Because I Need a Laugh


Last night was exhausting, and the Hillary Hate articles were a heck of a thing to have to write, though it is nice to see some liberals I know are coming around. Anyhow, here’s this funny thing to laugh at.

Wherein I Am Sick


Down with a cold. Bah. Too tired from work and being ill to continue the Hillary series, but I’ll be back to it tomorrow. Please keep up the comments and feedback! In the meantime, enjoy this rather hilarious commercial I saw earlier today.

Hillary Hate and How to Cure It – DINO Woman


According to some, Hillary Clinton is nothing but a DINO. Now while that could mean she’s a t-rex, what it actually means it that they think she’s a Democrat in Name Only.

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fig 1. – Not Hillary Clinton

What does this mean in practical terms? It means that the people who are calling her that are convinced that she’s not a true Democrat. They think she’s basically a Republican who claims to be a Democrat because reasons.

This should be a fairly easy thing to prove when you think about it. All you have to do is look at a mix of Hillary’s voting record in the Senate and her promises on the campaign. Plus you can add in what she did before she got elected to the Senate. When you add up all these things, you find someone who isn’t a DINO, but is, rather, a pragmatic left-leaning Democrat.

BEFORE THE SENATE

The first most of us knew about Hillary’s politics was when she came along in 1994 to push for single-payer health care. Yes, let me remind those of you who have forgotten, or who weren’t alive at the time, that Hillary was a big proponent of single-payer health care reform. This was, of course, blocked by Republicans, and no small number of Democrats, and that was the end of that until the ACA came along. Even that isn’t single-payer, but it’s a start.

Before that, Hillary…well, let’s take a look at this list of accomplishments published by the Daily Kos. I’ll cut off the parts that happened after she joined the Senate.

•First ever student commencement speaker at Wellesley College.
•President of the Wellesley Young Republicans
•Intern at the House Republican Conference
•Distinguished graduate of Yale Law School
•Editorial board of the Yale Review of Law and Social Action
•Appointed to Senator Walter Mondale’s Subcommittee on Migratory Labor.
•Co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
•Staff attorney for Children’s Defense Fund
•Faculty member in the School of Law at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
•Former Director of the Arkansas Legal Aid Clinic.
•First female chair of the Legal Services Corporation
•First female partner at Rose Law Firm.
•Former civil litigation attorney.
•Former Law Professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
•twice listed by The National Law Journal as one of the hundred most influential lawyers in America
•Former First Lady of Arkansas.
•Arkansas Woman of the Year in 1983
•Chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession
•twice named by the National Law Journal as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America
•created Arkansas’s Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youth
•led a task force that reformed Arkansas’s education system
•Board of directors of Wal-Mart and several other corporations
•Instrumental in passage of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program
•Promoted nationwide immunization against childhood illnesses
•Successfully sought to increase research funding for prostate cancer and childhood asthma at the National Institutes of Health
•Worked to investigate reports of an illness that affected veterans of the Gulf War (now recognized as Gulf War Syndrome)
•Helped create the Office on Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice
•Initiated and shepherded the Adoption and Safe Families Act
•First FLOTUS in US History to hold a postgraduate degree
•Traveled to 79 countries during time as FLOTUS
•Helped create Vital Voices, an international initiative to promote the participation of women in the political processes of their countries.

Ok, yes, the Young Republican stuff is awkward, but a: Republicans were a different breed back then (bear in mind it was a Republican who created the EPA), and b: we all have our experimental phase in college. And I could do without her being on the board of Wal-Mart.

Otherwise, what I see here is someone who, again, has stood up for liberal causes, defended the rights of women and children, and has a great educational background. All of this points to someone who has been generally liberal and, at her worst, a left-leaning centrist.

None of this is the behavior of a DINO.

But, hey, let’s take a look at what she did once she was actually in a position of power.

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An Odd Change


The other day, my life changed for the better, and did so in a very significant way. You see, I got a new phone.

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So pretty…

That’s right, a new phone. My best friend added a line to his Verizon account, I’ll pay half the bill, and I get a shiny new phone; a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, to be exact.

