Huh?

Jan. 8th, 2012 12:52 am
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I've just spent the past hour or so discovering that there seems to be a not-so-small army of people out there that hates my guts for a vast array of reasons including:

1. I'm an EDG (which I assume means Extreme Dean Girl)
2. I'm an ECG (Extreme Castiel Girl?)
3. I'm an ESH (Extreme Sam Hater?)
4. I'm a frothing-at-the-mouth misogynist bitch.
5. I was the subject of an Elijah Wood wank seven years ago
6. I spell the abbreviation of Castiel's name as "Cass" instead of the fandom-approved "Cas"
7. They don't like someone who comments in my LJ (and every one of my commenters is, apparently, my "bosom buddy")
8. They're convinced that I spend my time trolling anonymous communities (they keep saying "hi" to people they think are me, anyway)
9. I'm a BNF
10. My icon is scary (I agree with this, but it's hardly a reason to dislike someone)
11. Myriad other reasons
12. All of the above

Of all of these, the BNF thing is the most puzzling. When was I ever a BNF in this fandom? When was I ever a BNF in any fandom. Huh? Then again, maybe I am a BNF if I have such a battalion of "haters."

How could all of this stuff have been sitting out there for months and I didn't know about it? I last checked that Yandex thing on the LJ homepage just a couple of months ago and none of this showed up and since yesterday I can suddenly see pages of it. WTF, LiveJournal? You're supposed to keep me informed about this shit.

Y'all are fucking nuts. I'm gonna stick to posting pictures of my new cat. Or not. Because then I'd be "batshit crazy Oselle-the-cat-lady" on top of everything else, right? Jeez.

In even more disturbing news, today my father told me that he plans to vote for Ron Paul. Ron Paul!

Sigh

Jul. 26th, 2011 06:57 pm
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Conservative Ross Douthat, in today's "liberal" New York Times:

"For decades, Europe’s governing classes insisted that only racists worried about immigration, only bigots doubted the success of multiculturalism and only fascists cared about national identity. Now that a true far-right radical has perpetrated a terrible atrocity, it will be easy to return to those comforting illusions."

Let's ponder what this means. Douthat is basically saying that that what happened in Norway was not carried out by a racist, bigot or fascist. Then what was he? A good man driven to radicalism by the misguided excesses of his own open society?

"But extremists only grow stronger when a political system pretends that problems don’t exist. Conservatives on both sides of the Atlantic have an obligation to acknowledge that Anders Behring Breivik is a distinctively right-wing kind of monster. But they also have an obligation to the realities that this monster’s terrible atrocity threatens to obscure.

Ignore the token "monster" and "atrocity" labels and really think about what Douthat is saying here. In the previous paragraph, he told us that Breivik was not a bigot, racist or fascist. Here he tells us that Breivik may have been a "monster"...but he was one created by certain "realities" that have been ignored by the "governing classes" (which I suppose is a euphemism for "liberal elite").

He's also saying that atrocities like this will no doubt continue until the governing classes of Europe face up to the unpleasant realities of liberal immigration policies and multiculturalism.

In other words, Europe needs to adopt a more conservative stance on these issues to prevent further horrors. Which is exactly the goal of terrorists like Breivik -- using fear to force change. Committing explosive acts of violence to terrify a population or government into submission to their will.

Douthat does not think Breivik was a racist, bigot or fascist -- he doesn't even seem to think Breivik was crazy. No, he thinks Breivik had a point, and this atrocity, this appalling act of terrorism, should be a wakeup call to Europe -- not to root out right-wing radicalism, but to renounce multiculturalism and...think more like Breivik. Which of course, would mean that Breivik won, and that terrorism in this case, was not only justified but ultimately quite effective.

Way to go, Ross Douthat and the liberal New York Times. Way to go.

Called It

Jul. 24th, 2011 10:36 am
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I will say this much for the conservative press: they are wonderfully predictable.

The Norway bombing and massacre was still front-page news on every New York newspaper today, except one: the Murdoch-owned New York Post. It was front-page news on yesterday's Post, when details of the perpetrator were still sketchy (according to the Post, anyway), accompanied by an editorial declaring that even "if" the perpetrator was Norwegian, he was probably still acting under "foreign influence" -- Islamic, in other words.

