Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Another GOP Bigot

This is what Didi Lima, co-chair of McCain's Nevada Hispanic Leadership Team and Republican spokesperson for the Republican party in Nevada said:

"We don't want (Hispanics) to become the new African-American community," Lima told The Associated Press. "And that's what the Democratic Party is going to do to them, create more programs and give them handouts, food stamps and checks for this and checks for that. We don't want that."
"I'm very much afraid that the Democratic Party is going to do the same thing that they did with the African-American culture and make them all dependent on the government and we don't want that."

This is so disgusting and so insulting to so many people I don't even know what to say. My only suggestion is that we vote for the party that doesn't trash our country and the economy. That way fewer people will need "handouts, foodstamps and checks for this and that."

Guess who's not coming to dinner

Guess who's not coming to dinner
By Roger Ebert

I do not like you, John McCain. My feeling has nothing to do with issues. It has to do with common courtesy. During the debate, you refused to look Barack Obama in the eye. Indeed, you refused to look at him at all. Even when the two of you shook hands at the start, you used your eyes only to locate his hand, and then gazed past him as you shook it.
Obama is my guy. If you are rude to him, you are rude to me. If you came to dinner at my house and refused to look at or speak with one of my guests, that would be bad manners and I would be offended. Same thing if I went to your house. During the debate, you were America's guest.
What was your problem? Do you hold this man in such contempt that you cannot bear to gaze upon him? Will you not even speak to him directly? Do you think he doesn't have the right to be running for President? Were you angry because after you said you wouldn't attend the debate, he said a President should be able to concern himself with two things at the same time? He was right. The proof is, you were there. Were you angry with him because he called your bluff?
During the debate, Jim Lehrer repeatedly called upon both candidates to speak directly to each other. Obama looked at you. He addressed you as "John," which as a fellow senator is his privilege. His body language was open. You stared straight ahead, or at Lehrer, or into space. Your jaw was clinched. You had a tight little smile, or a grimace, or a little shake of your head.
I had to do two things at once while watching the debate. I had to listen to what was being said. And I had to process your rigid and contemptuous behavior. If you were at a wedding and the father of the groom refused to look at or speak to the bride, how would that make you feel? Especially if you were the father of the bride?
You made a TV commercial showing the moments Obama agreed with you. Everybody knows he did. Did his agreement show honesty, or weakness? It is significant that you said it proved he was not ready to lead. What is the better leadership quality: (1) Willingness to listen to your opponent, and keep an open mind? (2) Rigidly ignoring him? Which of the two of you better demonstrated the bipartisan spirit you say you represent? Was there anything he said that you agreed with? Could you have brought yourself to say so?
I'm not the only one who noticed your odd, hostile behavior. Just about everybody did. I'm sure many of your supporters must have sensed the tension. Before the debate, pundits were wondering if you might explode in a display of your famous temper. I think we saw that happen, all right, but it was an implosion. I have instructed my wife to exclude you from any future dinner parties.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Sarah Palin

My prediction is that she will need to "spend more time with her family" in the next week or so and McCain will be choosing a new VP. She is pathetic joke which anyone paying attention knew from the start. Now people from her own party are asking her to step down. This is just another mistake in judgement by McCain and another reason why this man shouldn't be president.


I have no idea who wrote this but it is definitely worth reading:

I'm a little confused. Let me get this straight...

If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you’re “exotic, different.”

Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, a quintessential American story.

If your name is Barack, you’re a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.

Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you’re a maverick.

Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.

Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you’re well-grounded.

If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate’s Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran’s Affairs committees, you don’t have any real leadership experience.

If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you’re qualified to become the country’s second highest ranking executive.

If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you’re not a real Christian.

If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you’re a Christian.

If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.

If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state’s school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you’re very responsible.

If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family’s values don’t represent America’s.

If your husband is nicknamed “First Dude,” with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.

OK, much clearer now.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Bumblebee Bat

I don't know what to say about the situation in this country that hasn't already been said so on to a lighter topic, the Bumblebee Bat.

