Archive | September, 2007

My Heros: Compliments of NBC

28 Sep

I don’t even really enjoy TV that much. So when I say I love a television show, hear me out.
However, I do not love a television show; I love two.

The Office and 30Rock are the two singel greatest inventions of this young century.

Tina Fey is one of my life Role Models.

just take it for what it is.

My Heros: Compliments of NBC

27 Sep

I don’t even really enjoy TV that much. So when I say I love a television show, hear me out.
However, I do not love a television show; I love two.

The Office and 30Rock are the two singel greatest inventions of this young century.

Tina Fey is one of my life Role Models.

just take it for what it is.

Rhythem and Resistance

26 Sep

I’ve been digging music lately. If my iTunes was a person, it would have died of exhaustion by now; gotta love the 21st century and our wonderful robots. I’m actually looking for a god way to download legal (wink-wink) music. What does everyone use out there? I have a friend who has a freind who was just fined nearly 5 grand for downloading music he didn’t pay for. So if you have a suggestion of a method, or your favorite artists i should check out, holler.

Tomorrow I have a quiz in my Woman and Revolution in the Middle East class. Thus, I’ve spent all day intermittenly absorbing my fatty course reader loaded with badass Arab-feminist articles, a memoir of said badass Arab feminist, and napping. Today has been mind-expanding. While re-reading my class disscussion notes, I came across a scribbled side note I didn’t realize the significance of when I originally wrote it…but I got to thinking…and that’s where I am now. Thinking.Not studying. Blogging like the (proud)geek that I am. Listening to Cat Stevens to carry on my theme of Thourghly Islamic Thursday. Here is what’s stopped me in my tracks:

Women often participate in the reproduction of partiarchy.

How would this idea be expanded to encapsulate the West, America,Los Angeles, USC, Me, My mental processes and beliefs? How am i reinforcing patriarchical institutions? Is an active or passive approach to resistance more powerful?

Here is a concrete example of my concious resistance: I do not purchase woman’s magazines, like Cosmopolitan. I don’t understand how the fuckers get off telling women how insufficient they are as people to sell their shit. And honestly, I don’t see why women buy a magazine who content and advertisments are demeaning.Demeaning and backhanded–the Ads and articles are written like it’s a dialouge between close friends, leading the reader to assume all the bullshit is friendly advice from a source who knows and cares about them. It’s very tricky. For amusement, here’s a list of things the magazine usually has and promotes and their accompanying connotations:
1)anti-aging cream: youth is beauty–> beauty is your physicaly appearance–>look young
2)Hair product that makes your hair shiney: Your hair is not healthy if it is not shiny–>be healthy–>be shiney
3)10 things he wants you to do in bed and 4 ways to change your personality to make him smile:you are presently insufficient/not fulfilling him in bed and are an annoying whore

You get the point. So I Cosmo is a womens reproduction of patriarchy, emphasizing the place of woman in the division of gender roles in society.Then, repackaged under the faux-guise of ‘female empowerment.’ Huh.

For clairification, I AM NOT A MAN-HATING FEMINIST WHO REJECTS FEMININITY, RESENTS GIRLS IN HEELS AND RED LIPSTICK, AND BELIEVES MEN ARE THE DEVIL REINCARNATE AND OR/RAPISTS. Men are great, and women are free to ornament themselves however makes them happy. I just believe in gender equality, and wish we wouldn’t categorize personality traits/activities/emotions/space in accordance with one gender or the other…and that it seems strickingly obvious to me that woman got shafted with the lesser qualities of the above. That’s it–can you blame me?

Rhythem and Resistance

25 Sep

I’ve been digging music lately. If my iTunes was a person, it would have died of exhaustion by now; gotta love the 21st century and our wonderful robots. I’m actually looking for a god way to download legal (wink-wink) music. What does everyone use out there? I have a friend who has a freind who was just fined nearly 5 grand for downloading music he didn’t pay for. So if you have a suggestion of a method, or your favorite artists i should check out, holler.

Tomorrow I have a quiz in my Woman and Revolution in the Middle East class. Thus, I’ve spent all day intermittenly absorbing my fatty course reader loaded with badass Arab-feminist articles, a memoir of said badass Arab feminist, and napping. Today has been mind-expanding. While re-reading my class disscussion notes, I came across a scribbled side note I didn’t realize the significance of when I originally wrote it…but I got to thinking…and that’s where I am now. Thinking.Not studying. Blogging like the (proud)geek that I am. Listening to Cat Stevens to carry on my theme of Thourghly Islamic Thursday. Here is what’s stopped me in my tracks:

Women often participate in the reproduction of partiarchy.

