Thursday, February 22, 2018

Bobservations

Oh, don’t those Florida lawmakers realize that those kids are going to be voters sooner, rather than later.

Apparently not, because while hundreds of Parkland, Florida shooting survivors looked on, the Florida House of Representatives rejected a motion to consider a ban on assault rifles. Then, less than an hour later, they passed a bill to declare porn a public health risk.

Florida lawmakers: guns are good, porn is a health risk.

At work, down one of the hallways, we have a series of commendations given to the business by our little city. Last week, the electrician came to fix a wiring problem and a hole was left in the wall until he could finish the job.

Someone suggested another commendation to hang over the hole.

Someone else suggested we just take a picture of our fearless leader/owner, frame it, and hang it over the hole.

I, however, suggested, we just take a frame, place it over the hole so you can still see the hole, and then label it with the boss’s name.

How I’m still employed there is beyond me.
Dwaine Caraway, the Mayor Pro Tem of Dallas, Texas, does not want the National Rifle Association to meet in his city and is urging the NRA to find someplace else for annual convention.
"It is a tough call when you ask the NRA to reconsider coming to Dallas. But it is putting all citizens first and getting them to come to the table and elected officials to come to the table, and to address this madness now."
He says the meeting is not appropriate in the wake of last week's school shooting in Florida, or in the wake of the 2016 ambush that killed five Dallas officers, and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Dear Politicians, Please, be like Dwaine.
Six Republican lawmakers in South Carolina—Representatives Steven Long, William Chumley, James Mikell Burns, John McCravy III, Josiah Magnuson, and Richard Martin—have introduced a bill that would define any marriage not between a man and a woman as a “parody marriage.”

 Parody? Fuck off. I wanna introduce legislation that would call any lawmaker who cannot get over the fact that The Gays can get married as “parody lawmakers” and have them removed from office for wasting everyone’s time.
The other morning, I was driving Carlos to work and asked if he’d taken anything from the freezer for dinner that night …
“I’m cooking?”
We take turns, generally, and so I replied:
“Yes.”
"But I cooked last night.”
"Did you?”
“I did.”
What did you cook?”
“That Pork and Black Bean stew and the cornbread.”
“Did you cook it, or did you just reheat the dinner I made from the night before, because reheating is not cooking.”
“It’s not … ?”
Goddess love that man.
Tyler Tannahill, a Marine veteran and Leavenworth, Kansas Republican looking to replace Lynn Jenkins in Kansas’ second congressional district is giving away an AR-15 rifle for his campaign.

Yes, days after that same weapon was used to slaughter high school students and faculty in Florida, this asshat wants to give one away.

This, THIS, is the problem with the GOP and this, THIS, is why they need to be removed from office or kept from office. Are you listening Kansas?
Openly gay actor Russell Tovey is engaged to be married to his boyfriend Steve Brockman, a rugby player for the Kings Cross Steelers:
“Completely unexpected but very very happy and looking forward to having a proper party to celebrate when back in London.”

Congrats to the happy, hot, couple!
The other day I ranted about _____ and Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio about their actions, and nonactions, before and after this latest—because there will be more—mass shooting in Florida. Now I turn my attention to that flabby bag of illiterate skin called Ted Cruz.

Cruz appeared on “Fox & Friends” the day after the shooting and openly mocked the idea of doing anything about gun control. When bimbo anchor Ainsley Earhardt asked how the GOP should respond to calls for gun control…Ted.Cruz.Laughed:
“The reaction of the Democrats to any tragedy is to start to politicize it, so they immediately start calling that we’ve got to take away Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. That’s not the right answer.”
Really, asshat? No one, no one, is suggesting taking away the Second Amendment you fearmongering mother fucker. They are simply asking for some responsible legislation to perhaps avoid more and more innocent Americans being slaughtered in school or church or the movies or the mall or a concert.

Cruz’s answer to these deadly shootings is to send his “thoughts and prayers” because those save lives.

 Fuck.Him.
In better funnier news, openly gay Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy was being harassed by an online troll who goes by the name of one of _____’s lawyers, who posed the question:
“Question is, if men marry men and women marry women who will produce children in this world”
Kenworthy was ready with the perfect response:
“Hopefully not you.”
Snap.
To end this post with hotness, this week marked the 38th birthday of hot hot hot model David Gandy, who never met a pair of underwear, or even less, that he didn’t want to pose in.

Um … yum.




Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Architecture Wednesday: Wooden Lake House On Stilts

I like the idea of a lake house; someplace cozy and quaint and not at all like this place. But then why do I want this one?

This is the 2Y House in Colico, Chile, and it puts a new spin on lake homes with its unique shape, its interesting layout, the way it hugs the hillside, the materials used to build it, and because it’s also environmentally friendly.

Approaching the house, you’ll notice it’s built on stilts to keep the floor level despite being built on the side of a hill; it almost looks like a treehouse at one end. Inside, it’s glass and wood, and light and shadow, and levels and angles.

