Tuesday, December 23, 2008

New Year's Blog Resolution

Since joining Facebook, I have spent very little time updating my blog. I resolve to do better and post more often in 2009!

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008

George says...

Vote!

This cartoon was too good not to post...

Enjoy your election day tomorrow!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Real Americans Live Here

Thanks to the folks at Daily Kos for this map...helping to explain where the "real Americans" live. John McCain and Sarah Palin (not mention Rep. Bachmann) seem a little confused about this fact.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Banned Books Week


Kind of good timing, given Sarah Palin's interest in banning books as mayor of Wasilla.

Read a good book this week (banned or not)!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

And I thought $1 Billion for Georgia was a lot!

I've been on vacation, but just thinking about blogging and looked at my last post. It seems so naive now...

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Where's this $$$ coming from?

Anyone? If Bush has an extra billion to throw around, I could think of some better ways to spend (invest) it!

President Bush proposed $1 billion in humanitarian and economic assistance on Wednesday to help rebuild Georgia after its short, disastrous war with Russia last month, but he stopped short of committing the United States to reequipping the country’s battered military.

Nice of him to stop short somewhere as he spends our money.

And how does McCain feel about this?

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Daily Kos Decision-Makers?

I'm curious why the Daily Kos decided not to let its contributors blog about the John Edwards' affair, but have allowed them to blog about this story about Sarah Palin's son potentially really being her grandson. How do they decide which 'tabloid rumors' can be discussed on their site?

Friday, August 29, 2008

God and Weather

Anyone remember that idiot "praying" for God to send a big rain storm on top of Mile High Stadium during Obama's speech? Well, seems God has other thoughts...see what happens when you pray for bad things to happen to other people! God, the universe, whatever you call "it" decided instead to remind us all - during the Republican Convention - of how the Republican administration treated poor Americans during/after Katrina:

NEW ORLEANS -- Fear and foreboding gripped this still-mending city Thursday as a potential Category 3 hurricane whirled toward the Gulf Coast on the eve of Hurricane Katrina's three-year anniversary.

Tropical Storm Gustav, which was lashing Jamaica after Haitian officials said it had killed 51 people there, was still almost five days away from the Crescent City, according to the National Hurricane Center. Projections varied greatly, putting its path anywhere from the Florida panhandle to southeastern Texas by Tuesday.

Crossposted here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

President Schweitzer?

According to Kos, it's a possibility. I did like his speech last night, but he'll have to lose the bollo tie. Sorry.



UPDATE: I think Josh Marshall agrees. And more praise at Political Animal.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

What are you collecting in Denver?

Someone I know (who will remain nameless) was collecting condoms at the Democratic Convention while I was on the phone with him this afternoon...and then I read this blog post about all the condoms being distributed...

I thought the most interesting part of the post was this:

Meanwhile, for all the talk of PUMAs, the most visible protesters are opposing abortion, with the mixture of fury-inducing lies and pity-inducing unhingedness that you often find in aggressive anti-abortion forces. It was pity-inducing to the point that I’m not posting video I shot, because it feels exploitive of a very sad woman – but then you hear the ridiculous claim that Barack Obama is the most pro-abortion person on, like, the entire earth, and the pity is mostly replaced by anger.

Who do you think is doing more to reduce abortion (never mind sexually transmitted diseases and general angst), the people handing out condoms or the ones screaming into bullhorns?

I know sometimes I feel (briefly) sorry for these crazy people too...

Monday, August 25, 2008

Oh Boy


David Siorta's post says it best:

Does it always - ALWAYS - have to be about the Clintons?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

McCain's Mansions

In case you haven't seen this...



I'm back from a mini-vacation, but work is crazy, so I may be a little quieter for the next week or so...

Friday, August 8, 2008

He Did It.

And the online community has been buzzing about for weeks, but the MSM is finally reporting: John Edwards had an affair while running for President and lied about it.

He admitted it to ABC News.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

How the Media is (not) Handling Suskind's Allegations

I like Marty Kaplan. Read his take on the MSM coverage of Ron Suskind's new book:

When this came up on MSNBC, moderator Chuck Todd asked Politico's Mike Allen whether this would lead "the anti-war crowd" in Congress to call for impeachment. Allen replied that it would "give the lefty blogosphere something to grab onto."

And so, in less time than it takes to say "Dick Cheney," the subject is changed from what would be one of the most outrageous violations of the Constitution in the history of the Republic to a left/right issue.

Since I like Chuck Todd, I won't blame this on him though...his thoughts are all political, not investigative. It'll be interesting to see how other journalists handle it though.

