Cute dog pictures with a funny poem:
This web site officially encourages everyone under age 20 to mingle with the asexual community. I suspect a lot of these people are very young, on antidepressants, or both, but whether you feel asexual or omnisexual under age 20 I think you need to recognize that there are (otherwise healthy) adults who identify as asexual all their lives...and a crowd where a lot of people are very young is probably attractive to you anyway. So, here's a blog I'm adding to my feed; it seems to be an online gathering place for a lot of young "aces."
Thanks to Elizabeth Barrette for this link to a web site that highlights "differently abled" toys--dolls with hearing aids, wheelchairs, eye patches, glasses...
Years ago, Gena Greene considered the possibility of dressing up dolls that had lost arms or legs with little wire prostheses...Special Olympics Barbies...and decided, no, it might be considered cruel. Even more years ago, when I'd let my hair grow out for two years before deciding to go back to my bob, I bought a Barbie who'd been given a crew cut, considered the possibility of preserving my long hair as a Barbie wig, and decided, no, it was too much like work. But hey, when "differently abled" bloggers are sharing things like this...
And Grace Ellen organized that campaign to have Mattel design a line of chemotherapy Barbies...and GG really did find, re-clothe, and sell that factory-made G.I. Joe-type with the permanent, bright, fresh, red wound on his face...If anybody out there wants to pay for that kind of doll, people offer them for recycling all the time, and they're not hard to make.)
Gluten-free, vegetarian, and it can be as bland or as spicy as you want it to be:
Naturally sweet but not too sweet (unless it's smothered in nectar or syrup or honey), gluten-free, dairy-free...not quite sugar-free, though. However, as sweet desserts go, it's "healthy" with plenty of nutrients, and fiber to slow down the carb conversion rate.
+Susan Zutautas shared this one, too:
+Andria Perry found some pale blue passionflowers, ever so much prettier than the purple ones with which I'm familiar:
Denise McAllister reviews the history of left-wingers calling conservatives racists in U.S. politics. Note the sidelight on U.S. cultural history: in the 1960s Bill Buckley sensed the kinky sexuality Gore Vidal hadn't yet publicized, and called him "you queer" as an angry retort when Vidal called Buckley a Nazi--and apologized for using that phrase as slander, not bigotry. (Up to about 1985, in order to get away with saying anything about homosexuality that wasn't bigoted, even women had to be braver than average; men had to be C.S. Lewis after marriage, and even he became a suspect for saying that homosexuality was no worse than the sins that tempt the rest of us.)
Anyway...when people call fiscal conservatives racists, what this web site officially recommends doing is saying, and owning a few books to back it up, "I've learned a lot from Thomas Sowell." But this web site wouldn't blame anyone for getting angry enough to lean forward and say, with appropriately angry body language, "Take that back! What price George Wallace?"
This web site recommends not copying Buckley's response, because he and Vidal belonged to a generation that remembered the war vividly enough to associate that much anger with the word "Nazi." Their generation had trouble saying the word "German" without showing anger. Most people today don't have those emotions, so we can be cool when encouraging people to read the following well-documented and thoroughly enjoyable study:
I have just one complaint about this book. I think Jonah Goldberg obviously was reading too many of the things that went into the content of his book to research where the publisher got the title, but the folks at Crown should have acknowledged that the phrase "liberal fascism" had appeared first in this book, which fiscal conservatives will also enjoy reading.
(Update: I was expecting a challenge on George Wallace since he, and Strom Thurmond, eventually left the Democratic Party partly because they believed in "segregation forever." So I embedded a link under GW's name. If readers get a challenge when citing either of them, the comments on the PJMedia post include a blood-boiling quote from Lyndon Johnson--trigger warnings: if you didn't despise LBJ before reading it, you will after. However, in celebration of Bing's "double points Thursday," here are a couple of bonus links about other Democrats who were less "color-blind" than Eleanor Roosevelt:
All four are recommended if you have time; if not, Mona Charen's article may be the most succinctly informative, while the Spectator article is the most detailed.)
Freelancer.com still hasn't paid me...
For the following true story, yet...
We need laws banning this kind of thing, but in order to get them we all need to get active in helping people reconnect with their natural sense of shame. Extroverts' defective brains fail to develop a natural, internal sense of shame. So when people think they can get away with setting company policies that allow them to fail to deliver payments promptly, we need to assume that they may be extroverts and help them recognize reality, in the way we might tell a color-blind friend that that "gray" shirt is actually a pretty bright shade of green, by pointing our fingers at them and saying "Shame! Shame!" This is to help them understand why we are not doing business with them or trusting them with any money whatsoever.
Thanks to +Susan Zutautas for sharing this pretty phone case, today's Zazzle image:
Currently Zazzle is still just a tiny bit frustrating for me, although they have discarded the Captchas. In real life I fall asleep when I passively watch videos, but I do enjoy actively playing with colors, patterns, and images; on early tests I seemed to be almost as much of a visual thinker as an auditory and tactile thinker. In cyberspace, the only equipment I have for posting visual images is a cell phone camera that doesn't yield a high enough resolution to work on Zazzle. So what I've posted on Zazzle isn't pretty. Since all I can use there is text, it's philosophical. Thus we have:
Well, if you prefer a different font or color, Zazzle would work with that...but so many other people's phone cases are so much prettier. Sigh...oh well the good part is that Zazzle actually pays higher royalties when Zazzlers sell other Zazzlers' stuff than when we sell our own!