I am way too busy these days for long political rants.
But I would be remiss if I do not at least make passing mention of how depressed, disgusted, and, yes, angry I’ve become as I watch the ongoing attempts at voter suppression in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa, and other states where Republicans and their Teabagger[*] allies control key seats of power.
…OK, it’d be kind of depressing if I had ever got around to reading Game of Thrones, which will probably now wait a while longer. But, hey, I’m sure that he doesn’t want my dirty conservative money anyway, am I right? Or that of Newsbusters (H/T). Heck, if George R. R. Martin was asked, he’d probably retort that the Right doesn’t read books anyway.
:shrug: Look. I don’t care if you’re liberal, but if you don’t want conservatives reacting to the filth you say, don’t say any. Keep the thought-worms in your head, and don’t let them out to play.
PS: While we’re on the subject, why is it that people like Martin apparently seem to think that they’re able to get away with insinuating that black people are too stupid to drive, cash checks, purchase alcohol, purchase cigarettes, travel by plane, and/or stand in line for a couple of hours to get photo ID? That’s a rhetorical question, by the way; it’s largely because people with putatively more moral awareness tacitly forgive beloved artists for their lapses. Which is everyone’s privilege, of course. Just don’t… pretend that you’re not doing anything wrong, OK?
*”Teabagger,” of course, refers to the charming practice of male-male sexual humiliation by having one simulate (or not-simulate) placing his testicles in the mouth of another. It has been enthusiastically adopted by the more mouth-breathing, slack-jawed elements of the American Left who were apparently chafing under various speech code restrictions**; I was under the impression that Martin had roughly twenty more IQ points than that, but apparently not.
**See also ‘chickenhawk,’ which the American Left similiarly appropriated from its earlier meaning of ‘older homosexual male with a taste for barely legal (at best) sexual partners’ to mean ‘pro-war supporters.’