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Aug. 30th, 2010

OK, I really must be premenstrual, because my reaction to the first item on http://health.yahoo.net/experts/eatthis/scariest-new-restaurant-foods of so-called scary meals was not "OMG, heart attack" but rather "OMG, I WANT ONE NOW."

(Whoever wrote that article has clearly never tasted the fried-carbohydrate amazingness that is a french-fry po'boy.)


Law QotD

"When Claudine Hall came home on the night of September 24, 1969, and found that her General Electric portable television set had been taken out of her apartment by Sylvia Garson, it is not likely that she realized that basic issues of Federal Court jurisdiction and the jurisdiction of that unfortunate stepchild of Federal procedure, the three-Judge Court, would be raised by her dispute with her landlady."—Hall v. Garson, 430 F.2d 430, 432 (5th Cir. 1970).

I usually post these on Facebook, but this, brief as it is, was too long.


Things that are sick and wrong

Having to open your beer (cider) with a potato masher.

I'm just sayin'.


Sep. 3rd, 2009

Last night as I was driving home, there was a car in front of me with an Arkansas license plate. The little tagline at the bottom read: "The Natural State."

Because I'm twelve, I immediately thought, "OMG! Everyone in Arkansas is naked!"

Aug. 31st, 2009

I [do not] find the wisdom, foresight, and sense of justice exhibited by the framers [of the Constitution] particularly profound. To the contrary, the government they devised was defective from the start, requiring several amendments, a civil war, and momentous social transformation to attain the system of constitutional government, and its respect for the individual feedoms and human rights we hold as fundamental today.

—Thurgood Marshall, "Reflections on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution"

Ouch! But point taken.

Aug. 26th, 2009

For unexplainable reasons, I love this picture (worksafe) by Asaf Einy. It's sort of like my Hopper icon as a photograph.


Pakistani leader: Bin Laden 'may be dead' — or not

So he's Schrödinger's terrorist?

Well, we have no way of knowing whether he's really alive, so actually he's neither alive nor dead! That must take some talent.
And overriding their governor's veto!

I love how the yay-gay contingent is now Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont...and Iowa. Iowa makes me bizarrely happy. We're here, we're Midwestern, we're marrying gay people.

Two poems

Both by Lucille Clifton.

"what the mirror said"

you a wonder.
you a city
of a woman.
you got a geography
of your own.
somebody need a map
to understand you.
somebody need directions
to move around you.
you not a noplace
mister with his hands on you
he got his hands on

And for crafting_change, because I think she'll like it...

"i am accused of tending to the past"

i am accused of tending to the past
as if i made it,
as if i sculpted it
with my own hands. i did not.
this past was waiting for me
when i came,
a monstrous unnamed baby,
and i with my mother's itch
took it to breast
and named it
she is more human now,
learning languages everyday,
remembering faces, names and dates.
when she is strong enough to travel
on her own, beware, she will.

Feb. 25th, 2009

Whoa, now here's a thought to chew on (particularly in light of the Commerce Clause, for any Constitution nerds out there, but just in general as well):

[T]he rapist takes that to which he has no right. The consequence [is] a forced transfer of wealth [to] the rapist. [In] short, rape is an economic crime, and the act of rape constitutes economic activity.

—Ides, "Economic Activity as a Proxy for Federalism: Intuition and Reason in United States v. Morrison," Constitutional Comment
1) Sid the escaping squid! I love this (and Sid) so hardcore. Sid, best wishes for your freedom, and for epic luck with the ladies!

2) You're not fat, redux redux. First: If that girl is chubby, I'm Antonin Scalia. Second: Please note the excerpt regarding Jessica Simpson's diet, physique, and exercise regimen.
It's inevitable that, as we read each other's journals, we create mental pictures of each other. Comment with a picture of the image you have in your head when you envision me.

Two rules:
1) The picture can be of any person in any medium. I suppose it could even be abstract, an animal, or an inanimate object, if I remind you greatly of a Rothko/unicorn/cactus/etc.
2) Post this in your journal and see how people envision you!


Dangerous for Girls

This poem literally just knocked the breath out of me. The last line, oh my God.

Dangerous for Girls, by Connie Voisine

Feb. 5th, 2009

In case y'all haven't heard, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and had surgery for it yesterday. It was apparently caught really early, which is good, but she's not a young woman and it's not her first bout with cancer, and the survival rate for this type is very low (though the article says that is often because it is caught too late). I am so sad about this, and wish her a full recovery. Ginsburg is awesome. Before she became a judge, she directed the ACLU's Women's Rights project, and was instrumental in a series of cases that ended sex discrimination in higher-education programs. I've only read a few of her opinions, but the ones I've read have been smart and impeccably structured. She's not the flashy writer that Stevens and Scalia are, but her stuff is solid and cohesive, and pretty much unassailable from a logical standpoint. For some good Ginsburg (as well as some excellent Stevens, some egregious Scalia, a DoJ lawyer I would like to be when I grow up, and Breyer ripping the fully deserving opposing attorney a new asshole), I recommend the transcript for U.S. v. Hayes, available as a PDF. Some of Ginsburg's more noteworthy opinions/dissents are briefly discussed here, and with a full list of everything (opinions, concurrences, dissents, various combinations of the above) here.

