bad-president

the year is 2017. a ufo lands in your backyard. out steps a group of aliens.

you gasp. “are you here to find our leader and kill him??”

the alien in front seems alarmed. “no, no, we all come in peace, why would you-”

“oh.” you sigh dejectedly. “i just- we have a really bad president. like really evil bad, i just thought-” you start to tear up.

the alien places a hand on your shoulder. “hey now, it’s okay, maybe you can tell us all about him and we’ll- we’ll see what we can do.”

trump says that transgender people will not be allowed to serve in the military *in any capacity* because their health care costs are too high. Transition-related care costs the Department of Defense about $5.6 million a year. Yet they’re also perfectly willing to spend about $84 million a year on Viagra prescriptions. And of course countless, wasted billions elsewhere. So cost is obviously NOT the real reason. The reason is that trump is a transphobic prick and a bad president.

Little: *playing with stuffies


CG: *passing by playroom* What chu playing little one?


Little: The stuffie nation is trying to overthrow its government because Tigger is a bad president and they voted for him as a joke but it’s not funny anymore.



CG: This just got real.. how about we watch some cartoons.. *takes Tigger putting him on the top shelf*


Little: THE GOVERNMENT MUST BE OVERTHROWN!

Black Cinema 1970-1999

This is a list I compiled based on movies I’ve either already watched or plan on watching in the near future. Please feel free to add any suggestions, recommendations, or requests for anything you’d like to see more of on this blog.

  1. Shaft (1971) 
  2. Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971) 
  3. Super Fly (1972)
  4. Lady Sings the Blues (1972) 
  5. Black Gunn (1972)
  6. Trick Baby (1972)
  7. Trouble Man (1972)
  8. The Legend of Nigger Charley (1972)
  9. Across 110th Street (1972)
  10. Cool Breeze (1972)
  11. Black Mama White Mama (1972)
  12. The Mack (1973) 
  13. Sweet Jesus, Preacherman (1973)
  14. Ganja & Hess (1973)
  15. Detroit 9000 (1973)
  16. That Man Bolt (1973)
  17. Hell Up in Harlem (1973)
  18. Coffy (1973) 
  19. Black Caesar (1973) 
  20. The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973)
  21. Five on the Black Hand Side (1973) 
  22. Black Belt Jones (1974) 
  23. Boss Nigger (1974)
  24. TNT Jackson (1974) 
  25. Three the Hard Way (1974)
  26. Truck Turner (1974)
  27. Black Samson (1974)
  28. Willie Dynamite (1974)
  29. Cleopatra Jones (1974) 
  30. Foxy Brown (1974) 
  31. Claudine (1974) 
  32. Uptown Saturday Night (1974) 
  33. Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975) 
  34. Coonskin (1975)
  35. Sheba, Baby (1975)
  36. Dolemite (1975)
  37. Friday Foster (1975)
  38. Cooley High (1975) 
  39. Bucktown (1975)
  40. The Black Gestapo (1975)
  41. Mahogany (1975) 
  42. Sparkle (1976) 
  43. Black Shampoo (1976)
  44. Black Heat (1976)
  45. The Human Tornado (1976)
  46. Car Wash (1976) 
  47. Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde (1976)
  48. Petey Wheatstraw (1977)
  49. The Wiz (1978) 
  50. A Hero Ain’t Nothing But A Sandwich (1978) 
  51. Disco Godfather (1980)
  52. The Marva Collins Story (1981) 
  53. Wild Style (1983) 
  54. Breakin’ (1984) 
  55. Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984) 
  56. Beat Street (1984) 
  57. A Soldier’s Story (1984) 
  58. Purple Rain (1984) 
  59. Krush Groove (1985) 
  60. The Color Purple (1985) 
  61. Hollywood Shuffle (1987) 
  62. Raw (1987) 
  63. School Daze (1988) 
  64. Coming to America (1988) 
  65. I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) 
  66. Lean On Me (1989)
  67. Polly (1989) 
  68. Glory (1989) 
  69. Do the Right Thing (1989) 
  70. Harlem Nights (1989) 
  71. Women of Brewster Place (1989) 
  72. Mo’ Better Blues (1989) 
  73. House Party (1990) 
  74. The Five Heartbeats (1991) 
  75. Jungle Fever (1991) 
  76. Strictly Business (1991) 
  77. Boyz n the Hood (1991) 
  78. New Jack City (1991) 
  79. White Men Can’t Jump (1992) 
  80. The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992) 
  81. Bebe’s Kids (1992) 
  82. Boomerang (1992) 
  83. Malcolm X (1992) 
  84. Juice (1992) 
  85. Class Act (1992) 
  86. Mo Money (1992) 
  87. What’s Love Got to Do With It (1993) 
  88. Strapped (1993) 
  89. CB4 (1993) 
  90. Sister Act II (1993) 
  91. Posse (1993) 
  92. Poetic Justice (1993) 
  93. Menace II Society (1993) 
  94. Jason’s Lyric (1994) 
  95. A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994) 
  96. Blankman (1994) 
  97. Crooklyn (1994) 
  98. Tales From the Hood (1995) 
  99. Dead Presidents (1995) 
  100. Bad Boys (1995) 
  101. Panther (1995) 
  102. Friday (1995) 
  103. Waiting to Exhale (1995) 
  104. Higher Learning (1995) 
  105. Set It Off (1996) 
  106. Preacher’s Wife (1996) 
  107. Hoodlum (1997) 
  108. Rhyme & Reason (1997)
  109. Hav Plenty (1998) 
  110. The Temptations (1998) 
  111. Why Do Fools Fall In Love (1998) 
  112. Eve’s Bayou (1997) 
  113. Love Jones (1997) 
  114. Soul Food (1997) 
  115. Belly (1998) 
  116. How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998) 
  117. The Best Man (1999) 
  118. The Wood (1999) 
  119. Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)

