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Saturday, October 30, 2004
only 4 more days!

I just can not believe this election is so soon. I can barely stand the anxiety. I signed up to call people at the Democratic Headquarters on Tuesday morning and Monday evening to hopefully prevent me from starting to drink that early. I'll save the heavy drinking for election night. I really can barely stand it, did I say that? If we have to have another 4 years of this fuck up p-resident I will probably need some combination of pharmacuticals/alcohol/therapy to get though it. I will be immobilized with sadness and anger. I'll wear a black armband every day. I'll plan my move to Canada. I'll join in impeachment efforts. But for now I can't think past Tuesday night. Here are my election evening plans. We could have joined other friends who are watching the results come in, but I have to be at home where I can destroy my own TV or pass out drunk on my own floor. I want to be home when (crossing my fingers) Bush gives his concession speech so I can run out in the street and party with my very pro-Kerry neighbors. I also need to surround myself with many forms of media. Here is what I will need on election night: - beer (I am thinking Newcastle will do nicely) - tequila for when things look bad - munchy food- the junkier the better - my talking Bush doll. (No matter whether or not Bush himself survives election night, my Bush doll will likely not) - Kleenex. (No matter what, I will be crying.) - Both our TVs- with different news stations. - We will probably have the Daily Show on one of those for some kind of humor. - our radio tuned to Air America - my ibook with browser tabs open to the du and smirking chimp. Can we absorb all this media, while drinking and eating? The other option would be going to the movies to escape the madness but I don't think I could stand missing anything.

posted by knit wit | 10/30/2004 03:54:00 PM

Friday, October 29, 2004
doubleplusgood

Tracking down that Infinite Jest "American Crusade" card for my last post made me look at all their great cards again. Here are a few of my favorites:

posted by knit wit | 10/29/2004 08:18:00 PM


random creepy thing (2)

The following is the loyalty oath that supporters at Bush rallies recite at the beginning of each rally. Could this guy get any creepier? Anyway, the oath reminded me of the spoof trading card below from this great website. "I care about freedom and liberty. I care about my family. I care about my country. Because I care, I promise to work hard to re-elect, re-elect George W. Bush as president of the United States."

posted by knit wit | 10/29/2004 07:40:00 PM

Thursday, October 28, 2004
okay, now that test is out of the way.

I had another stats exam today. You might recall my posts about the first exam- the posts where I predicted I wouldn't do so well, and then actually did pretty terribly. Well, I studied my ass off for this exam- more than I have studied for a test in years. I've been memorizing the damned friggin' equations on the bus for 2 weeks. I didn't even go to the Kerry rally today and instead spent the morning in the library. It was time well spent, I think, as I was able to answer every question on the exam, I didn't forget any equations, and I felt pretty good about it in general. Now don't go and take me for some kind of stats wiz- I'm sure I didn't get an A on it. And I am pleasantly surprised that the news is just generally not so great for Bunnypants (my favorite nickname for W) right now. Missing large amounts of explosives when you are in fact there looking for weapons is pretty ridiculous. And they can try to spin it back to Bush all they want but the footage by the embedded reporter from Minnesota shows the explosives there after the fall of Baghdad. Also, I am not impressed with Giuliani blaming the missing explosives on the troops (actually I have never, ever been impressed with Adolph Giuliani). Yeah, blame the poor 19 year old kids who are dying there- possibly being killed by those same explosives. And the new Halliburton investigation just does a little more to show how the admin is catering to their rich buddies. I could be overly optimistic here, but I think Bush is going to be without a job soon. Of course my optimism could just be a coping mechanism for dealing with the absolutely terrifying thought of another 4 years of this madman and his henchmen. So tonight I am not studying- or working on anything. I am knitting gussets for my cardigan and watching "The Scariest Movie Moments of All Time" on Bravo. I hope to be finished with my cardigan soon- I can't wait to wear it! I am also doing laundry. I wish I had my own washer and dryer that worked so I wouldn't have to hang things up after drying them in the "dryer". I wish I had a fancy washer/dryer pair that could dry 20 pairs of jeans at once. Okay, I don't even own that many pairs of jeans but currently I can't dry more than 1 pair at once (with other clothes). Do people who have their own washer/dryer really know how good they have it? Yes, I have tried to bridge the time-space continuum by "knitting more time". Unfortunately, it hasn't worked yet and I wish it would. Maybe I am using the wrong pattern? Maybe the wrong kind of yarn? Any advice, let me know.

posted by knit wit | 10/28/2004 07:58:00 PM

Tuesday, October 26, 2004
one week to go...

