Saturday, August 30, 2008
"Some press reports following the McCain campaign announcement have repeated that right-wing rhetorical flourish that has Palin declaring that she has gay friends. That softer image is not what some Alaskans saw. "That's just completely wrong," said Allison E. Mendel, the attorney who brought the 1999 case. "She spoke on radio programs all throughout the campaign saying, 'I want a constitutional amendment, I think these things are only for a man and a woman.' ... I don't think she's ever said a friendly word about gay people, that they ought to have health benefits like other people do or anything along those lines."The full story is here:http://www.gaycitynews.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20098390&BRD=2729&PAG=461&dept_id=568864&rfi=6
Friday, August 29, 2008
- Barak Obama last night, accepting the Democratic Party nomination for president.
Don't look for such a statement from the Republican nominee.
Is this enough to make me vote for Obama in November? I don't know yet.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
"I didn't see it as a teen show, weirdly, even though it was, I admit. I don't admit it ... I didn't see it that way, I have to admit, I wasn't writing a teen show." - Winnie Holtzman, the creator of "My So-Called Life," the 1994 TV series that continues to be regarded as one of the most excellent ever to be shown. The pilot premiered on August 25, 1994.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
The VP debate may be more fun to watch than any of the three presidential contests.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I originally posted this to a thread on a new forum that I recently joined at valvereplacement.com, a site for people who have heart valve disease, like me. I first found out that I had a problem with my aortic valve four years ago. It's the kind of thing that can get progressively worse, and mine is following that path. I will probably need open heart surgery and a valve replacement sometime in the future but I don't know when. The forum is great because there are a lot of knowledgeable people who post there. Questions and discussions are encouraged. Members are very supportive of each other, which helps.
PHOTO: One of the delicate delights in the garden, the Heavenly Blue morning glory
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
PHOTO: Nikko in the kitchen
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
He never appreciated the limits of good intentions, especially his own.
Like many a tragic hero, Johnson was brought down by hubris. And Democrats, Mr.
Mackenzie and Mr. Weisbrot tell us, are still paying the price.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
We have this war in Iraq that's costing us billions, a presidential election coming up, a collapsing financial industry, an economy in trouble.
Why do I care again where John Edward's penis goes? So he's a sanctimonious politician that is in denial. Again, who gives a shit? People have been getting laid way before there were Republicans, Democrats and news organizations and it is likely it'll be happening long after they are gone.
I was watching the news the other night when this story broke and the Anchor on ABC could barely contain her excitement.
I just don't care. What kind of revelation am I supposed to come to? Politicians don't care and hump everything and anything? Was the whole country born yesterday? The guy isn't playing any part in our national dialog anyway.
I do have one minor revelation from this; our media is less Republican or Democrat slanted than I had originally thought. In reality, the media is slanted to the most elegant crap they can dredge up and sell to sponsors. Again, the front of the National Inquirer is a great place for Larry Craig or John Edwards.
Maybe we can get back to issues that matter like why my kid's grade school needs a new roof and the local schoolboard is short cash for "capital improvements" (like a new roof).
Please, can we get back to picking a president that isn't a fucking idiot?
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
PHOTO: I planted Dahlias in our deck pots. They really are thriving with all the care I give them.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
"The food industry kills more animals than laboratories, fur farmers,
trappers, circuses, and hunters combined. Cutting meat, eggs, and dairy products
from your diet makes an enormous difference—you will save more than 100 animals
every year just by switching to a healthy, vegan diet." - from PETA
"...sheer irresponsibility may be a winning political strategy.
McCain’s claim that opponents of offshore drilling are responsible for high gas
prices is ridiculous — and to their credit, major news organizations have
pointed this out. Yet Mr. McCain’s gambit seems nonetheless to be working:
public support for ending restrictions on drilling has risen sharply, with
roughly half of voters saying that increased offshore drilling would reduce gas
prices within a year."
Sure, drill, drill, drill and give them a federal gas tax holiday, that'll solve the oil dependency problem. As Krugman points out without saying it outright, this strategy resonates with many Americans who are too stupid to know better.