ELECTION

by kara on May 23, 2016

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am i the only person who identified with this girl?

Hey, friends! Ever been accused over being “too smart”? That’s not a thing, right? This month on Twitter I was called: “‘a know-it-all bitch”, a “pasty-faced snob’ who ‘ruins Twitter with her “better than thou” attitude’, as well as “smug, superior and condescending” , and “annoying and boring with words nobody understands”, and a “traitor who likes to use big words”. Also this month, a friend of mine lost her writing job because, wait for it…..she used “too many big words”. She also threatened the attenuate sexuality of her male co workers (lest you think Hollywood is some sort of progressive bastion open to all types, there’s no business like show business, unless, of course, you’re a woman; and then it’s just like every other fucking business in the world), bitter, woman-hating rage robots, witty male observers of the screwy and crazed female other who make a pastime of unmoral, vicious observations, as if womanhood was grotesque, magnificent fodder for the amateur ethnographer.

Usually when dudes are threatened by dames who are cleverer than them it is less about ability than gender. Obviously, intelligence is not “masculine” and it does not reside solely in so-called ‘male brains. Yet, patriarchy dictates that all the intelligence (and the centers of power that come with that intelligence), should reside in the heads of men. Men such as Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Stephen Hawkins, are all respected because of their intelligence and not because of their biological sex, but women can never escape their biological sexual definitions. Virulent, women-hating invectives are being  levied at us because we threaten male supremacy. Women claiming intelligence must be nipped in the bud otherwise patriarchy will be overrun with uppity women claiming intellectual equality with men so we must be subordinated to ensure the hierarchal male supremacist society continues unchallenged. Smart women are dangerous, too clever for their own good and are asking to be challenged, negated and put down. “Histrionic, you say? Maybe you heaven’t noticed, in which case you are probably a man, a mushroom cloud of retro-sexism appears to have bloomed above the country, a nasty little subculture.

I was talking to a friend of mine this morning who is a senior engineer at at major space tech company. She was spewing with rage levied at the repugnant misogny at her workplace – a place not populated by sub-educated comedy writers unhappy with their home lives – but with actual NASA engineers. Yet our experiences were depressingly similar. The countless mundane betrayals that mark our encounters with so many men in our professional life: the accusations of emotionally driven, “feminized” interactions (anger/sadness over the more “male” petty resentments/steroidal rage), the long-suffering groans that meet any attempt to contextualize sexism and refute the idea that such indignities, grim though they all may be, are not necessarily equally oppressive.

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Ideas are fun, aren’t they?

by kara on May 23, 2016

I had coffee with a self-proclaimed Bernie Bro friend of mine recently. Here’s what I learned:

  • Literally every thing Republicans have said about Hillary for the past 30 years is  100% true, because if it wasn’t true why would Bernie even be so popular?
  • Middle class voters will gladly vote to have their taxes raised once we explain to them that in return they’ll get free government healthcare, but the government is so corrupt that we can’t trust it to manage our healthcare as the Obamacare disaster so clearly proved.
  • 20,000 people attended a Bernie rally in California, which is why the Super Delegates need to ‘fall in line’ and give the nomination to Bernie, even though Super Delegates should not support Hillary because that is undemocratic
  • Bernie has the clear momentum here, even though it’s impossible for him to get the nomination based on delegates, which again is where the Super Delegates come in because they need to respect the momentum of the past few primaries, but not the primaries that came before it.
  • Bernie polls a few points higher than Hillary in that one poll about hypothetical general election matchups with Trump, which again is why the undemocratic Super Delegates need to ‘fall in line’ for the sake of democracy
  • The Sanders campaign is NOT a cult of personality, because Sanders is so powerful that once he’s president he can say all the magic words which will finally fix our government and get everyone to support socialism and that is REAL reform
  • The only reason that Sanders isn’t winning is because the media has labeled him a ‘loony fringe candidate,’ but the reason he should win is because he’s a socialist from Vermont who falls squarely outside the mainstream political establishment and people are really looking for that type of candidate in this election as Trump clearly proves and no one cares about the media anyway which is why Trump will end up winning.
  • Bernie deserves all the credit for ‘pushing Hillary to the left’ because clearly Hillary is such an incompetent and inexperienced politician that she needed someone to do that for her, and clearly she only moved further to the left in the past couple of months, all because of Bernie, which again is why the Super Delegates really need to ‘fall in line’ and support the man that did all the heavy lifting but not the woman that just ‘fell in line’ with his campaign.
  • It isn’t at all pertinent or relevant how President Bernie Sanders would interact with the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, but there is a lot of talk about “DC insiders”.
  • The corporate media is complicit in keeping Hillary Clinton the Democratic front-runner and everyone is tired of reporters letting this email scandal go and letting this email scofflaw off the hook.
  • It’s really going to be hard for some Sanders supporters to accept the fact that Jeff Weaver took their $27 dollars and threw it away, which is why we need to keep hope alive and go all the way to the DNC to prove that those $27 donations weren’t wasted.
  • On the topic of Donald Trump, we were in agreement: He probably has studied the Dark Arts, and if elected could be the “President Snow of American politics.” We were so pleased at the Hunger Games reference that we forgot to point out in our Comic Book Guy voice that Panem actually is America, but in a dystopian future. Also, our favorite conspiracy theory is that Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer, so score one for memes.

