Friday, September 12, 2008

So register to vote already (and get your friends registered, too!)

Loved this post on Sludgie about the oh-so-terrifying Sarah Palin (aka evil spawn of the devil). I felt much better when I read this quote by Former Republican John Cole on Daily Kos:

"Sarah Palin is the distilled essence of wingnut.
She has it all.
She is dishonest.
She is a religious nut.
She is incurious.
She is anti-science.
She is inexperienced.
She abuses her authority.
She hides behind executive privilege.
She is a big spender.
She works from the gut and places a greater value on instinct than knowledge.
And most dangerous of all, she is supremely self-confident to the point of
not recognizing how ill-equipped she is to lead the country."

I also enjoyed reading this column by Roger Ebert and received this email from a friend today.

And then I just got this:
"I'm a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight.....(hope I'm not offending anyone)
* If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're "exotic, different."
* If you grow up in Alaska eating moose burgers, you're a quintessential American story.
* If your name is Barack, you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.
* If you name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.
* If you graduate from Harvard law School, you are unstable.
* If you attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.
* If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.
* If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive.
* If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.
* If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.
* If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.
* If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state's school system, while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant , you're very responsible.
* If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't represent America's.
* If you're husband is nicknamed "First Dude", with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.
OK, *much* clearer now. "

I hope that it means that McCain/Palin will be soundly defeated in November. What are you doing to help? Are you registered to vote? Are your friends? Family? We've got serious work to do here. Make a donation, and get to work. And thanks!

Monday, September 8, 2008

It's raining cats and dogs - don't step in a Poodle!

Yesterday was a sunny, perfect day. In the evening Kurt and I sat outside under the sunflowers, chatting while the steaks sizzled on the grill (he's experimenting with using soft maple wood scraps instead of charcoal briquettes). Baloo wandered around, occasionally trying to persuade us to throw a slimy hedge apple. We could hear Aurelia pulling her red wagon around the village. We had been on Clean Team (everyone here at DR is divided into 4 teams and we take turns cleaning the Common House each Sunday) and so had washed all of the commie towels in preparation for the Visitor Period beginning today. They were all drying happily in the sun.

So this morning I got up, and went to find Annie and Sparky, who were headed to Rutledge. I heard a rumbling in the gray sky, but thought to myself (in an antihistimine stupor) "oh, it's so quiet here - that must be a truck going down highway M." Ha!

No sooner had we stepped inside of Zimmerman's when the skies opened. That was two hours ago and it is STILL pouring. In honor of the rain I am passing on today's poem from
Writer's Almanac. It's pretty perfect:

Black Umbrellas
By Rick Agran

On a rainy day in Seattle stumble into any coffee shop
and look wounded by the rain.

Say Last time I was in I left my black umbrella here.
A waitress in a blue beret will pull a black umbrella

from behind the counter and surrender it to you
like a sword at your knighting.

Unlike New Englanders, she'll never ask you
to describe it, never ask what day you came in,

she's intimate with rain and its appointments.
Look positively reunited with this black umbrella

and proceed to Belltown and Pike Place.
Sip cappuccino at the Cowgirl Luncheonette on First Ave.

Visit Buster selling tin salmon silhouettes
undulant in the wind, nosing ever into the oncoming,

meandering watery worlds, like you and the black umbrella,
the one you will lose on purpose at the day's end

so you can go the way you came
into the world, wet looking.

"Black Umbrellas" by Rick Agran from Crow Milk. © Oyster River Press, 1997.

Here's our new patch. I LOVE it! We're putting it on organic cotton hats, and also selling it by itself. It also comes in blue. $1 from each sale goes to Dancing Rabbit.
Also, the Press Release for the Mercantile is supposed to go out today. It's been quite an education, learning about SEO, imbedded URLs, etc. My head is spinning, and I'm still not sure I got it all right. But it is certainly fun! And I'm also going to present myself with an MBA someday soon. I'll post the Press Release as soon as I'm sure it's correct.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Building a Village with thoughts of Abundance, Prosperity and Doo Doo

Oh, how I love Sunday mornings, even without a big fat Sunday paper. At the ripe old age of 51 I've figured out how to make really good pancakes. I don't know why this simple task has been so challenging - I can make Tarte Tatin, and a kick-ass clay pot chicken. But pancakes eluded me until yesterday when I added more flour and less liquid to the pancake recipe from the Farm Cookbook. It was pretty amazing. So we had them again today.

Over pancakes Kurt was telling me his latest adventures playing Civilization 4. It is, apparently, a game where one has the opportunity to create civilization, raise armies, raze cities, plunder or be diplomatic. Once a week he's been playing with Morgan (age 13) and Duncan (age 10). After a few weeks Duncan (aka Napoleon) got bored, and quit. However, his cities still remain. The cities are charmingly named Moo, Moo 2 and Doo Doo. Kurt says they always crack up when they get an announcment from The Citizens of Doo Doo, wanting a larger military presence in their town. Perhaps we should consider renaming Dancing Rabbit.

It's time for Sunday clean, our chance to scour the scum and detrius of a week of heavy living out of the Common House. Not my favorite task, but we have the best team on the farm and get that sucker cleaned in record time. More later!