On the Natch

Baby Boomer, Grrrrandma, Urban Goddess

OK, this is what we do. First, we get Obama elected. Then, we get a Nobel Prize for Pete Seeger. You remember Pete; If I Had a Hammer, Guantanamera, Little Boxes, Bring Them Home,  the reason the Hudson River is clean today -- THAT Pete. 

Pete Seeger is an ambassador for Peac… Read full post »

Have you seen or read Hellboy? It goes like this: In the waning days of World War II, the Nazis, in desperation, try black magic to ressurect their dying cause. As the Nazi ceremony is taking place, a demon - "Hellboy" - is conjured -- just as the Allied forces raid the camp. The… Read full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2008 7:33PM

Sarah Palin Sex Scandal, Anyone?

You know what I could really go for right about now? A Sarah Palin sex scandal. No, not the one that has her not really being Trig's mother. That's sex as in reproduction.

No, I mean a nice, juicy, John-Edwards-meets-Bill-Clinton-meets-Republican-senator-of-your-choice sex scandal. With motel room r… Read full post »

Greg Randolph posted elsewhere on Open Salon:

"Sarah Palin came out today and said that if she and John McCain lose, she will seek the Republican Candidacy in 2012, Katie Couric just reported."

I don't think she has a chance, but given what her home life must be like,… Read full post »

I can't get myself worked up about Gay Marriage. The thought that runs through my mind is "I dunno why they wanna get married and ruin some perfectly good relationships." So Gay America, get married! But be warned: marriage has a 50% failure rate -- worst than most brands of condoms!… Read full post »

You know how presidents get tagged with shortened names, like FDR, or JFK, or LBJ? (Is it a mark of the current occupant's relationship with the English language that he is reduced to one letter of the alphabet?)

I was on my morning coffee run, driving into the beautiful Las Vegas… Read full post »

Driving home this morning, I noticed a lone vehicle still flying one of those American flags that fit over the car window, which became ubiquitous after September 11, and I thought: Wow! I want one of those, and on election day, when Obama wins, I'll put it in my car window and… Read full post »

I saw this on the internet, so I know it's true. (The Huffington Post, actually.)

John McCain told his wife, within earshot of reporters, "At least I don't plaster on the makeup like a harlot, you cunt!"

Then, more recently, he made a speech in which he said "rates have been cunt,"… Read full post »

Thanks, Leigh Bailey, for your Yeats-inspired posting. Here's another great and timeless poem, by WH Auden.  

September 1, 1939 

I sit in one of the dives
On Fifty-second Street
Uncertain and afraid
As the clever hopes expire
Of a low dishonest decade:
Waves of anger and fear
Circu… Read full post »

OCTOBER 19, 2008 11:50AM

Note to Colin Powell: STOP HELPING

Oh, Lord. Colin Powell, the man who mispronounces his own name as part of the human digestive system, the man who lied to the world at the UN, now endorses Obama.

Can this possibly help?

Or is it a Republican October Surprise?

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OCTOBER 18, 2008 12:36AM

Dear God, May the Best Man Win

I received my order of 100 red, white and blue buttons saying "I'm voting for THAT ONE" on Wednesday at noon. It's now Friday at 9:30 and I only have about a dozen left.

I've sent them (by request) to friends and friends of friends in New York and Indiana… Read full post »

OCTOBER 9, 2008 6:33PM

I AM . . . THAT ONE!

Upon hearing, but not quite believing, John McCain utter the words "that one" with reference to my man, Obama, I got on the computer STRAIGHTaway and sent an order to Opportunity Village (a local nonprofit) for 100 campaign buttons to be made up  in red, white and blue with the… Read full post »

The teenage pregnant daughter of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her boyfriend Levi Johnston are considering breaking with Palin tradition and giving their pre-born but still-very-much-a-person child a "normal" name.

"Thank God!" his mother, Sherry Johnston, said Thursday. Bri

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OCTOBER 2, 2008 1:52AM

Where's Trig?

I'm not asking out of any kind of outrage; I'm just curious. Since retiring from my (yes, I know it's a cliche), high-stress corporate job in March, I've been working part-time at a daycare center to make benefits and supplement my writing income. (I'm Scholastic's anti-JK Rowling, Yin to her Yang;… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 29, 2008 3:18PM

I'm My Own Big Brother . . . ?

Stephen Baker writes, in his new book, The Numerati, published by Houghton Mifflin and excerpted on KNPR.org,

"Those of us wielding cell phones, laptops, and credit cards fatten our digital dossiers every day, simply by living. Take me. As I write on this spring morning, Verizon, my cell phone compa

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SEPTEMBER 28, 2008 8:15PM

I Have to Ask . . .

OK, I have to ask; Is that a wig?

SEPTEMBER 28, 2008 5:48PM

Ali G. vs. Sarah P! Awesome!

OK, maybe it's because I'm battling a stomach bug and two days of 100-101 temps. But I just woke up from a stupor,  fever dream to think, "Wow! Wouldn't it be great if we could get Sacha Baron Cohen to reprise Ali G, and interview Sarah Palin? And you know what… Read full post »





I was both saddened and heartened last night, while tucking in my granddaughter, Scarlet, four, who was spending the night with me.

 I work in the office of the daycare center she attends, and know all of her friends and classmates.

"Child A is my bully," she… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 27, 2008 12:21PM

Afghanistan itself defeats all invaders?

In the very first exchange between the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and his fictional Boswell, Dr. Watson, Holmes displays his detecting genius by observing, "You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive." This was published around 1877-8, and the character of Watson was that of a doctor retired f… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 24, 2008 11:53PM

I kissed a girl, and I liked it

I kissed a girl,

and I liked it.

Back when the earth was cooling.

 I kissed a girl, just to try it,

(Don't know who we were fooling.)

Hope my children, grandchildren, ex-husband, aunties, uncles, cousins, friends, employers, spiritual advisor and precinct captain don't mind it.

I… Read full post »