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Nov. 25th, 2014

drac emu
Well, for one brief shining moment I had Fred curled up on one side of me
and Shadow on the other. I still haven't figured out if Fred is just a
doofus or a sly little shit. If he doesn't get his way that coy tail slap
he does can demolish the tops of whole tables, flinging soda cans,
hardcover books, and stray earrings in all directions. Then he bats his
eyelashes at you guilelessly.

Shadow can best be described as "grumpily affectionate." He has a hoarse
croak of a voice, so he squawks rather than meows. When I had the vet pull
out broken teeth (probably from a fight) it left him with a lopsided sneer
that really only goes away when I rub his cheek------and he grabs my whole
arm and rubs his face on it.

When he plays with his bouncy balls he turns into a total kitten,
scrabbling frantically across wood floors with his tail sticking straight
up like an exclamation point. Then he throws the balls down the stairs so
he can skid after them. When he's done, he brings at least one ball to me,
panting and croaking out that hoarse meow of his. Then he snuggles into my
hand and that rusty loud purr starts. It's like the sound of an old boat
motor, long neglected but finally repaired.

Oh, God, Fred found the nip. We're doomed.

Nov. 24th, 2014

drac emu
A commenter on MSNBC just called Ferguson "an Anerican travesty." Yeah. That's it, right there.

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The plot thickens

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We have a truce of sorts.
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It's gotten to the point where Morgie and Shadow can sleep together. Even Fred comes upstairs and behaves. Cats are so soothing when the world is crazy.

Three buildings are on fire in Ferguson. Do you blame them? Were there suicide bombers and ambushes, that Darryl Wilson over-reacted so extraordinarily? No. So. People are human. How many Michael Browns and Trayvon Martins will there be? And how can anybody not look at this and feel it?

I should shut up now.

no indictment

drac emu
Anybody surprised? Yeah, me either.

Nov. 24th, 2014

drac emu
Soon.........
Anybody want to start a pool on how long it is before Fred attempts to
catch the shiny metal snake and falls in, flailing?
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Nov. 23rd, 2014

drac emu
I like cosy spaces. I sat on this daybed and marveled at the perfect
proportions of it. There's just enough space between the foot of the day
bed and the closet to comfortably open the closet door; there's just
enough space between the daybed and the opposite wall to fit a desk under
the windows, and so on.

You can breathe enough and stretch enough.....but not too much. The
comforting touch of an embracing wall is just far enough away....or just
close enough.

I need to re-roll the little blue futon, though. It makes a nice little bolster thingie. I love the stark black against the walls, which look lavender but are actually pink.

I still can't figure out why no one snapped up this house instantly.
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Nov. 23rd, 2014

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Blackmail opportunity
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Nov. 19th, 2014

drac emu
Just decided to take a picture.....
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Yoo hoo? anybody?

drac emu
Hey, does anybody know anybody who'd like a little spanish-keyboard laptop? It's netbook sized, but it's fast and has a nice hard drive and ram.

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the final stretch

drac emu
So I got approved for a visa with an obscenely high limit, which will enable me to finally complete this move and treat the volunteers who helped move the heavy stuff. This means I can hire people to move my beloved huge washer and dryer to the new house, where I can then switch out the washer and drier there, which are nice and new but not quite as huge as my front loaders. I love those things. They use almost no water and they get things so clean it's kind of frightening.

Professional movers means I can also have them move furniture up and down stairs, so I can get a head start on arranging the house the way I want. The volunteer guys already set up my little black Ikea day bed in the pink front bedroom, where in the incredible sunlight of four windows it looks absolutely stark and stunning. I think I'm going to put my Twenties bankers desk in front of the front two windows as a combination night stand and, well, desk, because writing in front of a sunny window is an amazing thing. I know full well Shadow will take it over but at least this way there's theoretically room for both of us.

I had a set of keys made for various reasons and gave it and my phone number to my new neighbor, with whom gardening, dog- and cat-related conversations are apt to spring up with the slightest encouragement. I hope this isn't sort of like a crush; I'm so excited about everything I hope there's not a crash waiting. If it does happen, it'll probably happen fifteen years from now or something.

Winter isn't an easy season to move, but for me it's the perfect time. That's because it bears so resemblance whatsoever to anything that might set a panic attack off. Winters for the past couple of years are when my symptoms typically abate so much for so long that spring can be a horrible crash. I'm hoping this year will be different.

The visa means I can buy a new door and stove for the old house, and pay for the placement of the old doors in the new house. This way I can sequester cats as need be. My Gawd, the cats will lose their frickin' minds. I AM going to find a way to take the screens off at least one front window so I can toss bird seed out on the roof of the front porch. Shadow will lose his mind. I can hardly wait.

The sunlight of the house is incredible. Partly this is because the neighbors aren't raging assholes who scream all the time, but also because the house has a huge yard that provides lots of privacy--and sun. At one point, there had to have been another house there, meaning my house must have been pretty dark except at sunrise and sunset. (Sing it with me!) Now the whole house is flooded with light as long as the sun's up. Even on cloudy days, there's light coming in. I'm tempted to flop down on the dining room table and just soak up a sunbeam the first day I have the house to myself.

The movers can also move the "old" fridge to the basement. That will open up a window over the stove and give me an excuse to run up and down the basement stairs. It's not an elaborate kitchen, which is why I love it. This is for cooking, and lots of it.

I'll be able to integrate Shadow into the family better. Fred was frankly odd about it; he backed Shadow around the attic till I had to spray him to leave him alone, and even that didn't work. He acted like I wasn't there so I had to boot him out, but ever since then he's whined pitifully to be allowed back up. Morgie and Shadow slap at each other with big fluffy paws and spend of a lot of time fluffy up at one another if they're not chasing each other back and forth, but it's Ebony that truly scares Shadow. She curls up on the bed and Shadow goes and hides. With Morgie, though, they sleep a few feet part on the bed.

By this time next week, it should be all done.

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You can save Bayside State Prison's cats.

drac emu
It's no secret I like programs which save both animals and people. This one
is just cruel.

Alley cat allies


Action Alert

Bayside State Prison is Intentionally Withholding Food from Cats

[image: Email_Sidebar_BaysideStateCommisioner.jpg]
Dear Gina,

Cats at Bayside State Prison in New Jersey have been under a feeding ban
for over a month. After years living on prison grounds, being fed and cared
for as part of a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program, these cats’ lives are in
danger. The prison’s administration has imposed a feeding ban, and is
refusing to lift it.

*Help us save these cats—contact the Commissioner of New Jersey’s
Department of Corrections.*


The feeding ban has been in place for 36 days now, and cats are at risk of
starvation. Alley Cat Allies has continuously reached out to the prison’s
administration and the New Jersey Department of Corrections Commissioner
Gary Lanigan, offering assistance. We have reported the cruelty, but no
agencies are investigating. Alley Cat Allies is deeply concerned about the
cats—last weekend we took a van of cat food to the prison, but were turned
away.

*Act now—request that the Department of Corrections lift the feeding ban
immediately.*


Along with several groups in New Jersey, we can help set up clean,
organized feeding stations, spay/neuter, vaccinations, and other colony
care best practices that are essential to a successful TNR program—if
Bayside State Prison lifts the feeding ban. These cats don’t have much time
left.

Like you, we cannot and will not sit idly by while this cruelty takes
place. This policy cannot be allowed to stand—it is quite simply a mockery
of the fine principles that bind us together as a humane and caring society.

*Ask Commissioner Lanigan to lift the feeding ban, feed the cats, and work
with Alley Cat Allies*
*.*
[image: Becky Robinson]

Sincerely,
[image: Becky Robinson]
Becky Robinson
President, Alley Cat Allies

P.S. Please forward this email to your friends and ask them to take action.

Copyright 2014 Alley Cat Allies | 7920 Norfolk Avenue, Suite

sigh

drac emu
Still at old house. Uhaul totally screwed up truck, not once, not twice but three times. The volunteers were amazing. It occurred to me that I never had a chance to make this place mine. It was infected by tge tenant, who never paid rent, and the D., who made it his showplace.

