Let's see...it's almost 10:30 AM here, and we're up to a whopping 10.9°! Hey, it's an improvement--when we got up it was 9°. The sun is shining, and it's a very pretty day, but I'm very happy to be warm and cozy inside! I can see that the feeders are low, though, so I'll probably have to venture out and fill them up. I have GOT to install a squirrel baffle on the seed feeder, because I know the little buggers are getting on there when we're at work!
There was an article in the paper today about the latest national polls. Obama is still behind Clinton, but gaining on her, and McCain is the big surprise, leading the polls for the Republicans. It should be interesting to see what happens today with Nevada's caucus and South Carolina's Republican primary. I think Obama could take Nevada, because he got the Culinary workers' union endorsement, and that's huge.
A note about Nevada, by the way. Not the state itself, just its pronunciation. There have been a couple of stories on the news about how to say it correctly. Michelle Obama was the latest to flub it, and her reaction was pretty funny. (I like her--she seems cool.) The correct way to say it is with a short A, as in apple, not with an "ah" sound. Nevadans say that if anyone says "Nevahda," they know they're not from around there. I'm proud to say that I have always pronounced it correctly...however, it's not because of any special insight or knowledge. It's only because around here, we're known for our hard, flat vowels. The best example I can think of is that when I talk about one of my Mom's sisters, I don't say my Ahnt June. I say ANT June. So the proper pronunciation of Nevada comes naturally!
Have you all seen the Tom Cruise video, where he's talking about Scientology? Good gravy. A lot of places have taken it down now, but it's still out there to be found. What a nutball (and not in a fun way). Apparently Scientologists have some kind of direct line to the solution to every mystery and problem known to humankind. My favorite part was about how when driving past a car accident, he feels the obligation to stop because he knows Scientologists are "the only ones who can help." So apparently they have special medical knowledge, too. Maybe I'm weird, but if I'm ever in that situation, I personally would prefer a physician, nurse, or EMT. "I don't want an alternate reality, Tom, I want this steering wheel column OUT of my CHEST!" Criminy.
Y'know, I like to think I'm a fairly tolerant person. I believe the world has room for all types of religions, beliefs, and personalities. I really don't care what someone believes, with one major caveat: don't try to push it on me. You believe the way you want to believe, I'll believe the way I want to believe, and we'll get along just fine. But everything about this particular belief system just screams "NUTJOBS!" to me. The fact that they have "indoctrination" videos should tell you something. I find much of it downright laughable, but they seem to take it very seriously. In fact, I'm probably in danger just by writing this. If I suddenly and mysteriously disappear from these pages, you know who to go after. That's right. Tom Cruise. (Ha HA...he won't dare harm me now!)