Sarah, The Weak

Yesterday, Crooks and Liars ran a post highlighting just one more reason why John McCain is a chauvinist1 asshole who’s sole motivation for picking Sarah Palin is her working ovaries.

He said in a Fox News interview:

As a cold political calculation, I could not be more pleased. She has excited and energized our base. She is a direct counterpoint to the liberal feminist agenda for America. She has a wonderful family. She’s a reformer. She’s a conservative. She’s the best thing that could have happened to my campaign and to America [Emphasis mine]

Now, he knows by now that Palin has been a dead weight on his campaign. Major newspapers across the country have cited her as the reason that they couldn’t trust McCain’s judgment enough to endorse him for President.

The Salt Lake Tribune said:

Then, out of nowhere, and without proper vetting, the impetuous McCain picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. She quickly proved grievously underequipped to step into the presidency should McCain, at 72 and with a history of health problems, die in office. More than any single factor, McCain’s bad judgment in choosing the inarticulate, insular and ethically challenged Palin disqualifies him for the presidency.

The Chicago Tribune has never in 161 years endorsed a Democratic candidate for President- until now:

McCain failed in his most important executive decision. Give him credit for choosing a female running mate–but he passed up any number of supremely qualified Republican women who could have served. Having called Obama not ready to lead, McCain chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. His campaign has tried to stage-manage Palin’s exposure to the public. But it’s clear she is not prepared to step in at a moment’s notice and serve as president. McCain put his campaign before his country.

McCain didn’t pick Palin to bring his ticket up. He picked Palin because he thought he could siphon off disgruntled Clinton supporters. But he also didn’t want to have to contend with a strong, intelligent woman. Palin is much easier to control- and she’s anti-women’s rights which is just dandy for a man who voted against Lilly Ledbetter and thinks the health of a mother is an extremist tactic to make everyone have to get an abortion.

I guess one could argue that McCain was referring to the rad fems with which I’ve also had issues. They’re the ones that insist the men apologize for their penises or they’re in league with the devil. But somehow I think he’s actually referring to any woman who believes she has the right to equal pay for equal work, a good education for her children, healthcare for her children, right to go to a pharmacy and actually get the birth control script filled, and the right to have a rape examination without having to pay for the kit itself2. Those are the feminists that are antithetical to Sarah Palin.

I don’t like Sarah Palin. And anyone that’s followed this blog and/or followed my tweets knows this. The reasons why I don’t like her are exactly the reasons that John McCain chose her. The biggest one is that she has willingly put herself in a place where she is used unabashedly as a puppet. It doesn’t matter to her, of course, because she just wants to be President and the easiest way to do that is to wait for McCain to kick over. But she is no one of whom strong, independent, intelligent women should be proud. She would gladly put us all in Biblical subservient roles if it meant that she could grab that power ring. The worst, though, is her weakness.

Here is a woman that has depended on men to get her to the top of Alaskan politics. This is not surprising because women in a lot of places can’t seem to get a foothold with out shamelessly using those with a pair of balls swinging. You would expect this woman to be strong, outspoken and literally able to take on the world. But Palin isn’t. Her husband is never more than 5 feet from her side and Alaskans have even come to call him the “Shadow Governor” because he’s played such a huge role in her administration. John McCain won’t allow her to have a press conference or speak with “unfriendly” reporters because he doesn’t trust her intelligence enough to give her that rein. Now I’ve found out that her staff prevents her from reading newspapers (all of them that are placed in front of her) and watching the news because it might depress her.

A woman that is hoping to become the Vice President of the United States is afraid to read the papers because she might get depressed. Process that.

We’re supposed to believe that she was chosen because of her strength? I’ve known many a strong woman in my time3 and it would be a cold day in hell before any of them would allow themselves to be stifled like Palin has been stifled. They would be proud of their position and dare anyone to take them on. They would make the women of this country proud and not make our stomachs churn with disgust and anger. There is nothing in her actions or her demeanor that should make most American women proud. She certainly isn’t the type of woman that I want my own daughter’s to emulate.

She’s being told to shut up, sit down, be pretty and read the damned script. McCain wants nothing more to do with her than that. I would feel bad for her if she had the intellectual capacity to see what he was doing with her. I don’t though. And neither should the “faux” feminists who still insist that McCain is the right choice because of how Democrats and the progressive blogosphere treated Sen. Clinton. When McCain chose her he spit on regular-Jane feminists– we American women who are proud of our strengths and want the best for ourselves and our children — and laughed in our faces. He mocked the PUMAs and other (real) Clinton supporters. And Sarah Palin is happy to go along with all of it. She deserves all the derision she gets.

