Shakespeare Ain’t Got Sh** On Her!

March 31, 2011

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I promise you, I’ve tried to ignore her. I’ve tried to stop mentioning her in private and in public. I’ve even stopped posting her inane bullshit on my personal FB page. But then Sarah “Failin'” Palin goes and drops these nuggets of pure WTF. I ask you, my lovelies, how can I ignore this? HOW?!

(squirmish makes me think of a rumble involving rival gangs of these)

That’s right. Squirmish. Don’t you dare make fun of her! She’s just copying off of her favorite author (obviously!), Shakespeare. Remember this?

Celebrate good times, bitches! The best part isn’t Failin’s latest contribution to the English language. No, it’s the North Star crazy-ass craziness starting at about 1.09 in the above video. Not only did she misquote Alaska’s state song, but she then goes off on a weird digression about how the North Star is a GPS and a guide and she talks about it all the time. It reminded me of something someone on the street here in NYC might mutter… right before they cut you. If I were the North Star, I’d get a restraining order ASAP.

She truly is a trailblazer in the art of failing. A failblazer, if you will. (See what I did there, Sarah? I made up a new word – not out of ignorance of what the ACTUAL word is, but for comedic purposes)


Get Outta My Uterus!

March 28, 2011

My fav pic from a planned parenthood rally I went to recently

Hey ladies, are you having pains in your lady bits lately? Well, look down. It’s from all those GOP dildos trying to get all up in your vag (There are a few GOP lawmakers who are not total douches):

Dozens of bills are advancing through statehouses nationwide that would put an array of new obstacles—legal, financial and psychological—in the paths of women seeking abortions.

(*I just found out the # of anti-choice bills being decided on this year…351!! If you’re not mad yet, you should be)

That’s right! The “anti-big government” part of the government wants to extend the long arm of the law right up into your uterus. The GOP is claiming that the gov’t is broke (WARNING: right-wing link) and can’t afford to fund family planning programs or centers like Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood gets about a third of it’s funding from the federal government through Title X Family planning program. Title X, by the way, was signed into law by Nixon and was supported by both sides of the aisle because it would lessen the burden on welfare programs. Remember when Conservatives used to actually be good at pretending to be conservative?

Now depending on which hypocrite Republican you talk to, you get all kinds of reasons why funding for reproductive health is bad. The party line seems to be “fiscal responsibility” though. Yyyyeeeaaaah, I’m gonna have to go ahead and call bullshit on that one:

The Informed Choice Act, introduced by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) in January, would authorize grants “to nonprofit tax-exempt organizations for the purchase of ultrasound equipment to provide free examinations to pregnant women needing such services, and for other purposes.” According to the current draft of the bill, which as of yet has no co-sponsor, qualifying centers would receive 50 percent of the purchase price of the ultrasound machine involved, or $20,000, whichever is less. The bill appropriates $5 million for this initiative for fiscal year 2012 and “such sums as may be necessary for each of the fiscal years 2013 through 2014.”

Basically, this bill would provide more funding to Crisis Pregnancy Centers. Another bill was recently signed into law by South Dakota’s head dildo Governor Dennis Daugaar that requires women to wait 72 hours between the first counseling session with the doctor and the abortion and also requires women to first visit crisis pregnancy centers. Which leads one to ask,  WTF is a crisis pregnancy center? They are non-profit organizations that try to dissuade women from terminating their pregnancies. They are mostly run by religious institutions and are notorious for spreading lies. My favorite is the false claim that women who have abortions have an increase in depression and such. They don’t.

Nonetheless, having had an abortion (or more than one) had no relation with self-esteem in either group: “For both Black women and White women, prior self-esteem was the biggest predictor of subsequent self-esteem,” the authors note. The same held true when they compared Black and White women who reported a religious affiliation and high or low church attendance with those who were not religious.

And there’s also the claim that abortion leads to an increased risk for breast cancer. It doesn’t.

The largest, and probably the most reliable study on this topic was done during the 1990s in Denmark, a country with very detailed medical records on all its citizens. In that study, all Danish women born between 1935 and 1978 (a total of 1.5 million women) were linked with the National Registry of Induced Abortions and with the Danish Cancer Registry. All of the information about their abortions and their breast cancer came from registries – it was very complete and was not influenced by recall bias.