I had never heard of this bat until the Decider in Technical Services mentioned it yesterday. The Bumblebee Bat or Kitti's Hog-nosed bat is the world's smallest bat and one of the smallest mammals in the world. It resides in Western Thailand and Southeast Burma in limestone caves along rivers and is on the endangered species list.
HCPL has several copies of the book Hello, Bumblebee Bat by Darrin P. Lunde. The call number is: J 599.4 Lun

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Stuff White People Like (the book)

There will be a talk and book signing event on Friday, October 17th at 7:00 pm at the Borders at 3025 Kirby, which is right by my house.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Martha Stewart

I love Martha Stewart and would love to find a t-shirt that says WWMD. Her magazine always has some eco friendly tips on reusing or repurposing things. I particularly like the idea in this picture of making a tiered tray for cookies out of old dinner plates and tea cups glued together.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Hagel on Palin

"She doesn't have any foreign policy credentials," Hagel said in an interview. "You get a passport for the first time in your life last year? I mean, I don't know what you can say. You can't say anything."...
"I think they ought to be just honest about it and stop the nonsense about, 'I look out my window and I see Russia and so therefore I know something about Russia,'"
he said. "That kind of thing is insulting to the American people."

Nice to hear a Republican like Chuck Hagel put country over politics and say what others in his party won't.

The Brain in McCain Under Strain About Spain

This amusing title is from the Sydney Morning Herald. You can read the entire article here:

When asked if he would be inviting Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to the White House after becoming president McCain responded "I would be willing to meet with those leaders who are friends and want to work with us in a cooperative fashion." He then said something about Mexican President Calderon. The reporter then reminded McCain that he was talking about Spain to which McCain responded "I know the issues, I know the leaders." He then went on to say "All I can tell you is that I have a clear record of working with leaders in the hemisphere that are friends with us and standing up to those who are not and that's judged on the basis of the importance of our relationship with Latin America and the entire region."

Spain is a NATO ally located in Europe, not in the Western Hemisphere. Zapatero has been in office 4 years. Spain sent 1,000 troops to fight in Afghanistan with the United States and in 2004 was the target of an Al Qaeda attack which killed almost 200 and injured more than 2,000.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Hunker Down

We've all heard this phrase a lot lately so I decided to see what it means and what its origin is. I found this explanation on World Wide Words.

It sounds like the most typically American of phrases, but it seems originally to have been Scots, first recorded in the eighteenth century.
Nobody seems to know exactly what its origin is, though it has been suggested it’s linked to the Old Norse huka, to squat; that would make it a close cousin of old Dutch huiken and modern German hocken, meaning to squat or crouch, which makes sense. That’s certainly what’s meant by the word in American English, in phrases like hunker down or on your hunkers.
The Oxford English Dictionary has a fine description of how to hunker: “squat, with the haunches, knees, and ankles acutely bent, so as to bring the hams near the heels, and throw the whole weight upon the fore part of the feet”. The advantage of this position is that you’re not only crouched close to the ground, so presenting a small target for whatever the universe chooses to throw at you, but you’re also ready to move at a moment’s notice.
Hunker down has also taken on the sense of to hide, hide out, or take shelter, whatever position you choose to do it in. This was a south-western US dialect form that was popularised by President Johnson in the mid 1960s. Despite its Scots ancestry, hunker is rare in standard British English.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

This sign is on Greenbriar close to the Southwest Frwy. I guess the beer would be hot. Centerpoint has a new map on their web site with estimated dates for restoration of electricity. It isn't going to make anybody happy. The only good thing is that we are having unusually cool weather. http://www.centerpointenergy.com/staticfiles/CNP/Common/SiteAssets/doc/Est.%20Restore%209.17%202pm.pdf

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sarah Palin and Westbrook Pegler

This was written by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and was posted on The Huffington Post under the title Governor Palin's Reading List:
Fascist writer Westbrook Pegler, an avowed racist who Sarah Palin approvingly quoted in her acceptance speech for the moral superiority of small town values, expressed his fervent hope about my father, Robert F. Kennedy, as he contemplated his own run for the presidency in 1965, that "some white patriot of the Southern tier will spatter his spoonful of brains in public premises before the snow flies."
It might be worth asking Governor Palin for a tally of the other favorites from her reading list.

