Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Target of Terrorists?


What next?

Sunday, September 21, 2008

My Favorite Time of Year

Sitting on my new living room furniture in my new apartment, the French door open to the cooling late September evening air, I heard the voices of children playing outside. Unlike most people my age who've been used to living alone for many years, I welcomed the sound. There were no children in my old apartment complex.

I found that out one lonely Halloween/Trick or Treat night. I had hurried home from work to dress in my witch regalia, broom included. I poured bags of candy into my brown earthenware bowl. I turned my porch light on. I turned off most of the inside lights and waited. And waited...and waited...and waited. My doorbell didn't ring all evening. Disappointed, I reluctantly took off my witch persona and turned on the TV. I took the candy (well, most of it) into work.

Yesterday as I listened to kids playing, I fantasized about the coming Trick or Treat night, this year falling, happily for this witch, on Halloween. I have my black dress, my striped tights, my cape and broom - and of course the hat - all ready to go.

I'll need to buy lots and lots of candy!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Perfect Movie...

...when you wake up too early and don't want to do all the things you have to do...

My New BFF

Anyone who can keep me watching TV when I can hardly
keep my eyes open, deserves the ratings she's getting.
Rachel, you rock!

So we "gamble" our health insurance....

From Paul Krugman in the NYT, McCain's on words:

Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation.

So now, with the meltdown on Wall Street, where would are health insurance be?

Oh, and let's not forget that McCain and the Republicans touted doing the same with Social Security. So if you had a pension or 401K and Social Security invested in the stock market and you were inches away from retiring, you would now be...where? Certainly not in one of your 7 (or is it 8?) houses.

This is what happens when the wealthy 1% have control over the lives of the rest of us.


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Does McCain know minor facts....

Chris Kelly on a Huffington Post blog writes today about McCain and Palin's credentials:

"She has been commander in chief of the Alaska National Guard. Fact. On September 11 a contingent of the Guard deployed to Iraq and her son happened to be one of them so I think she understands national security challenges."
Which is fine except:
The governor of Alaska doesn't command the National Guard in combat overseas.
Sarah Palin didn't deploy anyone anywhere on September 11th. She was a guest speaker at an Army deployment ceremony.
Track Palin isn't in the National Guard; he's in the Army.
(Mitzi says: WTF?)
Sometimes it seems like it's more than John McCain can handle, just keeping all the lies about Sarah Palin straight in his head. Tomorrow he'll say she's in the Air Force herself, on a plane she bought on eBay, bombing the bridges at Toko-Ri.
It's all Shiites and Sunnis to John McCain. So what's your problem? We're told that Lord Raglan fought the entire Crimean War believing the Russians were the French. And that worked out okay because, uh, everyone under his command died.
"I know how to win wars! I know how to win wars!" -- John McCain 7/15/08 (Mitzi says: So you won in Vietnam? And how come we're losing in Afghanistan??)
I know this is a sort of threadbare exercise -- the old switcheroo -- but imagine what would happen if Barack Obama got the Army and the National Guard mixed up.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

More about Sarah


I recently read this quote by an Alaskan citizen who said she was "proud of Sarah but...":
"She scares the beejeezus out of me..."

It's now my favorite because....

She scares the beejeezus out of me!

Definition of Crazy:

Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

The American voters did something crazy in 2000... with the help of the Supreme Court. Are we going to do it over?

Let's hope not. Don't just listen to the candidates - read their resumes, read their platforms, read their goals. But are the American voters smart enough to do that? Doesn't look like it.

"We won't be fooled again."

Uh...maybe not.

The Truth

Where is the Truth during this campaign? Here is a portion of the truth from this website:


Monday, September 15, 2008

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr on one of Gov. Palin's quotes

via Politics on HuffingtonPost.com by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on 9/15/08

"Fascist writer Westbrook Pegler, an avowed racist who Sarah Palin approvingly quoted in her acceptance speech for the moral superiority of small town values, expressed his fervent hope about my father, Robert F. Kennedy, as he contemplated his own run for the presidency in 1965, that "some white patriot of the Southern tier will spatter his spoonful of brains in pubic premises before the snow flies."

It might be worth asking Governor Palin for a tally of the other favorites from her reading list

Evidently Gov. Palin reviews her quotations as thoroughly as McCain's staff vetted her.

