2016 Reasons to Oppose Trump: Reasons #22-42

And so we begin day two in my almost Herculean task of listing the 2016 reasons why I believe Donald Trump is unfit for the presidency. As I mentioned in the first post, the 2016 reasons will be spread across 99 posts. The posts should be finished a few days before the General Election. As of this writing, I already have 365 reasons written down and have posted 21 prior to today.

22. Trump said he would punish women for having abortions. In an answer to Chris Matthews that caused pro-life groups to cringe and point out the absurdity of such a suggestion, Trump stated that there needed to be some punishment for people seeking abortions, but only for the pregnant individual, not the other “parent” and not the doctor. His campaign had to clarify the statement and, now, supporters of Trump like to say he was pressured into saying there should be a punishment for a person who receives abortion.

23. Trump’s family discriminated against black people and Puerto Ricans in its renting practices. They even denied housing to people who had been in the military. In 1973, their practices included marking non-white applicants as “C”—”colored”. The Justice Department filed a suit against Trump’s firm; it’s one of the largest of its kind from that time period. And when in court, their attorney, who had been an aide to civil rights hater Joseph McCarthy, portrayed them as victims of circumstance.

24. They preferred as tenants who were “Jews & executives.” Apparently being anti-black and anti-Puerto Rican wasn’t enough for the Trumps.

25. Trump has been late on taxes in New York. Multiple times. There have been over 100 lawsuits against Trump’s businesses for late or unpaid taxes. Even since his candidacy began, he’s been involved in five and had a tax warrant filed by the state.

26. Trump defrauded investors in Florida. In addition to more Trump University/Institute issues, and, potentially, a $25,000 payout to Pam Bondi’s campaign to drop her investigation, Trump managed to, along with a group of Tampa real estate developers, scam people into investing in a 52-story condo tower that they were told would be built downtown. The investments were made around 2004 and the condo was never built. Dozens of buyers sued, but only received a fraction of what they’d invested. The land was sold to another buyer less than a year ago. Similar incidents occurred in Atlanta, Charlotte, and Phoenix.

27. Trump has insulted the Chinese government. At the start of his campaign, Trump claimed to “beat China all the time” and that China was destroying America & its currency. He also mocked Asians and degraded them by speaking in broken English.

28. Trump said Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her” after the first Republican debate. He also managed to call Kelly unprofessional by asking him a softball question about his history of insults. I don’t know how anyone would have missed this misogynist debacle, but I guess some people have since it still gets downplayed. It wasn’t his only attack on Kelly—more on that later.

29. Trump repeatedly sparred with Rosie O’Donnell. Ah, yes, the individual who Trump believes is the only woman he ever insulted. In 2006, Rosie questioned why Trump chose to allow Miss USA to keep her title after she abused drugs and drank while underage. She felt it was inappropriate for him to discuss second chances and appropriate behaviors given his background. Trump, of course, felt that he was unjustly attacked and spat back, “Rosie will rue the words she said. I’ll most likely sue her for making those false statements–and it’ll be fun. Rosie’s a loser. A real loser. I look forward to taking lots of money from my nice fat little Rosie.” In 2011, he felt the need to insult not only Rosie, but her new partner.

30. Trump retweeted a post by the user @WhiteGenocideTM. Twice. For some very strange reason, Donald Trump has yet to master the retweet button. He’s continuing to retweet tweets in the way that users had to prior to its invention. As a result, he ends up quoting white supremacists like @WhiteGenocideTM (twice) and posting racist memes from those users. To not understand the platform’s progress over the years is sad, but dog-whistling the racists? There’s something really screwed up about that.

