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The Obama/Biden Heartland Tour came through my little town of Portage, WI today and made a stop at the Democratic office. On the bus were the following actors: Zachary Quinto (Heroes, American Horror Story, Star Trek), Justin Bartha (The New Normal, The Hangover), and Ben McKenzie (Southland, The O.C..)

I admit that Bartha and Quinto were my primary reasons for showing up because I'm familiar with and fond of the work that they do on television. Prior to my friend telling me about the appearance, I really had no clue who Ben McKenzie was.

Still, I found they were very down to Earth, brought a good message, and were just generally neat to talk to. Justin Bartha and Ben McKenzie complimented me on my Buffy shirt and Ben told me that he had met Joss Whedon at a party a few weeks ago and that Joss is apparently sweet.

Zachary Quinto was definitely my favorite though. I got a chance to talk to him for a bit and I asked him where he was headed next. He said he had to fly back to LA for work and we wound up talking about American Horror Story for a bit. I admitted that I didn't watch the show because I thought it was too scary. He agreed that it was, but that it was cool too. We ended up segueing into a discussion about haunted houses and I told him about the one my dad runs (Terror on Rural Street). He told me about he had heard about this haunted house in LA called Blackout, which sounded totally spooky. He said you have to sign a waiver and the monsters can touch you and you navigate the whole house with a flashlight. He told me that he'd go through that house if I started watching American Horror Story. :P

Pictures! )
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I shouldn't be surprised that she responded to the message I sent her.

Her follow-up is behind this cut for those who are interested in feeling rage-y )

Honestly, I can't even bring myself to respond to her.

All I can do is defriend.

And I'm thinking it might not hurt to outright block her.
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So does anyone remember that Incredible Bat Presentation I went to a few months ago?

Well, for those who don't, I went. I had a lot of fun. And I really enjoyed chatting with the woman who presented it so much so that I added her as a friend on Facebook.

I'm beginning to regret it.

She's a serious Republican, possibly even Tea Party-level Republican.

She's told me in the past that she grew up in Reagan's era, believes in trickle-down economics, and thinks a Republican president would lead us down the path of prosperity.

For a while, I was ignoring her. If her political posts came up, I would ignore them or hide them or do whatever it took to avoid seeing her get all twitter-pated about Paul Ryan.

And then this morning happened.

She posted a venting comment about Obama having a $20,000 fundraiser with various NBA Players.
The initial post that she put up on Facebook today: The president was addressing a group of 120 current and former NBA stars and other wealthy supporters attending the $20,000 per plate "Obama Classic" fundraiser in New York City. Spotted in the crowd were co-host Michael Jordan and his fiancee, Yvette Prieto, Bill Bradley, Patrick Ewing, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Walt "Clyde" Frazier.
"This is my dream team," Obama told the group at the top of his remarks.
"It's very rare I come to an event where I'm like the fifth or sixth most interesting person. Usually, people want to take a picture with me, sit next to me, talk to me. … That has not been the case at this event," he joked.


Which was followed by what she felt in response: " I think he comes off in these remarks as very arrogant. It's rare he goes to an event where he is not thought of as the most interesting person? And these ultra-rich (especially in the case of Michael Jordan) people are his dream team. So are you less fortunate, poorer people feeling his LOVE?? I just don't see the attraction to this man."

Which was than followed up by this: "I also think it is nervy of him to criticize Akin for his remarks, and say he obviously missed science class. Well, Mr. 57 states, and needs to visit one more, where were you in Social Studies and Geography??"

I decided to respond in a message and told her flat out that she supports Akin and his remarks, despite ROMNEY coming out against Akin and urging him to drop from the race, that I would drop her as a friend on Facebook.

I'm tempted to do it before she even responds back.

Bitch.
snogged: ([FBHIMYMRPG] CST FTW)
I'm not sure how many of the people on my Flist live in the state of Wisconsin, but what I can say is that you need to go out and vote in the Recall election today.

If Walker gets re-elected, I won't be able to Barrett.

RECALL WALKER!
Total Recall Pictures, Images and Photos

VOTE TOM BARRETT!
(Because Wisconsin Women Are Better Off Barrett)
VOTE MAHLON MITCHELL!