Friday, August 1, 2008

For true political junkies...

Check out kos' update on the electoral race. Fascinating stuff!

For this edition, the tally is Obama 336, McCain 202.

I don't have a yard, but I do have Facebook


Every fall, I wish I had a yard so I could post a campaign yard sign (or two). If I did have a yard, I'd probably spend too much money this year buying user-designed yard signs from the My Yard Your Message site. The great thing is that they have created a Facebook application to go along with the physical signs, so I can post 'yard signs' on my FB page!

Check out the site - and if you have a yard, find your favorite and order it (for those of us who are yard-less!).

The other cool thing about this site is that it is part of Minnesota's UnConvention:

The Walker Art Center and mnartists.org will print the winning yard signs and place them in neighborhoods throughout the Twin Cities metro area, including those immediately surrounding the site of the Republican National Convention. St. Paul neighborhoods that will serve as outdoor sign galleries include Dayton’s Bluff, sponsored by the District 4 Community Council, and the West Side, sponsored by the West Side Citizens Organization. Seward, organized by the Seward Neighborhood Group, will serve as the Minneapolis gallery neighborhood.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The best little house race in Texas?

I had no idea that the Democrats in Texas only need to pick up 5 seats in November to take control of the Texas House!

This looks like a possible pick-up for Democrat Sherrie Matula. Her opponent, incumbent Republican John Davis, is getting some fundraising support from non-other-than Karl Rove (unless he's in jail) on August 12th in Houston. Wonder if more protesters than donors show up to that one?

Anyway, the latest news is that Davis spent more than $1,500 on a pair of boots - paid for illegally with campaign donations. How many people in his district could (or would!) spend that much on a pair of shoes??

If you want to support his opponent, go to Act Blue and give her a few bucks. Maybe on the 12th, in honor of inmate Rove?

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Which country is exporting low-cost (and low-wage) goods to China?

That'd be us.

According to the new study from the Alliance for American Manufacturing and the Economic Policy Institute, "Economic theory would suggest that the United States should specialize in producing goods that intensively use high-skilled, highly educated (and highly paid) workers and import labor-intensive goods that use more low-skilled labor. In fact, low-wage commodity sectors were some of the largest exporters of goods from the United States to China."

You can read more here. But I do warn you it's depressing news.

Disclosure: My company works with AAM and EPI.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Karl Rove was almost arrested

Three cheers for these brave souls!

Four Iowans were arrested today while attempting to make a Citizens’ Arrest of Karl Rove in Des Moines, Iowa. Citing Iowa Code provisions for making Citizen’s Arrests as well as citing Federal Statute violations they claimed Rove had violated, the four were stopped at the gate of the Wakonda Country Club in Des Moines where Rove was scheduled to speak at a Republican Fundraiser.

The four arrested were retired Methodist minister and Peace and Justice Advocate, Rev. Chet Guinn, 80, as well as three Des Moines Catholic Workers, Edward Bloomer, 61, Kirk Brown, 25, and Mona Shaw, 57. All four were cited for trespassing and released.

Here's the AP story as well.

Better luck next time!

What is up with John Edwards - and why is the media not discussing?

I have no idea if this story about John Edwards having an affair - and a baby with the mistress - is true. Actually, I assumed it was false last fall when it first came up and then went away after a strong denial from Edwards. But after all the chatter this weekend, I'm back to wondering if he really is a man who cheated on his dying wife with a campaign staffer, had a baby and denied the whole thing publicly. Seems he was caught last week leaving the hotel - at 2:45 a.m. - where the woman and baby were staying in Los Angeles. Now, the folks who "caught" him are from the National Enquirer, but sounds like the story is still true. (And remember, they are the ones who reported on Jesse Jackson's 'love child', Gennifer Flowers' affair with Bill Clinton and other scandals.)

I just can't understand why the MSM is ignoring the story...it's not being ignored by those of us who follow politics (too closely). Read these stories from Slate and Salon for more on the story, and on why it's being ignored. Just Google "John Edwards" and you can find more info, like this one.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

I almost feel sorry for McCain...

Desperate to get into the news cycle?

Via TPM:

McCain To Be In German Restaurant While Obama Gives Berlin Speech

Not sure what to make of this. While Obama gives his historic speech in Berlin today, John McCain will be lunching in a German restaurant in Ohio.

Farah Hice, a hostess at Schmidt's Restaurant and Sausage Haus in Columbus, just confirmed to me by phone that McCain just walked into the restaurant and is staying for lunch.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Bad use of 'green' technology

As I wrote a few weeks ago, I bought an Amazon Kindle. I have yet to give it a full review, but I LOVE it. And the technology behind the "print" is really cool (that's a technical term, right?).

