hating, antisemitic, Islamophobic dipshits. It’s about Republicans and other conservative asshats demanding that they not only be allowed to be as hateful as possible right out loud in front of everybody, but that 1) we should all be forced to watch them do it, and 2) they should escape all consequences for their behavior.

Like dude. This is America. You’re already allowed to be a shitty bigot right out on the sidewalk, or on TV or the radio, or on the Internet. That’s legal. Free speech, yadda yadda. The government can’t stop you – the First Amendment protects you from that.

What you can’t do – what the First Amendment doesn’t protect you from – is be a shitty bigot right out in public sans consequences. If you’re a shitty bigot, the rest of us are allowed to ignore you, stop inviting you places, stop hanging out with you, etc. The rest of us are allowed to tell you, to your shitty bigot face, that you’re a shitty bigot. TV and radio companies are allowed to stop booking you or to cancel your show. Privately owned platforms like Twitter or Facebook or wherever are allowed to tell you, hey, we don’t tolerate shitty bigotry on our platform, so you’re banned now. That’s all legal, too.

The point of all the screaming about “critical race theory” or all the anti-trans laws and “don’t say gay” laws and whatnot is to try to protect shitty bigots from the consequences of being shitty bigots. The point of all the talk about “groomers” and pedophilia accusations is to try to make you okay with them being shitty bigots out loud in public.

Don’t let ’em get away with it.

👉 CNN: Senate votes to overturn Biden administration retirement investment rule Republicans decry as ‘woke’ – “The Senate passed a politically charged resolution on Wednesday to overturn a Biden administration retirement investment rule that allows managers of retirement funds to consider the impact of climate change and other environmental, social and governance factors when picking investments.”

Reading & Books

Books I Read in February 2023

Ann Rule’s The I-5 Killer popped up in my Book Bub recommendations last month. I knew I’d read something by Ann Rule before (can’t for the life of me remember what) so I knew I liked her writing, and I figured, hey, I-5 is near me, that might be an interesting read. Yikes, y’all. I did not realize that much of the book happened basically where I live. 😬 Made for an unusually gripping read.

  1. Dead in Dublin: A Charming Irish Cozy Mystery (The Dublin Driver Mysteries Book 1), Catie Murphy
  2. The I-5 Killer, Ann Rule
  3. Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer – America’s Deadliest Serial Murderer, Ann Rule
Link Roundups & LinkDumps

Friday Linkdump

First up, two very cool things you should definitely check out. One: Bill Watterson – yes, that Bill Watterson, the Calvin and Hobbes cartoonist – and John Kascht wrote a short book called The Mysteries that’s due out in October this year. Keep an eye out for that. Two: Here’s a cool review of a gas-powered car, written as if electric cars had come first and were the norm. It’s pretty amusing.

Secondly, I have a pile of interesting links saved up. You can keep yourself busy this weekend catching up on the news.

Little Notes & Short Posts

So they’re not gonna charge Matt Gaetz…

CNN’s reporting this afternoon that federal prosecutors aren’t going to charge Matt Gaetz for sex trafficking: First on CNN: DOJ officially decides not to charge Matt Gaetz in sex-trafficking probe.

Here’s the bit that stuck out to me:

Prosecutors working on the case recommended against charging Gaetz in September, in part, because of questions over whether central witnesses in the investigation would be perceived as credible before a jury, CNN reported at the time.

Basically, they didn’t charge Gaetz because they weren’t sure they could get a conviction, not because they were sure he was innocent.

Cool. Cool cool cool. 😒

Featured photo: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), photo by Gage Skidmore, (CC BY-SA 2.0)