Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Year of the Black Snake

I put up a new post at The City Farmgirl Blog at www.maryjanesfarm.com.
Come over and visit me! Here's the link!


And HERE'S the video of our adventure catching and rehoming the Barn Snake.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Our Young Girls Look Like Prostitutes

 
 We dress our young girls like prostitutes and then we're  "surprised" and "shocked" when they act like one.
Really?!?!

Why are we dressing our young girls like street walkers?
Why do we ALLOW them to dress this way?
 

Why is that girl on the cover so VERY skinny?

I just about died when I saw this BACK TO SCHOOL cover for JC Penney.
We wonder why our teen girls have eating disorders, self-destructive behaviors, and become sexually active early...all of this starts early in our culture.

And THIS is JC Penney for heaven's sake.


 


 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Guity, Not Guilty?

I wrote this yesterday and got busy and never posted it. Since then, the jury has spoken on the criminal charges brought by the state: Not Guilty.

I've gotten several messages about where I stand on the Zimmerman case. I really don't like to talk about religion or politics or current events on the blog, but let's just go ahead and talk about this since you want to know where I stand.

Yes, I was a prosecutor. Yes, I was a defense attorney.

But I haven't followed this case at all. Ever since I moved to a Farm, I've kept my head in the clouds. I like it up here in the clouds.
Life is happy and easy and breezy in the clouds.

 

My daughter said to me the other day,

"You're all about rainbows and butterflies and unicorns now."

DON'T I KNOW IT. Is there something wrong with that?

I'd like her to be more about rainbows and butterflies and unicorns. I'd like everybody to be more about rainbows and butterflies and unicorns.

I gar-un-tee-ya that there would be more peace on earth.

Anywho, I do not have television. I have no idea what is happening in the news unless someone talks about it at the local general store or on my facebook feed.

So, here's where I am with all trials, criminal and civil, Zimmerman included:
 
I do not second guess a jury's verdict.
I did not sit in court.
I did not listen to the entire case and see and hear the evidence they did.
I don't know the specifics in this case.
I don't know Florida criminal law.
So, unless there has been reversible error at the trial level, I'm okay with whatever the jury does. They saw the witnesses testify, they heard the evidence, they listened to the judge's instructions.
So, guilty or not guilty? It's not up to me.

 

I believe strongly in our criminal justice system, which includes the jury process.

I believe that everyone should be treated the same in that system, no matter who you are, who you aren't, who you know, who you don't know, who your Daddy is, how much money you have, what color your skin is, where you live, what you look like. The laws should be applied fairly and justly and similarly to every one.

I also believe strongly in my right to bear arms. And I do.

(I have a t-shirt with a picture of a bear on it that says, "I believe in the right to arm bears." Cracks me up every time I wear it, animal lover that I am.)

Now, if I had the time and desire, which I don't, I could watch the entire court case on the computer so I could render an intelligent, informed opinion on the matter. But still. I would have only seen and heard what the camera man showed me. I would have missed a lot. Nuances.

So no thanks. Let the jury do their job and I'll do mine.


I've BUSY on the farm. With chickens and horses and barns and coops and barns.
With the butterflies and rainbows and unicorns.

Token Butterfly
 
 

Token (double) Rainbow Over my Barn
 


I have not captured a photograph of a unicorn YET....
But my Great White Horse is close, very close.
Here he is, still at "camp"
(missing him in my pasture and barn)
 

Yes, butterflies and rainbows and one magical horse.


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Life Here is Sticky

 "Be like the flower, turn your face to the sun."

Kahlil Gibran

"In summer, the song sings itself."

William Carlos Williams
 


“It's a sure sign of summer if the chair gets up when you do.”

Walter Winchell 
 

"Summer's here, I'm for that, got my rubber shoes, got my straw hat..."

James Taylor
 


"When I was a little kid, of course, I was brown all summer. That's because I was free as a bird-nothing to do but catch bugs all day."

Roy Blount, Jr.
 
 

"A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken."

James Dent

 
 
 

Summer is ice-cold watermelon.

Summer is cucumbers.

And tomatoes!

 

And squash and corn.

And lemon.

Summer is grilling.

 
Summer is home-made ice cream in the electric churn. Strawberry is my favorite.
Summer is salads. Macaroni Salad. Pasta Salad. Corn Salad. Lentil Salad. Rice and Feta Salad. Cucumber Salad. And of course, regular old salad Salad with home-made dressing using fresh herbs from the garden.
Summer is staying outside until the sun sets and the moon rises.

 
Here in the south, summer is always HOT and STICKY.

"I'm melting, I'm melting..."

The Wicked Witch


"What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance."

Jane Austen

 
 
But this year, I'm not HOT.
For the first summer ever,
I'm not complaining about the thick heavy STICKY muggy air.
I'm in the mountains.
And I've finally found my home.
 Life is good here.
And sticky.
 