How would this idea be expanded to encapsulate the West, America,Los Angeles, USC, Me, My mental processes and beliefs? How am i reinforcing patriarchical institutions? Is an active or passive approach to resistance more powerful?

Here is a concrete example of my concious resistance: I do not purchase woman’s magazines, like Cosmopolitan. I don’t understand how the fuckers get off telling women how insufficient they are as people to sell their shit. And honestly, I don’t see why women buy a magazine who content and advertisments are demeaning.Demeaning and backhanded–the Ads and articles are written like it’s a dialouge between close friends, leading the reader to assume all the bullshit is friendly advice from a source who knows and cares about them. It’s very tricky. For amusement, here’s a list of things the magazine usually has and promotes and their accompanying connotations:
1)anti-aging cream: youth is beauty–> beauty is your physicaly appearance–>look young
2)Hair product that makes your hair shiney: Your hair is not healthy if it is not shiny–>be healthy–>be shiney
3)10 things he wants you to do in bed and 4 ways to change your personality to make him smile:you are presently insufficient/not fulfilling him in bed and are an annoying whore

You get the point. So I Cosmo is a womens reproduction of patriarchy, emphasizing the place of woman in the division of gender roles in society.Then, repackaged under the faux-guise of ‘female empowerment.’ Huh.

For clairification, I AM NOT A MAN-HATING FEMINIST WHO REJECTS FEMININITY, RESENTS GIRLS IN HEELS AND RED LIPSTICK, AND BELIEVES MEN ARE THE DEVIL REINCARNATE AND OR/RAPISTS. Men are great, and women are free to ornament themselves however makes them happy. I just believe in gender equality, and wish we wouldn’t categorize personality traits/activities/emotions/space in accordance with one gender or the other…and that it seems strickingly obvious to me that woman got shafted with the lesser qualities of the above. That’s it–can you blame me?

Geriatric or Geri-AWESOME! You decide.

24 Sep

Literally, you decide. I didn’t think this blog was going to get personal, but hey, the personal is political so I shall soujourn into the nitty-gritty details of my life.

I got an email today from my mom. She and my dad chilled with my senile grandmother on Yom Kippur, and suprise suprise, my Grandma refused to participate in the holiday. Why? In the last few years, she’s come to the conclusion that I reached about 12 years ago: God doesn’t exisit. It seem ironic and unfortunate to me that in her first relitivly healthy 83 years of life God was the real deal to her, and now when she’s dying and believing in God would be benificial, it’s just a socially constucted figment of our limited, worthless imaginations. Side note- now you see where I get my cynicism.

I don’t think anyone anticipates being ‘that’ old lady or gent: the one defines the paradox of regressesing back into a needy childlike state as they gain more life experiance and perspective in their golden years; the one whose identity is so woven into the identity of their spouse that once one goes, the other is left perpetually unfulfilled and alone; the one who their grandchildren are coaxed into visiting by a trip to dairy queen afterwards. Color me naieve, but my take on ageing is that although the body can deginerate, the spirit does not…unless willfully provoked to do so. All of this makes me wonder, how the fuck can I prevent myself from being ‘that’ old lady?

The best I can come up with is a list of things I need to do before dying of old age.That way, there will always be something to strive for, and I will remain humbeling knowing I’m not done learning… Someone remind me in 70 years to look through my college blog archive to dig this thing out.

