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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Palin admits to being used for gender...

The key to getting honest responses from people is to ask them a question when they think no one will notice. When you run for a national office though, everything gets noticed...even minor things.

Take this quote for example from Sarah Palin as reported by Juneau Empire:

"I recognize that any of the buzz surrounds the fact that I happen to fit a demographic that is appealing to the ticket right now," Palin said. "That's the reality. Again, I happen to fit a demographic at a time that the Republican Party needs to get with it and change and progress and allow others to be a part of public service. It's gender, it's age, it's kind of the maverick being from the outside. It's a combination of things."

So she's not being asked to be Vice President because she will have anything to bring to the table except for looks? She's only being used for identity purposes? This is supposed to be helpful to the plight of women seeking higher office? Ok. Women have grown accustomed to being used over the course of history. I guess this is no different.

This is a money quote from a McCain campaign advisor:

“She’s going to learn national security at the foot of the master for the next four years, and most doctors think that he’ll be around at least that long,” said Charlie Black."

So a woman will "learn" her role from "the foot of the master". When did this get all Sith-like?

I love John McCain's pick...

of Sarah Palin for Vice President of the United States. He can now use his former POW status to help defend the pick of Palin if it doesn't work for him. You can't pick on the man for his houses, health care choice, or now his VP pick because he was a POW.

So let's see how did McCain come to this decision of Palin. He couldn't pick Joe Lieberman because it would've pissed off his base and Lieberman is not a part of the Republican party...although he acts like one sometimes.

He didn't pick Mitt Romney or Tim Pawlenty which is strange because they have experience running a state for more than two years.

He didn't pick former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge because he was pro-choice and that would've pissed off conservatives.

Why oh, why did he pick Palin? She shores up the Republican base. But couldn't he do that with Romney or Pawlenty? No...they were missing that one thing that separates all of them from Palin...they knew what being Vice President meant.

"But as for that VP talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day," said Sarah Palin.

Maybe it's because she supposed to remind hurt Hillary supporters that they can vote for McCain because he picked a woman to be his VP. But then there's that thing of her being anti-choice, a creationist, a novice at foreign policy (although don't discount that Alaska IS within the proximity of Russia) that would make some Hillary supporters shudder.

It's a tough choice for those PUMA "progressive". Hold on to our ideals vs. person with no penis on a ticket and sell out. I'd hate to be in their shoes.

Maybe it's because she likes to laugh at other women when men call them a "bitch".

Hilarious...those supporters of Hillary will love her candor. Just like John McCain...

Now that's a UNITY ticket if I've ever seen one!

Friday, August 15, 2008

10,000th Visitor...

It only took over 3 years!!! You five regular readers must visit a lot. See you in late 2011 visitor number #20,000...

Oh the 10,000 visitor came in from a google search "mccain nations don't invade other nations" and was from Long Island, NY.

Time to celebrate with one of the coolest party bands ever:

Bonus Video: One of my favorites from the 80's

Finally, you won't dare click this link. You know you want to do it.

Private school enrollment slowing...

Hard economic situations have led families to abandon a private school education according to the Washington Post. Parents are becoming less likely to spend the five figure sums a year to educate their children. What it doesn't mention in the article is the fact that these children NEED an education. Where will they go? To private schools with cheaper tuition? To public schools? If they come to the public schools, the school systems in this area are going to need to raise more money for education to make up the gaps in student to teacher ratio, building space, and transportation to name a couple of problems.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Not Howling Latina's Act Blue Page

The old expression of life handing you lemons and making lemonade is what this is all about.

Goal Thermometer

From the Not Howling Latina Act Blue page:

"Howling Latina is a blog that is trying to bring Barack Obama down with negative posts that would make Republicans proud. I propose that for every post she writes about Barack Obama in a negative fashion I will contribute 1 dollar at the end of every month. For every positive post about Barack Obama, I will contribute 2 dollars to Hillary’s campaign to pay down her debt.
Anyone and everyone who supports Barack Obama should consider supporting this fundraising effort. He will need every dollar he can get to battle the negative posts from disgruntled “progressives”. I’m starting with the beginning of August but you are free to start where you want."

Anyways, I'm showing my support for Barack through Howling Latina's contempt. If people support it...fine...if not, I understand.

Use this handy Howling Latina link to keep track of her fundraising posts. Thank you Howling Latina for giving me a chance to do some good.

Do as I say...not as I do McCain style

From the Wall Street Journal:

"For anyone who thought that stark international aggression was a thing of the past, the last week must have come as a startling wake-up call."

Who is it? Why it's John McCain! If you guessed correctly, you have read your "Republican Hypocrisy Handbook" or you read his name in the headline of my post.

But wait, he's not finished...

"As Russian tanks and troops moved through the Roki Tunnel and across the internationally recognized border into Georgia, the Russian government stated that it was acting only to protect Ossetians. Yet regime change in Georgia appears to be the true Russian objective."

Regime change? What's regime change? The United States of America would never participate in regime change.

