September 01, 2008
Weighing in on Sarah Palin
I've been quietly cheering behind the scenes since Friday's announcement, waiting to see how things would shake out.
Day after day, the more I learn about Gov. Palin, the more impressed I am. Why you ask? Because I am convinced that she is a genuine person who is committed to the ideals of public service that this country was founded on.
Remember the movie Dave? How Dave is motivated to be involved in making a difference because he sees how important it is after pretending to be President? I am convinced that Sarah Palin feels that way. She started out in the PTA, and then the city council before being elected Mayor. Her track record shows that she is interested in fair government, small government, and reform above all else.
I am excited to have a politician on the national scene for once who "gets it" , and who is in fact a public servant, rather than a self-serving politico, although I have some concerns about some of her views.
The other thing I like about Sarah Palin is that she is just normal. She's a mom, juggling work and her 5 kids with the help of a seemingly devoted husband. It pisses me off that some would insinuate that her husband is incapable of helping her take care of the kids. He may be a man's man (from all appearances) but he also seems to love being a dad and relish the chance to be involved with his kids' lives. And so what if her 17 year old daughter is pregnant. Does that really reflect on the parents anymore? Is it a shameful thing these days to have a child out of wedlock?
I'd argue that it doesn't and it isn't. And furthermore, whether Palin is elected VP or not, I'd say that Bristol and Levi's baby is starting his/her life with a lot more on the plus side than most babies born to teen moms and dads.
If anything, Bristol's pregnancy and her parents' support reflects positively on the Palin family. That they love their daughter and support her in the face of what must be an incredibly difficult time for her. Some might say that Gov. Palin is selfish, campaigning and putting her daughter in the spotlight while she copes with the difficulties of being pregnant and the idiots who would rebuke her for being so young and unmarried. And yet it seems that this would be Bristol Palin's fate anyway. After all, her mom IS the governor. And anyway, having a baby is a blessing, not a catastrophe.
I can't wait until one of the attack dogs representing the Obamamama campaign tries to make Bristol Palin into this year's Mary Cheney. That's when the metaphorical excrement will be hitting the air conditioning...
Yeah, I like that she's a conservative and that she is an NRA member and all that. But that's not what makes her so refreshing as a candidate, and it's not what is energizing the party.
And the left is energized too. I mean, they must be so scared they're running in circles. They can't criticize Gov. Palin. They can't find trash on her, so they invent stories. Some of which are so far off base that they're scientifically IMPOSSIBLE. I laughed out loud at Alan Colmes' insinuation that poor prenatal care was the cause of Trig Palin's Downs Syndrome.
This is the voice of the left, my friends, shrill and irrational, grasping at any straw to tear down their opponents, regardless of party. It's almost like Colmes felt so compelled to say something, ANYTHING, that he opened his mouth to get in on the dead air first. That he spoke before he even knew what he was saying.
If the liberals are reaching so hard that all they can do is make shit up, we on the right have every reason to rejoice and support a ticket that CAN win in November.
More on Sarah Palin
If you only read two articles on Sarah Palin, you should make time for these two by Time Magazine's Nathan Thornburgh.
The news of Palin's selection is an intoxicating mix for the people here: pride in a hometown hero, good news (finally!) for a scandal-racked Alaska, and, for this deeply red part of the state, relief that the Republican Presidential ticket just got a lot more conservative than it was."In Wasilla, Pregnancy was no Secret"
No wonder T-shirts saying Go Sarah! started sprouting up by mid-afternoon. Beagley's own homemade batch of 150 McCain/Palin t-shirts arrived at 2 p.m. and were sold out within the hour, leaving Palin fans sifting in vain through piles of shirts that say Grim Reefer and Chicks Dig Me. In town, businesses have been putting up exuberant messages of support, as if Sarah! was once again on the high school basketball team, headed off to state finals.
So his name is Levi. That's about the only thing that I didn't know about Bristol Palin's pregnancy. The rest of the details I picked up almost without trying, while talking about other things with townsfolk — some who know the governor and her family well, some who don't. It was, more or less, an open secret. And everyone was saying the same thing: the governor's 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, the father is her boyfriend, and it's really nobody's business beyond that.Great articles about the Governor and her hometown. A genuine portrait of a small town.
I didn't intend on more Sarah-blogging today, but you people are making me swear (profanity alert below)....
Seriously? Are you seriously gonna run with this whole Sarah Palin is an irresponsible mother thing? The "Sarah the Hypocrite" meme?
Give me a motherfucking break.