Before I Die Activity Wish List: The Idiots Guide to Being a Badass Senior Citizen
1.invent something, anything. It doesn’t need a patent, but it must be creative
2.write your memoirs and get them published and then buy your own memoir nonchalantly at a bookstore after casually asking the staff where author “zurow, Emily” can be found.
3. Make a playlist of your life using all of your favorite songs at that point in time in your life
4.Re-instigate the Impeach Cheney campaign for laughs–it’s better late than never
5. Take bongo lessons, and go play your heart out downtown like nobody’s watching every wednesday
6. Write a Letter to the Editor or a Letter to the President daily, just to say hi and give ’em your two cents
7.Pull practical jokes on your nursing home roomates
8.juggle at least 4 penpals
9. use the phrase “back in my day” minimum twice a day
10. Go on Ripply’s Believe it or Not tour for being one of the last existing redheads on earth
11.DO NOT go on any vacation that requires me to be a tourist; engage inthe culture
12. Send random people from my past postage letters along with a free sample of invention ( see point 1)
13.Do not be frugal.
14. Do not forget the 60’s.
15. Having a sega genisis and/or super nintendo in my nursing home room
16.Don’t be too mad at self for smoking cigarettes in your youth…because you didn’t know it was bad for you…yeahhhh
17.try to eradicate any reminants of Seperate but Equal with any minority culture
18. Do you still live in America?…that sucks…
19.Make fun of yourself because-trust me- everyone else is.
20. Don’t wear shoes whenever possible.
21. Invent a random holiday, make everyone around you celebrate it, and pitch it to Hallmark
22. Browse through Comm 395 course reader to see how far feminism has come
23.Lie to strangers for the hell of it, claiming you were the one who Shot the Sherrif, but You DID NOT Shoot the Deputy
24. You also beat Richard Nixon in a game of Scrabble
25.Preform beat poetry in a youthful ill-lit coffee house. Trade your old-people’s drugs for their new aged drugs and see what Soma is really like
26.Note to self: the television is not your friend.
27. Tour the country as a speaker.
28. Remember:it’s not over until it’s over: old is not almost dead, and almost dead is not dead.
29.Visit USC: is it anything special? sneak into the breakroom during greek rush and steal the snacks
30.Visit your childhood thinking spot under the bridge by the creek.Are they multi-story appartment buildings yet? If yes-egg them. If no–get out your elementary school diaries you wrote in by that creek and reminisce.
31. Just curious: does paris hilton look exactly the same with all of the botox?
32.Cry easily;feel strongly; speak wisely;laugh always
33. Never forget that the first thursday of everyother month is opposite day
34.Organize a rec league of wheel chair/walker freeze tag
35. Realize that because nothing matters, everything matters, and do whatever the fuck you want

Geriatric or Geri-AWESOME! You decide.

23 Sep

Literally, you decide. I didn’t think this blog was going to get personal, but hey, the personal is political so I shall soujourn into the nitty-gritty details of my life.

I got an email today from my mom. She and my dad chilled with my senile grandmother on Yom Kippur, and suprise suprise, my Grandma refused to participate in the holiday. Why? In the last few years, she’s come to the conclusion that I reached about 12 years ago: God doesn’t exisit. It seem ironic and unfortunate to me that in her first relitivly healthy 83 years of life God was the real deal to her, and now when she’s dying and believing in God would be benificial, it’s just a socially constucted figment of our limited, worthless imaginations. Side note- now you see where I get my cynicism.

I don’t think anyone anticipates being ‘that’ old lady or gent: the one defines the paradox of regressesing back into a needy childlike state as they gain more life experiance and perspective in their golden years; the one whose identity is so woven into the identity of their spouse that once one goes, the other is left perpetually unfulfilled and alone; the one who their grandchildren are coaxed into visiting by a trip to dairy queen afterwards. Color me naieve, but my take on ageing is that although the body can deginerate, the spirit does not…unless willfully provoked to do so. All of this makes me wonder, how the fuck can I prevent myself from being ‘that’ old lady?

The best I can come up with is a list of things I need to do before dying of old age.That way, there will always be something to strive for, and I will remain humbeling knowing I’m not done learning… Someone remind me in 70 years to look through my college blog archive to dig this thing out.

