Thursday, June 30, 2016

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Harsh Judgment Doesn't Mean Wrong Judgment

From NBC News:

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, whose family is featured on the reality TV show "19 Kids and Counting," said they "felt like failures" when their eldest son, Josh, admitted to molesting young girls more than a decade ago.

Well, there you go. Your job was to try and protect all of your children, and you did not succeed. I'm not saying whose fault this was, I don't know. I wasn't there. I can just tell you that this was 100% not a success.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Hypocrisy is Why I Stopped Writing

Just read a CNN email that the President condemns Russia's move in to the Ukraine as against international law.

President Barack Obama said today that Russia's military moves in Crimea violated international law, adding that "no country has a right to send in troops to another country unprovoked."

Seriously, does no one remember that this is exatly what we did to Iraq? I do. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Royal We

What the hell, world? Why would a Pope get to resign, unless he was renouncing his Catholicism? That's a job that ends when you die. If and when you can't do it any more, other people do your work, but you stay Pope. You stay Pope until you're dead.

Same thing with Queen of England. Sure, sure, you can abdicate the throne, but that's renouncing your rights as a Royal. And seriously, does she actually rule anything? I thought that Parliament ran the country. Whatever. If she's too sick to leave the hospital - even if it's for the rest of her time, she stays Queen. She stays Queen until she has passed on, and then Charles will be King.

Why do people think that archaic, ancient positions should be subject to modern sensibilities? That's just crazy talk.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Oh, man...

I have, over the course of this weekend, realized that I am depressed.

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not claiming Depression with a capital D, known to be a very serious disease that absolutely needs treatment. No, I mean that a lot of sad things have been going on, and they seem to have gotten me down.

Clue 1) My housemate confronted me about how bitchy and back-stabby I'm being about his peccadilloes. Yes, he's doing the things I complain about, but none of them are a big deal, and I've been moaning about them a LOT.

Clue 2) I stocked up on healthy food and interesting ingredients. I have cooked and/or baked nothing. Instead I've been going to drive-throughs. Instead of pomegranate lamb with herbed couscous, or tarragon chicken with creamed spinach,  I'm eating Wendy's chili and KFC mashed potatoes. Even on the weekends, when I wake up with all sorts of plans for things that I can make and freeze, so that I can re-heat them when I am rushed or tired during the week - even then I do not cook or bake. I stay in my room until noon, doing nothing, and then I sit on my couch until 10 at night, doing nothing.

Clue 3) Doing nothing. I skip parties, and dinners, and workshops. I sit on the couch, sometimes watching Lifetime movies. I go to work, and I go to the gym, and then I go home.

So that's my story. I'm sad, and I've realized it. I'm telling the world, because that's my first step out of the hole. Time to start climbing.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Who's the March Hare?

Today I read something that I wish to share. From "Obama's Strong Marriage Produces White House Drama, Dysfunction":
The Tea Party and all its Mad Hatters emerge to bedevil him.
The Tea Party, as far as I know, takes their name from the historical Boston Tea Party. It's an iconic image of the common man fighting for his rights against oppressive tyranny that has pervasively wound itself into even the most minute aspects of everyday life. Twisting it an re-associating it with the surreal afternoon ritual from Alice in Wonderland pretty much made my day.

Friday, September 28, 2012


Recently, I've been involved in a conversation with a group of people who are white-hot furious with the President for not taking immediate and decisive action regarding the 9/11 attack in Libya this year. They have taken the phrase "bump in the road" as a grievous insult.

I just can't. So many people have made stupid metaphorical references to the "Road to peace in the Middle East" and the "bumps along the way" that I'm numb to it. It's an awful phrase, and it minimizes the importance of human life, and at this point, it's overused, as well, but it just doesn't fan the flames of anger in my soul.

When speaking directly of those that lost their lives this September 11th, the president was somber and respectful. He spoke calmly and politely at their funeral. he stood at attention while their flag-draped bodies were loaded into hearses by Marines.

I didn't want to hear "Oh, no, you don't!" Because we are not the parents of the world. We are not reactionists. We understand that violence is not the answer that we want to give, if we want a less violent world.

 The strongest weapon against hateful speech, Obama said, is "not repression, it is more speech."

"On this we must agree: there is no speech that justifies mindless violence," he said. "There are no words that excuse the killing of innocents. There is no video that justifies an attack on an embassy. There is no slander that provides an excuse for people to burn a restaurant in Lebanon, or destroy a school in Tunis, or cause death and destruction in Pakistan," he added.

 "It is time to leave the call of violence and the politics of division behind. On so many issues, we face a choice between the promise of the future, or the prisons of the past," he said. "We cannot afford to get it wrong."
When we get it wrong, more people die.