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On Time 100’s Lady Gaga versus Aung San Suu Kyi vote

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I have some problems with your posts about the whole Lady Gaga thing. The poll is not about favorites or which one is a better person or anything. It’s very clearly about who you think has more influence. Firstly, you can’t really choose who you feel is more influential, secondly, you don’t even have to like the one you pick. Hitler might very well have won in 1950. I don’t think problematic things Gaga has done should have any influence on this decision.

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Meg at Cognitive Dissonance:

Nope, sorry. Here’s the criteria: “To commemorate the 10th edition of the TIME 100, we’re asking you to weigh in on which honorees from previous years have had the most impact on our world over the last decade.”

Impact on the world in the last decade? Lady Gaga? Really? She’s been more influential in a decade than a woman who was a primary factor in bringing 60 million democracy?

Look, “Poker Face” is catchy and all, but Lady Gaga tends marginalize groups of people as she “helps” them. Further, she hasn’t even been influential for a decade. Her first album was released in 2008. What, is she so spectacular that she gets retroactive extra-credit from 2003 ‘til her first album dropped?

I’m not going to accept the idea that this Madonna/David Bowie ripoff is somehow more influential. Nope. Sorry.

Cheers,
Meg

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Anonymous asked: I have some problems with your posts about the whole Lady Gaga thing. The poll is not about favorites or which one is a better person or anything. It's very clearly about who you think has more influence. Firstly, you can't really choose who you feel is more influential, secondly, you don't even have to like the one you pick. Hitler might very well have won in 1950. I don't think problematic things Gaga has done should have any influence on this decision.

Nope, sorry. Here’s the criteria: “To commemorate the 10th edition of the TIME 100, we’re asking you to weigh in on which honorees from previous years have had the most impact on our world over the last decade.”

Impact on the world in the last decade? Lady Gaga? Really? She’s been more influential in a decade than a woman who was a primary factor in bringing 60 million democracy?

Look, “Poker Face” is catchy and all, but Lady Gaga tends marginalize groups of people as she “helps” them. Further, she hasn’t even been influential for a decade. Her first album was released in 2008. What, is she so spectacular that she gets retroactive extra-credit from 2003 ‘til her first album dropped?

I’m not going to accept the idea that this Madonna/David Bowie ripoff is somehow more influential. Nope. Sorry.

Cheers,
Meg

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On the “But you guys do it too!” whining

bisabuelo replied to your post: Funny how you didn’t post anything about all the…

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Funny how you didn’t post anything about all the liberals trying to relate the bombings to conservatives and the Tea Party. No, you posted a few things that a few conservatives said, instead of posting what several mainstream liberals have said.

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Meg at Cognitive Dissonance:

Hey, funny that I haven’t actually heard anyone relating it to conservatives or the Tea Party in any way, much less calling for the murder of Tea Partiers in retaliation like your pal Erik Rush. And I mostly follow liberal sites, dudebro.

I’m calling out an extreme, reactionary asshole.

Speaking of, check out the post by Myra Adams on Red State entitled “Why It Is Obvious That The Boston Marathon Attack Is Islamic Terrorism”.

Send me direct links where a mainstream liberal says the bombings are definitively related to the Tea Party and conservatives, with no other possible groups, or back away from the keyboard.

This is the link y’all keep sending me labeled “Chris Matthews blames terrorism on Tea Party.”

But here’s what he actually said:

“Well, Michael, tax day today. That came up. You know, I was thinking of all the iconic events that are being told about today. Of course I knew it was tax day because I got them in. But of course, it’s Patriots Day. It’s also the Boston Marathon. And would you as an expert be thinking domestic at this point? I don’t think tax day means a lot to the Arab world or Islamic world or certainly not to al-Qaeda in terms of their world. It doesn’t have iconic significance.”

Then his expert starts talking about how it could be the work of someone with too much time on their hands, who looks up making bombs, and who hates the government. If you think that describes your conservative and Tea Party compatriots, that’s cool and all, but I’m a little nicer than that.

There’s a big difference between saying “it could be” and “it was” — which is also why I’m highlighting racist, xenophobic bullshit about who it was versus any of the other premature speculation. Remember what happened post-9/11 in terms of hate crimes? The last thing that needs to happen is racist jerkoffs firing up fellow racist jerkoffs to beat the hell out of anyone who “looks” Muslim.

Cheers,

Meg

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On what the Boston Marathon Bombings are and are not

kleinburger replied to your post: Conservatives are already comparing this to…

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Conservatives are already comparing this to Benghazi. Benghazi is trending on twitter. Barf.

