It only took 80 years to get here…

There it is. The magic phrase. “It is believed that Bowers acted alone.” Found it here, on Pittsburgh’s CBS Local website: 11 Dead, Several Others Shot At Pittsburgh Synagogue So, lone wolf narrative is it? I call… Bullshit. BULLSHIT! B U L L S H I T ! ! ! The word’s right here: Heavy.com’s quick Read More …

Endarkenment (Part 3)

I’m all too familiar with the spiral Anne Wheaton describes here. The stress of the news, coupled with the kitchen repairs and impending divorce and new job and old job and milestone birthday…they all wrap around the next two and a half weeks. Why being separated from my kids has probably shortened my life. It’s Read More …

Superheroes, Star Wars, and toxic masculinity…

So sometime in the last couple of days, this post (and artwork) circulated into my Facebook feed from several sources: https://www.facebook.com/SoYourACartoonist/photos/a.151448048245360.31062.151447094912122/1878942682162546/ and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ADobsonComicArt/status/1015023772838060032 I’d link to the image itself, except that would be stealing. Go check Andrew Dobson’s feed on FB or Twitter and come back.

Language means something…

My friend on Facebook says: “This kid was a domestic abuser. His girlfriend had broken up with him, so he SHOT HER. This headline is BS.” Boy, howdy, is it ever. Entitled asshole with access to deadly weapons. But this isn’t the first time I’ve had trouble with headlines. What headline? From the Associated Press via Read More …

I got yer “Why now?” right here…

Not a day goes by that I don’t remember the incidents in my past. I have some of the same issues with my own boss, today, in a very small office where the general manager is the only Human Resources representative and part of the problem. It’s been hard continuing to work there, knowing that Read More …

Achilles’ Heel…

Achilles’ heel n. A seemingly small but actually crucial weakness. More at Wordnik  from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition It all started with this comment on a post on Facebook, in response to this article about Al Franken: Medium.com: A Survivor’s Defense of Al Franken I said: “Speaking as a survivor of Read More …

Aftermath (Part 5): Patriarchal Theocracy

patriarchal   [pey-tree-ahr-kuh l] adjective[1]. of or relating to a patriarch, the male head of a family, tribe, community, church, order, etc.: my father’s conservative, patriarchal ways.2. characteristic of an entity, family, church, etc., controlled by men: the highly patriarchal Mormon church. theocracy  [thee-ok-ruh-see] noun, plural theocracies. 1. a form of government in which God or a deity is recognized as the supreme civil ruler, the God’s or deity’s laws being interpreted by the ecclesiastical authorities. 2. a system of government by priests claiming a divine commission. 3. a commonwealth or state under such a form or system of government. (http://www.dictionary.com/) If I had ten dollars for every argument I had in the last several years over the ramifications of choosing to vote third party, I’d be able to buy a private island and escape this bullshit, but no, nobody paid me to argue my Read More …

I was off by a month. My bad.

When I started writing online, way back in 2004, my blogging was a combination of minutiae designed to keep a then-deployed husband in the loop on day-to-day life at home. We were not quite to the end of W’s first term, but it was already clear to me what his election meant to the country, Read More …