Thursday, November 13, 2008

Election day birthday (from Nov 4)
Why yes that is an "I Voted!" sticker on my shirt (I'm such a dork)
Notice how the cake has orange frosting (leftover from jack-o-lantern cookies) and a tree made of a small portion of the 13.5lb of trick-or-treat booty.

Alec (yellow shirt) was the McCain fan in the family "Because he's more bigger"
The older boys voted against McCain (in their school mock elections) mostly because Palin says "nuculer".

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


I was listening to the audio from Keith Olbermann's "Countdown" from yesterday this morning. The "special comment" segment was about Proposition 8 in California. It really touched me for some reason. This jumped out at me:
I keep hearing this term "re-defining" marriage. If this country hadn't re-defined marriage, black people still couldn't marry white people. Sixteen states had laws on the books which made that illegal in 1967. 1967.

I decided to look up which states kept these laws on the books for so long. I found a wikipedia entry for the laws:

I was surprised to find that Filipinos ("Malays")were included in some of the laws for "Races" banned from marrying whites. By my count, in the early '60s, when my parents were married, there were still 8 states that would have prohibited that marriage.

Now my parents have 11 grandchildren. I have to hope that some day they will look back, shocked at how wrong the laws were back in 2008