This Week in Liberal Celebrities Inadvertently Helping Trump and the Right

Ron Perlman Posts Pic of Child He Thought Was Locked Up

The point is sound: The Trump administration and ICE are separating children of immigrants from their families on a deportation rampage. The children are being locked up in what amounts to prison camps. Here is actor Ron Perlman’s tweet about it:

The only problem is, this is a picture of a kid whose parents put him in that cage, voluntarily, as a part of a staged protest against Trump’s immigration policy. Here’s a picture of the same kid running around outside the cage from Snopes, who correctly labeled the above photo as “miscaptioned”:

When Twitter user “Colorado Alex” pointed out the mistake, this was Perlman’s response:

 

 

 

 

 

Why this is red meat for Trump and the Right: As of this writing, Perlman’s tweet received 6.2K retweets and 10K likes. All anyone on the right has to do is put the photo in context, and then use tell the lie, Trump’s deportation policies aren’t that bad at all! Hollywood liberals are taking pictures out of context to make it out to be worse than it is!

That’s an argument any dipshit who believed in “pizzagate” would be easily sold on. A more salient point is that our deportation policy under Obama was horrendous, illustrated by this report by the ACLU which detailed not only separation of parents from children, but sexual abuse by Border Control and ICE agents. Where were the Hollywood liberals then? they’ll ask, and they’ll be right.

It’s a Good Thing ™ that celebrities are shedding light on immigration rights. But they need to be careful to do so without playing into the narrative that they’re just using deportees and their children as tools to attack Trump.

 

Chelsea Clinton “You-Go-Girl”s a “Hater”

Some random guy who opened a Twitter account last month with 20 followers posted a meme that suggested Chelsea Clinton looks like Howdy Doody, so she retweeted him:

Richard now has 168 followers. I’m not sure how many people on the side of bullying compared her to Howdy Doody, but I am sure that I wouldn’t have been aware of anyone doing so if she hadn’t retweeted him.

Why this is red meat for the Right: Chelsea is using a social media version of a promotional tactic that her mother employed during the 2016 primary – the pied piper strategy. You promote terrible people on the other side, (in the Clinton campaign’s case, the idea was to “elevate” Trump, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz) so you can appear intelligent and graceful and wonderful by comparison. As we saw in November 2016, the results of this are disastrous. In Chelsea’s case, she is demonstrating to nasty trolls who insult women that they can get attention from a celebrity by continuing to act like dicks. This undoubtedly promotes Chelsea, as we’ve seen with some feminist media critics who receive thousands of Patreon dollars and get on late night talk shows not because of their actual work, but because of online harassment. Promotional tactics like this make the playing field fertile for jerks like Trump, who understand how to play this game, and will win every time.

Rather than consistently engaging with oversized children, we need to have a constructive dialogue that’s not as sexy or beneficial to your personal brand in order to usher in a government of the people, represented by those really interested in public service. What we have now are politicians operating as a brand, both Democratic and Republican.

 

Robert De Niro says “Fuck Trump”

Robert De Niro went on the Tony Awards and said “Fuck Trump”. All the rich people in tuxedos and gowns cheered as he raised his fists.

Why this is red meat for Trump and the Right: Joe Berkowitz made the point better than I care to in an article in Fast Company

When De Niro has a chance to seize the world stage and make a statement about this biblical plague of an administration and all he can say is “Fuck Trump,” he gives those pundits an opening to ascribe him any motivation, or none at all.

His blanket criticism of Trump will only serve to briefly inflate the MAGA set’s certainty that Hollywood hates their hero for no reason… De Niro’s protest was an expression of raw anger that gave his ideological opponents exactly what they wanted, without even making them scramble to defend or at least mention the death toll in Puerto Rico or the children reportedly being kept in cages right now. It’s well-meaning but ultimately meaningless. It’s like playing Bernie Madoff in an HBO movie while some of the senators who supposedly share your progressive ideology vote to roll back financial regulations on Wall Street.

Robert De Niro is the kind of wealthy Democratic member of the Establishment who likes to show that he’s progressive but engages in horrible, damaging things with his money. Writing for The Intercept, Naomi Klein and Alleen Brown outline De Niro’s disaster capitalism, as he builds a resort on the island of Barbuda in the wake of Hurricane Irma.. using powerful people like Prime Minister Gaston Browne to pass “the Paradise Found Act, specially designed to approve De Niro’s project and bypass the Barbuda Land Act with its collective approval requirements.”

