Heather Irene Justus

My blogging here is not an endorsement of any other opinion but my own. I'm no longer new to blogging, I've been writing locally and nationally since 2007 starting here at the Liberal OC. I was born in New York and grew up in Huntington Beach, CA and currently live in Aliso Viejo. I graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in English and Film and eventually may go back to school, but I'm still figuring out what I want to be when I grow up. Until then, I work and write and try to do something useful here in the OC by using the word to point out the things that make me frustrated. It's a daily struggle. Issues that peak my interest the most are environmental (yes, I don't just 'believe" in climate change, I listen to all those whacky scientists), gender and body issues (women deserve equal pay, I'm a feminist too, crazy) to the continuing widening economic gap we are not enjoying here in the US (which ties to education, stagnant wages and debt). So many issues, but those are the top three right now. I am an unabashed corgi lover, nerd and all around strange girl. I am lucky enough to be raising a wonderful daughter as well and enjoying being unmarried.

Chelsea doesn’t have to answer that question…

The usually soft-spoken Clinton rebuked a student at Butler University in Indianapolis on Tuesday who asked whether her mother’s credibility had been hurt during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. “Wow, you’re the first person actually that’s ever asked me that question in the, I don’t know maybe, 70 college campuses I’ve now been to, and I…

4,000 Dead and Counting

Sadly, the Iraq war reached a numerical milestone with the death toll reaching 4,000 soldiers killed in combat. Why we pay so much attention to the round numbers, especially when every single death counts and every single death will leave parents or spouses behind. Every single death with leave children or childhood friends behind. Every…

When did Pregnancy become a Disablity?

Chuck DeVore wants to give special parking passes to pregnant women during their last three months of pregnancy and two months after giving birth. Now, I’ve been pregnant, not a walk in the park but most certainly not disabling either. It’s patronizing to say that pregnant women need special parking; I’m tired of our society…

John McCain shouldn’t answer any phones at 3am

Unless maybe if Joe Lieberman is there to help him.  Nah, not that either.  But it was a good thing McCain had his Democratic side kick because Joe was kind enough to correct McCain when he said that Iran (Shiite) was training Al Queda (Sunni).  Wow, wouldn’t that mean the end of violence between these two…

Aliso Viejo Parents in a Nit Snit

Lice is a childhood right of passage but of course it’s also something many parents don’t really want to talk about.   Or is it the School that wants to avoid alerting parents until it’s absolutely necessary?  And then, when can you send your child back to school?  The current policy is proof of treatment is…