August 26th, 2016
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Happy birthday, Diana!

August 25th, 2016
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location: Home and on my corner of the couch
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Posted by Monica Roberts

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Faced with polls showing he is losing white female voters he needs to even have a prayer of competing against Sec. Hillary Clinton, the new Trump campaign team rolled out a 'Black outreach' that is as cynical, racist and disrespectful to us as the Attwater 'Southern Strategy' was.

Trump has for the last few days been reciting a 'What do you have to lose?' talking point in pitching his train wreck of a campaign to Black voters from white suburbia '

What do we have to lose in Black America?   The more accurate question is what will we gain by giving our precious votes to Donald Trump?

Donald Trump at a rally in Ottumwa, Iowa (Evan Guest/Flickr)
Absolutely nothing.

That pitch was DOA even if white conservative pundits and Republican operatives love it.  The problem is we peeped Trump's racist game a long time ago, and you conservafool keep thinking that Black people are as gullible and stupid as your base is.

News flash, we aren't.   We know this tone deaf to us so-called outreach is only geared toward getting white folks who want to vote for Trump but are hesitant to do so not only because of the racist anti- Black, Latinx and Muslim rhetoric coming out of his mouth on the campaign trail, but because of the unrepentant Confederate flag waving racists, bitter bigots and white supremacists who have embraced his campaign and are buying the 'Make America Great Again' snake oil he's selling.

As Bernie Sanders found out a few months ago, we Black voters have long memories, and will punish your azz at the polls for any sign of disrespect, no matter how long ago it was.

We Black Americans have a long list of grievances to punish Trump for, starting with the 1973 DOJ lawsuit for violations of the Fair Housing Act aimed at our people.  

Image result for dump donald trump memesThere was also Trump's racist rhetoric and actions during the 1989 Central Park Five case that resulted in these Black kids being jailed despite all the evidence pointing to them being innocent and not being exonerated until the actual perpetrator of the rape.  

Black women haven't forgotten how Trump opened his mouth in 1992 to slime Desiree Washington in Mike Tyson's defense during the Indiana rape case in which he was eventually convicted.  

Then there's Trump's more recent racist crime in our eyes of being the Birther In Chief leading the ludicrous attacks on President Obama's birth certificate.

And don't even get me started about what Black LGBTQ people think of Trump.  That's another post.

So do you think we want this man who became the Republican nominee because of white resentment politics on steroids to succeed the first African-American US president he spent several years demonizing?

Hell No!  Black America is gearing up to make sure that on November 8 we do our part to ensure we hear the words 'President -elect Hillary Clinton' on that date.

Posted by Monica Roberts

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Hofheinz Pavilion has been the on campus home for the University of Houston Cougar basketball team since it opened in 1970.   While growing up here I got to attend several concerts held there like the Jackson 5 and Prince, along with a few Houston Rockets games after they moved here from San Diego in 1971.  It was the Rockets home arena for four seasons until The Summit was completed in 1975.

When Hofheinz Pavilion opened it had a seating bowl that could hold 10,000 fans, but after 1998 renovations that added luxury boxes to the top of the seating bowl along with an alcove honoring NBA Hall of Famer and Cougar alum Elvin Hayes, the seating capacity after the removal of seats to facilitate construction of the boxes was reduced to 8,479.

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The building was named for Irene 'Dene' and Judge Roy Hofheinz (yep, the same Judge Hofheinz that got the Astrodome built) and a prominent politician and philanthropist in Houston, after they donated $1.5 million to help complete construction of it

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With an eye on positioning UH to be included into a Power Five conference in the next round of Power Five conference expansion or their ultimate goal (along with Cougar alums) of joining the Big XII, money has been invested in upgrading the athletic facilities in recent years.

The opening of TDECU Stadium in 2014 was part of that, and the football stadium is designed so that an upper deck can be added to increase its capacity when necessary.  

<div class='meta'><div class='origin-logo' data-origin='KTRK'></div><span class='caption-text' data-credit='University of Houston'>The University of Houston releases artist renderings of what the former Hofheinz Pavilion will look like.</span></div>
With that football stadium issue being resolved along with the opening of the METRORail Purple Line that passes the stadium and the western and southern half of the campus, in 2010 a $60 million renovation to the aging Hofheinz Pavilion was announced complete with a naming rights deal to a then anonymous donor.

The sticking point became the naming rights of the arena that the Hofheinz family contended belonged to them in perpetuity because of the original 1969 donation with the stipulation the area be named for Hofheinz.  The Hofheinz family was also not happy they found out about it in a news report, and both sides filed lawsuits to resolve the issue.

Image result for UH Hofheinz Pavilion plazaA press conference was held this morning announcing a settlement to the naming rights kerfuffle, in which a plaza bearing the name and a bronze statue of Judge Hofheinz  in front of the renovated area that will be named starting in the 2018-19 season the Fertitta Center, after Houston entrepreneur and Landry's, Inc owner Tillman Fertitta.

Fertitta donated $20 million to the project. that is scheduled to be completed by the 2018-2019 season and sits on the UH Board of Regents as its chairman.

In addition, UH will petition the city of Houston to name the portion of Holman Street that runs in front of the renovated arena between Cullen Blvd and Scott St for Judge Hofheinz and make his papers available in the school's library and in the UH alumni center adjacent to the renovated arena.

"We know our father would want the athletic department at UH to prosper", said Fred Hofheinz, who served as Houston's mayor from 1974-1978.  "So we know he would support this move."

As for UH being announced as the newest member of the Big XII conference, that's still to be determined..
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 12:27pm on 2016-08-25
As many of you know, my nickname for many years has been Kit. However: any politician starting his/her asking-for-donation letter with "Dear Christopher" gets automatically dumped in the spam bin.

I am not and have never been Christopher.

That did not stop Orange, the British utilities company, from spamming me for a while with email to "Christopher Mylastname". Some of it looked too personal to just trash, so I tried to contact them. Their response: phone us during business hours. My response: I am on the other side of the pond. This is your mistake. Fix it. Their response to that: Oh, really? How interesting. Just throw them away.

Which gives me no good idea of their bookkeeping. And some sympathy for poor Christopher Mylastname who did not get his email.

On the other hand, there is our mystery resident.

Ever since SU bought the house, long before we met, he has gotten the occasional letter for "John Lanier". According to the title information for the history of the house, which goes back only to 1946, nobody named John Lanier has ever lived here. Before that it was a cow pasture on a large farm, not owned by anyone named Lanier.

It got crazier when it was the official voter registration notices. I must have talked to the county Board of Elections people for well over a decade, telling them that we have no idea who this person is so please stop listing him at our address. They said we had to prove it. How do I prove that someone doesn't exist? After that, I started writing, "Return to Sender, Addressee no longer at this address". Didn't help. They kept coming. But after two years of "Return to Sender, Addressee is deceased," we no longer get them. (The Board of Elections people told me they couldn't remove him from the rolls without a death certificate. Again, how do I find a death certificate for someone who does not exist, or, if he does exist, could be anywhere on the globe except here?)

All of this in the midst of Republican claims of voter fraud, which made the Democrats terribly unwilling to listen when we kept saying, "But we don't know who this is! We've never met him! He does not live at our house!"


Mind you, if we had met him and liked him, and if he had said, "I have no fixed address, I travel for a living, can I use yours for voting purposes because I used to live in the area and feel attached to it," it might have been something to consider, though I'd still feel odd about it. But that never happened.
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posted by [personal profile] liv at 02:43pm on 2016-08-25 under
Reasons for watching it: I had managed not to see this, I think because it came out when I was just at the age of feeling I needed to avoid media marketed at children, and it's somewhat of a classic and the sort of story I love.

Circumstances of watching it: We watched the DVD while we were relaxing after some intense touristing in Budapest.

Verdict: Lilo & Stitch is intensely sentimental about things I'm inclined to care about personally.

detailed review )
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location: Hawaii
August 24th, 2016

Posted by Monica Roberts

One of the issues that continues to plague our LGBTQ community across the country is finding culturally competent health care in our various locales we reside in..

In my old stomping grounds of Louisville, which unfortunately has the LGBTQ hatemongering Southern Baptist Theological Seminary inside the city limits, it's probably a factor in why the University of Louisville's LGBT Center is fielding calls from LGBTQ Louisvillians and residents all over the Kentuckiana area on a daily basis who are searching for doctors and health care providers willing to respectfully treat LGBTQ patients.

eQuality at UofLTo address these issues, the University of Louisville  as part of their eQuality Project will host a LGBTQ Health Summit on September 12 at the UofL School of Medicine.  

It's sponsored by the U of L School of Medicine Office of Undergraduate Medical Education, Office for Community Engagement and Diversity, and the U of L LGBT Center

"Historically, LGBTQ health has not been part of any health care or medical school curriculum," said Suzanne Kingery  MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at UofL. "It is only recently that a handful of medical schools, with UofL at the forefront, have started to do this kind of training. This health summit is a wonderful opportunity for health care providers to learn about LGBTQ care so they can provide affirming care for their patients and follow best practices."

The LGBTQ Health Summit will begin at 8:30 AM EDT on that September 12 date at the School of Medicine , and early registration is encouraged for those of you health care providers wishing to attend..
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posted by [personal profile] misschili at 09:36pm on 2016-08-24 under
Really, Scandinavia, WtF is it that calls for pasta to be sauced with ketchup?

Yes, along with tomato-based sauce.


While we're on that topic, WtF is it that makes any of you -- yes, any of you -- think you can make Mexican food just by getting some sauce packet that calls for even less tomato sauce than the ketchup you squirt onto your pasta?


Posted by Monica Roberts

San Francisco GLAAD Gala 2016
The Air Marshal is headed back to the Bay Area for the first time since I was there in Oakland in 2013 for the first TransH4CK.

Sorry East Bay and Oaktown peeps, going to be on the other side of the Bay for this visit.  Going there attend the GLAAD Gala San Francisco that's happening on September 8, so this is your heads up Left Coast I'm coming.

So what's GLAAD Gala San Francisco all about?   It's celebrating digital media innovators who are moving LGBTQ acceptance forward.  At times it isn't moving as fast as we would like it to go, but the froward momentum is undeniable enough to where our conservative opponents are fighting us tooth and nail to stop it and failing as usual.

The event is being hosted by The Talk's Aisha Tyler, and looking forward to being there even if it's an in and out trip.  

A stop at the nearest Ghirardelli's chocolate outlet will be mandatory (preferably either the milk chocolate or caramel squares), and looking forward to seeing as many of my peeps in the area as possible.
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 01:09pm on 2016-08-24
Note to self: read labels. If I'd known ahead of time that the breakfast sausage links had black pepper in them, I would've saved myself three days of intestinal pain and time in the bathroom.

Head cold is almost gone--a little bit on one side, that's all.

I would like a week where nothing difficult happens with my body.

My wonderful haircutting genius has moved to a new salon, one that's inconvenient. But she offered, a while back, to come to the house to cut my hair -- so I have written her and asked. And then realized she's probably on vacation this week. I'll try again in September.

Oh-- I have some more Imzy invites, if anyone wants them. Give me an email address to send it to.
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The rules:

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August 23rd, 2016
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posted by [personal profile] filkerdave at 05:22pm on 2016-08-23 under , ,

Someone is selling one of my old fanzines on eBay.
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Posted by Monica Roberts

After Labor Day passes, we will be in the critical homestretch phase of the 2016 presidential campaign.  Many folks who have been either casually following it or tuned it our completely, will with the November 8 election day looming on the horizon, start paying attention to the election and the candidates.

