Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Light To Unite

As part of an AIDS awareness campaign, Bristol-Myers Squibb set up the
Light To Unite
website. They pledged to donate a dollar for every "candle" that was "lit." In another example of people underestimating the power of the internet, they apparently capped the total donation amount at $100,000. The response was overwhelming. So far, more than 1.5 million "candles" have been lit. The good news is, this means the site was visited from at least that many computers, since each machine can only light one "candle." I just wish the big drug company had budgeted more money for the campaign. $100,000 is just a drop in the bucket in the fight against this global epidemic.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Joyeux No�el

I watched this 2005 French movie with a few others at the Brunswick Library Tuesday night. Joyeux No�el is based on the true story of the 1914 Christmas Truce. It is in English, French and German, with English subtitles. It is heart-wrenching, often funny, and ultimately a story of hope and humanity amidst the ludicrous horors of war. It's not your usual holiday fare, but it can certainly make for a thoughtful evening. The theme of the holidays during wartime is certainly timely. Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Robert Altman 1925-2006

What an amazing life he lead! I was lucky enough to be among the Chicagoans who served as audience/extras for Altman's "The Company" a few years ago. It's not like I actually met the man or anything, but he did talk to the group for a bit. It's just nice to be able to say I was on the set of a Robert Altman film. I never did see "A Prairie Home Companion," but I might have to rent it now. It's bound to be important, if only for the fact that it was Altman's last film. The AMPAS sure gave him that Lifetime Achievemet Oscar just in time!
Thank you for fifty great years of movie making.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

30 Rock on iTunes!

If you missed Jack McBrayer as Kenneth the Page on Wednesday nights (as I often did), do not fret. NBC is moving this very funny show to Thursday nights (9:30 normally, supersize episode at 9:20 this week). 30 Rock is also now available on iTunes. As a matter of fact, "Blind Date" is available for free download this week! Hey, what have you got to lose? Go on over to the iTunes store & download some Jack McBrayer!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Message from the Nelson Campaign


Rev. Jim Nelson ran a great campaign against Jack Kingston, a 14 year incumbent with 1.5 mil war chest. The Nelson Campaign raised $100,000.00, a fraction of that spent by his opponent. We need to retire about $10,000.00 in campaign debt incurred to cover necessary expenses in the closing days of the campaign. The books need to be settled on this campaign endeavor, so we can begin gearing up for 2008.

With the firm foundation built during this campaign, along with the many requests from constituents, Rev. Nelson looks forward to being your Democratic Candidate for the First Congressional seat in 2008.

Thank for your continued support.

Mirror post at Nelson for Congress Blogosphere

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Democrats take Virginia and Senate

It's official: Democrats take Virginia and Senate . When I've gotten my thoughts togehter, I'll post more.

Monday, November 06, 2006

LWVGA ballot guide Part 6

3) Shall the Act be approved which expands the ad valorem tax exemption for veterans organizations to include certain additional nonprofit veterans organizations which refurbish and operate historic military aircraft for educational purposes? (HB 173, passed in 2006)
EXPLANATION: Expands the ad valorem tax credit already in place for veterans groups with 501 (c)(3) tax­exempt status to those which have been organized for the purpose of refurbishing and operating historic military aircraft acquired from the federal government or other sources, to make such aircraft airworthy, and putting the aircraft on display for public educational purposes, i.e. the Commemorative Air Force.
PROS: Provides for an ad valorem exemption to a non­profit veterans organization which refurbish historic military airplanes.
CONS: This referendum is very narrowly tailored and is an example of special interest legislation. The fiscal impact is estimated to be less than $500,000 statewide.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Jim Nelson ad

Jim's latest campaign ad. I would personally prefer footage of Jim speaking instead of this negative ad about Kingston, but what else are you going to do when you're running against an incumbent? You've got to run against his record.

LWVGA ballot guide Part 5

2) Shall the Act be approved which provides that, with respect to base year assessed value homestead exemptions, the surviving spouse of a deceased spouse who has been granted such a homestead exemption shall receive that exemption at the same base year valuation that applied to the deceased spouse so long as that surviving spouse continues to occupy the home as a residence and homestead? (HB 81, passed in 2006)
EXPLANATION: Allows the surviving spouse to retain the homestead exemption which the couple had while the other spouse was still alive. Overall, the surviving spouse would not incur any increased tax liability due to an increase in assessed value. PROS: Exemption requirements are based on age, income and disability. The taxpayers this would benefit are the younger spouses who may not qualify for the exemption on their own because they have not met the age requirements.
CONS: This referendum only provides this benefit to a very select group of the population and could have additional implementation ramifications. Further, the fiscal impact on state and local budgets is unknown.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Now I've arrived. The folks over at Blog for Democracy have seen fit to include the Glynn Peace Press Release post in this week's Monday Blog Roundup. And I thought only my Mom read the blog. Actually, she doesn't even read it!
In answer to Roxy

Roxy asked where the troops might go if they are pulled out of Iraq. This video suggests one idea.

Monday, October 30, 2006

LWVGA ballot guide Part 4

Statewide Ballot Referendums:
1) Shall the Act be approved which provides a homestead exemption for the full value of the homestead with respect to all ad valorem taxes for the unremarried surviving spouse of a peace officer or firefighter who was killed in the line of duty? (HB 81, passed in 2006)
EXPLANATION: Exempts the un­remarried surviving spouse of a peace officer or firefighter who was killed in the line of duty from all ad valorem taxes. This will not affect any special assessments assigned to the property, however, and the exemption will have to be applied for in­person.
PROS: Provides a generous benefit to those whose spouses serve in the public interest and sacrifice their lives serving the community as firefighters or peace officers.
CONS: Very narrowly tailored with a small impact on Georgians overall. The referendum is potentially difficult to enforce as written because it does not specify if the benefit is applicable to officers and firefighters in other states if the surviving spouse moves to Georgia and related scenarios. Further, if the widowed spouse remarries, he/she will not be eligible for the exemption even if he/she is raising the children of the fallen firefighter or officer. Any other employee of the state or local government who is killed in the line of duty is not given this benefit.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Glynn Peace press release

Since the Brunswick News seems disinclined to print anything about this event, I'm putting it here:

GlynnPeace, a Glynn County group working to end the U.S. occupation of Iraq and bring home U.S. troops stationed there, is planning to commemorate the U.S. soldiers who will die in Iraq in the time between November 1st of this year and when George Bush leaves office on January 20, 2009.

