Here I am once again popping in (I did the most eloquent entry a few days ago, full of carefully crafted discourse clarifying what's been going on with me lately, and then Typepad for reasons known only to itself decided to obliterate it).
Anyhoo, just a quick entry while it's timely, I can't resist. I have a message for Michael Steele: I said it, I meant it, and I didn't apologize.
Quick backstory... in 1993 I was incensed when the local paper ran a front-page story - complete with picture - about a couple who were apparently inconsolable (particularly the wife, who brought it to the attention of the media) because they couldn't tune in the Rush Limbaugh show. So I whipped out a quick letter to the editor that was published on September 5, 1993:
"Have we reached the point where front-page news now constitutes an inability to tune in the Rush Limbaugh show? The next time when for some unfathomable reason my household does not receive the Disney Channel, I'll call you with a hot news tip. You can come out and photograph my daughter on the front porch clutching her teddy bear and weeping copiously. I promise that it will make good copy.
Contrary to popular dittohead opinion, Rush is simply an entertainer(italics in the original, now bold by me). He's a smart disc jockey who developed a schtick that sells well and is making millions. He may have different material, but he is no different from any talk show hack - i.e., Howard Stern, Bill Handel, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Phil Donahue, Oprah et al. He really is in illustrious company.
Would you have made (person's name, now deleted) plight a front-page item if she had whined that she couldn't receive Dr. Laura at noon on KFI? I think not. Boy, what some journalists will do these days to avoid the dread label "liberal media."
Now we've come full circle in fifteen and a half years. As far as I'm concerned, this whole brouhaha gives Rush more credit and attention than he deserves. He - and his ilk - got their way with the impeachment of Clinton and 2000-2008, and look where it got us. In a big, fat mess (much like Rush is a big fat blowhard).
I know my grandfather would not be pleased... as much as I'm sure he would be pleased by the possibility that the eggheads could triumph over the dittoheads within his party, if only they weren't so thin-skinned. Remember, Rush is a college dropout whose mother claimed "he flunked out of everything," not exactly an indication of a masterful critical thinker. Mayhap a masterful entertainer with a multi-million dollar contract and ratings (for now - has anyone other than me wondered if the main reason for his bloviating is to ensure those precious ratings remain positive?), whose main purpose after all is to remain viable.
Sooooooooooooo... I really wish he'd stop getting press, but that's show biz.
Did she really think people wouldn't check? (She was asked "What do you read for news sources?" NOT "What do you read up there in Alaska?")
Maybe her fifteen minutes will be up soon. Yeah, I know. But one can hope.
You'd think I would've posted ebulliently immediately after the election... and make no mistake about it, I was very, very happy. The day afterward was a bit surreal, buoyed by a cloud of joy while feeling an immense relief. Yes we did. Tomorrow is starting now.
Obama's speech was no less than magnificent, his somber mien most fitting for the seriousness at hand. The crowd reaction from the different locations... well, it's not often you get the chance to feel you're watching history in the making, and maybe helped. Just a bit. As a boomer it was gratifying to read Heather Havrilesky's wonderfully eloquent GenX open apology. Yes they finally got it.
I worked as a volunteer for the Obama campaign (68 vs. 30 million, yeah baby), making calls through election day. I've simply been greatly fatigued in the aftermath, and tried to use the past week to re-group and re-energize. (Not to mention going to the beach, giving the dog some attention, enjoying the sunsets, just breathing for a bit...) It's also highly gratifying to read about the conservative crackup, as well as the myth of the conservative majority. F**k Fox News' misinformation campaign. Loggins' lyrics are now reality: Let the pendulum swing. Let the old guard surrender It is a new day, a new world.
Yet, yet ... well, there's important doings going down in California that have my attention and current effort.
Also, as a firm believer in the separation of church and state, I don't believe that religion has any place in the making of civil law. Period. We don't live in a theocracy. And I've been completely appalled by the money that came through religious organizations to fund Yes on 8, so I'm supporting efforts toward revoking tax-exempt status (all organizations, not only the LDS) who crossed that line and actively campaigned - and advised from the pulpit - for the Yes vote.
Busy times. Tomorrow started yesterday. (And if you want to let the new President-elect know what you expect from your new government go here).
If you've already voted... GREAT. If not... GET OUT AND VOTE TODAY. No whining about long lines - how many times have you waited in line for a sporting event, concert, amusement park or even Costco? So, no excuses. Get to it, chop chop chop.
If the national election's called early those on the West Coast please still go to the polls. Local elections are important, too. In California the propositions are very important.
I was lucky enough to be in the audience last night for Real Time with Bill Maher. As an extra bonus (in addition to seeing the last show prior to the election) the show had its first live musical performance, by John Legend. Wowsa, what beautifully evocative lyrics (I'm loving that line "tomorrow is starting now"):