Archive for September, 2008

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Eve Ensler does Palin

September 21, 2008

An interesting viewpoint, and one worth reading.  While I love her for the Vagina Monologues, I respect her even more for her point of view.  Maybe it’s jsut ‘cuz I share it, who knows.

Eve Ensler, the American playwright,  performer, feminist and activist best known for ‘The Vagina Monologues’wrote the following about Sarah Palin:
“Drill, Drill, Drill
I am having Sarah Palin nightmares. I dreamt  last night that she was a member of a club where they rode snowmobiles and  wore the claws of drowned and starved polar bears around their necks. I  have a particular thing for Polar Bears. Maybe it’s their snowy whiteness  or their bigness or the fact that they live in the arctic or that I have  never seen one in person or touched one.  Maybe it is the fact that  they live so comfortably on ice. Whatever it is, I need the polar  bears.

I don’t like raging at women. I am a  Feminist and have spent my life trying to build community, help empower  women and stop violence against them. It is hard to write about Sarah  Palin. This is why the Sarah Palin choice was all the more insidious and  cynical. The people who made this choice count on the goodness and  solidarity of Feminists.
But everything Sarah Palin believes in and  practices is antithetical to Feminism which for me is part of one story —  connected to saving the earth,   ending racism, empowering women, giving  young girls options, opening our minds, deepening tolerance, and ending  violence and war.
I believe that the McCain/Palin ticket is  one of the most dangerous choices of my lifetime, and should this country  chose those candidates the fall-out may be so great, the destruction so  vast in so many areas that America may never recover. But what is equally  disturbing is the impact that duo would have on the rest of the world.   Unfortunately, this is not a joke.  In my lifetime I have seen  the clownish, the inept, the bizarre be elected to the presidency with  regularity.
Sarah Palin does not believe in evolution. I  take this as a metaphor. In her world and the world of Fundamentalists  nothing changes or gets better or evolves. She does not believe in global  warming. The melting of the arctic, the storms that are destroying our  cities, the pollution and rise of cancers, are all part of God’s plan.   She is fighting to take the polar bears off the endangered species  list. The earth, in Palin’s view, is here to be taken and plundered. The  wolves and the bears are here to be shot and plundered. The oil is here to  be taken and plundered. Iraq is here to be taken and plundered. As she  said herself of the Iraqi war, ‘It was a task from  God.’

Sarah Palin does not believe in abortion.  She does not believe women who are raped and incested and ripped open  against their will should have a right to determine whether they have  their rapist’s baby or not.

She obviously does not believe in sex  education or birth control. I imagine her daughter was practicing  abstinence and we know how many babies that makes.
Sarah Palin does not much believe in  thinking. From what I gather she has tried to ban books from the library,  has a tendency to dispense with people who think independently. She cannot  tolerate an environment of ambiguity and difference. This is a woman who  could and might very well be the next president of the United States . She  would govern one of the most diverse populations on the  earth.
Sarah believes in guns. She has her own  custom Austrian hunting rifle. She has been known to kill 40 caribou at a  clip. She has shot hundreds of wolves from the air.
Sarah believes in God. That is of course her  right, her private right. But when God and Guns come together in the  public sector, when war is declared in God’s name, when the rights of  women are denied in his name, that is the end of separation of church and  state and the undoing of everything America has ever tried to  be.
I write to my sisters. I write because I  believe we hold this election in our hands. This vote is a vote that will  determine the future not just of the U.S. , but of the planet. It will  determine whether we create policies to save the earth or make it forever  uninhabitable for humans. It will determine whether we move towards  dialogue and diplomacy in the world or whether we escalate violence  through invasion, undermining and attack. It will determine whether we go  for oil, strip mining, coal burning or invest our money in alternatives  that will free us from dependency and destruction. It will determine if  money gets spent on education and healthcare or whether we build more and  more methods of killing. It will determine whether America is a free open  tolerant society or a closed place of fear, fundamentalism and  aggression.

