Sunday, December 17, 2006

last names...mines prophetic in meaning

Kort
-Dutch: nickname for a short person, from Dutch kort ‘short’.
-Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a weaver or cloth dealer, from Polish or Yiddish kort ‘cord’.
-Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): nickname for a gambler, from Yiddish kort ‘card’.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

When is supporting human rights a bad thing?

When you are a democrat running in a red state. The commercial running sickens me. She is suported by Amnesty International and the ACLU, but those organiztions fight for prisoners rights, so she must be pro-prisoner, anti-victim and society. Where does a sane person make the connection? If she was a member of PETA, does that mean that she would want a goat in the oval office?

Defining feminism

It is OK to use ditziness to achieve success. It empowers to gain power, but Jessica Simpson has lost her mind. She divorced Nick Lachey because she saw a double rainbow and has listened to Judy Garland's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" everyday since then. I think she ate some tainted chicken, or was it tuna?!

The following is not a test

The next couple posts were written in strange patterns during recent flights in my crossword puzzle book. While they were being written, I was at various altitudes and states of consciousness, so read with that in mind:)

Friday, November 10, 2006

Do you remember that pic of the cargo plane full of flag covered coffins?

Tonight, while sitting on a plane in Boise, I saw what happens after.
The draped coffins end up in flag painted boxes for their final trip home. The family stands on the runway with the military represetatives as the box is disassebled and the coffin is removed from the plane. It was ironic, because it came off a United plane, after the rest of the luggage and cargo, and if you hadn't been looking out from the side of our plane, you wouldn't have even known it was happening. But to see the family, huddled together, crying on the tarmac, as their loved one is being carried from the plane to the hearse by the guard, you wonder, do they believe it was worth it? Is their pain worth it for me to live in a better world? And for the dead, did they suffer? Did they make it out of Iraq only to end up dieing in Germany or Bethesda? Did they get to say goodbye? Did they die feeling betrayed by a country who did not support the war they were fighting? And the more mundane thoughts of, did they get to find out who won the election? Were they upset when Joey got kicked off "dancing with the stars" or that "Lost" was on hiatus until February? Did they hear John Kerry's botched joke, and what did they think of it? Did they read the editorial about Rumsfeld in the military paper?...But you see it come off and be loaded, and then they salute and all get into the waiting military vans to take them off the tarmac, and you almost forget that there is a person inside that wooden box, until you see the officer walk to the final car with their bag of personal items, and it becomes real again...You see this seen play out and you can picture it happening across the country, at all hours of the day, with no end in sight.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Ways to tell you are in a red county

T-shirt from the casino

To err is Human
To forgive is devine
Neither is policy of the USMC

Sunday, October 01, 2006

When I was in high school, the Supreme Court didn't scare me.

When I was a high school senior, I took government like all the other high school seniors. My teacher was a little whacked, but I liked government and politics and he gave us extra credit for watching SNL becasue it was the run up to the 2000 election. I will always remember something he said when we were looking at major US Supreme Court rulings through the years. He said that Roe v. Wade would never be overturned. It was no a ruling based on beliefs, but a ruling to ensure the well-being of the American public. He said that if they overturned the ruling they would be putting the citizen's health at risk. I have been living under the assumption that this was what was going on. That the Bill of Rights would protect our liberties and that the rulings of the Supreme court were in the favor of the citizens of this country. Boy, was I wrong...Two tainted elections and supreme court nominations later, I am contemplating moving to another country. The fact that in this day and age there is a possibility that the citizens of a "first" world country may have to visit back alley clinics is disturbing, but the fact that even with legal status, people who go to clinics that perform abortions, even if going for another reason, are subjected to the critizism of a group of people that have no right to emotionally harm them. To live under a government that passes a piece of legislation titled the "Patroit Act" that chips away at our most fundamental freedoms outlined in a document that outlines our civil rights is disgusting.

So, I wish I could go back to high school, when political scandals were tamer and focused on blow jobs and money and not secret CIA torture camps and child predators in Congress.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Why "Middle" America is a misnomer...

