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I turned on the TV to catch the tail end of the inaugural speech. He spoke for about thirty seconds, and then the TV cut off, never to revive.


A metaphor for what's ahead?

You decide.

All I know is the grand I planned to put towards debt went toward a new TV. This administration is already costing me money. *shakes head*
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1. I called all my CongressPeople and asked them to oppose Steve Bannon's appointment as President-elect Trump's chief strategist. It took less than five minutes to make all three calls which were each answered after the first ring. All three are Republicans, so who knows what effect, if any, my calls will have.

2. Reviews of the last two weeks of The Walking Dead: SPOILERS )

3. We saw Doctor Strange. SPOILERS )
lunabee34: (i feel so suicidal by jjjean65)
I'm so glad I didn't stay up last night to watch the results come in. I know I wouldn't have been able to go to sleep after. I'm glad I at least got what passes as a good night's sleep for me before having to face this new reality.

[personal profile] spikedluv linked to an article that sums up what I'm feeling right now: Throughout this election cycle I was confident of a Hillary Clinton victory because she is eminently qualified for the presidency and she ran a strong campaign. As I watch the election results come in, I am stunned. I was confident, not only because of who Mrs. Clinton is. I was confident because I thought there were more Americans who believe in progress and equality than there were Americans who were racist, xenophobic, misogynistic and homophobic. (source)

I agree with what Bill Maher said last week about this election finally exposing (most undeniably, most unequivocally, out there in the open for all to see) the hypocrisy of white, evangelical Christianity. At the best times, I find most of the Republican Party platform antithetical to Christianity, but the words that have come out of Trump's mouth and the things he has done over his lifetime are mutually exclusive with Christianity. I would have so much more respect for conservative Christians if they would just drop the Christian part and be honest about their motives: we love money, we hate gay people, we hate brown people, we don't exactly hate women but we want to keep them subservient and subordinate, and we want to bow out of our part of the social contract (agreeing to give up part of our liberty) but we want the government to keep its end of the bargain (insuring our security, etc.) without having to pay for it. The suggestion that Jesus wants us to earn as much money as possible by any means possible or that he wants us to have guns and shoot people with them or that he doesn't want us to take care of the poor, the disabled, the vulnerable or that he wants us to merrily burn this world he made to cinder--this is like the opposite of everything Jesus ever says and does in the Bible. I long ago lost my patience with people whose every word is about Jesus and their faith and who talk about how Christianity informs their every decision from where to buy their toilet paper (definitely not Target, amirite?) to the makeup they use (my mom trufax stopped using Clarins, a French makeup brand, and called fries freedom fries after 9-11), but now my rage at them is incandescent.

There's a reason the KKK never supports a Democratic candidate. When white supremacists and hate groups are drawn to a party, that says more about the party than it does the hate group. The KKK never goes, "Oooooooh, equal access to health care and paid maternity leave and more protections for vulnerable groups? Sign me up!"

It's very difficult to wish the Trump voters would reap the foolishness of this election because that would just hurt me, too. I've already been thinking about how I might not be able to leave this job if I wanted because I have two pre-existing medical conditions, and I don't know if I could get insurance somewhere else or be able to afford the premiums if they deign to insure me after Obamacare is dismantled.

I'm mostly just shocked and dismayed and sad. I woke up to Emma crying. I hope she has managed the day alright. I told her to keep her head down and not to engage; if she hears someone gloating or knocking Hillary just walk away because she's outnumbered and it's a fight she can't win. I hope she didn't get too hassled.
lunabee34: (heart by jjjean65)

Now if my nerves can just hold out until the results are in.
lunabee34: (end of the world by crystalchain)
I was raised in the evangelical community (Southern Baptist to be specific), so everything I'm saying in this post comes from that perspective: fundamentalist, evangelical, Protestant, Southern, primarily rural.

I should say upfront that I have a knee jerk reaction against Christianity that I still struggle with because I did not know until I was an adult that a person could be Christian without also being racist, sexist, and homophobic to varying degrees. Christianity was synonymous with those behaviors for me. I didn't realize when I was growing up that Christian communities where women are pastors or gay people are an active and welcomed part of the congregation or people of all races mingle exist because I'd never seen anything like that in person. Those communities simply do not exist in the South outside of major urban areas like Atlanta, and this was before the ubiquity of the internet that might have allowed me to discover those communities online.

All my family on both sides is Southern Baptist and almost everyone I interacted with growing up belonged to some version of evangelical Protestantism. I have escaped. I am not Protestant any longer. I converted to Catholicism in my mid-twenties because my husband comes from a Catholic family, and I was looking for something to fill the spiritual void I felt/feel. Catholicism really didn't really fill that lack, and I suppose I am now agnostic.

Because I am surrounded by people who are Protestant in the community where I live and work and because my entire family is Protestant, I've been thinking a great deal this election cycle about how people who are Christian and who claim that their Christianity informs all their decisions could vote for Donald Trump--a person whose behavior and beliefs run directly counter to Christianity (I think I'd use the words mutually exclusive to describe Trump's relationship to Christianity).

