The Least Attractive Picture of My Cats Ever Taken

Least Attractive Picture Of My Cats Ever Taken

To be fair, they were high on catnip.

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Friday Random Ten – The Very Guilty Pleasure Edition

If it’s Friday somewhere, it’s time for the Friday Random Ten. Load up all your mp3s (even the embarassing ones), set to shuffle, and list the first ten it spits out.

1) Ween – Voodoo Lady
2) The Cars – You Might Think I’m Crazy
3) Too Short – California Girls
4) American Analog Set – Gone to Earth
5) Pixies – Debaser
6) VHS or Beta – No Cabaret
7) Dirtbombs – Broke in Detroit
8) Belle and Sebastian – Chickfactor
9) Tone Loc – Funky Cold Medina
10) Nina Simone – He Needs Me

Bonus Guilty Pleasure: Richard Cheese’s cover of 2 Live Crew’s Me So Horny

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Yet Another Massive Recommended Reading Round-Up

Some of these links are ancient history in blogworld as I collected many of them before the Katrina disaster that still occupies our minds. Nonetheless, food for thought.

Feministing has an update on the crazy, spiky anti-rape device in South Africa.

Binky at Bloodless Coup talks about her overwhelmingly positive experiences with Planned Parenthood during her years before private insurance.

Chris is writin’ love songs to Teh Feminists.

Or Are You Happy to See Me? An essay on strip clubs by a young man that probably deserves greater commentary.

Amanda writes on gender-separated classrooms and pedagogy. The comments quickly turn into commentary about gender, and various studies on ADD/ADHD, gender, discipline and medication.

At Raising WEG, Jody writes a wonderfully thoughtful post on having divorced parents and how it has affected her adult life and her parenting.

Happiness and Parenting at Half-Changed World. The author has also started volunteering as a CASA! Which reminds me I need to get in a class to renew my certification.

Pepper writes on the lack of women’s Constitutional rights in Iraq. James Wolcott comments as well.

Ilyka is angry and rightfully so. But should she quit that blog, she will start getting emails from me, goddammit.

Politics: Katrina
At This Is Not Over (fabulous web design by the way), Miss Alli takes a look at the Congressional Research Service’s findings about the response to Katrina and finds them quite telling.

Liza writes on her own hurricane experiences.

Gas prices. Plus cats. See also: Oil Shockwaves.

I finally know why conservatives hates me so much: Katrina was caused by single mothers.

Existence of poor people a surprise, sez Bush. Also: the 3rd World in America.

I am terribly pleased we now have an idea of what Trent Lott’s new front porch will look like.

Why did we donate? Welcome to the new DIY government.

Politics: John Roberts
The Heretik has a round-up on Roberts of his own. Unrelatedly, The Heretik also thinks DSL and the Broad Band would make a great band name. I agree.

Roberts Ain’t So Bad? I had an inclination to think the same, but then I remembered the life appointment, his past briefs, Feminists For Life, and those beady, beady eyes. That’s what I get for napping through the hearings.

Le Mew (with apologies to Shakespeare’s Sister) has several illuminating posts on reproductive rights laws. See Abortion and Federalism, Precedents and Rehnquist’s Webster Gambit, for example, and the less-related but informative The Rehnquist Legacy IIB: How the Memo Matters.

What would a radical Roberts court look like?

Pissed Off Patricia has a few questions for Roberts. So does John Tierney:

If Roe v. Wade were a tree, what kind of tree would it be?

When you were a clerk at the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Warren Burger was disliked for his pretentiousness. What nickname did the clerks have for him? Burger King?

Does President Bush have a nickname for you yet?

Media Girl looks at the litmus test for so-called liberals. Read, Kos, read.

Politics: Other
At ZMag, the author asks, Are we slipping backwards?

Violence, intolerance, aversion and suspicion toward new ideas, an incapacity for analysis, an inclination to act from feeling rather than from thought, an exaggerated individualism and a too narrow concept of social responsibiity, attachment to fictions and false values…, too great an attachment to racial values and a tendency to justify cruelty and injustice in the name of those values, sentimentality and a lack of realism…

From The Mind of the South (1940); its author was the Carolinian journalist W.J. Cash.

Shakespeare’s Sister writes on her hopes and concerns for rebuilding Gary, Indiana.

Jesse has an apt idea for a memorial that might appeal to Michelle Malkin. See other appropriate suggestions in the comments.

Twisty Faster has an idea for handling those in the White House. I can relate.

Dorcasina writes on various experiences regarding race and class in relation to a highly recommended book.

Contemporary comparisons to the Jimmy Carter presidency.

Terrence dissects notions of race, superiority and inferiority. In an old post, Sydney is very tired of white people.

Because Ethan and I have set up bird feeders all around the house to better watch the brown and yellow finches, I felt the disappointment when Shelley’s finches got displaced.

