ironymaiden: (emo kylo)
it is beautiful today. the air is misty and cool, the smoke has blown away, and the sky is pearlescent gray. i never know how much i miss these days until i get my first one.

as i write this, C is taking the same intro to kayak class that i took last month. i was worried that it was going to be rainy and windy today, but when i dropped him off the lake looked like a sheet of glass, just perfectly dreamy. at 9am on a gray Sunday everything was quiet on the water; it looks like they'll have the lake to themselves (with no wind for the sailing people and too early for the motorized people). i envy him today. i want to GO.

i walked him to the staging area and kissed him goodbye.* then i made the mistake of turning on the radio on the way home, and had to fight back tears in order to drive.**

i feel so sick and so ashamed and so disappointed. i have tea and food and the dog and this weather that i love, but no wonder i can't stop looking at little boats and planning imaginary trips.




*he gave me some shit about mom walking him to the bus, but he's been wound up about this ever since he agreed to do it. it's mostly my fault since i am trying to be neutral but i can't hide my enthusiasm and my hope that he will like it too. really, if he doesn't like it i want to know soonest so that i can stop imagining us going out together.
**for posterity, and anyone who isn't soaking in it, there's some filthy racist shit going down in the US this week, and the chief executive is being inexcusably soft about it because he's a garbage person and those Nazi and KKK fuckers are part of his base.
ironymaiden: (politics)
there's a bill to create a points system for US immigration. I am *almost* willing to go have a fight on facebook about it. because it's way overdue.

I try not to write about politics here, but fuck it. Frex, I have a friend who has two master's degrees and has been here for 20 years, doesn't even have a green card. Can't get one. Why? He's from India and the quota is always full. The thing I like about the concept of points is that you can apply yourself to improve your score. (My other anecdote is that I know someone here going to welding school because welding is on Australia's high demand list.)

I'd happily see the H1B system murdered in favor of points, rather than the tech sector relying on an underclass of people who a) pay taxes but get no safety net and b) are always a reorg away from being deported and c) manipulated via a and b.

I'm not saying the proposal as-is is perfect, but the idea is worth a bipartisan effort to get it right.

What do you think about immigration points?

ashes

Nov. 14th, 2016 09:11 am
ironymaiden: (red)

I'm off facebook, and the news. Self-defense. My apologies to everyone I've rebuffed this week.

Perhaps my best description is that I'm experiencing a crisis of faith.

ironymaiden: (politics)
i don't love Hillary Clinton.

i think it started with her name.


When she came to me and said she wanted to change, I could see in her eyes that she had made the decision to do it. And I said, “I do not want you resenting me. I would a lot rather lose the election than lose you.” She said, “I’m not going anywhere.” I said, “I know, but I don’t want you to resent this for the rest of your life. You made this decision when you were a child. I like it. I approve of the decision. I don’t care about it.” And she said, “Look, Bill, we cannot—this is stupid! We shouldn’t lose the election over this issue. We shouldn’t run this risk. What if it’s one per cent of the vote? What if it’s two per cent? You might win or lose the election by two per cent.”


i remembered this as being something that happened when Bill was running for president. it actually happened when i was in elementary school.

  1. in 1992 she was getting picked at for something she had done ten years before, and that something was in response to some loser who couldn't find something more substantial on her husband.

  2. she was willing to give up her identity for a lousy 2%.



item 1 is part of the treatment she gets as an uppity woman.
item 2 is how her political brain works.

i don't like how her political brain works.

i'm aware that the media is ridiculously hard on her. i know that there are shitheads in both parties that openly use gendered slurs in addition to the dogwhistles. that's all wrong, and i call people on it whenever i can.

i've spent a lot of time checking myself about this. i'm aware of my internalized misogyny and the various ways that it manifests.

so i've done the work. i've compared the actual votes and i've read policy statements and i've taken the various platform tests where statements aren't attributed until the end and there are several places where i genuinely don't agree with her.

i can tell that many women in my life are Disappointed With Me. i'm sorry. i'm not rejecting you. i'm rejecting the Patriot Act and the Iraq War and doing anything to win.

