Friday, September 25, 2009

Carmen, what are you up to?

I get asked that a lot, and my friend Liz told me my blog has been a big boo lately, so I'm going to answer the question here. Mostly, I'm up to all the same stuff, but with a shift of focus.

I'm doing the trivia. You guys know that...its Monday at 6:30 at Buffalo Wild Wings and Thursday at 8 at Beef O' Brady's. That's going really well, and it helps to keep me busy. And let's face it: I love the attention.

I'm working with Jon. His business is taking off, and he's rising to the challenge beautifully. It turns out, in regards to his business, there is LOTS for me to do, so I do it the best I can. You can see the stuff we've worked on lately at This is where the focus shift comes in...this is getting a lot more focus, which is translating to dollars, which is a good thing. So, yay!

I've got my hands dirty at the Art Museum still. I'm working on a project that I can't share quite yet, but it is huge, and will be smoking hot awesome. And-they're opening the newly renovated auditorium in the Salt Block building, and I can harly breathe, I'm so excited.

Speaking of so excited: People! Where the Wild Things Are is opening on October 16th. And there are previews all over the TV. That means for about a minute of every hour that I watch TV, I'm holding my breath at the beauty of that movie. It brings little tear drops every time I see the preview.

Here is where I ask for your help: If you hear some people talking about how they need a photographer, why don't you tell them about us? We need clients, so it would be a perfect situation!

Also, something that is irritating me: People complain all the time about how we're losing so many jobs in our country. I know. It sucks. But those same people shop at Wal-mart and buy mostly products made in China or Indonesia. If we want to have an economy, and have jobs for Americans, at some point we're going to have to start buying mostly American goods. We are the consumers, and we have the power. Am I wrong here?

In other news...I added my favorite music to my sidebar, so that if you're bored, you can hear some beauty.

Sorry that there are no links. I'm on an older computer right now, that won't let me switch to Compose mode, and I don't want to code a million links in HTML.

But: Art,,

And, one of my

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Am I a "Bleeding Liberal"?

I don't really think so. I've been accused of such here lately. I don't think that I am a bleeding liberal just because I believe that quality health care should be available to all Americans, not just fortunate Americans.

I'm not trying to be radical here. We are a blessed nation, but the gap between rich and poor is nauseating. I believe that we, as fortunate people, have the responsibility to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

The way things are is bad. It's very precarious. What if you lose your job, like thousands of others, and therefore your health insurance? So, you try to get more, but you can't afford it because you lost your job. Well, then, what if you break your leg? You're out at least  a grand for an emergency room visit. What if you get Cancer? You're screwed, you know?

I'm going to tell you a true story about one of my best friends. He was 22. Now, I honestly can't name a single 22 year old boy that has health insurance. You're kicked off your parents at 21, and most fellows aren't quite responsible enough, or well off enough, to buy insurance until at least 25. He woke up in the hospital one day. He had an aneurism, and thank God he lived, but he was saddled with HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of dollars in debt. How is a 22 year old supposed to face the rest of life, and have any shot at succeeding, with that kind of debt?

We trust our government to educate our children. People, they could be teaching them anything in there, and you wouldn't know. But you trust them, for the most part. And if you don't trust them, that's fine. You can home school, or put them in a private school. But, and this is a big but...there are controls. Education is regulated so that no child, in theory, can grow up in the US without an education. (Those controls aren't failproof, and we all know that. Determined people can get around most anything.)    If we didn't have public schools and regulations, what would our education look like? Like Ancient Rome, where only the rich could go to school?  We would have a country full of ignorant poor folk, and arrogant, rich, self important people. Why can we not trust the same government to help with this health system fiasco? It is very similar. If you don't want to be part of wouldn't have to. You can keep your insurance. You're unharmed. Except that now your insurance can't drop you if you get sick. And now, there are all sorts of safeguards.

Why should anyone who lives here and contributes to society have to choose between food and important medicine? Did you know that every year, 700,000 people file bankruptcy  every year because of medical bills? In France, Italy, Germany, Japan and Canada, o people file bankrupt because of medical bills. The US has one of the worst infant mortality rates of all the industrialized nations...6.8 deaths per 1000 births. Sweden has 2.4.  So even though we pay out the nose, our care is worse. It's because it is so unregulated. The system is a big mess, and there isn't one cause, but it has to be fixed.

