Archive for September, 2008

money = happiness

28.September.08

yesterday was an exhauuusting day in the city, but I think i have more of a handle on the law schools that i want to go to. i think that I really want to go to UCLA Law now. They have a specialization in CRITICAL RACE STUDIES for their J.D. program. I know. so cool!!!  AND i bought my second pair of dunks:

money does not equal happiness, by the way. i have been spending too much of it lately, on shoes, musics, books. on my (pretty much) weekly visit to Barnes and Noble, I picked up a book that has been on my Amazon.com wish list for a while now, Consumed by Benjamin Barber. I read excerpts of his other book, Jihad vs McWorld in the Globalization class that I took at Rutgers. I also purchased some music, an Atmosphere album, and an album from the Buena Vista Social Club’s Omara Portuondo:

and do yourself a favor and visit feministe to watch these hilarious clips from wanda sykes and david letterman. for some reason i am unable to post the videos directly to my blog at the moment. I need to take my computer in somewhere. I think there is a virus on it that my anti-virus software isn’t finding…now I’m off to watch Michael Moore’s free movie Slacker Uprising. should be interesting..

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what recession?

25.September.08

in case you two have not already met, meet Jay Smooth. i love this man. He has something to say about our country’s current economic crisis. Do we really understand what is going on right now??

for more knowledge, go to ill doctrine

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willkommen zurück

25.September.08

did y’all miss me? all 2 of you who read my blog? I know, I know. I just had to take a little break. I’m trying to figure out why I even started a blog. Should it be political only? Maybe some humor in there? Less about my personal life? Should I even care what you think? haha…after I read this article in BITCH about blog comments, I am going to try to not take the comments that (don’t exist on this blog) to heart.

moving right along, my friend anna banana posted this hilarious article “Sarah Palin Pees Standing Up: How To Use Insinuation” from cracked.com on the facebook, and I died more than once reading it. Here are some highlights:

On the long, hard road to the White House, a candidate can hardly be blamed if they use every tool, trick, and hired thug at their disposal to aid them in their ascent. After all, hired thugs is what this nation was built on, and by God, there aren’t any finer to be had anywhere in the world outside of Italy and some of the rougher parts of New Zealand….

So when Senator Obama recently spun some down-home charm into a schoolyard insult by tacitly calling Sarah Palin a pig, he not only displayed the insight of an eighth-grade bully, he also demonstrated the nimble skill of a master of the political art. Ever wily, Obama has mastered the art of insulting his opponent, without seeming to. Like a Judo master or a man farting next to a dog, he is adept at shifting the blame, feigning innocence, and undercutting the hate of his words without removing the stinger.

aaaand, this great picture:

Sure, that picture could be called immature. However, I find it to be H-I-larious.

Moving right along, I keep forgetting about one of the best websites known to man. That’s right: Cuteoverload.com. I actually kind of like forgetting about this website, so that when I DO remember, there are lots and lots of cute pictures that I have not yet seen. Like these:

and to top it all off…..

nighty night.

p.s. i can’t find a good header…any suggestions would help. 🙂

break

23.September.08

i’m kind of getting tired of all the Palin news…but I had to share this hilarious pic that sissy sent me:

mommy sarah

mommy sarah

bubby made me do it

19.September.08

actually, antoine made me do it. one half of the dunka and bubba duo, children of some friends of mine. best music video ever.

 

classic

gender and autism diagnosis

19.September.08

an interesting clip I found from Salon

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sad to say, but I’m not surprised…

funny or die: the landlord

18.September.08

so before therapy today, i stopped by barnes and noble to get some s-bucks and I picked up the most recent issue of Rolling Stone. I kind of have a love/hate relationship with this magazine. Love because they have some good articles and of course lots of music coverage. Hate because they can be EXTREMELY sexist. But thats not the focus here. The issue is dedicated to the new golden age of comedy, and i read about a website that a bunch of comics (including will farrell) created called funny or die, in which they post their own comedic shorts. The most famous is The Landlord, in which Will Farell has his young daughter (she can’t be more than 2 years old) act as his landlord. FREAKING HILARIOUS.

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palin power

17.September.08

So I started the friggin post yesterday, and got finished with Palin link #4, and my stupid internet got messed up and only saved link #4 and nothing before it. So bear with me y’all.

The idea behind this post is creating a list of the best Palin commentaries that I have discovered since her unveiling. It is ongoing, so make sure to check back for updates!

1.This is the first piece that I found that I really agreed with and liked. It is an open letter to Governor Palin from Lynn Paltrow, the Executive Director of the National Advocates for Pregnant Women. She brings to light’s Palin’s own decision to wait 11 hours after her water broke to deliver her most recent child:

You evaluated the risks, made a choice, and were able to carry on your life without state interference. Texas Governor Rick Perry worried about your pregnancy but didn’t stop you from speaking or take you into custody to protect the rights of the fetus…..

