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I have not, as of yet, stopped being friends with a person just because they share different political views from myself. There have some situations where I felt uncomfortable in a friendship, and perhaps didn't talk with them for a period of time to calm my temper, but never have I ended up leaving a friendship because of differences in political views. I find that speaking calmly and rationally about issues makes me understand more clearly where other people are coming from, and for that reason, I enjoy hearing about people's opinions that are different from my own.

This fact is of course helped by me being an Independent. To be honest -- as I've said numerous times before -- the whole liberal/conservative, Democrat/Republic battle is pointless. If anything, they are the ones tearing apart our nation together, not the ideals that the two hold. I feel that there is a compromise on every major political issue out there, from abortion to gay marriage to the health care debate (that I have admittedly not been following). If we could only reach across the aisle and talk through our issues, not getting offended when people say something we don't agree with, then we might actually get somewhere.

I illustrate this point. Just a year and a half ago, I was the most conservative Christian Republican you can imagine. I was a creationist. I was pro-life, anti-gay marriage, and staunchly in favor of John McCain for the presidency. Now, at fifteen, there are only two of those views I still hold and those are the facts that I am a Christian and a creationist. Everything else has been -- and will still be -- changing. I am no longer the naive Republican. In some ways, I am still naive and ignorant about many things in the world, but I realize that. I realize that there are things I need to learn more about, things that I don't have the whole story on. I also realize that Republicans and Democrats both have views on these issues, and both of them have good points and bad points.

That is exactly why I am an Independent. Not only do I think that the polarization in the government is tearing our country apart at the seams, but that it can be changed if people would just listen to what other people have to say. Republicans have pertinent words to say about abortion, homosexuality, religion, and health care, if we would just listen. Democrats have pertinent words to say about abortion, homosexuality, religion and health care, if we would just listen. If we would just listen to each other and find out a compromise, then maybe our country wouldn't be losing respect everywhere.

What did George Washington and the other 55 delegates do at the Constitutional Convention when they disagreed? They didn't force the other side to acquiesce to their demands. No, they compromised. When the larger states like Virginia wanted Congress representatives according to population, and the smaller states wanted everyone to be equal, what did they do? They penned the Great Compromise: the House of Representatives has representatives according to population, while the Senate has equal representatives for each state. Neither of them got their way -- not entirely -- but they got what they wanted, didn't they?

Take the Three-Fifths Compromise as well. While the very idea of something like that actually being in our Constitution at one point makes me sick, they compromised on that issue. Neither of them made the other side agree to their demands, instead compromising and creating a solution that makes everyone happy.

Compromise worked back then, so who's to say it won't work now? Nothing. It would work, but people are so locked into their views that they can't bother looking outside their own little box. I am guilty of that, but I am trying as hard as I can to see other peoples' viewpoints. That is what I feel being an Independent allows me to do: to become an observer, an outsider, reading and hearing about the two parties and their viewpoints and forming my own, independent opinion.

This is just a very long winded way of saying that: no, I have never stopped being friends with a person just because they have different political views than I do, and I probably never will. As a writer, after all, I relish in the idea of seeing all sides of an issue and putting my own spin on it. The only possible way I would stop being friends with a person because of their political views would be if they were an unashamed racist, for example, or if they supported something heinous like partial-birth abortion.
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I'm capable of writing every day, I am. My life isn't that boring, honest.

It's just that I've gotten caught up in this whole culture appropriation debate that is going on, and I have suddenly grown so determined to learn as much as I can about what's going on that I have been reading everything possible about racism/culture appropriation/white privilege, and am very much looking forward to getting through all the posts over at [livejournal.com profile] ibarw.

I am learning so much too. Now that I think about it, and I mean really think about it, I see the inherent... lack, I guess you could say, of credible, nice, intelligent, passionate POC in books and TV. Off the top of my head, I can only think of three POC off the top of my head that are presented positively in books and movies, but one is a minor character.

The three characters are Foreman from House (who, incidentally, presented me with the first instance of an interracial relationship I've seen on TV), Lee Jordan from Harry Potter (who is black, I think, but I haven't read those books for so long that I can't even remember, which is so sad), and Stephen Black from Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, the book I am reading right now.

