Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
A fucking noose.
Do they not know what a noose means in this country? The nasty history, the oppression and heartbreak that it caused thousands of people over decades?
So, it's not a hate crime, but it's damn close. And to think that these two men are themselves facing a hateful Prop 8 initiative in their own state...yet, they deem it appropriate and necessary to hang "someone" from a noose.
You may hate Sarah (and I don't know why) and you have every right to express that (God Bless America), but this is disgusting and a waste of our God-given rights.
To the prayer list you go, my friends.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Senor Chavez asked The Jesus Christ to help him understand and deal with the raw power that is Sarah Palin. Sputters Chavez:
"I saw the vice presidential candidate, there she was talking about 'the dictator Hugo Chavez.' The poor thing, you just feel sorry for her," he said during a televised broadcast. "She's a beauty queen that they've pulled out to be a figurehead. We need to say as Christ did: Forgive her, she knows not what she's saying."I think someone is just bitter because Sarah wants to decrease U.S. dependence on foreign oil, which Venezuela so happily supplies and of course, because he has the hots for her.
I mean it's more of the latter than the former.
You shall not put your filthy dictator paws on our American Princess, Mr. Chavez. So I suggest you crawl back into your Venezuelan jungle and seek spiritual guidance for your dirty thoughts and hateful words.
He's no Todd, but the former Red Wings player had no harsh words for Sarah. "She's been pretty good for our game," Legace said. "I'm starting to like her more and more. No grudge."
He knows what's good for him.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Kathleen thinks that the only reason John McCain picked Sarah is because she's pretty. She even claims to have studies that prove that women who are good looking cause men to not think properly. Yeah, that's right. Senator and former POW John McCain is so stupid that he thinks with his dick. Nice one, Kath. Way to insult not only him, but more importantly, Sarah.
Sarah was picked because she's awesome and just happens to be pretty. Huge difference.
I CANNOT believe that other women are so jealous and hateful of her. I don't get when it became a crime to be pretty and powerful. I just don't....understand.
Then I read this article in the NYT and it talks about dude obsession with Sarah. Um, it is not her fault that her awesome awesomeness has such a sweeping effect on her. But dammit it all to hell with the sexism. Ugh! It's so digusting and vile that people insist on looking at the surface and not diving deep into her wondrous soul and mind.
Sarah has so much to offer all of us and all we do is look at her pretty, puppy brown eyes and that megawatt smile. How insensitive some people are and they should be ashamed of themselves.
Let's get a couple things straight: 1) that lady, Amy Strozzi, works on "So You Think You Can Dance". That's like...huge. It's like "American Idol" but with dancing instead of singing.
Secondly: it's a WOMAN making more than a MAN. All those people complaining that John and Sarah don't support equal pay can shut up now. Look at that: they paid her thousands more dollars that this dude.
Why? Because it's hard making people look like it's not hard to look good. Whereas, anyone with Google can advise you on foreign policy. I mean, really.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I understand that Sarah is the only candidate yet to release her public records, but I don't think she should. We all know she is healthy and viable. But I honestly don't care about that. Or her wardrobe or home life. I care about where she stands on the issues. I think she is fabulous, but I don't need to know everything about her.
Family and wardrobe was one thing, now people are going too far.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
If it's not your money, why do you care so much? Ugh.
Clearly people don't understand that being thrust in the public eye requires one (especially a woman) to look her best. What do people expect her to wear? Carharts and old t-shirts? The woman is an executive for chrisssakes! Ask all the men on the trail how much their suits costs and you'll probably arrive at the same conclusion. And let me just say that it's easier for them to wear the same suits without people noticing than it is for Sarah (or Cindy, Michelle, Hillary or Jill for that matter) to do the same.
It costs to look good. Even though Sarah would be top notch even in the latest Jaclyn Smith collection from Kmart.
Hey haters: get a life.
“When it came time for choosing someone how Barack Obama just couldn’t bring himself to pick the woman who got 18 million votes in his primary and that seems to be too familiar a story isn’t it?” Palin asked, “How it is for so many American women that the qualifications are there, but for some reason the promotion never comes. There is always some long explanation for why they got passed over or some unseen barrier, some excuse and that’s just one of the things I so admire about John McCain he is not someone who makes excuses.”
“Why did it take 24 years, an entire generation from the time Geraldine Ferraro made her pioneering bid until the next time that a woman was asked to join a national ticket. In the long history of our country 74 people have held the position of President or Vice-President and why have the major parties given America only two chances to even consider a woman for either office?”