Watch this Eminem video. I know, I know, its Eminem and I have always had a great deal of dislike for him for many reasons. But, he has redeemed himself. I actually cried watching this video- although it isn't taking much to make me cry this close to the election. One person on Air America mentions "getting rid of Bush" and I tear up. Need something frightening to read this morning? Here are some examples of the deleting of government public documents from websites. I ran into a lot of this looking for information on the status of women in the US and world online- there are literally places online that say "this has been deleted as of [Bush's inaguration date] by order of the president.

posted by knit wit | 10/26/2004 08:34:00 AM

Sunday, October 24, 2004
random creepy things (1)

* I learned today on a special on pbs about evangelical christians that one of the reasons why they generally worry less about the environment is because they truly believe that Jesus will come within their lifetimes. (you know, trumpets, heaven splitting open etc...) and therefore the "saving our earth for future generations" logic doesn't work. (now, I am not saying that this is why Bush's environmental record sucks- that can be attributed to his lack of support for regulations that might cost corporations money) * In order to be able to say you have captured 75% of known Al Qeada leaders you must know the total number you are going after. And you don't, Condi/Bush/Arnold/Guiliani. * I also found out from an especially inane report on cnn that Nader voters who have been polled are actually saying they would vote for Bush instead of Kerry if Nader was off the ballet. They are really trying to give themselves, and take away from democrats any explanation for loosing. *This one is a particular pet peeve of mine. INSURGENTS are not TERRORISTS according to my dictionary "Insurgent" means: 1. somebody who rebels against authority or leadership, especially somebody belonging to a group involved in an uprising against the government or ruler of a country 2. a member of a political party who rebels against the party leaders or policies "Terrorist" means: somebody who uses violence or the threat of violence, especially bombing, kidnapping, and assassination, to intimidate, often for political purposes So saying that you have "terrorist insurgents" in prison in Iraq (which I have heard said millions of times and used to justify the war in Iraq) is therefore a ridiculous oxymoron. Moron. Insurgents are Iraqis fighting against the occupying power, the US. Terrorists blow up trains/planes/etc... in other places for political means. Like those guys from Saudi Arabia on 9/11. Jeezem freakin' crow.

posted by knit wit | 10/24/2004 08:00:00 PM


what to do when you have too much to do

I have so much work to do today. So, what have I done instead? Redesgned my blog, clearly. Anyway, now I really should work on memorizing some of those damned statistics equations. I wanted something less bright, more simple and plain. I don't know why but change is always good.

posted by knit wit | 10/24/2004 03:45:00 PM

Saturday, October 23, 2004
ralph, what are you doing?

There is a special this morning on cnn about Ralph Nader. Last night, I heard on TV and read that not only did Nader think there was little difference between Bush and Kerry but that he'd actually rather see Bush elected. He has also said before (on Real Time with Bill Maher) that if David Duke were running instead of Bush he would drop out. What?? So, what are you doing Ralph? Who's interests are you acting in? I voted for you and felt damn good about it in NY in 2000. If you are so concerned about the freedom of the people to have choices of who to vote for, why not use your position to expose election fraud, and help people make sure their vote is counted. Why not push for changes in voting so we preserve that basic right? Are you missing the forest for the trees? Now, there are indeed some major key differences between Bush and Kerry. The environment is a huge one that I can't believe Nader doesn't see. Bush's policies (and lack of regulation for factories and cooperations) are destroying so much of our environment as well as thumbing our noses at the Kyoto Protocal and other environmental initiatives that other countries have worked so hard for. And Bush's "going it alone" strategy in the world has serious (and come on, pretty obvious) implications for international relations. The general valuing of "simple langauge and thinking" instead of considering context and seeing the complexities and nuances of the world and our country are a huge contrast between Bush and Kerry. And whether or not you think Bush is truly a religious zealot, his social goals are downright frightening. He has shut down funding for library databases and research on women's issues, he wants to keep gay people out of the Bill of Rights, for crying out loud. He has pulled funding for anything that isn't abstinence only education. I mean, the Patriot Act, folks, makes it possible for you to be jailed as a terrorist for even protesting or striking with your union. I could go on and on but he is leading from a evangelical perspective that is going to have devistating consequences. Ok, I won't go on. Those are the biggest differences between Bush and Kerry for me. Nader getting 1-2% of the vote is not going to move us toward a 3rd party that is prominent in our election cycles. For that to happen we need some revamping of the election system itself- and that just isn't going to be possible with Bush in for another 4 years. Okay? I wouldn't call myself a democrat- but a progressive and I think the only way we can begin to push a progressive agenda is getting Bush out of office. When your house in on fire it isn't time to remodel it is time to put out the fire, Ralph.

