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You’ve earned the right – now use it!

4 Nov
(thanks to Free Foto for the use of this image)

Today, on November 4th, 2008, history will be made.

Whether it’s President Obama or President McCain, a change of historical significance will be had. I’ve somewhat stated my political opinion here before, but I won’t go into that – this is not a political blog. However, as someone who has never voted in her native land, I wish with everything that I have that I could vote here. Alas, I can only vote once I’m a citizen, which will be in 3 years or so (just in time for the next one).

Today, if you ARE an American citizen, get out and VOTE.
Vote for your heart, mind and soul.
Vote for your mother, father, sister, brother, husband, wife, and children.
Vote for your past, present and future.
Vote for all of the people who, like me, have yet to earn the privilege to vote in their adopted land.

Most of all, vote for yourself.

Cinci and Jon Stewart on Palin

4 Sep

Our weekend in Cincinnati was great, and we had a blast.

Not only did we get to see Bodies: The Exhibit, but we also saw Augustana, Counting Crows and Maroon 5 put on an awesome show (if I can figure out how, I’ll be putting up video). We stayed at our favorite mid-priced hotel, Drury Inn, which is always a super value, and very clean, and ate at a great deli, Melt. Not only did they have some great sandwiches, but they cater mostly to vegetarians, which E was over the moon about, so they had a lot of inventive dishes, such as biscuits and vegan sawmill gravy. We also got to visit Jungle Jim’s, an amazing supermarket that covers 6 acres – it took us 5 hours to get through it, and that’s with skipping several sections!

Tuesday marked a month of married life for us, so last night I made us a simple meal of Eggplant Patties, Indian Stewed Veggies (mushrooms, broccoli, green beans, onions, garlic, tomatoes and spinach) and some Potato Kugel. Tonight, I’m rehabbing some of the leftover veggies into a sort of quiche, with ricotta and phyllo.

Here are some clips from the concert:

This Love, Maroon 5

Today, I’ll leave you with a clip from Jon Stewart, on Sarah Palin.

Thank You, Dr. King

29 Aug
I watched the coverage at the Democratic National Convention tonight with E and his friend Pat, and it was magical. To see Senator Obama giving such a life-changing speech was truly historic.

I have never voted in Canada, nor do I have the right to vote here, but for once in my life, I’m giving in to the Political spirit. As a recent immigrant, and someone who was raised in a country where health care and pensions were a given, I can see the current political situation in perhaps a different light than those in my social circle, and in both my and E’s families. The couple of months I didn’t have health care here were horrific, and full of worry that something would happen and we wouldn’t be able to pay for it. I can’t imagine living that way for my whole life.

John McCain would’ve made a great president – 4 years ago. 8 years ago. But not today. We need a change, and I do not think the Republican party is willing and able to give us that change. We can’t survive even another year on the policies that the current administration has laid out before us.

Senator Obama is, at least for this election, the right answer. Yes, it would be amazing to have an African-American president in office, especially in the same year as Same-Sex marriage being re-legalized in California. This election is not about colour, and I truly hope that people will stop focusing on that. If Senator McCain was black, he wouldn’t stand a chance.

Remember today, and every day –

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!”