Category Archives: politics

Seven years later

I woke up this morning and it wasn’t until I was in the shower that I realized it was September 11th again.

They call it “Patriot Day,” now… at least on the calendars.  On the news, they call it “the seventh anniversary of the September 11th attacks.”  We don’t even have to put the year down.  Everyone remembers what year it was.

I was looking at a couple of my old posts on anniversaries past.  Last year, my dad was still in the hospital after having his ileostomy, and it was just a personally tough year.  Two years ago, I remembered where I was and what I was doing that day.  I don’t have anything past that.

Four years ago, we were on the verge of an election, much as we are now.  I hope that our country has learned enough in the four years since that we won’t make the same mistakes.


St. Arnold goes to Austin

Hey Y’all… and I mean Y’all, the beer lovers of Texas! Especially All Y’all who love good beer… I’m looking at you, Ryan and Lucas and Gary and John and…

Anyway… if you haven’t checked out the St. Arnold Goes To Austin blog, do so! Brock Wagner, the founder of the St. Arnold Brewery in Houston, is launching a grassroots effort to allow microbrewers to sell up to 5,000 barrels of beer directly to the public.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage code only allows microbrewers to sell to distributors but not directly to the public. The new code seems to be similar to Proposition 11, which was voted in back in 2003 to allow the same for Texas wineries.

I bet Kinky would have made this a priority…

petulant snit

Well… Kinky didn’t win. And while I wish I could say I was suprised, I’m not (even though I did vote for him anyway). At any rate, I watched the news last night rather dejectedly and was disappointed that Perry won. Bleah. Four more years, making him the longest-serving governor in Texas history, I believe. And elected with a historically low percentage of votes.

Ah well, three cheers for the left-wingers on the national level.

In talking with Rachael yesterday, I’ve discovered that I identify less and less with the two-party system. I find that I self-identify more with the Libertarian party, unpopular as they are, for the combination of conservative fiscal values mixed with social consciousness. It’s like, duh, why didn’t I think of that before? I guess I have been walking along with blinders on since the ripe old age of eighteen, when I became a Registered Voter.

Ah well, I have the rest of my life to perpetually vote for losing candidates, especially if I stay in Texas. Which, for all my bitching, is actually a great place to live, and I’m content to stay for the fact that we are proud folks, for better or worse. That was one thing that I was happy about last night… in many of the concession speeches, the losing gubernatorial candidates did say that it was time to come together as Texans. And shouldn’t we anyway, in matters of politics or not?

In more hotly (to put it a certain way) contested races, tonight will reveal who goes on to the final on Dancing With The Stars. Will it be Mario the Dimpled, Joey the Bald, or Emmitt the Cowboy? I can’t wait to find out!!!!!

I have a nice dog collar collection…

happy election day!

Happy Election Day, y’all! Regardless of who your candidates of choice are, I hope that you’ll get your happy ass to the polls and do something about it.

As for myself, I voted on Friday, and yes, I voted for Kinky. And I feel good about it. I do hope he comes out on top, because I think that he has the honesty and the drive that is so refreshing in this field of candidates. Everyone likes to point at how he whiffed the debate, but on the upside… he wasn’t all scripted and careful, either. I think debating, as an exercise, is overrated anyway.

Ryan is working a double today for the election, so I’m hoping Meagan will come over and poll-watch with me. It’s an exciting year to be a Texas voter, and I hope that enough people are pissed at Perry that they’ll say so at the polls!!

Last night Ryan and I had dinner at home… I threw together a chicken one-pan dinner thing (two chicken breasts, a can of cream of chicken soup, a cup of rice, a cup and a half of water, broccoli, and some herbs) which was pretty tasty, considering that I could have done without cooking altogether. 🙂 We went to Flying Saucer for some brew… Ryan now has 22 visits left to go until he breaks 200 (at 3 beers a visit). I had a Woodchuck Amber Cider, which was pretty good… Ryan had a Young’s Oatmeal Stout, a Young’s Winter Warmer, and a Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale, which he really liked. (It was too hoppy for me… but the selling point on that one was that the brewer picked his own fresh hops.)

Glad to have done with our big comp presentation yesterday… I think it will be a slower day today, which is fine with me. Slept fitfully… Ryan woke me up in the middle of the night when we discovered that Hailey, who has been on poop strike, decided to break her resolve on our bedroom floor. Luckily it was well packed crap, so I just picked it up with some toilet paper and flushed it… no unholy residue on the carpet. And then Ryan turned on the TV… this was all around 5:20 or so. I woke up for real at 6:45 and wasn’t really ready to be awake, but… duty calls. (Not doody this time, thankfully.)

I’ve been addicted to the Overheard In The Office Blog… subscribed to the RSS feed and everything. So funny!! Check it out for some quick little snippets of real-world stupidity.

Go vote!!!

shut up and sing

Just watched the trailer for Shut Up and Sing, the documentary about the Dixie Chicks after Natalie Maines’ famous comment about being ashamed that President Bush is from Texas. This movie looks really interesting, and I really like the Dixie Chicks, too… even though there have been a few too many drunken karaoke outings involving a gaggle of gals, two microphones, and “Goodbye Earl.” But I also find the video for “Not Ready To Make Nice” very visually striking and powerful, too. Definitely not the usual CMT fare.

Of course, the usual CMT fare of late isn’t bad… see any Billy Currington video for details… especially the “Must Be Doin’ Something Right” video that I can honestly say puts “Wicked Game” to shame. (Maybe it’s the more upbeat subject matter… or maybe it’s just all that sand.)

I’m ready for the weekend to be here, even though it’s gonna wear me out. Still have some logistical issues with what to do with the dogs while we’re there… but I’m sure we’ll get it all figured out.

things to check out

  • It’s Wednesday, which means Garrison Keillor’s new column is up at Salon. Good reflection on Columbus Day, Vikings, and why President Bush is in the running for worst president ever…
  • Chris Bell apparently is asking Kinky Friedman to drop out of the governor’s race and support him instead. Kinky refused, natch. What do you think?
  • Google Docs looks cool!! It’s an online productivity mini-suite, but I bet it gets bigger and better as time goes by. If only it worked with my Treo, sigh!
  • Especially for Janette… packing tips especially for women. Maybe more suited to pleasure travel, but there may be a few nuggets in there…
  • The Telework Manifesto… because I wanna work from home one of these days. How much would that rule?
  • Oh yeah, whether you love or hate the Audrey Hepburn skinny black pant commercial… check out the Skinny Dick Pant. (Andy Dick, not the other kind.)