Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year's Goal #1

I just sent off our application to our new mortgage loan consultant for pre-approval. We have a first-time homebuyer's class on Saturday and we're meeting with our realtor after that. Let the house-hunting begin!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

mmm... dough-ey

Eric's mom got me a breadmaker for Christmas. Don't worry, I asked for it, and she thought it was weird that I wanted it.

I'm so excited, though! It came with a great recipe book. I'm cooking up some pesto bread as we speak. Yum!

My mom is coming up today and we're going to go pick up the new dining table from World Market. Double hooray!


PS. The bread maker also makes jams, sauces, and chutneys. Wow! :-)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Birthday!


I won't be around a computer tomorrow, so I thought I'd take a minute today to wish a happy birthday to all the gods born of a virgin mother on December 25~

Horus c. 3000 BCE -- mother: Isis-Merion
Attis of Phrygia c.1400 BCE -- mother: Nana
Krishna c. 1400 BCE (possibly as early as 5771 BCE) -- mother: Devaki
Zoroaster/Zarathustra c. 1000 BCE or earlier -- mother: Dughdhava
Mithra of Persia c. 600 BCE -- mother: Anahita
Buddha (Siddartha Gautama) c. 563 BCE -- mother: Maya
Heracles c. 800 BCE -- mother: Alcmena
Dionysus (aka: Bacchus) c. 186 BCE -- mother: Semele
Tammuz c. 400 BCE -- mother: Mylitta
Adonis c. 200 BCE -- mother: Myrha
Hermes -- mother: Maia
Prometheus -- mother: Themis
...and of course
Jesus -- mother: Mary

Happy Birthday!!



PS. Thanks to American Atheists and Edwin Kagin for the list.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Tired

Hello, there. I hate it when blogs I read don't post... sorry. I've been REALLY tired and ready for winter break to start! I have to work Monday and Tuesday, and then I'm off until the 5th.

I gave Eric a couple of his presents today. I love giving gifts... I can't ever wait until xmas day to give them! I always give him some early. Lucky him :-) I thought this calendar was funny and knew he'd appreciate it:
Good times.

I'm going to visit both families next week. It's going to be a lot of driving (for Eric... I'm just riding along), but then I'll be home the whole week after xmas. Hopefully I can catch up on sleep and get my brain back :-)

Oh, I sent my sister and bro-in-law this for their fetus. I think it's so cute!!! I got the ladybug.


Okay, that's all for now!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Am I Jealous?

I don't think this guy's really happy about Bush being there...



Am I jealous? Maybe a little... I sometimes think about throwing my shoes when I'm unhappy ;-)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Gift of Goats

So, if you read my post to Eric, you read about my new-found love of goats. Goats, you ask? Well, yes. I think they're really cute and if I ever live in the New England countryside, I want a couple.

Well then, you can imagine my excitement when I got a catalog in the mail from Heifer International. On their website, they explain their program:

Bringing an End to World Hunger Through Unimaginable Blessings

Today, millions of people who were once hungry will be nourished by milk, eggs and fresh vegetables.self-reliance

Families who for generations knew only poverty will be building new homes and starting businesses.

Children who once headed out to the fields to do backbreaking work will be heading into schoolrooms to learn to read.

And people who never thought they’d be in a position to help someone else will be experiencing the joy of charitable giving.

How is this possible?

With Heifer’s proven approach – almost 60 years in the making – to helping people obtain a sustainable source of food and income.


So, I'm flipping through the catalog, and lo and behold, a page of goats!



Moral of my post: If you're looking for a gift (especially a gift for me!), consider a goat. It would make me really happy. Not to mention, the family who gets the goat :-)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Update

I started my carb-free diet on Monday. I've already lost 4 lbs. Huzzah!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Poochy

I thought you weren't supposed to have to think about your body until after you hit 30. I'm still a couple of years away, but none of my clothes seem to be fitting me anymore. I eat really well and I'm active. I'm not so much of a gym go-er, but I am always up and around during the day. I used to wear a pedometer to work, and on a normal day I take around 7,000 steps.

