more ire…

last night i was listening to mpr and they had on the president of the southern baptist whatever…dude was skeery!

1)truly feels all teachers should be trained and armed to kill (which you know brings up, in my mind anyways, uhhhh…what about their rights?)  now to teach kids they must not only pass muster academically and technically, they are also going to be required to be down with killing people?  not to mention that we expect them to babysit, be moral guiders, make sure kids are eating properly, etc. etc. yada yada…now we should expect them to KILL?  not to mention the idiocy of having GUNS in classrooms side by side with CHILDREN…sigh…

2)he believes that jesus would also be down with arming everyone to the teeth and being ready willing and able to shoot someone down in the name of LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF…yes, folks, you heard it here first!  what a bunch of dumbasses we’ve been to have been thinking that jesus meant be nice to people!  he clearly meant, hey, if your neighbor feels threatened, whip out your heat and blast away!  it’s the neighborly thing to do…and we all have the obligation to kill for our neighbors*…yes, i’ve seen this willingness to perform a most heinous of acts for our neighbors time and time again when reading about neighbors who take each other to court over barking dogs, an encroaching tree limb, an ugly fence, a disputed property line…yes, americans are noted for being the most reasonable and generous neighbors in the world!

*as long as our neighbors are NOT a blastocyst…

a short break from christmas cheer…

unadulterated balderdash from mona charen over at nro…is there really nothing that is beyond her?

well, this prompted some discussion on chivalry, which led to this comment:

Also, and, let’s not forget that “chivalry” was a code for the noble-of-birth only.–iteach

and that caused me to respond with this:

that was running through my mind the entire time i read-then-vomited mona’s latest opus…what’s the most vivid example of chivalry you can think of?

yes, sir walter raleigh laying down his cape so the queen wouldn’t muddy her shoes…i imagine this was copied by other young men of the time and thereafter as a swoon worthy act…

being a young woman whose sex education came from romance novels…some real bodice rippers no less, i had a more than skewed view of romance and interaction between the sexes.  after all, in our household, the boys took out the garbage, the girls did housework and took care of the children and the men…and my mom was and still is under the delusion that strong women are abominable and should be mocked always.

anyhoo, after a less than stellar early romantic career, hubbkf and i started dating…you all know that i am rather mouthy, opinionated and whatnot, but dammit, i’m still a girl and want boys to do nice things for me!!!  while hubbkf is a genuinely good and nice person, romance and chivalry are not first nature.  the first valentine’s day gift he gave me after we were officially a couple was a handmixer…that he had a raincheck for…that he ran downtown and purchased after he saw that i had gotten him a gift…he also was good at pointing out that real life and love is NOT LIKE THE MOVIES OR THOSE GODAWFUL ROMANCE NOVELS and if that’s what i was expecting, well, buh-bye…if my big mouth gets me into trouble, he’s not fighting some dude…i better extricate myself…or better yet, how bout not getting into fights in the first place?

which kind of brings me to the premise of this rant:  instead of celebrating walter raleigh and his stupid cape and a misguided notion that men need to always help the ladies, let’s think about what happens afterwards…was walter going to clean his own cape?  uh, no.  was the queen going to clean his cape?  or was walter going to throw that cape away and just buy a new one?  doubtful…here’s a thought:  was some poor female peasant going to clean his cape…ayup!  and why?  so walter could prove his manhood in a totes paternalistic way?  yay!  i bet whoever had to clean the cape would have been all swoony and giddy after hearing about such gentlemanly manners…especially while she was scubbing the elizabethan effluvia other than mud out of said cape with hands that were likely raw from soap, water and scrubbing…and the few pence she got for her labors?  yeah, whatever…

i guess what i’m trying to say and that cerb hit on pretty well was that if men and women are in a loving relationship, you DO things for the other person no matter what your gender and what you were taught is normal, or correct or in vogue…if you love somebody, you want to support, protect, whatever…but, you also have to recognize when they need to do something for themselves…

and it’s not just in relationships…yeah, you hold the door open for PEOPLE…you don’t leave your shit laying around for somebody else to clean up…if you have an overflowing grocery cart and somebody comes in line behind you carrying only one item, you let them go ahead of you…

as the women of sandy hook showed us, chivalry as we learned it is dead…and they gave their lives to protect those kids and from all accounts, it sounds like it was just instinctual…i don’t know if it was because they were children, but teachers are human and you know there were kids that frustrated them, were difficult or frustrating and on some days, they didn’t even want to look at them.  but when the shit hit the fan, those women just acted…and that mona can’t even spare a few of her tortured phrases to honor them and have the temerity to chide the rest of us to ‘let the men take care of us…quit being such manly bitches’ it makes me angry…

it’s not that chivalry is dead…and i hope it is…that we need to lament…what we need to practice (and internet comment boards are the worst offenders) is to just try to fucking be nicer to each other…common courtesy…give it a try mona…hold a door open for a man! you won’t grow testicles and ear hair…

back to your previously scheduled rivalry…and yes, i said that with a soft ‘sh’…

it’s beginning to look a lot like x-mas…

here’s this year’s tree…

even better than last years...

even better than last years…

for no odd reason that pic looks instagram-ed…not sure what hubbkf did to it, but dang, the old crap shack looks pretty good in it!  tonight i will be wrapping pressies to put underneath it…

also, if i were so inclined, this is what my yuletide greeting card would look like:

see what i did there?

see what i did there?

this is much easier than sending out a shittonne of xmas cards…

glad tidings and wishes for peace, prosperity and joy to you all…

amazing what a good camera and real photographer can do…


chert?

chert?

side view

side view

reportedly some type of quartz...

reportedly some type of quartz…

oooh...glowy....

oooh…glowy….

again, totally tubular...

again, totally tubular…

better color...

better color…

hubbkf's man hands...

hubbkf’s man hands…