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Nov. 3rd, 2008

1. Stop talking about politics for a moment or two.
2. Post a reasonably-sized picture in your LJ, NOT under a cut tag, of something pleasant, such as an adorable kitten, or a fluffy white cloud, or a bottle of booze. Something that has NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS.
3. Include these instructions, and share the love.

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THE RULES:
I. Pick 15 of your favorite movies.
II. Find/ remember a quote from each movie.
III. Post them here for everyone to guess.
IV. Indicate when a quote has been guessed by whatever means seems good to you (strikeout can be annoying).
V. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb/Wikiquote search functions.


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Sometime in seventh grade, I stopped eating. I'm 5'1" and naturally slim - I've never had a weight problem that didn't require me to eat more food, and I've had no delusions about that, either - but for some reason, I just didn't eat. This, I think, was the first year I had to pack my own lunches. Eventually, I wouldn't bother. For a while, I made myself peanut butter sandwiches. I'd eat them ravenously, sitting alone in the room that housed two classes full of students who were not willing to talk to me. Then I started going to my mother's classroom - second grade - under the pretense of "tutoring." Making the sandwiches was a waste by this point. I knew I wouldn't eat them. I wasn't hungry. So for a few weeks I brought nutrigrain bars - apple - unappetizing. I don't think I ever ate them. They remained at the bottom of my schoolbag until the wrappers broke and the crumbs permeated my notebooks. Eventually I brought nothing at all. I watched 8-year olds eat and it made me feel sick. I would not break my fast until 4pm or later, when I would binge on bag after bag of potato chips. We bought the large cardboard boxes of the tiny bags that come in vending machines. They never lasted more than a week. When they were gone, there would be a layover until we visited Sam's Club again. During this period I would rarely eat at all.

I didn't really start eating during the day again until junior year, when my desperate mother began making me lunches again. Even then, I gave the majority of it to Molly. Anticipating this, mom would sometimes make two sandwiches. Sometimes I gave those to Tracey.

Today, I've eaten one-fourth of a granola bar. I bring soup to work, and I am happy on the days Elly decides to order out. I enjoy chicken fingers with honey mustard. I've never counted calories, and I've never thought I was fat. I don't know what to call this eating disorder. It seems I've taught myself not to eat and it's been hard getting an appetite back after these years of the fast. I speculate this was seventh-grade Rachel's attempt at self-punishment. But I've never heard of anyone else with this sort of neurosis before. Maybe I haven't looked hard enough.

Jan. 8th, 2008

I'm just gonna put this out there: I am super super sick of people using hatred of Hillary Clinton as a screen for their misogyny. I don't like her but this whole "Hillary is satan" thing kind of puts me off. Some of it has to be legitimate dissent with her many political problems. But I think there's a pretty huge precedent for misogyny being a big factor in Hillary-badmouthing. A couple centuries' worth of precedent.
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Demonstration to Close Guantánamo!
Friday, January 11, 2008
12 noon
Demonstration begins in front of the Federal Courthouse, 6th & Market Streets, Philadelphia
January 11, 2008, marks the six year anniversary of the first arrival of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay. Join the the Nationwide Day of Action to Close Guantánamo!
The demonstration in support of the closure of Guantánamo. The demonstration will begin with a vigil in front of the Federal Courthouse, 6th & Market Sts., where the names of Guantánamo prisoners will be read while people chained together wearing black hoods and orange jump suits will stand. The "prisoners" will then will be "pulled" in a procession with banners, signs, and bell-tolling through the historic district of Philadephia, past the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and concluding in front of the National Constitution Center.
Co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community and the ACLU of Pennsylvania.

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