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UPDATE: Inappropriate Increase Mr. President

bllieddoseOn the heels of the powers that be deciding that senior citizens will not receive a cost of living increase next year, those same powers have decided not only to go ahead and give military personnel an increase – well deserved to be sure – but also an above-average pay raise, to boot.

INAPPROPRIATE!

Stalling seniors’ social security while their insurance rates and pharmaceutical costs will likely increase, and giving military personnel a half a percent increase is reeaaaallly bad form.  Already seniors are stressed out, already ill seniors are stretched to the max, and ALREADY politicians and politicos have wandered around scaring the bejeezus out of them for no reason other than to advance their own agenda.

YES, those who serve in our military should get an increase … ABSOLUTELY.  However, to increase their salary, and more than even expected,  while freezing seniors out is ridiculous!  Granted the President says he intends to dole out a $250 check to seniors to make up for it – and that is admirable and fair if it is in fact done – but, for those senior citizens who were expecting to get $100 more than that to help pay their bills … it’s just wrong.

Instead, perhaps that military personnel pay increase with the additional 1/2 of 1% could be used to take care of seniors who already are struggling.  Please Mr. President, when that request hits your desk … would you not mind passing a portion of the above expected military increase on to seniors?

UPDATE: I informed my own mother, who is both on social security and medicare, of my intentions after writing this post.  She is the one who heard the gossip in the doctor’s office about the stall of COLA.  She  asked me about when and whether it happened, and I said surely something would be done to make up for it … and as of now there sort of is.  However, I was still quite upset after seeing the increase in the military personnel’s salary, and it inclined me to write this post.  Needless to say, my mother, being an ex military wife, and myself being a military daughter, she hesitantly begged to differ.  Hesitantly.  She, basically says she would agree with the United States Government on this one, and as she would from experience, believes that there should be an increase for “hazard pay.”  Of course, mother is right.  And, it’s not where I disagreed with her, or anyone else.

What I disagree with is that my mother continues to go to the food bank, she continues to collect her much deserved social security disability, and medicare … and that recent cut, to me,  didn’t cut it.  Yet, my mother, knowing what it’s like to be a military wife, after hearing me tell her of the one half of one percent increase on top of a 3% expected increase in pay for military personnel said something to the effect of: They deserve it. I understand.  They put themselves in harm’s way.  For that, I am thankful she raised me so. But on behalf of all military personnel that can’t help their parents through old age, and those whose parents have divorced but still are military creatures, I’m doing my best to speak on behalf of ex military wives/husbands and children of divorce – they could use a little help as they age, too … they may not have the VA, but they may be as war-wounded as the veterans who served so well.

Billie’s tearjerker for today

Jake Tapper “defending” Fox News?

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Disclaimer:  This is not an argument IN ANY WAY in defense of Fox or Fox News.

Was ABC’s Jake Tapper “defending Fox News” as the Huffington Post reported today after Tapper asked:  “It’s escaped none of our notice that the White House has decided in the last few weeks to declare one of our sister organizations “not a news organization” and to tell the rest of us not to treat them like a news organization. Can you explain why it’s appropriate for the White House to decide that a news organization is not one…?”

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My answer is a resounding no. Not AT all.

What Jake was doing was what Jake does.  He  does that a lot … I won’t lie and say he hasn’t infuriated me on a number of occasions when asking certain questions (Sorry, Jake) but, it IS his job to ask these questions.

Consider this:  Major Garrett of Fox News is, in a way, a colleague of all of those who frequent the White House Briefing Room … and, I would assume that most of those attending those meetings are friendly with one another, and generally think that those colleagues ask good questions – Major Garrett (also who infuriates me, in fact so much that I tweeted “F*** YOU MAJOR”  once after he asked what I felt was a particularly vexing question) actually asks quite good questions and he works with Fox News … so does Shep Smith.

So, it should come as no surprise that Jake would ask this question of the White House Press Secretary Mr. Gibbs … considering they BOTH work with Garrett EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.

So, to again answer the question “Was Jake Tapper defending Fox News?”  No.  I think, and I’m probably wrong, but I think Jake was defending a colleague who he respects.  And, I would too.

Postscript:  Of course, I can’t fail to note the many times CNN has been complicit in ridiculousmongering (ie Obama as the Antichrist) and MSNBC in funmaking (ie Teabaggers) – I still say Fox is far more egregious across the board … but that’s a different matter :).

Billie’s Quickies … In other news “Ms. Steinem, why aren’t you brainwashing well enough?”

bllieddoseHey guys, it’s been a while since we heard about the man from Kentucky found hanging with “Fed” written on his chest. Updates are important to me – and probably to everyone else – and since I hadn’t seen one in a while … here ya go:  “Mr. Trosper agrees that the case is “perplexing” in that police haven’t been able to rule out any of the three possibilities: suicide, accidental death or homicide … But it’s clear that law enforcement hasn’t yet endorsed the notion of Appalachian bogeymen threatening government workers. In fact, the appearance of antigovernment bias in the death could be a smokescreen to cover up what really happened, says Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox.”

