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Dear Michele Bachmann,

You say that you were approached by a woman who told you her daughter became mentally retarded after getting the Gardasil vaccine.

So? My daughter graduated summa cum laude and was accepted into Phi Beta Kappa shortly after getting the same vaccine.

I'd try to explain why some thing one person told you with no evidence of cause and effect is not a reason to scare parents shitless about something that can protect their kids. But either you already know that and are using this for political gain, or you are incapable of understanding.

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Hi there, FL

I've been able to pick up reading on DW and LJ lately, so I don't feel too embarrassed about starting to post again. Even when I don't have anything to say, I've enjoyed reading fandom posts and seeing that some people are still out there playing. It's a little bit like old times, although with a much smaller population. I know people have left for Facebook and other shores they find sunnier, but I still prefer this format.

My mom has had some health problems, and so have I, but things are looking up right now. Besides, it's Fall, which means the temps are frequently under 100F and that always cheers me up, at least until we hit the sub-zeroes later in the year.

I don't have huge news. Let's see: I lost some crockery this weekend when a shelf gave way and I am seriously considering having my ancient kitchen cabinets replaced. Mr. M and I are planning to go to New Orleans around Halloween. My baby has started her last year of college and my firstborn is now in the classroom as a teacher, which means that without tuition payments looming I may be able to afford the new cabinets.

Sorry, that's all I've got.

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Sign of the times

I lost my cell phone, which was not much of a disaster, because I was due for an upgrade. I got a new one today, and I spent over a half hour playing around to see what it could do before it occurred to me to find out how to use it to make a phone call.

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what's up

We're getting more snow.

M:TNG-2 is back at school.

I've been trying to get caught up with LJ every few days, although I haven't commented much.

The following items in the Murchison residence broke last week:

Garage door
Garbage disposal
Cable box

All is now fixed except the garbage disposal.

Work is actually getting slightly less busy. Of course, by typing this, I'm jinxing it.

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quote for the day

It is a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he should lift himself up by his own bootstraps. It is even worse to tell a man to lift himself up by his own bootstraps when somebody is standing on the boot.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

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rescheduling the apocalypse

How did I miss the news that there's a new date for the end of the world? It's May 21, 2011, so I'm glad I scheduled my vacation in April. Really, I thought we had until 2012. I saw a movie about it.

Ah, well, perhaps God will reschedule, as he has so many times. He may be omnipotent, but he's also almighty bad at keeping appointments.

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arriving late to the party

Stolen from just about everyone:

Copy and Paste if you have enjoyed the blessing of meeting people online that you never would have met any other way.

This is my end of the year shout out to the many friends I have never been in the same room with but who have inspired, amused, comforted, encouraged, and touched me in so many ways.

And, of course, there are those of you who I met online and later came to know in person. You have all enriched my life.

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Fic: Buffy and the Dalek Slayers

I posted a story in the latest round of Seasonal Spuffy.

Title: Buffy and the Dalek Slayers
Author: Miss Murchison
Rating: PG and only that for one vague joke
Word count: About 4000

Summary: This is a sequel to Who's the Doctor? and Where's the Doctor?, my previous BtVS/Doctor Who crossovers.

This one involves the Seventh Doctor and his companion Ace. Chapter One is here.

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I played inside today

Folks, I rewired a light fixture! It only took me about 20 times as long as just about anyone else possessed of opposable thumbs, and I didn't kill anything except one light bulb. We did have to reset all the clocks in the house because I couldn't figure out which breaker controlled the laundry room lights, but, damn it, I rewired a light fixture. And to top that, I stopped a toilet from running in less than 10 minutes, by completing the highly technical task of popping off the flapper that didn't fit and replacing it with one that did.

I was tempted to make today the day I run around changing the batteries in the smoke detectors, but why press your luck?

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And we're off!

I survived another month at work, and suddenly vacation is upon me! I've barely had time to plan and definitely not had time to anticipate properly, but Mr. M and and I are off to visit M:TNG-2 and [profile] keswindhover in England. Back in two weeks.

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the anti-masturbation homophobe won

She has a chance of becoming a U.S. Senator, along with the anti-fluoridation candidate in Nevada and the one in Kentucky who thinks that it's wrong to force a restaurant not to discriminate against its customers but it's okay to force a rape or incest victim to carry an unwanted pregnancy. Apparently, a man's business is sacred but a woman's uterus needs to be regulated by the government.

Speaking of uteri, I've been watching Rachel Maddow try to tactfully disagree with Chris Matthew's opinion that the anti-pleasure, anti-gay candidate won the nomination with the help of women who are upset that Hillary Clinton didn't get the presidential nomination. Chris seems wedded to the notion that there is a Vagina Vote.

Me? I gave up at trying to explain why an anti-tax crowd, enraged at a President who lowered their taxes, has declared its hatred of government by voting for candidates who want to regulate citizens' personal lives.

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Also looks bad for Lenscrafters' stock price

In the car with Mr. M, I paused in my usual rant about urban sprawl and the proliferation of strip malls to rant about the woman whose campaign for the Senate seems to consist mostly of broad hints that her opponent may be (GASP! HORROR!!) gay.

Mr. M: Doesn't she also want to make masturbation illegal?
Me: I don't know, but good luck with that.
Mr. M: Well, she could always arrest everyone who wears glasses.

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White Collar

spoilers )

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Mr. M outdoes himself

Mr. M has a talent for cooking and for turning the kitchen into a disaster zone. He accomplished both this weekend, and I think the mess in particular ranks among his ten most impressive.

I understand the presence, if not the volume, of the pots and pans, but I'm still trying to figure out why he needed the bud vase.

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One good thing about being swamped at work

I don't have time to get involved in fandom wanks. I don't know what's going on in the comics, and I have no intention of finding out. I read comments on the local newspaper's website tonight, and that's all non-work-related drama I can stand this week.

I survived another month at work, and have made my point about the insanity of increasing volumes as forcefully as I can. We'll see what happens.

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Will we ever outgrow this?

I know that in bad economic times, my country suffers attacks of xenophobia, but that doesn't make it any easier to cope with what is happening right now. Maybe it's worse than I've seen in the past because I can see the political mechanisms encouraging the fear-mongering; maybe I've just repressed the memories from previous waves of hate.

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Fun with linguistics

Mr. M and I spent an unreasonable amount of time giggling over this gem, which M:TNG-1 forwarded to us:

An MIT linguistics professor was lecturing his class the other day. “In English,” he said, “a double negative forms a positive. However, in some languages, such as Russian, a double negative remains a negative. But there isn’t a single language, not one, in which a double positive can express a negative.”

A voice from the back of the room piped up, “Yeah, right.”

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A whine and a link

Work has been awful. I will leave things at that. In place of a rant, I offer you a link to a new site:

Officials Say the Darndest Things

That would probably be "Politicians say..." but for the recent spate of jawdropping comments from BP execs.

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I know one of you guys is responsible

After logging off work today, I sat down to look though my snail mail, and lurking between a bank statement and some catalogs, I found this adorable bag:

Whoever sent this to me, please know you turned my mood around 180 degrees for the better, and I predict I'll smile whenever I use it. Thank you!

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Who's that behind those Foster Grants?

It's my little brother. And that's me, sitting next to him. He always had more style than I did. But then, so does just about everyone.

M:TNG-2's reaction to the photo: "That's the first time I've ever seen him with hair." I will not be passing that comment on to my brother.

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