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March 02, 2006

For Your Reading Pleasure

Kate at The Accidental Hedonist on the U. S. National Uniformity of Food Act 2005. This act would "gut the food safety and labeling laws in Washington, thus endangering our health and the health of our children, our families, and our communities." Kate also has a post up about absinthe and coffee. I bought real absinthe to take with me to a convention at the end of March. I plan to share it with The Count and two friends of mine. It will be great to see those friends. I haven't seen them in about six years. I've been in touch with one of them in e-mail. It's a delight to get e-mail from him first thing in the morning. He makes my day.

Razer (without the blades) as a sex toy. From Eros Blog, of course.

Blondesense on faith-based public schools - a disaster. She mentions Catholic schools. I went to a Catholic school for four years - first through fourth grade. I begged my mother to get me out of there in fourth grade because the nuns and teachers had it in for me. Those women should not have been around children. I went to a public elementary school in my neighborhood, which in some ways was worse. I had been taught very well in Catholic school. Catholic schools are very good at teaching the basic Three Rs. Because of Catholic school teaching, I was ahead of my grade in public school. The kids picked on me, but I had lots of friends in the Gifted And Talented program. So, it wasn't a total loss.

Sheelzebub at Pinko Feminist Hellcat has a message for South Dakota. She has installed a South Dakota chapter of the Seahorse Brigade, where men are forced to carry fetuses to term in the push for supporting "life". It's only fitting to force that on men in South Dakota because that state has just passed a law forbidding all abortions. The governor is expected to sign it. From there, it will be challenged, and head for the Supreme Court. That's what supporters of the bill want. They want it to go in front of the Supremes so they can repeal Roe v. Wade. Women's right to control what happens to their bodies is in jeopardy, and as usual, the Dems will do nothing to stop it. They rolled over when it came time to protest against Alito. What happened to the big filibuster and promise they made to not let a wingnut on the Supreme Court after Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination? Why would I want to support the Dems if they are so quick to ignore women's welfare? The Dems have no appeal for me whatsoever.

I miss Darren McGavin. I was hooked on "The Night Stalker" when I was a kid. McGavin played rumpled hard-boiled reporter Carl Kolchak on that show, which has achieved cult status over the years. I always watch the show when reruns are on the Sci Fi Channel. McGavin and Kolchak were inspirations for "The X Files", my favorite show of all time.

Octavia Butler has also died. I've never read her novels, but I've heard of her. She had written about racial and gender issues. I'll have to pick up one of her books from the library when I finish reading "Glory Road", by Robert Heinlein. I'm reading it now. A friend had recommended it to me. It's one of his favorite books. I can see why. It's very good.

Posted on March 2, 2006 at 07:23 AM | Permalink


Oh, you absolutely must read Octavia Butler. Riveting stuff!

Posted by: silverside at Mar 2, 2006 8:40:55 AM

Why would I want to support the Dems if they are so quick to ignore women's welfare? The Dems have no appeal for me whatsoever.

Because caring about any political issue but winning is just a sign that you're a latte liberal who doesn't understand anything and can't grasp reality, or a member of a radical interest group for extremist causes that need to be jettisoned for the sake of winning, such as better health care coverage, support for civil liberties, lower deficits, and fewer wars of aggression.

Posted by: Alon Levy at Mar 2, 2006 10:49:35 AM