This year, models have been forced to wear ridiculously high heels that they can't walk in. There've been several instances of models falling on the runway, complete with twisted knees and ankles and injured backs.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
This year, models have been forced to wear ridiculously high heels that they can't walk in. There've been several instances of models falling on the runway, complete with twisted knees and ankles and injured backs.
Monday, September 29, 2008
At the same time McCain was running ads saying that Obama has ties to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, information came out that McCain's own campaign manager Rick Davis and his consulting firm Davis Manafort had worked for Freddie Mac. McCain's spokesmen said Davis cut all ties with Freddie in 2006.
When the story first started to come out, McCain's staffers attacked the messenger, The NY Times, saying they were "in the tank" for Obama. But reporters quickly discovered that Davis Manafort had continued receiving payments from Freddie Mac until August 2008. And the firm was not actually doing an lobbying. Freddie Mac was buying access to McCain.
McCain's peeps said it didn't matter because Davis was no longer working for the company, although he still owns it. But now it turns out McCain's campaign pays Davis's salary directly to Davis Manafort. Oops. Caught in yet another lie.
None of this would be getting that much attention if McCain hadn't run started running negative ads about Obama's association with Freddie and Fannie. One of McCain's senior advisors says:
"It was stupid ... A serious miscalculation and an amateurish move."
Which pretty well sums up McCain's campaign in the last month. He chose a stupendously unqualified VP, repeatedly tells lies about Obama that are easily proven false, tried to play the Lone Ranger riding to the rescue of the bailout and instead caused the negotiations to fall apart, said that he wasn't going to the debate then put out an ad that said he won before it had even taken place, and then acted rude and disrespectful when he finally showed up to debate.
Obama's positive ratings have gone up since Friday, his negatives have gone down, and according to Gallup, he's opened up an eight point lead.
McCain has already destroyed his own reputation. Now, he's losing the election.
(The picture's from My Confined Space.)
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I think people really are missing the point about McCain's failure to look at Obama. McCain was afraid of Obama. It was really clear--look at how much McCain blinked in the first half hour. I study monkey behavior--low ranking monkeys don't look at high ranking monkeys. In a physical, instinctive sense, Obama owned McCain tonight and I think the instant polling reflects that.
~ a commenter at TPM
Friday, September 26, 2008
We all know McCain needs another gimmick to distract people. Palin's going to give a tearful goodbye speech about how she didn't know how vicious the press would be in attacking her family and it's taking a toll on her children, and as a good Christian mom, she has to put her kids first.
She has to do it in a way that her evangelical base won't hold it against McCain. He'll play the whole thing for a sympathy vote for himself.
And this is one of the reasons they have to dump her. It's a new ad from a PAC about McCain's medical history. The first time I saw it, I was a little bit shocked about how blunt it was. MSNBC ran it on Thursday but won't show it anymore. Ironically, because O'Reilly went did a rant about it, which called more attention to it.
One of the main reasons why the nation appears to be lining up against Senator McCain's insanely obvious lack of integrity could be because his very serious and mavericky campaign strategy can be described in four simple words:
Blurt Out Random Crap ...
So it comes as no surprise that the McCain-Palin strategy on the economic crisis is to -- that's right! -- blurt out random crap.
~ Bob Cesca
Yesterday afternoon, his rep Tucker Bounds was on MSNBC claiming McCain deserved credit for the bipartisan bailout deal that was reached. This in spite the fact that McCain had not even read the Treasury secretary's proposal until Tuesday and still has not publicly stated his own position, even though Republicans, Democrats and media have practically begged him to.
The best part: The deal fell apart last night when House Republicans refused to even participate in the negotiations. And most are blaming McCain's grandstanding for making things worse. And after the deal fell apart? McCain, with smirking humility, claimed credit for the "progress" that had been made.
Okay, Senator. The credit/blame is all yours.
The fight is between the Republicans and themselves. Republican strategist Ed Rollins said:
"At the end of the day, there's a lot of people thinking about how to rebuild this party ... and do we want to rebuild it with John McCain, who's always kind of questionable on the basic facts of fiscal control, all the rest of it, immigration. And I think to a certain extent this 110, 115 members of this study group are saying, here's the time to draw the line in the sand ... they're thinking about themselves."
