Archive for February, 2013

Dear Congress, …

Posted: February 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

Dear Congress, Lay off the power-tripping playing politics mess and look out for this country’s citizens. This is what the sequester will really do to hurt the middle class.

— 10,000 teachers would be laid off, $400 million would be cut from Head Start, the program that makes sure at-risk preschoolers are ready for kindergarten, and 70,000 kids would be kicked out of the early-education program completely.

— The budget for firemen and other first responders to react when natural disasters strike would be cut by $35 million.

— Nutrition programs that help make sure seniors don’t go hungry would be cut by $43 million.

— A program that helps provide housing for the formerly homeless, including many veterans, would be shuttered, putting them at risk of going back on the street.

— A number of programs that help the most vulnerable families and children would be slashed — including the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children dropping 600,000 women alone.

REAL Effects of the Sequester

Phenomenal Floacist

Posted: February 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

I heard thde Floacist interviewed today and I was truly smitten. Being in my mid-30’s and a huge quality music fan, I miss Floetry’s original sound, and groups of the “neo-soul” “backpack genre” that are creative, fresh, and talented. So true, that the industry is superficial and encourages mindless, catchy hits… I am BEYOND EXCITED that unique artists are stepping out and making moves in the name of beautifully inspirational music. LOVE THIS!

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Monday condemned racially charged language used by a federal prosecutor in Texas.

The justice, appointed to the court by President Barack Obama in 2009, took the relatively unusual step of writing a statement to accompany the nine-member Supreme Court’s announcement that it would not take up a criminal case.

Sotomayor took issue with the unidentified prosecutor who, while questioning an African-American defendant in a drug case, asked: “You’ve got African-Americans, you’ve got Hispanics, you’ve got a bag full of money. Does that tell you – a light bulb doesn’t go off in your head and say, this is a drug deal?”

The first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, Sotomayor wrote that the prosecutor had “tapped a deep and sorry vein of racial prejudice that has run through the history of criminal justice in our nation.”

The question was “pernicious in its attempt to substitute racial stereotype for evidence,” she added. Sotomayor also accused the Obama administration of playing down the issue.

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                    —                Lawrence Hurley, “Sonia Sotomayor Condemns Prosecutor’s Racially Charged Question,” Huffington Post 2/25/13

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Missouri Lawmaker Takes Aim At Gun Bill — Literally — By Shooting Holes In It

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/02…

Earlier this week, Missouri state Rep. Eric Burlison (R) posted a video where he criticizes proposed legislation banning assault rifles and large capacity magazines, and then emphasizes his point by using the bill as target practice: Burlison’s antics closely resemble an ad then-Gov. Joe Manchin (D-…
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It’s definately Not Hot, SI

Posted: February 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

I’m sure by now you’ve heard or you’ve read articles about the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition fail that swept like wildfire through the tubes and pipes of the internet. We have enough “WTF, mate?” articles about this most recent cultural appropriation fail, and unless I’m breaking a story, which I’m clearly not since this happened last week, I like to add something new to the conversation. I took a look at the (offending) pictures from this shoot, and frankly, regardless of the use of race props, most of the (again, offending) pictures are just. terrible.

What do you think?

 

I know the point of the SI swimsuit shoot is to take a picture of a hot woman in a bikini and all the other elements are just stuff distracting the reader from boobs (what, it’s true) but that doesn’t mean the pictures have to be awful, do they? Does anyone care about the art in pictures of scantily clad twenty somethings? And I’m not only feeling this because I’m a big smoothie, because (link pretty NSFW) Exterface is a pretty awesome photo studio that deals in beautiful people (of both sexes) wearing not much at all, and the pictures are fantastic as well as sexy.

What do you think?

 

So, for my exploration of the intense racefail that permeates the pages of this year’s Swimsuit edition, I want to offer my take on what would be a culturally respectful, creative, and sexy “Around the World” shoot, if at all possible. To make sure (as I possibly can) I wasn’t offering suggestions that were in themselves problematic, I referred to Jezebel’s recent article “A Much Needed Primer On Cultural Appropriation”. Here are a few suggestions (I limit these suggestions to three of the images, because you don’t have all day, do you?):

distracting the reader from boobs (what, it’s true) but that doesn’t mean the pictures have to be awful, do they? Does anyone care about the art in pictures of scantily clad twenty somethings? And I’m not only feeling this because I’m a big smoothie, because (link pretty NSFW) Exterface is a pretty awesome photo studio that deals in beautiful people (of both sexes) wearing not much at all, and the pictures are fantastic as well as sexy.

What do you think?

 

So, for my exploration of the intense racefail that permeates the pages of this year’s Swimsuit edition, I want to offer my take on what would be a culturally respectful, creative, and sexy “Around the World” shoot, if at all possible. To make sure (as I possibly can) I wasn’t offering suggestions that were in themselves problematic, I referred to Jezebel’s recent article “A Much Needed Primer On Cultural Appropriation”. Here are a few suggestions (I limit these suggestions to three of the images, because you don’t have all day, do you?):

What do you think?

 

1. Jessica Gomes, China:

What do you think?

 

Jessica Gomes, China. Image via SI.com

Jessica Gomes in China. Image via SI.com.

The underlying problem with a shoot like this is there is almost no way for a bikini clad model in a foreign place to not somehow sexualize that place, and by extension, its people. If I was the editor I would have nixed this idea at the pitch meeting, because in order to get to the end of the idea safely, you have to cross a minefield of bad taste. And… like… is it just me or do pictures of barely dressed women placed among children just a strange, strange choice for any sexy photo shoot?

What do you think?

 

And, I have to admit something as well before I go on: in doing this, I had to snooze button all the feminist alarms that are sounding in my head. They ring every time I go back to SI.com. I know these pictures aren’t for me, so I’m trying, y’all. I honestly took a Pretty Little Liars break (what?) because I was afraid the entire internet would yell at this article and by extension, me. But then, while watching Spencer and Aria (what?) Suggestion Number 1 popped into my head: don’t include the native peoples in the shoot- at least as a prop, for goodness sake. You’ve already crossed the threshold into thinking about respect at least a little.

What do you think?

 

Jessica Gomes in China. Image via SI.com.

Jessica Gomes in China. Image via SI.com.