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Racism, Sexism, Ageism – American Traditions Run for Office September 28, 2008

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Now that there is a hint of a peep that some GOP insiders are thinking Snarky Sarah should fall off the GOP ticket, I am waiting with bated breath to see if and how she does it.  Anyone who considers interaction with Canada a qualification for determining foreign policy has severe brain freeze. (And when was this contretemps with Canada/Alaska and why didn’t we know about it?)  As far as I can tell the closest the Snark has come to foreign relations is with her Kenyan houngan Rev Muthee.  She is a bad print of a smoke and mirrors magician who coughs on the smoke and walks into the mirrors while the rabbits run away.  Since neither Palin nor McCain know enough to get real – here’s  hoping the Grand Old Party pulls the plug on this fiasco without delay. Having a nice rack is not a qualification for much anymore since you can get a nice rack for about $5,000.  Anyone can buy those pricey Peggy Hill glasses and teasing hair is not actually a talent. Neither is having five kids. She should, drop – literally – out – ASAP.
 
As an aside; while McCain stood and repeated himself Friday night, I wondered what his running mate thought of the many times he mentioned “earmarks”.  Sarah’s earmark hobby doesn’t make her an expert on that either- pork barrel patronage is simply NOT kosher – even in Alaska.
So here we have a campaign concert in contradictions and a election rife with  three of the most un-PC components of hypocrisy alive and active in the United States.  Let’s review: 
 
AGEISM:
McCain is too old.  What is too old?  Too old for what?  Why is he too old? When was there an age cap on running for office. Who declared this to be a fact? You know who was too old?  Strom Thurmond.
 
And if it’s McCain’s health that is used as a clean up for ageism – let’s not forget “Just A Heartbeat Away from Another Heart Attack” Dick Cheney – who is still just several pace makers away from the White House.  Or the handsome and down to earth Ronald Reagan who may or may not have spent a good deal of his two terms in the throes of Alzheimer’s and or naps. Every time they mention McCain’s 72 year old heart it’s a slur.  Like it or not.
RACISM:
Obama is Black.  Obama is not Black enough. Obama is too black.  Obama has a Black wife and two Black children. .  Obama’s mother was white.  What about his middle name?  Obama is an elitist person of color (That is just a crafty word for uppity.)  Obama went to Harvard.  Is someone jealous? Seriously, doesn’t someone with 9 houses seem elite?  Even on an ordinary day I would not use the word elite to describe Obama but I would consider the McCain’s nouveau riche and they probably think they are elite. I know most middle of the road Americans are pondering how it came to pass that a dark looking man is running for president.  Some are scared and will not say so.  Others are forming militias.  If Obama was white it wouldn’t matter.  He might even slip by if his father had been white and his mother black but it is what it is. This is racist and every time someone mentions Black in a “roll your eyes” tone of voice or calls him the N word among “friends” – it’s a form of slur.  Like it or not.
 
SEXISM    
 She’s a Woman.  She has children.  She grabbed the main chance.  She was middle-aged.  She went to law school.  She wore pants suits.  Her hair was wrong.  Who does her hair?  Who chooses her outfits. What about those hairbands?   Look at that rack.  She pre-menopausal, she’s menopausal, she’s dried up.
She hunts and shoots.  She stood by her cheating man. Could be Palin or Hillary –  they have vaginas in common  We do not want the Senate floor to be turned into the vagina monologues* This is all sexist and thus slurs.  Like it or not.
 
There it is, the clock ticking away like a bomb.  And as loyal Americans we stand true to our history, culture, hypocrisy, fears, attitudes, religions and bank accounts –  at it again.   Every four years.  Like it or not.
* With a thank you to Eve Ensler for the creation of the term.
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McCain in Spain September 18, 2008

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McCain Meant To Reject Spain Meeting, Adviser Says  – Sam  Stein today in the Huffpost. Click and read – then come back
for my suspicions.
 
