The rantings and ravings of an uppity woman.
Great Blogger of the Week - "The Majority Report" (03/06/06)
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
DHW and "The Shark"
Forget about the shark now... Last night's "Desperate Housewives" poses one positive trait in Brie, and brings Gabby back to her old selfish bitchdom. 1) Nothing says "I love you" better than a woman who knows how to use a shotgun! 2) Since when in the name of "Yetta" do nun's look like Renee Zellwinger? Let the bitch slapping begin...
I'm not big enough for the terrorist sympathizer to notice :-(
From Atrios, I find out that a certain terrorist sympathizer has his blacklist up AND I AM NOT ON IT!!! Well, neither is Atrios, Kos, Blogenfreude, Eric Alterman or any of the other big liberal bloggers. So, I am so depressed about this.(not!) So I will continue to do all I must do in order to get added to that terrorist sympathizer's blacklist up. So,I will do everything in my power to annoy him. So now, I will go and buy a nice Alsace Riesling and some brie. I will feed my son croissants and hot chocolate for breakfast in the morning.
Monday, November 28, 2005
"W" v. Abortion via Dr. David Hager
Dr. Hager was appointed to the FDA advisory committee by our favorite "Bashee" in 2002. In his interview with Leslie Stahl on last night's edition of "60 Minutes", he EVEN ADMITTED that Plan B or the "morning after pill" was SAFE.
"Little Professor Time" -- I don't know what you think is "birth control" or "abortion", but those of us who have taken at least a few semesters of college-level biology can tell you that implantation is only one step in a cycle of events that, if successful, develops into pregnancy. In order to become pregnant, the corpus luteum must not degrade and continue to produce progesterone throughout pregnancy. This happens when the embryo produces human Chorionic Gonadotropin hormone (hCG). Implantation, if successful, happens approximately 5-7 days after fertilization, during the third week of the menstrual cycle. Mensturation occurs when estrogen and progesterone levels drop, causing the endometrium to degrade and shed. hCG prevents this from occurring. In order for implantation to be successful, the embryo must develop a placenta.
Yet, it was this nutcase's "righteousness" that derailed the eventual OTC availability of this form of BIRTH CONTROL, calling it a "chemical abortion." PLAN B IS NOT RU-486. The FDA advisory panel voted overwhelmingly to approve OTC availability for Plan B, yet the FDA ignored its own scientists.
But last August, then-FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford surprised just about everyone when he announced that the agency had postponed a decision on the new application for what could be months or years. He took the unprecedented step of overruling his own scientific staff.
Sunday, November 27, 2005
60 Minutes and Plan B
60 Minutes has a story about Plan B!!! Leslie Stahl interviewed that rapist Dr. Hager. (Click on the link for more info about Dr. Hager) Leslie Stahl hit Wal-Mart for not carrying Plan B. You go girl!!! I just wish you delivered the smackdown on Dr. Hager.
So why doesn't Dr Hager want Plan B to be sold over the counter?
“I’m not in favor of promotion of a product that would increase sexual activity among teenagers,”Like that is going to stop them. What a fucking, moralist moron. I cannot believe he has a bachelor's degree and a medical graduate degree. Lack of availiability of Plan B didn't stop teenage girls from having sex when I was in high school 20+ years ago. There were five girls in my graduating class who were preggers, many more dropped out because they were pregnant. Hell, it didn't stop my grandmother from getting knocked up at the age of 17 back in 1944. Typical of a conservative, let's ignore the problem of teen sex and it will go away.
You know what is scary?
In a survey of drugstores in Kentucky, Dr. Hager’s home state, the American Civil Liberties Union found that most pharmacies didn’t carry Plan B; 83 of them said they would even refuse to order it for women with prescriptions. These include Wal-Mart, which has a nationwide policy against dispensing Plan B.
The American Civil Liberties Union got a prescription for a woman named Fran, and sent her to five pharmacies undercover. 60 Minutes went along with a hidden camera to see what would happen.
Only one pharmacy, Kmart, had Plan B in stock; another drug store offered to order it, but the pharmacist told Fran it would take several days before they could possibly get it.
Yep, 80% of pharmacies that 60 Minutes sampled do not stock Plan B. So remember, get your birth control prescriptions filled at Kmart, not Wal-Mart. Here's a list of pharmacies that will fill Plan B and other prescriptions without hassling you and probably fill your prescription for Prozac too.
I know what you are thinking, "I can't get pregnant, so it's not my problem.". Just remember this,
At another store, Fran was turned down by a pharmacist who explained that she believes it’s an abortion pill. “The morning after pill is after you have that fertilized egg, and that is a baby. You are not allowing it to implant. So it is considered abortive,” the pharmacist said.
The next day, Fran and 60 Minutes went back to that pharmacy together and found the same pharmacist.
“Anyone can walk in off the street and we can refuse to fill a prescription,” the pharmacists said. Asked whether a prescription could be refused on religious grounds, the pharmacists said, “On any grounds. Personal preference. Any reason, we can refuse to fill a prescription.” (emphasis mine)
What happens if your pharmacist is a scientologist? Can he or she refuse to fill a prescription for anti-depressants? Yes he can. And companies like Target will protect him/her. And Depression can be a deadly disease. (Why do you think people commit suicide?)
