Aug 10 2009

Spinster aunt posts what amounts to a Dear Diary entry, regrettably

A blamer has sent in a link to the Daily Mail. I hate it when blamers send in links to the Daily Mail. Links to the Daily Mail contain a neurotoxin. The next thing I know I’m reading paragraph after asinine paragraph, each with less philosophic value than the last, until I am saved by some merciful interruption, like a puppy dashing through my lab with a dead egret, or a phone call from a telemarketer. But wait, did you know about Michael Jackson’s “secret son”?

I am especially mesmerized by a blurb describing a brand of torso-squishing underwear with “bio-crystals” that “melt” cellulite. It has UK shoppers in a panic. I bet these are really comfortable. Just the thing to slip on under your Utilikilt on a 105-degree day. All that melting cellulite will ooze out and form a crust which will attract flies and small carnivores. You’ll be the envy of the subdivision.

But wait, do they even have subdivisions in the UK?

I have now lost the original link, which of course had nothing to do with Michael Jackson’s secret son or spandex cellulite-melters, and so am forced to change the subject entirely.

So I’m all, right on Sotomayor! But as refreshing as it is to see an Hispanic woman take the oath of any high office, the Supremes are still one of most penis-ridden enterprises going. At the present moment, their own website doesn’t even list old Sonia as a member. Yeah, yeah, baby steps, whatever. “Dent” in the glass ceiling, whatever.

You can’t dent glass, I realize. Tell it to this guy. Honestly, does nobody think for five seconds anymore before they butcher a hackneyed metaphor and throw it into a headline?

Crap, look at the time. I was gonna drone on and on about abortion — RU486 in Australia, the panic over whether Your Tax Dollars will pay for abortions come the new health care bills, etc, but I must hie. Meanwhile, behold the heartwarming cuteness of Fran, my yella lab puppy.


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  1. Stella

    Yes, they have subdivisions in the UK. And, for the most part, they’re even more depressing than subdivisions in the US. I should know; I worked for a residential construction company in England. However, almost all of their homes are constructed with solid walls and proper roofs, rather than the two-by-fours and paper shingles we get over here. And any depression comparison between the two countries, after figuring in the weather, must also factor in their comparatively fantastic single payer health care system.

  2. Pinko Punko

    I said Charles, don’t you ever crave
    To appear on the front of the Daily Mail
    Dressed in your Mother’s bridal veil?

    That is what I think about when I think about the Daily Mail.

    Few things have the power to inspire these days, but I am distantly related to Ruth Bader Ginsburg and while this genetic footnote has no actual consequences, I still beam with pride about the matter.

    If Fran’s paws are predictive, she looks like she’ll be Gigantor, Bane of the Hill Country. Up with Fran!

  3. Sophie

    One thing we definitely don’t have in the UK is 105-degree days.

  4. Antoinette Niebieszczanski

    Heartwarming cuteness is built into the design for puppies so you don’t banish them from the bunkhouse when an unfortunate pee-pee accident occurs. Or when she teethes on your favorite pair of Birkenstocks.

    Similar design features have been built into human children for much the same purpose — so you don’t put the baby outside in 12 degree F weather after one of them projectile barfs half-digested milk all over the front of you.

    Still, squee! Those eyes! How I’d love to scoop her up and kiss her little puppy tummy and inhale that intoxicating puppy smell.

  5. root

    The Supreme Court website doesn’t even list her under “What’s New”. Use the search function and get bupkis. I think we should have a tally – you know, how may months before they acknowledge her!
    Granted, their website is totally lame – using .pdf’s for who the Justices are…geez. They’ve got to type up that list again on a Selectric and scan it somewhere.

  6. Laughingrat

    Yeah, when I pointed out Madame Justice Sotomayor’s (still love those three words) victory in the comments of the last post, it wasn’t so much in a “Thank goodness, we can all go home now!” kinda was so much as a, “Well, at least this day isn’t 100% shit” kinda way. Although it’s possible that even that good news couldn’t win out against the Daily Mail and horrible brackish faucet water.

  7. givesgoodemail

    Sotomayor. Hmmm.

    I’m till not down with this “identity politics” thingamaroo. I’ve always thought “best candidate for the job” goes a lot further.

  8. polly styrene

    “But wait, do they even have subdivisions in the UK?”

    Well I hate to contradict Stella, but I’ve never heard of them if we have. What are they?

  9. PhysioProf

    But wait, do they even have subdivisions in the UK?

    Dunno. I do know that they have council tenancies.

    I love the look on Fran’s face: “If you take away my widdle toy, I’m gonna wook even more forlorn than I alweady do.”

  10. Agasaya

    Re: Identity politics-

    That is all we’ve ever had going. It’s just that white dudes don’t have to say they’re white dudes because it’s pretty much assumed. A Latina (or any other individual who isn’t a white dude) has to make statements about why a particular line of though is needed in order to recognize that there ARE other identities out there.

    She met the qualifications stage long ago,exceeding that of many white dudes. The identity stuff is a plus if she has the guts to use it.

  11. BadKitty

    I have nothing to add regarding Sotomayor, Michael Jackson’s secret “love child” or subdivisions in the UK but I just had to tell you that photo of Fran made me squee from the cuteness.

  12. Stella

    polly styrene:

    Housing estates.

  13. blondie

    Oh Fran, just looking at your sweet, worried face lowers my blood pressure.

  14. Flash

    Yes, we have council tenancies. I live in one, but not on an estate. In a village. In the country. Just thought I’d set the record straightish.

    Hi Fran.

  15. orlando

    It’s not identity politics it’s simply standpoint theory:
    and there’s not enough of it about.

  16. JB

    Came here to laugh, and did. Then, the comments (all spot on, but I feel a rant coming). It makes me see purple and want to scream — but I won’t because I’m a mature adult — to read “standpoint politics” insanity like this phrase from wiki[patriarchy]-pedia: “A standpoint influences how the people adopting it socially construct the world.”

    There’s nothing to do but blame the patriarchy and say to patriarchy-pedia and all other wankers of academentia: Tell people nuked in Hiroshima — once you get to “heaven” — that its just “standpoint politics” which socially constructed the end of their world. Tell it to girls sold into sex slavery by impoverished male-led families in the “weird” world. Tell it to prostitutes incested from before they were old enough to talk in NYC, its own world.

    But I’m tired of all the troubles tonight. I’ve worked hard and long today at a do-good “day job,” and I need a good laugh not at women’s expense. (And where does that happen? Hardly anyplace but here.) Among the compromises I choose to make in the patriarchy into which I was born without my consent, tonight I choose to come here to laugh.

    Thanks for being funny, Twisty. Thanks for being a comic relief from global oppression against womankind, without condoning it. Thanks for having a blog — you’re a better gentleman farmer than I.

  17. birkwearingblamer

    Penis-ridden. WORD!

    Fran is growing fast. Her sweet face says that she’d *never* cause *any* trouble. Kisses to Fran.

  18. Kathryn

    Although I rarely to never blame you for anything, I am willing to make an exception.
    Buying a dog? Are you at all aware of the homeless animal situation? Or do you just not give a rat’s fat ass about all the animals dying in shelters everyday?
    Buy a dog, a dog is put to death. Period.

  19. Jill

    “Buy a dog, a dog is put to death. Period.”

    Your logic is flawed. It implies a functional difference between a dog bred by a person on purpose and a dog bred by a person through reckless indifference.

    All dogs — the purebreds and the shelter mutts — are bred by people. The human motives leading to a given dog’s existence are irrelevant to the dog. A yella lab puppy needed a home, and I gave her one.

    Your self-righteous tone is annoying, by the way.

  20. Larkspur

    …”A yella lab puppy needed a home, and I gave her one…..”

    Yup. That works for me.

    I happen to live in a community that, for various reasons, values its dogs and cats pretty highly. This means that our county humane society is a go-to place for other shelters in the region. Unwanted pets are brought in from surrounding counties. They get adopted here, and the other shelters’ kill rates are reduced.

    At the same time, I see lots of purebreds running around. Some of these were special-ordered, but a lot of them are rescues or re-homed purebreds.