And if you live in her district, VOTE LORI COMPAS. That woman is amazing.
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We collected 1 million signatures to recall Governor Scott Walker!!!

WOO!!

It's good to be a Democrat, baby!
snogged: ([MISC]Geisha)
Last night in Wisconsin, four Republican senators out of six held onto their seats, including the one in my district. It absolutely broke my heart that we didn't manage to get the three we were hoping for, but I knew going in that we were running uphill in heavily Republican districts to make a change happen.

That said, I'm proud of Senators-Elect Jessica King and Jennifer Schilling. I'm also proud of my city and county who did vote for Dem. Fred Clark (60%-40%).

I truly believe this fight isn't over yet.

Rant Ahead )
snogged: ([Starship] Kick It Up A Notch)
This is it, folks.

In four hours, the polls in Wisonsin will close and the recall election ballots will be tallied.

Those results will (hopefully) be the result of the voters in Wisconsin who are upset with the current system and the persistence of volunteers (like me!) bringing these issues to light.

I have no idea what's going to happen with the six Democrats who are running, but I know that current data shows a high turn-out. In some cities, it's even looking like the percentage of voters will be as high as the turn-out for the '08 Presedential Election, which is awesome and crazy.

What I do know is that I get to go hang with my representative, Fred Clark, tonight for a party and I'm crossing my fingers and toes that we win this one.
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29 – What is your current project or projects?

I only have one project in the works right now and that's Self-Destruct Button, a Willow/Spike adventure set during AtS Season 5. I'll be quite honest when I say that I hope to wrap it up sometime soon. It's already expanded into something way larger than I intended it to be. Not that I mind. :)

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So yesterday one of the guys who works for the Democratic Party as their District Campaign Manager posted an article on FB. I took the opportunity to comment and ask if the office was air-conditioned (on account of the fact that I could use a chilly escape.) He said it was and I mentioned that I wouldn't be knocking on doors if I came down. Another volunteer commented by saying this heat wave was the perfect weather to go knock on doors because more people were likely to be home.

The manager there responded to this by saying: "Spoken like a truly dedicated volunteer and hopefully a well hydrated one."

I'm sure it's just the way he phrased it, but I can honestly say I felt mildly offended by it. There is no reason for him to imply that a true volunteer would brave a heat wave to knock on doors. To me, that implies favoritism and lessens the importance of the people who come in to make phone calls or enter data. In my eyes, this is not the attitude that the District's Campaign Manager should be sharing on any public forum.

Plus, if that's really how he feels, I'll happily go sit in the library and read. At least I'd feel wanted there.

ETA: Went to the office and had a face-to-face with Josh (the campaign manager). He had intended his message to be for the volunteer who had sweated it out the other day, but recognized where I was coming from. Without missing a beat, he deleted the comment, apologized profusely, and reiterated how much he appreciates the work I do. Also, he was grateful that I talked to him about it so yay for that.
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29 – What is your current project or projects?

I only have one project in the works right now and that's Self-Destruct Button, a Willow/Spike adventure set during AtS Season 5. I'll be quite honest when I say that I hope to wrap it up sometime soon. It's already expanded into something way larger than I intended it to be. Not that I mind. :)

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So yesterday one of the guys who works for the Democratic Party as their District Campaign Manager posted an article on FB. I took the opportunity to comment and ask if the office was air-conditioned (on account of the fact that I could use a chilly escape.) He said it was and I mentioned that I wouldn't be knocking on doors if I came down. Another volunteer commented by saying this heat wave was the perfect weather to go knock on doors because more people were likely to be home.

The manager there responded to this by saying: "Spoken like a truly dedicated volunteer and hopefully a well hydrated one."

I'm sure it's just the way he phrased it, but I can honestly say I felt mildly offended by it. There is no reason for him to imply that a true volunteer would brave a heat wave to knock on doors. To me, that implies favoritism and lessens the importance of the people who come in to make phone calls or enter data. In my eyes, this is not the attitude that the District's Campaign Manager should be sharing on any public forum.

