Kahomono - It Means Lucky

Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy, published every other day.

Philippines One-Upmanship

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I know someone who lauds the wonders of the Philippines as a retirement spot. I’ve been told things like, “Oh you’ll be amazed how far a social security check goes here.”

There’s might just a reason they can hire servants and handy help so cheap. But nothing is really free. Just like the legacy of slavery and native genocide in this country, the white colonizers built a tropical paradise on pools of indigenous blood

The USA said, “Nobody in the world can do inequality, white privilege and neo-fascism like we can!” And the Philippines replied, “Hold my Sarsi!”

Short Stack

A few short items – none long enough for its own post.

Aaron Jernigan, a cop in Missisippi, murdered Marc Davis, a black man, after Davis called 911 for an ambulance for himself due to a traffic accident. This racist officer in this racist city was just named Mississippi’s Police Officer of the Year.

This makes tragic sense, for Mississippi.

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Just who the hell are high school reunions for?

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Someone asked the “question of the day” recently on Pluspora’s #checkin, about what is a good household tip? To make housework easier. So one guy, with a little bit of a privileged attitude, answered, “Best tip I can think of: get a live-in maid. That makes all kinds of household chores easy.

Now, I quite agree about the value of hiring workers skilled to help with domestic tasks. We do it. That said, I had trouble reading “Get a live-in maid” as a response to that QOTD request for household tips in any other vein than parody. The SNL skit writes itself, doesn’t it? So I asked him if it was a joke. I really wanted it to be a joke. Alas, it was not a joke. At that point, my brain fried a little.

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For my money all discussion about what’s “manly” or not is presumed bullshit until proven otherwise. It adds zero value and is mostly used as a weapon. Same goes for all the other gendered words that presume to tell people what they can do or wear or like. “Masculine”, “feminine”, “manly”, “ladylike”? All can go straight to the dung-heap.

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Pluspora is a quiet little corner of social media without all the garbage of the big ones. It’s currently by invite only. If you want to check it out, here is my invite code: https://pluspora.com/i/34003cb21561

Ding Dong

I touched on this last entry; I feel we need to celebrate some victories over evil.

Georgia (Georgia!) flipped the Senate blue. Pumpkin showed his true fascist colors. Joe Biden was indeed inaugurated. A bunch of trolls on reddit exposed what a steaming pile the whole stock market is. And… Rush Limbaugh died.

If you don’t think it’s seemly to celebrate a death, no matter whose, you don’t get the gestalt of Rush. Rush has been cheerleading for every apex of evil that has crept into the American psyche in the past thirty-some years. Making “liberal” a dirty word? Check. Making intellect something detestable? Check. Coining “feminazi”? Check. And on, and on. The removal of this wellspring of toxicity from our national discourse might be the single best thing that has happened this year yet.

Besides: who else could get #RestInPiss trending on Twitter?

Inspired by Wonkette

Anti-C

Today I saw a quote that perfectly sums up conservatism (21st century version) for the nexus of evil that it is.

Conservatism consists of exactly one proposition, to wit: There must be in-groups whom the law protects but does not bind, alongside out-groups whom the law binds but does not protect. There is nothing more or else to it, and there never has been, in any place or time.

Frank Wilhoit

This shows clearly the imperative priorities for “liberalism” or “progressivism” or whatever you want to call it. I scare-quote those because all there can be now is, Anti-Conservatism.

The two goals of Anti-Conservatism must be, that the laws shall bind everybody. Equally. No exceptions. And the laws shall protect everybody. Equally.

No exceptions.

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Oh and not far off-topic: They say you should only speak good of the dead. Rush Limbaugh is dead. Good.

via kottke.org

My Darling Clementine

Do you have any idea how hard it is to find an arrangement of this song that’s not totally cheesy? I’m not sure I succeeded.

I got this into the rotation because I have been thinking about M*A*S*H.

In season 5 of this series, there was an episode called “Movie Tonight” in which Col. Potter is so thrilled to get the camp a copy of this movie for their movie night. Then, of course, one thing after another humorously – and not so humorously – interferes with watching it straight through.

Finally they get to the end, and in the pleasant afterglow of a fine movie, wounded arrive on jeeps in the compound.

There’s a rumor that you, too, can see this movie here.

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