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Oct 20 paulus22 commented on Two Thousand Seattle Teachers Wore Black Lives Matter Shirts to Schools.
1) There were way more than 2000 teachers wearing shirts yesterday. At my school, we wore shirts that were from our Black Student Union, not the ones that the article talks about. I know that other schools made similar choices. I'd put the number closer to 3000, perhaps more. It was a really powerful, symbolic visual show of support, and I'm proud to have participated in it.
2) This is about way more than wearing a shirt. The institutional racism, especially toward black and latinx students, needs to stop. I know that there are many factors outside of the school that contribute to these performance discrepencies, and many of them are HUGE factors. Yet, we still approach education from a dated, middle-class perspective generally. It's hard to argue against the sad fact that black students are kicked out of school at much higher rates than other groups. There ARE things we can improve in public education. There is also a lot that communities can do to improve as well.
3) Commentor Comitatus: I can't even. I wish you'd quit adding your spiteful, disturbing, intentionally offensive comments to every thread. If you can't see that #blacklivesmatter is an important movement for our time that is bringing attention to issues that need attention, that the 'thugs' you speak about are a super small minority and not really part of the movement, and that there are DEFINITIVELY multiple systemic problems that add to people of color having it much harder in our country (including schools and police), you are not nearly as smart as you think you are. Rather than call out people who are trying to help, why don't you do something more than blame the victims. You rancid piece of fucking shit.
Oct 18 paulus22 commented on The Strange Phenomenon of Women Who Vote Trump.
My aunt is a very conservative person. She moved her family from Seattle to northern Idaho to get away from the liberal cesspool that she sees in this city so her kids could grow up in an environment where God wasn't actively removed from everything.

She initially supported Ben Carson in this election, and would often talk about how horrible Trump was. She even said she would never support him. But she does now. Vehemently.

I think there are two major reasons that push her in this direction.

First, her blind obedience to Christianity. Actually, I think a lot of uber-conservatives fall into this category, male or female. But probably even more for females because of the preaching of subservience that involves women in extreme conservative Christianity. I honestly believe that people that are intensely wrapped up in 'belief' are more easily duped out of rational thought. Christians are taught to not question the book. Often, I think that leads to not questioning much else.

Second, the conservative news media does an incredible job of 'preaching' to these folks. They become so blind to alternative perspectives that they treat them as blasphemous.

The combo of religious brainwashing and zealous conservative punditry is where Trump's 'deplorables' come from. IMHO.

And I was really sad when she got on the Trump bandwagon. I thought she's be true enough to her conservative ideals to ignore the media and vote her conscience. I was wrong.
Oct 13 paulus22 commented on Bob Dylan Doesn't Deserve the Nobel Prize In Literature and He Shouldn't Want It.
So simplistic. Pick a better quote, man. Many of his lyrics resonate without the music and beautifully express poetic technique and nuance. Plus, he also wrote books, one of which was standard literary poetry.

Dylan totally deserves this award. If Shakespeare is considered Literature, Dylan should be too.
Oct 12 paulus22 commented on Evicted Ballard Resident Who Has Autism Stares Down Homelessness.
Perfect example of how big money ruins life for everyone except those with the big money. This city is starting to disgust me. Homeless sweeps. Evicting people with special needs. We need to do something before this place looks like some scary Ayn Rand 'utopia'.
Oct 10 paulus22 commented on Hillary Clinton Won the Town Hall Debate.
I'm an avowed liberal, but I thought in some sense Trump won last night. He pretty expertly doubled down on the conservative talking points and deflected the 'pussy grab' controversy well by making it all about evil Hillary crooked Hillary shouldn't-support-her-rapey-husband Hillary. In real, intelligent political terms, he lost by miles. By this election's warped reality terms, he did better than most pundits are giving him credit for, I think. Well enough to pull undecideds? Yes, some. Enough to win. Probably not.
Sep 30 paulus22 commented on Edward Scissorhands Made by Director Who Wants to Be True to White People.
I'm torn here. I'm a fan of Burton's (generally...much of his later work is not so great), but I'm also a white person that values and promotes diversity. Yet, I get what Burton is saying. His personal world, especially his suburban childhood, was white, and there IS a lot of variety in whiteness as there is in blackness. His new film takes place in England at a time when it wasn't very diverse there, so it fits the period and place. I don't know. I think this was stupid of Burton to address the way he did, but I also think that Mudede is intentionally blowing it up as well. And I'm sorry, but Edward Scissorhands is as close to perfect as Burton has ever got with his 'Burton-esque'-ness, and part of it's perfection is the disturbingly precise white world that it fact, I see it as somewhat of a commentary on the shittiness of American white suburbia. Eh. Burton can improve, but to claim racism is a bit of a stretch.
Sep 26 paulus22 commented on Gary Johnson Is a Moron (And If You Vote For Him, You Are Too).
@30 - I've done the relaxed, calm, rational approach for months, and it didn't help a lick because the uberleft won't listen to rational arguments; it's always about how Hillary isn't quite good enough, never about voting strategy or her actual progressive record. And I'm tired. I'm tired of people being shit fucks toward me simply because I support Hillary. I'm tired of stupidity ruling the day. I'm tired of the discourse. Pardon me for getting mad and succumbing to the vitriol. But here's the deal: if y'all uberlefties can't accept the fact that protest votes will help Trump win, then you really are stupid. Undeniably. So, I guess I could frame that in a nicey-nice way. But I'm done with that. Because when I do, some fucker gets up in my shit about "should have picked Bernie because he'd win when Hillary won't". That exact comment proves my point that the uberleft will be the reason that Trump wins this election. It's not that Bernie would win, its that the uberleft would actually vote for him. If the uberleft won't budge, they WILL lose this election for progressives. Period. Most people will vote for Hillary, some of us even think she'd be a good president. But if you absolutely WON'T vote for her for not being left ENOUGH, it ain't me that's losing the election, it's you. And if you think Johnson supports anything left in the slightest beyond legal drugs, you most certainly haven't done your research.
Sep 26 paulus22 commented on Gary Johnson Is a Moron (And If You Vote For Him, You Are Too).
The repetition of "Hillary isn't good enough to win" by the uberleft is getting old and is abhorrently stupid and, if it continues, will leave us with Trump as president. Fuck all of you that keep perpetuating the idiocy of voting for Johnson or Stein. Get a clue and vote for the only viable progressive candidate - unfortunately for you she happens to be an old lady that you don't like all that much. Suck it up, use your fucking brain, and vote for the candidate with the experience and ability to actually push liberal agenda items into reality. Stein has no experience and would be horribly ineffective. Johnson's positions are antithetical to liberal values. It's not that hard.
Jun 17 paulus22 commented on Bernie Sanders Is Still Running for President.
At first I thought it was dangerous for him to keep stretching it out. Now, I think it is just sad. If it helps adjust the Dem platform in good progressive ways and keeps his fans in the mix, great. If it increasingly becomes some old dude wagging his finger in the wind and keeps his maniacal fringe people all lathered up, knock it off.