Archive for February, 2011

Rallies were held all over the country today in support of workers in Wisconsin.  Here’s some of the signage:

Corrections officers (ie prison guards) from Michigan.  I think the sign in the middle says “Ain’t goan work on Kochs’ farm no more,”  a riff on an old blues song.

Also from Michigan–Lansing I think.  This is a devastating comparison, if any Rethug can think that far.

And they don’t mince words in Illinois:

I’m glad to see that not all the old farts have gone over to the Dark Side.


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Flash from Indy!

The NFL scouting combine started this morning!  Today we are seeing offensive linemen, tackles and kickers (among this last group, Nebraska’s Alex Henery). Tomorrow is the fast guys–quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers.  Then the defensive players work out on Monday.

So rush off to your nearest sports website and enjoy!

And yeah I know that posting this picture is sexist.  To quote John Boehner, so be it!

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News from the Valley

It occurred to me today that Arizonans might not be as morally shocked by the churlish behavior of Wisconsin’s governor as are people elsewhere, who still expect civility and perhaps even intelligence from their lawmakers.   For all his vindictiveness Scott Walker seems like pretty small beans to people who have have endured the hatefulness spewed by Russell Pearce and Joe Arpaio.

In his column in the Repulsive today, E. J. Montini points out that Pearce’s wholly-owned legislature handed out 5 million dollars to sheriff Paul Babeau to “form an anti-smuggling unit.”  Babeau is sheriff of Pinal County, and he has jumped on white folks’ fear of imaginary Mexican drugrunners, milking it for all he can.  I live in Pinal County, and I’ve never seen anyone fucked up on drugs, except for the occasional meth head who brews the stuff in his bathtub.  But then I’ve never seen Sheriff Babeau either.

But, as Montini points out, this bequest sure gives the lie to the legislature’s and Governor Death’s claim that the state can’t afford to pay for organ transplants.   We seem to have had more than twice the needed amount just lying around, burning a hole in the budget.

Sometimes its hard to remain non-violent.

In less awful news, Phoenix is host to two conventions this weekend–one for crazies and one for sane people.  The Tea Party Patriots are meeting downtown, and the UFO Congress is having its annual meeting in Fountain Hills.  LOts of famous people will be at the sane one, including Arizona’s own Travis Walton, who claims to have been abducted near Pine Top.  I’m sorry I’ll have to miss that.

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More Wittage

A white guy sees the light.  I hope there are thousands more like him.  Scott Walker may have done us all a big favor by displaying the actual Rethuglican agenda to low-info voters.

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Doc, you may have seen these already on Huffington.  I wanted to share them, if not.

(Also, sorry – I should have captioned the snow pics!  I’ve done so now)

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We finished revising the book on Sunday.  So, in celebration, I’m doing some home work.

I found a copy of this pattern at a doll show last year:

Sorry the image isn’t better–I’m working on a computer that doesn’t have good scanning software.  But you can see that the pattern was published by McCalls in 1946, and the designs depict clothing from the 1860s.  I suspect the pattern was intended for china head dolls, which were briefly popular during and after the war because the products used to make composition were needed for the war effort, and plastic manufacture was in its infancy.

Anyhow, I sewed up a trial bodice and tried it on Daesie.  It fit perfectly!  Daesie is a reproduction of a Smiling Bru made by David of DAE productions (which is why I named her DAEsie).  David is a local, and a charming guy whose sewing and design skills put mine to shame (he also made the mohair wig).

So here is Daesie in the first dress I made from the McCalls pattern:

This is the dress in the upper left corner of the pattern.  I substituted fabric collar and cuffs for the net shown on the pattern because the research I did suggested that net was not a big favorite during the mid-nineteenth-century.  If I make the dress for real (ie for sale) I’ll use lace instead.  You can barely see the lace inside the sleeves as well–this showed daintily when a lady lifted a teacup to her lips.  In a “real” edition of this dress the skirt would be twice as full–I cut the yardage in half because I didn’t have enough fabric.

The Smiling Bru was first produced in Europe in the 1870s.  This picture shows off her features:

Now I know a lot of people are scuzzed out by antique dolls.  But once you get used to their foreign-ness, they grow on you.  If you are at that place, you can see why so many dollmakers love the Smiling Bru.  She seems to know a sly secret that she is keeping to herself–forever.

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1) Republicans not only want to reduce women’s access to abortion care, they’re actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven’t yet. Shocker.

2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to “accuser.” But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain “victims.”

3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.)

4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids.

5) In Congress, Republicans have a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life.

6) Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids’ preschool program. Why? No need, they said. Women should really be home with the kids, not out working.

7) And at the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.

8) Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.

9) Congress just voted for a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.

10) And if that wasn’t enough, Republicans are pushing to eliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can’t make this stuff up).

from Move-on


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