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Transparency, when it comes to business practices, is very important to me.  After working in corporate america’s shadiest friend, marketing and advertising, for 6 years, the lack of transparency was one of the reasons I wanted to make a switch to higher education.  Now, higher education isn’t perfect but so far, in my limited experience, I’ve seen more accountability and a NEED for accountability than I had in all my years working at the agency.

One of the reasons I chose to support Obama over Hillary in the primary was his mention, if not shouting, of and for transparancy and accountability in government.

I am so happy to see he has already lived up to his word, in that he would let us all know what is going on.

This website is just the start. It outlines the goals and the work of his transition team. But also it allows you, me and anyone, really, to let them know what’s on your mind, what issues are you concerned about? What do you want to see the Administration take care of? Share your thoughts!

I hope all my non-Obama friends use this too – and by posting it on facebook, I let them know of the opportunity – so that they can express ALL of their concerns that we are becoming a Socialist nation. If I have to hear it one more time………… seriously. Read his policies people, then get back to me. (you the fear of socialists, not you reading this)



Nothing in my life has changed, really, today. It’s the same as it was yesterday, even a few hours ago, I’m still looking for a job, I’m still aching for the independence that is the core of me, my cat still prefers my dad over myself, and my car’s engine light is mysteriously still on.

Yet, I feel EVERYTHING had changed. Tonight was a remarkable night. Tonight a country spoke, our voices together stated that we matter, our families matter, our lives matter, we stood together, some in long, long lines to have our voices heard, to say that we are not defined by yesterday but that we have hope for tomorrow. And we were heard, MY GOD were we heard!?!

There are some who refer to 9/11 as the defining moment of my generation. I disagree. I think today was. The day in which we realized the torch has been passed and it was up to us to walk down this road together. I am so proud.

And seriously? What I wouldn’t give to be that future Obama puppy?!!


(photo credit: Huffington Post)

via Andrew Sullivan:

At 3 p.m. on Election Day, the Foundry Methodist Church voting station in Dupont Circle was doing light but brisk business. As I signed my name to receive my ballot, one of the poll workers loudly asked another to ring the small bell on their table. “Everyone please listen up for a moment,” he boomed while holding on to an old black woman standing perhaps 5’2″ with a huge grin. “This is our special voter of the day. She’s 95 years old and this is her first time voting.”

As everyone in the room took her in and the thundering applause echoed through the old church basement, her glinting eyes quickly teared up and she somehow managed an even bigger smile.


This is what it is all about today – it’s not about the candidates, it’s not about winning or losing – it’s about the freedom we all enjoy. A fundamental right that can not be taken away from us.

Today, we remember what makes the United States great, today, we vote.

And, geekly, I admit for all the pomp and circumstance, and mostly for the interactive maps and HOLOGRAMS (yeah, CNN!), it is my favorite day every 4 years. 6pm and EST polls closing canNOT come fast enough for me!

I am going to be sad when it’s all over tomorrow.

Profound article in Newsweek.

The fact that this issue will alter a state constitution by taking away a human’s civil right is so infuriating to me that my blood pressure rises every time I read something on it.

I can’t believe I live in a country where this is even called into question. I truly feel that once we all leave this earth, where ever we go, all of us – even those who fundamentally adhere to the Bible – will realize that our only purpose to be here is to LOVE. And we completely missed the point.

I wish I could vote NO on Prop 8 in California even though I live across the country.

OMG. I canNOT wait for the debates!! I have been salivating for it. This has been quite a week in this country, my goodness.

Honestly, I am so thankful for this election right now, I’m so pre-occupied with reading and researching and CNNing it, that I don’t have time or care to wallow in self pity that is my life right now. Although, I haven’t quit job searching or interviewing, my priorities are not that far out of whack.