I finally saw the back of the buffet that he paid his friend $9,960 to "repair." It looked like he used popsicle sticks and Elmer's glue. Nearly ten thousand dollars, and the top part with the windows nearly fell apart when moved. That's on top if the two grand he was paid to fix the garage.....that he never fixed. Wonder how much if that money the D pocketed?

More later. Still making phone calls.

Nov. 11th, 2014

drac emu
Shadow does not like computers
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Nov. 8th, 2014

drac emu
Is there a curse?

Because the truck company just called to tell me the truck I reserved broke
down. But hey, for the same price they'd offer me a truck that was six
feet smaller and way the fuck out of my way! What a bargain. I actually
pulled the phone away and looked at it.

Nov. 7th, 2014

drac emu
I think I'm just going to set fire to everything.

Today marks day one of: Omen: the Movening. I have reached the stage of
packing where I haven't packed enough, but I have packed so much that I
can't wedge anything else anywhere without somehow moving stuff. I don't
know where I'm sleeping tonight. At least three daybeds have to be
disassembled. U need to get stuff out of the way to get more stuff out of
the way. And the furnace is making scary noises, and not....furnacing. Gas
appliances make me nervous.

And I still have books to pack and cats to jam into carriers. Ulp. God,
I fucking hate moving.

My realtor is helping me. The moving guy is Russian. I think it would be an
excellent idea if we only speak Russian today if my neighbor is around.

Nov. 5th, 2014

drac emu
My not-soon-enough-EX-neighbors lasted more than a week without loud
stereos and screaming, early morning figh-----oh. Wait. One out of two
ain't....great, actually, but at least they managed not to make my
windows rattle for more than a week.

Today, well.....and damn, I got THIS on tape, too: so loud you could
clearly gear the vehicle rattling.....and parked in a handicapped spot.
They're all class.

Jobs, jobs, jobs.....oh, wait....

drac emu
Before anyone asks: no, I won't put this behind a cut.

Remember how Repubs claimed they were somethingsomething jobs jobs jobs and then they did nothing but try and pass HUNDREDS of anti-abortion bills? And how they talked about "job creators" who, apparently, are sleazy autocrats like Mitt Romney, who actually in effect DESTROYED jobs by firing hundreds of workers to make sure other sleazy white dudes got to make even MORE money?

Yeah, let's pause for a minute and contemplate how guys who fire people are job creators (and AWESOME) but raising the minimum wage for those actual workers (who pay their bills and rent and buy things and actually support OTHER peasants) is BAD. Because job creators are important (white) men who deserve blowjobs (economic and political) at all times while everybody else is an obvious loser who would be rich if they had any gumption.

And there are few people the Rapepublicans hate more than women------and women who dare to claim to be raped.



1. “Rape is terrible. Rape is awful. Is it made any better by killing an innocent child? Does it solve the problvictim the woman that’s been raped? We need to protect innocent life. Period.”
-Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, declaring that raped women must be additionally forced to carry and give birth to their rapist’s baby against their will in front of an all male crowd at the National Catholic Men’s Conference, June 2007.

2. “Nobody plans to have an accident in a car accident, nobody plans to have their homes flooded. You have to buy extra insurance for those two.”
-Barbara Listing, leader of Right To Life, comparing rape to a car accident, May 2013.
3. “In the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits where a woman can get cleaned out.”
-Texas State Senator Jodie Laubenberg, absurdly claiming that rape kits are used to abort a pregnancy,June 2013.

4. “Tampering with evidence shall include procuring or facilitating an abortion, or compelling or coercing another to obtain an abortion, of a fetus that is the result of criminal sexual penetration or incest with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime.”
-New Mexico State Rep. Cathrynn Brown, HB 206 language stating that rape victims would be charged and arrested for getting an abortion, January 2013.

5. “Granted, the percentage of pregnancies due to rape is small because it’s an act of violence, because the body is traumatized. I don’t know what percentage of pregnancies are due to the violence of rape. Because of the trauma the body goes through, I don’t know what percentage of pregnancy results from the act.”
-California GOP assembly President Celeste Greig, saying rape victims don’t get pregnant because it’s a traumatic act, March 2013.

6. “Well, you can make the argument that if she doesn’t have this baby, if she kills her child, that that, too, could ruin her life. And this is not an easy choice. I understand that. As horrible as the way that that son or daughter and son was created, it still is her child. And whether she has that child or doesn’t, it will always be her child. And she will always know that. And so to embrace her and to love her and to support her and get her through this very difficult time, I’ve always, you know, I believe and I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created — in the sense of rape — but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you. As you know, we have to, in lots of different aspects of our life. We have horrible things happen. I can’t think of anything more horrible. But, nevertheless, we have to make the best out of a bad situation.”
-Rick Santorum, stating that God sanctions rape to give women the “gift” of pregnancy, January 2012.

7. “I’ve struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”
-Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, repeating Rick Santorum’s belief that rape is sanctioned by God,October 2012.

8. “It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, it’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.”
-Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, claiming that women can shut down the reproductive process during rape to prevent pregnancy, August 2012.

9. “Before, when my friends on the left side of the aisle here tried to make rape and incest the subject — because, you know, the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low. But when you make that exception, there’s usually a requirement to report the rape within 48 hours. And in this case that’s impossible because this is in the sixth month of gestation. And that’s what completely negates and vitiates the purpose for such an amendment.”
-Arizona Rep. Trent Franks, claiming that getting pregnant via rape is rare therefore there shouldn’t be any exceptions for rape victims in anti-abortion bills,June 2013.

10. “Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way and I’d be open to hearing discussion about that subject matter. Generally speaking it’s this: that there millions of abortions in this country every year. Millions of them are paid for at least in part by taxpayers. I think it’s immoral for us to compel conscientious objecting taxpayers to fund abortion through the federal government, or any other government for that matter. So that’s my stand. And if there are exceptions there, then bring me those exceptions let’s talk about it. In the meantime it’s wrong for us to compel pro-life people to pay taxes to fund abortion.”
-Iowa Rep. Steve King, saying he’s never heard of a child becoming pregnant by rape and that he won’t support abortion under any circumstance until proof of such a thing is presented to him, August 2012.

11. “What Todd Akin is talking about is when you’ve got a real, genuine rape. A case of forcible rape, a case of assault, where a woman has been violated against her will through the use of physical force where it is physically traumatic for her, under those circumstances, the woman’s body — because of the trauma that has been inflicted on her — it may interfere with the normal function processes of her body that lead to conception and pregnancy.”
-AFA’s Bryan Fischer, agreeing with Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment, August 2012.

12. “Ethel Waters, for example, was the result of a forcible rape. I used to work for James Robison back in the 1970s, he leads a large Christian organization. He, himself, was the result of a forcible rape. And so I know it happens, and yet even from those horrible, horrible tragedies of rape, which are inexcusable and indefensible, life has come and sometimes, you know, those people are able to do extraordinary things.”
-Mike Huckabee, defending Todd Akin’s rape comments and zero exceptions for rape victims by talking about how much of a positive gift rape is, August 2012.

13. “Abortion is never an option. At that point, if God has chosen to bless this person with a life, you don’t kill it.”
-Missouri Republican central committee member Sharon Barnes, echoing Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock that rape is God’s way of blessing women with children, August 2012.

14. “I’m very proud of my pro-life record, and I’ve always adopted the idea that, the position that the method of conception doesn’t change the definition of life.”
-Paul Ryan, referring to rape as a method of conception after being asked about Todd Akin’s rape comment,August 2012.

15. “He also told me one thing, ‘If you do (have premarital sex), just remember, consensual sex can turn into rape in an awful hurry. Because all of a sudden a young lady gets pregnant and the parents are madder than a wet hen and she’s not going to say, ‘Oh, yeah, I was part of the program.’ All that she has to say or the parents have to say is it was rape because she’s underage. And he just said, ‘Remember, Roger, if you go down that road, some girls,’ he said, ‘they rape so easy.’ What the whole genesis of it was, it was advice to me, telling me, ‘If you’re going to go down that road, you may have consensual sex that night and then the next morning it may be rape.’ So the way he said it was, ‘Just remember, Roger, some girls, they rape so easy. It may be rape the next morning.’
-Wisconsin State Rep. Roger Rivard, claiming that some girls are just easy to rape, October 2012.
16. “I lived something similar to that with my own family. She chose life, and I commend her for that. She knew my views. But, fortunately for me, I didn’t have to.. she chose they way I thought. No don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t rape… Uh, having a baby out of wedlock… put yourself in a father’s situation, yes. It is similar. But, back to the original, I’m pro-life, period.”
-Pennsylvania Rep. Tom Smith, comparing rape pregnancy to getting pregnant out of wedlock, August 2012.

17. “A life is a life, and it needs protected. Who’s going to protect it? We have to. I mean that’s, I believe life begins at conception. I’m not going to argue about the method of conception. It’s a life, and I’m pro-life. It’s that simple.”
-Pennsylvania Rep. Tom Smith, saying that rape is just another method of conception, August 2012.

18. “You know, I’m a Christian and I believe that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of our lives and that he can intercede in all kinds of situations and we need to have a little faith in many things.”
-Nevada Senate candidate Sharon Angle, claiming that God plans rapes, June 2010.

19. “I think that two wrongs don’t make a right. And I have been in the situation of counseling young girls, not 13 but 15, who have had very at-risk, difficult pregnancies. And my counsel was to look for some alternatives, which they did. And they found that they had made what was really a lemon situation into lemonade.”
-Sharon Angle, saying that a 13 year old who gets pregnant by her father should get over it and have the baby, July 2010.

20. “I’ve delivered lots of babies, and I know about these things. It is true. We tell infertile couples all the time that are having trouble conceiving because of the woman not ovulating, ‘Just relax. Drink a glass of wine. And don’t be so tense and uptight because all that adrenaline can cause you not to ovulate.’ So he was partially right wasn’t he? But the fact that a woman may have already ovulated 12 hours before she is raped, you’re not going to prevent a pregnancy there by a woman’s body shutting anything down because the horse has already left the barn, so to speak.”
-Georgia Rep. Phil Gingrey, claiming that Todd Akin’s rape comments were “partly right,” January 2013.

21. “If you listen to what Mourdock actually said, he said what virtually every catholic and every fundamentalist in the country believes, life begins at conception… and he also immediately issued a clarification saying that he was referring to the act of conception and he condemned rape. Romney has condemned rape. One part of this is nonsense. Every candidate I know, every decent american i know condemns rape. Okay so, why can’t people like Stephanie Cutter get over it?”
-Newt Gingrich, defending Richard Mourdock’s rape comment by telling women to get over it, October 2012.

22. “There are very few pregnancies as a result of rape, fortunately, and incest — compared to the usual abortion, what is the percentage of abortions for rape? It is tiny. It is a tiny, tiny percentage… Most abortions, most abortions are for what purpose? They just don’t want to have a baby!”
-Maryland congressman Roscoe Bartlett, falsely claiming that rape pregnancy is rare, September 2012.

23. “Each of these lines attempts to serve a portion of our population for which we extend our sympathy and encouragement. But nevertheless, it is only a small portion of South Carolina’s chronically ill or abused. Overall, these special add-on lines distract from the agency’s broader mission of protecting South Carolina’s public health.”
-South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, referring to raped and battered women as ‘distractions’ after vetoing funding to prevent rape and abuse, July 2012.

24. “Rape and incest was used as a reason to oppose this. I would hope that when a woman goes in to a physician with a rape issue, that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage or was it truly caused by a rape. I assume that’s part of the counseling that goes on.”
-Idaho State Rep. Chuck Winder, saying women don’t even know what rape is, August 2012.

25. “We do need to plan ahead, don’t we, in life? I have spare tire on my car. I also have life insurance. I have a lot of things that I plan ahead for.”
-Kansas State Rep. Pete De Graaf, saying that women should plan ahead to be raped, August 2011.

26. “If I thought that the man’s signature was required… required, in order for a woman to have an abortion, I’d have a little more peace about it…”
-Alaska State Rep. Alan Dick, suggesting that all women, including rape victims, should have to get permission from men to get an abortion, March 2012.

27. “If it’s an honest rape, that individual should go immediately to the emergency room, and I would give them a shot of estrogen.”
-Ron Paul, echoing Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment 7 months before Akin actually said it,February 2012.

