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Domer here! Class of 2000

Some people might not be aware that I am a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. Yup, I’m a legit Domer, Class of 2000. Take it as you will. My years enrolled as a student might not have been the most memorable time of my life, but it was still a formative time for me. I got to meet new people, and learn new things about old friends. One of these new things was homosexuality.

Let me clarify. A fellow dorm resident, let’s call him “Dormie” out of respect for his privacy, was one of the several people I would say “W’sup” to, as I would wander around the dorm building, or the campus in general. I did have a reputation of being a bit crazy, scary even. There was that time I was drunk on vodka and running around the dorms waving my Chinese butterfly knives to show to other people. I probably scared the shit out of people at that time, though I was totally oblivious to their fears since I was pretty hammered, but I digress.

Every now and then, I’d pay Dormie a visit, act like a damn fool, and otherwise inspire a more jovial mood. Dormie was always polite to me, so I might have not always taken the hint that he wanted to be left alone. However, whenever he was more direct, I did comply with his wishes, and then tell him I’d see him later. Now, I always thought Dormie had a much better chance of scoring with the ladies than I ever could, which isn’t saying much, I know, but I let him know that, hoping to compliment his ego and build up a rapport with him.

Now there was one incident when I was especially acting like a damn fool. I paid Dormie a visit, making stupid-ass comments as usual. I noticed some photos of half-naked men cut out of magazines and pinned on the wall and the dresser. They were not big photos, so they were easy to overlook. I paid little mind to them, since I had similarly gay-looking stuff in my own room and in my personal space in the art studio. I used such things as models or references in some of my art projects; I just assumed Dormie was doing the same. Still, I probably made myself too comfortable and too familiar with his room. I made a comment to the effect of, “Dude, why do have all these picture of guys here? All the girls are going to think you’re gay or something, heheheh…”

It took me a few seconds to make this following revelation. Dormie was gay. In my defense, my gay-dar has always been horribly unreliable.

I tried to assure Dormie that I was cool with the gayness, and, at his request, promised to keep his sexual orientation to myself. I have kept that promise to this day, though, I suspect that common acquaintances of both Dormie and myself probably already guessed what I had just found out. Still, I have some concerns if my behavior, hell, my mere presence might have made Dormie uncomfortable in anyway. Given my reputation of acting crazy and knowing Kung Fu, I wouldn’t be surprised if Dormie just wanted me to go away.

I don’t know if Dormie would ever read this, but, Dormie, if you are reading this, I trust everything is going well with you, and hopefully you are in a place where you feel comfortable being openly gay. And if I ever made you feel uncomfortable in any way, whether it was my habit of stopping by and bothering you on a semi-weekly basis to not realizing that I might have been insensitive in my careless words, then I apologize to you and want to let you know that I never intended to make things weird or awkward or anything less than welcoming from me.

I am reminded about this incident because my old alma mater, University of Notre Dame, was recently in the news. Specifically, the news reported on several graduates who walked out of the commencement ceremony when the commencement speaker, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, began his address. I remember when I graduated from the University of Notre Dame, and our class’s commencement speaker was Kofi Annan, then the Secretary-General of the United Nations, who pretty much a big deal at the time. Unfortunately, I don’t know what he said on that day, because I actually fell asleep during the commencement and missed all the boring stuff that people said. So I don’t blame anyone for walking out on the rationale that the whole thing might be a bit boring.

However, the stated message of this year’s walkout was to protest Pence’s LGBT policies and his present involvement with the current administration. Despite being a Catholic institution, Notre Dame has a sizable student population that support civil rights for their fellow LGBT students, and for all people world wide. This was true when I was a student, and it’s evident that it’s true today.

By now, there will have been people making comments, some cheering the young people for taking a stance, others deriding them as spoiled-ass libtard snowflakes whose un-American actions are the reasons for division today. To the former, I concur. To the latter, fuck off.

I think I should be little more specific.

To those who are calling those students “snowflakes running to their safe spaces,” I’d say fuck off. There’s nothing wrong with being a snowflake. In fact, everyone is damn snowflake, regardless if they acknowledge it or not. As for safe spaces, it seems that the ones who bitch about safe spaces are the ones who ironically feel the most threatened. These students didn’t feel threatened. They broke from tradition in order to make a statement.

To those who call the walkout “Un-American,” you need to study your damn U.S. History. The history of America has all been based on protests and complaining. The Declaration of Independence is a list of grievances, IE. complaints, from the colonies to the British Empire. It is literally a document of each and every thing the Founding Fathers were bitching about. The Boston Tea Party was a protest against taxes on tea. Sure, they tried to frame Native Americans for it (yeah, bad move proto-America), it was nonetheless temper tantrum about the goddamn mutha’ %$#@! tea! But those complaints are not without merit. When Americans bitch and moan, we usually complain and protest for the rights of our fellow citizens. Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. are 20th century examples of protesters, people who complained about the injustice experienced by real American citizens, but they “complained” peacefully. Now I doubt any of these kids will be as prominent as Rosa Parks, but they still embodied the spirit of Rosa Parks (ironically, by not taking a seat).

