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Hometown: Oswego County, New York
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About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

Journal Archives

Raising the retirement age - how many people will end up

going out on disability? The savings may be all they're cracked up to be.

Aw,Come on!

My candidate, Martin O'Malley, is on Rachel tonight.....

During the Clown show on CNBC.

How alike are Hillary and Bill Clinton's policies?

Would a Hillary Clinton administration be a return to the 90's, or would Hillary be more progressive in some areas, maybe less in some, and maybe the same in others?

Candycorn - did it use to taste better?

I swear - it used to have more honey flavor. Also, whatever happened to the candy corn mixes (corn, pumpkins, cats, etc) that used to have a certain number of maple flavored pieces? And does anyone recall what all the different shapes were?

plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

I'm reading Nixon by Rick Perlstein (2008). He discusses the riots that took place back when I was a little kid in the 60's. In every case, the riot was precipitated by an act of police violence. It also seems that in every case, the people killed were people living in the neighborhood shot by criminally careless police officers. It's notable that Mr. Perlstein documents many (most?) whites as complaining that black people had been given Civil Rights, what more did they want?

Sound familiar?

I don't know if police racism is inherent to the institution or merely reflects attitudes in wider white society. All I know is that it's been 50 years and things don't seem to be getting better. I'm sick and tired of this, and I speak from a position of white privilege.

What does "winning the debate" mean?

If the standard is for the front runner to get on and off the stage without an embarrassing gaffe, then Hillary won. If the standard is to introduce oneself to new people, then Bernie won.

As a mother paying off Parent Plus loans and watching my kids try

to pay off student loans; all from attending public college, I have to ask: What job did Chelsea work while she was at college, and how many hours a week?

I wouldn't bring up Chelsea except for the fact that Hillary Clinton says my children should have worked 10 hours a week while at college.

What are the odds for a coalition selecting the Speaker?

Can you see some conservative Dems lining up with some Republicans to select a Speaker?

The problem is that too many gun owners are more afraid of ****CRIMINALS**** and/or

the ******GOVERNMENT***** than they are of massacres. Seriously, these people firmly believe that they are targeted by thieves, rapists and murderers and that they alone will be responsible for protecting themselves, their families and their belongings. Exactly what the government is going to do I don't know, but these people are absolutely convinced that they will need their guns to resist. (I was going to put some snark about Red Dawn here, but I think we need to address these fears seriously.)

Anyways - until we can get these people past these very primal fears, we won't make much progress with gun control. Nothing happened after 1963, then nothing happened after 1968, then nothing happened when even George Wallace was shot. I haven't been shocked by gun violence in many, many years.

Date Rape in the movies -

I finally got around to watching The Devil Wears Prada (2006) last night. In one subplot, a handsome writer pursues the heroine, Andrea, even though she lives with her boy friend. She doesn't want to date him, but he says she "owes" him after he's done an important favor for her.

They run into each other in Paris during fashion week, and she goes to dinner with him and has too much to drink. Afterward, he propositions her several times, and she turns him down, even going so far as to say she's had to much to drink. The next scene shows her waking up after spending the night with him. Her only concern is getting to work on time, followed by the discovery that he knows her boss is about to be replaced. There's no mention of the sexual encounter.

So there you have it - a Rom-Com from only 9 years ago that features a sexual encounter in which the female is clearly unable to give proper consent. It's given a light-hearted treatment.

Is this date rape? If so, what message is being sent out to young men?
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