I’m exhausted by politics

I mean, being sick and having to deal with the constant barrage of nonsense coming out of the White House and the racists infecting it just isn’t easy. It wears me down. It turns me into the ugliest version of myself.

If I may vent for a moment…

I will not call them ‘alt-right’. I will not be party to such a comfortable delusion. I’ve heard what Bannon, Spencer and Yiannopoulos have to say, and it is all utterly vile, and completely without merit. They are racists, sexists, and seem to revel in rank bigotry of the worst kind, as if they’re in a competition to win medals for hurting people.

I am disgusted by the conservative movement in the US. Yes, yes, ‘not all conservatives’, but enough. Enough that they are all tarred with the same brush. Enough conservative leaders endorsed Trump. Enough rank-and-file members did nothing but sit on their hands and say ‘give him a chance’, after he said openly that all Mexicans are rapists. Enough Republicans who hide from the people they supposedly represent, showing the worst kind of cowardice.

I get so, so angry.

I read of people dismissing illegal immigrants, throwing out words soaked in xenophobia and bile, and I think: how dare they call themselves Christian? How dare they spill their hatred all over the Internet, and still believe themselves to be good people? Then and there do I know the value of their supposed faith, and it is meaningless. Empty words. They show themselves to be callous, selfish, and unworthy of respect.

Fake news. Paid protestors. There are no leaks – no, wait, there are leaks but they’re false. We never talked to Russia before the election. The press is the enemy of the state. It was the biggest inauguration crowd ever. Remember what happened at Bowling Green.

Lies upon lies. Lies easily disproven. But Trump supporters believe, because he offers them easy, thoughtless hatred of the Other.

I fear for the vulnerable among us. I fear, not for what Trump will do (and even still it will be horrible), but for what his supporters now think is allowed or condoned by the government. The hatred bubbles to the surface. It draws a gun and shoots brown people. It attacks trans people who just want to use the bathroom in peace. It assaults women, because the commander-in-chief thinks ‘grabbing them by the pussy’ is okay.

I wish I could feel something for those who voted for Trump and have no idea of how much damage he has done, and what he will still do. What the Republicans will do. But I just can’t. I have no emotional strength left, especially not for people who listened to the demented word salad spilling out of Trump and thought he, a cut-rate, morally bankrupt con-man with no redeeming qualities who treats other people as objects, was a better choice than a career politician who did nothing worse than be imperfect.

Do you know that? Clinton was not perfect. She made mistakes. By and large, she tried to do what she believed would help the most people, and if she had to play the game of politics to get things done, she did.

But she didn’t offer easy hatred. She had no simple, soundbite answers, no mindless platitudes. She had miles and miles of dry, carefully thought-out policy documents.

I have no doubt that the Russians influenced the election and handed it to Trump. But they would never have succeeded if there did not exist a very large part of America that is still steeped in bigotry, that despised the fact that there was a black man in the White House, that wanted nothing but easy answers and blanket permission to hate.

I’m so tired of this knowledge. I wish the world was better than it is.

//shay

That crazy story

Oh woe is the writer who does not check their facts! The story of a Long Island woman beset by a SWAT team for her Internet searches is not as completely batshit nuts as previously indicated.

Turns out her employer noticed the searches on a work computer, and decided that said combination warranted a tip to the cops. And then the cops showed up with the black SUVs etc etc.

So, rather than it being the NSA who hilariously overreacted and sent in the goons, it was just a paranoid company manager who hilariously overreacted, then a police chief who hilariously overreacted, then a bunch of random cops… Okay whatever.

It’s the difference between being systematically fucked up on purpose, and being fucked up randomly in unpredictable places.

Though I am glad to know that the NSA are probably not going to send in the clowns on my ass for my frankly embarrassing search history full of porn.

//shay

When you have something to hide

…like I do, then the prospect of anyone getting access to my computer is pretty horrifying. I hope the NSA likes porn at least.

So I heard the story this morning of a woman in Long Island who had her house raided by a goddamn SWAT team because she searched for ‘pressure cooker’ while her husband was also searching for backpacks. Sound familiar? Well how the sweet fucking hell did the cops know her search history?! Does anyone else find that creepy as shit?

What the hell, America.

Give us your poor, your tired, your huddled masses? Not any more, we hate immigrants, even though we’re all descended from them.

The land of the free? No. We throw more people in jail than any other country except maybe the worst dictatorships. We have no free speech that isn’t censored by a spineless, sycophantic mass media, or litigated into the ground by trigger happy copyright lawyers.

The home of the brave? Holy fuck, no. As soon as someone whispers the word ‘terrorist’, we damn near wet our collective pants in fear and break out the guns. There are some truly brave people around, but let’s be honest – they are in the fucking minority.

I can’t believe this place, really I can’t. Lots of countries deal with terrorism without losing their mind, and the best we can do is sink the entire fucking economy, screw over our own people, and kill thousands of foreigners, all in the name of fighting an enemy that can’t be fought.

The relatives of those foreigners, by the way, now largely have nothing to live for other than hating America. Because American troops just bombed the shit out of their homes and cities. I can’t believe anyone is surprised that they want to blow us up in turn.