To those who accuse the students walking out of “not listening,” I’d say listen to what their protest is. Mike Pence already made his stances known, both during the 2016 presidential campaign and during his term of office as governor of Indiana. I’m sure if the students were indeed not listening to Pence before, then they wouldn’t have a reason to walk out now. But they were listening. They didn’t like what he was saying, and in the good old fashioned American way, they protested.

And to those who accuse the protesting students of being intolerant of other opinions, then I stand to be accused as well. Because I share their intolerance of the opinion that LGBT people should have lesser civil rights than the rest of the population. I share their intolerance of homophobia and bigotry. But unlike those students, I’m already past the point of silent protest. If people want to talk smack, if people want to voice their support for homophobia and bigotry, then those jackasses should expect to get shouted down. Because unlike most “bleeding heart liberal SJW faggots,” I’m not a nice person. I have much less tolerance than I did when I graduated back in 2000. If these damn don’t like gays, then they need to just stay away; they will not get infected with the gayness, and they will avoid much unnecessary trouble. But if one of these jackasses messes with our LGBT neighbors, then that fool is messing with friends, family, people that I actually give a damn about. And Teo don’t play that. I no longer have much patience for people who can’t get over their homophobia, so rather than trying to “educate” them, I would probably just stick a foot up their asses.

Sure, it’s easy to label the students and attack them for whatever silly reason imaginable. But it’s much more difficult to attack their message, because their message is intolerance for the bigotry that Mike Pence has supported in his political policies. So, yeah, everyone have the right to disagree with everything and anything they want. But don’t make this about the students. Make it about the message. Rosa Parks didn’t get kicked off the bus because she was being a bitch about not giving up her seat. She got kicked off because those jackasses would rather deal with her personally than deal with the message that she had as much right to that bus seat as anyone else.

Damn, Comey Got Ganked!

I wish I had more time to elaborate and expound on this, but I haven’t gotten my med refills yet, so we’ll see how far I get.

Now, I usually don’t follow politics, but because I already finished the first season of Iron Fist on Netflix and I’m still waiting for more episodes of the second season of the anime My Hero Academia, I have been listening to the PBS Newshour more often than not. I assume this is a good thing, despite my depression has been worsening from listening to current events. And one of these current events is the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Now, let’s ignore the fact that Dir. Comey was currently in charge of investigations regarding the White House’s alleged ties with Russian agents and their influence in the U.S. government. Yes, I understand that it is an important fact not to ignore, but for now, I want to look at what are the initial facts of the situation right now before we go into speculations and allegations, despite how relevant those speculations and allegations are, and into the facts that would later be made evident as the situation develops.

Now, here’s a list of what I know are facts:

  1. Trump, himself, has fired Dir. Comey, by virtue of his office as President of the United States.
  2. The reason for Comey’s termination is due to his mishandling of the investigation of then Democratic Candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server while she served as Secretary of State under President Obama. Specifically, the memo from the Justice Department cites Dir. Comey’s public recommendation to not pursue criminal charges.

If there are any corrections to be made regarding these facts, then please tell me so I can reevaluate the situation with better information.

Now, despite Dir. Comey’s recommendation in July of 2016, the Justice Department could just as well ignore the Director’s recommendation and proceed with criminal prosecution. Sure, Comey took some wind out of their sails, but if the Justice Department actually feels that criminal proceedings were necessary, couldn’t they just do that anyway? It wouldn’t be the first time that different government agencies or departments would disagree with each other, and it certainly wouldn’t be the last. So, despite the Director’s recommendation, couldn’t the Attorney General still say, “Fuck it!” and continue with criminal proceedings? If the issue is really about criminal activity, then screw public opinion, get the prosecution posse, and lock the bitch up! But, if the issue is less about criminal activity, and more about political maneuvering, then yeah, I can see why Sessions and Trump, way back in 2016, would get upset over Comey’s mishandling of the investigation. In fact, Trump repeatedly criticized Comey and the FBI during the rest of his campaign. Well, the criticisms continued but only up to eleven days before Election Day, that is. The reason for Trump’s change in opinion is because Comey made another public announcement stating that he reopened the investigation on Hillary’s e-mails, which brings us to my next point.

The Justice Department and the Trump Administration, as well as their Republican allies and sycophants, point repeatedly to Dir. Comey’s recommendations against a criminal case in regards to Hillary’s e-mail server as the primary reason for Comey’s termination. However, this single action doesn’t seem to be very convincing as the sole reason for dismissing a top official. If anything, Dir. Comey actions for publicly reopening the case of Hillary’s e-mails just days before the general election could be construed as an attempt to influence the election by throwing 11th-hour shade on Hillary. No doubt, with all the efforts of the GOP’s (and allegedly Russia’s) Hillary Hate Machine, this public announcement was probably the final “I knew it” moment that swung voters away from Hillary and into Trump’s camp. It’s interesting to note that this reopening of the investigation resulted in nothing that could be found as even remotely criminal. If anything, this case reopening should draw more attention to Dir. Comey’s integrity than whatever he said months prior.

