kelliem: icy lakefront sunrise (Default)
( Oct. 25th, 2012 12:46 pm)
I Voted Early sticker
Actually, I got my ballot on the 15th and send it back on the 17th.  I checked, and it was received the 19th.  Vote by mail rocks!
kelliem: flower in the desert (hope)
( Nov. 2nd, 2010 08:42 am)

Not that it is likely to do much good, being blue in a mostly red state, but I did, and my kidunit did as well. He's not very political and tends to tune out that kind of stuff so I had to spend some time talking about local races and ballot issues with him last night, but that's time well spent! I was happy when he mentioned several of his friends are voting too. One of our state races is too close to call so it's possible that my vote might count after all. :)

*voting 'sticker' courtesy of [personal profile] lunaris1013.
kelliem: old-skool TV (tv)
( May. 26th, 2010 12:33 pm)
Wow, have I really not posted for two months? Ack!

Part of that is computer issues at home, part is that I broke my foot a few weeks ago and have been feeling remarkably hermitish, and things have been pretty crazy at work too, so when I get home mostly all I want to do is watch TV. So that means I have to post about a few season finales! Not really spoilery, mostly just a few opinions, but I'll cut them just in case because I know even opinions can be spoilery to some folks. Read more... )

On the birding front, my winter juncos have migrated to wherever it is they go in the summer, and a bunch of my summer birds have returned! I'm seeing goldfinches, red-winged blackbirds, and we already have hummingbirds even though we don't usually get them until June! Our Northern Flickers have re-occupied the nest cavity they used last year and are incubating a new brood. Twice now I've seen a male Bullock's Oriole, and a male Lazuli Bunting. I want both of them to come back and hold still long enough for me to get photos, they're both gorgeous! Of course, warmer weather means that the grackles are back and eating me out of house and home, too, but you have to take the irritating with the good.

Oh, and if you're a US citizen and like me, think it's a shame that our military does not allow gays and lesbians to openly serve their country, please take a few moments to go to the Human Rights Campaign website and use their form to encourage your representatives in Washington to vote in favor of repealing DADT. It's quick and easy. Of course you can always do it the old-fashioned way with pen and paper, too.
Finally, FINALLY, they passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. I'd gotten to the point where I thought it was never going to happen, that partisan politics would kill it, but it passed! It's not perfect, far from it-- I, for one, was really hoping for a public option among other things. But the fact that you can't be turned down for a preexisting condition and the prohibition against dropping people when they get sick, right when they need insurance most-- that's just HUGE. And this is very personal for me-- my son has three preexisting conditions which between them made it impossible for him to get decent affordable insurance coverage once he aged off my family plan. Now maybe he'll be able to get insurance, and treatment for the condition that has made it difficult for him to work in his chosen field.

(ETA: Also, I keep reading about people harping on the fact that Obama isn't "honoring his promises"... please to remember that it took 8 years of a certain former president to get us into this mess, it's going to take more than a year to get us out. Especially with the Rethuglicans doing everything they can to keep him from honoring them.)
kelliem: owl w/ head cocked (say what?)
( Jan. 27th, 2009 10:24 am)
I was just in the women's bathroom on the first floor, and someone has scrawled in marker a huge "STOP THE WAR IN GAZA" on one of the stall doors. Someone else has written, in smaller lettering, "WTF is Gaza?"

I just... wow. I work at a university. It stuns me that there are people going to school here who don't know what or where Gaza is, and what is going on there. I don't know WHY that should stun me, considering how ignorant the student body collectively proves itself to be over and over again, but it does.

I need to take a pen to the bathroom next time I go down there, and write "Read a freakin' newspaper or watch the news, you moron! This is your planet, be aware!"
kelliem: flower in the desert (hope)
( Jan. 20th, 2009 10:44 am)
Ding, Dong the Shrub is Gone! \o/ ;D

A pundit I just heard said it "wasn't a memorable speech" but I beg to disagree-- there were a couple of things which stood out, to me.

There are some who question the scale of our ambitions - who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

and even more importantly:

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake.
kelliem: icy lakefront sunrise (infinite)
( Nov. 5th, 2008 10:10 am)
Today is the first day in a long, long time that I've felt hopeful about the direction the US is moving, and haven't felt ashamed of my country. There's still a long row to hoe ahead and so much to fix that it boggles the mind, but we're moving forward instead of backward, finally. Thanks to everyone who made this day possible.

For anyone who's interested, there's an eloquent essay by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., putting Obama's victory in historical context:

There was less-good news on other fronts, particularly gay rights, but I wanted to take a moment to be happy before I got into the frustration.

And for those who might not be so happy about the outcome of the presidential race today (including some close relatives of mine, unfortunately) I have a little quote for you:

"We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearth-stone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."

- Abraham Lincoln
kelliem: poppy (remember)
( Nov. 2nd, 2008 10:05 am)
I already did. Now you go do it.

(direct link in case you can't view embeds.)
kelliem: annoyed kitty (wtf)
( Oct. 25th, 2008 09:59 pm)
Let's not do this again, shall we? If you're voting in an area that uses the types of voting machine mentioned here, be careful you don't end up voting for the wrong candidate.

