Happy Fathers Day to the Senators Who Take Children

I think it’s appropriate, on this day when we celebrate fathers, to give a shout out to all the members of the Senate who will not sponsor a bill that would stop Donald J Trump’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents.

Happy Fathers Day Senators! Enjoy the day with your children while 2000 migrant children sit, without the protection of their parents, in the concentration camps you played a part in creating.

*List updated on 6/18/2018

**All Democrats now sponsor the ‘Keep Families Together Act’ S.3036 , but not a single Republican.

Call your members of Congress at 202-224-3121

This list does not include the House of Representatives, which is why you don’t see other familiar names, like Paul Ryan and Devin Nunez.

The following story is hard to read, so imagine what it is to live through.

What’s Really Happening When Asylum-Seeking Families Are Separated? – Texas Monthly

118,522 Disenfranchised Voters in L.A.

One hundred, eighteen thousand, five twenty two,

The number of Los Angelenos who

Arrived at their polling stations to vote,

Here’s what they were all told, please do take note:

Your name isn’t listed, sorry to say,

“A printing error”, you’ll not vote today.

Fill out a provisional ballot… hope

Your vote is counted but here’s the real dope:

“We apologize for the inconvenience and concern this has caused, voters should be assured their vote will be counted.” ~ L.A. County Registrar, Dean C. Logan

This oversight was in areas where

Counts are broadly Hispanic… do you care?

Does this pattern cause you to bat an eye?

My eyes are batting, and I’ll tell you why:

Russia elected Trump by just these means,

Hacked registrations and voting machines.

Excuses for problems fit a pattern.

Wake up people this is cause for concern.

118,522 voters accidentally left off Los Angeles County polling place rosters

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Quiz: Are You A Racist?… a limerick

I’ve devised this simple test to see

If you’re a racist… and yes, it’s free

Look at these photos

Are you discomposed

By Roseanne or men on bended knee?

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Screams the Anthem, grabs crotch, spits the ground

They protest injustice without sound

No need for a pen

If you answered: men

Then: Yes. Ignorance can be profound

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Kanye Trump… a poem

Skimming through daily papers, to choose
a topic I might analyze,
most often I’m inspired by misuse
of the government and their lies.
This behavior, we’ve come to excuse,
through repetition it’s normalized.
As such, bigotry has been diffused,
excessive pigment plainly despised.
Historic atrocities disabused,
contemptible certainties revised,
a publicity whore interviewed—
“Slavery was a choice.”— he surmised.
Like his mentor, he is not confused,
for notice he would trivialize
Hitler’s extermination of Jews,
as evangelicals moralize
Trump’s treason, his affairs, both “fake news.”
Our Constitution’s idealized
by the NRA, who most abuse,
our rights to a world that’s civilized.
Regarding Trump, the world is bemused
he has kept his base, who fantasize
he’s in charge… Vlad Putin is amused,
all his plans have materialized.
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I Nominate the Waffle House Hero

A tweet caught my eye with regards to Waffle House hero James Shaw Jr who, early Sunday, wrestled an assault rifle from the hands of a gunman who had just opened fire, killing four people and wounding at least three others.

The tweet described the hero as a graduate of Tennessee State, a vegan, and black. The tweet suggested there would be no comment from the White House on the event because… the hero is black.

Since the White House is currently occupied by White Suprematists, I would agree. Trump’s actual response to the event … (crickets).

But that’s not the point of this post. What stood out to me in the tweet was the word ‘VEGAN.’ The hero is a vegan.

(I am a vegan.) I share this information about myself only on a need to know basis.

Why? People don’t like us. They roll their eyes when they hear ‘vegan.’ I googled “vegan,” and the images on this post are what came up during my search. We are “annoying”.

My friends don’t like that I’m not “food friendly.” It makes their lives difficult. They can’t just throw a dead animal on the table and call it a meal if I’m invited. To be fair, I bring a vegan dish to share when I can… no one ever eats it.

My doctor doesn’t really like that I’m a vegan either. She tells me I’m vitamin deficient and lectures me about my red blood cells and white blood cells and how I’m low on both counts. What color blood cells are left?

So, that is my vegan experience within my cow eating circle, but why does the world at large hate us?

I’ve taken it upon myself to ask around, and these are my findings—

Vegans have a reputation for trying to push their vegan lifestyle on disinterested carcass eaters. I’m sure there are obnoxious vegans, but there are also obnoxious Christians, and there are obnoxious body builders, and obnoxious brides, and parents… and I could go on, but you get the idea. Some people will be obnoxious regardless of the topic of their soliloquy.

