wook77: (ANGRY)
So my problem employee left which is awesome. The best part, though, is she left me with much lulz had. She gave me a card, stating "I'm sorry that you thought I was a bad employee and did not reach your performance requirements. You are really unhappy and I know that you have a hole in your heart and I think that Jesus can fill it. Please visit [list of churches and websites] to help you fill the hole in your heart that you're suffering from." So, lol. Those two sentences were RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER OMG LOL. Obviously, the only reason that she didn't reach my crazy high performance requirements of "let me know where you're at on a project" and "cut checks in a timely manner" was cause I didn't have Jesus filling a hole in my heart.

I bit the bullet and signed up on match.com. I'm certain it will be as lolarious as okcupid for crazy people telling me that they want me to be their sexual slave and service both of the married couple and carry their children. (Yes, I've gotten multiple emails similar to that) Plus, I can only hope that match.com sends me old men in nylon granny panties posing all luridly. (why yes, I've gotten that, too)

I'm writing something that will feature the disclaimer of "I am not responsible for the google image search results should you choose to google the apparatus used in this fic".

I'm rather addicted to this song (link goes to youtube). It was featured on Sons of Anarchy and I love it.

My [livejournal.com profile] ac_bigbang fic was submitted, only a day late, and I've got three awesome pieces of artwork for it. The mod was amazingly laidback and full of helpful communication about deadlines and such. the [livejournal.com profile] biowarebang mod did the same and I really enjoyed participating in both of those fests. I like laidback mods who keep in communication with people. I guess I'm kooky that way. You can find the fic here.

It's really really hard not to judge Republicans by the Tea Party asshats lately. Like, seriously, people? Rick Perry kills a shitload of people and you cheer? He's not only put an innocent man to death based on faulty science but he then fired the investigators and you think that's a reason to cheer? And THEN to cheer about killing someone without insurance cause they're in a coma? Really? You'd kill him? So then you supported Terri Schiavo's husband in his quest to end Terri Schiavo's life, right? You totally supported him on ending a coma patient's life and didn't side with the parents, then, right? UGH. Hypocritical assholes cheering for bullshit things. Awful Christian of them, isn't it?

Until the fandom wank post, I had no idea that Michael Fassbender suffered from domestic violence-itus. I feel sort of gross for finding him attractive, now. Dammit.

Final note - people. Seriously. STOP WITH THE INCREASING YOUR RATING DUE TO "mild homosexuality". That suddenly put a fic to "Teen" to "Mature"?! Oh fuck you. I'm not reading your fic just because of your asshattery. Which pisses me off as it sounded mildly interesting and it's in a fandom that barely ever gets fic.
wook77: (ANGRY)
I'm getting really tired of men. Like seriously tired of mansplaining and why doesn't anyone care about the man's feelings. Dude, STFU.

On a post on the Huffington Post, I've been mansplained to all freaking weekend about how women need to get a sense of humor and that it's juvenile teasing to tell another man to go buy a bra and get a manicure (hey, Kings of Leon? I'm not going to buy your music ever again, fyi). It's just harmless fun to use female-centric insults for teasing. Besides, the guy telling me this is a feminist male so he would know what feminism is!

Then there's THIS. Hey, you men, STFU. You do not get to decide when a woman has been raped. You don't. A WOMAN gets to decide if she's been raped. A woman gets to decide what to do with her body.

Personally, I'm anti-abortion. Politically, however, I'm pro-choice because I do not have the ability to tell someone else what to do with their body. It is their decision. I'm really really sick of hypocritical Evangelicals trying to legislate other people's morality all while preaching that they hate big government. What the fuck do you think this is?! What do you think telling someone who they can and cannot marry is? And you're pissed that the US government wants to expand social programs already in place? Oh fuck you.

The other part that pisses me off about this is the hypocriticalness of the anti-abortion position. From the article:

A 1994/95 survey of nearly 10,000 abortion patients showed 18% of women having abortions are born-again or Evangelical Christians. Many of these women are likely anti-choice. The survey also showed that Catholic women have an abortion rate 29% higher than Protestant women. A Planned Parenthood handbook on abortion notes that nearly half of all abortions are for women who describe themselves as born-again Christian, Evangelical Christian, or Catholic.


So, gee, it's good for you but it's not good enough for those slutty, awful, other women?

My problem isn't with these women having abortions. They can. It's with the fact that some of them go right back out onto the picket lines and try their slut shaming. How do they live with themselves?

Don't like abortion? Invent an artificial womb. Until then, deal with the fact that each woman has free choice of what to do with her body and she has to live with the ramifications of her decision.
wook77: (AZ)
I love my town. I chose to move to Tucson for many (and varied) reasons, not the least of which was the weather. More than the weather, though, is the relaxed atmosphere, the fantastic people and the fact that Tucson skews towards the higher educated and more liberal than the rest of the state of Arizona. It's got a small town mentality in a small city. People hold doors for other people. Random strangers ask how you are and you can tell they actually care.