Welcome to Bush's America. It's beginning to look a lot like Nicolae Ceausescu's Romania. Here's an important thing to know about Romania after all abortions and birth control were banned in 1966,
In 1967 the Romanian birth rate doubled. Then it started dropping. Within ten years it was nearly as low as it had been before, though there had been no change in policy. snip In nearly every country women who die of complications from abortion, legal or illegal, are listed in health statistics as maternal mortalities. Later I saw some actual figures. As the birth rate came down in Romania after Decree 770, the maternal mortality rate tripled. snip Ceausescu's policy to increase the Romanian population failed to achieve its goal. It imposed pain, injury, and death on Romanian women.Remember the orphanages of Romania? Why would we want that in the United States?
I wish to thank every woman in America who was stupid enough to vote for George W. Bush last year. Enjoy your biological autonomy while it lasts.
Saturday, November 26, 2005
I guess he's found his calling
Michael Brown, the former director of FEMA, is starting a consulting business on "disaster preparedness". Ummm, O.K. I guess he thinks it's a lucrative field where an incompentent person can make a decent living. Considering his handling of the relief operations for Hurricane Katrina was a disaster, I guess this would be under the "learn from my mistakes" method of teaching disaster preparedness? Or is this a way of blaming the victim? I can see the pitch for his consulting services, "If you don't pay me to consult with you on how to evacuate and store canned food, it will be all your fault if you lose all of your meager possessions. How do I look? Is Chili's booked? What about Applebee's? Oh they have a Ruth's-Cris here? This place is more civilized than I thought." Why do I have the feeling he won't be doing a heck of a job when he becomes a disaster consultant?
Why would I pay this man to troubleshoot a business's disaster preparedness plan? Why would a state government? And if any company hires him as a consultant, the shareholders should have a revolt. If any state government hires him as a consultant, that governor should be impeached. Thank goodness the federal government doesn't have a golden parachute. Oh my bad, he was hired by FEMA as a consultant after he resigned.
Hopefully, the free markets will show how efficient they are and he won't be in business for long.
Friday, November 25, 2005
Meet my new troll
I have a new troll. I engaged him on Elmo's blog about white phosphorus. His was the typical wingnut whine, "the enemy is doing it, so why can't we do it?" Ummm, because America is better than that? So anyhow, Cabe is from Moab, Utah, but he loves the "South" (did you notice the Confedate battle flag on his user profile picture?). What's up with that? Apparently anyone who disagrees with him is an "anti-American socialist". As someone who spent ten years in the United States Army and continues to support the US Government by working as a government contractor, I really don't appreciate being called anti-American.
Now, I admit it. I did call the wrath of Operation Yellow Elephant upon him. I am responsible for that.
So about Cabe, he lives in Moab, Utah. His ISP is Electric Lightwave. He has visited my blog four times. One visit lasted seven hours. I'll be nice and not publish his host name or his IP address.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
My worst movies list
1. War of Worlds, I haven't seen it but Tom Cruise is in it.
2. The Pokemon Movies, yes the pokemon are cute. However, I do not like the concept of catching wild animals and training them to fight each other.
3. Eyes Wide Shut, soft porn between a husband and wife who had no chemistry. It is any wonder Tom and Nicole broke up?
4. Showgirls. As my husband said, it was too much of a good thing (breasts) not enough of a plot or good acting which made it truly awful.
5. The Friday the 13th series. I hate slasher movies.
6. The Passion of the Christ. Theocide is best left in the Bible. Watching a man get beaten for two hours is not my cup of tea, and I saw it in HD. (shudder) You have to wonder about the people who enjoy watching this.
7. Top Gun, Tom Cruise was in it. He's really not that great of an actor.
8. Jerry McGuire, are you detecting a theme here?
9. Staying Alive, the sequel to Saturday Night Fever. Sorry, dancing moves learned at a nightclub do not translate well on Broadway.
10. Death to Smoochy. Jon Stewart shouldn't quit his day job at The Daily Show.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Desperate Housewives has Jumped the Shark
I blogged about a certain TV show never mentioning the A word when a character had an unwanted pregnancy. Last week's fall down the stairs caused Gabrielle to miscarry. How convenient. Now Gabrielle is relieved the pregnancy is over, well duh. Her husband, who knew she didn't want to be pregnant, is all upset about it. Her neighbors think Gabrielle is heartbroken. Ummm, not every woman is cut out to be a mother. Not every woman wants to have kids. Gabrielle's reaction is no surprise to me.
So a TV show that is basically a prime time soap opera (with adultery, kinky sex, a gay character, all the things that gets Brent Bozell's knickers in a knot) is afraid to even say the word abortion. (Yes, I said the word that ABC and Disney is afraid of.) Shame on ABC and the producers of Desperate Housewives for their cowardice. Desperate Housewives already is on the PTC's shitlist. Why should the producers of Desperate Housewives and ABC censor itself? Who are they afraid of offending that they haven't offended already? And how in the hell did these people get so much power that they can impose their beliefs on the rest of us?