And here is a link to a post by Erica Jong, also on the Huffington Post, and definitely worth reading:

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Takes one to know one

Bush declares Texas a disaster.

Ike Pictures on Flickr

Here are some pictures I took while out walking the dogs this afternoon:


Anderson Cooper may be downtown but fourdogmom has Upper Kirby covered. These are views from my front yard.
Ike is still coming through. The power went off around 10 but came on at 7 this am. Still lots of wind and rain but I'm hoping the worst is over. Lot of debris in the yard and very anxious dogs but it looks like we might make it through with minimal damage.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Bear Washes Ashore on Galveston Island

When I checked the predicted wind mph in my zip yesterday it was 95. Today it's down to 74 so I'm feeling a little better. Gotta go move the plants. This will probably be my last blog for awhile.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

From The Daily Kos

Cheers and Jeers: Thursday
by Bill in Portland Maine
Thu Sep 11, 2008 at 04:12:53 AM PDT
When he was warned in the August 6, 2001 PDB, "Bin Laden Determined to Strike In US", why did the president do nothing except tell the guy who delivered it to him, "All right, you've covered your ass, now"? Why did Rudy Giuliani put the anti-terrorism command center in the World Trade Center against the advice of experts who knew better? Why did the president sit in that Florida classroom for several minutes after being told "America is under attack"? Could there be any greater examples of heroism than the passengers who fought back on Flight 93, the rescue teams at the Pentagon, or the NYPD and NYFD responders who ran into the towers without hesitation? Father Mychal Judge: Saint...or Supersaint? - Why did firefighters have faulty radios instead of dependable ones, Mr. Giuliani? Was it really necessary for the president to tell us to go shopping? Why were rescue workers at Ground Zero told by the EPA director that the air was safe to breathe when it wasn't? When rescue workers got horribly sick from breathing contaminated air, why were so many given perfunctory treatment and then left to fend for themselves? Why did Rudy Giuliani say he "was at the site as often, if not more, than most of the workers," when he only visited the site for 29 hours over a span of 41 visits? - When Glenn Beck---one of the most respected figures in the Republican party---said, "When I see a 9/11 victim family on television, or whatever, I'm just like, 'Oh shut up!' I'm so sick of them because they're always complaining," why wasn't he banished into obscurity? - When the president stressed the importance of safeguarding our ports and vital infrastructure, why did he take so long actually safeguarding them? Are they much safer today? When the president called for greater security at airports, why was there such a lopsided focus on passengers and very little on cargo until recently? When we found out that most of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, why did the president continue holding hands with their leaders? Why were habeas corpus rights suspended years after the attacks of 9/11, when the country wasn't in a state of rebellion or invasion? When Congress found out the president had broken the law before 9/11 by snooping on American citizens without warrants, why did they patch up the law to make his---and the phone companies'---illegal activities retroactively legal? The president nominated Bernard Kerik to be the head of Homeland Security...and he wasn't joking??? - When Ann Coulter---one of the most respected figures in the Republican party---said, "These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis. I've never seen people enjoying their husbands' deaths so much," why wasn't she banished into obscurity? - When Bush had bin Laden in his sights at Tora Bora, why didn’t he take the shot? Why were we told repeatedly that Saddam Hussein was partly responsible for the attacks when he had nothing to do with them? When we needed more troops to vanquish the Taliban in Afghanistan, why did we invade Iraq? If we're winning the "War on terror," why hasn't the color-coded terror alert level changed from Yellow to Green or Blue in 2,382 days? How unspeakably crude was it for the Republican party to exploit the 9/11 attacks in a promotional video during their convention in St. Paul? Why hasn't the president caught Osama bin Laden? - When Jerry Falwell---one of the most respected figures in the Republican party---got on TV and said, "I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen'," why wasn't he defrocked and sent to work in soup kitchens for the rest of his life? - Why is there still a giant hole in the ground in Lower Manhattan? - Are terrorists pricks, or what? - Are politicians who use fear to scare citizens into submission pricks, or what? - Will the shock ever wear off? -

