Cognitive Dissonance

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This is what I get in reply to answering this ask.
No, actually YOU’RE everything that is destroying America. Classism, racism, violent misogyny, all in one quite angry, hate-filled package. 
Guess what? I regret nothing about doing what I have to stay healthy, even if it means accepting benefits from a system we all pay into. 
And like the slime you are, you’ve already oozed back into whatever hellhole birthed you, and deleted your tumblr. No worries. I jacked the URL, just in case it had some kind of special meaning for you. It’s now a private blog called “Land Scum”. Think of a new URL, and I’ll still be here when you resurface. 
Cheers!

This is what I get in reply to answering this ask.

No, actually YOU’RE everything that is destroying America. Classism, racism, violent misogyny, all in one quite angry, hate-filled package. 

Guess what? I regret nothing about doing what I have to stay healthy, even if it means accepting benefits from a system we all pay into. 

And like the slime you are, you’ve already oozed back into whatever hellhole birthed you, and deleted your tumblr. No worries. I jacked the URL, just in case it had some kind of special meaning for you. It’s now a private blog called “Land Scum”. Think of a new URL, and I’ll still be here when you resurface. 

Cheers!

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Rape threats happen. Death threats happen. People threaten friends, families, jobs, household pets. Stalkers go to considerable lengths to collect and exploit information. People who are open about this, who do talk about threats and stalking and danger, and they are out there, are punished for it. They get more abuse, they’re told that they’re making it all up, that it’s all in their heads, that they are exaggerating, entirely new hate sites spring up to speculate about them and talk about their ‘desperate ploys for attention.’ That’s what I have to look forward to for writing this piece, for laying out some of the costs of social participation for you, for openly discussing the thing which dare not speak its name, the brash, open hostility reserved for people who do not shut up.

This is a reality, and it doesn’t go away if we don’t talk about it.

S.E. Smith, "On Blogging, Threats, and Silence" 

If we don’t talk about it, it doesn’t go away. It just finds another target.

So yeah…

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Westboro releases ‘You Might Be a Slut’ ad for Limbaugh’s show

Yep, Uncle Freddy’s Miserable Miscreants are at it again:

Westboro spokesman Steve Drain told Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch that the church had some commonalities with Limbaugh, although he declined to say specifically what they were.

"The ad’s message will be that America is doomed because Americans have cast aside the standards of God, and won’t quit their proud sinning," Drain explained.

Drain told Raw Story that while his organization has had their differences with Limbaugh, they were on the same page when it came to labeling Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a slut. “Even a blind hog can get an acorn every once in a while,” Drain explained.

Drain also echoed Limbaugh’s earlier statements:

"That lady basically believes she wants the government to pay to kill her babies," Drain said. "That implies a certain level of promiscuity. She wants to fornicate her brains out, but she doesn’t want a child. Sounds like a slut to me, and God hates sluts."

A fox can smell its own, no? Rush Limbaugh and Westboro Baptist Church… I imagine the love story began like this:

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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My submission to Wyoming Monologues

Wyoming Monologues was a blast. Everyone’s monologue was amazing and performed wonderfully.

As promised, here’s the text of mine:

Going Hungry
Meg Lanker-Simons 

My stomach growls, but it does not distract. I’m used to it. Sometimes, I’m hungry because I don’t have enough money to buy lunch on campus. Occasionally, my hunger is intentional.

I fear eating in front of others. I am afraid I will be judged for fulfilling a human need to consume food. I judge myself for this need. I did not used to question my body’s need to eat. Not until I became an advocate for social justice.

As an outspoken, progressive female activist, I am a warrior on the patriarchal red state battlefield dominated by Judeo-Christian concern trolling. I am continually judged for my appearance by those who disagree with my ideas. It is relentless. It is ever-present. I’m told it’s part of being female, as if I’m supposed to accept it, because it’s okay, dearie. Comes with the territory, y’know?

But why? Why should we accept this?