Klein and Brown write:

Up until the recent changes, land in Barbuda was held in common: It could not be bought or sold, and though developers could lease land for 50 years, their projects needed to win the consent of a majority of Barbudans. It was a rare example of participatory economic planning and successful land redistribution to freed slaves and their descendants.

But the Land Act was resented by foreign investors and wealthy Antiguans, and the latest push to alter the law first reared its head just days after Hurricane Irma roared through Barbuda.

We can’t rely on liberal millionaires to call out a system of power that they themselves benefit from. They’ll only call out individuals they don’t happen to like, or happen to be in the way of their own individual power. Their criticisms are, at best, well intended virtue signalling.

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Fuck Social Media! Join My Email list!

I’m starting a Once-a-Week-at-Most Olde Timey Email Newsletter. Current affairs, funny, deep thoughts, food, music. If I get 100 people on the list I’ll delete facebook. I’m tired of people telling me I’m one of the few reasons they check Facebook and twitter. Email me sloover76@gmail.com with “add me!” (i need your enthusiastic consent as indicated by the !) in the subject line

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Let’s start a food growers gang!

Let’s create a group. A gang. Let’s call it a gang because it sounds cooler…. a food production gang.  Making food, sharing it with each other.

The gang members wouldn’t have to share politics, you wouldn’t have to share religions, you wouldn’t have to share tastes in music. You would have to share mutual respect, and a reasonable amount of commitment, in order to share in producing food to benefit the gang. Everyone works a little bit to share a lot of food.

I like cooperating. Sesame Street sang songs about it, and my soft toddler brain became indoctrinated with muppet propaganda. I am now a full blown Sesamist.

But it also makes practical economic sense. With two people you get stuff done five times as fast as you would alone. And with 10 people you get stuff done 100 times as fast (I’m just making up numbers, it all depends on the task and how much you’ve been drinking).

And if all else fails, we’ll at least have some kick ass dinner parties.

Community Food Production Systems

From farmers markets, to community supported agriculture, to public vegetable gardens, to crop swaps, people are doing food stuff that requires a bunch of people to get together and participate.

I was a farmer for 7 years in North Carolina. The two markets I was a member of are 100% producer-owned, directly democratic corporations (I say producers because eventually bakers, crafters, etc were allowed in). There is a board of 5 producers elected at yearly required meetings, with rotating terms. There are monthly meetings all the producers were invited to attend, where they could give input on decisions made by the board about the by-laws. The by-laws contained things like dues payment and enforcement to make sure the members of the market were producing all the items they were selling within a 70-mile radius of the market. A few farmers started the market in the 1980s, and they, along with other farms and markets around the country, led to the explosion of the local food movement.

The reason I bring this up is to illustrate that a bunch of people can get together and produce food democratically, and on their terms, if they take the time to organize.

The other way our farm got income was from a system known as Community Supported Agriculture. Customers buy a share at the beginning of the year, and get a box of food of a certain size for a certain amount of weeks depending on what they paid. We did both veggie shares, and chicken shares. For 20 weeks during the year, we delivered boxes to the customers who invested.

Five Families with Vegetable Gardens… or maybe just an Oven?

One idea that can be expanded upon is to have, say, 5 families all grow vegetables throughout the growing season (spring, summer, and fall), or bake baked goods, to be shared equally. All the families would work in their own garden, but occasionally the gang members would get together as a group for bigger jobs in each garden.

A 5 family vegetable production gang would have an organizational meeting and plan the whole thing out. The idea would be for everyone to bring to the table something different, and enough for the other 4 families. All for one and one for all. All of the produce would be divided up equally and placed in boxes or tote bags. Then from there we could barter a little. Then everyone goes home with a weekly bag of food.

Crops fail, and entire gardens fail. If a family has nothing one week, they could bring baked goods or cook everyone a pot of something, and still go home with a box. This isn’t a group of people engaged in a business deal, it’s not a market, it’s a gang. We probably already know each other, or met each other through a mutual family, and we’re in this to help each other out and make the project work.

Meat is Yummy, but I say Keep it Vegan at First

The reason I would start off just doing vegetables, there’s about an equal amount of input, even if one garden is a little bigger than another. Another reason to keep it vegan is that vegans are into this kind of shit.

With meat products you run into problems. Meat products require lots of investment, and a lot more money than veggies. Inevitably the meat producer would be bringing a larger investment to the table. And it’s not easy to produce meat or even enough eggs for every family in a city (where we live). For 5 dozen eggs a week you’d have to have a flock of 12 young and healthy productive chickens. A flock only half that size is legal in most cities.

