Monthly Archives: October 2006

Stem Cells and Political Ads

Yesterday morning, I listened to that Gallagher guy on the local AM radio.  He comes on after Bill Bennet and I just happen to like hearing Bennet do commercials in his wholly unenthusiastic unconvincing way.  (I want to call his show early one morning and tell him how enjoyable it is to listen to his commercials, having listened to him talk down to the likes of me for years.  Every time I hear him, I think of that.:)

Back to the point — Gallagher was couching his remarks about the Michael J. Fox add oh so very carefully.  He was hemming and hawing and finally said what he thought.  Yesterday evening, I sent him an email through his website, asking why he needed to speculate about the ad, since Fox clearly has a PR type as does the Parkinson Foundation.

This morning, I was tuned in again.  Gallagher was attempting to make an analogy about ticks.  He told some pretty nasty stories about farting, getting caught with his hand down his pants and lastly, shitting himself while driving.  Making these sort of confessions is a tick he has, much like Michael Jackson — wait — Michael J. Fox has.  (Yes, Gallagher said Jackson and then “caught” himself.)  He then decided that the issue was not about stem cell research, but rather the contest over federal funding.

Later in the day, I had a chance to listen to Rush over the internets.  I was lucky enough to catch the call from a woman who called him on his webcam performance of the day before.  His excuse?  He was simply trying to re-enact what he had seen for his audience. 

RIGHT.  Anyone who can watch Rush on his webcam has the ability to see the ad for her/himself.  Quite a lame excuse.  Rush was doing what the caller accused him of, namely, making fun of Michael J. Fox.

 Gallagher, Rush, Hannity — don’t get me started — are the proto-typical bullies.  They will always pick on the “other.”  This time, the “other” is actually someone who didn’t ask to be put in the position he is in, is fighting for his life, and except for a marginal minority, is well liked by a great number of people.

Since I have a real job, I am unable to listen to any of the radio talkers for more than a few minutes a day.  Perhaps someone set this straight over the air and I didn’t catch it.  What I take away from what I heard is that Gallagher, Rush and Hannity find it easier to float specualtion than do some work.

Same as the other day.  Nothing changes with them.

My Excellent Saturday Adventure

I ventured into Bushlandia today and it wasn’t nearly as bad as I had thought it would be.  Driving through The Villiage and Bellaire, I saw lots of Martha Wong signs, but a good number of Ellen Cohen signs, too — sometimes right next door to each other.  I also saw a few Radnofsky signs, but absolutely no Kay signs. 

The best part of the adventure was my niece’s birthday party.  It was held at a tea room.  The girls got to choose a dress (very fru-fru) and hat (nicely floppy ones!) and then two nice ladies put make up and nail polish on them.  Then the young ladies had “tea.”  It was actually lemonade, but they each had their own little teapot of lemonade and miniture teacups and saucers.  They were all proper little ladies and it was quite the success.  The best part for me, of course, was when my niece opened my present.  I gave her the second book in the Laura Ingalls Wilder series and a children’s atlas.  The atlas got the “oohhh” I was hoping for.  Since I have always given her series books, the Wilder book was something she probably expected.  It was cool.  

I spent most of the party playing with my youngest niece.  She’s walking now and everything is PUPPIES!  Amazingly enough, she’s also a salad eater, like her middle sister. (Tomatoes are fun to eat!)

On the down side, my onery brother ticked me off and that led to my mom and sister thanking me profusely for helping out earlier in the day (when I didn’t have to).  I know it’s not really fair, but I scored points with MA today, even though I didn’t do as much as he did.  Since he’s never played fair though, I deserve those freaking points. (SCORECARD!)

Tasks for tomorrow:  Clean up the debate post, review Kay on Red, White and Blue from Friday, and learn more about this wordpress thing.

The Senatorial Candidates Debate

I can’t watch the tape because I’m taping something now, so I’m going from memory.  I’ll clean this up more later. 

Radnofsky goes first.  The question is about Iraq.  She supports staged withdrawal connected with goals for the Iraqi government to meet.  She also spoke about paying for the medical needs of returning vets and how that contrasts with continued tax breaks. 

Jamison, the libertarian is next.  He’s got a point about funding.  None of the costs for the Iraq war are part of the actual budget and therefore are not counted toward the deficit.  He went on to say that funding the war on an emergency basis allows politicians to tack on other spending, since they know it won’t get vetoed.

