Yay!

Jun. 26th, 2013 09:58 am
eee1313: (HIMYM - Robin Sparkles)
I am so glad to hear the Supreme Court has struck down DOMA and Prop 8. A wonderful day for Americans who want equality.

Icky.

Oct. 22nd, 2012 08:29 pm
eee1313: (Everyone poops)
I'm sick. I have a cold. )

In other news, I'm waiting to hear back from the county to get V in for a physical evaluation. She's almost a year old and she still doesn't crawl, sit up, or pull herself up. I think she's just lazy, but as [livejournal.com profile] yakgirl pointed out, these are core physical milestones that she should have hit already. Getting her evaluated for PT isn't going to kill anyone (except my ego as a supermom). I found out that it's federal law that all children under 36 months can have developmental evaluations done free of charge. If they think V needs actual PT, then we have to coordinate with insurance to see if they'll cover it. But still, free evaluations for babies -- thanks, Feds!

Oh, and regarding the Feds in general, this election bullshit just makes me roll my eyes. ALL of it. I can't handle hearing about 3/4 of the politicians, and it's just attack ad after attack ad, and by the way Joe Walsh is a SCUMBAG and I'm so glad he's not on the ticket in my district or else I'd scream. I can't wait for this all to be over. I'm so sick of all the negativity. I think almost everyone in America is, but the politicians just pander to those that scream the loudest, and those are usually the ones who are angriest. WHATEVER.

Okay, I need to go now. The baby has been asleep since she came home at 6:00 because she didn't nap at all today. And if we don't wake her up and feed her we'll be dealing with WIDE AWAKE BABY at 11:30 p.m. like we did last night. And that's no fun when you're sick.

Before I forget, love to (in no particular order): [livejournal.com profile] sunbrae, [livejournal.com profile] missrachael, [livejournal.com profile] norabombay, [livejournal.com profile] tenar, and [livejournal.com profile] spasticat.
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The guy who owns Chik-Fil-A has every right to believe what he wants as to what makes a family. I support his right to say & believe what he wants. However, by using his money to support groups that try to impede on the rights of others, I will never spend a penny in one of his restaurants, lest that money wind up in the hands of groups I would never back. Thus, I have donated to GLAAD as a personal form of counter-protest to all of the "support Chik-Fil-A" measures.

The thing is, this chain finally built a restaurant near us and I wanted to try it. Now I never will.
eee1313: (Everyone poops)
No matter where your political affiliation lies, you have to admit this is pure genius:

Mitt Romney or Mr. Burns?

Really?

Nov. 3rd, 2010 09:14 am
eee1313: (Everyone poops)
Oh, America. Your basic attitude is this: "Change didn't happen fast enough! Everything that was screwed up from the past didn't get fixed IMMEDIATELY, so we're changing tactics completely and everything will magically be better again!"

All I know is, every time I've been laid off it wasn't the Democrats in power. I'm not saying it's the Republicans' fault, but I AM saying that the climate during their majority was the same climate that led to economic crapitude and layoffs. While working for major, national, big-business corporations, I might add. AHEM.
eee1313: (Everyone poops)


Here in Illinois it's a mess. One of my coworkers aptly described this year's elections as "a race to the bottom." To say it's the lesser of two evils is an understatement. Most of our choices suck. When it comes to governor, it's either a shady Republican or the guy who was the lieutenant governor under Blago and took over when he was impeached—also shady. The independent candidate for governor was originally going to run as lieutenant governor with the current Democrat governor until it was discovered that he had once threatened his prostitute girlfriend with a knife and his ex-wife had a restraining order against him due to his roid rages. So considering how these guys are all winners, I voted for the Green Party candidate for governor, who was mistakenly written up on early ballots as "Rich Whitey." (His real name's Rich Whitney.) Oh, Illinois politics, you're so awesome hilarious pathetic.

eee1313: (Everyone poops)
Interesting article on CNN about the "Militant Middle." Personally, I can't find a whole lot to argue about here (not including the comments section. Holy God, the comments...) in regards to why the two-party system just isn't representing this country accurately.

