Some things to ponder and a new Open Thread.

I know I've been AWOL, but I'm trying. I've been taking my short, writing breaks to peruse what others are posting. Here are some things I've found.


Mojo Mom is in Japan, where there is a turn of philosophy aimed at making parenting more acceptable for women. Crazy, what next, families staying together?

Binker on Perdue's C.V., wait, why would she be running away from being a teacher?

What does it take to be bike friendly, an Orange Politics reader wants to know.

Dr. Frank posts a story about Republicans denying U.S. troops benefits because they were deployed for 729 days, not 730.

Via Lifehacker, Google street View expands to more cities.

Are you using Google Calendar? You should be. I am.

Paul Krugman's blog, why not single payer?

Ezra on the lies Republicans tell about Socialized Medicine and the media who spread them.

Bush's policies give us back the evangelical vote, well, almost.

Pastordan on Fox News, Pelosi, and Praying to win.

This is possibly the stupidest question ever asked of Nancy Pelosi. Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday:

Wallace: You said the other day that you pray for President Bush to change his mind about vetoing SCHIP…Ahhh, do you pray for our soldiers to win in Iraq?

Pelosi: Of, course I do.

Wallace: To win?

Pelosi: Of, course. What a question….

Oh. Your. God. *

I don't know a responsible pastor out there who would endorse prayers for military victory. Safe return of the troops, sure. "To win," no. See Twain's War Prayer for why not.
John Amato says Pelosi should have added "...jackass." Personally, I would have added: "who do you pray to, anyway? Mars?"

What a question indeed.

Comments

Got a call

to come by my daughter's high school and preview the "abstinence only" educational material.

I plan to go and after reading I plan to laugh hilariously and ask if it is a joke. I then plan to provide the principal with a very detailed, well reasoned argument as to why abstinence only sex ed is a load of crap. Oh....and it causes pregnancies too. ;)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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I would prepare an alternative handout.

One that describes the downfall of abstinence only, and the number of kids who do these "promises" things and then end up having MORE sex or substituting oral sex because it doesn't count.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Progress in Person - Roxboro City gov gets bluer!!

Unofficial results from the Person Co. elections board show that we will have a dem mayor and 4 of 5 dem city council members. That is an improvement from the rep mayor, 3 dems, and 2 reps (though 1 of those reps recently changed to una) that we had after our 2005 elections. What's that, 83% BLUE?!! Yeah baby.

that first video is one of the most incredible acts of personal bravery .... ever. I have always wondered what happened to that guy ...probably nothing good.

Person County Democrats

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

Robert., I am so very glad you posted this video

The people of our country should look at this one brave soul who stood up against a blood thirsty, cold blooded regime that killed 30 MILLION of it’s own people during their 60’s cultural revolution and ask themselves why we are so willing to politically fornicate ALL WE STAND FOR AS A FREE NATION just for the power to purchase cheap goods.

I know I am ashamed.

Google Calendar

I feel like I've been assimilated into the Borg, but I can't live without the Google Calendar. It sends me text messages to remind me of stuff I've got to do and places I have to be. You have no idea how important that is for me.

Google also has an incredibly cool new thingie - Google Library. Check it out. Not only can you search thousands of books (and get previews of them.), you can save them into your own library. This is especially useful if you're doing geneology research or any other kind of research.

And while I'm talking about research - does anyone here have access to JStor? There's an article I'd like to access, and I'll have to drive to Sanford (about 30 miles away) to get it. Please private message me if you can help. Thanks.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

I'm relatively new to GCal

But, I love it. I use it for work and I send out invites to people and it also sends them automatic reminders, so I don't show up to an appt. and no one else is there.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I have 2 calendars

One for work, one for not-work. They show up in different colors on my screen. (I had to create 2 gmail accounts to do it, and "share" the calendars.) I can also view my husband's schedule, which shows up in a different color. Sometimes my days are quite colorful indeed.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

I added several widgets that show up in different colors

I've got the John Edwards events calendar, the Netflix releases, holidays, and something else...
That's a good idea about making two accounts and sharing. Seems they could have different colors for private and public events.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Elections

Some good news from Triangle area elections....

Raleigh's Dem majority on the city council increased by one seat today.

Cary got rid of their republican mayor for a Dem one.

And in Durham, a far-right fundamentalist lost in the city council primary.

Some good news for the day.

Woo Hoo......

Congrats!

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Eventful video of John Edwards in Kentucky

It's kind of jumpy.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

OK...this is stupid

but that video left me in tears. What a wonderful community. Even the kids felt their rural community didn't have a voice in our government. I imagine it was nice for JRE to go somewhere and have the people simply appreciate his being there instead of complaining about the lack of seating or whether it started on time.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Awesome.

I especially liked that they showed us the people and their reactions to Edwards, not Edwards himself.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Remember Manimal?

I wrote about him here. He lost in the Southern Pines Primary. So much for joke candidates. :)


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

The Pilot reports that Mike Haney and Chris Smithson

won. I looked them up but could only find Smithson who is a una, I couldn't find Haney. Do you know what affiliation he is?

I met Smithson's wife before, it was well after the 2004 elections and she still had Kerry/Edwards stickers on her car.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Progressive Discussions

I'm not sure.