We’ve all doubted ourselves and been a target by bullies for something – these taunts occupy space in our heads, nagging us with whispers about our worth, whispering that if we were somehow not ourselves, it would all be okay.

Well, I refuse to acquiesce and be shamed into silence simply because I am sexually unappealing to them. My IQ does not drop because I am overweight. I would not be more right in a debate if I were a size two. I am not a non-person because I am not attractive to some segment of the population.

It’s as if the causes I champion would be legitimate if only I were thinner, quieter, prettier, something more or less than what I am.

Part of my advocacy is a website of progressive news and commentary with several thousand subscribers. It has a feature for people to send me anonymous messages. I leave this on because people can message me without signing up for an account on my site – its ideal use. However, it also provides a window into the gutter-dwellers of humanity. A sampling from just a few months:

Fat fatty fat stupid McFat pants. Too ugly to rape, too ugly to live. Kill yourself.

You wanna fuck with Texas? We’ll fuck right back, you raging bitch. Stick a dick or a shotgun in your mouth and shut your fucking mouth somehow.

Your a cunt.

Hey, if your career in the middle of bum-fuck nowhere doesn’t pay off you can always become a fat porn star.

Progressives are monsters trying to destroy the USA and you know it arrogant [sic] dyke.

We own this state bitch… you godless, bottomfeeding, scum.

Unfortunately – or fortunately, this kind of vitriol doesn’t faze me. I became used to it roughly two years ago. I learned first-hand that if a woman is willing to put herself in the public eye, her face and her body become objects to be judged. In 2010, I sued my university for violating the right to free speech by banning a speaker from setting foot on campus. I won.

Defense of the US Constitution should be a popular item – unless you’re a female progressive and the other plaintiff in William Ayers v. University of Wyoming. Then you become a target of rage. 

One of Wyoming’s homegrown right-wing, pseudo militia men surmised, “Someone should forcibly fuck some manners” into me — now that’s how we all learn manners — because I was a “piggy pig pig.”

I get it, OK?

I totally get it.

The insult of fatness is illogical. It goes like this: I make a reasoned case for a topic and they say it’s stupid because I am fat. So? I know I am overweight. It’s like saying my arguments are wrong because my eyes are brown.  

My partner, family, friends, readers, etc. praise me for taking the high road and never firing back in the same vein. This apparently shows it doesn’t get to me. It usually doesn’t. However, it does wear me down some days. It makes me question myself when I look in the mirror. Those days, I let my stomach growl.

But no more.

I want to climb to the tallest building I can find and take the loudest bullhorn in existence, and read these comments to a crowd of women important to these men. Their grandmothers, sisters, mothers, wives, girlfriends, kindergarten teachers – I want them all to know what these men think is a legitimate debate tactic. I want these women to know that if they step out of line, they too could be labeled cunts, bitches, dykes, fat ugly cows. I want those women to turn to these men and shame them for their misogyny. I want them to feel pain, not sharp, but an aching hollowness – much like a hungry stomach.

I want to scream as loud as I have to for every single one of the inhabitants of the gutter to hear me: "This is a coup d’état, motherfuckers!"  

Logically, I cannot do this, but I can continue to speak. We can continue to speak. And yes, I am angry, but we have every right to be angry when just one of us is subject to cruelty.

So to you, furiously typing away anonymously into the digital unknown, to you hoping that just the right combination of slurs will unlock such devastation in a woman’s being that you no longer have to tell her to shut the fuck up: I want you to listen.

Your opinions do not define and delegitimize us women.

In order to extinguish our humanity, you disregard your own.

And yes, I am frequently hungry. I consume every filling salvo of fiery hatred and it forges my spine, motivates me to keep fighting fiercely. It makes me unbreakable. Every word is filling. It is gratifying to know that my very existence — and the collective existence of others like me — is enough for them to make complete fools of themselves both publicly and privately. It is enough for me to occupy space in their heads.