So when I hear Keith Olbermann say "let's make sure another Tucson doesn't happen", it breaks my heart. I'm proud of the fact that Tucson was the only county, across all age groups, to vote against the marriage definition act a few years ago. I'm proud that Tucson has a vibrant artistic community. I'm proud that Tucson has a fairly liberal attitude about immigration reform and that our Sheriff has refused to enforce SB1070 (the "show me your papers" law) and that City of Tucson Police officers were the first to file suit AGAINST SB1070.

But more than my own pride in my chosen hometown, I have to say that Keith Olbermann's special comment today resonated. We have to do something about hate-filled vitriol. We have to do something to keep others from getting shot.

Because today was horrifying. It's been an emotionally draining day filled with ups and downs. This morning, my Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was shot, point blank, to the head. A 9 year old girl standing next to her at the meet-and-greet event was killed by a gunshot wound to the back. Five others, most of whom are senior citizens, were also killed. There are a total of 19 victims today.

Arizona has some issues, I freely admit it. We've got wacko concealed-carry laws, ironically passed with the idea that if any citizen can carry concealed, then these mass shootings won't happen because the citizenry can defend itself. We've got crazy immigration bills and Minutemen on the border (Minutemen who happen to like to sell drugs and murder people, too). We've got lots going on down here. I can see the warts.

Part of those warts are the hate-filled vitriol that happens on all levels and by all sorts of people. From Sarah Palin putting a target on Gabrielle Giffords to Jesse Kelly offering a fundraising opportunity complete with shooting weapons with taglines of getting rid of Gabby to the insurance adjustor who came out to look at my car and her comments that "what do a bunch of towelheads know about fixing cars", it's everywhere and it needs to stop.

And what is ironic is that those that are bemoaning how "the left" is leaping to conclusions that link hateful vitriolic nastiness to this shooter are the same people that think that the Arabic people have a hive-mind and all believe in the crazy ideologies that tell them to shoot their senators. The same people that are shouting the loudest that this guy has to be just some random fringe loony are the same people that say that all Mexicans are here to take our jobs, rape our women and kill our economy. And by "ironic", I mean double-standarded and ridiculous.

I don't think that Sarah Palin actually meant for people to pull guns and shoot people just like I don't think that Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck or Bill O'Reilly want it to happen, either. But when you're constantly encouraging violence, you can't be surprised when violence actually happens. And if it can happen in Tucson, it can happen anywhere.
wook77: (dancing)
With the recent spate of suicides, I'm fairly enraged and depressed and disheartened. It's nice seeing the Spirit Day Remembrance on October 20th. My question is - what are we going to do on October 19th? What about October 21st? What about January 3rd?

I don't mean this as a slight to the thought behind the Spirit Day Remembrance. It's a great, unifying action and I'll be wearing purple on that day.

Thing is, though, one unifying action, no matter how great, isn't a change in behavior. It's not a change in habit and it can be easily forgotten (not that I'm saying it will be).

I'd like to see a change in behavior, a change in habit, a unifying ongoing action. My suggestion is kindness. The next time someone holds a door open for you, smile at them and say thank you. The next time you're standing in line with hundreds of groceries and the person behind you has one, smile at them and offer to better their day so they don't have to wait for you. When someone says 'hello' to you, smile and say hello back.

You don't know what sort of day someone's having and that small act of kindness could very well make their day. I've had days where the only thing that was keeping me going was the idea that it took less energy to get through it than to end it and no one could've known but, thank the maker for the woman who held the door for me with a smile and a quick "anytime!" and for the guy that let me in front of him in line so I could get home and away from everything awful in my life. Thank the maker for the guy that let me out in traffic or the person who smiled at me and asked me how my day was going. Thank you to the person that bought my pop and the guy that offered to fill my tire when all I wanted to do was cry, hunched down beside my car in a Circle K parking lot because a flat tire was the straw that broke the camel's back as far as I was concerned.

Show you care about your fellow human beings every day.

If you have the time, volunteer for organizations. Obviously, I'm partial to animal welfare and LGBT organizations. Deliver meals to those suffering from AIDS. Work with troubled youth. Work with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Teach a hobby at your local youth center. Walk dogs at your local shelter and/or pet cats. Read to kids at the library or go through your stuff and donate what you don't use anymore (do you really fit into those jeans anymore? really?). Reach out and show that you care, every freaking day.

