Sunday, October 31, 2010

Home Again!

Home from the Rally to Restore Sanity. Don't care what Glenn Beck and Fox have to say, there were at least 200,000+ there. Packing in like sardines from the capital building to the Washington Memorial and all the side streets in between.

What a crazy, marvelous day!

Will have pictures ASAP. My little camera, borrowed from Jason, died before the rally even got started, so I'll have to see what's on there and then go through Jason's photos.

That was without a doubt, the single most exciting experience of my life. I mean, Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) singing Peace Train while Ozzy Osbourne sings Crazy Train, then the O-Jays singing Love Train? That's some sanity provoking shit right there.

And the signs! It was just as much fun to watch the signs as to watch the rally.

Promise, tomorrow, pictures. Now, must get cats to stop the hatin'.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday Fun Fact

The other day, at the intersection of Glenn McConnell Blvd. and Magwood, where I regularly almost get killed by red light runners, I happened to get stopped first in line at the red light leaving the St. Francis campus.

This is the shortest of the lights at that large intersection. So it is the longest wait for it to turn back from red to green.

I hit the next button on my CD player to start the counter.

One minute, 24 seconds.

And the oncoming traffic's wait time is less than that.

That is what people are running lights for. Less than two minutes.

They'd rather risk killing an innocent person than wait two minutes.

Loki sez: I don't like to wait two minutes for my supper!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thor's Day!

Vintage Thor: The Flying Furbag.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Two things I'm excited about: going to DC and that the man-child will be meeting us there!

Two things I'm doing: getting excited about the revamp of my mythical town of Jericho Falls character's story and filling out the questionnaire for my summons to federal jury duty. (Although looking at the questions, if I answer honestly, I don't think there is a snowball's chance in hell I'll be allowed to serve.)

Two things I should be doing: vacuuming and de-junking the guest bedroom.

Two things I'm wondering about: why Joan Jett's I Love Rock-n-Roll played on my Pandora Crosby, Stills and Nash station. I mean, I love that song, but, um, really? And has anyone sent Jim Demint the message that vast swaths of his voting block are starting to see that fake outrage soundbites are not leadership?

And now, your moment of kitten:

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

Can We Think?

So. I've been listening to and reading about quite a bit of consternation regarding changes in insurance policies. Everybody seems to be having changes in their health insurance policies. Even my really good insurance is changing some and I've had to carefully crunch some numbers to try to figure out what will work best for me.

And I'm hearing a lot of wailing and blame tossing going around about it.

So let's all try to step back from our emotional fear reaction to change and take a deep breath and think.

The insurance industry spent more money lobbying against health care reform than it would have cost to provide coverage for every uninsured American for a year.

Why would they do that?

Could it be that the reforms the president was proposing were going to cost them so much money that the amount they spent on lobbyists was only a drop in the bucket?

People are blaming Obama for the changes that have been showing up here recently.

Why? If anything, it is the fault of those who obstructed the reforms and forced concessions.

What? Okay. Remember Air Tran? Remember how every other airline in Charleston managed to drastically cut airfare and still stay in business? Because they had to compete with Air Tran? Then remember when Air Tran left Charleston? And all the other airlines immediately raised their prices sky high for no reason other than Air Tran was gone?

Okay? So, the public health insurance option was to insurance companies what Air Tran was to other airlines.

And many of the reforms were not implemented right away, but give the insurance industry four years until put into place.

And they are raising their prices, cutting their services and shoving more on to the policyholder for two reasons:

1) They can. So they are. Grubbing up every penny they can while they can.

2) They know they are on borrowed time so they are screwing you to make you mad, to make you complain, to make you vote for anyone who says they will repeal the reforms. Because repealing health insurance reform is in their best interests.

Because then they can go back to charging whatever they want, whenever they want, canceling whoever they want and keeping anyone with any medical condition hostage to their provider.

Be very wary of this, people. You are being manipulated.

Thor sez: Does this mean no more vet visits?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Why Is the Muse So Annoying?

