Probably more than my two cents

Here’s my two cents on the first 4 comments from the previous post:

It is true that EVERYONE misspeaks and makes mistakes – as we all learned at an early age, there is a difference between facts and conceptual thought. As we’ve learned from the post and the comments, Palin and Binden made documented incorrect statements – both were chastised in the eye of the media and most of the American public.

HOWEVER, To change one’s mind and stance on “topic” is not only human nature but actually shows thought process and the ability to CHANGE, grow and learn. This is possible across the board and it’s been clear that this has been a learning opportunity for the past few weeks. We’ve all learned that our economy is beyond a “simple bailout” and that we all must make a conscious effort to make a personal change in our lives.

As for uninformed voters – I think they should be shot… not mortally wounded but, ya know…
Ok, so maybe that’s a bit harsh but I don’t think there is ANY excuse for being an uninformed voter. ASK questions, WATCH TV – and watch all the channels, not just the one that swings your way… listen to NPR, or heaven forbit READ something or everything you can.

You may already have your mind made up, however, don’t vote in one direction because that’s what your parents do or what your husband does or the way your company tells you to!!! But do know what you are voting for.

Here is a mock ballot for the state of Arkansas (note: doesn’t include local and county amendments and elections) http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/mock_election/pdfs/2008/paperballot.pdf
Please search the internet for your mock ballot – BECOME INFORMED, IT’S NOT TOO LATE.

Again, as previously stated: If you disagree with me, that’s fine – that’s your right as an American – hopefully a voting American. DO NOT make some snarky comment about my political views and I will not personally attack yours… and I will if provoked.

I heart Tina Fey!

Sarah Palin/Katie Couric

Sarah Palin/Hilary Clinton

Obama Notes ‘Remarkable’ Resemblance of Palin and Fey
By Perry Bacon Jr. Sen. Barack Obama finally had something to say about the other break-out star of the 2008 campaign, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, after spending the past several weeks trying to ignore her. “The resemblance is remarkable,” Obama told “Entertainment Tonight” when asked about actress Tina Fey’s portrayal of Palin on “Saturday Night Live.” Obama taped an appearance on ET in Detroit on Sunday after a campaign event and was joined in the interview by his wife, Michelle, vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden and Biden’s wife, Jill. As for how SNL was portraying him, Obama said, “My ears are easy to characterize.” “Just big,” his wife noted. “It’s a compliment,” Obama added. “If you haven’t been on ‘SNL,’ then you must not be mixing it up in politics.”

Who hates Sarah Palin? – I do!

WARNING:READ THIS BEFORE CONTINUING ON – if you disagree with me, that’s fine – that’s your right as an American – hopefully a voting American.

DO NOT make some snarky comment about my political views and I will not personally attack yours… and I will if provoked.

If you are ok with these stipulations then please, by all means, continue to read these facts which are backed up with legitimate sources… I’m well aware that some of my dear friends will undoubtedly vote for this train wreck of a ticket – I still love you although I disagree with you…

So, I am shamelessley stealing this blog post from a dear friend Amy… I am not sure I could have written this better my self – and do note, I am hoping Tina Fey will come back to SNL this season as a guest to further exploit the humorous antics of SP!!!
– gt
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I hate Sarah Palin with an irrational white-hot intensity. Two weeks ago, 98.5 percent of the population had never even heard of her and likely would have mistaken her for Tina Fey.
I resent John McCain trying to shove this novice down our throats, partially, to pander to women. Just because we both have uteruses doesn’t mean I’ll vote for her. Trying to pick up the 13 million Hillary votes? How patrionizing to think that we’ll vote for her just because she’s a woman. She and Hillary have no beliefs in common.

Let’s break it down:
– Sarah Palin went from being a PTA mom to a member of the City Council in Wasilla, Alaska – population 7,025.

– She spent four years on the City Council before winning the mayoral race in 1996. Why, she oversaw a Police Department of 25 officers! In 1999, she won her second post because 909 people voted for her.

