Happy Birthday Katie

Today is my sister Katie’s birthday, she’s 23… In case you don’t know she lives in Chile, teaching English to college students. She has a blog listed to the right, but don’t bother – she doesn’t update it! =)
Anyway, she’s slated to be there until Christmas and then potentially will move back to the states. Although my mother has threatened to move to Chile as well should another Republican get elected into the White House. So they may both be way south of the border come the new year…
Wish her a happy birthday!

7:40 am = the twilight zone

I’ve come to the realization that 7:40 on week day mornings doesn’t really exist – it’s either 7:30 or 7:50…
I know this because I try to leave the house by 7:30 each morning for work knowing that this is more than enough time to get there, technically I could leave at 7:40 but as we know – that doesn’t really exist! If I’m not out of the house by 7:30, it will inevitably become 7:50 in a mere matter of minutes – and then I am late to work because I get behind multiple school buses…

So, buyer beware – don’t ever ask me to do anything at 7:40 in the morning because I may just get lost in some sort of space time continuum!

Who hates Sarah Palin? – I do!

WARNING:READ THIS BEFORE CONTINUING ON – if you disagree with me, that’s fine – that’s your right as an American – hopefully a voting American.

DO NOT make some snarky comment about my political views and I will not personally attack yours… and I will if provoked.

If you are ok with these stipulations then please, by all means, continue to read these facts which are backed up with legitimate sources… I’m well aware that some of my dear friends will undoubtedly vote for this train wreck of a ticket – I still love you although I disagree with you…

So, I am shamelessley stealing this blog post from a dear friend Amy… I am not sure I could have written this better my self – and do note, I am hoping Tina Fey will come back to SNL this season as a guest to further exploit the humorous antics of SP!!!
– gt
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I hate Sarah Palin with an irrational white-hot intensity. Two weeks ago, 98.5 percent of the population had never even heard of her and likely would have mistaken her for Tina Fey.
I resent John McCain trying to shove this novice down our throats, partially, to pander to women. Just because we both have uteruses doesn’t mean I’ll vote for her. Trying to pick up the 13 million Hillary votes? How patrionizing to think that we’ll vote for her just because she’s a woman. She and Hillary have no beliefs in common.

Let’s break it down:
– Sarah Palin went from being a PTA mom to a member of the City Council in Wasilla, Alaska – population 7,025.

– She spent four years on the City Council before winning the mayoral race in 1996. Why, she oversaw a Police Department of 25 officers! In 1999, she won her second post because 909 people voted for her.

