I found this article on Daily Kos a couple of days ago:
If the GOP has thoroughly accomplished one thing in the past 6 years, it’s this
“This” is to teach the American public, or at least their portion of it, to hate and scorn unskilled laborers in a way they had once reserved for people who used their welfare money to buy crack. It doesn’t matter if you work eighty hours a week at your three minimum wage jobs, you are worth less as a person because you’re a minimum-wage worker, you don’t deserve to make enough money to feed your family, and you should be grateful for whatever your corporate liege lords choose to bestow upon you in their generosity.
This story, on the other hand, is breaking news:
Anita Sarkeesian Cancels Talk at Utah State After Receiving Threat of Another “Montreal Massacre.”
This fine moment in Western civilization brought to you by anti-feminist terrorists, #Gamergate, and gun laws whose only purpose is to promote guns at the expense of public safety. A bit more information here.
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You might not have heard about it, thanks to the news cycle being overwhelmed by the actions of a much smaller but more effective group of misogynists, but A Voice For Men hosted a conference for Men’s Rights Activists in St. Claire, Michigan this past weekend.
This article at MSNBC gives the most mainstream and neutral reporting on the event that you’re likely to see (spoilers: he still finds them ridiculous), while this article gives them a proper dose of mockery.
Now, while it’s no surprise that appalling things were said at this conference, this was the one that won the gold medal:
“The vast majority of female students allegedly raped on campus are actually voicing buyer’s remorse from alcohol-fueled, promiscuous behavior involving murky lines of consent on both sides,” [National Post columnist Barbara Kay] said, drawing chuckles from the audience. “It’s true. It’s their get-out-of-guilt-free card, you know like Monopoly.” The chuckles turned to guffaws.
It’s pretty horrible to believe that people – let alone a woman – would actually say shit like that in 2014. What’s worse is that there are a lot of people out there – not all of them MRA’s, not nearly – who still believe it.
Rather than giving my own response to this, I will leave it up to someone with better research, and someone with more front-line experience than I.
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I don’t really have time to write up the kind of posts these stories deserve, at least not in a timely manner, but I’d still very much like to share.
First, something that should come as a surprise to no one. A CDC study has found that states with loose gun laws and high degrees of gun ownership have the most deaths by gun violence, while states with tight gun laws and low amounts of gun violence have the fewest:
New Study Ranks 50 States by Gun Sense and Gun Violence Deaths
In the comments for that post, there was a link to an older one that should also come as no surprise, which demonstrates that yet another study has found that the United States has far more gun deaths than any other developed country. I mean, it isn’t even close.
In more positive news, it turns out that nearly half of Americans are now willing to concede that poverty may result from something other than character flaws in the poor! Why, it’s almost civilized! I blame the economic crash. There are far too many people in this country – maybe far too many people, period – who don’t care about anything that doesn’t touch them directly. With that in mind, it seems more likely that a large percentage of the American people has experienced poverty for themselves now, than that they’ve grown some empathy.
In more genuinely positive news, a California state senator is pushing a bill that would require universities to adopt an “affirmative consent” standard of sex. In other words, “she didn’t say no” would no longer be a defense. Naturally, the usual crowd of misogynists and rape apologists has their knickers in a twist over this. Check it out here for further information and a good brawl.
Caleb Howe is my enemy.
Not personally. I’ve never met the man. I’ve never even read his work. But he’s a former editor at Red State. Erick Erickson himself describes Howe as “my right hand”. He has worked very hard to promote a movement and a party that I believe to be deeply wrong. He has done great harm.
He is also: 1) in the hospital, in critical condition from liver failure; and 2) the father of two young girls.
Oh. And his worthless fuck of an employer didn’t provide him any insurance. So he’s trying to crowdsource money for his medical bills.
They’ve already reached their goal, which was $25,000, but that’s not even a good joke.
Visit this article on Daily Kos for more information, then please follow the link to Gofundme to help.
Or you can just go straight to the fundraiser to help if you don’t want to read a bunch of liberal outrage about how badly this poor damn conservative has been betrayed by his own ideology, and how nobody should have to hold out a tin cup for medical care.
I wish I could say that was my only reason for wanting to help this man, but I must confess to an ulterior motive here. If I may quote someone more eloquent than myself:
“If your enemy is hungry, give him food to drink. If he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”- Proverbs 25:21-22
But don’t let my shitty motives stop you. Let’s make sure those two little girls keep their dad.