Who I am…
I am a former lawyer, former mother of teenagers, and a quixotic seeker after and champion of factual truth.
I make the best damn brownies you have ever had that are not regulated by the federal government.
I love movies, Broadway, and intelligent conversation.
I think in song lyrics and movie and television quotes.
I believe in the use of proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar even in text messages. I am willing to debate the use of the Oxford comma, if you know what the Oxford comma is. It also makes me very happy if people use the subjunctive mood when appropriate.
I have been told I intimidate people. I am really just a fluffy-centered teddy bear. Really.
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Words to live by ….
“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8.
“Pray for the dead, fight like hell for the living.” Mary Harris (“Mother Jones”).
“Don’t boo. Vote.” Barack Obama.
“Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.” Reinhold Niebuhr.
“No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We’re always one of Us. It’s Them that do the bad things.” Sir Terry Pratchett.
“Damning facts are still facts.” Steven C. Holtzman.
“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re tested, they’re not values — they’re hobbies.” Jon Stewart.
“Darkness never sustains, even though it sometimes seems it will.” Doctor Who.
“Writing is a form of mischief.” Stephen Sondheim.
“An idea is not responsible for the people who believe it.” Don Marquis.
“If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.” Joseph Campbell.
“Truth is our strongest ally, our biggest weapon, and our best defense.” Me.
“Reality has a well-known liberal bias.” Stephen Colbert.
“The opposite of war isn’t peace, it’s creation.” Jonathan Larson.
“We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger.
We rise and fall, and light from dying embers
Remembrances that hope and love last longer.
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love;
Cannot be killed or swept aside.”
“If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” Emma Goldman.
“No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” Samuel Beckett.
“I believe that the God who made (among other things) light, and space, and number, and time, and the spiral curve of Fibonacci numbers, must be acknowledged to understand more than I do about why there’s pain in the world.” Teresa Neilsen Hayden.
“No, it’s not fair. You’re in the wrong universe for fair.” John Scalzi.
“Liberals got women the right to vote. Liberals got African-Americans the right to vote. Liberals created Social Security and lifted millions of elderly people out of poverty. Liberals ended segregation. Liberals passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act. Liberals created Medicare. Liberals passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act. So when you try to hurl that label at my feet, ‘Liberal,’ as if it were something to be ashamed of, something dirty, something to run away from, it won’t work, because I will pick up that label and I will wear it as a badge of honor.” Lawrence O’Donnell
“So keep fightin’ for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t you forget to have fun doin’ it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin’ ass and celebratin’ the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was.” Molly Ivins.
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I hate “gotcha” politics.
I long for a mythical era when people of good intent coulddiscuss their differences rationally, and not look for every sound bite thatcan be taken out of context and used to bludgeon their opponent.* I want people to be judged on the content oftheir ideas, not the particular phrasing of their statements.
I never thought that I would be saying this, but Mitt Romney is being treated unfairly.
In an interview after the Florida primary, Romney was quotedas saying “I’m not concerned about the very poor.” Shocking! Cold-hearted! And this from a man who aspires to bePresident!
Republican opponents, Democrats and liberals (the last twoare not interchangeable) jumped all over this. People were quick to make metaphorical political hay while the spotlightshone brightly on the beleaguered Republican frontrunner.
The problem is that that statement was part of a largersentence that puts Romney in a different light.
“I’m not concerned about the very poor,” Romney said… and thenwent on “We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it. ”
That is a much different statement. Does Romney have a grasp on just how tatteredthe safety net is and what poor support it offers for people who depend on it? Probably not. Will whatever solution he has to fix the holes work? Given his views, Ithink probably not. But believing that the safety net takes care of the very poor so that we don’t need to concentrate on them as much is not the same as saying that the very poor can go hang.
I don’t necessarily think Romney is acold-hearted man. I think he may be outof touch with how most people live,** but then I think that of all of the GOP’scandidates. He is the only one that Ithink is rational, which quite frankly counts for more than his occasionalmissteps.
And seriously, compared with Gingrich hinting that millionaires are eligible for food stamps and that one could go to Hawaii on them, or thatyoung people have a bad work ethic and that students should be made to serve as janitors in schools (ignoring the real, hard, full-time work that goes intobeing a janitor) – who is more out of touch? And more to the point, who islikely to hurt the country less? A man who believes in fixing the holes in thesafety net, or someone who questions whether it should exist at all?
*I know this is mythical: see Wikipedia on the 1824 and 1828elections. In some ways, the nastinessof today’s politics has nothing on that period of American history.
**That betting Perry 10K thing? I still can’t understand what people find sooffensive about that. Romney has the money,Perry has the money, and unless you find gambling inherently sinful, that moneyis theirs to do with as they please. Do people really not know how wealthythese guys are?