Argentina: Macri takes a page from his fascist Venezuelan counterparts

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Pay no attention to that patriotic man behind the furniture.

Hey! Remember when that old fuddy-duddy, Henry Ramos Allup, ordered the pictures of Chavecito gone from the National Assembly building in Caracas? Well, look who just copycatted him in Buenos Aires:

The government of Argentina ordered the removal of the portraits of the late former president Néstor Kirchner and his Venezuelan colleague, Hugo Chávez, from the Gallery of Latin American Patriots in the Casa Rosada.

“It was a political decision. Every government leaves its imprint on the House of Government,” said official sources, as maintenance employees moved the portraits down the stairs to the museum in the basement.

According to government personnel, as reported by the DyN news agency, the order to remove both portraits was given by the secretary-general of the Presidency, Fernando de Andreis. DyN sources said that both “would be taken to the Bicentennial Museum of the Casa Rosada”, located in the basement, to be kept in custody there “until it is defined what destiny they will be given”.

Meanwhile, the rest of the portraits hung during the reign of Cristina Kirchner in the same gallery, among them those of Juan Domingo Perón, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Eva Perón, and Hipólito Yrigoyen, will continue to hang in their respective locations in the lower level of the House of Government.

Translation mine.

Something tells me that these pics of Kirchnerito and Chavecito will enjoy the same fate as the portrait of Simón Bolívar did during the putsch of ’02.

After all, we can’t have the tyranny of good examples hanging around to give inspiration to others, can we?

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Music for a Sunday: And all the joy within you dies…

“Morning maniac music” in mourning for Paul Kantner (he’s backing Grace Slick on vocals here), who died this past week. Damn, January has been a brutal month for rock, starting with the death of David Bowie and ending with this guy.

PS: It’s been even more brutal than I thought. Grace Slick’s predecessor, Signe Anderson, also died on the same day as her former bandmate. Here’s Rolling Stone’s story.

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Wankers of the Week: Don’t be like Bill

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Crappy weekend, everyone! So, how’s everyone holding up under the onslaught of stupid stick-figure memes? Nauseated? Me too. Which is why I’m only devoting one post to that stupid shit. Don’t be like Bill, people. And the rest of this post goes to these other people you also don’t want to be like, in no particular order…

1. Bruce Fucking O’Brien. Yeah, driving drunk in a snowstorm — great idea! And drunkenly opening fire on a snowplow doing its job — even better idea! Whatever will you do for an encore, sir?

2. Katrina Fucking Pierson, AGAIN. “Pure breeds”? “Half-breeds”? Is this politics, or a dog-and-pony show? With Der Donald and his spokesmoron, it’s getting hard to tell.

3. Donald Fucking Trump. AGAIN. Yeah, sure black people are gonna like you better than Obama. And pink pegacorns with purple manes and tails will fly out your ass, too! PS: And I’m sure FUX Snooze is gonna love you long time, too.

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4 and 5. David Fucking Daleiden and Sandra Fucking Merritt. They tried to stage a “gotcha” on Planned Parenthood (yes, they’re behind the infamous “baby parts” video that fired up so many terrorists)…and got caught in their own booby trap. Couldn’t have happened to a bigger pair of boobs.

6. Michele Fucking Fiore. Big Gummint is EEEEEBIL! Unless, of course, you’re in it, and gaming the taxation system on your own behalf. Then, the evil one is none other than YOU.

7. Kelly Fucking Gneiting. Challenging Chris Fucking Christie to a super-macho sumo bout just because he dissed your toy army? Dude…what do you need “militias” for if you can just sumo-wrestle your detractors, anyway?

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8. Kim Fucking Davis. No, God didn’t choose you to be anything…except, maybe, a laughingstock. ‘Course, you can always oppose God’s will by sitting down and shutting the fuck up.

9. Alyssa Fucking Rosenberg. No, Ammon Fucking Bundy and his fucking crew of fuckheads aren’t being “sexually harassed”. Sending them sex toys is an entirely acceptable way of dealing with those half-wits, because as one of my friends pointed out, it hits them right in their macho, homophobic masculinity and reminds them that they are, in fact, the punchline to a dirty joke. It is in no way the equivalent of a man sending dickpix to a woman he doesn’t even know. Also, feminists often own, use, and even LOVE sex toys themselves, as they help us not to depend solely on other people for our own sexual gratification. So…analogy FAIL. It would be better to simply say it’s not nice to flip idiots the bird, even when they’re hijacking bird sanctuaries. Fortunately, we don’t HAVE to be nice to them. Now go buy yourself a damn sense of humor.

