Sunday, November 8, 2009

Thank God for Sesame Street!

You know them, you love them, they have a way of making you smile no matter what, that's right, its the characters on Sesame Street! This week marked the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street and I just wanted to say, that not only does it warm my heart to think about how much I loved Sesame Street as a kid, but it warms my heart to know that the tradition of Sesame Street lives on. Additionally, those of you who are as Google obsessed as me may have noted that Google was also giving love to Sesame Street all week with Sesame Street inspired Google Themes such as the one you see above on this post and also here! Pretty sweet eh?

Anyway, thank you God for Sesame Street surviving 40 years and heres to 40 more!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Get your vote on!

Alright people, my brain is still not working, but that is no excuse for those of us in Washington State to not be taking part in the highly contested and highly important vote that is occurring today. There are many important contests going on, like the competitive races between Dow Constantine and Susan Hutchison for county executive; Mike McGinn and Joe Mallahan for Seattle mayor; and the votes on Referendum 71 and Initiative 1033. I won't try to sway people on the Seattle mayoral race or the county executive one (although according to The Stranger Susan Hutchison "is a fan of George W. Bush, Mike Huckabee, Dino Rossi, and Dave Reichert", need I say more?) but I will say without a doubt that people need to vote NO on Initiative 1033 and YES on Referendum 71. If you are feeling even a bit conflicted about ref 71, then please watch the highly educational video by Stephen Colbert below and he will set you straight. I promise!

Get out there and vote people!!! According to the Seattle Times only 20% of the ballots have come back so far, that means that 80% of them are still out there!!! Do your part and make sure that Washington State continues to be a place that Stephen Colbert can hate! :)

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Thank God for Cold Medicine!

Well the cold season is officially upon us, my classes have been half full, people around me are dropping like flies to either simple colds or full on flues, and I have come down with a nasty cold that is making it hard for my poor little brain to work (hence the lack of posts for this week). So on this weekend day, I would like to give a big old thank God to cold medicine for helping me be at least a little bit sane while my parents are in town, I am still trying to get some work done, and while I am fighting this awful cold. So thank you God for the creation of cold medicine and thank you in advance for making this cold a short one (right??? wink wink!!!)

Also, I promised to give an additional shout out to my friends over at Sun Cleaners for their awesome new halloween mixtape that you can download for free. Thats right people, awesome music for free!!!! You can't beat that with a bat!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

thanks for all those who have offered to help out...

...ever and specifically for the next 2 weeks, during which i will be slipping into academic hibernation. even if i don't take y'all up on it, i really do appreciate the offers to make me food, take my pooch out and, generally, keep me happy. does anyone wanna clean my bathroom? ;)

special special special thanks to hotstuff, who will be holding down the blog fort, as well as holding down my stress levels being the awesome friend she is. and another happy birthday to her! love you, hotstuff.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

rape is horrible... until it runs up against corporate/military interests...

"violence against women is despicable and intolerable" according to one republican senator. but, when it comes to rape committed by a military contractors overseas, eh, the company should be trusted to arbitrate without giving the victim access to a US civil trial...

uh what? read all about here
see the 30 senators that oppose an amendment that would not allow this to be a part of the contractors' employee contracts. they include mr. mccain. wahoo.

these mandatory arbitration clauses came into the public spotlight because of jamie leigh jones. she was drugged, gang raped and imprisoned by her kbr co-workers. she very very bravely tells the story her herself:

thankfully, she will be given her day in court

now see jon stewart shame the 30 senators:

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

This is just beyond words....

The title of the linked article below pretty much says it all, "Hospital Forces Lesbian to Die Alone; Judge Gives Stamp of Approval". On February 18, 2007 Lisa Pond suffered a major brain aneurysm right before her gay cruise was about to take off from a port in Florida. Her partner of nearly 18 years and 3 of their 4 adopted children (see picture of the family to the left) rushed her to a hospital in Jackson only to be denied access to her at all points because they were in a lesbian relationship. In fact, according to Lisa's partner, Janice Langbehn, their first interaction with a social worker at the hospital included them saying, “you are in an anti-gay city and state. And without a health care proxy you will not see Lisa nor know of her condition”. This is even though Janice had legal Durable Powers of Attorney and would be able to produce such documents. After that point Janice and their children were systematically separated from Lisa and were unable to understand what was going on or to comfort their partner and mother in her last dying hours.

What is even more f'ed up about this is that on September 29, 2009 U.S. District Judge Adalberto Jordan dismissed a lawsuit brought by Janice, essentially finding that the Jackson Memorial Hospital was within its rights to separate Lisa from her Janice and her children even though they were present and able to prove their legal connections to her. This judge rulled that because it was a lesbian couple it was okay to leave a dying woman alone, deny her present and immediate family to visit her, be updated on her condition, or even to provide the hospital with medically necessary information. Seriously people, WTF?

Article with Janice's Story

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Thank God for a little bit of sunshine!

While it would have been a beautiful wedding even if it had been raining, a little while before the ceremony was about to begin the sun shone down upon the Golden Gardens Bathhouse creating a purely spectacular backdrop for a truly amazing wedding. Congrats J & J! We here at ruthere could not be happier for the two of you!