Sunday, February 19, 2017

Pastor David Michael Akin Arrested

Don’t do it. Don’t type the words “Pastor Arrested” into Google. Don’t check to see if pedophile pastors have claimed another victim. (It’s always yes) Don’t read the story. Don’t fill your head with images of depravity. Nobody will care when you say that you’ve read about a thousand cases of clergy sexual abuse. That these cases haunt your dreams. That in the end, ten-years worth of tracking and writing about clergy sexual abuse had no impact. Parent still trust pastors for some reason that I’ll never understand.

David Michael Akin, an Arkansas pastor and fire captain, allegedly molested a five-year-old girl, giving her gonorrhea in the process. Excuse me while I go vomit.

Akin has been staff at the First United Methodist Church, in Texarkana, Texas. His profile has since been removed from the church’s website. Akin had run a home church as a youth pastor before receiving the call to be a pastor. Nothing fishy there…

Here is a tip for all of you. Never let the pastor babysit your children.

When bad people die - Omar Abdel-Rahman

I must be getting old. I can remember when there was more compassion in my heart. Lately, when I hear that a religious nutball or terrorist has died, I feel nothing. Omar Abdel-Rahman died in prison. I smiled when I read the real news CCN headline. He cause the deaths of six people and injured a thousand other people. Now he passes from history as a pathetic figure who died in prison. I feel nothing. Should I?

you look at what's happening last night in Sweden

President Trump… It’s harder to say that with each passing day. Yesterday, he held a campaign rally for the 2020 election even though most of us think he won’t make it another six months. He said a lot of weird things, but this stood out as just nuts, given he is the leader of the free world.

…you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden… Sweden, who would believe this. Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible. - Source: The Independent.

Nothing happened last night in Sweden. Nothing, he made it up. He may have thought something happened because of a non-news segment he say on Fox News. That is a scary thought. He saw it on the “News” so he repeated it as fact. We are so screwed.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Tracking hate against Asians

Welcome to the new American reality. We apparently hate Asians now. Fuck.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice tracks hate.

I was walking down Valencia in San Francisco around 7pm and this older White gentleman pretended to hit my head with the book in his hand. As he walked by- he yelled really loudly- "I hate your fucking race. We're in charge of this country now." He was not intoxicated.

According to an article produced by NPR, a report from the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relation found that crimes targeting Asian-Americans in that county tripled between 2014 and 2015.

I don’t like where we are heading. I don’t like it at all.

Friday, February 17, 2017

A story from my day - North Long Beach

A story from my day - Thursday, February 16th. North Long Beach.

I'm recovering from a back and hip injury these days and driving is a literal pain in the ass. I'm good for 20 minutes behind the wheel before I need to stand up and stretch. I can push it to 30, but I look like I'm dancing in my seat and I pay for it later. Yesterday, after the first half hour of my drive home, I had to stop. I pull off the freeway and into a gas station. I stepped out of my car. It was not pretty, and limped in obvious pain toward the station's convenience store.

As I neared the door, a man stepped from the side of the building and spoke to me.

"You look like you need prayer."

I responded with, "What makes you think that?"

"You are in pain. I can see that. I can't help any other way. So I'm going to pray for you."

I thanked him and continued limping into the store. He was homeless and dirty, yet he did not ask for anything. Instead he tried to express sympathy for my condition. He tried to connect.

I bought myself some water so that I could take a Tylenol. Then, I picked up a tall cup of coffee and a few doughnuts. I limped back outside and gave they guy the coffee and doughnuts. We talked for five minutes. I told him about my life and he told me about his. We connected, but had little in common. His name was James.

Near the end, he asked that I pray with him. I told him I don't pray. He asked me how I show love. I told him I buy coffee and doughnuts and talk to people. He gave me a hug.

