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Cerridwen's Journal
Cerridwen's Journal
May 1, 2024

By way of introduction I offer this post I just posted to GD

The fireworks may be fantastic or not.

I got bored a few months back while experiencing the worst fricken ride of my life with 2 full days of Covid. To the point, I found a community, or so I thought at the time, a community of tarot readers "for entertainment purposes only" who sounded awfully "revivally" to my untrained ear.

The Tarot Community Actual is all "a'twitter" with the news recently and are loudly and actively laughing at incoming detritus wearing a xtian cross and "defended" by the bible as a global-wide permanent celibacy is widely and roundly demanded. I've never laughed so hard in my entire 66 years on this planet. Alright, I'm done with epic stories and "tales of derring do..."

I'll leave to you to stroll on over and have a chuckle.

But I warn you hot coffee burns and choking's no fun.

See ya on the flop-side. C and her chuckling visage out.

No links provide source to biased.

Edit because my manners are atrocious at the moment:

Happy, Blessed, Joyous Healthy Beltane to one and all and Merry Meet and Welcome to any Newcomers.

April 25, 2024

Another loser couldn't take "no" for an answer.

The erstwhile lovers

Oh look! Another murder/suicide by a man who loooooooooooooovvvvvvvvvveed her so much he loved her to death.
19th Century: same shit, different century.

Murder victim.
Alice C. Caro had attended a dance with Herbert F. Seeley on a January evening in 1898. After both failed to return home from the dance the following morning Miss Caro's alarmed family began to search the country side. Tied up near to a wooden bridge was the horse and buggy that the couple had taken to the dance the previous night and just down a short ravine the bodies of the couple were found. Twenty-three year old Alice was discovered to have been shot through the breast and nearby lay the lifeless body of twenty-five year old Herbert, whom it was discovered had a bullet wound to his temple. Apparently after leaving the dance the couple had quarreled at which time young Mr. Seeley produced a pistol and shot Alice Caro. He then turned the weapon on himself thus ending his own life. Friends of Alice stated that she had rejected Seeley's proposals of marriage which had apparently enraged Seeley and was the cause of the deaths. The tiny rural farming community located in Northwest Florida was greatly shaken by the murder-suicide of two of its young people. The erstwhile lovers were buried in their respective family plots in the same cemetery (St. John's Catholic Cemetery).

----------snip to the link: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/14930744/alice-c-caro

I've been tracing my roots. This isn't one of them. Just tripped over it while clicking around. Had to share. And this is just the "run of the mill" stuff. You should see my family tree. Needs pruning. I tried to return some. No takers. I'm cracking wise but some of that crap shocked the speech outta me. Yeah, huh. Imagine that. I lost my voice. Scared hell out of everyone. LOL

Have a great (insert time of day) wherever you are. Please stay safe, sane, and sound.

April 24, 2024

"Child Abuse by Omission: How American Law Holds Mothers Responsible for Their Partners' Crimes"

"Child Abuse by Omission: How American Law Holds Mothers Responsible for Their Partners’ Crimes"

Criminalizing a woman for her male partner's abusive behavior toward her children is another type of victim blaming. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)

Are mothers responsible for the abuse their children suffer at the hands of their male partners? While most of us recognize the complexity involved in trying to protect a child or anyone else from an abuser, the law takes a far less nuanced view — particularly when it concerns mothers. As a legal scholar who studies how the law is applied unevenly to men and women, I have pored over hundreds of gut-wrenching child abuse cases and observed patterns of prosecution that betray a striking gender asymmetry.


The earliest reported prosecution of child abuse by omission, Palmer v. State, goes back to 1960. The case exemplifies the ways in which mothers are seen as uniquely responsible for a child’s well-being. It also shows how social factors are ignored in favor of vilifying and convicting a mother.

Barbara Ann Palmer became pregnant at 15. After a brief marriage to the baby’s father, she returned to live with her parents. Shortly afterward, she began a relationship with a man five years her senior and relocated to another state with him. Tragedy struck one month later when her daughter was beaten to death by her boyfriend.

