Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sarah Palin: I Memorized 10 Words and Those Will Answer All Questions

I swear, it's Christmas morning when I was 6 and still believed in Santa.

Just when you think Sarah Palin can't top herself, she goes and let's Katie Couric interview her AGAIN.

Thank you God!

I will only hope and pray that she shows this same defensiveness, snarkiness, arrogance, and lack of intelligible thought in the debate on Thursday night.

At the risk of sounding snarky myself, if you're reading my blog and you are honestly supporting the McCain/Palin ticket, can you please explain to me in terms other than "she's pretty," "she's nice and personable," "she's a hockey mom," etc. WHY she is remotely qualified to be the Vice President and maybe the President. And please don't give me the tired answer of "she's more qualified than Barack because she was the Mayor and the Governor of Alaska and he was just a silly community organizer." Please, I beg you. Please explain this to me.

Onto today's gift from above . . . .

WARNING: Remove all liquids and solids from your mouth and empty your bladder before watching this video.



By the way, does it bother anyone else that Sarah Palin was a JOURNALISM MAJOR in college and can't handle answering the most basic questions?

Free Cookies!

It's been kind of a crappy week. You deserve a cookie to cheer yourself up.

Lucky for you, Kashi wants to give YOU a FREE cookie!

Really.

Just visit their website at Kashi.com and click on "Steal A Cookie." Fill out the form and your yummy cookie will arrive in about a week!

Mine arrived today. And then it was gone a few minutes later.

See, don't you feel better already?

You're welcome.

Your Vote is Your Voice, Your Vote is Our Future

I know I made many of you cry and otherwise breakdown yesterday, but that message was important and sometimes we must be shocked into action. I'm sorry.

To make up for yesterday's horror and to continue the theme of Vote for Change, here's a more fun video from Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Our National Nightmare & How to Avoid It

I know it's Monday morning, but there's something serious we need to discuss and it may cause the Fruitloops you had for breakfast to suddenly appear all over your desk. In fact, this isn't just serious, it's a looming nightmare. And no, it's not the economy . . . . we have another possible nightmare we must discuss.

You've been warned, I'm about to say it . . .

John McCain could win on November 4th.

Really.

Don't believe me? Watch this video and think about what your personal reaction will be if this is what we see that night.



If the embedded video doesn't work, click here (really, you MUST see this) and watch it.

I made you cry? I'm truly sorry about that. Blood came spurting out of your eyes? Imagine what will happen if that becomes reality.

The thing is that we can avoid this nightmare. We have 36 days left.

Are you registered to vote? Are all your neighbors and family and friends? Double check at Vote For Change. If you're not, in Illinois, you've got until October 7th to remedy that situation.

Dirty tricks are already happening. They are desperate to win this election, just like they were desperate to win in 2000 and 2004. But this time, the stakes are higher. This time, they've put together a ticket that represents the smallest minority of our society and vehemently offends the vast majority. The lies they are telling this year make the swift boating in 2004 look tame. And the hijinks they are trying to pull make Karl Rove proud.

We cannot let them win again.

Early voting (aka absentee voting) starts very shortly in all states. If you want to avoid the lines on Election Day, take advantage of it. However, if you receive an absentee ballot in the mail and didn't ask your local government for it, be wary and place a call before you mail it back in. Confirm the real address to return the ballot. Here's another story about invalid absentee ballots.

Put a sign in your yard to show your support for Obama. You taking a stand may make it easier for your neighbor who isn't sure he can vote for a black man just do it.

Who will you drive to the polls on Election Day?

Can you take Election Day off and be a poll watcher or Election Judge? Being an Election Judge pays, but you have to take a simple class first. Poll watchers just sit in the background and make sure nothing funny is going on. Contact your local Democratic party or a campaign in your area to find out how to do either of these jobs.

Can you walk precincts now or make some phone calls?

We have an opportunity avoid our nightmare. We must take it. We will vote for change.

Monday Morning Light Reading aka $700 Billion Bailout Plan

Because I'm sure you're looking for a little light reading for your commute this morning, here's the $700 BILLION Rescue Plan straight from the House Committee on Financial Services website.

Here's the full 110 page Bailout Plan aka "Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008’’.

Here's the 1 page Cliff Notes version aka "Summary of the 'Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008."

And from The Swamp, here's their explanation.

You're welcome.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

SNL's Sarah Palin's Interview by Katie Couric

So very glad I stay up to watch SNL tonight. Tina Fey is pure genius.

Sarah Palin Should Bow Out?

Kathleen Parker, a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, wrote a column today saying that Sarah Palin should bow out of the campaign. Her reasons are numerous and I could not disagree more.

I started to leave a comment, but the more I wrote, the more I realized this was really a blog post.

Kathleen Parker: "She can bow out for personal reasons, perhaps because she wants to spend more time with her newborn. No one would criticize a mother who puts her family first."

Let me just say I do not and have never thought Sarah Palin was a good choice for McCain's VP. I loathe Sarah Palin and everything she believes in. As a rape survivor, I am sick at the idea of having to pay for my own rape kit and that if she had her way, I would not be allowed the choice to terminate any resulting pregnancy (I was fortunate enough to not get pregnant). My head wants to explode when I think about what she would do to the progress in women's equality.

Sarah Palin's understanding of foreign policy and the economy, the biggest issues of this election and probably of the next 4 to 8 years or more, is embarrassing for her and the country. That the GOP could not find a better qualified running mate to "shake up" John McCain's campaign is laughable and insulting. It is inexcusable that the GOP has not been able to better educate and prepare their Vice Presidential candidate for even the most obvious questions.

That said, Sarah Palin CANNOT withdraw.

John McCain chose her and the GOP celebrated her. As we have seen time and time again, they obviously did both without any sort of vetting. Had Barack Obama not vetted his running mate (and let's be clear, John McCain had almost 6 months to find and vet his choice, but Barack Obama had less than half that time), we would see non-stop 24/7 ads about it from the GOP all the way to the election.

Kathleen Parker falsely believes that "no one would criticize a mother who wants to put her family first" and I could not disagree more. If Sarah Palin were to drop out citing her family as her reason, there would be very loud whispers for years to come that a woman couldn't really take on the task of being Vice President, much less being President. Future women candidates for President will be scrutinized with "are you SURE you can put the Country above your family?" It will be used as evidence to bolster the "women can't really do it all" argument that some people still believe.

18 million cracks in the glass ceiling will become barely visible.

Don't misunderstand me, I believe that motherhood is the most important (and least appreciated and underpaid) job in the world. And I believe that women CAN have it all. I believe that women SHOULD be CEOs, Nobel Prize winners, and Heads of State. But there are choices we all have to make in our lives and a balance we each have to strike for ourselves. When the choice you make is to become a heart beat away from being the President, unfortunately, you've lost the luxury of saying "I change my mind" 38 days before the election.

The impulsiveness of both John McCain and Sarah Palin says volumes about the type of judgement they both have, but they both made this bed and it's time they slept in it.

As I've said, I'm no fan of Sarah Palin and I pray every night that the McCain-Palin ticket loses this election, but Sarah Palin has to see this through. She owes that to the women and girls of America.

Zero

From last night's debate comes a new Barack Obama ad. This is brilliant.


Dan Seals prostitutes porn

Friday, September 26, 2008

I'm A Forester Forever!

My 15th Year College Reunion at Lake Forest College is next Friday and I'm so excited about it I can hardly focus on anything else.

Late last year, my good friend Tim State asked me to chair the reunion committee and, after a couple of martinis, I said yes. I honestly had no idea what I'd gotten myself into, whether I'd be able to put together a committee, if we'd be able to pull of a reunion, and whether anyone would even remotely remember me. Luckily, my concerns were ill-founded. I had the great privilege of a wonderful committee - Tripp Goltermann, Worth Hawes, Carrie Ann (Collopy) Hill, Amie (Sunseri) Marks, Amy (Rogers) Murphy, Janice Pytel, Tim State, and Steve Vignocchi - representing most of the diversity in our class. They've worked really hard, we've put together what I believe is going to be an awesome reunion, and I've had a great time reconnecting with not only each of them, but also many other classmates along the way.

I didn't go to my 5 year or 10 year reunions. I also didn't go to my 10 year high school reunion. My attitude when I graduated from both high school and college was that I was done and I didn't want to look back. Ever. My college years were a really difficult time in my life and I thought the only way to put the difficulties behind me was to throw out all of my college experience, including the great times, and there were many great times. As I've discussed before, I have gone to smaller alumni events in both DC and Chicago, but reunions just weren't my thing. I was wrong. And the more I've worked on this reunion, the more I realize that. I wish I'd gone to my 5 and 10 year reunions and I'll definitely be at my 20 year high school reunion next year.

One of the fun things we've planned for our reunion is a DVD of candid Class of '93 college pictures that will play in the background all night. Because the College's Archives were a little slim in Class of '93 pictures, many of the pictures have come from our committee members and others gathered from classmates. I pulled together my own pictures last week and can't believe how much I enjoyed rummaging through old boxes of pictures, yearbooks, and other college mementos. I discovered that it was possible to hold onto the good parts of college and let go of the difficult times. I also realized that my closest friends today were friends I made at Lake Forest and that the friendships I hold dearest, even if we've lost touch, were friendships I made at LFC.

As an alum of LFC, we all hear and see the slogan "You're a Forester Forever" regularly and being part of my reunion committee and having to take some crazy trips down memory lane these last 9 months have given true meaning to that phrase for me.

I'm a Forester Forever and I wouldn't have it any other way.

The pictures below represent the best of my college pics. Enjoy my trip down memory lane and the bad hair. :)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Hell to Pay: Vote for Dan Seals NOW!

From the 10th Dems:

Hello Tenth Dems member,

Tonight, Dan Seals is a candidate in Daily Kos' "Hell to pay" election. This program would help stop the attacks from Mark Kirk with a flood of contributions for Dan Seals from all over the country. There are other good candidates in the running, but we need to do what we can to help that money go to our local campaign. We need to take action because of the Kirk attacks.

Please go to DailyKos.com and make a comment supporting Dan in the "Hell to pay" post if you have a Kos account. Look for a poll later tonight where you can vote for Dan even if you don't have an account. This could really help our campaign, so please go over to Daily Kos and help out.

I Have Foreign Policy Experience According to Sarah Palin's Logic!

Yes I do! How? Well, let me explain it to you . . .

I live in Illinois, just outside of Chicago. Chicago is on Lake Michigan, one of the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes not only share borders with the United States, but also with Canada (a foreign country). I've spent time in Texas and California. Both states share borders with Mexico (ANOTHER foreign country). I ALSO used to live in Washington DC, where there are many embassies. All of those embassies are not really part of the US. They are actually part of the territory of their home countries. That means that all the time I spent on Embassy Row, I was really visiting foreign countries. Furthermore, I personally travelled to the Bahamas when I was 10. And, I have been heavily involved in foreign trade due to the fact that most of what I purchase all has "Made in China" stamped on it somewhere. My junior high boyfriend was also 100% Greek, so I have personally been involved in numerous diplomatic missions and negotiations. I also regularly provide economic stimulus packages to Thailand by eating at my favorite Thai restaurant. See, I really am a foreign policy expert.

Let's watch Sarah Palin's logic about her foreign policy experience in her interview with Katie Couric . . . . And you'll love how she's finally figured out that Canada is her neighbor too! I think my favorite part is the disgust on Katie's face and also that no one can say there was sexism involved since Katie Couric is a woman.


Watch CBS Videos Online

Here's the transcript from America Blog.

Obama-McCain Debate Thoughts

So I was kind of thinking tonight since John McCain has suspended his campaign. To catch you up: He's "invited" Barack to join him by suspending his campaign until the bailout plan is done. McCain has also said he's not going to participate in the debate on Friday unless the bailout is done.

Well, that's nice. John McCain, who has admitted the economy isn't exactly his strong suit, has decided the economy is suddenly his area of expertise. Lovely.

But what about the economy of Oxford, Mississippi (the home of Ole Miss where Friday's debate will be held)? Let me tell you about it. And I happen to know a little about this area because my mom's entire family is from Batesville, Mississippi, just down the road from Oxford (about 30 minutes away) and Ole Miss was on my college short list (I still thank God I dodged that bullet not because Ole Miss is a bad school, it's not. I'm grateful I stayed away from my family.). That area of Mississippi is very rural and in 2000, the median household income in Oxford was $20,526 with 31% of the Oxford population living below the poverty level.

According to Ole Miss officials, they've spent $5.5 million preparing for and putting on this debate. They've closed of streets, built the whole set and more. Cancelling the debate would be devestating to Ole Miss. And they don't think they can easily just reschedule, which is McCain's suggestion.

Now it's my belief that this debate should happen. I agree with Obama that it's important for Americans to hear from their leaders. But if McCain can't be bothered to show up, well that's his choice. I'd be happy with Obama talking to us for an hour with McCain's empty chair just sitting there.

BUT both John McCain and Barack Obama are senators and maybe they should be doing the jobs they were hired to do. And maybe that means going back to DC and working on this whole mess. (Again, I'm not sure I really believe either of them would be more than an unnecessary distraction, but I'm trying to see the other side here). And if that's the case, then maybe their debate should be postponed.

McCain has suggested that this Friday's debate be moved to Thursday, October 2nd. Does that sound familiar for any reason? That's right! It's currently the date of the vice presidential debate at the Washington University in St. Louis. And McCain says we can just reschedule the VP debate later at Ole Miss.

That sucks as an idea. What the heck is he thinking?

Here's my idea:

Barack Obama should call McCain's bluff. He should say, "John, I've heard your proposal to reschedule our debate until October 2nd because of the economic crisis. I'm concerned about this economic crisis too. But I'm ALSO concerned about the economy in Oxford, Mississippi. [then toss out some facts about the economy and the costs to Ole Miss.] So here's what I propose: we'll be happy to move the debate to October 2nd IF the vice presidential debate can be this Friday, September 26th. I don't want Oxford to be out $5.5 million. Joe's happy and ready to step in at a moment's notice because that's the job of the vice president."

Obviously Sarah Palin can't be ready by Friday and so John McCain would say no and look like a gigantic ass.

Win-win for us.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mad Libs!

Remember Mad Libs? I know, how could you forget.

Personally, I remember filling many rainy recess periods doing Mad Libs with my friends as a kid. Ah, good times.

Now you can waste time doing Mad Libs online! You can thank me later.


Do You Freecycle?

There's a website I use frequently called Arlington Heights Free E-Recyclers, a spin off from Freecycle (don't ask me why it's not Freecycle, I don't really understand - or care - the reasons).

In case you're unfamiliar with the e-recycling or freecycling concept, the idea is that we all have things we need to get rid of, one man's trash is another man's treasure, and we want to stop filling landfills. Everything must be given for free with no strings attached. I have gotten rid of things I don't need or want (I still can't believe anyone wanted that tacky-ass light-up sea turtle yard ornament my cousin Alan gave me for Christmas one year) and I've also gotten some wonderful things including plants for my growing garden.

A few months ago, I received a $50 gift certificate to a very nice (and pricey) local restaurant that expires next week. I've been unable to use it and while I would love to dine at this restaurant, I just can't justify spending the money, even if I can save $50. The restaurant gave it to me as a thank you when I did an event at their restaurant in April or May, so it's not like anyone spent money on this certificate. Believe me, if anyone bought me a $50 gift certificate, I would have used it.

Just because I'm not going to use it doesn't mean it should go to waste, however.

So about 10:20 this morning I placed my gift certificate on Arlington Heights Free E-Recyclers. Ten minutes later, I had no fewer than 25 responses. By 11:00, the number had hit 50. And each one came with a sob story. Seriously. The stories were sad. It was heartbreaking to have to chose just one.

I really wish I could have helped everyone, but it was nice to have made one person's day just a little bit brighter.

Greed & Irresponsibility - Your Action Is Needed NOW

I received the email from the Obama campaign last night. I strongly urge you to follow the links and sign the petition. We can't let this bailout plan go through with a blank check, mega bonuses for Wall Street CEOs, no oversight and nothing for the middle class.

Barack is 100% correct on this.

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Little Merry Sunshine --

The era of greed and irresponsibility on Wall Street and in Washington has created a financial crisis as profound as any we have faced since the Great Depression.

Congress and the President are debating a bailout of our financial institutions with a price tag of $700 billion or more in taxpayer dollars. We cannot underestimate our responsibility in taking such an enormous step.

Whatever shape our recovery plan takes, it must be guided by core principles of fairness, balance, and responsibility to one another.

Please sign on to show your support for an economic recovery plan based on the following:

No Golden Parachutes -- Taxpayer dollars should not be used to reward the irresponsible Wall Street executives who helmed this disaster.


Main Street, Not Just Wall Street -- Any bailout plan must include a payback strategy for taxpayers who are footing the bill and aid to innocent homeowners who are facing foreclosure.

Bipartisan Oversight -- The staggering amount of taxpayer money involved demands a bipartisan board to ensure accountability and oversight.

Show your support and encourage your friends and family to join you:

http://my.barackobama.com/ourplan

The failed economic policies and the same corrupt culture that led us into this mess will not help get us out of it. We need to get to work immediately on reforming the broken government -- and the broken politics -- that allowed this crisis to happen in the first place.

And we have to understand that a recovery package is just the beginning. We have a plan that will guarantee our long-term prosperity -- including tax cuts for 95 percent of families, an economic stimulus package that creates millions of new jobs and leads us towards energy independence, and health care that is affordable to every American.

It won't be easy. The kind of change we're looking for never is.

But if we work together and stand by these principles, we can get through this crisis and emerge a stronger nation.

Thank you,

Barack

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

All Together Now: John McCain Just Doesn't Get It!



As you'll recall, I previously wrote about McCain's desire to deregulate the healthcare industry here. We're in a huge economic crisis and no matter what John McCain would like us to believe this week, he has been a proponent of deregulation of all kinds for the last 26 years.

We simply cannot afford to have him in the Oval Office.

McCain's Economic Agenda "Marry A Beer Heiress"


McCain's Economic Plan For Nation: "Everyone Marry A Beer Heiress"

This is certainly one way to improve the economy.

And there must be plenty of super-wealthy single men out there for the single women who aren't beer heiresses. If you know of any, please give them my number. Really. I'm NOT kidding.

Dan Seals Waukegan Campaign Office Burglarized

From Ellen of the Tenth yesterday:

Someone broke into the Seals campaign office in Waukegan last night/early this morning (Sunday night/Monday morning). (News-Sun Story)

They tried to break down the back door, then they hurled something through the front and they robbed us. Police are currently looking for suspects.

As Pat Mogge, Dan's Campaign Manager, says, "For those who have never been to the office, this is where we welcome voters, launch canvassing drives, host phone banks, and hold forums."

It is a vital part of our efforts to engage and support a community that has had more than its fair share of challenges.

Front Door: $750
Security System & Camera Installation: $650
Security System for Six Weeks: $150
Laptops Purchased at Best Buy: $600 per laptop

We can donate here to help rebuild the Waukegan office.

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This is LMS talking . . . This is horrible. Truly horrible. I understand that in the whole scheme of things, like the economy, it's not so bad. But it is bad. Dan Seals is an upstanding citizen, working hard to make the world a better place than he found it. I'm voting for him and so should you, as I've expressed here. Who would do this? And why? I want to hope that it was just someone who saw a laptop through a window and thought it could be a way to make a quick buck. But maybe not.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Obama's Straight Talk Express

Finally, some real straight talk that's desperately needed. Personally, I think people get tired of all the opponent bashing that goes on in political ads and this is a refreshing change of pace.



From America Blog.

2009 Gardening Preview

Thanks to the generosity of Gourmet Goddess, my 2009 garden will be blossoming with some incredibly beautiful and yummy veggies!

Last week, I emailed Gourmet Goddess, an incredible gardener, and asked her some questions about gardening, specifically were there veggie bulbs I could plant now that would automatically grow next year. She offered me wonderful advice and then directed me to some wonderful websites, Park Seed and The Garlic Store where I promptly stocked up on some fantastic garlic. These sites are great because they even cater to the idiot gardener (me).

As if she weren't already generous enough, she then emailed and said she had some leftover seeds from this year that she had decided not to use next year and she'd be happy to give them to me! So on Friday, I stopped by her office, while I was at Lake Forest College doing reunion work, and found 3 packs of tomato and pepper seeds waiting for me! Yeah!

Thanks to Gourmet Goddess, here's part of what I will be growing next summer:

Red Lighning Hybrid Tomatoes (aren't they beautiful?)


The Godfather Hybrid Pepper

Ancho (Poblano) Pepper

All from Burpee. I don't know about you, but I'm really hungry now! I can't wait to break ground in 2009!

Thanks Gourmet Goddess! You'll have to join me for dinner one night next summer.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Barack Obama Is Clearly Having Fun

I gotta say, Barack looks like he's having fun here just wiping the floor with McCain.



Everyone say it with me now, "Are you better off today than you were 8 years ago?"

Vote Obama.

Next Year Is Here!

You may recall the long-term on-and-off love affair I just haven't been able to wiggle my way out of. Despite my lifetime of monogamy to this relationship, my heart has been stomped on repeatedly. Yet each time he says "next year is here," I pick up the pieces of my shattered hopes, dreams, and love, and come crawling back. This man simply has a strong hold on my heart and no matter what he does or how much he hurts me, I just keep coming back. You may say it's unhealthy to be so entwined, especially after all the heartache I've endured over the years, and I would agree. I wish I knew how to quit him, but the fact is, he completes me.

But the thing is, after all the times he's thoroughly let me down and crushed all my dreams, I think, no, I really believe that this time he's not just jerking me around. This is it. No heartbreak in 2008.

I believe that after all the years as the "lovable losers" and the near misses in 1945, 1969, 1984, 1989, 1998, 2003, and 2007, THIS is the year. The Cubs really are going all the way. This year, they'll end that 100 year old drought and win the World Series.



Updated: The Magic Number is ZERO! For the first time in a century, the Cubs have back-to-back playoff trips and are the NL Central Champs!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Reason 7,487 to Vote for Obama or Reason 7,487 to NOT Vote for McCain

As I'm sure you're all aware, deregulation has not exactly worked well for the financial sector.

Did you know that John McCain would like to deregulate the health care industry because of the fantastic successes in deregulating banking? Yes, really.

Don't believe me? Well, here it is in John's own words, in his article "Better Health Care at Lower Cost for Every American," in the September/October 2008 issue of Contingencies, the magazine of the American Academy of Actuaries:
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.
Yep, I read actuarial magazines so you don't have to. You're welcome.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

McCain Will Need A Food Taster

I think SOMEONE has let all this media attention and new-found popularity go straight to her head. She's clearly already figured out that according to actuarial tables, McCain has a 15% chance of not living through 4 years in office (the man is 72 you know) and that means it would be her show to run. God help us all. And in her head, anyway, it's already her show.

Women Are Just Burdens on Society

At least according to John McCain.

John McCain would like you to know that if you have a uterus, then making sure that your pay is equal to a man's pay is simply too great of "a burden on business." In fact, he thinks equal pay is such a trivial issue that he couldn't be bothered to show up for the vote on the Ledbetter Act in April.

I strongly encourage you to share this new Obama ad with your girlfriends. They deserve to know the facts about just how little John McCain thinks of women.

By the way, if you live in the Illinois 10th Congressional District, Mark Kirk (R), ALSO voted AGAINST the Ledbetter Act. That alone should be reason enough to vote for Dan Seals.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Lost

I absolutely love this picture from The Huffington Post . . .

Interesting Blog Visitor

Because I'm nosy, I check to see where my blog hits come from on a daily basis. So yes, I know exactly who reads my blog and how often. For you "friends" of mine who only read Little Merry Sunshine once a week, I'm on to you and you're on my List. Your Christmas presents will reflect this.

Anyway, last night I checked my blog stats and I had a new visitor from a faraway land. This is nothing new. I have readers from around the world (and yet my brother doesn't read unless I specifically tell him to). This visitor, however, is extra special.

Want to guess where my new fan came from?




WASILLA, ALASKA

That's right. Someone from Sarah Palin's hometown visited my blog yesterday. Spent quite a few minutes poking around too. My new Wasilla, AK fan was a direct hit too. She* didn't come from a google search or even another site. I wonder which one of many terrific posts about Sarah Palin drew this person.

So I'd like to officially welcome Wasilla, AK to the Little Merry Sunshine family. And won't you please join me in welcoming her.

*I don't know that the Wasilla, AK reader is actually a "she" or "her," but I like it better than using "him" or "he."

I Got Tagged by Dr. Monkey!

Dr. Monkey has challenged me to answer some very thought provoking questions about my views on Obama. Because he entertains me, regularly comments on my blog, and sends me gifts, I'm happy to answer him.

Note: I started this on Monday. It's now 1:30am on Wednesday morning. These questions were not easy. I won't tag anyone with this meme, but if you want to answer the questions, feel free and let me know because I'd be eager to read your opinions.

1) What is your name (nickname, whatever you're comfortable sharing), your age (range), gender, occupation, income bracket (range), how you identify (gay/straight/whatever)? Married/Single/Divorced? Kids (how many)?

Name: Little Merry Sunshine
Age: 37 (really that's my age)
Gender: Female
Occupation: Self-employed, Mary Kay Consultant
How I Identify: Straight, but many of my friends are gay and I love them very much
Marital Status: Single
Kids: None that I know of

2) What are the most important issues to you in this presidential election and why?

The economy, health care, and the war.

And I can say that since Monday morning, I have become considerably more worried about the economy. The bank failures terrify me. Gas prices went up in my neighborhood 45 cents from Thursday through Saturday. I can't even look at the stock market. Unemployment is 6.1% and rising (it was 4.2% in Jan. 2001). Food prices are as bad as gas prices. And the GOP insists we're just a bunch of whiners and that the economy is fine. Too much has been deregulated and too much corporate welfare has been given out by the Bush Administration, all contributing to the bad economy.

Health care is vital. As a country, everyone pays for the uninsured through higher insurance premiums. We must focus more on prevention than treatment. As things stand now, insurance pays for treating illnesses, but not preventing them. It is always cheaper to prevent something from happening than to treat it after the fact. Keeping people healthy will keep them out of doctors' offices, increase productivity, and cost insurance companies and Medicare and Medicaid less. I believe that we have an obligation to provide health care for everyone. I'm not saying that everyone should have health care paid for by the government. I would like to see a mix of public and private health care - if your employer offers insurance great, but if not, you can get it through the government at a reasonable cost. And by "it," I mean heath insurance equal to what Congressmen and Senators get. The bottom line for me is that the way we run our health care system in this country needs to be completely overhauled.

We got into Iraq based on lies. Too many people, both military personnel and civilians, have died. Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, no matter what John McCain or Sarah Palin would like us to believe. We need to refocus our energies on the real war on terror. I'm not sure that the answer is to simply pull out tomorrow, but we cannot stay in Iraq indefinitely. I also believe that we should be willing to talk to all countries unconditionally. Talk can't hurt.

3) Why do you think voters should vote for Obama/Biden, what differentiates this ticket from McCain/Palin?

Obama/Biden challenge people to be better. McCain/Palin believe in the politics of fear and 9/11 (TM). Obama/Biden believe that our best days are ahead, while McCain/Palin seem to believe they were somewhere around 1957. Obama/Biden would get the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act passed and let me have control of my body. Not to be funny, but McCain/Palin believe government should be small enough to fit inside my uterus. And McCain voted against Ledbetter. Obama/Biden know our economy has some serious problems. McCain/Palin believe our economy is strong.

For me, as a woman, I can't sit by idly and let McCain/Palin carry on about abortion, birth control, sex ed, and fair pay. McCain/Palin would make abortion illegal even in cases of rape and incest. This makes my blood boil. Sarah Palin and her pregnant teenage daughter have been praised for their "courage" in deciding to keep their babies that I assume are as a result of consensual sex, but McCain/Palin would require me (and you and our daughters, granddaughters, etc.) to carry a baby to term that was conceived during rape or incest. How dare they.

In making his VP choice, John McCain showed us how he makes important decisions. John McCain had almost 6 months from the time he won the nomination until he announced his VP choice to interview, vet, and prepare his VP nominee. He did none of those things. He chose a running mate he had met exactly once and without ever vetting her. The most important decision of his campaign and he took the same amount of time making it as he does in choosing a pair of socks.

4) If McCain/Palin wins this election, where do you see our country going in the next four years?

The economy is clearly Issue #1 (TM). And McCain has repeatedly stated that (a) the economy isn't his strong suit and (b) the economy is strong (thus proving A). McCain and his advisers believe we are a "nation of whiners." We have many problems in this country, but McCain either doesn't know they exist or he refuses to acknowledge them. Either way, to me, that means he lives in a fantasy world. A dangerous fantasy world.

And Sarah Palin is no better. As we clearly saw in the ABC interviews last week, her cliff notes education on the campaign issues didn't work. She is clearly not knowledgeable enough to run this country, as Carly Fiorina stated yesterday.

If McCain/Palin win this election, I worry that we will not get out of this recession for many years. That the economic divide in our country will continue to get wider. That middle class people will not be able to send their kids to college. That the American Dream will never be achieved by too many. And that, as a country, we will lose even more of our standing in the world than we have over the last 8 years under Bush/Cheney.

5) Economically, where do you think this country is today and how do you think Obama/Biden can make a positive impact?

Clearly we are not in a good place. And I've written about it before on LMS. Lehman Brothers, gone. Merrill Lynch, gone. Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac now belong to the federal government. Unemployment is at 6.1%. And tonight, the feds announced they're taking over AIG. I am scared to know what will happen to the unemployment rate thanks to Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, and AIG.

Simply understanding that the economy is not strong and is currently broken (as Obama/Biden does) is a vast improvement over Bush/Cheney and McCain/Palin. Obama/Biden will increase taxes on the rich, while giving tax breaks to over 90% of all Americans. They will bring back some of the regulation of the banking industry that was lost under Bush/Cheney. And ending our immoral war where we spend billions of dollars per month will allow us to invest that money into our country.

6) In the past 8-years, how do you think this country has changed under the Bush regime? Have you been affected by these changes? If so, in what ways?

Well, the most obvious change is that we are a nation at war, which we were not during the Clinton Administration. We have lost our civil liberties and are being held hostage by the fears instilled in us by the GOP. Domestic spying is now the norm and is acceptable.

Elections have become nastier than ever and I fear that good people will be driven away from a life of public service because of it.

Questioning our government is now seen as "unpatriotic."

7) I have read that Palin is considered the new voice of feminism, which is offensive in my opinion. Of equal concern are her views on abortion and the removal of books from libraries. I'd like to know what you think about all of that and how you feel about McCain choosing Palin as a running mate. And what kind of message you think that sends to women?

Sarah Palin is like no feminist I've ever met. She frightens me. And as a woman, I am highly offended that I should vote for her because we both have vaginas. From everything I've read about her and observed in her speeches and interviews (well, I guess that's just 1 interview), she has a very "my way or the highway" view of the world. There appears to be no room for alternative points of view. One of my strongest beliefs is that a good leader encourages her advisers to challenge her. Even if they are simply playing devil's advocate. I believe that hearing different points of view and looking at all options, allows for better decision making.

There are certainly books I find offensive, just as there are TV shows I believe are trash, movies that are insulting, music that is demeaning, etc., and that's my right. So I don't read, watch or listen to them. And that's what I would say to anyone. If you don't like what's on TV, change the channel. If you don't like some books in your library, don't check them out. But don't come tell me that just because you don't like something, I can't read it.

As for abortion, I feel the same way. If you don't like abortion, then don't get one. But don't come tell me that I couldn't get an abortion when I was raped (I didn't get pregnant, so no abortion was necessary).

Every rational thinking woman should be highly offended by the choice of Sarah Palin as John McCain's VP. She is not the simple "hockey mom" she portrays herself to be. She is manipulative, shrewd, shrill (yep, I said it), and uneducated on the major issues of our time.

Any woman who votes for McCain/Palin is simply irresponsible.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

How Can McCain Fix an Economy He Doesn't Know (or Doesn't Care) Is Broken?

I don't know if John McCain doesn't know or doesn't care that there are severe problems with the economy. In a way it doesn't really matter.

Although it is kind of fun to think that maybe he believes that if he keeps repeating "the fundamentals of the economy are strong" as Sarah Palin clicks her heels, that maybe we'll magically travel back to a time when the economy was strong, jobs were plentiful, foreclosures were low, inflation was low, gas prices (and prices in general) were low, and people felt confident in their ability to support their families, send their kids to college, and retire. Oh, wait, those were The Clinton Years.

But I digress. Here's Obama's latest, and in my opinion, absolutely best ad of the campaign. I think this should run in every state all 24/7 until the election.

Share it with your friends.

Monday, September 15, 2008

McCain: "Ha Ha Ha! I Was Just Kidding! Gotcha!"

Isn't John McCain funny? Today, he told us all that the bruhaha he made over Barack Obama's "lipstick on a pig" comment from last week was just a joke. A little light-hearted campaign diversion. Didn't we all get that he was kidding last week?

Well, okay, that's not exactly what he said. This is:

When asked by reporters in Florida today, "Did [Obama] call [Palin] a pig?"

McCain reponded, "No, I but know that he chooses his words carefully, and it was the wrong thing to say."

WHAT?

John McCain and his talking heads spent a week running around screaming about how Obama was sexist and calling Sarah Palin a pig and now he's telling us that he knew that's not what Obama meant?

We have serious issues in this campaign Senator McCain. To borrow from one of my favorite movies, The American President, "We've got serious problems, and we need serious people, and if you want to talk about [sexism, John, you'd better come at us with more than a 'lipstick on a pig' comment you know wasn't sexist in the first place]." There is real sexism in this country, but Barack Obama's comment wasn't it. And for you to say that it was diminishes all the real sexism that women deal with on a daily basis.

We've got real, actual serious issues in this campaign. We simply don't have time for your candy-ass made up issues.

Questions. I Have Lots of Questions.

I simply do not understand.

Lehman Brothers is gone. They are bankrupt. They filed for bankruptcy protection after a weekend of intense talks. Over 28,000 employees have lost their jobs.

As I understand it, and by no means am I an economist or any sort of economic expert (oh! I'm John McCain!), but as I understand bankruptcy when a business files for bankruptcy they get released from their debts. Their bills go unpaid, which hurts their creditors' businesses, I assume. And guess how much Lehman owes. $613 billion. You read that correctly.

But here's what I don't understand. Just 6 months ago, Lehman Brothers CEO Richard Fuld received a $22 million (that's $22,000,000) BONUS (that's on top of his regular salary, which probably allowed him to feed his family more than leftover Ramen Noodles) for 2007. As a matter of fact, in 2007, Lehman Brothers had 5% INCREASE in their net profit, bringing it to a record $4.2 billion (that's $4,200,000,000). Until June, the 158-year old Lehman Brothers had never reported a quarterly loss. (Source)

What?????

How is it possible for this company to go under so fast?

Why is it that these CEOs (and Lehman's Fuld isn't alone in this) collect these bonuses that rival the Gross National Product of some countries and then aren't held accountable for the choices they make that run their companies into the ground?

Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. How nice for them. What about those 28,000+ employees? Can they file for bankruptcy just as easily, if they need to?

What about all the people who had Lehman Brothers stock as part of their 401(k)'s? As I write this, Lehman stock is down 95% and is worth 18 cents per share.

What kinds of ripple effects will be felt in the companies that won't get paid by Lehman?

Why do people still think voting for McCain, who admits he's not economically inclined (but he's got Greenspan's book, so I'm sure he'd be fine), continues to say the economy is fine, and voted for Bush's agenda over 9o% of the time, is a good idea? How will McCain's economic policies differ from Bush's?

How can McCain fix an economy he doesn't know or doesn't believe has problems?

And is anyone (except John & Cindy McCain) better off today than they were 8 years ago?

The Magic Question

In light of the recent takeovers of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by the Feds, sale of Bear Stearns to JP Morgan, failure of many banks, this weekend's huge spike in gas prices (gas went from 3.95 to 4.39 in 2 days in my town) and now today's bankruptcy of Lehmann Brothers and sale of Merrill Lynch to Bank of America, there is one question we should ask outloud to anyone who will listen at every opportunity:

Are you better off today than you were 8 years ago? Is there more or less unemployment today than there was in 2000?

Ronald Reagan won in 1980 after asking these 2 questions in his final statement of the debate just 1 week before the election.

We can win by hammering this home too.

McCain's Honor - New Obama Ad

Here's the new Obama ad and it's good.

Enjoy!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Breaking News: Zambrano Threw A No-Hitter!

OMG! OMG!


The Cubs haven't had a no-hitter since 1972!!!!!! 1972!!!


I can't yet talk about that "other thing" that hasn't happened in a VERY LONG TIME, because I am highly superstitiuos.

But for tonight I'm doing the Happy Dance!

Here's a scene I could get used to:

Yes We Will!


John McCain has so distorted Barack Obama's real record and experience, even Karl Rove is calling him on it. And if Karl Rove says your campaign tactics are out of line, you're clearly so far past the line of acceptability, you can't even see the line anymore.

Luckily, the mainstream media has started calling McCain and Palin on their lies. Check out how much of the MSM is no longer blind to the lies of McCain-Palin. (And then send that link to ALL your friends). (Thanks Tim!)My only worry is that the lies have been running strong and unchecked by the MSM for a couple of weeks now. Is it too late?

We must stand strong. We have 50 days left. 50 days to keep our focus. 50 days to spread our message. Our message of inspiration, hope and change, real change. 50 days to fight and stop the smears.

This election is too important to idly sit by and do nothing. Visit Barack Obama's website's Action Center for ways you can get involved. During the primaries, I spent a night calling voters in Ohio through the Obama website. It's easy and you can do it in your pj's.

Tell all your friends and family about the facts about Barack Obama. Here are more ideas on how to take action.

And make sure you forward this You Tube video to everyone you know.







Let's be clear: McCain and the neo-cons are trying to steal this election (here, here, here, and here). We owe it to future generations to prevent that from happening.

Yes We Can!







Here's a fun feel good website about Obama I just found built by 2 Stanford students.

Yes We Will!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today is my mom's birthday.

There aren't too many people in this world I admire and respect unconditionally, but my mom tops that very short list. To say she is one of my heroes is not an exaggeration.

My mom has always been a visionary woman. She thinks outside the box and in ways that others can't or won't. When she sees an injustice she is always the first to step in and create justice. Going back as long as I can remember, my mom has been solution oriented and a problem solver. In fact, she solves problems before most people know they exist.

She has taught me to always help those less fortunate and me, and no matter how hard I might think I have it, there's always someone who has it tougher. Compassion and empathy are things my mom taught me not through words, but through her own actions. Time and time again, my mom has given a voice to those without one.

I am so proud to be my mother's daughter.

Happy Birthday Mom! I love you very much!

Some Vintage Items are Cool, Some Are Not

Barack is stepping up his game. He's now taking overt swipes at McCain's incompetence, being out of touch and his age. All I can say is it's about time.

Rubik's Cube = cool vintage
Disco Balls = cool vintage
John McCain = out of touch

LMS EXCLUSLIVE: McCain IS The Green Candidate!

Clearly John McCain believes in being environmentally friendly during his campaign, which is why he has recycled a George Bush ad from 2004.



John McCain is more of the same.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Olbermann on 9/11

I know that someone is going to rip me a new one for posting this on 9/11 (TM), but I'm gonna do it anyway.

Let's be clear: I believe 9/11 (TM) was a horrible day in our country's history. A lot of talented, innocent people died at the hands of some madmen. Our country has never been the same and it probably never will be.