The action will take place from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Gloucester Street in downtown Brunswick, in front of the Federal Building (main Post Office), in which Georgia's First District Congressman, Jack Kingston, has an office. Participants will ring a bell for each of the 2030 U.S. soldiers who will die in Iraq while Bush remains in office and cross them off one by one on posters of simulated faces. The number of projected dead, based on figures obtained from the Iraq Casualties web site (http://icasualties.org/oif/), is 2.5 per day. This average was calculated prior to the increase in casualties in October.

GlynnPeace is inviting all those who want to end the Iraq War and bring U.S. troops home quickly to join them in this "pre-memorial" event. More information may be obtained by calling 262-1274 or e-mailing glynnpeace@bellsouth.net or visiting http://home.bellsouth.net/p/PWP-glynnpeace.

According to organizer Robert Randall, "George Bush has promised that U.S. troops will stay in Iraq as long as he is President. That's another 812 days beginning November 1st. In that time, using conservative casualty rates, we know there will be at least another 2030 U.S. dead, 13,000 U.S. wounded, 27,000 Iraqi dead, and more than $154 billion more dollars wasted. All this just so we can continue to strengthen the radical jihadists and make ourselves less safe!"

In the proposal for this public event, which has been circulated nationally, GlynnPeace adopted November 1st, which is celebrated in some Christian traditions as All Saints Day, as "a most appropriate day for commemorating, ahead of time, those whose names are not yet known, but who will most certainly be sacrificed to George Bush's war in Iraq." The organization is also using the occasion to point out "the very real cost if 'we the people' fail, six days later, to change the leadership of the U.S. Congress." Nov. 7th is election day for all members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Georgia's First Congressional District, which includes Glynn County.

In a one hour meeting on September 28th with a six-person GlynnPeace delegation, Rev. Nelson, the Democratic candidate for the First District House seat currently held by Kingston, endorsed a GlynnPeace resolution which states "the time has come to end the United States' occupation of Iraq and bring our troops home." The full text of the "Resolution To Withdraw U.S. Troops From Iraq" is online at http://home.bellsouth.net/p/PWP-glynnpeace.

A GlynnPeace delegation had previously met with Kingston, who asserted his support for the Bush Iraq policy and refused to endorse the GlynnPeace resolution. At its October 4th meeting, GlynnPeace adopted a position paper which endorsed Jim Nelson's candidacy for Congress.

"The bottom line," said Randall, "is that Kingston supports the war and will continue the killing, whereas Nelson opposes it. To help end the war, we need to work to change our Representative in Congress."

GlynnPeace member Kelly Dobbin said simply, "I am voting for Jim Nelson because it is time for a change in Washington. Jack Kingston ran on term limits over a decade ago. Time is up."

-Truth is, I said more than that, but y'all know I'm not one for stating anything too simply. I will not be able to make it to this event, as my work on the island precludes a lunch-time jaunt over to Brunswick. I hope some of you can go out to show your support. Here's my suggestion for a protest sign: Side one: "Support the Troops" Side Two: "Bring them Home!"-

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Jim Nelson @ GA Democratic Convention

Finally, video of Jim's convention speech (if it works).

Monday, October 23, 2006

Glynn Dems fundraisers Huge Success!

Both the Friday Night Fish Fry and the Saturday Morning Political Breakfasts were rousing successes by all accounts. I attended the Fish Fry, but was not able to drag myself out of bed in time to get to the breakfast at 8 AM Saturday. You're all shocked, I know. I can report that Jim Nelson gave a great speech, as usual at the Fish Fry. We also got the expected jolt from Rev. Williams speech, just a little later than expected. Between admissions and the 50/50 drawing, The Glynn County Democratic Party raised hundreds of dollars (I'll have an exact figure after the next meeting). More importantly, these events helped create a real sense of community. We are not alone! We know we have a tough fight ahead of us, but we also know that we can do our part to change the political landscape. America has had enough of the status quo. Tell your friends to vote on November 7th (especially if they're democrats)!

Friday, October 20, 2006

LWVGA ballot guide Part 3

3) Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to authorize the General Assembly to provide for special motor vehicle license plates for stated purposes, including dedications for the ultimate use of agencies, funds or nonprofit corporations where it is found that there will be a benefit to the state? (HR 1564, passed in 2006)
EXPLANATION: Empowers the General Assembly to provide for several new special motor vehicle license plates for optional purchase and authorize our lawmakers to dedicate some or all of the revenue from the sale of these special tags for programs relating to the plate's subject. The dedicated revenue may go to an agency, fund, or nonprofit corporation for the ultimate use of a nonprofit corporation if found to be a benefit to both the state and the nonprofit.
PROS: Raises funds and visibility for many important causes and the organizations that address those specific causes with legislative authorization only. Currently, each license plate proceeds have to be enabled with a statewide referendum.
CONS: There would be little flexibility to amend the list of special interest license plates and their beneficiary organizations. Further, many groups on the list represent only one side of an issue or problem. The LWVGA encourages voters to view the full list of approved plates and the organizations that will receive funds from their sale (see below). Finally, in instances where the state places earmarks on dedicated funds it also has the right to remove those earmarks, as was the case with the HazardousWaste Trust Fund.
LWVGA Position: The language that will appear on the ballot does not give voters all the information such as what tags were approved by the General Assembly or what organizations will receive funds raised by the tags. The incomplete language on the ballot does not offer the voter full information on what the elector is ratifying. Further, the League opposes earmarks on dedicated funding. A complete list of the special tags that were approved by the General Assembly and the organizations that will receive funds from the sale of the plates is available at www.lwvga.org or at www.legis.state.ga.us, search HR 1053.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Adam wins the pennant!

I may be a Cubs fan, but I was rooting for the Cards last night, as GA alum Adam Wainwright threw the final out to win the National League pennant for the St. Louis Cardinals. I've shouted it in Wrigley Field and I'll type it now: STUPID METS!!!
Congratulations Adam! Good Luck against Detroit. We're all pulling for you.
Adam Wainwright pitching in the World Series: priceless.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

LWV ballot guide: Part 2

2) Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide that the tradition of hunting and fishing and the taking of fish and wildlife shall be preserved for the people and shall be managed by law and regulation for the public good? (SR 67, passed in 2005)
EXPLANATION: Provides formal recognition of hunting and fishing as traditions in the state.
PROS: Constitutionally recognizes hunting and fishing as traditions in Georgia and could be interpreted or used in future instances to mandate funding for wildlife resource management to preserve these activities.
CONS: Georgia law already provides funding for wildlife resource management for hunting and fishing and it is unknown what impact or additional protections may be offered if these activities are constitutionally recognized.
From League of Women Voters of Georgia Ballot Guide

Another redundant amendment!

