wildflowersoul: (buffy- doomed)
I have to put this somewhere or I'll explode, and I have a personal policy to never engage in arguments on Facebook in comments on a friend's post if I don't know the commenter. A FB friend posted about an Elizabeth Warren canvasser coming to the door at 9 pm (admittedly, that is super late, I'd be pissed if someone rang my doorbell at 9 pm, OMG some people have sleeping children!). Anyway, totally ok to complain about on FB. A commenter, though, had this to say "I would also suggest calling the cops next time. Unless I recognize the person, there is now way I'm opening the door unarmed."

Wait. Just wait a minute. Seriously? Is that we are coming to in our society? You have to go to your door armed?! If I were home alone and it was night I might not answer the door if the person looked wholly sketch, but come on. What the F is wrong with people that it's a first instinct to be armed when dealing with strangers. It doesn't help that I just read this article in today's NYT, about a guy legally being able to shoot a neighbor who was in his garage (said neighbor was potentially about to assault the guy for cheating with neighbor's wife, but unless the guy was threatening murder himself, it's not a circumstance that warrants being able to stone-cold murder somebody and get away with it). Grar. Also, surprise of all surprises, said FB commenter is a Scott Brown supporter. 'Nuff said. I just... I don't think there's anything that will allow me to comprehend where these people are coming from.
wildflowersoul: (Buster)
Last night I think I successfully networked. Went to Simmons to help represent the Association of Boston Law Librarians at a career panel. It was interesting, but I do wish Simmons students would learn the fine art of looking at the clock and not having the same questions as everyone else when the panel could easily have ended fifteen minutes before its scheduled end time. Some of us have to work in the morning and had an hour commute to get home. So glad I don't have to make the Simmons trek any more.

I made the mistake of getting into a reply-to-all email "conversation" with my mother and now her husband about politics. If you can even call their thoughts politics, as they are both so completely dissociated from reality I'm amazed they can remember how to breathe. Did you know that there's some sort of crazy, paranoid right-wing-nutjob conspiracy theory about Obama having become a citizen of Indonesia under a different name? And how the entire state government of Hawaii is clearly in on the deal, as they have helped Obama forge his birth certificate? What?! I had no idea the extent of right wing lunacy until now, and trust me, it is hardcore crazycakes.

Tonight we see John Hodgman at the Coolidge!! So excited!!
wildflowersoul: (Miguel point)
Oh. My. God. this is one of the many reasons why I really dislike many of fellow denizens of Somerville.

There is a ballot initiative in Somerville (and from what I understand, it only has a number in Somerville). It reads: "Shall the state representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of a proposal to amend the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to replace the state Legislature with 100 randomly selected adult residents of the Commonwealth, each serving a one year term, to be called the Commonwealth Jury and to have all the legislative and other powers of the current Legislature?"

This is possibly an even worse idea than the inane "repeal the state income tax" ballot question. I say possibly because I just can't wrap my head around this friggin' nonsense. What the hell is up with this election this year?

First of all, hi, many of us regular citizens have jobs that we can't, like, leave for a year. Next, how about understanding that technically your state legislature is already comprised of regular people, they are people who are elected by the populace. Now, I am aware of voter fraud problems, campaign money problems, and a host of other issues that do exist, and I'm not really getting into that right now. But if you don't like how your government is run, you can do something about. Run yourself! Get involved on the local level! Help people who actually want to run for office make it if you believe in them. Goddamn hippies.

Oh, and also- just because a ballot initiative passes doesn't mean that the legislature has to actually abide by it.

18 more days!
wildflowersoul: (Constitution)
Your duty: listen to last week's This American Life. Seriously. Download it, subscribe to the podcast, listen to it online, but listen.

I don't have words to express the outrage and disappoint I feel. I mean, I've known and been upset about plenty of things this administration has done, but these stories really drive home some unsettling facts. Bush's abuse of signing statements, the administration's bullying of everyone, the complete loss of checks and balances.... how can we have let this happen? It's criminal. Grah.
wildflowersoul: (conchords- business time)
In which I shake my tiny fist: How is it that in all the belly aching and complaining about taxes in this country that no one ever complains about the craziness of treating urban salaries like their rural counterparts? Of course I make more money than a librarian in Oklahoma, I live in Boston and I need to make this money to pay living expenses. But according the federal government, I make a lot of money. No, I don't, it all goes out to the high rent, the T pass that only gets more expensive, the food that costs more here than elsewhere.... I don't see why people in Boston/NYC/DC/San Fran/LA/Chicago don't complain more about this, we get shoved into tax brackets we don't deserve to be in. And it's not like many of us city dwellers can afford a mortgage, so we get no special home owning deductions.

