Mirror of Shadows
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Forgot to include these two:The real US healthcare issue: compassion deficiency
"... The healthcare debate has revealed that Americans suffer from a compassion deficiency. Many of us would prefer that our fellow citizens go without medical care rather than make even the slightest of sacrifices. ..."
andO, reason not the need
"... And I really don't think you should say that people who are already working in hard and ill-paid jobs just to cover food and shelter should be working more hours or second jobs in order to fund health insurance. Partly because I strongly suspect that to make food and shelter they're already working as hard as they can (quite probably to the detriment of their health)..."
A small dose of link-suey|
Yea! Putting the responsibility where it belongs
WTFF??? I'm sorry, but we'll need to see your genitals
And an "a-ha" moment about particular folks' reactions: That does not mean what you think it means
"... I finally grokked what was going on after some thought. It's something I've always understood on a subconscious level, but never really articulated before. It's something along the lines of: how dare I use these people's own words and attitudes against them? How dare I, in public, on well-read blogs and in the company of influential and intelligent people, repeat what they have said or written and expose it for the crap it really is? ..."
Here's some really good links about some of the problems with that whole "colorblind" approach to racism
Oh, and there's a new Disney netbook coming out - in magical blue
or princess pink
- that's a rebrand of the same box, at the same price, as the Asus Eee I've been looking at. ::Insert squee here::
And now... back to the daily schlog, and a vain attempt to make the middle of a construction zone ready for meetings tomorrow.
|You Are Cowboy Boots|
|You are incredibly down to earth and happy with yourself. You don't pretend to be someone else.|
You also tend to be very practical. You don't really have a lot of room for fluff in your life.
You are a very honest and direct person. You will give anyone a straight answer, even if it's a bit uncomfortable.
While you're quite sensible, you always like a little bit of flash in your life. You don't overdo it, but you do like turning heads.
Folks, if I really was interested in what Lynda said day-to-day, I would have friended her journal so it'd show up on my reading pages. Since she's NOT on my flist, you might figure that I'm not all that interested in keeping up with her journal. You really don't need to keep "letting me know" that she's blathering about me again.
But since so many folks want to play busy-bees, yeah that *is* me she's quoting in that post. I even recognize the quote - it's from the C&R list back in 2002. (PDFs of the archives are here
. It's post 147. Yeah, I usually keep track of what I write - and when and where. And while there are a few things out there that I'm not proud of - and a few that make me downright wince - I'm plenty willing to own up that I said 'em.)
No, she's never talked to me about any of this. She's never talked to me at all - about anything. What you've seen on the various lists is pretty much the extent of our exchanges. So much for all that supposed effort to "understand me".
You're all kinda out of luck if you want me to rant about any of it, though. I'm really kinda amused. Plenty of folks are probably going to be rather shocked that *I never discuss my ethics or standards of behavior*. Wow. *I've even been known to change my opinions.* How horrible! (I damn sure hope I've learned a few things and changed an opinion or dozen over the years!!)
I'm a bit baffled about the whole "self-enrichment" thing... but hey, whatever. I know what's important to me. And the people who actually work with me - or even interact with me regularly - are pretty aware of where my priorities are, too. But, really... what's any of this to folks who don't interact with me and flat out don't like me, anyways? Why would they even care?
Edited to add: Robin pointed out that I was a bit sharp, and it was unclear who I was angry towards. It's toward particular folks who I don't really know, who are NOT on my flist, and who seem to mostly be interested in provoking yet more dwama. I don't need pokes that amount to "diddya see what she *did*... what 'cha gonna do about it, huh, huh?". Folks who don't have anything better to do than play poke-the-witch need to get a hobby. Or a life. Whatever. Just go away.
...if you set yourself against the laws of man you are diametrically opposed to Wiccan ethics and would not be considered Proper. Doing anything that would warrant the attention of law enforcement would NOT be Proper no matter what the cause or reason.
Compound :::boggle::: that said person claims - stridently - on a local list that all Lexies have these same standards. (Yes, they are 2* Lexie. That's a whole other ::boggle::.)
Sheeples R Us|
Memeage stolen from Everyone - I are a lemming ...
If you saw ME in a police car, what would you think I'd been arrested for?
I just sent a post to Yyyy and she said it was to harsh to be posted, well I just sent Xxxxxx a little note and cut her a new ass! Here's yours! you didn't even have the fucking guts to say anything on your own other than "Exactly, Xxxxxx. Well said. You and that socially retarded bitch have no fucking clue, you bring your fat ass to group and sit there with your all knowing Sana thinking somebody would ever want to fucking look at either one of you, you have to be into swapping out partners just to have sex! You sick bitches!! You to me are nothing but a fucking monkey as in Monkey See Monkey do you are a joke look in the mirror next time you try to put your face on and get a clue YOUR UGLY AND all the fucking makeup in the world can't help that!!! I tell you what the next time you and Sana have sex call me because I have never seen two Grizzle bears mate. HA! One other thing you do not want to fuck with me bitch I have no time for people like you! I hope you get this!