And all three of these characters are black.

I can't think of any Asian characters presented positively. Or Chinese characters. Or Japanese characters. Or any other race other than black or white. I'm interested in seeing if anyone else can, because I can't think of any.

But anyway. I said in my post a few days ago that I probably shouldn't discuss this until I learn a lot more.

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I am very worried/intrigued/apprehensive/hopeful about what President Obama is going to do next. I'm shocked at what he's managed to pass through so quickly and, for the most part, I'm... okay with what he's done.

Closing Guatanamo was probably something that had to be done. And the Global Gag rule, how he repealed the ban on abortion provision and information being taught overseas, might (key word: might) be okay with me as long as they don't present abortion as a simple "getting rid of excess tissue." They need to present abortion as murder, a killing, of an innocent life.

It is my view that abortion should only be necessary if the woman's life is at risk and, even then, a woman should not... rush into an abortion. They should access themselves, the situation, understand what abortion is, before they decide what they are going to do. It should not be used as a "get out of jail free" card, or something akin to that.

And as for doubling our clean energy sources over the next three years?

Can I just say yesyesyes to that?

I know I might not agree with Obama on some things, but I'm feeling kinda hopeful. He can't keep up this pace, but I'm happy with most of the things he's done so far.

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School.

My first semester of high school is officially over. I'm sure I passed my finals with flying colors (my final grades go something like 96, 97, 98, 99), but I definitely didn't want my first semester to be over. Mr. P was awesome and, while I didn't enjoy some of my classes, I didn't hate them like I'm sure I will hate gym this semester.

*glares into the distance*

If I could still graduate without gym, I would. But no, I need two gym credits before I can graduate. *grumbles* Which I find stupid, because no one really tries in gym, so it's not as though you get an exercise, and isn't there so many more valuable courses you can take? Like creative writing.

Enough complaining, though. At least having gym means that I have at least one class I won't have any homework in. 

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As for books, it is taking me ages to get through Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. I've been reading it for two weeks now, and I'm just barely halfway through it. It's not even that I don't like it. It is just slow-going, as I had been warned. But I can't help it; I always have to prove people wrong, or try to, at least.

I can't do it this time, but I can't wait until I finish this book, because then I can read my president's two books. And A Companion to Wolves, by Elizabeth Bear ([livejournal.com profile] matociquala) and Sarah Monette ([livejournal.com profile] truepenny). I really want to see what all the fuss is about, especially considering their parts in the culture appropriation debate this month.

I am so looking forward to those books, but mostly President Obama's. Has anyone read them? What'd you think?
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I probably shouldn't be writing this, because I have to memorize the lines for my English final tomorrow, but this is such a major historical event that I can't go without writing a post on this today.

I can't believe we have a new president.

President Barack Obama.

I wasn't originally a fan of Barack Obama, and I'm not sure if I even am now, but I will support him for these four years or perhaps eight if he decides to take on a second term (and I would be surprised if he didn't). He is our president and he deserves—no, needs—our respect and support in the face of all the difficulties ahead of us. He can't do it alone.

This is a bittersweet day for me, full of apprehensions and mingled joy, excitement and an all too infectious hope for change. I am not sure how Obama will fill the expectations we have for him, but he will do a good job as president.

That I am sure of.

He will make mistakes (as he just said in his speech at the inaugural lunch), but we will meet the challenges ahead of us. Like he said in his inaugural speech, we might not meet them now. We might not even reach them in a year or two, but the fact remains that we will meet them. Eventually. And we are all in this together.

That is a fact we all have to realize.

In this state of panic and worry, we can't afford to make swipes at Obama's choice of Rick Warren to give the invocation, or become outraged about Rick Warren in general. In this state of worry and financial downturn, we can't afford to attack Obama for his views.

In this moment, we have to turn to each other to get us past this crisis. We need to help each other look toward the future.

