Saturday, September 05, 2009

Round Robin Challenge: Politics

From For Ellipsis

"A liberal is a man or woman or child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future."

-Leonard Bernstein, The New York Times, October 30th 1988

**PLEASE NOTE: I know this is supposed to be a friendly little photo shoot, but this subject has become a very personal one to me. Every once in a while I need to be as open and direct as possible. This is one of those times. So, if you want to skip what I have written because you already know just how liberal I am... fine... but if you do want to read the following be forewarned... it's exactly how I feel good and bad.

From For Ellipsis

Someone asked me the other day, "How come you don't blog as much about politics as you used to? Well, there is a pretty simple answer I suppose... I find it too depressing. By the time last year's elections came around, I was about as burned out on politics as a girl can get. George Bush and DICK Cheney very nearly drained every impulse I had to to blog away regarding how I saw things. But the Sarah Palin came along, and yes, like a breath of fresh air, she inspired me once again! LOL. But let's face it, who can possibly blog about Sarah Palin every day? Especially now that she is very little more then a blogger herself. Someday, hopefully, she will finally go away, but until then we will always have Wasilla.

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy."

-Ernest Benn

"How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?"


The likes of Sarah Palin is no big deal, but the lies of the more prominent right, and the made up politicians, is downright depressing. Obama's reaching out to the right, trying to treat them better then the Bush administration treated the democrats, but what does he get in return? "I WANT OBAMA TO FAIL!" Being shouted from the loudmouth Rush Limbaugh, and the sentiment being screamed by rabid TEABAGGERS (Isn't that term hilarious) who are likewise determined to see failure where reform should be. Life in the United States has been turned into a game of Trivial Pursuit.

Lies on top of lies. MANDATED SEX CHANGES. DEATH PANELS. OBAMA IS A SOCIALIST. OBAMA IS A NOT AN AMERICAN CITIZEN. A FALSE CLAIM THAT AS MANY AS 300,00 WOMEN WITH BREAST CANCER COULD DIE IF HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION GOES THROUGH. I could go on, but why? What would that serve? I will say this, when I think back on the summer of 2009, I will always think of it as the SUMMER OF LIES AND INACTION. The summer we let the train go off the tracks.

Obama was not my first choice for president. Hillary Clinton was. I decided when she endorsed Obama, I would do my best to find the positive in it. I like Obama. He is a fantastic orator. He is compassionate... to a fault, and he genuinely cares more about America then he does himself. He can say when he has been wrong or made a mistake. He is a good man, and I tried to see the good he has done since he took office, such as reversing George Bush's policy on stem cell research, but my HOPE is fading fast. HE IS ON THE VERGE OF LETTING US DOWN when it comes to health care, and he is deliberately turning his back on the war crimes of the Bush administration. I voted for Obama to see an end to the tyranny, not to turn our heads and look away because it is too horrific to comprehend. Want to see horrific?


From For Ellipsis

The lies that caused the unnecessary deaths of over 5,000 service people in Iraq will never be answered for, nor will the subsequent torture authorized and carried out by our own government. Obama wants to forget it and move on, I want to see us actually repair the damage we have done by demonstrating to the world that at least some Americans know the difference between right and wrong and what is just. I am afraid until we face what has been done, we will never be able to repair the damage done.

From For Ellipsis

I take it back, Obama isn't on the verge of letting us down...OBAMA IS LETTING US DOWN! Those of us who voted for him because we believed him when he said that real change would happen, are beginning to feel an unbelievable sense of despair. Speaking as one of those people, I feel lied to. As things are now, I don't see myself voting for him again. I don't think he is a leader I can believe in. If something changes, then I could see myself changing my mind, but unfortunately I think we will have to endure the next 3 1/2 years of the republican party's lies and thug tactics. The one piece of good news is that apparently Nancy Pelosi has grown a pair and told him that without a public option on health care, no bill for health care will happen. It's about damn time someone stood up and said ENOUGH!

From For Ellipsis

What kind of person makes those things their priority?


"If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these acceptance speeches there wouldn't be any inducement to go to heaven."

-Will Rogers

Obama needs to stop reaching out to the right, and just plain do what's right! Do me a favor, no matter how you feel about things, don't let anyone lie to you. Do your own research and find out the straight information. Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and some of our elected officials have an agenda all their own, find out the truth for yourself. is a good place to start.

