So I have no idea why I'm not getting confirmation text messages anymore for my moblogs, but that's why we have dupe posts.
Anyways...Rylee Elizabethann is doing well. I was a bit off on the weight: at 38 weeks, she is 9 lbs. 7 ozs. They are testing her for diabetes since she's so big. Although, I must confess, after picking her up, she seems light as a feather compared to Leeanthro's chunky little monkey....
Took the boy to go see his sister this morning. He was upset when he learned he had to go to school today. But when we explained that mommy would be sleeping and nothing exciting would be happening *and* he could be a car-rider and I would pick him up and bring him directly to the hospital after school...he seemed placated.
We were there *just* in time to hear and watch Riley drop her first deuce.
I'll be off work for a couple of days. My sister's spousal unit starts a new job---today. Bad timing, huh? So I'll be filling in as needed. I hope to back to a regular schedule on Friday. My sis should be home by then. And it looks like she just *might* make it home in time for Lost....
Great---now I actually have to choose between the corporatist mudslinger and newbie product of the Chicago machine.
Edwards burst out of the starting gate with a flurry of progressive policy ideas — he was the first to offer a plan for universal health care, the first to call on Congress to pull funding for the war, and he led the charge that lobbyists have too much power in Washington and need to be reigned in.
The ideas were all bold and new for Edwards personally as well, making him a different candidate than the moderate Southerner who ran in 2004 while still in his first Senate term. But the themes were eventually adopted by other Democratic presidential candidates — and even a Republican, Mitt Romney, echoed the call for an end to special interest politics in Washington.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEI'm telling you---this shit has *got* to stop. This kind of over-the-top bullshit isn't going to win hearts and minds. I can't for the life of me understand this irrational behavior.
JANUARY 28, 2008
CONTACT: National Organization for Women - New York State
...And now the greatest betrayal! We are repaid with his abandonment! He’s picked the new guy over us. He’s joined the list of progressive white men who can’t or won’t handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton (they will of course say they support a woman president, just not “this” one). “They” are Howard Dean and Jim Dean (Yup! That’s Howard’s brother) who run DFA (that’s the group and list from the Dean campaign that we women helped start and grow). They are Alternet, Progressive Democrats of America, democrats.com, Kucinich lovers and all the other groups that take women's money, say they’ll do feminist and women’s rights issues one of these days, and conveniently forget to mention women and children when they talk about poverty or human needs or America’s future or whatever.
This latest move by Kennedy, is so telling about the status of and respect for women’s rights, women’s voices, women’s equality, women’s authority and our ability – indeed, our obligation - to promote and earn and deserve and elect, unabashedly, a President that is the first woman after centuries of men who “know what’s best for us.”
Guess what? Maybe I don't want to vote for a candidate because of their *ideas* and their *political viewpoints.* For fuck's sake.....
On the upside---tonight is the *last* SOTU Bush will ever give.
That? That's *priceless*....
Photos will be posted. Expect a *wee* Winston Churchill impersonator.
I'll be watching the boy over the next few days while mom and dad are at the hospital so posting *may* be sparse.
Though I *did* post a lot over the weekend even thought I was sick, so who knows....
Volume #1: Distort, Warp, and Layer Effects
Volume #2: Covering Your Mistakes
Volume #3: Clone Stamp and Manual Cloning
Volume #4: Masks and Paths
All these come from MyDamnChannel.com and when I went there they had a promo running for "Cooking with Coolio."
The blog has this:
My Damn Channel is the brainchild of Founder and CEO, Rob Barnett. He was an exec at MTV and VH1 for more than 11 years. Barnett served tours of duty in Rock Radio in Boston, Dallas, and Los Angeles. He was President of Programming for CBS Radio from ‘04 to ‘06. Barnett has produced radio, television, film, and new media with hundreds of diverse communicators including President Bill Clinton, Mick Jagger, Oprah Winfrey, Martin Scorsese, Jimmy Kimmel, and Johnny Rotten.An old press release gives a bit more background:
My Damn Channel is an entertainment studio and new media platform created to empower artists to co-produce, distribute and monetize original, episodic video content. Programming is created by artists for the My Damn Channel site and for syndication on today's most heavily-trafficked online communities and social networks. My Damn Channel gives its artists 100% creative control to develop their own brands and new storylines. My Damn Channel produces a diverse array of programming and entertainment experiences. The company is supported by an advertising revenue model, and by licensing the studio's entire portfolio of content across all forms of digital distribution, including online, mobile, VOD and DVD.Looks like there are alternatives to the TV machine. If the networks don't want to pay the writers, perhaps the writers can go elsewhere---like MyDamnChannel and other sites like it.
And I said "My candidates don't need to be flashy and attractive---I'm hiring them for a *job*...not dating them...."
IT'S A F&*$ING JOB INTERVIEW PEOPLE---ACT LIKE IT!
It's basically a night of downtempo chilled out electronic music with different DJs and live acts each Sunday night. They did a trial run of four weeks before new year and a lot of people came out---many with laptops---and just chilled. The Buzz interviewed Mertz who will kick off this Chillax this Sunday night.
Here's the potential upcoming line-ups (those in red are live acts):
2/3 Belly & Reds
2/10 Exhale look down & Bozak
2/17 Infinite Imagination & Geist
2/24 Kristov's Agenda & Substr8
3/2 Pulsar & Phrotek
3/9 Hipgnosis & RoRo
If you can't make it out on Sunday nights and are interested in getting some free electronic music or if you want to check a particular DJs style, check out 217mafia.com. There's tons of free mixes and original music you can download and listen to as well.
Greedy Love for the Tri-fecta:
Were you watching the World Series of Poker (sponsored by the official beer of Steve Pride and His Blood Kin, Milwaukee's Best Light) when Billy Baxter had an inside straight lined up and he totally dropped a deuce?Mrs. Chicken brings it back full circle:
The expression on her face was priceless when she finally dropped a deuce.
It's probably a good thing I *didn't* have internet last night 'cuz I coulda chewed nails.
An Insight repairman came out today and fixed me right up. I had about 5 bad splitters outside the house, old cable, and no box to protect the connections from the elements. I had about two old splitters under the house in the basement and one old splitter here on the first floor.
He got it all squared away in about an hour and half. Now I have fabulous internet access and some of my cable problems (snowy channels and broken OnDemand) are also fixed.
I was about to start twitching....
He successfully pees in the pot, stays dry through the night, and hasn't had a diaper on under his clothes in months. Yet he refuses to drop a deuce in the toilet.Smile Politely's weekly sports column by Seth Fein today:
Indiana seemingly looks to be the most impressive thus far in that they have lost just one game overall, as opposed to Michigan State and Wisconsin, who have each dropped a deuce.Hmmm....
Some think we're off our rockers, but it's no different than having a zombie preparedness plan, and I know people with those as well.
One friend has turned his entire front yard into a sustainable, pesticide- and chemical-free fruit and vegetable garden. He's planted fruit trees and bushes in his backyard. He's put different spores on tree trunks to grow mushrooms.
Another friend can knit and sew and embroider. Still another collects weapons.
It's interesting to think about: what would I be able to do to provide for myself if life changed drastically---tomorrow.
Anyway, someone sent me a link to wikicollapse. It's a survival website with information and tips for how to survive WTSGD and seems to have a lot of links to peak oil sites.
My plan all along has been to get me some goats and sheep.
Life without cheese just isn't worth living.
I just can't figure out how I would get the info if the shit has already gone down and there's no internets.
My internet service has been spotty lately. Hopefully, our cold snap won't affect it for the worse---which would mean it would *never* work since I'm at about 50% right now. Half on, half off.
My hate will keep me warm.
That and my long johns. And if you *don't* have long johns, you best go get you some. These are my favorite. I have a couple pairs of the pants. I don't really need them up top---I just layer on a bunch of shirts. But my legs, they stay nice and toasty with these babies. And they are quite thin so they don't feel bulky. You can get them at any of the anchor stores at the mall.
Course, you might not want to get them *tomorrow*....
Well, let's see. Bank of China---which basically owns our asses---is probably gonna take a huge hit when our economy tanks. So, there was a sell-off today and their stocks fell. Basically, we're their sub-prime mortgage meltdown. When your prime asset basically announces they ain't gonna be able to pay you anymore, you're screwed.
But the fun doesn't stop there. Japan, China, India, Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan and the Philippines also saw stocks sink and indexes fall.
Guess what else? Europe and South America also took hits.
Wonder what's gonna happen in the morning when *our* markets open....
