Tuesday's HOT MIC
Could your very sexual preferences be a form of societal oppression?
This transgender activist argues that Americans need to rethink their sexual preferences, to make sure they aren't harboring any doubts that trans men and trans women are real men and women.
"I'm trying to show that preferences for women with vaginas over women with penises might be partially informed by the influence of a cissexist society," declares YouTube star Riley J. Dennis, in a video entitled "Are genital preferences transphobic?" Spoiler alert: she thinks they are.
"Some people are making the argument that it's not cissexist at all to only be attracted to people with one kind of genitals," Dennis noted. "These people might argue that being attracted to only women with vaginas in no way negatively affects trans people," but she said "it's more complicated than that."
Aren't your sexual preferences your own business? Nope.
Tellingly, she addresses the complaint that "I'm allowed to have my preferences!" Technically, this is correct, the YouTube star concedes. But that's not the whole story.
"Ignoring the deeper issues by stopping at a surface-level analysis doesn't do this issue any justice," Dennis argues. "If we look a little deeper into this issue, there's the possibility of your genital preferences being at least somewhat partially informed by growing up in a cissexist society."
Tomi's butt scoop:
Jeb(!) Bush is buying the Miami Marlins. Here's the new logo.
Or at least, it should be...
Will a notorious Mexican drug lord foot the bill for Trump's wall? Sounds like a good idea to me.
This could solve the gridlock in Congress, where Democrats are threatening to shut down the government over funding for the wall.
"Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way toward building a wall that will keep Americans safe and hinder the illegal flow of drugs, weapons, and individuals across our southern border," Cruz declared in a statement announcing the bill. "By leveraging any criminally forfeited assets of El Chapo and his ilk, we can offset the wall's cost and make meaningful progress toward achieving President Trump's stated border security objectives."
The bill is called the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act. It would reserve "any illegally obtained profits resulting from the large-scale, criminal drug trafficking enterprise led by" El Chapo "for the completion of a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico for the purpose of stemming the flow of illegal narcotics into the United States and furthering the Nation's security."
The bill comes as Congress is nearing a Friday deadline to fund the government. Democrats have threatened to force a government shutdown if any bill to fund the government includes money to build the wall. Trump has signaled a willingness to drop wall funding if necessary, NBC News reported.
But will $14 billion be enough?
Armed and dangerous, with the "religion of peace."
A Muslim man shows up at a Christian conference with a gun and a Quran. He starts live-streaming the event and gets kicked out. Later, he pulls out an arsenal of weapons and says, "Be scared. Be f**kin' terrified."
"With each brandishing of the five weapons, including two assault rifles, he would say 'be scared' or 'be terrified,'" Brannon Howse, a Christian author and radio host, said in a Facebook post. "Ask yourself if a white 'Christian' did this at a Muslim conference would he be arrested or charged?"
In initial reports, police said 45-year-old Ehab Abdulmatta Jaber would not be charged. "He had a lot of guns with him, but he wasn't breaking any laws," Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens told KDLT-TV. "He didn't threaten anybody directly. He didn't threaten any groups of people, anything like that, and it's not illegal to carry guns or have guns with you."
Thankfully, the South Dakota police seem to have reversed their decision.
On Friday, however, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that Jaber had been arrested and "charged with one count of terrorist threat, class 5 felony, punishable by up to 5 years in the state penitentiary and/or $10,000." Police also reported having searched the man's residence and having seized firearms as well as methamphetamine.
Firearms and meth. A certain Heisenberg would be proud...
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) took to Twitter to show off his cute
"Trump Putin 2016" campaign t-shirt new dog.
"We just adopted a dog! His name is Abbot and he is a very cute one-year old Multipoo. #TuesdayMotivation," Lieu tweeted, along with photo of himself proudly wearing his new Trump/Putin shirt. There was a dog in the photo, too.
It's been called "The Greatest Play in Baseball History" and it happened 41 years ago today.
On April 25, 1976, Los Angeles Dodger Rick Monday was playing center field when two ignorant jerks ran out on the field, took out an American flag, and attempted to light it afire.
What happened next will make your day.
Monday was asked about NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem:
"I was shocked," Monday told USA TODAY Sports. "The question is why? Why? He has his own issues. He has his own beliefs. And many of us have our own that are totally opposite of that.
"I don’t like it, and I don’t respect it.
"It is dishonoring the flag and the people who served our country."
"It’s freedom of speech," Monday said, "but the flag itself, I look at it from a positive standpoint. I look at it from the standpoint where I heard today from one of the moms who lost their son. It’s like Barbaralee (Monday’s wife) says, 'We drape the caskets of our fallen warriors with the flag, and it’s presented to the family with the words, from a grateful nation.'
"So how grateful are we if we do not respect the very people that have given? They gave the ultimate, protecting the rights and freedoms the flag represents."
Certainly, Monday believes Kaepernick has every right to raise the issue, letting people know that he’s upset with injustices in the country, but he just believes it should be handled differently.
"If people have an issue, why not address the issue," said Monday, who has been a Los Angeles Dodgers broadcast analyst since 1993. "To me, it’s insulting to those who have served. I look at the flag from a positive standpoint. And it’s taken a lot of concessions from a lot of people for us to have it. I respect the people that have fought for our country and have been there for us, and what he’s doing is not respecting the country.
No surprise here:
It's just sad and ironic that it comes out the same day Politico publishes this thoughtful piece: The Media Bubble is Worse than You Think:
“As of 2013, only 7 percent of [journalists] identified as Republicans,” Silver wrote in March, chiding the press for its political homogeneity. Just after the election, presidential strategist Steve Bannon savaged the press on the same point but with a heartier vocabulary. “The media bubble is the ultimate symbol of what’s wrong with this country,” Bannon said. “It’s just a circle of people talking to themselves who have no f*cking idea what’s going on.”