The presidential and vice presidential debates organized by the nonprofit Commission on Presidential Debates will be one of the ways that still undecided voters get the information that will help them decide who will be taking the oath of office to become our 45th president on January 20.

There will be three presidential debates between Democratic nominee Sec. Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump and one vice presidential debate between Sen Tim Kaine (D) and Gov. Mike Pence (R).

As for third party candidates, they will have to meet certain predetermined criteria as set out by the CPD before they will be allowed to participate.

The debates will last 90 minutes, and moderators will be selected soon. We already know the debate sites and formats, and here they are.

The first debate between Clinton and Trump is scheduled to take place on September 26 on the Hofstra University campus in Hempstead, NY.

That will be followed by the only vice presidential debate on October 4 on the Longwood University campus in Farmville, VA.

The second presidential debate will take place October 9 on the Washington University campus in St Louis, and will be a town hall format.

The final presidential debate will take place on October 19 on the University of Nevada- Las Vegas campus in las Vegas, NV

The designated backup site for the 2016 presidential debates is Belmont University in Nashville, TN.

One thing I do hope the the CPD does take into consideration is to have someone other than white male or female journalists as debate moderators.  There are plenty of non-white journalists who can handle debate moderation, and it's past time that Black and Latino journalists had the opportunity to do so.

The last Black person to moderate a presidential debate was Carole Simpson back in 1992.  Yes Gwen Ifill has moderated two debates in 2004 and 2008, but they were vice presidential ones.

It is past time to give a non white journalist the opportunity to moderate a presidential debate, and that needs to happen this year.

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posted by [personal profile] misschili at 01:34pm on 2016-08-23 under
Funniest joke found at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. No, it has nothing to do with the funniest joke sketch by Monty Python, but these aren't bad.

If you need a quick laugh, check it out. If you need a longer one, 

A) read it on stilts

B) read it s-l-o-w-l-y

C) read it while wearing a Durex condom! 


Posted by Monica Roberts

When California voters go to the polls on November 8, they will have to choose a successor for the retiring senator Barbara Boxer (D).  They will also have the pleasure of choosing between two candidates who are not only seeing to succeed Sen. Boxer, but make some electoral history themselves.

Thanks to California's jungle primary system, the top two candidates, regardless of party move on to the general election.  After the votes were counted on June 7, two Democratic women ended up in the top two slots for the open California US senate seat.

California voters will get to choose between their current attorney general Kamala Harris or Rep. Loretta Sanchez.  

Rep Sanchez is seeking to become the first Latina ever elected to the US Senate, while Attorney General Harris is seeking to become only the second African-American woman and first woman of south Asian heritage to be elected to the US Senate.

It's also a battle of northern Cali vs southern Cali. Harris was born in Oakland, grew up in Berkeley, was a deputy district attorney for Alameda County, the district attorney for the City and County of San Francisco before becoming California's Attorney General in 2011.

And as the child and sibling of AKA's I'm happy to point out she's a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Sanchez was born in Lynwood, and has since 2003 represented the Orange County centered 47th Congressional District.

This is going to be a fascinating campaign to watch.  While it is wonderful that another accomplished woman will succeed the beloved Sen. Boxer, we are going to have when this election is over one community disappointed because one of these eminently qualified women didn't get into the US Senate.

Whichever one of these women wins, they will inherit by default a national women of color constituency that extends far beyond the borders of the state of California.

May the best US Senate candidate win, and represent the state of California, our communities and the nation as well.
August 22nd, 2016
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 11:39pm on 2016-08-22
Rewatching "The Order of the Phoenix", and even more certain that Harry should have ended up with Luna Lovegood, with whom he has far more spark and warmth than with Ron's little sister.

Posted by Monica Roberts

PFLAG National Executive Director Jody M. Huckaby has issued the following statement concerning the unjust injunction issued by GW Bush appointed US District Judge Reed O'Connor in the Texas vs United States case..

The injunction issued today by US District Judge Reed O'Connor in Texas v. United States puts transgender students even further in harm's way.  Thousands of PFLAG families across the country are already having to navigate school environments that marginalize their trans kids; this ruling only adds fuel to the discriminatory fire.  
 The unfounded fears of a few should not and must not outweigh the safety and dignity of transgender students, who simply want to learn in a secure and welcoming environment, as all students do.
School administrators have a responsibility to create such an environment for all students who walk through their doors, and this injunction does not bar them from implementing inclusive policies to do so.  

Thanks Jody and PFLAG for having the trans community's backs as standup allies even when it wasn't the cool thing to do, and while this ruling stinks, knowing that our allies are standing with us to help us fight it on behalf of our trans kids is comforting to us as trans elders and parents of trans kids.

Posted by Monica Roberts

The transphobic oppressors won a round in federal district court as US District Judge Reed O'Connor, a known anti-LGBT rights oppressor and GW Bush judicial appointee issued a preliminary nationwide injunction Sunday against the federal government's DOE/DOJ guidance to public schools regarding their legal responsibility to allow transgender students to use the same restrooms as other cisgender students.

Translation: the current jacked up status quo is in place until the lawsuit flied by my indicted attorney general works its way through the federal court system.  The federal government can appeal the injunction and request a stay of it if they wish to the appellate court or the SCOTUS.

All elections at every level of government matter.  Presidential elections matter because they get to select SCOTUS and federal judges.  If you're pissed off about this ruling, keep that in mind on November 8.

