Each year I pull together the year in review videos that I see, and don’t worry, I am working on my own year in review video (although it might come out a few days after the New Year).
First up, the amazing video from Google:
DJ Earworm returns with his mashup of the year:
And here is this year’s Youtube Rewind, which, I really actually don’t like that much, mostly because there are only a very small few of these creators that I recognize and watch, but it’s still kind of fun:
After the election, I knew four couples who quickly got married, afraid that we would lose the right. And that’s a fear that straight people don’t understand. The few civil rights we have are new, and are still fragile. And as it turns out, they might have been right to be so worried:
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a Texas ruling that said the right to a marriage license did not entitle same-sex couples to spousal benefits under employee insurance plans.
Limiting same-sex marriage is the objective here – benefits, adoption, tax deductions, legal rights, etc. Restricting LGBTQ people across the board is the goal.
That decision was followed up with the arguments in Masterpiece Cake Shop which looks to use the bullshit idea of ‘religious freedom’ to hide bigotry and legal discrimination. There are a lot of lines being drawn between this case and the racial discrimination case Piggie Park Barbecue from the sixties.
If a business is open to the public, what they sell should be available to all of the public. The baker would be just as wrong if he declined to make a wedding cake for a black couple, citing his religious beliefs. If you sell a product (in this case, wedding cakes), you should not be able to put restrictions as to who you will sell it to, that would take us back to the times of delis with signs saying they would not serve Irish and lunch counter sit-ins.
Telling minorities who have suffered a history of discrimination that it’s unneighborly, unseemly, or discourteous to fight for rights that they’re being denied but you’re enjoying is shameless—ultimately just another mechanism for denying those rights in the first place. Do you actually think the minority members love always having to be the loudmouths reminding the world that they deserve the same rights as you already have? And to the extent that some activists become almost permanently wedded to the “angry activist” position, can you really blame them?
Alright, let’s see what we have today. First up, in a great bit karma, a man who was refused a legal marriage license by Kim Davis is running to unseat her. And she had to watch him fill out the paperwork.
The trailer for season 3 of Eastsiders looks great (and even includes a stop in Pittsburgh)! But sadly, Colby Keller is in it, so I may not watch it because of that (although I think this was filmed before he was doubling down on his white privilege):
And Jeff Sessions rescinded other protections for all members of the queer community. These are things that affect people you love. Be fucking pissed.
Okay, quick pallet cleanser. The new trailer for Super Mario Odyssey takes the form of a Big Band musical number:
After the horrific shooting in Vegas, just a reminder that your thoughts and prayers do jack shit. We need comprehensive gun control in this country, including a rescinding of the second amendment.
It boggles my mind that it takes something personally happening to someone for them to take action. It is not that hard to actually think about other people and try to imagine a better world for them, as well as yourself. But, predictably, when gun violence is close to a gun fanatic, suddenly, he realizes his mistake. It infuriates me that it takes a tragedy like this for him to realize how wrong he is, but hey, at least he came around I guess. I just won’t be patting him on the back for his sudden realization.
A Dutch news program takes on (with dark humor) the insanity that we live with here in the US:
Stranger Things 2 (or the second season, not sure what to call it) looks amazing:
The president rolls back the mandate for birth control under health care, because he wants to drive up abortion rates, the cost of healhtcare and get rid of preventative medicine. Just kidding, he’s a racist and since it is both something Obama put into place and a GOP wet-dream, it’s gone.
And I’ll just drop this here, the 10 things you need to know about Patriotism:
I migrated over to a new CMS, but in the meantime, I’m trying to tidy things up around here. All the posts came over, but all my previously unpublished posts from outside sources (Metblogs and Global Entropy) all published at the same time, erasing their original dates.
I’m also working on getting my portfolio in a better order, but that will be a work in progress. But for now, things mainly seem to be working, so let’s go with that for now and I’ll keep working to get things back in proper order!