Archive for November, 2008

Tea Fire

Friday, November 14th, 2008 by janice

Got an unexpected day off due to the big fire burning in Montecito/Santa Barbara. It started last night before 6pm and has burned around 3000 1500 acres (downgraded by SBFD) and at least 100 homes. It sounds like it’s burned several buildings at Westmont College but all the students are safe. So far, just a few injuries and no deaths (knock on wood.)

My work place is within the mandatory evactuation center. So far it is still quite a ways off and burning away from our campus but the winds can change. Kinda freaking me out here. I was up way too late watching the prgoress and then awake again way too early fielding phone calls from my anxious boss and other co-workers.

Looks like the fire is burning down closer to the city, which is bad. But they have the DC10s and the helicopters up. Unfortunately the winds are coming up and are expected to worsen. On the positive side, this is the only major fire in SoCal so all hands are literally on deck for this one.

BTW: for my friends and family who do not know the area, we are no where near the fire and are in no danger!

Spare a prayer or a little energy toward the residents and fire fighters in Santa Barbara.

Blessings,

Janice

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From the Life Imitates Art file

Friday, November 7th, 2008 by darren

So, according to multiple sources, Rahm Emmanuel the new White House chief of staff for the Obama Administration (I still giggle in joy every time I read, hear, or write the phrase ‘Obama Administration,’ by the way) was the original inspiration for the Josh Lyman character on the West Wing. For the final season, Barack Obama was a major inspiration for the Matt Santos character.

Now I’ve never been much of a fan of Emmanuel, but I find it funny as hell that the real-life version of Matt Santos followed his fictional predecessor’s lead in selecting his chief of staff.

Oh, and for those of you who watch Entourage on HBO, Rahm’s younger brother Ari Emmanuel is a Hollywood agent who inspired the Ari Gold character on that series.

Maybe it all is a giant Hollywood Liberal Elite conspiracy. Stay tuned to Limbaugh and Hannity for all the details, I’m sure.

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Unity FTW!

Thursday, November 6th, 2008 by janice

Via DKos again. See the whole series here.

Unity Rocks!

Blessings,

Janice

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President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008 by janice

President Elect

“I will never forget who this victory really belongs to. It belongs to you.”

Congratulations, Mr President-Elect.

Thank you America.

Still sweating out some down ticket races and of course the California Propositions. But these moments I am savoring.

Yes We Can

Dancing in the streets

USA

44

Blessings,

Janice

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Election Day liveblog

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008 by darren

I didn’t vote for Obama today, either.

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I Voted Today

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008 by janice

As soon as I can get my [expletive] phone to talk to my [expletive] computer I’ll post the cell pic of my Obama vote. 🙂

Also experiencing “I voted” sticker envy. The Ventura Country stickers are tiny compared to the Santa Barbara ones. Not fair! Does that count as disenfranchisement?

Ganking from TPM by way of Lynn (stop making me cry at work, wife!) – I didn’t vote for Barack Obama:

  • I voted for my mother and father, who couldn’t
  • I voted for my future children, so I can truly tell them they can grow up to be president some day
  • I voted for my family, blood and chosen, who desperately need real health insurance options
  • I voted for my associate who had to change his “foreign” name to something more “acceptable” to the not so subtle racists he deals with on the phone every day
  • I voted for my family in the Netherlands and all the people of Europe who would like to respect America again
  • I voted for Daniel and his step-son, Nick, so that their service to this country will not be taken so lightly, and for all of the service members who gave their last full measure of devotion for this nation in a far away land
  • I voted for Madelyn Dunham and Stanley Dunham and Dr. Stanley Ann Dunham Soetoro. And for Barack Obama Sr. who shaped his son more from his absence than his presence
  • I voted for me, and for my husband, who love this nation with all our hearts, so much so we can even dare to tell it when it has been wrong, and shout for joy when it has done right – gods willing she does right today

Blessings all!

Janice

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One Last Prop 8 Rant

Monday, November 3rd, 2008 by janice

Not mine this time. My friend Kirsten (T-2 of the infamous T-wimmin) who is made from awesome!

