Friday, April 30, 2010

My first knitting samples.

It took me two weeks and several restarts to get this knitted scarf done for shorty. I found I suddenly forget what I was doing and have to rethink the actions in a 1,2,3 routine because just like when you say the same word over and over it begins to lose its meaning - I find in knitting the actions begin to dissolve and need reinforced.  Here is Shorty's all knit scarf with pompoms:
Knit scarf

The ends look ragged and messy, there are a few sections where I must have added stitches as it's not uniform.  Shorty loves it and it'll keep her warm which is all its needing to do. I'm trying to get a hat done to match but find the instructions confusing.

Then I came across a youtube page where someone was knitting on a loom*. A circular plastic peg thing that you wrap the yarns around and then pick the loops over each other. It looked so easy! The video was by a 14 year old. So I sought one out, ordered and when they arrived (they came in four different sizes) I gave one a try. Two days later, I have a scarf and a hat finished with a much nicer  result:

Knit scarf and hat (school colours)

Two days. One and a half if I'm being literal as the hat was done in an evening. It's great for these kinds of projects and I can do knit squares for blankets. It's not too practical for sweaters but there are folks who have tried and I'm interested in seeing their successes. Perhaps this makes me something of a knitting cheater, but I must admit; if there's a technical doohickey involved in the process, I'm going to try it. I can knit and purl on the loom, but the simplest way to use it makes a stockinette stitch. I'm actually more inspired by crocheting than knitting, even though the thing I dislike about knitting is all the counting and yet crocheting is all counting. For some reason it seems quicker with results and for my short attention span, waiting around to find out if I've fucked something up versus seeing it straight away wins.

End result, both kids are very happy with their new scarves. They are also very keen to start playing with the knitting looms. I made the girls a couple of knitted bracelets, collars for their stuffed animals and they want little blankets as well so their most beloved pets won't get cold this winter. Shorty has found going to the yarn store a delight and she needs reigned in from overfilling my basket with dozens of different balls of yarn.

It's an interesting distraction. Interesting adventure. I still think it's a bit old ladyish and my prejudices haven't waned, but I'm keen to keep trying.

*I've come to LOVE mickeysmail's videos. He's so good at explaining how to do all thiese knitting, crocheting and looming projects.

Loom knitting blog
The loom room

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Modern Clichés

Cliché - [klee-shey} 
–noun

1.
a trite, stereotyped expression; a sentence or phrase, usually expressing a popular or common thought or idea, that has lost originality, ingenuity, and impact by long overuse, as sadder but wiser, or strong as an ox.
2.
(in art, literature, drama, etc.) a trite or hackneyed plot, character development, use of color, musical expression, etc.
3.
anything that has become trite or commonplace through overuse.
4.
British Printing.
a.
a stereotype or electrotype plate.
b.
a reproduction made in a like manner.
–adjective
5.
trite; hackneyed; stereotyped; clichéd. 
Let's consider a few modern clichés. I particularly love definitions 1 & 3 because this aspect of the cliché is the one that frustrates me the most. I abhor the abuse and overuse of simple phrases. I feel they are used by many people to exhibit that they are somehow cool, knowledgeable, popular, modern or at least aspiring to be those things. (I very hard tried to avoid the cliché "with it")

Modern clichés have something of a tipping point. They should be short lived and yet they persevere beyond being fashionably acceptable. Examples could be any clichéd phrase or expression from the 90's TV show Friends. I'd even go so far to say that people who personify the speech patters of these characters are committing a crime of the modern cliché.  Examples:
  1. Wow. Just; Wow.
  2. Ya think?!
  3.  The word "So" placed unnecessarily in a sentence with exaggerated expression.
I'm sure you can think of many yourself. Yet these are still heard in everyday conversation by mimicers in casual conversation. I hate this so much I avoid using the "So" inflection or even the word So - why does it appear at the beginning of sentences? - from conversation.

You only need to read a few YouTube comments to be bombarded with atrociously overused phrases that are supposed to impart some kind of acceptability on the person using them. We are to judge them as one of us, but I judge them as hopeless posers.

I'm not immune. I have caught myself uttering this stupidity - it's infectious! But I at least have the grace to be ashamed of myself, slap my hand and reconsider what the fuck I'm talking about.

