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Sunday: Bernie Sanders and other general stuff

Hey, there, sports fans, I’m at the mall, window shopping and typing this quick one on an iPad. Typos may apply.

Bernie Sanders has been all over twitter in the last couple of days to gain momentum for his speech on the budget tomorrow at 4:00pm. If you want to give him ideas or just a “you go, Bernie!”, check out #sharedsacrifice on Twitter.

Things that annoy me (feel free to add your own in the comments):

1.) Bathing suit manufacturers. Look, I know you guys need to make money and I should not be surprised to be asked to fork over $92 for the tankini *top*. But some of us have ancestors who should never have left the mists of Ireland. Pale, freckled people with auburn hair and blue eyes do not look good in black, fire engine red and eye popping fuschia. Our golden undertones are accentuated by brown, olive greens, and burnt orange. These colors are in noticeably short supply this year. I take that back, I can’t find any of these colors in any of the department stores I checked. This means that no matter how many discounts are applied to the $92 tankini *top*, I will pass on it because I will look completely ridiculous in the damn thing. Maybe this is a secret scheme to keep us pale people out of the sun but I resent it.

2.) Apple MacBook Air notebooks are like catnip for geeks. Steve Jobs is a pusher. (no, dandy tiger, I didn’t break down and buy one but I have to go past the apple store to get to my car. There’s still time to do damage)

3.) Many thanks to Ken the optician at the Bridgewater Commons Lenscrafters who repaired the frame on my Transitions lenses in about 5 minutes. My eyes are so sensitive to light that I can’t live without those suckers. Ken was very friendly and efficient. I promise not to step on them anymore.

4.) After three years of staying away from the news, I was finally exposed to the Casey Anthony trial through my mother. I’m the kind of courtroom virgin is hard to find for this case. It seems that everyone has an opinion. So, after having watched the evidence presented so far and after sitting through plenty of sketchy scientific presentations in the past, here’s my opinion:

– Casey Anthony is an impulsive, immature woman who is a compulsive liar
– Just because someone is a compulsive liar, that doesn’t mean they are murderers
– Prosecution: is that all there is? Really? You haven’t proven a damn thing.
– The chloroform issue is a maguffin. The evidence is very weak
– The Anthonys are a seriously messed up family. Both children show a similar distaste for their mother.
– Even though the defense claims that Casey was sexually abused seem to be a poor excuse for Casey’s behavior, it can’t be ruled out. Her father was a cop. If she was abused as a child, who the heck was she going to tell?
– The defense has totally destroyed the credibility of his client by admitting that she is a compulsive liar. It is highly unlikely that she will take the stand in her own defense.
– If she hasn’t confessed in the past three years, she’s not going to. Give it up, ladies.
– I’m going with an accidental death caused by Casey. She did something with Caylee that caused her to die. I’d go with involuntary manslaughter but even then, there isn’t anything that definitively ties Casey to the crime.
– I think someone helped her cover it up and leave no traces. Someone who understands crime scenes would be a good collaborator.
– Bottom line: she may get away with murder. There’s no there there except her subsequent behavior as a normal 23 year old in the year 2008. Maybe compulsive liars can even lie to themselves.

Related: Nancy Grace is a horrible person and I hope I never have to sit through another half hour of her show ever again.

But more than that, the entire female population (except *me*, according to my mother) is ready to string Casey up not so much for the murder, which is horrible enough, but because she acted like a ‘barfly’ floozy. The barfly line was compliments of Grace, who also calls Casey Anthony “tot mom” for some bizarre reason. The persistent use of the term “tot mom” serves to dehumanized Casey Anthony. She becomes the symbol and target of a national “slut shaming” ritual. I don’t know what was going on in her head but her reactions and emotions in court seem genuine to me.

Heck, I have relatives in my extended family who acted just like Casey Anthony when they were in their early twenties. One went to jail for what he did. But what sets him apart is that he is male and bad behavior was expected of him and he didn’t kill any one, accidentally or on purpose. “Boys will be boys” is still the standard operating procedure even though we intellectually know this is wrong. Fortunately, he grew out of it and he’s now a pretty good guy and a surprisingly good father. It is possible to grow up.

But not for Casey Anthony. If she gets away with murder, she will be the most hated woman in America and other women will hate her the most. Women checking and shaming other women after Weinergate, the Supreme Court ruling against female Walmart employees and the application of the Daughter Test is the last thing we need. Women need to learn to treat other women as adults or we will never be equal.

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