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In other news, Obama was in the ‘Nati yesterday, along with about 15,000 people in Ault Park. I didn’t go because I had to work, but at 11:00 (his speech was at 3), people were already trekking up from MLS and HPS. I thought, naively, that the local news last night might have had some coverage, but they were too busy with Palin in Wilmington (Any idea what she was doing there? Does anybody really believe the GOP is going to fix the DHL mess? Shouldn’t they have run her out with pitchforks?), and interviewing people there like the guy who said “She should be president!” and woman who dressed up her little girls like Caribou Barbie (thanks, Veace’s mom) and made them imitate her–as flattery. For the Obama rally? Not a single person interviewed, no estimate of the number of people there; only a brief clip (and a rather stilted one) of his speech. I really should know better than to expect anything–ANYTHING–informative from the local news, but really. They should be utterly ashamed. 15,000 citizens were gathered in a public park to support a presidential candidate. Cover the fucking story.


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Who is Sarah Palin? Here’s some basic background:

  • She was elected Alaska’s governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage. She has no foreign policy experience.
  • Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.
  • She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000.
  • Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.
  • She’s doesn’t think humans are the cause of climate change.
  • She’s solidly in line with John McCain’s “Big Oil first” energy policy. She’s pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won’t be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species—she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.
  • How closely did John McCain vet this choice? He met Sarah Palin once at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position.

I don’t know much about her beyond these points. I’m shocked, insulted, disappointed, appalled, horrified…you get the picture? The things she said in that acceptance speech made me sick to my stomach. How dare she speak of the cracked glass ceiling. Shame, shame, shame on them.

I’ve not been the biggest Obama supporter, and I still stand by my belief that Sen. Clinton would’ve been a better choice for the nominee (not to mention the VP). However, I’ve never even considered voting outside my party, and I believe these “hard-core” Hillary supporters that the right is courting are largely a media creation. This latest move by the GOP–this deeply, deeply cynical move–makes me want to campaign for Obama.

In the words of someone I admire very much, “No how, no way, no McCain.” Especially not now.

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toothpaste for dinner

And, none of them are such piss-poor writers that I’m ashamed to be alive.

They’re really starting to freak me out.

They must be robots.

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I have to get Rihanna off the top of my blog.

It’s been a nice week off. And by nice I mean busy. First, I’d like to thank Veace for voting for Rihanna twice on my video of the week poll, causing the vid to tie for first place. And since I voted for Beirut, and kb voted for his girl Jenny, that leaves three votes unaccounted for. Out of principle I’m disqualifying Rihanna, so the winner is CYHSY! I know you were dying for an analysis of the results.

Since last week, school began. After a year in the “real world,” I saw I couldn’t hack it and came crawling back to student status. Here’s the book list for the quarter:

  • Essentials of Adobe Captivate 2
  • The Elements of User Experience
  • Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 Visual Quickstart Guide
  • Macromedia Flash 8 “
  • Don’t Make Me Think!

It’s a whole new Coral. I’ll be so web-geeked out in a few weeks that you won’t recognize me anymore.

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Mike Gravel for President

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Check out this ad from today’s NY Times:

How sad is this? Now, I doubt I’d qualify for a Sotheby’s Master Card, but I can’t imagine whipping that baby out to pay for some cotton balls at CVS. Do you think there are Sotheby rewards, like Amazon rewards, or miles?

One more thing about Frida Kahlo. I have a postcard of one of her self-portraits on my desk, and when my future mother-in-law asked for a picture of the engagement ring, this happened:

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When you really think about it, the fact that Britain still has a royal family is a bit odd. Now, I think that Prince Charles–with his passion for organic farming and best-selling line of biscuits*–is perfectly acceptable and adorable. It’s the queen who unsettles me, and it’s her current visit to the U.S. that is downright weird.

Since the royal family has no real political role anymore (though they may still have influence in the House of Lords–I don’t know), the queen certainly wouldn’t be here to make notable speeches, shake important hands, etc. So what would you expect her to come to the U. S. of A. and do/see? Tour Jamestown (on the 400th anniversary of the settlement) with Dick “Go Fuck Yourself” Cheney and watch a re-enactment of…whatever it is exactly that they re-enact there? Get trashed on mint juleps and barf in the bushes at the world’s trashiest/most elite horse race? Dine and talk brush-clearin’ with The Decider?

What on earth would Her Majesty do here?

*Anyone who has a .edu email account can access Times Select articles for free. You just have to register.

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