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|Friday, October 3, 2008|| |
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October 1, 2008
Morgan—whose controversial essay for the Women’s Media Center on sexism in the primary race, “Goodbye To All That #2,” was reprinted on 3,000 sites around the world—expounds here on women’s stake in the general election and the vote that will “make history.”
I screwed up. I started writing this weeks ago as a Letter to Undecided Women Voters—especially those still scarred by the profound misogyny battering Hillary Rodham Clinton in the primaries. But headlines kept breaking and I kept adding stuff until the piece threatened to become the Black Hole that ate the Electoral College. By now, my short tolerance for willful ignorance is as spent as Wall Street while socialism-Republican-style tries to nationalize it. But it’s hard to know where to start. So many dolts and liars, so little time. So much to cover. This essay needs lists.
Since feminists are reluctant to criticize a woman (as much from a healthy fear of headlines screaming, “Catfight!” as from sisterly sanctity), I offer:
Ten Nice Things to Say About Sarah Palin:
1. She’s a lifelong NRA member and crack rifle-woman, but hasn’t yet shot a single person in the face.
2. She’s so unafraid of power that a majority-Republican legislative committee is investigating her abuse of it.
3. She’s broad-minded, willing to have evolution taught alongside creationism.
4. She gives “the personal is political” new meaning: Axing the public-safety commissioner for not firing her ex-brother-in-law (Trooper-gate); firing “foes” suspected of “disloyalty” (Library-gate).
5. She knows how to delegate, involving “First Dude” husband Todd in more governmental decisions than any male politician’s spouse has dared since Hillary tried to give us healthcare in 1993. (First Dude’s defying a subpoena from those meanies mentioned up in #2.)
6. She has executive experience: As mayor of Wasilla, then-constituency 5,000 souls, she presided over a population almost as vast as that of some urban high-schools.
7. She’s an existentialist: Bridge-to-Nowhere-gate, Highway-to-Nowhere-gate. She never “focused much on Iraq”—after all, “the war is part of God’s plan”—and she dismisses McCain’s reluctance to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as being like “Eastern politicians” about environment. (Check out Wasilla’s dead-Lake-Lucille-gate.)
8. She brings home the earmarked bacon—plus moose, caribou, wolf, and any other animal stumbling haplessly across her rifle-sight as she leans out of the ‘copter on another heli-hunt. But! Does she rely solely on godless government for her $500 million U.S.-subsidized natural-gas pipeline? No! Last June, at the Pentecostal Assembly of God Church, she declared, “God's will has to be done to get that gas line built!”
9. She displays refreshing curiosity, as when she asked, “What is it exactly the VP does?” (Don’t scoff: Are you smarter than a 5th grader?)
10. She’s multi-talented—studied journalism, tried sportscasting, can slickly scan a teleprompter (unlike her running-mate). She’s a jock (Sports-Complex-gate.) She was a beauty queen (as all of McCain’s wives were; how ‘bout that?) She’s patriotic—well, except for attending that secessionist Alaska Independent Party conference during the seven years when First Dude was a party member pulling down DWI convictions on the side. Best of all, she’s a born-again feminist, a “feminist for life.” Which I guess makes me a feminist for death.
Oh,the irony of it all.
We’ve lurched through a surreal looking-glass. Cheney advisor Mary Matalin smirks “we feminists have fought thirty years for this moment.” GOP Committee Victory Chairman (sic) Carly Fiorina—who sneered, “The glass ceiling doesn't exist”—steals my words from “Goodbye To All That #2” to support McCain. Conservatives now complain about “misogynistic” coverage of continually emerging political misdeeds by Palin—who herself denounced as “whiners” those millions of us livid at media sexism and Democratic National Committee (DNC) indifference to it in their joint political gangbang of Hillary last spring. The gall is breathtaking.
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|Friday, September 5, 2008|| |
| "Eve Ensler, the American playwright, performer, feminist and activist best known for "The Vagina Monologues", wrote the following about Sarah Palin."
