Tuesday, September 23, 2008

And I Am a...

Your true political self:
You are a

Social Liberal
(76% permissive)

and an...

Economic Moderate
(41% permissive)

You are best described as a:


You exhibit a very well-developed sense of Right and Wrong and believe in economic fairness.

Explanation Of Results

"We wanted to get beyond the two catch-alls of American politics, the Democratic and Republican parties, and see where people actually stand. Parties can bring together people with marginally differing values and make collective action easier. But party platforms can misrepresent their constituents, and blind loyalty to a party can convince individuals to harbor inconsistent views.

The goal of this test was to exactly classify your personal politics, without the traditional labels. We avoided the edgy party issues and focused on fundamental values. Your score is a measure of what you believe in, economically and socially.

Higher permissiveness, on either axis, indicates a "live and let live" philosophy. Of course, we're almost conditioned in America, "Land of the Free", to think positively of such a philosophy. But practically speaking, permissiviness (or its opposite, regulation) can create any number of outcomes:

For example, on the economic axis, a highly permissive system, like the American system of the early 1900s, might mean things like low taxes and increased scientific innovation. It might also result, as it did back then, in unrestricted child labor and millions of poor people with black lung.

At the other end of the economic spectrum, a highly regulated system might conserve the environment, establish national health care, and eliminate poverty. But as we've learned from the Soviet system, extreme regulation can also lead to stagnation, sameness, and unhappiness.

If you liked the test, forward it. Thanks for participating."

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Jott Sweeps the Household

J: How do you get to that Jott thing? (peering intently at Dave's Blackberry and clicking away at it)
D: I don't know sweetie. (liar)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Genius of Genius!

I upgraded my iTunes this morning to 8.0 to check out the new "Genius" feature that creates playlists from your library based on one song. All I can say is wow, wow, wow. It's a grey, mopey day here in Atlanta and I had a yen to hear "Ada" by the National. Out of curiosity I asked Genius what would go well with it and this is what I got:

I have long been looking for a way to create playlists for working out based on beats per minute or something other than manually searching my library. Got to go see what I'll get from "Venus" covered by Bananarama...

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Peaches and Death

"It smells like rotten peaches and death, sweetie." Dave referring to my peach scnapps on the rocks.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

A Stinkweed By Any Other Name

My grandmother taught me to rise above, to turn the other cheek, to always be a lady. A lady is courteous, never petty or small-minded. I love my grandmother and revere her teachings. But today I was surprised into a full-belly appreciative laugh when my spouse shared with me the nickname She-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named-In-This-House has acquired on certain corners of the net (witnessed by me at Iowahawk's blog): "Caribou Barbie". It resonates on soooo many levels!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Thank You Emily's List!

Thank you to Emily's List for the image at left.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

She Who Shall Not Be Named In This House

My spouse and friends were stunned last week when McCain announced his choice of running mate and I immediately began to froth at the mouth. I am not known as a particularly political animal, and there are very few politicians who can set me off. But of those who can, She-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named-In-This-House is right up there at the top of the list with former secretary of the interior James Watt.

Though in the weeks preceding the announcement of her selection as VP her staffers assiduously rewrote her wikipedia entry giving her a pre-election shiny new face, she is still the wolf-killing, snowmobile-riding, oil-mad, anti-environmentalist that I have come to know and despise.

And for those who need issues about people not animals and wilderness to guide them, there's this lovely piece by Hilary Rosen (shown at right).