She referred to Todd's role in the home as someone who “who doesn’t disappear at bath time or run from diaper duty.”
On equal pay: “Out on the stump he talks a good game about equal pay for equal work, but according to the Senate pay roll records women on his own staff get just 83 cents for every dollar that the men get. That’s 9,000 dollars less every year that he pays the guys. Does he think that the women aren’t working as hard? Does he think that they are 17 percent less productive? And Barack Obama cant say that this is just the way that its always been done around the Capitol, because I know one Senator who actually does pay equal wages for equal work, Sen. John McCain.”
Again, here is Sarah is being her leaderful self. Because she says John supports equal pay when he has gone on the record saying he wouldn't support legislation about women's wage equity. Maverick spirit ride on!
She kept it vague, but tough when she said she will work to help the effort to address the need to stop honor killings and the global sex trade.
Stand strong, Sister Sarah, stand strong.
The point is that it's OK if she and McCain aren't on the same page. I'm sure there were times when Robin didn't agree with Batman and when Laverne didn't do the same as Shirley.
Differences are what makes us whole. Team Maverick balances each other out. Sarah is a born leader, so why wouldn't she speak her mind even it means disagreeing with McCain on gays, the environment, abortion, drilling in the ANWR, Pakistan and campaign strategy? Even John says, “Did you expect two mavericks to agree on—to agree on everything?”
Let's talk specifically about Hitchens. First off, he's a foreigner, so I don't know why he cares so much about OUR election. He thinks that the media should just stop paying Saracudda any attention until she holds a press conference.
How can you ignore someone so omnipresent? It's impossible. He outlines all these same garbage pail reasons why haters think Sarah isn't a qualified candidate. He claims she isn't smart, that she believes in God, is hyprocritcal, that she doesn't use complete sentences and other idiotic bullshit.
I guess Mr. Hitchens thinks that Sarah owes him some sort of explanation. She doesn't owe you shit, Hitchens. You better pray to the God you don't believe in that she makes your death a quick and painless one.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Apparently, Maxine's problem with Sarah is that Sarah is like "the girlfriend you have that you can't trust with your man". REALLY, Maxine? THAT is your reason for not liking Sarah. Hmph. Interesting. I mean, hey, you and I both aren't voting for her, but at least mine follows some sort of logic.
Yours is pure jealousy. And Maxine is pissed because HER MAN would be the man that fucks around with your skanky girlfriend. And let me back the truck up just a bit:
Why would you have friends around you that you can't trust?
So following Maxine's stupid and sexist line of thought, Sarah is untrustworthy because she uses her femininity to gain attention and favor. She exudes more confidence around men. Yes, we all know women like that. And while I find that deplorable as a feminist, here is what I don't do: I don't blame the woman.
Sarah is awesome. OK. Point blank. What Sarah does, sometimes to my dismay, is cower to the patriarchal notion that women need to be pretty to get shit done and get a man's attention. Yes, there are plenty of men on both sides of the aisle that are very demeaning towards Sarah and I don't like it one bit.
But to blame HER for THEIR inability to see women for more than just sex objects is sexist within itself.
And of course, Maxine's jealous.
But like I say to those women on those trashy talk shows, you get mad at him for screwing around on you, not her since he's the one who made a commitment to you.
Hate Sarah for a variety of reason's but don't blame her because your dude comes down with a case of the Palin Syndrome.
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey were OK.
Friday, October 17, 2008
"God has so richly blessed this land, not just with the oil and the gas, but with wind and the hydro, the geothermal and the biomass," Palin said. "We'll tap into those."
Thank you, Sarah. And is it not right and good to use what God has given us? Indeed it is our right and duty.
Like a stripper who uses the physical gifts God has bestowed on her to make an income. Or The Todd who uses his gifts of eloquence, beauty and sportsmanship to earn a living and past the time. Sarah's God-given gifts have been used to transform a nation.
And truly, God's gift to the US of A is oil and gas. We need it. Sarah knows this. And she wants us to know it, too. However, I don't like the whole "drill, baby, drill" chant. It un-nerves me for reasons somewhat unknown.
Maybe cuz it makes me hot.
