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Jun. 15th, 2010

I just found out the other day that I am paying $400 more than my neighbor for a comparable unit. I should add that I have lived here for 3 years and my neighbor has only lived here for a few months. I have called all over the city and no one can seem to tell me if what my landlord is doing is illegal or what recourse I have. This is so frustrating! What I have learned is that my building is covered under rent control and my landlord cannot increase my rent more than 4% a year. This is good to know, but what I really want to know is if I can demand a decrease in rent and and does she owe me some recompense for all the rent I've overpaid.
     In unrelated, news I think Rue McLanahan is haunting my tivo. My "now playing" menu keeps saying Golden Girls is being recorded even when Golden Girls is not on the and tivo isn't recorded. No matter what I do I can't stop or delete the recording. My tivo has been recording Golden Girls for days, yet there is no episode there.

This is some mess!

After reading this article, I think my head might explode. I will show this to my son when he again asks me why I find it necessary to assign him homework in addition to what he does at school. Clearly public education in the U.S. needs to be supplemented, and in some instances counteracted. There is so much going through my head right now. I don't know where to begin with the fail of this decision. I can't say I didn't see it coming, but still it makes me so angry and sad. 

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Does anyone have any recommendations for moderately priced, reliable pasta machines?

new syndicated feed

I hardly ever take advantage of the fact that I have a paid account. Tonight I tried my hand at creating a syndicated feed of http://www.mrs-o.org/. Any of you fashionistas on my flist who just can't get enough of our fashionable first lady-elect, feel free to add mrsobamafashion.

my letter to Dan Savage

Mr Savage,
      I am so terribly disappointed by your recent editorial slam against Black voters as well as the general backlash against black voters in the aftermath of the passage of prop 8. We are not the enemy here. Bear in mind too that Black and gay are not mutually exclusive categories. It seems like that point has been forgotten in this conversation. Keep in mind too, that Prop 8 was passed by a pretty large margin in the predominantly white Inland Empire. The African American community never has and never will have the market cornered on homophobia. As a Black woman and a lesbian, I am just as heartbroken by the passage of prop 8 as you are. At the same time, I am insulted that the current discourse of blame implies that I do not exist, since Black and gay are categories that apparently only exist in opposition to each other.
     There are many examples in the history of the Civil Rights movement, as well as contemporary examples, of activists who recognized that no one is free when others are oppressed. There have always been Black activists who understood that while racism must be eradicated, so too must we strive to eradicate homophobia, sexism, ableism and every other form of discrimination. All forms of oppression are equally wrong. The sort of oppression olympics you are engaging in here are logically flawed and counterproductive. The passage of Prop 8 did not happen because Obama has not taken a strong stance on gay marriage or because more Black voters turned out to vote for him. The success of prop 8 is just one symptom of the sickness of discrimination that has always plagued this nation.
     Proposition 8 did not pass because Black people are homophobic. Homophobia had to transcend racial lines for this proposition to succeed. The proposition was passed because a lucrative out of state lobby was politically savvy enough to manipulate people's ignorance and fear to their own hateful ends. Rather than laying blame on the Black community, it is time for the anti-8 lobby to regroup and consider what we can learn from this failed campaign. Perhaps the first step would be to do more and better outreach in all communities of color as well as faith based communities. Instead of trying to identify our enemies, it is time that we start to strengthen and develop alliances and work together to end discrimination against all people.
yours in struggle,
riverafire
 

Aug. 13th, 2008

Happy Birthday chestertodd!

LL is gonna rock your bells! Have a great day!
The critiques of Obama are getting so ridiculous. Now he's possibly too fit?! I hardly know what to say about this. Heaven forbid the leader of the free world be a man in good physical condition who makes the time to exercise regularly and eat healthfully.
     I guess this is just evidence of how little legitimate shit there is out there on O when they have to truck out minutiae like this.
    In totally unrelated news, Chuck D turns 48 today and I feel pretty freaking old.

Sing Along/ 7 Song Summer Music Meme

Tagged by gwenzillaSing Along / 7 Songs summer music meme.

List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring summer. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they’re listening to.


The Healer/ Hip Hop-- Erykah Badu
Run (I'm a Natural Disaster)-- Gnarls Barkley
Me & Mr. Jones-- Amy Winehouse
Rising Up- The Roots ft. Wale and Chrisette Michelle
Machine Gun-- Portishead
Tombstone Blues-- Richie Havens
The Hollows-- Why?

& I tag raybear, xkot, ukashin, scexpatriate, tracijeannshgrl, kits_meow, sholanda

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Hancock is the new f@%k

 I saw an advanced screening of Hancock last night. Despite going in with rather low expectations I still came out of the movie feeling pretty disappointed. Actually disappointed is probably an understatement. As epilady can attest to, I was pretty pissed off.
     There were actually a few things that did work about Hancock. The first half of Hancock is enjoyable enough. Will Smith plays Hancock, a man with super abilities who can't put down the whiskey long enough to be a real hero. There were actually a few times I laughed out loud. I also realized that one of Will Smith's gifts as an actor is he plays the lonely guy really well. This talent was about the only thing that redeemed I Am Legend, and again, in Hancock, the best moments were when will Smith reflected on the pain of being the only one of his kind.
 

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Though I am a flop as both a 1930'a huaband and a 1930'a wife, I make a marginally better husband than wife:

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As a 1930s husband, I am
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