Monthly Archives: September 2008

We’ll Meet Again Some Sunny Day

Today’s events, for some reason, reminded me of this scene, but especially the song.  Enjoy!  Remember folks…it’s not this bad.

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Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 Review

Beyond the fact that there is $700 billion dollars in the hands of the Secretary of the Treasury to buy up and transform and manipulate at his whim “troubled assets”, there is a provision in this bill that should send shivers down everyone’s spine.  Mind you this is a first draft of the bill released for public view:

Section 101(c)(3):

(c) NECESSARY ACTIONS.—The Secretary is authorized to take such actions as the Secretary deems necessary to carry out the authorities in this Act, including, without limitation, the following:

(3)Designating financial institutions as financial agents of the Federal Government, and such institutions shall perform all such reasonable duties related to this Act as financial agents of the Federal Government as may be required.

Does this sound like ‘The Godfather’ to anyone else?  “Now, I will do you this favor, but one day I will call on you to do me a favor…and you may not refuse.”  Considering what our Federal government has done under the umbrella of the Patriot Act, it concerns me that this ambiguous provision is in this proposal.  I can only imagine what “reasonable” things the Secretary can think up for my financial institution to do on behalf of the Federal government.

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Not Your Cruise Director

I think the thing that drives me the most crazy about the “roles” I play in motherhood is when my children expect me to constantly entertain them. After we’ve been out & about and are heading back home, I inevitably get the question, “What are going to do when we get home?” And I’m thinking, “What do you mean ‘what are we going to do when we get home?’ We’re going to be home! We’re going to do things that we do at home!” Or, after I’ve spent time, energy and usually a wad of cash on entertaining them I get this, “So, what are we doing next?” And I’m thinking, “What do mean ‘what are we doing next?’ That wasn’t enough? You need more? I just provided you with a fabulous, entertaining experience!”

I’m pretty sure I’ve even muttered the words (not that they even understand the implication), “I’m your mother, not your cruise director!” And it’s true. I’m the mother. I do a lot of things for my kids each and every day, I even entertain them at times but I can’t and won’t do it all the time. They need to learn to fend for themselves on all kinds of life skills from feeding to toileting to occupying their own time.

When left to their own devices, they have proved wonderfully imaginative and accomplished at entertaining themselves. Sometimes they begrudgingly head outside to play and when I check on them they’re always doing something. They’re not just sitting on the driveway or in the yard poking at ants. They’re swinging and climbing and playing and building and digging. All the things kids should be doing!

I do like being with them and having fun with them but I’m also working on raising them to be independent, free thinking adults and that means sometimes I schedule their playtime but it’s also going to be up to them to direct their own cruise!

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Remember: Panic Buy Gasoline in an Orderly Fashion

If you bought gas differently at any time in the last week, you are to blame for the gas shortage…not Ike, not Bush, not lack of supply in Texas or the pipeline.  Gas stations in Nashville sold FOUR TIMES more gas last weekend than a normal weekend.  That is panic buying.  People buying gas because they “didn’t know when there will be more” is panic buying.  Topping off your tank for no reason when you have 3/4 tank is panic buying.  TV news using as a teaser and showing as a lead story ONE station in Winchester that sold gas last week at $5.39 caused panic buying.  Freaking out and sitting in line for TWO HOURS to buy gas IS PANIC BUYING.

Stop it people.  Return to your normal habits and this is all over in two days.  Really really.  The sky is not falling, there is gas out there, just…

CHILL

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Back to Mom

Now that the GMan is in preschool two days a week, I have 10 glorious, kid-free hours a week to do whatever my little heart desires. Well, for the most part. But still, opportunities for childless lunch dates, grocery store excursions, window shopping and even mundane things like housework are within my bounds. Yes, preschool has to be one of my most favorite words!

The only thing I ever truly aspired to was being a wife and mother. Yes, I have other dreams and aspirations as well but that was always primary. Once I got what I wanted though…I was a bit surprised to find out that it wasn’t all roses and perpetually smiling babies like on the magazine covers! I struggled quite a bit, when my daughter was a baby and toddler, with finding time for myself and not losing sight of who I was. When she was two years old, we put her in preschool (same one GMan is at). And I…I got some of me back. 

While my calendar doesn’t show any exciting appointments or indulgent escapades, I can assure that exciting and indulgent moments have occurred. Things like that Pumpkin Spice Latte last week or the impromptu lunch with some girlfriends today after Ladies Bible Study. They recharge me and relax me and help me find perspective. That way, when it’s time to pick-up my little not-so-little guy anymore, I’m back to me. But more importantly for him, I’m back to Mom.

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Roe v. Wade and the Court That Made the Decision

One of the talking points of both Democrats and Republicans, but especially “social conservatives” which have dominated the Republican Party platform for the last 20-30 years is that the choice of President is important because of the Supreme Court Justices that the President would nominate.  This talking point inevitably points to the Roe v. Wade decision from either side as the reason this issue is so important.

For those less inclined to follow politics, the theory goes that a Republican President would be likely to nominate Supreme Court Justices in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade and the reverse is true of Democrats, that a Democratic President would be more inclined to nominate Supreme Court Justices in favor of maintaining Roe v. Wade.