The other day, I bumped into a woman from the writer's group I used to attend. She has a fantastic novel, a modern ghost story written in the some of the most beautiful prose I've seen since Jason.

We spent a few moments commiserating on the absolute inability to find someone to take on our stories.

My sob story is the same old one: Every agent who has commented on my novel says they love it, but can't sell it.

I think I would be happier if someone just said, "Listen, this sucks donkey ass, dump it and write something else."

Because then I could DO something.

My friend had a similar story. She did find an agent who sent the manuscript out to several publishers.

The response she got was (paraphrased) that while commercial in content, it was literary in the writing.

Huh? What? What does that MEAN?

A few nights after this, I awoke in the middle of the night with the Muse telling me I must pull out and re-read the second draft of my very bad first novel, a sad little thing I called Jericho Redemption.

So I did. We writers tend to do whatever our Muses tell us to do whether it makes sense or not.

Here is where my head is at. The novel that I am currently shopping (+4 years now) for an agent, Garden of Weeds (or Since I've Been Loving You the name I really want but don't use because "they" never let you use your working title, I've been told), writing it was a very intense emotional experience. While not autobiographical in plot, the emotions the storyteller expresses are all emotions I had experienced. It is told in first person and that was a very personal, intimate way to write.

The novel I am currently working on, Once Upon a Time on Pierpont Avenue, is a more emotionally cool novel. It's told from several viewpoints and requires a lot of strategic layering of events and dovetailing of story lines.

And like a junkie, I'm finding it hard to live with the orderliness of it. I'm missing that flying off into the unknown of diving into some serious hardcore negative emotions and coming out on the other side, shaking and somehow cleansed.

So I read not only the 2nd draft, but the cringe worthy horrible mess that was the first draft of Jericho Redemption. And I realized a couple things. I really miss one of the main characters, Tina, who was so much fun to write. I miss the crazy church lady who popped up everywhere. I liked the two main characters. It was my first (and only) attempt to write a romance. (It's harder than you'd think. Just try to write a kiss scene, go ahead.)

Now the Muse has set all these people free in my mind to tell me how I got it all wrong, how they have another story. A funny sort of chick lit-y, romance-y, slice of small town life, bit of a mystery story to tell.

They are giving me a headache.

The boyz say: As long as the Muse reminds you when dinner time is.

Monday, October 18, 2010

You Say It's Your Birthday

well, happy birthday to you!

Twenty eight years ago today, my son was born. (You may know him as the man-child as he is referred to around here.)

He was born to a wonderful mother who loved him very much and was an awesome mother until a person decided he had the right to separate mothers from their children.

I was given the great honor of becoming his mom when he was about two and a half years old.

I stumbled and bumbled my way into motherhood. Did a lot of things wrong, but did a lot of things right also.

We went through a lot together, the man-child and me.

If anyone had reason to grow up to be an angry, bitter person, it would have been the man-child, but no.

He has grown into a man that I am amazed every day that I had any hand in raising.

He has honorably and successfully served our nation in the Navy for over 6 years now. He is a smart, talented, razor-sharp witted, kind and compassionate man.

In addition to being in the Navy, he is the lead guitarist in a very popular Virginia Beach area band and plays and sings almost every weekend somewhere around the area.

Happy Birthday Danny!

The Boyz say: We got you a present, human big brother! It's cat nip!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Loki Sunday

In honor of the current political tactic of splintering the electorate into smaller groups and pitting them against one another so that the wealthy and powerful can laugh all the way to the plutocracy, Loki would like to use his day to announce the formation of the Cat Nip Party.

The Cat Nip Party Platform:

1. Fancy Fancy Feast is to be served four times a day.

2. There will be a minimum of 15 hours of uninterrupted nap time a day.

3. Veterinarian offices will be banned. Vets may make house calls in the most dire of situations.

4. FedEx and UPS drivers will be banned from ringing doorbells. They may stand quietly on the sidewalk until someone notices them.