Lambda Legal, the ACLU of Texas, the Transgender Law Center, the GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) and National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) had submitted a joint friend of the court amicus brief in the lawsuit by Texas and 10 other Republican controlled states subsequently joined by two others against the United States, the Departments of Education, Justice and Labor and several federal officials

Those organizations issued a joint statement shortly after Judge O'Connor's unjust ruling.:
A ruling by a single judge in one circuit cannot and does not undo the years of clear legal precedent nationwide establishing that transgender students have the right to go to school without being singled out for discrimination. This unfortunate and premature ruling may, however, confuse school districts that are simply trying to support their students, including their transgender students.
 So let us make it clear to those districts: your obligations under the law have not changed, and you are still not only allowed but required to treat transgender students fairly.
The scope of this injunction has no effect on the ability of other courts or lawyers representing transgender people to continue to rely on the federal government’s interpretations of Title IX or on prior decisions that have reached similar conclusions about the scope of federal sex discrimination laws. 
The court’s misguided decision targets a small, vulnerable group of young people – transgender elementary and high school students – for potential continued harassment, stigma and abuse.
Those five civil rights organizations pointed out that Judge O'Connor failed to consider the interests of the transgender students the federal laws sought to protect,  and pledged "We will continue to file lawsuits representing transgender students and litigate them to the fullest extent of the law-regardless of what happens with this particular federal guidance."

Chuck Smith, the CEO of Equality Texas also expressed his organization's disappointed over the unjust ruling.

We are disappointed by the ruling, but despite this setback, we are hopeful and know that the civil rights of all students will ultimately prevail. 
Transgender Texans, and in particular transgender kids, must be afforded the most basic dignity to use the restroom. Paxton’s actions seek to punish and harm transgender students who have done nothing wrong. 
We will continue to fight with the parents of these children until “ALL” children do not face discrimination and are treated equally under the law.
An injunction doesn't change what existing law is. It would only apply to the DOJ's issuance of its interpretation. So schools still need to comply with the law. Title IX and VII still prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex.
This decision does nothing to prevent school districts to work with parents on an individual basis to ensure they are protected in school and do not face bullying, alienation or discrimination.
In the ruling, Judge O’Conner said, “the difficult policy issue is not a subject of his order.” We believe this civil rights issue will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The band of trans oppressor states joining together to gleefully oppress trans students in addition to my home state of Texas, includes Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky (through its GOP Gov. Matt Bevin) Louisiana, Mississippi, (through its GOP Gov. Phil Bryant ), Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.   Other plaintiffs seeking to oppress trans students are the  Arizona Department of Education, the Heber-Overgaard Unified School District in Arizona, Harrold ISD in Texas and Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R)

The good news is that many of these plaintiffs are in the Fourth, Sixth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits which have already issued binding appellate rulings that are consistent with the guidance of the federal agencies.

This is just the opening rounds of this court battle.  I'm positive there is going to be a day coming soon that I will have good news to report when it comes to this Texas v United States case and common sense and justice will prevail.
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posted by [personal profile] misschili at 04:28pm on 2016-08-22 under
Is your cat dirty? Apply CatBleach for a fully refreshed cat pelt!

From the filthy cat (in background) through half-clean cat (between the two cats) to the freshly clean (in foreground).

Yes, just two spins through the washer, and your cat can be as fresh as ... Ummm ... As fresh as a clean cat arse! 

(No, this isn't AnalBleach.)

(And if you don't know what that is, you haven't wandered down odd paths through the net.)

(And now I'm wondering whether my posting this will convince Per's mother to not send me more emails with cat photos!)

(...not that there's anything wrong with cat photo emails!)

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posted by [personal profile] filkerdave at 10:07am on 2016-08-22 under , ,

I had a fantastic time at MidAmericon 2 in Kansas City, about which I shall write more later.

But for now, time to play catch-up, go through work emails, and try and stay awake during the day.
Mood:: 'sleepy' sleepy
location: Uniondale, NY
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posted by [personal profile] synecdochic at 08:23am on 2016-08-22
Thankfully, I don't think anything's actually fractured from my fall down the stairs. (Did not bother going to have xrays done, because even if I had fractured my tailbone, there isn't much they can do about it except prescribe painkillers and tell you to ice it, and I can't accept painkillers from anybody but my primary prescriber and I'm already doing the ice thing, so.) Still hurts like fuckery, but I have plenty of painkillers and I've finally figured out a way to lie in bed that doesn't either a) make it hurt worse or b) make everything from my waist to my knees tense up, so.

Insult to injury: period cramps. NOW IT HURTS FRONT AND BACK, ARGH.
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posted by [personal profile] synecdochic at 08:22am on 2016-08-22 under
Every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)

Posted by Monica Roberts

HISD and other school districts in the Houston area started classes today, and I'm thinking about this in the wake of my niece Kacielyn and one of the many transkids I know like Kai starting kindergarten today.

Kai's mom Kimberly Shappley has been fighting a battle with the Pearland ISD to get then to see the error of their transphobic ways and not discriminate against her daughter.

They are taking their lead from their transphobic superintendent Dr John Kelly and being obstinate about forcing a trans feminine child into bathrooms with cisgender boys, so Shappley may have to escalate the fight for her daughter's freedom, liberty and human rights to the legal system.

It's also a reminder of the DOE/DOJ Dear Colleague letter that is being contested in federal court by a group of ten states led by my indicted GOP Texas attorney general who is indulging his oppressor gene.

Back to this school year post.

While this school year is already shaping up to be a contentious one for trans kind, it's also one of great possibilities for you as well.  In addition to kids like Kai starting their school years in kindergarten, some are making the jump to middle school.  Others of you are starting high school or heading into your senior year, and some of you are heading off to college or into your last year of college.

And major props to those of you who are in grad school or law school.

Landon after being named Homecoming Queen Saturday. (Grady Reid/KCTV)Some of you before this year is over may have the opportunity to make some trans history along the way and become your school's (or your state's) first ever trans masculine or trans feminine homecoming kings or queens, or winning prom king or queen.

Some of you may choose to excel or compete in sports or other activities as your true selves, while others of you will be more concerned with simply handling your academic business and making friends along the way.

