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Because I need another crafting project: Do Something With The Tiniest Scraps! Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] msmitti!

If you like Thirty Seconds to Mars (Jared Leto's band), I found a website that has some electronica remixes of their songs.

For those of you who think we aren't on the cusp of living in 1984...wake up, kiddos.

I don't wanna jinx anything, but my energy levels are WAY up this week. I'm kinda worn out but not fucking beat when I get home from work in the evenings. I think Dr. Jonah's new supplementation schedule is working. Also, I'm sleeping through the night, probably due to the new progesterone tincture I got from Dr. Khosh on Friday.

Red

Aug. 11th, 2015 09:40 am
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You Don't Need Fancy Stuff to exercise. Look how graceful this dude is! Also, that just looks fun.

Looking for a good article on cultural appropriation? Look no further.

Today's Tumblr is Tuesday, August 11: Red.
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Allergies. Sigh. Once in a while I think about trying a low-histamine diet, but then I get depressed and overwhelmed because oh my god cut more things from my food options? UGH. The complete lack of results with 90 days on the auto-immune protocol diet doesn't encourage me to try another elimination diet anytime soon.

Also, this happened yesterday:


PT guy Tim gave me a fix that will alleviate a bit of the pressure on the shoulder in that pose, but it's still gonna be tender for a couple days. Typical.

For later reference: Pre-workout alignment exercises.

This evening I'm gonna break out my new serger knowledge and see if I can't re-fashion some of these thrift-store clothes that've been piling up in the sewing room. So excited! If I like the process and the results, I'm gonna open up an Etsy store for them. I did a lot of searches on Etsy and all the refashioned post-apocalyptic stuff is either costumey and so not really wearable for daily use (although gorgeous--and expensive) or just...shockingly amateur. This, for instance. Fucking brilliant idea. Terrible execution. I do like the D-ring strap shorts she's selling. But again, they don't look finished, somehow.

Speaking of finished, here's my self-insert fanart! It'll post on Tumblr tomorrow, but y'all get a sneak preview today. After looking at it for a while, I see a few places I'd like to add things. Maybe someday? But not now. Also, I need a better way to scan these babies. It's $10 a pop every time at FedEx/Kinko's and I think that's just fucking outrageous. If anyone local has access to something that will flat scan 14"x17" images, let me know.

Last night I made some food for a friend going through a rough time to save her and her husband the hassle of cooking for a few days. Caring for select individuals makes me feel good, and to be honest, cooking is probably the thing I'm best at (besides giving unflinching and often unwanted life advice). Making someone's life a little easier makes me feel necessary and appreciated, so win-win!

I have one more evening of solitude tonight while [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick wraps up his CSSF Summer activities. Hurray for getting one more night of puttering around the house with loud music and scented candles but also hurray for (starting tomorrow), getting laid on a regular basis again!

So despite getting not nearly enough sleep last night (ugh, 3am thunderstorms), and having a constant dull ache in my shoulder, I feel pretty good today. How's your day/weekend/life shaping up, friends?

Edited to add: HOLY SHIT MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN THE U.S.A.
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Statement about state employee furloughs )

Pretty much what I expected. A half-assed, worthless excuse for a solution that's just going to cause worse shortfalls in a matter of months (if we're lucky).

Off my ass

Jun. 6th, 2015 07:17 am
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I finished the apron as soon as I got home from work! Yay, new apron that doesn't look like it was used to wipe down an engine! Which it might have actually done, maybe, probably, at one point! I'm going to make a second one, too, so I can rotate and launder them more easily. Aprons are just so handy, you guys. So handy.

Still no word on the furlough situation. The legislature has seventeen hours to pass something. I'm not getting my hopes up about either option happening. When it comes to Kansas politics, that's pretty much the best course of action.

