What Fresh Hell Is This?

December 4, 2016

Donald Trump Retweets And Gets Taken To School By A Trans Woman

This was on SNL last night:

And this is how the next leader of the free world reacted:
Luckily he was retweeted (with some pointed criticism) by a greater American than Donald Trump will ever be, a woman who's trans woman named Danielle Muscato.

Here are all her tweets in one easy to read chunk (slightly edited for clarity):
Jesus fucking Christ, . You are the president-elect. Pick your fucking battles, man. You're embarrassing yourself.

Baldwin's impression isn't "Sad." You know what's sad? In 7 wks you'll be responsible for 330m lives & you can't think of anything better to do than tweet abt a comedy show. You know that actual lives are at stake, right? You're pathetic.

This is not a joke, Donald. Don't you have anything better to do? Are you so narcissistic that a PARODY is your priority?

Do you know how many trans people were murdered since Election Day? Do you know how many veterans killed themselves?

Do you know how many children went to bed tonight without enough food to eat? Do you even care? What is *wrong* with you?!

No, of course you don't know those things. You don't even know what a "blind trust," and you call yourself a businessman.

You're pathetic. You ran for prez for attention. You are a fake,a fraud. You never wanted to win anyway; we can all see it.

You are not fooling anyone. You're scared, and overwhelmed, and you have absolutely no idea what you're doing. And it shows

You think we're all too polite, too aghast, to call you out. I see through you, Donny. I'm calling you out. You're a joke.

With every fiber of my being, I am disgusted by you. And you know what the real secret is? You're disgusted by you, too.

That's why you surround yourself with gold, and beautiful women that you objectify. You know you're a loser, so you try to make yourself feel better, feel successful, authoritative, with things, and money. You are an impostor. You are a fraud.

I'm ashamed of you. The world is ashamed. You spout NONSENSE, millions of illegal voters?! Even you don't believe it—absurd

Do you think we're stupid? You think we don't know what you're doing? Trying to control the narrative, get your followers to distrust the media, the polls, news reporters, so that they must turn to YOU for what's true, what's real? There's a name for that. It's "propaganda." We know what you're doing. We will not allow you to suppress votes with this nonsense.

We will not allow you to trample our civil rights! We will not allow you to destroy the progress we've made! WE WILL RESIST

I call upon progressives, Democrats, independents AND Republicans to #RESIST Donald Trump. #RESIST fascism, crony capitalism, hypocrisy!

When Donald Trump "lies," acknowledge and call out as propaganda! When he tests boundaries, acknowledge and call out as fascism! #RESIST

We CANNOT "wait and see." Donald Trump is telling us, here and now, what he is going to do. BELIEVE HIM.

"Millions" of "illegal" votes is not a claim about reality, despite Donald Trump's pretense. It is a warning; a threat. Pay attn—RESIST!

[He's] TELLING US he'll suppress votes. Our democracy is at stake. We cannot wait,let him enact policy, then whine—We must resist

Donald Trump tweets so we forget that his kids will run his company in a "blind trust" (!) while sitting in on diplomatic meetings.

Donald Trump tweets so we forget that he is stacking his cabinet with the very same people he promised to remove from his influence.

Donald Trump tweets so we ignore that he's clueless at governance. The more outrageous his tweets, the harder it is for us to keep up.

We see you, Donald. We know exactly what you're doing & it's not working on us. You're a disgrace & you should be ashamed.

The next 4 years will be brutal for me & my fellow civil rights activists. Not all of us will survive. But we will #RESIST.

We will #RESIST til racist police are imprisoned. We will #RESIST til FULL equality for women—We will #RESIST. We are ready

We will #RESIST until abortion is accessible to everyone who needs it. Until LGBTQ are safe & healthy, until PoC are safe.

You can fight us on it—and you are, and you will. But you will lose. Because history is on our side. We may not live to see [it] but we know we will win. We will fight you every step, so be ready. You can't stop progress, no matter how hard you try.
Resistance is not futile.  It's necessary.

December 2, 2016

Post-Truth, Truthiness, And The House Science Committee

From The Washington Post, we read:
Oxford Dictionaries has selected “post-truth” as 2016's international word of the year, after the contentious “Brexit” referendum and an equally divisive U.S. presidential election caused usage of the adjective to skyrocket, according to the Oxford University Press.

The dictionary defines “post-truth” as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”
A little while later they write:
For what it's worth, “post-truth” is not to be confused with “truthiness,” a subtly different term popularized by Stephen Colbert more than a decade ago that described the phenomenon of “believing something that feels true, even if it isn't supported by fact.
And then finally:
And if anything, the rise of truthiness cleared the path for “post-truth,” as in: “In a post-truth world, truthiness is all that matters.”
Which brings us to the United States House Committee on Science, Space and Technology and this tweet yesterday:
And as HuffingtonPost points out:
The tweet linked to an article posted on hyper-conservative Breitbart News, which points to the oft-used and completely incorrect assumption that because it’s getting cold out (i.e. winter) the climate can’t be changing.
Breitbart is where Steve Bannon, President-elect Pussy Grabber's chief strategist, came from.