Note: this was *not* sent by an 8th grader. She's at least my age, if not older.
I can't stop giggling. We're ::mumble:: years old and we're supposed to be heartbroken by "you're ugly"?? OMG! I'm so scared. A mean transgirl doesn't like me! ::guffaw::
Says Sister Unity...|
It was recorded before the election, but it's still right on...
1. Stop talking about politics for a moment or two.
2. Post a reasonably-sized picture in your LJ, NOT under a cut tag, of something pleasant, such as an adorable kitten, or a fluffy white cloud, or a bottle of booze. Something that has NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS.
3. Include these instructions, and share the love.
(my favorite wading spot)
Political humor from Eldri:|
One sunny day in 2009 an old man approached the White House.
He walked up to the Marine standing guard and said, 'I'd like to go in and meet with President Bush.'
The Marine looked at the man and said, 'Sir, Mr. Bush is no longer president and no longer resides here.'
The old man said 'Okay' and walked away.
The following day the same man approached the White House and said to the same Marine 'I'd like to go in and meet with President Bush.'
The Marine told the man, 'Sir, as I said yesterday, Mr. Bush is no longer president and no longer resides here.'
The man thanked him and walked away.
The third day, the old man approached the same Marine and said 'I'd like to go in and meet with President Bush.'
The Marine looked at the man and said, 'Sir, this is the third day in a row that you've been here asking to speak to Mr. Bush. I've told you every time that Mr. Bush is no longer the president and that he no longer resides here. Don't you understand?'
The old man looked at the Marine and said, 'Oh, I understand. I just love hearing it.'
The Marine snapped to attention, saluted the old man, and said, 'See you tomorrow, sir.'
That marriage meme thing...|
I am a woman legally married to a woman.
Will all you folks out there whose hetronormative relationships/marriages have been destroyed because of our union please leave your names in a comment. I'd like to compile a list so we can compare with all the other same-sex married folks. (Maybe we can win the toaster this year...)
Your result for Howard Gardner's Eight Types of Intelligence Test...
"This area has to do with introspective and self-reflective capacities. Those who are strongest in this intelligence are typically introverts and prefer to work alone. They are usually highly self-aware and capable of understanding their own emotions, goals and motivations. They often have an affinity for thought-based pursuits such as philosophy. They learn best when allowed to concentrate on the subject by themselves. There is often a high level of perfectionism associated with this intelligence.
Careers which suit those with this intelligence include philosophers, psychologists, theologians, writers and scientists." (Wikipedia)
Take Howard Gardner's Eight Types of Intelligence Test at HelloQuizzy
Your result for The Ultimate TRUE IRISH Test...
You scored 95 Common Sense, 86 Irish Facts, and 90 Irish Soul!
I am honored to be in your presence. You know your stuff. You are Irish in your heart. You probably talk like an Irish person after a few pints. You sing the rebel songs. You drink, and probably bleed Guinness.
You may have even been interned in British Prisions. You impress (or annoy) all your friends with your vast Irish knowledge. If you are a female, I am in love. If you are a male, we are brothers. We should have a pint.
Please don't forget to rate my test...
Take The Ultimate TRUE IRISH Test at HelloQuizzy
Now that's just silly...|
1. Your rock star name (first pet, current car): Snowball Beemer
2. Your gangsta name (fave ice cream flavour, favourite type of shoe): Vanilla Boot
3. Your Native American name (favourite colour, favourite animal): Purple Ferret
4. Your soap opera name (middle name, city where you were born): Lynn Logan
5. Your Star Wars name (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 of your first name): Wilsa, currently. Glaza by birth.
6. Superhero name (2nd favourite colour, favourite drink): Peacock coffee
7. NASCAR name (the first names of your grandfathers): Leroy Buster
8. Stripper name (the name of your favourite perfume/cologne/scent, favourite candy): Burberry Cotton
9. TV weather anchor name (your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter): Paula Paris
10.. Spy name (your favourite season/holiday, flower): Spring Lilly
11. Cartoon name: (favourite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now): Blackberry Twill
12. Hippie name (What you ate for breakfast, your favourite tree): Taboule Magnolia
Because I'm not asleep yet. But I am too fuzzy to actually do anything while waiting for more meds to kick in... And so I meme...( Here lies memeage...Collapse )
Also - how do you folks get the twitter thing to post on LJ? I've tried setting up LoudTwitter, and I can't get it to work right.