First of all, would you be so "outraged" if the mom in question was Hillary Clinton, and the daughter a teenaged Chelsea? I fucking doubt it. And yet, the Clintons ran on a family values ticket, too. Maybe not as conservative as the Republicans, but I've heard Hill trumpet that family values thing a million times and so have you. No use denying it.
Second, you show me a parent, working or otherwise, who is going to sit on their 17 year old daughter 24/7/365. Kids do dumb shit. We all did something stupid or wrong as teenagers. We had sex, we drove too fast and recklessly, we drank, we smoked, we did drugs. If our parents never found out, it's because we just got lucky and got away with it, whichever of the above that we did before we turned 20. Bristol Palin just wasn't so lucky. Every parent who has ever been a child knows that no matter what you tell your kids, or how often you tell them, some things they are just going to do, from day one, and some lessons they have to learn for themselves. From "stoves are hot" to "sex is how you get pregnant".
Tell me how it makes you a hypocrite when your kid fucks up? I assume Sarah and Todd have told all their older kids about the consequences of sex. If they told her, and continued to reinforce their values, what else can we ask of them? It's not like Sarah held Bristol down and forced her to sleep with her boyfriend.
And what of that relationship? It looks like Bristol and her boyfriend are planning to do the responsible thing and marry and raise their child. Shouldn't we encourage that? Shouldn't we applaud a young couple with the maturity to face the consequences of their actions and face life head on? Chances are very good that this young couple will be better situated to succeed academically and otherwise given that they both appear to have supportive families who will help them in this time of extreme transition.
Don't tell me you don't know anyone who has ever been in this situation, either the teenage mom/ dad or their parents. It's a tough thing. I'll bet you weren't so harsh and judgmental towards the people you know. I'll bet they told their kids (or were told by their parents) not to have sex, too. They didn't listen either.
And you didn't go off the deep end. You were probably understanding, caring, even, maybe said a prayer for healing. You were probably willing to forgive the mistake and move forward. For your friendship's sake. For your family's sake.
So why the hatred towards Sarah and her family? Is it because you're terrified she can defeat your Messiah of Hope and Change? Is it that her political "inexperience" still beats your guy's "experience"? Is it because she singlehandedly knocked your guy out of the news cycle ALL WEEKEND?
It's kind of silly, the way you people look. Foaming at the mouth is unbecoming, and especially so when it's so out of proportion as a reaction.
According to the record, Sarah Palin has been nothing but a caring mom trying to do her best by her state and her family. Maybe that's too much for you to handle and it confuses you. I don't know. But then again, if your brains were working properly you might be asking the same tough questions of Obama and Biden that you demand of McCain and Palin.
Otherwise, just don't go there. And hopefully that's the last I will have to say on this subject, except to wish this young couple and their baby all the best in a long happy life together.
September 03, 2008
Why, Fred, Why? (Day 2 RNC speeches: Thompson and Lieberman)
Why didn't you run? I damn near peed myself watching you kick so much "pinkytoe" (to steal a sarahk-ism). This was among the best political speeches I have ever heard. I really hope John rewards you with some kind of role. In any case, I look forward to your time on the campaign trail....
And, Joe, my man, your Democrat friends are taking you off their speed dials tonight. That took serious balls. My hat's off to you for going through with the courage of your convictions and backing your friend for President.
Can't wait for the Sarah-Cuda tomorrow. I really look forward to hearing what she has to say for herself, and how she responds to the rivers of BS that have been spewing since Friday.
Sarah Palin Delivers: Updated!
I am blown away. Just blown away.
Maybe because I agree with almost all of the things she said tonight, but she is a dynamic speaker with a common, inviting manner that makes you WANT to listen to her.
I loved her speech. I still want to hear her speak to Troopergate, and why she filed an ethics complaint on herself. I want to know more about her earmark requests and whether that's consistent with McCain's position on pork.
But I think she did a masterful job of introducing herself, avoiding distasteful issues, and SKEWERING the Democratic ticket on a number of issues.
I look forward to more from Sarah as the campaign continues, and I think she'll continue to prove just why John McCain picked her as his running mate.
UPDATE: Here's what some of my Cotillion sisters thought of Sarah's speech:
And here's Sarah herself. All 45+ minutes of her speech:
September 04, 2008
John McCain: Service, Sacrifice, Substance
John McCain did what he needed to tonight. He was positive, forward-looking, and highlighted why HE was the best candidate for president. He pointed out differences in his platform and that of the Democrats, but he didn't really go after Obama. Which was a SMART move.
Certainly, it was not as electric as Gov. Palin, but in my opinion, he drew people in and hooked his audience pretty well.
