Dec. 9th, 2010 01:59 pm
butterfly: (Domina -- Atia)
'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal FAILS, Blocked By Senate Republicans

WASHINGTON -- A major defense authorization bill carrying the repeal of the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law was blocked on Thursday by Senate Republicans and one Senate Democrat after negotiations between the parties failed. A number of moderate Republicans who said they supported a repeal, including Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), voted to filibuster the measure. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) joined their efforts.
butterfly: (Namesake -- Butterfly)
One of the things that I realized, reading through this Polanski thing, is that I've managed to miss all of his 'brilliant' and 'artist' movies without feeling as though I've been deprived of anything. Haven't seen Rosemary's Baby or Chinatown or The Pianist. Went through him at IMDB and haven't seen a single thing he's made.

I didn't actually know that he was a rapist when I didn't get around to seeing those movies (I didn't know until this news story broke) - and there are only a few directors that I can name - but I'm glad, all the same, that I've managed to accidentally never help his career.

Smallville is on tonight. I found last week's episode to be utterly delightful, with character development and interesting new people and lots of very pretty shots. I hope the trend continues.

Dollhouse is also on and I loved this season's premiere of that as well - thrilling and inspiring of many deep thoughts, plus there was fun shippy squee involved. tiny vague spoilers )
butterfly: (Frustration -- Amber)
This post contains the list of people who believe that making 'great' movies is more important than prosecuting a convicted rapist. Who believe that the movie Chinatown is more important than a thirteen year old girl. This is the list of people who believe that missing an awards ceremony is more worthy of being mourned than a child being drugged and raped, who think that a film festival is a place that should be so set apart from the real world that a convicted (and admitted) rapist who fled from his sentencing should not be arrested there.

This post has a list of the (fewer) celebs who have spoken out and said that rape is rape and Polanski does not get excused because he makes movies that a lot of people like.

There's a petition now: Art Does Not Excuse Rape

Comments disabled because this isn't about me.
butterfly: (Can't Stop -- Wash)

If you are reading this right now, you have more luxury than someone in Iran could ever hope for right now. If you are watching TV or a video on youtube, updating your status on Facebook, Tweeting, or even texting your friend, you are lucky. If you are safe in your home, and were able to sleep last night without the sounds of screaming from the rooftops, you need to know and understand what is happening to people just like you in Iran right now.

They are not the enemy. They are a people whose election has been stolen. For the first time in a long time, a voice for change struck the youth of Iran, just as it did for many people in the United States only seven months ago. Hossein Mousavi gained the support of millions of people in Iran as a Presidential candidate. He stands for progressiveness. He supports good relations with the West, and the rest of the world. He is supported with fervor as he challenges the oppressive regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

On Friday, millions of people waited for hours in line to vote in Iran's Presidential election. Later that night, as votes came in, Mousavi was alerted that he was winning by a two-thirds margin. Then there was a change. Suddenly, it was Ahmadinejad who had 68% of the vote - in areas which have been firmly against his political party, he overwhelmingly won. Within three hours, millions of votes were supposedly counted - the victor was Ahmadinejad. Immediately fraud was suspected - there was no way he could have won by this great a margin with such oppposition. Since then, reports have been coming in of burned ballots, or in some cases numbers being given without any being counted at all. None of this is confirmed, but what happened next seems to do the trick.

The people of Iran took the streets and rooftops. They shout "Death to the dictator" and "Allah o akbar." They join together to protest. Peacefully. The police attack some, but they stay strong. Riots happen, and the shouting continues all night. Text messaging was disabled, as was satellite, and websites which can spread information such as Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and the BBC are blocked in the country. At five in the morning, Arabic speaking soldiers (the people of Iran speak Farsi) stormed a university in the capital city of Tehran. While sleeping in their dormitories, five students were killed. Others were wounded. These soldiers are thought to have been brought in by Ahmadinejad from Lebanon. Today, 192 of the university's faculty have resigned in protest.

