Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The Billy Squier episode.
Billy Squier - In The Dark
I saw this dude in concert back in... ummmm.... 1984? August I think it was, or perhaps Sept. In Lakeland, FL. Ratt was the opener. They were so so. Not bad, not great, good fun. Then Billy hit the stage. OH MY GOD!!! I totally freaked out! I think I actually might have stepped on a few unfortunate souls in my quest to be right in front, nothing between me and this magnificent, gorgeous, talented, oh, just beautiful in every way, man. Nothing, that is but a couple of big, hairy goons masquerading as "security". The joys of "general seating", ya know?
This video is from that same tour, different city, tho. He was sooooo good.
Billy Squier - She's a Runner - Recorded Live in Detroit
Last but not least,
Billy Squier - All Night Long
Happy, sexy, fun loving, artist. I always wanted to get my hands in that lovely, curly hair.
Don't cha wanna live! Indeed.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Do you guys have any idea how good apples and cinnamon smell cooking on the stove?
I'm still waiting for my robo-call. I got them from McCain during the primaries, but for the general??? Cheap bastard. (Just kidding, I know he has other priorities)
I have three new books. Well, they are new to me. I bought them used and they've been out for a few years... problem is... with this wealth of new reading material, I don't know which one to start on first.
Another quandary, do I go vote early, or do I do the traditional thing and join my neighbors and friends at the polling place on Nov. 4th? I'm thinking on voting early. Starting on Oct. 27th the early voting place is open til 6pm. That way I can go after Pete gets home from work and I won't have to ask for the car. He might even come vote early with me. Seeing all these long lines... I can only imagine what Nov. 4th will be like. Lord knows I don't want to have to stand in line for hours. That doesn't sound fun at all. I mean, it's good that so many people are voting, but still... election boards across the country should have been more ready for the large numbers of people who we've all known for months are interested in this election. Now they want to act like the numbers are totally unexpected. Puh-leeze!
Well, whatdaya know? Just got my first robo-call of the general election season! I'm so excited. Whoopee! Can't ya tell? It wasn't a McCain call. It was for congressman Paul Braun. It went something like this, "Hello friend, this is Pat Boone. Yes... Love Letters In Sand, Pat Boone. I'm calling on behalf of my friend congressman Paul Braun..." that's about the time I hung up. I listened long enough to see who he was calling on behalf of, and then, click. I never did like Pat Boone anyway. I think I'd vote for "the other guy" just because I don't like him.
The older I get the more like my mother I look.
Alan Greenspan, the former Fed Chair, was up on the Hill today answering questions posed to him by members of the House. This dude was the top money man in the nation, perhaps the world, for the better part of two decades. And the best he could come up with when asked why he didn't see this coming was "our models were wrong"!!! Come on! After all this time, that's the best you can do? Two decades of running the show and you can't even make the effort to come up with a half-arsed short story for us? All he has to say for himself is HE GOT IT WRONG?! The dude sure has got lazy since he retired. Sheesh. I want a refund. I don't feel like I got my money's worth.
I made some outrageously, awesomely delicious whole grain roti for supper tonight. I used whole wheat flour, Indian millet flour, whole grain rye flour and I used barley flour on the board when I was rolling them out. They turned out soooo good. Then I made pork and potato curry to go with. Darned good stuff! Hubby had a sausage and cheese omelet, not being a big fan of Indian food. I also made a batch of apple walnut tarts. The house smells so good. I can't describe it.
Now I'm going to go put my foot up and watch the rest of Hardball. Then I'll watch Keith and Rachel and then, hopefully, I'll be ready to fall asleep. See ya!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Someone was sweet enough to put that one particular video of them on youtube. The video that I commented on my last post that I had got for my neice, Katie. So... just for you Pam:
Part 2 of 3
Part 3 of 3
*Disclaimer: You may never look at fruits and veggies the same again. :)
Hope you enjoyed!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
So... I was on my way home from getting my foot x-rayed today and I was grooving on Sirius Satellite Radio (which my awesome car came equipped with) and I was on the 70's channel. So, this song came on and I was like "WOW! I haven't heard that song in ages. I must look it up on youtube as soon as I get home and then share it with all my wonderful friends!"
I hope you enjoyed this little taste of silliness today. I sure did. Brought back many happy memories of being a barefoot brat playing in the sand in my Granny's yard in Florida.