Anyway...

I'm going to go for the next two weeks without eating any carbs. I just realized how addicted to them I really am after a big (carb-free) meal the other night when I still felt hungry.

Why two weeks? Well, on the Atkins website, they provide two weeks' worth of recipes. Plus, that will get us to holiday time. If reducing my carbs makes me feel as good as everyone says it will, I'll have no problem continuing through the season. I don't get tempted so easily.

We're going to the grocery store later today. Just finishing up my shopping list. I just have to be really careful to balance my ecotarian-ism with the meat-happy Atkins' plan. Off we go!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Jack Black

I'm so sick of everyone opposing same-sex marriage. That's fine for you not to think it's right. You don't have to marry someone of the same sex. But you can't make it part of the Constitution in a country that values separation of church and state! What are you going to outlaw next? Sex outside of marriage? Drinking coffee? Staying home on Sundays? You can't force your personal beliefs on others!!!!

Anyway, I've posted extensively about this. I thought perhaps a little song-and-dance number might be fun, instead!

See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die

Monday, December 01, 2008

To my Eric

This is for Christina. Well, of course it is for my Eric, but it's to ease my sister's mind, as well.

Eric, you are fantastic in many ways.
  • You cook delicious dinners for me every day.
  • You rock out on your guitar and make up songs for me.
  • You let me sing and dance around the house without rolling your eyes too much.
  • You take out the trash and recycling (except when you forget!).
  • You tuck me in when I'm crazy-tired.
  • You let me give you kisses whenever I want.
  • You rub my feet. A LOT.
  • You do the laundry, which is the bane of my existence.
  • You are quiet when I watch Grey's Anatomy (and you re-enact scenes with me when I REALLY need to) (that actually only happened once, and it was to make a point) (I'm not crazy, I swear).
  • You like that maybe I might actually be a little crazy.
  • You like to talk about feelings.
  • You bought me my first tattoo.
  • You look like a loon when you dance. It's cute :-)
  • You drive.
  • You water my plants when I forget.
  • You listen to all of the stories about my students and remember their names when they come up in later stories.
  • You play tennis with me.
  • You give nice hugs.
  • You're not jealous.
  • You read cook books for fun.
  • You're still friends with the people who were in kindergarten with you.
  • You have really nice friends.
  • You eat the baby corns from my Chinese take-out.
  • You have comfy sweatshirts.
  • You make me leave my comfort zone a lot, but only when you know it's okay.
  • You stoke a mean fire in the chiminea.
  • You taught me about glug. Oh, wonderful glug :-)
  • You let me finish the wine. And you buy merlot for me, even though you prefer cab.
  • You sold your motorcycle (although, you think you want to buy another one, now).
  • You learn about things that are important to me.
  • You can do stuff with cars.
  • You smell nice.
  • You look sexy with a beard, without a beard, with the van dyke, just about any way... just not with a skeevy mustache.
  • You like to kiss me in the bookstore.
  • You buy me presents.
  • You are a crazy liberal, just like me.
  • You support my new-found love of goats.
Have I gone mushy enough? So yah, don't worry, I love him more than Obama, okay?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Things I'm thankful for:

1. President-elect Barack Obama
2. A healthy fetus-niece
3. New jobs
4. My heater
5. Year-round farmer's markets
6. DVR
7. Family within 100 miles in either direction
8. Birth control
9. The 11:00pm hour on Comedy Central
10. A 2nd pair of glasses
11. A progressive community
12. Friends
13. Great students
14. iTunes
15. My awesome Mac
16. Socks
17. Savings accounts
18. The incoming economic team
19. Sarah Palin lives in Alaska again
20. My front porch
21. Eric
22. Eric's yummy dinners
23. Rationality
24. Lots of brothers and sisters
25. Blogs
26. etc.