Mousavi requested that the government allow a peaceful rally to occur this morning - the request was denied. Many thought that it would not happen. Nevertheless, first a few thousand people showed up in the streets of Tehran. At this point, it is estimated that 1 to 2 million people were there. Mousavi spoke on the top of a car. The police stood by. For a few hours, everything was peaceful. Right now, the same cannot be said. Reports of injuries, shootings, and killings are flooding the internet. Twitter has been an invaluable source - those in Iran who still know how to access it are updating regularly with picture evidence. People are being brutally beaten. Tonight will be another night without rest for so many in Iran no older than I am. Tonight there is a Green Revolution.

For more information:
here and here
Here - near constant updates
Here - ONTD_political live post
@StopAhmadi, @ProtesterHelp

دنیارابگوییدچطورآنهاانتخاباتمان دزدیده اند
Tell the world how they have stolen our election

- original post by [livejournal.com profile] one_hoopy_frood

I've been posting some information through my twitter. Comments disabled because this is not about me.
butterfly: (Huntress -- Gabrielle)
I'm mostly putting this here as a personal reminder of how Western (specifically American, in this case) society works to destroy female self-image.

At the Iwanex Studio website, under their portfolio section, you can see some of the retouched photos of celebrities that they've done... when you scroll over the image, you can see what the picture looked like before it was photoshopped. See Cameron Diaz's breasts reshaped and her arms and legs made smaller! See freckles disappear! See Julia Stiles' breasts and hips grow! Watch as women are given uniform 'hourglass' figures!

They fuck with some guys' appearances, too, but not to the same extent.
butterfly: (Thinking Deep Thoughts -- Barack Obama)
1. Our teacher let us take a long break on Tuesday so that we could watch Obama's Inaugural speech, which was awesome (okay, one instance that I heard of him using 'man' to mean 'people' but he was mostly really good about being inclusive -- 'non-believers' even got a mention, which I think is a first from a presidential speech). There were a couple of places where I may have teared up a bit. The part about his father not being able to get a meal in some restaurants 60 years ago part was one of those. On a slightly different note, I'm thrilled that he's already started the first steps to closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, also that Rahm Emanuel ordered that all the Bush policies pending get frozen for review.

2. Saw the Chinese New Year Spectacular that the Divine Performing Arts put on for Portland (they're traveling to the New York area for the actual New Year, I believe). Gorgeous music and dancing and four very talented singers (two tenors, a soprano, and a contralto). Each section was introduced in a tag-team Chinese-English effort (at first, they just translated, but later on, they actually had short conversations that were half-Chinese and half-English and expected us to follow along, which was cool). There was a wide variety of outfits because they covered several different Chinese ethnic groups and time periods over the course of the two-and-a-half hours. The dresses that stand out the most in my memory are the colorful skirts used in the dance of the people of Yi. Another very memorable piece was the story of Mulan (the presenters joked around about the Disney version of the story).

3. On the more depressing side of things, [livejournal.com profile] rydra_wong has been posting links about a recent frustrating series of conversations that started with the author Elizabeth Bear posting about 'Writing the Other', Avalon's Willow saying that a book of Bear's that she'd read had some frustrating racial dynamics, Bear conceding the point, and then Bear's friends jumping in to defend her (and hitting a lot of 'silencing the discussion' buttons in the process). It gets worse from there. Highlights include someone saying that noticing and pointing out the existence of racism in something makes you racist. I'll just let the stupidity of that stand by itself for a while. Anyway, it's all in [livejournal.com profile] rydra_wong's links and since there are quite a lot of very smart people talking about racism, it's worth it to read through, even though a lot of Bear's friends made me want to throw things against the wall. Possibly my own head included.
butterfly: (Joy -- Nathan/Morena)
President-Elect Barack Obama!

butterfly: (Too Early -- Lindsay)
While I'm fully planning on voting Obama against McCain, I'm going to take a few days to be sad that my choice for President seems to be officially out of consideration now.

