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Mar. 27th, 2006

If anyone has an file of Santana's "Smooth" and is willing to let me have a copy, contact me I can't seem to find it on iTunes and need it for a drum lesson. Thanks! I'd pay for it but I'm not signing up to a whole other annoying music service and truly do not want a whole Santana cd. :P

I read a little news blurb on another blog about a South Carolina school lunch program that involves giving saltines and juice to kids whose parents are overdue for paying for school lunches. The comments on this blurb absolutely turned my stomach. I can't stop thinking about it. There's bootstrap conservatism where people want to not foster a psychology of dependency, and then there's bootstrap conservatism where they don't mind depriving kids of nutrition. Just what leads someone to feel like they can say in good conscience "I'm not going to pay for someone else's kid to eat, that's their problem"? And these people bitch about the "me" generation?? There were a number of interesting (and even good) suggestions on better ways to handle the situation in the comments but I had to stop reading because I couldn't take the cruel neglect advocators anymore. If my supposed choices are to possibly cause some people to gain a sense of "entitlement" and be psychologically damaged by "handouts" or causing children to grow up with the aftereffects of not only parental neglect but also the neglect of the community, then I choose the former. Consider my craw officially stuck with this.

I just got an email from the DC Divas listserv. Subject: "The Best Looking Team in the League!" The what in the huh? Now, don't get me wrong, I'm overjoyed about the Divas and they are hot. I hope to go catch a game this season - anyone want to go with me? But that email was a real eye roller, from stem to stern. It would be one thing (that would bother me) if they felt the need to put a feminine "face" on the team to market it, but to take it to the level of competition? Whatev. On the website there are some links to training videos though... now this is how I could enjoy some football! (My vote for best logo in the league: Toledo Spitfire.

Tonight we had a solid peril_book_club meeting. Most reviews of Stephen Fry's Making History were positive, with a few disputes of style and taste. Mucking with time is a real challenge, I think he rose to it. We decided on the Dan Savage book for next month, which I'm confident if I manage to read it will leave me annoyed and angry (with an outside hope for grudgingly respectful), so it should be a super interesting meeting, at least. If anyone can tear me down off my soapbox, that is.

[edit] I forgot to note one of the major highlights of my day: being in the Trader Joe's and realizing I'm suddenly humming "Robbery, Assault and Battery" to myself, and further realizing that this is happening because it's playing in the store. It turns out they use XM in the Annapolis TJ's so I had a bonding moment with the dude who chose the station. <3

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snidegrrl
Mar. 28th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
Santana song: gotten.
rackletang
Mar. 28th, 2006 05:18 am (UTC)
Which Dan Savage book?

I'm of two minds on him. He either cracks me up or infuriates me. Which I guess is why he's so popular.

Maybe when I live in Seattle I can sit him down and lecture him on privilege. ;)
snidegrrl
Mar. 28th, 2006 05:38 am (UTC)
skipping towards gomorroah. for gluttony he goes to a fat activist convention. i PROMISE there will be outrage.
curious_jp
Mar. 28th, 2006 06:16 am (UTC)
While some Americans might choose to lead a less than virtuous existence, at least in William J. Bennett's estimation, what skin is it off Bennett's ass? If we aren't free to pursue our own version of happiness, then the first two items on Jefferson's wish list are without meaning. Life and liberty do us no good if we can't employ them—or waste them—in the pursuit of those things that make us happy.
In a more perfect world, this paragraph would be so tritely obvious as to mark it's author as a cringing hack. Why can't people in this world get it through their heads?
rackletang
Mar. 28th, 2006 06:26 am (UTC)
Oh, my, yes.
snidegrrl
Mar. 28th, 2006 01:32 pm (UTC)
You should come to book club!!!
rackletang
Mar. 28th, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
It's one of those things I keep meaning to do. Hmm.
snidegrrl
Mar. 28th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC)
join the community! get on the mailing list! let me know which email you want to use. (email me)
rackletang
Mar. 28th, 2006 06:52 pm (UTC)
I was in the community, and then I left it, because it kept reminding me that I wasn't doing it. Honestly, I'm not very good at book clubs. The regularity of it, the time taken out of the books I have piled up to read already... I don't think I can do it. :(
cheetahmaster
Mar. 28th, 2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
Maybe when I live in Seattle I can sit him down and lecture him on privilege. ;)

I'm positive I've read something by him about privilege, but for the life of me, can't recall where.