posted by knit wit | 10/23/2004 10:04:00 AM

Friday, October 22, 2004
nerves

So, this morning I had *gulp* a dentist appointment for a teeth cleaning. This is my first one since I moved here and I have always feared dentists, so I wasn't looking forward to it. The dental hygienist was the nicest woman, really. She put up with tons of my questions and requests like "and I can't open my mouth more than this wide" and "I hate the sound of scraping metal on my teeth" and "did I mention that I am afraid of dentists". Anyway, I guess she was prepared for that because someone had written on the sheet of paper in my file for this visit "very nervous" and my blood pressure was high. I actually almost had an anxiety attack in the car on the way there. But, all of that anxiety was for nothing, as we spent an hour and a half inspecting my teeth, talking and planning out how to spread out the cleaning and the fillings (I need 4) so that my jaw doesn't get all messed up from staying open too long. I have to come back twice for the cleanings and they are going to give me anesthetic (thank god). They were incredibly nice and assured me after the 4 appointments I would be in great oral health. *Whew* I had my school bag with me, and as I made my future appointments the receptionist asked me if she could ask me questions about Kerry and the election. She was a little older than me and had never voted before. She felt that Bush had to go and had many friends who felt the same. She wanted to know about election fraud, and if her vote would be protected (I agreed it was a huge problem but told her that here in Wisconsin there will be a lawyer at every polling place to make sure no one is unjustly turned away). The other receptionists all nodded in agreement during this conversation. One older receptionist (who I admittedly would have pegged as a republican) asked me for online site where she could find out more about how republicans are discouraging people from voting and what she could do about it. She was appalled and also told me that she was shocked that Bush's rallies were closed to supporters. She thought anyone should be able to see the president. All and all it was uplifting- and does something to offset the media's asinine polls. Since when do national polls really predict anything when we have an electoral college? They drag out anything they can to make it looks like Bush is ahead or it is tied so that when Bush contests the results, people will think it makes sense. And here are some of my recommended sites/articles for this next 11 days of campaign fever... Electoral Vote Predictor (I love this site because he takes into account the biasness of some polls while also doing a pretty heavy-duty statistical analysis- and if you look at the predicted final map you'll feel better. You quantitative geeks can even download the data to run in STATA yourself if you are so inclined) the DU Another great electoral vote site something for those Nader voters An Open Letter to Nader (There have been a number of these but this one is my favorite) Who's insensitive to gays? Start with the Cheneys Wasn't Jesus a Liberal (If anyone saw Chris Matthews tear into a republican catholic priest last night on Hardball for supporting a "culture of life" but not for the lives of innocents Iraqis. The priest also stated that "passivism is against Jesus and religion" which was so hilarious I thought I first he was joking.)

