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Ralph G. Stair THE OVERCOMER BROADCAST South Carolina www.theovercomer.org IS YOUR CHURCH UP TO DATE? UPDATES Does your church have more problems than you want to admit? Godliness is Prayer; larrylea.org myprayer.org family values, family.org Health Issues? healthsourcemag.com hforhealth.com najax.com Loading... Loading... Welcome So you have a house church? About HCC What's New? Gifts House Church Central is dedicated to the growing house church movement and endeavors to provide house churches with A channel for the interchange of ideas A source for solid, Christian theology A catalog of resources for the house church About HCCCork BoardDirectoryElectronic PubsEller CollectionGiving to HCCGot a house church?LettersMyHCCHouse Church LinksHCC MagazineResourcesSearch HCCSurveyHouse Ch. TheologyWorldwide RegistrySite MapWeb StatisticsWhat's New? Herb Drake WebServant HCC is non-denominational and an effort is made to accommodate Christians of many backgrounds. The house church movement is an attempt to get away from the institutional church, seeking instead to return to the small gatherings of peoples that constituted all of the churches of the New Testament era. The emphasis at this site is not to criticize the institutional church, but rather to lift up its alternative. Many house churches start among people who first meet in an institutional setting, and regular attendance at a good institutional church is encouraged as a source of Christian teaching. But can one really worship at an institutional church? The fellowship pictured in Mt. 18:20 (the source of the house church doctrine of church) is "two or three gathered together." Even "church growth" expert Lyle Schaller says that the "glue" that is necessary to unite worshippers cannot be achieved as a church grows beyond a limit of about 40 people. Other experts point out that an assembly larger than a mere dozen people creates an environment in which some of the people often back away from full participation. And there is the concern so well articulated by that the institutional church tends toward viewing its members as an "audience" and the worship experience as a "show." It is better, he said, to view God as the audience and all the people equally accountable for the "performance" of worshipping in Spirit and in Truth. Why the House Church? Here are just a few of the reasons: Historical. The house church is the biblical church. All of the churches in the New Testament era were small assemblies that met in homes. While setting up institutional forms of "church" may or may not provide a way to honor God, the movement toward the institution and the human authority that tends to accompany hierarchical institutional structure are not theologically neutral. Growth. The most explosive growth of Christianity in our own time has taken place in the likes of the People's Republic of China where its only expression has been the illegal, underground house church (more recently the PRC has installed a government-licensed "Three Self" church in an effort to control a movement that decades of political repression has failed to contain). Historian Del Birkey's studies have led him to conclude that the house church is our best hope for the renewal in our times. Resisting the Culture. Our culture desperately wants to change our doctrines so that it might Christianity to conform to its notion of "civil religion" and "political correctness." The house church has always been for this reason, just as Jesus said that his disciples should be in the Sermon on the Mount. That sermon outlines how the powerless disciple can be salt and light in a dark world (Mt. 5:13-14), how to withstand evildoers (Mt. 5:39) by showing God's love to the world through suffering at the hands of persecution from bullies (Mt. 5:39), foreclosing landlords (Mt. 5:40), and occupying Roman authorities (Mt. 5:41). It speaks of giving and lending to the most hopeless credit risks (Mt. 5:42). It speaks of a praying community ("Our Father, who art in heaven ..." Mt. 6:9) that fasts (Mt. 6:16), gives of itself (Mt. 6: 21), and depends completely on God (Mt. 25ff). It speaks of the non-judgment of individuals (Mt. 7:1), just as it speaks of the need to judge those who would be authorities in spiritual matters (Mt. 7:15ff). Mission. There are several opportunities in our communities that are especially suited for the house church. An invitation offered to a work-place acquaintance to a home is much less threatening than one to a church, just as one example. Another is the unique value of the house church as a ministry to "the damaged" and the possibility of learning the joy of giving by elevating that practice to a personal level. Of course there are objections to the independent house church that the reader will need to consider carefully: Authority. House church advocates reject any human authority other than the very real and present rule of Christ, who was inaugurated the king of his church at the first Pentecost (Acts 2). The house church assembles to know the will of its king through the Holy Spirit and to be obedient to that will. Many in the professional clergy, however, understand their role as a "priestly" one in which they are to be intermediaries between the Lord and His flock, being thus trusted through the process with a certain degree of authority. While they seek the benefits of the vibrant Christianity that manifests itself in small groups, and work hard to make small groups a part of the ministry of their churches, many harbor a concern that the groups might become a threat to their own relevance and livelihood. Heresy. Others argue that house churches, due to their lack of seminary trained clergy, might follow the examples of Jonestown and Waco. In this they have a point, as the New Testament is full of epistles that attempt to correct a legion of heresies in various churches--and all of the New Testament churches were, in fact, house churches. It is hoped that these pages can help house churches avoid this pitfall, taking over the seminary's role to the extent possible in a mere web site. It is the hope of House Church Central that this site can help nurture the growth of the movement and also mitigate the concerns of house church nay-sayers. Ralph G. Stair THE OVERCOMER BROADCAST South Carolina www.theovercomer.org This page contains information The Rick A. Ross Institute has gathered about Overcomers Ministry/RG Stair. Visit the Overcomer Ministry Website (Link takes you outside the Rick A. Ross Institute web site) Visitor Comments Stair is ordered to pay $731,679 Religious commune leader pleads guilty in fondling case Bush pleas first in Stair case 'Prophet Stair' is out of jail Buckner Grants Bail for 'prophet' Suit to be filed against Stair? Grand Jury Reinstates Charges Against Stair Minister faces more charges Judge dismisses Stair's charges Investigators Exhume Corpse Father claims son's death was foul play Overcomer is in a Better Place, Says Stair Minister moved to Maximum Security Overcomer Ministry death being investigated Prophet Stair Still Behind Bars No Bail for 'Prophet of Baal' No Bail for 'Prophet of Baal' - Part 2 of 2 No Bail for 'Prophet of Baal' - Part 1 of 2 Stairs Daughter testifies R.G. Stair arrested in South Carolina Wife of Stair admits "My husband has sinned" Brother Stair Arrested: Criminal Sexual Conduct & Breech Of Trust Ralph G. Stair, founder and self-proclaimed "prophet" Ralph G. Stair's Arrest The Rick A. Ross Institute email: info@rickross.com URL: http://www.rickross.com Copyright © 2002-2008 Rick Ross. Home Archive Cult News Search Getting Help Forum Mind Control Links Contact Us About Us What's New Headlines Site Guide Books Help Us FAQ Safe House Has Moved to 640 SafeHouse of Jacksonville Inc "Catch The Vision" Welcome Letter Home Monthly News Letter Adopt a Family The Breakers Visitation The 2009 Awards Safe House Grows Easter 2010 About Us Donations Chicken Dinner Calendar Contact Us Sponsors Thanksgiving 2009 Childrens Christmas Party 2009 Products FAQs About Us The mission of SafeHouse of Jacksonville Inc. Outreach Ministry is to go out into all the neighborhoods sharing God's word, showing others God's love, to help those in need with food, clothing, direction and support. To provide practical, emotional and physical assistance to those we meet. Assisting them in living a healthy and productive life. SafeHouse of Jacksonville Inc. Outreach Ministry is a not for profit faith based organization. Reverend Howell who wants to make a difference in the lives of everyone he meets. Our Mission "Catch The Vision" In September 2009 SafeHouse of Jacksonville gave food to 894 people. In October 2009 SafeHouse of Jacksonville gave food to 726 people. This number is only going to increase, this is why we need your help, your donation of food and or financial assistance is needed. What you give to SafeHouse, stays in SafeHouse to purchase food and maintanin our financial needs. If you are able to help, please do so, God will bless the blesser. Thank you for giving. Company History SafeHouse of Jacksonville was founded in 2001 by Pastor Joe Howell. It began with Pastor Joe and his wife Lottie giving out meals and sharing the word of God on the streets of Jacksonville. Over time, they were able to raise enough funds to rent a location in which to disperse food and clothing from. Since then the center has been expanded twice and is now fully operational Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Schedule: Tuesday night Bible study at 6:30pm. Friday evening Celebrate Recovery at 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Sunday we have Sunday School at 9am and Worship service at 10am. It is by God working through people like you that this Ministry continues to thrive, offering hope and a helping hand to those in need. ©2007 SafeHouse of Jacksonville Inc. Outreach Ministry. 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August 21-22, 2010 Bulletin August 28-29, 2010 Bulletin September 4-5, 2010 Bulletin September 11-12, 2010 Bulletin Missions at Hope Chapel: Our Ministry Philosophy We firmly believe that God deeply desires His Church to partner with Him in finishing the task of world evangelization. God is a missionary God, and He invites us to join with Him in sharing the Gospel around the world. God longs for the day when there will be those from every tribe, tongue and nation worshiping before the throne in their own unique way. The completion of world evangelization is what drives missions at Hope Chapel. We believe that life-giving, reproducing churches, are God’s change agents in the world, and the means through which world evangelization will be completed. In light of this, our missions philosophy is simple: partner with like-minded churches and organizations to plant reproducing churches among the least evangelized peoples of the world. Our objective is not merely to organize a church on foreign soil, but to initiate a Christ-ward movement that will propagate the gospel throughout the entire culture as a whole - and eventually begin to impact other cultures as well. There are several values that help shape our strategy for missions at Hope Chapel: We value a focused approach to cross-cultural ministry. We choose to focus our efforts on a limited number of people groups. Currently we are focusing on one of the least evangelized muslim people groups in the world. This kind of focused approach enhances our ability to make ministry decisions and maximize effectiveness. In view of this, we will focus our resources to: Clearly articulate our vision for cross-cultural ministry, helping the entire church to understand and embrace what we are planning to do and why. Plant reproducing churches among the people group God has called us to. Pray prayers that are relevant to reaching the people group among whom we are working. Focus allows our prayers to be well-informed and strategic. Minister cross-culturally in ways that will accomplish the maximum effect in terms of reaching people for Christ. Care well for and fully support those we send. Team ministry is our primary tactic. We believe that the work of the church is done most effectively in an environment of mutual cooperation and in smaller units of people where there is high goal orientation, and a willingness to work together sacrificially. We place a high value on partnership with the rest of the Body of Christ. We must constantly be exploring the partnership opportunities before us. We will work in partnership with others who have a similar vision, both indigenous believers and other Christians. Power encounter is expected. As recent studies on Muslim conversions have shown, over 50% of Muslim converts came into the kingdom through healings, dreams and visions of Jesus, or some other supernatural encounter. We want to be open and obedient to all God may want to do in and through us in terms of signs and wonders, actively seeking God to manifest Himself and His kingdom as He desires. We value innovation and creativity. There is no exhaustive manuscript of proven methods of church planting among Muslims. Therefore, we want to encourage creative thinking in regard to reaching the unreached for Christ. We are willing to try new methods that seem worth the risk in order to see people reached. In order for a climate of innovation to exist, we must have a tolerance for well-intended failures. Get involved God is weaving together an incredible global story. He is calling and empowering regular, everyday people, to join Him in taking the Gospel to those who have yet to hear. You can join God in what He’s doing through Hope Chapel to make His name know and worshipped. Here’s how: Pray: Attend one of the monthly prayer gatherings for Hope Chapel’s target people group. First Sunday of the month at 9am in the Prayer Room. Attend the weekly prayer gathering for missionaries sent by or associated with Hope Chapel. Every Sunday after church in the Prayer Room. Sign up for email prayer updates about Hope Chapel’s target people group. For more information, contact Sara Minan. For more information, contact the church office. Go on a Hope Chapel short-term mission trip: Next trip: Fall 2010 Mobilize others: Help cast vision for missions throughout the congregation: Children, Youth, College, Hope Groups, Sunday mornings, etc. For more information, contact the church office. Send: Faithfully pray for and support financially those sent by Hope Chapel to serve short-term or long-term in cross-cultural ministry. Attend Hope Chapel Missions Training School: The missions training schools is an elective track of the Hope Chapel School of Spiritual Formation. It is a nine month program designed to deepen your walk with Christ, further develop your spiritual gifts and natural abilities, and prepare you for cross-cultural ministry. For more information, contact the church office. Go long-term as part of a church planting team sent by Hope Chapel: Teams are foundational to Hope Chapel’s church planting efforts among unreached people groups. We are always actively pursuing, screening, and preparing those called to serve on church planting teams cross-culturally. The first step is to request the opportunity to enter the screening process. For more information on how to do this, contact the church office. Hope Chapel 6701 Arroyo Seco Austin, TX 78757 512-377-3900 Services Sunday at 10:00 AM Saturday at 6:00 PM Copyright 2008 Hope Chapel, Austin, Tx. All Rights Reserved. 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Gifts House Church Central is dedicated to the growing house church movement and endeavors to provide house churches with A channel for the interchange of ideas A source for solid, Christian theology A catalog of resources for the house church About HCCCork BoardDirectoryElectronic PubsEller CollectionGiving to HCCGot a house church?LettersMyHCCHouse Church LinksHCC MagazineResourcesSearch HCCSurveyHouse Ch. TheologyWorldwide RegistrySite MapWeb StatisticsWhat's New? Herb Drake WebServant HCC is non-denominational and an effort is made to accommodate Christians of many backgrounds. The house church movement is an attempt to get away from the institutional church, seeking instead to return to the small gatherings of peoples that constituted all of the churches of the New Testament era. The emphasis at this site is not to criticize the institutional church, but rather to lift up its alternative. Many house churches start among people who first meet in an institutional setting, and regular attendance at a good institutional church is encouraged as a source of Christian teaching. But can one really worship at an institutional church? The fellowship pictured in Mt. 18:20 (the source of the house church doctrine of church) is "two or three gathered together." Even "church growth" expert Lyle Schaller says that the "glue" that is necessary to unite worshippers cannot be achieved as a church grows beyond a limit of about 40 people. Other experts point out that an assembly larger than a mere dozen people creates an environment in which some of the people often back away from full participation. And there is the concern so well articulated by that the institutional church tends toward viewing its members as an "audience" and the worship experience as a "show." It is better, he said, to view God as the audience and all the people equally accountable for the "performance" of worshipping in Spirit and in Truth. Why the House Church? Here are just a few of the reasons: Historical. The house church is the biblical church. All of the churches in the New Testament era were small assemblies that met in homes. While setting up institutional forms of "church" may or may not provide a way to honor God, the movement toward the institution and the human authority that tends to accompany hierarchical institutional structure are not theologically neutral. Growth. The most explosive growth of Christianity in our own time has taken place in the likes of the People's Republic of China where its only expression has been the illegal, underground house church (more recently the PRC has installed a government-licensed "Three Self" church in an effort to control a movement that decades of political repression has failed to contain). Historian Del Birkey's studies have led him to conclude that the house church is our best hope for the renewal in our times. Resisting the Culture. Our culture desperately wants to change our doctrines so that it might Christianity to conform to its notion of "civil religion" and "political correctness." The house church has always been for this reason, just as Jesus said that his disciples should be in the Sermon on the Mount. That sermon outlines how the powerless disciple can be salt and light in a dark world (Mt. 5:13-14), how to withstand evildoers (Mt. 5:39) by showing God's love to the world through suffering at the hands of persecution from bullies (Mt. 5:39), foreclosing landlords (Mt. 5:40), and occupying Roman authorities (Mt. 5:41). It speaks of giving and lending to the most hopeless credit risks (Mt. 5:42). It speaks of a praying community ("Our Father, who art in heaven ..." Mt. 6:9) that fasts (Mt. 6:16), gives of itself (Mt. 6: 21), and depends completely on God (Mt. 25ff). It speaks of the non-judgment of individuals (Mt. 7:1), just as it speaks of the need to judge those who would be authorities in spiritual matters (Mt. 7:15ff). Mission. There are several opportunities in our communities that are especially suited for the house church. An invitation offered to a work-place acquaintance to a home is much less threatening than one to a church, just as one example. Another is the unique value of the house church as a ministry to "the damaged" and the possibility of learning the joy of giving by elevating that practice to a personal level. Of course there are objections to the independent house church that the reader will need to consider carefully: Authority. House church advocates reject any human authority other than the very real and present rule of Christ, who was inaugurated the king of his church at the first Pentecost (Acts 2). The house church assembles to know the will of its king through the Holy Spirit and to be obedient to that will. Many in the professional clergy, however, understand their role as a "priestly" one in which they are to be intermediaries between the Lord and His flock, being thus trusted through the process with a certain degree of authority. While they seek the benefits of the vibrant Christianity that manifests itself in small groups, and work hard to make small groups a part of the ministry of their churches, many harbor a concern that the groups might become a threat to their own relevance and livelihood. Heresy. Others argue that house churches, due to their lack of seminary trained clergy, might follow the examples of Jonestown and Waco. In this they have a point, as the New Testament is full of epistles that attempt to correct a legion of heresies in various churches--and all of the New Testament churches were, in fact, house churches. It is hoped that these pages can help house churches avoid this pitfall, taking over the seminary's role to the extent possible in a mere web site. It is the hope of House Church Central that this site can help nurture the growth of the movement and also mitigate the concerns of house church nay-sayers.
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The Liberty Bell has a new home, and it is as powerful and dramatic as the Bell itself. Throughout the expansive, light-filled Center, larger-than-life historic documents and graphic images explore the facts and the myths surrounding the Bell.

