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I support the current health care reform initiative initiated by President Obama. So I thought I'd contact my Congresspeople and let them know. After figuring out their online comment forms, I expressed my view and left it at that. I have since gotten a response from both of them.

Mind you, I am SUPPORTING this legislation and made it very clear in the text of my communications.

First the response from my Senator:

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Generic boilerplate, perhaps, and I don't like the way she says "Nationalized health care is not the answer" when it's not what's being proposed, but at least she (or whoever she designated to read my email) appears to understand my intent.

Then, a month or so later, the response from my Representative:

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Did he (or his designate) even *READ* my communication? I very clearly said I was FOR the reform, not AGAINST it. How can he claim to be in agreement with me? Mind you, he's been one of the vocal opponents of reform, and no doubt most of my fellow voters would agree with him, but not me. I find him embarrassing.

My Senator is running for the Governorship of Texas next election. I think I will be voting for her, not least because I strongly desire to get rid of Idiot Perry. It will be a shame to lose her as a Senator, though. For a Republican, she's remarkably sensible.

My Representative, OTOH, just lost my vote. I wouldn't mind so much him disagreeing with me (I figured he would), but in order to represent a constituent's views the representative must, MUST accurately determine what those views are first. If he falls so far short of the fundamentals then he is incapable of doing his job and does not deserve to retain it. Period.
ladynox25: (scared)
...was of course very moving but the thing that touched me most was the image of Obama walking through the tunnel on his way out to the balcony. I found it hard to watch and had to look away. He looked so young, so proud, so strong, so confident -- it reminded me so much of a king going to be crowned and at the same time a sacrifice going to the altar. I wonder how he will look in 4 (or 8) years -- so much is on his shoulders now and so much is going to be taken out of him in order to make things right, if they can be made right. He is the right man at the right time for the right job, but the cost of it...
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It just struck me that it seems like a lot of adults are looking forward to Obama's inaguration the way kids look forward to Christmas. Which brings the image to my mind of Santa Obama, dressed in a red suit, coming down the chimney at midnight with a sack full of goodies which he will then distribute to us good little taxpayers, solving all our problems.

Of course, it doesn't really work that way, but it was an amusing image, nonetheless.

Enjoy!
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IF YOU DON'T VOTE
DON'T COMPLAIN

Hope

Nov. 5th, 2008 02:10 pm
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Woke up today woozy from the lack of sleep. Pregnancy fatigue is really getting me down and instead of going to bed at 8 pm as usual last night, I stayed up until 10, right after CNN called the race for Obama (not that I was expecting it to happen then).

Anyway, as far as my lack-of-sleep addled brain can cogitate, here are some thoughts:

Obama is not the Messiah, not by a long shot. Electing him is not going to make the problems we're facing go away, magically or otherwise. In fact, I fully expect him to spend most if not all of his term (and maybe into a second if he gets re-elected) fixing Dubya's mistakes. Which is sad, really, because I think he could have been the tremendous force for change that he promised, if he'd inherited an America anywhere close to being on an even keel. Now I think he'll spend most of his time, energy, and government funding just for Superfund style cleanup. What a waste of talent. And likely he'll end up being blamed for not following through on his campaign promises at the end of it all.

No, I don't envy him one bit. The job he faces is enormous, difficult, and depressing. And yes, he might well make mistakes as he tries to fix the problems we let happen in the last 8 years.

But, with all that (worst-case scenario) said, here's what I see. I see that Obama, at least, is smart enough to know when he doesn't know something. Unlike a lot of Republicans in power (Dubya, Cheney, and Palin are the worst examples I can think of), he doesn't think that he knows it all, or knows best about everything there is to know. IOW, the man knows his limitations, and that is the true beginning of wisdom. That is what I hope will allow him to bring us out of this mess at the end of it all. And maybe, just maybe, he'll be able to effect some true, positive, lasting change along the way.

And here is what I am hoping. More than just being a smart man who knows his limitations and knows when and how and who to ask for advice, I am hoping that Obama will be able to be a true leader. Because he is not going to be able to do this alone; it will require a truly massive amount of effort on all levels by who knows how many people to fix these messes. But they need a leader to be able to do their part(s), and that is what I'm hoping Obama will be.

