Getting down to the wire…

Only a few more days till our election and I’m so very anxious. I know that the past 2-3 weeks I have been completely hooked on Huffington Post. I look at DailyKos and Crooks And Liars too as well as a handful of other blogs, but mostly Huffington Post.  On HP I stumbled upon a survival guide, hosted on 236.com that might help several of us make it through Tuesday (and probably Thursday or later, considering this election might stretch that long if things go shady.).
Eight Ways to Survive the Next 8 Days Without Losing Your Frigging Mind

And I’ll leave with some John Lennon (and one Beatles) to keep us inspired the next few days:

Power to the People by John Lennon

Imagine by John Lennon

Let It Be by the Beatles

Trader Joe’s doozies

I am a huge Trader Joe’s fan and always love to try new things there. I have my favorites, of course, and i’m always finding new favorites. I could write a several page long post about my favorites. Now that I come home later and don’t have much energy to cook after work, I love Trader Joe’s for quick meals and microwaveable, frozen foods since I know their food isn’t chock full of unidentifiable chemicals like convenience foods from traditional grocery stores are (and TJ’s doesn’t break my bank like Whole Foods tends to).

Anyway, I had one of the rare doozies tonight. They were the portobello, asagio, marscapone cheese ravioli. I guess I was expecting more cheese? But they really weren’t wonderful. I have more left and will have the rest for dinner tomorrow (in these times, I can’t waste food), but I won’t be buying these again.

Thinking of doozies, I mean doozers.

That melatonin…

I’ve started taking melatonin and Valerian root, switching between the two each night, to help me get to sleep. They both do work really well to get me relaxed and I sleep better with them. The only thing, though, is that they both bring about some wacky dreams. I’ve found Valerian root gives me wackier dreams and with both supplements, I recall my dreams pretty clearly when I wake up in the morning. I’ve thought that maybe I should keep a dream journal again about my melatonin/Valerian dreams.

Last night, though, the melatonin kicked up a real doozy of a dream. I’m feeling good about Obama’s prospects and have a mix of confidence and extreme nervousness about next Tuesday. I kinda just want to hide until next Thursday and make it all be over. I know I’m not the only one feeling all this right now.

Anyway, maybe I shouldn’t say what my dream was, but it was basically about me waking up and reading the headlines that the election didn’t go the way I’m hoping it goes. I guess my fears about the election filtered into my subconscious. The dream jolted me awake. Luckily I fell back to sleep, but ack. Hopefully I won’t have any more dreams like that.

I will leave with a few peaceful songs to counteract last night’s dream.:
Return to Innocence by Enigma

Caribbean Blue by Enya


The Lady of Shalott
by Loreena McKennitt

Pondering the “What if’s”…

I will admit Tim Russert wasn’t always perfect, but in reading through my usual round of blogs, there’s always a discussion and update about what happened on the Sunday morning talk shows. I have wondered how Tim Russert would have handled an interview with Sarah Palin or McCain. I would imagine Tim Russert would really ask Sarah tough questions and leave her leaving with a blanker look than she had during her other interviews. I’m sure he’d ask Obama & Biden tough questions too, but I think there’s so much he would be able to corner McCain/Palin with that they’d be stumped with. There’s absolutely no one on the major networks now that I can see doing the kind of job he would have done. Tim Russert was actually intelligent, had a vast knowledge of history and was really an all around great guy and I think in this election circus, his voice is one that is sorely needed.

Of course there’s nothing we can do, but you can always imagine.

Thinking of people I wish had stayed around until at least next year, I’ve been thinking how much fun George Carlin would be having right now with Sarah Palin (and McCain). I don’t have the creativity to think of the kind of jokes or cracks Carlin would make, but comedians now are having so much fun with McCain/Palin that a legend like Carlin would probably one up all of them. Of all the folks I watch now, I think the one closest to Carlin’s comedy style has to be Bill Maher. I think Maher touches on many of the thoughts Carlin would have during this whole cycle, but I think Carlin would add his special Carlin touch that no comedians now have.

Anyway, when Russert and Carlin died earlier this year, I did think of how much we would need them during this election and now that we’re here, I’m really noticing their absence. So, once again, Russert and Carlin, rest in peace. But I’m grateful to have Bill Maher here making us laugh during this election.

I will leave with some recent clips of Bill Maher’s New Rules:

Oct 24, 2008

Oct 17, 2008

Oct 10, 2008

A cautionary tale….

