Random Thoughts about Politics

What is the difference between Tax and Spend Liberals and Tax Cut and Spend Republicans?

Is it just a better spin machine?  I honestly don’t understand this one….  as if Republicans don’t spend money.

Why is pork barrel spending only bad when it is money going to someone else’s district?  Most citizens are thrilled when their legislator brings money home.  They all do it. It’s a job requirement.  If it weren’t they wouldn’t be re-elected.

And while we’re on the topic of spending money…  why is it that we can fund the War in Iraq to the tune of some 400 million dollars a day and we can find 700 BILLION dollars to bail out financial institutions (who in my opinion are failing due to greed) and we can’t seem to fund HEALTHCARE for everyone?

And while we’re on the topic of healthcare….  so what if Obama’s health plan would cost $80 billion dollars. Again, we can fund war and find bailout money to save the financial system, but we can’t provide healthcare coverage to save individual lives?

And while we’re talking politics…  make sure you’re registered to vote!  For information about registering to vote in New Mexico, check the Secretary of State’s office.  For information about registering in California, check with that Secretary of State.  Deadlines are coming up!

Outrage doesn’t even cover this one

Obama effigy hung from tree at US Christian college

LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Officials at a US Christian college have launched an investigation after a cardboard effigy of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was hung from a tree, a statement said Wednesday.
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And they call themselves Christians?

Hot Time in the City: The post about Chiles

Red Ristra RowThere’s a certain smell in the air. It’s Fall in New Mexico and everyone is in a big hurry to roast up all the chile peppers… they freeze them to use year ’round.

Today I stopped by a chile stand in Albuquerque that I had seen earlier in the week, and picked up a couple of ristras (photos, left) to hang on the front of my house. I’ll need to install some brackets to hang them, so it will be a while before I get those pictures posted. Although the chiles are in fact edible, chile ristras are very often used decoratively, especially hanging at the entrance of your home to welcome visitors. I posted a few more pictures from my Saturday chile excursion outing online, check ’em out if you like.

New Mexico leads the nation in production of chiles, and New Mexicans take their chiles seriously. It’s even the state question: Red or Green? if your ask for Christmas you’ll get half and half– a nice way to try both.

New Mexicans also have fun with their chiles… check out this video report from the State Fair:


David Byrne is a musical genius


and he’s actually playing in Albuquerque! Sunday, September 28, 2008. And I just bought myself a ticket!

David Byrne will be touring in support of his new album (made in collaboration with Brian Eno), Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. He will also be playing music from his previous collaborations with Eno, including three Talking Heads albums and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. David’s touring with a full band, including back-up singers and dancers.

I’ve wanted to see him live in concert ever since I saw the movie Stop Making Sense.

Why stop making sense? Why a movie? Why a big suit? Where do the odd movements come from? What will the band David Byrne do next? You can read his pseudo blog online — I say pseudo because he doesn’t allow comments on his posts (sigh). Do any celebs have blogs where they actually let folks post comments? In David Byrne’s defense (not that he needs one from me) at least it appears that he writes his own posts… and he calls it a journal, not a blog.

NOTE: for my San Diego friends, he will be playing at Humphrey’s (by the bay, on the water, one of the best places to see ANY artist play). For a list of / google map of David Byrne’s upcoming tour, check his website.

In noodling around the internet, I found this David Byrne quote from the film True Stories (which I have not seen):

I really enjoy forgetting. When I first come to a place, I notice all the little details. I notice the way the sky looks. The color of white paper. The way people walk. Doorknobs. Everything. Then I get used to the place and I don’t notice those things anymore. So only by forgetting can I see the place again as it really is.

Perhaps its because I write creative non-fiction, but this quote really speaks to me.

Did I mention I think David Byrne is a musical genius? let me amend that– David Byrne is an artistic genius. Can you imagine him at a dinner party?? how cool would that be?

So I’m puttin’ it out there…. David Byrne, if you’re listening you are totally invited to my house for dinner. I can’t guarantee that I won’t get all tongue tied and make an ass of myself, but I make a mean pozole!

Ahoy Me Mateys

‘Tis old news by now, but I had a bit ‘o fun talkin’ like a pirate for me work, and I wanted to share with me hearties.

Over on me work blogs ’tis weld like a pirate day, Avast:

What’s really awesome is that I can do something like that at work because me boss rocks! I was asked to guest blog at a manufacturers website…. and shiver me timbers if the scurvy lubbers didn’t take me post and clean the saucy prose out of it as it went up the corporate ladder for approval.

The Tax Man Cometh?

Are you kidding me?

Let’s do a little math here… For the last 8 years, we’ve had — except for the last year– a Republican led congress, and a Republican president.

We now have a HUGE deficit… courtesy of the tax and spend REPUBLICANS, not the Democrats.
When Clinton left off we had a surplus, you may recall.

We now also have a huge financial crisis on our hands that I would say has a lot to do with deregulation (hey those regulations are there to keep people in line)— deregulation funded by tax cuts to the wealthiest in our country.

If you want to read a good side-by-side analysis of the two candidate’s tax plans, check out the article on CNN.

And I agree with Obama that paying taxes is patriotic. It is our duty as citizens. I hate doing it as much as the next person, especially when the government spends on things I don’t agree with:

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and doesn’t spend on things like

HEALTHCARE for our own people…. money spent on war could have funded 193,370,980 People with Health Care for One Year

EDUCATION — LEAVE NO CHILD BEHIND (HAH!) money spent on the war could have funded:
11,251,447 Music and Arts Teachers for One Year
90,037,052 Head Start Places for Children for One Year
10,777,823 Elementary School Teachers for One Year
101,437,848 Scholarships for University Students for One Year

And how ’bout investing in some ALTERNATIVE ENERGY sources that could stimulate the economy and put the U.S. at the forefront technologically and economically again… we have an opportunity to be a leader, and instead we’ve got people republicans chanting “Drill Baby, Drill!” how sick is that?

