Tomorrow is the Michigan Primary, and I don’t care.

Yep, the status quo has returned. I’ve got 300 pages of reading for the next week, a class I haven’t even read the syllabus for and the itch to be more creative.

And spring break to plan.

I was going to visit CA again this year, but alas, I don’t feel like flying anywhere and we really can’t afford it. So I think I’m going to spend three or four days in Alumni City, torture Doc, and spend some much needed time with Be and K. If K is there.

In the next week I have to:

  • Read the multiple (four or five) articles for Topical Class that I haven’t read for tonight.
  • Read the first 24 sections of The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World.
  • Read the first third of my history text, in an effort to both catch up and keep up with reading this term.
  • Figure out how to work Blackboard.
  • Send out congratulations cards to my newly confirmed 9th graders.
  • Meet with the rest of the mentors and our fearless leader to plan the follow up retreat, at which point I will be required to demonstrate the liturgy of the hours…. (OIY.)
  • Work 6 days.
  • Read next week’s readings for Topical Class and history.
  • Choose paper topic for both classes. And make sure they are at least related to my thesis topic.

The rest of the semester looks like its going to follow most of the rest of the same pattern.

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Michigan decided that instead of holding the presidential primary when they have historically, (which, honestly, I don’t remember when it was) they would move it to earlier in the primary season. I would like to make it very clea: Voters in Michigan were never given the opportunity to voice an opinion about the date of the primary, nor did we choose to move it.
I don’t know who decided that was a good idea, but the Washington Post has an article about Michigan losing its delegates.

So here’s the short history of Getting Screwed by the DNC

1. Michigan decides to move primary. OK, we’ve moved the primary. Arguably, Michigan is the most diverse of the first three primaries. Good reason to want to be earlier. Also, we’ve got the highest unemployment rate in the country. Politicians, tell us what you’re going to do about it, or WE WILL NOT VOTE FOR YOU. Ever.
2. The DNC and RNC hem and haw about the date change.
3. The DNC Vows to punish Michigan and Florida for deciding to move their primaries. Candidates will be punished by only winning half the delegates available. Who thought up these rules? A five-year-old would have handled this better. They have a much better sense of right and wrong
4. August 2007 the DNC strips Florida of its delegates. And their primary isn’t until January 29th. OH MY WORD!
5. More hemming and hawing. The RNC decides that the primary will apparently be held on January 15th no matter what anyone outside the state might say. I think the republicans realize that this is a good way to engender themselves to Michigan voters. I think it might work.
6. December 2007 “Democratic leaders voted to strip Michigan of all its delegates to the national convention next year as punishment for scheduling an early presidential primary in violation of party rules.” I’ve like to take this opportunity for a moment of silence. I was going to vote for a democrat on Tuesday. Despite Hillary Clinton’s history making, will not be voting for her, Dennis Kucinich, or whatever the ‘undecided’ option is. I will be voting FOR A REPUBLICAN for the first time in my short voting career. Though this is my 3rd presidential election, and I am the minimum age to have participated in three presidential elections.
7. Republicans continue to campaign in Michigan. At least they’re not ignoring 11 million people because Michigan moved the primary.

There you have it, a short history of the DNC screwing Michigan voters.

For a less snarky look at the whole mess, check out Who Stole MI Vote. And if you’re a Michigan voter, SIGN the petition.

I apologize for the gratuitous use of caps-lock. But I’m pissed.  For my letter to the DNC go here.


An Open Letter to the DNC

Thanks for disenfranchising me.

What? I’ve still got the right to vote? Yes. I do. I would like to point out to you, however that there is a difference between a theoretical right and an actual right. If I had no way to get to the poles on Tuesday, I’d be disenfranchised. I am able to vote on Tuesday, however I have no delegates to seat for the Democratic National Convention. I’ve been disenfranchised.

I don’t want to claim that your decision to strip Michigan of its delegates and punish those candidates who do campaign here is equal to the days when women had no right to vote. I have the right to vote, the right to make my voice heard.

Except for this one time.

Except in what is likely the most important election of this generation.

In a state with a large black population, a failing economy, and a history of very close votes come November.

I understand the idea of making an example out of Michigan. And I don’t f*cking care. You’re not hurting the Michigan Democratic Campaign. You’re hurting the voters.

Do you realize what you’ve done? All that sh*t about change and experience wont help you here. Most of Michigan thinks Washington doesn’t give a sh*t about what happens here anyway.

And you’ve gone along way to make that the reality.

I for one will be supporting secession.


1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
I had to take out a student loan.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Last year’s resolutions:
1. Pay off credit card from TheEvilCompany. Done.
2. Go visit the cemetery on a more regular basis, and pray that that helps the creeping depression. Uhm. No.
3. Read more scholarly stuff, like the stuff related to my degree. Heh. No.
4. Not smoke again. Going very well.
5. Learn more Latin/Greek/Hebrew. I did the Latin part for class.
6. Budget better. Uh, Kinda…
7. Buy a house so I can get a dog. No. Didn’t work out.
8. Read more outside what I usually pick up. Sort of.

