Microsoft Games Sell Right Wing Political Ads

If you play free games from the Microsoft Store, you’ll be familiar with the AD bar as well as the occasional pop-up ad.  I regularly play “The Backgammon” game.

Today, this popped up:



This is offensive.  Not only does it advertise getting from a slanted political view, it’s advertising to get news from known Hate Speech and Racist groups.

This is all thanks to the age of Trump, where we’ve legitimized hate speech, assault weapons’ murderers, and openly, legally, bribing our politicians and allowing violations of the law to pass while we arrest and violate the rights of people who smoke a joint or have brownish skin.

I sent Microsoft Feedback through that stupid and useless “Feedback Hub”.  I included the above screenshot and told them I object to a political ad that promotes Hate Speech.

Think they’ll listen?

Only if millions –millions– send the same complaint.  I should add that if two Right Wing asshats send in a complaint, it gets seen to.

What the fuck is wrong with this picture?


Trump Defends US Steel? LIAR.

From Associated Press:  “Trump to Impose Tariffs on Imports of Steel and Aluminum

“Determined to protect vital American industries, President Donald Trump declared Thursday that he will impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, dramatically raising the possibility of a trade showdown with China and other key trading partners.”

This is an example of a BAD and MISLEADING headline.

There is no protection. This is an inept, unqualified leader trying to flex muscles he doesn’t have to bully steel and aluminum makers (not US makers b/c they don’t exist anymore) because they refused to lower prices for the construction of his buildings and future buildings. This isn’t the way trade is responsibly done.

Further. We don’t make steel or aluminum anymore. We used to. But then Congress & their Corporate donors SHIPPED our jobs overseas so the steel and aluminum companies wouldn’t have to deal with the steel and aluminum UNIONS, which demand decent wages and benefits for their workers.

This is part of a union-killing effort, spear-headed by Paul Ryan, that started with Reagan. If you don’t know, or have forgotten, the Air Traffic Controllers went on strike in the early 80s (IMS, but it was during his admin) to get better wages and benefits. The government was screwing over controllers who needed stress management. In case you don’t know, that job is one of the highest stressful jobs in the world. The ATC union didn’t reach an agreement with the FAA so the workers went on strike. So what did Reagan do? He interfered ILLEGALLY and killed the union, ordering the workers back on the job without benefit improvements or wage increases or he’d fire the lot and get scabs to replace them. Yes. REagan did that. They no longer have protections and the FAA treats them like shit.

The same thing has happened to US Steel and US Aluminum. They don’t make it anymore. The companies moved their job sites overseas for cheap labor. You see steel products all the time. You see Reynolds aluminum all the time. But they don’t process the ore anymore. Those plants no longer exist.

So protect US Steel? The MFer is LYING. This is about bullying and padding his wallet.


“Bootstraps”. The GOP/RW’s favorite fall-back position to excuse their condemnation of the poor.

It’s also the favorite condemnation of the poor by certain “liberals” and most definitely, well-off Americans regardless of political leaning.

Listen, folks. Those who rise out of poverty to become something are *** anomalies ***. We who grew up poor will BE poor for the rest of our lives (unless we excel in the military) because we simply aren’t in a position to *change* the deck stacked against us.

There’s college, which we can try like fuck to get to via scholarship, but there are obstacles along the way, placed there because you have no money to take care of them.
During college, if anything bad, financially, happens (health issue or your car dies), we have no fall-back or rainy day fund or rich parents to rescue us from it. We’re forced to take out loans to finish college or we’re forced to take crap jobs to help pay for the stuff we need, which puts us in a bind to *finish* college.

We’re fucked. We have to find a job to pay for those financial problems, and thanks to everyone voting against their best interests, all jobs aren’t good enough to live on.
And so, we have to go on food stamps, and if we’re stupid enough to have children, we can’t get welfare unless we have three or more. So on and on it goes.

We’re maneuvered into shit jobs, into having babies we can’t afford, all so we pay higher taxes because we elected people who refuse to pay theirs.

Fuck your goddamn bootstraps.

Y’all should listen or read “The Liberal Redneck Manifesto”, a partly-serious, partly-funny book written by three southern comedians (who’re awesome, hey Trae).  They make a damn good case about why “bootstraps” aren’t available to the poor because the game is goddamn *rigged*.