Get involved. It only takes a moment to send a letter to your congressperson and/or senator to tell them to support anti-bullying legislation that specifically protects LGBT youth. It's called the Safe Schools Improvement Act. It doesn't matter who your senator is, get involved (and I'm speaking as someone with John McCain and John Kyl as their senators here, so I've got the bigots and I'm still sending the letters). Hold them accountable.

Vote. Find out what officials are up for election and see what ones are LGBT friendly. Human Rights Campaign has a great way of doing it. Turns out that only one of my elected officials is endorsed. Guess who I'm not voting for - John McCain, John Kyl and Jan Brewer. Way to go, Gabrielle Giffords!

Stop saying "that's so gay" and ask others, too. When you say that, you are saying that "gay" = "stupid", "dumb", "ugly" and/or "awful". You are using a unique identifier as an insult and you are actively participating in a bullying culture.

Speak up. Where would Tyler Clementi have been if anyone had reached out to him and showed they cared? What would've happened if just one person watching that Twitter feed had spoken up and shut down the broadcast? What would've happened if one person would've said STFU to the bullying dumbfucks in any of the suicides? Would Seth Walsh, Billy Lucas or Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover be here right now if we would stick up for people when we see awful things happening?

Because one day is a fantastic show of solidarity but what do we do afterwards? Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover died on April 6th, 2009 and cries for stronger approaches to bullying happened then. We had the National Day of Silence (coincidentally on his birthday, April 17th, 2009) and what happened after that? What's happened since? Just more of the same if not even worse things. Let's not just talk the talk, let's walk the walk.

You want a kinder world? The world starts with you. It might only cost you a smile and a second's worth of time.

DADT

Sep. 21st, 2010 07:48 pm
wook77: (dancing)
I'm so beyond enraged at the lack of even a fucking debate on the amendment to repeal DADT that I wanted to throw things and yell and scream (and maybe cry).

Instead, I went to Rodney Glassman's campaign website and signed up to volunteer with his election campaign. He is John McCain's biggest opponent and I'm going to work my ass off to get McCain out of office after this latest stunt. At least if I fail, I can say I did something about it other than throwing things around.

Also, it's never a bad time for the following video:



I'm also sort of in love with Sen Dan Inouye from Hawaii:

Just a little step back in history, if I may say so? On December 7, 1941, something terrible happened in Hawaii. Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese. Three weeks later, the government of the United States declared that all Japanese Americans, citizens born in the United States of Japanese ancestry were to be considered enemy alien. As a result, like those undocumented people, they could not put on the uniform of this land. Well, I was 17 at that time, and naturally I resented this because I loved my country and I wanted to put on a uniform to show where my heart stood, but we were denied, so we petitioned the government and a year later, they said okay, if you wish to volunteer, go ahead. Well, to make a long story short, the regiment I served in, made up of Japanese Americans, had the highest casualties in Europe, but the most decorated in the history of the United States.
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wook77: (load of crap)
I keep opening this post window, trying to think of something interesting but, alas and woe, I'm stuck on "I'm really tired all the fucking time" and "Dear Lord but my jobs are sucking my soul".

I'm going on vacation on Thursday, so that should be interesting, fun and relaxing. I get to see [livejournal.com profile] best_of_five and meet her mum and sleep on her couch as I'm off to Raleigh-Durham. Anyone in the area interested in a meet-up so [livejournal.com profile] best_of_five can have plenty of bonding time with her mum without me tagging along like an awkward and intrusive third wheel?

My main job had their major special event recently and you haven't had a crazy experience until you see a bunch of rich, old white people (in formal wear!) dancing to Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre singing "bow wow wow". Lulz.

I spent my evening watching Schnidler's List as I have an exam on it... err, tomorrow. I love that movie, don't get me wrong, but I was certainly not in the mood to watch it.

I drove up to Phoenix to visit IKEA and, just like every fucking time I go up to Phoenix, there was a ginormous accident that took 3 hours to get around. IDK what it is about that one spot on I-10 but there've been way too many fatal accidents along there. Freaking dust storms come out of nowhere and blow across the road and no one practices safe driving for it. Hell, same spot had such a major accident that it was featured on all the national news channels here in the US.

I've been getting acupuncture. I'm needle-phobic but as long as I can't see the needle, it seems to be going well. The acupuncturist also started cupping and I'm bruising like a mofo from it. I've been taking different vitamins and herbs and that seems to be helping with the exhaustion. TBH, I think the exhaustion is due to 2.5 years of working 80 hours a week but that's just me. I'm going down to one shift a week starting in June.

I sent the IRS/State of Arizona my direct deposit information so, of course, they mailed checks. Thus, no new computer for me to go to Raleigh with. Considering that my keyboard doesn't work on my current laptop and this sucks DONKEY BALLS.

I have already read 46 new books this year. Alas, I'm only at 19 movies. I have multiple reviews to post.

I went for my first pedicure in 3 years and omg, so good.

