wow.

Apr. 9th, 2009 11:56 pm
your_new_cuckoo: (CF-seriously)
Texas lawmaker: Asians should change their names to make them ‘easier for Americans to deal with.’

On Tuesday, State Rep. Betty Brown (R) caused a firestorm during House testimony on voter identification legislation when she said that Asian-Americans should change their names because they’re too hard to pronounce:

“Rather than everyone here having to learn Chinese — I understand it’s a rather difficult language — do you think that it would behoove you and your citizens to adopt a name that we could deal with more readily here?” Brown said.

Brown later told Organization of Chinese Americans representative Ramey Ko: “Can’t you see that this is something that would make it a lot easier for you and the people who are poll workers if you could adopt a name just for identification purposes that’s easier for Americans to deal with?”

Yesterday, Brown continued to resist calls to apologize. Her spokesman said that Democrats “want this to just be about race.”

SERIOUSLY.

Jun. 28th, 2008 01:20 am
your_new_cuckoo: (SN-rip)
A Massachusetts politician and defense attorney has touched off a firestorm with his shocking public vow to torment and "rip apart" child rape victims who take the witness stand if the state legislature passed stiff mandatory sentences for child sex offenders.

Rep. James Fagan, a Democrat, made the comments during debate last month on the state House floor.

"I'm gonna rip them apart," Fagan said of young victims during his testimony on the bill. "I'm going to make sure that the rest of their life is ruined, that when they’re 8 years old, they throw up; when they’re 12 years old, they won’t sleep; when they’re 19 years old, they’ll have nightmares and they’ll never have a relationship with anybody.”

Fagan said as a defense attorney it would be his duty to do that in order to keep his clients free from a "mandatory sentence of those draconian proportions."
your_new_cuckoo: (gabby eat)
I could really go for some ice cream right now. I don't usually want ice cream, so this is probably a side effect of not being able to have any!
your_new_cuckoo: (snakes)
The good folks at Procter and Gamble have offered some "healthy" eating tips on their Playtex website. It's clearly geared towards adolescent girls. Maybe some people think I sound shrill or strident about this stuff, but I cannot help but be appalled.

the worst of them:

1. Write down everything you eat. Icky, we know, but we also know there's no better substitute (except looking at yourself in the mirror naked), that's better than tracking what goes into your mouth to get you into the habit of thinking before you eat.

2. Post-It notes are great for reminding you of the right thing to do. Stick them on the bathroom mirror, on the inside of your locker, on your computer. Be creative with your reminder. "How hungry are you really?" "Exactly why are you eating that now?" "What will the scale say tomorrow morning?"

Why not just write up a how-to manual on eating disorders? Hell, maybe they can sell cute little food journals and preprinted post-its? How about a magazine full of "success" stories with before and after pictures? Let's definitely make sure we raise yet another generation of girls who obsess about their weight and hate their bodies.

Fucking ridiculous.
your_new_cuckoo: (WW-legislative agenda)
Evidently, we gay people are a cancer who will destroy young people and this nation.




a few gems:

Studies show, no society that has totally embraced homosexuality has lasted for more than, you know, a few decades.

I honestly think it’s the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam.




Let her know what you think, if you're so inclined: sallykern@okhouse.gov
your_new_cuckoo: (pride)
I heard about this story last week and wanted to write something about it, but I had trouble getting my thoughts together in a coherent way. Ellen did a good job, so here's her take.




The one thing I can add is my disappointment at how it was presented on the news (I think I saw it on ABC, but I'm not sure). When explaining what happened, they said it was because the boy "admitted" to being gay. While technically admit means "to concede as true or valid", the connotation of the word "admit" is that someone is confessing to doing something wrong. Hell, even in the dictionary, an example of the definition's context is "admitted making a mistake." This kid wasn't doing or being anything wrong and it's upsetting that a news writer would even think to use that word. What's more upsetting is that probably wasn't an intentional thing- it's just so ingrained that being gay is something shameful that has to be kept a secret so if someone comes out or is outed, then of course "admit" is the right word. Which is sad.
your_new_cuckoo: (WW-press room)
A example of media bias:

what happened:
Pope Benedict quoted a 14th Century Christian emperor who said the Prophet Muhammad had brought the world only "evil and inhuman" things. There is an outcry from Muslims that this statement is offensive.

The point of this post is not to address the right or wrong of the statement, but rather to point out the way the news treated this story. Time and time again, a news network started the story by saying "An offensive statement by the Pope has angered Muslims."

