July 2010

In researching Sarah Palin’s college transcripts, I stumbled upon this link:  Sarah Palin gubernatorial debate with Tony Knowles and Andrew Halcro 2 Nov 2006

If anyone in Alaska has either a copy of this video clip or the ability to access this site and transfer its .asf file-format to .mpeg I would love to not only see it myself, but embed it here for all of us to see.



Commenter Gunsmoke has found clips of Sarah Palin’s early debates. They can be viewed in the comment section. (Click on the word comments at the top of this post.) One of the first things that grabbed my attention is that she doesn’t sound so much like a hillbilly. (No ‘rill’ or ‘dill’ in her early days.) It makes me think her 2010 speech pattern has been fine-tuned to appeal to her more folksy audiences.You know, those folks out there who are more likely to send her their hard-earned cash than the rest of us?

Sarah’s version of an appelate court…



In Australia, the political party that wins the national election for the seat of Prime Minister is considered ‘the party in power’. At any time during the Prime Minister’s term his party can vote him out of office in favour of another party member. It’s not a very nice thing to do, but it’s quite legal and pretty much tells the officer who’s fallen out of favour that he sucked at his job. Even if he didn’t.

Such was the case of recently ousted PM Kevin Rudd. His party was so distraught by – oh who knows what, it’s not like they needed an actual reason – “Mr. Rudd’s un-Prime Ministerial Behaviour” they convinced his Deputy, Julia Gillard to step up and take his place.

Now Julia Gillard makes a great PM. She’s been an active Deputy (Vice President equivalent), run the country rather successfully each time Mr. Rudd has travelled abroad and she’s easy on the eye. But now that the dust has settled, the other side of the aisle is crying foulplay. Ms. Gillard has been called a backstabber by Mr. Rudd’s fans, who now criticize every move she makes and obstruct every change she’s tried to implement for the good of the country (sound familiar?) in her short reign.

But Ms. Gillard has options. She’s called for a special election. “Let the public decide!” is her campaign motto. And it’s actually a good one because she’s not been in office long enough to make any glaring mistakes, step on too many toes, or give the opposition many reasons to disrespect her in campaign ads.

Also in her favour, the opposition doesn’t really have a strong contender for the crown.  Seat. So rather than wait for one to be groomed, why not put her PM claim to a public vote now while she’s still the fair-haired child?

I think it’s a brilliant move. And on 21 August, when the new election is held, we will see if it was a smart one.

Voting in Oz elections is a  mandatory affair.  Registered voters must vote in each and every election or face fines. Being of voting age and failing to register will cause charges to be levied against you. It really isn’t in anyone’s best interest to evade  the booths. So with every adult in the country actually voting, election results are pretty much an accurate reflection of public opinion.

The campaigning is in it’s fifth day and already the media considers it the most boring election ever proffered Australians. There’s nothing really to report. So one local television station (Channel 7 Qld) has posted this video on it’s website to give their viewers something to look at that’s less boring than their election coverage.

I howled. I have never met this baby’s parents but I can tell you unequivocally we share a deep parental bond. This video reminds me very much of having plopped my firstborn toddler onto a fabric-lined plastic tablecloth in the middle of the living room, where a big mixing bowl of chocolate cake batter awaited her discovery.

Cutest babystitting trick ever:

And in case you know someone who’s actually expecting a baby (you know,  rather than faking expecting having a baby?)  here’s how to make the cutest salad bowl ever 🙂


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After more than a year of testing and observation, the official diagnosis has been made – my 84 year-old father-in-law has Altzheimer’s Disease. Spouse and I have renewed our decision from a few years ago, when we suspected dementia was in play, to do what we can to keep him at home for as long as this is physically practical. And so our journey begins.

When we came home from the meeting with dad’s gerontologist and psychologist, my knee-jerk reaction was to go into the garden shed and remove all the weed killers, bug killers, fertilizers and cleaners. We need to start thinking of dad as a precocious 4 yr-old and literally child-proof the house and yards.  Anything toxic he might spill on his hands and then put in his mouth needs to be discarded. Sharp objects need to be put out of reach. Dad’s power-saw laden workshop will be a child-proofing task of nightmarish proportions.  For now, we’ll just lock it up and have a good think.

Lots of changes, (some easy, some not), will need to be made in order for us to keep dad at home, safe, comfortable and well-fed. I’ve enrolled in some online courses in carer education. We’ll get there.

In the meantime, (albeit admittedly, I’m probably the last person on the planet to discover this guy), I offer you a drummer. Not just any drummer, but Steve Moore – The Mad Drummer.  One of my girls linked him to my FB page. (To cheer me up, I think – in my youth I was always a sucker for a good drummer!)  Anyway, I followed the links, watched and listened and was struck with how efficiently music washes over a person’s mind and soul, magically making everything ‘all better’.

It’s just like when you were sickies and mom leaned over to kiss you on the forehead. Only this guy’s way hotter. Enjoy –


Follow the toilet-seat –


I’ve been following about a half-dozen stories in the news and will be posting again soon. Sarah thinks she’s Shakespeare? hahahahahahahahahahaha! 

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