Perry in Texas has FINALLY legalized the ability of a human being to speak the words "Merry Christmas" to another person. Except it was already legal. Everywhere.
Wouldn't think so according to my FB feed though. It's just COVERED with persecution whiners, misspelled rants, and derogatory remarks for anyone who states the obvious: "it wasn't illegal in the first place".
Lovely way to start my morning. Not entirely unexpected, though.
Ugh - the midden has hit the windmill. Despite having confessed my atheism to my parents back in May, it was apparently necessary to say it again. Now, it appears they may have missed the first memo, since it's now been 2 weeks since i e-mailed them and no response yet. Part of me wants to call and have it out in an epic circus of conflicting views ... and other part wants to give up and let them rest their hopes fully on my brother. Meh, he's the favorite anyway.
Every now and then i get up on my anti-circumcision soapbox ... usually when a friend of mine spawns a new critter and (almost) always goes ahead with something i consider to be little better than child abuse. Would you ever submit your newborn daughter to have her labia trimmed, just to make it more aesthetically appealing? Of course not, it's f-ing barbaric. When i confronted one such friend about her decision (after listening to her lament the amount of blood in her newborn son's diaper) she said "I dunno, it's, like, better for them, right? Cleaner and stuff ... i think."
You should NOT be allowed to breed if you fail basic hygiene and biology. I suppose if you're a complete animal who can't be bothered to keep yourself clean by *gasp* washing all your bits and engaging in a little good grooming; if you wallow in your own filth and go into fits when presented with a bar of soap and some warm water; if you'd rather not touch those naughty bits your religion tells you to be ashamed of, then yeah, you should probably just chop 'em all off and save yourself the trouble.
Seriously, WTF is wrong with people? Unless you have a legitimate medical condition that constricts your foreskin or otherwise prompts the removal of it for actual health reasons, then LEAVE IT ALONE.
I had two Jehovas come to my door the other day ... wedged their feet right in by asking "Do you believe that Adam and Eve were REAL people?". I thought about it, considering the length of time it would take to lay out the difference between figurative reality and physical reality and how the names COULD be designated to the progenitors of the species (as a progressive collection of landmark genetic samples) without ever having actually existed in the literary context i was clearly being fed ... but then i remembered my audience and simply said "I'm an atheist, and i'm sitting down to lunch, so thanks for stopping but I don't really care." and shut the door.
Then i had lunch (tomato and turkey-bacon sandwiches).
"This makes me wonder if you can put mashed squash in with some mashed potatoes. I've tried mashed cauliflower mixed with mashed potatoes (it cuts back on the carbs) and it is pretty good. But I'm not the recipe type, usually."
"Oooh now THAT sounds tasty ... I'll have to see if the local organic place has chickpea flour, although sometimes the local college-town EconoFoods surprises me. I've never purposely eaten the rind on an acorn squash, but i suppose as long…"
"Try this Indian recipe. I'll find the curried squash dish as well and post it here soon.
Acorn Squash Fritters
1 acorn squash (about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds)
for the batter:
2/3 cup chickpea flour
2/3 cup all purpose flour
2/3 cup rice flour (or…"
"The most efficient solution may well be to make plenty of squash soup and freeze it.
Here's our (simple) favorite:
Squash and Apple Soup
1 small onion
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 T butter
1 small-to-medium butternut…"
"Hm ... good idea. I rarely use heavy cream (quiche, cream of mushroom soup, and that's about it), but if it's best for the recipe I'll usually try at least once. I hadn't even considered using squash as a potato stand-in. Thanks!"