NJ Gays To Dems: See Ya

Good. They can’t keep marginalizing people and expecting them to wait for crumbs:

The largest gay-rights advocacy group in New Jersey has announced it will no longer give money to the Democratic Party.

The move follows the state legislature’s failure last month to legalize gay marriage and amid growing signs that the effort to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is already faltering.

“No political party has a record good enough on LGBT civil rights that it can rightfully claim to be entitled to our money on a party-wide basis,” said the chairman of Garden State Equality, Steven Goldstein, as quoted at PolitickerNJ.com.

“No longer will we let any political party take our money and volunteers with one hand, and slap us in the face with the other when we seek full equality,” Goldstein added.

Mo Snow

One reason I’m glad we’re getting another two feet of snow is that the older snow is starting to look dirty.

In my part of the city, a lot of people park their cars under the nearby I-95 so they don’t have to dig them out of their parking spots. It’s still pretty bad on the side streets.

A Miracle

My friend called me at 10 last night. He’d been at a conference in Dallas and now he couldn’t get a flight home to D.C.

“I told you,” I said.

“Told me what?”

“I told you the other day this big storm was going to hit and you might be stranded.”

“You did?”

It was even worse than I thought. A lot of the Amtrak lines weren’t operating, and the airlines were barely functional. He thought maybe he’d fly into Miami instead, stay over a day and fly home from there.

“Are you crazy? The SuperBowl fans are all going to be heading out of there today, and when they find out their flights are canceled, it’ll be a zoo.”

Well, he called me an hour ago to let me know he’d gotten up at 4:30, flown to Atlanta, and then into Baltimore, and was on a train pulling into to D.C.’s Union Station. I was so happy for him.

Because there’s no place like home after being away.

Duh

Who don’t know that? (via Maya.)

Would it interest you to know that many, many metaphysical traditions say the exact same thing? Many moons ago, I used to date a grad student who was a quantum physicist. He’d tell me all this stuff and get really annoyed when I’d say, “Yeah, I knew that.”

Because, you know, I couldn’t show the work.

Obstruction and Acquiescence

Looks like the Republicans will try to block the jobs bill. Which reminds of something Paul Krugman wrote yesterday: “A vote for a Republican, no matter what you think of him as a person, is a vote for paralysis.”

But by now, we know how the Obama administration deals with those who would destroy it: it goes straight for the capillaries. Sure enough, Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, accused Mr. Shelby of “silliness.” Yep, that will really resonate with voters.

Healing

Just came back from a two-hour session with Angelo, my massage therapist, who unlocked some of the very painful deep knots in my foot and calf that have locked in as a result of my sprained ankle and the related maladaptive postures.

It’s really gratifying to have found someone who, unlike most doctors, is actually interested in finding out the source of physical problems instead of just treating the symptoms. I mean, there that shiny new, custom-molded $1000 ankle brace sits, completely useless to me because it causes such severe pain everywhere else. “Modern” medicine treats individual problems in a vacuum, as if your ankle is somehow separate from the rest of your body.

I always feel better after massage therapy – which is more than I can say for the rest of my medical encounters.

Reminder

I don’t know how new this information is, because I read this back when my dad was sick. Two of the highest risk factors are soda and cured lunch meat. My dad drank diet soda and ate lunch meat almost every day of his life:

MONDAY, Feb. 8 (HealthDay News) — People who down two or more soft drinks a week may have double the risk of developing deadly pancreatic cancer, compared to non-soda drinkers, new research suggests.

But the overall number of people developing the malignancy remains low, with the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) estimating 42,470 new cases last year.

“Soft drinks are linked with a higher risk of pancreatic cancer,” said Noel Mueller, lead author of a study appearing in the February issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. “We can’t speculate too much on the mechanism because this is an observational study, but the increased risk may be working through effects of the hormone insulin.”

This study refers specifically to sugared soft drinks, but there’s also evidence that diet drinks affect insulin, too.

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