Look, it’s evidence that God exists. Seriously, think of the odds. What other explanation could there be?
Just today, Pat Toomey said of the background-check bill:
“In the end it didn’t pass because we’re so politicized. There were some on my side who did not want to be seen helping the president do something he wanted to get done, just because the president wanted to do it.”
A helpful admission on his part, and a rare piece of Republican candor. But this is the case time after time after time. It’s not normal. It’s not—and I mean not remotely—“the same thing” the Democrats did under Bush. Today’s GOP is a complete historical outlier.
Yes, I’m sure there were many Democrats who didn’t want to hand Reagan or either Bush a political victory. But historically, that is one of a handful of legislative considerations, and not even the first. Probably more like the fourth, after votes and money and what’s right for the country. But today’s GOP has turned it into iron law. It is relentlessly destructive.
See, here’s the thing: five years ago, I was a Republican. And I was surprised at myself for actually thinking that (a) GW’s second term was kind of an embarrassing debacle, and (b) this Barack Obama guy actually looks like maybe I could vote for him.
I cannot see myself voting for any Republican today. And I believe it will be more than five years before these people can possibly convince me that maybe, just maybe, a Republican President would not be the stupidest Goddamn thing anyone could possibly want for this country.
Republican leaders, you are LOSING some of your smartest and staunchest defenders. And if you do not do something about it, you are going to be the party of NOTHING BUT inbred retarded rednecks. You have already pretty much sewn up that demographic long ago, so maybe it is time for you to stop pandering to it.
Okay. So I’ve always been against legalizing weed. I figure it’s bad for you and effects your learning. But I’m beginning to realize, it doesn’t matter. What brought this on is the new “Smokers Corner” across from my work. I could see tons of bongs and other smoking stuff in there. So if you…
I really love seeing honest, forthright people saying “you know, I thought about this, and I changed my mind.” We need more of that in this world.
So what’s the bigger problem, then?
The thing that I worry about more is the media’s bias toward fairness. Nobody uses the word lie anymore. Suddenly, everything is “a difference of opinion.” If the entire House Republican caucus were to walk onto the floor one day and say “The Earth is flat,” the headline on the New York Times the next day would read “Democrats and Republicans Can’t Agree on Shape of Earth.” I don’t believe the truth always lies in the middle. I don’t believe there are two sides to every argument. I think the facts are the center. And watching the news abandon the facts in favor of “fairness” is what’s troubling to me.
I hate learning I was wrong about something. I really do. Still, I try to be an adult, and admit it, and move forward being a little less wrong.
But HOLY FUCK do I hate this ongoing stream of discovering over and over again just HOW Goddamn wrong I have been about the sexual politics of rape.
The only thing that even comes close to this was about seven or eight years ago, when I read the first blog post I had ever seen about same-sex marriage that did not at any point devolve into “I DESERVE WHAT YOU HAVE AND IT’S NOT FAIR.”
It simply said “you know, I would LIKE this right, because it would be nice… because choices are good, and freedom is good, and equality is good, and I don’t really understand why I don’t have this right in the first place.”
And I went “you know, I really do wish someone had put it like that earlier, because I would totally have been on board from day one.”
But this is different.
I’m not looking at anyone and going “why didn’t they say this before?” - because they did. Over and over again.
And I didn’t listen.
Or I didn’t believe them.
Usually, I assaulted their position with my own arguments. Which I now see over and over, on page after page, repeated again and again with plain and simple and insightful explanations of WHY THEY ARE WRONG.
And not only why they are wrong, but why people refuse to believe they are wrong. Why most men and some women continue to believe them, continue to support them, and continue to say the same ignorant shit over and over again.
Why I, myself, continued to believe and support them and say the same ignorant shit over and over again.
I cannot think of any reasonable excuse for it. I’ve tried, really I have, but I just can’t. And I give up.
The only thing I can say is I’m sorry.
Oh, God, I am so sorry.
Taking Back Idiot Nerd Girl
I thought this was a super interesting take on the meme, seen as how I was at one point a novice too.
Awesomeness. Let’s keep this going.
This is just beautiful.
“Smell is the most powerful trigger to the memory there is. A certain flower, or a whiff of smoke, can bring up experiences long forgotten. Books smell musty and rich. The knowledge gained from a computer is… it has no texture, no context. It’s there, and then it’s gone. If it’s to last, then the getting of knowledge should be tangible. It should be smelly.” — Anthony Stewart Head as Rupert Giles, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” S1E8: “I, Robot… You, Jane”
“I Think I Am In Friend-Love With You” written by and illustrated by Yumi Sakugawa, published in Sadie Magazine, 2012.
Oh my god.
It’s like someone knows EXACTLY how I feel about @laina622.