Getting Cheeky in D.C.

Pleasant Progressive1Here’s a surprising story from D.C.: once the Syria situation pivoted last week, the Senate moved to a bipartisan energy bill and one white, Republican dude Senator decided to singlehandedly derail it with a totally unrelated amendment bashing Obamacare. In this case, it was Senator David Vitter (R-LA) trying to prohibit Members of Congress and their staff from receiving any federal contribution toward their health insurance—bullying his way to collapsing the first (and last) bipartisan energy bill in years. Okay, so that’s not surprising. Continue reading

The Trouble with Lemmings

curmudgeon logo2About a year ago, after deciding that social media wasn’t a fad that was going to disappear any time soon, I joined Facebook.  I did it primarily as a way to reconnect with old students, keep up on what my own children were up to, perhaps find old acquaintances, and trade interesting tidbits with current friends.  As you might imagine, my “friends” list is a mish-mash of the extreme left, the extreme right, middle-of-the-roaders, and people whose only joy in life seems to be sharing a picture of another cat. Continue reading

Knowing How We Know

Pleasant Progressive1There’s something about the experience of being in my own body that does not translate into being able to figure out what I look like. It’s an odd thing to say, but it’s my lived experience. I suppose that most of the time, I have a pretty good sense of how others see me. I hear feedback about how a dress looks or what friends think of certain jeans. I look at photos or I ask questions. Sometimes, though, I’m completely out of whack despite these inputs. Continue reading