Ranting Impotently: Election 2016 edition: The Thought Plickens

Thoughts after watching coverage of last night’s DNC and the obstreperousness of the stubborn jackasses that make up the Bernie or Bust folks…


Dear Hillary, Schultzie, DNC, et al,

Congratulations on a first night of the convention. You managed to pack more composure, relevance, and multiculturalism in one night than the GOP did in their last three conventions. Also, please, somehow, some way, Hill, if you get elected, find a way to make Michelle Obama an ambassador for something. No, seriously, that speech was so good that Trump’s wife du jour wishes she could retroactively plagiarise it.

Now, a few days ago, I let you have it over the Wikileaked emails where you tenaciously, belligerently, and myopically decided to put your thumbs on the scales for Hill. Let’s face facts: that doesn’t make you look good at all. Nor does it make your campaign look strong to turn around and embrace Schultzie into the fold mere minutes after she’s ousted as head of DNC. Ah well, who says politics doesn’t lead to cronyism, right? Just ask the Bush family. Also, it’s appreciated that you apologized for insulting Bernie and his followers. If you don’t think that matters, consider the lack of apologies the Festering Goober of Hatred’s campaign has issued, from mocking a disabled person to retweeting White Nationalists to even waving away accusations of plagiarism in last week’s RNC speeches. To the likes of him and his followers, culpability is a multi-syllabic word that’s hard to pronounce and probably only pussies do it.

So I’m coming back, somewhat humbly but mostly bitterly because I need you to do something for me: win this election. I know, this is not going to be easy. Some recent polling numbers have you either within the margin of error or slightly behind. Hopefully, the convention gives you a nice bounce and you can use that as some sort of momentum into the general election. Good luck, because you’re going to need it. You have a hard road ahead of you, but making history is never a slam dunk.

Unfortunately, you’ll no longer have Schultzie setting the debate schedule for you. In fact, it’s the debates that really concern me. I mean, how do you debate someone that doesn’t dabble in reality? The Wikileaks thing definitely tarnishes you, but if there is credible evidence that this is some Russian fixing and it can be tied to He Who Must Never Be Prez, well, I hope even you can defeat a treasonous bastard like him.

There’s also some hard work in winning over the Berners. Yeah, I think most of them are going to do the right thing and unite for the Greater Good. Yet, there’s still those “voting my conscience even if it ends up putting me in a Trump gulag” few who will protest you to the (literal & figurative) end.

Lemme just say, Bernie folks, I love y’all. Really, I do. I was one of you and, as evidenced in my previous post, I was just as angry that the primary was slanted into Hill’s favorite. But the thing about a thumb on the scale is that it only adds a few ounces to what’s already there, which is Hillary’s inevitable nomination. Bernie Sanders did great and wonderful things and Hill has even adopted some of his platform. TPP? Debt-free education? You and Bernie did that. What’s more, I have no doubt that Sanders has helped shift the Democratic Party a little towards the progressive side. This is good and, should Hill become president, it’ll be important to ensure the party doesn’t slip back towards the Corporatists.

Does Bernie Sanders poll better against the Mohaired Toupee In A Sweatshop-Manufactured Suit? For now, yes. But who knows what would happen as the campaign goes on. Bernie does that that oh-so-dreaded S word associated with his name and people in this country are just stupid enough to still misconstrue Socialism for Communism. Yeah, it’s frustrating.

But the booing, the stubborn Bernie Or Bust attitude? That shit has to stop. While you’re well within the rights of this country’s beliefs to protest, the level of immaturity — even to the point of adopting the Tiny Hand’s “Lock Her Up” chant — is beyond pathetic. And then, there’s bullshit like this…

Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images, courtesy of The Guardian.

Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images, courtesy of The Guardian.

Seriously. That’s the kind of ridiculous melodrama that my late ex-mother-in-law used to pull. She was a character, and a PUMA to the very end, believing every bit of dishonesty that the Clintons trotted out against Obama in ’08.

Also, take note… Silenced Lady looks to be more or less left alone by the crowd. Imagine if she tried, say, protesting racism and hate at the RNC like this poor lady did.

I doubt that tape would’ve stayed on her mouth for more than five seconds had she tried that in Cleveland last week.