Girl power

Just wanted to share one picture of the little one. I've decided she's inheriting the fist in the bottom panel from me ;-) (Click on the image to make it bigger)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Babies!

I told her I was going to wait until she posted something on her own blog, but she said it didn't matter and I can't wait anymore.

Jen and Lance are having a girl!!! I'm really excited, since I love girls and I love being a woman. Now, I'm going to have to be the awesome aunt who teaches her all about feminism and being a strong woman :-)

Funny


I just found a funny blog called Bishop Higgins 3rd Ward. If you know anything about Mormonism (and I mean cultural things, mostly, not "magic underwear" things) or have ever lived in Utah, you'll probably get a kick out of this. Erin, Dad, Jeannette, Annie... I'm mostly talking to you :-)

Monday, November 24, 2008

News

1. Eric got a new job today! Hooray.

2. I was out on Saturday night and my glasses broke. The right part that goes over your ear? Came clean off.

3. I downloaded an AWESOME album from iTunes. It's from the Pickin' On series... a bluegrass tribute to classic rock. I LOVE it.

4. One of my classes was AWFUL today. Three referrals. I haven't written that many referrals all year! When is Thanksgiving break again...?

5. The newest Beaujolais Nouveau is out! Yum.

6. We're having my favorite Moroccan dish for dinner. I love Eric :-)

7. It's cold. I love it!

8. We went to the grocery store today for the first time in... weeks? A really long time. The farmer's market opens back up in April!

9. I got to catch up yesterday with a middle school friend. It was great! She's in surgery, and I HAD to relate everything she was talking about to Grey's Anatomy. I'm retarded. But I couldn't help it! Oh, Dr. McDreamy...

10. Because who wants a list of only nine?

11. Ten is boring, too. I'm listening to my bluegrass version of I Love Rock and Roll at the moment. Did I mention that I love this album?

12. Oh, I just remembered one more! Apparently, many people in this country are DUMB when it comes to, um, this country. On the Civic Literacy Report Civics Quiz, the average American scores a 49% and the average elected official scores a 44%. Great.... I'm happy to report that I had an 84.85%. Phew!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

My Sketch


I was playing around on Facebook this morning, and I found an app that does a sketch of your profile picture. Fun!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Tesla


Tesla Motors is working on their electric car. They claim it's 100% electric, goes 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, and gets 244 miles per charge. Plus, it's pretty. I'm intrigued, and I want one. Too bad the base price is $109,000. Maybe if I start saving now.....

Pearls of funny

Pearls Before Swine

Friday, November 21, 2008

Wazoo


I'm waiting for Eric to get off the phone so we can leave, and I just found out that my Photo Booth has fun effects!! For your viewing pleasure.

Hi


I've been busy. And sick. This weekend we're going to Maryland. Oh, and next week I only have to work 2 days! Good thing, because the kids are crazy right now.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Utah

This is for you, Erin :-)

Utah, redux

Thu Nov 20, 2008 at 09:57:03 AM PST

Yesterday I wrote about the great gains in Salt Lake County in Utah, but couldn't do a side-by-side comparison since AP hadn't updated its numbers. Well, they're updated, so I'm posting the comparison maps so we can marvel at what progress looks like:

2004:

2008:

The glowing county is Salt Lake, and notice how neighboring Summit County also turned blue. Mouse over every neighboring county, and they've all become less Republican. Sure, some of the gains are marginal, but it's all progress as long as it's moving in our direction. And the 80,000-vote swing in Salt Lake County will be the foundation upon which the rest of the state is gradually worked.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Crazy

I have been told 3 times in the past 2 days that I look like Sarah Palin. I suppose that's okay, as long as nothing else about me reminds them of her!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

Bushed

The London Times’ Charles Bremner has identified one positive aspect of President Bush’s foreign policy legacy:

put.gifWith Russian tanks only 30 miles from Tbilisi on August 12, Mr. Sarkozy told Mr. Putin that the world would not accept the overthrow of Georgia’s Government. According to [Sarkozy’s chief diplomatic adviser, Jean-David] Levitte, the Russian seemed unconcerned by international reaction. “I am going to hang Saakashvili by the balls,” Mr. Putin declared.

