quidditchgrrl: (be yourself.)
A few random thoughts:

1. I've had two dreams about my old job (I actually have nightmares about that place, believe it or not), and I've decided to let some sleeping dogs lie rather than give Evil a possible upper hand. Yeeebooool.

2. Today I turned NPR off several times. Hearing about people squirting out tax deductions armies for "Christianity" and how the people involved with credit default swaps are the "real heroes" of the financial crisis - oh that we could all be so insightful! *stabbity*

3. I'm quasi-listening to American Idol. That's me, on the PULSE of popular culture.

4. Next week at this time, I will be in the presence of greatness! <3 Mozza

5. There is a HUGE sale going on this weekend, and I am broke as a joke. No fun. *pouts*

6. However, there will be food again, for which I (and the dog) are truly grateful! (Just kidding. Sort of.)

7. I'd planned to go to bed eeeearly tonight. Oops.

8. Hope you all will have better weekends, your kids' heads will heal properly, and that Spring will spring soon!


Feb. 1st, 2009 10:35 pm
quidditchgrrl: (Default)
First off, Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] abigail89, you sweetie, you!

Second, it was ABOVE FREEZING today!  And sunny!  Glorious.  I went on a nice long run at Sharon Woods (the kids were still sledding down the big hill in back), washed my car, and shoveled the blackened crud from the carport.

Wooooooooooo.  At this point, the little things mean so much, eh?

Third, next Saturday is the Big Ride.  Not sure how to taper for a...three-hour indoor bike ride?  Should I take a complete rest day on Friday?  Hm.

Took care of my niece Natalie on Saturday evening.  She's getting to the fun stage (she just turned 3) where she can tell you what she wants/needs and is independent enough to do things like potty on her own.Read more... )

On the other hand, my second-oldest niece is moving to Italy with her family tomorrow.  The fact that she and the kids are getting out of the South thrills me to no end.  Too bad she can't get away from the military wives, but you can't get everything you wish for.

Hit the scene Saturday night to catch up with old friends and listen to some mediocre music at the local dive bar.  Good times.

Hit the pavement tonight leaving the Lodge, forgetting the physical state phases of water.  Ouchies.

Also,  REPUBLICANS!  Hold up your hands!  The trickle-down is coming, just like Mr. Reagan promised!  Keep 'em high, the money will fall from the sky, like he said.  'S right.

Okay, now that those grabby fingers are otherwise occupied, the rest of us can get to WORK and fix this shizz.

Night, all.  :)
quidditchgrrl: (Can you handle the truthiness?)
Yeah, well.  Not deleting/changing my interests. 

Innocent until proven guilty, and all that.

Damn It.

Jan. 14th, 2007 08:21 pm
quidditchgrrl: (Alas!  Two sickles and a dungbomb!  Bumm)
In 2004 and 2005, I shopped an article I'd written about the Drug Wars and how teenagers are especially focused on as a group to hate and fear when it comes to drugs.  I wrote it during a period of "Partnership fora Drug-Free America" commercials that were particularly heinous.  One was two young teenage boys getting high in their parents' study, finding a gun and...fade to black at the sound of a gunshot.  Another was a repeat track of a carful of high black kids going through a drive-through, then accidentally accelerating away from the window toward a little white girl on a bike...fade to black with screeching tires.

Shit like that makes me sick.  My postulation was that it's not teenagers who do the majority of the drugs - it's people over the age of 21, and more and more people between 25-40. 

I got a couple of "good premise, like the style" comments, but it never got picked up anywhere.

I think I found out why:  I wasn't projecting my research far enough.  I should have focused on the parents of those kids featured in the ads.

Well, Susie Bright has summed it up quite well in her blogtoday (it's Susie, so there are NSFW ads/images).  She also ties the fetishization of teen drug culture to how teens are often depicted as sexual monsters or innocent victims of media & depraved culture.

I have been suitably cowed; hopefully my muse will realize that I've been humbled and will show up with good ideas here soon.
quidditchgrrl: (Hey.  Fuck you.)
I was looking at alumni profiles of people from my high school when I found a slide show titled "All I need to know about Islam I learned on 9/11", complete with burning towers.

Glad to know that no matter where you go, some people will never get the dirt from under their fingernails.  You can take the boy out of the trailer park...oh, you know how it goes.

I almost sent a message, but ignorance like that can only be countered by a large conflagration that I do not personally believe in.

Oh, and thanks ever so much, dudes, for making Saddam Hussein that much more of a martyr by
mocking and baiting him at his execution, in earshot of cameras taping it for mass consumption.  Way to go.

