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Archive for the 'Rhetoric / Logic' Category

They warned me

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

They told me what would happen.  I started following racism eradication activists on twitter, and they told me, down to the last squeak of privilege and bleat of illogic and roar of cognitive bias and growl of hatred and whine of misdirection and concussive threat of personal violence and siren of tone policing, exactly what […]

An open letter to the Canadian Legion

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Dear Canadian Legion: In 1948 by Act of Parliament, the Canadian Legion came to own the Poppy as a trademark for marketing, advertising and fundraising activities. These days, we encounter the poppy around the middle of October, usually outside a liquor store. But I hate the thing. If I had a dime for every time […]

The funny things the characters say

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Jeff took me for breakfast… the leftovers will make a loverly brunch.  We also did a shop, including two for one standing rib roasts.  Nom. Teaching the homeless to code. I said I wouldn’t, but I did volunteer for something at church; I’m doing esthetics for Sally’s birthday (which is also a choir day so […]


Saturday, September 7th, 2013

This homily has now been posted.  I don’t know why it wasn’t, before. See to the left.


Monday, November 12th, 2012

The Seattle PD responds to marijuana legalization. pOp you MUST read this, it is the single funniest statement to the public evar by any PD.  The tone, the tone. A friend who’s otherwise entirely left wing doesn’t support legal marijuana on facebook.  I disagreed with him, but not by taking issue with one substance. My […]

From Factsheet Five, circa 1988

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Gendered slurs

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Crikey, it’s not like I needed another project.  So here is what you might call a ‘substantially complete’ list of gendered slurs.  I don’t want these words coming out of my mouth, so I’m trying to find replacements. Ballbreaker – woman Ballbuster – woman Bimbo – starlet Bint – woman Bitch – crank Bitchy – […]

Kittle cattle

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

This is an expression I was exposed to in reading Lucy Maud Montgomery.  I only got through the Anne books once, and not attentively; most of my Montgomery reading was the same two books, over and over again, because that’s what I did, when I was a kid, was to read books over and over […]

I’ve got rants in my pants

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

I called somebody out on using a gendered slur recently and he paused & adjusted his speech. Sometimes it’s that easy.  Now if I could just stop using my own slurs and replace them with something better.  I am in search of a few good words, to replace a few slur-ry ones.  I’m looking at […]

What kind of man are you, Robert?

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Here’s the offending document, from Skepchick. Here’s my response.   Dear Robert, I was interested to read your email to skepchick.  I have a number of questions.  I am sure that your email box is full, so I’ll give you a couple of weeks to shovel your way out from under the uptick in mail […]

The war on vegans continues

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Holy flaming balls of purulence.  I inherited John Caspell’s entire library of anarchist works – if I lived in the US I’d be subject to a Grand Jury indictment just because I lived close to some government building that was vandalized.  Here’s the link.  Or should I not be worried because I am not young?

I salute thee cherished female progenitor

Friday, September 7th, 2012

My mother kept an email correspondence going with her cousin Reck for about ten years, until shortly before he passed this past spring. I have just edited 150 pages of it (it’s 800 pages in total) being the portion just before and just after Obama was elected. IT IS AMAZING. They talk about politics and […]

travelling woman

Friday, April 20th, 2012

1.  Excellent and wondahful visit with the parental units.  I got a photo scan of the old homestead in SK, had my traditional coffee and cinnamon bun (best commercial cinnamon buns ever) at Dan’s after a lovely ride in the country, communed with some skunk cabbage, watched the hummingbirds, who are quite active these days […]

And the web swings wide

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

I am breakfasting with Paul – oatmeal – and drinking coffee.  I know I’m being a slug so I’m encouraging Paul to get me exercising so we went for a constitutional this morning.  Margot thought about coming along for the first little bit but she’s even lazier than I am. I have been watching the […]


Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

I wish there was a tactful way of putting this in front of a couple of men I love dearly.  JEFF IS NOT ONE OF THEM, btw.  Anyway, have fun, and don’t let your blood pressure go up too much.  Have especial fun with the comments.

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