Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I know who I'm voting for.

October 17, 2007

Colbert announces bid for the White House

Colbert said Tuesday he will run for president in South Carolina.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — He hinted at a possible run for the White House on CNN's Larry King last week, but Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert made it official Tuesday night: he's jumping into the presidential race in his home state of South Carolina.

"After nearly 15 minutes of soul-searching, I have heard the call….I am hereby declaring that I will enter the presidential primary in my native South Carolina, running as a favorite son," Colbert said on his show Tuesday night. "I defy any other candidate to pander more to the people of South Carolina — those beautiful, beautiful people."

South Carolina is one of four lead-off primary states that will likely play a crucial role in determining the eventual nominee of both parties.

On Larry King last Thursday, Colbert laid out his potential electoral strategy, saying he'd see how he did in South Carolina before deciding to move on to other states.

"I think maybe there's something I could offer the campaign on a state-by-state basis," he said. "I would target a state individually…a test run."

Colbert, author of the recently released “I Am America (And So Can You!),” also told King he'd seek to run as both a Democrat and Republican.

"I'd let the people decide what party I belong in," he said. "I don't dictate the people's actions."

In the interview with King, Colbert also brushed aside suggestions that it was a "cop out" to run in both parties, calling it instead courageous, because, "I could lose twice."

In the slim chance that he wins a party's nomination, Colbert said Tuesday he'd consider either Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, Russian President Vladimir Putin, or himself for a running mate.

"Colbert-Colbert — that's a strong ticket," he argued.


Monday, October 15, 2007

I learned something

And it wasn't academic. I had a balance about some things that had been bothering me I couldn't get past (for those wondering, a balance is energy work to help your body better deal with stress). It was spectacular (they usually are) and I wanted to write about something that hit me:

My friend's sister killed herself and we were talking about that. She had survivors guilt. I can relate to that sentiment, the feeling like you didn't do enough, you could've done more - taking responsibility for things you have no control over. I felt it with my dad's death, my mother-in-law's, and friends who made poor choices. Anyway, she was telling me about a prayer she said afterwards...

"Heavenly Father, where was I? Why didn't I help her?"

"You were living the life I sent you to live. You couldn't live her life for her. That was hers and those choices were hers. You can't take those away from someone else."

Just the phrase, "You were living the life I sent you to live..." It started me thinking about when we're so involved in other people's lives (even just worrying about what they think about us or our actions) that we stop living the lives we were sent here to live. The bottom line is that when someone is in a different place, you can't bring them out of it. You can be a light and make yourself better and maybe they will be drawn to that, but maybe not. It's not your place to worry about it. It's Christ's. And going around trying to be the Savior isn't going to get us anywhere.

And since it's been going through my head thanks to Sara's post, I'm adding these lyrics to the post:

I don't need you to worry for me cause I'm alright
I don't want you to tell me it's time to come home
I don't care what you say anymore, this is my life
Go ahead with your own life, and leave me alone

I never said you had to offer me a second chance
(I never said you had to)
I never said I was a victim of circumstance
(I never said)
I still belong, don't get me wrong
And you can speak your mind
But not on my time

My dad had so much influence on my life, mainly for good, but sometimes I made decisions just to please him (even without pressure from him). I'm learning a lot more about that aspect of my life now. It helps me deal with his death a little more.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Looking forward to gas...

I got my gas bill today.  I nearly choked when I saw the amount.  I've never had a bill that low.  Even when we lived in 200 sqft.  This is about half of what it was last month and all from getting a new water heater.  I'm actually looking forward to getting my bills this winter to see how the new energy efficient furnace will fare.  Who ever thought I'd look forward to seeing a bill?
Speaking of money, I highly recommend the book The Average Family's Guide to Financial Freedom.  I have a library of financial books I like, but many of them don't pertain to my circumstances.  This one does more than any of them.