Wednesday Wanderings - Wonderings ? in Wonderland or Not

Wandering through the forest of concrete on a Wednesday morning while preparing my mind to accept the teachings offered to me ,at a rather hefty price tag, and wondering if I’m truly getting what I paid for. It is my responsibility to take what I paid for and make it all worth it; I realize that of course but on considering this I presume I could have gone somewhere cheaper and made more of it. Everything in the end is so dependant on me. Really annoys me sometimes.

Consider: a disillusioned electorate, recent surveys show, is profoundly fed up with politicians who speak eloquently but say little
They want a new-generation president who is honest and in touch with their daily lives, not some grand international visionary.

From Newsweek International this week, Who’s That Girl; an interesting article about the potential for Segolene Royal to become Frances first women president.

In the path of all the hoopla out there on the whole cartoon fiasco . The column by Fareed Zakaria in newsweek , which does not address the cartoon exactly but does address Islam and our current policies and knowledge of it is a must read.

Islam and Power: Is President Bush's plan to spread democracy turning into a fiasco? It doesn't have to. But it does need to change.

Cheney says we’ve done all we can for Darfur?

I’m not so sure that congress not allocating that fifty-million was everything but as Darfur has nothing to offer Cheney and his mob this is not unexpected. Three steps forward – fifteen steps back. It's not getting any prettier over there for the people who we ignore ( we meaning our media as well as our government) due to the fact that watching the GENOCIDE( and it is a genocide) is not as entertaining as watchng American Idol or news about how our low fat diets aren't gong to make us live longer). It is in reality our fault more than anything else.

Please don't ignore my renter: She she sells weird shit and Wombat you could use a hair rag I'm sure of it.

In addition: The post below was not really meant to explain but to entertain.


Anonymous joeg said...

You don't have to explain why you posted the post below. It was funny whether it was an explanation or an amusement.

The Fareed column is one of my favorites.

viva la france

2/08/2006 02:59:00 PM  
Blogger zydeco fish said...

OK, I am going to use "Everything in the end is so dependant on me" as my new philosophy on life. It's perfect.

2/08/2006 03:50:00 PM  
Blogger avereragebusinessman said...

I never took it seriously as an explanation and I was entertained as I always am here.

I was disappointed in the congress for that I agree but they were doing what they thought their constituencies would want with the funds. Essentially you are correct; it is our fault.

2/08/2006 05:27:00 PM  
Blogger Miz BoheMia said...

I am going to have to read the Fareed column in more depth later. Now, I only had time for a skim... I saw the cartoons. I can see how they could be viewed as offensive, but they are not death-threat-and-violence-provoking offensive. Not at all. Several of them poke fun at the Danes themselves, especially those from Jylland, mainland Denmark (me, I am from the island of Copenhagen)... I HAVE seen cartoons that poke fun at other religions and ideologies and even cultures and no uproar! Perhaps some intellectual discussions and you move on. Hubby says it is fishy how the media has been obsessively covering it just now, since these cartoons are from September. He says something is up and that this smells like a diversion for something else that America and its allies may have up their sleeve... who knows? I personally think it all to be ridiculous and very sad. These extremists are giving those peaceful and law-abiding Muslims worldwide a very bad name and, ironically, playing into the critique of the cartoons themselves... A high Muslim cleric in Denmark said on CNN that they are practicing great restraint by not resorting to violence there and carrying out death threats.... umm... hello idiot! By saying that there is an impication that it is in your nature to gravitate towards such an action and that the act of being nonviolent is against your nature and so... how are these cartoons "wrong"? In quotes because I am not saying they are right... just that they are going about things the wrong way... very wrong and very dangerous...

As for Mme Royal... "La Zapatera" sounds like an appropriate nickname. One thing I can say about Spain is that Zapatero has been amazing. It is the first time in European (I wonder if perhaps global too?) history where you have an equal number of women in high governmental positions as you do men. The Socialist party is promising to fight for expanded abortion rights for women and last year Zapatero fulfilled his election promise of making gay marriage and adoption legal. They both stand for hope and I am very curious to see how the French will vote.

