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Nov. 2nd, 2010


From an email I received:

History we need to remember. Nothing we have to do is so important that we cannot take time to vote and to voice our opinions about the men and women who represent us at every level of government local, state or national.

This is the story of our Mothers and Grandmothers who lived only 90 years ago.

Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.

The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote.

And by the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of 'obstructing sidewalk traffic.'

They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air.

They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote. For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms.

When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.

So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because - why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining?

Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's new movie 'Iron Jawed Angels.' It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.

All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote. Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege. Sometimes it was inconvenient.

My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women's history, saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk about it, she looked angry. She was--with herself. 'One thought kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,' she said. 'What would those women think of the way I use, or don't use, my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.' The right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her 'all over again.'

HBO released the movie on video and DVD . I wish all history, social studies and government teachers would include the movie in their curriculum I want it shown on Bunco night, too, and anywhere else women gather. I realize this isn't our usual idea of socializing, but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think a little shock therapy is in order.

It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy.

The doctor admonished the men: 'Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.'

Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know. We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote democratic, republican or independent party - remember to vote.

'Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.'

History is being made.

Sep. 7th, 2010

I can't stand it.


Aug. 27th, 2010

I ♥ wolves

Help me stop an out-of-control federal plan to kill endangered wolves:

Aug. 20th, 2010


I'm liking this guy more & more.

Aug. 16th, 2010

I ♥ Johnny, #ILDREWSFM, #EasilyPleased

I really need to make a complete update here at some point. But in the mean time, here' a little one.

I went to Lake Placid to see Johnny Weir skate July 31. What I remember was awesome, the rest is a blur. He skated well, Poker Face looks sooo much better in person. And I got to meet him, got 2 hugs (I was in those arms!), gave him a gift and a kiss on the cheek, got an autoogaph, spoke with him - he was eloquent, I was incoherent. Also, to make the meet & greet run more smoothly, Team Johnny had professional photog Leah Adams come in to take pics of Johnny w/anyone who wanted instead of the usual free for all. We all still had our time with him tho.
Many pics, good stuff, bad stuff & gushing )

Jul. 28th, 2010

Get the hint idiot

From the Associated Press:

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) -- An eastern Pennsylvania woman has been cited for harassment after her son told police she cleaned the bathroom with his toothbrush, then returned it to its holder. Police in Lower Saucon said 52-year-old Deborah Woist decided on July 18 that a bathroom inside her home needed a good scrubbing because it hadn't been cleaned in two months.

Her 26-year-old son, Justin Novack, said the scrubbing was done with his toothbrush. He said his mother put it away when she was done.

Novack then called police, claiming his mother applied feces to his toothbrush.

I'm sure she rinsed it off.

If I'd been the cop I'd be asking why he was still living at home being taken care of by mommy. Time to move out. Wonder how many times she's done this previously?

Jul. 23rd, 2010

Found out today that my 13 year old (13!!) cousin is having sex already. WTF?!

Jul. 19th, 2010

Small town.

Bird's eye view of the City where I live. The building with the gold dome near the beginning is where I work. The drive-in is one of the last remaining in the country. Still up & running from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Jul. 14th, 2010


Truths for Mature Humans

Kind of lets us out but read it anyway. ;) )

Jul. 13th, 2010

Gakked from [info]sesheta_66

Elaborate on your profile picture.
It’s pic of Johnny Weir from a MAC photoshoot.

Ever have a near-death experience?

Name an obvious quality you have.
I’m kind to animals.

What's the name of the song that's stuck in your head right now?
Placebo’s ‘Devil in the Details’

Name a celebrity you would marry?
I don’t know that I want to be married but there are a couple I wouldn’t mind getting horizontal with.

Even more info than you thought you'd ever want to know )

Jul. 9th, 2010

No matter how big a mug of tea I get, when I get to the end I always want more. Mmmm...tea.

Doing my part for energy conservation & have had the lights off in my office for 2 days. It was either that or the a/c. Now we know where my priorities lie. The itchy eyes & blinding headache by the end of the day are just a small price to pay right?

I ordered the Johnny Weir photo book from Amazon Japan. Now I am getting propaganda from them. *sigh* As much as I like the book I am a bit disappointed at the dearth of the MAC photos included. There are some great pics in there but I had thought the reason for the book was to publish them all and I know there are many more out there.

Johnny is not competing this coming year. Je suis sad. But I will get to see him perform in Lake Placid at the end of the month. Hoping he does Poker Face instead of Bad Romance.

Dan Rad on Broadway again next year. Saving my pennies. Anyone else planning to go? Let's meet up.

Kitties are doing well. Although the ones downstairs are miffed at me. Rearranged the garage so I can get the car back in there which means they are no longer allowed to hang out there. It's actually pretty comical to see 1 or all of them sitting at the door looking at the handle. Sorry bb's. Big car, garage door, big, bad outside. They're funny, an entire house to hang in & they want the garage. Cats.

Puppy sat for my aunt this past week. Had another run in w/her asshole neighbor. Told him in no uncertain terms what I thought of him. I think he was a bit shocked that I didn't back down. Fucker.

