Saturday, March 24, 2012

Friday's Random Thoughts - Saturday Edition

Again, I'm a day late with my own random thoughts.

Yesterday was a busy day. I babysat my favorite one-year-old, Alex, for several hours. Then I drove two-plus hours to Mississippi to meet my in-laws and pick up Jacob. Kate, lucky girl, went from there to the beach with a friend. When Jacob and I got back to Birmingham, we went to the 9:45 showing of The Hunger Games. By the time we got home, Friday was over. Thus, random thoughts on a Saturday morning... Here we go! (Warning: F-word ahead.)

Random Hunger Games Thoughts
Stanley Tucci is fantastic in EVERYTHING he does.
Lenny Kravitz has convinced me that a man wearing gold eyeliner is all kinds of ABSOLUTE HOTNESS.

The movie stays pretty true to the book. Jacob and I picked out all the differences but we weren't upset by any of them.

It's worth seeing in the theater. DO NOT sit up close. There is some jerky camera work that will absolutely make you ill if you sit too close to the screen.

Random Racism
Saying that Trayvon Martin's hoodie was as responsible for killing him as George Zimmerman was is the equivalent of telling a woman that she was raped because of the clothing she was wearing.

This is exactly what Geraldo Rivera did on Fox News and in a series of tweets.

His hoodie killed Trayvon Martin as surely as George Zimmerman.
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) March 23, 2012
Justice will come to Zimmerman the Fla shooter-but I'm trying to save lives like Trayvon's-Parents Alert: hoodies can get your kid killed
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) March 23, 2012
My own son just wrote to say he's ashamed of my position re hoodies-still I feel parents must do whatever they can to keep their kids safe
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) March 23, 2012
Its not blaming the victim Its common sense-look like a gangsta&some armed schmuck will take you at your word
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) March 23, 2012
Its sad that I have to be the one reminding minority parents of the risk that comes with being a kid of color in America—channel the rage
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) March 23, 2012
I'm so sick of this. One one hand, idiots like this on Fox News will say this shooting wasn't about race. On the other hand, they will say black boys shouldn't wear hoodies because they will look "gangsta" and someone will shoot them.

I'm sorry, before they can work there, is everyone at Fox News required to take a psychological evaluation that will determine they are complete and utter asshats incapable of recognizing their own hypocrisy?

If you have a teenage son, then you know what I know: They ALL wear hoodies. They wear them every single day. Jacob has a blue one and a gray one. I once tried to buy him a navy blue pea coat. He looked fantastic in it. I almost had him convinced but I walked away from the racks for a moment. When I came back, he'd put the pea coat up and was holding a hoodie. $%#@!

I wore a gray hoodie all day yesterday. It was raining in the morning so I had the hood up. I never carry umbrellas. It's one of my dumb quirks. I don't even think we own one. The only time I think about umbrellas is when it's raining. The minute the rain stops, I forget I don't own an umbrella.

Anyway, I'm a white woman so I get to wear a hoodie with the hood up without being stalked and shot and then blamed for it afterward. But what if I wore my hoodie with a miniskirt? Am I asking for it?

A hoodie is a sweatshirt with a hood. It is not a dangerous garment of destruction. This is a dangerous hooded garment:

Dear Mr. Rivera (and everyone like him),

Like a lot of people, I imagine my own teenage son when I read stories about Trayvon. I cry. This death is unbelievably senseless. When people argue the Stand Your Ground law and bring up that George Zimmerman was acting in self-defense, I want to scream.

Let's say my son was walking to the bus stop and someone in a car was slowly following him. Let's say my son put his hoodie up because he was scared. Let's say he started walking quickly because he was scared. Let's say the stalker got out of his car and confronted my son. Let's say my son cried out for help and physically defended himself because this is what we have taught our children to do. Since they were old enough to walk, we have told them about stranger danger and kidnappers and pedophiles. Let's say that man shoots my son and says it was self-defense. Let's say all this happened to a white boy with red hair.

What then? Are you assholes really the Mississippi jurors from A Time to Kill? Can you really only understand that a death or an attack on a child or teenager is senseless and tragic and horrific if Matthew McConaughey tells you to picture that teen as white? Then fuck you.

Why can't we all just agree that people shouldn't be murdered no matter what they're wearing. Even if they're wearing Crocs.

Random Asshole

This happened in Louisiana yesterday during a visit from Rick Santorum. What passes for humor to some of these people is not, in fact, humor. It's just another conservative asshat being a hypocrite. What do you want to bet this lady is "pro-life?"

This sort of thing, this "joke" about assassinating a president, seems to happen a lot. Do you think it's funny? Yeah, so funny...hahaha

This is the sort of thing that makes me sick of this world and ready for the zombie apocalypse. Except I'm afraid the zombies are already here. The zombies watch Fox News (or work at Fox News) and attempt to shred to bits anyone who has a working brain.


  1. One of your best posts yet... expresses everything I want to but can't - or at least not nearly as well as you can!

  2. I thought the EXACT same thing about Stanley Tucci AND the gold eyeliner. Amazing.

    I can't talk about the Trayvon Marting thing. It makes me boil with rage at the world and sadness for his family.

  3. I would like to just say "Ditto," except for the part about the son with the red hair. My son has brown hair. Red would make Shawn ask questions.


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