Well, looks like the editors at Esquire think it's cool technology too, but they are using it in the print copies of their magazine in September. This makes NO sense...other than as a gimmick...See this write-up on Huffington Post for details:

First, Esquire had to make a six-figure investment to hire an engineer in China to develop a battery small enough to be inserted in the magazine cover. The batteries and the display case are manufactured and put together in China. They are shipped to Texas and on to Mexico, where the device is inserted by hand into each magazine. The issues will then be shipped via trucks, which will be refrigerated to preserve the batteries, to the magazine's distributor in Glazer, Ky.

And then it gets shipped in the mail to thousands of subscribers. I am a magazine junkie (which is not a 'green' habit), but this effort is just silly (another technical term, right?).

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Is this scary to anyone else?


I was reading this article about the steps that Beijing is taking to clear up their air in advance of the Olympics:

BEIJING -- With the Olympics less than three weeks away, Beijing began restricting car use and limiting factory emissions on Sunday in a final drastic effort to clear its smog-choked skies.

Under the two-month plan, half of the capital's 3.3 million cars will be removed from city streets on alternate days, depending on whether the license plate ends in an odd or even number.

In addition to the traffic plan, chemical plants, power stations and foundries had to cut emissions by 30 percent beginning Sunday. Dust-spewing construction in the capital was to stop entirely.

I've never been to Beijing, but I did live in one of the 'dirtiest' cities in the U.S. for a couple of years, Los Angeles. I can't imagine how dirty the air in Beijing actually is for them to take these sorts of steps. And even with these efforts, the article notes that the world's best distance runner will not even participate in the marathon event because of the air.

I will be interested to see what effect these drastic efforts (which could NEVER happen in a democracy, BTW) will have. It just reinforces the call for immediate action on climate change, like that proposed by Al Gore this week...and I'd add the need to support/encourage developing nations to adopt 'green' technologies as they continue to grow.

Also, check out this organization, Green for All ...I just learned about them today.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The George W. Bush Sewage Plant

Every time I fly out of DC, it bugs me to hear the airport's official name...Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. I think it will somehow bug me less if San Franciscans pass this ballot measure:

A measure seeking to commemorate President Bush's years in office by slapping his name on a San Francisco sewage plant has qualified for the November ballot.

The measure certified Thursday would rename the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant the George W. Bush Sewage Plant.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

My favorite t-shirt of the day


I didn't get a pic of this guy, but someone else posted to flickr

I'm impressed


I've been working at the grassroots level in Democratic politics for a long time (when I was in elementary school, my mom used to take me along to work outside the polls or lick stamps for mailings)...that experience has left me frustrated as often as it's felt worthwhile. I just sat through a DNC training that left me excited. They have finally started using a national voter database (6 months ago, versus 10 years ago for the Republicans) and it is constantly being used and updated - and shared!

And this, the Neighborhood Volunteer Program, looks amazing. I'm about to sign up and I encourage you all to do the same. Instead of shipping volunteers all over the country for GOTV activies, the DNC is recommending NOTV (Neighbors Organizing the Vote).

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Learning about Phil Gramm


I haven't paid much attention to Phil Gramm since I saw him a few years back, so out-of-place at the old Black Cat (his son's band was playing). And once he left the Senate, I really didn't care what he was up to...Now that he's McCain's campaign co-chair and his top economic advisor, I'm glad someone has been keeping track! Read this whole post by Robert Scheer (it's not long):

The bookends of the Bush years are the Enron debacle and the federal bailout of bankers drunk on their own greed. And no two people in this country are more responsible for enabling this sordid behavior than the power couple Phil and Wendy Gramm.

Enron, lest we forget, was their baby. Then-Sen. Gramm sponsored the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000, which allowed Enron's scamming to happen. As Ken Lay, who was chair of Gramm's election finance committee, put it quite candidly when asked for the secret of Enron's success, "basically, we are entering or in markets that are deregulating or have recently deregulated."

Part of that deregulation involved rulings of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, then chaired by Wendy Gramm, who upon retiring from that post became a highly compensated member of the Enron board of directors, serving for eight years. She even was on the board's audit committee during the time of the corporation's despicable financial shenanigans. While on the Enron board, Wendy Gramm also chaired an anti-regulatory think tank that received funding from Enron and other corporations that benefited directly from the policies her institute espoused.

Not someone I'd even invite to a BBQ...