I've come up with a few answers, and the thread you will see running through them is hypocrisy. As a member of the evangelical community and now as an outsider, the number one characteristic I would ascribe to this group of people is hypocrisy. Lots and lots of hypocrisy.

Cut for length )

So, that's your helping of despair for the day. I can't wait for this election to be over.
lunabee34: (reading by thelastgoodname)
1. I've been thinking about writing an essay about why I think evangelical Christians are so willing to vote for Trump. I was raised in that tradition (Southern Baptist), and it makes no sense on the surface why people who not only say they are Christian but who claim to make every decision in their lives based on that Christianity would support Trump, but having been a part of that culture for the first 18 years of my life, I have some ideas about why they're doing so. But I've also been thinking that plenty of other people have written about this, and I don't know that I have anything new to say or offer about the subject, so. IDK

2. We finished our rewatch of Treme. One half of the couple we watched it with used to live in Louisiana and is an accomplished musician who often played gigs in NOLA. So that added an extra layer of fun to the rewatch; they'd often comment about places featured, or he'd have stories about the musicians in the episodes. SPOILERS )

3. We are almost done with Downton Abbey season two. We finished all the regular episodes and only have the Christmas Special left to watch.


I can't wait to see where the story goes. I am actually sad that Walking Dead is resuming because it means no more Downton Abbey for awhile.

4. [personal profile] executrix sent me a biography of Jane Austen (Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin) which was really interesting. I knew nothing about her life, so everything was pretty much new to me. This is a very thorough, heavily researched book which I would recommend to anyone interested in her. I have to admit that from time to time I got a little confused because the cast of characters, so to speak, is so large and so many people in her family and life shared names; I just wanted to read it for entertainment and not take notes or anything, but reading it that way did mean that I was a little bit lost from time to time.

I have two main takeaways from the book. First, how horrible that so many of her letters and documents were destroyed. I wonder if they were truly scandalous (I doubt it), or if that notion of privacy (that regardless of their content, the public at large shouldn't be able to read her letters and that wanting to do so was born of prurient interest) which was beginning already to erode with the explosion of celebrity culture and mass media was largely responsible.

Second, I wonder if she was happy to stay single or if she considered her life tragic. The book posits that her first, truncated romance with Tom Lefroy was very dear to her and that she was very hung up on him and hurt when he was essentially forbidden to see her. Tomalin offers some evidence that Austen was thinking about him three years after that romance had ended. It also mentions that she initially accepted and then turned down a proposal from a man she was friends with but had no romantic feelings for. My take on it is that she'd watched all the women around her have ungodly amounts of children and a number of them die in childbirth and maybe she was grateful to escape that horror. IDK I mean, it can certainly be both. What do y'all think (about anything relating to her life)?
lunabee34: (spn: sam sad and wet by secretly_to_drea)
We just got back from a week in MS; we stayed with Josh's parents but were able to visit one day with mine, too. It was a good trip, but food was a little nerve racking. I don't think my mother-in-law really understood what eating gluten free means even though we talked about it several times before I got there. When we arrived at dinner time, she basically had nothing I could eat and kept trying to offer me a bun for my sausage or saying she wanted to pick up fried chicken for one of the meals or make an apple pie. I think she finally got it after we went shopping together the next day for food for the week and I showed her what to look for. I made sure Josh and I cooked the meal for mom and dad but it was very frustrating and tedious because mom's so sensitive, we couldn't use a lot of the dishes and implements we had on hand (plastic, wood, non-stick); I hate having to deal with cooking for mom at mother-in-law's house because there's so many potential contamination traps.

My dad probably has cancer. They have ruled out all of the easily treatable problems like pernicious anemia and internal bleeding and moved on to testing him for all kinds of horrible cancers like leukemia and multiple myeloma. We should have some results from those tests the beginning of next week. Dad seems upset but positive and optimistic. My mom is devastated, probably because she's a nurse and has seen too many worst case scenarios. So, nothing's for certain yet, but this is not looking good.

I was able to distract myself by watching most of the DNC. I don't usually post about politics, but I am definitely with her. I voted for Hillary when she ran against Obama in the primary and will vote for her again this November. I am annoyed at the way that the media, even outlets like NPR, are covering her acceptance speech. I thought it was a great speech that told us about who she is and where she came from (I had no idea about her mother's background) and gives context for all the advocacy work she's done throughout her career. Her list of accomplishments is so impressive. I also thought she did a good job of contrasting her experience and her reputation with Trump's. I genuinely do not understand why anyone on the planet would vote for him although I know many people who will. He is not a Christian. Everything he says and does runs counter to the values Christians say they hold dear. He is angry and flippant about the degree of power he hopes to achieve. I am terrified he will be our next president.
lunabee34: (got: sansa by bluelantern)
1. Thanks for your well wishes, everyone. The procedure went fine, even if I still feel like I'm recovering from strep throat. LOL In a completely shocking turn of events, the doc saw no sign of celiac during the visual examination of my stomach; he's sending the biopsies off for further examination, but usually celiac damage is visible to the eye. So, I might not have celiac after all.