Even swearing has become something of a modern cliché. The slipping of curse words into conversation for shock value is no longer shocking. We aren't stunned to hear Fuck said on TV anymore. Why would be shocked by someone using fuck as the Valley girl abused "Like"? Still does by my ear.

Even more frustrating is hearing a young person use a relatively modern cliché that they have no clue about its origin. Example being when I heard a teenager refer to his ex a "Bunny boiler" and he had no idea where the term came from or its movie reference.

These terms and phrases must become conversation clangers. The desperate need for an ever new and modern phrase is apparent by the popularity of the site Urban Dictionary. Heard something you didn;t understand but didn't want to appear like an out-of-the-loop dweeb? Urban dictionary is there to help you. Once understood the phrase can be used to boost the credibility of the user until that phrase tips off into poserland and cliche.

Here's a small list of some I wish would hurry along to Poserland because I cringe when I hear them:
  • That's so last year, season, century etc.
  • Vajayjay
  • Any slang reference to male urination or masturbation which tend to become a contest of crudeness. Like "Shake the snake" and "Choke the chicken". Ditto for women's expressions of the same. (Thankfully no one says they "creamed" themselves anymore. That was icky.)
  • OMG!!
  • Buh-bye now.
  • Dude. Anything dude. Most annoying is women using the word dude to call other women dude.
  • I puked in my mouth a little.
  • LOL Catz speak. I know lots of people find it fun but it makes me crumple my forehead and feel pity. Especially anything prefixed with "Teh"
  • Facepalm* 
  • I peed a little, A little wee came out*
I think you get where I'm going. I do include single word as a cliché because even a word is not immune to over use to the point of unoriginality. This is never more evident than when my kids use the words I use to describe stuff like cool, awesome and...sucks. I shouldn't use "sucks" but my Dad used it like folk today use "Fucking piece of shit!!" which is why to me it carries a deepness of insult it actually does not. My Dad never said "Fuck off." he said "Blow it out you ear!" with a face as angry and red as if he'd actually told me to fuck off. Rarely he said ass instead of ear.

What modern clichés drive you crazy?


*edited to add as I'm reminded I dislike these things.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I can do the Bullet Post:

  • maybe
  • Going out for coffee with a fellow parent who's displeased with CRE - will be nice to not be the lonely voice for a change.
  • Knitting still. Have a scarf half done and no drop stitches yet, but I've managed to fix any I do right away. I should not be this anxious about dropping a stitch.
  • I ordered knitting looms for the kids so the won't lose an eye with needles and will stop nagging me with "Will you teach me?" because I haven't mastered this yet, how am I supposed to teach you?
  • Online lessons with mikeyssmail have been great! I'm kind of excited to try crocheting as it's a bit more exciting.
  • I've started writing. I got an idea while watching All My Children - I was watching because there's a sexy transsexual and I was a bit confused and amused, "Of course he can love you and your child that you won back from your ex who kidnapped him at birth" and whatever...it was crazy shit!! My idea was not as entrenched.
  • I don't watch soap operas. It just happened to come on after the show I was watching, Street Café which has been in Japan this week and is brilliant.
  • We get All My Children, Days of Our Lives and Bold and The Beautiful but no General Hospital. I only ever liked GH.
  • Not true, there was a cheesy California soap that we got in Scotland but the show was canceled after 5 years. Don't remember what it was called but I remember the whole series had ended up being someone's dream. Cheese!!!
  • Remembered a book I'd read in early 90's called Butterfly and searched to find out its sequel was out a couple years ago. I may look them both up.
  • I thought about it because I was thinking about Temperance Brennan in Bones and how she's so practical about sex and I wondered if she'd ever use a professional escort for her sexual needs and I think she would but then she'd probably not need to - she could just have anyone so why pay? I think she'd at least approve of the service. Which is why I thought of Butterfly as it's about a high end sexual fantasy come true kind of brothel for women. You just don't hear/read about women using male escorts - then again I'm not as voracious a reader as most people I know. You tell me...
  • Would it be too weird for a Heroine to have previously used escorts?
  • My kids keep fighting. Or really Sassy says something mildly mean and shorty goes for the full histrionics and wounded soul. She's an amazing actress, even I'm fooled sometimes.
  • I bought a few books at the charity shop of some romance writers I've wanted to try but could never decide which one, like Stephanie Laurens. I also noticed four books by Cassie Edwards which I passed up. I'm not interested in American Indian stuff. Or plagiarized stuff. Although I think the vehemence that SBTB went after Cassie last year was a bit OTT, then again plagiarism is a shitty shitty thing to do.
  • Craved a grilled cheese sandwich today but didn't have any bread, so baked bread but then it was close to dinner time so made dinner and will have the GCS for tomorrow but what if my craving expires? Sigh.
  • Feeling a bit feckless and insular lately. Then again I invited a neighbor over for drinks. I've never invited someone over drinks - I have no idea what got into me?! She seemed really keen, though so I'll have to buy a red and white and see how it goes.
  • I've got Sassy one of those latch hook rug projects for her birthday. I used to love them as a kid so maybe she will, too. It's a red-eyed tree frog one.
  • Got to go...XOXO

