Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Someone should be assigned to kick Lieberman in the nuts as hard as they can.
If they were to do that, I would feel like he at least had faced some consequence for campaigning in a nasty, religion- and foreigner-baiting way against the Democratic candidate. Taking away his chair, a plum saved for someone who acts as part of the caucus, would not have been "retribution," it would have been the correct consequence for not BEING part of the caucus in terms of the actions he was taking.
**Please note that this refers to an SNL sketch, not Clinton's actual vote, since she also supported Lieberman today.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Thank you very much. Tip your waitress.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
She was confused. And she won't remember it. But she was there. This country isn't that far away from the shame of slavery, and it is even less far from the shame of segregation. Leaving aside all of the other (more important to governing) reasons why I am excited that Obama won, I am proud to be a citizen of the country that elected him.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Did you? It matters. And if you have voted, wear your sticker--I got stopped on the way to the train by a woman who was considering voting who was worried about the length of the wait. I think I managed to convince her to take the time.
****And a note for Fox News: I know my baby has an "I Voted" sticker. This is not a sign of voter fraud. Do not begin running special reports about voter fraud in Minnesota. Her little kitty also wore the sticker for a bit. Minnesota has also not started to allow stuffed animals to vote. Just in case you were confused. I know you find these things confusing.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
In the meantime, on the election front, one of my sisters lives just outside of Northern Virginia, in Leesburg. She spotted this sign in a window on Saturday night:
The McCain campaign in general seems to have made some major miscalculations in Virginia.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Our families and our best friends were there, too, along with some Japanese tourists who were very nice.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
The reason you have the perception that the media is harder on McCain is not because the media is harder on McCain or Palin. One need only look at the lack of coverage of the Troopergate report to see that--can you image what would have happened if BIDEN were involved in such a thing? The media seems harder on McCain and Palin despite letting things go because McCain and Palin are lying and their plans make no sense and they keep making erratic changes. You are a smart guy who nit-picks about everything else--why do you have such a blind spot when it comes to this?
Sometimes, when it seems like the coverage of one guy is more negative, it is because that guy has more negatives.
Friday, October 10, 2008
John McCain, there was a time when I had respect for you. Not anymore.
Monday, October 06, 2008
Friday, October 03, 2008
Maybe that's just a sign that I have been spending too much time with flames on the side of my face watching Sarah Palin.
Seriously, I hate her so much.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
*I find it amusing that in the game Batman gets extra points for smashing up municipal property.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Clapotis, in Alchemy Bamboo Topaz (I can't remember if I posted my Clapotis pictures)
Tulip Sweater, Dream in Color Classy, for V
And lots of socks:
Snicket Socks, Dream in Color Smooshy, Some Summer Sky
Dragon Dance Socks, STR club socks
Bellatrix Socks, Sophie's Toes Sock Yarn, Crushed Velvet
Fawkes, Cherry Tree Hill Supersock, Sugar Maple
Salto, Dream in Color Smooshy, Wisterious.
There were others, too. But I don't have pictures of those.
I have more socks on the needles and more non-sock knitting to do, but people keep needing socks, plus they are good for commuter knitting, so I suspect that I will mostly be knitting socks for some time.
Friday, September 26, 2008
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You know, I bet UFOs fly through Minnesota airspace. That means that I am an EXPERT on Mars.
Also, I can see the Moon from my house.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
BUT. I am so glad that the Obama campaign handled McCain's crap from yesterday well--I was biting my nails. And this is funny:
" 'Obviously if it turns out that we need to be in Washington, we've both got big planes, we've painted our slogan on the side of them," Obama also said. "They can get us from Washington to Mississippi pretty quickly.' "
I hope that the McCain gambit--transparent though it may be--doesn't play with the voters, either.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Please also note the lack of, you know, STREET NAMES on much of this map. It worked very well for getting TO the grocery store, but not so well for getting BACK.
(You didn't think I would really keep it, scan it, and post about it, did you?)
******Updated to add:
I am not saying that the grocery store isn't close the house, by the way. It was not very far. It is just that any directions with this many turns do not point to a destination that is "literally" right around the corner. Am I nit-picking? Why, yes I am.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I also really wouldn't have CARED if he DID call her a pig. And not just because I find her elevation to the GOP presidential ticket and the resultant poll bounce really, really embarrassing for our country. Really, 1) politicians call each other names ALL OF THE TIME, and b) anyone whose nickname is "Sarah Barracuda" really needs to grow some damn balls and stop whining. She described herself, more or less, as a Rottweiler with lipstick. OK, then. STOP WHINING. Criticizing a woman IS NOT THE SAME THING AS BEING SEXIST. Or, if that is the standard, you are not allowed to criticize Obama ever again, lest you be a racist. Ridiculous, you say? You are correct.