These are a few of my favorite things


I didn't get to sleep last night until midnight and woke up at 4. After I walked the dogs I went to the store and bought the last of the D batteries, food, water, and gas. I'm as prepared as can be. Houston is probably going to get hit hard. We are on the dirty side and it keeps getting closer to us. My area is not in an evacuation area and we are actually encouraged to stay but all the coastal areas around here are under mandatory evacuation. Half the people I work with are under mandatory evacuation and aren't at work. We have tomorrow off. The 7th anniversary of 9/11 isn't being mentioned by anyone including the local news because we are so focused on Ike. I thought that after it happened it would always be a special day to remember because of the way everyone came together but bush has ruined that too. I hope someday I will be able to feel proud of my country again.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

I new friend of mine has some wonderful pictures of Obama with First Americans and some pictures of a war protest she attended last week. This is her page: http://www.snypers-world.blogspot.com/

Pray away the gay

Palin's church want to "pray away the gay" Even if we could, why would we want to? I can't believe people are going to vote for this idiot. If I thought it would work, I would pray away Bush, Cheney, Rove...

First Americans for Obama

I found this picture on The Daily Kos.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Funny Blogs

I just discovered this incredibly funny blog and added it to my bloglines account. The comments are almost as funny as the pictures.

Here is another funny blog, The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Laura Bush

Everytime this woman opens her mouth I wonder what drug she's is taking and if I can get enough to get me through the next 138 days. Here is a quote from a speech she gave at the RNC in defense of her husband's presidency:
"In Afghanistan and Iraq, 50 million people are now living in freedom. And let's not forget that President Bush kept the American people safe."

I'm pretty sure that the vast majority of the 50 million people living in Iraq and Afghanistan would disagree with you Laura. And if I remember correctly, 911 happened during you husband's presidency so he didn't exactly keep the American people safe. Your husband and his other wife Condi ignored the warnings that might have prevented the attacks on September 11th. Now more Americans have died as a result of your husband's lies about Iraq than lost their lives on 911. Not a very good record.

Palin's nicknames

Thanks to Kel Munger who compiled this list of nicknames.

Caribou Barbie

Tundra Barbie

Gidget the Gunslinger

Moosemeat Mama


Governor Jesus Camp

Hurricane Sarah

Half-baked Alaska

Fertilla the Huntress

Secessionist Sarah (a reference to her involvement with the Alaska Independence Party)

Spiro Igloo

The Iditabroad

Grannie Moosebreath

Dan Quail in a ponytail

Bloodsport Barbie

Wasilly Putty

June Cleavage

Barracuda Sarah

Desperate McCain’s Housewife

Trophy Veep

Palin Comparison (to just about any nominee, but especially to Hillary)

Miss Deadliest Catch


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Ladybug's Legacy

There is an interesting story in my neighborhood newspaper this week about the danger of the artificial sweetener, xylitol, to dogs. Emma Cate Graham found this out the hard way when her Norwich Terrior puppy Ladybug accidentally injested some Icebreakers gum, which contains xylitol, and died of major organ failure. Shortly after her death, Emma Cate decided to start a campaign to educate others about the dangers of xylitol. She has a website http://www.ladybugslegacy.org/ with pictures of Ladybug and information about xylitol. It also includes a link to a printable flyer for distribution to the pet community.
The website isn't up yet but should be by the end of the week.
Here is a link to the article

Palin 451

Time Magazine has an interesting article which includes a paragraph about how Palin tried to find out out to ban books. Here is the link: http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1837918,00.html

Here is the part about book banning:
Former Wasilla mayor John Stein says that as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. "She asked the library how she could go about banning books," he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. "The librarian was aghast." The librarian, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn't be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire her for not giving "full support" to the mayor.

