Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday shuffle

1. Episcopal Campaign Song - Mark Giroux
2. Cry Me a River - Susan Boyle
3. The Cats of Cash - Garrison Keillor and Frederica Von Stade
4. Chesky: The Agnostic, Resurrection - David Chesky
5. Mascagni: Regina Caeli - Ave Maria University
6. Schumann: To Thee Old Cause - Bernstein, NY Philharmonic
7. Berlioz: Requiem, Rex tremendae - Norrington
8. Bruckner: Vexilla Regis
9. Britten: A Boy was Born, Herod - Sixteen
10. Persichetti: Woodcutter - Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia
Mostly classical this time because I was looking for items that don't appear regularly if ever. I get tired of the way iTunes and the iPhone handle "shuffle". I get the same stuff over and over. I have 2707 "songs" but I keep getting the same "albums" over and over. Frustrating. Next week, if I do this, I'll do Christmas. I skip those the rest of the year.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Temporary respite?

But clouding up again. Temperature was 6° when I got up. Now up to 27°. Need one "warm" day to wash the cats' blankets. Probably tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Still snowing

Two views out the front window. Yes, those are icicles.

The view out the back door.
The view out the kitchen window.

Monday, December 6, 2010


I watched the Prop 8 hearing today. The lawyer for Prop 8 had nothing to say basically. As with the original trial, I could see no legitimate defense of their position.

The National Organization for Marriage (not really) condemned one of the judges today. His wife is the executive director of the ACLU in California therefore he can't be impartial. In other words, he may be able to weigh the evidence and come to an intelligent conclusion that may disagree with the unChristian hatred NOM espouses therefore he needs to recuse himself.

Yesterday I read an article about Gene Robinson planning to remain on the public stage after retiring. The comments are revealing. People who have never met Gene or heard him speak simply hate him for no reason.

People who are anti-homosexual/lgbt/"queer"/etc. have little or no idea what they are talking about and have little if any interest in learning more about the subject. They may say they have many "friends" who are lgbt but they don't approve of their "lifestyle" so are they really "friends"? They say they love their lgbt neighbors but they believe lgbt's choose to love people of the same sex and can choose to fall in love with people of the opposite sex. They deny same sex families the stability of legal marriage even tho they preach that marriage is of the ultimate importance. They say their Bible condemns same sex love while ignoring Jesus's teaching that we should love all. Oh, yes, "loving" means trying to get lgbts to change their Godde-given nature.

I'm sorry but I don't accept any of it. Regardless of the intended message, the antis hate/fear homosexuals and others with "nonstandard" sexual attraction. There is no legitimate defense of homophobia and homohatred. It is based on ignorance and fear primarily promoted by pseudoChristian religionists.

So they know an lgbt person whose behavior is destructive. Are there no straights with destructive behavior? So there is a gay man who spends too much time in bars perhaps picking up one night stands. No straight man ever does that - let alone a married one? So some same sex couples split after a period of time together. Ever hear of divorce? Children fare best in families with two parents. So why do straights divorce so often leaving kids with a single mother who can barely support them let alone parent "perfectly"? Shouldn't everyone support same sex marriage to provide children with a stable household? How would the marriage of a same sex couple ruin someone else's straight marriage anyhow? A straight who doesn't fully support the rights of lgbts yet claims to not be prejudiced is lying. It is that simple. I'm tired of it.

PS: I love Ted Olson! David Boies is a little too stiff for my taste but Ted seems so honest, so real.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Three's a crowd

Left to right: LittleOne, Dude and PuddyTat. Dudie displaced PT overnight. This morning he got hungry at the wrong time and PT retook her box. So Dude just moved in with LittleOne who was not pleased. When I got home from church I put a heating pad in a box on the 2nd shelf and PuddyTat took it over. It should actually be warmer than these boxes because it only has one opening. But she can't see me from below. The only thing I don't like about having Dude on the roof is his unwillingness to leave and inclination to pee everywhere. We went thru that last year. Ugh. If he starts to do that again, I'll physically remove him when he is on the roof. He is the only cat I can sometimes pick up.

For now, Dude and LO are in the upper boxes and PT is below. Tim is in her foam in the canoe. Tommie is in his blanket burrow in the barn. Somebody - Lady or Jellico - is in the new large box made in case Lady has kittens in the barn. Somebody else is in a blanket on the loveseat in the barn. I do not feed the cats in the barn but I do have a heated water dish there. And three litter boxes.

And we have maybe 6 inches of snow with lots more predicted. I've been plowed once tho I didn't need it yet. There is plenty of food for me, the felines and the feathered friends. I could get snowed in happily but probably won't.