I liked that he had some substantive nuggets of policy. That he will push comprehensive energy reform, looking to new and cleaner sources of energy, as well as taking advantage of our OWN resources. That he favors school choice which includes public school options, and not just vouchers for private schools. That he wants to retrain American workers for modern jobs instead of chasing down the long-gone factories, because they sure as hell aren't coming back.
Most of all, I loved that he said this:
I'm not running for president because I think I'm blessed with such personal greatness that history has anointed me to save our country in its hour of need. My country saved me. My country saved me, and I cannot forget it. And I will fight for her for as long as I draw breath, so help me God.That's such an amazing statement. Humble, thankful, and sticking it to Obama (the "anointed" one, the "chosen" one). All in the same sentence.
Yeah, he may be a complete asshole, but he talks good. And I want to see what he and Sarah will do in Washington.
See for yourself:
September 06, 2008
Technology and your candidates
Betanews has summarized (pretty fairly, I might add) the technology issues records of both sides' POTUS and VPOTUS candidates.
Interestingly, Betanews reporter Ed Oswald found that Sarah Palin has championed distance learning programs and tele-medicine development as Governor of Alaska, and has used the internet to make her administration more transparent.
Find the candidates' records here:
September 11, 2008
In my quest to amuse myself, I found this
Now this is an EFFECTIVE political commercial!
Love the wolves! And the slowly sinking text. Masterful!
h/t Teh Llamas
September 16, 2008
Excuse me? (Profanity alert)
Further proof that the Left has lost their minds.
Wendy Doniger, professor of Divinity at the University of Chicago on Sarah Palin:
"Her greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman."EXCUSE ME? ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? Of course Sarah Palin is a woman. Last I checked she has all the requisite parts, including (most importantly) TWO X CHROMOSOMES.
Why the fuck do I bother anymore?
September 22, 2008
Funny, I was going to blog something
Damn cold medicine. It makes me loopy, so just a few quick takes for y'all
It has become increasingly clear to me that the Democrats are scared shitless of Sarah Palin. The sheer amount of vitriol being flung around (BTW, anyone know what vitriol REALLY is?) combined with the increasing hysteria about the fact that they can find any dirt that seems to stick is becoming increasingly laughable. Memo to the MSM: when hardcore BDS suffering Liberals begin to feel that the all-out, anti-Sarah barrage is TOO much, it's time to back off. And on a related note, so what if Sarah won't sit don for yet another hit-piece interview? Who said she had to let you piss in her sandbox? Or that she had to play your game? Especially when the rules change more frequently than Calvinball and the only thing that stays the same is that Sarah loses...
ESPN makes me happy. Not sure why, but there's really something comforting about being able to turn on something on the TV that sounds like the news, but won't make me scream and throw things at the TV. I need the "audio/visual wallpaper" when I'm working. Usually I have FoxNews or the local news on, but I just am so tired of knowing more about the story being reported than the editor or reporter who write and read the news scripts.
Anyone else think Kenley's dress on Project Runway last Wednesday looked like something Betty would wear on Ugly Betty? Yeah, me too.
Fake sudafed is for shit. It works about 1/10 as well as the real stuff, and they don't make the formulation that works for me with the real stuff any more. AARRGH. So I suffer. Benedryl ain't cutting it either, and I am sneezing every 5 minutes. Not to mention waking up every 45 minutes and sleeping badly in between...
Just waiting to see if shit rains down on my head about coming home early. I met all my responsibilities for the day, I taught my class and picked up HW and went to my meeting, where I also sat far away from everyone so I wouldn't give them germs.
I still have a hell of a lot of work to do, and a million small personal things to get taken care of. But I think it's nappy nap time.
Two quick links before I go:
1. Check out the investigative journalism done by the fine folks at My Pet Jawa regarding anti-Palin "viral" videos
2.wRitErsbLock went to see the Sarah Palin rally at the Villages, FL this weekend, check out her pictures.
October 23, 2008
Thar she blows! (now with Profanity!)
Finally, I rant on the election (in stream of consciousness at 1am, so please excuse the grammar and typos and occasional lack of punctuation):
First up, John McCain. I'm going to set aside any personality issues I have with him, and even issues with why he is the candidate, and grant, up front, that he is the candidate for the republicans. He's tough, smart, clearly qualified for the job, and probably ready for it. He's also plenty healthy or he wouldn't be jumping around the country like a 12 year old, so fuck off to all you twits who say that he can't live out the term. I really have little else to say about John, except that I can't believe his temper hasn't got the better of him yet, and I wish we had a better candidate, rather than the default guy (Fred! I miss you! You would have stuck it to Obama every chance you got instead of smiling like a pansy!)
