Same as it ever was....

Timmy Thomas - Why Can't We Live Together

I had never heard of Timmy Thomas before today. It's too bad because this song is AMAZING!
Thomas called his song " Why Can' t We Live Together, " because it was a reflection of all of the hatred and hurt around the world.

"At the time I wrote the song, I couldn 't pick up the newspaper and fathom all the hurt that was going on, " he said. " It wasn't so much a racial thing as much as what was going on in places like Vietnam and in the Middle East between Israel and Egypt."


Here's an interesting article from Feministing with some discussion of terms regarding appearances. Oh, and lesbians.

I personally had a bit of a problem with (what seemed like to me, anyway) the excessive amount of make-up put on Rachel on her first night on TV. I'm happy to see that has been toned down in the past few days. I get that make-up on broadcast television is a necessity, but since I'm a no-make-up kinda gal, I prefer the make-up that simply prevents washout rather than the sparkle-bright look that some go for. Cool if you like, but I don't. And I've heard Rachel talk about hair and make-up before on her radio show and neither does she. In fact, she *specifically* asked if they were going to change her much prior to taking this gig precisely because that's not something she's comfortable doing.

I also learned a new term: futch---neither butch nor femme. That would be me---other than the whole lesbian thing....


Soccer is hard....

What does our culture value?

Looks like my upgrades are gonna have to wait for another week as I'll be out of town the next couple days. Moblogging is a distinct possibility.

Right now, I'm digesting a really long, really thought-provoking, really interesting piece on the UCIMC. I haven't been reading there much, but I added it to my Google Reader and it just popped up when I got home today. I'm not sure what I think about it yet, but I definitely think it's something more people should read---whether you agree with his premise or not.

On a related note, here's some YouTubage entitled Freestyle Rap: Translated that was on Reddit earlier this week.

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Is it less of a question about what our culture values and more a question of how little we value each other?

Not sure I can even pretend to know the answers on this one.


I was scratching my head on Saturday...

...wondering where the Illinois game was. Apparently, I wasn't the only one.

When I turned to channel 66 at the radio station at gametime to see the opening of the NU-SIU game I thought it was a regular mistake that happens, you know, the wrong switch was flipped or something like that.

When the game NEVER came on, despite all the program guides saying it would, I called one of the higher-up Comcast people for an explanation around halftime of the game, right after the game was over, he called me back, and I posted this on Illiniboard:

"The explanation as I recieved it from Comcast:

The BTN chooses what game is the primary game for each state. That game goes on the main BTN channel for Comcast. BTN made their decision late enough in the week so that Comcast could not change their guides to reflect that the NW game was going to be on instead of the Illinois game.

In other words, if you had basic Comcast cable in Illinois, you were not going to get the Illinois game, and this could happen again later in the year if Illinois and NW have games scheduled at the same time.

I asked if there was any way the game could be switched locally, on a city-by-city basis, he said that could be an option in the future, but not this week.

I suggested that they should do it as this situation benefits NO ONE."

Then this showed up today on the Chambana LiveJournal.
Hi Jeff,

Thank you for your email. The Big Ten Network had directed Comcast to air the Illinois-Louisiana game throughout the state, with the exception of the Chicago area, where Northwestern-Southern Illinois was to be the main game. Instead, Comcast inadvertently aired the Northwestern game on its basic service statewide, and aired the Illinois game on its digital level of service. The network contacted Comcast immediately after the game began and it was clear there was a miscommunication, but Comcast was unable to correct the problem that day. Both parties agree the snafu is unacceptable, and we have put some additional procedures in place to ensure that it does not happen again.

Best Regards,

Big Ten Network
So...which is it? Cuz I'm still scratching my head on this one.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

How long could *you* survive chained to a bunk bed with a velociraptor?

I could survive for 1 minute, 13 seconds chained to a bunk bed with a velociraptor

Created by Bunk Beds Pedia

I'm thinking I could last a little longer....

By the way, this is an example of how spammers/advertising is able to worm it's way through Digg and Reddit. Look at the link: bunkbeds.net. If you go to the main website, it's all about bunkbeds...with links to where you can *buy* bunkbeds.

Cuz everyone needs a bunkbed. Almost as much as they need to be chained to one with a velociraptor, right?


Tasty Tidbits 16: More serious than not---at last....

Didn't get a chance to update the blog. Might still do it tonight, but that's mostly just wishful thinking.

And instead of a short apology blog entry, you are treated with some things I've had backed up in my queue for a while.

First, David Foster Wallace died and in one article about him, I found this nugget by him that I think puts elections and their importance quite perfectly.
If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don't bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible psychological reason to stay at home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don't bullshit yourself that you're not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard's vote.
Apparently, he was raised here by parents who taught at Parkland and the university. I've actually never read him before but after reading the articles about his life and work, I'm intrigued. It's just too bad that this is how I will have learned about his work.

Second, here's a mix with some awesome music in it that you can right-click-save-as right now and be listening to in 15 minutes.

Third, you should really watch the video from Saturday Night Live with Tina Fey as Sarah Palin---it's almost eerie.


Fourth, some good news on the state park closures. There was an article in the N-G saying Tim Johnson was looking into whether or not Moraine View and Weldon Springs by Clinton *could* close after receiving U.S. Park Service funds. Apparently, "terms of these grants require that any conversion or closure has to be approved by the Secretary of the Interior." One of today's N-G articles added a little extra information on this:
Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, contacted the U.S. Park Service on Friday because Moraine View and Weldon Springs near Clinton are the recipients of federal and water conservation grants totaling more than $550,000.

According to Johnson, the terms of the Land and Water Conservation Act prohibit federal grant recipients from conversion or closure.

DNR spokeswoman Marcelyn Love said Friday that the state is investigating if the grant money should be sent back to the federal government.
We'll have to see what happens with that.