Fark.com:  Fark won't be linking to the Saddam execution video. We realize CNN and Fox have it, if they want to run snuff films and call it news that's their business  <--FTW!

I have no problem looking at post-mortem pictures (I don't have a screename at rotten.com for nothing), but watching someone be killed isn't my thing.

All I need to know about "faith-based initiatives" I learned from
Dubya mocking Karla Faye Tucker as she pleaded for her life and as he intended to deny her clemency.  The Decider, indeed.
quidditchgrrl: (Become the media)
Gah. Somehow I knew I'd be up at 4:30am on Election Day. Pah.

But there is a bag of Hallyween candy (anniversary present!), so I am at least sugar-fueled.

The president's last minute desperation is amusing to me. I'm trying to be kind to those who are just now interpreting the truthiness and trying to escape the sucking moral vacuum that is the Republican party/neoconservative movement.

However, I'm worried that an overwhelming victory by the Dems will cause a free-for-all, like what happened with the 1994 Republican takeback of Congress. That seems to have turned out badly. [livejournal.com profile] photosinesis, you're killing me.

I took a "which candidate shares your values" quiz for governor, and, not surprisingly, none of the candidates was a clear winner. Still voting for Strickland. I feel vaguely dirty. :\

By the looks of things in the blogosphere, I missed awesome eps of TDS/TCR (due to aforementioned anniversary...celebrations). Pout.

I also want to watch Studio 60, but alas, I work Monday nights. Anyone willing to help me get started?

Sleep would be really fine right about now.
quidditchgrrl: (Jon is all a-squee)
It's the little things, I tells ya. Lost was actually...not bad! I might be able to get into the whole Locke/Eko thing, minus the WTFPOLARBEAR.

And - Stephen has regrown the hair on his hands! Manly hands, very nice. I can excuse the LOTR obsession for that. ;)

Plus, that wry smile last night after they showed his scruffy college pic - *melty*

OH OH OH - one of my co-workers (the Lothario I mentioned in my last post) has promised me a ticket for a second Daily Show/Jon Stewart event that is happening on the night of the reading! *does crazy dance of joy* That just rules.

This also rules - the septemberfund.org's commercial.

I feel much better today than I did yesterday. Keith Olbermann eases the pain. I'm sure he'll be one of the first to go.

My fondest wish: headline for January 21, 2009: "Former President Bush II Arrested for Crimes Against Humanity, Cheney Already In Custody". A girl can dream, can't she?
quidditchgrrl: (Can you handle the truthiness?)
Hope the religious right is glad they voted for Bush, now.


Keith Olbermann's exclusive on new book, Tempting Faith

Even Tucker Carlson admits it: Administration pandered to evangelical base to get elected

Schadenfreude, my old friend...you and I have been spending much time together of late...
quidditchgrrl: (Fuck Off)
Proof again that Wil Wheaton is my hero:

Torture is not an American value. Torture is a totalitarian, sadistic value. Suspending access to courts and the right to face your accuser is not what Americans do. It is what tyrannical dictators and despots do, not a democratic republic like the one I was brought up in and love. Time and again, torture has proved unreliable to prevent or solve crimes, and it reduces our country to the level of the very terrorists we are supposedly fighting.

I've been avoiding the news today, for good reason, yeah? We also got the news that my brother-in-law needs hernia surgery. He has a new job, no insurance yet. They want 5K up front for a routine, outpatient procedure. [livejournal.com profile] nmalfoy, I know you can relate to that. Fuckers.

The average Joe can work a full-time job and not have health insurance or a wage that gives a hope of saving for the future. The government can pick and choose its "combatants" and detain them for as long as they want without laying charges.

I refuse to accept this as the America I live in. There IS enough for everyone, every person has a RIGHT to humane treatment, and it is the RESPONSIBILITY of the people to step in and say, NO MORE.

With freedom comes responsibility. Exercise both in whatever capacity you can. Your life depends on it.
quidditchgrrl: (facepalm)
So, today. Five years later.

Not much has changed for the better.

The terrorists didn't erode our safety, didn't compromise our freedoms. We did that ourselves, through complacency and a feeble sense that we deserve to be safe, just because we're Americans.

It seems like we're ready to believe anything, to give up our reasonable right to live our lives without government scrutiny, in pursuit of something no one is ever promised - tomorrow.

In my state, you can't walk down the street without being required to identify yourself. If you cannot produce papers, you can go to jail. This is supposed to fight terrorism.

It's an insult to every soldier currently fighting, to every civil servant serving, and to every last person who died on September 11, 2001. Heck, to anyone who has fought to uphold the Constitution of the United States.

Am I sad? Sure. Am I still angry? You bet. Do I feel safe? Less than I did before September 11, 2001, but not because of the threat of terrorism.

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty or safety.
--Benjamin Franklin (or Richard Jackson, depending on your source)
quidditchgrrl: (Be the change you wish to see)
Let America Be America Again

By Langston Hughes

Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed--
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.

(It never was America to me.)

O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.

(There's never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this "homeland of the free.")

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the Negro bearing slavery's scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek--
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.

I am the young man, full of strength and hope,
Tangled in that ancient endless chain
Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land!
Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need!
Of work the men! Of take the pay!
Of owning everything for one's own greed!

I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil.
I am the worker sold to the machine.
I am the Negro, servant to you all.
I am the people, humble, hungry, mean--
Hungry yet today despite the dream.
Beaten yet today--O, Pioneers!
I am the man who never got ahead,
The poorest worker bartered through the years.

Yet I'm the one who dreamt our basic dream
In the Old World while still a serf of kings,
Who dreamt a dream so strong, so brave, so true,
That even yet its mighty daring sings
In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned
That's made America the land it has become.
O, I'm the man who sailed those early seas
In search of what I meant to be my home--
For I'm the one who left dark Ireland's shore,
And Poland's plain, and England's grassy lea,
And torn from Black Africa's strand I came
To build a "homeland of the free."

The free?

Who said the free? Not me?
Surely not me? The millions on relief today?
The millions shot down when we strike?
The millions who have nothing for our pay?
For all the dreams we've dreamed
And all the songs we've sung
And all the hopes we've held
And all the flags we've hung,
The millions who have nothing for our pay--
Except the dream that's almost dead today.

O, let America be America again--
The land that never has been yet--
And yet must be--the land where every man is free.
The land that's mine--the poor man's, Indian's,
Negro's, ME--
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.

Sure, call me any ugly name you choose--
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people's
We must take back our land again,

O, yes,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath--
America will be!

Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,
The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,
We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain--
All, all the stretch of these great green states--
And make America again!
quidditchgrrl: (Friendship = Jon + Stephen)
If I see one more freaking ad for the movie Click, I'm gonna scream! I'm freaking SICK of gee-this-is-great-oh-wait-you-can't-change-the-past-present-future-by-pressing-a-button craptastic waste of celluloid.

Forgive me, I'm cranky.

I am not mentioning anything on the new job front again, because it seems to jinx me. Whinging about my current job will continue apace.

We are short three positions, my boss approved EVERYONE's vacation requests, we have "SRC flu", and one of my shelvers had to leave on a last-minute vacation. I'm lucky to have this morning off (I'm not answering my cell).

Aaand, I'll be staying after close tomorrow to shelve, then coming in to work on Saturday morning, then back again to close. *thunk*

But no, I won't be paid extra. I'm salaried!

Organic cleaning is going well, the bathroom sink is still clean, the shower wasn't slippery (and has very little buildup on the walls). This weekend, if I have two seconds to do it, I'll be looking at laundry conversion. Problem there is that Seventh Generation/organic products are tres cher. And I'm cheap. Hm.

Does anyone know of a place that can use partially-used cleaning products? I have a lot of stuff and I don't want to just trash it (especially oven cleaner and the like).

[livejournal.com profile] snoopypez, can you link me to the drabbles you wrote a while back? I saw you mention them, then I got busy. Must read!

Stephen Colbert + Jon Stewart = two reasons not to throw yourself off a tall building after reading the newspaper. There have been times this week, when reading about the misconduct (ha! mass murder, more like) in Iraq, I felt like my own soul was being shredded. To kill innocent people for "revenge" is one of the most disgusting things that a human can perpetuate on another. Every person brought forth in these cases should be tried for crimes against humanity; they are no better than bin Laden or Saddam Hussein.

I hope everyone has been having a good week, and special good vibes to [livejournal.com profile] tonksnymphadora and [livejournal.com profile] abigail89 and their families.

quidditchgrrl: (Black American Dreams)
Note to self: Have AC unit conditioned before the last week of May, because the high temperature WILL go from the mid-50s to mid-80s. It is Ohio, after all.

In order to escape the fiery pit of hell our stuffy apartment, we took the hottest part of the day and went to see Thank You For Smoking.

I love it when media can make fun of itself, both liberal and conservative, and make it completely unpreachy.

The Libertarian corner of my brain was giggling with glee, and my anarchist sympathies were massaged.

You know there are fuckers like Naylor, Finistirre, and BR out there. The American Cancer Society, too.

