Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Sometimes, life is just weird
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
You know I've been job hunting forever, and my choices are very limited in that I can't relocate, and my skills are fairly specific. There just aren't a lot of openings that I could or would go after.
A few months ago, I was checking out the website for Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky
organization. I looked at their staff directory, saw a couple of people I know. Then I saw that there was a vacant position. Hmmmm. Having absolutely nothing to lose, I sent them a cold call letter. I got a nice letter back a few days later, stating that they had hired internally, just hadn't updated their website, would like to keep my resume on file, blah blah blah.
"Oh well," I thought, "nothing ventured, nothing gained."
I got a letter today from PCAK. They currently have an opening that sounds right up my alley in a lot of ways. They want to know if I'm interested in interviewing for the position. But of course! I am curious, however, to know if the salary is a huge cut for me or just a small one . . . If
the interview goes well, and if
I were offered the job, that's probably what it would come down to in the end. Yes, there are a lot of ifs in there, but why not be hopeful and positive? Again, I've got nothing to lose here. I mean, I do have
a job, even if it sucks raw eggs and chews up the shells. I'm not desperate to find a job, any job; I'm just looking for new challenges and a new direction in my work life. I'll keep you posted, natch.
Found this on This Modern World
. Feel free to pass it on.
"A DAY IN THE LIFE OF JOE REPUBLICAN"
Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards. With his first swallow of water, he takes his daily medication. His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought to ensure their safety and that they work as advertised.
All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer's medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance - now Joe gets it too.
He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs. Joe's bacon is safe to eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.
In the morning shower, Joe reaches for his shampoo. His bottle is properly labeled with each ingredient and its amount in the total contents because some crybaby liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained.
Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some environmentalist wacko liberal fought for the laws to stop industries from polluting our air.
He walks on the government-provided sidewalk to subway station for his government-subsidized ride to work. It saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees because some fancy-pants liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.
Joe begins his work day. He has a good job with excellent pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some lazy liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe's employer pays these standards because Joe's employer doesn't want his employees to call the union.
If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed, he'll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some stupid liberal didn't think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.
It is noontime and Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe's deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some godless liberal wanted to protect Joe's money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the Great Depression.
Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and his below-market federal student loan because some elitist liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his lifetime. Joe also forgets that his in addition to his federally subsidized student loans, he attended a state funded university.
Joe is home from work. He plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive. His car is among the safest in the world because some America-hating liberal fought for car safety standards to go along with the tax-payer funded roads.
He arrives at his boyhood home. His was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers' Home Administration because bankers didn't want to make rural loans.
The house didn't have electricity until some big-government liberal stuck his nose where it didn't belong and demanded rural electrification.
He is happy to see his father, who is now retired. His father lives on Social Security and a union pension because some wine-drinking, cheese-eating liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn't have to.
Joe gets back in his car for the ride home, and turns on a radio talk show. The radio host keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. He doesn't mention that the beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day. Joe agrees: "We don't need those big-government liberals ruining our lives! After all, I'm a self-made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have."
Things to do on a Monday
Monday, September 27, 2004
I have many things to do today. I'm sure you do as well. Please take a moment and add two brief items to your agenda:
Compare and contrast
Friday, September 24, 2004
Let's go back to school and do a little compare and contrast exercise. I had meetings at my other office today, so I was in the car for a total of two hours. I have a Kerry-Edwards bumper sticker on my car.
I received waves, honks, and smiles from other cars with Kerry stickers.
I was cut off, damn near rear-ended, and flipped off. By Hummers and SUVs and Buicks and Caddys who were well exceeding the speed limit. All of those cars had Bush stickers.
Now, my question is: Were these drivers assholes on the road because they saw my sticker, or just because they're assholes? It's a puzzle.
Love love love
Thursday, September 23, 2004
I love this cafepress store
. It appeals to my snarky political side. Trés amusant.
Found it on BoingBoing
I love books
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Enough with the political obsession for just a moment. I love to read (when I have the time!), and I'm a big fan of both libraries and technology. Merging all these things would be the icing on the cake. Not that nasty Crisco and confectioner's sugar icing either, but the good stuff.
. Create a bookmarklet that will search your local library for any book you are viewing at sites like Amazon
, etc. Too completely cool.
