why, you’re welcome!

I love that I’m correctly identified as a veteran in some mass mailing database. This email made me feel super special :) Thanks to all my fellow vets – I’m honored to be among you!

Abigail —

Today, on Veterans Day, my message to you is simple: Thank you. Thank you for your selfless service, for your valor, and for your strength of purpose that make all of us proud to be Americans.

Today, Americans will pause amidst a great conversation about the future of our nation to take a moment and recognize your service to our democracy — a service that guarantees us all the liberty to engage freely in that conversation, no matter what our views may be.

We know that we owe you a debt that cannot be repaid. But we can and will fulfill our nation’s promise to stand by you and your loved ones. That is why we’ve worked hard for better care for our veterans, and why we provided the largest increase in Veterans Administration funding in history.

Today, we honor those Americans past and present who’ve served on battlefields from Lexington to Antietam, Normandy to Manila, Inchon to Khe Sanh, Ramadi to Kandahar. You have defended our freedom on land, and at sea, and in the air.

You reflect the diversity that makes this America. You share a patriotism beyond question. And you share the same unflinching courage, selfless compassion, and uncommon camaraderie that — when faced with the tragedy of a despicable and heartbreaking attack last Thursday — the soldiers and civilians of Ft. Hood humbly revealed to the world.

You and your loved ones are the patriotic men and women we honor today, Veterans Day. And you are the men and women we shall honor every day, in times of war and times of peace, so long as our nation endures.

Thank you.

President Barack Obama

The Talk

Here’s a slightly annoying little email I spammed to all my family and friends…thought I’d share it here too. Feel free to copy and paste it in a spam email of your own!

Hi,

I’ve been thinking a lot about the election and how important it is to our families. Normally, I would spare you all my opinions, but this time, it’s just too important. I’m not really ready to make good on my threat to move to Canada should things not work out, so I figured I better start spreading the word.

I’ve decided to support Barack Obama, and wanted to let you know why.

There are many rumors floating around out there, so here’s some information about Barack’s positions on things I know are important to you:

— Economy: http://my.barackobama.com/EconomyFlyer

Health Care: http://my.barackobama.com/HealthcareFlyer

— Education: http://my.barackobama.com/EducationFlyer

 
 
— Energy and the Environment: http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/newenergy

This is probably going to be the most important election in my lifetime, and it’s something I strongly believe in. So let’s talk about it. Ask me anything.

 
Just in case you need info about voter registration, you can find out everything you need at http://www.vote411.org, including the last day to register in your state.
 
Feel free to forward this email if you also support Sen. Obama. Whatever your choice, I hope you’ll participate in the process!
 
Thanks,
Blabby

debates and premiers

I’ve been away so long, I don’t know where to start. First of all, I just finished watching the first debate, and let me just say that I’m glad John McCain deigned to show up, and I was so annoyed with his constant assertion that Obama didn’t understand/didn’t get it/was showing naievete. Give me a break. I was proud of my main man Barack for not even acknowledging the annoying little comments. We know the truth, Barack. You understand what’s going on and where the country should be headed much better than the McCain/Palin team.

I chose CBS, and I think Katie did great, but I’m not sure what’s going on with her eyeliner. And who is T. Boone Pickens? Did anyone else see that commercial about pickensplan.com? I’m going to have to check that out.

Now, onto the important issue of fall premiers. Holy crap – ER was so good. I’m not going to spoil it for the TiVo watchers, but I was sobbing out loud! Not just tears, but noisy sobbing. Last week, I went on a trip, and I made the mistake of bringing One Tree Hill with me in my iPod. I say mistake because it was the episode before this week’s – Q’s funeral. So I was crying and crying on a plane, next to some kid who was either headed for or from Basic Training. He probably thought I was so wierd.

NCIS was great, but not on the same level as ER. We haven’t seen the Mentalist yet, it’s still in the TiVo, but I’m looking forward to it. In fact, I still have Heroes and Ugly Betty to watch. Every day I wait for my new DVR from Verizon, I’m falling further and further behind! I did watch Grey’s Anatomy online, and it was excellent. I hope that Army guy comes back – I’ve liked all of his shows that have been cancelled. I even liked the red hair. I’m also totally digging Fringe. Another excellent offering from JJ Abrams.

I mean, what kind of cable company goes digital the week before the fall season starts and then doesn’t have a good plan in place to get equipment out to people? SO LAME.

