Seriously, STFU: Ellen is Racist

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I was pretty quick to click on the link painting Ellen DeGeneres as a racist. Ellen?

Um, what kind of cry baby world are we living in?  She’s implying that he’s super fucking fast. I, too, would love to be able to get shit done at that speed, it’s quite impressive.

Let me remind you, we’re talking about Ellen here. If Seth Rogen ran that race, posed for a smiling picture at 3,246mph – she’d post a picture of herself riding him too.

See what I did there?

I hope she’s not outraged, I mean, that could imply that she likes men… if you want to get nasty with it.

She’s a comedian, telling jokes in an easily offended world – not a racist.

Seriously, STFU.

Moving On (But Not Really)

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When I attended a Bernie Sanders rally in March, I genuinely believed he was going to be the next President of the United States. My husband and I giddily left our house at 7:45 in the morning for a speech that was set to begin at 1:00 in the afternoon. Believe it or not, we didn’t even complain about the line that already weaving around through neighborhood blocks.

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It was empowering and exciting to be surrounded by so many people, from so many different walks of life, with one common denominator. Bernie Sanders, the face of our revolution. I think he sleeps well at night knowing that he lit some serious fires among his supporters.

My hope is that when future historians look back and describe how our country moved forward into reversing the drift toward oligarchy, and created a government which represents all the people and not just the few, they will note that, to a significant degree, that effort began with the political revolution of 2016. 

-Bernie Sanders

Now that the primaries are over I’m left with a void that I’m sure is very normal. I’d be willing to bet many Hillary Clinton supporters back in 2008 felt the same way when she lost to President Obama. It sucks, and now everyone is telling me to vote for her.

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Did you know that soon after her loss there was a shift of power within the DNC? Interestingly enough, the DNC chair stepped down and it was Hillary’s 2008 campaign co-chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz who took over. The DNC chair who stepped down? That was Tim Kaine, ya know? Hillary’s current running mate.  Perhaps it’s just all one big coincidence… but I doubt it.

Conspiracy theories aside, I just spent the last year of my life learning all about what a shitty person Hillary Clinton is, so if you’ll excuse me, I need some space before I am ready to be bombarded with reasons why I ‘have to vote for Hillary’.

While she may have adopted much of Bernie’s social platform regarding minimum wage and college tuition, I’m not sold. For some reason I just can’t seem to get over those damn emailsBenghazi, the sketchiness surrounding The Clinton Foundation, the paid Wall Street speeches, her ever-changing positions on trade and fracking

I could go on but simply, I just don’t trust her.

I don’t know who is getting my vote in November but for the record, I refuse to feed into the madness that implies I have no choice and I won’t let anyone to tell me it’s my fault if the bigot wins. I will exercise my right to vote how I see fit and perhaps the DNC can hold onto some of the guilt if we end up with a President Trump.

I still have my Bernie bumper stickers on my minivan and my sign displayed on my front lawn with no intentions of taking them down. I’m proud of the passion I have felt over the last year and let’s be honest, it basically consumed my soul. Some of you don’t get it and that’s okay. Politics are not everyone’s cup o’ tea, but with that being said, I’m proud that I can stand up and say that I care about the future of America.

This will be the last political post I publish on Properly Ridiculous – I’ll be taking my ranting and raving regarding politics elsewhere. A second blog has been on my mind for some time and now it makes sense. It seems that after a few years and 300 published posts, I have finally found a niche.

I’ll keep you posted on the URL as it’s a work in progress, but who knows? Maybe it’ll end up documenting my own run for office. Weirder things have happened.

Real change never takes place from the top down, or in the living rooms of wealthy campaign contributors. It always occurs from the bottom on up – when tens of millions of people say “enough is enough” and become engaged in the fight for justice. That’s what the political revolution we helped start is all about. That’s why the political revolution must continue.

-Bernie Sanders

Seriously, STFU: All Lives Matter

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Would you go to a cancer walk and feel the need to tell people that MS is also a disease?

Psst… Just so you know, Alzheimer’s matters too.

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For those of you preaching a sermon about us all being one race – the human race – please, wake up. While technically yes, we are all part of the human race and it’s a pleasant idea that we’re all granted the same opportunities…but we’re not and that’s the problem.

When did you all become so passionate, anyway?

I couldn’t help but notice that most of you who are vocalizing your right to matter too were silent after Philando Castile and Alton Sterling’s lives were taken, yet after police were murdered in Dallas a bunch of folks seemed to be offended that there wasn’t quite enough outrage over the police officer casualties – because not only do all lives matter – blue lives matter too. Obviously blue lives matter because everyone knows that a cop killer wouldn’t go free.

