thoughts on Jill Stein

In the interest of fairness ;0 This is from an internet comment on Jill Steins page, valid point! (I am actually voting for HRC, sorry)

“In all sincerity and with all due respect, Dr. Stein, what is your plan if Donald Trump is elected president? You have qualms about Hillary Clinton – Some may be valid, others may not – but at this point it will be her or Trump sitting in the chair come January 20th and everything you are doing is actively aiding Trump in his ambition of winning. I admire much of what you stand for, but do you honestly believe the country will be better off with Trump in the White House than Clinton? Do you believe yourself and the Green Party will be able to accomplish MORE in the next 4 years working with a President Trump than a President Clinton? Until I hear a realistic plan about how you intend to actually make Americans lives better under a Trump Presidency I can not view your campaign or any information you disseminate as anything but aiding and abetting the singularly greatest threat to this country in a century if not ever.”

farewell Bernie

“By these measures, any objective observer will conclude that – based on her ideas and her leadership – Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States. The choice is not even close.” – Bernie Sanders

I think people saying “but he hasnt conceded!” after this statement are seriously deluded. Theres no secret coded language here folks & if Bernie was just giving lip service thatd be a very bad statement to make on his part. Hes not that dumb. While I’m REALLY disappointed, I think looking for some secret plot twist thats not there is childs thinking.(and believe me Id love to see a roll call vote end w/ him win or Hillary forced to drop out — but nothing is showing us that is whats going to happen). (maybe we as people could demand it though. Have YOU called the DNC yet? I have) .
The RNC may not all like Trump but they’re united behind him. Lets be active intelligent voters at least. I’m not saying vote for HRC per se, but I dont think there’s time to drum up the same fervor for Jill Stein & a vote for her would be more of a statement vote than an expectation she will win, my opinion. Either way whomever you vote for vote smart. If Hillary loses it’ll only be her own fault. She probably would have gotten the nomination WITHOUT dirty politics, which is another sad truth.

Ive seen some other comments like “they must have had something on him.” Something…worse than what they have on….Hillary? I doubt that. I think they certainly used dirty politics & dishonesty. I also think he took the opportunity to still enact change from within the party to influence the platform & still get to be there.Unfortunately right now the only thing an investigation would affect is the Democrat side of this election. I think an investigation needs to happen sure but I think election Hillary & making the next 4 yrs very uncomfortable for her could also be fun. OR more fun would be her getting elected & then investigated & impeached in disgrace but I”m getting ahead of myself. Sure I want Bernie as President. But Bernie had to want that too.

Trump critical thinking questions, this is a test

So food for thought to Trump supporters…hes going to make America “great” again. Whats wrong with it? Besides the fact theres a Democratic black man as President I mean? Healthcare? Well yes this has gone up & thats a shame on the part of the industry. Will Trump be putting in regulations to minimize price gouging? Or just doing away w/ Obamacare? I get that people dont like being required to have health ins but come on, you need it. If you dont want it, would you be willing to sign something to the effect that you will liable for any & all emergency healthcare costs & wont seek taxpayer help for an ER Bill should it happen? (my idea for a compromise) Cant have cake & eat it both ways. Either you want government involvement out or you dont..

Also, so Trump is going to “bring back jobs.” How will he be accomplishing this? Will he & his billionaire buddies stop outsourcing to third world countries and start manufacturing in America? (highly doubt it), so again I ask-for your critical thinking practice,- what jobs have you been deprived of that hes “Bringing back”?

I hear lots of anti-immigrant rhetoric (but oddly nothing ab sending jobs overseas on his part, his family’s companies & other billionaires like him) but not much actual ideas. I live in a state filled with immigrants. And I myself have never wanted for the jobs they commonly work in. Please point me to the person that didnt become a lawyer or doctor because an immigrant stole that job & we’ll talk. ‪#‎FoodForThought‬

Also the fact that ths man claims that “everyone will be equal” but makes no promises to pass the ERA or any legislation to make this happen does not go unnoticed I hope. Yes you can treat everyone equal based on “merits” but that ignores the reality of a lot of things (privilege, discrimination, different populations limited access to things that would pull them up by their boot straps. A meritocracy does not see these things or factor them in unfortunately)

Just my 2 cents. Or 10. LOL. I’m not asking for a flamewar or even a response. I”m asking you to ponder & really think ab the claims he makes before declaring them to be true

“The United States is the only developed nation in the world without guaranteed, paid parental leave. A democratic, civilized society should guarantee these benefits for the working families and middle class of our country.” – Bernie Sanders

 Once upon a time when Americans had more unions and better worker protections a man could make enough to support his family so his wife wouldn’t have to work. Now both parents have to work full-time to raise a family. Meanwhile corporations and billionaires have grown wealthy enough to buy up our Democracy right out from under our noses. Bernie might be “The People’s” last chance. Otherwise, next stop… Welcome to Fascism.”

Internet response from random person “You mean back when Americans lived within their means???”

SS “People lived within their means then because their means were a fairer representation of their labor and CEOs didn’t make several hundred times more per hour than their lowest paid employee.”

