The Global Gag Rule – Real Concerns

I have seen comments on some friends’ timelines that lead to me to think some people don’t really understand the consequences of the Global Gag Rule that Donald Trump reinstated this week via Executive Order. The fact is that US funds already can’t be used to perform abortions, but the Global Gag Rule bars US …

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Rushing through the Honeymoon

Ethics office accuses GOP of rushing Trump Cabinet confirmations (The Hill) The frantic pace at which Congress is trying to push things through – from changes in ethics rules to repealing Obamacare without any plan for replacement other than an insistence that there will be one – speaks less of excitement over being back in …

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Barker’s Book Blather, 2016.11

Okay, this bit of blathering about my November reading selections is long-delayed. Between prepping for the holidays and generally running around like my hair was on fire since November 8th, this review was put on the back burner. But here it is, at last. Wayward Pines trilogy (Pines, Wayward, The Last Town) – Blake Crouch. …

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And They Say Women Are Weak

Why Men Don’t Want the Jobs Done Mostly by Women (NYT) I’ve got to say, I’m getting pretty sick and tired of this kind of “soft misogyny”. Setting aside for a minute the fact that occupations that employ a predominantly female workforce generally pay less, in and of itself a problem of our society continuing …

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Tippy the Turtle is a Hypocritical Asshat

With New Congress Poised to Convene, Obama’s Policies Are in Peril (NYT) I don’t do hate well. I don’t hate many people, and it doesn’t sit well with me when I do. But I hate this man. He is one of the men most responsible for the hyperpartisanship that has run rampant the last several …

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2016 – Waiting for the Great Pumpkin, or, Nothing but Sincerity as Far as the Eye Can See

Steve loves pumpkins. Pumpkin-spiced this, pumpkin-flavored that; it doesn’t matter what. When fall rolls around, and the Trader Joe’s flyer turns to all things pumpkin, our shopping cart is quickly filled with indulgences. In early October this year, several new pumpkin recipes showed up on the kitchen counter one weekend; seeing them, my only response …

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On the plus side, I may not need to worry about a lot of things for much longer

Trump threatens to upend U.S. nuclear weapons policy (Politico) I avoided this yesterday because I’ve been trying to ignore the inflammatory tweets that often seem to be diversionary tactics. But then he follows it up today with scary ass language like “Let it be an arms race … we will outmatch them at every pass …

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A moving and inspirational message to the perpetrator of the Berlin attack

(translation provided by a personal friend): “To the coward piece-of-shit that drove the truck; No matter where you come from, no matter where you are, you picked the wrong city: Berlin survived two world wars; you can find survivors in every retirement home that can tell you how the bodies were stacked up on the …

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