Emphasis added. Yesterday, Mitt Romney called McCain a liar. A Democratic staffer says:
"Bush is no diplomat ... but he's Cardinal freaking Richelieu compared to McCain. McCain couldn't negotiate an agreement on dinner among a family of four without making a big drama with himself at the heroic center of it. And then they'd all just leave to make themselves a sandwich."
McCain said he won't participate in tonight's debate unless a deal is reached. Let's see if he'll flip flop on that. He's like a little kid holding his breath until he gets his own way. You can tell Obama's a good father because he's smart enough not to reinforce this bratty behavior by giving in. He says he'll be there and he'd be glad to hold a town hall meeting or do a one hour interview with Jim Lehrer if McCain doesn't appear.
At least Sarah Palin's always good for a laugh. She says Henry Kissinger is naive because, ya know, she has so much more foreign policy experience from him. After all, Alaska is right next to TWO foreign countries and, ya know, Putin might fly into Alaska's airspace. As far as what McCain's done to improve the economy during his 26 years in Congress, she told Katie Couric she'd have to check and get back to her.
Don't you wonder what's flying in the airspace between Sarah Palin's ears?
From Huffington Post:
Maddow is not a Tim Russert or a Chris Matthews--an ostensibly nonpartisan interviewer who badgers politicians and policy-makers about contradictions in their records. Nor is she a Rush Limbaugh or a Glenn Beck--an attack dog who deals in calculated anger, bluster, and outrage. She's no mild-mannered liberal like Alan Colmes or a veteran observer like Wolf Blitzer or David Gregory ...
Unlike so many progressive media figures who sought to replicate the on-air habits of the aggressive shock jocks of the right, she stumbled upon a workable style for the left. She is liberal without apology or embarrassment, bases her authority on a deep comprehension of policy rather than the culture warrior's claim to authenticity, and does it all with a light, even slightly mocking, touch. She proves that liberals can attract viewers on television when they actually act like, well, liberals.
• Lynne Spears is angry about the way the press and public reacted to Sarah Palin's daughter's teen pregnancy compared to the treatment her daughter Jamie Lynn got:
"I just feel like it's been a very hypocritical situation ... Every woman in the world has applauded her strength and her convictions and poor little old Jamie Lynn, you saw how she was crucified."
It's not often I agree with anyone in the Spears family but she's absolutely right this time.
• American Idol and Spamalot veteran Clay Aiken finally came out of the closet. According to reports, People magazine paid him $500,000 for their cover story including his confession pictures of his new son. He described how he told his mother:
"I started crying in the car," Aiken remembers. "It was dark. I was sitting there, thinking to myself. I don't know why I started thinking about it … I just started bawling. She made me pull over the car and it just came out."
So what was his mom's reaction? "She started crying. She was obviously somewhat stunned. But she was very supportive and very comforting." Even now, Aiken admits, "She still struggles with things quite a bit, but she's come a long way."
Except for selling pictures of the kid, I like the way he handled his public statement. He had every right not to talk about his private life until he was ready. He and his platonic friend and baby mama share a home together with their son.
• Survivor host Jeff Probst let his chest hair grow out and he's been kind enough to unbutton his shirt enough to give us a glimpse. I know this means nothing to most people but it made my little heart thump. Manly men are back in style.
• Eye candy for the weekend: Actor Nicholas Gonzalez. Full frontals at the link.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
"This is not the way a tested hero behaves. Somebody's putting something in his Metamucil."
~ David Letterman, on McCain suspending his campaign
Watch the "Where's John McCain?" clip here. McCain cancelled his appearance on the show and told Dave he was "rushing to the airport" to go to Washington. But he was actually taping an interview with Katie Couric.
Meanwhile, Pakistan's president Zardari told Palin she's "gorgeous" and said, "Now I know why the whole of America is crazy about you." When a handler told them to keep shaking hands for the cameras, Zadari said, "If he's insisting, I might hug."
