Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Someone Remind Me Where Foster Children Come From

So Florida ruled that banning gays and lesbians from adopting kids is unconstitutional. Yay! But reading some of what Florida's attorney general had to say about the ruling makes me wonder where some people think foster kids come from. I mean, you can't have a foster kid without having a kid first, and you can't have a kid without a woman and a man having sex. Right? With that said . . . .

"The attorney general's office had argued that gay men and lesbians are disproportionately more likely to suffer from mental illness or a substance abuse problem than straight people, rendering them less fit to parent -- especially children in foster care who already are under tremendous stress."

So straight people don't make foster children? Then where do foster kids come from? I think I might need to have "the talk" with my mother all over again.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Your Period: Sort of Like the Sinking of the Titanic, But Worse!

Check out this video from Tampax that dumps all over Mother Nature and the menstrual cycle. I'm not saying that periods are fun, but they are necessary, and I don't see any reason to tell women to hate them or be ashamed of them or equate them to natural disasters. That's just a little extreme, don't you think? I mean, I don't see anyone treat diarrhea this way, which is just as much a part of nature as one's periods and like a hundred times less predictable.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Take Action Monday

Here comes post number 100!

Support Barack Obama in his decision to close Guantanamo.

Protect America's farm workers.

Tell Barack Obama to mention fighting global poverty in his inaugural address. Tell him to make healthcare a priority too.

Encourage your Congresspeople to sign a letter to Barack Obama telling him to support a strong international affairs budget.

Help sexually assaulted women in the military find justice.

Tell your Senators to keep women in mind when trying to heal the financial crisis.

Support veterans with severe combat-related injuries.

Sign the Love and Equality petition.

Tell the UN Security Council to fully deploy peacekeepers in Darfur.

Keep the U.S. a save haven for refugees.

Friday, November 21, 2008

The Funny & The Fucked Up

The Funny

Sarah Haskins' latest video is all about cars. Those sexy, fuckable cars.

Fundamentally Flawed takes on the anti-gay bigots with sharp wit.

One of my Feministing Community blog posts made it to the main page. And it inspired like five flame wars.

The Fucked Up

A Catholic priest in South Carolina tells his parishioners not to receive communion if they voted for Obama. What has to happen before churches like this lose their tax exempt status? I'm sure Catholic churches paying taxes in a "pro-abortion" country is no more unholy than that same money going towards paying for kid-toucher insurance.



Mike Huckabee thinks LGBTs have to suffer more before they can get civil rights. Until then, being gay is totally bearable. And because Huckabee has such impeccable timing, he said all of that the day before International Transgender Day of Remembrance.

A Little Bit of Both

Focus on the Family is laying off 20% of its workforce. Think of it as a sign from God to get out of the gay-bashing business.

John Claude Van Damme attempted to hit on a Newsweek reporter with his . . . je ne sais quoi. Seriously, JC. Je ne sais quoi the Hell you are doing. "I really opened myself up in 'JCVD.' I peeled back the skin of the fruit, cut the pulp and then took that very hard seed. In this film I cut that hard seed, and inside that seed was a kind of liquid cream substance of the man I am, or the woman you are." Hard seed cream, ne sont pas des mots qui vont tres bien ensemble.

I Ask Myself an Important Question

How can this be one of the most reported stories in the 2008 election season . . .



yet people still believe this



???

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Which is Which?

This is gonna sound crazy, but I just have come out with it. Sometimes, I can't tell the difference between right-wing radio hosts and al-Qaeda. I wouldn't admit it if I thought I was alone in this. But for those who still need some convincing, check out these two statements, and you'll see what I mean.

"[To Barack Obama] You were born to a Muslim father, but you chose to stand in the ranks of the enemies of the Muslims, and pray the prayer of the Jews, although you claim to be Christian, in order to climb the rungs of leadership in America."

