Friday, December 19, 2008

Holiday Spirit

I am finally feeling it. Wearing my gold sparkly sweater and listening to We Wish You a Merry Christmas, our holiday lunch/party is in a couple hours. I am glad to finally get a feeling of the spirit of the season which has been missing to date this year. Have been to parties already, exchanged and mailed gifts and cards (not done yet) but more through obligation than spirit. So it is nice to feel it finally. Hope it lasts.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

History seems to be one of those things that we receive sanitized and Pc'd in school. We dont seem to get a chance to see the dark side of it. unless of course it is the bad guys (Non US) doing it. The WW2 internment camps for Japanese Americans, the experimentation on African Americans in the Tuskegee Syphilis experiments, the killing of Native Americans by smallpox infested blankets. Why not own up? Let the children in our schools see our dark side and learn from it. The only thing we gain by hiding it is that we will never learn from it and we will keep repeating it.

I mean we do it with civil liberties. WW1 German Americans, WW2 Japanese Americans, Now Muslim Americans with suspected Terrorist connections.

Our foundign fathers understood the needs for checks and balances in governments. Brilliant in that respect. Each time a president usurps those balances and takes away the fundamental rights that make this country amazing, they shame us. And they do it in the name of security but they are really doing it in the name of fear and hate.

These patterns repeat and repeat. Just as slavery repeated from culture to culture throughout the past. Egyprions, Romans, Vikings, it wasnt just the whites holding blacks as slaves. The evil goes back much further. And yet it still goes on today. More hidden but nonetheless goes on.

People talk about how violent our world is and cites the peaceful times of the past. Yet those are rose colored memories hiding the darkness that still was there. The murders, the rapes, the child abuse. That has always been around. Now we just talk about it and splay it on the news into peoples living rooms.

We talk of the horrors of the Holocaust and ignore the reality of ethnic genocide in African nations.

We ignore our roles in the development of the mIddle East strifes.

We need to read and learn history. Absolutely but we also need to see the good, the bad and the ugly of it. Maybe focus less on dates and less important "facts" and mroe on the dialog of the moral and social implications of events. That is education.

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Mentalist is a new show this season that I find myself enjoying despite pretty lame plots. I think it is mostly Simon Baker. He is charming and funny. I have heard people say it is a rip-off of Psych (which I also like) but I don't really think so. For one he says there is no such thing as Psychics. His character seems to be very good at processing cues from people's behaviour. I also like Robin Tunney's serious cop gets annoyed with his shenangins sometimes. This is probably the first thing I have actually liked her in since The Craft.

I like the subplot of the serial killer that killed his family in the background. Of course if this is a one season show, that might end up being a loose end.

Of course, on the other hand, the idea that someone is that good at reading behavior is actually really creepy. I mean, I wouldnt want some stranger knowing more about me than I do. LOL

But then it really doesnt hurt that he is nice to look at and has a great smile either. LOL

I do hope this gets picked up for another season but who knows? Ratings are something I truly do NOT get the science of.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The closer we get to the election, the more I want to shut all the blitz out! The ads on radio, tv etc... The zillion phone calls and messages on the answering machine. I know that living in VA, a close state, they are trying EXTRA hard here to sway the undecideds, but I HAVE to wonder how many of those there actually are at this point! Everyone I know pretty much has decided. AND they are reeling from the ads too.

The funny thing is many of the ads are so obviously: distortions, items out of context, complete idiocy, and repetition of things that don't really mean anything. Though I did not watch Obama's message special last night, I liked the concept of trying to focus on his primary points and issues. But I couldnt do it. I flip the channel, I am on brain overload. I know who I am voting for and why. Based on the issues not the finger pointing. Let's face it - there is no perfect candidate. And one thing people have to remember is that the President presents these solutions, Congress votes on them. And if it won't work, Congress won't - remember Hillary and her Health Plan. The exception is when the President bypasses the Constitution and that is where we have been the last few years and it is just plain wrong.

Neither candidate has perfect plans, some are clearly not goign to pass as is regardless. But the question is who can best get us out of this mess? And its funny - everyone is talking about raising taxes or not. Guess what? With this out of control spending for the last eight years, this country is so far in debt that it is not a question. Taxes will HAVE to go up to begin to repay the debt. It won't go away itself. The main question then is - who pays those taxes? WHOSE will go up? To deny it will happen is complete denial. This financial mess we are in isnt just about the sub-prime loans and banks. We have been getting deeper in debt daily for years. Now, like the individuals who have to work hard to save their homes, we all need to review our spending personally and our governments and begin paying for it. Sure I hate it. But can anyone figure out any other way for the debt to be paid off?