I cried on the drive home.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

I do not mourn for Frank Ancona

Imperial Wizard of the Traditionalist American Knights of KKK, Frank Ancona, was found dead in Belgrade, Missouri. He had been missing for a few days. The only emotion I could must was… nothing. I feel nothing. Ancona was a Christian hypocrite and promoter of hate. He death moves the needle away from evil and darkness The world is a better place. Good riddance.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Small hands and even smaller crowds

Kellyanne Conway used the term "Alternative Facts" to explain the lies Sean Spicer told during Trumps first official press conference. To quote one of Spicer's lies, "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration -- period -- both in person and around the globe."

As a patriotic American, I was insulted by Spicer and his lies. I saw with my own eyes the small crowds on the parade route and during the inauguration. I remember thinking, why are the crowds so small? I was looking for a reason other than the obvious, but then it became plain that people did not show up. I want truth. We want truth.

Lying about the little things is a bad sign. It points towards dishonesty in all communication. Lying about verifiable facts is an insane act when what Trump seeks is legitimacy. Lies discredit everything. How is this good strategy?

Kellyanne Conway furthered the damage while appearing on Meet the Press. She repositioned lying as an honorable act. Spicer was fighting the media's alleged biased reporting with alternative facts. Any reasonable person knows alternative facts in this context means falsehoods.

"Don't be so overly dramatic about tit Chuck. You'er saying it's a falsehood. .. Our press secretary, Sean Spicer, gave alternative facts to that."

Trump and his minions are dishonest. His first press conference fixated on trivial issues and spread deliberate falsehoods. The size of the crowd is unimportant and not an urgent issue. Crowd size does not need correction. Crowd size does not need a press conference nor does it mention in Trump’s speech to the CIA.

"I get up this morning, I turn on one of the networks, and they show an empty field. I'm like, wait a minute. I made a speech. I looked out, the field was, it looked like a million, million and a half people. They showed a field where practically no one was standing there and said ‘Donald Trump did not draw...'... Honestly it looked like a million and a half people. Whatever it was it was. It went all the way back to the Washington Monument." He added even 250,000 people would be “not bad ... but it’s a lie”.

I fear for our democracy. I fear for our country.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Flag burning question

If burning a flag in protest should result in loss of citizenship or a year in prison as President-elect Trump suggest, what about businesses that use a flag to proclaim national patriotism for commercial gain?

A photo posted by @mojoey on

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Mike Yenni is not gay

Mike Yenni, the Republican president of the Jefferson Parish in Louisiana, says he is not gay. He says this as if being gay is a bad thing. He says this after allegedly pursuing a relationship with a 17-year-old boy. He says this after allegedly kissing the boy and buying him sexy underwear. He says this dispute previous allegations of improper behavior with men and women. He says this and we know what he is; the Republican version of Anthony Weiner. A perversion of all that is good, a predator, a man focused on his own needs. A man who should be cast out of normal society. His actions do not reflect that of a gay man, they reflect that of a dishonest sexual predator. Why is still in office?


I’m sure Mike Yenni is a “good Christian.” They all are. I see from his bio that he’s a member of Youth Leadership Council. I’m sure that will change, right? As for the victim… you can read his story here.

10 minutes of Trump-inspired hate

Musings of a former white nationalist

I find myself reading a lot more since the election. An article by R. Derek Black in the New York Times Sunday Review caught my attention. Why I left White Nationalism is interesting, but jarring at the same time, this paragraph captures my unease with President-elect Trump. I am not the target of this hate, but almost everyone I love is.

Trump has put forward would endanger me, and I once enthusiastically advocated for most of what he says. No proposal to put more cops in black neighborhoods to stop and frisk residents would cause me to be harassed. A ban on Muslim immigration doesn’t implicate all people who look like me in terrorism. Overturning Roe v. Wade will not force me to make a dangerous choice about my health, nor will a man who personifies sexual assault without penalty make me any less safe. When the most powerful demographic in the United States came together to assert that making America great again meant asserting their supremacy, they were asserting my supremacy.
- via mobile.nytimes.com
On another note, I think one way to protest Trump is to pay for a subscription to the New York Times.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Trump’s reaction to Fidel Castro’s death

Fidel Castro has died. As a nation we look to our political leaders for appropriate words of condolence and we get this…

“Fidel Castro is Dead!” - I don’t think a celebratory tweet is a fitting response from our nation or from President-elect Donald Trump. It oozes immaturity and simply panders to his base. His actual statement continues the theme.