READING THE MOOSE ENTRAILS....Apropos of nothing in particular, I want to go on the record with a prediction that Sarah Palin will disappear into a well-deserved obscurity after the election is over. She is not a "comer." She is not the future of the Republican Party. She will not run for president in 2012. In fact, she won't maintain any kind of serious national political standing at all. At best, she'll spend the next few years being a celebrity starter at NASCAR races and speaking at Republican prayer breakfasts. At worst, she'll be an occasional butt of late night comics.
Palin is lazy, ill-informed, contemptuous of policy, and way too convinced that everybody in the country is dazzled by her folksy energy and thousand-watt smile. Yes, the diehard GOP base is rapturously in love with Palin and her media mockin' ways, but that's more a reflection of the base's future, not hers. Palin is a three-day wonder who's already a month past her sell-by date, and on November 5th she'll disappear to Wasilla for good.
Just wanted to get that off my chest. Anybody disagree?
Yeah, Kevin, I disagree. The Majestic Maverick does not rise and combust. No sir, her star has been born and she has been brought it. She may return to Alaska after this (or not...), but she will forever be America's Pitbull. ALWAYS. She WILL NOT fade into obscurity, she will grace this country eternal.
Second coming-style, biotch.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
"I basically said, 'Look, just be yourself. You were selected by John McCain because of who you are and what you have done, and don't let them take anything away from you. Just go out and be yourself,'" he said.
You do you, Sarah Louise. Just be the best damn veep contestant you can be.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Then Blacks complain that she won't hire them for anything. You're Black: WHY ARE YOU LIVING IN ALAKSA ANYWAY? And they're pissed because she wouldn't endorse or participate in their Juneteenth celebration. Um, why are you celebrating that in Alaska when it commemorates the freeing of slaves in TEXAS? It makes more sense that she would spend time with Alaskan separatists groups than Blacks. I don't know why, but it just does.
As a person of color, I am so throughly embarassed by this outright hatred of her. We have plenty of things to be concerned about and she is not one of them.
I think the mistake Sarah makes is that she keeps it so real that she leaves herself open to attacks from haters. People are acting like they have never seen this sort of executive reach before....she's just playing like the big boys, boys. Suck it up and move on whydontcha?
This Walter character coulda used some empathy in the situation and maybe he wouldn't have gotten fired. Let's be honest: he didn't do the right thing because he didn't fired the bastard trooper.
And now haters want to expand the investigation. And what will they find? They will find that Sarah acted in ways that many people would. Let me just say this now: if you were to fuck with my sister ever, in any way, and I became mayor and you worked for the city or I became governor and you worked for the state....would I do everything in my power to ruin your life? You betcha!
I can't stay out of a discussion about who would win in a dance off between Sarah Palin and Barack Obama. Some lady person for Dancing with the Stars seems to think (rightfully, so) that Sarah would win.
She's certainly rumba and cha cha'ed her way into my heart. 10 10 10!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The Press Association
US Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has mistaken some of her own fans for hecklers at a rally. A massive crowd of at least 20,000 spread across the car park of Richmond International Raceway, Virginia, and scores of people on the outer periphery more than 100 metres from the stage could not hear her.
"Louder! Louder!" they chanted, and the cry spread across the crowd to Ms Palin's left. Some pointed skyward, urging that the volume be increased. Ms. Palin stopped speaking briefly and looked towards the commotion. "I hope those protesters have the courage and honour to give veterans thanks for their right to protest," she said.
Some in the crowd tried to shout to her about what was really being said, but she could not hear them. Some in the crowd had been standing for more than three hours on a sunny day without shade. At least 25 people collapsed from heat-related llnesses and three were admitted to hospital.
People were fainting. Fainting in awe....I can only imagine how it felt to either pass out from being overwhelmed by her awesome awesomeness or being berated by her because you couldn't hear. I mean....like....to just. be. there.
Monday, October 13, 2008
These hippie video monkeys have made some mini-films showcasing real Wasillians who HATE Sarah and who are on a vindictive bent to destroy her Glory and Grace. Guess who was jumping to be featured on camera? None other than Anne Kilkenny, the Inaugural and Lifetime Member of the Prayer List. What a camera whore, she is. After seeing her, there is no doubt left in my mind that she is motivated by blind jealousy of Sarah. Blind. Jealousy.
Besides fervent prayer and candles, I'm not sure what else can be done about these "filmmakers". I encourage all Palinites to visit their "website" and view their exposés so that you can immunize yourself against the viral, wretched vulgarity that is plaguing Our Lady Liberty.
