Cognitive Dissonance

"Democracy! Bah! When I hear that I reach for my feather boa!" - Allen Ginsberg

Posts tagged ask box weirdness

33 notes

Anonymous asked: Way to buy into the heteronormative establishment in this country. Are you taking his last name? Barefoot and pregnant yet? Did he paint the picket fence white yet? I'm actually really disgusted that someone so progressive would buy into that shit.

Wow. This just goes to show that not all my haters are conservative, but they all have something in common…

It’s none of your business what I’m doing with my name, but since you asked so weirdly, I’m hyphenating. 

As for barefoot and pregnant…

Or at least not paying attention. Do I seem all anxious to get knocked up? There’s too much left to do in my life. Plus, I can’t just leave dishes of food and water on the floor and take off all day. For some reason, the law thinks doing that for my cats makes me responsible but doing that for a baby is neglect. Fuck, man, I’d leave food and water, but they’d still have an issue … so yeah, no kids right now. 

I’m assuming you’re progressive. Progressives usually advocate for reproductive rights and choice. If choosing to be barefoot and pregnant offends you, perhaps you need to look up the definition of choice again. 

Painting a picket fence?

We don’t have a picket fence. Was that a requirement to get married? As for the fence, I hope he would paint it because I think he’d do a better job. 

As for buying into the heteronormative establishment in this country…

I don’t have to justify my choices to you. I also question why you would choose to slam me for getting married, as if this completely transformed me into June Cleaver on Valium, placidly placing the roast on the table at 5 p.m. every night. No more activism, opinions or free will…

Yeah, one big reason Andrew married me is for who I am, not who he thinks I could be magically transformed into via a marriage license and a ring. Uh, I’m still the same person, just married now. 

Frankly, it sounds like you just wanted to come in and try to rain on my parade here. Not sure why.

So…

Or don’t. My husband is actually pretty progressive himself. We’re kind of a dynamic duo. There’s plenty of people happy for us, and I find it pretty hard to care about your bizarre complaint. 

If you follow me, unfollow is in the upper right hand corner of your screen. In conclusion,

Cheers,

Meg

Filed under anonymous ask box weirdness ask box creepers srsly? wedding internet internet trolls

1 note

So, in the state of Kentucky, where former Senator Jim Bunning (and Senator-Elect Rand Paul), have insinuated the unemployed are living in the lap of government luxury, the maximum unemployment benefit check is $415 a week. That’s roughly $19,920 a year. According to the CBO, these benefits can make up to 60%+ of a family of four’s income when the primary earner is laid off, if the family has another source of income as well. It can even be the full income for some families.
The federal poverty rate for a family of four stands at $22,050. That’s at 100% poverty. So if a family of four is unable to take in any additional income through other means, the unemployment benefits (if receiving at maximum level) still aren’t enough to keep them out of poverty.
Lap of luxury, indeed. 
Further, each dollar of benefits spent by the federal government can generate up to $2 back into the economy. So it’s fiscally smart to continue the benefits to spur economic growth. The tax cuts are not a predictor of economic stimulation because there’s no guarantee that the windfall won’t just be saved, invested, etc. Anyhow, the rich have had nearly 8 years of the tax cuts, why didn’t they create the jobs then? The anecdotal story of people bragging about receiving unemployment is convenient but does not stand up to actual facts. 
This was spurred by an anon message I received that Tumblr ate. It’s copied from my email below:
"I get people are out of work. But when do we just say ‘no more from the government tit. Get off your ass and get a job, we’re not paying you to sit at home.’ The tax cuts give rich people the ability to create jobs for poor people. Duh. Some libtards are too stupid to argue with. I live in Kentucky an there’s bitches who brag about getting unemployment an being paid not to work while my tax dollars feed their bastards. Suck on that."
Your whole argument reeks of classism, ableism, misogyny, and just plain asshattery. I hope this answers your psuedo-question and I hope you never find yourself out of work, assuming you are working right now. 
Click on the chart to make it bigger.

So, in the state of Kentucky, where former Senator Jim Bunning (and Senator-Elect Rand Paul), have insinuated the unemployed are living in the lap of government luxury, the maximum unemployment benefit check is $415 a week. That’s roughly $19,920 a year. According to the CBO, these benefits can make up to 60%+ of a family of four’s income when the primary earner is laid off, if the family has another source of income as well. It can even be the full income for some families.

