Rebuilding the past (2008 edition)…

The content for this post comes from a different journal, and takes the form of an archive. I’m cutting the display for the sake of your feed, but there’s a BUNCH of stuff here, below the cut.

I’ll be revising this post, representing all of my thoughts on 2008, and adding to it and to others, to put all the politics in one easy-to find and source place.

In theory, all links have been vetted, but the Internet is ephemeral. If you notice a broken link, let me know. Thanks!

And on with the show…


01/08/2008: Ooh! That’s one thing…

It’s possible I could go check out the New Hampshire returns. Odds are good Obama will be leading and Edwards will be a distant second. I really thought he might have been able to pull it out this time. (I voted for him in the last primary, too.)


01/28/2008: I am in hell…

1. My second grader has an assignment for extra credit: Watch the SOTU address.

2. My preschooler thinks she’s missing something and is throwing a fit because she isn’t out here too.

3. I am listening to a melt down at the same time as I’m listening to the dreck on CNN.

I think I’m going to throw up.

(Interesting look on Obama’s face. Haven’t seen Edwards. Hillary looks like she swallowed a lemon.)

Can someone please wake me up when November 6 rolls around?


01/29/2008: See, now, this is why I have friends!

Whether they’re on my flist or not! 9-)

I listened for a little, when I wasn’t cursing the computer out. I got the labels printed (eventually) and turned everything off, including the TV.

For Christmas this year, my SiL gave me a quote a day calendar: The George W. Bush Out of Office Countdown.

Three gems I’ve tacked to my board at work:

“I’ve been to war. I’ve raised twins. If I had a choice, I’d rather go to war.”
— Charleston, WV, January 27, 2002

“See, one of the interesting things in the Oval Office–I love to bring people into the Oval Office–right around the corner from here–and say, this is where I office, but I want you to know the office is always bigger than the person.”
— Washington DC, January, 2004

“We thought long and hard about what to propose. We proposed a bold initiative, an initiative that takes equities out of the system so people are treated fairly.”
— Lee’s Summit, Missouri, January 2007

And this is the man who’s running our country.

Today’s gem:

357 Days Left:

“The war on terror involves Saddam Hussein because of the nature of Saddam Hussein, the history of Saddam Hussein, and his willingness to terrorize himself.”
— Grand Rapids, MI, January 29, 2003

My favorite feature of the calendar: GW in the bottom section, walking and waving. He’s at the far left of the page right now. In February, he’ll move a little closer to the right. And a little closer in March…..

BTW: I’m still firmly on the fence about who to vote for in a week or so for the primary. I still really like what Edwards has to say, but if I cast a vote for him and Hillary becomes our candidate because of it, I’ll never forgive myself. It’s all about strategy. Edwards and Obama have the best chance of winning over both sides. If not Edwards, then Obama. Hillary will pull every deceased republican out of the woodwork to vote this coming November, and we just can’t have that.

Super Tuesday can’t come fast enough. Time to winnow the field.


01/30/2008: This is what happens when the intarwebs go away…

I posted my last message when I got home last night. I didn’t have time today to poke into LJ until about 15 minutes ago. So I missed this: http://www.johnedwards.com/. It makes my decision on the 12th a bit easier. I no longer have to worry about splitting the vote. And (I suspect) that is precisely why Edwards dropped out when he did. My respect grows. I hope the winner has the sense to go knock on his door when the search for a VP begins.


01/31/2008: Ok, so this is funny…

I mentioned my Countdown calendar a couple of days ago.

Today’s entry:

“For several years, Google users could type “miserable failure” into the search engine and be taken directly to the official White House biography of George W. Bush. However, on January 31, 2007, Yahoo! News announced that Google had fixed this “link bomb” glitch.”

That’s all well and good, but now when you type in the same words, you get links and links about the correction of the error, which still implies that the words “miserable failure” and George W. Bush are inextricably linked. The results are different but the implication is the same.

We are amused.

355 days and counting…


02/11/2008: Gotta find a new hobby…

TOMORROW IS PRIMARY DAY – VOTE!!!

