raefinlay: (Teh Schro)
Schrody would like you all to know how bad his life is.  He has suffered unspeakable sufferings.  Though he relentlessly tries, he is unable to adequately communicate the depths of his despair.  In fact, this was the Worst Christmas Ever.

Well, except for being able to sleep with mom for 4 nights in a row.
Oh, and the skeeryboyz being gone all week.
And also the Christmas day T-R-E-A-T.
Oh, yeah, and the fact that he kicked BadButler's fuzzy ass twice.
And except for the feather duster toy that makes fantastic tinkly sounds when he shakeshakeshakes it.

Yeah, except for all that, it was the Worst Christmas Ever.
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Happy b-day to [livejournal.com profile] stillnotbored

To celebrate your birthday, I put on the Really Warm Coat you gave me and went for a walk in 20-degree weather. Yes, I realize that's not quite how birthdays are supposed to work, but I stayed warm!

Hope today is the best day ever.
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Thing One:  New dinosaur cookie cutters came in the mail! OMGpterodactylsquee!!!! It didn't say who they were from, but my money and my first-born child are all bet on [livejournal.com profile] mrissa . Thanks, m'ris!

Thing Two:  Book from [livejournal.com profile] hollailama! It's The Poisonwood Bible. She knows me well, so I'm sure I will loff it. Have any of you read it? What did you think?

Thing Three:  I have a new boyfriend.  His name is Hubble and he is a telescope. *swoony* Charlie understands that he is now #2 in my life, and he has been most gracious about it.

Thing Four: It's sunny outside, and warm enough to spend the rest of my lunch break walking. Wooo!
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I am thankful for my husband, who is teh awesome, for my stepkids, for our shiny new washing machine, for my sister, for my job, and for central heating.

But most especially, I am thankful for baby Ragdoll kittehs with leetle white pawses.

(Via Cuteoverload)
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Part II of Charlie's and my co-authored story is now live at Beneath Ceaseless Skies.  Those of you who have known me a while will recognize this as an evolution of "the Khatire chapters." Hope you enjoy. 

While you're there, be sure to check out Sarah Edwards' story too, which is loffly. In fact, the mag has been altogether loffly so far. Scott is publishing some great stuff.
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...of EGGNOG!

Oh, sweet Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Let the weight gain begin.

I love my nog diluted in a little soy milk, or mixed with a bit of champagne.

How do you like your nog? Or are you a nog-hater?
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Woooo! [livejournal.com profile] ccfinlay 's and my first co-authored story is now online at Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Even if you don't have time to read our story, you should go on over and show a new, pro-rate-paying magazine some love.
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[livejournal.com profile] ccfinlay 's books are up on Amazon now! I think they're gorgeous.

The Patriot Witch

A Spell for the Revolution

The Demon Redcoat
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...is the one I want to be part of.

I stood in line for nearly 5 hours to vote early for Barack Obama in the swing state of Ohio. 

My feet and back ache, and I'm exhausted, but it was so worth it. Volunteers came out in droves to pass out bottled water and snacks, help children to the restrooms, find seating for the elderly--anything to keep people in line. A sense of hope and celebration permeated the air. Strangers chatted easily with one another. No one complained.

As the afternoon grew long, we formed little posses of support with those nearest us in line. My posse was composed of two latinas, four black women, two children, and me. One of the women, Janette, had already voted, but she returned with her elderly mother to wait in line again. We all looked out for Momma, making sure she could sit as much as possible and had someone to lean on at all times.

Univision came to interview us when they realized my new friend Marta spoke fluent Spanish. They asked her if she was worried about voter fraud or disenfranchisement given what happened in Ohio during the last election. She proudly said, "No. There are so many people here that it would be impossible to stifle the vote again."  Afterward, I told her "Muy bien hecho!" and gave her a terrorist fist jab, which we are pretty sure ended up on camera.

One gentleman made me cry. I never caught his name. He was seventy years old or older, his dark skin a beautiful contrast to his white hair. He pressed against the rails and the wall to support himself as he stood in line. He dressed in his Sunday best to vote--newly shined shoes, a three-piece suit, and a hat with a feather. When he finally hobbled out of the polling room, he had tears in his eyes.

Today, in line, there was no black America or white America. No real America or fake America. We were simply the happy, smiling, colorful, stubborn-as-hell people of America, united in our common patriotism and our utter conviction that voting is a beautiful privilege worth waiting 5 hours for.
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Made of WIN. Especially appropriate, given this song's proliferation on the beauty pageant circuit.

*has tears*
raefinlay: (Barack and Malia)
I cannot know I am right about something until I have honestly grappled with the possibility that I am wrong.
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I've been trying to have meaningful dialog with conservatives regarding their reservations about Barack Obama. Most recently, I did some canvassing, which led to some cool convos. I've learned that not all conservatives are stupid. Sometimes, they give me good reasons why they can't vote for Obama. For instance:

1) "I'm a one issue voter. I think abortion is the current holocaust, and for that reason, I can't vote for Obama under any circumstance." (Yeah, we could debate the abortion issue all day, but it *is* a reason. An intellectual starting place.)
2) "I make over $250K per year, therefore Obama will raise my taxes by 3%." (Yeah, I don't mind a 3% tax increase myself if it means health care for everyone, but again, it's a valid reason. A starting place based on something real.)