Now here comes the jump the shark part. In the closing Gabrielle gets all weepy about losing a pregnancy that she didn't want or plan for. She even picked names for it. There's a word for that, appeasement.
Bob Graham fights back
Bob Graham has an editorial in today's Washington Post explaining how the Senate received incomplete information about threat Iraq didn't pose. When I grew up in Florida, Bob Graham was my governor and then my senator. I was disappointed when his campaign for the presidency failed last year. Yes, I can say I was a Graham Cracker Backer back in the day. More information on how Bob Graham felt is here.
Sorry for the short post, I gotta go to my son's birthday party.
UPDATED: That's part of the difficulty of dealing with classified information. You know the reasons for war are not backed up by the reality, however, you cannot say anything about or else you go to jail for the unauthorized disclosure of classified information. Yes, now everyone is saying, "Why didn't he say this back in 2003?", because everyone treated him like Cassandra.
Yes, I told my friends and family that the basis for the War in Iraq was based on lies, but I couldn't tell them why. Do you know how aggravating and hurtful it was? When my family took the word of a chimp over someone who analyze this stuff for a living? Of course George W. Bush would never lie to us about our security? Wouldn't he? He would never use the US Army to settle a grudge against someone who tried to kill his father. And get 2000+ of them killed in the process. If the bar for impeachment was lowered for Clinton's blow job, why can't we impeach Bush for leading us into a war based on lies?
This one actually makes sense
|The Movie Of Your Life Is An Indie Flick|
You do things your own way - and it's made for colorful times.
Your life hasn't turned out how anyone expected, thank goodness!
Your best movie matches: Clerks, Garden State, Napoleon Dynamite
Except I don't get to see that many indie flicks. Having a kid kind of puts a crimp in it. I just wait for them to come out on DVD.
Saturday, November 19, 2005|
Friday, November 18, 2005
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Jumping the Shark
Having seen the first few minutes of Rita Cosby, I now know that the Natalee Holloway case has jumped the shark. Why? Because Natalee's mother says that Natalee tried to call her. And now Dr Phil thinks she was kidnapped and forced to work in a Mexican brothel because they really want white women to work there.
So does this mean that Beth Holloway Twitty will lay off the Aruban and Dutch governments? Will she stop telling sovereign states how to run a criminal investigation? Who knows? Don't get me wrong, I feel sorry for the woman. But she is beginning to come off as someone who has Munchausen by proxy syndrome.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Annoy a terrorist sympathizer
If you want to annoy a terrorist sympathizer, buy from these companies. These are from the terrorist sympathizer's website.
Air France, a trip to Europe would be nice. It is the shoulder season.
Baccarat Even though it's not my demographic.
Bic, one can never have too many pens. Did you know Bic makes kayaks too?
Clarins skin care.
Moet because you want to celebrate a successful google bomb.
Evian, perfect for when you are thirsty.
Louis Vuitton, however most of us can only afford the counterfeit stuff.
Mephisto, they look like Birkenstocks to me.
Peugeot, o.k. they're not sold in the U.S.
Renault, ummm, I haven't seen one in the U.S. in years.
Veuve Clicquot, do you need an excuse to drink. I have an idea for a drinking game. Every time the terrorist sympathizer condemns liberals take a drink of champagne, or Hennessy, or Dom Perignon.
Seagrams, more fun with drinking games.
Yves Rocher, more affordable than Clarins.
And remember, France was right.
Only in Northern Virginia.
I saw this article about a minister who refuses to legally marry straight couples until gays have the right to marry and it restores my faith in Christians to see something like this. You can read the church's statement about marriage here. I know where I want to go to church now.
Monday, November 14, 2005
Target Doesn't Get It
Via AmericaBlog and Eschaton I find out that Target refuses to change its policy of allowing individual pharmacists to not prescribe birth control pills or emergency contraception because it conflicts with their religious beliefs. WHAT BULLSHIT!!! Couldn't Target fire the pharmacist for bad customer service? Whatever happened to the customer is always right?
When I was in college, I worked in retail to help pay the bills. If I denied a customer service for whatever reason, I would have been fired. But this asshole is allowed to continue working for Target because he's protected by the 1964 Civil Rights Act? Sorry, that's no excuse. I'm really disappointed in Target. Planned Parenthood has a complete list of pharmacies that will fill birth control presciptions.
Oh yeah, To my Mom who voted for George W. Bush because she thought that he would never appoint a Supreme Court Justice who would overturn Roe V Wade because he has daughters and a wife who would never let him do that. I cannot believe you were stupid enough to believe it. Now you now why I will never vote for another Republican.
America under Bush=Romania under Ceausecu
Update on cell phone robber
An arrest warrant has been issued for Candace Rose Martinez in connection with the cell phone bank robber. Previous information about a different suspect is no long correct.
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Desperate Housewives Question
I'm watching Desperate Housewives on TV tonight and I'm wondering. Why doesn't Gabrielle have an abortion? She didn't want to be pregnant. He husband doctored her birth control pills. She was fooling aroung with the teenage gardner. She doesn't know who the father is. She repeatedly states that she doesn't want to be pregnant yet no one says the A Word. No mention of an abortion what.so.ever. Have the scriptwriters been so cowed by fundagelicals that it is the word that never gets mentioned? I know the fundagelicals already hate the show. So why wouldn't Gabrielle have an abortion, or at the very least talk about it?
