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My fave gma has mebbe 1-2 days.

:( :( :(

Fave memory of my gma: back when she was able - she'd come out to Nebraska and visit the family over the Christmas holidays. She came out to stay with us because we were the fun family. ;) (Actually, my aunt and uncle are just ... evil. But that's a whole other story.) But my brother and his goofball neighborhood friends were idiots and tried to cross part of the lake (just a little, shallow narrow inlet) without really testing the ice. Fell right through. He comes home and his pants are just completely soaked through and man, did my gma let him have it. *g* That was great. You'd think he had fallen through up to his head, not to his knees from the way my gma was berating him. *G*

Oh, and another time, we went to my gma's for Easter. And she would always stand outside and wave as we left for our trip back to Nebraska. So we rolled down the windows to wave and shout 'bye!' to gma as we left. Like we always did. And then what came out of her mouth ... I think we caught her off guard or something and she was going to say something but got a little confused and was going to answer back to something we said ... only it came out seriously sounded like a Chewbacca roar. I'm not kidding. My parents and bro and I - we looked at each other in the car like ... did we really just hear that? Did that sound *really* just emanate from grandma? Cause like ... that's not humanly possible. On Chewbacca, maybe. But gma?

So we laughed seriously laughed for the next 2 hours to Des Moines - both my brother and I imitating gma's Chewy yell for when the laughter died and we could breathe again. And even to this day - we can set my mom into her hyena-pitched laughing - where she gets laughing so hard it's like supersonic levels and no sound comes out - sorta the opposite of the people who start snorting - whenever we go .. 'Do you remember the time... ' and then do the gma impersonation.


This is my gma. This is the one who liked me (seriously, the other didn't at all). And had the coolest house. And ... well ... yeah. She's the coolest gma a kid could ever hope to have.

Catching Up - and VOTE!

Catching Up - or How Jo Manages to Fit 100 Topics and a Bazillion Days into a Single LJ Post

1. Me! - Me update w/ thank you, crafting, book reviews
2. Writing - novels and fanfic and awards and art! Oh my!
3. Politics - Voting, Rant on racism, hate, fearmongering and religion
4. Anti-intellectualism - A rant with a guest spot by Richard Wolffe and Rachel Maddow

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And ... upon read through - my apologies for the overuse of the word "cool" and my apparent inability to express the feeling with any other word. ;)
Seriously. I know not everyone in the US is like this. But on the other hand, the fact that there are quite a few people in the US who think like this just ... angers me/frustrates me/makes me sick/embarrasses me on a global scale.

And I would brush it off and all ... but it's just so disgusting it's depressing. And you wonder if the US is going to be able to get over themselves and vote a black man president.

HAH. I tell you, HAH.

Gods I'm cynical today.



Day 1: OMG i wrote what?

So, the biggest debate in broaching my first post on the novel - do I stick with proper capitalization like a proper writer ought? or do i stick with my standard, personal preference of no caps in a journal entry? I decided after much pondering that the novel-related entries should be all proper-like even if I'm not proper in any sense of the word.

Gods, this is going to be a frightfully long process, isn't it?

Today was the super fabulous kick-off day of Teh Grand Novel v2.0 aka Burn 2.0. Which I celebrated by ... drinking coffee. Whatever, nectar of the gods, fuel for my brain. You know that scary anticipatory feeling of knowing you're starting up a life's dream with actual intent to achieve said dream?

It was somewhat absent today.

Today, of all days when I should be bouncing from the ceiling and off the walls. Instead, it was sort of like going back to an ex and having post-breakup sex. Old comfortable familiar hoodie, favorite pair of worn jeans, and a ponytail with a warm bowl of soup on a snowy day. You know that feeling.

Course, while I re-immersed myself in what I had written in Burn 1.9 today, I realized ...

Wow. That was really, really bad.

I seriously wrote that?

Not with the story itself, or the tales within the story ... but after having spent a good year developing a style that I felt comfortable in, rereading what I'd written nearly, gods, 3 years ago? It was ... stunning, to say the least. Humbling. The writing itself felt so ... childish.

Made me realize that no matter how good I might think my writing, I still have miles to go. Yes, I know, cliched cheesy line. But it's true. I think there's an inherent dose of ego that comes with art in general - after all, you're imagining/visualizing/creating something with the purpose of being sold and you believe it's good enough to merit the purchase by someone who is not a relative/friend. Not necessarily a bad thing - confidence is good. It just stings when you look at that confidence in written form and think "OMG, I wrote that?!?" Which is so incredibly frustrating because I want to be perfect now (and trust me, there was a *headdesk* moment involved), but at the same time kicks the competitor in me into high-gear. A personal challenge. Score. Bring it on. I'm going to get Burn 2.0 published, dammit.

Which, that attitude is good because what I'd written before is so very, very rough, and would have depressed the hell out of me had I not already been depressed by my failure to complete my Sudoku Mega puzzle w/ my morning (pot of) coffee. I cannot tolerate failure that early in the morning.