I was going to make a rude comment about how Islamic culture is patronizing toward women, but then I remembered the creepy shoulder rub Bush gave German prime minister Angela Merkel.
When Biden said Palin was pretty, McCain attacked him for being sexist. I wonder what he'll say about Zardari.
And up Alaska way, a state senator is calling for an investigation into witness tampering in the Troopergate scandal:
"Until Gov. Palin was appointed to the McCain ticket, everybody was fine with proceeding with the investigation," he said. "Then, the McCain campaign sent up 30 people to the state and, all of a sudden, people are not participating in the investigation."
In his letter, Gara asked troopers to investigate possible "criminal witness tampering," saying that it's possible that "certain persons" induced witnesses not to cooperate with the legislative investigation, which was authorized by a bipartisan vote before Palin joined McCain's ticket.
Gara "is not alleging that a particular person has engaged in witness tampering" but noted that "certain staff for the McCain campaign came to Alaska in an effort to block" the legislative investigation. He noted that two McCain staffers "have held multiple press conferences in Anchorage to block the investigation."
In other McCain campaign news, watch this new video where Mitt Romney calls McCain a liar and sounds to me like he's already conceding the election:
I think people are really going to say, What's the heart and soul of the Republican party going forward?
Most polls show Obama leading in Oregon. As my psychiatrist used to say, "Success is the best revenge."
• Defense of Ignorance: So-called "Christian" pastors in California are telling their congregations to fast and pray to outlaw gay marriage. Proposition 8, the so-called "defense of marriage" act, is on the ballot in November:
Jim Garlow, the pastor of the evangelical Skyline Church in San Diego County, said he expects up to 100 young adults to spend five-plus weeks on his campus, subsisting on soup, juice and the promise of societal salvation ...
Religious leaders have addressed the issue from the pulpit, in Sunday schools and Bible study meetings, and through telephone calls, letters and visits to parishioners.
But liberal congregations are campaigning in favor of gay marriage. As one United Church of Christ pastor explains:
"Everybody understands that Jesus, in his own culture, was notorious and persecuted for consorting with outcasts ... When Jesus said all are welcome at the table, I think he really meant all."
It always strikes me as ironic that they call it "defense of marriage" when what they really want is to prevent marriage between people they don't like.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Malaysia's most prominent blogger has been ordered to spend two years in detention under internal security laws after being accused of insulting Islam ...
Raja Petra Kamaruddin, a government critic and founder of the Malaysia Today website, has been sent to the Kamunting detention centre in northern Perak state on the order of the home minister ...
"(Police) said my husband has been sent to Kamunting this morning and that he will remain there for two years with no trial. This is the worst news I can receive but we will keep fighting for his release," Marina said.
Raja Petra's lawyer Amarjit Sidhu said the government had pulled a "mean, dirty trick" by issuing the detention order the night before a scheduled court hearing on Tuesday to secure his release.
"The government can now hide behind a veil of secrecy because they do not have to disclose reasons for detaining him," he told AFP.
Raja Petra was detained under the tough Internal Security Act (ISA) for allegedly "insulting Islam and publishing articles on his website, which has tarnished the country's leadership to the point of causing confusion among the people," his wife said ...
The ISA allows for renewable two-year periods of detention without trial and has been used to lock up government opponents in the past, although in recent times it has mostly been directed against suspected terrorists.
Frankly, I have had it. And I know a lot of other women out there are with me on this. I have had enough of the sexist treatment of Sarah Palin. It has to end. She was here in New York City today meeting with world leaders at the U.N. and what did the McCain campaign do? They tried to ban reporters from covering those meetings and they did ban reporters from asking Gov. Palin any questions.
Tonight, I call on the McCain campaign to stop treating Sarah Palin like she is a delicate flower that will wilt at any moment. This woman is from Alaska, for crying out loud. She is strong, she is tough, she is competent, and you claim she is ready to be one heartbeat away from the presidency. If that is the case, then end this chauvanistic treatment of her now. Allow her to show her stuff. Allow her to face down those pesky reporters, just like Barack Obama did today, just like John McCain did today, just like Joe Biden has done on numerous occasions. Let her have a real news conference with real questions. By treating Sarah Palin different from the other candidates in this race, you're not showing her the respect she deserves.