And finally, it took 12 days for Sarah Palin to be interviewed about her views on policy and foreign affairs and where she would take this country as a leader. Now, I could talk about how they *apparently* never got around to talking about the Bush Doctrine during her prep or how I'd like to know where she plans on finding the *troops* to launch a war on Russia for Georgia *and* Iran while still in Iraq and Afghanistan, but...instead, how about we end with a little juxtaposition.

We don't torture. Yet we end up with gems like this after FOIA requests:

Drill, Baby, Drill! If we just open things up *more,* everything will be coming up roses!

Oh, wait, is it true? Does it matter?

Apparently not.


Just the latest in a long list of stuff that gets stuck in my head

Brother Ali - Uncle Sam Goddamn (probably need headphones)

You don't give money to the bums
On a corner with a sign bleeding from their gums
Talking about you don't support a crackhead
What you think happens to the money from your taxes
Shit the governments an addict
With a billion dollar a week kill brown people habit
And even if you ain't on the front line
When massah yell crunch time you right back at it
Plain look at how you hustling backwards
At the end of the year add up what they subtracted
Three outta twelve months your salary pays for that madness
Man, that's savage
What's left get a big ass plasma
To see where they made Dan Rather point the damn camera
Only approved questions get answered
Now stand your ass up for that national anthem


The ups and downs of politics

First, the down.

It looks like political season has begun. I'm reading a lot of forums and blogs the daily onslaught has begun.

Here's what I think---Maya Angelou is right: When people show you who they are, believe them.
Rick Davis, campaign manager for John McCain's presidential bid, insisted that the presidential race will be decided more over personalities than issues during an interview with Post editors this morning.

"This election is not about issues," said Davis. "This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates."
The upside of this? Well, I'm glad to say a new show on the tv machine *will* address the issues. If you hadn't heard, Rachel Maddow is starting her new show on Monday night on MSNBC 8pm central and she's following Countdown with Keith Olbermann. So give her a try. She's smart, she's funny, she's sorta nerdy when it comes to news and politics and current affairs and world events and she has a penchant for finding little covered yet incredibly compelling stories. I have no idea what she has planned for her first show, but I have high hopes for her show. She's a great fact-checker and a bright spot in this otherwise frustrating political season.

I hope you'll tune in or at least DVR it for later perusal. Public policy degree from Stanford. Attended Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and received a Ph.D. in political science. Prison AIDS activist. *Wicked* smart---I really think people are gonna love her work.

And now, a little funny:

Triumph @ the RNC

Changing it up this week

I'm going to making some changes to the bloggie this week. Some you may not notice, others you will.

Let me know if anything looks weird or you have any issues with viewing my blog over the next seven days. Make sure to let me know in the comments any problems you encounter and how you view my blog (via a feed reader, directly) and what kind of computer and browser you use.



Jon Stewart defines hypocrisy

If you haven't seen this video yet, here it is.

Oh, and I agree about Dick Morris---he is a lying sack of sh*t.


Democracy Now! crew arrested, charged with suspicion of rioting

Here's the video from her producers' camera:

Here's the video from Amy Goodman's arrest.

Here's the latest from Democracy Now!'s website:

Goodman was arrested while questioning police about the unlawful detention of Kouddous and Salazar who were arrested while they carried out their journalistic duties in covering street demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Goodman’s crime appears to have been defending her colleagues and the freedom of the press.

Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher told Democracy Now! that Kouddous and Salazar were arrested on suspicion of rioting, a felony. While the three have been released, they all still face charges stemming from their unlawful arrest. Kouddous and Salazar face pending charges of suspicion of felony riot, while Goodman has been officially charged with obstruction of a legal process and interference with a “peace officer.”

Democracy Now! forcefully rejects all of these charges as false and an attempt at intimidation of these journalists. We demand that the charges be immediately and completely dropped.

An Ani state of mind....

Ani Difranco cycled through on my iTunes today so...now I'm in an Ani mood.

My Favorite All-Time Ani Song:

Swan Dive (Live)

but i've got a lack of inhibition
i've had a loss of perspective
i've had a little bit to drink
and it's making me think
that i can jump ship and swim
that the ocean will hold me
that there's got to be more
than this boat I'm in.

Cuz they can call me crazy if i fall
all the chance that i need
is one in a million and they can call me brilliant
if i succeed
gravity is nothing to me
i'm moving at the speed of sound
i just wanna get my feet wet
until i drown.

Here's another great one that's currently in heavier rotation. It's more overtly political and I'm digging it because I'm gearing up for the onslaught that is about to unleashed.

Your Next Bold Move (Live)

you want to track each trickle
back to its source
and then scream up the faucet
'til your face is hoarse
cuz you're surrounded by a world's worth
of things you just can't excuse

but you've got the hard cough of a chain smoker
and you're at the arctic circle playing strip poker
and it's getting colder and colder
every time you lose

so go ahead and make your next bold move
show us
what's the next thing you're gonna need to prove
to yourself

I gotta go back to watching Rachel Maddow and Uncle Pat talk about Palin.

But I'd rather be listening to Ani....


My Relaxing Sunday

Drove to my Dad's.

Watched the Cubs game.

Strolled around the yard looking at the trees the storms took down about a month ago.

The tree broke tiles on the roof so those are getting fixed. The tree on the right in this photo is the same tree as above but from a different view.

Provoked my dad's parrot a bit---his name is Turk.

Got into a discussion with the family that probably shouldn't have occurred.

Grilled out and had a few drinks and then played a few games of pool on their new pool table.

Visited my Great-Aunt Dorothy who just turned 96-years-young. Got back in time to hear the chimes.

Drove home.

Zero 7 - In the Waiting Line

Hope your weekend has been as relaxing as mine....