Archive for October, 2008

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Forget the clothes

October 29, 2008

Am I the only one tired of hearing Democrats whine about the money spent on clothes for Gov. Palin? Really…compared to what Sen. Obama is spending on advertising, that $150K (or less) is a drop in the bucket!

Let’s not even talk about the fact that he changed his mind about accepting all that money in the first place. Nothing like trying to buy your way into the White House.

BTW, Michelle, most of us average Americans can’t really afford to shop at JCrew either. I’m happy when I find something on the clearance rack at Target. So please don’t pretend that you are living just like the rest of us common folk. It ain’t so!

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Don’t elect a terrorist – please!

October 29, 2008

How many more stories do we need about Sen. Obama’s connections to questionable people throughout his career before we recognize his judgment is weak…perhaps even self-serving?

Now we hear that the LA Times is intentionally suppressing a video of Obama at a 2003 banquet where he spoke of his friendship with Rashid Khalidi, a leading Palestinian scholar and activist. Maybe the rumors about what’s on the tape are false; if so, then why not put it out for the public? Remember LA Times, you’re the media, self-proclaimed “watchdog of America.” You should be an open book to the public.

Let us see it, before election day, so we can all make informed decisions. Obama may be a great guy, maybe he’s changed his ways, but in my opinion he has certainly shown bad judgment over the years that say to me he is nowhere near ready to lead this great country.

And when I think about the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, I know without question that I do not want a president in office who has even a hint of friendship with terrorist-types. And I am pretty sure most Americans, all of us “Joes,” do not want to experience another attack where thousands die. No single person can stop that, but someone with direct links to people who have done heinous things, should not gain the power the office of U.S. President holds.

Please Americans – do your research before you vote. Make informed decisions. Do not cast a vote simply based on color or age. We may need change, but we need wise, thoughtful change. Change simply for change sake may not be in our best interests.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month poem

October 19, 2008

The color of strength

 

We color you pink to deplete

            the power you only think you have

Suicide bomber,

health terrorist hits

our mothers’ lives, our sisters’ lives, our BFFs’ lives

 

We color you pink to prove you are

spineless and weak

Pink is love, it is hope

it is all that we are

life-carrying, life-nurturing, caretaking us!

 

We color you pink for who we are

            young breasts and old

Pink is breasts cancer-free

it is those who we know

Sheryl and Laurie who whooped your sorry hide, Tani still in the fight, and Donna K. who let you win your ten-year siege

 

We color you pink because we can

take control

Pink penetrates your evil gray

with brighter hope for the day

when you perish, breast cancer.

 

 

© 2008 L.W. McDonald

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Poor Joe

October 18, 2008

I wish mainstream media understood that its total lack of regard for privacy is invasive and quite frankly, unpleasant. Unfortunately presidential candidates sometimes fuel the fire.

Case in point: “Joe the plumber.” This poor Ohioan wanted a straight answer from Barack Obama…which I don’t believe he ever got.

Instead McCain and Obama dropped the imposed nickname for Samuel “Joe” Wurzelbacher from Toledo countless times during the last 2008 presidential election debate, followed by reporters and cameras camped out on his lawn. Don’t know about the rest of you but that sort of makes me never want to ask a candidate a question.

In a democracy (which seems to be quickly melding into something else), shouldn’t the voters be able to pose questions to candidates? If not, then there is no need for them to spend millions of dollars on the campaign trail. But more importantly, how about the media stay out of our faces – the face of “Joe Public” – when we try to get straight answers.

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Defy gravity

October 14, 2008

I chased it around for two years. New York City. Miami. Orlando. Finally I found it in Atlanta. The gods aligned and I was able to buy tickets one week before they were available to the general public. And when I realized in my haste I forgot to check the Atlanta Thrashers (NHL) schedule before buying tickets for Friday night, the only night the team had a home game that weekend…I was able to sell my tickets on Craigslist and buy another pair for a little more money but closer to stage on eBay.

Tickets for what? Wicked the Broadway musical. The story intrigued me from the moment I read about the three-year running play. It’s the backstory of the childhood classic, The Wizard of Oz. It’s the life of the witches, before a Kansas tornado dropped [pun intended] Dorothy and Toto in Munchkinland.

The play is a must-see. From a technical writing standpoint, it is extremely well-done. The story is complete and brings together all the loose ends. Humorous and timeless dialogue keeps it moving along, and assures it will be relevant for a long time. (Oh, if only I could write one piece half as well!)

The good witch’s, Glinda, character is reminiscent of Legally Blonde’s Elle. Very funny, very blonde. “Toss, toss” takes you right back to Elle in the salon.

Elphie, the so-called bad witch, reminded me a bit of Elaine in TV’s Seinfeld, and another character I haven’t yet pinned down. It’s hard to believe you can come to embrace a green character…who is not Kermit. Her coming-out song of sorts is about defying gravity, something we all need to regularly remind ourselves to do.

Most movies, plays, etc. I only need to see once. Quite often I think once is too much. But Wicked is right up there with Cats. I would go again (and again) in a heartbeat given the opportunity.

And now, I’m off to chase another clever, original play.

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Undecided voter wants one answer

October 6, 2008

Your attention, please, Senators McCain and Obama. In less than 30 days I need to cast my vote for one of you. Matter of fact, I could vote tomorrow because to save gas and time, I vote by absentee ballot.

Just one problem. Neither of you has convinced me you are the best choice. And because of that, I am thinking about not voting! I have voted religiously since I turned 18, which means 30 years. I do not take it lightly and value it as a privilege and a freedom of living in America.

So you should be afraid when I say I might not vote. Are there others out there like me? Regular voters. Voters who are moderately informed and want to make good choices. Voters who might decide that picking the lesser of two evils is just not worth the effort this time around.

Here’s the deal. You need to wow me. Not with political double-speak and non-answers. No PR spin or fluff. I want the real answer to one question.

On your watch as president, how will you respond if there is another terrorist attack on Americans–on American soil or abroad?

That’s all I really want to know. You by yourself cannot do anything about the economy, or health care, or taxes or energy. If you’re persuasive, you’ll convince Congress to work with you, but those are joint decisions.

But when attacked, as we were Sept. 11, 2001, the entire country – even the world – looked to a single man. The President of the United States.

If your turn comes to be in those shoes, how will you respond?

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Thespian fun

October 4, 2008

Saw a great play last night at Florida State University, Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Written by Steve Martin…yes, that Steve Martin.

The ad read, “So Picasso and Einstein meet in a bar…”. You can probably imagine from that how it went. Art and science collide!

Funny, a little bit naughty (wouldn’t take kids under 17) and the FSU cast was superb! What a talented group of young thespians!

If you get a chance to see this play anywhere, I recommend it. If you’re near FSU, you have this weekend and next to check it out!

http://www.theatre.fsu.edu/