Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Monday, December 07, 2009
Also housecleaning, since Herr Doctor Delagar has decided he wants to hold an end-of-semester party for his Poetry Workshop.
"I will help you clean up," he says.
I deserve a medal, because I did not smack him. Hard.
*My favorite today? A student who cited his article's source as "Google."
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
You must (a) go and read it (b) leave comments (c) both here and there or (d) I will be crushed and think you do not love me.
(Yes, writers have very tender egos. What did you think?)
Be sure to read the other stories, too, of course. I am not the only good writer on board.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The amendment, approved by the Legislature and overwhelmingly ratified by voters, declares that "marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman." But the troublemaking phrase, as Radnofsky sees it, is Subsection B, which declares:
"This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage."
Architects of the amendment included the clause to ban same-sex civil unions and domestic partnerships. But Radnofsky, who was a member of the powerhouse Vinson & Elkins law firm in Houston for 27 years until retiring in 2006, says the wording of Subsection B effectively "eliminates marriage in Texas," including common-law marriages.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
The police chief also defended the officer's actions, but hey, we're used to that by now. I'd expect the local police to defend their officers if they zapped a toddler, frankly. "Brat was coming at me with his rattler, Chief."
However, the students in Zelda's class defended the police officer's actions assiduously, and why?
"These ten year olds today, they're out there getting pregnant! They've got it coming!"
What? You -- What?
"They're out of control! You have no idea!"
(Because Zelda, see, who has raised two kids and is helping to raise several grandkids, she has never met a 10 year old....)
I just got a paper from a local kid, we're on the problem/solution paper now, explaining to me how crime was higher than ever, and teen pregnancies were soaring, and violence in schools was out of control, and drug use was sky-rocketing, and I said, dude, where are you getting this information?
Well, it's common knowledge, he said, confused. Everybody knows it.
They all believe that about the world, which is why they're happy to have the police be jack-booted thugs, tasering grandmas and grammar-school kids, turning the US into Prison USA, dumping endless amount of tax dollars into the War on Drugs and the War on Terror and the War on Sex, and meanwhile not a fucking nickel into educating any of them so that they could do some fucking research and find out that teen pregnancy was actually dropping until Bush started funding Abstinence Only bullshit and have a look at who, if a ten year old is pregnant, just who it might be got her pregnant, because I really, really, really fucking well doubt that ten year old child is out seducing other ten year olds, jeezus crap on a bicycle.
Common knowledge. Ai.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
...about 49 million people, or 14.6 percent of U.S. households [...] a significant increase from 2007, when 11.1 percent of U.S. households suffered from what USDA classifies as "food insecurity" — not having enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle. Researchers blamed the increase in hunger on a lack of money and other resources.
Monday, November 16, 2009
A few reviews I've seen have complained about the history infodumps scattered through the novel, but I can't agree. I suppose to those who have a perfect knowledge of Late Victorian/Edwardian history and culture, these may have seemed unnecessary and tedious; but how many readers have that knowledge? Knowing that culture is essential to understanding why these characters are doing what they're doing, and Byatt's renditions kept me (who knew quite a bit about the times and cultures) entertained.
As for the wide cast of characters, well, yes, we do have lots of characters. Dickensian is the operative word. It's a novel, not a tweet. That said, if the novel has a weak point, it's probably this one. I can see how she could have combined some of these characters, and cut others. Julian's role in the novel, for instance...?
But on the whole, this is a wonderful book, worth reading if only for the stories of Philip, our working class boy (who owes only a little to his literary ancestory Pip -- I like him so much better than the Pip in Great Expectations) who runs away from his impoverished life working at the pottery because he wants to make pots; Elsie, his sister; and Dorothy, who decides at 11 to be a doctor.
And then? At the End? WWI. AARGH!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
- It's hot here. Mid-November and we still have days reaching to the 70's. I do not like.