Today, when the details can't be called "sketchy" anymore, the Post has suddenly decided that the Norway story is not such big news after all. Amy Winehouse's death is much bigger news than the slaughter of nearly 100 people, including children at a summer camp. The one Norway story was shunted all the way back to Page Eight, and the shooter was tidily labeled as a "neo-Nazi" and that is probably the last we'll hear about Norway in this publication.

Do you think the Post would consider this story so un-newsworthy if Al Qaeda had claimed responsibility for these crimes?
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Braved the heat to do some grocery shopping and suck down an iced latte and on my way home I saw this bumper sticker on a car: three stick figures. Two standing upright facing each other. The one in between them: female (stick-figure boobs), prone, face down, taking it up the ass and in the mouth.

Stood there and stared.

Walked away.

Three blocks later I had my "spirit of the staircase" moment when I realized I had a red Sharpie marker in my bag.

Options:
1. Deface bumper sticker entirely so that it was not visible?
2. Write "I hate women" on bumper sticker?
3. Write "Mom" on bumper sticker and draw arrow to the woman figure?

Already sweating like a pig, I wondered if it was worth doubling back in the heat to do something that a) would go right over the head of the asshole who owned that car and b) might get me a bust in the mouth if the owner of that car happened to come around while I was doing it.

Still grinding my teeth over this.

Relief

Jul. 23rd, 2011 12:41 pm
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I am relieved that the perpetrator of the Norway attacks turned out to be a right-wing Christian fundamentalist.

If he had been a Muslim -- even one not connected to any particular terrorist group -- the shrieking, hand-wringing and dire warnings here in the U.S. media would have been unbearable. They'll be coming for our children next! Pantywaist liberal "tolerance" doesn't work when you're dealing with savages! Look where it got Norway! Political correctness will kill us all! THIS IS A WAKEUP CALL!!

But because he was a right-wing, Christian fundamentalist, anti-immigration gun lover who espoused views that happen to be popular with many right-wing groups in the U.S., this man will be dismissed as nothing but a lone wolf lunatic who was not influenced, inspired or incited by anyone or anything. Then this horrific story will quietly fade away, hopefully before someone at Fox News gets their tender feelings hurt and starts bewailing the proliferation of "liberal intolerance" and "left-wing hate speech."

Yes, I am relieved.

Anglophile

Jul. 13th, 2011 09:03 pm
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My British friends, you have no idea what a bullet you've dodged now that Rupert Murdoch has dropped his bid to take over complete control of British Sky Broadcasting. Forget that. You dodged a cannonball. You dodged a fucking A-bomb. The last thing you ever want over there is an Anglo version of Fox News.

I am also admiring your outrage, and I doubt we'll see anything like it over here, even if it is proven that Murdoch's "news" outlets were up to the same dirty tricks. Because here in the U.S.A., we sure love us some billionaire megalomaniacs. You know why? Because they're the good people. The deserving people. The producers that make our economy run, while the rest of us are just leeches. Envious, class-warfaring, socialist leeches. You Brits obviously haven't gotten the message that people like Murdoch deserve to be venerated as patron saints of capitalism who should never, ever be sullied by reproach or inquiry from the plebian, parasite hordes. I swear, if Lex Luthor were real, he'd be the superhero here in modern America, while Superman would be vilified as some leftwing rabble-rouser who was just jealous of Luthor's success.

Keep up the good work, ya limeys.
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This is such a fun story:

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ikea-union-20110410,0,5341610.story

I love it. First of all, it's such great proof that America is slipping into second-world status when a successful foreign corporation views us as a source of cheap, easily exploited labor that is entitled to none of the benefits its workers enjoy in its home country, due to "the standard of living and general conditions in the different countries." I love that we're fast tracking that race to the bottom! Talk about American exceptionalism!

Second, there's absolutely no way to fight this! After all, a very loud portion of our government officials (and citizens!) are firm believers in the "Shut the fuck up and be grateful you have a job!" theory of labor relations. No lawmaker in America would ever dare stand up to Ikea and say, "Hey, your workers in the U.S. deserve the same rights as your workers in Sweden!" because no lawmaker in America would ever, ever, EVER dare to claim that working people deserve a $19/hour salary and five weeks of vacation, much less the right to unionize. Shit, I've been listening to Republicans going on for months now about how private-sector folks like me are TOTALLY FURIOUS at all those fatcat teachers and firefighters and janitors with their cushy public-sector jobs. Apparently it's my duty as an American to want my fellow Americans to suffer. Unless they're a CEO...or they work for Goldman Sachs...or...something. Sorry, I can't always keep straight what the Republicans want me to be furious about.

