9.28.2008

Ramblings

I'm posting because I feel I should. I meant to get into the sewing room today, but I looked at how disorganized my sewing room was and fled to dust the entertainment room. I did reorganize the entertainment center.

I'm still very much obsessed with the election and the national financial crisis. It all seems so interesting. (Note the various Political blogs I've listed on the right.)

I also bought a Nintendo Gameboy DS Lite to play a game my Mother had gotten me for my birthday - Lego Star Wars. Its a blast! Who would have thought that Legos would be a video game! I'm just now learning how to play and all the things I can do - light saber, the Force, and jumping. Loads of fun. I can hardly wait to try out Lego Batman which looks to be just as much fun!

I also cleaned house today. It really needed it as my cleanings over the past few weeks have been rather light.

I also had to work about a half-day because we were migrating to a newer version of the database software. This would've been done last weekend had the DBA not locked his account and the, unhelpful, Help Desk couldn't unlock his account!

I'm also the Treasurer for our quilt guild and that's taking up more time than I thought.

Enough rambling!

9.23.2008

Wall Street Melt Down

Now I've become obsessed with the Wall Street Melt Down. I'm thinking, however, that I need a break from all of this before it becomes overwhelming. I'm thinking that I'll re-focus on quilting instead.

I found some articles that are very interesting and fairly well written. I don't think you'd need a degree in economics to understand. I certainly don't.

So here's a starting point, I'm sure there's more out there.

9.20.2008

ABC News Exclusive on Palin and Troopergate

Still more political stuff. I've just become obsessed over the whole thing.

ABC News article about Sarah Palin and the Troopergate issue. ABC News acquired a document that seems to run counter to what she has recently said was her reason for firing Walt Monegan, her former Public Safety Commissioner.

For such a simple matter, it seems that Palin can't keep up with her reasons for firing Monegan:

9.16.2008

Obama Information

The Daily KOS, a liberal blog has a good blog entry about Obama's experience. There are links to sources of the information.

9.13.2008

How To Check the Facts

in a previous post, I mentioned learning about your political candidate, verifying their facts as a way to keep their feet to the fire, and to call them out when they are less than truthful. Here's a web site that does that FactCheck.org. This organization is:
a nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.

So go out there and learn!

9.12.2008

Lynda Carter On Palin

I read an interview with Lynda Carter in Philadelphia Magazine. I really agreed with what she had to say. Not just about Palin, but all those that try to enforce their views on others.

Okay, last question. I'm sure you've seen all the comparisons in the media and among Republicans of Sarah Palin to Wonder Woman. How do you feel about that?

Don’t get me started. She’s the anti-Wonder Woman. She’s judgmental and dictatorial, telling people how they’ve got to live their lives. And a superior religious self-righteousness ... that’s just not what Wonder Woman is about. Hillary Clinton is a lot more like Wonder Woman than Mrs. Palin. She did it all, didn’t she?

No one has the right to dictate, particularly in this country, to force your own personal views upon the populace — religious views. I think that is suppressive, oppressive, and anti-American. We are the loyal opposition. That’s the whole point of this country: freedom of speech, personal rights, personal freedom. Nor would Wonder Woman be the person to tell people how to live their lives. Worry about your own life! Worry about your own family! Don't be telling me what I want to do with mine.

I like John McCain. But this woman — it's anathema to me what she stands for. I think America should be very afraid. Very afraid. Separation of church and state is the one thing the creators of the Constitution did agree on — that it wasn’t to be a religious government. People should feel free to speak their minds about religion but not dictate it or put it into law.

What I don’t understand, honestly, is how anyone can even begin to say they know the mind of God. Who do they think they are? I think that’s ridiculous. I know what God is in my life. Now I am sure that she’s not all just that. But it’s enough to me. It’s enough for me to have a visceral reaction. And it makes me mad.

People need to speak up. Doesn’t mean that I’m godless. Doesn’t mean that I am a murderer. What I hate is this demonization of everybody but one position. You’re un-American because you’re against the war. It’s such bullshit. Fear. It’s really such a finite way of thinking about God to think that your measley little mind can know the mind of God. It’s a very little God that way. I think that God’s bigger. I don’t presume to know his mind. Or her mind.

The Responsible Voter and Politics

I've been busy obsessing over politics of late, which is one reason I haven't been blogging much.

To me, as a voter, you should get as much information as you can about your candidate. You should expect the media to ask questions and get answers.

You should also be able to envision yourself asking questions of the candidates. Asking about their views and expect more than canned answers.

If you feel you couldn't walk up to your candidate and ask a question or offer your critical opinion because you feel like you'll be ostracized, ridiculed and slandered; then perhaps that's not what you want in a leader. At least a democratic leader.

If, however, you want to be told what to do and how to think. Then, by all means, go that route. Just don't be surprised later on when they start to tell you how to live, think and feel.

Have you read 1984, by George Orwell? If not, then I strongly recommend you go read it.

So I'm cross-posting this video as my way to help clarify some issues and to reduce the "double-speak".