so label me


My goodness! My comment box and my email has been jammed full of labels... all aimed directly at me. I had no idea that my post yesterday would demonstrate how polarized an entire nation, nay, world - has become. Some labels I accepted freely:


While others shook me to the very core of my Victoria's Secret:


Ultimately, I can apply the following labels to myself:






Obviously I brought this on myself, but if I must tell you a secret, I winced once or twice whilst browsing my inbox and I did feel a little woozy for a minute. I had no idea that a little suggestion from a Canadian gal with free omelete-style healthcare would turn into a blog-a-palooza.


For those of you who were shocked by my post... did I not ever mention to you that Keith Olbermann is one of my Secret Boyfriends? Oh, and James Carville. And Colin Powell. But surely you remembered that.

In the spirit of democracy and all that is good and decent, I must make two more confessions to my readers:




And if these two revelations should taint you further, then so be it. I am resigned to the fact that Americans and Canadians alike live in a democratic society that is based on choice and unparalleled freedom. I lurrve it that way.


Why, in my very own home, there is often heated debate between the choices that are offered to us and it is true, even Veto and I agree to disagree. I also lurrve it this way.


And in the end, everyone gets a choice. Every vote counts. How wonderful for us all. So go out and show little sister what it means to be an American on election day. Vote. For whoever you like. And just for the record, Veto wants you to know:


And Saucy lurrves it that way.

61 comments:

Lisa Milton said...

Saucy, baby, we've got your back.

I read some of those comments too and ouch. And this comes from some crazy 'independent' who has taken a lot of crap this election season.

I love democracy and our right to choose. I wish we could have more calm dialogue, but it seems hard to come by.
:)

Laura said...

I kept my mouth zipped yesterday, but wowza, others sure didn't! Don't take any of it too seriously - especially comments from "anonymous" folks who aren't brave enough to sign their own name! America is great because of our right to choose - it will be an interesting day!

{Happy Homes} said...

One last comment from me...actually, what's unique about politics in the Great USA is that once the decision has been made...we all get behind the new guy and let him/her do their "governing". We go on. It truly has been that way since the foundation of our nation. It's not perfect, most of the time it's not pretty, but it's worked pretty darn ok for some 200 years. I voted today. It makes me happy.

Anonymous said...

Saucy, the last time Bush was re-elected I told my husband we were moving to Canada! I lot of people in the U.S. can't seem to realize how much our country truly effects everyone else in the world. We were all over the news in Ireland when we vacationed there and I thought wow they care about what's going on in our country over here? Yes they do! Just like we should care about who's running governments in China, Korea, etc.. I think you have just as much right as an American to say who you'd vote for if you could. People have all sorts of excuses of why he shouldn't be elected and frankly I don't know if he's going to make anything better, that he has what it takes to run our country but I DO KNOW the Republican track record in my lifetime has been a nightmare. No I'm not blaming one person, I'm blaming the whole lot of them, and everyone who's voted to keep them in office and watched as houses have foreclosed, as people have lost their jobs and then want to whine for an extra couple percent of what they've worked so HARD for. I work hard too and if I made over 250k a year I'd gladly give everyone another 2-3 percent of it to make the country a little better for everyone else who is working hard and can't keep their heads above water. To attack someone for expressing their opinion is like socialism in itself. The BAD KIND! I think your one cool chick for being brave enough to put your opinion out there for the world to see! Stacey

Professor J said...

Darlin' I loved that post about the boyfriend. It is so true--we often want to choose the wrong guy.

3continentfamily said...

That post was awesome and you rock. The meanies are just scared :)

Legallyblondemel said...

I disagree with many of your conclusions in that last post, but as one of those American founding fathers once said, I'll defend to the death your right (even you Canadians!) to say them.

And boo hoo on anyone who would call you rude names while you're freely expressing your opinions, as you and I and everyone else have every right to do - politely, of course, as you did.

Christina said...

We lurrve you the way you are! Hope you have a great day!

Dianna said...

I agree with legallyblondmel, she pretty much said how I feel as well. :) We can agree to disagree.

AmyM said...

I am new to this blog, but have to defend my fellow Americans. You live in Canada so therefore we don't really care what you think about us or our elections. Your opinion means nothing, as I'm sure mine means nothing to you. I happen to think that Obama is a TERRIBLE "boyfriend" choice, as you put it. I have studied both parties and the preson who best represents what's important to me is NOT Obama. I also don't need to hear someone insult me for my choice, especially someone who doesn't live in this country. If you are going to blog about such hot button issues, you have to expect all the comments you receive. Americans are vocal and passionate about politics which proves my point that your opinion is uneducated since you were so surprised by all the feedback you got. I am sure you will be happy to know that I have erased you from my favorites and will not "darken your doorstep" again.

michelleb. said...

Saucy, I'm so sorry about all the nastiness. You are right, based on your Secret Boyfriends people should've realized your political leanings, you've never hidden it. I worry more about the mantra that is being pushed "get out and vote," "just vote," etc., etc. I ask that everyone only vote if you are informed. In the end it doesn't really matter who our president is, what matters is who the people are behind him that are controlling the House, the Senate, etc. They are the ones that do the dirty work. They were the ones that got us into the housing/mortgage mess that we are in by requiring that standards be lowered. Change is coming no matter who wins. John McCain is a Moderate and was not who I was hoping for in the primary.
Anyway, I LOVE my country, I am so lucky to have been born here. To have the opportunity to vote. To be able to take my three daughters with me to vote today, to participate and see history, either way, be made. I am honored to be an American.
(BTW, one of my secret boyfriends is Glenn Beck.)
Thanks again, for you concern.

fluffymuffy said...

Saucy you are brilliant. I wish people could express their opinions without being mean. America is a great place to live but we do have some ding a lings. I voted today and voted for whom I thought would be the best choice for my family. Your post yesterday was so smart. I just told the Fisherman who I voted for and he was shocked. This election is definatley a hot spot. I am glad it is almost over.

Pepper said...

Yikes Saucy, keep your head up, last time I checked in both Canada and the U.S., you are still entitled to express your opinion....it's that "free speech" thing!

Religion and Politics buddy, it'll get everyone going any time!

Anonymous said...

I'm most surprised that you are shocked by the reactions. Surely you know this is a very hot-button issue amongst Americans, especially this time around. I found nothing wrong in what you wrote, but you are perhaps a bit naive to think you wouldn't stir up some ire.

Sarah and Jack said...

Oh Lordy, they even pulled the baby killer card.

For a country that is supposedly so damn tolerant we are really completely intolerant, aren't we?

I have a little something of my own to post today, and after reading the vitrol here I have to admit I am a bit nervous. But I am going to suck it up, b/c it is part of my son's history.

Saucy said...

Please dear readers never do me the injustice to think that I do not know about the US. I can name the states, their capitals, I can identify most senators, congress representatives and governors. I am sure all of my American readers know how many provinces there are in Canada and can name the Prime Minister.

Of course I expected comments from my post, just not anonymous comments telling me that I am uneducated simply because my opinion may differ from yours. One thing I also know, freedom of speech is a right and I can express my opinion. If you choose not to visit my blog again to enjoy some baking or some crafty goodness, TTYN.

Oh, and by the way... Americans should care about the opinions of the countries around them... the countries who will have their back (yet again) in a time of crisis.

amyf4 said...

Ok I was willing to overlook your political views but Cook over Archuleta? psh! I guess our blog friendship is over!

JK! I really wish this day would hurry and get over so all the hate would go away! :(

Christine said...

In our nature all Canadians are somewhat Socialistic. Just try to take away our universal health care and see what happens. I for the life of me do not understand why so many American people are paranoid about it. Last time I checked people in Canada can still amass personal wealth. As you know, my Canadian mind set has caused me to get into some hot water too but that is alright because to some degree I do enjoy hot tubing. Don't you?

Loved you labels and I am glad to see you are weathering the storm well.

Pam said...

Saucy I can't help but check your blog everytime I sit at my computer...whether it be for baking, crafts, pictures of Loopy during your fabulous photo shoots, funny little tidbits, or anything you post.
I am glad that we live in a "free country" where we can speak our mind and not be murdered because of it. And even more glad that you choose to do so.
If people choose not to visit you again it is their loss. I knew that your post would "Stir the pot" but never in my wildest dreams did I think it would come to this. It is really too bad that an election can cause this much hatred! No matter what happens today at the polls, things will change in the USA...maybe for the better... maybe not. But as I see it...it can't get much worse for them and I do hope it gets better. I can honestly say that I know more about American politics, economy, and health care issues than I do about Canadian hot-topics. After living in the states for most of my twenties, I was emersed in it and became interested in all of it. My education is American-based and I am proud to say it.
So please post as you wish and know that "those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind".

Her said...

That's unfortunate...I have been lurking around here for a few months and i have to say that yesterday's posts was one of the finest I have read. Thanks for being brave enough to put your op out there AND sign your name to it!

Anonymous said...

Oh I loved me some David Cook!!! Who cares what we gun toting American's say - cause in the end Rednecks will prevail!!! ;-D

Mrs. G. said...

Welcome to the world of shitty anonymous comments.