Drill, Drill, Drill
I am having Sarah Palin nightmares. I dreamt last night that she was a member of a club where they rode snowmobiles and wore the claws of drowned and starved polar bears around their necks. I have a particular thing for Polar Bears. Maybe it's their snowy whiteness or their bigness or the fact that they live in the arctic or that I have never seen one in person or touched one. Maybe it is the fact that they live so comfortably on ice. Whatever it is, I need the polar bears.
I don't like raging at women. I am a Feminist and have spent my life trying to build community, help empower women and stop violence against them. It is hard to write about Sarah Palin. This is why the Sarah Palin choice was all the more insidious and cynical. The people who made this choice count on the goodness and solidarity of Feminists. But everything Sarah Palin believes in and practices is antithetical to Feminism which for me is part of one story connected to saving the earth, ending racism, empowering women, giving young girls options, opening our minds, deepening tolerance, and ending violence and war.
I believe that the McCain/Palin ticket is one of the most dangerous choices of my lifetime, and should this country chose those candidates the fall-out may be so great, the destruction so vast in so many areas that America may never recover. But what is equally disturbing is the impact that duo would have on the rest of the world. Unfortunately this is not a joke. In my lifetime I have seen the clownish, the inept, the bizarre be elected to the presidency with regularity.
Sarah Palin does not believe in evolution. I take this as a metaphor. In her world and the world of Fundamentalists nothing changes or gets better or evolves. She does not believe in global warming. The melting of the arctic, the storms that are destroying our cities, the pollution and rise of cancers, are all part of God's plan.
She is fighting to take the polar bears off the endangered species list. The earth, in Palin's view, is here to be taken and plundered. The wolves and the bears are here to be shot and plundered. The oil is here to be taken and plundered. Iraq is here to be taken and plundered. As she said herself of the Iraqi war, "It was a task from God."
Sarah Palin does not believe in abortion. She does not believe women who are raped and incested and ripped open against their will should have a right to determine whether they have their rapist's baby or not. She obviously does not believe in sex education or birth control. I imagine her daughter was practicing abstinence and we know how many babies that makes.
Sarah Palin does not much believe in thinking. From what I gather she has tried to ban books from the library, has a tendency to dispense with people who think independently. She cannot tolerate an environment of ambiguity and difference. This is a woman who could and might very well be the next president of the United States. She would govern one of the most diverse populations on the earth.
Sarah believes in guns. She has her own custom Austrian hunting rifle. She has been known to kill 40 caribou at a clip. She has shot hundreds of wolves from the air.
Sarah believes in God. That is of course her right, her private right. But when God and Guns come together in the public sector, when war is declared in God's name, when the rights of women are denied in his name, that is the end of separation of church and state and the undoing of everything America has ever tried to be.
I write to my sisters. I write because I believe we hold this election in our hands. This vote is a vote that will determine the future not just of the U.S., but of the planet. It will determine whether we create policies to save the earth or make it forever uninhabitable for humans. It will determine whether we move towards dialogue and diplomacy in the world or whether we escalate violence through invasion, undermining and attack. It will determine whether we go for oil, strip mining, coal burning or invest our money in alternatives that will free us from dependency and destruction. It will determine if money gets spent on education and healthcare or whether we build more and more methods of killing. It will determine whether America is a free open tolerant society or a closed place of fear, fundamentalism and aggression.
If the Polar Bears don't move you to go and do everything in your power to get Obama elected then consider the chant that filled the hall after Palin spoke at the RNC, "Drill Drill Drill." I think of teeth when I think of drills. I think of rape. I think of destruction. I think of domination. I think of military exercises that force mindless repetition, emptying the brain of analysis, doubt, ambiguity or dissent. I think of pain.
Do we want a future of drilling? More holes in the ozone, in the floor of the sea, more holes in our thinking, in the trust between nations and peoples, more holes in the fabric of this precious thing we call life?
