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Friday, October 22, 2021

If She Was Your Daughter...

This is the work of Allison Hantschel.

I grew up around evangelicals in Alabama.
They know this shit happens–in homes, on the street. In churches. Let me tell you what they do:
They blame the girls. https://t.co/jQBm3o1ptO
— Donna (@totallydonna) November 9, 2017
Do you know how many women I know who told their fathers? Who told their mothers, their friends, a “trusted adult” that they were being hurt or had been hurt? Do you know how many of these people, who have daughters, did nothing?

Homeless shelters are full of girls and boys whose parents chose their abusers over them. It happens every day.
Hey @tedcruz. You endorsed Roy Moore.
You have two young daughters.
After this Washington Post story, can you look your daughters in the eye and tell them you still support him?
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) November 9, 2017
Let me tell you what they’d do, these upstanding Republican congressmen, if it was their daughters.

They’d say to their girls, their beloved girls who they taught to throw a ball just like a boy and who they said could do anything a man could do and whose report cards they pinned to the fridge, they’d say:

You’re making that up.
They’d say:

He didn’t really mean it.
They’d say:

You led him on.
They’d say:
You should forgive him.

You know why they’d say those things to the girls they read bedtime stories to every night? You know why they’d back down in the face of someone who bullied their own flesh and blood?

Because nothing matters more than the status quo. Do you know how many of these men have already faced the fact that it was their daughters? Do you know how many of them did nothing?

I can even understand it, you know. It’s a human instinct to protect your relationships, and so you gamble: You call out a man for hurting your child, he might leave. He might cause trouble for you. He might get you fired or fight you or find a way to make you less, turn all your friends against you, refuse to work with you, tell others and embarrass you.

Your daughter? She will probably stay. She will probably quiet down. She will probably stop talking about it.

She will probably minimize what happened in her own mind and minimize it for you, so that her relationship with you can stay intact. Nothing’s worth destroying your relationship with your family, after all. She’s been socialized since birth to provide for men’s comfort and that means comfort of mind as well as body.

You can hear her telling herself: She survived it. It wasn’t that bad.

It’s a much safer bet, to discount her version of events, so that’s your solution. It keeps everything the same. It keeps everybody comfortable. And she stays. And she feels just a little less important to you, and a little less real, because whether you think about it in these terms or not, you’ve demoted her. She was your daughter.

Now she’s just another woman, another wicked female, who you don’t believe.

So when someone who looks just like her goes on the news and tells everyone that a member of a political party you admire and identify with, or a celebrity you like, tried to assault her, hurt her, rape her, you don’t see your daughter.

You see someone who’s trying to do what your daughter tried to do. Upset everybody. Get attention. Get something out of this.

And if you face the facts and say out loud that this didn’t have to happen to this stranger, this girl you don’t know on TV who’s accusing a man who looks and acts just like you, is in politics just like you, if you say out loud that someone should have stood up for her, should have done something?

Then you face the facts and say out loud that this didn’t have to happen to your daughter, and you should have stood up for her. You should have done something.

And oh, then doesn’t the whole nice polite reasonable world come crashing down?

I said back when Trump and Billy Bush were cackling about grabbing women by the pussy that the most insidious person on that bus wasn’t Trump but Billy, because lots of of guys wouldn’t be the bully but they would be the coward who laughed at his jokes.

They wouldn’t react differently if Roy Moore had hurt their daughter. Chances are someone like him already did, and they didn’t believe her.


Monday, October 18, 2021

World Food Day Poster Contest for Children

These are my favorite posters. You can also find out how your child or your classroom can participate at the WFD website.

The 2015 World Food Day theme is:

“Social Protection and agriculture: breaking the cycle of rural poverty”

Social Protection has been chosen as the theme of this year’s World Food Day (WFD) to highlight its importance in reducing rural poverty and granting access to food or means to buy food.

Social protection can be defined as a range of solutions, often combined with each other, —such as work opportunities, provision of food, money and services— that are designed to support the vulnerable and help the poor in society move out of hunger and poverty. 

Sunday, October 17, 2021

The Chicken Gang #8 - Mad as a Wet Hen

Dave Whamond | Copyright 2021 Cagle Cartoons

I know it is a Cuckoo. Poetic License. Essentially I am giving some Folks the Bird. How many times in a writer's what-have-you can you fit a Pun in a Title? Hat tip to Cat's Paw. 