Finally, we've spent so much energy demonizing Western Europe (and Sweden in particular, for some reason) as a secular Socialist nanny-state hellhole, that in fact, I expect some conservative pundit will shortly get on television or the radio and give thanks to Jesus that America was here to show this godless Swedish company the way we git 'er done here in the US of A. Low wages! Forced overtime! No unions! Discrimination! USA! USA! USA!

Great stuff!

Bring It

Feb. 2nd, 2011 11:07 pm
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My favorite blogger, John Cole at Balloon Juice wrote this today:

"Another day of crazy weather here. Fifty degrees in the morning, temperature dropped to about 10 degrees with whipping winds, then up a bit and snow with whipping winds. I’ve lived in this area my entire life, and I’ve never seen weather like we’ve had the past couple of years. It is changing right before our eyes, and there is a violent feel to the storms that wasn’t there even twenty years ago. But, you know, Al Gore is fat so climate change is a hoax."

I think he's right. What will really be interesting is how the world reacts when things keep on getting worse. I think I can safely predict that the other developed (and probably the developing) nations of the world may actually band together to belatedly find a real, scientific solution, while here in the Christian States of America, President Michele Bachmann will be encouraging us to burn witches to appease our angry God.

The best thing about climate change though, is that eventually, it will hit everyone. It may take a while, and a lot of people will die in an ugly way before then, but there will come a day when even the richest and most powerful among us won't have enough money or connections to hide from a global superstorm. Justice, at last, will be served.
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I feel like for the past couple of years at least, all I've been hearing is a lot of yelling about how people don't want to pay taxes. All these people claiming they're being "taxed to death." Tea Partiers running around with their "Taxed Enough Already!" signs. Dire warnings that if the wealthy "top producers" in America have to pay a higher tax rate, they'll all drop out of business and take their jobs away from us.

Now we have a big snowstorm and all I'm hearing are people shouting that their streets should have been plowed already because that's what they pay taxes for.

I don't get it. We want all the services that taxes fund and yet we don't want to pay taxes. We don't want the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes either because they deserve to keep everything they make and recycle it tax-free in perpetuity for their inheritors.

You think this snowstorm sucks? You ain't seen nothin' yet. Wait till the firehouses start closing. Wait till there are no more cops on the beat. Wait till you get a busy signal on 911. But by all means, keep dressing up like Ben Franklin and bitching about taxes at those Tea Party rallies.

Oh and one more thing, a message to NBC. Just because you were scheduled to broadcast the Eagles/Vikings football game on Sunday night? Does not mean the game's cancellation due to the storm deserves a slot on your nightly news for two nights in a row. It also does not mean that the Pennyslvania governor's idiotic comment that we've turned into "a nation of wusses"* deserves to be reported as if it were a major news story. You can be a news organization or you can shill your NFL broadcasts, but you can't do both. I recommend you stick with the shilling and leave the journalism up to guys like Jon Stewart.

*PA governor Ed Rendell's full comment was, "We've become a nation of wusses. The Chinese are kicking our butt in everything," he said. "If this was in China do you think the Chinese would have called off the game? People would have been marching down to the stadium, they would have walked and they would have been doing calculus on the way down."

What the fuck is this even supposed to mean? The Chinese are kicking our butts because someone had the smarts to cancel a stupid ballgame in the middle of a howling blizzard?

I'd go with the idea that the Chinese are "kicking our butts" because they have a huge impoverished population that is willing to work for slave wages. Or that the Chinese are "kicking our butts" because their heavy industries have almost no regulation and so they have no qualms about manufacturing toxic products on the cheap and turning many parts of their country into an environmental hellscape in the process. Or maybe that the Chinese are also "kicking our butts" because we seem to have an almost insatiable demand for cheap crap. But I highly doubt they're "kicking our butts" because we won't go to a football game in a blizzard.
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Sorry for the spam, but this is a must-read. I've been waiting to see if anyone would say something about Jon Stewart's role in the Zadroga Bill and here it is:

Did the bill pledging federal funds for the health care of 9/11 responders become law in the waning hours of the 111th Congress only because a comedian took it up as a personal cause?

