Archive for October, 2008

A Small Glamour/Society Moment

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Two weeks ago, shortly before the husband’s 30th high school reunion, I got a book called How Not to Look Old (Charla Krupp) at the library.  So lately I’ve been, you know, trying harder. Today I served the cause by going to Dillard’s (Charla is very big on foundation garments) and on the way to lingerie I passed the shoe section. I stopped to look – Charla has some strong things to say about the kind of shoes I usually wear, too – and y’all, they are selling pole dancer shoes.  (I know they sold platform shoes in the 40s, but please.) Who the heck is wearing these shoes? It wasn’t just a couple of pairs, it was, like, a whole shoe movement.They were on practically every table except the Merrill section.

On the way home, it occurred to me that this might be a not-so-gentle shove to get the boomer women off the freaking stage already. “Okay, you old ladies. You’ve kept trim and fit, you like to keep up with fashion, you don’t want to look old. Let’s see you wearing THESE at work all day.”

Uncle. I’ll just go ahead and look old.

Update: Hah. Although these shoes are probably more extreme than the ones I was looking at.

Update on the Breaking News: Katopodis Indicted

Friday, October 31st, 2008

John Katopodis (yes, that John Katopodis) has been indicted on federal fraud charges in connection with his work with Computer Help for Kids, a charity established by now-Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford.

Katopodis on one side, Mary Buckelew on the other. Langford must feel like he’s in one of those horror movies where the walls start closing in on you.

[Updated to correct my repeated misspelling of Katopodis. If you're going to get indicted, the least bloggers can do is spell your name correctly. :) ]

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 31st, 2008


I’m planning to rush home early today so we can carve a jack-o-lantern and sweep off the front walk before the trick-or-treaters arrive. After the rush is over, we’re going to hole up and watch Young Frankenstein. Which is totally different from this:

Just as [a children's librarian who dressed up as Minerva McGonagall] was about to take off her pointy hat and give up, she saw a mother and two children she recognized from the weekly “Story-Telling Hour” the library held for home-schooled children wanting to get out of the house. My friend waved at the family and plastered a big smile on her face. To her delight, they walked over.

The younger of the two boys smiled back and told her he didn’t know “she hated Jesus.” The older boy asked if she knew witches went to hell. The mother told her they would pray for her and explained how “good” people celebrated Halloween.

“At our house we have a special tradition,” the mom said. “We turn off all the lights so no one will trick-or-treat us, and then we go in the basement and make waffles all night.”

Waffles? What the hell? As my oldest daughter would say, “That was random!”

So — how will you celebrate Halloween? Waffles, or something more demonic fun?

Happy Birthday, Miss Wild Thing!

Friday, October 31st, 2008

I hope you have many more happily married birthdays!


Breaking: DOJ Press Conference To Announce JeffCo Corruption Charges Today!

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Kyle quotes a Department of Justice press release:

“First Assistant United States Attorney, James E. Phillips and Carmen S. Adams, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, will hold a press conference today, October 31, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. to announce charges in a public corruption case concerning Jefferson County, Alabama and a charitable organization.”

I haven’t been able to get my hands on the original, so I can’t confirm that it’s 1 PM Central time, but I’d guess it is. In any case, I’ll be glued to the news coverage from noon on.

Details as I hear them.

On the Other Hand…

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

I posted below about the Alaska Republican Party’s continued support for Ted Stevens’ re-election bid.  Party leaders hope he’ll keep the seat Republican so they’ll have time to find a candidate for a special election if he resigns.  Or gets the boot or goes to the Big House — not that they mention those last two.

Turns out Stevens isn’t getting the love from Republicans on the national stage.


Write to Marry

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

write_to_marry_day_150x125Today is Write to Marry Day.  Bloggers around the country are posting to support marriage equality and No on Prop 8 (click the link to contribute through ActBlue).  You can read more entries in the blogswarm at Mombian.

For my entry, I’m reposting a piece I wrote a week after my brother died.  I don’t know if anyone in California will read it, but perhaps it will help to highlight why we need marriage equality NOW.


Why Am I Not Surprised?

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

The New York Times reports that the Alaska GOP is still pushing to re-elect Sen. Ted Stevens.

The [Alaska Republican] party is pushing for the re-election of Senator Ted Stevens, who was convicted on Monday of seven felony counts but continues his campaign for a seventh full term, in the hope that his re-election will allow Republicans to hold onto his seat even if Mr. Stevens eventually resigns.

Under that chain of events, a special election would be held later to replace Mr. Stevens, giving the party the chance to find a new candidate and keep the seat out of Democratic hands.

“That’s the reality,” said McHugh Pierre, a party spokesman. “Unfortunately, the situation’s the situation.”

Okay, I get it.  It’s all politics.  Holding the seat for Republicans is more important than distancing the party from a convicted felon.  Wouldn’t it be nice if the Alaska party would, instead, take its lumps and come back with a less corrupt candidate next time?  I thought Republicans were supposed to be “tough on crime”.

(Just in case you’re wondering, I don’t think the Dems should support the re-election of William Jefferson either.)

Bush for Congress? Just Say No!

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Steve Coronella at the Christian Science Monitor thinks he has hit on a great idea for George W. Bush’s next career — Congressman.  He suggests W look to the example of John Quincy Adams, another legacy president, who served in the House of Representatives after losing a re-election bid in 1828.


Seven Days to Go

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

SECOND UPDATE: See change to post.

UPDATE: As Del points out, Andrew Sullivan, who initially reported on this video, now says he thinks the person said “redistributor”. I don’t know; I’ve listened to it with the speakers turned up, and it still sounds bad to me. Is “redistributor” some new slang term that I haven’t heard yet? At any rate, Palin certainly appeared to hear something questionable — she paused and then plowed on, seeming flustered and even less coherent than usual.


The bad news?  The McCain campaign’s tactic (or is it a strategy?) of using Sarah Palin to race-bait and “other” Obama continues — someone attending a Palin rally in Iowa added to her string of critical descriptors with, “And he’s a n*gger!” [I'm going to strike this part of the post, as some googling has turned up McCain's stupid new "redistributor" meme. I do stand by my characterization of Palin's campaign technique.]

The good news? Some 30 to 40 workers at a telemarketing center in Indiana walked off the job rather than read a nasty McCain campaign robo-call script* that attacked Obama for being “dangerously weak on crime,” “coddling criminals,” and for voting against “protecting children from danger.” One worker said, “We were asked to read something saying [Obama and Democrats] were against protecting children from danger. I wouldn’t do it. A lot of people left. They thought it was disgusting.”

Please note that people who make calls for telemarketing firms don’t make big bucks, and these folks gave up their pay by walking out. That’s real integrity.


* Robo-calling is illegal in Indiana, so live callers were required to read the script.