Dreaming and Wishing and Reality Bites

I had some pretty vivid dreams last night. I woke up scratching my head. They weren’t what you’re thinking, though.

I dreamt that Sen. Sherrod Brown brought a posse of people to my house for a photo op. Except it wasn’t my house – it was a trailer. And I never did see Brown in my dream. I came out of the bedroom to a room full of people and zoomed in on someone in a chair. It was Sen. Tammy Duckworth. Of course, I swooned like any proper fangirl would do. I told a funny joke. She laughed, but one her aides got pissed. “That is highly inappropriate. She is a sitting U.S. Senator.” I didn’t feel the least bit ashamed and just told the aide she was a stick in the mud.

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I Can’t Imagine

I just read the most horrifying and sad story that I’ve seen in a long time. A little 4 year-old boy, Angelo Mendoza, JR., was attacked by his father, who proceeded to eat the boy’s eyes. It’s a horrific tale and I was especially affected when I read little Angelo told the police “My daddy ate my eyes out.” I can’t get over that. It’s just rolling around in my head like some kind of sick earworm.  The father isn’t going to prison because, apparently, he’s not fit to stand trial and little Angelo is regaining sight in his remaining (!!) eye, but still. Good lord, that poor child…

This could, of course, turn into a rant against child abuse. I could explain why I’m so thin-skinned and emotional when it comes to stories about child abuse. I don’t like to hear babies cry, I cry when children fall down, and all kinds of other stuff that generally doesn’t make sense. Instead I’m going to use this spot to give thanks to the social workers and other professionals who had to see Angelo and take care of him and help him. They signed up for their jobs and these people face these horrific situations all the time. I think that anyone who voluntarily signs up for that kind of job is a hero of sorts. They have the heart of angels for taking care of these poor children without running home and hiding from the horror.

Angelo needed someone to take care of him before his father destroyed his life, that’s true. But laws favor keeping the family together, blah blah blah and it didn’t happen. So, Angelo suffered and someone had to go in and pick up his pieces. Those folks volunteered for their jobs to take care of children (and adults) with whom they have no personal relationship, but who desperately need someone to care for them. Witnessing this kind of child abuse could send anyone over the edge and I know I couldn’t deal with it. I can’t deal with it right now as I’m just thinking of Angelo and what he endured at the hands of that monster. I can’t even imagine being the paramedic or cop first on the scene. I can’t imagine being the person to actually hear the little voice say his daddy at his eyes out. I can’t imagine being strong enough to hold myself together to be able to help that little guy. And these folks do it every day. Bravo to them.1

One piece of this health care “debate”2 is the opposition saying that there won’t be doctors to take care of folks, because doctors will somehow stop caring about people when the government pays their bills. The opposition says that doctors will retire and run for the hills. Or that’s it’s unfair to the doctor’s “liberty” to force him/her into working on people who use the public option (I’ve heard this argument when I say I believe health care is a human right). “It’s unfair to the doctors”, they say. “Who will do their job?” they ask. Each time I see this I think of:

  • Fire fighters
  • Police officers
  • Health inspectors
  • Social Workers
  • Teachers
  • Road crews3

There are more, I know, but that’s my list. All the professions on that list are occupied by people that have volunteered to do the jobs. Every one of them. The people that arrived after a 9-1-1 call, to take care of Angelo, were paid by the state to come. They were paid by the state to wrap him up and take him to the hospital and to make sure he found a good, decent home to be released to. The people that took care of Angelo after his father tortured him were working off the public dole. They work in socialist programs. And they should be applauded for volunteering to do those jobs. No one forced them to suffer the trauma they must have suffered when they took care of this little guy. No one forced them to take up these careers and yet they did. Why? Because they care about people.

Why do people expect that doctors will suddenly stop caring about people because those people aren’t paying $1000 a month for the premiums? Why do people think that the doctor’s will suddenly become enslaved, lose their liberty and run for some other profession? Maybe we’d lose the doctors that are only in it for the money and to them I say “Good riddance”. Those that are left will perhaps feel a little restricted by government oversight, but not any more than they are with the insurance companies. Imagine being forced to deny a girl a liver transplant because your hands are tied by the insurance company4. Imagine watching a cancer patient die because the insurance (and hospital) bureaucrats won’t allow treatments due to lack of insurance. These doctors—most of them—care about the people they treat and they want them to be well. Just like the teacher wants to teach and the police officer wants to protect. Sure, there are idiots in all of these professions, but the majority are good people trying to do good in their communities.