Oh never mind, she just fell down the stairs, she'll probably have a miscarriage.
Thanksgiving Is Coming, What's a Busy Family Going to Do?
Yes, Turkey Day will soon be here and the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner is a lot of work. Add an unreliable oven to mix and you have the potential for disaster. The last two years I cooked the turkey on the grill. Last year Thanksgiving was a very windy day. The fire on grill was blown out and the grill ran out of gas. Fortunately, my family lives in Florida so I don't have to worry about having guests. So it's just the three of us with an occasional neighbor popping in for dessert. So this year, in order to avoid a disaster, I am ordering Thanksgiving Dinner pre-made. So here are some local stores providing pre-cooked Turkey Day dinners with my thoughts and impressions. The turkeys in most cases are 8-10 pounds unless otherwise noted. Going by the one pound per person rule, that's enough for eight people.
Safeway's Dinner has turkey for $37.99 or spiral cut ham for $46.99 with complimenting sides for each. If you are really sick and tired of turkey (and by New Year's most people are) there is a prime rib dinner for $59.99.
Giant Foods has turkey or spiral ham for $49.99 (bonus card price). It's enough to serve 8-10 people. However, the sides come from Boston Market.
Which brings us to Boston Market's holiday menu. They have a boneless turkey breast dinner for $51.99 for six people. But that's a turkey breast, so if you like meat, you're SOL. So if you really like Boston Market's side dishes, I'd go with Giant's turkey dinner.
If you can afford it and have guests you really need to impress. I'd go with Whole Foods' turkey dinner package. You can feed eight for $129.99 or fifteen for $229.99. That includes an oven ready turkey. You have to cook the turkey, but at least you get to say you actually cooked the turkey. But if the idea of cooking a turkey is too overwhelming, you can get a roasted turkey for $12.99 a pound. You can also order your sides a la carte. Whole Foods is also the only place where I have seen tofurky. If you are really a hardcore vegan, here's a recipe to make your own tofurky. Since my son got a Fairly Oddparents book about a traditional tofurky dinner, we tease him about getting a tofurky for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
The Washington Post's food section has a more complete listing. However, they don't provide complete links like I do.
From Why Now? and Skippy comes the idea to google bomb Bill O'Reilly as a terrorist sympathizer. Since he believes that al Qaeda should attack San Francisco for banning handguns in the city and keeping military recruiters away from high schools, he is a terrorist sympathizer. It doesn't matter that these were voted on by the people directly. That terrorist sympathizer who works for the evil empire thinks that just because people disagree with him or the evil empire ruled by the evil emperor doesn't mean they hate America. As a matter of fact, I think the terrorist sympathizer, the evil empire, and the evil emperor all hate America.
Watch Ken Mehlman spin on Meet the Press.
10:45 Gee, Ken did you feel that way in 1999?
10:51 Faced with overwhelming evidence that GOP is out of touch, he denies it. Did I just hear 9/11? Yawn!! New ideas please!
10:54 Damn those flip-floping American voters. Ken says he didn't have a chance to review the numbers of the poll.
10:56 Judge Alito has unprecedented support? Well I guess compared to Harriet Miers and Robert Bork.
10:57 Michael Steele was first black official elected statewide? Dude, he's the LT Gov. So Douglas Wilder doesn't matter? You just dissed the first black state GOVERNOR! Talk about revisionist history.
Do we have an arrest?
The Minutemen Have Invaded Northern Virginia
Yes the people who want to protect us from Canadians slipping across the border to take jobs without health insurance away from Americans are in Northern Virginia. Yes, they want to do the job that local law enforcement cannot do, which is monitor "illegal" aliens, i.e. daylaborers who work day to day for extremely low paying jobs. See, local law enforcement can't do the job because immigration law is federal law and is the responsibility of federal law enforcement.
Of course, anti-immigration cranks such as the Minutemen know that, so what they are really up to is simple harassment. They train their still and video cameras on day laborers with families to feed and rents to pay and on the employers that pick them up for work. They jot down license-plate numbers and talk to each other with walkie-talkies. They convey the information they collect to the Internal Revenue Service, which, to put it mildly, has bigger fish to fry.snip
the Minutemen and their ilk say they are plugging enforcement gaps that the federal government has left open. In fact they are underemployed amateurs more interested in posturing than problem-solving. In Vermont one such group got lost in the woods while hunting for undocumented infiltrators and had to ask for directions, the Boston Globe reported. Some spent their Saturday "patrol" sitting in lawn chairs in a field, staring at a tree line. People like these would dearly love to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Of course, one has to wonder about how the Minutemen earn money since they are all volunteers. Maybe instead of harassing hardworking poor people, maybe they should get into the daylabor line and get a job.
