2006-03-26

Updates

Working still as a scorer for the TAKS test. Will take TeXES test in two weeks. Trying to find a better paying job until I start teaching. Husband got new job. We are poor, if I don't find a job soon I can kiss Playa Del Carmen good bye.

I will write in more detail now:

I am a scorer and grade papers for TAKS, the exam taken by all children in Texas and it required in order to graduate from High School. I fear for the children of America. I grade the 9th grade and it is scary what passes. Of course the grading requirements are so bizarre, I wonder if the TEA is full of people who have their head up their asses.

Anyway it is a very weird place with weird people. I see all kinds of Asperger and high functioning autistic folks in there. I also see bitter ex-school teachers and retirees. It is such a fun place :) Anyway I go there to socialize and find myself being sick at least once a week. I am sure this place is going to call me back for more projects since I am taking it so seriously :) I talk all day to my neighbor an indonesian chinese man who lived in a Muslim country, had a Muslim name, but is Chinese and also had a chinese name, and he was born a Buddhist, but now is a Catholic. His orginal birth certifcate he only had his Muslim first name, and they would not allow him to use his last name because it is Chinese, so his government name according to the us is his Muslim First Name twice. His name for example (not his real name) is shown as Abdullah Abdullah. Yeah I talk way too much to find out so much :) In between talking to Abdullah Abdullah, I pass notes with a girl who is 22 were we talk about the gossip of the day. For a short term project so much stuff goes on.

There are also love connections going on throughout the grading room. One wonders if any grading is going on at all. There is a lot of getting up to answer cell phones to conduct phone interviews with real employers.

The problem is they treat us as high school students a 30 minute lunch, two 15 minute breaks, that is it. Reading the crap these kids are writing, we should need an hour break away from the computer, and we should be paid at least twice as much. I am delirious by the time the day is over. This is mind numbing. But oh well. It is temporary and gives me extra cash :) I think I have ADD, I just can't sit at a desk all day doing repetitive stuff. I just can't.

2006-03-08

What the F*$% is wrong with Texas, damn it makes me ashamed.

Why is it Texas is so obsessed with famous republicans, they will put a crook in the U.S. House. It is a damn shame. Yet those idiots who probably voted for him called Clinton a crook all 8 years of office, and voted for the current idiot who, when he was governor confirmed and put the education system in the toilet, and again ensured the companies received tax breaks, and maintained the poor being poor. Great!!!!!!



Rep. Tom DeLay Wins Texas Primary

By WENDY BENJAMINSON, Associated Press Writer1 hour, 43 minutes ago

In his first election since he was indicted and forced to step aside as majority leader, Rep. Tom DeLay held off three challengers to keep the Republican nomination to the U.S. House. Now he faces what many consider the real contest — a general election fight against an organized, well-funded Democrat with a score to settle.

Nick Lampson, who was unopposed in Tuesday's primary, represented a district adjacent to DeLay's for four terms until it was redrawn in a redistricting plan engineered by DeLay. Lampson lost in 2004 to Republican Ted Poe.

DeLay, 58, held on to his ballot position by avoiding public discussions of his considerable political problems — a felony money-laundering indictment, close ties to lobbyist Jack Abramoff and the loss of his leadership position.

Instead, DeLay campaigned at carefully orchestrated events, avoided direct interviews with reporters and largely focused on his hometown of Sugar Land. It paid off with a 2-to-1 victory margin over lawyer Tom Campbell, who had ties to the first President Bush's administration, and two other candidates.

"That was an effective strategy to get through the primary," said political scientist Cal Jillson of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. "But in the general election, he'll have to face Lampson and Steve Stockman, as well as the press, both local and national."

Stockman, a former Republican congressman, is considering running as an independent.

"Democrat attacks and the politics of personal destruction were heavily used by my opponents in this Republican primary, and they were rejected just like they will be in November," DeLay said in a statement.

Lampson spent the primary campaign season raising money in the Houston-area district, building support in Washington and around the country from Democrats who saw the first chance in 22 years to unseat the embattled DeLay. Lampson raised $2 million, about what it cost DeLay to keep the nomination.

He told supporters that he was a man with "thick skin and hard hands" ready to take on DeLay.

"Tom DeLay gets headlines for all the wrong reasons," he said. "Well, I'm looking forward to that headline on November 8th — No Further DeLay."

DeLay was indicted last year and is awaiting trial on charges that he illegally funneled corporate donations to GOP candidates for the Texas House in 2002. The Republicans won a majority in the Legislature that year, and then pushed through DeLay's congressional redistricting plan that sent more Republicans to Washington in 2004.

DeLay also has come under scrutiny over his ties to Abramoff, who pleaded guilty to fraud in January and is cooperating in an investigation of influence-peddling on Capitol Hill.

A former Democratic congressman from Houston won the right to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Perry in a state where the GOP holds every statewide office.

Chris Bell prevailed over Bob Gammage, a former Texas Supreme Court justice who jumped into the race in December after a decade out of politics. Perry won his primary easily, collecting 85 percent of the vote against three little-known opponents.

Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn and musician Kinky Friedman are each seeking about 45,000 signatures from voters who do not vote in the primary to get onto the fall ballot.

In another congressional contest, freshman Rep. Henry Cuellar took the edge in a rematch with Democrat Ciro Rodriguez, who served seven years on Capitol Hill before losing to Cuellar in 2004.

With 69 percent of precincts reporting, Cuellar had 16,705 votes, or 49 percent, to Rodriguez's 15,408 votes, or 45 percent. With no Republican running in the district, the winner will take the seat.

Texas law mandates a runoff if no candidate gets 50 percent plus one. If necessary, the runoff would be held April 11.

Houston lawyer Barbara Radnofsky, a political newcomer, headed to a runoff against a perennial Democratic candidate Gene Kelly in a bid to challenge popular Republican U.S. Senate Kay Bailey Hutchison.

At least two veterans of the Iraq war are running for Congress from Texas. David T. Harris, a Democrat, is expected to take on Rep. Joe Barton (news, bio, voting record) in November, and Van Taylor, a Republican, won the nomination to go up against Democratic Rep. Chet Edwards (news, bio, voting record) in the Crawford-area district that includes President Bush's ranch.

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Associated Press writers Juan A. Lozano in Stafford, Texas, and Pam Easton in Houston contributed to this report.

2006-03-02

Embarrassed but telling you anyway

I was watching Starting Over and cried like a baby simply because Jill graduated from the house. I was crying as if I damn well was on Starting Over and done all the crap she had to. I was blubbering like a damn baby. It is my Lifetime moment of the day.