So, onwards. Day 1 down, a hopefully limited number of days to go until I reach my end goal: publication.

Easy, right?


And, just for entertainment purposes, pictures of my knitting obsession (my other evil habit, mainlining coffee being the first).

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Jack: "You don't say?"

Jack: "You don't say? You mean...they're full of bullshit?"
Ianto: "That would be full of serious bullshit, sir. It says so at the bottom of the screen."

Okay, I am about to go postal on the tradmed and politics today. Actually, for a while now, because they are so full of bullshit.

Serious bullshit.

For starters....

Bush OPPOSED the Webb GI Bill. Despite his glowing bald-faced lie review of it today after he signed it.

McCain OPPOSED the Webb GI Bill despite his glowing, bald-faced lie on Friday. In fact, he, Lindsay Graham and Richard Burr wrote a counter bill to Webb's bill. In fact, he didn't even show up to vote NAY, despite saying he unequivocally opposed it, for the Webb GI Bill because he was out getting his fundraising on rather than have it on his voting record that he voted against supporting the troops.

Hagel COSPONSORED the Webb GI Bill. Even though Bush did not mention his name in his glowing review and instead mentioned McCain.

Gen Wesley Clark DID NOT impugn McCain's patriotism or his status as a POW. In fact, Gen Clark said that McCain was a hero of his. What Clark -did- say was that being a POW did not necessarily mean that one was qualified to be president, and that was using a repeat of the words in the initial question by the journalist.

McCain now SUPPORTS offshore drilling and has proposed (proposed, not actually put into any real action. Yay, talk cheap) a $300mil prize for a car battery that beats today's electric car batteries. Too bad it might already be in the works. What happens if someone from another country develops the tech? Do they still get the $300mil? If not, I'd be happy to present the idea to McCain, take the $299 mil back to Zenn and keep the $1mil for my troubles.

AMTRAK is seeing an uptick in travelers due to rising fuel costs. YAY! AMTRAK has been screwed over by political games over the past decades and now has 632 usable rail cars (compared to the subway service in NYC which has over 6400 cars). BOO!

McCain OPPOSED subsidies to AMTRAK when he was chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee. BOO!

McCain OPPOSED the Farm Bill.

And finally, yes. Obama appears to pulling Clinton-style politics in regards to FISA. Telecomm immunity BAD. Destroying 4th Amendment rights BAD. REDEFINING the definition of WMDs which conveniently means that the Bush admin did no wrong in declaring war on Iraq? BAD.

Can everyone in the Senate please read the fucking 114 pages of the bill then look me in the eye and tell me it's a good thing? And leave out the patting me on the head and telling me they know best, that it's important they illegally spy on me in order to protect me.

May the gods help me, I've resorted to CAPS like JKR.


Because it never gets old, ending on a positive note.


omg ..

tim russert died.

:( :( :(

this depresses me so.

KO looks like he's been weeping all afternoon.

and in other news - made it to iowa - crazy water. i don't know if we're going to make it -back-. the water was already up to the interstate just outside of des moines and the des moines river wasn't going to crest for a few more days...

seriously. tim russert died!

Storms Part Deux

Seriously. The poundage can stop any time.

"Torrential rains" was what the meteorologist just declared for Lincoln.

Tornado sirens went off once already tonight, which meant of course that I went out with my camera.

What? The tornado was moving just north of the city. I'm not quite north. I was safe. *eyedart*

There was a poor gal just moved from Arizona freeeeeaking out when I went out, so I think it was a good thing that I did go out with my camera. Apparently with my camera while the sirens were going off meant "native" to her - so I explained what was up and not to worry.

There, my good deed for the day.

That was earlier this evening. There's currently MEGA storm in my parents neck of the woods - but will stay west of them, I think. But the same area that got hit by tornadoes in my last post - they're getting slammed again.

And it's still downpouring here. Have I mentioned the rain? Torrential. It's been downpouring for the past hour.

MEGA storm still possibly headed towards my neck of the woods. We're in a tornado watch till 4am and flashflood warnings like mad. Oh REALLY?? You mean that torrential rain needs to go somewhere? And the waterlevels in the soil were already high?

Now, because it amuses me, the radar taken mebbe 15-30 min ago. LINCOLN IS GOING TO GET EATEN ALIVE!!!!!

Did I mention rain? It's raining. Lots.

I hope I don't float away. Or tornadoes suck me up while I sleep. Forget sleeping! Gah.


I liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive!

Storm pics!

Absolutely gorgeous (is it wrong that I call it gorgeous?)

from the Journal Star - skies near Kearney or Aurora

Was a little hairy here last night - my cable went out for a time (oh noes! not the internets! and the tv!!) but some how - Lincoln managed to avoid major damage - the line of storms went just north of Lincoln. We got some high winds (seriously - 3 wind storm in a week - wind gusts up to 60 mph were reported with this storm. Got some 70mph gusts last storm) and lotsa rain. Power blinked a few times - but I was lucky and didn't lose power.