I tend to enjoy his writing style, even if I don't always agree with him.
snidegrrl
Mar. 28th, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC)
Perhaps he will bring it up in this book! That would be cool!
rackletang
Mar. 28th, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
Hmm. If you dig up a source on that in your travels, I'd be interested in reading it. :)
asimplelife
Mar. 28th, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
Just what leads someone to feel like they can say in good conscience "I'm not going to pay for someone else's kid to eat, that's their problem"? And these people bitch about the "me" generation??

WOW, did this ever strike a chord with me. Do you mind if I quote you?
snidegrrl
Mar. 28th, 2006 02:32 pm (UTC)
Not at all, feel free. if you want the original link for the story it's here.
bearly525
Mar. 28th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC)
I would SO go with you to a Divas game... :D In the back of my twisted little head I still want to try out for a team!! LOL
snidegrrl
Mar. 28th, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
The ones I could probably make it to are April 22, June 3 and June 17.
snidegrrl
Mar. 28th, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
Or May 27, since that's at Baltimore. Hrm... I wonder what Burn games I could get to?
bearly525
Mar. 28th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
I think April 22nd would be too soon for me to get back down there, especially if there is AN EVENT for salami_salome's birth anniversary... :D

But June 3rd might be in the cards, or perhaps (from below) May 27th...
ubet_cha
Mar. 28th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
I grew up in a neighborhood where most of the people were on government assistance and many of them honestly believe they entitled to be given the same things that other struggle to have. I can’t tell you how many times I heard the government will pay for it, when they were being irresponsible.

I have a friend, my own age, who’s wife refuses to work longer then necessary to qualify for unemployment and he rages that the six months of being able to collect benefits aren’t enough. She doesn’t stay home to take care of the kids ( teenagers) or because of her health. They both maintain a lower salary level to collect as much benefits as possible. He has quite a few skills and a degree that can land him a job with benefits, but chooses to work under the table as much as he can. No one in his family carries health insurance. If one of his kids get hurt, he takes them to the emergency room and files for assistance.

This is a choice and he’ll tell you flat out that people shouldn’t have to work if they don’t want to. The government should take care of them. I know three families like this. K*’s neighbor hasn’t paid his utilities for the 2+ years she’s lived there and literally screams or tries to sue when someone calls him to task on it. He’s another one, a parent to boot, that refuses to work. Although he has more cash then I do. ( All of these people WASP’s that grew up in better circumstances then I did btw, if someone tries to take this in a racial direction)

I’m not saying that people don’t need help. But there are a huge amount of people out there that abuse the system. People on the lower end of the economic spectrum (South Carolina is dirt poor) see that abuse a lot more often then most of us. The resentment is understandable, although the reasoning may not be.

PS - I can mail you the cd, if you mail it back to me.
snidegrrl
Mar. 28th, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC)
As I said in my entry, given the choice between possibly engendering a psychology of entitlement in a few people and possibly alienating, malnourishing, and stigmatizing a child, I would choose the latter.

I got the song, btw, thanks though.
pseudotheist
Mar. 28th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure you said that right...
snidegrrl
Mar. 28th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)
DUR.

Yeah, I meant former.
snidegrrl
Mar. 28th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)
Er, FORMER. Not latter.
ubet_cha
Mar. 28th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC)
I gottcha *S* and even agree with the sentiment, if not the literal meaning. It begs the question, where do you draw the line? Especially when some family’s living on the dole have more then some that work their asses off to stay off the dole? At what point do we hold an adult accountable for their own actions and what is the best method to do so, without negatively impacting children?
squeegibo
Mar. 28th, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
Ooo, football! Do you know/can you tell how different their rules are from NFL or NCAA? I can't find the rulebook on their websites.

Hee, the Baltimore Burn sounds like slang for some kind of STD. I'll have to root for the DC team.
cheetahmaster
Mar. 28th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
Hee, the Baltimore Burn sounds like slang for some kind of STD. I'll have to root for the DC team.

Yeah, but they're called the DC Clap.
snidegrrl
Apr. 19th, 2006 03:18 am (UTC)
I still want to go see games, so I'm totally not ignoring this comment! I just don't know when and feel overwhelmed with hobbies right now.
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