Before I Die Activity Wish List: The Idiots Guide to Being a Badass Senior Citizen
1.invent something, anything. It doesn’t need a patent, but it must be creative
2.write your memoirs and get them published and then buy your own memoir nonchalantly at a bookstore after casually asking the staff where author “zurow, Emily” can be found.
3. Make a playlist of your life using all of your favorite songs at that point in time in your life
4.Re-instigate the Impeach Cheney campaign for laughs–it’s better late than never
5. Take bongo lessons, and go play your heart out downtown like nobody’s watching every wednesday
6. Write a Letter to the Editor or a Letter to the President daily, just to say hi and give ’em your two cents
7.Pull practical jokes on your nursing home roomates
8.juggle at least 4 penpals
9. use the phrase “back in my day” minimum twice a day
10. Go on Ripply’s Believe it or Not tour for being one of the last existing redheads on earth
11.DO NOT go on any vacation that requires me to be a tourist; engage inthe culture
12. Send random people from my past postage letters along with a free sample of invention ( see point 1)
13.Do not be frugal.
14. Do not forget the 60’s.
15. Having a sega genisis and/or super nintendo in my nursing home room
16.Don’t be too mad at self for smoking cigarettes in your youth…because you didn’t know it was bad for you…yeahhhh
17.try to eradicate any reminants of Seperate but Equal with any minority culture
18. Do you still live in America?…that sucks…
19.Make fun of yourself because-trust me- everyone else is.
20. Don’t wear shoes whenever possible.
21. Invent a random holiday, make everyone around you celebrate it, and pitch it to Hallmark
22. Browse through Comm 395 course reader to see how far feminism has come
23.Lie to strangers for the hell of it, claiming you were the one who Shot the Sherrif, but You DID NOT Shoot the Deputy
24. You also beat Richard Nixon in a game of Scrabble
25.Preform beat poetry in a youthful ill-lit coffee house. Trade your old-people’s drugs for their new aged drugs and see what Soma is really like
26.Note to self: the television is not your friend.
27. Tour the country as a speaker.
28. Remember:it’s not over until it’s over: old is not almost dead, and almost dead is not dead.
29.Visit USC: is it anything special? sneak into the breakroom during greek rush and steal the snacks
30.Visit your childhood thinking spot under the bridge by the creek.Are they multi-story appartment buildings yet? If yes-egg them. If no–get out your elementary school diaries you wrote in by that creek and reminisce.
31. Just curious: does paris hilton look exactly the same with all of the botox?
32.Cry easily;feel strongly; speak wisely;laugh always
33. Never forget that the first thursday of everyother month is opposite day
34.Organize a rec league of wheel chair/walker freeze tag
35. Realize that because nothing matters, everything matters, and do whatever the fuck you want

Yom Kippur: I am Hungry

22 Sep

Fasting is a funny little concept. The logic is, without eating all of our focus can be centered on reflection and atonement. Maybe it’s just me, but that’s not how it works. Not eating for 25 hours makes me uncomfortable, being uncomfortable makes me agitated, and being agitated makes it that much harder to make peace and not war.

It’s time to atone, to apologize to the world for being an ass. Where to begin? I usually have a laundry list of people, but I’ve really made a concious effort to improve my relationships. So on my annual fuck-up Yom Kippur scoreboard, it pans out that I’ve wronged less people…just more severley. I’m not sure which scenario is worse. Oh well, here is the start of what is a much longer list:

I AM SORRY…

…SELF. I’ve always been my own harshest critic. This quality has pros and cons. I hold myself to really high standards so I’m always trying new things and pushing myself to mentally expand and drop judgements.Unfortunatly, when pushing myself to reach my potential, I often negativly view my shortcomings. I can be more mean to myself than anyone else, and it’s strange how different a message coming from yourself to yourself is so much less constructive than it is just blunt criticism. My goal is to look at it like this: I am who I want to be in the present moment, despite all bagage and future ambiguities. I’m sorry, self.

…GRANDMA. She’s dying. The only thing that makes her happy anymore is my brother, my dad and I. Yet, I still made mental excuses while I was home for a chunck of the summer to only see her enough times to count on my hands. It was really selfish. I don’t like being responsible for anyones happiness but my own. I was in this exact same situation with my grandpa before he died, and I avioded him because I was too busy with soccer and school and being a kid.Excuses will always exist, I just need to suck it up and spend time with her because there wont be a ‘her’ soon enough.Everyone is counting on me to be there for her- i get calls from aunts and uncles to go see her so she doesn’t die. I don’t like my extended family, but my grandma does deserve to be happy. I’ll make a resolution to see her more over winter break. I’m sorry, grandma.

…MOM. I’m not the daughter she wanted, and she doesn’t get to be the mom she wants to be because of it. Life would be easier if I was a beautiful sorority girl who loved dogs and horses and always had a charming boyfreind and could promise her grandchildren and enjoyed shopping and cooking and family affairs. I’m just not. I’m sorry, mom.

…DAD. He’s a good guy, but i treat him like a disease for the most part. I can’t explain it–i jut have a deep, gut aversion towards him. I’ve been a lot nicer to him than I used to be this past year, but I will never be able to give him the relationship he wants with me. I’m sorry, Dad.

