The View From Here
Out the screen door is sunlight
and blue sky mottled with clouds
and the pollen of a dozen trees and flowers
making a cocktail for our “enjoyment”
Through the window I hear
the shrill cries and thuds of children playing games in the street
just like we used to when we were kids
back in the day
with different trees and patterns of sky
It has been years since I have seen the flat expanse
a horizon made of corn and nothing but
since seasons were defined by the crops in the fields down the street
which have been devoured by pavement
and homes made from cookie cutter blueprints
a dozen or more spins of the earth since I’ve been “Normal”
Now there are jobs
and PTA fundraisers
And different people tucked in at night
precious fluffy pets cradled under arms
covered by blankets made by a different grandmother
But exactly where I want to be.
Because it is poetry month.
By Emily Sexton
I tried to wait a moment
Just a quiet breath of time
when the air rushes in with a two-step
I tried to wander aimlessly
An exploration of the heart
that beats out the rhythm
I tried to close my eyes
with a sigh of meditation
To let the whispers
of a wavering thought
but then I found a circle
the path leading always
back to you
STFU Moffat »
“Little boys like to be heroes,” Mr. Moffat said. “You get to wear the coat and swagger about, and girls think he’s sexy. There’s a lot of things that playing Stephen Hawking can do, but that’s probably not one of them.”
Can Steven Moffat ever NOT come across as a huge jerk? Ever? At all?
OMG, I cannot even. Getting closer and closer to not watching Doctor Who until this jerk is removed from the helm. The fact that I think 11 is an egotistical twit (Marty Stu, anyone?) isn’t helping.
Come join us and be silly and geeky and cheeky. You know you want to!
All astoundingly accurate.
And tea. Don’t forget the tea.
Stop acting like a princess! You’re acting like a princess!! Ooh… little princess… boo hoo.
Parents talking to their crying, four-year-old son. (via microaggressions)
We need to start calling out this kind of behavior as the emotional abuse it is. And talking about how this kind of abuse both oppresses men and teaches them to have utter contempt for women at the same time - this little boy is learning about how he’s supposed to behave, learning to associate undesirable behavior with women, and learning to be afraid and contemptuous of gender nonconforming people.
This makes me sick to my stomach. And meanwhile, these same people are probably telling their daughter that she is their “little princess” and enforcing the notion that for people who present as girls, that’s the best there is.
Could you imagine what the Tea Party would be saying right now if there was a law on the books that allowed immigrants to indefinitely avoid taxes on income sent back to family members in the old country, in Mexico and Venezuela and India? Imagine the uproar if Barack Obama, in the middle of this historic revenue crunch and “We’re so broke the world is going to end tomorrow!” debt-ceiling hystgeria, decided to declare a second “one-time tax holiday” for, say, unwed single mothers, or recipients of public assistance? Middle America would be running through the streets, firing shotguns out its truck window, waving chainsaws in mall lobbies, etc.
As it is, leading members of the Senate are seriously considering giving the most profitable companies in the world a total tax holiday as a reward for their last seven years of systematic tax avoidance. Hundreds of billions of potential tax dollars would disappear from the Treasury. And there isn’t a peep from anyone, anywhere, on this issue.
We’re seriously talking about defaulting on our debt, and cutting Medicare and Social Security, so that Google can keep paying its current 2.4 percent effective tax rate and GE, a company that received a $140 billion bailout en route to worldwide 2010 profits of $14 billion, can not only keep paying no taxes at all, but receive a $3.2 billion tax credit from the federal government. And nobody appears to give a shit. What the hell is wrong with people? Have we all lost our minds?
Matt Taibbi, “Corporate Tax Holiday in Debt Ceiling Deal: Where’s the Uproar?”
Yeah, I just can’t anymore…
I know it’s not Your Local Professional Sports Team Winning/Losing The Championship but this deserves a street-riot, guise.
Someday people will stop letting corporations feast on their bones. Maybe.
Esoterica: The Do’s and Don’ts of Being a Good Ally »
A couple of weeks ago someone on twitter asked me how to be a good ally. With 140 characters at my disposal, I said, essentially, Shut up and listen. Karnythia says it better:
1. Don’t derail a discussion. Even if it makes you personally uncomfortable to discuss X issue…it’s really not about you or your comfort. It’s about X issue, and you are absolutely free to not engage rather than try to keep other people from continuing their conversation.
2. Do read…
Cops Bust Homeless Woman for Sending Child to School »
A homeless woman from Bridgeport has been arrested for enrolling her 6-year-old son at a Norwalk elementary school.
Tonya McDowell, 33, is accused of stealing $15,000 — the cost of her son’s public education — from the Norwalk School District, according to the Stamford Advocate. She was arrested Thursday.
McDowell, whose last known address was Priscilla Street in Bridgeport, is facing first-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny charges, the paper reported.
Police began an investigation in January, after the Norwalk Housing Authority filed a complaint that McDowell had registered her son at Brookside Elementary School in Norwalk, even though she had been living in an apartment in Bridgeport.
McDowell allegedly admitted to police she was allowed to sleep in the apartment on Priscilla Street in Bridgeport by the tenant, but had to leave during the day, according to the Advocate. She also told police she sometimes stayed at an emergency shelter in Norwalk.
Police say McDowell used the Norwalk address of the boy’s babysitter to register him at the school.
“Usually when they find a kid out of district, they send him back. I have never heard of people being arrested for it,” Norwalk Board of Education Chairman Jack Chiaramonte told the Advocate.
The apparent crackdown may have something to do with the city’s tightening budget.
“This now sends a message to other parents that may have been living in other towns and registering their kids with phony addresses,” Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia said.
I’m willing to bet money that she’s also not a white woman.
More evidence that being poor is increasingly looked on as a crime itself in the US. (Also, I would not take the other side of that bet.)