I went white water rafting. It was absolutely gorgeous and fun, even when our boat lost half the occupants in a class 4 rapid. My mum ended up going through most of the class 4 on her back, in the water, about 100 yards behind the boat. I sort of maybe totally panicked for a few minutes trying to find my mum in the water. In my defense, I did keep enough peace of mind to hold on to a coworker as she was one of the ejected ones, as well. So, I do well in a crisis but I still fixate on saving my mum. As it should be.

My state has gone crazy with shitloads of crazy that are currently spewing all over the state. On behalf of sane Arizonans, I apologize and would like to remind you that we're not all racist bigots and that we did not elect our governor but plz to be continuing the boycotts and protests. Every little bit helps to get these things repealed.

How're all of you? What's new?
wook77: (Hellblazer)
The meaning behind Veteran's Day is fantastic. It's a moment to celebrate Veteran's and the peace they fought and continue fighting for. But once that war is over, we, (at least Americans) have a habit of forgetting about them until once a year. Death tolls are to be ignored, photos are to be denied and the actual cost to these men and women are shuffled off amidst the hype of "we won. Go America" that sweeps the country. Mission Accomplished flight shenanigans piss me off so fiercely because the soldiers are still over there fighting and its only gotten worse.

Then, when they come back, there are hundreds of issues we, the non-military, cannot even possibly understand.

Homeless Veterans are more common than you think. In Arizona alone, there are only about 200 beds for the almost 4000 homeless veterans. 45% of them suffer from mental illness. Half have substance abuse problems. 47% served in Vietnam. 67% served the country for more than 3 years. 33% were stationed in war zones. On any given night, there are over 130,000 homeless veterans. The number is an estimate because no one can be bothered to keep accurate numbers of homeless let alone homeless veterans. (moar statistics)

If you can even spare five bucks, a local homeless organization can take that five bucks and help veterans in your area. You don't think five bucks makes that big of a deal? Let me tell you, five dollars can make or break a budget, determine if there's enough food for everyone they're serving, go towards an electric bill to heat a house and pay for water for a shower. Five dollars is important. It's a big mac for you, it's three servings of turkey and stuffing for them. So how about honoring Veteran's on this Veteran's Day by finding a local Veteran's support charity and donating five bucks?

In a more personal relationship with Veteran's Day, my family has always had at least one member of every generation in the military since New York was known as New Amsterdam. My brother and little sister were Air Force and Navy. My dad was Navy and my Uncle was Marines. My cousins are Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. My Uncle served four tours of duty in Vietnam and never went to the Wall because it was too much for him, there were too many men he knew.

He barely ever talked about the war and that makes me sad because, all too often, we whitewash the actual cost of war and expect servicemen and women to go into the experience blind. Knowing that there are going to be missions where you're the only one that makes it back alive is necessary to preparing for war. Everyone should know about the cost so that maybe, just maybe, we don't have to send these men and women off to die. Maybe then, we won't mock diplomacy first and we'll show the utmost respect for our servicepeople by not putting their lives in danger without exhausting every other option first.

Rather than just honoring our fallen and those that have served, why don't we honor them by continuing to support them? It isn't just about the money, it's about fighting to make sure we don't endanger them any more than we have to by entering needless wars. It's about ensuring that there's enough healthcare so that, in 2008 alone, more than 2200 don't die because they didn't have insurance. It's about keeping them off the streets and sheltered. It's about honoring them day in and day out because they did and continue to do a job that some of us are incapable of doing. (and by some of us, I mean me)
wook77: (wtf - politics)
I have a new favorite political website.

Rescue Marriage: Because you said until death do you part and you're not dead yet.

LOL

Hell is eternal — just like your marriage was supposed to be.
wook77: (departed - fuck yourself)
A follow-up to the Rob, Arnie and Dawn fiasco.

I read this article about previous FTC complaints against the Rob, Arnie and Dawn show and I'm appalled and disgusted. I cannot believe that people didn't act before this.

These two men are absolutely appalling. I have no other word for it other than disgusted noises and keyboard smashes. I thought it was bad enough that these men thought it was funny to joke about beating a transgendered child. But to read over their previous statements? Gah. What a bunch of douchenozzles (word stolen from an unnamed source to protect the innocent).

They've "joked" about SIDs, SUV saftey for children (calling the woman in question a "whore"), incestuous relationships between a father and a son and more. Dude. WTF.

As I've said recently, they have every right to say what they want. I have every right not to provide them with corporate sponsorship or an audience. I have every right to not support them with my money through those corporate sponsors. I have every right to think that they deserve to be fired. That's the way that freedom of speech works. They can say it. I'll defend their right to say it. What I can't and won't do is to endorse it or not respond.