They volunteer for their jobs and so will doctors and nurses and all of their staff—even when the government cuts the pay checks. That’s the gist of my argument here, by the way. Giving us public health care won’t cause the doctors to run for the hills, just like having public schools didn’t cause teachers to go on permanent vacation. I actually can’t find any valid arguments against public health insurance, but these that cry that it’s unfair to doctors, especially, are asinine. I can’t imagine a world where I can’t get help via 9-1-1 and I’d like to feel the same way about being able to afford to go to the doctor.

Someone had this analogy recently:

If you get into an accident on the highway, the police will rope off the area to prevent further accidents—at no cost to you—and the fire department will use the jaws of life to remove you from your car—at no cost to you—but the minute you’re strapped to a gurney you’re charged $1,500. What’s wrong with that picture?

I’m grateful that tax-payer dollars were used to pay the people who helped Angelo and who work every day to help other people. And I thank all that’s good and holy that those people and the millions like them, step up and voluntarily work in those positions. Now I think it’s time for my tax-dollars to pay the people who voluntarily work in the medical field to take care of more than just a tiny portion of the population. Medicare for all and all that jazz.

  1. Angelo will be fine, considering the circumstance and that’s wonderful []
  2. Or Shout Down, if you will. []
  3. Doesn’t fit with the helpful civil servant theme generally, but someone’s working on my street right now and it’s in my head. []
  4. She was later approved after a public uproar, but too late to save her. She died. []
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Criminals Out of Our Country

Apparently the fear mongers in the GOP are worried that the dangerous Guantanamo Bay prisoners are going to infect the United States and take us over from within. None of us are safe. RUN!!

So, to prove that point the made this video, aptly named “Guantanamo Bay Terrorists: Coming to a Neighborhood Near You?”1:

OMG! We are doomed. Just fucking DOOMED if Obama lets those people onto our soil. Everyone, come together and don’t let dangerous criminals live here!

In the spirit of the panic that was induced by the above video (you are scared, aren’t you?), Hilzoy of Obsidian Wings put together this little number, called “Criminals Out Of Our Country”. Behold2:

Paid for by The Committee to Send Dangerous Criminals into Outer Space

That is all.

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Why Do You Hate Ohio?

Ohio is set to receive some of the $8 billion set aside for a high speed transit system. Our portion of the rail line would run through/to Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton and Toledo. Building that line would created thousands of jobs for Ohioans, boosting our tax income and taking the state away from the brink of economic disaster. We are 49th in the nation in economic outlook and jobs. According to the linked article Ohioans are migrating from the state in droves:

The council’s study, “Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index,” is a guide for economic recovery based on state policies that have a proven impact on growth.

The study found that net migration from 2000 to 2007 hurt Ohio, where it ranked 5th worst, losing 397,900 people.

But the vocal minority that lost the last election are screaming mad about a rail line. They want no part of it, no part of the stimulus money. Even though work has stopped on some infrastructure projects because of lack of funds– putting more people out of work — these imbeciles are screeching to stop the money. It’s infuriating.

We have already lost money here because we were mollycoddling the losers. I spoke to a friend a couple of weeks ago and she told me that her job load (intake worker for the Department of Jobs and Family Services) has increased by about 8% in the last year, but that the state has a hiring freeze and that they are going to be laying off workers at the JFS. So, there are more people applying for (and qualifying for) food stamps, but there are going to be less people to take care of the needs of neglected children, neglected elderly folks and the poor in our county. Because the state is hurting.

But these fucking teabagging idiots would love to see the state lose more citizens and likely become the laughing stock of the nation1 . Why? Because their guy flushed this country down the toilet and their party lost the election because of it. Now, because Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh say so, they will screech like pissed monkeys at any kind of progress out state makes.