But, the places that got hit were Kearney, Grand Island and Aurora (the red blob o' TORNADOES! in the original radar pic). Kearney had 4-6 tornadoes drop, Aurora had at least one. But the crazy winds in the area knocked a train off its tracks, rolled at least 15 semis on i-80, and snapped power lines. It was weird how this storm traveled pretty much right along i-80. The Weather Channel kept calling it a 'mini hurricane' - basically a bunch of little storms swirling together and acting/functioning a bit like a hurricane. Very odd for the area.

We got more shit outta Kansas (damned Kansas) but by about 12 I had let the cats out of the bathroom and unpacked my laptop. And I let lilith get off the phone ;)

Oh yes - and for those of you who have no idea what Nebraska really looks like? *points up* Yes, we really are that flat. Seriously. The drive home is exceeeeeeedingly boring-flat. We're not the flat-lands for nothing!

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Auntie Em! Auntie Em! It's a twister! It's a twister!

If you need me, I'll be in my apartment, trying not to blow away.

Well, actually, I lied. Until I see tornados in my face, I will be outside taking pictures of IMPENDING DOOM!!! And then will be cowering in my apartment, trying not to blow away.

To sum up the Weather Channel anchor: "The Lincoln/Omaha area is just...fucked. Ya'll are in my 'greatest area at risk of danger to life and limb' which I never ever ever say but I am tonight cause ... ya'll are fucked."


Score One for California...

Go the hell California.

California Supreme Court just overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

People's squee on DK is making me cry. (In a good and happy way.)

From the decision...

In light of the fundamental nature of the substantive rights embodied in the
right to marry — and their central importance to an individual’s opportunity to
live a happy, meaningful, and satisfying life as a full member of society — the
California Constitution properly must be interpreted to guarantee this basic civil
right to all individuals and couples, without regard to their sexual orientation.

It is true, of course, that as an historical matter in this state marriage always
has been limited to a union between a man and a woman. Tradition alone,
however, generally has not been viewed as a sufficient justification for
perpetuating, without examination, the restriction or denial of a fundamental
constitutional right....

[W]e conclude that the purpose underlying differential treatment of opposite-sex and same-sex couples embodied in California's current marriage statutes -- the interest in retaining the traditional and well-established definition of marriage -- cannot properly be viewed as a compelling state interest for purposes of the equal protection clause, or as necessary to serve such an interest.

A number of factors lead us to this conclusion. First, the exclusion of same-sex couples from the designation of marriage clearly is not necessary in order to afford full protection to all of the rights and benefits that currently are enjoyed by married opposite-sex couples; permitting same-sex couples access to the designation of marriage will not deprive opposite-sex couples of any rights and will not alter the legal framework of the institution of marriage, because same-sex couples who choose to marry will be subject to the same obligations and duties that currently are imposed on married opposite-sex couples. Second, retaining the traditional definition of marriage and affording same-sex couples only a separate and differently named family relationship will, as a realistic matter, impose appreciable harm on same-sex couples and their children, because denying such couples access to the familiar and highly favored designation of marriage is likely to cast doubt on whether the official family relationship of same-sex couples enjoys dignity equal to that of opposite-sex couples. Third, because of the widespread disparagement that gay individuals historically have faced, it is all the more probable that excluding same-sex couples from the legal institution of marriage is likely to be viewed as reflecting an official view that their committed relationships are of lesser stature than the comparable relationships of opposite-sex couples. Finally, retaining the designation of marriage exclusively for opposite-sex couples and providing only a separate and distinct designation for same-sex couples may well have the effect of perpetuating a more general premise -- now emphatically rejected by this state -- that gay individuals and same-sex couples are in some respects "second-class citizens" who may, under the law, be treated differently from, and less favorably than, heterosexual individuals or opposite-sex couples. Under these circumstances, we cannot find that retention of the traditional definition of marriage constitutes a compelling state interest. Accordingly, we conclude that to the extent the current California statutory provisions limit marriage to opposite-sex couples, these statutes are unconstitutional.


Now, 2 things.

Gov Ahhhhhrnold has stated he will NOT support a referendum on marriage on the November ballot.

Even if there was a referendum for amendment on the ballot in November, it's not likely to pass muster as the ruling is based on the equal protection clause which, as I understand it, trumps any amendment attempting to define marriage as man-woman.

This just is the topping shiny to the week of shinies. Edwards endorsed Obama. Kleeb beat Raimondo. The repugs lost a 13-year die-hard repug seat in Mississippi to a dem for their third straight special elections loss. KO had the most powerful Special Comment he's delivered in ... his history ... last night. Part 1. Part 2. Watch it. Enjoy KO telling the Prez to Shut.The.Fuck.Hell.Up.



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