Plus, if that's really how he feels, I'll happily go sit in the library and read. At least I'd feel wanted there.

ETA: Went to the office and had a face-to-face with Josh (the campaign manager). He had intended his message to be for the volunteer who had sweated it out the other day, but recognized where I was coming from. Without missing a beat, he deleted the comment, apologized profusely, and reiterated how much he appreciates the work I do. Also, he was grateful that I talked to him about it so yay for that.
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6 – When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?

Generally speaking, I find women easier. I think that stems from the fact that I am a woman and have such only viewed the world from those glasses. That said, I can't really say I struggle writing males either. If I did, I'd never be able to write slash. :P

--

So the fanfiction meme (and myself) will be taking a brief hiatus from LJ as Nick and I are headed out of town tomorrow morning and won't be back until Monday night. As always, I'll do my best to catch up when I get back, but if you post something you think I would find important, please share the link.

In other news, I marched in a parade today with the Democratic Party folks that I've been rocking with these last few months. The man I've been campaigning for even managed to join us so that made it twice as awesome. Plus, he demonstrated that he's got great people skills because he was constantly scooting back and forth across the street to talk to people and shake their hands. The Republican Senator (aka the incumbent) was also present, but he walked behind his car and just waved to the crowd. (Or he did until my friend, Paula, called him over and said I wanted to talk to him. I was a little annoyed with her for that, but at least I got to say I disagreed with him in person.)

After the parade, we capped off the evening with fireworks. Unfortunately, this seems to be causing my head to hurt so I'm gonna go take care of that now.

Later gators.

Happy 4th of July!
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6 – When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?

Generally speaking, I find women easier. I think that stems from the fact that I am a woman and have such only viewed the world from those glasses. That said, I can't really say I struggle writing males either. If I did, I'd never be able to write slash. :P

--

So the fanfiction meme (and myself) will be taking a brief hiatus from LJ as Nick and I are headed out of town tomorrow morning and won't be back until Monday night. As always, I'll do my best to catch up when I get back, but if you post something you think I would find important, please share the link.

In other news, I marched in a parade today with the Democratic Party folks that I've been rocking with these last few months. The man I've been campaigning for even managed to join us so that made it twice as awesome. Plus, he demonstrated that he's got great people skills because he was constantly scooting back and forth across the street to talk to people and shake their hands. The Republican Senator (aka the incumbent) was also present, but he walked behind his car and just waved to the crowd. (Or he did until my friend, Paula, called him over and said I wanted to talk to him. I was a little annoyed with her for that, but at least I got to say I disagreed with him in person.)

After the parade, we capped off the evening with fireworks. Unfortunately, this seems to be causing my head to hurt so I'm gonna go take care of that now.

Later gators.

Happy 4th of July!
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I couldn't help but notice today that part of "All-American Prophet" from the Book of Mormon sounds an awful lot like "Trouble" from the Music Man. Not that I'm complaining. Merely...observing.

Anyway, I'm behind on the Starkid meme so here's day 29 for all of you still paying attention to this one.

Favorite Picture Of Joey )

In other news, I got a call today from Fred Clark (the man I've been campaigning for) and he thanked me for all my hard work as a volunteer. It made me feel all special and stuff.

Finally, the biggest news of today is this: in two days, I will be meeting [livejournal.com profile] sionnach_ayame and [livejournal.com profile] secondmezzanine. I'm so flippin' excited!!!!
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I couldn't help but notice today that part of "All-American Prophet" from the Book of Mormon sounds an awful lot like "Trouble" from the Music Man. Not that I'm complaining. Merely...observing.

Anyway, I'm behind on the Starkid meme so here's day 29 for all of you still paying attention to this one.

Favorite Picture Of Joey )

In other news, I got a call today from Fred Clark (the man I've been campaigning for) and he thanked me for all my hard work as a volunteer. It made me feel all special and stuff.