"[I]magine being 10 years old in Jakarta, Indonesia, being raised as a Muslim, and your mother . . . hates you so much that she sends you to Honolulu to live with her mom and dad, so she can stay in Jakarta, Indonesia, and being raised -- being married to Barry Soetoro . . . And so [Barack Obama] was raised in that environment by a communist mother who hooks up with a guy named Barry Soetoro, who is a radical Muslim, and they quickly fly to Jakarta, Indonesia, which is where Barry Obama was raised as a little boy . . . . And that's all fine, he had nothing to do with it . . . . But it's who he is. He was raised as a Muslim at the two - at the two schools he attended. One was Christian -- raised as a Muslim -- the other one was secular. Why doesn't he admit the truth?"

Now, which statement was made by right-wing radio hate-monger Bill Cunningham, and which one was made by al-Qaeda second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri? Click the names of these two dudes, and you'll find the answer. Or you could not do that and enjoy the mystery, you nutty daredevil you.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Preach It, Wanda!



I've always loved Wanda Sykes. And after watching this video of her publicly coming out, I sort of want to join the First Church of Sykes. You don't really have to believe in anything, except equality.

Take Action Monday

I drew a new header. I think it's better than the current one, if you can imagine that. I just have to color it and scan it in. Hurrah! Anywho . . . .

Tell G8 leaders to forgive the debts of impoverished countries.

Speak out against the redefinition of abortion to include . . . just about everything that keeps a sexually active woman from giving birth.

Tell the Department of Labor to protect farm workers from President Bush.

Pledge to fight for gay rights (here too).

Ask Secretary Rice to support peacekeeping efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Tell Barack Obama to make ending world hunger a priority.

Join the Radio Action Team

Learn the signs of child abuse.

Tell Governor Schwarzenegger to protect farm workers in government housing.

Urge President-elect Obama to make a commitment to human rights.

Help stop malaria.

Friday, November 14, 2008

The Funny & the Fucked Up

The Funny



Keith Olbermann went on The View on Monday. And, no, he's not standing.



Rachel Maddow compiles some of the funniest Bushisms.

And this has nothing to do with anything, but Joe Scarborough said "fuck you" on his show and didn't realize it for like 2 minutes. Hi-larious!

The Fucked Up



Former Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin thinks "living with their parents" is an insult. Excuse me, but some of us have to work to pay for our student loans and graduate school tuition, unlike some people *wink*.

A man in Tanzania attempted to sell his albino wife, because body parts from albinos are apparently great for potion-making. The article doesn't say if he tried to sell her to protect her from being killed or to profit from her albinism. Either way, that's fucked up.

A Little Bit of Both



Lindsay Lohan called Barack Obama our first "colored" president. And she said "colored" softly and quickly, like she knew it was wrong. Although, she said "fruition" that way too.

And Joe the Plumber, who has no right to practice plumbing, has a website! It's called Secure the American Dream, which apparently involves stiffing America out of taxes. And none of the links work. Joe the Web Designer he is not.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Because Colorado's Personhood Amendment Was So Successful


PUSA Promo (Web) from Endfallow on Vimeo

Even though Colorado's personhood amendment failed miserably, some really misguided people were inspired to start Personhood USA, an anti-choice organization that will try to do across the country what failed miserably in Colorado. Sorry for the redundancy, but I'm just so thrilled that the personhood amendment in Colorado failed so miserably. Anyway, Personhood USA wants to get states to recognize fertilized eggs as legal persons. Watch the video above and tell me what's missing . . . .

An introduction that looks like it was made in the 21st century? Yes, that is missing. The film-reelness of it all must really bring them back to a time when women with unwanted pregnancies paid a scumbag to punch them in the stomach. Ah, memories. I'm just disappointed there was no mushroom cloud or duck-and-cover lesson or anything. But even though the introduction was missing a little something, that's not the missing thing I was thinking about.

Proper vocabulary? Sure, that's missing too. I don't know what a pre-born baby is. Is that like pre-chewed food? Or a pre-cooked meal? Because when you put "pre" before a verb, it means that action has already taken place. "Pre-born baby" implies that the baby was already born, and you just have to take it out of the box and bake it at 350 for 45 minutes and ding! Speaking of babies in boxes, remember this? Anyway, correct vocabulary wasn't the missing factor I was thinking of either.

