Category Archives: midwest

[cranky] goodbye Boehner

I have NOTHING positive to say about Speaker of the House John Boehner. He just announced that he is not only resigning his position as Speaker but he’s retiring from roughly 20 years in Congress. His home district in Ohio is solidly Republican, so the Republican Governor John Kasich (yep, that one running for the Presidential nomination) should face no opposition to appointing another party line Republican to replace him.

While I won’t miss the fake spray tan sour face of Boehner standing in the back of countless photo-ops, I am worried about what face will replace his. Boehner originally planned to give up his Speakership at the end of 2014, but Eric Cantor’s humiliating loss at re-election prompted him to stay on. (Remember — Eric Cantor so arrogantly neglected to campaign in his run off that he lost his nomination and wasn’t even on the final ballot.) Boehner once compared being Speaker to being a prisoner in an interview with Politico. Clearly, he won’t be shedding any tears on November 1st when he walks out of Congress for good.

But why leave now?

congress has nuts in it

In the wake of the anti-Planned Parenthood videos many members of Congress are ill-informed and eager to cut off all federal funding to Planned Parenthood. Some of the most extreme right wing congressmen are eager to shut down the government if Planned Parenthood isn’t defunded first. Of course, we’re on the clock — tick tock the Tea Party wants to take Planned Parenthood’s federal funding and give it to already church/privately-funded CPCs. John Boehner voted to defund Planned Parenthood. On numerous occasions. But he’s not up for the bullshit of a government shutdown over an (old) issue that Obama will undoubtedly and immediately veto.

The Koch brothers and the Tea Party are more than happy to pitch a fit and shut down the government just to fuck with us and make a point. A point that is immediately lost when paychecks don’t come in, and parks/museums/tours are shut down.

With enough pressure and bullying, anyone can cave. If you’re a push-over spray-tan orange puppet, you can be easily pushed out of power. More and more Tea Party assholes are elected every two years, and more and more sanity is leaving Congress. More Koch dollars, more extremists, more anti-minority, anti-women uncompromising selfish self-righteous Bible-beating assholes. Our next Speaker of the House might just be all the way up a Koch butt and happy to screw up the country for money.

So I might miss our orange funny faced Boehner. Just a little. But, if we can create a miracle, if we can get out the vote, Nancy Pelosi’s face will replace the oompa loompa and our country will be saner. (Just a little.)

[cranky] roadtrippin’ to sanity

Confession: at the last minute in May I found out that I wasn’t graduating, by one class– my senior research. This set off a genuine mental and emotional spiral, my father came up and packed me and my things into my car and took us home for me to lay in bed in total shock for two weeks. My therapist and I have been trying a new med, with no improvements on my ability to get out of bed before 5p, and the aching joints and muscles which made it easier to validate laying down all day despite the fact that that was the problem. Three months later, waiting for my school district arts program to get funding so I could return to work, I realized that I had no choice but to attempt a 180– applying for a waitress job, joining a gym, contacting school, and finally just throwing my things into the car and driving up. I made the drive in record time– afraid that if I stopped I would turn around. The registrar, provost, student support, etc were overwhelmingly supportive and kind in a way that I never saw for the last two years that I’ve been working with them. I’ll be taking a long distance course so I don’t have to be on campus. I saw my old fling for the two evenings, reminding myself what it feels like to be a very satisfied woman. Last night I drove to Louisville to stay with my best girlfriend from elementary school for a few days before I head home, and then to the DNC. Its the clearest I’ve thought in nearly a year, and I’m happy and satisfied. How wonderful 🙂

[feminist advocacy] Letter to the Editior

Letter to the Editor of the Mount Gilead Ohio local paper. In response to a previously published letter in which the author clearly had his facts about Sandra Fluke, religion, Obama Care, and the Constitution confused. (to say the least)
Dear Editors,
I am a 21 year old college student, and I am on birth control. I am not ashamed that I am on birth control, because I have endometriosis and ovarian cysts. I was put on the pill at the age 15 so that my reproductive organs would remain viable for later in life when I chose to have children, and I would not have a high risk of an ectopic pregnancy. At the age of 19 I had a fast-growing cyst rupture after reaching the size of a tennis ball in just over one month. I could not go into work for three weeks, and laid in bed in excruciating pain when I was not at the doctor’s office. I was given a new birth control pill and told that if I stopped taking it, I might have to have my left ovary removed. Clearly, being on the birth control pill is a matter of my health, my quality of life, and my ability to be a productive member of society.
Sandra Fluke testified that as equal citizens in America, women should be able to access affordable birth control, meaning that insurance companies should be required to provide birth control coverage in their insurance policies. The birth control pill that I am on right now, which is the ONLY pill that I can be on for endometriosis and ovarian cysts without interfering with my hypothyroidism or pre-diabetes (the pre-diabetes was brought on after a 40 pound weight gain from my previous birth control pill trying to control the endometriosis), costs $30 a month because it is non-generic. It costs $120 a month without insurance. This means that, without required coverage for birth control, someone like myself might have to pay $120 x 12 months x 4 years = $5,760. Instead, after insurance I pay $1,440.
I am a Christian, I was raised a Southern Baptist. My NEED for birth control coverage has absolutely nothing to do with religion or sexual promiscuity or taking anything away from religious institutions. Put simply, I believe that birth control is part of my health care, and that if I have health insurance it should be covered. If a woman feels that it is against her religious beliefs to take birth control, then she has every right to never ever take or use any form of birth control. I do not think that an outsider, or any legislator, should decide my fate when they do not know me and my body.
Thank you for taking the time to hear my story and opinion.

[cranky] why is twiggy the ultimate (midwest) american beauty?

My midwest university is obsessed with the double zero, zero, and size 2. It seems as if the only way to be attractive to men and even other women is to be skin-and-bone skinny to the point where we might be afraid you’ll pass out at any moment. Entering campus freshman year as a solid size 8 (Marilyn’s size, right?) I already felt out of place, and too large to fit in.

Since when did men find it so appealing to fantasize and sleep with twiggy? Why are plump breasts and real hips going out of style faster than disposable water bottles? I feel like if I were a man I would be afraid to sleep with a woman as skinny as Nicole or Kirsten, I might accidentally break them in half. But I guess if you can watch a seemingly anorexic girl in a porno, then why can’t you have that in your own life, right?

And I bet that seemingly anorexic girl in the porno doesn’t have just a neatly trimmed bikini, she’s got it completely shaven bald. So she already looks like she has the body of a pre-pubescent middle schooler, but now she has the vagina to match. Secretly, unbeknownst to men, are they all carrying around pedophile tendencies if they’re only attracted to women with bodies of ten year old girls?