AMA about the comic strip Garfield, which I do not write or draw.
6. Tuesday (6 days until another Monday) 5. Fridays (he’s in love) 4. Wednesday (silent ‘n’ makes him think of silencing Nermal.) 3. Saturday (hey it’s the weekend) 2. Sunday (Monday is tomorrow — ack!) 1. Thursday (poor man’s Monday)
We all know they’ll justify it with whatever reason is most convenient in the moment. If the next moment requires a justification that contradicts the earlier one, they’ll use it without qualm or hesitation.
Liz Cheney is an interesting case. A Republican who actually has a line she won't cross, but it's one that's nightmarishly beyond every other moral event horizon. So much grotesquerie on the side of the line she accepted.
She simply thought her evil party less evil than it is.
The Muslim ban? Acceptable.
Authoritarian president? Acceptable.
White supremacist agenda? Acceptable.
Genocidal Covid policy? Acceptable.
Trying to murder Congress, to overturn Democracy and install a despot? Cheney, and only a couple others, find that unacceptable.
It's hard not to notice that Cheney is only drawing the line at the moment when her life specifically was in danger—which it was.
Hard not to assume she's acting in self-preservation.
But notable to see the rest of her tribe is so captured by fascism they can't even do that.
The fact that everyone inside the matrix is established as a real person but our heroes are instructed that they have to treat all of them as disposable cannon fodder because they aren’t an awakened one like them is something I can’t get over.
Still thoroughly baffled by stories premised on the assumption that there is a “normal” we can return to, and the assumption that—following this year-long revelation of how predatory that “normal” truly is—a return to it would even be desirable if it were possible.
Still thoroughly baffled by stories that take as moralistic posturing a desire to move forward into a less predatory “normal,” rather than retreat back to a “normal” that let a half million die, by protecting profit and convenience over life.
Still thoroughly baffled by by stories predicated on the notion that a pandemic that isn’t remotely over is over, particularly when one of the reasons it isn’t over is because of people’s apparently indestructible urge to pretend it’s over.
Saw a clip of Trump blathering to strangers at his gross resort for rich Christian fascists, and it really brought home what hostages we all were to the mundane grotesque whims of this dull-minded pathetic bully.
Conservatives need to understand that on top of everything else Trump manifestly is—fascist, racist, sexist, ignorant, cruel, foolish, crude, narcissistic, evil, greedy, genocidal—he is also deeply, deeply, pathetic.
And you all voted for him. Your gross pig king. We see you.
I don't forgive people for voting for Trump and I probably never will. There's no excuse for it. I don't seek common ground, I don't seek understanding, I don't like them and I don't want to be liked by them. I think they're garbage and I think deep down they know it.
We are in a global pandemic, we face climate catastrophe, wealth disparity is at levels unseen since the great depression, cops kill 3 people daily, & the top Republican priorities are bullying trans teenagers, demolishing democracy, and making it easier for Nazis to kill people.
It is impossible to compromise with Republicans.
Impossible, not because we hate compromise, but because compromise presupposes a second party that is participating in the same reality and in the same organization.
Republicans are, quite simply, not participating in America.
I would say that the government that imposed a Muslim travel ban, a family separation policy, sweeping deregulation of environmental protection, multiple trillion dollar giveaways to billionaires and deliberately spread misinformation about a pandemic, was also “big government.”
The problem with saying that I’m employing a strawman is, I’m repeating things that are being said by such fringe conservatives as, hmm, let’s see, their last president, their current congresspeople, their highest rated propagandists, and the majority of their voters who listen.
One point that’s often missed in all this “we’re afraid to say what we think” handwringing from these purveyors of immoral outrage:
They’re *self-professed* cowards, who lack even the courage to blame themselves for their own cowardice.
“I’m afraid to say what I think.”
Everyone Else: Who gives a *shit*? What, d’ya think the world was just YEARNING to hear you make the same five points Joe Rogan and Tucker Carlson made yesterday? You’re wearing mirror-shades and a hat behind a truck, BRYCE. WE KNOW WHAT YOU THI
You know should be afraid to say what they think? BLM activists.
When they say what they think, militarized cops will threaten them, arrest them, brutalize them, & kill them.
They say it anyway. Because that's what people do when they believe something and they aren't cowards.
I love people who treat a clear determination to solve an obvious problem as childish "magical thinking," but believe their persistence belief that the solution is still to be found in same incrementalist reform strategy that has led us exactly here is not "magical thinking."
I know which group sounds like children clapping because they believe in fairies, and it's not the ones who want to do the hard work of totally rethinking how we do society, rather than continue trying to treat entrenched violent white supremacy as a training issue.
I'm aware it's difficult. That's EXACTLY what makes it the grown-up decision.
I don't have the exact plan how, so the point is invalid? Oh yeah, b/c 1st we figured out every single detail of how to go to the moon, THEN we decided to go, right? That's the order of things, right?