GQ names Colin Kaepernick its ‘Citizen of the Year’

I just learned GQ is still a magazine. I also learned they have named former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick its Citizen of the Year. Good for them. I’m glad a print magazine is still able to remain viable in 2017. I also value good citizenship.

I’m just not sure what world GQ is living in if they think someone like Colin Kaepernick displays good citizenship.

Kaepernick is the first man who got attention for showing disrespect to the flag and the National Anthem by sitting, not standing like everyone else. His sign of disrespect became his own personal protest. The reason for the protest was the number of black men who had been shot and killed by police officers. As of this morning, 874 people have been shot and killed by police in 2017. Of that number, 424 were white and 203 were black.

I’ve long had a problem with Kaepernick’s misguided attempt to bring attention to police shootings. There is a time and place for everything. Protesting against the United State of America while everyone is paying their respects to the United States of America is not the right time and it’s not the right place.

It’s rude.

Colin Kaepernick has to know what he was doing was rude, but he just didn’t care. It was more important to him that he demonstrated that he was taking a stand (by sitting) for his black brothers and sisters. Kaepernick was born to a white mother who gave him up for adoption when he was six weeks old.  His birth mother says she knows who the birth father is, but she refuses to name him. He was then adopted by Rick and Teresa Kaepernick, a white couple from Wisconsin.

Colin Kaepernick’s blackness is tenuous at best. A biological father who rejected him at birth? That’s his sum total connection to the black community.

People like Colin Kaepernick would have you believe that the United States of America is a racist place. It’s so racist, that a white couple would adopt a baby of mixed race and raise it as their own. If only the rest of the world could be as racist as the United States. The world would be a much better place.

 

Scott Kratz is still alive and he’s extremely racist

I have to admit I totally forgot about Scott Kurtz. He’s the webcomic artist behind the PvP series. Someone I follow on Twitter posted something Scott Kurtz tweeted on November 9. It would seem Scott Kurtz is alive, woke, and telling it like it is.

It was not only extremely hateful, it was remarkably racist.

I responded to the above tweet with a tweet. I wrote, “If this were true, what should white people do, commit mass suicide for the benefit of humanity?”

Kurtz responded like the coward that he is by blocking me. I’m fine with that. Unlike Dan Slott who I’ve never interacted with on Twitter, at least Scott Kurtz blocked me for something relating to Twitter. I asked a question based on something incredibly stupid he said that he had no legitimate answer to.

It’s racists like Scott Kurtz that I have the hardest time understanding. They don’t hate people of another race, they hate their own race. Scott Kurtz is white. If you factor someone’s skin color by the square foot, Scott Kurtz is more of a white person than almost anyone.

If white people are as terrible as he says, should we then for the sake of our fellow human beings just remove ourselves from the gene pool? What would Scott Kurtz have white people do, commit mass suicide?

I imagine if we did kill ourselves, reprint sales of PvP would drop to zero. PvP doesn’t strike me as a comic that enjoys a diverse readership if you know what I mean. It makes absolutely no sense for Kurtz to attack his own readership for something they have no power over. People have no control over the color of their skin. If someone were morbidly obese, they could eat less and try to exercise. If someone has white skin, there’s nothing they can do about that.

Show veterans respect by not calling everyone a Nazi

It’s become popular for some people to call anyone they disagree a Nazi. The problem is, a Nazi is a real thing. Nazis existed in Germany from 1933 to 1945. They killed millions of people and caused the world’s last major world war.

Nazis, real Nazis, don’t exist today because millions of people got together and fought them on the battlefields of western and eastern Europe. Soldiers, sailors, and airman from the United States, Britain, the Soviet Union, and other countries fought and killed real Nazis.  A good many of them gave their lives making sure Nazis didn’t triumph

Today, we live in a world free of Nazis. How do we show thanks to the veterans who defeated the Nazis? Some people call anyone whose opinions they don’t agree with Nazis.

It’s like World War Two never happened.

Even when Nazis existed, not every racist, even if they were white, was a Nazi. The problem is, the word racist has been bandied about so casually for so long, it lost its power. Calling someone a racist isn’t good enough anymore.

Some people on Twitter have taken advantage of Twitter’s new character limit to virtue signal against the social media giant. They want Twitter to ban all of the Nazis. Wil Wheaton is one of those people. He changed his name from Wil Wheaton to Wil ‘stop enabling the Nazis’ Wheaton.

It’s 2017. Not only does Wil Wheaton believe Nazis are still a thing, he thinks Twitter is enabling them.

Eradicating Nazism from planet Earth is one of the greatest accomplishments our country’s veterans ever accomplished. People like Wil Wheaton are completely tone-deaf to this fact this Veterans Day weekend. In their world, not only do Nazis still exist, Twitter is enabling them.

They would want you to believe Nazis are goosestepping all over Twitter.

The funny thing is if it were up to people like Wil Wheaton to defeat Nazi Germany during World War Two, the entire world would be speaking German right now.

