Tater’s Take on the Fight for Justice

This is what I wrote after the death of Justice Scalia. I stand by the first paragraph. I have not seen any posts celebrating the death of RBG, but if I do I will feel the same.

My feelings on the second paragraph now – the same people who said it would be wrong to vote on Garland have now said they will vote on a Trump nominee. This is wrong. This is situational ethics. If it was wrong to vote on Garland it is wrong to vote on a Trump nominee this close to an election.

Unless you have been living under a rock for several days, you know that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died on Saturday. This leaves an opening on the Supreme Court during an election year with less than a year remaining on President Obama’s time in office. This lead to much discussion about Scalia and his possible replacement. I have a couple of thoughts on this. I will start with the people who are rejoicing in his death. Antonin Scalia was a human being with family and friends who loved him. His death is not a happy occasion to be celebrated. It doesn’t matter how you feel about his politics, rejoicing in his death is bad form. Filling social media with negative posts about him does no one any good. It just shows that the poster lacks basic human decency.  I’m sure there are plenty of people who don’t like your politics and opinions, shall we have a party when you die?

Secondly, the people who say the Republicans should delay any vote to confirm an Obama nominated justice because “we should let the American people decide who gets to make the pick” – the American people already decided who they wanted to make this decision when we held an election in 2012. The American people voted to President Obama to remain in office until January of 2017. Until January of 2017 it is President Obama’s job to nominate someone to the Supreme Court. President Obama plans to do his job. We elected people to Congress who’s job it is to confirm this nominee. I would hope they will be grown ups and do their job as well. If we wait and leave it to President Trump we might end up with Judge Judy on the court.

Tater Talks Current Events

Before I write anything about current events I want to make sure there is no doubt on two things: 1. I believe Covid is real. I wear a mask in public and the only people I have seen in person are my family and people at work. 2. I am not a fan of Donald Trump. If the Democrats ran a potato against him I would vote for the potato. Tater for president! Now on to the random thoughts I’ve had recently

I stumbled on this article recently After severe illness, NBC’s Dr. Joseph Fair tests negative for COVID-19 antibodies and I remember when he was on air talking about his battle with coronavirus. He was ill. He was in the hospital and on oxygen. He talked about how he had been so careful and all he could come up with on how he got the virus was through his eyes on a plane. It was big news on the Today Show. Only problem? He tested negative for the virus four times and then his antibody test came back negative He was sick, but with something else. This didn’t stop him from going on TV to talk about his recovery from an illness he never had. I get that he had al the symptoms and thought it was safe to assure he had it, but I also think that someone in his position needs to be a lot more careful with his reporting. It is things like this that make it easier for people to come to the conclusion that much of this is fake. You can read this article and think that if he reported he had it when he didn’t, how many more of the reports are fake.

Another big thing in the news is the discussion about opening schools in the fall. I’m not going to give an opinion. I’m glad I don’t have to make the decision. I’m glad I don’t have any K-12 students. It’s bad enough stressing about what college will look like for my daughter. One thing I do know – Trump deciding he is going to push states to open schools does not help the matter. We are in a very divisive state right now. People have taken sides and they will dig in and refuse to agree with the other side on anything. Especially when Trump is involved. All Trump has done is guarantee that even people on the left who might have been leaning toward wanting schools to open will now dig in against him and fight against any openings. That’s just where we are now. If he had announced that schools should stay closed I would bet some of those same people would have become the loudest proponents of doing whatever it takes to open schools and the people on the right would immediately become lockdown proponents.

Masks are now a political fight. It shouldn’t be this way. We can’t recover as a country if we fight about everything. We’ve reached a point where it seems like some people are rooting for the virus and against the country. I’ve seen people comment that they hope cases go up where they live so they could never consider opening schools. They are actively rooting for more people to get sick so they get what they want. It’s insane. When the virus was ravaging New York there were people who were OK with that. It’s only hitting a city full of liberals, so it’s no big deal to them. Now that it is hitting the south  I’ve seen posts from people happy that the “red states” are doing poorly. We should not be happy that anyone is getting sick and dying. Everyone has lost their minds.

