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Wed May 06, 2015 at 06:06 AM PDT

Racism as Internet Filter

by Darwinita

I did it again. I took the bait. An old (and older) acquaintance on a mutual friend's thread commented the usual racist garbage about the protesters in Baltimore (Why do they burn their own stuff? Get a Job! Get an education! Fuggin animals!) and I tried to respectfully disagree. I posted links, I made arguments, I tried using empathy-building comments.

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So. Woody Allen gets a show on Amazon Prime.

You are now connected to David from

David:Hello, my name is David. I hope you're doing well. How can I help you today?

Me:Hi David- I just wanted to let you know that Amazn giving a platform to Woody Allen means that I will never be a Prime customer if you're going to give a pedophile an international venue. Just thought you guys should know.

David:Rachel, I am truly sorry you feel that way. Trust me that the last thing we'd like is to aggravate our customers and I'll be honest with you, I know I am not the one who makes this decisions but they do listen to us so Ii have passed the proper feedback to the guys in charge. Your opinion does count to us. I mean it.

Me:Good, I'm glad. Seriously- I just ordered the Fire TV stick and was considering subscribing. Won't now. Netflix will continue to do quite nicely solo. I mean, why should Allen get a pass on his sexual deviance when Cosby doesn't get one?
However, as soon as you announce that you've cancelled his show, I'll sign right up- no kidding.

David:Perfectly understandable, and trust me that as a customer as well I do respect you and appreciate the input, I've just sent the proper feedback on this with your suggestions ;)
Rachel, is there anything else I can do? Or you are totally satisfied with my customer service?

Me:Sweet. Hey, one more question while I've got you- I ordered the fire tv thing Jan 4, but it's not coming till the beginning/middle of (sic) Feburary. Any reason for that?

David:No problem! Let me look that up for you


David:I just found out, Rachel. At this moment it's back ordered, we'll have a lot of sticks coming on February 13, hence the given delivery date. We'll have it on February 13 and expect to have yours delivered on the 13 or 14th. Of course if we do get it before certainly we'll expedite the whole process but that's mainly the reason.

Me:I'm actually psyched as hell about it- that way I can watch netflix w/o hooking the laptop to the tv
No wonder the silly things are back ordered. Pat y'self on the back & go get a cuppa coffee, Dave- you done good. :)

David:I'm hoping I'll get one soon lol :) Thanks a lot, Rachel it has been a terrific pleasure to assist you! :)
If there isn't anything else hope you have a great day! ;)

Me:I'm good, see ya!

David:Bye ;)
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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

― Mr. Rogers

When Mr. Rogers was my favorite TV show, the cops were included in the list of people one could see helping others, but not so much any more. The last time I called the cops, I saw police racism first-hand, directed at my neighbors, but said to me with an isn't-this-awful-but-at-least-we're-all-white-folks-together kind of tone that made me want to puke.

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Oh, am I tired of Martha McSally and her self-righteous claims of fighting for women's rights. The only thing she's fighting for is a big bite of Koch money and power.

I watch KOLD in Tucson of a morning while getting ready to go to work, and one of the ads that over-saturate the airwaves during this, our silly season, is McSally bragging on her fight for women- which consists of fighting the Pentagon about female soldiers wearing a hijab.

Seriously, you are trying to get the female vote by talking about HAIR? The only difference between a Kardashian and this candidate is that the Kardashian is at least sincere in her vapid shallowness. McSally is taking this tack to manipulate voters, based on agenda-driven market research.

I've been looking for a video of the ad for a while, but the clip below covers the point. The elephant in the room that she ignores of course, is the drastic changes women's economic situations undergo if they DON'T have autonomous control over their reproductive choices.

Ron Barber may pander to the right to keep military contracts here in Tucson, but at least he's not a gender-based quisling.

Maybe we should look at her record on women's reproductive rights....


Does the Republican establishment really think women will fall for this? Gah, I despise them all.

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Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 10:01 AM PDT

The Body Love Conference, 2014

by Darwinita

Jes Baker, being fabulous
Over the weekend, here in Tucson Arizona, the inaugural Body Love Conference happened on the third floor of the student union  at the University of Arizona. This was the brainchild of Jes Baker, who made national news last May with an elegant "fuck-you" to Abercrombie & Fitch.