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Meg at Cognitive Dissonance:

Things the Boston Marathon bombings are not:

  • Benghazi
  • Just like abortion
  • Obama’s fault
  • The fault of all Muslims
  • The fault of all right-wingers
  • The fault of all conservatives
  • The fault of all left-wingers
  • The fault of gun owners
  • A “false flag” for gun control
  • A “false flag” for a government crackdown
  • A plot to gain public support for bombing North Korea
  • Part of the “Newtown conspiracy”
  • Just like Oklahoma City
  • More important than the bombings in Iraq today
  • Another 9/11
  • Bush’s fault
  • Justice
  • Another reason for conservatives to howl about INVESTIGATE ALL THE THINGS.
  • A reason for liberals to howl about victory and poke the right-wing with ideological sticks.
  • A reason to politicize whatever goddamn bizarre theory your tinfoil wearing ass thought could’ve happened.

Things the Boston Marathon bombings are:

  • A tragedy
  • The fault of the bomber and any groups that gave said bomber support.
  • A reason to examine our culture once more as it relates to political and/or wanton violence.

Cheers,

Meg

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Anonymous asked: Conservatives are already comparing this to Benghazi. Benghazi is trending on twitter. Barf.

Things the Boston Marathon bombing are not:

  • Benghazi
  • Just like abortion
  • Obama’s fault
  • The fault of all Muslims
  • The fault of all right-wingers
  • The fault of all conservatives
  • The fault of all left-wingers
  • The fault of gun owners
  • A “false flag” for gun control
  • A “false flag” for a government crackdown
  • A plot to gain public support for bombing North Korea
  • Part of the “Newtown conspiracy”
  • Just like Oklahoma City
  • More important than the bombings in Iraq today
  • Another 9/11
  • Bush’s fault
  • Justice
  • Another reason for conservatives to howl about INVESTIGATE ALL THE THINGS.
  • A reason for liberals to howl about victory and poke the right-wing with ideological sticks.
  • A reason to politicize whatever goddamn bizarre theory your tinfoil wearing ass thought could’ve happened.

Things the Boston Marathon bombings are:

  • A tragedy
  • The fault of the bomber and any groups that gave said bomber support.
  • A reason to examine our culture once more as it relates to political and/or wanton violence.

Cheers,

Meg

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Already have conspiracy theorist anons messaging me about “false flag” operations in Boston

The worst is the one insisting the truth is that the media reported suspicious packages the police supposedly say they were instructed to ignore, but alternately saying you can’t believe anything the media tells you, and linking this to Newtown. Oh, and closing with a joke about how we’re going to have bills about bomb control next, because it was an “assault bomb” and never mind that the government has the biggest cache of bombs.

Seriously, give it a rest for at least a day. But you people need a different hobby. I suggest knitting.

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To the anon attempting to blackmail me:

You think I won’t own up? Fine. I never thought this had any place on a political website, which is not my diary, but since you ARE threatening me, I’m going to post this before you can follow through. I don’t know who you are, but by what you’ve sent so far, you’re likely someone who at least pretended to be my friend. And it’s disgusting you’d take advantage of that in order to try to humiliate me for political points.

Yes, I was arrested eight years ago. I am not revealing the details because that is no one’s business, except for those who need to know under law. Yes, my arrest involved a firearm. No one was injured. No shots were ever fired. I was addicted to prescription drugs, and this factored into my arrest. I completed rehab, and this year, I will have eight years clean.

Saying “No wonder you didn’t get into UW law” is stupid. I got into John Marshall Law School in Chicago, which has stricter admission standards than UW. I would argue it’s more likely I didn’t get into UW because I sued the university in 2010 in federal court and won. I reference my arrest in this letter here, which was fully disclosed in all law school applications, as is ethical and required. 

You wrote that you find it funny that I’m “advocating stricter control measures to prevent people from doing…exactly what you did” — You bet your goddamn ass I am. No one needs to go down the same path I did. Here’s an excerpt from the statement I have sent EVERY school I applied to:

"While it was never my intention to hurt anyone but myself, my actions scared others and were extremely reckless. I regret what I did to this day. I take full responsibility and know that my own struggles do not mitigate what I did at all. I have no intention of ever returning to the place where my actions in November of 2005 appeared to be a solution. I remain grateful that I had not loaded the weapon, and was instead given the chance to pay my debt to society, get an education, serve my community, and find myself writing this statement. I thank you for your consideration and can provide documentation upon request."

What’s so funny about that, anon? 

