Some good news, for a change of pace
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
I just found out that my ex-husband-in-law, as I like to call him, has received some good news from his oncologist this afternoon. He had a PET scan this morning, and it looks like the cancer is localized and has not spread at all!!! They've caught it early, and he's feeling much better about things today. He'll be scheduled for surgery to remove the cancer, and then will start chemo. It's wonderful news! Still, keep your fingers crossed for them, if you would . . .
Could be fun . . .
Seems some right-wing blog found the bit below that I found on Atrios. Don't know why in the world they linked to me instead of Atrios, or how they found me in the first place. I only get visits from friends and family, usually. One of millions of little blogs. Anyway, I'm getting some hits from that link, which I don't particularly care about. Looking at the logs, seems like some folks are taking a look around, which is cool by me. One comment so far, which wasn't particularly rude (well, except for that part about liberals being "brutally vicious and abusive" - t'aint me, nor anyone I know
). I suppose we all have our stories of crazy people from the other side, and I'm not sure why I'm responsible for whatever this guy's experienced, but whatever.
Remind me to tell you how many times my car's been keyed since I put the Kerry sticker on it. Or that time I was nearly run off the road and then flipped off by a big SUV with a "W" sticker on it. That was a hoot. Or the possibly well-meaning church people who turned up at my door to proselytize, wouldn't shut the hell up when I told them politely that I wasn't interested, then noticed my sign and started screaming at me about how I was going to hell. Good times, good times. Please note - I think these were some batshit crazy people; not all republicans are interested in killing me. Just some of them, har dee har har. There are some batshit crazy people on the democratic side too, I'm sure. I'm not one of them.
In short, you can find idiots on every side of the divide.
In any case, I'm truly interested in hearing from any visitors, because I just don't get it. I don't "get" George Bush. I don't "get" whatever it is that he believes this week. I don't "get" how the world is better now, or how we are more safe. I'm just not seeing it. Yes, Saddam=BadGuy. Horrible dictator, killed lots of people, gassed his own people, rape rooms, etc. Glad he's out of power. Lots of terrible dictators running about in the world, are we taking them all down? In what order? With what armed forces? I know people who are in Iraq and Afghanistan. They may die over there. And for what?
Didn't mean to rant there, but I just don't "get" the cult of George. I would love an explanation. I may not agree with it, but I'm interested in hearing it. I've yet to hear any Bush supporter who can calmly, clearly articulate why they believe in him. And I've asked. It has tended, in my experience, to devolve into a harangue about evil liberals who want to ban the bible, spit on the soldiers, and support Saddam being in power. Well, I'm absolutely liberal, and I don't consider myself evil. I don't care if other people believe in the bible, but I do care if my child is forced to do so, or is ostracized because she doesn't. I would like to have the soldiers home, safe and sound, and only sent into danger out of necessity. See above paragraph about Saddam.
Only sane people need apply; don't be rude. And leave religion out of it, if possible, because that doesn't apply to me. I'm curious - now that the republicans control all three branches, what do you sincerely expect to happen over the next 4 years? I'd really like to know.
Yes, that's just it
Monday, November 29, 2004
. It's worth your time. Here's a sample:
Watch Dan Rather apologize for not getting his facts straight, humiliated before the eyes of America, voluntarily undermining his credibility and career of over thirty years. Observe Donna Brazille squirm as she is ridiculed by Bay Buchanan, and pronounced irrelevant and nearly non-existent. Listen as Donna and Nancy Pelosi and Senator Charles Schumer take to the airwaves saying that they have to go back to the drawing board and learn from their mistakes and try to be better, more likable, more appealing, have a stronger message, speak to morality. Watch them awkwardly quote the bible, trying to speak the new language of America. Surf the blogs, and read the comments of dismayed, discombobulated, confused individuals trying to figure out what they did wrong. Hear the cacophony of voices, crying out, “Why did they beat me?”
And then ask anyone who has ever worked in a domestic violence shelter if they have heard this before.
