Archive for February, 2008

at peace with the world…trying

February 29, 2008

Today is a good day. The week has flown by and though I would rather be outside playing in the snow, it was lovely to watch the fat flakes falling this morning through my office window. I am just killing time and eagerly awaiting the weekend. I feel like I have spent too much time in front of the TV–watching Superbad and Juno (which I LOVED!) with Married K, The Godfather with Chris, and the Black Cauldron last night by myself (I know, I know, but I am still mesmerized by that movie. It was the first movie I saw in the theater–props to Uncle J–and it scared the hell out of me and for some reason I love to revisit it from time to time.) I am glad that tonight I will be hanging out with College K and new boyfriend J at my house, celebrating “Mexican Night,” complete with roasted sweet potato and black bean burritos (con queso, salsa and guacamole) a la Monster and K’s cheese quesadillas and Margaritas and Coronas to drink.

This week at work I had my weekly story-times with my babies group and my toddler group. It was fun. I feel like each week is about trying to see what works and that’s good. This week I learned that the kids are enthralled when I use props during my nursery rhymes. I loved making the lamb sing “Mary had a little lamb,” to the kids. I can hypnotise them with the furry little puppet…and take over the world…wha? I blacked out, what did I say. I also discovered this week that one of the kids in one of my story-times has the same name as a character from Harry Potter. Not a major player, but present enough in the series. Hint: think #4.

Also, did my first batch of DVD ordering, since I am in charge of the Children’s Department Audiovisual collection. I have this huge budget so I thought I should spend some of it, especially as there are some good kids DVDs coming out soon. I swear to God, I spent $500 on DVD’s! “Holy Cats!” you say, well, some of those were the expensive education sets, it’s not like I spent all that money on Disney DVDs. And it’s not like I will be spending that amount of money every month. I have to say it is amazing that I get paid to do things like read reviews and pick out movies, and can we just say that Disney is the devil, with their Ratatouille and Enchanted; of course I am going to buy their damn movies! All of this purchasing resulted in a good lesson: spending someone elses’ money creates a sense of euphoria and is so REFRESHING!!

When I spend someone elses’ money I get the feeling that I am skiing the Swiss Alps!”

Also, heard from a library that I had an interview at almost two months ago, and while they filled the Reference position that I wanted, they offerered me a substitute position. I think I am going to take it, but seriously, YARGH! I just want ONE full time job, not 4 part time jobs. My calendar is so crazy for March. I have three Tuesdays in a row where I work 12 hour days starting at my church job then going to one library for a short shift and then another short shift at the other library. Think happy thoughts–that’s what I tell myself because there are only so many times a week that I can make time to crawl under my desk and drink a bottle of Jack, while rocking back and forth. Make that a regular habit and people will really start to talk.

So, I am off, about to start my weekend and looking forward to some time away from the computer and maybe even fresh air. Happy weekend ya’ll.


grand plans indeed

February 29, 2008

I was catching up on my favorite blogs the other day, and was pleased as punch to find that the Bigenerian Librarian has the same goal as me–to watch every singles movie that has ever won the Oscar for Best Pictue of the Year. So, I copied and pasted the below list from her and am beginning to chart my progress. I actually was able to check another winner off last night–The Godfather. I know, I know, save the audible gasps…I just never watched them, but got the trilogy for a grad present when best friend L heard that I had never seen them and nearly had an anneurism!

So far I have watched:

