Wednesday, May 4, 2022

They Can't Stop Us

Those who choose to view abortion as unethical have a right to their own value system. That's the whole point of "Pro-Choice." It's entirely possible to view abortion as unethical while understanding that its a personal choice. A constitutionally granted freedom of choice is exactly what allowed their Christian value system to enrich their lives without any risk of enforcement from the other direction.

It's an attack on human rights masquerading as "enlightened." It's the foremost issue determining whether a politician understands a separation of church and state.

It seems like people generally understand when we say "Abortion is THE issue."

Among dozens of other entirely legitamate implications currently filling our news feeds, abortion rights represent the baseline of modern politics. Its strength or vulnerability can tell us a lot about the present moment.

It represents the will of the people in a way that pro-lifers and red voters and the far right don't want to accept, because it conflicts with their preconceptions about the true majority of US citizens who advocate for progress.

The far right isn't blind. They entirely understand the direction the country is moving in. Labor rights and unions are becoming the norm. Capitalism is under attack. Has there been any other era in history when so many people all at once have shouted and screamed "fuck billionaires?"

Grown increasingly enraged and emboldened, more and more progressives are running for local elections and frequently winning. The people are taking charge, and the far right is scared. So in their heads, combative decision-making on behalf of the far right minority is the best offense. But each time this happens, it only emboldens progressives even further.

This is why the red states need the filibuster. They need the electoral college. They need the ability to redraw maps whenever possible. Because they know that they can't win without cheating.

It won't happen this year, but the end result is a restructuring of our constitutional rights system. By the time this is over, both reproductive rights and same-sex marriage rights will be permanently unbreakable.

Essentially, the far right's long-game is fucked. They're scared. They didn't see any of this coming 6 years ago. They saw a "victory" that actually represented the beginning of their inevitable demise.

We were recently thinking about where we'd be right now if Mitt Romney had won in 2012: We're guessing he would've been a soft republican president. It's very likely that Hilary would have won against him in 2016, extending liberal complacency far enough that a progressive uprising like what we're now experiencing would likely not exist. In reality, Covid and the Summer 2020 protests both occurred under the worst possible circumstances of US leadership; by default, literally anyone else in the entire world would have done a better job. So under this theoretical scenario, Dumbass Hillary would have probably done an ok enough job to secure another term.

I think we've been underrating the effects of progressive emboldenment under President Doctor Professor (2016-2020). The progress we've made in the past 6 years might have taken decades to achieve under liberal leadership.

So the far-right can threaten us with changing the constitution all they want. Progress is going to keep happening with or without their support or leadership. They can't stop us.

But despite our eventual triumph, the loss of this one major battle is a pretty devastating one.

26 states in 2022 will create laws that force people to have children, whether they want to or not. This prospect signifies a new disgusting benchmark for the state of the union. This is the worst it's been in my lifetime, which is really saying something.

"How could this happen with a blue president while dems have a majority in congress?" Because dems don't actually have a majority. A majority entails enough votes to get anything done. With a true majority, this wouldn't be happening.

Fight the real enemy. Centrist liberals allowed this to happen. Fossil fuel companies and weapons manufacturers and the billionaire class ensure that centrists remain just as desperately sneaky and scummy as the far right. There's a very good reason why the DNC stole Bernie's delegate lead and handed it to the guy who got 5th place in the Iowa Caucus and then forced the media to reframe Unky Joe as the guy who was everyone's favorite all along. The whole thing is connected.

So I take back what I said earlier --- There's one other prospective scenario alongside the defeat of capitalists. We're going to win eventually, but only if the opposition doesn't exterminate us out of existence first. They're going to have to kill us to stop us. And they probably will without a violent uprising. It sucks to admit the hard truth, but this won't be won peacefully. And a lot of people aren't going to understand that until it's too late.

Thursday, March 31, 2022

SLOPPY STEAKS 2021: #100 - #71

We have recently studied and explored much about the psychology behind "life soundtrack seeking behavior." Not many people are aware, but a typical vinyl**[1] collector's first step is to run by the record display at the local Target branch while brandishing a crossbow (or their firing weapon of choice) and individually puncture each oversized coaster one by one, starting with Adele's 30, then moving onto the 180 gram pressing of Rumors, the picture disc of Thriller, and the $34 reissue of Abbey Road. They're all gonna get shot. Shoot em all. This is what record collectors refer to as "Target Practice."

Damn, that joke sucked.