5. There will be special treat time twice a day.

6. There will be brushing three times a day.

7. There will be unlimited access to all surfaces at all times.

Loki sez: And Thor's Day will be abolished for it's blatant paganism!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Everybody, Stop, Listen, What's that Sound?

As the Stewart/Colbert Rally begins to draw near, the main stream media is beginning to pay some attention to it.

I would suggest a very critical listening/reading to the media reports that you may hear. The few I have read on both sides of the left/right divide have got it very, very wrong.

The right is saying this is just a bunch of liberals who are trying to make fun of Glenn Beck's rally. They say his rally wasn't political, but offering hope and asking for a return to Christian values. They say the participants in the Rally to Restore Sanity are pot smoking, beer guzzling college kids looking to get laid. That we will trash the Mall (they are already saying there wasn't one speck of trash on the ground after Beck's rally. This is technically true: once the park employees came in and cleaned it up, it was pristine).

The left is making light, making fun. It's all just a silly reason to go and have some silly fun. Ha, ha, ha. Wheeee! What a laugh riot this will be. Surely, something begun by two comedians can't have a lick of meaning to it.

Well, it may have started as a joke. There are some immature people who haven't quite gotten the point that the purpose of this rally is not to get back at anyone.

But now, it seems to have taken on a life of its own, a meaning that goes beyond the silly names (Restore sanity? March to keep fear alive?).

No, this is beginning to be a platform for those of us in the vast middle ground who are appalled at what those who claim to represent us have been saying about "the others".

This is beginning to be a platform for those of us who are sick and tired of mudslinging, talking points, and the corruption of the election process. Those of us who realize that America is facing serious problems and we need to all sit down and have some serious discussions about how to fix these problems before it is too late.

Those of us who are attending are saying, let's step over the lines in the sand that our left/right leadership has drawn for us and reach out to each other.

The truth of our situation is that the problems facing us are neither of left or right making. They are the makings of those with money and power who want to keep amassing that money and power. The downfall of the middle class is not the fault of the poor, it is the fault of the richest 5% of Americans who want the status quo to remain. So they spend billions on anonymous corporate PAC's to buy politicians' influence. They buy up radio and television companies, magazines and newspapers to continue to fuel the left/right wars that keep the poor and middle class at each other's throats so we won't notice what they are doing to us all.

That is what this rally is about. The moment where the silent majority who are sick of seeing the same games and names being thrown about stand up and say "stop it!"

Not to the left, not to the right, but to each other. Because the enemy is not the liberals or the conservatives. The enemy is the current political structure, the current electoral process.

Until we have publicly funded elections, those with the most money will pay to put their candidates in place and the needs of the American people and our nation as a whole will always come second to the needs of those with the money to make or break politicians.

This is what will be on my mind while I'm there:

Friday, October 15, 2010

Forgetful Friday

I completely forgot Thor's Day yesterday. So sorry, but was laid out with the worst migraine in over a year, since I stopped with the hormone patches. I think it was triggered by driving in the afternoon without sunglasses and all the sun spots heliographing off car windows.

Thor sez: I find this completely unacceptable.

I think that in this election (and all subsequent elections) the most important thing to know about the candidates is not the R or D behind their name. It isn't the talking points they repeat like Chatty Cathy dolls. It isn't how much shitake they can throw at their opponent.

The most important thing to know is this: who owns them?

Which corporations bought the election for them? What foreign countries funneled money via Chambers of Commerce into their election funds?

Because that is who the person is going to serve. Not you. Them. Corporate America, whose avarice got us into the economic mess we are in now. Who sent our jobs overseas to save a few bucks and damn the American worker.

So check that out. If you agree with the corporations goals for itself, then vote for that candidate, because that is all that is going to be accomplished.

Screw socialist. We are becoming a corporatilist nation. And if you think corporations are going to look after you and your family, you are fool.

Loki sez: Noooooo!!!! We need to become a felinocracy.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Loki Sunday

Classic Loki: box lover

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Thor's Day!