The strangest thing crossed my mind, though. I actually felt a desire? or an interest in having a kid while this movie was finishing up. God, if I could only be assured that any issue from my loins would be a skeptical inquirer instead of a TV-addicted sheep, I might actually consider it.

Or not.
quidditchgrrl: (They always go too far with the Hitler a)
I'm a big conspiracy theorist, as some of you well know.

I quit doing point-of-sale PIN transactions about three years ago.

This is why.

Hackers and other nefarious types can obtain your card number, PIN, and in some cases, your bank account number during a point-of-sale transaction where you use your PIN. Wal-Mart and Office Max have both had their customers' numbers hacked and stolen.

Now banks are trying to pin those losses on the consumers, up to $500. Yeah, right. *stabs*

I wonder how much this third-party merchant paid to have their company name expunged from the notification letters? And how often it's happened in the past.

I've been reading No Place to Hide, and it's terrifying how easily identity information is obtained and used. I thought it was funny )

So, funny. Funny in an ohmygodwerealldoomed kind of way. Big brother doesn't have to watch you; you're keeping track of yourself just fine. Click, click, click, and they've got you pegged.

Even if you are only marginally interested in how the government tracks people, at least pick this book up to read the chapter on how a program was used to generate a list of possible terrorists that could have been involved in the 9-11 attacks. That program picked more than a half-dozen of the actual hijackers on the first run-through, with the least specific data filter.

It's tough to reconcile, eh?
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: (Jello for Prez!)
Surfing around, I found this, which, by the sheer length of it, is terrible.

It does remind me of growing up, and how lucky I am now.
quidditchgrrl: (Don't mess with a muthfukas tea!)
Immigration? Let us consult the Constitution.

So long as profit prevails over decent wages and lazy-ass Americans refuse to do the "dirty jobs", there has to be a steady stream of SOMEONE to clean toilets and pick strawberries. (Some blowhard on NPR claimed that immigration hurts low-skilled American workers, especially those without high school diplomas. Hello! Lazy, not low-skilled!)

So long as they aren't criminals, and they pay taxes (and if the company they work for isn't breaking the law, they DO pay taxes), I'll take that over paying $10 a quart for strawberries.

I caught a little bit from Mind of Mencia that sums it up pretty nicely: Carlos Mencia said, "yeah, let's kick ALL the immigrants out. Everybody out. Because nothing would be sweeter to my ears in the morning than hearing [knocking] [Texas accent] 'Hey, housekeeping, y'all.'"

Also, Wal-Mart to offer organic produce? Isn't the whole point of organic the small, replenishable, profitable domestic farm? That article is scary. If there was ever a reason for us to buy a home, it's the advantage of growing our own vegetables. Eek.

This is why I should not listen to NPR. I hate fair and balanced asshattery. :|

Last night's The Colbert Report totally rocked. He totally pwned Mike Brown. What a whiny, blame-deflecting asshat (Mike Brown, not Stephen).

So what do you all think?
quidditchgrrl: (Fuck Off)
Those lovely douchebags in North Dakota. Here's what state senator Bill Napoli says about possible rape exceptions for the abortion ban:

A real-life description to me would be a rape victim, brutally raped, savaged. The girl was a virgin. She was religious. She planned on saving her virginity until she was married. She was brutalized and raped, sodomized as bad as you can possibly make it, and is impregnated. I mean, that girl could be so messed up, physically and psychologically, that carrying that child could very well threaten her life.

(Meaning: unless you're a born-again virgin, you deserve to be raped, for once you've surrendered your maidenhead, it's a free-for-all)

Ah, but we do have a means of exacting a little revenge on Mr. Napoli (legally, I mean. I would really like to shoot this guy's...well, I'm sure you already have your plans a-brewin')

A suggestion from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books:

I’m thinking we should do to Napoli what Dan Savage did to Rick Santorum. The nifty thing is, Napoli himself has provided an excellent definition. I propose the following entry be entered into the lexicon:

napoli (not to be confused with the proper noun, which indicates the Italian city)
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): napolied
Pronunciation: nA’poli

1. To brutalize and rape, sodomize as bad as you can possibly make it, a young, religious virgin woman who was saving herself for marriage. 2. To hella rape somebody.

Etymology: From State Senator Bill Napoli’s (R-SD) words on an acceptable description of rape that would merit an exemption from South Dakota’s abortion ban.

Time for google-bombing: Bill Napoli
quidditchgrrl: (War Isn't Trendy)
Oh God, is Alan Dershowitz actually saying we should pre-emptively strike against Iran?

Yes, that worked out SO WELL last time we did that. -.-

ETA: James Woollsey, you are a liar, sir.
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.


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. :>


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