(do you hear the weird voiced over "sir!" as jon goes to shake rumsfeld's hand?
Sunday, 27 February 2011
Saturday, 26 February 2011
in case you want to see what prompted this pizza plea:
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
obama, go stand with the workers, and with lincoln. please show the world what matters most in this country!
Monday, 21 February 2011
1 cup milk
2T brown sugar
handful of raisins (or other dried fruit. i used gogi berries.)
handful of pistachios or cashews
1.5C of cooked rice
(all of these measurements are approximations because i just put stuff in until it seemed right
whip egg, milk, vanilla, sugar, and salt together . . .
put rice in a pot and pour milk/egg mixture over it
throw in the nuts and fruit
cook over medium heat for about 7 mins (just until it turns kinda custardy)
i should have taking a photo, but i didn't. still, it is so easy and so good. i had the leftovers for breakfast!
BTW, gogi berries are nightshades . . . WIERD
if anyone out there knows where i could get some cool illustrations like the study of the gogi berry to the right, i would LOVE to know. i love these!
Sunday, 20 February 2011
It was just a couple of years ago that the Christian Conservative Right threw Mitt Romney under the bus by keeping Mike Huckabee in the primary, and thereby pulling the Christian Right votes away from Romeny. They were terrified of a Mormon being the voice of the party.
But just one year after blocking the one candidate that could have fought a formative fight against Obama, they crowned Glen Beck as the one who could lead them to victory.
I’m shocked that this is happening for three reasons:
- some of what Glenn Beck is spewing is Mormon Doctrine of how the Second Coming of Christ is going to come, he is just saying as though it is happening, when in fact he is just making stuff up.
- i was pretty sure that the Christian Conservative Right held some enmity against “the Church”, as we Mormons call ourselves.
- Glenn Beck is the worst example of a Mormon I’ve ever seen. Mormons are not bombastic, selfish, xenophobic people. (At least we aren't supposed to be according to our theology*.) We are warm and generous. Our goal is to live each day with the love of Jesus in our heart. A common scripture in LDS Sacrament Meetings is “perfect love casteth out all fear”. President Hinckley, the popular Mormon prophet who passed away in 2008, said that “we have every reason to be optimistic in this world. Tragedy is around, yes. Problems everywhere, yes. … You can’t, you don’t, build out of pessimism or cynicism. You look with optimism, work with faith, and things happen." (from Ensign, June 1995) And GB is the opposite of this.
So why aren’t more people shutting this guy up?
It seems like the most "Christian Right" are spooked by Mormons and that they should be making sure that NO ONE is listening to the Mormon theology let alone paving the way for their base to learn to love/trust Mormons. Does the Christian Right not see that they are laying the ground work for their base to trust Mitt or John (should they run)? Is Mormonism now okay’d by the Christian mainstream? This must be news to the Christian mainstream (and probably news to Mitt too.)
Mitt Romney’s faith was used as a divisive tool in the Southern State primaries in 2008. Mormon bashing hit an all time high on the the internet. (both from the far right and even the middle left.) It is obvious that Mitt was strong armed out of the race by the Christian Right, right?
Just after the primary, conservative Mormons were livid (at least the ones I know). It was clear to all of them that iMitt’s Mormon-ness lost him the nomination -- Mitt was actually was speaking the a more conservative, GOP, base-baiting language, yet John (Mr. Middle of the Road) gets the nomination, because Mitt is a "freaky Mormon - non-Christian".
I feel like the Mormon Church is in an abusive relationship with the Christian Coalition: like we are the pet dogs of the Republican Party. They kick us around because of our faith, and we run back to their lap just hoping we can join forces on things like the hate-filled proposition 8, (which kinda supports their non-Christian view of us) and then we are still surprised when even that isn't enough to get the mainstream to love us. How many times does this need to happen?
We not only become the pack mules, but we look like we are just the pawns to a much larger, more sophisticated, more powerful political machine. We kinda look like idiots because we don't see how we are being used.
This much I can tell you, that if ye do not watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not. (Moshiah 4:30)
Seems like no matter where you sit on this, if you love or hate the Mormons. Everyone should be hating Glenn Beck and the voice of his “movement” – if that is what you call this shit!
Thursday, 17 February 2011
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
apparently a referendum was passed in the 90's to limit the terms of elected officials, but the elected officials voted it down (how is that possible?). i think it is time to resurrect this idea.
When a City Council Repealed Term Limits
For months, the City Council debated whether to repeal term limits, which voters had approved in a referendum in the 1990s. Critics said some members of the City Council were simply trying to hold onto their jobs. Others said that term limits were poor public policy and restricted voters’ choices.
New York City in 2008? No. Washington, D.C., in 2001.
In 2001, as a reporter for The Washington Post, I covered the debate over term limits in the nation’s capital. In a 1994 referendum, 62 percent of voters in the District of Columbia agreed to impose a limit of two consecutive four-year terms on the mayor and members of the City Council and the Board of Education.