Banned Books week is September 27–October 4, 2008

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Alaska First Alaska Always

That is the motto of the Alaskan Independence Party, a party that since the 1970s has been trying to pass a law allowing Alaskans to vote on seceding from the United States. Rumors have been flying around ever since Sarah Palin was chosen as McCain's VP running mate that she was a member of the fringe group and today ABC confirms that the rumors are indeed true. While she is now a registered Republican she and her husband attended the AIP convention in 1994. The AIP motto seems to contradict McCain's motto of Country First and also reinforces the idea that McCain did little to vet Palin before he choose her.

Here is more from the AIP platform:

Amending the Constitution of the State of Alaska so as to re-establish the rights of all Alaskan residents to entry upon all public lands within the state, and to acquire private property interest there in, under fair and reasonable conditions. Such property interest shall include surface and sub-surface patent.

Foster a constitutional amendment abolishing and prohibiting all property taxes.

Seeking the complete repatriation of the public lands, held by the federal government, to the state and people of Alaska.

I feel pretty sure that before this is all over with, Sarah Palin will decide that she needs to "spend more time with her family" and McCain will have a more suitable candidate chosen for him by the powers that be.

Steve Bell Cartoon

More hypocrisy from McCain

According to reports, McCain is furious that liberal bloggers spread rumors about Palin's 17 year old pregnant daughter, forcing Palin to issue a statement regarding her daughter's pregnancy. McCain thinks it is inappropriate to bring the candidates children into the campaign. I totally agree, and so does Obama who issued a statement saying families, especially children are off-limits and that he would fire any of his staff who engaged in spreading rumors about the candidates families.
This is just another example of the hypocrisy on McCain's part. When the Clinton's were in office he told reporters that Chelsea Cinton was ugly because Janet Reno was her father. It can't get much worse than that.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Laura Bush

Laura Bush warned democrats to stay away from anti Palin sexism in an interview with fixed news today.
Laura, I know you aren't as stupid as you husband but apparently some of it has rubbed off on you. People who care about this country are not going to vote for Palin because of her lack of experience and her views on issues that most of us care about.
Here is a short list of some of her views and accomplishments:
1. Wants to teach creationism in school.
2. Wants to take away a woman's right to choose.
3. Against stem cell research.
4. Against benefits for same sex partners.
5. Doesn't think global warming is man made.
6. Supports drilling for oil in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge (there's a reason it's called a refuge)
7. Opposes a windfalls profit tax on oil companies.
8. Hates polar bears (ok, I made that up, but she does want to take them off the endangered list)
9. Claims to be a fiscal conservative but put her little town of Wasilla (about 9,000 residents) 20 million in debt while mayor.
10. Supported the bridge to nowhere before she didn't support it.
11. Troopgate scandal (google it)
12. The gun and hunting thing.

For all you people who still think Republicans are the family value party: If she is so into children and mothering how could she return to work 3 days after giving birth to her latest child? I don't know anyone who does that. Especially after giving birth to a child with special needs. And who is going to parent her growing brood of children including her grandchild, conceived out of wedlock by her 17 year old daughter, if she is elected VP or God help us becomes president. Family values isn't just about having children, it's about taking care of them after they are born and taking care of the world so that all children have a chance. Ignoring global warming and bombing the hell out of innocent families, even if they aren't your faith (Pentecostal, btw), isn't good family values.

It's not sexism that cost Hillary the nomination (for me it was her support of your husband's stupid war) and it's not sexism that will cost McCain/Palin the election. It's the issues. So just STFU. Hasn't your family caused enough damage? Go back to Crawford or wherever you came from and take your skanky daughters and your mass murderer of a husband with you.
(Sorry Crawford)