    Now, you’d think that in a wealthier area like mine, you’d see lots of designer dogs and not so many mutts or rescues. But we got all kinds. I think it means that people around here are fortunate enough to be able to allocate the money to adopt them, buy them from a reputable breeder, or in some other way link their lives together with their animal companions.

    Also, getting a dog from a breeder is not synonymous with keeping a puppy mill in business. Kathryn, I think your firepower ought to be deployed elsewhere.

    And speaking of dogs, here is a nice story. It is about a little rat terrier I met last week at a local horse stable. I had it in mind to treat myself to a horse-riding outing for the first time in years, and while I was waiting for the ride to assemble itself, I was talking to one of the stable-women who had this little terrier on a leash.

    The terrier’s name was Frank, at least for the moment it is. She’d just bought him, and he hasn’t been neutered yet, and the frank ‘n’ beans portion of his anatomy seemed super-sized on his little bod. The young woman had been asked for money by a homeless guy who had the little dog, and she offered to buy the pup (estimated to be a year old) for $25. New home! Frank was filthy, but cleaned up nicely with several baths, and agreed to have his teeth brushed till they sparkled, and seems to be enjoying his reversal of fortune. He doesn’t know about the upcoming snippity-snip, but he’s not gonna mind.

    Also, my horse’s name was Otto, and he was very nice to me.

  21. JB

    Ah, Kathryn, letting us have a good laugh (if we so choose) at your display of internalized misogyny — for which we blame the patriarchy — projected onto yella-lab-puppy-loving Jill.

    The internalized misogyny is not your fault, Kathryn.

    But still, you ought to say you’re sorry and forgive yourself (the right use of forgiveness by a woman patriarchy has hurt who in turn takes it out on other women — instead of the wrongheaded hypocritical forgiveness pushed by godbags as an escape hatch that justifies male woman-haters who keep doing what they’ve too long been doing).

  22. prosehack65

    (Must not be a regular reader: “In a couple of weeks, a pup from a litter of Labradors bred by an irresponsible acquaintance of Tidy’s will arrive here at the rancho to pee on my floor and eat my slippers.”

    Good lord, not only that a puppy needed a home, but also a puppy who needs medical care that someone’s willing to shell out the dollars to get for her! And not a “sorry for your loss” of the good old girl! Harumph!)

    Mija–my purebred American Bulldog, bred to fight but wouldn’t so she was destined to be a bait dog, rescued from the patriarchy by rare chance exactly one year ago today, misunderstood, distrusted and sometimes downright hated just for her breed, light of my life–thinks Fran is the bee’s knees.

  23. speedbudget

    Can you believe I had to rescue my Brussels Griffon? Who woulda thunk it?

    Just cause you have papers on a dog doesn’t mean they don’t come from shitty situations which require saving. My dog was a breeder in a puppy mill. She is a mental wreck. The fact is, I have the time and patience to deal with her neuroses, and she has a couple of awesome grandparents to help with that too.

    Don’t judge a book and all that.

  24. arlene

    “Buying a dog? Are you at all aware of the homeless animal situation? Or do you just not give a rat’s fat ass about all the animals dying in shelters everyday?
    Buy a dog, a dog is put to death. Period.”

    Sweet Marmalade on toast. I have a basset hound that I bought 13 years ago. Before I bought him, I researched the breed, spoke to the Kennel Club and finally found an excellent breeder in Cork, where I bought Opus and took him home at 12 weeks. That same big pawed pup is now slumbering under my chair. He’s lived with me in Spain and here in Dublin. Apart from an allergy to dust of all things, he is robustly healthy. He’ll never end up in a pound, never die a miserable death and never suffer at the hands of idiots. People who take time to really evaluate what owning a dog means and the commitment required are NOT the reason the pounds are full of dogs. I hate that people try to make good owners feel guilty about their choice of animal-despite those owners clearly being prepared to put the effort in to ensure their animal never becomes a statistic.
    Jill, your pup is lovely, I wish you long happy years with each other.

