Monthly Archives: September 2008

Pelosi Is A Big Meany: No Deal

For the good of the U.S. economy, our House of Representatives needed to reach a bipartisan agreement to bail out Wall Street. We are in dire circumstances and the petty bickering needs to stop, or at least be put on hold so we can find a way to minimize the risk of another Depression.

Republicans and Democrats alike will need to make compromises. Nobody will get everything they want in the deal. They knew this going in, and announced yesterday that they had come to an agreement. But when it came time to vote, Republicans didn’t keep their end of the deal.

Why? Because Nancy Pelosi hurt their wittle feelings:

Republican house leader John Boehner said: “We could have gotten there today had it not been for the partisan speech that the speaker gave on the floor of the House”.

The speaker’s words, he said, “poisoned our conference, caused a number of members that we thought we could get, to go south”.

BBC News

So, Mr. Boehner, you were all committed to doing what’s right for the economy, for your constituents, for America and the world, until mean old Nancy Pelosi offended you?

Grow the hell up, you bunch of sniveling cry babies! We’re facing the possibility of a depression at the moment, and you’re behaving like spoiled brats, throwing a hissy fit and holding your breath withholding your (promised) votes because Nancy Pelosi said something you didn’t want to hear.

Go home and pout all you want, but don’t take it out on us.

I’m beginning to seriously wonder if Republicans are trying to throw this election.

Update: U.S. House Republican Leader, John Boehner’s reaction to the vote:

At the end of the day this is not about the Democrats or Republicans – it’s about our economy and what’s best for the American people. And regardless of what happened today we’ve no choice in my view but to work together to try to find a solution to make sure that we save our economy and we save our constituents.

BBC News

Well, John, this doesn’t exactly line up with your sniveling about what a big meany Nancy Pelosi is. In fact, it confirms that you understand the magnitude of the situation, but rather than do the right thing, you and your party decided to stick your bottom lips out and whine: No fair! Nancy’s a big meany pants and we don’t wanna play with her anymore! Hmph!


Sarah Palin: Out Of Her League

Kathleen Parker, who once supported Sarah Palin, now says that Palin is “clearly out of her league”:

Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.

Townhall.com

I had a feeling we would start hearing that kind of thing from Palin supporters when the Republicans could now longer hide her from the media. I watched her interviews with Charlie Gibson and I actually felt a little sorry for her. As Kathleen Parker says, “she repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there’s not much content there”.

For example, she made the following statement to Sean Hannity:

Well, there is a danger in allowing some obsessive partisanship to get into the issue that we’re talking about today. And that’s something that John McCain, too, his track record, proving that he can work both sides of the aisle, he can surpass the partisanship that must be surpassed to deal with an issue like this.

What? I’ve made more coherent statements in my sleep after passing out drunk.

When Couric pointed to polls showing that the financial crisis had boosted Obama’s numbers, Palin blustered wordily: “I’m not looking at poll numbers. What I think Americans at the end of the day are going to be able to go back and look at track records and see who’s more apt to be talking about solutions and wishing for and hoping for solutions for some opportunity to change, and who’s actually done it?”

Um, did someone say something or do I hear flies buzzing? It may very well be flies, because we all know what flies are attracted to:

If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself.

Indeed!

But while some McCain supporters are calling for Sarah Palin to step down for the good of her party and the United States, I’m saying, keep her! Please!

And, by all means, let her keep tossing her word salad at the press.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


God Loves You, Burn In Hell

I have an amusing story to tell following this same theme. I’ll post it as soon as I can.

Courtesy of Bill Mutranowski


Watch Me Twitter

That sounds kind of creepy, doesn’t it? Although it could sound kinky if you were in the right mood.

I really didn’t think I would ever give in to this whole Twitter thingamajig, but what the hell. The hard part for me is being limited to 140 words. I have trouble just saying hello in 140 words! Maybe I can use it to practice getting to the point, if nothing else.

So anyway, here I am on Twitter (there’s also a link over yonder ::points right:: ) if you want to stalk me hunt me follow me, or whatever it is we’re supposed to do on this fancy schmancy twittering thing.

Any tips on how to make the best use of it are welcome and appreciated.

Cheers! And, uh… happy Twittering.

Edit: Not 140 words, but 140 characters. Had a brain fart there.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Yet Another Book About Atheism

This one takes a rather new and interesting approach, however. Guy P Harrison is the author of 50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God. The following is an excerpt from his guest post at Skepchick.

As a traveler I have discussed belief in gods with people on six continents. As a journalist I have interviewed a rich variety of fascinating people and many times religion came up. […]

Each chapter is a reason for belief that I heard repeatedly from many believers in many places. I respectfully listened to the world’s believers about why they believe and then responded to what they said, not as a debating rival or as a superior intellect, but as nothing more than a fellow human sharing his thoughts on an important matter. The consistently polite and respectful tone of this book defuses the most common defensive reflex from believers when confronted with ideas that challenge the existence of their gods. They replay the usual condemnation: “This is the angry rant of a bitter atheist who is more dogmatic and closed minded than any religious person I know.” 50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God is exceedingly polite. I want readers to be thinking about my ideas in the book, not how mean or arrogant my tone is. I make it clear that I am challenging their reasons for belief, not them personally.

Sounds interesting. I think I’ll buy a copy.


National Punctuation Day®

Well, it was yesterday, so I’m a day late. But to make up for it, I always carry exact change.

I first read about this at SaintPaulGrrl’s Northern Exposure. I intended to post about it yesterday, but had a lot of personal stuff going on and simply forgot. Punctuation is something we use daily, though, so it’s just as important today as it was yesterday, I suppose.

In comments, Miranda gives a great example of how much difference misplaced commas can make, for instance:

The panda walks into a bar… he eats, shoots, and leaves!

