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06 September 2008 @ 11:24 am
You know, politics makes me sad these days. It seems to be so hard to have a discussion about politics (especially online) without it degrading into a rather vicious mess of bad language, hate, blame, and nasty attacks on people, their intentions, or the supposed destination of the USA if so-and-so is elected.

Have we lost the ability to disagree without being disagreeable? <i>(Someone said that recently in something I read and I particularly liked it - I apologize to them for not remembering their name to properly credit them!)</i> Why is it so hard to discuss policies and positions about which we disagree without it turning into a denunciation of the people with whom we disagree? Politicians, of both sides, are not evil people. They may make bad decisions, yes - so do we non-politicians. They may not have all the facts on issues - neither do we. They may have ideas we don't support - Who says "our" candidate would approve of everything we're ever said or done? Why can't we start by assuming the best of our opponents and discuss our disagreements civilly? *big sigh*

I hate it, but I'm going to trim back a bit on my friends list for the next few months. I love the wonderful stories you all have written - They're brilliant, creative, fun, and a delight to read! But I don't want to go through the next two months being scared to look at my Friends page because sour political posts make my heart hurt and my stomach churn. I certainly understand the need to vent strong emotions, and I understand that politics tend to bring out those emotions. I'm glad the outlet is there, and I know it's validating to have others agree with us. I just don't want to be on the receiving end of the rant. 

If folks are willing to have discussions that don't involve excoriating the other side and stay rational, resonable, and willing to allow the other side dignity & respect, I'll keep them listed (you, for instance, Neonhummingbird! *grin*) But, by your leave, I'd rather not read the rants - They make me upset, and I don't want that in my life right now.  It's not good for me, or for our national conversation.

Sorrowfully yours,
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27 July 2008 @ 05:29 pm
I just answered a telephone marketing survey about peanut butter. Not such a big thing in the grand scheme of things, and I've done this sort of thing before. The designers of the survey wanted to know, on a scale of 1-10, how much I thought 2 peanut butter brands were such things as tasty, healthful, easy to use. These descriptions made sense. I used to work as an admin assistant in a marketing department, so I understand wanting to know what the customers think about your product/service versus a competitor's.

What didn't make a lick of sense were the questions of how I would score these peanut butter brands on being "creative," "friendly," "sociable," "old & stodgy," "youthful," and (heaven help us all) "progressive."

How on earth do these descriptions even make sense to someone? This is PEANUT BUTTER, for Pete's sake! Is someone somewhere honestly thinking "A party's not a party without my friendly, sociable peanut butter!"

And "progressive"? Heaven have mercy if your peanut butter is interested in politics and social theory. Watch out, it's going to rally the cereal and crackers and stage a PANTRY REVOLUTION!

*shakes head*
19 July 2008 @ 09:26 pm
Okay, I just saw Act III of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, and...and...and... *whimper*

*heavy sigh*

It was my fault. I forgot Joss was Joss, and I forgot all those lessons I should have learned from Buffy and Angel and Firefly/Serenity.

This dude doesn't do happily-ever-after. He just doesn't.

*heavy sigh*

Just, just MAN, Joss! Did you have to? *whimper*

*sad sad girl*
17 July 2008 @ 10:47 pm
OK, for my first entry ever I just have to recommend Joss Whedon's "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog." If you like Joss's work, this is absolutely cracktastic! And it's only online this week, so go watch it!

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