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‘Pistachio Girl’ fired for being a white nationalist

Emily Youcis is kind of famous for selling pistachios at Philadelphia Phillies games. She’s now also kind of famous for being a white nationalist. As it turns out, if you’re famous for defending the white race, you can’t sell pistachios for the Phillies. Who knew?

Philadelphia PhilliesAfter a story came out identifying her as a white nationalist, Aramark, the company that runs concessions at Citizens Bank Park, fired her.

It’s not like she was keeping it a secret. Her political views were in plain view on her Twitter feed. She also appeared at an Alt-Right rally in Washington DC after the election. She appears on a video interviewing people protesting against white nationalism and Donald Trump.

Not that the two have anything in common.

As an American, I’m sick and tired of hearing about race. As Americans, the color of our skin or where our ancestors came from is meaningless. There’s only one race, the human race. I hold no allegiance to my skin color. The only loyalty I hold is to my country and the people it consists of. My country is made up of all sorts of individuals, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

With all that said, I wish Aramark hadn’t fired Emily Youcis. Her fellow racists will now view her as a special victim. Firing her simply made her a martyr for her political views. Being fired also helps drive people with her racist views underground.

If someone is a racist, I’d rather everyone know it.

Black Friday is anti-family and unamerican

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday. It’s the official kickoff of the Christmas shopping season. Retailers lusting after customer’s dollars have large sales on big ticket items. They do this to lure customers into their store and not a competitor’s store.

Retailers also open earlier and earlier every year. It’s gotten to be that Black Friday doesn’t even begin on Friday anymore. It begins many places on Thanksgiving itself and continues through the night.

This places a huge burden on the people working at these retail establishments. Not only on them but their family. They’re not able to celebrate Thanksgiving like a typical American.

Thanksgiving use to be the one holiday every year that all Americans celebrated. Not anymore. There are children who don’t know what it’s like to get together with family on Thanksgiving.  It takes all day to prepare the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Because Mom and Dad have to go to work and sell $3 blu-ray movies and $25 microwave ovens, a traditional Thanksgiving meal is out of the question.

Black Friday is anti-family. It’s also Unamerican.

Black Friday is anti-family and unamerican - Bent CornerDonald Trump ran on a platform of making America great again. Perhaps you’ve seen the hats. One way he can start making America great again is by mandating that all retail establishments close on Thanksgiving and not open again until 12 noon the following day.

Consumers will still be able to buy cheap TVs. They just won’t ruin the Thanksgiving holiday of their fellow Americans to do it.

Arthur Chu keeping it classy

Former Jeopardy champion Arthur Chu isn’t too happy about Donald Trump becoming president. Here is something he tweeted in response to the Trump win:

When I first saw a screenshot of this tweet on Reddit, I assumed it had to be fake. I went to Twitter and did a search for it. I couldn’t find it. I then logged out of Twitter and repeated the search. I found it right away.

This meant Arthur Chu has me blocked on Twitter. When I logged back in, this is what it showed:

Arthur Chu uses a Twitter block bot.

Arthur Chu is the gentleman on the left. The fellow on the right is Jeopardy host Alex Trebek.

I find it ridiculous and extremely unnecessary that Arthur Chu has me blocked on Twitter. I’ve had zero interactions with him on Twitter or anywhere else. I am not a troll. I use my own name on Twitter, a platform I’ve used since 2007.

Arthur Chu is a pathetic, racist little man. If I was the type of person who allowed myself to become offended (I’m not), getting blocked on Twitter by someone as important as Arthur Chu would offend me.

Donald Trump will be our next president

People were in shock yesterday to learn that Donald J. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States of America.

It seemed even Trump and his people were caught off guard by the news. For a long time now, all the polls pointed to Clinton winning. Then on November 8, the only poll that matters took place and the voters chose Trump over Clinton. Trump garnered 290 electoral votes compared to Clinton’s 232 electoral votes.

A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to become president.

A lot of people seem to be genuinely upset about this. The Twitter hashtag #NotMyPresident almost immediately began trending. The same thing happened eight years ago when Barack Obama won. I don’t remember if there was a Twitter hashtag dedicated to the feeling, but I know a lot of people were saying it. They were wrong back then, and the people expressing it now are wrong too.

Donald Trump will be everyone’s president.

If he turns out to be a terrible president, then historically speaking, he’ll be in good company. Two of the four presidents depicted on Mount Rushmore thought it was morally acceptable to own other people.

Most of the presidents in my lifetime have been bad. I’m old enough to remember Richard M. Nixon and the crap he put our country through. If we can get through the Nixon years, we can surely get through the Trump years.

Contrary to what anyone says, we don’t know what a Trump presidency will look or feel like. We know he campaigned on things like building a wall on the southern border and deporting over 11 million people who are here illegally. We’ve been told this makes Trump a racist.

Under the Obama administration, over 2.5 million people have been deported. Does this make Obama a racist too?  His administration was enforcing existing federal law, just like the Trump administration would be doing if they deported everyone who is here illegally.

When Trump was running for the Republican nominee for president, his campaign released the following statement after the San Bernardino attack:

Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.

Many people reacted negatively to this statement. For years now we’ve clung to the narrative that Islam is a religion of peace and the people who practice the faith, Muslims, are just like everyone else.