[ ] No Country for Old Men (2007)
[ ] The Departed (2006)
[ ] Crash (2005)
[ ] Million Dollar Baby (2004)
[x] The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
[x] Chicago (2002)
[x] A Beautiful Mind (2001)
[x] Gladiator (2000)
[x] American Beauty(1999)
[x] Shakespeare in Love (1998)
[x] Titanic (1997)
[x] The English Patient (1996)
[x] Braveheart (1995)
[x] Forrest Gump (1994)
[x] Schindler’s List (1993)
[ ] Unforgiven (1992)
[x] The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
[x] Dances With Wolves (1990)
[x] Driving Miss Daisy(1989)
[x] Rain Man (1988)
[ ] The Last Emperor (1987)
[x] Platoon (1986)
[ ] Out of Africa (1985)
[ ] Amadeus (1984)
[ ] Terms of Endearment (1983)
[ ] Gandhi (1982)
[ ] Chariots of Fire (1981)
[ ] Ordinary People (1980)
[ ] Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
[ ] The Deer Hunter (1978)
[ ] Annie Hall (1977)
[x] Rocky(1976)
[x] One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
[ ] The Godfather, Part II (1974)
[ ] The Sting (1973)
[x] The Godfather (1972)
[ ] The French Connection (1971)
[ ] Patton (1970)
[ ] Midnight Cowboy (1969)
[ ] Oliver! (1968)
[ ] In the Heat of the Night (1967)
[ ] A Man for All Seasons (1966)
[x] The Sound of Music (1965)
[ ] My Fair Lady (1964)
[ ] Tom Jones (1963)
[ ] Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
[ ] West Side Story (1961)
[ ] The Apartment (1960)
[ ] Ben-Hur (1959)
[ ] Gigi (1958)
[ ] The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
[ ] Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
[ ] Marty (1955)
[ ] On the Waterfront (1954)
[ ] From Here to Eternity (1953)
[ ] The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
[ ] An American in Paris (1951)
[ ] All About Eve (1950)
[ ] All the King’s Men (1949)
[ ] Hamlet (1948)
[ ] Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
[ ] The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
[ ] The Lost Weekend (1945)
[ ] Going My Way (1944)
[x] Casablanca (1943)
[ ] Mrs. Miniver(1942)
[ ] How Green Was My Valley (1941)
[ ] Rebecca (1940)
[x] Gone with the Wind (1939)
[x] You Can’t Take It With You (1938)
[ ] The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
[ ] The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
[ ] Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
[x] It Happened One Night (1934)
[ ] Cavalcade(1933)
[ ] Grand Hotel (1932)
[ ] Cimarron (1931)
[x] All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
[ ] The Broadway Melody (1929)
[ ] Wings (1928)

My favorites on the list: Gone with the wind, Casablanca, Shakespeare in Love, Forrest Gump.

This weekend I will be watching the winners of ’57 and ’49.

38. 52-Year-Old Nurse

February 29, 2008

I was in front of a building when Barack came out by himself. I went over to introduce myself and shake his hand. He gave me a dead fish handshake and wouldn’t look me in the eye when I spoke to him. His secret service people came out right after that and he left. I decided that I didn’t like or trust him.

February 29, 2008

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) speaks at a rally in Selma, Texas February 29, 2008. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

Prison Nation: Over One in One Hundred Americans Are in Prison

February 29, 2008

Hoping against hope?

February 29, 2008

�I am not running because I think it is somehow owed to me. I am running because of what Dr. King called the fierce urgency of now.� – U.S. Sen. Barack Obama

TOLEDO, Ohio � I watched Barack Obama percolate through the throngs here on Sunday with a tremendous sense of foreboding.

People began lining up outside the University of Toledo�s Savage Hall at 3 a.m. – more than 12 hours before the magnetic Illinois senator was scheduled to speak – and the stadium was clogged to its 10,000 capacity.

A staggering 5,000 more people were turned away.

Amidst the swooning students, burly union jacks and bubbly chants of �Obama! Ohio!� there was a palpable electricity that I�ve never witnessed in the three presidential elections I have covered (or the eight I�ve lived through). No, it is something I have only read about, history nerd that I am.

This is the stuff of 1968.

It is the frenzy of the �fierce urgency of now� that Martin Luther King first spoke of at the 1963 March on Washington that would explode across the �60s – the last decade anybody really thought that anything was possible.

After hearing Obama�s commanding 30-minute oratory, there�s something funereal about John McCain sniffing about his �empty eloquence.� And when Hillary Clinton churlishly mocks her rival�s presidential plan as �waving a magic wand,� she comes off as a bitter battleaxe who slept through the �60s.

There�s no question in my mind that Obama will wrest the nomination from her. I believe he�ll win Michigan in the fall, though he�s never appeared on a ballot here.

If he makes it that far.

These are words uttered in hushed tones in campaign offices and in living rooms across America. These are words I don�t want to write.

But there is a reason, after all, why Obama was the first candidate this cycle to need Secret Service protection.

There is a haunting sense of 1968 in the air that has all the trappings of a beautiful tragedy. There�s the indefatigable, anti-war, upstart senator underestimated by the party bosses who hustled his way to become the frontrunner.

Obama shares Bobby Kennedy�s brooding visage that can dissolve into an improbably broad grin, as well as his soaring rhetoric. Obama�s is punctuated by his stratospheric intelligence and methodical, pragmatic approach to problem-solving, much like that of John F. Kennedy.

(Lest I be accused of having a crush on Obama, he is not nearly as accomplished as either Kennedy � he never launched a full-frontal assault on union corruption, wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning book or was a war hero).

Everyone knows what happened to the Kennedys during that rollicking era of hope and rage, of sex, drugs and rock �n� roll. And many more black leaders were gunned down during those last throes of acceptable racism � King, Medgar Evers and other pioneers.