Friday, October 17, 2008
The thing that pisses me off is that I'm afraid to put it up in my yard. Right now I have it displayed in my front window. I'm afraid that if I put it outside it will get stolen, vandalized, etc. Pete is worried that our house or car will get vandalized because of it. A fellow he works with put one in his yard and someone threw a rock through his front window. It makes me angry that I have to be afraid to display my political opinion on my own front lawn. There are at least 5 McCain/Palin signs in yards on my street. Do they worry about having their belongings vandalized because of it? I doubt it. But around here... even when I go to vote in the Primaries here, since GA has an open primary, which is where both Dems and Reps go to the same poling place on the same day and they have to ask for the ballot of their choice, when I ask for a democratic ballot the old geezers manning the table always have something snide to say such as, "Oh, she gets one of those ballots." or, this last time the old goat who checked my ID said something about the need for me to change my party affiliation. I don't remember his exact words, and perhaps he didn't mean it to sound so demeaning, but it does. I know some folks who would go so far as to call it voter intimidation or some such. And since we changed to electronic voting where we use those stupid little credit card looking things I never feel like my vote is counted the way I cast it. I mean, all the people at my poling place are republicans, how do I know that they haven't cast their votes first thing and then just let everyone else go and cast the same vote? I mean, I don't know how it works, but they keep giving the cards out over and over, they are supposed to wipe the memory between each use, but how do we KNOW they really do? The answer is... we don't know. Plain and simple, we have to take it on faith that they are counting our votes the way we cast them. But I don't really have much hope that they do. Count my vote correctly, that is.
Anyway... watched the debate the other night. Of course, my dear friends all knew I would. I thought that McCain actually started out fairly feisty. He looked almost like the McCain of old. Then... he let his irascible side show. After about 30-35 minutes he just looked old, angry, irritated, flustered. And the way he and all his supporters keep talking about how they always repudiate anyone who says anything untoward about Obama. Sheesh! He disputed one crazy old lady who called him an Arab. And I'm pretty sure she was a "plant" meant to ask that question specifically so McCain could say "no, he's not". And now they are using that one instance to say he always corrects such as that. And further more, when he was complaining about Obama not repudiating what Rep. Jon Lewis said... McCain just looked petulant. He looked like a spoiled little brat in an old man's body. He looked ridiculous. And why should Obama repudiate what Lewis said? Obama didn't put him up to it. He wasn't speaking on Obama's behalf. And further more, what he said was the truth. If you don't want people to accuse you of racism, of stirring up dangerous feelings in your supporters, then you shouldn't go there. Truth hurts sometimes.
Also... can I say something about the way McCain blinks his eyes so furiously? I mean... it's weird. You know, I was always taught that you should watch a person's eyes to tell if they are lying or not. Some people won't look at you when they lie. Some people will look at you but never blink. And some people will blink their eyes uncontrollably. The way he does that just makes me think he's a liar. Right or wrong, that's the impression I get. And the way he continually does that old man, lizard tongue thing. It's gross. Just gross. I don't like it. It doesn't give me a favorable impression of McCain. Am I wrong to think that way? Perhaps. But there it is.
And Joe Lieberman, can I say a word about that grinning idiot. He's beginning to look like some sort of life-size puppet. Has anyone but me noticed how he is always in the picture with McCain? It's weird. It's like he's on the campaign trail with McCain all the time. Instead of being in Washington DC taking care of the business that his constituents elected him to take care of. Why is he up McCain's butt like that? He isn't part of his campaign, or not publicly, anyway. But he trails McCain around like a little puppy. It's embarrassing. Or would be if Joe Lieberman could still be embarrassed.
As to Obama's performance at the last debate: I thought he was calm, cool, deliberate. I thought he could have been a tad more aggressive about the lies the McCain campaign tells about him. But I'm sure he knows what he's doing. He's ahead, isn't he? I just hope he doesn't get too cocky. But he seems to be aware of the potential for that to become a problem. I am just very very afraid that "something" will happen between now and election day, a bombing, a hijacking, a kidnapping, something... that will take the American mind off of the economy and drag everyone back down to that mentality of "take all my rights away, just keep the bad guys from killing me". And McCain is telling such outrageous lies now. Telling his rabid followers that Obama is a socialist, when he's not. Saying that if you make more than $250,000 Obama will take it and redistribute it to others. ??? And you know what? You know what??? Those idiots who support McCain, who go to his rallies, they are just eating this crap up. Swallowing it whole. And loving it! The loudest roars are when McCain tells the most outrageous lies about his opponent. And anyone with half a mind should be able to tell that they are lies, but these idiots are just rolling in it like hogs in slop. I don't get it.
