Random musings on a rainy afternoon.

Sun showers.  I saw a sun shower today.  The rain came down like silver needles, and  exploded into blinding white star bursts on the Hudson Street asphalt.  It sounded like a fountain, too:  a soft, rich, ambient white noise, suffocating the grinding din of afternoon traffic for the tiniest, transient moment.

Did I ever mention that I love sun showers?  I love sun showers.


Assholes.   Here’s a keeper for the Palace Quote collection:  “Few people become assholes reluctantly.”  From this excellent piece by Geoffrey Nunberg at Alternet, an excerpt from his new book “Ascent of the A-Word.”  [h/t SJ]


Misogynist dumbass Todd Akin.  Misogynist dumbass Todd Akin wants to ban the so-called “morning after pill.”

Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri, wants to ban the morning-after pill, considering it to be a form of abortion, he told a Kansas City radio station Wednesday.

“As far as I’m concerned, the morning-after pill is a form of abortion, and I think we just shouldn’t have abortion in this country,” Akin said Wednesday.

Hey, misogynist dumbass Todd Akin!  We have always had abortion in this country, in all countries, at all times, everywhere.  So I think it’s safe to say that you, misogynist dumbass Todd Akin, have no realistic hope of ever changing that fact.  Outlawing abortions doesn’t stop them, it just makes them unnecessarily dangerous for the women who are going to have abortions anyway.  This is just one of the many reasons why my statement “Todd Akin is a misogynist dumbass” is a statement of fact, not an opinion.

Here is another:  Those who are not misogynists and/or dumbasses would, I think, probably wish to learn something, anything, about emergency contraception before promoting a ban on it.  And those who made even a minimal effort to learn something about it would quickly discover that that the “morning after pill” is actually regular old birth control pills; ergo, Todd Akin wants to ban regular old birth control pills.  And if they persevered in their investigation for more than, say, fifteen seconds, they would also find that emergency contraception does not cause abortion.  It’s actually impossible.  If a woman is already pregnant and takes emergency contraception, “there is no known harm to the woman, the course of her pregnancy, or the fetus.”  The reason that emergency contraception is “not indicated for any woman with a known or suspected pregnancy is because it is not effective in women who are already pregnant.” [citation][citation][citation][citation][citation][one more citation][another citation][ooh look! another citation!][and yet still another citation.]

Why, if one were not personally inclined toward misogynist dumbassery, one might go on to make the logical link and conclude that emergency contraception actually prevents abortions.

Just FYI, from the post about misogynist dumbass Todd Akin:

The PollTracker Average currently shows Akin ahead of [Democrat] Sen. Claire McCaskill, 47.7 percent to 44 percent, based on surveys conducted before Akin won the GOP nomination.

[h/t Truthteller]


The Red Planet.  From an unsourced email which I can only assume originated with NASA:

Beautiful and incredible images from the latest batch of photographs sent back from the Mars Lander:

[h/t topcoat]


Cops.  Okay, here’s a headline you don’t see every day:

Cops Strip Search Mom, “Forcibly” Pull Tampon Out of Her
for Maybe Rolling Through Stop Sign

I am not going to comment on this or excerpt text from the linked article because RAGE.


Veterans health care.  “The VA’s backlog of claims is so massive that the weight of the files are compromising the structural integrity of VA offices.”

At the VA’s Winston-Salem Regional Office in North Carolina, an estimated 37,000 claims folders had been stored on top of file cabinets, according to the Inspector General’s report released last week. Those piles had been stacked two feet high and two rows deep. The file cabinets were so close to each other that drawers could not be opened completely. More files had been stored in boxes on the floor and stacked along the wall.

A load-bearing study found that the weight of the files exceeded the floor’s capacity by 39 pounds per square foot.

Staff tried to transfer or retire 50,000 files in recent years, as well request more storage space. The office was denied extra room because of a lack of money and few external storage options.

I guess this is what “support the troops” looks like in action.


I have certainly enjoyed randomly musing on my blog today.  I really ought to randomly muse more often.

One thought on “Random musings on a rainy afternoon.

  1. More quotes:

    “You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they’ve tried everything else” Winston Churchill

    “I like your Christ, it’s you Christians I don’t like because you don’t follow his teachings”
    Mahatma Ghandi

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