So let me get this straight.

  • So it’s okay for Viagra to be free in the States. Our current president is, however, trying to get rid of birth control because it interrupts religious freedom.

Wait.

Which religion is this talking about? I consider myself Tao and there is nothing in the tao te ching that says anything about any sort of birth control… I don’t know too much about other religions, but I know this would obviously effect Christianity. But you’re telling me that if a woman is to conceive, she should by God’s will, but if god wants a man to have a tough time getting it up, it’s not Okay? Not to mention, a lot of women on b.c. are prescribed it because of hormonal troubles and not for conceptional reasons.

Is this real life? Where the fuck am I living? Why the fuck is this Okay?

Not to mention, planned parenthood was defunded to stop abortions… But statistics show that abortion rates have dropped dramatically since the invention of birth control.

But if men can’t perform, thats not an act of God.

Where the fuck am I living right now? Fuck my life.

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A YEAR WITH TRUMP

Last week, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch stood on the White House lawn, opining that Donald Trump’s presidency could be “the greatest presidency that we’ve seen, not only in generations, but maybe ever.”

I beg to differ. 

America has had its share of crooks (Warren G. Harding, Richard Nixon), bigots (Andrew Jackson, James Buchanan), and incompetents (Andrew Johnson, George W. Bush). But never before Donald Trump have we had a president who combined all these nefarious qualities.

America’s great good fortune was to begin with the opposite – a superb moral leader. By June of 1775, when Congress appointed George Washington to command the nation’s army, he had already “become a moral rallying post,” as his biographer, Douglas Southall Freeman, described him, “the embodiment of the purpose, the patience, and the determination necessary for the triumph of the revolutionary cause.” 

Washington won the war and then led the fledgling nation “by directness, by deference, and by manifest dedication to duty.”  

Some two hundred forty years later, in the presidential campaign of 2016, candidate Trump was accused of failing to pay his income taxes. His response was “that makes me smart” – thereby signaling to millions of Americans that paying taxes in full is not an obligation of citizenship.

