Monday, October 31, 2005
James Dobson issued this statement on October 3rd, 2005: "We welcome the president's nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court. He pledged emphatically during his campaign to appoint judges who will interpret the law rather than create it. He also promised to select competent judges who will 'not use the bench to write social policy.' To this point, President Bush's appointments to the federal bench appear to have been remarkably consistent with that stated philosophy. Based on the information known generally about Harriet Miers, and President Bush's personal knowledge of her, we believe that she will not prove to be a lone exception.
"On the other hand, one cannot know absolutely about matters of integrity and philosophy until a jurist is given the tremendous power and influence of their position. As Lord Acton said: 'Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.' Sadly, that seems to have happened to Justices Souter and Kennedy. All we can say now is that Harriet Miers appears to be an outstanding nominee for the Supreme Court.
Quoted on the Christian Broadcasting Network webpage: "Others such as Focus on the Family Chairman James Dobson support her. Dobson supported Miers since the beginning. He was quoted on his radio show saying, "When you know some of the things I know - that I probably shouldn't know, that would take me in this direction - you would understand why I have said, with fear and trepidation, that I believe Harriet Miers will be a good justice."
From a transcript of Dr. Dobson's radio broadcast on October 11th: I shared my opinion, that Harriet Miers might well be more in keeping with our views than they might think and that I did believe that she was a far better choice than many of my colleagues were saying and that they obviously believed.
...Karl Rove had shared with me her judicial philosophy which was consistent with the promises that President Bush had made when he was campaigning...the President promised to appoint people who would uphold the Constitution and not use their powers to advance their own political agenda. Now, Mr. Rove assured me in that telephone conversation that Harriet Miers fit that description and that the President knew her well enough to say so with complete confidence.
Then he suggested that I might want to validate that opinion by talking to people in Texas who knew Miers personally and he gave me the names of some individuals that I could call. And I quickly followed up on that conversation and got glowing reports...Harriet Miers is an Evangelical Christian, that she is from a very conservative church, which is almost universally pro-life, that she had taken on the American Bar Association on the issue of abortion and fought for a policy that would not be supportive of abortion, that she had been a member of the Texas Right to Life. In other words, there is a characterization of her that was given to me before the President had actually made this decision.
Harriet Miers is a strict constructionist, which is why the President likes her. And you know, I've never met her; I don't have any personal communication with her. I've never received a letter or a phone call from her or any firsthand knowledge, but I do believe President Bush is serious when he says this is the kind of person I'm looking for and Harriet Miers is such a person.
On October 27th, James Dobson was singing a different tune: "I believe the president has made a wise decision in accepting Harriet Miers' withdrawal as a nominee to the Supreme Court. "In recent days I have grown increasingly concerned about her conservative credentials, and I was dismayed to learn this week about her speech in 1993, in which she sounded pro-abortion themes, and expressed so much praise for left-wing feminist leaders. "When the president announced this nominee, I expressed my tentative support, based on what I was able to discover about her. But I also said I would await the hearings to learn more about her judicial philosophy. Based on what we now know about Miss Miers, it appears that we would not have been able to support her candidacy. Thankfully, that difficult evaluation is no longer necessary."
And now, Dr. Dobson's opinion on Judge Samuel Alito, released today: "Perhaps the most encouraging early indication that Judge Alito will make a great justice is that liberal senators such as Harry Reid and Charles Schumer and leftist pressure groups such as People for the American Way and Planned Parenthood have been lining up all day to scream that the sky is falling. Any nominee who so worries the radical left is worthy of serious consideration. Based on what is now known about Judge Alito, we applaud the president for this outstanding nomination."
So basically, as long as Bushie likes you and the liberals hate you, you've got the okay from the Christian Right.
#6 Miami down 16-7 at the half, beat UNC 34-16.
#8 UCLA down 14-3 in the third quarter, beat Stanford 30-27 in OT.
#10 FSU down 21-14 at the half, beat Maryland 35-27.
#12 Ohio State tied 17-17 at the half, beat Minnesota 45-31.
#20 TCU down 13-7 at the half, beat San Diego State 23-20.
And the weekend's one upset: #16 Florida over #4 Georgia, 14-10. Git 'er done.
Yes, I know that Michigan beat Northwestern and South Carolina beat Tennessee. I only consider it an "upset" if a low or unranked team beats someone in the top 10. Otherwise it's just a good win.
/Reluctantly accepts 3rd place for VT
//I guess I'm okay with that
///Texas better beat USC
Sunday, October 30, 2005
But do we know what life is
Outside of our convenient Lexus cages?"
