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Elizabeth Warren backs the Bank of Boeing

armenia4ever:

Important observations about the “populist” principles that Warren adheres to…

Originally posted on The right-wing liberal:

To her supporters, Senator Elizabeth Warren is a champion of the downtrodden and bane of the wealthy.

To those of us who know better, she’s a government-always-first leftist who is quite fine with helping the biggest and wealthiest corporations in America so long as the government grows.

We have the Heritage Foundation to thank for this. As Timothy Carney (Washington Examiner) pointed out, Heritage reached out to Warren to see if she would help them fight the Export-Import Bank. No dice: “Senator Warren believes that the Export-Import Bank helps create American jobs and spur economic growth.”

Never mind that so many of the products financed by the bank are intermediate products for foreign firms competing against Americans. Never mind that export subsidies are far and away the worst type of trade intervention for an economy. Never mind that the Congressional Budget Office and the General Accounting Office have laid waste…

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Guest Post – The Lesbian Agenda

armenia4ever:

This spoke to me.

Originally posted on HarsH ReaLiTy:

“You don’t like men, do you? I can tell by the way you act.”

I almost wanted to laugh in her face.

She was an older woman, probably late forties. In high school, she had been a skinny cheerleader and an outspoken badass. Age brought her children and weight gain but that pretty girl mentallity remained.

This woman assumed I harbored ill feelings towards her boyfriend at the time. I had a habit of not speaking to those I did not know well or worked with. The memory reminds me of an article I read once about a coach at a school who claimed his lesbian boss fired him for being too straight.

Hmm.

Okay.

I will not be one to say it sounds completely ridiculous- it is possible. Sadly, some gays and lesbians are not the most ethical/moralistic inclined people like some of their straight counterparts. Bad people are…

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Poem: Touch

Disclaimer/Caution: Extremely intentional creepy material meant to be read in a White Goodman accent from Dodgeball imminent! 

 Touch.

I love touch. I like to touch.

I like the way you’re built.

It makes me want to touch.

 

like the feel of your clothes.

The cotton turns me on, the denim gives me a rush, the leather invigorates my soul.

I like that.

 

Let me feel your hair, my technique is flawless.

Let me smell you in public.

…”sniff”

Is that lavender?

 

Your soft blouse gives me ideas, those rubbery flipflops make me wonder, and… Are those Pink booty shorts?  

I like those.  

 

I will admit it.

I’m a creeper, a stalker, a lurker and… oh, is that velvet? 

So smooth to my touch.

 

Prepare yourself, for my touch.

Your clothes I shall admire, and your face I shall massage with my fingers.

Is that fabric softener I smell?  

You spoil me girl.

 

Prepare yourself for the ultimate sensation… my touch.

Is that your face?

I can feel the lotion and smell the aloe.

 

Prepare yourself for my suave caress on the polyester of your pants.

Your beautiful wool socks…  I shall examine with the stubble on my face.

 

I shall stroke your creamy nose with my palm and feel your smooth jaws with my fingertips.

Come to me, fairest portrait of my affection.

My graceful touch you shall not forget.

Prepare to love.

 

 

I included an audio track with all creepiness demonstrated in the way this is read. It really gives you that, “WTF?!?” feel when you hear it. That’s intentional by the way.

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Guest Bloggers – Blog for HarsH ReaLiTy?

armenia4ever:

Opinionated Man at Harsh Reality is going to be hosting some guest bloggers. This is a great way to self promote as he gets a surprising amount of traffic and there are a lot of bloggers who bolster the network around him.

Originally posted on HarsH ReaLiTy:

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I have had many requests and have decided to open up the board. I don’t do this because I feel obligated, but rather to give the “room” a breath of fresh air. Possibly bring in some new opinions. Please re-blog this post so that others might also see it since this will be the one time this year I will host guest authors, writers, and bloggers.

I am looking for specifics this time so if you fit a category please send me an email if you are interested in hosting your work here. This is obviously for self-promotion purposes and I will allow you to add links and backlinks to your websites. I will say one more time that hosting guest writers actually drops my views so if this becomes difficult or people become annoying I will just stop. Because it isn’t worth the stress.