Do me a favor
Go to this page
, and vote for Dr. Dan
. Pass it on to anyone you think might vote. I think if Dr. Dan had some money and was able to increase his name recognition, he'd have a shot. Does anyone actually like
Jim Bunning? I don't know of anyone who cares for his style, or could say anything that he's ever done for his constituents. Time for a change.
The merging of art and science
Monday, September 20, 2004
I love this page
. It's filled with computer error messages reinvented as haiku. Here's my fave:
Windows NT crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.
I got this today from my sister-in-law. It's a hoot, because I know women like this. Note for the record: I am not one.
WORDS WOMEN USE
This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.
If she is getting dressed, this is half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given 5 more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.
This is the calm before the storm. This means "something," and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with 'Nothing' usually end in "Fine".
This is a dare, not permission. Don't do it.
This is not actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A "Loud Sigh" means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you over "Nothing".
This is one of the most dangerous statements that a woman can make to a man. "That's Okay" means that she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.
A woman is thanking you. Do not question it or faint. Just say you're welcome.
Seriously, please go read Fafblog
today. It's a riot.
So very helpful
Friday, September 17, 2004
Liberal Oasis is so
very helpful. They've put together a list of responses
to tough questions about John Kerry, to help us persuade undecided voters. It's worth downloading and reading.
And I missed it . . .
Unsurprisingly, the Louisville
paper has more extensive coverage of John Edwards' visit to Kentucky last night than does the Lexington
paper. And Dr. Dan
was there, too, and I missed it!
I'm still bummed about that, especially since my board meeting was a bust. There wasn't a quorum, so we couldn't even have an official meeting. I should have gone to Louisville. I'll bet some of the board members who didn't show up were in Louisville. We could've had our meeting right there at the airport . . .
Thursday, September 16, 2004
Oh, this is so interesting to me. It seems, to my admittedly biased eye, that the media doesn't cover the important issues in favor of 35 year old memos, celebrity stories, and sports/weather.
Sure enough . . . here's visual proof
. I found this through the judicious use of what I like to call internet crack
Oh, and this is pretty cool, too - and off the same site, looks like. I love internet crack. Internet traffic represented as musical tones
, as best I can tell. It's nice for background noise.
What a bummer
I got an e-mail yesterday from the state Democratic Party. John Edwards is going to be in Louisville this evening.
And DAMMIT, I have a CASA
Board meeting at 5:30, so I can't go. I would actually skip the board meeting, even though it's very important and I'm new on the board. But since this state is so freaking red, it might be my only chance to see one of the Johns in person. But I can't find anyone to go anyway, and it wouldn't be much fun by myself. LL
has a commitment this pm, and my husband is extremely cautious about any involvement with politics, since he's a state employee. What a bummer!
Very good questions
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
has a great set of questions posted. These should be asked of any republicans you know.
1. Is it more important to judge a president on his party affiliation or his policies?
2. A Democratic President promised to deliver 6 million new jobs during his candidacy for president; four years later the economy has had a net loss of 1 million jobs, and the president is the first in 70 years to have lost jobs over the span of his administration. On the basis of job growth, should this Democratic president be given a second term?
3. A Democratic president inherited a federal government that was running a surplus and within four years presided over a federal government which, in raw dollars, ran the highest deficits ever recorded, and which the CBO estimates will add $2.3 trillion to the US deficit in the next decade. On the basis of budget management, should this Democratic president be given a second term?
4. During his party's convention, a Democratic president outlined a second term agenda which outside analysts estimate would cost $3 trillion to implement, in an environment in which no new government revenues were expected and the federal government is already running large budget deficits. On the basis of fiscal feasibility, should this Democratic president be given a second term?
5. After a massive terrorist attack on America's soil, a Democratic president diverted troops and supplies from the military effort to find the perpetrators of the attack in order to attack a second country which, while hostile to the United States, was not involved in the terrorist attack in question. To date, the masterminds of the terrorist attack on America's soil are at large. On this basis, should this Democratic president be given a second term?
