Huh. His switching parties is interesting in a lot of ways and for a lot of reasons.

His statement is worth reading and if you want to read it, the whole thing is here: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/04/arlen-specter-switches-parties.php?ref=fp1 This is a man I've always had some respect for and when I was flirting with being a Republican the sort of guy who made it appealing. I don't agree with him on everything (gun control and LGBT rights being key points where I don't) but he seems a decent guy.

From his statement: "Whatever my party affiliation, I will continue to be guided by President Kennedy's statement that sometimes Party asks too much. When it does, I will continue my independent voting and follow my conscience on what I think is best for Pennsylvania and America."
Two things I like right now:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29050187/ - Watch the first video. GO GET 'EM!

http://community.livejournal.com/scans_daily/7159275.html?#cutid1 - Batwoman in Detective Comics? Oh indeed.
So, my people, my readers, my friends... We come to the close of another year and, of course, I like everyone else get a little introspective. It seems silly that I get introspective at an arbitrarily set line in the ephemeral sand that is time but, what the hell. It isn't like I limit myself to getting introspective once a year. (Or even one a day, for that matter.)
I'm sure this will ramble some )

Current plans for the new year:
- Take Japanese classes with [profile] seanb.
- Start going to the gym 3 times a week after CES. Look toward 4 times after Kris' birthday.
- Find another activity other than the gym. I need to stop wussing out about the swimming thing or commit to something else. Yoga? Pilates? Karate? Arg.
- Get another tattoo. Maybe this.
- Go visit my parents.
- Commit to continuing to trying this dating thing, though the results have been generally unimpressive thus far. I think I'm totally doing it wrong. I could be a macro, I'm sure.
- Emerald City Comic Con - April 4th & 5th
- NorWesCon April 9-12th - Though right after ECCC.... I don't know. I would like to get a Family room again, since that was awesome. Should decide soon.
- SDCC July 23–26 - 40th year for the Con
- PAX September 4, 5, 6 - Though I admit that I'm truly tempted by DragonCon and those attempting to lure me down there.
- Save money for a trip to Europe in 2010.


It amuses the hell out of me that this incoming administration had fic communities and just the whole gammut of geeky fandom things that happen.

Over...?

Nov. 5th, 2008 07:30 am
I see a lot of people on my friend's list talking about how it is over and how we won and how the world is a better place this morning. I think this is partially true. I see a lot of people griping bitterly about how everything will be just the same as soon as Obama becomes President and he'll disappoint and all of that.

Well.

I have a little bit to say about that.

Of course he'll disappoint some times. He's human and a politician - this means that he'll be angering or disappointing someone with pretty much ever decision he makes. He can (and has already started to, I might add) change the way this country is seen around the world. That's a big deal. I have hope for the way things are going to go in the White House.

Here's my big point, though. This is not over. It is not simply time to say, "Okay, we elected this great guy, he's going to fix all of our problems." No. This is when we roll up our sleeves and say, "What next?" This is the antithesis of the moment, when after 9/11 we asked "What can we do?" and we were told we could go out and shop. If you want change, you have to MAKE IT. It takes work and dedication to change the world. It takes fighting the good fight, the hard fight, for years.

Last night we elected a black man as President. We also banned gay marriage and/or adoption in three and Prop 8 is looking bad in California. While we're patting ourselves on the back for starting to step away from racism, we're just transfering the intollerance and hatred to a new group of people and in no way is that acceptable. The economy looks to be slowly stablizing but it still needs a lot help. We still have tons of work to do on alternative energy, saving the environment, and, you know, those two wars we have going on.

So, no. It isn't over.

This is just begining.

Get out there and volunteer. Donate your time or money to a cause that needs it.

I am HAPPY

Nov. 4th, 2008 09:25 pm
I am so very happy.

The Abortion bill in SD went down. The Human Life from Moment of Conception Amendment in Colorado went down in FLAMES. Michigan has done me proud in a lot of ways tonight. THANKS GUYS! The Transit Proposition here is going well!

There are still a few things out there that need thoughts and prayers, though.

Prop 8 and 4 in California are still close. The Governor's race here in Washington is much closer than I'd like.

I am so full of hope.

OBAMA!

Nov. 4th, 2008 08:01 pm
Oh my God.

I....

Wow.

Never before have I given money to a campaign.
Never before have I volunteered as much as I have for this.

Oh ...... I can't even tell you how this feels right now.

Now, I'm just worried about Rossi.

VOTED!

Nov. 4th, 2008 09:52 am
I sent in my ballot last week. There were a Namor and Boba Fett stamp on it. I think it was well protected on its way to the magical vote counting land.

There are a ton of amazing stories pouring into the Slog. It is awesome to have that on my Google Reader. Here is an example of one:

"Hi Eli,

I'm an education volunteer in a rural area of southern Malawi.

Throughout this election - during the primary and the general - almost everyone here in the village of Namitembo has been paying close attention to Obama's progress. Often times, when I go out for a morning walk, I'll hear the latest election news from a teacher, one of my students, the local tailor, or one of the many, many subsistence farmers that lives around here. Just this morning, a shoesmith from the nearby trading centre stopped me to ask if I thought Obama could win McCain's home state of Arizona.

I filled out my ballot in the 7th grade classroom where I teach part-time, and all the students (along with the headmaster and a teacher from the class next door) huddled around to watch. The BBC World Service will be issuing regular updates on the radio as the polls close tonight; I know quite a few people here who'll be staying up late to listen.