We need to take a pause and remember that we are humans first not living embodiments of our political party.

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A Small List of the Pandemic People Who Are Making Me Dislike People Even More

I should probably avoid social media, but when I have trouble reading books and I’m watching more TV when not working I also find myself scrolling through it more often. Even worse, I’ve started reading the comments. I’ve unfollowed many people on Facebook and Twitter, but I still read way too many opinions and I really don’t like anyone right now. Here are the people I can think of who lead me here.

The people who think it is all a hoax and will disappear after the election.

The people who think we should stay locked down forever.

The people who refuse to wear masks.

The people who refuse to admit that some people are pushing for reopening because they are desperate not too lose their business and instead call them “people protesting to get a haircut”

The people who say we should just all shut up and listen to the government(as long as the government they are talking about shares their political party)

The people who only read headlines on Facebook and yell at others for their opinions when they have no real knowledge besides what the headline reported.

The people who highlight whatever number makes their argument sound better while ignoring numbers that might say otherwise – this is on both sides of the reopening argument.

The people who seem to be hoping for more people to get sick and die so they will be right.

The shamers and scolders who live to report people they think aren’t isolating properly.

People who write blog posts about the people they dislike.

There are more, but I need to get back to work.

This Post Might Lose Me Some Friends

I thought of this one when there was yet another police shooting. We are nearing the time of year when we are supposed to feel sorry for people who feel persecuted because someone used the wrong holiday greeting while they still seem to think that some people don’t deserve basic human rights.

The World's Common Tater

But the topic of this post is something that really bothers me and I decided not to keep quiet. I am appalled that the same people who are all over the internet loudly proclaiming that they are being persecuted because people are saying Happy Holidays are the same people who don’t understand why people are so worked up over police killing unarmed men and the US torturing people. I will loudly proclaim my Christianity and show how Christian I am by demanding that everyone recognize my personal religion by greeting me only with my personal preference during the holiday season. Human life and dignity? Meh. What’s the big deal? They probably deserved it and even if they didn’t, doesn’t mean anything to me personally. Why do I care if some criminal is dead? Someone wished me a Happy Hanukah! That’s what matters! Why do I care if some mooslim from…

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Guns and Life: A Tater Rant

So, apparently, Trump called the NRA today to tell them there would be no movement on background checks.  This should be no surprise to anyone.  The Republican party sold their souls to the gun lobby years ago. All we will ever get from them are “thoughts and prayers.” I don’t doubt they gave cursory thought to the tragedies of gun violence. I don’t doubt that they uttered a prayer. Thoughts and prayers without action mean nothing. I’m done with “thoughts and prayers.” I’m done with people claiming to be pro-life but then showing they care more about their guns than actual lives. As I wrote before, pro-life for them seems to end at birth. If someone is really pro-life they won’t care more about guns than people. If someone is really pro-life they won’t refuse to even consider reasonable gun control. If someone was really pro-life they would see no reason a reasonable human being needs to own weapons of war. I have no problem with hunting. I have no problem owning a gun for security. You don’t need the weapons used in the mass shootings for hunting and home security unless you are really bad at it. In that case, you probably shouldn’t own a gun anyway.  I’m tired of people posting about how life is precious and then posting “DON’T TAKE MY GUNS!” when we propose sensible measures to save lives. You aren’t pro-life. You are pro-birth.

I’m also tired of the same old “Something else is the problem” game.

It’s mental illness!

It’s video games!

It’s violent movies!

 

It’s anything but guns!

Other countries have mental illness. Other countries have video games. Other countries have violent movies. You know they don’t have? THEY DON’T FUCKING HAVE MASS SHOOTINGS!