I have lived in Ohio my entire life2 and have a little bit of state pride. We have some excellent destinations in our state, beautiful landscape, and a rich history. We invented football, for gods’ sakes. But every day there are more foreclosures in the paper, more jobs lost– 834 people applied for a school janitorial position recently. Still, the vocal minority screams and wails and gnashes their teeth that money for jobs is coming to Ohio.

Instead of all the good workers and intelligent minds leaving this state, I wish these flippin’ hick-ass people would high-tail it down to Texas and help them secede. Then we could build our own state back to what it used to be. Before the idiots realized Fox News was the be-all and end-all and started polluting the newspaper’s comments with their bloviating. Here is an example of someone with their head screwed on straight. And what about the comments? Well, of course, they cry “Who’s going to pay? US! The taxpayers!”

Fuck off. Those still left working aren’t going to have their taxes raised. But there are plenty of people that have had their taxes cut: those that have lost their jobs. Most would gladly pay a little more in taxes to be able to support themselves and their families again. Most would gladly take the stimulus money and go straight to the bank– to pay past due fucking mortgage. I am deeply ashamed of the people in my state who have nothing better to do than to take away from those that need it most.

Food pantries are running bare. Charitable donations are down. People are struggling to pay their electric bills (which just went up for most of Ohio). Low-income/free clinics are seeing their patient numbers rise. More people are applying for food stamps. Hospitals are cutting staff. Our schools are losing dollars left and right. And the fucking teabagging brigade just keeps pounding that we don’t need no damned money. Who needs money from the goddamned liberals? Certainly not our state.

Fuck them all. I hope that the loudest among them fall victim to this economy. I hope that one day they sit at their kitchen table and have to make a choice about whether to buy food for their children or pay the electric bill. Their leaders, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, won’t have to worry about where money for food will be coming from, that’s for sure. But I certainly hope those that screech the loudest that Ohio should reject stimulus money sure find out what it feels like.

That’s bad, I know. But I’m sick of hearing the talk at work, reading it in my newspaper, listening to my goddamned inlaws spout it. You ask them “What about jobs?” and they just keep repeating the mantra “Who’s going to pay for it?” Who’s paying for anything when they don’t have a job to make the money?3

We’re all paying for it right the fuck now. When our neighbors can’t make ends meet and our communities are struggling to fill fucking potholes and our churches have nothing else to give to the poor we are all paying the price. I am done listening to this bullshit being spewed wherever I go.

From now on my stock response will be “Why do you hate Ohio?”

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  1. Thank the gods we have Texas and Alaska to take the spotlight off of us for a while. []
  2. Save for about a year when I ran away to Florida, but that’s a whole other topic. []
  3. Full Disclosure: My personal income has dropped significantly since the first of the month because of more layoffs in my area. []

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Disenchanted

I’ve been actively trying to avoid politics. I’ve overdosed on it and it’s really starting to depress me. I figure I’ve got enough on my plate and seeing the same regurgitated outrage over and over again just doesn’t help any of that. So I’ve found other things to keep me entertained.

But two days ago the Obama administration announced that they would help the Big Three automakers with a “bailout” only after more concessions were made. One of those concessions was that GM CEO Rick Wagoner step down. I don’t give a flying fuck about Wagoner, because he sucks and he’s going to be taken care of no matter what happens. What I care about is that one of the other concessions was that all of the autoworkers were going to be expected to make sacrifices. Specifically I’m talking about this:

It will require unions and workers who have already made painful concessions to make even more. […]

And so I’d like to speak directly to all those men and women who work in the auto industry or live in the countless communities that depend on it. Many of you have been going through tough times for longer than you’d care to remember. And I will not pretend the tough times are over. I cannot promise you there isn’t more pain to come.[…]

There are jobs that cannot be saved. There are plants that will not reopen. And there is little I can say that can subdue the anger or ease the frustration of all whose livelihoods hang in the balance because of failures that weren’t theirs.[…]

That is why today, I am designating a new Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers to cut through red tape and ensure that the full resources of our federal government are leveraged to assist the workers, communities, and regions that rely on our auto industry.

But don’t worry:

if you buy a car from Chrysler or General Motors, you will be able to get your car serviced and repaired, just like always. Your warrantee will be safe. In fact, it will be safer than it’s ever been. Because starting today, the United States government will stand behind your warrantee [sic].[..]