It’s not your mama’s lake house!

And that’s another reason to love it.

Anna Was Raped By Police Officers ... And It Was "Legal"


Anna—her last name has not been made public though she is known on social media as Anna Chambers ... not her real name—was sitting with two friends in a parked car when a charcoal gray van pulled up; two men got out and used their flashlights to see inside the car.

The men also flashed their badges and began asking questions. When they discovered marijuana in a cupholder, they ordered Anna and her friends out of the car. Anna was handcuffed, but her two male friends were told they could leave, and then the two officers took Anna into the back of that unmarked police van with tinted windows.

Inside the car each man raped Anna—who was crying and shouting ‘No’—through the streets of Brooklyn, stopping every so often to switch places and allow one to drive and the other to rape the young girl.

About an hour later, but just a few minutes’ drive from where these men took Anna, the detectives dropped Anna off on the side of the road; surveillance footage shows she was about a half-mile from a police station. She stood there, arms wrapped around herself, pacing, until she found a stranger who let her use a cell phone to call a friend.


The detectives didn’t arrest Anna; they issued no citation; they filed no paperwork about the stop. Once Anna returned home, her mother took her to the hospital where the semen collected in Anna’s rape kit was discovered to be DNA matches for Detectives Eddie Martins and Richard Hall of the Brooklyn South narcotics unit.


Both men have since resigned from the force and been charged with rape. A simple case, everyone, including Anna, thought: two cops dragged her from a car, put her in a van, drove around town and raped her. Simple.


But … in New York, there is no law specifically stating that it is illegal for police officers or sheriff’s deputies in the field to have sex with someone in their custody.


Let that sink in; it isn’t a crime for a police officer to take someone into custody and have sex with them; most officers caught in the act claim the sex to be consensual.


Some states have closed this “rape” loophole, but most have not because few people realize the loophole exists and because it is politically unpopular to push laws that target cops and anger their powerful unions.


So, they let a loophole that allows police officers to legally rape detainees because they don’t wish to piss off their union? Seriously?

Luckily, some good has come from Anna’s case, in that it has brought new attention to the loophole. On October 26, New York City Council member Mark Treyger—inspired and repulsed by Anna’s story—proposed a bill to make it illegal for police officers to have sex with anyone in their custody.

Seriously; they have to propose a bill to make rape a crime, in the case of police officers raping people in their custody.


Hopefully Anna’s case will be the end of that loophole.


Defendants Martins and Hall haven’t told their side though their lawyers have made it clear that they are pursuing the consensual sex defense; you know, Anna was removed from a car, her two male friends sent away, she was placed in handcuffs, driven around for hours, and raped repeatedly and then just let go. No charges filed against her for anything.


Again, let that sink in …and then remember that Anna will be taking this to trial, and she will not give up; she will not stop until, in America, it becomes illegal for a police officer to rape anyone.


Monday, February 19, 2018

My Two Cents: Remove The Terrorists: ____, Ryan, Rubio, the NRA, and The Others


I don’t want to write about dead schoolchildren because I becomes just the same old post; sure, maybe I’d change concert goer to teenager, or church goer to movie patron, but all in all it’s the same thing: people die in this country because of the NRA and the GOP.

And before anyone jumps that it’s also the Democrats, let’s take note that in the 2016 election cycle the NRA gave almost $6 million to Republicans candidates while given $106,000 to Democrats.

Notice the difference. That’s why “thoughts and prayers” and that’s why “now is not the time to talk” and that’s why “knee jerk reactions” and that’s why it’s becoming crystal to anyone with a brain, and I know some of you on the right have them, I just wish you’d engage them more often, to vote out the GOP.

But, if you need convincing, let’s see what some in the GOP did after the shooting …

Donald and Melania _____ spent a day taking pictures at a hospital where the Fat Bastard smiled and gave a thumbs up.


A thumbs up? How many dead children and he smiles and gives a thumbs up?

Fuck.Him.

But after the thumbs up the _____’s attended a Studio 54 disco-themed party at Mar-a-Lago. yup; nothing says “thoughts and prayers” like a disco party, though, to be fair, Instagram user Sean Bianca, who shared a photo of the _____’s. did say they did not dance and appeared somber.

Really? He was somber at a disco party but all smiles and thumbs up at a hospital?

Fuck.Him.

In case you’d forgotten, after the Sandy Hook shooting a real president, Barack Obama, after meeting for hours with families of the victims, sat alone in a classroom and then attended a prayer vigil.

No thumbs up; no disco parties.

The next day, the Fat Bastard used dead children to attack the FBI and bring it all back around the their investigation of him. He turned the mass shooting of schoolchildren into a pansy-assed cry about being the target of the FBI.

Fuck.Him.

And while we’re at it, Fuck Paul Ryan, too.

I mean, how did the man who said we shouldn’t discuss gun control after the shooting because it was a “knee jerk” reaction, spend his time after the shootings? He went to Florida, too, though not to Parkland, or a hospital, or to meet with victims and their families.
He went to a fundraiser in Key Biscayne.