Saturday, November 12, 2005
This is not good. The Democratic National Committe is falling behind the GOP in fundraising. Yes, despite aWol falling in the polls, having the Dems keep the Governor's Mansion in the red state of Virginia and the prospect of regaining Congress next year the Democrats are losing the fundraising battle. All the conservatives in the blogosphere are blaming Howard Dean for this. Of course
The Republicans raise $10 million every month from corporate interests and lobbyists. The Democratic Party will never be able to compete in the traditional ways with a party that has abandoned the people and taken selling access and influence to a new level.I think the fault lies with us, the grassroots of the Democratic Party. Remember, victory doesn't come cheap. Recruiting candidates takes time and money. Phone banks for get out the vote efforts cost money. Elections do not come cheap. Donate here! Or buy a Democracy Bond
So what's next for Mark Warner?
On Monday, November 7, I played hooky from work to attend a "get out the vote" rally in Alexandria's Market Square (click for interesting historic fact). Gov Warner spoke briefly about leaving the governor's office and the crowd starting chanting "08, '08, '08!" Pretty exciting stuff. Rumors have been circulating around Virginia about a possible run for the White House. The rumors appear to have an element of truth in them. More buzz from Daily Kos and MyDD.
The only problems with a Mark Warner candidacy are lack of foreign policy experience. And he raised taxes in order to balance Virginia's budget. Cue the sound of the whine of a thousand wingnuts who think the solution to every problem is a tax cut. Yes, we've seen what damage tax cuts do to schools, public health and the infrastructure. And we are tired of it. Americans want a national health care plan. We want sound public schools. Americans want an infrastructure that will not fail in the event of a natural disaster. And guess what? Americans are willing to pay for it.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
What a difference a year makes
Courtesy of the Washington Post
Republicans have been spinning Tim Kaine's victory as no net loss because Mark Warner was a democrat. That's not true, it was Jerry Kilgore's race to lose. Tim Kaine ran a really good campaign. Tim Kaine made gains in the outer suburbs of Northern Virginia. Yes, the outer suburbs that my wingnut friend said were going to become more Republican because they were increasing in population. Where are those people moving to the outer suburbs moving from? The cities and inner suburbs. Do they leave their values and political beliefs behind when they move? No.
Tim Kaine also made gains for the Democrats in the Tidewater region (heavy military and military retirees) and in some rural counties. Compare the map posted above with the results from last year's presidential election. John Kerry won the NoVA counties and cities of Arlington, Fairfax (City and County), Falls Church, and Alexandria. Kerry won the Tidewater counties of Newport News, Northampton, Hampton, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Sussex and Charles City. Kerry also carried Richmond, Petersberg, Brunswick, Emporia, Charlottesville, Albemarle, Buchanan, Covington, Danville, Dickenson, Franklin City, Fredericksburg, Greensville, Martinsville, Nelson, Prince Edward, Roanoke City, and Williamsburg.
Tim Kaine made gains for the Democrats in Alleghany, Giles, Loudon, Prince William, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, and Henry Counties. The results by county are here.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
With all the talk about Democrats winning the Governor's Mansions in Virginia and New Jersey being indicative of a trend, via Echide of the Snakes I find this post at Panda's thumb that the Dover County (PA) School Board was purged of Intelligent Design advocates in yesterday's election :)
This is a grass root victory for the Center. Not the Left, we have to get back to the middle before we move to the left. This says that people are sick and tired of the religious extremists who have taken over our country. We are beginning to take our country back.
Staying here wasn't such a bad idea after all. Yes, America is worth fighting for!
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
The Washington Post has declared Tim Kaine the winner of Virginia's governor's race. The Lt Gov and Attny Gen races are too close to call. However, the Democrats have run several key races in the House of Representatives.
David Poisson beats incumbent Dick "Baby Pesticides" Black in the 52nd.
Chuck Caputo beats Chris Craddock in the 67th.
Unfortunately, it looks like Dave Albo is holding on to his seat. That's really creepy.
The good news is that overall voter turnout was about 40%. That's pretty good for an off-off year election.
Just heard on NBC4 that AP just called the governor's election for Tim Kaine!
I will wait for the other 24% of precincts to report in. Loudon County has not reported any results yet. Loudon County has 51,504 registered voters. Right now the difference in the statewide vote is 49,411.
Update Virginia Election Results
City of Alexandria
Voter turnout 38.47% with 24/25 precincts reporting.
Voter turnout 18% with 20/50 precincts reporting.
No results yet
Voter turnout 33.34% with 179/228 precincts reporting
Voter turnout 53.49% with 5/6 precincts reporting
No reporting precincts yet
Prince William County
Voter turnout 19.39% with 38/65 precincts reporting
NoVA voter turnout is pretty high.
My link is broken
I cannot access the election results homepage. DailyKos has Kaine pulling ahead. I will check the local news websites.
8:14 PM UPDATE: NBC4 has the results. Only one NoVA precinct is reporting results. This could be decided in Northern Virginia.