Mr. Sarkozy thought he had misheard. “Hang him?” — he asked. “Why not?” Mr. Putin replied. “The Americans hanged Saddam Hussein.”

Mr. Sarkozy, using the familiar tu, tried to reason with him: “Yes but do you want to end up like [President] Bush?” Mr. Putin was briefly lost for words, then said: “Ah — you have scored a point there.”

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Response to gay marriage

I posted some questions a few days ago regarding people's opposition to gay marriage. Nobody actually responded with their personal opinion regarding the issue. But I did have one commenter ask me to post all of my feelings about this.

I don't know that I can adequately express ALL of my feelings about this in a single post. But, if you want to know where I'm coming from with this, please watch Keith Olbermann's eloquent response before reading on.



What do I think...?


First and foremost, I hold that it is the job of the government to PROTECT our right to believe whatever we want in regard to religion, etc. Not to DICTATE to us what to believe.

If you are a member of a religion that views homosexuality as a sin, that is your prerogative. The government cannot demand that you change your mind about that. You do not have to allow homosexual members into your church, you do not have to perform gay marriage ceremonies, you do not have to provide any kind of service to them.

However, you cannot claim that same privilege to believe how you will, and then turn around and deny that to others. You cannot expect the government to protect your rights yet deny those same rights to people who think differently than you. The government cannot force you to accept homosexuality. AND, the government cannot deny others their own homosexuality.

The government of this country is NOTHING if it does not treat all of its citizens with equality. The government CANNOT dictate to you what is right or wrong in regard to your PERSONAL beliefs. How can you say that the government has a right to allow marriages between people who think one way, but not to people who think another way?

It is not the role of government to decide who is right or wrong in this issue. It is the role of government to allow equal treatment of all of its citizens. That is what the Constitution is for!


Second. I must again wonder, What are you afraid of?

I have had discussions this week with my students about why urban areas tend to vote more liberal than the rest of the country. Without fail, in every single class period, the students were quick to respond with the word, "Exposure." When you have friends who are black, or Muslim, or homosexual, or green, or whatever, you realize that they're really just as normal and boring as you are. You realize there is nothing about them that you need to fear. They're just people.

Are you afraid of losing the "sanctity of marriage and the family?" I would have to say, then, that that is only because you know no families with two parents of the same gender.

Again, back to my school. There are a number of homosexual faculty members in long-term relationships. One in particular has been with his partner for YEARS. They have 2 adopted children. They are one of the most loving families I've ever known. They do birthday parties and parent-teacher conferences and swimming pools and everything else typical, two-parent families do. The children are perfectly well-adjusted. And they don't seem to be "catching" any "gay germs" from their fathers.

You want to protect families? Allow them to exist!! Allow homosexual partners to marry, adopt children, and raise those children in loving, warm homes.

What are you afraid of?


Third. This was pointed out most poignantly by Olbermann. If we did not "redefine marriage" it would still be illegal across this country for black Americans to marry.

I hope that by this day and age, you can look back at the laws against miscegenation and recognize their ridiculousness. But at the time, people were just as scared that the "sanctity of marriage and the family" would be destroyed if a black and white couple were allowed to marry.

Silly fears.


Last. Marriage is defined as a man and a woman in the Bible. That is all. Thankfully, we use the Constitution to govern this country, not the Bible.

If you do not want to marry a person of the same gender, don't.

But why do you have to stick your nose into someone else's life and dictate their decisions? You expect them to stay out of your decisions. Why can't you stay out of theirs?

Monday, November 10, 2008

Bloggie sister

So, apparently my sister started a blog. Four days ago. I found out through her Facebook page... interesting. Well, if you want to know (and haven't already beat me to it), you can read it at: Life According to Me.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

What do I blog about now??

