Thursday, January 29, 2009

Voices from Springfield

"I'm happy to have participated in this process," said Sen. James Meeks (D-Chicago). "Yeah, it's unprecedented, but future generations will know that we have this thing called impeachment, and whenever any of our leaders, who are human beings like us, overstep the boundaries, the process is in place," Meeks said. "We have this thing called impeachment and it's bleeping golden and we've used it the right way."

See ya, Rod!!! Now... who the eff is Pat Quinn?

Thanks to PHH for the link to the quote!

High taxes, high spending and HIGH FIVES!

Ok, also, this is the greatest thing ever! Everyone is in this. Common? Peggy Noonan? Sarah Silverman? EVERYONE!

Top Chef vs. Douches

Last nights episode featured a scorecard using the same header of this post, and I just had to use it. I think I speak for everyone when I say that Chef Dil(i)do Beach Club needs to cheer up! He was so, so depressed for that whole episode. I was seriously concerned that when he Packed His Knives to Go he would impale himself.

On an unrelated note, remember that video The Landlord with Will Ferrell and the little girl? I stumbled on this video about how they made it. I don't know why, but it struck me as really, really funny.


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Aaaand I'm Done

I'm finished. I'm not even going to try to be gracious any more. Everyone in the Bush family, and I mean everyone, is an a-hole.

And for the record, please continue to recoil at the thought of interfering with a woman's womb.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Yummy Yummy Right Here

We had lunch as a staff today and were speaking a bit about school foods and what we used to eat when we were in grade school and college. When I think back to my lunch choices in one of the two cafeterias available at my high school, I almost always opted for the pizza, fries and popsicle combo - possibly some steamed broccoli doused in Velveeta as a side. I think I ate this pretty much every single school day for four years.

Mind boggling, really and no wonder that all caught up with me at this point in my life! The nonprofit I work for focuses on empowering women and children and as such, we advocate on issues that effect the lives of that constituency. The Healthy Schools campaign reminds us that the Child Nutrition Act is up for renewal in 2009 and is gathering signatures to ensure that the bill is re-authorized and given increased funding to ensure that children have the building blocks of health available to them in school. Consider adding your voice today:
Help Support the Future of School Food - Healthy Schools Campaign


Amazing, amazing, amazing (via Jezebel)

Friday, January 23, 2009


We all know that Rod Blagojevich is a huge douchebag. And just when you think it can't get any worse, he gives an interview to the Associated press in which he states the following:

Via Chicago Breaking News:

"Gov. Rod Blagojevich compared his early morning December arrest by FBI agents to Japan's 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

He says it was a "complete surprise." And he says he'll prevail, just like the United States in World War II."

Keep digging this hole for yourself, Rod. It will make your removal from office that much sweeter.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

You know... I complain alot on this blog because I care. I care about the world and our country and other people. However, I just want to ride on this national high for just a few days more and then return to my normal skepticism and ragging on our country's leadership.

Will B.H. Obama keep all of his promises and make us all better? No one really, truly thinks so. But for the next few days, I'm going to keep pretending like he will and give my poor nerves a break!

Let's proceed with the shameless happiness and





What? You BETTER not have a problem with Phil Collins!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Image via Chicagoist

I had to step back from blogging for a while - partly because I've been decompressing since the election and partly because the holidays swept me up in a tornado of family, responsibilities and friends. In my absence, some awesome friends have started writing their own blogs!

But it's time to get back to it. The day of relief has finally come after eight long, terrifying years for our country and frankly, the world. I have many a bitter Facebook friend that were very upset about the Inauguration yesterday and couldn't stop themselves from updating their status every five minutes as a reminder. Someone asked if we had been that bad when Bush was re-elected. I can tell you we certainly were - but the NewsFeed wasn't operational waaaaay back when and you didn't have to be confronted with every bitter thought in real time.

Such as it is, my conservative friends seemed to be complaining that the Liberal Media (tm) wasn't being critical enough of Obama. On inaguration day. Literally 5 hours into his presidency. Now, clearly I'm baised, but isn't that a bit of a rediculous expectation? Granted, W had one foot out the door these past few months, but are you really wanting an expose into hard hitting inaguration-day issues?! Expose on the marinade used at the Hometown Ball? Concerned editorializing about the trashed left after 2 million people left the Mall?

