Heather Lind and Bush Sr.

Heather Lind, or my girl Anna Strong, came out and spoke about her experience with sexual assault. One of the fucking presidents of the United States was the one to assault her. If George H. W. Bush, our 41st president, can assault an actress, and how our current president can joke about the same thing, really shows how disturbing our country can be. 

In her Instagram post, she explains that Bush’s own wife was on his other side when this happened. This happened back in 2014, and it took her three years to admit what he did to her. 

Why are people mad that Trump stopped funding abortion in other countries? Why should we be paying for people in another countries abortions? Let their government handle that, it's not our responsibility. Bush senior threw it out, clinton brought it back, bush Jr. threw it out, obama brought it back, now trump got rid of it again. Where were you all the other times this was thrown out, I didn't hear from you then. Can someone explain to me, with a legitimate argument why we should be funding other countries abortions?

robert-the-foul  asked:

Thanks to Tumblr's algorithms, I saw your response to a March for Science Ask & it triggered this question from me (if I may): Why march *now*? As we've seen with the recent surges in measles cases and other VPDs, science has been foundering for quite some time in the public's eye. Since Bush, Sr. (which is when I started paying attention to it), NASA - for example - has seen it's miniscule budget slashed every year under every president since. So, why the imperative to March for Science now?

The March for Science isn’t necessarily a response to science floundering in the public’s eye - the urgency comes from our current administration using that public skepticism to justify elimination of key scientific programs, and we have got to speak up. We have never, in the history of this country, had an administration that was this vehemently anti-science. Scientific programs have struggled in recent years to compete for funding of federal programs, absolutely- but the threat of abolishment of some of those organizations (the Environmental Protection Agency being the most public right now, after a Rep. committee member from Florida pitched a bill that would abolish the EPA) has never been so imminent.

For reference, Canada’s ‘War on Science’ wasn’t a single action, but a series of decisions and actions that accumulated over time and resulted in everything from layoff of science staff; program cuts, eliminations, and dissolved research programs; muzzling and censorship of scientists; forced falsification of published data; revocation of environmental protections, and in general giant list of horrors that you can read here.

All signs point to it being even worse here in the States.

anonymous asked:

Top 5 presidents to fight in a dennys parking lot

Madison: Small, spry.

Nixon: Unpredictable, no rules

Jackson: Crazy, won’t hold back, will test everything you have

Bush Sr.: CIA man, body count unknown

Wilson: Last minute fakeout, he’s in a coma, you fight his far more capable wife instead.

mirrorfalls  asked:

Whaddya expect out of a (inevitable?) Grant Morrison cameo on The Simpsons?

I suspect they’ve used up that comics allowance on Moore and the others in that one episode (I was sure surprised to hear he’s a fan, but I suppose he’d appreciate them pissing off Bush Sr.), and more importantly, they couldn’t top what Gail Simone already did:

Based on what I’ve heard, this is a reasonably true-to-life depiction of their relationship.

former president bush sr and jr taking shots at trump while sanitizing their own presidential legacies by comparison may show a comical lack of self awareness but more likely shows an insidious opportunistic grab at rewriting history and i’m not about it

On “I Didn’t Leave the Democratic Party, it Left Me.”

Without fail, a few times a week I hear someone who claims to have been a Democratic voter say, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me.”  This is almost always said as a rationale, a justification for voting for Trump or not voting at all.   It is also almost always said by a white male.  A lot of the times, they either are or were in the manufacturing sector and/or a member of a union.  They blame the loss of jobs in their field that have either affected them and/or their family and friends on the Democratic Party.  They also blame the Party for the decline in union membership and anti-union bills passed in once proud union states like Michigan and Wisconsin.  Whenever I hear these complaints, I ask for specific examples of exactly how the Democratic Party betrayed them.  So far, I haven’t received a single specific from anyone that can’t be disproved by my eight-year-old and Google.  All I get is a reiteration that the Democratic Party left them or right-wing talking points about the Democrats being the party of “corporatists.” When I ask them to explain how Democrats are supposed to push pro-union bills when many union members themselves vote for Republicans or how they are supposed to alter the inevitable changes that arise from globalization, they hem and haw and end up not saying a damn thing.