Whatever way you choose to handle your school business, know that your trans elders support you, and stand ready along with several organizations like Lambda Legal, the ACLU, GLSEN, GLAD and the Department of Justice to ensure your Title IX human rights are covered.

Best of luck to all of you and hope this is a successful 2016-17 academic year for all of you.

August 21st, 2016

Posted by Monica Roberts

White Lives Matter protested in front of the NAACP office in Third Ward on Sunday. Photo: Darla Guillen/Houston Chronicle
While many of us were at church or chilling out today, the local area white supremacists, feeling froggy because their man Donald Trump is running for president, decided to leap out of their suburban 'hoods and desecrate Third Ward with their presence.  

They showed up in front of the Houston NAACP headquarters on Wheeler Ave bearing guns, Confederate flags and White Lives Matter signs for a Sunday afternoon protest

Screen Shot 2016-08-21 at 8.35.05 PMThey claimed they weren't racist (dead giveaway) and weren't there to instigate or cause trouble, but the Confederate flag, guns and 'White Lives Matter' signs in addition to showing up in front of NAACP headquarters in the heart of the predominately Black Third Ward on a Sunday said otherwise.

They also spouted the laughably usual right wing bull feces claiming that Black Lives Matter is 'a terrorist organization' while wearing Trump 2016 t-shirts and hats.

They were also carrying a '14 Words' sign, which is a dog whistle to other white supremacists.

So what are those '14 Words'?

Fourteen Words is a reference to the white supremacist slogan: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children."

It also can refer to a different 14-word slogan in white supremacist circles that states "Because the beauty of the White Aryan woman must not perish from the earth."

NAACP president Cornell Brooks tweeted that 'We an not intimidated' by White Lives Matter' protesters.  And how ironic the white supremacist ignorati are protesting a human rights organization in the NAACP that was founded predominately by white people in 1909?

The Houston Black Lives Matter Chapter said in an official statement concerning the protest:

It came to our attention earlier this week that there would be a "White Lives Matter" protest today. While it is always tempting to go and challenge those White people who come out and attack our movement, it is more important that we teach Black people that ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬. People like these White supremacists are a waste of space and time, their minds are already made up and so are ours, What would we need to discuss with them?
 The hard truth is that the Houston Police Department has been waiting to pounce on us. The situation would have endangered us in a way that dishonors why one would die for the liberation of Black bodies. The moment we would have arrived, they would have protected those white folks who came to a Black community to protest not just BLM but all Black people and perpetuate the racism that has always been part of their ideology.
Hate is a powerful thing, but only IF you give it power and narrative.  

This mess today is why Trump, the GOP and the white supremacists who support him must suffer an utterly crushing electoral defeat on November 8.
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 10:14pm on 2016-08-21
[personal profile] raincitygirl drew my attention to this consideration of the Trump statues as body-shaming, but I find it hard to agree with, for a few reasons. (This was originally a comment on [personal profile] raincitygirl's journal but I moved it here to consider it more, and not hijack her journal.)

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posted by [personal profile] madfilkentist at 08:11pm on 2016-08-21
This morning I rode out to Sandown, another of the tiny towns in this area. It was seven miles each way, with a few serious hills. Wikipedia claims Sandown has a population of almost 6,000; it felt much smaller to me, with a town center that you could miss if you blinked.

The center's really interesting feature is the historically preserved train station, which has a couple of very old wooden passenger cars on it. It hasn't run any trains in decades, but the signs explain that it was once part of the Worcester and Portland line, the same line as the Nashua-Ayer rail trail which I loved to ride on.
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There seemed to be a rail trail behind the station, but after a hundred feet or so it changed from pavement to loose dirt and wouldn't have been much fun to ride on.

On the way back I stopped at a gas station/store for something to drink. As I left, I noticed a sign saying "No bicycles or skateboarding allowed." I apologize for bringing a bicycle onto their property, and I promise not to shop there in the future, with or without my bicycle. It's right next to a Walgreen's that's more bicycle-friendly.
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posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 06:00pm on 2016-08-21

Posted by Monica Roberts

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games are coming to a close today, and far from Donald Trump's loud and wrong assertion that the USA doesn't win anymore, that's all Team USA in all its diverse glory has been doing since the Games kicked off August 6 .

In many cases, they were historic wins in several sports like our first ever medals in the triathlon, or first medals of of any color in many sports in decades.

Team USA led all nations with 121 medals won, and 46 of them were gold.  The rest of the top five nations in the 2016 Rio Olympic medal count were Great Britain  (27 golds, 67 medals). China (26 golds, 70 medals) , Russia (19 golds, 56 total), and Germany (17 golds, 42 medals).

The closing ceremonies will happen starting at 7 PM CDT, and Simone Biles will be leading Team USA into the Maracana stadium as our flag bearer.  She's the first gymnast to be given that honor.

But after watching the competition in Rio play out over the last two weeks, I'm always sad when I see the Olympic flag come down from the flagpole where it has proudly flapped during the Games, get marched out of the stadium and the Olympic flame get extinguished.

This was also an interesting Olympics for me because I was in Washington DC when the opening ceremonies happened, watching some events from Chautauqua, and now back home in Houston for the closing ceremonies.

Fortunately because since 1992 the winter and summer Games are no longer contested in the same year, won't have to wait too long until Olympic sporting action happens again in just two short years in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The next summer games are in Tokyo, and will be interesting to see what happens for the Team USA Olympians that gather to compete four years from now in the Land of the Rising Sun.
August 20th, 2016
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 10:30pm on 2016-08-20

Posted by Monica Roberts

Caster Semenya celebrates his gold medal run
Well haters, Caster Semenya handled her Olympic business and won the 800m gold that eluded her in London.  

Semenya won her race in a personal best time of 1:55:28, which is not only the best time run in the world in the 800m this year, it was also a South African national record.