The federal poverty rate for a family of four stands at $22,050. That’s at 100% poverty. So if a family of four is unable to take in any additional income through other means, the unemployment benefits (if receiving at maximum level) still aren’t enough to keep them out of poverty.

Lap of luxury, indeed. 

Further, each dollar of benefits spent by the federal government can generate up to $2 back into the economy. So it’s fiscally smart to continue the benefits to spur economic growth. The tax cuts are not a predictor of economic stimulation because there’s no guarantee that the windfall won’t just be saved, invested, etc. Anyhow, the rich have had nearly 8 years of the tax cuts, why didn’t they create the jobs then? The anecdotal story of people bragging about receiving unemployment is convenient but does not stand up to actual facts. 

This was spurred by an anon message I received that Tumblr ate. It’s copied from my email below:

"I get people are out of work. But when do we just say ‘no more from the government tit. Get off your ass and get a job, we’re not paying you to sit at home.’ The tax cuts give rich people the ability to create jobs for poor people. Duh. Some libtards are too stupid to argue with. I live in Kentucky an there’s bitches who brag about getting unemployment an being paid not to work while my tax dollars feed their bastards. Suck on that."

Your whole argument reeks of classism, ableism, misogyny, and just plain asshattery. I hope this answers your psuedo-question and I hope you never find yourself out of work, assuming you are working right now. 

Click on the chart to make it bigger.

Filed under unemployment tax cuts seriously now taxes unemployment benefits conservative conservatives STFU ask box ask box weirdness

9 notes

Anonymous asked: It's disgusting you think the flag was designed for a homo. Because it wasn't, it was designed by patriotic Americans of which your not. Giggle about that when you see a "redneck" and get your ass beat.

Dude, seriously?

It’s The Onion. Satire. Like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. I’ll giggle about a redneck’s flag because it’s gaudy. Not only that, but according to the United States Flag Code, 4 U.S.C. § 8 (d), the American flag “should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery.”

It’s amazing what you learn in the military about the proper care, handling and display of the American flag. How do you know what Betsy Ross was thinking when she created the flag? Maybe it was more like this:

In fact, this version is spectacular. What if the flag was designed for gay man? Would you still pledge allegiance? Maybe Betsy Ross herself was a lesbian, MY GOD WHO WILL THINK OF THE CHILDREN?!

That was sarcasm, by the way. I just want to make sure you got that.

Update: Eh, fuck it, I was going to let it go, but this is Tumblr. Seriously, anon, Learn Your Damn Homophones 

Filed under Ask ask box weirdness

9 notes

Anonymous asked: A. There were NO teabags during the Boston Harbor dimwit. So bang your head on a tea BRICK. B. The current and likely long lasting political GRASS ROOTS uprising stands for Taxed Enough Already. Enjoy Nov 2nd! Hope you have a terrible knot in your stomach as you watch hard working Americans that value the Constitution and the principles of our founders. Small government is what they envisioned for our country not out of control spending, ridiculous entitlements and a nanny state. This revolution is justified.

DUDE! You got your turn on September 15th. Point A is completely copied and pasted from your first anonymous question, which I answered.

Your taxes went down under the Obama administration. Unless you’re a multi-millionaire, in which case, I have no sympathy. I invite you to read this article

There are no new “ridiculous entitlements.” This is not a revolution. This is a corporate shill movement financed by FreedomWorks and the Koch brothers. 

Where were you people when the PATRIOT Act was passed? How about the largest expansion of government in history under George W. Bush? How about the financing of two major wars, one of which is based on faulty intelligence? Where were you when the Bush tax cuts contributed billions to the deficit?

None of that matters, because the Tea Party movement is a classic misdirection of working class anger in favor of the interests of the ruling class. Don’t think I’m going all Marx on you here - the working class is too self-interested and ignorant as a whole to organize.

You are angry, you know you’re getting fucked, plus, your people lost. That’s the way the political process works. So why not give the angry folk something to latch onto before they pick up the pitchforks?

So enjoy your pseudo-revolution. The rest of us call it voting.

Filed under ask box ask box weirdness Ask box rewind

9 notes

Anonymous asked: So you hate Twilight but don't even know how lame cats are?

Um, yeah. I’m pretty sure my cats can sleep on my keyboard with a word doc open, then I could print it, slap some pseudo-profound illustration on the cover, and sell it as the next book in the Twilight series. I guarantee at least one fan will buy it. 