That being said - I'm anxious to see how Thursday, June 11th is going to turn out. It looks like they're finally realizing what they said was wrong. They've realized it before, however, and continue to make horrible statements. So I'm not too trusting of what they're going on about.
wook77: (FAIL BOAT)
As a follow-up to this set of letters -

Dear Law Enforcement, Radio Decency People, Radio personalities and, specifically, the management at KRXQ,

Just so I understand how this works, a white supremecist shock jock says violent things directed at politicians and he gets criminal charges but Rob and Arnie say violent things directed at transgendered/gender-questioning children, and it's just lulz? They're shock jocks and equal opportunity offenders?

Huh. I still don't get it.

In conclusion, FUCK YOU.
me

Dear Snapple, Sonic and Chipotle (now with added Nissan, AT&T, Verizona, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and McDonalds,

Thanks for being awesome. I had Chipotle at lunch today, bought some Diet Dr. Pepper at Circle K on the way back and am planning on Sonic for lunch tomorrow. I appreciate your willingness to pull your advertising from a popular radio program in light of such hate speech. It takes a lot to make such a stand in this tough market so I appreciate your willingness to do so.

<3,
me

list of advertisers if you want to contact them - UPDATED )

As always, no need to ask permission to link to this or repost the list of advertisers for your own usage on spreading the word.

text of my letter )

Dear Flist,

You know, we write a ton of kinks. Genderbend is all over quite a few fandoms. Can we all please take a few minutes to send a few emails to these advertisers?

I bcc'd each of them and then wrote the above letter. You are more than welcome to c/p the letter and the bcc distribution list.

Here:

procity@procitymortgage.com, info@LASIKworld.com, heidi.barker@us.mcd.com, theresa.riley@us.mcd.com, enewswire@fypower.org, info@fypower.org, trcigar@aol.com, public_relations@homedepot.com, david.m.oliver@supervalu.com, steve.j.bloomquist@supervalu.com, Dawn.fones.cv9s@statefarm.com, dbouffard@jewels.com, dale@sleeptrain.com, kschopp@purina.com, Keoni.Wagner@hawaiianair.com, pdugan@mcneilwilson.com, mediarelations@pepboys.com

Send an email and let people know that this sort of hate speech isn't allowed. Please?

<3,
me

ETA: HOMG GUYS! Bank of America just pulled their advertising! We're doing it! I'm now in tears of happiness. You guys! This is AWESOME.
text of the Bank of America Letter I just received )

ETA2: Two things in this ETA. 1) looks like Albertson's Grocery store is not the Albertson's formerly listed as an advertiser (link). So, I'm removing them from the distribution list. ETA2.5: New Albertson's Contact information has been added to the distribution list.

Secondly - It looks like Carl's Jr/Hardee's has pulled their advertising from KXRQ. Folks. This ROCKS!

Text of email from Carl's Jr./Hardee's )

ETA3: Verizon pulls advertising! w00t!

ETA4: Nissan and Wells Fargo are out as well. That's eight companies. Just a few more to go. And any new ones they find to replace the ones that have pulled out.

As a personal aside - keep the updates and the links coming but I'll be at work where I will have no ability to update this post. So any ETAs will come when I get back from my second job.

ETA5: McDonald's and AT&T are out Plus new contact information for Albertson's.

SUPERVALU INC.
Investors and Financial Media:
David Oliver, 952-828-4540
david.m.oliver@supervalu.com
or
Steve Bloomquist, 952-828-4144
steve.j.bloomquist@supervalu.com

I have edited these into the distribution list and also above with the contact information.

GLAAD has also asked That we continue to contact the station with our concerns. Let's remember to keep it polite and we'll get heard better. I'd rather they realize that intelligent people don't think this is acceptable. That it's not just a stark-raving mad (and I mean that in the pissed off sort of way) mob coming after them.

Contact information )

BCC list for the show:

imfox@krxq.com, jgeary@entercom.com, kwong@entercom.com, dfield@entercom.com, jboyle@entercom.com, patmartin@krxq.com, jfield@entercom.com, sfisher@entercom.com, wkramer@entercom.com, nmccormack@entercom.com, bpasha@entercom.com

ETA6?: I've had a request for the text of my letter to the radio station. Below the cut is what I sentmy letter to the radio station )

From the most recent update on the GLAADblog:

The pressure seems to have caused a stir at the radio station. Today at 5:28pm EST, we received an email from the General Manager promising a phone call this Monday with a possible resolution.


Me: Amazing what losing 10 corporate sponsors will do to a radio station. Suddenly they're not so funny, huh?

Also - when I wake in the morning, I will add a list of the people that have removed their advertising from this station so we can send off thank you letters, as well. I'll also respond to comments. Right now, though, I'm knackered after working 19 hours straight. I hope you all understand. Go forth and eat burritos and Sonic and Carl's Jr/Hardees. Keep your Verizon and your AT&T cell phones.