My ex's partner, who is also a very dear friend of ours, was diagnosed with lymphoma on Wednesday. He's only 40, and I am so
Happy fucking holidays.
So much fun
Thursday, November 25, 2004
Just in case you're looking to waste a little time over the next few days, I'd recommend exploring this site
. I had forgotten about it until I saw it on Daily Kos
Just for you . . .
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Little to no posting for a few days, as if you're going to be reading this blog over the holiday . . . but still, thought I'd let you know.
A funny e-mail
Monday, November 22, 2004
Hee hee hee.
Things to do before the Inauguration:
- Drink a nice clean glass of water.
- Cash your social security check.
- See a doctor of your own choosing.
- Spend quality time with your draft age child/grandchild.
- Visit Syria, or any foreign country for that matter.
- Get that gas mask you've been putting off buying.
- Hoard gasoline.
- Borrow books from library before they're banned - Constitutional law books, Catcher in the Rye, Harry Potter, Tropic of Cancer, etc.
- If you have an idea for an art piece involving a crucifix - do it now.
- Come out - then go back in - HURRY!
- Jam in all the Alzheimer's stem cell research you can.
- Stay out late before the curfews start.
- Go see Bruce Springsteen before he has his "accident."
- Go see Mount Rushmore before the Reagan addition.
- Use the phrase -- "you can't do that -- this is America."
- If you're white -- marry a black person, if you're black -- marry a white person.
- Take a walk in Yosemite, without being hit by a snowmobile or a base-jumper.
- Enroll your kid in an accelerated art or music class.
- Start your school day without a prayer.
- Pass on the secrets of evolution to future generations.
- Learn French.
- Attend a commitment ceremony with your gay friends.
- Take a factory tour anywhere in the US.
- Try to take photographs of animals on the endangered species list.
- Visit Florida before the polar ice caps melt.
- Visit Nevada before it becomes radioactive.
- Visit Alaska before "The Big Spill."
- Visit Massachusetts while it is still a State.
Looking for my gift already, are you?
Saturday, November 20, 2004
I love all of these
. I think this
may be my favorite. Or this
. Maybe this
. Hell, I like them all.
Because this is the really important stuff . . .
Friday, November 19, 2004
And because I really am
a smart ass, here's the text of an e-mail I just sent to these folks:
Chairman Michael K. Powell: Michael.Powell@fcc.gov
Commissioner Kathleen Q. Abernathy: Kathleen.Abernathy@fcc.gov
Commissioner Michael J. Copps: Michael.Copps@fcc.gov
Commissioner Kevin J. Martin: KJMWEB@fcc.gov
Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein: Jonathan.Adelstein@fcc.gov
I am opposed to censorship of this type. However, I have no expectation that you'll actually care what I think. Can I presume that since sexuality apparently shouldn't be associated with the NFL, perhaps the cheerleader's outfits will be required to be changed to something more modest? Maybe something like this:
Hey, as long as you're at it, I hate having to explain to my four year old what Cialis and Viagra are. Can you do something about that???
Maybe we could go back to showing only twin beds for married couples on TV, since we're taking this little jaunt back to the 50s. That'd be great.
[my name and city/state here]
Made me giggle
Gosh, this is funny
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
is a genius. And I'm meeting with my new boss at lunch. Oughta be a hoot. I'm trying to figure out the right tone to take in our chat. I hate having to muck with this stuff.
And just when you really need a laugh,
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
along comes yoyogurl with new posts
Not being a Church person myself, I have a hard time identifying with people who put all their faith eggs in one basket, so to speak, and use that basket to beat me over the head with their beliefs.
I'm getting yet another new boss. That'll be the third one in just over a year (and just for the hell of it, it's the 11th or 12th one in 7 years - I've lost track). She's probably the most engaged of the recent batch (with me at least) but is also quite busy. I like her all right; I just don't care any more. Man, I need a new job.