Third, the IRS is today launching a campaign to alert consumers of a new tax benefit for auto purchases made between February 16th and the end of this year – if you buy a car anytime this year, you may be able to deduct the cost of any sales and excise taxes. This provision could save families hundreds of dollars and lead to as many as 100,000 new car sales.

You warranty is safe, but the people that built that car are fucked two ways from Sunday. And the people that earned their retirement money, pensions and health care in their old age? Fuck them, too. You see, the contracts are only legally binding if it’s the AIG execs who are getting the millions of dollars in bonuses from their bailout money. They’re the “smart ones” and the brains and blah blah blah. Their contracts matter. The union guys and gals who signed contracts and were due their retirement benefits? They don’t matter.

I was sick over this the other day. Disen-fucking-chanted, even. My blood boiled. There are more concessions due from the workers on the plant floor and too bad-so sad if they have contracts. They’re blue collar working class folk. They don’t have high flautin’ degrees and high-priced tiny assed condos. They work hard doing physical labor and therefore their homes, families and health don’t matter. At least that’s the message I’ve been seeing.

Don’t worry, though. They’ll finally qualify for food stamps and they can get Medicare for their kids. Thank the gods SCHIP passed, huh?

The hypocrisy here is unbelievable. Yes, I know the auto industry needed to revamp a long time ago. Blah fucking blah. I’m talking about the fact that officially nothing can be done about AIG bonus pay outs, but the retired autoworker in Florida– who lives off his pension– is going to find himself without that fucking pension, because everyone has to make concessions. Lazy bastards should have gone to school and insisted that they’re employers go green so long ago. And why the hell didn’t the dumb motherfuckers vote Democratic all these years?

These are some of the messages I’ve been seeing from the “Progressive” community. Instead of wondering why the low-man on the totem pole is getting the shaft1 and why those people have to make more concessions2 they are blaming these people for staying in these jobs, for not being smart enough to get a higher education and, OMG! getting paid a decent wage when other people– who are way smarter — aren’t making that kind of money.

This is just one example of “Progressive” empathy for the screwing the blue collar workers have to endure:

Not going along with this (1+ / 1-)

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I’m all for Unions, but 30-40 per hour in the midwest with just a high school diploma is a joke.

The average teacher in NY with 6 years of college education starts at a 50K/year salary and wont dream of owning a home until 10+ years into their career if they’re lucky (or if they have supplemental income).

The average UAW worker is making about 40 dollars an hour with no further education and pulling down around 70-80k a year.

It’s no wonder our education system is a joke, meanwhile we have to listen to the boohooing about the unions conceding oh so much. Spare me.

by PooNani on Tue Mar 31, 2009 at 11:27:28 AM EDT

Now, I’ll go on to say that most of the other comments in that thread are telling this particular person to shut the fuck up. But there are plenty of other comments that say something similar (though probably not so heavy handed and no, I’m not going to copy them all). What pissed me off is that so many “Progressives” are blaming the workers for this shit. They’re telling them to “buck up” and deal. To “retrain”. How the fuck does a 45 year-old person, who’s worked in the same plant for 20 years, retrain? And what happens to their homes and families in the meantime?

SACRIFICE!! But not if you’re working on Wall Street. Get used to a lower quality of life! But not if you’re uber-smart with numbers and can make yourself a millionaire at someone else’s expense.

These folks– and, indeed, the people that are in their sphere of influence who will also “feel the pain”– have probably lost their life savings3 and have given up many of their benefits that people who aren’t in unions seem so jealous of. They’ve taken voluntary pay cuts. They haven’t stopped working just as hard as they were working before.

And let me tell you something: Working in a fucking factory is hard goddamned work. It’s not standing around with a fucking broom waiting for someone to give you specific instructions on how to sweep it. That’s rightwing propaganda and I’m not hearing that shit. 10-12 hour days of back breaking fucking work is worth what these folks were getting. They were the lucky ones. They got decent pay for the crap they put up with, because they were union. And they deserve their benefits, their retirement and the homes they bought with their hard-earned savings. They don’t deserve to lose it while their execs– and AIG execs — get to walk away with their nice houses and pretty savings portfolios. Hypocrisy.

