June 2008 archive

Sausage Making

I dunno why, I watched much of the Rules Committee meeting on C-SPAN today.

It’s strange — I haven’t been following the process in detail the whole time, and yet today I ended up watching most of the meeting.

And I also spent a lot of time reading comments at Daily Kos on open threads and diaries.

I feel like a virgin who just got laid — and it wasn’t terrible or anything, but it sure wasn’t very romantic.

Yeah it was that vulgar.

They say making laws is like making sausages, you don’t want to know too much about the details or it would nauseate you.  I’d say the same for all of politics.

And I’m finally willing to be nauseated.  Heh.

Sewing Loyalty Oaths To Your Cold Dead Hands

Ever once in a while I imagine a scenario in which I go into work and we’re suddenly forced into mandatory prayer meetings or bible readings before convening our leadership group meetings. We already have Jesus on the wall in the office and a few biblical sayings meant to provide inspiration. At which point I will have to ask myself how badly I want to pay the mortgage. My colleagues in the office know that I have nothing against Jesus, and in fact when things are going badly at work I will ask them if they are still in good with that Jesus guy because I am not overly picky about who helps out. They don’t really object to loaning him out. And I don’t really care if he helps me out, just the patients and their families.

Turns out that in that radical state of California, the place those on the right love to demonize and make threats about, I imagine radical rightists telling their children, “behave or you will be sent to California”, does not have the mellow soft institutions we were all led to believe.

Recently, a professor was fired for refusing to sign a loyalty oath. The entire article can be read here.

Wendy Gonaver was hired to teach says she was not told about the loyalty oath at the hiring and discovered it during orientation. She was told she had to sign it.

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter.”

Pony Party: Nothing

I drew a blank for this afternoon’s pony party. Call it pony block.

So here are a bunch of songs who somehow or another are thematically joined by the word or concept of nothing.

Add your thoughts about nothing if you are so inspired.

Don’t rec this lame ass pony party, hang out chit chat and then go read some of the excellent essays on our recent and rec’d list.

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