posted by knit wit | 10/22/2004 01:55:00 PM

Monday, October 18, 2004
15 days folks

Today was the day I had pegged as a good day for an October Surprise. But, I guess I was wrong. I still think an October Surprise is likely (as I wrote about here. Either Bin Laden will be dragged out, or the one I fear most would some kind of terrorist attack or one that seems to have been prevented or stopped. Actually, now I am kind of leaning away from the October Surprise and towards just a huge, drawn out election fiasco. I'll stay up election night to watch the returns come in but I would be surprised if we actually knew who won at the end of the night. There are already voting problems in Florida's pre-voting today. So, I think the fight will come afterwards. And I just hope the democrats are prepared for a fight. Let me just say, I believe if the election were honest (and I have little/no faith of that) that Kerry would win by a landslide. So, the news tonight is focused on Bush as a religious zealot. Jeez, are they just figuring that out now? Well, I think it is wonderful that they are airing Bush's evangelical beliefs because it will turn off moderate voter. At least I hope it does. I've read and heard some great political commentary in the past couple days about this (including the piece in this past Sunday's NYTimes Magazine). Basically, it seems that the reason why Bush doesn't feel his actions or ideologies need explaining is because they are unexplainable as they are rooted in religious doctrine and the fact the Bush feels that god has ordained him to rule right now. This appeals to a very small number of folks in this country so the more the media makes of it the better.

posted by knit wit | 10/18/2004 09:59:00 PM

Sunday, October 17, 2004
my campaign 04 ipod mix

I just figured out that I can export song lists from itunes. So, below is the mix I made for this presidential campaign season. I have been listening to this non stop for the last couple weeks and I will continue to do so. It keeps me sane. I am especially struck by REM's new song "Leaving New York". Sometimes I just play that one over and over again. I haven't really loved an REM album since "Automatic for the People" came out in 1992. The last 12 years of REM just hasn't done anything for me like earlier REM (Green, Out of Time, Dead Letter Office). I love "Around the Sun" b/c it is a throw back to old REM. Okay, here is my mix: "Go"-Indigo Girls (Retrospective) "Leaving New York" -R.E.M. (Around The Sun) "I Want To Live In A Wigwam" -Cat Stevens (Footsteps In The Dark) "Tether" -Indigo Girls (All That We Let In) "Coming Up" -Ani DiFranco (Not A Pretty Girl) "Monty Got A Raw Deal" -R.E.M. (Automatic For The People) "Going Down" -Ani DiFranco (Dilate) "America" -Simon & Garfunkel (Bookends) "Faye Tucker" -Indigo Girls (Come On Now Social) "Sowing The Seeds Of Love" -Tears For Fears (Tears Roll Down) "Self Evident" -Ani DiFranco (So Much Shouting So Much Laughter) "Radio Song" -R.E.M. (Out Of Time) "Peace Train" -Cat Stevens (Greatest Hits) "To The Teeth" -Ani DiFranco (To The Teeth) "All that we let in" -Indigo Girls (All That We Let In) "Deja Vu" -Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (So Far) "Your Next Bold Move" -Ani DiFranco (Reckoning) "World Leader Pretend" -R.E.M. (Green) "Our Deliverance" -Indigo Girls (Become You) "Fuel" -Ani DiFranco (Little Plastic Castle) "7 O'Clock News/Silent Night" -Simon & Garfunkel (Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme) "Trouble" -Indigo Girls (Retrospective) "Us And Them" -Pink Floyd (Dark Side Of The Moon) "The Only Living Boy In New York" -Simon & Garfunkel (Bridge Over Troubled Water) "Everything In Its Own Time" -Indigo Girls (Shaming Of The Sun) "Hello Birmingham" -Ani DiFranco (To The Teeth) "It's the End of the World as We Know it" -R.E.M. (Green) I know, my mixes are always heavy on the Indigo Girls and Ani Difranco but they have some especially good political songs.

posted by knit wit | 10/17/2004 01:22:00 PM

Saturday, October 16, 2004
home stretch

Just one more post before I get back to work... I feel incredible relief this weekend- that I am really truly on the home stretch of getting this masters thesis done. I saw my advisor yesterday and she actually said after this draft I could defend. Whew. Of course, I also am struggling with feeling like my thesis sucks big time. I am sure it doesn't, I guess, but after working on it for so long it just seems obvious and lame. I also love the weather today. Windy, cold enough to wear a hat and scarf, and the squirrels are really busy outside my window getting ready for winter. Okay back to work.

posted by knit wit | 10/16/2004 03:30:00 PM


Michaels!

