Now, I don’t believe that government can or should try to solve all our problems. I know you don’t either. But I do believe that government should do that which we cannot do for ourselves – protect us from harm and provide a decent education for our children; invest in new roads and new science and technology. It should reward drive and innovation and growth in the free market, but it should also make sure businesses live up to their responsibility to create American jobs, and look out for American workers, and play by the rules of the road. It should ensure a shot at success not only for those with money and power and influence, but for every single American who’s willing to work. That’s how we create not just more millionaires, but more middle-class families. That’s how we make sure businesses have customers that can afford their products and services. That’s how we’ve always grown the American economy – from the bottom-up. John McCain calls this socialism. I call it opportunity, and there is nothing more American than that.
Emphasis mine, obvs, but it should be emphasis ours. Okay? Yeah, that’s what I thought.
Amanda Scott’s Blog: Senator Obama’s Closing Argument: “One Week” [my.BarackObama.com]
what is on my mind this morning
- the election (duh): No longer satisfied to just donate money, consume news and commentary via Twitter, or rant at my television, I am ready (finally) to volunteer. I could call for change tonight at Ann Sather on Belmont with my Lakeview neighbors, or just head down to Obama IL HQ anytime. So many choices, so many ways to “rock for Barack”, so to speak.
- the economy: Yeah, I can still pay my rent. I’m lucky enough to still have a job with health insurance and a 401(k). But other folks are struggling. My folks are struggling, and have been for a long time. Always voting for the GOP, they’re committed to voting for Senator Obama come November. I think Senator Obama’s economic policy could provide them and other working people with some relief.
- rumors: I’m no longer interested in hearing rumors and lies from pretty much anybody. Yes, I’m talking about the election. If we’re talking celebrities being discussed in US Weekly, however, that’s fine. Um, on second thought…
- sadness: My apartment is a sty. I’ve said it. I need help cleaning it. I know this sounds familiar to the people who know me, and the few people who’ve seen my old apartments, but seriously. Nothing says “fat loser spinster” like a freezer full of single portions of frozen vegetables and salmon. Okay, maybe not in general, but when you live in a studio, you can’t help but hear “Eleanor Rigby” every time you come home. Though in my mind it’s the defiant version by Aretha Franklin from “This Girl’s In Love With You”.
- That being said: http://you-are-beautiful.com/youarebeautiful/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/seancookcoribruderealansing.jpg (thank you, Xina)
- My admiration and adoration of Ina Garten, aka “The Barefoot Contessa”, continues. I made her chicken with goat cheese and basil Monday night for supper. OMFG. Picture is on Flickr. I got lazy, though, and bought boneless, skin-on chicken breast from Whole Foods instead of getting skin-on, bone-in from Dominick’s and de-boning myself. Because my knife skills are amateur at best, and anyway my beautiful Wusthoff needs to be sharpened anyway. I shoudl remember to take care of that, as the Whole Foods chicken, being organic and de-boned and from Whole Foods, was really expensive. Really expensive. But still very good.
what i’m up to (work-wise)
- working on another piece for Time Out Chicago (woot!)
- thinking up things to post on Gapers Block
- recapping like a fool for Recapist — MTV aired two episodes of “The Hills” this week, and they were really good.
what i’ve got going (fun-wise)
- birthday dinner for Khloé
- Byl’s “Grown and Sexy” birthday at Mary’s Attic
- “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist”/Paul Weller @ HoB with Elisa next Tuesday
Protests from all over Georgia (and the country, it seems) might not have been able to stop a Marietta, GA bar owner from selling t-shirts bearing a picture of Curious George above the legend “Obama in ’08”, but maybe a big fat lawsuit from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt might. In this and other cases, sometimes the way to end the foolishness is to hit ’em where it hurts: in the balls.
No, Jasmine, in the wallet:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is upset with Mike Norman, owner of a Marietta, Ga., bar, for selling the shirts which show Curious George peeling a banana with “Obama in ’08” printed beneath the image.
“Houghton Mifflin Harcourt did not nor would we ever authorize or approve this use of the Curious George character, which we find offensive and utterly out of keeping with the values Curious George represents,” said Richard Blake, the company’s spokesman. “We are monitoring the situation and weighing all of our options.”
Georgia bar’s t-shirt links Obama, Curious George [Trib]
Also: the Redditors are calling on folks to leave bad reviews on the bar’s Yelp! page. Also, perhaps more effectively (though a little more assertive), you can just call the bar owner and let him know how you feel.