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October 20, 2005

Whoo! I love that song! Keep it down up there!

This week's early random 10 is dedicated to my hangover. What's up, buddy! Shhhhh. Sorry.

  1. Poe - Beautiful Girl (mocking isn't fair, iPod)
  2. Afghan Whigs - True Love Travels on a Gravel Road
  3. Tori Amos - i i e e e (no kidding. damn my head hurts)
  4. Madonna - Into the Groove (not if you paid me)
  5. Cibo Matto - Working for Vacation
  6. L7 - Shove (get out of my way)
  7. The Clash - Rudie Can't Fail
  8. Ani DiFranco - Freakshow (welcome indeed)
  9. 3 Minute Hero - Big Porch
  10. Dean Martin - You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You (shut it, Dino)

October 18, 2005

Making my eyes cross is NOT funny!

Twisted language, funny story.

From Atrios:
The issue isn't that the rumors are true, but that it's
apparently true that there are rumors.

What rumors you ask? About Dick Cheney resigning. And Condi being our new VP. Ahem. Compose yourselves. The best part is the story itself.

Pour quoi?

The rumor spread so fast that some Republicans by late morning were already
drawing up reasons why Rice couldn't get the job or run for president in 2008.

"Isn't she pro-choice?" asked a key Senate Republican aide.

Oh, "key Senate Republican aide," you've made my day.

It's an honor just being listed?

Good thing my self-esteem is ok. I just configured the Technorati listing for this blog. And what do I see? How do they welcome me? With rudeness:

Rank: 775,745 (0 links from 0 sites)
Thanks a heap, fuckers.

I kid. Thanks to everyone who emails me that you enjoy this randomness. I like you too. But, no offense guys, I need to get some friends who blog.

Update (30 seconds later)!

Sad for me, sad for the movement. Search Technorati for listed blogs tagged as "pro-choice" and you get seven results. Seven. Did I call someone a fucker already? Ditto.

Not that my lame ass saw it...

But Steven Colbert's new show debuted last night. I missed it. Why? Out partying? Having crazy monkey sex? Uh, no. At 11:30 I'd been asleep for an hour. How exciting.

But, according to Heather Havrilesky over at Salon, and everyone, every single person I know who saw it, lots-o-funny. HH says:
During the opening credits, an eagle flies around his head, and words flash across the screen: "POWERFUL," "COURAGEOUS," "EXCEPTIONAL," and also "DOMINEERING," "RELENTLESS," "GRIPPY." Yes, you read that right: Grippy. Soon, Colbert tells us about his own personal brand of no-nonsense, hard-hitting ... well, nonsense. Somewhere out there, Bill O'Reilly is fidgeting and twitching like the villain whose voodoo doll just took a thumb tack to the forehead.


Note to self: Have TiVo record this show. Watch every morning like The Daily Show. Begin days running even later, and laughing like a psychotic hyena. (Is there another kind of hyena? They seem pretty unbalanced in general. In the Lion King at least. "Mufasa!" "Ooooh [shudder]. Say it again!")

October 17, 2005

It may seem obvious…

But a pregnant woman is not a walking, talking incubator. So saith Nick Kiddle over at Alas, a Blog. Nick's been pregnancy blogging over there for a few months. Really riveting stuff in general, but this post in particular struck a chord with me.
Before I was pregnant, I thought "woman, what woman?" was an attitude held only by fairly extreme pro-lifers who had never come into contact with a pregnant woman in all their sheltered lives. But to my surprise, I keep seeing a very
similar attitude from people who provide health care to pregnant women on a
daily basis. They talk to me, they look me in the eye, they ask me how I am, but
under the surface, I get a distinct impression that they see me as an incubator.
The baby is all that matters.
Why are we so obsessed with pregnant women? For me, it's like seeing someone walking across a tightrope 500 feet in the air with no net. I'm jealous and horrified and amazed all at the same time. I know I want to have kids some day, but I can't imagine what it feel like to be pregnant. The whole process is shrouded in so much mystery and mythology, that it's hard to find out the truth. A friend of mine recently had a baby, and she was refreshingly candid with me about the entire experience, good and bad. It's completely natural, right? Then why do so many women describe pregnancy like demonic possession? Hmm. But our amazement doesn't mean we should be able to treat a woman like a container. How many people have you seen touch the stomach a pregnant stranger? I see it all the time on the meto. But would they ever do that to someone who wasn't pregnant? If you see someone on the street with really shiny hair you wouldn't go grab it, would you? Please don't tell me if the answer is yes. You're a crazy freak. Same thing with grabbing some woman's belly. It's like having big boobs. Just because it's obvious doesn't make it public property.

Regardless, the whole fetus first, woman never attitude is extremely common. Even among progressive people. This woman I used to work with said she was pro-choice because even though she believed in personhood from implantation, she thought forcing a woman to continue an unwanted or dangerous pregnancy was tantamount to slavery. That's an inflammatory but interesting argument, but not the point here. My point is, most people think being pregnant, and then being a parent is above all else about sacrifice. Stories of horrible women eating what they want or gaining too much or not enough weight, or working too long during and too soon after pregnancy all really boil down to the same thing. A woman failing to completely put aside her needs and wants for her child. Hell, even the Roe v. Wade decision talks about competing state interest, woman versus fetus.

What the fuck? It seems to me that pregnancy is hard enough, wanted or otherwise. The last thing women need is constant harassment that they're selfish for thinking about themselves. Blah blah blah. Seriously, just go read what Nick says. There are some interesting comments as well.

Wow, do I suck

Sorry about the lack of posting, loyal readers (yes, I mean you three with the emailing). I'm fine. I've justr been proccupied with life things, and ignoring what's happening in the world (as much as possible).

But I'm back, if still a little distracted. Something new coming in 5...4...3...2...