EDIT: Bloomberg International just reported that the predictions are the market will fall 1,000 points today. The predictions for the Nikkei and other markets were a little too conservative, however, and they all fell *further* than predicted.
I've been watching more movies lately---which I haven't really done in a while. I think it's because I don't have anything new on the tv machine to watch (other than Nip/Tuck), so I'm supplementing with movies.
I saw Juno and No Country for Old Men. A friend rented The Third Man the other night and let me watch it. I saw I Am Legend---and I'm hoping to rent The Omega Man as well sometime here soon. I also saw Cloverfield today and I want to go see The Orphanage (El Orfanato).
So far, I've liked everything I've seen. Hoping the trend will continue.
I have to say that I knew nothing about The Third Man before we watched it. It was beautiful. Filmed in bombed-out post-WWII London. Black and white. Fabulous shadows. Lots of German---which I know little of, unfortunately. Still great.
I'd say No Country had a lot of visually striking moments---it's the Coen Brothers. How can it not? Also, a lot of silent moments. I couldn't get past the one guy's hair, though. Definitely like the movie despite the fabulous 1980 costuming (the high-waisted, skin-tight jeans are a trip).
I Am Legend creeped me the hell out. And it sprung to mind when I was scurrying home from the gym to beat the sun going down on Saturday. My haste was because it was *freezing* after dark this past weekend. That's not really the issue in I Am Legend....
And, if you see Cloverfield, there's a tidbit at the end of the credits. We waited for it. I thought I heard something---but apparently I was wrong.
Do NOT click this link unless (a) you've seen the movie already or (b) don't plan on seeing the movie or (c) don't care if you're spoiled. I had to look it up when I got home because I couldn't understand it in the theater.
I pretty much enjoyed all these films. All had aspects I really liked in them. I would recommend them all. Course, I really just like stories, so I can usually find something I like in every movie.
Well, *almost* every movie....
I'm not going to watch any of the shows that have crossed the picket lines until the strike is over. Maybe if everything takes a ratings hit, the strike will end sooner. I mean, the directors guild settled after only five days of negotiations.
As of right now:
Democratic Candidates - 48 votes total:
Obama - 36 - 75%
Edwards - 8 - 16.7%
Clinton - 4 - 8.3%
Republican Candidates - 74 votes total:
McCain - 17 - 23%
Guiliani - 17 - 23%
Paul - 12 - 16.2%
Thompson - 11 - 14.9%
Romney - 10 - 13.5%
Huckabee - 7 - 9.5%
You've been warned:
Don't be argumentative with the candidates.Sorry, dickhead, but that's the kind of attitude that got us into Iraq in the first place. When you are running for the highest office in the land, if you *lie* about something, I should hope to hell that a reporter *would* call them on it.
---Romney's Traveling Press Secretary Eric Fehrnstrom
More of the same....
This video's been passed around privately by reporters and writers investigating Cruise's ties with Scientology. Most reporters have been wary of taking on the Scientologists, because they have a history of both litigation, and the harassment of critics.... Several indoctrination videos were available on Google Video, on Sunday, and showcased on Gawker, before being removed by the person who had originally posted them. Yesterday, for a few hours, the clip of Tom Cruise discussing his beliefs as a Scientologist appeared on Youtube, and was republished by Radar and Defamer. That video is no longer available, most likely after the Church of Scientology sent in a copyright infringement notice. Gawker is now hosting a copy of the video; it's newsworthy; and we will not be removing it.Favorite response at Gawker?
I'm so happy, I thetaned in my pants a little.So did I. So did I....