2. I am living in Bizarro State. After Governor Deal vetoed Georgia's version of the Religious Liberties Bill, we were all certain that he would sign the Campus Carry Bill into law. This would have been the most permissive campus carry law in the country. Somewhere between 6-8 other states have campus carry laws in place but they are very restrictive (you can't have them in the dorms or professor's offices or at sporting events or in daycares and a handful of other places). The Georgia law would have allowed concealed weapons on every part of all the USG campuses except dorms (which we all know is bullshit; on a residential campus, the students would have to bring the guns into the dorm; if they left them in their cars, cars would be broken into every five minutes and guns stolen). The only ray of light was that you have to be 21 to carry a concealed weapon, meaning that the majority of our students would not have been old enough to obtain a permit. Well, lo and behold, Governor Deal vetoed this bill, too, and wrote a lengthy and wonderful explanation of his decision that includes quotations from the Founding Fathers about why guns don't belong at schools. I am delightedly shocked. Naturally, as soon as he vetoed the bill, someone introduced another bill to permit tasers to be carried on campus. *headdesk*

3. I am really enjoying Gotham this season. SPOILERS )

4. Wow am I bored with Castle. I think I'll actually truly watch next week's episode with my whole attention rather than reading fanfic and occasionally glancing up as I've been doing this semester since it will be Beckett's last, but on the whole, I am not interested in this show anymore.


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2. I finally went to the doctor about my arm. I started taking steroids yesterday, and my arm feels almost normal now. Why did I not go to the doctor in March when I first started crying myself to sleep and having trouble lifting a glass of water? Why did I decide in May (IN MAY!) that what I should do is go to the chiropractor instead of the doctor? It may be time for my decision making powers to be revoked. *sigh* BUT MY ARM FEELS HELLA BETTER!!!!!!!!!!

3. Emma and I saw Jurassic World today, and it was awesome!!!!!! The score remains fantastic, I appreciated the continuity with B.D. Wong's character, and I loved all the callbacks to the previous movies in the franchise. Spoilers )
lunabee34: (lorraine is a teacher by emella)
This post brought to you by a feverless child. :)

I normally do not post about politics or current events because this is my happy place, and I know it's the happy place for many of you, but I want to weigh in on the Rand Paul plagiarism case. According to the New York Times, the Senator "said the lapses were the result of his newfound status as a freshman senator in high demand, and the overwhelming workload that has brought with it for him and his staff." Do you know what I hear when I read that sentence? "Dr. Lunabee, we had a game this weekend. Dr. Lunabee, I'm taking 17 hours this semester. Dr. Lunabee, I'm fighting with my boyfriend. Dr. Lunabee, I'm living a real life in the real world where thing are sometimes shitty and fast paced and even though the other students in the class who also have problems didn't resort to plagiarism, I did because my life is harder and specialer than everyone else's. Can I do this assignment over?"

The Senator also said the following: "'What we are going to do from here forward, if it will make people leave me the hell alone, is we’re going to do them like college papers,” he said. “We’re going to try to put out footnotes.”' And here's the crux of what's pissing me off, and another point of connection I'm sadly finding between Senator Paul and many of my students. What happens in a college English class is not merely about those sixteen weeks of school in that one class. The point of a college English class is to teach students the reading and writing skills they will need FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES IN MULTIPLE SETTINGS. We teach students to cite their work because they need to do so in HIST 1012 and in their biology dissertations and in the reports they write for their jobs and in the romance novels they e-publish. For the Senator to dismiss those basic literacy skills taught in ENGL 1101 as irrelevant or somehow beneath him boggles my mind.

I believe this way of thinking is one of the biggest problems we face in higher education. So many times, our students are unable to understand the relevance of the material they're being taught or to make connections between what they're learning in one class and what they're learning in another unless it's explicitly articulated for them. And even then sometimes they remain skeptical. I think we do our students a disservice when we treat the subjects we teach as disparate and unrelated and when we do not consistently and constantly connect their learning in all classes to career goals. For that reason, I strongly support interdisciplinary approaches to teaching as well as the implementation of courses (like a freshman seminar, etc.) that focus on the meta-cognitive aspects of learning: What's my motivation for being in college? What are my strengths and weaknesses as a student? How can I best use the resources offered by my institution? How can I connect what I'm learning now to my future employment? What's the best way to deal with the obstacles life presents to earning my education?

Quotations taken from this newspaper article
lunabee34: (spn: yed crazy by bunny_icons)
Y'all, I am sorry. You know I don't post a lot of personal stuff on my blog, and I don't think I've ever really posted about politics, but I've about had it up to here, and I can no longer be silent.

As always, defriending amnesty day at Lorraine's journal.

Contains cursing and gratuitous use of capslock )

Y'all, most of the time I love living in the rural South. I truly do. There's lots of awesome things about being here. But sometimes I just can't take it anymore. I can't take that every television I see EVER in a public place is tuned to Fox News. I can't take it that every conversation I overhear in a public place is about how amazingly smart and awesome X Republican candidate is. I can't take the racism and the homophobia and the classism and the sexism. It's also possible I am in a really bad mood. :(


11/2/11 12:30
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Turn on the news, kiddos.

Mubarak has stepped down.


This is amazing.


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