…ALL THE PEOPLE I LIED TO WHEN I TRIED TO GET HIRED: i must have lied to about 6 different manegers when i was trying to land a job this summer, telling them I wasn’t going back to school. Woops, lie. I’m sorry, employers.

…FOR BEING A HYPOCRITE: sorry world, i don’t act on half of the ideals i preach. I’ll try and step up my game. I’m sorry, world.

what a depressing entry. Well, i guess the day of atonement is kind of a downer day.Maybe i’m just hungry.meh.

Yom Kippur: I am Hungry

21 Sep

Fasting is a funny little concept. The logic is, without eating all of our focus can be centered on reflection and atonement. Maybe it’s just me, but that’s not how it works. Not eating for 25 hours makes me uncomfortable, being uncomfortable makes me agitated, and being agitated makes it that much harder to make peace and not war.

It’s time to atone, to apologize to the world for being an ass. Where to begin? I usually have a laundry list of people, but I’ve really made a concious effort to improve my relationships. So on my annual fuck-up Yom Kippur scoreboard, it pans out that I’ve wronged less people…just more severley. I’m not sure which scenario is worse. Oh well, here is the start of what is a much longer list:

I AM SORRY…

…SELF. I’ve always been my own harshest critic. This quality has pros and cons. I hold myself to really high standards so I’m always trying new things and pushing myself to mentally expand and drop judgements.Unfortunatly, when pushing myself to reach my potential, I often negativly view my shortcomings. I can be more mean to myself than anyone else, and it’s strange how different a message coming from yourself to yourself is so much less constructive than it is just blunt criticism. My goal is to look at it like this: I am who I want to be in the present moment, despite all bagage and future ambiguities. I’m sorry, self.

…GRANDMA. She’s dying. The only thing that makes her happy anymore is my brother, my dad and I. Yet, I still made mental excuses while I was home for a chunck of the summer to only see her enough times to count on my hands. It was really selfish. I don’t like being responsible for anyones happiness but my own. I was in this exact same situation with my grandpa before he died, and I avioded him because I was too busy with soccer and school and being a kid.Excuses will always exist, I just need to suck it up and spend time with her because there wont be a ‘her’ soon enough.Everyone is counting on me to be there for her- i get calls from aunts and uncles to go see her so she doesn’t die. I don’t like my extended family, but my grandma does deserve to be happy. I’ll make a resolution to see her more over winter break. I’m sorry, grandma.

…MOM. I’m not the daughter she wanted, and she doesn’t get to be the mom she wants to be because of it. Life would be easier if I was a beautiful sorority girl who loved dogs and horses and always had a charming boyfreind and could promise her grandchildren and enjoyed shopping and cooking and family affairs. I’m just not. I’m sorry, mom.

…DAD. He’s a good guy, but i treat him like a disease for the most part. I can’t explain it–i jut have a deep, gut aversion towards him. I’ve been a lot nicer to him than I used to be this past year, but I will never be able to give him the relationship he wants with me. I’m sorry, Dad.

…ALL THE PEOPLE I LIED TO WHEN I TRIED TO GET HIRED: i must have lied to about 6 different manegers when i was trying to land a job this summer, telling them I wasn’t going back to school. Woops, lie. I’m sorry, employers.

…FOR BEING A HYPOCRITE: sorry world, i don’t act on half of the ideals i preach. I’ll try and step up my game. I’m sorry, world.

what a depressing entry. Well, i guess the day of atonement is kind of a downer day.Maybe i’m just hungry.meh.

Yes Regis, I Am a Vegetarian

18 Sep

Imagine learning a friend is Jewish and responding: ” Really? Why? ( awkward pause). Don’t you like God?”

I’ve never done that, and I’ve never had that happen to me. Which is why i don’t understand why that seems to be the general response I get when people learn I’m a vegetarian, replacing “God” with “meat.” I consider myself a pretty open book- the link to this blog is on my facebook- but it baffels me when people so nonchalantly question the legitimacy of my moral stance and choice not to eat meat. I can count on this question popping up as regularly as ovulating.

I’m posting my reasons for being to cyberspace and beyond to anwser once and for all why I chose to be a vegetarian, and never again. I’ll just reference them to my blog, like a true doughebag.