Oh, and I'll now have to commute down to the university (yep, an hour each way) on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and every other Wednesday. Because they don't feel like they've had me there enough. Never mind the fact that I've been trying to schedule a meeting with my 2 contacts down there for three weeks
, and have sent probably 7 or 8 e-mails to them and they haven't responded. Because they've been out
. They're out of the office probably 4 days a week, so I'm not sure I see the value in having me sit down there with nothing to do. And again, my workspace down there is in a conference room in a unit across the hall, when it's not in use.
Funny how the rules changed on this whole deal. First it was working with them approximately 10 days a month, mostly from home, but going down there when needed. Then, just as soon as I agreed to that, it was changed to spending a couple of days there a week. But when I tried to go on and book some dates to be down there, I got roadblocked because their schedules were so busy and they wanted to take it week by week. When that didn't happen because they didn't respond to my repeated requests, it changed again to this setup. Seems like I'm being punished because they're not available and/or responsive. But whatever. I'm not bitter. Oh, wait, yes I am!
I am now officially disconnected from my job, my work, my numerous bosses, and my co-workers. I literally do not care any more. I really
hope your day is going better than mine.
Orcinus is always worth a look. He has an interesting perspective. Here's part of his most recent post
People listen to their radios a lot in rural America. Maybe it has something to do with the silence of the vast landscapes where many of them live; radios break that silence, and provide the succor of human voices.
If you drive through these landscapes, getting radio reception can sometimes be iffy at best, especially in the rural West. Often the best you can find on the dial are only one or two stations.
And the chances are that what you'll hear, at nearly any hour, in nearly any locale, is Rush Limbaugh. Or Michael Savage. Or maybe some Sean Hannity. Or maybe some more Limbaugh. Or, if you're really desperate, you can catch one of the many local mini-Limbaughs who populate what remains of the rural dial. In between, of course, there will be a country music station or two.
That's what people in rural areas have been listening to for the past 10 years and more. And nothing has been countering it.
If Democrats want to come to terms with what happened to them in the last election, they're going to have to confront this reality and its larger implications and ramifications. Chief among the implications is the hard truth that Democrats have largely abandoned rural America, and in so doing have ceded the field to right-wing propaganda and even extremism. Among the ramifications is the fact that at some point, Democrats are going to have to start fighting back on rural turf.
Doing so will not, as some have suggested, require them to compromise their core beliefs -- it will just require them to rethink their priorities and perhaps, in the process, rediscover their identity.
What the dominance of right-wing propaganda in talk radio has meant has been a relentless campaign of hatred and demonization directed at liberals, one specifically geared toward a rural audience. And it has worked, largely because Democrats have blithely done little or nothing to counter it.
The radio talkers, Limbaugh and Savage especially, feed their audiences a steady diet of venom and bile. Liberals look down on people in farm country, they are told, constantly. They don't share your values. They have nothing but contempt for you. As far as they're concerned, you all can just go extinct.
It's always interesting
Monday, November 15, 2004
to see who leaves in a second administration. Now Powell's gone
. Love how this was done on Friday, but not released until today. I don't watch the Sunday news shows, too busy and I can't stand them, but I wonder if they wanted the focus to be on the "victory"
in Fallujah instead of this. Hmmmmmm.
My, that's funny
Friday, November 12, 2004
, in an ironic and sick sort of way.
How incredibly stupid
I can't believe that police used a taser
on a six year old. I don't care what the situation was - those are not meant for use on children, and I cannot believe that the child couldn't have been stopped from whatever he was doing without resorting to a stun gun.
That poor kid is only a bit older than my girl. If anyone ever
tried to use a taser on her, they'd best hope I couldn't ever get to them, for the rest of their life.
Thursday, November 11, 2004
I finally got some new pics up, including some from Lauren's school field trip, our visit to the Cinci Zoo, and Halloween. So to my friends - go to Jill's Home
to find them. If you don't have access yet, IM or e-mail me
. If I don't know you, ignore this post, I suppose.
