Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Odds and Sods: They don't call it lunacy for nothing!

Due to the strangeness surrounding me, I knew it was a full moon, way before I saw it. Sometimes, you just know.


And the USA careens onward, listing evermore to the right, approaching the fever pitch of November elections. If Obama is re-elected, I expect a partial suspension of government by newly-elected Tea Partiers. Newt Gingrich successfully pulled this nasty stunt in 1995 and you can expect a reprise.

What?--you say, alarmed, they can't do that! Daisy laughs ruefully. THEY can do any damn thing they want to. And the way things are presently going, I am girding my loins and preparing for the worst. (I just hope my generally-congenial personality means *I* am not locked up.)

Yesterday, once again, nearly rear-ended due to the bumper stickers. The guy who did it had an MIA bumper sticker... yes, it's a veritable WAR OF THE BUMPER STICKERS. But that's why I tend to worry about the arrival of fascism... sure looks that way to me.

Several of the guys I work with counseled me to buy a gun. Uh-huh, and I'm sure the MIA guy would also have one, and that is a good way for both of us to end up dead. (Then again, I might end up dead when one of them pushes my little car into oncoming traffic.)

Despite my resolve, I might have to scrub off the bumper stickers. Doncha love how these patriots only want constitutional rights (such as FREE SPEECH) for THEMSELVES and not for the rest of us?

Trying hard not to hate. Damn, that sounds so 70s, but I am really trying not to, and fiercely meditating on impermanence.


Although African-American women get more abortions than white women, abortion is still regarded as a "white women's issue"--why?

This salient question is what started Faith Pennick on the road to making her documentary SILENT CHOICES, about the silence of black women on the subject of abortion, even (especially?) their own... and the many reasons for this:

According to a 2009 report by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, nearly eight in 10 African Americans claim that religion is very important in their lives, compared with just over half of all U.S. adults. And while black churches have historically served as beacons of political activism in this country, most of them have remained mute on the issue of abortion. “Black churches are very left as far as their political views on certain issues,” Pennick notes, “but when it comes to something like abortion, there’s this weird sort of break, like a split personality.”

One of the most pervasive stereotypes attached to this issue, Pennick says, is the image of the black woman as sexually promiscuous. “If we talk about abortion,” says Pennick, “it might make people think we’re freaks who just love sex. Not that there’s anything wrong with loving sex, but we’re giving the racists ammunition to say, ‘See, look at those sluts.’ “

To illustrate how this stereotype continues to thrive in contemporary society, Pennick points to the discovery in 2008 that Bristol Palin—the 17-year-old, unwed daughter of the GOP’s vice-presidential candidate—was pregnant. “Somehow, for conservative whites, it reinforced their traditional family values because she kept the baby and got engaged,” Pennick says. “But if that had been Sasha or Malia Obama, if they had been 16 or 17 and had gotten pregnant, oh my, every conservative in this country would have been saying, ‘[The Obamas] have no family values, they’re horrible parents.’“

Excerpt from SILENT CHOICES. (caution, may trigger, etc)

Interesting that my mother's (illegal) abortion was also "a shot"--but she wasn't hit in the stomach. As a result of the shot, my mother slept for three days during which she bled so profusely, my grandmother thought she was dying.

After that, the pregnancy was gone, but I am convinced the hormonal-overdose might have been a precursor to the breast cancer she developed later.

It was her family doctor; he told her he did it all the time, but you had to "catch it early"...


RADISHES AND RICOTTA (unabashedly stolen from REAL SIMPLE):
1 cup fresh ricotta in small bowl
Drizzle with 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Sprinkle w/1/8 to 1/4 tsp each, kosher salt and plain black pepper
Serve with two bunches of trimmed radishes.
Excellent source of magnesium, potassium, Vitamin B6, and alla that good stuff! YUM!


Botox is bad, which of course, you already know. But not only because you are injecting botulism toxin into your body (((screams for emphasis))) but because of the results. Facial expressions are not simply facial expressions.

The University of Wisconsin is on the case:
[Researcher David] Havas was studying people after a pinpoint treatment to paralyze a single pair of "corrugator" muscles, which cause brow-wrinkling frowns.

To test how blocking a frown might affect comprehension of language related to emotions, Havas asked the patients to read written statements, before and then two weeks after the Botox treatment. The statements were angry ("The pushy telemarketer won't let you return to your dinner"), sad ("You open your e-mail in-box on your birthday to find no new e-mails") or happy ("The water park is refreshing on the hot summer day.").

Havas gauged the ability to understand these sentences according to how quickly the subject pressed a button to indicate they had finished reading it. "We periodically checked that the readers were understanding the sentences, not just pressing the button," says Havas.

The results showed no change in the time needed to understand the happy sentences. But after Botox treatment, the subjects took more time to read the angry and sad sentences. Although the time difference was small, it was significant, he adds. Moreover, the changes in reading time couldn't be attributed to changes in participants' mood.
In sales work, I often gauge customer satisfaction by facial expression, and have long noticed that the Botoxed crowd is unable to let you know whether they like something or not. They may even WANT to let you know, but have rendered themselves incapable of doing so. I find it disorienting, and I tend to go emotionless in response. (Thus, I foresee a future in which all interactions between older women will be reduced to Stepford Wife/android-conversations.)