31. Just a few weeks ago, Trump posted an antisemitic graphic featuring Hillary Clinton. I remember waking up to people talking about Trump’s Hillary tweet. Despite the Trump fan and campaign claims, the people I heard it from were not members of the media. I opened up his Twitter profile and looked at it for myself and figured out it was racist all on my own. (Their tweets had not suggested what was going on.)  But, in case you couldn’t figure it out by looking at it, it wasn’t just the Star of David. There was the claim of corruption and the pile of money behind it. If you’ve ever looked into antisemitism, not just including that perpetrated by the Nazi Party, but the antisemitism that predated it in Europe for over a thousand years, then it’s pretty clear associating corruption and piles of money behind that Star is like a neon sign promoting hatred of Jews. And when it was discovered that the image was made by and promoted by antisemitic individuals, there were lies about it from supporters and the campaign. I mean, sure, your racism is shameful, but you should own it. If he wants to be the new Hitler, then he needs to come out and say it.

32. To defend himself from controversy after the antisemitic Clinton graphic, he used a photo provided by white supremacists of a Frozen coloring/sticker book. Sometimes it feels like Donald Trump is that racist relative on Facebook that everyone has, but no one really likes talking about…because they’re racists.

33. Trump once said that a group of Native Americans wanting to open a casino didn’t look “real” enough for him. In 1993, Donald Trump  talked about how certain tribes that ran casinos didn’t meet his standards of what a Native American should look like.

34. Despite being told it is disrespectful, Donald Trump continues to refer to Elizabeth Warren as Pocahontas. Because Elizabeth repeated family lore ,in scholarship applications, that her family had Native American ancestry, some pundits and Trump have been foaming at the mouth at the opportunity to use that against her. Calling her Pocahontas is him using Pocahontas’s name in a derisive way. And I’m fairly certain that the Donald could figure that out if he looked it up or listened to people speaking up about it.

35. For reasons no one understands, he felt the need to say Heidi Klum is no longer a 10. Body-shaming Heidi was something that flummoxed everyone, even Heidi.

36. After the shooting at Pulse in Orlando, he advocated that patrons should have been armed. Even Wayne LaPierre, a man whose judgment when it comes to arming Americans is always in question, realized that arming a bunch of drunk people would be a bad idea. So that’s one gun-free zone that even the NRA wants to keep gun-free. Trump eventually claimed that he meant that security should have been armed, which means he probably didn’t realize that the first person who Mateen ran into was an off-duty cop.

37. The mother of Chris Stevens, the Ambassador killed in Benghazi, had to make a public plea for him to discontinue using her son’s name & death in his campaign. It isn’t the first time that she’s spoken out about her feelings on his Chris’s death, but she has demand that the GOP and Mr. Trump stop politicizing her son’s death. Given his past behavior, I’m guessing Trump won’t be listening to her.

38. Trump felt the need to mock the heritage of Judge Curiel and question his integrity. Despite the fact that Judge Gonzalo Curiel has given Mr. Trump more leeway than many would in his insults and public discussion of the Trump University case, Donald felt the need to smear Curiel as racially biased and having a potential conflict of interest. Apparently, since Curiel’s family has Mexican ancestry he’s supposed to be more opposed to the idea of “The Wall” that Mr. Trump wants to build. But Judge Curiel was born in America, in the state where Trump’s running mate hails from.

39. Donald Trump promoted the rumor that Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of JFK. During the Primary season, Donald Trump mentioned that he’d seen a picture of Rafael Cruz with Lee Harvey Oswald in Cuba. He claimed that its inclusion in the National Enquirer was proof that there must be something to his speculation. I don’t like defending members of the Cruz family, but this claim is much more batshit crazy than any claim that any Presidential candidate should make. We don’t quote the National Enquirer as a legitimate news source, k? 

40. Trump admires Vladimir Putin. I guess his subscription to the National Enquirer keeps him so busy that he’s never heard of what a dangerous man Putin is. But I know that a man who is legitimately suspected of killing rivals, has stripped the freedoms of Russians, was involved in acts of mass murder to justify the Chechen War (and frame the Chechen Muslims), and has supported the brutality Al-Assad doles out in Syria is not the kind of person a world leader should admire. If that’s the type of personality he looks up to, then that makes me cringe over what he might want to do here. This is why America can’t have nice things!

