September 3rd, 2008

Daughter of Eve

Palin and family values

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From "The Libertarian Case for Palin" by David Harsanyi (via Ann Althouse):
Even when advocating for "moral" issues, Palin's approach is a soft sell. Palin does not support gay marriage (neither does Obama, it should be noted). Yet, in 2006, Palin's first veto as Governor was a bill that sought to block state employee benefits and health insurance for same-sex couples.

We cannot bore into Palin's soul to see her true feelings about gay couples, but, at the time, she noted that signing "this bill would be in direct violation of my oath of office" because it was unconstitutional. For most libertarians, the thought of politician following any constitution, rather than their own predilections, morality or the "common good," is a nice change of pace.
I'm not especially compelled, but I thought it worth noting.
hermione by oatmilk

[Palin] not about pregnancy

We were talking about Sarah Palin at lunch, and MaryAlice said neither Democratic Underground nor the political threads on the Yes fans website she frequents had anything that she saw about the "grandchild" thing over the weekend. This comforted me. (Yeah, Daily Kos is its own special special entity.)

In the interest of contributing substance to the Internet discussion: on the vetting

On Troopergate, one of my friends said:
Here's an article written before the Palin VP thing took off. You can see what kind of guy this trooper is. Once this becomes better known, people are going to be very sympathetic towards Palin. I mean, the trooper is clearly unhinged and the fact that he hasn't been fired is a direct indication of corruption and cronyism by the exact people accusing Palin.

One thing that this article doesn't say (that I read elsewhere) is that the "investigation" was ordered by the Republican-controlled legislature, the average member of which HATES Palin for being so maverick. I mean, read the article -- it's clear where the problem is -- with the trooper, the union and the boss calling sour grapes.

and some good news

On Monday, Dale Carpenter posted:
Those radical gay-loving Republicans:

This morning's New York Times has the fascinating results of a poll of the views of Republican National Convention delegates on a variety of issues. The poll reveals that 49% of the GOP delegates support either gay marriage (6%) or civil unions (43%). Only 46% of the delegates believe there should be no legal recognition whatsoever of same-sex couples. (The main article, which does not discuss this particular result from the poll, is available here.)

Several things are noteworthy about this. First, support for civil unions, an idea that just ten years ago would have been thought radical by most people — and certainly by Republicans — is quickly becoming the default position across the political spectrum, not just on the left. [...]
I want equal access to "marriage" or else civil unions for all -- giving the term "marriage" wholly back to the church -- but progress is slow, and I do think that the last line of this excerpt is a good thing.

Rest and Bread ("Labor")

I got there around 5:30 and went up to Laura Ruth's office 'cause I'd said I could help set up since Keith had said last week that he thought he might be running late this week.  I saw both of them up there already, so I went back downstairs to sit outside in the beautiful weather and read.

About twenty minutes later they came down, and Laura Ruth stuck her head out the door and said, "Hi, beauty."

At the opening of the service, Laura Ruth talked about how they always welcome input (including words of encouragement) on the service, and they've made a couple of changes for this week -- including adding a comma where there wasn't one before but should have been.  I grinned, because that was totally my input.  Someone (Mary?) said, "But not a period."  There was general laughter.

The Psalm was Psalm 127.  Excerpt:
1 Unless God builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.  Unless God guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain.

2 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for God gives sleep to God's beloved.
The Sacred Text was from Ecclesiastes.

Keith did the Reflection.  He quoted the bit about "the harvest is plenty but the workers are few."  He said that Jesus calls people to take up their cross and leave their family, but he also promises life abundant, so the kingdom must not just be drudgery, there must be some joy there.  I looked at Laura Ruth and grinned.  He talked about "Hevel," which sometimes gets translated "vanity" but is more accurately translated "vapor" or "emptiness."  He reminded us that our work here is transitory, said this can be comforting to people who are not fulfilled by the jobs that they have, and is also a good reminder for those of us who can tend to identify ourselves by our work.

Edit: I forgot to mention that in the Prayers of petition, Laura Ruth lifted up "the daughter of the vice-presidential candidate," who "has become a symbol of something much greater than she." I literally said, "Thank you," sort of softly, right at the time, and after service I thanked her directly, saying I had wanted to lift that up but couldn't figure out how to articulate it. /edit

As we began to serve each other Communion, Laura Ruth began to sing, "Stay here and keep watch with me.  Watch and pray."  Whoa, Tenebrae.  I was distracted by trying to get the words right because I kept wanting to do the version I knew from CAUMC/CWM, but it was really powerful, really making present the Last Supper.

