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-- URGH. My tummy still hurts like a bastard. I kinda want to stay on my couch all day AGAIN and not do anything or go anywhere, which is depressing as hell considering I've spent so many of the last few days here even when I wasn't wracked with stomach cramps. The second I feel better I'm getting out of this house and going ... I don't know, just somewhere that's not here.

-- McCain: I Can't Promise To Support Palin For President. Ouch.

-- The great thing about not feeling well and not having to go to work until next Monday is that I have rum balls in my fridge that I haven't eaten yet and I could totally sit here all day and pig out on them. Not that I'm going to, but the option's nice.

-- If Twilight Was 100 Times Shorter and 100 Times More Honest. And yet I'm still sorely tempted to go see it, although I think that's more because I haven't gone to the movies in months.

-- Today's writing goal is five thousand more words on GPW. With seven days until I have to go to work again and thirty-five thousand words or so to go, that'll work out perfectly. And if I can get them done early, I can work on knitting for the rest of the day.
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Palin told WMAL-AM that her criticism of Obama's associations, like those with 1960s radical Bill Ayers and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, should not be considered negative attacks. Rather, for reporters or columnists to suggest that it is going negative may constitute an attack that threatens a candidate's free speech rights under the Constitution, Palin said.

"If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations," Palin told host Chris Plante, "then I don't know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media."

Okay, look. Since the possible future vice-president of these United States apparently doesn't fucking understand the First Amendment, I'm going to reprint it here.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

It's not really that complicated. They're not abridging your right to free speech, you idiot. They're letting you say whatever dumb bullshit spills past your lips. And since the four words right after that particular phrase guarantee the mainstream media's right to call you a jackass, shut the fuck UP. Seriously.

(Jesus hopscotching Christ, this person is a MORON. Has she been on Fandom Wank? 'Cause the longer this election goes on, the more she acts like someone who's been on FW.)

EDIT: Here, have a picture of wee!Barack at the beach with his grandpa. It'll make you feel better after reading that.
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I get cautiously optimistic every time I go over to electoral projection sites like FiveThirtyEight.com, Electoral Vote.com, and Election Projection and see that most of them are projecting about 350 electoral votes to Obama and about 180 to McCain, depending on the site. And then I pull myself back by thinking of that photo of Truman holding the "Dewey Defeats Truman" paper. It ain't over 'til it's over, you know?

Then again, hearing things from conservatives in the media like that I'm not a "real American" because I'm voting for Obama -- regardless of the real American vagina I came out of, the real America I've lived in since exiting said vagina, and the real America I've paid taxes to since I got my first job after the sixteenth anniversary of exiting said vagina -- makes me worry.

I think that if I'm not a real American, I must be an imaginary American, and therefore my life doesn't include nearly enough wizards and dragons. Hmph.
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So Sarah Palin's been having the RNC pay for her expensive wardrobe. It's hard to avoid criticizing Palin as a female candidate rather than just as a candidate when there's lines in articles like this that read, In Palin’s defense, being a woman in the public eye has its own kind of pressures. I'm sorry, but that's bullshit, regardless of their intent to give them to charity or whatever. The article points out that Obama's suits cost in the $1,500 dollar range. I imagine John McCain's suits may cost more, but that wouldn't bother me personally because ... well, he can afford it. What bothers me is when during a time of economic crisis a candidate is charging either party for their extravagant wardrobe expenses and anybody would want to handwave it as, "Oh, well, she IS a woman." What? No. You're a governor, for crying out loud. You can afford to buy your own peep-toe pumps.

Oh, and she also, charged the state for her kids traveling with her, even if they weren't invited to the event in question. I know this won't come as a surprise, but Idon't exactly look forward to the prospect of paying for the Palin girls to fly to Hawaii or wherever to pretend to pull a raffle ticket when I can't even afford to go to Wincon during a weekend it's in a city five hours away from my house.

But the good news is that "God will do the right thing on election day." Whether or not He will still have done the right thing if Obama's the one who gets elected, Palin didn't say. What Palin has said is that Obama's camp is presumptuous for thinking they have the women's vote locked up, because they're the one with a woman on the ticket, clearly not understanding the exact reason why her unfavorability ratings among women have risen. According to the article, she also says, "You've got to ask yourself, why was Senator Hillary Clinton not even vetted by the Obama campaign? 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?" While I certainly can't answer the second question, I can say that the fact that she appears to think Hillary Clinton is the only woman in the Democratic party and that Obama might not have a problem getting along with her after the oh-so-fun primary season doesn't make me want to vote for Palin's va-jay-jay the way she seems to want me to. No, thanks, I'd rather vote to secure the rights of ALL women, not just the one on the Republican ticket.