In Ohio we value the hard work the guys on the floor do. Maybe we should push harder for a fancy-schmancy college education4 but many people in this area (and in Michigan) are content to work with their hands and in these positions. There is nothing wrong with that. But “progressive” wisdom is that they brought this on themselves because they chose that work5 and because they just aren’t that smart. Fuck them and their contracts.

I’m not even sure if I would have been as god-awful pissed as I was (and am again) if I hadn’t seen Progressives standing behind Obama to such an extent as to tell their fellow Progressives6 to buck up and shut up. Quit whining when you’re watching your world fall out from under you? Fuck that noise.

When these folks lose their livelihood, it’s not going to just be the plants that are affected. It’s going to be the neighborhood stores and restaurants, the tax base, the entire. That unemployment and poverty is going to stretch further than just 42,000 people (or so). The few remaining local businesses are going to see a drastic decline in revenue, the cities are going to lose tax money, homes are going to go into foreclosure and that many more people are going to become dependent on government assistance. There will be no other jobs to find when this happens.

But, hey! Those of us living here in the Rust Belt will just buck up and become innovative. After we lose our incomes, our homes and our healthcare. No, we have no reason to be whining and gnashing our teeth. We have no reason to be angry. We were prosperous while stupid, dontcha know. Our potholes aren’t getting filled, our food pantries aren’t getting filled and our cost of living is going through the roof. But hey! We brought it on ourselves. Right?78

FUCK that noise.

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  1. Wagoner is leaving with a lovely severance package– part of his contract []
  2. Why didn’t Wagoner have to leave without his goddamned bonus? []
  3. If they did the “smart” thing and invested []
  4. Full disclosure: I’m a computer programmer in training at the local university. []
  5. As if there was ever a lot of choices inside of our states. []
  6. Those of us who live in the Rust Belt and who will be directly affected by these “concessions” []
  7. My family is lucky for now. I have no idea what our situation will be in a few months. We’re not union. But we empathize with those that are immediately affected. []
  8. Who cares about the working class as long as we can still get cheap shit from China, anyway? []

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Let Them Go, Please

It looks like Chuck Norris (yes, that Chuck Norris) and Glenn Beck1 are attempting to lead a new American Revolution. Apparently, Chuck even wants to be President of Texas. Looks like the crazy secessionists and militia-types have their national leaders now and they can finally start shooting people.

And by the looks of those comments in the first linked article those people are probably brown, Jewish, women with strong political voices and/or college educated LIE-BER-ALS2.

At any rate, I stopped reading my hometown paper because the crazy was infecting the comments section. I did not realize that our brand of crazy is so tame compared to the real crazy drifting to the top of this economic mudpit. But from reading what these people are saying, it’s not about the economy– unless they are so angry because they’ve lost their jobs and homes. It’s that they don’t accept that Obama is the duly elected president and there is no other way of getting him out of office3. Chuck Norris and Glenn Beck (gods curse their souls) are feeding on that irrational hatred and fear. Norris is probably is true believer– Beck is a media whore who’s trying to be the new Limbaugh.

From the Examiner:

The call by some right wing leaders for rebellion and for the military to refuse the commander in chief’s orders is joined by Chuck Norris who claims that thousands of right wing cell groups have organized and are ready for a second American Revolution. During an appearance on the Glen Beck radio show he promised that if things get any worse from his point of view he may “run for president of Texas.” The martial artist/actor/activist claims that Texas was never formally a part of the United States in the first place and that if rebellion is to come through secession Texas would lead the way.

Holy shitballs! He wants to take Texas and cut it the fuck out of the Union. I say “Go for it”, Chuckie! More power to you. Our country’s overall stats for killing people on death row will go down, our national I.Q. will probably go up4, and we’ll be done with you and Dubya for all of eternity. Well, until your new “countrymen” realize you suck ass as a President and they decide they want to be back in the good ol’ U.S.A. Good riddance to you, I say.

People like to claim that they’re pissed off about the stimulus and giving money to big corporations, but where were these same complaints when these same corporations were getting huge tax breaks (”welfare”)? Where were the complaints when companies were shutting their doors here and moving over there? Where were these complaints when companies like Halliburton were getting paid billions for jobs they weren’t even doing? These same people who are threatening rebellion didn’t have much to say about all of that. The “leaders” were getting fat off the pork from the government and they liked it. Now there’s a new administration and regular people are going to benefit from government “waste” and suddenly they care? Right.