McCain….This is what he knows so far.
The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain!
The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain!
I suspect it was more like this:

Int: Do you know where Juan Carlos reigns?
McCain: Is he the guy who comes to fix our drains?
Our drains?
Int: No John; try this instead. How about Zapatero, the Prime Minister of Spain
John: Who?  Zapatero? Do I know him  What’s the question? He’s where?
Interviewer:  In Spain! In Spain!
John: In Spain? In Spain? 
Int; Would you meet him in the White House?
John: Again? Again?
Int:  I’ll try again – tell me this
Int:  How can I make this more plain!  more plain!
John: He’s on a plane? A plane?
Int : No John, no – he’s in Spain! In Spain!
McCain: And where’s that blasted plane?
Int: in spain. in spain
McCain: So Zapatero stays mainly on the plane? 
The brain from Spain stays mainly on the plane?
The rain from Spain stays mainly on the plane?
I think I’ve got it
I think I’ve got it
He hasn’t got it
 

Qualifications – Up Close September 14, 2008

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I said I wouldn’t address Sarah Palin again – but if the New York Times can do it – well why not I.  This time will be a tad different.
 
When I was little girl – back at the start of Korean War and the subsequent Cold War, my dear Daddy re-upped and went back into the Army.  He was an officer and gentleman and a lush but he saw the Army as damn good way to get paid for drinking in the Officer’s Club and shuffling papers.  He envisioned us doing this in Belgium at NATO.  Imagine his surprise when his orders came and we were sent – in a state of shock – straight to Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska. Right about this time of year – I know that because the neighbors baked me a birthday cake before we had even unpacked.  Such was the camaraderie of army life back then. That and no war.
 
Thinking back on that year – which broke my parent’s marriage, my father’s military career and some furniture from all the parties we threw, my Daddy found time to make Alaska a learning project for me.  And though young, I sucked it all up like a little sponge.  My father informed me in adult terms that the Bering Strait was probably a landmass at one time and that now we were neighbors – by a two short miles – with Russia – our ideological enemy.  This is because The Diomede Islands in the Bering Strait number two spots on the map.  Big Diomede is Russian and Little Diomede is Alaskan. He painted a scenario where the military sat and glared at each other through spyglasses day and night – hoping for a false move.  I was impressed. I was further impressed by the Midnight Sun (which was actually the 2:30 a.m. sun) and the Aurora Borealis both of which he explained to me with a globe.  We had a large volcanic eruption in the Chugach Mountains that year so I learned about volcanic ash and lava and the earth’s thin crust.  I woke up to those beautiful peaks every morning. We had a moose hang his big old head over the railing of our quarters and it nearly gave my father a heart attack- combined with a hangover,  it is indeed a sight far worse than a pink elephant.  And quickly cured by Four Roses. I learned to love Quonset huts (school for a while) and still do. We got our produce from the beautiful Matanuska Valley where everything was enormous (and pricey).  The Matanuska Milkman came and dropped off our milk. I loved Anchorage which was like no place I had ever seen except on TV in Boston (which BTW, we did not have in Alaska; TV not Boston – actually we didn’t have either one).  I saw the massive Mendenhall glacier and it was very big then.  Sadly it’s getting smaller and at top speed. Then it will be gone.  I took a train from Anchorage to Seward  and I saw the Russian created cities of Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka.  I marveled bout the wooden streets in Ketchikan and the gold mine on the side of a mountain above Juneau. I learned from my father the word Inuit and about the people who lived there first before we took over their snow and ice and primacy.  He spoke about whales and igloos and dog sleds.  We did not kill a single animal in that year. Living in a territory and not a state made me feel special.  The natural beauty made me feel honored.  I was not yet 6 years old.
 