The whole battle between liberals and conservatives, Republicans and Democrats? The attacks directed toward Rick Warren, the name-calling ("hate monger")? The racism still in today's society? I'm not naive enough to think these things will end, and I'm not denying they bother me and I am tempted to give my "opponents" a piece of my mind. However, I am willing, as I've said before, to reach across the aisle and extend a hand of friendship and peace to those who oppose my opinions.

As I've been reading lately in the big racism/writing the Other debacle, we are all people. We might not all be the same, but we are all people, with the same innate emotions inside us. We cry, we laugh, we love, we live, we bleed, we die. We can find something to love and admire in anyone around us.

I recently found out that I agree with [livejournal.com profile] mercuryblue144 in how we should deal with the gay marriage battle. I never thought we could agree on anything, and that revelation really made me realize that there's no need, no need at all, to ostracize or disrespect people for mere opinions. Because who knows? You might actually agree with them about something.

But I digress.

So, I take my place behind President Barack Obama (even I can't get over how great that name looks), even though we may be opposed in some things. I move to connect with conservatives, liberals, Christians, atheists, Republicans, Democrats, and, oh, anyone I come across. I hope everyone on my friends list will join me.

Because, hey, we really are all people! :)
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I am much calmer today.

I also believe I know why I was so upset last night and why tears were literally sliding down my cheeks. I'll put all of that under a cut in case you don't want to hear it.

Cut )

Oh, and Prop 8 in California passed. I will keep my views on that subject to myself, purely because of one thing: conservatives and liberals are both on my LJ and I do not want to start an argument. I feel my views will.

All I'll say more about the elections (hopefully the only thing I'll say until four years from now) is this: 

I am so glad it's over.

I think we can all agree on that, at least.
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It's over.

Barack Obama won Ohio.

It's all over. Done with.

He's our new president.

It's ridiculous that I am crying over this, but seriously, I am. I don't think I'm going to try and reach 18K. I think I'm going to go to bed early.

*sighs*

*goes to curl up in ball*
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So today was the first day I've had to juggle both NaNoWriMo and high school. Frankly, I feel I did incredibly well, considering how well I originally thought I would do.

My total word count at the end of today (day 3) is 14,069. I originally thought I was only going to get to 12K, but word wars are the most useful thing I have come across so far on this crazy NaNo journey. Here are my basic word counts for three of the major increments:

5 minutes: 150 - 250 words.

10 minutes: 400 - 500 words.

15 minutes: 500 - 600 words.

I'm impressed with those times, and I hope to see what my average for the twenty minute word war is soon. Maybe tomorrow, because I wanted to do one today and couldn't. That might be a nice goal for tomorrow, along with... say, 18K.

Yeah, that sounds good.

You know, I'm surprised at how well writing has gone today. Granted, I rambled on quite a bit (chapter three took up many more words than I thought), but the thing is, I see that and know I need to edit it. This gives me an empowering feeling, because I know now that this plot is where I want to go, and I know where I need to flesh things out more. It feels so fulfilling to know that I am finally writing the novel I've wanted to write for ages and I am somehow halfway decent with it...

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All right, onto something else non-NaNo related: the elections.

I can't vote tomorrow.

I know who I would vote for if I could. If you've seen my political posts, you also know who I would vote for if I was old enough.

However, regardless of who you support, I encourage all of you to go out and vote if you haven't already. We must make a difference in this nation and we will so long as the people stand up for what they believe in. Personally, I support one particular candidate. However, the opposing candidate is not only an amazing politician, but a strong person as well.

I might not agree with the views of who gets elected. I wish I could make a difference this election. Unfortunately, I have to wait until four years from now.

This year, though...

This year nearly everyone on my flist can make a difference in the way the votes go (other than the non-Americans in the bunch, to whom I say: Hi! Other than tomorrow or Wednesday this'll be my last American politics post!). I encourage you to do so. But don't do it for me. Do it for yourself, your country, and the values you stand for.

As long as you believe in the candidate you vote for, I will support you every step of the way and others will too, I'm sure.

So get out there and vote.

I'll be wishing I'm right out there with you.
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My post yesterday didn't say much, I think. I just ended up talking about my English teacher, but more has been going on than that. And since my brain has gone kaput, I won't even bother putting it in some coherent manner. So excuse the possibly-incoherent nature, please.