I have been looking in various stores over the past couple months for the yellow ribbon "support our troops" I see on cars/SUVs all over Madison. I even ventured in to the 2 christian stores nearby, and I was disappointed to see didn't have them. I had a really awkward conversation with a woman in the christian bookstore near East Towne mall about how I was surprised they didn't have "support the troops" stickers although they did have 3 different styles of Bush/Cheney '04 stickers. Well, today we went to Michaels tocheck out some inexpensive "fun-fur" type yarn for holiday presents. We got to the check out, and sure enough they had hundreds of the magnet ribbons for $1.99 each. So, I bought one, and I wrote "Bring them home" on it and stuck it on the back of my car. I am very excited about this! I fear, though (having lost much faith in humanity over the course of this election) that the notion of "supporting our troops" while also saying that "Bush Lies" and "we are making enemies faster than we can kill then" will be so disjointed and alien for people that I think the magnet ribbon will probably be stolen. Maybe not. But, if it happens I know where to buy a new one. So, I encourage everyone out there to put one on their car- with their Kerry/Edwards and anti-Bush stickers. It pisses me off to no end that those supporting Bush have been brainwashed into thinking that you can't be against the war, or the president and also not want the troops to die for dubya's mistakes.

posted by knit wit | 10/16/2004 03:10:00 PM

Thursday, October 14, 2004
AWOL again

Just when I thought Bush couldn't look any worse to the international community I read this. Finally, enough wonderful autumn leaves have fallen to cover the crap written on the path up Bascom Hill. Some student group (I think calling themselves "SAK" Students Against Kerry) had chalked all kinds of dumb stuff on the hill so walking up every morning and afternoon I have had to read it. Let me also note that the student democrats have also chalked up campus- but they have actual facts and useful information. For example: "Osama would vote for Kerry" [oh, really. Seems to me that would be wrong. If he could vote he would vote for Bush as Bush has been his biggest recruiting tool ever] "Kerry loves dictators" [hmmm... actually this can also be pinned on Bush. That "friend" of Bush's "Vladmeer" (as he said in the 1st debate) is currently acting like a dictator and appointing all the local officials in Russia. And then there is this fabulous quote from Bush himself: "If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator."] "Luvya Dubya" [perhaps the most vomit-inducing thing I have ever seen written on Bascom Hill. Every time I see this I think of that creepy Bush quote from debate #1 "I tried to love her as best I could". Yikes.]

posted by knit wit | 10/14/2004 09:57:00 PM

Wednesday, October 13, 2004
why bush really needs to go

I finally think I have put a finger on the most disturbing part (for me) of Bush's p-residency. I'm watching Bush04 Communications Director Kathleen Devenish on Hardball. She just said (rough quote): "George Bush leads with his beliefs. He believes marriage is between a man and a woman and thus he will be a leader who protects that. As opposed to Kerry who will lead with no moral beliefs behind him." Hello. Since when do we want our elected, public service officials leading with their personal religious beliefs?? This is so dangerous. Kerry is able to say that while he personally is against abortion he would never ban it because that is his personal religious belief and he won't mix that with government and he wouldn't use that to decide what is right for people. Last night I watched Frontline on PBS and they had an interesting documentary on both Bush and Kerry and how they got where they are. I didn't know much about how Bush started his run for president in 2000. Turns out that (and this is very creepy to me) he first went on a religious (evangelical christian) TV show in Texas and spoke about how god had told him to run and that he had a mission to turn the country back to what it should be (read: religiously oppressive, women barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen etc...). Jeez. If you google "bush, evangelical christian roots" you'll get a whole slew of articles on this. Like this creepy one about how christian beliefs guide Bush's foreign policy. This is just dangerous. This guy has to go down. On to debate #3.

posted by knit wit | 10/13/2004 06:07:00 PM


shamelessness

Court Halts Sale of September 11 Coins

Wednesday October 13, 2004 6:16 PM

AP Photo WXS102

By MICHAEL GORMLEY

Associated Press Writer

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer on Wednesday obtained a court order to temporarily suspend the sale of commemorative Sept. 11 coins heavily advertised as being minted from silver recovered at ground zero.