In some ways, the 1994 referendum had been a strange outcome. That same year, the city’s voters gave a fourth term to Marion S. Barry Jr., a former three-term mayor whose political career had seemed to be derailed by his 1990 arrest and subsequent conviction on drug charges.
By 2001, Mr. Barry had retired and been replaced by Anthony A. Williams, a reformist, bow-tie-wearing numbers cruncher who was elected in 1998 after rescuing the city from near-bankruptcy as its chief financial officer.
The term limits law in Washington took effect in 1995 and would have forced five council members from seeking reelection in 2004 and seven in 2006.
Momentum to repeal the term limits gained steam in early 2001. One councilman, Jack Evans, noted that more than 50,000 of the 186,311 voters who cast ballots in the 1994 referendum recorded no opinion on term limits.
But at a public hearing, most people who testified assailed the effort to repeal term limits. “The people have spoken, whether we agree or disagree,” said Wilhelmina J. Rolark, a former councilwoman who argued that term limits gave more residents a chance to fill the city’s relatively few elected positions. (The District of Columbia has no senators and one nonvoting delegate to the House of Representatives. Its government was directly under federal control until 1973, when it achieved limited home rule.)
Mayor Williams did not support repealing term limits, and specifically asked that if the Council went ahead and abolished the limits that it exclude the office of the mayor.
The Council disagreed. On June 5, 2001, the Council voted, 9 to 4 — a veto-proof majority — to abolish the term limits for all elected officials. “If citizens don’t want someone, they vote them out,” the Council chairwoman, Linda W. Cropp, said.
The front-page headline in The Washington Post the next day: “District Term Limits Tossed; Council Reverses Voters’ Decision In Referendum.”
Although term limits had been invalidated by several courts, it marked one of the first times an elected body had overturned a term-limits initiative without the consent of voters, Paul Jacob, national director of U.S. Term Limits, said at the time.
Since then, several legislatures have repealed term limits, including Idaho in 2002 and Utah in 2003.
Although term limits were abolished, the City Council has undergone much turnover. Only 5 of the current 13 members were on the Council back in 2001. Ms. Cropp, who was chairwoman of the Council when term limits were ended, ran for mayor in 2006 but lost in the Democratic primary to a councilman,Adrian M. Fenty, who went on to succeed Mr. Williams.
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
anyway, without further adieu:
the black keys -- tighten up
tenacious d -- tribute
Saturday, 12 February 2011
watching the video above makes me cry, and remember the night president obama was elected . why is it that these big revolutions of the people capture our imaginations and tap into something within each of us that reminds us all that we have so much more in common than we typically remember? the night president obama was elected, friends from around the world sent me notes of congratulations and all echoed a common refrain "we are all americans tonight".
i am proud to feel like we are all egyptians! i congratulate all those who stood in protest and stayed peaceful. what a wonderful example of the teachings of islam and a counter to so many false ideas touted by conspiring xenophobic people. islam is a faith of peace. eqypt and tunisia taught us that explicitly. peaceful revolutions are hard to come by, and with literally 100s of thousands of people (most muslim), egypt did it. tunisia did it. who will do it next?
i have often complained about the amount of military investment in egypt (they are the 2nd largest recipient of US foreign assistance. israel is first.) but now, i'm so happy my country was able to help the eqyptian military become one that protects and serve the people even when their chief commander commands otherwise.
tunisia is still struggling to create peace. i hope that the power vacuum is filled with democracy loving leadership. i'm surprised at how hard it is to get current information on what is happening there, and also that the press (at least in the US) have really dropped that story. they way tunisia turns out might actually have more influence on the rest of the region than egypt. egypt is LARGE with heaps of close ties to the US and other western governments. they have a bit more of a foundation for democracy. for yemen and other oppressed middle eastern countries to really believe they too can make change, i think they need to be able to see the effective change to democracy in tunisia, tunisia just is a bit more like them.
it should also be noted, that while all of the stuff in eqypt took place, the jordanian government also was ousted. which would have been massive headline news if the most populous middle eastern country wasn't about to topple.
it just feels like this is the beginning of a whole new world order. i have been thinking of the similar seismic revolutions that have taken place in my lifetime. thankfully rachel maddow was thinking along my same lines and her show put together this BEAUTIFUL retro/fore-spective. please watch it (though i will admit, they overdue advertising themselves in the piece . . .)
our country was, arguably, the first to stand up against such powers. we had enough of being taxed without representation and having our work degraded. we (our forefathers/mothers) chucked tea into a harbor and told the silly king george we were no longer willing to play his games, and then shot a "shot heard around the world". it was the first time the common folks stood against a state power and won. it created in all those who have known the story of the american revolution, that matter how nascent the movement or the system, change can come. the voice of the people can be more powerful than the voice of the oppressors. i guess there is just something wonderful about breaking the chains of oppression and the horrible messages those that oppress spread.
i believe it is the voice of the oppressors that try to stimulate all the hate and malice that groups of people can feel towards each other. when we can recognize each other as good and as agents for good, we can find what we have in common, work towards common goals, and improve the lives of those around us. which is why i find the tea party so offensive. they have bastardized one of the single greatest moments in world history and morphed it into a gross justification for spreading fear and hate (which successful revolutionaries for democracy don't do)
it will be interesting and exciting to see how all of this boils down. but at least for now, if feels really good to be inspired by the people. good governance is a SLOW process, but each of these BIG changes leads us closer and closer to a world of peace. thanks eqypt for reminding us what is possible and what it really means to be alive!