Confused

I took these questions from the Friendly Atheist, but they're on my mind, as well. Anyone care to respond?

There are so many questions I want to ask those people who voted in favor of Proposition 8 and as a result banned gay marriages in California:

  • How is your marriage any more secure now that homosexual marriages in your state are broken?
  • What do you say to the children of gay parents who question why their mommies or daddies can’t be married?
  • Can I vote on the legality of your marriage?
  • How does this vote change your life?
  • Are you proud of yourself?
  • What did you say to your gay friends (if you have any) when you saw them post-election?
  • Will your actions bring gay people closer to Christ?
  • When gay marriage is finally legalized (it won’t be long), are you going to lie and tell your children your church led the charge for equal rights or will you tell them the truth and say you were the reason for the delay?
  • How do you defend your position to your children?
  • Are you in favor of lifelong commitments between two people or against it?
  • What effect do you think this gay marriage ban will have on gay people? Young people? Non-Christians? Young Christians?
  • Is this what Jesus would do?

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Acceptance speech



What are you people out there afraid of?

Equality

Remember the dream?


I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

-- Martin Luther King, Jr.


The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America – I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you – we as a people will get there.

There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government can’t solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it’s been done in America for two-hundred and twenty-one years – block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.

-- President-Elect Barack Obama

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

WE DID IT!!!!


Anxiety

16 minutes until the polls close in Virginia!! Freak-out time for me. I'm so excited to see the returns tonight!!

Volunteer turnout

I went in to the Obama office to volunteer earlier today, and there was a 20-minute line. For volunteers! That was longer than my line to vote!

I had a fun time and met a lot of people while I was working on visibility to get out the vote.

If you haven't voted yet, you still have time! As long as you're in line by the time the polls close, you can vote!

Barack the Vote


Can you tell I don't have to work today?

Wahoo!


I've never been so excited to vote before! Hooray!!

UPDATE: I forgot to mention... it took me a whole 6 minutes to vote! Thank goodness so many people voted early! Now, go vote!

VOTE!!!!

Oh my, the day is finally here! I slept horribly last night -- multiple dreams in which I forgot to vote! I know, I'm a bit dorky in that regard, but it's true! Make sure you don't forget to vote today. Find someone to watch the kids, bring a book and a cup of coffee, and get excited!! We're making history today!

Election 2008 Voting Information

Today, November 4th, is Election Day! Remember to vote—not just for president, but for Congressional, state, and local candidates as well.

Where and when do I vote?

Find your polling place, voting times, and other important information by checking out these sites and the hotline below. These resources are good, but not perfect. To be doubly sure, you can also contact your local elections office.

What should I do before I go?

  • After you've entered your address on either Vote For Change or Vote411, read the voting instructions and special rules for your state.
  • Voting ID laws vary from state to state, but if you have ID, bring it.
  • Check out all the voting myths and misinformation to look out for: http://truth.voteforchange.com/

What if something goes wrong?

  • Not on the voter list? Make sure you're at the right polling place, then demand a provisional ballot.
  • If you're voting on an electronic machine with a paper record, verify that the record is accurate.
  • Need legal help? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.
  • If you encounter a problem, try to videotape the situation and submit it to VideoTheVote.org

Want to do more?

  • Text all of your friends: "Vote today! Pass it on!"
  • Volunteer at your local Obama office. Find an office here or here.

Now, everybody go vote!!!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Video: San Diego supports gay marriage

The Republican mayor of San Diego went against his campaign promise in 2006 to oppose gay marriage. He has just signed the resolution allowing same-sex marriage in his city. His explanation is especially poignant and heart-warming.


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bill Richardson

I just got home from watching Bill Richardson stump for Obama at my school. It was really good! Plus, I even got to ask a question. However, he hadn't heard about it, since it was just news this morning. Oh well. I asked about the GM/Chrysler request for $10 billion to help with a merger, blah blah... you can read about it here.

