Maura Johnston on why calling Michele Bachman a “lyin’ ass bitch” on national television doesn’t help anyone at all.

Bachmann is the first 2012 GOP presidential candidate to be on Fallon, although she’s certainly not the only one who’s been caught in her own deceptions. She’s also the lone woman remaining in the field, which makes me wonder if Rick Perry or Rick Santorum would have been greeted by this particular Fishbone track had they been first to Fallon’s couch. The answer, sadly, is “probably not.” Casual sexism in politics and entertainment and, you know, the rest of the world is of course nothing new, and it’s something that as a consumer of the Internet crushes me on a near-hourly basis—even though I’ve aesthetically internalized it enough to enjoy songs like, say, “Lyin’-Ass Bitch.” But it kills me when it’s used by smart people who I respect against someone like Bachmann, who has no shortage of completely legitimate reasons to inspire ire. Calling her a bitch is too easy—it glosses over the actual concrete problems with her as a candidate—and more importantly, the woman-specific use of “bitch” toward people who allegedly “deserve” it only serves to further crack open the door to it being used against any woman who’s trying to make her way in a male-dominated field.”

(via amyrebeccaklein)

Maura Johnston on why calling Michele Bachman a “lyin’ ass bitch” on national television doesn’t help anyone at all.

5 Reasons Why The Occupy Wall Street Protests Are The Real Boston Tea Party


1. The original Boston Tea Party was a civil disobedience action against a private corporation.

 2. The original Boston Tea Party feared that corporate greed would destroy America.

3. The original Boston Tea Party believed government necessary to protect against corporate excess. 

4. The original Boston Tea Party was sparked by a corporate tax cut for a British corporation.

5. The original Boston Tea Party wanted a stronger democracy.

Lee Fang writes more at ThinkProgress



[image: a piece of paper reads “The ER wouldn’t help me with a reproductive organ problem because I’m trans. Planned Parenthood did.”]

I stand with Planned Parenthood.

This illustrates just what the loss of Planned Parenthood’s services could mean for trans people.

There are some things that, no matter how hard I try, how abstract I keep it, I just can’t get my head (and heart) to understand. Two of those things are mentioned in these posts. 
Why the heck did the ER refuse treatment?
And why the heck do certain people want to cut funding for an institution that provides as important services as Planned Parenthood? 
I just don’t get it. 

Because I Can, Not Because I Care.

Today is the first election in my adult life that I might not take part in. I might choose to opt-out, not to vote. Because of the lack of difference I see between the imcumbent and his contestants. They’re all green-liberal-left-ish. All middle-ages white males. All use the same common sense slogans in their campaign rhetoric. I prefer no one. No outcome would feel like a disaster, no outcome would make me happy. I feel indifferent. About politics. For the first time in my voting life. 

On the other hand, being able to vote, to make a contribution to the political landscape and future of “my” community, however small the impact might be. I think the main problem isn’t the lack of difference between the candidates, it’s my indifference toward my community. I do not feel like a part of the ‘imagined communtiy.’ I don’t even oppose it enough to actively vote against it. The community that sourrounds me, the people and things I care about are not dependent on this town. Because they don’t live here. Because things happen here not because they happen here, they just happen here. I feel deeply connected to people, concepts and things. But not to places. 

If I vote today, I will vote because I can. Not because I care.