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Re: Political Disagreement with Lovable Grandmother December 15, 2009

Filed under: Rants (Politics) — suzanne turner @ 9:21 pm

Well, I love my family and friends like no other, but I still can’t shut my mouth when we see things from different perspectives. Luckily I haven’t lost any friends or family over this big electronic mouth of mine…I’ve even made a few during discussions (some heated, some not) with friends, and even friends of friends on facebook. It’s going pretty well, but hopefully, my dear Grandma understands when she gets this response to her email forward tonight. I’ve held my tongue mostly til now, though she knows my stance politically. I don’t know if she sends them to me to try to persuade me to change my mind, or if she just sends them to a bunch of people in her address book… regardless, here’s how it went. Already hit send, reply to all… Am I a jerk?

Email forward from dear Grandma:

“Excellent letter to AARP

This was sent to the Executive Director of AARP.

THIS LADY NOT ONLY HAS A GRASP OF ‘THE SITUATION’ BUT AN INCREDIBLE COMMAND OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE!

This has been authenticated by Snopes –
http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/aarp.asp

Dear Mr. Rand,

Recently you sent us a letter encouraging us to renew our lapsed
membership in AARP by the requested date. I know it is not what you
were looking for, but this is the most honest response I can give you.
Our gap in coverage is merely a microscopic symptom of the real
problem, a deepening lack of faith.

While we have proudly maintained our membership for several years and
have long admired the AARP goals and principles, regrettably, we can no
longer endorse it’s abdication of our values. Your letter specifically
stated that we can count on AARP to speak up for our rights, yet the
voice we hear is not ours. Your offer of being kept up to date on
important issues through DIVIDED WE FAIL presents neither an impartial
view nor the one we have come to embrace. We do believe that when two
parties agree all the time on everything presented to them, one is
probably not necessary. But, when the opinions and long term goals are
diametrically opposed, the divorce is imminent. This is the philosophy
which spawned our 200 years of government.

Once upon a time, we looked forward to being part of the senior
demographic. We also looked to AARP to provide certain benefits and
give our voice a power we could not possibly hope to achieve on our
own. AARP gave us a sense of belonging which we no longer enjoy. The
Socialist politics practiced by the Obama administration and empowered
by AARP serves only to raise the blood pressure my medical insurance
strives to contain. Clearly a conflict of interest there!

We do not understand the AARP posture, feel greatly betrayed by the guiding forces that we expected to map out our senior years and leave your ranks with a great sense of regret. We mitigate that disappointment with the relief of knowing that we are not contributing to the problem anymore by renewing our membership. There are numerous other organizations which offer discounts without threatening our way of life or offending our sensibilities.

This Presidential Administration scares the living daylights out of us.
Not just for ourselves, but for our proud and bloodstained heritage. But even more importantly for our children and grandchildren. Washington has rendered Soylent Green a prophetic cautionary tale rather than a nonfiction scare tactic. I have never in my life endorsed any militant or radical groups, yet now I find myself listening to them. I don’t have to agree with them to appreciate the fear which birthed their existence. Their borderline insanity presents little more than a balance to the voice of the Socialist mindset in power. Perhaps I became American by a great stroke of luck in some cosmic uterine lottery, but in my adulthood I CHOOSE to embrace it and nurture the freedoms it represents as well as the responsibilities it requires.

Your website generously offers us the opportunity to receive all communication in Spanish. ARE YOU KIDDING??? Someone has broken into our ‘house’, invaded our home without our invitation or consent. The
President has insisted we keep the perpetrator in comfort and learn the
perp language so we can communicate our reluctant welcome to them.

I DON’T choose to welcome them.
I DON’T choose to support them.
I DON’T choose to educate them.
I DON’T choose to medicate them, pay for their food or clothing.

American home invaders get arrested. Please explain to me why foreign lawbreakers can enjoy privileges on American soil that Americans do not get?

Why do some immigrants have to play the game to be welcomed and others only have to break & enter to be welcomed?

We travel for a living. Walt hauls horses all over this great country, averaging over 10,000 miles a month when he is out there. He meets more
people than a politician on caffeine overdose. Of all the many good folks he enjoyed on this last 10,000 miles, this trip yielded only ONE
supporter of the current administration. One of us is out of touch with
mainstream America. Since our poll is conducted without funding, I have
more faith in it than one which is power driven.

We have decided to forward this to everyone on our mailing list, and will encourage them to do the same. With several hundred in my address book, I have every faith that the eventual exponential factor will make a credible statement to you.

I am disappointed as hell.
I am scared as hell.
I am MAD as hell, and I’m NOT gonna take it anymore!