  25. Antoinette Niebieszczanski

    My nephew rescued a purple-ribbon winning coon dog (River Bottom Rebel, a treeing walker) because he heard the owner was going to tattoo the dog’s ear for identification purposes. Knowing how sensitive a hound’s ears are, my nephew thought this was cruelty, and rightly so. He paid a ridiculous amount for that dog, and then had to spend another bundle on heartworm treatment for him.

    Despite his pedigree, I still consider Rebel to have been a rescue dog.

  26. Kathryn

    Oh you guys do crack me up.
    OK I have a question – was the dog purchased from a breeder or store or whatever, not a shelter or rescue?
    I can almost gaurantee the puppy was purchased from a breeder and I can tell you why. It’s a yellow lab puppy. Rarely to never are they found in shelters or rescues. Usually it takes a family roughly a year to dump a dog at a shelter or rescue. “Oh it got so big” “We don’t have time for her him” “we’re moving” blah blah blah.
    If the puppy is not from a breeder I will provide all manner of apologies for jumping to conclusions.
    As for all the other misinformation, a simple google search will provide the numbers you need to understand it really is a numbers game. Family buys a dog – a homeless dog doesn’t get adopted. Pretty simple stuff…
    Arlene, yes there are people that buy dogs from reputable breeders, back yard breeders, puppy mills and pet stores and have them for their entire lives, but, it’s a shame for the dog at the shelter that was put to death or spent it’s lonely life in a cage because someone just had to have a….fill in the blank, basset hound in this case.

  27. Kathryn

    OK I see that the puppy was from an “accidental litter”. So I apologize for assuming it was from a non-accidental litter.
    I do however, maintain, that a dog from a shelter/rescue is a better option. Regardless of how irresponsible people create dogs, our buying, adopting, taking them only encourages the accidental breeder.
    I hope whoever made this mistake has gottent their dogs spayed or neutered.

  28. arlene

    No Kathryn, the shame is people don’t neuter/spay their pets and look after the animals they already own. If people gave some consideration to life-span, cost of ill health and reproduction possibilities of their pets before they bought them there would be a dramatic reduction in animals in shelters across the board. But to lay the blame for shelter deaths at the feet of people who mind their own animals is ridiclulous.
    Opus is neutered-because something really ‘simple’ like that will eventually reduce the numbers of unwanted dogs and cats. And for the record I have three rescue cats here as well as my aged basset, so I don’t really need any lectures on pound animals from you. Bought or rescued, makes no difference -it’s what you do with them when you have them that counts and I want mine to live out their natural lives free from harm, pain and abandonment.

  29. Angie

    Kathryn, your post doesn’t make sense to me. It seems like you’re saying that it encourages accidental breeders to adopt the puppies from such a litter, but it’s okay to take those puppies to a shelter, where they can be adopted. Please forgive me if I’m misinterpreting you, which I fully apologize if I am, but it seems like that’s the logic you’re using.

    I got my baby from a shelter, so I’m not too hot on acquiring dogs any other way myself.

  30. speedbudget


    So my brother should be ashamed of researching long and hard, evaluating his lifestyle and being completely honest with himself, then going to the German Shorthair Pointer rescue to get a dog who would otherwise be destroyed or abandoned?

    Get off your soapbox. I don’t understand why you are starting this fight.

    I will not feel bad about my choice of dog. I went to the pounds and the SPCAs and I looked long and hard for a dog. I didn’t find anything compatible with me or my lifestyle or environs. Then a friend of a friend told me about a breeder getting out of the business. I suspect it was a puppy-mill situation. I got my dog at 1 1/2 years old and she had already had at least one litter and was completely unsocialized. Should I have left her in the crate at the breeder to get a “righteous” dog?

    FFS. I don’t understand, with all of Jill’s cred, people coming here to spout off. Or maybe it’s because of the cred that people feel the need to knock her knees out from behind.

  31. prosehack65

    “It’s always something.” Roseanna Roseannadanna.

    Well, at least she didn’t use the “–lina” word.

    Although personally, I probably would have named the pup that!

    But then again, I always was a contrary child.

  32. yttik

    Looks like feminism has gone to the dogs….no wait, that’s not a bad thing.