I surely am a pessimist. But I talk to people who insist Barack Hussein Obama is a crack-smoking Muslim and routinely encounter those who say flat-out, �I won�t vote for a black guy.�

There remains a deep, virulent racism in this country. And I wonder how far we�ve come.

Race will be the undercurrent of a race between Obama and McCain. I have no doubt that McCain, an honorable man, won�t stoke the flames. After all, he watched his own presidential dreams shrivel up in 2000 when George W. Bush�s goons made robo-calls in South Carolina that McCain had sired a �black baby� (who was actually adopted from a Bangladesh orphanage).

The problem is, McCain�s hired many operatives who hatched the racist calls and others who designed the equally dishonest 2004 Swift Boat ads against John Kerry.

These folks aren�t exactly known for straight talk.

After three years of plotting against Clinton, the GOP is playing catch-up on how to best disembowel Obama. In the Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove painted a vivid picture of the senator as �lazy,� attributing his �trash talking� to days spent �playing pick-up basketball.�

Yeah, we get your drift. So did many shiftless African-Americans, leaving Republicans to whine that they just don�t know how to run against the Kenyan-Kansan without being called racist.

Never fear. Under our mangled campaign finance system (which currently doesn�t even have a functional Federal Election Commission) right-wing activists can launch their own smear jobs without leaving fingerprints.

Will that be the backdrop to some nut job whipping out a 9 mm to keep the White House, er, white?

I can see the macabre scene unfold, just as it did with RFK in that sweaty California ballroom on June 4, 1968. I can see a dour Hillary Clinton carrying on, claiming Obama�s legacy to no avail, as safe and steady John McCain wins handily in the fall.

And journalist Jack Newfield�s agonizing words would ring true again: �From this time forward, things would only get worse; our best political leaders were part of memory now, not hope.�

I hope not.

Caption BU$Hitler time!

February 28, 2008

“Golly Gee kids, I am be sure is hope there ain’t another big bad TERRA attack by them thar EVIL-DOERS cuz you is know we HAVE TO BE AFRAID OF THEM, oh yeah and tell your mommy & daddy to VOTE REPUBLICAN cuz we’ll keeps yous safe…”


February 28, 2008

3973 DEAD US SOLDIERS (that’s just the ones who died “in theatre” OH GODDAMNIT TO HELLFIRE ON A STICK, don’t you just FUCKING HATE HATE HATE that term!? Like it’s a fucking Shakespear or some shit?!?!?! NO COCKSUCKER, THIS IS ***REAL***!!!!) FOR MR. 19% and the rest of the BU$Hitler CRIME FAMILY’S *ILLEGAL* WAR/OCCUPATION OF IRAQ FOR OIL.
(And does ANYONE report ANYTHING from Afghanistan anymore?!?!!?)
Notice something!? The number KEEPS GOING UP! And it will CONTINUE TO GO UP…until this fucking BULLSHIT finally comes to a long overdue end. Beyond belief that it was even allowed to happen in the FIRST FUCKING PLACE.
Just for the record, I am going to keep posting posts like this UNTIL THIS BULLSHIT ILLEGAL OCCUPATION COMES TO ITS MUCH OVERDUE END.
Just what in the FUCK is it going to take America?!?!?!?!?!?!? 4,000?! 10,000?! 40,000?!
Oh I’m sorry to bother you, American Fucking Idol is on and you just got a call on your goddamn iFoney!!!
Republitards and their culture of life?????????????????????

37. A Student Of Rhetoric In Louisiana

February 28, 2008

I was running up a snowy road and Barack Obama was running beside me. A lot of people were running downhill, in the opposite direction, and they had the proper winter running attire on. Not me � I was in my street clothes, and a giant truck kept forcing me into the left side where there were giant puddles and I got my feet wet.

Barack and I came to a street in New York — 121st and Broadway, next to my old apartment � and went into a large, dark assembly room that had the feeling of a church. I talked to Obama and we realized we both had a Columbia connection. He had been very nice to me on the run, when I felt I had him to myself, but then he became more interested in what was going on in the room and he ignored me. I felt hurt because of this and started to write him off, feeling that he wasn’t who he said he was.

He walked away from me, over to some women. I realized that everyone in the room wanted a piece of him. I saw my mother in the rows of seats opposite me and I got up and walked over to her and told her the story of what happened between me and Barack.

I looked over to see that he was now fully engaged in some other conversation, and he seemed intent and interested. I thought, He will shut down after a minute and become inward.

36. An American Male College Student

February 28, 2008

I met Barack at a little rally, and everyone was happy to meet him. He was authentic and shook my hand and I felt a part of his movement.