September 5, 2008
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|Tuesday, August 26, 2008|| |
|Jewels has returned from Avalon!
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|Friday, August 22, 2008|| |
|Sunday, July 20, 2008|| |
|Sunday, June 29, 2008|| |
| This morning I pulled a card from Dr. Christiane Northrup's "Women's Bodies, Women's WIsdom' Healing Cards entitled from the "Fertility & Creativity" Key Life Are, Card I.
"Imagine? Allow: In order to tap in to your inherent fertility and creative ability, you must believe in unlimited possibilities. If this card has shown up in your reading, your spirit is asking you to open up to the possibility of creating or being more than you ever dreamed possible.
"You are infinitely creative by nature. Biologica fertility is just one aspect of your creativity. If anything at all were possible, what would you create?"
And then I was struck with the image which was "full of images that evoke abundance and virtually endless creative possibilities." In particular Northrup is using classical images, and this particular image 'Les licornes' by Moreau uses similar themes from 'The Lady and Unicorn" tapestries from the middle ages I used in a 'tapestry' branding story for my business concept. It has to do with the Heart's True Desire - Transcendental Love and also the 6th sense, the entire oversoul of S'Amuser.
Friday night I came across a new site called WE Book dot com and decided to start throwing up the outline of my book and all completed or chapters in progress as a place to share and get feedback! For those who might be interested The Scarlet Thread will be fleshed out here over the coming weeks. I am determined to have two compilations of earlier work simultaneously completed whilst I am relaunching S'Amuser in LA.
I am so grateful to be back on US soil and so very grateful that I am in my flow and I have fans, allies, and smart business people willing to assist and network on my behalf. I had some great news this week and feel that the unfolding is happening organically yet with focus, intent and smart execution this time.
If anything at all were possible - I would create what I am creating - and I would TRUST that all is here to support this process. Chantal and are will be in a large comfortable and beautiful place in the Pacific Palisades by the start of August, and we will sign the lease on the new S'Amuser by summer's end, and The Scarlet Thread FIRST EDITION will go to print this Harvest. I will find 2 weeks to take off with Agent KP and we will do the Journal Project. The total sum total of my Life's Work to Date will be earmarked, a foundation will be set, all the feminine processing, the initiations and the journey will have it's reward in completed Works, to share the gift of gnosis I have gained along this deep strong path.
I am an agent for change. I am a vessel of creative flow. I thank the gods angels and great Lady for all the assistance. I thank the infinite synchronicities, fates and muses for the incredible inspiration and the ability to Re-member what I am here to share, and hold.
Once this foundation is laid, rocket fuel will pump through my mind soul and body and being and acting as an agent of change, love, beauty, and inspiration will flow into concrete projects and associations which uplift and support the greater world. I will be again at the Round Table of Planetary Lights, who are one million percent committed to sharing a greater more abundant and peaceful world and creating from the inside out, an enlightened planetary society.
If anything were possible, I would be on top of all the tasks and execution and TRUST that the right time and space is made available - aligned with my Will - for all to be completed effortlessly with passion - for the greater good.
Blessed Be! What a Glorious Day!
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|Friday, March 21, 2008|| |
| Prince wrote this song of songs for Matika. There is supposed to be an amazing story behind it. Tamar used the lyrics for it as the finale' song in the Rooftop Serenade event we put on in the summer of love 2005 on the rooftop of S'Amuser and on the street, literally stopping traffic!
"No longer can I resist (no..) the guiding light (guiding light)
The light that gives me the power to keep up the fight
I couldn’t be more satisfied (no…)
Even when there's no peace outside my window
There's peace inside
And that's why I can not longer run
Love thy will be done..."
And this is the continued Quest.
And this is the eternal Promise.
Love Thy Will be DONE.
To choose this, to know, gno, this - aint that what it's all about?
In order to do that, there must be a continued Point of Choice, that we move eternally back forth towards,
and reset IN... for that is our making.
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