Before world war two, men were paid a “family wage” ..post ww2 when women joined the workforce they were viewed as cheap labor bc they didn’t “need” to work, hence the trend through this very day of women earning less than men in some fields, even for the same job. This is also more women then men are in poverty and more women are on welfare, typically single mothers bc society gives men far more if a pass on nit taking care of their children than women get, so more often it is women caring for kids, daycare, school, dr appts etc. This is steeped in history and by no means a “conspiracy theory ” nor anything to do with people not living within their means rent, gas and food prices do not increase with people’s earnings nor the other way around

Pro-women pop culture

This month brings a lot of awareness about women’s history which I will acknowledge in other blogs.

 

Today as I sit listening to Meaghan Trainor’s song “NO” and Lady Gagas “Til It Happens To You” I’m enjoying the fact that womens issues care being sung about in mainstream pop culture. Meaghan Trainor makes consent catchy. I also think the song showcases that women can choose to not engage a guy or feel pressured to entertain advances if they dont want to and its okay to say …”no.”

“All my ladies listen up
If that boy ain’t giving up
Lick your lips and swing your hips
Girl all you gotta say is…

My name is no
My sign is no
My number is no
You need to let it go
You need to let it go
Need to let it go
Nah to the ah to the, no, no, no
My name is no
My sign is no
My number is no
You need to let it go
You need to let it go
Need to let it go
Nah to the ah to the, no, no, no

Thank you in advance, I don’t wanna dance (nope)
I don’t need your hands all over me
If I want a man, then I’mma get a man
But it’s never my priority
I was in my zone, before you came along, don’t want you to take this personal
Blah, blah, blah, I be like nah to the ah to the, no, no, no ”

 

I do hope that in addition to listening to this song on the radio and mindlessly singing along, that people will hear it and there will be discussion about consent and wanted/unwanted attention. We shall see.

Superbowl San Francisco

The San Francisco Bay Area is preparing  for an influx of sports fans this weekend. Sunday brings the yearly Superbowl into Santa Clara where a new football stadium was recently built. However since the 49ers retained “San Francisco” in name, San FRancisco is the host city.

This week has brought with it a slate of  protests regarding the Superbowl and the expenses incurred by San Francisco! in a city where there’s virtually hundreds of homeless, ignored for decades, it should give people pause to wonder how SF has money to shell out for a one weekend event. The construction of Superbowl City in SF is coming at a cost to the taxpayers of $5 million, none of which is being paid for by the NFL Yet City officials will tell people that their homeless problem is too big, too expensive, too complicated to solve. Imagine how much easier it would be for $5 million to go towards transitional housing, job training, soup kitchens, clean clothes, day shelters and college classes for the city’s homeless population.

I believe protesting down a street is a start, but why stop at that? I think calling attention is good, but more needs to take place than hanging out on the street where people are getting aggravated thus missing the actual message. City council meetings, mayors office, the Superbowl planners, the NFL, the newspapers, the residents….they all need to hear it too.

I was just having a conversation, wondering why Santa Clara wasn’t hosting Superbowl City since they’re the actual city the game will be played in. The feeling is there aren’t places to hang out, eat there, entertain, etc in Santa Clara. Pretty ironic considering plenty of people don’t have anything to eat in San Francisco either. I don’t think it’s much to ask with the millions being made for this, or any other big event really, for a portion to be donated to social services and city needs.

SF is using 5 million dollars of tax payers money to host Superbowl City, which is not being reimbursed by the NFL (like it is in Santa Clara). I’d wager a guess that they will be clutching onto any profit they make to try and break even from the poor contract deal they made that has now caused them deserved public scrutiny.

It’s good to remember (and put it into perspective) that those of us who have homes, even with bills and struggles, are far better off than a lot of people. A bit a traffic to let protesters by is a very first world problem to have,  when people who have lost everything are being ushered into a World War II era-like encampment because they aren’t pretty to look at when a big party comes to town this week.

 

Grease LIve, with a mix of gender stereotypes and rape culture

 

 

Reposting from another blog & will add my thoughts later when I mull them over and collect them coherently

From the Femmegelical Facebook post/blog

“Saw clips this morning of last night’s live “Grease” and thought, good God, we need to talk about the rape culture woven so deeply throughout this classic musical. Girls: “Tell me more, was it love at first sight?” Guys: Tell me more, did she put up a fight?” Ugh. And I’ve always hated that in the end Sandy has to forsake who she is and dress in skin tight sex pot leather dominatrix outfit for everyone to fully accept and acknowledge and Danny to be with her, and to wrap the moral of story up in a neat bow. She teaches people to be kind along the story, but in the end has to change. Definitely art imitating life in that time, but what message do little girls get when we don’t discuss it? I sure remember what Grease taught me and my friends about who we were supposed to be, and it was to be whatever men wanted (the universal change of female looks and behavior into male fantasy that made Danny to that “hubb-a hubb-a” thing he does at the end when he sees Sandy and gives her the absolutely creepy “up and down” with his face over her entire body ). The message is confusing for girls…virgin or whore? Somehow impossibly both. What do we perpetuate when we don’t break down the social and sexual dynamics of art and music for the girls too young to know the history and parse it for their own understanding of themselves? Blog probably forthcoming.