We did do a little grocery shopping today, and as always, one should never go grocery shopping BEFORE lunch. We spent a lot more than we should have, especially since we didn't need that much to begin with. Still, it's hard to pass up New York Strip that's less than $5 a pound.
I got all activist and sent a little money to the No On Proposition 107 fund - this so-called "protection of marriage" act for Arizona not only further illegalizes gay marriage (which is already not legal in Arizona), but also takes away the benefits to same-sex partners already granted to the employees of dozens of companies. (These are the bigotted imbeciles; here's the other side.) Like in some states which have already passed "protection of marriage" acts like these, it would also take away the benefits from non-married heterosexual partners, as well. It's such a divisive issue it was on the front page of the Arizona Republic today. While my company still doesn't offer benefits to same-sex partners, there are a LOT of companies in Arizona which do, and even if I were straight I wouldn't cotton to taking away ANYONE'S benefits for any reason. (Deep inside of me, I cannot understand people who simply can't live and let live. It's not like we're making THEM marry same-sex partners.) Unfortunately, this is friggin' Arizona and it will probably pass... ::cry::
I feel like I might be coming down with a cold, but it's not done anything really except tease me, making me think maybe it's just sinus/allergies rather than the leading edge of a cold.
My arm still hurts, so I'll probably call the doc tomorrow and see if I can get an LMT referral so insurance will cover a massage. I'm fairly certain it's muscular (for one thing, it's not near any internal organs, right, sillymagpie?), and it did feel better after rahirah worked on it a little, so I think a real massage would probably help.
I also have to call the IRS, since they haven't taken my monthly payment out yet, and usually they are like clockwork, first thing the banks open on the 15th, that payment was gone. However, the money is still in my account, and according to my calculations, I still had three more payments to go. Now, considering my math skills are no where NEAR good enough to win me a "badge for mathematical excellence," I could be wrong, in which case I may be finished. This would be a time for "woo hoo!" but I want to make sure before I celebrate, since they haven't sent me a receipt, confirmation, or anything, and I don't want to get hit with penalties for missing a payment if it's not my fault. But I rightly fear the IRS.
Today's "DUH!" moment:
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 — A stark assessment of terrorism trends by American intelligence agencies has found that the American invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks.- NY Times, Sunday, September 24, 2006
The classified National Intelligence Estimate attributes a more direct role to the Iraq war in fueling radicalism than that presented either in recent White House documents or in a report released Wednesday by the House Intelligence Committee, according to several officials in Washington involved in preparing the assessment or who have read the final document.
The intelligence estimate, completed in April, is the first formal appraisal of global terrorism by United States intelligence agencies since the Iraq war began, and represents a consensus view of the 16 disparate spy services inside government. Titled “Trends in Global Terrorism: Implications for the United States,’’ it asserts that Islamic radicalism, rather than being in retreat, has metastasized and spread across the globe.
An opening section of the report, “Indicators of the Spread of the Global Jihadist Movement,” cites the Iraq war as a reason for the diffusion of jihad ideology.
The report “says that the Iraq war has made the overall terrorism problem worse,” said one American intelligence official.