Primary Day

Sept 6

It’s time to vote, part 1 in Massachusetts!

A lot of people skip primary day, especially in a year where it’s mostly local races but I want to remind you that this is when you have the most influence.

In Massachusetts we’ve got a Gubernatorial race, which isn’t very interesting (I’m disappointed Chang-Diaz dropped out!) and a lieutenant governor race that’s more interesting. I’m voting for Kim Driscoll, former Mayor of Salem. As some of you know I have a lot of roots in Salem and I know she’s done a lot of good there so I feel pretty comfortable supporting her to the next level. I’m also supporting Tanisha Sullivan for Secretary of State because first, I heard her talking to Galvin on NPR and I like the cut of her jib. Also, when I was in college in 1994 I briefly was at the Commonwealth Museum as an intern (I left because I couldn’t afford to be a free secretary) and his kid was working there also as an intern because dad was the Secretary of State. Think about that. That was 28 years ago. Sullivan called Galvin out for not supporting voting rights for minorities and you have to wonder what else he’s been up to all that time. In Somerville I’m supporting Erika Uyterhoeven.

There’s also Auditor and Attorney General. AG has some really good candidates in Andrea Campbell and Shannon Liss-Riordan so you’re going to have to make up you’re own minds there. On Auditor I’m leaning towards Christopher Dempsey. He’s REALLY well qualified.

And that’s just what’s on the table if you live in my house, you will have your own choices to make in your own neighborhoods. But don’t slack on this. This is where the Repubs and centrist Dems keep pulling things to the right. Go out and vote!

I have neat friends

Two of my friends have books out and part of my purpose for this whatever blog is to pimp my friends! And so!

My amazing friend Jean Raven has released the first part of her Harrow Village series and I wanted you to get psyched for this. Jean has been my friend since we were weird tweens in proto Trumpville and if you’re looking for some creepy horror to get you into the mood for Halloween, she’s got the chops.

https://jeanravens.com/home-2/books/

Also about to release a book is my friend Christopher Rondina. I adore Christopher. He’s the kind of person I liked to dream I would be my friend when I was 10 and just as cool as I thought he’d be. He’s a huge horror folklore geek and his new book is a subject he’s been chasing for decades; the original Dracula!

https://www.ghostboypress.com/product-page/hunting-dracula-deluxe-hardcover

I am truly blessed with very cool friends and to know such interesting and intelligent people is a great joy to me. Seriously, boring dumb people are exhausting to me. Thanks to both Jean and Christopher for letting me come along on your journeys!

Activism in easy and not so easy steps

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Just a short post to talk about activism and put up a link for a petition.

A lot of you know I used to be a clinic escort and although it was hard, it was the kind of on the ground activism that I could do and feel like I was getting shit done. I could feel the results. As such. I get David Hogg.

I had an abortion when I was 17 and it transformed my life and after the murders of 2 abortion clinic workers in 1994 I had to do SOMETHING. A few years later I met up with BCAT, Brookline Clinic Access Team who were escorts at a Clinic in Brookline. Not the clinic where the murders had happened but one that had weekly protests and where patients getting not only abortions but regular medical care went and were hassled by protesters. Also hassled were regular people and children. It was a tough run and I was there for 7 years. I eventually stopped when I had my daughter and the clinic closed not because of the protesters but because of internal reasons.

I get why David Hogg can’t just sit down and shut up and wait for the ponderous and sclerotic Democratic party to stop gun violence. The party is too corporate and some members (including the beloved Bernie Sanders) are as tied into guns as Republicans. He’s not trying to take the Dems down, he’s trying to hold them accountable to their talk. David Hogg is a survivor of gun violence and instead of collapsing he’s fighting back. We all need to fight back. My husband posted this Frederick Douglass quote on Facebook and I am reposting it here.

“The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all-absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.

This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

This is an easy, but not as effective bit of activism, but if it’s the only thing you do today…

https://www.movetoamend.org/motion?recruiter_id=1895908

Reopening my Shop. Slowly.

So it looks like Etsy has randomly decided to let me reopen my shop for no discernable reason after having blocked me for a month and a half. It’s really a shame that Etsy has become so pointlessly obstructive because it’s still such a mainstay for artists and creators of all types. It’s also the first stop for so many of us searching for weird stuff, small business and just wanting to get things that are not mass produced crap. I want to undermine Amazon, why should Etsy make it so hard.

