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Just want to thank all you Fam and Friends who got out there and ROCKED THE VOTE! Who all saved the day: Record numbers of Black voters, young voters, WOMEN, and the Latino voters who are a force that every politician needs to reckon with from here on out.

Really great day for my LGBT peeps too so YAY!!

That is the Sweet. Here comes the Bitter.

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Very bad taste in my mouth. I’m a Black Woman in America. I’ve had to deal with racism in so many different ways all the time, every day. Nothing new. Unlike those squigits talking about “post racial America” I figured there would be a backlash to Obama’s election the first time around and I was right, but I wasn’t expecting the racists to be so unashamed about it. That was the only surprise.

Actually no. I was surprised that they went and created a whole political party/faction around their racism and even won major seats in our governing body running primarily on their racist agenda and little else.

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I want to share with you some of the stuff that got thrown around in the last four years. Maybe you missed it, maybe you’ve forgotten some of it. I think we need to remember and never forget. Because until this country deals with its deeply rooted origins of white supremacy and racism we will not make it.

~That young Black man shot by police officers on the eve of Obama’s inauguration. Nothing new there, Black men are shot and killed by the Po-Po all the time in this country. Business as usual no matter who is president.

~Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates arrested in his own home. Suspicious behavior called in by a neighbor. Gates got off lucky. Black, male and “suspicious” is a death sentence these days.

~Just ask Trayvon Martin. Profiled, hunted down and shot point blank. Murdered because he was Walking While Black.

~New York has a wonderful Stop and Frisk Program going on right now. Blacks and Latinos are being targeted nearly exclusively. Watch THIS VIDEO to see exactly what is going on there. Apartheid much? More on this LINK HERE.

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http://emilylhauserinmyhead.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/what-is-white-privilege/

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~A Spanish magazine features The First Lady of the United States of America as a partially nude SLAVE on their cover.

~RNC attendees throw peanuts at a Black camerawoman and shout “this is how we feed the animals” at her.

~That racist agenda I was talking about? There are so many examples, but Tim Wise gathered nearly all of them in one place. If it walks and talks like a duck… Happy perusing! He’s got even more if you’re not sure I’m telling the truth on this.

That is called Southern Strategy. It is old and nothing new. In American politics, the Southern strategy refers to the Republican Party strategy of gaining political support or winning elections in the Southern section of the country by appealing to racism against African Americans.

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This is what you do with a Black male to keep him in his place. You never acknowledge him being an adult. You infantilize him. You always call him “boy”. And if he still gets too uppity you chop off his foot or castrate him and lynch him from the nearest tree and then set his body on fire when you’re done.

Did you hear GOP elected officials, surrogates and pundits calling Obama “a child” and saying things like “let the adults handle things” or refer to his policies as “infantile”? Well I heard them, and those words were not chosen idly.

Obama being hung in effigy via a noose got so commonplace I barely twitched an eyelid. Many got creative and started hanging empty chairs after the RNC, and this past Halloween brought those wannabe lynchers out in droves.

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What was your response to seeing the President of the United States showing his long form birth certificate? Were you slightly miffed that all “that birther nonsense” had gotten that far? Click below and experience what that was like for Black America to see the leader of the free world being asked to show his papers.

http://angryblacklady.com/2011/04/27/heartbroken-at-the-suffocating-racism-and-outraged-at-the-apologists/

http://emilylhauserinmyhead.wordpress.com/2011/04/28/white-americans-really-need-to-shut-up-and-listen/

If this is still confusing to you, then this will help make things very clear:

http://blog.reidreport.com/2011/04/icymi-goldie-taylor-on-americas-first-black-president-and-his-papers/

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The GOP and its members tells people like me things like this:

Black kids better off during slavery than they are today because back then they had a two parent family.

Slavery was actually a blessing for Black people!

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And now we come to the response of white America to the results of Election 2012. We got The Donald calling down a Jihad on Democrats. We got people on facebook and twitter talking about how they are going to ditch out of the USA and move to Canada. Or Australia. Might want to research up a bit before ditching, cuz Australia: “for all you Americans talking about moving here, our PM is a single atheist female, we have national healthcare and mandatory voting.” Best tweet evar.