Finally, I want to know why the go-to insult for women is that we’re fat, ugly, crazy, and lesbians. And why, by that extension, non-persons. We’re non-persons deserving of violence and rape. I have been told I am too ugly to rape. As if rape is some kind of a compliment I’m missing out on daily. What gives them the right to say the absolute worst thing in the world is to be fat, a lesbian, otherwise outside their chosen standard? 

The worst thing in the world is not to be a woman, to be a lesbian, to be fat. 

That these words are slurs is an insult itself.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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GOP was founded to end slavery, defend natural marriage. Shouldn’t have slave owners or homosexuals in leadership. Should follow platform.
Bryan Fischer of American Family Association delivering a WTF moment for today. I really do not understand what he’s trying to get at with this nugget o’ wisdom. Gay people are slave owners? Today’s GOP supports slavery?

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Counter-protesters confront Westboro Baptist Church at Arlington

How do you know you’re the most hate-y of the hatemongers? When the KKK counter-protests your ass:

Hours before President Barack Obama led the nation’s Memorial Day observances at the Tomb of the Unknowns, three members of the Westboro Baptist Church were challenged by others who disagreed with them - including members claiming to be from the Ku Klux Klan. The Kansas-based church has attracted nationwide attention for its angry, anti-gay protests at the funerals of U.S. military members.

Among those counter-protesting at the cemetery’s main entrance: About 10 members of a group that claims to be a branch of the Ku Klux Klan from Virginia called the Knights of the Southern Cross. They were cordoned off separately in a nearby area, but drew little attention as they gave out small American flags behind a banner that read “POW-MIA.”

They said they were there to object to the Westboro Baptist Church’s anti-troop message. “It’s the soldier that fought and died and gave them that right to free speech,” said Dennis LaBonte, the self-described “Imperial Wizard” of the KKK group that he said he formed several years ago.

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BREAKING NEWS: Arrest made in Spokane MLK Day backpack-bomb case UPDATED

An ex-soldier with ties to the white supremacist movement has been taken into custody in connection with the planting of a backpack bomb along the planned route of the Martin Luther King Jr. March in downtown Spokane, authorities have confirmed.

Kevin William Harpham, 36, of Colville, could face life imprisonment on charges of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and possession of an unregistered explosive device, according to documents on file in U.S. District Court. An initial court appearance is scheduled for this afternoon.

Harpham was arrested this morning during a raid at his home near Addy, Wash. by dozens of federal agents who had been assembling in Spokane during the past few days.

The Southern Poverty Law Center confirmed that Harpham in 2004 was a member of the National Alliance, which is one of the most visible white supremacist organizations in the nation.

“What to me this arrest suggests is that the Martin Luther King Day attack is what it always looked like: A terror-mass murder attempt directed at black people and their sympathizers,” said Mark Potok, who is the director of the SPLC’s Intelligence Project that tracks and investigates hate groups.

Not surprising. Hey, Rep. Peter King, when do we get to hold hearings into right-wingers not doing enough and not working with the government to prevent a very small minority from becoming radicalized. They’re not turning in their own! Or is that just for Muslims?

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There’s another infamous shooting of a nine-year-old girl that is making  headlines this week in Tucson. This time, we wonder if the rest of the  media will bother to cover it.
The little girl’s name was Brisenia Flores. She lived near the border  with her parents and sister outside the town of Arivaca, Arizona. On May  30 of 2009, a woman named Shawna Forde, who led an offshoot unit of Minutemen who ran armed border patrols for patriotic “fun”. Forde’s gang had decided to go “operational,”  which meant they concocted a scheme to raid drug smugglers and take  their money and drugs and use it to finance a border race war and “start a revolution against the government”.  They targeted the Flores home, which had neither money nor drugs, based  on dubious information. They convinced Flores to let them in by  claiming to be law-enforcement officers seeking fugitives, then shot him  point-blank in the head when he questioned them and wounded his wife,  Gina Gonzalez. And then, while she pleaded for her life, they shot  Brisenia in cold blood in the head. (Her sister, fortunately, was  sleeping over at a friend’s.)
(via CrooksandLiars)

There’s another infamous shooting of a nine-year-old girl that is making headlines this week in Tucson. This time, we wonder if the rest of the media will bother to cover it.