Maria Thorne, a Key Biscayne activist and elementary school teacher, saw Ryan’s the motorcade clogging up her commute home, so she and a friend decided to attend the event.
There, she found Ryan, and she shook his hand, introduced herself and told him she was a schoolteacher.
“Nice,” said Ryan.
“Nice? You’re here celebrating the death of 17 children.”
Ryan then told her he did not wish to discuss politics—at a motherfucking political fundraiser—and when Maria Thorne tried to continue the conversation, she was removed from the room by security.

In 2016, Paul Ryan took $171, 977 from the NRA; roughly ten thousand per student in Parkland. Hope it was worth it and …

Fuck.Him.

Now, onto some praise for those Americans speaking up, and some of those loud voices are teenagers.

In Miami, after the shooting, there appeared three billboards very similar in tone to those in the Oscar-nominated Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. But these three red billboards said, in bold black lettering:

SLAUGHTERED IN SCHOOL
AND STILL NO GUN CONTROL?
HOW COME, MARCO RUBIO?
Little Marco “Foam Party” Rubio did not address the protest, but he went all _____ Tweeter scolding the media for ignoring the work he’s done that doesn’t conform to a “narrative” that “evil Republicans in pocket of NRA are blocking gun laws.”

Though Rubio has only received $4,950 from the NRA, the terrorist organization has funneled more than $1 million into getting Rubio elected, and reelected to office. In fact, Marco Rubio ranks among the top 10 beneficiaries of the NRA in the Senate.

Fuck.Him.

And that is precisely what may happen, in a figurative sense, if people like Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student, Cameron Kasky, have their way. Kasky took his views to CNN, where he posted this op-ed:
“I thought it was going to be a wonderful day. My high school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, was full of cheerful studentsmany of whom were celebrating Valentine's Day with one another. Even those who didn't have a Valentine seemed like they could find reasons to smile.
But then, of course, everything changed. Toward the end of the day, I went to pick up my little brother Holden from the special needs classroom. As we exited the school, the fire alarm went off. And as we retreated to the parking lot, per fire drill procedure, we were told to run back inside.
It was very confusing, especially since I was surrounded by special needs students. But the truth is, nobody really knew what was going on. We huddled in a room, listening to terrifying noises we couldn't quite identify, and spent an hour plagued by uncontrolled anxiety ... waiting for answers. Waiting for somebody to either come in and shoot us or come in and tell us everything was going to be OK.
Eventually, the SWAT team came in and did an excellent job taking care of the students with disabilities. We were then escorted to our evacuation location and, after hours of confusion and terror, my brother and I made it home.
 Though we made it home, 17 people didn't. Those 17 people were murdered on the grounds of a school that has always felt like the safest place to be in a town that's been called the safest town in Florida.

We can't ignore the issues of gun control that this tragedy raises. And so, I'm asking—no, demanding—we take action now.
Why? Because at the end of the day, the students at my school felt one shared experienceour politicians abandoned us by failing to keep guns out of schools.
But this time, my classmates and I are going to hold them to account. This time we are going to pressure them to take action. This time we are going to force them to spend more energy protecting human lives than unborn fetuses.
One of the most frustrating arguments I've heard is that it wasn't the Republican Party that killed those people and it wasn't the National Rifle Associationit was the shooter himself. I understand where they are coming from. I do not believe this was a direct attack from the Republicans or their close allies at the NRA.
However, the shooter is not the only one responsible for this tragedy. While the alleged shooter may have had several issues, he also lived in a society where Sen. Marco Rubio refuses to take responsibility for the role gun culture may have played in this tragedy.
And there is no denying that the NRA continues to donate millions of dollars to politicians at every level of government. Then those politiciansoften "family values" conservativesrile up their base by making them think that "liberals" are going to take their guns away. Not knowing any better, some of these people stockpile guns in advance of a gun ban that never comes, and the gun manufacturers and the NRA make millions.
But the truth is that the politicians on both sides of the aisle are to blame. The Republicans, generally speaking, take large donations from the NRA and are therefore beholden to their cruel agenda. And the Democrats lack the organization and the votes to do anything about it.
I'm just a high school student, and I do not pretend to have all of the answers. However, even in my position, I can see that there is desperate need for changechange that starts by folks showing up to the polls and voting all those individuals who are in the back pockets of gun lobbyists out of office.
Please do it for me. Do it for my fellow classmates. We can't vote, but you can, so make it count. “
But, one day soon, hopefully by 2020, Cameron Kasky will be able to vote, and I’m fairly certain he’ll remember the GOP and the NRA and his dead friends.

And that’s going to be good, though, yes, even us older folks will need to stand with Cameron and cast our votes to removed NRA-0funded Republicans, and those few democrats from office.

If we choose to fight terrorism, let’s first fight the homegrown terrorism of the NRA and the GOP.