Friday, September 3, 2010


1.)  I am very disappointed to hear that our military is not actually leaving Iraq.  President Obama has left 50,000 soldiers behind to continue to "train and support Iraq's forces."  This means they will still be not only in harms way, but embarking on combat missions as part of that support.  Which means more deaths and woundings of Americans.  Seven and a half years and counting - How much more money?  How stupid are we to think this is ever going to end well?

2.)  I have been watching Top Chef and Project Runway this summer - not much else is on.  I am really getting tired of the strange decisions of the judges on these shows.  They get rid of people who are good and leave people on for unknowable reasons - well, sometime it is because they are real "characters" and so make "good TV."  I should not look to these shows as reality talent shows, but I was really mad when Top Chef sent Tiffany home on Wednesday.  And making Michael the winner over Mondo on Project Runway was just ridiculous.

3.)  All the hoopla over the allegedly spontaneous and leaderless populist uprising doesn't mention one important thing: the sugar daddies who are bankrolling it, and have been doing so since well before last summer. Rupert Murdoch of Fox News, where both Beck and Palin are on the payroll is one of them. The other two, the brothers David and Charles Koch, are even richer, with a combined wealth exceeded only by that of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett among Americans.

The Koch brothers must be laughing all the way to the bank knowing that working Americans are aiding and abetting their selfish interests.  While Koch foundations donate to cancer hospitals, Koch Industries has been lobbying to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from classifying another product important to its bottom line, formaldehyde, as a “known carcinogen” in humans (which it is).  They were the biggest opponents of Health Care Reform and yet signed up for the first round of  the Government funded  Early Retiree Reinsurance Program under that plan.

Also, Tea Partiers may share the Kochs’ detestation of taxes, big government and Obama. But there’s a difference between mainstream conservatism and a big business centric agenda while dismantling fundamental government safety nets designed to protect the unemployed, public health, workplace safety and care for the elderly.

4.)  I have finally managed to become employed.  I start training on Saturday.  I will be working varied schedules on Saturdays and Sundays and  on Monday nights.  This makes me full time so I will be able to participate in the company benefit package - my husband is happy about that.  I am happy that I will still be able to work with my sister in our new business venture.

Thanks to everyone for putting up with my complaining  and wishing me well all these months!


knittergran said...

Congratulations! It sounds as if you have the best of both worlds-job with benefits AND working with your sister!
And on #3-I wish the press would cover this better and wake some people up.

hokgardner said...

Congrats on the new job!

And argh - I hadn't watch PR yet!

yogurt said...

Congrats on the job! I hope it's something you like. Something that is challenging in a satisfying way.

As for the Koch brothers, I need to do some homework. Sometimes I feel hopeless about the power of big corp lobbies.

Did hear some good news yesterday. Bernanke et al. are planning to dismantle banks so big we can't afford to let them fail. The NPR story said banks are even BIGGER since the collapse. Nice. So this seems to be moving a right direction.

Nan said...


I always wonder with reality shows just how much string pulling the producers do to achieve outcomes that they think will create some melodrama and pull in more eyeballs. The most recent competitive show I watched was Design Star on HGTV, and as it progressed there were several times when I thought they sent the more talented but less personally abrasive designer home.

smalltownmom said...

You saved the best for last! Congratulations!

Walker said...

I am so happy for you Madre! And who do you think should have gone instead of Tiffany? I thought she was the clear choice for that challenge. Broth in space? That makes no sense.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Congratulations! Such exciting news. I hope it's true that good things come to those who wait.

Lisa said...

The news just makes me want to scream.

I am so happy for you about the job! Way to go!