Get a baseball bat

This is not a new thought of mine, but if you’re concerned with random home invaders, get a baseball bat. Most burglars break in during the day and knock first. They want to steal your stuff, not get into a fight! Truly arbitrary home invasions almost never actually happen. And despite what you might learn from Liam Neeson films or the nightly news, kidnappings by strangers are also super rare. Continue reading

Kick ’em out!

I’m sympathetic to people who abhor the royal family in the United Kingdom. They’re a symbol of oppression and colonialism. They live in tax-payer funded opulence while the social safety net is being cut. They don’t even have real political power! Why should the people in the United Kingdom keep on funding them?

Well, there is one reason: because they make a ton of money for the country. Continue reading

Trump’s war on antecedents

Conservatives have spent the last day or so insisting that Trump would never dehumanize undocumented immigrants and that he was clearly referring to gang members. Liberals have spent the past day or so pushing back on Trump’s xenophobia and humanizing the immigrant experience. In a world where the number of hate crimes is increasing, ICE is out of control, and racists feel unhinged, this is necessary. But in terms of what Trump actually said? It’s complicated. And that’s a part of the problem. Continue reading

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Emphasis mine:

The Fake News is working overtime. Just reported that, despite the tremendous success we are having with the economy & all things else, 91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake). Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt? Take away credentials?

The stat is totally bogus (see link above), but the point is clear: Trump has finally admitted that “fake news” is just news that doesn’t praise him. Continue reading

Creepy

Just a little creepy:

Jake Flores is a part-time stand-up comic, podcast host, and self-described “pizza delivery guy” who, in a strange twist of fate, recently found himself debating immigration policy with four Homeland Security agents in his home. The agents paid him an early morning visit last Sunday because of some jokes he tweeted about Cinco de Mayo.

I couldn’t find one or two pull quotes that gave enough details, but definitely check out the full piece. It’s a wild ride. Continue reading

No, an activist didn’t say babies must give consent for diaper changes

With each day comes 24 new hours for conservatives to find something to feel aggrieved about. Today’s outrage du jour involves Australian activist Saxon Mullins who speaks on issues of consent. The way right-wing headlines make it sound, she was telling parents that they must seek permission from a baby before changing a diaper. But, here’s what she really said:

“We work with parents from birth…Just about how to set up a culture of consent in their homes. ‘I’m going to change your nappy now, is that OK?’ Of course a baby’s not going to respond ‘yes mum, that’s awesome I’d love to have my nappy changed’.

“But if you leave a space and wait for body language and wait to make eye contact then you’re letting that child know that their response matters,” she said.

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