Friday, July 22, 2016

Pollyticks

I've been confining my political maunderings to Facebook recently, as I have a couple of pages over there that feed the need to express myself on the current shenanigans in the election cycle.  Today, I read this:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-schmeltzer/an-open-letter-to-media-o_b_11138928.html

I'm providing the link, but I am also going to copy and paste most of it, as links have a way of vanishing...

The writer is Eric Schmeltzer.

I hope you will excuse the use of "Drumpf."  That is due to an app I facetiously downloaded and now can't figure out how to lose.  The writer of the HuffPost article did not use the word "Drumpf."  I even tried to change it, but the damn app changed it back.





ASSOCIATED PRESS


Dear Members of the Media,

You keep saying this isn’t a normal political cycle, and you’re right. But, you keep covering it like it is one.

From focusing on process stories, like how the Trump campaign flubs roll-outs, to slicing and dicing the electorate up, to report on the horserace, you deprive the American people of a real examination of what’s happening. So, let’s leave aside the usual politics, and examine what happened in Cleveland, this last week:
  •      Speakers charged Hillary Clinton with murder.
  • A Governor held a kangaroo court, where he delivered a prosecution, and asked the mob to render a verdict.
  • Delegates repeatedly chanted to place Donald Trump’s political opponent in jail.
  • One Trump adviser called for her to be shot.
  • Another Republican official called for her to be hanged.
  • The head of Donald Trump's transition team revealed that Trump would ask for a law to be passed to purge the government of any non-loyalists, similar to one of the first bills passed by Germany, after Hitler was elevated to power.
  • Donald Trump declared that America will not jump to the defense of our NATO allies, if invaded by the authoritarian Russian regime.
  • Trump declared that “he alone” will fix America’s problems. Not with a duly elected legislature — alone.
It is all there for you to see, plain as day, what pattern is emerging. What happened in Cleveland mirrors the rise of a populist authoritarian regime, in every way, shape and form.
And many of you are talking about whether Paul Manafort (who has first-hand experience helping out authoritarian regimes) saw a plagiarized speech, or how maybe in some way Ted Cruz united Republicans.
I don’t know any former journalists who worked in Germany, or Italy, or any of the Central or South American countries where power was usurped by strongmen.
But I don’t think it is a stretch to say that a good deal of them, upon losing the power to write and report, thought, “Why didn’t I raise more alarms when I had the chance?”
[....]
There is a growing cancer in our politics — something we thought could never happen here, in America. It has now congealed into a tumor, by the name of Donald Trump.
It is certainly fed by events of the day around the world which, indeed, are scary. Those events are not in your control.
But it also feeds off being treated like it is normal, by the media. Like it is no big deal, no existential threat to how our nation has operated, as a Constitutional Republic, for over 200 years. Reporting on it like normal allows it to spread, feed, and grow as much as anything.
And so, you have a choice. Will you be that energy for the cancer? Will you cover this like it is just another election, or will you drop pretense, and treat it like the serious fork in the road that it is?
I pray, for us, that you start treating it like the latter.

Pollyticks

I've been confining my political maunderings to Facebook recently, as I have a couple of pages over there that feed the need to express myself on the current shenanigans in the election cycle.  Today, I read this:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-schmeltzer/an-open-letter-to-media-o_b_11138928.html

I'm providing the link, but I am also going to copy and paste most of it, as links have a way of vanishing...

The writer is Eric Schmeltzer.

I hope you will excuse the substitution of "Drumpf" for the candidate's name.  That is due to an app I facetiously downloaded and now can't figure out how to lose.  The writer of the HuffPost article did not use the word "Drumpf."  I even tried to change it, but the damn app changed it back.




ASSOCIATED PRESS


Dear Members of the Media,

You keep saying this isn’t a normal political cycle, and you’re right. But, you keep covering it like it is one.

