changeyourstars8: (Zoe--  Gunslinger)
Originally posted by [personal profile] zombres at Please take a seat in the shaming room...


Since a number of US newspapers have refused to republish the latest Doonesbury cartoon strip which highlights the way Republicans are attempting to undermine a woman's right to choose, I feel it's important to make sure the message still gets across.

The shaming room awaits.

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Today

Oct. 12th, 2009 11:02 am
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Many thanks to [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com] for posting this! Transform Columbus Day Alliance.

Oh man

Jan. 23rd, 2009 11:20 am
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The Lily Ledbetter Act passed, and the Global Gag Rule is being lifted today!! This is just seriously overwhelming me over here, with so many good things happening in a few days after eight years of, "Oh, now what did that jerk do?" I mean, I know Obama will do things I'll grumble at him for, but he's sure building up a lot of goodwill with me.

GIP

Jan. 21st, 2009 10:20 pm
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Because that dance was lovely and the two of them were so incredibly far beyond cute. :-D

If you want any icons, [livejournal.com profile] lidi has some more great ones here.
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Remember that little wish list of mine the other day?

omg

OMG

I want him and his family and his entire staff to be at my house right now so I can give them hugs.

((thanks for the links, [livejournal.com profile] ginmar!))
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Ohhhhh boy. *ahem*

Well, I'd like to see Don't Ask Don't Tell done away with. I want that stupid "oh, it's okay if you don't want to do your jobs, medical personnel! We understand!" law abolished. The Global Gag Rule? Out of here. Guantanamo Bay? Closed. (There were/are ways to deal with dangerous people in wartime. That was not it.)

I'm sure there are other things; my brain's too fuzzy to think of them just yet. But as long as I'm working up a wish list, how about the ERA finally getting ratified? That'd be nice.

Teaspoons!

Nov. 9th, 2008 12:51 pm
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This entire essay is just fantastic. And I must squee about one thing in particular--

Obama is planning to lift the Global Gag Rule.

Seriously, one of the very first things I thought when I found out he'd won was, "Great! Now if you could please get rid of the GGR, that'd be perfect" and apparently that is actually in the works.

Is it January yet?!?
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Electoral votes are 338 to 139.

Dance with me, people!

*twirls*

Yay!

Nov. 4th, 2008 10:54 am
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Just got back from the voting booth! :-)


ETA:

I Didn't Vote for Obama Today

and

Dear Ella

What?

Oct. 24th, 2008 12:29 pm
changeyourstars8: (Zoe--  Gunslinger)
Seriously, just . . . what?

"Brian Williams: Is an abortion clinic bomber a terrorist under this definition?

Williams: Governor?

Sarah Palin: [sigh] There is no question that Bill Ayers, via his own admittance, was, um, one who sought to destroy our US Capitol and our Pentagon—that, that is a domestic terrorist. There's no question there. Now, others who would want to engage in harming innocent Americans or, um, facilities, that, uh—it would be unacceptable— I don't know if you're gonna use the word terrorist there, but it's unacceptable and, uh, it would not, um, be condoned, of course, on our watch, but— I don't know if what you're asking is, is if I regret referring to Bill Ayers as an unrepentant domestic terrorist…? I don't regret characterizing him as that."

It was a pretty simple question. The fact that you can't/won't answer it without any runaround does not give me confidence in you.

Not that I had any in the first place; I knew that I wasn't going to have anything but contempt for you after hearing about the whole shooting-wolves-from-helicopters issue. But keeping track of you these past several weeks has been an interesting mix of amusing/terrifying.

((by the way, Sarah, the correct answer is, "Yes."))

Now, off to go watch the Eye of the Tiger video again, because that is my new cure for any and all politics-inspired snarliness.
changeyourstars8: (Zoe--  Gunslinger)
Did you hear about the latest terrorist attack?

Probably not, because it was an attack on a mosque. Coincidentally (*eyeroll*), right after a ton of copies of "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West" were sent to people's mailboxes. Thanks so much for the hateful propaganda, Clarion Fund! Way to go!

Y'know, one would think that after decades of people who're usually on that side of the political aisle complaining about how violence and especially icky icky sex on TV will be the downfall of society, that they would realize that maybe constant barrages of this kind of hateful crap really aren't good? Just possibly?

Of course, I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for them to actually take responsibility for listeners taking action to go along with their constant nasty words.

Here's the worst quote, from the first article I read about it:

The room that the chemical was sprayed into was the room where babies and children were being kept while their mothers were engaged in prayers.