Edited to Add:

Oh, AND, we elected an asshole who lied to people who didn’t bother going online to read about his cons, his bankruptcies, his financial *debt* ties to many countries, most importantly Turkey and Russia.  Y’all elected this moron knowing full well that he’s a braggart, a narcissist, and a racist, misogynistic sexual predator that you gave a *pass* to.  You knew what you were doing and you didn’t care.

You wanted to upend the apple cart.  Well, congratulations.  Thanks to this MFer, he’s appointed people deeper than the swamp he lives in, who’ve trashed the EPA, trashed our climate arrangement, trashed our position in the world, trashed our military, trashed our competency, and trashed our bloody economy!

Wait, you say.  Trashed our military?  He ain’t trashed our military!  OH, yes, he has!  He’s gotten us bogged down tighter than a tick in deer country in places like Yemen, Syria, and Niger.  Know why Niger’s important?  Uranium.  Syria?  Putin’s money.  Yemen?  Saudi Arabia’s money.

AND he’s appointed people who’ve trashed our internet security, so in the near future, you’re going to see some interesting changes in your goddamn cable company.  They’re going to set up a tier system for the internet, just like they do for cable.  They’ll lie about giving you a “fast lane”, when really, it’s the high one they already have.  What they’ll do is slow us all down, then force us to pay for higher speeds.  BTW, these people gave a lot of money to Trump.  Ajit Pai?  He’s leader of the FCC, who trashed our internet security protection.  You know who he used to work for prior to this appointment?  Verizon.  Guess who he’s going to back when he’s done giving them the hen house?  Verizon.

AND you know that government security you rely on?  SSA(Social Security).  SSI (for those of us stupid and weak (their words) enough to get disabled).  Medicare.  Medicaid.  SNAP.  CHIP.  We pay for these things in taxes.  SSA and Medicare are deductions from our paychecks, not *taxes*.  We put into these programs so that when the time comes, we’ll have some protection, some sort of backup.

BUT.  Thanks to you voting against your best interests, you put Republicans in charge.  They have been after SSA and Medicare, as well as the other things, for a long goddamn time.  They want to kill them.  Just listen to Paul Ryan on the evening news, if the news hasn’t been co-opted to edit *him* now.  (The news networks and papers are now owned by mega-corporations who now refuse to follow the 1st Amendment and allow a free press.  They control what information gets out, and we’re left with noise and bullshit.  Those of us who want to stay informed follow independent news online–which Ajit Pai has now co-opted for his mega-corp, Verizon.

Over time, since we stupidly elected Reagan, Republicans have been chipping away at SSA, stealing money from it.  Those of us who’ll be 65 in 8 years, who were home taking care of kids or forced to stay at home by ill parents or an asshole spouse, won’t get more than $600/month.  Know why?  The money’s been cut from it to pay for taxes that were cut so that the rich wouldn’t have to pay.

Do you even know why we pay taxes?  Why they’re important?  They allow us to have roads, hospitals, parks, freeways, lights, water.  Over time, light and water have been sold off to private corporations, and look what they’ve done to us.  The Republicans now want to privatize everything else, which will mean those private companies who would own the roads we drive on would be tolled.  That’s how we’d pay for them.  Not out of taxes.

Our taxes would go up.  Why?  Because Republicans gave themselves huge tax CUTS.  Now the money we need to pay for everything, including our military, has to come from somewhere.  So, A) They’ll claim they HAVE TO cut SSA and Medicare.  To GUT Medicaid and SNAP.

SNAP.  They’ve already gutted it.  Know how much I get in food stamps every month?  For a single person?  $15.  It was $16.  And I’m in Liberal Massachusetts.

They want to kill these programs so that they’ll have the money to pay off their donors.  Those donors are Big Pharma (now you know why we’ve suddenly had pill ads on TV for the last twelve years–thank you, Bush), Big Agro (corn), and the Military Industrial Complex–aka, contractors, who waste millions of dollars on bullshit.

These people say they’re pro-military.  Oh, really?  Then why is the Veteran’s Administration getting much needed funding cut?  To pay for cutting taxes to the wealthy.

