Here’s a surprise

Always happy to have this happen, but it won’t be in time for 2014:

A Florida Circut County Court has struck down the state’s congressional map and ordered a redrawing of district lines.

In his 41-page ruling issued Thursday evening, Judge Terry Lewis writes that the map drawn by the GOP-controlled legislature for the 2012 elections violated the state constitution’s Fair Districts Amendments, specifically in regard to the Rep. Corrine Brown’s (D) Jacksonville-based 5th District and Rep. Daniel Webster’s (R) Orlando-area 10th District.

Passed by voters in 2010, the amendment prohibited state legislators from drawing new congressional lines to benefit one party or to protect incumbents. Democrats charged that GOP state legislators disregarded those new rules when drawing the new map after Florida picked up two additional districts in reapportionment.
The decision is certain to be appealed, and even many Democrats, who cheered the ruling, are doubtful that any redrawing could be implemented quickly enough for the 2014 elections. The state’s filing period has already closed ahead of the August 26 primary elections. The judge has yet to order actions going forward to correct the map.

Thanks to Ed Tayter.

In the shadow of Mercury metro


So I was driving a friend to the train station after dinner last night. We were stopped at a light and she said, “Oh, you can drop me off here at the corner.”

“You know, this has been a real bitch of a retrograde, I think I’d rather drop you off at the curb cut. It’s probably safer,” I said. She said okay. “Yeah, it really sucked, didn’t it?”

The light changed, and we saw a cop car turn into the intersection and hit a woman who was walking across, her face stuck in her smartphone.

“Holy shit,” I said. We watched as the woman got in the car — I guess the cop was taking her to the ER to get checked out.

So as it turns out, it was a good idea not to let my friend get out at the corner.

80 dead in Gaza, including 18 children

We support Israel why?

The death toll from Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip has more than doubled in 24 hours as the besieged territory comes under relentless bombing. At least 44 Gaza residents have been killed in the past day, bringing the total this week to around 80. The Palestinian news agency Maan reports the dead include 18 children and 10 women. The Palestinian Ministry of Health says more than 600 people have been wounded. In the deadliest single attack since the offensive began, at least seven Palestinian civilians, including five children, were killed when Israeli warplanes bombed several homes in a densely populated area where the victims were sleeping. Bodies were pulled from the rubble of at least three homes and neighboring buildings.

One damn thing after another


I get cysts in one of my breasts. This time, they hurt a lot, didn’t go away and it got to the point where even typing hurt. (Which made sense after I found a painfully swollen gland under my arm.)

“Why didn’t you come in before?” the doctor said.

I shrugged. “I’ve had it before, I’m not worried.” And I’m not.

He says it’s probably an infection, and wanted me to get a mammogram. But I don’t want a diagnostic mammogram, which is a relatively high amount of radiation. So I asked my doctor for an ultrasound instead, which is better at spotting cysts anyway, but he said he didn’t know if the insurance would go for it. I called to make the appointment and was told they won’t do an ultrasound without a mammogram. So much for my concerns! Between the pancreatitis and the diverticulitis, I’ve had one hell of a lot of radiation in the past few years and I’d like not to add to it.

So when they tell you to be careful about your radiation exposure, it’s a moot point. You don’t get to make those decisions, the insurance company does.
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Thank you, Tom Junod, for raising a woman’s “expiration” date…

I could have gone the rest of my life not reading this. It is one of those car wreck things, however. Esquire’s 56 year old Tom Junod has declared that a woman’s desirability expiration date has risen from 40 to 43…

Let’s face it: There used to be something tragic about even the most beautiful forty-two-year-old woman. With half her life still ahead of her, she was deemed to be at the end of something—namely, everything society valued in her, other than her success as a mother. If she remained sexual, she was either predatory or desperate; if she remained beautiful, what gave her beauty force was the fact of its fading. And if she remained alone… well, then God help her…

Of course, they have to work for their advantage; they have armored themselves with yoga and Pilates even as they joke about the spectacle. Still, what has made them figures of fantasy is not that they have redefined the ideals of female strength but rather their own vulnerabilities. Go to a party: There is simply no one as unclothed as a forty-two-year-old woman in a summer dress.

Well, this “expired” woman thinks you are a douchebag with a dash of creepy.



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