Wednesday, December 21, 2005 

Happy Winter Solstice!

Happy Winter Solstice everyone! From here it's on to more daylight. Yea!


I started off celebrating the day with a long shower where I sudsed up with a bar of Badger Ginger and Lemongrass Soap. Natural soaps are one of those small luxuries that can totally transport me to a warm happy space. If you've never treated yourself to a bar of all-natural, organic soap, I highly recommend that you try it sometime soon. The soap has a nicer feel and the scent of natural ingredients like ginger, lemongrass, lavender, bergamot, and patchouli is so much nicer than that perfumed stuff that you can get at any grocery or department store.


Badger is one of my favorite brands of all things soapy and lotiony. It all started with Badger Balm Sore Muscle Rub. I loved the tin (I have a thing for tins) that it came in with it's little badger holding up a jar of golden balm, so Hedgehog bought a tin of it for me along with some massage oil. I've been hooked ever since. How could I not love a company that would write this about their soaps?

Our soap uses significant amounts of organic, natural, and wild crafted botanical ingredients. No animal fats. No GMOs. No fillers. No chemical surfactants, synthetics, or other creepy stuff that you definitely don't want on your skin. Organic means (to me) grown in healthy soil without the use of chemical fertilizers or chemical pesticides. It implies the use of ecological farming methods, including the creation of healthy soil with natural compost,and the use of traditional practices like crop rotation and cover crops. In some cases, it takes advantage of planting according to moon cycles and the use of subtle soil amendments like biodynamic soil inoculants.
So that's how I started the day. After work I'm continuing the self-pampering with a hair cut -another one of those things that can instantly put me in a better mood. And then Hedgehog and I will spend the evening decorating our ficus tree and exchanging gifts.

I hope you all have a great Winter Solstice.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2005 

Quote Of The Day

Today's quote comes from John Stewart of The Daily Show.


If Bill O'Reilly needs to have an enemy, needs to feel persecuted, you know what? Here's my Kwanzaa gift to him. Are you ready? All right. I'm your enemy. Make me your enemy. I, Jon Stewart, hate Christmas, Christians, Jews, morality, and I will not rest until every year families gather to spend December 25th together at Osama's homo-abortion-pot-and-commie-jizzporium.



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Friday, December 16, 2005 

Christmas = One Angry Piig

This all out Christmas Assault on America by rabid Christians is aggravating me to no end and driving me past mad. Seriously. Everywhere I turn there are crazy Christians screeching about the hijacking of Christmas by sinister secular forces. The latest example being the resolution passed yesterday by Congress applauding "the symbols and traditions of Christmas ." Okay you little crazy fundies, I hate to tell you this (well, actually I don't hate it), but this country was not founded as a Christian country as so many of you would have us believe. I submit to you this History News Network interview with Yale historian Jon Butler. Butler contends that religion played very little role in the American Revolution and the drafting of the United States Constitution. That our founders had a considerably abstract concept of God. They knew that the marriage of politics and religion was dangerous and coercive. We have only to look at the sorry state of this country now to see that wedding religion and politics is a bad idea.

Don't you guys get it that forcing your religion upon people causes nothing but resentment? Did you learn nothing from the Crusades and the Inquisition? I wouldn't have such a knee-jerk negative reaction to Christianity and all the trappings of Christmas like nativity scenes if you zealots weren't forcing them into public spaces with no regard for the religious beliefs of others. Where along the way did you guys lose your common courtesy and respect? You've established a pattern of bullying that would make the Crusaders and the Inquisitors proud. Why can't there be equal support for expressions of other faiths? How am I supposed to support your public celebration of Christmas when you refuse to support my celebration of Winter Solstice and Yule? How are practitioners of Hinduism supposed to support you when Christian leaders like Pat Robertson state that Hindus "are looking for the wrong god" and Hinduism is a "false religion?" I could go on and on with examples of Christian arrogance. When are you people going to grow up? This country is not a monolithic Christian theocracy. Stop your whining, get over it, and learn to share the religious landscape.


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Thursday, December 15, 2005 

Silly Ford, The AFA Is For Morons



Ford Will Again Advertise In Gay Publications




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Wednesday, December 07, 2005 

No Brainer (If You Aren't Invested In Patriarchy)

So, I was enjoying my breakfast this morning while reading the local newspaper's website. According to one of the articles, there's a growing concern and debate over whether to detain child sex offenders beyond their jail sentences - most often to a mental health facility. I see no point in committing these assholes to an institution when study after study shows no real reduction in recidivism after therapy. What to do with them then? I opt for surgical castration.