Vegans, I’m told, are “judgmental.” I personally don’t care if you destroy the rainforests by supporting animal agriculture. I just want to eat my avocado toast in peace. Just let me eat my toast.

My son (not a vegan) says people are jealous because they secretly wish they had the will power to be vegans too. Hmm. I think this paragraph is going to piss off a lot of beasts of prey. No one likes to be told they’re jealous.

What ever the reason, people hate us. I get it, and that’s why I’m a vegan on the down low. I don’t discuss it. It’s just one of many character flaws malnourished Lydia possesses. (We sometimes speak in third person.)

So, back to the Waffle House hero. When I read this tweet that Mr Shaw is a vegan, my first thought was— wow he didn’t look emaciated. So I googled, and read, and searched, until I found confirmation. He is indeed a vegan.

Seeeeeee, vegans can be heroes. I’m proud of him. He showed the world that a person can exist on a plant based diet and still have the strength to wrestle an assault rifle out of the hands of a naked, crazed, right wing, gun wielding, carnivore. (I’m guessing the killer is a carnivore.)

In my quest for truth, I watched several press conferences during which Mr Shaw was interviewed. He keeps saying he wasn’t trying to be a hero, he was just trying to stay alive. He’s a humble vegan. Vegans can be humble.

I also read that Mr Shaw was injured during the shooting. I assume he lost some blood, but somehow had enough red and white blood cells left to save a restaurant full of people.

Other facts about Mr Shaw: he opened a go-fund-me account to raise money for the victim’s families. When I started writing this post, more than $50,000 had been raised. He is a benevolent vegan. I think that’s an oxymoron.

Shaw is a wire technician for AT&T.  He’s an employed vegan.

He was born and raised in Nashville. I didn’t know there were vegans in Nashville.

He has a 4-year-old daughter. I don’t know her dietary status.

Mr Shaw studied online to be an electrician technician at Brightwood College, not because he lacked the B12 energy that would motivate him to go to a classroom.

That theory is based on the fact that he is also a graduate of Tennessee State University. Vegans can concentrate.

The world is a better place with Mr Shaw in it, and the vegan club needed a hero. Is there a vegan club? If so, I nominate James Shaw Jr to be Mayor of Vegan Club.

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Here’s a Story… of Immigration

As horrifying as it is, by reading the following article in “The Guardian,” I have gained some insight into the mind of Donald Trump.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2016/nov/21/donald-trumps-grandfather-fought-expulsion-from-germany-letter-reveals-video-report

The article tells a story of Donald Trump’s grandfather, as uncovered by Roland Paul, a German historian from Rhineland-Palatinate.

Frederick Trump, who was born in that region, was the son of a local winegrower. In 1885 at the age of 16, in order to escape poverty and lured by news of the gold rush, Frederick Trump came to the America to make his fortune.

In doing so he not only failed to give German authorities notice of his departure, but he avoided mandatory military service.

When have rules or legalities ever deterred a Trump from a money making scheme? Not then and not now, would be the correct answer.

Once in America Frederick Trump did make his fortune, by running a brothel for gold miners in Alaska, who regularly paid him in gold. He exploited women for monetary gain. 🤔

A newly wealthy Frederick Trump returned to Bavaria to marry, but was not allowed to re-emigrate because of his avoidance of mandatory military duty.

“American citizen and pensioner Friedrich Trump” is ordered to leave the area “at the very latest on 1 May … or else expect to be deported.”

Ordered out of Germany he returned to the US with his wife who was already pregnant with little Fred. Little Fred lived the American dream, growing up to be a Member of the KKK and a renown slumlord of Queens, New York.

Little Fred Trump would eventually marry a Scottish immigrant, who worked as a maid, and he would father the 5x draft deferring son who would grow up to be a misogynistic racist, and 45th Vice President of Russia… I mean with the help of Russian president Vladimir Putin, he would become 45th president of the United States.

If historian Roland Paul is correct, this is significant. Donald Trump’s grandfather, a pimp and draft dodger, was allowed to immigrate to America.

Had it been today, with Donald Trump’s desired “merit based immigration policy,” America would have been spared the crimes and degradation brought on by the man, his son and the grandson.

Trump’s grandfather, his grandmother, and his own mother, who immigrated from Scotland without skills, would never have been allowed in.

Perhaps there is something we can do retroactively.

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