Dear Mr. President;
Lest you forget. Invasion of Iraq. Thousands of dead. Looting the National Museum. Disbanding the Iraqi army. Donald Rumsfeld. Shock and Awe. Jay Garner. Paul Bremer. Inciting sectarianism. Abu Ghraib. Thousands of detainees without charges. Torture. Oil. Ghost WMDs. The Niger connection. Halliburton. Blackwater. Deadly security contractors. Mercenaries. Fallujah. Haditha massacre. Blind support of Israel. Instigating the suffering of Gaza. Ignoring the expansion of illegal colonies. Defying United Nations resolutions. Securing "a Jewish State". Allowing Israelis to extend the destruction of Lebanon in the 2006 war. Providing Israel with new Bunker Buster bombs to attack Lebanese towns. The War on Terror. "The Crusade". Clash of civilisations. Where is Osama Bin Laden? Afghanistan. Bagram massacre. Bombing media offices. Guantanamo Bay. Kangaroo courts. Indefinite detention. Presidential orders to ignore Geneva Conventions. "Unlawful enemy combatants". Illegal National Security Agency wiretapping. Fingerprinting visitors. Black prisons. Kidnapping foreign citizens on foreign lands. Khalid Al Masri. Abu Omar. Maher Arar. Central Intelligence Agency. "Aggressive interrogation techniques". Destroying the torture tapes. Iran tension. Isolating Syria. Embracing Syrian opposition Iraq style. The Chavez coup. Denial of global warming. Rejecting Kyoto Protocol. Marginalisation of the United Nations. John Bolton. Paul Wolfowitz and the World Bank. Carl Rove. Alberto Gonzales. Firing attorneys. Nepotism. False democracy promises. Dick Cheney, Dick Cheney and Dick Cheney.
We hope you have enjoyed the trip so far. The scenery is great. The food is exotic. As for the more "serious" things, it is unlikely you will make any difference.
Here James Denton talks a bit about the writer's strike.
That's right: two years. Nothing until 2009 at the earliest.
He also talks about the actors and directors guild contracts that are coming up. He said the directors get paid differently, so that shouldn't affect much. But the actors are in the same boat as the writers. Residuals are how a lot of them make their money. And if no residuals are paid if it comes over ethernet because it's *not* coaxial---it's a ridiculous argument. It's like saying we'll pay you if we sell it on cassette, but not on CD. Right....
He also thinks the strike is meant to starve out the writers and actors. This is a *huge* economic hit as well which tweaks my whole recession radar. I feel like the strike could be that unforeseeable event that we weren't prepared for.
If you knew you weren't going to see *anything* but reruns, game shows, reality shows, and old movies, would you keep paying for all your cable channels? If there's no new stuff at all, how long, if things get tight, would you keep paying for HBO? Or Showtime?
What's even funnier is that most talk shows and news programs are simply promotional outlets for other corporate assets. The actor in the film shows up on the talk show and morning programs owned by studio's parent company. Same with TV. Same with music.
Really, music and books could get a bump with this, I suppose. Maybe...news? Nah---Probably not.
I'm gonna cherish every little episode of Nip/Tuck and Lost I get. Because I'm gonna be without my stories for quite some time it would seem....
Unfortunately, a friend of mine is *horribly* pregnant and currently craves squeezy cheese daily---you know, the kind out of the pump. Fortunately, I heard in the first raving review of BM's that they use *high-end* squeezy cheese.
I guess I'm gonna have to check this place out. They have meals which include:
and a fried twinkie.
Think it will help if I walk there and back?
Edit: On a related note, looks like we're getting a couple more Niro's locations here in town. Not surprisingly, the guy who owns most of the Niro's restaurants is looking into franchising his brand.
I've added: Speaking Liberally, Glock21 Op/Ed, Singleat50, Everyday Dad, Smile Politely, Sulking in Illinois, The Sandwich Life, A Thought and a Song, Everyday Happenings of a Frugal Mom, Twenty-one Minutes, Jezebel, Zen Habits, sexy geek speak, and Fleshbot. The last one is NSFW, by the way.
I've also added NationStates. I blogged about it before. If anyone joins up and likes it, let me know. I'll give you a link to join our Region. It's kinda fun---I recently made it legal to protest by throwing hot melted cheese at politicians.
I've also deleted some stuff that I don't follow anymore. No need to single anything out....
Hoping to get some more tidying up done this weekend---already cleaned (and Febrezed) the car and I'm working on the bathroom. My dryer hose sprung a leak and there's lint stuck to everything in there.
Gives me an excuse to go through everything and clean, pitch, re-organize, and re-arrange, though.
I actually thought he would have some amazing experience to bring to the table.
Maybe someone will think he's vice-presidential material. Who knows.
Here's the Reuters story.
His website has his offical statement:
Classy guy. I was contemplating getting a Richardson sign for my yard. I thought he had varied experience (legislative, executive, foreign policy, governor of a border state). I thought that he could bring the southwest and the Latino vote to the voting booths. Unfortunately, we never got to a state where that could be tested. I thought he could be an unknown surprise---like Clinton was. I wish he would have held out until Nevada. Perhaps he knew Nevada wasn't going to help.