Whew. Got that off my chest.

Cleaning house just ain’t doing it for me.

Voting tomorrow. Window sign in place (lifted from a bunch of enthusiastic Obama-supporters on the way in to work this morning), and plans for what to do with the day tomorrow while I try to concentrate on work instead of the primary.

Interestingly, there’s a neighborhood war going on. Heading out this afternoon to the gym, I checked our neighborhood sign and it has a hand-made Obama sign plastered all over it, with a Hillary for President sticker smacked square in the middle.

I suppose it could be a McCain (or, horrors, Huckabee) sticker instead, but still.


02/12/2008: Been there, done that. Wish I was less annoyed…

Ok. I get the point. When I get four (yes, that’s right, four) phone calls from a candidate or his wife asking for my vote, I think I can figure out what it is they want. Somehow I must have gotten onto the “undecided” list (which, I’ll admit, was accurate immediately after Edwards dropped out). In any event, I’m glad I got the calls after I voted because if I’d gotten them beforehand, I might have voted otherwise out of sheer spite. Interestingly, I never got the call from the other side. Not a tremendous surprise. After all, we don’t really count, do we.

So, now it’s a waiting game. Fortunately for me, I went early, before work. Coming home tonight was a festival of bumper cars topped off with a nearly disastrous brush with high-graded driveways and sheet ice. I’m home and fed, caught up on email and LJ, and ready to crash. (Didn’t check the mailbox outside. Not interested in ice skating and it’s darn cold outside right now.)

I have one project I need to do before I go, though, and I’m hopping to it mere moments from now.

I just hope I did the right thing.


03/24/2008: A new high and a new low, all at the same time…

According to NPR this morning:

US Death Toll in Iraq War Hits 4,000

and at 7:05am:

Cost of the War in Iraq
$505,222,288,863

And the only thing worse than this is knowing that we still have another 10 months before the new administration takes over. Will the toll have reached 5,000 by then?

I pray we won’t have President McCain in office. You should, too.

[eta: The worst thing? Last night, as I was getting ready for bed, I thought about the toll that day and I realized just one roadside bomb could push us to 4k. I hate it when I’m right.]


03/25/2008: On the subject of Easter and some of the things I’ve heard…

It’s been a long time since I waxed philosophical. I guess Spring brings it out of me.

First, before I get to the discussion, I want to repost the UU Principles, because I’m going to come back to them in a bit. If you don’t read them now, you might want to go back and read them after you read the rest.

There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Unitarian Universalism (UU) draws from many sources:

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
  • Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
  • Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.
  • Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

These principles and sources of faith are the backbone of our religious community.

Honestly, I don’t know why it took me so long to just say I was UU and get on with it.

Now, here’s what I experienced on Sunday:

I attended two services last Sunday. The first (to which we arrived late because it’s hard to drag small children out of warm beds at 8am) was held outdoors at the home of two of our members. It was cold (near freezing) but there was a bonfire and the sun was gloriously up in a clear, blue sky.

The service was led by both our current minister and our minister emeritus. There was an altar with a chalice which may or may not have stayed lit. The first part had to do with the darkness and light, with the spring and its relationship to our various religious sources. The second had to do with the renewal and rebirth that comes in Spring. An interesting parallel was drawn in the death of Jesus, the symbolic shutting out of the light into darkness (winter) and the subsequent ressurection (spring). This becomes important in the second service, but I’ll get there shortly.

There were additional rituals involved: In the first part, we each took a pen and paper and wrote down the things that weighted us down, and then tossed the paper in the fire to lift the weight of our own stones. You can probably guess what my paper said.

The second part involved taking a small bit of dirt and planting seeds in it, as a sign of renewal. (With my brown thumb these days, I have little hope that the plants will actually thrive, but it was a good thought at least.)

Many of the ancient gods and goddesses were thanked for bringing back the light and then we all went in, got warm and had breakfast.

In an hour and a half we were in the sanctuary, going through the usual rituals of service. Some of the traditions we keep each year (Easter bonnets, new clothes…) come from rites going back millenia.