The little girl’s name was Brisenia Flores. She lived near the border with her parents and sister outside the town of Arivaca, Arizona. On May 30 of 2009, a woman named Shawna Forde, who led an offshoot unit of Minutemen who ran armed border patrols for patriotic “fun”. Forde’s gang had decided to go “operational,” which meant they concocted a scheme to raid drug smugglers and take their money and drugs and use it to finance a border race war and “start a revolution against the government”. They targeted the Flores home, which had neither money nor drugs, based on dubious information. They convinced Flores to let them in by claiming to be law-enforcement officers seeking fugitives, then shot him point-blank in the head when he questioned them and wounded his wife, Gina Gonzalez. And then, while she pleaded for her life, they shot Brisenia in cold blood in the head. (Her sister, fortunately, was sleeping over at a friend’s.)

(via CrooksandLiars)

(Source: onceuponanotsolongtimeago, via corruptpolitics-deactivated2011)

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I'd rather be Icarus: ANOTHER gay teenager committed suicide due to homophobic bullying this week. That makes FIVE teenagers in the last three...

rabblevolunteer:

THIS MUST STOP.

We have just lost a 5th young soul this week - that we know of - who is either gay or the victim or gay bullying. The 5th suicide in less than three weeks and the 3rd death just this week alone!

It is just devastating for us to report that we have…

Goddamn. No more. NO MORE.

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Newt Gingrich: ‘Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior’ Is Model for Obama

silas216:

*headdesk*

Amplify’d from gawker.com
Having trouble understanding President Obama’s “worldview”? Former speaker of the House of Representatives and possible Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich may be able to help! According to Newt, you can only understand Obama if you “understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior.”
Gingrich spoke with Slate’s Dave Weigel and Robert Costa of the National Review Online on Saturday night and told them both about the “most profound insight I have read in the last six years about Barack Obama.” Weigel recorded part of the interview, which you can listen to above. And what was this “profound” and “stunning” insight?

“What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?” Gingrich asks. “That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.”

“This is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president,” Gingrich tells us.

Oh wow! Now that you mention it, Newt, I can totally see it. Kenyan anti-colonialism! Newt’s thesis is taken from a wonderful piece of what I believe is called “fanfic,” written by the breathless conservative, uh, intellectual Dinesh D’Souza for Forbes, which, I swear, was at one point a respectable business publication.

Read more at gawker.com
 See this Amp at http://bit.ly/9YUWqT

I was literally just posting this on Facebook and noting that this whole thing is a dog whistle for those who believe in Obama’s “illegitimacy” to be president. The code words are all there. 

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The ninth anniversary of 9/11 was commemorated in Lower Manhattan with a solemn ceremony of reflection and remembrance, but the focus and tone shifted as demonstrations for and against a planned Islamic cultural center and mosque got underway nearby.
The Rev. Terry Jones said he had “totally canceled” his plans to burn copies of the Quran in Gainesville, Fla., but the rancorous anti-Islam mood he espoused was evident near ground zero. Shortly after the memorial service for victims killed there, a man from North Carolina burned pages of the Quran, and another protester from Pennsylvania tore out pages of the Islamic holy book and coaxed the anti-mosque protesters to buy it as “toilet paper.”
"It is tough, it is durable, it doesn’t tear," he said to the onlookers, some of whom laughed while others looked shocked.
"The protest could have been done tomorrow," said Michele Belloli, 58, who said she had already helped block construction of a mosque in her neighborhood in Staten Island. "It isn’t nice for the families of the victims to see us arguing on the day of their sadness," she said. "it hurts just to be down here."
Other protesters, however, asserted that 9/11 was an ideal day to marshal public sentiment against the controversial project, known as Park51.
"I think it is completely appropriate to have this rally today, because 9/11 is what it’s all about," said Mary Jane Plaza, who came from Connecticut with her husband and headed to the anti-mosque rally after attending the memorial service.
"Muslims will never be American citizens, they don’t fit, they don’t assimilate," said one elderly protester from Illinois, who declined to give her name. "Let’s call a spade a spade: I want them out, not in."
Protesters held up placards like “Islam is intolerant,” and “No Bloomosque no Obamosque mosque, no victory mosque,” mocking the support President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have shown for the Park51 project…
Belloli said that two months ago she would not have been able to articulate her reasons for opposing the mosque, but now she knows why. “This mosque has made me really read, and Muslims build mosques in areas they think they have conquered,” she said. 