(seen several places on my flist)
Darn it, I'm not in the list of eligible job classifications.


(thanks to [ profile] heuradys for the link.)
kelliem: annoyed kitty (wtf)
( Sep. 22nd, 2008 01:33 pm)
I just finished reading an article about the probability that over a thousand American POWs were left behind in POW camps at the end of the Vietnam war and never rescued. In addition the article reveals the fact that this has been covered up by every administration since that time, with the help of politicians on both sides of the aisle, such as John Kerry and John McCain. This is no National Enquirer article either, the author is a Pulitzer prize-winner. If this is true I just... I don't know what to say, or how to express my outrage. I could easily see the original event happening like this, with the Nixon Administration involved, but the idea that the facade was maintained by successive administrations is just unbearable.

(original link seen in [ profile] celli's LJ)
kelliem: Riku-kitty w/ tongue out (bleah)
( Sep. 18th, 2008 09:47 am)
[ profile] shayheyred recently noted a strong similarity between Sarah Palin and a well-known TV character. I just realized there's another, possibly more sinister one. You Heroes fen will know of whom I speak...

kelliem: poppy (remember)
( Sep. 11th, 2008 03:21 pm)
Seven years ago many innocent people lost their lives, and just thinking about them still makes me tear up. I still remember walking from where I'd parked to work around 7am, and seeing a group of construction workers gathered around a truck listening intently to the radio, and wondering idly what they were listening to. I remember getting to my office and turning on my radio just in time to hear the announcement about the impact of the second plane. I remember the days and weeks that followed so vividly I can't believe that it's been seven years since it happened. That is, until I think about how much this country has changed in those seven years. Then, I can believe it.

Because it seems like we're living in a completely different country than the one which existed on 9/11/01. Until I think about the freedoms we have lost, and the freedoms we have taken away from others, and all the innocent people who have died because of our response to that original loss of life. And I pray to every deity out there that the changes that have occurred in our society since then are not irrevocable, and that the United States of America's legacy does not permanently become one of fear and hatred and paranoia.

I want my country back. And I'm going to vote. I hope you're going to vote, too.

(That is, if TPTB let us! I just saw this news story linked on [ profile] matociquala's LJ and am as appalled as she is! Not particularly surprised, but appalled.)
Okay, well. How shall I put this... Read more... )

In other RL news, I've seen this several places now so I chose this site's edition kind of at random: a view of Sarah Palin from someone who's known her a while. (Warning: if you're pro-Palin you probably wanna skip it.)
kelliem: cat licking window (lick)
( Aug. 29th, 2008 11:39 am)
Yanno, I was a Hilary Clinton supporter, but if the McCain camp thinks I'm going to switch my vote to him just because he picked a woman as a veep? Uh, no. It's the person, not the gender. (Okay, well, not JUST the gender.)

Also, listening to Obama's speech last night was the first time in 8 years I haven't felt vaguely ashamed of being American.
This is important to me for very personal reasons-- not only is one of my good friends transgendered, but (and not many of you know this, since he just recently came out and I have not talked about it here out of respect for his privacy) my kidunit is also transgendered (F2M).

My friend just alerted me to a problem with The Employment Nondiscrimination Act (search on HR 2015)-- a piece of legislation currently proposed in the US House banning workplace discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgendered people. The bill is currently stalled because apparently, even though no one seems to have a problem with the idea of protecting the G, L, and B populations, the T population is not so lucky, so they are thinking about taking them out of the bill in order to get it passed. See this article for more information.

I urge you to write your legislators asking them to support the inclusion in the bill of individuals who are transgendered. They deserve protection as much as anyone else does. And yes, I know that technically discrimination of any kind is already barred, but we all know how well that has worked out.
kelliem: icy lakefront sunrise (human rights campaign)
( Nov. 8th, 2006 08:41 am)
So, on the one hand I am fairly pleased with the election results, but on the other hand, I am very disappointed that so many states (including Colorado) passed gay marriage bans, and that Coloradans also failed to approve a domestic partnership referendum. I had the insane hope that people would realize that legislating discrimination is wrong. Also not happy that Marilyn Musgrave won reelection. I wish I lived in her district so I could have voted against her. She's a nasty, narrowminded, corrupt bigot.

I need to keep remembering the good things... a Democratic House, the Senate split, and Colorado has a Democratic governor again (whew!) Also, Rick Santorum lost. Nancy Pelosi will be the new Speaker, and the voters in South Dakota, Arizona, and Missouri showed that there is still a modicum of good sense in the world. Also, the fact that locally the percentages were so close in the gay marriage/domestic partnership issues gives me some hope.
My excitement for the day, since I already voted {and if you are eligible to and haven't done so yet, GO DO IT!) is that the housemate is treating me to a belated birthday-dinner tonight at Jazzy's Crab Shack which has all-you-can-eat crab on Tuesday nights. I used to get snow crab until I tried the Dungeness, which I now realize is far superior. :)

And now, since I was tagged by [ profile] cedara I am listing six random facts about myself

1) I have acrophobia and claustrophobia, which makes it really hard to go see an Avs game at the Pepsi Center. :) (The acrophobia I have always had but I developed the claustrophobia-- and a nice case of PTSD-- a couple of years ago after getting 2 un-drugged MRIs.)

