December 11th, 2004


October Surprise

Sometimes I read international news and all it does is to remind me what a bunch of spoiled brats we are in the United States. Take the election for example. A hugely large percentage of people thought George Bush stole the 2000 election with the help of right-wing Republicans on the Supreme Court and in the Florida legislature. I don't want to debate that right now though; it's not the point. My question is, what did any of those people do about it? Precious little. Did they mount massive street protests? Nope. Did they march on Washington? Nope. Right, we have a country that is under the rule of law. We don't do things via the people-power type revolution. So how about building up a candidate to take advantage of the anger and winning the next election? Nope. Opponents spewed anti-Bush vitriol. But give money? Organize? Nope. Not really. Howard Dean's folks gave up meekly in the end.

In Ukraine, vote-rigging cause millions of people to take to the streets when the officially backed candidate was intalled by the electoral commission. They forced a re-vote.

Also, in Ukraine the voters and the west-leaning candidate suffered a real October surprise. None of our worries about catching bin Laden at the last minute. In Ukraine, someone poisoned the candidate with extremely high levels of dioxin.

Spoiled we are.


Pie Night XP

I hereby announce the long awaited return of Pie Night. January 2nd, to ring in the new year.

Rules are:

  • Come. Please reply here if you are coming, so I can get an approximate count. Want to make enough pie. Bring friends. Children okay, but bring them at your own risk. Ya never know when a conversation about who's screwing who will break out.
  • Bring pie if you want. No cake. Savory pies allowed (encouraged). Tarts allowed, as they are mini-pies. No cake. No donuts. Your dessert must have a crust and filling. For all the cake lovers out there, I do think cake is wonderful. But this is Pie Night™. Bring your cake to Cake Night.
  • Don't crowd the kitchen while I'm cooking.
  • Bring forks, beverages, ice cream, whipped cream, etc., if you want.

I think that's all the rules.

The particulars: It will be held January 2nd, starting officially at 4 p.m. and ending when all the pie is gone or the hostesses kick us all out. As my place is not big enough, the lovely Michelle and Tina (sorry boys, she's now engaged) have volunteered their house, located at 1043 S. Thistle Street, Seattle WA.

Why? Because pie is good.