What's running though my mind comes through in my walk / True feelings are shown by the way that I talk. ~MCA Adam Yauch 1964-2012

Monday, November 24, 2008

What to talk about now??

Hmmm...I am sure everyone has noticed that I have not posted much since the Election, if at all. I guess after being caught up in the fever of the Election season, I am at a loss of what to talk about that would be interesting to everyone. My life is pretty basic. I homeschool, I work, and I live....

For now, I am going to post what I find interesting. Rant when I need to....muse when I should....

I am also going to pay more attention to my other blog, A North Country Homeschool Adventure. It's a homeschooling blog that was supposed to follow our adventures in homeschooling, but unfortuneatly, that went by the wayside too. I am sure that anyone that visits it thinks we don't do anything during our homeschool day, but I assure you we do....I just haven't had the time to post it.

So, if you don't find me here, you will find me there.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

I voted!!

I voted Working Families for all my candidates except for Obama / Biden. Call me superstitious, but I wasn't taking any chances.
I was voter number 357 at the Felts Mills Fire Hall and when I asked the elections worker there if they had a larger than normal turn out, she said they had been steady all day and that this is more than what she has seen in the past.
Well all...I am off to the Italian American Club to (hopefully) celebrate an Obama / Biden, Aubertine and my other candidates victory!!

30 Foot Obama Dances on Building - iReport.com

I saw this on CNN's iReport! I am loving it!!

30 Foot Obama Dances on Building - iReport.com

Doing my part on Public Square

I started out with a sign for Aubertine, then I thought, "What the hell!?" and whipped out my Obama sign. Since I was across the street from the Dem HQ's I ran across and got an Addie Jenne Russell and a Mike Oot sign. I guess I covered it for our party today.
In my hour and a half on Public Square, I got a lot of thumbs up, quite a few "Go Obama"'s, amd only a few thumbs downs and two "Obama sucks". It was pretty positive and civil, except maybe the bird that got flipped at me.....a thumbs down would have sufficed.

If you wish to help with local campaigns today...

After playing a little bit of phone tag, starting with Ted at Danger Democrat, I have some phone number for our local campaigns.

According to Emmett at the Aubertine campaign, they are looking for people to do some visibility for Aubertine, such as putting out signs and standing at intersections with signs. Aubertine campaign headquarters are behind the Marcy Building in Watertown and the phone number there is 788-4024.

The Addie Jenne Russell campaign is looking for people to canvass and phone bank. Their headquarters are at 95 Public Square, Suite 206 in Watertown and the number there is 777-4900.

I have no Watertown area address for the Mike Oot campaign, but their number is 315-420-6776, if you want to call and see what that campaign needs.

Take care all!!! The kids and I are off soon to help with the local campaigns and maybe I can do some visibility for Obama while I am at it!!

It's Election Day!!! Get Out and Vote!!

Here in NY, the polls opened at 6am and will be open until 9pm. This is an important election and as Americans, we should use our voices through our votes.

Remember.....537 voters decided the 2000 Election. If you think your vote doesn't mean anything, it does!!

Vote Pictures, Images and Photos

Monday, November 03, 2008

One More Day to Go!!!!!

Obama Yes We Can Pictures, Images and Photos

For some reason, with a day to go until Election Day, I am thinking of the song "Hands" by Jewel. I guess it is the message of one person making a difference. That one person can be Barack Obama, or that one person could be you or I when we go to vote.


If I could tell the world just one thing
It would be that we're all OK
And not to worry 'cause worry is wasteful
And useless in times like these
I won't be made useless
I won't be idle with despair
I will gather myself around my faith
For light does the darkness most fear

My hands are small, I know
But they're not yours, they are my own
But they're not yours, they are my own
And I am never broken

Poverty stole your golden shoes
But it didn't steal your laughter
And heartache came to visit me
But I knew it wasn't ever after

We'll fight, not out of spite
For someone must stand up for what's right
'Cause where there's a man who has no voice
There ours shall go singing

My hands are small I know
But they're not yours, they are my own
But they're not yours, they are my own
And I am never broken

In the end only kindness matters
In the end only kindness matters

I will get down on my knees, and I will pray
I will get down on my knees, and I will pray
I will get down on my knees, and I will pray

My hands are small I know
But they're not yours, they are my own
But they're not yours, they are my own
And I am never broken

My hands are small I know
But they're not yours, they are my own
But they're not yours, they are my own
And I am never broken
We are never broken

We are God's eyes
God's hands
God's mind
We are God's eyes
God's hands
God's heart
We are God's eyes
God's hands
God's eyes
We are God's hands
We are God's hands

Sunday, November 02, 2008


That was the name I was called no more than a half hour ago as I was posting an Obama / Biden sign in on Route 342 in Black River.

That's one I haven't been called before.....

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

First Winter Storm of NNY October 28-29, 2008

Wow...we got his with quite a bit of a winter storm last night and this morning!! I took some photos last night and put them in a slideshow....enjoy!

I know my kids are loving it!! They got a snow day out of it!

First NNY Winter Storm of 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Anger, Fear, and Racism Follow Palin Rally - Las Vegas Sun

I think that with every video I see of the people that attend McCain / Palin rallies, the more disturbed by them I become. (Just for a disclaimer, I do not think that ALL McCain supporters are like this...it just seems this is what we see. I don't know who I am paraphrasing, but I remember someone once saying that if it is just everyday events, it isn't news.)

Anger, Fear, and Racism Follow Palin Rally - Las Vegas Sun

Denis Leary Tells Parents: I’m Sorry - BostonHerald.com

He should be, but as a parent of a child with autism, I appreciate his apology.

Denis Leary Tells Parents: I’m Sorry - BostonHerald.com

Friday, October 24, 2008

Love this Ron Howard video for Barack Obama

A poster at the Jefferson Country Web Board posted this video and I am passing it along here....

See more Ron Howard videos at Funny or Die

Monday, October 20, 2008

Some Conservatives See Race In Powell's Obama Endorsement

Amazing how these same people were probably singing his praises when he was making Bush's case for WMD's or supporting Dubya for President. So I suppose this conservatives are trying to take away all the respect that he has rightly deserved because he *GASP* supported the black candidate.

Some Conservatives See Race In Powell's Obama Endorsement

Bull crap....Colin Powell is endorsing Barack Obama because he believes, with ALL HIS EXPERIENCE, that Obama can change this country and heal it. He called Obama a ""transformational figure." Of all people, I would trust that Colin Powell knows what this country needs.

I am going to paraphrase something I heard on the news yesterday. This is not an endorsement due to racial solidarity. It is a choice based on what is needed for this country. If Powell was all for racial solidarity, he definitely would not be a Republican, which as a very thin African-American presence.

Guess what, Senator McCain. I think you have been owned!
Colin Powell just owned your @$$ Pictures, Images and Photos

Saturday, October 18, 2008

This kind of hate needs to stop.....

I lifted this video from Danger Democrat.

It was filmed at a McCain / Palin rally in Pennsylvania and it is even more shocking than the one I posted from Ohio two days ago. I remember making a comment months ago to someone saying "What? Do people think that when Barack Obama is President he is going to have a Black Panther Inauguration Party and appoint Osama Bin Laden to the post of Secretary to State?!" I said this, of course, in jest to the ignorance that I was hearing because of myths about Obama floating around the internet. Unfortunately, with the video from Ohio and the one from Pennsylvania, I do believe that some may actually believe that.

Yesterday I was watching Rick Sanchez on CNN and saw these images.....

From California...

From Ohio.....