Palmer was charged with and convicted of involuntary manslaughter. The Maryland Court of Appeals upheld Palmer’s conviction, finding both that Palmer had been criminally negligent and that her failure to act was the actual and proximate cause of her child’s death. Despite determining that her boyfriend’s actions were the “direct and immediate” cause of the child’s death, the court found that his violence did not constitute an “intervening efficient cause” sufficient to extinguish Palmer’s responsibility for her child’s death.

-----snip to end:https://truthout.org/articles/child-abuse-by-omission-how-american-law-holds-mothers-responsible-for-their-partners-crimes/

Note: first "paragraph" was caption of picture. Included 4th paragraph at the bottom of the blockquote. Minor edit to get rid of old signature line.

Any additional comment would be...

Go read the article. Trigger warning.

Watch the movie Gaslight. It's a process; sometimes years in the making. How to destroy the life and mind of the "woman of your dreams." Trigger warning. Violence against women happens in black and white and without smacking a face. I knew. Did you?

Watch The Burning Bed. It only took 20 years of brutal beatings, ignorant stupid texas "social workers," etc. I may scream. Trigger warning.

Watch Sleeping with the Enemy. Rich pricks brutalize women, too. Gee. Who knew. Trigger warning.

Read these 3 books:

The Mis-measure of Woman - historically information about how many decades women's issues have been dismissed as too inconvenient too controversial. Don't bother with the trigger warning. It's chapter 5. ISBN: 0-671-66274-0

No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us. Self explanatory. Of course.
ISBN: 978-1-63557-096-4

Final book/movie. If' you're not ready to...and...a reminder...
speaking freely: unlearning the lies of the fathers' tongues. isbn:0-8077-6244-X

Finally - in closing - a reminder...

“Remember what you must do
when they undervalue you,
when they think
your softness is your weakness,
when they treat your kindness
like it is their advantage.

You awaken
every dragon,
every wolf,
every monster
that sleeps inside of you
and you remind them
what hell looks like
when it wears the skin
of a gentle human.”

― Nikita Gill, Wild Embers: Poems of Rebellion, Fire and Beauty

May 6, 2022

"not so bad as..."

I wonder if the case before the supreme court that is poised to overturn Roe will be viewed as;

"not so bad as..." if it is any less than the pile of vomit alito wrote in his opinion to overturn Roe.

"not so bad as alito's opinion"
"not so bad as I feared"
"not so bad as those 'crazy' people warned"

How many talking heads, political podcasts, friends, family, or people here, would accept any diminishment of Roe as

"not so bad as..."

edited to add: I believe it is called lowering expectations. Or lowering the bar/standard.

November 12, 2020

"there is only one Commander in Chief,..when he orders..the only proper answer is "Yes sir."-tweet

/Tweet text:


Reminder to those saying withdrawing troops may cause a “clash” with Generals/Pentagon: there is only one Commander in Chief, it is ⁦⁦⁦⁦@realDonaldTrump ⁩ and when he orders the troops out of Afghanistan, the only proper answer is “Yes sir.”


/end text:

/All due respect on

Fuck rand paul and his randy fucking randites and the teabagger they rode in on.

/end All due respect

Senator Rand Paul
Link to tweet: https://twitter.com/RandPaul/status/1326709389324144640

(I "go low" so you don't have to)

October 27, 2020

bill mahr - "Making Women Nod" - short video


Video with anti-feminist guest stars who are not ann coulter or christina hoff summers

October 27, 2020

Mona and Erma (edited) and more...

Mona Eltahway


Long-ish thread...snippets below


And no matter how often we warned you that the fate of nations is not a straight line bending towards a “manifest destiny,” you only saw Iran and women in chadors or Afghanistan and women in burqas and refused to believe that their fate awaited you.


So successful has white supremacist patriarchy been at convincing white women that they’re lucky to live in the U.S. and not Saudi Arabia or Iran, that so many white women did not pay enough attention to the theocracy that white supremacy was building right here at home.


It was being built by white men who look like their fathers, brothers, husbands, and sons, not the scary brown men with beards, right?