If I do have time off without pay there is a lot of stuff I could get done. I have a burning desire to do a Furiosa altered portrait (example of a Wonder Woman portrait I did, here). I'd like the time to do more than just think about the Iron Man assemblage piece I've been building in my head (based around a kids Iron Man mask and glove that [livejournal.com profile] mckitterickpicked up for me at a garage sale couple years ago). I've given up on finding anyone local to give me lessons on my serger (I couldn't even get people to respond to my emails. What is up with that I have no idea. RUDE). So I emailed the three KC sewing machine stores hoping for some responses. Of course that would entail going to KC during the day but if I'm not going to the office, welp, that makes that easier. So many options for staying busy!

I'm about thirty seconds away from getting sucked into a fic-reading marathon while [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick slumbers upstairs so I best get myself into my sewing room to cut the other apron because I let myself read fic for an hour and a half last night and I really don't want to spend my entire morning on my ass. Again.

Ciao, bellas. Have a beautiful Saturday.
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For you music-lovers (who, like me, carry a lot of different stuff on the iPod or whatever device), do you have those times where you scroll through your collection and go "Ugh I need to get some new music" because everything you see is just old and over-listened but you don't have the money (or motivation) to actually get some new music so you finally decide "Well okay, I haven't listened to this in ages, fine, whatever, I'll listen to this" and then after two songs you're all "Why the fuck haven't I listened to this lately? This is great!" That's what I'm feeling about Janis Martin today.



It's still rough for me to listen to this style of music too much because I really really really miss having an in-house partner-dance companion at my disposal, but it's damn fine music.

I was talking to someone yesterday about this--how I feel like we're headed toward a sort of minor dark ages. Not as bleak a distopia as that depicted in a lot of current literature and media, but I think we're on a downward slide that isn't going to improve anytime soon. It came up in the context of downloading our awareness to computers and how I used to be opposed to the idea of it for myself but now I'm not so sure. It might be nice to not be subject to the whims of this body all the time.

Hurray for new shoes! I needed new summer shoes because I am very, very tired of my Dansko Mary Jane clogs, which have been my main summer shoes (those and my Chucks) for (god) ten years. They arrived last night and I'm wearing them today. They're comfortable and cute and I like them.

Last night I got some cooking done finally.

More mobility suggestions for getting into the splits. This is mostly for me to check out later. I haven't watched the videos yet, and I admit some concern about the spelling errors, but it might have some good ideas. Speaking of hip mobility, I did some rolling out last night and wow could I tell it'd been a while. Ugh, they were so tender and stiff. They still feel tender and stiff. In fact, it feels like they're full of something. Cotton wadding? Wet sand? Something. My entire outside hip area, top to bottom from gluteus medias to front pelvic bone feels stuck and sludgy. It's gross.

But it's Friday and it's Stop Day, which at KU means offices are open but there's no classes, no exams, no nothing. It's super quiet. Nice. And I'm taking Monday off.

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This article, a woman's letter to her Republican father, is mollifying, if not heartening. I am still sick and sore from yesterday's election results, but it helped a little bit. Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] redheadfae, for the link.

This Tumblr post. SO MUCH THIS.

No but look at his face when he says “carry a gun”. Look at how he widens his eyes, flares his nostrils, and curls his top lip. He is angry that he’s being told “we don’t like this, stop doing it”. Not just angry but indignant.

In his world, men are allowed to treat women however they please and to scream at them in the street. He’s not saying “carry a gun” because he thinks women should literally arm themselves (okay he probably thinks more people should literally arm themselves) but what he’s really saying is “too fucking bad”.


I mentioned in a comment to yesterday's post that one of the reasons I'm having such problems dealing with the election results is I'm too baffled to be angry. I can't process it. I'm stuck in a cycle of grief and I don't yet have the emotional language to pull myself out of it. It's difficult and confusing and frightening. I don't like it.
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Kansas is so, so, so, so fucked you guys. SO FUCKING FUCKED I can't even. I feel sick to my stomach. What in the hell is wrong with people. I can't fathom how/why so many people would vote to re-elect a man who is destroying this state.



I am just ignoring all that for now because there is nothing I can do about at the moment so I'm going to talk about STYLE.