– When term limits kept her from running again in 2002, Mrs. Palin endorsed her stepmother-in-law’s opponent, who won the election. (Talk about family values!). That same year, Sarah Palin lost a bid for lieutenant governor.
– Mrs. Palin, who has a stronger than slim possibility of representing the biggest global superpower on the world stage, only last year received her passport and ventured out of the country. Apparently McCain’s campaign is a little sensitive when it comes to discussing Palin’s foreign policy “experience.” From a testy exchange between CNN’s Campbell Brown and McCain’s (ill-prepared) campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds (BTW, McCain later pulled out of an interview with CNN’s Larry King because they didn’t like this line of questioning):
BROWN: Tucker, foreign policy experience has been a huge issue in this campaign because you guys made it a big issue, pointing out John McCain has far more experience than Barack Obama and nothing in your view is more important than the campaign. I don’t have to tell you there’s a feeling out there by some that you’re not holding your VP pick to your own standard, the standard you define. So explain to us why you think Gov. Palin is ready to be commander in chief. ..:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />..:NAMESPACE PREFIX = O />
BOUNDS: Gov. Palin has the good fortune of being on ticket with John McCain who there is no question is the most experienced and shown proven judgment on the international stage. He understands foreign affairs.
BROWN: We know all that about John McCain, Tucker. I asked you about her. We all know the role of the VP as John McCain defined it is to be able to step into the job of the presidency on day one. I’m asking you about her foreign policy experience.
BOUNDS: Yeah, Campbell, there are a number of people supporting Barack Obama’s candidacy and feel he’s experienced enough to take on the Oval Office. Our feeling is —
BROWN: You’re not answering my question —
BOUNDS: Just as much experience as Barack Obama.
BROWN: OK. So does she — you — what I’m saying is that you set a different standard by arguing how important it was with John McCain. No one’s arguing with you he has much more experience than Barack Obama, so I’m trying to get someone from the campaign to explain to me what foreign policy experience or qualifications she has that would allow her to be ready to be commander in chief if something should happen to Sen. McCain.
BOUNDS: Well, Campbell, let me be clear. I don’t think there should be problem explaining her experience. She has executive state level experience. She’s been in public office reforming Washington. She’s been in executive office longer and in a more effective sense than Barack Obama’s been in the United States Senate. She’s been the commander of the National Guard of the Alaska National Guard that’s been deployed overseas. That’s foreign policy experience.
BROWN: If I can interrupt for one second because I’ve heard you guys say this a lot. Can you tell me one decision that she made as commander in chief of the Alaska National Guard, just one?
BOUNDS: Yeah. She’s made — any decision she has made as the commander of the National Guard that’s deployed overseas is more of a decision Barack Obama’s been making as he’s been running for the president for the last two years.
BROWN: So tell me. Tell me. Give me an example of one of those decisions. I’m curious, just one decision she made in her capacity as commander in chief of the National Guard.
BOUNDS: Campbell, certainly you don’t mean to belittle, every experience, every judgment she makes as commander —
BROWN: I’m belittling nothing. I want to know one judgment or one decision. I want to know what one decision was. I’m not belittling anything, I am curious.
BOUNDS: As she makes a decision how to equip or how to command the national guard in Alaska, that is more —
BROWN: But Tucker, those are the Pentagon’s decision, that’s Gen. Petraeus, that’s the White House.
BOUNDS: Pardon me?
BROWN: No governor makes decisions how to equip or deploy the National Guard. When they go to Iraq, those are decisions made by the Pentagon.

Where she stands
Socially, she’s for all the typical things I’m vehemently against, and against the ones I’m for. Anyone who knows me knows what those are.
– Some reports says she’s a racist: “So Sambo beat the bitch!” This is how she (loudly) allegedly described Barack Obama’s win over Hillary Clinton to political colleagues in a restaurant a few days after he locked up the Democratic nomination.

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Her church, the Wasilla Bible Church, is sponsoring a conference to “pray the gay away,” courtesy of the hatemongers at Focus on the Family.
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And she is, of course, anti-choice, even in the case of rape or health risks to the mother.

Again, speaking of hypocrisy, I found this op-ed from the Detroit Free-Press interesting if the races were reversed:
What if Palin were a black woman governor from, say, Illinois, who had been added to the Democratic ticket? What if her 17-year-old daughter had been impregnated by an 18-year-old, basketball-playing black kid from Chicago with no college plans or discernible means of income?
… But set the same problems in the context of a white family, and they can be excused away, or even celebrated as paragons of American culture. Sarah Palin’s daughter and her fiance are being hailed as moral heroes because of the way they’ve handled their situation; black kids would be condemned and held up as a teachable example for just being in that situation in the first place.
Even some evangelicals are speaking up that this doesn’t exactly meet their definition of “family values.” Here’s part of a Seattle Times guest column by an evangelical Christian Wasilla resident raising a child with Down syndrome:
Sarah Palin actively chose to engage the national media machine rather than passing by this opportunity in favor of supporting her daughter through a physically and emotionally trying time.