YouTube star Pewdiepie uses n-word on live stream

The YouTube megastar Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, better known as Pewdiepie, is in the news again. Once again, it’s for something negative. While playing Battlegrounds, he referred to another player as the n-word. He then almost immediately realized what he said, apologized, giggled, and then called the guy an asshole. Like any of that would un-ring the n-word bell. Here’s a link to a clip of from the stream.

What’s Pewdiepie’s problem? He obviously doesn’t care about his millions of fans. Because he can’t help himself from casually using the n-word in a live stream, the apex predator of all racial slurs, he put his fans in the unenvious position of either denouncing him or defending him. The worst part about the way he used the n-word was that it seemed like it’s something he says all the time.

I dislike Pewdiepie

I’m not a fan of Pewdiepie, but I do subscribe to his YouTube channel. With over 57 million subscribers, I feel like I need to subscribe to his channel just to keep up with what’s going on. I just don’t get it. I don’t see what the draw is to Pewdiepie is. I’m not in his intended demographic, so it doesn’t really matter if I like his content or not. Not only do I not like his content, I don’t like him.

Supposedly most of his fan base is composed of children. Considering that, it makes his antisemitic or racist comments even worse. And to think YouTube creators make money on YouTube from advertisements. They must not if one of YouTube’s biggest stars drops the n-word like it’s just another word. Who would want to advertise on Pewdiepie’s channel considering some of the stuff he’s done lately?

Pewdiepie strikes me as an obnoxious, petulant child. The latest video clip does nothing to make me change my mind.

Update

Pewdiepie has responded to the latest controversy and apologized.

If only we treated voting like we do allergy medication

On Thursday, November 3, I went to Target to pick up some non-drowsy 24-hour allergy medication. Even though it was over the counter medication, I had to give the pharmacist my drivers license. She then scanned it into a computer so that it could be entered into a national database.

The drug contains pseudoephedrine, one of the main ingredients of crystal meth. Meth is both addictive and illegal. This makes the manufacturing of crystal meth highly profitable. When you buy any medicine with pseudoephedrine in it, your information gets scanned into a national database.

I purchased a box of 15 extended release tablets. That means I will not be allowed to buy any other medication containing pseudoephedrine for 15 days.

Later that same day, I went to the early voting center and voted. Before the poll worker gave me my ballot, I had to tell her my name, address, and the day and month of my birthday. She then compared my information to the contents of a giant book that looked like is was made from a computer printout. I don’t know when someone printed the information out. I don’t know how up-to-date the information was that was in this giant book.

I didn’t have to provide the poll worker my driver’s license so she could scan it into a national database. I was able to vote without even proving who I was.

If voting is important, then why don’t we treat it with the same level of security that we use for buying pseudoephedrine?
voting-allergy

I think it’s insane that we don’t have to show an ID to vote. If we treated voting as important, at the very least we should have to show our ID before getting a ballot. It would make it easier for poll workers if they could look at our name and address on our driver’s license before consulting their giant book. Because we insist on using the honor system when voting, you have to spell your name for the poll worker.

It’s not a very efficient way of doing things.

States have been trying to pass voter ID laws so that people will have to prove their identity before casting a ballot. Democrats have been fighting against these statutes saying that it would disenfranchise some people, that these laws are racist. I don’t get that. Who doesn’t have ID? Democrats also point to the lack of actual voter fraud as a reason not to have these laws.

Is it racist to make someone show ID when buying allergy medication? Then why would it be any different when voting?

Before we can say that we don’t have a voter fraud problem in this country, we would need first to find out who is voting. In reality, we have no idea how much voter fraud is currently taking place because we don’t verify that people are who they say they are when casting a ballot.

Our voting system is a faith-based system. We just trust people to tell the truth when they identify themselves when it comes to voting. We have faith that people are voting for themselves and not other registered voters. If there’s one thing we know at this point in human history, people don’t always tell the truth. People lie all the time.

If voting is important, we sure don’t act like it.

If #BlackLivesMatter is peaceful, what’s with the fists?

Shaun King, civil rights activist and senior justice writer for the New York Daily News posted a tweet about Black Lives Matter.

If #BlackLivesMatter is peaceful, what's with the fists? - Bent Corner

Peaceful movement? Notice the three tribble looking things after the Black Lives Matter hashtag? That’s the official Twitter emoji for Black Lives Matter. Type #BlackLivesMatter in your tweet, Twitter adds the emoji.

The emoji is of three firsts. Here’s a larger image:

If #BlackLivesMatter is peaceful, what's with the fists? - Bent Corner

For a peaceful movement, it sure is an aggressive image. What other peaceful movement in history has been represented by a fist?

The fist was also used to represent the Black Panther Party back in the 1960’s. I don’t think a lot of people would describe the Black Panther Party as a peaceful movement. Eventually, I think the same will be true with the Black Lives Matter organization.

In the past two weeks, Black Lives Matter sympathizers have murdered eight police officers. How many more must die before most people realize the message Black Lives Matter is preaching isn’t very peaceful?