A valid point? Indeed, that is missing. Someone in the video quotes the Declaration of Independence. Many anti-choicers do this. They believe that because the Declaration of Independence has the phrase "right to life" in it, that the Declaration of Independence must apply to clumps of cells that live inside and off of women. News flash, people: Anything that needs to be inside a woman and feed off of her through a tube is not independent. That document only applies to those of us that are born. So although a valid point is missing, that's not the missing thing I was thinking of. No, what's missing is . . . .

A FERTILIZED EGG! If this organization's mission is to implement personhood amendments that define zygotes as people, then maybe this video should actually, you know, show a fertilized egg and tell us how much of a person it is. Maybe that video should go more like this:



"Yo. I'm obviously a human person just like you and the woman whose Fallopian tubes I'm traveling through right now. Give me more rights than she has, please!"

At least that would be a more accurate representation of what Personhood USA wants.

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Funny & the Fucked Up

While I was sick this week, I thought of a new weekly segment! It's called "The Funny & the Fucked Up." Basically, it's a funny story or video of a feminist nature and another story or video that's seriously fucked up. I wanted to start this on Friday, but I was too tired to post it. So let's just say I'll start this new segment officially on Friday and call this a sneak peak.

The Funny:



Stephen Colbert wishes his mommy a happy 88th birthday. Super cute!

And the Fucked Up:



Smear Channel darling Jim Quinn thinks slavery was like totally awesome for Black people. But he doesn't volunteer himself to be a slave. Odd.

Take Action Monday

I was sick all weekend, but taking action always makes me feel better.

Tell President Bush to include the female condom in PEPFAR funding.

Support paid sick days.

Remind president-elect Obama to reform healthcare in his first 100 days (children's healthcare, too!).

Ensure that suspected war criminals in Darfur are brought to justice.

Get a FREE "Yes We Did" sticker from Move On.

Tell Obama and Biden what your expectations are for their new administration.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Tell Me Who Won Again . . . .

Hey, John McCain. Who's going to be the next president of the United States?



Sounds better and better every time you say it.

Congratulations, Barack Obama, the next president of the United States! Yes we can did!

Winner of the Funniest Gaffe Poll

No surprise, Sarah Palin is the funniest gaffe of the presidential election. Here are the results:

Joe Biden tells Chuck Graham to stand up: 2 votes

John McCain agrees that Western Pennsylvania is racist: 6 votes

Barack Obama claims to have visited 57 states: 2 votes 

Sarah Palin. Simply Sarah Palin: 10 votes

So what does Governor Palin win for being the biggest gaffe of the presidential campaign? Nothin'. But you guys get Palin's greatest hits. Or should I say misses?








The Big Day is Here!

It's finally Election Day! It's obvious that I'm voting for Obama, since I'm a feminist. But voting for McCain certainly would be hi-larious. It's not important who you vote for. It's just important that you vote. And . . . .



you can vote however you like.

Monday, November 3, 2008

NO CANDY FOR YOU!!!



via Straight Talk on McCain

Says the Wicked Witch of Grosse Pointe Farms. Denying children candy on Halloween based on who they'd like to see win the presidential election takes a special kind of crazy, and this lady's got it! She asked trick or treaters who they support for president and who their parents are voting for, and she posted a sign saying "No handouts for Obama supporters, liars, tricksters, or kids of supporters." Cuckoo . . . cuckoo . . . cuckoo.

So since she didn't give those kids candy, wouldn't egging her house be justifiable? "Trick or Treat" is definitely a legally binding verbal agreement.

Take Action Monday

Election Day is tomorrow . . . .  eeeeee!

Find your polling place.

Know your voting rights. 

Vote for feminist candidates tomorrow.

Let DC decide its own gun laws.

Help strengthen FDA standards on cancer treatments.

Support the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act.