Election results as of 7:30
Precincts Reporting: 130 of 2426 (5.36%)
Registered Voters: 4,452,062 Total Voting: 129,864 Voter Turnout: 2.92 %
Candidates Party Vote Totals Percentage
J W Kilgore Republican 64,387 49.58%
T M Kaine Democratic 63,335 48.77%
H R Potts Jr Independent 1,997 1.54%
Write Ins 145 0.11%
Vote Totals: 129,864
Pulling even, this is going to be a nail biter
W T Bolling Republican 63,002 57.35%
L L Byrne Democratic 46,652 42.47%
Write Ins 196 0.18%
Vote Totals: 109,850
R F McDonnell Republican 54,956 53.30%
R C Deeds Democratic 48,005 46.56%
Write Ins 148 0.14%
Vote Totals: 103,109
Liveblogging Virginia Gov Election Results
As of 7:21 PM
Precincts Reporting: 12 of 2426 (0.49%)
Registered Voters: 4,452,099 Total Voting: 6,963 Voter Turnout: 0.16 %
Candidates Party Vote Totals Percentage
J W Kilgore Republican 3,913 56.20%
T M Kaine Democratic 2,887 41.46%
H R Potts Jr Independent 153 2.20%
Write Ins 10 0.14%
Vote Totals: 6,963
Office: Lieutenant Governor
Precincts Reporting: 6 of 2426 (0.25%)
Registered Voters: 4,452,099 Total Voting: 3,615 Voter Turnout: 0.08 %
Candidates Party Vote Totals Percentage
W T Bolling Republican 1,958 54.16%
L L Byrne Democratic 1,648 45.59%
Write Ins 9 0.25%
Vote Totals: 3,615
Office: Attorney General
Precincts Reporting: 2 of 2426 (0.08%)
Registered Voters: 4,452,099 Total Voting: 804 Voter Turnout: 0.02 %
Candidates Party Vote Totals Percentage
R F McDonnell Republican 462 57.46%
R C Deeds Democratic 342 42.54%
Write Ins 0 0.00%
Vote Totals: 804
Not looking to good, but these are probably the smaller, rural precints.
Dubbya n' Dummerer
In a last-ditch act of desperation, Jerry Kilgore pulled out the stops last night to get the votes he DESPERATELY needs to defeat Tim Kane. Dubbya appeared at the Republican rally in Richmond last night. Will last night's appearance have Jerry riding on Dubbya's coat tails or tie himself an Alcatraz Ascot?
Carl Rove was supposed to speak at a Party luncheon last month, but was pulled from the schedule. In my opinion, the Commonwealth Republican Party wanted to distance themselves while the Grand Jury was seated, fearing an impending indictment. That was the last thing the Kilgore campaign needed at the time.
Kilgore has run a dirty underhanded race in the last couple of months: misleading the public on Tim Kaine's positions on capital punishment being the dirtiest of them all.
An interesting factoid I heard on this morning's "Today" by Tim Russert was that since 1973, candidates in Virginia gubinatorial races who belong to the party in the White House have lost.
I was also at the Democratic Party rally in Alexandria yesterday afternoon. The chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors stated that Fairfax County has successfully predicted the winner for the past 100 years, and he predicted Time Kaine will win. Tim Kaine has the endorsements of every "responsible" Virginia and DC newspaper, the AFL-CIO and IAFF. Tim Kaine is assured a landslide victory in Alexandria. Our mayor stated that "Alexandria is the most democratic city in the nation, where Democrats hold every elected position in public office."
GET OUT AND VOTE!
Monday, November 07, 2005
Before you vote tomorrow - remember this, a vote for Jerry Kilgore is saying you approve of George W. Bush
U.S. President George W. Bush (L) attends a rally with Virginia Governor candidate Jerry Kilgore in Richmond, Virginia, November 7, 2005. REUTERS/Jim Young
My phone has finally stopped ringing with get out the vote calls. Six out of seven were vote for Kaine. The one was the infamous and misleading robo call saying Russ Potts is the only pro-choice candidate. It was really the Republicans, there's nothing they will stoop to. I am so sick and tired of the corruption and incompetence of Republican run administrations, both state and national level.
I went to the Kaine campaign rally in Virginia, I saw Jim Moran say this:
if Democrats allow Kilgore to win after he has campaigned Monday night with the president, "it will be an affirmation of where he [Bush] is taking this country… It is going to say that the American people in fact support us going into the Iraq war and that it doesn’t bother the American people so much that over 2,000 men and women have died in a needless war.... If the people of Virginia vote for Jerry Kilgore, that is the message that is sent around the world.”Voting for Jerry Kilgore means you approve of attack ad that are vicious and have no basis in reality. Voting for Jerry Kilgore means you approve of the hypocrisy of David Albo and Chris Craddock. Voting for Jerry Kilgore means you approve of limiting access to birth control pills and emergency contraception like Dick Black. Voting for Jerry Kilgore means you approve of religious extremism and want to turn Virginia into a theocracy. A vote for Jerry Kilgore means you think that homosexuals should not have equal rights.
O.K. did I give enough reasons to vote for Tim Kaine? You know what to do tomorrow.
As Tim Kaine said at the Alexandria rally, "If it was broken, and you fixed it, why break it again?"
