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Saturday, December 18, 2010

First Responders: Don't shake the lead out

U.S. Senate needs your help? You know how to go slow slow slow, doncha? Or maybe your vehicles break down on the way there ... or a little sumpin' sumpin' blocks your way ... or ...

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?

Right here. It's stung me too many times this year to toss it off casually. Two family members (I think both were the last of their generation); too many feline friends.

Dad died last month. He was in his 90s, so it came as no great surprise except, apparently, to my inner child or summat, because I keep catching myself speaking or thinking of him all the time, in the present, or worse yet, as if he was actually present.

It's been almost exactly a month since I got the phone call. I had made reservations months ago to spend a couple of weeks around Thanksgiving with him. Let us give thanks for those parents we have left. Those relatives, of any degree of relativity. No, not really. I'm not terribly fond of my relatives. Although I was very fond of Dad.

I've been told I look like him. (A piece of flattery that would earn anyone a place in my good books, or on my Xmas list.) He was a handsome man. All I know is, I got his teeth (fragile), his feet (flat), and his tendency to tear up in old age. Also, thick eyebrows, early graying (he was 30 when he went completely silver, but the fates were kind and gave me an extra decade to get used to it), and a reading addiction I just can't shake. Thanks, Dad.

My father was a good man. One of the few I've ever met. His word was his bond. He never said anything he didn't mean (and because he was a gentle man, that meant he often said nothing at all, because he couldn't bear to be mean); he never told a lie. I miss him a great deal already. But he's been gone for several years now, fading a little each year. Losing his hearing, and then his sight, and finally even words. At first, at the beginning of his long decline, he would answer my questions with "I don't know. I don't know how to say. I've forgotten the words." In the end, he could not speak at all, although his brain could decipher that we were making patterns of sounds. He attempted to join in, but could only produce strange, disjointed noises, shouts, barks, mutters, all cadenced just like his normal speech.

Hard as it was to hear that he was gone, it wasn't intensely painful. After all, he was no longer mobile, nor continent, and the last stroke left him with a feeding tube. If he had understood what was happening, he would have hated every minute of it. So perhaps it's just as well that multiple small strokes took away his power of understanding.

But barely had I placed his bones in a funeral urn, crushing them with my hands, when came more bad news: Zingiber died suddenly, a week after my father.

O grave, here is thy victory. Stop taking my nearest and dearest away. Or at least slow your pace a little. Over the past decade, I've buried two sets of parents (natal and in-law); lost too many dearly-loved friends; and said goodbye to six cats and a dog, two charming chickens, and several bunnies. I'm done. I want a year or two without funerals and burials and mourning. Is that too much to ask? I'm feeling my own years, and I've spent thirty of the past X years worrying about, and taking care of (in my own incompetent fashion) my parents. They're gone, now, and I really have stopped caring. I don't want to give any more hostages to fortune. I'm ready for my own last trip to the banquet, goddammit. Ready to be worm food. Life sure is a lot bleaker without my dearly beloveds. Goodbye, Dad. I wish I could have talked to you more, but I really did spend every single day's worth of vacation over the last three decades with you. And Mum made every second of it a hell, so I'm sorry I didn't bite the bullet and sit through her needling, her vicious jibes, and her petty, pointed remarks and stay for the delight of your company. I couldn't do it, in the end. I just couldn't take any more. I'm sorry. I have always loved you, and I will always love you. And I always felt your love, Dad, surrounding me, making my life a better place. Making me all the good things I have ever been, or could be.

Goodbye, little Zingiber. I'll tell your story, my love. It will live in my heart always, just as you will, with my beloved father, and my sister, and all the others I loved who left me behind in their dance between matter and energy.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010



And ... must add this too ... however, there is a commercial at the beginning -- sorry. But I thought the video was worth it. Mos def.

Enjoy your Caturday!

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WikiLeaks ... thoughts ....

Ms. Manitoba has some very rowdy and robust arguments with herself. The latest ongoing argument is about WikiLeaks. But here’s my most recurring conclusion:

Do you really think WikiLeaks will bring down the U.S.?

No, it is the corruption of high officials in U.S. government and business – this is what is bringing the U.S. down and making corporations lose money and jobs. Think of how much innovation could be funded with all those executive bonuses, golden parachutes, and "corporate donations to campaigns" (otherwise known as bribes).


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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Ms. Manitoba Is Nostalgic for The Great Depression ...

I'm awful nostalgic for the 20th century's Great Depression. At least in that one the Bankers and Other Financial Wizards who lost other people's money had the good sense to jump off buildings instead of giving themselves bonuses while others lose their homes.

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Sunday, December 05, 2010

Combat Troops: Put on Your Big Boy Pants

Are we really relying on our combat troops to protect us from terrorists? Fight our wars?

Aren’t these the same men who are resisting the change in Don’t Ask Don’t Tell? These big strong men are afraid of “unwanted romantic advances”?

Well, us teensy little ole women have been dealing with unwanted romantic advances all our lives.

I am so F-U-C-K-I-N-G tired of hearing this.

Put on your big-boy pants.

And ... meanwhile, reports are coming out about female soldiers and suicide. Often there is history of sexual harassment or rape. (Maybe it's psychological projection on the part of these men ... they're afraid gay men will do to them what they've been doing to women?)

However, some folks even believe these alleged suicides are really cover-ups for murder by their fellow soldiers. To read more, go here.

Remember though, these men who are experiencing anti-gay hysteria are the minority -- the majority of troops are okay with the change in policy.

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