castalia: (Calvin&Hobbes presents by lezopez)
I've already celebrated over at [ profile] ontd_political, but I couldn't let the Senate vote on repealing DADT pass (no pun intended) without comment here as well. There are some wonderful comments from Admiral Mike Mullen over here, which make me optimistic for how they'll deal with this.

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Hm, tax free weekend starting today. This might be a good time to go ahead and get a netbook like I've been considering all year. Decisions, decisions...

Anyone have anything good/bad/neutral to say about the Asus Eee PC 1005PE? Or 1015PE? Or the HR group? Or any of the HP minis? I'm leaning towards the first for the battery life, but am intrigued by HD capabilities.

In good news, according to the NY Times it appears Zach Wamp won't even get past the primaries in his bid for governor. Am SO RELIEVED. That will get him out of TN politics completely (*crosses fingers*) this year. Now to hope McWherter stomps Haslam's ass into the ground come November (not that he's much better, but I'll take the lesser of two evils who at least is pro-choice, thanks). Unfortunately, I'm afraid Wamp's seat in the House is going to go to someone equally horrible, as my district is about 65% Republican and the candidates are generally unpleasant. *sigh*
castalia: (Daffy Duck Robin Hood laughter)
This is the funniest thing I've seen all week. Further proof that the GOP is completely out of touch with modern pop culture and slang.

"They're teabagging them through the mail, which I didn't even know was possible!"


Jan. 20th, 2009 12:35 pm
castalia: (Steampunks 4 Obama)
"...we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist."

Fraking awesome speech. Poem that followed was sucky, but that was a damn fine speech. Restore science to its rightful place, damn right!

ETA: YouTube video of Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman's performance of "Air and Simple Gifts" at the inauguration. Part of this is based on Aaron Copland's version of "Simple Gifts", an old Shaker hymn and a loved standard in many church hymnals (it's one of my favorites in the Episcopal hymnal). I really love this tune and it's especially appropriate for today b/c Copland is known as "The American Composer". ♥

Yes we did!

Nov. 4th, 2008 11:12 pm
castalia: (Starbuck Yay!)
Pardon me while I go have a celebratory cupcake.


Oct. 31st, 2008 10:26 pm
castalia: (Black Books - Manny "Oh No!")
My father just scoffed at a segment on The Rachel Maddow Show (I'm certainly alone in my family when it comes to my love for this magnificent new pundit) and told me he liked Sarah Palin.

Liked her. Defended her violation of ethics laws as governor by pulling out the old "Clinton lied under oath" gem (which sure, was wrong, but it doesn't make other people's lying right in comparison).

I want this damn election to be over with, plz. I can't take the stress or the family tension. I swear I'm the only person in my immediate family who watches the news at all (no, mom, Entertainment Tonight doesn't count).

*sigh* Anyway.

Didn't do a damn thing for Halloween apart from hand out some candy. With all the anxiety over my interview, I kept forgetting Halloween was today. So I did some knitting instead. Finally cold enough here to wear mittens! In the mornings, at least. Time to do some stash busting. I'd like to do a nice dressy type scarf, maybe laceweight, but the thought of knitting flat with straights again just seems so boring.
castalia: (Steampunks 4 Obama)
Moment of headdesking during Countdown on MSNBC tonight: segment on Sarah Palin's first policy speech. During which she decided to focus on special needs education and the funding thereof and made this ludicrous statement about government funding:

"Where does a lot of that earmark money end up anyway? […] You’ve heard about some of these pet projects they really don’t make a whole lot of sense and sometimes these dollars go to projects that have little or nothing to do with the public good. Things like fruit fly research in Paris, France. I kid you not."

As this article posted to [ profile] ontd_political points out, the fruit fly (Drosophila spp) is not only a model organism for genetics research, but has led to advancements in the understanding of special needs disorders such as autism. Anyone with even a passing familiarity with genetics research knows this. Model organisms are the foundation of such research.

Someone needs to ask Palin if she thinks we should toss all the fruit flies, white mice, and zebrafish aside and do genetics research on humans instead.


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