 
 
But not sticky from the heat.
It's sticky from the roasted marshmallows.
Want one?

Monday, June 24, 2013

Eat More Flies

 
I'm going to learn to identify frogs.
and toads too.
After our endearing encounter with tadpoles in the puddles this spring,
we're smitten.
Here in the county
I fall asleep every night listening to frogs.
The least I can do is KNOW who they are,
Know who is serenading me and coaxing me to enter my dreams.
 Free sound machine, not from Brookstone.
And indeed
I should erect a billboard for my frogs:
eat more flies.
For they drive my horses mad.
 
 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

7 Excuses for Paula Deen's Situation

 
I haven't read the entire deposition of Paula Deen. So I, like you, must rely on the news reports of what she said in her deposition. And we all know how reliable and fair news reporting is. NOT.

I found this excerpt from the deposition, http://eater.com/archives/2013/06/20/heres-the-racist-paula-deen-deposition-trancript.php.
But again, that's only a part of it.

What I've found most interesting to this news story is not Paula Deen's statements or videos. It's the responses and reactions of the public.

Top 7 Stupid Excuses I've Read In Comments For Paula Deen's Situation

1. She's from the South.
Really? So it's okay? This excuse makes us in the South sound like a bunch of idiot bigots. We are not. Of course, there are some among us, perhaps more than our fair share. But there are bigots everywhere. You can't tell by looking. You can't tell by where they live.

2. She wasn't saying anything every African-American rapper says in every rap song anyway.
So what. She isn't an African-American rapper. She's a middle-aged white woman making her living in the cooking industry. Her brand is that she's a southern gal with a big southern drawl and a big southern heart. People think of her as NICE. Nice people don't use racial pejoratives or slurs.

3. White people are held to a higher standard; they can't say anything any more without getting into trouble.
Yes they can. If their language is not degrading to other races and they don't treat other races differently, then they won't get in trouble.

4. Oprah is prejudiced against white people and you don't hear anything about that.
No lawsuit has been filed against Oprah alleging that she created a hostile work place for white people. If one is filed with a factual basis, then we will hear a lot about that. A lot.

5. First they took away our flag.
These people who write comments like this are the same people who make the South sound like it is filled with a bunch of stupid idiot bigots. Why the Rebel flag is still an issue at all in the South is a mystery to me. The Rebel flag is hurtful. Most people who fly it mean it as a hateful thing. If one innocently did something (like fly a Rebel flag or a wear a Swastika) and learned that it hurts a group of people, most people would stop.

6. It's Obama's fault; he's divided the races.
I don't even know how to respond to that. He's part white, right? And I'm pretty sure Paula Deen's attitudes towards black people were formed prior to her even knowing the name Obama.

7. It's time for the silent majority to rise up.
Look folks.  If the "silent majority" has something to say, then stand up and say it. Just make sure you can articulate it well. So far, I haven't seen any smart talk about this.

From what I read about Paula Deen's deposition, she is wrong and exhibited discriminatory behavior in the workplace. Here's how I formed that opinion.

A part of the purported published deposition (cited and linked above) has these exchanges:

Question: "Okay. Have you ever used the N-word yourself?"
Answer: "Yes, of course."

Of course???? That's a horrific response.
By the addition of  "of course" it gives it a whole other tone.
Of course means "as expected" "by all means" "certainly" "naturally" "obviously" "without a doubt."
She didn't say, "Yes, in my immature stupidity." Or "Yes, before I knew better."
She said, "Yes, of course."
Pa-leeeese.

Question:"Okay. In what context?"
Answer: "Well, it was probably when a black man burst into the bank that I was working at and put a gun to my head."

Yeah, there is one reason she replied in that way. She wanted to slam black people. She wanted to show that they DESERVE it. Is there an innocent reason she would have said it like that?

Question: "Is there any possibility, in your mind, that you slipped and used the word "n----r"? Answer: "No, because that's not what these men were. They were professional black men doing a fabulous job."

This question was asked when they were discussing the idea of a wedding using all black waiters. Let's break that response down to see the inclusion of prejudicial language in her response.
  •  "....that's not what these men were." (as if to say, 'No, I wouldn't classify THESE PARTICULAR BLACK MEN as "n----r."' Others, yes, but not THESE.) 
  • "They were professional black men...." (as if to say, I classify black men who are not professional as "n---r")
Y'all. I love Paula Deen too. But they've got her on this one. Her behavior is not okay. I'm guessing she grew up in the south when it was a racially divided. However, she should have grown since then. It's not 1950 and we've come a long way in the south, Baby.

However.
"Should she lose the case?" is a much different question than "Should she lose her job?"

I  guess it boils down to what standards we, the American people, hold our entertainers to. They should all be judged by the same standard.

Last time I checked that standard wasn't very high. In fact, it was pretty much in the toilet.


UPDATE: I found a court doc here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/148832518/Paula-Deen-Deposition-Testimony.