anybody has Google+ invites? [updated]

update 20110708@1953pm: thanks to the handsome and charming Mr. Guilt for listening to my plea and sending me an invite. I’m still not one of the cool kids, but maybe some day…



I feel SO left out. any of you cool kids care to bring me in from the cold?

send your excess invites to: mariser(at)gmail(dot)com


the new normal

[overheard conversation, my house]

teh LK: don’t read about what happened in Bowling Green

teh me: what happened?

teh LK: there was a murder…don’t read about it

teh me: you know you have to tell me now. what happened? was an entire family killed? what?

teh LK: a 33-year-old woman killed a 21-year-old pregnant woman…

teh me: …and cut out her baby and tried to pass the baby as her own

teh LK: well, yeah. but you don’t want to read the details, seriously

teh me: one question: did she kill the pregnant woman before cutting out the baby or was she still alive?

teh LK: killed the pregnant woman first

teh me: could have been worse

what is really happening in Wisconsin

Paul Krugman

a short excerpt from Dr. Krugman’s op-ed.

(…)  For what’s happening in Wisconsin isn’t about the state budget, despite Mr. Walker’s pretense that he’s just trying to be fiscally responsible. It is, instead, about power. What Mr. Walker and his backers are trying to do is to make Wisconsin — and eventually, America — less of a functioning democracy and more of a third-world-style oligarchy. And that’s why anyone who believes that we need some counterweight to the political power of big money should be on the demonstrators’ side.


via Wisconsin Power Play –

Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot during a public event

update 20110108@14:47EST – there are now conflicting and updating reports about what happened.  one source has ms. Giffords gravely wounded and in surgery, as are other victims of the shooter.  I’ll be refreshing the NPR site frequently.


Arizona Congresswoman Shot By Gunman : NPR.

congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

Giffords, who was re-elected to her third term in November, was hosting a “Congress on Your Corner” event at a Safeway in northwest Tucson when a gunman ran up and started shooting, according to Peter Michaels, news director of Arizona Public Media.

Giffords was talking to a couple when the suspect ran up and fired indiscriminately from about four feet away, (Idon’t consider running up to her and shooting as “indiscriminate”)Michaels said.

Six others are also believed killed; the gunman ran away and was tackled by bystanders – his identity has not been released

how bloody awful.   if memory serves, ms. Giffords is the first congress member to be murdered since Leo Ryan in Jonestown in 1978.

I wasn’t familiar with congresswoman Giffords until today: a cursory look around the internet locates several posts (most of whichare/will be removed soon) calling her “chicken” for not showing up at TeaBagger events/’debates’.    and with good reason, we now sadly find out.

our thoughts go out to her family and those of all others killed or wounded.