Speaking of twitter here are just a few of the torrential gushing of racist posts in reaction to Obama’s win.

Another comment I copied from the web:

My homegirl Noelle said one of her co-workers facebook status this morning was:

“I guess fried chicken will be free all day today. Congrats”

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Like I said, America has a serious problem and it didn’t just crop up because we had the audacity to elect a Black president that first time. Or this time around again. There is the institutionalized and systemic racism and there is the racism of the citizens themselves.

I am in less danger than say Doover or my son – I might survive walking down the street or being deemed “suspicious”. I might survive my next doctor’s visit, or I might be considered trash and ignored and be LEFT TO DIE. Little Black kids playing and driving their go-carts COULD HAVE BEEN KILLED simply because the color of their skin made them a target.

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You don’t get to skip off from responsibility like that woman did, nearly killing those children and not even getting a ticket much less arrested. Something needs to be done to get this country turned around and living up to its true potential.

I know there are civil rights groups and what all that you can turn to to help with this huge project.  You were a bunch of damn hypocrites to think all was right in our world because look we did a good thing and elected Barack in 2008. You can’t even cry the same game this time around, because the alternative was so disgusting, pretty much anyone damn else would have been the better option.

You should thank the GOP and their Southern Strategy machinations for bringing the racism out into the foreground. Now you can’t pretend that it doesn’t exist anymore. That its really “not that bad actually”. You have to begin to understand what the real America is. I know its heartbreaking. Trust me, I know. You want to believe that the America you THINK should be or WISH should be is – but the reality is much more sobering. But they say that the Truth shall set you Free. So why not start there?

Be warned. This sort of thing will happen a LOT when you confront a white person with their own racism:

“…whites’ chronic misunderstanding of the nature and mechanisms of racism so we hear racists calling out minorities for being racists for calling racists out on their racism”.

Don’t get caught in that web. Refocus, bring things back around. Think of it like AA – once you acknowledge the problem – that is the first HUGE step and you are ready to get to work and change your life, other peoples lives and hey our country and maybe the world?

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Oh NO He Di’int!

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*record scratch*

say whaaaa??

I know errbody else including myself has jumped in on this but when you have the MittBot spouting his usual lies and nonsense and Barry off his game – nothing else really sparked in that debate on Weds.

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Run the numbers!!

The federal government appropriated about $445 million in fiscal year 2012 to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports both PBS and NPR.

The amount allotted for federal office space acquisition: $864 million a year.

The amount budgeted by the State Department for either Afghanistan or Iraq in 2012: $2.3 billion and $1.0 billion, respectively.

The defense budget: $676 billion this year.

(Source)

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One of my FAVE astrophysicists Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted:

I concur.

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And now for some closing arguments:

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The ER Is Not Free

Mitt thinks that people like me the uninsured can just go ahead and use the ER as our medical care.

Really? If we had between $800-$2,000+ to blow on an ambulance ride visit to the ER we’d have already signed up at for one of those rippy offy “personal healthcare” policies and been done with it.

Little did I know when I called an ambulance to take me to the hospital over a year ago just how much it actually costs you. This is what I learned:

NEVER CALL AN AMBULANCE UNLESS YOU ARE BLEEDING TO DEATH OR SOMETHING. CALL A CAB OR GET A FRIEND TO DRIVE YOU TO THE ER.

They charged me all the mileage/gas it cost round trip. They charged me for the oxygen they used to keep me from hyperventilating and passing out. They charged me for a complete box of latex gloves although from what I could see the EMT only used one pair on me. That was the breakdown from the bill. Those were just the incidentals. It is actually about a $400 ride from your house to the nearest ER.