Way to trounce that smug little Mac!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

It shocks me how many people will stop visiting a bog purely because the author has a different political view. Wow. I read 2,000+ blogs a day and they're split nearly 50/50. Sadly I've seen a lot of nastiness over the past few months. =(

toadman said...

Saucy, I would never presume to think that you don't know about the United States. In point of fact, I'd bet that you may know more about American History than a good number of Americans. Have you seen the state of our schools?

Anyway, I must apologize for the nasty hateful comments yesterday, and also the few you're getting today. This is why I rarely post political stuff at all on my blog. It divides people down here, when it really shouldn't.

To be honest, there are hateful people on the left AND the right...in fact, if you want to learn what the hell has been happening down here over the past few decades, I recommend you read a book called The Big Sort by Bill Bishop. Essentially, the thesis of the book is that Americans have been physically sorting themselves into like minded communities, which has the effect of driving opinions further and further from the center...it also creates animosity and hatred between communities. I've thought this for some time...and I'm concerned we may be headed for an ideological civil war.

As to the uneducated masses, it's clearly evident that there are uneducated voters on both sides of the debate. However, yesterday, your comments section was riddled with uneducated right wing voters. There was even one person who said they weren't voting for Obama because his middle name was Hussein. I have absolutely no respect for someone for whom this is the criteria for voting. I'd much rather someone tell me they aren't voting for a person because of something rational and understandable, like they disagree with his economic policy. But to cite someone's name as the main issue? Moronic, in my opinion.

Still, many Americans remain uneducated about the world around them, which is sad.

One funny thing I was thinking about this morning... four years ago many liberals and democrats threatened to "move to Canada" because George W. Bush won the election. If Obama wins today, where will all the upset conservatives and republicans move to? HA! They can't move anywhere where there isn't some form of socialized medicine, which as you know, is like a gateway ideology to the dreaded COMMUNISM!! EEEEK EEEEKK!!! SAVE US ALL FROM GRAY JUMPSUITS!!!

heh..

Smile today. Be glad you live where you live, and you get to watch from the sidelines. Down here in the melee, it's pretty damn stressful.

Susan said...

What I don't understand is that so many people are upset over abortion but not over the soldiers being killed in wars taking place outside our country. 911 was terrible but I think the people involved should be punished. What happened to living in peace with others?

scrappaleica said...

Wow girly, did I ever miss out on a huge debate! I think everyone is entitled to their vote, and I definitely think that if what you posted makes people no longer decide to check out your site, then they are the uneducated person! For as long as I and others have known you, you are beyond educated in the "accepted" University degree form,as well as overqualified in every other aspect of life!seriously! you are an outstanding chickie who is fun, lives life to the fullest, and goes out of your way to always do kind things for others. Voting is a right we in Can. and the U.S. have, we are fortunate, but it is the same right as we have with free speech. I admire you for making it public your choice,and in such a brilliantly humorous way, as you will see a lot of people say one thing to fit in and actually vote other ways!I'm also amazed that people still remain anonymous in their opinions.Own up! So, I just want to say, I'll join in on that drink with you guys! It sounded yummy!
But seriously let's discuss more important issues,have you kept up with reading your new Martha LOL? It is soooo good. I fly out Thursday night for Vancouver, call me if coffee fits in before then!

Palin for Pres said...

You are brave, kind, and oh so talented. You have every right to say what you want. I am not going to stop visiting your blog simply because we disagree on something (as long as I'm welcome).

I was truly flattered that you mentioned my omeletes (with an E!), but I still feel the way I feel about them.

P.S. For everyone else out there, remember what Jewel sang, "In the end, only kindness matters".

Rebekah said...

You know...your blog always slightly bothered me because you are SOOOOOO perfect. Seriously, is there a craftier, more flawlessly together blogger? Even your pictures are always perfect - Argh! And now I find that even your politics are dead-on. You annoy me with your flawlessness, Saucy. Don't ever change!

Anonymous said...

Saucy,
I totally respect your humor, your witt, and your opinion. Whether I agree with you or not (which I usually do, by the way) doesn't matter, because we are ENTITLED to have our own opinions without being trampled on by meanies! I think you are brilliant, crafty and fun, and love that I am from the same city as you....
Cheers, Dena

Anonymous said...

I apologize for some of my fellow US citizens' comments. I had an Albertan (I am not sure if that is a correct term.) roommate in college, and I really appreciated her opinions and learned a lot from her. About the provinces thing. I am now a stay at home mom, but when I taught third graders I made them learn the locations of all the states and all the provinces of Canada! I wanted to make sure my students were educated about more parts of the world than just their own state or country. I am a McCain supporter, but I will continue to "darken your doorstep". I love seeing the things you create!

