Thursday, October 30, 2008



Just VOTE!

Hey, I know all you near and dear to me are going to vote, but this is my psychic cry to the population of California and the country. Last weekend we sat down with our sample ballots, mailers, and the internet and figured out each item on the ballot. Here's how I'm voting. Feel free to tell me if you think I've gone astray on any... some of these were vague calls, even after the research we managed to put into it. Some of course we are gung ho about. I don't care how you vote, just vote! (Okay, I DO care and we are disgusted by some of the stuff going on in this election, but I'd rather people actually think about it all for themselves, do some real research, and actually vote rather than just sit it out. That's the worst.)

Congress: Pick Nick!
State Assembly: Maxfield... just voting the party ticket on this one, I must admit.
Schools: Um, anyone want to nudge me on the Miracosta stuff? I have no idea about the issues or anything. I would tend to vote for whomever the teachers support but I don't know what their union name is to google.
SDUH School District: Hergeshiemer and Dalessandro, supported by my union.
Encinitas USD: Skiljan and Page's write ups had more of the educational keywords I know and love versus the very popular (judging from all her signs and endorsements) Mo... but I'm going to vote with my teacherly gut here.
Encinitas City Council: Houlihan, Collier, and Nanninga. I like the moderate-ness of Houlihan, how Collier is going to work with her, how their fliers were printed on 100% recycled paper!!! and I like Nanninga's environmentalism. Isn't it lovely I get to vote for three people? Perfect.

Prop 1A: Yes. Tough call as I worry it diverts money from intra-city public transportation (that serves people who NEED it), but I just can't say no to a chance to vote for public transportation like this. I think we need WAY more public trans EVERYwhere. So I hope this gets the ball rolling.

Prop 2: Yes. I love that CA can help make this the new standard in factory farming. Not QUITE as bad as it is now, all right! Yeah, there's debate about farms leaving CA, but it's freaking CA. People will farm here. And when it comes down to it, it's the least we can do.

Prop 3: I am totally not sure if these hospitals are for-profit places that we shouldn't be supporting with public money or not. For now I've got Yes b/c it's kids' hospitals for crying out loud... but I am hoping to get more info on this one.

Prop 4: No. I am totally against abortion but I think we should be working to find ways to reduce abortions (social support ways, not placing power over woman's bodies in the not-always-competent government's hands), not make girls face possibly abusive parents and coat hangers. No more deaths from "anemia," you know?

Prop 5: I've got yes on this right now. I think people deserve the chance to improve themselves, with help for addiction, rather than being thrown in jail. I believe in people and forgiveness. But I am willing to hear more about this prop still.

Prop 6: No. Doesn't seem to be good law-making or likely to reduce crime.

Prop 7: No. I LOVE the idea of changing over dramatically to green power, but this is just pouring money into a couple big companies. I want a better law to vote for next time. Until then, I'm cloth diapering and recycling!

Prop 8: No. Think they gays will teach your first grader to be gay? Um, no. Rather, I think a LOT of kids have been exposed to this whole topic THROUGH THE NASTY CAMPAIGN ADS being shown during the World Series. Ugh! As Dashing Daddy said, this is no different from people fifty years ago trying to restrict interracial marriages. Or interfaith. I see it as a total separation of church and state. Let Caesar have back what belongs to Caesar and all that. It's just unfortunate semantics. Marriage under civil law is ALREADY totally different from the sacrament that my church helped my husband and I bestow upon each other. And our marriage doesn't need protecting, thank you.

Prop 9: No... I think? The people who should know seem to think this is a redundant law. It sounded good to me, but I am trying to make an educated decision here... and this is an example of where that can be very muddling!

Prop 10: No. Even more just giving money to a few companies under the guise of going green. We need to do far more, and I do better green work with my own money for now, thank you!

Prop 11: No...well, maybe yes. But probably no.

And that's after an hour of research. Props can be great and silly here in CA. I'm trying to do my part.

Just remember...


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

THIS... what I've been thinking about the news the past day or so. THANK YOU, Campbell Brown!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


The rich get richer, the poor get poorer...

“Greater income inequality stifles upward mobility between generations, making it harder for talented and hard-working people to get the rewards they deserve,” he said in a statement.

“It polarizes societies, it divides regions within countries, and it carves up the world between rich and poor.”

In the United States, the richest 10 percent earn an average of US$93,000 – the highest level in the OECD. The poorest 10 percent earn an average of US$5,800 – about 20 percent lower than the OECD average.

Social mobility is lowest in countries with high inequality such as the United States, United Kingdom, and Italy, the report said.

Seriously, CHILDREN are sliding deeper and deeper into poverty. Please, can we stop blaming the poor for being poor, for being lazy or stupid or whatever? It's CHILDREN.

And the social systems are all set up (some purposefully, like education) to replicate the current social order. It's a massively stacked deck. I like how Obama recognized this in some speech, about how people expect you to pull yourself up by the bootstaps, even if you don't have boots! So much of our mainstream society is a sham, blah. It's stuff like this that keeps making our family question, question, question, and opt out of so much of it all.

We need to do more. It's hard when things are so scary right now, but long-term, we need to simplify our life so we have more to spare and share.

Monday, October 20, 2008


I thought this was a good article, summarizing a LOT of information that's in good books like The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.... but still, my reaction is mostly DUH. Of course big corporations are doing all this. But still good to remind ourselves.

Food Industry article

Sunday, October 19, 2008


And we could use some funny.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Just Gorgeous

Angelina Jolie, nursing mama

This has got to be one of the most beautiful pictures of a mama ever! I hope it doesn't come across as sexualized (a husband's "private" photos of his gorgeous Hollywood star wife!) but rather helps to normalize breastfeeding, and breastfeeding around others, and without regard to pictures being snapped or folks hanging out in a room together while feeding babies. Yeah, that was circular, sue me. MY baby has been sleeping on the boob as she cuts two new molars, poor thing, and I'm a bit wipes out.

This makes me even more ridiculously proud that my students once insisted in a movie of my life, I would be played by the Angelina. Yeah, right. But the woman has, I think, shown that someone who's willing to think for herself... well... actually... THINKS. Which leads to all kinds of nice things!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Panda Cam!

Panda cam!

In case you were needing some panda. We love it in our house! And we visit the pandas regularly, too.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Past Associations? And Last Chance!

WHO wants to play the negative past associations game?

Hmm! I think McCain should rethink things, considering the market today!

Also, while we're at it: don't forget (especially if you happen to NOT live in California, lol) to register TODAY if you have not, and get others to do so as well! Here, The Roots told you to, so you'd better!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Prayers, Please

I had to post my previous post that had been sitting on the screen, but now I have to ask for prayers for my sweet Grandpa, who had a stroke. Please keep him in your thoughts.

Banned Book-a-rama

After dipping in and out during the little one's naps, for a week or two, I am so totally into The Catcher in the Rye. But there are too many phonies out there, who are so corny and all, I don't even FEEL like telling you all about it.