Why do I tell you this – from memory, BTW – because I think, by these long past memories, I am as qualified to be on the GOP ticket as Governor Palin with one huge difference – Alaska is a land that cries out for care and love.  Not the kind you get in church or the Governor’s mansion, but the real kind that preserves Alaska’s dignity and its incomparable beauty and abundant natural resources  Ms. Palin has systematically made decisions that do not support those aims. Wasilla is butt ugly.  She helped.  If she will do it to Alaska – with lies, greed, vengeance and subterfuge – then imagine what she will do with 49 more states to pillage.  I’m not suggesting you write me in – I am simply suggesting that a grass roots groundswell needs to be created that will write her off.  Fast.

The Sarah Palin Chronicles – The Final Exam September 11, 2008

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The Sarah Palin Chronicles  – The Pop Quiz
 
The worst government is the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.”    Henry Louis Mencken
 
Time’s up – Sarah has dazzled them with her charm, wit and wacky views on reality.  Now it’s time for the Dems to stop the grinnin’ and drop the linen.  Find a way to defuse an out of control reaction to a pure wack job and win the election.  Aren’t you sick of her?  I am and therefore I am hoping to end the SP Chronicles today (if it’s possible) by requesting answers from her to the following questions:
 
If you do not believe in abortion for any reason – how do you propose that women made mothers by force or apathy will support and raise their children with less social programs and no support system in place?  What is your response to a doctor insisting it must be done for the life of the mother or both will die?
 
What do you think has caused Global Warming if not the presence of man and man-made problems.  If you believe that God has done it – why do you think he has chosen now to do it?
 
Do you think that the Middle East War is equivalent to the Crusades?
Why does God want this if the Muslims also believe in one God.
Why do you pray that there is a plan as if you are doubtful?
 
Would you allow anyone’s creationism (basically the religious basis for the presence of man on earth) to be taught in public schools?  There are many different theories in religious belief of the Creation.  Would you be all inclusive and also allow Darwin to be taught. Would you allow Hindu, Islamic, Buddhist, Inuit, Santeria, Voudou and all the others to be explored.  If not, why?
 
How would you feel if you were not allowed to marry the person you loved?
 
What if you had Gay children and they did not “change”?
 
Do you agree with David Brickner that terrorism in Israel is punishment for the Jews?  If so, why?
Where do the Jews fit in your beliefs?
Where do the Catholics fit?
 
Since the “Bible” was written centuries ago in Aramaic and other languages – how do you justify that the words in an English bible are literally the spoken word of God? 
Do you believe in the Rapture?
 
Why does your sect think that this country is a Christian nation?
Who has said this and is in a position of authority to make this a statement not an opinion?
 
Do you think the Founding Fathers were heathens?
 
Do you think that God speaks to you directly?
 
If intelligent design should turn out to be extraterrestrial in origin and not God given – will that be okay with you?
 
Where do you think Polar Bears will live without their necessary environment? How will they thrive and increase their numbers?
 
If we are trying to redeem the earth, why not put our energy into better energy than anyone’s oil?
 
I think these are salient points that she should answer them without a script.
Immediately after they are all answered clearly  I think we should step back and reassess how she fits into the running of this country.  There is still time to make changes and those with courage should be able to decide if changes are in order.
 
Missionary work has shown to be very detrimental to the non-believers who are converted by the “do it or else” method.  Christianity in its extremist incarnations has ruined many fine civilizations and methods of government.  Inasmuch as Christianity – no matter how the believers spin it – is not even monotheistic – we might have done far better with more, rather than less deities.
Whatever you believe, believe this – Sarah Palin is a bad choice for Vice President and she needs to be available to answer my questions and anyone else’s before we all find ourselves rolling on the floor and speaking in tongues.
 
I don’t seem to get any comments on these posts – I welcome them and I would really like to hear comments on this one.

The Sarah Palin Chronicles _ The Nature of Her Game September 10, 2008

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Fifty days from now we will go to the polls to cast our vote. So much rides on this election after the last eight years of despair that I wonder what John McCain is thinking.  The time being taken by the media and the pundits to parse Sarah Palin has essentially diverted the real issues of these crucial days from the issues at hand.  We are now have to worry about this woman and what she might do if she makes it to the White House.  We think about little else.  Who has mentioned the economy, the war, the national debt, health care reform or anything that we have assumed was the point of these candidate’s platforms.  It has been my assumption that vetting a candidate was the job of the party considering the nomination.  Not the public, not the media.  And yet our valuable time and emotional energy has been hijacked by her antics of this woman and strange behavior, apparent since long before she was named VP candidate.  Why does the GOP think the media should do the GOP’s job?  What happened to the issues that were the talking points of this election?
 
