January 24th, 2008

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If fundy men can hate women for attracting them, then...

Damn pizza for putting all this plaque in my arteries. It just sits there so wantonly, with its cheese and tomatoes and basil all openly visible for all to see, tempting us with its oozing sauce. Pizza is such a slut! If only it would modestly and chastely cover itself and stop advertising its warm, cheesy goodness I know I could remain on the platform of a heart healthy diet forever and ever, thus achieving the elusive goal of heart health. Damn pizza!

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Fear

Quote of the day:

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. --Eleanor Roosevelt

With thanks to arianadawnhawk for writing about fear (in a friends-locked post).
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This has been bothering me too...

Therapists to Media: Stop Diagnosing Britney!

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"I've been very upset about this," says Mark Smaller, a psychoanalyst from Chicago who attended last week's meetings at Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. "This idea of making a diagnosis of someone they've never met is completely inappropriate, and it gives mental health professionals a bad name."

Not to mention that it's medically wrong. Smaller says that to make any real diagnosis, it can take several thorough consultations with a patient at the very least. "Trying to make such a diagnosis based purely on someone's behavior" -- and worse, their behavior as portrayed selectively by the media -- "is scientifically impossible," says Smaller, also director of the Neuropsychoanalysis Foundation.


In the same vein, everyone was rushing to the judgment that Heath Ledger must have overdosed on illegal drugs, even though by all reports he'd overcome his problem with drugs and had been clean for some time. It's looking like if anything, he was just seeking a good rest, recovering from jet lag and flu, and may have innocently mixed medications that shouldn't go together. It may even be an undiscovered medical problem, not apparent at autopsy. Perhaps if his masseuse had called 911 when he was simply "nonresponsive" and still breathing, he'd be alive today. I'm not even a specific fan of his, though he's certainly done good work, but I'm just outraged that our nation has been indulging in such a gossip fest, fed by our news media who have more important things to report if they were really doing their job.
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Why am I even surprised?

I'm sure you've all heard of the Westboro Baptist Church and how they picket funerals, fundie wackos that they are.

So of course they'd find Heath Ledger's funeral a wonderful opportunity to spread news of God's hate and vengeance. I don't know why I was surprised to hear about this, I already know these people have no sense of shame or normal restraint on their behavior.

Herald Sun article

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A US church says actor Heath Ledger is in hell because he played a gay cowboy in one of his films, and has vowed to picket his funeral.

The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), a Kansas-based congregation known for its demonstrations outside funerals for US soldiers killed in Iraq, said the Perth-born Australian actor who died yesterday was “now in hell”.

“WBC will picket this pervert’s funeral in religious protest,” the group said in a statement on its website.

“God hates the sordid, tacky bucket of slime seasoned with vomit known as Brokeback Mountain – and He hates all persons having anything to whatsoever to do with it.

“Heath Ledger is now in hell, and has begun serving his eternal sentence there.”


I hope God is saving a spot in hell for people who picket funerals and cause more grief to those who are already suffering the loss of a loved one.
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John Edwards on poverty

I am sorry to see John Edwards getting lost in the focus on gender and race during this current election. He is as good as Hillary or Barack on all the issues and deserves more media coverage than he gets. In particular, I am pleased with his stand on poverty and the emphasis he has placed on this in his campaign. You can read his specific proposals here.

Barack Obama also has a page directly addressing poverty.

Hillary Clinton addresses many of these same factors in her combined pages on the issues, but does not have a specific page addressing poor people's issues and needs, probably because few poor people vote, having decided no one cares about them. I sent a message to her campaign suggesting that poor people won't become voters if no one convinces them that they really care about them, and that if you have a page about middle class people's issues you should have one about poverty too. I do remember well the many things Bill Clinton did to help poor people, and many did escape poverty during his presidency, so I know these are issues that she cares about.
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With thanks to skyearthandsea

Writer's Digest Writing Competition Open
(This news courtesy of Fay Thompson, via WV Writer's blog http://www.wvwriters.org)

The 77th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition is now open for submissions. Top prize is $3000 and a trip to New York to meet with four editors or agents. There are ten categories for both fiction and nonfiction. The entry fee is $15 and the deadline to enter is May 15, 2008. All the details are online at https://www.writersdigest.com/contests/annual/77th/