Sarah Palin

August 31st, 2008 by erb

From a recent Wikipedia summary:

  • State Senate President Lyda Green, a Republican who has often feuded with Palin, remarked, “She’s not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president? Look at what she’s done to this state. What would she do to the nation?”
  • Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post wrote: “The Palin selection completely undercuts the argument about Obama’s inexperience and readiness to lead…. To gratuitously undercut the remarkably successful ‘Is he ready to lead’ line of attack seems near suicidal.”
  • David Frum of the National Review wrote: “The longer I think about it, the less well this selection sits with me…. If it were your decision, and you were putting your country first, would you put an untested small-town mayor a heartbeat away from the presidency?”
  • In Alaska, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner published an unsigned editorial that opined Palin “is not ready for the top job.”

And something I STILL haven’t heard any discussion of on any national news (well, CNN anyway): (See Alaska Public Safety Commissioner dismissal)

On July 11, 2008, Palin dismissed Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan, saying that he had not adequately filled state trooper vacancies, and that he “did not turn out to be a team player on budgeting issues.” She instead offered him a position as executive director of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, which he turned down.

Her power to fire him is not in dispute, but Monegan alleged that his dismissal was a retaliation for his reluctance to fire Palin’s former brother-in-law, Alaska State Trooper Mike Wooten, who had been involved in a divorce and child custody battle with Palin’s sister, Molly McCann. On July 28, 2008, a bipartisan committee of the Alaska Legislature voted 12-0 to hire an independent investigator to investigate Palin and her staff for possible abuse of power surrounding the dismissal.

And let’s not forget who we’re dealing with, in light of potential Supreme Court vacancies

  • In 2002, while running for lieutenant governor, Palin called herself as “pro-life as any candidate can be.” She opposes abortion for rape and incest victims, supporting it only in cases where the mother’s life is in danger.
  • Palin opposes same-sex marriage and supported a non-binding referendum for a constitutional amendment to deny benefits to same-sex couples.
  • Palin has stated that she supported the 1998 constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.
  • In a televised debate, Palin supported allowing both creationism and evolution in public schools.
  • She does not support re-legalizing of marijuana in Alaska despite using the drug herself at a time when it was legal under Alaska (but not Federal) law, stating concerns about the message re-legalization would send to her children.
  • Palin has strongly promoted oil and natural gas resource development in Alaska, including opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to drilling.
  • She does not believe that global warming is man-made.
  • She opposed listing of the polar bear as an endangered species, and supported a controversial predator-control program involving aerial hunting of wolves.
  • Palin is a life member of the National Rifle Association, and is popular among gun rights activists.

And how the fuck can can all these Republican pundits keep saying, over and over and over again, with a straight face, that Palin has more experience than Obama??? A soccer mom who’s pre-gubernatorial experience (pop. Alaska 670 thousand) was mayor of a town of 6,000, compared to a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, who has dealt with the problems of Chicago (pop. 9 million) and Illinois (pop. 12.8 million)? Palin’s educational background? Second place Miss Alaska, B.S. in communications-journalism, minor in political science. Brief career in broadcasting as a sports reporter.

I just heard Rep John Boehner on CNN RIGHT NOW say that Palin has more executive experience than Obama and Biden put together, complaining about the liberal democrat media’s “appalling” behavior towards this “very accomplished woman.”

Do we really want this person a heart attack away from the most influential position in the world?

Disclaimer: I am not a Democrat.

Muxtape Metal

August 12th, 2008 by erb

For anyone that doesn’t know what Muxtape is, go check it out.  I first stumbled upon it a month or two ago, while Googling for any recent or new Yacht Rock activity (I saw them in Seattle at a great fund raiser with some great music by some great bands, and who knows, maybe they’ll come to CU?).  There’s a really good Yacht Rock Muxtape, if you’re into that kinda Christopher Cross thing…


I just setup my first muxtape for the RTHS 1989 reunion web site: RTHS 80’s Metal

If anyone else sets up a muxtape, let me know!  :)  I just wish we could do more than one, but they do stipulate one muxtape per account/user…  I’ve been wanting to do one for awhile, and now I had the perfect opportunity!

New Goth Night

August 12th, 2008 by erb

seen in LJ Chambana:  “Stiches is back.”  The details (from that post):

Stitches is back! Every Thursday starting this week!

Featuring dark alternative music, from trad goth to deathrock to post punk to coldwave… and more… and minus industrial/ebm.

Visit or for more information!

w00t.  I checked out the About page, and a brief scan showed The Shroud.  I’m in.

New website / blog for my high school reunion

August 12th, 2008 by erb

So after two days of work this weekend during idle time in front of the tv, I have an officially live Beta version of the new web site I put together for my high school reunion coming up next year.

Comments?  Suggestions?  Criticisms?  I’ll take any and everything!

Things I have planned:

  • Install RoundCube into as a webmail reader
  • A couple “HOWTO” pages (or FAQ links?), complete with some mini screen shots, explaining briefly how to use a blogging (WordPress) system, how to use the webmail system, and (:gulp:) how to use the wiki … although I doubt that the wiki will really get used, at all!  :-)  (it was only a 5 min install of MediaWiki)
  • Maybe a “HOWTO” page for JAlbum?  Although JAlbum web site has pretty good HOWTOs of its own.
  • MySQL database for everyone, complete with php pages for reading and updating — keeping it simple.  Only registered blog users will have access, for privacy concerns.  (I figured I’d piggyback on WordPress, to keep the username/password/account confusion to a minimum, particularly for users!  But I’ll use a separate MySQL DB to avoid accidental blog corruption)
  • More pictures? Albums?
  • Continue investigating the WP Super-Cache plugin to see if it’s working well

WordPress MU was a semi interesting experience.  Much easier than I was fearing.  WordPress is really growing up into a full fledged accomplished polished app!  :-)

Driving Cross Country Take Two

July 10th, 2008 by erb

Malaika is making her own trip from Seattle to Champaign… Including all the anipals, plus our friend Julie, who is helping a ton with this move — Thanks Julie! Since she has all the animals, she wanted to take a little longer than I did … four plus one days (I took three, but with 13–14 hour days driving). Here’s her trip, complete with live mini updates and pictures from the road.

See earlier post, wherein I briefly describe my own journey, and also the other earlier post, wherein I include Google maps of said journey.

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se7en freakin’ songs

July 4th, 2008 by erb

From lookingforlily‘s lj post:

  1. Reply to this post and I’ll assign you a letter.
  2. List (and upload, if you feel like it) seven songs that start with that letter.
  3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.

whereupon I was bestowed with F, a fine letter.  In no particular order,

  • First And Last And Always, Sisters Of Mercy
  • Fuck And Run, Liz Phair
  • Fucking Hostile, Pantera
  • F…kin With My Head (Mountain Dew Rock), Beck
  • Five To One, The Doors
  • Falling To Pieces, Faith No More
  • Final Countdown, Europe

Liz Phair - self titledBy the way: Liz Phair is reissuing Exile in Guyville, her debut, on June 24th, for the 15th anniversary (!!).  Yowza fuckin’ yowza.  Very exciting.  From wikipedia: