delphipsmith: (Solo odds)
"The Star Wars universe is going on 40-years-old these days, but apparently the alt-right just now got the memo that the franchise’s universe is multi-cultural..."

Yup. The poor wittle Trumpflakes are apparently all miffed about Rogue One because it's, er, "anti-white" or something.

So they've invented a #DumpStarWars hashtag -- which was promptly, and humorously, co-opted by Star Wars fans and people with, y'know, an actual sense of proportion, with tweets like these:





Seriously, what is wrong with these people??
delphipsmith: (PIcard face-palm)
The definition of "tone deaf" now features a picture of this dude. I boggle, really I do.
delphipsmith: (face sodding your shut)
Gabriel Sherman's bio of FOX News head Roger Ailes is scheduled to be published on my birthday. I may sue for emotional distress.

On the plus side, it's apparently fairly negative...
delphipsmith: (PIcard face-palm)
A preschool in Philadelphia has prohibited its kids from acting like superheroes during recess. For realz. Because apparently the correct response to excessively rough play in five-year-olds is to BAN SUPERMAN.

The letter begins thusly:

PARENTS WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Recently it has been brought to our attention that the imaginations of our preschool children are becoming dangerously overactive...

Because yeah, IMAGINATION BAD. When I was in preschool I dressed as Batgirl for Halloween (and yes, I was adorable). Guess that won't be an option for anyone at this re-education camp school.

More here: Preschool Bans Kids From “Super Hero Play,” Doesn’t Even Have the Decency To Do It With Proper Grammar

And here: Preschool Bans Kids From Pretending to Be Superheroes, Misses Point of Childhood Completely .
delphipsmith: (seriously pissed)
Once again a Republican puts his foot in his mouth (or his head up his ass) when talking about women's health issues. In this case, it's Todd Akin making a colossally insensitive and biologically ignorant statement about rape and pregnancy. He is apparently fine with abortion being illegal even in cases of rape because...wait for it..."If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

Er, huh? Like what? A quick Tweet from the brain, "yo @fallopian_toobz pls ignore any-all sperm for next 48 hrs as they were unauthorized thx #legitimaterape" ??

This man is beyond belief. Apparently in Akin's world, if you get pregnant as a result of rape it's because at some level you consented to it. The Nation has an excellent follow-up piece on why it's dangerous to laugh at this sort of thing: "In the multi-dimensional chess that shapes public opinion, the game is less about individual elections and more about a sustained effort to mainstream radical ideas. In the case of denying women control over their lives, there's evidence that the bad guys may be winning the long-game..." The article is worth a read.

Some of the tweets on the topic are pretty clever; my favorite is from @Michelle9647: "The female body also has ways of shutting down your whole election." Heee.

By the way, Romney's VP Paul Ryan also opposes abortion in cases of rape and supported a personhood bill that would make fertilized eggs human beings. And let's not forget the major GOP backer who suggested the best birth control method was for a woman to hold an aspirin between her knees.

Consider this when you vote in November, ladies.
delphipsmith: (seriously pissed)
Arizona has passed a bill stating that life begins two weeks before conception.

::iz speechless::

Presumably that means everyone in Arizona will soon be singing this.

Also passed: a law protecting doctors from being sued if they withhold information that might lead a woman to get an abortion. Now, I'm fairly certain that's malpractice and violates every medical code of ethics since Hippocrates. I can't wait to hear what the AMA has to say about it. Ideally they will vow to yank the license of any so-called physician who perpetrates this obscenity on a patient.

Gaaaaaaaaahh. And the GOP says there's no war on women. Uh-huh. Pull this one and it plays Jingle Bells. Becoming a rabid feminazi is becoming a more and more attractive option every day that insanity like this sees the light of day.
delphipsmith: (seriously pissed)
A proposed law in Arizona would apparently allow ANY employer, not just religious-affiliated institutions, to deny contraception coverage and possibly even fire female workers for using birth control pills for a "non-medical" purpose. The Republican-backed (oooh, color ME surprised) HB 2625 bill would allow bosses to ask female employees whether they are using contraception and request proof they are using the pills for non-sexual reasons, if the employer is morally or ethically or religiously opposed to...well, to sex, I guess. It doesn't mention any exemption if you're married, meaning it can't be premarital sex they object to, so it must just be sex in general. WTF???

I really don't understand what's going on around here. How can anyone not think this is absolutely nuts? And why can't the GOP go back to focusing on the economy and leave all this moral stuff to people's individual consciences???

There's more here and here, if you can stomach it.
delphipsmith: (ba headdesk)
In the last couple of days, old Ricky-boy has surpassed my wildest expectation of idiocy.

First he said that Kennedy's famous speech on the firm separation of church and state "made me want to vomit." Uh-huh. So apparently the Constitution makes him nauseous. Lovely.

A bit later he said, "President Obama wants everybody in America to go to college, what a snob. There are good, decent men and women who work hard every day and put their skills to the test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor. And trying to indoctrinate them."

Right, Rick. God forbid we engender the ambition to go to college and become, you know, all smart and stuff. (Especially women -- it's so hard to keep 'em barefoot and pregnant when they get theirselves an eddication. Why, next thing you know they'll be all radicalized, wantin' equal pay and access to family planning *gasp*)

He went on to say (which I happen to agree with) that people should have more access to non-four-year options, like vocational/technical skills. However, I expect he missed the part where Obama said that exact same thing, back in February 2009: "And so tonight, I ask every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training. This can be community college or a four-year school; vocational training or an apprenticeship."

Gawd, this man is moron. Mitt and his "couple of Cadillacs" isn't much better. But the plus side, it's looking more and more likely that Obama will win in 2012 :)
delphipsmith: (ba headdesk)
That ridiculous anti-gay bill in Russia -- the one that would criminalize any book, song, film or organization that mentions the word "gay" -- has been revived. It has actually passed the legislature (the mind boggles) and is awaiting the signature of the mayor of St. Petersburg.

Read more here and here and then sign the petition.
delphipsmith: (seriously pissed)
So I suppose most of you in the US, and possibly some of you across the pond, have heard by now about the appalling Congressional hearing on contraception -- oh sorry, on freedom of religion -- and how the panel was packed with men. One young woman who wanted to testify was told she didn't have the right credentials (National Organization for Women President Terry O’Neill [go Terry!] responded by saying, 'She didn’t have the right credentials? I’m thinking to myself, "Buddy, you and your little panel over there don’t have the right anatomy..."')

This whole cluster-f**k makes me so angry I can hardly talk about it without shouting. Put this on top of GOP front-runner -- Merlin save us -- Rick Santorum's medieval views on women (don't read what one of his biggest donors said unless you've got a firm grip on your temper) and you get a situation that makes me, for one, completely disgusted and more than a little uneasy.

I know, I know: if Santorum gets the nomination, Obama is probably a shoo-in in November. Still, it's hard to tamp down my sense of nausea at the fact that in the 21st century we still have regressive cavemen who hew to the "barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen" view. I really, really thought we were beyond that. *sigh*
delphipsmith: (seriously pissed)
That's all I can say, just "Grrr...."

Susan G. Komen foundation ends Planned Parenthood grants

I've written them. Hope others will too.
delphipsmith: (seriously pissed)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

delphipsmith: (face sodding your shut)
For the moment, at least. The Donald is running him a close second, but this complete and utter geyser of stupidity will really take some beating.

Rick Santorum, speaking in New Hampshire, blames "the abortion culture" in American for -- guess what? The failure of Social Security!! Yes, apparently the problem is that American women aren't breeding like rabbits and producing new little taxpayers at a high enough rate for Mr. Santorum. He goes on to say, apparently with a straight face, "We have seven children so we're doing our part to fund the Social Security system." Srsly?? The reason for having children is to create new little cogs in the great consumer machine, whose sole purpose in life is to work and pay taxes and have seven children in their turn to do the same?? Just breed, work and die?? Appalling. I really really hope his wife and children kick him somewhere painful for this colossally ignorant statement.

What makes it all the more funny/terrifying/ironic is that I just finished reading The World Inside, which takes Santorum's viewpoint to its logical, albeit extreme, conclusion. Makes me sick. The solution to the problem of too many people to support is not to create more people. Unless you're Rick Santorum, of course, in which case you buy into the idea that we can consume our way out of any problem.

David Brooks had a terrific column on this very issue last month. He points out that most of what we're consuming today costs little or nothing to consume and creates very few jobs (FaceBook only employs about 2000 people). We are increasingly chasing gadgets to boost our quality of life without adding any value or creating any wealth.

Wealth has to come from somewhere. You have to create it by adding value to something, value that someone else wants and will pay for. Instead, we're only adding value to our own stuff -- our FaceBook pages, our Flickr accounts, and yes, our LiveJournals -- which our friends and family may enjoy but no one will buy.

What this means is that we have to find a new approach to -- or new definition of -- a healthy economy. Double-digit growth and constant consumption won't cut it any more, it isn't the kind of consumption that provides millions of jobs and creates wealth that flows around to others.

And maybe -- just maybe -- we'll get to the point where both parents don't have to work, where we can have a bit less emphasis on acquisition and a bit more emphasis on enjoyment. That wouldn't be a bad trade-off as long as we adjust the birth rate down (are you listening, Rick?) and learn to measure our success in quality, not quantity,
delphipsmith: (face sodding your shut)
REM **********************
REM BEGIN CATTY SEGMENT

In another kidney punch for reputable publishing, Sarah Palin's new book is coming out in November. Yet another tacit admission that providing fodder for mockery is, in fact, more lucrative than providing actual intellectual content or social value. Just how pathetic can homo sapiens get before it becomes homo idiota?

"Harper Collins Thursday unveiled the cover art...[which] features a smiling Palin looking straight into the camera while donning a flag pin and flag-studded bracelet."

Heck, Sarah, why not go all the way and get a flag tattooed on your ass? Then we'd all of us REALLY know how much you love your real America and and all about that patriotism, there.

The publisher's summary says, "Written in her own refreshingly candid voice, America By Heart will include selections from classic and contemporary readings that have moved her-from the nation's founding documents to great speeches, sermons, letters, literature and poetry, biography, and even some of her favorite songs and movies."