People of Philadelphia take your place among those in need of prayer. Sarah graciously accepted an invitation from Philly Flyers owner, Ed Snieder, to drop the first puck in their season opener. Hockey fans fortunate and blessed enough to view her in person - on ice no less - booed her. Booed her. Princess Piper was these and she was booed, too! The nerve and crass of Philadelphians. Gross misbehavior at a hockey game? I would have never imagined. There should have been silence, awe, then applause followed by Sarah's exit from the ice. How horribly wrong that evening went. That's OK. I'm sure Sarah met it with grace and composure. Prepare to be
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
October 7, 2008 -- MADONNA better not take her act to Alaska. At one point during the US kickoff of her "Sticky and Sweet" tour at the Meadowlands Saturday night, the Material Mom indulged her Republican-hating ways, shouting, "Sarah Palin can't come to my party. Sarah Palin can't come to my show. It's nothing personal." Then the kabbalah queen told the crowd, "Here's the sound of Sarah Palin's husband's snowmobile when it won't start," followed by a loud screeching noise.
Monday, October 6, 2008
In her latest bowel movement, Medusa criticizes Sarah's uncanny ability to keep it real. She jumps on this sentence diagramming bandwagon (who the fuck sits around diagramming sentences?) to say that no one can understand anything Sarah says. Um, the American people understand her. I think it is the out-of-touch liberal elites that don't get her. I'm sorry that your private school education doesn't help you see what Real Americans see: A Real American running for Vice President.
Since you're having such a hard time understanding Sarah, allow me to translate her eloquence into liberal jibber jabber.
Talking at the debate about how she would “positively affect the impacts”of the climate change for which she’s loath to acknowledge human culpability, she did a dizzying verbal loop-de-loop: “With the impacts of climate change, what we can
do about that, as governor, I was the first governor to form a climate change subcabinet to start dealing with the impacts.” That was, miraculously, richer with content than an answer she gave Katie Couric: “You know, there are man’s activities that can be contributed to the issues that we’re dealing with now, with these impacts.”
"Blah blah blah blah big word global warming is bad. Boo hoo we should recycle more. Blah blah I just bought a Prius."
At another point, she channeled Alicia Silverstone debating in “Clueless,” asserting, “Nuclear weaponry, of course, would be the be-all, end-all of just too many people in too many parts of our planet.” (Mostly the end-all.)
A political jukebox, she drowned out Biden’s specifics, offering lifestyle as substance. “In the middle class of America, which is where Todd and I have been, you know, all our lives,” she said, making the middle class sound like it has its own ZIP code, superior to 90210 because “real” rules.
"Hey you guys, weapons are bad - hugs are good. All wars should be solved by having dyads and sharing our feelings."
"Middle class is so dumb. Why don't they all stop praying to God and going to work and shopping at Wal-Mart. Instead they should all drink chai lattes and type on a laptop all day."
I must not be praying hard enough, because the Wicked Witch is still writing columns. What should I do, add her name to the Prayer List again? Her reward is so not heaven.
Palin said that if she had her druthers, she would have rather told Couric about her plans for reform, putting government on the side of the people, and winning the wars. Then she promptly transitioned into attacking Barack Obama for his relationship with William Ayers, a founder of the Weather Underground movement in the 1960s. Palin mentioned a story about the relationship that appeared in Saturday’s New York Times, which the Obama campaign says actually showed the relationship between Obama and Ayers added up to far less than a friendship.
“Our opponent is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists who target their own country,” Palin said.
The Republican VP nominee also hit Obama for saying he’d cut taxes for 95 percent of Americans, calling the Democrat’s vow “the phoniest claim in a campaign that has been full of them.”
Palin regaled the cheering crowd with a story about how she was reading her Starbucks mocha cup yesterday, which featured a quotation from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. “Now she said it, I didn’t,” Palin said of Albright. “She said, ‘There’s a place in Hell reserved for women who don’t support other women.’”
The crowd roared its approval, but according to several sources, Albright actually said, “there’s a place in Hell reserved for women who don’t help other women.”
“OK, now thank you so much for receiving that well—I didn’t know how that was going to go over,” Palin told the southern California crowd. “And now California, let’s see what a comment that I just made how that is turned into whatever it’ll be turned into tomorrow in the newspaper.”
Friday, October 3, 2008
Not so fast, John.
Sarah sent him an email insisting that she and Todd (finally! The Todd on the campaign trail) could stay in Michigan and continue the battle.
March on, brave soldier, march on.