After adjusting for known breast cancer risk factors, the researchers found that induced abortion(s) had no overall effect on the risk of breast cancer. The size of this study and the manner in which it was done provides good evidence that induced abortion does not affect a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.

Don’tcha just love the smell of honesty in the <insert part of day you’re reading this here>? From all of the accounts I’ve read, the purpose of these centers is to tell you how horrible it is for you to even think about harming a fetus and that sweet baby Jesus is crying in heaven because of you. YOU BIG MEANIE! Remember, these are the same people that were trying to shove that abstinence-only bullshit down our throats. Also remember how WRONG(pdf) they were about that.

The real deal is that the GOP doesn’t care about funding reproductive health centers. They don’t want to fund centers that provide abortions. That’s what’s behind the witch hunt against Planned Parenthood. Listen folks, only about 3% of the medical services provided by PPH are abortions. Mostly, they provide contraception to the community, low cost STD/STI testing and treatment, and cancer screenings. And, because of the Hyde Amendment, no federal money goes to the actual abortions. So, WTF people? Seriously, keep you rosaries off my goddamn ovaries.

Now, let’s get really real about this whole thing. It costs more to have a kid than it costs to not have one. Not only does it cost more for the person/people having the kid, it costs more for taxpayer.

The Guttmacher Institute(pdf) estimated in 2008 that every dollar spent on family planning saves taxpayers $3.74 in government spending on prenatal care, childbirth, and the first year of an infant’s health care. But if more women who are financially stressed end up bearing children they don’t want, the costs of pregnancy and infant care will quickly be dwarfed by government spending on public assistance, food stamps, and health care.

Let’s break it down Blue Collar style. That means dollars and cents, baby. The average cost of condoms in the U.S. is anywhere from free (at places like PPH) to about $20 – $30 per pack, depending on brand, amount per pack, etc.. (If you’re not in a monogamous relationship DON’T BE SILLY, WRAP YOUR WILLIE!)

Birth control pills costs about $20 to $50 a month if you don’t have health insurance. And you can only get the pill through a prescription.

An intrauterine device, or IUD, costs about $500 – $1000 and lasts from 5 to 12 years depending on the type of IUD you choose.

The cost of a vasectomy ranges from $350 to $1000 and is permanent (well, it can be reversed but it’s meant to be permanent).

Tubal Ligation, or “having your tubes tied” is a form of female sterilization that is meant to be permanent and can cost from $1500 – $6000.

An abortion in the first trimester costs $350 – $550. Abortions later in pregnancy cost more. Abortions ARE NOT contraception.

The “pull out” method is free, but not as effective as other forms of birth control.

The cost of raising a child varies depending on a number of things. I’m going to use this handy Cost of Raising a Child Calculator I found online. My son was born in 2001 in the NE, we make less than $56,300 annually, it is a 2 parent home, and we want him to at go to college so I put in Public College (CUNY, FTW!) and the grand total I’m likely to spend raising my child is ::drum roll:: $265,640! And that’s a planned pregnancy, mind you. That doesn’t include how much it costs taxpayers if I were on public assistance of any kind or anything like that.

Now let’s say I don’t get sterilized. Say I decide to buy contraception once a month. Let’s say I spend $50 a month on birth control because I like the stuff with all the bells and whistles, that’s $600 per year. I’m going to be 30 this year so I probably have 20 years until menopause at most. $600 per year x 20 years = $12,000.

The bottom line in my opinion is this, I’ll stay out of your churches if you stay the fuck out of my vagina. And I’ll stop calling you out on your stupid bullshit when you stop being a bunch of hypocritical misogynistS (that includes the women who support the bare foot and pregnant ideologies). Stop pretending this is about fiscal responsibility and start taking care of the shit that actually matters. Does that sound like a good deal to you, GOP?

Oh, and WHERE ARE THE FUCKING JOBS?!


Potential Kitchen Disaster of the Day

March 17, 2011

No, this is not my pic.

OMFG PKD TIME!! On this March 17th, a.k.a St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve decided to bless you lovelies with a recipe. We don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day here in the Blue Collar household, being atheist and all, but we do like Irish culture. Mr. Blue Collar is half Irish, and we also use today as a reason to remember the Irish workers who helped build this country.