Fingers crossed!

No drama today... Feel the would-be-beheaders are providing enough of that these days...

2/08/2006 11:27:00 PM  
Blogger Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

joe: viva la is right.

zydeco: feel free as I wouldrather have everything dependent on you too.

bizman: I like you more every day.

mizzy boehm: it's worth the read.
the drama queen in me is also a little pooped out this week.

2/09/2006 12:27:00 AM  
Blogger Bennet said...

I pretty much understand why the reasons for the riots over the "offensive" cartoons but obviously think violent demonstrations actually proves the point of the cartoons.

Blog ho asked me to do an image of the Prophet pooping which I did but I'm not posting on my blog for fear of being killed...Here it is


2/09/2006 01:30:00 AM  
Blogger mojo shivers said...

Funny, I thought the post below was meant to educate us about you. And here I was taking copious notes and everything...

2/09/2006 03:30:00 AM  
Blogger Miz BoheMia said...

Hey Lady A! I read it but honestly, was not too impressed. I found quite a few inaccuracies, especially glaring in-your-face ones with the mention of Iran when he cited it as an example to prove his point and knowing the truth versus his watered-down version destroyed his whole argument for me... I have to go pick up the kiddies from school so I have no time to write with any modicum of forethought and intelligence... may do a post on it... but yeah, I did read it.

Hope the chica is well! Besos de parte de todos los bohemios!

2/09/2006 07:17:00 AM  
Anonymous pia said...

Away from the cartoons; back to you
In the end everything is up to you

It's a good lesson to learn young so that you can get used to relying on yourself--and you'd never want to marry anybody who would make your decisions for you

And yeah you go to one hell of an expensive school, but that's the price paid for almost Ivy and city too. But they should lower their tuition; they own half of downtown

2/09/2006 09:25:00 AM  
Anonymous weirsdo said...

As a former employee and longtime spouse of an employee of a bargain basement school, I'd have to say many get what they pay for. But the Honors College here is relatively decent.
I think you make very good use of your education already.

2/09/2006 11:24:00 AM  
Anonymous jake said...

I'm happy where I am for what it cost but I do believe you get what you pay for and can get more if you put something into it. I go to the school I go to because it is a decent school and because of the price. If I had had the money to pay for your school, for instance, or a similar one I would have gone but I was not willing to go into debt for school, grad school maybe not undergrad. You do get what you put into it but I think some places just have better professors. You also have the city which from what I remember of your old journal was the main consideration for you.

I always thought you worked too hard and spend too much time on pursuits of the mind for someone so young and hot but I am a useless college student who goes to school with the dude just arrested for killing someone he dated after meeting her on My Space.

Go check it out.

I think your basic philosophy on face book and my space is right on.

Off topic I know.

As for that article, it is written from an economist point of view isn’t it? That makes all the difference.

The post below explains a lot but it's also funny and nothing I hadn't already figured out from reading you the last three years.

2/09/2006 12:26:00 PM  
Blogger Indeterminacy said...

Thanks for the article tip about Islam and Power. Very informative reading.

2/09/2006 12:56:00 PM  
Blogger Rio said...

can you ever really fully prepared yourself for the teachings of the day?

2/09/2006 01:07:00 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

A woman president? I guess the French are so stupid afterall. *said dripping with sarcasm*

Kudos as well on the balance of your post, Alice.

2/09/2006 02:01:00 PM  
Blogger The ZenFo Pro said...

Agree that college is what you make it, sadly, it sounds like the Ivy price tag is not coming with a 100% satisfaction garaunteed. Gotta love the bullshit that is higher ed.

2/09/2006 07:41:00 PM  
Anonymous shayna said...

Yeah... I can see Wombat in one of the hair rags...LOL!

I did not finish college...and I regret it. Although, I have a GREAT job and get paid more than my sister, who finished college with honors. So, I believe education is a great thing... knowledge is a great thing... but sometimes a college education doesn't get you everything you expected in life!

