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Monday, February 4, 2008

Calling all Divas....

It has been 12 days since out last post. I realize many of us are busy with our own creative activities, but I'm taking this opportunity to implore my sister and brother divas (and divo) to add something new to the conversation.

Tomorrow is Super Tuesday, and Mardi Gras. There are no good excuses regarding nothing to write about---these two subjects alone should provide plenty of grist for the mill.

Unless we move forward, I am prepared to post boring grandma stuff every day until a new post appears. I have baby pictures and I am not afraid to use them!


cybercita said...

i'd be delighted to read your grandma posts.

Maggie Jochild said...

Yeah, your threat is no threat at all, Shado! BABY PIX, yeah!

kat said...

that's a really great picture, Shado.

"Babies, attttaaaaacccckkkkkk!!!!!!"

little gator said...

I voted. Is that good enough?

Even though there was no ne I really liked, I went out and voted. With a Migraine. In the rain.

My voting motto has always been: If you don't like anyone vote for the one you dislike least.

and don't ask me who it was.

Jana C.H. said...

I'm an Edwards supporter, so you can imagine how I felt last Wednesday when Edwards suspended his campaign. And our caucuses here in Washington State are this Saturday, February 9. I didn't know what I would do.

Now I've worked it out. I'm voting for John Edwards, just as I palnned all along. His campaign is suspended, not ended. He can still accumulate delegates, and the more he has at the convention the more leverage he'll have with the two corporate-owned candidates.

I don't like Hillary or Obama. Neither is a real progressive, but between the two, I see Hillary as the lesser of two evils. Obama is an appeaser. Since 1980, "bipartisanship" has essentially meant Republicans walking all over spineless Democrats. I understand why young voters love Obama's idealism, but I'm fifty-four years old, and I know better.

Or maybe I don't. In the three days left before our caucuses, I'll be plastering my precinct with flyers encouraging people to caucus for Edwards or "uncommitted." If that's not a lost cause, I don't know what is.

There. I hope I've provided meat for some fervent political discussion. C'mon, Obama people! Get out your knives! That word "appeaser" should be sending you into a frenzy.

Jana C.H.
Saith JcH: What makes Super-Tuesday super? It's my birthday! So give me a good political debate as a present.

little gator said...

What really gripes me is the MA plan for universal health insurance. I have it, so I'm not directly affected.

Step one: fine those who don't have it. So you gte funds by punishing those who can't afford it. If they had money for the fine most of them would have insurance already.

My accountant is especially bothered that they plan to catch their victims through state tax returns, so it's his job to notify his clients that he has to enforce a policy he doesn't agree with.

Jana C.H. said...

Gator, I'm not familiar with the health care plan you're discussing. Is it a version of the plan Edwards proposed, or is it being put forward by Hillary or Obama?

All the candidates' health care plans (to the extent they have any) have major flaws, but it doesn't look like we're ever going to jump to single-payer in a single bound. Single-payer is also not flawless, but it appears to be the best option around. At least it saves all the money paid to insurance companies as middlemen. Many of us Divas have chronic ailments, so health care is a big item for us.

Jana C.H.
The rain, it raineth every day / Upon the just and unjust fella / But more upon the just, because / the unjust has the just’s umbrella.

kat said...

I voted.
I was an Edwards supporter as well, but decided to choose one of the other candidates. I like a lot of things that both Clinton and Obama were supporting and voting for, but also disliked some major points (for both). Finally, I spent all morning writing out a check list. I gave each candidate a tick for a position I liked a little more than the other.....it was incredibly close.

I feel a little weird about my choice, but I would have felt a little weird going the other way, too....Clinton and Obama are so close on so many issues, I went back and forth a bunch of times. I was determined not to let "personality" or whatever, get in the way.

All I can do is watch the results, now...

shadocat said...

gator, I too am totally turned off by the suggestions for mandatory
health care, where we would all be forced to buy insurance, whether we could afford it or not. And I'm sorry rebates, tax credits or whatever you care to call them, for the poor to buy insurance are just not going to work In my experience such things always fall short of what is really needed.

little gator said...

sorry I was vague. The health insurance policy is already in place in Massachusetts, and this year's tax return time is the time many will learn about it. I don't know whose idea it was, but it's loacl and not national.

shadocat said...

Actually, this Mass. plan is very similar to the health care plan Hilary is proposing, which was the deciding factor that led me to vote for Mr. O today...