Posted by: Kathy White | September 28, 2010

“Sister Wives” — Uh, What?

So, it’s illegal to practice polygamy in this country but if you want to do it on national television as a reality show, that’s just fine.

I swear, the more I look around, the more confused I am. DADT can’t get repealed but these yahoos can go on TV and get paid for breaking the law.

The GOP can write up some witty Pledge to America that holds more hypocrisy, racism and homophobia than ANY document should contain and that’s suppose to be good for our country. Swallow that bitter little pill, America.

And Sarah Palin can be a complete ass when she’s not in the spotlight, and that’s okay (re: Vanity Fair article). As long as she keeps telling the Tea Partiers what they want to hear — love God, hate gays, hate Democrats, hate taxes, love me.

I think I should stop reading media for awhile. The more I read, the angrier I get. What a joke this has become. Sadly.

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Posted by: Kathy White | September 22, 2010

A Rally I Can Get Behind

I love Jon Stewart. In this crazy, mixed-up world — he’s the only one who makes sense. And Colbert, God love him, mocks the very thing we know is so wrong in media today — blowhards.

That they are holding competing rallies in D.C. on October 30, one to promote fear and one to promote sanity, is pure genius. On the week before the elections, you can go and rally with the guys who actually make the most sense of anybody out there that has a platform to talk.

Here’s the gist of Stewart’s rally: “We’re looking for the people who think shouting is annoying, counterproductive, and terrible for your throat; who feel that the loudest voices shouldn’t be the only ones that get heard; and who believe that the only time it’s appropriate to draw a Hitler mustache on someone is when that person is actually Hitler. Or Charlie Chaplin in certain roles.

Are you one of those people? Excellent. Then we’d like you to join us in Washington, DC on October 30 — a date of no significance whatsoever — at the Daily Show’s “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Ours is a rally for the people who’ve been too busy to go to rallies, who actually have lives and families and jobs (or are looking for jobs) — not so much the Silent Majority as the Busy Majority. If we had to sum up the political view of our participants in a single sentence… we couldn’t. That’s sort of the point.

Think of our event as Woodstock, but with the nudity and drugs replaced by respectful disagreement.”

I love it — the busy majority. We’re the ones who know that all this crap is just that — a bunch of crap. There is no 9/11 conspiracy, there is no Muslim in our White House and he was not born in Kenya, the white man is not being marginalized and immigrants do not need to be shot on sight. But damn, we just don’t have time to get up on soapboxes and scream about it. We’re busy.

And here’s Colbert’s rally: “America, the Greatest Country God ever gave Man, was built on three bedrock principles: Freedom. Liberty. And Fear — that someone might take our Freedom and Liberty. But now, there are dark, optimistic forces trying to take away our Fear — forces with salt and pepper hair and way more Emmys than they need. They want to replace our Fear with reason. But never forget — “Reason” is just one letter away from “Treason.” Coincidence? Reasonable people would say it is, but America can’t afford to take that chance.”

Yup. Glenn Beck can go to this rally because he won’t even get the joke. He’ll take it seriously and think we SHOULD be rallying to keep up our fear. The fearmongers are winning because they’re doing all of the talking and doing it from loud big platforms. What is it we’re suppose to be afraid of? Everything. But here’s a quick list in case you haven’t been paying attention:

  • Terrorists — yes, we do need to be afraid but not every Muslim is a terrorist and not every mosque is a feeding ground for al queda.
  • Immigrants — Yup. They’re taking our jobs. Wait, what?
  • Gays in the military — This one just still astounds me. DADT is unconstitutional, it’s reckless, and it hurts our military. Nuff said.
  • Gays getting married — Because Britney Spears being married for just 24 hours and Rush Limbaugh being married 4 times is okay. Gays would screw up marriage for the straight people.
  • Activist judges — Any judge who abides by the law but goes against what the blowhards think is right is an activist. Got that?
  • President Obama — Black, Muslim, born in Kenya and a complete socialist. Except the first one, not a damn one of those things is true and they’ve been proven false again and again. But there are some people there’s just no convincing — and they scare the hell out of me.

As you can see, we have plenty to fear and lots to be riled up about — if only we had the time. Now we need to make the time and go rally with the good guys. Road trip!

Posted by: Kathy White | September 21, 2010

Republican Senators Suck

There are so many quality people wanting to serve our military who can’t because of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” We’ve thrown out very specialized, talented people from our military thanks to DADT. Now, Republican senators are stepping up to be sure those people still aren’t welcome in today’s military. How incredibly sad. I say we send those senators over to serve in place of those who they are excluding — and we won’t ask them if they want to or tell them what to do when they get there.