Free Sarah Palin. Free her from the chauvanistic chains you are binding her with. Sexism in this campaign must come to an end. Sarah Palin has just as much a right to be a real candidate in this race as the men do. So let her act like one.
Here's the video.
Does anyone remember Dan Quayle's campaign for VP? Did Bush Senior keep him sequestered the way McCain's handling Palin?
There's an essential truth to Brown's satire. It is patronizing to women to nominate one of us and then treat her like she's incompetent. Of course, Palin is incompetent. But that just means they were patronizing all women when they chose her.
Kind of like it's patronizing for them to think we aren't competent enough to make choices about our own bodies. Hmm.
By the way, the picture of Sarah? I had that same hairdo in the 80s. So did all my friends.
Turn ons: the Iowa Democratic Party's new ad about The Odd Couple
Turn offs: Bush and McCain
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
"because her genitalia already had been mutilated [so] she had no basis to fear future persecution if returned to her home country."
Attorney General Mukasey, in a rare move, overrode the court and ordered them to consider the case again. He said they were wrong because:
"Female genital mutilation is not necessarily a one-time event," Mukasey said. He noted that the board in a previous case had granted asylum in to one woman whose "vaginal opening was sewn shut approximately five times after being opened to allow for sexual intercourse and child birth."
He also concluded that the Board of Immigration Appeals was wrong to assume that the woman "must fear persecution in exactly the same form [namely, repeat female genital mutilation] to qualify for relief."
Mukasey took this action after Democratic Representatives John Conyers and Zoe Lofgren protested the court's decision.
Any pretense of plausible deniability is gone. McCain IS playing the race card. Of all the images they could choose for this commercial, they used the black guy. Franklin Raines and Obama - and the Washington Post, which was the source McCain named when they first made the accusation - have all state that Raines is not and never has been one of Obama's economic advisors. Raines is a former CEO for Fannie Mae. Jim Johnson, who does have an official role in Obama's campaign, a former Fannie Mae chairman. Why isn't McCain using the white guy, Johnson?
Just look at the imagery in the ad. Spooky looking picture of Raines the black guy, followed immediately by a sweet and innocent looking white woman.
And the shot of Obama at the end - looking uppity, literally - and the angle emphasizes his African features. It makes his nose look wider and slightly flattened and his ears are sticking out. I'll say it - the shot makes him look like a monkey.
The images of Raines and Obama look almost caricatured to me. Like something you would've seen in the Deep South before the civil rights movement.
John McCain is so desperate that he's willing to destroy his own reputation and throw away a lifetime of trying to do good just to win an election. If he'll sell himself out, imagine what he'll do to us.
I'm not sure what a 'femanine' is. Is it a gun, like a Glock 19? Or a FEMA policy? If he's talking about tampons - I already know enough not to flush them.
The best paragraph:
I DON'T WANT THIS LETTER TO SEEM LIKE A LECTURE BECAUSE WE ARE ALL "ADULTS" HERE, HOWEVER I HAVE TO MAKE A BUILDING WIDE NOTIFICATION SO EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS A FEW THINGS.
That came after more than a page of lecturing. Note where he put the quotation marks.
The letter was a long list of grievances about tenants. I am not guilty of a single thing he's complaining about. Some of them can easily be traced to individual tenants - such as paying rent late. Why not deliver a letter to those people and leave the rest of us out of it? Why should I have to hear about it?
The craziest thing he wrote - he even bolded some of the text:
10:00 P.M. IS CONSIDERED "QUIET TIME" ... THIS IS ANOTHER "COMMON SENSE" KIND OF THING. I SHOULDN'T HAVE TO TELL PEOPLE TO BE RESPECTFUL OF THEIR NEIGHBORS. NOISES OF ANY KIND ARE ACTUALLY HEARD QUITE EASILY IN OUR BUILDING. PLEASE BE AWARE OF YOUR SOUND LEVELS ... MUSIC, TV, VOICES, EVEN FOOTSTEPS.
