Friday, October 24, 2008

[53] black

A friend of mine and I have been discussing Barack Obama over myspace, and today she sent me a video about Obama's citizenship. Now, I don't mean to insult her in any way because I have no problem with opposing viewpoints and our debate has nothing to do with our friendship. My problem is that I'm fed up with the blatantly racist tactic that people are using to shut down Obama. This is not a political rant. It is a rant of a mixed race woman who has rarely ever felt belittled because of her race, but suddenly feels that a formerly silent portion of the U.S. wishes her kind didn't exist.

The first sign that I wasn't going to like what this video had to say was that one of the sponsors of it was a website called Appealing to racist sentiments much? Seriously. Obama can't help his name. If he had changed his name from John Smith to Barack Hussein Obama, maybe I could see a bit of an issue. However, that's not the case. His parents named him. Deal with it.

Anyway, one of the key points that the guy in the video made was that when Obama moved to Indonesia for four years, his step-father was Muslim. Who the effing hell cares? For one thing, Obama is NOT a Muslim and never has been. Like his name, he didn't choose his father's or his stepfather's religion. Secondly, being a Muslim DOES NOT MAKE YOU A TERRORIST. In Marin County, where I spent my teen years, there were several prominent Muslim families. I took classes with them, hung out with them, played sports with them. None of them ever expressed any anti-American sentiment. And when the tragedy of September 11th occurred my sophomore year of high school, they mourned alongside the rest of us. Video I took that day confirms that, and I bet that there are many out there who would demand to see that before believing for one second that Muslim and American aren't mutually exclusive terms. Third, his stepfather's religion is completely irrelevant to the point he's supposedly trying to make. While he says he's trying to point out Obama's not a citizen, it sure sounds more like he's trying to show that Obama is a Muslim. Otherwise, why mention it? Religion has no bearing on citizenship.

The man in the video claims to be a staunch democrat, yet he praises John McCain. It'd be one thing to say, "Look, I'm not a fan of McCain but this Obama guy is off his rocker." Then I'd believe the whole non-biased angle they're trying to pull. But there IS a bias. The guy is an out-and-out McCain lover. The fact that he has to repeat several times throughout the video that he is a democrat shows that he's worried his support of McCain is utterly transparent. Why is he supporting McCain? Because Obama is a Muslim? He didn't mention any of his policies, so that's the only thing one can assume.

The man claims that Obama lost his citizenship when he moved to the Philippines and therefore cannot be president. McCain, on the other hand, was born in Panama but is eligible for presidency. Now, I know that being a military brat you're entitled to that, but that's not the point. The constitution states that you must be a "natural born citizen" of the United States. Whether the Philippines recognized Obama's U.S. citizenship or not, he was still born in the U.S. You can't be unborn from a place. I don't know what legal nonsense he's pulling up to argue that case, but it's bull. The constitution doesn't say it. Even if somehow that held any water in the original constitution, or it turns out that Obama wasn't, in fact, born in the U.S., in 1975 the constitution was amended to say that "the children of citizens of the United States that may be born beyond sea, or outside the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural born citizens." A constitutional amendment put in place a year after McCain's birth is the only reason that he can consider himself natural born as well. The fact of the matter is that John McCain was born abroad but is white, Obama was born here but is half black and descended of a Muslim. MOST of the videos I've watched lately have emphasized more the Muslim issue than any policy issue of Obama's.

Now, keep in mind, I am not an ardent supporter of Barack Obama. I like him better than McCain, but I'm not a fan of politicians and Obama is a politician. McCain, though, has done nothing but continue stirring the pot of racial tension, knowing that it galvanizes a quietly racist community of Americans who are ignorant enough not to question the assertion that Muslim = terrorist; or even the equally false assertion that Obama = Muslim.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

[52] surgeried

First phase o' surgery: Extraction of old shotty tooth/crown, bone graft, suture mania, and the "flipper." I talk with a mega lisp with the flipper in. I sound like Homestar Runner. Upon extracting my tooth, the periodontist discovered that the crown had, in fact, cracked in half and what was left underneath was just a mound of decay. Yummy.

My former dentist owes me a bundle.

My main complaint is that I can't eat any solid foods. Eating things that simply slide down my throat is incredibly unsatisfying.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

[51] my last day with my tooth

Tomorrow the periodontist takes my tooth away and replaces it with some dead body bone and a removable substitute in preparation for my implant in a couple months. Not looking forward to this so much, but such is life. Or at least, such is MY life. Sometimes it seems pretty darn unfair. But then me and Emil spend an evening watching The Simpsons, Goosebumps, and Home Improvement after a brisk evening walk to 7eleven for Gatorade and Hostess products, and I know that things could be worse. At times, I have it damn good.

I updated my OC Oddities blog today. I created it for a class I was in first semester last year and have neglected it ever since. It was fun to revisit it and update. It also at least gives me something to look forward to about moving back to Orange County. Weirdness awaits.

