Friday, May 30, 2008

I see the light

9 days ago, the delegate count for Obama looked like this:


Today, without a single election in between, the countdown looks like this:
Obama is only 41 delegates away from the 2026 needed to be nominated for the Democratic party. Tomorrow will be the DNC meeting to determine what to do about Florida and Michigan (My opinion? They knew the rules and consequences from the beginning, and broke the rules anyway. Not a single delegate should be seated. But maybe that's just the teacher in me talking).

Sunday is the primary election in Puerto Rico. I don't really understand why the U.S. territories get to vote in the primaries, because they don't get to vote in the general election in November. In fact, I don't really understand why the U.S. even HAS territories anymore.

The last two primaries are in Montana and South Dakota on Tuesday.

Hope it's all wrapped up by then!!!

(P.S. Go Obama!!)

Quote for the day


There's an old saying about those who forget history. I don't remember it, but it's good.
Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report, March 10, 2008

Thursday, May 29, 2008

In your face $3.99 gas!

So, I've started looking for a scooter for my commute to work. My favorite is the Buddy 125cc, but it's going to cost me about $3000 new, so I'd like to save up my money first -- maybe save it for next year.

Instead, I rode my bike into work today. School's starting late all this week, so I took advantage of the super-nice weather and the extra time. It's about 5 miles and took me just under 30 minutes. I had to walk the last bit, though, because the school is up quite a steep hill. It was great! A bit hot on my ride home, but I stopped once to drink some water, and had no problem at all. Don't think I'll be biking in again tomorrow, though.

It was nice for a day, though!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Come Again?

So, John McCain can't quite seem to figure out what Straight Talk Express means.

Am I for torture, or am I against it? Am I for extending tax cuts, or am I against it? Do I know everything about economics, or do I know nothing? Am I trying to distance myself from Bush or show how much we're just the same (and I love him)?

John Kerry was slammed repeatedly for being a "waffler" in 2004. Even in this primary season, Mitt Romney was called a "flip-flopper." Hillary Clinton has been laughed at for royally misleading her listeners with her story about the visit to Bosnia. So, why isn't anybody paying attention to the fact that McCain can't remember what he said a week before? That he is totally attempting to pander? That he doesn't want to look foolish, nor does he want to lose his temper again in public, so he just makes things up, and accuses the questioner of having unreliable sources? Isn't this kind of a campaign-breaker?



Don't pick McCain just because you support one or two of his issues. Besides, he might change his mind on that issue in a few days, anyway.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Hurricanes

Okay, I admit, I stole this directly from Daily Kos, but I think it's great :-)

Cheers and Jeers: Tuesday

Tue May 27, 2008 at 05:39:22 AM PDT

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE...

Hurricane season starts in five days. If the Grand Committee of Meterological Poobahs hasn’t come up with their list of names yet, may I suggest the following as a way of commemorating the greatest hits of the Bush administration in this, its final year:

Ashcroft
Brownie
Condi
Dick
Enron
Feith
Gonzales
Hughes
Iraq
Jack Abramoff
KBR
Lieberman
Matalin
Negroponte
Osama
Perle
Quagmire
Rummy
Scooter
Turdblossom
Uranium from Africa
Viceroy Bremer
Wolfowitz
Xenophobe
Yoo
Zell

On second thought, that would really be unfair. To the hurricanes.


Note: To show that I am the ultimate uber-patriot in the whole country, I'm going to start wearing an American flag lapel pin. In my eye.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Fundraising for Obama


As Americans, we dream of a President who is honest, personable, intelligent, and wise.

We want a leader with courage and integrity who has known the struggles of an everyday American. A lot of people have stopped believing that may even be possible.

I haven't stopped believing. I support Barack Obama because he is that leader.

Join me in supporting Barack by making a donation to my personal fundraising page:

http://my.barackobama.com/page/outreach/view/main/MichelleCottrell

This campaign for the presidency is unparalleled in history. Our need for an honest, fresh-thinking leader could not be more urgent. Americans are hungry for change and Barack Obama will bring that change when he is elected.

Please take a minute to check out my page and make a donation of any size:

http://my.barackobama.com/page/outreach/view/main/MichelleCottrell


Thanks.

You go girl!

So, I'm pretty sure he's never actually personalized the question before. That he's never thought about it in regard to actual people. Does this change your opinion at all?


Thursday, May 22, 2008

A Question

What does it mean to be human?



Moving, inspiring, thought-provoking. How would you answer the question?

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Hello.

