"I live in the hills east Tennessee. You don't come in my backyard, sneak up on me. I know every nook and every cranny, I know the creeks, you ain't gon' sneak up on me in the woods, my hometown. You're not goin'a jungle to Vietnam, sneak up on a VC. He knows where you're at. He knows where you're at 'fore you ever leave base camp." -- former US Army sargeant Gerald Thompson, interviewed in "American Experience: Two Days in October" [thanks to realinterrobang for transcribing this and to fidhle for suggesting I watch it]
"Media coverage of Iran-Contra was pretty intense, right up to the moment when everyone realized that Reagan was responsible and could be facing impeachment. Two Republican presidents in a row leaving office in disgrace?!?!?! And especially 'Morning in America" St. Ronnie?!?!?! Not gonna happen. Media dialed it back, and then CIA director Casey copped to running the entire thing, only to expire 6 hours later from a hitherto undetected case of brain cancer. From there on out, the media made an unconscious decision that Democrats really needed to be put in the same place as Nixon and Reagan. Hence the never-ending in-depth coverage of anything and everything Republicans tried to make a scandal of: White House travel office, Rose Law firm, Whitewater, Vince Foster, Lincoln Bedroom.
"This extended to 2000 when Al Gore was called a liar for telling the truth, and Bush's obvious lies were spackled over as just the kind of things a guy you'd like to have a beer with might say. And it continues to this day. It has created this astounding double standard in American politics under which Republican politicians can commit actual crimes and suffer no consequences, while Democrats are hounded from office for even imaginary minor offenses."
"The Holocaust was legal. Slavery was legal. Segregation was legal. The brave woman who cared for and hid my 6 year-old aunt in an attic in Budapest was a criminal. She broke the law by sheltering Juden. Legality is not a guide for morality." -- Mister Bumface (@misterbumface), 2018-06-19 [thanks to @Redshift42 for retweeting this.]
[I'm not sure what went wrong yesterday. This morning's quotation was supposed to be yesterday's, and this was supposed to be this morning's quote...]
"Speedy is an asshole, true, but assholes are incredibly useful and having one improves the overall quality of your life." -- Hope Blackwell, narrator of Greek Key - A Hope Blackwell novel, by K.B. Spangler (2015, A Girl and Her Fed Books)
Some things are especially well suited to Twitter, despite being longer than 240 characters or whatever the curent limit is. For example, this thread from @A_single_bear, 2018-07-30:
I fell over again. I am a bear.
I was able to get back up.
I fell again. I am not going to get back up this time. I will continue letting my entire bear self be spread across the forest floor. I refuse to get up. Not ever. I am a bear.
Please do not ask me to get back up after this fall. I am staying where I am. I will make this dirt my home.
I do not care if the sky continues to hurl water at my nose. I will stay right where I am. I am a bear.
There is substantial evidence and history that rationalizes my not getting up. I am almost guaranteed to fall over again. It is unpleasant. No, getting up is not for me. I will continue being here among the worms and tiny puddles. Do not ask me to get back up please. I am a bear.
Okay, I would like to get back up now.
I will get back up but everyone in the forest has to promise me they will try to help me not fall, especially small sticks that are difficult to see on the ground and hills. Please promise me this, sticks and hills.
I did not get a response from any stick or rock but I will still get back up. I think I deserve to be up and moving around and not stuck in tiny puddles. I am a bear.
I almost fell. I did not fall. I am going to my cave for a nap. I am very tired. I am a bear.
-- A bear (@A_single_bear)
"But it's been over a year and a half now, and you can't keep cycling through the stages of grief. It's time to reach the 'Acceptance' stage, and that means it's time to realize you're the ones that you've been waiting for."
"Richard Nixon is a no good, lying bastard. He can lie out of both sides of his mouth at the same time, and if he ever caught himself telling the truth, he'd lie just to keep his hand in." -- Harry S. Truman, in Plain Speaking : An Oral Biography of Harry S Truman (1974) by Merle Miller, p. 179 [via Wikiquote]
1974-08-08: Nixon announces that he will resign the next day. (I guess he told the truth that time.)
"I was thinking about Independence Day and reflecting that although I love the ideals that my country claims to believe in, when I look around the United States of America, I rarely find those ideals here today. I find them most reliably in Starfleet, which is part of why I'm such a rabid Trekkie." -- corylea, 2018-07-04
"no trans woman has ever invalidated my existence as a lesbian or invalidated my relationship with my girlfriend. only terfs have done this. terfs don't care about protecting women & they don't care about lesbians. keep them out of our spaces #SistersNotCisters" -- @_unpeachy, 2018-07-07
"[W]e're rapidly getting to the point where the government can easily control people simply by revoking their access to money. We still use cash, but eventually probably we won't, and once we get to that point I guarantee you some bright spark will propose "hey, when people break the law, or don't show up to parole hearings, or fail to answer summons, or whatever, why not just turn all their shit off? That'll FORCE them to come and surrender themselves, they literally won't be able to buy a crust of bread! Hell, we can automate the whole thing." -- Murc, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments [thanks to realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]
"based on a conversation with my mom i really want to start a band called You Are Not My Child" -- Magdalene Visaggio (@MagsVisaggs), 2018-07-31
Kindness isn't just something someone is: it is a skill.
