Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Song of the Day: "Follow Me Down"

The Falling is a critically acclaimed British indie film  about what I assume are students at an all-girls school suffering from vertigo.

Tracey Thorn wrote 5 original songs for the movie potentially putting her in the running for an Oscar for original song.

Or so I will choose to believe until December when the full list of eligible songs is released. You never know when a Ryan Bingham or an Elliot Smith will get a nomination...



Song: "Follow Me Down"
Artist: Tracey Thorn

Religious Freedom, Civil Rights and Histrionics

As you know, teh gayz have been getting married and the America you know and love is coming to an end. Although in all fairness this really began with the mixing of the races. I blame Rich Little Little Richard. The North Alabama White Citizens Council warned us but did anyone pay attention?

Guess not since the races done mixed.

Which, by the way, someone is NOT VERY HAPPY about since, duh, race mixing is not Christian. It's Adam and Eve, not Adam and Negro:
"In seeking to determine what the Bible teaches, it is necessary to start at the beginning. Nobody can squirm around the basic premise of Adam and Eve being of the same race. I don't know of any versions that say they were the first two Orientals or Negroes. History depicts them as White."--Kinsman Redeemer, April 2013
You might be thinking "I don't remember any versions saying they were white either" and that makes you wrong. Just look around you--chances are every depiction of the icons of your religion look just like you (or like me) which makes that depiction historically accurate. And when you walk in to a black person's home and see a depiction of a black Jesus (j/k, we all know you're not going to walk into a black person's home--you'll meet them in the Taco Bell parking lot to get your drugs).

Where was I?

Who knows.

Hey did you hear about the 2 martyrs and the idiot? It's sadly not a joke.

Call Me Martyr
The first martyr is Kim Davis. If you're anything like me you were confused for a minute when you thought they were talking about Kim Carnes (the singer of "Bette Davis Eyes"... "Kim" + "Davis"... just me then?) but they weren't. And you're not like me--or if you're not sure, get tested.

Kim Davis is a county clerk in Rowan county, Kentucky. She is refusing to issue marriage license to teh gayz. It is against her devout religious beliefs and she will have no part of it. And by "it" I mean the job she is fucking paid to do. Paid by the taxes of teh gayz she is discriminating against. But she is doing it on God's authority so it's not discriminating at all.

What's curious about that is that God doesn't actually have authority at the Rowan county courthouse. Some of you are probably thinking "God has authority in all things" which may be true, put that on your blog. The position she's been hired for reports up to the Supreme Court. Those activist judges who think that any 2 adults should be able to enter a legally-binding contract packed with oodles of benefits that none of the colored water fountains domestic partnerships or civil unions provide. It's Adam and Eve not Adam and Malcolm Jamal Warner!

I'm guilty of making assumptions about Davis. I assume that she identifies as "Christian" (many people do in this country and they all seem to think that means they have the same beliefs even when discussion of things like birth control, alien life and universal healthcare turns up vastly different views). It's clear they universally belief that Jesus died for their sins and that through Jesus they are saved. Whether they should also be humble or help the needy aren't important if you've got that Jesus thing going. Like fans of the same football team--some may want a kicking thing, others may want a running thing, but they both want Jesus to win.

Kim Davis, Dress Barn
customer for life
The only thing I know about her is that she's not doing the job she's paid to do, she's currently defying a Supreme Court order that she do the job she's paid to do, and she shops at Dress Barn. Do they sell matched separates from bulk bins? Probably.

Plus she doesn't want to show up to work looking like some tart that shops at Forever 46 21. And she's still boycotting JC Penney (probably).

Okay I used the Google and found out that Davis is indeed a Christian. She's an Apostolic Christian. I'm told this denomination feels the Bible is infallible. And since it was written in English she doesn't have to worry that specific passages may have been translated in a way that not everyone would agree with. When you surround yourself with things that only reflect someone like yourself you will always know you're in the right.

I also learned that Davis is married to her fourth husband. She has a running tally of 3 divorces but I'm told the fourth marriage is the "for sure, I'm totally really gonna stay married" wedding. Just ask Rush Limbaugh. It's why Melatonin Trump (an immigrant!) should be worried--the Donald only has 2 divorces so the next marriage will be the real for sure one.