Drag Queens Join the Iraqi Insurgency
O.K. so they're not gay men who dress as women, but that was the first thought that popped into my head when I saw this article's title. But is this a sign that the Iraqi insurgents are getting desperate or are they just adopting new tactics so that US forces in Iraq have to as well? Because of this attack, searches of women (especially those wearing the abaya and hijab) will increase. Thus feeding into the insurgent's propaganda that US wants to force Iraqi women to practice Western habits. But considering the homophobic nature of Islamic fundamentalism, couldn't the US exploit this for propaganda purposes? Like nyah-nyah-nyah, look they're dress up like women because they aren't real men? Warning: this blog entry is satire and snark.
Go out and vote tomorrow!!
Courtesy of Kaine for Governor
Tomorrow is election day in Virginia tomorrow. It is important that we all go out and vote for Tim Kaine. He has collected endorsements from over 30! newspapers in Virginia, he will continue Mark Warner's policies of fiscal responsibility. Under Tim Kaine, Virginia's schools will continue to get better. Tim Kaine wants to introduce universal pre-K into our public schools. This alone will save working families thousands of dollars a year. A high-quality, private, preschool can cost up to $500 a month - and that is just for a half day program. A program with afterschool care can cost up to $900 month. So vote for Tim Kaine, do it for the children. Voter turn out is extremely important!
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Yes, another stupid blog quiz.
|You Belong in London|
A little old fashioned, and a little modern.
A little traditional, and a little bit punk rock.
A unique woman like you needs a city that offers everything.
No wonder you and London will get along so well.
How creepy are you? Not much I guess.
|You Are Not Scary|
Everyone loves you. Isn't that sweet?
What can I say, it's stupid quiz time.
WaPo endorses Kaine again!!
For the third time the Washington Post has endorsed Tim Kaine for governor again. The concluding paragraph says is all:
This race isn't a hard call. Mr. Kilgore is a pleasant fellow, down to earth and politically shrewd. But the bottom line is what he represents: old-style, doctrinaire, unimaginative, cramped governance that would leave the state stalled in neutral, at best. Mr. Kaine -- forthright, proactive, inclusive, brimming with energy -- is a far better candidate possessed of much clearer vision. He alone has the potential for excellence.
So go out and vote November 8th!!!
For more endorsements, click here.
Did I remind you to vote on Tuesday? Don't forget.
Americans leaving the country to get better medical care
Earlier I had blogged about Americans having the highest medical costs in the world and getting lower quality care for it. Now I see that California allows HMO's to send patients to Mexico to see Mexican doctors. Yes, the day has come where Americans are leaving the country to get affordable health care. Americans are traveling to Canada to get prescriptions filled, working class Californians are going to Mexico to see the doctor.
"It's understandable that lower-income workers are trying to seek health care they can afford," he said. "But these people are largely paying taxes and contributing some of their own financial resources to this country. It's high time we provided good care for these people through enlightened public policy."(Emphasis mine)
So what is the USA going to do about it?
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Attn: Voters of Virginia's 42nd House District, DO NOT RE-ELECT DAVID ALBO
From Waldo Jaquith's blog I see that David Albo is looking out for the special interests of one group: child molesters. David Albo introduced legislation to reduce the penalties for sexual molestation, sodomizing a child, and incest. Here's the details, yes, I threw up in my mouth when I read that. Guess what party David Albo belongs to? That's right he's a Republican. I guess he wants government to get off the backs of sexual predators. Fortunately, the Washington Post believes that David Albo does not deserve to be re-elected. It endorsed Gregory Werkheiser for the 42nd House District.
The Washington Post also endorsed Chuck Caputo for the 67th House District over Chris Craddock, mostly because Chris Craddock is an immature idiot.
Kilgore finally wants to be seen with Bush
Jerry Kilgore will finally be seen in public with George W. Bush. It will be Monday night at about 9:00 PM. Yes, Bush's 2004 re-election chairman for Virginia will finally have a campaign appearance with the person he endorsed so enthusiatically last year. Why did it take so long? Could it be Bush's low approval ratings? A few weeks ago Jerry Kilgore avoided a campaign appearance with W. And Ken Mehlman was called in as a last minute substitute for Karl Rove at a fundraiser for Jerry Kilgore. It's nice to see Jerry Kilgore is finally embracing the president and the president's policies. Bwahahaha
Friday, November 04, 2005
Friday Cat and Kid Blogging
Thursday, November 03, 2005
We have the best medical system in the world, right?
I'm not so sure if the United States has the best medical system in the world. We definitely have the most expensive health care system in the world.
The survey of nearly 7,000 sick adults in the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Britain and Germany found Americans were the most likely to pay at least $1,000 in out-of-pocket expenses. More than half went without needed care because of cost and more than one-third endured mistakes and disorganized care when they did get treated.Hmm, maybe socialized medicine has its advantages. Maybe the free market is not the most efficient for the delivery of certain types of services like health care.
The problem is the lack of health insurance for a sizable block of Americans. Uninsured sick people wait until they are really sick to see a doctor and they usually go to the emergency room, the most expensive form of health care. Since the uninsured cannot afford to pay their bills, the hospitals write off the costs. These costs are passed along to the insurance companies who are forced to raise their premiums. More expensive premiums force employers to pass along the cost to their employees or drop health coverage altogether, increasing the number of uninsured. It's the vicious cycle of American health care. Am I the only one who sees this as a problem?
