Monday, October 16, 2017

Left to Our Own Devices

I just posted this on my Facebook page. If you'd like to join the conversation, you can friend me HERE.
I'm writing this off the cuff because I'm truly terrified about where the liberal movement is heading. If you had told me during the W years how much more progressive we would be in 2017 I'd have been absolutely thrilled. But somehow our growth and enlightenment has led us into a "purity test" rabbit hole, one that seems less based on beliefs and more concerned with one-upping each other as to how "woke" we are. (Yes, some of you: I KNOW sexual harassment of men is wrong. Since when did gay men become so humorless?) 
In the past week, David France introduced the world to Marsha P. Johnson -- through another trans woman of color's eyes, a woman who was a peer of Marsha's -- and he is being crucified by millennial activists. ("A cisgender gay white man shouldn't be telling this story!") Now I'm hearing that people are calling for Dianne Feinstein, who has been a reliable if not perfect senator, to be Hillary-ed out in California. And we all know what "we" did to Hillary the presidential candidate, which was just enough to keep a few voters we needed in MI, WI and PA home. I could go on and on with other examples, but I think you know what I'm saying. 
I am not some idiot who thinks this is "political correctness" run amok. (That's what people who are put out that they can't be racists with impunity anymore say.) But I feel like I spend more time arguing with progressives than Republicans these days. It's like a generation of kids found out about the terms "white privilege," "erasure" and "colonialism" but don't quite understand what they mean, yet are running around misapplying them to all kinds of situations. (I'm fairly certain David France did not take control of any countries while making his Netflix doc!) And it feels like the Russian plan to pit us against one another could EASILY win this clown a second term in office if we don't start coming together now. (With no one in power on Capitol Hill caring about this administration's gross misdeeds, I wouldn't count on his removal, guys. And it's a lot easier for an incumbent to get re-elected.) 
I want us to continue to hold people accountable, whether they be candidates, politicians, filmmakers, etc.. But if we don't take POWER of something, we will continue to lose all of the progress we finally made during the Obama years. I believe we can walk and chew gum at the same time. But I think we need to learn to better pick our moments -- and not trash people whose intentions are good. (Win and then push the candidate to do better.) 
Where do we go from here?

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Roger Federer was in fine form as he beat Rafael Nadal to win the Shanghai Masters title. It was his fifth straight win over Spaniard -- lifting his head-to-head vs. Nadal to a losing 23-15 -- and left me scratching my head saying, "WHY couldn't you ever beat him in your (first) heyday?????"

In majors Nadal leads 9-3.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won a three-set thriller against Daria Gavrilova, 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(3) in Hong Kong, the Russia's third title of 2017. (She won no awards for that hairdo, however.)

Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic won her  second career title in Linz, defeating Magdalena Rybarikova 6-4, 6-1. It was a six-year gap between the wins.

And in the biggest news from the women's tour, meldonium spokesmodel Maria Sharapova won her first title in more than two years, defeating Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in a hard-hitting affair, 7-5, 7-6(8), to win the Tianjin Open on Sunday. The competition wasn't particularly deep. But it could still prove to be a turning point for the former No. 1 as she looks to become a threat in the majors in 2018.

Both Zverev bothers lost early in Shanghai -- Mischa retired in the first around against Jan-Lennard Struff and Alex lost in three to a slowly resurgent Juan Martin del Potro in the round of 16 -- but still managed to keep the cameras on themselves all week long. 

Teens in Their Bedrooms (1960-'80s)

Oh, girl. I was right there with you. More HERE.

Mug Shot Monday

At least this scum didn't try the Twinkie defense.

Country Grammar

Not sure how the victim's masculinity is relevant here ...

Song of the Day: 'Central Reservation' by Beth Orton

How did I not know Ben Watt of Everything but the Girl produced this little gem from 1999?

Morning Wood

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