The power of the comma changed a passive panda, which eats bamboo shoots and leaves, into a homicidal psychopath! It’s a crying shame.

Seriously, though, please check out the website for National Punctuation Day®. It’s a handy resource for all your punctuation needs. And they’re open seven days a week, 24 hours a day!

From their website:

5th Annual National Punctuation Day® helps schools and businesses promote good writing skills and literacy

PINOLE, CA — Why is punctuation important Jeff Rubin the Punctuation Man and founder of National Punctuation Day explains that without punctuation you would not be able to express your feelings in writing not to mention know when to pause or stop or ask a question or yell at someone and without punctuation you would not be able to separate independent clauses and show an example of how a business lost millions because of an errant comma so dont forget the most important punctuation mark $$$$$$ OK so a dollar signs isnt a punctuation mark but its important dont you agree

Do check it out!

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Fargo

One of my favorite films of all time is Fargo. I love the black comedy and stereotypical Minnesota Nice. Guess I’m a sucker for absurd humor.

I watched Fargo again over the weekend. It was on Comedy Central and I was disappointed at how much was cut out. I went onto YouTube to try and find the deleted scenes (you’d think I would have it on DVD, huh?) and I couldn’t find specifically what I was looking for. I did find two of my favorite scenes, though, and thought I’d share them with you.

The scene in which Melissa Peterman plays a hooker has embedding disabled, but you can watch it here. Frances Dormand is brilliant throughout the film, although this scene doesn’t do her justice.

I just love the subtle Swedish influence in their speech! I guess I’m also a sucker for accents; ask my husband!

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Thirty Day Experiment

I haven’t told you about our other blog yet, have I? It’s called Thirty Day Experiment. Here’s the idea taken from our About page, written by Mike:

The reason for the existence of the 30 Day Experiment is for us to challenge ourselves to live a little differently. If we can spend thirty days living in a way which is significantly different to the way we would live normally, maybe we can find it in ourselves to be ready to make positive changes and grow with time.

And, of course, it makes for some interesting blogging material!

The aim is to take one aspect of our lives, which must be fundamental in character like eating, and radically change something for a month. That’s it. We will record our thoughts, actions and reactions over the course of this time and hopefully leave an interesting document behind us.

We started this on September 1st, so this thirty day experiment is nearly over. Mike is living as a vegan and I have been doing yoga every day.

Yoga bendingThe reason yoga is so significant for me is because I have a medical condition which causes chronic joint and muscle pain. Mild exercise is good for me, but doing even a little too much can aggravate it and land me in bed for several days. Finding just the right balance and not crossing that very fine line can be quite difficult, but I think I’ve found it in a fifteen minute daily yoga routine for beginners.

I had planned to post daily updates like Mike does, but I quickly discovered that there’s not a lot to say about yoga on a daily basis, aside from the fact that I’ve done it. I’ve tried to post at least once a week, though, and my whopping six entries can be found here (read from the bottom of the page to the top for chronological order, of course).

Mike, on the other hand has been posting faithfully and I’m impressed with how well he’s doing. In his entries, you’ll find recipes, cooking tips, nutritional information and a lot of other interesting and useful stuff related to Veganism. You might be surprised at the many things you can do with tofu, and the many ways you can get a ‘meat fix’ when you want one.

I’m not sure what direction we’ll take at the end of this month. I’m a little bored with my yoga at this point, to be honest. But I know I need something, and with my condition I’m afraid to try anything else. If it works, don’t fix it, you know? But we’ll see how it goes and let you know when we decide. Suggestions are welcome, of course.

Thanks for following along.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Priceless

My son is the joy of my life. Things aren’t always perfect, by any means, but we have a deep bond and close relationship. He is rapidly growing into a young man, but even as I feel our relationship changing, I know it’s all for good. He’s growing and becoming more independent every day, and while I realize that our time is short, I am happy and proud to see him growing and developing into a happy, thoughtful, well balanced person, despite the many struggles we’ve had to endure.

Sometimes when I’m puttering around the house and my son is watching television or playing on the computer, I suddenly hear him burst out laughing. I don’t know what he’s laughing at, but just hearing it, just knowing that he is experiencing that happy moment makes me smile.

He sometimes darts past me and I ask what he’s doing. “Practicing being invisible”, he says. “Some day I’ll figure out a way to move so fast that you won’t even see me”.

He’s only half kidding, and we laugh together. He darts back the other direction and asks, “Did you see me that time?”

Occasionally, when I step out of the shower, I see a message in the steamy mirror. He wrote it in the steam after his last shower, and it remained invisible until the room steamed up again. It says, “I ♥ U Mom” with a big smiley face underneath.

He listens to music quite a bit on YouTube and has recently discovered an old song by The Impressions. He’s been singing it for the past several days and it brings joy to my heart to hear it. It lets me know that he is upbeat, happy and enjoying life.

Absolutely priceless! All of this!

I’d like to share my little buddy’s latest favorite, entitled, It’s All Right. When he watches it, he sits at the computer clapping his hands, rocking back and forth and singing along. I hope this helps brighten your Monday just as it has mine:

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Dear So-called Friend

To the person who said this:

I have always kept my posts light. Not consciously, more because this blog is for me, even if others do read it. I want to inspire myself. I know about the hard stuff so I tend to keep it to a level I am willing others to have knowledge of. […]

[… I am] not really good at taking advice. Mostly I listen politely then do whatever the hell I decide anyway. I have only a very few close people I let knee me in the back until I listen, so please don’t get offended with I do not take your well ment advice to heart. I only let my whole self show with a few people and if you know only a portion of it you generally will not know me well enough to give me the advice I need anyway, since it takes someone adept at seeing me to accurately access my behavior and approach this wolf in a way that doesn’t result in a baring of teeth.

A few things:

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