quidditchgrrl: (Let It Be)
I don't know what it is about mid-April that makes people go insane and commit mass murder.  It kind of pisses me off, especially all the talking heads who immediately begin blaming the media and calling for tighter security.  Eff directly off, this is America, and the reality is personal responsibility, not nanny-culture.

*breathes*  Hell, the way this week as already started, I'll be lucky to make it to Friday without a scratch.  You library people know what I'm talking about...tax week!

Here's hoping the weather breaks tomorrow and I'll get out on the trails and work off some of the tension I've had lately.  It might even break 60*, wow.

Many things are going on here, most of which I can't really talk about on LJ, dammit.  But maybe, later.

And, one month until Phoenix Rising.  Now THAT makes me smile.  :-) 

Hugs and loff to all of you all.
quidditchgrrl: (Jon is all a-squee)
I had so much FUUUUUUUNNNN today. Fun has been sorely lacking in my life of late. And FUUUUUUUUNNNN non-existent.

Today was the Thurber House honors for their Best American Humor 2005 award winner, the writers of America (the Book) - Jon Stewart, Ben Karlin, and David Javerbaum. I went to their reading, which was funny and excellent.

Jon is more off-the-cuff than I expected. Each of them read a piece from the book, and Jon did a segment with Professor Stanley K. Schultz, who contributed entries for the Teacher's Edition of the book.

I asked a couple of questions (for which Jon made fun of my verbosity): To Ben and DJ about The Colbert Report and whether they were surprised at how successful it has become (they are, and happy about it - Ben said Stephen was leaving TDS anyway???)

For Jon, I mentioned the article and asked him what he thought of his critics' opinions that his fan base gets all of their news from a fake news show. He said that he doesn't think that's true at all - if the people watching didn't follow any other news, the show would be like Charlie Brown's teacher talking - and that he (Jon) isn't a megalomaniac.

My faith in watching TDS has been affirmed - they really do GET IT. :) Ben Karlin is so cute, I love him.

Then, the OSU kick-off event )

I'm considering taking off work on Thursday to go and see Sacha Baron Cohen, who's going to be here as Borat. Or not.
quidditchgrrl: (War Isn't Trendy)
I started The Greatest Story Ever Sold on audio today. I've made it into the second disk, which is about one disk further than I tend to get when I try to listen to books about the current president/administration. Pretty good if you (like I) have felt like you've been hitting your head against a brick wall for the past five years. You weren't alone!

One of the themes is a comparison between the generations who fought in WWII and those who came after, specifically concerning the sacrifices the typical American had to make during wartime. We have not been asked to sacrifice ANYTHING in this conflict (well, aside from our right to Habeus corpus and various other Constitutional rights). Think about it - no rationing of staples food and materials/textiles, no call for reduction in energy usage, no draft. We are, Rich asserts, spoiled brats.

Unpopular opinion #43725729615: If we are going to "stay the course" in Iraq, the only way we can win is by reinstituting the draft. Or, you know, pulling out and letting the country split along ethnic lines, like we did in Yugoslavia.

A good point was made in An Inconvenient Truth (and I SWEAR I'll quit talking about this book, someday) that we are now to the point where we cannot continue moving on the path of waste and environmental destruction, and it's going to be relatively painful for some people when they HAVE to give up some of the creature comforts (hell, SUVs? Minivans? Gourmet coffee? C'mon!) simply to maintain public health and day to day viability of the ecosystem. OH WAIT, we're THERE NOW.

I've started recycling hardcore, cutting back on how many chemicals I use/dispose of, and trying to live a little more simply. It's not been that tough, but getting used to a new routine. I really want to get a hybrid/cell/water-powered car when I get my Saturn paid off. Gotta do my part, I guess. Not doing anything else but wasting oxygen.
quidditchgrrl: (Heh Heh.  Jon's mocking you AGAIN.)
I am a bad, bad person...

Because when I saw the link to this article, I thought, "there IS a god!"

But alas.
quidditchgrrl: (Not so good if Stephen is making a twist)
Aaaaaah! Soma?

It sounds good on the surface...but who needs artificial joy (or a hampered ability for judgment)?
quidditchgrrl: (O.o)
Never again will I wear my contacts beyond the recommended replacement time. O.O

Eye fungus can't be good.
quidditchgrrl: (Daaaamn!)
I have my interview Monday morning. Yay!

I typed out my notes and my questions. Um. Is six pages & 10+ questions too much (and I limited myself to whatever I could think of in 20 minutes)? The interview is expected to last about two hours, anyway.

Hopefully most of my questions will be answered during the main part of the interview, or we may be there all day. O.O

Again, positive thoughts are most welcome.




Awesome quote of the day, from Bill Maher via the Moby LJ Feed:

Apr 07, 2006 - new york city

bill maher's closing remarks on one of his recent shows:

"Mr. President, this job can't be fun for you any more. There's no more money to spend--you used up all of that. You can't start another war because you used up the army. And now, darn the luck, the rest of your
term has become the Bush family nightmare: helping poor people. Listen to your Mom. The cupboard's bare, the credit cards maxed out. No one's speaking to you. Mission accomplished."