I haven't really felt like posting this week. Monday and Tuesday were terrible. Wednesday was alright. Thursday and Friday I was at the Resources for Melanoma Research conference. It was held in Gaithersburg - nice to only have a 5 minute commute instead of 90.
We watched the VT-BC game at Ryan's place on Thursday with Dave, Randi, Dan and Crystal (who fortunately did not go into labor that night). I made dinner. It was a pretty good game - better than Maryland anyways. Afterwards, we initiated Randi into the goodness that is Strongbad with some key e-mail viewing. Good stuff.
Yesterday was the walk for the American Heart Association. It was a good day, once it warmed up above refrigerator temperatures. The walk raised over $317,000 for heart disease and stroke research - $675 of that was mine. Thanks to everyone who donated, and if you didn't, don't worry - I plan on doing it again next year.
We watched Stand By Me last night, which Matt hadn't seen. We watched North By Northwest tonight, which I hadn't seen. Mike has never seen The Usual Suspects. 40 lashes with a wet noodle for that one. Maybe we should have a movie night.
I caught a cold from Stephen Hewitt - the NCI researcher that developed the first melanoma tissue microarray. He sat next to me at the conference on Thursday. The NCI has a crappy website. I need to take more cold medicine, although I hate it because it makes me feel dizzy.
I'm making stuffed mushrooms and brownie bites for Randi's party this weekend. Hopefully my head won't asplode before then. It's gotta be the dextromethorphan - Sudafed never makes me feel this funny.
I've seen an awful lot of good links lately, but I don't have any of them now. Maybe I should keep a running file or something. Nah, that would require work.
Monday, October 24, 2005
Current temperature is 51 - I'm so wearing my new sweater. Saturday looks to be sunny and 60 - perfect for the American Heart Association walk! There's still time to donate if you haven't yet - clicky over on the right.
Matt won an iPod nano last night in the blogger poker tournament. And after how long I've wanted one, he won't give it to me! So unfair. And he's guaranteed to win Question of the Day too.
I don't want to go to work. But I want the results of this experiment tomorrow. I need to invent a teleporter. Or long-distance telekinesis. Someone needs to get on the ball with this!
Sunday, October 23, 2005
Roxie spent about 10 minutes trying to get into my bag of flipz (chocolate covered pretzles). She kept crawling back and forth over my lap every time I moved the bag to my other side, or lying on my arms, or kneading my stomach. I think she thought they were treats.
Not food-related, but I picked up my clothes order at JC Penney today. When I got home, I realized that the two sweaters I had ordered were not the same size, although they were both labeled small. The blue one was several inches longer and wider than the pink one. How annoying. So I had to take it back, and they didn't know how to code the return. They finally figured something out, and it should come in 3-4 days.
Matt beat Wil Wheaton in a poker tournament. I didn't know he was on Star Trek - I thought he was an editor at fark. Turns out he just has his own category because they think he's cool.
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Anyway. Harriet Miers is pro-affirmative action. And I mean REALLY pro. As in, allowed quota systems when she was president of the Texas Bar Association. Specifically, she encouraged law firms to hire one minority lawyer out of every 10, and set aside a certain number of seats on the board for women and minorities. Now, I am in favor of programs that help make minorities and women more competitive, to "level the playing field," if you will. Because the fact is that sometimes talented minorities just don't have the same opportunities as white males. But I am opposed to a quota system that say you must (or "should") hire a certain number of people for the sake of diversity. I think that, in the end, it helps no one and is even insulting.
I also think we're going to "invade" Syria soon (I use quotes because I don't think we technically invaded Iraq either, we were just there to "help"). There was a UN report out yesterday that implicated the Syrian government in the assassination of the Lebanese Prime Minister, and Pres. Bush called for "an appropriate world response." And we all know that, according to Bush, the "appropriate world response" to anything is US military action. Ugh.
This is disgusting. If I ever start doing this 15 years down the road or so, someone please slap me.