Pro-military?  Oh really?  Then why doesn’t the military pay their own people a living fucking wage?  Oh, you get a big-ass bonus when you sign up.  But your pay remains stagnant.  If you get killed over there in Iraq, who gets the bonus?  If you’re not married, the military does.  It gets absorbed into the kitty to pay for stupid shit that we don’t need instead of paying for upgrades that we do.  Do you remember the fiasco the military was experiencing once Bush lied us into Iraq (and the MFer would’ve been in prison had he been a Democrat, but Noooo)?  Our soldiers had SHIT equipment and uniform protection.  They weren’t prepared for war.  But Congress decided to throw them to the wolves anyway.  But to keep their jobs, they gave the military what it *should have already had*, instead of paying off contractors who electrocuted our boys in Afghanistan thanks to shit-ass showers and bad plumbing and wiring.

It gets even worse.  But I think you get the bloody point.

We, who are poor, will have our numbers increased now, thanks to Republicans and Establishment Democrats (who’re nothing more than Republican-lite) killing our safety nets and increasing our taxes, killing off our high paying jobs, and doing it by distracting you with bullshit theology and a goddamn fake moral high-ground.  BUT, most of those Dems aren’t stupid.  They wouldn’t have fucked us over like the GOP has done.

As for Hillary.  She’s corrupt.  She ran a shit campaign.  She’s a snooty-ass bitch.  Elizabeth Warren isn’t perfect, but she would have been a lot better.  Bernie Sanders would have been even better.  But the Dems rigged the system.  And they didn’t do a goddamn thing to help Hillary, either, despite their shenanigans.

So now, instead of Hillary, who wouldn’t have done any of the bullshit you see daily in the news, we have someone in that Oval Office that makes us look bad by the goddamn *hour*.

You want to get us back on the right road that Roosevelt and Eisenhower tried to build?  That Bernie Sanders and other Progressives want for all of us, not the rich?  We have to stop listening to squirrels.  We have to make the system work for us, because as I said before.  The goddamn game is rigged.

Love & Respect Others With Differing Viewpoints?

I know what you may be thinking.

If you’re a conservative, you’re thinking, “Fuck that.  They’re immoral, against god, partisan …”

If you’re a liberal, you’re thinking, “Okay, sure.  Jesus said turn the other cheek.  And if you don’t believe in Jesus, that’s okay.  Martin Luther King Jr., said we must strive to get along with one another.”

If you’re a religious zealot (fundamentalist anything), you’re thinking, “Fuck that.  They immoral, against god, partisan …”

If you’re a secularist, you’re thinking, “It depends.”

If you’re rich, and therefore have power because it’s been bought, you’re thinking, “Who is this bitch?  Someone get rid of her.”

If you’re a politician who believes that donor money is okay, then you’re thinking, “Who is this bitch?  Someone get rid of her.”

If you’re a corporation, you … well, you’re not a person, so who gives a shit what your CEO thinks.

. . . .

Giving voice to the many as opposed to the few is what our First Amendment bestows upon us.  Its purpose is egalitarian.  But over the many decades, conservatives and religious ascetics and zealots have tried to narrow the First Amendment so that it only applies to the few.  They believe that it actually means,

“The First Amendment means my religion is paramount and you had better believe what I believe.  If you don’t, I will bury you.  My life is more important than yours, so bow down in fear before me.  And I can say whatever the hell I want because your opinion doesn’t matter–unless it’s the same as mine.  Then Hallelujah, praise god, and let’s have a circle jerk.”

Okay, maybe not that last part of the sentence, but it’s point is the same.

Over the many centuries, and in the case of the United States of America, decades, the rich have tried to preserve a slave class.  A serfdom.  They have been stopped occasionally, but by and large, they have succeeded because we–all of us, not just those who aren’t well-off and comfortable–have been taught to believe that they are better than us because they have money.  Someone somewhere decided their bloodlines are superior, based solely on what a few people believed.

“This guy’s a king because … well, that guy said so.  Bow down.”

“This family name is better than mine because … well, they say so.  Bow down.”

It’s all because those so-called ‘royal’ bloodlines or family dynasties came from money.  I’m sure you can think of a few names.  Windsor.  Tudor.  Vanderbilt.  Kennedy.  Dupont.  Rockefeller.  Morgan.  The list is long, but it pales in comparison to the list of names that belong to everyone else.  The 99.9%.