Finally, the biggest news of today is this: in two days, I will be meeting [livejournal.com profile] sionnach_ayame and [livejournal.com profile] secondmezzanine. I'm so flippin' excited!!!!
snogged: ([MISC] Eddie Izzard)
This is a post in which I ramble. You have been warned. :D

BOYFRIEND: Nick's birthday (despite it actually being on Saturday) managed to encapsulate much of the weekend. It's His Party and He'll Do What He Wants To )

POLITICS: As some of you know, the political climate in Wisconsin is not a happy one. Since March, I've been volunteering my free time at the offices for the Committee to Recall Senator Luther Olsen. Yesterday, Luther Olsen became the THIRD Republican senator in this state to be recalled because we turned in our signatures to the Government Accountability Board (24,000+. We only needed 14,733.) I'm hoping that Fred Clark, the man set to challenge Olsen in the upcoming recall election, will need help with data entry. I'd love to say on board with this stuff. It excites me. :D

WEAP: The Wisconsin Early Autism Project continues to a fun experience for me. I'm hoping that I will get to add more hours to my work-load. 4-6 hours a week is just not enough, no matter how much fun the kiddo is.

BOOKS: At the start of April I completed my 15th book for the year (Water For Elephants and quickly managed to get through number 16 (Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult). I started Book #17 (Stolen: A Letter To My Captor) about a week or so ago. Ranty McRanterson )
snogged: ([MISC] Eddie Izzard)
This is a post in which I ramble. You have been warned. :D

BOYFRIEND: Nick's birthday (despite it actually being on Saturday) managed to encapsulate much of the weekend. It's His Party and He'll Do What He Wants To )

POLITICS: As some of you know, the political climate in Wisconsin is not a happy one. Since March, I've been volunteering my free time at the offices for the Committee to Recall Senator Luther Olsen. Yesterday, Luther Olsen became the THIRD Republican senator in this state to be recalled because we turned in our signatures to the Government Accountability Board (24,000+. We only needed 14,733.) I'm hoping that Fred Clark, the man set to challenge Olsen in the upcoming recall election, will need help with data entry. I'd love to say on board with this stuff. It excites me. :D

WEAP: The Wisconsin Early Autism Project continues to a fun experience for me. I'm hoping that I will get to add more hours to my work-load. 4-6 hours a week is just not enough, no matter how much fun the kiddo is.

BOOKS: At the start of April I completed my 15th book for the year (Water For Elephants and quickly managed to get through number 16 (Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult). I started Book #17 (Stolen: A Letter To My Captor) about a week or so ago. Ranty McRanterson )

Balls.

Mar. 22nd, 2011 06:22 am
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Do you all remember that budget reconciliation bill I've been bitching about because of it's impact on unions and the public education system?

Well, I was pretty excited when a temporary restraining order was placed on its passage by the court systems.

But now...I feel conflicted.

Want to know why?

Because if it doesn't get passed, my job at the Pauquette Center can't start.

Stupid fucking red tape.

ETA: This was the direct message from the email Dr. Hayes sent me: "Unfortunately we are now waiting to see the impact of the budget reconciliation bill. Some sort of political maneuvering has been used to prevent the publication of the bill for a few more days. So we wait. I do not anticipate any problems, as the original bill did not touch day tx."

Balls.

Mar. 22nd, 2011 06:22 am
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Do you all remember that budget reconciliation bill I've been bitching about because of it's impact on unions and the public education system?

Well, I was pretty excited when a temporary restraining order was placed on its passage by the court systems.

But now...I feel conflicted.

Want to know why?

Because if it doesn't get passed, my job at the Pauquette Center can't start.

Stupid fucking red tape.

ETA: This was the direct message from the email Dr. Hayes sent me: "Unfortunately we are now waiting to see the impact of the budget reconciliation bill. Some sort of political maneuvering has been used to prevent the publication of the bill for a few more days. So we wait. I do not anticipate any problems, as the original bill did not touch day tx."
snogged: ([HIMYM] Green Barney)
First, Happy St. Patrick's Day to all my friends who celebrate. Nick and I are celebrated with a corned beef and cabbage recipe that Nick found for our slow cooker. I can tell you right now that it smells amazing!

