Fomenting A Rebellion

“If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.” ::Abigail Adams

Thought of the Day October 22, 2008

Filed under: social issues,thought of the day,women's rights — ldgafford @ 10:20 pm

Dear Fox News and its Constituents,

Pro-CHOICE does not equal pro-abortion. The End.



Thinking of Africa October 15, 2008

Filed under: africa,social issues — ldgafford @ 5:59 am

I’ve been thinking about Africa the past couple of days, and how much I miss it. I’ve been to Kenya once and Rwanda twice, and both impacted me in very profound ways. However, my time spent in Kibera slum – one of the largest, if not the largest, slums in Africa – is what I remember most vividly.


Question of the Day October 7, 2008

Filed under: for fun,question of the day,social issues — ldgafford @ 10:18 pm

If you had to be a one issue voter (there are no ifs, ands, or buts in this question), what would the issue be and why?



Flirting Her Way to Victory October 3, 2008

Filed under: feminism,social issues — ldgafford @ 7:30 pm

The U.K. publication The Guardian published a very interesting article today about Sarah Palin’s performance in last night’s debate. Here’s part of what it said:

At least three times last night, Sarah Palin, the adorable, preposterous vice-presidential candidate, winked at the audience. Had a male candidate with a similar reputation for attractive vapidity made such a brazen attempt to flirt his way into the good graces of the voting public, it would have universally noted, discussed and mocked. Palin, however, has single-handedly so lowered the standards both for female candidates and American political discourse that, with her newfound ability to speak in more-or-less full sentences, she is now deemed to have performed acceptably last night.

I have to say that I absolutely agree with everything said in this article. Somehow, in between gender politics and political correctness, it has become unacceptable to make an intelligent argument and use words that are longer than one syllable (“maverick” doesn’t count). Although Joe Biden won the debate by every major news outlet’s standards (with the widest margin of victory being from Fox News, go figure), disparaging remarks are still being made about how he doesn’t know how to communicate with “us normal folk.” Yet Sarah Palin, with all her winking and inability to answer the simplest of questions, is being lauded for “relating” to the middle class. You know, Debbie Homemaker and Joe Sixpack.

How are people not offended by this? Is the collective morale of the American people so low that we can’t see ourselves as intelligent human beings who can understand phrases more complicated than “You betcha!”?

I don’t know about you, but I want the leaders of my country to be MORE INTELLIGENT than I am. Relatability is all well and good, but at the end of the day that’s not how policy is put into action. That is apparently, however, how you get to be the VP pick for the GOP. Nevermind being able to formulate a sentence that can actually be diagrammed – Sarah Palin is a former beauty queen who knows how to work the camera and that’s good enough!

November 4th is fast approaching. God help us.


The VP Debate: A Tally October 2, 2008

Filed under: social issues — ldgafford @ 8:52 pm

So Meredith, Jennifer, and I all decided to watch the VP debate tonight … with plenty of beer on hand. We decided against a drinking game (namely one that would require drinking every time Sarah Palin made an idiotic statement – meaning one would be drunk in the first five minutes), and decided to keep a tally of how many times each candidate said certain things. Here are the results:

Sarah Palin
Hockey: 2
John McCain: 37
Barrack Obama: 19
“Darn Right” (or some version thereof): 4
Alaska: 17
Didn’t actually answer the question asked: 17

Joe Biden
Middle Class: 11
Local: 4
Barrack Obama: 43
John McCain: 65

How many times Meredith and Lindsay said or gestured “Fuck”

31 (mostly in reference to Sarah Palin’s astounding idiocy)

Clearly we had an entertaining time with this debate. If I wasn’t already decided, this debate did it for me. Joe Biden was intelligent, thoughtful, and actually answered the questions that were asked of him. Granted, he did say “John McCain” WAY too much and there was no discussion of the working poor in the United States, but clearly the Obama/Biden ticket is the superior one.

Now I’m going to go hang with the Castro brothers and talk about how much we love Israel. Because that’s how I roll.


If Only It Weren’t True … September 25, 2008

Filed under: random — ldgafford @ 9:53 pm
But the yarn is pretty?

But the yarn is pretty?


Quote of the Day September 23, 2008

Filed under: quote of the day — ldgafford @ 9:50 pm

Quote from my training material at work:

“The military is regarded as an organization that serves to protect human rights and societal values.”

A cookie to the reader who can tell me why we here at Fomenting a Rebellion are amused by this statement. Proceed.