UPDATE: Even more writings about Phil Gramm today. He tried to invest in porn films? Wow.

Our Sense of Humor

As soon as the New Yorker cover came out, the conversation started shifting from its content/appropriateness to the Democrats' sense of humor, or their lack of a sense of humor. For the record, I think the cover is funny, but I also understood the concerns of others. Today, on - my favorite - Morning Joe, Joe was in quite a mood about the late night comedians - especially the Daily Show - and how they are not making fun of Obama the way they have gone after Republicans. (He did ease up toward the end of the show and said he was having a bad day, and was running on little sleep.)

Since I am a media junkie, and watch the Daily Show every day, I have to disagree that they don't make fun of Dems, or that they don't give Republicans a chance. I've cringed every time John Bolton or Doug Feith show up, but John Stewart lets them hang themselves with their own arguments...and it's fun for us Dems to watch.

Anyway, back to not making fun of Obama...I agree with Maureen Dowd's take today and started laughing (and cringing) when I read the following:

He’s [Obama] already in danger of seeming too prissy about food — a perception heightened when The Wall Street Journal reported that the planners for Obama’s convention have hired the first-ever Director of Greening, the environmental activist Andrea Robinson. She in turn hired an Official Carbon Adviser to “measure the greenhouse-gas emissions of every placard, every plane trip, every appetizer prepared and every coffee cup tossed.”

The “lean ‘n’ green” catering guidelines, The Journal said, bar fried food and instruct that, “on the theory that nutritious food is more vibrant, each meal should include ‘at least three of the following colors: red, green, yellow, blue/purple, and white.’ (Garnishes don’t count.) At least 70% of the ingredients should be organic or grown locally, to minimize emissions from fuel during transportation.”

Bring it on, Ozone Democrats! Because if Obama gets elected and there is nothing funny about him, it won’t be the economy that’s depressed. It will be the rest of us.

Now, if we can't make fun of giving someone the title of "Official Carbon Advisor" or of officially color-coding the meals, there really is something wrong with our sense of humor!

And just to show that we can make fun of Obama, jib jab just came out with this:
Send a JibJab Sendables® eCard Today!

Monday, July 14, 2008

I'm going to Netroots Nation! (aka Yearly Kos)


Just got the go-ahead to pack my bags for Austin, TX to spend 4 days hanging out with bloggers...Check out Netroots Nation if you haven't heard of it (or its previous incarnation, Yearly Kos) before!

I'm sure I'll be blogging from the convention!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Media and Democracy

Via a new Bill Moyers column:

"It is impossible not to wonder what will become of not just news but democracy itself, in a world in which we can no longer depend on newspapers to invest their unmatched resources and professional pride in helping the rest of us to learn, however imperfectly, what we need to know.” - Eric Alterman, in the New Yorker

Monday, July 7, 2008

My Kindle


During my business trip last week, I was seated next to a woman on the plane who was reading on a Kindle. This was the first time I'd actually seen the e-book reader in person, so I asked her what she thought. By the time we walked off the plane, I was sold...and I bought one over the weekend. It arrived today! I'll let you know if I love it as much as my fellow traveler does!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Better late than never, I guess


The state of the FDA is so sad, but maybe the tomato scare will do something to reverse the trend and return some teeth to the agency that is supposed to protect our food supply...as reported in Portfolio:

Simmering frustration with the failure to find and fix the cause of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds of people and crippled fresh-tomato sales is spurring calls among unlikely allies—including farmers, restaurant owners, and consumers—to roll back the decades-long campaign to roll back regulations.

Just today, for example, Florida began enforcing new food-safety regulations that will subject tomato growers there to annual inspections and increased training. The new rules were adopted with the support of tomato growers in that state.


For now, we'll stick with buying as much of our food as we can from our local farmer's market!

Monday, June 9, 2008

More on Morning Joe


Just thought I'd point out this article about Morning Joe, which I blogged about a few weeks ago...

TV Host Is in His Prime With a Morning Audience

More important, perhaps, the three hours of hard-core political chat (often laced with humor) that Mr. Scarborough and his co-hosts, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist, put on each day is unlike anything else on morning television.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Congratulations, Obama!


On to November!

Exploring the ocean's hidden worlds

My company has been lucky enough to work with explorer Bob Ballard for years in his efforts to inspire more young people to study (and enjoy) science. Last weekend, I ran across this speech of his from February...if you have 15 minutes, watch the speech...interesting thoughts about exploration and our planet's future:



And check out more of the speeches from TED - great organization!

Inspired talks by the world's greatest thinkers and doers

(you can also subscribe to their video podcast series)

Monday, June 2, 2008

"We need to remember. REALLY remember."

I saw a link on Plunderbund to this post and also thought it was worth sharing:

Lipstick on a Pig

These are a couple of points that struck me. It's a long post, but you should read the whole thing:

Remember the '90's?

I mean, REALLY remember?

It started--and perhaps those of us who voted for him should have been paying closer attention--but it started during the Clinton campaign of '92. "Bimbo eruptions." Gennifer. Paula.

The Clintons, even then, vowed to FIGHT this Republican Attack Machine that was trying to destroy them.

Everybody likes a fighter, right?

So boy, we all joined in the brawl, didn't we? Faced off our conservative friends, flocked to the polls, all tuned in to 60 Minutes after the Super Bowl. Thought the Clintons were so cool.

Delivered them the White House.



We need to remember. REALLY remember.

It dragged on, and dragged on. More bimbo eruptions, and as the accusations from the right-wing grew positively Machiavellian, we knew that this wasn't about any failings of the Clintons but was about shoving a right-wing agenda down the throats of a populace easily manipulated by soundbite sloganeering.

We just knew it. We were so sure of it.

For eight years, we seethed, shouted at the TV news, argued with relatives, defended and defended and defended the Clintons against the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy,

Then came Monica.



We've spent seven years in hell since Bush was selected president. That miserable feeling of rage and frustration and the utter depression of feeling we have no control over events that define our lives has continued this entire time.

This political season started as one of unprecedented hope and excitement and energy for the Democratic party, raking in hundreds of millions of dollars, pulling in millions of new voters, energizing the base and bringing in Independents and moderate Republicans. All of our candidates were outstanding.

We could not lose.

Until Hillary started to.

In spite of the fact that her campaign badly misjudged the American mood with their campaign message of experience over change; in spite of the fact that they blew through money like water with unneccessary luxury spending; in spite of the fact that they had no organization on the ground in place to even consider having to go beyond Super Tuesday; in spite of a lackluster Internet organization, in spite of backbiting and infighting within the campaign--much like there was within the Clinton White House--in spite of monumental gaffes committed by the candidate herself...well, it wasn't their fault.

SEXISM!

MEDIA BIAS!

THE DNC HATES US!

And so the nasty set in. As soon as Clinton set herself up as Joan d'Fighter, then here came all the old familiar standbys: snotty surrogates making sensational claims on talk shows, enraged supporters baring their teeth at detractors, Republican opponents launching snide countersnarls, and phony issues getting whipped up by partisans into a frenzy of outrage completely unrelated to the problems at hand.

Only this time, it was the Clintons themselves egging the whole thing on.

So here we are, back again in ClintonLand.

The land of anger and misery and division and depression and anxiety. And friendships driven apart.



In the Florida/Michigan impasse, to Clinton and her mad-dog supporters who showed up for the meeting, there was to be no compromise. Either they got their whole way, or it was nothing.

Even after DNC lawyers released a 38-page memo stating in clear terms that, legally, only half-votes could be awarded to the delegates--that was shoved aside as though it did not exist.

Anything less was a personal attack on the Clintons and Hillary's campaign.

We've been here before.

It's all wearyingly familiar.

We need to remember. REALLY remember.

The big question all Democrats everywhere must ask themselves now is, DO WE WANT TO GO THERE AGAIN?

Because we already know what a Clinton White House would be like. We already know about the us-against-them battles, the rage of supporters, the partisan political divisions and government lockdowns and inevitable scandals.



Barack Obama's campaign has been streamlined, efficient, well-organized. Its message has been clear, concise, and consistent. His team is close-knit and not divided by backbiting and infighting. He's done his best to maintain his dignity against unconscionable racist attacks, some launched by Hillary's campaign.

He flat-out told his supporters not to demonstrate during the DNC meeting. Over and over again, his campaign offered scenarios for compromise, all of which were rejected by Hillary and her people.

He tries to take the high road. He tries to keep people together. He is no saint, and he's made mistakes, and he will make mistakes in the White House.

But wouldn't it be nice if we could go into a new administration with a feeing of hope, excitement, and peace of mind? A feeling of fresh change and new direction?

Of looking forward and not behind?

Hillary has made herself ugly with the nastiness of this campaign. Her supporters only reflect the bitterness she has enflamed.

Even when the Rules Committee tried to find a fair solution, one of her noisier supporters--many of whom repeatedly shouted down Committee members who were trying to do their jobs--yelled, "LIPSTICK ON A PIG."

