Monday, September 29, 2008
I (of all people!) struggle to find words sufficient to convey my disgust at this terrible act of ignorance and violence. Eric and I received the "Obsession" DVD in the mail a couple of weeks ago (it's being sent out to voters in the swing states) and we threw it away. Clearly, many others did not.
The DVD is basically an anti-Muslim film claiming that Islam is at war with the West. From what I hear, it's a vile piece of hateful propaganda.
I am ashamed to live in a country where some people think it's okay to attack children for being part of a different religion. During their evening prayers. Do you want to know what a terrorist is? Just look at what these sick people did in Ohio.
(the newspaper article)
Sunday, September 28, 2008
I've been busy, busy, busy with the start of school. It's flying by already, though -- interims are this week! I've been feeling extra tired this year... I don't remember being so worn out by this time last year. By the time I make it home, I'm just spent. The last thing I want to do is sit and write about something. Plus, I really feel like I've been too busy to even have anything interesting to say!
Ask me some questions. What do you want to know??
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Check out John Reeder if you can vote in my county!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
The "conversation" I had with the kid at one point in the evening:
Me: "Can I have a hug, too?"
2: (hugs me) (laughs, clapping hands) "Good boobies!"
All of us: (much laughter)
2: (almost falls over from laughing) (stands back up) "Good boobies!" (reaches both hands out and honks both of my boobs)
The Right is having people vote that Palin is qualified. Is that what this country really thinks, though?
Voting is very simple.
Here's the link: http://www.pbs.org/now/polls/
5 seconds is all it takes.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Paul Krugman notes that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) published an article on his health care plan in the current issue of Contingencies — the magazine of the American Academy of Actuaries. In his article, McCain attempts to make his case for deregulating the health insurance industry by extolling the benefits of the last decade of deregulation in the banking sector. He writes:
Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation.
As Yglesias writes, McCain is “such an enthusiast about financial market deregulation that he was bragging about his plan to make the health care system as awesome as the financial system.”
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Please, if you have a few extra bucks and a bit of hope in you that Obama just might be able to make a bit of a difference, consider donating to his campaign. The more we help out, the more the campaign will be able to fight the lies and the status quo of the past 8 years.
Go to my Fund raising for Obama page if you want to contribute. Thanks!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Here is my parsley:
And my thyme, oregano, and chives:
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Okay, maybe you don't know what the Bush Doctrine is, either, but YOU'RE NOT RUNNING FOR VICE PRESIDENT WITH A 72-YEAR OLD MAN!!!
Charlie: Do you agree with the Bush Doctrine?
Palin: In what respect, Charlie?
Charlie: What do you interpret it to be?
Palin: His worldview?
Charlie: No, No, the Bush Doctrine. He enunciated it in September 2002, before the Iraq War.
Palin: I believe that what President Bush has attempted to do is to rid this world of Islamic extremism, terrorists who are hellbent on destroying our nation. There have been blunders along the way, though. There have been mistakes made. And with new leadership--and that's the beauty of American elections and democracy--with new leadership comes the opportunity to do things better.
Charlie: The Bush Doctrine, as I understand it, is that we have the right of anticipatory defense. We have the right to preemptively strike any other country that we believe is going to attack us.
How absolutely, head-in-the-ground oblivious do you have to be to our national politics to not be familiar with the Bush Doctrine, the very cornerstone of this administration's foreign policy and the doctrine that led us into the most disastrous foreign policy decision in American history?
Oh, that's right. This oblivious:
"I've been so focused on state government, I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq."
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
McClatchy put together a list of questions they would like to ask Palin, if given the chance.
What would you add to the list?
-- You present yourself as a Republican maverick who took on your own party's corrupt political establishment. In November's election, your party is running an indicted U.S. Senator, Ted Stevens, who is awaiting trial on charges he accepted more than $250,000 of unreported gifts from the state's most powerful lobbyist. Will you vote for his opponent? Will you urge Alaskans to help you change Washington and vote him out of office? If not, why not?
-- Sen. Ted Stevens' trial is still pending; he has declined to say whether he would accept a pardon from President Bush before Bush leaves office in January. Do Alaska voters deserve an answer to that question before they cast their vote for or against Stevens in November? What is your position on a president pardoning a public official before a jury has ruled on guilt or innocence?
-- Alaska Congressman Don Young appears to have won his Republican primary, even though you endorsed his opponent. Will you vote for your fellow Republican Don Young, who has spent over $1 million on legal fees without telling his constituents what sort of legal trouble he is in?
-- Why have you reneged on your earlier pledge to cooperate with the Alaska Legislature's investigation into Troopergate?
-- In spring of 2004, the Anchorage Daily News reported that you cited family considerations in deciding not to try for the U.S. Senate: "How could I be the team mom if I was a U.S. senator?" What was different this time as you decided to run for vice president?
-- As governor of Alaska, you have not pushed for laws or regulations that put your personal views on abortion, same-sex marriage and creationism into public policy. As vice president, will you push to outlaw abortion, restrict same-sex marriage and require the teaching of creationism?