President Obama on the other hand…

At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. We know that this moment fills Cubans - in Cuba and in the United States - with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him…

- via whitehouse.gov

Can Trump go from Twitter screeds to diplomacy? I don’t think so.


I woke up angry

I’m usually a happy guy, but not this morning. I woke up angry. You see, I am a patriot. I love America. I love the promise of America. Yet lately, I’m just pissed. Racism, politics, hatred… oh my.

Stories about racism fill my newsfeed these days. Two black Americans were treated like hoodlums in Richmond, Virginia yesterday. They just wanted to buy sliced cheese. Kids were kicked off a school bus in Moorhead, MN - The bus driver dropped the kids off in a sketchy area of town and then used racial slurs as they got off the bus.

Love him or hate him, Trump is now my president. I think the election was fair. I think the people spoke, even though the popular vote count favored Clinton, our system is based on the Electoral College; Trump won that. But, I suspect Trump is already on his way to violating the Constitution. Others agree.

Trump does not want us to see unflattering photos. All I can say is WTF? All photos of Trump are unflattering.

The nutball racist fringe feels emboldened by Trumps election. I thought that part of America would always be on the fringe. They lost the stage decades ago. Why are we giving it back?

Why did Trump appoint an anti-public school champion to head the Department of Education? Bestey DeVos is a proponent of what conservatives call School Choice, but the rest of us call undermining public institutions. She does not believe in public education, has no eduction related degree and has never participated in public education in any way.

Why did Trump appoint Gov. Nikki Haley as UN Ambassador, a position that requires international experience at the very least. Why is he pushing Ben Carson for HUD? We need HUD. Carson will kill it. And… why Ben Carson for anything? Who would do that? What the hell is going on?

We have Trump-loving Republicans drafting anti-American legislation. Like Washington state Senator Doug Erickson, who wants to make protest a form of terrorism. I’m sure we will see more of this in the days ahead.

We have fake news fooling each and every one of us, especially those 60 and up. It’s to the point now that I have to find multiple sources for everything I read, and sometimes even that does not work. Like with the CNN porn story or with the Ivanka Trump story about macing her lecherous father. We can’t trust the news on several levels. New might be fake. News might be produced by Russia. News might be ratings fluff. News might be bought with access. It’s all too damn frustrating.

Don’t get me started on the Democrats… pushing the Electoral College fantasy. Pushing the vote rigging fantasy. All while not looking at the real reasons why Trump was elected. Look inward… please look inward.

Did political correctness cost Clinton the election? Or… was it Identity Politics? I can tell you from first-hand experience that Identify Politics ruined the atheist movement. Did it ruin the left too?

I vent… sorry, but I must least I stay angry all day.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

So a Democrat helped dig our collective grave?

One of the things that amazes me about fake news and the 2016 election cycle is that evidence suggests it was opportunistic bottom feeders who filled our Facebook feeds with crap. I’ve recently learned that one of the big players was a Democrat named Justin Coler. Go figure.

Coler says he has tried to shine a light on the problem of fake news. He has spoken to the media about it. But those organizations didn't know who he actually was. He gave them a fake name: Allen Montgomery.

Coler, a registered Democrat, says he has no regrets about his fake news empire. He doesn't think fake news swayed the election.

- via NPR.org
I don’t buy Coler’s reason for disrupting the election.He was not in it to shine a light on anything except for a big pile of easy money. It’s always about money. Judas loved his silver.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

I found a Trump supporter

I really don’t know very many people who will say they voted for Trump. I run into one every now and then…