While the statement did offend people, I do not think it is objective to present the story as if the statement was offensive, which to me implies intent. It's semantic, but it just rubbed me the wrong way. It is not the job of a news organization to label the statement as offensive, even if it did offend people. Maybe it's hair-splitting- is my Catholicism showing?


Okay, off the soapbox.



Ha! I just saw a commercial for Head-ON (apply directly to the forehead!) that was interrupted by a spokeswoman saying "Head-ON, apply directly to the forehead. It's annoying, but it really works!"
your_new_cuckoo: (GA-time out)
I slept the sleep of the dead today. I definitely needed it- I think I woke up around 2 and then again around 4 to let Jonathan out before finally getting up at 645. I didn't do much of anything- I really should have done laundry.

I tried to resist the siren call of Target, but failed. I wandered the makeup aisle, and even though I kept telling myself I was on a spree, I still didn't buy as much as I thought I would. Two kinds of mascara, one clear and another with a fancy new brush that is sure to separate lashes and improve my life. I also bought some powdery/liquid eyeshadow that is a touch too sparkly, but I think I may actually wear it. New blush (practically no one makes cream blush anymore), new eyeliner sharpener, new nail file, and more lotion. I also bought a chef's knife (JA Henckels!) since the one I have is flimsy and not very sharp anymore. I also bought some very nice file/storage boxes, one in gray flannel and the other a black plastic-y thing with silver brackets. I looked on the website for pictures, but the Target site is useless.


I will probably regret it in the morning, but I've already taken everything out of its packaging so I am stuck with it.


And someone should really convince me that I don't need to buy a laptop. I have a high enough credit limit and it's burning a hole in my pocket. And if you convince me of that, you might have to then convince me I shouldn't replace my 6yr old desktop.

Needneedneed.
your_new_cuckoo: (pride)
Hey guys! Evidently I am a gang member. According to this delightful website, I am part of "a sinister force working around the clock to destroy the bond between woman and her man".

Thankfully they outline the characteristics of the evil lesbian:

boys haircut
close cropped pearl earrings sometimes only one
boys collared shirts sometimes with boys tie
masculine sleeveless vest
boys suit coat
mens construction shoes
ghostly drab facial expression and color because of no makeup

The lesbian code prohibits any enhances which may attract a heterosexual man.



Even more useful tips are offered to protect you from selecting a lesbian doctor.

If a womyn doctor is forced upon you, don't be ashamed; ask questions; get a biography on her; find out if she has ever been a political activist.
If you find some means of recognition too difficult, the sure giveaway is to check if the doctor ever took a "womyn study course," and if so, then you better scat as fast and far as you can. Or, if all else fails, ask her if she would mind taking a lie-detector test. Never the less, above and beyond all else, never, ever, be shamed, intimidated, or threatened from asking for a biography check. Or, better yet, to avoid all the hassle, just demand a man doctor. That's what I do.



And then there is the useful guide to the various handicaps suffered by lesbians:

LESBIANISM-A PATHETIC LIFE STYLE

Exclusively heterosexual women can, in mid-life, develop lesbian feelings and behavior. This is a well known clinical feature of lesbianism. It often occurs during marriage or after marriage break-up, with no clinically observable hint of prior existence - not even lesbian fantasies.

78% of lesbians value highly "Dildos"

Lesbians are 19 times more likely than heterosexual women to have syphilis, twice as likely to suffer from genital warts and 4 times as likely to have scabies. A lesbian is 3 times more likely to get breast cancer than a heterosexual woman.



Though I would hope most people aren't this insane, and I'm mostly sure that's the case, it's still disheartening to know that at least one guy (along with his many published sources) do feel this way.
your_new_cuckoo: (pride)
So no big surprise, the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage passed, 76%-24% statewide. Travis county (mine) passed it 56%-24%, which is sort of comforting, but 7 of the other 9 counties in Austin passed it with at least 70%. Four of those with at least 80%- the largest margin was Coryell county- 87%-13%. Thanks, folks of Coryell.

Tarrant county (where my parents live) passed it 77%-23%.

I'd like to hope my mother saw this on the news and felt at least a little bad.
your_new_cuckoo: (pride)
Hey, guess what? The KKK came to Austin today. They'll be ranting tomorrow also. They're here to support God's Own Word, Proposition 2. Or as I like to call it, Just Another Slap in the Face. They were at City Hall today and of course the police were out. They blocked off the area in front of the "rally" from protestors. I'm not sure how much distance, but it looked like quite a lot on tv. So now the protestors have filed a suit against the city, alleging their rights were violated by being set so far back from the KKK. Dude, the crowd couldn't even keep from fighting one another- we should let the KKK and the protestors have unlimited access to one another? Yah, rite. That won't go badly.


