Showing posts from February, 2017

French Presidential Election 2017

CJ-Moki here. A word on the 2017 French presidential election (mild snark incoming):

In a couple months, France will be holding a presidential election. The 5 primary candidates are, from (approximate) left to right on the political spectrum:

Emmanuel Macron of En Marche!Jean-Luc Mélenchon of Unsubmissive FranceBenoît Hamon of the Socialist PartyFrançois Fillon of The Republicans (unrelated to, though ideologically similar to, the American Republican Party)Marine Le Pen of the National Front
Right now, the candidates at the forefront are Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron.

Marine Le Pen is a Regional Councillor for Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Député of Île-de-France, President of the National Front, and white supremacist Patriot™. She succeeded her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, as the President of the National Front, and compared the simple presence of Muslims in France to the Nazi occupation of the country during World War II.

Emmanuel Macron, on the other hand, is a former French Minister, and t…

Pokémon 21 (No-Poli Monday)

CJ-Moki here. Today is No-Poli Monday! This means I will try to avoid posting about politics on my Monday blog posts. Instead, I will blog about Pokémon:

Today, Game Freak and Nintendo's legendary multimedia Pokémon franchise is turning old enough to drink. On February 27, 1996, Pokémon Red and Green Versions were released to Japanese markets, to instant commercial success and positive reviews from game critics. Red and Green would prove to be the starting point for a franchise that would endeavor into the fields of television, music, fashion, motion pictures (one of which was scathed by me here), and many more.

Appropriately, the Pokémon Go app was just announced to have passed the 650M downloads mark, showing the app's (somewhat diminished over the months) popularity. I hope the Pokémon franchise goes on for many more years, letting future generations try and Catch 'em all.

CJ-Moki, signing off.

Go home, Pikachu. You're drunk. You had too much for your 21st.

Trump the Conspiracy Theorist

CJ-Moki here. I'm really sorry that this is the third post in a row with a Trump tweet embedded: Russia talk is FAKE NEWS put out by the Dems, and played up by the media, in order to mask the big election defeat and the illegal leaks!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 26, 2017 For starters, it appears as though President Trump has determined "Russia talk", most likely referring to discussion of the Russian government's likely interference in the 2016 election process, as well as their involvement in the Trump administration, to be intentional misinformation. More disturbing is his claim that the Democratic Party spread the "FAKE NEWS", giving an image that everybody in his party's primary opposition are enemies to be shunned.

Also of note is Trump's claim that the "FAKE NEWS" is an attempt to mask the "illegal leaks", suggesting that Trump thinks that the very existence of all leaked information about his administratio…

Thin Skin

CJ-Moki here. A disturbing look at President Trump's thin skin:
I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017 As he stated in a tweet earlier today, Donald J. Trump will not be attending the 2017 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. To my knowledge, this is the first time that a president has been absent from the annual charity dinner since Ronald Reagan declined to attend in 1981, citing a gunshot wound from an assassination attempt on him the previous month.

Trump declining to attend the charity dinner seems to be an attempt to avoid any sort of criticism or mockery directed towards him. According to the New York Times, Trump was "brutally mocked" by then-President Barack Obama at the 2011 Association Dinner.

The idea that the President has thin enough skin to avoid a traditional dinner, just to avoid bei…

Trump and "Fake news"

CJ-Moki here. A word on President Trump's idea of "Fake news":
FAKE NEWS media knowingly doesn't tell the truth. A great danger to our country. The failing @nytimes has become a joke. Likewise @CNN. Sad! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017 — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017 Earlier this evening, President Trump posted a tweet (embedded above), where he labels the "failing" New York Times, as well as CNN, as "jokes". By referring to them as such in a tweet where he also said that "FAKE NEWS media knowingly doesn't tell the truth", President Trump implies that the New York Times and CNN are both fake news.

Obviously, this is far from true. Wikipedia defines fake news as being "a type of hoax or deliberate spread of misinformation, be it via the traditional news media or via social media, with the intent to mislead in order to gain financially or politically." Neither the New York Times …

Trump and Transphobia

CJ-Moki here. Rant incoming:
Back on 1/21, the day after Donald J. Trump's undeserved inauguration into the Oval Office, I went with my family to our local Women's March. Of the many groups we protested for the rights of, one of them was the transgender community.
At the 2016 Republican National Convention, now-President Trump claimed that he would "do everything in his power to protect our LGBTQ citizens", and a White House press release from 1/31 says that Trump is supposedly "respectful and supportive" of LGBTQ rights.
So far, President Trump's actions in office say otherwise.
The Trump administration has just revoked some the Obama administration's federal guidance on how to help make transgender students feel welcome at schools. This is a disturbing instance of President Trump going back on his campaign and transition-era promises. In this case, Trump promised that he would protect the rights of LGBTQ citizens (including Transgender citizens),…

Back Again (plus an introduction)

It's been more than half a decade since I posted anything here.

Greetings. My alias-of-choice is CJ-Moki, and I am a retro gamer and wannabe political scientist who likes history. From this point on, CJ-Moki Live (formerly The Root Beer Kid) will be a blog about politics, as well as whatever I am compelled to write about.