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November 13, 2009

I know some of you bastards (and bastard lovers) thought you were rid of us. Nope. Not that easy. We have been busy! 6a010535fc6c30970c0120a5366e2e970c-800wi

How’s that picture for a reminder of the carbuncle on your ass?

  1. not ya mammy permalink
    November 13, 2009 6:06 pm

    I just love you ladies! 🙂

  2. Level Best permalink
    November 13, 2009 7:10 pm

    This is for you, Kitty. I love, love 19th century lit, and I’ve just recently started reading books by Fanny (Frances) Trollope, Anthony Trollope’s mama. She wrote 41 books in the early 19th century (!!!) and kept her family fed thereby. Although she’s mostly been zapped into oblivion by the worshippers of the Dead White Men Canon, she is wickedly funny and a thoroughly enjoyable novelist. Here’s a taste from her book Michael Armstrong, the Factory boy:

    “She was not one of the idle gossipers who delight in
    chattering about their own concerns to every one who will listen ;
    she despised such weakness, and had never been heard to hint at
    her own parentage, or early history, to any one; rightly considering,
    that when such matters are unceasingly discussed, they may be ex-
    ceedingly likely to prevent people’s minding their own business,
    while devoting; an undue share of attention to that of others.”


    • November 13, 2009 8:25 pm

      Level Best, I love those tee hee hee moments one can get out of 19th century literature. I didn’t set out to become familiar with lots and lots of literature from that time but it seems to have turned out that way, —and I love it. (When I was first studying Literature at school I was set on the early 20th century). I think it is the psychological development or exposure of one’s psyche juxtaposed with the circumstances of the time, as in, the collective morality of the people vs. their thoughts/actions of that time that provide me with all the laughs.

      I am aware of Ms. Trollope. You know the poor woman (and later on her son, Anthony) were roasted by their contemporaries for turning out boilerplate-ish work. Nevertheless, both were able to compartmentalize the criticism and stay well fed (she had a pathetic husband. I think a drunk and a spendthrift). Interestedly enough, by all outward appearances Anthony Trollope was a conservative but weaved (although elusively) (perhaps subconsciously) a feminist bent into several of his novels. Right now in my grubby hands, I have Frances Trollope’s, Domestic Manners of the Americans. I bought it last year, from Barnes & Noble’s end of the year warehouse clearance. So far, the first chapter has been hilarious. I need to keep it handy though because for some reason I have let it escape my grasp. I will remember to post good excerpts from Domestic Manners of the Americans when I do get into it.

      If you haven’t seen Cranford yet, perhaps your county library has a copy. I love the county library. And if they don’t, they can borrow it from another library in another state. If you do decide to do that, you may consider also asking for Anthony Trollope’s, The Way We Live Now on DVD (If you haven’t seen it already). It is a very good adaptation from the book.

      I’m going to look for Frances Trollope’s works on etext.

  3. November 13, 2009 7:11 pm

    I missed you (in more ways than one, hello) and love the Nixon pic. I’m finally feeling like I’m coming back from the dead. Jesus what a couple of weeks.


  4. Level Best permalink
    November 13, 2009 7:53 pm

    I’m glad you’re feeling better, Joan. I read your blog, and what you’ve been through sounds ghastly.

  5. November 13, 2009 11:21 pm

    Hello everyone. Glad to hear AROOO isn’t going anywhere.

    Here’s an interesting article by Julie Bindel —

  6. November 18, 2009 8:01 pm

    Kitty!!! I’ve missed you too! When you changed from Blogger to WordPress, I couldn’t get in without being invited and I didn’t know how the hell to do that! I tried a couple times though before I gave up. I thought you needed some “alone time” or something! 😉 Then today, I noticed your name in Cinie’s blogroll and thought I’d try again and here you are! Hey Margaret!!

    So happy to find you ladies again!

    • November 18, 2009 8:41 pm

      Well, glad you are back. When you de-linked us, I thought, oh, okay, she must be through with us. LOL!