Here's the original study.
The emperor has no clothes
The emperor has no clothes and it took America how long to figure it out? A year too late! Is it January 20, 2009 yet? God we have three years, two months and fifteen days and fifteen more hours until this national nightmare known as the Bush II presidency is over. Well sequels are usually longer and not as good as the original.
a clear majority -- 55 percent -- now say the administration deliberately mislead the country in making its case for war with Iraq -- a conflict that an even larger majority say was not worth the cost.I wonder how many people who voted for Bush last year will admit it 20 years from now. To those of you who voted to re-elect W, a grateful nation thanks you.
The president's handling of terrorism was widely regarded among strategists as the key to his winning a second term last year. But questions about Bush's effectiveness on other fronts have also depreciated this asset. His 48 percent approval now compares to 61 percent approval on this issue at the time of his second inaugural, and from a 2004 high of 66 percent.Don't say we didn't warn you this idiot didn't know what he was doing when it came to warfare. You preferred a draft dodger over two candidates who actually went to Viet Nam and knew about war. You re-elected someone who invaded a country that had nothing to do with 9/11. You re-elected a president who fired and smeared anyone who disagreed with him. Remember General Shinseki? Paul O'Neil? Richard Clarke? He'll even drag a person's family members out into the mud. Yeah, I'm talking about Mr and Mrs Wilson.
Thanks to the 51% of American voters who re-elected this asshole. I want a fucking apology and an impeachment.
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
This is personal
Scientists have developed a vaccine against the human pappilloma virus to prevent against cervical cancer. But the pro-life crowd doesn't want the FDA to approve it based on the umproven belief that it will encourage teen-agers and young adults to have sex, lots of sex. I have news for them, it didn't stop me from having sex with lots of men before I got married (yes, my husband knows about my sexual history and it doesn't bother him. If it did, he wouldn't have married me.) Guess what, I got cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN). Do you know what CIN is? CIN is defined as
Invasive cervical cancers are usually preceded by a long phase of preinvasive disease. This is characterized microscopically as a spectrum of events progressing from cellular atypia to various grades of dysplasia or cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) before progression to invasive carcinoma.Does that make me a bad person? A slut? Why should you judge me negatively and not judge the person who infected me with HPV? (For the record, I do not know who it is and it is not relevant at this point.) I was infected with a virus that kills 33% of the women who get invasive cervical cancer.
So what happens when you have a precancerous HPV infection? You get a colposcopy, where a biopsy is taken using these forceps. Yes, it takes a "bite" out of the cervix and it hurts like hell. Sometimes the biopsy gets everything, in my case it didn't. I had to go to the next step and have a loop electrosurgical excision procedure, also known as a LEEP. It is a superhot wire that is used to excise part of the cervix. Fortunately, the doctor does numb the cervix before this procedure and care must be taken to not burn the walls of the vagina. I must admit it is rather disconcerting seeing smoke come out of your vagina and smelling your own burning flesh. And there is no sex for one month after this procedure in order to allow the cervix to heal. The long term complication of having part of your cervix removed is not being able to carry a pregnancy to term. That's right, even if you are cured of the precancerous condition, the cervix cannot support the weight of a developing fetus. So much for the pro-lifers concern about the unborn.
After the LEEP, I had to get a Pap smear every six months for two years. I am now free of the virus. For the generation of girls who are approaching puberty now this disease will be preventable. Imagine, my nieces will not have to go through what I did. I will be more than happy for my son to get the vaccine so he won't be able to inadvertently spread the virus.
So I will make a deal with the fundagelical crowd. Since you hate science so much, don't get shots, medical tests or medicines. We'll move you to an island where you can quarantine yourselves and you can be happy and praise Jesus the whole time. And we won't have to put up with your trying to impose your beliefs on us and listening to your whining about it when you don't succeed.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
In my previous post, I said I had a problem with trolls. I guess it's an inevitable part of blogging. So I am now using Haloscan. I was able to trace IP addresses to through the site counters, however I could ban commenters. As you can tell I also have a new template, that's because I'm still learning the ins and outs of HTML and Blogger and I lost some of the script for the old template and I wasn't going to try and rewrite it.
I have a troll
Actually I have two, but one is a nice troll and kind of cute. The other one calls himself lonewacko and apparently he thinks when women mess up his order at Carl's Jr, they must think he's attractive. He filed that under "wacky humor", apparently he didn't understand the humor of this post. He also belongs to the school of "jihad is one of the five pilars of Islam" and thinks every Muslim is a terrorist. He hates immigrants even though he's probably the descendent of immigrants. He really hates illegal immigrants. Apparently he didn't realize the September 11 terrorists all had passports and came over here on tourist visas. Ahmed Ressam tried to enter Washington state on a Canadian I.D. card. Yes, they came here legally. Just like his hero Arnold Schwarzennegger. If you want to see for yourself, his website is lonewacko.com/blog/index.html. Cut and paste the url in your browser, I am not providing this person the dignity of a link. His IP address is 126.96.36.199 and his ISP is ACC399A0.ipt.aol.com.