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Three things that need to fuck off:

First is morning TV with it's content infomercials. Infomercials are annoying enough, but to try and sneak them in as a segment on morning news/talk TV is disgusting. I hate it when they finish a nice interview or social interest piece with "Let's go over to Sue where she's going to tell us about a new innovation in fat burning!" and there's some fool swinging on a fitness contraption. It's stupid and I hate them and I immediately click over to something else. Fuck off trying to sell me stuff when all I want is background noise while sorting laundry.

Second is The Coconut Water Diet. Fuck off. It has diet in the title I'm not interested. It's going to be the same as the cabbage soup diet, the acai berry diet, the hot maple/lemon/chili water diet. Why even bother it's Stoooopid! Since the first one I heard about at 6 which was the Sweet-n-low yogurt diet, to this inanity they are all scams, lies and will lead to disappointment and self loathing. So don't bother. I'd imagine if it was a true miracle weight loss secret, scientists would be telling me about it and not dumb women's magazines. Yes I said dumb women's magazines because the content of most of those rags is dumb. I'm not a fan.

Third is Bamercise. I don't even care if it's a joke. It's annoying enough to have that asshole shouting "BAM!" at me in his commercials but to add this tripe is demeaning. Oh you won't be burning enough calories you fat housewives with our new super formula cleaner so here's a workout you can add into your day. Fuck off.



No really, fuck off, please.

Why does it keep growing??

I think I'm not ending my rows correctly because I keep adding more loops and I'm going to end up with something much too wide. What am I supposed to do at the end of a row before moving down the other side?

Learning to Knit

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I have a diagnosis!

I met with the Dr. on Friday to discuss the outcome of my recent blood tests. I'd gone in originally for advice on a bit of a prolapse problem and when she told me my problem would be greatly improved by losing weight, I told her about my 4 year campaign to get fit and lose weight. I told her about being able to run a 5K, having excellent muscle tone and weight lifting but that the fat won't shift.

Results are, everything was fine except my androstenone levels were high. That's a male hormone, and it indicates polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS. I don't have any of the other symptoms that are associated with this disease which is very common - 1 in 5 women have PCOS. Dr thinks I've been undiagnosed for many, many years. Probably because I don't have the other symptoms like acne, thinning hair, excessive body hair, infertility, erratic periods or pelvic pains.

PCOS also tends to run in families; my Mom had fertility issues, thinning hair. My sister had pelvic pain and endometriosis. I've got the leanings toward metabolic syndrome, another adverse side effect. I take after the side of the family that gets obese and diabetic. I've been aware of my diet and exercise for long enough now that I may have stopped the PCOS tipping me over the edge into type II. That was rewarding to hear.

What this means is I have an answer. Doesn't change my problem much, but I have a Why as to why I'm always struggling with my weight and it's not because I'm weak and lack willpower. There is no way to reduce my androstenone levels. My diet must be satisfactory because my glucose and cholesterol were all normal, which was a relief. So it's purely down to calorie intake/expenditure. Lately I've just been eating when my stomach growls, ignore non-growling cravings and eat smaller portions. No comfort eating. If I'm still hungry 20 minutes later, I'll eat more. I tell myself there's absolutely no deprivation going on here - if I want a sticky sweet thing, I'll eat a sticky sweet thing. If I want the seasoned, crispy chicken skin, I'll eat the seasoned crispy chicken skin! And now, I'm losing weight, and not slogging my guts out in the gym two hours a day, four days a week.

