Pardon my silence. I've been so busy over the past few weeks. I have a new part time job writing for the Bella Sara website. and we've been trying to do a major update that launches today. Please visit the site, learn more about the fantastic world of Bella Sara, and most important, buy cards.
I also went to a Halloween party on Saturday. The theme was Rock & Roll. I went as the only rocker I'm qualified to impersonate: Meat Loaf. Had a lot of fun singing Karaoke. I learned through this experience that pop songs are very difficult to sing. The recording artists make it seem easy--which is why they make the big bucks. I suppose it helps when the song is arranged in your key.
Finally, politics: I'm not embarrassed to admit that from time to time I watch Fox News. And that usually means Bill O'Reilly. (I also watch Keith Obermann's trenchant, sardonic critiques of Mr. O'R as well). At any rate, I was watching the other day and something he said had stuck with me. He had on one of his bimbos that he "converses" with--essentially they are there so that he can have a dialogue with himself. She read a dictionary definition of "patriotism" that defined is as having love or allegiance to their country's "authority." My heart sank. (i.e.: I fell for it...) I certainly don't love or pledge allegiance to our current president. Could that mean I am truly not patriotic?
Hold your horses buster! Authority in the United States is vested solely in the Constitution--not in any one man--not in any administration. Yes, I can condemn, disparage, criticise, hold in contempt, and otherwise denigrate the President without being unpatriotic because I think he's vile and pursuing policies contrary to the values I think America stands for. I am a patriot after all even by the Bimbo's definition!
One final thing--the Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal on the Exxon matter. That means there will be no resolution for another year. Once this collection of corporatist, right wing idealogues gets hold of it, there'll be nothing left.
One paralegal here opined that their easiest route would be to simply declare that Maritime law applies, and there are no punitive damages in Maritime law. I think that will probablyhappen. They wouldn't have agreed to hear the case if they didn't think that there was a possibility of reversal.