But a protest is a protest and I get that. You have every right to be angry that Bernie lost. But that’s the point: he lost. No amount of fixing or chicanery by Schultzie changed that outcome. Lick your wounds, organize for next time, and defeat The Orange Nightmare With Tiny Hands. The sting of democracy is that it’s always feels like tyranny to the losers. The time for symbolic protests are over. If you’re getting called ridiculous by Sarah fucking Matt Damon Silverman, who was herself an ardent Bernie supporter, maybe you should takea hard look in the mirror. To the lady in the image above, to the Bernie or Bust folks, you’re not being silenced. You’ve been outvoted.

Yes, the email hacks are damning, but y’know what’s worse? A foreign country attempting to manipulate the outcome of the election. Even worse than that is if these dirty tricks fool you into a protest vote for The Bankrupt Huckster Who Doesn’t Pay His Bills or one of those lame “Third Party” candidates that only show up every four years like impatient cicadas and make a lot of noise. No. I am by no means a Hillary fan or supporter but I will vote for her.

Because, and pardon the hyperbole here, this election is about defeating evil and tyranny. This Bloated, Enabled Tax Cheat with all of his dog-whistle rhetoric, anti-immigrant stances, and all the business acumen of a monkey eating his own shit should not be near game cheat codes, much less nuclear ones. Whatever qualms, concerns, reservations, etc., you might have about Hillary, those will dwarf in comparison to what a Trump administration would accomplish. By protest voting for a third candidate or not even going to the polls, effectively saying “fuck you” to Hillary and the Democratic Party, you’re inviting danger that would make the George W. Bush years look damned near tranquil and idyllic.

Rewatch that above video from last week’s RNC, then imagine that on a national scale. No progressive movement, no Bern Or Bust, no chance at changing the Democratic Party will happen if this Toupeed Hate Bozo wins the Oval Office.

Onward to victory.

Ranting Impotently: Election 2016 edition

Dear Hillary, Debbie, & the DNC,

Nothing’s changed. We knew you wanted to ordain Hillary as the nominee; the emails just confirm it. That the DNC would choose to strategize against a primary candidate *instead* of letting the people decide speaks volume. You strategize against the opposing parties, not your candidates.

By making it impossible for a non-establishment candidate to win, you did what the Republicans couldn’t. You’ve out-corrupted the corrupt. Nixon or Rove ain’t nothing on you.

And what’s more? You have a lot of people who identify as Democrats by the short and curlies. Do we vote for a corrupt politician who cluelessly handle sensitive data on her own private server, voted for the Iraq War, and has thought NAFTA and TPP were great ideas…  or let the bloated orange emcee at the daily Two-Minute Hate win so he can thumb his nose at NATO, fire Obama appointees, and doing more to radicalize Muslims than a lifetime subscription of Charlie Hedbo sent to every mosque in this nation. Look, I am not saying that Bernie was the one or not but let the voters figure that out, you crooked nimroids. Yeah, you probably would’ve lost the opportunity to crown Hillary but you’ve tarnished the historical moment by jerry-rigging things to tag that on a candidate who has the popularity of a colonoscopy prep. My god, what a choice.

Those who want to keep our country in some recognizable form of sanity have to choose her. Because there is a lot at stake here, no less the prospect of setting the Supreme Court for the next few years. Vote for who you helped choose or pragmatism. Do we risk that by choosing an unviable third party, a Bernie write-in, a symbolic protest vote, or just stay home with the prospect of Trump winning and, well, who knows what the hell to expect? Or do we hope that somehow there’s enough party unity to huddle up against him? As they asked the guy headed to the gallows, “Are you going to jump or will you need a little push?”

Extortionism is not pragmatism.

Also, Tim Kaine? How do you make that choice? Did he win a round of Birdshit Bingo?

Voter turnout is a huge problem in this country, to say nothing of voting suppression, what makes you think safe choices are the best things right now?

I’m sure there are more Republicans who feel similarly about their candidate, but I have no time to mourn for them. They helped create the atmosphere that led to a candidate like Trump by ginning up scary stories about Democratic presidents coming after guns or equating respect and compassion as political correctness, and waging a war on Christmas. This is just chickens coming home to roost when you’ve run out of ideas.