That's what Hillary's campaign has come to resemble.

Do we really want to take this into the White House?

AGAIN?


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

What Does Hillary's Campaign Really Think about West Virginians?

Talk about elitist?!

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV - The Hillary Clinton campaign is apologizing to a Shepherdstown woman after a campaign volunteer was captured on tape saying "West Virginians are poor."

Julie Corvo says the volunteer accidentally left the message on her answering machine after playing a taped message from Sen. Clinton.

"Hi. Hello? This is crazy," the volunteer said. "This person hung up. Maybe they think it's a bill collector. I bet it is. West Virginians are poor."

Here's the audio.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Morning news


It took a while for NBC to completely drive me away from the Today Show. It was my morning staple for years (with a minor diversion to Good Day LA while living in Los Angeles), but Meredith Viera does nothing for me and they have solidified their lineup of really only devoting the first 20 minutes of the now 4-hour-long show to actual news. I love Matt Lauer, but even he can't keep me watching this stuff...

And, I have now fully committed to what I see as the only alternative...MSNBC's Morning Joe. I find myself being a Morning Joe evangelist. It's all politics and news, with a little silliness thrown in - and, most amazing to me, I love Joe Scarborough!

If you are searching for TV news in the morning (I admit NPR is also a good alternative), give it a shot!

This post was inspired by another post on Deus Ex Malcontent:

This morning, if you made it past the fact that one of the lead stories on the show was a hard-hitting, two-and-a-half minute investigation into whether Britney Spears was reforming her image, and then past Meredith Viera cooing about how she'd been granted extra special access to Dick Cheney's home -- while keeping a straight face, mind you -- you eventually wound up being treated to a report that may have represented the final staggering triumph of hype over substance. The heavily promoted piece, fronted by the spritely Natalie Morales -- who may herself be nothing more than a CGI creation, the Jar Jar Binks of television news -- concerned the potential danger lurking in your medicine cabinet, compliments of Crest Pro Health mouthwash.

P.S. While getting the Good Day LA link, I see you can now watch it online...I may have to check out what sort of silliness they are up to! Ooooo, they are interviewing Kelly Pickler, ahhhhh, LA!

Thanks Hillary

Just a quick thanks to Hillary for reminding me to donate a little more to Barack Obama's campaign. During her odd "victory" speech last night she asked people to go to hillaryclinton.com to donate to her campaign...um, no, thanks though.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Who Booked Robbins?


Does this seem like an odd booking to anyone else?

The National Association of Broadcasters booked Tim Robbins for a keynote:

Speaking in the third person, he said "Mr. Robbins will speak about the challenges facing broadcasters and media delivery systems." Adding, "I'm not sure what that fucking means."

You can read a little about it on TVNewser, but here's one quote from his "speech:"
To news execs: "Show me Night Rider drunk on the floor and I won't care about a lack of health care for my kid."

I haven't seen that sort of odd booking since Stephen Colbert gave the keynote at the WH Correspondents Dinner!

I am hoping for some YouTube footage of Robbins!

UPDATE: Yippee - there is audio! For more on the story and a link to the audio, visit Broadcasting and Cable's coverage.

Monday, April 7, 2008

The Flu Shot (and the health risks of blogging)

Okay, I did not get the flu shot this year. I just kind of forgot about it. Well, I've been sick for three weeks now! I was starting to feel better after basically sleeping for a week, then I started feeling bad again and my fever came back. I finally went to the doctor and was told I probably had a new virus on top of the one I was just getting over...so, I went home and went back to bed.

Now that I'm again starting to feel better - although I now have a nasty cough - I am reading a little news about the flu this year. Did anyone else know that this year's flu shot is only effective against one of the three strains going around this year? The job of predicting which strains are going to hit has to be tough, but is that the best they could do? Is the same guy predicting the shot for next year?

So, I wonder if I would have avoided any of this illness if I had gotten the flu shot...doesn't seem likely. Maybe the flu shot is all just a marketing gimmick to give more money to big pharma...

That was a long way of saying, "I haven't blogged in weeks because I haven't done anything in weeks."

Hopefully, I'll feel like blogging again soon...of course the NYT is saying blogging may be bad for my health!! Guess it's a good thing I only do this for fun!

Friday, March 7, 2008

"Did she molt?"

This is a great video from one of our clients, the Monterey Bay Aquarium...especially if you like penguins - and celebrities. Happy Friday!

Well put!

Does Hillary know about this Clinton "law"?

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Bear - Before and After

Bear had her first day at the salon today...