The Drunken Lagomorph sez, “It’s the Arkansas way!” This one had me chortling for hours.

The 1950s pinup lives again at the Toronto Film Festival. “Notorious Bettie Page” is a movie I have to see.

And if you have a low-grade sense of humor like me, you might really like the Ultimate Fart Soundboard.

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Blogging and Advertising Results

James Torio, a grad student now graduated, finished his thesis on blogging and advertising and has made the results public for our perusal:

In the paper, I looked at how Blogs hyper-accelerate the spread of information, how blogs are effecting business and how some blogs are making money.

I was one of the bloggers who responded. Congrats on your graduation, James, and glad I could help.

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I *heart* Mass

Because they *heart* marriage equality.

The Catholic Church? Not so much. They’re preoccupied with their homo witch-hunt, apparently looking to oust anyone with deviant tendencies from the priesthood after the well-publicized child sex abuse scandal. Nevermind, of course, that attraction to children and homosexuality are two very different things, and the disproportionate number of boys being molested likely speaks more towards access than proclivity. The Church is potentially even getting rid of the gays who haven’t been sexually active for more than a decade (or ever). Which is interesting, given that the Church requires gays to live “chaste” lives. So what about the whole “love the sinner, hate the sin” thing? Not applicable anymore, I guess.

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To the 9/11 Conspiracy Theorists:

Please, just go home.

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Bush Screws Clinton

Over emergency contraception, of course.

Here’s the background: Senators Clinton and Murray (yeah Washington State) brokered a deal with the White House to quit blocking Bush’s nominee for head of the FDA in exchange for a ruling on over-the-counter sales of Plan B. The senators stepped aside, and Lester Crawford was confirmed. Shortly afterward, he announced that his agency was finally taking action on Plan B — by indefinitely postponing a decision.

The latest development in the Plan B battle reveals more than just the administration’s dishonesty, though. It shows how much the Bush White House remains in the clutches of the right’s most extreme elements.

Many pro-lifers are in favor of putting Plan B over the counter — after all, it could prevent hundreds of thousands of abortions every year. That’s something we can all agree is good, right?

That benefit has been lost as the Plan B battle has played out. Opponents describe the pill as tantamount to an abortion—it is not, according to medical definitions—and they complain it will encourage promiscuity among young girls. The most outspoken critic, the right-wing Concerned Women for America, has fired off a dizzying array of objections. The group insists it is worried about the long-term safety of the pill, no matter what scientists say. In the 33 countries where Plan B is available without a prescription, CWA argues, a handful of studies have shown a rise in sexually transmitted infections. It has even equated the drug to “a pedophile’s best friend,” imagining that a child rapist could slip the pill to a girl to “hide” his crime.

That such extreme views have gained traction with the FDA has frustrated Plan B proponents. Asked how abortion politics has colored the debate, for instance, [Princeton University Professor James] Trussell has a hard time hiding his disdain. “There are no two sides to this issue,” he says. “What those people are spouting is their political ideology, not science. It’s just nonsense.”

The Voice article also includes a great quote from Steve Gilliard:

Every time you try to find common ground with these folks [the anti-choice right], they raise the stakes. “First they’re against abortion. Then they’re against contraception. Then they’re against pharmacists filling birth-control prescriptions.”

If the Plan B battle reveals anything, it’s that the opponents’ real agenda is not to prevent unintended pregnancy and abortion. If that were so, they would be for all forms of contraception. They’d be for better sex education. They’d be for more family-planning counseling. “The problem is the right doesn’t want greater access to birth control,” Gilliard says, “and their opposition to Plan B proves it.”


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For those who are unaware, the first comment you make on this blog goes into moderation. I have to approve it before it gets posted, and after approval you can comment freely. Internet doesn’t get installed in my apartment until Saturday, so I have to do all my blogging from the law school computers, and I didn’t have time between classes yesterday to read and moderate all 30-something comments. They should all be posted now, so please, drop the accusations that I deleted them because I don’t agree with you (although let me just throw it out there that if your comments are racist pieces of shit like this, I will delete them — Lauren is kinder than I would be). If you wrote something yesterday and it’s not up, let me know.

Also, I’m not taking personal responsibility for what other people say in their comments. If someone calls Michelle Malkin a cunt, I don’t agree with it and I would never have said it, but don’t use it as some sort of proof that I’m anti-feminist. If I’m the one leveling ad-hominems (and yes, I do call people idiots and morons occassionally), feel free to call me out. But don’t assume that just because I don’t delete a comment that I agree with its content, or that every commenter speaks for me.

