Sailor Babo goes a-voting

mSB had no idea that an adventure was brewing

she never lets me drive

where are we going?

he was very excited; not much fun stuff happens chez mariser

I was tripped!

fell down from the excitement

what’s VOTE?

actually, we vote inside

actually, we vote insid

mSB knows to vote for the best cooky (all of them)

mSB wanted to vote for Dr. Jill Stein because she’s the prettiest

Jill Stein understands the needs of Fabric-Americans

Jill Stein understands the needs of Fabric-Americans

mSB was overruled.  something something about needing to have the popular vote alongside the electoral college, blah blah blah

just because she's bigger than me....

babo was overruled

but mSB got a nifty sticker!

where are the cookies?

we voted. it’s cooky time!

mSB really, really hopes there are cookies after this.  voting is exhausting!


the Arnold thing

I thought the “master-of-the-house-has-sex-with-a-female-household-staffer-producing-a-child-that-is-hidden-for-years” trope was the exclusive dominion of south American soap operas.
way to prove me wrong, Arnold.

…perhaps the fault lies with cable companies: has anyone checked whether the Schwarzenegger-Shriver household had access to Telemundo and/or Univision?

Guv. Perry issues a Pray for Rain Proclamation

…under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby proclaim the three-day period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas. I urge Texans of all faiths and traditions to offer prayers on that day for the healing of our land,

via Rain Proclamation.

right. screw all that “separation of church and state” nonsense in the U.S. Constitution. I reckon the Texas Constitution and Statutes don’t include that bit.

A Letter to Scott Walker from a Wisconsin Teacher

the news media coverage of  Wisconsin has waned somewhat, but not the struggle – Gov. Walker refuses to negotiate, there are still protesters at Madison’ Capitol.

a letter to Gov. Walker from Wisconsin teacher Eric Brehm is making the rounds:  it explains the situation succinctly.  a good read

Would you please, kindly, explain exactly how collective bargaining is a fiscal issue? I fancy myself to be a fairly intelligent person. I have heard it reported in the news that unless the collective bargaining portion of this bill is passed, severe amounts of layoffs will occur in the state. I have heard that figure given as 6,000 jobs. But then again, you’ve reportedly said it was 10,000 jobs. But then again, it’s been reported to be as high as 12,000 jobs. Regardless of the figure, one thing that hasn’t been explained to my satisfaction is exactly how or why allowing a union to bargain collectively will cost so much money or so many jobs. Am I missing something? Isn’t collective bargaining essentially sitting in a room and discussing something, collectively? Is there now a price tag on conversation? How much does the average conversation cost? I feel your office has been eager to provide doomsday scenarios regarding lost jobs, but less than willing to provide actual insight as to why that is the case.

I would welcome an explanation.

so would all of Wisconsin. so would the country. so would I.


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 –

The Student Loan Scheme or The Trillion Dollar Bomb

I was very lucky to go to college in the 1980’s, when costs were a fraction of what they are now. I also lucked out that my dad, in his continuous efforts to screw-up my mom, had made it a condition in their divorce that if our family home was ever sold, the proceeds were to be divided evenly between all five of us kids and mom. the house sold while on my 2nd year in college, and my part of the proceeds were enough to cover tuition and books; I student-worked to cover living expenses. thus I was able to finish college without any student loan debt.

things have changed since then. a lot. this infographic from College Scholarships explains:

Student Loans Scheme.

Infographic by College