What was even more delicious for me was that the silver and bronze medalists who finished behind the Olympic champion were also continental Africans.  Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba captured the silver and Kenya's Margaret Wambui took the bronze/

.And unfortunately, the same innuendo that has dogged Semenya since 2009 has popped up in Rio to shadow the silver and bronze medalists.

Niyonsaba took the lead in the race with 300m to go but Semenya unleashed her finishing kick with 150m left in the race to win

The haters can keep on pouting in the corner and trying to throw shade at the now 25 year old Semenya.  The 800m gold medal is still going back to South Africa with Caster,  

Congratulations, and see you in 2020 sis as you defend your title in Tokyo.
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 09:57pm on 2016-08-20
Trump's in debt -- or the companies that he owns are in debt. Or that he says he owns. It's a little confusing. But the big number is not at all confusing: $650,000,000. Yes. $650 million.

So why would he even want a job that only pays $400,000 a year, plus a $50,000 expense account, an allowance for travel and a smaller allowance for entertainment?

Posted by Monica Roberts

One of the things I and many trans persons get sick of is people who don't live our trans lives making loud and wrong commentary about them that is detrimental to our humanity as trans people and our international human rights cause.

The latest person to fall into that trap of flapping their loud and wrong gums about our lives is actress Michelle Rodriguez.  She's already catching flak from our community concerning an upcoming movie in which she plays a doublecrossed male assassin that gets kidnapped and given SRS against his will in a movie originally called Tomboy but has now been renamed (re)Assignment.

Still not going to deflect from the fact this looming transphobic trope filled disaster of a movie will be desecrating multiplexes soon, and Trans World will still be calling out the problems in it.

Michelle Rodriguez tweet on Caster Semenya
I'll deal with that transphobic trainwreck of a movie in another post.  What I need to do right now is address the WTF tweet that Rodriguez sent calling for a transgender category in the Olympic Games that was aimed at South African 800m runner Caster Semenya, who goes for gold later tonight.

The first problem with this tweet is it's conflating the issues of transgender participation in sports with the issue of hyperandrogenism, and is spreading misinformation to do so.

Let me state for the record Ms. Rodriguez since you obviously aren't aware of this fact, but the IOC since 2004 has allowed trans people to compete in the Olympic Games after consulting with medical experts from around the world familiar with transgender medical issues and transgender inclusion in world sport.    

The International Olympic Committee was obviously satisfied enough about what they  heard from the IOC Medical Commission concerning transgender sporting participation in the Games to issue the Stockholm Consensus that many international sporting federations use as their guidelines for transgender sporting participation in the sporting competitions they oversee.

The International Olympic Committee also in November 2015 refined those procedures and policies in the wake of the IOC Meeting On Sex Reassignment and Hyperandrogenism.

The NCAA also allows transgender athletes to participate in collegiate sports, and those rules are mirrored by 34 state high school sporting associations and counting.

Let me also point out for you as well Ms. Rodriguez and any other peeps believing the fallacy, that trans women after a year on estrogen and testosterone suppression hormone protocols lose whatever strength and endurance advantage stemming from going through a masculine puberty.

I played varsity tennis in high school and still play from time to time, and I noticed I lost speed on my serve as a result of being on hormones since 1994,

The fallacy that because I or any trans feminine athlete went through a masculine puberty I could go out and for example join the women's professional tennis tour and dominate it is ludicrous at best and would be demolished the nanosecond I stood on a tennis court with Serena Williams on the other side of it and had to face her 120 mph serve she would blast past me with boring regularity.

And with trans feminine kids transitioning at earlier ages, they will be going through FEMALE puberty, not a masculine one.  It's also a disservice and an insult to cisgender female athletes everywhere to falsely claim that a trans feminine athlete would simply take over their sport just because we transitioned.

I'm also disappointed Ms. Rodriguez as a fan of your acting career, a fellow woman of color and BTLG community member that you resorted to attacking Caster Semenya as your vehicle to slam trans Olympic participation.  

I'm tired of seeing the racist attacks on Semenya from white women mad that Semenya has run the fifth fastest time ever in the 800m, and alarmed about the perceived threat in their minds that she presents to their hold on a track event they have recently dominated.

The fact that Semenya was 18 and from South Africa when she ran that 1:55:49 time at the 2009 world championships, and would only get better with time and training has really 'scurred' them into action to stop her since they feared they couldn't beat her on the track.

The ongoing attacks since 2009 on Semenya's femininity and gender presentation also plays into the racist 'unwoman' trope that has plagued African descended women across the African Diaspora since slavery, and has been exacerbated by the fact she is in a same sex relationship..

Looks like Mariya Savinova, the Russian woman who won the gold in London in 2012 had to allegedly get her better athletic performance through chemistry to beat Semenya.

But back to talking about trans people and their Olympic Games participation.

The IOC has made it clear in 2004 and again in 2015 that I or any trans person who puts in the work in their chosen sport, meets the criteria from their international sporting body and their national Olympic Committee to qualify for their national Olympic team in their chosen sport will be allowed to participate in the Olympic Games.

I want to see trans women do more in the Olympics than just be part of the opening ceremonies, I want to see a trans women one day standing on a medal platform and competing and winning in their chosen sports.  The trans kids growing up today also need to see that happen in a future winter or summer games and I hope they do in the rest of my remaining time on Planet Earth.

Ms. Rodriguez, being a cisgender person playing a transsexual in a bad transsexual trope filled movie doesn't make you an expert on our sporting lives.

Being a trans person or trans ally that is cognizant of the issues that impact our lives, and has either the lived experience or has done the research to intelligently talk about it does.

Posted by Monica Roberts

The five time defending Olympic champion USA women's basketball team has been marching toward this hopefully golden moment ever since they opened the Games on August 7 with a 121-56 blowout win in Group B play with Senegal.

The Team USA women then smashed Spain 103-63, Serbia 110-84, Canada 81-51, and China 102-65 to exit Group B play with a 5-0 record.