Also, I propose that rent should be payable pre-tax. Why not have it possible to arrange with your payroll department for them to send out your rent to your landlord from your paycheck before it's taxed? Electable, not mandatory, of course. That would be super helpful for those of us who live in places where rent eats up a third of your take home pay. Health care is important enough to be treated this way, but a roof over your head isn't?

In non-piss-and-vinegar-news, I feel like I've been rocking the kung-fu lately. My goal is that by the fall I'd like to be able to go up to the advanced class. Maybe. It might be more realistic to hope for that for a year from now.
wildflowersoul: (Oglethorpe)
Great, it's been a while since I've opened one of the email forwards from my mother, so I was about due for this treat )
wildflowersoul: (conchords- mutha#$$#%)
Tonight we see The Smashing Pumpkins!! Rock!


Alright, I hate to admit this, but I actually agree with Ron Newman on something in the Davis Square community. There's just so much asshattery going on in this thread, I have to bring it to your attention. OMG. Let's harass people who are just doing their job, get angry when they are not friendly because they are working while you ask asinine questions, and then proceed to make wild assumptions about what's going on and suggest "running them off" to prevent "atrocities" of urban development from happening. What a great idea! *headdesk*
wildflowersoul: (Buffy ummm)
I was going to rant about the This American Life Episode I listened to on my commute this morning about the separation of church and state, but quite frankly, it's too early in the morning for me to get my outrage out in coherent words. Just... I can't begin to fathom how Christians could possibly feel persecuted in this country. Roe v. Wade is not Christian persecution, the government is not forcing ladies who don't want 'em to get abortions. Telling churches that they can't give money to political candidates is not persecution. Dude, you want your church to give money to candidates? Fine by me, just give up your tax-exempt status and any other governmental goodies you get as a nonprofit, re-form yourself as a business, and I won't care. Grah. Sorry, that was more rant than I was aiming for. This stuff just blows my mind.

Anyway, onward to fluffy matters! I'm going to start a "Thoughts on Buffy The Vampire Slayer" filter to track my re-watching of the show (a new blog is too much work). If you want to be in on the filter, just check the checky box below. Easy!


[Poll #1030866]

Now on to thoughts on 2x1, When She Was Bad )
wildflowersoul: (I don't get all yelly!)
Oh my god, people. Escalators: Walk Left, Stand Right.

What is so hard to understand about that?!
wildflowersoul: (Default)
You know what sucks? Trying to get to JP and ending up in Newton.

You know what fucking sucks ass? Trying to get home from JP and ending up in Mattapan and then the back roads of Roxbury. After midnight.

JP, you and I are not going to be cool for a while.

The worst part of the drive, though: seeing two or three lights in a weird formation in the sky ahead of us. The lights kind of twirled, then blinked out. I swear to god, if we hadn't been so lost I would have lost my shit right there. I was convinced it was a ufo. Then a minute later, about 200 yards from us I saw weird lights again, this time they kind of fizzled down, and I realized it was just some jackass setting off firecrackers.
wildflowersoul: (Default)
Thank god for Patriot's Day, this weekend came and smacked me upside the head. Having this day off is so nice.

Friday night and all day Saturday I volunteered for Beer Summit. Come inside the cut for ranty time )

So that was Beer Summit. I'm done pulling the Iron Man for that, though. I'll be happy to volunteer for a session or two (especially at Oktoberfest, since that involves tips), but I'm not sacrificing a weekend to it anymore.

Yesterday I had a lovely brunch with [livejournal.com profile] tenillypo, [livejournal.com profile] mrs_muffin, and [livejournal.com profile] aquarianna6.

Today I'm going to do groceries, clean the apartment, try to hire a maid, and hang out with the bunnies. Man, that "hire a maid" part sounds so bourgeois.
wildflowersoul: (Grennie)
So well over a week I asked my mom what I thought would be a pretty easy question. I asked her why she voted for Bush. I asked without judgment, promising that I would neither sneer at her views nor try to correct them. Today I get a response )

Wow. This invective and rage against Europe is just...crazy. Not the mention some good old-fashioned racism thrown in, with some jingoism sprinkled liberally atop.

Well, in other news, my work's kitchen is awesome. They gave us strawberries!
wildflowersoul: (Grennie)
Reasons why apartment complexes can be pretty cool:
-Heat & central a/c usually included (in Braintree even electricity was included)
-dumpster for trash, so you don't need to haul anything out to the curb once a week
-landlord will never live in your building