2/09/2006 09:30:00 PM  
Blogger SeizeTheNite said...

If you're getting what you paid for, I'm one jealous girl, cuz I know I'm sure not.

Although working old Tom into the post below was quite entertaining...maybe yours is paying off.

2/09/2006 11:13:00 PM  
Blogger Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

Bennet: good idea. I can understand the offense taken not the riots. Blog Ho is ……………………a ho.
And it seems you are blog ho’s bitch. ;)
It could be worse I suppose.

Nice image. I need one of me “ in” (not on) the toilet for my new blog are you in? Best not to publicize it as there has been enough destruction in Louisiana for the time being.

Mojo: It either is or it isn’t but it doesn’t really matter one way or the other. I see you as an avid note taker no matter what the subject.

Mizzy Bohem: I have always liked Zakaria and tend to read him all the time, as Jake said down below I do thin he is an economist at heart and he also does always try to temper things; that I have come to expect. But so spill what you know.
Mu….ah to you and all the bohemians as well.

Well , not all the bohemians just the ones related to you. ;)

Pia: I know I think they just bought up the other half.
It’s not really a lesson learned more of the way it is and has always been but sometimes one forgets these things. …. Those are the good days. ;)

Weirsdo: I have no doubt that the education is good AI just sometimes and not all that satisfied with my direction in regard to it and well sometimes I just thing too much.
Jake:..that is so creepy yeah I know those things are gross.

Indie: welcome indie although you are probably much more knowledgeable about these things than I to begin with.

Sar: les hommes français stupides

les hommes stupides partout

aucun sarcasme

zenpro: don’t get me wrong I love this place. I think that sometimes I just don’t love it as much as others and sometimes I just feel too responsible and although I know that is the way it is and always has been I see , at times , a path that should have been taken…may have been missed….the need to turn around..who knows.

2/10/2006 12:42:00 AM  
Blogger EsotericWombat said...

Didn't see the rags, but I guess I can see what you mean.

There isn't really much Cheney can say that will surprise me.

2/10/2006 12:57:00 AM  
Blogger dan said...

If the American people are so fed up, why did Bush win the popular election and so many third party candidates got less than 1% of the vote.

In the end, most people want to continue driving their SUVs and not be bothered with the world around them.

That's sad.

2/10/2006 02:39:00 AM  
Blogger Indeterminacy said...

Alice: I'm baffled by your response to my comment. Why would I be more knowledgeable about current events than you. I'm probably less knowledgeable. But I think I know a good, informative article when I read one. You make good decisions on what to share with us.

2/10/2006 03:50:00 AM  
Anonymous shayna said...

:( I feel left out! ;( At least I'm not the only one seizethenight... LOL! I'm just teasing you, girlie! Have a great weekend...

2/10/2006 07:16:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

I'm disillusioned with the electorate. The poll last month where 38% thought the congress should be put out and 60% planned to vote for the current representative was depressing.

2/10/2006 08:41:00 AM  
Blogger Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

sayna: It sounds to me as if you are doing pretty well. I think the point is to do what you want at any given time because in general life is what you make it.
LOL, Well as I wrote a full comment once and blogger ate it and I had to write it again you will have to forgive me. I'll get you a hair rag too. You and wombat can have matching hair rags.

seizethenight: You're not going to yell at me too are you? Yes I think at least it has been good for something.;)

wombat: of course not he is a thug....what colors hair rag would you like?

dan: I'm not sure he really did win but that having been said it is true at times we are a pathetic bunch.

indie: because you are wise and i am less so.

doug: it all makes me sad and i can only hope for a likfe less disillusioned for us all one day.

2/10/2006 09:32:00 AM  
Blogger Indeterminacy said...

Thank you for the compliment. I won't argue with you anymore. I'm not clever enough to win. ;-)

2/10/2006 12:07:00 PM  
Blogger transience said...

my life's too hectic at the moment. i read and read but never get enough time to comment. miss you lots, alice.

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