WTF? I'm not supposed to walk around my apartment after ten?
The floors are squeaky. How is that a tenant's fault? One of the reasons I live on the top floor is so I don't have to hear people walking above me. Anyone with any sense considers things like that before they rent an apartment.
And yes, you should have to tell people to keep the noise down - that's your job. But talk to the individuals involved instead of bothering everyone. Letters like this don't fix anything. The people who are making all the noise don't give a shit. They're usually the same ones who don't pay the rent. I know because I see the past due rent notices taped to their doors - it's always the assholes who get into screaming matches at 3 a.m. and/or have parties every night. Most of them move out right before they get evicted.
The current owner bought this place about 2.5 years ago and we get these letters at least every other month. The single thing that aggravates me most is when he brags about how much money he's spent and everything he's done for us. He hasn't done one fucking thing for me, other than minor repairs, like a leaky faucet and cracks in my ceiling. But my requests for those repairs were ignored. He only did them when they were ordered by the city after my annual inspection. Even then, the inspector had to come back a second and third time because dear landlord hadn't even started the repairs by the first deadline.
Just once, it would be nice if he wrote a letter thanking the tenants who do pay their rent on time and don't cause problems.
I love this neighborhood, I love that I can have my cats here. One of the former managers (he's hired and fired at least six of them in 2 years) told me he bought the place to flip it. The previous owner had it on the market for a few years before he died, and apparently this guy got it for a steal because the family wanted to unload it. I keep hoping he'll sell. But the fact that at least 10 apartments out of 45 are unoccupied - and the occupants of others don't pay rent - makes it unlikely he'll be selling anytime soon.
God, I hate the thought of moving. I have 20 years of accumulated stuff. There's no guarantee the next place will be better because you never really know what it's like until you live there.
With my luck, this asshole would buy the next building I move into.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Then they said I must have clicked on one of the old prescriptions that had expired. No, I didn't, because if it's expired or you're out of refills, it tells you in big red letters next to the box you click. If you click it anyway, you get a window that says it's going to take longer because they have to contact the doctor.
Having them mix it up is no big deal, but when they try to tell me I'm the one who messed up--
I went off on the poor clerk. I didn't yell or swear and I told her I knew it wasn't her fault, but I was very clear that I was pissed off.
On the way home, I wanted to kill myself and my wrists were itching because I wanted to cut them so bad. I didn't, I won't. But this is why I never go anywhere. The tiniest normal day-to-day stresses make me crazy.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
If John McCain and his GOP flacks thought they could get away with it, they would blame Barack Obama for the Great Depression, the 1876 massacre at Little Big Horn, the bubonic pandemic of the 1340s, and the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. And they would probably run ads alleging that Mrs. O'Leary, whose legendary cow is alleged to have started the Chicago fire, was an Obama public safety adviser.
~ Menachem Rosensaft at the Huffington Post
Sarah Palin has received the Rubber Dodo Award because she tried to get polar bears taken off the endangered species list, lied about state global warming studies, and said global warming isn't caused by greenhouse gas emissions.
• The Republicans have set up the VP debate to make it easier for Palin to bluff her way through it. Wonder if the Afghanis and the Pakistanis and the Iranians and all our other friends and enemies will do the same for her once she gets elected.
• Jesus loves me, this I know: The feds have raided the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries complex in Arkansas based on allegations they are involved in producing child pornography. Alamo has previously been accused of child abuse and of encouraging polygamy involving teenage girls. He says "consent is puberty" regarding sex.
• If you're looking for a way to kill time, check out Sporcles. It's a free game where you have to make lists of things, like all Robert de Niro movies or state capitals or fictional pirates. I'm slightly addicted to it right now.
• I just discovered an extra security feature on Blogger. I started this post before I went to bed this morning and left the window open. When I came back, Blogger made me log in. Good to know. If my landlord sneaks into my apartment when I'm gone, at least he won't be able to delete all the nasty posts I've written about him.