See, I tried to kill myself after being laid off and having my life fall apart. I was so intoxicated, I had not checked to see if my weapon was loaded. My now ex-husband likely unloaded it, after seeing how depressed I had become. I received intensive counseling, and inpatient and outpatient treatment. I was also diagnosed with PTSD after being the victim of rape while in the military, and dealing with a subsequent abusive relationship.

When I testified in court, UW’s attorneys also attempted to bring up my arrest to discredit me, reminding me that no matter what I do, what good I have done, what I accomplish, there is always someone who threatens to use it against me and define me by who I once was, not who I am. I am not the same person I was eight years ago. 

To my dear readers: Thank you so much for following me for all of this time, and please understand the only reason I’ve never revealed this is because I never thought it was something about myself that would be publicized. Thanks to this anon, and their threats, I can no longer take that chance. This person is literally trying to shut me up on gun control based on the fact that I was arrested eight years ago. If that doesn’t tell me everything I need to know about the opposing side, I don’t know what will.

To anyone else reading this who might know me, personally or not: Please, for the love of all that’s holy, know that I am not that person. I was a drug addict, depressed, and in more pain than anyone can imagine. Please don’t let this change your perception of me. I am risking so much by revealing any of this, and know I am terrified of losing your respect, but I have no choice.

All of us have done stupid things. Many of us have done illegal things. By getting caught, my life was saved. Luckily, some people are able to move forward and make something of themselves. Goddammit, I am going to keep doing that, no matter how many people try to take that away from me. 

I’m sorry if I’ve let any of you down. I never wanted to.

Sincerely,

Meg

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Anonymous asked: Also your boyfriend is a complete ass. "LET ME KNOW IF U DONT AGREE WITH ALL MY OPINIONS SO I CAN BLOCK U." You two deserve each other.

He’s my husband. If you exercised reading comprehension skills, you’d have picked that up.

And he got sick of cocknecks like you hijacking every single post he made. That objection is pretty goddamn funny, greyface, considering you messaged me anon like a big man.

Considering Andrew was pretty upfront regarding his frustration, I’d say that’s fine. Also considering that’s his private Facebook page, where he can choose what’s displayed and what’s not, that’s also fine.

Tell you want, friend me and I’ll hijack all your posts peripherally related to politics with pro-Obama BS. But you can’t unfriend or block me! He didn’t say all his opinions. He just said that if you believe on no limits on weapons AT ALL, let him know. Again, reading comprehension. It’s important for not looking like an ass.

Cheers,
Meg

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Anonymous asked: What's it like being married to gun grabbing fag? You can take my gun from my cold dead hands feminazi.

Wow, I post something about guns, it gets reblogged by a few gun nuts, and then these anon messages start like goddamn clockwork. I’m soooo fucking shocked. It’s pretty much routine.

Andrew used to be a bigger supporter of the Second Amendment than me. People like you have convinced him otherwise — so bravo, assclown! I can’t keep telling you how much this helps make the case for gun control. For all the hype about the empty holster rally — for which you delusional superhero wannabes had a raging hateboner — there were zero of you fucks out at UW today. Zero. As in none. In WYOMING. I’ve turned out more people for a rally in favor of marriage equality when it was -10°F. In WYOMING.

And yeah, as long as rigor mortis isn’t present, it’d just be a matter of bending down and picking up your gun from your cold, dead hands, you ridiculous child.

Cheers,
Meg

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Anonymous asked: Gotta love violent gun nuts, every time they speak they prove that there are violent assholes out there who really, really shouldn't have access to a firearm.

Right? Thank you, anon, for demonstrating you can use the anon function for good and not evil.

Cheers,
Meg

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Anonymous asked: Every libtard whore like you that is for gun grabbing needs a good raping or three. I guarantee you'll want to be armed next time skank.

Yeah, so I’ve actually been raped before. It was 10 years ago when I was in the Navy. My assailant was never prosecuted, though I pressed charges. And I’m still pro-gun control. I don’t want to take your guns. Well, maybe YOU personally, anon. I kind of think you shouldn’t be armed.

You don’t have an argument other than hoping women like me get raped, an act of sexual violence, on the off-chance it’ll change our minds. Bravo.

Did you know most rapes are committed by someone the person knows? At what point is it permissible to shoot my date — does he have to be getting pushy, denying no means no, or actually committing rape? Do I have to give him a warning? And considering the idea of proportional force — what if the court says I wasn’t in fear for my life? Oops, manslaughter.