Walt & Cyndy

Miller Farms Equine Transport

I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO KEEP THIS MOVING FORWARD”



And my response:

I’m sorry, [I love you Grandma!], but I have to say I disagree with every part of that letter, but maybe that’s because I’m still under 30 for a couple more years. 🙂

What does AARP have to do with politics anyway? I think this gal is barking up the wrong tree. The fact that their website information is available in Spanish shows that they respect the fact that people who immigrate here are also Americans.

The belief that everyone should have access to decent health care is not Socialist. I don’t have affordable access to health care right now; I was born in this country, have been employed since I was of age, have a college degree, and pay my taxes just like everyone else. The fact that I work for small businesses, am a contract employee or have done seasonal work (not to mention my friend who is my age who has suffered from lymphoma and been refused health insurance as this qualifies as a “pre-existing condition”)… these are reasons I have not seen a doctor, dentist, nor optometrist in quite a few years. This is also why my friend has to come up with thousands of dollars if he needs bloodwork and tests done to see if his cancer has returned. Or he could just sit and wonder I guess, since he is a Graphic Designer who does contract work supplemented by part-time work for a small business as well.

No matter what you hear on FOX News, other countries are kicking our ass in the health care department. It’s time to reevaluate. Unfortunately, the health care bill is getting bogged down with frivolous issues while the ones that really need to be addressed are being thrown off the table.

Ok, enough. I respect your opinions whether or not you agree with the letter’s stance. Just had to put it out there that this is not something I can say I agree with.

Love to All,
Suzanne

 

Frustration!!! September 7, 2009

Filed under: Rants (Politics) — suzanne turner @ 3:46 pm
Frustration!!!
Frankly, I am dismayed at all the resistance to President Obama’s upcoming speech and the blockades put in front of him already as he tries to make positive speeches, positive changes, have a positive, progessive impact.

So many people who hate him have no grounds- admittedly. They say its not his policies, it’s not anything he’s done, they just hate him and don’t trust him. Well, why is it then? I can’t help but wonder if it has to do with the color of his skin. I thought we’d come a little farther than this as a country. But apparently not.

The fact that people would rather listen to the negative drivel pumping out of the mouths of Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh than hear a positive speech given by our nation’s President- it makes me very sad. People don’t mind that their chidren sit watching commercial after commerical for fast food, Barbie, and make-up and programs that glorify models, actors, pro sports stars and gyrating, barely-dressed “musicians” but they absolutely don’t want their kids to watch a historical moment in politics where their President encourages them to work hard and stay in school.

The media hype in this country and the resulting hysteria over absolutely nothing shows me that the reporting (and the reaction) is beyong partisan. It is negative, fear-based, petty, unfounded, baseless, illogical, counterproductive, hate-driven and utterly unintelligent propaganda.

People had no problem with Kennedy saying “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” In fact they loved it and rallied behind it. Lest we forget we are in a time of war, a time of recession, a time when great change is needed. And when someone strong enough to make those changes steps up and aims to get things done, people want to step in his way, for no other reason than they didn’t want him to win, and now don’t want him to succeed. That attitude is childish, selfish, prideful, and shortsighted. How can they not see that hurting his efforts would hurt themselves?

Get over yourself, your party, and your attachments to what you wanted. Stop stamping your foot and accept it- you don’t like him, you didn’t vote for him, but now he might actually do something good. You voted, you showed that you care about your country enough to show up and participate in the process that defines our great democracy. Now let’s get it together and show that we care enough about our country to get it out of the crapper, no matter what it takes or who is doing it. Giving more support, being more informed and thinking more for ourselves are the best things a person can do right now if we care about our country.

Regarding the speech- by all means, do your best to monitor what your kids see. Keep in mind that there are a lot of things your kids are going to see and hear over the course of growing up that you wish they didn’t or don’t agree with. Maybe make it a habit of having discussions with them about everything so they always know how you feel. For parents to be afraid that this speech is trying to indoctrinate their children is ludicrous. You, as a parent, have the ability and the responsibility to teach your children as you see fit. If a think few minutes of someone else talking to them is going to counteract all you’ve taught them, you’re going to have a really hard time if they have friends, see movies, watch tv, listen to the radio or go to public schools.

Here’s the speech:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/MediaResources/PreparedSchoolRemarks/

Read it and decide for yourself what you think and if you would let your kids watch this speech. If he goes off course from the prepared remarks, starts goose-stepping and his tongue rolls out of his mouth like Gene Simmons, and he starts ranting on live TV about wanting all the kids to take up arms and form his personal militia wearing little brown shirts, then we’ll have another talk.

P.S. Can you think of any reason that Hitler and Obama would have been friends? No. Hitler would have wanted to kill Obama. So actually that is something that Hitler had in common with that backwoods Pastor saying he wants Obama to die. (Hmmm, Christian indeed.) In that regard, people who hate Obama would have something in common with Hitler. Chew on that.