Perhaps ironically, this article was displayed in the "Inside NYTimes.com" bar across the bottom of the Ginsburg article. Would someone care to explain to me why the demise of a "girlish, how-to decorating magazine owned by Condé Nast" and intended for an audience of individuals "like Carrie Bradshaw but cooler" got two pages, but the potential national repercussions of the serious health issues of the only woman on the Supreme Court received only one?

Jan. 12th, 2009

I have kvetched before of my menstrual dietary woes, which are in full force this evening. I am having that lovely feeling in which I am physically hungry but the thought of food makes me sick. I'm, like, going through the checklist here: Soup that I made this weekend? DO NOT WANT! But it doesn't have any dairy in it! It's full of vegetables! And we're usually OK with chicken! CHICKEN = DO NOT WANT. PB&J? DO NOT WANT! Saag paneer from Trader Joe's? DAIRY, AND DO NOT WANT! Toast? BREAD = DO NOT WANT! Oatmeal? Well. That might be OK.

I don't have words for how unexcited I am to have oatmeal for dinner (especially with literally gallons of soup in the refrigerator and freezer, because y'all know I don't cook small, and this batch was even more epic than usual), but I guess oatmeal is where it's at. WTF, body.

This round of PMS actually led to epic organizing and cleaning, which really needed to be done, so I really can't complain about that, but I do feel a bit out of sorts right now. Meh.

Spamming y'all today, sorry.

I usually post some kind of New Year's poem, etc., but I hadn't really found anything this year, and with the way the year ended, I wasn't really hyped to do it. Then I ran across a post of thatpalebluedot's with this poem, which seemed perfect:

i am running into a new year
and the old years blow back
like a wind
that i catch in my hair
like strong fingers like
all my old promises and
it will be hard to let go
of what i said to myself
about myself
when i was sixteen and
twenty-six and thirty-six
even thirty-six but
i am running into a new year
and i beg what i love and
i leave to forgive me

—Lucille Clifton

Jan. 2nd, 2009

OK, I should be updating to tell y'all how my Xmas and New Year's were. (They were nice; Xmas with the fam and NYE at peregrin8 and mrdarkness's lovely abode, with crafting_change, soft_pieces, cyntergnomes, and many others in attendance, lots of fun and also fireworks!) However, what I am posting to share with you all is, courtesy of peregrin8, thepurebed.com, a self-described "married couples [sic] intimacy store" run by a minister and his wife with the mission "to specifically serve the enhancement of sexual intimacy shared by legally recognized marriages between a man and a woman." The stock is pretty standard (except for the lack of books/DVDs, as Pornography Is A Sin), but the verbiage is pretty LOL-inducing.

Happy New Year!

Books Read in 2008**

  1. Last Night at the Lobster, Stewart O'Nan (1/9/08)
  2. Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (1/15/08)
  3. The Bestiary, Nicholas Christopher (2/12/08)
  4. Moon Called, Patricia Briggs (2/17/08)
  5. Gentlemen of the Road, Michael Chabon (2/17/08)
  6. Blood Bound, Patricia Briggs (2/28/08)
  7. The Beacon at Alexandria, Gillian Bradshaw (4/8/08)
  8. Cupcake, Rachel Cohn (4/27/08)
  9. The Feast of Love,* Charles Baxter (5/9/08)
  10. Dress Rehearsal, Jennifer O'Connell (5/10/08)
  11. Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander, Ann Herendeen (6/11/08)
  12. Saints and Strangers, Angela Carter (6/18/08)
  13. The Harsh Cry of the Heron, Lian Hearn (6/25/08)
  14. The Best Sex Writing 2006, ed. Felice Newman and Frédérique Delacoste (7/8/08)
  15. In the Woods, Tana French (7/13/08)
  16. Dragon's Winter,* Elizabeth A. Lynn (8/6/08)
  17. New Moon, Stephenie Meyer (8/8/08)
  18. White Horses, Alice Hoffman (8/12/08)

*: reread
**: not counting books I have been paid to read

Dec. 19th, 2008

So a little bit ago, I was doing my nightly dishes, about ready to go upstairs and go to bed...and I realized that my feet were wet. I investigated, and discovered that we have giant leak in our sink. GREAT. I forestalled on the remaining dishes and left a note for the roommates.

My life is awesome x 1 billionty.

Happy list

Tagged by crafting_change: The rules are that for 8 days you have to post something that made you happy that day. Tag 8 people to do the same.

It didn't hurt to walk or go up/down a flight of stairs today. That's more a lack of negative than an affirmative positive, but it's all I've got.

No tagging, but anyone should feel free to go right ahead.


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