Secret Touch

Alright, y’all. Let’s talk about consent. I’m going to start with a quote from Rush Limbaugh from his show on Oct 12:

“You can do anything, the left will promote and understand and tolerate anything, as long as there is one element. Do you know what it is? Consent. If there is consent on both or all three or all four, however many are involved in the sex act, it’s perfectly fine, whatever it is. But if the left ever senses and smells that there’s no consent in part of the equation then here come the rape police. But consent is the magic key to the left.”

When you listen to the clip, Rush is dismissive, like it’s ridiculous that consent is all that matters. Here’s the thing though; consent is all that matters. If two (or more) people want to get their freak on, they can do whatever they like, as long as there is informed consent between all parties. There’s a great tea metaphor out there:

Anyways, why do I bring this up today? Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’re aware that we’re in the middle of what I sincerely hope will be the craziest election in US history. I mean, if there’s a crazier one at some point in the future, I don’t know that I can survive it. Yesterday’s big story was of course, allegations from (as of now) four different women that Trump assaulted them.

Now obviously, this is terrible. Objectively so. You know what makes it a little extra terrible, though? How folks on the “Trump Train” are trying to deflect attention from this scandal by talking about Bill Clinton’s past indiscretions. Now there’s a problem with this: Bill Clinton isn’t running for President. There are allegations of various types of assault that have and are being levied against President Clinton. Are they plausible? Some yes, and unfortunately cannot be proved one way or another. Are they relevant to the 2016 election? Absolutely not.

I’ll say this again because apparently it bears repeating: Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is running for President, William Jefferson Clinton is not. Another thing worth noting is that, while I don’t want to defend the action of Bill Clinton, at least some of the allegations of misconduct against him are related to consensual relationships. (Ms Lewinsky, would you please stand up?) None of the allegations arising against Mr Trump are.

 

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Should we start the countdown clocks again?

Hey, so the US Federal government shutdown is finally over, hooray for that.  My friends who were furloughed get to go back to business as usual, hooray for that too.  Also, the Social Security Administration is back up and running so I can finally get a new SS card to replace the one I’ve lost.  I’m also hoping that now that the shutdown has ended, I might have better luck attempting to access and set up an account for the ACA exchange.  That website has up to this point been what can best be described as a complete mess.  One of the more unfortunate things about the end of the shutdown is the fact that The Daily Show is currently on hiatus, so much hilarity is being missed out on.  No hooray for that.

The fix however, seems to be a temporary one at best.  The shutdown is scheduled to return on January 15th barring some other, more permanent deal.  The debt ceiling debate is also currently schedule for February 7th, so there’s that to look forward to as well.  As an article on HuffPost put it Congress now has an opportunity  “[for] more rational debate and decision-making.”  I can only assume the writer was typing with extreme sarcasm.

While I and many others are happy that the shutdown is over, apparently some people are not.  Michele Bachmann is very disappointed in this whole business of doing her job and making the government actually run.  She told the MinnPost, “To me, it’s a very sad day, because his agenda is going to go forward and he gets an immediate victory lap.”  Yes folks, she’s upset because Obama got his way.  Oh for shame.  Quotes like this make her sounds like a bit of a whiny baby.  I’m both happy and sad she isn’t running for reelection.  Happy because she’s crazy and hilarious, sad because she’s crazy and disconcerting.  Here’s hoping she becomes a FOX News pundit so we can all continue to listen to her particular brand of lunacy.

Ted Cruz is also ready to do this all over again.  He’s all set for another government shutdown to occur next year if he can’t get his way. This is despite the fact that the PPACA was passed by both houses, signed by the President, given the go ahead by SCotUS and has survived – last I checked – 42 repeal attempts.  He doesn’t care. The “Sarah Palin of the Senate” (thank you Slate)  spoke with ABC News and told them that “[he] would do anything, and [he] will continue to do anything [he] can, to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare.”  Apparently destroying Obamacare is his raison d’être.  That and running for PotUS in 2016.  Way to keep your eye on the prize Mr. Cruz.  Oh, and Tom Delay thinks “real” Americans think Canuck Cruz is a hero. Yeah, I’m okay with not being Tom Delay’s idea of a “real American.”

