Tori Amos – China

I love music by Tori Amos.  She has a great voice and can really play the piano.  China was one of the first songs to introduce me to Tori’s work.  It is a beautiful song that I enjoy singing along with.  ENJOY!

Girly Man

Scary Halloween video!

Scariest Jack-O-Lantern Ever!

Barracuda Sarah


Sarah Spores

Mulled Chai/Mulled Apple Juice

These recipes would be good for Halloween and other fall events.

The basic spice ingredients and amounts in each are the same.



Boil 5 minutes, then steep 10 minutes:

1 Tbsp fennel or anise seeds
6 cardamom pods
12 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1/3″ ginger root, sliced thin
6 black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
6 cups water

Add to above, bring to a boil, and simmer 5 minutes:

2 Tbsp (6 opened tea bags) Darjeeling tea

Strain through cheesecloth or a discarded T-shirt.

Add to above and stir:

6 Tbsp honey or maple syrup
1 cup milk




Mix and simmer:

1 Tbsp fennel or anise seeds
6 cardamom pods
12 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1/3″ ginger root, sliced thin
6 black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
6 cups apple juice

You’ve Got to Be Joking AKA Presidential Election 2008

What’s the most embarrassing USA political debacle?

a. Bush Jr.

b. Bush Jr. for a 2nd term

c. McCain after Bush Jr.’s 2nd term

Wrong, wrong, and wrong! It’s Palin!



But she’s not running for President, right? . . RIGHT??


[Insert cocky Alaskan colloquialism here] she is!

A fellow wordpresser’s blog:

Counterpunch, 16-30 September 2008

Is McCain sicker than we know, ask Alex Cockburn and Fred Gardner.  Cockburn’s attitude towards McCain is properly lurid and sensationalistic; here he speculates that Crazy John might be in the terminal stages of melanoma.

The Atlantic Monthly, November 2008

This month’s issue features Hanna Rosin on the question of whether children should have sex changes.  Not all children, just the ones who seem interested.  As she interviews parents, children, and professionals on all sides of the question, she finds some unexpected attitudes and difficulties. 

Jeffrey Goldberg writes of his attempts to attract the attention of airport security screening personnel by posing as a potential terrorist.  Carrying weapons, using a fake boarding pass, failing to produce identiciation, and wearing a T-Shirt emblazoned with the words “Osama bin Laden Hero of Islam” Goldberg got— on the plane!  No problem whatsoever.  He quotes aviation security expert Bruce Schneier‘s characterization of the TSA screening process as “security theater” and of the long lines it creates as ripe targets for suicide bombers.

The Nation, 27 October 2008

In this issue, George Scialabba givesa favorable review to The Selected Essays of Gore Vidal and Stuart Klawans recommends a number of new films, most notably Jia Zhangke’s 24 City.  Noteworthy is a paid supplement, “Steal Back Your Vote!,” a comic book about voting rights by Greg Palast and Robert F. Kennedy Junior.

The American Conservative, 6 October 2008

For me, the highlight of this issue was a piece by Claes G. Ryn, editor of Irving Babbitt in Our Time, The Representative Writings of Irving Babbitt, and the author of Will, Imagination and Reason: Irving Babbitt and the Problem of Reality.  Unfortunately Professor Ryn does not mention Babbitt’s name in this article, but he does give a strongly Babbittian analysis of the so-called “conservatism” that has entranced so many of America’s policy makers.  After rehearsing Babbitt’s argument that our Constitution can work only in a society where people are committed to simplicity, value tradition, and are accustomed to respecting limits, Ryn discusses the theories of Leo Strauss, whom he considers to be a sort of anti-Babbitt.  “According to Strauss,” Ryn writes, “no real philosopher gives credence to ‘the conventional’ or ‘the ancestral,’ to use his terms.  Respecting them represents the greatest of all intellectual sins, ‘historicism.’  Inherited ways are, he insisted, mere accidents of history.  Respect is owed to the ‘simply right,’ which is ahistorical and rational.”  It is this ahistorical, anti-traditional, intellectualistic creed that has inspired neoconservative thinkers who have argued in favor of the wars and other power grabs of the current administration in Washington.

Again, How Much Is 1 Vote Worth?