Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Top Side of Being a Bottom Feeder

Yes indeed, it is a bottom feeder

Having realized that I will never be famous, well-known, loved, achieve cult fame, be liked, or have an audience of more, what? Depressing? Discouraging? Disgusting? 
Well...yes, it is. But it is also very freeing.
I can write what the fuck I want. I don't have to care what group of "Trve Believers" of whatever variety I may piss off. I don't have any followers, hangers-on, or even people who give half a fart what I say. I can be who I am, not who you want me to be.
I'm sure that I'll love my forthcoming series of essays about the hypocrisy of dead celebrity worship. If my other personalities like them too, that's great. If not, I can go fuck myself for all I care.
Snarking my audience: just one of the many questionable services I offer.
Rose LeMort
Anti-Famous Hack Writer

Saturday, July 23, 2011

What Dreams May Come--or Will They?

This is a response to a post by Elizabeth about how women often end up putting our dreams on hold for the sake of society/family/convention.
I have huge conflicts about these two things. My work is not my passion, it's a job. I feel guilty about feeling this way, because it's a helper job. I'm a nurse aide who just got her nursing certification and is studying for the NCLEX exam. And while I certainly don't mind helping my son achieve his very important goals by taking him to the community college (I study while he's there) I sometimes feel like I'm always putting my dreams on hold. My dreams are all impractical things, like creative writing and acting. I've always been a creative person but with years of struggling with a mental illness that wasn't diagnosed until I was almost 40, I haven't made much headway and at this point the struggle to get my work recognized seems more terrifying than exhilarating.

Here is another fine post by Elizabeth about complimenting a woman without bringing her looks into it. Good stuff!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Flap over Breastfeeding Baby Doll Ridiculous

Here's the thing: in the United States, we have this bizarre dichotomy that sexualizes the female breast on one hand and on the other hand decries the function it was created for as "dirty and disgusting." Children the world over play "house" and pretend to be mommies. In other countries, breastfeeding an infant is seen as normal and natural. There is nothing disgusting about nursing a baby and nothing disgusting about a little girl playing "mommy." Perhaps those who think it's disgusting need to check their reasoning. I think its far more disgusting for breasts to be seen as "fun bags," playthings for the titillation of males who have the minds of horny adolescents. I think it's disgusting that women feel the need to alter their natural breasts with outlandish silicone sacks to please this sort of man.
Breasts are first and foremost created to supply nourishment to infants. Humans are mammals. Do the people that find this doll disgusting also find it disgusting when cats nurse their kittens, dogs nurse their pups, or cows, goats, sheep or horses nurse their young?
I had baby dolls and pretended to be a mommy when I was little. I didn't have my baby until I was 25 and married. The reason I initially had sex at 16 had nothing whatsoever to do with playing at being a mommy at a young age and everything to do with wanting to feel loved. My reasoning was erroneous, but it had nothing whatsoever with having seen my mother nurse my younger brother, or playing at being a mommy myself.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Positively 4th Street

Positively 4th Street

You got a lotta nerve
To say you are my friend
When I was down
You just stood there grinning

You got a lotta nerve
To say you got a helping hand to lend
You just want to be on
The side that’s winning

You say I let you down
You know it’s not like that
If you’re so hurt
Why then don’t you show it

You say you lost your faith
But that’s not where it’s at
You had no faith to lose
And you know it

I know the reason
That you talk behind my back
I used to be among the crowd
You’re in with

Do you take me for such a fool
To think I’d make contact
With the one who tries to hide
What he don’t know to begin with

You see me on the street
You always act surprised
You say, “How are you?” “Good luck”
But you don’t mean it

When you know as well as me
You’d rather see me paralyzed
Why don’t you just come out once
And scream it

No, I do not feel that good
When I see the heartbreaks you embrace
If I was a master thief
Perhaps I’d rob them

And now I know you’re dissatisfied
With your position and your place
Don’t you understand
It’s not my problem

I wish that for just one time
You could stand inside my shoes
And just for that one moment
I could be you

Yes, I wish that for just one time
You could stand inside my shoes
You’d know what a drag it is
To see you

Copyright © 1965 by Warner Bros. Inc.; renewed 1993 by Special Rider Music

I initially usurped Kai's blog to talk about certain backstabbing individuals who thought they put one over on me. I don't really have much of anything to add to that. I just want to dedicate this scathing little tune to them.


Friday, July 8, 2011

Breaking News: Michele Bachmann is a Reactionary Nut Job

Here is Michele's pledge to ruin save the United States. Let's take a look at each of these individually, shall we? Because Aunt Rose can't sleep and needs something to give her a laugh.

The Candidate Vow:Therefore, in any elected or appointed capacity by which I may have the honor of serving our fellow citizens in these United States, I the undersigned do hereby solemnly vow* to honor and to cherish, to defend and to uphold, the Institution of Marriage as only between one man and one woman. I vow* to do so through my:
* Personal fidelity to my spouse.
 Aunt Rose has no problem with this. Aunt Rose happens to like monogamy. Besides, Michele and her husband deserve each other.

* Respect for the marital bonds of others.
 Again, this is good. Aunt Rose does not like sleazy people who hit on other people's mates. Carry on.

* Official fidelity to the U.S. Constitution, supporting the elevation of none but faithful constitutionalists as judges or justices.

* Vigorous opposition to any redefinition of the Institution of Marriage - faithful monogamy between one man and one woman - through statutory-, bureaucratic-, or court-imposed recognition of intimate unions which are bigamous, polygamous, polyandrous, same-sex, etc.
 I don't get polyamory, but if all parties are in agreement, then I have nothing to say about it. I just don't want to participate in such a partnership. As for same sex marriage, I really don't get people who are threatened by it. I'm straight. How the hell is a gay couple getting married going to threaten any straight union that I may enter into? If a guy is gay, he isn't going to be interested in me anyway. So really, Michele and others who are threatened by same sex marriage--how does it affect you? What the hell are you worried about?