Is this what we have become? Looking at these images, I am reminded of the hate, bigotry, and ignorance that I see in history books regarding the Civil Rights Movement and even the Civil War. It scares me to think that this kind of hate still exists in this country. How must we look to the World around us?

Now before anyone accuses me of overlooking some of the lefties out there, Rick Sanchez also mentioned this tshirt seen worn by some Obama supporters....

I don't agree with Sarah Palin's politics, but this tshirt is filth and shows the mentality of the people wearing them. It's most likely the nastiest thing that one can call a woman...and to actually see anyone, let alone women, wearing it is awful.

I am not trying to be biased here, but I tried to find more examples of hate at Obama rallies...even going as far as putting "hate at Obama rallies", "hate speech at Obama rally", and "hate at Obama rallies" ....in quotes and all, and I did not come up with any videos, articles, or stories on youtube or the internet. It just lists more McCain / Palin rallies.

Now, don't get me wrong. I don't think that John McCain or Sarah Palin supports this kind of talk any more than Barack Obama thinks the Sarah Palin t-shirts are appropriate. What is happening, though, is that these fringe lefties and righties are making the rest of us look bad. What amazes me is that these radical supporters don't seem to realize that they DO NOT HELP their candidate, they only hurt them.

This kind of hate needs to stop, on both sides.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Story of Joe the Plumber springs many leaks

Well, well,well......

I guess when you reference a man 21 times in a debate to make your opponent look bad, you should check to see if he is really what you say he is.....
Story of Joe the Plumber springs many leaks

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Do these people still really exist?

I was looking for a video of Andrea Tantaros's appearance on Larry King last week and came across a website called Media Morgue. On it was this video of participants at a John McCain rally in Ohio. Damn, I didn't think these kind of bigots still existed....

Aubertine vs. Renzi

I know that many of you who read my blog during the special election between Darrel Aubertine and William Barclay knew that I posted almost everyday about the goings on of that race. You all might be wondering now why I haven't so much as posted about the Aubertine - Renzi race...here's why.

I simply am not worried that Aubertine will lose this seat. I cannot simply fathom that the same voters that put him into office 8 months ago would turn around and take it away from him. With the fight he put into that race, with the negative campaigning he had to face from Barclay and the State Republicans, it would seem like a slap in the face if the voters of Senate District 48 took him out almost as soon as they put him there. From what I have seen, Renzi is going by way of Barclay anyway with his negative ads using children and soundbites taken out of context. One would think that he would have learned something from Barclay.

The number two reason is that all of the other Northern NY political based blogs, Danger Democrat being one of them, are all over this anyway. Why reinvent the wheel?

All I can say is I have faith in Darrell Aubertine. He has my vote as he did in February.

Fact Checking Debate #3

From Factcheck.org.

I knew when Obama said that McCain's ads were negative 100% of the time, it would come back to haunt him. He should have said "many of your ads", but oh well.....

Overall, I think Obama did well. He did a great job shutting McCain down about Bill Ayers and ACORN, he kept his cool as McCain seemed to be seething, and he showed once again that he can come out on top.

I know that one thing I got tired of real quick was the "Joe the Plumber" story....is that to go along with Sarah Palin's Joe Six-Pack?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Tonight's Debate Watch Party at All Souls Cancelled

Cancelled Pictures, Images and Photos

Due to lack of attendance and a family member feeling under the weather, tonight's debate watch party at All Souls will be cancelled.

Let's hope for a great debate that will propel Obama to victory!!

Friday, October 10, 2008

A just because......

I made a reference to this moment of McCain history in a previous post as the moment I lost all respect for John McCain. When I saw this on Photobucket and saw the caption, I figured it belonged here in the blog.

John McCain Pictures, Images and Photos

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

FactCheck.org: FactChecking Debate No. 2

FactCheck.org: FactChecking Debate No. 2

Factcheck.org seems to be the most neutral site that I have found regarding whether a candidate is stretching the truth or not. This is the fact check from last night's debate.

We had a small showing at the Debate Watch party last night, one was my friend and former 23rd District Congressional candidate, Dr. Bob Johnson. Besides being a thoracic surgeon here in Jefferson County, he is also the writer of McHugh Watch.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

My experience with a 24 hour fast.....

I thought I would try it. I started around 9pm Sunday night and went to 11pm Monday night. I read an article on NPR that talked of how 24 hour fasts were actually good for the body because it gives the digestive tract a break, resets the pancreas, and regulated sugar levels in the blood. I found that in my 24 hours of not eating that it wasn't really so hard. I had my moments of stomach growling and mental dullness, but on the flip side, I was relatively calm and serene. I didn't feel the ups and down that I usually feel throughout the day. I never got shaky or grumpy. I did get tired though while working my night job (at a pizza place, no less), still didn't feel too hungry as my 24 hours drew to a close. I broke my fast once I got home with a cup of warm milk and toast.

There was only one thing that I experienced that was not pleasant....caffeine withdrawal headache. Since I only took water for 24 hours, I knew it would not be a good idea to take in caffeine so I didn't. I won't lie to you though, this morning I hopped out of bed and made a beeline to the tea canister but horror of horrors, THERE WAS NO BLACK TEA!! My caffeine withdrawal headache started about 10pm last night but I thought once I went to bed it would go away...nope...still had it in the morning! So to not find any black tea in this house was shocking to say the least. Since we have been busy today, I have not had anything except half a cup of green tea (which is what? 20mg of caffeine?) since Sunday at 6pm when I had a luscious cafe mocha at Panera's. (see that? I described a cup of mocha as luscious!!) At this moment, I am pretty much like a junkie looking for a fix and I only drink two cups of tea a day with the occasional coffee from Panera or Borders. I pity the poor bastard that drinks 6 cups of coffee a day that has to go cold turkey.

I feel a coffee run in my immediate future.......

My youngest has asked that I post this caffeine related funny.....

Commentary: Stop the negative campaigning - CNN.com

Commentary: Stop the negative campaigning - CNN.com

I agree with the commentator in this piece because I too do not want to see the next month degenerate into a mud wrestling contest. I don't want to see Barack Obama lower himself to the McCain / Palin level. I want to see Obama be the bigger person. On a personal level, though, do any of us take a slam against us silently. I know my own personality, being an Irish blooded woman, I tend to fight the fight well beyond it's limit and if I feel insulted or dissed in anyway, watch out, because I will do all in my power to prove that I am right and you are wrong. It isn't one of my best qualities, I admit, and I am sure there are quite a few others that share this trait with me.

On similar topic, my friend Ted over at Danger Democrat, was musing about how the negative campaigning of the McCain / Palin campaign brought itself right to his own front door. I am deeply disturbed by what these attacks will do to Obama and pray that people will see right through this.

I am getting quite sick of this "Six Degrees of Barack Obama" game that the GOP and McCain / Palin are playing by trying to tie Obama to the likes of Ayers, Farrakhan, Flager, and the scores of others they are trying to connect Obama to in order to scare the American voters. What about the issues....what about what's really important?

Do some voters actually believe that Obama is going to get elected and have a Black Panther Party for an inauguration ball? Do they actually think that right after Obama swears his oath he is going to go to the mic and say "Let me introduce the new Secretary of State, Osama Bin Laden?" I mean, come on, people! Let's get real! If there are people out there that truly believe this bullshit, then I suppose the tactics of the McCain campaign will work. Hopefully there is more than half of us out there that care enough to do the research and find the truth.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Fighting the McCain Smears....

I was reading my morning news when I spyed an article about the McCain campaign using Sarah Palin to ONCE AGAIN accuse him of having ties to William Ayers. Being that I am on a mission to try to offset these smears that McCain has promised to bring until the election, I also found this article from CNN fact checking the statement.

CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Fact Check: Is Obama ‘palling around with terrorists’? « - Blogs from CNN.com

The McCain campaign is making more of this connection to make it seem sinister and that Obama is in cahoots with terrorists. It is simply not true and McCain / Palin is just using the tried and true tactics of fear and smear that the Republican party is so well known for.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Fact Checking Last Night's Vice Presidential Debate

I do enjoy Factcheck.org. They will call anyone out on their BS.


Debate Watching Parties at All Souls

This is the first time in a while that I have been able to post a complete post. Being that I homeschool during the day and work three nights a week, I fear that I am not getting here as much as I want, but not that I am here, let me tell you all about the Debate Watching Parties that we are having at All Souls Church, as well as my thoughts on the debates so far.

The first Debate Watch Party brought about 10 people, including Sean Hennessey, the Jefferson County Democratic Chairman, a representative of Blue Star Families for Obama, and a reporter from Channel 7 news. Unfortunately for the reporter from Channel 7, the whole audience was for Obama, save for one attendee that was undecided. She was looking for more undecideds to see if the debate helped them decide, not a room full of Obama supporters that already had their minds made up. All in all, it was a great Debate Watch....lots of discussion about the economy and the race. As for the debate itself, I have to say that each held their own with each other. I was hoping that Obama would have been a little stronger, a little more aggressive, but we still have two more debates to go. Body language wise, you can tell there was no love lost between the two, with Jim Lehrer almost insisting that they look at each other, and McCain only following through on that for about 2 seconds of the debate.

Last night's Vice Presidential Debate only brought 6 people but it was still great to sit down and watch the Debate with others. One reason for the lower turnout may have been the Aubertine-Renzi debates in Oswego. One person said he thought Sarah Palin won while another stated that Biden won. I personally thought that Sarah Palin held her own, she definitely did her homework, but still came short of Joe Biden. I tend to agree with a sentiment that I heard and it was that she won in the sense that she didn't do any more harm.

So now we are coming up on the next debate on Tuesday and I will be right back at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church at 1330 Gotham Street in Watertown. Come and check it out. It's one thing to watch the debates at home, but it's really cool to be able to watch them and discuss them with others!!

UPDATE 10/3/08- I think I may have been confusing with my comments on Sarah Palin. Let it be known that I did not think she won the debate. Here is a comment I got from a reader named rosie and my response.

Rosey said...
I am so sick of reading that Palin "held her own" or changed her duh image. She was a tape recording! - speaking exactly how she had been coached except she messed up and answered four questions with the same answers. How about changing the Constitution giving the VP MORE power?
3:43 PM
Peacepoet said...
Don't get me wrong, Rosie. I know that she was reading the script that she was given. I know that she was only saying what she was coached. Those who were at the Debate Watch Party saw right through that. What I am meaning is in the eyes of many people, she didn't come off as incoherent as she did with the Couric interviews. She didn't by no means clobber Biden and Biden definitely came off as more experienced and educated. Her "you betcha"s and "joe six pack" comments were cringe worthy at best and her accusing Biden of always going backward was hypocritical at best. I sure don't think her performance is going to sway anyone that is going to vote for Obama anyway and I am not sure it is going to make the undecideds go McCain's way.
10:52 PM
As far as the question about the Constitution, I do find it dangerous that anyone Vice Prez would want to redefine the Constitution for more power. The fact that Sarah Palin agrees with Dick Cheney is disturbing at best. Biden's comment about Dick Cheney being the most dangerous VP in history was right on!

Friday, September 26, 2008

This week in the news.....I am exhausted!!

I don't know about you all, but this week's events have left me mentally exhausted. What a trip it has been!!

My thoughts on this whole week....total drama! I am left feeling this morning like we as private citizens are being held hostage by the political whims of Washington.

I am going to admit something....I didn't watch President Bush on Wednesday. After having kept track of the talks in Washington about the bailout and then John McCain's theatrics about the debate, I just couldn't stomach Dubya. I chose instead to see if Jay and Grant could find some ghosts at the Buffalo Central Terminal. In my defense though, I did catch and read up on what he had to say. Essentially, he was asking for another blank check, much as he did with the war in Iraq. He wants us as taxpayers to bail out these companies that let greed and probably corruption lead to their demise.

Let me tell you my opinion on this....I think this bailout is bulls*^t and I will tell you why. If I wasn't able to pay for my mortgage, or for my car, or for my business, due to bad business practices, or for just being plain greedy, should I expect the government to bail my ass out? No, I don't think so. Even a law abiding, hard working citizen would not be able to rely on the government to bail them out should they be in danger of losing everything. What is the assurance that this bailout will even help the economy get better?

Look...in the past few years I have watched gas prices climb, I have watched my grocery bill go up, insurance premiums are getting higher, it's getting harder and harder to make a dollar stretch, unemployment is climbing, and everyday we pump more and more money into Iraq and the contracts that it employs. Now the government is asking the American people, the working class and those that are already struggling, to feel sorry for theses big business corporations and bail them out? How completely clueless can Washington be?

Monday, September 15, 2008

Take Amir Taheri's NY Post article with a grain of salt, people...this is what I found!!

Well, there I was reading posts at the Jefferson County Web Board, when I saw the thread titled "Obama shows his true colors!" It was referring to a NY Post article from Amir Taheri alleging that Barack Obama stalled troop withdrawals from Iraq so that when he is President, troops coming home will look like his doing. The allegations are shocking and if they were true, it would be outrageous for anyone, Dem or Republican, to do so.

But all is not what it seems. This is my bet....in the next few weeks, the fact will come out and this will be just one more "swiftboating" attempt to undermine Obama. Why do I make this bet, you say? 1) Because the NY Post to me is more of a gossip rag with sensationalist journalism...kind of a Fox News of the newspaper world and 2) Taheri has a history of making false allegations. Here's another source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amir_Taheri

I know that I make no secret that I am an Obama supporter, but I don't wish to see ANY candidate, Democrat or Republican, derailed for half-truths or lies. I felt this sort of outrage when Dubya did it to John McCain in 2000. It's not right for a candidate to fall because of a lie. Now if this was proven true, I would eat my words, but until I am proven wrong, I am behind Obama.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Letter to the Editor

I wrote a letter to the Editor of the Watertown Daily Times regarding the latest string of ads from the McCain campaign. I also sent it to a few papers a little outside the Watertown area and a few national papers. Should it not make it though, I will print it here.

Dirty Politics from the McCain campaign
Over the course of the past couple of days, I have seen the dirty politics of the McCain campaign. Using the same "swift boating" attacks that hurt John Kerry in 2004 and his own campaign in 2000, John McCain is using half-truths and dow nright lies to stall the momentum of the Obama campaign. Just in the course of the last few days I have seen his "Maverick" ad that suggests that Sarah Palin said no to the Bridge to Nowhere, even though in the beginning, she was definitely for it. I have seen his ad that suggests that Barack Obama is for comprehensive sex-education for kindergartners when in fact it was age appropriate education meant to protect children from predators. Now, as I was flipping through channels, I see that the McCain campaign has an ad suggesting that Obama is a sexist because he used a phrase that John McCain himself used just last year. Might I add that he put this out the night before both candidates took a day off of campaigning in honor of 9-11.
Frankly, I expected better of John McCain. What I fear the most is that the public will eat this all up, just as they did the ludicrous book by Jerome Corsi named Obama Nation, another example of half-truths and lies. This book made the Best Seller List!
I implore everyone to do their own research. Don't base your vote on 30 second soundbites that may or may not be true. Be an informed voter that actually looks at the positions on the issues of both candidates. Don't be swayed by dirty politics, no matter what side is doing it. Enough is enough!