6. In justifying the attack on this second country, the Democratic president and his advisers presented a particular justification and several other lesser justifications for invasion. In time it is learned that this particular justification was erroneous as were most of the lesser justifications. The Democratic president and his advisers have recently admitted that their reasons for attacking this second country may have been in error. Meanwhile, over 1000 American soldiers have died in the country we attacked. On this basis, should this Democratic president be given a second term?
7. Citing national security, a Democratic president and his administration have attempted to detain American citizens without regard to their constitutionally-protected rights, an action sharply rebuked by the Supreme Court of the United States. Given this attempt to circumvent the Constitution of the United States, should this Democratic president be given a second term?
8. A Democratic president has declared that he supports a constitutional amendment stripping all Americans of personal rights a sovereign state court has determined that they have. On the basis of attempting to curtail already-determined personal rights, should this Democratic president be given a second term?
9. If the phrase "Democratic president" is changed in the above questions to "Republican president," would your answers change?
10. Does the answer to question 9 invalidate your answer to question 1?
11. If the answer to question 10 is "yes," please explain how this does or does not make you, in fact, a contemptible hypocrite.
Good news for a freaking change
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
An update on this
John Kerry hired the woman today
I love it.
A while back, I started using gmail, and I have to say that I do love it. I've given away a couple of invitations to friends who asked for them, and I just ran across a resource
on BoingBoing that may help anyone else who wants a gmail invite.
Since it was on BoingBoing
, though, they may not last long.
Brother, can you spare a dime?
If you have any extra cash laying about, take a minute to read this story
at AmericaBlog. It will annoy you, guaranteed. If you feel like doing so, chip in a few bucks. I just did.
, the Sloganator
is back!!! Go have some fun.
Dang, they took it down already. I hadn't even created any worth saving yet! Oh well.
It's a puzzle
Monday, September 13, 2004
I had an interesting conversation with an acquaintance this weekend (I was nice, by the way). She's very intelligent, professionally accomplished, and not the least bit interested in politics.
I've been debating about whether undecided voters are cynical or naïve. I'm leaning toward naïve.
On the one hand, she doesn't think her vote really matters, as both of the major parties are roughly analagous. She has something of a point, here, and I used to feel the exact same way.
However, the events of the last 3½ years have convinced me that we have to take a stand somewhere. She's not there yet, I don't think.
A big part of the problem seems to be that she sees both sides as equally bad for our country. An example - Swift Boat Vets vs. TANG lack of service. Her reaction was to say, "See, both of them did some stuff they shouldn't have." Other issues, from Iraq to the economy to health care to Medicaid elicited a similar response. She doesn't see Bush as worse than Kerry, really, let alone feel good about voting for either one of them.
What pushes me into believing that she's basically naïve is her faith in the media. She isn't a news junkie, so she truly seems to think that Fox News is not that different from most other broadcast news. I suppose if you don't watch a lot of news, you could get there. She told me that she occasionally listens to talk radio. Yes, Limbaugh, O'Reilly, etc. She's never going to go to the trouble to stream Air America because she's not that interested, so the right wing shows are just about the only option in terms of talk radio.
She actually believes them.
She even said that they wouldn't and couldn't just lie. I don't know what group she thinks would stop them, but she had utter faith in the idea that if you heard it on the radio or read it in the newspaper or saw it on a mainstream news program, it was true. She has no idea of how literally everything is spun these days.
And she's going to vote - I was afraid to ask for whom she's planning to vote.
Personal stuff will now be housed on a separate blog. This one will just be rants and raves, at least for now, and mostly about politics. I've never had any difficulty with privacy, but I'd feel more comfortable if I could be free to post more pictures, etc. of her.
See the link
over at the right under the counter; feel free to bookmark it. Why don't you check out LL's store
while you're over on the right side of this page?
You'll have to sign up for an account, and then I can give you access to read the page. There are only a few of you who would read it anyway, so I hope that's not too much trouble. And I hope that my obsessive tendency to tell annoying, yet charming, stories about my kid are worth it.
Oh, and I'm not yet sure how I'll be notified that you've created an account on this other system, so can the first person or two drop me an e-mail
or IM me
to let me know you want access?
Edit - yeah, I'm not finding any way that I'm notified when someone has requested access to the personal blog. So can you drop me a line, with the username and/or e-mail addy you use to set up your account? Thanks much - J.
Saturday, September 11, 2004
I'm tired of feeling political. It's been a good weekend so far. We took our girl to an apple festival today, and had a blast. I don't feel like posting anything political, so here's a recipe for you:
1 8-oz. Philadelphia cream cheese (the soft kind)
l can chopped green chiles
(Blend these two together)
Add to this mixture chicken pieces, cooked beef, or black beans. (I've been using Tyson pre-cooked roasted chicken bits.)
Spoon mixture into flour tortilla shells and place in casserole with fold facing down.
Spread a can of green enchilada sauce (Kroger's is as good as any) over the top, and cover with shredded cheese. I use cheddar, but any cheese should do.
Bake in a 350° oven for 20 minutes.
Serve with chopped lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and sour cream.
I hope you like them.
I'm laughing so hard
Friday, September 10, 2004
Do you read Tequila Mockingbird
? If not, why not? It's a terrific blog that always makes me laugh, cry, and wonder why my life isn't nearly as exciting . . .
For a sample of the genius, there are a couple of posts up right now that had me literally crying tears of laughter. Here's part 1
, and part 2
All this blah blah blah floating around today about memos from the early 70s and forgeries and kerning and typefaces . . .
Who the hell cares? It seems pretty clear that Bush shirked his minimal duties, even without these memos. I'd prefer to look at the situation in the current century, and where we're headed. However, since it seems that we'll all be stuck in the past for a little while longer, I wish I could know the answer to one question.
Who was next on the draft list when Bush got into the Guard? And what happened to him?
If wishes were horses
I wish I could write as well and had the level of political intelligence as Digby
Or the humor and insight of Mark Morford
(found on PCBNN
Don't like that one?
Well then, here's another good rant
Worth a look
Are you in the mood for a good rant
? It's a few weeks out of date, but I like it anyway. Found it on First Draft
Work is keeping me hopping at the moment, so there may not be much new here for a few days. Come back soon, y'all, ya hear?
Thursday, September 09, 2004
What a cool project
. It's worth reading the postcards.
It's enough to make you cry
I love The Onion. Especially when they update a story
from January of 2001 with links that show how it's all come true. Found this on Kos
is worth reading and disseminating.
Belated meeting update
I said I would post about yesterday's meeting last night, but I didn't get to it.
It was interesting, to say the least. The meeting started out at 8:30 with two of the head honchos. They want me to work with the Facilitation Center approximately 10 days a month, here at home and there at EKU as needed. That's cool, I've done a couple of projects with the lead person there, and she's great to work with. They also want me to have an official office at the CHR Building here, because people are asking why I work at home instead of at the office. But I'm not expected to actually be there (?). Ummm, ok.
There is also a current project to redesign one of the main websites, not mine. They asked me if I would help with that project, I said sure. They were talking about working on personalizing the content of the site based on user preference, kind of like MyYahoo, and asked if I had any ideas. I said I'd never done anything like that, but would be happy to help the programmer in any way that I could, and would be happy to do some research. Oh, and all this additional work did not
include anything being taken off
of my plate. This is just more. They even said I've been recognized as a hard worker who gets things done, and this happens to that group of people. I know when I'm being screwed, but what am I gonna do? These are the two big bosses. They asked me if I could stay for a 10:00 meeting of the web group, which I did.
So, I go into the 10:00 meeting, there were some new people there, but I knew most of the group. The head honcho mentions that I am joining the group, and that I will be
taking the lead on personalizing the site for users!
I swear, I got looks of sympathy from all around the room. I talked to him after the meeting, and got on him for doing that to me. I've known him a long time, so I was able to be fairly direct. He just smiled. He's an evil genius, I tell you.
After that meeting ended, I went to talk with the chick from the Facilitation Center, because the bosses asked me to get with her to plan out our scope of work. She had a notepad, with some preliminary ideas jotted down. On there was written: Jill will be here, 3 days a week. Now, in no sense is that 10 days a month, and that was not the same info I had been given, so of course I brought it up. She was talking about where my workstation would be, which turns out to be a conference room in a unit across the hall, when it's not in use. They'll find
me a laptop to use. Yeah, sounds like a great workspace to me. I mentioned that I probably wouldn't need to be there that often, unless there was a specific reason, like a meeting or a planning session. She had a different impression, but I think I got my point across. Still, I like working with her, the projects she's working on are interesting, and my skillset could help her.
