Not a Tea Party, a Confederate Party

Originally posted on The Weekly Sift:

Tea Partiers say you don’t understand them because you don’t understand American history. That’s probably true, but not in the way they want you to think.

Late in 2012, I came out of the Lincoln movie with two historical mysteries to solve:

  • How did the two parties switch places regarding the South, white supremacy, and civil rights? In Lincoln’s day, a radical Republican was an abolitionist, and when blacks did get the vote, they almost unanimously voted Republican. Today, the archetypal Republican is a Southern white, and blacks are almost all Democrats. How did American politics get from there to here?
  • One of the movie’s themes was how heavily the war’s continuing carnage weighed on Lincoln. (It particularly came through during Grant’s guided tour of the Richmond battlefield.) Could any cause, however lofty, justify this incredible slaughter? And yet, I realized, Lincoln was winning. What must the Confederate leaders…

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Tonight’s The Night!!

Going to the recording of The Nerdist podcast tonight at the Regency Ballroom in SF. (I’m obsessing over the appropriate capitalization in the phrase “THE NERDIST PODCAST” now. And now I’m Googling (googling?) the spelling of “capitalization”, which upon cursory examination appears to be acceptable as either “capitalization” OR “capitalisation”. I am guessing this is due to American versus British usage. Hmmm. I wonder if I should investigate further. Father? No, further, because farther is a measure of distance, I seem to recall, whereas farther is a measure of…shit! I can’t remember…*sigh* should I Google (google?) that or…)


I did NOT at this point do further research. (And I am NOTNOTNOT going to revise the first sentence to include the “I am” that -or is it which? FUUUUCK!!- should, by rights, begin my first sentence.

This blog post was basically supposed to be a terse blurt (okay I LOVE this phrase I just invented!) to the effect (it better not be fucking “affect”) of “Hey Y’All (aka Mom), check it OUT! I get to go experience some of my heroes with vastly more senses than I usually do! In 3D!! Hugs have been promised!! (To everybody, not just me.) And Chris Hardwick is super awesome and he is hilarious and creative and nice and supasmart and really inspiring and talented and reminds me of the best parts of me and he’s using those bits to make his life and others’ lives successful and happy and I am so STOKED to meet him if you couldn’t tell!!!” (Okay so that’s maaaaybe blurtier than it is tersey.)

Instead you’re getting this rollicking ride of a ramble. Sorry, or you’re welcome; you choose.

The reason I am leaving it like this is because it is Buh-RILLIANTLY demonstrating one of Chris’ main Tennants (thasson purpose, muhfukkuh), namely:


That’s what his book is designed to impact. I just got it last night. I’m only a little ways into it, but it is rocking my world. “Make your innate talents for overanalysis and hyper-self-awareness work for you instead of agin you”, he says.

I am already spending way more time writing this than I intended, so I am going to try to sum this up: I think this ridiculous post shows that I AM THAT NERDIST, and Chris Hardwick just may change my life with this book. He’s already changed it with his podcast.

SO. FREAKIN’. STOKED. Had I mentioned that?

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Open Letter to My Mom

Hi Mom!

Hey, check this out!!

Whiles I am researching the supplements you sent me, I decided to research my breakfast too!! Can you believe I get this quality of egg at Safeway?!

I made the dubious choice a month or two ago to watch a video about factory farming (pork, beef, poultry, eggs, dairy and seafood). It was seven minutes long and I was crying freely about 15 seconds in. I have always believed that if you eat meat you should be able to stomach that it involves death, and be able to look that squarely in the eye. Well, I must tell you: it wasn’t their deaths but their lives that actually managed to shock and profoundly dismay me. I steeled myself and watched every horrifying second. (As an aside, I don’t see how anyone who is a vegetarian for ethical reasons can eat factory dairy. My god, those poor beasts. I am choking up right now just thinking of it.)

In the following weeks, I did struggle a bit with what to do. I know I tend to not flourish when there’s a lot of complex carb content to my diet, and that seems compulsory for vegans. I also happen to know some rather sallow vegans (though the Oh She Glows blog DOES live up to its name!!) as well as a number of people who, after 7-12 years of vegetarian habits, began incorporating animal protein for health reasons.

For all these reasons, I am so thrilled I can get eggs of this quality two blocks from my house. Now it’s time to find a dairy and meat source. I think the key to not breaking the bank is portion size and an emphasis on fruits and vegetables.

My friend Eileen (you remember her!) said it perfectly the other day: “we shouldn’t be asking why the good organic and well-raised food is so expensive. We should be asking why the other stuff is so cheap.” Yeah, well, that video ( set me straight on that!

Love you loads! Thanks again for the much-needed support in turning my health around! <3

On Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 7:49 AM, Jennifer E wrote:
Aha!! You smart lady you!!! I hadn't gotten to that one yet in my research.

So as per your instructions, today I shall take only the Super B Complex, the biotin, the Folic Acid and the sublingual B12. That's all the high potency Bs. Tomorrow will be day 3. Shall I do the Bs alone tomorrow to get the feel of them since I botched the job yesterday by taking quite a variety in the AM?

Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 27, 2012, at 6:00 AM, Janie E wrote:

Take a look at the CLA I sent you. (I think I sent some). It is conjugated linoleic acid which is the active ingredient in Flax and Chia seeds.

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The question that needs asking…

…seems to be, “what are you afraid of?”

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There’s a moment…

…about 1/3 of the way through a carne asada super burrito where the softness and yumminess of that lovely bite becomes practically erotic, an almost spiritually sensuous moment of desire and fulfillment that feels like it could heal anything that’s ailing your soul- a glorious quasi french kiss to rival that one that that one hottie gave you back in the day…you know, the hottie whom you thought hadn’t even ever noticed you were alive until they were giving you the thing you had craved since the moment you first clapped eyes on them.

No? Oh…it’s just me? Never mind then…carry on…nothing to see here…

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Joey by Concrete Blonde

I have a dear friend who’s mere days away from popping out a lil’ baby boy named Joey. (Presumably he won’t be an actual kangaroo.) Which got me thinking about the song called Joey by Concrete Blonde. Which got me thinking about the lyric that goes, “and if you’re somewhere drunk and passed out on the flooooooooooor…oh, Joey I’m not angry anymore.”

So, if he’s sober and chillin’ on the couch, does that mean she’s still super pissed off?

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On Blogging

Hmph. I can’t rightly say I have any confidence that I have anything to say worthy of the time it will take me to write it and you to read it. This is why I have “and no and then” as my blog title. I imagine I will write a number of things which will leave the reader wondering: “…and then?”

Well now you know, right up front: and NO and then. You’ve been warned.

If you plan to follow me anyhow: bless you.

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