---More at link above

Erma Bombeck

“We've got a generation now who were born with semiequality. They don't know how it was before, so they think, this isn't too bad. We're working. We have our attache' cases and our three piece suits. I get very disgusted with the younger generation of women. We had a torch to pass, and they are just sitting there. They don't realize it can be taken away. Things are going to have to get worse before they join in fighting the battle.”

― Erma Bombeck

Erma Louise Bombeck, born Erma Fiste, was an American humorist who achieved great popularity for a newspaper column that depicted suburban home life humorously, in the second half of the 20th century.

For 31 years since 1965, Erma Bombeck published 4,000 newspaper articles. Already in the 1970s, her witty columns were read, twice weekly, by thirty million readers of 900 newspapers of USA and Canada. Besides, the majority of her 15 books became instant best sellers.


In 2018, white nationalist Richard Spencer made news when divorce papers accused him of emotional and physical abuse. The filing noted that Spencer frequently said that “the only language women understand is violence.” “Alt-right” figure Augustus Invictus was charged with domestic violence last year. Matthew Heimbach, another radical right leader, faced domestic violence charges in 2018.

Of course, misogyny and domestic violence are not confined to the extremist world. These groups reflect — and perpetuate — their presence in our wider culture.

We see the result in immigration policy that has torn mothers and children apart, and discouraged women from seeking safety from domestic violence due to the use of local police as immigration agents. We’ve seen it in whistleblower reports of forced hysterectomies and unnecessary gynecological procedures emerging from an immigrant detention center in Georgia. But this should come as no surprise given our nation’s immigration policies are shaped by senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller, whose ties to the extremist world have been well documented.

And we must not forget the devastating effect on transgender women, particularly those of color. During an SPLC panel discussion, Heron Greenesmith, a researcher at Political Research Associates, explained that the Trump administration and the right have co-opted the scare tactics of anti-trans white feminists, fabricating the narrative that trans rights infringe upon women’s rights, and therefore, only some of us can be ensured dignity, health and safety.

------Pay Wall?


September 28, 2020

(edit for verdict) October 1985 - FBI Official Says Mormon Bias Prevented Firing of Spy Suspect

What did the republicans know and when did they know it?

FBI Official Says Mormon Bias Prevented Firing of Spy Suspect

Bernardo (Matt) Perez, formerly the second ranking FBI official in Los Angeles, said he was blocked from firing Miller in December, 1982, by the head of the Los Angeles office, Richard T. Bretzing, who is a Mormon bishop.

“We talked about Mr. Miller’s work record,” Perez said, recounting a conversation he recalled having with Bretzing. “From my personal knowledge, he was a bumbler. He was in all sorts of trouble. He was more than the office joke; he was the FBI joke.


Perez, a Roman Catholic who filed a religious discrimination complaint against Bretzing last year, said Bretzing told him that he should let P. Bryce Christensen, another Mormon agent who personally supervised Miller as a counterintelligence agent, handle the Miller matter.


Miller, 48, was arrested Oct. 2, 1984, along with Svetlana and Nikolai Ogorodnikov on charges of passing secret FBI information to the Soviet Union. He is the first FBI agent ever charged with espionage.

-snip - much more at link-


update to old article about court case - https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1988-10-01-mn-4259-story.html

October 1, 1988

FBI Discriminated Against Latino Agents, Judge Rules

EL PASO — The FBI suffered a major embarrassment Friday when a U.S. district judge ruled that hundreds of Latino agents have been discriminated against and regularly assigned to demeaning duties commonly known as the “Taco Circuit.”

The ruling, issued here by U.S. District Judge Lucius D. Bunton, was heralded as a landmark by the FBI agent who filed the initial suit, Bernardo Matias (Matt) Perez, a former top FBI official in Los Angeles now serving as assistant special agent-in-charge of the El Paso office.


Although the class-action suit was decided in El Paso, its origins were in Los Angeles, where Perez filed his first discrimination complaint in 1983 during a prolonged dispute with then agent-in-charge Richard T. Bretzing.

-link may be a paywall at LATimes https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1988-10-01-mn-4259-story.html

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About Cerridwen

Hairy, scary, pro-abortion, 'rad fem', doing my best to piss off the "religious" right and MRAs everywhere.
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