Anyway, I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned but I’m pretty far behind as trends go. My wardrobe is full of basic staples. I got Uggs as a gift in 2006, long after they were popular. Music that is mainstream and popular RIGHT NOW, I won’t know about it until 6 months or a year from now. Having said that, I pride myself on being on trend when it comes to television. TV and I have a bond and it is cultivated with up to the minute awareness of shows like LOST, 24, The Office, Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, Friday Night Lights, Rock of Love 2,000 with Bret Michaels. All of which, I jumped on the bandwagon pretty early and never had to do catch up.

However, thanks to these awesome online streaming video sites, I’ve been able to catch up to shows I had heard about but had NO IDEA the awesomeness in which they contain. I am specifically referring to the awesomeness known as Veronica Mars and The O.C.


Well, I guess that’s a pretty easy answer. I dated/practically lived with a man who didn’t care for awesomeness (although I do distinctly remember a time he made me watch the last half of The O.C. so he could watch the latest trailer of Star Wars 3: The Revenge of the Sith – yes, there are seriously people like this in the world and I loved one of them).

The good news is that the lack of appreciation for the awesome is gone from my life so I am able to focus only on The Awesome. I have finished the first seasons of both of those shows, and am patiently waiting for the sites to post the second seasons so I can continue to watch awesome for free. But I also know that my time with Veronica and with Seth Cohen is going to come to an end, which is SO lame.

It also might be note worthy that usually my choice of Awesome means death to the shows. They don’t last long, if at all. I get excited and inspired and then disappointed as I have to file them away in my Angela Chase file of awesome characters never to be seen again.

But holy hell, I’ve never seen Southern California so appealing in my life, and *that* is the kind of level of awesome I’m dealing with here, people.

Over the next couple of months, my life will change as I get a job and move on with my life, but I am confident that The Awesome and the search for The Awesome will remain.

And that is exactly the kind of life I want to live.

I think this election is going to be the death of me, or at least leave me with head full of grey hair.

However, I am comforted by Andrew Sullivan and his blog for The Atlantic.

If a conservative libertarian understands the pulling of wool over American’s eyes, which is moving into overdrive, then hopefully some in the general public will too.

His questions are real and seek truth. And it gives me some hope.

Okay, so I’m sucking it up on my typical Tuesday and random Friday posts but whatever. I’m sure you guys have heard the craziness that has come from McCain’s ridiculous ad comparing Obama to Paris Hilton.

First of all, McCain needs to fire his marketing strategist. They keep coming up with these ads that ultimately paints Obama in a REALLY good light. Like, crowds of people hearing him speak, images of Barack looking presidential and powerful. I actually think that the ad does more for Obama than the harm it intended. Everyone knows celebrities like Britney and Paris and plastic and vapid and can’t make that comparison to Obama. If I were the marketing consultant for McCain, first of all I’d stop doing ads that make Obama the hero but if I was threatened with Chinese water torture or else do the celebrity angle, I would have played the angle of Hollywood dictating our politics that gets the folks riled up and used George Clooney or Ben Afflect and footage of their trips to Darfur instead. But that’s just me.

If you haven’t seen Paris’ response to her likeness in McCain’s ad, you should watch. And I have it here for you! Aren’t you lucky? It’s rather hilarious and brilliant as Paris misinterprets her celebrity as actually a presidential endorsement and uses this commercial to state her energy policy. And her energy policy, rather the writer’s energy policy? Kind of makes sense.

I can’t get wordpress to cooperate and embed the video but you can watch Paris here.

However, the marketing idiots at McCain 2008 do not stop there.Probably my favorite McCain ad is the dumbest of ad ideas for trying to create opposition to an opponent ever. The intention of this ad is to try to use the mainstream media’s love for Obama does not create a strong candidate. Rather that the American people are being mislead because the media are fawning all over Barack. It’s set to the song “Too Good to Be True” and actually I think this made me feel more inspired about Obama. WRONG MOVE, MCCAIN. To see these hardened journalists discuss Obama’s potential as a leader and to hear that Europe (who by the by no longer likes us) thinks of Obama as a rock star? ALL good things.

So McCain, keep up the good work!!!


musings and panic attacks of a Chicago girl embarking on a new life in Texas. Only it's not always June and it's not in song.

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