Hillary Clinton: I was thrilled to vote for her. She made some good choices and some missteps, but I liked her views and what she had to say and hope that she has no plans on shutting up just because she's not going to be President. There's still a lot that she can do without that title and I hope she does good work.
butterfly: (Dream -- Yuna)

So, the total number number of delegates needed to win the nomination is 2,025, yes? That's the lowest number for a majority. Obama is currently leading Clinton by 143 delegates, with his total number at 1,631 and hers at 1,488. That's... not insurmountable by any means. Certainly not a good reason for her to curl up and go home.

Pennsylvia's primary is on the twenty-second of this month. Then Indiana and North Carolina on the 6th. West Virginia on the 13th and, finally, the 20th of May, Oregon gets to vote (along with Kentucky). The fact that my primary is so far away is a source of frustration to me.

I like Clinton's health care plan. When she and Obama talk specifics about issues and votes, I tend to find myself agreeing with her more often than with him when they differ (many times, they don't). Of course, in any race between Obama and McCain, Obama would get my vote in a heartbeat, but between him and Clinton... yes, I plan to vote for her.

The world that we live in is not post-racism or post-sexism (or, for that matter, post-classism and it certainly isn't post-homophobia). Either Clinton or Obama as our President will be a major step forward for this country. I'll be proud to call either of them my President.


Mar. 5th, 2008 10:33 am
butterfly: (Buffy fan)

So, I watched the Daily Show the other night -- I haven't remembered to watch it often recently, but I heard that Clinton would be on and I was very interested by that. The show itself was good (and I was very amused by the tagline they had about these recent primaries -- "The Absolute, Very Last Showdown (unless Clinton wins in one or both of the larger states)") and then Clinton's interaction with Jon Stewart was really fun to watch (plus, she mentioned watching the earlier part of the show and she seemed both amused and willing to think about what he'd said). She really was engaged and I really liked what she had to say (in particular, she was very enthusiastic when Stewart mentioned that the Democratic primaries would be historic no matter who won and talked about how she really thought that Obama's optimism is a good thing). One of the other things she mentioned is how, historically, primaries do take a while to sort out who the final choice is going to be and that she thinks it's good and healthy for the party that the debate is going on as long as it is (she mentioned, I think, that President Clinton's first primary wasn't settled until June) and that the people in the later states (like Oregon!) get a chance to have their voices be heard and that it gets more people passionate about the voting experience in general (and she really praises Obama for his inspirational skills), which should translate to the final election.

Now, of course, no matter who wins the primaries, I'm voting Democrat through and through (and I'm fully willing and enthusiastic about voting for either Clinton or Obama), but I'm planning on voting for Clinton when the Oregon primary rolls around, so I was glad to see her take Texas and Ohio and remain firmly in the race.

Oh, and for all the Democrats on my flist who are also Joss show fans? [livejournal.com profile] fox1013 totally sums it all up.

butterfly: (Con Artiste -- Bela)

Not that it'll matter for a few more months (*insert mutters about the lateness of Oregon's primaries*), but I'm currently leaning in a Clinton direction at the moment. This would appear to be a bit of a minority opinion on my flist, but not overwhelmingly so.

spoilers for Smallville 7x11 -- Siren )

spoilers for Supernatural 3x10 -- Dream a Little Dream )

butterfly: (Dream -- Yuna)

Chuck Riley has been sending smallish bits of advertising that have mentioned his stand on certain issues (without mentioning his opponent's stand). Terry Rilling has been sending biggish bits of advertising with comparision lists (in the expectation that I will agree with all of his 'yes'es and none of Chuck Riley's 'no's).

Chuck Riley hadn't informed me of his non-support for 'traditional marriage', but Terry Rilling did. Chuck Riley hadn't mentioned that he supports raising various taxes, but you can be sure that Terry Rilling did (I noted a noticable lack of a mention that Chuck Riley supports a sales tax -- of course, that's because nine of the tax increases that Terry says Chuck support are from the same measure). Terry Rilling also calls the estate tax (which only the wealthiest 1% of people pay when they die) the 'death' tax.