And now the republicans are claiming that Obama is somehow in cahoots with, or instigated this Acorn mess with the voter registrations. And they keep calling it "Voter Fraud". Which it is not. It is potentially "voter registration fraud", which is an entirely different thing. But "Voter Fraud" sounds so bad, and dangerous, and so forth... what did McCain call it at the debate... "the potential end to the democratic process", or some such nonsense. "Voter Fraud" is when votes are cast that shouldn't have been. Like when someone votes more than once, or when "dead people" cast votes, or felons or what have you. "Voter registration fraud" is when people register to vote using an assumed name (of a dead person, a cartoon character, a famous person). If a person turns in a registration to vote form, such as a person hired by Acorn or other non-profit organizations, that organization is required by law to submit it to the board of elections or whatever that locality calls its office who's responsibility it is to verify said forms and issue voter cards. It doesn't mean that someone can actually go and vote under an assumed name. Or that someone who mistakenly registered two or three times to vote can actually go and vote that many times. But the republicans (and some media outlets) would have you believe that is what will happen. It is my personal belief that the republicans are positioning themselves to steal another election. I sincerely hope the American people won't allow that to happen to them again.
So... that's my political update. I'm about to break out in hives I'm so anxious for Nov. 4th to arrive. Sometimes I have to go to my "happy place" and just take steady even breathes before I hyperventilate. This election is so terribly important to us all. Lord please help us to get it right this time. I am afraid, and I don't like that feeling.
Speaking of being afraid: have you guys seen on the news about that little 6 year old boy who was abducted from his mother's home in Las Vegas, NV by Mexican drug cartel members? Because allegedly someone in the boys family owed the cartel millions of dollars and this was their way of getting it back. Have you guys seen this? How does that make you feel? How safe do you feel in your home now that you know that members of a drug cartel in Mexico can just cross the border, go to some one's house, pretend to be cops and then barge in, ransack the home, steal an innocent child and then get away, possibly already back into Mexico and there's nothing that American law enforcement can do? How does that make you feel? Secure our borders, indeed. I know I slept perfectly soundly last night, after hearing about this. NOT! How does it make you feel?
Enough, this is become a novella. About my foot, it hurts. Worse. I have an appointment with the doc for Monday at 2pm. I hope he can do something for the pain anyway. I don't particularly want to use crutches, but I don't particularly enjoy laying around on my butt with my foot propped up either. "Stay off of it as much as possible". What a joke. How am I suppose to do any cooking or cleaning or shopping or any of the things that I am supposed to do? Who does he think is going to do the ironing? Anyway... I'm trying to stay off it. It isn't fun. I'd much rather have full mobility.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I was going to do a whole long blog on this past Tuesday's Presidential Debate. I even took notes and every thing. But you know what? I'm not gonna do that. I don't think it matters any way. Those who are going to vote for McCain have already made their decision and likewise for those who will vote for Obama. I think what I want to do is just make a few general observations.
As many of you know, I am an unapologetic Democrat. I voted for Hillary in the GA primary. I will vote for Obama in the general. However, as prior blogs prove, I did hope for John McCain to win the Republican Primary. He did. And boy am I sorry now. He's totally changed. He's turned into a doddering old fool who lets any and every one associated with his campaign pull him first one way then another. He doesn't act like he knows his own mind any more.
So... I'm voting for hope. I'm choosing the fella who makes me feel like I can still have a good life. I'm choosing the fella who makes me feel like our best days are ahead and not behind. I'm choosing the guy who is uplifting and gives me a sense of purpose, a goal. I'm choosing to vote for Obama.
I am voting against fear. I'm choosing to vote against the fella who decries dirty politics when the tactic is used against him, but uses it against his own opponent. I'm choosing to vote against the guy who doesn't have a purpose for me, doesn't have a goal for me, doesn't want to talk to me unless it's to bash my party of choice. John McCain is every bit as divisive as George W. Bush. He's every bit a divider and not a uniter as the current head of his party is. Why would anyone want any more of that?
