Category Archives: Obama

It’s a Good Day – Grab a Shovel!

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It’s a good day. I haven’t had much to say lately, so I was planning on jumping on the “what makes me happy” meme bandwagon. And of course, the first thing is pretty obvious and deserves its own post.

I am happy about a New President. And not just a new president, but a better one. A good man. A historic day. It’s a day where those of us who have been embarrassed of our leader and his decisions can stand up a little taller and be proud once again for what we have done. Instead of reminding the world that “No, sorry – we didn’t even elect him!”, we can shout, “Yes! YES, WE DID!”

And there’s always a little humor to go along with these things: http://ithoughtobamawouldgetmelaid.com

It’s both funny and sad, really, because while he is being celebrated today, the harsh scrutiny will be starting very soon. He’s got a hell of a job ahead of him, and things aren’t going to change overnight. It’s going to take a whole lot of work, and a whole lot of heartache, and a whole lot of headaches. And we need to remember that he’s the president and not our Fairy Godfather. He doesn’t have a magic wand. And it will take work and time and sacrifice on our part, too. He can’t do it alone.

Think of it this way: Let’s say some guy moved into your backyard 8 years ago. And let’s say this guy brought a shovel and spent every minute of those last 8 years digging a hole back there. That’s a pretty big hole. And then one day that guy moves out and you hire a new guy to fill in the hole. And all he has is the same shovel. That hole isn’t getting filled overnight.

So be patient with him, he’s got a big job ahead of him.

And maybe grab a shovel and give him a hand.

Cows, Muppets & Monkeys

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After I saw the report on the mistreated cows, I decided I am going to give up meat. But I can’t just do it all at once – my body would go into some sort of shock and I would die. OK, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but seriously – I love meat. So I decided I would give up red meat immediately. And then after a while, I would decide if I wanted to go all the way with it. So Monday night, I gave up all red meat. Then last night, I forgot and ate a bologna sandwich. But then I decided I would give myself a pass because technically, bologna is “pink” meat. Or, more accurately, “pink” “meat”.

Regardless, giving up meat has been something I have toyed with for years. But I always felt that if I were going to do it, I should go completely vegan. But then I start thinking about all the things I wouldn’t be able to have, like toasted marshmallows and cheese (separately, of course, toasted marshmallows with cheese would be gross…or would it?) and I realize that I’ll never be able to do it and besides, I’m totally distracted by the thoughts of yummy animal by-product goodness (behold the power of cheese) (and marshmallow) that I forget all about it anyway. But the video of those poor cows being abused just did me in. And – bologna sandwich not withstanding – I am taking the first step. Even if it goes no further, at least my diet will be slightly better.

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In election news, Obama is rocking the house. I still haven’t made up my mind on who I am voting for – I go back and forth. I like both Obama and Clinton for different reasons. Neither is perfect, but both are infinitely better than the other options. And let’s be honest, anyone who knows me knows that I would most likely vote for a Statler/Waldorf ticket before McCain/Anyone.

I was hoping for Edwards, but since he’s out, I’d like his opinion. John, call me! Of course, I suspect that by the time the primaries make it to PA, my vote won‘t really matter regardless.

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I was flipping through some channels last night and I came across some religious program that was asking the evolution vs. creation question, and basically, they were trying to make people who believe in evolution look stupid by asking them “how it all started”. The assumption was that because they couldn’t give definitive answers and sometimes had to (gasp) say, “I don’t know” that they must be complete morons as well as heathens.

Man, does this piss me off. You know, I don’t know how the universe came to be. I’m not sure I even want to know. And I’m not sure about anything regarding god and heaven and religion. But I have never understood why science and religion can’t coexist (though not to the point of religion in government and schools – to me, science is factual and religion personal). I am fully in the Darwin camp, but I have room to believe that there is a higher power. But shows like this one reduce that room greatly. If the best argument they have is that “Well, you can’t explain your theory, so ours must be right”, then I’m thinking a little visit to PotKettleBlackville may be in order. And also? Mr. “I didn’t come from no monkey!” may not be the best spokesperson for your cause. I’m so sick of hearing that I could just puke. No one’s claiming you did, jackass. There’s a common relative, not a direct lineage. Though in your case, I think it might be a slightly closer relation.

PS. I apologize to any monkeys I may have offended.