 Kay gets the “C&R” chant out first.  C&R x 2.  She mentions the rest of the NIE  — is that classified? (I’ve got to look this one up.)  “We should come up with ideas.  That’s what leaders do.”  She wants limited partition.

Q#2

J first — SS and Med are not entitlements — just a source of revenue.  More money is taken out of paychecks than is dished out.  Mentions fraud. Look at market alternatives to SS.

Kay — We will not walk away from our commitment — Bush — Kay has singlehandedly increased the vet admin budget. 

R — massive healthcare — attacks the medicare drug bill — dough-nut — preventitive care — save money, (Damn she’s good)  got the website in — attacks Kay record on vets.

Q#3 — Had you known about no WMD, would you —

Kay -Wouldn’t have voted, but she claims Bush wouldn’t have asked for it.  9/11 (secret document)

R – Our senators made a mistake. Derilict in the leading.

J –  diplomacy could have solved it.  It was a mistake.  But we are there.  Goals — Attacked Bush — leadership goal left to the military.

 Q#4 Lybia – embolding NK and Iran, force

R — yes. 1999 Kay voted to NOT radify the test ban treaty.  Excuse of the time – it would not preserve US nuke supreiority.  Look forward — US must take a lead.

Kay — going back — C&Rx3.  It’s not the same.  The NIE SHE mentioned?  I thought you did that.  C&Rx4.  NK

J — treating them like allies — don’t label  other nations — don’t develop a laundry list — diplomacy again.  Some snark! Go back to inspectors — still a moment for diplomacy

Q#5 Fence, Immigration amnesty deportation how?

R — comprehensive — economic Attacks Kay — voluntary deportation — Senate’s latest — fence won’t work –7Billion — attack!!!!

k – comprehensive tautology.  excuse for her proposal — but it’s gotten wide acclaim! 

J — wall but in NOLA! — wall from Mexico is LAME  — problem is SSC fraud — focus on existing laws — don’t need to fear immigration.

Q#Term limitations!

K — Introduced term limitations constitutional amendment? 

J — no need for term limits — third party politics sec of state thingy.  About me session! Help America Vote Act — ran out of words — campaign finance.

R — voters don’t trust — attack Kay again!  stand by the commitment!  Leardership — a joke!  About me time again.Integrity voted against — K Street hostess. 

Q# Congressional pay raise — minimum wage — stand on it’s own

R — yes!  Attack again — senority means nothing.  Plans to resign?

J — researched the numbers. $20/hour in comparison — pay what you want — min yielded his time

K — double speak — Ted Kennedy. Small business — 9/11 — military —

Q# Earmarks

 J — attacks Kay, irresponsible way to legislate — internet gambling — Constitutional amendment

K — MY cities?!?!?!?!?!? transparency

R — end earmarks –  41st with Kay — corruption — transportation bill Kay voted for the bridge to nowhere — called Coryn Junior!

Last one — prescrition drugs — negiating — VA

K – we should look at that — private companies competing — doughnout hole we — I dont do pork — #2 in Fed Spending

R — yes negtiating — drug profiteering — damn she’s tough (mean?)

j — univeral manditory health insurance — my neighbor not having health insurance isn’t good for me — damn this guy is not a libertarian —

Two minute closing statement. 

I’m wondering about this Lib guy.  Paranoid me thinks he is trying to pull from the Dems. 

K– lower taxes, tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts,

C&R

troops freedom — PHIL GRAHAM?!?!?!?

I’ll post this since Kay B will be on tomorrow night.  I’ll get all of it together and post somehting comprehensive by Sunday at the latest.

Where’s W?

I thought about looking up all of the places that the Commander in Chief has been visiting, all of the presidenting he has been doing, and all the deciding he has been making in this month of campaigning . . . while how many soldiers have died this month?  The Newshour counted 24 last night and 15 more this evening.  That’s 39 in just two nights.  And what is the CinC doing?

I’ll just note them in the comments.  And if anyone besides me reads this, feel free to add your own CinC sightings or references to sightings.

About the Debate

I did a little bit of stenography this evening on the debate.  I want to clean it up before I post it, but my overall impression is that 1) Radnofsky was VERY strong and in attack mode; 2) Jamison (sp?) wasn’t your typical Libertarian; and 3) Kay-B was on the run most of the night — when she wasn’t pushing the ‘react’ button.