It's rainy, it's ugly, Mark is off work and I'm not, I have books overdue at the library, I'm hungry, and I'm swamped with work stuff. Blah.
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
There's been a story out in the last day or two about a court fight
in Georgia. Seems some fools down there put warning stickers in science textbooks to let the poor students know that there are alternative theories to evolution.
Creationism? Intelligent design? Whatever
Anyway, I saw a great idea on Boing Boing
So here's my proposal. Let's allow the religious right to paste their stickers in all the biology texts they want so long as they affix the following text to each and every one of their Bibles:
"This book contains material on Judeo-Christian theology. Judeo-Christian theology offers insight into the origin and meaning of life and is the basis for several of the world's great religions. But it does not encompass the full range of religious beliefs held sacred by members of our diverse American society. Moreover, this material is based on ancient texts, and significant errors may have been introduced through subsequent translations and omissions. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered."
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
I saw this over the weekend, and meant to post about it. I think I forgot, though.
Edit: I was hotlinking, bad me. Seems they may have disabled hotlinking to this image, so I found another on Flickr
. I love Flickr. I need to upload some more photos . . .
I was on Boing Boing
, and found a link to this
hilarious site with a collection of very old, very outdated, just horrible sweaters. It reminded me of this site
, just in case you missed it.
The sweater site had a bunch of funny links, and one that takes me right back. Remember Frogger
Speaking of sweaters, remember I took up knitting a couple of months ago? The current project count is 6 scarves, 1 purse, 1 hat for L, 2 pairs of slippers (for me and for L) - I think that's all thus far. Next may be mittens for L, and possibly a poncho. Good yarn, by the way, is very expensive. Mostly I'm using cheap stuff.
Good for a laugh
Rising Hegemon has the best picture captions in the biz. This set
made me laugh out loud. It even startled one of the cats, so she's not happy with me, but it cracked me up.
Such an interesting conversation
Monday, November 08, 2004
I had an IM convo this weekend with someone who voted for Bush, but is otherwise sane. Her big issue was terrorism, as in you shouldn't change leadership in the middle of a war [which will never end, imho]
, and we haven't had another terrorist attack since 9/11.
On social issues, she's fairly liberal, but they simply weren't her top concern. I didn't even go into debunking the war issues, because I think she's drunk too much kool-aid on that count.
I did mention some of the social issues that greatly concern me, such as Roe v. Wade, civil liberties being eroded, school prayer, 10 Commandments, the 4th amendment, Patriot Act, etc.
Her reply was enlightening. She said that "they" won't let "them" make the changes that I fear are coming.
My question to her: "Just who in the hell do you think is going to stop them? They think they have a 'mandate', and are being pushed hard by the religious right. Democrats control no part of government; republicans control Congress, the White House, and will be packing the judiciary, including several seats on the Supreme Court. Seriously, who do you think is going to step in here?"
She had no answer. In fact, she ended the conversation rather abruptly, although certainly not rudely. Buyer's remorse, ya think?
Tears are streaming down my face . . .
Saturday, November 06, 2004
because of Fafblog
FALWELL: We've gotta get more proactive! 9/11 changed everything, Fafnir - we have to strike at homosexuals before they strike at us! Use the full powers of the FBI, the CIA, Homeland Security, detain 'em in Guantanamo Bay and interrogate 'em until we know the full extent of their Gay Agenda!
JESUS: [bursting in] Stop, stop! This is obscene!
FAFBLOG: Jesus, please. We already did your interview.
JESUS: [overturning interview tables] I told you to love your neighbors as yourselves, not withhold their civil rights! I said blessed are the peacemakers, not the warmongers! I said my kingdom was not of this earth, not to make laws and bribe officials and overrun governments in my name!
DOBSON: Can you please have security remove this man?
JESUS: [being dragged away] My house is supposed to be a house of prayer! You've made it a cheap market to whore out God to any venomous hack who spews your hate!