So we will see if it makes it or not. I suggest that anyone that isn't sure who is telling the truth to check out www.factcheck.org. They are pretty balanced there, calling out anyone, Republican or Democrat, that isn't getting their facts straight or are stretching the truth. And yes, before anyone comments to me with "hey, your man is there, too", I will just let you know that I KNOW that. I wish to help everyone become better informed in this election.

In Memory.....

World Trade Center Pictures, Images and Photos

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Olbermann: Republicans Hijacked 9/11

The Swift Boating starts.......

Well, I see the Republicans are crying foul and their followers are running with it. First it was the "lipstick on a pig" comment from Obama (a comment John McCain has used himself as have thousands of others)and then the Biden comment on stem cell research that has the McCain camp all in an outrage. "How dare you attack our most Blessed Saint Sarah of the Perpetual Moose Hunt!", they say!

Please...for someone that is supposed to be so tough and outspoken, the McCain camp is doing enough talking for her. Looks like she might need to grow a thicker skin if this kind of stuff offends her.

Also, this is a great example of how something small can be blown up into something monumental. The Right Wingers have this technique down to a tee!

Let's hope that their attempts to undermine the real issues doesn't work like it did in 2004.

Dear Republicans Pictures, Images and Photos

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

More media bullcrap - Oops! Obama says 'my Muslim faith' :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Barack Obama

Oops! Obama says 'my Muslim faith' :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Barack Obama

As soon as I saw this interview and Obama said "my Muslim faith", I knew that the wingnuts out there would have a field day with it. I even looked to my sweetie and said, "Wait for it!" I saw the interview and saw the comment in its full context. What he was referring to is the rumors of his "Muslim faith". And he said that no, John McCain isn't talking about my Muslim faith meaning that John McCain isn't perpetuating the myth. It's just that simple, but it doesn't look that simple when the clip is edited to just show the comment.

I have taken the liberty of showing the interview and the comment in FULL CONTEXT. You see, if you see the whole story, it doesn't really work for the Right, does it?

It's ridiculous what ignorance and fear does to people.

Friday, September 05, 2008

This is what I call a complete WTF moment from the RNC.

I saw this and I thought "WTF!?" This video couldn't be any more fear mongering and so transparently using the dead for their purpose. "We remember that day....buildings burning, bodies falling....."

If the Democrats did anything REMOTELY similar to this, the right-wingers would be ALL over this. I am so mad at this I could spit nails. What also gets me is that many people are going to eat this crap up like it was honey covered biscuits.

Keith Olbermann Apologizes For RNC's Graphic 9/11 Tribute (VIDEO)

Jon Stewart Hits Karl Rove, Bill O'Reilly, Dick Morris On Sarah Palin Hypocrisy

I saw this on The Huffington Post. Good job, John!

Jon Stewart Hits Karl Rove, Bill O'Reilly, Dick Morris On Sarah Palin Hypocrisy

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Just when you thought I was going to let my politics slide....

I know I have been scarce. I also know that I have not had a lot to say here on this blog about politics and the Election. Fear not, dear readers...it's only here that I have been silent and it's only because I have not had much time to blog. Now I have a minute and will give you the condensed version of how I have been feeling.

I watched the Democratic convention last week every day that I didn't have to work. When I did have to work, I found the speeches I missed on Youtube.

Teddy Kennedy was an inspiration, speaking at the convention against doctors order. His vow to make it to see President Obama sworn in brought tears to my eyes.

Michelle Obama was graceful and eloquent. She spoke from the heart and brought to all us the point that she and Barack are not too far from the rest of us. That we can come from working class families and still make a difference.

Hillary's speech was phenomenal. Anyone who saw it knows that I need not say more except "No way, no how, no McCain!"

Bill Clinton's speech hit it out of the park. Not only did he talk up Obama very well, he also spoke of how strong and able Joe Biden will be as VP. Staying true to form, it was reported that Bill was supposed to speak on foreign security, but he felt that he should speak more about the economy. He did both beautifully.

Joe Biden was great! He made me laugh, he made me think, and he spoke like Joe Biden speaks...to the point.

And finally, what can I say about Barack Obama's speech. It was hopeful, it was thought-provoking, and it showed the eloquence that we need in a President. Being on the anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech, one has to wonder if MLK, Jr. was looking down with pride. I have not been this hopeful about a candidate since I voted for the first time for Clinton first term. I remember holding my baby son, who is now 15, and feeling a sense of hope for our country. I feel that same hope now. I believe that Barack Obama, with Joe Biden's help, can bring us out of this eight nightmare called the Bush Administration and bring us forward into a new era. This campaign is historic and this campaign is hopeful.

I feel I have work to do for the next two months. I feel a sense of energy to get out and organize...get the word out. The first thing I have to do is get a new Obama yard sign because the one I have been displaying since February is missing. I am not talking "blown away in a storm" missing, I am talking "taken out of my yard" missing. Stay tuned....maybe there is a Debate Watching Party in the future of Northern NY.

Well, poo.....(football related bummer)

The very first Giants regular season game is tonight......and I have to work!!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Lieberman's a troll

I know I haven't posted on this blog too much, but since mistruths can hurt this election, I have to post them when they present themselves, just as I did with the Obama myths link from snopes.com.
It's not surprising that Lieberman would say this at RNC convention. He's pretty much been a mouthpiece for them for the last 8 years.
Democrats attack Lieberman, saying he lied to delegates - CNN.com

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Last days of Summer

It's been a great summer here in Northern NY for us.

Yes, we did have a lot of rain, but it made my garden grow so well that I actually had TOO much of some things, like beans and summer squash. I couldn't keep up with them.

We relaxed when we needed to, but were also very busy going here and there. We went fishing, swimming, we took trips to the park, we rode our bikes, we explored the woods, and we had family visit.

Here are some photos from our summer. Boy, the time does fly by when you're having fun!!

The photos are out of order as I haven't had time to edit them all yet. They should be in this order:
Fort Drum Air Show
Thompson Park Concert and Fireworks
Uncle Sam Boat Tour, Boldt Castle, and Alex Bay Fireworks
Gibson Garnet Mines in North River, NY
Enchanted Forest / Moose River (where the Old School Photos are)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Rock On, Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren the bikini queen reigns supreme at 63 | Mail Online
Being that I am 35 years old, I tend to look to older women for inspiration as I age. I look for the proof that just because one ages, it doesn't mean that one loses themselves or their spirit. Helen Mirren inspires me. Not only does she rock her grey hair, she also apparently rocked a bikini in Italy a few days before her 63rd birthday. Let me put this in perspective....my grandmother died at 64 and she looked ancient. Yes, Helen Mirren is an actress, she has time to work out, someone in the comments article stated that she has never had children, but she is STILL 63 years old.

So I say again...rock on, Helen!!

Monday, July 14, 2008

What the f--k is wrong with people?!

I know I have been scarce the past couple of weeks but we are having a great summer here. I have photos upon photos to share of air shows, fishing trips, and fireworks, but right now, I must vent.

Yesterday, my sweetie and I went to the movies to see "Wanted" with James McEvoy and Angelina Jolie. It's not usually my choice of film, but he wanted to see it so badly and it looked like a decent movie. It was a good movie, but with this movie, I think I have seen enough blood splatter, violence, strong language, and guns to last me awhile.

