The Robertson/Bush twins

May 19, 2006 by susan

Some caffeinated yammering from Susan
Thanks to Barb for pointing out Rev. Pat Robertsons weather alert about the twin tsunamis divinely destined to hit the west coast this fall. Probably due to all those gays wanting to get married. Did you see that hes also issued a terror alert about Planned Parenthood trying to carry out a genocidal birth control campaign against the black community? (No word yet on Darfur.) And in case you thought the Commie threat was so, like, outr, hes also exposed the "Communist Internationale" and the American Civil Liberties Union's takeover of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. Maybe the NSA has been tapping his conversations with god, and thats where all our lousy "intelligence" is coming from. And all this time we thought it was Curveball.

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Divine retribution

May 18, 2006 by barbara

by barbara miller

Scary God stories.
Wickedness will be punished.
Goodbye, George and Dick.

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Listen up, everyone. That national emblem of intolerance, Pat (Ariel Sharons stroke is divine retribution) Robertson, announced he has it straight from God that there will be major storms and a tsunami in the U.S. this year. For once, Robertson has it right (trending left).

On November 7, twin tsunamis will rage in from east coast and west coast. Heck, maybe from the Gulf of Mexico, too. Trifecta! There will be tremendous snarling and moaning and gnashing of teeth.

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Is this the time for optimism?

May 15, 2006 by barbara

by Barbara Miller

There is a fine line between optimism and eyeball-popping spin. New York Times columnist David Brooks has crossed the line.

Last week, Brooks blathered on about the sunny political landscape. "Look around at all the green shoots of political renewal," he wrote.

The calendar tells us it's May, but I would respectfully submit that it's actually harvest time. And guess what. Republicans are reaping what they have sowed.

What Brooks described in his breathless monologue as "a sense of flexibility and promise" is actually incumbents bending over backward trying to distance themselves from their own broken promises and their indicted colleagues. May their numbers increase, beginning at the top.

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Is anybody listening?

May 12, 2006 by barbara

by Barbara Miller

Remember party lines " where multiple families shared the same phone line? Remember how good we got at sliding a finger under the receiver to hold down the button while we carefully removed the receiver from its cradle? How we tucked the mouthpiece end under our chin so our breathing couldnt be detected? Then we let the button come up verrrry slowwwwly.

Turns out the Bush administration has been giving us the finger for several years. This is not a new thing, but the most recent example has set off a perfect storm of furious and justified indignation.

Our government (i.e., the Government of the United States of America) has been tracking domestic phone calls by collecting records from AT&T, Verizon and Bell South. Those are just the ones we know about. We are told that these three behemoths collectively deal with nearly three-quarters of U.S. telephone transactions.

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A Mothers' Day Gift of Sleep

May 10, 2006 by susan

Published on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 by

by Susan Lenfestey

A recent issue of Newsweek revisited the age-old question of Why Women Can't Sleep. Late one night, after my bath and other sleep-inducing routines failed me again, I leafed through it to see if there was anything I didn't already know. Over the years everything I've read has pretty much concurred that it's our destiny, something as relevant to protecting our young as our vestigial tails are to hanging from the highest limb.

Hormonally, it seems, we are all mothers. So while the men are snoring by the fire after a hard day of the hunt, we women are sleeping with one eye open, gathering the twitching, dreaming children into our soft folds -- even if the children are now 40; even if we never had any.

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