Monday, October 16, 2006

League of Women Voters Guide

This is the first of many posts including excerpts from the League of Women Voters Guide for Georgia. The guide is long, so I'm going to do this one point at a time.

Constitutional Amendments:
1) Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to prohibit the use of eminent domain by certain non­elected authorities and to prohibit the contested use of eminent domain except for public use as defined by general law? (HR 1306, passed in 2006)
EXPLANATION: Confines the government's use of eminent domain to public use only and it would prohibit non­elected authorities (such as local development authorities) from exercising the power of eminent domain, thereby ensuring that only elected officials are vested with that authority.
PROS: Provides stated protections for private property owners in the state Constitution to limit the power of eminent domain specifically to instances relating to redevelopment projects deemed for

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Senator Isakson on Military Commissions Act

A while back, I sent an email to our senators expressing my dismay over the expansion of presidential powers represented by the Military Commissions Act. The following is from an email Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) just sent out:
"Dear Ms. Dobbin :

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Military Commissions Act of 2006. I am glad to hear your thoughts on the issue, and I appreciate the opportunity to respond.

The U.S. Supreme Court decision Hamdan vs. Rumsfeld invalidated the U.S. military commissions that were being used to prosecute enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay . It also put the U.S. terrorist interrogation program in jeopardy by holding that the Geneva Convention applies to treatment of unlawful enemy combatants. This decision prompted Congress to pass legislation to authorize military tribunals for enemy combatants. The Senate passed S.3930 to allow the United States to interrogate and try enemy combatants at Guantanamo by military tribunal, while also respecting the Geneva Convention. The bill permits necessary interrogation to continue by making explicit that interrogators can only be prosecuted under the War Crimes Act for grave breaches, including practices such as torture, murder and rape.

S. 3930 was the result of extensive negotiations between members of Congress and the Administration. One of the key points of this debate was whether to grant habeas corpus rights to enemy combatants. I voted against an amendment that would have granted such rights because I believe the right of habeas corpus is reserved only for U.S. citizens. Additionally, enemy combatants are already provided the right to challenge their detention through the Combat Status Review Tribunals, which are based on the Geneva Convention.

Another key issue in this debate was whether to add a "sunset" provision, or an expiration date, to the bill of December 31, 2011. I voted against this amendment because it is inappropriate to put an expiration date on a piece of legislation that is so critical to the Global War on Terror. I am committed to ensuring that the President of the United States has the tools he needs for as long as he needs them to prosecute those who would do us harm.

The passage of this legislation is an important milestone in defeating terrorism. September 11 th , 2001, changed the way in which we must respond to our enemies in the War on Terror, but it did not change our belief in humane treatment. We must be able to detain enemy combatants, and we must be allowed to obtain the information that will save the lives of innocent Americans. Those awaiting trial at Guantanamo Bay are intent on hurting and destroying Americans. I am pleased that we now have the tools to bring them to justice.

Thank you again for contacting me, and I hope you will not hesitate to call on me in the future if I can be of assistance to you.

Johnny Isakson
United States Senator"

That sort of thinking is why I voted for Denise Majette two years ago. I think I'm gonna be sick.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Political Breakfast

Glynn County Democratic Party

Everyone is invited to come hear a rousing political speech by
Mike Thurmond, Candidate for Labor Commissioner

Eddie’s Country Buffet
(Located on New Jesup Hwy, #341, just west of I-95)

8:00AM Saturday morning, October 21, 2006

Cost is $10.00 at the door
Contact Venus Holmes, 264-9164, to let her know.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Randy Newman Political Science from 1972

For anyone who might have gotten the impression that Mr. Newman was being extremely topical when he sang "Political Science" on the Colbert Report last night. Here's video of Randy singing the very same song in 1972. Irony never gets old.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Wallace let Kingston falsely claim CREW is a "partisan 527 organization"

This post from Media Matters shows Jack Kingston as the lying GOP mouthpiece that he is.
"Kingston misrepresented CREW while baselessly suggesting that CREW may have been complicit in a scheme to benefit Democrats by withholding from the media incriminating emails that former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) allegedly sent to underage congressional pages under shortly before the midterm elections."
See Jack Sweat.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Tennessee 51, Georgia 33

What a game! Total roller coaster ride, with the Dawgs feeling woozy at the end. Don't feel too bad doggies. Your coaching staff is still way better looking than ours.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Glynn Dems Fish Fry

The Glynn County Democratic Party Fundraiser and meeting of the candidates, will be held Friday nite, Oct.20,2006, from 6-9 pm, at the Two Way Fish Camp's restaurant called Mudcat Charlies, just south of Darien along the east side of U.S. 17.

Tickets are $25 bought in advance.

Checks are payable to the Glynn County Democratic Party.

The tickets will be mailed to your home address, so be sure to send it with your check.

Thank you for your support in the past and we hope to see you on October 20.

Checks should be sent to:

Glynn County Democratic Party
P.O. Box 776
Brunswick, Ga 31521-0776

Update: If you don't trust the mail or just want to wait to pay, you can pay at the door.

Nelson/Kingston debate

Here is a comment I posted over on the Veterans for Kingston blog. No surprise, they felt that Jack won just about every point and anyone who supports Nelson or questions the war must hate our troops. Luckily, it was pretty evident that we outnumbered them Monday night. Smiling ear to ear about that one.
Haven't had time to put together my own post about the debate yet. Wish I'd felt more fired up about it.

About English becoming the official language: Would that mean that our public officials would need to learn to speak it properly? First thing that popped into my head when Kingston mentioned it.

