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Yup, it’s me. I’m really back…well, for the most part. I moved in early December and was without cable/internet until 1/16. (Yes, it IS humanly possible to NOT be connected to the internet; I just don’t recommend it.) And a big fat “Screw you AT&T” for claiming to service my area with U-verse, having me wait WEEKS upon weeks for an installation appointment, then the day of installation notify me that ‘ooops’ you don’t service my area!!! And Cox isn’t doing much better since for some annoying reason I can’t get the internet to be connected if I’ve got the TV connected…argh! And I just don’t have the patience to deal with the customer service runaround I get each time I call, so until I do, I have to unscrew the TV cable if I want to connect to the internet. Obviously very annoying (TV cable is behind a bunch of stuff), so it goes without saying I’m not popping over to the web very often. (Hmmm, does anyone say web anymore?)
Anyhooch, what amazing things we’ve had happen since I’ve been gone, most notably inaugurating our new President of the good old USA! Now you just KNOW this big time Obama supporter made damn sure she had cable in time for all the inauguration hoopla. Heck, I even took a vacation day off of work to plop my fanny in front of the TV all day. But if that wasn’t enough, I made sure to hang my US flag up in the window AND wear my Obama/Biden shirt. Yes, I’m a geek, but I don’t care. 🙂 Let’s just say that the tears started when I was watching the Whistle Stop Tour, continued that Sunday with the Inaugural Concert on HBO, and were out in full force on Inauguration Day. Is it not absolutely INCREDIBLE to actually be (dare I say it?) PROUD to be an American again?!?! And yes, despite this annoying BS back-and-forth debate about the stimulus package, I AM still proud and thrilled with our country and our democracy. I do want to kick the majority of the Republicans in their collective stubborn elephant asses, but will try desperately to retain even the slightest of grips on that olive branch Obama really wants us all to extend. Let’s just say my grip is quickly slipping away and I’m just about ready to use that branch to start knocking some common sense into some noggins, but…
Okay, enough with that–for now. How about that Adele and her two Grammys on Sunday night? Who’s Adele you say? Well gather round my friends, and let me introduce you to one of the most powerful, unique, soulful, and incredible voices I’ve heard in quite some time. I first became aware of Adele when she appeared on Saturday Night Live mid-October, last year. Of course I was watching SNL hoping the Sarah Palin appearance would be worth it (read that as Tina Fey really sticking it to her), and wasn’t too interested in the musical performer I’d never heard of before. But the minute Adele belted out those first notes I stopped what I was doing, turned my attention to the TV and was instantly mesmerized–and hooked! This girl can sing, and I mean S-I-N-G! I was so excited when they announced her name as the winner of the Grammy for Best New Artist two nights ago, and was hootin’ and a hollerin’ (did I just go hillbilly on ya?) and making sure Rudy (yes, he’s my dog…told you I’m a geek) was as excited about her win as I was. This gal has got a powerhouse voice that you just know is going to withstand the test of time.
Catch Adele on her tour which happily begins in my area on 3/9, but sadly is already sold out. Don’t let that happen to you, so buy your tickets NOW! Here’s her SNL performance for you to (hopefully!) enjoy as much as I do.
Nice to read some good news after just watching my boys (San Diego Chargers)lose another game, this time about as far away from home as possible: the UK (Saints 37-Chargers 32) . So the good news is that the Anchorage Daily News has endorsed Barack Obama over the ticket which boasts their own governor, Sarah Palin. The editorial brings up many valid points, most especially who will best handle the monumental task of getting our country back on the road to recovery after the incredible economic mess we are all enduring. But perhaps what should really ring loud and long for anyone considering a vote for the McCain/Palin ticket is in the last paragraph, which I’m copying below. (Emphasis added by me. ;))
Yet despite her formidable gifts, few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth. To step in and juggle the demands of an economic meltdown, two deadly wars and a deteriorating climate crisis would stretch the governor beyond her range. Like picking Sen. McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time.
Once again, I’m sending major thanks out to the Randi Rhodes MySpace page for posting this video of tonight’s SNL show featuring this fantastically nailed performance by Tina Fey as Sarah Palin, and Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton. Best line of the skit (and there were many) was Poehler/Clinton saying, “In conclusion, I invite the media to grow a pair, and if you can’t I will lend you mine.” (Heck, I’ll loan them mine if they’ll step up their pressure on getting to the truth. ;)) Enjoy the video!
