Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Breaking News: Rod Dreher More Batsh*t Crazy Than Ever

Even his own Commentariat turn on him with this one.

"Obama Springs Transgender Traitor," he shrieks, and spends most of the post in an uncontrollable tantrum over the fact that Chelsea Manning is transgender.
This penis-having traitor suffers because people might not think she is a “real woman”. Think about that. Manning suffers serious psychological problems, and has tried to commit suicide. He should receive medical treatment — but not boobs grown at taxpayer expense on his traitorous breast, and not liberty for breaking his oath under arms.

(Of course Dreher insists on misgendering Manning. What a twit.)

Paragraphs of that, leading to his conclusion, which is that Manning has only had her sentence commuted because her transgender status has made her such a hero to the Left.

Typical Far-Right Historical Revisionism, and to their credit, his Commentariat points that out to him -- arguing that the Left was arguing that Manning's treatment was unjust, and that her prison sentence should be commuted or that she should be pardoned well before Manning revealed that she was trans.

Rod ignores these comments, though he is finally forced to admit, after several people point it out to him, that Manning isn't actually a traitor.

Later, he adds an update:

I was thinking just now why this case made me so angry. And then it hit me. About 25 years ago, I shared an apartment with a gay friend, a college buddy, and helped him get settled and started. He ended up walking out on our lease and skipping town, owing me $800 and leaving me scrambling to find someone to take his room, because I couldn’t afford the apartment on my own. That was bad enough, but I had also loaned him my laptop so he could compose his resume and hunt for work. I found out later, after he had skipped town, that he had gone into my private e-mails, read them all, and distributed information he found good and gossipy, all at my expense. And while doing all that behind my back, he told his friends that it was okay, because I was a conservative, and therefore part of the oppressor class. They agreed, apparently. The fact that I was a conservative justified his betrayal in his mind, because conservatives oppressed gay people. 

In the comments, he gets furious at those who point out how, um, revealing this update is. He is not EITHER prejudice against gay people, he snarls. And he is not saying all LGBT people are just alike! How dare you say such mean, slanderous things about Rod!

Monday, January 16, 2017


At least that's what the commentariat at Rod Dreher's place (and elsewhere) keep shrieking at us.

By "Natural law," of course, what they mean is "How I believe the world ought to be."

I used to sort of enjoy reading Rod Dreher's blog, and other Conservative and Moderate blogs, because they gave me a look at what people not like me thought, and what they believed. Since Trump's election, though, wow. It's just a gibbering hate-fest over there.

Anyone not precisely like them -- which is to say heterosexual, Conservative, their very own brand of Christian, cisgendered, educated to their precise level of education, and (very often) from their own region of the country has become not just the enemy, but not even human.

Two-minute hate? I wish. Non-stop hate.

ETA: See also this, over at alicublog.

Sunday, January 15, 2017


One of the fans of my kid's comic made this shitpost for it

It's perfect, and hilarious.

(It's only funny if you've been reading the comic -- sorry!)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

My Score

I only score 15 on this -- or sixteen, depending on how whether we count "immodest and rebellious women" as one point or two.

Gotta up my game.

(Stolen from Alas a Blog.)

Friday, January 13, 2017

Things I Like About My New Office

...v. Things I don't

It's my first real day in my new office, and the first day of the semester, sort of. (We don't start teaching until Tuesday, January 17, but today we have meetings all day. How I love meetings.)

Anyway, I arrived today at 7.30 a.m. to find that the key to my office door didn't work. That's one thing I don't like.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


  • I have to go back to work on Friday -- sort of. It's the pre-school conference day. I don't actually start teaching until Tuesday. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Real Bubble... the bubble of militant ignorance.

I've lived in Red States very nearly all my life. I was born just outside Seattle, in a trailer park, but we left there when I was three to move to New Orleans, to another trailer park.

Graduate school in Arkansas. First job in Idaho. Second job in North Carolina. Third job -- this job -- back in Arkansas.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

What I'm Reading (and watching) Now

I'm still tragically, dramatically sick, which means I can't do much besides lie on the sofa and whimper. Also blow my nose, emit hacking coughs, and read novels.

(I lie. I'm also writing. Each day I trawl up sufficient energy to write for at least two hours. Then I collapse.)

Anyway, I'm reading a lot. Also binge-watching a lot of Netflix.

Here's what I've been watching:

Friday, January 06, 2017


We got about an inch and a half of snow here last night, which means that the entire NW Arkansas region has shut down entirely. Central Arkansas is getting more snow as we speak.

Snow day for my kid. I woke her at dawn with the news. There was much rejoicing.

Indeed, she promptly returned to bed, and is celebrating by sleeping until noon.

I'm drinking coffee and writing and watching my snowy yard be snowy.

I love snow days.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

My New Year So Far

I'm starting of 2017 sick as a dog. Somewhere at the end of 2016, I picked up a vicious cold -- probably in that horrible Motel 6 in Jackson, MS. Apparently it plans to never let me go.

I'm drinking plenty of tea and honey, and huddling under blankets. I may switch to tea and brandy here in a bit.

This does not bode well for the new year.


(See also this: Why 2017 will be a bad year)

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Good-Bye 2016

I wish I could hope 2017 would be better, but frankly the portents point to nope.

Here are my favorite posts from 2016:

January 2016

Happy 2016: I'm sharing this mostly for my hilarious look at what I thought 2016 would be like. HA HA HA HA HA I was so innocent.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Return to the Fort

We spent the past week in New Orleans, with (most) of my family, celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah combined. My oldest brother and SIL were only in town briefly, since she had to work Christmas; but we did see them the first night we were in town.

Now we are back in the Fort, and all of us are sick -- fever, sore throat, fierce headache. Since we always get sick for the holidays (being academics) this is NBD.