Saturday, October 29, 2011


REPUBLICANS:   The ultra-conservative SCOTUS; Citizens United; ALEC; the unethical Clarence Thomas; the Kochs; the GOP field of candidates; GOP governors; the do-nothing (on purpose) GOP-controlled House; GOP and its class warfare; voter suppression; union-busting; verbally trashing working Americans; denigrating teachers; cutting vital, life-saving services to those most vulnerable; verbally declaring war on President Obama; hating anyone who is not "Christian, white and of European descent"; not understanding the Constitution; not giving a damn about the Constitution except for the 2nd Amendment; no interest in creating jobs; no understanding of how diplomacy works; making this country into an oligarchy; wanting to kill immigrants via an electrified fence; deporting children of immigrants who know no other country-even though they are U.S. citizens; raising taxes on all but the top 1%; eliminating protections for the workplace, the environment, workers, and citizens in general by eliminating the EPA, HHS, HUD, Dept. of Education, etc; downsizing or eliminating services for veterans.

I'm sure I've left out many more parts of the definition.  Please feel free to add to this Republican terrorist list!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

MAC - Remembering

My heart is broken.  I feel as if I've lost a friend.  How weird is that?  I did not know Steve Jobs personally.  But I was introduced to the early Macintosh at the radio station where I worked, WNLC, in Connecticut. It was my first experience with a computer.  It was cute, easy to use and did stuff that had me "o-o-o-o-ing and ahhhhh-ing" every time I hit the keyboard.  I loved it.

When it came time for me to buy my own personal computer, I was drawn to the Mac.  However, "friends" told me there wasn't enough software, I would have trouble getting programs for it and I would be better off with the "other" kind.  So, against my better judgment, I bought the "other" kind.  And I was stuck with it for way too long.  Just over three years ago I got my MacBook Pro.  I fell in love with it the moment I opened the box.  I still had to use a PC for business so I was using both, the Mac and the PC, sitting side by side.  The more I used the Mac, the more I disliked the PC.  There was no comparison between the two.  The PC became the bane of my existence.  I never could stand the dreaded warning screens, the corrupted files, all the things that went wrong.  With my Mac, I never had those problems.  A year ago, I finally was able to get everything off the PC I needed to save, and close it down.  Getting it out of my home office was exhilarating, freeing.  During the last three years I bought my husband an iMac, even though he still has to use a PC for some of the programs he uses which are not written for a Mac.

We are both "Mac" people now.  I love my Mac, I love the Apple store, I love my Apple geniuses, I love my iPod, I love my iPhone and soon I will love my iPad.

I'm going to miss Steve Jobs, for the incredible innovator that he was, for the wonderful products he brought to the world and for bringing change to the way the world works.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Andy, the curmudgeon

So, Andy Rooney is hanging it up.  Who will be the next curmudgeon?  Maybe I should apply for the job.  His annoyances all made sense to me!  He spoke his mind, succinctly, penetratingly sharp, sarcastic and with a sharp wit. He'll be missed. 

I like to write what's on my mind.  It would be better if I could get paid for it, though.  Now, how do I download an application?????????