– When term limits kept her from running again in 2002, Mrs. Palin endorsed her stepmother-in-law’s opponent, who won the election. (Talk about family values!). That same year, Sarah Palin lost a bid for lieutenant governor.
– Mrs. Palin, who has a stronger than slim possibility of representing the biggest global superpower on the world stage, only last year received her passport and ventured out of the country. Apparently McCain’s campaign is a little sensitive when it comes to discussing Palin’s foreign policy “experience.” From a testy exchange between CNN’s Campbell Brown and McCain’s (ill-prepared) campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds (BTW, McCain later pulled out of an interview with CNN’s Larry King because they didn’t like this line of questioning):
BROWN: Tucker, foreign policy experience has been a huge issue in this campaign because you guys made it a big issue, pointing out John McCain has far more experience than Barack Obama and nothing in your view is more important than the campaign. I don’t have to tell you there’s a feeling out there by some that you’re not holding your VP pick to your own standard, the standard you define. So explain to us why you think Gov. Palin is ready to be commander in chief. ..:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />..:NAMESPACE PREFIX = O />
BOUNDS: Gov. Palin has the good fortune of being on ticket with John McCain who there is no question is the most experienced and shown proven judgment on the international stage. He understands foreign affairs.
BROWN: We know all that about John McCain, Tucker. I asked you about her. We all know the role of the VP as John McCain defined it is to be able to step into the job of the presidency on day one. I’m asking you about her foreign policy experience.
BOUNDS: Yeah, Campbell, there are a number of people supporting Barack Obama’s candidacy and feel he’s experienced enough to take on the Oval Office. Our feeling is —
BROWN: You’re not answering my question —
BOUNDS: Just as much experience as Barack Obama.
BROWN: OK. So does she — you — what I’m saying is that you set a different standard by arguing how important it was with John McCain. No one’s arguing with you he has much more experience than Barack Obama, so I’m trying to get someone from the campaign to explain to me what foreign policy experience or qualifications she has that would allow her to be ready to be commander in chief if something should happen to Sen. McCain.
BOUNDS: Well, Campbell, let me be clear. I don’t think there should be problem explaining her experience. She has executive state level experience. She’s been in public office reforming Washington. She’s been in executive office longer and in a more effective sense than Barack Obama’s been in the United States Senate. She’s been the commander of the National Guard of the Alaska National Guard that’s been deployed overseas. That’s foreign policy experience.
BROWN: If I can interrupt for one second because I’ve heard you guys say this a lot. Can you tell me one decision that she made as commander in chief of the Alaska National Guard, just one?
BOUNDS: Yeah. She’s made — any decision she has made as the commander of the National Guard that’s deployed overseas is more of a decision Barack Obama’s been making as he’s been running for the president for the last two years.
BROWN: So tell me. Tell me. Give me an example of one of those decisions. I’m curious, just one decision she made in her capacity as commander in chief of the National Guard.
BOUNDS: Campbell, certainly you don’t mean to belittle, every experience, every judgment she makes as commander —
BROWN: I’m belittling nothing. I want to know one judgment or one decision. I want to know what one decision was. I’m not belittling anything, I am curious.
BOUNDS: As she makes a decision how to equip or how to command the national guard in Alaska, that is more —
BROWN: But Tucker, those are the Pentagon’s decision, that’s Gen. Petraeus, that’s the White House.
BOUNDS: Pardon me?
BROWN: No governor makes decisions how to equip or deploy the National Guard. When they go to Iraq, those are decisions made by the Pentagon.

Where she stands
Socially, she’s for all the typical things I’m vehemently against, and against the ones I’m for. Anyone who knows me knows what those are.
– Some reports says she’s a racist: “So Sambo beat the bitch!” This is how she (loudly) allegedly described Barack Obama’s win over Hillary Clinton to political colleagues in a restaurant a few days after he locked up the Democratic nomination.

http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vd3d3LmphY2thbmRqaWxscG9saXRpY3MuY29tLzIwMDgvMDkvbm90LW9ubHktaXMtc2FyYWgtcGFsaW4tamFtZXMtZG9ic29uLWluLWEtZHJlc3Mtc2hlcy1hbHNvLWEtcmFjaXN0Lw==
Her church, the Wasilla Bible Church, is sponsoring a conference to “pray the gay away,” courtesy of the hatemongers at Focus on the Family.
http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vZWxlY3Rpb25zLmZveG5ld3MuY29tLzIwMDgvMDkvMDYvcGFsaW5zLWNodXJjaC1wcm9tb3RpbmctY29uZmVyZW5jZS1haW1lZC1hdC1jb252ZXJ0aW5nLWdheXMv
And she is, of course, anti-choice, even in the case of rape or health risks to the mother.