[50] well, 51, technically

It is after midnite, after all. Nonetheless, I'm gonna say it's day 50. As Benno has pointed out to me a few times, I haven't updated this in a while. It has been crazy around here and mostly, when I'm not engulfed in something else, I'm sleeping. Excuses, excuses, I know. I should just suck it up and post. I'm doing it now.

We pulled a major surprise engagement for Emil last week. Literally, an engagement. Jer flew out and proposed and she had NO idea. See, for some odd reason, Emil operates under the assumption that Yarby and I would never lie to her. I haven't the foggiest notion where she got that idea, but I can assure you, she no longer harbors that fantasy. We lied. She bought it. She was shocked.

I also went to the coast with my nanny family this past week. It was delightful. I texted Chris, the dad, while I was walking around by myself and told him that I was moving there. He simply responded, "Told you so." It's true. He did.

On Wednesday I have a surgery that is going to cost $1500 more than I expected it to. To be completely honest, I cried like a pansy upon realizing this. Fortunately, I have a sugar daddy and he's taking care of it. I am spoiled... but it'd be nice if that spoiling entailed weekend spa getaways and monthly massages rather than bone graft surgeries and amoxicilin prescriptions. I have no doubt in my mind that, should I decide I required those things, he would jump at the opportunity. The knowledge of his willingness is enough. I need no such treatment.

I decided today that I want to learn to draw. I'm no good, but maybe if I practice, someday I'll draw something that isn't total crap. I have high hopes. My mother is an artist. Some of that has to have rubbed off, right?


Thursday, October 9, 2008

[39] I <3 Thursdays

Tonite's Thursday nite breakfast included our dear friends Daniel, Amos, & Casey. It was followed up by a little Office, a little Weekend Update, and a little America's Funniest Home Videos. I consider it a criterion for all my friends that they be able to enjoy AFV. If you can't enjoy it, your sense of humor must be broken.

I don't have to work till 11:30 tomorrow. Life is so good.

Plus, we're going to Kennedy School. I'm going to order the Principal's Special. Yesssss.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

[37] the best tuesday ever

Today was AMAZING. I got a buncha rest, I got my new glasses, I did my laundry and cleaned the bathroom, I went bowling, and had a supremely collegey ride home in which we raced Amos and Daniel, and passed an ice cream cone between our cars. So much fun.

It is SO good to have friends. I know I say that a lot, but it's true. We're throwing a Halloween party, and we will actually have people come. It's a beautiful thing.

Monday, October 6, 2008

[36] patience

The girls were certainly testing my patience today. Sometimes they switch on and off. They're perfect angels one minute, and then biting each other the next. This is not to say that they are by any means out of control. They're actually extremely well-behaved most of the time. But sometimes their little tempers flare and I'm ready to pull my hair out.

I got a nice, winter jacket at Costco today. I'm gonna be snug as a bug in a rug.

Autumn is lovely here. Not quite New England status, but lovely.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

[35] weekend's end

We had our friends over tonite for some cider, some cookies that ended up being scones, a bit of candy corn, and a viewing of Dan in Real Life. As always, it was a lovely time. Our hearts were warmed by the fact that Amos rang the doorbell, but came in before we even got to the door. Then Molly simply entered as well. We love when people feel comfortable enough to do such things.

Hillary ran her marathon today. The rest of us made a list of pros and cons of participating in such an event. The list of cons was rather exhaustive. There was only one pro. I will not be running any marathons.

I am almost done with my current read and I'm excited to finish so that I can finally get a full nite of sleep. It's really been taking a toll on my sleep patterns.

Friday, October 3, 2008

[33] deprivation and disorientation

I'm so tired. I have to work at 8:30 tomorrow morning. I haven't had a full day off where I could just relax in weeks. Tuesday I should finally get that. I hope.

I finally saw The Dark Knight tonite. So awesome. I felt like a real person going out to a movie on a Friday nite. I'm adjusting to being normal. College life isn't normal. Normal life is... weird.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

[32] insurance

By some freak of nature, I found out today that I actually have insurance until the end of this month. This means that my extraction and bone graft surgery will cost me $290 as opposed to about $1300. Someone up there's looking out for me.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

[31] wearing out

I am absolutely exhausted. I have to go for a consultation at the dentist's office tomorrow. I was originally supposed to go on October 15th, but for some reason decided to take the earlier appointment offered to me. That was dumb. I need a day off.

The Sox won game one of the ALDS. That's good news. It was fantastic to actually get to watch the game on television. Despite the fact that Oregon has no baseball of its own, they rarely show my beloved Red Sox.

I watched Tarzan with the kids today. I've always like the music, but after seeing the movie today, I can't believe that that's supposed to be a kids' movie. I did not enjoy having little Katie turn to me after the hanging of the bad guy and asking why having something wrapped around your neck helps you die.

I need sleep.