  • Tragic: “Every year, at least a dozen children die in overheated cars in the U.S. because parents forgot they were there.  Don’t assume, says the Washington Post’s Gene Weingarten, that it couldn’t happen to you.”
  • Jabberwocky spellchecked … HAHA!  “All missy were the brogues, And the mime rats outrage.”
  • Quit calling me ya “dingledangler!”  And, other flapper phrases you can’t live without.
  • TRUE DAT! “Reporting the facts is important. But so too is not reporting—or at least not focusing, day after day—on the lies.”
  • This truly IS a “WTF moment on oldtime TV” and it couldn’t be summed up better than this:  “Ms. Steinem, why aren’t you brainwashing well enough? First you put a red sock in with my white button-up shirts, then you fail to hand-dry the dishes well enough so there are streaks, and now you aren’t keeping our brains squeaky clean! Unacceptable!”

Finally …

Blackface or Art? Let’s dissect

bllieddoseRational people, I hope, can tell the difference between humor (even when it toes the line) and racism; blackface and art.  However, there are those who can’t.  For those people (as a recovering art major) I’m here to help.

So, let’s dissect:

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Humor (questionable humor, but humor nonetheless): Although there is no blackface in this example, it is the perfect medium with which to show humor that pushes boundaries without being horribly offensive or going way over the line.  No explanation needed if you’ve seen the sketch – and probably only Chappelle could pull it off anyway.

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Racist: Al Jolson in blackface.  Why?  “…used to take on the appearance of certain archetypes of American racism, especially those of the “happy-go-lucky darky on the plantation…'”

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Blackface/and to quote Tommy “Racist(y)“:  Maybe probably Unwitting Australians perform in blackface with a ‘whiteface’ Michael Jackson.  Unwitting … probably.  However, unwittingly racist.  Performed in front of Southerner Harry Connick Jr.  GIANT oops!

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Art: Here’s where it get’s tricky.  Why is the Vogue spread art and not racism?  In my personal opinion it’s because of history.  There is such a thing as the so-called Black Madonna.  For a short time I was mildly obsessed with Templars, Masonic history, etc., and books such as “Holy Blood, Holy Grail” along with “The Gnostic Gospels” touched on historic themes and artistic displays of the Black Madonna.  The next question probably is, “Why would she possibly think that?”  Well, it’s the photo in the middle of the Vogue collage … it reminds me of the Black Madonna pure and simple.  I could be wrong, but I suspect that a photographer who conceptualized this was miles away from imagining the social implications of a Vogue magazine spread.

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Bottom line … stop doing it maybe … or be ready to stand up for it.  Because folks are gonna call it as they see it.  And, the way they see it usually is as racist.

Please disagree in the comments :).

Billie’s Quickies … Time to clean out the closet

bllieddoseIt’s not that much longer before it’s time to vote again, and with states such as Texas – with its proposed rewriting of history, begging for (after rejecting) stimulus funding from the federal government, secession threatening, and (more mildly) adding a required Bible study elective for high school students; Oklahoma lawmakers (amongst others) voting against “an amendment to a defense bill this week that would withhold government contracts from organizations like KBR if they restrict employees from taking rape and sexual assault cases to court,” bucking the Oklahoma Constitution repeatedly in efforts to shame women into not having an abortion and doctors from administering them, and repeatedly denying the existence of climate change; and Alaska Mayor Dan Sullivan announcing his veto of Anchorage’s equal rights ordinance protecting gay people from discrimination; it’s clear that it’s time for an overhall – and, how!

Columnist Julia O’ Malley writes:  “The guy sat through months of hearings where people lined up to call gay people vile and dangerous, but he’s unconvinced those attitudes might bleed into the workplace or the marketplace? Maybe that’s generational, too. Boomers understand discrimination through the experience of the civil rights movement. Maybe he was looking for something more overt than insults hurled in the Assembly chamber.” To which I ask … what? Attack dogs?  Fire hoses? Spit? Batons? Guns? More brutality?  … What?

Now is the time to remove those who would “represent” us and who continue to defy those who live in the 21st century.

  • Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, calls passionately, even angrily, for a grand campaign: “In this century, the paramount moral challenge will be the struggle for gender equality in the developing world.” Justice for women, they point out, is not only a matter of morality: when girls and women are healthy, educated, able to work and take part in public life, the whole society benefits.”
  • “The Israeli military is considered one of the best in the world, and every citizen must serve in it in order to keep their citizenship. One of the main distinctions of Israeli conscription is that it includes women.”
  • An Obama as Hitler poster set off a 70-year-old witness of the horrors of Nazi Germany … I’d say rightfully so.
  • Still funny, still true.
  • Gosh is Hunter S. Thompson missed:  “This is going to be a very expensive war, and Victory is not guaranteed — for anyone, and certainly not for anyone as baffled as George W. Bush …  He will declare a National Security Emergency and clamp down Hard on Everybody, no matter where they live or why. If the guilty won’t hold up their hands and confess, he and the Generals will ferret them out by force.”
  • Well, this looks pretty interesting:  “Ellis’ new book, ‘Caring for Victor,‘ is a chronicle of his time with the infamous Iraqi dictator (Sadaam Hussein). For Ellis, the mission caused serious internal conflict.”
  • John Aravosis over at AmeicaBlog in September said Obama (by way of Baucus? still can’t figure out why anyone thinks he’s an appropriate representative of the president, but whatever) caved to the Joe Wilson “You Lie!” pressure by including a provision providing proof of citizenship.  I must disagree … really all that happened was that it wasn’t yet specified in an ongoing edit of legislation not yet enacted.  You know, a bill in progress that is not yet a law.  Sometimes details have yet to be worked out, and that’s that.

Finally …