Thursday, September 30, 2010

Truthiness to Power

Sorry for all the randomness lately, but this clip is perfection:


Not only does Stewart highlight once again the inanity of congress, but he also reminds us of how hypocritical and ridiculous our "news" stations are. Priceless.

Scattershot Fox Interview Turns Chaotic

This guy is a total douchebag:


Rich people are not paying 50% of their income to the federal government in taxes. Complete bullshit.

The Tea Party Coloring Book for Kids!

Isn't this just the most amazing thing? And here I thought a feminist coloring book was good. This just blows all other coloring books out of the water though.


According to the Globe:
"The Tea Party Coloring Book for Kids," published by Really Big Coloring Books of St. Louis, purports to be a "teaching and learning tool." But many of the pictures to be colored and dot-to-dots to be completed are accompanied by fun passages such as this: "When taxes are too high, the high tax takes away jobs and freedom. In 1773 we had a Tea Party and this led to freedom from high taxes. Today we are having another Tea Party and this will lead to freedom from high taxes again! Ask grandma and grandpa what this means. Ask you friends what this means. Are you going to have your own Tea Party?" The text runs above and below a cartoon of a woman (the president? hmmm, wonder who that is) preparing to sign a tax code. I'm kind of hoping there's a sequel, maybe something like "The Tea Party Nursery Rhyme Coloring Book," where Jack and Jill get injured while carrying a pail of water, wind up in a bleak government-run hospital where they wait for days to be treated, develop gangrene from their infections, and are finally euthanized by a "death panel."
I kind of want to buy one, but I already found Holden listening to Glenn Beck on his toy radio/microphone and I don't want to test fate.
(Via The Seventh Sense)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

A Weekend in Pictures

*cross posted

It feels like it's been forever since I've done one of these.

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This was a pretty good weekend I must say. Even though I didn't do anything too spectacular, I got to see zombies at the library, eat some amazing pizza (spinach, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, red onions, feta cheese, and mozzarella cheese...YUM!), and hang out with my boys. I tried to see the Greek play Alcestis, but apparently it started at 9 am instead of 9 pm. Oh well. At least I had some margaritas to take away the sting. :)

Also, aren't this Captain Crunch boxes amazing? I love it when companies go back to their original logos. It just makes me happy for some reason.

Anyhoo, hope everyone had a good weekend!

Time To Turn This Life Around

I was talking to Meg about staying up late and how mornings are just impossible for me when I thought about this clip from Daniel Tosh's stand up. Random I know, but a good laugh is always worth a post I think.

Enjoy.

Friday, September 24, 2010

It Gets Better Project

I found out about this interesting project called the "It Gets Better Project" yesterday (via Nell Gwynne) and I really want to share it with you guys. I've seen a bunch of links for it today, so I'm sure most of you have seen it (damn internet) but I think it's worth reposting just in case you haven't.

The "It Gets Better Project" was started by Dan Savage and here is what he has to say about it in response to a reader questions:
I just read about a gay teenager in Indiana—Billy Lucas—who killed himself after being taunted by his classmates. Now his Facebook memorial page is being defaced by people posting homophobic comments. It's just heartbreaking and sickening. What the hell can we do?

Gay Bullying Victim Who Survived


Another gay teenager in another small town has killed himself—hope you're pleased with yourselves, Tony Perkins and all the other "Christians" out there who oppose anti-bullying programs (and give actual Christians a bad name).

Billy Lucas was just 15 when he hanged himself in a barn on his grandmother's property. He reportedly endured intense bullying at the hands of his classmates—classmates who called him a fag and told him to kill himself. His mother found his body.

Nine out of 10 gay teenagers experience bullying and harassment at school, and gay teens are four times likelier to attempt suicide. Many LGBT kids who do kill themselves live in rural areas, exurbs, and suburban areas, places with no gay organizations or services for queer kids.

"My heart breaks for the pain and torment you went through, Billy Lucas," a reader wrote after I posted about Billy Lucas to my blog. "I wish I could have told you that things get better."

I had the same reaction: I wish I could have talked to this kid for five minutes. I wish I could have told Billy that it gets better. I wish I could have told him that, however bad things were, however isolated and alone he was, it gets better.

But gay adults aren't allowed to talk to these kids. Schools and churches don't bring us in to talk to teenagers who are being bullied. Many of these kids have homophobic parents who believe that they can prevent their gay children from growing up to be gay—or from ever coming out—by depriving them of information, resources, and positive role models.

