Random musings on a Monday.

The wind is howling, and this is the current view from the Palace windows:

palacewindowI think it’s snowy rain, or perhaps rainy snow, but I am just not curious enough to actually go outside and find out.

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Support for gay marriage hit a new high in a Washington Post-ABC poll:

The poll shows that 58 percent of Americans now believe it should be legal for gay and lesbian couples to get married; 36 percent say it should be illegal. Public attitudes toward gay marriage are a mirror image of what they were a decade ago: in 2003, 37 percent favored gay nuptials, and 55 percent opposed them.

YAY 4 GAY!  That is remarkable progress in a decade.  (Hey, maybe by 2023 women will be considered humans worthy of equality.  A broad can dream, can’t she?)  What is wrong with the 36 percent of holdouts?  I’m guessing there’s a very big overlap with “religion,” but the report on the poll doesn’t say.

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I am not posting about the Steubenville rape convictions.  I’ve participated in other threads on this topic elsewhere:  suffice it to say that the reaction to the verdict and the sentencing, particularly in the mainstream media but also among presumed allies, has been disappointing though alas, not surprising.  (Also: triggering.)  For example:

While reporting on the verdict and sentencing of the two Steubenville rapists, the CNN news personalities told us repeatedly how difficult it was to watch these boy’s lives being destroyed. How their crime will haunt them.

These criminals destroyed their own lives, when they decided to repeatedly rape an incapacitated girl. When they decided to film and share their horrific crime.

Not once did CNN mention the person whose life was most destroyed by their crime, who will also be haunted for life by their crime… their victim. The young girl who they violated and raped.

Not once while they discussed the pain and humiliation these vicious and cruel criminals now face, did they acknowledge that her life was also destroyed, by them. That she would have to carry around the pain, humiliation, self doubt and self loathing, the stigma of rape, for the rest of her life. Not once did the CNN pundits mention the pain and humiliation these criminals repeatedly inflicted on their victim.

Not once.

While I emphatically disagree with the pronouncements that the victim’s life is “destroyed” and that she “would have to carry around the pain, humiliation, self doubt and self loathing, the stigma of rape, for the rest of her life” — those are assessments only she can make and they are by no means inevitable — I agree that CNN’s coverage of the verdict was inexcusable and deplorable.  And CNN was hardly alone.  Here’s a petition to CNN demanding an on-air apology if you are inclined to sign it.

***Before you comment here on this topic,
Shakesville’s Rape Culture 101 is required reading.*** 

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This is one of the best online shops I’ve ever seen.  I’ve ordered two hard copies of the catalog: one for myself, and one for longtime Loyal Reader™ nubs goodyear who will totally get it (and will hopefully never, ever send me anything from here).  A small sampling of what’s on offer:

chrismukkahpaper

Chrismukkah reversible gift wrap. “”Christmas & Hanukkah motifs. Great for diverse families & friends. Classy hot rod art on both sides.”

cupcakesoapdispenser

Cupcake Soap Dispenser.

dearleadertonguescraper

Dear Leader Tongue Scraper. Because “Kim Jong Il wants you to have a clean tongue.”

emergancyinflatablebrain

Emergency Inflatable Brain. I need cases of them to send to people I encountered online today. And every day.

It turns out there are many emergency products for sale at this particular emporium, including items for emergencies I have never even thought of and would have preferred not to imagine, including Emergency Glow in the Dark Googly Eyes, Emergency Inflatable Rubber Chicken, Emergency Inflatable Toast, Emergency Meow Button, Emergency Santa Kit, Emergency Toilet Seat Covers (Okay, I totally get this. Where have you been all my life?!!), Emergency Underpants Dispenser, and — last but not least — Emergency Yodel Button.

foiergrasbubblegum

Foie Gras flavored bubble gum. Yep.

 

inflatablebeardofbees

Inflatable beard of bees. I could totally rock this look.

mac&cheeseairfreshener

Macaroni and Cheese air freshener.

I know what you’re thinking:  and yes, there are macaroni & cheese band-aids and macaroni & cheese gift bags, too!!!

picklecandycanes

Pickle-flavored candy canes.

There are also Pickle Gumballs and Pickle Lip Balm for all your pickle-flavor needs.  Or, I don’t know, maybe you might consider just buying some actual fucking pickles?

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I don’t watch American Idol, but someone posted this video from the show of contestant Candice Glover singing “I Who Have Nothing,” and I am in awe.  Enjoy.

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