This is open to people…

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Part 2 My Feminist Vow – By: Opinionated Man

armenia4ever:

As usual OM makes obvious, but witty points.

Anyone remember the backlash Lana Del Rey suffered when she mentioned she wasn’t a feminist? She was roasted and made to understand that it was only because of feminism that she could say that – let alone anything – as well as have a career in music, have money, ect.

Originally posted on HarsH ReaLiTy:

Part 1 can be found here – http://aopinionatedman.com/2014/03/10/my-feminist-vow-by-opinionated-man/

I vow to never place Mrs. in front of my name. Instead I will hold strong and place “single” (forever…) there instead!

I vow to not do the dishes and clean the kitchen anymore… even though I currently don’t do those things. It is the principle of rejecting them though right?

I vow to aggressively attack other women that are not as feminine as me. If you aren’t with us you are against us!

I vow to keep track of every female celebrity to ensure they are holding up “the banner.” You girls better be waving that thing with pride or else you are obviously a black mark on womanhood. Drop your own agendas, career goals, and instead join the feminist bandwagon! We are accepting members against their will.

I vow to never allow a man to save me in a dangerous situation…

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Warped Tour and a lack of Women

Apparently, Warped Tour 2014 – and previous warped tours – has a women problem.  That is in a women problem in terms of the amount of women involved in the bands who make up Warped Tour.

Now right away, this observation should be made:  This one of the the usual “divide and conquer” approaches that people employ when talking about this subject wreaks of to motivate women and/or men to endorse a particular ideology to create ” specific issues” and win them votes.   As my friend Katie has said, and I’m paraphrasing, they are trying to divided us and get us at each others throats the day we are born, and she is right.  Think for yourself.
Ms. Megan Seling over at WonderingSound has put out a rather thoughtful piece on the lack of female “involved” bands at the Warped Tour.  When “female” bands is mentioned in this post it includes both bands with female members in their ranks and female fronted ones as well.   Instead of deliberately misrepresenting what she has to say, I’ll quote this lovely piece:

“As a woman and a fan of punk rock, I’m angry and disheartened. I grew up listening to hardcore and pop-punk and I know what a boys’ club it can be. I’m used to being in the minority at shows, having to deal with guys who think they need to protect me in the mosh pit. But that was 15 years ago, and still the culture has not evolved. Part of that could be because Kevin Lyman, founder and producer of the Warped Tour, doesn’t think there’s a problem.”

Quick, but important poin a.k.a rant: Has Seling been in a “hardcore” pit in the last 10 years? You know, where the wild things dwell and the Boston hardcore scene gives no f*cks at the shows. You aren’t moving! Windmill to the face, stage dive to your head, ect.  There is a REAL reason  – part of it being physical – that some girls don’t go to actual hardcore shows. To be honest, I probably wouldn’t bring my 13 year old cousin to one if I was actually thinking of her safety.  Hold on, I’m taking my sip of patriarchal kool-aide right now.

Well, how many “female” bands are their actually on the warped tour this year? A commentor on www.absolutepunk.net by the name of TylerDrumming compiled what appears to be a list of women – I’m assuming they are women!

