53% of white women…who showed up to the polls…

About that oft-cited statistic in progressive discourse that “53% of white women voted for Trump”? I don’t like it. 53% of white women did not vote for Trump. 53% of white women, of those who bothered to show up to the polls, voted for Trump.

It’s not that I object to calling out white women for letting Trumpty Numpty squat in the White House. Of course we should be called out. My objection is that the 53% statistic is burying the lede. I have a very, very hard time believing that any non-trivial number of American white women voted for Obama in 2012 and then voted for Trump in 2016. The problem is more in those who didn’t vote at all in 2016.

(For the purposes of this argument, voting for third-party candidates is the same thing as not voting at all. If you could’ve voted for Hillary, and didn’t, you’re part of the problem.)

The rhetorical distinction matters because there are so fucking many progressive Americans who go around thinking inaction equals blamelessness. So they hear the “53% of white women voted for Trump” line and they think it isn’t about them because they voted for no one. Bullshit. The problem is in the number of progressive Americans who were eligible to vote in 2016 and did not vote for Hillary. Whether they voted for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson or wrote in the name of whatever inconsequential no-name putz Susan Sarandon told them to, or just stayed home and didn’t vote at all, that’s the number we should be talking about.

We made the Russian trolls’ job too easy

I am so LOL-ing at the memory of hearing from those Bern-outs right after the 2016 election who were so happy to believe the DNC had unfairly rigged the primaries in Hillary’s favor, but actively sneered at the idea that the Russian government had meddled in the general election. Oh, no, we needed to focus on the REAL problem, which is that Bernie would’ve won.

Yeah, of course, so many progressive Americans found it so much easier to believe the DNC had sabotaged itself (nah) by unfairly stacking the deck (nope) in favor of the weaker candidate (uh-uh), than that a hostile foreign power had fucked with our election to favor the Kremlin-approved candidate.

Of course, part of the Kremlin’s propaganda used to fuck with our election was convincing a lot of progressive Americans that Hillary had scored the nomination illegitimately.

Which means, not only were the Bern-outs wrong in where the actual sabotage was, they were, in fact, a symptom of the sabotage. All’a y’all acting like Hillary got the nomination by some means other than getting more Democratic primary voters on her side? Congratulations, you’ve bought into Russian propaganda. And the sooner y’all admit you’ve been had, the sooner we can clean up this mess.

 

No one should be congratulated for being a billionaire.

First: Elon Musk is going to fund clean water for people in Flint. Good news! Yes, Mr. Musk, this is a good thing you’re doing and we’d love it if you did more of it! All rich people, please do more of this!

Second: there’s discussion of Kylie Jenner’s mention in Forbes for being a near-billionaire. I’m less interested in whether she should be recognized as a “self-made” billionaire (clearly she is not) and more interested in the fact that nobody should hold that much money at a given time. A pretty young woman from a rich & famous family does not need to have that much money in her possession. Nobody should have that much money in their possession. We shouldn’t call them billionaires, we should call them money-hoarders.

First, pay your employees sufficiently. Make sure they have healthy working conditions and proper compensation including benefits. Second, pay your taxes. Third, give to charity that distributes wealth downward. Still have money left over after that, sure, fund space exploration. The point is, the bragging point should be in how much money has been donated, rather than how much has been accumulated.

 

Batten down the hatches, comrades.

Okay, so, it seems Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring this summer.

Well…Bitch McCandlehead has already established that the Senate can sabotage the president’s ability to appoint a Supreme Court judge if some of them don’t like the president, so I see no reason why we must accept Trumpty Numpty’s idea of a new justice simply because Justice Kennedy has had enough. Trumpty Numpty isn’t really a president, anyway. The US currently has no president. This is not 45, this is the missing administration. Trumpty Numpty and his cronies are squatting in the White House. So he shouldn’t have the privilege of filling a SCOTUS seat.