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  1. I know that’s no longer the correct term, but I don’t care. []
  2. This is a very short list, of course, because I’m lazy and running out of time []
  3. And sometimes believe myself to be one. []

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I filed for Divorce

I caught my husband cheating with a woman he was riding to work with. On Monday he denied they were more than carpoolers. On Tuesday morning he admitted that he was seeing her after work and that our daughter had already met her. On Tuesday afternoon he admitted that she was indeed his “girlfriend”. Tuesday evening I talked to her on the phone and she admitted that they were having sex (it was a lot uglier than that, of course, but I’m not going into details right now). Early Wednesday morning (3 am) after he came home from work (2 hours late) he told me “I’m about to take a shower. Do you want to smell her on me?” Later that morning (around 10 am) he told me that he loves her and that he’s planning to marry her (she’s married and is far from a divorce). About 11:30am he took a bag of things and left. She called me to tell me he had come to live with her.

At 3pm that day, I met with an attorney and filled out affidavits.

On Friday, I called my husband to ask “Are you sure you want to go through with this divorce?” He said very strongly “Yes.” I said “Fine”, hung up the phone and walked the retainer down to my attorney. The papers were filed before lunch.

There are a lot more difficult details and, quite frankly, I’m going insane. But I’m not going to write about that on this blog. I’m setting up a private blog to detail what happened and what is happening now. This is something that I only want to share with my most trusted friends.

Hopefully I’ll get the urge to blog normally again. I’m not very interested in anything right now. I hope everyone understands.

For my friends:
I’ll post privately the address of the new blog. Don’t feel obligated to read and/or comment. I’m pretty sure no one can say anything to make me feel better right now. If you have any advice on how I can get this damned emotional topsy-turvy under control, how I can get to sleep or how I can stop myself from cleaning all the damned time.

In the time it’s taken me to write this post, I’ve gone from acceptance to anger to sorrow. You see? I fucking hate this shit.

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No, She Doesn’t Understand

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So, yeah, I’m alive. I’ve discovered that when I’m really busy and will most likely be interrupted that Twitter is the best place for me right now. I really haven’t had a reason to write more than 140 characters in a while- nor the time to be honest.

At any rate, I saw Tuesday’s presidential debate. I was only watching in hopes that McCain would lose his mind and throw a chair or something. I’m glad that the two of them were forced to go beyond their talking points for once.

I was fired up by two things John McCain said. One of which he repeated throughout the debate. His assertion that Sarah Palin knows “better than most” what it’s like to raise a special needs child had me cursing the television. How the hell does she know the struggles and challenges of raising a special needs child? Where the fuck does he get off making the claim that she knows better than most American families who live with these challenges every day?

Anyway, Vince has an excellent post up about this very issue. He and his wife knows what it’s like. Moreso than uber-rich Palin with her excellent health care and troop of aides and other children. Go read that. Here’s my comment:

“I was thinking the SAME thing. Well, except I don’t have the challenges that you and Mrs. Rocker Guy face wrt my children. But how dare he– or SHE for that matter– put out there that somehow she knows better than most anyone else the struggle that families with special needs children face (autism as well as others). Bullshit.

She doesn’t have to worry about child care. She doesn’t have to worry about paying for therapy. She doesn’t have to worry about the cost of medical care. She doesn’t have to worry about who is going to take care of her child if something terrible happens to her. BULLSHIT. She will never, ever know the challenges normal, everyday people face with their special needs children.

What’s even more laughable is that McCain plans to pay for his health rebate tax thing by, get this, cutting medicaid and medicare. The two things that struggling families often depend on to care for these children- who will eventually turn into adults.

My sister manages a group home for special needs adults that rage from profoundly retarded to Downs Syndrome. The higher function adults in this group home came because their primary care givers either became too ill or poor to care for them or because the caregivers died. What about them, McCain? What’s going to happen to them when you cut funding for Medicaid? BULLSHIT.

And, one more thing while I’m on a flippin’ role, how can you agree to disagree on this issue? Sarah Palin is in no place where she can understand the struggles of everyday people- much less the families of special needs children/adults. To say that she knows “better than most” was condescending and offensive even to me. How can you agree to disagree with that? No matter which way your vote is cast, making light of this subject in such a way was beyond the pale.”

The other thing that pissed me off was his air quotes are “health” when he was discussing the health of the mother. He asserted that he wouldn’t use a litmus test in appointing SCOTUS judges, but his condescension for the “health of the mother” clauses proves that he is indeed a bold-faced liar. Of course, this is from the same man that thought a “Gorilla Raping Woman” joke was oh-so hilarious. He’s also someone who is opposed to funding for birth control. Damned women shouldn’t be having sex anyway. Beh.

In the spirit of that, I leave you with this video. It is safe for work and older kids:

Transcript:

I was raped. And then I got pregnant.
Sarah Palin believes that the Government should be able to force me to carry the pregnancy to term.