The problem with that narrative is that it seems to fly in the face of reality. The perpetrators of the San Bernardino attack, Rizwan Farook, and Tashfeen Malik, attended two mosques in southern California, the Islamic Center of Riverside and the Dar-Al-Uloom Al-Islamia mosque located outside San Bernardino. Both of these mosques are descent and respectable places of worship, not radical hotbeds of hate.

After Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik murdered 14 people and injured another 24, they were killed by the police.  When authorities released their bodies, they received a traditional Islamic burial at the Wal-Hamdu-Lillah cemetery located in Rosamond, California.

The cemetery is owned by the American Islamic Institute of Antelope Valley, a mosque located in Palmdale. This mosque is also a decent and respectable place of worship.

How is it that these two murderous terrorists could attend normal, regular American mosques and then receive traditional Islamic burials at a Muslim cemetery operated by a mosque that neither one of the dead terrorists had ever even attended?

Either Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik were Muslims in good standing, or they were not true representatives of the Islamic faith. The fact they received traditional Islamic burials by a mosque they had never attended would seem to indicate that they were thought to be good Muslims.

These are the type of problems we face while fighting a war against Islamic terrorists. Even though we’ve been fighting this war since 2000 when the U.S.S. Cole was attacked, killing 17 American soldiers and injuring another 39, we don’t seem to be any better at differentiating the “good” Muslims from the “bad.” Not because of any prejudices we have, but because the “good” Muslims seem more than willing to embrace the “bad,” both before and after a terror attack. It’s one of the many reasons this war has been going on for so long.

Something has to change. 17 years is far too long to be fighting a war. You may not agree with Trump’s idea of banning Muslims from entering the country until we can figure out what’s going on, but at least he tried to find an answer to the problem. Hillary Clinton, the candidate I voted for both in the primary and in the general election, seemed to have difficulty even saying the words “Islam” and “terror” in the same sentence.

Donald Trump will be our next president - Bent CornerContrary to what you might read on Reddit or The Huffington Post, nobody really knows what type of president Trump will turn out to be. The same people who say Trump is just like Hitler were the same people who said Hillary Clinton was going to be our next president. They were wrong about that. Who knows, maybe they’re wrong about Trump too.

I prefer to take a wait and see attitude when it comes to Donald Trump as president. He wasn’t my choice, but he will be my president.

 

Why I hate voting at elementary schools

People are going to the polls today to choose our next president. No matter who wins, Donald J. Trump or Hillary Clinton, I firmly believe they will go down as our worst president of all time. And that’s saying something because we’ve had some awful presidents.

Sheri and I voted early. If I’m ever allowed to vote again, if I don’t get thrown into a Trump re-education camp for things I’ve said on social media about Trump, early voting is the only way I will ever vote again. It’s a pretty spiffy way to vote. Here in Hagerstown, there is one central place to early vote. It’s a permanent facility maintained by the Washington County Board of Elections.

To vote on election day, we have to go to a nearby elementary school. I try to stay away from elementary schools, not because I was ordered to do so by a judge or anything, but because as a kid I hated elementary school.

I attended Quartz Hill Elementary School located in the high desert of southern California.

I grew up in an era where teachers could hit, beat, whip, or punch students. I don’t think the term “verbal abuse” was even invented yet. I was called derogatory names on a daily basis. Not by other students, but by the teachers.

When I was a kid, the only bullies we had at our school were the teachers.

Nobody at the school ever whipped me, but my entire 4th-grade class had to watch one of our classmates, Danny, get whipped by the 6th-grade teacher who taught next door, Ms. King.

Ms. King was a terrible, mean person. She wore the same clothes every day. She smelled of cigarettes and Brylcreem. She looked like a fat version of Adolf Hitler, only without a mustache.

Ms. King whipped Danny because he walked by her classroom coming back from a bathroom break and had to audacity to run his hand along with window panes of her classroom. Ms. King followed Danny back to our classroom and asked our teacher, Mrs. Gibson, if she could discipline Danny for disrupting her class. Mrs. Gibson agreed and Danny had to stand bent over while Ms. King whipped him on the back with her leather whistle lanyard.

Danny had welts on his back, but it was determined it was his fault because he was moving (he was not) when Ms. King administered her leather lanyard justice. She claimed to be aiming at Danny’s ass, not his back. Plus, Danny was a foster kid, so it’s not like he had parents that would raise a stink with the school.

Back then, teachers could beat students as long as it was focused on the ass. The 70s were a weird time. My 5th-grade teacher, Mr. Brock, would hit students on the ass with a wooden paddle. He would take us down to the principal’s office where he would use the principle’s paddle. It didn’t hurt that much because Mr. Brock was old and feeble. Plus, my parents “spanked” me with a leather belt.

A wooden paddle is some weak-ass shit compared to the sting of a leather cowboy belt.

I still remember the feeling I got when I learned Ms. King was going to be my 6th-grade teacher. My grammar school had two 6th grade teachers. I was just one of the unlucky half who was assigned to Ms. King’s classroom.

By the time I was in the 6th-grade, I think Ms. King’s whipping privileges had finally been revoked; I don’t remember her ever whipping anyone when I was in the 6th-grade. Maybe that was a punishment she reserved for just 4th-graders who lived in a foster home. She would still hit kids. She once punched me in the face for talking to a kid next to me. She was mean. She called me stupid on a daily basis.

So yeah, I don’t like elementary schools. I also don’t like women who look like Adolf Hitler. A coincidence? I think not.

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