Dangerkids

Echosmith
K.Flay
Sleeper Agent
The Summer Set
Allison Weiss
American Pinup
Beebs And Her Money Makers
Courage My Love
Emilie Autumn
Icon For Hire
Marmozets
Pvris
Shot in the Dark
Tess Dunn
We Are The In Crowd
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Aim Your Arrows (Playing 7/8)
Amber Stowell (Playing 7/8)
Blackbird (Playing 7/6-7/10 and 7/12)
Blair La Rose (Playing 6/26)
Blameshift (Playing 7/9-7/12)
Candy Hearts (Playing 7/6-7/9)
Death of Paris (Playing 7/9)
Go Betty Go (Playing 6/20 and 6/22)
Go Big (Playing 7/6)
Hunter Valentine (Playing 7/6-7/12)
Jackknife Stiletto (Playing 7/9)
Jenni Spiro (Playing 7/11)
June Divided (Playing 7/11)
Justina (Playing 7/6-7/9)
Kaleido (Playing 7/11)
Kiirstin Marilyn (Playing 7/12)
Light Up the Eyes (Playing 6/20 and 6/25)
Melanie Lynx (Playing 7/10)
Miracle Dolls (Playing 6/20 and 6/22)
Mourning Lilith (Playing 6/21)
Queen Caveat (Playing 6/20 and 6/22)
Romance Mechanics (Playing 6/21-6/25)
Romantic Rock Fashion Show (Playing 6/25)
Sara Laketa (Playing 7/10)
Sharkmuffin (Playing 7/6 and 7/11-7/12)
Shiragirl (Playing 6/20-6/26 and 7/6-7/12)
Stop the Presses (Playing 6/25-6/26)
Survival Guide (Playing 6/21 and 6/26)
The Swank Masters (Playing 6/26)
The Turbulent Hearts (Playing 6/20-6/22 and 6/26)
Varna (Playing 6/21-6/22)
Wasi (Playing 6/21 and 6/25)
You Only Live Once (Playing 6/20 and 6/25-6/26)

Kevin Lyman, the founder of Warped Tour, points out that it’s okay for one out of the six bands on average on the tour tend to be “female” involved and/or fronted and he said it was “absolutely okay” for there to be “such a one-sided ratio”, but Seling yet again disagrees:

“But it’s not. It’s not OK for Warped or the Fest, and it’s not OK that Alternative Press, a monthly music magazine that sponsors the Warped Tour, has only put a woman on its cover five times in the last three years — and twice it was Hayley Williams from Paramore.”

This acknowledgment and “defense” obviously leads to the logical and sane conclusion that,  “… as long as Warped Tour continues to boast such an insulting male-to-female artist ratio, those 500,000 fans are learning that loud music is played by dudes, and women belong in the crowd (which, according to Lyman, is 53 percent female).”  Yes. That is ABSOLUTELY what these fans are learning who can’t obviously f*ucking think for themselves. No faith in humanity right?   Apparently, neither can any of the female fans and artists there either, according to Ms. Seling, They are in fact so incapable of excelling by themselves and against the current, that they need divine male intervention in the form of Lyman rectifying the gender music gap in punk.

Seriously, I had no idea these female bands needed so much help from men!  No, don’t give me the, “There is sexism in the music industry creating significant barriers for women so they need special help!”   That’s not equality and if you are trying to balance things out by creating such a concept of “equality” by using unequal specific preferential treatment, your logic is seriously flawed.  Just like affirmative action, the ends don’t justify the means. (No, “white privilege” wont work here. Genocide bitches – I win in the oppression Olympics.)


Lyman goes on to “defend” himself and points out that the Warped Tour has an “all girls” stage for 11 of the tour dates this year…  HOLD ON for a second. Can you imagine if there was an “all male” celebration day and special privileges for said males to rectify the gender gap in teaching at the local elementary school to make the bare 5% on average of male teachers in public school? People would flip shit and you can bet your ass the NFL wouldn’t come up with a masculine color for the month to commemorate the male struggle in the school system.

Unfortunately, Lyman has been turned into an object for wrath for a problem he didn’t cause.  I as well as every other person who has the slightest idea of Kevin’s character know he has never passed on a band just because they had a “female” in the band.  Simple supply and demand is the problem here, if you want to call it an actual problem.   Bands that play, especially the main stage, are brought onto the tour because of their fans and following.  Kevin, the opportunist closet misogynist that he is, has already tried an all girls spin off tour which FAILED.    But apparently this is because women have an uninviting environment created for them in punk music and are held up to unrealistic standards.

Newsflash: There is a reason Katie Perry and Paramore draw than every punk, metal, hardcore band in general – much to my disdain – let alone if there is a woman in their ranks or not.  The demand and audience has to BE there.   There is a reason there is a higher demand for One Direction then Selena Gomez – simple demographics.