  • Research Papers: I have one of those evil things due October 31st. It is on French Polynesia, and I have no clue how to start it. Most of my research is already done, but my French teacher's stress on thesis statements seems to be prohibiting my creativity, or something. It's not deliberate, obviously, but I hate trying to force myself into a mold of what I believe the teacher wants, and I feel as if that's what I have to do. So I'm trying to just forget about the thesis and just write it. Oh, and then start that stupid visual, which I have to finish by October 31st. *sigh* So freakin' busy.
  • California's Proposition 8: Is it a bad thing if I am irrationally interested in the results of this? I mean, I live on the opposite side of the country, but I can't wait until I hear the results. I have my own views on this issue, but in interest of not starting a debate, I'll keep those issues to myself. Honestly, I think this is one of the most important things (a portion of) America is voting about this year.
  • Elections: Is it over yet? It seems as if it's just getting dirtier and dirtier as the days tick by. There's only about ten days left, but it feels like ages. John McCain doesn't look like he has much of a chance to win, unfortunately, and I have no clue what to think of Barack Obama. I will soon see, though.
  • Objections to Christianity: Recently one particular issue in regards to Christianity has been coming up constantly. This issue is summed up easily: "What gives Christianity the right to force their views on other people? Why can't I believe what I wish?" Or in other words: "I don't like being commanded or forced to believe in a religion. After all, there can't be just one true religion, can there?" I feel strongly on this issue and wanted to write a post about it, but couldn't figure out how to word it correctly. I might write it sometime this week, if people want to hear it, that is.
  • NaNoWriMo: Eeeeeek. There are only six days and two hours left until NaNo starts. This is exact; at the time of writing this post it is 10:01. I have quite a few things planned out so far, but I still have to flesh things out. I am now officially going into "panic mode." That is, I'm freaking out about not reaching 50K, even though I know I'll be able to do it. I just tend to go into a mode where I am second-guessing myself. That'll go away once I've got about 20K, though.
Oh, and did you know that over 60,000 people have already signed up for NaNo? That means that if only 20% of all writers reached the minimum goal, we would have written 600,000,000 words. That is insane. And that's not even counting the words of the people that won't win, the authors that will exceed 50K, and the writers that are yet to join. I find this amazing.
  • NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month): I'm doing this, I think. Expect lotsa updates in November about NaNo and me moaning/celebrating it. Oh, and if I don't seem to post by say, seven my time, kick me. 'Kay, thanks. :D
  • Brisingr by Christopher Paolini: I think the fact that I have yet to finish this book after a week says everything. This book isn't bad, not at all, but... wow. There are so many things I would change. The book could be cut in half and it would go over the same thing. If it was cut in half, it would have been good thing after good thing after good thing, but as it is, it is just blah. The dialogue is choppy (I mean, honestly, who ends a statement by saying "Those are my thoughts"? And why must everyone speak in such a formal language?), and it just doesn't appeal to me at all. However, it's a decent book. I should have it done tomorrow. I hope.
  • HSM3: I want to watch this movie. That is all.
  • Um, me?: I think I've been discovering a lot about myself lately. I feel as though I'm growing as a person, just by looking back at my reactions. For example, this morning I nearly had a fit and deleted my previous post because my brain kept saying "ugh, my last post was so stupid, why don't I just delete it now?" This just shows the fact that I am too insecure for my own good. And I remember a time when I was young, when I was determined that I would never get insecure, that I would always be comfortable in my own skin.
*sigh*

I feel so naive admitting that now, but it's true. I wish that my younger self is more a part of my older self. Not that I'm not happy with who I am, I guess, I just... don't know how to express that. I'm cripplingly shy, and I just want to quit it. I've been trying to but, like, what can I do? I'm trying, and I guess I'll just have to see where it leads me.

Maybe starting that literary magazine will be good for me...