Posted by: Kathy White | September 20, 2010

Whatever … It’s only Money

  1. A dollar from 1950 is now worth only $0.12 — And a dollar from 2009 is worth only 50 cents, but I’m just guessing.
  2. The term “inflation” is from the Latin term inflare, meaning to “blow up or inflate,” and it was first used in a monetary sense to describe “an increase in the amount of money” in 1838. Today, economists argue over the definition of inflation but generally agree that it means a continued rise in prices while the value of money declines. — So why don’t they just call that “You’re Screwed.”
  3. The inflation rate is the percentage increase in the price of goods per year. For example, if the inflation rate is 2%, then a $1 candy will cost $1.02 in a year — and after that, it’ll only get worse.
  4. Twenty-eight hyperinflations have occurred in the 20th century, with twenty happening after 1980. — When was that Reagan guy elected? Oh, right. 1980. Happy Reaganomics everyone!
  5. The term “gold” is the from the Proto-Indo-European base *ghel / *ghol meaning “yellow,” “green,” or possibly “bright.” — How about it means rich? That work?
  6. Gold is so rare that the world pours more steel in an hour than it has poured gold since the beginning of recorded history. — Is that Christian recorded history or the regular history everybody else follows along with that includes big bangs and dinosaurs.
  7. Gold has been discovered on every continent on earth. — So has dirt but it ain’t worth anything. Hmmm.
  8. Gold melts at 1064.43° Centigrade. It can conduct both heat and electricity and it never rusts. — It also can cut through a soda can and right after that cut through a tomato. Oh, wait… that’s the ginsu knife. Never mind.
  9. Due to its high value, most gold discovered throughout history is still in circulation. However, it is thought that 80% of the world’s gold is still in the ground — that explains all those people trying to find gold now that the dam has been taken down. Good luck with that.
  10. Seventy-five percent of all gold in circulation has been extracted since 1910. — Wait, maybe they’re on to something. Where’s my overalls?
Posted by: Kathy White | September 17, 2010

Native Americans and Immigration

I did not know that Eric Clapton was a racist. I learned that today from my buddy’s Facebook post — and wikipedia. It appears that Mr. Clapton would prefer the U.K. to remain staunchly white and that those of color should reside elsewhere. He said it in the 70s and it appears that even today he still feels this way. It got me thinking about the issue of immigration and just who gets to say what about it.

We have people in favor of building a wall — to separate us from Mexico. Notice we do not need one to separate us from Canada. Why is that? Is it because Canadians don’t want to come to our country to pick our vegetables any more than we want to pick our vegetables? Or are they just nice and white — mostly? Whatever the reason, we seem to have a large group of folks who want the good ol’ USA to build a big-ass wall to keep out our Mexican neighbors. That’ll be attractive — and oh, so, useful.

It does not seem to occur to all these anti-immigration folks that they are the direct descendants of, you guessed it, immigrants and illegal ones at that — or at least they weren’t exactly invited to come here. Pretty sure it never occurred to the American natives to build a wall — but you damn well know in hindsight they wished they had — they wouldn’t be living in the desert on our nice reservations.

So, in this land of immigrants we don’t want immigrants. We want to deport them. We want to build a wall to keep them out. We do not want them here illegally — although if you got the truth out of most of the people doing a lot of the talking, they don’t want them here at all — not even legally. They would just mess with our gene pool or whatever.

If you did manage to get here, get work, pay taxes, raise a family and live the American dream without benefit of a green card — we’d like you to leave immediately. Oh, and we won’t let you come back. And, if we have our way here soon, even if your kids were born here, we aren’t going to let them be citizens. They’re tainted with illegal-ness.

Here’s Glenn Beck (The fusion of entertainment and enlightment? Really? Unbelievable) on the subject: “First of all, let’s talk about the rights.  It is our sovereign right to protect our borders.  Every country does it.  It hasn’t been done here in America.  74% of Americans want stronger border control.  3/4 of this nation, are 3/4 of this nation racist Nazis?  Because that’s quite a statement.” — If you want to read his entire rant, it’s quite a piece. But 3/4 of our nation only wants one border protected it seems. Do we need to build a wall out at sea to keep out the Europeans? I should think so. That’s a border. People come here that way all the time.

If we’re going to throw out everybody who doesn’t belong here then we need to give this country back to the Native Americans and go back to Europe or Africa or wherever. If we’re going to go to extremes then by gosh let’s go all the way. We came from folks who came here “illegally” and took land that wasn’t there’s to take and killed people who lived here in peace and then rounded them up and put them on desert land that isn’t good for anything and told them to be happy.

Yipee!