Then there was the sermon. And in it I put together another piece of the puzzle that, for me, helps to explain what was being taught in 1BC and how it’s transmogrified over time to today’s view.

Rev. S. started the discussion by reading several passages from the bible: The passage about Peter and the denial, and about Judas and his suicide. And then, she moved on to Simon Paul and she shared that some believe he created Easter. That caught my attention.

I know that early Christian leaders often took existing “pagan” rituals and incorporated them as Christian holidays so that those who were not already Christian could relate in some way to the new faith. But somehow I had thought that Easter was somehow different. I don’t know why. The equinoxes certainly have their places in historic religions, though not as high on the list as the solstices. Still, with eggs and rabbits and chicks as universal symbols of Easter, it’s pretty obvious that the whole ancient fertility ritual was incorporated to make a connection to the ressurection of Jesus. I get that.

But what I hadn’t gotten until Sunday was that there was a question about the actual corporeal “rising of Christ” that makes Easter Sunday such a big deal. I didn’t realize how many Christians didn’t believe in the literalness of that event.

Ok, so for me (agnostic that I am), egg dyeing and chocolate are far more synonomous with Easter than anything to do with celebrating the rising of Jesus, but that’s because it’s another pagan ritual and, frankly, it’s fun. But I really hadn’t given it so much thought until this year.

Why is it the belief of so many that Jesus walked on earth again and why do people cling to this as a sign of hope in this sometimes bleak world? I just didn’t get it. Sure, there are ghosts. I do believe in that. But ghosts don’t come back in that traditional sense.

So… Here’s what I heard last Sunday.

What Jesus was teaching was mainly the same seven principles UUs believe. These concepts, presented at a time when Jews were kept under the thumbs of the Romans, were detrimental to the Roman priests because without the attention of the populace, their temples would fall and they would lose their hold on the people as a result (and all that nifty income in the form of tribute to the gods). No priest could safely preach that god could be found inside each person – there would be no reason to go to the temple and pay to be saved.

As I understand it, his basic teaching was that you could find the kingdom of heaven within yourself and to mistreat others was to mistreat yourself. People have misinterpreted what Jesus was saying: “If you believe what I believe, you’ll get there, too.” Instead they heard “Only through me.” Believe in Jesus and you’d be saved. It should have been “Believe in what Jesus is saying and you’ll save yourself.”

So, here we are, with the Romans seeing the following Jesus brought with him to Jerusalem for the Passover Seder, and they saw a threat to their cozy existence living off of believers of the gods.

Interestingly, earlier that week I watched a history channel program on “Machines of the Gods” which made the priest’s role that much clearer to me, so when I was listening to the sermon, I had these images of how the priests ensured people would come (and pay) to be protected.

The 13 desciples (including Judas, at least for a while) believed what Jesus did. Whether Judas did what he did because he stopped believing or believed so strongly that he was willing to martyr himself to forward the cause is really irrelevant. Peter stopped believing and was repentant after Jesus was gone, but only after denying he knew the man as predicted. Paul still believed but couldn’t figure out how Jesus’ death could be reconciled with the concepts Jesus taught.

And then, it struck Paul: He didn’t need the physical Jesus there in order to keep believing what he’d been taught. He still had faith in the teaching, though the teacher was gone.

How often do we hear that even though someone has died, that person is still with you?

Got me, hook, line and sinker. I got it.

And I find it terribly interesting that in the face of what Jesus was trying to teach, the medieval Christian priests took a page from the book the Romans wrote hundreds of years earlier, and suddenly people were paying them to be saved, only through miracles and by coming to the church to pray (and by renouncing everything else in the bargain).

So that leaves me with something else: I am donating money to my church because we do things and because upkeep is expensive. What I pay for in exchange is given in part to maintain the building, in part to pay my minister’s salary, in part for charity to other members (as needed), in part to build for activities we partake in as a group. I don’t pay because I fear that if I don’t, I won’t get to heaven.

For us it’s all about community and not about being saved. Perhaps that’s why we’re so much more interested in making sure our planet is protected. We aren’t all convinced that the place we’re going to is better than this one and that we need to be better about caring for ourselves and our future here, rather than treading water until we go to paradise.

