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As a followup to last Saturday’s fuckery in Charlottesville, some right wingers are launching a protest against Google in nine cities. It looks like my hometown of Washington, DC is on that list.

I seriously hope they call this off (or at least postpone it) because this nation doesn’t really need this shit. Of course they won’t because these alt-right pussies thrive on confrontation and, well, you know, they have to strike while the iron is still hot.

UPDATE (August 17, 2017): The organizers have decided to postpone the march for the time being after receiving numerous threats.

I know that Baltimore has a lot of problems these days but the city is doing one thing right. It has just removed its own Confederate statues in the middle of the night (when most of those white supremacists would be in their beds). Now this is how you get rid of the last vestiges of the Confederate States of America once and for all.

Recently I learned that the vast majority of those statues were originally erected between the late 1890s and 1920. This means that they were erected between 30-55 years after the American Civil War ended.

Personally I think these statues and the Confederate flag should only be displayed in a museum where people can learn about the past. The Germans have long since let go of its Nazi past. Why can’t we Americans do the same regarding the Civil War?

Given President Trump’s very slow reaction to what happened last Saturday in Charlottesville and this bizarre rant he made today where he blamed both sides for what happened, I am now convinced that he is secretly on the white nationalists’ side and he is secretly proud of what they did. I wouldn’t be surprised if he blames Heather Heyer for her own death, to be blunt.

Which makes this animation I made back in the 1990’s sadly relevant once again. I originally created this animation in the wake of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. When I remastered it and uploaded it back in 2014, I honestly wanted to believe that it was a relic of a time when things were horrifying but this nation had managed to put it behind although, in reality, there has been a bunch of far-right wing extremists that has risen in the wake of Barack Obama’s 2008 election as the first African American president and 2012 re-election. (These are the kind of people who were aghast that a black man was actually elected not once—but twice—to the White House and they probably still believe that he was really born in Kenya instead of Hawaii.) Now I believe this animation is even more relevant now. At least my old 1990’s animation does a far superior job of denouncing white supremacy/Nazism/fascism than anything that has come out of President Trump’s mouth so far.

So, without further ado, here is The Unicorn With An Attitude #3: Speaking Right.

The more I read about the death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville last Saturday, the more horrified I feel, especially towards the despicable terrorist who literally drove his car on top of her.

The biggest irony is that last month, while I was in Glen Burnie checking out the vintage pinball machines and video arcade games at Crabtowne, USA, I saw this yellow pickup truck in the parking lot with this despicable bumpersticker.

At the time I was horrified by the message of that bumpersticker but I underestimated the possibility that the driver of that pickup truck may be potentially be a terrorist, just like that white supremacist terrorist driver in Charlottesville and that terrorist ISIL driver who also drove over people in Nice, France on Bastille Day last month. I took that photo by zooming the camera lens up close but I declined to take a wider shot of that pickup truck where I would get his license plate mainly because I naively thought that he was entitled to his personal opinions no matter how repugnant they are to me.

Now I deeply regret not getting a shot at his license plate, especially in light of what happened in Charlottesville. Anyone who advocates running over protesters is at least a terrorist sympathizer and may potentially be a terrorist himself.

All I remember is that this yellow pickup truck has Maryland license plates.

I am kicking myself, especially since I recall the numerous times my mother used to tell me that I should learn how to put myself out for others and I totally dropped the ball on this one.

I’m only writing this post in the hopes that anyone who lives or works in the Baltimore-Glen Burnie area will be on the lookout for this truck and, this time, take photos including his license plate and share it on social media (especially with the Twitter user YesYoureRacist). I know I will do the same if I ever go back to Glen Burnie and I see that pickup truck again because terrorism has no place in this society.

I wish I can say that I created this meme but I really got it off of Facebook. This is so totally awesome that it really needs to be seen by more Americans.

I’m starting to think that the Germans had it right when they banned the swastika flag and all kinds of pro-Nazi propaganda following World War II. While things aren’t 100% perfect in Germany, you don’t see a German film equivalent of Gone With the Wind that openly pines for the days of the lost Nazi regime in a postwar society, you don’t see Germans argue that the swastika flag is a part of “German Heritage” and the Jews must tolerate its display in public places, you don’t see monuments erected to honor Nazi generals like Kurt Daluege, you don’t see Adolf Hitler statues erected anywhere in that nation. Because the Germans were so thorough in their de-Nazification efforts, you don’t see Germans openly proclaiming how much they want to see the return of a mythic “Third Reich” where everything was perfect for the Aryan Race.

