coming up for air

Open Thread for a whackily day.

A real world friend of mine posted some notes in her faceplace… about her deep conversations with a friend of friend of 16 year old who …. died. Very very sad. She also linked to this well written piece here by a single Dad. Compassion (again).  

I saw a Mom with two little girls the other day at the laundromat. Kids were just bein’ kids, Mom kept scolding them. At one point, I saw Mom kinda fake-swipe at younger girl, probably 6 years old, this little girl… it breaks my heart when I see this… gestured with an immediate reflexive protective move covering her ass as she darted away, out of striking range.  There was something about the way Girl persisted… and eyed the Mom. Not so much fearful, more … guarded. Watchful. The slightest glimmer of self-preserving defiance.

What the fuck is wrong with people?

There are days when I do feel like we should be able require people to get a license, pass an exam, for parenting. But then, it passes.

Roofers have arrived here. Let the demo begin!

So… what’s up in your neck of the woods, folks? I could use a good Docudharma fix today!!


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  1. Every child has the innate right to ask for ice cream without being belittled and broken.  ~ Single Dad

    em heart

  2. so I take back the mean things I said about her night before…lol.

    Rachel Maddow says it looks like we’re stuck with Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, unless President Obama acts:


    The White House line on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell now is that they’d like the Senate to repeal it. Absent that action — absent the moon crashing through the atmosphere and turning us all to green cheese — the White House says there is an orderly process underway to get rid of the policy. The White House is sternly ensuring everyone that the policy will end.

       When you drill down on how they say it will end, they say it will end because the Senate will end it even though the Senate has just chosen not to end it and the Senate is poised to get more conservative, not less, in the imminent elections.

       This is incoherence. OutServe, the underground network of gay service personnel, has reported that there is a widespread perception in the military in that the court ruling against the policy Tuesday means the policy is over. We were told in all of our queries today that anyone coming out in the military now is absolutely still at risk of being fired for doing so. It is not over. The policy is still in effect and the plan from the White House for ending it is apparently to count on the United States Senate to do the right thing. That’s the plan.

       Aaron Belkin, an expert on the issue at U.C. Santa Barbara, told the New York Times the thing that everybody else is dancing around and unwilling to admit, that, “unless the president declines to appeal the ruling in Log Cabin Republicans versus the United States, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy probably will remain law for years.”

       He’s right, unless you believe the U.S. Senate is going to do the right thing by gay people — this year, with John McCain still there and a slate of Republican Senate candidates that includes an activist against women even serving in the military who once toured the country promoting the idea that being gay is curable, you know, like as if it’s athlete’s foot or something.

       Unless you believe that the United States Senate after this year’s elections is going to do the right thing by gay service members — hah — then the decision by the Obama administration whether or not to appeal this ruling is likely a decision between killing this policy now and letting it survive probably forever.

       This is not the conclusion I expected to reach after today’s reporting on this subject and after today’s interviews. Everybody says the Justice Department appealing this ruling is an inevitability. It does not have to be. It is not inevitable. If the administration believes the law is unconstitutional, there is precedent that supports the administration not appealing it and letting the law die.

       An orderly time frame for the death of a law can be arranged with the court. I hereby declare that I will never get another callback in Washington ever again for putting it this way to you, but it is the way it is. A plan that has no chance of becoming reality is not a real plan, no matter how much you say it is. You can either end it or you can stop saying you will. Thank you very much.

    [bolds mine]

    Thanks Rachel. I guess we’ll see.

    I’m really pissed off over this, on several levels. The failure itself, obviously. But more so, Im mad at the bamboozle, which is, of course, par for the course from this administration.  Dont anybody tell me BHO is “weak” or “naiive” or bla bla bla. He is getting exactly what he (and his owners) want. All the sugarcoating in the world doesnt make up for the blatant slaps in our faces.

    And all the mainstreamers who continue to sing his praises & roll out The Lists can kiss my… well, who do they think they’re fooling?

    And lastly…  🙂 … while I strongly believe/feel that … as long as my LGBT brothers and sisters arent free & equal, none of us is… are…. I ALSO can see clearly that LGBT is now, as ever, the proverbial canary in the coalmine. Teachers up next. DFH’s, already there. Etc.


  3. Our relationship with the planet reflects on how humans also interact with each other.

  4. should not have them.

    I find children under the age of 10 or so patience-trying, I admit it wholeheartedly.  But then, I’ve never had a child nor would I ever want one.

    Why do some heterosexuals breed and then fail to take responsibility for the people they brought into the world?

  5. roof is coming along nicely…heh.

    Texas… Cameron Todd Willingham, Court of Inquiry going on now. Excellent diary up at GOS about it.

    Updates re Omar Khadr … Im confused (again! lol)… plea deal in the works and also, “trial delayed” til Oct 25. What trial? if plea deal is done…? see Carol Rosenberg

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