Today will be a better day than yesterday :-)
Friday, October 21, 2005
When you do those things to me
It's more the way that you mean it
When you tell me what will be
And when you stop to think about it
You won't believe it's true
That all the love you've been giving
Has all been meant for you
I'm looking for someone to change my life
I'm looking for a miracle in my life
And if you could see, what it's done to me
To lose the love I knew
And safely lead me through
Between the silence of the mountains
And the crashing of the sea
There lies a land I once lived in
And she's waiting there for me
But in the gray of the morning
My mind becomes confused
Between the dead and the sleeping
And the road that I must choose
I'm looking for someone to change my life
I'm looking for a miracle in my life
And if you could see, what it's done to me
To lose the love I knew
And safely lead me to
The land that I once knew
To learn as we grow old
The secrets of our souls
It's not the way that you say it
When you do those things to me
It's more the way you really mean it
When you tell me what will be
--Moody Blues, Question
Moody Blues - Question * Radiohead - High and Dry * Warren Sroka - American Folk Song * Barenaked Ladies - Upside Down * Jason Mraz - No Doubling Back * Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road * Indigo Girls - Nashville * Coldplay - Kingdom Come * Jars of Clay - Worlds Apart * David Crowder Band - I Will Not Be Silent * Dixie Chicks - Fly * Moody Blues - In Your Wildest Dreams * Phil Vassar - American Child * Simon and Garfunkel - Homeward Bound * Switchfoot - Gone * Virginia Coalition - A Song
Yes, I have very broad tastes in music. I have Mara, Hilary and Carrie from freshman year of college (country) and my dad (classic rock) to thank for helping.
California Pizza Kitchen was...okay. I think I'll have garlic breath for like, the next 3 days. Maybe I'll try the pasta next time. I just felt weird not ordering pizza on my first visit, but also not bold enough to try something really eclectic.
Up to 6 pages in the thesis proposal. Going to try out California Pizza Kitchen tonight (we got a coupon). Everyone seems crabby today - I think it's the weather.
This photo of a rose frozen in liquid nitrogen being shot is awesome.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
- People who do their own window tinting with that film crap. It looks terrible with all those bubbles and creases. Just pay someone to do it.
-The media's insistence on combining couples' names into one name. Yes, Bennifer was cute. But TomKat and Brangelina make we want to punch someone.
Me: You'll never guess who's behind me on the beltway right now.
Matt: I don't know, who?
Me: Matthew Lesko.
Matt: I don't know who tha--Matthew Lesko??
Matt: No way!
Me: He's driving right behind me on the beltway, I swear.
Me: He has an orange scion with black questionmarks on it, and he's wearing a black suit with white questionmarks on it.
Matt: (laughing) You should slam on your brakes.
Matt: And then ask him, "Hey Matt - you got a program for this?"
Days like this make me wish I had a camera phone.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
I only have a few hours before I have to go back to church for the board of deacons meeting tonight...I plan on relaxing!
Seems like Eric has made an enemy, though I can't figure out why. It's mildly amusing though.
Monday, October 17, 2005
So, Friday was a long day. I didn't leave work until a little after 5 (which is late for me on Fridays). And Friday was "family crisis night" - no details, please don't ask for 'em - but I was up fairly well past my bedtime.
Saturday, I went to (and survived) the dentist. No cavities, but they did say that my bite is horribly misaligned. Basically, my teeth line up on the left side of my mouth but on the right side, the bottom ones are farther over than the top. I had to have molds made with this nasty, nasty rubber stuff that I couldn't get the taste of out of my mouth for hours. After talking to Megan today, the orthodontics involved sound pretty horrible (and I don't see how it would help, because then my teeth would align but the flat surfaces of my molars wouldn't meet) so I'm undecided if I'm going to do anything about it yet or not. Right now I'm leaning towards "not."
On a side note, it amuses me that every specialist I see thinks that my almost daily headaches are due to something that their specialty treats. So my (former) chiropractor thought that it was because my spine, and thus my neck, were misaligned. My (former) therapist said it was stress-induced. My dentist says that it's because my jaw is misaligned. I bet if I went to an oncologist, they'd tell me I had a brain tumor because that's what they're "supposed" to say. I wonder what would happen if I went to like, a podiatrist.
Sunday was church, and I left a little early to get to the college fair in Columbia. It was fun, better than the last one, I think. It was a little long though (3 hours) and I actually gave away all my booklets in like, the first hour and a half. I think I mentioned last time that there were a lot of parents sans kids at the last one - there were still a fair number of those, but what I noticed more this time around was that there were a lot of *younger* students or parents of younger students. And by younger, I mean SEVENTH GRADE. Seriously, what good is taking a 7th grader to a college fair going to do? They don't know what they want to do, they don't know what kind of grades they have (performance in MS is not always indicative of performance in HS). It's terrible. I didn't go to a college fair or start visiting/looking at colleges until the summer before my senior year of HS. Parents seem to fall into two extremes - micromanage or don't care. What happened to normal parents?
I have a $5 bet against Matt Vaughn on the VT-Miami game. Silly, silly Matt. His prediction for the Rose Bowl is USC and Alabama. Ooh, and BCS comes out tonight - that should be exciting.