Why are we waiting for permission to talk to these kids? We have the ability to talk directly to them right now. We don't have to wait for permission to let them know that it gets better. We can reach these kids.

So here's what you can do, GBVWS: Make a video. Tell them it gets better.

I've launched a channel on YouTube—www ­.youtube.com/itgetsbetterproject—to host these videos. My normally camera-shy husband and I already posted one. We both went to Christian schools and we were both bullied—he had it a lot worse than I did—and we are living proof that it gets better. We don't dwell too much on the past. Instead, we talk mostly about all the meaningful things in our lives now—our families, our friends (gay and straight), the places we've gone and things we've experienced—that we would've missed out on if we'd killed ourselves then.

"You gotta give 'em hope," Harvey Milk said.

Today we have the power to give these kids hope. We have the tools to reach out to them and tell our stories and let them know that it does get better. Online support groups are great, GLSEN does amazing work, the Trevor Project is invaluable. But many LGBT youth can't picture what their lives might be like as openly gay adults. They can't imagine a future for themselves. So let's show them what our lives are like, let's show them what the future may hold in store for them.

The video my husband and I made is up now—all by itself. I'd like to add submissions from other gay and lesbian adults—singles and couples, with kids or without, established in careers or just starting out, urban and rural, of all races and religious backgrounds. (Go to www.youtube.com/itgetsbetterproject to find instructions for submitting your video.) If you're gay or lesbian or bi or trans and you've ever read about a kid like Billy Lucas and thought, "Fuck, I wish I could've told him that it gets better," this is your chance. We can't help Billy, but there are lots of other Billys out there—other despairing LGBT kids who are being bullied and harassed, kids who don't think they have a future—and we can help them.

They need to know that it gets better. Submit a video. Give them hope.
Here's the video Savage and his husband made:


Isn't this whole thing amazing? I don't even have the words to express how awesome I think this is. Check out the page. You won't regret it.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Katy Perry on Sesame Street

I wasn't going to comment on the whole "Katy Perry: Too Revealing for Sesame Street?" brouhaha, but I think a lot of people are missing the bigger implications here. While I think the regulation of women's bodies is a serious concern, in this situation I'm having a hard time defending Perry. It really has nothing to do with her breasts at all, but rather the context of it all.

Here's the video:


I want to say upfront that I don't think boobs are the issue here. Kids definitely see cleavage on a regular basis. And even though I'd like to know who the hell decided this was the right dress for this occasion, in the end it doesn't really matter.

My issue with this whole thing is the way Kay Perry is acting childlike while wearing sexy clothing. (It's the very same thing that bothered me about the episode of America’s Next Top Model where grown ass women dressed up as children in some perverse attempt to make children more childlike and innocent.) So the issue has nothing to do with the boobs at all. It has to do with the need to make a fully developed woman act in a childlike manner and emulate the behavior of a little girl, by playing dress up and tag, while still being dressed in a sexualized manner. To me, this type if thing fetishizes youth and young girls and I think that's creepy as all hell.

Do you see the difference?

It isn't the cleavage alone that is bothersome to me. I just find it a bit hypocritical to talk about the sexualization of young girls and then support the sexualized image of a woman, who is trying to appear like a child, on a show specifically targeting young children. These two things don't make much sense to me.

Of course in the end I still don't see what all the outrage is about. My son definitely sees more cleavage than this anytime I'm in the room. I just don't feel the need to jump to Perry's defense since I do think there are some worrisome elements to this story that people are ignoring. Trying to pass this whole thing off as some puritanical witch-hunt against cleavage is disingenuous to say the least.

Quote: Palin on the Statue of Liberty

I've been thinking about posting interesting quotes that tie in with the subjects I blog about for a while now. With sites like Twitter and Tumblr, I come across a lot of interesting things I'd like to share, but don't really feel like commenting on myself. After reading this quote by Sarah Palin, I knew it was time to jump in with both feet.

Palin at the Glenn Beck rally:
"This Statue of Liberty was gifted to us by foreign leaders, really as a warning to us, it was a warning to us to stay unique and to stay exceptional from other countries. Certainly not to go down the path of other countries that adopted socialist policies,” Palin said to cheers from the crowd.
All I can say is wow.

Also, does anyone else think Palin said "foreign leaders" because she didn't know it was the people of France that gave us the Statue of Liberty?