Let's be real. No one who was eleated about yesterday's events thinks Obama should have a free pass. I want to hold him accountable to ensure he is the president I voted for. But to ask for one day to celebrate the peaceful transfer of power and we're already bitching and moaning about... nothing in particular? Deal with it for one day.

Moving on before I get more high-falutent and self-righteous. Some thoughts from a G-chat conversation this morning:

What I learned from the transition and Inauguration festivities:

1) John Legend is super hot and smart.
Sing it to me, Johnny!

2) I really wish Whitney hadn't smoked so much crack because it should have been her singing "America" at the We are One concert

Oh, Whitney... I have to believe your comeback is just around the corner.
Yes You Can, girl.

4) Joe Biden has a huge family.

5) I am super amazed at how Joe Biden was able to come back from tragedy to have a huge family. I wonder if he just has a strong ego or if is a sociopath (ok, that's mean - but it's how I think)

6) Old Man McGee needs to give the benediction at any major ceremony I attend

BONUS SEGMENT: Fashion with Laura and M.S-S:

M. S-S: did you like michelle's ball gown?

me: ... no
But it's Michelle
so I semi-liked it
I'm not a rosette person
and i thought it almost made it look like eyelette
making it look too casual for a ball

M. S-S: it did look like eyelet

me: Michelle Obama: Our Prairie Home First Lady
what did you think?

M. S-S: thought it was to die on her
but for me not so much

me: I liked the bodice and the skirt separate from each other
but together it was just too much for me
how adorable are they?

M. S-S: sooooooooooooo cute
i was watching cnn coverage of the parade
and he butt bumped her

me: ha!
project rungay got on Michelle about her matchy matchy cardigan for the swearing in outfit
And as a cardigan person, i was ready to fire off a bitter comment

M. S-S: pshaw
i liked it

me: it's like you said
could I pull off that ensemble?
not at all
but on her
the color and the detailing were amazing

M. S-S: yeah she can do almost anything
she's tall and thin with dark hair
show me something that won't work on her

me: with a slammin' body, too!

My thoughts on The Speech:

Actually, they can pretty much be summed up by one of my favorite writers, James Fallows at The Atlantic.

Several of Barack Obama's big rhetorical performances have been recognized as hits from the minute he stepped off the stage. His 2004 Democratic convention speech is one example. His Philadelphia speech on race, which quelled the Rev. Wright controversy last spring, is another.

In many other cases, especially late in the campaign, the red-hots among his supporters thought he had "underperformed" or been "just so-so" immediately after an event, only to see the days-later and weeks-later reaction to the performance turn much more positive. The clearest example was his first debate with John McCain, where supporters thought he had missed chances to go in for the kill -- but over time it was clear that he had established his steady, gravitas-worthy persona.

I think his inaugural speech will be in this second category. Now that I have a chance to look at some blog-world commentary, I see that some is underwhelmed, as after the first debate. I think that the speech was in fact very well-pitched to this moment in history and the messages Obama wants and needs to send. That is, both artful and useful.

If I had to pinpoint my favorite part of President Obama's (!) speech, it would be what should have been a statement of our basic values. Of course, since we have muddied the waters so much with the past administration, it was downright inspirational to hear our country committed to true justice:

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake.

Let's make sure he follows through so that we can continue to hold our heads high.

You know I can't resist Kanye, especially when he opens with my favorite song at the Youth Ball!

Ah, youth...

Friday, January 9, 2009

Debbie Downer

Look, I know it's been forever and this is a totes sad thing to post after a long hiatus, BUT:

Sesame Street explains death. It's really touching because the actor the played Mr. Hooper actually did die, so the cast gets really emotional. As I get older, I realize how much I watched Sesame Street as a kid and what a true innovation it was. There's a new book out about the development of Sesame Street called Street Gang and the author is making the NPR rounds, so that's what brought this to mind.