Anyone who says shit about America being the best place in the whole world is either deluded, ignorant, or wilfully blind. And I’m pretty sure that every other first world nation is watching all the shit we do and wondering if America is the same.

Ask a European what they think. The polite ones will sidestep the question. The honest ones will say what they’re all thinking, which is this: are Americans totally fucking insane, or are they just very, very dangerously dumb?

Don’t tell me we haven’t earned that reputation.

//shay

Politics is strange, yo

I don’t get why Obama gets so much flak from the right wing.

Like, they’re very obviously racist. Sure, the liberals spoke out against Bush as far as I know, but there was nothing like the level of hatred against him personally. I almost want to say, sure guys, criticize him all you want. That’s a sign of a healthy society and something to be proud of. But seriously, don’t kid yourselves, and don’t try to fool the rest of us when you photoshop Obama’s head onto a monkey’s body, or talk shit about Michelle Obama’s fashion.

Y’all are being racist. Sorry.

Look up the Obama tag on Pinterest sometime and you’ll see what I mean. Some of them are the usual whining about how Obama getting re-elected was a mistake, but good grief – death threats, man. Shit that blames him for everything wrong in the world, whether he started it or not. There’s a current of real hatred, there, more than I ever saw with liberals who plain didn’t like Bush, though admittedly I don’t pay all that much attention to politics.

Seriously, Obama seems pretty chilled for a president. Not perfect, but he seems to be doing his best while surrounded by unrepentant assholes, so I’ll give him some leeway on that. And he seems to give a shit about the little people, which is more than Bush ever did.

Just my two cents.

//shay

Close but no cigar

… and good riddance, Mitt. Don’t let the door hit you on the ass on your way out.

Now, Republicans, how about backing away from the Tea Party craziness? It’s clearly not winning you anything. And how about all the women you think are second class citizens? They still have a vote, and they’re not buying the bullshit you’re spreading around.

Anyway. Apart from that – congrats to President Cutie, still in office. Four more years, or something. I hope he makes the most of them, starting with legalizing gay marriage and weed.

Maybe then the rest of the world will stop thinking of us as a nation of infantile warmongers, and start thinking of us as the cool people who throw awesome parties.

//shay

Isn’t there something

…going on tomorrow? Something about the president?

Heh. No, I’m just kidding around. I am not an uninformed voter, never fear. I’m also not afraid to say who I’m voting for – Obama, of course.

Go ahead, ask me why.

Because Romney is conservative and anti-porn. He doesn’t know jack shit about country-scale economics and his budget looks like it was written by an idiot (called Paul Ryan). His party is racist and spent the last four years fucking us over because getting a black man out of the White House was more important than combating the worst recession in decades.

He wouldn’t know diplomacy if it bit him on the ass. He lies, blatantly, if it’ll get him more political power. He panders to everyone as long as it’s convenient. He doesn’t know or understand the lives of 99% of this country, and he’d throw all of that 99% into a volcano if it’d get him the presidency.

In short, everything I know about Mitt Romney and the Republican party suggests that they don’t give a shit about America. Like it’s a means to get and wield power, and they don’t care who they have to destroy – in fact, it’s like they actively want to hurt people, if they get to the top. They want people to die for lack of Medicare. They want families to starve for lack of foodstamps. They want crime and suicide to increase out of the sense of pure and utter hopelessness that comes from knowing that there is no way out, the deck is always stacked against you, and nothing you do can help you climb out of the hole you were born into.

And for what?

So that they can pay a little less taxes, and feel a little more morally superior, and judge their fellow men and women for their perceived sins in lieu of helping them.

This is all I know about Romney and others like him. I’ve heard it from their own mouths. And I will be damned if I let such heartless, stupid creatures take command of this country in these dark times.

Get out and vote for Obama, guys. He’s done a good job.

I will now return to my ponderings on writing.

//shay

I don’t get political

…mostly because I don’t swing that way. Most of it makes no sense to me and it looks like the Mr. Cutie in the White House is doing a good job, all things considered, so I’d rather just let him get on with it and stick to writing porn.

But my better informed friend told me today of a thing that made me go ‘whuh?’ and look at her cross-eyed. You guys probably know about it already. Some Republican dude has apparently said something along the lines of ‘women can stop themselves getting pregnant if they are raped’ as an argument for why abortion should be illegal.

I’m just gonna say right now that anyone who’s failed highschool biology, logic, and basic common sense needs to not be in politics.

‘Cos, y’know, women CAN stop themselves from getting pregnant if they are raped. There’s a method to it and everything. It’s called abortion. Maybe in this guy’s world, somewhere in a cave on Mars (say hi to the Curiosity rover for me!), women have some kind of magical power that stops pregnancy if they’re raped. Here on Earth, however, women have neat things like science and medicine instead, and they work pretty well.

Like I said, this stuff does not make sense to me. I have yet to figure out why the hell Republicans care so damn much about pregnancy, for example, when there are seven billion people on this planet and we’re not likely to run out any time soon.

I’m going back to my sweet tasty smut. At least that’s not going to confuse the hell out of me.

//shay