It’s not Kevins fault or his lack of promotion for “female” bands that teenage boys want to mosh to metal-core breakdowns or screaming teenage girls want to drool over Sleep With Sirens’s lead male singer whose high pitched tenor voice disturbs me.  On that note, how many girls on the Warped Tour this year would rather see Kellen Quinn from SWS singing than Emily Whitehurst, Warped tour veteran and former frontwoman of Tsunami Bomb and Action Design that Seling quotes alot in her article? Cool, now I sound like a Kevin Lyman fanboy. Negative downvotes for that.

This had me scratching my head:

“Now that I’m not really involved in punk rock as much, I’m finding that most shows I play have other women on the bill,” says Whitehurst. “It’s possible that there truly are less women playing in heavier bands, but it’s also possible that people who like heavier bands assume that women aren’t very good at it. I never hear it anymore, but being in Tsunami Bomb, I can’t even count how many times a dude would come up to me after a show and say ‘You guys were really good! I don’t usually like girls in bands!’

Really, can you make that assumption?  Ask almost any metal head and you would find it pretty rare that they would just assume a girl couldn’t play well in a metal band specifically because of their gender – even on Metalsucks.  I personally love specific kinds of female vocalists, but can it really be blamed on Kevin Lyman that a huge percentage of Warped’s Audience – emphasis on girls here – would rather see Sleeping With Sirens because of Kellen Quinn then see some female fronted local punk band?

Two “female” friends – using that word makes me feel like some sort of analytical researcher lacking humanity – however had some points to make about a facebook post/objection to the above quote of Whitehurst. My friend Katie – a very smart homeschooled girl, so you know shes good – had this to point out:

“In the article she used personal examples of men making thus exact assumption. There’s really no reason for a poll when the evidence is everywhere. For every guy who enjoys female vocalists there is one who considers a strong female group a to be as rare and mystical as a unicorn, and another who flat out refuses female vocals”

I still however wonder, can one really make those assumptions? I’m not so sure I see evidence for it everywhere or its just that certain activists have told us there is evidence for it EVERYWHERE.   My friend Mary make’s this point – and note she was in a metal band and yes, it was genuine with plenty of screaming.

 In my opinion it’s a little of both. Or perhaps that in media women are so stereotyped that people’s initial reaction is that bands with females wont be as heavy or as intense. In a lot of cases this turn out to be true, but I don’t think its because of a lack of ability, I think females lack confidence to get out there and realize what they can do.

I still think its bullshit to call Lyman out for something he has actually tried and for getting angry that he points out that the bands on the tour are determined by fans, support, and following.  If we want to get more women into bands on the tour – specifically heavier ones – its going to take a hell of alot more than just giving them a stage or promoting the hell out of female bands to attract an actual fan base and following. Don’t people realize how hard it is for almost any music that isn’t pop, hip-hop-, or country to compete with drawing a female fan base – specifically from a younger demographic – when punk, hardcore, metal, ect is the music in question?  That right there is one of the reasons why there is so few female “involved” bands, let alone good ones that attract alot of worthy attention.

Just my rants and thoughts, but feel free to leave me any death-threats.

 

 

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Tumblr: Where the Really Wild Things of Privilege Dwell

Tumblr is essentially a very entertaining cesspool of anger and vitriol where people “discuss” privilege.  Either the trolls on Tumblr are the best that the internet has ever produced – far surpassing the 4chan glory days- or there are some people who are truly filled with enough hatred, blame, and anger to make Emperor Palatine quite jealous.

The internet is obviously a place for everything including some major venting.  What bugs me is that I can’t tell when people are actually serious or they are trolling.  Extremism is usually a word we toss around when we don’t agree with people – yea it’s that simple.   In this case, extremism is in the eye of the infamous beholder.

One of my main punching bags as of late has been the whole “privilege” movement.  It’s a bit more scholarly, cushioned, and articulated on more of the formal Slate, Jezebel, ect new site then it obviously is on Tumblr where people don’t worry about their future reputations- both online and offline.    According to Tumblr, “Privilege” doesn’t only just extend specifically to male white folks, – this makes me glad I’m only half-white - but actually includes “thin privilege”.  Looks like, I can’t escape that one.   Oh, and this one too: Cis privilege.

