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, March 31, 2008

Ann Telnaes - March 30, 2008

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.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Gov. Richardson endorses Obama - CNN.com

Gov. Richardson endorses Obama - CNN.com

I watched Gov. Richardson's endorsement of Barack Obama today. It was an excellent speech...a speech I agreed wholeheartedly to. I think Obama is doing a great job timing his endorsements appropriately. This campaign is running like a well-oiled machine, in my opinion. I highly recommend checking out Richardson's endorsement speech . I think there is a link to it on this CNN article, but I am sure it will find itself to YouTube in no time and I will post it then.

I feel change in the air, my friends.......

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Protesters turn out for war's anniversary - Los Angeles Times

no war
Protesters turn out for war's anniversary - Los Angeles Times

I don't like to call things like this anniversaries. Anniversaries to me are supposed to be happy events, causes for celebration. This is not an anniversary, it's a travesty.

Five years of war....a war that looks like there is no end to.

Over 3000 thousand troops have died in this war. The official wounded count is over 29,000. Many are coming home broken and disillusioned. Trillions of dollars are pumped into the war machine.....

and Bush says it's all worth it.

I stood on Watertown's Public Square with other likeminded people 5 years ago speaking out against the War that came. I saw my honey (who wasn't my honey then, just my friend) go to and come back from war, a little different then he was when he left. Thank goodness he is out of the military, because I couldn't bear him going again. I stopped standing on the Square with my signs...not because I didn't care, not because I eventually believed in the War, I stopped standing there because it didn't seem like anyone would listen.....not our President, not the chickhawks that call for war, but don't want to fight it, not even my own Senator Clinton. I still don't believe they are listening.

The time is long past due for our troops to come home. This has gone on long enough. War is NOT the answer.

Monday, March 17, 2008

2008 North Country Goes Green Festival

I always enjoy attending the North Country Goes Green Festival and this year was no exception. The only things that were missing that was a bummer was the lady who sells the Shamrocks and the dart tournament that my honey was sort of looking forward too.

Saturday we headed up to the 11th Floor to hear BarleyJuice play. What a great treat that was. My only regret was that I didn't get to hear them longer because the floor was 21 and over and I had to check on my kids downstairs. BarleyJuice was loud, they were rowdy, they were fun....just perfect for a band at an Irish Festival. I'll tell you...the room was packed. We headed downstairs to join the boys and listened to The Tartan Special, watching some the ones who might have partaked too much of the available spirits dance. We ended the evening talking for a while to Connie, owner of the Handmaiden's Garden in Sacket's Harbor. We had a great conversation on a variety of things, including homeschooling and the history of her business. She had some really excellent and unique soaps and my honey picked up some of her all natural lip balm! I highly recommend checking out her store if one is in the Sacket's Harbor area!

Sunday was Family Day and we headed over to watch the fabulous dancers from the Johnston School of Irish Dance. It's always exciting to see them perform. Apparently, one of their dancers, Merry Jo Devine, is heading to Dublin for the World Tournament. By having seen her dance, I can see why! Good Luck, Merry Jo!

Proceeds from the North Country Goes Green Festivals go towards a program called Project Children. More information on this can be found at www.projectchildrenni.com/welcome.htm.

Friday, March 14, 2008

And the media circus follows.....

I have been mulling over the events of the last week. The shock of finding out that my governor, Eliot Spitzer, thought he was above the law, the heartbreaking look on his wife's face as her world fell apart around her, having to listen to that asshole Glenn Beck having way too much fun with all this while waiting for Spitzer to announce his resignation on AM radio, (I don't listen to Beck for the record....it was the only station I could get in and Spitzer was late to his own resignation, so I had to endure about 10 minutes of Beck), and the ensuing media circus to follow.

This "Kristin" girl becomes another in a long line of women that will become famous for a sexual scandal that brought down a powerful man. The sad thing is that this is not the first time it has happened and it won't be the last. Why is it that powerful men meet their downfall? Why are they willing to lose so much for a piece of ass? I mean, apparently Spitzer paid a large sum for that piece, but it is a piece nonetheless. How is the love of your family, the respect of your peers, and the trust of your state worth all that? It just boggles the mind.

My friend, Miniature Rose, at her blog said my sentiments exactly. It's the hypocrisy of all this that bothers me. Throughout time, men of power have had their fair share of dalliances...that's not the shock. Hell, most of the men that voted to impeach Clinton probably had mistresses and dalliances with prostitutes themselves, but the hypocrisy of Spitzer offends me. I voted for him with the hope that he would bring some kind of ethics to this State...ethics we needed so badly. Now all he has brought is embarrassment and shame and one more prostitute that can have her 15 minutes of fame simply for being a whore.

Am I being judgemental.....yes, probably, but right now I am pissed that all this happened.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Gov. Spitzer apologizes to family, public - CNN.com

G-D damn it!! After the Pataki years, I was thrilled to have help vote a Democrat into the office of Governor and this is what happens!!!

Son a bitch....why, why, why, WHY!!!??

Gov. Spitzer apologizes to family, public - CNN.com

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Yes...this is a "poor me" post....bear with me.

Have you ever had one of those days....weeks....months when nothing seems to go right? Where it seems that one thing after another is bombarding you? Well, I feel like I have had one of those years. A year that starts in March 2007 with an appendectomy (without the benefit of health insurance) and keeps right on going to the present with a car accident in which I rear ended a truck (without the benefit of it being a car that I was insured to drive) a mere month after getting the vehicle. In between these two March's, I have seen my marriage break up and the start of a new relationship that has it's ups and downs (mostly courtesy of his ex). I have had expenses come up out of nowhere......medical issues come up out of nowhere......a cat that keeps peeing on the garage floor even though I put her outside regularly and clean it up with enzyme cleaner, and more stress than I ever thought possible.

Sometimes I just want to go to a coffee shop by myself and not have anyone talk to me. I just want quiet time to realize that I recovered from my appendectomy nicely....that I am still on good terms with my ex, that my new man is sweet and kind, that my other medical issues are not that major, that the accident was minor, no one was hurt, and it all can be fixed easily, that the warm weather will come and the cat will be outside more, that my kids are healthy and well........but right now I am at a point where if one more thing happens, I want to shake my fists at the sky and scream at the Powers that Be "WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT FROM ME?!"


Saturday, March 01, 2008