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Thursday, March 31, 2005
Good to see Billmon is back to occasional blogging. Especially today.

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The End

With all sincerity, R.I.P., Mrs. Schiavo.

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Seriously, folks

Monday, March 28, 2005
I'm in awe of The Rude Pundit. I could just link to him every day, because he absolutely says what needs to be said in a harsh and amusing way. In short, what he said. Here's a taste:
Since Reagan (when Randall Terry first reared his hateful head), they've been pandering to the fundamentalists, getting them to think they had more and more power without, as so many have pointed out, delivering much more than a prayer and a little bit of rhetoric to them. Remember: Churchy wanna get paid. At some point when you pledge the promised land and holy days to people, they're gonna want a down payment. The Republicans lost control of their monster and that big bastard's gonna go on a rampage.
Also worth reading regularly - The Vine.

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Love that

Have you seen the latest Mountain Dew commercials? Spy vs. Spy

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Oh joy

Guess what my child got for Easter from her grandparents? A hermit crab, which she promptly named Rosie Good. Don't know why. But it's another thing to feed and water around here. Did I ever tell you that I don't really like crawly things?

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Looks like fun

Friday, March 25, 2005
Letterboxing looks like fun. Via WWdN.

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Oh, how fun

Thursday, March 24, 2005
I so want to do this with my laptop. Via BoingBoing, but of course.

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Random stuff

Tuesday, March 22, 2005
I saw the same thing earlier today on CNN's site, and it pissed me off. I'm glad to see that Media Matters caught it. Also, this is a very interesting article that I found on Eschaton. In other news, the bird took a break for lunch, but has now come back to slowly and deliberately drive me insane.

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The Birds

Because our house backs up to a treeline and a small lake, there is a lot of wildlife around. There are probably more, but we commonly see ducks, geese, rabbits, turtles, occasionally possums, and lots and lots of birds. Ah, yes. The birds. Here's the good part. Now that they seem to have returned from their southern excursion, in the mornings the birds really start to sing right around daybreak. It's a very pleasant way to wake up. We have a bird feeder on the side of our deck, just outside the kiddo's room, and she likes to watch the birds. We see finches and bluejays and cardinals, along with about 17 other kinds of birds I have no idea about. Whatever they are, they sure do go through a lot of seed. That's all right, I like having them around. For the most part, anyway. There's one bird outside that has been making the same rhythmic call every three seconds for at least the past hour, and it's driving me just a little bit nutso. More so than usual, even.

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Another cool thing

Monday, March 21, 2005
Totally unrelated to politics! From BoingBoing, unsurprisingly. Here's the link.

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Good stuff

Holden at First Draft today Digby from yesterday And just added: Morons.org from today Spread them around, if you like. Hey, has anyone heard anything on network or cable news lately about the Iraq war, or Social Security, or the deficit lately, or has it been all-Schiavo, all the time? Just asking.

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Now that's freaking weird

Saturday, March 19, 2005
So I'm checking out Bloglines this morning, and I get to BoingBoing. Go read it, I'll wait. Oh, you're back. Hey, that's odd, I know a Chad Hurley. I know his sister, and I've met his wife and his beautiful daughter. I've known them most of my life. That's freaking weird. Hopefully, being BoingBoinged will be good for his business. Is that anything like being Slashdotted?

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Here are my wishes

Friday, March 18, 2005
In thinking more about the Terry Schiavo situation, I realize that although the love of my life (see that follow-through, dear?) and I have discussed our wishes, it's not in writing anywhere. I've seen that mentioned throughout the day, that there's no PROOF of her wishes, outside of the word of her husband. And here I thought husbands and wives were allowed to have undocumented conversations, silly me! So here you go, dear. Feel free to refer back to this if I'm ever incapacitated and without hope of recovery. No extreme measures. I don't want to ever exist like Terry Schiavo has for the past 15 years. If medical professionals advise that there is no hope, let me go. Can I get a witness????? (And dear, don't go upping the life insurance or anything. I'm sticking around to bug you for another 50 years or so.)

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Can't say it any better myself

I do adore The Rude Pundit.

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New pictures

Go check out Flickr.

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Ya takes the good with the bad

Thursday, March 17, 2005
The Bad: The Good:
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Sweeeeeeet

Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Did you know that 1530 AM out of Cinci comes in down here? It's a little fuzzy at times, but they carry liberal talk radio, including some AAR during the day. Check it out.

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Scalzi makes sense

I like this post. Here's a taste.
Instead, I want to leave you with a thought about politics, which is that I think the real fault lines in politics today do not lie along the traditional conservative/liberal lines but along rational/irrational lines, and the real war in politics these days is along the latter rather than the former. This is why, for example, I'm far more comfortable with some conservatives than I am with some liberals, even though my own positions tend more liberal than not. I'm rather more comfortable dealing with someone whose politics I disagree with, but I can see how they got to where they are, than someone who politics are in line with mine but who appear to have arrived at those politics without an intermediary step of, you know, thinking about those politics.

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Complaints on the homefront

Friday, March 11, 2005
The husband objects to being called "the husband". Like I give a damn. But he shall hereafter be known as: The love of my life Reason for being Ball and chain Soulmate Kindred spirit He reserves the right to add to the list. In comments. And just in case you're wondering, I reserve the right to laugh.

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Do you miss radio?

Thursday, March 10, 2005
This isn't a huge deal to me, because (and this part coming up is heresy to my husband) music isn't a critical part of my life. There are artists that I like, mostly on CD. I rarely change the station in the car from WUKY. Unless there's a pledge drive, that is. And I keep trying to catch my friend Anne's two shows on Friday night, but I keep missing them most of the time, unfortunately. But mostly, in the car, I'm either listening to NPR or my kid's story CDs, if she's with me. Honestly, it just doesn't occur to me to turn on the radio at home. That's heresy to the husband too - neither of the other two people who live in my house can stand silence. I like the quiet, most of the time. Of course, I listen to AAR some days while I'm working at home, but I truly enjoy the ever-too-brief and exceedingly rare interludes of total quiet. But if you are not like me, and like listening to the radio and actual music, and you hate what corporations like Clear Channel have done to radio, read Mark Morford for lots of options if you can stream. Maybe even something in your neighborhood (I'm looking at you, C.A.)

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How cool

What a fricking great idea this is. I found it on BoingBoing.
The Mobile Market is able to make inroads in the community in large part because it offers these healthy foods at a low price. The People's Grocery receives significant discounts from Mountain People's Distributors -- one of the nation's largest organic-food distributors -- so food in the Mobile Market is sold at wholesale prices. This means that, for the 160 families that shop at the Mobile Market each week, a healthful organic diet costs no more than a menu of ramen and Ho-Hos from the liquor store.

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Great new site

Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Demstv.com - check it out.

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Quote of the day

Monday, March 07, 2005
A good friend of mine sent me this in an e-mail today. He and I see things the same way politically, except that since he's gay, he perhaps feels certain things a bit differently. But I really liked this, and I thought I'd share. Before you ask, I have no idea who this quote is from; maybe I should, but I don't. I'm presuming it's someone active in GLBT civil rights work.
Ebbin likes to recite a quote that appears on the walls of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. It reads, in part: "I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed ... institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times." Ebbin said he takes comfort in those words. "If you were a slave when you read that quote, it speaks to you," he said. "If you're a woman denied the right to vote, it speaks to you. And I think gays and lesbians can see that it speaks to them."

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Uggghhh

Friday, March 04, 2005
How utterly depressing - now I feel like a big lazy bum. Curse you, StumbleUpon!!!!

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If only it wasn't so cold there . . .

I'd love to live in Canada. Here's one reason, via BoingBoing. Here's a small sample:
Dear Condi, I'm glad you've decided to get over your fit of pique and venture north to visit your closest neighbour. It's a chance to learn a thing or two. Maybe more. I know it seems improbable to your divinely guided master in the White House that mere mortals might disagree with participating in a missile-defence system that has failed in its last three tests, even though the tests themselves were carefully rigged to show results. But, gosh, we folks above the 49th parallel are somewhat cautious types who can't quite see laying down billions of dollars in a three-dud poker game. As our erstwhile Prairie-born and bred (and therefore prudent) finance minister pointed out in presenting his recent budget, we've had eight years of balanced or surplus financial accounts. If we're going to spend money, Mr. Goodale added, it will be on day-care and health programs, and even on more foreign aid and improved defence. Sure, that doesn't match the gargantuan, multi-billion-dollar deficits that your government blithely runs up fighting a "liberation war" in Iraq, laying out more than half of all weapons expenditures in the world, and giving massive tax breaks to the top one per cent of your population while cutting food programs for poor children. Just chalk that up to a different sense of priorities about what a national government's role should be when there isn't a prevailing mood of manifest destiny.
And it keeps getting better from there.

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Been busy, howsabout you?

Tuesday, March 01, 2005
Busy busy busy. Life interferes with blogging. So, although not nearly as eloquent, what she said. I'll be back asap, as soon as life settles down a bit and I have something to say. Until then, it'll probably be short posts and links.

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Wow

I'm a little stunned by this, but wow. That's a good thing.

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