Monday, June 22, 2009

Card didn't just drink the kool-aid - he bathed himself in it well and good

Look at this little "aside" from OSC's most recent column at

(California is a desert, until you add irrigation water and illegal immigrant gardeners.)

Sure, Mr. Card, all farm workers in California are illegal immigrants. Nevermind the long early history of California farm workers who were white refugees of the dust bowl. Nevermind all the people who came here (some of whome were coerced) from Asia to build railroads then abandoned to figure out their own way. Nevermind all the people WHO WERE HERE FIRST and suddenly became "illegal immigrants" when California became part of the US instead of Mexico. Nevermind the fact that brown skin does not make one an illegal immigrant. We must appease our crazy-hat conservative readers and pretend that all the brown people in California don't really belong. Because California really belongs to white people, they just let the brown people stay because they have such a knack for growing things.

Okay, so I read more into that than is there. But still. I used to think Mr. Card was a compasionate person, someone who was really and truly Mormon. My doubts have been growing for awhile, but the casualness of this aside and all of the assumptions that are behind it just make me sick. Why do I punish myself by reading this crap?!

Friday, June 19, 2009

What I've been doing with my one precious life lately

Mostly I've been working. I agreed to work overtime on Fridays the past few weeks so our office can keep up with the record setting number of appeals we've gotten this year. Just to be clear, we number each appeal we receive sequentially, so the very first appeal we receive on January first is appeal number one, the second appeal is two, and so on and so forth. We recently received appeal number 8000. We did not have 8000 appeals in 2007 - we had 7302 to be exact (edit 6/22/09). We had just over 10,000 appeals in 2008 (which was a record number). We are not even halfway through 2009 yet! This, folks, is a true economic indicator.

Since I decided to teach last semester and the class was on Friday afternoons, this is the first Friday I've had fully off work for awhile. So what am I doing with my precious time? Surfing the nets. There is so much wonderful (and shapely) prose out there, I'm actually sitting inside when I could be enjoying the sunshine that finally decided to grace SLC. Oy. If you'd like to enjoy the bloggers I enjoy just look to the right of the screen and follow the links.

Oh, and I promise to soak up some sun today, I really, really do.

Little edit - I have recently removed all family & friend websites, except my sister's, from the blog roll to preserve everyone's privacy & all that. I still visit & like your blogs & if you want to remain on the blog roll, send me a line!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Words fail me

Here's the headline:

"Firm sues dead actress for being beaten - and wins"

Here's a quote:

"Models who failed to maintain appropriate dignity as representatives of the products they represent should compensate for the damages caused to their advertiser, the top court ruled. "

I agree with the lower court:

"A lower court said in an earlier ruling that Choi could not be held responsible for depreciating the image of the apartment or the company as she had not been proven guilty of causing her former husband's violence. "

Thank you to Hoyden About Town for alerting me to this story.


Monday, June 1, 2009

Murdering in the name of preventing murder

I don't have words to respond to the murder of Dr. George Tiller this weekend in Kansas - in the foyer of his church as he handed out the church bulletin! I'm just simply stunned. I am going to ask that you read this blog, regardless of your views on abortion:

I lost my ability to have children when I was 33 years old, three days after my birthday. I have watched loved ones struggle and pray for a child of their own. The loss of a child is heart-wrenching and I don't know that I would have chosen to abort any of my own pregnancies. I believe that every child is precious and should be greeted with rejoicing. And yet I still feel that abortion should be a choice determined by a woman and her medical care provider(s), not by the State, and definitely not by a murderer.

See below for an article regarding the suspect:

Here's the quote I find chilling:

"Commenting on Dr. Tiller’s death, Mr. Leach [who runs the Prayer and Action News newsletter] said, “To call this a crime is too simplistic.” He added, “There is Christian scripture that would support this."

My anger is so high right now I'm afraid of saying something deeply hateful.

(this post was edited by ABM)