The answer of course is "yes."

I don't even know what to say about a country that's so quick to turn a national tragedy into an orgy of sham patriotism but then doesn't give a shit about the actual people involved. Or about a news media that doesn't think it's worth reporting on in an honest way. Saying that Republicans were blocking this bill would not have been "biased journalism." It would not have been a fabrication of the "liberal media." It was the truth. And Jon Stewart was the only one who had the balls to say it. If we had more journalists like Stewart, the country would be in much better shape right now.
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I heard this morning that Tiffany's sales in the third quarter of 2010 were UP 27% -- analysts speculate that we're seeing this kind of boost in luxury sales because the "upper earners," as they call them, are "seeing their wealth return."

Isn't that great news, everybody? I mean, we all know that wealth "trickles down" and that "a rising tide lifts all boats" right? Right? MAN, I sure can't wait for those upper earners to start trickling down on me! Because in January, the costs of my monthly transit are going up by another $15, which means another $15 deducted from my paycheck, which means the only movement in my income for the past two years has been in the REVERSE direction, but that's all gonna change now that the rich are seeing their wealth return! Right? Right??

*crickets*
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Isn't it funny how booze has two totally contradictory sides? One is "in vino veritas" where, under the influence, you blurt out all kinds of shit that you'd never admit when sober. The other is of course, the "beer goggles" effect where after a few drinks, you lose all concept of "veritas" and everything seems so much better than it really is.

I've always been a beer goggles kind of girl, which is why I've often found it agreeable -- actually, necessary -- to tie one on at the office holiday party. Suddenly, all these people seem so funny and interesting and jovial! Sure, we have our workplace differences just like anyone else but...deep down, I love these folks! It's a delight to spend 80% of my waking time with them! What a great crew!

I can't really handle my liquor these days so I decided to go dry for this year's party. I had a small glass of prosecco when I got there but that was it. What a disaster. I mean sure, I didn't wind up vomiting in the bathroom and I won't be sick as death all weekend but what a lousy time I had. Most of the people I liked have left. Only Annie is still there but she actually enjoys shmoozing -- for reasons that I can't fathom because there's absolutely no point to schmoozing where I work. Then she's also one of these people who has to check her Blackberry every ten minutes so...whatever. I love the girl, but that's an annoying fucking habit. Also, trying to participate in shouted conversations across a table gets really exhausting after about 15 minutes when you're not fueled with boozy merriment.

And sober? I hate these folks. They're not funny or interesting or jovial. The "consultant" showed up -- wily old con artist that he is -- and no doubt made sure he got paid to be there. An ex-employee decided to stop in, wearing her hideous fur coat and bragging about the 32-inch plasma TV she got as a "grab bag" gift at her job. I had to listen to the owner's stepson (and so-called "employee") talk about the $800,000 house he just bought with money he never earned -- while there's no sign in sight of our two-year-long, 10% pay cut being reversed. Along with other grotesqueries that would take too much backstory to explain.

By the time desert showed up I was just...eating. Annie was off pointlessly schmoozing. The two overpaid grifters next to me were having some drunken conversation that must have been uproariously funny because they sure were cracking each other up. Across from me the art director was wisely getting shitfaced and starting to babble nonsense to no one in particular. I think maybe she thought she was talking to me. Then I was sitting there waiting for coffee and it wasn't coming out so I just said I was going to the bathroom and I did go to the bathroom and then I got my coat and left because coffee or not, I wasn't going back in there.

Now I remember why I'd always get so drunk at these things. I can't handle these people in a social situation when I'm sober. At least when I'm at the office I can shut my door on them.
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The thing about satire is that it's supposed to be an exaggeration of the qualities of the person or thing being satirized, right? If so, then this is not satire, because it's pretty tame in comparison to the real thing:


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Dear Flisters,

Please to be stop posting that vid of Jensen playing guitar and singing with Jason Manns at the Jus in Bello con in Rome. Because if I see it on my flist one more time...I'm gonna HAVE to click it. And then there won't be any more Oselle. There'll just be some fetal creature rocking in the corner babbling, "Beautiful adorable beautiful adorable..."

