"At Hotel Jane Fonda men with back hair have to pay a pet deposit."
(a version of this toon was posted earlier)
Please give to the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, ASPCA: 6201 Florin Perkins Road, Sacramento, California 95828/ 1-916-383-7387/ Or: donate aspca.org/ 1-800-628-0028
The Birth of Her Caitness:
"I remember when my wife, Glucinda, an aquarium blacksmith (does miniature spiral staircases, anchors, octopi with pith helmets), told me that we were going to have our first child. Though the baby yet born was already real to her I had to go out to the pumpkin patch to see the future, and to wonder. I took a six pack. Though I searched my memory for the lessons learned in my 8th grade science class -- for the life of me -- I just couldn’t remember how to ascertain which pumpkin was carrying the child.
"I tried nine pumpkins: 'Knock knock,' I’d say and thump a pumpkin with my knuckles but there was no reply. Well, maybe the kid wasn’t going to grow up to be a rocket scientist. I shrugged and downed a beer. What the hell, I had the full term of pregnancy to understand the mystery of childbirth, and if I remembered right that was about 14 months.
"In the first months of the hymester things were uneventful. The pumpkins grew; one plumpster more than the others. Coincidentally, it was at this time that my wife inexplicably gained a lot of weight, too. Nearing the nine-month mark she seemed as if she was carrying Paul Bunyan’s bowling ball in her lower abdomen but I didn’t say anything rude and quite naturally I stayed away from using any kind of humongous ball like a beach ball, a basketball, or a medicine ball in a compound sentence. Glucinda got so big that she had to buy all kinds of new clothes which her sister told me were called: 'Maternity-clothes-you-moron.'” - from the Birth of Her Caitness, a short story by Kevin O'Kendley (in the short story section of this blog: Carbuncle Moon).
Happy St. Patrick's Day.
“There is good in the world, simple, uh, complex, dysfunctional. I'm related to outlaws that lived in America during the 1930s, they were bank robbers and horse thieves, uh, not screws -- er, ah, Garda -- or priests and nuns like my family in Ireland. I like to believe that if the O'Brien boys had come across a Klan lynchin they would have risked all, includin their lives to have stopped it: Good isn’t perfect… Slainte.” (a version posted earlier)
To friends and family:
“I'll drink to our coffins: may they be built from the wood of a hundred-year-old oak tree that I’ll plant tomorrow.” - author unknown
Please give to St. Baldrick’s Foundation: 1333 South Mayflower Avenue, Suite 400/ Monrovia, California 91016/ 888-899-2253/ email@example.com
“The experts are wrong: Melania Trump worked with illegal aliens and Governor Jerry Brown -- for free -- in a mannequin factory in Hayward, California, building car wives for Saudi Arabian women who disguise themselves as men -- wearin keffiyehs and false beards -- so that they can sit next to a mannequin car wife and operate motor vehicles in Saudi Arabia without being arrested.” (a version posted earlier/ edited 3/17)
(first posted 3/27/17):
Some facts about building a wall on the Mexico border and fences already in place:
"The border runs about 1,900 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. Some sort of barrier—made from concrete, steel mesh and/or barbed wire —currently stands along about a third of it, in areas U.S. Customs and Border Protection deems vulnerable to illicit cross-border activity."
"The hundreds of miles of border that remain unfenced fall into three categories: those deemed too topographically challenging for wall-building because of mountains or other rugged and rough terrain, those on Native American reservation land, and spaces identified for fencing that was never completed because the last project ran out of money. The largest swath of border without a barrier is in Texas." - Los Angeles Daily News/ 2017
Please give to St. Jude's Hospital: Danny Thomas Place/ Memphis, Tennessee, 38105/ 800-822-6344
The ghosts of Sherlock Holmes and Phyllis Diller pass around a street corner in Washington DC and meet a woman of critical intellectual mass...
