Sunday, August 31, 2008

I feel compelled to make a political statement, although I suspect the readers of my blog lean differently than I do. But I still feel compelled.

If the Republicans win this election in November, womens rights take a hit. I am concerned. I do not think abortion is a great thing, I do not think it should be used as a form of birth control. But in cases of rape or incest?? When there is a diagnosis of something like anencephaly (no brain present, dies at the moment of birth). They are pushing a platform which allows for NO exceptions. Not when the life of the mother is at stake, not ever. This bothers me. There was a case in Mexico months ago with a 13 year old rape/incest victim who left her country to go to neighboring Guatemala to have an abortion, since it was illegal in Mexico. Really?? We want to go along with that?? We want to make a 13 year old victim endure a pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood?? That is fair??? We are re-victimizing that poor child.
There was news a few days ago about a new Washington law that gives more prison time/stronger sentencing to rapists whose act results in a pregancy--they say that this is deserved because the victim must now endure either the agony of abortion, childbirth, adoption, etc. A man now faces much extended sentencing in these instances.

I know that the governor from Alaska is a staunch pro-life supporter. But to give no respite to women and girls who have been victimized already is just plain wrong.

So. I know I am voting in this election. I know whose ideals most closely resemble my own. I know the changes I am hoping for in the coming years. I am ready to start celebrating this country again, rather than being ashamed of the decisions that have been made. Just remember this issue when you go to cast your ballot.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Seafair 2008

We were able to go out on Kim and Justin's boat this year for Seafair Sunday. Justin was working and unable to attend, but the rest of us had a blast!

We even saw the Black Pearl attending the festivities!!

Cool houseboats along Lake Union as we headed toward the Montlake Cut, and a paddlewheeler heading out for the festivities.

The Montlake bridge opening up for a sailboat, and a view of Husky Stadium as we passed through the Arboretum.

Cool houseboat along the way to Lake Washington

Yes, my videos now have sound. A sad side effect of having your previous camera stolen is that your new one is upgraded to include sound in videos.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Mom with her team in Penang (she is sitting in the front)