 

What Politics are not about… November 1, 2008

Filed under: Rants (Politics) — suzanne turner @ 12:13 pm

Glasses

Balloons

Ears

Religion

Suits

Nepotism

Affairs

Shoes

Big Macs

Hair

Jokes

Celebrity

Why is anyone watching this crap? The news anchors can go kick rocks. I’ll hear what matters in the debates.

 

Southbound/Hellbent October 8, 2008

Filed under: Books & Mags,Rants (Politics),Religion & Spirituality,Travel — suzanne turner @ 1:06 am

Seattle today! Helena Tomorrow… maybe.

I had only been to Seattle briefly, passing through until now. But today, Joel and I ran around that city like nobody’s business. The forecast had called for lots of rain, but lo and behold, it was the most fantastic day imaginable. Everywhere we looked, it was a scene straight out of that computer game Myst. The sun was shining on the water as we took the ferry from Bainbridge Island to the city. On the Island, we are staying with Joel’s Uncle, who has an amazing house with his wife, who was unfortunately visiting family in Japan as she often does. So sadly, I didn’t get to meet her. Their house, which they designed themselves, is just a beautiful example of traditional Japanese design. And the Zen-like feeling is palpable. Simple wood, glass, and bamboo surrounded by acres of forest- needless to say, it was a more relaxing stay than anywhere else we could have imagined. I soaked in the deep Japanese hot bath for quite a while before retiring to bed in a casual kimono- I forget the word for it. It was wonderful. Today we walked from the ferry terminal over to the fish market, up to find a place where Joel remembered having great Russian Pieroshky, which we did find and enjoy very much. We found the Seattle Public Library, which I have been reading about since I had heard of its design, and it was amazing to see in real life. I get to cross another famous architect off my list of buildings to see- Rem Koolhaas! I don’t think I’ll ever beat meeting Daniel Liebskind though. 🙂 We then walked up to the retail core, where I saw this amazing restauraunt called Purple which had this ridiculously huge spiral staircase in the middle surrounding their open, cylindrical wine storage. They had big dark, gothic looking light fixtures hanging from the double height ceiling that looked like they held big candles, which I’m sure were really light fixtures, but the effect was stunning. It was very Sarah and Ted. 🙂 It would be so much fun travelling with friends, we decided. Running around there, a couple of couples, would be so much fun. Joel is really good though about shopping with me and looking with me at things I like. Which brings me to my next subject.

We need to shop a lot less. Saving money has never been a forte for either of us, but its time to stop making excuses. So many people want to live a lot richer than they are. Maybe our parents or grandparents generation are doing ok now, but we don’t see the half-lifetime worth of work that has gone into preparing that lifestyle. Some of the people our age have inherited some of their wealth, or a position to make wealth from that same source, but for most of us, we need to realize that hard, hard work is the way to come by wealth. And that wealth needs to build slowly but surely over a number of years. We need to learn to accept that the house we want and the housing we can afford are often two different things most often these days. Think of where your parents were living when they were in their twenties, versus where they are living now. We decided to be starving students, but refusing to acknowledge that decision is not getting us anywhere. We can only dig ourselves out of debt steadily, or rack it up and suffer forever. And for what? Stuff? One good thing about moving seasonally is that it keeps your pack-ratted shit in check. That card someone gave you years ago- did it change your life? Then go ahead and throw it away. People want to keep things with sentinental value, but they could really just keep the memory. Or take a picture and store it on the internet. The thought of how much money I have spent sickens me. Some in worthwhile endeavors, some on pure bullshit. I wish I could just have the money back for all the things I bought. But going forward, I just need to remember that. In fact, today I found a book of Buddhist essays on the urge to spend and consume, which would be cool to read, to bolster my resolve. But I decided to just go ahead and keep that $17.95 and walk away. I could look up the subject on the internet for free if I really care to read up. Joel and I both have a weakness for books and magazines, which is ok to a certain extent. Its somewhat justified, but we still need to keep it to a minimum, and only what applies to helping make more money. When we are bored and want to spend money- hey it sounds like we have free time to be working on learning more, and working out. We just agreed to not get cable when we get to Denver. People our age consider TV a near necessity. Silly and sad.    

When we get back home, I want to go through all that storage in my bedroom- all that stuff I have no idea what it is- and sell it. Everything. Cutthroat. We dont need a TV. We don’t need anything. I want to get the stuff we BOTH own down to what we can fit in the 4 Runner. That’s a large enough vehicle. A few totes for household stuff, the rest for only the most useful clothes and things. No more. Its sickening how much I have, how should I be wanting more? I thought tonight of a mantra that encompasses my goal for the winter: Aim for being the person you want to be, and not having the things you want to have. I want to keep that at the front of my mind.

