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Happy 4th of July!
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Yet Another Sign of the Times
During raspberry-picking season I look like a cowardly and/or incompetent self-cutter.
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I can think of few better ways to celebrate our nation’s independence from hierarchical hegemony than to kick a hallowed institution. But, first….
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White People Problems – #568 in an unending series
The Warning That Ruins Lives
Don’t you, kinda yeah maybe well sure, want to know things? As in, when a certain variation of A Good Thing to Do has a deleterious or dangerous side effect, and there is a better version of or way to do The Good Thing ®, wouldn’t you want to know about it?
Dateline: A Sunday morning, at the Oregon Zoo’s Cascade Grill. Two Mommy Friends ©, each accompanied by one ambulatory toddler and one infant in a stroller, are chatting outside the entrance doors to the café. One of the women is pregnant. Preggers Woman reaches into her stroller’s storage bag for an aerosol can of sunscreen and begins to spray her toddler’s legs. As the sunscreen mist envelops her child from toes to torso she complains to her friend about how she just read somewhere that pediatricians are advising parents to refrain from using spray sunscreen on their children, because
(a) spray-on sunscreens are not effective as the rub-in lotions, and
(b) children can inhale the sunscreen mist, which is harmful to their lungs.
“And I thought, really?” PW rolls her eyes and snorts with disgust as she snaps the cap back on the spray bottle and tosses it in the stroller bag. “I mean, really – it’s just so frustrating! So now what else can’t I give my kids?!
What else can’t you give your kids?
How about lead paint? Or an overdose of Tylenol, or….?
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And now, let the kicking begin.
The honeymoon is over
Although the relationship was doomed from the start, I’m surprised more friends didn’t intervene and say, “He’s just not that into you.”
I refer to the liberal religiositati’s  high hopes for the latest head of the Catholic church, Pope Francis. He threw them a few bones about caring more about the poor than about divisive social issues and they were practically tripping all over themselves, using their ACLU membership cards to mop up their deferential drool.
It may be true that, as one friend put it, P. Francis is “better than the Nazi,”  but talk about damning with faint praise.
PF has consistently dodged questions about raising the status of women in his church, and last week responded to a journalist’s query about the underlying misogyny in the Catholic church by making a “joke” :
Francis replied: “The fact is that woman was taken from a rib.” PF then laughed “heartily” before saying: “I’m joking. That was a joke.”
That’s one wacky dude! Hard to believe he traded in a promising stand-up comedy career for vows of celibacy and poverty.
Not only is the latest high priestess of Isis RC witch doctor holy chicken bone mumbler pope maintaining his church’s separate and unequal gender wall, he seems prone to reinforcing it, as when he spoke a few weeks back about, the need for “… fertility in maintaining a Christian marriage.”
Frankie baby blamed a “culture of well-being” and comfort for convincing married couples that a carefree life of world travel and summer homes was better than having children. He said married couples should look at how Jesus loves his church to learn how to be faithful, perseverant and fruitful in their vocation.
Pay attention to whatever the man in the dunce cap pointy hat – surely a signifier of supreme intellectual aptitude if there ever was one – tells y’all.
Yo, Catholic married couples. Your Jesus (according to RC doctrine) never married and was childless; therefore; it logically follows that to be faithful to this Jesus and his church you should marry and must have children. If it breeds, it leads! Or…something. 
Why anyone heeds the admonitions of a childless celibate who presumes to lecture other people on the supposed virtues – and strictures – of a breeding marriage…. RCs, get your heads out of those orifices.
Or perhaps Francis the talking mule O’Pope was trying to divert attention from the latest Catholic business as usual scandal. “Our own little Holocaust,” is what an Irish Mirror writer called the discovery of the bodies of ~ 800 toddlers and babies who died of disease and malnutrition in the Irish institutions that housed their unmarried mothers, who were shamed and damned by the cultural stigma against sexually active females and “bastard” babies – a stigma invented, promoted and implemented by the church.
On the really, really dim bright side, will yet another set of these latest revelations finally help to break the RC stranglehold on Irish culture, law and politics?
“After the revelations that Irish priests raped countless little boys and Irish nuns beat and starved countless little girls forced to work in the Magdalene laundries, we can’t take any more. The children in the homes were even used as guinea pigs for pharmaceutical companies to test vaccines. .. Never again should the Catholic Church dare to point the finger at any young woman contemplating abortion, or lecture on the sanctity of human life.”
The Week (6-20-2014)
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That was fun, wasn’t it?
And now for something completely different.
So Glad I’ve Lived to Experience This Breakthrough For Humankind
Last week I had my annual mammogram. . Tuality Hospital’s Breast Health Services center is quite proud to be up on the latest technology for diagnostic screening, and instead of the usual titty in the wringer mammogram they offered me Tomosynthesis.
Tomosynthesis is better known as 3D mammography – you know, where it seems like the breasts just come flying off the screen at you. The mammography technologist looked at me blankly when I asked her if I could wear the special glasses.
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Where liberty dwells, there is my country.
~ Benjamin Franklin ~
Happy Independence Day!
Let us all proudly wave our American flags and light our fireworks (both made in China) and then stare at our computer screens, comparing Facebook pictures of other people’s celebrations.
And may the red white and blue hijinks ensue.
Thanks for stopping by. Au Vendredi!
 John Philip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever.
 No footnote here. Move along folks; there’s nothing to see.
 Insert your favorite/paranoid grumblings about the wisdom and costs of routine medical testing.