The Democratic Party didn’t leave these folks.  These folks left the Party for a number of reasons.  One reason is because they, like most Americans, are intellectually lazy, especially when it comes to knowing and understanding how their government works.  They don’t understand or care to understand how laws are made, what can and can’t be done because of legislative rules, what can be legitimately done at any given moment in time due to the makeup of the legislative bodies involved.  This situation isn’t unique to ex-Dems, the far-left also suffers from being severely civics challenged.  They expect, demand, and want FDR-like progress without the very large progressive majorities FDR enjoyed every single term in office.  This same unrealistic demand applies on the state level, as well.  If people who claim to be progressives don’t vote for progressive majorities, then they shouldn’t bitch when things are not as progressive as they’d like.  I know this sounds simple, but it seems to completely elude a whole lot of people.

When I ask these ex-Dems whether or not they voted or Democratic candidates in the 2010 and/or 2014 midterms, they almost always say, “No.”  I don’t know exactly how the Democratic Party left people who didn’t support it.  I really don’t know how allowing Republicans who are anti-union and all for shipping jobs overseas to have power is a reasonable response to wanting pro-union, less globalization.   If I’m ever able to get an answer about this, it usually ends up being something along the lines of, “to teach the Democrats a lesson.”  This is the same stupid mindset from many on the left during the 2010 midterms with regard to what they perceived were sleights with regard to health care and Wall Street reform.  How’d that “teach them a lesson” thing turn out?  As far as I can tell it led to the rise of the Tea Party, Democrats losing many states including blue states like Michigan and Wisconsin, the U.S. House of Representatives and most of the political leverage progressives had.  That wasn’t a lesson.  That was political suicide which was followed by giving Republicans control of the Senate in 2014 and the White House last November.  This is where I sarcastically slow clap and say, “Bra…..fucking….o!”  You wanted the Democratic Party to do things for you but you didn’t do anything for the Democratic Party.

Another reason these people left the Democratic Party is the same reason a lot of people left-racism/bigotry.  To many of these individuals, unions were great until minorities became members.  Public schools were terrific until their kids had to go to school with “those kids.”  Living in the city or suburb adjacent areas was fine until “those people” started moving in.  Make no mistake, White Flight isn’t something unique to conservatives.  Many so-called “progressives” bolted from their neighborhoods once it started getting ethnically diverse.  The beliefs, attitudes, mindset behind progressive White Flight are the same behind, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me.”  Anyone who claims differently doesn’t know a damn thing about anything, especially political history, voting patterns, sociology, psychology, belief systems….

The Democratic Party hasn’t won the majority of the white vote since 1964.  Now, why is that?  What happened in 1964 that would cause white voters to turn away from the Democratic Party?  Was it, A) the government outlawing the poll tax?  Or, B) Barry Goldwater winning the Republican presidential primary nomination?  Or, C) the last Looney Tune cartoon produced by Warner Bros.?  Or, D) the passage of the Civil Rights Act by Democratic President Lyndon Johnson?  If you say anything other than, “D” you need to be remanded to third-grade history and can’t come back to the discussion until you pass.  The underlying reason for White Flight, for School of Choice, for whites not voting for the Democratic Party is racism. Full…Fucking…Stop!  When people tell me, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me, “ what they often mean is, “An awful lot of people I don’t want in the Democratic Party are a major voting bloc in the Party.”  The same reasons behind conservative and progressive White Flight are why the Democratic Party hasn’t won the majority of the white vote since 1964.  It isn’t because the Democratic Party’s stance on economic issues.  It is because, when push comes to shove, too many white voters don’t want to minorities to have the same rights and privileges they do.

Of course, people aren’t going to come right out and say the reason they no longer support the Democratic Party is because of racial issues. Instead, they come up with nonsense claims like, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me” or “Democrats have moved too far to the left.”  This latter claim is used by the right, the media, and so-called “Democrats” who think chasing the white vote is a smart, moral strategy.  Former Democratic Senator from Virginia, Jim Webb is the most recent person making the idiotic claim that Democrats have moved too far to the left.  This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who knows  Webb’s political history. Until 2006 he was a Republican.  I wouldn’t expect anything less from someone with such a conservative background to say something different than Democrats have moved too far to the left.  This is why anyone with an ounce of sense can and should completely ignore anything Webb has to say about the Democratic Party.

The political reality is only one party has moved hard towards their extreme and that would be the Republicans.  Read Eisenhower’s 1956 platform and it sounds like it came out of the 2016 Democratic Convention.  You don’t even need to go back that far to see just how hard to the right Republicans have shifted.  Nixon, Reagan, Bush Sr., even W. wouldn’t have lasted two months running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.  This shift to the right by Republicans in Congress is well researched and documented.  Since the early 70s, the majority of Democrats have pretty much stayed in the same just left of center grouping while Republicans in the Senate, but especially in the House have moved sharply to the right.  To say, “Democrats have moved too far to the left” isn’t backed up by the data.  If the gap between the majorities of the two parties was four spots on the political spectrum in the 70s and now it is ten, this doesn’t mean each has shifted three spots.  What has happened is the left has shifted one spot and the right has shifted five.  It is intellectually lazy to look at the difference between four and ten and say, “both sides have moved equally apart.”  There are no Tea Party equivalents on the left.  Jim Webb and others saying, “The Democrats have moved too far to the left,” is complete bullshit.

