Archive for December, 2009

Make a left- NOW!

When my mom began school, her teacher tied her left hand behind her back to stop her from using it. Fortunately, I was born in a more tolerant time and grabbing things with the ‘wrong’ hand was no longer punishable by binding.

However, the tendency to be ‘left’ anything still has the same negative connotations it did in my mother’s time.

Handedness is an inherited trait, according to the most recent study, just like sexual preference, but prejudice against left-handers is so rampant that everything out of whack is named after us.

Chief among these is political preference, carried on no gene but treated with the same kind of ignorance.

It’s not “right,” it’s not correct, it’s different, it’s chaotic, it’s not what most people think, it would mean restructuring everything in our lives (of course, in the case of doorknobs and scissors I would welcome this.)

It’s time to take back the word ‘left’ from people who use it as a slur. Just as gays took back the word queer, lefties can do the same by using the word ad infinitum. Problem is, they’re too pussy to do so. They’ve caved in to those on the ‘right’ who’ve co-opted the word ‘left’ to define something dark and evil that will somehow affect ‘the children.’

‘Progressive’ just doesn’t have the same history and gravitas. It says “we’re moving forward but we don’t know where and by the way, thanks for the ceramic composting crock from Plow and Hearth.

It’s also time to be thankful for what we’ve got. When Bush was in office, his right-wing minions (they’re not afraid to call themselves ‘right’ whether or not they actually are) supported him to the hilt, no matter what insipid or dangerous crap he pulled.

But the left’s support for Obama (a left-hander, BTW)  continues to be in free-fall with each decision he makes that isn’t exactly to their liking. So they’re going to abandon Obama in 2012 and nominate another overly-intellectual ball-less wimp like John Kerry who has a snowball’s chance in hell of being nominated because he’s too scared to slay the dragon. Then we’re back where we started- with a total dipshit for president.

So whatever the hell you call yourselves, be it liberal, left, or radical, say it and be it proudly. But don’t kill the goose that laid the golden egg, the messenger, or anyone else on the side of some kind of reform with an IQ over 100. Or I’m going to call you idiot.

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December 27, 2009 at 10:32 am Leave a comment

Let’s get the band back together

A message to my old NJ 101.5 radio partner Brooke Daniels to see if she wanted to record a podcast with me for old times’ sake. She wasn’t home, so I did the next best thing- a solo mini-show after being inspired by her somewhat witty voice mail message. (Does anyone else even bother to inject wit, intelligence or anything other than abject indifference into their answering machine message these days?

http://media.podcastingmanager.com/3/4/3/9/4/158783-149343/Media/roberta%20calls%20brooke.mp3

December 24, 2009 at 12:41 pm Leave a comment

De-friended and it (doesn’t) feel so good

Yep. I fell into the “Every One of my Facebook Friends Means Something to Me.” trap. I’m warning you, you do not want to follow me into this particularly painful virtual hell.

http://media.podcastingmanager.com/3/4/3/9/4/158783-149343/Media/De-friended%20podcast%20filter.mp3

December 19, 2009 at 9:47 pm Leave a comment

It’s Christmas at the (former) Commune!

A just-for-fun video made with a very old video cam, no polarizing filter, and no thought of what I was going to do. It’s as funky as the community it portrays.

December 15, 2009 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

Help me, I’m saving tons of money!

How could anyone not find something that’s right in front of their face? Especially if it’s a bag of coffee the size of Costa Rica.

http://media.podcastingmanager.com/3/4/3/9/4/158783-149343/Media/costcodave%20rant%20edited.mp3

December 4, 2009 at 4:05 pm Leave a comment

Of Fake Claps and Kings

Obama takes on sleepy West Pointers, possible bad lighting and disingenuous military men during tonight’s speech on  Afghanistan. And I’m fixated on those frankensteinian veins on his forehead.

http://media.podcastingmanager.com/3/4/3/9/4/158783-149343/Media/obama%20speech%20dec%201.mp3

December 1, 2009 at 9:40 pm Leave a comment


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