For Fur’s Sake…

I’ve had to share this information on a large number of Facebook posts this weekend so I’ll post it here too in the name of making sure the *CORRECT* information gets out and not the dumb@$$ alternate facts that the GOP and others are spreading.

WE HAVE AN INSANELY STRICT VETTING PROCESS FOR REFUGEES.

Source #1: Someone who actually practices immigration law (and this one of *MANY* lawyers who have spoken out and shared this information)

Source #2: The freaking State Department document OUTLINING it.

Seriously, I cannot believe that I’m having to share this information yet again!!!!!!!!!

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: January 29, 2017

For Today…

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. It was cold, rainy, and windy with temps in the 40’s. Definitely a day to stay in!

I am thinking… about the complete fustercluck created by the Trump administration with T-Rump’s executive order on Friday. Added on and potentially worse is the fact that Trump shook up the National Security Council, removing people who actually *KNOW* something about national security and instead naming his white supremacist advisor to it. #SoAshamedofThePresident #TraitorInChief

I am thankful… for Federal Judge Ann Donnelly who issued the emergency stay preventing some of the people affected from being deported. I am also profoundly thankful for all the lawyers who rushed to airports around the country to help out those affected, working pro-bono.

One of my favorite things… having a governor who goes down and protests with the people at Sea-Tac.

I am wearing… jammies. Church clothes were a navy blue fitted tee, my black paisley skirt, my black cardigan, black tights, and my black flats. After church, I traded my skirt and tights for jeans and my cardigan for a navy fleece.

I am creating… documents for my MS Word Skills Assessment.

I am watching… reruns of “The Big Bang Theory”.

I am hoping… T-Rump’s executive order can be thrown out completely on the grounds that it’s unconstitutional. I’d also like Steve Bannon taken off the National Security Council but that might be a bit too much to hope for this week.

I am learning… about reversing entries in accounting.

In my kitchen… Mom made garlic parmesan chicken for Sunday dinner.

In the school room… Daniel has tomorrow off for a teacher in-service day.

Post Script… here is the GoFundMe site for the mosque in Texas that burned down right after T-Rump issued the executive order.

Shared Quote…

Worth thinking about.

A moment from my day…

Maybe I've been a bit too political this weekend.

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So Ashamed at Trump’s Latest Executive Order

Let the record show that I, an American citizen, am ashamed of the president of my country and of those citizens in my country that support the executive order banning refugees and green card holders from seven Muslim countries.

I would like to express my pride in all the thousands of people protesting at airports and my thanks to US District Judge Ann Donnelly who issued an emergency stay to prevent the deportation of all those stuck at US airports.

Donald Trump, you may be the president of the USA but you do not represent me nor do you represent what I believe. I will fight like hell against every deplorable decision you make and I will not rest until you and your horrible advisors are gone from the White House.

7 Quick Takes: Rogue Twitter Accounts, Grumpy Kids, and Accounting Tests

7 Quick Takes

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Twitter gone rogue. Since Trump’s gagging of government agencies and departments, rogue Twitter accounts have popped up. The list is here.

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Nostalgia… *sighs* I remember when someone quoted the following on Rachel Maddow’s show in 2008:

Twitter has also become a social activism tool for socialists, human rights groups, communists, vegetarians, anarchists, religious communities, atheists, political enthusiasts, hacktivists, and others to communicate with each other and to send messages to broader audiences.

I counted 4 groups into which I fit. How many of these do y’all fit?

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Update on the kidlet. Daniel got over stomach bug #1 from last week only to get hit with another stomach bug yesterday. Thankfully, this one just affects his lower G-I vs. him projectile vomiting like he was last week. I’m really hoping for the sake of my sanity that he can go back to school tomorrow — he was grumpy today! I am also hoping that this is the last bug he gets from school for a while.

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Political Tip. The White House Comment Line is currently closed but there is an alternative. I figure that my tax dollars are paying T-Rump’s salary so he should be listening to what I have to say. ๐Ÿ˜€

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March for Life. The March for Life is this weekend and I want to tell any marchers that read this blog that I am proud of y’all and to keep doing what you are doing!

