Tag Archives: Joe Biden

Good News

With the election drawing nearer, I’ve been paying more attention to the television than I usually do. I actually switched it on this is morning, which I rarely do. Between stories about Sarah Palin’s wardrobe, John McCain running a nasty campaign, Joe Biden being unprofessional and Barack Obama being a Marxist — all of which is beginning to wear just a bit, if I’m honest — I also heard a story that was very uplifting. We can all use good news once in a while, so I thought that sharing it here would be a nice way to kick off what might otherwise be just a crappy Monday.

Woman buys back foreclosed home for stranger, by Monika Diaz | WFAA-TV

While the misfortune of others lured hundreds of bargain hunters to the foreclosure auction, Tracy said she came to find closure. The mother took her seat among a sea of investors and strangers to say goodbye to her Pottsboro home, which is located just west of Denison.

[…]

“She was crying and I asked her what she was upset about,” said Marilyn Mock, of Rockwall.

When Tracy’s home, “Number 73,” came up for auction, Mock raised her hand and bid. With no picture of the property in the auction book, Mock had only Tracy’s word on the home’s worth.

[…]

It was a second chance given to Tracy by a stranger.

Texas Cable News

I’m all choked up again. Stories like this make me think that maybe the world isn’t as cold and hard as it sometimes seems to be.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Which Train Would You Ride?

I saw this at Quarkscrew. It’s kinda funny but, like, for real…

Election Trains

Election Trains


Hey Sarah, You’re Not In Wasilla Anymore!

I bet she was wishing for a pair of ruby slippers last night, though.

I don’t have a lot of time, but if I don’t share a few thoughts about last night’s VP debates, I’ll be distracted by it all day long.

Sarah Palin first:

To begin with, if I had to watch her smile from ear to ear, crinkle her nose and wink into the camera like Elizabeth Montgomery doing Bewitched on speed one more time, I might well have thrown my television set out the window. Good thing she didn’t do that, as I have recently found a channel that plays repeats of Boston Legal (one of the few television programs I actually enjoy watching — I heart Alan Shore).

We are facing an extremely critical Presidential election, almost unprecedented in the history of the U.S., and Sarah Palin is acting like she was trying to sell scented candles for the PTA. To her credit, she obviously knows enough about foreign policy to hit top candle sales, though. She might even be able to sell a few to the Russians.

Palin was clearly reciting memorized lines, numbers and talking points. She was unable to speak, with any level of substance, on any of the issues. Even when asked about the Wall Street crisis, she reverted back to her comfort zone: energy. At one point, she even admitted that she may not answer questions the way Joe Biden or the moderator wanted her to (translation: not at all) but that she would “talk straight” to the American people.

I’m not sure if the wink following that statement was for us or for John McCain. I’m guessing it was for McCain, since she never did talk straight in the end. I felt slightly embarrassed for her, in fact. Her performance last night reminded me of the time I was being interviewed for a job in a doctor’s office and the only experience I had was being a patient. It was tense and embarrassing, and it was obvious to anyone with a lick of sense that I didn’t belong there.

But, hey! She spoke in complete (rehearsed) sentences most of the time, which is more than I had expected. And she didn’t puke, faint or bolt, which wouldn’t have surprised me a bit. If you compare it with her previous performances, it was a run-away success…

Next, Joe Biden:

I think his biggest flaw was the obvious amusement he was unable to conceal when Palin was speaking. It could be seen as arrogant, but he is human after all, and she was amusing.

I keep hearing how exceedingly well Biden performed. He was was definitely good; he’s a very skilled debater and he certainly knows what he’s talking about. But with all due respect to the Senator, I could have kicked Sarah Palin’s arse in that debate, and I wouldn’t have been as kind as Senator Biden was. He showed remarkable restraint and tact, while not allowing Palin’s misrepresentation of the facts and Obama’s record to go unchallenged.

No, I think that saying Joe Biden exceeded expectations last night is more of an insult than a compliment to the Senator.