41.  Trump wouldn’t disavow David Duke or admit he knew who he was until after he was repeatedly asked to. When told that David Duke was endorsing him, he pretended to not know who that was. Then he claimed he’d already disavowed him based on something he said in 2000 about Duke

42.  Trump was once fined $200,000 by the NJ Casino Control Commisson because black card dealers were removed from the casino floor at the request of a big-spending gambler. No really. It happened. Robert Libutti didn’t want black people and women dealing cards to him. And the casino obliged. Apparently the management there couldn’t refuse to serve racists. Just think of that whenever he tweets about his “successful” businesses. He’s been catering to racist garbage people for decades.

Until next time.  

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2016 Reasons to Oppose Trump — Reasons #1-21

Sometimes in life I feel the urge to rant about things that bother me and, guess what, Trump bothers me. A lot. So I decided since it’s the 2016 election that I would come up with 2016 reasons not to vote for Trump. Of course I realize this may not convince people to not vote for him, but it will allow me to express reasons he should never be the President of the United States. I know 2016 is a lot of reasons to come up with, but I believe I can come up with them. I will try to remember to include links to information backing up reason so that you will see that this isn’t just me making baseless accusations.

There will be 99 posts of 21 reasons each over the next 99 or so days. This will give enough time before the election to get all 2016 reasons out.1

1. Trump is a liar.  As of July 23, 2016, only 29% of statements made by Donald Trump are considered Half True—15%, Mostly True–10%, or True–4% by Politifact. Even during his RNC convention speech, Trump couldn’t avoid lying.2 The Washington Post has accused him of being “pathologically dishonest“; the National Review labeled him the “post-truth candidate“.

2. Trump was accused of raping his first wife, Ivana Trump. During a deposition for their divorce, Ivana described a sexual assault perpetrated by Donald against her in 1989. When the rape was discussed in a 2015 article on The Daily Beast, Michael Cohen, special counsel at The Trump Organization said:

“You’re talking about the frontrunner for the GOP, presidential candidate, as well as a private individual who never raped anybody. And, of course, understand that by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse…It is true…You cannot rape your spouse. And there’s very clear case law.”3


3. Trump was accused of attempting to rape Jill Harth. In 1997, Harth filed a suit against Trump alleging that he sexually assaulted her in 1993. Harth also accused Trump of repeated, unwanted sexual advances. She claims he groped her under the table at a restaurant and he pushed her up against the wall of his daughter’s bedroom and groped her again. The lawsuit was settled, though Trump denied the allegations.

4. Trump was accused of raping a thirteen-year old girl. The girl, publicly refered to as Katie Johnson, filed a lawsuit accusing Trump and Jeffrey Epstein of having solicited sex from her at sex parties at their homes in Manhattan in 1994. She claims Trump “took her virginity in 1994 when she was only 13 and being held by Epstein as a slave.” She said they threatened her family and her with harm if she didn’t comply. The claims were corroberated by a person referred to as Tiffany Doe.

5. Trump was implicated in the rape and disappearance of a twelve-year old girl. Katie Johnson’s lawsuit alleges that she was forced to participate in sex acts with a girl referred to as Maria Doe for the enjoyment of Donald Trump. Johnson claimed that Trump told her she “shouldn’t ever say anything if I didn’t want to disappear like Maria, a 12-year-old female that was forced to be involved in the third incident with Defendant Trump and that I had not seen since that third incident, and that he was capable of having my whole family killed.” These claims were also corroberated by Tiffany Doe.

6. Donald Trump is a birther. Remember when Trump decided to accuse Obama of not being born in Hawaii, meaning he couldn’t be the American president? Yeah, it was quite the story. And guess what? He still identifies as one, despite evidence that Obama was born in the country.4 Birtherism is blatant xenophobia, which has become Trump’s favorite -phobia. Well, aside from Islamophobia. And homophobia.

 7. In his campaign announcement speech, he accused Mexico of sending rapists and drug dealers. Supporters of Trump like to point out that Trump followed that up with the statement that “some, I assume, are good people“—which doesn’t make it any better. It’s like telling someone that the bowl of strawberries they handed you has rotten berries in it, but that some aren’t actually rotten. It’s a xenophobic, good-luck-guessing-who-is-bad statement. It’s fear-mongering. Trump supporters really ate those rotten berries up. And guess what? It’s pretty much bullshit.