I had to run this again. Writing Poetry, even if it is only Doggerel, is hard to do. One knows deep in one's heart when something is not all that good. In the end, I reject the longer Dog and I stand by the first Dog only:

Margarine Taylor HAM!
Is the insurrectionist what AM!
She keeps her gun at the ready.
Her aim is rock steady.
Someone slip her some diazepam.

Marjorie Taylor Greene,
Blonde and dumb and mean
Is no way to go through life,
Because strife cuts like a jack knife
And folks think you are a scream.
Marjorie Taylor BAM!
Is the insurrectionist what AM!
She keeps her gun at the ready.
Her aim is rock steady.
Someone slip her some diazepam.
Margarine Taylor Greene,
Your visions are so extreme.
A Jewish space laser, nu?
Someone needs to taser you.
Zap your druggy dupa, Peach Queen.

Refrain: Margarine Taylor Green?
Obscene obscene obscene!

Thursday, October 14, 2021

The Chicken Gang #7


Donnie Bonespurs
Wanted to be Prez.
He quick hired an audience
To claque for what he sez.

"See my swagger? G.O.P.
I will grab your pu^^y.
You will elect me
Wait and see."

Donnie Bonespurs
Got selected Prez
Now everybody laughs at
Everything he sez.

Posted 9:20 October 14. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Halloween Decorations

Halloween is my favorite holiday. How could it not be so? The air is crisp, the harvest is home and dressing up your hearth or porch.. Here are some pictures and websites to help you plan your decorations and help you celebrate. 

The Zombie Brain Pumpkin comes from skulladay.com. 

Pumpkins can be carved and they can be painted, etc.

Oil base glossy house paint works the best, especially if you want to put your pumpkins outside on the porch. Oil based paint is durable, glossy and adheres well to pumpkin rind. A decorated pumpkin will last without rotting from Halloween through Thanksgiving. I have even had a painted one last until Christmas without rotting.

Glossy acrylic paint is a good choice if you are working with children. It washes off.  Do not buy small containers of hobbyist paints unless you are only going to paint one or two pumpkins. Go to an art supply store for premixed acrylic paints in a wide variety of exotic colors in a generous size.

The Chicken Gang #6 - A Dog for a Dog


When the party was nice, the party was bumpin’
Yippie, Yi, Yo
Muttsy Gaetz was havin’ a ball.
Yippie, Yi, Yo
Greenberg squealed; Dude told on him bigtime.
Now Matt Gaetz he sweating all over the Mall.

Muttsy Gaetz wants a job on the TV.
Yippie, Yi, Yo
Wore his best face when he applied.
Yippie, Yi, Yo
It ain't happening cuz he's too skeevy.
Muttsy so sad he snort some and cried.

Refrain: Who let the dogs out?
Woof Woof Woof Woof etc.
I need assistance identifying the Artist. Cannot read the signature. Even if I enlarge the image. I would like to include a bio as I do with other Cartoonists. Aging - it's a shipwreck.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Time for a Break in the Day's Hostilities

Time for some healing quiet. I love this video. Meditation works if you work it. Try it; you will like it.

My best advice: if this way does not work for you, there are other techniques. Try the Practice of the Presence of God. Or Vernon Howard's books. Or read Wild Geese by Mary Oliver.

Art is a way to meditate. The feeling you get when you read Wild Geese is satori. Adepts experience satori not for a moment or two but all the time. It is called Paradise. Most of the rest of us do not have the stamina for it.

Wild Geese
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
- Mary Oliver  

Friday, October 8, 2021

Hallelujah! Judge Pitman's Opinion with Music and Fireworks

The Music appropriately begins with Taps.
Farewell to the Texas Abortion Law.
Text of Order
Art by Favianna Rodriguez

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Texas to suspend the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S., calling it an “offensive deprivation” of a constitutional right by banning most abortions in the nation’s second-most populous state since September.

The order by U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman is the first legal blow to the Texas law known as Senate Bill 8, which until now had withstood a wave of early challenges. In the weeks since the restrictions took effect, Texas abortion providers say the impact has been “exactly what we feared.”

In a 113-page opinion, Pitman took Texas to task over the law, saying Republican lawmakers had “contrived an unprecedented and transparent statutory scheme” by leaving enforcement solely in the hands of private citizens, who are entitled to collect $10,000 in damages if they bring successful lawsuits against abortion providers who violate the restrictions.

The law, signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in May, prohibits abortions once cardiac activity is detected, which is usually around six weeks, before some women even know they are pregnant.