Urgh. I'm starting to believe that Natalie Portman and Rashida Jones's solution to the global economic crisis is exactly what we need right now as a country.

See more Natalie Portman videos at Funny or Die
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Yeah, feminists are terrible. Wanting ownership of their own bodies and equal pay and protection against domestic violence and rape ... seriously, why would they want that when they could help this pretty brunette right here advance her career at the sake of their own rights?
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Factoid Of The Day:

Joe the Plumber has now had more press conferences than Sarah Palin.

In less amusing news, reading about the airquotes McCain put around "health" when speaking about the health of the mother in regards to abortion arguments makes me rageful. Oh, you WOMEN. Always whining about your desire to live.
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Obama is running against Bush not McCain, Palin says

Well, considering McCain's voting record, I could see where he might have become confused.

(Have I mentioned lately how much I love FactCheck.org? I mean, it kinda sucks to see your guy's mistakes pointed out but hey, they're certainly not partisan, that's for damn sure.)

EDIT: I haven't checked Yes, We Can (Hold Babies) in a week or so, but oh, my God, you guys. OMG, my poor defenseless ovaries. D'AWWW.
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Here's the thing that amuses me about Governor Palin getting booed at the Flyers game. It's not that people were being douchebags because ... well, that kind of sucks. It's that either she didn't know hockey fans can be raging douchebags about anything that gets in the way of their hockey (and I say this as somebody who has a family full of hockey fans but, yes, God, THIS), in which case I'd maybe appreciate it a little bit if she'd stop being so, "Oh, gosh, isn't it cute I'm from Alaska?" and call herself a "soccer mom" like everybody else, OR she did know and she brought her poor kid down to share in the fun of sports fans acting like assholes.

Of course, the thing that doesn't amuse me is the comparison between Palin being booed by loudmouthed douchebags at a hockey game and Obama being called an uppity secret Muslim terrorist who needs killin' at political rallies. Look, as long as Palin gets off the ice within five minutes and doesn't get in the way of the Flyers getting anywhere near the playoffs, anything these people say about her is pretty much bullshit. Hockey fans -- and let's be honest, sports fans in general -- say some dumb crap, but there's a major difference -- sports fans have not spent the past eight years being given the impression that it's arguably acceptable to kill hockey moms.

Cut for length and political ramblings. )
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Seriously, Governor Palin. Glass houses, indeed.
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Two things:

1. Oh, Tina Fey. *hearts*
2. HA, Scranton-bashing FTW!

Where's the LJ icons for that skit? Seriously, yo. I need one with Palin holding the flute and winking and one with a Scranton quote, 'cause bwahahaha.

Also, Governor Palin, please to not be misquoting Madeleine Albright in such a way as to imply women who refuse to vote for you are going to Hell. Kthxbi.

Oh, and I just realized that I'll be working Election Day. Which more aptly means I'll be working Election Night. I have a feeling I'm going to need somebody to text me the election results.

In non-election news, I'm still not caught up on any of my writing. I almost wish the yearly layoffs at work would roll around early this year if only because I'm ready to work on my novels right now and I have to get ready for work. God, I just want to finish something someone will actually look twice at, damn it. *headdesk*
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Did she seriously WINK at the fucking camera?!

Oh, my God, she really is turning into Tina Fey's impression of her, isn't she?


... WHAT.

Sep. 30th, 2008 11:25 am
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From here:

Of concern to McCain's campaign, however, is a remaining and still-undisclosed clip from Palin's interview with Couric last week that has the political world buzzing.

The Palin aide, after first noting how "infuriating" it was for CBS to purportedly leak word about the gaffe, revealed that it came in response to a question about Supreme Court decisions.

After noting Roe vs. Wade, Palin was apparently unable to discuss any major court cases.

There was no verbal fumbling with this particular question as there was with some others, the aide said, but rather silence.

Need video of this yesterday. Oh, jeez.
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From [livejournal.com profile] cambler, here:

McCain wants to postpone the debate until next week, and just push off the VP debate.

How about a compromise? Switch them.

Do the VP debate on Friday. The venue is prepared and all is good to go. Then, do the big debate next week in the VP debate's time slot - also prepared.

And then, you see, we'll get to see if the VP candidates are, indeed, ready to take over on a moment's notice.