I had no particular feelings about Chuck Riley before Terry Rilling started sending me mail, but now, I like the man. I like him for being classy enough not to send me biased comparision lists (the word choices on this thing are hilarious, if a little depressing, considering how suggestable people can be sometimes).

So, yes, Chuck Riley -- Not an Asshole (or, at least, definitely less of one than Terry Rilling, who is really starting to get on my nerves).

butterfly: (Quiet Love -- Rent (by featurefilm))

This week is, apparently, Blog Against Racism Week.

Racism is an area that I do try to question myself in, when watching television or movies. Because, for example, while it's hard for me to picture anyone else as Xander, if someone else had been Xander, then it might be Nicholas Brendon who I would think it silly to imagine being Xander (of course, if Xander had been black or hispanic or asian or native american, then his diminished role in the later seasons might have looked worse than it did, from an outside point of view).

One of the things that I didn't notice about RENT but tickled me pink when someone pointed it out to me is that every single couple in the movie/play is interracial. It's just there and no one in the movie makes any kind of deal about it.

When there are strong/interesting non-caucasian characters, I still fangirl them and fall in love. But there simply aren't the plethora of characters (and character types) out there that you get for the 'white' characters. As Mr. Trick said, Sunnydale really isn't a 'haven for the brothers' (and, much as I love Joss Whedon, commenting on something in the text doesn't excuse the metatexual reasons for those choices). And considering the population percentages you normally find in California... well, let's just say that we should have been hearing a lot more spanish on those shows than we got (and none of that even goes near the subject of the low number of asians in Firefly).

American television is... a lot paler than the towns and states that the shows tend to be set in. And that is a problem -- it's a writing problem, it's a casting problem, it's a network problem. The issues exist and they matter deeply.

Or, as Rev. Al Sharpton said in the first episode of Boston Legal -- 'Give us a black Spider-Man. Give us a black Superman who can leap tall buildings in a single bound. Give us a black Orphan Annie.' (paraphrased) Because these are icons that were created years ago and they are meant to be universal American icons -- universal American icons shouldn't be limited by color, even if their creators were.

And here, I was about to note that Boston Legal's main cast was all-white, but I went to the website and apparently that changes later on. That was a nice surprise. Of course, it's still seven to one, but that's better than eight-zero.

butterfly: (Dream -- Yuna)

Powerfully intense (I cried). Hopeful. Full of information, yet laced with humor.

It's a movie about the facts of global warming. It's narrated by Al Gore and features him heavily.

It is very, very good.


Jul. 5th, 2006 02:52 am
butterfly: (Sky-High -- Maurice)

So, this last day was the fourth of July -- Independence Day for the United States of America.

I love my country, I love it the way I love my family, fiercely but full of the knowledge of its faults. I've been rereading a book (Lies My Teacher Told Me, which is excellent) and thinking about this country of mine.

I dislike the idea of preaching -- I'm no evangelist, that's a huge part of why I don't go to church and don't consider myself terrribly beholden to any religion. I dislike the idea of lecturing even more. That's why I seriously try to avoid ever doing those things. They're... one-way, generally, all about trying to impart one person's noble wisdom onto the masses which is... yeah, not my thing.

I have no noble wisdom or great truth, just things that I think about sometimes. In any government, participation is vital. It's the only way to get your views out there, because no government has mindreaders (and if they did, I doubt they'd be using them for the purpose of better serving the general population). There's a saying that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, and that's generally true. Making noise is often the only to make something noticed.

In a democratic/republican country, that starts at voting, but voting is really the least you can do, the bare minimum where you say -- "Yeah, I'm giving you this money in the form of taxes, so I demand my say." (no taxation without representation, yo) Then there's petitions, donating, protesting. Becoming active in politics. A huge spectrum of ways to help steer the course of your ship.