Today did not go as planned. The plan was "church breakfast at 9am, see David, Urs and Taylor at 11, then get home and clean up so Robin won't see what a lazy bum I've been". The actual was church breakfast, 2nd service with David, Urs and Taylor (and Jamie and Carla and Donna and a few others I'm forgetting at the moment), potluck lunch, long conversations, board meeting, more conversations (still at TVUUC), stop at the grocery store and drag in at home after 7pm.
Oh. Somewhere in there between the board meeting and the last conversations, somehow I'm not just helping get the new CUUPS fellowship off the ground... I'm on the Adult RE committee and am going to be participating in the pastoral care expansion program as well. Not committed to anything on that beyond attending the training classes and providing input on tailoring some of the ministerial services for pagans in the membership. After that... it depends on a whole lot of other things as to how involved I'll want to be. I'll be working out the scheduling of an "intro to paganism" 4-class workshop with the administrative people next week, and it looks like with the new programs in Spring there'll be CUUPS programming that's Trad-friendly, as well as our modifications of a UUA program called "Building Your Own Theology" that looks like it's going to be a wonderful thing for Seekers as well as a lot of other folks.
The kitchen still isn't mopped, and it - or anything else - isn't going to get done tonight.
I think I learned a lesson last time I took on a lot of outside "stuff", and will be taking better care of myself this time around. But I've also realized I'm a lot happier, and deal better with a lot of day-to-day stuph when I'm involved with something that I feel strongly about outside of our own, more insular things. I *like* doing some of the more-public stuff. And I love the people at TVUUC. And I'm a lot more confident about this than some previous endeavors - I'm working with a board of 12 amazing people that can get through a 16-complex-item agenda (including several with split disagreements) in a bit over two hours without a single tizzy or harsh word, but with lots of laughter and praise for the staff and committees. There are also some of the most wonderful staff imaginable. (And I'm not just saying that because I can have intelligent debates with the pastor about Disney villeins, with multi-layered metaphors.) Did I mention I love - and admire - these folks?
Anyways. Robin will be back tomorrow evening, and I'm going to work through until time to go to the airport - for the extra time, as well as to save gas from two trips across town. I can't wait. But for now... washing dishes, taking the last of my nighttime meds, and trying to get a bit of sleep. Tomorrow is a wonderful day with my Honey coming home, but I have to survive a Monday at work first - and Mondays are always *&%*):@ing Mondays at work.
I've only been around in random bits of late, so here's the quickie update...
The boss is in the middle of a getting-nastier-by-the-day divorce, so I'm doing my work plus a lot of his. And he's taking on more audit and litigation cases to help cover the loss of two of our longstanding clients (20+ years) that are going out of business. And since I've been coming in from work and falling asleep, I've been missing most of my usual reads and chats.
Still don't know what's causing the feets problem. Had vein-graph ultrasound, and enough bloodwork to feed a starving vampire, but the only conclusion so far is that there's a significant amount of inflammation. Duh. I kinda figured that out before I came in, doc. They're trying to get me in to another specialist, but it may be a month or more to get an appointment. It looks like I'll be needing a chair at least part-time, but haven't any clue how to begin to afford a decent one. I don't have the upper body strength for a standard, and ultralights are oh-my-god expensive (not to mention next-to-impossible to get insurance to kick in their woefully-inadequate percentage towards). But on the plus side, we did a mall crawl the other night with a borrowed chair, and I had a wonderful time - we got to look around for several hours, chat with a few friends, and I didn't have to come home and knock myself out with pain meds for the next day and a half. It was *really* nice to be able to be out of the house without constantly having to look for something to lean against or somewhere to sit down.
Not sure what to do about the tired / sleep thing either. I've got stuff that really, really needs to get done, and things I've promised folks, but I just can't stay awake. I'm probably ruining my next A1C's as well as my kidneys with all the cola and coffee I've been drinking to stay awake for work. More often than not I'm asleep within an hour of getting home, get up to eat and deal with the nighttime drug routine, then back to sleep until morning. And I could oh-so-easily go back to sleep if I didn't have to be at work... I've even slept through the alarm a time or two.
Oh, and to top the last few weeks off - there was another fatal shooting yesterday, this time at the mall. First the church, then the school, now this - all since July 27. What the hell is going on????
Current Mood: tired
From lots of flisters all over:
As evidenced by Katie Couric, Sarah Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court Case other than Roe v. Wade.
The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic to your lj. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) For those who see this on your f-list, take the meme to your OWN lj to spread the fun.
Griswold v. Connecticut
Arguments: March 29-30, 1965 - Decision: June 7, 1965
In 1961 Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut and Dr. C. Lee Buxton of Yale University’s Medical School opened a small clinic in downtown New Haven, Conn. Nine days later they were arrested for dispensing contraceptives (condoms) to a married couple. They were tried, found guilty, and fined $100 each. The conviction was upheld by the Appellate Division of the Circuit Court, and by the Connecticut Supreme Court. Griswold then appealed her conviction to the Supreme Court of the United States.
