Archive for June 25, 2013

I am ashamed that THIS woman is so simple

Y’all knew I couldn’t let this fool woman get away, right?

Dear Jodie Laubenberg,
You have NO. CLUE. as to what this is about, have you?
You get on the House floor, you object to any and all exceptions regarding rape and incest and you defend that by claiming the exemptions are not necessary since when you go to the hospital, they give you a rape kit, that “cleans you out.”
Yes, apparently, they just attach a hose to a pump and flush all of the icky stuff right out. Easy, peasy.
Because after all, since YOU have never been raped or been the victim of incest, YOU are the standard by which all women should be measured. And since YOU couldn’t possibly EVER get yourself into a situation like this (because after all, these women really brought this on themselves, didn’t they?), EVERY woman should be just. like. you.

Well, that’s a very… interesting sentiment, Ms. Laubenberg.
Tell me, when they covered things like rape and sexual assault in your human biology or sexuality class, were you absent?
Did you skip that day in class?
Or maybe you sat in the back and didn’t actually pay attention because, hey, these scenarios didn’t apply to you.
Maybe you just opted out of class or, you know, the past 50 years of human development and you just didn’t know.
It’s possible.
It’s also possible that you just metaphorically stuck your fingers in your ears and blocked out all communication about the atrocities “other” women face.
But see, those “other” women didn’t have that luxury of blocking it out when they were being raped, sodomized or generally assaulted (over 200,000 per year). After the attack, only a tiny portion of those women actually work up the guts to go to the police to report it (46%). The “rape kit” is put together for the sole purpose of gathering evidence to identify their attacker (only 3% of which ever see the inside of a jail cell). It’s used in the prosecuting case, if the case ever makes it to court and the victim does, in fact, decide to prosecute (9 out of every 100).
And if they then are in the horrific position of being reminded of their attack every. single. day with a pregnancy (5% of victims), YOU want to subject them to further shame and scrutiny and tell them they can’t choose their own fate, no matter what.
But YOU never had to do it, so YOU speak for ALL women of Texas. Isn’t that right?
My guess is, you were trotted out by your male constituents to say, “See? It’s not just us. This woman speaks for YOU and YOU want the same things SHE wants.”
I can’t even bother to be glib about this atrocity.
Rep. Laubenberg, you’ve helped sell out all of the women in your great state, without knowing a blessed thing about what they have to go through.
Hope you can sleep, knowing that.

Much Ado About NOTHING!!

Oh, my.
One thing I can depend on: no matter how much rehearsal I have, the outside world’s dumbassery abounds.

Let’s start with the Michelle Obama “controversy.”
A protester showed up at a private fundraiser and attempted to corner Mrs. Obama with a question about gay rights. Mrs. Obama responds by basically saying, “I will not put up with this. Either you leave or I do.”
Now, there has been quite a lot of talk about how she SHOULD have responded. People felt the need to admonish her for not being diplomatic enough to a heckler.
Okay, look.
Let’s be frank: Any comedian will tell you that a heckler does NOT approach a speaker, looking for DIPLOMACY. They want to get a rise out of the guy with the mic. They want the attention. This protester was merely looking for the spotlight.

Well, she got it.
Clearly, someone forgot to tell her that if you get up in a sista’s face, be prepared for when (not if) she gets up in yours.

UP NEXT:What Century is This, Again?

If you haven’t seen the Cheerios commercial that got the trolls all riled up, you may wonder why there’s any fuss about it.
Heck, even if you HAVE seen it, you may be like, “What is the problem?!”
In the 21st century, we should NOT be having this “controversy.” But in a universe where a small town school in Georgia tried the ground-breaking concept of their first integrated prom (no, really), I suppose one should measure these things in degrees.
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But for me, the list of “You gotta be freakin’ kidding me!” is topped once again by Fox News.
A new study revealed that apparently, 40% of American households now have women as the primary sources of income. So, true to form, Fox goes on the offensive.
Juan Williams claims it’s a sign of the disintegration of marriage which will have negative consequences for generations to come. Erick Erickson declares that in the natural world “and other animals” the males are the dominant ones and that any liberal who defends this trend is “anti-science.” (That one? WOW).