You guys are seriously the best thing ever.

ETA6: So I've had requests for a new distribution list.

The only new emails I've been able to find are for the Albertson's people. I will update this list, as well, if anyone can track down email addresses for the two new corporate sponsors/advertisers.

david.m.oliver@supervalu.com, steve.j.bloomquist@supervalu.com, Dawn.fones.cv9s@statefarm.com, dbouffard@jewels.com, dale@sleeptrain.com, kschopp@purina.com, Keoni.Wagner@hawaiianair.com, pdugan@mcneilwilson.com, mediarelations@pepboys.com

Updated! Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] stitchesandlace for finding all this for me!

Also - I've had a request for a list of whom to send thank you notes to. Below is the distribution list that I've put together (will be updated should anyone new be added):

corpcsf@wellsfargo.com, heidi.barker@us.mcd.com, Debra.Lewis@VerizonWireless.com, john.britton@att.com, joseph.l.goode@bankofamerica.com, Darryll.harrison@nissan-usa.com, pr@ckr.com, astrohm@barkleyus.com, mediarelations@chipotle.com

Please note that I cannot find an email address for Snapple. They do have a Contact Us form, however.

Finally (for this ETA) - Googlecache of the sponsors. Anyone finds an email address they'd like added to the distribution lists, let me know.

Red Bull - Still no working email address for them but I do now have a fax line (thanks [livejournal.com profile] morgandawn
RBNA Headquarters

1740 Stewart Street
90404 Santa Monica
+1 310 393-4647
+1 310 230-2361
wook77: (ANGRY)
Dear Rob, Arnie, KRXQ Management, Radio Talent and Supporters,

FUCK YOU. [warning: trigger material regarding child abuse and transgendered issues] No, seriously. FUCK YOU. [audio of the rant and omg, it is AWFUL]

absolutely NO FUCKING LOVE EVER,
me

Dear GLAAD,

An apology? That's it? Really? Howard Stern gets fired for talking about sex. Don Imus gets fired for saying "nappy haired hos". These guys just get to apologize and move the fuck on? Seriously? They need to be fired, not given the opportunity to say some heidipology and move the fuck on.

Disappointed in you,
me

A quick summation of some of the things said during the rant. Do me a favor and don't do what I did and read the comments to the article. You'll be better off.

Dear Chipotle,

I knew there was a reason I eat at your place once a week.

Much love,
me
wook77: (ANGRY)

Dear California,

Fuck you.

No love,
wook

wook77: (mike lange - witness)
I am quite unashamed to admit that not only did I cry today during the Inauguration, I cried yesterday as a children's choir sang America, The Beautiful. I've never once cried at that song but omg. For the first time in over 8 years, I'm so very very proud of my country. I'm so very proud to be here.

The music. Oh man. Aretha and Yo-Yo Ma. Simple Gifts is one of my favorite folk songs ever and to hear it spun out so beautifully. That clarinet? *dies* That is when I choked up. Because, god, what a simple gift to be given today. Hope. It's a simple simple thing and alskfja;sdlfj seeing the world watching and celebrating. Today is one of the best days ever.

The only complaint I have with the entire thing is the use of the term "non-believers". Would it have been so awful to use the term that the group uses for itself? "Non-believers" are atheists. There. See how simple that was?

Ok, two complaints. Cutting the Episcopalian bishop out of the TV broadcast yesterday when he was the bone tossed to the LGBT community but broadcasting Rick Warren? Srsly? Fail on the part of the Inaugural committee. Major Major Fail.

To make up for it and to keep the seething annoyance down, my coworkers and I added "except the gays" after every line and that made us feel better.

But oh man. Diane Feinstein. a;lkfjafj How much more wonderful could she have been? Not much. What an awesome woman and with Milk out there reminding people of her place in LGBT history, I think that almost makes up for the douchebag.

My co-workers and I cried while we watched. I'm feeling so very very inspired right now.

I really really want that music. Anyone talented enough to rip the John Williams arrangement from somewhere for me?

I'm so glad that I don't have to apologize for my president anymore.
wook77: (lying down harry)
Unpopular opinion on the flist but... I like the new profile. I find it easier to navigate and find shit. You're more than entitled to not like it, I'm just saying that I do like it.

I'm halfway tempted to get a permanent account but will I be here in 5 years to make it worth the money?

My mum has a Very Large herniated diaphragm. Basically - almost all of her lower intestines are in her lung cavity so she's going in for surgery. She's had a hard rock in her chest/abdomen area for months and we've jokingly called it her tumor but it turns out that it's this diaphragm thing. Anyone have any experience with this so as to keep me from wibbling too much? Cause the surgeon is making noises about cracking open my mother's entire chest cavity to do the surgery and, um, that just sounds horrible and painful and dangerous.

