Well Behaved Women

Watching on Netflix the Frida Kahlo movie with Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas this week. The cover talks about her controversial political and sexual reputation in that she was a communist and openly bisexual.  Yet museums don’t avoid her artwork at all, and Netflix has about 12 full PBS specials on her.  Laurel Thatcher Ulrich once said the popular phrase “Well behaved women seldom make history.” Kahlo was high on the list of examples to that rule.

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Andrea E. Menzies

Andrea E. Menzies From a time when art was given REAL value.

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Love me some dance.

Congratz to Rogue and Crew of the Cruxshadows…

Congratulations to Rogue and crew on the Cruxshadows reaching number 1 on the Deutsch Alternative Charts!

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Andrea E. Menzies
Andrea E. Menzies I love me some Cruxshadows to dance to.

Back to school.

A funny Facebook post of the week.

I love my new Monday-Wednesday Tyler college night school classes, but getting the books will be hard to do this week.  In state residency for college in Virginia was not easy to get this year.  Now I have it and am at long last able to go to more classes.  In theory school is about a smart brain, hard work, and focus. Sadly in the USA it is often about having money for fees, books, and gas back and fourth from campus.

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Andrea E. Menzies Luck the ice melted enough to get to class today.
Christopher Colton Ingersoll
Christopher Colton Ingersoll Ever since the textbook people sued Kinko’s for making ‘course packets’ it’s been amazing how much money they rake in. The new digital textbooks are even worse; same price but they give you a password that expires after a year so you can’t even keep it
Sam Nelson
Sam Nelson This is part of why I quit requiring textbooks in my classes ^_^

What is at risk now?

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     It is pretty hard not to notice that massive expense in healthcare and education in America is crippling normal people’s lives.  If the United States had even a tiny amount more sympathy for a socialized view of politics quality of life could improve .  I myself in the last ten years of my life have been tortured due to lack of healthcare and education funding, and I don’t come from one of the least educated families in the nation. In the United States the words “Communism” “Socialism” have gained dirty word status.  Saying them sometimes holds a feel in it’s social norm like shouting the “F” word in a library. However, this has been a recent invention of very wealthy corporate advertising agencies. As college students are feeling the burn of very expensive college classes this week the fight has become more real to my life.  The shadow of the Lavender Scare and the legacy of McCarthy Era trials has caused the United States to allow itself to become brain washed against understanding even modest communist or socialist views.

     Once Medicare, Medicaid, Unemployment benefits, female voting, 40 hour weeks, union employment, and Social Security were all considered forms of “radical communism” by the government.  Now they are part of politics as usual.  The benefits are under attack by right wing advocates more than ever before this year. What is at risk now? This is from Webster dictionary online definition of Socialism: extensive state regulation, with limited state ownership, has been employed by democratically elected governments (as in Sweden and Denmark) in the belief that it produces a fair distribution of income without impairing “economic growth.”https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/socialism

     The United States would have free healthcare and higher education if it allowed for limited state ownership seen in elected governments like Sweden and Denmark.  A percent of people with top income in the United States would have a few less dollars if taxed, people without healthcare suffer death. Arguments that long waits accompany healthcare under socialism do not stand, but are shot down with the reality that without a list to be on death is the only other alternative. Many other countries with a far lower income in comparison to the United States already have socialized medicine and education.  “The fact that the US isn’t among the countries with universal healthcare and free college has been a topic of many heated political debates and complaints, especially among the Millennials faced with the prospect of repaying their student loans well into their adulthood. If they have a misfortune of getting hit with a major hospital bill as well, declaring a bankruptcy is often the only solution.” Insidermonkey.com states in it’s blog entry “11 countries with universal healthcare and free college” listing the countries as Sri Lanka, Brazil, Argentina, Luxembourg, Spain, Germany, Greece, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway declaring much of Europe a bastion of Universal Healthcare.  I have visited France, Spain, and Germany in my youth.  I have noticed people are not starving to death and miserable in the regions.  Yet the United States has the widespread public opinion that communist or socialist thought regarding healthcare or education must cause pain and sorrow.  When did this start?  

