Category Archives: Politics and other Ladybusiness

The Loophole by Garfunkel and Oates – YouTube

These scathingly sweet harmonies expose the hypocrisy of our abstinence-only reality. It’s true I’m an oldster, but is this really a thing these days or is it a legend?  Are technical virgins the rainbow parties of the new millennium? The Loophole by Garfunkel and Oates – YouTube.

Dolly Levi – Money, pardon the expression, is like manure. It’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around, encouraging young things to grow.

The Aristocrats!

Thinking about signing up for Netflix because I keep finding myself adding to the imaginary movie queue in my mind. This consumer minded impulse is inspired by a clever take on the classic joke. Reality is as strange as fiction and sometimes it is funny because it’s true.

So that’s why they call it Animal Husbandry

Illinois House Agricultural Committee passes anti-abortion measure

Rep. Deborah Mell, a Chicago Democrat, was one of the two members voting against the bills and criticized the assignment to a committee that generally handles farming issues.

“We’re not talking about abortions for cows and pigs, right? We’re talking about women?” she said.

Insert your favorite breeder joke here. I’m too tired to laugh at this anymore.

Catholics practice birth control

I attended a Catholic parochial school through the tenth grade. I remember a discussion led by the religious studies teacher in that final year. The topic was the potential for conflict between conscience and catechism. He began by asking us to raise our hand if we had a brother or a sister. Nearly everyone did so. He then asked those who only had one to put down their hand. More then a third did so. Next he asked everyone who had only two brothers or sisters to put down their hands. An even larger number did so. Once those who had three brothers and sisters dropped out, only a single student was left with her hand raised. She had seven brothers and sisters. It was obvious to all of us that a significant number of our parents, good Catholics who paid good money to educate their children in the Catholic school system, practiced birth control.

The hierarchy of the Church is in stark disagreement with the practice and conscience of its members on the issue of contraception. A cave to the bishops on expanding exemptions to the requirement for insurance to include birth control coverage is undemocratic. It places the power of a religious hierarchy over the will of not just a majority of the American people, but also of American Catholics. Sign the petition asking the President to stand strong with us.

Occupy Hope

Shepard Fairey updates his iconic image in response to OWS. The mutual respect and openness demonstrated in their conversation itself is an effective argument for hope.