Nothing in this entire great big world would make the good people at TMK happier than helping you (the person who somehow made it here) find the stuff that you need.

We are reference desk clerks. What do you need? We'll find it for you.

FOOTNOTE **[1]: Vinyl phonograph records (or gramophone record for short) are an analog sound storage medium in the form of a flat disc with an inscribed, modulated spiral groove. The groove starts near the periphery and ends near the center of the disc. As of 2017, 48 record pressing facilities exist worldwide. Phonographs are generally described by their diameter in inches (12-inch, 10-inch, 7-inch), the rotational speed in revolutions per minute (rpm) at which they are played (8+1⁄3, 16+2⁄3, 33+1⁄3, 45, 78), their time capacity, determined by their diameter and speed (LP [long playing], EP [extended play]), their reproductive quality, or level of fidelity (high-fidelity, orthophonic, full-range, etc.), and the number of audio channels (mono, stereo, quad, etc.).

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100. Bongzilla "Mother Flower's Little Helper"

99. Jazmine Sullivan f/ Anderson .Paak "Price Tags"

98. Magdalena Bay "Secrets (Your Life)"

97. Larry June f/ Money Man "Intercepted"

96. Shirese "Trenody for the Victims of 99.1 PLR"

95. Spinabenz f/ Yungeen Ace & FastMoney Goon "Who I Smoke"

94. Dali Muru & The Polyphonic Swarm "The Danube Dwellers"

93. The Mountain Movers "Way Back to the World"

92. Cardi B “Up” / Saweetie f/ Doja Cat "Best Friend"

91. Snooper "Dog"

90. Angel Du$t f/ Tim Armstrong "Dancing On The Radio"

89. Redman "80 Barz"

88. Reymour "De ma Tour"

87. Solemn Brigham "Bigger World"

86. Theoreme "Radionucleides"

85. Mope City "Covered In Might"

84. Wavves "Help is On The Way"

83. True Sons of Thunder "Drugs in Space"

82. Gulch "Bolt Swallower"

81. The Glow "Heavy Glow"

80. Six Organs of Admittance "J'ai Mal aux Dents" / Thee Oh Sees "J'ai Mal aux Dents"

79. Mister Goblin "Left Before Your Set"

78. Chris Brokaw "I Can't Sleep"

77. Glitterer "Didn't Want It"

76. Deuce Ellis f/ Che Noir "Spit Acid"

75. Editrix "The Sound"

74. Etran de L'Air "Toubouk Ine Chihoussay"

73. Angel Du$t "Fear Some"

72. Travis Porter "Like Dat"

71. Genesis Owusu "The Other Black Dog" / Genesis Owusu f/ Kirin J Callinan "Drown"

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SLOPPY STEAKS 2021: #70 - #41

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70. Paperboy Prince "Eric Adams Get Out Of My Room" / Ame Bibabi "Chin Up High" / Sarah Brand "Red Dress" / DJ Boing "Boing Beat" / Limp Bizkit "Dad Vibes"

Paperboy Love Prince:
Ame Bibabi:
Sarah Brand:

69. Section H8 "100 Seconds" / C4 "Health Freak Head Stomp"

68. Ty Segall "Erased"

67. EXEK "Palazzo di Propaganda Fide"

66. Lil Nas X "Sun Goes Down"

65. Turnstile "Underwater Boi"

64. Rosali "Waited All Day"

63. Ovlov "Land of Steve-O"

62. Pale Waves "Easy"

61. Sanguisugabogg "Dead as Shit"

60. Parannoul, Asian Glow & Sonhos Tomam Conta "One May Be Harming"

59. Taylor Swift “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor's Version) (From The Vault)”

58. Silicone Prairie "America" / Silicone Prairie "Dance to the Beat"

57. Supermilk "Mouth"

56. Dinosaur Jr "Garden"

55. Turnstile "Endless"

54. Chris Brokaw "Puritan"

53. Outta Pocket "Purest Pain" / Militarie Gun "Disposable Plastic Trash"

52. Blawan “Under Belly”

51. Aldous Harding "Old Peel"

50. Guardian Singles "Heartland"

49. Damarion Matchem "Ride111"

48. Turnstile "Fly Again"

47. Hypnotizing Chickens "I'm On Time"

46. Blackwater Holylight "Around You"

45. Dazy "Invisible Thing"

44. Momma "Medicine"

43. Sedona "Sharkbite"

42. Big Thief "Certainty"

41. John Dwyer (and others) "Terra Incognito"

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