Discuss. AND SHARE!


Sep. 24th, 2008 11:06 pm
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I heart Samantha Bee.

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... so I can post about something else today, damn it.

From here, a quote from Governor Palin's interview with Katie Couric:

COURIC: You've said, quote, "John McCain will reform the way Wall Street does business." Other than supporting stricter regulations of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac two years ago, can you give us any more example of his leading the charge for more oversight?

PALIN: I think that the example that you just cited, with his warnings two years ago about Fannie and Freddie--that, that's paramount. That's more than a heck of a lot of other senators and representatives did for us.

COURIC: But he's been in Congress for 26 years. He's been chairman of the powerful Commerce Committee. And he has almost always sided with less regulation, not more.

PALIN: He's also known as the maverick though. Taking shots from his own party, and certainly taking shots from the other party. Trying to get people to understand what he's been talking about--the need to reform government.

COURIC: I'm just going to ask you one more time, not to belabor the point. Specific examples in his 26 years of pushing for more regulation?

PALIN: I'll try to find you some and I'll bring them to you.

... yeah, you do that.

EDIT: And now there's this: "Okay, so you're against postponing the presidential debate? What do you think about postponing the vice-presidential debates? Would that be okay?"

Well, speaking for myself, considering Palin has nothing to do with dealing with the bailout and Biden would probably pass on postponing the debates, and therefore this seems like yet another attempt by the McCain/Palin camp to save Palin from public humiliation ... no. Get stuffed. And while you're at it, figure out why the hell a woman who has a Bachelors of Science in communication-journalism can't fucking talk to reporters.
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Look, I don't like her. I think we all know that at this point. But this bullshit about keeping her away from reporters and keeping them away from her is ridiculous. If the other three candidates in this election have to deal with it, sorry, but so does she. Oh, she might get asked about personal and family issues? So do all of the other candidates. Obama knew he was going to get asked about his family background. McCain knew he was going to get asked about his marriages. Biden knew he was going to be asked about his missteps in the past. Learn to deal.

The longer the campaign keeps her and the media in separate corners, the lower my estimation of her abilities drops. Granted, they didn't start out very high to begin with, but still. This sort of decision-making by the campaign comes at the same time that they requested that the VP debates be altered due to her inexperience with debating, and at the same time that they had her meet with foreign leaders due to her inexperience with foreign affairs (admittedly, this is not a new concept for elections on either side by any stretch of the imagination). But taken together, the McCain/Palin campaign seems like they're almost admitting that they want a politician with very little experience with the media, foreign affairs, and debating -- three major arenas a presidential or VP candidate should do well in -- to be a heartbeat away for the presidency.


Sep. 22nd, 2008 02:05 pm
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Do you think Sarah Palin is qualified to serve as VP of the US?

It's at 52% yes, 47% no. Apparently there's an email campaign to tilt the poll towards yes. So, you know, take a sec and go vote.
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-- George Takei marries longtime partner. Awwwww. :)

-- Sarah Palin and African Americans in Alaska. In a related note, This is Your Nation on White Privilege.

-- In less aggravating news, Tina Fey as Palin and Amy Poehler as Clinton. SNL pretty much fails most of the time anymore, but that was perfect.

-- This article sums up in the first few paragraphs why all the talk about more drilling bugs the hell out of me.

-- The 5 Most Baffling Spin-Offs In Television History

-- I've got the window open and candles lit, and there's a nice breeze and the Ambient station playing on AOL Radio, and you'd think this would be more conducive to writing, and yet mostly I'm sitting around linkhopping and thinking about the (at least) six straight days of work I've got coming. Urgh.
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-- Shame on the mainstream media, when the women from The View are the ones asking the hard-hitting questions of John McCain. Yes, even Elisabeth Hasselbeck, whom I hate with a passion.

-- I can't contain my rage at the story that Governor Palin wanted rape victims to pay for their own rape kits, which is so appallingly offensive I can't even think of anything to say to that.

On the other hand, am I the only one who gets extremely uncomfortable whenever her decision to carry a Down's baby to term is used as evidence of her hypocrisy regarding a woman's right to choose? Granted, every pregnancy should be a woman's decision to continue or not, but ... a Down's baby? Really?

-- My back is still killing me. I need to go soak in the tub for a while. Ow.
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My response to this:

-- is to wish I was Sarah Silverman in this:

EDIT: Yes, that's my new Palin tag. I'm classy, y'all. :)


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