And all I ask of the candidates is that they do not resort to personal attacks to win the nomination. Our country and our party deserve better than that. I have said from the beginning that we must avoid attacking each other and I continue to believe that to this day.
This campaign is not about those of us who ran or are still running. It is about the American people. Disagree on policy, but respect the personal privacy and personal integrity of the others running. To do otherwise could result in another four to eight years of more of the same. And that would be biggest tragedy of all.Now I am returning to a job that I love, serving a state that I cherish and doing the work of the people I was elected to serve. As I have always said, I am the luckiest man I know. I am married to my college sweetheart. I live in a place called the Land of Enchantment. I have the best job in the world. And I just got to run for president of the United States.
It doesn't get any better than that.
Regardless, I hope we haven't seen the end of him.
Total number of delegates needed to win Democratic nomination: 2025
So when I hear Andrea Mitchell on the idiot box say the race is really only between two candidates right now, she's basically full of it up to her eyeballs, right?
Since when does having about 1% of your total goal make the race over? I mean, I'm bad at math and all, but really.... Apparently, they think we are the biggest bunch of short-attention span dopes *or* they think we won't do the math.
Neither is very flattering, frankly.
I can't remember where I got this link, so if I got it from you, thanks. McCainBlogette.com is a blog by one of McCain's spawn.
And if you think it's funny that I said spawn, you should go see Juno. It's playing at Boardman's right now.
It's got some *great* dialogue. Reminded me a lot of the way moon_grrl talks, actually. It's set somewhere near Manteno, IL cuz the writer is from Lemont, so....
And I think it's completely awesome that it was number one this past weekend despite being in half as many theaters as big movies like National Treasure.
Here's a link for the blog of the woman who wrote Juno, Diablo Cody. She's also on MySpace. I have to say that I'm incredibly ignorant about the music in the film, but you can hear snippets of it on Amazon.
Plus, I got a new phrase from the movie that I can't quite figure out how to work into everyday conversation---but I'm gonna find a way...trust me.
Why I Believe Bush Must GoMcGovern believes that it's unlikely that impeachment will ever happen, and Jack McCafferty asked viewers on CNN why they thought impeachment wouldn't happen.
Nixon Was Bad. These Guys Are Worse.
By George McGovern | Sunday, January 6, 2008
As we enter the eighth year of the Bush-Cheney administration, I have belatedly and painfully concluded that the only honorable course for me is to urge the impeachment of the president and the vice president.
After the 1972 presidential election, I stood clear of calls to impeach President Richard M. Nixon for his misconduct during the campaign. I thought that my joining the impeachment effort would be seen as an expression of personal vengeance toward the president who had defeated me.
Bush and Cheney are clearly guilty of numerous impeachable offenses. They have repeatedly violated the Constitution. They have transgressed national and international law. They have lied to the American people time after time. Their conduct and their barbaric policies have reduced our beloved country to a historic low in the eyes of people around the world. These are truly "high crimes and misdemeanors," to use the constitutional standard.
In addition to the shocking breakdown of presidential legal and moral responsibility, there is the scandalous neglect and mishandling of the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe. The veteran CNN commentator Jack Cafferty condenses it to a sentence: "I have never ever seen anything as badly bungled and poorly handled as this situation in New Orleans." Any impeachment proceeding must include a careful and critical look at the collapse of presidential leadership in response to perhaps the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.
Impeachment is unlikely, of course. But we must still urge Congress to act. Impeachment, quite simply, is the procedure written into the Constitution to deal with presidents who violate the Constitution and the laws of the land. It is also a way to signal to the American people and the world that some of us feel strongly enough about the present drift of our country to support the impeachment of the false prophets who have led us astray. This, I believe, is the rightful course for an American patriot.
As former representative Elizabeth Holtzman, who played a key role in the Nixon impeachment proceedings, wrote two years ago, "it wasn't until the most recent revelations that President Bush directed the wiretapping of hundreds, possibly thousands, of Americans, in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)---and argued that, as Commander in Chief, he had the right in the interests of national security to override our country's laws---that I felt the same sinking feeling in my stomach as I did during Watergate.... A President, any President, who maintains that he is above the law---and repeatedly violates the law---thereby commits high crimes and misdemeanors."
Can't say I really disagree with any of that.
I'm watching the primary returns tonight and it occurs to me that perhaps...maybe...finally...people have woken up.
And I have some hope.