Monday, August 02, 2004

Listen To John Kerry

I was not able to hear John Kerry give his acceptance speech live at the Democratic National Convention (we were playing kickball). But, I was able to read the text of the speech afterwards though. Imagine my surprise when I logged on to iTunes and found that they are offering the full audio from all the major speakers from the DNC for free download! I downloaded all of them. While driving home I was able to listen to him give his speech and I loved it. Reading the text does not do him justice. I urge you to head over to iTunes and download the speeches -- hello, they're free! iTunes is also offering the entire audiobook version of the 9/11 Commission Report for free download. I was going to purchase the book but will instead listen to the audiobook version -- for free.

Last night, after the movie and after Erik and I found a spare 10 minutes to sit on the couch and we flipped to the news. John Kerry was in Taylor, Michigan (where my parents live) giving a speech late Sunday afternoon. Had I had prior knowledge that he was going to be in town, I would have been there.



"I already had it in my heart," he told a crowd of more than 6,000 people in Taylor. "But if I'm elected president, I'll never forget Downriver and Taylor." ..."I came here not only for the prospect of a softball game, but to talk about our plans to restore trust and credibility to this great nation," Kerry said.
I wish I had been able to go to this event. It sounds like it was a great rally. Sherri and I went to a Bill Clinton rally back in '92 and he won. I did not get to go to an Al Gore rally in '00 and he lost. I will make sure that I go to a John Kerry rally this year. Call me superstitious. I'm just thankful that John Kerry is not doing what GWB is doing. The Bush/Cheney campaign is making people who want to attend a rally SIGN an endorsement document -- this is what you must do to attend a Bush/Cheney rally. From the Albuquerque Journal Online:

Unless you sign [the] endorsement for President George W. Bush, you're not getting any passes. An endorsement form provided to the Journal by Random says: "I, (full name) ... do herby (sic) endorse George W. Bush for reelection of the United States." It later adds that, "In signing the above endorsement you are consenting to use and release of your name by Bush-Cheney as an endorser of President Bush."



This is complete and utter horse shizz. This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard of! Geeze, and there are still people who support this idiotic campaign. Can we just oust this stupid administration already?
[News via 1115.org]

Août & About

It's the first Monday in August and I am totally beat. This weekend was pretty busy for everybody. And, as I said before, a few of us were nursing injuries. Michael T. pulled something in his groin region and spent the weekend in pain. Kirsten got hurt while mountain biking. And I discovered that I managed to end the season with my first kickball injury.



It doesn't look like much, but I bruised my ankle with the sheer force of my kicking ability. And it really hurts! But, Yay! I have a kickball injury! Most of the weekend was spent away from Erik who was really tied up with bachelor/bachelorette parties. I got to spend a lot of time with the younger Flager who was staying with us for the weekend. He's a kick-ass guy and I'm glad to have him as a friend. Even so, I did miss spending time with Erik.

Anyways, I saw a lot of movies this weekend so I think I'll be all set with movies for a while. I was happy to hear that The Village made over $50 million dollars this weekend. Man, it's a good movie. If you've not seen it STAY AWAY from spoilers. Don't go in expecting anything (i.e. a super scary horror flick). Just go see the movie, let go and you will love it. You will leave the theater thinking "OMG" while shaking your head. It's a great movie.

This week is going to be a crazy one. I still have to get my outfit for the wedding (next weekend) -- I'm still hoping to put together this look:



If I can get the suit I'll be looking fly as hell! There are tons of things to take care of beforehand as well. I have to get our wedding card and I have to get one of our gifts wrapped. Erik is going up to Mt. Pleasant on Thursday and then I'm going up on Friday. It's gonna be a crazy time.

I'm happy to report that Kevin has left Britney:



But I think it's only going to be for the duration of a trip. I also have 2 more pictures of Shar Jackson with her (and Kevin's) new son Kaleb Michael Jackson



Man, she would be nothing without this kid. Her 15 minutes will last as long as Britney and Kevin are together, thanks to this little baby. Sad!

I am heading out. I haven't visited my folks in 2 weeks and I'm sure they're flipping out. There is so much to do before the wedding. One thing at a time though, one thing at a time.

I am testing a new image hosting service, so this next image will be a test:



More later ...