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Gender: Female
Home country: USA
Current location: Oregon
Member since: 2001
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About Me

Female. Retired. Wife-Mom-Grandma. Approx. 30 years in broadcasting, at least 20 of those in news biz. Taurus. Loves chocolate - preferably without nuts or cocoanut. Animal lover. Rock-hound from pre-school age. Proud Democrat for life. Ardent environmentalist and pro-choicer. Hoping to use my skills set for the greater good. Still married to the same guy for 40+ years. Probably because he's a proud Democrat, too. Penmanship absolutely stinks, so I'm glad I'm a fast typist! I will always love Hillary and she will always be my President.

Journal Archives

Yes. Taking names and NAMING names.

Drag 'em into the public square so everybody can see and know.


This is one of those times when I wonder if "an eye for an eye" might not be a wise choice for punishment for this beastly individual. What if he were to be sentenced to the same treatment he imposed upon that child? That poor baby. Three months old - OMG. What did he do? Cry too loudly? Dear God!!!!!!!!!!!

I swear - sometimes I think one ought to get a license to become a parent - and go through emotional and psychological testing. People like this monster have no business being NEAR tiny children, much less fathering one.

The only problem is that a lot of those "good people of Indiana" VOTED for this asshole.

Either they were simply taken in by the platitudes and the soothing campaign rhetoric, or maybe some of 'em aren't such "good people" after all. mike pence didn't get to the governor's office all by his little self.

Well, Haele, your last paragraph pretty well explains specimens like marsha blackburn,

cathy mcmorris rodgers, michele bachmann (fortunately, no longer there!), renee ellmers and that gawd-awful virginia foxx, and more. Beats the hell outta me why ANY woman would ever want to vote republi-CON, much less run as one of them. They are against everything that we believe in, everything we know helps people, everything we know that helps women in particular, EVERYTHING that makes sense for our children and our planet and the future of all life forms on it. It just makes no sense. And neither do they. Sheesh - renee ellmers claims to be a doctor. WTF??? And she sides with THAT side? SHAME on her!!! Where'd she get that MD degree? The same place she buys her lottery tickets? That they can side with that bunch of backward, racist, misogynistic, proudly-ignorant "great 6th Century minds of our time" is beyond me.

I try, every so often, to imagine being part of the GOP. Just as an exercise. And I can't. Turns out to be just an exercise in futility. It just doesn't work. Makes NO sense. There's nothing there for me. There's no platform plank there for me. There's no thinking there for me (hell, there's no thinking there - AT ALL), There's no philosophical argument there for me. There's not even the most miniscule aspect of a world view that is there for me. They got NOTHIN'. There's NOTHING for me there. Being as objective as I can possibly be. NOTHIN'. The cupboard is BARE.

As far as the first part of your post - I'd listen to the ones with compassion. TRUE compassion. NOT the "well, it's nobody's business but God's... BUT..." or that lovely "well, rape is a terrible thing, BUT God WANTED you to get knocked up, and that baby is sacred and blah-blah-blah..." THAT is NOT COMPASSION! That's just more doublespeak and bullshit. Especially since the same kind of simpering bullshit is gonna get into office (or try to) and then proceed to cut away from you ANY possibility of being able to support, feed, clothe, shelter, raise, protect, or educate that eventual baby. I wouldn't listen to those women. I'd listen to the ones who'd had the real world hard time. Who had to abort for all the reasons that a woman in serious need or serious predicament might seriously have to. They think it's such a casual thing. They dismiss it. They assume we're just using abortion as a lazy-ass birth control. Wonder if any one of them emerged from a hot and heavy love embrace only to discover that the rubber broke? Wonder if any one of them took the pill on schedule or followed all the instructions and did everything right, and it was just one of those flukes where it didn't work? Wonder if any of 'em had an unplanned pregnancy after they already had three or four kids they could barely afford to feed on their meager salary, with no help, no child care, no mother or mother-in-law to step in, no man to shoulder half the responsibility, and what does one do then? Wonder how many of them were impregnated during rape?

I would pay no attention to any republi-CON woman who claims she had an abortion but ... but ... but ... They're ALWAYS going to come up with a justification for why it was bad and they regret it and so now they're hellbent on making sure nobody else can ever get one, regardless of the reason. They speak with forked tongues and no credibility whatsoever. And CERTAINLY without compassion!!!!