Y’all give a fuck about violence against women when you think it fits your argument, but it really doesn’t. The presence of a gun in a home makes it much more likely a woman will be killed by it versus use it in self-defense. Based on your use of sexual slurs, I think this has more to do with a right-wing obsession with women’s “virtue,” a la purity rings in junior high. I must be willing to defend my honor at gunpoint, or I deserve what I get.

In conclusion, thanks again for making the gun control argument that much easier to make, genius.

Cheers,
Meg

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Anonymous asked: If we have guns on campus then maybe liberal cunts like you won't come to Wyoming. People like you come in and fuck everything up. Just remember the only gun free zone is campus. Everywhere else is fair game. Feel safe? I carry everywhere and my girl feels safe. You shouldn't because a bad guy with a gun won't wait for the good guys with guns to show up. Find yourself a real man to teach you some respect bitch. See you in class next week.

Ah yes. Because “real men” prove their masculinity with vague threats, misogynistic insults, and bragging about their boomsticks — anonymously, of course.

Yeah, I feel safe. And who’s gonna teach me some respect? You? That’s laughable. And if you do go to class with me, yes, I’ll see you next week — unarmed, thankfully. You sound like a dudebro with a hairtrigger temper.

Oh, and did you know you’re much more likely to shoot your girlfriend than an attacker? I’d hate to think how you act towards her if this is how you talk to women in general.

As for the Wyoming argument, get over yourself. There’s no birthright here. And the over 80% Republican state legislature rejected even considering lifting the ban on concealed carry on campus. Maybe it’s because they’re worried folks like yourself will disregard a gun’s use as a tool for defense and instead view said weapon as a solution in search of a problem.

In conclusion, I could write you a big, long answer with links and such about why guns on campus are a terrible idea, but I’ll just thank you for making that argument for me. About the last thing we need at UW is armed, misogynistic xenophobe fucks like you.

Cheers,
Meg

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On funding abortion

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Hi I’m panicking right now because I think I may be pregnant and I have no means for an abortion and it’s early enough for an abortion pill but it costs around $300-$800 and I don’t have that kind of money. Is there anything I can do because I know planned parenthood still makes you pay. Please if your followers have any suggestions about what I can do monetary wise it would be a big help.

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 Meg at Cognitive Dissonance

First, call the closest clinic to you. Ask if they know about private funds. Explain your situation. If they can’t help, call as far away as you can feasibly travel if you have to — they’re usually willing to direct you. Make sure you are not calling a crisis pregnancy center — these places will mislead you. Also, try the state chapter of NARAL where you live.

If that doesn’t work, hit up the site for the National Network of Abortion Funds. Here’s the link for funds in almost all 50 states. Also, visit the Feminist Women’s Health Center, National Abortion Federation, and the Guttmacher Institute for more information.

Followers, feel free to chime in! In your case, it sounds like there’s time to get around most restrictions, but not much. I hope this helps. If it doesn’t, write me back here or at my email, meglanker@gmail.com and we’ll see what we can dig up.

Take care.

Cheers,

Meg

ETA: American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
*as our contributor wrote, “religious-based link in there, however. Review with objectivity”

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Anonymous asked: How can you live in Laramie knowing what happened there?

How can you assume I wouldn’t want to stay and continue the great work of tireless fellow activists who brought domestic partnerships and nondiscrimination legislation to the floor of the Wyoming Legislature for the first time in history?

I’ve stood with fellow Wyomingites as we work for equality without asterisks in The Equality State. I’ve felt my spirit soar when these bills were heard in committee, when equality takes two steps forward, when we hear pastors testify God loves everyone, and we choke up with tears of joy at every “Aye” vote.

I’ve swallowed nauseous bile at the slurs hurled at Rep. Cathy Connolly of Laramie, hateful words tumbling clumsily from the mouths of her fellow lawmakers who swear to their version of God it isn’t personal, but she is one of THOSE people. The religious right testifies that my friends and loved ones are broken and destroying society, and I just want to shake every zealot and yell in their faces that all “those people” want is the same beautiful chance at marriage that I’ve had and to not be fired from their jobs or denied an apartment because their wedding photos feature two people of the same gender embracing.

I’ve wept bitter tears with my fellow activists and allies, as we see our efforts for that session end in less time than it takes to make toast, as the “nay” votes win out again.

And then we celebrate because WE GOT CLOSER. We work to make Wyoming a safe place for LGBTQA people. And we gear up to do it all again because, as Amy Ray wrote, “tolerance ain’t acceptance.” We keep fighting and fighting and fighting, not just because of what happened here — it could happen anywhere — but because of what we know CAN happen here.

How dare you.

Cheers,
Meg

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