I Googled "apostolic christians and divorce" and I didn't capitalize because the machines don't care if I capitalize. Here's what I read:
"The Bible provides much instruction about family relationships, and strong homes are highly valued in the church. Divorce is rare."--Apostolic Christian.org
Someone should tell Kim Davis. I'm guessing rare3 is really super rare. I actually agree with strong homes and lifetime commitments and shit. It's one of the reasons I've never thought of myself in that situation. And I wouldn't want to trivialize the institution.

Kim Davis apparently has no problem trivializing the institution of marriage. But that hypocrisy isn't the thing that bothers me. "What's right for me is not available for you" is tacky and petty and widespread so it's between her and her faith to rationalize that.

What bothers me is that she is a woman who works a full-time job and there's no way a full-time job would allow her to avoid contact with others during menstruation. There are 2 passages in Leviticus about how homosexuality is an abomination; there are 13 about how the menses make everyone unclean. It really goes on and on. Some scholars think Leviticus 20:13 is actually about how you shouldn't fuck your male lover in the same bed that your unclean wife sleeps in. That really is an abomination. At least do it at the Travelodge.

Oh hey, I just learned this:
"She gave birth to twins five months after divorcing her first husband. They were fathered by her third husband but adopted by her second. Davis worked at the clerk's office at the time of each divorce and has since remarried."--US News and World Report

It's almost like she didn't hear all of her wedding vows or something.

Casey Davis, in the closet
But she's not the only martyr in martyrville tonight. There's also Casey Davis (no relation, although it's Kentucky, so come on), county clerk of Casey (also no relation?) county, Kentucky (depicted, at left, in the closet).

Casey Davis has declared that he is willing to die before he will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Which is not in the least melodramatic. No one is asking Casey Davis to die, just to do his fucking job.

Instead of dying, a simple resignation will do just fine.

I don't know much about Casey Davis except that, despite my insinuation above, he's married to a woman (Christy) and he shops at Dillard's.

Or possibly TJ Maxx.

Why do I think Casey has latent homosexuality issues he's dealing with? Because he'll die before he issues marriage licenses to a same-sex couple. (I'm not the guy who cruised Promise Keeper rallies in Little Rock but I know him. Worked every time.)

Also I Googled "is casey davis the county clerk of casey county kentucky gay" and all it said was "gurrrl please." I'm pretty sure that's a yes.

Best actor in an on-going melodrama goes to... Casey Davis for "All the Sweaty Men." Some of you are disappointed because he always wins. Him and Taylor Swift. Hate the game, not the closeted homosexuals.

Davis believes there is a war on Christianity, and yet it's his Christianity that's doing the attacking. Or rather he who's doing that attacking citing his faith. And really if he genuinely feels that way, fine, just quit the tax-payer funded job that you're not doing. It must be a really simple denomination if being of the same sex and wanting to marry is the only thing he finds objectionable to in his issuing of marriage licenses and whatnot.

What does he do about menstruating women?

Probably leaves them at home when he goes on a bike ride across the state. That's what Davis is doing this week--riding 40 miles a day across the state which, um, doesn't seem like a lot to me. I used to ride to the old office space across the river and it was 5 miles each way (30 minutes there, 45 back--10 miles). That will leave him plenty of time to sight see and make new "friends."

Will he have Grindr with him during the bike ride? Probably not. As closeted as he may be is he'll probably stick to cruising rest stops and parks late at night like he does at home. All the guys he meets there are pretty discreet.

Okay look, it is true that I don't know what's going on in either of their hearts, but you know what, the same thing is true of them. They are acting as a road block to couples who have been fighting for equality for too long. It's interesting to me that they want to use religious liberty as the grounds for their discrimination because imagine a scenario where the same-sex couples are of a religion that recognizes those unions as marriage. Holy shit then you've got religious liberty discriminating against a religion. Who wins in a situation like that?

You do, as long as you surround yourself with the people who believe the same things you believe (just don't ask a lot of questions or volunteer information about your 3 divorces).