We live in a hierarchical Patriarchy.  This requires an unequal system and can’t thrive without it.  Children, regardless of age, are relegated to childhood and disrespect every time their parent, no matter the age, walks in the room.  Maturity does not guarantee mutual respect and equality.  A father at 80, sees his son, at 60, as his little boy.  His son hasn’t ‘earned’ his maturity because he’s still ‘lower’ on the totem pole than the ‘father’.  This hierarchy gets passed down, and so the behavior and belief get passed down.  It ensures, and insures, inequality.

Patriarchy also places males above females. This invites criminality and aberrant behavior.

Without lop-sided belief systems, men and women are a reflection of the animal kingdom.  They are equal in the eyes of nature.  They have their roles, their strengths and weaknesses, and they balance each other.  Bring in belief, and that balance suffers.  Nature will try to regain that balance, but if the belief system countermands it, then the whole suffers.

Patriarchy also places one class above another.  See above about the rich.  This societal structure doesn’t come into play, directly, when one lives in a caste system.  That sort of system is different than class in that you can have the same economical status, but your caste system says that those who prepare the dead for burial are lower caste than those who clean the streets.  They make the same amount of money.  They provide needed service to the community.  But some asshole somewhere decided that funeral services were beneath them and convinced others to treat them with open hostility—until you need those funerary services, then you have to soil yourself to use them.

There are people around us, bless their hearts, who believe in an egalitarian point of view.  Laudable.  Everyone’s viewpoint or belief system is no less important than another’s.  They tell us that we have to consider everyone’s point of view.  Consider your friend’s.  Consider the stranger’s.  Consider your enemy’s.  “Be open to another view.”

Okay.  Let’s do that.

Now we’re all respecting of each other’s opinions.

No.  We’re not.

Those of the conservative and/or religious/classist viewpoint not only do not see everyone as equal, they refuse to do so.  Their belief system prevents it.

And let’s get down to brass tacks here.  If you are a conservative.  If you are a fundamentalist.  If you are rich.  Then here is what we who are not have seen from you:

You see a poor person as a blight on society, and as someone who doesn’t deserve help, and you are not only willing to walk past as they lie bleeding in the street, you are adamant about it.  You are willing to create laws that discriminate against them.  You create laws that force a cop to shoot them for being something you despise: different than you.  Skin color.  Eye color.  Eye shape.  Belief system.  Bank account.  If they aren’t on the same level as you, based solely on the numbers on a page, you want them out of sight.

Clean my house.  Clean my street.  Make my water run clean.  Make my car.  Make my clothes.  Grow my food.  Tell me my health is perfect.  Fix it if it isn’t.  You know they’re there, just out of sight.  Your eye will not go there.  You can’t stand to look there.  You know they’re suffering .  And you don’t care.



So, ladies and gents.  Those of you who say we must respect and allow everyone’s viewpoints …

Should we really allow those whose viewpoints would willingly see others suffer to be in charge?  To be respected?

I’m sorry.  But egalitarianism, like democracy, should only go so far.

A Veterans’ Day Question to All Current and Future Politicians

A Veterans’ Day Question to All Congressional, Senatorial, and Presidential Incumbents and Current or Future Candidates:

Apart from the Progressive candidates who refuse to take high-dollar donor money and don’t have conflict-oriented finances, the rest of you have a hand in the military industrial complex. You have either financial stakes in their stocks or have received repeated high-dollar donations from those companies and corporations who are involved, directly or by proxy, with the Pentagon and the Armed Services, or both.

If one of you went to a civilian company and said, “Design this for me to use in a war game.” And you paid them $100,000 for it, you would get a top-notch, top-drawer result.

Our military doesn’t make their own clothing and equipment. It’s outsourced, just like every many quality jobs in this country. It’s done that way because you refuse to pay a living wage and supply them with health and financial benefits. I say again, for the benefit of the American workforce: You outsource because you refuse to pay us a living wage and quality benefits. You want it all on the cheap, exploiting foreign workers.

The same is done to our military through sub-contracting. You will pay them a high amount of our taxes. But for what? Crap. You don’t reward our soldiers, airmen, marines, sailors, and guardsmen with high quality clothing, equipment, food, shelter, and healthcare, and you don’t do this because you don’t think they’re worth that much. You want them to fight in your pointless wars, but when they come home, the financial and medical care they receive is a pittance compared to the private rewards you give yourselves.