Now I know not every Christian feels that way. I know plenty of people who listen to the message and don’t necessarily idolize or even deify the man. But I can’t help wondering what kind of people would pay so much to belong to a church and call themselves Christian, then turn around and throw in the trash bags full of perfectly good clothing and toys because, after all, they have no further use for the objects. (Collected the bags in my car, from a Curb Alert on Freecycle, because I couldn’t stand the thought that these things could go to a dump.)

Maybe if we spent a little less time thinking about where we’re going in the end, and spent a little more time thinking about where we are right now and what it’s going to be like in the coming years, we wouldn’t be pouring our money into a useless war that only benefits the very few with their money invested in oil.

After all, who would Jesus bomb?

Happy Spring!


05/16/2008: Say it with me… “Duh…”

Too disgusted by most of the news today, I leave you instead with link sausage. I’ll get back to writing again sometime this weeked, before I lose any more details on CC26. I already managed to forget which day I bought the shawl…

Take the Tums first. Trust me…

Mr. President, the war isn’t about you — or golf


(the above gacked from D – the other two surfaced all on their own today and yesterday)

Passport cards called security vulnerability


and

Bin Laden: Palestinian cause fuels war

Note that I have no particular love for the state of Israel and I’m not presently looking for a debate on the relative merits of the “homeland” today. If people would just let go of the “holy war” and remember that everything is holy, whether we like it or not, we’d have a lot less of everything requiring Tums.

On a separate note, is it too early to start putting out Obama/Edwards posters?


06/03/2008: Hot-freakin’-damn!!!

Clinton set to concede delegate race to Obama

It’s about time!

Now we can get on with it and take McCain out!


06/09/2008: It’s about damn time! I thought they’d never get there!

From: (ImpeachBush@VoteToImpeach.org)
Sent: Mon 6/09/08 10:32 PM

“Breaking News:
Articles of Impeachment Being Introduced in Congress Right Now

Right now, Monday night, Rep. Dennis Kucinich is on the floor of the House of Representatives introducing articles of impeachment against George W. Bush. He is presenting a 35 count indictment which is being broadcast on C-Span. We will provide a more detailed update, but wanted to be sure to let everyone know right away.

The intense work of the ImpeachBush.org/VoteToImpeach membership is forcing impeachment on the table. During ImpeachBush.org’s National Call In Day for Impeachment held just one week ago, the offices of Rep. John Conyers were flooded with calls demanding impeachment. We have received reports that there were more calls than could even be answered.

Your work and perseverance is making the difference!”

http://www.impeachbush.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Referendum

Time to take them DOWN!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Movement_to_impeach_George_W._Bush

Impeachment is not a get-out-of-jail-free card. It’s the first step in the process. I don’t see how you can get double-indemnity from that. They’re two separate processes, sponsored by two different branches of government.

The complete set of articles of impeachment presented this evening is already posted in the Wikipedia article. I’d look at it quick, because the revisionists will almost certainly follow.

See, now here’s the thing. The longer we wait, the more crap’s coming out. And now, with Scott M. coming clean in his book, I really believe the peace movement will manage to win out and this amazing loon of a President is finally going to get what he should have gotten a little over five years ago when he started us down this path by trying to finish a war his father knew better than to start. (Which, by the way, is maybe the only good thing GHWB ever did in office.)

Have you noticed lately how much we’re paying for gas? Have you maybe forgotten that our illustrious president is an oil man?

It’s very nice that we’re providing a grand trust fund for his darling twins, but quite frankly I’d rather not be worried about how I’m going to keep my house in an economy that requires me to pay $45 to fill my tank weekly, because that’s what it costs me to get to the job that doesn’t actually cover the mortgage, the food and the gas I have to pay for it, the child care I have to cover to work there, and the utilities that help me write this little missive.

Oh, and one more thing, while we’re talking about the upcoming election: What, exactly, will your fav alternative (McCain?) do to help get us the hell out of the Vietnam of the new Millenium? Another four years of complete failure to accept responsibility?