All right, I've rambled long enough. I can see there are some things that perhaps merit elaborating on (Proposition 8, elections, that objection to Christianity, NaNoWriMo, my... um, me-ness), so just tell me if you want me to say something more. I'll try to do so, if I'm not too busy tomorrow with writing that research paper and doing that visual.

(See my bouncy penguin? Isn't it cute?)
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At the moment, I am reading both Brisingr by Christopher Paolini and No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty. Brisingr is definitely not the best book in the world (I can look at it and pick up on things I could do better, and I'm a year younger than Paolini was when he started writing Eragon), but I am thoroughly enjoying it so far. As for No Plot, No Problem... well, I love it. It's incredibly inspiring, and it's making me want to start writing, even though I have pretty much nothing written of my outline.

There's one fact so far that has made me go wow, though:

Apparently NaNoWriMo is responsible for more fiction each year than all of America's creative writing programs. Combined. That's absolutely amazing, but I can't say I'm surprised. After all, if there are 35,000 participants (and I know there are more now, because in 2003, there was 25,000) and only, let's say, 20 percent won, that'd still be 350,000,000 words. (Don't take my word for it; my math might be wonky.) And that's only assuming everyone only reached 50,000 words, which isn't true, and that's assuming only 20 percent won, which also isn't true. And that's still not counting the words of people who didn't win...

I find that awesome. For something that only started as a group of twenty-one insane friends throwing caution to the winds and saying that they want to write a novel in 31 days (the original NaNoWriMo was in July), it's grown exponentionally since then. I can't believe it. How can something that small, something that absolutely off-the-wall, grow into a worldwide phenomenon?

It blows my mind.

But that's why I love NaNoWriMo so much—because it's an absolutely mind-blowing activity and once you do it and win you can't stop.

Honestly, NaNoWriMo this year is shaping up to be the funnest yet. I'm writing this novel, this book that I've been wrestling with in my head for two years, and my characters are talking to me, my plot is coming to life, and everyone I have talked to has been interested in it. Not to mention the numerous friends I've made over the past few weeks and who I believe I'll be able to sympathize with as soon as we swing into November and the insanity begins.

*sighs wistfully*

I'm not even halfway done with my outline and I still want November to come. Of course, that also has something to do with the election almost being done (FINALLY), which means I can go back to my normal life and politics will probably not show up in this journal that often.

Yes, I know you're all cheering. :D
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Note to self: Don't discuss politics, please. It gives you a headache and makes you want to curl up under a rock and never come out until NaNo.

So quit it.

(That goes for discussions about homosexuality, abortion, Christianity, evolution, and all the other touchy subjects as well, self.)
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I finished His Majesty's Dragon and enjoyed it. A review will probably be coming shortly, probably whenever I can stop being laaaaazy when it comes to LJ things and post. I also went to the library and got the three books I requested, as well as Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. I'm currently reading The Case for Faith, and it's incredibly good.

As for the skit, though... I am panicking a bit now. I only have tomorrow, maybe a bit of Friday, until I have to audition, and I have barely practiced so far. I know what I have to do, but it's just I don't know how. I understand how suicidal people think as best as I can (obviously I can't know exactly how they feel, but I can certainly understand it a bit), and I can write it amazingly (I just wrote a short piece inspired by the movie about suicide we watched in health today), but acting it is just... hard. And it's because of my shell, I know it is, but I can't seem to get out of it.

I promise I will, though. I don't care if I have to practice nonstop tomorrow. I will get the part and I will rock at the auditions. I want to do this so badly.

I'll practice, but in the end, I have to put it in God's hands and hope that he'll pull me through. It's not up to me, after all. I believe it's His will for me to have this part, but I could be wrong. (Of course, I hope I'm not!)

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Meme.

The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic to your lj. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) For those who see this on your f-list, take the meme to your OWN lj to spread the fun.

Let's see...

District of Columbia vs. Keller (2008): The Second Amendment guarantees an individual's right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed.

United States vs. Williams (2008): Federal statute prohibiting the pandering of child pornography was not unconstitutionally overbroad. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed.

Van Orden vs. Perry (2005): A Ten Commandments monument erected on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol did not violate the Establishment Clause, because the monument, when considered in context, conveyed a historic and social meaning rather than an intrusive religious endorsement.