Now I’m not so naive to think that a democrat in the white house versus a republican in the white house will make a HUGE difference, but after 8 years with a republican cowboy leading the charge, I’m sure ready to give it a try.

Storytelling Blogs

Hi All!

I’m looking for blogs to read that are more of the telling stories variety and less of the the commenting on the news variety… especially if they are regional in nature (any region, but stories of the Southwest would be preferable)

Actually I’ll be writing a paper tentatively titled “The Emergence of Blogs as the New Regionalism” for my Contemporary Literature and Film of the Southwest class. I figured rather than reading all the blogs on the internets (technorati is tracking some 11 million blogs) I’d ask for recommendations.

If anyone has some suggestions, I would love to check them out….

Women in Politics

It’s been a while since I posted anything political… what with the move, and being more concerned with my own self and not with the world around me…. but I finally registered to vote here in New Mexico (Bernalillo County to be specific). And I discovered my local farmer’s market too!

Things are heating up here in New Mexico. First off, its chili time. What that means is the harvest is coming in and the chiles are roasting all over town. More on that later….

Secondly, we’re a swing state. Which means that there’s presidential politics all over the place. Obama just opened an election office in the South Valley (his sixth in the city, 34th in the state. Note McCain only seems to have 6 offices statewide not sure what that means). I’ve yet to explore the South Valley, and even though its only like 10 minutes away from downtown Albuquerque it’s much more rural.

Michelle Obama spoke at the University of New Mexico about a week ago… I would have liked to have seen her, but I heard that the free tickets were “sold” out. Later my friend Cassie told me that she was on campus and was able to attend– apparently at some point they just let people in. McCain and his beauty queen sidekick were here too. I hear Obama will be here again before election day… and I’m sure McCain will be as well, and their respective running mates….

Which brings me to the purpose of my post. The funniest damn thing I’ve seen in a long time– thanks Stack!


I did a bad bad thing

Starting in January 2006 I started blogging for SanDiegoBlog.com. It was a community blog run by my dear friend Joe Crawford (one of the smartest guys I know). I blogged off and on for almost 2 years. The ads he had running on the site pretty much paid for hosting– his hope was that if it ever started to make money he would construct some sort of profit sharing, but it hadn’t come to that yet. No forms were signed, just kind of a internet hand-shake.

Joe, being the smart guy that he is, sold the blog. It was the wise thing to do. He had moved to Simi Valley with his lovely Leah Peah (another dear friend) and wanted to focus his energies on his new life up north.

Unfortunately he sold it to a guy that (1) has cluttered up the site with ads; (2) never ever emailed me (or any of the other regular or occasional bloggers that I am aware of) to introduce himself or to ask me (or any of us) to continue writing -or not and (3) there’s no info about him or about the site on the site– a personal pet peeve of mine especially if this is a business, which clearly it is.

And so my words are making him money (keyword based ad revenue). It ticks me off every time I get a notification of a comment– usually a SPAM comment– on one of my old posts. (Note I have not contributed to the blog since October 2007).

SO, since I can’t delete even my own posts, I edited them all…. they are now blank. Nothing more than empty (keyword free) space under some pretty catchy titles (if I do say so myself). Note my personal favorite title was “Oooo eeee” (for you Justin Wilson Cajun’ Cook Fans) to announce a Cajun Music and Food Fest taking place in San Diego.

My most commented post ever (47, baby) was “Wake Up San Diego”

Your city planners are trying to enact an Oversize Vehicle Ordinance (OVO) that will affect ALL citizens of San Diego. ALL vehicles over 7 feet high and or over 22 feet long, ALL utility trailers, and ALL recreational vehicles would be prohibited from overnight parking on city streets. Recreational vehicles, as defined, could park overnight up to 72 times per year only with a valid permit issued by the city. The San Diego business community will be drastically affected as the OVO includes street parking in industrial areas.

Note to any potential commenters on this issue, it is dead, decided, and I no longer live in or near San Diego so it’s not my issue anymore.

My personal favorite post was “Is San Diego a Literary / Artistic Wasteland”

Maybe I’m just naive. Maybe I just like Rich Baiocco. And maybe, just maybe, San Diego does have an arts community… and maybe, just maybe you have to open your eyes and look around. It’s there. Like Winter in San Diego its subtle, but it’s there.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out the interview with UCSD’s Lit professor / poet Eileen Myles (she’s ready to move to LA because San Diego isn’t gritty hip enough for her):

Alone in San Diego: Gritty New York poet Eileen Myles struggles with life and work in a shiny, happy city by Emma Silvers

and local writer Rich Baiocco’s response via BlogSanDiego, I, Necrophiliac

So, SanDiegoBlog readers…. you know where I stand, so I put it to you. Is there art in San Diego? Can you be an on the edge, over the edge, standing on the ledge artist in San Diego?

That one didn’t draw as many comments –only 8– but it did get picked up by The Reader. And I got paid for it!

So all in all I don’t regret the time and words I spent at San Diego Blog, but it really would have been nice if the new owner had made some sort of effort to either keep the community going, or let us know what his plans were for the blog….

So, instead of taking Joe’s advice, “You might even offer up constructive criticism of the site to him, rather than go in with guns blazing,” I just deleted all my words, killed my darlings as it were…..
I am now free to be ABQ aging beauty bloggeras noted on the tags (see right column) of this very blog…. or participate more on Duke City Fix — a true community blog / social network site for people that dig life in Albuquerque… or, hey, do my homework! write my book! (grad school update coming up next)

or do another bad bad thing….