I’m thinking signs point to “no, thanks.” We wouldn’t need the extra taxes if our lovely administration hadn’t spent us into the situation in the first place. Nice to point fingers at the new guy. That’s very convenient.

After all, Bush didn’t take on an intern. He just asked the country to bend over and smile.

Hell, yeah, I’m backing Obama. I backed him before Hillary had to concede. Not gonna stop now…

Comments:

Gee! I must have struck a chord. Let’s see if I can answer your questions…

1. I don’t believe I said Senator Obama will magically lower the price of gas. I believe I said “Have you noticed lately how much we’re paying for gas? Have you maybe forgotten that our illustrious president is an oil man?”

There is no implication in this statement that a quick fix is in the offing or even possible. I’ve expected the gas prices to go up since Bush declared war on Iraq in 2003. I sold my Sienna two years ago and bought a Matrix instead. I can’t transport as much as I could before, but at least I can get 350 miles per tank for that $45.

I don’t believe anyone will generate a quick fix for gas prices. Unfortunately, this mess is something created by our former Republican-run government, and there’s only so much we’ll be able to do in our present condition. Sadly, Emperor Bush is fiddling while the USA burns.

2. European gas prices have been high for a while. That’s why so many Europeans choose to take public transportation instead. The Chinese have known about bicycles for ages. All our money that should go towards improving our infrastructure goes instead towards weapons and warplanes and preserving the troops who can’t come home.

3. I believe you were making mention of a tough question. (Spell check your stuff, please – you look a lot less intelligent when you can’t spell.) You’re right. We’re going to leave a mess behind when we pull out of Iraq. But in return I ask: How much longer should we have stayed in Vietnam? Korea? Did we win those wars?

This isn’t 1945. When we “won” that war, we lost 6 million more Allied military troops and 32 million more Allied civilians than the bad guys did. Don’t get me wrong, please. I lost a quarter of my family there (see Allied). There will be no ticker tape parade for the victors this time. Nobody wins this sort of war.

In the meantime, Osama Bin Laden is still at large, his network is growing and we’re doing nothing to make friends with the people most likely to join his cause. So, what will we leave behind in Iraq?

Let’s see:

Permanent military bases that will have to be destroyed when we go, because otherwise we will give the bad guys great places to set up shop, rather than operating out of an underground network of homes.

A failed police force without enough proper training that can’t protect its own members, let alone civilians.

A society that values its women as makers of babies, keepers of houses and property, but not as intelligent human beings with equivalent rights to men and therefore worthy of education and employment (except as suicide bombers).

Broken bridges, destroyed infrastructure and IEDs.

If you can remember far enough back to recall supply & demand, you must surely remember that we created this mess when we took on the responsibility of peacekeeper in the Iran-Iraq war.

Face it – We Americans have an awful lot to learn about playing well with our neighbors. Last I checked, this was the only Earth we’ve got and it’s gotten awful small in the last half century or so.

The US isn’t a whole lot larger than the Roman or British empires were before their downfalls. When the infrastructure of the government falls into decay, it tends to disintegrate. Would you consider the United Kingdom to be a particular threat to anyone? Rome?

Right.

Our National Guard is now our military. Check this out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Guard_of_the_United_States

I’ll be happy to answer more of your questions, but do me a favor first and read some of the material linked to the page above. When you’ve finished reading that and you’ve finished reading the articles of impeachment, please feel free to revisit this topic.

My family is now part of a growing statistic: military families ruined by war. The drawdown of troops began with the last Bush administration.

I have every reason not to trust another Republican with the safety and security of my home and family.

You’re absolutely right. I am biased. No question about it.

I am curious. Where are you located and why are you so anti-Obama? I read part of your public posts and at least on the face of them, you appear to be ultra-conservative. I’ve made no effort whatsoever to claim anything other than what I am – an extremely liberal, pro-choice supporter of the Democratic ticket and rights for our citizens.

Just in case you are at all hazy about what I just said, I voted for Obama in the primary, but I would have voted for Edwards first had he stayed on the ticket. Hillary never had my vote.