"Now it's time to do what you've always done best: lose interest and walk away. Like you did with your military service and the oil company and the baseball team. It's time. Time to move on and try the next fantasy job. How about cowboy or an astronaut? Now I know what you're saying: there's so many other things that you as President could involve yourself in. Please don't. I know, I know. There's a lot left to do. There's a war with Venezuela. Eliminating the sales tax on yachts. Turning the space program over to the church. And Social Security to Fannie Mae. Giving embryos the vote."

"But, Sir, none of that is going to happen now. Why? Because you govern like Billy Joel drives. You've performed so poorly I'm surprised that you haven't given yourself a medal. You're a catastrophe that walks like a man. Herbert Hoover was a shitty president, but even he never conceded an entire city to rising water and snakes."

"On your watch, we've lost almost all of our allies, the surplus, four airliners, two trade centers, a piece of the Pentagon and the City of New Orleans. Maybe you're just not lucky. I'm not saying you don't love this country. I'm just wondering how much worse it could be if you were on the other side."

"So, yes, God does speak to you. What he is saying is: 'Take a hint.'



That totally made my day. Bill Maher is love.
quidditchgrrl: (*wink*)
Aw, Jon did such a good job hosting tonight! Extra bonus of two (!) Stephen Colbert voice-over clips, whee!

WTF to Charlize Theron. There goes your spot on the best-dressed list, girl. Same to you, Naomi Watts.

I am getting pretty sick of crying over Brokeback Mountain. But I can't wait for the DVD so I can cry some more.

Is network TV the pits or what? There was a teaser for a reality show about INVENTORS. o.O Whut?

[livejournal.com profile] strangerface should be in charge of the Academy Awards next year. 'Cause the struggles of the pimp life are best left with agents on the red carpet.

In other news, I did something very, uh, Ned Flanders-like tonight Read more... )
quidditchgrrl: (Peace)
First, Wendy Wasserman, then Coretta King, now Betty Friedan has passed away.
quidditchgrrl: (Jon pwns j00!)
I think I should reconsider that yoga class...'cause if the president thinks it's up to us to ensure a "free and democratic Iran", I'm gonna need to be flexible enough to kiss my ass goodbye. Tho', they DID manage to elect their leader, so I'm the President must be a little confused.

*shudders*

In other news, I wonder if Ed Helms could get a good helicopter going. :utterly evil: I am liking him more and more every day. :>
quidditchgrrl: (Let It Be)
From my other blog: Stephanie Hummer's Probable Killer Found Via DNA Evidence

It's been a good week in the criminal justice system - sometimes things work just the way they're supposed to.
quidditchgrrl: (Default)
They've found the miners alive! Wow...

CNN is talking to the wife of the 13th miner, the one they recovered...so sad. :(

"West Virginia people, God looks out for them..."

ETA: All but one dead, reports were wrong:

http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/01/04/mine.explosion.wed/index.html
quidditchgrrl: (Become the media)
He's either fucking brilliant or fucking stupid, but he's got balls, that's for damn sure.

How does he get those things in his pants, anyway?

OMG!

Nov. 9th, 2005 08:21 am
quidditchgrrl: (Read Rebelliously)
OUR LEVY PASSED!

(Considering that recent restructuring of the property values this fall meant that our levy nearly tripled the current tax rate, this is something of a wonderful surprise, even in a wealthy suburb)

Time to start writing employment proposals! We'll actually have librarians again! No more 12-hour, uncompensated days (hopefully)! Our Chlidren's staff won't have nervous breakdowns when someone needs a day off! Whee!
quidditchgrrl: (Don't mess with a muthfukas tea!)

Feeling safe in the war on terror? Want to know what's working and what's not?

Join us for a discussion with national security expert Bruce Schneier.

Tuesday, September 20

Refreshments 6:30 p.m., program 7:00 p.m.

King Avenue United Methodist Church
299 King Ave., Columbus

Free and open to the public

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Schneier will discuss which security techniques are effective, and which merely provide psychological comfort without ensuring safety. He
will also sign copies of his most recent book, Beyond Fear.

Schneier is the go-to security expert for business leaders and policy makers. Described by The Economist as a "security guru," Schneier is best known as a refreshingly clear and candid security critic and commentator. An accomplished author and speaker, he has appeared in numerous national media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek, as well as on NPR, CNN, and the major networks.

To learn more about Bruce Schneier, visit www.schneier.com

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quidditchgrrl: (Don't mess with a muthfukas tea!)
...But I'm still boggling.


DeLay: shelters "like camping"; asks kids, "Isn't this kind of fun?

This is all you need to know about how out of touch most of our politicians are. And yes, "most" covers both reigning parties.

(Just in case you missed the memo: I'm a left-wing Constitutionalist without affiliation, and I am not a big fan of Michael Moore, but I think Kanye West is pretty much on the money, kthx)
quidditchgrrl: (Fox News)
FEMA chief relieved of Katrina duties:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9266986/

More proof that you shouldn't lie on your resume...
quidditchgrrl: (Don't mess with a muthfukas tea!)
How SHOULD a president respond to impending disaster.

I think they call it "taking care of business." There was no blaming of local/state government for not following some sort of bureaucratic protocol - they just got the job done.

The icon on that post is cracking me up something fierce.

I promise there will be a return to boring entries about daily life at some point in the near future. I'm just too sad and disgusted to hang up the political/current events banner just yet, though.

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