astute observation

A friend of ours was getting her political discourse on and watched this interview in preparation.

Her reaction to it:

She was reminding me of {name removed to protect the nice-but-stupid}. The reason I say that is that she seems like she is totally in over her head, but she can BS enough to look good to people who are as stupid as she is.

That struck me as the most astute observation I’ve heard yet from someone I know personally. Sarah Palin may be able to pull the wool over some or even most of the voting public’s eyes, but that stuff around seven minutes into the interview sure won’t fly as soon as she’s called upon to represent the U.S. in anything international.

I mean, I know she’s evil. Outlawing abortion, pork barrel spending, blurring the separation of church and state, and book bannings: those are all things that I expect from politicians whose positions conflict with my own. From her policy standpoint, clearly, I think she’d be bad for the country. I can sort of accept that those kinds of candidates exist.

But based on her statements in the interview above, where she’s flying solo in response to questions and challenges posed to her instead of charming her supporters and belittling her opponents in prepared statements with no opportunity for spontaneous dialog, it’s clear to me that Sarah Palin is simply unprepared to lead the nation. Matt Damon seems to think so, too:

What exactly did the McCain camp expect her to come up with when the time comes to show what she knows? We know she got elected to govern Alaska because pretty much everyone else in Alaskan government was corrupt and Alaska desperately looked to the least familiar face in the game. And it was pretty. And maybe that and some hockey mom tactics was enough for Alaska. But we as a nation really need more than that.

I am dreading having to explain to my coworkers how she could even be considered for the job.

praise from the customer

Ok Cliff, sorry, sometimes seems like I think you are the only one working on this org.

Got the above email from an internal customer on my way back from a 4-day trip for a 3-day training in Düsseldorf.

It’s nice to get recognition like that now and then. Even when everything else is going wrong/slowly/badly/to hell if I make an impression like that, I must be doing OK.

Note to self: bring that email to your annual review…

Senator Jim Inhofe — what a slimeball

He thinks if you can't see it, you won't believe it
He thinks if you can't see it, you won't believe it.
Attention Oklahomans:

Please vote this guy out of office. He is insulting you. Here’s a quote from a Tulsa newspaper from him about the decision voters will have to make:

“Do you really want to have a guy as commander in chief of this country when you can question whether or not he really loves his country?” he asked.

“That’s the big question.”

Aroo? Barack Obama’s love for his country is questionable? The article continues:

After he was asked for an explanation on why voters should question Obama’s love for his country, Inhofe issued a written statement on Friday to clarify his earlier comments.

“Let me be clear,” he said.

“I am not questioning Sen. Obama’s patriotism, but you have to question why at times he seems so obviously opposed to public displays of patriotism and national pride, like wearing an American flag lapel pin.”

Inhofe said Americans can show pride in their country in different ways but suggested all should be straightforward.

OK, let me get this straight. Senator Inhofe would have you believe the following:

  1. Patriotism and love of country are two separate issues.
  2. Not indulging in public displays of patriotism and national pride casts doubt upon one’s love of country (though not one’s patriotism, right Senator?).
  3. All ways of showing pride in ones country should be straightforward.

That’s a pretty hefty load. I’m willing to let the first point slide by as a politician’s attempt to wiggle out of a statement he shouldn’t have made. But the other two are unforgivable. Senator Inhofe wants you, his electorate, to be able to judge who is patriotic and who is not with simple, obvious, visual clues.

So you don’t have to trouble yourself with any sort of subtle truth. Oklahomans, I hope you feel insulted. But that’s not all! Perusing the Senator’s entry on Wikipedia, I came across these gems:

  • He thinks global warming is a hoax perpetrated by The Weather Channel so as to attract greater numbers of viewers.
  • He thinks the separation of church and state as a founding principle of the United States is an even bigger hoax than Global Warming.
  • He suggested that the U.S. earned the 9/11 attacks as punishment from God for not sticking up for Israel more.
  • He is proud that no one in his family has ever been divorced or involved in any kind of homosexual relationship.

Actually, on that last point there, it is pretty cool that no one in his family has ever been divorced. Not many families can say that and I hope it is a testament to the spouses’ commitments to each other. But to be proud of not ever having had a homosexual relationship in the family is like being proud that no one in your family has ever had blue eyes.

So please, good citizens of OKlahoma, realize what this scumbag really thinks of you — and the majority of U.S. citizens — and help him get a new job.

“You are what you eat”…uh…”Moo?”

This has been a very dairy weekend.

    Friday at Chez Tammy et Matthias :
  • homemade pizza — featuring feta-stuffed peperoncini
  • Two, count ’em two kinds of excellent ice cream for dessert: Chunky Monkey and Wiener Melange

We didn’t eat very much meat this weekend. I suppose I could see going vegetarian if I had a compelling reason to do so*, but I sure can’t picture cutting dairy out of my diet.

Individual Cheesecakes

I started with this recipe but quickly made it my own thing.

Baker’s Joy (or just butter), for greasing the pan
graham cracker crumbs, for the bottoms of the cupcake pans
2 eggs, separated
3/8 cup sugar
200g cream cheese, softened (that’s one small German-sized package — a little smaller than the 8 oz. size typical in the U.S.)
1 tablespoon of sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter the cups of a mini-muffin pan and put a half a centimeter of graham cracker crumbs in the bottom of each cup; set aside.

Cream egg yolks, sugar, vanilla, sour cream and cream cheese until fluffy. Beat egg whites until stiff; fold into creamed mixture.

Spoon cream cheese mixture into muffin tins, filling three-fourths full. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Cool 10 to 15 minutes. Carefully remove from muffin tins. Let ’em cool, then try to save at least a couple to show people outside your kitchen that you actually made them. Makes 10 cupcake-sized cheesecakes. They come out of the oven poofy at first, but form little depressions as they cool, which would probably be great for some Lemon Sauce or other fruit sauces

apropos of nothing

I can’t even tell you how I found this clip — it’s the magic of online music at amazon.com combined with some weird stream of consciousness on my part. Click here and make sure your speakers are on. It’s a little (less than a minute) classical music and a famous narrator…though I’m sure he’s not famous for narrating. Cracks me and Sarah up.

Oh, and it’s not political in any way I am aware of, in case the last post was a little too topical.