But mostly, I hear bad reasons:

1) "He's a muslim. Of course there's no proof--it's a secret!"
2) "He makes me so uncomfortable. I wince every time he opens his mouth."
3) "I feel like he's talking down to me."
4) "As soon as he becomes President, he's going to come into my house and take away my guns."
5) "He exactly meets the description of the anti-Christ in the book of Revelation."
6) "I really love Sarah Palin. She makes me feel like anyone can be vice president."
7) "If I start making more than $250K per year, I don't want to be penalized for all my hard work! How much do I make now? Well...*mumblemumble* I don't really discuss that."

-and here is my second favorite-
8) "Well Hannity says blah, blah blah..."

-and here is my favorite-
9) "All the trouble we're seeing right now is just the result of the Clinton administration. It takes a few years to see the full effects, you know" followed 5 seconds later by "Well, it's because of the Democrats who have had control of Congress for the last two years." (Seriously. I've heard both these arguments used together in three separate conversations.)

So, how do you reach people who are immune to logic and reason? Seriously, someone who believes Sarah Palin is qualified to hold higher office is not even on the same planet I am. I cannot reach these folks by discussing straw men, circular logic, or unfalsifiables. There has to be another way.

My inclination is to give up. Let everyone who is so terrified of change just rot away into irrelevance while we doggedly educate their spawn. Their "thinking" will eventually become extinct.

But this election is about NOT giving up. It's about believing the best of people. It's about being willing to meet people where they are at.

So, any ideas? How do you reach the unreachable?
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Ok, so let's say you have the humor and sophistication of a 10-year-old. You register to vote as "Elvis Presley."  How do you then turn that into a fraudulent vote? What would you do?
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In light of recent resurfacing news about Obama's unsavory association with William Ayers, a dude who commited acts of domestic terrorism when Obama was eight years old, I got to thinking about this whole "guilt by association" thing. And I realized that I am soooo incredibly guilty. Of all sorts of stuff. If Obama is a terrorist because he served on the same community service board as this dude, or if he's a terrorist because he went to this dude's house, then man-o-man, am I in trouble.

To assuage my guilt and begin the long road to redemption, I will now list all the things I am guilty of, by association:

I am a murderer. (My former pastor)
I am transgender. (A female relative)
I am a child molester. (A male relative)
I am a crack addict. (Close high school friend)
I am an alcoholic. (Too many people to list)
I am a chocolate martini whore. (Ok, that one is really me)

I've been totally palling around with these folks over the years.  Also, what if I've brushed shoulders a time or two with a rapist and didn't know it? What if the guy I met at the gas station used to steal candy bars from 7 Eleven? What if someone I work with is a child pornographer??

Obviously, I am not qualified to run for public office.

What about you? Are you guilty of anything by association?

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[livejournal.com profile] ccfinlay  has written a great post about daddy baggage, and how each presidential candidate's experiences with his father motivate and drive him. Great stuff.

It was interesting to me how different the male experience of daddy baggage is from the female experience.

Two Rants

Oct. 3rd, 2008 01:14 pm
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Open letter to the American media:


Stop treating the Vice Presidency of the United States as if it were a joke.  Stop letting the Republican party bully you into treating Sarah Palin as if she were a serious candidate.  Stop your cowardly blandification of the truth. 


Stop saying that Palin won by not losing.  She did not.  She lost, and she lost badly.  Polls of independent voters prove it.  You do not need to spin this in favor of the GOP just to avoid their incessant tantrums about media bias.


Stop saying that the GOP ticket passed a test.  Indeed, it utterly failed to show that it is capable of anything but broken record repetition.


In short, grow a pair.






Open letter to all American girls and young women:


If you watched last night’s vice presidential debate, you may have come away with the impression that in order to be a successful and powerful woman in the United States, you do not have to be educated, articulate, or informed.  Instead, all you have to strive for is prettiness and charm. (You betcha! *wink*)


This could not be further from the truth.  If Sarah Palin becomes Vice President, she will be powerless.  She will be an international laughingstock.  No one who matters will take her seriously.


But you…YOU could be different.  If you become Vice President—or even President—someday, you could be powerful and effective.  You could change the world.  You are BETTER than Sarah Palin, not because of the size of the town you live in or because of how many degrees you may earn.  You are better than her because you are curious about the people around you.  You want to understand how things work.  You are a lifelong learner.  You probably have Facebook and myspace friends from all over the world, and you recognize that in today’s high-speed age, every country in the world is our neighbor and every country’s prosperity is inextricably linked to our own.


Sarah Palin is a fad at best.  At worst, she is the 4th quarter hail Mary of an angry, broken man so desperate for validation that he will destroy an entire country to get it.


Please look elsewhere for your role models.  You deserve so much better.


Love and hope,



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"John McCain has tapped me." --Sarah Palin




Oct. 2nd, 2008 10:05 pm
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If, God forbid, something happened to Obama, I can now conclusively say that I would be absolutely fine with Joe Biden becoming President.
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There's a meme going around about Supreme Court cases. In honor of Palin's EPIC FAIL at naming Supreme Court cases (and we are suprised? She can't name a single news magazine, and we expected Supreme Court cases?), we are all encouraged to post about a case. Extra irony points for a case she reeeeally should know about.

So, here we go. I'll try to leave out the F-word.

Just this f-word-ing summer the Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that gun ownership is an individual right rather than a collective right and that the Constitution protects the rights of citizens to keep guns for private use. It is a huge victory for gun enthusiasts.

It was the first time the Court has ruled on the issue since the f-word-ing 1930's.

The f-word-ing governor of f-word-ing Alaska really should know about something like that. Srsly.
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via [livejournal.com profile] jlassen :

O. M. G.

Has this woman had an intellectually curious thought in her life???
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