I am angry and you should be too.  All the stones have not been unturned nor have her bona fides been examined.  Her religion, to which she is entitled, does not seem to be in step with reality.  This is fine for a private citizen but not for one who will speak for the nation.  Trying to ban books and punish librarians is not going to fly at the Library of Congress.  Claiming that God and his son Jesus are directing the war effort has no place in our political system.  GI’s may pray for an end to the fighting but I hardly think they believe Jesus wanted them there in the first place.  I suspect they hope Jesus wants them home.  And while we are discussing Jesus – why is a Christian Republic any more desirable than an Islamic or Jewish one?  Or Hindu or Buddhist.  Very little separates Sarah Palin from Mahmūd Ahmadinejād; they were both mayors and governors but he has a Ph.D.  Scary huh? Aren’t religious oppressors and zealots the very people we are trying to keep from attacking our country.  Isn’t that why we have Homeland Security, redition and waterboarding?  Well, as Pogo said so aptly “we have met the enemy and she is us”.  While the ice melts in Canada and the polar bear tries to live on land she maintains that global warming is a non-starter.  That the Gay can be “cured” by prayer and that woman have no choice in reproductive rights.  Is she good for the Jews?  I don’t think she envisions Jews as the righteous beings lifted heavenward during the Rapture – they do not believe in the Messiah she believes in.  Yet Orthodox Jews seem to love her – do they love her relationship with David Brickner?  Did they even know about it?  I wonder if lamebrain John McCain even knew the Pandora’s box he was opening when he let this holy rolling virago loose on the public.  There is still time for the spin doctors to lay her off for some reason or another and let the RNC put a real person on the ticket so we can get back to the election.  If not we can only hope that something is dug up that makes such a decision unnecessary.  Something that makes it mandatory.  And they had better dig fast.

Sarah Palin Chronicles – A Little Giggle September 8, 2008

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So often we lose ourselves in the rhetoric – we need to take a step back.  Sarah and Todd Palin have a perfect career if from politics lets them down. Please watch – and relax.

hulu.com/watch/1589/saturday-night-live-mels-char-palace#s-p13-sa-i2

The Sarah Palin Chronicles – The Queen of Mean September 7, 2008

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Mandatory Educational Film
http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=184086&title=sarah-palin-gender-card

 

It’s hard to believe John McCain actually picked Sarah Palin his own self for VP on his ticket.  Someone much darker and far more savvy had to be the one.  Someone who studied at the school of Rovian Double Dealing (see link below) and found a long shot to help him win the race.  Sarah Palin is a ringer – using the Wiki definition (and there are many uses for the word) and in this case it’s an imposter.  What is she posing as?  A competent person, ready to take the second highest office in this country.   Most pundits cite Aaron Burr and Spiro Agnew – with of course Dirty Dick Cheney, at the top of Bad VP list.  But I suspect the Queen of Mean is going to reign for a long time as the worst one way or another.  Yet the  GOP Torquemadas  -who burn DemocrAts for heresy – are …nowhere to be seen.  “She is a babe, cute, a great speech maker, young, a soccer mom, a mother of a disabled child, and if she had remained a Catholic she could have run neck and neck with Mother Theresa.”    Put it another way – she is about as in touch with this world of 2008 as Prince Charles is.  But no one chose him.  He gets the job no matter what; and at least he’s green.
 