See her before and after shots...

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Just for fun

I do love this picture.

What this guy said...

I hadn't been able to quantify exactly why I've discovered a strong dislike for the Clintons (after loving them for years), but this blogger over at Daily Kos sums it up well - with his "27 Reasons I'm Divorcing the Clintons." Read the whole post, but here are his reasons - with which I agree! (and I bolded a few for my emphasis)

With the Clintons, it wasn't 3 straws and you're out. I tried to give them every benefit of the doubt, every excuse, every justification. However, now I'm done.

So why am I divorcing them? In some order it was:

1. "I" "I" "I" in virtually every Hillary speech ad nauseum.
2. Mark Penn. (The incompetent jackass who couldn't get 50% against Bob Dole and took the surest thing {Tony Blair's 3rd term} and turned it into a close race.
3. Terri McCauliffe and the establishment machine.
4. "turn up the heat."
5. Smearing Obama with a kindergarten essay
6. The Rezko hypocrisy.
7. The drug use smears.
8. The attempt to freeze out Iowa students.
9. The anti-choice smear of Obama in New Hampshire.
10. The cooked books and $5 million dollar loan.
11. Playing the race card in South Carolina and elsewhere.
12. Bill Clinton's fairy tale remark.
13. Attempts to prevent service workers from caucusing in Nevada.
14. The cactus tears in NH. (She attacked Obama dried eyed next sentence.)
15. The mischaracterications of present votes in the Illinois state legislature.
16. Her failure to apologize for her politically calculating vote on Iraq.
17. Her equally politically calculating vote on Kyl-Lieberman.
18. The vicious attempts to play the misogyny card when 99% of Obama voters don't have a sexist bone in their bodies.
19. HRC's Michigan shenanigans.
20. HRC's Florida shenanigans.
21. Bill Clinton's caucus v. primary comments.
22. The cheesy Wisconsin attack ad while she's in Texas.
23. Lanny Davis (yep the Lieberman jackass) echoing the Clintons elitist attitude about upper middle class voters "not counting."
24. Hillary Clinton saying that Patti Solis' decision to step down was Patti's decision when Hillary knows Patti was fired.
25. Mark Penn's significant states comment telling people in 22 states to go F off.
26. Hillary attacking Obama this week saying she gives solutions while he gives speeches. (During a speech of course.)

(and 27) That's 26 straws and there were many others. I can't put a quantitative value on each straw but they added up. And now HRC is unwilling to pledge that she will abide by the will of the voters and accept pledged delegates as the nominee. This is the final straw. In short, she's trying to pull a Scalia and is plotting and scheming to steal an election.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Bobby


Bobby Kennedy was killed several years before I was born, but as a political junkie (and a Democrat from birth), I've always held him in high regard (even more so than JFK). The more I learned about Bobby Kennedy, the more I believed our country would be a different - and much better - place today if he had lived and been able to lead and inspire our nation.

As anyone who is paying attention knows, the Kennedy family has begun splitting their support between Clinton and Obama...now I see that even Bobby Kennedy's family is splitting their support. That must be making for interesting family phone calls!

This is from Rory Kennedy's op-ed yesterday in the San Fran Chronicle, about what her mom (who has also publicly endorsed Obama) says comparing Obama with her husband:


Ethel Kennedy said of Obama: "I think he feels it. He feels it just like Bobby did. He has the passion in his heart. He's not selling you. It's just him."


UPDATE: I posted this before I read the Outlook section of the Washington Post today...check out the photos they selected for their "Talking 'Bout Our Generations" story!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Hillary Beats McCain in Florida

As Keith can tell anyone, this is the point I was making last night as we watched the vote totals come in. I couldn't believe the media wasn't picking up on the fact that Hillary got 100,000 more votes than McCain in the "red" state of Florida, and that almost as many Democratic voters came to the polls as Republicans...the Dem's didn't even campaign there!

From the folks at Daily Kos:

First, let's begin with actual results. With 95% of the vote reported, the current tallies show a total of 1,655,220 Democratic votes and 1,872,684 Republican votes. Every Republican fought as hard as he could for the win in Florida. The Democrats—since the DNC won't seat Florida's delegates because they flouted the schedule—didn't really compete in the state, with only Hillary Clinton making any campaign appearances, and none of our folks spending any significant money. Yet with this possibly the make-or-break contest for the Republicans and a probably meaningless "contest" for the Democrats, 47% of the people who cast ballots in Florida voted for a Democrat. Hillary Clinton received over a 100,000 more votes than John McCain, Barack Obama got almost as many votes as Mitt Romney, and John Edwards wasn't far behind Rudy Giuliani and Mike Huckabee.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Why am I supporting Obama?