Seriously, WTF. Every pic I've seen from that con he just looks fucking radiant. I've never seen him look that happy or relaxed at any con, or that bloody stunning. I'd say, what is up with him, looking so extra-radiant and all, but I guess being young and rich and loving your work and being in love and getting paid six figures to spend a springtime weekend IN FUCKING ROME and be adored by pretty Italian girls is enough to make anyone radiant. I sure wouldn't know.

And I had no idea SPN was so big in Italy. How is it possible that this show continues to have such poor ratings when it's a bonafide worldwide phenomenon?

Sigh,
Oselle
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Twice in the past week I have found myself watching Sarah Palin on television. You who follow my journal know what a fan I am of apocalyptic fiction, yet in all my travels through that genre I have never met a fictitious dystopian villain as over the top as Sarah Palin is in real life. The one that may come the closest is Randall Flagg, Stephen King's grinning, denim-clad antichrist in The Stand. Folksy psychopath (and would-be President of the U.S.) Greg Stillson, from King's The Dead Zone, is also a contender. But none of these characters -- NO fictional character -- even comes close to what Palin puts out there. Her shtick makes the Walkin' Dude look like a two-bit carny hustler. Some people laugh at her but I don't. She scares the living shit out of me.
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I imposed a moratorium on talking about this kind of stuff on my journal but this is too extraordinary to pass up.

A group of conservative activists is pressuring the governor of Virginia to cut off all funding for Planned Parenthood (for my foreign readers, Planned Parenthood is an organization that provides gynecological services, including birth control and abortion, usually to lower-income or poor women Corrected: See [livejournal.com profile] july_july_july's comment below). Among those activists is an elected Republican official, Delegate Bob Marshall, who had this to say about his rationale:

“The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children,” said Marshall, a Republican.

“In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There’s a special punishment Christians would suggest.”

I suggest you take a moment and let that sink in. If you're a human being and not a conservative borg, your first reaction is probably to say that's despicable. And it is, but it's so much more than that.

Let's ponder the sheer insanity of this statement.

First: "The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically." Okay, I'd like Bob Marshall to produce some hard data on this. I want to see CDC/NIH statistics that women who have abortions, especially of a first conception, go on to have handicapped children.

Second: Note the blurring between pseudo-science ("nature takes its vengeance") and the Biblical malarkey that follows. Which one is it? Is this fictitious increase in handicapped children a biological side-effect of abortion or is it the wrath of God? Or does Marshall believe those are one in the same?

Third: How would Marshall explain the handicapped and seriously ill children born to women who have never had abortions? How would he explain the perfectly healthy children born to women who have had them? I'm sure if pressed on this, Marshall would stammer something about how he just meant that women who have abortions are playing Russian roulette with their future children. Okay, that argument might work if there were any scientific proof that abortion causes future birth defects, because biology is sometimes a guessing game. After all, some people can smoke for fifty years and still not get cancer. But since Marshall goes on to yammer about "special punishments," is he implying that the very terrible wrath of God is itself selective about these things? And if so, why?

Fourth: Based on Marshall's reasoning, as long as you bring that first conception to term, you're in the clear, because only the first-born is special in the eyes of God. So then can you go on to have as many abortions as you want? That's quite liberal of Bob Marshall.

Five: It goes without saying but I'll say it anyway: What kind of sick fucking bastard goes around saying that handicapped children are a punishment from God?

There are so many reasons to get outraged about this kind of shit but not the least is because, outside of blogs and more liberal news outlets like MSNBC, this sort of thing doesn't get coverage. The anti-choice religious maniacs in this country operate under the very positive-sounding label of "pro-life" and are usually depicted as people who just happen to have opinions and values guided by their Christian faith. This is baloney. They are not pro any life except the kind that they can exploit, namely fetuses and occasionally, people in irreversible comas. And as for their values? Their values are perfectly illustrated by Bob Marshall's statement: sick, backward, medieval perversions of both Christianity and any sort of natural human decency. THIS is how these people should be depicted. As the sick, twisted fucks that they are.

It should also be noted that according to Rachel Maddow, Planned Parenthood currently receives the whopping sum of about $36,000 in funding from the state of Virginia, primarily in Medicaid payments that are no doubt covering services other than abortion.

I really need to leave. The country.

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