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Hatemongering and the Republican Party

I'm becoming increasingly disturbed by the reports and video of crowds yelling things like "kill him" and "terrorist" and "off with his head" at Palin and McCain rallies in the past few days.  I've been afraid for Obama's life since the day he started running, just because of his race and the fact that America is not as enlightened as it really ought to be about that sort of thing, but having his opponents stir crowds to this sort of frenzy seems terribly irresponsible.

I've felt for the past eight years that the Republican party has increasingly tried to paint anyone who disagrees with them as unpatriotic and unAmerican, but even Karl Rove has the sense not to SMILE when people say that their political opponents should be killed.  I used to respect John McCain as at least a man of reasonable honor, but this past week has convinced me that he's just out to win at any cost, and, failing that, destroy his opponent.

I feel that a victory for Obama at this point is not only the best thing for the country, and a just and right result of this election, but is what McCain deserves for (1) choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate and (2) encouraging the sort of fear and hate that his campaign has been stirring up recently.


You are the Assassin.

A strong leader, you prefer a less aggressive approach than the Zombie Slayer, while still not afraid to get your hands dirty if necessary.  Zombies are unlikely to be aware of your presence as you slide out of the shadows to deliver the fatal blow.  Survivors stand their best chance with your considered leadership style, as you balance the need to lop off Zombie heads with the safety of your group members.


I'm being stalked by a retarded Scientologist

As such, my LJ will be friends-only from now on.  This will be my last public post, so if you've been reading and would like to continue to do so, please make sure you add me to your friends list so I can add you to mine.

Dec. 21st, 2006

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  Maybe this means that Book Seven *will* come out in the summer - this is the same timing that there was for Half-Blood Prince and it came out in the July following its December announcement.
UghLaura Mallory needs to go. way. and shut. up.  If there's a book I don't want Meg to read, I just don't let her read it (not that I can think of any books I wouldn't let her read off the top of my head) - I don't sue the school district and try to ban it so that no one else's kids can read it.  I'm really annoyed by people who think that children have to be protected from every little thing in the world, and assume that exposing kids to new ideas will immediately lead to the kids embracing these ideas.  Meg is seven and she understands the difference between fantasy and reality; I don't have to explain to her that there is no real superhero called Captain Underpants just because there's books about him.

Interestingly enough, Mallory thinks that Chronicles of Narnia are okay, likely because it's well known that they are Christian allegory.  I wonder how stupid she's going to feel if Harry Potter for Seekers is right and Harry Potter is, too.

Meanwhile, I'm cleaning my apartment

Not that I'm surprised, but a new study shows that 2% of the population owns 50% of the world's wealth.

Also, because I'm a glutton for punishment, I present my Harry Potter fanfic.

Mama mia!

Remind me to vote for Cara Wood for judge next time she's up for re-election!

Mom's divorce is finally over (huzzah!) and it was every bit as grueling a process as we all expected it to be. My dad's lawyer was a total ass to me when I was testifying and even worse, I got to sit there while I was testifying and watch Dad write things down on a legal pad which his lawyer then used to be an ass to me. So much for Dad hoping we'd reconcile someday or that I'd cease to think he's pretty much a bullying, philandering toerag. I also got my first look at the woman he's now living with (and whom he is apparently going to marry as soon as the divorce is final in 30 days). She seemed nice, but come on, my mom's lawyer told her that Dad was still out on Yahoo personals even after he'd been living with her for over six months and her response was "I'm sory that he's so needy" so she needs to grow a spine before he uses her the same way he used Mom.

The good news is that despite the fact that Dad filed the divorce, the judge granted it to Mom on the grounds of cruelty and adultery (take that, no-fault divorce!) PLUS awarded her 64% of the estate, meaning that she pretty much kept everything in her retirement accounts and he kept pretty much everything in his retirement accounts (take that, community property!). This is only $22,000 more than Mom offered him in mediation a year ago, so I'm glad they both spent so much money on attorneys to keep this going for eighteen months.

Nov. 21st, 2006

So I was wearing a suit today because of going to court for Mom. After, Mom and I were meeting at Cru to have dinner and while killing time to wait for Mom I went into the boutique next door and browsed. Everything there was at least $150, so I had to suppress my glee when the woman came over and said, "I love your suit!" I wasn't, however, snide enough to tell her that my fabulous suit cost me $55 at Target.

Too. Much. BNL. Is that possible?

I just realized from my last post that I have an inordinate amount of BNL in my musical repertoire. The last two journal entries have had BNL songs detected for them, and now I'm listening to "Falling for the First Time." Send more music, drowning in BNL asdfghjkl
If I weren't already hopelessly in love with Don, I would offer to have Steve Burns's babies. Argh. Link foo. The liner notes from Steve's first album, Songs for Dustmites, in pdf format: http://www.steveswebpage.com/media/pdf/SteveBurnsDustmitesAppropriate.pdf