The last may be the best reason. Just had a heart-pounding encounter with landlord's son, who mentioned that the old guy has a problem with our bunnies, so I showed him the cage and how clean the area is (thank the lord for having company yesterday, the place is spotless right now). He pointed to 2 little pieces of hay on the floor and said his dad would notice that kind of thing and be upset about it. Like hay on the floor is damaging to the strucutre of the building. Ack! I hate dealing with landlords, and it makes me so nervous for them to talk about my little fluffkins. Since when can a landlord dictate how you clean your apartment (if it's just the kind of uncleanliness that doesn't actually damage anything)? My bitchy "I know landlord-tenant law" side is raring to come out, though it's got to stay under wraps because I very stupidly never noticed that there is still a "no pets" clause in our lease. Regardless of the verbal agreement, that's what would be binding in court. Leave my bunnies alone, I say!
wildflowersoul: (Default)
For the past five years (good lord, has it been that long?) I have been receiving various and sundry email forwards regarding how great God is, how bad democrats/left wingers are, and how cool Republicans/right wingers are. These come from my mom and her illustrious new husband. Now, normally I either skim and chuckle, delete without reading, or smack my forehead and roll my eyes. Rarely, one will come across me that I feel the need to respond to. I believe the last was a particuarly bad gay joke that got my ire up, I simply responded that I would appreciate it if he (new husband guy) didn't send me anything homophobic ever again. I also thought it would be a good time to try some remedial education along the lines of "gay people aren't bad" and threw in the "Hey, you know, I'm bisexual, you've spoken to me, I'm not so bad am I." What I got back was something along the lines that he just didn't want to have anything to do with "those people." So anyway, today I got a forward about a quote from a recent speech of Hillary Clinton's, something about taking back the tax cuts. I wrote back to everyone on the forward list that the ellipses in the quote indicate that it's somehow been manipulated (i.e. words are missing!). Ok, so I might have added that the tax cuts didn't benefit any of us, so I didn't see why they (the Southern gentleman and his clan) should be upset. I may also have tried to dispel the myth that democrats are Robin Hoods who just want to steal money to give to crackheads and homeless people (adding some embellishment here). So now I'm getting emails from Southern Republicans along the lines of this: "Jen, it's not your money and you are not entitled to a penny of it to support the causes you happen to like!":
Whaa? I'm not asking for it! I...but...if it's not my money, then how is it this guy's money? I need to go back to just smacking the forehead and deleting. Why can they not be reasoned with??!! I would actually enjoy the political discourse if they would take their fingers out of their ears and obey the rules of basic logic.
wildflowersoul: (Default)
Look at me, I can't stop posting today. I blame it on the Blue Moons that are apparantly still fermenting and brewing away in my stomach, it's making me loopy. I'm boycotting unfiltered beers for a while.

So I'm getting my hair cut tonight, and I have to get out my tipping rant. Tipping drives me crazy, I hate doing it (mostly due to my lack of wanting to do math, I tend to way over-tip). It's more the principal of the matter that if I'm paying for a service, I expect it done well and in a pleasant manner just as a matter of course. I do my job well and am nice to people I may not want to be nice to. I don't get tips from the lawyers for finding a book or answering a question. I mean, I can understand that many service-job people are seriously underpaid, but I'd rather just pay a little extra up front to get them a decent pay than have to deal with tips. The whole tipping in a hair salon thing is so awkward, too. I never want to go back to the person to slip 'em a ten spot for not giving me 80s hair, so I usually leave it at the desk. I wouldn’t mind if it weren't so obligatory. Sure, if someone does a truly extraordinary job with something, they deserve extra, but how many times has someone provided you with surprisingly stellar service?

Ahem.
wildflowersoul: (Default)
As seen in this week's MA Lawyer's Weekly re: gay marriage: "three reasons offered by the state for restricting marriage to heterosexual couples, to wit: that it made for a favorable setting for procreation; ensured an optimal setting for child bearing; and preserved scarce state and private financial sources."

Because as soon as gay people get married, all straight folk will immediately cease to fuck, marry, and divorce. Of course. Wait a second...so if crazy homophobes stop procreating out of protest, maybe we'll have a few less ignorant assholes in the world... yes....*rubs hands in a Mr. Burnsian fashion*
Oh, and last I checked marriage tends to bring in tons of money, especially for private financial interests. Try ordering flowers for no reason. Then try ordering flowers for a wedding.

The whole procreation argument is so patently stupid that it's hard to argue against, it's like arguing with a two year old.

Homophobia makes me want to kick things people.

Brief Rant

Apr. 8th, 2004 08:57 pm
wildflowersoul: (Default)
I swear to god. If I ever teach grad school, anyone who asks a "single space or double space" question automatically fails. That's it.
wildflowersoul: (Bunny!)
Overheard at the bar where we were eating dinner tonight: lame-o college girl saying she was hungry & that the food at a nearby table looked good- when her friends told her she should order something (as they were getting food, too), she said "I can't eat anything! I can't drink anything other than water!" Girl's friend then said "you can eat and puke it up later."
Girl seriously did not get anything other than water.

Oh my god.

Food is not an enemy, people! Seriously, you have to actually take in calories for your cells to function. I know I'm not the only one who eats three meals a day and also believes that snacks that involve fruit (and lately cottage cheese for the protein) are good for you.

Ahem. Rant over.

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