I have been blocked by Steve Shives

I’ve joined thousands of other Twitter users and I’ve been blocked by Steve Shives. Who’s Steve Shives? He’s a guy who lives in nearby Sharpsburg, Maryland and maintains a YouTube channel dedicated to social justice, feminism, and atheism.

He’s pretty famous for blocking people on Twitter. Evidently, he has a bot that blocks people based on who else they follow on Twitter.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, block bots are evil, dumb, and I hate them.

YouTuber Steve Shives

Back before Steve was on YouTube, I considered him an e-friend. We both lived here in the Hagerstown area, we both had blogs, and we both shared a dislike for our local newspaper, The Herald-Mail. We were also very similar in our political views until we weren’t.

I was once a fan of Steve’s writing on his blog, Steve Likes to Curse. It was a daily read for me. Although the site is still up, he no longer writes blog posts. That’s too bad. I think he is a good writer. He probably writes scripts for YouTube, but listening to someone’s videos is not the same as reading someone’s written words. And to be honest, I don’t like Steve’s videos.

Here’s a recent video of his:

Steve Shives is such a polarizing figure on YouTube that he is often the subject of other YouTube creators. A good many YouTubers make videos about Steve Shives and the things he says. Some of them are quite funny.

I started having problems with Steve and his opinions even before he left LiveJournal for YouTube. Mostly it had to do with his inconsistency of atheism. Even though he gave the impression he was an atheist, when he and his wife married, they married in a local church. I know this because I saw the photos in The Herald-Mail. What kind of atheist gets married in a church?

That threw up a red flag for me.

And then there was Steve’s defense of the so-called Ground Zero Mosque. Atheist Steve was a vocal defender of building it. What kind of atheist supports building religious structures for any religious group? Here are some of the posts he wrote about the topic seven years ago:

If you can get through the above posts about the Ground Zero Mosque, give the following post a read and look at the inconsistencies. In it, Atheist Steve writes about a local church, the Emmanuel Baptist church spending an estimated $7 million on a new sanctuary and classrooms for a fundamentalist Christian private school.

I also found the title of the above post to be a little silly. How can you call any Christian church misogynist when there’s such a thing as Islam? Islam is the apex predator of misogyny. It’s not even close.

How can an atheist defend an Islamic group building a religious center, but criticize a Christian church for building a new sanctuary and classrooms? Shouldn’t atheists be consistent in standing up against all religious groups?

And that’s when the wheels fell off for me with Steve Shives. He was a pro-Islam, anti-Christian atheist who when it came time to marry the love of his life, got married in a Christian church.

In comparison, when my wife and I got married nearly twenty years ago, we got married in the courthouse, like the honest, consistent atheists that we are.

Martin Luther King Jr. refused to stand for the National Anthem?

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It’s the federal holiday set aside to honor the man who did so much to end systemic racism for our country. He was killed making this country better for children of all color.

You know what he didn’t do? Kneel or show disrespect during the National Anthem.

The New Yorker magazine has a ginned up cover showing King doing just that. It shows King kneeling locking arms with Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The image indicates it’s on the sideline of an NFL game during the National Anthem.

If you want to exercise your First Amendment right and take a stand (or a knee) against perceived racial injustice, I will back you up one hundred percent. Just don’t do it when hundreds and thousands of our fellow Americans are standing to honor our flag and our anthem. When we stand for the National Anthem one of the people we are honoring is one of our greatest Americans, Martin Luther King Jr.

Seeing this cover of The New Yorker magazine makes me think a little less of Martin Luther King Jr. even though I know it never happened. That’s the power of propaganda. King deserves better. He was a great American. He doesn’t deserve to have his reputation misused like The New Yorker did.

Shame on them.

Chelsea Manning to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland

Look who I get to vote for as a U.S. Senator. Disgraced U.S. Army private Bradley Manning, now known as Chelsea Manning, will be running as a Democrat in the upcoming primary election for U.S. Senate for Maryland.

Chelsea Manning to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland - Bent Corner
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

The seat is currently held by Democrat Ben Cardin. Even though I’ve voted for Cardin the past two elections, I imagine he’ll need to bow out of contention. Otherwise, he will be labeled a transphobe.

Sorry, Ben Cardin. Thank you for your service, but it’s time for you to move on.

Looks like I’ll need to register as a Democrat again. I registered unaffiliated after the 2016 Democratic Convention. Whatever the reason, perhaps something said by Lena Dunham or something said in Spanish by the illegal immigrant mother on stage, I realized the Democratic party just didn’t represent me anymore. That’s clearly not the case anymore.

If you do not vote for Chelsea Manning, you are transphobic

Who better to serve in the U.S. Senate than a disgraced U.S. Army private who cannot properly handle classified information? Plus, if you don’t cast your vote for Chelsea Manning, you are clearly transphobic.

Who doesn’t love a gal who can’t keep a secret?