That's not my gripe though. It was the fact of what I saw and heard in the audience. It wasn't a cell phone, it wasn't someone talking....it was the sound of a little child in the back of the theater. I heard her yell in the back before the first trailer played. It wasn't the fact that she was yelling that bothered me, it was the fact that poor judgement had her there in the first place. Not only was the movie rated R, but the trailers were too so even before the movie started, this little girl got to hear the F-bomb (Stepbrothers preview) and watch two women kissing (Vicki Cristina Barcelona preview).

"Wanted" was almost two hours of bloody violence, sex, and strong language. I am 35 years old and I found myself squirming, cringing, and being disgusted, but at the same time I know it is Hollywood makeup and CGI. When I exited the theater, I saw two young women who looked like they were in their 20's with a beautiful little blond girl in pigtails and a sundress. She couldn't have been much more than two years old. I looked right at the women, shook my head, and said, "Unbelieveable!"

What kind of lack of judgement makes a parent bring a toddler to a movie like that? What had to have been going through this little girl's mind as she saw this on the screen? I just don't understand it.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Supreme Court reduces Exxon oil spill damages - Jun. 25, 2008

Supreme Court reduces Exxon oil spill damages - Jun. 25, 2008

And people say the oil companies don't rule this country.

A company that makes billions of dollars in profit, instead of paying for an environmental disaster of their doing that took place almost 20 years ago, chose to use part of of those profits for their legal team to fight the lawsuits of said disaster...and get their way!!

I would say unbelieveable.....but it isn't. It's just typical Dubya Administration B-S.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Award-winning comedian George Carlin dies - CNN.com

George Carlin

Award-winning comedian George Carlin dies - CNN.com

Just woke up, logged on to my news, and saw the news that George Carlin died of heart failure yesterday afternoon. He was one of my favorite comedians. His acts were not only funny, but thought-provoking.

I am going to miss him, as I am sure my mother will. She was who introduced me to the sheer genius of George Carlin.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Baby Toads

These little boogers are everywhere in my back yard. My youngest and I were about to mow our back yard and we saw baby toad after baby toad. We couldn't bear to just mow over them, so I tried to catch as many as I could and released them either in my garden or in the tree line. We also constructed a toad abode in the garden, just in case one decided to make it his home.

The little speck on the bowl is one of the toads I released that found its way to our toad abode!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Midsummer reflections

Litha fae
It's been a rough year for me. Spiritually, emotionally, physically...I tend to feel drained. In the process of it all, I have strayed away from my spiritual path...no longer paying attention to the rhythms of the Earth, no longer honoring the Sabbats, no longer having faith in the magic around us. Today, on this Midsummer, I do not plan of working any magic, because it is not wise to work magic when one is drained, but do plan on honoring the God as the sun is at its strongest and the light is at its longest. I plan to reflect on the ever elusive balance that I seek and make a wish to be stronger. I guess tonight will be a sort of homecoming...one back to my spirituality.

Blessed be to all on this Midsummer!

Photos of my simple Midsummer altar....

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Bush asks Congress to clear way for offshore oil drilling - CNN.com

Bush asks Congress to clear way for offshore oil drilling - CNN.com

Yes, of, course, Dubya! Gotta make sure you get as much as you can in oil profits before your tenure is up. Hey, I got a better idea....how about putting your attention towards all that technology out there that would sustain us so we DON'T have to drill for offshore or Alaskan Wilderness oil. Oh, that's right! That would slow the millions of dollars that your family and rich oil buddies take in every year from oil profits and systematically screwing over the American public while your Saudi friends house terrorists....

I especially like the quote from Rep. Edward Markey of Massachusetts:

"The White House has become a ventriloquist for the oil and gas industry, repeating the requests of the oil and gas industry -- that they be allowed to destroy the most pristine areas of our country."

My new addiction: Planet Green

How great is this channel? This is the channel that used to be Discovery Home and now it has changed it's format to an all green channel. Not only does it have a really interesting series called "Greensburg", it also has scores of shows that have some fantastic information about how to go green.

One thing I saw today....a solar powered cell phone charger! It was on "Living with Ed" and as soon as I saw it, I went right to my computer to look for it. Imagine, charging your cell with the energy of the sun!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Matthew Broderick is buff!

I don't post on celebrities too often. I am usually talking politics and the like, but every once I like to post on the lighter side of things.

Today I was reading the Celebrity Babies blog and saw this photo of Matthew Broderick.

Can I say "Holy S*^t?" Matthew Broderick is buff!! When has Matthew Broderick ever been buff? I am straining my memory trying to remember when Matthew Broderick was ever buff!

I know this Matthew Broderick.....

That's the Matthew Broderick I know.....this is messing with my head.....

Matthew Broderick is buff?

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

An observation.....

I have never made it a secret that I am a follower of Celtic pagan traditions, so I wanted to make an observation.

The New Moon is the time when the Moon is not visible in the sky. In magic, it is also a time for new beginnings and ventures. What's interesting is that the New Moon was yesterday, the same day that Barack Obama clinched the Democratic Nomination.

I think this, my friends, is a great omen!!

Obama crosses historic milestone - CNN.com

Obama crosses historic milestone - CNN.com

I didn't want to celebrate yet yesterday when the news was coming that Barack Obama would have the nomination by the end of the night because I wanted to make sure it was going to happen. I feel like I have to pinch myself and I am elated!!

I feel a change in the air now. I feel that there is hope for this country after 8 years of Dubya politics. Now is the time to take this country back to what it's supposed to be....what it's meant to be!!

Barack Obama for President!!

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Funny "Stone Soup"

I love the comic, Stone Soup. Today's was a cute one.....I seem to share the same "sarcasm switch" that the girl has!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Priest apologizes for mocking Clinton while at Obama church - CNN.com

Sometimes I start to wonder if these things happen because the people that say they are for Obama are secretly trying to ruin him. After all the flack Obama got about Wright, WHY would this joker spout off like this, opening the whole can of worms again.

And, of course, the media is ALL over it. Why does the mainstream media continue to vilify Obama for what others say. It's like saying that if a pastor of a church is an adulterer, then the whole congregation agrees with adultery. Just because this man mocked Clinton, does that mean Obama believes in it? No...it doesn't. Now Obama has to defend himself once again for something he didn't say.....it's bullshit.

Priest apologizes for mocking Clinton while at Obama church - CNN.com

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Editorial - Mr. Bush and the G.I. Bill - Editorial - NYTimes.com

Editorial - Mr. Bush and the G.I. Bill - Editorial - NYTimes.com

It is amazing that as Dubya seems to send more and more people to war without so much as batting an eye, that he would consider paying a full tuition at a 4 year college "too generous". How sad that he threatened to veto it.

It amazes me the level of sacrifice this President expects our military to make, when he was unwilling to make it himself. In my opinion, paying for a college tuition would be only the beginning of what this government should offer in exchange to the sacrifice of the troops time away from their real lives, their families, and the readjustment after being in a hellhole like Iraq.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Clinton explains RFK assassination reference - CNN.com

Clinton explains RFK assassination reference - CNN.com

Ok...now I have not made it a secret over who my choice is over Obama or Clinton, but I think people are taking this comment to an extreme. I will use the words stated by Senator Obama that they comments were unfortunate, but I do not see how this kind of backlash is warranted. True, she could have mentioned Bobby Kennedy without the assassination reference, but I can not for a moment believe that she meant anything offensive by it and she is historically accurate on the primaries of Kennedy and Clinton going into June.

I feel about this story like I did with Obama's "sweetie" story.....move on, there is really nothing to see here.

Well, I wanted her to get on with her storylines....

