Friday, July 25, 2008

It really meant a lot - thanks so much to everyone for your support when I got sick

Due mostly to my misunderstanding of my disability insurance, the money everyone donated really turned out to be essential to minimizing the financial trauma of moving to a new apartment and major surgery within the space of a few months.

Thanks so very much!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

"In sickness and in health"

I sure didn't expect to have that vow all sewn up* by my fourth wedding anniversary (which is today!).

* I know, I know, we're probably not done with sickness forever around my household.

We want gays and lesbians to openly serve in the military...but it's not like we're interested in extending normal civil rights to them!

I'm listening to Diane Rehm right now, and there are two military-affiliated guests discussing Don't Ask Don't Tell - one just claimed that abolishing DADT "isn't about gay rights." I can't help but think of the famous I'm not a feminist, but... I believe [explicitly feminist idea] to be true.

Given the very poor job the US military has done of integrating women safely into the service, I find my instinct to roll my eyes at the homophobia driving the policy a little thwarted. If the leadership in the US military doesn't expect itself to be mature enough to deal with potential harassment of gay servicepeople, and we have a ready example of the military dealing poorly with social change, I would be inclined to believe the claim that people would be freaked out by openly-serving gays and lesbians in a way that discipline and official policies couldn't guarantee their safety.

This is not to say that I am comfortable letting the rapists and homophobes dictate who can and cannot serve to defend this country. Though, knowing the stats about sexual assault in the military, I would definitely discourage my daughter from entering. It would sure be nice if Americans could grow up already and realize that women and homosexuals (do I need a Venn diagram here?) are currently and have always been contributing to every sector of society.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Maybe something in the water is making people paranoid...

....because I sure don't trust Mr Pro-Life to decide who or what populates my uterus.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Save us all, it's the coming of the antichrist! ...and yeah.

I thought this video was pretty amusing, since I would expect that Revelations doesn't end with an "...and yeeeah."

Monday, July 07, 2008

It's kind of tough to laud Will Saletan's sense of humor, but here goes:

Isn't it cute when he takes completely nonsensical positions on matters of grave importance to people (somewhat) different than him? Sometimes Saletan actually is funny and expresses something I've not quite been able to get at - what is it exsactly that Christian conservatives dislike about transsexuals? Where is Leviticus explicit on matters of gender identity? What would God have against a dude in a dress? (I'm looking at you, Brian Fischer - not that you're in a dress, but you complain about men in dresses quite a lot.)
If you regard Beatie's sex change as a crime against nature, it's not clear what you should propose to do about it now. He and his wife have a baby. As things stand, this girl will grow up with a mom and dad. Do you want to tell her she has no dad? Do you want her to have two mommies? Do you want to nullify her parents' marriage?

Friday, July 04, 2008

"Exposed bra straps"

If I never wore a bra, I wouldn't have to worry about offending my co-workers with my exposed bra straps in a sleeveless top. But I'd sure have to worry about offending them with my breasts. Working in a place where safety and not manners dictate the dress code has kept me basically unaware of the no bra straps rule. Thanks, CNN, for reminding me that the female body is inappropriate outside the home.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

What I learned from WALL-E

It's ok if I generate enormous amounts of waste, because it will make a robot happy some day.