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To The Barracades

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I am re-blogging Frank’s post for others who do not follow him to read.

Frank, I have the greatest respect for you and the decisions you and your wife made all those years ago. I would hold the same respect if your decision had been different. Bless you and your family.

As you indicated, women’s rights extend so much further than Roe vs Wade. Equal pay, ability to have a credit card or get a loan without a spouse’s permission, the right to birth control, sexual harassment, the right to vote, the right to serve in combat, the right to serve on a jury, the right to continue working while pregnant, housing discrimination, FMLA, violence against women act, and on and on and on. Other than the right to vote, all of these changes were in my lifetime.

I will be at the polls the day they open no matter what it takes. Thank you, Frank for such a well written and heartfelt post.

toritto

Well ladies, the time for you to do battle has come.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dead and Conservatives are salivating at the prospect that Donald Trump will be able to install a third member to the Supreme Court.  Such a move appears likely to accomplish their No. 1 goal: dismantling the abortion rights established in the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling

So it is time to put on your armor  ladies and take up the sword assuming of course you still would like to have a choice; it don’t affect me none.  I’m male.  If you don’t have a choice as to whether or not to have a child, its no skin off my nose.  My daughters are done with their child bearing years so any return to the good old days of flights to Sweden or coat hangars don’t affect me in the slightest.

Back in 2019 the Alabama Senate…

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Song Lyric Sunday – k.d. Lang

This week we have another prompt that is very different, that being using a song that features a Canadian artist or group.


I am still reeling over the death of Justice Ginsburg. I feel profoundly for her family. It must be difficult to grieve the loss when so many people have reverted to their most base desires for power and control. This is the sad statement about living a life in the public eye – your personal life is second.

My thoughts went to k.d. lang, a Canadian artist with a hauntingly beautiful voice. She wrote the song “Constant Craving” with Ben Mink. In an interview with NPR, she said of “Constant Craving”:

It’s an acquiescence. It’s a summation of human desire. It’s like yes, OK, we all are heartbroken. We’re all nervous. We’re all vulnerable. We’re all hopeful, but at the end of the day, constant craving has always been.

This is how I am feeling right now. Listening to this song has given me a sense of peace for yet another circumstance in 2020 that I have no control over.

According to Songfacts k.d. lang said “Constant Craving” is about Shambhala. From Atlanta.Shambhla.org:

Shambhala is about the inherent wisdom, compassion, and courage of all beings, and even of human society- our fundamental nature. We can acknowledge our inherent human dignity, worthiness, completeness and non-faultiness, and have confidence in that. These can be the foundational principles for society. They are the potential for enlightened society. In this tradition enlightened society is not a Utopian state, but it is a society that has enough confidence and trust to acknowledge humanity’s most innate principle: basic goodness.

Sounds like the types of things Justice Ginsburg was passionate about.

k.d.lang came out in 1992. As a result, some radio stations stopped playing her music. (I read there was a protest against her at the 1992 Grammy Awards, but I have had difficulty verifying.) Justice Ginsburg was a champion for LGBTQ rights in this country. She was the first Supreme Court Justice to conduct a same sex marriage. I find parallels here.

Constant Craving
lyrics from Songfacts.com

Even through the darkest phase
Be it thick or thin
Always someone marches brave
Here beneath my skin

Constant craving
Has always been

Maybe a great magnet pulls
All souls towards truth
Or maybe it is life itself
That feeds wisdom
To its youth

Constant craving
Has always been

Craving
Ah ha
Constant craving
Has always been
Has always been

Constant craving
Has always been
Constant craving
Has always been

Craving
Ah ha
Constant craving
Has always been
Has always been
Has always been
Has always been
Has always been
Has always been


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SoCS – The Loss of an Icon

Dedication to and protection of the rights of all people is what Ruth Bader Ginsburg brought to the Supreme Court. In a these last few years our nation has suffered so many losses — she was one of the strongholds in the highest court of the land and now in this year of great losses, this loss is palpable.

Women in this country have lost their champion in the highest court of the land.

The political machine in Washington did not let news of her death reach everyone before they started jockeying to stack the court with yet another political crony. An appointment to the Supreme Court is for life unless the justice should choose otherwise. The only avenue for removal is through impeachment. The intended purpose was to insulate the highest court from the changes in political control.

Only one Supreme Court associate judge has been impeached in the history of our country. That was Samuel Chase in 1804, and he was acquitted the following year.

A sense of democratic determination is present as ‘we the people’ fight to prevent a new judge being named until after the election. She fought the good fight for our country. Now it is our turn to fight in her stead.

“Think back to 1787. Who were ‘we the people‘? … They certainly weren’t women … they surely weren’t people held in human bondage. The genius of our Constitution is that over now more than 200 sometimes turbulent years that ‘we’ has expanded and expanded.”

Rest in Peace grand lady. Your country mourns for you.


Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
1933 – 2020


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Change is in the Air

So much going on ‘out there’. I feel like everything is ‘out there’ in this pandemic. I am not sure what that implies other than this is where I feel safest these days – in my little two-bedroom house tucked away in the foothills.

Yesterday was our first full-grocery shopping day. We have been using the pick-up service since the pandemic started. I became less attentive to what I ordered, for example the 64 ounce can of mixed nuts I ordered thinking I was ordering 12 ounces. That container was the size of a coffee can! And it had peanuts in it which I cannot eat, so hubby must eat them.

All day I was sneezing and had a runny nose. I was sure I was getting sick. And getting sick these days always makes you think – Is it the virus? So, to combat the possibility, I decided to try some of the zinc lozenges I purchased just for the occasion. They were so bad I had to throw it in the trash, but not before it had sucked every morsel of moisture from my mouth and throat. When we sat down for dinner, I could not taste my food. 😳 I panicked for a moment, but it was the lozenge!

This morning I woke early while hubby slept in a bit. It was a delightful 60° F. I put the bird feeders out with the exception of the hummingbird feeder. I saw a dead bug floating inside. I proceeded to open it and pour the contents out and lo and behold there were two yellow jackets inside the feeder and they were very much alive! Sadly, I disposed of them because I could see no clear way to ‘rescue’ two angry yellow jackets.

I have come to the conclusion that none of the WordPress editor options work well with a touch screen device. The screen jumps around causing me to save the draft, exit and then edit a post. I am sure something triggers the behavior but it is beyond me.

Map of Atlantic tropical disturbancesOur weather tomorrow will be rainy, with a predicted 3+ inches of rain 🌧 as the remainder of Hurricane Sally passes through. Conditions could improve or worsen depending on the track of the storm as it moves inland. It is extremely active out in the Atlantic right now. Fortunately, most of the storms do not seem to be an ultimate threat to the continental US.

It is definitely feeling like fall is on the way. We pulled up most of our summer vegetables with the exception of our pepper plants which continue to produce a lot of peppers. Tonight I am attempting to make stuffed Italian peppers so we shall see how that turns out!