All of this debate, however, ignores the original decision in the case.  Yes, we all recall whether with esteem or derision that so-called “right to privacy” that the majority decision used as a basis for the decision.  However, does anyone recall the composition of the court at the time of the decision?  Surely it was packed with steaming liberals that wanted to enforce some Berkeley morality on everyone and the conservatives were screaming “NO NO you can’t do that!” until they withered in a clump in the corner.

Not true.  Roe v. Wade was decided 7-2.  The court was comprised of six Justices nominated by Republican Presidents and three by Democratic Presidents.  The vote was 5-1 among the Republican-nominated and 2-1 among the Democratic-nominated.  See the chart at the end of the post for reference (justice name, president who nominated, how they voted on Roe v. Wade).

Now, I am no lawyer and certainly no constitutional scholar.  But, even this keenly interested observer was surprised by this revelation.  Could it be that this talking point used to keep the party faithful in line is nothing but a scare tactic?  I know people who vote exclusively on this point alone (which is disturbing in and of itself) and it would appear they have swallowed a party line that is not the truth.

Next time someone wants to use this line of argument for why they are voting a certain way, I hope you will find this helpful in illuminating the conversation with some reality rather than just another pile of political rhetoric.

Burger (Chief) Nixon For
Douglas FDR For
Brennan Eisenhower For
Stewart Eisenhower For
White Kennedy Against
Marshall LBJ For
Blackmun Nixon For
Powell Nixon For
Rehnquist Nixon Against

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Another Sign of the Season

I wrote earlier this week about things that signify autumn is on it’s way. The weather still hasn’t really shown it but I don’t expect that around here. No, this was in the form of one of my favorite beverages.

Ahh…the Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks! I had my first one of the season on Tuesday and I admit that upon taking the first luscious sip, my face broke into a huge grin and I giggled like a school girl.

Autumn is just so tasty!

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Blissfully Wed

Overnight a change was made! MarriageHacks has moved to the Blissfully Domestic website! Please be sure and update your feed readers and bookmarks. You can find us here: Wedded Bliss.

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Back to the Bedroom

Well after the unexpected response to the bedmaking post, I’m once again intrigued and curious. Let’s talk dirty, ok? No, not that! Get your minds outta the gutter! I want to know how well kept your bedroom is.

Do you keep it cleaned up or is it a mess?

Is your bedroom just your bedroom or does it also serve as a catch all for extra items like treadmills, laundry piles, books, spare auto parts, etc?

Is your bedroom decorated in a particular style or is it an eclectic mish mash?

Do you like your bedroom?

Our bedroom underwent a makeover a couple years ago at which time I vowed (to myself) to keep it clean and clutter free. Um…yeah…well. Currently there is a thick layer of dust on most of the furniture and the dust bunnies underneath the bed are not only breeding but they’re holding they’re own election here a few weeks to see who stays and who goes! We have done a decent job of keeping the clutter at bay in the room (just don’t look in the closet!). Though through the past year and half while DB has worked from home, “important” work items have found there way into the room.  The bedroom is decorated but I don’t know what to call the style. The furniture is European Revival, some of the decor is shabby chic and the rest is just what we thought would look good in the room. It’s Eclectic Chic Revival? The one thing that is missing are curtains. I have curtain rods but no curtains. I hope to rectify that situation early next year. I do like our bedroom though I would prefer it to be a tad bit bigger and I’d love a bigger closet.

Your turn!

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What do Sarah Palin and Hamas have in common?

There is a point in a human life when one normally breaks away from one’s parents.  One is then a whole and complete person responsible for one’s own thoughts and actions no matter what one’s parents had in mind when they raised you.  I know some parents that have been completely rejected by their children.  They have been told explicitly that everything they taught their child and raised their child to believe and be was outright rejected by the child and the child hated the parents for ever trying to teach them their belief system.

In the same way, there are two examples of completely different and, I dare say, unwanted consequences in the fruits of two movements: democracy and feminism.  Hamas was elected democratically by a sweeping majority in 2006.  The election shocked the U.S. government who immediately rejected the results since Hamas was still considered a terrorist organization.  The free people of Palestine used their vote to choose Hamas.  The promotion of the democratic ideal by the U.S. government didn’t have the exact desired results.  That is rather simplistic but it illustrates the next point.

Sarah Palin is the product of the feminist movement whether the current feminist movement wants to accept her or that fact.  The same movement that gave women the right to vote, the right to obtain a bank account or credit card without a husband’s signature, the right to hold elected office, to be the CEO of Pepsi, and the right be to be a whole and complete individual in their own right also produced Sarah Palin, the “anti-woman” female candidate and potential first female Vice President of the U.S.A.

It is interesting to watch a movement that has worked so hard for so long for the advocacy of this very thing to occur and yet it is not at all right in their eyes.  It is possible that the election of Sarah Palin as VP would be both the greatest achievement and greatest setback to the feminist movement in the U.S.A..  While I am sure that most feminists that are appalled at the presence of Sarah Palin on the Republican ticket are already voting for Obama, I wonder if there will be any* that will vote against McCain only because Palin is the simply the wrong kind of woman.

*PUMAs perhaps

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