• Nortons anti-virus still sucks. I've been turning it off when I'm only going to sites I trust. I turned it back on last night to update and do a scan. Now, as usual, Live Update keeps contacting the mother ship over and over again, slowing my computer to a crawl. Totally blows when your AV program causes more problems than you've ever had with a virus.
• Today, Obama outlined his proposal for solving the economic crisis. You can read about it here.
Lobbyists for the finance industry that created this mess are trying to dictate the terms for their own bailout. They're telling Republicans not to:
... load the legislation up with provisions not directly related to the crisis, or regulatory measures the industry has long opposed ...
"We're opposed to adding provisions that will affect [or] undermine the deal substantively," said Scott Talbott, senior vice president of government affairs at the Financial Services Roundtable, whose members include the nation's largest banks, securities firms and insurers.
A deal killer for the group: a proposal that would grant bankruptcy judges new powers to lower the principal, interest rate or both on a mortgage as part of a bankruptcy proceeding.
As my dad used to say, beggars can't be choosers. Don't think you can show up with your hands out asking for help and expect to get it no strings attached.
Oh wait. That's business as usual in Washington. The only difference is this time they're asking for a TRILLION dollars, which is 50% more than the Pentagon's annual budget! Yes, that's right. The Bush administration would give these people 1.5 times what the Pentagon will spend this year. And there would be absolutely no Congressional oversight.
This is one of the provisions in the plan, as proposed by Treasury Secretary Paulson (emphasis added by me):
Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.
A TPM reader comments:
The current proposal for the bailout -- $700 billion to be used however the administration chooses to use it -- should not be allowed to pass in its current form. This is the same administration that has mismanaged Iraq, DOJ, Katrina. Why can they be trusted to preside over this in a way that is even-handed and for the benefit of the taxpayers?
• Another TPMer says:
This bailout will not be taking over failed banks, just taking over the bad debts of the failed banks. So the banks will be able to live on and be free to do the exact same thing all over again. I cannot think of a worse philosophical, policy, or practical solution than this.
You have banks and investment houses that lobbied Congress to remove restrictions on their activities and now their own activities have loaded them down with the crushing weight of bad debt from which they all profited handsomely before they got stuck holding the pile of s**t ...
If we are going to subsidize taking over these bad debts, then we should be taking over the entire banks and liquidating them.
Is it just me? With this last enormous bail out of our Wall Street Investors/Corporate America, I have this picture in my mind of these cartoon Republicans sweeping out the last of the people's money from the vaults. It took eight years, but they managed to get it all. The War/Private Contractors, the Oil Companys, the deregulation and fleecing of America. These Republicans started their tour of duty eight years ago with the coffers overflowing, flush with cash.
From the NY Times:
This crisis is the result of a willful and systematic failure by the government to regulate and monitor the activities of bankers, lenders, hedge funds, insurers and other market players. All were playing high-stakes poker with the financial system, but without adequate transparency, oversight or supervision.
The regulatory failure, in turn, was grounded in the Bush administration’s magical belief that the market, with its invisible hand, works best when it is left alone to self regulate and self correct. The country is now paying the price for that delusion.
Another link if you're interested: Paul Krugman says "No deal."
Each dream morphs into the next.
Dream A: I'm babysitting for a family with four kids, at their house. The oldest is a four year old named M. (2) I'm doing my job, playing with the kids, feeding them, changing diapers. Then I take a break. That's when the father comes home. (3)
The father starts working at the computer and I go into another room and to pick up toys. There's a DVD on the floor and it's a movie I want to see so I slip it into my purse. I look up and the father is standing over me. He thinks I'm stealing from him. I feel guilty and try to explain but end up sounding like a liar.
The truth was, I only wanted to take the movie home, watch it and bring it back. I knew the mother wouldn't mind. I intended to ask her but there's a chance I would have forgotten.
Dream B: There's a news story on TV about a four year old boy who was kidnapped and murdered. One of his arms was cut off at the elbow and he bled to death. It's a serial killer because another four year old boy died the same way a year earlier. The police know the perpetrator was a woman.
