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lizziebelle: (sherlock)
I went out last night with some girlfriends, for the first time in ages. I really should do that more often. My typical Saturday night is spent in front of the telly or with my nose in a book.

We started out at the Rail Trail Flatbread Pizza place, which I hadn't been to yet. It's a popular spot, and is credited with beginning the revival of downtown Hudson. We ended up not getting pizza, but instead nibbled on appetizers and sipped lovely craft cocktails and cider. There was much giggling, and two of our lot explaining how to brew hard cider at home to the waitress was very entertaining. I'm pretty sure she's going to give it a try.

We then crossed the street to New City Microcreamery, which is owned by the Rail Trail folks. Instead of getting in line for ice cream, however, we headed to the back and flicked on a light switch by a door. A little door in the wall popped open, a man asked us how many, and then closed again. Then the door opened and we were ushered in, past a black velvet curtain, to an authentic-looking speakeasy. Lots of dark wood, low lighting, and U-shaped booths lined the long, narrow place. We ordered more apps and craft cocktails, and enjoyed the ambiance. I had a frozen grasshopper, half dessert and half cocktail. All delicious.

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They made it like New City makes their ice cream: with liquid nitrogen. While waiting for the restroom, I watched the bartender make another frozen drink in the KitchenAid mixer; fog billowed out of the bowl while the mixer whirled. It was really cool, both literally and figuratively. Next time, I want to try the frozen Old Fashioned.

Next Saturday, I'm planning to go into Boston for the Women's March. D.C. is not doable for me, but a bunch of local friends are planning to go, so we'll all take the train in together. I want there to be a huge turnout, everywhere there is a March happening. This is historic. We can't let the Nazis get away with it. Yes, IMO it's that dire. The stuff that the GOP is pulling is positively fascist. I cannot understand how anyone could vote for any of them. I truly fear the ending of our Union as we know it.

Before the revolution, however, I'm really looking forward to the season finale of Sherlock. OMG this season has been intense! I will likely go see it again in the theatre this week. Such an amazing show.

How was your weekend?
lizziebelle: (george)
This week has been stressful, as you might imagine. Living within the circle of Boston, it's been all-marathon-bombing-all-the-time, and all the postings on social media have been causing nothing but anxiety for me, so I'm taking a break from both Twitter and Facebook for a bit. Between the speculations on the bombing and the anger over the Senate fail on gun reform, they're both angry places right now. I'm not even watching the news tonight. If I want to know the weather, I have an app for that.

And I admit that I was participating in the angerfest. The cowardice of the Senate really pissed me off, so I posted a few things of my own. But that's enough. I don't need to add to anyone's anxiety, least of all my own. So tonight I'll be reading, or maybe watching something mindless on Netflix. If I feel the need to vent my spleen, I'll do it on paper, where no one has to see it but me.

Friday

Apr. 8th, 2011 07:36 pm
lizziebelle: (eye)

brightening, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I went for a walk along the path through the woods behind the office on my break today, and found lots of pussy willows and other assorted catkins. They always make me think of my dad, who always brought home pussy willows that he found along the road every spring. I resisted picking any.

I'm feeling... drained, I guess is the best word for it. The world has been a bit overwhelming lately. Not just personally, but globally. The trouble with caring about what goes on is that it hurts when things are so terrible for so many people, and the ones who can do anything about it are fighting about stupid and petty issues that have more to do with their own personal agendas than with governing. Life just keeps getting harder, and I thought it would be easier by now. I might have to go on a digital sabbatical, and stop watching the news for a couple of days. Well, I probably won't avoid the internet, but I won't go to any news sites. Or something.

Wow, that didn't go where I thought it would. *g*

Time for homemade veggie pizza, and maybe a glass of wine too.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. :)

Friday

Apr. 8th, 2011 07:36 pm
lizziebelle: (eye)

brightening, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I went for a walk along the path through the woods behind the office on my break today, and found lots of pussy willows and other assorted catkins. They always make me think of my dad, who always brought home pussy willows that he found along the road every spring. I resisted picking any.

I'm feeling... drained, I guess is the best word for it. The world has been a bit overwhelming lately. Not just personally, but globally. The trouble with caring about what goes on is that it hurts when things are so terrible for so many people, and the ones who can do anything about it are fighting about stupid and petty issues that have more to do with their own personal agendas than with governing. Life just keeps getting harder, and I thought it would be easier by now. I might have to go on a digital sabbatical, and stop watching the news for a couple of days. Well, I probably won't avoid the internet, but I won't go to any news sites. Or something.

Wow, that didn't go where I thought it would. *g*

Time for homemade veggie pizza, and maybe a glass of wine too.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. :)

lizziebelle: (Default)

look who called me today, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Yeah, I'm getting the robocalls, but this one had a name on the caller I.D.

lizziebelle: (Default)

look who called me today, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Yeah, I'm getting the robocalls, but this one had a name on the caller I.D.

lizziebelle: (OMG ONOZ)
I've been reading a lot of articles and posts about the national healthcare debate with interest. I don't think anyone can honestly say that our system doesn't need to be changed, but the ferocity of the opposition has surprised even me.