To be honest - I've been feeling much better. Sure that's on the back of three weeks of stomach bugs and a coughing cold. I'm getting about six hours sleep a night and not feeling tired in the morning, in fact I wake up a half hour to hour before the alarm goes off at 6:30. Not sluggish, but alert and ready to start my day. Just got my period today, and I didn't have anywhere near the crazy PMS I went through last month, which was unusual for me.

Long term outlook for me is calorie restriction, exercise and regular check ups/bloodwork to be sure my levels are in control. Lose weight, be low carb. If the other symptoms start to manifest, I may have to take medication or go back on the birth control pill to boost my female hormones. Menopause will be fun, I can tell.

I told Husband. He was very supportive and empathic, "Don't worry darling, we'll keep you a ready supply of hair wax." I love being reminded I married the right man.

I started back to learning Japanese and yesterday I started my first knitting project since I was 14. I'm using youtube videos as coaches.

So there are a lot of bright sides this morning. Also, I've lost 6kgs in a month. Not bad. Aiming for 72kgs/160lbs. Dr. says she'll be happy when I'm at 80kgs/176lbs.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

I Love Rachel Maddow

She's exactly what journalism should be. She is the apex that all journos should be aiming for. She's amazing. I love her. I want to hug her and bake her cake. I want to be on her research team. Total happy-clappy fangirl moment:



You tell 'em!

Friday, April 09, 2010

Religion Doesn't Belong in Science Class

My Mom mentioned this to me on Tuesday when we talked as she's in Tenn and it's in all her newspapers.




Even if it's to say religion is a myth. This is the story from Knox County, Tenn. where a high school biology book makes a reference to the "Biblical myth of creation". I agree with the parents who've raised the complaint to the school board that this is inappropriate content in a biology book.

A biology book doesn't need to make any reference to religion of any kind. Just as Intelligent Design doesn't belong in a science book, neither do negative comments about religion. There should be absolutely no mention of religion at all.

I know the parent was annoyed over the word "myth" and that's the crux of his irritation, "Don't call my religion a myth". It still has nothing to do with understanding biology. I do wonder what the other things are they find misleading in the book, but this interview doesn't go into that.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

My first Troll.

My first CRE video is being commented on by a possible Troll. I've never had a Troll before. I'll soon stop feeding the troll, but the good thing about them is how they have so much rubbish fall out of their mouths. Or fingers as the case may be. Here's the exchange if you're interested:

  • mikekazik1 Block User Why do you make such a big deal out of it? What's the harm in having some moral values in school? 10 hours ago
  • lyvvie (uploader) @mikekazik1 I have absolutely no problem with morals, values and ethics being taught to kids. None whatsoever. I have a problem with people telling me and my kids the only way to get that information if from the bible and religion, which is just not true. I'd be happy if the school had a secular EM&V course available. But to tell kids of many religions that the only way to be good is the christian way is disgusting. 5 hours ago
  • mikekazik1 Block User @lyvvie Look, most people don't have a problem with that stuff. Only militant atheists like you make a sensation out of the smallest things. Don't you have anything better to do with your life? There are people who have real problems in this world. It's always laugh when I see someone go on youtube to complain about some trifling matter. 4 hours ago
  • lyvvie (uploader) @mikekazik1 LOL, you call me militant when you're only upload on YouTube is the affectionate touch of your friend's gun? I don't have a gun. I'm not in a militia, I am not militant. I fight for secularism with debate and information. You're mistaken that "Most people don't have a problem with that stuff" because most people aren't aware that a problem exists. 4 hours ago
  • mikekazik1 Block User @lyvvie That's actually my gun. My friends were the ones who posted the video. In the video, I simply talked about the rifle. I didn't complain about things like you did

    Language can be literal and figurative. "Militant atheist" is a figurative term for people like you. You might not like it, but that's the term that was coined by the majority to describe people like you.