I had to stay overnight in the behavioral health unit (you know the Loony Bin) and that cost a pretty penny. They charged me for the gallons of blood they drew and for all the tests they used it on. They chared me for the room and board and the $15.00 pill they gave me when I was bouncing off the walls and couldn’t sleep. If they’d told me that teensy lil pill was fifteen bucks I woulda said no and opted for deep breathing exercises or taking a walk or something else to try and get my heart rate down and stop my head from buzzing like it does sometimes.

Did the “health care professional” who handed me that pill know how much it would cost me? If so is she allowed to even mention it? If not, why not and also why then are they pushing more and more expenses on patients without letting them know how much each form of “treatment” is going to cost??

When all was said and done I think my bill was somewhere near $1,200 if I remember correctly. I had to go to the ER again recently and though I managed not to take an ambulance I ended up with about a $500 charge with all the stuff they used to keep me breathing and un-dead and now I have no idea how I’m going to get a refill for the albuterol sulfate inhaler that was prescribed to me.

Another $500 trip to the ER? An 8-hour wait at a crowded free clinic somewhere? (All the while trying not to panic out because I don’t do well in crowded places much anymore). I tried the Walgreens pharmacy clinic thing and found out it would cost me about $80.00 just to sit down with a physician to talk to them about my breathing issues and hope at the end of it all I’ll get a refill script for my inhaler.

ALL BECAUSE BIG PHARMA TOOK ALL THE OVER AND BEHIND THE COUNTER INHALERS OFF THE MARKET AND TOOK MY RIGHT TO BE ABLE TO BREATHE OUT OF MY HANDS AND INTO THE HANDS OF SOME RANDOM DOCTOR I CAN’T EVEN AFFORD TO GO SEE.

Why? Because it cost 11 bucks for a primatene mist inhaler – I used to be able to walk into the supermarket and buy – and costs FORTY BUCKS for a prescription inhaler that’s why. I just thought I’d mention that since we were on the subject.

No sorry Mitt you are so far out of touch with how things are if it weren’t so sad and tragic I’d be laughing. And my story is on the not so very scary end of the horror stories people could tell you about their experiences when they’ve had to go to the ER.

Nobody goes there on PURPOSE Mittens. Nobody LIKES the ER you dolt! Nobody wants to use it instead of having a doc and healthcare so you can manage your health with preventative care and regular doctor visits so you DON’T end up in the ER.

It certainly is not a viable alternative to affordable health care for each and every American citizen – but you wouldn’t know anything ABOUT that now would you??

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Oh Thank Heaven

7-Eleven is at it again

Partnered with The Onion

Oh

My

Yes

LOL

http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/obama-or-romney-vote-your-coffee-cup-7-elevens-7-election-143640

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http://bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com/2012/09/7-eleven-holding-its-presidential-coffee-poll-again-this-year-dubbed-7-election-with-cups-for-obama-and-romney.html/

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http://www.7-eleven.com/7-Election/NationalResults.aspx

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http://foodservice.csnews.com/top-story-7_eleven_adds_new_elements_to_its_7_election_campaign-1303.html

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ain’t this country grand?

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Preaching To The Choir

Far as I know most if not all of my (chronic) readers are registered Democrats who vote early and every time.

GottaRegister.com

GottaVote.org

Just in case there are some who swing by on a visit from somewhere else and/or who are not:

Faux News Gets Legit on Ryan

(I’m calling this an historical moment. The day FN gets tired of gleefully reporting and supporting the bullshit and lies from the GOP and friends)

Auto Bailout Callout

Even MO truth mongering – I just can’t get ENUFF!

The TRUE Story of Mitt & Bain

I rest my case

Thanks for these links – you amazing crazies over at OHN blog :) loove yew!

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Now I wasn’t going to GET INTO IT aside from my I’m Voting For Obama Post, but you know me when something needs to be said – I gotta say it.

And if you’ve been keeping tabs on my LOTD page I’ve been expressing myself there a bit on certain aspects of political shenanigans going on.

The way I see things now is that this presidential race isn’t about any of the issues held near and dear to Americans of either (any) party. You know, stuff like jobs and the economy, foreign policy, weaning ourselves from foreign oil and oil in general, health care, war and peace, education, taxes and you can fill in the rest of the stuff that’s important to YOU.