Trump also boasted about giving money to politicians so they would do whatever he wanted. “When they call, I give. And you know what, when I need something from them two years later, three years later, I call them. They are there for me.” In other words, it’s perfectly okay for business leaders to pay off politicians, regardless of the effect on our democracy.

Trump sent another message by refusing to reveal his tax returns during the campaign or even after he took office, or to put his businesses into a blind trust to avoid conflicts of interest, and by his overt willingness to make money off his presidency by having foreign diplomats stay at his Washington hotel, and promoting his various golf clubs.

These were not just ethical lapses. They directly undermined the common good by reducing the public’s trust in the office of the president. As the New York Times editorial board put it in June 2017, “for Mr. Trump and his circle, what matters is not what’s right but what you can get away with. In his White House, if you’re avoiding the appearance of impropriety, you’re not pushing the boundaries hard enough.”

A president’s most fundamental legal and moral responsibility is to uphold and protect our system of government. Trump has degraded that system.

When as a presidential nominee Trump said that a particular federal judge shouldn’t be hearing a case against him because the judge’s parents were Mexican, Trump did more than insult a member of the judiciary. He attacked the impartiality of America’s legal system.

When Trump threatened to “loosen” federal libel laws so he could sue news organizations that were critical of him and, later, to revoke the licenses of networks critical of him, he wasn’t just bullying the media. He was threatening the freedom and integrity of the press.

When, as president, he equated Neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members with counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, by blaming “both sides” for the violence, he wasn’t being neutral. He was condoning white supremacists, thereby undermining the Constitution’s guarantee of equal rights.

When he pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, for a criminal contempt conviction, he wasn’t just signaling it’s okay for the police to engage in violations of civil rights. He was also subverting the rule of law by impairing the judiciary’s power to force public officials to abide by court decisions.

When he criticized NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem, he wasn’t just asking that they demonstrate their patriotism. He was disrespecting their – and, indirectly, everyone’s – freedom of speech.

When he berated the intelligence agencies and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he wasn’t just questioning their competence. He was suggesting they were engaged in a giant conspiracy to remove him from office – potentially inviting his most ardent supporters to engage in a new civil war.

America has had its share of good and bad presidents, but Donald Trump falls far below anything this nation has ever before experienced. In less than a year, he has degraded the core institutions and values of our democracy.

We have never before had a president whose character was so contrary to the ideals of the republic. That Senator Orrin Hatch and other Republicans don’t seem to recognize this is itself frightening.

Good timeline: Meevs becomes president

Bad timeline: Meevs becomes world dictator and lives in a castle made of gold and god

Actual timeline: Meevs is just hanging out

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Don’t give up. Even if the odds are against you. With some of the recent event in America, I know things look bad, but you have to stay strong. You guys survived bad presidents before. You will over come this too.

This applies to personal things too! Got a bad grade? Don’t give up! Your dedication will never fail you. People don’t believe you can do it? All the more reasons to do better! Have the last laugh.

I believe in you. You go do your thing and show people how much of a boss ass bitch you can be!

When Something Isn’t A Good Idea - どうかと思う

Here is a polite way to say something is a bad idea when you don’t want to blame someone/something in particular. 

It always goes at the end of a sentence:

寿司を腹いっぱい食べた後にピザを注文するのはどうかと思う。Sushi o hara ippai tabeta ato ni piza o chūmon suru no wa dō ka to omou.
It’s probably not the best idea to order pizza right after eating a ton of sushi… (lit. think if/whether or not ordering pizza after stomach is full on sushi is (a bad idea)).

See, you’re not saying it outright, but it’s like how in English you just say something in a certain tone so you don’t have to actually finish your sentence for someone to get the jist of what you’re trying to say. 

ガルフレンドの妹と逢引することはどうかと思う。Gārufurendo no imōto to aibiki suru koto wa dō ka to omou.
I don’t think
a tryst with your girlfriend’s little sister is such a good idea… (lit. think if/whether or not secret date with girlfriend’s little sister (is not a good idea).