From focusing on process stories, like how the Trump campaign flubs roll-outs, to slicing and dicing the electorate up, to report on the horserace, you deprive the American people of a real examination of what’s happening. So, let’s leave aside the usual politics, and examine what happened in Cleveland, this last week:
  •      Speakers charged Hillary Clinton with murder.
  • A Governor held a kangaroo court, where he delivered a prosecution, and asked the mob to render a verdict.
  • Delegates repeatedly chanted to place Donald Trump’s political opponent in jail.
  • One Trump adviser called for her to be shot.
  • Another Republican official called for her to be hanged.
  • The head of Donald Trump's transition team revealed that Trump would ask for a law to be passed to purge the government of any non-loyalists, similar to one of the first bills passed by Germany, after Hitler was elevated to power.
  • Donald Trump declared that America will not jump to the defense of our NATO allies, if invaded by the authoritarian Russian regime.
  • Trump declared that “he alone” will fix America’s problems. Not with a duly elected legislature — alone.
It is all there for you to see, plain as day, what pattern is emerging. What happened in Cleveland mirrors the rise of a populist authoritarian regime, in every way, shape and form.
And many of you are talking about whether Paul Manafort (who has first-hand experience helping out authoritarian regimes) saw a plagiarized speech, or how maybe in some way Ted Cruz united Republicans.
I don’t know any former journalists who worked in Germany, or Italy, or any of the Central or South American countries where power was usurped by strongmen.
But I don’t think it is a stretch to say that a good deal of them, upon losing the power to write and report, thought, “Why didn’t I raise more alarms when I had the chance?”
[....]
There is a growing cancer in our politics — something we thought could never happen here, in America. It has now congealed into a tumor, by the name of Donald Trump.
It is certainly fed by events of the day around the world which, indeed, are scary. Those events are not in your control.
But it also feeds off being treated like it is normal, by the media. Like it is no big deal, no existential threat to how our nation has operated, as a Constitutional Republic, for over 200 years. Reporting on it like normal allows it to spread, feed, and grow as much as anything.
And so, you have a choice. Will you be that energy for the cancer? Will you cover this like it is just another election, or will you drop pretense, and treat it like the serious fork in the road that it is?
I pray, for us, that you start treating it like the latter.

Pollyticks

I've been confining my political maunderings to Facebook recently, as I have a couple of pages over there that feed the need to express myself on the current shenanigans in the election cycle.  Today, I read this:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-schmeltzer/an-open-letter-to-media-o_b_11138928.html

I'm providing the link, but I am also going to copy and paste most of it, as links have a way of vanishing...

The writer is Eric Schmeltzer.

I hope you will excuse the substitution of "Drumpf" for "Trump."  That is due to an app I facetiously downloaded and now can't figure out how to lose.  The writer of the HuffPost article did not use the word "Drumpf."  I even tried to change it, but the damn app changed it back.


ASSOCIATED PRESS


Dear Members of the Media,

You keep saying this isn’t a normal political cycle, and you’re right. But, you keep covering it like it is one.

From focusing on process stories, like how the Trump campaign flubs roll-outs, to slicing and dicing the electorate up, to report on the horserace, you deprive the American people of a real examination of what’s happening. So, let’s leave aside the usual politics, and examine what happened in Cleveland, this last week:
  •      Speakers charged Hillary Clinton with murder.
  • A Governor held a kangaroo court, where he delivered a prosecution, and asked the mob to render a verdict.
  • Delegates repeatedly chanted to place Donald Trump’s political opponent in jail.
  • One Trump adviser called for her to be shot.
  • Another Republican official called for her to be hanged.
  • The head of Donald Trump's transition team revealed that Trump would ask for a law to be passed to purge the government of any non-loyalists, similar to one of the first bills passed by Germany, after Hitler was elevated to power.
  • Donald Trump declared that America will not jump to the defense of our NATO allies, if invaded by the authoritarian Russian regime.
  • Trump declared that “he alone” will fix America’s problems. Not with a duly elected legislature — alone.
It is all there for you to see, plain as day, what pattern is emerging. What happened in Cleveland mirrors the rise of a populist authoritarian regime, in every way, shape and form.
And many of you are talking about whether Paul Manafort (who has first-hand experience helping out authoritarian regimes) saw a plagiarized speech, or how maybe in some way Ted Cruz united Republicans.
I don’t know any former journalists who worked in Germany, or Italy, or any of the Central or South American countries where power was usurped by strongmen.
But I don’t think it is a stretch to say that a good deal of them, upon losing the power to write and report, thought, “Why didn’t I raise more alarms when I had the chance?”
[....]
There is a growing cancer in our politics — something we thought could never happen here, in America. It has now congealed into a tumor, by the name of Donald Trump.
It is certainly fed by events of the day around the world which, indeed, are scary. Those events are not in your control.
But it also feeds off being treated like it is normal, by the media. Like it is no big deal, no existential threat to how our nation has operated, as a Constitutional Republic, for over 200 years. Reporting on it like normal allows it to spread, feed, and grow as much as anything.
And so, you have a choice. Will you be that energy for the cancer? Will you cover this like it is just another election, or will you drop pretense, and treat it like the serious fork in the road that it is?
I pray, for us, that you start treating it like the latter.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Clothes for the Old Lady

The list of things I won't wear gets longer and longer as time goes on.