I should also mention that ad hominem attacks should not allow anyone to whine, in either party, but also should not be NEWS.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Friday, August 08, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
I get that you are trying to have as much Olympic coverage as possible. You have paid an unseemly amount of money for the rights to air the Olympics and air them you will, even if they are the crappy summer Olympics that do not include curling, hockey, or that (seriously) most practical of winter sports, the biathlon. Also there is no ski jump.
However, WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THAT PEOPLE WHO TUNE IN TO MSNBC ("the place for politics") IN THE MORNING WANT TO WATCH SOCCER? US v. China women's soccer? Two days before the opening ceremonies? I even like soccer, but you can just bite me.
I tried going back to CNN, but after 10 minutes of coverage regarding Madeline McCann (I really don't care if I did misspell that--I know new docs were released, but she disappeared A YEAR AGO), I had to turn it off, since I remembered why I switched to watching MSNBC in the first place.
Especially when you would TOTALLY never let someone hear the end of it if someone did that to you.
This is almost worse than not replying at all.
********edited to add********
Please note that this is for a large party, and this is extended family. This was not my mom mentioning something to my sister. And either way, it comes from someone who has been known to make up "etiquette" and then hold failures to conform to the made-up rules against people, sometimes, seriously, for years.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
" 'They say I'm going to confuse milk consumers,' she said. 'How can you get confused between a boob and a bottle of milk from the store? They're two different kind of jugs.' "
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
My favorite bit of the AP article?
"Bachmann predicts that if the U.S. more thoroughly taps its own energy sources, gas prices could be cut in half. Other energy experts have disputed that projection."
OTHER energy experts? Is this meant to imply that Bachmann is any sort of EXPERT? The mind boggles. You know what? I read Cryptonomicon. I am now a code-breaking expert. You shall all listen to my proclamations and bring me logic puzzles! Plus, I have watched ALL THREE Terminator movies. I am now a robot. I AM A CODE-BREAKING ROBOT!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
The future make up of the Supreme Court is the most important outcome of the next election. There are many other important issues, but this is paramount.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
"[R]ather than scolding women for failing to flock to higher-paying careers, perhaps we should be wondering why the fields college-educated women dominate are so devalued in the first place."
Take out "college-educated," and you have the problem in a nutshell. This does not mean that women should not have the opportunity to branch out from more female-dominated fields into the hard sciences, but allowing each person the opportunity to study and work in the field to which they are most drawn should not be a discussion marred by casual dismissal of those other fields.
Monday, July 07, 2008
" 'Death of a Conservative Great [Mark R. Levin]
I wish the Helms family peace, and I thank Jesse Helms for helping to ensure the election of Ronald Reagan, being a warrior against the Soviet Union and for the release of Soviet Jews and other abused minorities, and being a voice for millions of unborn babies.
I have noticed some of the smears lobbed at William Buckley in other places since his death; Jesse Helms is in for even more of it. Other prominent conservatives will face the same. Unfortunately, such is the nature of these things now.' "
" "Jesse Helms was a kind, decent, and humble man and a passionate defender of what he called "the Miracle of America." So it is fitting that this great patriot left us on the Fourth of July. He was once asked if he had any ambitions beyond the United States Senate. He replied: "The only thing I am running for is the Kingdom of Heaven." Today, Jesse Helms has finished the race, and we pray he finds comfort in the arms of the loving God he strove to serve throughout his life.' "
That second quote is from George W. Bush.
and, just to be clear, here is an example of Helms' behavior:
"'"When Carol Moseley-Braun of Illinois became the first African-American woman to sit in the Senate, Helms followed Moseley-Braun into an elevator, announcing to Utah Senator Orrin Hatch: "Watch me make her cry. I'm going to make her cry. I'm going to sing 'Dixie' until she cries."
Then, emphasizing the lines about how "good" things were before the Civil War ended slavery, Helms sang "Dixie."'"
Wow. Leaving aside the racism and misogyny, that story illustrates SO CLEARLY how Helms "strove to serve" a "loving God . . . throughout his life."
I devoutly hope that Helms is getting exactly what he deserves right now.
"It's notable because the political establishment is not only about to pass a patently corrupt bill, but worse, are spouting -- on a very bipartisan basis -- completely deceitful claims to obscure what they're really doing."