Faces of the Fallen

Now, on to the Linking List...

1. Karen...Outpost Mavarin

2. Carly... Ellipsis

3. Suzanne... SuzyQ421's Photo Blog

4. Margaret... Facts From A Fact Woman

5. Peggy... Holmespun Fun

Be sure to visit the official Round Robin blog tomorrow to find out what our next challenge will be!


Friday, September 04, 2009

Feline, Feathers and Furball Friday: Happy Birthday Dylan And Hendrix

From For Ellipsis

"If you hold a cat by the tail, you learn things you could not learn any other way."

-Mark Twain

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From For Ellipsis

My boys turned 1 year old yesterday! We don't know the actual day they were born, but Dr. B. guessed they were about 8 weeks old when they found their way to us, by way of their wonderful Foster Mother, Ms. K. . Well, we brought Hendrix home on October 27th, and Dylan on November 6th, so we chose September 3rd as their official birthday!


These two boys are our pride and joy! Dylan is shy and wily, Hendrix is goofy and playful. They couldn't be more different, and yet they get along as if they came from the same litter. They are brothers till the end! Completely devoted to each other, and loyal to Alan and I. Hendrix is my little dreamboat. He loves hugs, and quite often comes and asks to be held. Dylan isn't much for hugs, but every night at around 9 o'clock he lays down beside us, on his back, and asks us to rub his tummy. :) He is so soft. Can you tell that I am completely in love. Oh, don't get me wrong, I am still missing my Elvis, even after almost a full year, but I love my little boys... oh boy... my big cat boys more and more everyday. I will always be grateful to the universe for sending me my fellas... Alan included!

And now... scenes from the 1st birthday party of Dylan and Hendrix...

From For Ellipsis

From For Ellipsis

From For Ellipsis

I love my boys! If you have a little FELINE, Furball or Feathered friend, be sure to play along with FELINE, FURBALL & FEATHERS FRIDAY over at it's new home on Theresa's blog! Thanks again Theresa, for taking on this awesome meme!


Thursday, September 03, 2009

"In What Respect Charlie?"

From For Ellipsis

"Though it be honest, it is never good to bring bad news."

-William Shakespeare


I knew this day would come, but I kinda hoped it wouldn't. See, while I hate getting bad news, if I have to, then at least when Charlie Gibson reported it, it was a little easier to take. I felt sad yesterday, when he announced his planned retirement for the end of this year. His evening, World News Tonight, broadcast has been a part of my life for quite a while now, and I still have fond memories of Elvis settling down when he heard his voice, almost as if he understood the news. I don't know, maybe it was the sound of Gibson's voice that Elvis appreciated. Who knows. What I do know is that at the end of each of his broadcasts, he would say, "I hope you had a good day," and somehow, it always felt like he meant it. I will miss that.


By the way, if you are wondering about the title of this entry, it comes from one of the most interesting moments from this past year. It is Sarah Palin's response, to the question Charles Gibson had just asked her... "Do you agree with the Bush Doctrine?"

LOL... It seemed like such a simple, straight forward question. This was Palin's first real interview after she was chosen as John McCain's running mate. It told me all I needed to know! LOL. A true classic!

Thank you Charles Gibson. I will miss you!


Monday, August 31, 2009

Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot #53: Trees

"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity, and some scarce see Nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, Nature is imagination itself."

-William Blake, 1799,
The Letters

EMPS #53: Trees. NOW CLOSED!
For our first assignment, beginning our second year, how about we photograph some TREES. Walnut TREES, mango TREES, Christmas TREES. Show us TREES, it's up to you. Any size, any season. And archived photos are just fine for this week's assignment!

Extra Credit: Write a little about why you chose the tree you photographed. Tell us what kind of tree it is, and where it's located.

This Monday Photo Shoot assignment closes next Sunday, at 9:00 PM ET. So, you have until then to get your photo, upload it to your website, blog, or journal, and comeback here with the direct link. Please remember, it must be the direct link back to an entry which is specific to this week's assignment, NOT a general link. Also, it would be just nifty if you could also include a link back here, so others can play along.

Linking List for EMPS #52: Laundry 08/24/08


1. Suzanne

2. Jama

3. Leora

4. Margaret

5. Karen

6. Mike

7. Steve

We have two new players this, Leora and Steve. Be sure to drop by their blogs to see their photos and welcome them. :) Thanks for your participation. See you next week!