Anna from Alabama

Starshine said...
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Starshine said...

Saucy, we may not have the same politics, but there's no reason we can't be friends!

You have the right to voice your opinion, and I have the right to voice mine. And I lurvve it that way! :)

I early voted, so now we just have to wait for the votes to start being counted...I know that we'll all be watching the news tonight!

alittlebitofscrap said...

Well I for one LOVED your post yesterday.. and Obama has my vote and I'm not a democrat or republican.. I'm some where between liberal and independent (if that makes any sense).

Rosa said...

Don't you love all the negative folks don't even have enough balls to put it out there with their names attached? You just keep on keepin' on my friend. These loons don't deserve your response to them. It's sad that they are so hyped up in hatred and anger and fear and racism and . . . well, you get my drift. Peace on my sista to the North.

Linda Crispell said...

Dear Saucy,
Keith is my fictional boyfriend!
I wish my retired 73 year old Mother didn't have to return to the working world because she needed the health care, but she did. She will have to permanently cross the Ambassador bridge if McCain wins. I think there are a lot of Americans who need to look the word "Socialism" up in a dictionary.
It's also about time we started to concern ourselves with the way America is seen through out the world. It's pretty shocking that people posted that you don't have a right to comment on our political process. Is anything more ignorant than blind nationalism? Wish us luck.
Linda

Katie said...

Ya know Saucy, I thought your post was fabulously well thought out and well done all around. I lurved it. Really.

But I have my own opinion. It's mine and not yours and that's ok. That is what makes life so much fun. People who think we all need to think and be alike are cracked. Besides what kind of freaky boring world would it be if we were all exactly alike?

I mean really people! Let's get a grip.

onehm said...

I am sad that you were called names. That's not the way it's supposed to be is it??
I myself was surprised by your post yesterday. It seems silly to me to post about our politics when it shouldn't have anything to do with you, being Canadian and all. But not to worry. I will continue reading your blog. I love your posts about decorating and the fun things that you do with your daughter...I suppose that I will just be hoping for fewer political opinions. I get enough of those here in the states!! ;)

Yin said...

Oh Saucy, I'm so sorry you've had to deal with those utterly unnecessary personal attacks. I understand others voicing disagreement but that certainly doesn't mean you're uneducated or that you've no place to comment!

Here's to you, your opinions and your voice. Keep it up, sister!

Saucy said...

Anna From Alabama! Rock on Sistah. Teach those kids as much as you can. Come visit me someday, I will whip you up a batch of delicious cupcakes and we can chat about whatever we agree upon... I'm sure there is lots!

Amyf4: I lurrve me some David Cook. He had me at Lionel Ritchie's Hello. We are still BFF's (Blog Best Friends).

Palin for Pres: I lurrve you. I don't have to agree with you but I can still lurrve you because you spoke up and you owned it... you are always welcome to darken this doorstep, baby. Can we agree on a flavour of cheesecake at least? We should chat about omelettes sometime. I know a fair bit about omelettes.

abigail @ Piece of Cake said...

labels? hmmm... how about award winning! Congrats! I have a blog award for you :)

Lisa said...

I bet all those negative comments came from people who did not agree with your Obama photo. If you would have said McCain the other side would have been all over you. I think you are a strong, talented, funny-as-hell woman and I loved that post. I would have still loved it even if when I got to the bottom it was a photo of McCain instead of Obama.

Cha Cha said...

I thought the post was thoughtful and fun. You're entitled to your opinion, and expressing it is what democracy is all about. Boo to the meanies.

The Pumpkin Pink Cottage said...

Oh, sweetie I missed the post yesterday,,,but everyone has a right to an opinion and I love them all,,,I will read it to see what the fuss was but no matter, I still love you...smile we all love you...lisa

Anonymous said...

Hey Saucy,
I hope I in no way came across as attacking you yesterday. I 100% agree that you are entitled to voice your opinion on your blog! I do not agree with any name calling or the rejection of this blog because of your political views. That's crazy! It's just that this is a huge hot button issue on both sides and the ignorance I've seen on both sides is discouraging. I disagree with not voting for Obama because of his middle name just as much as I disagree with voting for him just because he's the same color as myself. I too wish those that aren't educated on the matter would not vote.

Anyway, my apologies if I came across brash. It was not meant to be hurtful to you. I continue to appreciate your creativity and wittiness!

I'll be glad when this is over! I've voted and now we wait.......

Jennifer

Anonymous said...

