Day 180

•June 29, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Orange is the New Black characters, in descending order of hotness. According to me. Cuz it’s my blog.

Alex Vause – still the hottest.
Poussey – she keeps getting hotter. She could overtake Alex.
Nicky – her sarcasm makes her hotter.
Lolly – ok, shes crazy, but she׳s adorable.
Crazy Eyes – not nearly as crazy as her name auggests
Sophia – I’m sure she’d kick my ass, but I’d like it.
Stella – I’m sure I׳m in the minority, but i never find the super cool slick ones as sexy as everyone else does.
That awkward white girl who crushes out on Crazy Eyes in Season 3
Daya – she׳d be higher if she wasn’t so whiny and mopey all the time.
Big Boo – she scares me most of the time and then other times she seems so cuddly. Gah.
Piper – she was sort of cute when she was a whiny entitled pain in the ass, but making her evil has seriously knocked her down further.

Day 179

•June 28, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Rainy slow Sunday
Equal marriage rules the land
Still black churches burn.

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Day 175

•June 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Because we all need some genuine good news stories now and then, I thought I’d bring people’s attention to Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell.  They were winners of season 21 of the reality show The Amazing Race, but what was most amazing about them winning was how they did it.  They walked the whole race with rolling suitcases, they were almost eliminated due to plane problems, and most amazingly they were these geeky boys, older than most contestants, and who never seemed to fight – this last quality is particularly remakable if you’re familiar with couples who come on the show.  

But the feel good story continues.  They were already part time goat farmers in upstate New York with an obscure cable television show, but unable to quit both their jobs an farm full time.  Their winnings (the prize is one million dollars) allowed them to do that.  But it gets better.  They decided to also invest their money and give out funds to other small farms!  This article suggests they are singlehandedly saving the American farm.  This might be hyperbolic, but they’re certainly doing their part and setting a standard for other people.  If more millionaires had this mindset, capitalism wouldn’t be such a brutal and cruel system.  

Geeky gay boys rock.  

Day 172

•June 21, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Raining all night long
Waking up in muggy heat
Happy tomatoes.

Day 171

•June 20, 2015 • 1 Comment

For my birthday back in February, my spouse got us ani difranco tickets in Northampton. The show was last night.  As it turns out, it couldn’t come at a better time, because Ani is a great antidote for dealing with the fucked up world when it is appearing to be its most fucked up. Just before playing “to the teeth” she said she had the urge to play it 16 more times tonight. I had forgotten about that song, but she was right – it was just what I needed. And her new song “Woebegone” was also just what I needed.

She gave an amazing punk rock version of “Swan Dive” and the crowd hardly sat down during her rendition of “Which side are you on”.

All in all, it was a great show.
Ani set list 6/19/15

Not a pretty girl
Woebegone
Dithering
To the teeth
Unknown new song – Badass guitar playing, something about a roll of bills
Marrow
Careless words
Allergic to water
Two little girls
New song – Purgatory
If he tries anything
New song – consciousness is rising
New song – Stop in the middle of a battle and say you’re sorry
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Everest
Swan dive

Encore songs:
Which side are you on
Overlap

Day 170: Juneteenth

•June 19, 2015 • Leave a Comment

In the wake of the horrific terrorist attack in Charleston, South Carolina, I feel like we need to remember our Civil War history and Juneteenth in particular this year.

“Though Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863, it had minimal immediate effect on most slaves’ day-to-day lives, particularly in Texas, which was almost entirely under Confederate control. Texas was resistant to the Emancipation Proclamation, and though slavery was very prevalent in East Texas, it was not as common in the Western areas of Texas, particularly the Hill Country, where most German-Americans were opposed to the practice. Juneteenth commemorates June 18 and 19, 1865. June 18 is the day Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its slaves. On June 19, 1865, legend has it while standing on the balcony of Galveston’s Ashton Villa, Granger read the contents of “General Order No. 3″:

The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.

That day has since become known as Juneteenth, a name derived from a portmanteau of the words June and nineteenth.

Former slaves in Galveston rejoiced in the streets with jubilant celebrations. Juneteenth celebrations began in Texas the following year. Across many parts of Texas, freed people pooled their funds to purchase land specifically for their communities’ increasingly large Juneteenth gatherings—including Houston’s Emancipation Park, Mexia’s Booker T. Washington Park, and Emancipation Park in Austin.” (Reference)

One hundred and fifty years ago today. It was only one hundred and fifty years ago that Texas officially proclaimed an end to slavery, three and a half after Lincoln announced the Emancipation Proclamation. That is the lifespan of two old people alive today. And we all know that slavery didn’t end racism, and desegregation didn’t end until fifty years ago. Even then it only ended legally.

I’m not saying this in any way justifies the terrorist attack, or means we should go easy on the killer or our criticism. I’m saying undoing the legacy of antiblack racism and institutional slavery is going to take a lot more than a petition to get the Confederate flag taken down from the South Carolina Capitol. I was thinking earlier this morning about the fact that in the Middle East there are groups that get Israelis and Palestinians, or Muslims and Jews and Christians, together to discuss their differences in a respectful, open way. Maybe we need a similar sort of program to help unpack the underlying tensions in this country between northerners and southerners, between whites and blacks, in this country.

Juneteenth-statue
Statue in Galveston commemorating the 1979 passage of legislation “memorializing” the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston, TX.

 
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