BrosI pay attention, and agree with any points I agree with, namely the obscene corruption of our financial system and institutions, and the heinous and immoral and unending wars in the middle east and beyond. Alas, the Bernie folks insisting that I try to understand them and give them a pass because they’re excited about the revolution have less than zero interest in understanding me. (Standard #NotAllBernieBros disclaimer here.) I understand them just fine. They’re just fucking wrong.

Game of Thrones, or Star Trek?

by kara on May 13, 2016

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The production value on Game of Throne has taken a nose dive this season, probably because the actors salaries have soared and they have to dip into somebody’s coffers. The production design budget often gets the short end of the stick. My sister, a successful production designer, says that whenever she shoots a period piece she sees the same spray painted gold goblet with jewels stuck on and the same plastic crawling ivory in the prop box. From the glossy plastic vines to the Xenaesque Sand Snakes,  let’s anticipate how the episodes might look to us in 20 – 30 years….

Ah,  Dorne – the exotic peninsula of hot blooded, olive skinned  inhabitants, and the aforementioned plastic crawling vines.

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Nobody’s Bot

by kara on May 6, 2016

If I thought they were clever enough, I would say that most of these internet so called Berniacs are anything but. I’d parse tweets for key phrases like “would sooner vote for Trump” – the one candidate in this stupid thing that is a 100% polar opposite of Bernie Sanders. People insisting that they won’t vote for Hillz because of the emails or Wall Street donations. Saying that Bernie should run as an independent because the numbers are all faked and the superdelegates are the ONLY way Hillary will win. Some of them are trolls no doubt, but no, Trump supporters are not clever enough for that.  Libertarians maybe.  I “know” some of these people. I’ve been posting with some of them for years. I had one person call me a “Hillbot” by someone who knows I’m a real girl. Because everything and everyone is now filtered through the Bernie lens. It’s like watching friends and relatives get on a plane to Jonestown.

I’ve been called a paid shill for Hillary (are you fucking kidding?! I will talk shit about Donald Trump for FREE), corporate shill, a sheeple in the tank for Wall Street (that one made me laugh), a misandrist (hatred for men motivates  my support for Clinton), and a host of other names by people who know me and should fucking know better. People I spent both nights of Obama winning in celebration.  I feel like I’m taking crazy pills. And I AM a Bernie supporter – I’m so far left fiscally that I make Karl Marx look like a member of the Birch Society. I am also a really fkcng smart person and know a fuck lot about history and I am a realist.  I don’t want to get yelled at in all caps, also by people who know me, almost always men.

I’ve been told that being called a Hillbot is inevitable if you raise any fact not consistent with the Bernie mythology. It stands in place of addressing or refuting the offered fact. “Hillary would be worse that Trump”. I don’t know about that. I can’t say for certain Trump would be worse than Hitler, but I do wonder. Sorry there. Ruined a good lead in to ‘Say, you know who also would be worse than…’ There are people on every part of the political spectrum that will believe anything, so long as it fits their narrative. And if it doesn’t fit, they will beat, shave, drill, saw and hatefuck it until it does. Not to mention regurgitating the eight previous years of tossing fake scandals at the Clintons, all of which turned out to be complete bullshit except for the blowjob. After another 8 years of seeing these fake scandals tossed at Obama, seeing people on the left swallow this bullshit hook line and sinker is mind-blowing and completely depressing.

