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.

https://twitter.com/DiversityAndCmx/status/951848355851890688

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.

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.

I feel sorry for Colin Kaepernick

San Fransisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick made news last week doing something he excels at, sitting on the bench. The problem is, it was during the national anthem.

Oops.

What was even worse was that it wasn’t by accident. Colin Kaepernick evidently meant to sit on his ass during the national anthem. The reason? He was protesting against the United States because of its oppression of black people and people of color.

He told NFL Media:

I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.

By “people getting paid leave” he was referring to police officers. When they’re involved in a shooting, they’re relieved of duty while investigators examine the evidence. During the investigation, they continue to get paid.

This whole thing makes me feel sorry for Colin Kaepernick. It’s obvious from looking at his Twitter feed that he’s a big supporter of Black Lives Matter, a movement whose sympathizers have murdered eight police officers.

It must suck to live in a country you hate so much. The only employable skill Colin Kaepernick has to offer the world is playing a sport only racist, oppressive Americans enjoy. Granted, they play football in Canada, but Canada is America Lite. I’ve only been there a few times and other than having a VAT tax, it seemed just like the United States. I’m sure that means it’s just as racist and just as oppressive as the United States.

It’s not like he can play football in China or Russia or some other country not as racist and oppressive as the United States.

A country without bodies in the streets.

Too bad Colin Kaepernick never learned to play soccer or make cheese. If he did, he could go to Europe and make a living. Until he learns some other way to make a living, he’s stuck in the United States.

If Black Lives Matter 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?