So, here are a couple of pictures!

Maybe the cutest Obama supporter ever!

Bill Richardson (Go Wakefield!)
Richardson and "Obama"
The Young Democrats' Club with Richardson

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Blog Series: Why I'm a Liberal

In the next few days, I'm going to write up some reasons I call myself a liberal (politically, socially, fiscally... however you want to slice it). I've had a list put together for a couple of months with the intention of doing this mini blog series. However, with the new school year starting around the exact same time, my computer writing time dropped significantly. I don't really feel like sitting in front of a computer screen when I get home!

In fact, I'm not even starting the series tonight. Tomorrow. But no promises :-)

However, here's a preview of my list:

I am a Liberal because I believe in:
  • public interest over self interest
  • equality of opportunity
  • separation of church and state
  • civil rights for everyone
  • diplomacy before war
  • government transparency
  • being my brothers' and sisters' keeper

By the way, I'm really excited because Bill Richardson is coming to the high school where I teach tomorrow afternoon for an Economic Town Hall. In my cafeteria. Wahoo! I'm excited to meet him.

The Obamercial

I like it a lot better than I expected to. I was skeptical before it aired. But, it kind of made my heart happy.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

My fall colors


Here's my new hair. I look a little scared in the picture, lol. I'm pretty sure this is the darkest it's ever been. What do you think?

7 Days Left!!!


I'm so nervous and excited! Exactly 7 days from right now, I'll be partying it up, watching the returns come in!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

In favor of marriage for everyone

If you are opposed to allowing a homosexual couple to get married, I'd like you to read this article and let me know what you think. Or if you support it. I'm just curious about your thoughts.

The article is written specifically to LDS members, but I think it can be applicable to anyone who believes in family values and compassion.

You can read the article here: A Mormon's Lament.

Here's an excerpt I found especially relevant:

So here we are, in 2008, and now the threat is gay people who are already gay, who love each other and in many cases live together, and want to get married. How does this hurt the average Mormon family?

If the concern really was the practical welfare of the family, perhaps the Church could instead invest its vast resources into making healthcare universal and affordable, expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act, cracking down on child predators, and improving the quality of our educational system. All of these issues have a direct impact on my family and millions of others.

You hear of marriages ruined all the time because of abuse, neglect, or stress over finances. But I have personally never heard of a divorce caused by another gay couple getting married.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Finding new hobbies

I decided a week or so ago that I want to learn how to do html code. Not for anything too crazy, but it would be fun to be able to play around with blog templates. I have an example of something I put together this afternoon. I'm not too versatile yet, I've only been doing this for an afternoon. So, the format will be exactly the same on every single blog. But I know how to change the background and the colors! That's a good start, I think.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Defining Moment

Today, the Obama-Biden campaign released a new two minute TV ad, "Defining Moment," in which Senator Obama explains what he will do to as president to address the economic crisis, healthcare, job creation and taxes, as well as how he will pay for his proposals.

"Defining Moment" will air across the country in key states beginning tomorrow.

Read more about Barack's plan to bring real change to our economy.

A little creepy fun for Halloween


I just saw this "Babymaker3000" on someone else's blog. It's creepy. But, also fun! Apparently, this is the baby Eric and I would make. Hey, he's kinda cute! :-)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Will Ferrell!!

Again with the elitism

Now, I live just outside the city, so I actually do get a voice, but I found this piece from Daily Kos to be quite compelling.

Elitists and Colonists

Citizens McCain and Palin on "elitism":

WILLIAMS: Who is a member of the elite?

PALIN: Oh, I guess just people who think that they're better than anyone else. And-- John McCain and I are so committed to serving every American. Hard-working, middle-class Americans who are so desiring of this economy getting put back on the right track. And winning these wars. And America's starting to reach her potential. And that is opportunity and hope provided everyone equally. So anyone who thinks that they are-- I guess-- better than anyone else, that's-- that's my definition of elitism.