***

no one on the Republican side this time is remotely acceptable. of course i'll vote for her if she's the nominee.
ironymaiden: (rachel maddow)
we've had our Approve 71 sign in the planting strip out front for almost a week now. it's baby's first yard sign and i'm pleased to be able to host it where it's visible in an area with lots of foot traffic. (and we are near the parking lot for the splitters.)

the signs come from cafe press and they're kind of cool - a printed vinyl pocket with a three-part wire frame. the whole thing ships in a tube but makes a nice flat and sturdy sign in short order.

after a day or two it had been knocked around a little. i shrugged it off, since there are always cars parked there or dogs being walked, etc. every morning on the way to work i would straighten it. later this week when i came home from work, the top of the wire frame was gone and the sign pocket was turned 90 degrees so that it was an indistinguishable shape and unreadable.

uh oh.

when i came home from an engagement last night, around 10:30pm, i found an Approve 71 sign on the ground down the block from my house. it had been split at both seams, like someone tore it as much as the tough vinyl would allow. i picked it up, and indeed, it was our sign. looked like whoever grabbed it scooped it up as quickly as they could and left the frame behind. i took the wire uprights inside and put the whole thing back together with an internal cardboard reinforcement and white duct tape. and put it back outside before going to bed.

WTF, Ballard, WTF. C and i think from the way the ground is torn up that passerby have both pulled it down and put it back several times.
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we've had our Approve 71 sign in the planting strip out front for almost a week now. it's baby's first yard sign and i'm pleased to be able to host it where it's visible in an area with lots of foot traffic. (and we are near the parking lot for the splitters.)

the signs come from cafe press and they're kind of cool - a printed vinyl pocket with a three-part wire frame. the whole thing ships in a tube but makes a nice flat and sturdy sign in short order.

after a day or two it had been knocked around a little. i shrugged it off, since there are always cars parked there or dogs being walked, etc. every morning on the way to work i would straighten it. later this week when i came home from work, the top of the wire frame was gone and the sign pocket was turned 90 degrees so that it was an indistinguishable shape and unreadable.

uh oh.

when i came home from an engagement last night, around 10:30pm, i found an Approve 71 sign on the ground down the block from my house. it had been split at both seams, like someone tore it as much as the tough vinyl would allow. i picked it up, and indeed, it was our sign. looked like whoever grabbed it scooped it up as quickly as they could and left the frame behind. i took the wire uprights inside and put the whole thing back together with an internal cardboard reinforcement and white duct tape. and put it back outside before going to bed.

WTF, Ballard, WTF. C and i think from the way the ground is torn up that passerby have both pulled it down and put it back several times.
ironymaiden: (politics)
i don't have friends in the right places, but maybe you do. please pass this info on to friends and family you may have in the state of Washington in the targeted districts. (map of Washington state legislative districts) what matters is a constituent making a contact that is not a form contact.

expanding Washington's domestic partnership law may not be a cakewalk this time.

via slog

The Faith and Freedom Network, a group "committed to preserving traditional Judeo-Christian values," is using its blog to wage a war on the domestic partnership bill. The Family Policy Institute of Washington is also crusading against the measure.
..snip...
The Faith and Freedom Network blog goes on to list the following phone numbers:

'They need to hear from you.

Dale Brandland, district 42 — 360-786-7682
Curtis King, district 14 — 360-786-7626
Cheryl Pfluge, district 5 — 360-786-1999

Secondly, these Democrats will be up for election next year. Ones with an asterisk (*) by their names have one or more Republican seat mates.

Claudia Kaufman, district 47 — 360-786-7692
Steve Hobbs, district 44 — 360-786-7686
*Chris Marr, district 6 — 360-7867610
Eric Oemig, district 45 — 360-786-7672
Rodney Tom, district 48 — 360-786-7694
*Derek Kilmer, district 26 — 360-786-7650
*Tracey Eide, district 30 — 360-786-7658

The following two senators are not up for reelection next year, but have Republican seat mates.

Jim Kastama, district 25 — 360-786-7648
Mary Margaret Haugen, district 10 — 360-786-7618'

You heard what they said: "They need to hear from you."
ironymaiden: (politics)
i don't have friends in the right places, but maybe you do. please pass this info on to friends and family you may have in the state of Washington in the targeted districts. (map of Washington state legislative districts) what matters is a constituent making a contact that is not a form contact.

expanding Washington's domestic partnership law may not be a cakewalk this time.

via slog

The Faith and Freedom Network, a group "committed to preserving traditional Judeo-Christian values," is using its blog to wage a war on the domestic partnership bill. The Family Policy Institute of Washington is also crusading against the measure.
..snip...
The Faith and Freedom Network blog goes on to list the following phone numbers:

'They need to hear from you.

