May 9th, 2005

lusty month of may, Maypole, maypole

Hell week

Well, not really. I mean, it'll probably be a tougher than average week, but I've got a four-day weekend ahead of me, and I get to spend it with a bunch of really great folks. If it weren't for the super long hours I have to put in for our General Membership Meeting, it would be a cake walk. I usually manage to avoid having our Beltane event the weekend after the Meeting, but I blew it this time. Ah, well. I had the sense to take the following Monday off, so I can crash and burn.

Fandom girlfriend is here. Yay! Spent much of the weekend with her, watching vids and cuddling, etc. So good to have friends who've known you so long and so well. She helped to drag me through so many harrowing periods in my life.

And while I'm on the subject of things for which I am grateful, let me mention my fantastic husband. We continue to have vehicle failure issue. E continues to persevere, and fix most of the problems himself (with the help of several friends, including Mr. N, X and X's dad, the charming and talented Baron P. Thanks, guys!)

Gah! Four days and counting... who wants to do my job for me, so I can cook and sew all week?


I want to interrupt my incessant prattling about Beltane to solicit some opinions. Have you noticed how prevalent is the notion that only centrists are reasoned and sane? How often do you hear someone say "I think both parties are nuts. The only reasonable position is the middle one."

I'm gonna call bullshit on that. I think it's intellectually lazy. What people really mean by this is that the only good opinion is one that has been carefully considered, and that's certainly true, but simply adopting a "moderate" or "middle of the road" position isn't the same thing. It's a cheat, and it's no substitute for actually thinking.

I'll also point out (and you knew this was coming) that I think this is a device used more often by the Right these days. "Fair and Balanced," right? The GOP is the voice of the infallible "center" and those crazies on the Left are insufficiently moderate. This is the single most boldly marketed message coming from the Right these days. The pronouncement of their supreme even-handedness.

I've seen a lot of ads on the Metro lately listing the most extreme circumstances under which abortions occur, and asking if abortion rights have "gone to far." That's just the most disingenuous load of crap. Those people aren't concerned that we've "gone to far". They are simply trying a slight of hand to distract the public from their extreme (yes, extreme) agenda in which no woman has the right to an abortion.

OK, I could go on, but I'm beginning to sort of ramble around the issue here.

Anyone wanna argue with me? I'm truly very interested in contradictory opinions (how moderate of me!) because I am still trying to solidify this concept in my mind. And hearing other peoples' thoughts is one way we liberals inform ourselves, ya see.

If I turn up dead tomorrow, you'll know they came and got me!

You know, the paranoid in me is beginning to suspect that the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy(tm) has laid out this perfect little two-point plan:

1. Convince the public that only moderate opinions are valid
2. Convince the public that only far right opinions are moderate

And you know? I am simultaneous sure that I'm a lunatic to think such a thing, and absolutely sure it's true. At the same time.

I think the sleep dep has finally cracked me.