Elk Grove Unified School District vs. Newdow
 (2004): A noncustodial parent did not have standing in federal court to allege that his child's school violated the Establishment Clause by leading students in the recital of the phrase "one nation, under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Bush vs. Gore (2000): In the circumstances of this case, any manual recount of votes seeking to meet the December 12 “safe harbor” deadline would be unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Boy Scouts of America vs. Dale (2000): A private organization is allowed, under certain criteria, to exclude a person from membership through their First Amendment right to freedom of association in spite of state antidiscrimination laws.

Santa Fe Independent School District vs. Doe (2000): Student-led, student-initiated prayer at football games violates the Establishment Clause.

Wow, I could just go on and on and on, copying down notable cases, but I'll stop now. Most of the above cases I agree with, but the last one, I don't see why people can't led prayer in schools so long as no one is offended by it.  But that's just me.

And, yes, I did more than one case. But I couldn't help it.

Linkspam

Sep. 29th, 2008 07:15 pm
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Since I don't have any good ideas for a post, this will just be a conglomeration of links that have stood out to me lately and my thoughts on them. And there might be some substance after all, but you'll have to wade through the linkspam in order to get to it, unfortunately.

First of all, this terrifies me. Fellow Republicans, I have to say that I'm disappointed in your judgment. The bail-out plan might not have been perfect, but... if your house was on fire and you had water, would you try and find a fire extinguisher because it worked better? No. This is just... I can't believe it. I don't know what's going to happen to America now. All I can do is hope and pray that things will work together for good. But the clock is ticking. The stock market is thisclose from crashing... not good, not good, not good.

More links:

Maine was spared rare hit by hurricane. Pity, really. I was all excited for this big storm and nothing happened. *sigh* But maybe it's for the best.

Palin, Biden: a lively pairing for veep debate
. I am very excited for the debate. I'm very worried about Palin, just because of the fact that she's not been doing very well in interviews lately and the press is tearing her apart, but I think she may rise to the occasion. As for Biden... he's experienced. He could take this debate. It'll surely be interesting to watch.

This is interesting. So is this. And this. Oh, and don't forget these. It's certainly interesting to see all the different perspectives on pretty much the same issues, don't you think? Politics may be messy, but it sure does fascinate me.

Disney Store Reveals Exclusive Line of Camp Rock and Hannah Montana Costumes
. Ew. Just... ew. Disney is really getting on my nerves, with their incessant need to milk their most successful shows for all they're worth. They're popular enough already, please don't push it.

Project Runway's new Lifetime hits snag
. Oh no.

And I really don't think there are any more links. However, I've been trying to practice for that skit, and... it's hard. I can do it, but only if I have a few minutes to get in the right state of mind. I'm just... wondering, how I'm going to be able to exercise enough control over it by Friday. I know I don't have to be perfect... but I want to be impressive. I'm definitely trying, but it's harder than I thought it would be.

Also. Books.

Yesterday, I requested three books from the library—The Biblical Flood and the Ice Epoch by Donald W. Patten, The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel, and The Battle For the Beginning by John F. MacArthur—via the awesome interlibrary loan. They are in transit right now, so they should be here by... Wednesday, at the latest. That gives me a chance to maybe finish two books.

I find myself in a "must read everything I can about creation vs. evolution debate" mood, so expect lots of book reviews dealing with that subject—with books from both sides. I always find this research so much fun, so I can't wait.
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You are a

Social Moderate
(43% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(28% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Democrat

   
 

   
 


Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Also : The OkCupid Dating Persona Test

Hehe. Can't believe I actually got pegged as a Democrat. I tend to think of myself as a Republican...

Weird, I wonder how they choose your party.

*goes off to think about that*

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This makes me sick.

Honestly, I can't tell you how much I hate politics right now.

I just... agh.

*buries head in pillow*

*screams*
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...

Wow.

This is just... wow. Am I the only one who thinks this presidential election is going too far, especially (and I don't mean this as an insult to Democrats, so please don't take it that way) from the liberal side? I mean, the liberals are positively vicious toward Sarah Palin.