- Thanks to our techno-friendly campus, students can demand to be advised 24/7! I don't exactly know that I must comply, but I seem to be complying. Advised a kid at eleven-thirty last night. Yes. Saturday night. Am I a loser or what?
- I'm revising Martin's War, which is supposed to come out in December or January. Assiduously. This is, I'm hoping, the final revision. It's slow going.
- I've submitted two stories and a novel to three different journals, on various continents of the planet. Now I am waiting to be rejected. This is my least favorite part of being a writer.
- We got a stern email from the kid's teacher about how the kid did not do a presentation which was due this past Friday -- a book report, of all things. She had read the book, but it had to have props and a written component. She hadn't done that. So we're spending the weekend on remedial sturm und drang. (The kid hates homework.)
- Did I mention it was hot?
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
During Halloween, time-released curses are always loosed. A time-released curse is a period that has been set aside to release demonic activity and to ensnare souls in great measure ... During this period demons are assigned against those who participate in the rituals and festivities. These demons are automatically drawn to the fetishes that open doors for them to come into the lives of human beings. For example, most of the candy sold during this season has been dedicated and prayed over by witches.
I do not buy candy during the Halloween season. Curses are sent through the tricks and treats of the innocent whether they get it by going door to door or by purchasing it from the local grocery store. The demons cannot tell the difference.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
So, well. We're doing the bit after the service, where we mingle and chat, and an older doctor of something inquires what I am doing now, and Herr Doctor Delagar tells him how I am teaching at U.A. Fort Smith and how I have a book coming out.
"Oh?" he asks. "What sort of book?"
"It's a novel," I tell him. "Science fiction."
He looks very much taken aback. Then, with the air of one striving to be kind, he tells me, "I hear that's very respectable now."
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Most people realize that everything these guys say about feminism is bullshit, but it never hurts to be reminded.streiff: I was an evaluator on a live fire exercise back in 84 when a herd of free range cattle moped into the impact area and about 200 troops decided they were much more fun to shoot at than 55-gal drums filled with dirt. I wish I had pictures of the outcome of that because that is what her photo op is like…no, that image wasn’t pretty: then again, neither was this
Neil Stevens: Streiff: You aren’t comparing Dede with a cow are you? Because that wouldn’t be right.
streiff: actually, I was thinking of one particular cow that had a rear leg chopped off by an M-60 machinegun
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Except, of course, as Barbara Ehrenreich (among others who have looked at the study) points out in this column, well, no.
First, the "progressively unhappier" indications aren't that strong. White women are one point more likely to say they're unhappy in 2006 than white men in 2006, compared with the same groups in 1972 -- and, btw, this holds true for all groups of women/men. That is, stay-at-home moms vs working moms vs childfree women, etc. All equally happy/unhappy. So. Make of that what you will.
And: suicide has plummetted for women from 1972 to 2006, while staying stable for men, which, as Ehrenreich says, and as the study itself admits, would seem to be a more reliable measure of misery/unhappiness. Women were unhappy enough in 1972 that they were eating their guns. Not now. Isn't that a better measure of happiness than what box they tick off on a form?
And then there is this:
Another distracting little data point that no one, including the authors, seems to have much to say about is that while "women" have been getting marginally sadder, black women have been getting happier and happier. To quote the authors: "... happiness has trended quite strongly upward for both female and male African Americans. ... Indeed, the point estimates suggest that well-being may have risen more strongly for black women than for black men.
But you can see why, ah, certain groups and blogs are ignoring that data point. It's not like brown women are real people, is it?
Further: these are self-reported trends in happiness. That is, these surveys asked the women and men themselves how happy they were. Well, crap. There's this thing, see, called socialization. Women get socialized, and got socialized even more strongly back in the 1960-1970's than we do now, to claim to be happy even when we weren't.
I still remember my second grade teacher snapping at me in class, I mean just yelling at me, furiously, "Why don't you ever smile? Smile."
