Monthly Archives: March 2013

What the wackos are posting lately on FB

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If an old black guy in a suit says it, and it fits my pre-existing beliefs, it must be so!:
The NRA was Created to Protect Freed Slaves From the KKK & the Democratic Party, and Everyone Else From a Tyrannical Government
Check it out!
They tell you to check it out! But you don’t, cause you know it’s true! Besides, if you google it you get 25 other conservative websites with the same claim and video–you checked it out and everyone says it!
If you check out real NRA founding you learn…it’s not true! Check it out!
Here’s a joke (in more ways than one):
How Things Really Get Done…
Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House.
One is from Chicago, another is from Tennessee, and the third is from Minnesota.
All three go with a White House official to examine the fence.
The Minnesota contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil.
“Well,” he says, “I figure the job will run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me.”
The Tennessee contractor also does some measuring and figuring, and then says, “I can do this job for $700: $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me.”
The Chicago contractor doesn’t measure or figure but leans over to the White House official and whispers, “$2,700.”
The official, incredulous, says, “You didn’t even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?”
The Chicago contractor whispers back, “$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire the guy from Tennessee to fix the fence.”
“Done!” replies the government official. And that, my friends, is how the stimulus plan works.
And you know this because…? I didn’t think so.
Here’s a great example of what we smart people call “over-generalizing.” Or “stupid.” Probably made up as well.
In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the
University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the
Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior: “A democracy is always
temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent
form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until
the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous
gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority
always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from
the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally
collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a
dictatorship.”
[thus 8 years of Geo. W. Bush. Oh wait, is he talking about generous gifts to corporations and the rich? No, they’re not the majority. Maybe he means when the poor realize they should get what the rich get? In that case we’re not there yet.]
“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the
beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200
years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.”
The Obituary follows:
Born 1776, Died 2012
It doesn’t hurt to read this several times.
Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in
St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning
the last Presidential election:
Number of States won by: Obama: 19 Romney: 29
Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000 Romney: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million Romney: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Obama: 13.2 Romney: 2.1
Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of the territory
Romney won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens
of the country.
Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low
income tenements and living off various forms of government
welfare…”
Actual facts show that “red states” have more people on gov’t assistance than “blue states.” Who are the “takers” now muthaf***a?
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Aging Bull(shit)

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Plastic surgery and all other attempts to “reduce signs of aging” are just another phase in a long line of oppressive prescriptions placed on women. This one is just like corsets, hoop skirts, foot binding, burkhas, genital mutilation, high heel shoes, constricting clothing, excessive thinness, dieting, tanning salons, and on and on.

All such customs and fads serve to keep the focus on women’s appearance above all else, reducing their time for more meaningful activities as well as limiting perceptions of women’s worth. The beauty practices are also great at generating economic activity, of course–none of this stuff is cheap and most of it requires continual maintenance and updating. If some cabal got together and planned out this grand conspiracy, it wouldn’t be any better than what we already have without a grand plan: brilliant methods for preserving male power in the personal, political, and economic realms. Ironically (or not), excessive thinness, plastic surgery, and all these other things really don’t improve women’s appearances, and in many cases make them look worse. One’s safety can be impacted as well: the diminished ability of a woman hobbled by high heels to evade an attacker is a form of powerlessness not unrelated to the reduction of women’s power in other areas. But then, we all know the only power a woman needs is the power to attract a man.

Really, the worst part is that most women willingly embrace these “beauty” practices, they spend vast amounts of time and money and psychic energy on being what they’re told to be–even when it’s painful, even when it doesn’t magically get them what they want. And they judge one another based on adherence to current norms–so it was probably a woman shouting about Hillary C’s looks at CPAC, when Paul Begala rightfully proclaimed her  a “real woman” for not trying to pretend she has no wrinkles.

From the GOP’s event Conservative Parade of Asinine Corporatism (CPAC):
Paul Begala: Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Need A ‘Facelift,’ She’s ‘A Real Woman,’ Not A ‘Republican Society Lady’
Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Paul Begala faced off against conservative media mogul Tucker Carlson for an event at CPAC on Thursday, exchanging jabs on a number of political topics. Given the opportunity, Begala also shot down a conservative audience member who attempted to get in a jab at Hillary Clinton.
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“She would be a great president,” Begala said of Clinton, going on to claim that the fact that Republicans are already attacking her is a sign they are “afraid.”
“I hope she does (run) — I have no idea if she will,” Begala continued, going on to list a number of things that he believes Clinton wants to do outside of electoral politics.
“I think she’s actually gonna first live a life, write her book, reacquaint herself with the real world…” he started.
“Get a facelift!” someone in the crowd interjected, seemingly channeling a topic of discussion on Fox News last month.
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“No, not get a facelift,” Begala said. “She’s not a Republican society lady, she’s a real woman.”
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I hope that Hillary doesn’t succumb to all the pressure, but if she does run for Prez, the pressure to conform will probably be too great to resist. And too many other women will judge her harshly if she doesn’t stretch out those wrinkles.