It should also be noted that the FBI were conducting investigations of alleged ties between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia as far back as July of 2016, coincidentally the same time that he made his public recommendation to not pursue a criminal case against Hillary. However, knowledge of that investigation was not made public until late March of 2017, two months after Trump’s inauguration, and more than four months after the general election. In essence, that investigation could not influence the general election simply because voters did not know about it, unlike the reopened investigation into Hillary’s e-mails that did influence the general election simply because it was made public.

Now, if I wanted to accuse James Comey of playing politics, then I would say he was undermining Hillary’s presidential bid. Despite his recommendation of not indicting Hillary on criminal offenses (whose controversy has already done its job of fomenting suspicions of Hillary), Comey’s non-disclosure of the Trump-Russia investigation throughout those last months of campaigning, while also reopening the investigation on Hillary’s e-mail, suggests that Comey really wanted to sabotage Hillary’s chances of being president, even if he was not necessarily assuring a Trump victory.

Of course, this is only if I want to accuse James Comey of playing politics. I am more of the belief that Comey made some really bad mistakes, one of which really fucked up the integrity of last year’s election. I don’t think he’s thinking politics when he’s doing his job, which explains why he still stands by the decisions he made. As a professional dedicated to looking for facts and evidence within the purview of his position, he understands that any rational voter wouldn’t be inadvertently swayed by his public announcements either way. But as a non-politically minded individual, he probably doesn’t understand that voters can and will be swayed by appeals to their irrational fears and pent-up emotions. Or to put it in Teo-speak, Comey greatly underestimated the stupidity of the American people.

Now this is just my hypothetical interpretation of the facts given. As more information is disclosed, my speculations, as well as the speculations of others, will definitely change.

Let’s now revisit that fact about then-Dir. James Comey being in charge of the investigation concerning ties between Trump and Russia. If he is indeed apolitical, as I suggest, then Comey will probably call things as he sees it, and thus implicate Trump & company in scandals of high treason and espionage. It’s gonna make things look really bad, to say the least. He certainly does not have Trump’s (or Putin’s ) hand up his ass if he made public knowledge of this investigation in the first place, even long after any point of time when it could have been relevant in the minds of voters.

Ever since Comey came out publicly with this investigation, Trump has been less than ingratiating in his opinion on Dir. Comey. If anything, Trump was trying to deflect any and all attention from the Russia scandal, from bombing Iraq, er.. I mean bombing Syria over chocolate cake with President Xi Jinping of China, to repeating accusations of “fake news” trying to make him look bad, to celebrating his great legislative victory of barely passing Trumpcare through the House of Representative but before it even gets seen by the Senate. Nonetheless, the Trump-Russia scandal just won’t go away.

For anyone who is even remotely politically savvy, it should be evident that Dir. Comey is untouchable by the White House. To openly attack him or publicly undermine his leadership of the FBI would immediately invite legitimate criticism of the White House, provoke accusations of a cover-up, and create a very real and very plausible case for impeachment. But, it’s probably evident by now that Trump was never that savvy, politically or otherwise. So, after receiving the memo from the Justice Department for the justification to terminate Comey, Trump simply signs and attaches his office letterhead that states to Comey that he’s fired.

The only reasonable explanation for this extremely ill-timed firing is that Comey’s termination had to be, in some way, personal. If you are on Team Trump (and if you are, well damn! You are one stupid-ass fool!), then you don’t want the White House to be even remotely responsible or connected to Comey’s removal as director, simply because it raises way too many red flags. And these are not just small individual innocuous red flags that Trump can flippantly ignore as all the lawsuits made against him, these are big flaming red signal flares! They cannot be more conspicuous if they were bright pink 3-meter-long sequined flags held by George Takei and Neil Patrick Harris both running shirtless through the middle of a Pence conversion camp! Sure, you sack Comey, but you end up bringing the whole damn administration down as well.

Similarly, if you are part of the Resistance (and if you are, then I say, “My nigga’!”), then you don’t want to sack James Comey, despite his screw ups in 2016. Sure, his resignation or termination won’t actually stop the Trump-Russia investigations, but you don’t want to slow down those investigations either!

Now, it is possible, very possible, that I might be giving Team Trump too much credit. Maybe they actually thought, “Hey, if we get rid of Comey, then that solves all our problems! What could go wrong?” I really hate to acknowledge the stupidity of the American people, but I hate even more to underestimate the stupidity of the American people. I just hope that this stupidity that brought Trump to the White House will also get his ass impeached and convicted out of the White House as well.

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