Fuck the Democratic Party!

I’ve had about all I can take of corrupt party politics drowning out the voice of millions of people in favor of corporate greed and warhawks. I’m done toeing the line and bowing my head to a party that doesn’t give one flying red fuck about me or anyone like me, and merely pays us lip service while sucking billionaire cock for campaign contributions. I’m over the Democratic Party. They can go to hell!

I haven’t decided exactly when I will do it, but I plan to change my party affiliation to No Party Preference. I keep seeing people on Facebook saying to stay until the DNC in Philadelphia in July, but I fail to see how my name on their membership roles will make more of a difference than my name being missing after so many years of it being taken for granted. So, I’m still going back and forth over whether to wait or whether to do it now.

You can probably already guess that I do not plan to vote for Her Royal Bitchiness in November. Call me sexist all you want, but I call it as I see it and she’s a lying, cheating, conniving bitch. I haven’t spent the past year preaching the virtues of being true to oneself to my ten-year old son only to bow my head and compromise my convictions just to vote for a woman I believe embodies everything that is wrong with America and the Democratic Party. What would that tell my child, if I were verbally telling him to do one thing and then my actions spoke the opposite? I want him to know that even when the consequences for doing the right thing are painful, you stick to your guns and do it anyway. Only chickenshit cowards cave to peer pressure to compromise their moral integrity for someone who does not deserve it. One thing you can’t call me is a coward.

I am more than slightly pissed at our President. Of course, that’s nothing new. I’ve been upset at him a lot, lately. This man who preached a lot of the same things Bernie did on the campaign trail was willing to put elderly people’s Social Security up to be cut all  to appease the Republicans. This man who preached “radical” leftist ideas in 2008 nominated a conservative Supreme Court justice in an effort to assuage the Far Right. Now, this same man has compromised his integrity once again to place his support behind the most corrupt presidential candidate in American history. I have absolutely zero respect for him, anymore. I only have one thing to say to him: “Fuck you, Mr. President.” Actually, I’d probably have to revise that: “Respectfully, Mr. President, FUCK YOU!”


WTF Friday – 6/5/2015

A lot has gone on since my last WTF Friday, so I’m trying to cull my selection down a little bit, and keep it mostly current. I’ve got a lot of things to choose from, though, but I want to keep it to just a handful.

1) The fucking Duggars!
I believe I’ve mentioned that I grew up in an ultra-fundamentalist background, right? Most people have seen the Duggars. Pretty much all of their beliefs were how I was raised. One of my sisters was also molested by someone in our church. So, it comes as no surprise, to me at least, that Josh can’t keep his hands to himself! I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve heard about men who seem to think women are their objects, to molest and degrade as they please. It comes with the territory! When you have a super-patriarchal mindset, one where women are seen as subservient and should be submissive at all times, it just breeds rapists, child molesters, and general creepsters!

I’m not going to post videos of the Duggars. I don’t like them and I won’t give them any sort of platform on my blog. They are everything they claim they aren’t, and I despise them. What floors me the most, though, is how they go around the country condemning LGBTQ+ people for wanting to be themselves, when those LGBTQ+ are hurting NO ONE, and then we find out that Josh has wandering hands that he can’t keep out of his own sisters’ skirts. I can’t be the only person who sees something majorly wrong here! And don’t get me started on Ma and Pa Duggar, who seem to think it’s more important to protect their criminal, child-molester son than it is to protect their daughters who he victimized. Don’t leave me alone in a room with those two pieces of shit! What the fuck is wrong with these people?!

2) Donald Trump

This waste of skin seems to think he deserves to be president because he owns a Gucci store worth more than Mitt Romney. I’m being totally serious! He’s just about the worst person on this planet, but hey! He owns a Gucci store, so that totally qualifies him to be “leader of the free world”, whatever that means, nowadays! I can’t stand Donald Trump. Every time I see his picture, I wish someone would super-glue his lips shut. His voice is like nails on a chalkboard. If he disappeared tomorrow, you wouldn’t catch me shedding a solitary tear for him. Seriously! WTF Donald?