So says the guru at Libertarians for Palin. He smartly articulates the awesome awesomeness that is Sarah Palin. Now, I don't know what debate all of Sarah's naysayers were watching, but the one I watched showed a immaculate, fierce Lady Diva Goddess at her prime. Let's analyze, shall we?
One word: Brilliant.
I could stop the post right there, but I will continue. First off, Joe Biden did well. He was on the brink of ripping off his designer suit and donning some Carharts for all the talk he did about his Scranton upbringing. But, he did good. He even pulled a New Hampshire moment and got all choked up about his kids. I mean...it was cute. Some people swear it is genuine, but I think all that rage he was keeping bottled up from Sarah was really the root of that. There were moments when he looked at her and I could see the wild, animal lust that he has for her. Too bad, he had to go home to Jill Biden that night. And could Jill have been more of an ice queen after the families were invited on stage? There was Gracious Sarah holding Trig Trig and Jill could barely stand next to her while her
grandpa husband was fondly touching Piper by the shoulders. Then I see Jill dart off to who? The Todd! The Bidens need to deal with their adulterous desires, because Sarah and Todd are having none of that.
Sarah, forgive me, but your make-up person needs to be shot in the foot. That blush was heavy. You have cheekbones crafted by God and you don't need all that dark blush. And your lip color can go lighter by a shade or two. But, your eyes and teeth sparkled more brightly that Cindy's army mom bling. I knew you would do black and I gambled on hair half up, half down. I would have preferred all up, but whatever. You looked F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S! Sexy chic power sassy. Drill, baby! That was all Miss Wasilla last night. With a wink and a shimmy, you could single-handly disarm entire enemy nations.
Gwen Ifill's jacker was cute. That's about it on her.
A lot of people are saying that the bar was set so low that Sarah could only exceed expectations last night. I couldn't disagree more. Sarah was FINALLY allowed to shine. She reached out to the Real American people and told them what they needed to hear. While Joe Biden sung Trig a lullaby with Obama's plans on fixing the economy, Sarah gave 'em the old razzle dazzle and left the specifics for those who were too nerdy to have a date for the prom.
20 Moments of Baffling Brilliance
Moment 1: You walked on stage! You blew kisses!
Moment 2: Keepin' it real
PALIN: Nice to meet you.
BIDEN: It's a pleasure.
PALIN: Hey, can I call you Joe?
PALIN: Thank you.
Thank you, Gwen. Thank you. Thank you.
Moment 3: Totally unbiased
You know, I think a good barometer here, as we try to figure out has this been a good time or a bad time in America's economy, is go to a kid's soccer game on Saturday, and turn to any parent there on the sideline and ask them, "How are you feeling about the economy?"
Um, Sarah is a hockey mom, yet she left her bias at the door and spoke to elitist soccer moms everywhere.
Moment 4: First "darn" and "heck" of the evening
PALIN: Darn right it was the predator lenders, who tried to talk Americans into thinking that it was smart to buy a $300,000 house if we could only afford a $100,000 house. There was deception there, and there was greed and there is corruption on Wall Street. And we need to stop that.
PALIN: One thing that Americans do at this time, also, though, is let's commit ourselves just every day American people, Joe Six Pack, hockey moms across the nation, I think we need to band together and say never again. Never will we be exploited and taken advantage of again by those who are managing our money and loaning us these dollars. We need to make sure that we demand from the federal government strict oversight of those entities in charge of our investments and our savings and we need also to not get ourselves in debt. Let's do what our parents told us before we probably even got that first credit card. Don't live outside of our means. We need to make sure that as individuals we're taking personal responsibility through all of this. It's not the American peoples fault that the economy is hurting like it is, but we have an opportunity to learn a heck of a lot of good lessons through this and say never again will we be taken advantage of.
Moment 5: Hey, Government! Get outta the way
Now you said recently that higher taxes or asking for higher taxes or paying higher taxes is patriotic. In the middle class of America which is where Todd and I have been all of our lives, that's not patriotic. Patriotic is saying, government, you know, you're not always the solution. In fact, too often you're the problem so, government, lessen the tax burden and on our families and get out of the way and let the private sector and our families grow and thrive and prosper.
Moment 6: Taking the steering wheel
I want to go back to the energy plan, though, because this is -- this is an important one that Barack Obama, he voted for in '05.
Screw Ifill, Sarah didn't want to talk about campaign promises and the bailout. So she took it back to energy. Drill, baby!