A truly charismatic, inspiring, down-to-earth leader. I hope that he is an FDR. An Abe Lincoln. A George Washington. Because to truly solve our problems and carry us forward into history, we desperately need a leader of that caliber now.

Obama is not the Messiah. But he might be (if he is allowed to be) the leader we need to get us out of this mess that is America today. And in that task, he will have my full and complete support. Here's hoping.
ladynox25: (excited)
Obama is the President-elect of the USA.

OMG he did it.

God, I hope there are no challenges.
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Palin has been prayed over to exorcise witches, right?

Then why did she decide to name two of her daughters after pop-culture witch figures?

Willow (from Buffy) and Piper (from Charmed).

Does this mean that Palin is a closet witch who also happens to be a wiccaphobe?

Maybe that's what's in the medical records she refuses to release?
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[profile] hoya99 and I did our civic duty this evening and voted early. Now let's see what comes of it. *crosses fingers*
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The Republican ticket starts turning on each other: McCain's aides have started complaining that Palin is "going rogue".

Here's hoping they turn into something resembling a political version of the Donner party....
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From two different LJFriends, two things for those who don't know about them yet:

From [personal profile] christymarx:

To all,
Please read and heed...

PBS has an online poll posted asking if Sarah Palin is qualified. Apparently the right wing knew about this in advance and are flooding the voting with YES votes.

The poll will be reported on PBS and picked up by mainstream media. It can influence undecided voters in swing states.

Please do two things -- takes 20 seconds.

1) Click on link and vote yourself.

Here's the link:
http://www.pbs.org/now/polls/poll-435.html

2) Then send this to every single Obama-Biden voter you know, and urge them to vote and pass it on.

The last thing us need is PBS saying they're viewers think Sarah Palin is qualified.

From [personal profile] flemco:

Pentagon robots to hunt humans.
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The President demands Congress lift the moratoria on oil and gas drilling along our environmentally-sensitive coastal areas because oil prices were soooooooo high and we want to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, right?

Meanwhile, this past summer the Department of Energy authorized the export of 98 billion cubic feet of natural gas to Japan. And did I mention that this natural gas comes from Alaska?

Pass it on.
ladynox25: (angry)
From CNN.com:

Michele Bachmann said late last week she's concerned Barack Obama “may have anti-American views,” and suggested other liberal members of Congress also may be anti-American.

"The news media should do a penetrating exposé and take a look," she said. "I wish they would. I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out, are they pro-America or anti-America?"

Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin also drew fire from Democrats earlier this week when she suggested at a recent GOP fundraiser that she only likes to travel to "Pro-America parts of this great nation."

"We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation," she said.


I'm sure people have heard about this by now, and I'm also sure that I'm not the only one offended. I think I've managed to pick out three main reasons why:

1) Palin went to Ground Zero and wrapped herself in the mantle of 9-11 and now she's said that all the people who died there weren't "real" Americans because they didn't live (and die) in a small town.

2) Palin's husband, who was part of an Alaskan political party which has advocated Alaska seceding from the US is somehow "very pro-American" because he comes from small-town Wasilla. Not to mention all the *other* members of that party, some of which still believe in secession.

3) George W. Bush, who has committed: 1) High Crimes and Misdemeanors for his blatant lies that got us into Iraq, 2) war crimes for waging a war of aggression, 3) violations of the Geneva Convention for permitting/encouraging the violation of civil rights and abuse of prisoners at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, 4) arguable Treason for authorizing warrantless wiretapping in violation of the 4th Amendment and politicizing the Department of Justice, is "pro-American" simply because he's a Republican.

Now, I happen to live in a small town in Texas. I am a tiny blue speck in a sea of red. I know exactly how much (little) my vote will matter this November, because if Obama wins Texas, it will be nothing short of a miracle. And yet I will vote, if only to express in the smallest way possible my absolute rage at the assholes, idiots, and traitors that have destroyed the America I believed in. The America of tolerance, of enlightenment, of progress, where I will defend your right to the pursuit of happiness, even if I can't possibly comprehend why a particular activity makes you so happy. That, to me, is the "real" America, not neo-McCarthys and bigotry and paranoia. That is the America that I used to love and be proud of.