2) I only have one lung. The left one was removed when I was 21 because it was dead and gangrenous (a benign tumor had blocked the left main-stem bronchus and killed the lung.)

3) My friends all called me "Mom" even before I really was one.

4) I have been to England twice.

5) I have never lived by myself. I have either lived with family, an SO, or a house-mate my entire life. Someday I would like to try it.

6) I once trained a betta (Fin MacCool) to jump out of the water and take his food off a toothpick. Sadly he was killed when the bookshelf his tank was on randomly fell over and his tank broke. :-(

previous random facts here

I don't tag for memes but if you want to post some random facts about yourself, feel free. :)

image snagged from [ profile] sithdragn
kelliem: aurora borealis (skylight)
( Aug. 17th, 2005 07:44 pm)
I was surprised but pleased to see this news story just now-- in the current political climate, it's a shock when a non-mainstream religion like Wicca wins a victory. I just hope some other judge doesn't turn around and negate this.

And then, gakked from [ profile] mrlnpndrgn:
What Swear Word Am I?
Read more... )
kelliem: flower in the desert (hope)
( Jul. 7th, 2005 07:56 am)
My thoughts are with all you people in London.

I am angry that my country is in part responsible for this-- I know our government's policies have helped create and encourage this sort of act. I would say "I didn't vote for them!" but that doesn't really matter right now, and I would apologize for them, but I know it wouldn't help.

I just have to keep hoping and believing that someday things will change, that someday there will be peace, and that it will happen sooner rather than later, because I believe that human thought can influence reality, and the more people who believe that, the more likely it is to finally happen.

*ETA: If you don't have access to other non-US or non-commercial coverage, NPR is doing a decent job so far, and you can listen live at
In honor of Inauguration Day, on behalf of myself and a goodly percentage of my fellow Americans, I hereby apologize to all of my international friends in advance for the next 4 years. :-P

(And I hope we Americans still have some rights left at the end of that period.)

In other, more positive news, the Canadian military has okayed gay weddings.

OTTAWA -- Gay and lesbian army couples can now get married on military bases. The Canadian Forces has quietly drafted a policy calling for military chaplains to formally bless same-sex weddings. Guidelines - considered "interim" until the federal government passes a law redefining marriage - outline the process for pre-nuptial counselling and using the on-base chapel for same-sex ceremonies.
Canada's Supreme Court okays same-sex marriage.

I was expecting this ruling, based on what I had read about the case, but it is still nice to see.
kelliem: flower in the desert (hope)
( Nov. 3rd, 2004 09:36 am)
Wow. Never heard this song (Goodnight America) before-- I think someone at is feeling a lot like I am.

It's hard to know how to feel today, because on a local level there were some positive results from the election, but on a national level I feel like I am in mourning. I'm sad that so many of my fellow Americans are so afraid-- of war, of cultural change, of 'the other,' that they willingly close their eyes to the erosion of our liberties, our rights, and our livelihoods. I only hope we can get through the next four years with our country marginally intact.

ETA: I like what Howard Dean has to say over at
kelliem: icy lakefront sunrise (what?)
( Oct. 28th, 2004 09:06 am)
[ profile] irene_heron reports problems with early voting.

Sounds like if you plan to vote, you should be prepared to be challenged. Make sure you have ID with you, and if your state or county (like mine) allows you to check your registration status online, check yours and print a copy to take to the polls with you. Here's a website that will allow Colorado residents to look up their registration status.
My state is among those with early voting, and our local county clerk's office was open today (Saturday!) from 10-2 so my daughter and I went and exercized our rights. There were at least 60 people there when we arrived, and more behind us. The poll volunteers were run ragged. But it feels good to have voted-- now just in case there's a snowstorm or something on election day, I've already made my voice heard. Feels good. This was my daughter's first time voting. Before now she's been completely apathetic toward politics. This year she not only made sure she was registered, and voted, but has been actively campaigning to get her friends to do so too. If nothing else, maybe the last election made people realize that a single vote does count.
kelliem: icy lakefront sunrise (reflect)
( Sep. 11th, 2004 03:59 pm)
Thinking of all the lives changed forever in an instant. Not just the ones in the Towers, or the Pentagon, but in the wars we have fought since then, and in the many freedoms we have all lost.

I hope three years from now I am not looking back on today and thinking how much better it was 'back then,' but I very much fear I will be.

Register to vote, folks. And then do it.
kelliem: icy lakefront sunrise (tmi)
( Aug. 12th, 2004 03:04 pm)
Link and snark gakked from [ profile] silme

NJ governor resigns due to extra-marital homosexual affair.

Gee, if only all politicians who had heterosexual affairs resigned...


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