I was at the debate, too. Didn't quite see it the same way (shocker, I know). I actually thought the whole thing was pretty boring. I didn't feel that the questions posed were particularly insightful or helpful to either candidate. I've definitely seen Jim perform better. He missed a few opportunities to call Jack on some points. For instance, Jack kept talking about teaching the Iraqis about the "rule of law." I happen to think we should lead by example when it comes to the rule of law. I don't believe that the recent legislation further expanding presidential powers and overriding habeas corpus is very respectful of the rule of law.
Overall, I felt that Jim narrowly won the debate. He backed up his assertions with plenty of facts. He even countered some of Jack's facts with more detailed empirical evidence (shortfalls in spending on veteran's benefits). I did think they were both respectful. I would like to apologize for the "enthusiasm" (CGCC's words, not mine) of other Nelson supporters. However, noone from the Nelson camp was standing outside the auditorium trying to hand out campaign materials. Can't say the same for Kingston.
One more thing: Jim's reference to Jesus being in favor of universal health care. He explained that he was referring to the fact that Jesus healed those who came to him, without asking for credentials, payment, or anything else. That is the bible Jim Nelson's been reading.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Chris Wallace Interviews Bill Clinton Pt 3

I miss him! Even if Hillary wins, it won't be the same.
Chris Wallace Interviews Bill Clinton Pt 2

More of the only U.S. president to get my vote so far (turned 18 in '91) kickin' some Fox News ass!
Chris Wallace Interviews Bill Clinton Pt 1

I'm going to put up all three parts of this interview. If, like me, you avoid Fox News as much as possible, you might have missed this. Wish the rest of the Democrats would find the kind of backbone BC displays here.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Fox News gets snippy

I wanted to post the interview that Bill Clinton did on Fox News Sunday. You know, the one where he took Chris Wallace to school? Well, the videos I was going to use are no longer available from youtube, thanks to Fox News. Now, they are completely within their rights to withold copyrighted material, but would they have pulled this if the interview was with Dick Cheney or Donald Rumsfeld? Not that Chris Wallace would have dared to ask anyone in the current administration why they didn't catch or kill Bin Laden. Fair and Balanced my ass.

Update: Well, apparently either Fox relented or somebody took some legal action, 'cause the Clinton interview videos form YouTube suddenly appeared.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Jim Martin for Lt. Governor ad.

Bill Phillips apparently knows Jim Martin personally, and says he's a nice, smart politician. Rare qualities indeed. Bill spoke on Mr. Martin's behalf at last night's Glynn County Democratic Party meeting. I thought I'd help spread the word by putting this ad on my blog.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The Georgia blogosphere is buzzin' about Jim Nelson!

This post from Blog for Democracy is an example of the impact Jim's speech at the DPG convention had. Everybody's talking about how impressed they are with our candidate for Congress. Wish we could have gotten their attention sooner, but we'll take it where we can get it. At last night's Glynn County Dems meeting, our delegates were gushing about standing ovations and such, but I thought they might be biased. Not so. Here's hoping we can keep the momentum going.
I'm so excited about the debate with Kingston on October 2 at CGCC's Camden campus. I just hope it gets some coverage from the MSM.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

The Colbert Report - Path to 9/11

If you want to see Slate's more high brow take on ABC's "docudrama," there's a link on Hurricane Radio. Personally, I like my political commentary with a little more "zazz." Who better to explain the "truthiness" of ABC's "dramatization." So glad I was too busy observing a peace rally in downtown Asheville to waste my time on ABC this week. I'm going to try really hard to boycott ABC, but I don't know if I'll be able to resist the pull of "Lost."

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Greetings from Asheville!

Greetings from beautiful downtown Asheville, NC. I love it here! There's an Organic Festival this weekend, and tomorrow brings the Lexington Avenue Art & Fun Festival! tonight we're going to a free "Shakespeare in the Park" production of "She Stoops To Conquer." Seriously, I'm gonna move here! Maybe UNC Asheville needs an acting teacher? Hate to abandon SE GA, but these are my people. I'll be back soon.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Ice Core Analysis Adds to Climate Concern

This article from Environment News Service: details the release of disturbing new information from the latest antarctic core analysis: "The new ice core analysis was released at the British Association for the Advancement of Science's Science Festival in Norwich, a public gathering of more than 300 of the United Kingdom's leading scientists and engineers.

In her opening message at the festival, BA President Frances Cairncross warned that climate change is inevitable and the world must be ready to adapt.

'Adaptation policies have had far less attention than mitigation, and that is a mistake,' said Cairncross, who is also chair of Britain's Economic and Social Research Council. 'We need to think now about policies that prepare for a hotter, drier world, especially in poorer countries. That may involve, for instance, developing new crops, constructing flood defenses, setting different building regulations, or banning building close to sea level.'

Improved international cooperation is vital, Cairncross said, but the Kyoto Protocol is insufficient to address the reality of climate change.

Policymakers and educators must persuade 'this generation to accept sacrifices on behalf of posterity' and convince all nations to share the burden, she told delegates.

This means 'persuading countries that will gain from climate change, or lose little, to take action not on behalf of their own grandchildren but of the descendants of people in other nations,' Cairncross said.

'Of course, there are important areas where no adaptation is possible,' she says. 'We cannot relocate the Amazon or insulate coral reefs and so we need mitigation too. But the government could and should put in place an adaptation strategy right away.'"

Hard to put an adaptation strategy in place for a phenomenon about which so many in the administration are in denial. When the corporate puppets are calling something a hoax, how can we be expected to have a coherent policy? Then again, why start with climate change? We don't seem to have a coherent policy for the war in Iraq, immigration, health care, or any other issue of any real meaning to most Americans. It's not as if there have been any recent examples of climatological disaster in this country. People along the coast displaced? Nope, doesn't ring a bell. (sorry for the sarcasm, but I get snarky when I'm PISSED OFF!!!!!!!!!)

Monday, September 04, 2006

AINGE, MEACHEM LEAD NO. 23 VOLS OVER NO. 9 CALIFORNIA, 35-18 :: Ainge 4 TD passes; Meachem 182 yards receiving with 2 TDs

We're baack!: "Nine months ago, Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer was grim as he answered questions about a 5-6 finish, his first losing season and a bowl-less holiday for his Volunteers.
He may have been one of the most relieved - but least surprised - among the 106,009 people in Neyland Stadium who watched the 23rd-ranked Vols' 35-18 win over No. 9 California on Saturday.
'We expected to win this ball game and be Tennessee,' Fulmer said."

Friday, September 01, 2006

On the Job, Nursing Mothers Find a 2-Class System

This article from the New York Times illustrates how the gap between rich and poor/educated and less so is reinforced through disparate policies on breast milk expression on the job. As important as breast milk is to a child's development, couldn't corporations (and small businesses) make more of an effort to accomodate nursing mothers? It should not be easier and more accepted to take a smoke break than a milk expression break. Sorry, smokers. I used to be one of you and still feel this way.

