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Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Sep 11, 2013, 01:24 PM (0 replies)

Butter

Back when I was a kid they used butter to treat minor burns. Then somebody figured out that ice was a better treatment.

That’s how we progress. We get better information and adjust our thinking accordingly.

Unless we refuse to listen to anyone but the butter faction. Then we call the ice faction names and accuse them of worshiping the ice-appliers. . .
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Tue Sep 10, 2013, 10:07 PM (8 replies)

Moonwalking



One of our astronauts spoke of standing on the moon and looking back at the Earth. He observed that it was the same planet he’d always lived on, just seen from a different perspective.

Of note is what didn’t follow his observation: he did not accuse or disparage those who did not share his view. Rather, he endeavored to share what he had learned in order to increase our understanding. How ineffective that elucidation would have been had he included belittling name-calling in every conversation!
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Tue Sep 10, 2013, 02:53 PM (2 replies)

Neighbors

Our dates had been gone from the table for several minutes when we heard someone say there was something going on outside. My friend and I got up and followed others out the door.

A small crowd had gathered in the parking to watch one of the guys as he sat atop his wife pummeling her. I recognized the couple, they lived on my block and had a reputation for a very stormy marriage. But for me, that reputation was no reason to stand by and watch as she took a beating.

Sadly, my date was one of the men speaking to the guy, saying stuff like, “Man, you promised you wouldn’t do this any more” and “You need to stop.” They stood there yapping at him, hands in pockets, as he continued to pound away.

My friend and I stepped in, high heels and all, and pulled him off her; he was drunk enough that his effort to swing at us sent him sprawling on the pavement. She was bleeding and barely conscious, both eyes were blacked, but we were able to help her stand so we could put her in a car for the ride to the hospital. My date just shrugged his shoulders and explained that he hadn’t wanted to “interfere” in their marriage; next time he called I hung up on him.


That was many years ago, but for some reason I've been thinking about it this week...
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sun Sep 8, 2013, 04:32 PM (4 replies)

Damn. There are days . . .

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sun Sep 8, 2013, 03:16 PM (11 replies)

We've done it before.

Can we do for Damascus what we did for Berlin?

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sat Sep 7, 2013, 09:14 PM (2 replies)

Robopoll

So I answer the phone and it's a robocall, a "poll" on our upcoming local elections.

We're pretty sure that it's not being done by anyone supporting our candidate, seeing as how she and her campaign team actually know how to pronounce her name. The robo "voice" mangles her name in such a fashion that listeners get the clear message that her family probably did not originate in northern Europe.

Are they pandering to a racist element? Much as I hate to consider the possibility, this town loved McCain/Palin's "he's not like us" approach, and also went for Tancredo. And we have the sheriff and DA who have a very unsavory record of heavy-handedness toward the Hispanic community, sufficient to get themselves smacked back by the state Supreme Court. Our state senator has been very vocal about his "English only" stance, never mind that he lives in a state with a Spanish name and is surrounded by places named by the Spanish and French long before English-speaking settlers arrived.

The "poll" mentioned her name several times, each with the emphatic mispronunciation. It was blatant. And disgusting. And, sadly, not at all surprising for this place. Disappointing, but not surprising.

To that campaign I say, "Si se puede!"
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Thu Sep 5, 2013, 11:49 PM (0 replies)

One thing I know --

When it comes to the mess in Syria, one thing I do know for certain: I am not privy to the deep information that is available to the President.

Nor do I believe that he has been assimilated by some Borg-like culture that makes him worthy of the strident vituperations with which he is being barraged. He would have to have received a complete personality transplant -- erasing the totality of his memory and personal history -- in order to be the evil and betraying monster he is accused of being.

The information available to the public is undeniably horrific. But the President’s response must also take into account that information which is not in the public domain. Same for Kerry. And it may be that they are, in part, protecting some necessary conduits of information that have not yet been exposed by Snowden.

At this point, I still trust this President. He has said or done nothing to indicate that he has become someone other than the person we worked so hard to elect. He is not a reiteration of George Bush, who was talking about making war on Iraq while he was still Governor of Texas; Barack Obama did not achieve the Oval Office with the intent to wage war on Syria. There is a difference. And unless or until President Obama prances around in a sock-stuffed flight suit, I will continue to trust his judgment.
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Thu Sep 5, 2013, 08:41 PM (3 replies)

All the Answers

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Thu Sep 5, 2013, 07:37 PM (0 replies)

A Rare Thing

I live in a red town in a blue state; that means that we don't let our guard down, we're always working on something. Last night we had another phone bank. We’ve got some terrific Democratic candidates for local office, and there are some issues that we’re working on as well. When we finished for the night we sat back and chatted for a bit.

The subject of Syria came up, and we talked about the various pros and cons. Interesting that in a room full of very ardent Democrats no voices were raised in accusation of President Obama; no, it wasn’t a case of “he can do no wrong”, we often discuss areas where we disagree with steps he has taken. The point is, we can disagree without condemning or accusing. That’s a rare thing in some places. I’m damned glad to have my local Democrats to talk with.
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Thu Sep 5, 2013, 02:24 PM (2 replies)
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