How Trump apologists are spinning what he said

Just when I thought Donald Trump finally dug himself into a racist hole with his golden racist shovel that even he cannot get out of, his supporters have begun trying to give the man a hand by obfuscating and conflating what he said.

For the record this is what Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States said when discussing immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries:

Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?

He was not referring to the countries. He was referring to the people, or as Trump said, these people.

Last night I was perusing Twitter as I often do on a Friday night and I read this Tweet written by the proprietor of Diversity & Comics, one of my favorite comic-related YouTube channels.

Richard, the man who produces Diversity & Comics, is a Republican. That’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with being a Republican. Close to half my fellow Americans are Republicans.

I guess I can understand why Richard would want to provide cover for his guy, Donald J. Trump. I just think he’s wrong. Dead wrong. He’s conflating what Trump said. Trump was speaking about “these people” not the countries they are immigrating from.

It doesn’t even make sense. Why would we even want people from non-shithole countries to immigrate here? Would they appreciate our country, its values, and the opportunities it affords if it was not as good as the country they came from?

Remember, Trump, suggested the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway here than from any of the so-called shithole countries. How would that even work? Can you imagine how unhappy someone from Norway would be to come here only to find out they would be required to pay for their own healthcare and education?

A robust public transportation system? A higher per capita income? These lily-white Norweigan immigrants can forget all about that.

I’m done with President Donald Trump

The proof is in. Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States is a racist lunatic.

From the Washington Post:

President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they discussed protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, according to several people briefed on the meeting.

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to these people, referring to countries mentioned by the lawmakers.

Trump then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister he met with Wednesday.

When you complain too many people from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries are immigrating here and not enough people from Norway are, you’re racist. When you refer to the countries Haitians, El Salvadorans, and Africans immigrate from as “shitholes” you’re racist.

I recently spent nearly ten days in the Meritus Medical Center, most of that time in intensive care. I was treated for a lower G.I. blockage and diabetic ketoacidosis. I could have died.

The care I received from the nursing staff at Meritus Medical Center was the greatest in the world. I exaggerate not. The nurses who treated me were the best in the world. They treated me like I was the best in the world.

I’m the type of person who sometimes finds it easy to see even the slightest amount of fault in things. This is not true when it comes to my nursing staff at Meritus Medical Center.

With that said, I’m pretty sure none of them immigrated here from Norway. I’m also pretty sure not all of them came from descendants who set foot on Plymouth Rock. Could some of them have come here from some of President Trump’s “shithole” countries? Maybe. To me, they will never be people from shithole countries.

They will always be my heroes.

I like to say that I never allow myself to become offended by the words of others. That was not true yesterday. When President Trump said offended me to my core.

I hate Donald Trump. Even though I didn’t vote for him, I was more than ready to give him the benefit of the doubt and hope that he did a good job for the sake of our country. I have now reached my limit with this mental baboon. I will now do whatever I need to do to make this man a one-term president. I will register as a Democrat. I will register as a Republican. I will do whatever is within my power to get rid of this racist man from the Oval Office.

I now have a quest and that quest is to get Donald Trump replaced.

 

 

 

Shoplifting cuffufle takes place at Hagerstown Target

Someone tried to shoplift from Target last night located behind the Valley Mall on Cole Road. The shopping center is actually in Halfway, not Hagerstown.

When a Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy tried to stop the shoplifter, the suspected wrongdoer tried to ram their vehicle into the deputy’s vehicle.

Over something shoplifted from Target.

The deputy reacted appropriately to the attempted ramming by firing a shot at the suspect. I don’t think they were hit, but there is a lot that’s not public quite yet.

I hate to say this, but I may have to subscribe to the Herald-Mail, the area’s newspaper of record.

I don’t understand shoplifting. Although there are lots of nice things at Target, most of the high-value things come with anti-theft devices. Buy a pack of Magic The Gathering cards for $4.19 and there’s a sticker. What are people shoplifting? Do they not care about the anti-theft devices? So they just allow the security gate to sound the alarm and they’re happy with the notion of ramming a law enforcement vehicle if it gets in their way? That sounds very JV to me.

I don’t get it.

Update – The suspect is Melson S. Perry

Melson S. Perry

Here’s a photo of last night’s shoplifting suspect. Something tells me he wasn’t trying to steal Magic The Gathering booster packs. Maybe he thought since he had the word “BOSS” tattooed on his neck, the Target employees would just let him walk out with his ill-gotten goods.

Plus, he has a dollar sign tattooed at the center of his unibrow. It makes you think he has money.

Evidently, he was trying to return an iPad box without an iPad inside. From the Herald-Mail:

Troopers said the suspect, later identified as Perry, was known to enter Target stores, where he would return a previously purchased iPad for a refund or gift card. Instead of returning an iPad, however, he would return an iPad box with materials inside to simulate the weight of merchandise inside.

Maybe it’s just me, but this caper doesn’t sound very boss to me, especially when your backup plan is to just ram any law enforcement vehicles that get in your way. Did he know that Washington County deputies carry guns?