Sure, I’m exaggerating but with all the crazy talk out there about immigration, illegals, walls and shooting people who dare to try to come here — maybe it’s time to step back and remember exactly who it is we are as nation: immigrants.

Posted by: Kathy White | September 13, 2010

Freedom

I don’t think you can every truly realize just what people suffer through when they lose their freedom. My loss of freedom was minor but still a pain in the ass. Not able to drive myself anywhere, I was mostly trapped at home. Not able to get up and down the stairs easily, I was no help around the house and struggled just to make it to the bathroom.

But freedom comes in all shapes and forms. There are people in prison — some wrongfully so. There are people who live in wheelchairs or are bound to rooms or bound to silence or darkness. There are people bound to depression, trapped in that darkness.

What does it do to a person to lose freedom? I watched with interest as Iran played with the lives of the three young hikers it has in prison, supposedly for being spies or some such thing — whatever excuse they use this week. And how it was announced that the woman would be released — and then, not so much. What does that do to somebody’s head? You’ll be free — and then you won’t. And they have no real, true timetable on when they will be free. It’s an endless sentence.

The word freedom gets thrown around a lot in the United States. What is it you have the freedom to do or not do? What does the Constitution say you have the freedom to do? When does this right impede that right? Because I’ve had my freedom pinched a bit in the last 8 weeks with a broken ankle and certainly stomped on a lot more by those who seem to think they know who has the freedom to marry, I have a small window into this. But my window is very small.

Here’s the definition of freedom, in case you’re wondering or have forgotten what it truly says in our dictionary : the quality or state of being free: as a : the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action b : liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another : independence c : the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous <freedom from care> d : ease, facility <spoke the language with freedom>

I cannot begin to speak to those who truly have had their freedom stripped from them. But my small window into being trapped a bit has given me a new appreciation for being able to just walk out the door, get in the car, and drive. It’s important to recognize our many freedoms and be grateful for them — don’t take them for granted and certainly don’t take away what’s rightfully ours to have. The freedoms we enjoy are hard-fought and we must always respect that — and respect those who came before us and those who, today, continue to fight for those freedoms.

But, seriously, I’m just happy to be back behind the wheel.

Posted by: Kathy White | September 11, 2010

9/11 — Hate the Haters

Before Sept. 11, 2001, we didn’t pay much attention to international news. Al Queda was something we may or may not have heard of but it certainly wasn’t something in our collective knowledge we needed to be concerned with. And then more than 3,000 people lost their lives to 19 terrorists. They hate us, these terrorists, and will stop at nothing to try to destroy us and our way of life. And we hate them in return.

But any more than I want to be judged as an American by that whacko Rev. Terry Jones or the Unabomber or Timothy McVeigh — we must remember not to judge all Muslims by the acts of these whackos. Islamic terrorists are just that, terrorists that also happen to be Islamic. Just as we have terrorists who also happen to be American. We have terrorists who also happen to be Arab. We have terrorists who also happen to be Somolian. But they are all just one thing: Terrorists.

I understand overgeneralizing — we all do it. But it’s dangerous. The talking heads who feed on this, the Glenn Beck’s of the world, want us to be angry and they want us to spin around and direct hate at every person who looks or is different than white and Christian. Sound familiar? Let’s make sure we just have ONE correct race and ONE correct religion. Isn’t that what the terrorists also want? Diversity makes the world go round. I certainly don’t want to live in that world — on either side. Don’t think you would either.

So let’s dial down the the rhetoric and up the intelligent conversation. Let’s hate the haters — the terrorists. Every Muslim is not a terrorist. Every American is not a dumbass hick. So, let’s be sure to show that.

I love my country. I, like every one else, will never forget.

Posted by: Kathy White | September 10, 2010

San Bruno Fire: Please Help

Cannot express enough how much every person can contribute to helping those in need in this situation. 34 homes were destroyed. 4 people, at last count, have died.

You can follow information on twitter @SANBRUNOFIRE and you can contribute to the Red Cross via its website at http://www.bayarea-redcross.org and specify that you want your donation to go to those affected by the fire.

It’s times such as these that we can truly help our Bay area neighbors and friends. I cannot imagine the pain of losing a loved one and/or everything I own.

If you can help with blood, o-negative is desperately needed but any and all types can be used. You can find a place to give blood by calling 1-888-4-HELP-BAY.

Thanks. I’m sure those who receive your generosity will be forever grateful.