It hit me the other day, when the Steeleye Span song "You Will Burn" came up on iTunes, that these folks are just like the ignorant religious fanatics of a few hundred years ago who tortured and burned people for witchcraft, just because, in most cases, they were different from themselves. Go read the lyrics. They are chilling. These people actually thought they were doing the right thing. They believed the rhetoric of a few folks in power who had their own agenda. They never bothered to think for themselves. It was hysteria, mob rule.

The same thing is happening now with the neocons. They are deliberately spreading misinformation in order to panic the folks who can't (or won't) think for themselves. All it takes is a few choice words from Sarah Palin or Rush Limbaugh, and people are storming meetings and shouting down any hope of informed debate. It sickens me.

Here's an article that lays out how some of this came about.

If people would actually read the plan, there would be no need for panic. But that would make sense! It's much easier to listen to lies than it is to seek out the truth. They don't like what they're hearing from their representatives, but instead of offering alternatives, they just want to burn them at the stake.
lizziebelle: (OMG ONOZ)
I've been reading a lot of articles and posts about the national healthcare debate with interest. I don't think anyone can honestly say that our system doesn't need to be changed, but the ferocity of the opposition has surprised even me.

It hit me the other day, when the Steeleye Span song "You Will Burn" came up on iTunes, that these folks are just like the ignorant religious fanatics of a few hundred years ago who tortured and burned people for witchcraft, just because, in most cases, they were different from themselves. Go read the lyrics. They are chilling. These people actually thought they were doing the right thing. They believed the rhetoric of a few folks in power who had their own agenda. They never bothered to think for themselves. It was hysteria, mob rule.

The same thing is happening now with the neocons. They are deliberately spreading misinformation in order to panic the folks who can't (or won't) think for themselves. All it takes is a few choice words from Sarah Palin or Rush Limbaugh, and people are storming meetings and shouting down any hope of informed debate. It sickens me.

Here's an article that lays out how some of this came about.

If people would actually read the plan, there would be no need for panic. But that would make sense! It's much easier to listen to lies than it is to seek out the truth. They don't like what they're hearing from their representatives, but instead of offering alternatives, they just want to burn them at the stake.

brilliant

Nov. 12th, 2008 08:59 pm
lizziebelle: (little me)
Via [livejournal.com profile] grrlfriday: a brilliant parody of the New York Times that has all the headlines we'd love to see. My favorite: "Court Indicts Bush on High Treason Charge"

brilliant

Nov. 12th, 2008 08:59 pm
lizziebelle: (little me)
Via [livejournal.com profile] grrlfriday: a brilliant parody of the New York Times that has all the headlines we'd love to see. My favorite: "Court Indicts Bush on High Treason Charge"
lizziebelle: (little me)
From [livejournal.com profile] damiana_swan: a blog written by an 82-year-old woman named Helen. She hits the nail on the head, and is a hoot besides. Go read Margaret and Helen. Don't drink anything while reading or you'll need a new keyboard!
lizziebelle: (little me)
From [livejournal.com profile] damiana_swan: a blog written by an 82-year-old woman named Helen. She hits the nail on the head, and is a hoot besides. Go read Margaret and Helen. Don't drink anything while reading or you'll need a new keyboard!
lizziebelle: (Battle ax)
How's this for chutzpah: McCain has taken out an ad claiming to have won the debate. You know, the debate that hasn't happened yet.

I can't believe anyone is seriously considering voting for this clown.

I got an email from a coworker today which had a story from someone who had spent their vacation with McCain a few years ago, and it was hair-raising. Since it didn't have a source cited, I won't post it, but if I find it I will. If you want to see it, leave me a comment and I'll email it to you. If it's true, and I have no reason to believe it's not, I fear for this country if McCain gets elected. I really do.
lizziebelle: (Battle ax)
How's this for chutzpah: McCain has taken out an ad claiming to have won the debate. You know, the debate that hasn't happened yet.

I can't believe anyone is seriously considering voting for this clown.

I got an email from a coworker today which had a story from someone who had spent their vacation with McCain a few years ago, and it was hair-raising. Since it didn't have a source cited, I won't post it, but if I find it I will. If you want to see it, leave me a comment and I'll email it to you. If it's true, and I have no reason to believe it's not, I fear for this country if McCain gets elected. I really do.
lizziebelle: (beer good)
I just got a little insight into the thought processes of a candidate, as a local fellow who is running for state rep planned out his ad strategy for the next month with me. It's something I've never been as involved in before, as what usually happens is they just call or come in and place an ad or three, but I don't get to see the whole process with campaign manager in tow and budget guy on the phone. The guy's not only a Republican, but not in my district, so he isn't likely to ever get my vote. My coworker is handling his competition, and we had to go into the conference room so it would be confidential. No problem! I wouldn't talk about it, anyway. Honestly, it wouldn't even have occurred to me. I told him that I dislike dirty politics, and he said that he did, too.