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A message from the Netherlands. I thought this was pretty awesome:

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School update. I just got my test results from my first Accounting test for the quarter and did OK but not as well as I wanted to do. (Translation: I only got a 95 on it instead of the 98’s I was scoring last quarter.) Our tests are online this quarter vs. being taken on paper in class (this quarter is shorter than Fall Quarter was and we also lose days because of Monday holidays) and in order to test how well we know the subject matter, our instructor asks us questions that can be a little bit tricky. One question might be asked 2-3 different ways and I lost most of my points on those.

The good news: now that I know the format of the tests, I’ll probably do better on the next one.

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How To Completely Torpedo Any Progress Made By the Pro-Life Cause

Sunday was the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade so a lot of people are choosing to talk about abortion and the pro-life/pro-choice debate this week. I’ve been pretty busy so I didn’t know if I would get to blog on it but going through my image downloads from the last week and seeing this screenshot changed my mind:

Do I wanted to be associated with the pro-choice banner?

The answer I really wanted to give to the above question: “Yes! By far, I would rather be confused with a pro-choice person! Why? Because pro-choice people aren’t complete jerks about everything!!!”

Granted, there are people on both sides who are complete jerks about their position but I encounter this far more often in the pro-life movement than I do with my pro-choice friends. I don’t know if it’s because the pro-choice position allows for people to be fine with me making my choices and someone else making theirs or because the majority of my friends on the pro-choice side are fine with people disagreeing with them, but it really does feel like the pro-life/anti-abortion movement shoots itself in the foot on a daily basis.

Here are some ways that pro-lifers completely torpedo their cause:

[+] Calling any pro-choice person a “baby killer”. Since when has name-calling ever solved anything? Most of my pro-choice friends agree that abortion is murder and support it only in cases of rape/incest or if the life of the mother is in danger. They themselves would not get an abortion and find that name really offensive, enough so that most of them would probably run the other direction rather than have a conversation with the 40 Days for Life people.

[+] Protesting with pictures of aborted fetuses. I remember being at Urbana 2000 and seeing a picture of a child that had been aborted on the sign being held up by an Operation Rescue protestor who had come to picket the conference. (For those who don’t know, Urbana is a MASSIVE missions conference put on by Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, an evangelical organization for college students.) Seeing that poster didn’t make me automatically pro-life — what it did was make me want to never be associated with the cause at all. (Not to mention, WHO THE HELL DIDN’T DO THEIR RESEARCH AND FIGURE OUT THAT 99.99% OF THE PEOPLE AT THE CONFERENCE WERE PRO-LIFE AND THEIR PRESENCE THERE WAS POINTLESS?!?!?!?!?) I know people who are pro-life but who will never take their kids to the March for Life in DC or any of the local marches that take place across the USA because they don’t want their six year olds traumatized by those pictures.

[+] Making catty comments about how you don’t know *ANYONE* who has had an abortion nor would you ever be friends with someone like that. I would say with almost complete confidence that you probably *DO* know someone who has and making a statement like that can make that person feel incredibly isolated in addition to increasing their pain. For me, the single event that I can point to as the point at which my pro-life conversion started was when I was at an event at my college church and one of the other students there ended up confessing to me that she had an abortion after being raped. Her entire demeanor changed when she told me and I could see the intense pain on her face because it wasn’t a decision she wanted to make or was proud of making. In the last 18 years since, other friends of mine have told me about theirs because I am apparently caring and non-judgmental enough that they feel comfortable telling me. None of the women I know who have had one are remotely proud of it and many of them hide a great deal of pain because people make thoughtless comments about how horrible they must be.

[+] Opposing abortion and/or birth control but supporting the slashing of programs like WIC which help moms feed their kids. Hypocrisy, much? The reason WIC was started by former President Jimmy Carter was to take away reasons for women to get abortions. He felt that by providing mothers with a resource for feeding their young children, some of them might keep their babies. Daniel received WIC for four years and I honestly want to throatpunch politicians who want to cut programs like this but also oppose abortion. I mean, if you’re going to insist that women stay pregnant, the least you can do is to not make it harder for them to take care of their kids.

[+] Making nasty comments like the one the person made to me in the screencap above. Some of the most moral and caring people I know are pro-choice. If it came down to the choice of being associated with them or associated with some of the people I know who are pro-life, the pro-choicers would win hands down because I know that they would have my back if something happened to me and *HAVE* had my back at those times. There are people in every movement who are good/bad/kind/rude/whatever and you cannot paint all of the people on one side with a broad brush.

