Category Archives: Serious Things

How Can I Hate You Because You’re Beautiful When You Don’t Exist?

Via feministe, a perfect demostration of why I quit reading most mainsteam magazines several years back: The Art of Retouching. Not only am I bombarded solely with images of women who are considered culturally the most attractive – excluding all the other women in the world – but those images are fake. No wonder my confidence in my looks would… Read more »

Not Sure What To Do With This Tidbit

   June 21, 2005    Comments Off on Not Sure What To Do With This Tidbit

From Totalitarianism Today a while back: A recent study in this month’s Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (Vol. 88, No. 4) suggests that social exclusion reduces people’s ability to self-regulate or defer gratification. The conclusions are interesting in their suggestion of a tight link between ability to self-regulate and rationality. These findings make sense, the researchers say, because regulating… Read more »

Top Ten Lists on America’s Defense Policy: Quite Interesting

   June 13, 2005    Comments Off on Top Ten Lists on America’s Defense Policy: Quite Interesting

Democracy Arsenal is a cool new-ish blog devoted to educating liberals and progressives about national defense issues. I particularly like their use of Top 10 lists as a handy way to present information in small enough chunks for those of us who know nothing about the topic. They do one each week. So here are three of my favorites from… Read more »

But what are we doing about the root CAUSES of Medicaid eligibility?

   June 1, 2005    Comments Off on But what are we doing about the root CAUSES of Medicaid eligibility?

Ben mentioned Medicaid in a post about Wal-Mart, and I had mixed feelings. I do believe that Wal-Mart should be providing affordable health insurance for its workers, but with the number of people in this state and country who are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP but not enrolled… I’m almost grateful that they’re doing outreach! But here’s what I’ve been… Read more »

Plain-Speaking Politicians: Win or Lose?

   May 5, 2005    Comments Off on Plain-Speaking Politicians: Win or Lose?

This article on Montana’s Governor reminded me of something Ben’s Aunt Kathy shared with us when she came to visit last year. Kathy is a judge. Somehow the three of us ended up discussing politics – imagine that! – and the topic turned to Jesse Ventura. Kathy described that governor’s race as having three candidates: a moderate-right guy who was… Read more »

Defending Marriage, Proposed New Government Initiative

   February 8, 2005    Comments Off on Defending Marriage, Proposed New Government Initiative

Maybe everyone else saw this quote back in November 2003, but it just appeared in my inbox today. If the government truly wanted to ‘defend my marriage’ it would hire us a maid and a cook and prevent another massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) from ever working on my husband’s computer. By Kelly Henley, in a letter to the… Read more »

It’s Amazing What Happens When People Are Educated

   October 30, 2004    Comments Off on It’s Amazing What Happens When People Are Educated

Among adult prisoners in Texas, inmates with a 9th grade education have a 14% lower recidivism rate than inmates with a 4th grade education, and the highest impact on recidivism occurs when young illiterate property offenders are taught to read: a 37% reduction in recidivism. Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice Strategic Plan 2005-2009

How Depressing

   September 27, 2004    1 Comment on How Depressing

In a document at work, I’m replacing “so children aren’t lost in a bureaucratic shuffle” with “so children’s needs aren’t lost in a bureaucratic shuffle”… because when you’re writing about the Child Protective Services system in any state, this distinction must be made.

No Comment

   August 20, 2004    4 Comments on No Comment

Church Says Girl’s Communion Not Valid An 8-year-old girl who suffers from a rare digestive disorder and cannot eat wheat has had her first Holy Communion declared invalid because the wafer contained no wheat, violating Roman Catholic doctrine. […] “This is not an issue to be determined at the diocesan or parish level, but has already been decided for the… Read more »