I just . . . incoherent rage, seriously. Who does this shit?

Thankfully, none of the injuries sustained were fatal, but I still want to find whoever did this and lock them up in a very tiny room for the rest of their natural lives (and that's my gentler side talking).
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Such as oh, say, any day I am reminded that I have Sam Brownback for a Senator. :-P

I got one of those form-letter responses from him today. I wrote in about the proposed HHS regulations (for those who didn't see my previous entry/links on this, it's the "doctors/pharmacists/anybody shouldn't be forced to do their jobs, silly!" regulation). And I got a letter back talking about how horrible and wrong and eeeeevil it is that doctors should have to do something they have a moral problem with.

The letter ended with some idiotic 'I hope you stay in contact with me!' Jackass, the only 'contact' I'd ever want to have with you is my hand smacking the back of your head as I call you a misogynist piece of shit.

Combined with things like this, I'm about ready to just sneak into Canada. Or get on a raft over to England. Or start giving certain know-it-all governmental types vasectomies 'for their own good'. After all, knowing that they're most likely breeding and potentially spreading their stupidity offends my delicate moral sensibilities. And that should of course trump all else, including their bodily autonomy.

Oh wait, you mean it doesn't work that way? Because I'm not figuring out a way to use the Bible as justification? And because they're men and therefore full human beings? Damn.
changeyourstars8: (Zoe--  Gunslinger)
Hiiiiii, TV Guide channel! Just wanted to let you know that when I'm over at mom and dad's channel-flipping and come upon a little career retrospective for Heath Ledger, when I pause to watch it I do not want to have to flip away twenty seconds later because you've shown the stretcher with his body bag on it. There is no need for that. I avoided news channels for days after he died because I didn't want to see it and knew they'd be showing it endlessly. Can we maybe, say, cut that shit out?

I remember being horrified when I learned that some tabloid photographer snuck in and took pictures of River Phoenix in his coffin. I wanted to kick the hell out of him (okay, still do) but at least at the time I thought there was a difference between him and the 'respectable' news channels. But not so much, is there?

Because it all ties into a ton of other problems I have with any kind of televised news, and increasingly the print news as well. I've thought about getting cable back recently, but that answer might turn out to be no. After all, I can pick up any show I want to watch on DVD.

It's just too many things.

Olympic gold medal winner referred to as 'nude pin-up swimmer'.

The rape and murder of a child referred to as a 'sex-kidnap'.

The Hilary Sexism Watch and the Obama Racism/Muslim/Unpatriotic/Scary Black Dude Watch.

There's also the tiny little matter of the HHS proposal trying to excuse doctors/nurses/freaking everybody from doing their chosen jobs so long as their excuse is they don't want to help out those nasty sluts, but it's much more important to focus on Joe Biden's hair! Because that's the really important issue. Either that or Britney Spears is. Goodness knows we have to hear about everything she does, and the more scorn put into it the better.

Black people loot, but white people find. The man who held his own child captive for years so he could brutalize her in peace being cutely referred to as the “Dungeon sex dad”. Missing White Girl Syndrome. And of course, the endless closeups of people grieving. “How do you feeeeel?” That question never fails to make me wish the asker would get punched. Maybe then the other jackasses would take the hint.

Even if we do get cable back, any news channel is going to be on the 'not allowed' list while Kaylee's growing up. She doesn't need to be exposed to that.

“If it bleeds, it leads”? Not in my house.


((also, I promise I will post something cheerful next time. ;-)))
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"Now parents will need to steer their kids from Hallmark's section of the greeting card aisle and away from its previously heart-warming movies for fear that they too will push homosexual messages." —- Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America

Greeting cards. She's panicking over greeting cards. Hallmark has the absolute audacity to acknowledge that gays and lesbians, um, exist, and so they make cards for them. Cue Wendy and the other morons flipping out and bleating the usual line of "OMG think of the children!!!!"

Wendy, let me tell you something that really ought to scare you. Statistically, my daughter has a pretty good chance of being straight when she grows up. But if she turns out to be lesbian, or bi? I don't care. The only concern I have about that is that she'll become the target of assholes like you, but I'm betting there'll be far fewer of you by the time she gets old enough to worry about all this.

Because I grew up in the Bible belt, in one of your oh-so-valued nuclear families. Mom, dad, two kids. We even had a white picket fence in the backyard. Technically, I should be your base. And instead I think you're a bigoted idiot.

Your numbers are shrinking and you can see it coming, can't you? That other states will eventually follow Massachusetts and California's lead, that someday most people in this nation will look at "ewwwww, gays shouldn't even exist in my pure and untainted presence, let alone get married" holdouts like you with pity.