--John"

I really recommend going through and reading them, they're really heartening - http://slog.thestranger.com/

I'll post more later, I'm sure.
So, I'm a jittery bundle of nerves today about tomorrow. That and I seem to be feeling .... a wee bit feverish. These two things together are making me not feel so very great today.

What is getting me through is watching West Wing bits on YouTube.

If anyone knows where I can watch entire episodes, I'd be appreciative.
The Mayor of San Diego:


I like this. It makes me smile. I've got 200 people who read my journal. I think I have more than five covered.

*chuckles*

Oct. 30th, 2008 01:14 pm


They get a little off beat toward the end but still - fun.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/166200 - Tim Gunn on the fashion of the candidates. There is a sound component here.


And he's... funny. Actually... funny. I was surprised.



So, to be fair, was McCain.

Dino Rossi

Oct. 15th, 2008 10:08 am
http://www.politickerwa.com/bryanbissell/2381/dems-pounce-ellensburg-lecture

(I know this isn't Rossi specifically on the tape. These opinions seem to be echoed, if veiled by the campaign.)

Why are people planning on voting for this guy? Really. He's a slick jerk who thinks that minimum wage jobs are things that only teenagers have, that 'I'm not running on that issue' is a valid response to abortion and gay marriage questions and runs a race in Eastern Washington telling them 'not to let Seattle steal the election' all while planning to do NOTHING to help them out when he's elected.

I understand that Gregoire didn't to a great job. In fact, the thing that sticks out the most in my memories of her term is the waffling on what to do with the Viaduct but damn, Rossi is so not the answer.

*cackles*

Oct. 14th, 2008 09:18 am
http://www.airbedandbreakfast.com/obamaos

Seriously. I want some Obama Os. That is one catchy jingle.

They're moving forward with a sequel to the movie Wall Street. Because.. Ummm.. I don't know.

It seems William Adama's son Zak appears in the last few episodes Galactica. I'm still hoping he was totally the fifth and died before the series even started. Because... Yeah. It isn't likely but it amuses me.

Screenwriters and directors and all sorts of people involved with various projects want the Hulk to be the bad guy in The Avengers movie. It makes sense to me people. I mean, c'mon. It could be totally sweet.

In related news Terrence Howard is bowing out of Iron Man 2 due to inability to agree on money, to be replaced by Don Cheadle. Now, don't get me wrong, I love Don Cheadle but Terrence Howard was SO GOOD. OMG. Hrmmmm.

Rumors of a re-release for Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 got new life yesterday when a rating for the title on the ESRB database was discovered.
It was a good weekend. There was lots of walking and some shopping and hair dyeing and all sorts of lovely things. The weather was fantastic all weekend. Saturday was close to perfect - breezy, a little bit of a bite to the air but still warm in the sun. I love it when I get a chance to have some time in a day like that.

My boss, his boss and a whole fleet of other people are heading out to Korea and Japan on Wednesday. I can't explain how jealous of them I am. Still, a week after that I'm heading to New Orleans, so it isn't all bad, now is it? I'm hoping to have a good time where I can just breathe and not worry too much. Right now the weather looks like upper 70s and thunderstorms which sounds about like every other forecast I've had for flying in to that town.

On the BPAL front, it looks like the Yule scents are up. I'm most certainly slowing down in my BPAL purchasing. There are a lot of neat scents listed but there are only a few I'm really interested in at all. I might well have more than I'll ever be able to wear right now as it is, so....

I'm not going to get all ranty about politics right now. It is better that I not flip out about how bastardy some people can get.

I'm reading Desire of the Everlasting Hills, which makes me think about religion and Judaism and Christanity and a lot of other things. There are a lot of awesome parts of a lot of religions out there. I find that I am most often turned off by the followers of those religions more than the tenants set forth by the religion itself. It is also interesting that this book started with Alexander and then went right into the era of Jews performing epispasm *twitch* in order to fit in at the gymnasium with all of the other naked Greeks.... It grounded me in a world that was very familiar to me. It is sometimes too easy to forget that Christianity began then since it has been such a fixture in my life - sometimes a point of contention and sometimes a point of solace.

On a sort of related note, we're kicking back up into movie watching season. Here is what I'm looking forward to for the next few months:
City of Ember
Max Payne
Sex Drive
Changeling
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Quantum of Solace
Bolt
Australia
Fanboys
The Tale of Despereaux - Which I would love to see with Mike, Leigh and David if possible.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

I probably wont see all of them but it pretty much boils down to seeing anything that isn't Twilight. And if that weren't enough, there are like 8 games coming out in that same time period that I want to play. I think I'm instituting the holiday no buying phase a little early. Just to save my sanity if nothing else.

Okay. Enough updating. More work.
Tomorrow is the last day that Washington State residents can register to vote - 30 days before the election. I reserve the right to try to persuade you to my way of thinking at least once if we are not aligned but ultimately, I do not care who it is you vote for as long as you participate.

IF YOU ARE in Washington State, please go HERE to register.

IF YOU ARE ANYWHERE IN THE US, you can use THIS site to register, request to vote absentee or find your polling location.

DO IT!

DO IT NOW!

And I am CERTAIN, I will have something to say about the training I went through this evening but my brain is currently about the consistency of lumpy pudding. I'll be putting that together some time later.

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