I was going to go to bed early last night and try to catch up on the sleep I've not been getting but I ended up doing community maintenance instead. I went on hiatus at [livejournal.com profile] hogwarts_today as I just don't have the time for it with working the crazy hours and writing for zeeeee fests and sticking to my resolutions.

The first sets of lawsuits against Prop 8 have been filed/are being filed. I'm very excited about a couple of the arguments. I'm also hopeful that if Prop 8 can be argued down, then all the other bigotry and discrimantory laws against gay marriage across the country can be argued down, as well.

Christmas is coming and I'll be making a post about sending out cards to the flist. I'm still hoping to commission some art for cards but I've left it to the last minute so IDK that that'll happen. Plus - I have like thirty boxes of cards in the garage. No joke, there are thirty out there at last count but I think I might have bought more.

Not doing Nano as I have too many commitments and not enough spare time (see above comment about hiatus). My schedule at Fry's got figured out finally and I'm up to 30 hours a week until January at least. We're no longer going to the dude ranch for my mum as she's not going to be allowed to ride horses with this whole thing. So, I'll prolly end up paying for my Azkatraz stuffs instead. IDK that I want to pay for a registration as I just like hanging out with the peeps more than the panels. I found most of the panels I attended at Terminus to be tedious. There were only like 3 of them that I really enjoyed.

Work :(. I'm sort of over it.
wook77: (dancing dude)
Tonight, the juxtaposition of the reactions of the crowds to the two speeches finally made me believe that 'yes, we can'. While McCain's crowd boo'ed and hissed at every mention of Obama's name, Obama's crowd cheered John McCain. To me, that tells me that the candidate with the right people behind him won because John McCain ran such a dirty campaign and to cheer him, to almost revere him when he was such a vitriolic dickwad, that shows true class.

Now if only the bigots in Arizona hadn't won with the passing of Prop 102.

Proposition 8 in California is still up in the air.

Initiative 1 in Arkansas won which means that gay couples can't adopt kids.

Prop 2 in Florida passed which is the same as the AZ 102.

ETA: err, right. Sorry for the American-centric surely you know exactly what these ballot initiatives are assumption there. Serious apologies. All three have to deal with the ban on homosexual marriage. Prop 8 is, by far, the most serious one as gay marriage is allowed in CA until this bogus bullshit passes. /eta

Bigotry is alive and well but I have hope, a cautiously optimistic hope that Obama, as he's said he didn't support Prop 8 in CA might possibly work to repeal these laws on a federal level. That bigotry has no place in America.

I have hope that, instead of booing and hissing, digging in their heels and stubbornly clinging to the partisan bullshit that's plagued this country for the past 16 years, that those that supported John McCain are willing to reach across the aisle as much as the Obama supporters obviously are.

I'm also glad that I don't have to get married to [livejournal.com profile] anathema91 as it's cold in Canada and she hates my dogs. :P

I'm so overwhelmed right now that I'm crying and biting my lip and biting at my finger as I hold my fist to my mouth. I keep refreshing all the different websites because I don't believe it yet. I thought for sure that, yet again, an election would be stolen. Thank you, America. Thank you.
wook77: (wtf - politics)
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My confession is that I wrote in Wedge Antilles/Tycho Celchu. I think you should all do the same. All those in favour?

I voted Saturday. It should shock no one that I voted for Obama/Biden and also voted no on Prop 102 (the Arizona proposal to amend the constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman all while instilling bigotry into a document that's meant to protect rights).

I waited two hours in line to vote and I was.... number 16. That's right, there were only 15 people in front of me and it took two hours. Good luck, you poor saps, that waited until today to vote.

I'm calling in to Fry's tonight. I've sort of already talked to the manager about it and said that this election is far too important for me to worry about straightening shelves for six bloody long hours. So she's cool with me not coming in.

My only big plug will be that we all vote 'no' on any of the various propositions that want to instill bigotry into the US. Please, vote no on Prop 8 in California, no on 102 in Arizona, no on 2 in Florida and no on *blanks* in Connecticut. A formal definition of marriage wouldn't have saved my parents marriage and I highly doubt it will save any marriage at all. Marriage is a secular term and, as such, should be blind to color, creed, sexual preference or gender.
wook77: (ollian 5)
Today's Ollian video made my heart sigh. here and oh so lovely. God I love these boys. Seriously just so lovely to see the interactions between them. Also - sweaty Christian? *licks* Pampering Ollie? *sighs*

Human Rights Campaign is having a matching donation thingy going on right now. So your donation would basically double. How frikken awesome is that? With these donations, I really see Human Rights Campaign putting up a really fantastic fight in the fall against those right winger assholes for the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

This Indiana Jones Thingy makes me laugh.