***Added 9/14/08: Well, it looks like NBC Universal pulled a copyright claim (yes, I know, it’s their right, their property, but…) on all the SNL videos that were posted to YouTube last night. I hope those of you who headed over here to see it DID get to see it before they were pulled down. Here’s the SNL web site link to the video where you get to sit through a commercial before watching the skit. Upside is that it’s high quality and fairly large. I think I’ve watched the skit about 10 times now, and find something new each time. I don’t think Fey and Poehler could have possibly done a better job than they did, with their impeccable timing, nuanced looks, and overall out Palining and Clintoning the actual women! 😉
And for those of you wondering what the heck flerg, flirg (or however you want to spell it) means, here’s what I found, but take it all with a grain of salt, or with… (shame on me ;)).
Again, enjoy the video!
DemRapidResponse posting this morning brought me this. Thank goodness they find all the good stuff because I just don’t have the time to. Pass it along, please!
McCain Lies About Reformer Credentials
- McCain on The View lies about reformer credentials, also claims that Sarah Palin didn’t ask for earmarks as Governor. In fact she took almost $500 million dollars as earmarks Governor. Read the rest of this entry »
Eve Ensler, the American playwright, performer, feminist and activist best known for “The Vagina Monologues”, wrote the following about Sarah Palin.
Drill Drill Drill
I am having Sarah Palin nightmares.
I dreamt last night that she was a member of a club where they rode snowmobiles and wore the claws of drowned and starved polar bears around their necks. I have a particular thing for Polar Bears. Read the rest of this entry »
MySpace Democrats just posted a bulletin with a great video from an organization I was previously unfamiliar with, truthandhope.org, but one of which I’m now a fan. This video does a fantastic job of pointing out the important history of community organizing Sarah Failin’ Palin and other GOP folks disgustingly mocked at their liars convention last week. THANKFULLY someone is out there responding to the BS the repugs, I mean repubs, are dishing out; BS which, sadly, folks with no interest in discovering the truth are lapping up. Truthandhope.org needs help getting this ad on TV, so if you can muster up some dinero, please help them out. Just click on this link to find out more.
Man, oh man, oh man, do I ever LOVE Jon Stewart!!! This clip is one of his best–enjoy!
(Seems the first video was taken down, so here’s another. You can click on the Jon Stewart link I posted above to take you to the Comedy Central site video. WordPress won’t allow videos from there to be embedded here.)
Saw the “oops, did I say that?” clip I’m posting below, earlier when Randi Rhodes sent it out, but an email from MoveOn actually has the transcript which makes it all even better! It’s a delightfully juicy tidbit for me since I had actually been watching the MSNBC interview Chuck Todd was having with Mike Murphy and Peggy Noonan when it ran live, so now this bonus ‘after the fact’ snafu makes it much more enjoyable. Grab the popcorn, folks. And Jesse Jackson must be glad to see the ‘hot mic’ video/audio works both ways. (Sidenote: Did anyone else see the sign someone was holding in the crowd during MSNBC coverage that said “Your blunder war is showing“? Hi-lar-i-ous!)
I would write more, but I’m too nauseated after watching moron Mitt Romney spewing forth one idiotic comment after another during his RNC speech. (We sure dodged a bullet on THAT one–hope we continue to.) Off I go to watch Mike Huckabee speak. I should probably grab some pliers on the way since I’m sure he’ll need some help getting his foot out of his mouth from his usual inappropriate attempts at humor. (Oooh, speaking of humor, click here for a funny take on Peggy Noonan’s blunder.) Read the rest of this entry »
Seriously, folks? THIS is who you want engaging in discussions on national security issues (even remotely), let alone living in OUR White House? Someone whose response to Palin’s lack of national security experience is that we all remember that Alaska is the closest part of “our” continent to Russia. (I think Canada and Central and South America might want to lay claim to the continent, too, Cindy!) Say what? Closeness to Russia constitutes experience?! Well since I’m part Russian/German/Finnish/Polish I guess her warped logic really gives me an in, with an appointment to Secretary of State in my future under a McCain presidency? ARGH!
When (if) you vote for John McCain, you get the baggage that is his wife, sort of like marrying into your spouse’s family. Of course worse than having Cindy Read the rest of this entry »
Time to haul my fanny back over here to blog. This extremely important election is no time for me to sit back, relax on the writing, and not do my best to make sure our country takes that MUCH NEEDED turn toward change. Mind you, I can be pretty lazy on my days off, so I’ll just start this trek copying today’s email from MoveOn. Also have to share one of the great quotes to come out of some fantastic speeches at the Democratic National Convention.
“John McCain may pay hundreds of dollars for his shoes, but we’re the ones who’ll pay for his flip-flops.” ~Gov. Bill Richardson Read the rest of this entry »