X-rays give an insider’s view, literally, of the Bell’s crack and inner-workings. In quiet alcoves, a short History Channel film, available in English and eight other languages, traces how abolitionists, suffragists and other groups adopted the Bell as its symbol of freedom.

Other exhibits show how the Bell’s image was used on everything from ice cream molds to wind chimes. Keep your camera handy. Soaring glass walls offer dramatic and powerful views of both the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, just a few steps away.

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The bell now called the Liberty Bell was cast in the Whitechapel Foundry in the East End of London and sent to the building currently known as Independence Hall, then the Pennsylvania State House, in 1753.

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Unfortunately, the clapper cracked the bell on its first use. A couple of local artisans, John Pass and John Stow, recast the bell twice, once adding more copper to make it less brittle and then adding silver to sweeten its tone. No one was quite satisfied, but it was put in the tower of the State House anyway.

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The Liberty Bell is composed of approximately 70 percent copper, 25 percent tin and traces of lead, zinc, arsenic, gold and silver.

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Melissa McEwan is the founder and manager of the award-winning political and cultural group blog Shakesville, which she launched as Shakespeare's Sister in October 2004 because George Bush was pissing her off. In addition to running Shakesville, she also contributes to The Guardian's Comment is Free America and AlterNet. Melissa graduated from Loyola University Chicago with degrees in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology, with an emphasis on the political marginalization of gender-based groups. An active feminist and LGBTQI advocate, she has worked as a concept development and brand consultant and now writes full-time.She lives just outside Chicago with three cats, one dog, and a Scotsman, with whom she shares a love of all things geekdom, from Lord of the Rings to Lost. When she's not blogging, she can usually be found at her piano or dancing like no one is watching to a Smiths' tune. Email Liss.Arkades is a gay, married, heavyset, eclectic, eccentric Midwesterner. He jots the odd rant now and then, and is otherwise content to add pithy and sometimes snarky observations to discussions-in-progress. Topics of interest include gender and gender roles, sexuality, media, pop culture, politics, and (of course) beards and bears. Email Arkades.Erica C. Barnett is a Texas expatriate living and shivering in Seattle, Washington. She has a large vegetable garden, a road bike she frequently leaves on the bus, and a job writing about local politics for Seattle's alternative weekly. Michael Nesmith is her favorite Monkee. Email Erica.Kenny Blogginz is a fearless leader of the next generation of American Patriots. When he isn't busily combating the radical gay feminazi agenda by wielding his Jesus-sword and flag-shield, he attends college in Northwest Indiana. All Kenny Blogginz really wants is an uninterrupted afternoon to watch Lost and smoke some weed. Email KBlogz.CaitieCat is a UK-born Canadian, with a Room of Her Own in southern Ontario (but not in Toronto!). She's a polyglot and a cunning linguist, a writer, painter, editor, soccer player, referee, actor, director, scriptwriter, cane-user, grandmother, bisexual, polyamourist, gamer, stand-up comic poet, Marxist, feminist, bassist, history wonk, and geek. Also, some people used to mistake her for a boy, but she's feeling much better now. Email CaitieCat.Deeky was born and raised in Los Angeles. He now lives in Missouri.When he's not gracing Shakesville with his estimable talents, you can find him reviewing movies at Surfin' Dead or waxing deektastic at Dharma Pancakes. Deeky is also the star of an internet comic, hosts a podcast, and is a real asshole. Email Deeky.Elle is an assistant professor of history, a conflicted southerner, and a single mama. She's also an aspiring author—both in the sense of not-yet-published and in her fervent wish to have an uninterrupted year to write about whatever strikes her fancy (and she does like to have her fancy struck). Her professional and personal work encompass many topics—women, African Americans, the South, labor, and black-brown relations, just to name a few. She also blogs here. Email Elle.Kate Forbes, aka eastsidekate, is worth a million in prizes. When she is not busy playing roller derby, gardening, raising her daughter with her partner, writing, cooking, or being a lesbian, she is an assistant professor of environmental science. As of a few years ago, Kate lives neither on the east side, nor in America's Upper Midwest. Her not-forthcoming memoir, Adventures of a Transsexual Derby Girl: True Stories of Fun Stuff to Do While Your Junk Destroys America, will not be appearing at your local bookstore. Despite rumors to the contrary, she has never had it in the ear before. Email eastsidekate.Benjamin H. Grumbles is Head Detector of Potions, Elixirs, and Poisons for the US Government and Its Occupied Territories. His hobbies are fisticuffs, driving a penny-farthing, and drinking your milkshake, all of which he pursues with an abundance of gumption. He resides on a steamboat headquartered on the Mighty Mississip with his wife Vivian. Email Benjamin H. Grumbles. Maud is crazy*. She has always been crazy. No, she is not going to get over it. Being crazy is her full-time job. That and surviving are what she does, along with writing the occasional post for Shakesville. She dropped out of school after her 2nd year of not attending the 10th grade, took an odd variety of courses at a variety of (mostly) community colleges, and was once fairly well-read, but has forgotten most of it. She is long-winded, discursive, and has a tendency to be too liberal, in some folks estimation, particularly with commas, supposing that is possible, and italics. Her favorite person EVAR was a beagle. Named Maud.*Maud knows some of you dislike the word crazy, preferring the term mentally ill, where warranted, which it is in Maud's case. She avoids using the word crazy at Shakesville other than here, and apologizes to anyone for whom it is unpleasant, but being it, she claims the right to own it, and this is her profile. Email Maud.Misty is a tea-guzzling, latté-sipping, book-obsessed progressive living in the PNW with her husband, four offspring, black lab, and torbie kitty overlord. When not chasing toddlers around, you might find her in the kitchen baking yet another loaf of french bread while listening to NPR. Or re-reading a book for the zillionth time. Or perhaps watching As Time Goes By or that deep, thought-provoking show, So You Think You Can Dance? Then again, she might just be out driving to the store in her rockin' minivan with the windows rolled down and the Lord of the Rings soundtrack turned up. Because she is just.that.awesome. Email Misty.Mustang Bobby is a writer and blogger who looks at the world with dry bemusement and tries to get through life without bumping into the furniture. In addition to Shakesville, his work can be read at his own blogs, Bark Bark Woof Woof and Bobby Cramer, and at the literary group blog The Practical Press. Email Mustang Bobby.Paul the Spud is the original Mai Tai recipe.1 1/2 oz fresh lime juice, 1/2 oz Curacao, 1/3 oz orgeat syrup, 1/4 oz rock candy syrup, 1 oz aged Jamaican rum, 1 oz Martinique rum. Shake ingredients well. Serve in a double old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice and spent lime shell. Garnish with mint sprig. Email Spudsy.Butch Pornstache is a total asshole. Email Butch Pornstache.Teh Portly Dyke is 50-something, 5 ft. (in shoes), 155 lbs. Pretty handy with a thesaurus, says "fuck" a lot. A founding Member of the Lesbian Grand Council and licensed distributor for Titty-Wrap Hugs, Inc.[twh]., her super-power is Occasional Fits of Pique and her aliases include Chatty Cathy, Troll-Bane, Ms. Deity, The Right Reverend, and Kwisatz Fatterach. She can also be found at her own blog, Teh Portly Dyke. Email Portly Dyke.Quixote has been messing about for far too long getting a degree in naturopathic medicine, a doctorate in biology, and teaching college to make a living (in a purely academic sense). Q will probably never figure out "what I want to be when I grow up," but is having heaps of fun writing science fiction and ranting here at Shakesville, at Acid Test, and in comments all over blogland. Email Quixote.Mr. Shakes, aka Iain, is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, where he spent his formative years learning to imbibe mass amounts of alcohol without falling over, refining his caustic wit to weapons-grade snarkery, and building up an immunity to iocane powder. He moved to America just a year into the Bush administration and has regretted it ever since. He now lives just outside Chicago with three cats and an American. Email Mr. Shakes.Shark Fu, a.k.a. AngryBlackBitch, Mistress of Correction, High Priestess of the United Church of Bitchitude and Latter Day Drunks, and the Supreme Empress of Keeping it Real. Proudly practicing the fine art of bitchitude since 1973! When she's not blinking it up at Shakesville, she can be found at her own blog, AngryBlackBitch. Email Shark Fu.SKM lives in a converted ice cream parlor among the steep stairways of Pittsburgh's South Side. When not reading, writing, or being a professional Auntie, she may be on a hike or a hunt for fabulous fabric or wild sourdough cultures. A graduate of Brown University and Chatham University, she spent 10 years doing lab research in genetics and immunology before turning to her current project on the anatomical mystery of how so many people manage to put their feet in their mouths while their heads are so far up their asses. Email SKM.Space Cowboy is also known as Volcanus Eruptus, which references the simmering cauldron of rage that exists just below his deceptively pleasant exterior. Either way, he's a happily married dork living in New Jersey. By day, he's a mild-mannered software developer who blows off work to write posts. By evening, he's a gamer, part-time drummer, and human slave to one wife and one feline. Email Space Cowboy.Todd was born and raised in Northwest Indiana where he spent most of his time with Melissa worshipping and impersonating Morrissey. He then escaped to Chicago and graduated from Loyola University with a Communication major and English and Sociology minors. He also partied a little too much, got his heart broken a few times, learned a few lessons, and used it all for writing material. He still resides in Chicago where he works in the marketing department of a law firm and spends his free time planning his next big move. Wait for it .... Email Todd.Guest Blogger: Shakesville regularly features guest posts by a variety of bloggers. If you're interested in guest blogging at Shakesville, please email Liss with your request.

