Archive for November, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

May your holiday be filled with love, laughter, good food, and a nice comfy spot for a nap.

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A Thanksgiving Toast

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Yesterday I got into an argument with the kids about “Over the River and Through the Woods.” They insisted it was a Christmas song; I said it was a Thanksgiving song. The Google (how did we ever live without it?) confirmed that Mom was right, and, as usual, told us a lot of new stuff too. Lydia Maria Child, the author of “A Boy’s Thanksgiving” (1844), was one of the first women in America to actually earn good money selling her writing. What’s more, she was an ardent abolitionist, and not one a them back-to-Africa Yankees either. Mrs. Child proposed integration, education, and intermarriage. These radical ideas wrecked her children’s magazine and hurt sales of her popular advice book, The American Frugal Housewife, but she carried on, publishing more anti-slavery works and then more novels. She also published (at her own expense) The Freedmen’s Book, a collection of the writing of African-Americans.

This Thanksgiving, I’d like to propose a toast to the memory of Lydia Maria Child, a woman whose fascinating life story gives us far more to admire and reflect on than “Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done? / Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!” (more…)

Winn-Dixie Whining

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Saturday I spent quite a bit of time on epicurious.com putting together an elaborate Thanksgiving menu and figuring out what to cook when. Yesterday was Shopping Day. I was feeling pretty ahead of the game as I trundled my buggy into the checkout line, having secured the last two cans of Libby’s pumpkin in the store. But there was a hitch: “I can’t sell you that alcohol ‘fore twelve o’clock,” the dispirited checkout clerk mumbled.

Huh? What alcohol? Oh, she meant the bottle of cheap sparkling wine I’d picked up for the Pomegranate-Ginger Champagne Cocktails. Sure enough, it was only 11:20. “No problem!” I said brightly. And it really wasn’t – after all, there were still three and a half days of alcohol-purchasing opportunity ahead for me. But still.

I cannot understand how this ridiculous blue law remains on the books. Winn-Dixie is licensed to sell wine and beer seven days a week. I passed several elaborate end-cap displays of both on my way through the store. The state cannot possibly have any compelling interest in prohibiting alcohol sales before noon on Sundays besides keeping the preachers happy. (more…)

Happy Birthday!

Monday, November 24th, 2008

…to Blues reader Renée! I hope it’s a wonderful day!

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Do Unto Others…

Friday, November 21st, 2008

The line is wrapped around the block this morning. Hungry, frightened people wait in the freezing cold, hoping that this time they will get one of those coveted numbers that will yield a bag of groceries to help feed their families through the next week. Maybe two, if they really stretch it.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Liss has a post up with the names of those who were lost this year to hatred and bigotry, and the belief that those feelings grant the right to commit violence against human beings who don’t meet some arbitrary “norm”. I can’t imagine the pain their families and friends have experienced and will continue to feel for years to come.

One day isn’t enough to remember that we still live in a world where those who are seen as different must live in fear of abuse, assault, and even murder. Changing the world is an everyday struggle. Let’s get to it.

Good news for the planet

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Henry Waxman has taken the chair of the House Energy & Commerce committee away from John Dingell.

I feel starry-eyed with hope.

One More in the Dem Column

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Ted Stevens has lost his re-election bid. Good to know the people of Alaska won’t have a convicted felon representing them in Washington. At least for now.

Crazy Day!

Monday, November 17th, 2008

What’s going on in your part of the world?

How Does He Sleep at Night?

Friday, November 14th, 2008

I’ve had my doubts about John McCain’s character ever since he kissed up to George W. Bush after the nastiness that was the 2000 South Carolina primary. Yeah, politics, strange bedfellows — I get that. But I could not cozy up to someone who allowed his campaign staff to go after my child. Not. Ever.

Now McCain is campaigning for Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), who faces a runoff against challenger Jim Martin. In 2002, Chambliss ran against incumbent Sen. Max Cleland, a triple amputee Vietnam War veteran, and had the unmitigated gall to question his patriotism. Unfortunately, the smear job worked, and Chambliss won the race. Here’s what John McCain said about Chambliss’ sleazy tactics at the time:

“I’d never seen anything like that ad,” McCain told CNN in 2003. “Putting pictures of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden next to the picture of a man who left three limbs on the battlefield — it’s worse than disgraceful. It’s reprehensible.”

Yet McCain was in Georgia yesterday campaigning for Chambliss, a man who avoided military service (those bad knees haven’t slowed him down on the golf course, though), against Martin, a fellow Vietnam vet. He’s supporting Chambliss, who told his white base, “The other folks are voting,” and also said about black turnout for early voting, “There has always been a rush to the polls by African-Americans early…It has also got our side energized, they see what is happening.”

I’d call that reprehensible.

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Georgia’s Senate runoff is scheduled for December 2. Click here to contribute to Jim Martin’s campaign. If you want to contribute to Chambliss, you’re at the wrong blog.