These guys…

So, Al Franken says he’s gonna resign.

Image result for al frankenIf it was just the one incident, then I’d be fine with him staying on and waiting for an ethics investigation. But it’s 7(or 8?) so far, it’s a pattern. It’s his behaviour, that is the issue. I’ve never called for his resignation, but since he’s decided to do that, I’m fine with it. It shows people that Dems are taking sexual misconduct allegations more seriously than the GOP who still have plenty of known sexual predators in office, including the president.

Trump, Roy Moore, these guys have nothing to worry about because conservative give them a pass. Conservatives would rather support a child molester than a guy who prosecuted the Klan who did the 16th St Baptist Church Bombing. These people are deranged.

Image result for christiane amanpourCharlie Rose is being replaced with Christiane Amanpour. We should do the same for every disgraced predator, replace them with women who don’t need to play grab ass with subordinates all the fucking time.

Debate This…

The question is “What are your thoughts on this post from a black police officer?”

My answer is that this guy has a few things wrong in my opinion. From my understanding the BLM movement is about police brutality and how it disproportionately affects black communities. Black people are 5 times more likely than white people to be killed by police(21 times for black teens vs white teens). Furthermore, these murderous cops will rarely ever face justice or even reprimanded. It’s because this society has valued black live less, hence the movement.

Black on black crime isn’t helpful to this issue. It’s the same as white on white crime. People tend to be victims and perpetrators from the same community, and we have a lot of white people living with white people black people living with black people, and other large minorities living together in separate communities. It’s not like black people are deliberately hunting black people for being black. And the perpetrators in these communities will usually get arrested, charged, and tried for their crimes, that’s how the system is supposed to work, unlike with like murderous cops.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/dec/31/the-counted-police-killings-2015-young-black-men

Overall in 2015, black people were killed at twice the rate of white, Hispanic and native Americans. About 25% of the African Americans killed were unarmed, compared with 17% of white people. This disparity has narrowed since the database was first published on 1 June, at which point black people killed were found to be twice as likely to not have a weapon.

 

Final total of people killed by US police officers in 2015 shows rate of death for young black men was five times higher than white men of the same age

Voting this year.

I will be voting for the first time. I’m currently in Boston, MA for the midterm elections and I registered over the summer. The state elections have 5 candidates for governor and 4 ballot questions. Unfortunately the Modern Whig party doesn’t have a candidate in the election, so we’ll have to make due with what we’ve got.

Gubernatorial Candidates

Evan Falchuk is the candidate from the United Independent Party, and he’s supported by the Modern Whigs of Massachusetts. I agree with his stances mostly; the housing for poor people for one, no tax breaks for corporations for another, also the idea of a progressive tax. He’s against money in politics and super pacs, so that’s a big plus. Here’s his entry in Ballotpedia. I disagree with his stance on GMOs, it is not a scientifically based stance, but an emotional one based on propaganda.

200px-Evan_Falchuk The money out of politics idea is very important. Little can change in our government(federal and local) if we continue to allow the Citizen’s United ruling to continue. A constitutional convention has been proposed, which Falchuk is for, that seeks to eliminate that ruling with an amendment of the US Constitution. This is why I support things like Wolf PAC, and CA and VT have already passed resolutions for the convention. It’d be great if MA could pass it as well. The money is out of hand, the legal bribery is far too much. But I digress.

So this will be the guy I’m choosing as my first vote. You may dislike that I’m not voting for someone from the Democratic or Republican parties, because it’s thought of as a wasted vote. Well, I don’t care. I vote my conscience; I don’t vote for anyone that isn’t worth voting for – regardless if there are no suitable choices. One of the reasons I haven’t voted till now. If he gets 3% of the vote then the United Independent Party will have primaries et al, which is good. We need to stop with the idiotic “two party system”. It’s progress.

Ballot Questions

  1. Gas Tax
  2. Water Bottle Deposit
  3. Casinos
  4. Sick Time

Here’s a good overview of each question from the Boston Globe. I’m ok with the gas tax being updated automatically with inflation, I’m ok with other bottles besides pop and beer having a deposit added. I’m also ok with casinos. The sick time one is pretty important, and I wholeheartedly agree with making employees provide sick time to their employees. On my facebook page I had made a list of decrees if I were ever emperor, and sick time was one of them. OF COURSE employees should have sick time, that is simply a no brainer. What, you want someone coming in to work sick(cause they can’t afford to lose the pay) spreading their sickness to others(especially if they handle food or otherwise interact with the public)? Aside from getting others sick, you also prolong the illness, same for injuries, which ends up costing more in the long run. Healthy workers are more productive workers, healthy citizens don’t burden our healthcare system as much. This is completely fucked up that it’s not already a thing. If you own a business and have a bunch of employees, then you had better offer sick time. Just do it, asshole. So, yea I’ll be voting for sick time.