Saturday, October 15, 2005
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Happy 25th birthday, Matt! 5 years ago today was Matt's 20th birthday, and on that day he had no idea that he was going to meet his future wife in less than 36 hours. Winzorz :-)
We had some funny conversations recently. First, we got home last night at exactly the same time (around 9pm) and hadn't seen each other at all since about 6:30 that morning:
C: Howdy, stranger.
M: You don't even know me anymore!
C: It has been over 12 hours.
M: You're right. Have you lost weight?
Then, this morning, I was telling him about a dream I had the night before:
C: So I was at your mom's house, looking through some old pictures and there were a bunch of you with this other woman and two kids. And it turned out that you had been married before you met me. And her name was Pam.
M: Impossible. I would never marry a woman named Pam; I don't like that name.
C: So you're telling me that you could have met an otherwise perfect woman, but just because her name was Pam, you wouldn't even consider her?
M: And here we are today.
I got Matt floor seats to see Chris Tomlin this Saturday.
Happy Birthday, hun! Love you!
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
This makes me happy. This makes me unhappy. If you've read this page for any length of time, you can probably figure out why to both.
Marios.64. - pure genius.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Speaking of the weather, we didn't make it to Matt and Sarah's wedding on Saturday because of it. I was very, very disappointed. To me, once you RSVP for a wedding, you better do everything in your power to be there. But it wasn't my call.
Sunday was church, out to lunch with Laura and the girls at Don Pablos, and then over to Matt's aunt's for dinner/birthday celebrations for Matt, his Aunt Leslie and his uncle's business partner, Brian (the "adopted child.") The steak and best buy gift cards were flowing aplenty. Leslie liked the sweater we got her - I just tried to find a picture but struck out. It was a medium blue scoopneck sweater with a matching crocheted scarf.
I found out on Sunday that Tom Rogers, the guy from our church who needed a liver transplant, died on Saturday night. That makes me very sad. I'll say it again - if you're not an organ donor, please sign up. Thousands of people die on the waiting lists because there aren't enough potential donors.
Monday was work, work, work. The virus I worked on the past couple weeks failed for the second time (clearly this is not one of my strong areas). I only got a 3% infection rate - normal is 60-70%. Grrrr. It aggrevates me, because it's such a simple question to answer and can be completed in two easy experiments, and I haven't been able to do it for over 3 months because I can't make the dumb virus. Staci also just told me that both of our power supplies for running gels, etc are dead. Nice.
Matt's birthday is Thursday, and I have the college fair in Columbia on Sunday. A dentist appointment (shudder), a doctor's appointment, and then the Baltimore Heart Walk! I am very close to making my goal (and would LOVE to surpass it)...please consider making a donation! The link is over to your right.
Saturday, October 08, 2005
Me: I want Heather Locklear with no mayo.
Matt: I can't say that over the phone!!
(Heather Locklear is a roast beef sandwich with alouette cheese, lettuce and tomato on crusty french bread, in case you were wondering. Quite tasty.)
Friday, October 07, 2005
1) What do you think of me, Winamp?
Make Me an Angel – Bonnie Raitt
2) Will I have a happy life?
Any Time Now – O.A.R.
3) What do my friends really think of me?
She’s Always a Woman To Me – Billy Joel
4) Do people secretly lust after me?
Daniel – Elton John
5) How can I make myself happy?
Somebody – Brown Derbies
6) What should I do with my life?
Believer - Jake
7) Why must life be so full of pain?
Big Eyed Fish – Dave Matthews Band
8) How can I maximize my pleasure during sex?
Closer To Fine – Indigo Girls
9) Will I ever have children?
Walk Like an Egyptian – Bangles
10) Will I die happy?
Moonshadow – Cat Stevens
11) Can you give me some advice?
Salvation – Passion
12) What do you think happiness is?
Not the Doctor – Alanis Morrissette
13) What's my favorite fetish?
When I See You Smile – Bad English
14) How will I be remembered?
Identity – Pat McGee
While Julie was in the hospital, God gave us a word picture...Just as a butterfly develops the strength to fly while in a cocoon, we trust Julie is regaining her strength "to fly" as she gradually recovers from her accident. Imagine our utter amazement when we realized that this picture - taken by Susannah Coblentz the morning of a visit with Julie - is of a butterfly generally found along the Gulf Coast and its name is "The Julia." Join us in praying for Julie's complete healing.
Miracles are God's specialty!