Which brings me to Sarah Palin. You have all underestimated her. All of you naysayers, Republicans and Democrats alike. The woman is NOT stupid. I repeat, NOT STUPID. She is very bright, and like many clearly bright people, is counting on her intelligence to pull her through an experience she was NOT prepared for. What you see is a classy chick trying to hold up her end of the bargain and do the job she KNOWS she can do as VP, even though maybe she wasn't clear on what this campaign would be like.
I have no doubt that she would be a good VP, and even, God forbid, a good President. There's nothing wrong with her that can't be said of the 3 dudes on the tickets. And seriously, all this hoohah over $150,000 for clothes and makeup? Are you kidding me? How much did Hillary or Barry spend on the same things? I know he wears makeup; I can see it on the TV. And how much were Biden's teeth and hairplugs? I mean come ON. If you're going there, I can too.
How fucking scared are the Democrats when all they can pull on her is that her 17 year old daughter is pregnant (but remember that according to them this is pregnancy #2 and she delivered Trig while knocked up with this baby) and her supporters spent a lot of money so she could look nice. Give me a motherfucking break. What about Obama and Bill Ayers? What about the ex- Fannie Mae CEO that ran Fannie into the ground and left in disgrace (but $90 mil RICHER) before Obama asked him for advice. Can we please put this in perspective?
Why does she scare you people so? Is it because you can't remember how to deal with people like the Palins? Or maybe that she's smarter than you? Or (gasp) that voters see her as real, approachable, and sensible in the ways that your candidate is not? And we're talking about the potential VP here, not the POTUS candidate.
Honestly, if Sarah Palin was really as much of a non-entity, in that milquetoast-vanilla-Dan Quayle way, as the liberals are foaming at the mouth to portray her, would it be WORTH all the effort? I mean let's face it. Dan Quayle was a fucking farce. A joke. From DAY 1. DAY 1. And Bush, Sr. knew it. But he got away with it because Dukakis was a joke as a candidate too. Sarah Palin is no joke.
Verily, I am amused at the sheer panic, the slavering, the need to get a dig in at her. To make people feel bad about supporting her. Why do that if she's Dan Quayle all over again? Seriously, if she's a joke just let her shoot herself in the foot.
Let's step over to another Sarah issue: Trooper-gate. This might have some teeth, and could be a real issue, but you notice no one in the media is pushing this very hard, even though hearings are taking place. Why? Because there is NO there there. The person who asked for the initial inquiry isn't even the guy who was fired. It's the sour grapes guy who lost to Sarah in the gubernatorial election. Don't believe me? Do the Google search yourself. Look at the articles in the Anchorage paper and the verified supporting documents posted all over the internet. The evidence is all out there.
I think the real problem with Sarah Palin is that a lot of smart people like to think they succeeded in life because they are smart, and they automatically assume that all the fuck-ups in this world are the not-smart ones. People like President Bush, and Sarah Palin, who present themselves to the world as less than uber-intelligent, and succeed ANYWAY, threaten that world view.
I can see some of you squirming. I know you. I went to school with you. I work with you. Hell, I AM you from time to time. I know what I am talking about and there's no denying it. I freely admit to having an occasional elitist moment. Smart people often have a certain world view about intelligence and ignorance: tolerance and acceptance is intelligent, rejection and exception are not; Environmentalism is intelligent, questioning or denying global warming is ignorant; Getting a college education is intelligent, going without shows your ignorance.... I could go on and on. Smart people are (or at least THINK they are) informed and tolerant, they want to give back and save the world and make everybody equal. And if you don't agree with those simple, wonderful things, you're ignorant, too.
Well, then kiss my ignorant PhD-covered ass. Because I don't agree.
People are amazing, and intelligent without a college degree or a fancy job or shared beliefs. That's the whole principle of Academic Freedom. We learn from each other by sharing our diverse ideas. Not by censoring, or dismissing out of hand the ones we think are ignorant. Ignorance is bliss after all. And the paradigm shifts born of ignorance have generally changed our world for the better.
Sarah Palin and George Bush clearly don't fit the paradigm. And well, we fear that which we do not understand.
And another thing about this election, a question I am DYING to ask my students (but which would reveal my own political leanings, something I am careful NOT to do. They pay me to teach Biology, not politics), or any democratic voter, is WHY do people love Barry Obama so much? Do you know what he stands for? Or are you only voting for him because of his position on the War? Do you even understand the implications of THAT? Are you voting for him simply because he's the Democrat? Because he's not George Bush? What did Bush do to you anyway? Do you understand what that means (in a real sense, not linguistically)? Do you even know what the Republican platform says? Hell, what the Democratic platform says? When Obama says change, what does that mean to you? How do you think that will work? What can he change, how will that help you? How exactly has Obama demonstrated to you by his actions that he is ready to be President?
