Friday, June 15, 2012

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

My open letter to the GOP on their choice to block an up or down vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Dear Senate Republicans,
It's 2012. I'm getting older, and I've seen some stuff.
I grew up a pretty sheltered, middle-class kid in the burbs...but when I was coming of age, I had to battle with the authority of old white guys who repeatedly told me I couldn't play the same sports, or work at the same jobs, sometimes even take the same classes as the kid next to me, because he had a penis and I did not.
I'm in my 50's now, and I've worked my whole life in 'male-dominated' industries, and until I hit my 30's,  I earned a only a portion of what my male co-workers did.
Republicans, dear Republicans, please tell me, why is this acceptable?
I got my first part-time job when I was in high-school.
It was 1973, and I wanted that job more than anything in the world. Speaker Boehner, we've all heard you get choked-up about sweeping the floor for your family business, so bear with me here.
It was a small ice-cream shop, owned by a cranky 60-something, who refused to give me an application when I first asked, telling me,
"I don't want to hire a girl, they're too much trouble."
I told him all the reasons why I would be a good employee, gave him a list of personal references, told him I would work nights, weekends, report immediately after school was out, etc. etc, which evidently worked, because I got the job.
As I put on the white apron, and prepared to become the best soda jerk on the face of the earth, he growled something else. "Minimum wage is $1.65. I'm going to pay you $1.50- because you're a girl."
I didn't think that was fair, but was so grateful that a second-class, penis-free citizen like me was getting the job at all, I said nothing.
Then he went on. " I don't want any grab-ass going on with the boys here."
When I solemnly explained I wouldn't be grabbing any one's ass, he scowled at me and snapped, "That's not what I mean. I know what those guys do, I don't want that going on here."
I was confused. Not only was I being treated unfairly because I didn't have a penis, now I was being held responsible for the penis-holder's potential bad behavior. Because... I had a grab-worthy 17-year old girl ass, it was my fault if one of the males in his employ couldn't keep their hands to themselves.
Could you imagine why he wouldn't have had that conversation with the young men in his employ?
I'm guessing it was the boys will be boys thing, because we heard that a lot back then. I wasn't alone. This was pretty much the standard of how those of us without the 'equipment' got treated.
This whole soda-jerk-job issue came on the heels of being told I couldn't use the high school track with another female member of my AAU track team, because we might present a 'distraction' to the high school track team members who were working out. There was no girl's track team back then. This was prior to Title IX going to effect, (one year from June 23, 1972) and the boy's athletic budget for the year was 12,000. The girl's was 600- so there was no funding for a track team. There wasn't much funding for any girls' sports. Not only was there inequity in opportunity, due to gender- there was a great deal of hostility coming from those in authority- maybe because there was change coming.
Instead of embracing that change, the Principal and coaches threw every obstacle they could find in our way. Because a couple of us found an AAU team to join, we were mocked rather than encouraged. A stellar way to teach character, isn't it? It reminds me of your Republican party.
That was 39 years ago. Yesterday, you and your fellow Republicans took the low road together. You wouldn't even stand up and say, "Yes, it's OK to treat women as less than." You refused to allow an up or down vote, and didn't have the guts to say it to our faces.
I fought these battles already, when I was a kid. I'm not going back, and don't think I should have to explain to future generations why they have to.  What makes much more sense to me is to organize, talk, get others fired up, and vote anyone with an R next to their name out of office.
Can one of you, any of you please- explain why, as a woman, I should not?
Talk to me like I'm still 17, and being told it's fine that I'm going to be paid less than the kid next to me...because that sounds to me like what you're advocating.
My story is hardly unique. Ask any woman my age, they'll have similar memories. Here's the thing...we learned along the way, and maybe the fight has just begun.
Anyone out there feel like dropping a note or picking up the phone?
Here ya go...
Speaker Boehner: 202-225-6205   http://www.speaker.gov/contact
Eric Cantor: 202-225-2815   http://cantor.house.gov/contact
Jim DeMint:202-224-6121  http://www.demint.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactInformation

Friday, May 25, 2012

Wonder why gay kids get bullied? Because groups like OMM think its never OK to allow positive gay images.

Here's the copy of an email message I got yesterday from one million moms. They spend all their waking hours looking for offending TV shows, commercials, books, catalogs, and now, comics that are accepting and tolerant of gays and lesbians, because...well, I honestly don't know why, except they're obsessed beyond the point of no return. I believe the OMM think more about gay sex than most gays and lesbians do.  I wonder how they manage to get their offspring off to Vacation Bible School, cheer leading practice and Little Miss Prissypants Beauty Contests what with all their vigilant searching out of gay-friendly media. 
In a nutshell, after you start reading their rants, it doesn't take long to figure out they're too twisted for color TV.
It made me queasy to subscribe to their newsletter, but it does allow me to do two things.
First, I can keep track of who is on their shit list. That means if it's a show, I'll watch it, if it's a product or business I'll do my best to support it.
Second, they provide the neatest little links to send emails to 'offending' companies, warning them of what harm awaits at the hands of OMM if they don't give up their support and tolerance of the gay lifestyle. Here's the cool part...you can click on their links, edit all their hatey-hate threats out and replace the copy with your own, "We love you, man" letter- then send that directly from the OMM page.
You can even send yourself a copy so you can forward it to your friends, where you can say your own hatey-hate stuff about OMM.
So I'm asking...read this letter. Check out the kind of crap they are spewing, then do your part to throw a good old-fashioned monkey wrench in their hate machine. If not you, who?
PS...I'm not fixing the spelling errors in their letter.