Man, I hate election season.
eee1313: (HIMYM - Robin death glare)
Sometimes I think I should just go live in a hut in the wilderness somewhere, away from everyone and everything. All sorts of stuff is just annoying me to no end today. The Supreme Court stupidity, loud people in my office, good people not getting their dues, morons telling others not to give to Haiti relief, people I respect saying ridiculous things about the government, bloggers calling Christina Hendricks from Man Men "big," the list goes on and on. All of it is enough to make me want to shout "I'm done!", grab my husband and the cat, and go live on the side of a mountain somewhere, go off the grid, never deal with anyone else's shit again. Honestly.

And then I realize that I like things like a roof that doesn't leak, food and water on hand as needed, playing games on the PlayStation... Plus, despite my husband having mad survival skills (including bow hunting, wtf?) I would not do well in any environment that requires me to skin my own food. That, and there would be bugs.

That said, I'm wondering if I should revisit Walden, like my sister has been telling me to do...
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I am still absolutely fascinated with the protests in Iran. Seriously, this is amazing. Again, whether or not these protests will lead to any sort of change is unknown. But one item I pondered this morning is that if anything, these protests will change the way people view Muslims. Rather than being viewed as stereotypical uneducated, terror-spreading monsters, these marches in Tehran show the peaceful side of Islam that has always existed but unfortunately has been overshadowed by the fanatics. Someone said it better here:

These silent demonstrations of values, faith, and politics ring louder than any protest or sermon. If the Iranians continue to guide this thing down a righteous path they will make history even if they don't overturn the election. And their representation of their faith will rank with that of Ghandi's Hinduism and King's Christianity. I have my doubts, but a reformation of Islam--at least Iranian Shia Islam--could be at hand.


This editorial hits on something else which may cause an attitude adjustment in regards to how people view Islam:

The protests for Mr Mousavi do not just expose the lie of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's landslide victory. They expose the lie that there is something Western in wanting democracy and human rights.


Granted, that link has a conservative bent that I don't wholly agree with, but this argument above? THIS is what is giving me hope. Islam is not a religion of violence or hatred. (There are just as many crazy nutjob Christians out there as there are crazy nutjob Muslims. Just look at James von Brunn and Scott Roeder.) Muslims want a happy family, they want to be treated well, they want to be respected. Despite the differences in Eastern and Western culture and religion, when you get down to the smallest unit, the person-to-person comparison, it's easy to tell that we all want the same things from life. I'm really hoping that these protests help to prove to the world that the people of Iran, and Muslims in so many other countries, aren't the boogeymen the stereotypes have made them out to be. They're just people who want the same chances at a good life as everyone else.

Finally, check out this image of street art as a form of protest. I love this photo.

ETA: Some U of Chicago students set up an anonymous fax line so that people can send message from inside Iran (now that other means of communication are being blocked.) They have a website where they'll be posting the faxes. So far there's only one, but it's interesting to read an eyewitness account.

Iran

Jun. 16th, 2009 09:26 am
eee1313: (Firefly - Mal humped)
I am in absolute awe of what's going on in Iran right now. The news stations here are basically just saying "there are protests in Tehran over the election results," and that's about it. But holy crap, you start checking the Twitter and Flickr feeds, and it's crazy what's coming through there. [livejournal.com profile] spicedrum linked to this Flickr feed that has absolutely horrific photos, like nothing I've seen from any news source.

[livejournal.com profile] bdar posted an eloquent missive on the Iranian elections, including a mention of how people in Iran are using Twitter to get the word out when the press has been banned from reporting what's happening. Right now, people with Twitter accounts are being asked to change their profile timezone to GMT+03:30 Tehran & location to Tehran. The hope is that if people from around the globe flood that timezone, it will be harder for Iranian security forces to search for and block actual Twitter users in Iran, therefore helping to keep the posts from real Iranians coming through.

I'm just floored by all this. I have no idea what's going to come from this. It could be an amazing uprising for the people of Iran. It could be the start of a civil war within the country. This very well could have ramifications on a global scale. It's just horrifying and inspiring and awful and wonderful and scary all at once.