And am I the only one who thinks that it's completely uncalled for? Criticism I can understand, but outright bashing like I've seen so often?

I just... can't believe it.

Honestly, this presidential election is disgusting me more and more as it goes on.

November, can you come soon? Like, by tomorrow?

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Gah. I clicked the backspace button accidentally, so I lost my entire post. Let's see if I can reconstruct what I was saying, shall we?

So.

I finally managed to go school shopping today. I believe I actually did very well for the money I had. I went into Old Navy and Payless ShoeSource with two hundred dollars, and now I still have about sixty dollars in my pocket to go shopping again.

I'm very happy with what I've got so far too. For paying only one hundred and thirty dollars for five shirts, four pants, one pair of shoes, and a bag, I think I did very well for myself. And in case you're interested in reading about what I got... 


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Now.

For a topic that interests more people than just the girls on my F-list. 

 
Edit: You will not believe how hard it was to get this post working right. I don't care if there are typos, or anything. I just wanted to post this before I drove myself insane. The cuts were being annoying, the post was being annoying, so it's not good.

But I'm tired.

So... *collapses into bed* If there are problems with this post, I'll fix it in the morning. But not right now. I need bed.
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I am paranoid.

And insane.

For some reason, I feel like my roots are coming in again, even after I just dyed my hair on Thursday. I know it can't be true—roots cannot come in within four days, can they?—but just to be sure, and to get rid of a bit of my paranoia, I'm going to wash my hair tonight and leave the conditioner in for a bit more than the minimum time frame (two minutes) and maybe that'll bring out the lighter blonde a bit more.

*crosses fingers*

But that's not why I'm insane. I'm insane because, although I can't seem to write more than a few paragraphs of my full-length fanfiction at a time, I've written three oneshots within twenty-four hours, and I might even write another one today.

At least I'm writing. That's all I can hope for.

Maybe eventually I'll get back to writing my full-length fics, although I don't think that's going to happen before school starts, because I have so much to do.

--

I went to the library today and got four books: The Once and Future King by T. H. White, Tricker's Choice by Tamora Pierce, The Portrait by Iain Pears, and Magic Kingdom for SaleSold! by Terry Brooks. I didn't finish reading Middlesex before I had to go to the library, but I think I'm going to eventually check it out again and finish. I'm currently reading The Once and Future King, though, and it's good, considering how reluctant I was to read it. I'm only about seven pages into it, but it's good so far.

Maybe I'll actually read faster because of it!

--

I'm watching Obama talk about his book (Dreams From My Father) on TV at the moment, and... I have to say he's impressing me. He seems down-to-earth and funny, which I appreciate in a politician. I'm going to later watch his press meeting (or whatever they're calling what he's doing) on his more recent book, The Audacity of Hope, so hopefully that'll give me more insight on him.

Hmm. Wouldn't it be strange if I end up supporting Obama? *grin*

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*yawns*

I'm tired. Even though I slept more than ten hours (I went to bed around 11:30, woke up around 9:45), I can't seem to stop yawning. All I want to do now—all I have the brain power to do at the moment—is to read my friends list, go to the library, and read. And post on LJ, of course. Can't go a day without posting on LJ, can I?

I really should be writing, though. My Camp Rock oneshot seems to be calling my name, but I'm ignoring it. I should be writing it, considering my readers over at FFnet will kill me if I don't write something sometime, but I can't bring myself to be bothered. I guess it's a combination of my writer's block (I can't seem to write more than a few paragraphs of story at a time) and my procrastination (I don't want to write more than a few paragraphs of a story at a time), and if I don't get rid of both of them at the same time, I probably won't be writing.

*sadface*

So does anyone have any quick ways to get over writer's block and procrastination at the same time? If you do, I'll love you forever!

--

It seems like my post on abortion last night encouraged a few people to comment. I appreciate that more than you can imagine—although I'm a procrastinator and don't often comment back, I love it when you guys let me know your opinions on what I'm saying.