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We No Speak Americano

I am completely in love with this:

Democrats Who Favor Bush Tax Cuts

Well isn't this interesting? These are the democrats that voted in favor of extending the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthy (via):

House:
Bobby Bright (Ala.)
Artur Davis (Ala.)
Mike Ross (Ark.)
Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz.)
Harry Mitchell (Ariz.)
Jim Costa (Calif.)
John Salazar (Colo.)
Jim Himes (Conn.)
Allen Boyd (Fla.)
Ron Klein (Fla.)
John Barrow (Ga.)
Sanford Bishop Jr. (Ga.)
Jim Marshall (Ga.)
Walt Minnick (Idaho)
Melissa Bean (Ill.)
Joe Donnelly (Ind.)
Brad Ellsworth (Ind.)
Frank Kratovil (Md.)
Gary Peters (Mich.)
Travis Childers (Miss.)
Larry Kissell (N.C.)
Mike McIntyre (N.C.)
Earl Pomeroy (N.D.)
Harry Teague (N.M.)
Michael Arcuri (N.Y.)
Mike McMahon (N.Y.)
Zack Space (Ohio)
Dan Boren (Okla.)
Jason Altmire (Pa.)
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (S.D.)
Jim Cooper (Tenn.)
Lincoln Davis (Tenn.)
Jim Matheson (Utah)
Rick Boucher (Va.)
Gerry Connolly (Va.)
Glenn Nye (Va.)

Senate:
Joe Lieberman (Conn.), an independent who caucuses with Democrats
Evan Bayh (Ind.)
Ben Nelson (Neb.)
Kent Conrad (N.D.)
Jim Webb (Va.)
Michael Bennet (Colo.) — "will consider a short-term compromise"
Mary Landrieu (La.) — "open-minded" to it, a one-year extension "probably would be good"
Barbara Boxer (Calif.) -- supports extending tax cuts “at least 98 percent [of] Americans,” would review proposals for families above that threshold

Why do these people even call themselves Democrats? Seriously. This while the highest percentage of American since 1949, 14.3% or roughly 1 in 7, live in poverty. This shit is depressing.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

Draft of a Modern Love Poem

Hello lovelies. I feel like we haven't talked to one another in forever, but that might be because I actually left the house this weekend. I have to admit I'm kind of a home body. Even though I love doing things (anything really), I also love sitting at home and reading or cooking or just enjoying the feeling of having nothing to do.

Maybe that's what I don't like about summer. I don't get to enjoy having nothing to do since I'm usually doing nothing. What a glorious epiphany! (I really just wanted to use the word "epiphany." It doesn't get enough use in my opinion. Either does "peon" but that's another word for another day.)

I haven't had a chance to get my junkie fix of news yet, but I wanted to post this poem I had to read for my International Literature and Culture class. I'm doing a lot of reading and a lot of homework so I doubt I'll get the chance to blog about anything worth bitching about today, but I hope you'll enjoy this poem. Read it out loud. I promise it's better that way.
Draft of a Modern Love Poem by Tadeusz Różewicz (Translated by Magnus J. Krynski and Robert A. Maguire)

And yet white
is best described by gray
bird by stone
sunflowers
in December

love poems of old
were descriptions of the flesh
described this and that
for instance eyelashes

and yet red
should be described
by gray the sun by rain
poppies in November
lips by night

the most tangible
description of bread
is a description of hunger
in it is
the damp porous core
the warm interior
sunflowers at night
the breasts belly thighs of Cybele

a spring-clear
transparent description
of water
is a description of thirst
ashes
desert
it produces a mirage
clouds and trees move into
the mirror

Lack hunger
absence
of flesh
is a description of love
is a modern love poem
I think that what we aren't can be as important as what we are when it comes to the whole of who we are as people. Because of that, this poem really resonated with me.

First Day of School

Holden is officially a preschooler today.

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That is all.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Utah State Fair

*cross posted*

Yesterday I finally got to check out the Utah State Fair. I'd been meaning to go since I moved here, but I kept putting it off for no good reason. (You know how those things go sometimes.) I've heard people complain about the size, but as a person who always got overly excited for those little carnivals they set up in old shopping center lots, I was happy as a peach.

By the way, how happy is a peach? I'd actually like to know.

Anyhoo, I also got to try a funnel cake which was on my bucket list. I know it's silly, but I've always wanted to try one. (It tasted just like these "donuts" I used to make with Stacy out of those tubed biscuits.)

Here are some pics in case you're interested (which I assume you are since you're reading this):

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