I want someone as Vice President who's smarter than I am - doesn't look like it's her.


Packed boxes are stacked all over my living room. I get the key to my new apartment Friday, so I can start moving some of the small stuff in and do some more packing - mostly books - and many of those books may go to the library for their sale.

As I look at all the things I've accumulated over a lifetime, I'm beginning to throw out (as in dumpster) more stuff - much more stuff. In throwing out "stuff", I'm also throwing out the negative feelings of lost loves, friends who betrayed and illnesses lived through.

This move is symbolic in several ways. As I slowly move further away from "my life" in Easton and toward a new life 3000 miles away, I realize how important this first move is - not just in downsizing belongings, but in downsizing that "life". Psychologists call it disengaging. I'm disengaging slowly - from giving up a bag of books to giving up volunteering.

I feel as if I could live in an RV - cats, computer, clothes - and books (only a few at a time) - and travel the country, writing about what I see.

I've discovered that while doing this disengaging, I'm making other connections - 3000 miles away. Each time I visit Heather in Everett, I feel more and more as if I'm "coming home". There's beginning to be more for me there than for me here. And that could be a conscious or subconscious disconnecting - but whatever, it's happening. If there was once something (someone) to hold me here, there is no longer. I feel free to follow some dreams.

I can tell it by my nighttime dreams - I see the Cascades in my dreams. I hear seagulls in my dreams.

A journey of 1000 miles (or 3000 miles), begins with a single step (or 15 miles).

Like I said earlier....

Sure wish McCain had picked Tina Fey.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Just As Silly As ...

...is not talking about the issues.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

What the Washington Post missed

Here's the article about Palin getting state expense money for living at home:


Here's the part that REALLY bothered me:

"One such invitation came in October 2007, when Willow flew to Juneau to join the Palin family on a tour of the Hub Juneau Christian Teen Center, where Palin and her family worship when they are in Juneau. The state gave the center $25,000, according to a May 2008 memo." (Emphasis added).

Separation of church and state?
Maybe not THIS state.
And to think, I'd thought about retiring to Skagway.

Monday, September 08, 2008

She's Lied!

Some people are afraid to say it. I'm not afraid to say: She lied...
About the "Bridge to No Where"...
About not taking earmarks...
About not misusing her powers...
About not using lobbyists (see "earmarks").

And those are just the beginning. Click on the title and watch a 3 minute video.
Lies, lies, lies!

We had a President who lied about the reason to invade another nation.

Do we need a proven liar this time?

I HAD to write a caption for this picture...

"And then I grabbed him my the balls and said, "Johnny,
you are NOT selling my plane. I don't friggin' care
WHAT that Palin broad did.'"

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Giving away stuff can be hard...

It's been in a couple of closets for more than 20 years. I've worn it often but not lately.
"It" is a full length, black fake fur coat with a red satin lining. It was soft and luscious. I just don't wear it anymore - no place to where something like that.

A little back history: Twenty plus years ago, I lost 80+ pounds. I was still chubby but shapely and being tall, a local clothing store that specialized in "larger" sizes asked me to be one of their models.
I had fun, earned points towards clothes and bought the coat.

Yesterday I gave the coat to a thrift store. I hope that another chubby woman buys the coat, wears it and feels glamorous - like I did, more than 20 years ago.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008


Senator McCain:
As a child of the fifties, I knew Brett Maverick and you're no....

What a minute...
Gambler, conman, womanizer.

My bad.
Carry on..

The Next Thomas Eagleton?

Flashback: 1972 and McGovern chooses Thomas Eagleton. Before you could say "debate", Eagleton bows out because he had a history of electro-convulsive therapy for depression (a treatment of choice thirty-six years ago).

According to the latest news articles (and I don't care if her daughter IS pregnant - I just don't want a VP pushing her "values" on me), the vetting process has not changed much in the last three decades.

And if she does drop out of the campaign, it will be more of set-back for women in politics than Hillary's primary loss. It will just show that women are chosen (by some men) for superficial reasons.

It's all so sad. There were so many conservative Republican women who have the experience and would have been much better picks. If you really think about it, McCain choosing Palin was a huge slap in the face to them.

So sad and a huge step backwards for women in politics.