Anyhoo, it was interesting to see. And he's spending nearly $4K, so, woo hoo! That makes my month. *g*

And now for something completely different: [livejournal.com profile] grrlfriday got to meet Bill Clinton! How cool is that? Very cool. Whether you like him or not, he used to be the freakin' President!
lizziebelle: (beer good)
I just got a little insight into the thought processes of a candidate, as a local fellow who is running for state rep planned out his ad strategy for the next month with me. It's something I've never been as involved in before, as what usually happens is they just call or come in and place an ad or three, but I don't get to see the whole process with campaign manager in tow and budget guy on the phone. The guy's not only a Republican, but not in my district, so he isn't likely to ever get my vote. My coworker is handling his competition, and we had to go into the conference room so it would be confidential. No problem! I wouldn't talk about it, anyway. Honestly, it wouldn't even have occurred to me. I told him that I dislike dirty politics, and he said that he did, too.

Anyhoo, it was interesting to see. And he's spending nearly $4K, so, woo hoo! That makes my month. *g*

And now for something completely different: [livejournal.com profile] grrlfriday got to meet Bill Clinton! How cool is that? Very cool. Whether you like him or not, he used to be the freakin' President!
lizziebelle: (Battle ax)
I've been collecting links about the election, and instead of posting each link, I'm instead posting a link to my del.icio.us election links page. There's lots of good stuff there, from an anti-Palin rally in Alaska (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ellen_datlow for that one), to fact-checking sites, to opinion pieces, to an article where even Rove says McCain goes too far in his ads. Check it out, spread the word, let's get (and keep!) those lying liars out of the White House! I don't know about you, but I can't afford another 4 to 8 years of the status quo.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] zarq, [livejournal.com profile] sleigh, [livejournal.com profile] grrlfriday, and many others for the links!
lizziebelle: (Battle ax)
I've been collecting links about the election, and instead of posting each link, I'm instead posting a link to my del.icio.us election links page. There's lots of good stuff there, from an anti-Palin rally in Alaska (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ellen_datlow for that one), to fact-checking sites, to opinion pieces, to an article where even Rove says McCain goes too far in his ads. Check it out, spread the word, let's get (and keep!) those lying liars out of the White House! I don't know about you, but I can't afford another 4 to 8 years of the status quo.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] zarq, [livejournal.com profile] sleigh, [livejournal.com profile] grrlfriday, and many others for the links!
lizziebelle: (Battle ax)
I got this from my cuz [livejournal.com profile] shortysugarplum. It's an article in the Wall Street Journal (actually, it's an opinion piece by Thomas Frank) about how Palin and the GOP are recycling platitudes for the masses "from the all-time champion of fake populism, the belligerent right-wing columnist Westbrook Pegler." He goes on to say "the red-state myth that Mrs. Palin reiterated for her adoring audience owes far more to the venomous spirit of Pegler than it does to Norman Rockwell." Interesting.

He then goes on to talk about the attitudes (and voting records) of both candidates in regards to issues concerning farming. "A few days ago I talked politics with Donn Teske, the president of the Kansas Farmers Union and a former Republican. Barack Obama may come from a big city, he admits, but the Farmers Union gives him a 100% rating for his votes in Congress. John McCain gets a 0%. "If any farmer in the Plains States looked at McCain's voting record on ag issues," Mr. Teske says, "no one would vote for him."

Now, Mr. McCain is known for his straight talk with industrial workers, telling them their jobs are never coming back, that the almighty market took them away for good, and that retraining is their only hope.

But he seems to think that small-town people can be easily played. Just choose a running mate who knows how to skin a moose and all will be forgiven. Drive them off the land, shutter their towns, toss their life chances into the grinders of big agriculture . . . and praise their values. The TV eminences will coo in appreciation of your in-touch authenticity, and the carnival will move on."

See the whole piece here.
lizziebelle: (Battle ax)
I got this from my cuz [livejournal.com profile] shortysugarplum. It's an article in the Wall Street Journal (actually, it's an opinion piece by Thomas Frank) about how Palin and the GOP are recycling platitudes for the masses "from the all-time champion of fake populism, the belligerent right-wing columnist Westbrook Pegler." He goes on to say "the red-state myth that Mrs. Palin reiterated for her adoring audience owes far more to the venomous spirit of Pegler than it does to Norman Rockwell." Interesting.

He then goes on to talk about the attitudes (and voting records) of both candidates in regards to issues concerning farming. "A few days ago I talked politics with Donn Teske, the president of the Kansas Farmers Union and a former Republican. Barack Obama may come from a big city, he admits, but the Farmers Union gives him a 100% rating for his votes in Congress. John McCain gets a 0%. "If any farmer in the Plains States looked at McCain's voting record on ag issues," Mr. Teske says, "no one would vote for him."

Now, Mr. McCain is known for his straight talk with industrial workers, telling them their jobs are never coming back, that the almighty market took them away for good, and that retraining is their only hope.

But he seems to think that small-town people can be easily played. Just choose a running mate who knows how to skin a moose and all will be forgiven. Drive them off the land, shutter their towns, toss their life chances into the grinders of big agriculture . . . and praise their values. The TV eminences will coo in appreciation of your in-touch authenticity, and the carnival will move on."

See the whole piece here.

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