Don't miss this one
too. Here's a sample:
Attention All Democrats: I Am Your Only Hope.
With the Democrats crushed under a monster landslide defeat of nearly three percentage points, the time has come to ask the inevitable question: is this the end? Is the Democratic Party doomed to oblivion? Has it lost all appeal outside its tiny, shrinking base of half the American populace? The answer, quite sadly, is yes... unless it follows the sage advice of the Medium Lobster, and quickly.
Sad but true?
I don't know, but it's interesting
Friday, November 05, 2004
But how flipping cool is this
??? I love BoingBoing
. It really is a directory of wonderful things.
Go read Digby
Thursday, November 04, 2004
I'm with him completely. Especially this part:
John Kerry is the most qualified man to be president in my lifetime. And he might have won except for one thing. He couldn't fill the role that certain voters require in a president in this era --- he just wasn't enough of an archetypal TV hero. That's no knock on him, it's a knock on America. I know it's not politic to say it, but a majority of this country are obviously dumb as posts. Still, it's the only country we've got and we are going to have to come to terms with this.
Whatever the reasons, I'm devastated about this outcome, of course. But there is a silver lining. We here in the reality based community know full well that Bush and his minions have been dancing as fast as they can to get through this election. They have been desperate to avoid setting off an array of landmines with hair triggers. I am going to enjoy watching him try to deal with them as they begin to blow up in his face one by one. In many ways it is poetic justice that he is going to have to attempt to clean up the huge fetid, stinking mess he's foisted on this country.
Too bad about the human carnage though.
And I take heart in remembering Richard Nixon. Junior is his true heir and I suspect he will have the same fate. This much corruption cannot be contained. Keep your eyes on purged members of the CIA and the State department. He may have won, but I have a feeling that Commander Codpiece may come to regret it.
There us much to recommend being the angry opposition. Watching our hated enemy squirm is one them.
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
said. And him
Goodbye, right to choice. Goodbye, right to privacy. Goodbye, due process. Goodbye, Miranda. Goodbye, safety. It's been nice. I'll miss you.
And my open letter to the rest of the world:
I'm so very sorry that half of the people in this country are so incredibly stupid. I wish we could've done more to stop this madman.
Well, that was fun
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
Nice people in line. Waited 55 minutes in a snaking line winding through the place. It was very nice to see kindness from most people in line despite the wait. There were three elderly ladies sitting in chairs, 2 with oxygen lines. I heard 5 different people around me offer them their place in line (once we got close to the end), saying that they would go to the back and start over. That was heartening to see.
If you haven't voted yet, take a bottle of water and a book or something. I kept busy with my phone, chatting with folks on the phone and in line, playing trivia games, and checking the news. I couldn't check most of my regular blogs
, because they aren't WAP sites. I'm so addicted to the internet.
I swear, if I had a black hoodie, I'd wear it when I go vote this morning!
Hesiod will be missed, again
Monday, November 01, 2004
That's just great
It's a small thing, I know, especially considering all the big things that are going on in politics. But come on, read this
about a journalist who was tackled, punched, and arrested after taking pictures of voters in line at a polling place, based on a rule that hadn't been previously announced. It was in Florida, of course. That's just great
. I hate to get all hyperbolic on you and all, but I truly worry about this grand experiment of democracy if the election goes Bush's way tomorrow. Go vote.
Oh, and Rehnquist
did not show up for work today. What happens when the almost-inevitable litigation following the election goes to the S.C.? If he isn't well enough to participate, then they could be split 4-4, and then I believe it goes to the House. Wonder how the House would decide our elections for us? Let's hope for a big enough K/E margin to negate any chance of a court battle. Go vote.
Lastly, Fox News has apparently come up with a "new" translation of the OBL tape, and what a shocker, Bin Laden wants Kerry to win! Stunning, I know. I can't remember where I saw that story,
will try to find a link found it
. But surely we can count on the accuracy of the news we hear from such a Fair and Balanced news organization.