Senator John McCain is getting high-quality care for his brain tumor. The same cannot be said for the Specialist or Sergeant who returns home with either physical injuries, mental injuries, or both. High-ranking members of the military DO get top-notch care, but only because of their rank. You decide that. You reward only the ones who’ve achieved high rank. Everyone else is fodder.

You claim you care about our troops. Our military. But your records show that all you are interested in is in making money off their lives and corpses. What in the hell are you going to do or us Veterans? For the men and women who come home from those wars you greedily sign up for our fellow citizens to fight? For the men and women who currently and in the future serve on active duty and are equipped with the best tools WE can possibly give them? Everything from their boots, quality food, quality billets, quality equipment. All you care about it making money from the weapons they’re equipped with, while at the same time, those weapons are not the best they could get. You paid a handsome dollar to their maker. The person who uses them gets squat.

What are you going to do that will match that so-called support you incessantly spew at the public? What are you going to do that will match that useless and pointless and frankly, offensive, Armed Services salutes you selfishly pay the NFL for? What will you do in order to get our respect and be either elected or re-elected?

Before you answer, you are not allowed to spout off with some insufferable talking point about how brave our soldiers are and that you have always had the highest respect for them. If you do, I will suggest that your constituents elect someone else. If by chance you have rigged their voting system, by purging rolls or gerrymandering districts, then you deserve to be kicked out and someone with an actual plan will take your place.

I am sick and tired of this “fiscal responsibility” lie you and others have shelled out to the American public and toward our military service members and veterans. Our budget is 60% military spending and half of that is handed over in cash to war profiteers who hide behind civilian contracting company boardrooms while they electrocute our soldiers in sub-par housing. KBR, anyone?

Our military is not meant to be a cash cow nor is it meant to be privatized. But many of you make money off the backs of our military personnel and you inhibit, thwart, and contravene them with your outsourcing of their jobs to mercenary armies whose sole purpose is to plunder and pillage.

Exactly what the hell are you people good for if all your intended solutions are geared toward padding your bank accounts?

Either equip our military with expensive and top-notch clothing, equipment, and medical care, or get out and give your job to someone who gives an actual shit.

He Chose His Daughter, Who Is No LESS Qualified Than Trump’s CEO Cabinet

The Intercept:  It Gets Worse: Ivanka Trump Takes Her Father’s Seat in Meeting of World Leaders

“President Donald Trump decided on Saturday to skip part of a discussion about what the leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies could do to help Africans improve their lives at home.”

He couldn’t be bothered, and frankly, couldn’t keep his attention focused on it. So he sent Ivanka.

Now, please understand something here.  Having Ivanka sit there in his place isn’t an example of bad leadership.  She’s got the same experience and qualifications as every single member of his cabinet:

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson — former head of Exxon.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin — financier–someone who has a lot of money from questionable sources who funds things like Hollywood films and ads for Republican candidates.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross — billionaire investor and giver of bribes to corporate-owned political candidates.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster — a military veteran who has no business at an economic summit never mind as a director of intelligence for the National Security Agency–aka, as a Spy.

They’re CEOs and Spies, not qualified science and humanitarian figures who know how to HELP people.

This Is What You Voted For, Trump Fans

Trump promised to protect the sick and the poor. He lied.

Uninsured ranks still to grow by tens of millions under latest House health-care bill, CBO says

CBO: House Obamacare repeal bill would leave 23 million more uninsured

23 Million Fewer People Would Have Coverage Under Obamacare Repeal Bill, CBO Confirms

You voted to kill a lot of people, Trump voter.

This is not hyperbole.  You will take away our healthcare.  You will take away our homes.  You will take away our Social Security Disability.

This will lead to death.  DEATH.


2018 SPENDING BILL (not Obamacare repeal only):

Remove Obamacare
Massive cuts to Medicaid
Massive cuts to Social Security and Social Security Disability
Massive cuts to HUD
Massive tax breaks to the rich


If this goes through, I AM SCREWED. I will be without state health insurance and will have to rely on the VA, which is shit coverage because I never served during wartime. I will lose my apartment because a) they’ll take away housing vouchers, and b) they’ll take away my Social Security Disability. I will be homeless and without healthcare. Thanks, Trump Voter.