I am no longer proud. I am ashamed that a country that promised so much could have been destroyed so easily. I am ashamed that we learned nothing from the lessons of the past. I am ashamed that we gave up our liberties and our responsibilities so readily, because we were busy trying to make a living, eagerly consuming much more than we needed, and scared that anything would burst our precious little self-centered bubbles to get our heads out of our asses and prevent this tragedy from happening. I am ashamed and I am angry.

Do I think that this is the end of the America I loved and believed in? Can we return to the essential qualities that made America great? Maybe. I hope so. I hope this election will start to turn things around. But it is a fact that once a government has acquired a power, it will not easily give that power up. And it is a fact that whichever party is in power, if it stays in power long enough, it will become corrupt. So I don't think that it's likely. I think the death struggle may be long, it may be weary, the final pulse may not die away until after I am dead. But yes, in the past 8 years I am very much afraid that we have seen the death blow being struck. And neither you nor I did much to stop it.

It makes me sick.
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Apparently, the NSA snooped on calls home from Americans in Iraq, including soldiers, journalists, and aid workers, even when those calls had nothing to do with terrorism. Oh, and they passed around copies of the calls involving "phone sex" and "pillow talk". Of course, they're denying it.

Alaska's legislative committee has finally produced its report regarding Sarah Palin's alleged abuses of power while governor. Unfortunately, apparently the results are secret, and only Alaska's legislature gets to read them.

Finally, Fisher-Price's "Little Mommy Real Loving Baby Cuddle and Coo" doll seems to be causing a bit of paranoia. Some parents say the doll's meaningless gurgles contain messages promoting Satanism and Islam. Hmm.....

Holy crap

Oct. 6th, 2008 02:05 pm
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I wouldn't go so far as to say that I am a fan (yet), but Stephen Colbert is definitely growing on me. Today, watching the episode of The Colbert Report from last Thursday, I had one wonderfully geeky moment when he started to analyze the Presidential race in Shakespearean terms. (Does anyone *not* know that I am a tremendous Shakespeare geek?) My absolute delight was capped when Harvard professor Stephen Greenblatt compared Sarah Palin to Bottom from Midsummer Night's Dream:

"Thinks [s]he can play all the parts; ready for anything, but actually is a horse's ass."

ROTFLMAO!!!

So perfect!

Also very much enjoyed the following Formidable Opponent in which Colbert came up with what I think is by far the best explanation of the financial crisis:

"It's like business syphillis....It started with a few slutty lenders who jumped into bed with some really subprime mortgages. The next thing you knew you had a credit orgy. People were swapping derivatives, AIG was all up in Fannie Mae, Wachovia took on Goldman West, then turned around and got it on with AG Edwards, then Citigroup had them all at once. It was a steaming pile of hot slapping assets. No one knew who was bundling who but it felt good and everybody was doing it, and in the end, let's just say the market blew its liquidity."

DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUDE!

SCOTUS Meme

Oct. 2nd, 2008 07:33 am
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From [personal profile] turnberryknkn:

As was demonstrated in an interview with Katie Couric, Sarah Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court Case other than Roe v. Wade.

The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic, to your lj. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) For those who see this on your f-list, take the meme to your OWN lj to spread the fun.

Marbury vs. Madison

This one I remember from Government class in high school. Marbury wanted a commission that he felt he was owed and took then-President Madison to court. As I am not a legal scholar nor lawyer, I'm not familiar with exactly what statutes were debated, but I do know that this was the case that firmly established the Supreme Court's, well, supremacy. Which supremacy (and independence from the other branches) probably had a lot to do, if you think about it, with the stability of the American political process, especially early on.

Wikipedia's entry on the case.