It’s strange to think that this one acquisition has changed my life for the better, but it has. The precise moment when it happened was when said friend said to me, “You can afford a good phone now.” And I realized that, yes, I can.

I’m actually making a decent living now. I’m lower-middle class, but I’m still in the “middle” part. I no longer struggle to pay my bills. Like any sensible American, I now have credit card debt, and student loans, but I’m repaying those without any real issues.

See, I’ve spent most of my life poor, to greater or lesser degrees. Even when I worked at my previous technical support job, the money wasn’t as good as what I’m getting now. With this phone, I realized that things have changed.

I can now get a top-of-the line Samsung phone, rather than some low-end Motorola, as I had been eyeballing.

I have a TV made by Vizio, instead of one made by Dynex, the store brand for Best Buy.

I can afford to buy actual Coke instead of store-brand colas.

I could, in theory, buy a Samsung tablet and cast aside my Kindle Fire, but the phone is good enough that I don’t need to.

I can go on actual vacations to actual places once a year.

I can afford some of the nicer things in life. It’s a pretty great realization to have. And it all started with a simple new phone.

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No Positive Criminal Reform, Please. We’re Liberals.


You’ve probably heard about the case of a man who was sentenced to a handful of months in jail for a sexual assault conviction. You may or may not think that’s a fair sentence, but do please understand that his life is basically over. He’s a convicted felon, and worse, a convicted sex offender. He’ll face massive struggles for the rest of his life because of these two things, so while his sentence may seem brief, bear in mind that it is, in many ways, a life sentence.

“Just like the one his victim has!” you might cry. “Revenge!”

And revenge is what we’re going to get. Not against him, of course, though having a bunch of armed protesters show up at his house is just fucking creepy. Seriously, knock that shit off, you guys.

Where was I? Oh, yes. Revenge. Because of this incident, and a perception, that isn’t entirely accurate, that rich white men get off with much easier sentences than other people do, a new law has been proposed in California that broadens the definition of rape (fine), and mandates stricter minimum sentences (not fine).

This really is a terrible solution to this problem. You know what’s going to happen with stricter laws regarding this? I’ll give you a hint: rich white males will still get around them. Poor black males? Not a chance.

And as liberals, we’re supposed to stand up for the oppressed, right? That feels, at first glance, like what we’re doing; standing up for women. But poor black men will suffer from this law far more than rich white men, and of those two, who do you think is the more oppressed? Anyhow, I thought we were supposed to be against longer prison sentences and against standard minimums.

This is a bad law. This is a bad solution to this situation, as is the recall effort against the judge in this case.

The solution here is a wholesale reform of the legal process to make it fairer. To make it so that poor black men stand the same basic chance in court as rich white men. This law will not do that.

If you believe in reforming the judicial system then you have to embrace logical, rational decisions that will benefit many and harm few. Changing the laws to punish one person (who won’t be punished under these laws), does not accomplish that. This does nothing but make life harder for a people who already have hard enough lives as it is.

 

Prepare to Be Inspired


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Toy Review – “Notimus Prime”


This is astoundingly good.

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What you get here is basically a knock-off Masterpiece version of Optimus Prime (Notimus Prime, perhaps?), but one that’s sized-up quite a bit. This sucker is huge. It towers over all my other other Transformers, including the combiners, and is only shorter in my collection than Armada Unicron, and not much shorter.

The quality is excellent. Large amounts of die-cast metal, and very well-made plastic. This is something that will, probably, last a long time! It is, however, worth noting that a little c-clamp (I’m not sure what they’re really called), acts as a hinge for the engine assembly/Matrix bay, has broken, and broke within two days of my having it. The part remains held in place by friction, but it broke very easily.

Now onto the transformation! It’s easy on its face, but there are a surprisingly large number of details that I didn’t get until my second, third, and even fourth time transforming this toy. It’s like every time I worked on it, I discovered something new, like the gun storage, or the fold-out mirrors, or the like.

I cannot recommend this toy highly enough. Aside from the one minor breaking incident, this is an incredible item, and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes the Masterpiece line. Throw on some Autobot symbols, and you’re set to go!

(wanna buy it? Get it where I got it: The Chosen Prime!)