So, spare me you holier than thou, pro-life, Jesus posts until you show me you care about humans once they are born.

I’m Done: A Tater Rant

I had a nice long rant in my head in my car today. It won’t be nearly as good now that I’ve had time to decompress. I still feel the need for the rant.

There will be profanity so I will start there. I’m sick and fucking tired of people clutching their pearls over the language people use. Kids are in cages, people are being killed on a daily basis, things are terrible and people are worried about the people saying fuck? The worst case of this? When Marco Rubio tweeted about how terrible it was that they didn’t bleep the word fuck on TV in a story about a mass shooting. Apparently, using the word fuck is more of a sign of the loss of decency than mass murder. Gotcha. If this offends you then go the fuck away. I’m fucking done with pretending I’m not going to say fuck. A lot.

I’m also done with self-centered assholes who are either oblivious or apathetic to how their actions affect other people. I’m tired of pretending it’s not a problem and dealing with the fallout. I’m done with the pretending and being miserable. If you are an asshole and doing asshole things that make life hard on others I will call you out. I don’t care about the consequences. I’m done with letting the fucking assholes rule the world. I would rather suffer whatever consequences there are than stand quietly by while people walk all over others.

I’m done with people who post racist shit on Facebook and get mad when people don’t like it. I’ve already unfriended a few people and that will continue. I don’t care who you are. I’m not going to be connected to you if you are a racist asshole. I’m especially done with the people who alternate between the “I’m such a good Christian” posts and “Racist shit” posts. You can’t be both. It doesn’t work that way. At least not the way I read it in the Bible. The sad thing is that these racists probably think they are a better person than me because I used the word fuck multiple times. See above re Marco Rubio.

I’m tired of mass shooting after mass shooting followed by assholes who care more about guns than they do about people crying about the 2nd amendment. Amazingly, many of these same people claim to be pro-life. Apparently, that only applies until you are born and then no one cares anymore. Once you are born your life is less important than gun ownership. It’s also less important than people’s hate for people who don’t look like them. Pro-life is not really pro-life. It’s pro-birth and then you are on your own. I’m fucking done with people like this.

I’m done with people who say they are Christians and fully support a president who foments hate against others. A president who has cheated on wives multiple times. A president who bragged about sexual assault. A president who encourages racism because it excites his base. You might worship power, not God.

I’m done with pretending to be something I’m not because it’s easier than dealing with how people feel about the real me. If you can’t deal with this leave now. Unfriend me on Facebook. Unfollow me on Twitter. Stay away from me in real life. Brace yourselves. Tater’s mad and he’s not going to take it anymore.

Mueller Report Release Day in Trump GIFS

Me when you say you have an opinion on the report

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When you say you know what’s in the report without reading it.

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When you say we can trust the AG’s opinion on the report.

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When you claim you are going to read the entire report

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What I know you will look like when “reading” the report.

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How I know people will look when they see I posted this.

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Thank you and

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Freedom of Religion

I almost didn’t write this one, but as I said before I’m tired

Once again I saw a post from a friend on Facebook regarding Islam. The last time, it was someone saying the religion should be illegal in the United States. It resulted in me writing about the slippery slope of allowing discrimination against a group with which you disagree. This time, the post was complaining about a tweet from one of our new Muslim Congresspeople. This complaint had multiple people agreeing that people who are Muslim should not be allowed to hold office. People agreed that they should not be allowed in the United States. They all apparently agree that every Muslim should be judged by the actions of other Muslims. There are many, many issues with all of this. I will highlight a few.

The first amendment gives us freedom of religion. Many of the same people who want to take away a Muslim’s first amendment rights also rant quite a bit about their own second amendment rights. Seems to me if the second one is important, the first one, by virtue of being first, should be even more important. People like to scream about how this is a Christian country, but one of the very basic freedoms we have as Americans is the freedom to worship as we want. This includes Muslims. You can’t pick and choose who gets this freedom. We can’t pick and choose which amendments are important.

