Monthly Archives: October 2010

Here; Have a Cookie

I put off blogging today in favor of getting some things done, and now I’ve got a monster headache and can’t think of a single good thing to write about.  I’m working on a post to invite more dialogue here (that’s discourse, not discord; be nice or go away), but I’m in no condition to compose anything cogent at the moment.

One of the things I DID do today was bake, and one of the things I baked were some glorious peanut butter cookies; the recipe, and pictures of the cookies *I* made, will be on the kitchen blog as soon as I can see straight again.  For now, I’m going to heavily medicate and go to bed, so you’re going to have to make do with a google image… (and yes, my cookies will have jelly (and chocolate, and fluff, and maybe Nutella) in them…)

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nitey-night.

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Quick Hit: Rally

We live in hard times, not END times…

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Six Word Saturday: Graphing Myself


Political Spectrum Quiz

According to this, I’m “a left moderate social libertarian” (those are my six words, in case you missed it). It seems I’m not as crazy lefty as I first thought…

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Birthday Love

It’s Kwizgiver‘s birthday.  Go on over and give her some love!

Kwizgiver, you’re another reason why I love the internet.  I wish you a day that’s exactly what you wanted, and an upcoming year stuffed full of all the joy you can handle.

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Why I Love the Internet

I should probably make this a Ten Things Tuesday list – a series of them, in fact – but today I’m focusing specifically on one aspect of the internet that I just love; that I can push a button and have all kinds of wondrous stuff delivered to my door.

About a month or so ago, I discovered that I have misplaced my copy of James Clavel’s Shogun.  How that happened is entirely beyond me; it’s always been one of my favorite books, so it’s not likely I would have given it away (or purged it in a culling).  What’s more, I was SURE I’d seen it on my bookshelf just recently, so I was completely stymied when I went to get it and couldn’t find it anywhere.  Really, though, this does not stress me out; I went to my computer, opened a window, pushed a button and, for a couple of bucks plus shipping and handling, a new copy was delivered to my door (along with a copy of Empire of the Sun; I was in a Japanese mood that day…).

You want more?  I’ve got more!  When Mr. Chili and I first got together, he would make for me this delightful concoction that was half cake, half fudge sauce.  It was warm and sweet and rich, and I remember us sitting on our couch, with the pan and two spoons, watching VCR tapes of Law and Order (we’ve been together for a while…).  It became part of our history, and we enjoyed it very, very much.

The components to this delicious mess were little boxes of Jiffy mix, and we enjoyed this stuff every winter for years.  Then, several years ago – I forget how long ago, really, but it’s been a good while – the distributor that supplies the grocery stores in my area (in fact, within at least a 50 miles of my area) stopped carrying the mixes in question.  I couldn’t find them anywhere, and none of the stores was confident that they could get it for me.  We were bereft.  Being that I’m clever in the kitchen, I tried to make it with available ingredients, but very attempt I made to reproduce our pudding cake were dark and terrible disappointments.

We despair no longer, though!  I did some internet hunting and discovered the company that actually makes the stuff.  A box with 24 cakes’ worth of ingredients was at my doorstep when I got home today!

I love the internet!

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Directing Traffic

Busy, busy, you guys.  I’d like to direct your attention here for today.  There are a lot of reasons why I’m voting this mid-term, and one of the biggest ones is expressed in this post.  For me, it’s about recognizing that going out and voting for one guy and hoping that’ll be the end of it is NOT how democracy works (just as an aside, when I first typed that, it came out “democrazy.”  Hmmmm…).
When you’re done with Kizz, go on over to David Mixner and check out this post.  Same sentiment, different perspective.

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Juan Williams Wednesday

Sorry; I could resist neither the topic nor the lovely alliteration.  My feed reader has been practically ablaze with commentary on the whole Juan Williams/NPR/Fox thing, and even though I said I was going to stay out of the news for a while, I’m wading back in to make my case.

Here’s my thinking on this: is Juan Williams entitled to his opinions?  Of course he is; even when I disagree with someone, I will never discount their right to feel something and to express that feeling.  That being said, though, he wasn’t expressing his opinion as Juan Williams, Joe Citizen; he was expressing his opinions as a professional news analyst, and one associated with a particular news organization (and yes, he’s associated with a news organization with a pretty clear agenda, but I think that’s inconsequential).  If he were in plain clothes at a bar with some friends, or at his dining room table, or even at a party, this would be a non-issue.  He wasn’t; he was acting in the capacity of his job, and the sentiments he expressed in that capacity led his employers to question his ability to do his job because they believed his comments caused him to lose credibility with his employers’ target audience.

This is really no different than the firestorm that accompanied Imus’s ill-considered remarks after the Rutgers women’s basketball game, or Tilghman’s gaff about how to beat Tiger Woods (or the firing of the editor of Golf Week who saw fit to release the issue immediately following that incident with a noose on the cover).  The First Amendment entitles us to freedom from State prosecution for speech (though, practically, there are limits to that, as rightly there should be – one can’t lie under oath, one can’t directly threaten another’s life, and let’s not forget “fire! in a crowded theatre”).  The First does not entitle us to a paid position and an open microphone with which to disseminate that speech.

Honestly, I don’t see what all the fuss is about.  We all agree, whether tacitly or overtly, to behave in certain ways in the execution of our professional duties.  When we don’t do that, our employer has every right to let us go.  We then have the option of finding someone else to work for who may be more accommodating to our particular qualities.  That’s exactly what happened to Mr. Williams; NPR felt that he no longer represented their interests; Fox decided that he does, so they offered him a raise to compensate for the salary he lost at NPR (he was already in Fox’s employ).  Let us not forget that a NUMBER of workplaces stipulate that their employees cannot work second jobs in the same field as their first; that Mr. Williams was able to work in both (vastly different) environments for so long is not insignificant.

This is not a First Amendment issue.  It’s not a Big Brother issue, either, and I don’t think that it hearkens the advent of Orwellian thought control.  It is simply a case of an employee no longer serving the requirements of his employer; it happens all the time, just not always so loudly.

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