Sarah Palin believes that the Government should make that choice, not me.

Governor Palin, I didn’t have a choice about being raped. But I should have a choice about this.

Update:

I just read on CNN that the McCain campaign is denying that they plan on cutting Medicaid/Medicare. And in fact they’ve changed their webpage. However the Wall Street Journal reported Oct. 10 that McCain would institute cuts to these programs to pay for his tax relief proposal.

John McCain would pay for his health plan with major reductions to Medicare and Medicaid, a top aide said, in a move that independent analysts estimate could result in cuts of $1.3 trillion over 10 years to the government programs.

The Republican presidential nominee has said little about the proposed cuts, but they are needed to keep his health-care plan “budget neutral,” as he has promised. The McCain campaign hasn’t given a specific figure for the cuts, but didn’t dispute the analysts’ estimate.

[…]But Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Sen. McCain’s senior policy adviser, said Sunday that the campaign has always planned to fund the tax credits, in part, with savings from Medicare and Medicaid. Those government health-care programs serve seniors, poor families and the disabled. Medicare spending for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30 is estimated at $457.5 billion.

Once again McCain switches his position because his poll numbers suck ass. Or whatever reason. Maybe his magic 8-ball gave a different answer this time. Either way, I’ll be glad to see him retire to his ranch in Arizona.

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Sarah, The Weak

Yesterday, Crooks and Liars ran a post highlighting just one more reason why John McCain is a chauvinist1 asshole who’s sole motivation for picking Sarah Palin is her working ovaries.

He said in a Fox News interview:

As a cold political calculation, I could not be more pleased. She has excited and energized our base. She is a direct counterpoint to the liberal feminist agenda for America. She has a wonderful family. She’s a reformer. She’s a conservative. She’s the best thing that could have happened to my campaign and to America [Emphasis mine]

Now, he knows by now that Palin has been a dead weight on his campaign. Major newspapers across the country have cited her as the reason that they couldn’t trust McCain’s judgment enough to endorse him for President.

The Salt Lake Tribune said:

Then, out of nowhere, and without proper vetting, the impetuous McCain picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. She quickly proved grievously underequipped to step into the presidency should McCain, at 72 and with a history of health problems, die in office. More than any single factor, McCain’s bad judgment in choosing the inarticulate, insular and ethically challenged Palin disqualifies him for the presidency.

The Chicago Tribune has never in 161 years endorsed a Democratic candidate for President- until now:

McCain failed in his most important executive decision. Give him credit for choosing a female running mate–but he passed up any number of supremely qualified Republican women who could have served. Having called Obama not ready to lead, McCain chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. His campaign has tried to stage-manage Palin’s exposure to the public. But it’s clear she is not prepared to step in at a moment’s notice and serve as president. McCain put his campaign before his country.

McCain didn’t pick Palin to bring his ticket up. He picked Palin because he thought he could siphon off disgruntled Clinton supporters. But he also didn’t want to have to contend with a strong, intelligent woman. Palin is much easier to control- and she’s anti-women’s rights which is just dandy for a man who voted against Lilly Ledbetter and thinks the health of a mother is an extremist tactic to make everyone have to get an abortion.

I guess one could argue that McCain was referring to the rad fems with which I’ve also had issues. They’re the ones that insist the men apologize for their penises or they’re in league with the devil. But somehow I think he’s actually referring to any woman who believes she has the right to equal pay for equal work, a good education for her children, healthcare for her children, right to go to a pharmacy and actually get the birth control script filled, and the right to have a rape examination without having to pay for the kit itself2. Those are the feminists that are antithetical to Sarah Palin.

I don’t like Sarah Palin. And anyone that’s followed this blog and/or followed my tweets knows this. The reasons why I don’t like her are exactly the reasons that John McCain chose her. The biggest one is that she has willingly put herself in a place where she is used unabashedly as a puppet. It doesn’t matter to her, of course, because she just wants to be President and the easiest way to do that is to wait for McCain to kick over. But she is no one of whom strong, independent, intelligent women should be proud. She would gladly put us all in Biblical subservient roles if it meant that she could grab that power ring. The worst, though, is her weakness.

Here is a woman that has depended on men to get her to the top of Alaskan politics. This is not surprising because women in a lot of places can’t seem to get a foothold with out shamelessly using those with a pair of balls swinging. You would expect this woman to be strong, outspoken and literally able to take on the world. But Palin isn’t. Her husband is never more than 5 feet from her side and Alaskans have even come to call him the “Shadow Governor” because he’s played such a huge role in her administration. John McCain won’t allow her to have a press conference or speak with “unfriendly” reporters because he doesn’t trust her intelligence enough to give her that rein. Now I’ve found out that her staff prevents her from reading newspapers (all of them that are placed in front of her) and watching the news because it might depress her.