The very day after I wrote my post pleading for Karen Montague-Reyes to get past her almost month-long storyline based on her new style animation, she got on with it. No, I don't think for a moment that my post had anything to do with it...I know that it was just good timing and if I had waited another day, I wouldn't have had to say anything.

I went to read Clear Blue Water as part of my check my mail, read the news, read the comics, routine and was a little upset with the strip.

So let me get this straight. Somehow that floppy skin that some of us get when we have kids is not only something to be suicidal about (I know she isn't really serious), but also so hideous as to illicit a visit to the plastic surgeon? What the hell kind of message is this trying to relay? Besides, not just anyone can afford a tummy tuck and why the hell should you have to.

Anyone who reads this strips knows that Eve (the one with long hair) has had 5 kids, the last two a set of twins so maybe her stomach would be a little floppy, but Sophie is only on her first baby....and if I recall correctly, a follow up appointment is at the 6 week mark. Exactly how fast does Ms. Montague-Reyes suggest we take to get out figures back?

Let me tell you all something. I am the mother of two boys, 15 and 11. Even in my best shape, when I was working out on a Bowflex 3 times a week, doing 8 minutes abs religiously, walking, and biking, I still had a floppy tummy....and one with a hellacious case of stretch marks to boot. Do I give a rats ass.....not a bit. Yes, my body has changed since I was 20, but that is what I signed up for when I decided to have kids. I don't live in this illusion that I will stay the same.

Between sentiments like this and the ever increasing line of new moms in Hollywood flashing their 6 week postpartum bodies with the help of personal trainers and plastic surgeons, it's no wonder some new moms (and even some established moms) feel fat, ugly, and lazy. Isn't exactly a boost to the self esteem.

It's just kind of disappointing that a woman who should understand would post such a demeaning message.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Great quote!

I got this quote in my Old Fashioned Living newsletter and I think that it is an important one for anyone that feels that fighting the good fight is not worth is, whether it is politically, socially, spiritually, or mentally.

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. ~Edward Everett Hale

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Dear Karen Montague-Reyes.......

I like your comic "Clear Blue Water".....I really do. I like the political humor and the storyline about Seth, the couple's son with autism. I like how you bring a variety of characters to the scene. Sometimes I don't agree with your stances on some issues, but I make it a habit to read your comic every day.

Since May 3rd, however, you have been working this storyline where you have been drawing the characters differently and with more detail. All well and good. At first I was excited by the change, but as the weeks have moved on, and the characters keep going on and on and ON about their new looks, I find that I am getting tired of the strip. I mean so far we are on day 19 of watching Eve and Manny talk about how they look. It seems a bit superficial, especially when some of your strips showed Eve going on strike because her old looks were reinstated (although the Jabba the Hut one on May 20th was pretty funny).

Please get back to the strip and the issues that I enjoy so much. I have been reading your strip since it's first day and I miss it.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Watertown Daily Times | Carthage budget, board repudiated

Watertown Daily Times Carthage budget, board repudiated

Posting this a day late but I was glad to see the voter turnout for the Carthage School budget. I was there at about 1:30pm and there was three long lines and a wait to get in the vote. This is a far cry from past years when one could breeze in and out, only stopping to sign it.

I am glad to see the budget voted down. Not so happy to see the library proposition not pass though. I voted against the budget and the bus proposition. I believe that Carthage could make a better decision by using the buses they do have more efficiently, like consolidating routes or actually filling them (many people from around the district have observed buses half full).

I was also thrilled to see the addition of Mary Louise Hunt to the Board of Education. She was my son's teacher at Black River Elementary and has been teaching for 35 years. She is a great teacher and a great fighter for her students, such as she was for my son at Commitee on Special Education meetings. She is also a phenomenal person. She retires from teaching this year, but it looks like she will be quite busy between the BOE and the Black River Library!!

She is one of three newcomers that ousted three incumbents on the school board. I guess the people have spoken. Hopefully, Carl Militello and John Peck will take notice.

Friday, May 16, 2008

An Antiwar March Through Towns Unused to One - New York Times

An Antiwar March Through Towns Unused to One - New York Times

I hope that this group is able to get the message out better than I did. I was part of a group that stood on Public Square in Watertown every Saturday, starting right before the war started, and ending some months later when our numbers dwindled to where we weren't too effective anymore. I think most of it was the lukewarm to downright nasty reception we got while speaking out for peace. Occasionally we got the soldier that would thank us for speaking out or the beep and thumbs up from a passing motorist, but that was few and far between.

Of course, that was a few years ago and I believe more and more people are against this war. I am glad that these groups are organizing this. More emphasis needs to be made on how our troops are being treated, or not being treated.

Good luck to all the marchers!!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

In veiled attack, Bush criticizes Dems for terrorist 'appeasement' - CNN.com

In veiled attack, Bush criticizes Dems for terrorist 'appeasement' - CNN.com

Wow...Between John McCain stating that Obama was the choice of Hammas and Bush saying that Dems are trying to appease the terrorists in a way that Hitler was appeased, I don't where to start. So many things can be taken from these statements and it seems that the Republicans are sticking to their fear mongering game plan.

First, for McCain to state that Obama is the favored choice of Hammas will put the idea in some people's to equate Obama and his supporters to terrorist. It's irresponsible and misleading.

Don't even get me started on Bush's statements......I guess in his world, coming in like cowboys, blowing shit up is so much better than trying to negotiate and find peaceful conflict resolution. I see his way is working so great so far!

I am glad Joe Biden expressed publicly what many of us thought when we read this. It's bullshit.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Watertown Daily Times | Use of audit raises worries

Watertown Daily Times Use of audit raises worries

More information regarding Carl Militello and the proposed cuts to special education services at Carthage Central School District. Funny how trouble also seems to follow Lisa Parsons, the special education consultant. I am not saying anything that isn't public record....just do a search at the local paper and one can see it.

I doubt that Mr. LaJolie, the parent that is circulating a petition asking for Mr. Militello's resignation, will bow down to the superintendent's promises of advisory committees. I believe the petition will still make it's way to where it is supposed to go.

Vote No on May 20th!

A stunning observation!

My youngest son loves Pop Tarts for breakfast. I was never quite right with it, because it seems to me that you could hand a child a cookie or a piece of cake and they would get as much nutrition out of it, but I will admit, that I was guilty of buying Pop Tarts every week because it was the one thing that I knew he would eat. I offer him other choices and sometimes he takes them, but ususally, he gravitates to his old standby of Pop Tarts and chocolate milk.

I am also guilty of another thing....I never check a nutrition label of a Chocolate Fudge PopTart until this morning when he wanted another package of them. For anyone not familiar with how these are packaged, they come in foil wrapped twofers. When I looked at the label today, I was stunned!! One pastry is 200 calories, with 5 g of fat and 37 g of carbohydrates (20 g of it sugar!). That's ONE pastry.....these things are wrapped with two, so double all that and that is what my son is eating for breakfast and that is not counting the chocolate milk, which is probably more nutritious if truth be known.

I am totally disgusted. Now I could go on a tirade about why Kellogg's would even make something that obviously isn't helping the state of our children's health, but that would be passing the buck. I am mad at myself for not paying attention and trusting something off the shelf without the research.

Now I know and I will have to make changes, either limiting the Poptarts or trying to phase them out all together. We'll see how that goes......

My baby is 11 years old!!

My youngest son is 11 years old today. At 5:30am, on May 6th, 1997, he came into this world at 8 lbs. 14 ounces and he still as sturdy and strong as ever. He's also sharp as a tack and amazes me every day with how smart and funny he is.

I am proud to be his mom.

