Swimming In My Head…

diving in the deep end…

Another moving piece of media

This is just amazing to me.  It’s the kind of thing that I’ve wanted to see as normal and par for the course as long as I’ve been alive.  We’re going to be ok here and things are definitely looking up.

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November 8, 2008 Posted by | Life In General, Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What a week

Where to begin.  This has been perhaps the second most emotional week I’ve experienced since 9/11.  I’ve shed more tears than I normally shed in a year’s time and I now understand what it means when you’re “waiting to exhale”.  It’s a wonder I hadn’t turned blue, because I held my breath from Monday through most of Tuesday.

It’s strange really.  All that has transpired still seems somewhat surreal to me.  I was thoroughly impressed with Senator McCain’s concession speech, even moved.  But I haven’t and I won’t forget what the Republican party has done and is doing to exclude so many people from having equal rights.

I was definitely moved by President Elect Obama’s acceptance speech.  Moved because I never thought I would see the day in my lifetime where a black man would be President.  But more important than that, I have been corrected about what I thought was the general consensus about race relations in the United States.  I was wrong and now I know better.

I’m not blind, I know that there are some people out there that are probably considering Canada right now, because a black President could only mean the start of Armageddon, but just knowing that so many other Americans have stood up to them to finally say enough is enough is an amazing feeling.

For me, this has never been about black and white – it’s always been representative of a bigger picture and that is: the ‘witch hunt’ had to stop sometime and I hope that the time has come.  The ‘witch hunt’ by the ultra-conservative to rid the country of everything that they felt makes it less than pure.  That could mean race, it could mean sex, it could mean sexual identity – if it doesn’t fit their definition of utopia, they want it gone.

But this year, this election, it seems like the tide has turned slightly and maybe the hunters are being hunted.  Timely.

I don’t know what I’m going to do without the daily ‘Palinisms’ to play with and write posts about, so maybe I should take a cruise up to Alaska and see how the ‘sixpackmoes’ live.  Do I need my passport for that trip also to because with Russia visible and maverick?

For one last hurrah, adding a link…check this out – it gave me chills.  When the song is done playing, in ever so small font is a link to “view original site”.  Click that and you’ll go to a site about Sarah Palin as President and it’s interactive, so use your mouse to make various objects within the office either move or say something.

November 7, 2008 Posted by | Life In General, Politics | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

From My Perspective

I sometimes sit and wonder how I’ve gotten so politically charged of late. Is it because I’m a closeted die-hard Democrat? No, that can’t be it…don’t really care for the party system.

Is it because I was raised in a politically opinionated family? No, that’s definitely not it because my family felt that politics had no place in their lives due to their strong religious convictions.

Is it because I’m mixed race and there is a mixed race Presidential candidate that has a strong possibility of winning the 2008 election? Definitely not! Especially because I’m of the opinion that when asked my race, I say American. I was born here, I’ve always lived here, I pay taxes here, and I vote here. I’m American. Culture is a whole other conversation to be saved for another day.

All that said…who gives a crap, I just thought this clip of Obama appearing on The Daily Show was awesome and worth sharing.

October 30, 2008 Posted by | Politics | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Palin Prayer (Nightmare On PA Street)

As I lay me down to sleep
I pray the lord does hear us weep
We’re crying ’bout two-thousand twelve
They’re talking President Palin – what the hell?

The GOP has gone totally mad
‘Cause Palin as President will end real bad
So lord we’re not asking you to drop any bomb,
Just tell Ms. Palin to go back to Alaska and be a gosh-darn “hockey mom.”

Just when we thought George Bush was the one to fear
Along came Palin who made “W” seem like a dear
Oh lord, please listen to us and hear our rhymes
And deliver us from Ms. Palin in these scariest of times

Amen

And now a video

October 29, 2008 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Disappointed

I’m writing this after returning from the gym.  I almost didn’t go because my blood pressure was through the roof tonight.  I don’t know why, but I somehow let some comments that I read on Trulia get to me.

Trulia is a real estate website that has an  opinions section designed for professionals to answer questions posed by people relating to real estate.

What started as a post by a Ft. Lauderdale realtor that was supposed to explain what both Presidential candidates’ platforms would do to the housing crisis turned into a name-calling, mudslinging free-for-all.

The comments had people calling McCain an “idiot” and others calling Obama a “terrorist” and “nazi-like”.  I was so disgusted by these so-called professionals who were doing nothing more than allowing emotion to get the best of them and acting like schoolyard children.

I made a decision that I’m going to limit what I watch as it relates to the remaining 12 days of this campaign because quite frankly, it’s not good for my health.

The feelings that have welled up inside of me are uncharacteristic and I don’t like it.  But bigger than that, I’m stooping to the same level of the people that I’m writing about and I don’t want to be like them.

Since this was designed to get ‘stuff’ off my chest though…I have to admit that I’m disappointed.  I’m disappointed in the way some people are treating one another right now.  I know it’s wrong to generalize because then I become prejudiced as well, but come on.

When you strip away all of the garbage, why are some people really so upset about this election?  It’s not everyone – it’s not even most people.  It’s this loud-mouthed opinionated few who are blowing smoke up everyone’s asses to deflect the real reason they’re so upset about the way the odds are favoring.

That’s what disappoints me.  I would like to believe that people are inherently good, but I’ve seen a different side and it’s scary.

By saying things about Senator Obama like he’s a “terrorist” or that he’s a “liar” or that he doesn’t have the best interests of this country at heart instead of saying what they really feel, literally turns my stomach.  I don’t understand hatred of this magnitude and I can only hope that I maintain that stance even when personally faced with such ignorance.

I have no witty or perfect ending to this post…just diving in the deep end and dumping what’s swimming in my head.

October 23, 2008 Posted by | Politics | , , , | 2 Comments