White Supremacists

Check out the video above. It’s a Viceland show where a comedian named Jamali Maddix visits a White Supremacist and shows us how they live. It’s very interesting. That first NSM guy actually invited Jamali into his home to have dinner with him. Then you’ve got the wife who wants a Jewish genocide. Then you’ve got the guy who shouts, “Speak English or get out!” followed by “Sieg Heil.” Then there are those crazy dudes by the Klan bar. I’m not a Christian, but I thought the pastor had an interesting perspective. I really liked how he talked about victimization.

Immigration Ban

This has to be the stupidest action ever taken by an American president during my lifetime. And that includes the time that W invaded Iraq. We’ve never had a single incident of domestic terrorism from any immigrants from these countries. Instead, it looks like we’re banning at least one promising young scientist along with college students and people fleeing oppression. Keep in mind, these aren’t illegals. These are people who have gone through all the proper legal channels. Google said that 187 employees are being affected. Tech leaders are all up in arms, as they should be.

This is going to be a long four years

Did anyone else see the inauguration? Did you hear his speech about “American carnage?”

It’s going to be a long four years of gaslighting, lying, scandals, ethics violations, fearmongering, and smearing. How he’ll even have time to deal with policy is anybody’s guess.

I’m watching the commentary on CBS, and the commentator remarked that he didn’t hear the new president ask the American people to do anything. He didn’t ask for unity, and he told a story about an America overrun by drugs, violence, and economic collapse. He slammed Obama, ignoring the data that things aren’t bad. He advocated for economic protectionism.

End of 2016

What a depressing year. Glen Frey, Muhammad Ali, Prince, Florence Henderson from the Brady Bunch, Alan Thicke from Family Ties, David Bowie, Antonin Scalia, George Michael, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds (the very next day). These people all meant something to us at some point in our lives. I suppose everyone has to go sometime, but man, this was a year when lots of people left early.

Politically, the only winners this year were Paul Ryan, Donald Trump, and Vladimir Putin. I’d like to say that the Republican Party won, but I don’t think that’s the case. This is going to be the most Russia-friendly regime in history, and I worry about our national security.

Russian hacking

I’m not sure why this isn’t bigger news, but the NY Times published a fascinating article on how Russia (or Russians) successfully hacked our election. I think Obama carries a lot of the blame for not reacting more forcefully to North Korea when they hacked Sony or acting forcefully against the Russians during the election, but I can see why he might have been hesitant to make a big deal out of it. After all, everyone seemed certain that Hillary would win and that they could deal with it later. I think my biggest shock at the article was:

Who gave Trump the election?

The Far Left gave Trump the election. They did it with their PC culture that relies on reacting to discussion with accusations of racism or sexism. By stifling discussion, turning the entire world into a “safe space,” and turning our public sphere into the Oppression Olympics, they ushered Trump right into the White House. I’ve been saying it for a long time. But it sounds a lot better with an angry British accent! I don’t think the Left gave the nomination to Clinton over Sanders, but I do think they created the environment that gave us Trump over Clinton.

Some optimism after the election

There is nothing to be afraid of. Let me repeat myself. There is nothing to be afraid of.

My Facebook feed is teeming with people saying that they feel “unsafe.” That they’re “scared.” That they already feel the violence starting to arise. They cite the CNN report that hate crimes have already begun to rise. I was even defriended by a cousin who said that I didn’t understand the “crisis.” Extreme Hillary supporters would have been angry if Trump refused to accept the election results, but after losing, they’re refusing to accept the election results.

Kickstarter for Naomi Hirahara’s The Big Bachi

Hey All,

Here with another indy project that y’all can support. Naomi Hirahara, whose YA novel I reviewed on bigWOWO, is turning her first Mas Arai novel into a movie. You can learn more and support it here (the Kickstarter expires in three days.) I just finished reading the novel a couple of weeks ago. It was a good read, but my feeling was that the characters were just too old to make into a movie. Seeing a bunch of 70-year-olds having a fistfight isn’t something that usually gets me excited, and there weren’t many young characters through which a viewer could see the future of the JA community. I e-mailed my concerns to the producer and author. I was happy to learn that because they had the same concerns, they changed the story to take place during the 1960’s with a younger Mas Arai.

“My body is separate from my politics,” interracial marriage, and where the environmentalists all drive Hummers

Once again, IR crept into the discussion. This time it’s the same discussion that has happened many, many times over the years. Asian American feminists and their non-Asian boyfriends are using the same argument that they’ve always used to dismiss the IR disparity: “This is my body! You have no right to question whom I date! To do so is sexist and patriarchal! How dare you! Ethan (or Biff or Whitey) is an individual, and that has nothing to do with my activism.” It’s the “my body is separate from my politics” argument. It’s an argument that has been made ad nauseum since the 1970’s. I don’t think I’ve ever had a post dedicated to the argument, so here it is.