Progressives love to point out white privilege when it applies to conservatives.  Of course, it is low hanging fruit. What many white progressives are not very good at is recognizing and admitting their own privilege and how their beliefs and actions undermine the very ideology they claim to believe in so strongly. Progressivism is about equality, justice, and fairness with no fine print, no fucking asterisks.  If you aren’t standing up and fighting for the rights of those in society who have been and are denied them to one degree or another, stop pretending you are progressive in order to make you feel good about yourself.  Don’t blame the Democratic Party for being the only one of the two major political parties that stands up for these things because you don’t have the mental or intestinal fortitude to do so yourself.  Don’t say, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me,” when what you really mean is, “I’m uncomfortable with the Democratic Party prioritizing the most vulnerable in society over my white privileged ass.”  There are actually white supremacists at the seat of power in our country right now.  So-called “progressives” who aren’t adamantly standing up and fighting for those most at risk from the quasi-fascist right may say they were Democrats, but at best they were fair weather fans who, if they were honest, would say, “I’m perfectly fine with progress as long as it is focused on my wants and needs and not on people who really need it.”  This is what it really boils down to whether progressives want to admit it or not.  If you want social/economic change, you have to vote for the party that is your best chance to get it, not the party that is completely against it.  The more you vote for and elect Democratic candidates, the more they will have power.  The more power they have, the more they can enact change.  It is See Spot Fucking Run for anyone smart enough and honest enough to see it.

I get why people mock Republicans with things like “that’s real Christian of you” but I don’t think I’ve heard them talk about being Christian in a decade. I’m simplifying this, but since the 60s Republicans have been a trinity of neoliberal capitalism, evangelical christianity and white supremacy. Reagan is their Zeus because he was all three. Bush Sr. was mostly the capitalist. Bush Jr. was primarily the evangelical (and brought in a new fourth wing of deranged warmongers who have since faded out.) But then Obama was elected and they went all in on white supremacy. Trump is the end point of that. His worldview is secular, and soundly rejects neoliberal causes like free trade and lax immigration (which they actually did support because it gave businesses an easily exploitable underclass.) He’s the first Republican to adhere 100% to the white supremacist branch.

You never saw this anger when Reagan won, or when the Bushes won. You never saw anyone this upset when a Republican president was in office. You never saw Democrats speak out against the president in this manner UNTIL YOU ELECTED THIS FRAUD to the highest office in the land. I didn’t want W to win, but I accepted him as my president. I thought he was a decent man who was way in over his head. I didn’t like Bush Sr., but I respected him as a human being, same with Reagan. I didn’t like his political views or policies, but he was enough of a good man. None of them ran the country in the way that I thought best, but I didn’t fear that every day they would insult and degrade and destroy our country and our citizens and the world. Trump is different, everyone says that, but in this case, different is not okay. The treatment Trump receives from those who do not support him is earned, very much so. He deserves everything he gets, and in the end, I hope Trump gets a jail sentence for what he has done to this country.

In April of 1990, Michael Jackson was in Washington D.C. to receive an award, the Artist of the Decade, from President George Bush Sr. One of the many related events was a visit to the National Children’s Museum. Jackson was with a large entourage. His bodyguards, managers and publicists were milling with museum officials and selected guests. Photographer Scott Christopher was there to document the occasion. The group was halted as scores of school kids were assembling in the next room. Michael Jackson found a moment and he slipped away.

Jackson dodged into a small exhibit room and Scott Christopher followed. The photographer had developed a rapport with the pop star. They were comfortable with each other. Christopher and his camera had become invisible. Jackson sat down, next to a kid-sized table that held three toy xylophones. Above it on the wall was a photograph of jazz great Louis Armstrong. The trumpeter was rehearsing in a bathroom before a concert. A photographer had caught him in an unguarded moment.

Jackson took the xylophone mallet and began to play. There was a shift in the energy and Christopher sensed it. Michael Jackson was getting lost in his own little world. The photographer recalls, “Michael was within his heart of hearts.” His face began to relax and his eyes lost focus. The man was having fun. He was playing music.