ETA: I linked around and found that Andrew Sullivan of The Atlantic has a bunch of different links and news bits about what's happening in Iran. Linking it here so I won't lose it later.

Oh, Blago.

Jun. 2nd, 2009 12:24 pm
eee1313: (Batman Begins - Chicago)
This morning on the news, the entertainment reporter was discussing I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, which premiered last night. It seems that good old Patti Blagojevich is filling in for G-Rod, who's not allowed to leave the country for the show's filming due to all his legal troubles. Anyway, the news showed a clip that just made me laugh and laugh. Patti was talking about her husband's legal troubles, and stupid Spencer Pratt commented "Just so you know, when I met him, I was like, this is who I would have voted for the president of the United States of America." That is a direct quote, folks. Spencer Pratt has endorsed Blago for President! I think that speaks volumes about them both.

***


In other news, I went to a sneak preview of The Proposal last night. It's a relatively formulaic comedy. Mean woman blackmails good guy into marriage, she meets his family and has fish-out-of-water experience, both realize they love each other, but will the INS keep them apart before they can realize they're Meant To Be? Yeah, not all that original. That said, once this movie got going it was funny. I think a lot of that simply has to do with watching Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds sling zingers at one another. And Sandra gets naked like I never thought would happen in a movie. VERY funny. And there's a scene with a dog that has me laughing just thinking about it. Plus, there's Betty White. You can't go wrong with Betty White. So yes, despite the relatively thin premise and the cookie-cutter ending, the laughs are well worth it. This movie was surprisingly funny.
eee1313: (Buffy - you stink)
This morning on the way to work I was harassed by another driver on the highway. There weren't many people on the road when I merged on, so I waited in the slow lane for the cars to pass, and then signaled to cross the traffic into the fast lane. Once there, I accelerated to my usual 70 mph cruising speed. At this point, a blue Jeep next to me started to speed up as well. At first I thought it was just someone on their cell phone not paying attention, which is often the case when drivers fluctuate their speed. So I continued to speed up to pass him. The other driver sped up as well. At this point I was nearing 80 mph, so I decided to just drop back and let the dumbass continue on, and I'd drop back behind him into the middle lane. As I lifted off the gas, the other driver did too, all the way down to 60 mph. At this point, I became fully aware that the other driver was purposely blocking me in the fast lane, so I looked over at him with a WTF face.

At this point, I saw he had put a big "SOCIALISM" sign in his driver's side window, with the Obama O logo as the O in socialism. He was sneering at me and giving me the finger. All because I have an Obama "Vote for Change" sticker on the back of my car. Nice. Real nice.

I just turned back to look at the highway and sped up again. As before, he started matching my speed. I didn't bother to look at him again, as I wasn't going to give him the satisfaction. So I just continued to accelerate, and he did as well. At this point I was pissed, because this was accounting for road rage on his part. So I floored it up to 90 and sped off. If a cop had pulled me over, I had a damn good excuse, as I was being harassed via vehicle and was trying to escape a hostile driving situation. Thankfully at this point the guy was done messing with me and let off the gas.

When I finally pulled off the highway at my exit, who should be behind me but Mr. Socialism himself. He continued to laugh at me and make faces, but I chose to just ignore him. Then, at the stoplight, he started giving me the finger again. His socialism sign was out of his window, so I know for a fact that's what he was harassing me about, as it wasn't a permanent fixture on his car. I just drove off when I got my green turn arrow.

Seriously, though, WTF? Who does something like this? Who is so insecure and angry about his political situation that he creates a hostile and potentially dangerous situation on the highway? Who feels the need to harass complete strangers over something like a bumper sticker? Honestly. My question is, if I run into this guy on the road again, what do I do? Am I allowed to call the highway patrol over something like this? Because he takes the same route to work as I do, and I'll be damned if I'll put up with his behavior repeatedly. Also, I don't like being threatened when I've done nothing wrong. Especially at 70 mph.

And on a final note, I was going to take the sticker off my car the next time I wash it. Now, I'm thinking I'll keep it just so that this guy doesn't think he's won.

