Friday, September 28, 2007

Miscellaneous Friday

The last time I checked, Generals and everyone else in the military... and in elected offices, for that matter, are sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America.

They are not sworn to uphold the religious literature of their choice, nor are they sworn to uphold any particular religion-based value system they may have been subjected to as children.

I am at a loss, then, to understand which part of the Constitution General Pace was upholding when he mouthed off to Congress the other day, reiterating his personal beliefs that homosexuality is immoral and that that was reason enough for the DADT policy.

If he believes, which he apparently does, that his personal beliefs trump the Constitution or the will of Congress, under what set of rules does he think this? By virtue of the fact that he's at the top of the military heap, therefore what he thinks and believes goes?

Or, perhaps, it's just a personally-held belief that he's right and everybody else is wrong.

I can think of a few other people in D.C. who feel the same way. Some of them occupy the White House. Most of them are unrecovered drunks. I wonder if General Pace enjoys a few cocktails now and then? Or more?

Follow-up to yesterday.

Like all dysfunctional families everyone in the office has chosen to pretend like nothing happened. Ah, there's nothing like an elephant in the living room to remind me of my childhood!

The Dating Game.

My friend Alan, who blogs over here, and often posts here, astonished me by expressing his opinion that I'm on the verge of dating again. AND, he added his belief that I'm a catch.

From your keyboard to God's ears, Alan!

There is an adorable little investment banker who's started appearing at my morning 12-Step group recently. Too bad he's taboo for the 1st year of his sobriety.

Have a great weekend, all! I know I will.


Alan said...

remember, talk friendly and casual to the one you want to get but seem utterly disinterested

Anonymous said...

I read your post yesterday and after the fallout wondered why I didn't think it was anything more than typical. Then it dawned on me. Most of my working life was before the internet, no email. I worked for attorneys and doctors. The attorneys were personal injury attorneys mostly (lawyers, guns and money, thank you Warren Zevon) & not connected to big money cases but those questionable small time traffic accidents. My life was meaningless to employers. I babysat their kids during working hours. I typed papers for a wife and a son for school. I was going to school at night, after work but when I was given the wife's paper on nutrition to type my boss told me I might learn something. My major was psychology and philosophy. So yeah, they made me sick and often really angry. But it was typical. And I might add gender made no difference. It was all hierarchy. It will never change.

JoyZeeBoy said...

Will do, Alan. Detach with love, as they say in Al-Anon.

JoyZeeBoy said...

Dear Anony,

First of all, thanks for dropping by and honoring me with a read. And thanks, too, for taking the time to respond.

When I went to work for the partner I primarily work for, 3 law firms and 7 years ago, I made it clear to him that I wasn't his "wife at the office", that I wouldn't do any personal work for him, not remember his family members birthdays nor any of the other crap that I knew legal secretaries often had foisted off on them.

I was glad that I did that. What I didn't count on, though, was the fact that he wouldn't be the ONLY lawyer I would be working for. Along the way I've had more than my fair share of Princes and Princepessas, fresh out of law schools, who thought nothing of trying to get me to do their personal shit.

Those got to be more ticklish situations, requiring me to attempt to establish boundaries with people who had obviously never been told "NO" before.

My personal opinion is that the legal profession is loaded with people who were born with a sense of entitlement a mile wide and deep and who, I also believe, got the shit beat out of them ... A LOT ... on playgrounds when they were children.

Alan said...

given the fact that people do indeed pay them more money than god per hour it's not surprising they have such a sense of entitlement. though that doesn't make it any less sickening