White Male Rage

white male rage

WHITE MALE RAGE.Trump and the GOP are stoking white male rage and have turned what were multiple credible allegations of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh into a Bizarrow World of conspiracy theories and reality-TV drama. The story line is this: The corrupt Democrats, led by the Clintons, staged the attack against Kavanaugh because they were mad that Trump won the election. Judge Kavanaugh is REALLY the victim here. He’s been tortured and wronged in the worst way. How DARE he have to answer questions? He’s a Judge! He went to Yale! He’s a rich, entitled white man. He’s entitled to be angry.

At the swearing-in ceremony, Trump apologized to Judge Kavanaugh and family on our behalf, yes, OUR behalf. "On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure," Donald Trump Then he out right lied, saying  “under historic scrutiny,” Kavanaugh had been “proven innocent.”.The con is that the real threat regarding sexual assault is to MEN, specifically white men.  Men are the ones who need to fear. Theirs are the lives being ruined. And It's working to rile up the base. Bizarrow indeed..“One of the most revealing moments of this dark, historical moment occurred on the day when both Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh testified about his alleged attack on her decades ago. While she was calm, credible and forthright, he was the opposite, a towering inferno of privileged, white, male rage. She was the person who had lived for so long with the memory of a sexual assault in which she says she feared for her life, while he was being considered for one of the most influential, powerful positions in the country. And yet, he was the furious one, a dynamic that clearly made sense to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Republican members, a group consisting solely of white men.”  10/8/18 Jared Bernstein of ‘THE WASHINGTON POST’

They might not have grinding gears for teeth or lines like an animal, but we’re facing this riled-up white male rage in 28 days. Just 28 days to turn this around. White male rage…just another entitlement of white male privilege. @blueravenartist

Who Owns Your Womb?

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Who Owns Your Womb?

Despite all the evidence against him, the Kavanaugh confirmation is a done deal. The investigation was a sham, completely controlled and limited to testimony orchestrated to exonerate him and give cover to those senators appearing to be on the fence. Judge Kavanaugh lied repeatedly under oath in the hearing as he did in previous hearings, but that doesn’t matter to the GOP or to their base. Our President lies daily, if not hourly. Lying is allowed now, as is apparently, sanctioned sexual assault and harassment. What scares me most about this man is not his rigid belief system or that fact that he’s obviously unable to be impartial. What really freaks me out is that the man is an angry, revengeful bully.

While spouting conspiracy theories and going off on Democrats, Kavanaugh snarled, “What goes around comes around.” Two commentators on MSNBC were discussing what that might have meant.  Of course, I can’t read minds, but I’m almost certain Kavanaugh was showing his internal thought process which was more than just wanting to get back at Democrats. He was leaking his utter disdain and disrespect for women, thinking something like this: “I’m going to get women back. They’re going to f%&*ing pay for what they’ve done to me.”

The man is a bully, through and through; that was readily apparent at the hearing. He WILL seek revenge against those who have had the audacity to question his supreme right to be on the highest court in the land. He’ll do any damage he can to the rights and freedoms of women.  I’m not sure what we can do at this point. At the very least, we need to show up big in November, but even that is looking less likely. It seems that the white male rage that Trump continues to stoke at his rallies is riling up his base and now the blue wave we’ve been hoping for is almost matched by a red one. Who owns your womb? Right now, you do. But it might not be for long. @blueravenartist

11th HOUR

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THE 11th HOUR

When it comes to our rights, it’s the 11th hour for women. We won’t even have had the right to vote for 100 years until 2020. The right to choose has only been possible since 1973. What’s important is to realize that this isn’t just about the right to choose whether to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term. This is about the very fundamental right to have control over our own bodies.

Right now, with the Kavanaugh nomination, women are freaked and rightly so. Not only will he vote to overturn Roe v Wade, this man is a revengeful bully and he clearly has no real respect for women. Anyone with any degree of understanding of human behavior can see that clearly. This is a man who needs to be in control and feels entitled be so. If this man gets on the Supreme Court he’ll not be impartial, especially when it comes to issues impacting women. He will rule to wield his power because he can. He’ll rule to get revenge. I wasn’t happy with the Gorsuch nomination as he’s in the pockets of big business; but the thought of Kavanaugh as an arbiter of women’s rights is truly frightening.

It’s the 11th hour for women’s reproductive rights. It’s time we keep calling our Senators and try to keep this clock from reaching the darkness of midnight. @blueravenartist

COMPUTERIZED IV

computerized IV

I wonder about the future often.  How can I not? We’re creating it right now. I watch the day-to-day drama of the present playing out into the future moment by moment and like many aware artists, I’m caught up in attempting to use whatever abilities and platform I have to try to steer the collective conversation in a better direction.  However, sometimes I grow weary of the constant alarming chatter (to which I contribute, I admit because I AM alarmed.) But even though these are trying times, there are still amazing things going on in the world.