And a final note, I love getting emails if you actually have something to say. But if you send me something like this, I’ll post it online and probably make fun of you:

I’ve got a great idea!! If you are a liberal and you love muslims and terrorists then why don’t you go and live in the gaza strip? I’ll help you pack and I’ll chip in for your ticket!! Damn; I’m good!!!! Hahahaha

Thanks, Bruce, for that gem of advice. Please don’t email me again.

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I’m Not Your Sister

I wouldn’t say I’m better than you, Andrea, but since you did…

While we’re on the subject, one of her commenters says:

I’ve been following the argument with amusement. Any fool can see that you weren’t targeting her son. She hadn’t even made an appearance in the thread at that point. It was pure ego on her part to think that you even knew she was another blogger at the site

That’s funny. When Andrea and I get into a shit-slinging match on another blog, in which I dropped out of the argument to let Andrea play by her lonesome (as usual), and the subject of my biracial son comes into play as a core reason why I pay very close attention to race issues, Andrea decides to bring it up again by calling Ethan “quadriracial” and making fun of my concern for race-based discrimination that I have witnessed and detailed at length.

In detail she says:

Oh dear—you have attacked the delicate, sensitive female feminists at Feministe. Expect a puff-alanche of snippy comments from Proud Singlemom Womyn™ demanding Culturally Diverse communities in which they can safely raise their quadriracial children in a non-violent, non-misogynistic, secular atmosphere where they won’t have to hear about icky male phallic things like War!, Jesus, and rednecks in pickup trucks.

Womyn? Really? Don’t get all dumb on me, Andrea, when I think your bitchiness is halfway rooted in intelligence. I don’t know how anyone can bag on culturally diverse communities that see the critical value in her vile statements as much as they value all the vileness of mine. No, she didn’t know nothin’ ’bout me and mine. No.

Smarmy is as smarmy does. But yeah, you attack kids, you’re fucked up — that’s authentic right-wing hate right there, baby.

She’s only giving me traffic with her half-hearted defense of whatever it is she’s defending, so thanks for the link, hon.

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Jackson and Charlie

I can’t tell you how pleased I am that my oldest friend’s wife gave birth to their first on the same day as Britney, y’all!

I’m definitely bringing that up when I go meet wee Jackson this weekend.

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Shannon Elizabeth calls me a bimbo

Well, not Shannon Elizabeth, just Jeff Goldstein. To which I will now oh-so-maturely respond, “Fuck off.”

But please, feel free to give Mr. Goldstein a piece of your mind. I don’t have the time, as I’m too busy trying to make my postings more attractive to men.

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One Nation Under God, Revisited

A month ago I wrote on Ethan’s experience reciting the pledge in his kindergarten classroom.

Last week when Ethan started kindergarten, I was concerned about a great number of things, one of which was him knowing that no matter what any authority or law says, his rights do not stop at the school doors. When a friend reminded me that all Indiana children in public schools have to stand and recite the pledge every day at school to an American flag whose presence is mandated in every classroom, I made a point of discussing this with Ethan, simply to let him know that he had a choice of whether or not to stand with his classmates and make a pledge he certainly doesn’t understand.

I explained it as simply as possible without even touching on the religious complaints against the pledge. Our country is at war overseas, I told him, and some people with a lot of power believe that saying the pledge will make us love our country more and support the war. But, I told him, I think it’s silly to think that a pledge will make us love our country when there are plenty of other things to be grateful for, and just so you know, Mama doesn’t support the war. You can say the pledge if you want to, but it is your choice. No one can make you say it and no one can make you not say it.

I don’t care about “under God.” I care that my child is being asked to conform to an ideal he knows nothing about.

Since then I have spent several days in two local high schools, substitute teaching and gearing up for my student teaching. In both schools, the pledge is tacked on to the beginning of the daily announcements, with a short moment of silence that no one observes between the pledge and the call-out for the FFA. In the more urban school, half of the students participated, half did not. In the more rural school, everyone at the very least stood up and faced the flag.

As per usual, I didn’t say or do anything during the pledge. I got the feeling that both teachers and students found this time, as well as the endless string of announcements, an intrusion of sorts.

I had planned on blogging about this earlier in the week, but forgot until Alley Rat sent me this story (bugmenot: joe_user/123123):

A federal judge declared the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools unconstitutional Wednesday in a case brought by the same atheist whose previous battle against the words “under God” was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court on procedural grounds.

U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton ruled that the pledge’s reference to one nation “under God” violates school children’s right to be “free from a coercive requirement to affirm God.

As I indicated in the original look at the pledge in Ethan’s school, it isn’t so much the phrase “under God” that gets me, it is the coersion of saluting a symbol the children don’t fully understand because of a jingoistic state mandate.

That said, I think the judge has a lucid point. The pledge is indeed an affirmation of God, one god, one kind of god. Not explicitly informing the children of their right to not affirm god and nation in the public schools is coersive, exactly why I told my boy he had a choice.

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