….When Laura Pemberton chose to give birth at home in Florida, a Sheriff came to her house. Doctors believed that she was posing a risk to the life of her unborn child by having a vaginal birth after having had a previous c-section. The doctors were in the process of getting a court- order to force her to have a c-section. The sheriff took Ms. Pemberton into custody during active labor, strapped her legs together and forced her to go to a hospital where an emergency hearing was taking place to determine the rights of her fetus. She was “allowed” to represent herself. A lawyer was appointed for the fetus. This woman, who vehemently opposes abortion, nevertheless believed in her right to evaluate medical risks and benefits to herself and her unborn child. She was forced to have the unnecessary surgery and when she later sued for violations of her civil rights, was told fetal rights outweighed hers….

…Sixty one percent of women who have abortions are already mothers. Eighty-four percent of these women will be mothers by the time they are in forties. We hope that you, as the proud mother of five beautiful children, will recognize that the issue isn’t abortion – it is ensuring the lives, dignity and freedom of all pregnant women and their families.

2. This is a piece written by one of my favorite feminists (I pretty much almost met her when she spoke at an even that this organization I interned for held…yeah, she’s pretty much a celebrity to me), Eve Ensler. In case you have never heard of her, she is the woman who started the phenomenon of the Vagina Monologues and V-Day. Here is a piece she wrote called “Drill Drill Drill” :

…But everything Sarah Palin believes in and practices is antithetical to Feminism which for me is part of one story — connected to saving the earth, ending racism, empowering women, giving young girls options, opening our minds, deepening tolerance, and ending violence and war.

…I write to my sisters. I write because I believe we hold this election in our hands. This vote is a vote that will determine the future not just of the U.S., but of the planet. It will determine whether we create policies to save the earth or make it forever uninhabitable for humans. It will determine whether we move towards dialogue and diplomacy in the world or whether we escalate violence through invasion, undermining and attack. It will determine whether we go for oil, strip mining, coal burning or invest our money in alternatives that will free us from dependency and destruction. It will determine if money gets spent on education and healthcare or whether we build more and more methods of killing. It will determine whether America is a free open tolerant society or a closed place of fear, fundamentalism and aggression.

3. Who says that Hollywood celebrities don’t have something to say about politics? Apparently, Lindsay Lohan has a bone to pick with Palin. What’s sad is that more people will probably read L.Lo’s myspace blog entry about Palin and not ready the other opinions that I have on this post. Oh well.

I really cannot bite my tongue anymore when it comes to Sarah Palin.

I couldn’t be more supportive of a woman in office, but let’s face it, it comes down to the person, and their beliefs, male or female.

Is it a sin to be gay? Should it be a sin to be straight? Or to use birth control? Or to have sex before marriage? Or even to have a child out of wedlock?

read on if you dare…

4. Aaaand one of my favorite writers for The Nation, Katha Pollitt. Maybe because I like saying her first name out loud b/c it sounds German. Here is her little ditty on Palin:

If there were an Olympics for hypocrisy, the Republican Party would have more gold medals than Michael Phelps. And Palin would be wearing quite a few of them. It takes chutzpah for a mother to thrust her pregnant teen into the world’s harshest spotlight and then demand the world respect the girl’s privacy. But then it takes chutzpah to support criminalizing abortion and then praise Bristol’s “decision” to have the baby. The right to decide, and privacy, after all, are two of the things Palin wants to deny every other woman, and every other family, in America. Palin’s even said she would “choose life” if her daughter was pregnant from rape. Can’t you just hear Bristol groaning, “Mo-om…!”

Ok, that’s all for now…

UPDATE:

5. I first read of Tim Wise from Stuff White People Do, and he recently came out with this piece, basically on Palin, McCain, and white privelege: This is Your Nation on White Privilege

For those who still can’t grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are constantly looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.

White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because “every family has challenges,” even as black and Latino families with similar “challenges” are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay

….White privilege is being able to convince white women who don’t even agree with you on any substantive issue to vote for you and your running mate anyway, because all of a sudden your presence on the ticket has inspired confidence in these same white women, and made them give your party a “second look.”
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Tim also posted a follow up piece..

ventilation

16.September.08

i have GOT to get out of my job. All I am asking for is a legal assistant job with a non-profit organization in center city Philly, preferably one that works mostly with women. Is that too much to ask for? I know. I didn’t think so either…I guess it doesn’t help that our economy is going down the toilet right now. I heard on NPR that everyone’s mental health is getting worse because of the crumbling economy. Great. That’s all I need is more medication!

Part of me wishes I never watched this mimi video. I just liked thinking that she was a great performer and I love her catchy ass music. But now, I just don’t know how I feel about her:

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I wish i could hire someone to apply for jobs for me, so that I don’t have to do it myself.

smh

16.September.08

more election bull:

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great commentary by WhatAboutOurDaughters