Again, speaking of hypocrisy, I found this op-ed from the Detroit Free-Press interesting if the races were reversed:
What if Palin were a black woman governor from, say, Illinois, who had been added to the Democratic ticket? What if her 17-year-old daughter had been impregnated by an 18-year-old, basketball-playing black kid from Chicago with no college plans or discernible means of income?
… But set the same problems in the context of a white family, and they can be excused away, or even celebrated as paragons of American culture. Sarah Palin’s daughter and her fiance are being hailed as moral heroes because of the way they’ve handled their situation; black kids would be condemned and held up as a teachable example for just being in that situation in the first place.
Even some evangelicals are speaking up that this doesn’t exactly meet their definition of “family values.” Here’s part of a Seattle Times guest column by an evangelical Christian Wasilla resident raising a child with Down syndrome:
Sarah Palin actively chose to engage the national media machine rather than passing by this opportunity in favor of supporting her daughter through a physically and emotionally trying time.

This info about John McCain’s running mate came from MoveOn.
Who is Sarah Palin? Here’s some basic background:
* She was elected Alaska’s governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage. She has no foreign policy experience.1
* Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.2
* She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000. 3
* Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.4
* She’s doesn’t think humans are the cause of climate change.5
* She’s solidly in line with John McCain’s “Big Oil first” energy policy. She’s pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won’t be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species—she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.6
* How closely did John McCain vet this choice? He met Sarah Palin once at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position.7

This is information the American people need to see. Please take a moment to forward this info to your friends and family.We also asked Alaska MoveOn members what the rest of us should know about their governor. The response was striking. Here’s a sample:
She is really just a mayor from a small town outside Anchorage who has been a governor for only 1.5 years, and has ZERO national and international experience. I shudder to think that she could be the person taking that 3AM call on the White House hotline, and the one who could potentially be charged with leading the US in the volatile international scene that exists today. —Rose M., Fairbanks, AK
She is VERY, VERY conservative, and far from perfect. She’s a hunter and fisherwoman, but votes against the environment again and again. She ran on ethics reform, but is currently under investigation for several charges involving hiring and firing of state officials. She has NO experience beyond Alaska. —Christine B., Denali Park, AK
As an Alaskan and a feminist, I am beyond words at this announcement. Palin is not a feminist, and she is not the reformer she claims to be. —Karen L., Anchorage, AK
Alaskans, collectively, are just as stunned as the rest of the nation. She is doing well running our State, but is totally inexperienced on the national level, and very much unequipped to run the nation, if it came to that. She is as far right as one can get, which has already been communicated on the news. In our office of thirty employees (dems, republicans, and nonpartisans), not one person feels she is ready for the V.P. position.—Sherry C., Anchorage, AK
She’s vehemently anti-choice and doesn’t care about protecting our natural resources, even though she has worked as a fisherman. McCain chose her to pick up the Hillary voters, but Palin is no Hillary. —Marina L., Juneau, AK
I think she’s far too inexperienced to be in this position. I’m all for a woman in the White House, but not one who hasn’t done anything to deserve it. There are far many other women who have worked their way up and have much more experience that would have been better choices. This is a patronizing decision on John McCain’s part- and insulting to females everywhere that he would assume he’ll get our vote by putting “A Woman” in that position.—Jennifer M., Anchorage, AK
In the next few days, many Americans will be wondering what McCain’s vice-presidential choice means.
Please pass this information along to your friends and family.
Sources:1. “Sarah Palin,” Wikipedia, Accessed August 29, 2008http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Palin2. “McCain Selects Anti-Choice Sarah Palin as Running Mate,” NARAL Pro-Choice America, August 29, 2008http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17515&id=13661-1696554-2UH8R1x&t=13. “Sarah Palin, Buchananite,” The Nation, August 29, 2008http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17736&id=13661-1696554-2UH8R1x&t=24. “‘Creation science’ enters the race,” Anchorage Daily News, October 27, 2006http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17737&id=13661-1696554-2UH8R1x&t=35. “Palin buys climate denial PR spin—ignores science,” Huffington Post, August 29, 2008http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17517&id=13661-1696554-2UH8R1x&t=46. “McCain VP Pick Completes Shift to Bush Energy Policy,” Sierra Club, August 29, 2008http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17518&id=13661-1696554-2UH8R1x&t=5“Choice of Palin Promises Failed Energy Policies of the Past,” League of Conservation Voters, August 29, 2008http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17519&id=13661-1696554-2UH8R1x&t=6“Protecting polar bears gets in way of drilling for oil, says governor,” The Times of London, May 23, 2008http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17520&id=13661-1696554-2UH8R1x&t=77 “McCain met Palin once before yesterday,” MSNBC, August 29, 2008http://www.moveon.org/r?r=21119&id=13661-1696554-2UH8R1x

A few odds and ends
* She doesn’t think climate change is man-made.
* She was named VP running mate on her 20th wedding anniversary.
* She smoked marijuana when it was legal under Alaska law. (Aug 2006). Interesting. I had no idea it was ever legal in Alaska.
* Her only entry listed for foreign policy on the “on the issues” website: Peace Corps strengthens US ties abroad & enriches US at home. (Jan 2007). Pathetic.