So, what recipe can I give you on this the day o’ the Irish? Green Tea Layer Cake!
But, BCM, how is a cake with a Japanese ingredient Irish? Because, FUCK YOU, that’ how! In all honesty, I’ve had this cake once before and have been craving it lately. It’s delicate, not too sweet, and has a lovely aroma. It’s a feast not only for your mouth (TWSS), but for your eyes and nose as well.

Before I give you the recipe we have to talk a little bit about matcha. OMG, WTF IS A MATCHA?! Keep your fucking shirt on and I’ll tell you, geez! Matcha is basically stone ground Japanese green tea. It is a very fine powdered tea that is traditionally used in the Japanese tea ceremony. Nowadays, it’s used in all kinds of awesome things like cakes, candies, and even ice cream. Matcha is more expensive and harder to find than plain old green tea leaves, but I highly recommend using it because it has a deeper and sweeter flavor than the stuff they put in tea bags. So, basically, use it because I fucking said so!

Ingredients:

* 1 cup all-purpose flour
* 1 cup cake flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 4 teaspoons powdered green tea
* 1 1/4 cups white sugar
* 1 cup vegetable oil
* 3 eggs
* 1 cup plain yogurt
* 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

FOR FROSTING:

# 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
# 2 teaspoons powdered green tea
# 2 tablespoons butter, softened
# 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
# 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
# 1 1/2 teaspoons milk

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2 – 9 inch round pans. Sift together the all-purpose flour, cake flour, baking soda, salt, and green tea powder; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, beat together sugar, oil, and eggs until smooth. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the yogurt, mixing just until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pans.

3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 30 minutes before turning out of the pans.

4. To make Green Tea Frosting: Sift together confectioners’ sugar and green tea powder. In a medium bowl, combine tea mixture with butter, cream cheese, vanilla and milk. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth.

5. To assemble the cakes: when the cakes are completely cooled, put one layer on a flat serving plate. Spread a thin layer of frosting over it. Place the other layer of cake on top, and spread frosting to cover the top and sides of cake. Dust with green tea powder if desired. Serve cold or at room temperature.

I wouldn’t change a thing about this recipe except to maybe try different kinds of frosting or glazes. If you try to use sour cream instead of plain yogurt I will find out where you live, come to your house, and punch you in the soul.

Enjoy, biznotchezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!


Didya Miss Me?

March 2, 2011

Holy fuck! It’s been over a month since I last graced you lovelies with my presence. Can you ever forgive me? In my defense, I’ve had a lot of stuff going on in my personal life and haven’t been able to really focus. Also, there have been so many crazy things going on in the world that I’ve been having trouble deciding just what to write about. Still, I apologize for not posting more often. Now lets move on…

This past Saturday I attended a rally in support of the striking union members in Wisconsin. I don’t go to a lot of rallies. In fact, this is only the second one I’ve ever been to. I don’t belong to a union and neither does Mr. Blue Collar. Yes, some family members of ours do belong to unions. But we’re not close with those family members (and anyway, they vote conservative). So why would I bother getting up early and dragging my ass into Manhattan on a Saturday? Because when I see the government attacking unions it scares the shit out of me. Especially when said government is telling flat-out lies. Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin, is not attacking unions in order to lower his state’s deficit. A deficit which HE FUCKING CREATED, by the way:

In its Jan. 31 memo to legislators on the condition of the state’s budget, the Fiscal Bureau determined that the state will end the year with a balance of $121.4 million.

To the extent that there is an imbalance — Walker claims there is a $137 million deficit — it is not because of a drop in revenues or increases in the cost of state employee contracts, benefits or pensions. It is because Walker and his allies pushed through $140 million in new spending for special-interest groups in January.

Walker’s goal, and the goal of his puppeteer, is to completely strip union workers of their right to collective bargaining, which will do NOTHING to change the budgetary mess that Walker has caused:

Collective bargaining is a process of negotiations between employers and the representatives of a unit of employees aimed at reaching agreements which regulate working conditions. Collective agreements usually set out wage scales, working hours, training, health and safety, overtime, grievance mechanisms and rights to participate in workplace or company affairs.

How dare those commie overpaid teachers and such be angry over Walker and his masters wanting to inhibit their constitutional rights!:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.(emphasis mine)

Then again, what can you really expect from a teabagging Koch addict?

there's one in every crowd

Anyway, here’s some pics from the NYC rally:


cheese heads 😀






lots of people