Unless the United States of America undergoes a similar campaign to get rid of all vestiges of its Confederate past, crap like what happened yesterday in Charlottesville will happen over and over again. And that includes HBO’s attempt to do this alternate history where the Confederate States of America won the Civil War. That’s because, as this tweet so succinctly puts it:

Until the U.S. begins an earnest drive to get rid of every last vestige of the Confederate States of America and everything that it stands for, it’s up to various individuals to shed a light on those pro-Confederate, pro-Nazi assholes. So far a Twitter user known as YesYoureRacist has been busy exposing the identities of those white men who were photographed in Charlottesville and that effort has gotten results (so far one man has lost his job and I’m sure that there will be more firings to come.)

Meanwhile, here’s a perspective on yesterday’s fuckery in Charlottesville from across the pond.

Last night a bunch of white supremacist jackasses marched on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Today in Charlottesville these same assholes took their vehicles and plowed through those counter-protesters who were peacefully protesting because they simply want these neo-Nazi and KKK pussies to just go away. Right now I’m seeing tweets like these and there are literally no words to describe this.

It was only last month when I happened to be back in my hometown of Glen Burnie, Maryland when I came upon a parking lot with this yellow pickup truck that had this bumper sticker.

I can imagine the owner of that pickup truck cheering whoever plowed into a group of protesters in Charlottesville today. If he has an orgasm over this, I wouldn’t be in the least bit shocked.

This is the latest in a string of incidents that has led to the rise of the white supremacist movement, which began with the election of Barack Obama (because the American people dared to elect a black man to the White House) and it has accelerated since Donald Trump was elected.

I live just a two-hour drive away from Charlottesville so, in a way, it’s like this happened in my own backyard just like the police murder of Freddie Grey in Baltimore.

All I know is this. If you whine about terrorism from ISIL or Al Qaeda yet support the Ku Klux Klan, you are inconsistent because the KKK is a terrorist organization that is just as deadly as the other terrorist groups. If you support neo-Nazis then you are spitting on the graves of those people in the U.S. military who literally gave up their lives fighting the Nazis during World War II. There are no shades of grey when it comes to supporting white supremacists.

These days I can’t go on a news site or social media without hearing about the latest crazy drama that’s coming from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. in Washington, DC. Since last week the following has happened:

President Trump hires New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as the new White House Communications director, which results in the resignation of Sean Spicer from his White House press secretary job.

White House press aide Michael Short resigned after Scaramucci threatened to fire him over alleged leaks.

Anthony Scaramucci deletes his old Twitter tweets while saying that he did this in order to be “fully transparent.” Other sites have managed to archive his deleted tweets (which proves the adage that once you post something online, it never completely goes away).

Not long afterwards Anthony Scaramucci contacts The New Yorker magazine where he accused White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus of plotting against him and said that Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, sucks his own cock.

Meanwhile Scaramucci’s wife files for divorce because she became fed up with his attempts to suck up to President Trump. (He even blew off the birth of his own son in favor of attending President Trump’s infamous speech at the Boy Scouts Jamboree.)

President Trump fires White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

Today President Trump fires Anthony Scaramucci after spending just 10 days at his new job.

Man, you really can’t make this shit up if you’ve tried!

It looks like Donald Trump is running his administration the way that he used to run his reality show The Apprentice. Granted firing people right and left made for great reality TV, such as this compilation of Trump frequently saying “You’re fired!” on his old reality show.

Hell, I used to watch The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice as my guilty pleasure until 2011 (when I became totally turned off of Trump’s show after Trump talked about running for president while questioning President Obama’s birth certificate and blatantly catering to the racist birthers who couldn’t stand the fact that an African-American man was actually elected to the White House). I’m willing to admit that frequently firing people makes very compelling TV but, to be blunt, that is no way to run to run a White House administration or even an entire country.

Trying to keep abreast on what’s going on at the White House is a really major challenge for journalists. Here’s a video of a presenter on BBC News trying to explain to the viewers of what’s going on while seeming confused himself at the same time.

A few years ago, while I was in the throes of my recent separation from my husband and dealing with declining sales of my arts and crafts due to the recession, I became involved with a group that was trying to start a few new worker-owned cooperatives in the hopes of providing not only new jobs but green jobs as well.

I’ll admit that I had a selfish reason for getting involved—I was hoping to land whatever new jobs that would be created and I figured that I would land a better chance of getting a paying job if I helped the group out during the early days.