I think Biden’s strongest moment was what some may consider his weakest, however. When Sarah Palin talked about being from “main street” and understanding the struggles of average middle class people, this was Joe Biden’s response:

That’s what I’m talking about! And Barack Obama and Joe Biden seem to be the only ones listening.

My son said yesterday, for the the first time, that he might like to run for President some day. I told him I thought that would be great. He then said, without my saying another word, “And even if I’m rich by then, I’ll never forget where I came from.”

Obama – Binden
2008


Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Lazy Sunday Round-up

I would like to start today’s round-up by introducing a new blogger, who also happens to be my wonderful son. He blogs under the name of John and his blog is A Day in the Life of Me. John has recently become interested in Champ, also known as Lake Champlain’s Loch Ness Monster. John has written a little about Champ on his new blog. He is skeptical but open to learning more, and welcomes comments and feedback.

Keeping it in the family for now, my husband Mike has written a very good post about Sarah Palin and the McCain’s campaign refusal to allow Palin to give interviews or even speak to the press. Obama, Biden and McCain will all be interviewed this week, but not Palin. Why is that, and what message does it send? Read No interviews for you! for some very good answers to those questions.

Although I stand by what I said in The Obligatory Sarah Palin Post, Tee makes some very good points as to why Palin’s family should not necessarily be off limits in What is fair Game? at Curious Villager.

In Human Evolution and the Biblical ‘Kind’, the author of For Knowledge writes an interesting piece about how although “modern Creationists have more or less accepted evolutionary theory” (regardless of what they call it), they also engage in a sort of special pleading when it comes to humans.

For those of you concerned about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and being gobbled up by black holes, please read Tenth of September 2008 — End of the World (Reprise.) by Gary Murning. But I still think we should sell T-shirts for the apocalypse.

Last, but certainly not least, Why science matters in the campaign is a must-read by Ed Darrell, author of Millard Filmore’s Bathtub.

Gotta run. The coffee’s going right through me and I have a bus to catch.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Lazy Sunday Round-up

I was totally stressed last week because my son was starting middle school and couldn’t even get it together enough to be lazy on Sunday! I’m back in the swing of things now, so here goes:

My friend Gary Murning wrote a very good post about the misuse of terror laws. This always strikes a chord with me, but for some reason, I have a really hard time writing about it myself. So I’m always excited to find other articles that reflect my views.

While we’re on the subject of abusing power, PZ Myers posted something yesterday about his state practicing anti-democratic, anti-liberty tyranny right now. Part of the article Professor Myers quotes says that teams of police in riot gear entered and searched the homes of people suspected of planning a protest of the Republican National Convention. And that’s the tame description! Go to Pharyngula to get more details, but prepare to be disgusted.

My darling husband, Mike, author of The Odd Blog, wrote a very good piece discussing Obama’s choice for a running mate. Be sure to check out the two drabbles he posted as well. My honey is multi-talented!

Truthwalker, a former Christian, wrote a few days ago about the benefits of not believing in (or trusting) a god in a disaster. Being a former Christian myself, his thoughts echo some of my own. He and his family also evacuated at 0600 this morning to avoid the wrath of hurricane Gustav; I’ll be on the lookout for their safe return!

Chris Petroni’s Allusions of Grandeur made me feel like a kid in a candy store this morning — so much yummy stuff to choose from, I can’t make up my mind. One post I found particularly interesting, though, is entitled, Why Japanese has so few swear words.

From a blog I only recently discovered and just can’t get enough of, please read this message from Gawd (aka God) to Ray Comfort who, by the way, is clearly bananas (that was just too damn easy). Please check out the many other postcards from God; He has quite a few words for the presumptuous mortals who keep disturbing His vacation. If you want to get on His good side, though, turn up with a nice bottle of Scotch. And thanks to the Postman who diligently delivers Gawd’s postcards so the rest of us can know what’s really on this deity’s mind. I just hope he (Postman) doesn’t start thinking I’m some kind of creepy stalker.

That’s all for today. I’m starving and have lots of crap to do.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On