A photographer looks at elements. Jackson was playing with one hand, the other was relaxed beside him. Louis Armstrong held his trumpet at an angle. The contemporary pop star was lost to himself and so was Armstrong. Scott Christopher wanted a shot where Jackson’s arm would parallel the trumpet. He could hope. He also could have popped off a few safe shots. He could possibly ruin the moment. He waited. Jackson continued to play, for himself.

After twenty to thirty seconds, the pressure of the photographer’s finger opened the shutter of the camera for a fraction of a second. Light hit celluloid. An image was captured. Immediately, an official popped into the room and announced the start of the event. Reality beckoned. The moment was broken.

1988 was fucked up.

  • In the Democratic primary, Dukakis’ campaign leaked news that Joe Biden had stolen a speech from a British politician in the Labour Party, forcing him to drop out of the race (Dukakis fired the people who leaked it)
  • At the DNC, Ann Richards said Bush Sr. “was born with a silver foot in his mouth” and Ted Kennedy said that he was a “dead duck”
  • Bush won the Republican primary almost exclusively on his promise of “read my lips: no new taxes,” which we know now to have been a complete lie
  • Bush repeatedly called Dukakis a “card-carrying member of the ACLU,” stealing the phrase “card-carrying member of the Communist Party” from the McCarthy era
  • Bush repeatedly attacked Dukakis for his refusal to sign a bill requiring the Pledge of Allegiance be read in Massachusetts (the bill would have, as Dukakis later put it, threatened teachers with jail to do so)
  • To make himself seem more strong militarily, Dukakis did a photo op where he rode around in a tank with a giant helmet on and looked absolutely ridiculous. The Bush campaign took that footage and turned it into one of the most famous and devastating campaign ads in the history of American presidential elections (two of the other most famous ads were also from this election, we’ll get to them later)
  • When rumors circulated about Dukakis having a history of depression, President Reagan was asked about his unwillingness to release medical records, to which Reagan replied: “Look, I’m not going to pick on an invalid.“
  • That rumor was supposedly spread by a guy on Bush’s campaign named Lee Atwater, one of the architects of modern Republican campaigning. He also supposedly spread another rumor, that Dukakis’ wife had burned a flag at an anti-Vietnam War rally, something she was forced to hold a press conferance to deny.
  • The VP debate produced the most famous smackdown in American debate history
  • Donna Brazile (the current DNC chair), who was on Dukakis’ campaign at the time, leaked a rumor that Bush was sleeping with an assistant (Dukakis fired her for it)
  • Here’s where it gets really fucked up. Lee Atwater sneakily put out two more of the famous debate ads in America, famous specifically because of how low they go.
    • The “Revolving Door” ad discussed the prison furlough program in Massachusetts, alleging that Dukakis would be responsible for similar programs as president that’d set prisoners free to commit violent crimes against Americans. But not just any prisoners, and not just any Americans- after you watch the ad the first time, watch it again. Pay attention to the section from 0:12-0:17. There is only one man in that entire line of prisoners who shifts his glance up to give the camera a menacing scare. What features do you notice about that man that no other man in scene shares? See where this is going? That was intentional.
    • Here’s the big one. The infamous Willie Horton ad. The audience is introduced to Willie Horton, a scary-looking black man who we are told stabbed a little boy 19 times, then on a weekend pass, he kidnapped a couple, stabbed the man, and raped the woman. The ad ends by emphasizing that this is what Dukakis wants. When Roger Stone (the hardcore Republican mudslinger who most recently served as a Trump surrogate) saw this, he advised Atwater against putting it out. Atwater responded, “y’all pussy.” Atwater’s goal, in his words, was to make people “wonder whether Willie Horton is Dukakis’ running mate.” They mentioned him constantly, non-stop. They wanted the first thought to enter your head when you thought “Dukakis” to be a black rapist and murderer, threatening you and your white family. You want to know the kicker? “Willie” Horton’s name was William Horton. He had never, at any point, gone by the name William; his name was changed in the ad to make it sound stereotypically blacker and more dangerous
  • The cherry on this brutal campaign was during a debate. The first question of the night was directed towards Dukakis: “Governor, if [your wife] Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?” The question itself was shocking and wildly unfair, but Dukakis’ response to it was a very calm, rational response. That cool-headedness in the face of just being asked about your wife being raped and murdered killed him, it made him look completely inhuman.

In the end, Dukakis won 111 electoral votes, and Bush won 426. It was one of the dirtiest elections we’ve ever had, and none of them have come close since until this year.