UT beat Baylor today. 62 to zero. Not that it was at all surprising for Baylor to choke, but whoa.


Rent was due on the 1st. As you may remember, I was recovering from being dead this week, so I forgot to pay it. On Friday, Apt Boy left me a message saying he had taken the rent checks to the bank and since mine wasn't in on time, I would have to pay a late fee. Oh no, I do not think so. I checked my lease- it says that "if tenant fails to pay the rent in full before the end of the 3rd day after it's due, tenant will pay a late charge." By the end of the day. But he called at TEN AM. Hardly the "end of the day". I do not want to pay this late fee. But I don't want to be that tenant. But it's $25- which right now is a big deal. But I don't want to split hairs. And besides, if I get pedantic about it, he can delay all he fucking wants in fixing the various things that are broken around here.

My internet connection is still spliced off of his, with a cord running through my bedroom window. I asked him what progress he had made on fixing this (since AUGUST), and he said he didn't know when he would have time to work on it, and that the problem was that the router for my connection wasn't working. REALLY? That sounds like exactly what you said two months ago, you tool. Fix it.

Not only that, but the ceiling fan and light in the living room just stopped working on Monday. But all the other outlets are working just fine in that room, so I don't think it's a fuse.

And. According to Texas law, a landlord must supply at least one smoke detector. Any one want to guess whether or not I have one here? And all windows are supposed to have locks. Well, I have wooden dowels. Take THAT, criminal element!

This place would be great if they could just pay some fucking attention to the details.
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your_new_cuckoo: (Default)
Going now.


I mailed Christmas cards yesterday, so unless there is a postal miracle, you'll all be getting another dose of Christmas goodness in about a week. I hope I didn't miss anyone.


Have a good holiday, everyone. Unless you hate Christmas, in which case, go to hell. :p
your_new_cuckoo: (UT)
Evidently Chris Simms doesn't know the difference between a BLACK jersey and a WHITE jersey.

I hope he has to sit by himself at the back of the bus all the way home.
your_new_cuckoo: (UT)
Wooooo, Big 12 championship tonight.

Hook 'em Horns!
your_new_cuckoo: (UT)
16-13. That's all I gotta say.

HOOK 'EM!
your_new_cuckoo: (Default)
It has been a good sports weekend.

1. Texas beat Texas A&M.
2. Colorado kicked the hell out of Nebraska.
3. Jeff Gordon lost the Winston series race.
4. Ohio State beat Michigan.

To make this a truly wonderful perfect idyllic weekend, Oklahoma State will beat Oklahoma. It could happen. I don't wanna hear you nattering nabobs talkin' smack.

In other news, mom is making turkey pot pie for dinner. Yum.
your_new_cuckoo: (Default)
Please. Someone come over here and kick my ass. I have a million things to do before I leave for Ft Worth tonight and I am sitting here refreshing LJ waiting to read brilliance from someone. Flash, little pencil, flash! I'm lucky that chat is empty.

Hehe. This thread just provided several minutes of merriment and yummy procrastination. Thanks jarbaby.

Ok.

    What I Have To Do Before Leaving For The Asylum:

  1. Fill my prescription
  2. Go to the SSB to sign the release for medical forms (WHY I didn't just do this yesterday is BEYOND me)
  3. Go to Brackenridge Hospital to get more medical records (I have known about this for at least 2 weeks, and I should have done it before now. grrrrr)
  4. Go to the library for books
  5. Get film developed (I think this one will have to wait until I get to FtW)
  6. Get to store to buy various junk
  7. Wash silverware (I can't put it in the dishwasher, as there is no basket! Whoever heard of such a thing?!)
  8. Pack
  9. Clean this freaking apartment
  10. Clean Ami's condo
  11. Write that meaningful Thanksgiving entry I have been thinking about
  12. Fuck. Send out the YCT email about the West Mall schedule for next week. Something I was going to have done by the day before yesterday.


I plan to leave here around 7pm. We'll see, eh?
your_new_cuckoo: (Default)
I love that so many of you have such strong feelings about tinsel and flocking.
your_new_cuckoo: (Default)
Ok, you smart asses. Matt Damon can sing the hell out of that song. Just because "what" was a choice didn't mean you had to choose it! Ack! I am dealing with amateurs here!

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