When I put outfits together, I am generally more pleased with outfits that give me a varied silhouette. I don't like the way I look in straight leg trousers. I much prefer things that narrow at the knee--leggings with boots, or slim pants that tuck in, or even trousers that cuff high to show off funky socks or ankle boots. This is becoming more and more true as I gain more mass around my midsection. With this in mind, I've decided that I'm going to ignore the fact that knickers might have passed out of fashion a couple years ago and pick up some corduroy and wool trousers from the thrifts to alter into below-the-knee knickers. This'll also be a great time to use some of the funky accent buttons I've had in my stash for a few years. Putting cute buttons on the cuffs will look charming.

I also have a few sweaters that are too small for me now, but I love them and am not willing to give them up so I'm going to do some surgery on them, too. I plan to open up the sleeves down the outside from shoulder to wrist, and the sides from armpit to waist. Then I'll grommet them and lace them up. Funky way to add a couple sizes to a garment, eh? Hurray for still having tons of grommets left over from my bodice-making days. I even have two sizes of each color (0 and 00 in gold, black, and silver tones), so I can do smaller grommets down the sleeves for variation.

The state of Kansas might be going down the toilet, but at least I'm gonna look good.

Relief

Aug. 26th, 2014 01:08 pm
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I spent a lot of yesterday afternoon, evening, and parts of this morning wondering if I did the right thing by stepping forward to speak at yesterday's demonstration for Michael Brown. At the time, I felt a little awkward about it because I strongly feel that there are not enough black voices being heard in this conversation and I am concerned that too many white people are making this about them and their feelings about race--even if they're sympathetic, there are just...a lot of white voices talking. A lot of them were talking yesterday. And that's one of the things I (ironically) pointed out when I spoke up at the event.

Then I went back to my spot and wondered if I'd been out of line. But if I'm going to regret something, I'd rather regret what I did than what I didn't, even if it did lead to moments later in the day when I literally cringed at myself (yes, I do this, too, just like everyone else).

But just now, one of our black graduate students stopped by my office to thank me. He said of all the non-POCs who spoke, I was the only one whose remarks didn't irritate or upset him in some way. He told me that he turned to another black grad student and said "She gets it."

I can't tell you the relief.

I don't want or expect ally cookies. I don't deserve special thanks for simply being a decent human being. But wow it feels good to know I'm generally on the right track. I hope he takes my request to call me on my shit when/if I ever do fuck up.

3:59

Aug. 25th, 2014 04:07 pm
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Ugh. I want to be leaving work right now, as I've done since the last day of Spring finals (May 16). But no. Now that classes are in session, it's back to 5pm closing time.

I went to KU's HandsUpWalkOut today. It was hot (99 degrees) and sunny and I thoughtlessly wore all black. As I stood on the cement in front of my office building, sweat pouring down my face, my back, my chest, I repeated to myself that the protesters in Ferguson faced tear gas, arrest, and bullets. I could stand there for half an hour in the heat, safe from everything except perhaps a slight sunburn.
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Got to kick another ignorant asshat to the curb on FB yesterday. Yay. So far, everyone whining about how I don't give men/cops/oppressors a fair shake and listen to their side of the story have all been white men. This is my surprised face.



Here are some of my favorites of his comments:

"Is it acceptable to call out anti-white racism too? Or is it strictly anti-black racism that needs attention?"



"Perhaps I am too far removed from the norm to see that racism and misogyny are encouraged...Maybe we should aim to have everyone say 'I'm not like that' and have it be true. Because there are, in fact, people who are not like that."



"...the leap to the argument that "(The Black Man) Has no rights which the white man is bound to respect." Is, thus far unsupported."



"Based on personal observation, I see far more prejudice and discrimination directed towards whites and americans, preemptively, than I do the other way around."