OneMillionMoms.com

DC Comics AND Marvel Superheroes Come Out of the Closet

May 24, 2012

Dear Skippy, Part 1: DC Comics recently announced one of their most popular, but as of yet unnamed, prominent characters will soon be coming out of the closet. DC Comics, owned by Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, has decided that one of their beloved superheroes will be homosexual. Who will they choose; Batman, Superman, Flash, Green Lantern, Plastic Man, or another one of their characters that children look up to?
Last year, DC Comics Co-publisher Dan DiDio said that the company would not change the sexual orientation of an existing superhero and would bring in a new one altogether. Parents may have been able to avoid a new character since it would not be one many children have grown to admire. DiDio has changed his mind and will not be introducing a brand new character. They will feature an existing character who was previously assumed to be straight, will now become openly gay. Senior VP Sales Bob Wayne said DiDio's view 'had evolved', comparing the shift to Barack Obama's recent endorsement of same-sex marriage, according to a report. DiDio did not specify which character would 'come out' or in which issue it would be featured. It will likely be a June issue during LBGT month, joining lesbian character Batwoman.
Part 2: And to make matters more shocking, Marvel, now owned by Disney, followed DC Comics' announcement with a surprise of their own. Northstar, Marvel's first openly gay hero, is going to tie the knot with his boyfriend in the current issue of "Astonishing X-Men." This is the first same-sex wedding in a superhero comic book.
In "Astonishing X-Men" #50, which hit comic shop shelves Wednesday, Northstar proposes to his boyfriend, Kyle, a fellow snow sports enthusiast who possesses no superpowers. The couple will seal the deal in issue #51, slated for a June 20 release.
"The story of Northstar and Kyle is universal, and at the core of everything I write: a powerful love between two people who have to fight for it against all odds," said X-Men comic writer Marjorie Liu in a statement.
Children desire to be just like superheroes. Children mimic superhero actions and even dress up in costumes to resemble these characters as much as possible. Can you imagine little boys saying, "I want a boyfriend or husband like X-Men?"
This is ridiculous! Why do adult gay men need comic superheroes as role models? They don't but do want to indoctrate impressionable young minds by placing these gay characters on pedestals in a positive light. These companies are heavily influencing our youth by using children's superheroes to desensitize and brainwash them in thinking that a gay lifestyle choice is normal and desirable. As Christians, we know that homosexuality is a sin (Romans 1:26-27).
Unfortunately, children are now being exposed to homosexuality at an early age. Comic books would be one of the last places a parent would expect their child to be confronted with homosexual topics that are too complicated for them to understand. Children do not know what straight, homosexual, or coming out of the closet even means, but DC Comics and Marvel are using superheroes to confuse them on this topic to raise questions and awareness of an alternative lifestyle choice. These companies are prompting a premature discussion on sexual orientation.
Northstar's
TAKE ACTION
Please send DC Comics (Warner Bros. Entertainment Company) and Marvel (Disney) an email urging them to change and cancel all plans of homosexual superhero characters immediately. Ask them to do the right thing and reverse their decision to have sexual orientation displayed to readers.
Sincerely,

Monica Cole, Director
OneMillionMoms.com


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Anderson Cooper takes on one of 'Electrified Fence' Pastor Worley's defenders.

So I've been flummoxed trying to figure out exactly what kind of human could defend that turd of a pastor who condoned putting gays and lesbians behind an electrified fence until they died out.
Click the link and you can see Anderson Cooper actually attempt to communicate with one.
I almost feel sorry for this woman. Almost. I think maybe her problem is that she's been playing on an electric fence herself,  and has sufficiently fried a good number of brain cells, because when it comes to communicating coherently, I've gotten more rational information from my dog.

http://www.towleroad.com/2012/05/anderson-cooper-chats-with-anti-gay-worley-adherent-video.html

Again, one more time...no one would be protesting your church, picking on you, mocking your lack of intelligence or poor comprehension skills if you all didn't continually push your hatred and ignorance in the faces of folks who just want to live with the same rights and privileges as members of the ' Most Holy Sacred Church of the Bigots', or that fine example of heterosexual marriage;  Newt Gingrich, who might as well leave his former spouses in a ditch by the side of the road. Until you people realize that the real threat to healthy humans, relationships and therefore, marriage is the hypocritical bigots who use religion as a weapon then try to hide, you all can expect to be on the receiving end of some blow back.