Second, I've been volunteering for the recall Senator Luther Olsen Offices in my hometown (since I'm out of temp. work) and I'm having a blast doing it. Liz, Tyler, Margo, Paula, Pam, George, Marcie, and all the rest have been so much fun to work with. Amusingly, I started there on Tuesday, and by Wednesday, they were already nick-naming me "Data Captain" because they see me as being in charge of the data entry folks while I'm there. I honestly wish I could get paid to work there though. But right now, it's not a possibility.

Third, I've been a real slacker on the writing front lately. I'm not really sure why that is, though I suspect the events of last week have something to do with it. There's a good chance that next week's chapter of Self Destruct Button will be delayed again though. :/

Fourth, the moon meme that everyone's doing. I don't feel like it read my mind 100%, but the first sentence is certainly spot on.


You were born during a Waxing Crescent moon

This phase occurs right after the New Moon, when we can start to see part of the moon that's illuminated by the sun.





- what it says about you -


You like having a clear vision of the future, and are good at helping people set out plans to accomplish important goals. Once you're done with a task, you're done with it. You don't like revisiting or rehashing issues you think are settled. You're inventive and encourage people around you to be new and different instead of copying from the past.


What phase was the moon at on your birthday? Find out at Spacefem.com




snogged: ([HIMYM] Green Barney)
First, Happy St. Patrick's Day to all my friends who celebrate. Nick and I are celebrated with a corned beef and cabbage recipe that Nick found for our slow cooker. I can tell you right now that it smells amazing!

Second, I've been volunteering for the recall Senator Luther Olsen Offices in my hometown (since I'm out of temp. work) and I'm having a blast doing it. Liz, Tyler, Margo, Paula, Pam, George, Marcie, and all the rest have been so much fun to work with. Amusingly, I started there on Tuesday, and by Wednesday, they were already nick-naming me "Data Captain" because they see me as being in charge of the data entry folks while I'm there. I honestly wish I could get paid to work there though. But right now, it's not a possibility.

Third, I've been a real slacker on the writing front lately. I'm not really sure why that is, though I suspect the events of last week have something to do with it. There's a good chance that next week's chapter of Self Destruct Button will be delayed again though. :/

Fourth, the moon meme that everyone's doing. I don't feel like it read my mind 100%, but the first sentence is certainly spot on.


You were born during a Waxing Crescent moon

This phase occurs right after the New Moon, when we can start to see part of the moon that's illuminated by the sun.





- what it says about you -


You like having a clear vision of the future, and are good at helping people set out plans to accomplish important goals. Once you're done with a task, you're done with it. You don't like revisiting or rehashing issues you think are settled. You're inventive and encourage people around you to be new and different instead of copying from the past.


What phase was the moon at on your birthday? Find out at Spacefem.com




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Before I spam you with pictures of my awesome trip to St. Louis, I feel I should update you all on my physical health. I was warned that things might feel worse within 24 hours of the accident and so it shouldn't have come as a surprise when the left side of my neck started to hurt on Thursday. Certain things, like trying to use the paper cutter, seemed to exacerbate the pain and after my dad picked me up on Thursday night, I decided to go to the ER to get checked out (because urgent care had closed already.) The doctor did some X-rays and determined that I had muscle spasms in my neck. They prescribed a pain killer and recommended heat and sent me on my way.

Friday morning, dad and I (and six others) got up at the crack of dawn and headed down to St. Louis for the one of the biggest Haunt conventions in the country. It was a whirlwind trip given that we came back late on Saturday night. It was freaking awesome though.



Picspam of my adventures. Warning - some photos are probably NOT safe for work. )

I'm a little disappointed to not have pictures of the Dark Zone, but at least I still have the glow wand I was given when I got my free cotton candle sample so that's pretty cool.

In other news, Tony Shalhoub (freaking Monk!) was in Madison on Saturday and my mom got to hear him in speak. I have to say...I'm a bit jealous. It really sucks that I couldn't be in two places at once. It sucks even more that Walker got his damn way this week after the Republican senators used some weaseling tactics to make the Democratic senators actions completely moot. *sigh* Fucking hate politcs. I am glad that the Democratic senators have finally returned to Wisconsin though.

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