Monthly Archives: May 2008

Young Hillary Clinton

Maybe every sperm is sacred, after all?

Or is it every sperm bearer is sacred?

Vatican: Excommunication for female priests

The Vatican insisted Friday that it is properly following Christian tradition by excluding females from the priesthood as it issued a new warning that women taking part in ordinations will be excommunicated.

The move dashed the hopes both of women seeking to be priests and of Catholics who see that as an option for a church struggling to recruit men.

A top Vatican official said the church acted after what it described as “so-called ordinations” held in various parts of the world.

The church has always banned the ordination of women by stating that the priesthood is reserved for males. The new decree is explicit in its reference to women.

“The church does not feel authorized to change the will of its founder Jesus Christ,” Amato said in an interview prepared for Vatican Radio that was released to reporters. The reference is to Christ’s having chosen only men as his Apostles.

For those of you keeping count at home –

How does that add up?

No inhibitions

Emma sorta dove into our strawberry collection this afternoon. Picking strawberries in the fields by my parents’ place is rapidly becoming a summer tradition. There’s nothing like a sun-warmed, melt-in-your-mouth berry, fresh from the field!

After eating your fill of these strawberries, it makes the scrawny, ripened-in-the-carton berries back home hard to stomach.

Down home

In the Shenandoah Mountains of Virginia, that is.

There’s a different feeling that comes over this grrrl when she crosses over the 49th parallel to her homeland.

Since I only get “home” once or twice a year, I try to take advantage of it as much as possible — going to my favorite restaurants, haunts, stores, and enjoying the fact that my accent is not out of place and I can say “yessir” and “yes ma’am” without getting the odd look.

So far on the agenda is playing outside in the country, going strawberry picking, and leaving the babe with grandma and grandpa (“Diva” and “Poppa”) so I can see Indy and Sex and the City.

Next week we are off to see Auntie and Uncles in the Big City, NYC. There’s a whole other agenda set for that trip, but we’ll talk more about that later.

Look at the cute little heathen!


Write me

Don’t look now, gentle reader, but this grrrl has dusted off her graduate work and is planning on finishing up her thesis this summer. On Monday I’m handing in the draft of my final analysis chapter, and hope to have it all ready for submission (as in all 6 chapters) by August. I’ll defend in early Fall.

It’s actually quite nice to be getting back into the academic writing mode. For this particular chapter, I’ve delved into Kenneth Burke again — only, this time I think I may actually *KNOW* what I’m talking about. For anyone who’s ever encountered Burke before, you know what a feat this is.

Meanwhile, I think I may have stumbled upon my next conference paper — one that has nothing to do with Revolve, but may be even more fun to write about.

I’ve blogged before about Conservapedia in the past, but there was a bit about it on The Hour this week –

Of course, watching this clip got me riled up all over again. There’s always a debate in my classes on whether or not Wikipedia is a valid source to consult when writing papers — the emergence of Conservapedia ramps up that debate up a few thousand notches.

Turns out Conservapedia’s “article of the year” is the one on Atheism. If you’re looking for a few good laughs, or to raise your blood pressure (or both, in my case), check out the entry. Another fun one to read is the Atheism and Debate article, where it’s claimed that “Creation Scientists Tend to Win the Creation-Evolution Debates.” Hil-arious stuff.

I’m thinking my next conference paper will be some type of comparison between a Wikipedia and a Conservapedia entry — looking at both of their submissions on atheism would be a good place to start, methinks.

Now to stop distracting myself on future projects, and finish the one at hand! Who needs sleep?!

Vile woman

Here’s why I will not vote in November, if Clinton somehow steals the nomination away from Obama.

Today, in responding to the question of whether or not her continual gong show campaign is hurting the Democratic Party’s chances in November:

“I don’t. Because again, I’ve been around long enough. You know, my husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in **June** in California. You know, I just don’t understand it. You know, there’s lots of speculation about why it is. “

Thing is, this is NOT the first time she’s inferred to assassinations and her opponent. No wonder she’s secured the white-hick voting demographic. (incidentally, it’s the 40th anniversary of the Bobby Kennedy assassination next month — impeccable timing, Hill, bringing this event up after Teddy’s been diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this week)

Olbermann says it much more elegantly:

She actually said those words.

**Those** words, Senator?

You actually invoked the nightmare of political assassination.

You actually invoked the spectre of an inspirational leader, at the seeming moment of triumph, for himself and a battered nation yearning to breathe free, silenced forever.

You actually used the word “assassination” in the middle of a campaign with a loud undertone of racial hatred — and **gender** hatred — and **political** hatred.

You actually used the word “assassination” in a time when there is a fear, unspoken but vivid and terrible, that our again-troubled land and fractured political landscape might target a black man running for president.

Or a white man.

Or a white woman!

[...] We cannot forgive you this — not because it is crass and low and unfeeling and brutal.

**This** is **un**-forgivable, because this nation’s deepest shame, its most enduring horror, its most terrifying legacy, is political assassination.

Malcolm X
Martin Luther King.
**Robert** Kennedy.

And, but for the grace of the universe or the luck of the draw, Reagan, Ford, Truman, Nixon, Andrew Jackson, both Roosevelts, even George Wallace.

The politics of this nation is steeped enough in blood, Senator Clinton, you cannot and must not invoke that imagery! Anywhere! At any time!

And to not appreciate, immediately — to **still** not appreciate tonight — just **what** you have done… is to reveal an incomprehension of the America you seek to lead.

This, Senator, is too much.

Because a senator — a politician — a **person** — who can let hang in mid-air the prospect that she might just be sticking around in part, just in case the other guy gets shot — has no business being, and no capacity **to** be, the President of the United States.

What he said.