He goes on to discuss the fact that those arguing FOR telecom immunity seem to be under the very mistaken impression that the president can order someone to undertake an illegal act, which is a fundamentally un-American idea. Go, read what he says:
"That just isn't how our country works and it never was. We don't have a King who can order people to break the law. I have no doubt that people like Nancy Soderberg are spending the July 4 weekend paying shallow homage to the Founding, all the while being completely ignorant of or indifferent to the principles they pretend to celebrate. Just compare her claim that telecoms were justified, even required, to comply with the President's "order" to break the law with Thomas Paine's view, set forth in his 1776 revolutionary pamphlet Common Sense concerning how our country was supposed to work:
But where says some is the King of America? I'll tell you Friend, he reigns above, and doth not make havoc of mankind like the Royal Brute of Britain. Yet that we may not appear to be defective even in earthly honors, let a day be solemnly set apart for proclaiming the charter; let it be brought forth placed on the divine law, the word of God; let a crown be placed thereon, by which the world may know, that so far as we approve as monarchy, that in America the law is King. For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be King; and there ought to be no other."
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
(My bonus had better be HUGE this year)
(And I know you said I should get what I could finished before I need to leave. You also know full well that I am not going to leave you in the lurch. )
Monday, June 23, 2008
(Go and look. I'll wait.)
Now, although the caption doesn't say anything about it, students of history will remember that President William McKinley was shot (he died a few days later) by Leon Czolgosz in 1901 at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo.
Students of musical theater will, at this point in this post, have this song running through their heads:
(Sorry. I couldn't find a better recording.)
And here are the lyrics.
This song has been stuck in my head all morning. You are welcome.
Friday, June 06, 2008
"As St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, an enthusiastic Clinton backer, said this week, 'You don’t spend your life fighting for women’s rights and then vote for Sen. McCain.'"
"'I’m not going to get into whether any rational progressive could think it makes sense to prefer John McCain in the White House to having it occupied by Hillary Clinton’s virtually ideologically indistinguishable colleague. But one thing that should be said is that focusing entirely on Roe v. Wade as a reason to oppose third-party narcissism is very mistaken. Yes, it’s true that replacing John Paul Stevens and/or Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a Republican appointee will be bad for abortion rights, although this is likely to occur by further draining content from Casey rather than overturning Roe outright.
But even when it comes to women’s rights, this is just the tip of the iceberg. The enforcement of civil rights protections for women is likely to be much less in a Republican administration, for example. The global gag order will remain firmly in place. And in general, four more years of a tax-cut-supporting, massive-defense-spending GOP president will not only make any kind of serious progressive reform (much of which disproportionately benefits women even if not specifically targeted to do so) virtually impossible for four more years but will also make it more difficult in the future. A McCain presidency would be very, very bad for women even if not a single Supreme Court vacancy opens up during his tenure.'"
Thursday, June 05, 2008
However, there is a reason I was torn about which candidate to support when I caucused:
"Prejudice against older women, apparently, is one of the last non-taboo biases. I've been stunned by the extent to which trashing Clinton supporters as washed up old white women is acceptable. A writer whose work I respect submitted a piece addressed to "old white feminists," telling them to get out of Obama's way. I've found my own writing often dismissed not on its merits (or lack thereof) but because as a woman who will turn 50 in September, I'm supposed to be Clinton's demographic. Salon's letters pages, as well as the comments sections around the blogosphere, are studded with dismissive, derisive references to bitter old white women."
I myself have encountered people who never liked Hillary, who thought it was OK in the past to say extremely sexist things about her and especially her appearance, who have been whole-hearted Obama supporters. They may be totally sincere, with no sexist agenda now, but it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I am *extremely* excited about Barack Obama as a candidate (and I have issues with some of Clinton's recent and not-so-recent campaign strategies), and I did end up caucusing for Obama, but that doesn't mean that this sort of sexism has gone away, or that there aren't whole segments of our society that find it charming to wax nostalgic about days when women had very few choices and very little power. I once got into a heated argument with someone who was somewhat aghast that the struggle of women in this country was in any way being compared to that of African Americans in this country. That person, not wrongly, argued that the direct consequences of slavery have no equal. However, to trivialize the struggle for women's rights in this country and across the world is a mistake, and to try to pretend that sexism isn't present every day is naive. It is not unusual for people who are considered mainstream to talk about how much more wonderful it would be for our families to go back to days when women always stayed home with the kids (not chose to do so, but had to do so, and there is no option for men to stay home for the kids in that scenario), times when women had no options but to go from being protected by their fathers to being protected by their husbands with no way out if something went wrong. What would the reaction be in a similarly-positioned person said something like that about the days when African Americans had to sit at the back of the bus? Racism AND sexism are alive and well in this country, and neither one should be able to be considered acceptable in any way.