Spitzer said the sale of the silver dollars emblazoned with the World Trade Center towers on one side and the planned Freedom Tower on the flip side is a fraud and he's investigating the claim the silver came from the ruins of the twin towers.

``It is a shameless attempt to profit from a national tragedy,'' Spitzer said. ``This product has been promoted with claims that are false, misleading or unsubstantiated.''...

Oh, really. And running a presidential campaign based on a national tragedy isn't also a shameless attempt at profiting from a national tragedy? Especially when your presidency isn't legetimate in the first place?

and I bet those same folks who bought the 9/11 coins are voting for Bush.



posted by knit wit | 10/13/2004 01:29:00 PM

Tuesday, October 12, 2004
so says Sir Edwin

Tonight my blog posting is inspired by Reba- somthing she thought was funny, and another thing she said I should post. I have been in a slight blogging slump lately. Mostly because I am so focused on my getting my goddamn masters thesis done that someone literally needs to hit me over the head with something else to get me to pay attention to it. And also I have been slighty overwhelmed by the presidential election and busy soaking up all the news from as many sources as I possibly can. It would be so much easier to think in soundbites like repugs do. I guess today I said "the funniest thing I have ever said" (or so says Reba). We were having a conversation about theory seminars for graduates and also teaching gender to undergrads in our department. Reba kept referring to "juicy feminist theory" which was so funny. At some point after that I suggested that maybe feminist theorists should be rated on their "juicy-ness". I guess this was the funniest thing I ever said. I kind of hope I have been funnier than that. But, perhaps not. I have also been having a lot of political dreams lately. Actually, I mostly either have dreams about dogsitting for my advisor, or political dreams. (Jeez- I wonder what that says about me- a perpetual dogsitter stuck in the worst election ever) So, I had a dream the other night that I was physically shaking Donald Rumsfeld. Like really shaking him hard and I was really angry at him. I have also had dreams about voting. I've had dreams where I am campaigning for Kerry. I had a dream a while back where Bush tried to give me a birthday card and I rejected it.

posted by knit wit | 10/12/2004 09:48:00 PM

Saturday, October 09, 2004
presidential debate 2

Some things I overheard during the last presidential debate. A kind of blog of witty wisdoms from our p-resident. - "internets" - "bilameral" (what word was that supposed to be?) - "fassil" (again-?) - "re-importing american drugs"?? (ahhh yeah, that's a great idea) - "if they're safe they're comin'" (referring to drugs from Canada) - my question: how could drugs from canada kill us if they don't kill canadians? - "my opponent senator kennedy" (oops) - "babbling/battling green eye shades" (what??) - I must find out what "off-road deisel engines" are - now bush is going to "increase wetlands by 3 million" whats? - bush proposed the "hydrogen automobile" - "I'm a good steward of the land" -"incent you to go to the government"

posted by knit wit | 10/09/2004 08:50:00 AM

Thursday, October 07, 2004
moonshadow

The first song I ever remember is "Moonshadow" by Cat Stevens (I think I was 5?). He is on Larry King Live tonight (remote, of course, from the UK as he is a suspected terrorist). My dad must have been a huge Cat Stevens fan b/c it is not only the first music I remember, but that I remember a lot of. I remember looking at the album covers and I remember dancing around (leaping and hoping I guess) to "Moonshadow" and other songs with my brother. "Moonshadow" was my favorite song even though I was slightly terrified by some of the lyrics- you know- the ones about loosing your legs, eyes, hand etc... That was slightly creepy to me but I still loved the song. And I still listen to a lot of Cat Stevens. "Peace Train" and "Wigwam" are on my current "see ya george" ipod mix. I have other clear memories of music as a child. I remember memorizing Traci Chapman's "Fast Car" on a trip to Northern Maine to visit my Fafa and Grammy. Once, in Northern Maine at my cousin Dan's appliance store, the music video "Thriller" came on. It was the first time I think I saw a music video. I also remember memorizing George Michael's "Faith" (the entire album) on a family car trip. In England my family listened to a lot of Queen (that makes sense) and my brother and I loved the songs "Bicycle" and "Under Pressure" (still one of my favorite songs of all time). "Feed the World" (UK version of "Live Aid") was huge when we lived in England and my brother listened to the song over and over again. Hey, I managed to steer my blog away from politics for a little while. What a relief. We are also watching something other than the news on TV right now (Larry King, still). We always have the TV or radio on whenever we are home now. My obsession with this election is too much, really. I dreamt last night about Ashcroft and the night before I was hanging out with Bill Maher. I am worried I'll need therapy again if Bush lands himself back in office. I am canvassing for Kerry this Saturday and generally drinking a lot of beer/apple cider and rum. Looks like I wound up back on politics again anyway. Did I mention I finished my first pair of socks? They are wonderful- I wore them on Monday. I will take a picture and post it soon.