8. Trump used slave labor in Dubai. Slave labor was used to build Trump International Golf Course in Dubai. This was supposed to be the “greatest golf course in the world” according to the more-humble-than-you-know Trump. Workers made less than $200 a month and lived in squalorous conditions.

9. Trump has been accused of sexual harassment and humiliation by former employees. This year, Elizabeth Davidson filed a complaint with the Davenport Civil Rights Commission over remarks made by Trump while she was working for his campaign in Iowa. He has been accused by multiple women of mocking or degrading women working for him, using dismissive and sexist language to refer to them.

10. Trump has stated that he is attracted to his daughter, Ivanka Trump. Multiple times. His first caveat with his incestuous attraction is that he’s married, not that she’s his daughter. He joked about how she’s she could be in Playboy and that he could date her.  He only asserts that he’s her father and couldn’t date her as a side note.

11. Trump sexualized Tiffany as an infant. In an interview, Trump stated he’d like his then one-year olds daughter Tiffany to inherit her mom’s breasts.

12. Trump is hypocritical on Clinton’s vs. Pence’s support of the Iraq War. In last week’s 60 Minutes, Trump defended Pence voting for the Iraq War, while simultaneously bashing Hillary Clinton for her vote. Pence is, according to Trump, entitled to make mistakes. Hypocrisy, Party of Don.

13. Trump is hypocritical over receiving money/favors from Saudi Arabia. In another case of “do as I say, not as I do”, Trump likes to imply that Hillary has received money from Saudi Arabia either personally or for her campaign. In actuality, it’s the Clinton Foundation, which Hillary isn’t even in charge of, that received donations. Trump, on the other hand, has been personally bailed out twice by a Saudi prince.

14. Trump encouraged violence throughout the primaries. Though he would try blaming it on supporters of Bernie Sanders, Trump repeatedly incited violence at campaign events. And he hasn’t stopped encouraging it.

15. Trump University was never a university, it was always a scam. Despite the name, it wasn’t a school. In 2011, the New York Attorney General investigated it for illegal business practices and filed a lawsuit alleging them as a result of what was found during investigations.

16. Trump has had not one bankruptcy…

17. Not two bankruptcies…

18. Not three bankruptcies…,

19. But FOUR. Four bankruptcies have been filed as a result of his business dealings.

20. Trump mocked a disabled journalist. In November 2015, Trump went on stage & mocked Serge Kovaleski’s hand movements; Kovaleski has a congenital joint disorder.

21. Donald Trump thinks he owns black people. He’s repeatedly talked about black people belonging to him.

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  1. Yes, I did the math so that it would work out evenly—or, more appropriately, oddly. 

  2. Oddly enough, his first lie that night was about there being a lack of lies at the 2016 convention. 

  3. New York’s law allowing marital rape was struck down in 1984—five years before the rape took place. 

  4. Even if he wasn’t, he’s considered a natural born American because his mom is from Kansas. 

That’s Not How Tolerance Works

Tolerance is something we should all support. It promotes the idea that we are all equal. It helps establish that the rights that exist for the majority also apply to minorities. It is something that must exist because we can no longer have a world where oppression is acceptable. Tolerance is a good thing. 

But some people don’t like the idea of ending hatred. They want a world where they’re allowed to attack or degrade someone based on their race, religion, disability, sex, etc. They feel empowered by that hatred, by the oppression that results from it. 

But some take their hate to the next level. They try to ruin the meaning of tolerance by appropriating the word itself. They like to make the “tolerance goes both way” statement. In my experience, it’s only the bigots that say it. 

They’ll claim, “I don’t like gay people getting married, so I’ll keep it from happening by not letting them get a marriage license. You say you believe in tolerance. You have to tolerate me. You have to accept me.” 

They’ll say, “Liberals like to call me a bigot because I believe in white genocide. They’re not very tolerant of opinions they don’t like.”

But that’s utter bullshit. No one has to accept this kind of behavior. Ever. 