This morning I was reading about how two researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have deciphered a mouse’s retina’s neural code and used it to develop a prosthetic device to restore sight to blind mice. That means it’s just a matter of time before this will translate to humans.  Remember Geordie’s visor in ‘STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION’? The future is becoming more and more real every moment. So today I thought I’d post something a little different, a little more in keeping with what I most love to create. I’m fascinated with thoughts of how humans will slowly morph into cyborgs. As long as we keep evolving, there’s no stopping what technology will bring us. We might not have a visible motherboard in the front of our foreheads, but still… It’s fun to play with, don’t you think? @blueravenartist

 

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GRAY SKIES OVER DC

gray skies over DC

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s decision today to retire next month is terrifying.  It will transform the Constitution and this country for decades to come in ways that could drastically change the way we live and the freedoms we have.  We have taken things for granted and not been vigilant enough to protect our Democracy. That needs to change today.

Today the Supreme Court joined forces for real with the corporate attack on working people. The system is rigged right up to the very top. Save us, please, Mr. Rosenstein. Don’t let them get away with destroying our Democracy.

We have a 5/4 conservative Supreme Court: four extremely conservative Republicans, one very conservative Republican, two Democratic moderates, and two Democratic progressives. Most votes go 5/4 along party line. Kennedy’s’ seat is important because there were a few times when he sided with the left when it came to certain personal freedoms.  Kennedy sided with his liberal colleagues on gay rights and also supported Roe v Wade. Replacing Kennedy with one more ultra-conservative judge would mean a hard-line right court that would be able to put limits on the rest of us, based on their religious beliefs. We can’t let that happen.

The right’s number one objective is to overturn Roe, causing women to lose body autonomy, something I never thought would happen in my lifetime.  After all, it’s the 21st Century. We might not have equal pay yet, but we have the Me-Too movement.  I thought we were getting there. It’s outrageous that a bunch of old, rich, white MEN will have the right to tell women what they can and can’t do with their bodies. Can you imagine that happening to men? Not in a million years. We could completely lose our reproductive rights. Even if pregnant by rape, a woman could be forced to carry her rapist’s child to term. It could cost a woman her life in certain circumstances. Desperate women would result to backstreet abortions again like before Roe.  And anyone caught seeking or getting one could be tried for what? Murder? Trump himself said there had to be some kind of punishment. Women could lose the right to use birth control itself. It’s happened before. It could happen again. Yes, it really is that bad. Have you watched ‘THE HANDMAID’S TAIL?’ This is how it starts. Atwood was a visionary.

Some of you might remember the draft. If not, than perhaps your parents or grandparents do. When a boy hit 18, he was forced to register for “Selective Services.” From that they entered you into a lottery where, if your number came up, BAM! You’re a soldier. It’s one thing to join. It’s another to be forced to fight in what we now know was a useless war, carried on by a ruthless President for his own political gain, one who didn’t think twice about sacrificing tens of thousands of lives to get what he wanted.

In it, you were completely under the control someone who could order you to do pretty much anything, even if it meant certain suicide all because the stupid war increased the bottom line of a handful of billionaires. It was either that or prison.  Know a ruthless President who might get into a useless war, willing to sacrifice thousands for his own political gain? Have you HEARD of Donald Trump? Guess what...18-yr-old boys are still required to register. Why have a register if not to use it again? We can’t let that happen.

I don’t mean to be an alarmist, but I’m alarmed…with reason. Obama, an optimist, says “this is a moment of great urgency and you are right to be concerned.” He’s warning Democrats that we have to up our game. Another day I’ll focus on the things we can do to possibly stop this. But for now, I’ll just end with FDR’s “Today is a day that will live in infamy.” Gray skies over DC, indeed.

Jacquelyn

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WE SUPPORT OUR MUSLIM AMERICAN FAMILIES

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This week, in a 5/4 split, the Supreme Court upheld Trump’s discriminatory travel ban, leveraging a stolen S C seat to say the ban was a legitimate exercise of executive branch authority.  The liberal side hotly denounced the decision, with Justice Sotomayor saying it was no better than decision by the 1944 SC that endorsed the detention of up to 200,000 Japanese-Americans in internment camps during World War II. This new ruling was a setback for progress for many reasons. Here are three:

1. The ban is undeniably racist.  Trump readily admitted he wanted to ban Muslims when he first used it to gin up his base. It’s a direct insult to the 3 to 4.5 million Muslims of all ages living in the U.S. in 2017, many of them American Citizens.

2. This ruling will make the lives of Muslims even more difficult, granting license to Trump’s veiled and unveiled threats and he and his bases unbridled bigotry and ignorance. One heart-wrenching impact on many Muslims is that they might never be able to visit family members that might live in one of the 7 countries against which Trump is bigoted, because if they do, they can never return to America.