-- If you were a fully qualified vice-presidential candidate from the get-go, why did you wait more than 10 days to face reporters?
-- McCain spokesman Rick Davis told Fox News the media didn't show you enough "deference." How much deference do you expect to get from Vladimir Putin or Hugo Chavez?
-- You have said victory is in sight in Iraq. In July 2007, when you visited Kuwait, you said, "I'm not going to judge the surge." In the March 2007 issue of Alaska Business Monthly, you were asked about the surge and were quoted saying:
"I've been so focused on state government, I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq. . . . While I support our president, Condoleezza Rice and the administration, I want to know that we have an exit plan in place."
Define "victory" in Iraq? What is the exit plan?
Monday, September 08, 2008
You Are Chopsticks
People see you as exotic, unusual, and even a bit intimidating.
You are a difficult person to figure out.
In truth, you try to live a very simple life.
But most people are too frenzied to recognize the beauty of your simplicity.
Saturday, September 06, 2008
My favorite so far:
"Hi I'm _____, I like sports. I like chicken and girls."
I've always been confused by those on the conservative end of the political spectrum who claim to be "pro-life" but have no problem shipping young men off to risk their lives in a pointless war. Or failing to help dying victims of hurricanes. Or denying health coverage to the poor and sick. Or refusing funding for stem-cell research that could potentially save thousands of lives. Or just basically continuing their dismal streak of ignoring the poor, needy, struggling families in our country.
Is a woman's choice about the best path for her life in the event of an unplanned pregnancy really more important to people than the rest of these issues?
Face it, conservatives. You're NOT pro-life; you're anti-choice. You want to deny women their right to choose by making their decisions for them. Because in nearly every other case regarding people's lives, life seems to matter very little to you.
Friday, September 05, 2008
Help America break out of its two-party system and vote for someone who would put freedom to choose back in the hands of citizens. I support Bob Barr because he recognizes that there is a huge national debt and we need to do something about it, he believes that we should not be a world police force, but that the governments job is to put its own citizens first and respects other governments to do the same, he believes that people have the right to privacy (opposes the Patriot Act). In summary, he believes that governments job is limited, not meant to control people's lives. The following is a sample message:
As I observe politics in Washington, I am often discouraged by the direction our nation is taking. Our government is growing almost totally out of control. Taxes are skyrocketing. Our national energy policy is failing. The economy is weak and getting weaker.
Even worse, all of the rhetoric and spin from the Democrat and Republican candidates for President suggests to me that they offer no real ideas for improvement.
Well, you know me, I'm a pretty independent thinking person. That's why I've decided to send Washington a message in the coming election. I'm supporting Bob Barr, the Libertarian nominee for President, and I hope you'll join me.
Bob Barr spent eight years in Congress as a Representative from Georgia. His intellect and leadership skills were quickly recognized. He rose to prominence as a result of his courageous commitment to principle. Bob Barr was and is a strong defender of your civil rights. He will fight to protect our privacy against "big brother" and he'll defend our right to keep and use firearms. Bob will cut government spending, and taxes. And, he'll balance our budget. Bob's plan to tackle our national energy crisis includes embracing new technologies and conservation - but also, more domestic production and refining.
I'm asking you to join me in supporting his candidacy by visiting www.BobBarr2008.com. Together, we can make a difference. Visit his campaign on the Internet to sign up for their news and information and if you can make a donation - just $5 or $10 will make a difference - then I encourage you to do so.
Your friend for Liberty,
You can donate to Bob Barr directly by clicking on the following link:
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Here's the frequency per million (FPM) of my last name around the world. Most people with my last name live in Great Britain, then Australia, then here in America. No surprise, if you check its roots below, as it is an English name.
And the roots. I think it's interesting that the region with the highest FPM in the whole world is West Virginia. Hmm. Third highest is Utah -- those are all of my relatives.
Eric's FPM. Top three are the same as mine: Great Britain, Australia, U.S.
And roots. His name is Welsh, hence the same FPM pattern as mine. I think it's really interesting that his highest region is Argentina! And the Netherlands is number three... how about that, momma?
Oh, and Eric's dad's name was John -- number one on the list of top forenames. Fancy that.
Anyway, just a fun website to play around on. Enjoy!
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
It does tell us one thing!
Abstinence-only education does not work.
It doesn't matter what kind of family you come from. If you insist on teaching your children that they must practice abstinence without giving them the tools they need to protect themselves should they choose to ignore that advice, the lesson is useless! It doesn't work!
Thanks for proving our point again, Palin.
Seriously. Let's re-think the stance on abstinence-only education. It's silly... and dangerous!
**UPDATE: There's a good article about this over at The Washington Post.
Monday, September 01, 2008
Going down to hang out with the family today. Hope you enjoy your day.
In hurricane news, Gustav has his the coast of Louisiana and is bearing down on New Orleans. Thankfully, the city has been evacuated. Let's hope that nothing is destroyed when the eye hits the city in a couple of hours. And, let's also hope the politicians and candidates don't try to turn this into a "disaster opportunity" fiasco.