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Melissa McEwan is the founder and manager of the award-winning political and cultural group blog Shakesville, which she launched as Shakespeare's Sister in October 2004 because George Bush was pissing her off. In addition to running Shakesville, she also contributes to The Guardian's Comment is Free America and AlterNet. Melissa graduated from Loyola University Chicago with degrees in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology, with an emphasis on the political marginalization of gender-based groups. An active feminist and LGBTQI advocate, she has worked as a concept development and brand consultant and now writes full-time.She lives just outside Chicago with three cats, one dog, and a Scotsman, with whom she shares a love of all things geekdom, from Lord of the Rings to Lost. When she's not blogging, she can usually be found at her piano or dancing like no one is watching to a Smiths' tune. Email Liss.Arkades is a gay, married, heavyset, eclectic, eccentric Midwesterner. He jots the odd rant now and then, and is otherwise content to add pithy and sometimes snarky observations to discussions-in-progress. Topics of interest include gender and gender roles, sexuality, media, pop culture, politics, and (of course) beards and bears. Email Arkades.Erica C. Barnett is a Texas expatriate living and shivering in Seattle, Washington. She has a large vegetable garden, a road bike she frequently leaves on the bus, and a job writing about local politics for Seattle's alternative weekly. Michael Nesmith is her favorite Monkee. Email Erica.Kenny Blogginz is a fearless leader of the next generation of American Patriots. When he isn't busily combating the radical gay feminazi agenda by wielding his Jesus-sword and flag-shield, he attends college in Northwest Indiana. All Kenny Blogginz really wants is an uninterrupted afternoon to watch Lost and smoke some weed. Email KBlogz.CaitieCat is a UK-born Canadian, with a Room of Her Own in southern Ontario (but not in Toronto!). She's a polyglot and a cunning linguist, a writer, painter, editor, soccer player, referee, actor, director, scriptwriter, cane-user, grandmother, bisexual, polyamourist, gamer, stand-up comic poet, Marxist, feminist, bassist, history wonk, and geek. Also, some people used to mistake her for a boy, but she's feeling much better now. Email CaitieCat.Deeky was born and raised in Los Angeles. He now lives in Missouri.When he's not gracing Shakesville with his estimable talents, you can find him reviewing movies at Surfin' Dead or waxing deektastic at Dharma Pancakes. Deeky is also the star of an internet comic, hosts a podcast, and is a real asshole. Email Deeky.Elle is an assistant professor of history, a conflicted southerner, and a single mama. She's also an aspiring author—both in the sense of not-yet-published and in her fervent wish to have an uninterrupted year to write about whatever strikes her fancy (and she does like to have her fancy struck). Her professional and personal work encompass many topics—women, African Americans, the South, labor, and black-brown relations, just to name a few. She also blogs here. Email Elle.Kate Forbes, aka eastsidekate, is worth a million in prizes. When she is not busy playing roller derby, gardening, raising her daughter with her partner, writing, cooking, or being a lesbian, she is an assistant professor of environmental science. As of a few years ago, Kate lives neither on the east side, nor in America's Upper Midwest. Her not-forthcoming memoir, Adventures of a Transsexual Derby Girl: True Stories of Fun Stuff to Do While Your Junk Destroys America, will not be appearing at your local bookstore. Despite rumors to the contrary, she has never had it in the ear before. Email eastsidekate.Benjamin H. Grumbles is Head Detector of Potions, Elixirs, and Poisons for the US Government and Its Occupied Territories. His hobbies are fisticuffs, driving a penny-farthing, and drinking your milkshake, all of which he pursues with an abundance of gumption. He resides on a steamboat headquartered on the Mighty Mississip with his wife Vivian. Email Benjamin H. Grumbles. Maud is crazy*. She has always been crazy. No, she is not going to get over it. Being crazy is her full-time job. That and surviving are what she does, along with writing the occasional post for Shakesville. She dropped out of school after her 2nd year of not attending the 10th grade, took an odd variety of courses at a variety of (mostly) community colleges, and was once fairly well-read, but has forgotten most of it. She is long-winded, discursive, and has a tendency to be too liberal, in some folks estimation, particularly with commas, supposing that is possible, and italics. Her favorite person EVAR was a beagle. Named Maud.*Maud knows some of you dislike the word crazy, preferring the term mentally ill, where warranted, which it is in Maud's case. She avoids using the word crazy at Shakesville other than here, and apologizes to anyone for whom it is unpleasant, but being it, she claims the right to own it, and this is her profile. Email Maud.Misty is a tea-guzzling, latté-sipping, book-obsessed progressive living in the PNW with her husband, four offspring, black lab, and torbie kitty overlord. When not chasing toddlers around, you might find her in the kitchen baking yet another loaf of french bread while listening to NPR. Or re-reading a book for the zillionth time. Or perhaps watching As Time Goes By or that deep, thought-provoking show, So You Think You Can Dance? Then again, she might just be out driving to the store in her rockin' minivan with the windows rolled down and the Lord of the Rings soundtrack turned up. Because she is just.that.awesome. Email Misty.Mustang Bobby is a writer and blogger who looks at the world with dry bemusement and tries to get through life without bumping into the furniture. In addition to Shakesville, his work can be read at his own blogs, Bark Bark Woof Woof and Bobby Cramer, and at the literary group blog The Practical Press. Email Mustang Bobby.Paul the Spud is the original Mai Tai recipe.1 1/2 oz fresh lime juice, 1/2 oz Curacao, 1/3 oz orgeat syrup, 1/4 oz rock candy syrup, 1 oz aged Jamaican rum, 1 oz Martinique rum. Shake ingredients well. Serve in a double old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice and spent lime shell. Garnish with mint sprig. Email Spudsy.Butch Pornstache is a total asshole. Email Butch Pornstache.Teh Portly Dyke is 50-something, 5 ft. (in shoes), 155 lbs. Pretty handy with a thesaurus, says "fuck" a lot. A founding Member of the Lesbian Grand Council and licensed distributor for Titty-Wrap Hugs, Inc.[twh]., her super-power is Occasional Fits of Pique and her aliases include Chatty Cathy, Troll-Bane, Ms. Deity, The Right Reverend, and Kwisatz Fatterach. She can also be found at her own blog, Teh Portly Dyke. Email Portly Dyke.Quixote has been messing about for far too long getting a degree in naturopathic medicine, a doctorate in biology, and teaching college to make a living (in a purely academic sense). Q will probably never figure out "what I want to be when I grow up," but is having heaps of fun writing science fiction and ranting here at Shakesville, at Acid Test, and in comments all over blogland. Email Quixote.Mr. Shakes, aka Iain, is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, where he spent his formative years learning to imbibe mass amounts of alcohol without falling over, refining his caustic wit to weapons-grade snarkery, and building up an immunity to iocane powder. He moved to America just a year into the Bush administration and has regretted it ever since. He now lives just outside Chicago with three cats and an American. Email Mr. Shakes.Shark Fu, a.k.a. AngryBlackBitch, Mistress of Correction, High Priestess of the United Church of Bitchitude and Latter Day Drunks, and the Supreme Empress of Keeping it Real. Proudly practicing the fine art of bitchitude since 1973! When she's not blinking it up at Shakesville, she can be found at her own blog, AngryBlackBitch. Email Shark Fu.SKM lives in a converted ice cream parlor among the steep stairways of Pittsburgh's South Side. When not reading, writing, or being a professional Auntie, she may be on a hike or a hunt for fabulous fabric or wild sourdough cultures. A graduate of Brown University and Chatham University, she spent 10 years doing lab research in genetics and immunology before turning to her current project on the anatomical mystery of how so many people manage to put their feet in their mouths while their heads are so far up their asses. Email SKM.Space Cowboy is also known as Volcanus Eruptus, which references the simmering cauldron of rage that exists just below his deceptively pleasant exterior. Either way, he's a happily married dork living in New Jersey. By day, he's a mild-mannered software developer who blows off work to write posts. By evening, he's a gamer, part-time drummer, and human slave to one wife and one feline. Email Space Cowboy.Todd was born and raised in Northwest Indiana where he spent most of his time with Melissa worshipping and impersonating Morrissey. He then escaped to Chicago and graduated from Loyola University with a Communication major and English and Sociology minors. He also partied a little too much, got his heart broken a few times, learned a few lessons, and used it all for writing material. He still resides in Chicago where he works in the marketing department of a law firm and spends his free time planning his next big move. Wait for it .... Email Todd.Guest Blogger: Shakesville regularly features guest posts by a variety of bloggers. If you're interested in guest blogging at Shakesville, please email Liss with your request.
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Posted by Melissa McEwan at Thursday, April 01, 2010
Dear English-Speaking World:Pursuant to previous letter, please immediately cease all use of the word "emotional" wherein its application is intended to be synonymous with hysterical, irrational, overwrought, or some other word traditionally used to dismiss women who are rightfully angry about, upset by, or contemptuous of misogynistic behavior.Using "emotional" as a dog-whistle to marginalize women's concerns—or the concerns of any other non-privileged group, for that matter—doesn't make you better than overt misogynists who call women hysterics, and you're really not fooling anybody.Implicitly juxtaposing "emotion" against "reason/rationality" treats the two as mutually exclusive processes, which they are not. The human response to many things is both emotional and rational/reasoned.The damnable lie that reason without emotion is the only reasoning worth shit is one of the most pernicious myths of the Patriarchy, inextricably tied to the woman- and man-hating presumption that women are emotional and men are reasonable (and thus is reason superior to emotion).Men are emotional creatures as much as are women.And every man I've ever heard deny that truth has spent no small amount of his life living and dying by the fortunes of his favorite Ballsport Team.The exhortation to extricate emotion from reason, commonly wielded against women to dismiss their rightful ire at the manifestations of their oppression, is as unrealistic and dishonest as it is a contemptible pile of fetid, stinking rubbish.Knock it the fuck off already.Love,Liss

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kmillecam12 04/01/2010 05:44 PM
Amen. NOT April Fool's on this one.
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devolution7 04/01/2010 05:58 PM
I never got the use of "emotional" as a put down. I'm sorry I give a shit and have a personal vested interest in a subject? It especially pisses me off when it's used as a reason that we shouldn't be in x position. Yeah empathy, sympathy and passion are things we don't want in a leader. K.
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Vetiver 04/01/2010 06:19 PM
Dear Liss: You rock. That is all. Sincerely, me
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willow329 04/01/2010 06:29 PM
I wish I could remember the exact quote, but it was something like, You wouldn't want a judge who uses only reason because he or she wouldn't have any idea what was important.
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scrappy1 04/01/2010 06:29 PM
Instead of the Ten Commandments, I would like to have this put on a stone tablet, please.
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tashana 04/01/2010 06:32 PM
Ahahahahaha oh my god, Liss, you are hitting all my "CRAP CONVERSATIONS I'VE BEEN HAVING WITH PEOPLE" today. I was debating with someone that one of the reasons I am against banning abortion is that it dehumanizes women who don't want to be pregnant to the level of breedmares. And he responded that "yes, yes, this is a very emotional debate, and emotions cloud us, but this is why we need reason in arguing about this very important issue." GOOD JOB COMPLETELY IGNORING THE PROBLEMATIC ISSUE I JUST POINTED OUT. Was there anything specifically that drove you to write this letter?
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Jadelyn 04/01/2010 06:36 PM
x1000. And I want to thank you for this and every other time you've expressed this concept because it was you, Liss, whose words helped me stop hating myself for my tendency to get emotional during heated debates on personal subjects. My father (and lately, my brother) always mocked me for getting frustrated and angry and almost or actually crying from those emotions while debating such things as why my gender makes me unfit for Real Serious Work and why I can't be trusted to make my own decisions, and I just accepted that they were right, that it was a sign of my (womanly) weakness that such intellectual discussions caused an emotional reaction. I used to hate myself for it. Reading Shakesville has helped me to understand that emotion is not a failing and that I have a right to feel emotions when my rights are under intellectual attack. So for this and every other time you've said it, thank you.
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roramich 04/01/2010 06:46 PM
RAWK!!! and thank you!
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devolution7 04/01/2010 06:58 PM
The idea that only cold "rational" white hetero men are the most objective decision makers would forever make me laugh if it wasn't so depressing that people still buy into this idea, and have been for centuries.
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runsscreaming 04/01/2010 07:08 PM
I wish my forehead were big enough for me to tattoo this on it.
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avenging_angle 04/01/2010 07:32 PM
Men are emotional creatures as much as are women. And every man I've ever heard deny that truth has spent no small amount of his life living and dying by the fortunes of his favorite Ballsport Team. Yes. Also the rest of this, but yes. If I'm the hysterical/emotional/non-rational one, howscome you're crying over whether a bunch of men with a ball managed to run the ball past a certain line fewer times than another bunch of men, none of whom you know personally (most likely)?
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bleh 04/01/2010 07:44 PM
Yes, and men conveniently forget that anger is an emotion, that frustration at your team's performance is an emotion, that joy is an emotion. When they say emotional (as a slur), they really just mean sadness or dismay coming from a woman.
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LurkinMerkin 04/01/2010 08:05 PM
Yes! Thank you for writing this!
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MelissaRel 04/01/2010 08:14 PM
I'm gonna join in the chorus of "thank yous" here. Of all the things feminism has done for me on a purely selfish, personal level, reassurances that being an emotional person doesn't automatically make you "less" is near the top of the list.
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Fachtna_Midwest 04/01/2010 08:20 PM
Aaaaaaand, this EXACT conversation is why women to this day make up less than 10% of equity partners at large law firms. There's this obnoxious false dichotomy, taught in law school to this day, that we have to divorce our personal feelings from the reasoning, so that we can "reason" better. Funny how we're all supposed to be calm, cool, and rational when the subject is oppression on the basis of color, class, or gender against the "other." Don't get so emotional, you silly empathetic whiners! But it's perfectly fine to get screaming mad when, say, you run out of beer money Saturday, and the parents won't send more till Monday. OK, that was a little low, but . . .
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kaleido 04/01/2010 08:57 PM
Yes! Thank you thank you thank you. I got into this exact argument with a guy the other day... a guy who is known for his attraction to violence, be it in movies, video games, his imagination, whatever. He gave me pretty much verbatim the whole men-are-so-much-more-logical-and-rational argument... until I pointed out that violence is a direct result of emotional overload. Wanting to "beat shit up" is not logical. It's a knee-jerk response that satisfies the most primal of emotional urges. Gah.
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RachelB 04/01/2010 09:06 PM
"The human response to many things is both emotional and rational/reasoned." Word. In fact, appealing to emotion is a classical rhetorical gesture. It works because most audiences are made up of humans, and humans feel things. This should not be a problem.
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eastsidekate 04/01/2010 09:08 PM
And every man I've ever heard deny that truth has spent no small amount of his life living and dying by the fortunes of his favorite Ballsport Team. But....but...but.... ballsport involves both "ball" and "sport", making it the double-most-important thing in the English Speaking world. It's not like knitting, world peace, child-rearing, pick up after yourself, or any of the other nonsense that summons uterine energy.
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glasseye 04/01/2010 09:17 PM
I would dearly like this printed on a t-shirt (along with your open letter on Realness) So timely as well. The last person who said that to me said it in such a nonchalant way it was really more depressing than anger inducing. If I opened up a shrine to you with daily offerings of OMGSHOEZ, would you object?
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glasseye 04/01/2010 09:21 PM
I said 'timely' but just realised then that, well...when isn't this timely...
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Melissa McEwan 04/01/2010 11:11 PM
Was there anything specifically that drove you to write this letter? Some shit on the telly Iain and I were watching the other night. I don't even remember what it was now, just that I had the occasion to say to him I find it totally fucking irritating that women are positioned as uniquely "emotional" and dismissed on that basis.
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jadzia 04/02/2010 12:27 AM
Thank you thank you thank you. Bonus points if the admonition comes from the dude one office door down who regularly screams (including obscenities) at everybody in his path.
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Akumyo 04/02/2010 01:10 AM
I sure love when I have conversations with guys who are like "Why are women so emotional? IT MAKES ME SO ANGRY" Oh ok.
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TiernaFeminista 04/02/2010 07:56 AM
THANK YOU. I feel like I've gotten something off *my* chest just by *reading* that. You are able to express these things in a way that really helps me, Melissa! Thanks again.
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GoldFishy 04/02/2010 08:17 AM
As a man, I am stunned by the shame attached to emotion displayed by men. This does as much damage to any person, and I appreciate you calling it out. Short-ish Story: I had a coworker accuse me and a couple of my peers of being separatist and exclusive (mainly the result of very different job functions, not intentional exclusion, as it turns out) jerks in a large meeting, and I was shocked and hurt by her statements. I remained calm while her statements about me were discussed by others, but when I took a turn to address them, I became emotional. I felt it was appropriate and necessary, since her statements were intentionally divisive and hurtful.After the meeting, more than one person came up to me not to affirm our common membership on a team, but to tell me that it was either ok or "too bad" that I got emotional, because my words were so appropriate. What a bunch of crap.So yeah, I agree with this. Thanks for voicing my feelings so well, yet again.Oh, and I LOVE the word pernicious.
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Melissa McEwan 04/02/2010 09:24 AM
After the meeting, more than one person came up to me not to affirm our common membership on a team, but to tell me that it was either ok or "too bad" that I got emotional Yeah, that's always awesome (where "awesome" = "totally fucking presumptuous and wildly inappropriate") when other people decide to audit your emotional reactions and provide commentary assessing the legitimacy of your emotional expression. Which is, of course, something that would never happen to you if you were straight.
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Lampdevil 04/02/2010 09:47 AM
Thank you thank you THANK YOU. This one was totally rattling around in my head today, and I'm SO HAPPY that I'm not alone in this. I think back to high school, when so many of my classmates would roll their eyes and go "oh gaaaaawd, calm down" every time I dared get excited about a topic, or angry about something genuinely awful that was done to me. Like my actual DARING TO REACT to the jerks catcalling me in the hall/groping me on the bus/stealing my lunch made me some kind of freakish crankcase that needed to be sedated for my own effing good. UGH. And as bullshitty as I can see it is now, I'm still prone to append anything passionate/loud that I say with a liberal sprinkling of "sorry, sorry" and an aversion of my eyes. UGH!!!
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resident_alien 04/02/2010 11:57 AM
*falls to her knees,grabs nearest harp and commences to sing a song of praise for this post* Nerd alert:I have often pointed out to fellow Trekkies that Roddenberry's concept of Vulcan culture,history and society is based on a view of the mind that is over-simplified,dated and nonsensial to begin with.The more one is seperated from/in denial of one's emotions,the more one is eventually consumed by them and the less rational one behaves.
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Flewellyn 04/02/2010 12:22 PM
Well said!
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celesteh 04/02/2010 02:16 PM
The British press says that MPs and other public figures are "tired and emotional" when they are drunk and belligerent. I'm not sure what this has to do with the way Americans use the word "emotional" in the ways you have described, but I suspect it's related.
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SKM 04/02/2010 05:10 PM
celesteh: that's interesting; it sounds like the press is using "emotional" to excuse poor (i.e. "drunk and belligerent") behavior, rather than to dismiss legitimate anger.
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elayneriggs 04/03/2010 03:30 PM
My late Dad used to use the word "dramatic" to describe when I got (in his opinion) overly emotional. He wasn't necessarily all that feminist but in hindsight I appreciate his choice of, um, putdowns...
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eibhear 04/03/2010 10:36 PM
@ celesteh, I was going to mention that, but to be scrupulously fair, I really don't think it means, "belligerent". As far as I can see, it usually seems to mean they'd had one too many at, "The El Vino", on Fleet Street and had fallen down, dead pissed and lying in their own vomit. None of my business, I suppose (though it does make good copy for, "Private Eye"), but I do wish the aforesaid would cease going on about drunk and disorderly youths terrorising decent people in town centres.
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Dear English-Speaking World:Pursuant to previous letter, please immediately cease all use of the word "emotional" wherein its application is intended to be synonymous with hysterical, irrational, overwrought, or some other word traditionally used to dismiss women who are rightfully angry about, upset by, or contemptuous of misogynistic behavior.Using "emotional" as a dog-whistle to marginalize women's concerns—or the concerns of any other non-privileged group, for that matter—doesn't make you better than overt misogynists who call women hysterics, and you're really not fooling anybody.Implicitly juxtaposing "emotion" against "reason/rationality" treats the two as mutually exclusive processes, which they are not. The human response to many things is both emotional and rational/reasoned.The damnable lie that reason without emotion is the only reasoning worth shit is one of the most pernicious myths of the Patriarchy, inextricably tied to the woman- and man-hating presumption that women are emotional and men are reasonable (and thus is reason superior to emotion).Men are emotional creatures as much as are women.And every man I've ever heard deny that truth has spent no small amount of his life living and dying by the fortunes of his favorite Ballsport Team.The exhortation to extricate emotion from reason, commonly wielded against women to dismiss their rightful ire at the manifestations of their oppression, is as unrealistic and dishonest as it is a contemptible pile of fetid, stinking rubbish.Knock it the fuck off already.Love,Liss
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Today, November 12, 2010, 1 hour ago noreply@blogger.com (Melissa McEwan)
Did you ever wonder what is the sound of one cat lapping how cats lap up liquids?Well, now you know!That is, unless the cat in question is pulling the dip-paw-in-and-lick maneuver, as Olivia likes to do to my glass of ice water every chance she gets, or stands in a sink mewling pitifully until her Two-Legs turns on the tap, which is Matilda's favorite liquid-acquisition strategy of choice.
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Two Facts
Today, November 12, 2010, 1 hour ago noreply@blogger.com (Melissa McEwan)
1. David Brooks is still getting paid handsomely for writing for the New York Times.2. David Brooks evidently has no fucking clue that there are millions and millions of Americans who literally need every penny of their Social Security checks (and sometimes more) to survive, or else he wouldn't be asking bullshit questions like: "Are you really unwilling to sacrifice your Social Security cost-of-living adjustment at a time when soldiers and Marines are sacrificing their lives for their country in Afghanistan?"

Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime
Today, November 12, 2010, 1 hour ago noreply@blogger.com (Deeky)
King: "Love and Pride"

The Overton Window: Chapter Twenty-Five
Today, November 12, 2010, 3 hours ago noreply@blogger.com (Deeky)
Contest time:If you can guess what happens in chapter twenty-five, you might win one gently used gummi worm! Hey, who wouldn't want that? (You wouldn't want that, trust me.)If you said "nothing happens" then you're a winner! But we're all winners here, aren't we? By reading this book, we've all had the opportunity to Grow and Learn, and that is something to be proud of. There is no second place in learning and there is no crying on Glenn Beck's TV show. Oh, wait, there is lots of crying on Glenn Beck's TV show. Nevermind.Okay, so there are two plot points revealed this chapter, which, I guess makes them a slight bit more engaging than the previous three installments of The Kearns & Bailey Show. Maybe this story arc is starting to pay off.To the plot point, the most important one, I am guessing:
Danny took a printout from his pocket, a transcript of the most recent chat room conversation, and matched up the four men with their screen names. The fifth, he was told, a guy named Elmer, had taken an unexpected trip to Kingman, Arizona, on a related matter and wouldn't return until well after midnight Monday morning.Elmer is away. That is ominous, isn't it? Where do you suppose he is? I mean, aside from maybe Kingman. (Winona? Barstow? San Bernandino?) Wherever he is, I assure you it is not good.No matter. "All of them agreed, though, that Elmer was a serious player and absolutely a man to be trusted." I think they had the same ideas about Kearns & Bailey too. No one in this bunch seems especially thoughtful. No one seems to have a name yet, either, aside from Ron, who has "been wise to those Zionist bankers and the good-for-nothing queen of England ever since [he] saw what they did to us on 9/11." (I guess that is supposed to be a joke.)Nameless, faceless terrorists. At least they've not been saddled with the label "diverse."Bailey explains the bruises on his face, the beating he took, and how it was the final straw, so to speak.
He'd been picked up by the cops after a patriot meeting in New York City, he told them, and then they'd beaten him within an inch of his life while he was in custody. Everyone has their breaking point, and this had been his. He knew then that there wasn't going to be any peaceful end to this conflict; the enemy had finally made that clear. So he'd called his old friend Stuart Kearns to come and bail him out so he could be a part of this plan.Sure. Everyone who gets roughed up by the cops decides the best recourse is to nuke a major American city. That makes sense and is totally believable. By which I mean it isn't. Not even in the confines of this novel does that sound plausible. Maybe Beck is trying to demonstrate how far out there these terrorists are. Or perhaps, this is just shit writing.Kearns shows the men the bomb.
As the men looked on with a mix of awe and anticipation, Kearns began to provide a guided tour of the device. The yield would be about on par with the Hiroshima bomb, he explained, though the pattern of destruction would be different with a ground-level explosion. The device was sophisticated but easy to use, employing an idiotproof suicide detonator tied to an off-the-shelf GPS unit mounted on top of the housing. With the bomb hidden in their vehicle and armed, all they'd have to do is drive to the target. No codes to remember, no James Bond BS, no Hollywoodesque countdown timers—just set it and forget it. The instant they reached any point within a hundred yards of the preset destination the detonator would fire, and the blast would level everything for a mile in all directions.There is no "Hollywoodesque countdown timer" just a GPS trigger which does not qualify as Hollywoodesque either. Kearns arms the bomb, and "a line of tiny yellow bulbs illuminated, winking to green one by one as a soft whine from the charging electronics ascended up the scale." That is also not Hollywoodesque, in case you were wondering. Nothing Hollywoodesque to see here, move on!Now, that second plot point I mentioned. The target: "the home-state office of the current U.S. Senate majority leader, the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse, 333 Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada."Oh. My. God. The target of the plot is Harry Reid (D-NV). What the fuck? How is this appropriate, even for fiction? Even for faction? I realize Reid is a public figure and all, but this seems beyond the pale. Maybe I am overreacting. I don't know. However, I do know that I do not like this book at all.I understand nuking a city is acceptable for a thriller. I think Tom Clancy did it once, right? And I've read enough post-apocalyptic fiction to not get all squeamish about California sinking into the ocean or whatever. It happens. It's supposed to be scary, in a roller coaster sort of way.But...There is something frightening, and in a whole different way than the author intends, no doubt, about using a real, sitting U.S. Senator as the target for a fictional assassination in a book that is a thinly, at best, veiled manifesto on the evils of the Left.

Today in Not News
Today, November 12, 2010, 3 hours ago noreply@blogger.com (Melissa McEwan)
Glenn Beck is a shameless, vile nightmare.Yeah, I know, so self-evident at this point it's hardly worth the energy to type. But it takes a real special sort of human horror show with garbage where his soul should be to take to the airwaves not one day, not two days, but three goddamn days in a row to smear Holocaust survivor George Soros as a Nazi collaborator. And to do it on the basis that Soros' life was saved because his father paid a government official to say the then-13 year old Soros was his godson, so he would be spared from removal to a concentration camp, and the official who agreed to be his protectorate was tasked with taking "inventory on the vast estate of Mor Kornfeld, an extremely wealthy aristocrat of Jewish origin," which Beck has reimagined as "confiscating the property of your fellow Jews."I mean, I've seen some pretty ugly goddamn smears from the shitsacks at Fox News in the six years I've been doing this, but that is some low-ass fuckery, right there, even for that lot.You'd think for a group that's so invested in BOOTSTRAPS! they wouldn't be so keen to [TW] victim-blame children for doing whatever it takes to survive in the most incomprehensibly horrific circumstances.

Open Thread
Today, November 12, 2010, 3 hours ago noreply@blogger.com (Paul the Spud)
Hosted by an owl hat.

Question of the Day
Yesterday, November 11, 2010, 7:04:30 PM noreply@blogger.com (Melissa McEwan)
We've done this one before, but not for a long time...What have you done that your family will absolutely NOT let you live down?There are dozens of these I could mention, but the first one that came to mind is when we were watching the news one night (I was about 14) and some guy was broadcasting a sports story from the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion. It was abbreviated as "UIC Pavilion" under his headshot, and—thinking it was his name, rather than his location—I misread it as "Vic Pavilion.""What an odd name—Vic Pavilion… Wait, no. That's a U. How would you say that? Yoo-ick Pavilion?"My parents must have laughed at me for ten million years. And the UIC Pavilion has forever been known at Parental Manor as the Yoo-ick Pavilion.It's also, of course, still the easiest way to imply that I'm being a dildobrain about something twenty-plus years hence. If I get a name wrong: "I wonder if he knows Yoo-ick Pavilion?" If I get a location wrong: "I wonder if that's anywhere near the Yoo-ick Pavilion?" Sigh.

Quote of the Day
Yesterday, November 11, 2010, 6:48:17 PM noreply@blogger.com (Melissa McEwan)
"It's like the more equal we can get through creative ways, we're going to do it. It's just important to do anything we can to find creative ways around inequality."—Mark Reed, "a board member for the national LGBT direct action group GetEQUAL [who] recently married his longtime partner, Dante Walkup, at the W Dallas Victory hotel [in Dallas, Texas]. Their 'Skype' wedding was officiated via teleconference from Washington, D.C., where same-sex marriage is legal, and they received their license in the mail a short time later. It's called 'e-marriage,' and it's a sort of high-tech version of the proxy wedding traditionally held when one of the parties can't be physically present—because, for example, they're in the military stationed overseas."This is why anti-equality dinosaurs should just give up now. They don't have a hope of out-creativing progress.Congratulations to Mr. Reed and Mr. Walkup!

Daily Dose o' Cute
Yesterday, November 11, 2010, 6:21:01 PM noreply@blogger.com (Melissa McEwan)
"You weren't using the entire functional space of your desk, were you?"

Today's Edition of "Conniving and Sinister"
Yesterday, November 11, 2010, 5:45:23 PM noreply@blogger.com (Melissa McEwan)
See Deeky's archive of all previous Conniving & Sinister strips here.[In which Liss reimagines the long-running comic "Frank & Ernest," about two old straight white guys "telling it like it is," as a fat feminist white woman (Liss) and a biracial queerbait (Deeky) telling it like it actually is from their perspectives. Hilarity ensues.]