Things I believe in…

    This is a totally random list of things that I think are important in life

    – for me.

    They may not be for everyone, but hey, this is MY blog…

  • always sending thank you notes
  • being on time
  • planning ahead
  • … but still leaving room for spontaneity aka drama!
  • celebrating birthdays in a big way, any year every year
  • don’t give a gift you wouldn’t like to receive yourself … or buy for yourself
  • having a signature piece of flair
  • parties should always have a theme
  • Tailgating, even if you don’t go to the game, it’s ok to plan that from the beginning too
  • I was baking cupcakes before cupcakes were cool!
  • love at first site probably does exist but most of us are all too silly to realize it
  • what alcohol can’t cure, shopping can
  • you should be well versed enough to cuss someone out with actually cussing and without them really knowing you are
  • you should expirement in the kitchen – Taco Bell is pretty much always open if you burn something – that gives plenty of time to air out the house while you are gone too.
  • VOTE!!!
  • you should have a dog before you have children
  • yes, you really can relate everything in life to any number of episodes of Sex and the City!
  • babies and husbands do NOT make you complete, nor do your friends have to like them, they are both fulfilling and wonderful but not the only answer to a perfect life
  • no one has the perfect life
  • everyone has a 6th or even 7th sense to know when something is not right with you or with your friends – USE IT!
  • be loud, it normally works out well
  • there is always something to watch on Food Network and the History Channel
  • baking for someone is always appreciated
  • ghosts really do exist
  • Catholic School is a good thing!
  • you should always have TWO books in mind in case you are ever asked what’s the last book you read
  • the limb you’re out on… it might break, no matter how high up you are
  • you don’t have to buy something off the registry if you don’t want to, just make sure your gift is great
  • wrapping is part of the gift
  • always give to local charities
  • we should try to fix our own country before we try to save the world
  • Karma is HUGE and it will kick you ass – there are different kinds of Karma, I’ve learned parking karma at work from Nancy, Liz and I strive to achieve the highest level of dog karma
  • shopping in each others closets is one of the best ideas we’ve ever had
  • no matter what religion you are, you should read The Bible – that’s on my list of things to do – I admire my mother for having done this multiple times
  • Your true friends will always be there for you no matter what, men will not be so make sure your man is your best friend!

Bitch is the New Black!

Courtesy of Tina Fey – there is absolutely NO REASON women shouldn’t vote for Hilary!
Watch this video clip. If you are pressed for time – scroll over to 2:04 …

Wow, I really am a slacker!

Yeah, so I haven’t written anything in a while. Anyway – a big, fat thanks goes out to Elizabeth for the reminder of the Taco Bell incident – I may not have remembered that, but she always knows how to make a girl feel good! Ha!

So this week I actually did pretty good – I want you to know that I (yes ME) turned down biscuits from Popeye’s – that is EXTREMELY hard to do! Mike wanted to go to Friday’s on Friday…(take this time to laugh at me, I know…) anyway I was very good there – I only had one drink, may have been the size of my head, but only one then I had grilled shrimp and broccoli! It was yummy. AND I haven’t had any taco bell this weekend – YAY me! I’ve also lost 3 pounds.

Big news of the week – Hilary won New Hampshire – VERY exciting! I’m thinking it was a bad idea for Kerry to back Obama, don’t you think it looks bad for Kerry to not even back the man he would have had for his own running mate — he should have at least waited til Edwards dropped out because Hilary beat the crap out of him. I think this country is ready for a Hilary/Obama ’08 ticket!

I’m trying to popularize the slogan: Hilary/Obama – I don’t care who’s on top.
Spread the word!!!

In other large news – since Christmas I know 3 people who have had babies – Lynn and Mikel had Mikel Dunning, Darla and Kevin had Anna Claire and Diana and Thomas had Chace Thomas. And for those of you who are not attached to entertainment news – Nicole Ritche had Harlow Winter Kate and Christina Aguliera had Max Liron – I really like those two names and am glad they were not called Heroin or Pomegranate or something like that…

Pretty much at all times in the past 3 years more than 80% of my friends have been pregnant. I have now decided to wait until my friends kids are old enough to baby sit before I have any of my own. I think that’s fair!

Have a fabulous week everyone!

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