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Posted by madamesilverspurs | Mon Nov 30, 2015, 12:16 AM (2 replies)

Sincerity test

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sun Nov 29, 2015, 03:18 AM (0 replies)

It could have been me in that clinic.

It could have been me in that clinic, I could have been one of the ones who were shot. It doesnít matter that at 67 Iím well past child-bearing age. It doesnít even matter that Iím female.

You or I, man or woman, could have been in that Planned Parenthood clinic for any number of reasons: a flu shot, Pap smear, cholesterol or diabetes screening, breast exam, physical exam for a job, tetanus shot, STD diagnosis and treatment, vasectomy, thyroid screening, sex education, smoking cessation, contraception, pre-natal care, anemia testing, or just your basic every day blood pressure check.

Or maybe we could have been there because we gave a ride to a patient. We could have been there to provide escort service through a gauntlet of screaming, epithet-hurling protestors who had no knowledge of or cares about the health issues of those they were intimidating. I could have been there delivering the mail. Or I could have been a doctor or nurse or an aide tending to patients, or a receptionist, or secretary, or janitor. I could have been someone in the process of minding my own business, unaware of the target painted on my back.

Itís just plain foolish to believe that thereís only one reason for anyone to be in a Planned Parenthood clinic. Itís almost as foolish as providing ammunition to someone looking for an excuse to open fire on a roomful of people.
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sat Nov 28, 2015, 04:53 PM (14 replies)

"You are responsible for your wake."

"You are responsible for your wake."

Who is responsible for the shootings in Colorado Springs?

When I was a kid, I saw a sign on a lake that made an incredible impression on me. To this day, I think about that sign: "You are responsible for your wake."

In boating, "wake" refers to the waves created as a boat travels across water. Smaller craft my be capsized and inexperienced swimmers may drown in the wake of larger boats. Boat operators are legally responsible for that damage.

The same rule should apply to politics and news organizations. If you use misleading propaganda to vilify a specific group or to raise funds for your campaign, then you are responsible for your wake. When your words encourage or support the ideology of groups or individuals associated with domestic terrorism, then you are responsible. When you imply or state outright that Second Amendment Solutions are appropriate, then you are responsible for the violence that occurs when people take your words to heart. When you intentionally empower people who hate, you are responsible for the actions that follow.

If you don't condemn it, then you condone it.

Yesterday was an act of terrorism. If you doubt that, then imagine how Fox News would have covered the event if the shooter had been a Muslim. Or an immigrant. Or, for that matter, if he had been Black.

The Right says that we shouldn't talk about guns in the aftermath of something like yesterday's terrorist attack. Fine, if you don't want to talk about guns, then let's talk about domestic terrorism and who is behind it. Let's talk about who incites these attacks.

Let's talk about being responsible for your wake.

https://www.facebook.com/bobseay
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sat Nov 28, 2015, 01:14 PM (42 replies)

"You are responsible for your wake."

"You are responsible for your wake."

Who is responsible for the shootings in Colorado Springs?

When I was a kid, I saw a sign on a lake that made an incredible impression on me. To this day, I think about that sign: "You are responsible for your wake."

In boating, "wake" refers to the waves created as a boat travels across water. Smaller craft my be capsized and inexperienced swimmers may drown in the wake of larger boats. Boat operators are legally responsible for that damage.

The same rule should apply to politics and news organizations. If you use misleading propaganda to vilify a specific group or to raise funds for your campaign, then you are responsible for your wake. When your words encourage or support the ideology of groups or individuals associated with domestic terrorism, then you are responsible. When you imply or state outright that Second Amendment Solutions are appropriate, then you are responsible for the violence that occurs when people take your words to heart. When you intentionally empower people who hate, you are responsible for the actions that follow.

If you don't condemn it, then you condone it.

Yesterday was an act of terrorism. If you doubt that, then imagine how Fox News would have covered the event if the shooter had been a Muslim. Or an immigrant. Or, for that matter, if he had been Black.

The Right says that we shouldn't talk about guns in the aftermath of something like yesterday's terrorist attack. Fine, if you don't want to talk about guns, then let's talk about domestic terrorism and who is behind it. Let's talk about who incites these attacks.

Let's talk about being responsible for your wake.

https://www.facebook.com/bobseay
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sat Nov 28, 2015, 01:12 PM (3 replies)

Shooter has been ID'd

According to 9news, he is Robert Lewis Dear, 57, of South Carolina.

http://www.9news.com/story/news/local/2015/11/27/colorado-springs-shooting/76454812/
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sat Nov 28, 2015, 12:41 AM (5 replies)

Moments of Thanks

Here's one of mine:

Five years after losing a portion of my right lung to cancer my oncologist sat me down, took my hand in his, looked me square in the eye and said, ďMy waiting room is for sick people. Get out of here!Ē Then he and his nurse gave me smiling hugs and waved good-bye as I floated out of the clinic.



Yours?
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Thu Nov 26, 2015, 04:39 PM (6 replies)

Black Friday observance

BLACK FRIDAY will find me indulging my usual celebration for that day:

(1) Wardrobe is limited to comfy jammies and fuzzy slippers.
(2) Dust off the turntable and stack the collection of Christmas vinyl.
(3) Unpack the vintage family ornaments.
(4) Decorate the tree while singing along to those old, scratchy records.
(5) Kick back, put my feet up, and sip some egg nog while watching a ridiculously goopy
holiday-themed movie.

Best bargain EVER, and no trampling required.
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Thu Nov 26, 2015, 02:22 AM (1 replies)

Tanks

A number of friends drive the Prius or Leaf. Someday Iíd like to do the same, but my Social Security check needs to increase ridiculously for that to happen. Meanwhile, my second-hand gasburner has been getting me around for a little over five years.

Today, for the very first time, I was able to fill the tank all the way up. So, on behalf of everyone similarly bracketed , I say


Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Nov 25, 2015, 12:16 AM (2 replies)

Tanks

A number of friends drive the Prius or Leaf. Someday Iíd like to do the same, but my Social Security check needs to increase ridiculously for that to happen. Meanwhile, my second-hand gasburner has been getting me around for a little over five years.

Today, for the very first time, I was able to fill the tank all the way up. So, on behalf of everyone similarly bracketed , I say


Posted by madamesilverspurs | Tue Nov 24, 2015, 11:50 PM (3 replies)
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