“The axis today is not liberal and conservative, the axis is constructive-destructive, and you’ve cast your lot with the destructive people. Fox has become an incredibly destructive force in our society. You can be better, and this is going to be your legacy if you’re not careful.”

And John Gruber’s sage take: “This line from Jobs — ‘The axis today is not liberal and conservative, the axis is constructive-destructive’ — is truly the best summary of Trumpism I’ve seen. Trump supporters aren’t conservatives, they just want to see the liberal world order burn down.”

Steve Jobs told Rupert Murdoch Fox News is an “incredibly destructive force”

Oh, quick #FamilyMovieNight catch-up. A couple of weeks ago my son and I had a boy’s weekend, and we watched Toy Story 2 and 3 on successive nights.

I am ashamed to admit that I had never seen them before. Honest.

That said, they are now two of my favorite Pixar films. 2‘s ending had me on the edge of my seat, and 3‘s ending had me almost bawling my eyes out.

I saw on IMDB that 4 is in the works, and I did a little happy dance in my head.

#FamilyMovieNight this week was Disney’s Hercules.

I remember feeling “meh” about the film back in the day, and that hasn’t really changed. The performances are all… competent, the songs are forgettable, and the complete revision of the Hercules myth into a Teen Disney Misfit™ is still hard for me to swallow. Sure, James Woods’ performance as Hades is great, but who the hell (hehe) wants to say nice things about Woods these days?

Mostly, I feel like there was an opportunity here to do something interesting with Hercules as a Disney prince — a powerful hero who learns how to not be a dick, say — and they chose the easy route — the Greek mermaid — instead.

I also finally realized how much they crib from Superman, especially Donner’s take. Baby falls from the heavens and is adopted by a humble farm couple, grows into the awkward teenager who just wants to play sports like his peers do, talks to his real alien father via a statue in the Temple of Solitude, eventually becomes a powerful hero who falls in love with a street-smart brunette, battles an evil bald mastermind, and then brings his lady love back from the dead.

My son seemed kind of bored by the film. He liked bits of the slapstick, but both Hades in general and the hydra scene, specifically, were too scary for him; we fast-forwarded through most of those bits.

So, yeah, I get why Disney is happy to let this one sit on Netflix.


Watching people in a politics thread fall back on the comforting image of a pendulum swinging back and forth over time.

Sadly, this image is misleading garbage. It may be accurate for the balance between the parties, but the history of the GOP these last decades has been a series of points-of-no-return.

If I’d told you, upon the election of HW Bush that he would be the moral high-water mark of the Republican Party going forward, you would not have believed me. And then, again, for Gingrich, Dubya, the Tea party wave… most folks would assume “these are aberrations around a mean for the GOP. They’ll correct away from these excesses.” Only they haven’t. They set the new baseline and reach for a new excess.

I predict that we will never again see a GOP president as competent and morally centered as Trump. He is the party’s new high-water mark.

How reassuring does the image of a pendulum swinging back and forth seem now?

When I took off his clothes he was full of dirt and lice. It seemed like they had not bathed him the 85 days he was away from us…. M. is not the same since we were reunited. I thought that, because he is so young he would not be traumatized by this experience, but he does not separate from me. He cries when he does not see me.

This is as a result of choices me and my fellow citizens made around voting. Voting has consequences. This is our fault for failing to appreciate the very obvious outcome of that election.

During this same conversation one of the officers asked me ‘In Guatemala do they celebrate mother’s day?’ When I answered yes he said, ‘Then Happy Mother’s Day,’ because the next Sunday was Mother’s day. I lowered my head so that my daughter would not see the tears forming in my eyes.

Stick your nose in these stories. Breathe them in. Do your penance. And then, make change.

When I first spoke with ICE officers, they told us, ‘Why did you come from your country?’, ‘Don’t you know that we hate you people?’, ‘We don’t want you in our country.’

This is what our fellow citizens think of a woman fleeing to stop her cousin from raping her children and dismembering her. They tell her we hate her. And our policy proves that. We care more about making ourselves feel special and important than the lives of children. We care more about remaining politically pure and voting our conscience, as though we’re not responsible when our selfish actions hurt others.

The officers said that the children would not return. One said ‘It is the price to pay for crossing the border. We do this so that when you return to your countries you do not return, and so you tell your relatives not to come because we will take your children from you.’ I do not know where my son is.

These fuckers are gleeful at how they’re hurting people. And this is our fault. Yours and mine. And especially those others who decided it wasn’t important to vote, or vote carefully, or educate ourselves.

When we arrived to the United States on May 18, the officers said… when would we stop coming? [and] that it would be better if a bomb were set off in our countries….

The message of our nation and our leaders is consistent with what these evil scumfucks tell these poor people. Our country would much rather poor people die out of our sight than help people who are so desperate they’re willing to risk death and degradation to make their and their children’s lives better.

While I was in the icebox, I was able to talk to an officer and I told him that I was afraid of returning to Honduras for the reasons I have stated. He told me I was going to be deported without my son. He told me I would be able to ask for my son 45 days after arriving in Honduras. Upon hearing this, I knelt down crying. The officer only laughed.

What kind of monster does that?

An American one. We have taken a massive shit in our nation’s soul. All because evil fuckwads wanted to hurt people, and many people were too cool to vote for the only alternative.

We will never live this down. Ever. I am disgusted in my home.

ICE Officers to Asylum Seekers: ‘Don’t You Know That We Hate You People?’