And, I completely agree with Keith Olbermann. The GOP has turned 9/11 (TM) into its own personal campaign issue with their fear-mongering. And it's disgusting. They should be ashamed, but they're not. In fact, they think it's okay. They think it's okay to question the patriotism of anyone who dares to question them. They think it's okay to hijack personal freedoms in the name of national security, but fail to show any proof that this works other than to say "we haven't been attacked again" hoping that will shut questioners up. They think it's okay to lie to the American people in order to start a war that has nothing to do with 9/11 (TM). They think it's okay to make fun of people who serve their country in any way other than by joining the military and going to war.



You can read the transcript of Keith Olbermann here.

This election is about fear vs. hope. I hope everyone makes their choice after a great deal of sober consideration.

Moment of Silence for 9/11


Let the Games Begin!

Have you decided which candidate has earned your vote? Want to have a little fun?

If you are part of the 8-13% of undecided voters or if you simply want to have some fun, LMS has the answer for you!

Buckle your seatbelts boys and girls: It's Match-o-Matic II time! And you thought Guitar Hero was fun!

Match-o-Matic is a fun-for-the-whole-family quiz that will tell who to vote for - McCain or Obama! Yeah!

Click here for the fun to begin!

You wanna guess my perfect candidate?

LMS PSA: Register to Vote!

The dealines for registering to vote are different in each state, but in Illinois, the deadline is just 4 weeks away on October 7th, and the rest are quickly approaching.

In order to vote, you must be registered. I do not think that there is any state where you can walk in and register and vote on November 4th. So if you want to vote, you have to get registered now. If you've moved recently, you also need to re-register in your new location.

Voting is a one of our most fundamental rights. Whether you think you really have a voice or whether your vote really matters, it's the system we have and it's not going anywhere soon.

Plus, if you don't get registered and vote, I don't want to hear you whining in 6 months about how much you dislike the new president, senator, governor, dog catcher, etc. As far as I'm concerned, failing to vote means you want no voice and so I give you none.

Don't know where to register? Call your township. You can also register, check to confirm you're registered, and request an absentee ballot right on Barack Obama's website.

In the words of Nike, "Just Do It!"

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

John McCain's Voicemail to the NY Times

As you'll hear, John McCain is perfectly even-tempered. Do not believe the rumors.

John McCain's Voicemail to the NY Times

You Don't Know. Period.

Do you have a military member in your family? Have you or your family or friends been touched by the horrors of any war? Any former POWs in your ancestry? Anyone given their lives for America as members of the military? Do you know anyone currently serving in Iraq or anywhere else?

Well, Meghan McCain says goodie for you. BUT YOU have no idea what real military service is about. Nope. Only HER FAMILY knows what it's like to suffer for the USA. Period. "No one knows what war is like other than [the McCain] family. Period." Nice.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Barack-rolled!

Because this is just simply too funny not to post. Thanks Tim!

Re-Post: Positions I'd Like in a McCain Administration

I am reposting this from earlier in the month because it kind of got lost in the shuffle with my multiple posts per day. I've also updated it with a new job I'd like.

In a completely unprecedented move, I've decided to stop picking apart all the reasons Sarah Palin is unqualified for the position of Vice President.

Instead, I'm going to look at the bright side.

By choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate, John McCain has shown that he is open to non-traditional experiences as qualifications for major roles in his administration. And as such, I'd like to toss my hat into the ring for a number of positions in a John McCain administration.

Secretary of Commerce: I love to shop. And I can haggle. I clip coupons and strategically decide where I will spend my money based on where I can get the most value.

Secretary of Education: I have a BA in Psychology from Lake Forest College, where I graduated. In high school, I was a member of the National Honor Society, a member of the Debate Team, a Cheerleader, and I played the flute in the Marching Band (and no, I did not have any band camp experiences). I can read, but McCain should know up front I failed Multivariable Calculus (I'm revealing this now because I want to avoid any possible scandals). While I'm admitting this character flaw now, in the future you can expect to hear me say that Multivariable Calculus failed me and blame it on the class itself, rather than my own shortcomings. Oh, I also now live around the corner from an elementary school. Finally, when I babysat in high school and college, I never left any children behind.

Attorney General: I am a former litigation legal assistant and have the correct opinion about everything, so this would be a huge cost savings for the Federal Government because we could eliminate the useless and wasteful Supreme Court. Because of my former experience as a litigation legal assistant, I also have extensive knowledge of the DC Circuit Courts, as well as numerous federal courts. Because I am an expert at cite checking, I am second to none in making anything say what I want it to say.

Secretary of Labor: I have never had children, but I do have a uterus. Actually, I have a girlfriend who is currently pregnant with her 2nd child. She's familar with labor, so she might be a better choice. It's nice that we have a whole governmental department dedicated to making childbirth as pleasant as possible.

Secretary of State: As a 3rd grader, I memorized all 50 states. I have also visited or lived in 28 states plus the District of Columbia. Some of them even have a lot of electoral votes, so I definitely bring that to the ticket. My foreign policy experience is extensive. I was in the Bahamas when I was 10. And I drink Russian vodka. And I've seen The Sound of Music more times than I can count. Finally, I survived two years of French in high school.

Secretary of Transportation: I have had a drivers' license for 21 years and am ticket and accident free. I own a car, my 2nd in 21 years. I also took the train on Saturday night. I've flown on a plane countless times, travelled via Amtrak, ridden in a taxi, taken the bus, hopped on a trolley car in San Francisco and successfully navigated the subway systems of both Chicago and Washington DC. I have never carpooled, so that may be a negative.

Secretary of Treasury: With the help of online banking, I balance my two checking accounts daily. I pay my bills and taxes.

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency: My recycling skils are second to none. Daily I separate my paper and plastic. And in junior high, I was a member of the Ecology Club for 3 years and President when I was in 8th grade, so I also have Executive Experience in this area.

I don't know where this would fall, but I've almost memorized all 7 seasons of The West Wing, so I'm intimately familar with the inner-workings of The White House.

Finally, I lived in Washington DC (proper) and Alexandria, VA for 7 years and did all the tours - FBI, White House (in fact, I've even had a private West Wing tour that NO ONE gets - really), Congress, Mt. Vernon, Monticello, Arlington National Cemetary, all the Georgetown bars, and Old Town Trolley Tour of DC. I've also attended church services at the Washington National Cathedral, the theatre at Ford's Theatre, Miss Siagon at the Kennedy Center, and spent many nights drinking at the rooftop bar of the Hotel Washington.

I think that's all I'm qualified for. Vetting is unnecessary. Just like George Bush, anything I have done before I turn 40 is completely out of bounds and off limits. Please let me know.

One more thing, when I'm hired, I'd like Josh Lyman as my deputy chief of staff.

UPDATE: There's one more position I'm certain I'm qualified for:

Surgeon General: One would think that since needles scare the crap out of me and the sight of blood makes me almost pass out, this might not be a good job for me. Maybe it ought to be left for those smart docs in ER or on Grey's Anatomy. One would be wrong. I am highly qualified for this position. As a child, I played Operation and got to be pretty adept at removing the Funny Bone. When I was 11, I had my appendicts removed during emergency surgery (although I guess no one wakes up on a random Tuesday thinking "I'll have my appendicts removed today"). Finally, like the rest of you (except Sarah Palin and her brood), I played Doctor as a kid. Of course, I might have some problems in a McCain Administration. First, I would insist on teaching kids about sex, rather than telling them "a stork puts a baby in Mommy's tummy and that's where you came from" and I'd also tell them that masturbation is okay and normal.

Monday, September 8, 2008

The Book of Lies - Final Chapter

If you're looking for spoilers to Brad Meltzer's Book of Lies, you've come to the wrong place. I'm not giving any of them away. Go read the book.

This is the final chapter of my story about The Book of Lies.

Tonight was Brad's book signing at The Book Stall in Winnetka, IL. And you know I was there. It was a rainy night, so I wasn't sure what the turnout would be, but the place was packed. I had about 15 books, including comic books, for Brad to sign, so my plan was to wait until the end because I hated to make others with fewer books wait for me.

Brad started out reading parts of Chapter 2, one of the most pivotal of the book, and then taking questions. Once the questions started, it became obvious that Brad knew at least half the room.

Finally, the signing itself started. One of the things I love about Brad is that he takes the time to have conversations with people and develop relationships. And as long as he's talking to you, you're the only person in existence. He doesn't see anyone else. There was a guy Brad met when writing The Millionaires who took him through the underground tunnels at Disney. And Brad remembered him from 2002. Another woman from Hogan (in addition to me). College friends. Grade school friends. Relatives. Some he hadn't seen in years and years. And all the folks he met for the first time tonight. He'll remember them. Really. Another thing I love is that he tells people to bring everything for him to sign. There were guys there with a box full of Brad's comics. And Brad was happy to sign it all.

Finally, the line fizzled down to just two other women and me. It turned out one of them he'd known since grade school. So the four of us sat and chatted for probably 30 minutes before he left for Ann Arbor. He signed all our books. I won't tell you what he wrote inside my personal copy of The Book of Lies. That's private. You get to read what he wrote about me in the Acknowledgements, but this is mine.

And then he did something for me that I'll absolutely never forget. And this is why Brad is the greatest guy ever. He called my mom and wished her a Happy Birthday. And he didn't just talk for 7 seconds. They chatted for a few minutes. It made her night. And it made mine.

Here are some pics.

First, is Brad wishing my mom a happy birthday.

Second, Brad and Me.

From the "Duh" Files

Seriously, this was not too difficult to figure out. I knew "The Summer of 69" was about sex when I was a teenager. This really isn't rocket science. But let's all take a moment to appreciate how well Bryan Adams has aged. He's still so dreamy.



And for good measure, here's the video of this great song:

It's the Hypocrisy, Stupid.

I have nothing original to say this morning, so I took this from FranIAm. The original author is unknown, but she got it from her friend David's blog. Frankly, this would be humorous if it weren't so true. Instead of being humorous, it shows the blatant hypocrisy of the GOP.

Read on people...

This was forwarded to me today in an email. There was no attribution to author or source.

I thought that many of them were quite clever. I share them with you lot.

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If you’re a minority and you’re selected for a job over more qualified candidates you’re a “token hire.”

If you’re a conservative and you’re selected for a job over more qualified candidates you’re a “game changer.”

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If you live in an Urban area and you get a girl pregnant you’re a “baby daddy.”

If you’re the same in Alaska you’re a “teen father.” (Actually, according to your own MySpace page you’re an F’n redneck that don’t want any kids, but that’s too long a phrase for the evil liberal media to take out of context and flog morning noon and night).

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Black teen pregnancies? A “crisis” in black America.

White teen pregnancies? A “blessed event.”

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If you grow up in Hawaii you’re “exotic.”Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, you’re the quintessential “American story.”

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Similarly, if you name you kid Barack you’re “unpatriotic.”

Name your kid Track, you’re “colorful.”

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If you’re a Democrat and you make a VP pick without fulling vetting the individual you’re “reckless.”

A Republican who doesn’t fully vet is a “maverick.”

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If you say that for the “first time in my adult lifetime I’m really proud of my country” it makes you “unfit” to be First Lady.

If you are a registered member of a fringe political group that advocates secession that makes you “First Dude.”

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A DUI from twenty years ago is “old news.”

A speech given without proper citation from twenty years ago is “relevant information.”

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If you’re a man and you decide to run for office despite your wife’s reoccurrence of cancer you’re a “questionable spouse.”

If you’re a woman and you decide to run for office despite having five kids including a newborn with Downs Syndrome… Well, we don’t know what that is ‘cause THAT’S NOT A FAIR QUESTION TO ASK!

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If you get 18 million people to vote for you in a national presidential primary, you’re a “phoney.”

Get 100,000+ people to vote you governor of the 47th most populous state in the Union, you’re “well loved.”

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If you are biracial and born in a state not connected to the lower 48, America needs darn near 2 years and 3 major speeches to “get to know you.”

If you’re white and from a state not connected to the lower 48, America needs 36 minutes and 38 seconds worth of an acceptance speech to know you’re “one of us.”

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If you give your wife a dap on stage, it’s actually a “terrorist fist jab.”

If your daughter licks her palm so that she can slick down your youngest child’s hair on national TV it’s an “adorable moment.” (Seriously, forget about abstinence only, teach these folks some grooming skills).

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If your pastor rails against inequality in the United States of America, you’re an “extremist.”

If your pastor welcomes a sermon by a member of Jews for Jesus who preaches that the killing of Jews by terrorists is a lesson to Jews that they must convert to Christianity, you’re a “fundamentalist.”

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If you’re a black man and you use a scholarship to get into college, then work your way up to being the president of the Harvard Law Review, you’re “uppity.”

If you’re a conservative and your parents pay your way to Hawaii Pacific University . . . you only have four more schools to attend over the next five years before you somehow manage to graduate (it might be five more school over the next five years. No one has yet verified whether or not Palin was actually ever registered at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. But, you know how shady people are who ever attended any kind of school in Hawaii).

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If you’re 18, white, and get a 16 year old girl pregnant “life happens.”

If you’re 18, black, and impregnate a 16 year old girl, you’re a “registered sex offender

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If you spend 18 months building a campaign around the theme of “Change,” it’s just “empty rhetoric.”

If one week before your party’s national convention you SUDDENLY make your candidacy about “Change,” that’s “red meat.”

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And lastly:

If you are a Democrat, an Independent, or even a moderate Republican, if you’re female, male, white, black, Asian, Hispanic, bi-racial, multi-ethnic, or GLBT, if you’re a Jew, Gentile, Muslim, agnostic or atheist - “Yes, we can!”

If you’re a pitbull with lipstick from Alaska, “Yup, yup!”