Sure, it's in the middle of America. Sure, they have huge mid-sections(at least when compared with the coasts, or at the very least, the coastal blue states). No the term middle becomes an issue when refering to political issues. Middle America is never in the center on any issue...find me a group of "Middle Americans" who consider themselves moderates, by definition of the coasts, and I have these amazing pigs that will fly for you. But seriously, the moderates in middle America would be considered conservative in Southern California. There is nothing wrong with this, I just feel that politicians play to the average American, and these people are what we look to as average. This is an area of the country that is much less diverse than everywhere else. Lots of small towns, filled with church going white folks, who, for the most part, do not have 4 years of college education. This is an area where people live in the same town their grandparents lived their entire lives and died in. I consider myself average, but I am from Southern California, so my view of what makes you average is very different. I think its par to have both of your parents have a 4-year college degree, and for one, or both of htem to have an advanced degree on toop of that. For families to go to a religious service every once in a while, but, mostly go on the holidays. For your kids to go AWAY to college and stay away....sure you might live an hour away, but you live on campus and get a job after graduation that means moving somewhere other than your childhood bedroom. This to me is the average American family...this is not what the country considers average, and this scares me. We are brought up to do believe we can do anything we want, if we try...this is the American dream...this is not what we see happening in the midwest, which is a disturbing trend, but no the point I was trying to make at all. The biggest problem with seeing this segment as average is comparing their thought process to those of us who are not them. They have their Christain values and family values to halp them make dedcisions. This is NOT a good way to do things, as the monkey trials pointed out long ago. You cannot look at a situation from only one point of view and assume there is no other solution! This is not working, has never worked, and never will work. This is what happens in dictatorships; this is not what should be happening in a modern democracy. This discrepancy was brought up by a conversation that occured last week. I was having a conversation with someone ab out something and "An Inconvienient Truth" came up. We we talking about how important it was, after joking about the drowning polar bears...but in the conversation, we asked a girl who was with us, if she had seen it. She then asked what it was and we explained the movie and that it was the Al Gore slideshow. She replied that she would never see a movie with Al Gore. Later in the week, I brought up a funny thing I had seen on Countdown with Keith Olberman and she asked what it was and I said it was a headline show on MSNBC...her reply; "I only watch FOX." Now these should not have suprised me...she is from the midwest...but it was disconcerning, nevertheless. The ignorance shown on her part was scary. With the movie, forget the fact that Al Gore is doing it, it is an important issue, and therefore an important movie. Yes, it is a liberal issue, but only because the republicans are scared that their oil company race funds might hurt them in getting elected if this were an issue both parties supported. Would she have seen the movie if Bill O'Reilly was the one doing it? Of course! This helps demonstrate my most important point, the singlemindedness of the "average" American. By this girl only watching Fox, or only listening to the conservative viewpoint, she is making bad decisions. Not because she is making the wrong decision, she is entitled to her opinion, but she is making an uninformed decision. Part of the responsibility of being an American is participating in the Political process. To fully participate you must be informed, otherwise we have the beginnings of a puppet government, it being that each parties voters do what their parties tell them to. Look at the recent elections, who are the candidates spending the most time courting, the hard party liners? No, they are going for the swing voters. The voters who weigh all sides of the issue and are informed enough to actually make a decision. These are the voters you wnat deciding elections...
By being informed, watching multiple cable news channels and not just the liberal one or the conservative one, being pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, pro-stem cell research, etc...basically being pro-liberal issues, you are allowing the American public to make their own choices. You allow for States rights versus federal regulations...the original reason there are 2 parties. You allow candidates to fight over things that matter. They can focus on Homeland security and reforming social security, while dealing with the deficit and finding funding to continue our military efforts overseas. So I say this to the Republican party...tell yourconstituents to turn off Bill O'Reilly and go read "An Inconvienent Truth", to put down the latest Ann Coulter book and turn on "The Daily Show." Get your "values voters" to get out of their pew and stop voting what their church leader tells them and to vote their conscience. Tell your voters, while you may share values, values regulate our personal lives and we anre running to govern the country and not your life...if you want to have your values regulated by the government, move to a communist country. Most of all, tell them to not dismiss an idea they disagree with. Have them find out both sides of the issue, and if they still want to disagree, have them find the facts that would support why their side is the right one. Get THEM to vote for you, and not pundits telling them you are who to vote for.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

It is not ok...

