Saturday, November 15, 2008

in my life

last saturday I had the squirrely idea to designate saturdays as animal photo day on mouse medicine. initially I thought I'd just post pictures of squirrels on saturday (if you made it through last saturday's post you might even recall my mentioning this). then I realized that was problematic. given the way my brain works, I'd probably want to designate a day for photos of cats and another day for dogs (although there is no alliteration for cats and dogs with respect to the days of the week). geez, and next thing I'd start thinking that maybe it would be a fun to start a blog just for animal photos! whoa, have to put the brakes on that idea, I don't maintain the blogs I already have!

today's photo should be one of a duck considering the type of day it is - it's the kind of day that folks say is a good day for ducks - wet and rainy and no sign of it easing off. I hope the rain doesn't dampen people's desire to head downtown this afternoon for the fight the H8 rally. there are rallies scheduled in every state today as part of an initiative called join the impact.

on november 4th there was great cause for celebration in these united states; many of us felt that a major victory was won in terms of advancing civil and human rights as we elected the first person of color to the 'highest office.' but tuesday was another case of two steps forward and one step backward (or would it be one step forward and four steps backward). four states - california, florida, arizona, and arkansas voted down equal rights for all citizens. if you don't know what I'm talking about check out judith warner's piece, "what it felt like to be equal" in thursday's new york times for a nice, brief, and accessible article.

one of the major opponents to giving gay people the right to marry have been the mormons. as matthew posted this is high on the irony scale:
you would think that a group of people who were almost wiped out and had to flee across the country because they "redefined marriage" would be a little more understanding.
gotta run. quack. quack.

"in my life" by john lennon and paul mccarthy (released 1965)


R.L. Bourges said...

Reading the Judith Warner piece, I thought; how interesting, that's exactly how I saw it - as if there was this huge blob of intolerance and hatred that had simply shifted under the pressure to 'officially' scapegoat another target group. So the question is: how does one manage to let the seething anger and hatred in that blob escape in a healthy way? Huge question, I know.

In the meantime, thanks for the Beatles memory. Great song.

And you've got yourself one cute little beggar on your doorstep there (you know he'll never let up, right?)

best, petite souris

bitchlet said...

I can't imagine how frustrating it must be to be denied such a basic right. To love.

"..long before the Love Laws were made. That lay down who should be loved. And How. And How Much.."

Arundhati Roy (but I quote from memory)

Quack Quack.

Megan said...

Love that Beatles song.
Love that tame squirrel.

Prop H8 is so wrong. I find myself looking at perfectly normal people around me, wondering if they voted yes.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Aw, what a naughty/cute looking squirrel! At the moment we have baby squirrels all over the place - too sweet for words.

As for the vote on Prop 8, I'm just gobsmacked. I've read several blogs where people have talked about it and as you say, it feels like there is a one step forward two steps backwards thing going on. To deny people the commitment to express their love is simply heinous. It's not like banning gay marriages is going to put an end to the love two people feel for one another. It's just rank intolerance, fear and ignorance that gives rise to a result like this.

tut-tut said...

That's my favorite Beatles song. Marriage gives more than just a means to express love; there are legal and financial aspects that a civil union does not allow. Marriage for everyone who so desires it.

Squirrel said...

I think I'll steal your idea -- Feline Fridays!!!

Ernest de Cugnac said...

that squirrel is pure Disney (I realise that could be an insult - you will have to tell it I meant it as a compliment).

Barbara said...

That is one very cute squirrel. I have a hard time being mad at them for stealing the birdseed.

I love most anything Beatles. Now it's stuck in my head. Wish you could have been on our mini-road trip to Polyface Farm today.

Squirrel said...

I saw a little red squirrel today but didn't get a pic....
I just signed into my e mail after not for awhile--300+ emails! oh jeeze-- I've been so busy at work, I only check my office e mail-- yikes...

mouse (aka kimy) said...

rlb - re the begger. he's got a couple buddies in the back yard but this guy is the only one who is brazen and comes to the porch. saturday f said he wanted to come into the house!

b - frustrating and outrageous! thanks for the quote.

megan - we were so shocked that calif could vote for it.

av - well said.

tut - right on!

squirrel - feline fridays! you are clever. duh! are we to look forward to the cats of nyack on fridays!

ernie - I took it as one....I swear this guy can talk!

barbara - squirrels gotta eat too! the birds I'm sure are happy to share. not a bad earworm. polyface farm - odd name!

squirrel - yikes 300+ emails I'd be paralyzed....hope they all didn't require a reply!

Saretta said...

Very good article. Really makes you feel it.

Saretta said...

p.s. Amazing squirrel photo!!!

~Me~ said...

I have a deep and abiding penchant for squirrels - this photo is amazing! Great shot!

In my neck of the woods, the Prop 8 rally wasn't held on the 15th (not enough notice, the organizers said...bully on them!). The whole point was unity...point obviously missed.

p.s. I'm still feeling the glow of the Obama victory, and the sting of Prop 8. What a bittersweet time.