By a vote of 7-2, the Supreme Court invalidated the Connecticut law (and the similar laws in other states) that prohibited the use of "any drug, medicinal article or instrument for the purpose of preventing conception" on the grounds that it violated the "right to marital privacy".
Later decisions by the court extended the principles of Griswold beyond its particular facts. Eisenstadt v. Baird (1972) extended its holding to unmarried couples. Writing for the majority, Justice Brennan wrote that the state could not enforce similar laws onto married couples because of Griswold v. Connecticut, so the law worked "irrational discrimination" if the right was not extended to unmarried couples as well. Previous to Eisenstadt, providing contraceptives to unmarried persons was a felony in multiple states.
stolen from a newsletter in my email:
"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and the corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."
~Thomas Jefferson 1802
R.I.P. Baggy 1990-2008|
I can't say more than what Robin did:
At about 8:00 tonight, our dear friend Baggy (aka Bagheera, aka Bag-a-Bones, aka Bones) went to sleep for the last time. Sana and I were there, holding him and talking to him, trying to let him know how much we love him and what a good cat he is. His passing was quick, and completely peaceful. One moment, he was in our arms - the next, he was gone.
I'm glad he's not hurting anymore, but I still wish he was here with us now. I know he had a long, wonderful life - 18 years! - but I wanted more.
As we drove home, I looked out the window and saw the moon. It was a Blood Moon - huge and red, hanging low in the sky. It may be presumptuous of me, but I'd like to think that unusual moon was there to mark my friend's passing - he is due that kind of honor, and so much more.
Merry Part, Baggy - until Merry Meet Again.
Baggy always made sure I knew that Robin belonged to him first, and it took several years for us to negotiate a truce over 'property rights'. I carry a couple of scars from his teeth... and they'll always be cherished mementos of one of the most ornery, cantankerous, loving and wonderful beings I have ever been privileged to know.
Peace and comfort until we can scritch you again.
Current Mood: sad
I've sat and stared at this update screen multiple times yesterday and today. I still have no clue what to write.
Most of all, I want to thank folks for the wonderful notes, calls, and loving support our families have received. It is so very much appreciated.
Currently, the most complete online information is at http://www.knoxnews.com/news/news/local/church-shooting/
and at . The video of Taylor, Greg's foster child, is "our" Taylor that many of you have heard me talk about. There is also audio from the vigil service held last night at the next-door church (where many ran for help Sunday), including the children from the Annie production singing "Tomorrow" at the closing, joined by everyone there representing almost every faith group in Knoxville.
After the gathering, many went back to the TVUU sanctuary. I have never had a more difficult task in my life than to sit with the mother of a 7-year-old child who - with her daughter, that 7-year-old child - was next to Greg when he was killed. I am still reeling.
One thing that speaks to the heart of that place, that congregation, and to those who fell - that sanctuary is still a place of peace. Sitting where such immense violence and terror was centered only a day before, there was peace and calm and comfort. That room is filled with warmth and love.
The gunman who thought to rip a sanctuary apart, to create pain and chaos until he was himself killed, cannot win here. We have lost people we love, and it will take time to heal both in body and soul. But these people are too strong and too loving to allow chaos and pain to destroy them, or the haven they have built here. I am amazed and humbled by them, and I am so very proud to be able to count so many of them friends and family.
The latest public info is here
Taylor is at Sara's with friends, as is Urs and David. Barbara is with family and friends, and is being taken care of. The rest of the gang is gathering here. Carla and Jamie are going to the Maryville gather. They are okay, but very shaken. We'll probably be at the meeting at the Westside UU tonight, unless we're needed somewhere else.
More later as we can.
Current Mood: anxious
Baseball bat, please?|
Will someone please remind me why I'm not supposed to kill (or at least seriously throttle) clients?
One of mine just bombed her import file. Again. For the fourth time. This week.
Current Mood: !@%#@**$!
"We are called to create change in the world. But we are first of all called to a more immediate and exalted task: that of creating our own lives. In doing this we act as co-creators with the Gods, for we all shape the worlds together. We share with one another the creative work of living in the world. This is the first and most sacred duty, and one we can lose sight of all too easily, bogging ourselves down talking and reading about life instead of *living* passionately and creatively.
We become too used to a Talker-led analysis of something, as if real passion is a *thing* that can be given or received rather than a process to be experienced. It often needs to be pointed out that all the words we could possibly say or write are still just the tip of the iceberg... merely the way to the door, and not even the door itself. *Knowing* the way is not enough. We must walk the path, dance the path, as well. Witches do not simply know, they *do*. For a witch, their very _existence_ is a magical act."
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