Friday, September 19, 2014

Or ... you know ... maybe not

Hmmmm. In today's Dear Abby, the writer says
Mom ... and [husband] Evan engaged in tense conversations concerning politics and religion. I asked them to please not talk about such things with each other, but they didn't listen. ... they had a huge argument and Mom walked out. She has never returned to our home.

Since then, I have never had a holiday with my parents, although I do travel once or twice a year with the kids to see them. Mom and Evan did come to an understanding when our third child was born, but that, too, ended in separation six months later.
Abby says:
If they were more mature, they would, in the name of family harmony, agree to disagree.
I don't know. That's a very sweeping generalization. Much depends on exactly what their argument was about.It's very difficult and quite probably not a good idea to "agree to disagree" "in the name of family harmony" with someone who has said others of your friends and family should be stripped of their civil rights. Or, you know, damned them - or you - to hell. Just for instance.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

This this this

This. This. This. Oh, so much this, though I wish it weren't so.
Here's what the president said:
We carry on, because, as Americans, we do not give in to fear.
That's ridiculous. What contemptible nonsense. Who the hell told him to say that? And what country does he think he's talking about?

Americans almost always give in to fear. Giving in to fear is what we do first, before we've tried anything else. Even things that might actually work.

ps: this

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fingers crossed and knocking on wood

I certainly hope we choose better this time than we have in the past, that the Syrian rebels we decide to arm against ISIL/S don't end up turning into our new enemies, requiring us to arm someone else against them,  the way the rebels we have armed in the past did.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"You inspire positive morale"

"Anything is possible it just depends on how you dream" she says. "Is morale so bad [here] that we do not assume that people are working towards greatness already?"

Someone else says "I appreciate the positive words you always have to convey - you inspire positive morale".

For some, maybe. For others - no. No she does not. She inspires seething frustration at her constant bubbly "gee whillikers, we can do anything if we just want to bad enough" brand of optimism. You know, the kind that implies that if you aren't happy and achieving all your goals, it's your fault because you're just not dreaming the right way.

Guess which camp I'm in?

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At 12:37 AM, September 17, 2014 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Who said this? I guess she must think that when one of my BFFs died of ovarian cancer two years ago, it was due to failings in her and her family and friends' positive attitudes. Grrr...

 

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Squuueeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

The mustache is back!

(check it out)

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At 11:20 PM, September 16, 2014 OpenID q-pheevr had this to say...

The article you linked to says, "It gives him a classic look, like Errol Flynn or a modern-day Bob Dylan," but I think Trebek's is more specifically a classic Canadian moustache, like Chris Hadfield's, Roméo Dallaire's, and especially Jack Layton's.

 
At 12:09 AM, September 19, 2014 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Husband declared it looks as though someone glued a dead mouse pelt onto Trebek's upper lip -- and not in a good way.

 

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Week in Entertainment

Live: Once, which is quirkily staged but interestingly so.

DVD: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which I missed in theaters. Damn good.

TV: Doctor Who - I found "Listen" to be truly affecting. Like a lot of Moffat-penned stories, it was best at its quietest, but I think it would have been better without the thing (what/who ever) under the bedspread. Also, why have we decided that Danny is the one with his foot in his mouth? Clara's the one who started the date by calling him a killer, wasn't she? Also, I know he's going for awkward, but unfortunately I'm not buying the existence of enough chemistry between the two of them to make them keep trying again. Sad but true.

Read: Dead Water, the first of the next Shetland Quartet by Ann Cleeves. I knew they'd have to have changed a lot for the TV series, since (among other things) they've completely redone Jimmy's relationship with Fran and made Cassie about ten years older, but I was startled at just how much they redid it! The Truth by Michael Palin, which I really enjoyed - much more than his first novel, The Hemingway Chair, though I did like that one, though looking back at it now (1995! I was startled at how long ago it was published) it's "laugh so you don't cry" in its attack on 'modernization' and privatization, isn't it? I decided to give The Monogram Murders a try after reading several reviews of it. A number of them mentioned the Jill Attenbury continuations of Lord Peter, but although I found the couple of them I tried well enough written, they're too ... fannish (and I say that as a fan and writer of fan fiction myself); the whole point of Lord Peter is that he's Lord Peter, not Lord St George and then the Duke of Denver, plus I'm sorry about Jerry just for himself! Anyway, Monogram is quite entertaining. And then I found Ann Hillerman's Spider Woman's Daughter, in which she continues the Leaphorn/Chee story. And in a worthy fashion.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Some inconvenient facts

There have been more incidents of police officers killing unarmed black men since July 17 of this year than there have been incidents of police officers being killed by unarmed assailants in the past three years.

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Police homicides made up less than 1 percent of all occupational fatalities in 2012 (the most recent year for which the Bureau of Labor Statistics has published occupational fatality data), and police homicides by personal weapons [i.e, hands and feet] made up .02 percent of all occupational fatalities. 2013 saw as many dog bite-related fatalities as police officer firearm-related fatalities. The facts remain that occupational fatalities for police officers are rare, occupational fatalities due to homicide even rarer, and occupational fatalities due to homicide via personal assault so rare that no serious argument can be made that its statistical incidence requires constant vigilance.

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A study funded by the Center of Disease Control tracked the number of fatalities caused by cattle in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska between 2003 and 2008. There were 21 such fatalities. That means that there were two more fatalities caused by cattle in just four states over a six year period than there were law enforcement officer deaths caused by homicide using personal weapons over an 11 year period nationwide.

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The Party Label Matters

In the recent attempt by the Senate to pass an amendment that would have overturned Citzens United, every Republican voted against it. Even Susan Collins (of course).

So, as I have said before, do not "vote for the person". The "person" may have to hold their nose when voting, but they will do it. When it counts, there is no meaningful difference between someone who votes for something repellent because they like it, and someone who doesn't like it but votes for it anyway. The latter may get to pose soulfully, but - to quote from a different venue - it all looks like line drives in the box scores in the morning.

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