28. “A jury could very well conclude that this is a case of buyer’s remorse.”
-Former Colorado Senate Candidate Ken Buck, claiming that the victim may not have really been raped even though the perpetrator admitted that he committed the crime, March 2006.

29. “Through our conversations, I’ve heard, ‘what if somebody has a sincerely held religious conviction about dispensing the emergency contraception medication? What about their rights? How do we address those… It’s not about the victim.”
-Scott Brown, putting religious belief above the needs of rape victims, 2005.

30. “When you enter into a marriage, you enter into a contract for all sorts of different things with your spouse. Why should we take it to a Class 2 felony and put a husband away who’s been a good husband for however many years … based off of something that was OK in a marriage up until that point?”
-Arizona State Rep. Warde Nichols, equating spousal rape to consensual sex, March 2005.

31. “The facts show that people who are raped — who are truly raped — the juices don’t flow, the body functions don’t work and they don’t get pregnant.”
-North Carolina Rep. Henry Aldridge, making the Todd Akin “legitimate rape” claim over a decade earlier, April 1995.

32. “Rape is kinda like the weather. If it’s inevitable, just relax and enjoy it.”
-Texas Gubernatorial candidate Clayton Williams, March 1990.

33. “The odds are one in millions and millions and millions. And there is a physical reason for that. Rape, obviously, is a traumatic experience. When that traumatic experience is undergone, a woman secretes a certain secretion, which has a tendency to kill sperm.”
-Pennsylvania State Rep. Stephen Freind, ignoring medical science, March 1988.

34. “Fear-induced hormonal changes could block a rape victim’s ability to conceive.”
-Arkansas Republican Fay Boozman, making the Todd Akin claim, he also allegedly called this “block” “God’s little shield,” 1998.

35. “Sometimes we’re actually right when we go with our gut and stand on principle in supporting underdog candidates.”
-Sarah Palin, responding to Todd Akin’s rape quote,August 2012.

36. “Now Moore, Jennifer Moore, 18, on her way to college. She was 5-foot-2, 105 pounds, wearing a miniskirt and a halter top with a bare midriff. Now, again, there you go. So every predator in the world is gonna pick that up at two in the morning. She’s walking by herself on the West Side Highway, and she gets picked up by a thug. All right. Now she’s out of her mind, drunk.”
-Bill O’ Reilly, claiming that a murdered rape victim was asking to be raped because of the way she dressed,August 2006.

37. “I think that when you get married you have consented to sex. That’s what marriage is all about, I don’t know if maybe these girls missed sex ed.”
-Eagle Forum President Phyllis Schlafly, saying that men can force their wives to have sex against their will,March 2007.

38. “Concern for rape victims is a red herring because conceptions from rape occur with approximately the same frequency as snowfall in Miami.”
-Judge James Leon Holmes, Bush appointee, in a 1980 letter.

39. “Richard and I, along with millions of Americans – including even Joe Donnelly – believe that life is a gift from God.  To try and construe his words as anything other than a restatement of that belief is irresponsible and ridiculous.”
-John Cornyn, standing by Richard Mourdock’s rape comments, October 2012.

40. “The young folks that are coming into each of your services are anywhere from 17 to 22 or 23. Gee whiz, the hormone level created by nature sets in place the possibility for these types of things to occur. So we’ve got to be very careful how we address it on our side.”
-Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss, blaming the outrageous number of rapes in the military on hormones, June 2013.


Then there's THIS guy, who issued a curiously vague.....apology when a remark he made twenty years ago came to light. The sad thing is that it reveals that the Repubs' views on rape haven't changed in twenty years. In fact, you might argue that they've gotten worse. The hundreds of anti abortion bills they're trying to get passed all over the country now would force rape victims to carry a rapist's pregnancy for nine months. Repubs, of course, don't think women are actually getting raped, though. People either forget or missed the way Repubs tried to strip the word "victim" from rape victims-----and ONLY rape victims-----whose rapists had not been convicted. Over 90% of rapists get away with it, but Rapepublicans don't give a shit. In fact....they almost seem to get a certain amount of glee out of bashing rape victims.....like they do other victims.