Anyone else on the ticket would be on 60 Minutes tonight answering some hard questions.  Not Sarah the Serpent – there is a “no interviews until she is comfortable and ready“.  What the hell does that mean?  She was a mayor and Governor and she crowed like a rooster at the GOP convention. Come on.  Most folks would assume the no -interview blackout is simply because she is a loooooose cannon.  Seasoned politicians can speak anytime, anywhere.  In fact they love it. Why is there a gag order on Sassy Sarah?  Is it because she can’t explain her line vetoes, moose gutting, oil drilling, polar bear bashing, special interests, budget deficit, creationist view of the 21st Century.  About all she isn’t, is Holocaust denier and no one has asked that question yet.  Oops.  
When the world leaders speak of global warming is she  going to leave the room or will she argue?   Does she know Al Gore won a Nobel Prize for his stand on global warming.  Are they afraid she will say something stupid about that?  Or worse.  Face it folks,  those beauty queens want to win – if not by brains then certainly by stupid answers that the judges overlook because they want a babe – not a Rhodes Scholar.
 
The GOP plays by the rules they make up as they go along.  They have for years and there is no reason to stop now.  Distance themselves from Bush?  What a joke; they loved them some Bush twice and made sure he got the Big Job in both elections.  I’ll bet even Dubya thinks she’s joke.  We know where Cindy McCain stands.
 
Keep digging media – you are bound to find something.
I know I will.
 

Sarah Palin Chronicles – How to Field Dress a Moose September 5, 2008

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This is the short version until later.  However Voolavex readers must read http://mudflats.wordpress.com/  an Alaska political blog that is essential for this saga as it unfolds.  Another disgusting but important site is: http://www.twin-lakes-air.com/field-dressing-moose.htm.  The hand that changes the diaper can also do this – and line vetoes.

May I suggest that no matter what your feelings on PETA may be – you contact them with an expression of your disgust at photos of Smiling Slithery Sarah exulting over dead animals with the blood still dripping – in the presence of small children.  Do you think she tans her own hide.  I do believe that it would be just lovely to see her cook her own goose.

Another episode in this chronicle will appear later tonight.  Read the mudflats in the meantime.

The Sarah Palin Chronicles – Alaska Independence Partygate + Its Mean Girl September 5, 2008

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It is tempting to write about Sarah’s rousing speech last night but I have found a blog that is even better and I offer that link for you to click and read.  Read all of it.  And you will enjoy the other posts on the site.  These are Anne Kilkenny’s comments on Sarah Palin and they’re not very uplifting – but you judge.  Having this creepy, extremist woman one heartbeat away from running the country is a hideous thought. Anne Kilkenny is my hero.
http://My2Buck$.wordpress.com
 
Another extra smart friend of mine who blogs on the Huffpost.com – made the observation that Obama took so much heat for his Rev. Wright association that he had to leave his own church and the Rev. rightly resigned.  Sweet Slithery Sarah belonged to the Alaska Independence Party – http://www.akip.org,  a secessionist group that still exists.  Do None Dare Call This TreasonWhy has this gotten so little mention in the press?  Sauce for the gander is also sauce for the goose.   She must have agreed with their platform or else why join?  Was she perhaps seeing herself as President of that Country-state – Palaska?  This is a hard question and she needs to answer it.  People like her because she’s a babe?  That may be true – but she is a scary snake of a babe and as I mentioned a few days ago – beauty queens are mean girls.
 
Sarah’s speech may have roused a roomful of rich White people – she is part of the stuff white people like,  but it terrified me.  She was loaded for bear and she has public speaking down.  But so did Hitler – yes I said Hitler and that’s exactly who I meant – that man could speechify too.
 
Let’s make certain that between today and the middle of October cooler, smarter people prevail in the GOP and find McCain someone appropriate to be his ticket buddy. Male or female – Just not Sarah Palin.  No. no. no
 
Take the time to email your local paper and ask them to give Sarah’s party antics the same microscopic scrutiny that Obama’s church going got.  Remind them of the Equal Time thing.  And don’t ask.  Demand. 