I don’t think Bill Clinton was perfect. I used to have a bumper sticker on my Sienna that I did not replace, which said: “No one died when Clinton lied.” While that statement was factually true in regard to his personal behavior, it was not true in regard to the continued treatment during his administration of Iraqi civilians. I will say, though, that I wasn’t worried about how I was going to pay all my bills. What I can recall, quite clearly, is the difference in my take-home pay, my ability to feed and care for my family, and the knowledge that my house was safe from foreclosure and it’s not anymore. If we have a serious medical crisis, I can’t guarantee that I won’t be in a cardboard box with my family. That’s a very scary place to be, considering where I was 8 years ago.

The Democratic congress has exercised its strength several times in the past year, overriding several Bush vetoes, but the fact is that there are still not enough of them in either house to act as a unified group in opposition to the other half. After November, this will not be the case – I believe there will be a second sweep of Republicans out of both houses, at which point the majority Democrat congress will have a better chance at enacting its platform.

I can also recall, because I was old enough to pay attention, the race riots of the late 60s, the deaths of both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, the terrible toll the Vietnam war took on this country, both financially and emotionally, and the fuel rationing that was necessary the last time we messed around with the middle east in all the wrong ways.

If the current Bush had pulled any of the stunts he did with a predominantly Democratic or independent house and senate, I feel quite confident that we would not have waited as long as this to place him, his cronies Rove and Cheney on the block.

There is no Ollie North this time to take the fall for Bush, as there was when his father was in office. Scott McClellan will most likely go to prison just like John Dean did when President Nixon was impeached if he winds up as a witness for the prosecution. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dean)

I have to say that I am embarrassed to be counted as an American(tm) in light of our activities over the last 7 years. It saddens me to know that our rights and constitution have been taken away with little regard to the impact. I’m an idealist. I prefer to think that there ought to be a way to work things out. But the pendulum is swinging way too fast at this point. Where we’ll end up after this administration leaves office (however that happens) is anyone’s guess.

I’m not likely to move elsewhere, though I did consider Germany or England for a bit, because I don’t think anyone’s got it right. I can only hope that they’ll get it straightened out before the next generation’s generation has to deal with the consequences.

Hope that clarifies my position a bit more.


07/03/2008: Does anybody here see what I see???

1. It’s the 4th. Anyone want to come over and watch 1776 with me? Like maybe tonight??? I need some serious patriotism infusions (like the right kind, not what we’re hearing from Capitol Hill). [eta: I want to watch the movie – really, I do – but I have to go fetch roller skates from Laurel. If you want to see the movie with me, head to my place around 9pm tonight!]

2. It’s time for a reminder that this whole big mess we’re in revolves around oil.

The war? We wanted to be sure the oil fields of Iraq were in our control. Right? (Oh, no. It was because there were WMDs on the loose. Yeah, yeah…..)

Now that we’ve got control (or something like it), have we improved our situation? Nope! Don’t think so.

And now, what’s the President and his clone suggesting will be the magic solution to our problem? Invest in new energy technology???? Nope.

Let’s go drill in Alaska.

>.< Maybe it's just me and I'm prone to seeing spiders that aren't there, but this whole mess feels in some way contrived as a means to hold our wilderness areas hostage. And the stupid people are falling for it. I can't help but think that the reason we're in the fuel hell we are right now is that this whole war has been about drilling rights. It's convoluted. I have no proof. But I have gut feelings and very often I'm proven right. Every time the Bush-man opens his mouth and says this whole thing will go away if we just surrender the rights to drill in Alaska, my skin crawls. (I predicted this war when the towers fell. Don't remember? Go read what I wrote back then. It's been on my web site since 2001. It wasn't a surprise. Just a confirmation that Evil took control.) Stupid Republican Autocrats!


07/07/2008: How did I not notice…

…Jesse Helms died on the 4th of July???

Man, I’m out of it…


08/08/2008: Oh for crying out loud – can’t they just learn to keep their things inside their pants???

Honestly?
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/08/08/edwards.affair/index.html

I was prepared to vote for this man. Hell, I even was willing to accept him as VP.