Happy Birthday, buddy!!

Monday, May 05, 2008

Life is Beautiful

Great song by Sixx AM. I highly recommend it

Life is Beautiful

You can quit until you try
You can’t live until you die
You can’t learn to tell the truth
Until you learn to lie
You can’t breathe until you choke
You gotta laugh when you’re the joke
There’s nothing like a funeral to make you feel alive

Just open your eyes
Just open your eyes
And see that life is beautiful.
Will you swear on your life,
That no one will cry at my funeral?

I know some things that you don’t
I’ve done things that you won’t
There’s nothing like a trail of blood
to find your way back home
I was waiting for my hearse
What came next was so much worse
It took a funeral to make me feel alive

Just open your eyes
Just open your eyes
And see that life is beautiful.
Will you swear on your life,
That no one will cry at my funeral?

Alive...Just open your eyes
Just open your eyes
And see that life is beautiful.
Will you swear on your life,
That no one will cry at my funeral?

Just open your eyes
Just open your eyes
And see that life is beautiful.
Will you swear on your life,
That no one will cry at my funeral?

Just open your eyes
Just open your eyes
And see that life is beautiful.
Will you swear on your life,
That no one will cry at my funeral?

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Woman Gains Silver Star -- And Removal From Combat - washingtonpost.com

Woman Gains Silver Star -- And Removal From Combat - washingtonpost.com

It's amazing that women in the military can prove time and time again what an asset they are to the mission and to combat, yet this country still wants to treat them like delicate flowers. It hits me in the gut like a knife the thought process that goes into it all. Get this straight.....women CAN do combat. Regardless of what the rules state, women DO combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. How can the Armed Forces in this country continue to state that they are Equal Opportunity, when they are not. It's rediculous and it's hypocritical.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Why is this the big news of the day?!

Revealing Photo Threatens a Major Disney Franchise - New York Times

I think the thing that stands out the most in this article is Linn Buress posting on her "Telling It Like It Is" to burn Hannah Montana merchandise. Of course, I wanted to see this whole post in context, and it gets a little worse, especially when the writer suggests that Miley is on the path of trampdom, like other Disney starlets.

It's amazing what makes news anymore. I have seen ten times worse and the media is focused on an artsy photo of Miley Cyrus. It's like they are frothing at the mouth waiting for her star to fall so they can document her train wreck in gory detail.

We need to get real, people. This is NOT news. It's a distraction. Have you noticed that we have lost 40 of our troops in Iraq this month? Did you notice that the price of a barrel of crude oil is now $120 and the average price of regular unleaded is $3.60 per gallon (up here in the North Country, last I checked it was $3.78). Have you noticed that the economy is in a recession, even though Dubya won't admit it? How about how many people in this country don't have health insurance?

Yes, I know that I am sounding a little preachy, but you know what? I am tired of this kind of stuff making the top stories and I am tired of a media that tries to shield us from what is real.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Watertown Daily Times | Father of special-ed student protests funding cuts

Watertown Daily Times Father of special-ed student protests funding cuts

As a mother of a child with autism that went once went through the special education services of Carthage Central School District, to find that a state audit specifies that students in these programs are "over-classified and over-served" is laughable. I spent the first years of my son's time in the district fighting tooth and nail for every service and accommodation that he needed. Once he hit 7th grade, I decided to homeschool him because he was getting further and further behind.

Now, don't get me wrong. I don't put all the blame on the district. I know they have to keep a budget. This particular school district, as well as a few more in this area, have to continually deal with an ever growing enrollment from the influx of children from military families. I am sure it isn't easy running a school district and making everyone happy, especially in the age of No Child Left Behind, but to cut special eduction services would be a disaster to the special education students of Carthage CSD. Cutting even nine positions will cause problems in delivery of services.

According the the Watertown Daily Times article, the public hearing on the budget is at 7:30 p.m. May 13 in the high school cafeteria (which is on Route 26 in Carthage) and the public vote is May 20. This would be a very important subject to pay attention to.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Soaring food prices elicit creative solutions from moms - Apr. 21, 2008

As a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom (both boys, 15 and 10) myself, I completely relate to this article on soaring food prices. One has to get REALLY creative trying to make the food budget stretch. I know every time to go to the grocery store, I look at the cost and wonder what the hell I bought. Unfortunately, it's the same stuff I have always bought....just more expensive.

Soaring food prices elicit creative solutions from moms - Apr. 21, 2008

Thursday, April 17, 2008

General what's going on in my world post

Wow...it's been a few days since I last posted, isn't it? There are so many things I can post about today....I could post about the continued drama of Obama and Hillary.....hmmm, I could post about the climb of gas prices....maybe some more on the ever present fiasco that is Iraq (but don't say that to the President, you know to him, it's a success). No, I think I will post about good things.....

Like how completely AWESOME the weather has been here this week. The kids and I are on Spring Break from homeschooling and we have been enjoying the beautiful North Country spring weather. The temperatures have been in the 60's and there is rumor of it hitting 70 soon! This is an actual treat for us North Country residents as we have a looooonnnngggg winter that usually starts in October / November and lasts right up til April / May. My first year here, it snowed on Mother's Day and I usually don't put out my seedlings until after Memorial Day because frost is still an issue. I have seen a many Spring Break period where it is too cold to enjoy it.

But, wow.....it is beautiful! There are North Country-ites out in droves. People on their bikes, going for walks, enjoying the sun, going to the park....all of us jonesing for the sun and the warmth. Spring Fever has embraced the North Country.

My man and I bought some kites and tried them out at Thompson Park. Not bad for $5 Big Lots kites!! A few days later, I took the boys to the Park to fly them and shot some photos of them as they flew them.

I tried to snap a few while I flew them too with some success.

I am also thrilled to say that the woods across the street from me are finally clear of most of the snow and the trails are now clearly visible so the kids and I have been mulling around in the woods looking for signs of spring and critters moving about. Last night all of us went out on the trails to check out the seasonal stream that runs through it (it is dry as a bone in the Summer and Fall, but when the snows melt and the Black River rises, it fills right up). I snapped this photos of my guys as they were checking it out. The cool thing is that this wasn't even a staged shot....that is just how they lined up at the stream. They made it easy for me, didn't they?

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Political Radar: Obama Says He'd Consider Gore for Cabinet

Political Radar: Obama Says He'd Consider Gore for Cabinet

How psyched am I to read this, you say? Very!! In my dream world, Al Gore would be running the EPA!!

'You get a slice of heaven and a pure love in your home' - CNN.com

'You get a slice of heaven and a pure love in your home' - CNN.com

Today is World Autism Awareness Day

Autism Awareness
Back in December, the United Nations General Assembly declared today, April 2nd, as World Autism Awareness Day to bring more of a awareness to this disorder that is affecting many of the world children. This is an event spanning seven continents and the first World Autism Awareness Day to be observed.

I am glad to see more and more focus being given to autism and it's spectrum. One of the complex things about autism is the range at which a person is affected by it and the mysteries that occur in the mind of a person with autism. One person can be affected by it profoundly, while another can be so mild as to escape a diagnosis. Here is some more information on autism from the Autism Society of America.

Autism Society of America - What is Autism?

I am the mother of a 15 year old son with Asperger's Syndome. It is one of the milder variants of the disorder, but has presented itself with it's own challenges and hurdles. He developed just like ever little boy should. He played, he laughed, he learned at an amazing speed. He never lost his language skills, a big indicator of Asperger's, but at around 2 1/2, he started to act a little odd. He looked at fans and things that moved in a circular motion constantly. He was the easiest child to take to the laundry mat, because he would pull up a seat and watch the dryer spin. He started to talk like a little robot, in a droning monotone. The thing is, being as he was my firstborn and I wasn't around other little kids so much, I just thought that these were some cute things he was doing.