It has come down to one thing and one thing only and damn the consequences for America and how we are viewed by and our place in the global community:

Do you or do you not want a Black man in the White House?

Yep thas IT.

Damn crying shame.

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Now, visitor from elsewhere, I want to let you know a few things should you be falling prey to these lies and dog whistles of fear emanating from the GOP:

1. These are not just ANY sort of White Guys. These sort of guys you prolly never met nor will ever meet – because the circles they run in? Well lets just say it takes a wee bit more than white skin to gain entrance. Try on something green instead. Multi-millions of green and even billions. They don’t know about you (or care to know about you) and the other average Americans just trying to get by and maybe even grab a slice of that pie. Also Mitt still has NOT (and by all accounts won’t never) released all his tax records. He seems to consider himself above all that. Tho he seems to really like to see documentation on his opponent…

2. They’d love to reel things back to waaaay before the suffragettes were rattling the chains around the voting booths. Are you a woman? Heaven help you if their Grand View Of The Shining City comes to pass. Go pick up a copy of The Handmaid’s Tale, read it, and get back to me.

3. They are indifferent to and at times actively hate: Any People of Color, women, disabled folk, poor people, the middle class (what’s left of it post-Bush era), children, smart (read educated) people, old people and anything and anyone LGBTesque.

Basically, you cannot this time around pick and choose. You take the whole package or you leave it. You can switch parties. You can (I think) be registered in one party and vote the other. Whatevs. Just be aware of what you are actually voting for. I can only pray the scales fall from your eyes.

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I would also like to put a shoutout to those reporting the news on this election. From some of the vids I’ve seen on broadcasts (yep I cut the cord loooong ago) Something has been bothering me to NO END.

WTF is all this “Mr. Obama” crap?? It is PRESIDENT Obama thank you very MUCH! I keenly remember 4 years ago post-election (pre-cord cutting) when news heads would giggle a bit when they oopsied still calling him Mr. Obama and would correct themselves and call him President Obama.

This reversal ain’t cute. He is THE PRESIDENT and that is how he should be addressed. And don’t you know in this country once you’ve already been a president you are still referred to as Mr. President. so ummm??????

Aaaand lastly to any Black Republicans (still??) out there: derrrf?? whaa?? Get a CLUE like real quick.

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Some thoughts if you think you need to get out there and help things along. (yes we DO need to) While I have a lot of confidence in thinking people making rational decisions based on true information – Since this election is not about thinking or anything rational: we may just have to pull out all the stops like we did last time. It’s not too late.

Find Your Local Dem Field Office Here: Take Action!

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Race itself is a figment. Its some sort of irrational thing that was thought up out of nothing. (primarily to be used as an aid in the subjugation of one people over another). There is no biological or scientific evidence or reference for race. Even my anthropology (historically one of the most racist fields of study) books dedicated chapters to the scientific impossibility of race. Cracks me up when you look up race on the wikipedia. Its always in the context of subjugation and control. (like I said) And they try very hard not to say that it is actually indeed a figment. There is only one race on this planet: The HUMAN race.

I hope one day we’ll all get over it. But I don’t see that day coming any closer what with all these shenanigans going on. Oh WELL. Just don’t wet that big scawy bwack man in the oval office scare ya ok? lol geez.

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Oh NO Nina: I’m So Sorry

I’m going to try to express myself coherently. I really am. But ever since I heard that Zoe Saldana was chosen to play the High Priestess of Soul herself Nina Simone…I’ve been alternating between speechlessness and incoherent frothing at the mouth. (Not to mention the hysterical mind-crying sessions we won’t go into right now).

No no no no no no no NO! I just have to BREAK DOWN and LET IT ALL OUT right now, I really do, tho.

Just so you know. There is no disrespect to Zoe’s acting skills or anything like that. I’m also a fan and I loved her in Colombiana and whatsnot. It isn’t about THAT for heaven’s sake!

