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Behind the cut for political content:

Life in Trump’s America Just Got Worse for Your PetRead more... )

Thank you, Keith Olbermann.

Sad day

Nov. 9th, 2016 02:23 pm
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I was literally sick this morning, mainly because I did not sleep a wink last night, not at all.

What happened? It was all so hopeful, and then...I just can't explain how I feel. It's frustrating, but more than that. I feel like once more a dream of things getting better in the world has been totally crushed by a juggernaut. It's disappointing, but that seems like a very lame word. I feel betrayed and let down.

I have to accept the way things are. I have to move on. But I don't think I will have a lick of interest in DT's administration or his speeches or anything at all to do with him. We'll be in for four years of chaos and the Republicans running roughshod over all the progress of the last eight years.

In fact, I will probably just bury my head in the sand. Get on with my own interests, and my personal life, and my fandom. I've always been one to watch the news and stay informed; I don't suppose I can give that up, but no more politics for me. I'll try to vote him out in four years--hopefully by then all the people who think he's so great will realize what a bad mistake they made.

Voting

Nov. 7th, 2016 05:12 pm
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I made this on a whim!

nice hilary

I kind of imagine that if politics had never entered Hilary's life, she'd have been a lawyer who spent her work days doing pro bono work, and on Sundays she'd be active in the local UMC, and she'd probably be on a couple of the boards, and probably teach a Sunday School class. She'd probably bring fried chicken from the deli to the potlucks, because she wouldn't have much time for cooking. And even if she wasn't running for anything herself (and her husband wasn't--though it's harder for me to imagine Bill as non-political) she'd definitely be working hard to get the vote out locally, maybe even a poll worker or something.

So that's why I volunteered to do some calls for the Democratic candidate for County Clerk. And tomorrow I'm supposed to give a lady and her son a ride to the polls so that they can vote. It's not much, but it's a little way of showing my appreciation for all her hard work over the years.
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1. I got a challenge up for October at the [livejournal.com profile] lotr_community! I was so upset that I did not get one up for September! I hope people will like this one! Very fitting for October.

2. Finally got to make my pickled cherry tomatoes.

10 14 16 tomatoes 1

These are all the ripe ones we had left, but we still have quite a lot of cherry tomatoes still on the vine!

3. We finished getting our Halloween decorations up! There are a few things we will wait until Halloween eve to put out, like our noisy ones and our animated ones, and we have some ideas for some new homemade ones.

4. I made something new for supper, a recipe I found in "Cooking Light" at the library: Black-eyed Pea Cakes with Corn Salsa and Sautéed Tomato and Onion KaleSpinach (Because I didn't have any kale and I like spinach better.) I accompanied the Pea Cakes, Corn Salsa and the Sautéed Spinach with a couple of small baked sweet potatoes.
It was a delicious meatless meal! And I think it would be perfect for New Year's Day!

BTW, I've been planning to post some pics of our sweet potato harvest.

These were harvested first:

10 14 16 sweet potatoes 1


A couple of weeks later:
10 14 16 sweet potatoes 2

This week (a couple of weeks after the previous harvest):

10 14 16 sweet potatoes 3

That's all of them!

5. This happy is really from yesterday, but it still makes me happy today (I couldn't resist watching it again), so for those of you who have yet to see it, Michelle Obama's speech in New Hampshire:



I love this woman so much--she is the best First Lady of my lifetime, and I go back to Eisenhower. Her classiness, strength and high standards are amazing.

Politics

Jul. 28th, 2016 11:07 pm
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Political stuff behind the cut, for courtesy's sake. I don't wish to offend any friends who disagree with me:Read more... )
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Most people think of a beautiful sight as a lovely sunset, or babies or rainbows or people hugging one another. Not Donald Trump.

Cut for political ranting. Read more... )
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Part of the liturgy from this morning's service:

Holy and Gracious God, we praise you,
for you gave us Jesus Christ,
who emptied himself and took the form of a slave,
who humbled himself and became obedient to you,
even to the point of death.
In this week as we walk with him,
may we abide not only in the triumphant entry,
but in the way of the cross,
and not only in the cross, and the grave,
but to the day of his glorious rising.
For you have exalted him who is Christ the Lord,
your son and our savior. Amen


When I left for church this morning, I was not in the best frame of mind (behind the cut, because I get a bit political) Read more... )

Political

Sep. 28th, 2015 05:04 pm
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The other day the DH and I were at the OK State Fair, and were looking at some of the exhibits by the FFA (Future Farmers of America): along with vegetables and livestock, there were more creative exhibits in woodworking, floral design, needlework, and...pumpkin decorating.

Most of my pictures did not come out, sadly, but one that did just begged to have a bit of commentary added. Behind a cut, in case anyone on my flist is a fan of the current Republican front-runner (at least the last time I looked he still was). Read more... )
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I took that political quiz a lot of my friends have been taking, but my results don't look quite like everyone else's.
Democrats

I side with Democrats on most political issues.

Parties you side with...

88%

Democrats
Democrats

on economic, foreign policy, healthcare, social, environmental, and immigration issues

79%

Green Party
Green Party

on economic, environmental, healthcare, social, and immigration issues

68%

Socialist
Socialist

on economic, healthcare, and immigration issues

12%

Libertarians
Libertarians

on immigration issues

5%

Republicans
Republicans

on science issues

Parties you side with by issue...

Most important to me

the Economy

I side with Democrats  on most economic issues.

More important to me

Healthcare

I side with Democrats  on most healthcare issues.

More important to me

the Environment

I side with Democrats  on most environmental issues.

More important to me

Domestic Policy

I side with Democrats  on most domestic policy issues.

More important to me

Social

I side with Democrats  on most social issues.

More important to me

Foreign Policy

I side with Democrats  on most foreign policy issues.

More important to me

Immigration

I side with Socialist  on most immigration issues.

More important to me

Science

I side with Republicans  on most science issues.

Less important to me

User-submitted

You do not side with any candidates on user-submitted issues.

Your influence...

Because of you, 0 people have taken this quiz.

Sharing the quiz with your friends creates a voter education chain reaction. Seriously. Try sharing it with your friends and see how fast your influence number increases. For every person you convince to take the quiz, we'll count the chain reaction of people they tell and add them to your influence number. Come back and watch it grow by the hour.

Apparently simply saying that I believe in intelligent design means I side with Republicans on "most science" issues, as my other answers were not in line with Republican views.

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I have the solution to this "every four years madness" that gets the whole country tied up in knots, costs untold amounts of money, and puts everyone under so much stress.

1. One term. Six years. (With an eight year limit based on the president getting re-elected in the fourth year, nearly two full years are wasted campaigning.) Imagine if the president had six uninterrupted years to focus on nothing but his job and with no need to worry about getting re-elected.

2. Strict spending limits on the campaign. I do not buy into the whole "money is free speech" business. Money is money, and if something costs money it's not free.

3. Strict time limits on the campaign. This process is so stretched out that voters are sick of it all by election day. A week's campaigning allowed per primary state, and no national campaigning or national ads allowed prior to the party conventions.

4. Standardization of the ballots for national office. Some states have a process for allowing third parties on the ballot, some allow write-ins and some don't, and some states manage to shut out any party except for the two main parties. There is something wrong with this.

Anyhow, I think life would be a lot less stressful this way, and maybe the government would actually be able to get things done without the specter of re-election hanging over everyone.

It's over

Nov. 6th, 2012 10:46 pm
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I feel a huge sense of relief, like a great weight has been lifted off my back.
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There was some coverage of the voting in OKC, as a reporter interviewed people at one of the local polling precincts. She stopped one lady (she looked like maybe in her mid-60s).

This lady said she did not know how to read and write, but with help, she had voted for the first time in her life! She said it was too important to vote this time to be proud.

Read more... )
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Most of y'all know who I voted for in the Presidential race and I know some of you agree and some don't; I hope you voted for the person you think best.

There were some interesting state and local measures on the ballot--two of which I was not even aware of until I read the ballot.

I voted to raise our county taxes by 1/16 of a percent in order to provide up to date equipment for the fire department.

And I voted for allowing alcohol to be served on Sunday in this county. I don't drink myself, but I can't see that blue laws really serve any real purpose in this day and age.

On the state level I voted to NOT abolish the Department of Human Services, to retain affirmative action, to do away with taxing services and licenses, and to lower the cap on property taxes from 5% to 3%.

There were a few other issues I voted on, but those were the main ones.

Newspeak

Sep. 28th, 2012 10:07 pm
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I get rather annoyed with the way newscasters and journalists suddenly decide to change the pronunciation of certain words or make up new ones out of a clear blue sky, and then suddenly everyone is doing it.

It's always bugged me that sometime in the last decade and a half, the word I had always pronounced as "Huh-RAHS-ment" suddenly turned into "Harris-ment". And at some point in time a "troop" became ONE soldier and not, well, a "troop" of soldiers.

More recently, journalists in the sewing industry have decided to use the word "sewist" for one who sews, rather than the perfectly acceptable word sewer, for fear I suppose, that even in context people might mistake it for the similarly spelled and differently pronounced word meaning a pipe that takes away waste. Personally I'd rather risk someone making the mistake. "Sewist" sounds awfully pretentious to me.

Today, in separate radio newscasts (we were running errands all day and listening to Public Radio) I heard a couple of words that made me blink.

In the first, I learned that a person who is of the ethnic group that I have always known as "Bosnian" is now called a "Bosniac". Say what? Since when? It sounds odd and makes me think of "maniac" and "Brainiac", neither of which have particularly positive connotations. Who decided to make this change? Why? What purpose does it serve? And how long before everyone else is saying "Bosniac"? Is a person from Florida sudden going to become a "Floridiac"? Or will Canadians become "Canadiacs"?

And then there was the discussion of politics. This group of pundits was discussing the upcoming debates and what the President and his opponent's strategy was going to be, and how it was going to go and they started talking about this being a "pre-mortem". Huh? They are going to dissect it BEFORE it's dead, er, happened? That has got to be one of the dumbest bits of politispeak (see I can adapt to some new words) I have ever heard of. You can hash something out all you want before it happens, but for goodness' sake! find a word for the process that makes SENSE! "Post-mortem" for going over something AFTER it happens makes a certain amount of metaphorical sense. But "mortem" does not mean "talk about something"; "mortem" refers to DEAD! *sheesh!!!*
Dumb. Just dumb.

Newspeak

Sep. 28th, 2012 10:07 pm
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I get rather annoyed with the way newscasters and journalists suddenly decide to change the pronunciation of certain words or make up new ones out of a clear blue sky, and then suddenly everyone is doing it.

It's always bugged me that sometime in the last decade and a half, the word I had always pronounced as "Huh-RAHS-ment" suddenly turned into "Harris-ment". And at some point in time a "troop" became ONE soldier and not, well, a "troop" of soldiers.

More recently, journalists in the sewing industry have decided to use the word "sewist" for one who sews, rather than the perfectly acceptable word sewer, for fear I suppose, that even in context people might mistake it for the similarly spelled and differently pronounced word meaning a pipe that takes away waste. Personally I'd rather risk someone making the mistake. "Sewist" sounds awfully pretentious to me.

Today, in separate radio newscasts (we were running errands all day and listening to Public Radio) I heard a couple of words that made me blink.

In the first, I learned that a person who is of the ethnic group that I have always known as "Bosnian" is now called a "Bosniac". Say what? Since when? It sounds odd and makes me think of "maniac" and "Brainiac", neither of which have particularly positive connotations. Who decided to make this change? Why? What purpose does it serve? And how long before everyone else is saying "Bosniac"? Is a person from Florida sudden going to become a "Floridiac"? Or will Canadians become "Canadiacs"?

And then there was the discussion of politics. This group of pundits was discussing the upcoming debates and what the President and his opponent's strategy was going to be, and how it was going to go and they started talking about this being a "pre-mortem". Huh? They are going to dissect it BEFORE it's dead, er, happened? That has got to be one of the dumbest bits of politispeak (see I can adapt to some new words) I have ever heard of. You can hash something out all you want before it happens, but for goodness' sake! find a word for the process that makes SENSE! "Post-mortem" for going over something AFTER it happens makes a certain amount of metaphorical sense. But "mortem" does not mean "talk about something"; "mortem" refers to DEAD! *sheesh!!!*
Dumb. Just dumb.
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