This info about John McCain’s running mate came from MoveOn.
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.1
* Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.2
* She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000. 3
* Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.4
* She’s doesn’t think humans are the cause of climate change.5
* 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.6
* 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.7

This is information the American people need to see. Please take a moment to forward this info to your friends and family.We also asked Alaska MoveOn members what the rest of us should know about their governor. The response was striking. Here’s a sample:
She is really just a mayor from a small town outside Anchorage who has been a governor for only 1.5 years, and has ZERO national and international experience. I shudder to think that she could be the person taking that 3AM call on the White House hotline, and the one who could potentially be charged with leading the US in the volatile international scene that exists today. —Rose M., Fairbanks, AK
She is VERY, VERY conservative, and far from perfect. She’s a hunter and fisherwoman, but votes against the environment again and again. She ran on ethics reform, but is currently under investigation for several charges involving hiring and firing of state officials. She has NO experience beyond Alaska. —Christine B., Denali Park, AK
As an Alaskan and a feminist, I am beyond words at this announcement. Palin is not a feminist, and she is not the reformer she claims to be. —Karen L., Anchorage, AK
Alaskans, collectively, are just as stunned as the rest of the nation. She is doing well running our State, but is totally inexperienced on the national level, and very much unequipped to run the nation, if it came to that. She is as far right as one can get, which has already been communicated on the news. In our office of thirty employees (dems, republicans, and nonpartisans), not one person feels she is ready for the V.P. position.—Sherry C., Anchorage, AK
She’s vehemently anti-choice and doesn’t care about protecting our natural resources, even though she has worked as a fisherman. McCain chose her to pick up the Hillary voters, but Palin is no Hillary. —Marina L., Juneau, AK
I think she’s far too inexperienced to be in this position. I’m all for a woman in the White House, but not one who hasn’t done anything to deserve it. There are far many other women who have worked their way up and have much more experience that would have been better choices. This is a patronizing decision on John McCain’s part- and insulting to females everywhere that he would assume he’ll get our vote by putting “A Woman” in that position.—Jennifer M., Anchorage, AK
In the next few days, many Americans will be wondering what McCain’s vice-presidential choice means.
Please pass this information along to your friends and family.
Sources:1. “Sarah Palin,” Wikipedia, Accessed August 29, 2008http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Palin2. “McCain Selects Anti-Choice Sarah Palin as Running Mate,” NARAL Pro-Choice America, August 29, 2008http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17515&id=13661-1696554-2UH8R1x&t=13. “Sarah Palin, Buchananite,” The Nation, August 29, 2008http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17736&id=13661-1696554-2UH8R1x&t=24. “‘Creation science’ enters the race,” Anchorage Daily News, October 27, 2006http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17737&id=13661-1696554-2UH8R1x&t=35. “Palin buys climate denial PR spin—ignores science,” Huffington Post, August 29, 2008http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17517&id=13661-1696554-2UH8R1x&t=46. “McCain VP Pick Completes Shift to Bush Energy Policy,” Sierra Club, August 29, 2008http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17518&id=13661-1696554-2UH8R1x&t=5“Choice of Palin Promises Failed Energy Policies of the Past,” League of Conservation Voters, August 29, 2008http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17519&id=13661-1696554-2UH8R1x&t=6“Protecting polar bears gets in way of drilling for oil, says governor,” The Times of London, May 23, 2008http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17520&id=13661-1696554-2UH8R1x&t=77 “McCain met Palin once before yesterday,” MSNBC, August 29, 2008http://www.moveon.org/r?r=21119&id=13661-1696554-2UH8R1x

A few odds and ends
* She doesn’t think climate change is man-made.
* She was named VP running mate on her 20th wedding anniversary.
* She smoked marijuana when it was legal under Alaska law. (Aug 2006). Interesting. I had no idea it was ever legal in Alaska.
* Her only entry listed for foreign policy on the “on the issues” website: Peace Corps strengthens US ties abroad & enriches US at home. (Jan 2007). Pathetic.

PINK TRASH BALL

Please come out to help TRASH BREAST CANCER at the 2nd annual Pink Trash Ball – 9pm Friday night, September 19th @ George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville. Ultra Suede will play all night long and there will be prizes for “best dressed!” So get out your 1980’s prom dresses and your early 90’s headbands, and come out for a fabulous night to benefit a great local cause – the Ozark Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased directly from www.georgesmajesticlounge.com or at the door as well. Hope to see you all there. For more information please call ME directly or the Komen Office at 479.750.PINK!