10. Joseph Arthur Fucking Stetson. And in other Yeehawd/Y’All Qaida news, we have THIS bozo. Who could probably use some sex toys, but won’t be able to receive them behind bars. Too bad, so sad.

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11. Odalis Fucking Sharp. Aaaaand MOAR Yeehawd! This time, from a child abuser who’d had a son taken from her because he couldn’t stand the “wholesome and pure path”, no doubt consisting of absolute god-awfulness, which she had planned for him. Why she’s still in possession of the rest of her brood I don’t know, but maybe this latest instance of child abuse — er, wholesomeness and purity — will finally get the authorities to do right by her remaining kids, as well.

12. Paul Fucking Whatsislastname. Paul is a Florida Man. Paul is an anti-choicer. Paul is also racist as fuck. Paul says that white women need to be kept home making babies for the good of the race. Paul also believes #4 and #5’s video, even though it’s now proven to be fake. Paul is an idiot. Don’t be like Paul.

13. Paul LeFucking Page. And in other Paul news, we have this guy. Who is not only racist, he also wants to bring back the guillotine. So do I, so do I…but only for the likes of him.

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14 and 15. Carly Fucking Fiorina and Mike Fucking Huckabee. Oh dear, they really aren’t taking the news about #s 4 and 5 very well at all, are they? PS: Hucky, sit down. Your 15 minutes expired forever ago.

16. Jerry Fucking Falwell, Jr. Yes, that’s right, there’s a Junior. And he’s an idiot, too. (Not that this comes as any great shocker, given who his old man was, but still.)

17. Mat Fucking Staver. DUDE. You’re paying taxes to gay people just for living in their country? When did that happen? PS: Jizya is not what Matty the Moron thinks it is. It was, in fact, a poll tax levied on all subjects (except the aristocracy) of the Persian and Byzantine empires, and was levied according to the relative wealth of the person in question. It had nothing to do with belief at all!

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18. Franklin Fucking Graham. Meanwhile, Billy Graham’s son and heir is disappointingly like dear old Dad, too.

19. David Fucking Cameron. Next time you feel like making some kind of odious generalization about Muslim women…just don’t. Oak hay?

20. Paul Fucking Bronfman. If peace and Palestinian rights are “anti-semitic”, then what is the bombing of Gaza…with illegal white phosphorus, no less? Or that apartheid wall? Are Palestinians not Semites, too? And why are those crickets so goddamned loud?

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21. Paul Fucking Godfrey. Interesting, isn’t it, how the Nasty Pest tried to get us all voting for Harpo last fall, when we already knew damn well that he’d stolen the 2011 election? And isn’t it downright fascinating to know that they’re actually owned by US hedge funds? Guess that makes this paper not a Canadian national paper like the Star or the Globe, but a US hedge-fund mouthpiece with nationwide circulation. And then we wonder why Harpo lost. Now we have our answer…IT’S THE FOREIGN INTERFERENCE, STUPID.

22. Falcon Fucking Heene. Hoax balloon boy endorses hoax paper rich dude. The satire just writes itself, dunnit?

23. Graham Fucking Hunt. Bathroom Bandit steals military valor. Film at 11!

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24. Cliven Fucking Bundy. Godfather of land hijackers and general nogoodniks says one of them, who got killed for the stupidest cause ever, was “sacrificed for a good purpose”? Why is this old motherfucker not in jail along with his criminal sons?

25. Raymond Fucking Burke. No, you DON’T get to blame women for the Catholic church’s problems. Women don’t run the church. They’re not even allowed to be priests, remember? And that, right there, is one of the church’s problems.

26 and 27. Robert Fucking Bentley and Ted Fucking Sessoms. So, you want to protect Alabamians from harm? Then you’d better step down. Because “Kill All Syrians” won’t protect anyone from anything, gubnor bubba. As for you, Preacher Man, you’re a disgrace to your pulpit. Maybe YOU had better step down, too.

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28. Bristol Fucking Palin. “Not everyone gets a trophy”, huh? Well, no shit, Sherlock! And speaking of which: Not everyone gets to be culturally relevant, either. Your five seconds were up long ago, so siddown, cupcake, and accept your cup of STFU gracefully, like you’re so busy telling all those black folks to do.

29. Pete Fucking Kelly. And in other idiot news from Alaska, we have this guy. Who, judging by the sounds of things, doesn’t know how birth control works or what it’s supposed to prevent. And he wants women drinking in bars to take pregnancy tests first. I have a better idea: How about all right-wing men in politics take IQ tests before they run for office? That way, we can at least stem this ongoing epidemic of Stoopid Man Syndrome and Foot-in-Mouth Disease.

30 and 31. Tom Fucking Patton and Rob Fucking Frost. Ahem. As I was saying…IQ tests for all right-wing men are a MUST, because blatant sexism sounds just as stupid in Ohio as it does in Alaska.

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32. Rob Fucking Katzman. Dwarf-tossing is still going on? Ugh. I have a better idea: How about we toss strip-joint owners instead?

33. Richard Fucking Dawkins. That’s right, the Old Dick stuck his foot in it. AGAIN. And if you have to ask what “it” is, just be thankful you don’t walk where there’s a lot of it lying around.

34. Daniel Fucking Musso. Oh joy, another fucking “patriot” looking to hijack something through violence in the name of Murrica. Let’s see how he enjoys his occupation of a different kind of federal facility, eh?

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35. Rafael Fucking Cruz. And again with Ted’s derpy ol’ dad. I know it’s not nice to laugh at acerebrous people, but damn, he just keeps forking over that comedic material!

36. Ted Fucking Cruz. And speaking of the devil, get a load of who he’s in cahoots with. On the bright side, though, this pretty much nails his political coffin shut and kicks it into the open grave.

37. Sally Fucking Kern. Oh gawd, HER again. Still hating on the queerfolks, and apparently determined to wipe out all LGBT kids in particular. I’d ask what any of them ever did to her, but at this point, that’s not the question. It’s what the hell she thinks she’s doing to them, people.

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38. Louie Fucking Gohmert. Oh joy, it’s Gomer, the world’s least persecuted person, whining about how persecuted he is onaccounta he’s white, male, stupid, and a fundie. Send that man a Waaaambulance, already.

39. Tommy Fucking Benton. The South shall rise again! On the wings of hooded sheets, no less. Gawd, how much longer before these old Klukers all die, and their stupidities die with them?

40. Ben Fucking Carson. Hey gay people, Dr. Ben wants you all back in the closet, STAT! At this rate, I don’t know what surprises me more: the fact that he’s still talking, or the fact that he’s still got a campaign going on. One thing that doesn’t surprise me, though: The fact that nonsense keeps coming out every time he moves his lips.

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And finally, to these two unnamed teenage dumbfucks. They thought they’d shred the Otonabee River on an ice floe? They’re lucky the river didn’t shred them, because they were headed for a hydro dam. Maybe they’d appreciate receiving the bill for what their rescue cost the municipality. I’m sure their parents would…

Good night, and get fucked!

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Martyrdumb.

Complete, unedited video of LaVoy Finicum’s truck being pursued by police, then stopped. At the 9:15 mark or thereabouts, he swerves his truck to miss a spike strip, and appears to almost hit an officer. The truck then careens into a snowbank and stops, and he gets out. At first he appears to have his hands up, but a moment later he reaches inside his jacket, where he has a 9 mm pistol stashed. At that point, the police (who have acted with extraordinary restraint up to this point) shoot him dead.

You’ll note that at NO point was Finicum on his knees, much less making an earnest effort to surrender, and he certainly appears to have made good on his prior vow to die rather than go to jail. Unfortunately for Tarp Man, the police were quicker on the draw than he was.

Meanwhile, Old Man Bundy is still alive, and still preaching the same stupidity that got LaVoy Finicum killed. And there’s a tiny rump of “militia” — terrorists, really — still hijacking that bird sanctuary in the name of a total misinterpretation of the US constitution, written by an ex-FBI Mormon conspiracy hack. They’d rather alienate the very people they purport to be trying to “help”, and all in the name of some bogus ideology that’s doomed to fail.

Of all the stupid hills to die on, they picked the very dumbest.