I just finished reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which talked a lot about the nature of quality. The book was rather long winded at getting to the point, but quality is a concept I have often contemplated myself, so it kept me (barely) intrigued enough to finish it. It did get better, but not until the very end. If you include the afterward. Though the concepts could have been summed up more quickly, it did give me a lot to think about. I want to pare down the things I have and trade them for quality things. I have thought about this topic mostly in terms of architectural appplications, but I think it applies regardless. I am always drawn to things that have quality and good intrinsically in them. I love architecture with the joinery and cladding naked, the methods of construction apparent. I love materials like wood, metal, and concrete that are themselves the material beauty. Paint is never necessary in my mind. When you think this way anyway, other things seem to fall into place- for instance with the absence of paint, you have no volitile organic compunds off-gassing in the baby’s bedroom. The simplest road is usually best. And its true that the best things in life are free. Luckily also, we are at a time when most of the things we could ever want or need are very accessible, and even for free. Books and music are very available at the library, and I intend to spend more time there again. I can easily spend hours there, and for free. We can work out, go for a walk, make a light dinner, hang out with friends, listen to music- shopping is not the answer. I wish I had never bought girl-mag subscriptions for my sister. I know my girlfriends and I were influenced by those at a young age, and not in a good way, but obviously, it is worse now. The only way I can teach her now is by my example that things are not where its at.

All the things I want I can either figure out how to get for free, cheap, or just decide to forego. I’m at the point where I’d rather have a bike or a kayak than a car. I guess quality is just finding the right combination of things that make you truly happy. Finding the right place to live that suits your needs is crucial. I think people don’t explore enough on their own. I have always wanted to visit Seattle, but whenever I mentioned it, people always say, probably some who have never even been there, “yeah, well it always rains there, who would live there?” Now that I have lived half a year in Juneau, with the worst weather they have had in easily over 15 years, I’m glad to know rain won’t stop me if I want to live somewhere. Juneau, no. But someplace like this, oh yeah. I would live here in Bainbridge Island, or over in the city in a heartbeat. People there are really cool, and the whole feel is so artsy, cultural, and yet laid back. I know we caught the weather in its prime today, but the shops I saw here and the culture is exactly what I’m looking for. Rain may not stop me, but we’ll see about snow as we make our way south, and then east to Denver for the winter. I want to give Joel his chance to be back near his friends and family, and since I’m feeling ready to explore anywhere new, now is the time. Joel is good to me, and if I am utterly miserable somewhere, I know he will help me do what it takes to fix things. Plus, we won’t be there forever.

 

Missing, Reminiscing and Wondering July 28, 2008

Filed under: Love,Rants (Politics) — suzanne turner @ 3:38 am

Just thought I’d say that I love & miss you guys all so much. I also miss dance parties and crazy laughs, drinking, swimming, watching movies, mudfights in the canal.. that crazy hat night with Mayo songs… wow, some carefree times were had by all. 

Why did we have to grow up and stop all that nonsense anyway? I want to be a little reckless and silly and childlike. But maybe I’ve forgotten how? Things seems so stressful and serious and important after a certain age. I don’t want to start in with that responsibility crap- worrying about bills. I want to stay up all night talking, kissing, dreaming. I don’t want everyone around me feeling the clicks of our biological clocks. At a certain point, do we do that, and at the same point, do others in our lives sense it and become rebellious and fearful? Maybe they are feeling that something is over when they feel the onset of that phase- like I am now and want to do anything to reverse that. Maybe everyone goes through that- it just has different triggers. Maybe for some, its called cold feet- they only thought about the wonderful parts of being with one person, but are suddenly realizing that means the dating phase is over. For me, it’s not about my doubting relationship (that is wonderful) it’s about the responsibilities I fear could put a damper on our happiness and coming to terms with how to prevent that. Having a huge loan payment for a degree I feel too burned out and scared to use is weighing on my mind like an anvil. Seeing Joel stress about his job is hard for me and I need to learn what to do to stop the downward sprial that ensues. Anytime I feel like I am not the top priority, I start into a self-conscious attack, wondering why he is not paying attention to me. This has happened in all of my relationships at about the two year mark, usually fueling a crash and burn already in the works. I need to learn how to relax and know that it is not me, but combined with the constant coming and going of this Alaskan lifestyle, it is proving quite difficult. I remember going through this last year while he was gone- suffering fits of doubt until I could hear his voice again. Long distance is not something that will break us now or ever, but it sure is difficult. We knew there would be unforseen challenges that would come with doing it this way, and indeed there are.

To top it all off, I feel so restless and stuck about so many things. I want to talk to to people, but I don’t want to complain, so I feel like I don’t have that much to say on a lot of days. My mom and Kim are the only ones I have let listen to what’s actually happening. A lot of other people, I feel like they don’t really care as much. I know that’s not fair of me to assume, but no one has called me. Aaron and Brenda call, Badi calls, and Joel’s parents call- all more than anyone from home. Except Kim. I really appreciate her, and how she listens to me, and understands. We actually share what’s happening with ourselves, rather than catch up superficially. I trust her not to twist my words when talking to other people, which seems to happen here with people who I would have thought would not do that. Here or anywhere. Good friends are hard to find.