I'm afraid they're going to think it's me because I'm a mental patient and I babysit a four year old boy named M. Lots of times when I'm babysitting, I invite his friends over to play, including the second little boy who was murdered. (4)
I have to find the serial killer, to save myself and protect M. I think it might be the mother of M's friend. (5) I offer to babysit for her so I can look around her house.
When I get there, the mother looks like a slightly less cracked out version of Amy Winehouse and I know she's the killer. I'm trapped in this tiny house with her and she's got an axe or a knife or something. Then I see her four year old son standing in the doorway and his arm has been cut off. The police have us surrounded. I want to save the boy and save myself but I know the police are going to think I'm the killer. If the boy dies, I won't have a witness. If he doesn't die, he might lie and say I did it because he's afraid of his mother.
I'm completely trapped unless I can get the woman to act crazy so the police can see for themselves. If I do that, she might kill me. What a dilemma.
Dream C: I'm in my apartment and it's a mess. Dirty dishes piled everywhere, garbage overflowing, and boxes of stuff sitting everywhere. I'm trying to clean. There are several five pound bags of sugar. I want to get rid of them because they're old and I'm not supposed to have them. When I try to throw them away, the bags break open and spill all over the floor. (6)
Dream D: My former psychiatrist Dr. W is back in town and he's called me. He invites me out for dinner. But there's something weird about the way he was acting so I told him I have a date that night. He hesitates but says to bring my date along. The only "date" I can come up with is my gay friend so I invite him. Despite both of us knowing that Dr. W knows he's gay, gay friend pretends to be my boyfriend. At the last minute, I'm still feeling a little queasy so I invite another friend. One of them is my friend in the dream, a brunette. When we get to the restaurant, we pick up another "friend" who's blonde. (7)
In the dream, we've never met the blonde before but we pretend to know her. Blonde and brunette are also pretending to be a Lesbian couple. So gay friend, brunette friend and blonde "friend" are waiting for Dr. W at the restaurant's bar. By the way, we're all mentally ill. (8) This is a restaurant my friends and I could never afford. (9)
Finally, Dr. W shows up fashionably late. He's wearing a toupee. One of those "I don't want anyone to know I'm wearing a toupee" toupees to make it look like his hair is thinning. The wig is black but peppered gray and he has dyed the rest of his hair to match. Everyone can tell it's a wig. He's also got a fake tan, he's wearing a brown polyester suit (10), and his shirt collar is open to reveal a nice patch of curly hair, and a gold chain with a shark tooth on it. (11)
He looks like a lounge lizard from the 1970s - he's trying to look like he's in his 40s but we all know he's in his 70s. My friends have never met him before but they see how surprised I am to see him looking like that. He's absurd but thinks he's pulling it off. My friends and I snicker behind his back. (12)
I'm excited because he knows I like chest hair, and I realize my hunch was right. He's on the make for me. I'm practically giddy - I want to sleep with him. (13) I check to see if he's wearing his wedding ring, hoping that he's now divorced. He's wearing it, but I can tell he had taken it off and put it back on. It's too tight for him and wouldn't go all the way back on. You can see the outline where it was and his finger is red and puffy. (14)
I think he's gone temporarily insane. If he sleeps with me, he'll violate his own ethics and risk ending up in jail. (15) Not to mention he'd be cheating on his wife, although that doesn't bother me. (16)
But I want to protect him from hurting himself. And I want him to leave his wife and marry me. What a quandary.
The maitre d' escorts us through the main room of the restaurant to a back room with about 10 tables but we're the only ones seated there. Which is fine with us, even though we realize he doesn't want us around the other customers because we're such a rag tag lot.
The waitress brings us soup and salads. We eat and talk and we're all having a great time. The blonde says Dr. W and I would make a cute couple because we're the same height. Which makes me nervous so I say "He likes them tall." (17)
But it's well past time for the rest of our food to come and there's no waitress in sight. Dr. W goes to check on it and my friends go to the bathroom, leaving me alone in this big room. I wander over to the window. While I've got my back turned, other customers come in and begin filling the tables. They all think I'm the waitress and expect me to wait on them, which I start to do before I realize, hey, I don't have to. (18) They're all pushy and obnoxious but I ignore them.
