anghraine: vader extending his lightsaber; text: and now for the airing of grievances! (anakin [grievances])
Turns out there's a reason that the Venn diagram of the "our left would be center-right AT BEST in Europe!!!" brigade and the "that's just identity politics, socioeconomics are what really matter" Bernie types is pretty much a circle.

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anghraine: brightened leia from esb with a shadow (leia [shadowed])
They have an article by Rebecca Traister about how incredibly obnoxious and ill-considered the sneering ~failure of identity politics~ autopsies are, as are the left's anti-establishment rhetoric. The end is particularly good:

Because the objects of the vitriol from the left, dirtbag and otherwise, are the hardworking heart of the Democratic Party, now the resistance: the grandmothers who left their houses every morning to get out the vote; the people who took buses and carloads of volunteers to knock on doors and ring buzzers and make endless phone calls; the Black Lives Matter activists who protest the killing of their children and targeting of their communities; the women and men who provide reproductive-health access, even as the government works to roll back that access; the abortion rights and gay rights and criminal justice reform advocates who didn’t write off Hillary Clinton, but instead asked her to be better.

All of these people are facing very dark and scary days, and instead of blaming them, I want to thank them. I’ll also thank Clinton herself, now an old woman, who worked her ass off for decades to do something no woman has ever done before; and President Barack Obama, who for eight years showed us a different picture of what leadership could look like in America. Neither of their careers would have been possible without the struggles of generations of “identity politics” activists that came before them.


Nov. 12th, 2016 08:01 pm
anghraine: brightened leia from esb with a shadow (leia [shadowed])
A follower just responded to my reblog of the Vox article about white supremacist celebrations with WELL TRUMP SUPPORTERS HAVE BEEN ATTACKED TOO AND THIS ISN'T EVEN REAL VIOLENCE!!!! THO VANDALISM IS ILLEGAL

They're not a Trump supporter, just apparently that offended that an article somewhere didn't Tell Both Sides. Because if there's one thing we haven't gotten enough of, it's that.
anghraine: anakin in rots looking down; text: lost (anakin [lost])
I've been snarling on Twitter and Tumblr for hours. Right now, my head aches from crying. And, in the general scheme of things, I'll be okay. Their creepy states' rights fetish means blue states have a cushion.

But, God, heartbroken for Hillary. And particularly, for those of you outside that cushion. Take care. And in the immortal words of birdsrights activist:

anghraine: leia c. esb; text: you'll never know how tough it is to be the one who isn't chosen (leia [not chosen])
I already posted it on Tumblr, but some things cannot be confined to one platform.

Elect me, and you get “two for the price of one,” Mr Clinton says of his lawyer-spouse. And what—and what does Hillary believe?

[…]Friends—friends, this—this, my friends—this is radical feminism. The agenda that Clinton & Clinton would impose on America: abortion on demand, a litmus test for the Supreme Court, homosexual rights, discrimination against religious schools, women in combat units. That’s change, all right. But that’s not the kind of change America needs. It’s not the kind of change America wants. And it’s not the kind of change we can abide in a nation we still call “God’s country.”

—Republican National Convention, 1992


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anghraine: large text: feminazi; small text: because wanting to be treated like a human being is just like invading poland (feminazi)
WaPo on the current campaign:

She spent relatively little time marking out the ways she claims Trump is unfit to be president, or even comparing herself with him, and she delved happily into discussions of technical education, student debt, infrastructure spending and economic growth.

Live the dream, Hillary :)

anghraine: leia c. anh; text: you don't have the buns to be princess leia (leia [buns])
[he] was assigned a young lawyer named Hillary Clinton to help defend him in court

No, actually, a lawyer named Hillary RODHAM. 

She used her maiden name, alone, for years after her marriage and Bill's first term as governor, then gave in at the realization that it was probably contributing to the wreckage of their political prospects. For a Rodham -> Rodham Clinton value of "gave in." Even this year, the tax returns she revealed list them as "Clinton, William" and "Rodham Clinton, Hillary." She'll be President Rodham Clinton to me.
anghraine: vader extending his lightsaber; text: and now for the airing of grievances! (anakin [grievances])
NYT: "For Mrs Clinton, the town-hall-style event provides her biggest venue yet to try and project a softer side"


I live!

Sep. 25th, 2016 01:23 am
anghraine: regency man holding a book; text: love, pride & delicacy (darcy)

So, for some unknown and unknowable reason, I had enormous anxiety about reminding a prof of the letter of recommendation that she had offered—offered, I might add, without my even asking her for it. I knew she had some sort of thing going on in the autumn, so by mid-September, I'd probably put it off too long. But it was then that I finally screwed myself up to sending off a "hi, hope you're doing well, hope the letter's still on, I'll be applying for my PhD programs in two months—no pressure, just a heads-up" e-mail.

