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can't decide [Mar. 21st, 2006|08:56 pm]
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By the way, the phone numbers are real, taken from the South Dakota senate web site.
But don't you go bothering anyone now!

Today I was interviewed by Mike Papantonio for Air America's "Ring of Fire." It was intense! He was nice but it was challenging to try to sound knowledgeable and articulate -- I'm better at writing than speaking for sure. I was all sweaty afterwards, found I'd covered half a piece of paper with nervous little squiggles. I don't know yet when it will air, but I'll be sure to post that here when I find out.

I picked my first fig from my fig bush, but I didn't know it had to be purple, so it was still green and didn't taste good at all. I was afraid that it would get bugs in it if I left it on any longer. Arrg. Wasted. Next time I will put a plastic bag around the developing figs.

An exciting addition to the garden: 2 Thai bamboo plants that produce edible shoots! They will grow 60 feet high (need to be trimmed), and clump instead of send runners, which is good because then they won't take over the yard. They're also flexible in hurricane winds.
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[User Picture]From: mattbayne
2006-03-21 09:12 pm (UTC)

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Congratulations on the interview!
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-03-21 09:14 pm (UTC)

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Thank you!
:D
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[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-03-22 12:57 am (UTC)

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That's sweet!
;-P
From: kyjoandahalf
2006-03-21 11:03 pm (UTC)

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That's how we did it back in the 60's. Oh wait, I wasn't alive in the 60's. Still, it's a hilarious prank to do on people.
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-03-22 12:58 am (UTC)

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Glad you think so! It's a public number so...he must be okay with people calling him.
[User Picture]From: halloween
2006-03-21 11:52 pm (UTC)

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Wow! Congrats on the interview! Is there anywhere where we might be able to hear it? ^_^

Also, about the Senator... any links for his remarks where I can read?

And funny comic :)
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-03-22 01:01 am (UTC)

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Thanks Halloween!

Here's a link: http://guerillawomentn.blogspot.com/2006/03/south-dakota-bill-napoli-r-and-virgin.html
and here's the column that inspired my cartoon, by Molly Ivins: http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0307-32.htm

and here's a link to Ring of Fire which archives their radio shows: http://www.ringoffireradio.com


[User Picture]From: jjjiii
2006-03-21 11:56 pm (UTC)

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I'm in love with this strip.
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-03-22 01:01 am (UTC)

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Glad you like it!!!
[User Picture]From: mawychick
2006-03-22 12:38 am (UTC)

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*twinges* I really really wanna call him now!
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-03-22 01:01 am (UTC)

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If you give in to your evil impulse, please tell me what happens!!
[User Picture]From: pirat_ponton
2006-03-22 06:14 am (UTC)

re: "can't decide"

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as I told another LJer: "that is f-in awesome"

[User Picture]From: lvd_abroad_2006
2006-03-22 12:24 pm (UTC)

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Nice one. I trust this is a case of art imitating life, yeah?
[User Picture]From: gigglingwizard
2006-03-22 02:51 pm (UTC)

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LOL! I love that toon!

Sorry I missed your interview. :o( I listen to Air America pretty regularly, but mostly at night. I don't know that I've ever heard anything but ads for Ring of Fire.

"A real-life description to me would be a rape victim, brutally raped, savaged. The girl was a virgin. She was religious. She planned on saving her virginity until she was married. She was brutalized and raped, sodomized as bad as you can possibly make it, and is impregnated."

Oh. So if a woman gets raped "just a little bit," say the rapist puts a gun to her head and fucks her without leaving any visible injuries, that'd be okay by him? Or if she's not religious, how bad can a rapist mess her up before it counts? And if she's not a virgin, does that mean she's fair game for any and all lurking sexual predators? There's no way in hell this guy could be married or have any daughters who still speak to him. How could any woman love this man?
[User Picture]From: gigglingwizard
2006-03-22 02:53 pm (UTC)

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Sorry, I missed the part where you said the interview hadn't aired yet.
[User Picture]From: grammardog
2006-03-22 04:08 pm (UTC)

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Har! Hilarious. I will now drum up some biznizz for you in my journal. P.S. I'm pretty sure Bill Napoli would go for Ranch.
[User Picture]From: jaymoh
2006-03-22 10:10 pm (UTC)

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I just found this on someone else's blog. Unfortunately, I saw it AFTER lunch. I went with the "champagne pear" dressing... I hope it's ok. :/

Mind if I add you? Love the strip!!

[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-03-23 01:05 am (UTC)

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Please do! Glad you like it!
[User Picture]From: filomena_01
2006-03-22 11:58 pm (UTC)

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I called him and left a message on the answering machine. He actually called me back and we had a discussion on abortion.

We didn't change eachother's minds, and he seems to be a nice guy. Basically, he and his wife have raised 7 foster children through out their lives. His wife couldn't have a baby, so they started taking them in. He said through his years of raising all of these unwanted children he started truly respecting life.

I don't know.. I asked him questions and brought up a lot of alternate reasonings. I feel that he shouldn't push his experiences upon others. Just because they couldn't have a child doesn't mean others should be forced to. He is working purely off his own experiences and I feel not looking at a bigger picture.

At the end of the conversation I brought up how many of my friends have gotten pregnant and either ended it with abortion or had the baby at a very young age. When you become a teenager you make many decisions that are just fucking stupid, and I feel babies should not be raising babies and that young women should have an option out of pregnancy. Sure, having a baby inside your body for 9 months out of your life might not seem like a big deal, but to any woman it is HUGE! Especially when you are so young and your social constructs are very important to who you are. No girl wants to be shamed or be treated horribly because she made a mistake. Not only that, but the psychological implications of being forced to carry would be ..a nightmare. So 9 months worth of time isn't a big deal, but forcibly carrying a child for that length of time...? And especially for a young women..?