Silence Isn't Golden (Unless It Is)
Yesterday, November 11, 2010, 4:06:13 PM noreply@blogger.com (Melissa McEwan)
[Trigger warning for sexual violence and institutional misogyny.]For reasons that I understand but to which I don't particularly relate, a lot of USians are fascinated by the English Royal Family. Which is why stories about Prince William and his long-time girlfriend Kate Middleton, who are reportedly very close to getting married, end up in places where I go for news. And over the past two weeks or so, because William and Kate are reportedly very close to getting married, I've heard or seen a dozen stories about this allegedly imminent wedding, all of which have included this piece of biographical information about Kate Middleton: She has never spoken publicly."Katie Waitie," as she has been dubbed by British press, because obviously she is best wholly defined by the assumption that all she cares about is marrying her (literal) prince, ahem, has never done a press interview or been caught on camera talking about their relationship. "She's never spoken a word in public," is the phrase I keep seeing. During a discussion about Prince William and "Katie Waitie" on CNN this morning, a male anchor complimented her on her silence. An article I read about a week ago noted breathlessly that the British public does not even know what her voice sounds like.This, I have heard and read over and over, is a most impressive thing.And, more than that, it is evidence of her suitability to be William's Wife.I must make clear that this admiration for Ms. Middleton's silence is not being framed as the sensible choice of a young woman who is evidently press-savvy and prefers her privacy. It is not indicative of an independent will, of a clever and dignified woman who staunchly resists the clamoring demands of the same celebrity-obsessed soundbite culture that literally pursued her possibly future mother-in-law to her very death.No. It is being framed as: "She's doing everything right to get William down the aisle." She's a good girl who knows how to play the game, and her silence is compliance.Now, I don't know the first thing about Kate Middleton, and I don't know which frame better reflects reality. But that's just the point: No one does, because of her fierce determination to preserve her privacy for whatever reason.And yet the almost-unanimous assumption is that she maintains her silence because that's what smart girls who want to marry princes do.Anyone else see a problem with that narrative?On the front page of this blog, as this is posted, we've got a piece about how the media filters stories about Hillary Clinton and thus shapes narratives about her, a piece about how only 17% of the members of the US Congress are female, a piece about a woman's stated lack of consent being challenged, a piece that references sexual assault of female soldiers, a piece about a rape survivor who was bullied until she committed suicide, and a piece about airport regulations that require passengers to submit to invasive security checks.All of those stories, in one way or another, are about women's voices not being heard and respected, whether it is an individual woman at the center of a specific story or women being institutionally marginalized.Girls are culturally socialized (if not directly admonished in their own homes) to be compliant, to be cooperative, to be quiet. Good Girls are helpful. Good Girls do what they're told. Good Girls are civil and deferential and they don't make a fuss.Women are socialized to be disadvantaged in a male-dominated world of bombast and braggadocio, of workplaces that favor male socialization, of men—and sometimes other women—who will take advantage, in every conceivable way, of women whose voices aren't heard, because they never learned to raise them, or because of cultural disincentives against listening to women.Even women who successfully reject the powerful persuasions to not make waves, to be a Good Girl, who raise their voices loudly and unapologetically and inerrantly in defiant rebellion of expectations of their silence, cannot control whether they are heard, and by whom.Not listening is a silencing mechanism, too.Which underlines how imperative it is that women do speak. Cacophonously and often. About everything. But also on their own terms.Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all regard Kate Middleton's (finite) silence not as compliance, but as an act of rebellion? She is a woman whom everyone wants to hear, who hasn't said a word.That's powerful. If only that were the frame everyone embraced, the one that ultimately values women's voices and women's terms, instead of the Good Girl Who Knows How to Play Her Cards Right and Keep Her Mouth Shut.[Related Reading: The Sound of My Voice, Feminism 101: How are we supposed to take feminist bloggers seriously if they post about shoes?, The Terrible Bargain We Have Regretfully Struck, The Bargain, and Its Alternative, Screaming (Or Not).]

Safe Passage for Me; Thee's on Thine Own
Yesterday, November 11, 2010, 2:26:00 PM noreply@blogger.com (Melissa McEwan)
[Trigger warning for sexual assault.]On Tuesday, I wrote about the new TSA regulations regarding full-body scanners and "enhanced pat-downs."Today, CNN reports: Pilots urged to avoid body scanning.
Pilots' unions for US Airways and American Airlines are urging their members to avoid full-body scanning at airport security checkpoints, citing health risks and concerns about intrusiveness and security officer behavior...."Based on currently available medical information, USAPA has determined that frequent exposure to TSA-operated scanner devices may subject pilots to significant health risks," [Capt. Mike Cleary, president of the U.S. Airline Pilots Association wrote in a letter to members this week]...."It's safe to say that most of the APA leadership shares my view that no pilot at American Airlines should subject themselves to the needless privacy invasion and potential health risks caused by the AIT body scanners," APA president David Bates said in a letter to members. And that's not all:
Unions are encouraging pilots to request private pat-downs. USAPA urges members to make sure a witness is present during the procedure.USAPA refers to incidents where Transportation Security Administration officers may have implemented the screening technique inappropriately.One pilot described his experience as "sexual molestation," according to Cleary's letter. Bates wrote, "There is absolutely no denying that the enhanced pat-down is a demeaning experience."The unions argue that pilots are effectively taking charge of a huge-ass weapon as soon as they assume control of the plane, so there would be little incentive or purpose to try to sneak a box-cutter (or knife, or gun, or bomb, or whatever) onto the plane. Which is a fair point. But it doesn't do much good for passengers who have to go through the same security checks.That might not seem like the purview of a pilots' union, but singling out pilots for exemption won't do much good if they lose their jobs because passengers are unwilling to tolerate exposure to radiation and/or a demeaning (or worse) fondling by airport security, in order to fly.[H/T to Iain.]

Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime
Yesterday, November 11, 2010, 12:59:52 PM noreply@blogger.com (Deeky)
Gwyneth Paltrow & Vince Gill: "Country Strong"

Teaspoons 101: I Am Not the Thought Police
Yesterday, November 11, 2010, 12:48:20 PM noreply@blogger.com (Melissa McEwan)
Frequently, when I (or another mod) ban a commenter who isn't overtly expressing bigotry, but is derailing a thread with typical silencing techniques—accusations of bad faith, oversensitivity, humorlessness, looking for things to get mad about, exhortations to "get over it," protestations of providing much-needed objectivity, concern trolling, and the usual tiresome attempts to deny the perceptions and experiences of the actual targets of the particular bigotry being discussed—I make a point to note that the commenter is not being banned from the blog in its entirety. I will note that their commenting privileges have been revoked, but invite them to keep reading the blog in the hopes they might learn where they went wrong, and assure them I will be open to a discussion of reinstating their commenting privileges if and when they email me with some awareness to that end.I almost always immediately receive an irate email full of phrases like "echo chamber" and "fascism" and "hypocrisy" and "censorship," and I am berated for being the "thought police."I am not the thought police.I am challenging you to think about things in a way in which you may have never thought about them before.The entire rest of the world, with its privileging of men, and heterosexual and cisgender people, and thin (but not too thin!) and tall (but not too tall!) and able and healthy white bodies, and religious people and people who have sex (but only in certain ways) and people who can and want to be parents and the wealthy and the educated and the employed and the powerful and residents of the Western hemisphere, and all the ways in which most of the rest of the world facilitates and upholds that privilege, and all the ways in which the rest of the world marginalizes and demeans and treats as less than all the people who deviate from those privileged "norms," and all the ways the rest of the world has indoctrinated you into that system of privilege, and socialized you to believe it's the natural and right and immutable state of the world, and all the shills for the kyriarchy who fill the ether with self-reinforcing rubbish on a constant loop so you swim in a sea so thick with the detritus of Othering that you don't even notice it on a conscious level anymore, and all the bullies who swarm out of the woodwork to kick you back in line if you do, if you have the temerity to question the message, and all the other bits and bobs of the brainwashing to which we are all subjected since the day we're born as part of the scheme, nearly incomprehensible in scope, to ensure that challengers to these traditions are never made, and, if they're born, are squashed with the weight of mountainous tidal waves of blowback in the other direction…? The purveyors of that shit are the goddamn thought police.And you know what one of the biggest lies they tell you is?That it's the other way around.[Originally published in similar form August 24, 2009.]

Top Chef: Just Desserts Open Thread
Yesterday, November 11, 2010, 11:53:52 AM noreply@blogger.com (Deeky)
[Image from last night's episode: Zac's garbage disaster anniversary cake nightmare in blue.]Last night's episode will be whipped and folded, so if you haven't seen it, and don't want any spoilers, pack your cream filling and go...

The Best Thing You'll Read All Day
Yesterday, November 11, 2010, 11:03:21 AM noreply@blogger.com (Melissa McEwan)
I love Dick Van Dyke, who is always a brilliant and compelling raconteur, and a generous and hearty laugher, and this story has to be one of the cutest things I've ever heard [story starts at 8:20]:
Craig Ferguson: Where do you live now? Do you live in California?Dick Van Dyke: Yeah, right here in Los Angeles.Ferguson: Do you surf?Van Dyke: [grins] No. [audience laughter] Not any more.Ferguson: Did you ever surf? 'Cuz you're down in Malibu, aren't you?Van Dyke: I surfed when there were— Remember the ten inch boards? [grins at realizing his mistake] The ten inch boards! Ferguson: [laughs] I never forget ten-inchers! [audience laughter]Van Dyke: You have to be pretty good. [laughs] Ten FOOT boards.Ferguson: Ten foot boards.Van Dyke: The old-fashioned— Ferguson: Yeah, the big, uh, the long boards.Van Dyke: Yeah. Ferguson: They used to have a canteen at one end, a little bar at one end, maybe some chairs. [Van Dyke laughs] You did, you used to long board then?Van Dyke: Oh, yeah. Ferguson: Ohhhhhh.Van Dyke: On the East Coast, really. In Virgina Beach, places like that.Ferguson: It's freezing, the water there!Van Dyke: That's correct. [nods emphatically] I went out once and fell asleep on that board [audience laughter], I did, and I woke up out of sight of land. Ferguson: Oh lord.Van Dyke: And I looked around, and I started paddling with the swells, and I started seeing fins swimming around me, and I thought, you know, I'm dead. They turned out to be porpoises! They pushed me all the way to shore. I'm not kidding. [mimics the porpoises pushing him] Pushed me all the way to shore.[H/T to Ann Friedman.]

The Overton Window: Chapter Twenty-Four
Yesterday, November 11, 2010, 10:30:00 AM noreply@blogger.com (Deeky)
You know what? I am getting plenty tired of chapters where fuck all happens. Here is the third Kearns and Bailey chapter in a row where absolutely nothing happens. Frankly, I am sick of padding these posts out. If Beck and Co. can't be arsed to put in the effort, why should I?Here:Kearns and Bailey are driving on a dark desert highway, cool wind in their hair. Kearns suggests Bailey stick his head out the window and look up. Bailey does and sees lots and lots of stars. Then they arrive at their meet-up. End of chapter.End of post.Go to hell, Glenn Beck.

Bullied to Death
Yesterday, November 11, 2010, 10:13:56 AM noreply@blogger.com (Melissa McEwan)
[Trigger warning for sexual violence, bullying, and suicide.]Rape charge dropped after accuser commits suicide:
Samantha Kelly endured merciless taunting from classmates after they learned that the high school freshman had accused a senior of rape.The weeks of harassment eventually became too much. Samantha went home from school Monday and hanged herself in this community southwest of Detroit.With their key witness dead, prosecutors on Wednesday dropped criminal charges against the older student, saying they had no case without the accuser's testimony....On Wednesday, Wayne County prosecutor's spokeswoman Maria Miller said the case against Tarnopolski could not proceed "because the sole evidence ... was the complainant."Attorney Joseph Kosmala, a Detroit-area defense lawyer who was not involved in the case, said the prosecutor seemed to have no other choice."Sexual assaults are not crimes that typically take place in front of witnesses. They're private crimes," Kosmala said. "Unless the complainant can sit in the witness chair and point the finger, there is no case."That's interesting. Because Kelly was 14 and the accused rapist, Joseph Tarnopolski, is 18, and, when the alleged assault was originally reported, "it was considered a statutory rape case, meaning the pair had consensual sex but that she was under the age of consent." Tarnopolski does not deny having a sexual interaction with Kelly, but claims it was a "mutual thing."Which seems to suggest that prosecutors could still pursue a statutory rape case, even if they cannot pursue it as a more serious sexual assault charge. But I guess the crime doesn't matter now that the victim's dead. Good thing they don't apply the same standards to murder cases.Meanwhile, this case reveals that US educators still have a metric fuckton to learn about how to assess bullying and harassment in schools:
Principal Donovan Rowe said school officials investigated the alleged bullying and found nothing overt. Rowe said on occasion he walked behind Samantha as she went from class to class and witnessed no harassment.You say no students harassed her while the principal was trailing behind her? Fascinating. What a revelation.I would love to see this case open up a national conversation about talking rape accusations seriously, about victim-blaming, about victim-shaming and -silencing, the way that we've begun a national conversation about anti-gay bulling. But I suspect that's not going to happen.RIP Samantha Kelly. My sincerest condolences to her family and friends.[H/T to Shaker Stella, and Peter Daou.]