Uppity women are now controlled with pharmaceutical drugs and with the law; through advertising and through our reproductive capacities, and now, they can control our emotions, as I wrote three years ago. Women appearing unhappy or pissed off will probably be outlawed when the Tea Party takeover is complete, and the Botox injections will be mandatory.

Michele Bachmann's doctor will be rich, rich, rich! (Okay, I know, that was nasty.)


I used to read Adrienne von Speyr, when I was in my hard-core, pseudo-Opus Dei period. And I admit, I still like her! If anyone needs some female-authored (and surprisingly woman-centered) Catholic mysticism, check her out.

She once wrote: Anyone who knows the fullness of the light should not live in the twilight for the sake of thrift.

And I've always tried to live by that.


Closing with some random tunes I posted on Facebook, and some I've just been listening to in my car... starting with my favorite local band! :)

I'm a Country Man - Mac Arnold and Plate Full O Blues


All I've got to do - The Beatles


Easy To Be Hard - Three Dog Night


This is special for Mr Daisy! (kisses)

Peggy-O - New Riders of the Purple Sage


Big finish! Whenever I hear this song, I always wonder where all the Quaaludes went, LOL. In Ohio, we called em Sopors, while in the UK (and sometimes on the East Coast), the term was Mandrax. This meant: If you hitchhiked or otherwise traveled a lot, you might not know what you were being offered as you left one region for another, so it was important to be informed!

Ah, pharmaceutical nostalgia for all the former lude-heads in my readership! (goes with the whole FULL MOON motif)

Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll - Blue Oyster Cult


Zucchini Breath said...

I can always tell when it's a full moon; I get my period and the cat brings me a dead mouse :)

sheila said...

lol to Zucchini breath, ha ha ha. Okay. So I guess there really isn't a better segway from illegal abortion almost causing death...than to talk about a radish recipe. OMG Daisy.

Yes, that moon is full. You confirmed it. lol. Love you.
And I just finally took my bumper sticker off. Not no no. The countdown to "W"'s departure. lol HATED TO SEE THAT STICKER GO. But it holds fond memories.

JoJo said...

So many things to comment on! Let's see if I can remember everything I wanted to say.

First, do not scrub off those bumperstickers. You have every right to express yourself. I had no idea that people in SC were that vitriolic when seeing a leftie stickers. Criminy.

And I think the full moon hangs over our office 24/7, 365. All of our clients are crazy.

I have to agree w/ the statement about how Bristol Palin's pregnancy was forgiven but if the Obama girls got pregnant, there'd be an angry backlash. My mom, who considers herself an Independent, even stuck up for Bristol, which shocked me b/c she's always been so militantly conservative about sex (and nearly disowned me when she found out I had entered that arena when I was in college). One of the many reasons why I live here.

Agreed on the botox issue. Ain't NO WAY I'm having some poison injected into my face to smooth out the lines. I also won't buy all of those beauty products hawked on TV by superstars to halt the effects of aging. Thanks but I thought spackle was go on walls, not on the face.

Anywho, hang in there and don't let the jerks get you down.

word verif: gliti

thene said...

Remember the presidential candidate whose daughter had an abortion before it was even legal? Father of the modern conservative movement, naturally. So long as you talk the talk, I guess it doesn't matter if you walk the walk.

Lisa said...

Crazy times. And the moon is only part of it once a month.

Dave Dubya said...

I remember when my Grateful Dead bumper stickers began to draw too much attention. Now I have no stickers on my car and have been stopped only once and got off with a warning.

That said, I'm about ready to print up a few bumperstickers and risk the consequences.

My ideas for stickers:

“Corporations are NOT persons.”
“Money is NOT free speech.”
"Too big to fail is too big"
“Tax the rich. Rebuild America.”

Verification: dosed so

DaisyDeadhead said...

Thene, WOW, if only they'd known in 1964! He'd never have won the nomination and emboldened the Buckley faction, financially paving the way for you-know-who in 1980. (sigh) Of course, now we know that Nancy Reagan (direct quote) didn't "give a damn about those right-to-lifers"... Again, we see that the right-wing women expect "abortions for me but not for thee!"


Sheila, yeah, this was gonna be an "Odds and Sods" post, but decided I didn't have enough links for that... but that accounts for some of the rather abrupt segues (note spelling :P)--sorry about that!

Dave, my next bumper sticker will read "I'm already against the NEXT war"...

white rabbit said...

Thanks for NRPS 'Peggy O'. Hadn't seen/heard that before but there is a sad Dead version on YouTube where Garcia - who hadn't long to live - looks in a really bad way.

Kosher salt? Huh?

Jim said...

"and fiercely meditating on impermanence. "

Meditate on desperation while you're at it. You have a warrior soul, so you need to know some basic warfighting skills, and a real big one is Battle Damage Assessment. This kind of behavior on their part is a sign of desperation, and should fill you with a warm glow of satisfaction.
They see all this stuff changing under Obama and also that the rest of the country is behind him. What will it take to wake us up to the coming cataclysm? It's making them crazy. So smile, smile........

DaisyDeadhead said...

I told ya so! Media Matters: Right-wing "cannot wait" for gov't shutdown, "just like in '95 and '96"