I am having a tough time recognizing my country. Look at the faces of those people and tell me, this is what America is supposed to be about. You can’t.

The ninth anniversary of 9/11 was commemorated in Lower Manhattan with a solemn ceremony of reflection and remembrance, but the focus and tone shifted as demonstrations for and against a planned Islamic cultural center and mosque got underway nearby.

The Rev. Terry Jones said he had “totally canceled” his plans to burn copies of the Quran in Gainesville, Fla., but the rancorous anti-Islam mood he espoused was evident near ground zero. Shortly after the memorial service for victims killed there, a man from North Carolina burned pages of the Quran, and another protester from Pennsylvania tore out pages of the Islamic holy book and coaxed the anti-mosque protesters to buy it as “toilet paper.”

"It is tough, it is durable, it doesn’t tear," he said to the onlookers, some of whom laughed while others looked shocked.

"The protest could have been done tomorrow," said Michele Belloli, 58, who said she had already helped block construction of a mosque in her neighborhood in Staten Island. "It isn’t nice for the families of the victims to see us arguing on the day of their sadness," she said. "it hurts just to be down here."

Other protesters, however, asserted that 9/11 was an ideal day to marshal public sentiment against the controversial project, known as Park51.

"I think it is completely appropriate to have this rally today, because 9/11 is what it’s all about," said Mary Jane Plaza, who came from Connecticut with her husband and headed to the anti-mosque rally after attending the memorial service.

"Muslims will never be American citizens, they don’t fit, they don’t assimilate," said one elderly protester from Illinois, who declined to give her name. "Let’s call a spade a spade: I want them out, not in."

Protesters held up placards like “Islam is intolerant,” and “No Bloomosque no Obamosque mosque, no victory mosque,” mocking the support President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have shown for the Park51 project…

Belloli said that two months ago she would not have been able to articulate her reasons for opposing the mosque, but now she knows why. “This mosque has made me really read, and Muslims build mosques in areas they think they have conquered,” she said. 

I am having a tough time recognizing my country. Look at the faces of those people and tell me, this is what America is supposed to be about. You can’t.

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I have a confession

I’m a total font snob. I’m planning my wedding in Las Vegas, and because everything books up so ridiculously fast, I’m researching everything about 10 months in advance.

I know nothing about flowers except some are pretty, some make me sneeze, and some look like bouquets I used to send my grandmother. Therefore, I have no starting point for searching florists in Las Vegas.

I began eliminating by price, purchase minimums, etc. Then I began eliminating those sites created entirely using comic sans font. 

I FUCKING HATE COMIC SANS!

I refuse to use it. I refuse to take anyone seriously who uses it. The florist may think that it’s playful and whimsical. That is what they want you to think.

Here’s what I think when I see it: OMG I HAZ LOTSA FLOWERZ LULZ!

That, or Comic sans’ bastard cousin, Kristen ITC. That is not professional. 

Luckily, I found several sites that featured a beautiful portfolio and prices within my budget. And no comic sans anywhere. Funny - the sites with comic sans were actually on the high end of the spectrum. 

I am a font snob. When you use comic sans, I judge you. That is my confession.

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