I haven’t decided about 2008 resolutions.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
I don’t think so… I can’t think of anything I know who did.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Hum, no.

5. What countries did you visit?
None, I didn’t have the time or the money to leave the country. I did go to California. That was interesting.

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
I’d like to buy a house. But I know it’s not going to happen. The housing market here is horrible. Not the most horrible, I think the third worst place to try to sell a house though.

7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Uhm, spending a week in California.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Surviving the JFH to go back to the bike shop and surviving the Harbinger of DOOM to the end of the year.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Uhm. Can’t think of any.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
A ridiculous number of colds and whatnot and this thing that I have right now that basically caused me to sleep three days away, and breaking my toe.  again.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
A new and spiffy laptop. And a second world of warcraft account

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
The Brain’s and the munchkins. Most days.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Politicians, Islamists, the president of Iran whose name I can’t seem to spell, what’s-his-name-in-Pakistan.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, school, new family hearse, and repairing Lucky (2001 mercury Mystique.)

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The movie version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Sweeny Todd, the 7th HP book, Charlie Wilson’s War, not so new job, and a NEW CAR!!. The beast really needed to be retired.

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
Probably something from the newest Linkin Park album, Minutes to Midnight, especially the song The Little Things give you Away.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) Thinner or fatter? c) Richer or poorer?
Realistically, about the same in all of the above categories, and not nearly so depressed.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Write for me, read for pleasure, and read for academic stuff. Seen more of Doc.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Playing WoW, getting caught up in the drama that has brought. Spent less time worrying about a house and more time fixing what has been holding us back..

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
With the majority of my mom’s Clan. And my brother’s gf’s family, and .. and… you get the idea. Everyone we could fit with only two people missing.

21. Did you fall in love in 2007?
Only with a book.

22. How many one-night stands?
Funny, but no.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
I have to vote for Heroes, because it was enough for me to make sure I was home in time for it every week. My second favorite was Little Mosque on the Prairie. Other than that, uhm, Myth Busters would be my other fave.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Not that I can think of…

25. What was the best book you read?
Probably Splendor of a Thousand Suns.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Uhm, nope.

27. What did you want and get?
New car, new laptop, which were both educational necessities.

28. What did you want and not get?
A house. And a dog.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
It’s a tossup between The Kingdom and Charlie Wilson’s War for the more intense films. I loved HP5, National Treasure 2, and Beowulf, oh my god, and pirates 3. As much as it made me sad.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 25, and I worked. We went out to dinner later in the week, and I don’t remember otherwise.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not waiting until the end of time for the Bossman and the Harbinger of DOOM to work things out.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
Comfy, I work in a bike shop. And more or less professional looking depending on whether or not I wanted to intimidate or impress the boyos.

33. What kept you sane?
Books, music, spending time in Alumni city when I needed to decompress and stuff. Tuesdays with E over the summer.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Right now? Probably Alan Rickman. Like usual.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
The amount of religion in politics. I’ve got religion, I’m glad my (non-existent) candidate does too. But I don’t need it to be force fed to me.

36. Who did you miss?
Gram, the girls, Doc.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
The boyos who sit near me in class.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007.
Its really, pretty uhm, well. Here goes. I learned that yes, I really should write an outline when I’m writing a paper. And it’s not that bad to cry.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
you say
my broken heart becomes me
I say
I’d sell it cheap to you


randomly…

25Dec07

Merry Christmas.

I’ve spent the past three days doing nothing but cooking and a fair bit of eating what we cooked. I think I broke my toe. It hurts like a mo-fo, and its a nasty shade of purple.

I went to Alumni city on Saturday morning, and had breakfast twice at the best breakfast restaurant I’ve ever been to, and I’m glad it will be months before i can make it back to Alumni City. I’m not supposed to eat eggs, and my word, I did.

Mass last night was good. Though the cantor SUCKED. We had the most amusing sermon.

And tomorrow its back to work. One day Bossman and the Harbinger of Doom will figure things out.

Yippie.


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Final Part 1

10Dec07

Today is my Church History I final. Which feels curiously more like a midterm in high school than a masters level final. I think that’s because I know we’re all going to come back again next semester. It’s nice to have some continuity, and it’s what the boys have every year, but as a lay student, you get very little of that.

I’m a little worried about my final, only because while we were carrying groceries in last night, I slipped and landed flat on my ass. Normally, that’s not a problem, except that I whacked the back of my head pretty hard.

And it f’n hurts.

Three hours till class. Two hours till I can take some more Motrin to take the edge off. Its going to be a long two hours.