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    Friday, December 30th, 2011
    9:34 pm
    Happy and Healthy 2012 to all
    I rarely use this journal except to occasionally read the journals of those friends who have not switched to the Borg Collective (facebook). I wish all of you all the best for the coming year, health, happiness and prosperity. So may it be.
    Thursday, July 30th, 2009
    2:31 pm
    a short play by Hunter of Dkos fame
    In my new tradition of summarizing major political stories in the form of short plays, may I present: The Birthers...

    Conservative: I don't believe you were born in the United States. I demand you show me your birth certificate.

    Liberal: OK, here it is.

    Conservative: I'm not going away, damn it. I demand to see your real birth certificate.

    Liberal: I told you, it's right here.

    Conservative: I demand you put it on the web, so everyone can see it.

    Liberal: I already did. You can see it right here. Just look at it.

    Conservative: Some guy in Mississippi says it looks fake. I demand you show me your secret birth certificate.

    Liberal: I don't have a secret birth certificate. This is it. I put it on the web.

    Conservative: Conspiracy! Conspiracy! I can see now you're hiding something! I demand to see your birth certificate!

    Liberal: It's Right. F---ing. Here. Ten thousand people across the planet have printed it out.

    Conservative: Those are copies. I want to see the original.

    Liberal: Lots of reporters have seen the original. I can't bloody send it around to every conservative nutcase in America, one at a time, like a birth certificate chain letter.

    (long pause)

    Conservative: I don't believe you have a checking account. I demand to know your account number, routing number, pin number, and that you give me a blank check made out to "cash".

    Liberal: Go to hell.

    and, SCENE.

    Thank you. I am happy to announce that Lou Dobbs has agreed to attend the off-Broadway premiere.
    Thursday, July 16th, 2009
    1:45 pm
    Bonne fete djeannot!
    Happiest of birthdays ma sœur!
    Thursday, June 11th, 2009
    11:35 am
    RIP Stephen Tyrone Johns
    I have written pretty extensively about the right wing violent speech-violent action connection. Yes, there are also liberals who love to argue. But what we are seeing in the last year or so is a clear pattern of wingnuttia fundamentalist homegrown terrorism from the Rabid Right. It is a damn shame that this is not a surprise to me or anyone else who has paid attention. The brilliant Pam Merrit has broken it down better than I can. Read it here:

    http://angryblackbitch.blogspot.com/2009/06/isolated-incident-my-black-ass.html
    Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
    10:21 am
    Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
    6:58 pm
    endless week
    alone this week with dh away and children very needy, rehearsals to run, funerals to go to etc etc.


    The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.
    Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
    8:44 am
    a voice of reason
    via my fave tenor:
    Sharpton: Church uses money and power to persecute gays but ignores poverty

    http://pageoneq.com/news/2009/sharpton0113.html

    excellent article
    Sunday, January 4th, 2009
    2:38 pm
    Grey Lady shows her ass
    My first LTE of the new year:

    To whom it may concern,

    In response to Adam Ellick's January 2nd article "In Queens, A Melting Pot and a Closed Book" (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/04/nyregion/thecity/04elli.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1&em), I have to say I never thought the New York Times would publish an article designed to make we residents of Queens feel like fetishized curiosities. There is so much inherently wrong with his whole attitude, beginning with "I moved to Jackson Heights in late 2006 precisely to discover these discreet ethnic underworlds". Underworlds? The entire immigrant population is a giant crime syndicate? He goes on to describe jogging amongst Mexicans to a child's video game, and is unashamed of his droll amusement at the people who dodged his attempts to take their pictures. At least he was honest about the fact that he basically forced his way into that Korean bar, and he's too arrogant to recognize it for the bullying move it was.

    Well, we inscrutable, colorful and "exotic" natives of Queens don't need his condescending curiosity. He can take his sorry self back to Manhattan and good riddance.
    Sunday, December 14th, 2008
    8:58 pm
    laughing hysterically!
    This is a farewell kiss, you dog!" shouted the protester in Arabic, later identified as Muntadar al-Zeidi, a correspondent for Al-Baghdadia television, an Iraqi-owned station based in Cairo, Egypt.
    Bush ducked both shoes as they whizzed past his head and landed with a thud against the wall behind him
    http://thinkprogress.org/2008/12/14/bush-iraq-shoe/
    Saturday, December 13th, 2008
    11:48 pm
    movie review
    I loved and hated Slumdog Millionaire. It is rated R for a reason, lots of implied and actual brutality along with its beauty. All necessary for the story though. This is the same director who did "Trainspotting", so there's light woven with the dark throughout, as well as one obligatory gross-out moment.

    I was reminded of Pan's Labyrinth, in a strange way, which is another excellent film that I hope never to see again.

    Current Mood: artistic
    Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008
    8:03 am
    RIP Odetta
    In the fall of 1986, my college sponsored a big anti-nuke/Great Peace March concert, to be held in the big stone chapel with the amazing acoustics. My group and I (being big campus names but unknown in the roster of big-name folkies) performed our couple of songs at 7 pm or so , while the big names like Odetta, Ronnie Gilbert, Peter Yarrow, etc. went much later at 9 ish. After our brief turn on stage was over, we went backstage and were welcomed warmly by Odetta herself who had been listening to us sing. I don't remember much of what she said, but she sang something softly with us while a speaker was out front onstage. Not a song for performance, just because she wanted to share music with 8 starstruck college girls, and encourage us to remain with music. I certainly have. Rest in peace, ma'am.
    Friday, November 28th, 2008
    11:22 am
    why I'm a grinch
    I had a lovely Thanksgiving with friends, family, music, dancing and a huge spread that my children helped to prepare. Exactly how I wanted it.

    I've avoided news for the last couple of days, afraid to know more about the terrorists in Mumbai and the bloody aftermath. Today, the Christmas season starts, which for me can only be enjoyable in the context of friends, family, music, dancing and food also. Not for shopping and crazed gifting of useless plastic crap. I avoid shopping at the best of times, but especially during this season. This sad story embodies everything I object to about this season.
    http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/11/28/104734/15/918/667253

    some poor shlub at a LI Wal-Mart was trampled to death by crazed shoppers this morning. I don't have words for everything that is wrong with this event. I can only make *my* holiday be everything I want it to be.
    Saturday, November 8th, 2008
    2:23 pm
    coming down the pike
    I have two hopes to express to the PTB.

    The first is to the members of the Right:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHu4p-yb0pc

    and the second is to the newly victorious Left:
    http://www.passtheroti.com/?p=851

    Current Mood: unsettled
    Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
    8:20 am
    hungover, no sleep, bad cold, very relieved
    I'm off to teach in a few minutes, with what little voice this cold and too much champagne has left me.

    The massive problems facing us remain --nothing really got fixed in this election. I am sober and realistic. That being said, in the past several years, I've felt increasingly alienated from this country as a whole. Past experiences, recent experiences, the national rhetoric of the slurs against people of my background, telling me outright that I was not a Real American ----well, it is hardly surprising that I felt that this country was my house but not my home.
    This morning I *finally* feel that this country may yet be my home.

    Current Mood: calm
    Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
    11:50 pm
    Yes we Did. Real America SPOKE.
    now let's get to work!
    Monday, October 27th, 2008
    8:09 pm
    the N word, openly
    well *that* took longer than I expected:



    via "wonkette":
    Well, we’ve come to this moment finally, my friends, where an attendee of a Sarah Palin rally shouts that Obama is a “n%gger.” We found this on the Daily Kos so of course the video maker decides to flash the word “N%GGER” several million times, in case you miss it.

    Sarah Palin clearly hears it and hesitates and ultimately decides to ignore it, being such a class act and all. Maybe she thought the person said “jigger,” a common bartending instrument? Or, to presage our conservative friends, maybe this person was an Obama plant? Or maybe Sarah Palin just heard someone call Barack Obama a “n%gger” and decided to keep talking.

    Current Mood: unsurprised
    Friday, October 24th, 2008
    10:01 pm
    Sheer raw ugly
    When this campaign is finally over, there will have been enough memorable material for an opera or several Greek epics.

    Turd du jour? Miss Ashley Todd (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li2u10aOWAA)
    This stupid Texan bitch is nothing but a sick, racist, attention-whore who would injure herself and then blame a mythical scary archetypal boogie-man --- and who coulda guessed? that scary archetype is a Big Black Man ( and one who is apparently dyslexic too). Hey, that tactic worked great for Susan Smith and Charles Stuart! People who are more noble and compassionate than I am are feeling sorry for her-- not me! I'm even more enraged at the *other* players in our little drama for what they've done. For news organizations (Drudge and Faux) to run with this before being properly fact-checked, for the godforsaken McPalin campaign to exploit this unsubstantiated story, for the sole purpose of rousing the (not so latent!) racism of the voting public. I'm not surprised that she actually thought that she could get away with it. THe man who could be our next president was anxious to make it be true also. lucky for the rest of us there are surveillance cameras, polygraph tests and too many people to fool for her to get away with it. But how can people avoid seeing that he deliberately tried to inflame the lynch mob, to haul the nearest black man off to a tree, er, I mean, jail cell. We are still too close to the days of Strange Fruit.
    I think of Emmet Till's sweet face, and then I think of what John McCain is unleashing...this is truly more psychodrama than election.

    Current Mood: disappointed
    7:24 am
    giggling helplessly!!
    you MUST see this!

    2 Russians, Boris and Vlad, have made a music video in honor of their next door neighbor:

    You know it's bad when Russians are mocking you in the form of a music video!!!



    Current Mood: amused
    Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
    9:02 am
    sekrit guilty peasure
    for pure political snark, nothing beats reading the commentary over at Wonkette.com. funny of the day in.re. Apocalypstick's amazing appearance expenditures:

    "speaking of clothes, if you were to smell obama’s pants, mccain’s pants, palin’s pants and biden’s pants, whose pants would smell the worst?

    answer: Depends..."
    Monday, October 20th, 2008
    2:00 pm
    interesting subset in the little tent
    The idea that there are Muslim McCain supporters is a hard one to swallow, but I know that this is so. It should come as no surprise to me: Muslims can hardly agree on anything, even down to when to schedule feast days, because of dependence on frigging lunar visibility. Hoping that the American community of 7 million-plus Muslims would agree was too much to hope for. Bangladeshis in particular think that McCain will be sympathetic to them because of his adopted daughter, others, like the ones in this video have their own wanting-to-pass-for-mainstream, wanting-to-amass-wealth, wanting-to-legislate-conservative-values weird reasons.

    That being said, this short video gives me reason to hope that not everyone on the other side is a crazed, racist loon. Only that they are allowing the crazed racist loons to be their public face.

    http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1417423198/bctid1866657225
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