What this is about is Hollywhite doing its THING again and in the process just making me crazy and wanting to say what I want to say but I find that I’m just UNABLE.

Cute as a button but NO darlin, Just NO.

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Originally they had Mary J. Blige up for the job, but that didn’t work out. Despite Mary’s propensity for “going blonde” alla dang time, I wouldn’t have minded that choice as much. Ok actually I WOULD have minded just as much. See Zoe is the “IT” girl right now, just as Halle Berry was in her heyday – the Black Woman of Choice Hollywhite picks – like we are interchangeable and substitute-able and it just doesn’t MATTER.

But it DOES matter. And it also matters that when they got around to attempting to immortalize such a legendary singer and cultural influence like Nina Simone – they chose to go the unauthorized bio-pic angle. Which of course allows them to not only do things like white-wash her image but choose to de-gay-ify (the character/role) of her close friend and nurse  Clifton Henderson. Oh NO they di’int! Oh yes they DID.

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CLICK HERE for the online petition to have the producers of this movie reconsider their casting choices. As you can see from the comments not only on the petition but on many of the links here on this post, it goes much deeper than just light skin vs dark skin. Here are some examples:
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I’m Not Surprised

Although I’m not surprised this happened, I’m still rendered speechless by it and I can’t formulate a coherent response right now. However since I’m slightly late to the conversation at hand, plenty others have been able to speak on this for me – and quite eloquently I might add.

Last month on July 23rd to be exact Kevin Roose in an article for NY Mag titled “Dumb Money: Exposing Silicon Valley’s Stupidest Investments“, had this to say as a kick off intro for his article:

“Some of tech’s clunkers never get off the ground, but others manage to get big, high-profile investments despite having no redeeming qualities whatsoever. (For example, what kind of genius decided to throw $1.2 million at NaturallyCurly, the ‘leading social network and community for people with wavy, curly and kinky hair?’)

Ooopsies My Dear. In case you are wondering Kevin is a white male. I can’t tell you what was going through his mind when he decided to call out NaturallyCurly as an example of a stupid investment. I also think he wasn’t expecting the backlash he did get as evidenced by his “updated” article to include some sort of explanation at the end. Looks like he still has no clue.

The response to his article from BlackGirlLongHair.com includes a rebuttal response from TextureMedia (the company that runs NaturallyCurly.com) CEO Crista Bailey which she says in part (trying no doubt to school Kevin):

“As the straight-haired CEO of TextureMedia, parent company of NaturallyCurly, I thought I would share a few facts about the size and engagement of this market. The first is that approximately 60% of the world has textured hair (waves, curls and coils). That’s a lot of people — close to 80 million textured hair females 18+ in the US alone.

Combined with other brands in the TextureMedia portfolio, NaturallyCurly serves close to 2 million unique visitors every month who appreciate having an engaged community platform to share and learn more about products, stylists, photos, trends, hair health and more.

Women with textured hair spend 3x more on average than their straight-haired peers.”

Poor Kevin shoulda done his homework.

The response to his article from MadameNoir.com says it best I think. Especially the blurb included from Racialicious.com:

“Roose’s thoughtless (and factless) comments illuminate some of the problems in Silicon Valley, namely that the space is controlled by people who are fairly myopic. If this market isn’t something they understand or participate in, it doesn’t exist. And these kinds of perceptions create an environment in the marketplace that disadvantages minority/women fronted businesses seeking investment to create products for their communities.

There is an ignorance around the actual needs, size, and profitability of markets outside of the usual scope. This, on its own, is not a problem – CEOs and Founders can educate investors as to the opportunity and the potential.

But these casual disses and incorrect assumptions poison the well – one would hope that investors aren’t influenced by bad reporting, but these perceptions create a climate where businesses aimed at markets that are not white males are automatically marginalized before they even step into the room.

Worse still, most of these folks will never bother to check and see that their assumptions are wrong. And they will never fully understand why the atmosphere in Silicon Valley doesn’t change.”

