Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Still working on paying off the computer, though. And Undergrad. But those have nowhere near a 22% APR.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I know I rarely say this, but let's hear it for the Minnesota House of Representatives!
Here's hoping it replaces abstinence-only sex ed.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
This is "Best Judgement?"
Here's a tip: if your best judgment finds you expelling kids completely for non-threatening behavior, you need to find a new judge. You don't just throw kids away like that. Suspend them, confiscate the swords, put them on probation for exhibiting poor judgment, but recognize that there's a difference between their behavior and an actual physical threat.
Because if the consequences are all going to be the same, what reason do then have not to use them?*
Aside from the fact that they'd probably break. Three swords for $60? Definitely decorative.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
The E Makes All the Difference
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Also? At which point do we stop calling the other athletes "able-bodied" in comparison?
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Hillary’s Nasty Pastorate - CommonDreams.org
Sunday, March 30, 2008
I remember when blogging used to be fun. And damn right I rejected the comment.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
This Just In:
Seriously, I'm so grouchy right now that even I don't want to be around me. I'm going to bed. *pouts*
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Toeing the Line
Y'all, she was confused. So I explained that, despite the proven therapeutic effects of x-rays and blood draws, my foot was not in fact better. She said she'd have the doctor call.
And he must have heard me typing, because he just rang. Off to the specialist with me, and in the meantime pain pills and the crutches if it gets too bad.
Friday, March 21, 2008
ETA: Also, she doesn't like it when I type instead of cuddle. So I am forced to cuddle:
Monday, March 17, 2008
So, So, My Toe Sucks... Wait...
He is as mystified as me. So far x-rays have shown no fracture, stress or otherwise, and no tumor (props to the doc for not mentioning this possibility before the pics were taken -- the thought never even crossed my mind before it was ruled out). They took blood, which I suspect they would do even if I came in with a splinter, just to make the needle-phobic girl freak. But soon I'll know if I have lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis (unlikely -- I was tested when I was a teen), or some other inflammatory disease. If blood tests are all negative, I'm back on the train to MRIville, and my friends, that bites. On the other hand, I can still do most of my yoga class, owing
to the focus on evenly distributed weight. Single legged poses are Right Out, but the rest tend to feel pretty good. And darn it, I need the inner peace.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Possibly I have ingested too many comic books.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I just... huh? I don't think this is what they meant by "community policing."
Monday, January 21, 2008
How Not to Honor Dr. King
Hillary Clinton's comment went thus: “Dr. King’s dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It took a president to get it done.” Inevitably, Democratically-minded individuals have told me today that I should "re-read the comment, because it doesn't actually say that Dr. King didn't do anything."
Of course it doesn't. What it does is ignore everything that Dr. King accomplished before 1964, and attribute any "real" change he helped bring about to a white politician. Dr. King was working toward equality long before LBJ became president -- the Montgomery Bus Boycott started in 1955. Dr. King helped found the SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) in 1957, which organized peaceful protest and voter registration throughout the Jim Crow South. During this time, the US government was hardly a huge help; in fact, Dr. King was wiretapped due to suspected communist involvement owing to his persistent belief in his own personhood. He was leading protests and marches and writing books and preaching peace and equality (and periodically spending time in prison for his troubles) for almost a decade, gradually winning local freedoms one boycott or sit-in at a time, until the US Congress FINALLY passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Which Lyndon Johnson valiantly put his signature on.
The revisionist history of Clinton's statement doesn't stop there. Johnson's signature hardly "got it done." No oppressive system has ever been vanquished solely by a law stating that system is illegal; there are still parts of this country where African Americans are violently unwelcome. It is not "done" by a long shot, and that is one of the most damning points of Clinton's statement; she makes it clear that she is one in a long line of clueless, rich white people who think that because they don't see racism in their everyday, pasty-looking lives we must have achieved equality.
