aunthippie: old hippies in tie dye (i hate our freedom)

The next person who critiques Obama (who has most certainly done things I disapprove of, yes) by saying that both candidates are exactly the same is getting a world-class bitchslap, I tell you what.
As a citizen with both a uterus and a daughter, I can say in no uncertain terms that only one candidate has even a modicum of respect for our rights, and that is an enormous and entirely unsubtle distinction. Don't insult me by pretending not to notice that in order to score cynicism points.

It's like claiming that eating a Twinkie and drinking Drano are exactly the same because they're both bad for you.
Obama will continue Bush-era policies that detain people illegally, barely dent the status quo of corporate power and greed, and cede points to a bunch of uncompromising asshats in the name of getting other shit done. Those are actions of a reasonable, thoughtful person who can't fix everything that is wrong.
Romney will disenfranchise you, gut regulation and the social safety net and turn the country over his bazillionaire cronies to rape and pillage every last dime- and then make you prove it was a forcible rape.


This is a decent yet flawed leader vs. a complete raving fucktard LOON.

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Raar, pt 2

Apr. 1st, 2011 08:07 pm
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It is morally defensable to bust out the pitchforks and torches when reading an article about how some poor executive had to forgo half his bonus in these tough economic times. Particularly if nothing but the fold separates it from an article on how many formerly middle class people are seeking help from the food bank.
Sorry little Timmy won't be getting his solid gold braces, dickface.

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Mar. 31st, 2011 07:58 am
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I think 95% of internet arguments ought to end with this:
My time and lack of aggravation are more valuable to me than the maximum potential drop in your stupidity, so let me summarize- STFU.
... followed by a lovely walk outside.

Not quite pithy enough for a tshirt. Pity.

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aunthippie: old hippies in tie dye (i hate our freedom)

New York Police Covertly Join In at Protest Rallies

Published: December 22, 2005

Undercover New York City police officers have conducted covert surveillance in the last 16 months of people protesting the Iraq war, bicycle riders taking part in mass rallies and even mourners at a street vigil for a cyclist killed in an accident, a series of videotapes show.

In glimpses and in glaring detail, the videotape images reveal the robust presence of disguised officers or others working with them at seven public gatherings since August 2004.

The officers hoist protest signs. They hold flowers with mourners. They ride in bicycle events. At the vigil for the cyclist, an officer in biking gear wore a button that said, "I am a shameless agitator." She also carried a camera and videotaped the roughly 15 people present.

For the 9 million and 73d time, HIPPIES != TERRORISTS. )
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Thank you sir, may I have another?

Police Searches of Bags in Subways Are Ruled Constitutional

A federal judge ruled today that random police searches of bags and backpacks in the New York subways are constitutional, finding that they are effective in helping to deter a terrorist attack.

Rejecting a challenge to the searches by the New York Civil Liberties Union, Judge Richard M. Berman of Federal District Court in Manhattan decided that "governmental interest in preventing a terrorist bombing of New York City's subway system is vitally important." He concluded that the invasion of passengers' privacy was minimal enough to be justified by the deterrent effect of the searches on potential terrorists.

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. -Ben Franklin )

EDIT: I've got an urge to start carrying one of these, in pink in my bag. [NSFW.] I promise not to refer to it as the 'sparkly rainbow cock of JUSTICE!' when they pull it out of my bag...
aunthippie: old hippies in tie dye (fihkaff)
Feds to Fund Controversial School Surveillance
by Catherine Komp

In what some allege is a thinly veiled attempt to normalize surveillance, a federal agency is pumping more money into Big Brother programs that track students despite declining needs for school security.

Nov 29 - As debate over government surveillance rages in adult society, the US Department of Justice is quietly enticing school districts to implement controversial technologies that monitor and track students. Critics fear these efforts will normalize electronic surveillance at an early age, conditioning young people to accept privacy violations while creating a market for companies that develop and sell surveillance systems.