If we are going to judge all Muslims based on the actions of a few, I guess we can judge all white men who own guns by the actions of the mass shooters? Should we assume all white men with guns will eventually murder multiple people? Should we judge all Christians on the ones who bombed abortion clinics? On the televangelists who take money from gullible old people and spend it on private jets? Again, you can’t pick and choose. You can’t declare all Muslims are terrorists if we can’t declare all white men with guns are mass murderers.

In one post someone said that Islam is not a religion. It is a political ideology. For some, that may be true. It is also true for some Christians. There are plenty of self-proclaimed Christians out there who are political, not religious Christians.  Christians who care about power above all else. Christians who will denounce a Democrat for not being “Christian” enough for office, but will justify electing an adulterer and liar because he promises them political power. Every religion, to some, is more political ideology than a religion.

Generally, I think the problem is the fear of other We don’t like people who aren’t like us. We fear things we don’t understand. It’s easier to want everyone to be just like us, but that’s not America. America is great because we are all free to be who we want to be, worship how we choose to worship, love who we choose to love. I’m tired of people demanding people not like them be declared illegal and unwanted.

In Defense of Independent Candidates

Before I get started I want to make clear that this is not a defense of Schultz nor is this a defense of another billionaire deciding he wants to be president. This is more a response to people telling Schultz to “pick a party” and the stranglehold the Republicans and Democrats have on our country.

Legal requirements for presidential candidates have remained the same since the year Washington accepted the presidency. As directed by the Constitution, a presidential candidate must be a natural-born citizen of the United States, a resident for 14 years, and 35 years of age or older. That’s it. There is no requirement to be a Republican or a Democrat, but rules have been put in place to make it almost impossible to win the election if you do not join one of the two major parties. Since the Commission on Presidential Debates took over the presidential debates in 1987 it has become harder for third-party candidates to participate. Since 2000, CPD has required candidates appear on enough state ballots to win and register at least 15 percent in five national polls. It isn’t easy for the candidates to appear on the ballots and many polls don’t even include the third-party candidates as an option. This makes it pretty much impossible for the third party candidates to appear in a debate where they could increase their profile and get their message out to the voting public. This is exactly how the RNC and DNC like it.  They don’t want to lose control of US politics. Unfortunately, the many people have bought in to the “pick a party” mentality and will get angry if you say you will vote for a third party candidate. At the very least they will tell you you are wasting your vote. Personally, I believe it is a waste of a vote to insist on voting for a candidate you don’t like because they have the “right” party next to their name. Third party and independent candidates are good for the country and might help with the gridlock, “us vs them” game that keeps the government from progressing. We should change the rules to give them a level playing ground.

I get why people are worried about Schultz running. They have legitimate concerns that he might split votes and it will result in re-electing our moron in chief. I get that, but I also strongly believe that it goes against the spirit of America to tell someone that they should pick a party to run for president.

It’s Way Past Time For “Politics”

I’m watching the Today Show report on yet another mass shooting. These events are becoming way too common. Another 12 people dead. College kids trying to have a good time. I already know what the discussion will be today:

“Thoughts and prayers” – Thoughts an prayers are fine, but without any actual action on our part(and in many cases not any actual prayer) they are empty words.

and the big one:

“Let people mourn before we make this political”

It’s not too early to make this political. It’s way too late to make this political.

It’s too late for the 12 people killed last night.

It’s too late for the people killed in the synagogue in Pittsburgh.

It’s too late for all of the kids who were killed in school.

It’s too late for all of the victims.

It’s time to force people to make this political. We have to have real talk about reasonable gun control. It’s time to have real talk about mental health in this country. It’s time to put real money into studies to find what drives people to do this and how we can stop it. It’s time to move past thoughts and prayers and on to real action.

Don’t tell me it’s too soon to talk about politics. It got too late a long time ago.