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Kestrel Walls
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Hi! I'm Kes, a native Philadelphian who sometimes tries to do the whole art thing. I was born in 1976 (Ack! I'm getting ooooolllld!) and went to Penn State University. I started off majoring in Engineering Science but later switched to East Asian Studies, so I've wound up with a foot in both the clear cut scientific world and in that hazier existence of uncertainties and things half seen or half remembered.

I love anime and manga - they're my preferred forms of entertainment these days. But I'm always willing to try new stuff. I also have some pretty wide interests in things from physics to history to folklore and mythology.

Artistically I'm self taught so IhavenoideawhatI'mdoing... Feedback is always appreciated, including general assessments of my art, anything that particularly jumps out at you good or bad. Please tell me what I'm doing wrong - don't worry, I have a thick skin. ^_^ I shoot for an anime-ish style, and any tips, suggestions, or things it might help me to learn are much appreciated.

In general I return llamas but not faves or watches. Please only fave or watch if it's because you like what I'm doing. I'd much rather get comments. Conversation helps motivate me much more than anything else. If I go a long time between posting artwork, it probably means I'm in a bit of a funk so feel free to poke me and tell me to get off my lazy behind. ;-)

:iconbobo-kitty: made the chibi avatar for me - she totally rocks!

Yup, I talk politics. Yup, I'm left of center. However, I have no time for ideology. I care about what works in the real world, not how anyone thinks the universe is supposed to be. I always listen. I have no problem with respecting different points of view. I like to learn new things and new ideas. And if you don't want to talk politics just say so. I'm perfectly happy to be friends with people who strongly disagree with me.

However, I have completely exhausted my tolerance for mushrooms: people who want to be kept in the dark and fed bullshit. Those whose egos and worldviews are too fragile to deal with contrary facts hate me and frequently block me. I am the Snowflake Slayer!

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It's time for Chuck Schumer and the Senate Democrats to throw in the towel and vote for a clean Continuing Resolution.  The last few times we've been through this nonsense I've said that it's irresponsible to hold government funding hostage.  And I see no way I could honestly backtrack on that now, even if I wanted to.

I've heard Democrats arguing that it's different this time because they are doing this to protect the Dreamers.  Now I happen to think that protecting the Dreamers is a moral imperative, and the idea of deporting American kids because of what their parents did is just morally repugnant.  But that's an argument that the ends justify the means.  There are times that's a legitimate argument.  But this isn't one of them.  If the Democrats had a realistic endgame that could result in some version of the Dream Act being signed into law, then maybe, maybe this could be justified.

But they don't.  Donald Trump will never sign any legislation that gives any sort of legal status to any undocumented immigrant.  Because if he did, his base would have a meltdown and declare him a traitor.  And since the only thing preventing Trump from being impeached is the loyalty of his base, if Trump signed something like that he may as well sign his resignation immediately thereafter.

We said last time around that a shutdown to try to defund Obamacare was pointless because Obama would never go along with it.  Obama is deeply committed to the principle of making affordable healthcare available to as many people as possible, as embodied in the ACA.  Obama was also determined to save his legacy.

Trump doesn't have a principled bone in his body.  But he's got an even stronger motive not to give in: saving his own skin.


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kessy-athena Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sure you have a longer list, too.  Unlike the two of you, I'm not a troll and don't deliberately try to get people to block me.
Dixie-Trixie Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018
>I'm not a troll
No, I'm 100% certain you are. No one goes around telling other people that their opposing view is "shitposting", and then proceeding to bitch about "muh niggers".
kessy-athena Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL  Dixie, you really need to take lessons from Sithy-poo.  When shitposting, if your target's immediate reaction is laughter, you've filed pretty badly.

And I don't believe for a second that you've ever expressed a genuine opinion about anything around here.
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Kajm Featured By Owner Edited Jun 27, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
DA is screwed up this morning- I have your note and another in there, but can't access them. Nothing later than two days ago is appearing when I go in. will look again later.
Kajm Featured By Owner Edited Jun 7, 2018  Hobbyist Writer

'California Democratic candidate Omar Siddiqui on Tuesday talked about discrimination within his own own party, describing how party officials tried to get him to change his name because they believed him to be "too brown" to have a chance at winning in the 48th Congressional District.

Siddiqui, who was on the ballot in Tuesday's jungle primary and was seeking to unseat Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R.),  appeared on Fox News to tell his experience with party officials and how he refused to change his name. He went on to explain what he would do as a congressman to unite his district and bring Americans together.

"‘You have government experience, you've worked with the FBI, but you know what? The name Omar Siddiqui will not work in Orange County. You need to change your name,'" said Siddiqui, reflecting on what the local party officials said to him. "You can imagine that was just unacceptable to me. I do not want to be judged on the color of my skin, but rather the content of my character."'

He should have run as a Republican. In fact, he should change to the party of Martin Luther King as quickly as possible.

*edit* I just realized a few things:

A) (some of) the people who thought and said that about him / to him are likely Democrat / Progressive racists.

B) They believe that their own voters are racists who would look at him that way.

C) 'RACE!' is they look at everything, which is a piss-poor way to go about one's life. 

Vote GOP, California.

kessy-athena Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Riiiiight, and this proves that it's the democrats who are the racist party instead of the Republicans, whose platform consists of throwing as many brown people out of the country as possible.

Did you stop to think just how stupid this makes you look before posting?  I mean, come on, surely you can come up with a better excuse than this.

And that's before we even stop to consider the actual facts of the case.  California has a jungle primary system, where all the candidates go on a single ballot and the top two candidates advance to the November ballot, regardless of party affiliation.  The 48th had a field of 16 candidates, including 8 Democrats, the Republican incumbent, Dana Rohrabacher, and 5 other Republicans.  This means that despite the fact that the district went for Clinton in 2016, it was a very real possibility that the Democrats could split their vote and leave another Republican in the second place which would have meant that the November ballot would have had two Republicans and no Democrats on it.  The DCCC, whose business is winning elections, worked hard to prevent that from happening by trying to persuade as many second tier Democrats as possible to drop out of the race.  As it turns out, Sibbiqui came in fifth with 4.9% of the vote.

So no, Sibbiqui wasn't running in a Democratic primary, he was running in an open primary.  And yes, racism is still very much a factor in the US, and Sibbiqui's name would have definitely been a liability for him had he advanced to the general election.  Which is not why the DCCC tried to get him to drop out.  Had Sibbiqui been the strongest Democrat in the field, the DCCC would have been trying to get his rivals to drop out, not him.

Trying to pretend that racism doesn't exist and isn't a factor is just a way of trying to prevent any actions aimed at reducing it.  Denial is enabling, and simply trying to protect the status quo.
Kajm Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
kessy-athena Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ROFLMAO  What's that even supposed to mean?  That would make sense if it were in response to someone being over sensitive and easily offended.  In response to a demonstration that your argument is complete nonsense that ignores the facts it just sounds to me like you stuffing your fingers in your ears, squinching your eyes shut, and shouting, "NANANANANANANANANANACAN'THEARYOU!!!!!!!"

It's a simple fact that Trump announced his campaign by calling Mexicans murderers and rapists.  It's a simple fact that Trump campaigned on and has repeatedly tried to implement a ban on Muslims entering the country, despite it being blatantly racist and unconstitutional.  Trump claimed that a judge can't be fair to him simply because that judge is a Latino.  "There were very fine people on both sides."  "shithole countries" and so on and son and so on.  And Republican voters have demanded complete allegiance to this agenda from their elected representatives.  And the democrats are supposed to be the racist party?  Seriously?  Get real.  If you're going to make up excuses at least put in the effort to make ones that pass the laugh test.
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