Tristan’s Top 10

On one of my yahoo! groups, we’ve been discussing politics quite a bit, even though its really a quilting group. There are some very smart, vocal people on there. This was recently posted by Tristan – fellow quilter and Democrat. He can be found at www.manmadequilts.com. Anyway, here’s the top ten reasons he’s voting for Obama/Biden – I think he summed it up pretty well (more after the jump):

Continue reading “Tristan’s Top 10”

spoke too soon

palin family
palin family

In my last post, I said if Palin wasn’t pro-life, I’d love her. Well, upon further inspection, that’s not really true. She has a gorgeous family, but I think she’s really just too conservative for me – against same-sex marriage, against sex-ed in school, pro-life. I’m watching her now on the RNC, and she’s a pretty terrible telepromter reader, and she’s boring. But she is pretty. She looks like Tina Fey. So far, she’s not talking about anything at all and it’s about 20 minutes into her speech. I’m also not sure what the crowd is going crazy about.

It does sound like she put up a good fight against big oil, but I wonder how long that would last if they made it into office?

Here’s what Sierra Club has to say about McCain’s energy record:

http://www.sierraclub.org/politics/candidates/mccain.asp

I do think it’s funny that she’s saying that because she’s not a member of Washington elite, some people consider her unqualified. Isn’t that what they say about Obama?

Ugh. I really just want to fast forward her.

Now she’s picking on my main man, Barack, and she sounds like a pretty, more eloquent version of Bush. Fear, terrorism, fire and brimstone…blah blah blah.

“He’s worried that someone won’t read them their rights.” That’s right – we have civil liberties in this country, dumb ass!

I really dislike these Republicans. I think I’ll call them Repugnant-ans from now on.

Look at me, I coined a phrase!

Hooray, my Tivo just cut her off. Whew!

I did like when the littlest girl was licking her hand and smoothing the baby’s hair down, though.

so much to say!

Lacey Schwimmer on Dancing with the Stars? That’s almost not fair – she’s almost as famous as Lance Bass! That really seems like an unfair advantage. I can’t wait to see Cloris Leachman, either.

How about Sarah Palin? If she wasn’t pro-life, I’d love her. If she wasn’t on McCain’s ticket, I might vote for her. But it’s really not about her, is it? Although, remember that show with Geena Davis, where the Pres died and she takes office. She was only his VP to get the womens’ vote? That could happen – McCain is pretty old. BUT, he’s not going to win anyway *fingers crossed*, so it won’t matter. I think her 17-year old daughter being pregnant is a fun little twist for the conservatives to grapple with :)

Just finishing up Susan Wiggs’ Firebrand. Really awesome book. I highly recommend it.

I loved Barack’s speech. Can’t wait for him to be President!!! It’s time to start reading up on all the crazy propositions showing up on my Nov. ballot…inform yourself!

where do I begin…

So much has been happening. Obama clinches the nomination, So You Think You Can Dance started, I made lots of crafts and food, my son started saying things like “that’s enough, Mommy!” and “just leave it!” Whew. I’ve been avoiding the blog…too much to say.

Hope stickers

Well, let’s start at the beginning. First, I’ve been a little wary to claim victory for Barack – Hillary has 17 million reasons to hold out until the convention, and I wouldn’t put it past her. Obama '08 magnetBut I did receive my cool Obama magnet (my gift for donating), so that’s exciting. I also got my super awesome Shepard Fairey stickers from Sticker Robot, but because of they’re VERY permanent sticking capabilities, I’ve been a little gun shy about sticking them on anything. Not to be too much of a bandwagon fan, but as soon as Barack’s nomination is a little more set in stone, I plan to put the first on on my sewing machine. It’s decidedly naked in it’s unadorned state.

william watches history unfold

Next on the blogging list? Reality TV. Step it Up and Dance’s finale was a little anti-climatic. I won’t reveal the winner in case it’s still stewing in your Tivo, but I’ll just say it wasn’t much of a surprise. I have been thoroughly enjoying the auditions for this year’s So You Think You Can Dance – I can’t wait for the top 20 to begin their competition. Some of the audition stuff seems to be setting the dancers up for failure. Like that last girl Katie, that got picked over her best friend. They already portrayed her as a quitter to the American public, and made her look like she didn’t care if her friend got in, even though her friend was SOOO supportive of her. So that’s not good. I’m excited about the finale of Top Chef. If Lisa wins I’ll be very sad. I can’t stand the way she stands in front of the judges table – that awful “who gives a shit” face she makes is getting on my nerves. Stephanie and Blaise seem to be more deserving of the title based on their performance throughout the season. I like them both the same.

I think I’ll make my crafty achievements a new post – so that’s it for now.