Doing more than #feelthebern

Someone on the Internet recently commented that it is not enough to just use the tag ‪#‎feelthebern‬ all the time. Those of us that support Bernie need to say why and say it often. So here’s today’s rant.

We’ve got Rubio wanting to fire government workers for not doing their jobs, even though he’s missed a huge number of votes this year, even before he opened his campaign.

Jeb thinks that W kept us safe and that, while Hillary may be blamed for Benghazi, W bears no responsibility for 9/11 and gets all the credit for the fact that it hasn’t happened again. He also thinks that we spend too much money on women’s health, that Americans need to work harder and longer (we work plenty thanks), and more. His tax plan is the repeat of what got us into the situation we’re already in. And more.

Carson thinks that mass murder is OK as long as we don’t mess with gun rights, that the Oregon victims were chickens, and that the Jews were responsible for their own genocide in WWII, because they should not have given up the guns they’d never had. Oh, also everything he doesn’t like either compares to slavery or the Nazis.

The ever self-absorbed Trump is running for Tyrant in Chief and has multiple plans to violate the Constitution, has offended most (if not all) Latinos, Muslims, women and more. Plus, he lacks honesty. After telling us all about how he was going to increase taxes on the rich, he structured a massive reduction for himself. Other than that, most of his plans are something like, ‘trust me, I’m smart and rich, I can do this’. He’s also a petulant child with an over developed ego.

Then there’s Cruz and Huckabee waging their campaigns of hate. Jindal is insane, Graham is too much of a gentleman for this crowd, and Kasich had so many unforced errors that I’ve lost count, plus the rest are dying on the vine.

Hillary is still going strong on the polls, but I think that a vote for her is a vote for more years of gridlock, because the only people that the GOP hates more than President Obama would be anyone named Clinton.

O’Malley doesn’t have the name recognition and Lessig is kind of a joke, Biden isn’t going to run and Webb had the sense to give up.

Meanwhile, Sanders is running a clean and strong campaign that is based on the issues that We the People care about: making college affordable, strengthening the safety net for the poor and seniors, protecting and expanding civil rights for all, and putting people to work to improve our failing infrastructure. Fixing income inequality, overturning Citizens United, ending ‘too big to fail’, restoring Glass-Steagall. And more. His plans are substantive and public. And his positions haven’t changed since the dark ages of the 70’s.


More politics…Trump and the Bible

So I followed the #TrumpBible tag on Facebook tonight and ran into a random post by an unknown person who wondered why the press (or anyone else, for that matter) should be asking Trump for Bible quotes, because there’s not supposed to be a religious test to run for office.  And so there shouldn’t be.  BUT – when a candidate is asked for his favorite book and replies, “The Bible”, he’s asking to be asked these questions.  When he says that he attends a church that hasn’t seen him in years and isn’t of the denomination to which he claims to belong, he’s asking to be asked.  And then, when he can’t/won’t name his favorite verses in his favorite book, he’s really leaving himself open for both the legitimate questions of the press, and the mocking of social media. 

All of which is to say, Chuck out the Trump Bible quotes on Twitter.  Some of them are pretty funny.

IMHO, YMMV, etc.  :)


Knitting my way through August

I gave up on Purless, through no fault of the pattern, which is lovely and nicely written. It just kept falling off the needles for some reason. After starting it for the 6th time and having it fall off again, I went hunting for something else to knit. I landed on Sweet Dreams by Boo Knits. So far, so good. I’m at around 170 stitches wide, and going strong. Since I have 800+ yards of yarn, I’m going for the largest size. Wish me luck! :). I hope that it blocks out well…

Hey, look! No politics. For now. More to come, I am sure.



More political stuff (with a tiny taste of knitting)

If you read my last post, you probably know that I didn’t watch the GOP debate on 8/6/2015 in order to choose a primary candidate to support.  Um, no.  I’m all in for Bernie Sanders, thanks.  I didn’t watch the debate at all, as a matter of fact.  I knew that my head would explode if I did.  I’ve read up on the antics of the 17 clowns in their two separate cars, but didn’t watch.  Now that it’s all said and done, this first debate, I must say, I think that it was much ado about nothing substantive.  No one seems to have said anything surprising, other than a small side comment from the center stage blow-hard saying that national health care works in other countries and intimating that Medicare-for-all might be part of his version of “repeal and replace with something GREAT!”.

I happened upon someone else’s blog post today that was just fabulous, and needed to share.  It’s on the subject of women’s reproductive rights and Planned Parenthood funding, a very hot topic right now.

Go here and read, my friends.  Go forth and read.