I’m happy I’ve started a penpal relationship with my Grandma as well. Anyone who really knows me knows I put words together much better when written than when spoken. I find the courage to say what I want to, maybe being able to speak more indirectly. But, I am learning a lot from her advice and appreciating her support.

I love my mom more than ever and miss talking with her into the night, or curling up to watch a movie, eating chips and salsa and giving my sister advice. I share with her, and she with me, more than most friends do and I love listening to her. She is the sweetest, most sensitive person you will ever meet. She will give until the cows come home, almost to a fault and I wish I could vindicate every wrong in her life where someone took too much. I love my father for protecting her, loving her faithfully, and providing for her- and am thankful she has done the same for him. They have their disagreements and everything, but they’ve been working them out for 30 years. Knowing that they are playing basketball and planning hikes to sleep on the summit of Mount Whitney, and reading books to each other in bed… it give me hope that relationships can survive, and so can the fun and adventure. It shows that it takes effort and imagination and constant renewal, but I am so lucky to have them in my lives, as my parents and as role models. They seem a good 20 years younger than most people of the same age. I hope to make enough money to be able to travel with them and really enjoy life and each other for the rest of our lives.

*small Juno moment spoiler* I love the quote in Juno toward the end when her dad is giving his opinion on whether two people can stay in love forever:

“In my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, the right person will still think the sun shines out your ass. That’s the kind of person that’s worth sticking with.”

It makes me cry every time I watch that part. I know I’m unbelieveably lucky that I have found that person, but I need to learn how to stop worrying that I’ll lose him somehow. Buddhist teachings say that not only should I find comfort in the fact that I have something wonderful now, that I should come to terms with the fact that all things are impermanent, and that anything I have could be gone at any moment, and that life goes on for all of the larger life of the universe- that that was just a tiny part which is now changing form. Wow, I am not at that point of understanding. But I believe it is true. It is not as easy to find peace in reality, or just let emotions flow as it is to dull or placate them. I understand why people continue self-soothing into adulthood, although we thought we stopped as toddlers. Bigger problems take bigger pacifiers- whether it be drugs, alcohol, food, love, religion, delusion- we all have something that relaxes us and gives us a sense that all is right, or at least takes the edge of the fact that we can’t figure things out at all.

I am definitely glad I decided to come to Alaska, but for many reasons it is hard to decide if I want to do this again next year. I have learned and grown a whole lot, and Joel and I are definitely having challenges alone and together that are new and difficult. We are having growing pains, trying to transition between jobs and careers, and not knowing exactly how or when to do that. I am missing my family and friends and feeling a bit isolated, which is making me want even more to live close to them. I feel like our families will always be scattered, but that apparently is a part of growing up, moving on and moving out as well. Maybe its something you get used to, but I feel like in the past, families stayed together, in the same clan or tribe or whatever and I wish that was still a natural thing.

Okay, well enough. I need to go to bed as I have to work in the morning at eeek 7! I’ll talk more later.

-Suzy

 

This week’s weapons: Willpower & Water…. and eff Wal-Mart! June 3, 2008

Filed under: Food,Health & Beauty,Rants (Politics) — suzanne turner @ 3:18 am

I’m finding lots of challenging opportunities to test my willpower. Eating, shopping- it takes focus. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes… not so much. But I know right after and think of a way to overcome it next time. There’s no use in beating yourself up- just do your best. So a couple days ago a few of the expeditors brought back a tip that was given to everyone and it was decided that we should celebrate by getting 20 spring rolls from Peter’s, the Chinese place down the road. Grrr. They reminded me of lumpia I had many years ago- and never forgot. So maybe its not even Chinese. I don’t know. But these things came in smelling amazing and I knew I had to have one. So then of course I had another one. There was still one there taunting me after everyone had some, and so I ran to find Samantha to give it to her. But she wasn’t there! I was tempted to eat it right there. But I ran until I found someone. And Ron in maintenance was very happy when I found him. Still, I felt yucky after eating the greasy things. So when today another challenge arose- tons of food from Peter’s wafting about, I had none. Then Dan the expeditor noticed I was practicing my willpower, and decided to leave his Maui onion chips lying about for hours, telling me to eat some. I had none. The secret to my success was actually two-fold. I pictured how I would feel after each course of action- guilty and bloaty, or proud of myself and feeling slimmer. Then the real savior was that I have been bringing tons of snacks to have to grab instead. Apples, tea, dark chocolate squares, tricuits, nuts, soyjoy bars, turkey jerky and instant soups have been getting me through. Variety is definitely a big help.  And eating and drinking more rather than less keeps me from that rock bottom where I crave the worst. I have been tempted to buy gadgets lately in order to help me monitor exactly what is happening as far as blood sugar, body fat, lean mass etc. But I resisted that too. 🙂 I read reviews that say they aren’t as accurate as everyone had hoped. Instead, I ordered a few dance & cardio DVDs to add variety to my workouts.

