Friends, I went to the doctor today thinking I must have walking pneumonia or at least bronchitis. I’ve been running a fever all weekend, and when I cough, oh my goodness, I feel like my torso is exploding. I’ve felt a rattle in my chest that I could have sworn would be audible to others. (It wasn’t.) Last night I slept 3.5 hours after taking Robitussin, then woke up for 2 hours, then got an hour of sleep, then was up for the day. Lying down seems to bring on the coughing, don’t you know.
So I was in a pretty kw@ppy mood today. And here are a few of the things that have been bugging me:
1) Did anyone here that guy on “Meet the Press” yesterday who said that women’s rights in Iraq were not all that important? I caught the very end of the repeat on MSNBC last night, and I was so shocked I had to look it up on the transcript to verify what I had heard. And here is what he said:
“I think it’s important to remember that in the year 1900, for example, in the United States, it was a democracy then. In 1900, women did not have the right to vote. If Iraqis could develop a democracy that resembled America in the 1900s, I think we’d all be thrilled. I mean, women’s social rights are not critical to the evolution of democracy. We hope they’re there. I think they will be there. But I think we need to put this into perspective.”
“Holy Kw@p,” I exclaimed! “Did I just hear that?” Let’s repeat the key sentence with my emphasis added: “I mean, women’s social rights are not critical to the evolution of democracy.” Aw, man. When I hear stuff like this, I just want to throw something. You know, Birds are descended from Dinosaurs (those creatures who lived before humankind, in case you were wondering), and when angered we can become as ferocious as T-Rex. Unfortunately, I don’t have that guy here to tell him what I think of him. But let me just say that I am reminded of the members of our own Continental Congress who felt that slavery was just too difficult an issue to address at the time. Thanks, you guys, for the legacy of the Civil War.
(Go visit Birmingham Blues to see what Kathy has to say about this.)
2) Just last week I was crowing over at St. Casserole’s about how much I love my weekly lectionary group. This morning the colleague who hosts it every week sent the rest of us an e-mail saying he’s leaving the group. Now, maybe some of the others had advance warning, but I didn’t. And my experience is that when he’s not there, we either don’t meet or don’t have the same quality of discussion. So even if we can figure out a geographically comparable place to have the meeting, it will not be the same. And I’m frankly hurt to get word of this via e-mail, especially considering that he lives TWO BLOCKS AWAY from me, was my in-care advisor, we’ve known each other since 1993, etc. Just a little unhappy about the way the notice was given, considering that I was expecting to turn up at his place for communion and sermon preparation tomorrow morning at 8:30!
3) Oh.my.gosh. Erik Robert Rudolph‘s ex-girlfriend, Claire, is on CNN being interviewed. She apparently hid out in the hills with him, where they discussed the possibility of living on the run, marrying and raising a family (!!!). She said that wouldn’t have worked for her; she’s a suburban girl and wouldn’t like such an isolated life. WTF?!?!! The isolation was the problem? Not, oh, perhaps, the murder and maiming of innocent people?
When asked if she thought Rudolph deserved the death penalty, Claire answered, “No. As a Catholic Christian I’m against the death penalty.” In the words of the Church Lady, “Well, isn’t that convenient?!?!!” What does she think Rudolph administered to the people he killed?
4) Finally, because four complaints are enough for one day, I want to share with you something that came up on one of the dog e-mail lists to which I subscribe. There was a tense exchange between two women about training differences. One had received the impression that the other was promoting punishment-based training as opposed to positive reinforcement. She asked fairly gently for a clarification. The punishment promoter defended her point-of-view, then added this:
“Maybe society would be better if some of the people out there had actually had punishment as kids instead of simply time-outs. I know spankings made me shape up quick! And the way some parents let their children run wild is just appalling.
Flames happily deleted and any real ugly ones will be passed along to (the list owner).”
What do you suppose her intention was if not to throw flames herself? That kind of thing really steams me. Perhaps if we were discussing other people’s children who interact inappropriately with our dogs, I would understand her choice here, even if I didn’t agree with her parenting, um, philosophy. And if it is the case that some people have the “right” to throw Molotov Cocktails into the midst of that e-mail list, declare they don’t care what others think (“flames happily deleted”) and then threaten responders who feel scorched with a report to the police chief, in
this case the List Owner, then perhaps that is not a list in which I care to participate. This also makes me sad, since it was a great resource when Molly was a puppy and needed two orthopedic surgeries.
Really finally, all I have is a cold, a very bad cold, which is apparently going around. It includes a cough as described above, a fever, dizziness and body aches. But it’s just a cold. There are to be no antibiotics for this girl, but there is some heavy-duty cough medicine. So I don’t know about the lion, but the Songbird will sleep tonight.
*This spelling of crap is my own, but the pronouncing of it comes from a summer of listening to #2 Son talk like Homestar Runner. He’s away at his dad’s this week, and I guess I must miss him or something. Also The Princess.