    Most people don't mind having a short religion class in school. That's why they haven't complained
    3 hours ago
  • lyvvie (uploader) @mikekazik1 I love that you say "The Majority" a lot. It must be comforting to be in the majority. The majority once thought slavery was acceptable. The majority once denied women the right to vote. The majority used to deny jobs for anyone from Ireland. There wouldn't even be an America if people didn't complain against "The majority". Until a few people complain, the majority gets away with an awful lot, doesn't it? Majority does not make it right. 2 hours ago
  • mikekazik1 Block User @lyvvie Tell me this. How was your kid harmed? The examples that you listed involved people being harmed. However, the kids that go to the school you are complaining about aren't being harmed. How does a little bit of bible study once a week harm them? Even if they don't believe in it, it's still just an easy couple of minutes where they can sit down and relax for a while. Seriously, there are people in this world who have real problems. Can't you find something better to complain about? 33 minutes ago
  • lyvvie (uploader) @mikekazik1 It's an hour long class. Why should the government be telling schools they must provide religious instruction? Why does the government have the right to impose religious beliefs on 5-18 year olds, and still claim to be a secular country? I think that's worth complaining about. I prefer to make choices for myself, and I'll encourage my kids to make their own decisions when they have all the information available to them. 6 seconds ago
  • mikekazik1 Block User @lyvvie You simply sought to justify your point of view by saying that people are unaware. People are aware. They just don't mind having a short religion class. You aren't acknowledging this because this would force you to come to terms with the fact that militant atheists like you aren't that common. 3 hours ago
  • lyvvie (uploader) @mikekazik1 From talking to other parents, and by comments I've received from people who actually live in my area of Australia - they are not aware. The fact it is so difficult to get information on the curriculum from the organization that created it is unacceptable. I also agree that "militant atheists" like me are uncommon. In fact they are virtually non existent. Most atheists are pacifists. Militant atheist is an oxymoron. 2 hours ago
  • mikekazik1 Block User @lyvvie How is a person not aware? Is it that hard to ask your kid what classes they have? A militant atheist is a coined term for an atheist who gets into other people's faces about removing religion from all aspects of society. You would certainly fall into that category since you went after the school for this kind of nonsense. Don't you have better things to do? Seriously, what's up with your husband?  If I was married and my wife sat around making youtube videos, I'd be pretty pissed. 39 minutes ago
  • lyvvie (uploader) @mikekazik1 I felt the same way as you: How could parents not know? I'm going to assume you don't have kids, because I'll tell you that kids are unreliable about providing answers about "How was your day" "What did you learn, today?" where the common answer is "Fine" and "I don't remember" I have the full support of my husband and a growing support base of both religious and non religious people. What are you doing to better society? Or is clock tower practice about all you're aiming for? 26 minutes ago

This is his video that I make comments about (The one on his page that he says his friends uploaded and not him)



Sick or what? Let's pretend to shoot a kid just off the school bus. And a random person driving by. And let's find some pagans. And let's laugh about it, har har har.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Boggles the Mind

Not that we're trying to cram religion down your throats or anything. In the middle of a walkway between two malls. On Easter. You know. Just spreading the word. We're not even preaching! It's what we're supposed to do.



Please don't feel obliged to watch the whole thing. The last minute is enough. That video was from last year's display. This year, parents phoned and complained to police that the moaning Jesus was upsetting children, and the police responded and closed Jesus down. Thing is, the church couldn't do this demonstration on Good Friday because the whole city shuts down and there would be no shoppers to see Jesus being crucified. What they should have is a big rock that slides back and forth and Jesus pops out and shouts "Ta-Dah!!" and then he rises up via crane over Myers. But where's the shock factor in that?

The newspapers ran this, of course, and some of the comments by the pastor are upsetting. For one she claimed this was a "Silent display" but from watching the video it's obvious it was not a silent display. Today the paper reports that the police apologized for shutting down the display - Why?! Why would the police have to apologize for doing their job?

Even better, they accuse the police of being kinder to gays:

Senior Rev Rory Lennon has attacked the double standards of police who participate in demonstrations supporting gays and lesbians, including Melbourne's Pride March, and did nothing last month to stop World Naked Bike Ride participants' "lewd" behaviour. "The gay mardi gras or parades and things like that, the (police) commissioners walk in those and there were complaints there, but nothing was done," he said.


Well Christians in a predominately christian area doing religious displays aren't as likely to get assaulted, glassed or knifed. As much as they like to think they are still being persecuted, just like Jesus, they really aren't. Not like homosexuals, or even naked bike riders. Although why anyone would want to ride a bike naked, I don't know. The chaffing! But I don't find the human body offensive and I don't care if my kids see naked bodies. Dying, bleeding, agonized suffering - yes I mind that. Happy naked people, not so much.

It's another crazy day Down Under.