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The Nobodies

Los Nadies [The Nobodies] (2012) from Laura Saenger on Vimeo.

Sorry I’m too tired/busy to post any original material lately, folks. But soon…soon.

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Quotable: Zora Neale Hurston on discrimination

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Oh, that Zora. Slaying two formidable vultures — racism AND sexism — with one stone.

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Music for a Sunday: Time you straightened right out

This one goes out to the late John Bradbury, drummer of the band that started a movement. Two-tone ska that combined black and white, punk and reggae, social justice and fun. Sadly missed.

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Finally, a song for men’s rights!

Because it’s only FAIR, right? RIGHT?

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Wankers of the Week: The Unbearable Whiteness of Being

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Crappy weekend, everyone! And an especially crappy one to all my US friends caught in the Nor’Eastern Seaboard. You have my sincerest sympathies, from New York all the way down to DC. Hope you can see your hands in front of your faces, and hope you don’t spend too much of this weekend digging yourselves out. But hey! At least all you have to shovel is snow. So, while you’re waiting for Thor to quit taking an ice-cold dump all over you, take a look at all the shit I dug up for you this week, in no particular order:

1. LaVoy Fucking Finicum. Waaaaa, the feds took away his foster kids, a.k.a. his gravy train! Because it’s not enough to have free land, you also gotta get free money from the gummint, too! And yeah, I bet it did them real good to live on his ranch. Just look at the example he’s setting for them now. He’s pretty much the Ultimate Federal Freeloader and the Ultimate Deadbeat Dad, all rolled up in one!

2. Deepika Fucking Avanti. She claims to be a psychic, but she couldn’t predict the perfectly foreseeable (even without a Sixth Sense!) outcome of discriminating against a same-sex couple trying to rent a home? Well, there’s a shocker. Look who’s a charlatan, in other words. As well as a bigot.

3. Matthew Fucking Langone. Always nice to see an enterprising entrepreneur…unless he’s a cop making money off of overtime arrests AND selling mocking fascist shirts about it on the side. Nice to see his police department has his back in this blatant case of police brutality, too!

4. Thomas Fucking Geisel. I know it’s carnival season, but really: dressing up as a well-known local pimp (and your wife as a prostitute), when you’re the mayor of Düsseldorf, a city already infamous for that god-awful sexist shit? Isn’t that just free advertising for the brothel owners? (Or, worse: PAID advertising for the same?)

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5. Marco Fucking Rubio. Daesh isn’t after your family, bozo. Daesh doesn’t even care if you exist. If you’re gonna make lame excuses for buying guns, can’t you at least pick a kinda-sorta plausible one?

6. Caitlyn Fucking Jenner. No, dear, you CAN’T win the Repugs over. They’ve made it their electoral strategy to erase you and other LGBT people from the face of the Earth, remember?

7. Stewart Fucking Rhodes. Hello, Oaf Creeper? History called. Says the feds weren’t responsible for the conflagration at Waco. That was David Fucking Koresh’s own doing. And if anyone’s looking to “Waco” anything (since when is that name a verb?), it’s the bozos who hijacked the bird sanctuary. So keep your big, stupid mouth shut about Waco, y’hear?

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8. Dominic Fucking Lawson. Hello, Archaic Sexist? The Fifties called, said they want their misogyny back. Blaming women for an improvement in medical working conditions? What, you want your health tended by an overworked, underpaid intern? No? Then hold your tongue. #LikeALadyDoc

9. Don Fucking McLean. While progressive rock greats like David Bowie and Glenn Frey have left us, rejoice! This one-hit wonder from Wingnuttia is still alive, and still beating up his wife. Wish I could finally say Bye-bye, Mr. American Pie…

10. John Fucking Mellish. You can go join #8 in the superannuated sexist corner. And put on a nice, vintage dunce cap, while you’re at it.

11. Meghan Fucking McCain. Ted Cruz is “the thinking man’s Donald Trump”? Girl, please — thinking men don’t vote Republican. The entire party is one big box of burnt-out bulbs at this point.

12. Sarah Fucking Palin. Why?

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That’s why. Irrelevant person endorses other irrelevant person! Put a fuckin’ sock in it. PS: Dafuq did I just see? UGH. PPS: And of course, she blames Obama for #13. Because Dubya and his wars of choice are never at fault for anything. And because Personal Responsibility (which Track was presumably exercising when he signed on for Dubya’s war) doesn’t apply to ‘wingers, either.