When surgical castration is mentioned, inevitably hysterical cries of "cruel and unusual" can be heard from all corners. Frankly, I'm tired of it. What I find cruel and unusual is letting a child rapist back on the streets to rape again. The average child rapist will violate 117 children in his lifetime.* One hundred and seventeen! Where is our responsibility for our children? How does a man losing the source of his testosterone and erections compare to saving over a hundred children from the life-scarring act of rape and/or molestation? It can't. Surgical castration is a minor procedure along the lines of removing wisdom teeth. A little soreness and that's it. And the almighty penis is still intact afterward (I find that many people think a man's penis is removed during castration). It's nothing compared to being raped.

And yet we never hear mainstream feminist organizations like NOW and the Feminist Majority Foundation even mention the possibility of castration as a tool against child rape. Children are, after all, a feminist issue. When are mainstream feminists going to step up to the plate to protect children? When are they going to risk male approval for the benefit of thousands upon thousands of children?

*Source: National Institute of Mental Health

Monday, December 05, 2005 

Training Days


I spent this weekend helping Julie train for the Feline Olympics. Her sport is Tethered Squirrel Chasing. If you're unfamiliar with the sport, it basically entails a cat being tethered to a leash and then chasing unsuspecting squirrels gathering acorns. Points are given for style, agility, speed, grace, and actually catching a squirrel (although the latter is a rare feat indeed). As you can clearly see, Julie has her form down in aces. I am a very proud coach.

We practiced for hours in our front yard which has an abundance of acorns and squirrels. Julie especially loves training days as they involve lots of fresh drinking water and Feline Greenies - the energy snack of champions.

Wish Julie luck as she trains these next few weeks. We're going for the gold!

Friday, December 02, 2005 

Give A Hoot


I'm going to use today's entry to rant about one of my biggest pet peeves - people throwing cigarette butts on the ground. What are you people thinking?! People who would never consider littering find it perfectly acceptable to flick a cigarette butt onto the sidewalk or out their car window. I don't get it. Is it a momentary brain lapse? Do you not know that cigarette butts are the world's number one source of litter? That's right, 2.1 billion pounds of cigarette butts were discarded worldwide in 1998.

Cigarette butts are made not from cotton, but from acetate, a form of plastic. A petrochemical! How do you think that affects the environment, people, and animals? Well, let me tell you.

It takes an average of 13 years for a cigarette butt to degrade. 13 years in which they are out there to be ingested by children, birds, fish, whales, sea turtles, and dozens of other marine animals. Cigarette butts have been found in the stomachs of dozens of creatures. It only takes 1 to 3 butts to make a toddler seriously ill. Can you imagine the affect it would have on smaller animals like birds? Death is among one of the answers. They are a toxic threat to all living organisms!

If that doesn't get you, then let's talk about the economic impact of discarded cigarette butts. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent annually to clean up cigarette litter. Millions of dollars are lost annually to fires started by casually discarded cigarette butts. Virginia Commonwealth University experienced it's largest fire ever last year when still smoldering cigarette butts, along with other trash, were tossed down a trash chute. Twenty-six buildings were lost costing the university over 20 million dollars - 20 million dollars in taxes paid by the citizens of Virginia. That doesn't even include the cost of extinguishing the fire (200 fire fighters were on the scene).

As you can see, there are lots of reasons for people to rethink their smoking habits. I've had friends who were conscientious about extinguishing their butts and discarding them in appropriate receptacles. It becomes second nature after a while. Companies even make pocket ashtrays now which are a perfect way to be responsible when throwing away butts. Just pop 'em in the ashtray, and then dump it in a trash can later after the butts have had time to fully extinguish. If you are a smoker, or have a friend who is - consider buying a pocket ashtray for the holidays. It's the kind of gift that keeps on giving for years to come.

Thursday, December 01, 2005 

Another Reason To Go Vegetarian

3 Species Of Fruit Bat Found To Harbor Deadly Ebola Virus

Tests by scientists in Gabon and Congo detect traces of the pathogen. Human infection may have occurred through eating the animals.

 

I Drifted Off Into Dreams Of Such And Such....

The other night I dreamed that Ani DiFranco had opened an amusement park, and hedgeHog had bought us a few ticket books that were good for both the park and merchandise from the RBR website.

What the fuck???

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