Saturday, August 30, 2008

Shame on McCain and Palin

Karl Rove said that Obama would make a policital VP choice. In the end it appears McCain did that not Obama. The man that for weeks has been advertising that Obama did not have the experience to govern these United States is not putting someone in place to have to do that very thing that has even less experience than Obama. And we all know with McCain being 72 and having had health problems it is a very real chance that she would have to take the office of the President if McCain were elected. And I believe she must have an ego the size of Texas if she thinks she is ready to take the position of Commander and Chief if the need arose.

Read the two articles below. Tell me what you think.

Obama should look better and better every day to those who have not made up their mind.

Rove: Obama Will Make Political Veep Pick
August 10, 2008
CBS) Republican strategist Karl Rove said on Face The Nation Sunday that he expects presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama to choose a running mate based on political calculations, not the person's readiness for the job. "I think he's going to make an intensely political choice, not a governing choice," Rove said. "He's going to view this through the prism of a candidate, not through the prism of president; that is to say, he's going to pick somebody that he thinks will on the margin help him in a state like Indiana or Missouri or Virginia. He's not going to be thinking big and broad about the responsibilities of president." Rove singled out Virginia governor Tim Kaine, also a Face The Nation guest, as an example of such a pick. "With all due respect again to Governor Kaine, he's been a governor for three years, he's been able but undistinguished," Rove said. "I don't think people could really name a big, important thing that he's done. He was mayor of the 105th largest city in America." Rove continued: "So if he were to pick Governor Kaine, it would be an intensely political choice where he said, `You know what? I'm really not, first and foremost, concerned with, is this person capable of being president of the United States? What I'm concerned about is, can he bring me the electoral votes of the state of Virginia, the 13 electoral votes in Virginia?'" Kaine, who is widely seen as one leading contenders to become Obama's running mate, said that the fact that Obama is competitive in his home state of Virginia is "basically astounding" since no Democrat has won there since 1964. He said polls that show Obama with only a slight edge over rival John McCain nationally are not a cause for concern. "We are feeling very, very good about where the senator is in the polls and we obviously expect as America - the American electorate turns their attentions even more to this race in connection with the conventions, we expect to do - to do quite well," Kaine said. Kaine suggested that McCain's recent ads casting Obama as a celebrity are "out of touch with what the issues are." "I mean, it was funny, but wearing a clown suit and juggling would be funny, too, but it doesn't connect with the concerns Americans have about gas prices, about the war, about the economy," he said. "So I think on things like that, shoot, I hope the McCain camp does more of those ads and we'll just let them do those ads." He added that while Obama is running positive ads during the Olympics, "Senator McCain is running the same old negative, Karl Rove-style ads that we're all tired of." Rove said the closeness in the polls between McCain and Obama is a signal that Americans are have concerns about the Illinois senator. "With a restive electorate, with an economy that's sort of chugging along, with a war in the background, at the end of eight years of Republican rule in the White House, Obama should be way ahead," Rove said. "...the fact that he isn't says that there are grave doubts about Senator Obama." Rove said Kaine's characterization of McCain's ads compared to Obama's was wrong. "I would make the argument that part of the reason why Senator Obama is in the shape he is in today is because he's failed to run a positive campaign," said Rove. "He's run a negative campaign. He's claimed to be something new and different, and yet given these - you know, it is really beyond the pale to sit there and insinuate that Senator McCain is somehow going to attack him for being black, which is what he did for over a month."

McCain Would Rather Win an Election than Pick a Qualified VP
Michael Seitzman
Posted August 29, 2008 04:02 PM (EST)
She's never actually used the word Shiite in a sentence before. She's never had to. She's never given any thought whatsoever to nuclear proliferation. She's never had to. She's never thought about Israel, Russia, Korea, or Iran. She's never even thought about Mexico. So, what HAS she thought about? I mean, what has she thought about that's going to directly affect you and me if (yes, God forbid) she has to slip into the role of the most powerful leader on the face of the planet? Well, we know she's given a lot of thought to your uterus. Hell, I think about your uterus all the time and nobody should ever elect me to any office.
I was reading my friend Dan Senor's piece in the Wall Street Journal today, in which he takes Biden to task for his once staunch position on the splitting up of Iraq. It's a smart argument Dan makes -- and I'm not his audience, believe me. I'm so lefty I'd consider going gay if I could date Obama (oh, you bet I drank the Koolaid and I've been all fuzzy ever since).
So I'm reading Dan's excellent article and I'm hating its well reasoned argument - how Biden was wrong about Iraq and why he's mysteriously dropped that position, etc - and I'm realizing something that put a smile on my face. There is not a fireball's chance in Alaska that Sarah Palin could make that argument in a debate with Joe Biden. She lacks the gravitas, she lacks the knowledge, she lacks the experience. If she were a news anchor we'd say she reeks of local.
But most importantly, what does that say about John McCain? He has now destroyed his two favorite arguments against Obama. Experience was a pretty good argument. Yesterday. But the more offensive and controversial argument is the one that inspired the McCain campaign's clumsy, communist-era slogan - "Country First." Aside from sounding like the name of a midwestern savings-and-loan, the phrase is an obvious reference to McCain's mantra that Obama "would rather win an election than win a war. " He has repeatedly challenged Obama's motives, his character, his judgment and his patriotism. Sarah Palin is the glass house inside of which McCain will now have to throw those stones. Because, what does it say about a man who chooses someone so grossly unqualified as his running mate for the highest office in the land simply because she might - might - get the Hillary vote? What does it say for his opinion of those very women he hopes to enlist?
Does John McCain think about actually governing? Or is he merely focused on winning? Because a man of 72 years old with a history of health problems has to consider the possibility that his Vice President might actually have to govern. No, he's not thinking about that. He's not thinking about you or me. John McCain is thinking about John McCain. And his running mate is thinking about next year's salmon run. And your uterus.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