-that every citizen does not have access to an equal education
-that we allow our children to make the same mistakes we did and not suffer any consequences
-for people to be denied adequate healthcare
-that in this day and age, we had an entire population of people indefinately displaced because of a hurricane
-for us to live in one of the most powerful countries in the world, but yet the government seems powerless to help a majority of its own people
-for it to take a hollywood film maker to get the government to pay attention to their own missteps, an then go on to blame them for pointing it out
-that we have forgotton the founding principles of our country; that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are what our government was set up to pursue and not the advancement of the big corporations and forcing evangelical christian values on the masses
- for the government to use our name to violently spread democracy; this being said, the spread of democracy is not a bad thing, doing it by using military force is not
-that this country's citizens would rather lead by someone who is "like" them, than by someone who is smarter than them

Thursday, September 07, 2006

I actually retained something I learned in intermediate!!!

I started a new job a little while ago, so that is why my postings have been nonexistant. But, something exciting happened today! Today, I got not only my first adjusting journal entry posted to the G/L, but I also got to do a management comment...for all of those non accounting lingo people out there, its like validation
So thank you Dr. Richman for teaching me fund accounting and thank you Professor Standridge for teaching me the difference between debits and credits in the asset and liability sections, as well as A/P
And in the spirit of the recent Emmys, there are a few people I won't be sharing this glory with:
Professor Jordon, for testing on stuff that was not in the book, but yet I can do it now and I really learned very little from you
Professor Anderson, thank you for letting me off the hook in your class, but no thank you for testing on who knows what because I can combine the balance sheets in real life without a problem, I'm not sure how I didn't get a single one right in class...and finally,
All the accounting firms that decided an F in O-chem disqualified me from being an accountant, KPMG, Deloitte, PWC, E&Y, GT, those napa firms, that one in walnut creek, moss adams, ING, Disney, Universal, and many more I'm sure I forgot!


Auditing...the only profession where people hire you to snitch on them...:)

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Aw, crap...

 
Sobbing, because the reality of graduation is coming at me like a freight train! Posted by Picasa

Friday, May 12, 2006

What the hell?!!?

Haven't we determined that this is not a debateable issue. And why do Alabaman's get a bad rap? Because they turn out people like this...I'm ashamed to be in the same country as this person.
BTW...if you were in Europe, theres a good chance you would be sent to prison!!!

Monday, May 08, 2006

Friday, May 05, 2006

Where have all the crazy's gone?

They are all on TWoP!!!!!!! Looking to feel mentally superior to someone, go hangout on the message boards and read the nuttiness that goes on...It always make me feel saner when I realize how sane I actually am!

Sunday, April 30, 2006

High School...How much did it really matter?