Abortion is a very controversial subject for a lot of people, but it's nice to see that people with vastly different views on the issue can debate civilly and intelligently with each other. I've gotten into some harsh, throwing-barbs-back-and-forth-at-each-other debates before, but this time, it wasn't like that. Once more, I appreciate you all so much, I can hardly believe it.

*hugs friends*

--

I heard that Obama chose Biden for his running mate. Does anyone have any neutral information about Obama/Biden/McCain that I can read? Although I obviously can't vote, I'm interested in the whole race, and I want to look at things from both perspectives. I'm disillusioned with McCain at the moment, so I want to know more about him, to see if I want to continue "supporting" him. Also, is there any more information on Obama I can read? And Biden, 'cause he's the one I know the least about?

Thanks for any help on that—politics is muchly intriguing, and I wanna know more, more, more.

--

And this is probably the last thing I'm going to ask you guys to do for me in this post, but do any of you have any quick, easy reads to recommend? When I go to the library, I want to get a few books that are quick and easy to read, but the only author that's coming to mind is Tamora Pierce, and I'm planning on taking out a few of her books when I go to the library.

Again, thanks for the help. :)

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Huck Jokes About Gunman Aiming at Obama

I mean, honestly.

I like Huckabee and wish that he could have won the election, but frankly, this made me rethink my decision. It's things like this that make people not want to vote for a Republican or a Christian. It might've been meant for a joke, but like the blog said, it's not funny.

So, please, Mike, get your act back together. Don't disrespect the other side and they won't have a reason to look down on yours.
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Book: Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning by Jonah Goldberg
Genre: Nonfiction, politics
Length: 496 pp., counting sources and appendix
Grade: A

Amazon Summary: In this provocative and well-researched book, Goldberg probes modern liberalism's spooky origins in early 20th-century fascist politics. With chapter titles such as Adolf Hitler: Man of the Left and Brave New Village: Hillary Clinton and the Meaning of Liberal Fascism—Goldberg argues that fascism has always been a phenomenon of the left. This is Goldberg's first book, and he wisely curbs his wry National Review style. Goldberg's study of the conceptual overlap between fascism and ideas emanating from the environmental movement, Hollywood, the Democratic Party and what he calls other left-wing organs is shocking and hilarious. He lays low such lights of liberal history as Margaret Sanger, apparently a radical eugenicist, and JFK, whose cult of personality, according to Goldberg, reeks of fascist political theater. Much of this will be music to conservatives' ears, but other readers may be stopped cold by the parallels Goldberg draws between Nazi Germany and the New Deal. The book's tone suffers as it oscillates between revisionist historical analyses and the application of fascist themes to American popular culture; nonetheless, the controversial arc Goldberg draws from Mussolini to The Matrix is well-researched, seriously argued—and funny.

My Thoughts: For some reason, I thought that the scribbly thing on the front cover was a nose. I was corrected by the people in my school, though, who automatically saw it and yelled "It looks like Hitler!" Personally, I don't see the resemblance between the moustache on a smiley face and Hitler, but... meh. That's just me.

Anyway, though, I absolutely loved this book. For me, it was more difficult than another other political book I've tried to read (Ann Coulter had a way of making it easy to understand, whereas Jonah Goldberg took it a bit more... scientific), but I truly enjoyed it. Until reading this book, I hadn't known that much about Hitler, Mussolini, or any of the presidents. Now, though, I get a bit more insight into what they did, and why they did it. Even though it was difficult to read, I managed to understand it perfectly fine, even though I will most likely go back and reread it again just to see what I missed.

I was impressed with Goldberg's writing style--through more than four hundred pages of politics, of all things, he managed to make it fun, interesting and educational. He made sure to make it so that people couldn't misunderstand him as long as he was clear (which he was) and people were reading it with an intent to understand and not to critique him, but some people will probably misinterpret what he's trying to say, but oh well. That's not something you can get rid of, since we all interpret things in different ways.

This book really opened my eyes to some of America's history and it's also inspired me to read more books about politics and American history. It's something I'm going to have to know, after all, and personally, there was no better book to read about American liberalism and conservatism than this one.

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