You do not want to miss tonight’s episode of Sledgehammering the Right with Lonald Weiler-Sledge, right here at 8pm on Public Radio Seattle. After two days of impeachment testimony, Weiler-Sledge has had enough. He is going to lay down the ultimate ultimatum against Trump and his cronies. This is a can’t miss episode.
We are pleased to announce that Hunk Cheung is the newest member of the Public Radio Seattle Family!
Hunk(he/him/his) has made Seattle home for the past 5 years. Before that, Hunk lived in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where he was born and raised. Hunk moved to Seattle to “get away from the backwoods, backward, racist hicks that populate South Dakota and the Midwest in general”.
Hunk’s personal life story is one of bravery. Hunk was assigned female at birth, and grew up being raised female. Hunk was a two time all state basketball player in South Dakota, as well as a state champion discus thrower and softball player. He went onto play basketball at Black Hills State but left the team after meeting the woman of his dreams at a basketball camp. This woman, his current wife Barbara, encouraged Hunk to do what had been eating away at him for years – transition full time to male. Hunk made the transition and began living full time as a male in 2013. However, with a transition meant being judged, mocked and ridiculed in deep red South Dakota, so Hunk and Barbara packed their bags and moved to Seattle without any jobs lined up.
“We knew we had to get far, far away from the hotbeds of bigotry and intolerance that dominate South Dakota”, said Hunk. The two, after a rough start, found their footing here in Seattle. Hunk legally changed his name to Hunk Cheung and Barbara also adopted the Cheung last name. When asked why he settled on the name Hunk Chueng, Hunk answered: “It’s always been my dream to be a hunk of a man. A man so masucline, so sexy, that when people see me, they say “Look at that hunk!”. So that is why I went with the first name, to name myself what I see myself as. And the last name Cheung is homage to my late friend from South Dakota, Ji Cheung, who passed away in a car accident. She was the only other transgender individual I knew in South Dakota, and wanted to carry on her name and spirit somehow.”
Hunk has not been assigned a program yet but we know that wherever he lands, his voice will be an asset for Public Radio Seattle. Hunk is very passionate about progressive politics and inclusivity.
Hunk is our first FTM transgender staff member and hopefully will not be the last. Please join us in welcoming Hunk to the family!
Rennis Rinke and Lonald-Weiler Sledge discuss the debunked “Spying” conspiracy theory floated by William Barr and Donald Trump.
For Republicans, you must meet 7 criteria in order for them to not hate you.
You must be:
- Born in America
Otherwise, Republicans hate your guts and despise you. They don’t just despise you. They don’t just hate you. They resent you with a deep rooted, seething, burning hatred that can not be quenched by any other means other than, at best, making your life as miserable as humanly possible, and, at worst, killing you. Republicans will stop at absolutely nothing to quench the hatred.
Here’s the catch. YOU MUST CHECK OFF ALL 7. If you don’t check off all 6, too damn bad. Republicans hate you. 5 of 7 won’t do. 6 of 7 won’t do.
Straight, White, Cis, Christian, American Born, Male, but not rich? Too damn bad. Republicans despise every inch of your being. Which is why I don’t get why the blue collar working class went for Trump and Republicans in 2016. When Trump and Republicans hate their ever loving guts for not being rich.
Rich, Straight, Cis, Christian, Male, American Born, but Hispanic? Uh oh. Republicans would love nothing more than to see you suffer.
Rich, Straight, Cis, Male, White, American Born, but Jewish? Republicans are disgusted by you.
Rich, Straight, White, Christian, Cis, American Born, but female? Republicans will not be satisfied until they see you in absolute misery.
I could go on and on.
In reality, Republicans would love nothing more than to see those who don’t check off all 7 boxes dead. However, they have to be realistic. They can’t just outright exterminate these people, so instead they pass legislation aimed at making them as miserable as possible in the short term, while slowly killing them in the long term.
I do not get why anyone who doesn’t check off all 7 boxes would ever vote for a Republican. You are basically voting for your own death warrant. Even if you check off all 7 boxes, I still don’t get it. Republicans have shown time and time again all they are capable of doing is running this country into the ground.
Fortunately, there are far more Americans who don’t check off all 7 boxes, than those who do. The “Non-7’s”, as I call them, need to all unite against Trump and the Republicans at the ballot box. We will easily overwhelm the alt-right and Trump supporters and take this country back.
Jazmina Saavedra is your average cis white Republican bigot who despises the transgender community.
I used to think that, as a transwoman, Christians were my #1 enemy. I have now learned that Republicans are actually my #1 enemy. At least some Christians are democrats. But all Republicans are hate filled bigots. Not most. Not some. All Republicans. Republicans are enabling and endorsing hate and bigotry by associating yourself with the Republican Party. If you actually respect the LGBTQIA+ community and call yourself a Republican, fuck you. No one is worse than you. You are basically saying: “I am 100% for the LGBT community, but at the same time I back the political party who literally wants to, at best, make your life as miserable as possible, and at worst, kill you!”.