  33. bertalou

    We are all going to die. In the big picture nothing really matters. Not the big P, not puppy mills, not overpopulation, not drought, not global warming, not fucking healthcare. Now I’m going to go find a blog that is pleasant to read because life is too short. Ciao

  34. Nolabelfits

    I got a 10 week old starving, emaciated pit bull puppy from a kid on the way to the pound so he could dump it off. She was from a backyard breeder initially and is a purebred so I guess I’m in the hole on those two accounts, but then again, she ALMOST made it to a “shelter”, so I sorta rescued a shelter dog and she was starving and unsocialized so I get some points for that right? Nothing is black and white.

  35. orlando

    I’m still bummed no one except JB wants to talk about standpoint theory.

  36. pheenobarbidoll

    Hoo boy!

  37. JB

    Here’s my standpoint, borrowing from some SNL character of yore (before all the “Baby Mama” types at SNL lived out the tokenism that comes with the “be hot” unwritten in 21st century job descriptions) — maybe it was Roseanna Roseannadanna [who said]:

    Never mind.

  38. slythwolf

    The question of whether there are subdivisions in the UK and, if so, what they are called is moot because I’m damn sure they don’t have 105-degree days.

  39. Agasaya


    Nothing wrong with seeking pleasant moments wherever one can find them. However, denying reality (nothing matters and what if it did?) is how the big P functions. Parroting their credo here seems to be in rather poor taste.

    It isn’t the dying that’s the problem. It’s the inequality in the path we travel in that direction which does require our attention. But the path is much shorter if you lack healthcare.

    But have a nice trip and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.


  40. Agasaya


    Okay. Wikipedia (not a great source), cited the following about standpoint theory:

    Standpoint theory supports what Harding calls strong objectivity, or the notion that the perspectives of marginalized and/or oppressed individuals can help to create more objective accounts of the world.

    So, we begin with the unremarkable notion that reality exists despite those (like the ‘P’) who choose to deny the fact of equality for all. It ends with the unremarkable notion that those suffering from such denial might be best qualified to describe it accurately to others.

    Reality is not a social construct nor is the suffering of those trying to escape the consequence of all that denial. Education helps but we’re too busy teaching kids to pass tests instead of skills for critical thinking. It is also hard to get someone to eschew the benefits of believing in their own superiority.

    It comes down to choking the P through the setting of legal precedents. The rest is all PR.

  41. Larkspur

    Jeepers, I wish there was a “preview” function, because I’m pretty sure I don’t have the following link right. But if it isn’t right, anyone can google Tall Poppy Syndrome, which is what I believe sometimes motivates people to spout off (speedbudget: “…I don’t understand, with all of Jill’s cred, people coming here to spout off. Or maybe it’s because of the cred that people feel the need to knock her knees out from behind…”


    Anyway, from the wiki link: “Tall Poppy Syndrome (TPS) is a pejorative term used in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada to describe what is seen as a populist, levelling social attitude. Someone is said to be a target of tall poppy syndrome when his or her assumption of a higher economic, social, or political position is criticised as being presumptuous, attention seeking, or without merit. Alternatively, it is seen as a societal phenomenon in which people of genuine merit are criticised or resented because their talents or achievements elevate them above or distinguish them from their peers….”

    See, it is entirely possible – well, actually inevitable – for something Jill has said, written, or thought about to be without merit, on account of she’s a human being. What I don’t understand is why anyone would choose to deploy a tall poppy offense at the tall poppy’s blog. One can always drop the bomb at one’s own blog and then sidle over to the target’s blog and invite everyone to come over and expostulate. I get this and I wasn’t even properly socialized as a youngster. I mean, it would take at least three generations after me to even think about joining the Junior League, and since I haven’t reproduced, that future will not arrive.

    Meanwhile, this post has elicited some nice dog stories, and that makes me happy.

  42. Larkspur

    Hey, the link thingy seemed to work. Wheee. If anyone is interested, here is where I went for my wonderfully self-indulgent horseback trail riding experience. This is kind of my neighborhood, for 30-some years now, but the views never ever cease to amaze me.