Hint to the bad guys: You're playing for the wrong team. History will not be kind, and neither will the rest of us. As long as you continue to torment, you better be prepared for the ridicule that will follow.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

When the anti-christ appears, I bet he'll be quoting scripture & preaching hate on youtube.

Here's a quote from the latest turd in the dog pile of  religious hate-mongers...

"I had a way... I figured a way out - a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers - but I couldn't get it past the Congress," he said."
"Build a great big, large fence - 50 or a 100 miles long - and put all the lesbians in there. Fly over and drop some food. Do the same thing with the queers and the homosexuals - and have that fence electrified so they can't get out. Feed 'em. And you know in a few years, they'll die out. You know why? They can't reproduce."

And there we have the pastor of Providence Road Baptist Church of Maiden, North Carolina, Charles Worley, preaching good ol' Christian values to his congregation.
He's entitled to his opinion, but should his church of the almighty stupid get to keep their tax exempt status?
Why is it that the creepy Christians are the ones out there advocating the violence, the hate, the threats, the intolerance? What is it about Jesus that inspires this kind of behavior?
The older I get, the more disturbing I find the 'followers'.
Were they this bad several decades ago? Where is the presence of the 'Jesus spirit' in the congregation, as this asshole advocates building a wall around gays & lesbians so they will 'die off''?
Why wasn't there one person listening who challenged this, let alone be so outraged that they would rise up and throw him off his pulpit?
Oh, I forgot, they are the believers. The more I hear, the more I know what they really believe, and it bears no resemblance to the teachings of Jesus.
I'm not a Christian. I personally have no problem with Jesus, but I think the fan club is full of dickholes. I think in this instance, what if the golden rule applied? If this is how the pastor and congregation believes unacceptable people should be treated, then would it be totally appropriate to substitute 'members of the Providence Road Baptist Church of Maiden, NC' for gays and lesbians, and give that big old electrified wall a test run? Just asking.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Colorado's Mike Coffman panders to the crazies. If you look closely, you can see his lips pressed up against birther ass.

Look at this!
http://www.9news.com/video/1644320921001/1/Rep-Obama-in-his-heart-not-an-American
It's a clip of Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman pandering to the ugliest, craziest, most extreme element of the Republican Party. The creepy-crazy birthers. I know, every family has a crazy drunken uncle who lives in someones basement- but this Republican Party has a disproportionate number of members who repeatedly hang out in that basement to take directions from crazy drunken uncle.
C'mon Colorado- is this the best we deserve? Fear-mongering, race-baiting idiots that enlightened citizens and the rest of  the civilized world hold up to ridicule? This is fringe crap, even for Republican-World. Get over the stupidity. You guys should have been able to figure it out by now...when you get caught on the television machine making statements like this, it will not win friends and influence people. At least sane, sober people who don't live in the basement.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Another Bain Casualty

I was catching up with old No-Cal connections today, and learned one of my former co-workers, who had been with his company just a hair under 10 years had recently become a casualty of ongoing corporate layoffs. It was a company that Bain Capital had swallowed up a number of years ago.
Here's the thing...Mitt Romney hasn't been running this show for a while, but the asshats who run Bain, and now run this company adhere to the very same rape and pillage policies Romney embraces- the ones that made him wealthy on the backs of a lot of very hard working, totally honorable and decent people.
Many years ago, I had the pleasure of working with the guy who lost his job today. He is smart, honest, creative, savvy, worked his ass off, and inspired others to do the same- and he was replaced by a brown-nosing dullard who would never dare to speak truth to the corporate douchebags who run the show.
Did I mention that he was a former military guy? A well educated former officer who never bragged about his service or accomplishments, because he was too busy setting a good example for his co-workers, family, friends, etc.
This is not an unusual story. It happens every day, to lots of really decent people, in the name of  'what's good for the shareholders' or 'rightsizing' or simply the corporate bullshit phrase, 'Grow or die'.
What's so abhorrent is that these corporate entities are liars, often know nothing of the businesses they take over, and fuck things up beyond repair. That's why you find Bain companies declaring bankruptcy and being liquidated for assets. Before they eliminate those essential employees who actually could make a difference,  they say things like, "Your numbers aren't where they need to be." or "Your performance isn't up to our management's expectations."
They say this after they've fucked with your budget, decimated support and sales staff, eliminated the products that your customer base relied on, or basically just screwed up a functioning company because they thought they could squeeze a little more out of it. Before they totally run things into the ground, they fill management slots with egotistical bags of hot air, who either bloviate about past successes, or are spineless yes men, refusing to speak truth to power. The folks who remain employed become more and more desperate, with second mortgages, kids in college, sick spouses...all site real-world concrete reasons why they have gradually become indentured to the Company.
I'm sorry this is happening. I'm sorry that a smart, honorable man was treated in a bad, dishonorable way, by people who are willing to sell their souls for a paycheck. I'm sorry he's just one of thousands. I wonder what it will take for people to see reality. I wonder how many more decent people need to get thrown under the bus for us to wake up and pay attention. What will it take keep companies like Bain from such amoral profiteering....and make working people realize that Mitt Romney has never had their best interest at heart?