"And how long have I been at this, like five weeks?"
Moment 8: On bankruptcy: rebuttal
That is not so, but because that's just a quick answer, I want to talk about, again, my record on energy versus your ticket's energy ticket, also. I think that this is important to come back to, with that energy policy plan again that was voted for in '05.
Moment 9: Climate change and energy
And I don't want to argue about the causes. What I want to argue about is, how are we going to get there to positively affect the impacts? We have got to clean up this planet. We have got to encourage other nations also to come along with us with the impacts of climate change, what we can do about that.
Moment 10: Crystal-clear clarity on The Gays
But I also want to clarify, if there's any kind of suggestion at all from my answer that I would be anything but tolerant of adults in America choosing their partners, choosing relationships that they deem best for themselves, you know, I am tolerant and I have a very diverse family and group of friends and even within that group you would see some who may not agree with me on this issue, some very dear friends who don't agree with me on this issue.
But in that tolerance also, no one would ever propose, not in a McCain-Palin administration, to do anything to prohibit, say, visitations in a hospital or contracts being signed, negotiated between parties.
But I will tell Americans straight up that I don't support defining marriage as anything but between one man and one woman, and I think through nuances we can go round and round about what that actually means.
But I'm being as straight up with Americans as I can in my non- support for anything but a traditional definition of marriage.
Moment 10: Bipartisan Unity on Hating the Gays
Your question to him was whether he supported gay marriage and my answer is the same as his and it is that I do not.
Your plan is a white flag of surrender in Iraq and that is not what our troops need to hear today, that's for sure. And it's not what our nation needs to be able to count on. You guys opposed the surge. The surge worked. Barack Obama still can't admit the surge works.
Moment 12: Kissinger and I are BFFs
No and Dr. Henry Kissinger especially. I had a good conversation with him recently. And he shared with me his passion for diplomacy.
Moment 13: Even though Jews don't love Jesus, Sarah still cares about them
Israel is our strongest and best ally in the Middle East. We have got to assure them that we will never allow a second Holocaust, despite, again, warnings from Iran and any other country that would seek to destroy Israel, that that is what they would like to see.
We will support Israel. A two-state solution, building our embassy, also, in Jerusalem, those things that we look forward to being able to accomplish, with this peace-seeking nation, and they have a track record of being able to forge these peace agreements.
Moment 14: Agreeing on Jew-love, calling out the Blame Game, knowing when to hold 'em and fold 'em
But I'm so encouraged to know that we both love Israel, and I think that is a good thing to get to agree on, Sen. Biden. I respect your position on that.
No, in fact, when we talk about the Bush administration, there's a time, too, when Americans are going to say, "Enough is enough with your ticket," on constantly looking backwards, and pointing fingers, and doing the blame game.
There have been huge blunders in the war. There have been huge blunders throughout this administration, as there are with every administration.
But for a ticket that wants to talk about change and looking into the future, there's just too much finger-pointing backwards to ever make us believe that that's where you're going.
Oh, yeah, it's so obvious I'm a Washington outsider. And someone just not used to the way you guys operate. Because here you voted for the war and now you oppose the war. You're one who says, as so many politicians do, I was for it before I was against it or vice- versa. Americans are craving that straight talk and just want to know, hey, if you voted for it, tell us why you voted for it and it was a war resolution.
Moment 16: We don't agree on everything and he dies, what is your point?
As for disagreeing with John McCain and how our administration would work, what do you expect? A team of mavericks, of course we're not going to agree on 100 percent of everything. As we discuss ANWR there, at least we can agree to disagree on that one. I will keep pushing him on ANWR. I have so appreciated he has never asked me to check my opinions at the door and he wants a deliberative debate and healthy debate so we can make good policy.
What I would do also, if that were to ever happen, though, is to continue the good work he is so committed to of putting government back on the side of the people and get rid of the greed and corruption on Wall Street and in Washington.
I think we need a little bit of reality from Wasilla Main Street there, brought to Washington, D.C.
Moment 17: Say it ain't so, Joe! and a coupla shout outs
Say it ain't so, Joe, there you go again pointing backwards again. You preferenced your whole comment with the Bush administration. Now doggone it, let's look ahead and tell Americans what we have to plan to do for them in the future. You mentioned education and I'm glad you did. I know education you are passionate about with your wife being a teacher for 30 years, and god bless her. Her reward is in heaven, right? I say, too, with education, America needs to be putting a lot more focus on that and our schools have got to be really ramped up in terms of the funding that they are deserving. Teachers needed to be paid more. I come from a house full of school teachers. My grandma was, my dad who is in the audience today, he's a schoolteacher, had been for many years. My brother, who I think is the best schoolteacher in the year, and here's a shout-out to all those third graders at Gladys Wood Elementary School, you get extra credit for watching the debate.