When his father and I divorced, however, my son started to smack himself in the face, rock in the rocking chair constantly, and hit his head on the floor when angry. I knew something was wrong, but I wasn't sure if it was from the trauma of the divorce or if it was due to the something else. I took him to a child therapist and after observation, she recommended that he go to Syracuse to get observed because she suspected something altogether different.

So at the age of 4 1/2, my son was diagnosed with PDD, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, which is the starting point for many parents whose children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Once I knew what I was dealing with, I started researching like a fiend. I read books, I looked at websites, I even looked at diets (but kind of stray away from that). My son was put in an Early Intervention program and to this day, I will say that if it wasn't for Early Intervention, my son wouldn't be where he is today.

I started researching more on Asperger's around 1999-2000. It actually was due to me being a little confused because my son did not seem to follow the "typical" autism pattern. He spoke very well, he carried on great conversations, yet he seemed socially awkward, not noticing when he was losing a person in the conversation due to him talking about his favorite subject, cars, over and over and OVER again. To many, my son doesn't even seem like he has an autism spectrum disorder, but to those who know and love him, we see the eccentricities that come with him and love him for them.

He has his struggles and he has his hurdles, but as his mother and his homeschool teacher, I do not allow him to give up, not that he gives up easily, it just takes him a little longer to do things. This is why I decided to take on the task of homeschooling him once he finished the 6th grade. I wanted to give him the opportunity to learn without struggle, without stress, and without getting further behind.

Living with my son has been an adventure and a joy. I see the world in a whole new way because of him. Even the simple task of going for a walk is different as he notices different things and perceives the world around him in a whole different way. I honestly wouldn't change him for all the gold in the world. He is unique and he is wonderful. He is my boy and I love him.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Congress lays into oil execs over profits, investments - Apr. 1, 2008


Congress lays into oil execs over profits, investments - Apr. 1, 2008

I hate to say this, but isn't Congress being a little naive when they railed the oil men about using their tax breaks? Are we expected to believe that Congress thinks that these executives have a conscience and would give up their tax breaks just to help us peons?

Come on now!! Why would they when they have the President of the United States in their pockets....a President that threatens veto with just the mere mention of taking said tax breaks away from his buddies.

Note to Congress....the Oil Companies don't give a rats ass about anything except profits. They don't care about the consumer, they don't care about the environment (check out Stephen Simon's excuse of why they only gave $100 million towards renewable energy), and they certainly don't care about what we all think of them.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Jewel of a Quote......

I am only linking this because of the quote that was in it. I laughed my butt off when I read it.

"We have no intention of prosecuting Rush Limbaugh because lying through your teeth and being stupid isn't a crime," said Leo Jennings, a spokesman for Democratic Attorney General Marc Dann.

DispatchPolitics : Limbaugh safe from voter-fraud charges Columbus Dispatch Politics

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Sexualization of young girls can spark insecurity, perfectionism, experts say

Sexualization of young girls can spark insecurity, perfectionism, experts say

I was reading articles on Stephanie Kuleba, the 18 year old Boca Raton cheerleader that died as a result of an adverse reaction to anesthesia while under going breast surgery, and found this other article about how society in general is partly responsible for the sexualization of young girls.

Now I have posted on this topic before. Way back in 2005 or so, I posted on my old Bravenet journal about my disgust over the Bratz Babies line of dolls and back at Halloween I posted my thoughts on young girls wearing sexy costumes (which was pulled because I was getting hits from around the world for "sexy young girl" from perverts looking for such), so it is not a new concern of mine.

But this situation hit me in a whole new different way. To see a young woman, with so much promise, subject herself to that kind of surgery all in the pursuit of perfection, is disturbing. Even if she had lived through the surgery, it would be disturbing. Why can't we as women embrace ourselves for what we are? Why can't we be happy with what is on the inside, so the outside doesn't affect us as much?

What messages are we sending our girls? That perfection is everything? That being sexy is cool? That you are only worth something if you have a man? Why aren't we telling them the other things like playing sports....now that is cool! How about that being smart doesn't make you a geek or that, if seen the right way, it is the imperfections that make us beautiful.

We as parents need to stop this message getting to our girls. Please let them be children for as long as they can, treat them with respect, and don't focus so much on what is wrong with them. I am sure that with in the drama script of a teenage girl (trust me, been one) that the bellow of "You are ruining my life!!" will come out. Just smile and go on your happy way knowing that not only did you NOT ruin her life, you might be saving it.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Cheney: Dead soldiers, they volunteered

Devil Cheney

Cheney: Dead soldiers, they volunteered

Quite the cold-hearted son of a bitch, isn't he? The main burden falls on Bush for making the decision to start the war? Yeah, I will believe that when Bush straps on a weapon and has to fight for his life....I will believe it when he has to sit in a room while the concussive force of bombs going off makes him feel out of breathe......I will accept it when he has to wake up every morning wondering whether it is his last day on Earth or better yet, when he wakes up in a cold sweat because he fears for the life of his child at War.

Don't give me that shit, Dick. The burden does NOT fall on Dubya or you or any of your cronies...it falls squarely on our troops and their families.

Monday, March 24, 2008

U.S. death toll in Iraq reaches 4,000 - CNN.com

U.S. death toll in Iraq reaches 4,000 - CNN.com

It is a grim milestone that we hit last night. 4000 American troops have died in Iraq. This, along with the scores of American troops that are broken and battered in body and mind, along with the many Iraqi dead, makes one continue to question the mind of a President that thinks it is all worth it. As George W. Bush says that the critics of this war have no real grounds to question the progress of this War, I am left to wonder how he sleeps at night.

Last night I was flipping through the channels as the breaking news of the milestone came in on CNN. Michael Ware, a correspondent that has been in Iraq pretty much from the beginning, was speaking on the milestone with great candor. I was happy to see that he was saying how he felt and he wasn't holding back, even when one of the panelists tried to rebuke him.

I am linking to a Huffington Post that has a clip of Michael Ware last night.

Moveon.org Petition

I don't watch Fox because I think they are too biased. With the likes of Bill O'Reilly and the group there that calls themselves journalists, their "fair and balanced" reporting is anything but. Seeing as I don't watch Fox, I had not noticed the smear campaign that they were undertaking against Barack Obama. The clip from the petition page that I am embedding in this post will show a sampling of the foulness that Fox is presenting, starting with Julie Banderas referring to Obama as a "Halfrican" through Bill O'Reilly talking about Jeremiah Wright while Louis Farrakhan is showing on the screen, through Anne Coulter repeating "Barack Hussain Obama" to emphasize his middle name, and ending with whoever it is saying Obama sounds like Hitler while soundbites of Obama and Hilter play in the background. It's disgusting and it is wrong.......

But guess what? As Moveon.org states, the Fox virus is spreading. Seems the other news outlets continue this nefarious activity by creeping down to Fox's level by reporting these stories on their news shows, thus spreading the smear campaign.

This needs to stop. Now, before anyone tries to comment to me saying "You wouldn't be so pissed if they were saying this stuff about McCain!", let me tell you, I would. This is why...I don't believe that the mass media should pick or destroy a candidate. McCain has had his own negative publicity from the spewings of Rush, Ann Coulter, and Glenn Beck. I don't believe in smear campaigns and I sure don't believe in smear campaigns funded by the media outlets, not against Obama....not against anyone.

The petiton can be found at Moveon.org.