I also stopped buying bottled water, which is purportedly not as clean as I thought, and also wasteful- especially in Juneau where there is no recycling!!! Arrg! So Joel got me that fabulous Sigg bottle and I got a Britta faucet filter. Easy! And the bottle is bigger than the old Aquafina, so I drink more. Plus, those bottled waters are made by practically all sold by Pepsi and Coke, so you can’t get away from them even when you try. You have to think outside the box, but then it clicks. I was sad to see that even the Odwalla juices I enjoy so much are made by Coca Cola. Have you ever googled Coca Cola and seen the staggering number of smaller names they have created and/or engulfed? Do you even want to know?

The trademarks listed below are owned or used under license(*) by The Coca-Cola Company and its related affiliates, as of May 31, 2007. These trademarks may be owned or licensed in select locations only. 
 
A&W Ades Alhambra* Ali
Alive Ambasa Andina Fortified Andina Fresh
Andina Frut Andina Nectar Apollinaris Aqua
Aquabona Aquactive Aquarius Aquana Aquarius
Arwa Aybal-Kin    
Bacardi Mixers* Bacardi Premium Mixers* Bankia Barq’s
Beat Beautia Beverly Bibo
Big Crush Big Tai Bimbo Bimbo Break
Bird’s Nest* Bistra Bistrone Bjare
BlackFire Boco Bogadera Bom Bit Maesil
BonAqua/BonAqa BPM Brazzi Bright & Early
Bubbly Burn    
CAFE ZU caffeine free Barq’s caffeine free Coca-Cola caffeine free Diet Coke/Coca-Cola light
Calypso Canada Dry Cannings Cappy
Caprice Carioca Carver’s Cepita
Chaqwa Charrua Chaudfontaine Cheers
cherry Coke Chinotto Ciel Citra
Club Coca-Cola Coca-Cola Black Cherry Vanilla Coca-Cola Blak
Coca-Cola C2 Coca-Cola Citra Coca-Cola with Lemon Coca-Cola with Lime
Coca-Cola with Raspberry Coca-Cola Zero Cocoteen Coke II
Cresta Cristal Crush Crusta
Crystal      
Daizu no Susume DANNON* DASANI DASANI Active
DASANI Balance DASANI Flavors DASANI Nutriwater DASANI Plus
Delaware Punch diet A&W diet Andina Frut/Andina Frut light diet Andina Nectar/Andina Nectar light
diet Barq’s diet Canada Dry diet cherry Coke Diet Coke/Coca-Cola light
Diet Coke Black Cherry Vanilla Diet Coke Citra/Coca-Cola light Citra Diet Coke Plus Diet Coke Sweetened with Splenda
Diet Coke with Lemon/Coca-Cola light with Lemon Diet Coke with Lime/Coca-Cola light with Lime Diet Coke with Raspberry diet Crush
diet Dr Pepper/Dr Pepper Zero diet Fanta/Fanta light/Fanta Zero/Fanta Free diet Freskyta diet INCA KOLA
diet Kia Ora diet Krest diet Lift/Lift light diet Lilt/Lilt Zero
diet Master Pour diet Mello Yello diet Nestea/Nestea light* diet Oasis
diet Quatro/Quatro light diet Schweppes diet Sport diet Sprite/Sprite light/diet Sprite Zero/Sprite Zero
diet Squirt diet Tai/Tai light diet Vanilla Coke Diva
Dobriy Dorna Dr Pepper  
E2 Earth & Sky Eight O’Clock Eight O’Clock Funchum
El Rayek Enviga* Escuis Eva Water
Fanta Far Coast Finley Fioravanti
Fire Five Alive Flavor Rage Fontana
Fresca Fresca 1 Frescolita Freskyta
Fress Frestea* Frisco Frugos
Frugos Fresh Fruit Solutions Fruitia Fruitopia
Fruktime Frutina Frutonic Full Throttle
Full Throttle Blue Demon Full Throttle Sugar Free    
Georgia Georgia Club Georgia Gold Gini
Godiva* Belgian Blends Gold Peak Gold Spot Golden Crush
Goulburn Valley Grapette Groovy Guaraná Kuat light
Guaraná Kuat Zero      
Hajime Hawai Healthworks Heppinger
Hero Hi Spot Hi-C Hires
Hit Horizon Hot Point Huang
Ice Dew INCA KOLA Ipsei Izvorul Alb
Jaz Cola Jericho Jet Tonic Jolly Juice
Joy Joya Just Juice  
Kapo Karada Meguri-Cha Keri Kia Ora
Kilimanjaro Kin Kinley Kiwi Blue
KMX Kochakaden Kola Inglesa Koumi Soukai
Krest Kropla Beskidu Kuat Kuat light
Kuli Kyun    
Lift Lift Plus Lift Plus light Lilt
Limca Limelite Limonade Linnuse
Lion Love Body    
Maaza Mad River Malvern Mare Rosso
Marocha Master Chill Master Pour Matusov Pramen
Mazoe Mello Mello Yello Mer
Mezzo Miami Mickey Mouse* Migoro-Nomigoro
Minaqua Minute Maid Minute Maid Antiox Minute Maid Deli
Minute Maid Duofrutas Minute Maid Fresh Minute Maid Heartwise Minute Maid Juices To Go
Minute Maid Light Minute Maid Mais Minute Maid Nutri+ Minute Maid Soft Drink
Minute Maid Splash Mireille Mone Montefiore
Morning Deli Mother Mr. Pibb Multivita
Nada Nagomi Nalu Namthip
Nanairo Acha Naturaqua Nature’s Own* Nectarin
Nestea* Nestea COOL* Nestle Choglit* Nevada
Neverfail Next Nico Nordic Mist
Northern Neck      
Oasis Odwalla Olimpija Orchy
Paani Pampa Parle Pearona
Peats Ridge Pibb Xtra Pibb Zero Piko
Pilskalna Planet Java* Play Energy Drink Pocket Dr
Poiana Negri Poms Ponkana Pop
Portello POWERADE POWERADE alive POWERADE AQUA +
POWERADE light POWERADE OPTION Powerplay Pulp
Pump      
Qoo Quatro Quwat Jabal  
Ramblin’ Real Gold Red Flash Relentless
Rich Richy Ripe N Ready Riwa
Rosalta Roses Royal Tru Royal Tru light
Safety First Safia Sahtain Samantha
Samurai San Luis Sarsi Saryusaisai
Schweppes Seagrams* Seltz Sensation
Senzao Shizen* Shock Signature
Sim Simba Simply Lemonade Simply Limeade
Simply Orange Smart Sobo Sokenbicha
Solo Sonfil Soonsoo Southern Sun
Sparkle Sparletta Sparletta Iron Brew Splash
Splice Sport Sprite Sprite 3G
Sprite Flavors Sprite ReMix Spur Squirt
Stoney Ginger Beer Sunfill Supa Surge
Sweecha Swerve    
TaB TaB energy TaB X-Tra TADAS
Tai Ten Ren The Wellness From Coca-Cola Thextons
Thums Up Tian Yu Di Tiky Toka
Top Toppur Top’s Tropi
Tropical Turkuaz    
Urge Urun    
Valpre Valser Valser Viva Vanilla Coke
Vault Vault Zero Vegitabeta VICA
Vita Vital Vital O Vitingo
VIVA!      
Wilkin’s Wink Winnie the Pooh*  
Yangguang Yangguang Juicy T Youki

