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We’re in the pink! Winter storm but not a blizzard


Woot! Woot! Woot!

It’s not actually that bad here in Pittsburgh. The snow is still falling but we didn’t get a white out, the cows ain’t freezin’ in the fields and the children aren’t stuck in the schoolhouse overnight.

But I’m not going anywhere today. I have Netflix and iTunes and Amazon Prime. You know, the three ingredients necessary for subsistence during a weather emergency. Also some fig and olive crackers from TJ’s along with a creamy feta cheese spread.

Maybe we should get together later and discuss Iowa and what’s really going on and why the Democrats are so hung up on the idea that perfectly reasonable people, who are also Democrats who are not Republicans, are still racists or something like that. There’s some obsessive thinking going on there.

I keep toying with the idea of a podcast and have a name for it all picked out. Anyone want to chime in about that?

In the meantime, check out this video by John “Cedars” Lloyd, on his critique of the Jehovah’s Witnesses latest broadcasting video. An apology in advance to my relatives who still believe this stuff. I just don’t know how they can watch this without a drinking game. Too funny. By the way, you don’t have to sit through the whole video. Just the first 4 minutes should be enough.

Take it away, John.


If the Netflix series House of Cards were for real…

Then now would be the time to buy Netflix

… and also Apple.  (you’d have to be blind to miss the connections)

You’d never want to step foot in the Capitol again because the muck is a foot deep and the scent would linger in the nostrils for an eternity.

You’d really come to hate people like Steny Hoyer.

You’d be on an IV drip of anxiolytics right after you were sworn in.  The game playing is a lot like many corporations where Wall Street values have permeated the working environment and  the obsession with screwing other people to save yourself trumps getting anything else done.

You’d see that lobbyists with money sugar are everywhere, like crack dealers.  They lurk at every party, every hotel, every rib joint.  Everytime you think you’ve kicked the habit, you find yourself in a situation where you need just one more hit to make it through the day.

You’d find that very powerful men can have wives who are smooth and cool and a little bit cruel but who are melting with compassion inside.  Or would be willing to use whatever’s inside to get what she wants, whichever comes first.

You’d soon realize that it’s not wise to be human and that, in the end, the politicians on the hill are no more concerned with what happens to working families and union people than the corporate overlords.   I mean, they really don’t give a s&*^.

But we know that this is just fiction because a.) no one defies their party to vote their conscience on a bill and b.)…

…no female journalists or female bloggers get that much access to what’s going on no matter who they’re sleeping with.  Only male bloggers become journalists on major papers and get access.  Female journalist/bloggers are almost invisible.

If it weren’t for that part, I’d almost believe it.

Lowes, TurboTax and Netflix sponsor Rush Limbaugh #standwithsandra

Pic from SomeOfUs. Check it out at http://sumofus.org/campaigns/limbaugh/

Update II: Bare Escentuals has been added to the list of brands no longer sponsoring Rush.  Thank you, Bare Escentuals.  You can find the up-to-the-minute updated list at feministcampus.org..

Update: Netflix says they have never been a sponsor of Rush’s but that some of their advertisements have appeared on his show anyway.  They say it won’t happen again.

These are biggies to me since Lowes is the closest home improvement store to my house and I live on Netflix since I cut the cord.  But I am really not amused that they both continue to support Rush Limbaugh. Lowes last advertised on Friday so maybe they’re just keeping their heads down, hoping no one will notice they haven’t publicly renounced Rush.  I can always go to Home Depot.  It’s in the same shopping center as Wegmans so it’s a twofer.  I’d hate to give up Netflix but there’s always apple TV, so, you know, think it over Netflix.  And there are alternatives to TurboTax as well (TurboTax Customer Service: (866) 888-2402). Yep, it sucks that Rush went off during tax season but you have to take a stand, Quicken.  None of this halfway crap. Women do have options.

One sponsor I was shocked to see on Rush’s list is Bare Escentuals (Here’s their PR contact info:PR Contact(415) 489-5000
BE-PR@bareescentuals.com).  That’s a makeup company.  I think they make mineral makeup (might even have some of that stuff around, never use it though).  Why in gawd’s name would a makeup company want to advertise on Rush’s show after all of the vile filth he’s been vomiting?  Well, there’s a makeup I never have to buy again.

Media Matters for America is keeping a running list of Rush’s sponsors for the past few days.  You may find that a brand that you use frequently is on it.

Let’s wrap this up, ladies, we’re not finished yet.  Pretty soon, we’re going to hear “Why don’t you leave the poor guy alone.  Hasn’t he suffered enough?  We want to get on with other things.  This is a big distraction.”  That’s just what they want.  They want us to drop it.  But if we do that, they will know that they have beaten us and the jerks will just multiply.  They will be more subtle but there will be more of them and they will be more disrespectful and dismissive to us at work and other public spheres.  This is what has happened since politicians and media outlets joined in a misogynistic frenzy during the 2008 election season.  For women, it has never been the same as it was before 2008.  We have gone backwards because we did not fight back vigorously.

Do you hear me?!?  They aren’t going to stop until we fight them back as hard as we possibly can.  Gird your loins and unsex yourselves.  This is going to get really ugly.