A frequent question in house hunting, How are the schools?, seems to carry a lot of weight. Newsweek just posted its new top high schools list, and once again, my high school made it. The question is, Does it really matter? Is it more the school, or is it the student? You hear about the driven students who push hard and make it out of deplorable and unthinkable situation, but those are few and far between. It is common sense that it easier to succeed when you have the opportunities presented to you. I know people who went to my high school who fit this to a tee. Granted, a large portion of my graduating class was incredibly intelligent, passing 4-5 APs with ease and getting into many of the top schools in the nation. I remember reading the senoir issue of the Arrow and looking at the map of where people were going to college. We were scattered from coast to coast. It seemed unheard of not to go to college at my high school. It tended to be ingrained in your psyche since childhood. Those not getting into their faves tended to settle for the local CSU or enrolling in the transfer program at the JC. I went to SSU up in norcal, and there is a local JC here that feeds into SSU. It seems a large proportion of the local high school population had been encouraged to go to the JC first. At home we made fun of people whose college plans had been to start at the JC and not use it as a fallback plan. They were going to MIT (mommy I tried) or Kraproom (Moorpark spelled backwards, and as it is farmland, it did smell!). What would have happened if you had sent the Santa Rosa students to my high school and us Warroirs to Santa Rosa? Would we have ended up at a JC, or would we still be scattered across the country? I know it has a lot to do with your family influence, but how much did it affect us to have teachers and administrators pushing us to take more AP and Hnors courses because they look good to colleges? To have teachers telling us at 15 and 16, to go to the local JC and take those GE classes that AP's don't cover while taking 7 daily classes and participating in as many extracurriculars as we can? To have coaches pushing you to the highest levels to pull in the big recruiters? To have extracurriculars, so time consuming and "important" that academic teachers were ok with the select groups leaving for a week to go to a competition somewhere else in the world?
To determine the top high schools, they take the number of seniors taking at least 1 AP or IB and divide it by the number in the graduating class...is that really how we should be measuring excellence? Why is the focus on test taking? I was one of the "brilliant" children, as they liked to put it...They skipped me a few grades, had me take advanced classes, but they never asked me what I wanted! If I was so brilliant, shouldn't I have had some say in what was going on? They wanted the kids with good test scores to keep moving up, putting us in the classes with the "better" teachers, never mind that we were taunted and teased because we were younger and had no friends in this class. How much did I learn from this? Nothing, except to hide that I knew how to do the work. If the experience of my childhood taught me anything, it was to do no more than the minimum to stop drawing attention to yourself. You pass with a C the same as an A, and what does your GPA matter to you if you know how much you can actually do!
Don't judge our American high schools on test scores and test taking percentages! These results are skewed and unreliable. Why not measure the safety of the high school? Whether or not students are encouraged to explore outside educational experiences to enhance what they are passionate about, rather that just to supplement what they are missing? Why not look ask the students whether they felt prepared to go be an adult and live on there "own", whether in college or the real world? Its great to offer the oppurtunity to travel to places and compete, or look at human cadavers as a 17 year old, but what happens when you graduate? The next morning you go to the pancake breakfast, say goodbye to your friends of the last howevermany years, and walk into the world, no longer a kid. But are you an adult? If you went to one of these top high schools, most likely not. You can study with the best of them, but when does the freakish knowledge of every part of the human body, or the ability to analyze the greek classics, in greek, come in handy in any place but the academic world?
So, we end up with the following conundrum, strive to be the best on the list and turn out incapable robots, or actually teach what you need while making sure the students have life experiences and fall further down the list each year? We need to find this balance!

Thursday, April 27, 2006

This means you too Darfur!

It's Holocaust Remembrance Week...Never Again applies to everyone, not just Jews!

Monday, April 24, 2006

Transition

I just want to start by metioning The West Wing is like crack. After the episode ends, you are so happy it was on for a little bit and then you start to realize you have to wait an entire week to see more when you find the only thing on at that point is Desperate Houswives.
Transition was a good episode. Kind of. There were too many questions. There are only three episodes left people, you can't start raising questions now!!! Did Santos and Bartlet have some secret plan going on that no one knew about, or was Bartlet inferring to his call as being a part of a plan Santos and created and Bartlet had figured out. And did Donna accept the position as FLOTUS COS? Why wasn't Kate in the Sit room when Santos showed up? Was she off somewhere with Will? Hopefully they will tell us these answers...but this rests on your faith in John Wells, so, well, who knows?


*I hope Sorkin brings TWW alums onto Studio 60 for cameos...It wouldn't be hard (I mean 3 TWW alums are already on the show!), just have them in one of the skits on the "show" (or have Martin Sheen be Bradley Whitford's ex-dealer)...they already have the chemistry!

Friday, April 07, 2006

The day I must start my "crack" withdrawal is nearing!