In a discussion, a friend told a story of how she was in a room with a big group of women and their children, and the children were filthy, and the mothers were trashy, and she was upset that she worked to pay taxes to help them. I totally understand that. I really do. It is frustrating. But, are we supposed to just let those kids fall through the cracks? Because if we don't help them, they will grow to be nothing more than an even bigger strain on the system. If there weren't insurance available to those mothers, those children would likely die at very young ages, due to lack of nutrition, immunizations and total lack of education on their mother's parts. So as annoying as it is to pay for those children, is  it better to just let those children suffer? I think, absolutely not. Absolutely not.

We all  pay taxes here. I guess at the bottom of it all is this...some people want a government that is as uninvolved as possible. I'm not that person. I think our government should exist to help us.

I voted for change. Maybe that in and of itself is enough to qualify me as a bleeding liberal.

Facebook buddies...if I could remember how to not have this blog entry forward to facebook, I would. I don't want to stir this issue anymore between you folks. But I wanted to get it all off my chest. Let's keep it clean in the comments.

One more thing. I've heard a lot of people say "Why does everyone care that someone shouted "You Lie" when people talked bad about Bush all the time?"  Let me break it down. People can say any fool thing about any fool person they like. We have that right. But when you sign on as a elected position that is revered and lose that right. Well, not even that. Congressmen can even say whatever they want for all I care. But they can't yell it out on a highly anticipated and publicized Joint Congress Session. There are rules to that sort of public life, and that was clearly against the rules. I don't care what he thinks about Obama. There is still a certain amount of respect that one must give the office of President. This is not the same as an Iraqi throwing a shoe at the President, even if that is a terrible insult in Iraqi culture. An Iraqi is not obligated to respect our President. A Congressman is.


Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Wow. Congressmen are so Mature and Kind.

This is ridiculous. I'm speechless about it now. See Biden in the background, just shaking his head? I'm embarrassed that this guy is from the South.

Check out the looks from these 3 the second after it happens:
The look the Prez, VP and Speaker gave Joe Wilson on Twitpic

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Obama's Speech

Why were people so upset about this? I don't get it.

**My blog posts to my Facebook account, and when this posted, people had lots to say. I thought the different viewpoints were interesting, so I'm sharing a few here: (Commenters 1,2,4 and 6 are teachers.)


I wish I knew! Most of the parents that didn't want their child to listen to our President will let their five year old watch R-rated flicks while in their care. It is completely ridiculous.
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supposedly (I say that because I have never seen confirmation for or against) this is a revised speech, and people were upset over the first one......I am disappointed with the study guide that came out from the was supposedly (again non-confirmed) done by teaching fellows, so it should have been of much better quality then it was.......
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It was not about the President addressing the students. Presidents in the past have done this (although George HW Bush was tarred for it by Richard Andrew "Dick" Gephardt the Democrat House Majority Leader. The issue with O'bama arose with the after speech assignments that was leaked. Some of the assignments would have the students write an essay ... Read Moreon what they could do to help the president pass his agenda. No matter what your political views, or who is the President, that would cross the line. As always though our memories only last as long as the current administration.
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well, that explains the lousy lessons that were slapped up by the website.........
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The big deal is this: This president has pushed and pushed things through that have been detrimental to the economy despite warnings, and he is trying to push ths health care thing through, not listening to the majority of Americans. He has some really marxist smelling ideas as well as friends. People have a hard time allowing their children to listen to someone they do not trust. Too bad it would be the President of the United States... Listen.
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Four years ago it was "Un-American" to question the President. Now the current President can't even make a speech without this hyped up controversy. Detrimental to the economy? Where is your proof? Marxist? Are you serious, or just drinking the FOX Cool-Aid? Remember wire-tapping and torture? That's what sounds un-American to me. I have 3 children ... Read Moreand was glad for them to hear the speech today. It's completely irrational to believe that Obama did anything today except give a pep talk. I also think the comments made here about helping to "pass his agenda" are exaggerated. And regardless, none of those lesson plans were mandatory. No GOOD teacher would put a political spin on anything he or she assigned regardless of personal politics.
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Or, see it here, with any additional comments. You'll have to have a facebook account.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Our latest wedding

I think this one is the best we've done. Jon took all but say 6 of these, but I helped! I swear!

Click here to see the splendor!