Nov 17, 2015
commented on Why Putting the French Flag on the Space Needle Is Racist
Ugh. Is every goddamn thing racist now? Solidarity with one group is racist against all the others? Is there *any* freaking thing that isn't racist anymore?
It's rhetorical because you know, I just don't care. My outrage fatigue meter maxed out a long time ago. Charles may or may not have a point here but frankly I'm too taxed out to care anymore. We're upset about everything all the time and can't take a freaking day or two to show some solidarity with a close ally.
Tragedy hipsters, crawl down off your ledge or you'll slip and fall on your own hypocrisy.
May 19, 2014
commented on Why Didn't Anyone Notice Macklemore's Anti-Semitic Costume at EMP?
"Racism 101, people: ... It's about taking a step back and evaluating whether your behavior is racist."
Yes. And if you come away from that evaluation with the answer "it isn't" then are you 1) Always wrong 2) Not invited to talk about it unless you answer the former question with an affirmative or 3) expected to be chastened anyway?
I am not swayed by a "because I said so" argument, especially when you have conflicting results from the judges. Meh. I don't know if it was racist. I don't associate a witch nose and a beard with Jewish people but I suppose I don't have to because I'm not a member of the group.
I hear the tsk tsk already starting. If I'm not a member of the group then I'm supposed to STFU and let them tell me what's what. With no input, feedback, questions, or opinions. I'm supposed to suppress my own mind and blindly accept. Uh huh, that's a reasonable expectation of any human on the planet ever.
This will blow over for Mack as soon as the flavor of the week changes.
Feb 12, 2014
commented on What Demonstrators Were Getting at with the Amazon/CIA Protest
Yes yes yes. We get it. You're pissed off about Things that are Very Important, protesters. You may even have valid points somewhere in that mess but honestly you're pissing me off and making me late such that I'm really not interested in reading your hyperbolic BS. Your actions don't put me in a very receptive mood. From what I heard this morning, many of the others effected by your actions feel about the same.
Now the majority of people you were trying to reach are talking about how you're idiots at worst or illogical at best.
The conversation has started. Mission accomplished.
Apr 10, 2013
commented on Gay Couple Makes Florist Choose Between Supporting Gay Rights or Getting Sued
While I can't say I support the florist's stance since it's an unethical one, I also can't see forcing them to do business when they don't want to.
If I were a part of the couple in question I wouldn't want them supplying anything for my wedding. I'm a bit surprised they continued using them during the last 9 years (unless they were unaware). Yes, I realize they aren't suing the florist directly. The state is doing it on their (and others') behalf. Further to that point, though, let's say they get sued and after we (taxpayers and the florists) all end up spending a ton of money they wind up being forced to provide the service. Are any gay couples honestly going to give these people their money in the future? I sure hope not.
In any case, it certainly could have been said that the florist has the right to refuse service for a number of completely legit reasons... but they kinda screwed that up with stating *why* exactly they couldn't meet the couple's needs. If the florist really wanted to stay clear of this mess they could have simply stated something like "I'm sorry, we're absolutely swamped during that time and I don't think we could provide you with good service. I could recommend this other company who could help you out though."
Even if there was a suit over that it would be incredibly hard to prove their intentions.
May 9, 2012
commented on Anarchy Is
I'm a little tired of the adage "The goal was to get people talking about it and now they are!"
Getting us to talk about it doesn't necessarily make this a victory. In fact, it might make it a defeat for the (ostensibly) well meaning vandals. How many people went and looked up Nike's labor practices as a result of this? How many investigated Wells Fargo's lack of scrupulous business practices?
Some? Hey, great for you guys.
But in comparison how many heard about what was going on, though something like: "What a bunch of jerks, running around and breaking crap. I hope they get tazed (bro) and hauled off like the criminals they are," and went on with their lives with a now sullied view of a movement they knew very little about?
Anarchy is not a viable method for a functional society. It has never worked historically and never will.
If they want to make a statement, they should leave their masks off and let themselves get arrested the next time they decide to smash stuff. Put a face to the cause and use the action to make an actual statement instead of this vague "things suck and we want it to be different!" kind of thing.
May 1, 2012
commented on Violence Erupts at May Day Protests, Mayor Issues Emergency Order on Weapons, Protests Continue
People running around busting up businesses and cars while terrorizing people just trying to go about their lives are not protesters. They are criminals and vandals who need to be arrested. Please, news people, stop calling them what they aren't and start calling them what they are.
To the protesters (the legit ones who aren't into violence): please separate yourselves from these people. You are being associated with them and whatever point you wanted to make is being muddled by those who would believe that breaking things can solve problems. They're doing it in the name of "stirring up a national discourse" which would be funny if they didn't seriously believe it's true. You don't want to be a part of that kind of sick joke.
To the deluded who think this violence will somehow *not* alienate you from the vast majority of society and instead bring people together to support your cause: