Monday, March 31, 2008

Out like a Lamb?

Well, truth told, I don't remember what the weather was like 30 days ago. A testament to my shoddy memory these days (or lack of something special to remember).

But today, the last day of March, is very... rainy. I wouldn't say dreary, because I'm being upbeat at the moment. But it was very rainy and overcast the whole day.

Is that lamblike behaviour?

I couldn't say.

This weekend is the Wisconsin Film Festival which means all school work must be done by Thursday afternoon (with time on Friday day if I must) and the weekend is ridiculously scheduled. 5 films on Saturday alone, and at least 4 Sunday. Is that possible? I need to look at my schedule again. Happily it only comes once a year. And I get a lovely student discount these days, making it all the better.

I know this blog has been really Obama centric lately, and although I haven't posted for a couple of days, I nearly did post yet another Obama thing today. But I didn't. I'm saving it. Or perhaps, most likely, I'll forget all about it.

Right now I'm embarking on an evening long marathon of watching an HBO Miniseries which I am certain to post about once it's all over.

Until then,
The Autonymph

Thursday, March 27, 2008

How many inches?

We've already had a record snow fall (over 100 inches compared to an average of around 49), and snow is predicted for today. The boy and I are headed out to school on foot in a bit, and I half wish the snow would start falling as we walked. In a fun, non blizzardy way, naturally.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Whew, I was angry

I was REALLY angry when I wrote my last post.
And you know what? I'm still angry.

But not so much about GF. It's Bill Clinton I'm angry with, among others.

Because he said this:

"I think it would be a great thing if we had an election year where you had two people who loved this country and were devoted to the interest of this country. And people could actually ask themselves who is right on these issues, instead of all this other stuff that always seems to intrude itself on our politics."

Oh. No. He. Didn't.

Oh yes, Lavalady, he did. He did! Yes, friends, he went there.

And where, you ask, is there?

It's the place where they keep the original race card.

He played it, hard.

"Once we get that boy out of the way, we'll be able to focus on what is important"


What I find interesting is that the main thing people seem to get out of this quote is that Clinton was "questioning" Sen. Obama's "patriotism". But what jumped out at me immediately was that he was saying, "we won't have to worry about RACE in the race anymore," while also, perhaps, taking a swipe at Sen. Obama. It was a two-fer, I guess.

Many people won't see it as I have, I know. But Gottdamn, Bubba, you lost what little respect I had left for you with that statement.

So, yeah, I'm still a little angry, but I gotta remember, what got me so fired up in
the first place were the words and energy of the Obama campaign.

And I'm gonna keep that audacious hope in my heart.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

no punches pulled, no words minced:

Geraldine Ferrarro needs to shut the fuck up, now.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

When are tax returns not tax returns?

So, I finished filling out my tax returns on Turbo Tax, and see that as I had 0 income I have 0 tax liability (no stimulating check for me). Should I bother actually filing the complicated form or just do the simple one? Because I get no child tax credits, nothing for my deductions, just squat. I think I like the idea of filing everything because it is the only 'real' accounting I do for myself each year, but technically, I really don't need to. I think I should file the cheap (read FREE) way, and live with it.

Will have to do more digging and see what I come up with. Honestly. This is the first year in...20 that I haven't had any tax liability nor gotten a refund.

I feel so out of step.

Friday, March 14, 2008

I think it may be spring

It feels so not-winter-like out, and I hate to jinx anything, but it really feels like SPRING.

Thank Goodness.

Just thank It.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

We just never noticed...

So funny. A satirical message from "the Clinton Campaign" about our post-racial society, and how they just never noticed their opponent was black.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Nice White Lady

This is very funny. Mad TV has always had a good mix of race/ethnicity in it's cast members compared to other ensemble comedy shows. I saw this on tv when it aired, I think, or someone pointed me to it on the web awhile ago. It's a stab at the genre of movies like (omg, blank out completely because I haven't seen any of them)...the one with Michelle Pfeiffer, or the music one (to be fair that was multicultural, wasn't Angela Bassett in that with Meryl Streep?), or the more recent one, the woman who was in the boxing movie...anyhow, films in which the nice white lady teacher touches the heart of inner city minority kids.

It even makes me a little uncomfortable (but look for the kids sharpening their knives on their guns, I laughed so hard!), so it must speak some truth.

Fired Up! Ready to Go!

Yes We Can.

Another Obama inspired video, this one has a choir, people.


Saturday, March 08, 2008

Obama won Texas

Although from what I've read, the delegates could get to the convention and vote however the hell they like, most people believe he wonthe most delegates, when his caucus numbers are added to his delegates from the voting process.