There’s a rather interesting site which lists the growing amount of … accepted ideas of what can be considered privilege.  Considering its three years old, the list probably is much larger now, so remember to “check your privilege”.

privilege list

Well, I need to update this list with a new category of privilege that everyone else has that I don’t to make sure I have someone to shift blame too as well: Genocide privilege.    If your ancestors haven’t endured/survived genocide(s), you have a generational and familial privileged of resources, education, time, ect that I simply can never have.  Feel bad for me damn it and check your privilege! Damn, that feels good.

Observation:   We seriously have a gigantic confused mess of judging other people for judging, blaming other people for supposedly blaming, ect. and “privilege” is no exception.  Question: Is this just an example of the Communications Dialectic Contradiction Theory that permeates so much of our thoughts on the “issues” of our day?  It’s incredible that when you view much of today’s arguments on any subject matter, contradiction theory is all around. Whether its being intolerant of intolerance or discriminating against people to alleviate past discrimination, you have to wonder why this logic is so pervasive.  I still can’t exactly pinpoint why it is, just that I see it.

Yes, this is Tumblr and yes, these are fringe folks, or apparently I am told so.  Does that really any less negate the impact of it?  I would suggest otherwise. Ideas have consequences, but they don’t have to trash someone’s livelihood by participating in the blame game and playing the “oppression Olympics.”   There’s got to be more substance and fulfillment to life and the problems we face instead of pointing the finger in blame at someone, something, anything else…

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Priorities: Green Housing vs being Homeless

About 3 weeks ago, I was in Chicago, the city I love to despise and badmouth.   There are a lot of reasons I don’t like the city, starting with how expensive it is down there, but as I was walking on Fullerton, I noticed a sign about green, energy friendly, sustainable, ect housing – all those buzzwords.

That is fantastic and all, but when you are homeless and don’t have a place to live, how much does the “green” status of a dwelling matter?

I wonder if we have really overlooked our priorities as a culture. Every group has a particular grievance for which they demand attention, often at the cost of awareness for much more important issues like having a place to sleep and something to eat.

LGBT this and Feminism that, but is  said homeless feminist going to care more about the systematic oppression of our “patriarchal” society or the fact that have no place to stay and don’t know where their next meal is coming from? Issues may be important, but don’t the daily necessities of life take primary concern.

Lets solve the big issues – the real priorites – that many of our poor and disadvantaged face before we move on to others.

And no, the government doesnt have to be the solution to giving the homeless shelter and the starving food. We as communities can do our part without Bureaucracy weighing us down and “redistributing” the fruits of our labor.

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Poetry: “Lovers”

Context: I was at Swing State for Tuesday Poetry Night and I just let the creative and odd juices flow with no filter and just a bit of editing.   If you want to get a really interesting and creepy vibe, read this out aloud to yourself in your most creepy voice.

“Lovers”

Tender lovers,   I  am a true lover.   Lover’s walks… I invented those. An amorous bastard, I am that.
Dearest, I am a passionate lover. Many lovelies  stalk my small living space like harpies with the beauty of mermaids, but I remain  passionately steadfast. What can I say?  I’m a veracious and veritable lover.
My graceful beauty, Lovers quarrels I do not tolerate,  because love never stops –   Literally,  Symbolically, and Metaphorically.   Day and night,  I can feel the love…      In the sky, in the trees, and in nostalgic AIM chat rooms where the magic happens and the memories are made.
Love of my life, like a true lover, I make memories with my bona-fide love.  I can see into your soul.  Or at least I’m gonna keep telling myself that I can.
Sweetheart, they say love is a verb, and they are so right. Let me show you it’s past tense, it’s present tense, and it’s future tense. I’ll show you it’s plural form in all it’s majesty.

Angel, Let me use it in the imperative.

” Love you babe.”

Darling, Let me use it in the declarative.

“Lover, It’s time for love.”

Beloved, Let me show you it’s interrogative side.

“Are you ready for love my lovely devoted lovers?”