My final anwser:

Reason 1: If it is a sentient being, don’t kill it. That’s speciesist. A lower level of cognition isn’t enough to justify killing other sentient beings,and finding it immoral to kill humans. It’s not like I think killing a genius is any more immorl than killing someone with a primary school education than killing a pesant in a 3rd world country than killing a seeing eye dog than killing a cow. True, they all have different levels of intelligence. But if they all have a will to live and feel pain, should that even matter? I think not.

Reason 2: The meat industry is a bastard. Yup, you heard me. They exploit anything and everything they can: your pocketbook, your land, your tax dollars, and the list goes on.

Reason 3: Ecofeminism. Ever notice how the meat industry and the porn industry use images of eachother to sell? Women in porn and erotica are fragmented into legs and breasts, and even shown with food a lot of time. And if you loo at meat advertisments, there are usually depictions of female animals with round rumps, eyelashes and lipstick, winking at the camera.

If you really care, I can go on. I think you get the idea. It’s cool if yu eat mean. I don’t want to. Leave me alone.

Yes Regis, I Am a Vegetarian

17 Sep

Imagine learning a friend is Jewish and responding: ” Really? Why? ( awkward pause). Don’t you like God?”

I’ve never done that, and I’ve never had that happen to me. Which is why i don’t understand why that seems to be the general response I get when people learn I’m a vegetarian, replacing “God” with “meat.” I consider myself a pretty open book- the link to this blog is on my facebook- but it baffels me when people so nonchalantly question the legitimacy of my moral stance and choice not to eat meat. I can count on this question popping up as regularly as ovulating.

I’m posting my reasons for being to cyberspace and beyond to anwser once and for all why I chose to be a vegetarian, and never again. I’ll just reference them to my blog, like a true doughebag.

My final anwser:

Reason 1: If it is a sentient being, don’t kill it. That’s speciesist. A lower level of cognition isn’t enough to justify killing other sentient beings,and finding it immoral to kill humans. It’s not like I think killing a genius is any more immorl than killing someone with a primary school education than killing a pesant in a 3rd world country than killing a seeing eye dog than killing a cow. True, they all have different levels of intelligence. But if they all have a will to live and feel pain, should that even matter? I think not.

Reason 2: The meat industry is a bastard. Yup, you heard me. They exploit anything and everything they can: your pocketbook, your land, your tax dollars, and the list goes on.

Reason 3: Ecofeminism. Ever notice how the meat industry and the porn industry use images of eachother to sell? Women in porn and erotica are fragmented into legs and breasts, and even shown with food a lot of time. And if you loo at meat advertisments, there are usually depictions of female animals with round rumps, eyelashes and lipstick, winking at the camera.

If you really care, I can go on. I think you get the idea. It’s cool if yu eat mean. I don’t want to. Leave me alone.

Can you recognize a dystopia when you’re in one?

14 Sep

So.

2008 is slowly but surly creeping closer and closer, and I cannot wait. 2008=election year=dictator G.W.Bush is exiled from the white house=an opportunity for ‘The Land of the Free’ to become more than just rhetoric.

I’m not sure where my vote is going yet. What I am sure of is that as election time gets closer, I will be bombarded with very pursuasive presidential campaigns which are rarley about the issues but somehow divide and distinct each candidate from one another. I hope that I am able to see through what is legitimate and what isn’t, but realistically, I am very,very suseptible to political brainwashing tactics, just like everyone else.

Before it’s too late, I’ve been trying to learn about the candidates i’m considering. It’s pretty rediculous–I went to Obamas website, and the way anything and everything is worded is as appealing and all inclusive as possible. It’s very fishy. There are 1,000 promises of what Obama will do when he get’s into office, and many are major reforms. Knowing how slowly our government works, if he fulfilled only 5 of those drastic promises, it would be monumental.But I can’t blame Barack for this; every politician does it. They spit out as many generally appealing stances on as many issues as possible. It makes sence from a gaining votes standpoint: every voter cares about different issues, and wants to feel like the candidate will take care of them, that the candidate is representing them, that she/he is THEIR candidate. Reading through his platform, I began to wonder what Bush’s ( public) platform had been in 2000. That is before 9-11, before the war, before Katrina, when he was just a failed businessman/ex governor/daddy’s boy who loved church but had a wild side.