I should also add that I do not think that sexism hurt Hillary Clinton more than racism hurt Barack Obama. Both were and are present here.
Edited to add:
Per Matter-Eater Lad's post, I do think one major difference is that women really thought Hillary Clinton could be the nominee and then president, while African-Americans really thought that Barack Obama could never do it. This difference could explain why so many people feel like this nomination was taken away from Hillary while people would not have felt that way if Barack had lost.
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Here is a photo from my phone (I will have real-camera pictures later):
Monday, June 02, 2008
I am totally going to be at the Excel Center tomorrow night, with my baby and my sister. How can I miss it?
Friday, May 23, 2008
It is nice to hear some sort of uplifting story come out of the earthquake--even one that is tempered by the probable death of the mothers of these babies.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
There is the top bit, which has the pump-y stuff that attaches to tubes on the pump itself, and there is the bottom bit, which is a bottle that has been screwed on.
On Tuesday, I set up for my third pumping session of the day. After about ten seconds, I started to wonder why the sound was different. Then I noticed that my skirt was damp. It took me seriously thirty more seconds to realize that I had not screwed the bottle onto either of the pump assemblies, which means that I was pumping milk directly into my lap.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
In the introductory paragraph, the site quotes stats from a New York Times Article:
"According to the New York Times, approximately 70 percent of mothers start breastfeeding immediately after birth, but less than 20 percent of those moms are breastfeeding exclusively six months later."
For those of you who may not know this, babies are generally introduced to solid foods at four to six months. That means that I would be SHOCKED if more babies were exclusively breastfed at six months. Now, this may actually mean the portion of the baby's diet that comes from breastmilk or formula, but that is not what they say. Breastfeeding support is shockingly low in this country, in large part due to our totally crappy maternity leave policies (look, people, what she said. And I don't even normally like Slate.com all that much, but the whole bit I list below really resonates with me*), but this statistic is unrevealing as to the result of that lack of support.
*Here is the bit I list below: "But the news media and public policy makers still don’t see working families’ issues as economic or public policy questions. Consider: If fathers get pushed off the job, that’s discussed under the heading of labor, business, globalization, world trade, all public issues. But if mothers get pushed off the job—because jobs disappear or are redefined during her maternity leave, or because bosses stop promoting a woman with children on the assumption that she will soon refuse to travel or cut back or go part-time—if mothers get pushed off the job, that’s discussed as women making private emotional choices. How natural: She just wanted to stay home with her baby. In other words, women are seen as having personal lives even in the same arenas in which men are seen as having public lives. And that has consequences. When the demands facing working families are posited as personal issues for individual mothers rather than as a major public policy issue for a 21st century economy, each family must tackle these issues alone. This focus makes as much sense, according to media critic Caryl Rivers, as saying, “Okay, let’s build a superhighway; everybody bring one paving stone. That’s how we approach family policy. We don’t look at systems, just at individuals. And that’s ridiculous.”"
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Monday, April 07, 2008
Friday, April 04, 2008
Remember all of this about John McCain. Especially this:
The Supremes. The day the next president takes office, five of the nine Supreme Court justices will be over 70. John Paul Stevens will be 88; Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 75; Anthony Kennedy, 71; Stephen Breyer, 70; and, I smile as I write this, Antonin Scalia is 72.
The next president will probably pick one or two of their replacements; maybe more, if he or she is reelected. McCain, who favors the repeal of Roe v. Wade, promises conservative audiences, "We're going to have justices like [John] Roberts and [Samuel] Alito."
Monday, March 31, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
That is the Princess Bride in the background, in case you are wondering. ("I am not left-handed either!)
Monday, March 24, 2008
(More non-baby stuff soon, I promise!)
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
who by now more often looks like this:
She was 7 pounds, 11 ounces and 21 inches.
More later, since I would rather this not turn into a blog that is entirely about another human being's intake and output, and right this second that is all I've got.
Monday, January 14, 2008
I am just grateful that I am more or less still comfortable, since that would certainly add to the pressure of the wait. As it is, my aches and pains are minor enough that the idea of the experience of and recovery from labor doesn't seem like a good trade-off to get rid of them.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
(Also? My understanding is that short women, who have shorter torsos, have months of this crap. You have my sympathies.)