The story of The Vet Who Did Not Vet:

Attack on McCain volunteer a hoax

Pursuant to my brief post yesterday, I saw at least several of those posts on WordPress’s main page all about this “attack” and when I poked over to look at some of them, there were the nastiest comments about Obama supporters and Obama himself. So, now all their inflammatory BS was for this. Ashley Todd lied about the whole thing and all the Repubs jumped on and fell all over every word. McCain even called and offered his support. From an article on Huffington Post,

John McCain’s Pennsylvania communications director told reporters in the state an incendiary version of the hoax story about the attack on a McCain volunteer well before the facts of the case were known or established — and even told reporters outright that the “B” carved into the victim’s cheek stood for “Barack,” according to multiple sources familiar with the discussions.

So, I think this whole story shows the desperation of the McCain camp, that they’ll use something like this to smear Obama without knowing the real facts and continue to make their campaign about trashing Obama & Co., not about the issues.

As for Ashley herself, a fellow blogger, at The plaid lemur found some videos Ashley Todd had on YouTube. And here is Ashley’s YouTube Channel. She’s just a tool of a campaign that has spiraled more and more down a dirty, nasty path and she knew exactly what she was doing. Last night on The Rachel Maddow Show they had a really good discussion of this story and a list of false accusations of black men by white folks for crimes, on many occasions, the people making the accusations are the guilty ones.:

Here’s a clip of yesterday’s Rachel Maddow show:

And I’m taking one of Plaid Lemur’s videos of Ashley Todd and posting it here:

Is it me or…

I know a few fellow WordPress bloggers read my blog so, maybe they’ve noticed these trends too and can comment. When you go to WordPress’s main page, both the Hot VIP Posts and Hot Community Posts seem to be right-wing. I know the VIP posts have led me to Fox News’s blog on a few occasions. Anyway, I don’t know how they choose what gets up there, but I find that kinda fishy.

Network shows canceled in their prime

And now that I think of it, it’s generally ABC that has canceled quality shows prematurely.

Sunday night during a commercial break in Desperate Housewives, I learned that one of my favorite shows, Boston Legal, is entering its final season (season 5). WTF? Unfortunately I don’t catch Boston Legal enough because it’s on past my bedtime, but I always take it out from Netflix when the new seasons are released. It’s such an awesome and timely show, I always like that their cases have gone with what’s going on in the country…intelligent design, terrorism, homophobia, etc. and James Spader plays such a great lawyer and argues so well for important causes. If I ever need a lawyer, I’d want Alan Shore representing my case. And I love the friendship between Alan Shore and Denny Crane. William Shatner’s Denny Crane is a great and funny character too. Boston Legal and its actors have deserved all the Emmys they won.

So, ABC seems to be making another mistake by canceling a great show after only 5 seasons. Of course now Scrubs is supposed to be coming to ABC for its final season (and of course I don’t like that NBC has treated Scrubs like crap and does this to them in the last season).

At least, though, ABC gave Boston Legal five good years and didn’t cancel it after 19 episodes like they did with My So-Called Life or after 12 episodes like Freaks and Geeks.

I will leave with clips from these good shows that were canceled in their prime:
Boston Legal – James Spader’s character Alan Shore talks about the US government keeping the truth from their citizens:

Boston Legal – Jerry Espenson, the character with Asperger’s:

My So-Called Life, the pilot episode:

Freaks & Geeks:

Phillies make the World Series!

The sports world is so not my scene and never really has been. But I can’t help but get some sense of city pride when one of our teams actually gets to the World Series or the Super Bowl or boos Sarah Palin.

And I’ve been so out of it that I only know of one player on the Phillies, Jimmy Rollins. The last time the Phillies got close to the World Series was in the early 90s. I remember it well because I was in my first year of high school and got a bit into the whole frenzy of the thing. Lenny Dykstra, Darren Dolton, Jon Kruk were on the team. Mitch Williams lost the tiebreaking game and got all kinda hate for it. Crazy times. Glad that’s over. There really is so much else going on the world, sports don’t matter.

Anyway, so, here’s hoping the Phillies beat whomever they come up against. Philly teams deserve to win a championship game for once.

I will leave with the unofficial theme song of the ’93 Phillies, Whoomp There It Is by Tag Team:

And a tribute to the ’93 Phillies:

Palin game

I was gonna do a post about Joe the Plumber, but I think it’s all getting overplayed about now so I won’t bother.

If you want a giggle, check out this site, Palin as President

Lotsa fun.

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