We can not trust Republicans, period. Whether you are a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, or an ally, Republicans, no matter who they are or what they say, can not be trusted with one inch. The fact of the matter is most Republicans want to destroy us. How they want to destroy us is what varies – some want to do it passively by stripping away all of our rights, making our lives miserable and making it open season on us for bigots to harass us and target us without fear of any kind of prosecution. Some want to do it actively by rounding us up and throwing us into extermination camps. Regardless of the approach, all Republicans want to destroy us in some form or fashion.
The fact this Republican bigot in California got destroyed in her election is encouraging. I applaud the voters of California’s 44th district for sending a message that hate won’t be tolerated. But what if this same candidate ran in the South? Chances are, with as racist, bigoted and mean spirited the trash in the Southern United States are, she would have won easily, as the voters there eat hate like that up. We can’t just rely on our ally blue states and blue districts to send the message. We need to defeat hate nation wide. Don’t get me wrong – I fucking despise the south – but I don’t despise the geography, I despise the people there. The people there are uneducated redneck trash who do nothing but spew hate and bigotry. Our only hope is for younger generations to take the lead and become the vocal and political majorities there. Younger generations that practice love and respect for all.
Even living in a blue city like Seattle, I still know there are bigots out there who would love nothing more than to harass me and make my life miserable. We still have active conservative Christian churches around the Puget Sound that terrify me. I get that they have their right to practice their religion, but what about MY RIGHT to feel safe from their hate? There has to be some kind of middle ground, to where people are still free to practice their religion, but are prosecuted if they try to push their beliefs on the rest of us. I wish for the day when there is no more religion, bigotry or hate in this world so we don’t have to work out such political compromises.
Public Radio Seattle Editorial
We at Public Radio Seattle could not be more upset and aghast at the recent Supreme Court ruling that gives businesses the right to discriminate against LGBTQIA+ people on the grounds of “religious liberty”. This is a direct attack on the LGBTQIA+ community and we can not stand for this. By all means, discrimination against the LGBTQIA+ community is now totally legal if you simply claim “religious liberty”.
The merits of “religious liberty” discrimination have been debated time and time again. There is no sense in rehashing and repeating those same arguments here yet again. We will leave it at this – once again it shows how regressive institutions like Christianity and organized religion continue to oppress people in the United States and prevent progress from occurring.
The only way we can fight organized religion and bigotry is to VOTE. Get out there and VOTE. Vote for candidates who will vow to take the fight to organized religion and not put up with their bullshit anymore. Vote for candidates who will vow to nominate/elect judges who will not kowtow to the desires of organized religion who will to push their hate, bigotry, and outdated fake ideology on the rest of us. Vote for candidates who will vow to punish bigots like the baker in Colorado. Vote for candidates who not just talk the talk, but walk the walk when it comes to full throated support of the LGBTQIA+ community and other minority/oppressed communities.
Donald Trump has made it OK to hate again in the United States. We can’t sit back and rely on Mueller, or congress, or anyone to take his ass out. The only way we can stop the hate and bigotry is to vote. Volunteer. Get involved. Organize. Do all you can. We can’t afford to sit back anymore as Trump and his idiotic supporters continue to destroy this country. We won’t have a country left to vote for if this continues. Act now. Not in an hour, not tomorrow, not next week, NOW.
Private property is ultimately the root of all evil in society and what truly holds progress back.
The first society to do away with private property ownership will be the first society to truly experience a progressive, post-modern society.
I already know what my critics are thinking. “THAT’S COMMUNISM!”. Not necessarily. While communism does away with the state and private ownership of resources, let me explain to you how exactly my idea of a society that does away with private property ownership is different from communism.
It would start by deploying thousands of workers, similar to how census employees are structured, employed by regional government offices that would create a master inventory of all resources, possessions and objects in this country. Homes, vehicles, electronics, appliances, you name it, would be subject to inventory. This would be done in conjunction with a census so at the same time the regional government offices would know the makeup of the populace. Anyone caught hiding their possessions from the inventory would be subject to prosecution.
From there the government would assume ownership of all the possessions recorded in the inventory. It would then divide up the possessions based on the census data to ensure every American and family has what they need. Food, water, and clothing would then be harvested, manufactured and distributed by local government distribution centers, similar to grocery stores. The difference being you wouldn’t have to pay, but the government workers would do the shopping for you based on your families needs, diet preferences, and style preferences.
Doing this would be beneficial in many ways. First, it would solve the problem of income inequality. Income inequality is rooted in the desire to acquire as much wealth and possessions as possible. If the government instead was in charge of possession acquisition, people would become less greedy and more on board with the greater good of their community instead of themselves. Second, it would ensure every American has what they need. Too many Americans go hungry, or without clean water, or without enough clothing, or without a roof over their head. With the government in charge, they would ensure every American has their needs met, not just barebones minimum needs, but more than adequate. Non-necessities and luxuries would also be fairly and evenly distributed, which works far better than the current system of the wealthiest getting the best quality goods.
Greed, income inequality, poverty and malnourishment kill societies. My plan of doing without private property ownership would ensure all 4 of those negative qualities of societies would no longer exist. It would solve many problems. The only people who would have a problem with such a plan would be the ultra rich. The thing is, the ultra rich would still be very very well off under this plan, with the difference being they would no longer be allowed to hoard everything for themselves. This plan would be for the greater good of everyone instead of our current system which only cares about the well being of the richest.