Thoughts

Sep. 29th, 2008 07:15 am
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1) Was much listening to NPR this past Friday about Bush lobbying House Republicans to pass the bailout plan and was much amused (in spite of the seriousness of the issue) to see how little faith they (not to mention Congress and America generally) had in Bush's word. What went around has finally, finally *come* around. This inspired the following imaginary dialogue (think of Dubya as Chicken Little being treated as the Boy Who Cried Wolf):

BUSH: We need this bill to be passed immediately, as-is, or the 'Merican economy will collapse.
CONGRESS: Yeah, right.
BUSH: No, you don't understand. We really need this bill.
CONGRESS: Yeah.
BUSH: No, really, we really do. And hurry up.
CONGRESS: Un-hunh.
BUSH: Now, listen. If we don't pass this bill right away, these banks and businesses will collapse and the 'Merican economy will go down the tubes and we'll have another Great Depression and you wouldn't want that now, would you?
CONGRESS: We hear you.
BUSH: ?$^#$($&#^#($(!!!!
CONGRESS: We agree with you. The economy is pretty horrible.
BUSH: Then why won't you pass my bill already???
CONGRESS: Oh, we'll pass a bill. Just not the one you submitted. And stop stalking the House Republicans. If you show up at their conventions one more time they won't be able to be re-elected and you wouldn't want that now, would you?

2) On the topic of the Chinese melamine/milk scandal: I just remember thinking at the time of the pet food debacle last year (and I'm sure I wasn't the only one) that it was a good thing that the human food supply wasn't contaminated. I also remember wondering if Chinese food manufacturers would take that as a wakeup call. I wasn't optimistic that they would and so I was wondering as well when we would see melamine in the human food supply, if it wasn't in there already. Obviously, Chinese food manufacturers didn't learn (or maybe they thought if they put it in milk instead of rice and wheat gluten no one would notice?).

Which makes me wonder a) how long it will take the Chinese government to figure out that unless they regulate this, unscrupulous businessmen will take advantage of the loopholes to keep on doing this, b) what the state of the food produced in America would be like today if not for the FDA. I'm not saying that they are perfect, but having something in the way of regulation in place has got to be better than nothing, because if people out there are only interested in making money and don't give a damn about how they get there, things like this *will* keep happening.

That last sentence sounds like it could be about Dubya, now that I think about it...
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I haven't been keeping up with the details, alas, but apparently Palin committed a big no-no when she fired a public safety commissioner while Governor of Alaska. Now, she's refusing to cooperate with a legislative investigation into the firing. Why? Because (according to her) "Obama Operatives" are manipulating the probe.

Needless to say, I'm even less impressed with her than I was before (which was, not much), less inclined to listen (or believe) to what she has to say, and less inclined to vote for her ticket. Instead, I'm *more* inclined to consider her a Republican wackonutjob in the fine tradition of Dubya et al. The problem is, unlike Dubya, she *is* apparently intelligent. Unfortunately, I'm not sure I consider intelligent and crazy an improvement over stupid. In fact, thinking about it, I believe it scares me even more.

I hope it scares you.
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So. The system still works after all. Thank God.

Yes, I had serious doubts about it after the last election and with the proliferation of voting machines across the country since then, I was worried that this election would be doctored beyond all repair. In which case, to all intents and purposes, democracy would be dead in America.

And for those of you who still think I'm crazy (well, crazier than usual), just reflect for a moment that 60% or so of the electorate said in various pre-election polls that they wanted change. In a system that truly works, we would see what we just saw, a definite majority kicking the incumbent party out on its collective ass. If, OTOH, we had woken up this morning and the incumbent party had won by a margin greater than that accounted for in statistics, then I think I at least would be justified in saying that someone was interfering somewhere. And I don't think I'd be the only one. I think conservatives as well as liberals would, if they were honest, sit up and take notice of that sort of thing. The mainstream media would, I hope, be all over it.

That's what I was afraid of. That's what didn't happen. And that's why, today, I feel a profound sense of relief. Because the system worked. What the voters said they were going to do is reflected in what the votes said. And that means that democracy is still working.

That the incumbent party was the Republicans, that they have, in my opinion, been running this country into Hell as fast as they can drag the handbasket, and that they haven't had to be accountable for their bad decisions, so they kept on making them, and that they therefore just got a nice big swift kick in the rear end, that Bush just realized that he might (if we're lucky) actually be impeached or at least have his subordinates subpoenaed, and that Rumsfeld is out of office so quick that the door didn't hit his ass on the way out, are all bonuses from my point of view.

Life, right now and for the foreseeable future, is good. Now let's hope that the Democrats don't fuck things up.

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