(posted earlier, edited 3/17)
Please give to Feeding America: 35 East Whacker Drive, Suite 2000/ Chicago, Illinois 60601/ 800-771-2303
Jervon Hicks, a life coach for CRED, said that African American kids were dying by murder, by gunfire in Roseland, Chicago, at such a brutal rate that in order to view dead friends he'd need a “drive-thru mortuary.” 3/10 - C-Span
“Jan 1, 2018 - Chicago police count fewer murders in 2017, but still 650 people were killed. ... Chicago saw nearly a 16% decline in murders in 2017 from the previous year, according to statistics released in the early hours of New Year's Day.” - CNN
“Chicago CRED (Creating Real Economic Destiny) was created in 2016 by Emerson Collective, a social impact organization founded and run by Laurene Powell Jobs, along with former U.S. Education Secretary and Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan.” Wendy Jones and Roger Jones run CRED's Youth Peace Center.* – Chicago Cred/ * Emerson Collective
Please see Carbuncle Moon post of 11/12/17: The Northern Ireland Effect...
Please give to the NAACP: 4805 Mt. Hope Drive/ Baltimore, Maryland 21215/ 410-580-5777/ and:
The Police Protective Fund: P.O. 1084/ Schenectady, New York, New York 72301/ 877-343-2477
Lilith, Adam's first wife, was made from the same stuff as Adam and in the image of God. Later, possibly, slandered by a second wife, or maybe God was irritated, or her ex-husband wanted to get even about the Garden of Eden fiasco (which he blamed on Lilith and not Eve), and so, um, over time, she was called, ah, er, a demon by the uninformed or, uh, by liars. (a version posted earlier/ edited 3/18)
a version posted: 10/20/2017:
“Intangible captivity: The potential for a new Canadian criminal defense of brainwashing and its implications for the battered woman”:
The self-defense argument that might entail violence in response to brainwashing to eliminate self, belief, intellect, sense of right and wrong, inflicted by the cruel actions of a sexual predator by psychological and physical torture. The psychological destruction of a sense of being and the brainwashing and terrorism that, “Evokes fears of losing self-control, of being used and dominated by another, and of losing one’s very identity.” - Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law and Justice:
Beyond the Canadian definitions of "intangible captivity" there are forms of electronic hypnosis, conditioning, and brainwashing that achieve the same results in a victim: the destruction of self, a sense of being and free will…
Where does the crime of psychological attack and its response lose its responsibility for reaction from a victim and the acts of a victim to then become the result of criminal behavior by the victim, and not the behavior created by brainwashing, torture, conditioning, and psychological training?
Please see: Electronic Friggin Banshees in the short story section of this blog.
Yesterday was International Women's Day. - Google
a version posted: 11/4/2016 (this version edited 3/18/18):
19.3 million women and 5.1 million men have been stalked in their lifetime...
1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men are raped in their lifetime... - National Coalition Against Domestic Violence/ National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Approximately 85 percent of domestic violence victims are women... 15 percent are men...
Approximately 32,000 women will be "impregnated against their will" by rape yearly...
In 31 states: "rapists can sue for custody and visitation" rights...
A woman's chance of being raped in a U.S. college is 1 in 4...
A Native American woman's chance of being raped is 1 in 3...
3 women are killed in the U.S. by intimate male (ex-) partners a day...
- Huffington Post
"One in 9 girls and 1 in 53 boys under the age of 18 experience sexual abuse or assault at the hands of an adult."
"From 2009-2013, Child Protective Services agencies substantiated, or found strong evidence to indicate that, 63,000 children a year were victims of sexual abuse."
- RAINN/Abuse and Incest National Network
Please give to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence/ One Broadway, Suite 210/ Denver, Colorado, 80203/ 303-839-1852
“I’m gunna become a lesbian, and, uh, join a crew -- of ten -- lesbians going to the Planet Uterus -- but I’ll be the only one with a penis.” (posted earlier)
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