Read these two op-eds from today's New York Times for the answer...

Frank Rich, The Billary Road to Republican Victory:

For the Republicans, [having both Clintons in play] means not just a double dose of the one steroid, Clinton hatred, that might yet restore their party’s unity but also two fat targets. Mrs. Clinton repeatedly talks of how she’s been “vetted” and that “there are no surprises” left to be mined by her opponents. On the “Today” show Friday, she joked that the Republican attacks “are just so old.” So far. Now that Mr. Clinton is ubiquitous, not only is his past back on the table but his post-presidency must be vetted as well. To get a taste of what surprises may be in store, you need merely revisit the Bill Clinton questions that Hillary Clinton has avoided to date.

Asked by Tim Russert at a September debate whether the Clinton presidential library and foundation would disclose the identities of its donors during the campaign, Mrs. Clinton said it wasn’t up to her. “What’s your recommendation?” Mr. Russert countered. Mrs. Clinton replied: “Well, I don’t talk about my private conversations with my husband, but I’m sure he’d be happy to consider that.”

Not so happy, as it turns out. The names still have not been made public.
...

Unlike Mrs. Clinton, [Obama] would unambiguously represent change in a race with any Republican. If he vanquishes Billary, he’ll have an even stronger argument to take into battle against a warrior like Mr. McCain.

If Mr. Obama doesn’t fight, no one else will. Few national Democratic leaders have the courage to stand up to the Clintons. Even in defeat, Mr. Obama may at least help wake up a party slipping into denial. Any Democrat who seriously thinks that Bill will fade away if Hillary wins the nomination — let alone that the Clintons will escape being fully vetted — is a Democrat who, as the man said, believes in fairy tales.


Caroline Kennedy, A President Like My Father:
Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals and imagine that together we can do great things. In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible.

We have that kind of opportunity with Senator Obama. It isn’t that the other candidates are not experienced or knowledgeable. But this year, that may not be enough. We need a change in the leadership of this country — just as we did in 1960.

Most of us would prefer to base our voting decision on policy differences. However, the candidates’ goals are similar. They have all laid out detailed plans on everything from strengthening our middle class to investing in early childhood education. So qualities of leadership, character and judgment play a larger role than usual.

...

I want a president who understands that his responsibility is to articulate a vision and encourage others to achieve it; who holds himself, and those around him, to the highest ethical standards; who appeals to the hopes of those who still believe in the American Dream, and those around the world who still believe in the American ideal; and who can lift our spirits, and make us believe again that our country needs every one of us to get involved.

I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president — not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans.


If that inspires you, also read Nicholas Kristof's Age of Ambition. It was a great Week in Review this Sunday!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Too funny

If you need a laugh, check out this Tom Cruise parody starring Jerry O'Connell...

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Post #101


Does Hillary think that being bitchy is going to win her more votes? I thought her campaign thought working up some tears was more strategic...

She thinks Obama is "frustrated" because he's come in second in a couple of the primaries? Is she kidding?

Maybe he's frustrated because she and Bill are lying about him, his record, his words, etc., etc. I'm frustrated with them!

Obama does need to find a surrogate who can keep battling it out with Bill on the sidelines so he can get back on message and above the fray...

P.S. According to blogspot, this is my 101st blog post!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Awake

And, here she is with her eyes open...

Bear @ Work

Bear, our 11-week old Yorkie, hates to be left alone (even for 2 minutes), so she often comes to work with me...and sleeps on my desk...






And, yes, I have a great dog-loving boss.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

New Hampshire Speech

Obama's speech last night was even better than the Iowa speech...check it out...

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The Obama Bandwagon


I've jumped on! Honestly, I had a hard time getting interested in any of the candidates, but Obama's victory speech last week in Iowa was inspiring...after a little more thought, I've decided he's my candidate.

If you are thinking about it as well, I encourage you to get on board...check out http://www.barackobama.com for more info, or to give the campaign a few dollars as they head into Super Tuesday!

And you can watch his Iowa speech here:


Bobby Kennedy, anyone?

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Chris Matthews

I'll echo some other bloggers...someone needs to stop Chris Matthews! I am usually quite entertained by him on Hardball, but he's not doing anything for his reputation tonight. Wow...and I love that Keith Olbermann won't engage him when he says something crazy...

Iowa

Well, my predication that Hillary would come in third looks like it'll be right...

Congrats to Obama! (and to young voters!)