A Personal Message from The Diva
Good News/Bad News:
A BBBR Bunker Update
Posted June 14, 2001
Dear Resistance Fighters:
I apologize for the lack of a site update the last few days. My tardy update was a result of both happy and unhappy developments.
First, the good news:
CoupCat Coco's radiation levels have dropped off wonderfully, and as of June 12, it is now safe to cuddle her at will. We no longer have to keep our distance from her, banish her from the bedroom, or scrub down after physical contact. She is doing GREAT. Have you ever seen the cartoon "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi?"
You know the part where Rikki-Tikki-Tavi runs and stops, then his tail shakes, his whiskers twitch, and his eyes positively SPARKLE?
Well, that's CoupCat Coco. She is just awesome. She is gaining weight, purring like crazy, and so lovable I can hardly stand it.
I am so happy.
She still has to go back for her four-week follow-up (to make sure all of the tumor tissue was destroyed), but as far as I can tell, her radiation therapy was a success.
A second bit of good news... I received my first bulk order for BBBR Buttons, which inspired me to create some new designs. (A couple of the new designs are now personal favorites), and I will be posting the new button art soon at the BBBR Coup Couture Mall Page. I have Linda McCabe to thank for this burst of artistic creativity, and also to thank for paying my national NOW dues. (Cash has been tight in the BBBR Bunker, and I appreciate her generosity more than I can ever say.)
One Snappy Diva Salute for Linda McCabe, Resistance Fighter and Philanthropist.
And now, for the bad news...
On June 11, Rose Thomas wrote an inspired rant, "Reality Check." In her rant, she said:
"Recently, a fellow on a discussion list asked a friend of mine if she felt that the liberal/progressive groups she supported had any shortcomings. The question was phrased in a very reasonable tone, yet the underlying suggestion was that my friend was not being terribly objective in her condemnation of the right-wing lunatic extremists running amok through the smoking ruins of our democracy."
I am the friend she is talking about.
I am the one who had received the following request:
"...And if you have the time please write and let us know your twenty worse faults and shortcomings and the twenty worst deficiencies of the liberals groups you are in. Or are there any shortcomings in your opinion?"
Well, Rose's decision to come to my defense via rant earned her the negative attention of Rick Hauptman. Many of you already know who Mr. Hauptman is, but for those of you who don't...
Rick Hauptman is, well, a problem (for lack of a better term). For more info, you can see the following links:
March 22: AN OPEN LETTER TO MY CHAMPIONS
Mr. Hauptman saw Rose's rant posted on the VoterSF YahooGroup, and took the initiative to use that as his springboard for attack:
Date: Tue Jun 12, 2001 4:50 pm
Subject: Re: [VoterSF] A reality check from Rose of Fringefolk.com
I think some of the folks like Diva and Rose could use a "reality check" themselves. Even if ya mildly disagree with them, they get their bloomers all in a bunch and call you a Freeper. Talk about the inmates running the asylum.....
Basically, his hatred for me has now slopped over onto one of the most committed and productive activists in our movement -- Rose Thomas, founder of fringefolk.com.
You should know that neither Rose nor I ever called Hauptman a freeper, but that he did do that to Rose on the Voter Group:
Date: Tue May 22, 2001 7:29 am
Subject: roserose@e... is a Freeper
roserose@e... is a Freeper. I just did a search and she is a memer of the Republican Party. Please ignore her. Thank you.
I will have more to tell you about all of this soon, but in the meantime, please send Rose a letter of support.