Fellow Democrats: Why do we insist on shooting ourselves in both feet?

 

watch Prince shred it

by kara on May 6, 2016

SORRY/NOT SORRY

by kara on April 23, 2016

Probably the thing conservatives say that I hate most is the perfidious claim that whatever horrifying thing they are advocating doing is for the benefit of “future generations” (if their are any). Like, if you’re more worried about some people getting a little lower priced private health insurance, or what bathroom someone uses, than you are about climate change, just stop pretending your kids’ future is your big concern.

Back in 2010ish, ghoulish, feather-brained lunatic Mitt Romney literally said to a crowd of other humans that helping victims of storms (tornado, floods, wildfires, droughts and other biblical plagues had been killing Americans and destroying their towns all year),  is “immoral”,and they should not receive any governmental assistance. He argued that it is

“simply immoral for there to be deficit spending that could harm future generations”.

This visually thrilling video by 27 year-old Prince Ea, apologies to future generations for what we are doing, and not doing, to the planet today. The video contains lots of great thought-provoking quotes and you ought to watch it.

So conservative old folks  – who won’t even be alive to reap the horrors of conservatives inaction on environmental issues –  don’t worry about us, the “future generations”, we will be fine. It’s okay if you don’t agree with all this science stuff,  just get out of our way.

Is the real downfall of America rooted in apathetic voters? We’ve worked long and hard to promote the idea that politicians are all the same, all politicians are self-serving corrupt liars, the two parties are the same, and it doesn’t matter whether you vote or not.  The apathy of the US voter has been carefully cultivated by promoting these beliefs. Beliefs — sometimes known as schemas — guide behavior. If an individual truly believes that a specific action will not be beneficial, then it is less likely that that action will not be taken. The caveat is that education and academia are suspicious at best and lying self-serving corrupt delusional socialists at worst and opinion is as good as any fact or baseless opinion is as good as informed opinion or that intuition is as good as reasoning…..I dunno, has it all come together to produce this perfect storm of sniveling self-serving narcissists ascending to office to implement policies that are emotionally appealing only to those who are afraid and are sure that their way of life will change tomorrow by outsiders invading their turf? The powers that be promote these beliefs as well as other structural impediments in an attempt to suppress the vote so that only a minority of voters who will vote in predictable ways will vote. Who knows, it’s late, good night.

how I feel today

by kara on April 15, 2016

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Republican New Jersey governor Christ Christie has been to twenty-nine Springsteen concerts.

Bruce Springsteen’s oft-revisited themes of hard work, faith, and America, are all things wingnuts think that they love, but then The Boss reminds everyone that he supports unions and peace and is a passionate advocate for the rights of the disenfranchised, and they just don’t understand how he could think those things when he seems to start from the same place that they do. So, they usually just say he became a politically correct Hollyweird liberal once he got rich and famous, and that he hasn’t been relevant since the 1970’s (when he was still Real). Because, after all, it isn’t difficult for these barely-sentient balls of rage to distort their own perceptions of reality.

As one of the most misinterpreted songs ever, the song’s become a de facto feel-good election season anthem for politicians nationwide. The patriotic rallying-cry of a cold warrior was invoked by Ronald Raygun, campaigning in 1984. Except of course, it wasn’t exactly the “idealism and optimism” that the Reagan campaign was searching for.

In a 2005 interview with National Public Radio. Said Bruce:

“This was when the Republicans first mastered the art of co-opting anything and everything that seemed fundamentally American, and if you were on the other side, you were somehow unpatriotic. I make American music, and I write about the place I live and who I am in my lifetime. Those are the things I’m going to struggle for and fight for.”

I remember when “Born in the USA” came out, and it was cathartic for veterans at a time when Vietnam still couldn’t be mentioned, and vets were getting the shaft both from the left and the right. And then Bruce came along. And at first, all the wingnuts were pretty darn sure he was a Rightwing Patriot Hero, because, American Flag! Blue Jeans! Vets! And then he wasn’t, and they could not figure out how a guy could write an anthem for war veterans and not be all rah rah yay yahoo War! It took them forever to finally wrap their tiny little craniums around that one.

Except the vets. The vets always understood.