So, here are a couple of pictures!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
So, here are a couple of pictures!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
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.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
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
Saturday, October 25, 2008
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.
Friday, October 24, 2008
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.
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
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
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
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! :-)
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Now I just have to get a good black dress to wear. The witchy outfits are over $50 in the stores - cuh-razy! I couldn't find a good pattern for a dress, though. Hmm...
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Eight TV shows I love to watch
- Grey's Anatomy
- The Daily Show
- Colbert Report
- The Office
- Countdown with Keith Olbermann
- Wife Swap
- The Simpsons
- Woke up after sleeping for 15 hours.
- Mowed and edged the front lawn.
- Got some new clothes in the mail.
- Ate Thai for lunch.
- Bought a wig but no costume for Halloween.
- Shopped at Harris Teeter.
- Tried to canvass for Obama but was locked out of all of the apartment buildings.
- Had a fire in the backyard with some friends.
- Thai Noy
- Saran Indian
- Lost Dog
- Old Ebbit's
- Hank's Oyster Bar
- Election Day
- Cooler weather
- More sweaters
- A weekend trip to Philadelphia
- Buying a house (maybe next spring/summer)
- The end of Bush's reign
- Holding my sister's baby
- Making it through the rest of my Zumba classes :-)
- Presents from Eric!
- An Obama win on 11/4
- A working fireplace
- Hair that magically does itself beautifully
- A couple of extra hours to sleep every night
- Anyone who wants to do this, but especially...
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I must say, I'm liking his math. 24 days until the election!
Eric and I are going canvassing today for the GOTV effort around here. Good times.
The Republican vice presidential nominee has been accused of firing a commissioner to settle a family dispute. Palin supporters have called the investigation politically motivated.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Friday, October 03, 2008
The European Commission has proposed extending fully-paid maternity leave from 14 weeks to 18 weeks.The U.S. offers up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave according the FMLA.
I know where I'm going if you-know-who wins in November. Frites & mayonnaise, anyone? :-)