Thursday, October 06, 2005
An example of how little political capital Bush actually has: The Senate voted a whopping 90-9 (I'm not sure what happened to the 100th vote) to enforce the military's restrictions on interrogations of detainees, against Bush's wishes. Specifically, the amendment would "force the military, and only the military, to refrain from cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment." A presidential spokesperson said "the measure would restrict the president's authority to protect Americans effectively from terrorist attack and bringing terrorists to justice." I'm so glad the president is advocating cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment in order to "protect" me.
My coffee cup is broken.
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
The other thing I find funny, although unrelated to the article's headline, is Bush's perpetual optimism: "Despite the polls and recent grumbling about his performance from some Republicans, Bush insisted he still had 'plenty' of political capital that he would spend getting lawmakers to go along with his proposed budget cuts, Iraq strategy, proposals to add to U.S. oil refining capacity and desire for a reauthorization of the anti-terror Patriot Act."
Maybe someone should tell him that you can't spend political capital like you spend our tax dollars.
Marion Barry is in trouble with the law again. When he was mayor of DC about 10 years or so ago, he had a cocaine habit (my dad does an incredibly funny, and true, bit about Marion Barry coked up in his hotel room talking to a walkie talkie. I emphasize that he was talking to the *walkie talkie* and not to the person on the other end of the walkie talkie). I couldn't believe that he got elected as councilman after that. Anyway, the IRS just realized that he hasn't filed a tax return since 1998. Nice.
My prediction right now is that Harriet Miers won't be confirmed. The problem is that no one likes her except George Bush. The Republicans say she's not conservative enough, the Democrats say she's an "unqualified crony," and the Theocrats (Matt used this term for the politically motivated religious right) cite her "insufficient committment to family values" because she has advocated for AIDS education funding and previously appointed a gay lawyer to a city board position. Three strikes and you're out.
I didn't get home last night until 11pm. This had better be the best virus EVAR.
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
2. I have a dentist appointment for October 25th :-(
4:30 pm update:
3. No yoga class for me today because I'm only 1/3 of the way done with my viral concentration.
6:30 pm update:
4. I'm still at work concentrating this stupid virus.
Fun classic rock trivia fact of the day: The original recording of "Layla," which I think is eons better than Clapton's solo acoustic version, is by Clapton's band Derek and the Dominos, not Cream (which had a more "funkadelic" 60s sound as opposed to the true blues sound of Derek and the Dominos). Clapton was also in the bands Blind Faith and The Yardbirds. Derek and the Dominos only had one album, appropriately titled "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs." Man, I would kick some patootie on Rock and Roll Jeopardy if it was still around. Now that I think of it, I need to buy that CD.
Thawing tubes sucks.
Monday, October 03, 2005
So I'm home, still trying to get caught up on stuffs (hence my away message on IM yesterday - "piles and piles of paper"). I'm behind on cleaning and whatnot as well too. I'll get caught up by Friday...I hope.
I took the cats to the vet today. We always take their food and water bowls up the day before, because they get carsick and we like to reduce the volume that can come out of them as much as possible. So they were very hungry and unhappy this morning. I had an issue last night that kept me up for at least an hour after I went to bed, then the cats started fussing (jumping on the bed, knocking things off the bedside tables, crying, headbutting me) all night, and then for some reason at about 6am my legs started aching like it was their job. So I was exhausted when I got up (Matt was as well, because apparantly I was waking him up all night too). Anyway, everyone pooped in their cages on the way to the vet (although the trip is only half as far as it was before, so that helps) but it wasn't too bad, and no one pooped on the way home. Yay! And the cats are fine, as expected. I liked the vet we saw today too...she agreed that Roxie's goopy ears are probably allergies, and not ear mites like that one vet tried to tell us. He couldn't find them in the swab exam, but he made us buy ear drops anyways...I think he would have bet money on ear mites, that's how sure he was. So we don't have to do that again for another 6 months.
I called Wal-mart back today (they had called while I was gone about my contact lenses) and no one knew what was going on with my order. Apparantly half of it was there, and they tried to tell me that they didn't carry toric lenses (for astigmatism). Which is BS, because I've been ordering my contact lenses from Wal-mart for like 8 years, 5 of which have included a toric lens. Then they said it was a computer glitch and asked me to refax my prescription. Good thing I ordered over a month in advance, or I'd be uncomfortable right now.
I'm uncertain about Bush's new Supreme Court appointee...but the new FDA director looks promising. At least this guy has a medical degree (he's an oncologist).
Megan just walked into the common area and said "Okay, woman..." (talking to Rhoda). When I also turned and looked at her, she laughed and said "Courtney looked too...that must be what Matt calls her at home."
I still have aerobics at 5, then dinner with Kim and Let's Dish tonight. Here's hoping I don't fall asleep in my salmon.