3. It hands a huge win to Trump, making him all the more likely to over-exercise that “executive branch authority,” which is extremely scary.  It will incite his base, which = massive rally cheers, which leads to more rallies because that feedback is Trump’s drug of choice. That will become a perpetual motion machine, making November more difficult.

So this is a shout-out of support to all Muslims, especially those who are AMERICAN CITIZENS for Pete’s sake. One more reason to VOTE BLUE in 2018. Jacquelyn

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WHERE ARE THE GIRLS?

WHERE ARE THE GIRLS

In the dead of night and in secret, a group of tired, scared, and shell-shocked little girls are lead through the streets of Harlem. The only reason the girls were spotted is because some brave soul tipped off a reporter who was able to film them as they trailed off into the night. This is the first sign anyone has had of girls, who are being hidden all over the country. Of the over 2000 kids who’ve been taken from their parents, the only images we’ve seen thus far are of men and boys. A few highly screened images have been provided by the government. A few more have come from compassionate caretakers—the only people allowed access to the inside of any of the facilities, other than the guards in the watchtowers overlooking the barbed wire enclosed compounds. There are three internment facilities in South Texas, where they are incarcerating hundreds of babies and toddlers, or what is called “tender-age” children. A caregiver reported seeing babies in cages, left unattended. Another was able to record children crying out for their parents.

At a press briefing last week, HS Chief, Kirsten Nielsen, first spewed out a torrent of outright lies defending the Trump policy of separating children from their parents and holding them in prison camps indefinitely.  When a reporter asked her “Where are the girls & toddlers?” and why the government was only releasing images of boys.  Nielsen said she didn't know.

There are scores of questions about the inhumanity of the 2000+ kids who’ve been separated from their parents, with no protocol for tracking parents and children concurrently and no apparent plan to reunite them. But the one question that continues to haunt me is, “Where are the girls? Where are the babies?” And “will any of these abused children ever see their families again?

Jacquelyn

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WE SHOULD ALL CARE

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While boarding an Air Force One jet to visit the migrant children at the Texas border yesterday, Melania Trump wore a $39.00 Zara jacket with the words, “I really don’t care, do u?” emblazoned on the back. Although her spokeswoman said, “It’s just a jacket.” It was an obviously purposeful move on Mrs. Trump’s part. The temperatures were sweltering, thus no need for a canvas jacket. She’s known for her carefully selected, extremely high-end outfits and has never before been seen in anything less. She also knows that everyone will be watching. So exactly what message was she trying to send as she traveled to witness first hand these incarcerated children who’d been forcibly separated from their parents?

The WASHINGTON POST ventured an opinion, given the circumstances of the whole affair. “I really don’t care about Trump’s cruelty, do u?” The irony is that Melania Trump’s an immigrant herself. Of course, she’s a tall, beautiful, light-skinned model and not a “lowly” brown-skinned immigrant child… My God, what have we become? 

I know that I care. I care a hell of a lot. We should all care. What’s happening to these kids and their families is obscene, morally wrong and unconstitutional. And I’ve got to ask, ala the WASHINGTON POST, if you don’t care about Trump’s cruelty towards innocent children, what DO you care about?

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SAN FRANCISCO TREAT

San Francisco Treat.

San Francisco rocks! It’s always been my favorite U.S. city. There’s a lot to do, like tour the murals of the Mission District where the alleys and buildings are decorated with over 200 distinct murals, many reflecting the area’s Latino heritage. There are endless galleries, edgy architecture, and a happening nightlife to say nothing of some of the best food on the planet.  If you want nature, there’s the Pacific Ocean and the magnificant Muir Woods nearby. And of course, there’s the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the Wonders of the Modern World. But with everything to see and do and eat, what I like best about San Francisco is that it is one of the most progressive cities in the most progressive state and is always doing cool things. Here’s the latest.

The city is adopting a software app that will help automatically clear old marijuana convictions from people’s records. (As to how it would work, I’d refer you to an article in the Huff Post by Matt Ferner.) California adopted one of the most progressive criminal justice systems in the country when it enacted Prop 64 which included a component entailing relief for past convictions. This is a good thing for many reasons; one being that a criminal record can really screw up your life, costing not only offenders and families, but society as well.   Another being that people of color are over-represented in arrests even though rates of use across racial lines are similar.

For anyone who might have been impacted by our country’s illogical laws spurred in place by failed war on drugs, or if you know someone who has, I’d urge you to read Ferner’s article. Interesting stuff. Smooth move, San Francisco. A real San Francisco Treat. Let’s hope it gets shared across the country. Progressives unite; push forward.

Jacquelyn

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