Daily WTF: Donald Trump Receiving All of South Carolina’s Delegates

The Situation: This past weekend, South Carolina gathered to determine who it thought should be the Republican Presidential candidate. When polls closed that evening, popular vote had Donald Trump winning with 32.5% and Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz trailing at 22.48% and 22.33% respectively. And yet, despite the fairly split vote, Donald Trump would go on to receive all 50 South Carolinean Republican delegates.

The Response: On the Democratic side, there has been great hew and cry over figuring out if the Democratic party is truly electing a candidate based on what the people want. Delegates have basically followed the popular vote in all states thus far (with the notable exception of superdelegates who, as I’m sure we all know, are bullshit). And yet, South Carolinean Republicans as members of a party that has repeatedly touted its ability to connect with the public and give the public what they want, have run roughshod over the popular vote and en masse endorsed a racist, misogynistic, bigoted, and imbecilic man. Continue reading

Daily WTF: Pretending that Bernie Bros Don’t Exist

The Situation: Since last summer, the media has periodically run stories about Bernie Sanders supporters dubbed “Bernie Bros.” This article by Nathan Wellman characterized them as “young, hyper-masculine, sexist white males who feel the need to put female Hillary Clinton supporters in their place.” Various articles glommed onto the term, and since then, several Sanders supporters have pushed back against the assumption that Sanders’ rise to prominence lies solely on the backs of these white, male Bros. Various polls have corroborated with their claims, showing that Sanders receives more support from women and minority members than Clinton. These polls have prompted many to call for the eradication of the Bernie Bro “myth” and claim that it is a pro-Hillary facade meant to defame Sanders’ “political revolution.”

The Reaction: Claiming that the Bernie Bros are a myth is a naive attempt to ignore the very real social problems Sanders’ campaign has helped exacerbate. It conflates Sanders – a generally straightforward, highly progressive, outspokenly non-sexist Presidential candidate – with his supporters – a mixed bag of men, women, millennials, Baby Boomers, socialists, capitalists, and people of all races and religions. It also erases the very real harassment these Bros are perpetuating, which in turn legitimizes said harassment. Continue reading

Adventures in Links — February 20, 2016 (Neil deGrasse Tyson)

Neil deGrasse Tyson, photo taken from http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/31/neil-degrasse-tyson-defends-scientology-and-the-bush-administration-s-science-record.html

Theme: Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is America’s greatest treasure. He’s not only a brilliant man with degrees from Harvard, the University of Texas, Columbia University, and Princeton but is also a staunch advocate of science and education, expanding the Hayden Planetarium as its director, hosting the PBS program NovaScienceNow, and running the successful talk show and podcast StarTalk. He constantly interacts with the public through social media and pop culture, using such venues as movies and TV shows to discuss physics and astronomy. He is also super funny.

So here’re some links about him! I’m including some basic information and some entertaining links such as interviews, TV show cameos, and Twitter battles. Enjoy! Continue reading

Daily WTF: Maligning a Civil Rights Leader to Make an Old White Guy Look Better

John Lewis/Bernie Sanders, photo taken from http://www.jetmag.com/news/john-lewis-bernie-sanders/#.VsUPN1Khn4o

The Situation: Approximately a week ago, Representative John Lewis of Georgia endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, saying, “I believe truly that there’s no one else better prepared to be President of the United States of America than Hillary Clinton.” In that same press conference, someone asked him about Bernie Sanders’ record as a Civil Rights activist, to which Representative Sanders responded, “I’ve never met him.” Since then, numerous people have given Representative Lewis flack for his statement, some even going so far as to say they no longer respect him. They are outraged at what they see as a “smear” against Sanders and accuse Representative Lewis of being corrupt, out for political gain, and, as always, a member of the “establishment.” Continue reading

Daily WTF: Telling Transgender Kids Where They Can and Can’t Pee

Photo taken from http://transgenderlawcenter.org/archives/12496

The Situation: This week the South Dakota Senate voted 20 – 15 to pass a bill that would require transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that corresponded with their sex at birth. Advocates for the bill (Republicans) have used high rhetoric to support it, saying that it would “preserve the innocence of our young people” and that “it’s about protecting the kids.” The governor, Dennis Daugaard, will probably sign it into law despite the fact that he has never met a transgender person and will refuse to meet with transgender individuals before making his decision. Continue reading

Gun Laws, State by State – New Hampshire

Note: As mass shootings gain more media attention, more and more people are discussing gun control. While many seem to believe that registering all guns, requiring background checks for all purchases, and preventing identifiably dangerous people from purchasing guns are all good ideas, just as many seem to be afraid that any gun control law will mean the loss of all civilian guns. Organizations like the NRA play on these fears, telling people that guns are already too regulated and any further action will mean the loss of the much cherished 2nd Amendment (which is more for well-regulated militia than civilians, but that’s an argument for another day).

So I wanted to see what exactly the gun laws are in each state. Are guns too regulated? Do states with tight gun laws have more gun violence or less? What does it even take to get a gun nowadays? With these questions in mind, I’ll be starting a new weekly series – Gun Laws, State by State. I will try to document the most up-to-date gun laws in each state as well as provide facts on gun deaths in each state. Hopefully, by the time I get to the last state, we will all be better educated on gun control and gun deaths. If you have any additional information on the state in question, add it in the comments.

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Daily WTF: Senator Mitch McConnell’s Vow to Circumvent the Constitution

Photo: Mitch McConnell, AP Photo

The Situation: On Saturday, February 13, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia died, leaving a vacancy in the Supreme Court. His body was barely cold before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the Senate would not approve any of President Obama’s nominations and that the task of filling the vacant seat should be left to the next President – who will not be inaugurated for almost a year. Continue reading

Daily WTF: Neighbors Who Try to Kill You Because They’re Lazy Assholes

The Situation: Last night, my dad, sister, girlfriend, and I came back from a delicious if somewhat tense dinner only to find the stairs in front of our apartment thoroughly blocked by some asshole’s SUV. They had decided to park in the fire exit directly in front of the only stairs that would lead to our apartment building, parking so far forward that there was literally only about 6” between their vehicle and the stairs. Continue reading

Daily WTF: Blaming Hillary Clinton for Her Husband’s Policies

The Situation: Michelle Alexander, the author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, recently published this article entitled, “Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote.” In this article, she claims that “policies Bill Clinton enacted – and Hillary Clinton supported – decimated black America.” What follows is a well-written and well-researched article about the various policies President Bill Clinton enacted in the 1990s, including championing the idea of the three strikes law, authorizing more public grants for state prisons, expanding police forces, and dismantling the federal welfare system. Only cursorily does she even mention Hillary, allowing the damning quotation, “They are not just gangs of kids anymore. They are… ‘super-predators,’” to advocate for her complicity (The quotation references the inner-city gang problems prevalent in the 90s.). And this one quotation along with her husband’s policies is enough to negate her credibility as President. Continue reading