qotd, related to a certain healthcare plan in a certain deliberative federal body

“But the plans were on display…”
“On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”
“That’s the display department.”
“With a flashlight.”
“Ah, well, the lights had probably gone.”
“So had the stairs.”
“But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?”
“Yes,” said Arthur, “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard.”

-- A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams. a tip of the hat goes to one Julie Powell, however, who pointed it out.


qotd, blunt force trauma

"I join my family on Emerald Isle for Thanksgiving and have a great screaming fight with my Republican father, who yells at one point, “Donald Trump is not an asshole!” I find this funny but at the same time surprising. Regardless of whether or not you voted for him, I thought the president-elect’s identity as a despicable human being was something we could all agree on. I mean, he pretty much ran on it."

-- David Sedaris in the Paris Review, "A Number of Reasons I've Been Depressed Lately"


qotd, attic vampires

"So, if you’ve been following the crazy bullshit that is my body trying to kill me you already know that I’m on a ton of new meds to fix a ton of broken shit, but the newest update is that my doctor called with more blood results and was like, “Girl, you’ve got ALL the anemias.  Pernicious was just the beginning.  Stop hogging the anemias” and I was like, “I don’t even know what that means” and basically it means that I’m missing a lot of blood for no reason, which sort of makes sense because I lose shit all the time, but it seems like if it was misplacing blood I’d remember, or at least Victor would yell at me for leaving all my blood around like he does about the trail of half-filled glasses of water that I leave in my wake.  “Missing blood” seems a little disconcerting, like when you’re missing time, except usually that’s because of alien abductions so at least you have a reasonable explanation."

-- I love the Bloggess just in general but this post is comedy gold.


qotd, bad citizenship

"We owe it to ourselves to take account of reality. And we owe it to the country, too. It is cheap, it is cowardly, and it is bad citizenship to simply shriek “fake news!” every time reality forces a hard choice upon us. Living in a free, self-governing society means making a great many hard choices, and there is no one to make them but us."

-- Kevin D. Williamson, "Consuming Journalism 101"  


qotd, 30-year old dudes

Through her fund-raising and Off the Sidelines PAC, Gillibrand has raised close to $6 million for women candidates in the past five years. “I will help you run,” she tells a young woman who says she’s thinking of entering politics at a recent event at the Manhattan women’s club, the Wing. “It doesn’t matter if you haven’t worked your way up. The guys run every time. I can’t tell you how many 30-year-old dudes believe they should be senator or president. Women, we’re like, ‘Well, maybe after ten years of working …’ No. Just run for the office you want to run for and run on the issue you want to fix.”

-- My Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, who I love.


qotd, the patriarchy

New pod with yrs trly and Sarah Bowen Shea at Another Mother Runner. We talked with Big Fit Girl Louise Green and I had a revelation.

Now, the quote:

"P.S. If you want a customer for life, make a single commercial that features a man fulfilled by yogurt, scrubbing the kitchen, making dinner for his family, and admiring his carpet. That's the 'normal' I'm looking for."

-- Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, from The Amazing Thing About the Way it Goes.


qotd, but a b ain't one

"Before I understood the link between my beliefs and my feelings – and we are talking well into adulthood – and before I found a good way to regain custody of my feelings, my solution was to eat. Eating is sometimes the perfect solution, but only for one or two problems, like hunger. I always seemed to have, as the song goes, 99 problems. Which is another way of saying I weighed far too much."

-- Max Daniels on Taking Custody of your Emotions