The whole post is here but this bit is my fav:

The part of a relationship that’s really meaningful to me is the part that wakes up in the morning, looks over at the other side of the bed, and says, sure. It’s the part where someone breaks something, or spends too much, or maybe runs the family car into someone else’s, and it’s not the end of the game. It’s the whole richer, poorer, sickness, health, halitosis, inebriation, desperate sorrow and alarming good cheer that make up real life.

I have no idea how that fits in with this Dreadful Proposition we’ve got here in California. I really don’t. Supporters claim they are “protecting the sanctity of marriage,” which is really ridiculous considering that my godless husband and my godless self got married in a demon-friendly ceremony in order to get him the bennies and nobody told us “no.” For that matter, there are untold numbers of couples who get married who really shouldn’t. But it’s not my right to say who can and can’t, who should and shouldn’t. (Not to their face, anyway.) Nor should it be anyone else’s. It’s a free country, last I heard.

I’m so excited to vote tomorrow I really don’t know if I will sleep tonight.

Gobama!

Blessings all!

Janice

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Late notes heading into Election Day

Monday, November 3rd, 2008 by darren

– My heart goes out to Senator Obama and his entire family on the passing of his beloved grandmother. I am deeply saddened that Mrs. Dunham will not get to see her grandson inaugurated the 44th President of the United States.

– Yes, despite still being stressed, sleep-deprived, and apprehensive as hell, I truly believe that Obama will win tomorrow, and convincingly. Between the early voting, the polls, and all the anecdotal evidence I’ve seen on both campaigns’ ground games, I think it would take a win-the-lottery improbability for McCain to prevail tomorrow.

– Get out and vote. Make sure your friends and family are doing the same. Run through the finish line. I have never looked forward to voting as much as I am tomorrow. I’ve never been this emotionally invested in a national campaign before, and rarely have voted for a winning Presidential candidate in my life.

– Hopefully I’ll be liveblogging during returns tomorrow with my lady wife and a few friends, at least until we’re sufficiently happy or depressed to give up and just get drunk 🙂 Feel free to join the discussion, even (especially) if you don’t always agree with us. We argue, but only bite if asked nicely.

– Of course, I’ll also be excited to help drive a dagger through the heart of Prop 8 and the latest attempt to encode bigotry in my State Constitution. You Shall Not Pass!

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Damn!

Monday, November 3rd, 2008 by janice

Madelyn Dunham, grandmother to Barack Obama, passed away this morning after a battle with cancer. She was 86.

Barack and his sister Maya released a statement this morning. This is the point I started to cry. “Our debt to her is beyond measure.”

Our condolences to Barack and Maya and both families.

Blessings all!

Janice

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California Ballot Initiatives

Saturday, November 1st, 2008 by janice

Kevin Drum at Mother Jones has a good article on the 12 (count ’em 12!) initiatives that will be on the ballot in California on Nov 4th. I don’t agree with his assessment on all of these. On the other hand I should probably look a little harder at a couple of them before Tuesday to make sure I really understand them. ::sigh::

I really, really agree with him about tending to vote NO on any and all ballot initiatives these days. I’m all for the idea of the initiative system – the referendum, recall and initiative systems were created as a way to give direct power to the people to counter the control rich corporations had over the state legislature and the big political parties. Unfortunately in recent years, these ballot initiatives have become just another way for big money interests to control state policy without the pesky need to lobby politicians. So it is past time we reform the system in a way that makes it harder for crusading millionaires and out of state parties (such as the LDS church) to try to pass laws that are essentially irrevocable.

I confess I have no bright ideas as to exactly how to do that without also making it impossible for true grass-roots organizations (such as those behind Prop 2 ) to get legitimate measures that might be difficult to pass through the legislature onto the ballot. But it has to be done because I am sick unto death of having to fight the same abortion initiative over and over again and watching right-wing asshats try to legislate morality via constitutional amendment. Seriously, three strikes and you’re out on the attempt to curb abortion rights by ballot initiative. This time the wing-nuts supporting this piece of crap should have to pay back Planned Parenthood and all the donors to the NO campaigns for all the money spent keeping this BS out of our state’s Constitution! Likewise the LDS and Catholic churches if Prop 8 goes down into the flames that it ought to.

Ok, I’m really going to be glad when this election is over. I can feel my blood pressure rising as the day gets closer.

Blessings all!

Janice

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