I’d like to close with this quotation by former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop:

The American ideal is not that we all agree with each other, or even like each other, every minute of the day. It is rather that we will respect each otherโ€™s rights, especially the right to be different, and that, at the end of the day, we will understand that we are one people, one country, and one community and that our well-being is inextricably bound up with the well-being of each and every one of our fellow citizens.

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: January 22, 2017

For Today… January 22, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dusk. The high was in the upper 40’s today according to Weather Underground. (I was in bed trying not to puke.)

I am thinking… about how to structure my homework due dates this week. I have one assignment due tomorrow (technically two but the second one can be turned in late) and a test in that class to do that is due on Tuesday night. After that, I have work due for another class on Tuesday and thankfully, my other class has a due date of Thursday.

I am thankful… for the almost 5 million marchers in the US and another 300,000 worldwide who took part in 673 marches (including two in Antarctica) yesterday for the Women’s March on Washington. I couldn’t participate because of the kidlet so I cheered people on instead.

One of my favorite things… whoever runs the site for P22, the mountain lion in the LA Hills. They put a pussy hat on him. ๐Ÿ˜€

I am wearing… jammies. Church today was a blue-green long-sleeved shirt and black slacks. I didn’t make it more than halfway through before I had to leave and go home to go to bed because the smell of someone’s coffee was making me feel nauseated.

I am creating… nothing at the moment after finishing my pussy hats this week.

I am watching… NCIS re-runs.

I am hoping… this doesn’t turn into the stomach virus that landed Daniel in the ER on Friday. (Thankfully, I have Zofran if it’s needed.)

I am learning… about special journals and subsidiary ledgers.

In my kitchen… Dad is making spaghetti for him and Mom. I’d be joining them for dinner if I wasn’t feeling so crappy.

In the school room… Daniel is chomping at the bit to go back tomorrow.

Post Script… for those who claimed that pro-lifers weren’t welcome at the March this weekend, go read what Cammie has to say on the subject.

Shared Quote…

So much for silly hats!

A moment from my day… My favorite sign thus far:

Even introverts marched!

Closing Notes: Stories on the march are here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

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7 Quick Takes: Subversive Crocheting, Betsy DeVos, and Puking Kids

7 Quick Takes

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My only thought on the inauguration tomorrow. I promise.

An inauguration poem

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Yeah… no. This is my thought on Betsy Devos’ qualifications:

Betsy and bears

By the way, this and this are how you deal with bears in schools. Note that guns are not involved.

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Fighting for education. DeVos is a threat to education across the board. If you’d like to fight for schools, here are the senators to call:



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A tip. If you ever need to get contact information for your congressional representatives, here’s the special URL:

http://[lastname].house.gov
http://[lastname].senate.gov

Insert the House member or Senator’s last name for [lastname]. You’re welcome.

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Subversive crocheting. I finished the first pussy hat yesterday and gave it to my (Episcopal) priest today. (She loves it.) God-willing, I can bang the second one out tomorrow and I can hopefully still march on Saturday.

Pussy hat #1

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Wait, Jen. Did you just say that you might not march on Saturday? Yes. Daniel has been puking for almost 6.5 hours continuously and if he does have a virus, I’ll have to stay home and take care of him. While I’ll be pretty bummed to miss it, Daniel’s health comes first.

So seriously, pray that the kiddo’s tummy can calm down. I did two loads of puke laundry tonight and I’ve got at least two more waiting for me tomorrow morning.

**UPDATE** Sitting in the ER with Daniel waiting for them to give him fluids and check him out.

**UPDATE** They just gave him his first dose of Zofran. I’m definitely not going to be able to march tomorrow because of him. Thankfully, a piece of me will be there in the form of the hat I crocheted for my priest. I’m really bummed but this is, unfortunately, a part of motherhood — taking care of your kiddos and having to sacrifice your own plans for them.

**UPDATE** The kid was discharged around 3:00 p.m. with a script for Zofran. After getting his 5:30 dose, he went to sleep. I’m about to go fold and continue cycling all the puke laundry through but I’m kind of enjoying the quiet house and my dark room.

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Some new music. I heard this on a local Christian radio station a few months ago and have had it stuck in my head since then.

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