With the election being decided in 2 days, it is getting down to the last episodes for The West Wing...Now, if you know me, you understand how this is affecting me! Its like crack, as is Coke Zero, so if I drink Coke Zero while watching The West Wing, I get the doubly high effect. I even get all manic-like after I watch it, or even to a pointif I find someone who will talk about it with me. I've noticed people are sometimes just smiling and nodding at what I am saying, and this occurs at two main times: when I am talking about accounting, like the tax code and those misdirecting H&R Block commercials, and when I talk about West Wing, or you know anything related to The West Wing.
I know I have a problem, as I am going to be active again in my sorority and my only concern, which should be "shit, I know none of these new girls initiating this weekend," is "shit, I need to pick up tapes to mae sure I can catch West Wing if our meetings run long." And this brings up the ultimate decision, what to do if senoir ceremony falls on the same day as the finale?! I could do both, but then I would definately miss the dateline special and part of the retrospective, but I would already be sobbing from the meeting, and I don't need my face to be that puffy come Monday morning. I know I will cry because just knowing it was the election eppy made me tearful.
I plan on sitting down and watching all the episodes up to the finale again in the weeks leading up and this new lack of need for sleep in my life will definately aid in that goal! So on that note, unless anyone else knows of stuff to do here at 3 am, I'll be starting my journey so I can go cold turkey after the 14th...at least for a little while!

Monday, April 03, 2006

Celebrity reporters at the Washington Post agree with me...

Its nice to know I figured this out, yet my opinion (refer to George Clooney strikes again) I wrote for free

blog.washingtonpost.com/celebritology/2006/03/dear_george.html

Why I won't be visiting Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin any time soon...

http://www.medpagetoday.com/InfectiousDisease/PublicHealth/tb/2979

It's G&NP class time...

So not only am I sitting here being tortured by the boringness and unimportance of this class, it feels like I am being electrocuted every few seconds as well...
Ugh...put me out of my misery, please!
Accounting on Europa (which, for those of you who don't know, is a moon off of Jupiter) is the most pointless group project in my 5 years at SSU. It even edges out the frog and bird recordings.
Oh god, Richman's back, here we go...

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Contemplating the 2nd floor of the library

So I am sitting here in the back corner of the "Shultz Information Center" trying to do my G&NP project, yea that is so not happening. Not only do I have the attention span of a gnat, I also have no idea how to get the freaking beginning trial balance to tranlate into their corresponding journal entries (but I do feel smart, because most of the people reading this have no clue what those even are:)). Anyway, because of my lack of studiosness(word?) I have been people watching intermitantly, while also brushing up on my current events. People act really strange in this library! Now I don't know if this is because I go to SSU, where most of the students would belong to the marijuana legalization party if they lived in Israel, or if this is a general college thing. The only other librarys at colleges where I have spent any measurable amount of time is at the 3 JC's where I have taken classes, and those really were just glorified high school libraries, so they don't count for diddly. You have the people actually studying, but those are few and far between. If you glance at most of the laptop screens, I would say more than a few are on MySpace/Facebook, as well as ESPN and the like. Very little actual scholarly work seems to be gettign done. You also have the random wandering in of teenagers with their parents literally at the same time every hour...I guess the tours end and they all run here! You here the low rumblings of conversation, which I guess less than 5% is school related. The frequent buzzing of cellphones on wood tables and the obligatoey whispered hellos of clicking of button follows. I am befuddled, though, by the number of people here at 2 o'clock on a Thursday. Granted the library is closed tomorrow (all hail Cesar Chavez), but still, this is not the most studious campus on the planet. Other than on the third floor in the quiet section, I would classify a trip to the library as analagous as a trip to the gym, more socailizing than the actual reason for its construction. There are study groups scattered at different tables, but mostly consisting of people required to be there for their team or organization. I find it slightly disturbing, though, that there are not enough outlets in the places where studying takes place for everyone to plug into. I had originally planned on being on the 3rd floor, where actual studying takes place, but was forced down when I discovered there was no where for me to plug in my ghetto iBook:( I hope everyones day is going better than mine becasue I am back to the salt mines trying to figure out what to do with this dame unreserved fund balance...geez am I looking forward to Tequila Thursay at happy hour!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

George Clooney strikes again

So he wins an Academy Award and suddenly we are given an Ocean's 13...Oh well, I will not deny a movie including Pitt and Clooney is a bad thing, and I know there are no new scripts in Hollywood, but this is the same movie for the 3rd time and therefore it is overdone...please tell me it is vastly different or I may cry, bah!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Dear South Dakota,

You can be Pro-life and still be Pro-choice!