     On February 9, 1950 the US Senator Joseph McCarthy asserted that he had a list of over 50 communist party spy ring members who had infiltrated the State Department. Wealthy elite corporations gave massive advertising funding to foster mass media obsession with communist witch hunts.  Heavy coverage in Television and the newspapers followed this act. The phrase “fag” “fairy” and many other homosexual derogatory terms were heavily recorded in audio of his cross examination of suspected communists. In the groundbreaking novel The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004. By David K. Johnson the depth of the anti-heterosexual oppression clearly represented in the McCarthy hearings is fully explored.  McCarthy asserts that gays and bisexuals, fearing exposure for their personal preferences could be blackmailed into revealing national secrets.  Therefore everyone even suspected of communism or homosexuality should be purged from all government jobs and blacklisted from most normal work. All people not living a heterosexual love life exclusively for breeding purposes were considered criminal. The corporate funded mass media supported him and this theory. After this point the suicide of Wyoming Senator Lester C. Hunt made the McCarthy’s support and popularity fade. On December 2, 1954, the Senate voted to censure Senator McCarthy by a vote of 67–22, making him one of the few senators ever to be disciplined by censure. Unfortunately the damage was done, and his media frenzied with countless corporate sponsored movies demonizing cartoonish communist supervillians, ironed a negative view of communist and socialist thought into public opinion.

We have The Lavender Scare and McCarthy era to thank for social injustice. Blind prejudice has convinced people to leave their views analyzed. Much like 80 hour work weeks, and lack of Social Security, unfunded healthcare and education allows wealthy corporations to profit.  The victimization should not continue.   


Big Ice Storm.

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A big ice storm shuts down schools for days in Richmond, VA
Funny Facebook Post of the Week.
Andrea E. Menzies at Chesterfield County, Virginia.

Three foot long ice by my door.

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Jessica Rabbet
Jessica Rabbet All the nopes…

Andrea E. Menzies
Andrea E. Menzies So NOT the Austin, TX weather I am used to seeing!

The Christmas Hat.

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Funny Facebook moment of the week.

The latest Pokemon update has Pikachu and Raichu wear a Christmas hat if you catch them in December.

Andrea E. Menzies in Mayfair Estates, Virginia.
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At long last Santa Pokemon is my Pokemon to use! Happy dance!

Andrea E. Menzies At long last I got the much sought after Raichu of Christmas 2016. It feels like you have to walk a million miles with Pikachu as a buddy to make him Raichu! I know I said I was not going to play anymore, and I deleted it off my phone for a long while. Yet the Christmas hats on Raichu made me want to play again for a time.


Gifts stacked high.

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Funny Facebook Post of the Week

Seeing Rogue One this week has me thinking of other Star Wars jokes. P.S. RIP Carrie Fisher

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Andrea E. Menzies Yea I would be sick of it too.

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Andrea E. Menzies Gifts for the year stacked high.
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Andrea E. Menzies Annnnnd, they are open now!
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Games for the Holidays.

A Funny Facebook Post of the Week.

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When you, your daughter, and your sister’s boys play LOTS of video games for the holidays.

Andrea E. Menzies It is a World of Warcraft, Minecraft, and Roblox kind of Christmas with this many ten year old kids in one house using my computer for video games.

Gifts too soon.

Funny Facebook Post of the Week

Dating and the holidays, it is not okay to ask for gifts too soon.

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Andrea E. Menzies But yea, you could go to the dollar store or something.

Andrea E. Menzies
Andrea E. Menzies Best not to see each other until AFTER the holidays, if it is going to be a “thing” to deal with in life.

Richmond, VA is close to DC.

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“Lestat nearly dies after becoming human again—his new body is wracked by pneumonia, which he ignores during a tour of Washington D.C. in the middle of winter. He is saved by the care of a nun named Gretchen. He enjoys a short love affair with Gretchen before she returns to South America, where she works in a convent, and Lestat sets out in search of his body. Lestat seeks help from other vampires but is completely ostracized by them. Marius is extremely angry at him for leaving such a powerful body to a thief and refuses to help him. Likewise Louis turns him away when he asks Louis to make his new body into a vampire, arguing that Lestat ought to be happy to be human again and also calls him out on his previous writings, accusing him of altering his actual past in favor of one that portrays him heroically. Lestat’s only ally is David Talbot.” – Wikipedia entry on Anne Rice’s book Tale of the Body Thief.

One good thing about Richmond, VA is that it is very close to Washington DC.  I have been constantly going there lately, and can see why it is a place loved by writers.


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