I voted.

voteI have never been so relieved to turn in a ballot, just to have the election process be over on my part. I do not care about the nightly updates. I can just read up on the ballot measures and local candidates who were running. As for the national candidates, like I said before, I’m just glad my part of this is over. From now on, if I see a politician who is actually serving the interests of his or her constituents, I will encourage that person in any way I can. I just do not want another campaign season or quality of candidates like I have seen this past year.

Buck passing on CSPAN

A couple of weeks ago executives from Goldman Sachs were staring at the ceiling while congress questioned them. Now we have BP, Haliburton and Transocean’s presidents shrugging their shoulders and telling senators, “It wasn’t me” (but would anybody be surprised if their fingers are crossed behind their backs?). Conservatives have amassed their talking points, attempting to convince those concerned about the ecological effects of offshore drilling that this only happens two or three times every sixty some odd years and it’s better for our country’s security than any alternatives. Somehow, I don’t think most of the people in Louisiana would agree these days.


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If Elena Kagan is confirmed as Supreme Court Justice, it will be the first time that the high court has had three sitting female justices. She would also be the youngest justice on the court.

Chocolate cake and chocolate republicans

Another day, Another year

My birthday has come and gone, and it was a really great one. It was the coldest one on record. I don’t know what I think about that. My hubby gave me a really neat card and stuff and family and friends from all over called, emailed and IMmed their wishes. The kids helped me eat chocolate cake. At one point I think they thought it was their birthday, they were enjoying themselves so much. I have made some progress over the past year, but there is always room for improvement. In the past week, I’ve really grown a bit. I hope that I can continue that over the year.

Is it the year of the black republican? again?

It seems like black republicans are back in the news. There are 32 of them running for Congress, the largest number since reconstruction. I think that it is a great thing that African-American candidates don’t feel pigeonholed by what used to be the only option available to them, the route of the liberal democrat, but is the republican party truly ready to consider the needs of communities of any color? If the tea partiers speaking out these days are to be believed, perhaps they are. I doubt it, but anything is possible.