In the Benediction, Laura Ruth said, "Work is good.  But drink wine ... God approves."
hermione by oatmilk

[RNC] liveblogging

I have the RNC on in the background via C-SPAN.  I totally should have done this for the DNC; it's so easy.  (Though it does stop to buffer a lot, which is annoying.)

Thus far:

Dr. Elena Rios of the National Hispanic Medical Association talked about "universal health care that's affordable for everyone."  Are you sure I'm not listening to the DNC?

Ruth Lopez Novodor -- a Republican who supported Hillary Clinton because the glass ceiling needs to be broken, but realized that this election needs to be about "choosing proven leaders."  Also, stuff about supporting small business.  And "change."

Christy Swanson (another person of color) - a Democrat (who used to support Obama)  More about small business.  Her business processes fry oil and uses the waste(?) to make biodisel fuel.

Michael Williams (African-American) - I missed most of this, but I did hear him say, "And protect God's creation."  (Shots of the audience include a sign saying "Real Energy Independence" and a person with a hat saying "clean coal.")

Luis Fortuno, delegate from Puerto Rico

How many of the minor speakers at the DNC were people of color?  I'm not saying this is necessarily representative of the Republican party as a whole, but it makes a good narrative for them.

Meg Whitman.  McCain and Palin are "The REAL agents of change in this campaign."  Also "energy independence."  Tax incentives for health care.  Simplify our "mind-numbing" tax code.

Okay, I'm grabbing some food now.


9:15pm ET    Fmr. Gov. Mitt Romney
10:05pm ET    Fmr. Mayor Rudy Giuliani
10:35pm ET    VP Candidate Gov. Sarah Palin
hipster me

talk amongst yourselves -- I'm gonna go wash dishes

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It occurred to me that it was the day after Labor Day last year (Sept. 4, so calendar anniversary tomorrow) that I started going to the gym every single workday morning.  Of all the days I've been at work since then, I've only missed the gym twice.


Global Vegetarian at the Grille today was Greece, so I got spanikopita and orzo salad w/ navy beans and feta.  I am so glad to have food options again.  And somehow I had failed to notice (or had forgotten?) that the Grille offers grilled cheese as an option.  Not substantive enough for a real lunch, of course, but still.


Things I have learned tonight:

1. Streaming C-SPAN totally slows down my computer.

2. The dKos community is basically useless for liveblogging the RNC.  They totally have their narrative set already and nothing that actually happens is going to change that.  (Which was equally true of the DNC liveblog, but those I was skimming after the fact, whereas here I'm watching in real time and sometimes thinking, "Gee, that's an interesting point," but the live threads were so high traffic you could barely get a word in edgewise and everyone just wanted to slam the Republicans on everything, so I didn't even bother.)

2a. What the dKos "Front Page" is -- no thanks to the actual dKos community.
Someone posted a diary to act as a liveblog and at one point someone posted a comment saying there was a live thread on the "front" page.  I replied asking for a link, explaining I didn't understand what this "front page" was as different from the main Diary page.  Said person later actually rec'd my comment but didn't actually reply.  I found the "official" live thread/s by stalking the person's comment aggregate page, but still.  (It later occurred to me that there's a dKospedia for this purpose.  And okay, it's just -- as opposed to -- which is intuitive, but still.

2b/3. Okay, I had no time for a gazillion comments on the dKos liveblog threads of "noun, verb, 9/11" during Giuliani, but Giuliani (and the audience) LAUGHING at Obama having been a community organizer.  srsly?  And "Drill, baby, drill"?  This is why people don't like you, Republicans.

Okay, that is not so much something I "learned" as a rant.  Let's return this to "liveblogging."

Am I supposed to be supporting an "undivided Jerusalem"?  Clearly I'm not up on my Israel-Palestine politics.

Okay, Gov. Palin, your VP acceptance speech is not supposed to be all about your family.  Srsly.  This has been what, 10 minutes?  Roll call's scheduled for 20 minutes from now...  [11pm -- though of course if the DNC is any indication, the big name speakers go overtime.]

Okay, the little girl holding baby Trig and stroking his hair is adorable.

What is up with audiences chanting or booing or whatever so much that the speaker can't keep talking?

And like 10 minutes later we finally get consistently substantive remarks (plus a few nice soundbites -- most of which I'd heard before).

Government is too big, and the Democrats want to grow it.  This from the party that brought us the Patriot Act?  (I am of course always pointing out that both parties these days want big government, they just want big government for different things.)  The Democratic candidate wants to raise taxes and take more of your money.  And my instinctual reaction is, "To pay for increased social services."  I am nothing if not an equal opportunity contrarian -- and this isn't even being contrary, it's just wanting to point out the other side, as I always do.  Way to go RNC, your keynote speaker makes me wanna identify as a liberal (a Democrat, even).