It looks like channel 11 will have something about it in their newscast.

Priorities — Trivial to Serious

First, I thought it was supposed to rain this evening.  We’ve only had a sprinkle and it is still quite warm.  Upside: outside kittens are dry; downside: it’s still quite warm. 

The bayous that run both in front of and behind the school were running swiftly all day.  The one behind the house was slower.  My hope is that if we get some rain tonight, it will be light enough to allow the bayous to handle the flow from upstream.

I read today that Martha Wong is playing fast and loose with her endorsements.  No surprise there.  While I called her “debate” with Ellen Cohen a draw because Cohen wasn’t quite forceful enough in refuting Wong, I see now that Wong was being less than truthful, on top of being mean-spirited.  I only know a handful of people who live in her district and they have never voted for her anyway, so I can only hope that word gets out about Wong’s record and her questionable honesty.

I sanded and stained the DVD shelf for my friend’s parents.  I think it looks ok.  Now I only have to keep the kittens off of it while it dries.  If the weather cooperates, I should be able to get two coats of sealer on it by Friday, so it should be ready to go up to Austin.  (Remind me to send along Pirates and at least the first LOTR along with the shelf.  Would Brazilalso be a good idea or not?  I think all of the various endings are on the DVD — plus the animation is reminiscent of MPFC.)

My pet wingnut, whom I have quoted in previous posts, has decided to return to volunteer work and finds she will not be able to continue blogging.  Pity.  It seems juggling is not her forte, or perhaps she has simply given up on political debate.  I never thought I would be able to change her mind about anything.  However, I did try to show her that someone like me could break through her stereotypes.  I’m not sure how successful I was.

There was an outing.  My colleague told me yesterday to expect it (he follows the gay-oriented blogs — see my previous post about him).  New fodder for the down-trodden is the only effect I can see.  The usual suspects jump on to the news and scream to high heaven about it.  The facts, as I see them, are these.  One guy with a blog, outs a senator.  Even my colleague said the details were smarmy.

The analogy I would make is this:  a guy named ‘Wild Bill’ who has a blog, found a mistake in redacting at ABC with regards to an IM participant with Foley.  Instead of telling ABC about their mistake, he susses out the details and then publishes them on his blog.  The usual suspects link to his blog.  He is a *star*.  A guy with a blog who has the primary purpose of outing gay Republicans, announces his ‘findings’ on a radio show that for all intents and purposes is not listened to very much, and he is what?  Despicable.

I see OPPORTUNISM.  Nothing more, nothing less.  I also see them as equal.

In my eyes, and in my colleagues eyes FWIT, the more egretious sin is that of Mehlman, Santorum’s spokesman, and the late mayor of Spokan, WA.  Mehlman speaks the GOP line of morality and then goes home and does what?  Santorum’s PR guy spouts homophobia and then goes home and does what?  The late mayor of Spokan used his office computer to do what?  And then went home and did what?

Thick. Hipocrisy. Think.

Lastly, and most importantly, I hope to read through at least most of Glenn Greenwald’s comment section tonight.  If I can’t finish it tonight, perhaps I can tomorrow (though I have to do something I didn’t want to — police against cheating here at finals time) but I still have a post in me about the effects of torture on the torturer.  To me, it seems, that we will be dealing with people who have been trained to torture for a very long time.  For all the crime series that are based on real life that are on tv nowadays, when those who have been ordered to torture come home . . .

“Crossing the Line”

I watched the Channel 11 (KHOU) special tonight about immigration.  (Nerdly, I know — but someone has to watch this stuff.)

I didn’t learn anything that I didn’t already know, especially about how callus the “build walls on the border” crowd is.  I’m trying to participate on the chat KHOU has going now, but it’s not going well.

One thing that struck me is how what I do for a living had to be explained.  When I was young I thought about having a little known profession.  I did it — big time.  It seems that what I do is a mystery for most. It’s one of those jobs that if you are successful, no one in your home country will ever know.

This reminds me of a young woman I taught while at Rice University.  It was years ago.  She was from Turkey, and after the earthquake (late ’90’s) she wrote to me that she had been a liaison between her people and the aid workers and she had used the English I had taught her.  I am so bad with names — but I remember her face.  I have lost touch with her, but I am sure she is a strong voice in her country.