Back when everyone filed, I did a check to see who was a Dem so that precincts could offer support if it was desired. Everyone who was running for mayor in Southern Pines was either UNA or REP. I'm thinking he's Republican, but I'm not sure.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

If Mike Haney's first name is Chesley

then he's UNA. I can see why he goes by Mike. I just don't see that name playing well in Moore Co. politics. :-) (or anywhere that is not 19th century uppercrust England.)

"Oh Chesley, come and get your tea and crumpets."

Person County Democrats

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

How'd you do that?

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Progressive Discussions

The VAN or Votebuilder

as it's now called. Persondem is right - that's him. He is also unaffiliated.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Japan & women & children

Via osmosis I've picked up some stuff on Japanese culture. When women get married, they're expected to have children. When they have children, they're expected to quit their jobs and stay home with the kids. Younger women are saying "to hell with that!" and either delaying childbearing or not having any at all.

To change Japanese women's minds, the culture will have to change, not just making cafes where you can take your kid. Hmm, sort of like here.

This is more what I was talking about.

When reading The Japan Times last week I skipped by the headline "Population Woes Said Best Served by Aiding Women" because I am used to hearing that overpopulation issues can be humanely addressed by advocating for women's rights and opportunities. But my perceptive husband encouraged me to take a second look--in Japan, the population problem is one of an aging population and declining birthrate, resulting in negative population growth. So Japan is taking advice from France, whose government has programs in place to support working mothers, an effort that has achieved a turnaround in the nation's birthrate since the 1990's.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

tank man, other cultures

The sad thing about that documentary(which I have at home) is the scene where the photo of the man is shown to some students from one of Beijing's best universities - and they do not know anything about him. Google cleans that photo from any search of Tiananmen Square.

I volunteer with adult ESL students and hear a lot of things about cultural norms and expectations - and I spend my time explaining some our our peculiar American ways. Last week, two older Asian ladies were discussing a woman who will be staying in the US until the end of the school year with her kids, instead of returning with her husband in the next few weeks. They both laughed about how this was "the best situation" - no husband and in America! Quite a different reaction from here. I also know that, especially Japanese families hate to leave because they have more family time - dinners together - here than they will ever have in the workaholic Japanese life.

On the down side, any news about gun deaths or especially random killings scares the bejesus out of most of these folks.

What in the world?

What is going on with the tooobz? I usually get about 200 emails a day and I haven't received one today and only received a handful yesterday. Where are my Google alerts? Hmmmmmm.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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The man standing in front of the Chinese Tank will be remembered

He is a hero of the highest degree and order who came to the place where he decided his personal safety, security and personal comfort were secondary, and no substitute for standing in the face of tyranny and repression.

He is an example to us all.

Should the need ever arise in my life, I can only hope to have the courage, gravity of mind and purpose to be able to follow his example.

This man will not be forgotten soon.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

I like how the narrator describes him.

To paraphrase, "Probably just some kid who had had enough."

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

When Bob the plumber stands up and says "Wait a minute"

that is when you have revolution. I feel like we are about at that point with Iraq and partly I feel that way because the administration is starting to go after Iran. I agree with kos and others that say there is about 28% of Americans that will just never doubt anything that comes out of the mouth of George Bush. But, for the rest of the world, things they are a changing. I saw this great poll today, doubt I can find it, oh wait, I shared it on Facebook....Here it is.

Assuming this is a valid poll, I think it says wonders about where we are in America right now. We're ready to end this war, which I think, means we are not ready to start another one.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

It is difficult to be brave when....

the media and the masses are so willing to throw stones at those who might buck the system or rock the boat.

I have been witness to a true example of courage watching poor, helpless, and ordinary people fighting the Navy over the OLF.

The farmers, landowners, and local citizens have worked strenuously for seven years to garner the support of fellow North Carolinians. They extended themselves far beyond what the average person will do for most causes using money from their own pockets and believe me, those pockets were not very deep. They realized early on that they could not fight the United States Navy alone and believed the good people of our state would stand beside them once they understood the importance of the crises.

I saw an eighty-three old woman shake her finger in an Admirals face and tell him in no uncertain terms that the Navy would have to kill her first before they would take her land. And she meant every word.

We formulated plans to lie in front of any equipment that would try to destroy our earth and the feelings were so innate that not one person ever thought of backing down.

Of course our main goal was to fight the battle legally and lawfully, but if push came to shove we knew that we would do whatever was necessary in order to keep our communities, environment and wildlife intact.

And indeed, it should be duly noted that y’all at BlueNC helped to strengthen that courage and validate our cause by your support.

Thank you.

Thank you, Susan

But we are just foot soldiers following your lead.

In fact, when I speak to groups about grass roots activism, NO OLF is my best example of what activism looks like on the ground . . . and a great model for how outlying groups (no pun intended) can throw their support behind those in the "committed core" . . . and even become part of the committed core themselves.

You all have been enormously inspiring and we will stick with you all the way.


"If boiling people alive best served the interests of the American people, then it would neither be moral or immoral." Max Borders, Civitas Institute

Will not be around in the morning

I have to take the dogs to the vet. Will somebody be around?

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I'll be in and out.

Depending on what's happening at the office. It's been nutz.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi