cynthia1960: me from Wiscon Chronicles v. 3 (Default)
[personal profile] twistedchick sums up my wishes for the presidential election perfectly.

You cannot believe how quickly I want the close of the polls in Alaska and Hawai'i to happen.
cynthia1960: (religion and politics)
Ok, I couldn't resist clicking on the link on that said "Oh daring, oh fiery wenches of God!" because I knew I was in for a bit of tasty fun from Mark Morford.

Sister John Marie of blessed memory is probably up there chuckling.
cynthia1960: me from Wiscon Chronicles v. 3 (Default)
Fred Clark at Slackivist pointed me to this fine post by Scott Paeth* about religion in the public square. Scroll down to the bits about Santorum and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops for the stuff that made me want to jump up and holler yeah!

IMO, The Bishops ought to spend more of their time talking about unjust war, extrajudicial murder, and gross economic inequality (just to start), but I guess they have more fun beating up on women. Color me a little bitter this International Women's Day.

*who incidentally is a professor of religious studies at DePaul University, a Catholic school
cynthia1960: (Down with patriarchy)
linkspam for me to come back to time and again when I need to get my anger properly directed at targets

Sinfest nails it when it comes to the ubiquity of patriarchy. (thanks to @nkjemisin on twitter)

also: We are the 99 Percent

And Elizabeth Warren tells it like it is.

Also thanks to [personal profile] pegkerr who is posting lots of good stuff about the #occupy(insert $CAPITALISTSTRONGHOLD of choice) movement.
cynthia1960: (religion and politics)
Sady Doyle of Tiger Beatdown has some sage words about bravery and St. Joan of Arc.

Not that my homegrrl Clare of Assisi fails to rock, she truly does (patroness of my university (which came in handy during finals for sure), the Valley where I thrive, television), but there's something to be said for Jehanne d'Arc, who Doyle says is the unofficial patron saint of "victims of gender policing, people and especially women who come out of nowhere to exercise political voice and/or get violently assaulted or killed for their political action, ..., lapsed Catholic women, women who have huge-ass troubles with the sexism of Catholics, and feminism."

Sounds like a good one to have around for backup. Jehanne, keep Gabrielle Giffords in your prayers.

ETA to thank [personal profile] wired for the link via twitter.
cynthia1960: (The Bear Flag Republic)
Proposition 21 lost on the November ballot; it would have added $18 to each car's vehicle license fees to support our state parks. The California State Parks Foundation is doing a virtual sponsorship of cars to help the parks, so if you're disappointed that 21 lost, you can still sponsor your car and maybe somebody else's.
cynthia1960: (feminist hulk smash capitalism)
Wow. Paul Krugman points to a comment left on an Irish economics blog that notes that the "markets" are motivated by the desire for hookers and blow. Not sure if it's actually good policy to cater to these desires, but if it's even partially true that that's what's making Wall Street and the City of London tick, that explains much about how we got in the current mess.

Damn, if I had gotten such frank information in college, maybe I wouldn't have blown off taking any economics.
cynthia1960: (The Bear Flag Republic)
The California results seem to be somewhat looking up. Glad Meg and Carly got shot down. Didn't expect 19 to pass statewide, but Alameda County did pass it.
cynthia1960: me from Wiscon Chronicles v. 3 (Default)
Move over Elizabeth Warren, and meet Maxine Udall, Girl Economist. If I had been exposed to more folks like her, I probably wouldn't have avoided the dismal science like the plague.
cynthia1960: (The Bear Flag Republic)
138 pages full of awesome.

Proposition 8 supporters can bite my shiny metal ass.
cynthia1960: (guilty!x4)
I was studying the Constitution in eighth grade when Watergate hit the fan (my congresscritter Don Edwards was on the House Judiciary Committee), and I remember hearing about Nixon's enemies list. Daniel Schorr's shining moment of journalistic glory was reporting on the list, and finding out he was on it in real time. I'm going to miss him on NPR.
cynthia1960: (unprintable!)
So some white guy with major issues (probable wingnut, problem with women, hates the IRS) first sets his house on fire, then crashes a plane into the Austin IRS building, but noooo, this *isn't* terrorism?

Herr Doktor Schroedinger, I want you to go into your little box, being careful not to get clawed by the kitty, and pull out a reality where this shit doesn't happen.
cynthia1960: (religion and politics)
Some guy called me up this morning for a donation to the national Democratic Senate committee. I think I didn't go off on the guy personally, but I let him know straightaway that the party committees aren't getting a dime from me until they show some spine, and that the Senate is a big part of the problem. They need 51 votes, not 60 to pass stuff, and if they stay being spineless, they may very well not have 51 after the midterm elections.

And I told him that the President is doing fine (I was a bit charitable there), but he needs to push Congress with a reinforced spine of his own.

Sorry about that [ profile] ala_too, but right now, I don't have a whole lot of patience with my party, and I've been a registered D since I was 16. They keep making promises about bringing in more progressive folks, yaddayaddayadda, but I'm looking at the second half of my life, thinking they're going to show more of the same wussiness, and watch the GOP play dirty (gotta give the other side credit, they do know how to play rough) and stonewall any progress. President Johnson was a gold-plated SOB, but he did know how to push legislation through. LBJ must be spinning down there underground in TX.
cynthia1960: (The Bear Flag Republic)
As a Friday afternoon palate cleanser, I offer for your delectation:
Somebody set the #demonsheep ad to a soundtrack of Pink Floyd's "Sheep".
It's definitely improved, because you don't have to hear the political blather.
cynthia1960: (whattetheswyve?)
Thanks to the efforts of [personal profile] emceeaich, [personal profile] elainegrey and [ profile] sparkymonster, I will now have nightmares about knitting yarn made from the fleece of #demonsheep!

The flock of #normalsheep that were grazing by Hwy 237 seems to have disappeared. Coincidence?
cynthia1960: (Portugal)
They legalized same-sex marriage, unfortunately though, their adoption laws don't follow through on this.
cynthia1960: me from Wiscon Chronicles v. 3 (Default)
Shit. Go off the grid for a day, and miss the latest implosion in Republican politics. Since when is "bored now" something you can justify telling the citizens of your state?

The smart money says there's some fecal matter getting launched toward a rotary impeller.


Jun. 12th, 2009 02:23 pm
cynthia1960: me from Wiscon Chronicles v. 3 (Default)
Sara Robinson at Orcinus speaking truth to power.

ETA: You can blow all your Sanity Watchers points reading the comments, though.


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