Just always keep one thing in mind: WHO's the one who sneers at empathy? WHICH party is the one that does that? WHICH is the bunch whose inside motto is "it sucks to be YOU!"? WHICH one is the IGMFU gang (I Got Mine, F-U)? It sure as hell isn't OURS! Because compassion would inform - and compel - a different view on this issue than the one they so ardently embrace.

Look for the compassion. Follow your heart. Should be easy. We humans are literally built for it. The human heart hangs to the LEFT.


I am ABSOLUTELY for "taste of their own medicine. See how they like it."

I'm sure I've totally bored people here with how often I've posted that.

As though adding the word "American" or the words "Civil Rights" or "Family"

is enough to excuse or claim to justify what you're really about. Or wash the blood off this little hand...

GREAT one!!!

I agree "they gotta do what they gotta do."

Sometimes it takes drastic action to get people's attention. Even the idea of furthering talk of secession in this case - is worth spreading around. The GOP worships the "god" of "you're on yer own"? Well, let's take them at their word. Let's take that last part and run with it.

To appreciate every moment I have.

That I've got a good marriage and good husband. Two great kids. A future son-in-law who I actually like a lot. A kid with a band with a great new album. Four cats and a dog who all get along. Friends, and new family. Health, sobriety, life in a blue state, Jerry Brown as governor, all the good things. Older, sure, but not quite broken down and feeble yet. God yes but religion no. Organized religion and religious dictates really don't figure in there.

And birdies! For the third year in a row!!! I may already be a grandmother again - cuz based on past years, I strongly suspect there are eggs in there now (last week of April we'll know for sure cuz that's when they've hatched in the last two years running)!


And on edit - forgot one very essential thing to survival of life on this planet: chocolate.

OMG! I LOVE this!!! Our little birds' nest is now officially back in use again

for the third year in a row!

Little black-hooded birds built it up in the corner of the overhang above our front door. Those birds, I have since learned, are called Black Phoebes. I used to call them "tuxedo birds" because they had little white/cream-color breasts and dark gray wings and back and tail. And a little black head. And their tails twitch up and down when they're communicating or excited or agitated. They're the cutest things!

Two years ago we noticed there were little lumps of mud that started appearing up at the top of the wall under the eaves. Before you knew it, there was a nest! I thought it was a swallow's nest because they make mud nests up high on walls.

And soon enough, I noticed there was activity coming from there. Every time we'd open the front door, there was this SWOOP! Something flying out in a big curved SWOOP from up in the corner there across the front yard to the nearest tree. ZOOM! There it went. So fast you could barely see it. A few weeks later, noise! Little chirping and cheeping coming from up there, and soon enough, little bird heads were sticking up from down in the nest. Last year, toward the end of April I heard 'em again. And the next day, we saw this little head sticking up, mouth WIDE open. The next day we saw two little heads. Next day there were three. And eventually there were FOUR! And of course, the swooping. LOTS of swooping, as the parent got the hell outta there and flew to the nearest tree. Sometimes the mom would perch there and squawk at her hatchlings. She'd be yelling at them really loud - probably trying to tell them to lay low cuz there were creatures lurking (us).

Then there comes the time when the hatchlings are getting bigger, so big at one point that they don't all fit in the nest anymore. Then inevitably one of 'em winds up living on the edge of the nest, or what you see are little bird butts sticking out the nest because they can't all fit in down inside there. And then, by Mother's Day, they're all grown enough to leave the nest and fly out into the world. I have seen the first flight of two generations of last-bird-to-leave-nest. The first flight is always a little shaky. I watched one fly out and wobble around the tree in front, and then zoom off. Guess it finally got its bearings.

So now, we're starting to have SWOOPING again! Third year in a row! Wonder if these are the kids from last year? The grandchildren of the year before? I'm just loving it. Kinda glad it's happening now. When I get the blues too badly about what's happened with that crashed airplane, I go out and watch the birdies. It's so healing.

LOVING it!!! Just freakin' LOVING it!!! Especially this week. Sorta restores my faith!
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