Enjoying the summer. It's been very hot but I keep thinking of the 3 feet of snow we'll be getting in a few short months. Bring on the sun. Garden is doing well. Needs to be weeded tho. Yikes. And I still have more flowers to plant. Always something.

I've added weight training to my work outs. lol. You'd think I'd be the fittest person around with all that I do. Sadly that is not the case. Hopefully this will give me a boost. Will also try doing the hour spinning classes during the week instead of the 1/2 hour. Rev it up.

I really do not know how so many people find so much time to spend on-line. Especially on Twitter. Don't they have jobs? Other responsibilities?

I think I've finally accepted the fact that I will never do or be anything/anyone important. It's been a tough acceptance.

Pics: )

Hope to spend the weekend actually being constructive. We shall see. Ciao for now.

What happened to [info]calanthe_fics and how did I miss it?

Jul. 4th, 2010

Happy Independence Day!

Land that I love.

more sparklies )

Jun. 24th, 2010

What is my life?

Very bizarre, very (very) disturbing dreams last night which I don't even know. wtf were they all about? Why can't I have lovely dreams where I'm being molested by some young, gorgeous, fit guy like the one I see at the gym in the morning? Well, that I used to see, he hasn't been there in a couple months now. No more hot guy to start my day.



Jun. 23rd, 2010

Here's a new one (to me anyway):

Mighty man-sauce.

lol. Go ye forth and add to your fanfic. I double dog dare ya. ;)

Woof 2

Good deed for the day: Helped a woman whose dog was hit by a car get to the vet. Doggie seems to be ok.

On my way home from the gym saw police car then dog lying in road. At first I thought it was already dead but then he lifted his head so I turned around to see if I could help &, yep, I could. I knew the emergency clinic closed at 8 & it was about 7:20 at the time so decided to go to my vet & wait for them to open at 8. I also knew at least the cleaning person would be there so I could get in. Dog seemed to be recovering already. The owner was, understandably, in a tizzy. No car, no phone, injured animal so I'm glad I could help. The dog's collar had broke & he'd run into traffic, yikes, but it seems he hit the car instead of the car actually hitting him so it didn't turn out as bad as it could have. So, yay! The techs & vets are great also so I know pup is in good hands.

Jun. 18th, 2010


I still have Cody's pic up on my work & home pc desktops. I tried changing it once & changed it right back after a couple hours. Pathetic? I miss my doggie.

Snow rolls


Sincere condolences to Johnny Weir and his family on the death of his maternal grandfather. Peace be with you, hon.

Jun. 16th, 2010

GTFO Paterson!!

Albany (WSYR-TV) - State leaders will be back at it Wednesday morning, holding another meeting to try and reach a budget deal.

Gov. Paterson plans to offer budget legislation this week that would help close a multi-billion dollar deficit by cutting spending for public safety, economic development and transportation.

If lawmakers fail to pass the bills, Paterson said Tuesday he'll submit them again as part of his next emergency spending bill on Friday, which the Legislature would vote on next week. Those weekly bills have been used keep government running in the absence of a budget since April 1.

That leaves lawmakers with three alternatives: negotiate budget provisions, approve the emergency bill or risk idling state workers and suspending nonessential services.

"They can come and pass them or they'll see them in the extender next week," Paterson said.

With some parts of the budget already settled that way, including provisions for state parks, the

Environmental Protection Fund, health care and social services, the governor and legislators over the past two weeks have been moving toward a conclusion that has evaded them for the previous eight weeks.

Speaking on WCNY radio Tuesday, Paterson said he and lawmakers remained $1.6 billion apart on cuts or other measures to close the remaining deficit. The administration initially projected an overall $9.2 billion deficit in a overall budget of about $130 billion.

Paterson repeated Tuesday that borrowing would only be a last resort that he might reconsider state worker layoffs this calendar year, and that tax enforcement on Indian cigarettes would produce only about $200 million in state revenue. He has also proposed increased cigarette taxes and a new tax on soda.

A State Leaders meeting will beheld Wednesday morning at 11am. You can watch it live on our Digital Channel, 9-2, Channel 890 on Time Warner Cable and Channel 470 on FiOS.

Thanx ever so for running us into the ground. If ever there were proof of the Peter Principle, you are it.

Jun. 15th, 2010

NY police find 2 drunk men naked, covered in mud

LEWISTON, N.Y. (AP) - Police in western New York say two Canadian men attended a church festival and wound up in the woods drunk, naked and covered in mud.

State police say troopers found a 22-year-old man from Hamilton, Ontario sitting along a road in the town of Lewiston, just outside Niagara Falls, around 5:45 a.m. Sunday.

Troopers say he was caked in mud. After questioning him, troopers found a 23-year-old man from Hamilton covered in mud and passed out in a ditch nearby.

Police say both men were highly intoxicated.

Troopers say the men had attended the St. John de LaSalle Carnival on Saturday and afterward decided to make it a "Woodstock event" by dancing naked in the woods. Both men were taken to a local hospital where they were treated and released.

Neither man was charged.

Lmao. At a church festival? Don't think I'm familiar with that religion. I just...have no words. Lolworthy news tho.

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