August 25th, 2012


[links] Link salad points toward the setting sun before dawn's first breaking

After shooting near Empire State Building, we are besieged by violence againWhat can be said when the violence in our society outstrips the ability of satirists to depict it? Thank God for the NRA and their staunch conservative guardianship of this shooter's defense of his essentially liberties. Too bad about the people who got shot. Your guns are more important than their lives and safety. (Via David Goldman.)

Deconstructing A “Devastating” Interview — Another of the endless rounds of Your Liberal Media supporting the conservative narrative whole-heartedly.

Texas can cut off Planned Parenthood funds — The Republican jihad against women's health and women's rights continues unabated.

RNC Official: N.M. Governor ‘Dishonored’ Gen. Custer By Meeting With American Indians — Because, um… No. I got nothing. Once again the unhinged irreality of conservative America outstrips both my snark and my sarcasm.

My New Rule for Todd Akin and the Republican Party Next week in Tampa the Republicans must admit that the difference between a GOP convention and Comic-Con is that the people at Comic-Con have a much firmer grasp of reality. (Thanks to my Aunt M.)

Akin breakin’ scienceBad Astronomer Phil Plait with more on the Republican id. Conservatives are never at such a disadvantage as when they tell the unvarnished truth about their beliefs.

The Crackpot Caucus — Yeah, well, welcome to conservative America, where reality takes a distant back seat to ideological fantasies. We really do get the government we deserve. (Via Marta Murvosh.)

Tampa Area Republicans terrified of Tea Party, Ryan — I have zero sympathy for 'reasonable' Republicans who now regret their party's hard turn into insanity. They were happy to encourage the lunatic fringe for the sake of votes these past few decades. Now the lunatics have taken over the asylum. No one could possibly have foreseen this!

What Ever Became of George W. Bush?Beyond that, neither party wants anything to do with him. It's not surprising that Democrats still think of him as the Frat Boy President, one of the worst of all time, but what is surprising is that Republicans largely agree. It's even more surprising that only three years after the end of Bush's disastrous incumbency, when we're still a long way from digging out of the deep hole he left us in, so many Americans think electing another Republican is good idea. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

If Mitt Romney was a black Democrat — Respectable Republicans and Birtherism.

?otD: How far west have you been?

Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 0 minutes (airport walking to come)
Hours slept: 5.75 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo


[photos] Leaving Omaha

It was a good week here in Omaha. Day Jobbery was productive, the balloon ride aboard Emerald City Express was wonderful, we had a grand time at last night's cheese party special edition of the Omaha Beach Party. I renewed some old friendships and made a new one. Who knows when I'll be back?

Meanwhile, some photos. (Inexplicably, I failed to photograph the cheese.)

Bookmark art of and for me, by Dani Martin

Speed Limit 10

The breeding population of radios in the bathroom of [info]elusivem and [info]garyomaha

Their Windows compatible toilet

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[cancer] Minor notes

Some minor notes.

My recent post on the life logistics of cancer [ | LiveJournal ] has gotten some links and reposting from various quarters. I just want to add that almost everyone one of those line items decomposes into multiple subtasks. Sometimes dozens. The discontents of this disease are fractal in their complexity.

Still working through some late stage and end of life thinking. Those are not issues for this year, or even this treatment round, but I think it's important that I know my own mind and understand my basic options now, while my head is still clear, rather than in some post-treatment panic a year or three down the road. With luck, none of this will be needed, but luck has been in notoriously short supply in my life since cancer became my boon companion.

Made myself cry twice yesterday. On leaving my hotel, I said good-bye to Fred K— the night clerk I've been on good terms with for years. We talk about the weather, each others' kids, my cancer episodes over the year. I realize that if things go a bit poorly, I'll never see him again. When I got in the car, I was in tears.

Leaving the office at the end of the day, I was talking with one of my co-workers about their father's death from cancer some years ago, when they were a young adult. They told me one of the things he'd said to them near the end was, "You're only losing me, but I'm losing all of you." That really hit me. Once more, I got in the car in tears.

And so it goes.