My Penguins lost :(. Fleury really needs to step it up with the consistency. Throughout this series, he let in a lot of soft goals that a more experienced goalie would've/should've stopped. I really think the Pens are jackasses if they let Ryan Malone go and not just because he has the most lickable tattoos ever but because he really stepped up the play throughout this season and is a hometown boy. I'd love to see a new coach too. I've never been a big fan of Therrien. I think he made some really fucking stupid changes to the lines (Malkin's change of position, for one).

Spent the evening cleaning and getting things ready for the community-wide yard sale this weekend. God, if I can just get rid of like HALF the stuff, I'll have made some money back plus helped to empty out the garage. I'm getting rid of comic books and cross stitch patterns and furniture and books and clothes and... and so much stuff. It'll be nice not to have to worry about storing this crap anymore. I hear that I have over 10 boxes of Star Wars things over in our storage unit, though. IDK about getting rid of those things :/. I like my action figures, mkthx.

Was having a random discussion with [livejournal.com profile] elanorofcastile earlier today and now I'm all sorts of curious... who is your favourite historic figure? Like, actual person. Go on, tell me and give me the reason why.

Mine? Joan of Arc. Ultimate feminist, total badass, devoted, amazing, loyal, wonderful, brilliant leader, super tactician, strong, forgiving, patient, smart. My confirmation name was Jean d'Arc. My name when I was studying to be a nun? Joan. So, um, yeah, kindasorta really liking Joan of Arc.

Second favourite? Ghengis Khan. total baddass, amazing, smart, super tactician, brilliant leader, cunning, strong, no bs.
wook77: (Nero is his Hero by)
I'm kindasorta proud of living in Arizona right now.

Out of all the "Same Sex Marriage Ban" propositions out there, Arizona (seems) to be the only state that rejected it. Arizona: 1, Homophobes: 0

Then again, Arizona also re-elected John Kyl (we call him Heil Kyl at work. Mysoginistic homophobic asshole about on par with Santorum, IMHO). Arizona: 0, Republicans: 1

We elected Gabby Giffords (a Dem) to take over for Kolbe (openly gay Republican that retired) Arizona: 1, Republicans: 1

We re-elected Napolitano for Governor: Arizona: 2, Republicans: 1

We also get stuck with all kinds of legislation that deny loads of things to illegal immigrants (such as bail in basically any sort of accusation of crime, punitive damages in injury cases and some others) Arizona: 0, Xenophobes: 1

English is going to be the official language of Arizona: Arizona: 0, Xenophobes: 2

We passed a Humane Farms Proposition: Arizona: 1, Abusive Factory Farms: 0

It's a slim margin but it's a good day to be from Arizona.
wook77: (Republicans for Voldemort)
While googling Lenny Kravitz (cause let's face it, he's hot), I stumbled onto an article that has me chuckling. It's from 2003 so keep that in mind. It's also - Here.

It's called "Stop the Hollywood Left" and is all about how ebil and awful left-leaning people in Hollywood are. At the end of the article are two lists. It's written by a very conservative person. Keep in mind that all people listed are people I like and I'm not mocking any of them except Ric Flair cause he just makes me giggle.

One is a list of "One World Socialists" and "One World Socialist Organisations". These are bad. The list includes: Annie Lennox, Lenny Kravitz, Roseanne Cash, Rosario Dawson, Sally Field, Salma Hayek, Sheryl Crow, Toni Collette, Julia Roberts, Kathleen Turner and the World Health Organisation amongst many others.

The other is a list of "A-O.K. List". These are good. The list includes: Marilyn Manson, Liam Gallagher, Ric Flair, Dennis Hopper, Matthew McConaughey, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Clint Eastwood, David Spade and Trey Parker amongst many others.


So, just to clarify - According to the extreme conservative -

Quiet-Under-the-Radar Annie Lennox=bad, Wiping-his-bum-with-the-flag Marilyn Manson=good.

Hasn't-Made-A-Good-Movie-Since-Not Without My Daughter Sally Field=bad, Wife-And-Stuntmen-Beating Jean-Claude Van Damme=good.

Controlling-Diseases WHO=bad, Creator-of-the-Poop-Thing-in-South-Park Trey Parker=Good.

My brain hurts.
wook77: (Nero is his Hero by)
Quotation of the day:

"You spend money on bombs, and in 10 years they're out of date, but [if] you build bridges, they last forever." Tung-Yen Lin's response to President Ronald Reagan when presented with the National Medal of Science in 1986. Tung-Yen Lin (1912-2003) shocked the President by presenting him with a design for an "Intercontinental Peace Bridge" across the Bering Strait, linking the US with the USSR.



Just, yeah.

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