I'll rant about this after coffee in under_the_oak, but in the meantime I provide a short synopsis: 1984 1984 1984, ARGH GRUMBLE SWEAR, I fucking quit this planet and similar thoughts in this vein. By the way, 1984 1984. )
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(Subject line totally stolen from [ profile] giantfightbot)

Miami Police Take New Tack Against Terror
Nov 28 9:28 PM US/Eastern

Associated Press Writer


Miami police announced Monday they will stage random shows of force at hotels, banks and other public places to keep terrorists guessing and remind people to be vigilant.

Deputy Police Chief Frank Fernandez said officers might, for example, surround a bank building, check the IDs of everyone going in and out and hand out leaflets about terror threats.

Remind me not to go to Miami any time soon, 'k? )

Ok. I can understand that the presence of a large number of uniformed officers is an effective deterrent to crime. Terror, not so much- I can't see that it would deter, say, a suicide bomber a whole lot, unless they were acting strangely enough to be noticed beforehand. But god damn, if they ever surrounded my hotel and demanded IDs of everyone, I can almost guarantee that this is a situation where I would manage to get myself arrested.
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Oct. 24th, 2005 12:12 pm
aunthippie: old hippies in tie dye (i hate our freedom)
I guess I woke up on the ranty side of the bed this morning.
Considering that my bed is pushed up against the wall, this doesn't bode well for the rest of the week.
aunthippie: old hippies in tie dye (wtf?kitty)
What. The. Holy. Living. Fuck.

Relative chance of success aside, the last thing I needed in the morning was to be reminded that there are people- people socially acceptable enough to get elected to state office, no less- who think that this is a perfectly good idea.

Did I mention send tea? Also whiskey. I'll be under a rock.
aunthippie: old hippies in tie dye (crabby)
"We will draw names- or tokens- or pictures that you feel are a less restrictive vision of your inner self- out of a hand-knit freeform head covering made from the homespun, undyed wool of free-range angora bunnies."

[Ok, maybe I'm paraphrasing. But not by much. God damn it, I hate FlakyPagans (TM). And while I'm on a rant, BELLY DANCING, WHILE LOVELY, AND A PERFECTLY REASONABLE THING TO DO WHEN AFFIRMING ONE'S INNER GODDESS, IS NOT A PAGAN PRACTICE IN AND OF ITSELF.]

Don't mind me, I've just had my inbox flooded with pagan events posted to the poly lists I'm on. Crab crab crab.

[Ut oh, secondary rant coming on. Just because I am bi, and poly, and formerly a pagan, does not mean I have any particular tolerance for BiPolyPagans. Or BiPolyGeekyPagans. Or BiPolyRennieGothyGeekyPagans. In fact, being all of the above probably lowers my tolerance substantially. And also, I know many straight, churchgoing polyfolk who'd rather not be tarred with that brush.]

Also, I'm gonna "broom dance" That Moron On The List, bristles first, if he doesn't get the smallest glimmer of clue. RAR.
aunthippie: old hippies in tie dye (crabby)
As a result of my bank's recent "upgrade", I currently cannot:
  • log into the online banking
  • use the phone banking system
  • take money out at the ATM, because every single transaction from last Friday through this morning double posted to everyone's account.

H'ray for progress.


Sep. 9th, 2005 04:23 pm
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The Red Cross apparently can't take blood from people with a latex allergy.

This is me, annoyed. (This is also me, calling the hospital, getting an immediate thumbs up from them, and making an appointment for Monday morning while the kids are in school. So it stays local.. oh horror.)

Stay tuned for an exciting customer service rant later this evening. Also, pictures of why I'm (currently) going to hell.

Oh, and I made a new journal for the yelly and the ranty. It will not be in college essay-level writing, because, well, it is ranting and yelling and not so much with the persuasive. You can find it at [ profile] under_the_oak. Smooches to the first person who knows what I'm referencing- oh, and [ profile] pisicutsa, you are disqualified.
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It's 10 AM.. do you know what else could go wrong today?
My head hurts. Money continues to come from the traditional sources and not fall from the sky or grow on trees. Maggie and the cat are in an all out cage match to the death in the kitchen. Still no daycare for tomorrow.
And the REACH person is late. Not that the house is clean or that I've changed out of my pajama bottoms, mind you.


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