Plus, does Twilight cuddle you when it’s cold out? No, it just gives you paper cuts and a complex.

Filed under ask box ask box weirdness

16 notes

Anonymous asked: If your going to make fun of Twilight, I have to unfollow. Those books saved my life and made me believe in love again. Don't be a snob. I now have an incredible bf I would die for and it's because I believed in love. There's snark and then there's tearing apart someone's reason to live. I totally understood Bella, okay? AND SHE IS A REAL CHARACTER!!

Seriously, I would think someone was punking me if I didn’t just lose a follower. 

I’m tired, so I’ll let others explain. If you are unfollowing me because I really, truly despise Twilight:

funny GIFs - NPH is never out of the success zone

How old are you? And how does that book make you believe in true love?

Here’s a helpful guide. And another one.

That said, if you sympathize with Bella, I hope it’s not because you have a similar boyfriend to hers. Bella IS an empty character who spends all her time moping, trying to get Edward to make her a vampire [SPOILER ALERT: That’s an abstinence metaphor!], sighing over how perfect Edward is, or whining because she can’t see Edward.

Yeah, but not really. The hostility I have towards these books is very simple: It’s full of glittery abuse and domestic violence, plus it’s written so poorly, I’m convinced it was published just to see if anyone would buy it. Stephanie Meyer needs to forget shift+F7 ever existed.

Those books aren’t love. They’re about sparkling, stalking vampires who play baseball and are afraid of sex. It’s over 2,000 pages of misogyny and abuse.

And I’m spent. 

Filed under ask box ask box weirdness Twilight sucks FLOUNCE! GTFO

1 note

mowgli3 asked: Ahhh thank you! I go to a tiny little school in the middle of nowhere Iowa, which you'd kind of expect to be progressive because we have marriage equality here, but nooooot really. The administrators and staff/faculty here are fantastic, but the students are idiots. I just started a "Secular Student Alliance' for non-religious students here and it was this huge controversy about how "THE ATHEISTS ARE SO INTOLERANT OF US THEY HATE GOD OMG THEY'RE GOING TO KILL US" and I just....facepalmed.

I'll have to check out your podcast when I get a chance. You're like my new favorite Tumblr-er...I'm a Psych major, so when I saw "Cognitive Dissonance" I kind of freaked out. And then, you know, equality stuff you posted, Regina Spektor, etc...it's all good.

Anyway, I'm excited to get to know you. I'll stop being a creeper now. :)

Totally not a creeper. The creepers are the ones who post about how much they hate me, and I think, “Dude, you don’t even KNOW me… I feel bad for the people you actually know.”

I always picture those people getting soup instead of salad in a diner somewhere and flipping shit.

Good on you for starting the SSA. We have one here, and they had “Stone an Atheist Day” by having people fling water balloons at the officers of the club. They’re growing some balls now.

It’s mostly the students here, too. I have run into many who think Obama is a Kenyan Muslim. We also have the Dick Cheney International Center. No joke. My fiance and I organized a protest of that. You can read about it here.

I’m glad there’s others out there who dig what I post. Thanks for the follow :)

Filed under ask box ask box weirdness

14 notes

Anonymous asked: I'm sorry, but I need to unfollow you. As a Christian, I believe homosexuality is a sin and you profanely promote this sinful lifestyle.

Why do you post so much about this? You're condemning yourself to Hell no offense.

Why do I post so much about the GLBTQ community and the discrimination and intimidation it faces? (Paraphrasing, I know)

Because there’s people like you out there - no offense.

The Beatitudes

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land.

Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.  

Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’s sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

I was raised Catholic and retained the whole social justice lesson thingies the nuns taught me in catechism. Take your self-righteousness elsewhere - it’s a real buzzkill.

Filed under ask box ask box weirdness flounce!

0 notes

Anonymous asked: (_|_) I'm mooning you (_|_)

Are you really getting married? I thought you were married to a guy I went to engineering school with. Not surprised though because that guy was a cocky asshole. We used to ask if he was a fan of Regis and Kathie Lee when we'd get annoyed.

So question then: Why are you so cool and why are you not single?

I think I'll moon your ex-husband (?) instead because I live in Gillette, ciao.

Um, okay. So thanks for mooning me…

Yes, I’m really getting married. I’m not commenting on the rest other than you posted enough that I believe you and my ex-husband must have been acquainted at one point ;)

I didn’t realize I was cool, and I’m not single because I’m in love with my fiancé, Andrew, and we’re getting married on June 4th, 2011. 