This act of attributing the accomplishments of the entire civil rights movement to one president is troubling in so many ways. First, the paternalistic racial politics cannot be ignored. The suggestion that a white president was the benevolent power who gave the final go-ahead for black personhood glosses over the fact that civil rights were never his to grant. Civil rights in the US were not "given" to black people via legislation. They have been and must continually be taken back from the legacy of slavery and inequality that is our country's history. Clinton's statement exudes racial privilege, implying that she is the LBJ to Obama's MLK, kindly willing to see him as an agent for social change, but claiming political power as her white birthright.
Finally, Clinton's statement is personally insulting to me as a citizen and as a participant in several social movements. The idea that any social or political change is not primarily accomplished by the average, everyday citizens who show up to care is contrary to the democratic principles our country claims to espouse. We the People are those who truly govern this country, and it's time we remember that. It is time we start thinking critically when we elect those who "lead" us, reminding them that they are elected to represent us, that we have a vested interest in what their words say about us.
Which is how I got around to pissing off Democrats today. I do not agree with my friends that Clinton is the left's best chance against the crazy fundies the Republicans are tossing around. I'm more than willing to re-read the quote again, but I'm pretty sure I'll come to the same conclusion. She is engaging in intra-party garbage that only weakens whichever candidate stands in November's general election, and now she's doing it by implying herself to be racially entitled to the nomination. She may end up as the lesser of two evils in November, but right now I'm hoping primary voters will resist her clumsy twisting of Dr. King's legacy to paint herself as Democrats' Great White Hope.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I know, I know
First, I have to brag. The show got reviewed -- very favorably -- in the Star Tribune. Read it here! Isn't that cool? And the costumes are pretty, too!
In other time-suck news, I celebrated the opening of the show by going out and buying The Sims 2 with a christmas giftcard. It's impossible to play the Sims in anything approaching moderation. I sat down to tinker about with one family's house for an hour the other night, and creakily unfolded myself from the chair two hours later.
Now that life has slowed down, work is picking up. I'd better stop writing in my blog and get to the eleventy-seven things on my to-do list, since I still like this job and would like to keep it. :-)
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Watch this case
This is one of the most glaring racial biases in US law, and SCOTUS
has only just begun to attempt to correct it. The whole article
points up a lot of remaining disparities, including the differential
easing of laws that govern drugs more often used by white people. And
if you're prone to thinking we shouldn't give a damn about the
disposition of drug dealers, tell me who you'd do if caffeine was
suddenly illegal and out of your income range as a result.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Are we still on this?
But of course, no teenager has ever gone against the expressed wishes of an adult.
This administration has been pretty hardcore about strapping funding to the abstinence-only bomb, and I suspect it's now catching up with them. Here's the deal, though. You either get behind fully legal abortion at any age or you get behind teaching kids to use condoms or the pill*. If you insist on doing neither, you get babies having babies, and then we start this discussion all over as if we've never done the research. And that makes me cranky.
*If you want to make ME happy, you can get behind both. Because if you're old enough to conceive it, you're old enough to make the decision to keep it, and you've got a right to be told how to protect yourself from having to make that decision. And that doesn't even touch how we're failing to keep kids safe from STDs in the name of "innocence."
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Oh, Wow, It's Been Over a Month!
Getting this show built is going to run right down to the wire, and is keeping me hopping. The colors and fabrics are gorgeous, and the designs we keep coming up with just get better as we make the transition from 2 to 3 dimensions. Details are here if you'd like to see the final product.
We continue to settle into the house. The Saga of The TV is over, so we now have functional satellite TV (seriously? Don't ask). The cats are still crazy. Tom went to stay with my mother while we were in L.A., and has been whining ever since he came back -- she spoils him like a grandchild. He has finally compromised on the yowling part of the morning, and only starts screeching at us after the alarm goes off. This is an improvement over the 3:30 am wakeup call we got one day last week. The other cat, Fish, is not quite so neurotic. Though she doesn't quite "get" claws, and sometimes makes a velcro sound when walking on carpet. Retract, Fish! Retract!
We're seeing our second plowable snowfall in a week today, and I was lucky enough to get a ride home from my very cool boss. I could have walked it, but with feet that hurt if I'm not in sneakers and sneakers that are far from waterproof the ride was much appreciated.
So. I've covered cats, the weather, my current big timesuck, and my latest wanderings. I'll try not to disappear on you again!