"Refreshingly candid" presumably means she'll be making up new words left and right (well, mostly right, ha ha). It will be easy to distinguish her bits from the bits by others that have inspired her: the latter will (presumably) be grammatically correct and at least minimally coherent. No doubt Isaiah 49:16 will feature prominently.

Anyone want to take a stab at what her "favorite songs and movies" might be? The mind boggles. Although obviously since she doesn't read she must do SOMETHING with her free time...

REM END CATTY SEGMENT
REM ********************
delphipsmith: (South Park kids)
Am completely disgusted by the Democrats caving in to pressure and allowing the evisceration of the reproductive health piece of the health care reform bill passed last night.

"Earlier, the House passed an amendment to pending health care legislation that prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option and in the insurance "exchange" the bill would create."

Great. So now not only are the women in our military denied a choice, so will be anyone opting for (or forced into) the public option, or who shops through this "exchange" (whatever THAT is). For anyone interested in objecting, Planned Parenthood has a petition/form letter here.
delphipsmith: (wibble)
Watched a fascinating two-hour piece last night on the financial meltdown and how it happened. Turns out the number of bad mortgages exploded not because unscrupulous lenders wanted to screw home buyers, but because very rich people in places like China and Asia were eagerly hunting for places to put their money; American mortgages seemed like a good idea; therefore there was a growing demand for more and more mortgages; therefore more and more had to be created to meet this demand. The demand trickled down to the mortgage brokers, who of course were happy to supply that demand. Eventually they'd done mortgages for all the good-risk people but still needed more mortgages to sell to Wall Street so they started making riskier and riskier loans. The demand was so hot, and Wall Street was so desperate for mortgages that they could turn around and sell, that lenders went off the deep end. One guy they interviewed said he was loaning $5 billion A MONTH on mortgages for which he required no proof of income, no proof of employment, and no credit score.

So Wall Street took the crappy mortgages and sliced and diced them into little pieces and mixed then into composite things called Mortgage Backed Securities; these MBS's got rated AAA (very very safe investment grade) because a) the companies doing the ratings were being paid by the people who had MBS's to sell and b) nobody really understood what they were selling and c) the people with the MBS's proved to the ratings people how safe and awesome their MBS's were by using math that assumed housing prices would keep going up 6%-8% every year FOREVER. Now how stupid is that?

So then, when the lenders had sold all the crappy mortgages of the regular type that they could possibly talk borrowers into, they came up with a new beyond-crappy positively-insane version where the borrower paid only part of the interest he owed each month and none of the principle, and the unpaid interest got added to the balance of the loan. So (follow me on this) as a borrower, you paid every month and the amount you owed continued to go UP. And people took these mortgages! And even then (here's the really crazy part) Wall Street was happy to buy these worse-than-crappy-actually-insane mortgages so they could slice and dice them into MBSs and sell them.

What part of this makes any sense whatsoever? Like a giant game of Hot Potato, as long as you could keep selling the things fast enough, everything was kosher. Once the beyond-crappy-and-into-surreal mortgages started to default, that made ALL the mortgage-backed securities suspect because nobody knew whether they were made of good mortgages or bad ones (because they were all sliced and diced), so they all tanked. And several hundred billion dollars vanished into thin air. And the problem doesn't end, because the banks STILL don't know what they own and whether their MBSs are worth anything or something or nothing.

These would be the "toxic assets" we've been hearing so much about.

So now I understand it, and I'm even more horrified and appalled than I was before.
delphipsmith: (DamnNotGiven)
I must thank the Octuplet Mom for waking me up this morning by providing me with inspiration for truly vigorous rant.  What kind of a moron is this woman???  Six kids, ages 2 to 7 (so that's six kids in five years -- ok, some of them are twins, but still), three of them disabled, and all of them on WELFARE, and what does this cosmically stupid woman do?  She has eight more.  EIGHT!!

??!!?!??

I was very close to speechless and believe me that does not happen often.  So now my tax dollars are supporing this women and all FOURTEEN (!!!!!!) of her children.  I practically go speechless again just thinking about it.  (She has the nerve to say that she doesn't consider herself on welfare.  I have news for you, missy -- when you can't support your kids and you take money from the government, Ii believe that's called being on welfare.)

I seriously hope someone is bringing ethics charges against her doctor; he had no business helping this woman have more kids when she couldn't support the ones she already had.  He should be on the hook to pay for them, not Joe Taxpayer.  And who paid for her fertility treatments?  I surely hope that Medicaid didn't, because that would mean that we the taxpayer paid for the privilege of her having eight more kids so that we the taxpayer could then pay to raise them.  Wow.  Maybe she'll be individually mentioned in the bailout bill.

And her "spokesperson" has the nerve to blame people's outrage on the economy, saying that last year people would have welcomed these kids and donated lots of money.  Well now, let's think about this...six months ago she still would have had six kids, the taxpayer still would have been forking over food stamps and welfare checks for her, her three disabled kids would still need lots of attention...hmmm....

Nope.  Still monumentally wrong-headed and colossally selfish.

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