Friday, January 28, 2005


Ever have one of those days when everything makes you want to smash stuff?

My dress for the aelthing seems to have evaporated into custom clothing thin air. Last time I order anything from Garb the World.

Work was hellishly busy. I'm totally overworked. I've signed myself up for far too many projects.

I'm exahseted but 8 pm is far too early for a normal human to go to bed.........not a good day.

I'm going to eat a hot pocket, drink a rum and coke, and take 2 tylenol pm now. Hopefully tomorrow afternoon I'll blog about something and feel better.


Friday, January 14, 2005

Hey...we rock!

Feel the power of pissed-off women bloggers...and fear us!
RICHMOND — A Chesapeake lawmaker withdrew a bill on Monday that would have required women to report fetal deaths, after he received more than 500 e-mails from people concerned that the measure would punish women who have miscarriages.

Opposition to the bill, HB1677, was generated by “blogs,” personal Web sites set up by individuals who post information and encourage discussion about topics of interest to them
Cool! (See my original post on this below) It's so awesome that a blogging outcry may have actually made the world a better place (and no, font-analyzing conservative bloggers, I don't mean you).

Get the full details at Democracy for Virginia.

Original link via Babyfruit.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Better late than...well, no, this still sucks

Aren't you glad the Bush White House has finally called an end to the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The White House on Wednesday said the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq (news - web sites) has ended without any evidence of the banned weapons, while guerrillas attacked a joint U.S.-Iraqi convoy in Mosul, killing two Iraqi National Guardsmen.

The Iraq Survey Group, made up of some 1,200 military and intelligence specialists and support staff, spent nearly two years searching military installations, factories and laboratories whose equipment and products might be converted quickly to making weapons.

White House press secretary Scott McClellan said there no longer is an active search for weapons. "There may be a couple, a few people, that are focused on that," but it has largely concluded, he said. "If they have any reports of (weapons of mass destruction) obviously they'll continue to follow up on those reports," McClellan said. "A lot of their mission is focused elsewhere now."
Not only two years, but plenty of cash, resources, and human lives were wasted on this endeavor. Now, even they're admitting the search for WMDs is a waste of time.

Sunday, January 09, 2005 I'm not losing my perspicacity

Your Dominant Intelligence is Linguistic Intelligence

You are excellent with words and language. You explain yourself well.
An elegant speaker, you can converse well with anyone on the fly.
You are also good at remembering information and convicing someone of your point of view.
A master of creative phrasing and unique words, you enjoy expanding your vocabulary.

You would make a fantastic poet, journalist, writer, teacher, lawyer, politician, or translator.

Via the Little Hedgehog.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Grrr! Spit!

After having a miscarriage, I scoured the web for other girl bloggers who had similar experiences, hoping to gain some catharsis from their stories. Some of the best include Babyfruit, Deviant Woman (whose story I read from beginning to end) and my personal favorite, Chez Miscarriage.

It was at Chez Miscarriage that I discovered that Virginia state representative John Cosgrove is attempting to pass a bill that will effectively make it punishable by a year in prison to not report a miscarriage that happens in your home to the police within 12 hours.

Not a doctor...the police. The freaking police!

The first twelve hours after my miscarriage, which happened in my home, outside of medical supervision (which, frustratingly, happens because unless you're waaay far along or have had at least 3 miscarriages already your doctor doesn't really have anything to say to you except "take some Tylenol and call me in the morning"), were spent feverishly weeping in the arms of my husband.

I couldn't even get the words together to tell my parents about what happened. I can't imagine filing some police report like it was my car stereo that got stolen and not all my hopes and dreams.

Democracy for Virginia has the details about the proposed bill here and here.

Delegate Cosgrove is trying to pass this bill off as an attempt to rescue abandoned newborns...but a standard "safe haven" law would have been much more appropriate. Besides, this bill doesn't even mention abandoned newborns or use the phrase "infant death." It mentions "fetal death," and under Virginia law fetal death is defined as:
...death prior to the complete expulsion or extraction from its mother of a product of human conception, regardless of the duration of pregnancy; death is indicated by the fact that after such expulsion or extraction the fetus does not breathe or show any other evidence of life such as beating of the heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles.
This is what happens when stupid, ignorant politicians act like they know what they're talking about. Just like the non-existent term 'partial-birth abortion,' 'fetal death,' in the state of Virginia is a made-up, non-medical term designed to make you feel all icky inside.

I've said it once, and I'll probably say it again.

Grab your copy of A Handmaid's Tale, and get ready for your trip down the slippery slope, fellow broodmares.

Added: I've noticed the blogging outcry about this nonsense has been pretty huge. NTodd, Dru Blood, Thousand Yard Glare, and Promethus 6, and veiled4allah, and probably a whole bunch of others have write-ups on it.

I'm glad I don't live in Virgina. Although, as New Mexico is apparently now a red state, bullshit like this can't be too far down the pipe.

Whee! Sliding down the slope! did this man get re-elected???

You know, I'm pretty bad at math. But I can't understand how someone who won and election by a clear (small, but clear, apparently) majority can have such low approval ratings a scant two months later!
WASHINGTON - President Bush (news - web sites) is entering his second term with the lowest approval ratings of any recent two-term president, even as he talks about an ambitious agenda of change, an Associated Press poll finds.

Congress is viewed even more negatively — a troubling sign for Bush and Congress as they tackle such proposals as creating private accounts for those in the Social Security (news - web sites) system, overhauling the federal tax code and limiting lawsuit damages.
Too bad Kerry was too spineless to wait for the Ohio recount. There are a lot of people in this country not included in Bush's 'mandate.'

Where's Al Gore dressed as Trent Lott when you need him?
Finally. Now go away forever.

So Phil Spector, famed for the worst, super cheesy, underwritten and overproduced pop musing in American culture actually admitted he murdered Lana Clarkson.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Famed music producer Phil Spector at first told police he accidentally shot B-movie actress Lana Clarkson to death at his home in February 2003, contrary to his later claim that she committed suicide, newly released transcripts of grand jury testimony show.
Personally, I think he deserves life just for fucking up Let It Be. And I'm not quite sure whether it's really cool or really sad to be forever known as "B-movie actress Lana Clarkson."

Anyway, I hope they put him away forever. Then maybe we can forget "Here Comes the Sun" ever happened.
To the 8 jillion people who've emailed me this month

I will get back to you, I promise. It's just that I've been procrastinating and now there's a big pile in my inbox.

If you think that's lazy, you should see my work inbox.