Not Guilty

A Florida jury of six women acquitted George Zimmerman on Saturday night in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

I’ve been reluctant to comment on the case while it was being pursued, and it might be because I was raised by lawyers and have enormous respect for the law. It might also be because there was nothing funny about a black kid being gunned down by a white slob for the crime of being a black kid.

My better angels tell me to do nothing and that the system is working, even if I disagree with the verdict. My smarter angels tell me that we need to work on changing the Stand Your Ground (and other ALEC-sponsored) laws that would allow such a cowardly and disgraceful thing to be legal, and we must name the repeal after Trayvon, just as we named hate crime laws after Matthew Shepard. I think it is the best thing we can do to honor and remember Trayvon.

Never Forget.

Last Romneggedon, Starring, Annabelle Gurwitch, Last Day Before we Vote

Annabelle Gurwitch is a comedy writer, actress, comedienne and super fabulous dame. She took her role of Safe House Team Leader for the Womb Warrior’s Resistance and created magic. This is hilarious – SHE IS HILARIOUS.

Tomorrow, we vote. In my humble opinion, all of us should vote for Obama. I realize that there are many people who are still uncertain and feel like they shouldn’t bother voting. If you don’t vote, your voice won’t be heard. Even if you dislike both candidates, please consider voting for Obama. He will protect our civil liberties, women’s rights, equal rights and bolster the economy. Supreme court appointees won’t be right wing zealous nut jobs. Those are perks, right?

Romney doesn’t care about the 47%. Romney has no platform to speak of, except for his secret 5-point plan. Too bad his penis isn’t on the chopping block. Anyway, I digress… Romney won’t create jobs in America, but he will abroad.

If you want to check out the other 7 installations of Romneggedon (1/1.5 mins each), go for it.

  1. San V, Kira Soltanovich
  2. Puckers, Katya Lidsky
  3. Charlotte Bartholmew, Sascha Alexander
  4. Flexi, Ali MacLean
  5. Mugwumps, Kelly Carlin
  6. Mish, Julie Goldman
  7. Clippy, Becky Thyre

We had a ball making it. This was a passion project near and dear to my heart. As a Jewish woman, I was raised with the phrase (didn’t mean to rhyme) “Never forget.” I haven’t forgotten. Dictatorships and genocide is very much a part of our lives in 2012. If we elect Romney into office, can we really say with certainty that we won’t be looking at a post-apocalyptic vaginal warfare scenario? I can’t.

San V, Kira Soltanvoich in Romneggedon!

In this vignette of Romneggedon, the divine comedienne, Miss Kira Soltonavich (we LOVE her work), is playing, San V. Because of San V’s overwhelmingly flawless fertility, Romney surgically implanted several wombs and ovaries, so her wombs would be handled by the US Cabinet to produce the finest and whites Christian soldiers.

In my humble opinion, our lady parts depend on Obama winning the election Tuesday. Romney is dangerous. While Romneggedon seems fantastical and impossible, again, I ask, what if we’re wrong? Is it a risk that we’re willing to take? The man is a zealous religious nut-job with an agenda that is predicated on lies. OY and VEY.

Via the League of Women’s Voters, find out where you go to vote. For the democratic ballot, click here.

Puckers, Romneggedon, Extraction Team Leader

Katya Lidsky is an outstanding comedienne, performer and actress. She played, Puckers, an extraction team leader for the Womb Warrior’s Resistance.

I know that the concept of a Romneggedon seems impossible, especially in America. What if we’re wrong? It’s almost 2013, dictators and genocide is very much a reality in the world. Are we so unwavering in confidence that Romney could NEVER turn a democracy that already crosses too many religious boundaries into a singular religious dictatorship?

As a Jew, I was raised to “Never forget” what Hitler and the Nazi’s did. Part of never forgetting is anticipating implausible possibilities, not conspiracy theories, at least not for me.

Sadly, I worry about degrees of a Romneggedon in the hands of Romney.

I’m proudly voting for Obama. I hope that you do, too.

Romneggedon, Micro Political Satire, Episode #3

Meet, Charlotte Bartholomew (Sascha Alexander), a good Christian with a Bad Womb. Vote Obama 2012!

