This election is going to be a nightmare...

Yahoo news -- Kerry Looks to Avoid Gore Recount Errors

I am bracing myself. I was a wreck 4 years ago, and it's going to be worse this time. It is evident that Kerry is going to try and steal the election no matter what the outcome... declaring victory immediately and flying his lawyer goons to the battleground states to start the protests. Democrats crying "foul" (that "preemptive strike" their memo spoke of) and claiming that voters are being discriminated against. I have never seen a group resort to such dirty, underhanded means to gain control... they just can't play fair. Thing is, John Kerry will declare victory whether he won or not. Unless it's just a freaking landslide, Kerry and his goons are going to try and protest it. And when that doesn't work, they will try and impeach Bush.

Look, we had to put up with Clinton for 8 years. We didn't like it at all. It's our turn now. Deal with it.

So I'm pretty well convinced I'm going to have to start a regular dosing of valium and just stay under the influence for about 3 months. I can't go through another "up-in-the-air" election. I can't take it. Let me know how it turns out....


Home and tomato soup

Ahhh... I'm home. It was a whirlwind, but fun. I posted all the details over at the Stormy Blog, so go there if you want the lowdown and the picture retrospective.

Outside of the conference, we had fun, too... got to hang with Eric and Sarah and Jude, who is getting so big and actually saying words now. Wow. Time flies.

I told David, I felt the whole time like "Country Mouse Comes to the Big City." I'm so used to Bandera (Ban-tucky) that we walked around Dallas going, "Wow, tall building. Wow, train. Where are we? What is all this traffic? Where do all these streets go?" And getting blown over by all the Dallas-ites in their little sporty Bentleys and Audis and BMWs who flew past us on the tollway. It was amusing.

We celebrated my mom's, dad's and my birthdays last night. I'm very excited... I get to go clothes shopping, and I also got the first season of Wonder Woman on DVD!!! YAAAAAY! I cannot wait to watch it. And since my iMac has a dvd player in it, well, I may just plug in the ol' headphones and escape for awhile. There's even a commentary by Lynda Carter. How cool is that?

I'm sad that Christopher Reeve died. I'm also angry that freaking John Edwards is saying, "When Kerry is elected, people like Christopher Reeve will walk again." How irresponsible and insulting. There is absolutely no medical evidence that stem cells will help regenerate spinal cord cells. None. And it will take years of research and study to find that out... it won't happen within a 4- or even 8-year term of any president. Oh, and President Bush is the ONLY president who has even allowed funding for stem cell research. Clinton didn't. Bush 1 and Reagan didn't. I think Edwards forgets he's speaking to educated, thinking Americans and not a jury who's been selected for their weaknesses and lack of understanding. I am just so tired of hearing from these idiots -- Frankenstein and Mr. Rogers -- how rosy everything is going to be when they're in office. Children will have candy all the livelong day. We will have more money in our pockets (rrrrright....). Terrorism will merely be a "nuisance" (because the loss of 3000 Americans on 9/11 was a nuisance, according to Kerry's view of terrorism). All the dictators and despots of the world will just roll over and cry "uncle" because of Kerry's brilliant diplomacy. Guess what? Iran has already rejected the Kerry plan for their nuclear issues. Great! His plan works great!

Sorry for that tangent. I've been in conference land and haven't been able to properly vent.

Anyway, okay. Gotta go eat tomato soup.

Power to the people.


Youth Specialties

I'm in Dallas this week for a conference... David and I are in for an action-packed, mind blowing time here at this conference. It's going to be amazing. I'm going to try and post a running commentary of the week over on the Stormy Blog, so check there for what's up.

I'm particularly interested in the Spiritual Renewal portion of the conference. There's a prayer labrynth, late night contemplative prayer sessions, and other cool stuff, in addition to emerging church topics and such. Should be really cool. I think I'm going to do the labrynth tomorrow whilst David is at his Critical Concerns Course.

I am very sleepy. We left for Dallas after church last night and didn't get in to the hotel till around 3:30 am. I had Starbucks at 9:30 pm so that I could be awake enough to drive, but it wired me out and I lay awake all night once I finally got in bed. I feel jetlagged... I'm all dehydrated and groggy, and yet, since I took a nap this afternoon, I'm wondering if I will be able to sleep tonight. We shall see. I did go and run a mile and a half on the treadmill after my nap and that seemed to help. Maybe I'll get to do that tomorrow too.

Turning in for now.........


Ruby red

I have to stop going to old fart concerts.

We went and saw Van Halen Tuesday night. There was no one at that concert under 30. No one. Wow. We are old. But Sammy was hot... his voice sounded great and they rocked. I have to catch up on the shows I didn't go to as a teenager because I was too busy boycotting them. It's fun.

Oh, today, at work, at the Christian Bookstore, this guy called and said, "Yeah, I'm looking for a video. It's called 'Opposites Attract.'" I said, "Umm... okay, is it a teaching video?" I'm thinking it's some sort of marriage enrichment seminar or something. But he says, "No, it's a music video by Paula Abdul." I started laughing. I thought he was joking. That's a very weird request on many different levels, considering that he was calling a Christian bookstore and considering that song is like, what, almost 20 years old (omigosh. I am old. That song was big when I was a senior in High School.). Goodness only knows what the heck he wanted with that song.

Okay. So I suffered through the debates last night. I really was hoping for more fireworks, more drama, less scripted banter... it was really stale. Kerry was very strong... his performance was flawless. His points were ridiculous, but he did come off very strong in style. Bush could have been much stronger. I was really disappointed that he didn't nail Kerry to the wall when he had the opportunity to, instead of just repeating that this war is hard work and we have to be consistent. That is true, but I felt like he was so worried about phrasing things the right way that he hesitated too much before answering, and he repeated his talking points too much. I still believe that he is the best man for the job. He is consistent, he is passionate about what he believes, and whether you like his position or not, you have to admire his consistency and singlemindedness.

I am so happy that it's October 1! I celebrated by making my autumn Chipotle Corn Soup and homemade bread. We're supposed to get a cool front tonight... I'm so ready for cooler weather!!

I have nothing planned for this weekend. Yaaay! That's happy.

Oh, yeah, okay. I forgot. The Blogger people suggested this and I think it's fun:

Post a comment below and list three things you'd like to see a picture of in my blog. I'll take pictures and post them as soon as I have enough suggestions. Get creative... a picture of our canned goods... a picture of my laundry room... whatever. Let me know. I'm there.

Peace out.

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