17. Leave the bubble. We all have one: our comfort zone of people who think like us and who understand our views and our ethos and don’t make us feel like we have to explain our most basic principles. Time to leave the comfort zone. For me, it’s been about understanding critiques of white feminism, learning, and being better next time.
18. Sisterhood is not so global. Just because I’m a woman doesn’t mean I understand what it means to walk in the shoes of the woman standing next to me. We both experience gender inequality in its micro and macro forms, and owe it to each other to create space for those nuances and intersections.
19. Talk about sex. Sexual relationships should be so fun, and safe, and healthy, and interesting, and exactly what you want them to be. They should yield millions of orgasms and lots of fun for everyone involved, and one of the ways we do that is to make sure that sex isn’t taboo. And obviously, one way to break some of these taboos is to talk about sex. And not just sexual health, but pleasure. All the time (not just on Valentine’s Day). With your partner. With your friends. Good sex is a feminist issue.
20. Share your story. Your abortion story. Your rape story. Your birth story. Your addiction story. Your family story. It creates a safe space for others to do the same.
Barbara Shelly covers the thing about Sam Brownback that bugs me the most - it’s that slick evangelical assumption of privilege that as long as you are doing work for Jesus you get to exempt yourself from a few things, like not bearing false witness. It’s the Televangelist approach to life: “I’m entitled as long as I’m getting the good word out,” and you can see it in everything from Sam’s hairdo to his easy but slimy false smile that never quite reaches his cold reptilian eyes.
So Sam and cohorts try to shove Jesus into everyone’s government, and they lie and cheat to get their way because they think they have a get into heaven free card from their anti-abortion grandstanding. We need truthful politicians in office, not zealots like Sam whose practice is bending truths for Jesus.
All politicians spin. They exaggerate and make selective use of facts and data. These are tricks of the trade.
But I have never seen a public official lie as easily and as relentlessly as Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.
That sounds harsh, and it is possible that Brownback actually believes his own mythology. But much of what he has told the citizens of Kansas is flat out wrong.
Brownback has lied about the fiscal conditions he inherited. He spins a fantasy about a low-tax utopia even as his state is exhausting its budget reserves, staring at more cuts in education, and not experiencing the promised economic rebound. He has salted his administration with sycophants who tell lies of their own.
Kobach knows how to play the public like a fiddle, although there is hope that Kansans have finally figured out that they have been played for saps.
He stokes anti-immigration fears by championing the most vicious laws and then travels from state to state, spewing his hate through the laws he writes — for huge fees. It is one thing to fret over undocumented immigrants, but Kobach seeks with his obsessive plots to make their lives as miserable as possible, while he personally gains.
But because he presents himself as waging a heroic battle, too many Kansans have, at least until now, met his grandstanding with oohs and aahs.
When he visited Johnson County in August 2012, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback boldly claimed his aggressive tax-cut law would bring wonderful economic dividends to that part of the Kansas City area.
“That’s a shot of adrenaline to the heart of this economy,” Brownback said at a forum of small business leaders at Johnson County Community College, pointing out that their profits would be exempt from state income taxes starting Jan. 1, 2013.
Since that day, this area on both sides of the state line has become a battleground where the governor’s politically driven theories are being tested in the real world.
Perhaps the single biggest speculation by Brownback’s supporters was that small businesses in Kansas City would hop the state line into Johnson and Wyandotte counties. This would be the final nudge needed, it was said, to escape paying the city’s 1 percent earnings tax, too.
In case you didn’t know:
I was once approving of Ross Douthat as a New York Times oped columnist. But that was when I was younger. And easily misled.
From Ross Douthat, Privilege, bottom of p. 184:
One successful foray ended on the guest bed of a high school friend’s parents, with a girl who resembled a chunkier Reese Witherspoon drunkenly masticating my neck and cheeks. It had taken some time to reach this point—”Do most Harvard guys take so long to get what they want?” she had asked, pushing her tongue into my mouth. I wasn’t sure what to say, but then I wasn’t sure this was what I wanted. My throat was dry from too much vodka, and her breasts, spilling out of pink pajamas, threatened my ability to. I was supposed to be excited, but I was bored and somewhat disgusted with myself, with her, with the whole business… and then whatever residual enthusiasm I felt for the venture dissipated, with shocking speed, as she nibbled at my ear and whispered—“You know, I’m on the pill…”
What squicks me out is (a) that the real turnoff for Ross Douthat is that she has taken responsibility for her own fertility and gone on the pill, and (b) that Ross Douthat does not take this to be a learning moment—is not self-reflective enough to say “Hmmm… If there are other men like me who are turned off by women who take responsibility for fertility control, isn’t that likely to be a cause of more abortions?”
Giving the benefit of the doubt to provisions in this bill to prevent abuse, it looks really sensible to me. Finally a mechanism with review and due process built in.
From the Supreme Court decision that affirmed our right to bear arms an individual right
“Nothing in our opinion, should be taken to cast doubt on long standing prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill.”
The pro-gun crowd will be foaming, but Gov. Jerry Brown today signed into law AB 1014, by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), that will let family members or police seek a court order to temporarily remove lawfully owned weapons from the home of someone deemed at risk of committing violence.
It is just the kind of reasonable approach to a deadly problem that gun-owners ought to embrace.
The Gun Violence Restraining Order bill arose after the horror of the Isla Vista rampage this year, and stands as a common-sense approach to dealing with a persistent problem in American society: mentally unstable individuals in possession of firearms.
And while the gun-rights folks dislike the measure and invent all sorts of abuse scenarios — ex-spouses or ex-lovers dropping a dime on each other out of spite — the law has protections that would make that difficult.
An excellent commentary by Olivia on religion, Anti Muslim bigotry, racism, sexism, and the hypocritical New atheists. This is very well written, and I recommend you read it.
Atheism does not have a stellar history when it comes to Islamophobia, particularly in the realm of holding Muslims or Muslim countries to the same standards that we hold everyone else. Instead, Islam has for many atheists become the emblem of Bad Religion (no, not the band). When convenient, it’s the pawn with which some deflect accusations of sexism (cough Dear Muslima cough), and when it’s not, Islam tends to get thrown under the bus.
Enter the latest in a series of organized atheism’s missteps with Islam.
*By the way, for those who don’t get the “Dear Muslima” reference.
But the police impunity chronicles had the effect of pushing me further beyond not just the sociological premise of the police as rightful heirs to force nor even my own prior casting of the police as architects/guardians of space. The more one pays attention to the conspiratorial way (and I mean conspiracy factually, as in a plot that has a familiar narrative end) that police walk away scot-free from the storm of violence they enact the more one reaches toward a higher definitional value. The police are defined by the power to kill with impunity, period. The police are the killing class. And it is in clarifying, not reducing, that existential value that the “theory” can become generative and useful beyond the mole-like venues of the “local” or “municipal” or “federal.” In Palestine, where I am currently living and from where I continue to watch Ferguson unfold with urgency, the IDF is both “foreign” occupation regime and “local” police force, maiming and eradicating human beings with impunity.
If the police are supremacists in the act of impunity, the work of the righteous is organized opposition to that supremacy. The 2014 Summer of Death was unfathomably chilling. I feel its traumatic aftereffects both on those immediately around me and those at a digital-intimate distance. But the steadfastness of survivors, and the daily effort to maintain one’s self and community safe and alert, keeps the plight of deadening disillusionment at bay and solidarity and mutual respect deeply alive.
There should be a procedure-You get to walk away with your gear upon warning from a sworn P.O. on any of these municipal infractions such as what one may bring to a park. Or a subway. Or anywhere the public has broad recreational or transit access
I have come to the conclusion that the police don’t fear terrorists with cameras, or what a terrorist can do with an image easily found online. What they truly fear is the end of their secret society white boys club lies, illegal arrests and abuses . Why else would cell phones look just like guns in police reports? Ever seen a gun that resembles a cell phone? Me neither. Well too damn bad officer. You can quit, retire or comply.
That my friends better explains the whole approach to drones from law enforcement, and given it’s cozy relationship with the FAA, well even they broke the law in forming the still highly questionable drone restrictions. There was no proper due process. That negates the rules. Edit-The law is evolving fast court cases are moving through and of course we know the FAA will prevail in the end. Public input best happens now.
Saulmon’s ordeal stems from an incident last month in which he was flying his DJI Phantom over the Port of Los Angeles during an event called Navy Days, which was supposedly a photo-friendly day open to the public; encouraging residents to bring their cameras and step aboard the USS Anchorage.
He and a friend remained in a public parking lot flying the drone when they were approached by Los Angeles Port police officers, who confiscated the quadcopter under a little-known park regulation that applies to ports, LAMC 63.44 (b) (8), which states:
Within the limits of any park or other City-owned Harbor Department designated and controlled property within the City of Los Angeles: No person shall land, release, take off or fly any balloon, except children toy balloons not inflated with any flammable material, helicopter, parakite, hang glider, aircraft or powered models thereof, except in areas specifically set aside therefor.
And Even More;Rise Of The Drones-Portfolio of Drone images.