It’s just over a week before the Obama juggernaut is officially in office. I’m trying to put it out of my mind. Every morning my mother comes into the kitchen fresh from listening to the radio. She’s armed with the latest news. I usually know about it, but the little report from my “mother-who-doesn’t-like-Bush-anymore-but-still-defends-him” always manages to get me bugged. And no matter how many times I tell her I don’t want to hear it, I wind up hearing it because she thinks it’s a delightful game to taunt me about the demise of the Democratic Party…the REAL Democratic Party.
Chicago Correspondent Leslie sent this along…the SHOCKING NEWS that Obama has actually sent out an email message WITHOUT asking for money!
The LA Times “Top of the Ticket” blog snarks:
This is no Friday joke.
Word has just been received at The Ticket that President-elect Barack Obama sent out an actual e-mail today without asking for more money from tired donors. No, really.
The N.Y. Times’ Katharine Seelye recently reported growing donor fatigue among eager and happy Obamaites to whom it has occurred that they’ve already given nearly $1 billion to buy all this change to believe in, even many long weeks after the ex-freshman senator won the White House already.
See the rest of the story on the $$ that Obama has raked in, including post-election, as well as details on the email that was sent out in praise of “ideal leader” Tim Kaine after he was named part-time DNC head–without any begging for cash. Bush also appointed a part-time party chair because he had Karl Rove hanging around in the White House. Obama is following the same pattern, but we’ve got David Axelrod pulling the puppet strings now. Big change, huh?
Anyway, doesn’t this pair inspire you??
As for Kaine, I recall how often he campaigned in Virginia to get Kaine elected governor of Virginia and how I already had misgivings about Kaine (I was separating myself from Clark by then.) By the way, what’s Clark up to now?
Well, after campaigning for Obama he made appearances on the Stephanie Miller and Ed Schultz shows in late November. More recently, he wrote a column for the Washington Post entitled “Taking Command“ [12/21/2008] discussing how Democrats and the military can get along. His message concludes:
We have a president-elect who has set out a pragmatic, nonpartisan, visionary course. It’s time to lay to rest the old stereotypes about feckless, pacifist Democrats and authoritarian, war-mongering soldiers. If there were ever a time to get the relationship between Democrats and the military right, this is it.
Clark brownies up everyone in sight and now he’s following Obama and embracing “nonpartisanship” and Obama’s VISION. Clark mentions “authoritarian soldiers”–I guess he doesn’t see that characteristic in his new “leader”?? To think I once actually worked for his campaign for President…
Recently, we’ve posted quite a few entries about women and the treatment we receive, so Ms. Magazine’s cover on their “Inaugural Issue” really turned our stomachs. Heidi Li broke the news on Friday. Go over to her site read her story, but I’m posting the cover art here just to give you an idea of why she (and we) are so aghast! The hits just keep coming…Honest to Goddess, are these people NUTS???
Tonight (1/11) is the concluding segment of the BBC production of Thomas Hardy’s “Tess of the D’ubervilles” (link takes you to the BBC site). Part 1 was SO DEPRESSING, especially in light of what women have put up with this year. I almost can’t bear to watch Part 2. Let me tell you, we’re heading back to Tess’ world at the rate we’re going…
I emailed the story and link to the local “Life” reporter on Monday 1/5 as planned…but still, no response!!! Fingers still crossed …
Enough news, it’s onto more important things like gardens and betta fish! Seriously, without the plants and the dogs and fish, I think I’d go nuts myself. There’s nothing more “grounding” than harvesting fresh broccoli, feeding the birds, and loving the family fauna.
The pak choi was eaten last week and I’ve got to plant something else one of these days. Today I had delicious collards and harvested a second batch of broccoli. Tomorrow it will be steamed, then sauteed with garlic and olive oil and served with pasta. Oh, that’s SUBLIME! The mustard is still going strong after multiple cuttings…nothing better than steamed mustard drizzled with olive oil, topping a sweet potato pizza crust that’s been baked with olive oil and garlic. Amazing!
The betta looked sickly a few days ago and I did tons of research. Bought a Master Kit for testing the water and did a few partial water changes and he’s looking 100% better. There’s a lot of conflicting info out there on bettas, tanks and how to keep them clean…the stumbling block for me was the issue of cycling the tank (mine is probably too small to do it correctly) versus just changing the water the old-fashioned way. I’ve mastered the vacuum so today the partial change I did took only about 15 minutes. I’m doing several until the ammonia levels reach “O” and then will clean the tank the old-fashioned way and forget about cycling. The cam is back on betta (still haven’t named him!) since he is back to acting like a happy fish, so he’ll be featured during the evenings. The camera angle catches the doorway and you might catch the dogs wandering in an out, too!
THE PAST WEEK
*By American Lassie
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The Past Week: December 28, 2008-January 3, 2009 (Court Dates; Barnicle on Bloggers; Burris-Delmarie Cobb Connection [Clinton Supporter]; Economic Collapse; The Feeding Machine)
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