"And kindness and unkindness are exactly the same skill: the skill of accurately anticipating how different ways of treating someone will affect them emotionally.
"The difference is the use to which it is put."
"My concept of heaven and hell is that in the moment of death you realize your life was full and good--that is heaven. And if you think, 'Oh, I should have done this or that,' I think that's hell." -- Inge Ginsberg, of Ginsberg And The Tritone Kings, quoted in "96-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Fronts a Death Metal Band", 2018-07-26
I'm so tired of the *system failure* framing & language that is applied to every single OPPRESSIVE institution in this country. ICE is not a *system failure.* It's an institution that was created to do EXACTLY what it's currently doing. CRITICS OF ICE existed before its creation. People have to STOP acting like the architects of these policies 'just didn't know better' or 'couldn't predict the consequences' of their actions and decisions. At every stage in history, there are critics warning that this shit is bad. People don't listen & we get what we have." -- #Prisonculture (@prisonculture), 2018-07-16
[In case anyone is honestly still confused about why Black Lives Matter is a thing (if anybody ever honestly was) ...]
"This morning I saw the video of the arrest of John Lee Cowelli [who had wantonly attacked two Black girls and killed one, a couple days earlier]. Police don't draw their guns. They don't slam him to the concrete and put their knees into his back while putting on his handcuffs. They don't Taser him. They don't choke him.
"You'd think they were arresting a man for writing a bad check or stealing a shirt from a department store.
"And so often after we see a horrible incident of police brutality against Black folk, we talk about how American police need more training and better training. I've said that myself, but police show us over and over and over again -- with white men who are considered armed and dangerous -- who've just brutally murdered people -- that they are fully willing and able to remain calm, and cool, and collected, and methodical -- whenever they feel like it.
"All these years we thought they needed to be trained on how to make a peaceful arrest -- and it turns out they're great at it -- even with the most vicious and violent murderers -- if they're white.
"We're not saying that the police should've beaten or choked or shot or maimed or Tasered this man, we're saying that we want unarmed, non-violent Black folk to get the same treatment American police are so willing able to give dangerous white murderers."
"I wish I were a girl again, half-savage and hardy, and free." -- Emily BrontÃë (b. 1818-07-30, d. 1848-12-19) , Wuthering Heights (1847, Thomas Cautley Newby, London)[via Goodreads]
"To have a traitor for an ally is to have an enemy-in-waiting." -- Phèdre nó Delaunay, narrator/protagonist of Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey (2011, Tom Doherty Associates)
"I swear, I'm too involved in conspiracies these days. Sometimes I can't see the forest for those bright red dots from the sniper rifles." -- Hope Blackwell, narrator/protagonist of Greek Key - A Hope Blackwell novel, by K.B. Spangler (2015, A Girl and Her Fed Books)
(I started writing this days ago, but everything in my life is happening in fits and starts, and this got buried when it got interrupted.)
Progress, in stages ... The medical exminer hasn't called to release my brother's body yet. Need to discuss memorial gathering options with my other brother and my sister-in-law. The reality -- and thus the grief -- sinks in a little bit at a time, day by day. The room Mark died in has been sanitized, and I'm really glad -- especially after watching how it was done -- that I didn't try to do that part myself.
Carol Schaubhut and her crew from Steri-Clean made things as pleasant as possible short of bringing Mark back to life. I hope I never have to deal with something like this again, but if I ever do, that's who I'd want to call. Kind, thorough, and willing to explain stuff. Very easy to work with. Definitely deserving of a bit of public appreciation from a satisfied customer.
They didn't have to cut out a chunk of the floor after all. *whew* I was prepared for that, but got lucky.
I still have 95% of a mattress and box spring to get rid of -- I'll be pinging the folks who offered help with that as I manage to get myself organized. (The contaminated bits have been cut out and hauled away in red bags.) That needs to be done but isn't as urgent as some other things, so I'll probably put it off til after Pennsic.
So ... progress, in bits and pieces.
I'm old. I just tried to wade through a long and complicated stylesheet (CSS) and thought: gee, this would be so much easier to read on fanfold, tractor-feed printout with coloured paperclips at the spots I keep wanting to flip back to, than it is on-screen and scrolling.
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