The funniest thing about this stimulus brouhaha is that the country’s top economists are saying that there isn’t enough money being spent and they can’t be heard because the idiots with the microphones are doing all they can to shout loud enough to get the lessers stirred up. They use words like “welfare” to describe money being given to the states and laugh at words like “infrastructure”. The least intelligent among us hear their dog whistles and start screaming with them while the sensible people are drowned out5.

In the comments of my hometown paper there are a group of Birthers/naysayers that have nothing but scorn for Obama and the stimulus. Even as the headlines proclaim Ohio is getting millions and my hometown is up for a piece of that pie, they yell about waste. A few of us have piped up to try to make them understand that without jobs people can’t make money which means they can’t spend money and they have to go elsewhere to try to survive– taking their potential with them. They don’t hear it. Money is being given to the states by the feds which means that money is bad and is welfare and to hell with the people that can benefit from those jobs6.

My hometown is going to take that money and do some work on their infrastructure. They’re going to improve the street drainage system (which is a big point of contention considering they flood every time it rains– and the complainers complain)), widen some roads and work on the electrical grid (which causes a lot of grief during the rain, too). These projects require people to do them. That means employing local men and women– people who have probably lost good paying jobs elsewhere and who desperately need the money these new jobs will provide. These folks will then have money to keep their houses (real estate taxes will be paid), buy local goods and services (sales taxes will be paid) and will stay in the area with their hard-earned money. That will help the local economy which is exactly what the stimulus is supposed to do7.

So, I say let these idiots secede. That’s more money and jobs for the rest of us. Let them fend for themselves in their own little utopia and let the rest of enjoy a country free of their incessant bleating. They can have Texas (and Oklahoma, if they want) and we can get back to healing this country of the wounds left by Dubya et al. Let the crybabies cry and let the rest of us move on with our lives.

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  1. I spit on the man. []
  2. Not necessarily all combined, or in that order, of course. []
  3. Lefties always hoped for impeachment. []
  4. No offense, Monique Renae, but you know… []
  5. And this doesn’t even count the fuckheads who are still yelling that Obama isn’t a U.S. citizen. Good fucking grief… []
  6. Not likely to be the loudest complainers because those people are likely retired or haven’t held a job for years because they’re quite obviously mentally unbalanced. []
  7. I DO NOT agree with the whole stimulus, but I’m not an economist and don’t know the whole BIG picture with regards to the whole package. []

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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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P.A.N.T.H.E.R

So, when someone tells you that Palin has an amazing approval rating let them know that less than 200,000 people agree with that assessment. Alaska is the largest state by land mass in the U.S. But when the number of voters is broken down, well, would Palin fare so well in a state with larger numbers of registered voters? If less than 200K people agree with her policies, why should we be happy about her approval rating?

Totally safe for work and kids.

So, children, if you plan to vote for Palin because she has the same chromosomes as you, well, stand proud, P.A.N.T.H.E.R.

via Womanist Musings

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Video of the Speech

I was honored to be invited to see Barack Obama speak today. It was a closed event blah blah blah. It was also outside in 90° heat. I was not sitting in the shade. Right now I’m at school, so don’t have a lot of time to write. The speech was excellent and I was able to meet Obama. Also, my face didn’t seem too red (though it was) on CNN.

Did I mention it was flippin’ hot? And that I was thrilled to be there?

Here’s video of part of the speech:

Hopefully I’ll be able to get some pictures up. I didn’t get any really good shots because my camera sucks ass and I’m all of 5ft 1in. I did meet him and I was thrilled with that. And he did exceptionally well with the question/answer session (none of the questions were pre-screened like Bush/McCain is wont to do) and he didn’t do a whole lot of stuttering. Zach Space, though, said a small oopsie. He said “blah blah blah three words out of the speech blah blah blah ‘It’s all about you’ blah blah blah”- you know, “It’s all about you” is 4 words, but we’ll give Space that one. :)

I like geeky stuff, politics, squirrels and monkeys.