Game Day – First Game – Arkansas vs. W. Illinois

Saturday, August 30th was the first Razorback Football Game of the season! We had been preparing for it since about February when we got in the lottery for our parking spaces! We need and upgrade and Amanda got us prime parking for the entire year! Parking is important because that’s where we stay ALL DAY LONG – if the game is at 6 pm – we are out the door by 10:30 to head up to tailgate!

Here’s the THSC girls all decked out in our first game, red fineries…
Brittany, Amanda, Ari, Jennifer and me…
After a long day of socializing and what not, it was time for “the circle” this is one of those random traditions that has been around for A LONG TIME! About 30 minutes before we all walk to the game, the fight song starts playing from someones car stereo and we all circle up for Turkey Hill and Boone’s Farm Strawberry. The bottles get passed around until they are empty… This game Brittany finished off the bottle in fine form… There happened to be a side bet going on that none of us were aware of… apparently Zack lost and had to wear a “murse” aka “man purse.” Ari tried to steal it, but not because she was jealous…

Here’s Mike and Kenny laughing about something – they probably can’t even understand each other over the slurred speech act of 2006 but that’s ok – they thought they were funny.

Danielle and Randall did a really good job on faking everyone out to make them think they could stand up straight – all that “gear” is really just part of the balancing act.

Brad has a hammer for some reason – no one knew why, no one locked their keys or their tickets in their car this game, although that did happen once upon a time last year.Here’s Jennifer and Amanda gettin’ all prettied up before walking – 6 hours in the sun and the humidity does a number on your cute outfit!And here’s what it’s all about – HOG FOOTBALL! 2 more months of good times to come!

Crawfist Boil and Actual Birthday Day

Every year before the first game, we all get together for a Crawfist Boil – no not misspelled – that’s a longer story for a later time…

This year was the 6th annual Crawfist Boil and it also happened to be my actual birthday! The THSC (Turkey Hill Social Club) Girls got me a fabulous cake and even had everyone sing to me! The cake was so pretty and yummy too! The top layer was pina colada and the bottom layer was strawberry – it was almost too pretty to eat, but we saved the top pig. It’s still in the freezer! =)

Benton County Birthday @ Bonefish Grill

To close out Birthday-a-palooza 2008, we had dinner with a great group of friends at Bonefish – one of my very favorite restaurants.

Michelle, Lindsey and Lynn did a lot to get it all organized and I’m so thankful for them – it was wonderful.
Here’s Lane, me, Suzanne and Amanda
Here’s Lynn, Heather and me…

Here’s me and Mike and also one of my fabulous chocolate cake…

And here’s the trio – Lindsey, Lynn and me – we’ve been friends for 10 years now! Look for a future update with some really old and not too incriminating pictures of the 3 of us…I had such a wonderful birthday celebration and I can not say Thank You enough to all the fabulous people that helped make it so special!

Randy Rogers Band

Thursday, the Randy Rogers Band played at George’s Majestic Lounge on Dickson. It was the 81st Anniversary of George’s and it was packed! Luckily, between all the people we knew going, there were 3 tables right by each other which worked out very well. Randy Rogers Band is very fun and much to our chagrin, becoming more popular which means more and more people pack into the venue, but hopefully that only means he’ll come back more often!

As this was my birthday eve, Heather brought a cake to share with everyone at midnight… it was very sweet of her to do and a great way to kick off my actual birthday! Sorry… no pictures of this cake…

Birthday!

As I mentioned before, I love birthdays and of course, it’s of no surprise that I love MY birthday! This year I turned 28… and celebrated in style! I was actually born on the Friday before Labor Day so my mother was pretty excited about the repeat of the entire weekend in commemoration I guess?
The next blogs will give you a play by play of the events of the weekend, because not only was it my Birthday, it was a Randy Rogers show at George’s, the Annual Crawfist Boil, AND the first Razorback football game of the Bobby Petrino era! It was a great weekend all the way around!

Just to be accurate, my celebration began on Wednesday night when I went to dinner with my parents… we went to Bordinos and I got some yummy Tiramisu!

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