The kids are still alright, Gentle Reader. From Mr. B & C’s FB feed today, a couple of kids he knows are striking a blow for equality. Inspiring. #FeministFriday needs to be spread far and wide!

This week, a NCS teacher degraded and and humiliated a male student at Liberty Middle school. The child was wearing a scarf, and his male teacher told him to take it off because, “boys don’t wear scarves.” 

Just today, when the student once again wore a scarf, the teacher ripped it off the boy’s neck and said, “Don’t wear scarves, you look homosexual.” This is bullying and harassment, and it’s worse because it’s being done by someone in a position of power. 

My little sister xxxxx xcccc and xxxxx xxxxx’s little brother xxxxxcc have teamed up and created ‪#‎FeministFriday‬. To support this kid and his choice of neckwear, they’ve set aside this Friday to have all boys wear scarves and all girls wear ties to show that awful teacher that he can’t impose gender roles on children. 

Spread the word, or participate in yourself. Teachers have no right to harass or bully students. Clothing choice does not determine sexuality, and someone’s sexuality is not an insult. I’m so proud of my sister and xxxx for starting this. I hope that teacher gets fired for his actions.

Seeing Middle School activism gives one hope. Now the adults need to catch up with the kids. This writer will be wearing a scarf next Friday in solidarity, and urges you to wear a tie/scarf as appropriate.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

(P.S. The names of the kids have been removed from this post to protect them from stupid f***ing Keyboard Commandos that hate equality. Anybody who trolls these awesome youths will be reported to the authorities. Just sayin’.)

As it was before, it is again today. In a place where all abortions are forbidden, a 10-year-old girl is being forced to bear her rapist’s child. The same laws that “Republicans” support may very well kill this child:

Human rights organizations are calling on Paraguayan officials to allow a 10-year-old rape victim to end her pregnancy, arguing that the country’s harsh abortion ban is comparable to torture.

Authorities say that the girl, whose name is being withheld, became pregnant after she was sexually assaulted by her stepfather. Her pregnancy was not discovered until she was about 20 weeks along and started complaining of a stomachache. Now, she isn’t being permitted to have an abortion

Data collected by the World Healthm Organization confirms that girls in Latin America who give birth before they turn 16 years old are four times more likely to die during childbirth than young women in their twenties. In Paraguay specifically, 28 minors died last year due to complications stemming from giving birth.

This is what the GOP wants for America, Gentle Reader: a Dominionist theocracy in which all abortions are forbidden, no matter what. A country that consigns children to death for being victims of a horrible crime: indeed, the children will suffer more harsh punishment than the rapist criminals who forcibly impregnated them.

Here’s putting it plain: while rapists are rarely prosecuted and even more rarely punished, Teapublicans would pronounce an effective death sentence upon child rape victims. Does that disturb you? It damned well should.

This is, unfortunately, not an exaggeration. Repubs want to force women to carry fetuses to full term, even if it kills them. Even if the babies are already dead. Teapublicans go so far as to imprison women who have miscarriages. They think that God wants women to be raped so they can be “gifted” with babies from rapists.

Repubs even want rapists to have visitation rights for children born of their criminal actions. Over and over again, the GOP puts the rights of rapists over the rights of their victims. Even if the victim is a child.

Even it kills the child, the “Republicans” stand up for the rights of the rapist. And against the rights of the female rape victims.

Why, exactly, do so many people support this inhuman lunatic hatred with their votes?

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Bluntly and Crankily summarized, here are the likely candidates for President in 2016:

Bernie Sanders: If there are more smart people in America than the polls indicate, he’s in.

Hillary Clinton: Meet the new Democratic President, same as the old Democratic President.

Jim Webb: Might as well be a Republican.

Lincoln Chafee: Pretty much still IS a Republican.

Joe Biden: Good at calming shoulder rubs. Would like to calm the entire country.

Marco Rubio: Can’t even handle a water bottle. Wants to run an entire country.

Mike Huckabee: Optimistic hypocrite who doesn’t have the nerve to quit.

Ben Carson: All Brains. No Heart.

Ted Cruz: Because Birthers and Teavangelicals are complete idiots.

Rand Paul: Because Libertarians and Teabaggers are even bigger idiots.

Carly Fiorina: Proud of her failure in Tech, wants to proudly fail the entire country.

Chris Christie: Christ in name only. Still unindicted.

Jeb Bush: Helped steal the White House in 2000. Would love to do it again.

Scott Walker: Will destroy everything Americans hold dear. Will get votes anyway.

Donald Trump: Told his hair stylist, “You’re Fired!”

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

It’s official. Teapubbies want to revolt against the Constitution and replace it with their twisted version of Dominionist “Christianity”. For all their flag pins and patriotic squawking, they hate our country and they hate our freedoms:

A Public Policy Polling (PPP) national survey conducted between February 20th and February 22nd of Republican voters, found that an astonishing 57 percent of Republicans want to dismantle the Constitution, and establish Christianity as the official national religion. Only 30 percent oppose making Christianity the national religion.

Although the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment clearly states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” GOP voters want to cast aside that provision and impose Christianity as the official American religion.

Dominionism calls for imposing a theocracy in America where Christianity is declared the official religion, and the nation is governed by “Biblical law”.

If you vote “Republican”, you vote against the Constitution. If you vote “Republican”, you vote against America. If you vote “Republican”, you vote to destroy our nation.

Please don’t vote for Teapublicans. Unless you want to be stoned to death.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

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And they are still doing it. Teabagging racist “republicans”, for all their claims of loving limited government and freedom and such, are in reality a load of murderous authoritarian scumbuckets who will (and do) gleefully kill anybody who gets in their way. Especially those who protest.
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Make no mistake about it. Republican Jim Rhodes, with encouragement from Republican Richard Nixon, ordered the National Guard, with loaded weapons, to deal with people who didn’t like the Vietnam war. Repubs did it.