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Ok maybe now I can toss in my two cents without frothing at the mouth and passing out from sheer blind anger. At least I’ll give it a try.
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This Is What I Saw

Some of you might have seen a US president hopeful stumbling, bumbling and gaffing his way all over London recently. First of all, why was he even there? NPR asked the same question earlier today. Some people have even wondered out loud if this person is a sociopath. The diagnosis on that character might even be worse than that. But to me, none of that matters. This is what I saw:

I saw a person who was behaving as if his election to the presidency of the United States was already in the bag. Was a done deal. He therefore doesn’t have to act with any sense of decorum, humility or dignity because in his mind the next time he stops by the joint he’ll be the leader of the free world and what that means to him is that nothing he does or says right now will matter then anyway.

And why would someone have that much swag anyway? Enough to run a heavily edited video with his bought and paid for audience members making it look like the Black community was wholesale in his court and was going to support him and vote for him all the way? I’ll tell you why he’s walking around foreign arenas (in the first place) without a natural born care in the world to what comes out of his mouth:
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I wish my first post of the New Year could be a different one. It seems that current and local events have thwarted that. I suppose I guess thats what I get for procrastinating. But then again, I’d still be writing this post anyways.

I thought my self well escaped when I narrowly missed having “The Governator” preside over my State when I ditched Cali for AZ. For some years although personally harrowing, the political scene was not much to write home about. (Not that I had my finger on its pulse or anything, but you know).

Then Barack said he was running for President, and I turned into a CNN-addict, and began to see some hope on my previously agnostic horizons. I tell you, I literally CRIED when Dubya stole his 2nd term in office. Tucson is a Democrat Town, no matter what the color of the state, and I was fooled into thinking there was Hope.

But THIS time, I dared again and I started to become more aware of all sorts of things going on. California is a border state, like Arizona, yet there is a big difference. My brush with Mexico was contemplating a few times during college going to Spring Break in Porto Vallarta. (I never did, it just seemed an awful idea.)

My first few months here I strolled over the border with my best friend J to celebrate my birthday weekend in the cute (exept for that horrid WALL right thru it) town of Nogales, Mexico. Its much closer, and consequently AZ came into national focus with what I call The Lets Pull Over The Brown People Law And Ask Them For Papers Like It Was Apartheid. Oops how embarassing!

Now its freaking me out to have this lil one-horse town’s name on everyone’s lips and top of the hour discussions on CNN. I’ve since calmed myself down from my 24-7 CNN watching – I ditched my cable TV – and I listen to it streaming over the internet now, from time to time.

One of those times was the memorial service that took place just up the road at the U of A. Barack was there and spoke. I listened to his words, and I mourned for more than those that had died. My heart was lifted at the news that Gabby opened her eyes, and seems to be improving.

I’ve been wishing, hoping and trying (sort of) to pull myself up with my bootstraps and keep moving East to New Mexico. I dont think I’ve ever been embarassed to live in a particular State before. I mean really. I’ve been a California Girl, and then I was hanging in AZ, and now I’m re-girding my loins to ditch out of her to NM – Finally. I have no clue WHEN that will happen. I have about THREE huge things to take care of before I move anywhere – but it IS for sure high on my agenda.

I’m not naive enough to think that NM is going to be all roses, but I was happy to see in the past presidential election, they turned that state from republican to democrat – from the grassroots on up. Whatever happens, happens, and I get to use a catylizing moment in our nation to light a fire under my own butt. Why not? Whatever works.

Happy New Year, 2011 you started out with a bang indeed.

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Word Crazynezz

As you know I consider myself a Wordsmith. My definition of that is someone who loves words, the meaning of words, using words, crafting stories with words etc.

I also have “lists” of words that I love and lists of words that I love: notsomuch.

Before I started school again, I knew I would come across many of the words on my notsomuch list. And well I was RIGHT.

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QOTW: What Does The Al-Qaeda Want?

Okies…
I been doing some thinking about this whole Obama scaling up the war in Afghanistan.

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