The Sarah Palin Chronicles – Judgement Day? September 3, 2008

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Without bringing little Trig into this debate – as he is worthy of his own;  let’s take a peek at what Gov. Sarah Palin has done to her family and in particular her eldest daughter Bristol in the last week by her bad decisions that include, lying, covering up and bad judgement.  Factor in the fact that the Far Right Christian show runners are lapping it up like lemonade at a church picnic and you have a troublesome situation that focuses not on family and politics but Sarah’s ability to make thought-out, appropriate decisions. 
 
Now, I suspect Sarah Palin was indeed embarrassed, ashamed and probably very upset when she first learned her daughter was knocked up at 17.  Long before McCain came a-calling. But she also knew what she had was a small local dilemma that wouldn’t make too much of deal in Alaska – a couple of lines of omigods  in the news and then Bristol and John could get hitched and sink back into Wasilla in relative anonymity.  Trig’s birth in April hardly merited a mention even in the Alaskan news.  Sarah didn’t really have to concoct too many lies and smokescreens – things happen, not enough church, not much to do for teenagers in Alaska…blah..blah..blah.  End of problem.  And then came John.
 
Yes, here comes the GOP presidential candidate and drops the run of a lifetime in your lap and you say, Yes indeedy and then you:
A. Ask yourself What would Jesus Do? and do it
B. Make full and verifiable disclosures
C  You bite the bullet, swallow your shame and fess’ up 
D.  Make up a big fat lie and grab a baby blanket
 
Rather than spill the whole story about the baby, the next baby, the trooper, the earmarks, the line vetoes, the wholesale firing of government employees and her desire to secede from the Union, she started spinning stories forgetting that she also needed plausible deniability.  Big, pregnant bumps are undeniable.
 
This is not a beauty pageant Miss Congeniality.  I don’t think McCain knew Bristol was pregnant. 
 
Let’s take a short peek, here at an aspect of The Religious Right. I think most religious families who flaunt their values and superiority flip out when it backfires on them.  Due to the hypocrisy involved in many fundamentalist sects of organized religions – the folks do not usually practice what they preach and what they shove down the throat of others.  We should expect daughters and sons of those families to save it for marriage and then do it like rabbits.  Unwed motherhood is a huge sin in most fundamentalist faiths (except the FLDS). Even in 2008.
 
I don’t imagine Sarah is a very warm and fuzzy mother.  Her behavior with Trig is very telling.  But it seems to me trotting your family out on a national stage and in front of the world with a pregnant teenager hiding her bump with some baby in her arms must have been excruciating for Bristol.   How could a mother do that to her child?  Asking a pregnant girl to hide herself is just plain cruel and wrong.  I don’t know what Jesus would have done – but I would have smote her on the spot.  I presume Bristol was wrapped in a burqua until someone told Sarah she’s better come clean because it wouldn’t be a secret much longer.  Most of what she has gotten in the media is what she created by being duplicitous, a liar and an opportunist with very questionable political values.  Shame on you Sarah.  I’ll bet John McCain would like to throw up.
 
Yet so many right wing women suddenly sympathize.  Sarah’s family situation should have nothing to do with being Vice President and everyone knows it.  But consider this and this is important.   When you get “Jesus” you have to turn a blind eye to anythingyou thought and disremember everything you  did before you were saved.  I know this from experience.  Born again women have no problem tearing their kid’s “bastards” out their arms and giving them away.  I have seen it happen.  First the riot act is read chapter and verse when the news of the pregnancy is found out. Then the hot baths and the triple pee on a stick tests.  Abortion comes to mind but a condition of being saved is you must be willing to save everyone and everything no matter what.  Did Bristol choose to stay knocked up.  I doubt it.  But knocked up she is and married in the cross hairs she will be – I don’t think it was in the plans however.  So Sarah Palin is not well-acquainted with being politic.  It appears she is in NO  way being a heartbeat away.  Didn’t anyone learn anything from Speak of the Devil Cheney?   Okay, Dumb As Dirt Dan Quayle? Guess not.
 
Thanks John.