They then entered the knockout rounds and rolled to a 110-64 win over Japan on August 16 and punched their ticket to the gold medal game with an 86-67 win over FIBA number four ranked France to get to the Olympic basketball final for the sixth time since 1996.

This matchup for the gold medal is with a familiar foe in Spain. In addition to Team USA taking them down in the group stage, they vanquished the Spanish women in the 2014 FIBA World Championship final.

So how impressive and dominant is this 2016 Olympic version of Team USA?  

*They set the all time USA women point record (121) in the Senegal win.
*Set the US record for largest point differential in a game with the 65 point win over Senegal
*They became the first women's Olympic squad to score 100 points in three straight games.
*Set a new Olympic record of 40 assists in one game after tying the Olympic record of 36 assists set by the Soviet Union back in 1976.
* Have beaten their Rio Olympic competition by an average of 38.4 points

A lot is on the line for the Team USA women in addition to capturing their sixth consecutive gold medal since the 1996 Atlanta Games.  Also on the line is continued women's worldwide basketball supremacy, the FIBA number one ranking and auto qualifying spot in the 2019 FIBA championships, and their Olympic winning streak that has now reached 48 straight games since they won the bronze medal in Barcelona in 1992.

There is concern in the Team USA camp with point guard Sue Bird being day to day with a sprained knee suffered in the second quarter of the Japan game, but they are determined to complete their mission of being on the top step of the Olympic platform when this game is over.

If by some miracle Spain wins this game, it would be the biggest upset in Olympic basketball history and rank with the 1972 Munich gold medal game versus the Soviet Union the USA men had stolen from them in the final seconds.

Don't think this gold medal game with Spain will be that close, seeing that Team USA beat Spain by 40 points in pool play and the closest anyone has been to them was France in the semifinal, and they beat France by 19 points without Sue Bird in the lineup.

But Spain won't be rolling over for them either, and have some game film to study as a result of that pool play game. Game film cuts both ways, and we have Geno Auriemma on our bench and they don't.

We'll see if Team USA can win number 49 in a row today and their sixth straight gold medal at 1:30 PM CDT.
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 12:34pm on 2016-08-20
Broke a tooth last night, back molar that already had an inlay. Not in pain, but not happy about the probability of another crown.
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posted by [personal profile] synecdochic at 06:08am on 2016-08-20
Guess who went to go walk down the stairs, put her foot down in a pile of cat vomit and had it slide out from under her, and fell down an entire half-flight of stairs on her tailbone last night? Go on, guess.

Tailbone's hella bruised (may be fractured), left elbow is skinned like a motherfucker, and I wrenched my right shoulder so badly I think I may have torn some of the muscles in it. (Also, I was covered in cat vomit, sigh.) And I was already sick with some kind of viral thing, which had just started settling in my chest, so now every time I cough there's a shooting pain through my tailbone.

I'm not having a good week, sigh.
August 19th, 2016

Posted by Monica Roberts

Caster Semenya of South Africa competes during the
I was happy to see Caster Semenya of South Africa after all the drama she has been through since bursting into the world's consciousness at age 18 during the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin by running and winning the 800m in the fifth fastest time ever run by a woman.

She went through Hades after that because it is assumed she has a condition called hyperandrogenism, that naturally produces more testosterone in her body than the average female athlete, and some peeps are complaining that isn't fair to other female competitors.

Nobody complains about Michael Phelps feet acting like dolphin flippers when he's swimming. Nobody complains about Usain Bolt's 6'5" frame and long stride that allows him to effortlessly run away from his competition in the second half of 100m and 200m races.

What they do is just deal with the fact they are born with some competitive advantages, train harder and do their best to beat him.  Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't.

Gold medalist Mariya Savinova (L) of Russia celebrates with bronze medalist Ekaterina Poistogova after the Women's 800m Final at the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
But the fact Semenya is a continental African running in an athletics race that has been one that white female athletes have until recently dominated is probably one of the reasons I believe why she's gotten so much unwarranted crap and scrutiny.

It's one of the many reasons why I'm rooting for Semenya to win the gold medal she ironically lost out on in London to an allegedly steroid fueled Russian competitor in Mariya Savinova four years ago.

She won her 800m semifinal heat in 1:58.15 to get her to the finals with the best time.

Semenya is considered the favorite to be standing atop the medal podium hearing the South African national anthem after taking a silver medal in London.

And I'm going to have fun hopefully watching her do so.  
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posted by [personal profile] redbird at 09:48pm on 2016-08-19
I lost my Kindle on the way home from Montreal earlier this week. I had a Kindle 4, and looking briefly at lists of features, the more recent models don't look like improvements. In particular, I want the e-ink black-and-white display; I like the buttons for turning pages (recent models seem to all be touchscreens); and I like how small and therefore lightweight it is.

They're not making these anymore, but Amazon has links for several people and/or companies that have used models to sell. Before I take my chances there, I figure it's worth asking whether anyone I know has a Kindle 4 sitting around that they'd like to sell.
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 06:44pm on 2016-08-19
For no good reason, I want to see what Tony Stark would do with a sonic screwdriver. Never mind how he gets his hands on it. I want to see him go nuts over it.
posted by [syndicated profile] revlyncox_feed at 02:42pm on 2016-08-19

Next week, the UU Leaders Book Club on Goodreads is beginning Cultivating Empathy: The Worth and Dignity of Every Person – Without Exception by Nathan C. Walker. We’ll plan to finish it around September 2. Order your copy today from inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop. It’s also available as an E-book. While you are waiting, check out some of Walker’s short writings from the UUA’s Worship Web.

posted by [syndicated profile] revlyncox_feed at 02:30pm on 2016-08-19

In When Moses Meets Aaron, Susan Beaumont and Gil Rendle offer big picture ideas and detail-oriented practical advice for handling accountability and power in faith communities.