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Dead people. Murdered people. A Democracy shot down. Done by Repubs.

Never forgive. Never forget.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

You have a Socialist running  for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential race. A motherf***ing SOCIALIST. So away with the all the talking points about DINOs, and Corporatcrats, and “no difference”, and many more. The man who is the most Liberal of all current politicos is going after the brass ring.

He has given the Left (and many Centrists, too) exactly what they have said they wanted. Now let’s see what you do.

Here’s hoping you get off your asses and GOTFV. If not, well, keep holding out for that rainbow pony that poops sparkly butterflies.

Anybody calling themselves a liberal who doesn’t gear up to vote NOW is a fraud and a nincompoop. Let’s see what happens.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

And about time, too. Bernie Sanders is, of course, the “democratic socialist” who appears to be far Left in these degenerate times. In reality, his policy positions would have been seen as moderate back in the 50’s.

When a radical centrist (speaking) thinks the Dems are too far Right and need Bernie to pull their party back towards the Left, you know the political establishment has gone waaaaaay too far towards Teapub Wingnut land.

Good on Senator Sanders. Here’s hoping we actually get to vote for the man in 2016.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Yesterday’s potentially historic hearing on Marriage Equality seemed to focus on almost everything BUT the law. Lots of yakkity yakyakyak about “millennia”, “dignity”, and “culture”, and only a few mentions of the legal ramifications of the matter. So this writer will step in and remind everyone of what the court ignored:

Number A: The current law robs gay people blind at tax time. Remember Edie Windsor, who was jacked out of $363,000.00 dollars by the IRS, because she is a lesbian? And she is not alone: manifold state and federal laws permit and enforce these “gay taxes”. Anybody who is gay gets ripped off by the government at tax time and it’s legal in most cases. The Supremes need to either allow LGBTQ Americans to pay no taxes, or to pay the same taxes as hetero citizens. Law.

Letter 2: LGBT citizens often have no right to visit their loved ones in the hospital. Because they can’t be married, they have no legal relationship, and they can (and are) denied entrance to medical facilities when their family members are in need. The Supremes need to ensure that the law treats all of us equally. Law.

Thirdly: There are many hundreds of discriminatory laws across the nation that cover schools, property, health, civil rights, inheritance, and on and on. And on. They treat gays like second-class citizens, or worse. Anybody who DOESN’T see the constitutional violations has their head in a very dark and smelly place. Laws.

Yeah, we need to think about culture and honor traditions. Absolutely. But is that where the Supreme Court should FOCUS their efforts? Absolutely not. Courts need to do their own f***ing jobs, which is, you know, LAW.

Our government as a whole is spending too much time dicking around in the private lives of its citizenry, and not nearly enough taking care of their legally mandated responsibilities.

Law. LAW, God-f***Ing-dammit.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Over and over again, we get these wake-up calls. Over and over again, America listens for a little while, and then goes back to its usual state of willful ignorance. Rinse and repeat. STUPID.

It’s not like we haven’t seen this before: people are oppressed for so long and in so many ways, they can’t take it any more and lash out in blind rage. Baltimore today, Ferguson yesterday, and running back through history: Watts, Little Rock, the French Revolution, the American Revolution, all the way back to ancient Rome and its predecessors. An insular ruling class oppresses the masses, and eventually the masses revolt.

And there are always those who TELL the ruling class what is going on, pleading with them, exhorting them to change the arc of history, to learn from history, to not repeat the mistakes of history. So it was, and so it is. For example, here are the words of Baltimore Orioles COO John Angelos:

That said, my greater source of personal concern, outrage, and sympathy beyond this particular case is focused neither upon one night’s property damage nor upon the acts, but is focused rather upon the past four-decade period during which an American political elite have shipped middle-class and working-class jobs away from Baltimore and cities and towns around the US to third-world dictatorships, like China and others; plunged tens of millions of good, hardworking Americans into economic devastation, and then followed that action around the nation by diminishing every American’s civil-rights protections in order to control an unfairly impoverished population living under an ever-declining standard of living and suffering at the butt end of an ever-more militarized and aggressive surveillance state.

Pretty clear, isn’t he? America can (and should) listen to him, wake up and take action. But no, America will probably just roll over, smack the s*** out of the snooze button on the alarm, and go back to sleep. Eventually, the wake-up call will be so loud, it can’t be ignored any longer.

By then, it’ll be too late. America will finally wake up, only to find out that it died in its sleep.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Just a short post this morning to lug a brick upside the heads of those sneering at Bruce Jenner and his announcement of his Trans journey to womanhood. Apparently, some people think it’s a PR stunt, a money-making scam, or a bizarre way to weasel out of a traffic ticket. Really, America? No, seriously, really?

People really think that someone would trade the coveted legal and socioeconomic status of a wealthy white male for the discrimination suffered by those in the LGBT community?

People really think Jenner is throwing his primary marketing asset (a masculine Olympian image) away, after having made millions from it over the past 39 years?

People really think it’s a stunt to subject one’s self to the hormones, surgeries and manifold other tortures that it takes to physically transform from one gender to another?

C’mon. Wake the f***ing f*** up. This writer knows a few Trans individuals, and can tell you they have a tough row to hoe. Everything from A to Z changes and it is a lifetime struggle. Nobody does it lightly. It is done because the person involved sees no other choice if they are to live a fulfilling life.

Really, this writer is flummoxed only by Jenner’s continued adherence to the conservative “Republican” part of his identity. But that’s humans for you: complex beasties, we are. Good on Jenner, and may his many critics either shut the f*** up, wake the f*** up, or both.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

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