In my comment there, it was a lame attempt at a joke and yours was a lame attempt at a joke, too, I guess, because nobody got it. Of course we know what a vice president does.
Moment 19: What achilles heel? Let's talk about how awesome John is.
People aren't looking for more of the same. They are looking for change. And John McCain has been the consummate maverick in the Senate over all these years.
He's taken shots left and right from the other party and from within his own party, because he's had to take on his own party when the time was right, when he recognized it was time to put partisanship aside and just do what was right for the American people.
That's what I've done as governor, also, take on my own party, when I had to, and work with both sides of the aisle, in my cabinet, appointing those who would serve regardless of party, Democrats, independents, Republicans, whatever it took to get the job done.
Also, John McCain's maverick position that he's in, that's really prompt up to and indicated by the supporters that he has. Look at Lieberman, and Giuliani, and Romney, and Lingle, and all of us who come from such a diverse background of -- of policy and of partisanship, all coming together at this time, recognizing he is the man that we need to leave -- lead in these next four years, because these are tumultuous times.
We have got to win the wars. We have got to get our economy back on track. We have got to not allow the greed and corruption on Wall Street anymore.
And we have not got to allow the partisanship that has really been entrenched in Washington, D.C., no matter who's been in charge. When the Republicans were in charge, I didn't see a lot of progress there, either. When the Democrats, either, though, this last go- around for the last two years.
Change is coming. And John McCain is the leader of that reform.
LOOKS LIKE SARAH'S WEAKNESS IS HER UNDYING LOYALTY AND HUMILITY.
Moment 20: In closing...
There have been times where, as mayor and governor, we have passed budgets that I did not veto and that I think could be considered as something that I quasi-caved in, if you will, but knowing that it was the right thing to do in order to progress the agenda for that year and to work with the legislative body, that body that actually holds the purse strings....
You do what I did as governor, and you appoint people regardless of party affiliation, Democrats, independents, Republicans. You -- you walk the walk; you don't just talk the talk.
And even in my own family, it's a very diverse family. And we have folks of all political persuasion in there, also, so I've grown up just knowing that, you know, at the end of the day, as long as we're all working together for the greater good, it's going to be OK.
I've been there. I know what the hurts are. I know what the challenges are. And, thank God, I know what the joys are, too, of living in America. We are so blessed. And I've always been proud to be an American. And so has John McCain.
We have to fight for our freedoms, also, economic and our national security freedoms.
It was Ronald Reagan who said that freedom is always just one generation away from extinction. We don't pass it to our children in the bloodstream; we have to fight for it and protect it, and then hand it to them so that they shall do the same, or we're going to find ourselves spending our sunset years telling our children and our children's children about a time in America, back in the day, when men and women were free.
We will fight for it, and there is only one man in this race who has really ever fought for you, and that's Sen. John McCain.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Commentary: Palin's subtle attire speaks volumes
By ROBIN GIVHAN Washington Post
Oct. 1, 2008, 5:21PM
Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's style is exceptionally ordinary. Nothing about it connotes authority. No detail announces that she is in charge. And that's what makes it so powerful. um, duh..though I don't think her style is exceptionally ordinary.
The rimless glasses that dominate her face are as banal as modern spectacles come. The entire goal of their design is to have them go unnoticed. They are not meant to frame her features as much as they are crafted to avoid detracting from her big brown eyes. they glasses are hot because they are so sleek...almost futuristic even.
Her clothes are unpretentious, but they are also unremarkable. They have nothing to do with fashion. It's fashion show season now, with designers unveiling their spring 2009 collections in New York, Milan and Paris. So far, none of them have suggested that the next new thing for the power-wielding woman is a straight black skirt with a boxy, oyster-colored blazer, which is what Palin wore when she accepted the vice-presidential nomination in St. Paul, Minn. I think that is what makes SP so great is that she goes her own way and doesn't rely on trends and facts and stuff to do her own thing. Again, how many REAL Americans do you know pay attention to NYC Fashion Week?
