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Jan. 8th, 2009 10:33 am Cute Things Falling Asleep...

This is an AWESOME site! Hilarious. Dare I say (sorry, Ames) better than CuteOverload?

Update on Levi (see my 11/7 post): He's back at school, with an implanted defibrillator / pacemaker in his chest. So far, he has some mild short-term memory issues but no other ill effects. He was without a heart beat for 30 minutes. Can you say MIRACLE??? His story was featured herehere, and here, among other places.

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Nov. 7th, 2008 10:14 pm A rollercoaster week...

Tuesday was...amazing. Beyond description. The best. The euphoria carried me through Wednesday.

On Thursday morning the 13-year-old son of a good friend of mine suffered a cardiac arrest during PE class. The good news is that the teacher not only knew CPR, he started it right away and performed it amazingly well (even the medics said that). The bad news is that my friend's son is still in critical condition, though definitely NOT brain-damaged (thanks to the amazing teacher!) and the docs are still trying to figure out what happened. It sounds like they might be leaning towards an abnormal heart rhythm that will require a permanent defibrillator. It's a small price to pay if my friend gets his boy back. I have to believe that he will. So many of us are sending prayers / good vibes / good karma...whatever, that even my obsessively-scientific mind insists it has to count for something. Is this a sort of bargaining?

The humbling part came in an email update from my friend, in which he writes (keep in mind I'm a CPR instructor. Also keep in mind spelling isn't a priority for him right this minute):  "I wanted you to know that I have a new found respect for what you do. CPR is an AMAZINg thing. And the fact that <son's name>'s teacher and princiapl knew it well, saved his lfe. And saved his brain basically. I am going to make sure I get certified."

Here's my pitch, people (if anyone is reading this): GET CPR CERTIFIED! You never know whose child you may be able to save. Possibly your own. Or your best friend's. Or someone's mom or husband...you get my drift...

So how do you describe a week that goes from "My Dog, we DID IT!!!!! Obama is PRESIDENT!" to "D.'s son is in the ICU in critical condition"? Right now, I'd say it's freaking exhausting. I'm going to sleep on it, and hopefully wake up to good news from Children's hospital.

Current Mood: confusedconfused

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Nov. 5th, 2008 11:22 am Great Email from Michael Moore

Great email from Michael Moore this morning, titled Pinch Me... Boy do I know how he feels!

Selected quotes:

"In a nation that was founded on genocide and then built on the backs of slaves, it was an unexpected moment, shocking in its simplicity: Barack Obama, a good man, a black man, said he would bring change to Washington, and the majority of the country liked that idea. The racists were present throughout the campaign and in the voting booth. But they are no longer the majority, and we will see their flame of hate fizzle out in our lifetime. "

"Never before in our history has an avowed anti-war candidate been elected president during a time of war." -- I think this line should be shouted from rooftops. So many of us are sick and tired of the criminal actions in Iraq, perpetrated on a sovereign country that never posed a threat to us, and last night it showed.

"But today we celebrate this triumph of decency over personal attack, of peace over war, of intelligence over a belief that Adam and Eve rode around on dinosaurs just 6,000 years ago. What will it be like to have a smart president? Science, banished for eight years, will return. Imagine supporting our country's greatest minds as they seek to cure illness, discover new forms of energy, and work to save the planet. I know, pinch me."

Read the full email here. You really should!Collapse )

Current Mood: hopefulhopeful

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Nov. 4th, 2008 11:11 pm Faith Restored...

What an AMAZING NIGHT!!!!!! Say it with me, people: PRESIDENT OBAMA!!!!! WOO-HOO!!!!!!! PRESIDENT OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!

I've had my faith mostly restored in this country. If it weren't for the obvious overabundance of homophobes banning gay marriages all over the place my happiness would be complete...but I guess someone has to protect the rights of "a man and a woman" to divorce each other -- isn't that what the sacred bond of marriage all about?

Oh and to all the people who voted YES in Arkansas on Initiative 1: How many children are YOU willing to adopt??? You make me sick.

But this is a GREAT night overall. I am no longer contemplating seeking asylum in Canada or New Zealand, since tyranny has ended and we may actually get our constitution and bill of rights back (there's a reason I'm not capitalizing those words, at the moment). And CO voters SOUNDLY defeated the obscene idea that life begins at fertilization.

And local news seems great, so far -- Death with Dignity PASSED (take that, Martin Sheen, who should never have gotten involved since he doesn't even live in WA); Bellevue Parks Levy PASSED; Sound Transit PASSED, DARCY BURNER LOOKS TO BE HEADED FOR THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPS!!!!!! (I hope I'm not jinxing anything). Jim McDermott CRUSHED his opponent (85% to 15%) and Jay Inslee won very nicely, too. Rob McKenna, one of only 2 Republicans I've ever voted for in my lifetime, also won quite nicely as WA Attorney General, Yay!

Still holding my breath on the Governor's race -- I want Chris Gregoire to win a second term in the worst way...but it seems we're headed for a repeat of the '04 match with Rossi...darn it! Also, Terry Bergeson has to go, but that race (Superintendent of Public Education) is also still too close to call. Sigh.

What a HISTORIC night! Woo-hoo!!!

Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic

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Nov. 1st, 2008 10:44 pm The right to bear arms...

Especially AK-47s, so we can finally get rid of all the evil trick-or-treaters.

I wonder if the NRA will be sending flowers to the boy's funeral...This hit so close to home for me because going door-to-door was what my 12 year old boy was doing last night with some friends (and 2 dads).

Isn't it ironic that nobody seems to be yelling about the fact that our Bill of Rights is used as toilet paper in the White House, but Dog forbid we take AK-47s away from ex-cons, who have, apparently, one "constitutional right" left -- to kill innocent children who are out trick-or-treating with their family.

Sometimes, I am so sick and tired of the misplaced priorities and sheer inhumanity in this country, I could vomit.

Current Mood: infuriatedinfuriated

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Oct. 28th, 2008 09:59 am

I find it telling that Senate rules do not require a sentaor convicted of a felony to resign...

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Oct. 6th, 2008 05:57 am

So the anti-choice yahoos were out in force again in my corner of the world, holding their stupid signs. It's telling how many more men there are in this group. I always want to go up to them and ask them how many children they have adopted so far, but I'm betting they won't even get the point.

Current Mood: bitchybitchy

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Sep. 24th, 2008 09:40 am Not speaking of Sara Palin

Except to say that corruption starts at the top, and officials in AK obviously know they can get away with outrageous crimes...Please sign this petition!

Current Mood: bitchybitchy

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Sep. 24th, 2008 08:41 am Aaron Sorkin...

...has been missing from the political scenery for far too long (or maybe I've missed something -- life has been hectic!). Finally, heeeeeeeee's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! Now, can someone send this article to Obama and tell him to ACT ON IT! Pretty Please?

Also, speaking of awesome people we should listen to more, MICHAEL MOORE has a free full-length feature movie out, "Slacker Uprising." It's available on YouTube, iTunes, Blip.tv, Amazon on demand...you get the picture (pun very much intended).

Current Mood: awakeawake

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Dec. 23rd, 2007 03:14 pm Another Great JK Rowling Quote

"It is perfectly possible to live a very moral life without a belief in God, and I think it's perfectly possible to live a life peppered with ill-doing and believe in God." 

Simple. Elegant. To the point. Just how I've always felt.

I love this woman.

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