3) This…

Citrus Crossing

There’s actually a news story to go with this picture, though. I just happened to find myself pretty much in the middle of it, last night. Dumbass flashed his handgun at police and then tried to run from them. Thankfully, this all pretty much happened at the shopping center across the street from where I was standing when I took this photo, or I’d have never been able to get in there! It was hard enough, as it was, because they had 2 streets closed down, and I ended up having to turn around and take a back street into the rear of the shopping center.

But, what the fuck possessed this guy?! You have to be a complete moron to think that brandishing your gun in front of a cop is a smart thing to do! Knowing how trigger-happy our cops are, you should drive like a sweet old lady every time you spot one.

We Will Never Forget

Do you remember where you were when you found out about the terror attacks on September 11, 2001? I didn’t find out until school dismissed for the day and my mom picked us up. She had the radio in the car tuned to the local NPR station and I sat in shock the entire ride home. I was 14 and just starting ninth grade. At home, I kept the radio on NPR all evening listening to it being discussed. I was terrified. What if a plane plunged into our house in the middle of the night one night while we were sleeping and we all died? What if, while I was at school one day, a plane dropped out of the sky and blew us to kingdom come? I didn’t sleep for a few nights.

I lived in a rather small city at that time. It only had roughly 70,000 residents. I now live in America’s second largest city. I’ve accepted that the threat of terror attacks is something I’ll have to deal with if I want to live here. I’ve also come to realize that Middle Eastern-looking people aren’t necessarily the biggest threat to our well-being and safety. Being married to a man of Northern African/Middle Eastern descent has taught me that you cannot always judge a book by its cover (you have got to love that old adage.) Right now, our biggest safety threat lies in the very people that most are least concerned about – far right wing evangelicals with guns who want to “exercise” their Second Amendment “right” to bear arms and openly resist our government.

I’m not going to make this a long-winded post about them, though. I feel that would be disrespectful to the 3,000+ victims who lost their lives 13 years ago today. The fact that yesterday evening our President told the American public that he wants to start yet another war in the Middle East tells me that we, the American people as a whole, still have not learned the lessons we should have learned years ago. I’m not saying we were wrong to go into Afghanistan and try to eradicate Al Qaeda. However, we should have learned that you cannot “rid” the world of evil, and when you set out to try to do so militarily, you only draw more people to their cause and create more groups like them. Therefore, I think we will end up regretting picking another fight with this new enemy, ISIS. I don’t have the answer to making the world a safer place and helping the people who are being slaughtered by them, but we are not the “good guys” over there. We slaughtered a lot of people needlessly in Iraq and Afghanistan and completely destroyed and disrupted their way of life. To think we could swoop in and be their savior is a very flawed viewpoint.

I mourn for the victims of all needless violence today. I’m also ashamed of my country’s handling of foreign affairs. As a “superpower”, we should be a lot more cautious of how we use our power and ensure we only use it for good. I fear we’re headed into another open-ended war with no good outcome. It will only wreak havoc on our economy yet again and cause destruction and mayhem where we do not need to cause it.

Today is a sad day.

Dear America:

I never intended for my blog to become political in any way. When I started this blog, it was going to be a personal blog full of posts about my life and recipes and things I know. Then this past week happened. This past week changed everything.

We’ve got to wake up as a nation. We’ve been pacifists for far too long. We’ve been spoonfed information that’s been twisted to reflect the values of a few, at the expense of the masses. We’ve sat by quietly instead of rising en mass with Occupy Wall Street while corporate America continues to dismantle our economy and wreak havoc on our finances and those of our neighbors. We’ve looked the other way as police officers have brutally beaten and killed our neighbors, our brothers, our coworkers, and we’ve been silent instead of all rising up and demanding justice. We’ve allowed extremist religious fanatics to take control of our politics and strong arm our legislative process in Washington.

America is not the great nation it once was. America is no better than Russia or Iran, when we can have members of law enforcement kill citizens and walk away without so much as even being required to answer to that community for the pain that was caused. We’re no better than those we consider a “threat” when we allow the same people who destroyed our economy to continue to be in control of our economy without being held accountable for the damage they’ve done. We’re no better than Russia or Iran when the same leaders who sullied our good name by slaughtering millions of innocent people halfway across the world are still idolized and are not imprisoned for war crimes.