Read the rest for your edification on "do as I say...not as I do."

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

McCain: Nations don't invade other nations...

This would be funny if it weren't for the fact that McCain is running for the President of the United States! This is the type of mind numbing response that will actually come from a McCain administration on a myriad of issues. Reality is not required.

What about 2001 with United States v. Afghanistan? What about 2003 with United States v. Iraq? Was it too long ago for McCain to remember? Oh, I get it, those don't count because the United States invaded those countries because of "security concerns". Things are so much simpler when you remove any semblance of logic.

Now with Afghanistan, the world was behind us because of 9/11. Hell, I was down with it. Iraq...not so much. The world was not as enthused of our unilateral invasion of Iraq. We did have a Coalition of the Willing in which Georgia was a proud member. Now they have to withdraw their forces to defend their homeland as I'm sure anyone could understand. How do we back up a nation that was willing to do the same for us?

Did Russia invade Georgia because of security concerns? Do the Russians realize that "security concerns" is only an excuse for the United States? What can the U.S. do now besides issue a strongly worded statement?

Putin has shown that he is willing to use his military to put Georgia in a vice. We have shown that we will back up Georgia as they were willing to back us up in Iraq with a statement that was the equivalent of "Bad Russia!". Heckuva job...Bush and for that matter McCain! You two are the reason why change and Barack Obama are necessary for this country.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Does God really care that much about the election?

Does God really care about the election for President of the United States? Apparently, this guy thinks so:

The guy says he doesn't want people to be flooded out but then says he wants "rains of biblical proportions". So rains of "biblical proportions" are what he wants?

Genesis 7:4

"Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made."

So people who he disagrees with should be wiped out because he doesn't like gay marriage? This reminds me of people who pray that their favorite sportsteam to win. Like God has time for that. Even for the election of the POTUS, do you think God is really pulling for anyone in particular?

Monday, August 11, 2008

Behind the scenes with Clinton's campaign...

This article from Politico states what everyone knew this campaign season...Hillary Clinton's campaign wanted to use Obama not "being as American" (i.e. white) as a strategy after the disasterous opening primaries. Mark Penn, her top campaign consultant, wanted to use Obama's lack of "connection to American values and culture" as a weapon.

Favorite quote:

"Every speech should contain the line you were born in the middle of America American to the middle class in the middle of the last century."

Clinton, to her credit, didn't follow through for the most part on Penn's plan. It seems she couldn't make any decisions at all.

"“The anger and toxic obsessions overwhelmed even the most reserved Beltway wise men,” Green writes. “[H]er advisers couldn’t execute strategy; they routinely attacked and undermined each other, and Clinton never forced a resolution. ... [S]he never behaved like a chief executive, and her own staff proved to be her Achilles’ heel."

Never forcing resolutions? Never behaved like a chief executive? That doesn't sound like someone ready to lead at 3 a.m.

Not that I have anything against Hillary Clinton. She's an awesome person and someone that I would have supported whole heartedly had she won the nomination. But some on the Virginia left (by some I mean one) still believe Clinton is going to storm Denver, take over the nomination and win an easy electoral victory. Doesn't look like it.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Blog Spotlight: The HL Express

I'm putting Howling Latina up in this post because everyone else is de-listing Mimi...Booooooooooo to those blogs (your censorship is not appreciated) and how dare you Lefty Blogs for wanting the Democratic nominee as President.

But let's not censor her work...I'm here to celebrate!

Here are some of Mimi's latest, greatest hits:

1. Payback Time for Obambi: Get it. She uses Obama's last name and changes it to "Obambi" like the Disney cartoon. He's also young like Bambi and you have to infer that means no experience. I get a "howl" out of that every time.

2. Precious One: Another funny post that uses a cartoon of Barack...I mean "Barky" Obama...hehe...masturbating while looking at himself...OMG so funny...she then uses the word "throne" to make a double entendre about him being a king and on the toilet...hilarious.

3. Kool Aiders Still Drinking the Kool Aid: She uses "Kool-aid" to reference the ever funny Jonestown cult suicide and associate it to Obama supporters.

She then says, "Please don't try to rewrite history and insult the very people Obama is going to need if he has a snowball's chance in hell of winning in November; it just might really piss them off even more than they already are." Well if those people (i.e. you) are writing these types of posts, shouldn't we already assume that you are not going to vote for Obama? It doesn't matter what anyone does...right?

4. Obama's Path to Presidency is Far from Clear Let's party like it's 2004 and use the map from that election to make a basis for our analysis! No need to worry about actual maps from 2008...when Deleware is in play, there's no need to. Talk about a Debby Downer this "Democrat" says, "Come November when Dems lose, again, don't say you weren't warned by the army of racist she-devil PUMAs who were really secret Republicans." I wonder why no one wants to unite with Mimi...strange.

That's all I've got for right now...there's more but due to time contraints I can't post anymore...I'm just happy that she posts and I will continue to catalog them for everyone's edification!

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