I came up with the idea of starting a thrift store and the group loved it so much that I was tasked with doing the research about starting one. I spoke with people who ran other thrift stores that already existed and found that it was very space-intensive. (You not only need a large space for items that are currently for sale but you also need additional storage space for out-of-season items so you don’t do things like try to sell heavy sweaters in August.) I also volunteered at the group’s booth for the 2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival and I even made my first appearance in the 2014 Greenbelt Labor Day Parade on that group’s behalf as well.

Basically the thrift store idea fizzled because I found out that finding a large space for an affordable rent in the Washington, DC area is incredibly difficult, especially for a new thrift store. At one point the group suggested that I might try doing a series of weekend flea markets instead. That one was also a struggle because I needed to find suitable land which has adequate parking, suitable Metrobus access (for people who don’t have a car), and is easy to locate. What really killed the flea market idea was learning that I not only had to file a permit with the City of Greenbelt but I also had to file a permit with Prince George’s County as well. That’s right, two different types of paperwork at two levels of government. I finally just threw my hands up in the air and walked away.

Recently I got an email from the group saying that a reporter was doing a story about our efforts to start a bunch of worker-owned cooperatives. I had the reporter interview me by email. The story has just been published in In These Times magazine recently but a number of the interviews she did had to be cut because of space limitations in the print edition, including mine.

Even though my interview got cut, I’m going to provide the link to the web edition, which is online now.

The reporter sent another email recently where she mentioned the possibility of doing follow-up stories using the interview footage that was cut from the original story. If that happens, and if my interview actually gets used, I’ll definitely let you know.

I thought he really hit a new low with that messed-up Boy Scouts speech. But it seems like he’s determined to show the world how much of a hateful bastard he really is while encouraging people to still love him despite the fact that he’s exhibiting malignant narcissism tendencies.

Today President Trump issued a ban on transgender people from serving in the military. He claimed that the medical costs associated with a transgender person would be huge yet this one analysis says that what the military currently shells out for Viagra is more than it would on providing medical care for a transgender person.

Right now I’m just going to say this. For years there have been transgender people active in my Unitarian Universalist congregation. All of them have made my congregation a better place to go to and worship in. My UU faith was very helpful when I learned that a man who caught my garter at my wedding is now living as a transgender woman. Donald Trump’s hateful ban on trans people from serving this country in the military will NOT deter my own congregation—or the UU denomination in general—from continuing to be a safe haven for transgender people. Anyone who supports what President Trump has done and/or supports the bathroom bills that have made their way through various state legislatures is on the wrong side of history.

I’m sure that many of you have heard about President Trump’s bizarre speech at a Boy Scout Jamboree. In case you’ve missed it, The Toronto Star has a list of the 17 most jaw-dropping moments from that speech while you can view the speech in its entirety right here.

I am a former Girl Scout. I was once married to an Eagle Scout. My late mother-in-law once served as a Den Mother to my ex-husband’s Boy Scout troop. I am totally outraged over President Trump’s inappropriately partisan speech to a large group of minors who are members of what is supposed to be a non-partisan organization. He railed against the Affordable Health Care Act while making disparaging remarks about former President Obama and Hillary Clinton—topics that should NOT belong in a speech to the Boy Scouts.

Naturally the parents of these boys are outraged and some have even threatened to withdraw their sons from the Boy Scouts of America. I don’t blame them one bit. If I had a son who was at that Jamboree, I would be so angry that I would be going to West Virginia right now and withdrawing him early from that event.

The fact that Donald Trump is using innocent children for his own propaganda purposes without the consent from either the kids or their parents says a lot about his character—none of it very good.

It’s too bad that Donald Trump himself was never a Boy Scout. Had he belonged to a troop while he was growing up, he would’ve been exposed to the idea of doing service for others and how to have reverence for this country and all that it stands for. He missed out on a golden opportunity to improve himself while possibly being exposed to kids from a different background than what he was raised in. He also would’ve learned that partisan politics has no place in the Boy Scouts.

But he wasn’t a member and he grew up with this huge narcissistic ego with a giant sense of entitlement. He probably views the Boy Scouts as his own version of the Hitler Youth (or is it Trump Youth?) and the Girl Scouts as his own League of German Girls (which would be renamed the League of American Girls). If the Boy Scouts have any common sense, they would ban him from ever speaking at any further Boy Scout events. I hope the Girl Scouts would not ever think about having him speak at any of their events. Given the allegations involving sexual assault against minors, having him speak to a group of underaged girls would be like letting a dog loose in a candy shop.

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