I don't know. We started it well and ended it well. I wish I had my thoughts together before he called back, because I wasn't expecting it. He is working his politics based too much on his own experiences.

That fucking sucks. Let people make their own decisions, damnit.
[User Picture]From: filomena_01
2006-03-23 12:33 am (UTC)

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By 'ending it well,' I mean civilly.

The conversation really has upset me. This entire governmental system has me freaked out. We have men in political positions who really, really think they are doing a good thing. Bill thinks that what he is doing is right because he is trying to protect a potential being that has no voice. I don't think he realizes that as the person with the brain and the uterus, we are that voice. He completely glances over the person that is a United States citizen, to the fetus. He really did state that it wouldn't be a big deal to be pregnant for 9 months and then give that baby away. What are we, sheep?! Let's bypass the fact that we have feelings and would totally be affected having a baby grow inside of us. I mean, it's not like any woman comes out of an abortional clinic smiling..

I keep thinking about Plato's Republic, and I completely understand why the common man (who is led with his appetite or spirit) should not be allowed to have any ruling position. I see it on both sides of the government, in every level on every stance. All of those men are working for their own political agenda.. and sure, we can speak up and say something, maybe sway their minds. But the bottom line is until we have a person that truly understands justice, our government will always be corruptable and biased.

I am thoroughly pissed.
[User Picture]From: mactavish
2006-03-23 12:46 am (UTC)

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Bless you for this. :)
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-03-24 08:43 pm (UTC)

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I'm glad you like it!
[User Picture]From: the_ogre
2006-03-23 12:50 am (UTC)

*applause*

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Absolutely brilliant!
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-03-24 08:43 pm (UTC)

Re: *applause*

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Thanks so much!
[User Picture]From: pecunium
2006-03-23 01:21 am (UTC)

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Found you from linkage.

The figs probably don't need to be bagged. The only real worry is that the skin will be breached and ants will find it (and yes, an underripe fig is nasty).

One of the odd things about figs is they have a life cycle which is dependant on small (very small) wasps, and the ecology inside them is complex.

TK
[User Picture]From: mactavish
2006-03-23 01:54 am (UTC)

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In all the fig trees I've had in my life (four :) ) I've never found ants to be a problem, or other bugs. (Their special wasps are a given, of course.) . In fact, the worst pests were our horses. We could never get figs from branches within their reach. :)

[User Picture]From: sabotabby
2006-03-23 01:31 am (UTC)

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I love this! I posted it on my LJ with credit and a link back to your journal...hope that's okay.
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-03-24 08:54 pm (UTC)

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More than okay! Thanks!
[User Picture]From: human_loser
2006-03-23 02:35 am (UTC)

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Fucking brilliant comic!

just wanted to chime in.
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-03-24 08:57 pm (UTC)

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I appreciate it! Glad you like the cartoon!
[User Picture]From: schizometric
2006-03-23 02:37 am (UTC)

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A friend found this in a community and leeann_marie informed me it was by you.

Just wanted to let you know that you are awesome.

[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-03-24 08:56 pm (UTC)

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Thanks; you're very kind!
:-)
[User Picture]From: estoile
2006-03-23 09:36 am (UTC)

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Wonderful strip. Thank you for bringing it into existence.

I'm immensely pleased to have discovered your LJ (via mactavish), having once run across your site, fallen madly in love with the comic, and completely failed to bookmark it ...

Again, thank you. Well done.
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-03-24 08:58 pm (UTC)

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That's so nice of you to say! Thank you.
From: thomaslb
2006-03-23 02:34 pm (UTC)

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I wish Abbie Hoffman was still around to see this strip- he would have loved it!
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-03-24 08:59 pm (UTC)

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He had some great ideas! We need more people like him around today.
Thanks for writing!
[User Picture]From: a_nightengale
2006-03-23 03:54 pm (UTC)

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Just another in the chorus of "You rawk," and "I'm linking to this in my LJ." Well that, and THANK YOU. :)
From: ethangilchrist
2006-03-23 04:23 pm (UTC)

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Saw the comic posted on a friend's lj. Had to post it on mine (saved and stored on my own space so as to save bandwidth of course). Thanks to the windows magnifier I was able to include the URL to your site (it's a little hard to see on the comic itself). Great comic. Kudos. =)
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-03-24 08:59 pm (UTC)

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Thank you so much!
:-)
[User Picture]From: smallstages
2006-03-23 06:03 pm (UTC)

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I saw this strip in sex_and_race and I was laughing so hard.

You friended me when I was operaheels, but I haven't been using that journal in a long time. This is me now -- smallstages. Hi again :)
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-03-24 09:01 pm (UTC)

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Oh hello! Glad to know where you ended up!
Thanks for writing!
[User Picture]From: doraphilia
2006-03-23 07:02 pm (UTC)

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This cartoon made me laugh and snicker!! My roommate just left him a lengthy message asking him to get back to her about her menstrual flow. "If you could email me, diane@ihateyourpolitics.com, that would be greeeaaat."
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-03-24 09:02 pm (UTC)

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That is SO FUNNY!!! You've made me laugh a lot too! I can just imagine how that must have sounded.
[User Picture]From: kaonamai
2006-03-23 07:24 pm (UTC)

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Congrats on the interview, that is exciting!
yeah, i am scared to eat figs because of the bug eggs that get in them!
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-03-24 12:07 am (UTC)

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Thank you Leigh! As I've learned today, some bugs are necessary to the figs' development! Who would have thought...???
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