Get Out The Vote

Dear friends,

My name is Ben Hubby; I'm a family practitioner in Savannah.
A group of us have formed to Get Out the Vote and elect Jim Nelson to
Congress. We're looking for folks on the coast, in Brunswick and inland who
will work along side their neighbors to bring forth a large turn-out for Jim
in November. Contact me if you'd like to be a volunteer in the area where
you live or whether you'd like to join us in seeking others to expand our

We applaud what you're doing on the coast to end the nightmare of the Bush
years and to get America back on track!

Ben Hubby hubby@ix.netcom.com

(copied from Nelson For Congress Blogosphere)

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Keith Olbermann annihilates Rumsfeld

Although his humility would surely prevent him from accepting this compliment, I think we have a new Murrow on our hands. And just in time, too. Thank you, Keith Olbermann, for balancing the Fox News nonsense that seems everpresent in this little corner of the world.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Limbaugh blamed the left for obesity crisis

Rush Limbaugh, blaming liberal government for the current obesity crisis, said,we "[d]idn't teach them how to ... slaughter a cow to get the butter; we gave them the butter". Man is this guy clueless! Since when was slaughter a part of the butter-making process? Hey Rush! Butter is made from milk. You don't have to kill the cow to get the milk. Too much oxy contin this morning? Republicans should just stay away from mentioning dairy products. Remember the fuss when Bush the first couldn't tell reporters how much a gallon of milk costs? Poor rich white guys . . . so out of touch.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Real Wages Fail to Match a Rise in Productivity - New York Times

So much for the American Dream, unless you're a CEO. This article from the NY Times(Real Wages Fail to Match a Rise in Productivity - New York Times) shows that minimum wage workers are not the only ones due for a raise.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Trailer: An Inconvenient Truth

It's not too late to see it in the theatre. It's still playing at Island Cinemas. Unfortunately, it's sharing a theatre with Zoom, so the showtimes are 7:50 and 10:05. Worth the time and money. Remember, if we don't change things soon, St. Simons, Jekyll, Cumberland, and much of Brunswick will be underwater before today's kindergarteners graduate from college.

UPDATE: Three weeks was apparently the max for AIT at Island Cinemas. I really am amazed it stayed that long. The climatecrisis.net team is putting together training seminars for folks to learn how to present the slide show to even more folks. If they're smart (and I think they are), they'll focus first on coastal areas. Hopefully coming soon to a town near you . . .

Friday, August 25, 2006

A Terrifying Message from Al Gore

So, guess what movie I finally saw last night? My mother says it was a campaign movie, and there is quite a bit of Bush bashing and bitterness from Fmr. Vice President Gore. Still, I argue that the campaign is about the issue, not the man. The personal stuff about Gore is in the movie to help it keep our interest and to keep it from just being a recording of his slide show tour. For those of us who love living near the coast, we should wake up to the fact that the Georgia Barrier Islands and much of the rest of the coastal U.S. could all be under water in our lifetimes. The worst part is: the American government has the power to make the changes necessary to stop or slow global warming. We just need to make sure it's a priority. If you've missed "An Inconvenient Truth" in the theatres, I urge you to watch it the first chance you get on DVD.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Recommended reading/viewing

First, I must advise everyone that reads this post to get a copy of "Where Would Jesus Put The Sidewalks?" by Dr. James A. Nelson (aka Rev. Jim Nelson, candidate for congress). Regardless of your religious affiliation, I think you'll find this book to be a fascinating exploration of the connection between faith and politics. Granted, it is definitely written with the Christian reader in mind, but anyone interested in politics needs to be able to speak to Christians using their own terms. There are discussion questions at the end of each chapter that are perfect for a bible study or book club.
Second, I have three movies to recommend. I doubt any of them will be nominated for Oscars, but I thoroughly enjoyed all three of them. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby might not have been as funny if my buddy Jack McBrayer weren't cast as Glenn. Still, I had a good time, even if I did spend the whole movie waiting for the next time Jack's giant grin would appear. I also recently saw Snakes On A Plane! That m*&%er f*^@in' movie is m*&%er f*^@in' awesome! Loved every minute of it. You must see it in the theatre to get the full communal experience of screaming until you laugh until you scream again. Finally, Accepted may not be the most original or intelligent movie ever made, but I liked it. It's a college misfits movie in the line of Revenge of The Nerds, Van Wilder, and PCU, and I'm apparently not old enough to be bored with those movies yet.
With school back in, I'm not sure I'll have much time for movies, but I hope y'all find the time.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Daily Show: Pimp Tax

I've said it before. I'll say it again. Jack Kingston is a Tool! He thinks he's cool because he's been on Colbert and TDS.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Too tired/busy/overwhelmed to blog Open Thread

I'm certain I'm missing all kinds of important news. Please fill me in. What's on your mind? It need not be political. Although, even the weather can get pretty political. Can y'all believe we actually got "An Inconvenient Truth" at Island Cinemas? I'll probably go tonight. I just know we need to go before Friday, 'cause there's a good chance it won't be around long.
Okay, that's all I have to say for now.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Bush makes Carter look better & better

I had to search around to find an open access site that carried this Bill Shipp column, now that The Brunswick News has made most of its site for subscribers only. Finally I settled on the Gwinnett Daily Post, which prints Shipp's columns twice weekly. This particular column compares the track records and reputations of presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush. A very interesting read. Who'd have thought we'd long for the Carter era?

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Curiosity, not Capitalism

I have succumbed to adsense for the moment. Don't know if I'll make a dime for it, but I was curious. The good news is, I can remove the little boxes anytime I want. I think it's hilarious that, based on my content, the first ad I got was for a republican-owned robocall company. What do y'all think?