A woman that is hoping to become the Vice President of the United States is afraid to read the papers because she might get depressed. Process that.

We’re supposed to believe that she was chosen because of her strength? I’ve known many a strong woman in my time and it would be a cold day in hell before any of them would allow themselves to be stifled like Palin has been stifled. They would be proud of their position and dare anyone to take them on. They would make the women of this country proud and not make our stomachs churn with disgust and anger. There is nothing in her actions or her demeanor that should make most American women proud. She certainly isn’t the type of woman that I want my own daughter’s to emulate.

She’s being told to shut up, sit down, be pretty and read the damned script. McCain wants nothing more to do with her than that. I would feel bad for her if she had the intellectual capacity to see what he was doing with her. I don’t though. And neither should the “faux” feminists who still insist that McCain is the right choice because of how Democrats and the progressive blogosphere treated Sen. Clinton. When McCain chose her he spit on regular-Jane feminists– we American women who are proud of our strengths and want the best for ourselves and our children — and laughed in our faces. He mocked the PUMAs and other (real) Clinton supporters. And Sarah Palin is happy to go along with all of it. She deserves all the derision she gets.

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The VP Debate

I was able to watch the VP debate last night and only made the effort to do so to see if Palin would screw up. She didn’t screw up too bad- except for all those questions she refused to answer and the fact that she differed with McCain on a key issue and her insistence that the VP should have more legislative powers than granted by the Constitution- and that was slightly disappointing1. But, damn, did her little cutsie act got on my last available nerve.

Look, I’m from “the Heartland” and “Main Street”2, so I know a little about how the common folk hereabout act. When we’re not serious, we laugh at ourselves by making fun of Valley Girls3 or maybe get our hillbilly twang on. But that’s when we’re not about serious business.

We never do that shit Palin did last night with the winking and the “You betcha” and “doggone it” when we’re engaging in serious activities such as addressing the entire United States. Not only that, but it is deeply offensive that the pundits and her “advisors” think that this is somehow speaking our “language”. As a matter of fact, we expect more from our elected officials (in fact anyone who calls themselves “professional”) than that kind of nonsense. Those of us here in the Heartland call that kind of stuff snide, condescending and flippant. We don’t take seriously people who act like Sarah Palin did last night. She’d have been better off being openly sarcastic and using “big” words instead of talking down to us real “Americans”.

By the way, Sarah, we know in which country we live, darling child woman, you don’t have to constantly drone on about “America”, “Americans” and “America… America… America”. I’m sorry if you need to keep reminding yourself that you’re not addressing the Alaskan Secession Party (or whatever it is, I don’t even care). Maybe you should have put that in your notes? “Note: Americans know they’re Americans. No need to keep telling them that.”

Ok, where was I? Oh, yes, her unbearably cute spiel. Honestly, it was bad enough that everyone thought Biden had to handle a grown woman with kid gloves (she’s got executive experience, dontcha know), but then to behave in a way that looked as if the area between her ears is a vast void? Maybe if she actually read those vast resources of information, she’d know that women don’t have to put on the stupid-girl act to be taken seriously anymore. As a matter of fact, who can possibly take her seriously with that kind of image she was perpetuating?

Besides the deeply Republican and idiot pundits, I mean.

I want the world to know, that serious and intelligent people that hail from the Heartland4 don’t behave in such a manner. We do take serious situations seriously and we take comfort in our intellect. Well, most of us do, anyway. We know that it is customary to save cutsie for those times when we’re have a laugh or making fun of someone else (say, the VP candidate on the Republican ticket). She was not “speaking our language”. At least not mine.

At any rate, I asked Bush-loving and McCain fan, Millie, what she thought of Palin’s act. Millie, for those that don’t know, is a professional type person (unlike yours truly) and believes that people should behave a certain way when in public. She was the one that called her “flippant” (I stole her word). She couldn’t believe that a woman running for a national, public office would go on like that- even though she was happy that Palin frequently went Evangelical5. She said that she’s smart6 so why doesn’t she act it? I told her she was speaking to people in the “Heartland” and trying to get down and dirty with regular folks. “We don’t need someone who would embarrass herself like that on national television.”

Sadly, Millie will vote for the McPalin ticket. That is not the point though.

  1. What? You expected more from me? []
  2. Though I don’t live on Main Street and that whole meme grates on my nerves. []
  3. The females and sometimes males do this with abandon at times. Quite, um, embarrassing. []
  4. That phrase, too, is driving me straight out of my skin. []
  5. ”Her reward is in Heaven” and “God bless ‘em.” []
  6. I disagree. []

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