Stuff

Mar. 11th, 2009 12:47 pm
eee1313: (Hunca Munca)
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] nmissi, I've been made aware of the craziness that's been going on due to CIPSA. CIPSA is the law that was passed a little while ago, stating that lead paint is bad for kids and all products with lead paint are EVOL. Which, true. To an extent. Want to know what falls under this category of EVOLNESS? Books. Basically, any books made before the mid-1980s are full of lead which will kill your children on contact. So all of the books we loved as children are now essentially illegal. Sure, we can keep them in our own homes. But if we want a copy of a book we loved as a child, and it hasn't been reprinted? We can't buy them from a used book store, a thrift store, or a book collector because these merchants could be faced with civil/criminal penalties if they're caught. (According to the law, resellers don't have to test the lead in their used merchandise, but they can't sell stuff that they think may have it, unless they have the capability to test for lead in their used merchandise. Catch 22, anyone?) But hey, what all does this really matter when children's books are only good for 20 years, anyway? At least the ALA is fighting to make books exempt from this law.

Now there's a new thing going on called the Food Safety Modernization Act, which looks good on paper. Anyone who sells food needs to be regulated to show that their goods are safe and whatnot. But, like CIPSA, this has the potential to spiral out of control. Check out this post for info. Sure, the post is a hotheaded, but it has a point. Under the vague guidelines of the FSMA, anything from bake sales to farmers' markets will be risking illegality by operating. Old books are EVOL now, folks, those tomatoes and homemade breads may be next. I'm just getting the word out.

In much happier news, my friend (and my sister's BFF) [livejournal.com profile] jennlavigne is once again participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. She and her team are currently accepting donations to walk for 15 hours around a high school track to raise money for the ACS. Jenn and her team write the names of friends and family who both died from and survived cancer. Should you donate to her relay team, she'll add any name you request as well. Jenn's team can be found here. It's Jenn's fifth year doing the Relay for Life, so if you can help her out I'm sure she (and the ACS) would appreciate it).
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Over on Gapers Block, the question of the day about Blagojevich. Specifically, what poetry could he read at his next press conference? Some people are making up their own poems, some are writing poems about him, some are offering real poems that apply to the situation. But my favorite so far is this redo of the famous William Carlos Williams poem.

THIS IS JUST TO SAY

I have taken
the tax dollars
that were
in your coffers

and which
you were probably
saving
for starving children or some shit

Forgive me
I am greedy
so corrupt
and dirty


Ha ha ha! Oh, poetry. I miss you so.
eee1313: (Futurama - zombie Jesus!)
Illinois federal court has ruled the Illinois Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act unconstitutional. YES. According to the federal judge, the "teacher is required to instruct her pupils, especially in the lower grades, about prayer and its meaning as well as the limitations on their 'reflection,'" Gettleman ruled.

"The plain language of the statute, therefore, suggests and intent to force the introduction of the concept of prayer into the schools," he said.


I'm all for prayer. That's fine. But the fact of the matter is, there's a little thing called separation of church and state. If you want your kids to pray in school, they can do it during lunch, on their own time. Students attending public schools should not be FORCED to pray, meditate, reflect, whatever you want to call it. That does not belong in public schools, which are funded with public dollars. End of conversation.

***


In other local news, it's more bad news for the Blagojeviches. Patti got fired from her job. And G-Rod gave a press conference this morning stating that he will not be participating in his impeachment hearing because it's "a sham." He thinks the trials will "thwart the will of the people" because he was elected fairly and is being impeached without voter consent. Um, dude? Have you even READ the stuff in the Illinois constitution that deals with impeachment? Because the good folks of this state don't get a say; it's all left up to the Senate and House. Also, please note that the article linked to states that he missed the deadline for "seeking witnesses, documents or other materials to be used in his defense." Dear God. How much longer till that moron gets kicked out of office?

***


I forgot to take my drugs today. I am already coughing more than I did yesterday. Last night the Scientist was all "How is it possible to have a cough for more than two weeks?" Yeah, that's what I'd like to know. I think at this point, it's developed into a sinus infection. But I feel better, so that's something.