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Congratulations to Jim Martin, Gail Buckner, Hank Johnson, and others

Well, I've taken my "Give 'Em Hecht" bumper sticker off my car and thrown away all the spares I was saving for after the primary. Honestly, I'm just glad the whole business is over, and we can get down to the business of winning the general election. Of course, Hank Johnson may have to deal with legal proceedings from the McKinney camp . . .
My political world is getting a little smaller this weekend, when we finally get a visit from my Uncle Jimmy. He is Mayor James Naugle of Fort Lauderdale. He's a democrat, but sometimes I wonder, considering his close relationship with Jeb Bush and numerous invitations to the Bush White House. I'm anxious to pick his brain about all kinds of political topics in the short time he's here. I'll be sure to report back, including a family photo as verification : )

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Voting report from North Glynn

I showed up at my polling place at just about the last second, and got the most enthusiastic greeting I've ever received at a poll station. Turns out they'd just been wagering amongst themselves as to whether they'd even get to 2% of the registered voters in our precinct. Turns out I was voter number 72, which just got us to 2%. Don't know how many of those were democrats, but three of the five poll workers definitely were. Voted for Hecht and Buckner.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Yee Haw Y'all

Well, I'm back from Music City, USA. I had planned on blogging from the hotel, but my laptop is useless, and the hotel lobby computer wasn't much better. We had a lot of fun. It was good to be back in the land of orange and white. We were attending a music conference called Live On Stage, and were privileged to see and hear two days of showcases featuring some outstanding performers. I especially liked the Polyjesters from Canada and The Jeni Fleming Trio from Montana. We also did some shopping at the enormous Opry Mills mall, which is a hybrid of an outlet mall and a regular mall. It has a 3D Imax theatre, so we got to see Superman Returns in all its three-dimensional enormity. Something I didn't notice when I saw it on the regular screen: Lois' son is wearing Aquaman pyjamas in the final scene. Cool.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Washington Traffic Jam? Senators-Only Elevator - New York Times

Washington Traffic Jam? Senators-Only Elevator - New York Times
They get their own elevator? No wonder they'll sell their souls to stay!

The GOP Auction House: Jack Kingston of Georgia

Here's a site that tells us whose side Jack Kingston is really on:The GOP Auction House: Jack Kingston of Georgia. Be sure to check out some of the other GOP auctioneers while you're there!

Nelson for Congress Blogosphere

Rev. Jim has set up a new, improved blog on our very own blogspot.com. Check out Nelson for Congress Blogosphere to keep up with the campaign. Let's take back the House!

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Jim Nelson on Brunswick protest:

From the Desk of Jim Nelson

I was asked to comment about the protest in Brunswick, and the comments by the head of the Republican Party who asked them not to do it. His statement is un-American. The 1st Amendment give us the right to speak out, but we also have a obligation to speak. We should never remain silent. Silence puts not only our soldiers in the field, but our entire system of Democracy in danger. We need to have open, public debate about our occupation of Iraq. The greatest threat to our freedom as a nation is to remain silent.

I applaud those who stood outside my opponent's office on both sides. That is what makes this nation great. If more people had stood up and demanded they be heard before going to war, we may not have gone, or we may at least have gone with a plan of what to do once the war ended. This is a nation of the people, by the people, and for the people. The people NEED to be heard.

This is from a post on Rev. Nelson's blog: see blogroll at right.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Open dissent in Glynn County?

That's right, folks. Despite the efforts of the Republican Party chair, Kevin Gough, there was an anti-war demonstration on Gloucester St. yesterday. Of course, there was also a pro-war demonstration, but at least the issue is being covered by the local media. I was disappointed that the pro-war side seemed to be favored in the coverage, but I wasn't surprised.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Glynn County GOP declares protest un-American

Kevin Gough, Glynn County Republican chair has asked Glynn Peace to call off a small protest outside Jack Kinston's Brunswick Office, according to this article in The Brunswick News. Said protest is to be held from noon to 1:30 PM tomorrow outside the federal building on Gloucester Street. The local GOP is threatening a counter-demonstration, calling the plans of GlynnPeace "un-American." Thanks for the free publicity, guys!

Update: Andre over at Georgia Politics Unfiltered picked this up, too: Protesting is un American Now?

Open thread 'cause I'm pooped

I'm tired and overwhelmed right now, so I'm trying the whole open thread thing.

Here are my thougths for today:
Brunswick Mayor Bryan Thompson rocks! I've always known he would be effective, and now the rest of the city knows!

I'm probably voting for Greg Hecht in the runoff. AJC's Political Insider posted a letter in which he explains the mailers. It's still basically "He did it first," but I get it now.

Sorry I don't have links to the appropriate articles, but I've got too much else to do.

My stupid computer doesn't seem to want to update any of my TV shows to my ipod. Its updating video podcasts, but no other videos. I want my Lazy Sunday! Any suggestions?

Why won't my students listen the first time?

Okay, y'all, what's on yer minds?

Friday, July 21, 2006

Jungle Book is terrific fun!

Several of my students and I went to see the Island Players' Young People's Summer Workshop production of Disney's The Jungle Book Kids last night at Island Players' downtown Brunswick theatre (not the Ritz!). It was a terrific show. The set was really quite stunning, and the kids did a wonderful job. Stone Estok was especially menacing as the tiger, Shere Khan. The show runs for another week, so I encourage everyone to go and spend an hour in the jungle with Mowgli and the animals.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

What's left of the Nelson tour

Reverend Jim Nelson is calling on you!
Day 3: July 21, 2006
9:30 a.m. Nelson Team Arrive Lakeland Lanier County Courthouse
10:45 a.m. Nelson Team Arrive Adel Union Park Road Veterans Memorial
11:45 a.m. Nelson Team Arrive Nashville Berrien County Courthouse
1:15 p.m. Nelson Team Arrive Pearson Atkinson County Courthouse
2:45 p.m. Nelson Team Arrive Alma Bacon County Courthouse
4:00 p.m. Nelson Team Arrive Douglas Coffee County Courthouse
Day 4: July 22, 2006
11:00 a.m. Nelson Team Arrive Helena Helena Community Center
11:45 a.m. Nelson Team Arrive Alamo Wheeler County Courthouse
1:00 p.m. Nelson Team Arrive Hazlehurst Jeff Davis County Courthouse
2:00 p.m. Nelson Team Arrive Baxley Appling County Courthouse
3:15 p.m. Nelson Team Arrive Jesup Wayne County Courthouse
5:15 p.m. Nelson Team Arrive Pembroke Bryan County Courthouse
It doesn't look like I'm going to make any of these, but I hope some of you can!

The Reverend made the front page!

Check out the front page of the online version of The Brunswick News. Jann looks happy, and Tom's "term limit Kingston" sign is prominent. The article claims the total attendance was 10, but Jann estimated a little higher. The point is: they covered it! Rev. Nelson also got a better quote in. Kingston's pledged to keep doing what he's been doing. I doubt the "more of the same" appeal with work with most voters.

