this is how i feel about that.

i have been wanting to write a political post since the inauguration back in january. i know, i should just write it already, but i can't. something stops me every time i try to write something. i'm sure you wonder why...well, it's cause i get a little heated and then i what i write turns into ranting. and i don't want to rant.

remember back when i made a goal to be respectful of the office of the president? well, i think that post and what i wrote/thought back then is what makes me stop from actually forming a whole political post now. trust, i have started many posts about how i am feeling about politics and our current situation, but i remember that i made a vow to change my ways and so i end up deleting what i write strictly because i get so upset and angry and truly start ranting.

and i also don't want to be a hypocrite.

but right now i am going to say what i have been wanting to say for months. and i am going to try to say it as respectfully as i can. and i'm going to try not to rant.

i get so angry and disgusted when i hear people degrade president bush. like him or not, he was the president of the united states of america. and like his policies or not, he was the president of the united states of america. and agree with him or not, he was the president of the united states of america. and yes, he made mistakes. but he is also human, allowed to make mistakes, last i checked.

the lack of respect for a man who did is very best to serve this country to the best of his ability angers me. but what angers me more than the belittlement and degradation of president bush is the idea that no one is allowed to say anything negative about president obama. and that when president obama messes up or makes a mistake, it is to be overlooked, like it never happened, never to be talked about.

in other words, i am outraged by the double standard. the blatant disrespect of president bush that is the "norm" in the media is appalling to me. and it makes me sad.

it makes me sad that someone who gave of themselves fully for the country that we all love is freely disrespected on a regular basis...and that it is "okay." and that the same people who disrespect president bush demand respect for president obama. it is sad. and it is aggravating.

but don't get me wrong...just because president bush is degraded and belittled and made fun of regularly, i do not condone the same treatment of president obama. and as much as i completely disagree with almost every single thing he has done as president, i will not degrade or belittle him.

(and this is where i usually start ranting...so i will stop.)

i will close with some stuff from some other people...they can express how i feel about president bush and his service to our country more eloquently than i can. first, senator orrin hatch paid tribute to president bush on the senate floor back in january. i would like to share with you the closing remarks senator hatch made:
president bush has been our leader, our chosen leader, for the past eight years. he has been a man of principle, conviction, and action. he has had to tackle challenges, both here and abroad, that are difficult even to describe, let alone comprehend. there have been many successes, and this has been a time of transition, adjustment, and change. president bush, as is his way, takes a very practical view of his contribution to america. he says he will be remembered as someone who dealt with tough issues head on, helping our country protect itself, and who was unashamed about spreading certain fundamental values such as liberty. at home, he says, he trusts individual americans to make the best decisions for themselves and their families. in his last state of the union address, president bush said that our nation will prosper, our liberty will be secure, and our union will remain strong if we trust in the ability of free people to make decisions.

protecting america from outside enemies and strengthening america from within. that is a legacy to be proud of, and i am so thankful for president bush’s leadership and courage and i pray for god’s richest blessings for him, for first lady laura bush, and their family in whatever lies ahead for them.

let me close with a quote from president theodore roosevelt, whom i know president bush admires. president roosevelt said this in paris in 1910 and it expresses my sentiments about president bush as his time in office ends.

'it is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.'

and from this article by michael gerson in the washington post:

...many liberals refuse to concede bush's humanity, much less his achievements.

but that humanity is precisely what i will remember. i have seen president bush show more loyalty than he has been given, more generosity than he has received. i have seen his buoyancy under the weight of malice and his forgiveness of faithless friends. again and again, i have seen the natural tug of his pride swiftly overcome by a deeper decency--a decency that is privately engaging and publicly consequential.
and here is the video of senator hatch's remarks. please pay special attention to the remarks he makes right before yielding the floor (starting at 3:34), as they were not included in the speech that was posted on his website.


dancing queens.

i'm pretty excited that melissa (that girl from the bachelor that got crapped on) is on my boyfriends' tv show. i wish she was my boyfriend's dance partner, though. i mean, i like her dance partner, but i like my boyfriend better.

i'm also really excited that chelsie hightower, of sytycd fame, is one of the new professionals. i've been wanting something good to happen for her. i've loved her since sytycd. and i love even more that her dance partner is a true-through-and-through cowboy, ty murray. i do love cowboys, ya know.

i'll be honest...i was going to boycott dwts this season because of my boyfriend's dumb partner. i can't stand her. but now that i have other people to cheer for, i'm glad that i didn't boycott.

and btw...i still know he's really not my boyfriend.
but he's way hot.


for today.

for today: march 20, 2009.

outside my window: the snow is melting and spring is coming. well, unless a snow storm comes first. then it will still be winter.

i am thinking: about all the mini projects that i start and don't finish. i guess i am my mother's daughter after all.

i am thankful for: seasons. just when i think i can't handle anymore winter, spring "pretends" to come along. i guess a couple of days of sunshine will suffice, seeing as how it is going to snow this weekend.

from the kitchen: there are sparkling counters. i mean, at least there were when i left for work. and i didn't even make them sparkle. sometimes the boys surprise me.

i am wearing: some clothes.

i am creating: lists of the mini projects and what i need to do to finish them. man, i struggle.

i am going: to go home after work, get up in the morning, do some stuff around the house and then head back to work. love my life.

i am reading: political blogs. i blame this one on my darling sister.

i am hoping: that the snow that is scheduled to fall this weekend will melt right away.

i am hearing: kids playing around in their rooms when they should be sleeping. sometimes i wonder.

around the house: there are clean parts and messy parts and some parts in between.

one of my favorite things: is accomplishing goals. not that i have accomplished any this week, but i have a few that i can get finished up in the next few days.

a few plans for the rest of the week: include laundry. always laundry. finishing up some mini projects. maybe some spring cleaning.

here is a picture thought i am sharing:

(to be posted later.)

my idol feelings.

i meant to post this earlier this week, but i didn't get around to it. i am still a fan of danny gokey. and i really, really love this song that he sang this week.

and i was most seriously disturbed by this performance of a johnny cash classic. it was horrific. and i like adam even less than i did before. (btw--i didn't like him at all before.)

i do think that danny gokey is my favorite, but there are a couple that i really, really like. megan joy would be a close second to danny, with allison pulling up third. it is a very talented group of individuals, so each week will be very interesting.


in the sun, he melted small, small, small.

today, the snow pretty much melted. not all of it, but generally speaking, the snow melted. and it makes me happy. very happy.

but i was happy the last time the snow all melted...almost two weeks ago. just before it snowed a foot. so, now that i have expressed my happiness, it's pretty much guaranteed to snow again, right? right.

i guess, i should expect the snow to keep coming...and coming...just like last year. remember this? i'm preparing myself for this to happen again.



this makes me laugh. i laugh at most "as seen on tv" products, but this one is the kicker. and the best part is that i know someone who actually ordered them. too funny.

but if you thought that was funny and/or random, you should check out this website. i can't tell if it's for real or if it is a joke. if it is a joke, it is hilarious. if it is real, it is a bit creepy.

i am.

i am: super-duper, freaking tired.

i feel: like today should be a different day. not sure what day, but it doesn't feel like saturday.

i need: a good nap.

i love: low-key days at work.

i want: to know what the final decision is going to be.

i am: ready for something different, but afraid of change.