This is the choices we have.

We’re fucked.

Proust Questionnaire

Questions from this site: http://hoelder1in.org/Proust/fill_questionnaire.html

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To be irrelevant and obsolete; unwanted and unloved.

Where would you like to live?
Somewhere where there’s hockey, internet, acceptance, cool weather, and friendly people

What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To be a loving father, a wild, creative hedonist, and traveller.

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
To be a full-grown man who still thinks he’s a teenager.

Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Those who are eccentric and a little odd.

Who are your favorite characters in history?
Emperor Norton and Groucho Marx.

Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
My friend, Renea.

Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Sarah Jane Smith (Doctor Who), Tuesday Next from the Jasper Fforde novels, and Molly from Neuromancer.

Your favorite painter?
Van Gogh.

Your favorite musician?
Too many to list.

The quality you most admire in a man?
Humor and gentle eccentricity

The quality you most admire in a woman?
Gentle eccentricity and humor

Your favorite virtue?
Comitas and veritas.

Your favorite occupation?
Writing, video editing, reading, imagining, and enjoying the company of friends.

Who would you have liked to be?
A better parent.

Your most marked characteristic?
An odd sense of humor and terrible self-imagery

What do you most value in your friends?
Their kindness.

What is your principle defect?
Low self-esteem, laziness, and fear.

What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
To lose the love of my children.

What would you like to be?
A writer and traveller who never has to work a job a day in his life

What is your favorite color?
Purple. It displays warmth and passion.

What is your favorite flower?
That which still blooms in an ugly garden.

What is your favorite bird?
Male cardinals. The red is so striking.

Who are your favorite prose writers?
Mark Twain, Terry Pratchett, and Bill Bryson,

Who are your favorite poets?
Richard Brautigan.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Those who make the world better and help us understand the universe better.

Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Margaret Hamilton, MIT.

What are your favorite names?
My own.

What is it you most dislike?
Hatred and pain and fear.

What historical figures do you most despise?
Those who have created suffering through abusive power, cruelty, suffering, and ignorance.

What event in military history do you most admire?
Better to ask a military scholar.

What natural gift would you most like to possess?
Confidence and tenacity

How would you like to die?
Saving the universe.

What is your present state of mind?
Very mixed, some happy thoughts, many sad thoughts, and feeling that time ticks away too fast these days.

What is your motto?
Fuck’em if they can’t take a joke.

Further Creative Moments.

So here we go with two new images. Nothing special or funky, just fun with Photoshop.

1) Experience In Hades, an artifact from the whimsical woodcuttings of the 18th century comic strip artist, Gnatt Droening.
existence

 

2) Heartbreak In Hyrule. Poor Link from the original Legend of Zelda. He’s been dumped for a higher bitrate.
heartbreak-in-hyrule

 

Perspective.

Below is a picture from the Hubble of the birth of a star in a dwarf galaxy.
Source: Hubblesite.orgHubble Captures a Fireworks Show in Kiso 5639

Often in this Western Media Culture, we’re overwhelmed with news of injustice, hatred, criminal politics, capitalist exploitation, and vacuous self-interest. It’s often hard to take in and you wonder why it is that we do the things we do to each other on a daily basis.

And for what? The things we do for/with/to/at/etc. each other, does it really matter? Does matter matter?

“Whatever else it may be, at the level of chemistry life is curiously mundane: carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen, a little calcium, a dash of sulfur, a light dusting of other very ordinary elements-nothing you wouldn’t find in any ordinary drugstore-and that’s all you need. The only thing special about the atoms that make you is that they make you.”
― Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything

It’s all chemistry, a friend of mine likes to say. And he’s right. You, me, them, everybody are a unique spacetime event destined to appear For One Life Only!, and those atoms are only going to make that event once and from a variety of ingredients that come from space.

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”
― Carl Sagan, Cosmos

In the end, we are just a small speck on a microscopic fleck of dust in a universe that is wide and nigh infinite.

So remember, when you’re feeling very small and insecure
How amazingly unlikely is your birth
And pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere up in space
‘Cause there’s bugger all down here on Earth.
― Eric Idle & John Du Prez, The Galaxy Song

Have a nice weekend.