What they’re wanting is for people who are facing actual intolerance to be complacent about that intolerance. They don’t understand how disgusting their desire is. But if they expect a marginalized group to smile and take it when they’re being intolerant, then they’re sick fucks. 

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“Good” Friday?!

Gather ’round, children. It’s time for the tale of why it’s not fucking okay to call Good Friday “good” and why this name bothers me so much. 

As I rant about this particular tragedy in some way every year, you should have anticipated this. Now, before I begin, let’s establish that for the purpose of this post, we will assume that the traditional story of Jesus’s life, death and resurrection are legitimate. If you don’t believe in the story or God or whatever, then that’s fine. This isn’t me endorsing or promoting Christianity, so don’t get angsty. And if you’re an evangelical or conservative Christian, you might not enjoy this, so go do something else if this offends you. 

Okay. Where were we? 

Ah, yes. 

About 1984 years ago, there was this Middle Eastern dude who got killed by a European dude for practicing the wrong religion.1

Anyway, three days later, which would be a Monday not a Sunday, the dead dude popped up & scared the shit out of everyone. We eat chocolate on Easter to commemorate the shit being scared out of people.2

Anyway, supposedly, Good Friday is “good” because the guy who died was dying to help save the world.3 His death is supposed to be symbolic, but what people don’t realize is that his death should still be considered awful. Suggesting it was good despite its horrific nature does a grotesque disservice to its victims. 

Crucifixion was used by various empires, but the Romans were big fans of it. That may be because typically Roman citizens weren’t crucified. Their slaves were, as were pirates and enemies of the state. Crucifixion was meant for the lowest of the low. It was the most dishonorable death you could have. It was meant to humiliate. Death by crucifixion could take days and Roman guards couldn’t leave the site until it occurred. Since they had other shit to do, they would “hasten” death by asphyxiation, stabbing, flogging, breaking bones, and other equally pleasant measures. 

Crucifixion was abolished in 337 by Constantine because of his feels for Jesus. Not because at one point 500 people per day were executed by it. No, it was because he loved Jesus. The Crucifixion is now celebrated through the symbol of the cross.4

But Good Friday is not just bad because of the evils of capital punishment, atrocities committed by the Romans, the libel perpetrated against one of the closest friends of Jesus,5 or the death and humiliation of any victims of crucifixion. Good Friday was a big player in the antisemitism that grew over the next two thousand years. You see, because it was supposedly Jews who encouraged the punishment and death of Jesus, all Jews were seen as Christ killers. They were accused of well poisoning and starting the Black Death. They were accused of greed. They were placed in ghettos as early as the 16th century. They were exiled/deported from countries for hundreds of years. They were discriminated against throughout Europe and America. They were murdered, tortured, and enslaved en masse during the Holocaust. And the big thing used to justify mass murder was the Crucifixion. So, as you talk about how “good” Good Friday is, remember millions of people died for that goodness. 

As Good Friday comes around every year, I begin to feel this sense of dread and annoyance. I remember the carnage associated with it & I just feel like we missed the bigger picture. But not to worry, I’ll get over it. For a year. Of course I’ll get a little annoyed on Sunday as people commemorate the resurrection of a Jewish dude by eating ham. That’s tacky. Of course, so is eating lamb as the commemorate the resurrection of the Lamb of God. Yeah, I’m so judging y’all. 
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  1. Okay, that’s a pointed summary meant to show you how little things have changed in almost two thousand years. 

  2. No, we don’t. But if that grosses you out & leaves more chocolate for me, then I have no regrets. 

  3. Who the fuck did this guy think he is? He’s not Buffy. 

  4. Basically, people wear little electric chairs around their necks because they think it makes them better—and more fashionable—people. 

  5. Judas is remembered as a villain for ratting out Jesus. If the stories are true, then he actually fulfilled the requisite action that would eventually lead to the resurrection. That should make him a hero and the people who denied Jesus the villains, but they were the ones who wrote the books, so they did a little revisionist history. Typical. 

