Entries from divided America

  • November 2022
  • Image by Gun from Pixabay 

    Turkey Trials

    For the last several years I've been lucky enough to enjoy a sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner at the home of friends. I'm not the only orphan and stray who attends, and yesterday the guests included a man I'd met once before, who works for a legal organization bent on preventing "government overreach and abuse."

    Is your spine starting to tingle?

    I'm not one to argue for the sake of arguing, and on holidays I definitely strive to keep the peace. I can't remember how it all started, but at one point our hostess passionately pontificated on how the Constitution omits her as a woman, and while the conservative fellow seated next to me seemed sympathetic on the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe, he proceeded to reel off a host of Fox News talking points, from crime in the cities to people flooding over the border.

    When he declared that gun control helped bring about the Holocaust, Ms. Keep-the-Peace couldn't keep her yap shut. I never thought I'd leap into a holiday fracas over politics, as so many have done around the dinner table over the past few years, but there I was. Participating in the new American holiday tradition.

    But you know what made the whole scene more painful? I'd swear by the hem of Harvey Milk's sweater that this man is a closet case.

    He's about 60, and single, and my friends are unaware of any past romantic attachments with women. My gaydar shrieked the first time I met him.

    When he spoke of Seattle's downtown having grown terrifying due to the presence of so many homeless, addicts and mentally ill people on the streets, I actually agreed there's a problem. But my arguing that a host of reasons caused the problem fell on deaf ears. That part, I decided as I drove home later, wasn't important to him. These people scare him, so they're bad. Causes are irrelevant distractions to such a black and white thinker. So is empathy.

    In his world, right and wrong are clearly delineated, and simplistic. He lives in a box. In a closet. He's a geometric marvel.

    If he started letting in other thoughts—like perhaps that Honduran woman and her child have a reason for swimming across the Rio Grande, or Chris Evans is hot—would he fall apart? Or be reborn?

    All I can say for certain is we were a lively bunch between dinner and dessert yesterday, and that whole notion of tryptophan in the turkey causing sleepiness is for the birds.

  • August 2022
  • Image:  Wikipedia

    This Week's Quote

    How the heck can Joe Biden call America First conservatives a threat to democracy with a straight face and a dry diaper? He's the one who has allowed millions to invade our southern border. He's the one who is robbing hardworking Americans to pay for Karen's daughter's degree in lesbian dance theory.

    Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO)

    Source:  "Hannity" on Fox News

  • July 2022
  • Image by Tom from Pixabay 

    The Welcome Wagon

    I just introduced myself to the new neighbors. We had a nice chat.

    However, I was wearing my Ruth Bader Ginsburg t-shirt, so if I should go missing, look next door.

  • October 2021
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    Photo:  Facebook

    Loaded Day

    It's Oct. 11, so that means it's National Coming Out Day.

    I'm a lesbian. You're shocked.

    Today also happens to be Columbus Day. President Joe Biden issued the customary presidential proclamation honoring Christopher Columbus, along with Italian Americans, but Biden also issued the first-ever presidential proclamation marking today as Indigenous Peoples' Day.

    It seems to me this is a lot of social and political pressure to put on one day. I hope we can come together as a united nation tomorrow to celebrate that most important of events, National Gumbo Day.

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