Some years ago, I caught a glimpse of myself in a satin shirt, and said, "Oh, no.  Not even."  That was the last time I wore anything shiny.  I will do sparkly, on occasion, but shiny is out.

My friend Jeannie Loving told me, after getting her Colours done (when that was a thing) (she's an Autumn), that the lady told her, if you wear a 14 or larger, you shouldn't wear small all-over prints. As I wax ever larger, I see the truth of that.  In a small print, I look like ten pounds of flour in a five pound sack.

Horizontal stripes went the way of shiny things, at about the same time.

I particularly dislike the knit tops that are printed after being assembled, leaving white gaps where the fabric was folded.  Why is that even a thing?

I like loose clothes, so I buy a size or two larger than some friends think I should.  I have always run with the idea that just because I can pour myself into it doesn't mean it fits.  If it's uncomfortable anywhere, our relationship is over.

There was a brief, shining summer, back in maybe 1975, when I wore a French bikini.  These days, Victorian "bathing costumes" are starting to look pretty good.

I have found that longer tops make me look less like an egg, so they are in like Flynn.  Belts are out...there's no point in putting one on Humpty Dumpty.

By the time I'm 75, I'll be one of those old ladies walking around in a snap-front house dress and slippers.  A polyester jersey snap-front house dress.  Help me.


The first time I saw this image, it was captioned, "Eventually, there comes a time when you have to hang up the Daisy Dukes."  While, in theory, I subscribe to the idea that anyone should wear what they damn well please, I feel the need to draw the line somewhere.  I always wonder what she has on top, under the acid-washed jean jacket.  The man standing in front of her is seriously perusing whatever it is.  She has courage, I'll give her that!



Sunday, July 03, 2016

The Doors, Toronto, Sept 14, 1967


Untitled by veronica-prior

I was at this concert.  You can see me dancing at about 11:05.

45 years ago today, Jim Morrison died.

I am glad I was there.

Monday, June 27, 2016

SCOTUS Gets It Right!

Many of us remember this:

http://ronnisrants.blogspot.com/2013/07/i-am-too-old-for-this-shit.html

Well, the legislation we were protesting passed, don't ya know...because this is, after all, Texas.

However, three years later, the law has made its ponderous way through the courts, all the way to SCOTUS where it got soundly thumped in a 5-3 decision to strike it down.  I can't begin the express the sense of relief this gives me.


http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/06/27/483686616/supreme-court-strikes-down-abortion-restrictions-in-texas?

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/06/27/ruth_bader_ginsburg_says_texas_abortion_arguments_are_beyond_rational_belief.html


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg signed onto Breyer’s decision—but in a separate concurrence, she provided a decidedly blunter assessment of Texas’ anti-abortion argument. “The Texas law called H. B. 2 inevitably will reduce the number of clinics and doctors allowed to provide abortion services,” Ginsburg explained. “Texas argues that H. B. 2’s restrictions are constitutional because they protect the health of women who experience complications from abortions. In truth, ‘complications from an abortion are both rare and rarely dangerous’ ”—as demonstrated in an amicus brief by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
In short, we won.  So, many thanks to Wendy Davis for her courage and tenacity, which prevented the Texas Lege from slipping this through under the radar, and also to SCOTUS, for upholding the Constitution and declaring for women's health, rather than the pandering of the Texas Legislature.


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Wrapping Up

Edited to add link to pictures.

Henry Huey's pictures:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/henry_huey/sets/72157669496924961/with/27801004555/

Well, Death and the Maiden is now one for the history books.  I can scratch it off my bucket list.  In many ways, I hate to see it end.

It's a brilliant show, but one has to go to the Dark Side to do it.  I am extremely grateful for actors willing to do so.  I will admit that it's disappointing that more patrons weren't willing.  They say that, during hard times, people just want fun shows, and I miscalculated.  Silly me.  I thought that, with the economy on the upswing, it was a good time for such a play.  I am now thinking that maybe the economic upswing is not as profound as it seems to be.  That, or people just don't want to go to the Dark Side.

Many thanks to those who came to see it, and especially to those who came in spite of their demons, and those who had to leave.

A critic asked me, "Why this show?"  I was tempted to be flip and say, "Because it's there," but I tried to explain.  I love plays that tell a tough story, and actors who can bring it to life.  I had seen a production of Death and the Maiden years ago, and that production did not seem to bring the story to the audience as well as it might have.  I thought I would like to try and do better, and, thanks to a stellar cast and dedicated crew, I did.  But the real real reason is that there are places in the play, lines of Paulina's, in which she says things I know to be true, but have trouble voicing on my own.  These things were said, in Ariel Dorfman's words, in Cathie Sheridan's voice, from my heart and gut.

Thank you!