There is a difference between what happened in Dallas and what happened to Alton and Philando.

If one morning an officer is putting on his uniform and feels afraid he has the right, and the ability, to walk away from the profession. In no way, shape or form am I implying that since they knew the risk involved that it is less of a tragedy, I’m simply trying to put it in perspective. Black men are afraid and there is nothing they can do about it except stick together, support each other and hope they don’t end up at the wrong place at the wrong time.

You can smear All Lives Matter across your Facebook wall but that doesn’t change the fact that last night, tonight and tomorrow there are black mothers who are going to sit down with their sons before bed and have a discussion that I can’t begin to comprehend. I am not able to wrap my head around it because of something called, white privilege and if you want to pretend it isn’t real – I regret to inform you that you’re living in a fantasy world.

If you truly believe that all lives matter, prove it. Proclaiming that your race matters too is greedy as fuck. Let them have this – this is not about you, white people.

The ignorant arguments that are floating around this madness imply that there’s a higher chance that the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were justified rather than assume a police officer made the wrong choice.

Is a cop more innocent until proven guilty than the black guy he just killed?

I’m just wondering, is that because he had special training and took an oath to protect and serve? Meanwhile, the Bahamas issued a travel advisory warning their citizens to be wary of our cops…[“Young males are asked to exercise extreme caution.”]

Stop talking about black-on-black crime, stop talking about their criminal records (or lack thereof), stop using the word thug and for the love of God, please stop talking about us all being part of the same race while spewing this garbage.

I believe if Alton and Philando were young white men they would still be alive – end of story. That is why the Black Lives Matter movement is important and that is why they don’t need to share it with anyone else.

All Lives Matter? Seriously, STFU.

This. #blacklivesmatter

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I’m a Bernie Sanders Supporter … Now What?

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When I jumped head first into the political pond, which is actually more of an infested slimy swamp, I had few opinions. I caught wind of this senator from Vermont and he made me feel optimistic and since I was so taken aback by this guy, all along I assumed that majority of the American people would eventually jump on this Bernie train with me and we’d all ride off into the sunset…

Instead, I find myself wishing I lived in Australia where I could comfortably, with no fear of being shot by a stranger, be popping popcorn into my mouth while this madness unfolds. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d ever feel heartbroken over a political process.

I do feel like Bernie Sanders was treated unfairly and I do not care if you think I’m simply being a sore loser.

Harvard released a study that confirmed that while Bernie Sanders was out making history the majority of the republican nominees were the ones getting the coverage. Five Republican contenders—‘Trump, Bush, Cruz, Rubio, and Carson—each had more news coverage than Sanders during the invisible primary. Clinton got three times more coverage than he did.

I’ve watched Bernie Sanders speeches get cut off mid-sentence for commercial breaks – while he is talking to a stadium with record breaking attendance. Is that not news?

Meanwhile, Google suggests that perhaps you’re looking to find information regarding Hillary Clinton India rather than Hillary Clinton Indictment. Which is really ironic, considering if you dig into the public demographics of the Google searches, the number of people who search for Hillary Clinton India are significantly less than the other.

Go ahead and try it for yourselves.

I searched on Google first because it’s synced to my phone with Android which is also connected to my Chrome browser – I mean – who even uses Yahoo! anymore?

CNN quickly published an article explaining the logic. Basically, Google is super smart and the other search engines (every single one) do not meet Google’s level of technical filtering abilities. Or, just throwing this out there, it could be that Time Warner owns CNN and also happens to be a top contributor to Hillary Clinton’s campaign – investing over $600,000. But I’m no expert, just a crazy Bernie supporter.

Whether the process was rigged or fair and square, we now have to deal with the outcome. I do not want to place a vote for Hillary Clinton and I can say with confidence that I will never place a vote for Donald Trump. I’m left here hoping there is still another option. I trust the guy so I’ll wait for the convention, see what he has to say and go from there.

What I do know is that the revolution is not stopping with this election. We’ve got a progressive army ready to run for local and state government with these radical ideas in their pockets. Less than 24 hours after U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders called on his supporters to run for office at the local or state level, nearly 6,700 people have signed up.

For those solely depending on mainstream media, you may have missed that part of Bernie’s plan.

The point is change can come about, but it only comes about when millions of people are actively involved in political struggle; the billionaires may have the money, but we have the people.

-Bernie Sanders

For now… I’m stickin’ with the #StillSanders crowd.