(this is an interesting prognostication of which 11 countries are likely to have similar revolutions)
also, if you are craving a moment in crazy, you gotta check this out. i mean, when bill o'reilly is the voice of reason, you know something has gone off the edge somewhere
i checked out onenation.org as glenn suggests, it is a website circa 1997 that seems to have its last posting somewhere around march 2002. its a website dedicated to making sure all american children learn english
"and end bilingual education nationwide." its a stupid outdated site. seriously, who is this guy talking to? who is believing this insane rhetoric? and why is he not being called to the mat more for his misinformation. even this crazy site that is supposed to link you to a conglomeration of unions, communist, and socialist ideals . . . and its actually another crazy right-wing cause . . . i mean, is the guy not required to function in reality?
Monday, 7 February 2011
look, i realize i just posted a whole blog about my kittens. and yes, i fear being a cat lady, but i think we all know i'm too cool for that. so, lets just set that aside.
it turns out that there are literally hundreds (ok, i'm exaggerating) options for kitty litter these days. and in the end, my goal is to nix the litter box and train coco and lola to potty on the potty. but in the meantime, i've developed a strong preference for feline pine kitty litter.
here are some reasons; in no particular order:
#1 there is NO odor. i really can't stand the smell of a little box. it makes me want to heave. this was a big barrier for me in thinking about having kittens in my house. i knew they couldn't live outside (dc is not the same at 1980 gilbert), so that meant there had to be a litter box. UCK! so i asked around and found that not only janna (mom of elizabeth taylor of NYC) but lots of the internets really like feline pine, because it doesn't smell. i add my testimony to janna and others: feline pine eliminates all kitty litter grossness.
#2 it is much friendlier on the environment. did you know that the stuff in "traditional" kitty litter that makes it clump is a clay. that clay is strip mined from the earth. here is some info on the mining and the clay:
#3 ok, it goes with the environmental stuff, but i think it is awesome that it is compostable. i can use it to add "browns" to my compost. obviously, some are going to bock at my flagrant use of cat waste in compost and the potential for disease. i'm not worried about that. #1) compost gets wicked hot, so . . . i'm guessing most bad bacteria aren't going to survive. #2) most of my compost goes through the belly of a worm before it enters my garden . . . and we know that process is much purer than any of the chemical treatments we do to our own waste and then toss into the water system.
#4 the clay (and silicon) are bad for you and your pets. the "dust" that is kicked up into the air of your house when you kitty covers her "mess" is a carcinogen. you might not notice that it affects your kittens, but years of breathing that stuff can have a negative impact on your lungs. if you have someone with asthma or other pulmonary issues, you really need to switch to something plant based.
#5 you know that "scent" that is in the litter. that is 100% pure chemicals. none of it is natural. all of it has weird side effects in large dosages. now, obviously you aren't going to eat the litter but your kitty will. she will clean her paws after her potty break and clay (that expands and turns into . . . clay) and chemicals will go into her body.
#6 no kitty litter dust gets tracked through the house. i hate seeing all the muck around, stuck in carpets etc.
Unanimous Declaration Of Tha Five Original Cats Against Clay
When in the course of kitten events it becomes necessary for felines to speak up against gross injustices – that's just how it's going to be. This has been a long time coming, humans. Dig it!
We Believe Clay Litter:
Doesn’t Taste Good * Has Harsh Chemicals * Makes Us Smell Cheep And Trashy * Is Dusty On Our Fur * Gets Stuck Between Our Itty Toes * Is Big Time Yuckey To Breathe * Leaves Ugly Tracks Up In Our Cribs * Is Unnecessary Because Of A Better Alternative.
We Resolve 2:
Raise Our Paws In Objection * Get All Hissy * Perform Various Acts Of Mayhem At Home and Abroad * Recruit New Kittens Who Believe As Us * Generally Make Our Meows Heard By Any Means Necessary * We are Loud * We Are Proud * We These Underpowered ...Are Cats Against Clay
Thursday, 3 February 2011
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Tuesday, 1 February 2011
according to the locals, this is how the US got hawaii. a US navy admiral commanded a few battleships into pearl harbor and requested a meeting with the queen. he told her that if she didn't abdicate her throne and power they would use all of their force and essentially commit genocide. she didn't want that, so she abdicated.