September 1st, 2008

Willow

Crime: Choosing one's own husband?

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,24273264-401,00.html
A POLITICIAN in Pakistan has defended a decision by south-western tribesmen to bury five women alive because they wanted to choose their own husbands, telling stunned MPs to spare him their outrage.

"These are centuries-old traditions and I will continue to defend them," Israr Ullah Zehri, who represents Baluchistan, said yesterday.

"Only those who indulge in immoral acts should be afraid."

The women, three of them teenagers, were first shot and then thrown into a ditch.

They were still breathing as their bodies were covered with mud, according to media reports, which said their "crime" was wishing to marry men of their own choosing.


I'm sure we can all imagine what commentary I could write here about the above.

Instead I shall be thankful for the women's liberation movement, for feminism and for living in a country that embraces equality for all and works everyday towards that goal.
Willow

US Election

Just doing a bit of reading on Sarah Palin. SMH have a bit of a summary on her and how she got the job.
http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/secret-womens-business-gunning-for-obama/2008/09/01/1220121053338.html?page=2
Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, will ask his former rival Hillary Clinton to step up her campaign appearances to shore up his support among women in blue-collar rural areas, where Senator McCain hopes to gain thanks for his pick of a self-described anti-abortion feminist.

Governor Palin, 44, certainly has a compelling life story. A former high school basketball star and beauty queen, she broke into public life on the Parent Teachers Association in the small town of Wasilla and subsequently became a local councillor and then mayor.

She unseated the Republican incumbent to become governor less than two years ago. And if the Republicans win the general election in November, she will be just the proverbial heartbeat away from replacing Senator McCain, a 72-year-old cancer survivor.

She is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association who was first taken moose hunting as a girl. She also supports the teaching of creationism alongside evolution in schools.

Both Republican and Democratic Party officials believe that the next few days will be crucial in determining whether Senator McCain’s pick will be seen as a masterstroke that transformed his prospects or a dangerous gamble that backfired.


All I can think right now is ... gee things just got really interesting. After such a prolonged campaign period that started what? More than a year ago now? I thought this was just going to draw out to a yawn by November. But now I think things just got really really interesting.

We have the Democrats making history by choosing the first black man to run for the US President. That's cool. It's more than cool. It's fricking awesome. Cept ... suddenly all the women went away. Is it just me? Or did the Democratic run just get wayyyyy male all of a sudden? Yes, yes there is Michelle Obama but that American thing where the wife and children go front and centre kind of freaks me out. Especially when they are there to show the family image and not really anything else - see Hillary Clinton as First Woman and how that went down. And now they are going to have HRC wander round as not really anybody other than the person Obama didn't choose for VP to somehow keep the female vote? It's insulting that they think there is such a thing - that women don't vote for policy but for gender but if that is true, that they would somehow vote for someone who *didn't* pick a woman?

Senator Obama’s chief strategist, David Axelrod, said that Senator McCain had made a cynical tactical selection rather than choosing someone whose credentials he knew first hand.

He confirmed that the campaign is in talks with Senator Clinton about the frequency of her campaign events. "We want her to do as much as she is willing to do. She’s a great spokesperson for us and for change."


*cough* Not THAT much change though ... *cough*

But really ... I am letting the HRC for President or VP go. It's not constructive at this time. That said, Palin does look like an interesting choice, if nothing else. She will either take McCain to the White House or be the reason he doesn't go. That's gonna make this election riveting right to the very end now. And I'm excited!!!

Willow

OMG!

I have email coming out of my ears right now!!

Can. Not. Get. Ahead.

Also? Why do I have so many email accounts? I have like 8 or 9 fricking active ones!

There

Is

Not

Enough

Coffee

In

The

World



Willow

on the other hand

lots of shiny coming into many of my email inboxes, complete with 100% squee, new and improved recipe.

And donations still rolling in for the Paul Haines fund.
Willow

Little Brother

I snaffled the ASif review copy of Cory Doctorow's Little Brother a couple of weeks ago and hopped into a lovely hot bath to read it. And ... whilst it's really quite excellent - well-written, engaging and a gripping plot - I'm having trouble reading it. You see ... it's kind of near futuristic science fiction and yes, whilst I might be a huge fan of this subgenre and actually publish this stuff ... it's not bedtime reading at all. Several nights last week I've thought "ooh I'm going to go to bed early and read the Doctorow" but when I get there and I'm all warm and comfy and propped up with my pillows, it's not really the subject matter that I want to leave in the front of my mind as I wind down and try to go to sleep.

Which is how it should be. This book isn't for fun reading - it's horror at its most horrifying - sickeningly plausible and realistic for the current era - and challenging in terms of the current political atmosphere. I'm loving it. It's just not bedtime reading which is when I do most of my fun reading.

So I relegated it to the bathroom for bathtime reading. And that made me wonder how y'all read. Do you pick up one book and read it till it's done, completely absorbed in the world till it's over (one of my favourite ways to read and I know it's a good book when it demands I read it that way). Or do you read several books at once and have different books in different places, locations and times of your day/life?
Willow

It feels like magic

Well, I blogged that there was magic in the air around September and I'm still jazzed about it.

Today, I ate a banana.

What's the biggie? Why bother blogging that piece of minutia?

Well ...

Today, I ate a banana for the first time in 9 years without getting a tummy ache.

Since the onset of my Crohn's Disease, among a bunch of things, I have not been able to eat bananas. And I used to love them - they are so convenient as a fruit, especially when you don't happen to like most fruit. They are self contained. They are high in potassium - which is something you lack when you have a disease like Crohn's. And they become lovely things like banana cake, banana bread and banana muffins. All delicious things I have had to give up due the pain and unwellness.

And now? Today for some reason ... bananas and me are back down on the up and up!

There's magic in the air. I can feel it! (Or my disease is very under control right now which still points back to magic in the air!)