Huff and Puff

So, while I wait for my sunscreen to power-up, I thought I’d say that the only real use for a certain stigmatic trending topic, #TheTriggering, is to fill my 100,000+1 strong blocklist .2

I’ve seen a lot of those assholes pretend like it isn’t an attack on people with PTSD. They claim that the people who talk about needing trigger warnings aren’t “really” PTSD patients. Well, in a way, they’re correct; some who need trigger warnings are not PTSD patients. Many psychiatric ailments have environmental/stress-related triggers. Many “physical” ailments do as well.

They claim that people who talk about having PTSD haven’t really been diagnosed; that they just looked it up on the internet and randomly decided that they have it. Randomly claiming to have PTSD is apparently a lot less classy than telling a stranger on Twitter that you know more about their psychological health than they do.3 Maybe some who claim to have PTSD are faking, but I guess the shitlords don’t realize that if a person is faking a mental illness for attention or sympathy or because they genuinely believe they have it, they are still suffering from a mental illness. Guess what that means: They still deserve respect & compassion. 

Most of the posts I’ve seen that don’t bash PTSD patients are bashing non-whites, LGBTQ community members, the disabled, and other marginalized groups. They’ll glorify free speech and free enterprise, while wanting to restrict votes4 to people they don’t like and saying that a private business5 cannot ban people who violate its terms of service–they think that’s censorship.6 They deny that their harassment and bullying campaigns are abuse because, to them, abuse has to involve physical violence, but they’ll use Eron Gjoni’s supposed psychological abuse to promote those campaigns. Many profess a belief in Christianity, while not understanding its tenets. Others claim to be atheists—a belief they promote as one for morally superior individuals—while simultaneously engaging in harassment and bullying of others for fun.7 Many are Trump supporters and/or identify with KKK, neo-Nazi, or other alt-right ideologies. #TheTriggering is nothing more than a bigotpalooza. It’s sick and fucking twisted. 

And all of their hate is over what? Having to give a heads up that their words might upset others? At worst, that’s an inconvenience. They’re basically assholes complaining that they can’t be assholes to other people.8 There are kindergarten graduates who have a better grasp on how to behave around others than they do. 

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  1. Seriously. 

  2. And it’s not even all that useful since I already have most of the assholes using it blocked. 

  3. I speak from experience on this. I was told that I couldn’t have PTSD from childhood emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and bullying. I was told only military service personnel who were atracked in a war zone could have the disorder. 

  4. Voting is a form of free speech. 

  5. Twitter. 

  6. It isn’t. 

  7. If you think terrorizing another person is fun, seek professional help. 

  8. Get some manners, guys. 

Daily Debate: Oct. 6, 2015

Whether or not we openly acknowledge it, voter suppression still goes on in the United States. Nine states passed or introduced legislation that could have infringed upon the rights of citizens in 2013; six did so in 2014.

Voter suppression is commonly associated with racism, especially against black people, but it also impacts the elderly, American Indians, students, and people with disabilities. Over thirty states have considered laws that would require voters to present government-issued photo ID to vote and around 11% of Americans do not have that ID, which would place an undue burden on them or would strip them completely of the ability to vote. Other attempts to limit voting include cutting back on early voting and making it harder for people who’ve gone to the wrong precinct to vote.1

Voter suppression is unconstitutional, but some people support it out of fear of voter fraud; it also can gain support because it bills fighting voter fraud can actually sound benign in nature.

What do you think can be done to limit or combat voter suppression? Has your state passed any laws that you think might count as voter suppression? Have you personally experienced voter suppression? Do strict voter ID laws need to exist to protect against voter fraud? Or is voter fraud not a significant enough problem to warrant the laws?


  1. ACLU: 1, 2, 3 

‘Cause It Feels So Empty Without Me

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Guess who’s back…back again?

Backstreet's Back

If you said the Backstreet Boys, you are wrong in so many ways.

*NSYNC is here

If you said Dale Jackson, then obviously you’ve been reading my tweets for the past few hours. The man that I have had either blocked or muted for years has once again deemed it necessary to bother me.1 Apparently, people can’t post links to petitions about voter suppression without earning an annoying tweet from the awful and annoying Mr. Jackson.