I was originally going to say “I don’t think it’s a good idea to date your girlfriend’s sister right after breaking up with her”, but I thought that was funnier. Who doesn’t love a familial love triangle? Actually that sounds really creepy never mind

You can also use it if you don’t think someone should be in a certain position (of employment or power, usually):

ドナルド・トランプが大統領になるどうかと思う。災害になる。Donarudo toranpu ga daitōryō ni naru dō ka to omou. Saigai ni naru.
I don’t think Donald Trump should be president. It would be a disaster. (lit. think if/whether or not donald trump becomes president (is bad). It would become a disaster.)
Not that that reflects my personal opinion or anything haha

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APH America (and Mexico cause why not) and the States
  • America: Ok calm down everyone! Everything is fine! EVERYTHING IS PERFECTLY FINE!
  • States: NO IT'S NOT!
  • America: OK EVERYONE SHUT UP! OHIO I SWEAR TO GOD!
  • Ohio: IT'S NOT MY FAULT PEOPLE ARE STUPID!
  • America: MEXICO ALREADY HATES ME!
  • Mexico: Why am I here again? I will kill you if that clown wins.
  • Michigan: OH NO! PLEASE I DON'T WANT TO BE A RED STATE!
  • States: AAAAAH!
  • Mexico: Hey New Mexico got blue! That's good right?
  • New Mexico: I mean it's better than Trump I guess.
  • Mexico: Good job. I raised you right.
  • America: HOW ARE YOU CALM?!
  • Mexico: Well it's not my country sooo yeah. I mean I already have a bad president. Welcome to the bad president party my friend.
  • America: Ok everyone that's in the middle of the country! WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU!
  • Middle states: WE DON'T KNOW!
  • Mexico: Ok western states. I raised you first so I expect blue ok? Even though she's still bad but still.
  • Western States: *nods*
  • America: They are not yours so shush!
  • Mexico: They used to be mine until YOU decided to take them. And your starting to sound like Trump.
  • America: Don't compare me to that idiot!
Yeah, Trump has done SO much for every "disappointing" president in history. You wonder if they want to thank him.

“Nixon and Carter were bad presidents!”

Like, most of America wouldn’t jump at the chance to have them back right now.

I mean, no matter how sleazy or corrupt Nixon got, even he never had the nerve to ask: “Can’t I just pardon myself?”

Someone on Twitter the other day: “I miss the quiet dignity of George W Bush.”

anonymous asked:

You forget kid, Ronald Reagan was a celebrity before becoming President too. So if white celebrities can run for president, so can black ones. You racist idiot.

Hello.


I realize that this was probably written by someone who does not follow my blog, and therefore will not see my response. But I’m going to answer in good faith, just in case.


In responding to this, I have to preface- I do try not to be racist garbage, and I did take this feedback as opportunity to check over my reasoning one more time to be sure. It is tragically 100% rational, at any given point in time, to assume that a white person stating their lack of support for a black person is being racist garbage, even if you can’t see blatant evidence. And it is also more than fair to tell racists that they’re racists, so I understand why this ask was constructed the way it was.


This response is, as I see it, is stemming from a sense of injustice from 2 sources-


1. Two white male celebrities have run for and won the Presidency (and therefore a black woman ought to be able to as well)


2. White people have had the reigns of power in the USA for far too long, and it would be much better to have a black woman in the Oval Office than a white man.


I agree with the second point. I think that people of color should be having population-disproportionate say in our leadership for a damn long time in order to even begin reversing the terrible injustices caused by white people hoarding power and wealth since the USA was founded, and even before. I would be very happy to say that we should not even consider a white person for a political office for the next two decades unless pretty much everyone else is implausibly terrible. I would like to see a body of leadership that is majority female, and majority non-white.