We need to make a change. We need to rise up with one voice and condemn EVERY wrong action done by the powers that be. We need to demand accountability and continue to demand it until we get it. Making one demand and going silent will not get answered. An old proverb goes like this, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” We’ve got to become the loudest, squeakiest wheel in human history and start demanding change from our leaders. No one wants to be “that guy” or “that woman” that nags continuously, but we must forget that and focus on the end goal.

Ferguson is just one of many recent events, and we cannot stay silent any longer. Within days of Michael Brown being gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri, one young black man had been beaten nearly to death and another one killed here in the Los Angeles area by police officers. If these two events occurred here, how many have occurred elsewhere across America that we are not hearing about because Ferguson is currently grabbing the headlines?

This is why I’ve taken a stand behind the petition on Whitehouse.gov demanding a Mike Brown Law. I’ve also taken the time to write to my Senator and my two US Representatives asking them to draft this legislation as well as backing the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act. If you’ve taken the time to read this post, please take the time to do the same. It’s not difficult, and it could end up making a huge difference for our country and our world.

Why I Cannot be Silent About Ferguson

I’m very upset today. Upset isn’t really the word, though. Outraged? Pissed? None of those truly convey how I feel about what is going on in Missouri. I don’t think the English language even has a word to clearly convey the emotions I feel as I read about the riots in Missouri, about the destruction of property and callous disregard for others that has been shown there. I just don’t really have a word to accurately portray the depth of anger and horror I feel as I read the news stories and watch the videos and even read through comments sections on these protests. Read these beauties from the blaze.com.

Wow! Stay classy folks! I’ll let those comments speak for themselves. I don’t think there’s much I need to add to that hatred and racism. And yet they want to sit there and claim there’s a “war on whites?” Seriously? FUCKING SERIOUSLY?!

It’s a sad day when I, as a white woman, will say I’m thankful I’m white. It’s upsetting and disturbing on every level to watch these heinous actions by cops dressed to the teeth in military gear stomping all over fellow citizens’ constitutional rights just because they have no one there to physically stop them. For instance, last night two journalists, an alderman, and a state senator got arrested for merely being at the protests.

I found an excellent live feed by an independent radio station, KARG, broadcasting from the protests, so I was able to form my own opinions regarding what occurred last night before reading any news stories about it. News reports from certain outlets (read Fox News and their lying ilk) declared protestors were shooting at the police and throwing molotov cocktails. I never saw that in the live broadcast I watched and neither did reputable reporters there, either. I only witnessed a protestor return a smoke canister back to the police line. One even went so far as to tweet regarding these allegations.

If the police in Ferguson, Missouri, really want a de-escalation of tensions in that city, instead of showing force and dressing in military gear and pointing guns at peaceful protestors, they should apologize to the family and community for Michael Brown’s unnecessary death, release the identity of their killer officer, provide support to the protestors instead of resistance, and show through actions how they will work to change their policies so this never happens again.

But, they don’t really want a de-escalation. These cops believe the angry citizens are “animals” and that Ferguson is a “war zone.” This is not the way they “serve and protect” their citizens. This is the way they continue to abuse those citizens and cause them more anger. Is it any wonder that these people in Ferguson are only getting angrier and more upset. NOTHING is changing. These people are only seeing more of the same from their abusive police force and have had enough of it.

This morning both the President and the Chief of Police held press conferences regarding the protests.

(I can only find this clip at this moment, but I will hopefully be able to find a more complete video and will update when I do so.)

Meanwhile, on Twitter, users from Gaza are advising the people in Ferguson as to how to handle to police and tear gas being shot at them. I find it slightly ironic but very heartwarming to read these tweets. It reaffirms the idea in me that at the end of the day, the whole world over, we are still all one big human family and that human compassion still exists. Read some of the tweets from Palestinians to Americans:

So, if you want to do something about what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri, please sign this Whitehouse.Gov petition demanding the “Mike Brown Law”, in addition to calling your state and federal Senators and Representatives and demanding they introduce/stand behind this law in Congress. Also there are solidarity protests happening around America and a National Moment of Silence scheduled.