In Case You Missed It (like I did)

I was not able to get away from the office yesterday to show my support in person for Jim Nelson, but Patrick Armstrong was, and he took pictures! Check out his post covering Nelson's Glynn County campaign stop.
Reverend Nelson really is great. There is a link to his website on the right. I encourage you to check that out, too. It's time for a change in Washington!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Vote! Vote! Vote!

Tomorrow is the primary, and we must all vote! I am frustrated that I will have so little say in my local elections, since most are decided in Republican primaries and I vote Democrat. Still, my voice will be heard in state- and district- wide races. I've been a Greg Hecht supporter since he came here months ago, but his latest shenanigans are making me wonder. I don't know if a win-at-all-costs attitude is ever really appropriate, but it seems even more foolish during a primary campaign. There's nothing wrong with pointing out your opponent's shortcomings, but the mailers sent out by the Hecht campaign really are misleading. Should Jim Martin have done a better job at DFACS? Sure, but the incendiary language of the Hecht mailer goes too far. Democrats need to offer an alternative to the Rove-like politicking of the right, not more of the same. Honestly, I'd like to find some middle ground. It seems that we're either just as bad as the GOP, or too principled to win, like Rev. Nelson. It shouldn't be about how much money you raise, but it often is.
Here's what my ballot will probably look like:
Gov: Taylor (although I wish he'd shaved before the debate)
Lt. Gov: Hecht or Martin (can't believe Greg might lose my vote)
SOS: Holcomb or Ray (I only know I can't stand Darryl Hicks)
Sup of Schools: Majette (it'd be nice if she'd try)
1st district Congress: Nelson (I wish I had $$$ to give him)

What about y'all? Has anything changed your mind recently? Did you vote early? Are you regretting it? Are you wondering if we'll even make it to November, with all the insanity in the middle east?

Friday, July 14, 2006

Jim Nelson needs our help!

Not only does he have a pathetic excuse for a blog, his fundraising is sad. While Kingston has almost a million cash on hand, Nelson has a few thousand. The two may very well be related, but I wonder, since my blog was free and it looks much better than Rev. Nelson's. Even though he's unopposed in the primary, Rev. Nelson desperately needs your vote on Tuesday. If he can get more votes in the democratic primary than Kingston gets in the republican one, more statewide and nationwide party dollars should end up in his coffers. There are other great reasons to vote on Tuesday, mainly the straw poll. Sure, it has no official impact, but we should all make our opinions known on the issues raised. Please don't let the negative campaigning in the Governor and Lt. Governor races turn you off. Vote in the democratic primary. Let's prove that Glynn County is bluer than they think!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Funny and Sad at the same time . . .

Did you hear the one about the guy who took an Onion article seriously? I kid you not. Actually, you probably did hear about it, because it is burning up the 'net. My jaw is still on the floor.

Update: Could this potentially be a ploy to divert us from some real threat? I've spent quite a bit of time today marvelling at this "Pete" from March Together for Life. Judging by the hundreds of comments on his blog and the many links to it from other blogs, it would seem that many bloggers are finding themselves mesmerized by this story. What could they be up to? I urge all Americans to be extra vigilant. There's a good chance that the Religious Wrong are, at this very moment, launching a major offensive. Stay strong!

Update #2: The idiot is now proclaiming that his post was a joke. Unfortunately for him, we all know who can't take a joke. He's moved on to other things, like attacking stem cell research. I suppose we must all move on, too. After all, there's a primary on the 18th!

Friday, July 07, 2006

Firehouse Grill has good catfish

The Coastal Empire DFA meeting last night was kind of a wash out. A third of our membership was absent, apparently discouraged by the storm. I didn't mind though, because the catfish was delicious! We must all patronize The Firehouse Grill often, not just to thank the proprietor for his hospitality toward the Democratic Party, but also because the food is awesome! For just over six bucks, I got two scrumptious catfish filets, grits, greens, and a coke. Can't beat that with a stick. If you work in Downtown Brunswick, stop in for lunch.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Memphis Church reworks Lady Liberty

Check out this article in the New York Times
It must be seen to be believed.

Dissent is patriotic

I had a phone call yesterday from a fellow liberal living in East Tennessee. I wished her a happy Independence Day, but her response surprised me. She wondered how I could muster any patriotic feeling given the current state of things. I replied that I feel more patriotic because of the current administration. I can be proud to be an American and ashamed of the president. It is not unamerican to criticize the government. The very basis of our beautiful democracy is that we have both the right and the responsibility to hold our elected officials accountable for their actions. We must not be discouraged. We must continue to fight for the real America. Ours is a country of limitless possibilities. We need to continually remind our fellow citizens of the ideals that make us great. We are a nation of immigrants. We are a nation of idealists. We are a diverse nation. The men who signed the Declaration of Independence later gave us a Constitution, a great foundation on which to build. We must always remember the basic tenets on which our democracy is founded, while continually moving forward. Liberal and Progressive are both beautiful words.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Liquid Ginger at Summer Waves

I spent the afternoon Sunday at Summer Waves water park on Jekyll Island. At 7:30, Liquid Ginger, a popular Savannah band, played a set in the once and future wave pool. Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that most of the people in the park were far more interested in the water slides than the music. The concert was good, by the way. It would have been even better if I could have been enjoying a cold beer along with the music, but no alcohol is allowed in the park. Maybe the Christian Music Day planned for later in the summer will have a better response.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Panel Unanimously Recommends Cervical Cancer Vaccine for Girls 11 and Up

Thank God! The rational, compassionate voices have won this battle. Read on to find out how we dodged this bullet: New York Times. We must refuse to allow our public servants to make medical decisions based on religious judgments.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Ideology won't prevent cancer

This opinion piece from the Los Angeles Times really says it all. The very idea of letting concern for the "purity" of America's young women trump concern for their health makes my blood boil. The HPV vaccine is terrific news, but the Religious Wrong are threatening to stand in the way of this major medical breakthrough benefitting American citizens. Jesus praised the woman who was subject to bleeding for her faith. He didn't criticize her for daring to come to him in her unclean state. The desire to heal should always win out over the desire to judge.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Democratic Primary Straw Poll

Blog for Democracy is conducting a straw poll in advance of the primary. Make it known who you plan to support for Governor, Lt. Governor and Secretary of State: Blog for Democracy
Poll closes June 30th.

