Incivility

If you are wringing your hands about Sarah Huckabee Sanders being politely asked to depart a restaurant, I have some bad news for you:

This is all going to get more extreme. And it should. We are living in extreme times. The harm that is being done to all of us by the people in the American government is extreme. To imagine that Mexican immigrants should happily cook for and serve meals to people who enable a man who is determined to demonize and persecute them as subhuman criminals is far more outrageous than the idea that those enablers should not be served in restaurants. I do not believe that Trump administration officials should be able to live their lives in peace and affluence while they inflict serious harms on large portions of the American population. Not being able to go to restaurants and attend parties and be celebrated is just the minimum baseline here. These people, who are pushing America merrily down the road to fascism and white nationalism, are delusional if they do not think that the backlash is going to get much worse. Wait until the recession comes. Wait until Trump starts a war. Wait until the racism this administration is stoking begins to explode into violence more frequently. Read a fucking history book. Read a recent history book. The U.S. had thousands of domestic bombings per year in the early 1970s. This is what happens when citizens decide en masse that their political system is corrupt, racist, and unresponsive. The people out of power have only just begun to flex their dissatisfaction. The day will come, sooner that you all think, when Trump administration officials will look back fondly on the time when all they had to worry about was getting hollered at at a Mexican restaurant. When you aggressively fuck with people’s lives, you should not be surprised when they decide to fuck with yours.

Stop working for this man. Stop enabling him. Stop assisting him. Start fighting him. The people who are responsible for what is happening are not going to get out of this with their happy wealthy respectable lives unscathed. This is a country that locks poor people in cages for decades for trying to make $20. This is a country that is “tough on crime.” Remember? And the ones who make the laws are not going to like what happens when America starts to regard them as the criminals.

Sanders should count her blessings that she was quietly asked to depart the premises rather than being chased out it under a hail of rotten food from the dumpster out back.

Seriously—fuck these guys. They are awful people working for a vile, amoral, power-hungry bigot. They are a bunch of goons and toadies who go to work every day to promote and defend authoritarian policies and self-dealing schemes.

So clutch your pearls about incivility if you must, but you know what is actually uncivil? How about Trump and his cronies looting the country and putting children in cages? Do you think they’ll stop if you are nice to them?

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The bee and me

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I’m about halfway through Timothy Snyder’s The Road To Unfreedom. It’s pretty good, albeit a bit dry in parts.
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Austin Kleon, “Drawing skeletons and other scary things”:

When you draw things, you’re in control of them. You’re making them exist. You’re in charge of the world. When you watch TV, you’re totally passive. You’re at the mercy of whatever comes on the screen next.

Drawing gives you power over your own mental and emotional life. Like other forms of play, it allows you to explore the scarier parts of life in a safe, controlled way.

This is the essential thing to know about kids’ drawings and why they are so good: they are not about representation as much as they are about conjuring and exploring. “Having an experience on the page,” as Lynda Barry puts it.

I had not really thought about it that way before. It makes a lot of sense and sheds a different light on the endless stream of super-detailed monsters, zombies, and other ghoulish stuff my eight-year-old draws.

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And more bike racing!

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Bike racing

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“I mean, Star Wars has the conflicted helmet guy…”

“Darth Vader?”

“Right.”

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What better way to spend a Saturday night than by trying to remember how the hell to renew SSL certs?
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Last day of first grade!

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