***


You all know that I have questionable taste in movies, right? Should any of you question that, my viewing choice for last night will solidify that fact. While the Scientist was at work, I chose to watch I Know Who Killed Me. Yes, the Lindsay Lohan is a stripper/tortured amputee movie. Spoilers, in case you actually care. )

***


And in other news, the Oscar nominations were today. All I have to say to the Academy is UP YOURS for not nominated The Dark Knight. That movie was effing AMAZING, and the fact that it was thrown all sorts of technical noms and essentially locked out of all the major categories... Well, it just pisses me off. That movie had a phenomenal script, Chris Nolan did a great job as director, and frankly, the fact that it wasn't nominated for best picture blows my mind. Yeah, yeah, "the Academy hates blockbusters." Then explain to me why movies like Titanic, Braveheart, Return of the King have won that title and Dark Knight wasn't even nominated. That movie was the best crime thriller I've seen in YEARS, and it deserved more than it got. BAH. I think this year, I might actually skip the Oscars, because other than RDJ in Tropic Thunder, I just don't care.
eee1313: (Everyone poops)
Illinois House votes 114-1 to impeach Blagojevich. Now on to the Senate! Let's see what they think of the situation...
eee1313: (Everyone poops)
Rod Blagojevich, Illinois' esteemed and noble governor, was arrested this morning. It seems he may have been trying to auction off Obama's senate seat to the highest bidder. And my "may," I mean "almost certainly."

The Smoking Gun has more info as well, including this juicy exerpt:

Blagojevich was caught on wiretaps noting that the Senate seat "is a fucking valuable thing, you just don't give it away for nothing." He was also recorded saying that unless "I get something real good," he would appoint himself to the vacancy. "I'm going to keep this Senate option for me a real possibility, you know, and therefore I can drive a hard bargain. You hear what I'm saying. And if I don't get what I want and I'm not satisfied with it, then I'll just take the Senate seat myself."

Our governor, ladies and gentlemen! Let's give him a round of applause.

ETA: For those of you not familiar with the craziness that is Illinois politics, I suggest you read this post from my friend [livejournal.com profile] aj.
eee1313: (Everyone poops)
For all the people on my flist currently going ga-ga for Rahm Emanuel, I'd like to point you in the direction of RahmFacts. "As awesome as Chuck Norris facts, except 100% true!" There's not a lot there (yet), but each fact is backed up in the dossier, which is something Chuck Norris doesn't have. Take that, Chuck Norris! (Thanks to Gapers Block for the link.)
eee1313: (Everyone poops)
Rahm Emanuel has officially accepted the position as White House Chief of Staff for Obama. I have to say, it seems so very strange to me to have local politicians moving up to the top of the heap. Normally DC is somewhere far away, somewhere that I have no connection with besides "that place I went to on the eighth grade trip." But now it seems a little bit closer, now that names I've known for years are heading there in January.

That said, on the local political front, there are questions about who will fill Obama's Senate seat once he's sworn in as President. Our moron governor, Blogojevich, claims he's not interested in filling the spot himself. I should hope not. He's already made enough of a mess of this state, we don't need him messing with the Senate as well. Of the names being bandied about, I am personally hoping for Danny K. Davis. He was my rep when I lived in Oak Park, and I loved the guy. I'm also curious about Atty. General Lisa Madigan taking Obama's spot, and have to wonder if she was hoping for this all along. One of my best friends applied for a job as her assistant, and they dragged their heels on making a hiring decision for something like 11 months. Maybe it was actually over a year, it seemed like forever. After going through rounds and rounds of interviews (of which she was the only candidate), they eventually decided not to bring on more staff. I kind of wonder if a move to the Senate was on Madigan's radar, and perhaps that's why there was a hold on bringing anyone new to her office. If her job were to suddenly change, maybe the need for that position would dissipate and perhaps that's why they chose not to even have that job any more. I'll have to ask my friend about this the next time I see her...

ETA: Thanks so much, [livejournal.com profile] missrachael, for titling your post yesterday "O Rahm, O Rahm Emanuel." Now every time I see his name in print, I sing it in tune to the Christmas carol. ;)

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