Let's look a little deeper at that Brietbart truthiness.

From its first paragraph, you should know something goofy is going on:
Global land temperatures have plummeted by one degree Celsius since the middle of this year – the biggest and steepest fall on record.
Note the time frame (6 months "since the middle of this year") and the geographic frame ("Global Land Temperatures") - each is a limit on the data.

But first let's look at the source of Breitbart's piece - it's a piece in the Daily Mail about how the most recent el Nino could be the cause of the recent higher global temperatures.  What's left out, of course, any acknowledgement that the climate still is getting warmer despite the localized ups/downs of el Nino/el Nina.

Something that's shown in this tweet by an actual climate scientist:
I'm sure that within those rising red rectangles, there were el Nino peaks and valleys.

Still doesn't change the fact that this decade is warmer than the last, which was warmer than the one before that and so on.

In the end, I am not sure if this is Post-truth or just "truthiness" but what the Republican-led House Committee on Science tweeted is still something untrue masquerading as a fact.

Fair is foul and fouls is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air.  (Let's hope we fair better than Macbeth.)

Science in Trumpistan - the new normal.  I will resist the new normal.

December 1, 2016

AIDS Free Pittsburgh - World AIDS Day 2016

Today is World AIDS Day. For information in Pittsburgh, please watch the video below (definitely worth seeing Alaska Thunderfuck followed immediately by County Exec Rich Fitzgerald) and go to AIDS Free Pittsburgh.


Pennsylvania Recount Challenge in Allegheny County Headed to Court Tomorrow!

Some people who filed an affidavit for Allegheny County in the Pennsylvania presidential recount received a big, fat surprise today: Notification that there will be a hearing, tomorrow, in the Court of Common Pleas.

A two inch stack of papers containing a copy of everyone who filed an affidavit was sent by the Law Offices of Meyer Unkovic & Scott and attorney Ronald L. Hicks, Jr.(a self-described "Pennsylvania business and oil and gas rights trial lawyer)". These are the same folks who represented the Republicans who attempted to squash the recount in the first place.

The hearing will be held, tomorrow, December 2, 2016 at 11:00 am at the City-County Building, 414 Grant Street, Room 707. It will be presided over by the Honorable Joseph M James (notable for having struck down Pittsburgh sick leave and security guard training ordinances).

While many who filed have received the packet, so far, not all have.

I assume the mainstream media will be there...

It's worth noting at this time that this past summer, Steve Bannon (chief strategist and senior counselor to President-elect Trump and former chief curator of the "alt-right") somehow “knew” precisely which swing states Donald Trump would flip (Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan).

More background here.

President-elect Trump Certainly DOES Have Some Deplorable Followers

From the Southern Poverty Law Center:
Just a week before the November 8th election, attackers set a church in Greenville, Mississippi, on fire. The historically black church was targeted in what authorities believe was an act of voter intimidation, its walls spray-painted with the phrase “Vote Trump.”

“This kind of attack happened in the 1950s and 1960s,” Greenville’s mayor said, “but it shouldn’t happen in 2016.”

The incident was just a harbinger of what has become a national outbreak of hate, as white supremacists celebrate Donald Trump’s victory.* In the ten days following the election, there were almost 900 reports of harassment and intimidation from across the nation. Many harassers invoked Trump’s name during assaults, making it clear that the outbreak of hate stemmed in large part from his electoral success.
I'd like to remind all the Trump voters out there that this is, in part, what you voted for:
“I have experienced discrimination in my life, but never in such a public and unashamed manner,” an Asian-American woman reported after a man told her to “go home” as she left an Oakland train station. Likewise, a black resident whose apartment was vandalized with the phrase “911 nigger” reported that he had “never witnessed anything like this.” A Los Angeles woman, who encountered a man who told her he was “Gonna beat [her] pussy,” stated that she was in this neighborhood “all the time and never experienced this type of language before.” Not far away in Sunnyvale, California, a transgender person reported being targeted with homophobic slurs at a bar where “I’ve been a regular customer for 3 years — never had any issues.”
You may not have intended it but it's there (partly) because of you.

You remember when candidate Clinton said this:
You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic -- you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people -- now 11 million. He tweets and retweets their offensive hateful mean-spirited rhetoric. Now, some of those folks -- they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.
and she caught hell for it?