13. Track Fucking Palin. Meanwhile, the Paliness’s brood also don’t disappoint. Charged with domestic assault, no doubt while bombed out of his empty skull. Attaboy! Gotta keep the side up, after all.

14. Franklin Fucking Graham. Everytime a right-wing closet case thunders about the imaginary evils of Teh Gheys, an angel throws up somewhere over the Fruited Plain, causing violent hailstorms and tornadoes. Seriously, though…I’m just waiting to see how long it takes before he’s caught with his pants down behind a frightened, very under-age boy.

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15. Rick Fucking Snyder, AGAIN. He dared to try to spin the corrosive waters of the Flint River as a “natural” phenomenon. Oh sure, like factories belching toxic effluent into the water just GREW there, all by their widdle selves. Pull the other one, dude. PS: Ha, ha.

16. Mat Fucking Staver. No, Kim Fucking Davis is NOT like Martin Luther King. She’s female, she’s white, and she’s prejudiced as all fuck. Couldn’t be more UNlike him if she tried.

17. Aviv Fucking Bushinsky. Want to see some serious anti-semitism at work? Just go to Apartheid Israel, where Bibi’s own aides speak a language of prejudice barely distinguishable from that of Nazi Germany. Or a KKKer in the US.

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18. Ayelet Fucking Shaked. Same shit, different asshole. BTW, this is the same toxic turdblossom who referred to Palestinian kids as “snakes”.

19. Ted Fucking Nugent. Racist stochastic terrorist much, ShittyPants McDraftDodger?

20. Ezra Fucking Levant. Meanwhile, in Alberta, guess who’s shriiiieeeeeking about all-gender, single user washrooms in schools, claiming they will somehow lead to “rape”? Yup, the Irrelevant Putz is at it again. Hey, since he’s running out of legs to stand on, what with tar-sands oil tanking and all, he’s got to scream about SOMETHING to keep his shitty “media” site going. Otherwise, he’d have to find himself a real job, and we all know how scarce those are getting in Alberta!

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21. Jack Fucking Barnes. So, who says you have to be smart to be a terrorist? Not this guy! He’s as dim a bulb as they come. So dim, in fact, that he can’t even see that what he’s so hellbent on doing is illegal.

22. Neil Fucking Wampler. What the fuck is a convicted murderer doing with a gun, and why the hell is this even legal? Especially since he pleaded not-guilty-by-reason-of-insanity, unsuccessfully, at his murder trial? And most importantly, WHY THE HELL IS HE OUT LOOSE, and why is he hijacking a bird sanctuary?

23. Rafael Fucking Cruz. Well, hello there, Ted Fucking Cruz’s equally obnoxious dad! Still batshit about commies? Yup, still got all the ol’ guano in the belfry. Still thinks that commies hate their own country. And still thinks that public works which ELEVATE a country are somehow commie plots against it. Even when they’re founded by ANTIcommies. Well, all righty, then!

24. June Fucking Fellhauer. You’re 11? You should be thinking MARRIAGE! But only if you’re a girl. Boys don’t have to worry about that purity-culture shit. So says this idiotess, at any rate. Why the hell is Colorado listening to her bullshit?

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25. Carly Fucking Fiorina. You’re 4? You should be thinking ABORTION! But only about making it illegal. And preferably while bewildered and scared shitless by an age-inappropriate political talk during a preschool field trip.

26. Mary Fucking Dye. You’re a teenager? You should be thinking VIRGINITY! But again…only if you’re a girl. And you should be telling it to right-wing politicians with a bizarre and inappropriate curiosity about things which are none of their damn business. (And the answer had better be “Yes”, or you’re in deep shit, missy!)

27. Jeremy Fucking Hall. Sure, the porn you showed in class was “just a joke”. And I’m sure the one and only female firefighter there found it funny as shit, because she “chuckled”, yup. What’s not so funny, and not such a joke, is that this sort of thing is part of an overall pattern of institutional sexism and systematic sexual harassment, designed to force female firefighters out of the firehouse. The fact is, porn has NO place on any job training site, even as a “joke”. Maybe that’s why nobody’s really laughing, eh? PS: And a special FUCK YOU to the rest of the volunteer fire department of Spaniard’s Bay, too. Big, spiteful manbabies. And their women, who sound like mega-shrews themselves. PPS: Sign, sign, SIGN.

