Happy “Make Yourself Count” Day

It’s election day again.  This is your chance to go out there and instead of spouting your views to people who probably don’t care what you think, or would rather not listen, actually make them count by VOTING.

I always exercise my right to vote.  I do so knowing full well that no matter who I vote for, my republican husband will more than likely cancel my vote out, but I vote anyway.  There’s always a small tiny chance he’ll see the light.  My mother raised me to believe that you can talk until your blue in the face, but if you don’t go out an vote, what you have said, what you will say, and what you think won’t matter one hill of beans.

So this morning, I took my hill of beans and made them count.

For the record, at this point in the election, I begin to hate all the candidates.  I seriously considered writing in Calvin and Hobbs for my choices because I felt cartoon characters couldn’t do any worse that the clowns running for office.  The ads are annoying.  The 9pm phone calls really tick me off.

And if that fruitcake crackpot Sarah Palin calls me ONE. MORE. TIME. I’m going moosehunting all over her leather clad ass.

So, go…go vote to stop these annoying people from calling me.

Go. Vote.  Now.  Go. 

Go on.

Why are you still here?

Go!

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10 Reasons Why Gay Marriage is Wrong (A Repost)

10 Reasons Why Gay Marriage is Wrong (reposting Mitchell Sturges)

01) Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.

02) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

03) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.

04) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can’t marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.

05) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Britany Spears’ 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.

06) Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn’t be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren’t full yet, and the world needs more children.

07) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.

08) Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That’s why we have only one religion in America.

09) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That’s why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.

10) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven’t adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.

Re-post this if you believe love makes a marriage.

Dear President Obama

While I think it is wonderful that you are helping with the unemployment by continually extending it during this recession, please STOP.

My darling husband has not had a steady contract since October of 2007.  The unemployment really helped in 2008.  But you just keep giving it to him.  And he is NOT motivated to look for a job because we have free money coming in. 

I propose that instead of giving him free money, you help him find a job.  This couch sitting is really starting to get annoying.

Thanks bunches.

Me.

My Quest for Higher Education

So, my second semester of my second round of graduate school officially began last week.  My professor eased us in on that first week – just reading the syllabus and back ground information, one chapter of text, and the big “Introduce Yourself” post that all professors make us do.  This week, not so much.  6 chapters, 1 5 page paper, a tutorial we are required to complete online, plus class participations.  Welcome back to ass kicking 101, better known as “How does it feel to work full time, take care of a household, and put in 6 hours a day studying?”  I know, I could do less on the studying, but this time around in school, I’m taking one class, and deserve to push myself to do everything I can do to maintain a 4.0.  Anything else won’t be acceptable.  At least not for me.

I’m taking a class this semester called Intercultural Communication and Leadership.  It actually seems like the class is going to be really interesting.  We also seem to be concentrating on the Leadership aspect of the class first.  I’m half way through the 2nd chapter (thank goodness this book is easy to read) which focuses on the Trait Approach to Leadership.  I think the biggest thing however, that stuck out from this chapter is that one of the traits that was identified as being attributed to a successful leader in the mid 20th century was “masculinity.” 

I am so glad to see that we’ve come a long way from the mid 20th century, no?  I can not imagine now having successful people of all races, ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations holding inspirational leadership roles in my lifetime.  I’m proud and thrilled that my grandchildren are going to grow up with not only the first african american president, but also strong, wonderful powerful women serving in leadership roles in our society.  They’ll never know it any other way.

We’ve come so far.  Perhaps my grandchildren won’t have to “practice” diversity.  Maybe we are witnessing the very first generation of Americans where diversity just might come a little more naturally.  And wouldn’t that be fantastic?

This is Our Journey…This is Our Time

This is history in the making.  I am proud to have been a part of this.  This is the change we want…this is the change we deserve…this is the change we need.  I am full of hope.  I am full of pride.  I am proud to be an American. 

Yes we can.  Yes, we can.