I happen to be wearing a t-shirt today that has a picture of the state of Illinois on it. Maddie and Riley were asking what was on my shirt. "It's Illinois!" I said. "Illinois!" they said back.
"Guess who is from Illinois?" I asked.
"Yeah!" they said, which is their equivalent of "I have no idea what you're talking about."
"Barack Obama!" I cried, with gusto.
"Garack O'Mama!" they cheerfully parroted.
"No, almost. Barack, with a B, like Ba," I explained.
"Garack. Garack. Garack."
"Um, OK. Let's try Obama. O-BA-ma, like Ba again."
"O'Mama!" they laughed.
I hate John McCain more with each passing day.
Sarah Palin? COME ON. Could his VP choice have been more manipulative and desperate? Does he really think that youth and women are so stupid that they will vote for him now that he has a young female on his ticket?
Give me a break.
Palin is anti-choice. She recently asked what the Vice-President does every day. She supports teaching creationism in the schools. She wants to drill for oil in the Alaskan wilderness. She is opposed to health care benefits for same-sex partners. She's opposed to stem cell research.
She ain't no Hillary, that's for sure. And I think the Republicans are going to be serving a lot of crow at their convention to give them sustenance to fend off the attacks about her lack of experience.
I of course do not expect all of my readers to agree with me politically. But I would like to register my personal fears about what would happen to this country if McCain and Palin were elected. Their politics scare me. A lot.
To end on a lighter note, here are a few more recent Maddie and Riley-isms:
[Riley's parting words at Spanish-speaking daycare]
"Hasta malunes!" (his combo of mañana and lunes)
[when reading Goodnight Gorilla, the story of a zookeeper whose charges pay him an evening visit]
"Zoopeeker have a flashlight! Zoopeeker give armadillo a kiss! Zoopeeker go to sleep." etc.
[as he thrusts his baby doll, whose head is turned around over her back, into my hands]
"My baby's head is MESSED UP."
[Maddie trying to convince Riley that bubble baths are fun]
"Look, Ri-Man! I having fun in here! I scooping bubbles. Mira, Riley, bubbles! It fun, Ri-Man. I having good time."