Classic Thor: The paw cross.

(What, y'all come to a site called Kittens on the Keyboard and expect scintillating political discussion every day?)

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Hell Just Froze Over, Get Your Ice Skates On

You know things are getting bad when I agree with Bill O'Reilly.

It is becoming clearer and clearer that the problem with getting any problems solved in America isn't the right, it isn't the left. It's not Democrats nor Republicans. It's not the Tea Party, it isn't the Coffee Party.

It is the absolute corruption of our political process in which it takes so much money to even run for an office that by the time any candidate wins, he/she has made so many deals with so many devils that he/she CAN'T do anything BUT serve their devils.

This is why there has been such a push to allow corporations to get involved in campaigns, sly back door foreign investment in political donations and the explosion in lobbyists.

Your representative no longer represents you. He represents the powerful and wealthy entities that put him in office. Their well being will always super-cede yours.


It's becoming clearer that we will never solve any problems of the poor or middle class until there is serious campaign reform. But are the people in control now too powerful, too entrenched in the halls of government to ever be turned out?

Thor sez: OMCC! You said that name without the curse words!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Saying Things That Sound Good

But once again, not following through with any actual thinking.

So Nikki Haley spewed out a conservative small government suggestion today: drug test all unemployment benefit recipients.

Oh, but how shall we pay for this, someone asked her. Oh, we won't have to worry about that, the savings in withholding unemployment checks to those who turn up positive will more than pay for the program, Ms. Haley reasoned.

I don't think the numbers of mary-jane smoking, coke snorting, smack injecting UNEMPLOYED would support this.

But who am I? All those lazy formerly gainfully employed people whose lives have been completely turned upside down while the 1% at the top of the money chain make profit on the bones of the middle class, well, gosh darn it, should just go pee in a cup.

Seriously, I think she meant welfare recipients. That would go over much better in our rabidly anti-anyone-else-getting-government-funds Southern society.

Jim DeMint wants to snoop in teacher's bedrooms and find evidence to fire gay teachers and female teachers BUT NOT MALE TEACHERS who have extramarital sex. Nikki Haley wants laid off workers to pee in cups. But then they both claim to be pro-small government. With straight faces.

What they mean is they want government to get out of the wallets of corporations and the wealthy so they can continue the rape of the middle class.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Mish Mosh Monday

I really wish we could change the whole "Save the Earth" stuff to "Save the Humans". Because the Earth will go on. She will rest and recycle and start over. Humans, not so much. Why do we think we will still survive once we trash the earth?

I said this to Jason and he called me a socialist and stomped out of the room. (In our house, that means you've stated a basic truth that no-one wants to hear.)

Tired of Jim DeMint paying attention to the rest of the country while ignoring the people who put him in office in SC? A little offended by his smug sureness that you will re-elect him without him even humbly asking for your vote? Worried that all the Boeing, BMW and other manufacturing jobs so hard won will be lost if our port doesn't modernize and the only thing standing in the way is Jim DeMint?

Disgusted that the whole Alvin Green thing?

There is an alternative: Nathalie Dupree.

Learn more here.

I need to find a new source for Nutri-Vet Hair Ball stuff. It's the only kind the boys will take without a fight.

The boyz say: No more special treat?!? Oh noes!!!!!

Sunday, October 03, 2010

We Interupt This Loki Sunday

To bring you the birthday girls.

In my mother's generation, Anna Laura (right) was the first grandchild of Anna Jane and Adolphus Nimitz. Eunis (left) was the last grandchild. They share the same October birth date. I just love that. We traveled this weekend to Anna Laura's house in Wilmington to have a little birthday celebration.

Anna Laura will turn 90 and Auntie "D"...mmmm..maybe I better not, she could probably still catch me if I ran for it.

Happy Birthday to my favorite aunt and my favorite female 2nd cousin (I have to gender qualify because Jim is my other favorite 2nd cousin, but he's a boy so they can both be my favorites!)