Fetch Me the Smelling Salts!
Yesterday, November 11, 2010, 9:28:25 AM noreply@blogger.com (Melissa McEwan)
Sources: Pentagon group finds there is minimal risk to lifting gay ban during war.I'm shocked! SHOCKED, I tell you!I was fully expecting the investigation to discover that repealing DADT during wartime would result in the meltdown of modern civilization, the spinning of the Earth off its axis, and the planet catapulting directly into the sun, so to find out NONE OF THAT is going to happen has given me one vicious case of the vapors.Mr. Grumbles, bring me a mint julep—STAT!

Veterans' Day
Yesterday, November 11, 2010, 9:13:20 AM noreply@blogger.com (Melissa McEwan)
Today is Veterans' Day in the US. Veterans' Day is a weird sort of day for me to recognize, because I don't feel like I'm honoring our servicemembers to treat them as a monolith with an easy catchphrase like, "I support the troops." This morning, I saw a segment on CNN about a young man getting the Medal of Honor, who said quite candidly that he was angry to be getting it, because it comes at such a cost. Some generic, feelgood, unqualified, blanket statement about supporting the troops doesn't get at that complicated reality; its vagueness feels like cowardice.On the other hand, I don't feel like I'm particularly honoring them by pointing out that among the troops are war criminals and thieves and miscreants who harm their fellow soldiers, whose behavior I categorically do not want to support, or by using this day to talk about my objections to the two three wars we're currently fighting, even as I acknowledge the soldiers who honorably staff those wars don't have a choice where they're sent. Which always leaves me not really knowing what to say.So I'll just say this: Thank you to all the women and men who have served this country with decency in a military capacity, who have been willing to risk their lives to defend its borders, resources, and people.And this: When I write about social justice issues every day, I'm advocating for veterans. I'm advocating for veterans whose bodies and/or minds were changed by war when I write about disability. I'm advocating for veterans who were sexually assaulted when I write about the rape culture. I'm advocating for veterans who were not allowed to serve openly when I write about LGBTQI rights. I'm advocating for veterans who are denied opportunity and equal pay when I write about gender equality. I'm advocate for veterans who are not getting adequate healthcare, who are homeless, who are unemployed, when I write about funding a comprehensive social safety net. Whenever I'm writing about people in need in the US, I'm necessarily writing about veterans.If we remember that, every day really is Veterans' Day.[I recommend NPR's coverage here and this piece at Campus Progress.]

Open Thread
Yesterday, November 11, 2010, 9:00:07 AM noreply@blogger.com (Paul the Spud)
Hosted by a Stella scooter.

Question of the Day
Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 7:00:02 PM noreply@blogger.com (Melissa McEwan)
Suggested by Shaker Esme: If you could travel back in time and give a book to your younger self, what book (and what age) would you choose?

Just. No.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 6:21:05 PM noreply@blogger.com (Melissa McEwan)
[Trigger warning for sexual violence and rape apologia.]What. the everloving. fuck: Court to judge 'advance' consent.
The Supreme Court of Canada will consider on Monday whether an Ottawa woman, who had admittedly kinky sex with her longtime partner, was a victim of sexual assault when he sodomized her against her will while she was passed out, even though she had agreed to asphyxiation.The case, which will test the sexual autonomy of couples behind closed doors, centres on whether a person can give "advance" consent to sex, a prospect that a leading women's group says would roll back Canada's sex-assault laws about 20 years. "A vital part of the meaning of consent is the right to say 'no' at any point," said Joanna Birenbaum, legal director of the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund."Any change in law to recognize 'advance' consent would be dangerous and regressive." It's like they keep wanting to find ways to justify rape. It's almost like we live in a rape culture or something.Here's the thing: This isn't an issue about kink, and it isn't even an issue about whether individual people should have the right to privately assert or negotiate something akin to "advance consent" with a partner. (That's not an argument I'm advancing, btw; it's just an argument being made in discussions of this case.) It's about whether "advance consent" should be a legally established concept, and the answer is clearly and unequivocally no.I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that it wouldn't even be a question, if the person who had been assaulted was male. Because men, of course, aren't viewed as existing in a perpetual state of consent unless and until they say otherwise.[H/T to Shaker Dominique. Commenting Guidelines: Keep comments to the discussion setting a legal precedent only. This isn't a thread to condemn or defend kink, nor a thread to play "Devil's Advocate" with what-if scenarios about private encounters. Stick to the topic tightly, or the thread will be closed.]

Daily Dose o' Cute
Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 5:27:54 PM noreply@blogger.com (Melissa McEwan)
Oh, pardon me! Am I boring you?

Today's Edition of "Conniving and Sinister"
Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 5:11:53 PM noreply@blogger.com (Melissa McEwan)
See Deeky's archive of all previous Conniving & Sinister strips here.[In which Liss reimagines the long-running comic "Frank & Ernest," about two old straight white guys "telling it like it is," as a fat feminist white woman (Liss) and a biracial queerbait (Deeky) telling it like it actually is from their perspectives. Hilarity ensues.]
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Tils Wants Something
Posted by Melissa McEwan at Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I just can't figure out what it is![Transcript below.]
[Tils is on the bathroom sink, rubbing her face against the faucet.]Tils: Mrow. Mrrrrow!Liss: Whatsa matter?Tils: [looks at Liss] Eoww!Liss: What?Tils: [rubs face on faucet] Rrrahhh!Liss: Whatsa problem?Tils: [looks around exasperatedly] Rreww.Liss: [laughs] What's the problem, Tils?Tils: Eoww! [rubs face on faucet]Liss: Is there a problem?Tils: [looks at Liss] Yah-eroo!Liss: What?Tils: [rubs face on faucet] Mrow. Yrow.Liss: [laughs] What is it?Tils: [looks at Liss] Yow. [rubs face on faucet]Liss: I can't figure out what you want.[Tils rubs face madly on faucet.]Liss: What do you want?Tils: [looks at Liss] Mrow!Liss: Can you be a little clearer?Tils: [runs at camera] Myahhhh! Yahhhh!Liss: What?[Tils runs back into sink and looks pathetic.]Liss: Oh dear.Tils: Myah! Yah!Liss: That's so sad. [turns on faucet][Tils, in standard practice, dips left ear into stream of water, then takes a few sips, then looks at Liss and licks lips, as if to say thanks.]Liss: Izzat better?[Tils licks lips; looks at water.]Liss: Go on then.[Tils laps at water with adorable pink tongue.]