And of course, who can forget the country’s newest darling, and my personal favorite, the screaming stenographer?  I love that she randomly brings up the Freemasons because why not?  All of this makes me wish we could do what Queen Elizabeth II representative, Sir John Kerr, did during the 1975 Australian Constitutional Crisis.  Or, as it’s apparently also know, The Dismissal.  Apparently in a similar circumstance to what just occurred for us Sir Kerr dismissed the Australian Prime Minister.  A budget was then passed, and Kerr proceeded to dismiss the entire Australian Parliament.  Delightful.

I’m trying to imagine some of the pending arguments that are going to be incorporated into these upcoming debates. Would success for the ACA exchange be interpreted by the GOP as something crazy like, I don’t know, FEMA internment camps being used by Obama to brainwash people into wanting affordable health insurance? Or will Jeh Johnson‘s confirmation to Homeland Security Secretary, and his role in the fight to end DADT, be used in some strange way as well? I’m not sure how exactly, but the far right is nothing if not… imaginative. Oh, and also Benghazi, because why not. Tea-baggers love to bring that up at the most random times.  We’ll all just have to wait and see.

PS I’m really proud of myself for figuring out how to type the ‘ê’ for raison d’être.

SCotUS Goes for the Bronze

We’re less than 12 hours away from the expected decisions in United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry and I’m both excited and nervous. Excited because it’s generally agreed that the decisions will have a positive effect on gay equal rights in the US. Nervous because I’m justifiably concerned that the decisions will be very narrow and not have nearly the effect which I wish them to have.  I’m hoping for a “gold medal” joint decision on these cases. the decision that would ensure marriage equality for the US.  I’m expecting two separate decisions.  In Hollingsworth v. Perry, I’m expecting a California-specific decision which strikes down Proposition 8.  As for US v. Windsor, I’ve subscribed to the definitions of the possible decisions.  Gold would be the aforementioned full marriage rights throughout the US and it’s territories.   This is, unfortunately, highly unlikely.  Silver would be interstate and federal recognition of marriage rights, but would not for any state to grant marriage licenses if they chose not too.  Honestly, I think silver is the least likely decision.  Finally, bronze is the decision I’m expecting tomorrow.  That would require federal recognition of same sex marriage, but not inter-state.  And of course, finally, the court could decline to make a decision, but that would suck balls, and if that were the case, I’m headed to DC tomorrow to personally punch Roberts and Scalia in the balls.

Black, Brown and White – From Border Closings to Boston Bombings (2 of 2)

The second of two posts, because the first one was getting pretty long.  Here we go with some more.  It’s about the Boston Marathon Bombings.  I’m not going to pretend to understand the motivations from what the Tsarnaev Brothers allegedly did in Boston.  Yes, the surviving brother, Dzhokhar has been charged, but he had not yet been convicted. It’s important that we still say “allegedly” at this point, especially if we’re still trying to be Constitutionalist and remember that whole due process, “innocent until proven guilty” bit.   Continue reading

Black, Brown and White – From Border Closings to Boston Bombings (1 of 2)

I’m going to write two back-to-back posts regarding race, ethnicity, politics and profiling.  You’ve been warned.

So I’ve been trolling some of my Conservative friends on FB lately.  Not mean spirited, but presenting a counter argument.  Well, not always mean-spirited, but all in good fun.  Also I haven’t written a post in quite some time, but that’s because I’ve been at a loss for particular things to talk about.  This little bit of me being awful has, however, provided me with something to talk about.  So what got me today were two images.  The first we’ll discuss here, the second, in another post soon to follow. Continue reading

Tomorrow We’ll See

I’m going to be torn tomorrow.  There are three things which will be vying for my attention: The release of oral arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the release of Bioshock Infinite, and the scheduled return of my PS3 from Sony’s service center.  Let’s hit that first one.

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Because, you know. SODOMY.

So I live in Wisconsin, and right next door in Minnesota they’re discussing marriage equality.  Which is great.  But then I learned that this happened:

So I was sitting writing this post trying to decide whether I should pick this apart based on the science, or just because of good ol’ fashioned “WTF?!”  I’m pretty sure my favorite part is his complete and utter misunderstanding of HIV and AIDS. If I’m getting what he’s saying, he’s equating HIV/AIDS to some sort of – I don’t know – critical mass of sperm in the blood stream.  Yeah.  I just hope/wish someone got an opportunity to refute what he said and call him out on his complete and utter bullshit.

Anyways.  On a completely unrelated note, Google is shutting down Reader, and I’m seriously disappointed because now I have to find a replacement.  Suggestions welcome.