      Still can’t stand that fraud, O_ _ _ _. Can’t bring myself to even say his name.

    • atheistwoman permalink
      November 18, 2009 11:56 pm

      You said it Kitty. I did not mind him so much at first. You know, I thought to myself, he is better than Bush, he is better than Bush. But at least when Bush lied no Democrat believed him. Unfortunately I am in conservative Democrat heaven, and they all love him, he is their goddamned savior. He is their poster child, their love child, their prodigal son, their enfant terrible. I am telling you he is their crack-cocaine. He has their “interests at heart.” Yeah, well, when, when will you wake up and smell the coffee. He doesn’t give a damn about you.

    • November 19, 2009 2:06 am

      “Through with??” Whatever for?? Like I said, I de-linked because I couldn’t get in – and I’m certainly glad to be back! Since I’ve been asleep waa-a-y longer than I’ve been awake, I sought out sites like yours that made me think about things that had never really occurred to my “sleeping mind.” Thanks for that (in case I never said so).

      That we may have disagreed on occasion (I really don’t remember that happening much), has absolutely nothing to do with our continuing our conversations, trust me.

      As for the Changeling (Oops! Just threw up in my mouth) – we’re on the same page.

    • November 19, 2009 4:18 am

      Deb, I was not alluding to anything in particular. I am just hyper-aware of how people fall out of love with us. I appreciate that you are an exception and respect what you have to say (better you than me, because it takes effort and energy that I don’t have for most of that stuff you write).

      Speaking of him: I was watching the media preen over him taking a few steps on the Great Wall of China and I had to ask myself. “Does he act like he just won a billion dollar lottery or does the media treat him so, or, is it a little of both.” I mean, damn. Other presidents have gone to foreign countries before and there never was such an air of a middle school field trip to Disney Land before. Granted, Bush’s sorry ass used to attend historical places/events and look like he could not wait to get back to his private room/club and swig a few. As in, “God Bless America, I seent America and don’t need to see anywhere else.” But the Changeling, acts like he won the lottery. I swear he does. Wasn’t there a few Roseanne episodes with her winning the lottery? I’m not sure because it lost my interest. But there are some similarities for sure. Now I don’t expect earnestness all the time, especially if it is contrived, but come on. There does seem to be an element of, this is all one big holiday just for me because doggone it I am number one. It almost makes me pity the poor bastard. Can you imagine the level of ego stroking and stimulation the man will need when he is no longer in “the greatest position of power in the free world.” He is just so gross. Bush used to get the mute button, now he does. Speaking of which. Have you noticed how he says the last word of a sentence louder (and sometimes slower) than the preceding words? Dude! Cadence cannot be learned (especially when it is a bunch of windy city crackers trying to teach it to him). It has to come from the gut, the soul. LOL!

  7. November 19, 2009 11:22 pm

    “I appreciate that you are an exception and respect what you have to say (better you than me, because it takes effort and energy that I don’t have for most of that stuff you write).”

    Thanx Kitty. I know what you mean. But if I don’t put it down, it just swirls around in my brain all day and night, just bumping up against each other and keeping me awake! Maybe one of these days, I’ll figure it out. Until then – I write. 😉

    “Does he act like he just won a billion dollar lottery or does the media treat him so, or, is it a little of both.”

    Definitely both! But you hit the nail right on the head – it’s always and only been about him. Not even about him and his wife and his girls – just him. I just get the feeling that his little JayZ-brush-myself-off performance to, “I Got 99 Problems and a Bitch Ain’t One” was solely about Hillary Clinton. A narcissitic megalomaniac to be sure.

    “Dude! Cadence cannot be learned (especially when it is a bunch of windy city crackers trying to teach it to him). It has to come from the gut, the soul. LOL!”

    Gir-l-l, don’t make me holler!! 🙂 His trying to channel Martin (when politically expedient of course) is like shining up shit and calling it gold!!! 😀

  8. November 20, 2009 2:16 am

    “You say 32, we say fuck you!”

    I am loving the UCLA protesters.

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