Sincerely,
Someone who will now never contribute to the tourism revenue of South Dakota



You Are Fozzie Bear



"Wocka! Wocka!"

You're the life of the party, and you love making people crack up.

If only your routine didn't always bomb!

You may find more groans than laughs, but always keep the jokes coming.




Your Birthdate: June 22



You tend to be understated and under appreciated.

You have a hidden force to do amazing things, doing them your own way.

People may see you as strange and shy, but they know little.

Your unconventional ways have more power than they (and even you) know.



Your strength: Standing up for what you know is true



Your weakness: You tend to be picky and rigid



Your power color: Silver



Your power symbol: Square



Your power month: April




You Passed 8th Grade Math



Congratulations, you got 10/10 correct!




You Are Los Angeles



Young and fun, you always know where the best parties are.

And while you tend to keep things carefree and casual...

You certainly can glam it up when you need to.



Famous people from Los Angeles: Tyra Banks, Jake Gyllenhall, Freddie Prinze Jr.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Quiz time...

So if you haven't noticed, I've gone quiz crazy!
Boredom+internet quizes=trouble



You Are Midtown



You love so many things, you don't fit into any one label.

Your city girl persona goes to a fancy restaurant one night and a dive bar the next.




Your Element is Water



Your power colors: blue and aqua



Your energy: deep



Your season: winter



Like the ocean, you evoke deep feelings and passion.

You have an emotional, sensitive, and spiritual soul.

A bit mysterious, you tend to be quiet when you are working out a problem.

You need your alone time, so that you can think and dream.




Your Celebrity Sisters Are Jessica and Ashlee



Beautiful, feminine, and stylish.

Who care's if you're a bit of a daddy's girl?

Monday, March 06, 2006

My Thoughts on the 2008 Presidential Election

I have no numbers to support this, it is just my thoughts and what I see as a probable situation form a Washington outsiders point of view.
If Hillary Clinton will actually admit to the fact that she is going to run, we could end up with the most interesting election ever, but the White House will remain firmly in the grasp of the GOP. For if she runs and wins the Democratic nomination, the Republican party will have to answer with a candidate who can outwit her strategists. Hillary's biggest assest is her ability to capture the female vote. Being a woman, this increases the odds she will win this segment, and therefore, as the female vote weighs heavily on the outcome, she could win because of this issue alone if not properly challanged. Therefore, I beleive the strongest candidate for the Republican party to run is Condeleeza Rice. She, as well, needs to admit her presidential asperations, because everyone knows she has them. This is the smart candidate to run. We are in the middle of a war. People are looking for stability, and someone from this current administration is the best to represent this. Now Bush can't run again, no one will ever vote for Cheney, and a large portion of the rest of the administration is engulfed in scandal. Now, if Jeb decides to run, he has the legacy thing going for him, but I see him more in the VP slot if he is really serious. Back to Condy; with her in the field, you automatically take away the female vote going to one candidate. Also, with Rice being an African American woman, she pulls votes that traditionally would go democratic from the African American voting pool. Hillary could counter by naming rising star Obama as here VP, thereby recapturing some of this voting pool, but he is still a little green when it comes to time spent in Washington. If all this happens, I see the presidency going to Rice. Although Hillary is in the news all the time and has the media exposure more than Rice, who only gets it when on official business, the country is leaning to a more conservative stance (I am happy to reside in liberal California) and the Republican party is the poster child for the Conservatives. Although I have no idea how this happened. I believe we need to change party names from Democratic and Republican to liberal, moderate, and conservative. The original arguement between the parties was federal versus local government. And although this is still an issue that comes up in their platform for social welfare programs and taxes, it seems to be less about the type of govenment and more about who's values represent the ideals of their constituents.
Any who, if I had my way, I would live in a world where government was run as it was on the west wing, so my vote goes to:



Thursday, March 02, 2006