Grade A Moron
What about the idiot? His name is Clarence. I've written about him before but not for a while.

What does he have to do with any of this gay marriage nonsense? It isn't obvious? He's to blame.

He and his white wife Ginni are mixing races and are able to do so because the Supreme Court ruled that mixed race couples could wed in Loving v. Virginia.

Clarence sees no connection between that ruling, his right to marry Ginni, and all these gays wanting special rights equality. What's more, he finds it insulting that people think discrimination like this is even wrong. I mean, it's not like these people have been arrested or physically attacked and stuff (aside from all the times that they were).  Think about it like Clarence thinks about it:
"Human dignity cannot be taken away by the government. Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them. And those denied governmental benefits certainly do not lose their dignity because the government denies them those benefits. The government cannot bestow dignity, and it cannot take it away."--Clarence Thomas, Obergefell et al v. Hodges
What. The. Fuck.

So if the government denies a class of people some things generally available to every other person (which, by the way, is the definition of "discrimination") it's not denying anyone their dignity thus it's okay. And by his logic slavery does not deny slaves of their dignity so that should probably be okay. 

You know what does deny people their dignity? Compelling them to buy health insurance from for profit companies through an exchange. And taxes. Basically anything the Koch brothers might want and would hire Ginni Thomas to speak out against. Efforts to stop climate change, stopping the Keystone pipeline and Obamacare (sorry Romneycare Hertiagecare) deny dignity.

Does that make Clarence Thomas a moron? Yes, for sure. But also because he perjured himself multiple times on financial disclosure forms when he certified that his spouse had no non-investment income (she was a highly paid consultant for the Koch brothers and several Tea Party candidates).

The idea of impeaching Thomas has popped up recently via stories about Hillary Clinton's private email server. They aren't about the very impeachable failure to disclose spouse's non-investment income (lying under oath is why Bill Clinton was impeached) and I have to believe anything related to Anita Hill is well outside statutes of limitations. I mean c'mon, he's a man, she's just a girl. It's not like he took her dignity or made her get health insurance. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Song of the Day: "Troubled Man"

John Mellencamp "Troubled Man" lyrics
OMG I'm tired. Apparently staying up until 3:00 working on slides, while fun and all, doesn't agree with my need to wake up in the morning. I envy my teenage sons and the other "retirees" I know. I did get to sleep in until 7:50 this morning and when I got downstairs to feed the dogs I found they'd already given up on me and woken David. Fortunately for him he can go back to sleep for 5 more hours (OMG I want a nap).

I got some new music last week ("new" being a relative term) including the astoundingly lovely Pageant Material by Kacey Musgraves, Saturns Patterns by Paul Weller, something from Graham Parker & The Rumor and a couple of things from Tracey Thorn. I also got a year-old release from John Mellencamp, Plain Spoken.

If you've lost touch with Mellencamp since 2007's Freedom Road , or potentially since 1996 and "Key West Intermezzo (I Saw Her First)," his last Top 40 single (once there was a time when people listened to music via a device called a "radio" and some radio content conduits, or "stations," would provide a limited breadth of content that was coordinated with similar "stations" in other geographies [oh did I mention that these "stations" had relatively specific reach always limited by geography? It won't be on the test] so as to curry favorite with desirable audiences (mostly the parents of white kids and, to a lesser extent, white kids themselves). I really loved that song.

Since then he's gotten divorced; started dating Meg Ryan; created Ghost Brothers of Darkland County a horror musical with Stephen King and T-Bone Burnett and an accompanying concept album with Kris Kristofferson, Elvis Costello, Neko Case, Sheryl Crow and others; and made a couple more movies that didn't do as well as the one that you've probably never even heard of.

Which is something of a long introduction for Plain Spoken, a continuation of the folk rock milieu he's taken comfort in for a while now (I keep hoping for another dance record, sigh). "Troubled Man" was the first single and while the lyrics offer little in the way of poetry, they are at least earnest and direct. Obviously that's Meg Ryan's influence.



Song: "Troubled Man"
Artist: John Mellencamp