In the narrow confines of political style, the accepted rule is to dress in a manner that implies empathy for one's constituency — so don't wear anything too expensive — but also conveys authority. Palin has embraced the former and utterly ignored the latter. Nothing about her style jibes with the image of power. She does not dress like a boss lady, an Iron Lady or the devil who wore Prada. What exactly does power look like? Power can be found in a pair of jeans or a robe...just ask Jesus about that one.
Her clothes don't have the aura of sophistication like that of Michelle Obama's sheaths and pearls. They do not have a patina of glamour like Cindy McCain's heiress wardrobe. And they do not announce themselves with the confidence, assertiveness and listen-to-me-ness of Sen. Hillary Clinton's bold pantsuits. Palin's clothes are common. Everyone knows someone who dresses like her, which is partly why so many folks seem to think that they know her.
Palin likes to wear a super-size Old Glory brooch that shouts with as much patriotic bravado as one of those monster flags that wave from a car dealership. Her flag was on display during a campaign stop in Grand Rapids, Mich. And for the record, it has no kin among the statement jewelry currently being championed on the runway. Who cares about the runway? Old Glory doesn't need approval from the liberal, fashion elite. And what is so outstanding about Michelle's fashion (and I love it) when she gets her clothes from the Gap, Old Navy, White House/Black Market, H&M, etc.? Hillary's pantsuits? Nothing to write home about, but they look good on her. Cindy? I haven't found much that I like on her and her shit costs the most. So exactly doesn't SP measure up in her sexy pencil skirts, bold colors and sassy shoes?
The ruby slippers she wore on the campaign trail, the ones she paired with the black jacket and skirt that pulled just so across her hips, churn up images of another small-town girl who'd suddenly landed in Oz. A peep-toe pump is coy — coquettish even. But not an emblem of gravitas. And those same shoes are on back order in every store and on every website that carries them.
Despite what every optometrist with a publicity agent has to say, there is nothing remotely striking about her eyeglasses. It's only notable in an age of contact lenses and Lasik surgery that anyone in the public spotlight regularly wears them at all — except, perhaps, when they're trying to make a point, such as when television interviewers keep a pair of reading glasses perched on the tip of their nose in a way that makes them look like professors skeptical of a student's ability to withstand their Socratic interrogation.
Palin is the girl next door. And yes, much about her attire emphasizes youthfulness, most distinctly her hair.
The hair, which has been highlighted, teased and scrunched, is a standard-issue, mommy-is-in-a-rush style. Since motherhood has been laid out by her campaign like one of the pillars of national service, the mop-top hairdo is practically a battle scar. Her hair is signature and classic. It's lush and full and I'm sure The Todd enjoys burying his nose in it.
Executive women tend to avoid wearing their hair in ponytails or looking like they have it tacked to the top of their head with a chip clip. Like a good female news anchor, they get themselves a haircut that falls no further than the shoulders, is feminine and easy to maintain. They do not want to be wind-blown and tousled when they walk into a boardroom. Hair shouldn't be a distraction. is Sarah's hair a distraction, or her awesome wildnerness beauty?
Palin doesn't have Maria Menounos's Pantene hair. But it is chestnut brown and long and is the antithesis of what most women do with it as they come into their own. Hello, Maverick!
Palin has been referred to as America's hottest governor by sources as varied as Alaska Magazine and button-wearing Republican conventioneers. But Palin's power isn't in her physical looks as much as in the packaging.
Palin seems to dress for pretty rather than powerful. She is willing to be sexual, with the occasional fitted jacket and high heels. She wears dangly earrings.
She talks tough. She doesn't blink. She speaks of "guys and gals." What is a gal? One thinks of a waitress in a bar who knows that if she pretends she doesn't notice when a guy's ogling her legs and gives as good as she gets when it comes to off-color jokes, life will go along more smoothly. She's not one of the guys, but she doesn't confront them with either a lawyer or rhetoric from a women's studies seminar.
Palin's style serves as evidence that a woman can step onto the national political stage without having to manipulate her wardrobe into some torturous costume calibrated to make her look authoritative but not threatening, feminine but not sexy. Palin proves that a woman can wear red patent-leather shoes and still take questions on foreign policy and the economy. Damn right. Her style is uniquely her own and she wears what looks good. I have so many favorites, but I'm still in love with the pink and gray she wore for Couric's interview. I can't wait to see what she wears tonight at the debate!
The test is whether this particular gal knows the answers. Looking good doesn't hurt! Screw you, feminists!