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natbsat 09/22/2009 05:48 PM
Awwwwwww!!! So cutes!!
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FilthyGrandeur 09/22/2009 05:57 PM
moar kitteh videos plz!!!! so cute!
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wordaddict 09/22/2009 05:58 PM
Yay, vid! Thanks, Melissa. (Am I the only one who found that this made them thirsty?)
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Flewellyn 09/22/2009 06:07 PM
I was gonna chide you for being so mean and pretending you didn't know what she wanted. But, then you turned on the faucet. SO CUTE!
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AlmostAmanda 09/22/2009 06:10 PM
That was precious. BTW, having never heard your voice before, I am surprised at how different it is from what I imagined (I expected a more Midwestern accent). You have an absolutely lovely voice.
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Melissa McEwan 09/22/2009 06:11 PM
But, then you turned on the faucet. Since when do my cats strike you as beasties who don't get every single thing they want, ever, every single day, lol...? :-)
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kibbleforlola 09/22/2009 06:13 PM
I first read the title as Tits want something. I was so confused, lol. Tils is very cute.
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GimliGirl 09/22/2009 06:15 PM
Awww the cute! It burns! With awesome! *squee*
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Cheryl (sevoo) 09/22/2009 06:16 PM
@wordaddict, no, you're not. My two-year-old and I *both* went for glasses of water after watching. The two-year-old's summary: "Did that kitty gots HELP?"
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Melissa McEwan 09/22/2009 06:19 PM
I expected a more Midwestern accent I was raised by a mum who still had Queens (NYC) in her voice when I was learning how to speak. (For years, I thought the word "spatula" was actually "spatuler," because words ending in Rs were spoken with A sounds, and I was so surprised the first time I saw it written!) My best girlfriend growing up was named Carrie, and she thought I said her name so funny: CAHHHHHHRRIE! she would laugh. I love how you call me CAHHHHHHRRIE! People in Chicagoland think I sound like I'm from the East Coast. People on the East Coast think I sound like I'm from Chicago. LOL. Throw in being married to a Brit and having British friends with whom I regularly speak on the phone, which has manifested in my speech as dropping the Ts at the end of some words, and I've basically got some fucked-up jumble of an accent all my own. :-)
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puellasolis 09/22/2009 06:19 PM
That? Was frickin' adorable. But I have to say, the cat-with-faucet video that most makes me guffaw is this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UTdhK0lwuw Also: you have a gorgeous voice.
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Melissa McEwan 09/22/2009 06:20 PM
The two-year-old's summary: "Did that kitty gots HELP?" OMG! The cute! *dies*
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Shecago 09/22/2009 06:23 PM
Precious! <3 class="dsq-post-report" id="dsq-post-report-17151283" onclick="return DISQUS.dtpl.actions.fire('comments.report', 17151283, false);" href="http://shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2009/09/tils-wants-something.html#">Flag
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spryte 09/22/2009 06:31 PM
That was so cute! Don't you love when they basically have a conversation with you, and respond to whatever you say with a mrow or a mew? I do this with my cat a lot, and I just hope they aren't advanced enough that she's thinking "OMG DUMBASS I WANT DINNER". :) Also - I agree on the voice - it's quite lovely. There's a bit of a lilting quality to it - do you sing?
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catvoncat 09/22/2009 06:38 PM
That is so awesome. I have your standard twisty-knob faucets, and a couple of my kittehs have figured out how to turn on the water themselves by bonking their heads against the knobs. Cracks me up every time. I have a similar accent jumble, as well. I was born in Chicago and raised in Hong Kong, Canada, and Texas. I constantly get the "Where are you from, anyway?" questions. In the South, people ask if I'm a Yankee. In the North or on the West Coast, they ask if I'm a Texan. In both cases, I say yes. :)
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Liryn 09/22/2009 06:40 PM
LOL :) One of mine does the begging for water thing too, complete with pathetic noises.
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Thornacious 09/22/2009 06:41 PM
OMG, I love this! My cat Lilly insists we turn the bathroom faucet on for her a couple times a day too! I mess with her wee walnut brain a lot and manufacture errands to other rooms on the way to the bathroom sometimes. She takes a few gallumphing happy sproings when she sees me coming, then pouts at me when she realizes I've veered off into the kids' room or the laundry room or something. Never fails to crack me up. :D
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FilthyGrandeur 09/22/2009 06:41 PM
@spryte-- i have conversations with my princess all the time. she does that cute purr-meow. after a while though, she looks at me in what i assume to be frustration, and does a yowl, which i assume means "dumb bitch."
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spryte 09/22/2009 06:49 PM
@FilthyGrandeur hahahaha - I have experienced the same yowl many times. Sometimes I wonder if she is also insulted by the questions I ask her. "Do you see the pigeon out there?" "Of course I see it, damn it, it's a window between us, not a wall." "Do you want some treats?" "What the fuck do you think? Shut up and feed me!" "Are you the best cat ever?" "Yes. And you're the luckiest human ever." :)
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FilthyGrandeur 09/22/2009 06:55 PM
lol spryte! my questions seem to reflect how we love to annoy each other. "you didn't poop on the floor because you forgot where the box is, you pooped there cuz you're mad at me, didn't you?" Duh, clean the damn box already! "why'd you scratch me?" you touched me. "don't you luvs wearing your pumpkin hat?" you must not want to wake up tomorrow.
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themiddlevoice 09/22/2009 07:01 PM
I was watching it at the same time my partner was watching another You Tube video of 2 cats "talking" to each other. Our two cats were like "wtf, mommy, make it stop now". hehe.
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Kathy_A 09/22/2009 07:03 PM
Matilda sounds so much like Amarna! Only Amarna is even louder--I'll be on the phone with my sister when the cat will start meowing at me for no particular reason, and Sis will hear it plain as day, even though Amarna is standing six feet away. We have conversations together, only they're mostly conducting in meow-ese. She'll jump on top of me, "MRROW!" at top volume, and I'll "Mrroor!" back at her. We go back and forth for a good minute or two before she gives up and curls on my chest for some skritches.
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kcd 09/22/2009 07:05 PM
liss, you have the most beautiful voice EVAR. SRSLY!! ! ! ! at first i was just bowled over by the adorability of tils. then i found myself crying, somehow. it's really beautiful, so beautiful, to have communication with these amazing beings. thank you, thank you {{{{{{{{{ liss & tils }}}}}}}}}}}}}}}
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ChelseaWantsOut 09/22/2009 07:27 PM
kcd, I got a little teary, as well.
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spryte 09/22/2009 07:32 PM
@kcd - I feel the same way. There are times, little things my cat does, that just floor me with how incredible a relationship one really can have with an animal. If you haven't already, you should read Annie Dillard's essay "Living Like Weasels" (it's in her collection called "Teaching a Stone to Talk"). There's a paragraph or two in it about the connection one can have with an animal - in her case, it was a fleeting one with a wild animal, but the way she writes about it is very powerful and kind of beautiful.
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car 09/22/2009 07:43 PM
I thought my cat was the only one who was addicted to water-on-tap!
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Phledge 09/22/2009 07:46 PM
Your voice is not even remotely what I expected it to sound like. I agree with whomever said it has a "lilting" quality. Also I'm glad I live in an apartment and don't have to pay water separately because I have a cat who insists on using the bathtub faucet.
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napalmnacey 09/22/2009 07:53 PM
I'm pretty sure I've told you you have a gorgeous voice before, Liss, but seeing everyone else say it makes me know I'm not mad. You are that awesome. (Though, I think your voice is even sexy, but I wasn't sure if that was a strange thing to say. You're very well spoken, that does something for me, I don't know why.)
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Genmaicha 09/22/2009 08:05 PM
Gah, the cuteness! You have a lovely voice, and I think Tils does, too. ;) I'm used to one of my cats purrtrilling and the other high-pitched yowling. The yowler will stand in the bathroom and announce that he wants the faucet on. The purrtriller will sit in the sink and lick the faucet. When it is turned on and water starts to wet his paws, he will still lick the faucet. Oh, kitties. <3 class="dsq-post-report" id="dsq-post-report-17154963" onclick="return DISQUS.dtpl.actions.fire('comments.report', 17154963, false);" href="http://shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2009/09/tils-wants-something.html#">Flag
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KiriAmaya 09/22/2009 08:07 PM
Eee, you both have such pretty voices :D And oh, do I love the Shakescats...
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Gretchen 09/22/2009 09:00 PM
My cat does exactly the same thing when she wants "water on tap" - even the same demanding meow noise that Tils is making, and the head bonking the faucet. I too always give in when she does that, because she is spoiled rotten.
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Rana 09/22/2009 09:52 PM
b does a similar thing when either D or I is in the kitchen, but she's much less effective about letting us know precisely what she wants, since she just sits in the middle of the floor, yelling. Attention? Our food? Treats? Fresh water? Pats? The possibilities are endless.
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The_Great_Indoors 09/22/2009 10:43 PM
You're not owned by cats all.....
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niemaodpowiedzi 09/22/2009 11:36 PM
You transliterated the cat's meows in the transcript. That is...awesome. Liss, I love you and want to send you dozens of cardboard boxes for your cats to play in. I miss my cats. And now I'm blubby.
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OuyangDan 09/23/2009 01:04 AM
A sort of sick part of me always thought that certain parts of Star Wars would have been better if Han Solo would have done that to Chewy. Do I have to give back my Star Wars tattoos now? LOL.
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Dio 09/23/2009 01:06 AM
Not only is this so cute, but I want to mention my extreme appreciation for the video transcribing at Shakesville. Being deaf, I am always thrilled to see transcripts! And I adore the translation of Tils' meowing. Awwww!
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JeanJean 09/23/2009 01:14 AM
My present cat Rainy prefers to drink from my glass. So long as its cold, and she gets it first. She'll only drink from her bowl if I've already taken the best coldest water off the top (?) We had a cat named Antic who loved to put her paw in the water and then, shocked that it was wet, would proceed to shake it off all over everything around like a little kitty priest blessing her followers!
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jennp421 09/23/2009 01:19 AM
My cats love tap water, too, but they've been asking for it a lot less since we got them one of those water fountain bowl things for Christmas. I guess it comes close enough to running water to keep them happy.
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goldengirl 09/23/2009 02:14 AM
LOL. that made my night. i WISH my cat was that specific about what she wanted- usually she just stands in the middle of the kitchen and yells at us. it's not that she's lonely- we give her plenty of love, and she hangs out with our dog too- but when she starts we have to sort of just follow her around the house and guess until we get it right. "are you upset that this door is closed?" "MROOOW!" "ok, how about this one?" "MROOOW!" "do you want a treat?" "MROOOW!" eventually we get it, though. :)
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C. L. Minou 09/23/2009 03:01 AM
Being away from my kitties for two weeks, I appreciate all the cat pics and vids here, even if it does make me miss my fuzzy buddies more. My little one is a tortoiseshell, and like most torties, she's a great conversationalist. When I come home from working onsite, she will insist on accompanying me to the bedroom while I change--in fact, I have to sit on the bed next to her while she paces back and forth and meows. (She will even interrupt dinner for this.) I've never figured out if she's telling me about her day or berating me for leaving her with The Great Grey Tiger, aka the tabby.
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thebritkid 09/23/2009 04:25 AM
Best. Transcript. Ever.
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Melissa McEwan 09/23/2009 09:04 AM
You transliterated the cat's meows in the transcript. Of course. They are all totally different sounds! And each of the cats would have a different transcript. Matilda's more on the "ow" spectrum; Olivia is more on the "oo" spectrum; and Sophie only says one thing -- "eep!"
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Melissa McEwan 09/23/2009 09:05 AM
Thanks to everyone who said something nice about my voice. And, yes, I do sing -- but not very well, lol.
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InfamousQBert 09/23/2009 09:48 AM
i'm so glad i'm not the only one who a) has full conversations with my cats and b) loves to torment them with this kind of thing. :)
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lounalune 09/23/2009 02:46 PM
Poor cat! The desperation Tils shows in that video shows that you never giver hir any water unless ze's almost dying of thirst! (Just kidding. Cute.)
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I just can't figure out what it is![Transcript below.]
[Tils is on the bathroom sink, rubbing her face against the faucet.]Tils: Mrow. Mrrrrow!Liss: Whatsa matter?Tils: [looks at Liss] Eoww!Liss: What?Tils: [rubs face on faucet] Rrrahhh!Liss: Whatsa problem?Tils: [looks around exasperatedly] Rreww.Liss: [laughs] What's the problem, Tils?Tils: Eoww! [rubs face on faucet]Liss: Is there a problem?Tils: [looks at Liss] Yah-eroo!Liss: What?Tils: [rubs face on faucet] Mrow. Yrow.Liss: [laughs] What is it?Tils: [looks at Liss] Yow. [rubs face on faucet]Liss: I can't figure out what you want.[Tils rubs face madly on faucet.]Liss: What do you want?Tils: [looks at Liss] Mrow!Liss: Can you be a little clearer?Tils: [runs at camera] Myahhhh! Yahhhh!Liss: What?[Tils runs back into sink and looks pathetic.]Liss: Oh dear.Tils: Myah! Yah!Liss: That's so sad. [turns on faucet][Tils, in standard practice, dips left ear into stream of water, then takes a few sips, then looks at Liss and licks lips, as if to say thanks.]Liss: Izzat better?[Tils licks lips; looks at water.]Liss: Go on then.[Tils laps at water with adorable pink tongue.]
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The Overton Window: Chapter Twenty-Five · 14 minutes ago
Esme My kitty fears the sink, but loves having her own water stash. At night she goes to my bathroom, hops up on the counter and stares meaningfully at her special cup (and then back to me, and then...
SCIENCE! · 16 minutes ago
XiliaDrache Good to know that I'm not the only one who talks to my cats like that. "What? What is it? Try again, I can't understand you." are all frequently used around here. My girls are not fans of the sink,...
SCIENCE! · 16 minutes ago
SecondhandMoon (((hugs))) That sounds super scary. Your reaction was totally reasonable. What a couple of bullies. I'm glad you're okay and you're not the person they were after. I hope they really did take you...
Open Thread · 20 minutes ago
eastsidekate There is no second place in learningTell me that after you've taken a class with me, lol.
The Overton Window: Chapter Twenty-Five · 21 minutes ago
Be_Be OMG the last paragraph of the article: The coming movement may be a third party or it may support serious people in the existing two. Its goal will be unapologetic: preserving American...
Two Facts · 21 minutes ago
sykobabble Awesome!
Open Thread · 23 minutes ago
eastsidekate My cats are not fans of that video, nor, evidently, the laptop from whence it's coming.
SCIENCE! · 25 minutes ago
ajoye If someone had told me in high school that if I studied physics, I could do research like this, my life might have turned out differently. Yay, science! I've seen the video of Matilda asking for...
SCIENCE! · 29 minutes ago
FilthyGrandeur my Princesss' method of choice has always been the dip-paw-in-and-lick maneuver, even in her own water bowl, unless she's in a hurry. i think it adds to her daintiness.
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angryblackwomen The full list of fiction & poetry that will come with the eReaders in the Butler Scholarship fundraiser: http://ow.ly/38TEp 20 minutes ago reply

angryblackwomen Signal Boost: Win a Nook, support a good cause, be a hero! http://ow.ly/37r7y You can also win a Kobo Reader or Alex eReader. $1 to enter. 51 minutes ago reply

Shakestweetz Two Facts: http://shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2010/11/two-facts.html 55 minutes ago reply

Shakestweetz Deeks, impressively soldiering forward through the incomprehensible morass, takes on Overton Chapter 25: http://tinyurl.com/28bjjku about 1 hour ago reply

Shakestweetz Glenn Beck is a human horror show with garbage where his soul should be: http://tinyurl.com/24355vr 3 hours ago reply

Shakestweetz It'd be cool if we regarded Kate Middleton's (finite) silence not as compliance, but as an act of rebellion. http://tinyurl.com/2a44q2t 20 hours ago reply

Shakestweetz Pilots urged by unions to avoid full-body scanners and "enhanced pat-downs": http://tinyurl.com/26vo743 22 hours ago reply

EricBoehlert So Bachmann backs down, Rand Paul flip-flops on earmarks, and West's chief of staff quits. Can't you feel the Tea Party momentum? 23 hours ago reply

stevebenen Profitable investors complaining about the scourge of corporate prosperity in the Obama era http://bit.ly/cgkegD #pleaseshutup 23 hours ago reply

Shakestweetz I Am Not the Thought Police: http://tinyurl.com/2aducrf 23 hours ago reply
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