Tell that to this mother as quoted by the SPLC:
My 12-year-old daughter is African American. A boy approached her and said, “Now that Trump is president, I’m going to shoot you and all the blacks I can find.”
Or these folks:
People also have been harassed in their homes. Many have reported receiving threatening messages on their front lawns, slipped under their front doors, left on their porches, and taped onto their windshields. A Sudanese-American family in Iowa City, Iowa, for example, found a note attached to their door that read, “You can all go home now. We don’t want niggers and terrorists here. #trump.” A lesbian couple in Austin, Texas, came home to find “DYKE,” “Trump,” and a swastika spray-painted onto their door. One residence in Pittsburg, California, draped a banner proclaiming to neighbors: “You can hang a nigger from a tree equal rights he’ll never see.”
Or these:
Since the election, LGBT people have experienced harassment by those who allege that the president-elect shares their anti-LGBT sentiments. In Brighton, Michigan, a woman was approached by two white men who told her, “Just so you know, we hate fucking dykes and so does our President.” In Russellville, Arkansas, a woman found a note written on a piece of trash taped to her door, which read, “Trump says get back in the closet, fags!”

In Sarasota, Florida, a 75-year-old gay man was ripped from his car and beaten by an assailant who told him, “You know my new president says we can kill all you faggots now.”
America, fuck yeah!
Comin' again to save the mother fuckin' day yeah!

Trump voters, you might not think so (or want to) but you voted for this.  This is yours.  This is your new normal.  I will resist your new normal.

November 30, 2016

Meanwhile Outside...

No matter what President-elect Pussy-Grabber has to say, this is what the science says:
The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for October 2016 tied with 2003 as the third highest for October in the 137-year period of record, at 0.73°C (1.31°F) above the 20th century average of 14.0°C (57.1°F). This is 0.26°C (0.47°F) cooler than the record warmth of October 2015 when El Niño conditions were strengthening and 0.50°C (0.90°F) cooler than the all-time record warmth of March 2016 when the El Niño was near the end of its peak. Including 2016, the past three Octobers have been the three warmest in the historical record; however, October 2016 also marked the lowest monthly departure from average for any month since November 2014, which was 0.69°C (1.24°F) above average.
It's still getting warmer out there.

Meanwhile in Trumpistan:
In an interview with the New York Times last week, President-elect Donald Trump appeared open to accepting “some connectivity” between human activity and climate change.

But the man who claimed numerous times that climate change is “an expensive hoax,” “a concept...created by and for the Chinese” and “bullshit” still believes it is “a bunch of bunk,” according to his incoming chief of staff, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus.
Meanwhile, also in Trumpistan:
Trump infamously tweeted that global warming is a “hoax,” and has selected Myron Ebell of the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Energy and Environment, an outspoken climate skeptic, to lead his EPA transition team.
Myron Ebell is the guy who (as I've written before):
Though he likes to bash scientists for working outside their degreed fields, Ebell, it turns out, isn't a scientist at all. He majored in philosophy at the University of California in San Diego, then studied political theory at the London School of Economics and history at Cambridge.
"I'm not claiming to be a climate authority—the way Jim Hansen is, or Robert Corell," says Ebell. "Every interview I do, when I'm asked about scientific issues, I say I'm not a climate scientist."
While the planet's temperatures continue to rise, in Trumpistan our continually dishonest President-elect has chosen Myron Ebell to help dismantle the EPA.

This is the new normal.  Resist the new normal.

November 29, 2016

A Real President (Elect) VS A Fictional One

Donald Trump, this morning:
And a fictional president a couple decades ago:

I weep over the fact that the real one is real but the fictional one is right.

Is it still only November?

I can't even. Is it still only November? Is he trying to get us completely burned out before he's even sworn in?

Donald Trump Still Believes The Lie That The Election Was Rigged Against Him (Even Though He Won And Even Though There's No Evidence For It)

For Keith Olbermann, it's a sign of serious mental illness:
This has long since transcended politics.

This has long since transcended diversions from his corruption or from the FBI or from foreign interference.

This is not left versus right or liberal versus conservative or alt versus inclusive or any of the excuses that newspapers and television made Sunday and Monday in hopes of preserving the political media complex.

This is not funny and this is not ego and this is not how "He just speaks his mind."

This is an existential threat to the United States of America.

The president-elect Donald Trump is manifestly profoundly and dangerously psychologically imbalanced.

The sooner we acknowledge this the greater the chances we have of averting a disaster which could threaten the safety of every American indeed of everybody on this planet.
That was yesterday, November 28.  Wanna know the real sad part?

Donald J. Trump is still doing it:
President-elect Donald Trump fired off a series of tweets late Monday and early Tuesday criticizing CNN for reporting that his claims about voter fraud are baseless -- which they are.