Geelong Easter Demonstration

Rock and a hard place, there. Scary giant rabbit or the bleeding Jesus. Run kid, RUN!!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Mean Mother Strikes Again

I've been presented with a birthday wish-list from my eldest, Sassyface. It was left on my bureau. I was a bit confused at first, because I thought it had come from her little sister, who's five. But no, this appalling scribble is from an almost 11 year old.

Birthday list?

Are you kidding me?! How can she not know that begging letters must use the best penmanship to be taken seriously?! It gets worse...

I'm sensing a theme

I don't think I'm being too cruel by being disappointed with this effort. Especially since I know she can do much better. I'm not even bothered about the spelling errors so much as the actual, terrible, no she does not have dyslexia as an excuse, lazy-ass handwriting. Here, see:

Better effort!

That was from last year. Sure it's on lined paper, but so what? Even if she'd tried to put even an ounce of effort into trying to make her writing nice I'd have been happy. But this? Nope.

Now, honestly, I've not been this cutting and mean to her directly - I'm not heartless! But I tell her I was disappointed because I know she can do much, much better. I felt we, as her parents, deserved her best efforts.

But seriously, WTF?! OH - and where does she get off telling us we can pick five?? Cheeky or what? I'm tempted to buy her frilly pink dresses.

The rest of the Professor Messy story is here, if you were interested.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

What's with all the hate, churchmen?

For an organization that proclaims to be about peace, love and understanding, they sure do like to throw the shit around. Yesterday was Good Friday, and it seems the churches got together to make sermons against the rise of atheism. Oh, and everything bad in the world is atheism's fault, too.

More than once I heard religious people on TV saying things like; "I don't care if you're an atheist, but just shut up and stop telling me what to believe!" Excuse me?? Pot calling the kettle black, just a little bit. We're constantly told what we should believe and the buffet of religions available is confusing and quite honestly, full of sneeze. Just last week, there was a two page spread in the paper of some dickhead telling us all that Christianity is the only way for a better Australia! I never stare at folks who carry their palms, or have ash on their foreheads - I don't care!! I do care if your cross bearing Jesus and hymn singing parish block up traffic as you replicate the death walk of your saviour. Did you obtain the correct license for that public march and outdoor megaphoned meeting?? The street wasn't properly cordoned off. Yet Australia news-shows keep saying how Oz is not really a religious country - I beg to differ. Actually, I roll my eyes and make a "Tcha" noise while making masturbatory hand gestures.

One of the big news stories just now is football officials protesting about AFL Football (Footy) competing on Good Friday - they are expected to keep the day holy, but practice sessions are ok. Yet we have Rugby League (Also called Footy which gets really fucking confusing!) matches...I don't get the problem. Good Friday isn't even a day off in the USA, as far as I remember. Everyone thinks America is far more religious. Stores aren't even open here.

Several newspapers had articles by ministers and preachers saying all sorts of...well rubbish really. It's very apparent they've not actually talked to many atheists. It becomes a game of Spot The Canard!

The Australian

The Sydney Morning Herald

The Age

ABC News online

They got together to spread more misinformation and bullshit. My favourite quote was from the Anglican Bishop who said that disbelief was an assault on God. In so much as not believing in fairies is an assault on fairies, or not believing in unicorns is an assault on unicorns. An assault is a physical act upon someone or something - where's the injury in not believing in Santa? Sticks and stones will break bones but words - God can't take even a few words? What a puss. I said on FB "Dear Anglican Archbishop Peter Jensen: Saying non belief is an "assault on God" is as sensible as arresting a shadow boxer for GBH."

Stir up the hate, create an "Us *vs* Them" mentality and get the parish to raise their pitchfork in protest. Because that's what forgiving and turning the other cheek is all about. Everyone knows it's easier to forgive if the person isn't there to be a reminder. Terrible atheists with their getting on with life and not paying tithes, or praying, or going to church or...anything.

All this rubbish about Nazi's being atheists is ignorant. Hitler was a Catholic! They were trying to eradicate the Jews - those people who killed Jesus, remember? For fuck sake - why are religious organizations determined to rewrite history? It's like they keep trying to pull the Jedi mind trick "There was no evil here", "The church is a force of good in the world"

Bullshit.

I know this was poorly written, and I'm sorry for that. I'm between colds - husband brought the tummy bug, kids brought the coughing one - and fighting the urge to sleep and sniffle and barf all at once. I did take a lot of pictures in Melbs yesterday, if you're interested. I'm going to take command of the TV and maybe watch some P&P.