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♫Life is Skittles and Life is Fear....♫ - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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♫Life is Skittles and Life is Fear....♫

In just one tweet with a simple, stolen (we'll get to that) image of a bowl of candy, the heir apparent to the Orange Numpty Who Would Be King, Donald Junior (aka Donnie the Golden Sperm), managed to reduce the crisis of compassion to a sick joke:



He illustrated it with a bowl of  Skittles® brand candy, in which he violated both copyright and trademark laws in one awkward hitting of SEND: Skittles is a registered trademark of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, which would much prefer you not lowercase or pluralize the name of its property.  Also: the photo, which I will not plagiarize, is the intellectual property of a photographer named David Kittos, a naturalised citizen of the UK who posted it on Flickr in 2010 and who never gave Donnie or his papa or his campaign any permission to use it.  Which, had it been asked, would have been rejected:

"This was not done with my permission, I don't support his politics and I would never take his money to use it," Mr Kittos told the BBC.

"In 1974, when I was six-years old, I was a refugee from the Turkish occupation of Cyprus so I would never approve the use of this image against refugees."

Because just the math is wrong, for one thing: to approach the number of pieces that "would kill you" and not have them be microscopically small, that bowl would have to be more like a very large body of water.  Even more basic, though, is the wrongness in the underlying logic: Apparently, if the three are "radical Muslims," Donnie's and Daddy's  answer is YES- but if the three are "mentally ill gun purchasers," or "homicidal police officers shooting unarmed motorists of color," or "underground pipes or wells that could leak toxins into our water table," their answer is NO.

Last and not least, refugees are not fucking pieces of candy. They are living breathing human beings entitled to dignity and protection where it is needed.

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The bowl of Skittles candy came out, of course, after the weekend's incidents in and around New York City, where at least one of them has been tied to an Afghan-born, American-naturalized (since age 7) citizen of this country who, by all accounts, is a radical Muslim extremist.

There, I said it.  The drumbeat on the right is that we're all too politically correct on my side to call them that.   I do, and Democrats should, as well.  It's a matter of WHO wears that as a badge.  I would have Obama and Mrs. Clinton call this guy out for what he is: a radical Muslim extremist.  And the members of Westboro Baptist Church and the Army of God as radical Christian extremists. (Radical Christian extremists rail against the coming of "Sharia law" while in their other positions advocate for Christian "dominionism" which is the same shit in a different shade of brown.)  As are the most radical of Jews and Sikhs and Hindus.  But I will never, and the candidate I support would never, broadbrush that definition onto the entirety, or even a majority, of a faith's adherents just because it's got some nutjobs who show up for services.  That's what Drumpf is doing demonizing an entire faith and the whole of its adherents because of these extreme acts.

And while many Democrats will not admit it, I posit it: ISIS Daesh, and al-Qaeda, and the Islamic Peoples Front and the Peoples Front of Islam, all want Drumpf to win.  They couldn't have come up with a better recruitment tool if they'd hired Leni Riefenstahl to produce the propaganda. So of course they're going to be stepping up their domestic acts of terrorism over these final weeks.  I don't find it shocking that these volleys were limited in scope (not to belittle the injuries of those caught in them, but we've seen far worse) and poorly executed.  I also expect more, including a fun weekend right before Election Day, when the enemies of freedom and democracy will likely be Wagging the Dog like crazy even though orthodox Muslims supposedly hate puppies.

Don't let them win.  Don't give them the President they want.  Don't give into the fear that turns us into humanity at its worst.  Instead, be a true radical extremist Christian: listen. Get all the facts straight.  Prosecute rather than persecute.  And for Christ's sake, vote.

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bill_sheehan From: bill_sheehan Date: September 22nd, 2016 12:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Amen! Preach it, brother!
yesididit2 From: yesididit2 Date: September 22nd, 2016 01:12 am (UTC) (Link)
i've only recently learned the word numpty, but its SO appropriate!

i think you're far more likely to consume the 'racist americans' skittles, or the 'bigoted fearful rich white people' skittles, or the 'super righteous judgemental hateful christian', than they 'syrian that wants to kill you rather than seek asylum from a wartorn country for their family' skittles.

Edited at 2016-09-22 01:13 am (UTC)
greenquotebook From: greenquotebook Date: September 23rd, 2016 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I enjoyed this response to D2's skittles comment...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cs2Ryb7VMAAO2KT.jpg
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