As an informed voter, I can answer all of those questions with regard to why I am voting for McCain. I would guess many McCain supporters can, but that may be a personal bias. what the fuck, though, it's my blog, my opinion.
I would also guess that many Obama supporters can NOT.
Look, I think it's great Obama is running. I love that our country has become so colorblind that any person of color could run for any office. And yet, Obama's supporters focus on the negative: that racism is the only reason keeping people from voting for him. Give me a fucking break. Could it be that we disagree with him? Are black conservatives racist, too, because they choose to vote for McCain? I figure it this way if Obama wins, no one can ever pull the race card again. I mean, is there any greater measure of how far we've come than to elect a black man as our President? I mean holy shit, a black man and a woman running against each other! (yeah, yeah, I know, but you can excuse the conflation of the tickets to make my point)
I wish people wouldn't bring up race. We'll always have racism until we stop talking about it. My words included.
I wish I understood people's motivations better. Hence the questions, above. Maybe then I wouldn't be so angry at the political discourse that seems so full of invective. More this year than I can ever remember. Except for one occasion when I saw a young lady wearing a t-shirt that still haunts me. But that's a rant for another post on why the electoral college is important.
I have a number of friends who are voting for Obama. I am proud that some of them can actually answer the questions I have posed, and I respect them for making an informed decision, and politely disagree. I just wonder what percentage of voters on both sides actually can.
October 27, 2008
Dear African American "Community Leaders",
You are all a bunch of fucking hypocrites. That's right. I said hypocrites. I call BS on you and, as they say in South Park, I declare shenanigans!
Some idiot with bad taste and a worse sense of humor hangs a Sarah Palin doll from a noose and you don't respond? Dare I even suggest that you think it's funny because she's running against your Obamessiah?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but about 10 years ago you all were so mad about a BEAR in a noose that you forced USC to abandon a decades old student tradition of hanging bruins (the UCLA mascot) from tiny nooses. LITTLE TINY TEDDY BEARS. In UCLA shirts. You said it was racist. You said that it was reminiscent of the lynching of black men by the KKK. You said you were offended. So we stopped hanging TEDDY BEARS.
I get your point, though. Hanging people is not a joke. It's MURDER. And that's never funny.
And now, these people have NOT A BEAR, but a life-size mannequin of a woman, dressed as Sarah Palin, hanging from a noose in their yard and you say not one word. Why?
I'll bet my house that if it was Barry Obama swinging from the yardarm you'd have had 3 press conferences already, and called the police out to arrest these homeowners for a hate crime. Perhaps for racial intimidation.
And yet you say nothing about this. I'm offended by it, and I'm clearly not black. Not as a conservative, or because I am a woman, but because I think it's disgusting. Hanging a bear, or a skeleton, or something clearly not representing a particular person is one thing, demonstrating by your Halloween display that you wish someone a painful death is quite another.
And I still want to hear your outrage. If you all could muster that kind of vitriol for a few teddy bears, I bet you can come out and preach it about this Sarah Palin mannequin.
I'll be sure to be there to support you when you do.
November 04, 2008
Well, it's over for me anyway. As of 7:15 this morning.
Our polling place is at a little church a block or so away, and we thought the lines would be small this morning, so we decided to chance it.
Arriving at just before 6:45, this is what we found:
The mother and daughter directly in front of us (blue and black jacket, respectively) were perusing the Democrat Voter Guide, which irked the crap out of my husband. He kept muttering "think for yourself!" and "know what you're voting for" under his breath...
According to the numbers on our ballot stubs we were #29 and #30 to vote at our precinct. It took about 30 minutes to get to the door, where the check in was, and to get through the ballot. Then I had to wait because the lady in front of me (in the blue jacket, above) voted twice on Prop 10, so she had to decide whether to re-vote a new ballot, or just ask the computer to accept her ballot and NOT count her Prop 10 votes (she decided for the latter).... In any case, we were both done by 7:20, and despite the worst morning traffic I've ever seen in The 'Dena (two Sigalerts on the 210 so everyone was on the streets!), I got hubby to school on time and I am back home prepping for my lecture this afternoon. Or at least I will be as soon as I finish this post and get my bagel out of the toaster.
Go vote. It doesn't matter who or what you vote for, as long as you vote your conscience. I did.