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Sun Apr 26, 2015 at 10:34 PM PDT

A Needle In A Haystack

by Colorado is the Shiznit

I have a heavy heart this evening.

I've been living back in Wisconsin coming up on three months now, and nothing much has changed since I left over 20 years ago. It is the same Green Bay, the same unnecessary judgments, the same stares, the same inevitably angry people, the same construct of ignorance, the same sameness. They are Exactly The Same, although I have grown and thrived and had remarkably different life experiences while I was away.

Tonight, I had an extremely upsetting argument with my best friend of 40 years. 40 years. We have known each other since kindergarten, me and Celine. We have never been mirrors of each other but, instead, fit together like pieces of a puzzle: where she was lacking, I would fill in the blanks. Where I was negligent, she would inform. Our life outlooks have always been somewhat opposite, but Celine and I made up for it by completing each others' sentences and making each other roar with laughter.

There was a shift in this dynamic tonight, and not in the good way.

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Hot damn, I am in A Mood and I have to rant, because Thursday.

/pulls out soapbox, hops on.

DUDE! You cannot tell me, or anyone else, that Republican actions in the past few weeks have not been unprecedented. You cannot tell me that. Well, I mean, you can, but then you just sound stupid and ignorant.

In our nation's history, this has never happened before! As a 239-year-old country, we have never witnessed the kind of brazen, craven, and ruthless type of power grab currently playing out in the media and the global world at large. The Speaker of the House invited a foreign leader (from a nation we essentially fund) to speak before Congress without so much as consulting the Executive Branch, breaking protocol and giving the President the middle finger.

That was unprecedented. It has never happened before.

What's worse is that John Boehner invited Benjamin Netanyahu to speak in our legislative chamber because they both want to go to war with Iran, and our President is actively trying to make sure we don't go to war with Iran. Barack Obama is currently involved in intense negotiations with Iran, and several other nations, to make the fuck sure that doesn't happen.

Again, unprecedented.

Even better is that Benjamin Netanyahu is presently fighting for his political life in Israel, what with Israel's election coming up next week and shit. It would have been inappropriate to ask any foreign leader to speak to Congress in the midst of such an election. Because, ya know, we probably shouldn't be fucking with their elections and stuff.

UNFUCKINGPRECEDENTED! NEVER FUCKING HAPPENED BEFORE!

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Note:  I originally published this diary in July 2009. Over the years, I've occasionally thought about reposting it when I felt the need arose. Fortunately, nothing met my criteria of overt sexism until today. The comments section of the post, about a smart and savvy 18-year-old woman who handled racism with aplomb, made my skin crawl.

So I'm republishing it, because several people have apparently forgotten that sexism is still A Thing.

Even though the diary is almost 6 years old, it is still just as relevant now as it was then, which makes me pretty sad.

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/rant ON

I think it's safe to say that most of you know me as a moderately funny, sometimes crazy, and often sexually open woman on dKos. I do not have a 2 x 4 stuck up my ass, or at least not on a regular basis. I know that The Great Orange Satan sometimes is overridden with testosterone, and I'm mostly OK with that.

But you have got to be freaking kidding me if you think that the recent sexist behavior I've observed on this liberal blog is somehow OK. Some of you guys need a serious goddamned wake-up call: you are talking to and about women the same way Republicans do!

What.the.fuck.

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Hola peoples!

So I'm stuck in a hotel in Kearney, Nebraska because I-80 is clusterfuck of ice east of Kearney and, after travelling here for two hours at the breakneck speed of 40 mph, it was either this or stay at a rest stop for the night at negative temperatures. I have enough dough to stay here another night if needed (all the schools in the area are closed tomorrow), but I was hoping to get home by Monday evening.

This has been the most difficult decision I've ever made in my adult life, and this shitty weather is not helping me solidify said decision. At all. But, in truth, I guess nothing can.

Because I am going to miss Little Shiz like nobody's business.

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So billybush has this cute little diary up, wherein Richard Dawkins hilariously reads hate mail from Christian fundamentalists while Dawkins' off-camera staff laugh their heads off.

It's a thing of delicate beauty! You simply must view it, if you have not already! Lots o' fun.

But the comments in the diary were occasionally overshadowed by people asserting that Richard Dawkins is a "misogynistic creep" (that's an actual quote), and those people did not fancy giving Dawkins any kind of venue for anything.

I disagree with said people that billybush's diary was the place to bring up Richard Dawkins' record on his treatment of women, but I do agree that Dawkins made a foolish public spectacle of himself on several occasions and definitely came across as a misogynistic creep. You can certainly object to that statement, because it's obviously just one person's opinion, but in thinking about the intellectual movement's attitude towards women overall, I came to the realization that science truly does have a sexism problem.

It's all over the place. It's everywhere you look, it's insidious, and it's not all that subtle.

And it's starting to seriously piss me right the fuck off.

 

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Hola mes amigos! Excuse me while I get my soapbox out of storage.

/stands confidently on soapbox.

/secures Hazmat suit.

Fucking listen to me, people, this is important. Due to the recent terrorist attacks in France, a lot of arguments regarding free speech have erupted ad nauseum on this website. In fact, in another window, I'm fighting for free speech to the figurative death. Valiantly, I might add.

