Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Equal protection clause FTW!

Apparently today is progressive day. Love it.

“The court reaffirmed that a statute inconsistent with the Iowa constitution must be declared void even though it may be supported by strong and deep-seated traditional beliefs and popular opinion,” said a summary of the ruling issued by the court.

It’s nice to see logic prevailing.

Bryan English, spokesman for the Iowa Family Policy Center, a conservative group that opposes same-sex marriage, said many Iowans are disappointed with the ruling and don’t want the courts to decide the issue. “I would say the mood is one of mourning right now in a lot of ways,”

At least in some quarters. How does it make sense to not want the state supreme court to decide a legal issue? Isn’t that what they’re there for?

I’m going to enjoy the heck out of this progressive Friday. It’s sunny and blue-skied here, and I’m off to buy yarn for a baby blanket, get a haircut, and knit on my Tuscany shawl (only 2 repeats left!).

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Because she’s made the House more welcoming for mothers.

I can’t really add more commentary, other than to say OH HECK YES!

“It’s a very good thing. It’s good for our country,” she said. “More young moms in Congress. Pretty soon, more women leaders in the Congress. And who knows? Maybe one of these new young moms could be president of the United States.”

Right on, Speaker.

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Obama Pictures and McCain Pictures
see Sarah Palin pictures

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Yes, okay, I get it.

There’s an election tomorrow in my district.

Those of you with the DCCC and the RCCC can stop calling me. You can stop sending me piles of paper through the mail extolling your candidate or (more often) smearing the hell out of the opposing candidate.

I know the turnout is projected to be small, and I know you’re trying to get the word out because you really want your candidate to win. I know it’s hard to get the electorate excited about two white guys no one’s ever heard of before. I understand, really.

But seriously, I’m going to vote tomorrow. I’m going to vote despite the annoying phone calls (and there have been MANY), despite the environmentally unfriendly non-stop paper storm in my mailbox, and despite the fact that I think it’s bullshit to have my polling place inside a church (that’s a .pdf). I’m going to vote tomorrow! I have been planning to vote tomorrow since the primary! I have been telling other people to vote tomorrow!

So stop telling me to vote tomorrow.

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I woke up this morning thinking about double increases. An hour before my alarm. Which means today is going to be a winningly good day.

Contest Winners!
I used this random number generator to find the BIRTHDAY TIME!!!! Contest winners. Although really everyone’s a winner with those birthday memories — engagement! first dates! Shakespeare! surprise hilarity! It was fun to read about traditions that were like my own, like Sandie’s mom letting her choose her birthday meal, and 5elementknitr and Dove‘s scavenger hunt experiences, which featured strongly in my youth.

Of course, there are those who are getting the free stuff. Tanya wins the coffee mug, Mary Kay lip set, and yarn! And Sarah wins the Mary Kay hand lotion set! Hooray! I have emailed both of you for your addresses so the swag can get to you!

Thank you to everyone who played and wished me a happy birthday! It was a really good birthday and I had a great weekend.

Political Winners!
I don’t normally talk about politics on this blog, but today is the day before Super Tuesday and I want to put this information out there. At the beginning of the presidential campaign I was a little bit up in the air about which Democratic candidate I liked best (the Republicans not really registering on my radar). Barack Obama is my senator and I’ve loved his record there, but I was also excited about the prospect of Hillary Clinton becoming president because as a woman, who could have a better understanding of women’s reproductive health rights than she? (This is one of my big issues.)

Turns out, Barack Obama has a better understanding of women’s reproductive health rights, and a better understanding of the truth. The former president of the Chicago chapter of NOW explains why she switched her support from Clinton to Obama, and other pro-choice supporters tell why they feel the same way. Is your state part of Super Tuesday? Vote for Obama. Or if you don’t want to, make sure you know why not. In the words of a friend of mine, “Make good choices!”

Knitting Winner!
It’s me! I’m flying along on my green socks…
Moving Right Along
… with the lovely addition of a C2F cable to keep my interest. I started these socks wanting just something plain and mindless and easy, but plain stockinette all the way up the leg is NOT easy to focus on. Add a cute little cable and suddenly I’m zooming through the 5 plain rounds to get to the 6th round when I get to cable. Hooray!

2x2 cable

Plus this gets me on my way to a more cabley 2008. Heck yes I’m reaching that goal.

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