Anyways, right now it’s a soft reopen. I’m going to be offering readings and maybe some small witchy items but by the beginning of fall I want to have Wild Thistle Witchery up as a curio/witchy shop. I’ll be doing some destash of some of my supplies from when I was making spell jars and the like. And I’m going to be selling some of the cool stuff I’ve bought/acquired/been given over the years. BTW if you gave me a thing and I’m selling it, it’s not because I don’t love it anymore. I just am needing to let go of stuff right now, so I still love you.

So yeah, the shop name is Wild Thistle Witchery and as far as I can tell everything is up, though nothing as of today is listed because l literally just now got past the last roadblock to reopening. My plan is to put up reading listings this week and start putting up items the last week in July.

Watch this space for more info as well as my Facebook and Twitter.

Love and Hugs!

Rebirth and Renewal or Let’s try this Again!

I’ve been trying to find my way in this new world, I won’t say post Covid because I don’t think that’s a thing. Thia is going into her senior year in high school and the world is burning and I need to do something.

Back in the day I was a clinic escort, I stood on a sidewalk in Brookline Saturday morning and helped women get into the clinic while screaming idiots with signs shouted lies at them. It was exhausting and draining but I felt like I was helping people. I’m not good at meetings or calling people or any of the standard political activist fare but escorting was visceral and real and the results were immediate. Things in some ways have gotten better, we’ve got morning after pills and abortion pills and better contraceptives but mostly it’s so much worse with the recent gutting of Roe v Wade. And it’s going to continue to get worse and I can’t just watch things fall apart without doing something. So this is part of that something.

I also want to talk more about my witchiness, because it’s very much part of me. And history. I have a degree in history though my interest is more in pre-history now so that will be a lot of what I talk about.

And you know sci fi and other stuff that interests me. And interesting stuff my friends do. So expect a WIDE variety of things going on.

So in short and right now this is going to be a politics/witchcraft/history etc. blog.

The picture is Thia’s Cactus which is part of a project to make a series of products with the logo:
DO NO HARM BUT TAKE NO SHIT.

Thor Ragnarok/Infinity War scene I want to see (spoilers)

Spoilers for Thor Ragnarok.

 

 

 

 

 

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Scene I want to see when the Asgardian refugees show up on Earth.

Random Avenger: Thor! What happened to your eye?

Thor: Gone

RA: Where is Mjolnir?

Thor: Gone

Ra: Where is Odin?

Thor: Gone.

RA: Why are you in a space Ark with the population of Asgard not to mention Loki, Hulk and the last Valkyrie in tow with Thanos hot on your heels??

Thor: Asgard is gone.

RA: who did this!?

Thor: My sister.

Loki: I’m adopted!

Ok maybe it’s just me.

Hillary Lost

My friend Bill Brenner recently posted this:

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2017/01/03/claims-that-russia-hacked-the-us-election-and-power-grid-are-overblown/

And when I first read it, I admit I was a bit put off. Bill is not as Liberal as I am (few are), but this is his area of expertise. So I let it sit there. I heard about it on NPR and (because I was driving) I didn’t quite catch who, but it reflected this quote from Bill’s article:

“There’s no evidence regarding the DNC leak causing any disruptions to voter opinion or changing votes,” Kennedy says. “The hacks did reveal that the DNC threw the election to Hillary and gave Bernie zero chance to win.”

The speaker went on say that he didn’t want all this talk to set up a narrative wherein Trump won because of the Russian hacking.

This rattled in my brain once more and it spat out something that we need to face before we can go on. Trump didn’t win. Hillary lost. I won’t go on to say that it’s her fault and I will explain that later. Hillary got the popular vote yes, but what really killed her was the non-voters. People didn’t want to vote for her, so they didn’t vote. The Democrats forced her on the electorate and the electorate rebelled by doing nothing. I don’t know if Bernie could have won, because the problem is with the Democratic party overall and he just didn’t fit in with the narrative they want.

The Democratic Party has a long history in Massachusetts of picking candidates based on qualifications, but not really focusing on likability. An excellent parallel of this to Hillary is Martha Coakley. Coakley was a first rate Attorney General, a role where being somewhat of an attack dog was more of a plus than being charming. She also had been involved in the infamous Fells Acres Case which literally ruined lives and has returned periodically to the local news. After the governorship of the popular Deval Patrick, who had close ties to Pres. Obama, Coakley was maneuvered into the Democratic candidacy to replace him, vs. Charlie Baker, a moderate Republican with an upbeat campaign. It was easy to convince moderates to vote for Baker. Similarly, in 2002 Mitt freaking Romney was able to win over the very capable but drab Shannon O’Brian. She had a few questionable real estate deals, whereas Romney had a whole Olympics scandal behind him. Sound familiar?