I eventually came across a website which wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, but was far, far more interesting. These are some of Bush’s stances which I found nauseating and entertaining at the same time, check ’em out. I think i disagree with him on aboslutly everything, it’s pretty uncanny:
Bush on Abortion…
Partial birth abortion is a brutal practice to be banned. (Oct 2004)
No funds to international groups that offer abortion. (Jan 2001)
Approval of RU-486 is wrong. (Sep 2000)
Good people can disagree; but let’s value life. (Aug 2000)
Supports Parental Notification Law for minor girls. (Jun 1999)
Bush on the Budget Deficit
Haven’t vetoed any spending bills because we work together. (Oct 2004)
Will cut the deficit in half in the next 5 years. (Jan 2004)
Fact Check: Deficit didn’t exist at end of Clinton term. (Jan 2004)
Bush on Civil Right, this is funny…
Federal courts have approved the authority to wiretap. (Jan 2006)
Reauthorize the Patriot Act. (Jan 2006)
Constitutional amendment to protect marriage. (Feb 2005)
Don’t know whether homosexuality is a choice. (Oct 2004)
We shouldn’t change our views on the sanctity of marriage. (Oct 2004)
Bush claims gay tolerance but record differs. (Oct 2000)
Tolerance & equal rights, not gay marriage & special rights. (Oct 2000)
No gay adoptions; but listens to gay GOP group. (Apr 2000)
No gays in Boy Scouts. (Aug 1999)
Hate-crime rules don’t apply to gays. (Jul 1999)
Bush on Crime, Drugs, and Alcohol…
Miranda Rights should be waived in some situations. (Jun 2000)
Arrested for drunk driving, plead guilty, paid fine. (Aug 2004)
George Bush on Education…
Required Texas schools to teach phonics over whole language. (Aug 2004) WHAT AN IDIOT!
No Child Left Behind Act implements phonics nationally. (Aug 2004)
Teach values and moral responsibility in schools. (Apr 1998)
Bush on Energy and Oil…
FactCheck: US grew more dependent on foreign oil under Bush. (Feb 2006)
End America’s addiction to oil. (Jan 2006) DID HE MEAN BY OCCUPYING THE NATION WHERE WE GET IT FROM SO IT’S LESS FOREIGN?
The Kyoto Treaty would have cost America a lot of jobs. (Oct 2004) HAVING NO ENVIRONMENT ALSO COSTS UP JOBS!
Keep drilling; keep dams; keep private property. (Apr 2000)

From there, it went on for about another 5 pages and just got more and more outrageous talking about family and morals, social security, immigration, etc. My favorite part of all of this is Bush’s stance on gay people. Gay’s are the new blacks I guess, it’s vouge to define our sanctity, morality and stutus by defining, debunking and discriminating against theirs. Cool, Bush. Cool.

This all brings me back to the beggining. Barack will say a lot of things, and nothing will be done about most of them.I remember like it was yesterday one of Bush’s early state of the union’s. He babbled about patriotism, using more renenewable energy sources, and not leaving a single child behind. Awwww. He also planned to wage a war on drugs, a war to keep the nuclear family unit thriving, and essentially sited capitalism as the solution for all the the world’s worries.All of this he wanted to and planned to act upon, while giving tax cuts–er, giving that rich tax cuts, that is.

Well, nearly 8 years later, I have to give the guy credit: he has actually touched on some of the things he wanted to. Unfortunatly, not a single thing has both been done honestly and has worked for the greater good. High divorce rates, overcrowded schools, and millions of young black males in jail for smoking weed–yessir, Bush you are quite the man.

I’m working on sorting out my obama opinions now, I’ll post more later when I have an established opinion.

Can you recognize a dystopia when you’re in one?

14 Sep

So.

2008 is slowly but surly creeping closer and closer, and I cannot wait. 2008=election year=dictator G.W.Bush is exiled from the white house=an opportunity for ‘The Land of the Free’ to become more than just rhetoric.

I’m not sure where my vote is going yet. What I am sure of is that as election time gets closer, I will be bombarded with very pursuasive presidential campaigns which are rarley about the issues but somehow divide and distinct each candidate from one another. I hope that I am able to see through what is legitimate and what isn’t, but realistically, I am very,very suseptible to political brainwashing tactics, just like everyone else.