Now?

WTF indeed.

Comments:

I was having a discussion about this yesterday – it’s that last part that’s my beef.

I know infidelity happens, but how can you trust a guy who won’t tell the truth (emphatically denies it, in fact) about something this important to run the country honestly.

I really hope there’s no smoking guns or nasty skeletons hiding in Obama’s closet. I don’t think I can bear to think of President McCain, and that’s precisely what we’d get if something suddenly…came up…

OTOH I’m fine with having them release it now, before the convention. At least this way nobody will wonder why he wasn’t picked for VP.

Is it November yet?


08/11/2008: First drilling in Alaska, and now this…

http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/08/11/bush.endangered.species.ap/index.html

Rat bastard. Why isn’t it January already?!?

It’s very nice that he’s setting himself up for a comfy retirement, ensuring oil development and a complete removal of roadblocks, but in the meantime?

Oh, the humanity…


08/29/2008: Change is good…

Felt like I was a part of history tonight. I think our candidate said all the right things. At least I hope so.

I clapped and cheered for the woman who told her story, capped it off with her admission that she was a lifelong Republican but was voting for Obama because she just couldn’t stand another four years of Bush.

It was an amazing sea of people. I just hope he does this well when he goes head to head with McCain in September. I hung the mirrored closet doors while I was watching the show, too, so I can say I was productive. Now I need to empty the bookshelves and bring them here.

ThinkProgress.com: The Bush Administration’s Plan To Make The Endangered Species Act Extinct

Rat bastard. Why isn’t it January already?!?

It’s very nice that he’s setting himself up for a comfy retirement, ensuring oil development and a complete removal of roadblocks, but in the meantime?

Oh, the humanity…


10/12/2008: 99 days and counting…

I saw a bumper sticker that made me laugh out loud until I thought about it.
http://bumperstickers.cafepress.com/item/atleast-nixon-had-decency-to-resign-bumper-sticker/103997519

Anyone else feel like they’re watching the last five minutes of Dr. Strangelove?

The trees were just turning in Harper’s Ferry, but the election was already underway. It was November 6, 1860 (148 years before my actual birthday coming up this year). I heard Breckenridge won. I wonder what life would have been like without Abraham Lincoln.

Would we be better off? Would there still be slavery?

At least now I know how close we are to Harper’s Ferry. I was surprised. And I noticed one other thing: While I saw a few McCain stickers on the backs of cars, the only signs I saw in town belonged to Obama.

I got my new registration card in the mail last week. The deadline for VA and DC has passed, but if you haven’t registered yet for Maryland, better get moving. You have till the 14th.

A funny note: Two rangers were talking outside of the shuttle bus as we were waiting to board. They were commiserating over some of the people who come out here this time of year. One guy bitched loud and long about how he’d planned this trip for months to be that particular weekend, and how dare the trees NOT be in full autumn color mode. The guy ranger said he’d get right on that (indicating painting the leaves, Alice in Wonderland-style).

Snort.

Some people are just stupid.

Off to the shower, services and maybe a bunch of box moving this afternoon. If you have free time and you want to help out, give me a call on my cell. I could use put-stuff-in-boxes help and hauling help both.

Enjoy your day!


10/15/2008: Wanna watch the debate with me?

I can’t go anywhere (will have kids in tow if I try). Can offer large screen TV and surround sound speakers…

Drop me a line and let me know!


From KH, who found it for me…

Keith Olbermann’s special comment on Proposition 8. And here’s the link:

It’s long but you should watch the whole thing. All I could think of was “Amen, brother.”

I couldn’t have said it better.

[eta] Here’s the link to the text of his commentary: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27650743/.

A Mormon comments on gay marriage: http://www.sltrib.com/ci_10798657

11/4/2008:

has just finished listening to John McCain’s concession speech. Hot freaking damn! We got us a President!!!

11/5/2008:

I love listening to [Obama’s] speeches. He compares to Martin Luther King Jr. in this regard. History will recognize him as a real statesman, I think. One of the very few…

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