In order to offset conflicts, we don’t want one family producing so much that it would be cost prohibitive, even if they were generous and financially comfortable enough to do so.

However, we could decide all this at the planning meeting.

Shared Labor and Work Days

We could schedule days to all get together and help each other do big jobs, like set up the garden, plow or build raised beds, dig, plant, weed, plant some more, weed some more. We could knock that shit out in like 2 hours.

Think about how bad ass all of our gardens could be in our yards if you had like 10 people knocking it out on a Saturday.

Sharing in the Inputs

We have yards, we invest in our own gardens. But there are inputs we can share. Like tools and skills. Do you have a rototiller? I got me a chop saw. Can you drive without totaling a car? I can tell jokes. We can all throw in and do a bulk seed order and maybe get a price break. Maybe you have a discount at the Home Depot. When I was a farmer we used to do stuff like that with other farms to get a price break on fertilizer and seed potatoes.  We were a bunch of small farms who functioned as one big farm. The Food Gang would be doing that on a smaller scale. We’d be a bunch of backyard gardens working together to function as a small farm.

 Theme Song and Partying

We’d definitely have to have a theme song. And we’d also party. Oh, since we’re a gang we need a color, and an enemy color, so it would give us the right to fight anyone who wears the enemy color.

Tentative Five Family Food Gang Schedule

January Winter Planning Meeting

    • At least one member of each family gets together and decides who grows what and how much
    • Plan gardens and determine who can grow what
    • Schedule the rest of the season
    • Talk about bulk seed order/tool sharing
    • Talk about everything else

 

Late Winter/Early Spring Garden Prep Work Weekend/s

    • At least one member of each family (hopefully as many as possible) gets together and preps all five gardens. Ideally we’d have enough labor to prep all five gardens in 1 or 2 weekends
    • Raised bed building, plowing, digging, etc.
    • Planting transplants in a greenhouse, if we have one
Early Spring Outdoor Planting Work Day

    • we put first greenhouse transplant/seeds into the ground
Spring First Spring Harvest Produce Share (to be repeated weekly or bi weekly)

Spring party

Spring -> Summer Weekly Produce Share and Occasional Workdays

Summer party

Fall End of season meeting/party

 

The Sloover family may be able to join a project like this in 2019. Maybe you can form a gang this year. This is meant to be a very basic outline to get us talking about it. What do you think? Give me your ideas/issues/problems that might arise in the comments.

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Endorsements for Today’s Election in Tulsa Nov 14 2017

Going to the Polls today in Tulsa. These are my endorsements:

NO on Proposition 1: It allows the city to come in a cut your grass if they consider it a nuisance without notice. I’m taking a libertarian stance on this one. There at least needs to be a notice if they’re going to change the landscaping
of your property.

YES on Proposition 2: just updates the system so that city council members can receive notice of special meetings by email instead of by hand

NO on Proposition 3: gives city council more power to declare emergencies outside of established ordinances for such declarations. Where do these people come off? Oh no somebody is peeing on the golden driller, call out the SWAT team. Not that it’s that extreme but it gives the city council more power to be above the law.

NO on Proposition 4: It moves the city elections from November to August. This seems like an attempt to involve less citizens in politics. People vote in fucking November. Enough citizens are not involved in elections. Proposition 4 sucks.

NO on Proposition 5: It gives too much power to the mayor to appoint people on the redistricting committee. Currently the power is distributed equally in the political parties to appoint representatives. They claim this will “take the politics out” which is the first sign of bullshit. Redistricting is as political as it gets. A
Republican mayor will appoint blue dog democrats to the committee, and poor neighborhoods will be further shoved out of city politics, in my opinion.

NO on Proposition 6: It is designed to give the police more political power in city government by doing away with restrictions on allowing city employees to be part of political campaigns. This is the same police force that a few years ago allowed the sheriffs drinkin’ buddy to run around with a gun and play cop until he murdered a guy. Fuck you

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smell it

smell real food with friends not a picture of supper

smell real sex, dirty awkward funny risky wild messy dangerous, not porn

smell live shows, see if the band can make it or if they’re just showing insecurity, go deaf, snort blow off the toilet in the bathroom, not recorded music

hike in the woods and smell wild animal shit, feel your legs hurt, step on a snake, deal with a bear, not nature shows

smell sweat and feel the fist on your face, feel the pain of a loose tooth, taste the blood, not internet flame wars

remember how she smells when she looks at you and loves you, not texting lovely thoughts from a faraway stranger

say it to their face, feel how they feel when you say it, not vague cunty vaguebooking

don’t be a fucking coward, he said to himself

 

 

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