WILLIAMS: So it's not education? It's not income-based? It's--

PALIN: Anyone who thinks that they're better than someone else.

WILLIAMS: --a state of mind? It's not geography?

PALIN: 'Course not.

WILLIAMS: Senator?

MCCAIN: I-- I know where a lot of 'em live. (LAUGH)

WILLIAMS: Where's that?

MCCAIN: Well, in our nation's capital and New York City. I've seen it. I've lived there. I know the town. I know-- I know what a lot of these elitists are. The ones that she never went to a cocktail party with in Georgetown. I'll be very frank with you. Who think that they can dictate what they believe to America rather than let Americans decide for themselves. [Emphasis added.]

See, that's funny (and no, I don't mean the fact that Palin and McCain disagree on whether elitism is geographically determined, though that's also funny; and no, I don't mean the idea of a guy with 8 houses and a gal who just dropped $150K at Neiman and Saks chiding others for elitism, though that's funny too). John McCain says that people in Washington, DC want to force their beliefs on America. That's hilarious. Hell, that's the definition of irony.

You see, the half-a-million residents of the District of Columbia -- I'm one of them -- pay taxes, register for selective service, and otherwise bear all the responsibilities required of citizens of the United States. But unlike Citizens McCain and Palin, we don't have representation in the US House of Representatives. We don't have representation in the US Senate, unlike those lucky Arizonans who elected John McCain. And perhaps worst of all, our city/state government doesn't have the ability to pass its own budget without the approval of Congress and the President.

In other words, the District of Columbia is a colony. And even the haughtiest elitists of Georgetown have less ability to dictate their own city's governance than do the hardiest, simplest patriots of Wasilla.

But what's truly ironic about McCain's statement is that as a US Senator, he routinely has played God with the colony that is the District of Columbia. Because our elected city government doesn't have the ability to spend our own tax money without approval by Congress and the President, we've had our budget held hostage by a number of Senators -- people who live outside of our city -- who nevertheless like to use our city as a petri dish for their pet causes. Like when Congress forced school vouchers on the city against our will. Or when Congress attempted to repeal our gun laws, against our will. No other city or town in the country is subject to that kind of legislation -- but John McCain co-sponsored both those bills, dictating what he believed to the District rather than letting the District decide for itself.

So while I'm not the biggest fan of Sally Quinn and the Georgetown cocktail party set, it's pretty clear to me that we colonial Americans in the District of Columbia aren't forcing our beliefs on the rest of America -- we're getting John McCain's forced on us. That's elitism we can believe in, I guess.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Still worried about Obama's imagined "national security problem?"

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Some Al Qaeda affiliates are endorsing John McCain. “Al-Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming election,” said a commentary posted Monday on the extremist Web site al-Hesbah, which is closely linked to the terrorist group. It said McCain would continue the “failing march of his predecessor,” President Bush.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tee-hee

I feel like this is me, at the front of the classroom, sometimes! :-)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

A new endorsement

Colin Powell Endorses Obama

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell announced Sunday that he will be voting for Sen. Barack Obama. "I think he is a transformational figure," Powell said on NBC's Meet the Press.

Palin SNL clip

This is the real Palin... it's pretty funny!


Saturday, October 18, 2008

The world according to John McCain

A fun trip to the library, etc.

Eric and I went to the library this afternoon. Sitting on the counter at the self-checkout station was this receipt from someone who went before us. I don't think it needs any additional comment from me.


I got to spend a couple of days down with the family because of a conference I attended there. Chris was showing me his mad skills with PhotoShop, which I totally don't know how to manipulate. Here's a wolf picture he spruced up. I think it's pretty cool!


Lastly, my dad got a Facebook page. Go look for him if you want to be his friend and I haven't already suggested you to each other! Now, I think it's about time Eric joined the cool kids and got his own page! :-)

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