Reblog, reply, or join the conversation in the UU Church Leaders Book Group on Goodreads. In your communities (or small business or nonprofit), what values are important to you as your build the organizational structure? How does your spirituality inform the way you set expectations and design reporting relationships among people who work together?

Posted by Monica Roberts

I've been watching the Olympics since the 1968 Summer Games in Mexico City, and have been fortunate to be around to see some legendary athletes and performances on the Olympic stage along with all the drama as well.

From Jim Hines breaking the 10 second barrier in the 100m to Edwin Moses dominating the 400m hurdles in 1976, (1980 we boycotted the Moscow Games) 1984 and winning 122 straight international races along the way to Flo Jo in 1988, I've gotten to see some amazing legendary athletes in not just athletics (track and field to us Americans) but across all sports.

The Rio Games hasn't been any different, because we have gotten to witness Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt cement his legacy as one of the greatest of all time with threepeats in the 100m, 200m and can tonight with a threepeat win in the 4x100m relay to capture his ninth gold medal since his world record setting 2008 Olympic debut in Beijing.

Michael Phelps has done the same thing in the pool by bumping up his gold medal total to an incredible 23 golds (3 silvers, 2 bronze medals) 28 medals won over an Olympic career that started with him winning zero medals in Sydney in 2000 but being they youngest qualifier for an Olympic team at age 15 in 68 years.

He is now the most decorated Olympic athlete ever, and one of the greatest US swimmers since Mark Spitz in 1972.

There is also the sustained excellence of the USA women in basketball, who are FIBA's number one ranked squad and the defending world and Olympic champions.  

The Team USA women ballers have won five straight gold medals since the 1996 Atlanta Games and will play for their sixth consecutive gold medal tomorrow against a Spanish team they demolished in pool play 103-63.

They beat FIBA fourth ranked France in the semis 86-67 to advance to the gold medal match and win their 48th consecutive game in Olympic play since the 1992 Barcelona Games bronze medal game.

But since Team USA played Spain already in pool play and blew them out, I'm thinking that with much higher stakes in this match, Spain will step up their level of play.  Hopefully Sue Bird will be back in the Team USA lineup after missing the semifinal game with a strained knee

There was also a surprise medal from another legendary athlete in Venus Williams.  After shocking losses in the Rio Olympic singles and doubles tournament, Venus made it to the mixed doubles gold medal final with her partner Rajeev Ram, but fell to fellow Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock.

The silver medal she earned with Ram was Venus' fifth medal in Olympic tennis competition dating back to the 2000 Sydney Games.  Williams won gold in the singles and in the doubles competition with little sis Serena in Sydney, Beijing (2008) and in London (2012).  

But it's also a time to watch potential Olympic stars and legends emerge as well.  One of those is Ashton Eaton, who became the first man to repeat as the Olympic decathlon champion since Daley Thompson of Great Britain won back to back decathlons in 1980 and 1984.   Will he attempt the decathlon threepeat that no one has ever accomplished in Tokyo?

We'll have to wait until 2020 to find out.   But it sure has been fun to watch legends win.

Posted by Monica Roberts

The Rio Olympic Games are cruising to their final weekend of competition before the closing ceremonies happen on Sunday, and we have seen it all.

Teams and individuals favored for medals upset well before they get to the medal platform. Unheralded athletes having the meets of their lives to claim medals.  Legendary athletes cementing their place in Olympic and sporting history.  The unbridled joy of athletes winning first ever medals for their nations in their sporting disciplines.

As the TransGriot and the world have been watching the Olympic coverage, the world keeps turning, and the stupidity and ignorance still fills the news channels as I flip the channels away from the nonstop Olympic coverage, and I have got to call the fools out on their BS.

So here's this week's Shut Up Fool winners in Olympic style.

The SUF bronze medal goes to guess who?  The Republican presidential nominee for pick an offensive comment.

THe SUF silver medal comes to the Lone Stat State for in Austin City Councilmember Dan Zimmerman for his offensive comment he made to a largely Latinx audience during a city council meeting.

He has a long negative history of making offensive comments, and may he pay for it at the ballot box on November 8

This week's Shut Up Fool gold medal winner is a group award for US swimmer Ryan Lochte and his USA swimming teammates who created an international incident after getting drunk after an Olympic Village party, demolishing a gas station bathroom, getting detained, and then Lochte claiming they had been robbed.

The story fell apart after the media dug in and the Brazilian legal system got to work debunking it to the point where the USOC committee had to issue an apology for their behavior.

Lochte, who jumpstarted this mess, managed to get out of Brazil and back to the US along with Jonathan Feigen, ,but Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger weren't so fortunate.

The other thing that has pissed me off about this incident is peeps rushing to Lochte's defense claiming his 32 year old azz is 'just a kid' , but 12 year old Tamir Rice by contrast was a 'grown man' who police were justified in murdering for the 'crime' of playing with a BB gun in a public park.

But yeah, according to whiteness, Gabby Douglas not having her hand over her heart during an Olympic medal ceremony was more worthy of outrage than these fools destroying property in the Olympic host nation, making a false robbery accusation , and creating a multi day distraction from the positive coverage that all the Olympians deserved.

White privilege in action.  

Ryan Lochte and the USA swimmers who embarrased this country with your big lie, shut up fools!
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 12:48pm on 2016-08-19
I'm now in as twistedchick (though I haven't done anything yet but look around). And Imzy gave me five invites to give away -- if you'd like one, let me know. (I will need an email address to send it to.)

The Summer Sinus Cold of Longevity is still clutching at my nasal passages but sloooowly going away. I actually slept most of last night without problems, something that hasn't happened in two weeks.

It seems as if some of the mosquitoes have gone away. I hope they send for their relatives soon and they all go. I'd like to sit in my lounge chair on the back patio without becoming dinner for them, regardless of how much stinky stuff I put on.



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