I was thinking about this the other day: when I was growing up, they taught us that yes, we lived in the greatest country in the world, but we had a responsibility to make it even better. That we had a purpose, and part of that purpose was to work toward "a more perfect union". They taught us that while we were not perfect, we could work to be "more perfect", in fact, it was considered Patriotic to do so. It was the American Way. And it went hand in hand with the American Dream. Now days... if you even hint that America may not be perfect you are shouted down, called a traitor, un-American, un-Patriotic. We are supposed to think that we live in a perfect country, that nothing else need be done to make it better. How foolish is that? I'd rather live in a land where there is always room for improvement. I don't want to live in a land where there is nothing left to strive for, work for, look forward to. If you aren't improving, aren't learning, aren't building for the future, then you are standing still. And when you stand still.... you get passed by. I don't believe that America should stand still. I don't want the rest of the world to pass us by. I want to live in a country where if you work hard and play by the rules (fair rules, applicable to all) you can get ahead and leave your child with more than your parents left you. I want to live in a country where everyone can dream of achieving their concept of success, whatever it may be... a college degree, a business, a nice house, etc. And I believe that by voting for Barack Obama I can live in that country again. I don't know where we've been these last nearly 8 years, but it hasn't been America. Not my America. And I want my America back. I believe Obama can lead us there.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Now then... just wanted to jot down a few thoughts on the VP Debate that was held tonight. Not going to get in depth about it or throw out any quotes or anything, just my impressions:
I thought Sarah Palin was rude & disrespectful to both Gwen Ifill and Joe Biden. I've heard some talking heads say, after the debate that people found her "personable", "likable", "she related to real people". Well, I thought she was snarky, ugly, and I didn't like her. Her performance tonight didn't change that at all. In fact, she reminded me very strongly of George W. Bush. For some reason people liked him too. Look what a great job he's done. If tonight's performance made Americans like her more... well then, I guess Americans are still easily fooled. Or stupid. Or something.
Also... her use of the word "also" ALL THE FRICKIN' TIME, was exceedingly annoying. Also....
The fact that she didn't answer the questions, and started right out by saying that she wasn't going to answer the moderator's questions and that the moderator (Gwen Ifill) could just like it or lump it, essentially, was just wrong. Maybe she thought that made her look strong or decisive or something, but I think it made her look like she knew she would be unable to answer the questions and wasn't even going to try. Not to mention that it was just rude. Rude. Rude and disrespectful. And not only that! Not only was she inexcusably rude, she wants to make the office of the Vice President MORE powerful! What???? Who in this whole wide world thinks that's a good idea? Just that right there is reason enough to not vote for her ticket.
And anyway... she was a bit too much like a wind-up toy (doll) with certain memorized phrases that she repeated over and over. Nothing original or outside of what she had in her memory. Except maybe that wink thing. That was offensive to me. I can't quite figure it out. Did she think that was cute? Did she think that made her look smart or Presidential? Or even Vice Presidential. It was just too "cheesecake" to me. Like something she learned to do on cue while she was busy being a beauty queen. Not that there's anything wrong with being a beauty queen. Didn't all little girls wish they could be? Sadly, when she did it all I could see in my mind was the clips of poor little Jon Benet Ramsey on stage, all dolled up.
And last thought for now... I don't want Joe "Six-pack" in MY White House. I want Joe "Went to a real college-has travelled the world-knows stuff" in MY White House. In other words, I want Joe Biden. I don't want her, or McCain.
Oh! Thoughts on Joe Biden's performance. I think he could have done better. He's usually a much more interesting, fiery speaker. But he probably did the right thing. He knows about this stuff much more than I do. I'll trust his judgement. I think Joe is highly intelligent, strong, able, capable, a Statesman. He's someone you can feel safe having at the helm. I trust him. More than I trust that little snit. Or her grandfatherly running mate. When he said, "I'm proud of her record and I'm proud of her." that's what I thought of. Not of a man praising his choice of running mate, but of a grandfather saying he was proud of his little grand daughter. What does that say about his choice? Anyway... Joe, in my opinion, solidified his persona as a true Statesman. That's all I have to say about him.
So... it's late, I'm disgusted and I'm going to bed.
Love to all.