I haven't written in about a week, I know. I've been gearing up for the History SOL exams. (SOL, surprising as this may be, does not technically stand for "shit out of luck" in the fine state of Virginia. It means "Standards of Learning," and it's the test students have to take at the end of their courses to prove to the state that they learned something. It's actually a really big deal, it's tied to AYP and NCLB, etc. Look it up.)

Well, my kids did AWESOME! I had a 95% pass rate (best World History rate in the school, whoo-whoo!), which means 86 of my 91 students know a bit about history. Super. I'm very proud of them :-)

Memorial Day coming up this weekend. We're going to a party on Saturday at the place of one of my honey's friends from back home. This guy throws bigger and bigger Memorial Day bashes every year, and this year is no exception. He actually has the band Weston playing in his backyard for this party. Whoa. Look them up. So... that should be pretty fun.

Other than that, only 4 weeks left of school! Wow, this year went fast. Guess it's cuz I had so much fun! :-)

And I'll leave you with this. Because how could I post without mentioning Obama? This is 101-year-old Myrtle Strong Enemy of the Crow Nation in Montana last week. A dedicated Obama-supporter? I think so.

The final stretch

From BarackObama.com:


Obama has now secured a majority of pledged delegates, and with 3 primary contests and just under 300 unpledged superdelegates remaining, it'll be a cinch to wrap up the nomination. Phew. This was a long road, but I'm happy with how it's going to be ending! Even if Michigan and Florida are seated according to Clinton's request, Obama will still have no problem getting the majority of delegates.

Bring it on, McCain! We Obama-fans are ready for November!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Testing... 1,2,3...

I know this comes a day late, but my brother-in-law took the DAT for dental school yesterday. And he's pretty cool.

Good luck, Lance!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Hooray!



Sorry, Clinton. Stay in the race as long as you want, but it's totally over!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Teacher Appreciation Week

Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week, and my 3rd period students were so sweet to throw me a "surprise party" on Friday! I was in on their secret surprise baby shower for the English teacher next door, and while I had her out of the room, they were sneaky enough to decorate my room, too. When I came in the room, all of the lights were off, and they yelled, "We appreciate you!" They even threw "confetti" on me (ripped up paper from my desk, lol). They brought in homemade brownies, chips and salsa, soda, and they made me the cutest card ever with all of their signatures inside! So sweet! Here's the front of the card (that's a drawing of me!):


I love my job! :-)

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Obamamania!


Okay, you KNOW something fantastic is going on when House members are so excited to shake hands with a presidential candidate that they swarmed around him in the chamber, got autographs, and "maneuvered for face-time." The Congressmen and women were described as "star-struck;" a group of elementary-school students touring the House chamber squealed when they saw him and were described as more than just excited, but, “Like rock star excited.”

We can't help it, we love him!

Read about it here :-)

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

National Geographic Greendex


Have you ever heard of your global footprint? Well, National Geographic just released a new calculator called the Greendex, to determine your individual level of "Sustainable Consumption." I think I did really well! Of course, I could ride my bike more often, but I still scored a 61 on their survey, well above the U.S. average. Click here to find out your Greendex. How do you rank?

Searching...

I found the Clinton campaign at last...

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

McCain's brilliant idea: Let's make a League of Nations!



Hmm... even my own 14-year-old students can tell you that the League of Nations failed and was soon after REPLACED by a much more successful United Nations. Good one, man.

Monday, May 05, 2008

McSame '08


I just took The Bush-McCain Challenge -- an online quiz to see if you can tell the difference between George W. Bush and John McCain. I got 3 of 5 correct. Check it out, and see if you can do any better than I did!

http://Bush-McCainChallenge.com/?rc=challenge-friends&r_id=12570-8466158-8_AZFv

Friday, May 02, 2008

My Green Thumb

Hooray, my little herb seeds are growing!


Our shrubs surprised us when it got warm by flowering


Cute little flowers on the front porch


Thursday, May 01, 2008

Wait, what was that about judgment?

Anyone who thinks that "gas-tax holiday" is a good idea hasn't been listening or thinking too much lately. Obama has repeatedly called it a political gimmick that will only get us through the election, not through the oil crisis. A website called Jabberwonk put together a calculator to determine how much money you'd actually save by eliminating the 18 cent federal gas tax for 15 weeks this summer. Here's how mine adds up:

$6.90!!! A whopping $6.90 that could go, instead, to making sure bridges in Minnesota don't collapse.

Personally, I think we should be paying FAR more than a meager 18 cents per gallon. Here's Obama:


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