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September 22, 2008

Why I Support Obama by Judy Blume

Why I Support Obama by Judy Blume - YA for Obama

. . . I’ve never spoken publicly about my politics. But I’m speaking out now because at last we have a candidate who makes me believe again. A candidate who I see as America’s best hope, a candidate who inspires not just my grandson’s generation, but my own, and my children’s.

Whoever is elected in November is going to face a daunting challenge. No one person can clean up the mess it took 7 and 1/2 years to create. That's why I want the calm, thoughtful candidate I believe will surround himself with the best and the brightest. I believe the decisions Obama makes will be made based on what’s best for this country.

I want a president who can make us proud as Americans. How great would it be after 7 and 1/2 years to have an articulate leader, an eloquent speaker, one who is not only willing to talk, but to listen? I believe Obama will be that kind of president. Plus, he has a sense of humor. He has two young daughters and a working wife. He's smart. And let's not forget the magic. Nothing wrong with having the ability to connect with people around the world --young, old, and in-between.

In some ways an election is like life – a lot of muck comes your way. It’s hard sometimes to slog through it. It’s exhausting. It can be scary. You can feel like you’re drowning in it. You’ve got to work hard to pull yourself up and out of it, then to rise above it. We need a leader who can help us do that. That's why I'm supporting Barack Obama. . . .

Sex and the City -- the teenage years

Carrie Bradshaw's schooldays: what can we expect? | Life and style | The Guardian

Do we really need this?

Last week, Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell announced that she is writing The Carrie Diaries, novels set in her protagonist Carrie Bradshaw's schooldays.

Somehow G2 managed to sneak an advance peek: It was one of those crisp fall days in Manhattan, the kind when the leaves turn to gold in Central Park and you just know that this is the best city in the whole world. Unfortunately, it was not to be the best day at school in the world.

"Oh my God, I can't believe Selina bought that Banana Republic backpack when I've been wearing mine for almost a month!" fumed Samantha as we stood outside the classroom.

Selina Richards: gorgeous, rich, popular. Her father was the president of Goldman Sachs and Selina's birthday parties in the family's Fifth Avenue penthouse were legendary. Last year, while her parents were at their place in Miami for the weekend, at least five girls in the eighth grade lost their virginity, although the boys were claiming that it was actually nine.

September 19, 2008

NASCAR Cancels Remainder Of Season Following David Foster Wallace's Death

NASCAR Cancels Remainder Of Season Following David Foster Wallace's Death | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

. . . "All race long on Sunday, I was dealing with the unreality presented me by his absence," said #16 3M Ford Fusion driver Greg Biffle, who won Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the first race in the Chase For The Cup, and would therefore have had the lead in the championship. "I first read Infinite Jest in 1998 when my gas-can man gave me a copy when I was a rookie in the Craftsman Truck Series, and I was immediately struck dumb by the combination of effortlessness and earnestness of his prose. Here was a writer who loved great, sprawling, brilliantly punctuated sentences that spread in a kind of textual kudzu across the page, yet in every phrase you got a sense of his yearning to relate and convey the importance of every least little thing. It's no exaggeration to say that when I won Rookie of the Year that season it was David Foster Wallace who helped me keep that achievement, and therefore my life, in perspective." . . .

September 16, 2008

Hilarious: George Saunders on Sarah Palin

SHOUTS & MURMURS: My Gal: Humor: The New Yorker

Explaining how she felt when John McCain offered her the Vice-Presidential spot, my Vice-Presidential candidate, Governor Sarah Palin, said something very profound: “I answered him ‘Yes’ because I have the confidence in that readiness and knowing that you can’t blink, you have to be wired in a way of being so committed to the mission, the mission that we’re on, reform of this country and victory in the war, you can’t blink. So I didn’t blink then even when asked to run as his running mate.”

Isn’t that so true? I know that many times, in my life, while living it, someone would come up and, because of I had good readiness, in terms of how I was wired, when they asked that—whatever they asked—I would just not blink, because, knowing that, if I did blink, or even wink, that is weakness, therefore you can’t, you just don’t. You could, but no—you aren’t.

That is just how I am.

Do you know the difference between me and a Hockey Mom who has forgot her lipstick?

A dog collar.

Do you know the difference between me and a dog collar smeared with lipstick?

Not a damn thing.

We are essentially wired identical. . . .