This was an amazing day of workshops, lectures, activities, and opportunities to meet incredibly strong women, and to help each other find the beauty within and without each of us.

My takeaway was the final and irrevocable breaking of my own personal judgmental bullshit about fat people.

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Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 11:51 AM PDT

La Bruja Is Hanging Up Her Broom

by Darwinita

One of the many ways our governor made herself, and by extension, the rest of us, ridiculous.

From the Huffington Post:

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) announced Wednesday she will retire at the end of this term.

"There does come a time to pass the torch of leadership, so after completing this term in office I will be doing just that," Brewer said. "While I will no longer be governor after this year, I will remain a proud cheerleader and champion for this state that I love so dearly."

Brewer made the announcement at an event at Park Meadows Elementary in Glendale, Arizona.

"Park Meadows is where I developed a passion for education and started a journey in public service," Brewer said.

I can think of two instances in which Jan Brewer WASN'T a reprehensible snake in the grass, and both times she was non-snakey because of the backlash she'd have gotten for it.

1. When she learned to relax and love the ACA bomb

2. When she was forced to not hate teh gheys


OK, so the spouse and I were bemoaning the hypocrisy of our foreign policy yet again (how dare we, the most invadey country on the planet, whinge at Russia for mobilizing troops to protect their own port? It's like if Texas rebelled and we were chastised for sending in the military to secure the Gulf of Mexico).

And then the husband says, "Well what do you expect? That's what happens when Chuck Hagel decided to downsize the military- Obama's handlers instantly trump up an excuse to NOT downsize- because Ukraine!!"

Thoughts? Comments? Opinions?


Is America behaving like a flaming foreign policy hypocrite?

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Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 07:47 AM PST

Jan Brewer: Unexpectedly Impressive

by Darwinita

So, just like everyone else in the state of Arizona, I was biting my nails until La Bruja decided to veto SB1062. I knew, deep in my guts, that she would; she's shown her pragmatism before when she expanded Medicare. What I loved was the buried middle finger to the hyper-Republican and unrelentingly stupid state legislature that the morons in Maricopa County saddle the rest of us with.

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Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 08:11 AM PST

To Rep. Al Melvin, C(R-AZ)ypants:

by Darwinita

Dear Mr. Melvin,

Maybe you can explain to me why you feel you can speak about something if you haven't read it. According to the Arizona Daily Star, you are quoted as having been "exposed" to the Common Core Standards. This tells me that someone told you something about them that you took as truth, and abdicated your responsibility to actually read them yourself, especially if you're going to try to repeal them. Were a student of mine to try and do this, he would fail, similarly to your state-wide public failure. Good Lord, have you read the comments in the AZ Daily Star? I'm not the only state resident sneering at you.

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We've got Kiev on fire, with the citizens in frank revolt against their government. There are months-long protests going on in Venezuela and Thailand, too. You know what bums me out pretty fierce? The slack-jawed apathy of the American population that is getting as screwed over as the citizenry of these three nations, and we do nothing.

You know what the exception is in America? We've got enough teevee and kitten videos on the Internet to keep us pacified, even as able-bodied American workers give up.

We've got West Virginia turning into the Love Canal, and no-one outside of the situation really knows or cares unless they're news-junkies anyway.

We've got morons trying to convince the state government that the Bible really isn't actually unconstitutionally applied in public schools when they burble about creationism as a scientific theory instead of a stupid sky-fairy tale.

We've got children dying in classrooms because fools value guns over humans.

American exceptionalism lies not in the values some would wrap a flag around; it lies in the complete failure of the general citizenry to demand that government function properly or by George Washington's wooden teeth we'll make it do so.

Rant ends. Thank you for your time.


Fri Oct 10, 2008 at 07:04 PM PDT

Sarah Palin Breaks the Public Trust

by Darwinita

Ladies and gentlemen, can we really stomach the idea of a Vice President who has been found to have abused her power in the Governor's Office of one of the United States of America? For all those who aren't taking this seriously enough to see beyond her "hotness," I hope this crosses the line.

Ye gawds. I shudder to contemplate the remaining wingnuts who would actually cleave to such a candidate as this.

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Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 10:36 AM PDT

 Mr. Responsibility heads to Alaska

by Darwinita

Responsible Media Management

Hi kids, it's time to play "watch what you step in!" I'm your host, Lavender Pitt, and I'm here to tell you a little story about what happens when you express your opinion.

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