Why would the Americans start worrying about what we think, they never have! We know more about American history than they do, geography, etc.. If an American asks you where you live and you say Saskatchewan, they look all confused, not having a clue where the heck that is. WE know everything about the States, but they know nothing about us! We have done a lot for the Americans, but they are too selfish to admit that! I shouldn't say "all" Americans, it's just those bad ones make it really bad for the good ones! So for that person that took you off her favorites list, boo hoo to her, I wouldn't want her reading my blog. IT's a free country last time I checked!

Genevieve said...

Man...I'm gone for a few days....

What the hell did I miss???

Cassandra said...

Wow!! I leave you alone for a couple days and all heck breaks loose!! Here's a label I got thrown at me today..."stupid bitch"
Neither of which applies to me, but so be it.

The Inept Aspirant said...

Saucy, I love you no matter how you vote! Your post was very fun and I enjoyed it even though I... gasp...vote Republican. Can you still love me after my revelation?

Cassandra said...

As of 8:11pm EDT, MSNBC has called Pennsylvania for Obama!! That is HUGE!

laura said...

For all the haters: it is possible to have a dialogue without bashing the other person. Didn't we all learn back in kindergarten if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all.


Saucy, I loved your post yesterday. And I will never understand how people can get so bent out of shape over one person's opinion. I'm sorry for all the nastiness. It is undeserved. I come here for your wit and I love all your wonderful craft ideas too. Even though Halloween is over my daughter has convinced me to make brain cupcakes (like the ones at Loopy's gorgeous party) this weekend. Thanks for your voice and the wonderful inspiration.

MJ said...

Just one more smart remark:

Section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms reads: Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms... freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication.

Freedom of speech is an American term. We rely on s.2(b).

That said, voice your thoughts, beliefs and opinions. You have that right.

Oliver Rain said...

Way to stir things up, my friend. It's one thing to get comments on a post, but really another when some of those posts are nasty. It makes me feel so sad that some people can't accept another's opinion without lashing out in bitterness.

Your post was thoughtful and creative, and if anyone chooses not to return it's definitely their loss.

And to anyone who thinks that the American election has nothing to do with us up here in Canadian, think again. Little sister feels ALL of big sister's pain.

Rosa said...

Oh YES WE DID!!! Yay!!

Rue said...

Whether I agree or disagree, I loved the last post because it was so cute and so you Saucy ;)

What upsets me is the anger that was in the comments. You know from one of my recent posts that it has spread down to our children and I fear our country is so divided now that we can never come together. It wouldn't have mattered if McCain had won or even now that Obama has won. People are angry on both sides and it scares me to death.

When the riots break out can I come live with you? ;)

Oh and give The Fan these for me ... xoxoxoxo :)

xoxo for you too!
rue

A New England Life said...

Saucy,
I applaud you for taking the heat while expressing your views. Way to go!

SOINSPIRED said...

What really upset me about this is the ugliness that came pouring out. My goodness, everyone has a right to campaign a little. Let's all be nice on the playground.

Keri(th) said...

Shout out to Saskatoon, the city in which I was raised. Currently a Texan, love Obama, and enjoyed your comment on m's blog.

Chris said...

I will say this. Now that the election is over, I hope you were able to see the unprecedented celebrations among thousands of people last night. THAT is the America we are proud of. We've been waiting for that night for years, and I hope it resonated up to Canada. Perhaps your boyfriend post had something to do with that! :)

debi said...

Okay...I need to make a comment on this one too. (hehehe). As an American who does make well over 250K a year and wanting me to "spread the wealth"??? Well, I already do spread my wealth, through the highest tax bracket I can be in, through giving to charity and to also having 2 companies that provide jobs to over 60 people. I think I am "doing my share" to spread my hard earned money.

So, until one of your "anonymous" readers can walk in my shoes...how does she know that she would be willing to give up a HUGE amount of her hard earned money even more?

I am so sorry sweetie that you have gotten so much nastiness by voicing your opinion...but, please know that I am sure the majority of us don't feel this way. Some of us are just bad losers....but, most of us are not.

Again, I say...regardless of our vote....the majority of Americans have spoken and Obama won...plain and simple.

xo...the junkin' yaya (one of the true "original" Native Americans!

michelleb. said...

Yeah, looks like I commented here, too. I'm so happy, I know we can be friends, at least I know we won't fight over secret boyfriends.

mblaise29@yahoo.com

Christine said...

Everyone has a right to say what they want. I think that for people to label you after what you said is fairly close-minded of them. I hate when people feel the need to bring other people down for what they say even if they have a different opinion. Say what you want to say, forget about the other people who feel the need to bring you down for it!

Christine Bruce
crispy_crunch05@hotmail.com