Here's the real
deal. The head honchos are getting questions about why I work at home. As you may recall, that was not a decision I had any say in whatsoever. They know that I do not want to be permanently housed in the CHR Building (bad karma in that place), and that I need quiet and some software that I can't use on the state network in order to be most effective. They're trying to find a workaround, which I appreciate. They want to be able to say that I have an office at the CHR Building, and that I'm working with Karen 10 days a month, which would cover them and me. I'm not sure how it's different than the past year, when I've had a cube at the CHR Building and a cube at EKU, but didn't spend much time at either place. We'll see how it goes. I do just love the fact that all this additional work is piled on me, but no slack in any of my regular duties. Just another day, I suppose.
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
Light a candle
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
at this very moment.
Light a candle tonight
Sunday, September 05, 2004
I took my girl to Wal-Mart for a bit this afternoon. She's been wanting a music box for her jewelry, and I saw some there. She picked one out, and wanted to listen to it on the ride home. She listened for a minute, then said:
Mom, this is so totally cool and awesome!
When did she turn 14? I thought she was going to be 4 this month.
Friday, September 03, 2004
Whether you love him (me, with a couple of reservations) or you hate him (I don't know, Fox News watchers, I guess), Bill Clinton is a tremendous politician. He made a huge difference in this country, largely for the better. I hope everything
It has been a busy week so far. My cousin Julie is in town with her two kids, so we've gotten together a couple of times. They've had a blast. Mark even kept all three of them last night for a couple of hours so that Julie and I could go out to dinner. He's a hero.
Lauren's been so cute. She's been saying: "You know that boy, Trey? Did you know that he's my cousin?" Heh. Trey is 4, and Kelsey is 2, and they're both cute as the dickens. Kelsey is exactly
like her mother as a kid, help us all!
Between visiting, working, and keeping up with politics (my short version: Zell Miller is batshit
crazy, it didn't take long for the republicans to heave him over the side once things turned ugly, and the RNC was not successful overall), I haven't had much time to post other than just links here and there.
Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.
I will try to do better. But not likely this holiday weekend. On Saturday, I have a hot date with my dear husband. We're going to The Melting Pot
in Louisville. I went to the one in Cinci with Carol last weekend. Yes, I'm going again. It was that
good. Go if there's one near you. It's an expensive proposition, and a slow meal, but oh so good.
Don't be drinking liquid
Thursday, September 02, 2004
. . . when you read Fafblog
You really should read this post
. Too funny. I love the captions on that site. They are literally laugh-out-loud funny.
This whole blog thing works a little better if you comment once in a while. Hell, doesn't even have to be on topic, although that would probably be good. Just say "hi" now and again, wouldja?
For example, do you like the audio posts, or do you hate them?
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
need a laugh?
Now this is interesting
I found a link
that I found quite compelling. It's a website that "gives rundowns of the economic situations in each of the states with Senate races this year and a grade for every incumbent candidate regarding their 2003 voting record on middle-class issues."
What do you know, Kentucky's Senators and Representatives received these grades: C,D, F, F, D, D, F, and F. Stunning surprise, isn't it?
Why is this a red state again?
Yes, that's it exactly
Digby mentions something that has always puzzled me.
Not so specifically about Dave Dreier, since I'd actually never heard of him until this week.
No, what I don't understand is the Log Cabin Republicans
. As Digby says
To me, it's like a black man joining the KKK. Don't get it.
Perhaps they're masochists
? That's the only reason I can think of to be a member of a party which absolutely despises
you, and is actively working to curtail your civil rights.
Michael Moore doesn't actually seem to froth at the mouth. OK, I knew that, but many people don't. This article
is exactly right.
I was just saying the same thing to CA this weekend. I can respect republicans the way they used to be. Fiscal responsibility and all that, even as I disagreed with their party vehemently on social issues. But now that they've abandoned sensible management of our tax dollars, and seem intent on taking our society back to an unimaginable state, I don't see a lot to respect. Particularly for republicans who are somewhat sensible. How do they stand being in the same group as their leaders?
I truly fail to understand why anyone would be a republican these days, or support Bush. I just don't get it.