  43. speedbudget

    Larkspur: I used to live at the Presidio. We used to go to Golden Gate Park quite often. Thanks for the memories!

    Nola: It doesn’t count until you go in the shelter. So my first dog, whom I got from a woman in the parking lot of the local SPCA, probably wouldn’t count in Kathryn’s book, either, seeing how the dog only made it inside for the spaying.

  44. Jill

    ““It’s always something.” Roseanna Roseannadanna.

    Well, at least she didn’t use the “–lina” word.

    Although personally, I probably would have named the pup that!”

    I should’ve named her Roseanne Roseannadanna! What was I thinking! I wonder if it’s too late?

  45. Squiggy

    Oh DO! I waited to permanently name my own children until the right name revealed itself. I considered their previous place-holder names as their ‘working title.’ I didn’t get them from the pound but they are bi-racial, if that makes any difference.

  46. Larkspur

    Fran v. Roseanna Roseannadanna: no, not too late. Just start calling her Franna, then slowly introduce Frannanadanna, and then gradually the Rose part will seem natural to her.

  47. pheenobarbidoll

    Did you and Fran soon to be Roseanna Roseannadanna get to cavort happily in the rain Austin got last night? Heard it was a doozy of a storm.

  48. Larkspur

    OMG, Jill! Did it actually rain at El Rancho?

  49. Miss Andrist





    <3 !Fran! <3

  50. JB

    No idea what the writing of others above about ‘standpoint’ theory was intended to convey — one of the problems of blog omments without knowing people in the real world is that the hastily written blurbs are often less than clear. That can go for my own comments (even though in theory my bar would be higher because I write words for hire in the day job). Speed and lack of editing does not generally make for the greatest clarity, my own or anybody else’s.

    To be clear in the 3 minutes available for this comment, I am a radical, old-school, patriarchy-blaming feminist who likes the words of Andrea Dworkin, Mary Daly and Jill on this blog for comic relief.

    I would never waste my time reading so-called post-modernism or de-constructionism or trying to read sentences (and my Goddess, never chapters or books) about anything of that woman-hating ilk unless the words were intended to poke fun and make a joke, in which case, if that was the above intention, well, my bad, didn’t get it.

    I don’t comment on anybody’s blog to engage in dialog by which I would feel compelled to justify my point of view or educate anybody else who can do the same research I’ve done, or not, personal choice — I don’t give a damn who agrees with me or not. And that goes triple for men.

    I do care that woman-born women have space where we can type out words that matter to us and believe that maybe our expressions of freedom will help to free our sisters who have internalized misogyny (I do blame the patriarchy) to beat the band. Period. That’s what blogs are for me. That alone is a gift of blogs with comments.

    It comes back to memory this evening that it was another Gilda Radner character, Emily Latella (phonetic,) on the old SNL who ended her rants with: “Never mind.”

  51. speedbudget

    The Eagles signed Michael Vick yesterday, which gives me a new, fresh reason to hate that team even more.

  52. Agasaya

    JB –

    Apologies as that reply was to Orlando who wanted to talk about standpoint politics. And in no case did it appear that anyone was pro or con on that label for presentation of material. My comment made fun of giving a title (standpoint theory) to the repeated pleas of minorities or abused majorities to ‘listen’ to ‘us’ about simple fairness.

    It takes legal enforcement of law until something becomes second nature because defensiveness and/or animosity appears to be a frequent first response.

    As we often see on blogs as well.

  53. Squiggy

    Reminds me of the old saying, “The truth shall set you free, but first it’ll piss you off.”

  54. Ciccina

    Hmm. I did not get my beautiful, bright white with perfect brown eye patch bull terrier girl from the pound. Instead I got her from the regional bull terrier rescue. On the outside, she’s a stunner. On the inside, she’s got some serious neurological problems and she’s completely deaf in both ears. The deafness isn’t a big issue, but the neurological issues cause some behaviors that, long story short, mean she won’t let anyone other than my partner and I in the house or yard. We can ask friends to watch her when we go away. We can have a dog walker come during the day. We had to make a $400 donation to get her, and a year and half later, she’s cost $3,000 more in vet bills.

    Is she a designer dog, or a pound puppy? She probably originated at a puppy mill, purchased by someone who had no idea what they were getting into. Adopting her did not mean a puppy mill breeder lost income, nor did it mean a dog at the local pound was saved. I didn’t “buy” her, but she was quite expensive.

    But, like Fran, she was a dog that needed a home, and we’ve given her one. Now the little girl that had so many problems is the happiest dog on the planet. She loves her life.

    I despise puppy mills and the online and brick-and-mortar stores that move their product, but I don’t begrudge people who get their dogs from responsible breeders. Different breeds have different characteristics; I happen to love the stubborn, easily bored, diabolically clever beast known as the bull terrier. Some people are crazy about spaniels, or poodles, or great danes, or huskies.

    My point is that the problem of abandoned, homeless, and neglected dogs is not simple and doesn’t lend itself to pithy slogans.

  55. Ciccina

    Argh. “We can ask friends to watch her” should have been “We can’t ask friends to watch her….”

  56. Caukee

    How is it possible that your adopting Fran brings me joy ? The last of our Gang of Three cats died last week at age 21. Of course just writing that makes me start crying, but I also thought it marvelous how reading about Frannie makes me smile – a dog I’ll never meet starting a new life with someone I don’t know, is somehow healing. Ah, heartwarming pet crap.

    Re Fran Rosannadan: All of my cats (and friends’ cats) pick up extra names through the years, in addition to their official names; is this not true for dogs, as well ? Or is it not your custom, Jill ?

    As for where I obtained Nero, Lily, and Archie ? Don’t feed the trolls.

  57. Kristyn

    The SuperPanties article has sidebars that encouraged me to further sully my lobes with articles such as:

    ‘The Mind of Man: Gentlemen Prefer Redheads’


    ‘Hotel Finds Woman Negligent in Her Own Rape.’

    The Patriarchy: Because Reality Just Doesn’t Apply.

  58. Jill

    OMG, Jill! Did it actually rain at El Rancho?

    Yes! We got a half-inch! Pretty meaningless in the grand scheme, but it’s nice to know that rain is still at least theoretically possible.

  59. pheenobarbidoll

    A half-inch is a lot of rain.

  60. Squiggy

    Tonight’s ABC’s ‘Nightline,’ had a segment on the dry, hot Summer Texas is having. The story’s focus was how particularly devastating it is to the lives of horses. Hard to watch. I feel for you Texans, the horses and all the other creatures, plants and trees.

  61. Jill

    A half-inch won’t cut it, is the thing. We need something like a million inches just to break even, we’re so far behind on rainfall.

  62. pheenobarbidoll

    Yeah, I know the problem. A few years back the weatherman delighted in informing everyone that in order to reverse the effects of the 12 year drought we’d had, it would have to rain all weekend every weekend for the next 3 years. And out here, that’s just never going to happen. The wells out west of town that dried up 6 years ago are still dry and those residents have to buy water in town and carry it out to their homes just to bathe.

    This year we’ve managed 10 whole inches, and while that’s record breaking and awesome, it’s still too little too late.

    Hopefully it won’t get that bad for y’all and you won’t have 12 more summers of this. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. Makes people go from a little crazy to crazier than a shithouse rat.

  63. Cathy

    Oh, Fwan (Wosannadanna)! Too much cutosity.

    It takes legal enforcement of law until something becomes second nature because defensiveness and/or animosity appears to be a frequent first response.

    Agasaya, I wish I’d had that phrase in my head long ago when someone (male Republican, natch) told me, “You can’t legislate morality.”

  64. Agasaya

    You can legislate and shape behavior. Kind of like teaching pets to do tricks except one can only hope the principles behind the behavior will hold intrinsic appeal for the vast majority once placed in the forefront of consciousness. For instance, people already have the right to see a doctor but some of us feel it should a primary care physician first instead of the coroner.

    Thought patterns develop as a result of repeated actions (hence we teach children polite forms of speech long before they hold meaning; politicians repeat lies until such phrases are kneejerk responses).

    If we could teach people to think before acting, well, that would require actual education.

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