mike bates

Guys, I can’t think about real things any more, so I’m going to think about something of zero consequence.  Which is this tumblr.

I don’t know what to do with it.  I always believed that despite the values I found abhorrent, the Duggars, the Bateses et all (with some notable exceptions) were, on some level, genuinely good people.


But in the last two days:

My ex and her wife had a note left on their front door saying that the writer can’t wait until their marriage was no longer legitimate and that they’re going to burn in hell.  Signed with a “Trump2016,” so…no coincidence.

My friend’s niece was harassed all day at school by kids chanting “build a wall.”  Her own (black) children are being told they should be segregated from the others, and one kid said he’s sorry for “their kind” now that Trump is president.  (I’m scared shitless for her gender nonconforming child.)

My friend’s husband had to arrange an assembly to assure the students of his school that they and/or their parents would not be deported.  Many of my friends teach in inner cities, low income areas, and areas with a high immigrant population.  All of them cried trying to figure out what to tell “their” kids after Trump “won.”


This is TWO DAYS, in my relatively small pool of immediate friends and acquaintances.  


And I don’t believe that, any more, about the fundies I thought were good people.

They knew that Trump was legitimizing racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, anti-Semitism and sexism.  And…is there a word for bigoted against poor people?  Does “classist” cover that?  Or is there a more specific word?

And they voted for him.  Despite everything Jesus has ever said about loving your neighbor, defying wrong and standing by those shunned by society, despite all they bleat about putting Jesus and others before yourself, they felt that Trump was a better choice purely because he wants to imprison people who get abortions.  (Which isn’t in the damn Bible.  Nowhere in the goddamn Bible does anyone say “a fertilized egg is a person.”  It does say that the loss of fetal life is equivalent to loss of property, not loss of a person.) 

They are not good people.  They gleefully rose to the occasion of legitimizing bigotry and bullying, knowing that it wouldn’t affect them, ignoring everyone who isn’t like them. 

And I don’t know what I can do here any more.

I can’t lightheartedly snark on them.  I can’t comment on how man they’re annoying but the kids sure are adorable.  I can’t even make heavily sarcastic pointed comments.  I can’t make light of the suffocating darkness that is these peoples’ souls. 

I never expected them to vote any other way.  But I’d probably feel differently if the election had gone the other way.  It’d be easier to let it go, or just throw it on the pile of gross things about them.

I guess I just thought they never really hated people who were different.  I figured they felt that self-righteous pity the super-religious seem to have by the gallon.  But I didn’t think they were this ugly.

There’s nothing entertaining about where our country’s going, and I can’t bring myself to look at, let alone laugh at, the assholes who think he’s doing God’s work.

I have no idea what I’m doing here; if I’m going to change my mind in a few weeks or months when all has calmed down and things (maybe) seem a little less hopeless. But right now, when I look at the future I just see a huge blank stretching ahead of me.  Not a new page to be filled, but an abyss. 

So it turns out there’s one thing I forgot about that I can still do.

RAGE THE FUCK OUT.

FUCK BOTH OF YOU VERY, VERY MUCH. 

YOU CANNOT CLAIM TO BE SUPPORTIVE OF THE TROOPS AND VETS AFTER VOTING FOR A MAN WHO HAS REPEATEDLY MOCKED, DEMEANED AND BELITTLED THEM, CALLING A POW “WEAK’ FOR BEING CAPTURED IN THE FIRST PLACE, SAYING HE KNOWS MORE ABOUT SACRIFICE THAN THEY DO AND COULD TEACH THEM A FEW THINGS.

FUCK YOU AND YOUR “FREEDOM ISN’T FREE” BULLSHIT, BECAUSE FOR YOU, IT IS.  YOU VOTE FOR CANDIDATES THAT LOWER TAXES AND IN EFFECT CUT SOCIAL PROGRAMS.  YOUR CHEAPSKATE ASSES ARE WHY VETS CAN’T GET APPROPRIATE MENTAL HEALTH CARE AND HOUSING. 

AND YOU KNOW HOW ELSE IT’S FREE FOR YOU?  YOU AND ALL OF YOUR SMUG, HOLIER THAN THOU ILK DRONE ON ABOUT HOW GREAT AND HEROIC AND IMPORTANT MILITARY SERVICE IS.  BUT NONE OF YOU EVER FUCKING SIGNED UP. 

YOU’RE NOT PAYING FOR YOUR FREEDOM.  NOT WITH YOUR MONEY, NOT WITH RISK TO LIFE, LIMB AND MENTAL HEALTH. 

YOUR FREEDOM IS FUCKING FREE AND YOU REDUCE THE SACRIFICES ACTUAL PEOPLE HAVE MADE TO A HYPOCRITICAL HASHTAG.

GO FUCK YOURSELVES. 

“There were a number of daring career women in early comic books –– reporters, photographers, pilots, even a tugboat captain. The most unexpected was Betty Bates, Lady-at-Law, a beautiful but tough attorney with jiu-jitsu skills. This lady lawyer spent more time investigating cases than she did in the courtroom, and often wound up taking the law into her own hands. Two-fisted Betty hadn’t completely left her working class roots behind, and wasn’t afraid to punch a crook in her role as ‘purveyor of justice.’ Eventually Betty became a crusading district attorney and enjoyed one of the longest careers for a female hero, appearing in Hit Comics for an impressive run from 1940-50.” —Mike Madrid

Faith

    god is dead,

not the one you find in church, the one inside us all

selfless generosity has been replaced with brutish greed

our world is an egotistical nightmare

we’ve been dazed and confused, divided and concurred.

    hope is lost,

Mike Brown / race bating 

Charlie Hebdo / net neutrality

the hypocrisy is too much to bear

our freedoms are up for debate and we have no say

if god is the good in humanity

                                                 then I guess he’s had his day.

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1985. Glacier

it’s the only EP album by band Glacier.  on this short EP three different vocalists, Rex Macnew, Keith Flax, Mike Podrybau.

Classic US power metal fans should put this on their ‘must hear’ list if you haven’t heard them already. Although the mix has its faults here and there, the production overall is really impressive for an EP. Excellent classic stuff here.

Certainly a worthy addition to the collection of someone who knows classic metal.