As Charlie Hebdo wasn't exactly a non-controversial publication, easy analogies have been made between the French magazine and America's pathetic Westboro Baptist Church.

I don't hate many people or companies, or even churches, but I hate the Westboro Baptist Church with a fiery passion. I am not afraid to admit that because they are horrible, awful, no good, very bad human beings. They are. They repulse me and, if there is a hell, they are on the fucking fast-track to a really suckass afterlife.

While I completely agree with free speech, there are limits to all things. Always. There is always a stopping point somewhere, an end point, a wall that you come up against. We have laws and rules for a reason. We need to follow laws because it benefits all of society, right?

Right. So we, as a collective society, make laws against dickery. We have a number of non-dickery laws, don't we?

Yes, we do.

SO DON'T FUCKING PICKET SOMEONE'S FUNERAL WITH HATE SPEECH, YOU ABSOLUTE HUMAN ABOMINATION!

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I am not seeing a diary about this, so I'll write one.

From Yahoo:

NEW YORK (AP) — An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire Saturday afternoon, killing one and critically injuring a second before running into a nearby subway station and committing suicide, police said.
Wow. That's extreme and scary and, gee, you say it happened in New York City?
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Dude, it has been a really long, tough week. First, last night, Stephen Colbert said goodbye to everyone while he was seemingly with everyone, which is sort of amazing.

Tonight, a few hours from now, Craig Ferguson will also end his epic, historic run. Although these are two different men cut from very different cloth, Craig has had a much bigger impact on my life because the man is sober.

He's an amazing human being, he truly is. So, because Oke and I started the Dkos series Insomniacs Venthole with Craig Ferguson several years ago, I thought one of us should bid the man adieu.

 

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Tue Dec 16, 2014 at 10:18 AM PST

BoiseBlue Needs You!

by Colorado is the Shiznit

Hey, that rhymed! :)

I wanted to reach out to this community on behalf of a good friend of mine. Dkos has been unfailingly kind to me when I was having trouble in the past, and it would be cool to pay it forward.

So I'm on the phone with the most excellent BoiseBlue this morning and she's telling me how absolutely broke she is. Like, as in dire broke. As in "I can't feed myself and my life seriously sucks" broke.

See, she lost her job about a month ago through no fault of her own. Her boss was a homophobic bigot who made her workplace completely untenable. To say that her job became a "hostile work environment" would be an understatement.

BoiseBlue is waiting for unemployment to kick in but, in the mean time, bills are coming due and shit is getting very scary for her.

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In my right hand. Between my thumb and my forefinger. Do you know what I'm holding?

I bet you can never guess.

By God, it is the world's tiniest violin playing "My Heart Bleeds For You"!

Thank you, Laurence Lewis, for completely standing up for me and my homies who have been called "leftist teabaggers" on this website for several years now! Thank you so very much!

I didn't think you noticed! I thought you guys were just ignoring us this whole time, but I'm just touched as hell and tickled pink that you've been waiting until November 12, 2014 to spring this on all of us! Boy, you really do have our backs!

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I went to bed last night utterly defeated and sad. I haven't been this depressed on election night since the 2004 fiasco.

Colorado has not elected a Republican to a senatorial or governorship position in 12 years. 12 years, man! We've had a good run.

But fucking Mark Udall lost to Cory FREAKING Gardner, and now I pray for this state. Sincerely. Cory Gardner is a nutjob of the worst variety. That is not an understatement.

I had nightmares all night long. Good times. And then I wake up this morning and ... what's this?

John Hickenlooper is now WINNING the Colorado race for governor against Republican dickhead Bob Beauprez!

No, for friggin' real!

KUSA - Governor Hickenlooper has pulled ahead by more than 12,000 votes in his re-election bid against Republican challenger Bob Beauprez, but the race is still too close to call.

Several thousand ballots from multiple Front Range counties, including Denver and Boulder, have yet to be counted.

OMGWTFBBQ! Beauprez was leading the poll results all night last night, so to wake up and find this is not only a bit of a shock, but a hungover election night goddamned miracle! Hallelujah!
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Hola peoples -

So I have been following the news very closely lately because I feel like the world is going to break in half at some point. I'm not talking about the news from overseas (where it is equally dire and messy), but specifically about the US. I mean, WTF!, actions have consequences and many cities and police forces in America seem to be unaware of that simple fact. It's not complicated at all (cause and effect, hello?), but these people apparently cannot grasp this elementary concept in their puny little, teeny tiny brains.

I am disgusted. I am just fucking disgusted by the murder by police of innocent citizens because black, by all of the rampant police abuse directed towards people of color, the outright and PROUD! discrimination, the completely in-your-motherfucking-FACE! racial inequality, and this whole goddamned thing of if you just happen to be black, you apparently cannot walk, or sit, or shop, or drive, or talk on the phone, or put your hands up in this stupid goddamned country!

The Civil War is still bloody going on, for the love of all that is noodley. It never ended, which every self-respecting Democrat already knew, but now we have recordings of this heinous shit. I can barely get out of bed in the morning now, no lie.

So I wanna tell you a few stories that will maybe lighten the load. Maybe they won't but, hey, here's to trying, eh?

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