Sorry I Have Gone Quiet

I have gone into a downswing and am not feeling very communicative.

If it was not spurred, it certainly was exacerbated by coming back to NC from Maine, which is where I really want to be. Honestly, when the plane lifted off from Portland, I cried. I value the opportunities and experiences, the cosmopolitan worldview that living in Los Angeles gave me, but I am ready to come home. The University education and culture have been enjoyed here in NC have been invaluable, but I miss Maine with an ache. Even with driving in the snow. Plans are formulating.

Someone I really liked is in love with someone else. While I can see he is happy and I wish them the best, and it was never going to happen anyway, it’s hard to not be just a teeny bit heartbroken. But it’s all for best, I think. I’ll get over it.

The news has been very bad. Israel and Palestine can’t seem to keep their hands from each others’ throats. Ferguson broke out in more violence (way to lose the moral high ground guys). The Ebola Outbreak in countries least able to handle it. The horrifying, tragic violence in Iraq and the demand to go back in, to spend more trillions of dollars we do not have and thousands of American lives to re-occupy a country and manage a populace that does not want us there for how fucking long? What are we supposed to do, turn it into a fucking colony? Do the chicken hawks think if we stay their for twenty years, thirty, it’s going to be better? They will love us and the government we install more? WTF people? I am sorry for the people dying. It’s is horrific, but we already held their hands for ten years. We can’t make a country for them, the U.S. and U.K. have proven that repeatedly through Iraq’s history. It is their country and their responsibility to get it together. I think they are the only people who can.

The fact that Americans want to restart the Iraq War is simply horrifying to me. This is one of the reasons I hate the conservative right: They learn nothing from their own mistakes, ever.

Then there is this tragic statistic.

The ongoing grief over Robin Williams’ passing reveals how important he was to our society, to the world, to our lives. I don’t think I have ever seen a celebrity that was memorialized for over a week like this, certainly not a comedian’s, while the scandal mongering has been blessedly minimal. Realizing that light has gone out has been a real blow, especially in such dark times. We miss him.

So…I’m not in a good place right now.

Plus work is busy getting ready for the school year and I’m pet-sitting for a friend, which means I am spending my evenings away from my computer.

So yeah. I’m quiet.


Film at 11…..

This is heroism:

Head Doctor at Sierra Leone Ebola Clinic Catches Deadly Virus

“When everyone else was running out, they ran in.”

Prayers for him and his family that he and all the victims of the outbreak recover.

And now for a commercial break….



Lawmakers Say Migrant Children are Diseased, Should Be Denied Shelter

Michelle Bachman Calls Immigrant Children “Invaders”, Compares Them to Rapists

Showdown Over Immigration, “This is an Invasion.” 

Now…where have I heard that all before?

Oh goody…The American Right already went there


Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

I understand wanting to have some control over who gets to work here and who gets citizenship, but we are a nation of immigrants. We always have been. And the funny thing is, all the complaints about Latino people now? They were saying them about the Irish in the 19th century (and the Chinese on the West Coast) and the Germans in the 18th century: “They take our jobs. They don’t integrate/kinda scare me ‘cuz they’re different, etc.”. And the AmerIndians have been saying it about all of the European-decended people for the entire bloody time, only with “they took my land, murdered my people and did their damnedest to destroy my culture” on top.  If you can’t embrace immigration as part of American culture, GTFO.

On a personal note, I do not think I have had a more patriotic experience than seeing the Statue of Liberty.

Also this:


Someday, “Compassion” will be part of the American cultural identity, but not today.

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First of all: Work not, Yoda Phrasing does. Have editors, BBC does not.

Secondly: You naughty wanking bastards! Get your mind out of the gutter!

There’s no room for me in there. 😀