Posts have been thin because my daughter is in the hospital with either a strep or staff infection in her leg. My wife and I are taking turns being there and I'm driving back and forth to Emanual a lot. She could use your prayers.
Have a sick child is tough and I'm going to use this forum to vent about a few things.
First, my kids don't watch tv. Maybe once a month. But having a bunch of tubes in you and being stuck in a hospital bed my daughter is watching what passes for cartoons these days.
It is disturbing. This morning I watched two shows: "Dora the Explorer" and "go Diego go." Both of these shows seem to be marketed to the children of illegal aliens whose parents use the tv as a baby sitting device.
Diego is the male version of Dora and let me describe this episode. He was taking a llama (who only spoke Spanish) to a library to deliver books to kids (who only spoke Spanish). Along the way he counted things (in Spanish) and sang songs (in Spanish).
Now my daughter (who the folks at the Oregonian would call "bi-racial" and would refer to the neighbor girl she plays with as "whiter") doesn't speak Spanish. She counts in English, sings in English and checks books out from the library in English.
I anxiously await the day when illegal aliens start self-deporting because they can't get jobs, social services, a bank account, a drivers license, a library card, etc and kids can watch cartoons in English again.
As for the drive back and forth to Portland... I'd like to kick an "urban planner" in the balls right about now.
And hospitals... I hate them. Germ filled places of death as far as I'm concerened but my daughter is getting some great care and while this is going to cost me some money, (my insurance requires me to pay a portion) I'm glad that we aren't under Hillary-care where we would probably be on some waiting list.
Oh yeah, as I was driving back home just a bit ago I caught Lars' round table with the candidates for governor... two of them. Now I voted for Atkinson because I feel that he has the strongest verifiable conservative record, but staying away from Lars' show is... I can't even think of the appropriate word.
El razondor, Mike Mayhem and company come to this forum even though the majority of people here disagree with them. Folks like Kaelri usually try to make actual arguments and back up their positions. (I'm not giving any credit to the name-callers) Do these guys have more guts than Atkinson to take a position, take it to an "unfriendly" forum and defend it?
If Atkinson wants to take a bad position then he should be willing to stand up and tell us some good reasons why. If he wants to be governor then he should be willing to take his message on all the issues to any forum that is provided. I'm disapointed that he chose to stay away.