Before it’s too late, I’ve been trying to learn about the candidates i’m considering. It’s pretty rediculous–I went to Obamas website, and the way anything and everything is worded is as appealing and all inclusive as possible. It’s very fishy. There are 1,000 promises of what Obama will do when he get’s into office, and many are major reforms. Knowing how slowly our government works, if he fulfilled only 5 of those drastic promises, it would be monumental.But I can’t blame Barack for this; every politician does it. They spit out as many generally appealing stances on as many issues as possible. It makes sence from a gaining votes standpoint: every voter cares about different issues, and wants to feel like the candidate will take care of them, that the candidate is representing them, that she/he is THEIR candidate. Reading through his platform, I began to wonder what Bush’s ( public) platform had been in 2000. That is before 9-11, before the war, before Katrina, when he was just a failed businessman/ex governor/daddy’s boy who loved church but had a wild side.

I eventually came across a website which wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, but was far, far more interesting. These are some of Bush’s stances which I found nauseating and entertaining at the same time, check ’em out. I think i disagree with him on aboslutly everything, it’s pretty uncanny:
Bush on Abortion…
Partial birth abortion is a brutal practice to be banned. (Oct 2004)
No funds to international groups that offer abortion. (Jan 2001)
Approval of RU-486 is wrong. (Sep 2000)
Good people can disagree; but let’s value life. (Aug 2000)
Supports Parental Notification Law for minor girls. (Jun 1999)
Bush on the Budget Deficit
Haven’t vetoed any spending bills because we work together. (Oct 2004)
Will cut the deficit in half in the next 5 years. (Jan 2004)
Fact Check: Deficit didn’t exist at end of Clinton term. (Jan 2004)
Bush on Civil Right, this is funny…
Federal courts have approved the authority to wiretap. (Jan 2006)
Reauthorize the Patriot Act. (Jan 2006)
Constitutional amendment to protect marriage. (Feb 2005)
Don’t know whether homosexuality is a choice. (Oct 2004)
We shouldn’t change our views on the sanctity of marriage. (Oct 2004)
Bush claims gay tolerance but record differs. (Oct 2000)
Tolerance & equal rights, not gay marriage & special rights. (Oct 2000)
No gay adoptions; but listens to gay GOP group. (Apr 2000)
No gays in Boy Scouts. (Aug 1999)
Hate-crime rules don’t apply to gays. (Jul 1999)
Bush on Crime, Drugs, and Alcohol…
Miranda Rights should be waived in some situations. (Jun 2000)
Arrested for drunk driving, plead guilty, paid fine. (Aug 2004)
George Bush on Education…
Required Texas schools to teach phonics over whole language. (Aug 2004) WHAT AN IDIOT!
No Child Left Behind Act implements phonics nationally. (Aug 2004)
Teach values and moral responsibility in schools. (Apr 1998)
Bush on Energy and Oil…
FactCheck: US grew more dependent on foreign oil under Bush. (Feb 2006)
End America’s addiction to oil. (Jan 2006) DID HE MEAN BY OCCUPYING THE NATION WHERE WE GET IT FROM SO IT’S LESS FOREIGN?
The Kyoto Treaty would have cost America a lot of jobs. (Oct 2004) HAVING NO ENVIRONMENT ALSO COSTS UP JOBS!
Keep drilling; keep dams; keep private property. (Apr 2000)

From there, it went on for about another 5 pages and just got more and more outrageous talking about family and morals, social security, immigration, etc. My favorite part of all of this is Bush’s stance on gay people. Gay’s are the new blacks I guess, it’s vouge to define our sanctity, morality and stutus by defining, debunking and discriminating against theirs. Cool, Bush. Cool.

This all brings me back to the beggining. Barack will say a lot of things, and nothing will be done about most of them.I remember like it was yesterday one of Bush’s early state of the union’s. He babbled about patriotism, using more renenewable energy sources, and not leaving a single child behind. Awwww. He also planned to wage a war on drugs, a war to keep the nuclear family unit thriving, and essentially sited capitalism as the solution for all the the world’s worries.All of this he wanted to and planned to act upon, while giving tax cuts–er, giving that rich tax cuts, that is.

Well, nearly 8 years later, I have to give the guy credit: he has actually touched on some of the things he wanted to. Unfortunatly, not a single thing has both been done honestly and has worked for the greater good. High divorce rates, overcrowded schools, and millions of young black males in jail for smoking weed–yessir, Bush you are quite the man.

I’m working on sorting out my obama opinions now, I’ll post more later when I have an established opinion.

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