Posted by: Kathy White | September 8, 2010

Welcome to Random Wednesday — Animal Version

And now for something completely different. More oddity that can only be discovered by spending WAY too much time on the Web. I, personally, think that gathering up these interesting tidbits is a duty — a calling, if you will. That, and it’s just damn funny. Today’s theme is animals — just cause that’s what I was thinking about with my dog and  her latest issues. Here we go:

  • Rock star Ozzy Osborne saved his wife Sharon’s Pomeranian from a coyote by tackling and wresting the coyote until it released the dog. — Go on, imagine that one. He probably scared the hell out of that poor coyote.
  • The name of the dog on the Cracker Jacks box is Bingo. The Taco Bell Chihuahua is a rescued dog named Gidget. — So that smooth talking dog we saw for years was a girl and now we know where the heck Bingo got his name-o.
  • Those born under the sign of the dog in Chinese astrology are considered to be loyal and discreet, though slightly temperamental — This one’s for you, dear Nellie.
  • Because whales must rise to the surface often to breathe, only one half of their brain sleeps at a time. This process allows their body to get adequate rest while still providing for the necessary function of breathing to survive. — Can you imagine if we had to THINK about breathing to survive? Well, all the drinkers and stoners would pretty much exit stage left.
  • Whales do not drink seawater; instead, they extract water from their food by metabolizing the fat. — Sweet!
  • Horses have five highly developed senses: taste, touch, hearing, smell, and sight. They also have an enigmatic sixth sense, heightened perception, which is very rare in humans. — Only Bruce Willis has it.
  • The eyes of a horse are larger than most other animals’, and they can move independently, giving the horse a shallow panoramic vision. Because its lenses are inflexible, a horse will focus on an image by moving its head to direct light rays to the central part of the retina. Horses can also see in color. — So they know exactly what color their jockey is wearing during a race. Some of those colors are pretty hideous. THAT has to be distracting.
  • Horse Eyes

    Horses eyes are pretty unique.

  • Horses like music but are selective in their taste. They prefer calming or cheerful instrumental music, but are agitated by loud music such as rock. — So, horses are a lot like our grandparents.
  • Every year, nearly four million cats are eaten in Asia. — Ewwwwww!
  • Cats make about 100 different sounds. Dogs make only about 10. — And all of those cat sounds, if you listen carefully, say “fuck you.”
  • A cat can travel at a top speed of approximately 31 mph (49 km) over a short distance. — Not that he/she will, mind you, but it could if it wanted to.
  • Cats hate the water because their fur does not insulate well when it’s wet. The Turkish Van, however, is one cat that likes swimming. Bred in central Asia, its coat has a unique texture that makes it water resistant. — I’m not sure you should ever describe any cat as “liking” swimming. This one may be able to, but I’m not so sure it likes it.
  • Approximately 1/3 of cat owners think their pets are able to read their minds. — 3/4 of dog owners know that that’s true.
  • A cat rubs against people not only to be affectionate but also to mark out its territory with scent glands around its face. The tail area and paws also carry the cat’s scent. — Don’t ask what a dog does.
  • And, finally, this from our friends the dolphins: Air can be expelled from a dolphin’s blowhole at speeds topping 100 mph. — Wow. Just don’t get in the way of that thing.

Well, that should kill some time on your hump day. Now how to kill the rest of the day….

The eyes of a horse are larger than most other animals’, and they can move independently, giving the horse a shallow panoramic vision. Because its lenses are inflexible, a horse will focus on an image by moving its head to direct light rays to the central part of the retina. Horses can also see in color
Posted by: Kathy White | September 7, 2010

BFFs

I spent the long weekend in Chico with my friends — a lot of them. And, once again, I was reminded how important it is to have this group in my life. Many of them I’ve known a very long time — they are family. They know me and like me anyway. They have my back and I have theirs.

As an only child, my friends truly are my family. If they don’t keep in touch, I make ’em keep in touch! I track them down, send emails, call, invite over for dinner — whatever it takes to  make sure we stay connected. Some of my friends have moved to other parts of the country — but I still try to keep up with them either via Facebook or email or whatever. And, when I’m able, I fly out to see them — in Denver, Baltimore, Ohio, D.C., Oklahoma, South Carolina — wherever they are. And I hope they look me up when they’re here.

As we grow older — and, trust me, we are growing older — I think these gatherings mean more. As we continue to pass in to our 50s, 60s and beyond, we’ll need to be there even more for each other. We’ve even gone so far as to discuss a compound out somewhere where we can all have our freedom but the comfort of a tight-knit community — each with our own houses and a community house for us to hang at. I love this idea! I don’t know that it’ll ever truly happen, but I really do love the idea.

So, as I sat listening to my friends play their guitars and we sang and drank and talked and kidded, I smiled. No place I’d rather be than with my family of friends — they’re the best and I’m damn lucky to have them.

Hope that feeling is mutual — but they keep inviting me so it must be. Go hug a friend. 😉

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