The “conversation” quickly devolved into him calling me stupid2 and wanting me to prove that he’s a racist. 3 I’m pretty sure that his racism could be inferred by anyone who read his tweets or listened to his talk show. I don’t. I try to pretend like the man doesn’t exist. His talk show makes my anxiety levels go up because it seems like he’s constantly yelling. Despite what some people think, anger and rage are not my cup of tea.

Anyway, Dale and his followers4 seem to think that voter suppression will not happen as a result of Alabama closing 31 of its driver license offices, leaving only 28, because most people get their licenses using other methods. Well, that’s nice, but it’s still possible and any possible injustice is something that people should be alarmed by.5

I'm allergic to bullshit

They, including Dale,6789 also thought that it was super easy1011 to get a free photo voter ID from the state, which I’m guessing is either from willful ignorance or laziness. Either way, I was amazed at how often they got it wrong. I started to write a tweet out to send to one of them, informing them of their ignorance, but it ended up being extremely long. I realized it was actually almost blog post length, so I thought I’d post it here rather than on Twitter or an app for super-long tweets:

If you think you can get a photo voter ID easily in the state of Alabama, you’re wrong.

First of all, you can’t get one if you currently have any other form of recognized (at precincts) state-issued photo ID. If your other ID expires tomorrow, you better have someone bring you to the registrar two days from now. And they may try to convince you to get your license renewed, even if you can no longer drive or cannot afford the fee for the non-driver ID. (Paying to procure an ID for the purpose of voting is a violation of laws prohibiting poll taxes.)

To get the ID, you have to bring your birth certificate to the registrar. No big deal, right? Except that many people don’t have a copy on hand. If you DON’T have one, you’ll need to get one. And to get one, you have to pay a fee. (This falls under the poll tax classification, but you can challenge getting it for yourself & authorize the registrar to get it from ADPH for free.)

Even if you bring every piece of required information with you, there’s no guarantee that they will know what to do with it. I wasn’t the only person who had trouble. Three or four people came in while I waited & got turned away for bs reasons. I almost got turned away for bs reasons & was told I needed to pay for the ID several times before the actual county registrar came in & told them that was unconstitutional.

And you may have difficulty finding the registrar office. I’ve seen several people say, “Just go to the courthouse.” (I thought that was where the registrar in my county was, too. It wasn’t. It was miles away & difficult to find.)

Now once you have the ID, you may end up having other issues. You know how you use a photo ID at medical appointments? Yeah, they don’t have to use this one. It actually says you can’t use it for non voting purposes. Some offices & hospitals take this seriously, which makes it difficult to get admitted to a clinic/hospital.

I know that I’ve already shared this story on Twitter and on here. I’m fairly certain that many of those who were claiming that the IDs were easy to get either won’t read this or, if they read it, they will say that it’s lies or exaggerations or something along those lines. Still, I felt it was necessary to refute their ignorance. Personally, I think that a lot of people who think that the voter suppression isn’t going to happen with the office closures or that the IDs aren’t hard to get are just misinformed.12 They may not mean to be ignorant on an issue, but that doesn’t mean that that ignorance shouldn’t be challenged or called out.

But, Dale, if you ever feel the need to contact me again, take this advice:

please find someone else to be creepy with

I’m serious.

please leave

No, really, I am.

do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?

Go away. Stay away.

go away

Buh-bye now.

bye bye bye

Edited – 10/06/2015 at 11:58 am to change of to if in this sentence: First of all, you can’t get one if you currently have any other form of recognized (at precincts) state-issued photo ID.


  1. It seems like every year since 2008 or 2009 he shows up. 

  2. Get a new line, Dale. 

  3. Get a new schtick, Dale. 

  4. Remember my lemmings/sheep comment from before? 

  5. Surprise, surprise: Injustice isn’t good. It’s actually really bad and we should try to make sure that it never happens. 


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  9. I did acknowledge it a few times. And I told him how he was wrong a few times. He ignored that. 


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  12. Not you, Dale.