Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Last night I spent the evening celebrating the Jewish New year with some much needed Nepalese food and fanfare! The roomies and I ate at Metro Kathmandu, we had Everest Momos: small dumplings filled with curry spices and ground buffalo....yummy! I ordered a Cabernet and received a glass of champagne...not what I ordered and somewhat odd. I love San Francisco!
I was given a hard time by the roomies for kissing an older guy (41) at a house party on Friday but, it was so not my fault! I was just talking and the next thing I knew guy kisses me open mouthed sans the tongue on the patio in front of my friends! I got made fun of the whole cab ride home that night, Thanks Erin BTW! But, I suppose it did give me that small boost of confidence that perhaps I could date someone...maybe not necessarily that guy but definitely someone...maybe. I think honestly, I'm still on the fence. Its safe on the fence.
Monday, September 29, 2008
I did get some of the best sleep over the weekend. My friend Brian who has become for lack of a better description my "Big" for the last few years he is the only person in my life that I can sleep the whole night next to. I have the best sleep of my life lying next to him. I don't wake up in the middle of the night at all and in the morning its just completely comfortable. There is a certain amount of just calm security with him that I have never had with anyone else. I don't want him to be anything more than the guy I can sleep through the night next too. I don't think he is ready for anything like me in his life, but the sleep is the most amazing part. It really is the best sleep I have had. I left feeling like I stumbled upon happiness.
Monday, September 22, 2008
It is standing on a paddle board/surf board that is about 11-15 feet long between 20-32" across and that floats magically on the water with a paddle that is 10" taller than then the paddler you stand on the board and cruise around if on a lake and in the ocean you catch some waves.
It was so much fun we took the class at Lake Natomas, the water was warm and the sun was out. It was awesome. I think the best part was watching my mother and her friend Barbara falling in the water and taking some big hits on their boards. The fact that they continued on was amazing. I cant wait to try it on the ocean. I think I might want to do it Hawaii the locals are doing it and you can see a lot more of the water and your surroundings than when you surf.
Here is a picture of what this sport looks like:
Thursday, September 18, 2008
·Grow up in Alaska eating moose burgers, a quintessential American story.
·If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.
·Name your kids Willow , Trig and Track, you're a maverick.
·Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.
·Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.
·If you spend 3 years as a community organizer, become the first black
President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that
registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law
professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with
over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human
Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a
state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the
Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs
committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.
·If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council
and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as
the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to
become the country's second highest ranking executive.
·If you have been married for 19 years while raising 2 daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.
·If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your
disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a true Christian.
·If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the
proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.
·If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other
option in sex education in your state's school system while your unwed teen
daughter ends up pregnant, you're very responsible.
·If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a
prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community,
then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't represent America 's.
·If you're husband is nicknamed "First Dude", with a DWI
conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age
25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession
of Alaska from the USA , your family is extremely admirable.
I was just making sure my facts were right... I mean seriously can we really afford to elect another leader who thinks that just because your state is close to "Russia" you have foreign policy experience? She just got her passport last year...seriously this is getting really scary.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Democrats bow to GOP pressure on drilling, but add oil industry tax cut repeals that Republicans blast.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved an energy bill that could clear the way for more drilling in the United States, as the Democrats who control Congress yielded to pressure from Republicans on the issue.
But the bill, which passed 236-189, contains provisions Republicans do not like, including a repeal of tax cuts for the oil industry and a lack of incentive for states to allow drilling on their land.
"It's time for an oil change in America," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, told reporters Tuesday. She contrasted her party's plan with "the status quo, which is preferred by Big Oil" and the Bush administration, "or change for the future to take our country in a new direction."
She insisted that Republicans "must set aside their drill-only mentality."
Rep. Mike Pence, an Indiana Republican, called the Democratic bill "a charade," denying it would do what its backers claim.
"This is not 'yes' to drilling. This is 'yes, but,'" he argued.
"This is 'yes, but no drilling in Alaska, no drilling in the Eastern Gulf, no drilling inside 50 miles.' This is 'yes, but no litigation reform that will prevent radical environmental attorneys from tying up leases even before a single shovel of dirt is turned.'"
The Democratic bill would allow drilling between 50 and 100 miles offshore, as opposed to the three-mile line favored by Republicans. It would require states to give their permission for drilling on their land. It would also include incentives for renewables, require the government to release oil from its emergency reserve, and force oil companies to drill on federal lands they already lease from the government.
Democrats and Republicans traded harsh words on the House floor Tuesday in the debate over the bill.
Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., said President Bush's "idea of an energy policy is holding hands with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, embracing him with a big smooch."
When the Republicans "controlled Congress, [they] passed their own energy bill, signed into law by the president. We got into this mess," the New York Democrat said.
But Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Texas Republican, shot back that the Democrats' bill is a "sham" and a "fraud."
"This is a bill designed to ensure Democrats' re-election, not designed to ensure affordable energy in America," he said.
He also complained about how the bill was brought to the floor: "No amendments, no substitutes, no committee hearings. Is this democracy? No."
The Senate could vote on various energy proposals, including more offshore drilling, as early as this week.
Yesterday Presidential hopeful John McCain was ousted for absurd comments by a "staffer"...the "staffer" of course was his head Henchman and top economic adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin... Someone made a boo boo... I wonder if all his staffers live with their mommies...
Friday, September 12, 2008
So in addition to her anti-woman politics, pro-gun and more war political stance. She is staunchly against embryonic Stem cell research. With, an infant son with down syndrome and as a mother of five, she is against the clear answer to researching cures for almost every disease affecting humans (including down syndrome) and the mammalian life around us. It is astonishing that this woman has made it this far in her career knowing how she is against some of the most logical and well balanced policies and research we have to date. Stem Cell research has been around since the 1960's it is surely not such a gregarious idea to want to actually cure ,I don't know say, CANCER.
Think for a moment about anyone you love... think about them clearly as a healthy, vibrant, and alive person. Now think what would I do if I found out they had cancer? How would I try to help? Its an inherent quality in humans that even a stranger cannot say no to another human in the midst of a crisis in the perils of tragedy or advanced disease states. So why are we continuing to block and elect policy makers leaders who do not want to assist a populous that is in crisis or that has advanced disease. Who are these aliens to the human race? Why are they being elected to lead to make laws and mandates that affect all of us and they have no compassion they lack empathy and make decisions based on voices from God? They actually hear voices and they are considered sane and able bodied to lead a world power? WTF?
Case Study: My Dad, my friend, my stepfather, my biggest fan...has terminal cancer he is dying he is dying faster than we expected. He keeps collecting new diseases to add to the laundry list of fucked molecular cell degeneration in his body. Do you think for one moment that I am not scouring the pages on new clinical drug trials in his area for him to consider? Do you think if on Novembers ballot I would vote for some disjointed American politician who thought for one moment that potential research that can cure my family was unethical that wouldn't work? NO Way!
The American public is losing its grip on reality and the apathy of our society is frightening. I know I'm not the only person who knows someone who has cancer or died of cancer, AIDS or any of these heartbreaking diseases. So why is there even a question about the need for this research. Our government makes decisions every day based on the principle of: take out one to save thousands but, they contradict themselves with stem cell research. They can save lives, they can cure cancer with this vital and important research yet they wont pull the trigger too afraid to allow it based on a group who will kill a doctor to save an embryo. I'm disappointed in our leadership, in our choices, and in our country if our country elects the GOP ticket in November it will be...well I will start praying.
The McCain/Palin leadership will make the McCarthy era look like the good ole' days in American politics. Imagine a world where you have to go to Mexico or Canada to get birth control, where teens too scared to tell their parents they are pregnant stab their uterus with coat hangers and kill themselves. Imagine continuing to invade, occupy, and be in a constant state of War. Imagine all health benefits gone or priced so high that you cant afford to got to the doctor. Imagine no public education, closing libraries, a deficit that will have your great great grandchildren unable to pay off. Imagine your county being outsourced to China. Imagine military on our streets, assault rifles in the hands of mad men, and violence at heightened states. Imagine any third world country in the perils of unrest and know that this is the direction we are headed if things do not change.
In the words of Bob Dylan: "You've thrown the worst fear that could ever be thrown, a fear to bring children into this world. You threaten my baby unborn and unnamed. You ain't worth the blood that flows through your veins"
Thursday, September 11, 2008
It is a matter of history that when Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead.
He did this because he said in words to this effect:
'Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses -because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened'
This week, the UK removed The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it 'offended' the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. This is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it.
It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This post is a memorial, in memory of the, 6 million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians,and 1,900 Catholic priests
Who were'murdered, raped, burned, starved, beat, experimented on and humiliated while the World looked the other way!
Now, more than ever, with Iraq, among others, claiming the Holocaust to be 'a myth,' it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.
Be a link in the memorial chain and help distribute this around the world.
How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center,
because it offends some one?
it will take only a minute to pass this
Monday, September 8, 2008
I live for the beach, I just love it. Yesterday, I spent 4 blissful hours whacking beers with Charlotte at Stinson Beach. It was so beautiful and relaxing. The very best part about the ocean is swimming in it and the next best thing to do is laying in the sun on the beach. It is my slice of heaven. The new Sunday ritual for Charlotte and I, is Sunday day of rest... on the Beach. It was awesome talking shit, drinking beers, playing in the water, checking out guys. Its the best. I love my free time. We also ate some yummy fish n chips.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Where i`m bound, I can`t tell
Goodbye is too good a word babe
I'll just say, "fare thee well"
I ain't saying you treated me unkind
You could've done better, but I don't mind
You just kind of wasted my precious time
Don't think twice, it's all right
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
What constitutional rights?
A free press is supposed to be a cornerstone of our democracy. But journalists are being arrested at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.
Award winning journalist and host of "Democracy Now" Amy Goodman was arrested by St. Paul police on Monday while covering a protest outside the Republican National Convention. Though clearly identified as press, Goodman was charged with "obstruction of a legal process and interference with a 'peace officer.'" Two of her producers were arrested for "suspicion of felony riot."
Goodman and her producers were released Monday night. AP photographer Matt Rourke was also arrested and released after police doused him with pepper spray and forced him to the ground, scraping up his elbows and knees.
Worse, charges are still pending against all of these journalists simply for trying to do their jobs.
Amazingly, this story has been virtually ignored by the mainstream press. The cable channels are providing extensive coverage of events related to the Republican National Convention, but there has been a virtual news blackout on the arrest of Amy Goodman and the "Democracy Now" team.
Americans deserve to know that journalists are being jailed for trying to do their jobs. We must demand that CNN and MSNBC include this story in their coverage of the RNC.
lived only 90 years ago.
Remember, it was not until 1920
that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.
The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed
nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking
for the vote.
And by the end of the night, they were barely alive.
Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing, went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of 'obstructing sidewalk traffic.'
They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above
her head and! left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping
They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her
head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cell mate,
Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack.
Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging,
beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.
Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917,
when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his
guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because
they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right
to vote. For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their
food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms.
When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike,
they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured
liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for
until word was smuggled out to the press.
So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work?
Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining?
Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you
We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so
hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote
democratic, republican or independent party - remember to vote.
History is being made.