You're just merrily skipping down the path to extinction and it can't happen soon enough. I wonder if Hallmark makes a line of "Have fun on your way to irrelevance!" greeting cards. In the meantime, I suppose I'll have to make do with buying a bunch of the gay and lesbian themed ones and doing my own small part to flood your office.
changeyourstars8: (Zoe--  Gunslinger)
And I type that title with dry eyes.

It is weird, though. He was the first example I had of the Religious Right, what with reading Bloom County cartoons and Harlan Ellison essays about the Moral Majority as a kid. So it's strange to know that he's gone.

But this is the guy who blamed 9/11 on pagans, homosexuals, and feminists, so it's not exactly a bad kind of strange. My sympathies to his family, but I can't work up any for him.

Misc.

Feb. 13th, 2007 11:40 am
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We really need to get the gas gauge on our truck fixed. It's stuck on empty. Been that way for a while now, but yesterday we finally overestimated how much gas was in the tank and ran out about six blocks away from the gas station. Fun times. :-)

Chris bought me a couple of books I picked out for Valentine's Day-- a dessert cookbook and a book of baby names. Both of which I have way too many of already. Name books and cookbooks are addictions of mine, I swear. I'm going to be getting him a pair of steel-toed boots for a present after I get paid.

Might go see Hannibal Rising tonight; haven't decided yet. I'm about ten pages into the book.

Speaking of movies, finally got to see Oscar and Lucinda, which I loved. It ended a lot differently than I expected (I was anticipating something sad, because it's a general law of Ralph Fiennes movies that at least one thing will happen to depress the hell out of me), but the way they went about the last half of the movie was a surprise. And I loved their characters so much; the scene where they're having a race to see who can finish scrubbing the floor first is adorable and cute and utterly grinworthy.

In non-grinworthy news, it's looking like I'm not going to be voting for John Edwards. Too bad, but if he won't truly stand up for Amanda, that doesn't give me much hope that he'll stand up for anyone else. I would have absolutely loved it if he'd pointed out these quotes--

“As for the alleged abuse, it’s time to ask some tough questions. First, there is a huge difference between being groped and being raped, so which was it, Mr. Foley? Second, why didn’t you just smack the clergyman in the face? After all, most 15-year-old teenage boys wouldn’t allow themselves to be molested. So why did you?”

"Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular. It's not a secret, okay? And I'm not afraid to say it."

-- among others, and then said, "Go ahead, Mr. Donohue, let's talk about offensive language." He would've had my unending loyalty for something like that.
changeyourstars8: (Zoe--  Gunslinger)
Ew.

Chris just answered the door and talked to someone outside for a moment; I asked who it was and he said it was a lady handing out religious pamphlets. I was immediately wary, but told myself to be nice and give it a chance, so I picked it up and started reading. It began with stuff about 'do you wonder why there are religious wars, etc., why so many awful things happen in the name of religion? The problem is not faith, but false religion, people twisting the words' and going on with the 'bad tree yielding poison fruit' quote.

Me: "Hey, this might actually make some sense. They're talking about the problem not being with faith itself, but individuals misinterpreting things, etc." *reads quotes*
Chris: "Glad to hear that."

And then it went on to say that one problem with false religions was that they accepted gay and lesbian clergy members, and some even advocated same-sex marriage.

Me: "Oh for God's sake." *crumples pamphlet* "It switches to homophobia three sentences later. Where'd that lady go? I'm going to throw this at her head. Or shove it up her left nostril."
Chris: "She was in her fifties. It wouldn't be a fair fight."
Me: "Left. Nostril."
Chris: "What would the neighbors say?"
Me: "'Can we charge admission?'"
Chris: *laughs*
Me: "She's just lucky I didn't answer the door. I would've seen that crud and told her, 'Actually, I'm a lesbian atheist, but thanks for trying'."
Chris: "Hm. I think I will let you answer the door next time."
Me: "Perfect."

I probably should just throw anything like that away unread. I've told myself that not all churches are like that and I don't want to lump all of them into one category, but I've gotten too many handouts along this line (or, for added fun, ranting about how evil agnostics/atheists are. Yeah, thanks, that's going to convince me) and I'm tired of it. :-(

On the non-vexing side of life, LOST yesterday was just really hot perfect. And I know I'm not alone in wishing Nathan Fillion's character would show up on the island. I don't care how; the writers have already done 20,000 weird things, they can find an explanation.

Now, off to get some writing done.

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