If the Polar Bears don’t move you to go and  do everything in your power to get Obama elected then consider the chant  that filled the hall after Palin spoke at the RNC, ‘Drill Drill Drill.’ I  think of teeth when I think of drills. I think of rape. I think of  destruction. I think of domination. I think of military exercises that  force mindless repetition, emptying the brain of analysis, doubt,  ambiguity or dissent.  I think of pain.

Do we want a future of drilling? More holes  in the ozone, in the floor of the sea, more holes in our thinking, in the  trust between nations and peoples, more holes in the fabric of this precious thing we call life?”

Eve Ensler

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Rude wiener smacker

September 17, 2008

How in the hell do you smack a woman with your wiener and not even acknowledge it?”

The above mentioned quote is from an entry by RedHead Princess. You simply must click the quote and go read her entry.  I have had strange things happen in public before, but her experience should earn her an award of some sort!

That’s all I can say!

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Sarah Palin is not my momma!

September 17, 2008

And thank god for that!  She has named her children some unusual names, Track, Trig, Bristol, Willow, and Piper. If she was my momma, my name would have been:

“Shove Maggot Palin”

I stole this link from bindytree that generates what your Sarah Palin name would be.  Click HERE if you want to try it.

Shove Maggot Palin???  Ummmmm…..seems funny to me as there is a few interpretations there.  As a child sitting in gradeschool I would be taunted by kids pushing and hitting me, as y name clearly gives the order to shove me.  I’d be called Maggot in Jr. High and have to sit by myself in the lunch room.  How awful.  I’d never get a date probably, but if I did can you imagine hearing “Oh SHOVE!  Oh!  Oh!  Oh SHOVE!  YEAh.  Yeah Shove right there”  I mean, wtf??

Anyway, I digress.  It’s a funny little generator, but out of all of those name generators out there, this one gave me the most truly awful name.  I closed the browser with my head hanging down in shame.

And for the record, I have to say that I kinda like the name Piper…it’s cute!  But lordy, what was she thinking with Willow and Track?  And Bristol?  Thank goodness her last name isn’t Myers.  And if one of the most important decisions one makes is to name their child and this is what she comes up with…..do we really want her making decisions on our countries welfare??  Yikes!  I give her creativity though.  She’s got that going for her in spades.

Kind of a quiet night at our dart league last night.  Our team won again so we are currently undefeated.  I had a few decent rounds but for the most part I sucked.  I’m still not used to these steel-tipped darts!  And, given that I’m really used to playing Cricket, I’m not excelling as quickly as I’d like in 701.  In time grasshopper, yes, I know.  It’s just I was a damn good cricket player, and so this is a little hard for me.  Too, throwing steel-tips into cork board is a different ball of wax compared to throwing nylon tips into a plastic board with pre-made holes.  You’d THINK things would be easier on me eh!

The nice thing is that I’m grooving on learning the scoring.  Nylon tip darts usually are synonymous with an electronic dartboard that tallies your scores for you as you go along, so you can get lazy.  It’s rather fun for some reason doing the ‘ol chalk on the chalkboard scoring.

Our team has side contests going on throughout the season.  You have to pay little fines when you do ‘bad throws’ and then that money gets used at the end of the season to either have a party, or pay entry fees for the following season.  Too, at the end of the season the person who threw the most ‘tons’ or had the most ‘take outs’ gets a piece of the kitty too.  Kinda nice.  Too, we each throw $2 into the kitty every night we play, and if you miss a night you still have to pay the 2$.  Considering entry fees for the teams in this dart league are like $350 bucks for the year…this is a great way to pay for it!

Last night?  I got fined $3.50 or something like that.  Argh!  I’m going to have to work on that, as I do not want to get the prize for paying the most into the kitty at the end of the season!  It’s all in fun though, and it seems to be a nice group of women in the league, so it should be a fun way to spend Tuesday nights for the next few months.  I think we actually play thru February, and have the championships in March.

I’m going to do a fun league on Sunday’s as well.  Mainly doing this to get out and practice for Tuesday nights.  Great thing with this one is there’s a $1000 winner at the end of the season, and it’s NOT based on skill.  It’s a random name draw out of the hat.  Count me in!  Our captain on our Tuesday night “Screamer’s” team (yes yes, that is our team name.  we are the Screamer’s! lol)  assures me that on Sundays she will make damn sure that my football games are on the big screens when we’re there.  Damn well better be or I won’t come!  She also promised if Minnesota plays, it WILL be on the screens.  Cap’n Screamer has some pull from the sounds of things.  If she can come through on that promise, I will so be there every Sunday.  Give me my darts, a pint of beer, and some peanuts and popcorn and I’m set.  Oh yeah.  Darts too.

Ugh.  I’ms starting to bore myself so I best stop typing.

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And the winner is…

September 15, 2008

Well folks the results are in, and the winner is clear!!  And it was a tight race I say!

The winner of the Pet Look Alike contest is…………..

Bholles and.....

.....doggie Mia!!

Bholles and Doggie Mia!!!!  Congrats congrats!!

Mom will get herself a prize package that will include a certificate for her wall, an award button for her blog that she doesn’t create entries for, and a special treat for her and her….pet!  And now she can brag that not only does she look like Mia Farrow, but she looks just like a grimacing black lab!

Runner up for the contest, with just ONE less vote than bholles, is….

Hissantell's "J" and Cockatiel Scrawn!!

The lovely Miss Hiss‘s Husband “J” and their Cockatoo Scrawn!!!  Congrats to you!!

I must say, I was a tad worried J and Scrawn wouldn’t have a fair shot as the photo I received was so much smaller.  I tried to make it bigger but it only came out fuzzy wuzzy.  So it’s good to see yet again that size does NOT matter!!

As runner up, Hiss and J will also get a certificate that they can hang on their wall.  Certificates will be emailed in pdf format, so you can pass it on to family and friends and brag that your hubby looks just like your bird.  And such a handsome cockatoo that Scrawn is too!  Again, being that Scrawn is the smallest pet entered and did so well with the voting, it is proof that size is not an issue!  (Hiss, if you have another copy of that photo that’s larger, send it off as it will make for a better certificate for you!)

To everyone else who entered and voted, thanks so much.  I had fun doing this, and hope you all had a couple of laughs with it too.  If you’d like to see the official result page, click HERE and you’ll be redirected!

Lastly, I’d like to share the following blog with you all from Mudflats at wordpress.  She is living in Alaska and is got some great video and facts to show regarding the rally held when Sarah Palin returned home.  What is interesting is this is the ANTI-Palin supporters rally.  All that schmuck about her being ever so popular in her state is really put into perspective!!  Check out her post HERE and read the “Alaska Women Reject Palin” Rally entry!

And now, it’s time to walk the doggies.  Hope everyone has a great Monday!

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Last Day to Vote!

September 14, 2008

For those of you who don’t know about it, or those of you who may be still undecided, voting for the Pet Look alike contest is open for just one more day!  Click HERE if you want to review the entries or vote!

The contest is shaping up.  Everyone has gotten at least one vote, which is nice.  I have to admit, I was feeling a little dismayed when still up until last night I had zero votes!  But alas, a couple people felt sorry for me I suppose, as I really don’t look anything like Ipo on that pic.  I’m not going to tell ya who’s in the lead….but get out there and vote if you haven’t already!!

In other news, I did not end up going to the dragon boat races yesterday.  I haven’t been feeling well the last week or so, and the idea of physically challenging my body was not something I was in a position to do.  The idea of sitting there in a lawn chair all day as a supporter was considered until we realized it was probably going to rain all day.  I can’t really sit for long periods of time right now, so I would have been miserable.  I stayed home and got to sleep in, while Kel was up at 5 AM to get to Stratford on time.

All in all our team did pretty well.  We increased our speed with every race, and the last rate we missed first place by 3 100th’s of second!! Kel told me that as their cadence they were screaming WE- WANT- BEER!  WE – WANT- BEER!  instead of 1-2-3!  1-2-3!!  Perhaps that was why they did so well that round?  Or perhaps that was why they missed crossing the finish line first as they were too busy salivating?  Who knows.  Much fun was had by all and ultimately that is what’s important.  Despite 4 hours of steady rain and they all hung in there!

Any of ya see Saturday Night Live last night?  That Tina Fey is just too damn funny.  I loved the skit she and Amy Pohlard did in the opener.  Tina had Sara Palin nailed!  So funny!  If you haven’t seen it, you can click HERE and watch it on the nbc site.  Whether you are a Palin supporter or not, Clinton supporter or not, it is a funny video and in good taste overall.  SNL does a pretty good job at poking fun at people-they spread it around pretty evenly.

It’s muggy and dreary again today.  Yesterday it was foggy and misting all day, and humid.  Ugh!  Today looks like a repeat of the same.  The sad thing??  The leaves are starting to fall off and some varieties are even starting to change colours.  Waaaaaa!!!!  The sign that summer is over.  It’s a double-edged sword mind you, as this of course means Fall is just around the corner.  My FAVOURITE time of the year!!  I just love fall….the colours….the crispness in the cool air….the sound of the dried leaves blowing on the pavement….the smell of dried leaves…aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh.  I just love it!!

Hopefully today will be productive with a few batches of laundary getting done.  Yuck.  I hate doing laundry.  I actually like folding and ironing the clothes.  I just hate the first few steps of it all.  Sigh.

Happy Sunday to all!

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TIME TO VOTE!!

September 12, 2008

The Contest is Finally HERE!  “Who Looks Most Like Their Pet??”

Ok, so I have finally gotten all of the pictures loaded.  Things did NOT work the way I had wanted.  I’m not an html queen by any means, and wordpress was really pissing me off by screwing with even the most basic formatting of pictures and captions!  And alas, no matter I tried I could not get the pollcode generator to embed onto this page, so you’ll have to click a link at the bottom to get to the voting area.  Sigh.

Regardless, the contest is ON!  Peruse the photos and decide which person most looks like their pet!  You can only vote once per day, but I am going to be leaving this open until Monday so you will actually have a few chances if you’re dying to see someone specifically win!  I’ll be out of town all day tomorrow at another dragon boat race, and I’m sure I’ll be busy on Sunday and away from the computer.  So!  Thar ya be!!

Have fun everyone!  And remember…the winner is getting a most esteemed prize package!  You can go back two entries to review those specifics if you missed it!

And the contestants are:  (drum roll please!!)

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Hissantell's "J" and Cockatiel Scrawn!!hissantell‘s hubby “J” and their Supphur Crested Cockatoo Scrawn!!

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2.

Rosietoes and.....
Rosietoes and……

....Hobbes!!!
…..Hobbes!!!!

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3.

Bholles and.....
Bholles (aka Mom aka BigSIs) and ……

.....doggie Mia!!
….and Doggie Mia!!

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4.

YankeeChik and....
YankeeChik and…..

....BOTH of her beautiful girls!
….and BOTH her darling beauties!!!

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5.

Ornerypest and Bruce kitty!!
OrneryPest and Bruce!! (hand up…saying pick me??)

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6.

Poolagirl and Tucker!!!
Poolie and Tucker!!

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7.

Rosietoes' Josh and....
Rosietoes’ Josh and……

...Calvin!!
….and Calvin!!

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8.

Mia Farrow and....
Mia Farrow and …….

.....her goat Woody!!
…her goat Woody!!

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9.

Shippie and...
Shippie and….

Ipo!!
….Ipo!!! (Can I just say how mad she is that I’m posting this?? Her ears aren’t showing and her eye is messed up. She is soooo mad!)

TO VOTE….Click right HERE and you’ll be redirected!!

Poll closes on Monday!!

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Contest Delay!!

September 12, 2008

So sorry folks, but you are going to have to hang in there a bit longer for the contest.  I am almost bald from tearing out my hair trying to set this up.  WordPress BITES when you want to upload a bunch of photos in a specific layout!!!  ARGH!!  It’s driving me nuts!!  Everytime I go to save it, WP changes my formatting and believe me….it would make no sense to you if you saw how the photos are coming up.

So.  I’m walking away for a bit.  I’ve spent two hours playing with this darn thing this morning, and another hour just now.  Walk Away!

Stand by for further developments and hair loss.