Friday, September 11, 2009

Extreme Politics

I'm sick and tired of this bi-partisian crap. Our country has divided so ridiculously into these two extreme versions of itself. And the system is now set up to support this.

I'm not comfortable being a Republican or a Democrat but if I register as anything else it affects my involvement in certain elections. Alson, there were 2008 candidates from other parties but they weren't included in the debate process.

Everyone has such extreme ideas and wants to do extreme things. Where is the leader who can use common sense to find something closer to the middle that can work for our country? Where is the administration that can clearly explain policy to the public and include the good and bad?

If there is any sort of movement toward this effort? I'm not political enough to start one, but I am passionate enough to jump in. If you know of anything let me know!

Anti-American Fair

I'm not super political. By that I mean that while I do have an opinion I find politics overwhelming and the task of finding the truth daunting. So while there are a few issues I'm passionate enough to invest time in, for the most part I just sort of check out untile election time.

That said, my political stance aside...there are some things that are bugging me.

I realize that there are many americans who didn't vote for our President. That's a challenge with democracy, there will be a minority that will have to accept the majority's decision. Basically part of being an American is accepting the majority voted President and then respecting that person as our leader. Naturally you're entitled to disagree with that person's decisions or positions, but they still deserve repsect.

It hasn't even been a year and there seems to be an awful lot of stuff going around about Obama being anti-american but not a lot of facts, researched facts to back this up. For example, yesterday I saw the SUV below driving around town, the back window says Obama is a Liar! Also there is a YouTube video circulating where John Stossel calls Obama's health care plan anti-american.

Don't get me wrong, we have the amazing right to freedom of speech and opinion in this country. But anti-american? Driving around with accusations against our new president? Isn't all of that anti-american? I know I'm alone on this. I wasn't a George W. Bush fan, but I was one of the few who insisted that as president and leader of our country he deserved respect and I guess I'm just surprised that people are already Obama hating, especially this early on.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

DMB @ The Gorge

A Song that Jane Likes.

Videos to follow tomorrow!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Berries & Sailing

Been having fun on Bainbridge. We made fresh berry cobler one night, so fresh in fact that we used local blueberries, raspberris that Mary picked last week and then for blackberries we actually went down the street and picked them ourselves. Yummy!
Then yesterday we went for a drive in my father-in-law's Porche (it's a black, 930 turbo, 1979 for those of you who care) and then met up with Chris's highschool buddy, Nolan, and went for a sail on Evening Star (a C&C 43 foot sail boat). It looked like it might be futile with so little wind, but as soon as we got out of Port Madison Harbor the wind picked up and they were able to get wind in both sails and we went almost to the shores of Seattle and then back again. During our trip we saw harbor seals and porpoises which is awesome since I ALWAYS miss the wildlife, I'm always down below. But this time I actually saw them!

It was a fantastic afternoon sail, I spent a lot of the time laying on the bow with my feet up and my book in hand. Very relaxing.
Then last night all sorts of people came over for a glass a wine including one of Chris's highschool friends that he hadn't seen in years and years. So that was nice too. We finished it off with some really really good thai food from Sawadty's. Today we bum and tomorrow we see DAVE MATTHEWS!!! :)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

West Coast Beaches

Made it to Seattle, not like it was hard since I'd bought a real ticket. It was so nice to not worry about getting on for a change.

Chris was already in town so he and his sister, Jen, picked me up and we spent the day hanging out before heading to Bainbridge Island to stay with my in-laws.

We even made it to the beach, which was weird for me to be at a sandy beach since we were surrounded by mountains.

We have a few days to relax in the island and catch up with Chris's highschool buddies before heading east to the Gorge for the DMB concert on Friday.

It's the prettiest time of year here. It's sunny, in the 70s and of course everything is super green. So I'm hoping so get into town and maybe back into Seattle to take some pictures.