To Drive or Not to Drive

Okay, so, a little over ten years ago I was in an accident where I fell asleep at the wheel and had a semi crawling over my little Mitsubishi Mirage. I was very lucky that day. My husband had been sleeping with his head resting on the passenger window. After the accident if you would have seen the window and the line going across it you would have known that Angels must have been with us on that day.

So, I drove for a little while after that out of necessity, but I was very uncomfortable. I have now not driven for about 10 years. I have tried a few times, but I get so nervous I decide it is a no go situation. I even get nervous when my husband drives past a semi.

Well, today my sweet hubby who has been trying to find employment all but unsuccessfully has told me that he may take a job where he will be away from home for 30 days at a time. The money is excellent. Ugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't argue with him. He is manning up and doing what he needs to do to help us financially. But why now, when I don't even live close to loved ones that can take up being my chauffeur?

The neighbors have assured Kerry they will make sure I can get back and forth to work and the grocery store, but I can't stand the idea of depending on people outside of my family.

So, is it now time for me to finally try to get this license back? I feel it is, but when I think about it my stomach churns. I even want to, but that does not stop the churning. I miss the freedom...I can't tell you how much I miss the freedom.

Well, I may go next week and check into this. I'll post an update if I do. I at least might get a learners for now to get comfortable again.

Sunday, August 17, 2008


Do you ever feel guilty when you are happy?

My life is so imperfect. But the most perfect thing in it right now and has been for a few years now, is my marriage. Okay, I should not say it is a perfect marriage, but it is a happy marriage. We have finally learned, after 17 years, how to make it work and be very happy together. The first 10 years were tough, don't get me wrong. And then for the 11th & 12th year there was a lot of learning about each other and learning to trust again, but now. Wow, if something were to happen to one of us it would be so devastating to the other. I hate to even dwell on it.

So, back to the original question...Do you ever feel guilty when you are happy? I do. And maybe it is just because of some people that I have in my life. Two very good friends have been divorced twice and I hear them talk about being lonely and it hurts my heart for them. So, then I don't get to tell them about my happiness because to me, why would they want to hear that when they are hurting or lonely? Then I know someone that is in a marriage where she is not happy so I can't talk to her. And darn it, sometimes I want to talk about how happy I am.

So, thank you out there for creating blogging. Though it is not as good as having a conversation with your best girlfriend(s) it does help with an avenue for expressing how one feels.

So, what makes me happy in my marriage? I think it is mostly having someone that cares for me so much and tries to think of things to do, to surprise me, and make me happy. It makes you feel loved and special. The time we spend together, the talks we have about so many different things. It is just wonderful having that person there all the time to share life with.

I wish for everyone to be able to find a love like mine.

Friday, August 8, 2008


So, it has been way to long since I posted a blog. I guess I have been in kind of a funk where writing is concerned.

During this time however I did pull out the starts of what I had hoped would some day become a book years ago when I began writing it with a friend. Reading it I remembered where I wanted it to go and then I remember that I had started writing a bio of one of the characters during one or two of my long train rides home when I worked in D.C. So, I went searching for that little notebook so that I could add that info to the story.

I have read this and reread it and though I know where I want it to go...I can't seem to get on to the next thing. I am trying so hard not to doubt myself. I know I have stories inside of me, it just seems so daunting a task to get these stories out of me. The words just don't want to come.

I read things from people that write about Creative Self Belief and how to get your creative side going again...I do those things...I know everything I am supposed to do...but it just is not working.

I have a friend that should write for a living and she does not. Instead all she does is put her creations on blogs. I hate it that a person with such a talent will not take that talent and make it work for them and then here I have the stories and cannot put them down as eloquently as my dear friend.

This is really going nowhere, I just needed to get it out and I figure that is what blogs are I decided to have at it.

I am going to take a stab at this again on Saturday...if I get it to something I like I might start sharing it here and maybe some input from other creatives would help.