So…everyone with Republican Senators, lobby the fuck outta them to deny a hearing to any of the non-president’s choices for the new SCOTUS justice. And in November, we vote for Dems and make both houses of Congress super-extra-blue. When the Senate is majority-Democrat, Bitch McCandlehead can no longer be Senate Majority Leader. And then we lobby the fuck outta the new Senate to hold up a giant middle finger at any of the non-president’s choices for the SCOTUS seat. Keep on holding up a giant middle finger until the non-president accidentally pukes up the name of a liberal judge or until he’s no longer squatting in the White House.

The new Congress doesn’t have to impeach Trumpty Numpty. It’s cool if they do, but that doesn’t need to be our goal in this November’s elections. They just need to stonewall the non-president until 2020.

In 2020, we can make a fresh effort to elect a real president, and meanwhile Bitch McCandlehead can be sent home to cry in his wife’s lap following the unceremonious end of his career in public office.

In the meantime, I will ready my couch for women visiting from out of state to get abortions in Maryland.

Of course I can’t trust anyone, round 8424931

I just heard Morgan Freeman’s been accused of grossness by multiple women, and at this point I’m all like: yeah, THAT happened.

The more I learn about men, the more I like my cats.

Seriously, men of the free world: is this how you want women to see you? Another one turns out to be a creep and we’re simply numb?

 

Good guy with bare hands

I’d just like to observe that a young white man brought a military-grade weapon into a Waffle House with the intent to kill people just because he could, and the attack was cut short by a young unarmed black man who fucking dragged the gun out of the shooter’s very living hands.

We can’t expect people to show that kind of bravery on a regular basis. The way to stop the massacres is to keep the bullets off the streets.

 

The Electoral College is worse than useless.

One of the tall tales we were told in Civics class is that the Electoral College was created as a sort of escape switch in case a clearly unfit candidate manages to win the popular vote.

Which is malarkey. The EC was developed for the benefit of slaveowners, by emphasizing the number of residents per state over the number of votes per state. Basically, it allowed slaveowners’ votes to count for themselves and for all the human beings they owned. Post-slavery, it accommodates low voter turnout and thus incentivizes voter suppression.

But anyway, what they told us in school was that we needed the Electoral College to protect us from ourselves in case we voted for a Presidential candidate who had absolutely no business in the Oval Office. The people get hoodwinked by a dumpster fire in a suit, and the Electoral College says nah, we’re going with someone who isn’t terrible. That’s what we’re supposed to believe about the EC.

And what happened to us in 2016?

The popular vote went to the candidate who would have made a totally decent President, and the Electoral College went to the incompetent fascist puppet of a hostile foreign power. There were even some faithless EC voters who added to the incompetent fascist puppet’s electoral count. They were expected to vote for Hillary, and instead they chose Trumpty Numpty.

So…more than half the voters said, “We want the smart lady who knows her way around and knows what she’s talking about.”

And the Electoral College said, “Nah, you’re getting the crooked racist/rapist who talks about his dick on stage, picks schoolyard fights with North Korea on Twitter, and has all his strings attached to the Russian government.”

The EC is anti-democratic AND untrustworthy. Time to let it go.

 

Can’t Trust Anyone: Aziz Ansari Edition

I read the account of “Grace’s” bad date with Aziz Ansari in Babe. I read the entire thing in all its disgusting detail. I read it more than once. Having read the story, there are some things I won’t do.

I won’t call Aziz Ansari a rapist.

I won’t say what he did to Grace was “assault.”

I won’t call for him to lose his job or face any legal repercussions.

I also will not swallow his narrative of having “misunderstood” Grace’s discomfort or “misread” her behavior while ignoring his actual pattern of behavior in the story. I will not settle for this image of some poor clueless cad who just didn’t know any better. I will not write an alternate-universe story of All the Ways Grace Should’ve Fought Back Harder while ignoring all the ways Aziz made it inordinately difficult for her to withdraw.

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