Context damnit!

I get it, it’s election season and any occassion will be used to score cheap political points, but anybody who thinks Obama actually is opposed to stay-at-home moms is hopelessly ideological or hopelessly stupid (I suspect more of the former).  But how could Obama say this:

“Sometimes, someone, usually Mom, leaves the workplace to stay home with the kids, which then leaves her earning a lower wage for the rest of her life as a result,” he said. “That’s not a choice we want Americans to make.”

Well, I guess it is true.  Obama does hate stay-at-home moms.  Judging by any number of right-wing websites, that’s what you would be led to believe.  Amazingly, the proper context is actually found over at Fox:

“Moms and dads deserve a great place to drop their kids off every day that doesn’t cost them an arm and a leg,” Obama said, stressing the need for public pre-schools. This sentiment is in line with Obama’s “Preschool for all Initiative.”

“In many states, sending your child to daycare costs more than sending them to a public university. True?

And too often, parents have no choice but to put their kids in cheaper daycare, that maybe doesn’t have the kinds of programming that makes a big difference in a child’s development. And then sometime their just may not be any slots or the best programs may be too far away.

Sometimes, someone, usually mom, leaves the workplace to stay home with the kids, which then leaves her earning a lower wage for the rest of her life as a result. That’s not a choice we want Americans to make.”

Or, in other words, Obama wishes we had more high-quality daycare options so that women who want to work would not drop out of the workforce over lack of good daycare options.  Well, that’s not going to rile up nearly so many right-wing nuts who are convinced Obama just wants to ruin America.  F@#$in context.

Photo of the day

Very cool gallery of award-winning natural images in Wired:

First Place Winner, Birds
Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) and Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius)
Location: Telemark, Norway  

Chicken pox update

Thanks for the concern, but other than being unbelievably itchy, I’m doing pretty well.  I never actually had chicken pox as a kid– though like anybody my age– I had plenty of exposure.  When David was born I had a blood test to see if I had the antibodies.  I do!  Presumably, that meant I had a “sub-clinical” case as a child.  Thus, never worried since.  Anyway, starting Thursday evening I was just super-tired– flu style– but with no other symptoms.  Friday and Saturday I felt up and down and was able to walk the dog and trick-or-treat on Friday.  By Saturday night I noticed a bunch of itchy bumps on my scalp.  Woke up on Sunday and I could finally see the pox all over my chest and back.  A little internet research made it pretty clear this was chicken pox– there’s really not much out there with similar symptoms (shingles is, of course, highly related, but presents in a distinctly different manner).   For adults, the recommended course of treatment includes an antiviral within 24 hours of rash onset.  Well, we happened to have some in the medicine cabinet so I went ahead and started treatment.

Saw the doctor this morning.  He approved of my self-diagnosis and beginning treatment with 24 hours of rash (that’s why he’s my doctor).  He suggested that I probably did have a mild case because of those antibodies and that the Valocyclovir was helping.  Interestingly, chicken pox is mostly spread through coughing and sneezing and I’ve had absolutely zero respiratory symptoms, so I’m of much lower risk to others than the typical sufferer.  He thinks it will be safe for me to teach tomorrow so long as I avoid direct contact (I’ll just have to cover media and presidential elections without hugging).  Just so itchy!  But I think the worst of that is actually over.

Okay, no back to actually interesting stuff.

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