“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.”—Lady Gaga gives career advice - NYPOST.com (via Jezebel)
Rep. Don Manzullo (R., Ill.) knows his gefilte, he knows his Jewish calendar and he knows his trade laws. And boy, does he have the whole megillah down pat.
At a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing Thursday with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he revealed a terrible tragedy in the making. A gefilte fish processor in Thomson, Ill., has nine containers of Asian carp, mashed up into gefilte and that slimy sauce and ready to be shipped to Israel for Passover. But it seems the Jewish State has imposed a 120% duty on imported gefilte, drying up the market.
“We’re working with the rabbis there who inspect this facility in Thomson, Ill., and we’re just – I just want to make this public and see if there’s anything that you can do to get the gefilte fish to Israel by Passover,” Manzullo said, clearly schvitzing.
Clinton laughed as she vowed, “I will take that mission on.”
“It’s 55% of their product, and they could lose a couple of hundred jobs if they don’t get the gefilte fish there,” Manzullo said, speaking up passionately for constituents of a town better known as Gitmo North because of Obama administration plans to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees there.
“This sounds to me like, you know, one of those issues that should rise to the highest level of our government,” Clinton assured him, earning herself a Mitzvah.
But there is a Plan B.
“We’ll eat them at the next state dinner,” offered Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman, clearly a mensch.
“Mr. Manzullo, I’d like to place an order for two jars of gefilte fish,” Rep. Eliot Engel (D, N.Y.) chimed in. “You know, Passover is coming very soon.”
And we hear it’s very big in his district.
”—Wall Street Journal: Let My Gefilte Fish Go. I am amused that we’re in a gefilte fish trade war with Israel. If we up the duty on matzah and we have to eat the crappy American stuff for Pesach, it’s all over. (Besides, I thought everyone likes the loaf better?)
“Most people have heard of Koko, the Stanford-educated gorilla who could speak about 1000 words in American Sign Language, and understand about 2000 in English. What most people don’t know, however, is that Koko was an avid Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood fan. As Esquire reported, when Fred Rogers took a trip out to meet Koko for his show, not only did she immediately wrap her arms around him and embrace him, she did what she’d always seen him do onscreen: she proceeded to take his shoes off!”—15 Reasons Mister Rogers Was the Best Neighbor Ever (via bg5000) (via inothernews)
“Reproductive clinics are frequently a first line of medical care for women near the poverty line. According to Planned Parenthood’s annual report, only 3 percent of its services are abortion-related. Like many family-planning clinics, the organization not only provides a full range of reproductive health care to women, it also provides basic medical care — from physicals to flu shots — for 3 million men and women annually. Despite what anti-choicers say, the prevalence of Planned Parenthood clinics in low-income urban areas has little to do with targeting poor women and women of color for abortion. Low-income areas are simply less likely to have multiple options for health care, and the organization is filling that void.”—Black Women Don’t Need Billboards | The American Prospect (via robot-heart-politics) (via therealestsocksinthegame) (via warrennotg) (via rosasparks)
“In pure form, Ayn Rand’s philosophy would work very well if human beings were never helpless and dependent on others through no fault of their own. Unsurprisingly, many people become infatuated with her philosophy as teenagers only to leave it behind when concerns of family, children, and aging make that fantasy seem more and more implausible. For some, she becomes a conduit to more sensible small-government philosophies.”—
Well yeah. Because much like the other side of her coin, my buddy Karl Marx, Ayn Rand lives in a world of extremes and perfectable ideals. The rest of us, however, live in the grey and messy real world. (Karl is a better writer, though, for reals.)
“I think the word snarky has often been applied to me in a way that makes me very uncomfortable. Because I don’t think of myself as snarky, even though I guess, you know, I probably come off that way. Because I still see myself as this hypersensitive kid who everything touches and everything, you know — I feel like I feel too much.”—Michael Ian Black (via drinkyourjuice) (via srsly)
“The trouble with silly miss Valenti is not so much her strident feminism, but her leftist perspective. Progessivists labour under the false impression that evil, crime and injustice are somebody’s fault, ànd that they can be weeded out.. Feminism is a result of this outlook.. Poor leftards will never understand or accept that the world is imperfect, and that solving one problem only means a new problem turns up, or a totally unexpected result which amounts to the same thing. That’s why they always stay angry, are getting angrier every day, and understand why ‘rebels’ blow themselves up.. Dangerous, unhappy meddlers..”—
This isn’t the point of this article, or this comment. But it brought something to mind when combined with a few comments on religion on my Dashboard. The part of the touchy-feely Reform Jewish God I (might) believe in (sometimes) that I respond to the most is the part that expects us to strive to perfect the world, but also knows that we will fail. But to give up because it is difficult or impossible, that would be true sin. Justice and goodness and “religiousness” are not easy, but they wouldn’t be worth it if they were. Sure, when we fix one problem, there might be another one in its place, but surely that doesn’t make injustice and evil okay?