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28. Mitch Fucking Holmes. What’s the matter with Kansas? THIS GUY. Apparently, he has a fetish for neo-Victorian fashions. Unfortunately, even his fellow Goopers in the state gummint don’t share that particular taste.

29. Vitus Fucking Huonder. What’s the matter with the Catholic Church? THIS GUY. Apparently, he really gets off on the idea of gay people being put to death. I’m just waiting to hear how many altar boys he molested back when he was a humble parish priest.

30. Donald Fucking Trump. Golly, it’s always SOMETHING with this guy, isn’t it? And this week, there’s so much to choose from, too. From the Paliness’s meaningless endorsement (basically, “I Quit” endorsing “You’re Fired”), to the fact that his old man was Nazified and poisonous enough to seriously rile up the great Woody Guthrie, he’s looking more and more like a candidate…for another trial at Nürnberg.

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And finally, to Dwight and Steve Fucking Hammond. If you ever wonder what provoked the standoff in Oregon (which is, unbelievably, still going on, with no one but a single truck-rustler arrested!), take a good look at these two. Seems they’ve been trying to steal that bird sanctuary’s land for years. And although they’ve had the basic good sense to stand down in this instance, now they’ve inspired OTHER would-be federal land thieves — and frankly, TERRORISTS — to do similar god-awful things. AND threaten to pull a Koresh, to boot. At long last, have these fucking bastards no shame?

Good night, and get fucked!

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Rape law in Germany: a veritable devil’s carnival of injustice

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The memo that “Not All Men” have gotten, but which all men should get. Including white men in general, and Germans in particular.

Hi, me again, harping about Köln, again. Or rather, translating yet another good Störenfriedas piece about just that, plus some rather shocking hypocrisies currently afoot in terms of actual German rape law and how it is currently being implemented:

In Köln there is a saying: “When it rains and the sun is shining, then the Devil is celebrating Carnival.”

All those who have been following media reports for the last two weeks on the topic of sexual violence could be attending such a devilish carnival; that’s how contradictory the reports and the demands are. On the one side are the events of New Year’s Eve in Köln, after which suddenly justice minister Heiko Maas made the long-delayed new rulings on the rape law a top priority. Even sexual harassment will now, since it’s not just white German men doing the groping anymore, finally be punishable. The talk shows, tabloids and opinion pages threw themselves on the subject; a new hashtag, #ausnahmslos (#noexceptions) was created. Sexual violence, as everyone from Internet- and print-feminists to the CDU and PEGIDA agreed, should finally, finally be consequently punished. So far, so good, so worth supporting — if only it were not this racist component shining through so many of the demands, and which culminated in the mushrooming “civil defence forces”.

But at the same time — and in the face of all demands for hard punishment for sexual assault, ad absurdum — German courts are drifting in a quite different direction. TV star Gina-Lisa Lohfink has been ordered to pay 24,000 euros to two men because she accused them of rape. She was punished for false accusation, even though there was a video of her and both men, in which she kept saying “Stop!” The judge refused to recognize this as evidence of rape, and instead ordered her to pay a fine. A disturbing signal for all victims of sexual violence, yes, even for all women. Not only because this video exists, which shows that this sex was not consensual, but because Gina-Lisa Lohfink is also being punished for having the courage to accuse these men. So what’s up with “No Means No”? Isn’t “Stop” also “Stop”? How can it be that a rape charge could turn into a fine for the victim?

The willingness to testify against sexual assault is close to zero because the act of laying rape charges is in itself a humiliating and very burdensome experience for the victim. Victims’ rights groups have long been calling for anonymous evidence-gathering, non-public trials, accompaniment for victims, and an end to the unspeakable character examinations to which they are being subjected. No wonder that the number of unreported rapes is estimated to be as much as ten times higher than the reported number. Of this low number, only a laughable 8.4% of perpetrators are ever sentenced.