Guns Don’t Kill People, 4-Year Olds Kill People

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NBC News, Feb. 24, 2013

A 4-year-old Houston boy fatally shot himself with his father’s stolen handgun Sunday morning. While the father was asleep on the couch his son picked up the gun and shot himself in the stomach, according to Houston Police.

ImageWBTV.com, Feb. 11, 2013

After finding a gun in her mother’s bedroom, police say a 4-year-old child shot herself in the leg Monday evening in Charlotte, NC.

ImageMinneapolis Star Tribune, Dec. 12, 2012

A 4-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his younger brother Wednesday afternoon while playing with their father’s handgun in the family’s Minneapolis townhouse. According to police, the 2-year-old victim died after his brother discovered the loaded handgun in a bedroom and it discharged while he was handling it.

ImageWRAL, NC Local News, Jan. 27, 2012

Durham, NC police report that a 4-year-old found a gun and accidentally shot himself at a house in the Ashefield Place subdivision Friday morning.

ImageNY Daily News, July 28, 2012

In Woodbridge, VA on Wednesday, police say a 4-year-old boy accidentally shot himself to death after climbing into a family member’s unlocked truck parked outside the house and finding a handgun stashed inside.

ImageNewsOne, July 17, 2012

A 4-year-old girl accidentally shot herself with her father’s gun on Monday. The Detroit toddler found her dad’s 9mm pistol in the glove compartment of his SUV. She mistakenly fired a round into her thigh and was taken to a nearby hospital. She is in stable condition now.

ImageABC15.com, Nov. 12, 2011

On Saturday morning in Surprise, AZ, 4-year-old boy was injured while playing with a handgun. Family members told police the pistol was in a holster on a nightstand in the master bedroom when the boy got hold of it. No charges were filed.

ImageTelegraph, Jan. 2009

After his 18-year old babysitter stepped on his foot, police say a 4-year old boy stormed off to his bedroom “to get a gun.” Those present assumed he was fetching a toy. But the toddler reappeared clasping a shotgun taken from a bedroom cupboard and fired at the babysitter and his friends, who sustained moderate injuries.

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Rape and Responsibility

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From Wonkette 3/9/13

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT 5:45 PM MARCH 8, 2013

HONESTLY, YOU GUYS, ‘NOT RAPING’ IS ACTUALLY REALLY EASY
by JEFF WATTRICK

Today is International Women’s Day, which means two things. First, we have to listen to people say stupid things like: “I’m not a sexist, but why isn’t there an International Men’s Day?” The correct answer to that question is International Men’s Day is in November and the more correct answer is (read in your best Hank Hill voice): “Shut up. You don’t really want to celebrate International Men’s Day. Stop being a baby always manufacturing fake controversies so you can feign outrage.” The other thing thing that, apparently, happens on International Women’s Day is people lose their crap over a perfectly reasonable suggestion that men should not ever rape women. Zerlina Maxwell said as much on Fox News and now she is…wait for it…receiving rape threats.

As Maxwell tells Salon, her point to Hannity was not about self-defense; it was about how we look at the big picture. “Telling every woman to get a gun is not rape prevention,” she explains. “The reality is that we need to be changing how we train and teach young men. We need to teach them to see women as human beings and respect their bodily autonomy. We need to teach them about consent and to hold themselves accountable.” And when we do, things change. After Canada launched a “Don’t be that guy” consent awareness campaign in 2011, the sexual assault rate dropped for the first time in years — by 10 percent.

Dear God, what the hell is wrong with people? There is absolutely no good reason why suggesting that people should not do something that is both morally abhorrent and a crime should be controversial. As Canada proved, it’s not only a valid message but an effective one if you are interested in reducing sexual assault.
Don’t rape. Full stop. It’s really that simple.

It’s not even that hard to not rape. Yr Wonket on this post happens to be a man who has gone his entire life without ever raping anyone. Days go by, months and years even, where Yr Wonket doesn’t rape and doesn’t even think about the fact that he is not raping! This (sadly) might be a weird concept to some people, let’s push through to the end here, but someone else’s body doesn’t belong to you and you can’t do things to/with said other person’s body without their permission. Permission shall not be assumed based on skirt length. Let’s repeat that to make sure everyone heard it: Permission shall not be assumed based on skirt length. Also, it’s not ok to rape someone, or threaten to rape someone, for telling you this. No exceptions.
It would be nice if those things could be left unsaid in 2013 America, but no. They must be said over and over again because too many of you don’t get it. Happy God Damn International Women’s Day.

Really, who benefits by not shifting all rape prevention meaures to perpetrators, not victims?