Spectacles, on Aug 5 2009, 04:53 PM, said:
*waves at Cait*
What political reforms, if any, would you like to see made in the U.S.?
**waves back [I miss you]**
There are so many...
Interesting question. You actually mean reforms to our political system right? Not just reforms politicians need to make in order to make government efficient?
I would like to see something done about the two party system. I really would. But, given the amount of money it takes to run for office, it makes it nearly impossible for a candidate who isn't affiliated with a party to get on a ballot and run for office. The system itself eliminates its competition. Good for politicians. Bad for voters.
I think there are lots of people who would choose public service if it weren't for the damn political parties. The ruling party has a stranglehold on Congress, the seniority system is inefficient and not part of the Constitution, etc. I'd like to see the things that political parties have put into our government to maintain their power, eliminated and see if we can't get a return to doing the "business of the people".
I actually think all presidential candidates should run without a party affiliation at all. Why should the political parties get to determine how our candidates are chosen? Even voting in a primary follows the DNC or RNC rules, and those rules benefit the Party not the voter. It's crazy.
If I could, I'd eliminate political parties altogether, but that's only a pipe dream. Still I would like to see reform in the party system itself. We're so far away from any benefit to the regular voter that it is depressing.
Shalamar, on Aug 5 2009, 08:19 PM, said:
Cait, do you enjoy sports - participating and watching?
I play pool and snooker and some amateur darts, although I'm not good a darts. I'd self-describe myself as a mediocre dart player. I'm a smart player, but I don't have the raw talent to be considered good. However, I am an excellent pool player].
I love basketball, baseball, and football as a spectator. I LOVE sports. I was one of those mothers that kept the score sheet for little league, I went to every game of my son's, and he played all seasons. I will listen to baseball on the radio if my team is in contention. I'm sort of a sports nut, now that I think of it.
What is your favorite animal?
I love animals, I'm not sure I could pick a favorite. Of course cats and dogs. I used to breed German Shepards when I was first married. We had 3 dogs I studded out--each for a specific genetic marker.
I love cats too, and although I don't have any pets now, I grew up with a house full of cats. My mom loves them and we all loved the cats we had. Fought over them in fact. My favorite breed is Siamese. Although Tabbies will always win my heart too.
I also like horses, and used to go to my uncles as a kid [he had a farm] and I fed the horses, and made sure all the water barrels around the farm were filled with fresh water. I began riding when I was big enough to saddle a horse on my own [a prerequisite of my uncles] which was around 10 years of age. I've tended to cows and once even took care of a bunch of runt newborn sheep. The runts tend to be discarded and a friend of mine took them all in and nursed them to adulthood. I helped with the feedings and stuff for like 3 months. She got way too close to them and when her husband took them to auction for slaughter, she about had a nervous breakdown.
I'm really a total farm girl at heart--living in a big city and hating it.
What is your favorite season of the year? Favorite Holiday? And why of course
Fall is my favorite, although I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because in LA we don't get season change, except for Fall. We have a beautiful Fall here in Los Angeles. I love the vibrant colors, and I'm sooooooooo glad summer is over. LOL
My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. They are all cool, but I have the best memories of Thanksgiving with family and especially my son. It's just the best holiday.
What is your favorite time of day? ( Me I can really enjoy a sunrise - right before I go to bed, I'm a huge night owl)
I'm a morning person, and I love the entire morning. sunrise to about 11AM in the morning. It's just the best part of the day in my opinion. I'm alive, feeling rested, lots of energy, and lots of things to do. I just love the morning.