The race is closer than I'd like, but seeing as I heard first hand that Republicans were voting for Sen. Clinton in the open Wisconsin Primary, and anecdotally that they were doing it in Texas, I think her numbers could be exaggerated both here and there.

Aha! "Jack Turner" at Jack and Jill Politics posts a comment from a Texan on the ground with a compelling [yes, still anecdotal] story about Clinton votes by Republicans in Dallas.

One More NON Anecdotal story of Republican crossover, this time from Ohio. Check it out.

Friday, March 07, 2008

I did it!

I left the house! Got my oil changed (which was seriously needed, but I was terrified to go), realized I had 600 fewer words due this week than I'd previously thought, AND got a great big free coffee using a coffee card I got for Christmas. Next stop, the post office, I think.

I really hate my depression/anxiety, but I really love that I can see past it and get moving, when I can.

What was I saying?

Wow, I have several links I've been thinking about posting, and still haven't touched the work I had mentioned on Wednesday morning.

In fact, I've not left the house since Tuesday. Today is the day, however, I will make it out.

Obviously, had I a pressing need, I would have made it out earlier. But alack and alas, I had none.

But I've got two articles to write and a quiz to take and two chapters of a book to read, and another quiz or two. Shit.

This is when my take-all-available-savings-and-go-to-Europe voice starts chattering away in my ear.


Also, I just performed a pivotal scene from an unwritten play, in which I star as the school teacher in a small town. Inspired by my hairdo today, which is straight up school marm.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Fat, mad as hell, and not going to take it any more

Wow, I didn't know I had multiple mental illnesses. In addition to my bipolar/depressive disorder, apparently my obesity is a mental illness, to some.

To clarify, I am considered obese. At least, I think I am. I lost a few pounds so I might just be moderately overweight today. Let me go check my BMI...At 5' 8" and 203.4 lbs...30.9 - yes, I am obese today! Hooray. By 1 point. Which for me would equal 6.8 lbs. So if I ever get tired of being obese, I can just lose 6.8 lbs. AWESOME. And then I wouldn't be part of the [you know what, I'm not even going to say it - it's now Voldemort to me] anymore.

Apparently if I lost 6.8 lbs I would also cease to have the mental illness of obesity too.

All I can say to this specious reasoning is: what. the. fuck.

Fat is not a disease. Fat tissue has important jobs in the body, it is not poisonous. Some fat people have diseases. Some diseases are exacerbated by fat, some fat is exacerbated by disease. Fat is not contagious and it's not epidemic. Stop hating on fat people. Stop using us as political pawns. And stay the hell away from my children, who are healthy, growing boys.

I am sick of fat people being the butt of jokes on otherwise rational television shows (I'm looking at you BONES - stop it). I'm sick of people saying to me, "but look at all the people around" to justify the misuse of the word EPIDEMIC. I'm sick of so much time and energy being poured into shaming and mocking people under the pretense of helping them (I'm REALLY looking at YOU "America's Biggest Loser").

Anyhow, I've run out of steam (and no, it's not because I'm fat, it's because this subject both breaks my heart and makes me furious). But the fat hate has got to stop.

He's the one that I want

After the Clinton wins in Ohio and RI (and what will end up being a draw in Texas), the media flocked to her side, much as they had been doing with Sen. Barack Obama. But the thing is...he'd won (by margins large and small) more delegates than she had, and although I'm not one to say she should drop out of the race, it's not as though she kicked his ass on Tuesday... (It's not over yet)

Anyhow. Barack Obama is the candidate I want to be president. And I really really think he *should* be president. Not like when I was supporting Kerry/Edwards, because I could give a crap if Kerry was president. I just wanted bushco out of there (as I still do).

So, there it is.

And here is an awesome video called "Si Se Puede Cambiar", which made me cry at the end because, damnit, Obam-entum just gets me!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

But what of the caucuses?

Senator Clinton pulled out a big victory in Ohio, but her other triumph (by much smaller margin), Texas, isn't necessarily a lock. While she won the popular vote, the caucuses are a different story. A story which we won't really know until the Dem convention in June. But fortunately the Texas Democrats have taken pity on us and made an unofficial total count available:

Unoffical Texas Primary Caucus results updated every 3 minutes.

Cool! I need to back off of this and write 1000 words for class.

Just needed to get this up!

ETA: The Texas Dems site doesn't seem to be updating the numbers on the page I reference above, but the Obama campaign has put out a statement with their projections about how it all shakes out.

Oh, man, teh cutes, it burns!

Seriously. But it hurts so good.