Monthly Archives: August 2012

I hate when people do this.

Sigh.  Repeating a claim over and over does not make it true. Obama did not waive the work requirement for welfare. Edited to add:  And then there is the new anti-Obama movie, 2016: Obama’s America.  It grossed $6.2 million last weekend. … Continue reading

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It is the first day of that days-long infomercial (but with less real content) that is the Republican National Convention.  I have acquainted myself with enough of their platform to shake in my boots for my country — especially its … Continue reading

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Today’s term of the day…

… from Matthew O’Brien of The Atlantic, quoting from David Roberts at Grist:  we are living in a “post-fact world.” Yes, exactly.  And I am a naif who happens to be very, very bothered by that.  It’s not that there … Continue reading

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The combination of my sons playing in the other room, and my occasional reviewing of the iconic 1996 version of Pride and Predjudice has given me an idea: Jane Austen D & D.  “Roll 18, receive offer of marriage from … Continue reading

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I said the other day that I was not posting political commentary at the moment.  I have felt the need to articulate why, even to myself, until today I ran across this item by Erin Gloria Ryan over at Jezebel: … Continue reading

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Schadenfreude postponed

Under normal circumstances,  I might be snickering about the possibility of Tropical Storm (expected to strengthen into Hurricane) Isaac hitting Tampa the first day of the Republican Convention.  So, fundamentalists, what would God be punishing the GOP for? Failing to … Continue reading

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Tad cranky, are we?

One case where a judge speaking her mind is really amusing: “Judge says Apple is ‘smoking crack’ after seeing rebuttal witness list.” Given the circumstances mentioned in the article, it might not have been such an unwarranted question. For the … Continue reading

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Basic biology, fail.

Oddly enough for someone who is so emotionally invested in politics, I am trying to avoid writing about election topics.  Neither my psyche nor my blood pressure can stand a lot of that these days.  The combination of negative campaigning … Continue reading

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What does it say about me…

….That under “L” on the books on my phone, the two books are Lady Chatterly’s Lover and Little Women?* *I also have Black Beauty and Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure. I have sort of catholic tastes.

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As almost always, there’s more there than meets the eye.

Law students find different aspects of law school attractive.  For some it is the camaraderie of other intelligent people.  For some it is the strenuous intellectual challenge. For me, it was the stories.  Each case you read in school, in … Continue reading

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…what’s going on for you?

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I struggle all the time with my role in the world.  Who am I? What am I doing? Does my life have a rhyme or a reason? At the Waikoloa Resort on the big island of Hawaii, you can sign … Continue reading

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I struggle with my kids getting older.  Partly it is a sense of my own aging, and my changing and uncertain role both in their lives and in the world at large.  It can be hard coming to terms with … Continue reading

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The Healthcare Darwinists.

I have a medical condition that, regardless of how well I have been taking care of myself,  has the possibility of me ending up in the hospital. It is lifelong and, if not properly treated, potentially fatal. Being in the hospital … Continue reading

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A few Olympic notes…

I have not been following the Olympics with my usual fervor.  Still…. I was disconcerted that, during the opening ceremonies (which were way too long — or at least NBC’s  broadcast of them, which was of course bloated with probably … Continue reading

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Remember how I said that I would vote Republican if I had any thought that Romney would be anything but a disaster in the making? Scratch that. There’s no way I want Paul Ryan the proverbial heartbeat away from the … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

” [J]ournalism largely consists of saying “Lord Jones Dead” to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.” G. K. Chesterton, “The Purple Wig.” I am working my way through G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown stories, and every so often … Continue reading

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My Stuart Smalley moment… I think.

I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.* *At least I hope they do.  At least some.  And I’ve been told I’m a better than average writer, and a decent conversationalist.

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Facts can be inconvenient, sometimes.

You know, all this insistence on the truth can sometimes get in the way of what I want to say. I was going to write a post about how responding to the Aurora and Wisconsin mass shootings with calls for … Continue reading

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The one broken election promise of the Obama Administration that has angered me the most is the (non)closing of Guantanamo.   And today, the Administration unveiled plans to restrict access of detainees* to their counsel.  Note, according to the story, … Continue reading

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