Amazing, huh? I just think its crazy that these companies sell water. They don’t just sell it, they SELL it. Dasani, Aquafina, Evian… it’s WATER. So, yeah, this has quickly turned from “food” file to “rant” file as well. But come ON! I’m glad Safeway has a decent real health food and bulk section. Marketing has turned health food into a joke. I take my mom’s advice and avoid the middle of the grocery store altogether. The only think you need in the middle is frozen stuff, and even then, you must be careful. I get frozen mangos, edamame, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. The fruits are great for mixing your own yogurt. Yoplait? No way! Yucky sugar. Activia? Umm, yogurt already has good bacteria, “Activia” did not suddenly originate it. Its sad how they prey on us, and still lie so much to make a buck.

Enlightening sites I now feel I should share:

http://www.mcspotlight.org/beyond/

http://www.amnesty.org/

http://www.corporations.org/corplist.html#apparel

http://www.ethicalshopper.com/issues/human-rights.html?page=4

http://www.karmabanque.com/

http://www.knowmore.org/

I haven’t been able to find the one site I was getting a lot of good info from- I remember it being badcorp.org or .com or something, but those are both bogus now. The corplist one is pretty much that same site, it just looked better then. 🙂 It is still very informative though! But anyway, as I’ve shared recently, I’m not always all over it when it comes to strict boycotting, but I’m trying to get there. Correct discipline in every area if life brings abundance in other places I believe. So little by little, it will happen.

 

 

 

Oops, I did it again. August 22, 2007

Filed under: Rants (Politics) — suzanne turner @ 11:13 am

I wasn’t watching the news, I swear! A friend read this headline to me which automatically started this whole thing! What’s a girl to do but vent?