After nearly three days of this bullshit (no kidding--he kept this up for three goddamned days), and after he posted a "think of the poor cops" comment, I replied:

"X, you have crossed a line. You posted a "but please think of the cops" comment RIGHT UNDER someone who had a traumatic experience with police brutality. I am all for fair conversation, but you continue to fail to acknowledge (among other things) the fact that good cops are in the EXTREME minority and they are COMPLETELY failing to condemn the behavior of their comrades. Please feel free to not comment here anymore. Also feel free to chastise me for being closed-minded or participating in censorship. But the first amendment only protects you from the government telling you that you can't say something. It doesn't protect you from my telling you that you're acting like a jerk and to stop saying hurtful things in my presence. Also feel free to think less of me for not being open-minded to other points of view. That's fine. I cannot and will not engage in a friendly manner with someone who has such a disparate view on basic human rights. Don't bother responding. Please. Don't bother."

And then his truly epic flounce:

"No bother, but you've just shown why you are unlikely to succeed in affecting any positive change. You have my sympathy."



So that's one thing FB is good for. Helps me weed out the fucking assholes. Unfortunately, it also does nasty things to my blood pressure. I've been short-tempered and nasty lately. Sorry, [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick. I need to incorporate ways to remain engaged in politics and social change without it taking such a toll on my mental health. I tell people that in order to care for others we must first care for ourselves. Time to apply that to my own life.
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My Tumblr is FERGUSON FERGUSON FERGUSON WHAT THE FUCK FERGUSON right now (and let's not even talk about FB where I actually had someone I knew twenty years ago piping up to talk about PROPER USE OF TEAR GAS and LAWSUITS*), so I really need LJ to be something else for me today.

* Here is his entire comment: If the police use tear gas improperly, then they are liable. If it used properly, the mother can be charged with child endangerment. There is a middle ground where the mother is not liable and the police used it properly as well. Because, you know, throwing tear gas into a non-violent crowd that has families and children can TOTALLY BE "proper use."



Nerdfitness has a good article on how to get over your fear of going to the gym. There's a link in the story that takes you to this piece on how to be a good spotter which I'm linking here as well because this is good information for long-time gym folks who might not be inclined to read that first piece.

I walked this morning, and met up with [livejournal.com profile] sherwood21 who volunteered to be a motivator for me. Thank you, bb! I got there right at 6am and it was so dark. I'm not sure how much longer I'll be able to do this. I don't relish walking around a dark track. Pffffff. It was pretty cloudy this morning, though, so provided Wednesday and Friday are clear, I'll be able to better judge lighting conditions for the next week or so.

Also, you guys, I have what would be an embarrassing confession to make except for the fact that ho ho ho don't you wish it was so easy to embarrass me. I bought a vibration platform. I know. Right? But I saw on someone's LJ that she'd bought one and that a friend of hers tried it and had near-immediate improvement with her digestion.



I started to read a bit about them and found studies show that vibration platforms can assist with the improvement of circulatory problems and bone density protection. Hm! So [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick offered to buy me one and it arrived last week and you guys it is so weird and strangely enjoyable. I haven't noticed any immediate improvements, but we all know I'm slow to change.

So y'all locals, if you're over at the house and want to stand on it for a while, lemme know. It's a hoot.

And then there's this:



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The video of this poem wasn’t recorded or posted today. It wasn’t recorded this week. This recording of Javon Johnson’s poem was published just a few days shy of a year ago.

“It’s not about whether the shooter is racist. It’s about how poor black boys are treated as problems Well before we’re treated as people.”

And we stand here and shake our heads at those people screaming and raging at hundreds of years of hate and mistreatment. We mutter about how surely Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Jordan Davis, how any and all of them surely did something to provoke the hostile response that brought about their deaths. We allow a dozen looters, a handful of people out of hundreds of protesters, to influence our sympathy toward an active outpouring of righteous anger and grief.

Shame on us. Shame on us and worse if we do not actively, loudly, and ceaselessly strive to change this hateful, evil, and racist system.

Do not say it’s not your fault. Do not say your family never owned slaves. Do not say you’re not a racist. Do not say anything that attempts to absolve you of guilt. Instead of defending yourself, defend those who are robbed of their voices and their lives. Speak up every time you hear someone—a friend, a relative, a co-worker—say something racist. Make it clear to everyone with whom you interact that you do not tolerate those comments, those jokes, those insidious remarks that marginalize and belittle people who are dying because of their skin color.