Are You a Yankee or a Rebel?

Believe it or not, this post has nothing to do with politics. I'm intensely interested in how people speak, and this test is a fun little diversion that reminds us all that beautiful speech is in the eye (ear?) of the beholder. I'm only 48% Southern, which is not surprising, since I was born in South Florida. How about you? Take the test, and let me know where you stand. Are You a Yankee or a Rebel? Online Quiz

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Veterans on Flag Amendment

Members of Congress love to use veterans when it suits them, but have they ever bothered to actually ask their opinions? This Wisconsin paper's editorial contains some very interesting quotes from veterans on the subject of flag burning.
The Capital Times: "'This country is unique and special because the minority, the unpopular, the dissident also have a voice,' adds May. 'The freedom of expression, even when it hurts the most, is the truest test of our dedication to the principles that our flag represents.'"

Monday, June 26, 2006

We've got to fight back!

Disturbing article in the L A Times: The GOP knows you don't like anchovies
It sure makes it sound hopeless! No wonder those of us living in red areas feel so overwhelmed. How did we let this happen? We've got to figure out how to win, despite the gerrymandering and savvy politicking of the GOP. We can't let the Religious Wrong and Big Business destroy the real America.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Time for a change!

This is just another example of the urgent need for change. I hear that incumbents in the House have a 98% chance of getting reelected. That ain't right. We are the deciders. We need to vote. If you aren't registered, get registered. If you don't have a photo id, we need to get you one. The American people have got to wake up and smell the rot in DC!

The Immigration Road Show - New York Times

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Sonny's done it again

I'm all for enforcing our laws (until we can change them), but this article shows how an overly aggressive immigration policy in Georgia may be adversely affecting our economy. Especially troubling: legal immigrants are affected, too.
Georgia Law Chills Latino Home-Buying Market - Los Angeles Times

Thursday, June 15, 2006

More Jack McBrayer!

Oh my word! I can't believe Jack McBrayer is in a cast photo with Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Rachel Dratch & Tracy Morgan:NBC.com > 30 Rock. Thank goodness it's not on opposite Lost. I'll have to tape it, though, since I'll be in class on Wednesday nights. FYI students: We may be ending class early on premiere night. I am so excited for Mr. Jack McBrayer. The best part is that Jack didn't even focus on acting at UE. He was on a Business of Theatre track. Take that, John David Lutz!

Jack McBrayer is in this movie!

I went to college for a couple of years with a very funny guy named Jack McBrayer. He eventually moved to Chicago and became an improviser. He has appeared on Conan O'Brien and Arrested Development, as well as appearing in the sorely underpromoted Rob Cordry movie "Blackballed". Well, Jack is now in a true major motion picture: Talladega Nights. I guess we shouldn't be surprised that a boy from Conyers, GA is getting his big break in a NASCAR movie. Congratulations Jack. We're all so proud of you.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

The Daily Show was Awesome tonight!

Jon Stewart kicked Ken Mehlman's ass! It was so obvious that Mehlamn was thinking, "Why am I here? Did I think this was going to be fun?" He actually spent much of the time laughing, but I'm pretty sure it was nervous laughter. It almost makes me dread the day when Democrats will be back in power, 'cause you know The Daily Show crew is not going to pull punches with whoever is in power. In the meantime, I am enjoying the hell out of it.
Colbert was funny, too.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Coastal Empire DFA meeting

Calling all progressives and liberals in Coastal Georgia. We're going to put the party back in the Democratic Party! Join us at Barberitos on St. Simons in the village at 6:30 on Tuesday, June 13. Margaritas are 2 for 1 from 5-7, so come early and start drinkin'. We'll be talking about the general state of affairs for democrats in the region, as well as the national picture. It's a great opportunity to network with like-minded local folks. Hope to see you there!

Garrison Keillor to GOP: Party's Over

Check out this column by Garrison Keillor. It's not your father's GOP, and that's not a good thing (for them).

Garrison Keillor column

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Jack Kingston is a tool!

With all the issues facing our country, this is what the congressman from Georgia's 1st district posts on his blog!

Dipsie Chicks v. Toby Keith

I appreciate that IM slang and other abbreviations have become a regular part of our language, but I don't think it reflects well on the congressman that this post seems like it came from a twelve-year-old girl. I don't know 'bout y'all, but I am so ready for a change. He's had his fourteen years, and that's about a decade too long. Jim Nelson for Congress!

Picture of Fang

This is my kitten Fang with one of his friends. He's the gray one on the left (of course he's on the left). He's bigger now and his eyes are no longer blue, but I know his heart is.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Blogging is fun!

I'm new to this game, so I had no idea how much fun it could be to get a comment on my blog. Actually, by commenting on another blog, then receiving a comment on this one, I had a blast from the past. I may live in a small town, but the blogosphere can be pretty small, too.

Friday, June 09, 2006

What Passes for Good News - New York Times

What Passes for Good News - New York Times

Estate tax stalled!

Poor Paris Hilton! What will she do? It's so sad that she has to try to get by on so little!
Well, the event last night went very well! Rev. Nelson is a terrific speaker, and everyone was impressed. He's smart, funny, a pastor, and a veteran. He even got his undergraduate degree in Speech and Theatre, so I know he's got to be alright. I now have a Nelson for Congress sticker on my car and a sign in my yard. The best news of the night came from campaign manager Jason Harvey. I cornered him toward the end of the festivities and asked him when the Reverend was going to get a blog already?! He told me that it had gone up that day and should be fully functioning by today. I checked it out. It's still very sketchy, but I left the first comment and felt very proud. He's got a long way to go until he's taking advantage of the blogosphere like Kingston, but it's a start. I have a link to Nelson's website on the right, and you can access the blog from there. Rev. Jim put forth a terrific idea last night. He wants to win the primary. Granted, he's running unopposed, but he means that he wants to get more votes in our primary than Kingston gets in his. I think we can do it if we start campaiging hard and campaigning smart.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Tonight I'm pouring wine at a meet and greet/fundraiser for Rev. Jim Nelson, candidate for U.S. House from Savannah. I feel like I'm a member of the resistance. Being a democrat in Glynn County can really make a person feel subversive. I'm tired of feeling closeted. I am proud of my political beliefs, but I always feel defensive about them around here. Hopefully tonight I'll see enough new and familiar faces that my faith will be restored.
Maybe I'll see you there.