Under #ichhabenichtangezeigt (the German equivalent of #BeenRapedNeverReported) and #whyisaidnothing, women have been saying for years why they never accused their tormentors: out of shame, fear and insecurity. And if there is now the danger that during a trial, they will go from victims to apparent perpetrators, this victim/perpetrator reversal is a catastrophic signal that bids fair to make rape even more of a punishment-free crime than it already is. In the best case, perpetrators can even get rich off the victims, should they have the guts to lay sexual assault charges.

This judicial decision is not the only such case. Yesterday, in Frankfurt, the trial against Claudia D. began. Jörg Kachelmann is demanding criminal damages for assessments which he ordered to prove his innocence in a rape trial against him. The judge declared that he considered the claim valid; Kachelmann has a good chance of winning. There’s even talk of a criminal trial for Claudia D. For his part, the judge in that case, Michael Seidling, says: “Today’s verdict of not-guilty does not mean that the Chamber is convinced of Herr Kachelmann’s innocence, and thus a counter-claim of false accusation against the plaintiff.”

Another example: The General Students’ Committee [newspaper] of the Goethe University of Frankfurt reported on a student who publicly called himself a pickup artist. He considered his personal rights to have been violated, and took out a restraining order. That could be costly for the committee. Media who report critically over sexual violence run the risk of the personality of the perpetrator could be seen as more worthy of protection than public information or a discussion over just such sexual violence. Pickup artists have repeatedly whitewashed rape in the past, or even called for it overtly.

These court decisions send out a fatal signal. They let already cowed women know that they could be held criminally responsible if they can’t provide sufficient proof against the perpetrators. It’s foreseeable that before such a background, even fewer women will dare to accuse their tormentors, and the voices of white men, who act as though a rape accusation is virtually always a false one and a perfidious power play by frustrated women, will get ever louder.

The British interior ministry conducted an investigation in 2005 to find out what percentage of rape accusations were in fact false ones. About 8% were classified as such by police — although a later investigation determined that this classification was deliberate and unjustified. The actual number of false accusations lay at just 3%.

It’s a dangerous trend that can be observed in German courtrooms. It contradicts politicians’ calls for harder and more consequent punishments for rape and sexual harassment. It intimidates victims and empowers perpetrators, including potential ones. The political discussion around the tightening of rape laws will turn into a hollow racket, should the perpetrator/victim reversal gain any more ground.

It’s noteworthy that neither female activists of #ausnahmslos nor other corners of feminism have much to say about these developments. Even the self-styled defenders of female integrity have little interest in it. The reason for that is easy to see: Without exception, all the men named here who have been accused of rape, plus the aforesaid pickup artists, are white, and not “north-African” refugees. They are average German men. The victim/perpetrator reversal is thus not just the expression of a new, institutionalized sexism with old familiar misogynist coloring. It is at the same time symptomatic of the racist component in dealings with sexual violence. So, while they’re busy hunting down the “north-African” rapists of New Year’s Eve out there, in here white men are sitting in judgment of women who accuse white men of rape.

The devil would take pleasure in it.

Links as in original.

So there you have it. Rape law in Germany blatantly favors the accused, at least if he’s a white guy and a native-born local. If he’s a refugee, he’s likely to get deported. (And under the proposed tighter sanctions, he’s even more likely to be deported.)

Is there any question of white male privilege in Germany? Men who rape women, even if they’re caught doing it on video, can get off scot-free, and can even sue the victim of their aggressions for damages. Pickup artists, whose profession is basically to make money teaching men to rape, are getting off scot-free…and can sue anyone who reports accurately on their bullshit. If you’re a powerful white man who can afford a good attorney, you can victimize the same woman over and over again — first by raping her, then by suing her for having the gall to accuse you, however truthfully. A more blatant rape culture, in which institutional sexism and institutional racism are blood brothers, could hardly be imagined.

And this article doesn’t even touch on the legal megabrothels, which routinely truck in “exotic” women from Africa and Asia, as well as non-German white ones from Eastern Europe, to be sexually used and abused without limits, and all for a low, flat rate. Nor does it touch on the human-trafficking mafias who deal in this kind of human cargo. Those institutions, too, contribute to the racist-sexist rape culture of Germany, and in no small way.

And oh yeah, just a reminder: There are white Germans among the “north-African” accused rapists of Köln, too. But I don’t expect any of them will be deported. In fact, given the general tenor of rape proceedings in Germany, I imagine they’ll all be let off…scot-free, and possibly free to sue their victims for damages, too.

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