Friday, February 29, 2008

happy leap day 
they say that Superman was born on leap day.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

the candidates on choice 
Mike Huckabee endorses 'personhood' amendment. and believes Roe should be overturned.

Ditto for John McCain is extremely pro-life. and loyal to the right to life movement.

Hillary Clinton believes in choice. and feels that "Roe v. Wade isn't just binding legal precedent, it is the touchstone of our reproductive freedom, the embodiment of our most fundamental rights.

Barack Obama's also for choice: "But we also know that Roe v. Wade is about more than a woman's right to choose; it's about equality.

keep in mind that many more issues go with the opinions on choice than just abortion. it's also about sex education, family planning (contraceptives), etc. for more, click here.


Tuesday, February 26, 2008

adorable photo of the day #25 
oh my god, becky


yeah, he is raking in the dough 
i have no time for internet perusing anymore, but i do it when i can. cause i love finding tidbits like this.

"What actor/actress has received the most money for a sitcom syndication deal?"

Jerry Seinfeld.


Friday, February 22, 2008

legally, a woman can't be elected president 
this little article is seemingly just an opinion. but it could stir up a bunch of stuff. what fun that would be! [via]

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

i do not live in a "green" city 
at least not one of the top 50 on this list of America's Greenest Cities.

two cities in virginia did pop up, though, Alexandria at number 30 and Newport News at number 41.

i tend to forget that newport news has good things to offer.

Monday, February 18, 2008

gee, wonder what's on my mind? 
Passport :: reintergrative
Small world :: shaming
Radio :: reintegrative
Marine :: shaming
Wall :: reintegrative
Wanna be :: shaming
Pigtails :: reintegrative
Hyphen :: shaming
9.99 :: reintegrative
Unrated :: shaming

Thursday, February 14, 2008

happy valentine's day 

look at this adorable google doodle for today! i'm lovin' it.

comments from the PhD program 
of course, we have tons of reading. and we take detailed notes the reading we do. [we've even recently come up with a plan to 'share notes.'] the problem for me is, what am i to do with all these notes?

how do i organize, combine, and compile all of these notes. we are talking hundreds of pages. i still have not figured out an organization system. and you know that bugs me.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

virginia primary day 
i called my grandma (hapy birthday!), worked on an outline for my paper, researched for another paper in the library, and voted. it's been a busy day and i haven't even gone to class yet.

by the way, one local news station has a poll up to see how people have voted today:

Who will you or did you vote for in the Presidential Primary today?
Hillary Clinton     23%
Barack Obama     38%
Mike Huckabee     13%
John McCain     21%
Ron Paul     5%

Here are the results from another tv station website poll:
Which active candidate will you vote for in the Virginia Primary?
Hillary Clinton     17%
Mike Huckabee     18%
John McCain     26%
Barack Obama     33%
Ron Paul     6%


Thursday, February 07, 2008

i am usually mad about the results of these polls 
but today's pilotonline poll shows me that the people in my area aren't all bad:

Should sex education programs in Virginia's public schools include specifics about birth control?

Yes    86%
No     13%


Wednesday, February 06, 2008

the democratic battle 
there's a lot of news on the topic, given yesterday's primaries. in class last night, a comment was made that Obama was getting more young women's votes and Hillary was getting older women's votes. at first, this seemed odd to me, but i have been giving it some thought.

what i have come up with is that older women probably have experienced more discrimination during the course of their lives and work experiences. this, for two reasons. first, these women have lived a longer life and thus could have been involved with more opportunities for discrimination. second, these younger women have grown up thinking that women can do anything, that the world is open for all opportunities. (i know this is not true for women, but the younger generation is taught that more often now than in the past) and they are still young. they may not yet have experienced discrimination and sticky floors and glass ceilings.

this is why it now makes sense to me that older women are voting for Hillary. from what i heard this morning, it seems she is also getting the Hispanic vote while Obama is getting the black vote. only time will tell...


Tuesday, February 05, 2008

U.S. incomes reveal racial divide 
not everyone can achieve the American dream. sometimes my students are shocked when i make this statement. but it is the truth in capitalism. not everyone can succeed. capitalism doesn't work unless there is a divide between classes. and who is left behind is nothing new. the income gap between black and white families in the United States has grown, says a study that tracked the incomes of over 2,000 families for more than 30 years.
Overall, family income of blacks in their 30s was $35,000, 58 percent that of comparable whites, a gap that did not surprise researchers. Startling them, however, was that so many blacks fell out of the middle class to the bottom of the income distribution in one generation."
this is, in part, due to increasing women in the work force. incomes among black men have actually declined in the past three decades, when adjusted for inflation. They were offset only by gains among black women. Incomes among white men, meanwhile, were relatively stagnant, while those of white women increased more than fivefold.
Another reason so many middle-class blacks appear to be downwardly mobile is likely the huge wealth gap separating white and black families of similar incomes. For every $10 of wealth a white person has, blacks have $1.
Overall, family incomes have risen for both blacks and whites over the past three decades. But ... black Americans have had more difficulty than whites in transmitting those benefits to their children.

We already knew that downward mobility was much more likely for blacks," said Mary Pattillo, a Northwestern University sociologist who studies the black middle class. "But this is an even bigger percentage drop than I have seen elsewhere. That's very steep." ... The reports found that about two-thirds of the children surveyed grew up to have higher family incomes than their parents had 30 years earlier. Grown black children were just as likely as whites to have higher incomes than their parents. However, incomes among whites increased more than those of their black counterparts.
The result: In 2004, a typical black family had an income that was only 58 percent of a typical white family’s. In 1974, median black incomes were 63 percent those of whites.


Friday, February 01, 2008

i saw my first ad for president today. [i have not been watching much tv as of late, but i do watch GMA in the mornings. this is to say that i may have missed something, but i doubt it. since i am in VA, where we do not have any primaries and caucuses until late, we have had the benefit of not being entrenched with ads.]

it was an obama ad. and it was tasteful. given the coverage of the ad wars in other states, i am not looking forward to what the rest of 2008 will be like on this front.


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