It’s trite, but true: If you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem. You are the problem. You. Not the poor black boys in Mr. Johnson’s poem. You.
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My Tumblr dash is full of horrifying photos and tweets from Ferguson, MO.

I just wrote a long email to a (white, male) friend who yesterday posted on FB a comment about "well, but maybe he might have deserved (being shot)" and "these people who are rioting and looting are just acting like criminals."

I'm supposed to compile the packets for next week's GTA orientation.

All I want to do is burn shit down.

Update: Friend wrote back and agreed his words were problematic. So at least that is off my emotional plate.

Mayday PAC

Jul. 5th, 2014 07:46 am
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So this Mayday PAC looks interesting. That ACLU membership that I didn't renew because their stance on the buffer zone at women's health clinics was so fucking waffly? Yep, that money's going to Mayday. No regrets.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] etcet at post
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
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There is nothing I can post here today because my heart and mind are full of rage and despair over the two most recent SCOTUS rulings regarding women's health rights.

FUCK. YOU. ALL. YOU. MEN. ON. THAT. COURT. WHO. DID. THIS.
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This is why I purchase nearly all my spices from Penzey's. Not only are their products higher quality than most spices I can buy in a local store, they are Good People. The owner's letter about using Native names and terms for team names is pretty amazing, too. I'm sure they're going to lose customers because of their stances on these issues. If you're not already a Penzey's customer, please consider starting now, to offset the revenue lost from closed-minded people.
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Legit tears in my eyes:


I'll be making a road trip to STL to see a Ram's game this year. Who's with me?

Oh, casual sexism. You're so great fucking horrible seriously what the fucking fuck.

Today's Tumblr collection is Tuesday, May 13: Creepy, sexy, or both.

Now off to do some yoga and then WORK ON THE CHEVELLE.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] redheadfae at Leaving this public because it's a Real Need to Know
Before we go blaming All The Crazy on Kansas alone with the recent Anti-Anti-Discrimination Bill, here's apparently the head of the Hydra:

Cornerstone in Idaho, the Kansas Family Policy Council, and the Center for Arizona Policy, which supports the bill there, are all part of a network of 38 state “family policy councils” pressing for these laws under the umbrella of Citizen Link, the advocacy arm of the conservative Christian powerhouse Focus on the Family. Citizen Link says its aim is to “help citizens understand and passionately engage in policy issues relevant to families from a foundation firmly established in a biblical worldview.”

More info at (no surprise) Al-Jazeera America

Now.. what else can we do in KANSAS RIGHT NOW?

Stolen from Steve Maack

KANSANS--A few things to consider in opposing HB 2453 which legalizes discrimination:
1. Petitions are OK for getting people to sign on to a cause relatively easily, but they're not substitutes for contacting state legislators directly. Flood inboxes and answering machines with emails and calls.
2. The bill is currently in the senate judiciary committee, so right now contact the members of that committee: Senators Jeff King, Greg Smith, David Haley, Terry Bruce, Forrest Knox, Garrett Love, Julia Lynn, Carolyn McGinn, Mike Peterson, Pat Pettey, Mary Pilcher-Cook. You can contact your own senator, but he or she can only do something if it gets out of committee first.
3. I have heard a few rumors that now that senators smell the controversy surrounding this bill, they might want it to die in committee to save them the indignity of having to vote on it one way or the other. So the time to act is now while it's still in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
4. This Slate article (http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2014/02/13/kansas_anti_gay_segregation_bill_is_an_abomination.html), while I agree with its premise, says that the bill is virtually sure the pass the senate. That's not true. Not if we fight it.
5. Rep. Brunk's Eagle op-ed piece (http://www.kansas.com/2014/02/13/3284932/steve-brunk-bill-protects-religious.html) just sounds defensive and ridiculous, and I think senators realize that. Exploit that. There's unlikely any campaign donation gain from passing this bill, so if senators see that supporting the bill might cost them votes, they might oppose it.
Sorry if this sounds preachy, but there's a lot at stake here for Kansas and its residents. Thanks, if you made it all the way through this.

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