I need not tell you that she never said this to any little boys in class.
And what woman here has not been instructed, by some random man on the street, that we need to smile? Or scolded because we aren't smiling?
So: it's just barely possibly that the women in 1972, 1978, 1980, I'm just saying, were over-reporting their happiness; that women since then have become more able to report their actual feelings about how things are (kind of the way men do?) -- just maybe?
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Instead, I send you to Twisty, who with this post reminds me why I love her so much.
Uh-oh! In the self-twitpic, McCain has failed to completely disguise the fact that she has breasts. Her “tens of thousands of followers” retaliate for her public femaleness by loosing a torrent of abuse, a Public Shaming Action consistent with the Global Accords Governing Fair Use of Women.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Q. MANY REPORTERS HAVE ASKED WHY TELOMERES RESEARCH SEEMS TO ATTRACT SO MANY FEMALE INVESTIGATORS. WHAT’S YOUR ANSWER?
A. There’s nothing about the topic that attracts women. It’s probably more the founder effect. Women researchers were fostered early on by Joe Gall, and they got jobs around the country and they trained other women. I think there’s a slight bias of women to work for women because there’s still a slight cultural bias for men to help men. The derogatory term is the “old boys network.” It’s not that they are biased against women or want to hurt them. They just don’t think of them. And they often feel more comfortable promoting their male colleagues.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
A youthful error? Yes, perhaps.
But he's been punished for this lapse--
For decades exiled from LA
He knows, as he wakes up each day,
He'll miss the movers and the shakers.
He'll never get to see the Lakers.
For just one old and small mischance,
He has to live in Paris, France.
He's suffered slurs and other stuff.
Has he not suffered quite enough?
How can these people get so riled?
He only raped a single child.
For sodomizing one eighth grader?
This man is brilliant, that's for sure--
Authentically, a film auteur.
He gets awards that are his due.
He knows important people, too--
Important people just like us.
And we know how to make a fuss.
Celebrities would just be fools
To play by little people's rules.
So Roman's banner we unfurl.
He only raped one little girl.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
For the rest of us, however, the world looks a bit different.
The Consumers Union survey of 1,002 adults from Sept. 17 to 20 found that among the ways people have tried to cut back on health care costs:
-- 28 percent put off doctors' visits.
-- 25 percent have been unable to afford medical bills or medication.
-- 22 percent put off medical procedures.
-- 20 percent declined medical tests.
-- 20 percent skipped filling prescriptions.
-- 15 percent took expired medication.
-- 15 percent skipped scheduled dosages of prescriptions.
I have done nearly all of those, including skipping filling prescription and skipping dosages: not for the kid, but for me; and I have done them more than once. I'd say, in fact, I have done them often. (To be fair, my meds are fucking pricey.)
I've also gone without going in for medical care, especially when I know a visit is likely to lead to something expensive.
We have insurance, but it doesn't cover everything; and I am still paying off doctors and dentists and specialists and for Herr Dr. Delagar's manifold medical issues...about $300 off the top of every paycheck goes for medical bills, which that's over and above what we pay for insurance.
Who needs medical reform? Well, not Bill Frist, I guess.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 09, 2009
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Monday, October 05, 2009
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
(Any book we are not going to read or consult in the next year or two, we are committed to putting in a box and storing in the back closet. It is the only way to live in thise house. We have decided! Unfortunately so far Herr Dr. Delagar only wants to store my books and I only want to store his. Sigh.)
We are up to the H's. This is going to take awhile.
I am hoping, though, that eventually we will have a house we can vaccuum and dust and mop, and one where we can find books again. Wouldn't that be splendid?
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
How come? Well, maybe because, like the religious kids at my kid's school, they don't get taught anything about birth control or even basic sex education at all? Ya think? Just say no, that's what they get taught. Don't do it until you get married, that's all you need to know, that's what they get told.
Because, yes, that works really well. On MARS.