“U.S. officials rethink hopes for Iraq democracy”

I’m sorry, Iraqi citizens. All those votes you cast, it seems they were mostly lost. Or had hanging chads. Or were eaten by orphaned children. Or were burned by angry insurgents. But we’ll figure something else out. Sorry about all of your friends and family who were recently killed. To be fair, I’ve lost some people too. Hang in there. We’ll get yall a new dictator real soon. Love ya! -Dubya.

So absolutely everything they told us was being accomplished is bullshit. I knew this from the beginning, but it still amazes me every time my fears and suspicions are confirmed, one by ghastly one. Such an immense travesty. Such a disgrace to the men and women fighting for that cause of “freedom and democracy” we’ve been hearing so much about. These are the exact ideals we’ve been told those soldiers are dying for… and now we fall short of the one remaining goal after all? Ludicrous. Embarrassing. Tragic.

Should they change the name of Operation Iraqi Freedom? Never should have been coined. Such a maddening euphemism for the more realistic titles: Occupation of Iraq, the Iraq War, or the Second or Third Gulf War. As much as I want our military to come home NOW, I think it undermines the entire struggle to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Actually I don’t even know what the right idiom is. Anger clouds my mind. But I can’t seem to talk about politics without triggering my limbic brain function, at least not anytime in the last few years. It was like a funeral for me the day Shrub was reelected. I should have worn a black veil just to identify myself to those who would commiserate. We could have formed a support group. Although “Hi, my name is Suzanne and I’m a common-sense-aholic” doesn’t really have a nice ring to it, we might have scored a group discount on anti-depressants or a maybe even a grant to fund the development of a time machine. Would we go back or just skip ahead? We’d take a vote. Hahahaha. Not funny? Ok, better press on.

At least we found those terrible WMDs while we were over there. Good thing North Korea isn’t tinkering with any WMDs while we eff around in Iraq. (I am NOT advocating an invasion of North Korea. If in your rebuttal, that’s where your mind went… there is no help for you.)

Perhaps I am being a bit dramatic, and in contrast to my normal demeanor, I know it seems harsh, but I can’t help it. Call me a hippie, but the only things I can’t stand are the smell of exhaust, excessive waste, bigots, liars, hypocrites and war. Wait, I can’t be a true hippie- I also hate the smell of Patchouli… I guess I’m just a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat.

It matters not in this discourse that I am Agnostic, which I am. All told, I’m a borderline Atheist who enjoys exploration of Eastern philosophies and long walks on the beach. But why should anyone care? In the light of politics, these things are neither here nor there. This does not affect my leftward proclivity, as one’s faith should have little to do with the politicians they endorse. Consider the following in light of the President’s second-favorite buzzword starting with F, “faith” and ask yourself if our government is upholding the vision of those other F guys, the Founding Fathers:

“In the United States, the “Separation of Church and State” is generally discussed as political and legal principle derived from the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, which reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . . .” The concept of separation is commonly credited to the combination of the two clauses: the establishment clause, generally interpreted as preventing the government from establishing a national religion, providing tax money in support of religion, or otherwise favoring any single religion or religion generally, and the free exercise clause, ensuring that private religious practices not be restricted by the government. The effect of prohibiting direct connections between religious and governmental institutions while protecting private religious freedom and autonomy has been termed the “separation of church and state.”

But naturally, I digress. On the bright side, thanks to my analytic nature (could you tell? ) I think I’ve pinpointed the causes of my involuntary irritability. In my own defense, let me try to explain all this histrionic, and hopefully overwraught ranting. [To be determined in upcoming election.] *crosses fingers* This is a different kind of anger than any other I experience. If I’m mad at my mom or my boyfriend, I can take a breath, think it over and tell them what I’m feeling, listen to them and we get it resolved. I love them, so anything they do to bug me is easily overcome. When I get cut off on the road, or yelled at by a terrible guest, the anger is swift and intense, but passes quickly and is probably very soon forgotten or even laughed about later. In contast, the world of politics is something I feel I cannot affect, much less change. I vote, but what, in reality has that accomplished for my cause? No matter how I vote, I get overriden and stand by for at least four years. I could never forget, or look back with any levity on all that has transpired as a direct consequence of this administration’s decisions. And this is not just one innocent incident, but an amalgam of serious maladies that have dragged on for years, not hours. I don’t find the President endearing enough to forgive for his wrongdoings, like I would a friend. And I don’t find him anywhere near sharp enough to lead the country. I don’t think he’s sharp enough to manage the Carl’s Jr. in Barstow. If he were my boss, I would quit. Professor Bush? I’d drop the course. Does this trend suggest I belong in Canada?? I guess that would be extreme. The worst is over soon I suppose. I mean luckily we have a new chance coming up where we just can’t lose! We can’t possibly. But then again, that’s what I thought last time. He’s turned me into a cynic with these constant dissapointments. I need that optimism back…from when I was…oh, around six.

– Suzy