We act as if the hatred directed at women is something that can be dealt with by a stern talking to, as if the misogyny embedded in our culture is an unruly child rather than systematic oppression. Yes, women today fare better than our foremothers. But the benchmarks so often cited — the right to vote, working outside the home, laws that make domestic violence illegal — don’t change the reality of women’s lives. They don’t prevent 1 million women from being raped, female troops from being assaulted or the continued legal discrimination against gay and transgender people. And seriously, are American women really supposed to be satisfied with the most basic rights of representation? Thrilled that our country has deigned to consider us fully human?
There is so much more work to be done. The truth is, most women don’t have the privilege of being able to look at gender justice from a distance; they have no choice but to live it every day. Those of us who are lucky enough not to have to think about sexism, racism, poverty and homophobia on a daily basis — those of us who have the privilege of sending money to an international cause via e-mail while ignoring the plight of women here at home — have a responsibility to open our eyes to the misogyny right in front of us. And then to stop it.
“And so when a woman is sexually assaulted—no matter what she’s doing—it’s easy for the culture at large to insist that she’s done something out of the ordinary to bring it upon herself. Because women’s lives are out of the “ordinary.” Because heterosexual cisgender men are born with the privilege of not being systematically targeted as victims of sexual assault. When you say that women who wear too-short skirts, or too-high heels, or too much make up are not sufficiently protecting themselves against rape, what you are really saying is that women who act too much like women deserve to be raped. When you say that women who drink with the boys, or have casual sex like the boys, or walk alone like the boys are not sufficiently protecting themselves against rape, what you are really saying is that women who don’t act enough like women deserve to be raped. And what you are really saying is that women deserve to be raped because they’re women. In a culture where women’s behavior is viewed as alien, it is this attitude that qualifies as “normal.””—Rape Analogy: the “Walking in a Bad Neighborhood Theory”, Amanda Hess in The Sexist
“But let’s take a longer arc view of history. The last 30 years has been a demonstration of conservative economic policy put into action. With the rise of Reaganomics, the U.S. witnessed a shift in economic paradigms — from Keynesianism to the trickle down monetarism championed by Friedman and the slew of conservative think tanks. And what was the fruit of this philosophy swap? The transformation of the U.S. from largest creditor nation to leading debtor, a shift to largest importer of finished goods from leading exporter nation. Standard of living for working class Americans (excluding the top 10% at the top of the economic pyramid) has stagnated.
In other words, proof is in the pudding. And what Republicans are promising now isn’t any different than the “take two tax cuts and call me in the morning” mantra they’ve championed in recent history.”—AZspot: What Republicans Want? (via robot-heart-politics)
“Look, enough already,” Mr. Walken, who is 66, recalled telling her, as he spoke recently in a half-dark room near a Manhattan rehearsal space. “I want to play a nice guy with a wife and a family and a dog and a house. And she said, ‘We’ll look for that for you.’
“And then she sends me this new play to read, and I read it, and I call her up and say, ‘Wow, is this the guy with a house and a wife and a dog?’ And she said, ‘Read it again.’ And I did. And she was right.”
“What is so funny to me is I’m in a profession where two percent of people are working, yet there’s still this implication that you’re not completely successful if you’re single and in your 40s,” she says in the March issue of More, to hit newsstands Feb. 23. “Well, why not? I wanted a horse when I was growing up too. Does that mean I’m not successful, because I don’t have a horse?”—
"Yes Dagny, you silly silly woman, I may seem a slacker to you, but after ten pages of explanation you will know that it is you who slack and it is I who serve a higher cause which will not be explained for another seven hundred pages. Remember, I am a d’Anconia which goes without saying that I know what I am doing," he mocked. He was so perfect at mocking. No man mocked like Francisco. How she wanted to be back in his arms. Were it not for… no! He was a slacker! The very embodiment of slack yet… yet he slacked with purpose. Even that was perfect. No man slacked like Francisco.
"What in capitalism’s name is going on here," Hank yelled with bursting anger from the bottom of his manly lungs as he lunged through the door. It wasn’t as perfect as Francisco’s mockery, no man could touch that, but it was with the kind of power only a capitalist could muster. Dagny fluttered with lust.