I do not agree with the first point, because it relies on the premises of ‘tit for tat’ being an acceptable reason to consider an unqualified person as qualified for office, and the implication that our celebrity presidencies have not been disqualifying disasters, which I think is both untrue and also irrelevant to the question of where celebrity leadership in general is acceptable.


The problem with the first point is that Ronald Reagan was not a good President (thereby meaning he is not an argument against celebrities always making bad Presidents, which is actually not my argument in the original post), and that he was also not really just a celebrity, meaning that even if he had been great at the job, it would not support the argument that celebrity is enough to make a person a good president.


Reagan was, in fact, responsible for a lot of bad things. His inaction is responsible for thousands of deaths in the LGBT community, and that amount of blood on a man’s hands pretty well disqualifies them as a good leader. But he also increased the national debt from 700 billion to almost 3 trillion. He disproportionately taxed lower income people, which had to have resulted in unnecessary hardship for other vulnerable people as well. I feel like I could have stopped after referencing all the blood on his hands regarding HIV, but some people need to hear about money.


The other problem with that equivalence is that he was not a political outsider. His father and older brother were both appointed to office by Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was president of his university student council, and then, yes, he went off to have a successful career as an actor and became filthy rich. He campaigned for Democrats in the 1950s, and then changed his registration and started campaigning for Republicans. He was the GOP darling in 1964. He was governor of California for two terms. There’s more, but- it’s a myth that he was a political outsider. That was a campaigning strategy. By pretty much all accounts, he was a really good politician.


But, to be honest, I do not care too much about Reagan. He is not relevant in 2018. Here are some people who are relevant:


Maxine. Waters.

Just thinking about Maxine Waters as President gives me chills. Look at her. Say “President Waters”. Doesn’t it feel right? I would follow her anywhere. She looks like she is already our President.

She has been serving in Congress since 1991, 10 months before I was born. She was elected with over 79% of the popular vote, by the way, and has swung at least 70% in every reelection, because that is how good she is at her job and at reaching out to people. She is a legend. She was serving in California’s politics before that, since 1977. In that time she was a leader in opposing Apartheid and the Iraq war. She has been the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. She fought against the NSA’s interpretation of law to collect data on US citizens (foresight! Guess how she’d vote about the free and open internet?). In 2009 she was co-sponsoring a bill calling for reparations for slavery, which is a boss-level move given how she absolutely knew how the majority-racist American public would react to it. (and she got re-elected again, because she is just so good at her job that she can weather through anything). She’s also got name recognition for reclaiming her time, which might make a presidential run easier.


But Maxine Waters has not indicated she is interested in the Presidency, which is a pretty crucial part of determining whether or not someone is going to be President. She is 79, so it’s more than fair to say she can decide she has served her country well and doesn’t need to be our hero in this context. But still, it would be nice if we talked her up a bit more. Send a nice letter to her office, maybe.


You know who has indicated she could run? And is also on the shortlists of top contenders? Experienced in leading and governing, young enough to lead us for 8 years without breaking a sweat, knowledgeable about the law, has a history of making tough decisions to stick to principles under pressure? 

Kamala Harris. She’s been the junior Senator from California since 2011 (so far 7 years, which is nothing to sniff at), but she has tons of other experience from being the Attorney General of California. Before that, she was District Attorney of San Francisco, starting in 2004. She’s only 53! She has a resume like that and she’s only 53. She has been prosecuting industries for pollution (she knows what’s up), getting endorsement from the California Federation of Teachers, fighting against the death penalty, wants immigrants to be able to talk to law enforcement without dear, and would co-sponsor Bernie Sanders-style single-payer healthcare, if you’re into repairing our healthcare system. She has given every indication of being a principled leader who will do what she says she will, and stand up under pressure.


I would very much like to vote for a black woman to be our next President. We have a small treasure trove of brilliant leaders who fit that description, in the Senate and House and other places where Presidents have historically learned how to lead. Those are my two suggestions. And one of them is probably going to run!

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James Corden has it BAD for our president guys
(So many puns I am dying)