jewel January 21st, 2009
Yesterday (you may have heard) the United States of America swore in a new president. We took the day off work – not to fight the crowds and the cold to be there in person, as close as we live to DC, but so that we could watch everything from the comfort of our climate controlled livingroom. We invited a friend over, made some light snacks, had champaign at the ready and we celebrated. It was an amazing day. I did not write about the inauguration yesterday because I wanted to just enjoy the moment and let everything sink in a bit. Continue Reading »
jewel January 16th, 2009
In spite of the fact that I live so close to DC, I will not be making the short journey into the city this weekend to take part in any of the festivities. Not that I wouldn’t like to, mind you, but it will be way too crowded for my tastes, so I’m ok with watching from afar (well, not that far!).
On Tuesday, my husband and I will enjoy the inauguration from the comfort of our climate controlled living room. I’m really quite excited. This will be the third inauguration that I can recall watching. Continue Reading »
jewel November 6th, 2008
AP has declared that Obama has won North Carolina! VA and NC both went blue this time!!! I know a few other states did too, but I’ve been keeping an eye on the state in which I grew up (NC) and the state in which I now live (VA). HAPPINESS!!!!!
jewel November 5th, 2008
This is the first time today I’ve even had the chance to post. Wow, I am elated! I feel very vindicated as well. Along with much of the rest of the world, today I am breathing a sigh of relief. Relief that the election is finally over and relief that Obama won (W00t!!)
It’s not going to be an easy road. Obama inherited a great big mess, and it is going to take some time to straighten it all out. I feel optimistic, though – and for the first time in a long time, I might add.
Wow. Just wow.
Obama even took VA, which thrills me beyond expectation. I hoped, but I didn’t really expect it. NC was close, too. Too close to really call yet, but I’m hopeful that Obama will prevail there, too.
The journey is just beginning. And I am looking forward to it.
jewel November 4th, 2008
Today is an important day and I was excited and happy to do my part to get Barak Obama elected. We got to our polling station at 5:45am this morning – at a local elementary school. The line was already half way around the building with a steady stream of voters walking up to get in line. Finding parking was tough. In 2004 parking wasn’t an issue and we only had to wait in line for about 20 minutes. I usually hate waiting in line, but today was different. Long lines mean that more people are exercising their right to vote, and even though a good many of them are probably voting for other candidates (I just hope not too many), it is none the less a good thing they are voting. Continue Reading »
jewel October 30th, 2008
I know I have not blogged much about anything in a while. I’ve had a bit of writers block. I think some it is brought on by total political overload. Really. At work people are pretty much talking politics constantly. I turn on the TV — politics. I read the news — politics. I can’t say that I blame them. This election is very important on so many levels. The economy, civil rights, science education, separation of religion and government — they are all at stake here. I can’t wait to cast my vote next Tuesday. I hope the lines are long everywhere and that there is a record turn out. I also really want Obama to win. And win big. It’s showtime. Continue Reading »
jewel August 31st, 2008
While it is unfortunate the presidential candidates wouldn’t actually participate in a public debate regarding their positions on science policy, Obama and McCain did both say they would provide answers to the decided upon 14 questions. I’m happy to say that Obama has submitted his answers and they are posted on the ScienceDebate2008 website. Perhaps McCain will submit his answers soon so that the American people can see where he really stands.
jewel August 29th, 2008
Work was all abuzz today about McCain’s pick for VP. She’s young, a woman and has a story. McCain is no doubt banking on her to bring in the women voters, particularly the bitter Hillary supporters. Personally, I’m hoping that Hillary’s supporters are smarter than that. While there are quite a few things I don’t like about Hillary Clinton, she is a strong woman and a force to be reckoned with. She has spoken out in regards to women’s rights and issues and has long been an advocate for affordable health care. And she was able to win over quite a lot of folks. Also, she has spoken out in favor of evidence based science standards and a woman’s right to choose. Sarah Palin is about as opposite as you can get from Clinton. Of course maybe McCain is just trying to appear like the maverick he no longer is (if he ever really was) by choosing her. Continue Reading »
jewel May 16th, 2008
Good on them, I say! The California Supreme Court has declared gay marriage bans to be unconstitutional. Now if only the other states that do not allow same-sex marriages/unions would come to their senses and realize that the world isn’t going to end if we allow homosexual adults the same rights and privileges that their heterosexual counterparts get. Also on my wish list is to get rid of the incredibly unnecessary and discriminatory federal Defense of Marriage Act of 1996.
jewel February 24th, 2008
I’m not sure how I managed to miss this, but apparently during the primaries, Ellen Johnson, president of American Atheists urged atheists to not vote in the general election this November! I find that absolutely astounding! Continue Reading »