So uh, have fun mooning my ex-husband, but I don’t suggest doing it in public. Wouldn’t want a charmer like you to get a charge for indecent exposure. 

Filed under ask box ask box weirdness

3 notes

Anonymous asked: maybe before bashing the tea party you should go to one just sayin

I actually did on Friday. The fear and anger are real. The targets of said anger are either the wrong ones or non-existent. I talked to many people who are afraid and want to get involved. I also talked to a guy who tried to intimidate me by leaning close to my face and saying he knew “who and what” I was. He was wearing a t-shirt that read: “Don’t blame me, I voted for the American.”

That shirt was the most outrageous thing there. The biggest red flag I saw was the lack of education about the issues, i.e. I was told bailouts started under Obama, colleges are now controlled by the government or private loans are illegal, and that GM employees are now government employees. 

Most of the people there were respectful and polite, however, I did meet one elderly lady I though was so sweet (like would probably give me milk and cookies sweet) until she called Obama the “illegitimate Kenyan nigger.” 

Summary: There’s bad apples in every movement, but it’s the truly rotten ones that get on TV.

Filed under ask box ask box weirdness

Notes

Anonymous asked: There were no tea bags at the Boston Tea Party dimwit. There were tea BRICKS. Feel free to bang your head against one.

Hey, I’m not the one who threw a box of teabags over the fence of the White House, getting the SWAT team called out. That’s their thing, the tea bags for teabaggers. I’m just running with their metaphor to mock them. Ridicule is an effective tactic. See if you catch the reference.

Oh no, see, when the tea was thrown in Boston Harbor, they all whipped out their iPhones and posted a pic to Tumblr with the caption, “LOL suck it limeys ha!” They were tweeting at the king the whole time. He was totes pissed, yo.

I know my history. But you use what the opposition gives you. 

I only bang my head for Slayer.

Filed under anonymity makes you brave ask box weirdness teabaggery

3 notes

Anonymous asked: Why do you hate freedom sooooooo much?

Which freedom? The freedom to choose? The freedom to marry? The freedom to practice or denounce religion at will? Free speech? Freedom from unreasonable search and seizure? You’ll need to be more specific, considering “freedom” is a fairly abstract concept that obviously means very different things to many different people.

Or is it just the self-styled freedom of the extremist right and Teabaggers that says everyone is free to think exactly like them or just “git on out”? Perhaps it’s the freedom to plot blowing up abortion clinics whilst raging against the non-existent “Ground Zero Mosque.”

The Constitution that I pay attention to was written by our Founding Fathers as a living, breathing document to be interpreted by the three branches of our government, not the Constitution Dick Armey wrote on the back of a Denny’s placemat in crayon when a Democrat became president.

"Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." - George Orwell

George was on to something. 

Filed under ask box weirdness freedom anonymity makes you brave

Notes

My conservative friend responds to a misguided anonymous soul

I decided to publish this because Cameron rocks, and I’m pretty sure this is the only way the intended recipient will see it. - Meg

Here’s my take…

You’d be surprised how much you’d agree with people if you stepped back and listened. I got to tell you I used to be in your shoes. I’m also 16 and extremely conservative, but I’m also good friends with Meg. When I heard about her my opinion on her wasn’t much better than yours is, I blindly joined the FB groups specifically against her and condemned anything against the Tea Party or Glenn Beck that came my way. It wasn’t until I actually started talking to her that I realized I was the one who was in the wrong.

The issues you brought up are just the same lame Rights v. Morality talking points that no one shuts up about. So, let’s dissect your message, shall we?

Bill Ayers is a terrorist, there’s no doubt about that. They should have thrown him in jail and thrown away the key. He did some things so sickening I don’t even like to think about it. The problem is during his trial, even though he was guilty as sin, he wasn’t convicted because his rights were violated while evidence was collected.

Aren’t we as Conservatives suppose to do our best to keep the government limited and our rights protected? If Ayers was convicted even after the evidence was gathered illegally wouldn’t that come back to haunt us? The fact of the matter is Ayers was never convicted so when private donors pay for him to come speak at the University, he has every right to. That’s just a fight we lost because we weren’t right, sucks sometimes, doesn’t it?

Read more …

Filed under ask box weirdness My friends rule I heart my friends