Then, I got an automated message from the department that she was on sabbatical for THREE MONTHS and would be inaccessible until January. I'd worried she might be, but hadn't quite figured something that drastic. So I, you know, withered into a ball of anxiety and desperately tried to figure out other options, but didn't quite give up hope.

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anghraine: leia as rosie the riveter; text: we can do it (leia [riveter])
Despite the Fortnight of Hell, quite a few very nice things came out this week:

- On Hillary's legal work in the 70s.
- LA TImes endorses Hillary.
- Cincinnati Enquirer endorses Hillary.
- The Between Two Ferns interview. Where's our outer space librarian AU?
- Twitter thread on Hillary's irl history.
- Yes, the idea that Hillary is unfairly beloved of the media (???) is bullshit.
- Rolling Stone: Hillary vs. the Hate Machine: How Clinton Became a Vessel for America's Fury. Pretty much exactly what it says on the tin—a good long article on how, while there are genuine criticisms to be made of her, the sheer vitriol towards her is so incredibly disproportionate.

Feeling, for lack of a better word, is what drives most Americans' perceptions of Hillary Clinton, one of the most complex and resilient figures in U.S. politics, yet also, after decades of probing scrutiny, less a real person than a vessel for Americans to collectively project their anxieties, fears, frustrations and identity struggles.


Aug. 5th, 2016 03:02 pm
anghraine: brightened leia from esb with a shadow (leia [shadowed])
There are much greater concerns with coverage of the election, but...

- Paul Ryan = Speaker Ryan
- Bill Clinton = (former) President Clinton
- Ted Cruz = Senator Cruz
- Barack Obama = President Obama
- John Kasich = Governor Kasich
- Bernie Sanders = Senator Sanders
- Lindsey Graham = Senator Graham
- Hillary Clinton = Secretary Clinton

Secretary, y'all. 

Okay, fine

Aug. 4th, 2016 02:00 pm
anghraine: text: i've had it with these motherfucking sith (samuel l. windu)
I grew up poor and still approach financial matters as we did in my childhood, i.e. avoid spending anything unless absolutely necessary. I buy groceries with the utmost reluctance, even when I’m not the one paying.

But I finally caved and got a paid account with the Washington Post. I'm increasingly disenchanted with NPR and NYT, and WaPo has been doing God's work this cycle. A dollar for this month, ten dollars a month afterwards.

Bleh. (Yet worthwhile!)
anghraine: leia as rosie the riveter; text: we can do it (leia [riveter])
I've already had to hear people going on about how Hillary's a DINO, despite being more liberal than 70% of Senate Democrats and "hardcore liberal" according to On The Issues. Maybe y'all don't know what is actually typical of Democratic politicians, or subsuming Hillary into her husband, or infected by the miasma of relentless right-wing scandalmongering, or reducing her to the single issues where she is centrist and ignoring that she's firmly in the left wing of the party the other 93% of the time. 

But all of that said? Nothing can ruin my happiness right now. I'm over the moon about HRC, happy with Bernie, happy with Bill (two men who are not my favourite people), happy with Michelle (a woman who is one of my favourite people), with Secretary Albright, with Nancy Pelosi, with President Obama, Senator Kaine, Barney Frank, completely charmed by Jerry Emmett, and awed by Sybrina Fulton, Lucia McBath, and Geneva Reed-Veal. What a day. 
anghraine: leia in the death star cell; text: distressing damsel (distressing damsel)
[crossposted from Tumblr]

As a massive Queen fan who also despises the GOP, today has certainly been… something.

So, Donald Trump used “We Are the Champions” in June to celebrate his primary victories, to the horror of Brian May, who said on his website:

I’ve had an avalanche of complaints – some of which you can see in our ‘LETTERS’ page – about Donald Trump using our ‘We Are The Champions’ track as his 'theme’ song on USA TV. This is not an official Queen statement, but I can confirm that permission to use the track was neither sought nor given. We are taking advice on what steps we can take to ensure this use does not continue. Regardless of our views on Mr Trump’s platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool. Our music embodies our own dreams and beliefs, but it is for all who care to listen and enjoy. […W]e certainly have not approved this use of WATC - I will make sure we take what steps we can to dissociate ourselves from Donald Trump’s unsavoury campaign.

And thennnnn it was used at the RNC last night to introduce Melania Trump, and the official Queen twitter responded immediately:

An unauthorised use at the Republican Convention against our wishes - Queen

and Sony Music has now issued an official statement:

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has never been asked by Mr. Trump, the Trump campaign or the Trump Organization for permission to use “We are the Champions” by Queen. On behalf of the band, we are frustrated by the repeated unauthorized use of the song after a previous request to desist, which has obviously been ignored by Mr. Trump and his campaign.

