If You’re Not Outraged – Oh, Put a Cork In It!


Who Isn’t?

Some random thoughts.

I think being liberal/progressive means wanting to make the world better, not complaining that it isn’t, by taking care of each other. It’s more about cooperation than competition.

Most of what I see on Facebook and in liberal news sites and e-mails is all about how we have a better plan for putting things right, explanations of those plans, and examples of where we have implemented them on a smaller scale and tinkered with them until they worked the way we wanted.

I wish. No, it’s all about the worst things said by the most absurd conservatives. Admittedly, if you just focus on the environment or women’s issues, there is an excess of grist for that outrage mill. After handing these morons (I mean Glenn Beck, Michelle Bachmann, Todd Akin, Ann Coulter, et al) megaphones, these sites then ask for money to combat this message that they are helping to spread.

Instead of feeding each other’s outrage by sharing every stupid, mean, and crazy thing the worst conservatives say, how about touting that other stuff? What accomplishments are people achieving, or what promising things are scientists doing? Or something else. Be creative. I’m tired of being outraged all the time. That bumper sticker? If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention? Well, are we going to have a revolution and do something with that outrage? Or is the outrage just an end in itself? Usually it’s just an end in itself, or is used to ask for donations. OR it’s a dog whistle to give people a reason to say, “Yeah! Those guys SUCK!” And round and round we go. Meanwhile, our energies are spent in complaining instead of in making things better.

Facebook is where people take their outrage for a walk. Everyone wants everyone else to be outraged. Who can sustain that, day in, day out? But what other reason is there for liberal sites to post every crazy thing these people say?

I don’t mind outrage, if it precedes revolution. We could use a revolution.

I have no desire for what Barbara Ehrenreich called Bright-siding. I’m half-Irish, half-German: you think I want to be CHIPPER? Fuck you. I want to make things better. There is a place for bitching. But it has become a cultural habit, An industry. If we want to prove that we are better than the other guy, parroting what they say and then condemning it, while failing to articulate our own priorities and how we’re going to get there is a waste of time.

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Is Romney Like Hitler?


No. Not remotely. Not in any sense What.So.Ever.

This piece of crap was posted on Facebook today:

This shit has to stop.

Just because someone doesn’t agree with your politics does NOT – repeat, NOT – make them even remotely similar to a genocidal maniac.

Have a modicum of decency and reason. Can you imagine what people in Germany, who live with reminders of the Holocaust in their daily lives, think of idiocy like this? Or Jewish people whose family members died in the Holocaust?

The idiot who put this meme together doesn’t even know that Hitler served in the military. Moral and mental invalid. Must we prove over and over and over that we don’t have the most rudimentary grasp of even the most well known episodes of recent history? Then people re-post this crap without a moment’s reflection.

Stop it. Just stop it.

Men Step Out Against Rape and Domestic Violence


The Sisters are doing it for themselves as they fight the War Against Women. But men can come along.

IF they have the right shoes.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an organization that gives men the opportunity to stand up in public, in a playful, non-confrontational manner, and say to other men that violence against women is wrong, wrong, wrong.

Each year, an ever-increasing number of men, women and their families are joining the award-winning Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence. A Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® Event is a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and remediations to sexualized violence.

This is not just a figure of speech. Men walking in our own shoes, down the street, saying we’re “walking a mile in women’s shoes”: what kind of notice would that get?
But put a bunch of men in, say 4″ cherry red heels, and you have better visuals, and you KNOW the women will show up to see men walking down the street in heels!
I hear you, gents: “No way they make heels in my size.”
Au contraire, mes frères.
Voilà!

Do These Shoes Make My Ass Look Big?

Sizes 9 to 14. Order now, and strut your stuff for the women you love.

Bigfoot Caught Rubbing One Out


That’s what I thought too, but it’s actually Bigfoot holding a fish.

Don’t Do It. Fight The Urge!


Ahhh, ya weakling. =) It does really sound like that, huh?

They love that


Can we be feminist and still have a sense of humor? I think so. Try not to laugh. Discuss.

The Tea Party In Reality


Sexting In Bed


I’m Sure You Know Someone Who Needs To Get This Message


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