I've been trying, over the course of the last few years, to get up the courage to be more active in these things -- I called Congressman David Wu about supporting Net Neutrality and he (and/or his aides) sent me back a two-page letter thanking me for calling him and telling me that he was totally on my side (note: this is a paraphrase). I almost died from the giddy shock.

This participation thing is the best way to honor your country, so that's what I'm trying to do. Honor what I believe the U.S. can be. Working on the courage, day by day.

butterfly: (Feminist -- Joss)
I do not, as a general rule, post quiz results. But these results are pretty accurate, so I figured, why not?
Politics quiz from OkCupid )


Sep. 4th, 2005 05:35 pm
butterfly: (Impeach Bush)
Because I do mean it.

Icon from [livejournal.com profile] tzikeh's journal. Fully sharable.

Articles of Impeachment against Bush.

President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard B. Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald H.
Rumsfeld, and Attorney General John David Ashcroft have committed violations and
subversions of the Constitution of the United States of America in an attempt to carry out with
impunity crimes against peace and humanity and war crimes and deprivations of the civil rights
of the people of the United States and other nations, by assuming powers of an imperial
executive unaccountable to law and usurping powers of the Congress, the Judiciary and those
reserved to the people of the United States...
butterfly: (No happy endings -- Darla)
Several people on my flist just mentioned that Chief Justice Rehnquist is dead.


They say that horrible things come in threes. We've had two so far.

Excerpt from above link:
His friends described Rehnquist as warm and witty, with a love for poker.

Jorgensen recalled a small party Rehnquist hosted at his home with former clerks.

"We were playing charades, and he was very good at it -- funny, animated and enormously sharp," he said, "but also a stickler we play by the rules, and ensuring the fairness of the game. That sums up what kind of person he is, inside and outside the court."

About Katrina:
I have been exceedingly grateful to the many wonderful people on my flist who are providing links. It's... still so horrifying. I can't even. I knew that Bush wasn't a good man, but I never dreamed that he was this indifferent and callous.

I never expected him to fuck up this badly. For the government to fuck up this badly. And yes, they have. I don't do political posts often (the last major ones were back around the election, I think), but I'm making one now -- the current government of my country is seriously fucked up. I love everyone on my flist, no matter what, but I can't pretend that I don't feel this intensely strong level of disgust and anger towards Bush.

Bush failed to protect the people of my country (his people) from a foreseeable (and foreseen) disaster. And if there isn't a procedure in place to impeach on grounds of sheer bloody incompetence, there damn well should be.

ETA: Yes, Bush is not at all entirely to blame and there were failures on all levels. But his personal failures are so overwhelming that I do feel they deserve individual mention.

And I'm not blaming just Bush. And the word government up there, I don't prefix it by saying Republican. I'm with the Dems because I think that they're moderately less fucked-up, but I certainly don't think that they're shining white knights who can do no wrong.

Also, it is very natural for people to want to know why something has happened. Especially when there is nothing else you can do. There's so little that I can do to help the people hurt by Katrina. Trying to figure out the whys, it gives people something to do. And it helps people cope. Knowing the reasons can help people deal with the aftermath. And to prevent another fuck-up from happening.
butterfly: (Happiness - Frodo)
You know, as Lord of the Rings is to lovers of language, Dune is to people who are interested in politics. It should be required reading for every politician.

When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their movement becomes headlong — faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thought of obstacles and forget that a precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until it's too late.

Every revolution carries the seeds for its own destruction.

In politics, the tripod is the most unstable of all structures.

Politics and philosophy.

What do you despise? By this are you truly known.

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step ahead of logic.

Do not ask Why? Be cautious with How? Why? leads inexorably to paradox. How? traps you in a universe of cause and effect. Both deny the infinite.

Historians exercise great power and some of them know it. They recreate the past, changing it to fit their own interpretations. Thus, they change the future as well.

This quote speaks to me of Willow:
It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.


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