Shortly after 9 p.m., Trump began retweeting supporters who had criticized CNN's Jeff Zeleny because he accurately reported that there was no evidence -- nor has the transition team provided any-- to support Trump's claim that millions of fraudulent votes had been cast for Hillary Clinton.
I have a question for our nation's law enforcement community. Given the obviously imbalanced nature of Trump's psyche and the fact that in a few weeks he's set to become incredibly powerful, what are your plans to protect us, The American People, from him?

Do you have any?

This is the new normal. I will not adapt to the new normal.

Pittsburgh City Councilors Gilman and Kraus to Introduce Conversion Therapy Ban

Via Press Release:

Legislation would prohibit harmful practice for minors within Pittsburgh 
Sent 11/29/2016 @ 7:04 am 
PITTSBURGH, PA (November 29th, 2016)- During today’s regular meeting of Pittsburgh City Council, Councilman Dan Gilman and Council President Bruce A. Kraus will introduce legislation to ban conversion therapy for LGBTQIA+ youth within Pittsburgh. 
“The City of Pittsburgh bears the responsibility to protect all of its residents and this legislation defends LGBTQIA+ youth against the destructive psychological and physical impact of forced conversion therapy,” said Councilman Gilman. “By passing this legislation, the City is standing up for equality and ensuring that Pittsburgh is a welcoming city for all.” 
“Protecting LGBTQIA+ minors from those who would seek to rob the very essence of one's being is foundational to this legislation,” said Council President Kraus. “Ensuring safe places for discovery, self acceptance, and growth for LGBTQIA+ youth must now and always be our focus." 
Conversion therapy, which seeks to convert one’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, is formally opposed by a host of mental health, medical, and social work organizations, including American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, and the National Association of Social Workers. 

November 28, 2016

Regarding the Pennsylvania Recount

I've been informed by someone involved in the PA recount that:

- The deadline for voters to file notarized affidavits is now 4:30 PM today (for Allegheny County), November 28th (of course ASAP is best).
- The State has pushed back their meeting to certify the vote to December 12th because of the number of petitions that they are receiving.

(Personally, I still believe that a recount is particularly useless in PA given the convoluted process, our machines that have no paper trail, and the margin Trump won by.)

UPDATE: The Post-Gazette has a story up now on this here: "Allegheny County holds off on certifying election results"

November 27, 2016

Trump Lies. (How Many Times Is This? How Many More Can We Expect?)

From The Washington Post:

Clinton didn't really win the popular vote, he's arguing, because millions of votes were invalid. This is one in a series of efforts to dismiss Clinton's popular-vote victory, efforts that have hinged on misreading CNN election results or random tweets underpinned by no actual data.
We should note that the phrase "underpinned by no actual data" is a very diplomatic way of saying, "THIS IS A LIE."

The President-elect is lying to you.

Trump Torture Update

It's going to be a tough 4 years.

The current narrative on whether President-elect Donald J. Trump and waterboarding is found here with this piece at the Washington Post:
[In an interview with the New York Times] Trump signaled another shift on the question of how to treat terrorism suspects. During his presidential campaign, he had said that he would reinstate the use of waterboarding and similar interrogation techniques in the questioning of suspected terrorists.

“Don’t tell me it doesn’t work — torture works,” Trump said in February at a retirement community in South Carolina. “Okay, folks? Torture — you know, half these guys [say]: ‘Torture doesn’t work.’ Believe me, it works. Okay?”

But Tuesday he suggested he might have changed his mind after interviewing a leading candidate for secretary of defense, retired Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis, who headed the U.S. Central Command.

Mattis argued that he had never found harsh interrogation techniques “to be useful,” Trump said, adding that the retired general preferred building trust with “a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers.”

“I was very impressed by that answer,’’ Trump said.
The only problem with this narrative, according to this piece at Slate, is that it's completely wrong.

Let's go directly to the Times transcript.  When asked "where he was" on waterboarding, President-elect pussy grabber said:
So, I met with General Mattis, who is a very respected guy. In fact, I met with a number of other generals, they say he’s the finest there is. He is being seriously, seriously considered for secretary of defense, which is — I think it’s time maybe, it’s time for a general. Look at what’s going on. We don’t win, we can’t beat anybody, we don’t win anymore. At anything. We don’t win on the border, we don’t win with trade, we certainly don’t win with the military. General Mattis is a strong, highly dignified man. I met with him at length and I asked him that question. I said, what do you think of waterboarding? He said — I was surprised — he said, ‘I’ve never found it to be useful.’ He said, ‘I’ve always found, give me a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers and I do better with that than I do with torture.’ And I was very impressed by that answer. I was surprised, because he’s known as being like the toughest guy. And when he said that, I’m not saying it changed my mind. [Emphasis added.]
So while he's impressed with what the retired Marine Corps General said, what was said still hasn't changed his mind that torture works.

In a Trump administration, torture is the new normal and I refuse to accept this new normal.