* Recognition of the overwhelming statistical evidence that married people enjoy better health, better sex, longer lives, greater financial stability, and that children raised by a mother and a father together experience better learning, less addiction, less legal trouble, and less extramarital pregnancy.
 Overwhelming statistical evidence huh? I'd say there is some statistical evidence. But I'm not here to quibble statistics. So--we should all get married even if we don't want to or stay in an unhappy marriage because DAMN IT THIS IS GOING TO MAKE US HAPPY! This makes no fucking sense. I would far rather be single than to be in a bad marriage. 
My son was four when his father and I got divorced. We had joint custody. I would rather not have had to raise my child as a single parent, but the marriage was so deteriorated and all we did was fight even though we had tried counseling. We got along much better as a divorced couple. 
My son has never been in any kind of legal trouble. He has never gotten a girl pregnant. He is now 21 and in school to become a pharmacy tech with an intention of going pre-med thereafter. A divorce wherein the couple remains civil to one another is far healthier than an unhappy marriage. As long as the kids know they're loved by both parents and the parents don't use the kid as a weapon against each other, that's what really counts.
Forcing people to stay in a bad marriage does not work. Keep your rules out of my house, Michele.

* Support for prompt reform of uneconomic, anti-marriage aspects of welfare policy, tax policy, and marital/divorce law, and extended "second chance" or "cooling-off" periods for those seeking a "quickie divorce."
what is this "quickie divorce" of which you speak? Perhaps such a beast exists. Even though my now ex husband and I were not contesting anything and did not involve lawyers, our divorce took a total of a year. I don't mind reforming "anti-marriage" rules on taxes or welfare because I think they're kind of bullshit. 

* Earnest, bona fide legal advocacy for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) at the federal and state levels.
Bunch of damn, anti-gay, Fundie propaganda. Next.

* Steadfast embrace of a federal Marriage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which protects the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman in all of the United States.
 She does sound like a broken record. Slag off, you cretin.

* Humane protection of women and the innocent fruit of conjugal intimacy - our next generation of American children - from human trafficking, sexual slavery, seduction into promiscuity, and all forms of pornography and prostitution, infanticide, abortion and other types of coercion or stolen innocence.
 "Innocent fruit of conjugal intimacy." That sounds dirty somehow. Of course I agree with protecting people from human trafficking or sexual slavery. As for "seduction into promiscuity," this is an iffy statement. Coercion of another person into sex is unethical and in some cases is sexual assault. In any case, it's not cool. But some people (like Michele) would take even a monogamous relationship between two unmarried young people as "promiscuity," at least on the part of the female.
People should not be forced into prostitution but I'm on the fence about legalizing prostitution. Of course no underage person should be selling sex. As for adults, I do not think that prostitutes should be charged with a crime. Legalizing prostitution might allow for laws protecting sex workers. That would be a positive thing. Keep in mind, I am not in favor of prostitution on a moral level. But I would like to see sex workers protected.
As for pornography, if it is between consenting adults, it should not be illegal. 
Nobody in their right mind would argue in favor of infanticide. Murder is a crime. As for abortion, there are gray areas. I don't like abortion. But I believe that it needs to remain safe and legal. Look at the Romanian orphans as an example for what happens when abortion is made illegal. A person should be able to obtain abortion on demand during the first trimester. Thereafter, decisions about abortion should be made in partnership with a medical professional. Things do go wrong during pregnancy and there are times when abortion is a medical necessity.

* Support for the enactment of safeguards for all married and unmarried U.S. Military and National Guard personnel, especially our combat troops, from inappropriate same-gender or opposite-gender sexual harassment, adultery or intrusively intimate commingling among attracteds (restrooms, showers, barracks, tents, etc.); plus prompt termination of military policymakers who would expose American wives and daughters to rape or sexual harassment, torture, enslavement or sexual leveraging by the enemy in forward combat roles.
Of course there should be rules safeguarding people from sexual harassment, rape, torture, enslavement, or sexual leveraging. 

* Rejection of Sharia Islam and all other anti-woman, anti-human rights forms of totalitarian control.
 You mean like Fundamentalist Christianity?
I don't like fundamentalist religion of any kind, which would include Sharia Islam.

* Recognition that robust childbearing and reproduction is beneficial to U.S. demographic, economic, strategic and actuarial health and security.
 Say whaaaat, Crazy Fool?
"Robust childbearing and reproduction."
Because we do not in any way have an overpopulation problem. 
It's time to go out there and get knocked up, Ladies! Better yet, let's all go Octomom and child-bear as robustly as possible! 
I am not going to turn my vagina into a Clown Car to satisfy Michele Bachmann's insane fundie agenda.

* Commitment to downsizing government and the enormous burden upon American families of the USA?s $14.3 trillion public debt, its $77 trillion in unfunded liabilities, its $1.5 trillion federal deficit, and its $3.5 trillion federal budget.
 Okay, sounds like a plan. And while we're at it, how about we quit outsourcing all our manufacture and tech support to other countries? How about we also tax the wealthiest instead of taxing the middle class into poverty?

* Fierce defense of the First Amendment?s rights of Religious Liberty and Freedom of Speech22, especially against the intolerance of any who would undermine law-abiding American citizens and institutions of faith and conscience for their adherence to, and defense of, faithful heterosexual monogamy.
But should you happen to speak of the right of gay couples to marry, you are out of line! head hurts. Fortunately I think this cretin is too much of a nut job to actually have a ghost of a chance to get elected. However, the fact that she's in office at all gives me pause.