Blago? A bit disrespectful, no?

I thought this was a rather interesting title for an article from ABC News:

blago

Blago? I know he’s been a rather difficult and defiant defendant, but does he really deserve to be disrespected like that? Maybe I’m missing something; maybe that’s his nickname. But if it’s not, it seems inappropriate to abbreviate his name and turn it into an epithet barring a good explanation. That’s like calling Gov. Schwarzenegger “Schwarz”, or calling Thomas Jefferson “Jeffer.” Pretty presumptuous if you ask me.

Relaxing birthday

Yesterday was my birthday, but I purposefully kept things low-key. I don’t have the time or energy to to do much for my birthday with all this wedding planning going on. (As an aside, we now have less than one month until the wedding, and time is ticking fast.) I think we’re going to postpone my birthday celebration until the summer when we’ll have time to actually sit down and plan something.

At any rate, Charlene was kind enough to make dinner for me, and it was delicious. We had ribeye steak, mashed potatoes, mushroom risoto, vegetables, and garlic bread. A definite night of carbo loading. Mmm…I can’t wait to eat my leftovers for lunch today. Thank you Charlene!

Heart Attack on a Plate

Update: hmm…it seems that a surge in popularity based on a NY Times article seems to have brought the site to its knees. I guess their virtual arteries have become clogged..har har.

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this recipe. On the one hand, something called Bacon Explosion sounds oh-so-delicious. On the other hand, the idea of eating a jellyroll-like mass of meat containing 5000+ calories and 500+ grams of fat sounds a bit repulsive. In some way, just writing that line makes my heart ache.

Regardless, I don’t have access to a smoker, and it’s not in the best interest of my arteries (or my waistline) to be eating something like that, so I don’t anticipate eating or making one any time soon.  Maybe I’ll ask God if I can make one when I’m in Heaven.

Does this really change everything?

I firmly believe that this whole election/inauguration has focused too much on the race of our President. Maybe I can’t really relate or identify with Obama and the plight of Blacks in this country.  Granted, as a Chinese American, my ancestors never faced slavery at the hands of “the white man” but that doesn’t mean we didn’t face oppression and discrimination as well.

Regardless, I feel like too many people are emphasizing the “blackness” of our new President, and failing to mention much else. I don’t see President Obama as a black President. I see him as an American President. I feel that in some ways the continual emphasis on President Obama’s “blackness” is a subtle, but persistent continuation of racism in this country. The dictionary defines racism as “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race [emphasis mine]”. The attention to race in this matter may not belie a belief of “inherent superiority”, but I do believe it calls attention to the italicized portion above.

I do not see race as the primary characteristic of our President. As a political figure, I see his ideologies and philisophical leanings as vastly more significant than his race.  But CNN has an interesting article about the effect of having a Black family in office for the first time. It points out that “the Obamas are offering America a new way to look at the black family,” and continues to explain “the new first couple offers America an example of a black, passionate, marital relationship.” I think that’s an excellent point. The Obamas seem to have a wonderful and passionate marriage, and the article points out that this hasn’t been portrayed in America since “The Cosby Show” (one of my all-time favorites).

Now that’s a point to which I can assent.

Tight Budget? Make your own detergent…

I got a chuckle out of this article on 10 ways to make your own laundry detergent. I guess I never thought about making my own because I just buy mine at the store (the cost of that detergent looks like about a quarter per load). But I guess if you make your own, it costs just “pennies a load.”  So I suppose that would be a pretty significant savings.

The other benefit must be that your laundry comes smelling like whatever you want. All you need to do is add an essential oil, and your laundry could smell like anything from lavendar to rosemary. Interesting…

The Best Job in the World

Australia has just listed a job posting for the “Best Job in The World.”  And I’m inclined to agree with them.  The job description is as follows, and is almost nauseatingly idyllic:

The “island caretaker” will be expected to stroll the white sands, soak up the sun, snorkel the reef, “maybe clean the pool” — and report to a global audience via weekly blogs, photo diaries and video updates.

It pays AU$150,000 which is roughly equivalent to US$105,000.  Heck, I’d love to do that! Unfortunately, the job is only a 6 month stint, and the website where one applies seems to be flooded with traffic.

Maybe my cousin Kevin should apply for this job. Hmm…

IL Governor Impeached

Looks like it didn’t take the Illinois House of Representatives very long to impeach Gov. Blagojevich.  And it was nearly unanimous: 141 to 1.  MSNBC has a really good FAQ on the impeachment process and what it means.

As with the impeachment of a US President, impeaching a governor isn’t really all that significant. It’s really akin to a grand jury indictment. The really important, meaty stuff happens once and impeachment has occurred. That’s when the Senate can begin it’s Impeachment Trial. If two thirds decide he’s guilty, they can convict, and the governor will be removed from office. Basically, it’s the same process for the Federal government.

Frankly, I think he needs to be removed from office as soon as possible. He’s been defiant and unapologetic. Though I’m not from Illinois, I have relatives from there, and the people of Illinois deserve better than this.

Bushisms

It feels somewhat disrespectful to laugh at this list, but I’ve gotta say that it’s pretty funny. The Associated Press has compiled a list of “Bushisms”–words or phrases misspoken by President Bush, and it was a good laugh for me. (Note, they may not be work-safe, not because they’re inappropriate, but because you might start laughing hysterically, which isn’t exactly becoming of a professional at work.)

Here’s a couple of my favorites:

  • “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”
  • “Make no mistake about it, I understand how tough it is, sir. I talk to families who die.”
  • “I remember meeting a mother of a child who was abducted by the North Koreans right here in the Oval Office.”