Dale Brandland, district 42 — 360-786-7682
Curtis King, district 14 — 360-786-7626
Cheryl Pfluge, district 5 — 360-786-1999

Secondly, these Democrats will be up for election next year. Ones with an asterisk (*) by their names have one or more Republican seat mates.

Claudia Kaufman, district 47 — 360-786-7692
Steve Hobbs, district 44 — 360-786-7686
*Chris Marr, district 6 — 360-7867610
Eric Oemig, district 45 — 360-786-7672
Rodney Tom, district 48 — 360-786-7694
*Derek Kilmer, district 26 — 360-786-7650
*Tracey Eide, district 30 — 360-786-7658

The following two senators are not up for reelection next year, but have Republican seat mates.

Jim Kastama, district 25 — 360-786-7648
Mary Margaret Haugen, district 10 — 360-786-7618'

You heard what they said: "They need to hear from you."
ironymaiden: (ugly american)
i grew up being told that Republicans were the party of Lincoln, the creators of the national park system, admirable advocates of small government, free markets, and individual responsibility. my brother was a volunteer for the county party org during my childhood, one of those people you see in a booth at the fair.

that was over by the time i was old enough to vote. the culture war was on. my brothers and i now consider ourselves independents, while my sister is a firm Democrat.

i think my father is still one of the faithful. due to the state of his health, it's something i just don't talk about with him anymore. i wish i could.

Christopher Buckley* nails it in two:

Sorry, Dad, I'm Voting for Obama

I haven’t left the Republican Party. It left me.


*for the young and the furriners - Buckley's dad was of a disappearing breed - the conservative intellectual.
ironymaiden: (ugly american)
i grew up being told that Republicans were the party of Lincoln, the creators of the national park system, admirable advocates of small government, free markets, and individual responsibility. my brother was a volunteer for the county party org during my childhood, one of those people you see in a booth at the fair.

that was over by the time i was old enough to vote. the culture war was on. my brothers and i now consider ourselves independents, while my sister is a firm Democrat.

i think my father is still one of the faithful. due to the state of his health, it's something i just don't talk about with him anymore. i wish i could.

Christopher Buckley* nails it in two:

Sorry, Dad, I'm Voting for Obama

I haven’t left the Republican Party. It left me.


*for the young and the furriners - Buckley's dad was of a disappearing breed - the conservative intellectual.
ironymaiden: (khan)
in response to the South Dakota abortion law, Oglala Sioux President Cecelia Fire Thunder has pledged to establish a Planned Parenthood clinic on the Pine Ridge reservation.

for more information about how to help and where to send donations, go here.

EDIT: more info and links on tribal sovereignty and the Pine Ridge situation. worth reading.
ironymaiden: (khan)
in response to the South Dakota abortion law, Oglala Sioux President Cecelia Fire Thunder has pledged to establish a Planned Parenthood clinic on the Pine Ridge reservation.

for more information about how to help and where to send donations, go here.

EDIT: more info and links on tribal sovereignty and the Pine Ridge situation. worth reading.
ironymaiden: (sagittarius)
every election brings out the fervent and the fervently apathetic. i'm watching the recent Canadian election and response in lj-land with fascination. i recognize my right to vote as something won first with arms and later with protest, and i'm lucky to have been born to it.

citizens who fail to vote: your lazy sense of entitlement offends me. if you would like to protest the quality of candidate/party platform available by not voting, you need to stop being silent. a silent protest is a tree falling in an empty forest. i will not respect or ennoble apathy.
ironymaiden: (sagittarius)
every election brings out the fervent and the fervently apathetic. i'm watching the recent Canadian election and response in lj-land with fascination. i recognize my right to vote as something won first with arms and later with protest, and i'm lucky to have been born to it.

citizens who fail to vote: your lazy sense of entitlement offends me. if you would like to protest the quality of candidate/party platform available by not voting, you need to stop being silent. a silent protest is a tree falling in an empty forest. i will not respect or ennoble apathy.
ironymaiden: (bitch)
i really want this to be satire; pointed out by [livejournal.com profile] pegkerr

Aragorn = W, Wormtongue = The Dixie Chicks

either way, it's better to laugh than cry.
ironymaiden: (bitch)
i really want this to be satire; pointed out by [livejournal.com profile] pegkerr

Aragorn = W, Wormtongue = The Dixie Chicks

either way, it's better to laugh than cry.

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