Queen does not want its music associated with any mainstream or political debate in any country. Nor does Queen want “We are the Champions” to be used as an endorsement of Mr. Trump and the political views of the Republican Party. We trust, hope and expect that Mr. Trump and his campaign will respect these wishes moving forward.

and current frontman Adam Lambert pointed out the “wtf???” of the GOP, who have actively pursued anti-LGBT policies for decades, using a song written and sung by a man who described himself as “gay as a daffodil.”

Technically, the RNC probably paid BMI for the rights and are legally in the clear. But flouting the express wishes of the group whose music you’re using is certainly a douche move. And particularly when, in the process of pushing a racist, homophobic, hypernativist agenda, you’re exploiting the fame of the the song’s writer and lead singer—a man who was, among many other things, a queer, foreign immigrant of colour who might very well be alive today if not for the virulently homophobic indifference to AIDS victims in which the GOP participated.
anghraine: anh luke in black and white; text: so much for trust (luke [so much for trust]) that I find myself feeling sorry for lifelong establishment Republicans on a regular basis.

And yes, I know that many of them are horrible in their own right, and there are people more deserving of sympathy, they brought this on themselves, and and and—but still, my first thought when I looked at the news today was "poor Comey." If the far left and far right have anything in common, it's eating their own.

He seems honestly so bewildered. He's like "I hope I'm a normal person...?" and "poor decisions =/= criminally poor decisions???" and "you're questioning my integrity? for real? wtf tinhat conspiracy are you talking about" and "we didn't go witch hunting BECAUSE we're trying to be impartial" and "no, I was a Republican all my life, but......not now."

(Not that I'm above thinking that when he was up to his ears in pushing Whitewater, he probably never imagined that twenty years later, he'd be the one getting shredded by the GOP over Hillary Clinton.)
anghraine: brightened leia from esb with a shadow (leia [shadowed])
about HRC: "her main problem right now is winning over white guys"

I understand the point mathematically, but ngl, I don't think this has kept Hillary Clinton awake a night in her life. 
anghraine: leia c. esb, jaw dropping (leia [shocked])
More than usual, even! But John Lewis is even more of a hero than he was already.

Meanwhile, this reblog brightened my day. 

I've never thought of myself as particularly empathetic, or even kind-hearted—I know I can be very aggressive and I'm a stereotypical struggles-with-theory-of-mind type—but if I come off that way despite all the wank I get involved in ... well, it's comforting.
anghraine: bingley from 2005 p&p; text: bingley abruptly turns and BITES through the eyes of darcy! (bingley [zombie???])
I'm still just kind of boggling that Trump came to Oregon to talk about how he's going to swing the state red and get back to cutting down our trees (*hiss*). And he gave this speech in Eugene, of all places.

If you're not familiar with the peculiarities of the PNW political scene: geographically, most of Oregon and Washington are conservative, particularly Oregon. They get their hardcore progressive reputation (and votes) from small regions west of the Cascades, mostly concentrated in ultra-liberal urban centers like Seattle and Portland and, uh, Eugene—home of the University of Oregon. However, the population is also concentrated in those areas, which produces its own problems. There are more or less local issues, like secessionist sympathies ranging from violent to wistful, and intense environmentalism that is particularly intense among Democrats but part of PNW culture in general. In the last midterm elections, disastrous for Democrats, Republicans had talked about increasing logging and it ... ended badly.

So giving a speech about how he's going to make Oregon great again by chopping down more trees in EUGENE is just "???????????"

But he didn't end his tour of Democratic Cascadia there!

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anghraine: leia c. esb; text: you'll never know how tough it is to be the one who isn't chosen (leia [not chosen])
I watched the nomination get called last night and was happy enough, but now I'm like ... istg I feel like I might cry. HRC is the earliest First Lady I can recall and I remember all the shit she got back then, whether it was her hairbands or belatedly taking her husband's name or waging war on the insurance industry (and losing) or getting cheated on or not being elegant and demure enough. And she's too loud, or too boring and pedantic, or too artificial or needs to build up a persona, or won't it be too distracting for a grandmother to run, or she's a corrupt money-hungry party ruining bitch. Or whatever.

And - you know? I disagree with her about plenty of things. Most of the same things I disagree with President Obama about, but some different ones. I also agree very intensely with her on more things, in the ways that liberal Democrats generally agree with each other about most things. But after literal decades of absolutely ceaseless torrents of misogyny—yes, there are legit criticisms of her, but also there are ceaseless torrents of misogyny—yeah, I'm not "well, not really what I want, but I'll take what I can get." I'm glad it's her. And I'm happy and proud to be a dedicated Democrat today.
anghraine: robots against naboo background; text: when i think 'star wars' i think trade embargoes (prequels)
politics (duh)

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