I’m not saying that women are unelectable, because I don’t think it’s true. But the Democrats seem to think that bland, vaguely masculine types of impeccable training with the same baggage that a white male candidate would easily overcome are winning candidates.

With Hillary they went gangbusters. Hillary was the heir apparent to Obama, she had earned it. I know at least one person who bristles to hear it even now, but the Democratic party had only one candidate they would accept from day one. This is despite being unpopular and having many (probably untrue) accusations hoisted at her and Bill since 1992. It didn’t matter if it was true, shit sticks.

I’m not saying this is right, but we have to live in the real world and we have to fight with the weapons we have. You may have the best made bow in the world, once it’s been snapped you don’t keep using it.

People want celebrity. So lets start making celebrity politicians. Wendy Davis is a good example. We need qualified AND charming.

We can do it! These women are out there!

I may expand on this later, but my daughter is literally hanging on my shoulder.

Octavian (Augustus) and the Fall of the Roman Republic

Ok, this is a doctoral level topic, so I am going to be doing a quick and dirty here.

The Roman Republic was dying for reason that are discussed endlessly. At the death of Julius Caesar, his teenaged great nephew Octavian inherited his money and his political clout. Octavian ran with it. He used legalish methods to set up what we now call the Roman Empire. At his death, his step-son Tiberius took power as an official Roman Emperor.

So what? America has reached the same point that Rome was at before Octavian entered the picture. The problem is that we don’t have the caliber of leaders Rome had at that time. We have some ambitious types and some qualified, but we don’t have an impending Augustus. Instead we have Donald Trump, who is a disaster for the Republic and should he fall (and he probably will) we have Pence who is a dangerous reactionary.

We have no Augustus waiting in the wings; young, ambitious and capable of rebuilding America into something new that will carry on the ideals of America even if the freedoms of the Republic have died. We will disappear. The luckier parts will carry on, the states that can stand on their own when the Federal government dies by evisceration. Perhaps this will free the Northeastern states from propping up the money pits of the South, but so much potential will be lost in the vacuum of a “Free” South. Without California money to pave their roads, how long will Wyoming last? The very people who fell for Trump’s lies will be the ones to suffer from the results.

Trump is the antithesis of Augustus’ great rebuilding of Rome in an Imperial image. As much as we like to believe we’re beyond history, we aren’t. The story has been written and for too many Americans, the ending sucks.Bronze Head of Augustus

 

A challenge to Trump voters

I am adapting this from a Facebook post. I want this to be on record.

Something I think needs to made clear now and will probably be something I bring up on the day: As of the swearing in of Trump in January, I want all of my Trump voting friends to agree that everything that happens after that is directly the responsibility of the Republican government they have elected. I do not want to hear about how it’s some Democrat/welfare mother/Muslim/Obama etc. These are the people you wanted to run the country, now you have to accept whatever happens next.

 

This shouldn’t be a problem if you really do think he’s the man for the job.

Feel free to share this and collect your own Trump voters pledges. 59,791,135 voted for him according to the NY times, so a million shouldn’t be a problem. Pledges can be on Facebook or whatever you use.

 

 

Samhain

Tomorrow is Halloween, for witches it’s Samhain. There’s tons out there about Samhain, so I will just comment on my own interpretation.

Samhain is when the year dies and the dead pass on to the next world, whatever that may be. It’s when we say goodbye to everything that has passed. That this is a turbulent Election year is only the tip of the iceberg of what has been an exhausting and disheartening year.

I find myself overwhelmed by the deaths this year, unable to write my list and focus on the individuals that have gone. The losses have been more profound. We’ve passed a tipping point in climate change and are well advanced into oligarchy. While we have made great scientific advances and marriage equity is the law of the land, women and minorities are still targets of the disgruntled white male.

This is the time to let go of what has died. We need to let go of the bootstraps mentality that worked for us when we had a frontier, it’s not working. Rugged individuality has become a curse in an America of the internet. When the ship is foundering, we work together to right it. Otherwise, our fate will be like the victims of the raft of the Medusa.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_frigate_Méduse_(1810)

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