As for the tiny taste of knitting, I started a new project (finally) – it’s Purless by Rosemary (Romi) Hill. It’s not a difficult pattern, but it’s kicking my butt just the same – I’m on my third or fourth try, and I think I’ve finally, maybe, gotten the hang of it. I shall persevere, if for no other reason than that the yarn is gorgeous. It’s Dye for Yarn Fingering weight Tussah Silk in a OOAK colorway, Tangled Web of Hope (purrrrple!). If you’ve never tried Dye for Yarn’s products, I can tell you that it seems to be well worth the price and the shipping time from Germany to the US. :)


Warning: Politics ahead (no knitting content at all)

I am a bleeding heart liberal and I don’t mind saying so.  I’ve been following the latest Planned Parenthood kerfuffle closely, watching the GOP explode over an illegally recorded video that pretends to show Planned Parenthood doing A Very Bad Thing.  It’s all a big fat lie, edited to a fair-the-well.  Here’s the reality:

Point #1: Planned Parenthood is NOT “selling baby parts”. They are providing tissue samples to medical researchers. There is a fee to cover the clinic’s costs if they are asked to prepare and catalog the sample(s). If the medical research group sends their own staff to prepare and catalog the samples, there is no charge. NO CHARGE.
Point #2: Multiple medical schools have come forth to say that Planned Parenthood’s charges of $30-100 are ridiculously low as compared to actual ‘for profit’ organizations providing a similar service.
Point #3: ‘Non-profit’ does not necessarily equal ‘free service’. That’s a fact. Lots of other non-profit organizations have fees for some of their services. That doesn’t mean that Planned Parenthood should be deemed for profit. Not at all.
Point #4: The Federal government no longer provides any funding for abortion to Planned Parenthood or to any other organization. Zero. Zilch. Done deal. There is Federal funding provided to Planned Parenthood’s women’s health services, like cancer screenings and well woman checks and, more importantly, the family planning services that prevent unintended pregnancy and (therefore) reduce the rate of abortion! These are essential services for millions of women who fall in the ‘gaps’ between Medicaid and affordable insurance on the ACA exchanges.
Point #5: Those essential services represent an overwhelming majority of what Planned Parenthood does, while abortion accounts for just 3%.

So Congress wants to punish 97% of Planned Parenthood clients in order to make points with those in their base who do not understand any of these 4 points. Way to go, GOP. Shrink that government till it fits into my vagina.

Meanwhile, where’s the funding for highways? Isn’t that at all important, given the washed out bridge between California and Arizona?  What about finishing the job of fixing the VA? A revised voting rights act, an important step in making our elections fair again?  A minimum wage increase?  Anything?  Has the GOP done something productive this year?  Where’s all the accomplishments Mitch McConnell promised us? What have they done, other than waste time trying to punish Barack Obama for daring to be President while black, and Hillary Clinton for daring to be something other than a former First Lady, and all of the women, poor and aged for daring to exist?

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Posted by on July 29, 2015 in politics




You know, sometimes I think that I should take this blog down, because I don’t pay a lot of attention to it anymore.  It’s been 8 months since I’ve posted anything at all.  But today, I feel impelled to do so by something that happened a couple of days ago.  I updated my wishlist for an annual holiday swap in which I particpate, and almost immediately, got a Comment on my blog.  Not on my wishlist, but on a post that is *years* old.  The original post I wrote when I was accidentally banned from Ravelry during a particularly tense time in Rav’s history back in March of 2009!  A post that is over four years old.  A post for which there are several follow-up posts that say that I was un-banned and that I still love Ravelry.  Apparently, the commenter only saw the “banned” post, didn’t check the date, didn’t check to see what happend, nothing else. Needless to say, I did not approve the comment and it will not appear on my blog.

Here’s why:

I’m so sorry that this person, whoever he or she is, appears to be having problems with specific people on Ravelry who may have a little bit of power (individual forum mods, I guess), but my barely-used blog is NOT the place to solve it.  This is not Ravelry Customer Service.

Fellow Ravelers, if you are having problems with a specific individual on Ravelry, I suggest you use the Contact Us link on the Ravelry website to notify The Powers That Be (aka TPTB), not post about it out on the internet.  First of all, posting comments about your Rav-dissatisfaction on my blog would be highly ineffective, because I’m not TPTB, and because, frankly, hardly anyone actually READS my blog.  That’s probably because I don’t write that often, and when I do, I don’t write anything that is particularly interesting to others, only to me.  And secondly, unless the fellow Raveler posting comments here knows me well, they cannot be sure that I’m not some vindictive twit who will go off and find them on Rav and make their RavWorld unpleasant.  Or something.  OK, so I’m not really like that, but it could happen, right?



A new post (!) on a rare non-knitting topic

I couldn’t agree more with Mary Cathryn Ricker, President of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers, Local 28. Please read this and think about it.



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Posted by on February 2, 2013 in Life in General, Work and Home


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