“If a woman has (the right to an abortion), why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman?” Lockman said in a press statement. “At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t (in most cases) result in anyone’s death.”

Yeah, you read that right. Lockman actually said that men should legally be allowed to rape women as some sort of sick and twisted notion of reproductive rights. The offensive statement was discovered by blogger Mike Tipping, who then posted the comment and others to the Bangor Daily News website .

Upon realizing that his statement had been revealed, Lockman issued  a long overdue apology.

“I have always been passionate about my beliefs, and years ago I said things that I regret,” Lockman claimed. “I hold no animosity toward anyone by virtue of their gender or sexual orientation, and today I am focused on ensuring freedom and economic prosperity for all Mainers.”

Yeah, what does THAT have to do with rape? Absolutely nothing. Sounds to me like he's still "passionate" about a man's "right" to rape women. He didn't say one single word detailing that he thinks rape is wrong. Nope. He's "passionate".....about men having the right to rape women.

He has "no animosity"? Sounds like he has plenty.....toward women. He can't even bring himself to outright deny the exact statement.

The Rapepublican Party, people. This is what your Rapepublican friends and neighbors are voting for.

Nov. 2nd, 2014

drac emu
God, I swear, I will start posting about more than houses and cats once I get moved. It's just frazzling. At the same time, it's just a delight watching Shadow and Morgie dash back and forth. Every now and then they take almost ritualistic big chomps out of each other's thickest fur before galloping to and fro from one end of the attic to the other. Morgie regularly sleeps up here now; the alternative is to have him start whining at the attic door at all hours.

Right now, Shadow is flopped over my arm, grumpy and sulky because Morgie doesn't want to play just now. At the new house, where the bathrooms and the parlor are the only rooms with just one door, the plethora of doors means I can adjust kitty traffic patterns in the most hilarious way I can.

How much of a dork do you have to be to look forward to setting up kitty blackmail pictures? "Fred? Fred? Stop that. Get down off that. Remember wiping out taking that turn? Because here's a picture to refresh your memory."

Better place to live AND extortion opportunities. I can hardly wait.

Nov. 1st, 2014

drac emu
So I like to sit cross-legged. I put a couple of pillows on my lap, and then plop the laptop there.

Not when Shadow is around. He's sprawled across my forearms now. There was a brief period of wrestling for control, during which he turned this way and that, using me as a backrest, flopping from side to side, before grabbing my hand and plunking his head in it. Eventually, I gave up.

A friend gave me a ride to Home Depot and Petsmart. If anyone's moving, too, you want to grab one of these huge Saran wrap rolls they have. You wrap it around a drawer or whatever, and voila! You don't need to repack, plus it's protected. Plus I got a couple of boxes and the gigantic economy size of Pine Sol.

I showed the friend the house. I don't think he expected this house. He was impressed with the light, the yard, the itty bitty bathroom on the first floor. I can hardly wait. And all we heard was traffic, wind, and the occasional human voice. Here, back at the old house, I've heard boom cars go by at least a half a dozen times.

I loved clattering through the house but I'm stuck in limbo till I physically move in. I got keys made today, so when it happens, I can have a couple of people rehanging doors and moving the fridge down to the basement. I'd love to switch out the big washer and dryer with the ones in the new house but I don't know what's going to happen when.

Oct. 31st, 2014

drac emu
My new neighbor's dog is very protective of my new house.

His name is Loki.

And then.....

drac emu
Today I found out that the previous owner of my new house bought a home
warranty for the house. Because she's a single woman like me. It was just
a nice, kind, gesture, from one woman to another.
drac emu
http://www.gofundme.com/d5oh80

Hillbillie had a sore throat and a cough last year and her doctor brushed
it off. After all, she doesn't even smoke.

Earlier this year, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. Her insurance
doesn't cover a lot. Her landlord is also thinking of selling and/or
renovating the property, which would mean moving. In addition to that,
Hilbillie (and her hubbie, a Viet Nam vet) are supporting her daughter and
granddaughter. So please spread it around and signal boost.

She's in the hospital right now with one of those infections you get on
chemo.

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