posted by knit wit | 10/07/2004 08:12:00 PM


another excuse

I just heard another excuse for Bush's poor debate performance. He simply knew too much.

posted by knit wit | 10/07/2004 01:00:00 PM

Sunday, October 03, 2004
mt. elbow

So, as I was waking up yesterday I got online with my mom who wanted me to call them. I did, and she told me that my fafa (my grandfather) had gone out hunting in the north western part of Maine (there is basically nothing there but a couple logging roads) and hadn't come back yet. So, there were search teams out looking for him with planes and such. I didn't tell my parents, but I had had a dream about my fafa the night before. Something about Jo and I buying a canoe (which we almost did this week) and my grandfather was there. So, I thought the fact that he was missing was freaky. A few hours later the game wardens found him lost on Mt. Elbow. And by the time I found out about it he was having lunch with the game wardens, apparently fine. My fafa is 88. It is pretty impressive to me that he is such a rugged outdoorsperson that he can spend the night in the woods in the middle of no where. I'm sure he will still go hunting by himself- he is stubborn like that. His health hasn't been so great, and I guess now he gets confused easily, but nothing will keep him from doing what he has always done. When my brother and I were little he used to take us climbing Mt. Haystack. We would pick blueberries on the top. And then he would let us build some huge fire on the side of the road as he cooked us lunch out of a camping stove he kept in the trunk of his car. Or he would let us paddleboat all over a pond near his house for hours and hours unattended. Better still, we got to use the snowmobile by ourselves in the field behind the house. I can't imagine ever letting kids 9 and 11 (or even younger?) ride a skedoo at insane speeds by themselves- but we survived. He also used to have this crazy (and I mean crazy) van that he had put a small potbellied woodstove in with a pipe coming out of the roof for the smoke (I am totally not even kidding). There were also wooden kitchen chairs in the van for us to sit on (which I think my grammy used to say were not safe when the van was in motion). We would take that van out snowmobiling so that mom and my grammy (and baby Maryann?) could stay in the warm van while we drove at insane speeds in the snow. Despite all the family drama since, he was pretty cool to my brother and I back then.

posted by knit wit | 10/03/2004 08:41:00 AM

Friday, October 01, 2004
excuses, excuses, excuses, excuses

The best part about last night's debate (aside from Kerry generally kicking Bush's ass and watching Bush act like a spoiled teenager whose parents had forced him to be on the debate team) has been watching the post-debate coverage today. The so-called "liberal" media has spent the day making excuses for poor Georgie. Even Faux "News" couldn't spin it in their favor so they have also been busy making excuses for the downright embarrassing performance of their commander-in-chief. Here are some of the excuses I heard today: - The lights were too bright on the stage. - Bush couldn't stand still b/c he has bad knees from playing a lot of manly-man sports. - Debates are hard. (like Bush said "this job is hard" well over a dozen times in the debate) - He was tired and sad from comforting hurricane victims in Florida all day. - He wasn't used to not having applause after he speaks like at campaign rallies. - The debates were after his bedtime- he is, I guess, an "early to bed early to rise" kind of guy. - He did poorly on purpose, b/c historically whoever wins the 1st debate looses the election (totally historically inaccurate). - Cheney wasn't there to give him M&Ms when he got an answer correct (ok, this one was a joke on Late Night with Bill Maher).

posted by knit wit | 10/01/2004 09:03:00 PM

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