But finally, Fox contributor Doug Schoen ended it all with saying that all of the breadwinner moms “could undermine our social order”.

You mean, the social order that suggests it’s better to close 23 schools while spending $400 million dollars on a new prison?

The social order that allows the dollars of the few to overrule the basic human rights of the many?

The same social order that wants us to ignore the suffering of millions worldwide but, please, make sure we have plenty of money for Kardashian endorsements and spin-offs?
THAT Social Order?!

Well, Doug, allow me to suggest something.
Perhaps your “social order” needs a little undermining.
Yes, I think it could use a major overhaul.
In fact, maybe your social order needs to be GUTTED LIKE A FISH, to get you to understand that the world is not the “Leave it to Beaver” fever dream ideal people like you have been trying to shove down our throats for the last 60 years.

It isn’t as simple as that. It was NEVER that simple and you’re a fool for suggesting that the women of this country are doing this to destroy the nuclear family. They are doing this to survive.

What the women of that 40% are looking to conquer is their own fate. Where they work, how they live and making a safe haven for their families, despite the fact that they are STILL paid less than any man in the exact same job position.
Trust me. If women were looking solely to dominate the world, we’d have done it already.
And you. wouldn’t have. a job.

If this statistic is making you hold your manhood cheap, don’t sit there blaming the women of this country (I know it’s been a tried and true strategy for you guys, but ADJUST). Blame the “job creators” who skillfully took the jobs away and pocketed the money. Blame the out of touch, antiquated mind set you’ve been inflicting on people for years. Blame the greedy, power-hungry idiots who are so desperately trying to keep a white-knuckle grip of control on EVERYBODY ELSE.

But don’t come crying to me.

So, Juan, Lou and especially Doug, today you receive special Dumb-ass Decoration. And I place you in the Hall of Fame Museum of Old Stupid Stuff We Don’t Need. Right between that spray that’s supposed to hide your bald spot and that milk spout thing from Friends.

Flingin’-Flangin’ Dumbasses.

Freedom of Choice

When my husband and I were dating (back in the day when smart-phones did NOT roam the earth), he was living in Jersey City.
Not the oh so desired downtown section people associate with Jersey City now.
No, there’s that section of the town, the Heights and then there’s the REST of Jersey City.
One afternoon, he was looking to pick up some food at his local market. Being a native of the city for many years, I had to object to this plan
In his area of the city, there is one major supermarket, but it’s downtown and not conducive for those with a relatively small grocery list & no car.
The ones closer to home were not as… desirable, so to speak.
Once we entered, his face fell.
He was shocked to discover that the produce was… less than appetizing, and expensive to boot. He was surprised. I wasn’t.
Bruised, squashed, overripe food that cost more than it was worth.
He wanted something else, something better. He kept asking, “HOW?!”
I said simply, “because they can.”
The store knew people had nowhere else to go, so they felt free to sell customers whatever they wanted, in whatever condition, at whatever price, because the local residents had nowhere else to go.
And the management knew it.

That’s kind of how I’ve been thinking about this whole Monsanto thing.
The idea that genetically modified ingredients for food have already been added to our groceries is unsettling.
The idea that they can add what they want and not have to inform the consumer is disturbing.
The idea that they practically have a monopoly on SO MUCH of what we consume is a little too “Big Brother” for my taste.

But the fact that the attitude is simply, “we will do with the food what we want, we DON’T have to tell you anything about it, you will BUY that food and there is NOTHING you can do about it”…

That’s the last straw.

I am NOT a fan of the idea that my mind gets made up for me. Ask anybody.
I don’t appreciate this.
I am willing to give up Oreo’s for this point.
OREO’S!
Because Nabisco is one of the many, MANY companies that oppose having to label their GMO-laden products and have donated MILLIONS to remain so.
Now, I have an app (Thanks, Buycott!)that helps me realize exactly HOW big this is. And my friends, it. is. BIG.

I’m not saying this is something I can fight by myself and make an impact. But if enough people in the world make it rough for these guys, maybe we get back our freedom of choice.

Because we can.