I had the best time seeing Binary Sunrise last week AND going to the WFMU record fair with lead-singer-angelic-genius Kenneth AND also cooking a giant pot of braised short ribs yesterday. (It’s been three days since I’ve eaten a green vegetable. I had bacon TWICE yesterday. I’m not sure this is the way I want to live my life.)

More on all this later, but first I want to talk about something. I apologize in advance — no, wait, I don’t — for being preachy.

As someone who has spent a considerable amount of time in the Deep South and Florida, I get a bit creased when I find myself ensconced in a conversation with some supposed progressive/liberal type who merrily conflates Tea Baggers (or some other right-wing-hategroup du jour) with Southern culture or beliefs or, even better, paints an entire portion of the country with the “ignorant, toothless, racist hick” brush. It happens a lot in our liberal oasis.

You know what? Go to PWSNT and take a look at where a number of those folks are from. It ain’t the south. Furthermore, in St. Augustine, FL, there’s a Food Not Bombs chapter as well as a community garden just down the street from our house.

I guess the point I’m trying to (ham-fistedly) make is that everyone’s an asshole. Bigotry may be the only United thing about the US right now.

And, finally, this is a lovely conversation I found on FB this morning — courtesy of one of my high school “friends” upstate. I was going to unfriend her immediately, but then I decided to see who among our 11 mutual friends decides to “like” one of the many fatuous, racist comments so that I can unfriend them all in one fell self-righteous swoop. Click to view:


Won’t someone think of the children with “dissabilities”?

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