Romneggedon, Micro Political Satire Series, Episode #2

Meet Mish, Freedom Fighter for the Womb Warrior Resistance played by the insanely talented, Julie Goldman

If we don’t vote for Obama, Romney will wage vaginal warfare on women. Women will no longer be able to get safe and legal abortions. Women will not be allowed to use birth control. Women will not get adequate, quality healthcare.

Romneggedon, Micro Political Satire Series, Episode #1

Imagine Romney being voted into office, a terrifying notion for inumberable reasons. For me, ROMNEGGEDON is my biggest fear, a post apocalyptic world where Romney’s been voted into office and waged vaginal warfare on women

THE PENIS FILES, Political Satire, Mockumentary

I am SO DONE with right wing politicians and zealot religious groups inserting themselves into my lady parts. I AM the GENERAL OF MY WOMB, not them. When I was 21, I had an abortion. I stopped a process. Never, not once have I regretted my decision. Being a pro-choice/pro-life feminist, I always knew that if I got knocked up and it wasn’t on my terms, I would choose to terminate the process. Once I was in the situation, I needed a minute to figure things out and find my way, knowing all the while that nothing would change my mind. My point, this isn’t an easy decision. Whatever our reasons are for making it, I don’t think any of us enter into it lightly. Speaking for myself, I did it for all the right reasons. I wrote an essay about it here, Homesick Abortion (pro choice), if you want to read it. No pressure.

Among other things, when the Oversight Committee chaired by Issa convened on 2/16/12, which omitted women, my swelling desire to be a part of the conversation consumed me. Being a comedy writer/producer, I channeled all of that energy into my passion, to create a short film that put a new spin on the narrative chronicling the absurdity of the debacle unfolding before me.

As a result,  THE PENIS FILES, a political satire/mockumentary was born, a story that encapsulated women’s rights, LGBT rights and Obamacare. I had the privilege of working with many of my heroes in comedy. This is a short film, 16 minutes. Below, you’ll find the entire short and links to the two official trailers (30/45) seconds each. I hope that you will watch and share. I hope that for those of us who want to take action, do.

SYNOPSIS: Until “The Olson Penis” was created 10-years ago, historically men’s penises grew for procreation when a woman ovulated and retracted immediately. 200 years ago, men who were devoutly religious and in a married monogamous relationship experienced penile growth for procreation only. Conversely, women have always been born with vaginas and sexual freedom not governed by religion or politics. In February, a committee of women met to discuss “The Olson Penis” being covered by Obamacare.

Official Trailer #1Official Trailer #2.

Katie Schwartz

Happy Un-Anniversary to Us

A year ago today, the Kenyan Usurper Hawaiian Devil Baby introduced the American Jobs Act, which by all measures would have added at least 1,000,000 new jobs and a full-percentage point to the American gross domestic product.

It was blocked by the Republicans, who said it would be another failed stimulus (forgetting that the other stimulus actually worked).

If you are cursed to have a Republican representative in either house of congress, why don’t you send them a snail-mail card? (Staffers say that paper letters are weighted at something like 10X getting an email.) You can find their addresses here.

This is not a pro-Obama plea, this is a pro-American plea. Here in Silicon Valley where we allegedly have gainful employment, I am watching waves of layoffs as more and more engineering is off-shored. But it is happening in our public sector, too. The Mayor of San Jose, Chuck Reed (a knuckle-headed Real Estate Attorney) demonized the Police and Fire Departments, introduced a ballot initiative to freeze their pay and cut their pensions (it won), and now he is baffled why many have quit their departments in San Jose to work at neighboring city’s departments.

(Think Progress)

Phone Phun!

I’m in Cali phone banking for the WI Recall-the-Governor election tomorrow – and you can help get-out-the-Vote, too:

Click this link to Call.Democrats and register. The website gives you a script and a running list of names and phone numbers, and you just call and talk to allegedly registered Democrats and record their responses on the website.

Mostly it is just answering machines (time of day, or maybe they are sick of callers… like ME!) but sometimes you get to talk to a real, live voter in WI. And you know that thing about Midwestern niceness? Let’s just say that it is not universally true, but it mostly is.

Given the way we’ve been dog-piling on the wholly-owned, wall-eyed git and middle-manager of the Koch Brothers MidWest Division, I thought it was important to actually DO SOMETHING.

Anyway, it is a chance to be an activist for just the cost of a few phone calls, so what the heck, give it a try.

Regards,

TG