Three rich people are sitting at the table where my group was seated, even though our stuff is still there. I go up to them and explain this is my group's table and ask them to move. They refuse and call me a liar, even though it's very obvious our stuff was already there. One of the guys goes to get the maitre d'.
My friends return and back me up but the rich people still won't leave. The maitre d' shows up and calls us liars and tells us we have to leave. Even though he's the one who originally seated us there, he believes the rich people because we're mental patients. The only member of our group with any credibility is Dr. W and we don't know where he is.
He finally shows up and the maitre d' and the rich people believe him, even though the way he's dressed, he looks weirder than us.
The dream fast forwards to after dinner. My friends are gone and it's me and Dr. W in the parking lot. He's divorcing his wife and he wants to be with me. He wants to come back to my place and I want him to, but I don't want him to see how dirty my apartment is - especially all that sugar spilled on the floor. And I don't want him to see me naked because I'm so fat.
Fast forward, we're in my bed. I'm naked and half the time he is too and half the time he's not. He's telling me how much he loves me and lovingly rubbing his hands over my fat body. That's when I realize - he's nothing but a chubby chaser.
And then I woke up.
Robert Redford's picture is here because he's the same age as Dr. W and my father. All three of them were born in lower working class families during the Great Depression. To picture Dr. W, imagine Danny Devito with gray hair and a beard. My dad looked kind of like Fred Flintstone. They're kind of like Bizarro versions of Robert Redford, just like the dream doctor was a Bizarro version of Dr. W. (19)
There's a lot more explanation about Redford's connection to these dreams, but this is already my longest post ever. If anybody wants to know, tell me and I'll post it later.
2. Real life - I babysat for this family 15-20 years ago, but the kids' ages were further apart than they are in the dream.
3. RL - That always used to happen! I'd work my ass off all day, then I'd put the little ones down for a nap and get the older boy to play a video game or go to a friend's house so I could take a break. The father rarely came home during the day, but every single time he did, he'd find me taking a break. He never complained though. It was obvious I was doing a good job. The kids were happy to see me every morning and happy when mom got home at night. And the house would be cleaner than it had been when she left.
4. RL - Friends of the woman I babysat for used to call her at work and ask if they could drop their kids off at her house and have me babysit them for a few hours. She would call me and I always said yes because it was easier for me when the kids had someone to play with.
5. The boy in the dream was Shay, a real life neighbor of the boy I babysat. He used to come over a lot and M went to his house. The family I worked for had a lot more money than Shay's family. Whenever M broke something, he blamed Shay. His parents always believed him. They said Shay came from a bad family (not true) and they didn't want him to come over anymore. When I tried to tell them M was lying, they didn't seem to believe me. But M knew that I knew he wasn't telling the truth.
6. The dream apartment is similar to my real apartment but smaller, dirtier and more crowded. In RL, I have a lot of sugar here right now. Two bags of Halloween candy, a bag of mints, a bag of Gummi bears, a box of Lucky Charms, popsicles, and fudgcicles. I never keep this much sugar around - ever - because I'm diabetic. But I bought all that stuff this week.
Footnote to the footnote: My blood sugar might have already been running high, which would cause sweet cravings. I'm eating compulsively and loading up on sugar. I know it can kill me but I havent' been able to stop. Part of the reason I'm doing this is because I feel a sense of doom. This weekend, I bought enough supplies to get by for at least a month. I think the the stock market is going to crash, banks and stores will close, and the government won't be able to help anyone because the Chinese and the Arabs will cut off our credit. (If you're paying attention to the news, you know this isn't paranoia on my part. It could happen.)
7. RL - The gay friend is my Seattle "fiend." The brunette is one of my friends from real life. The blonde is a woman I've seen in local commercials who reminds me of a friend I had a falling out with 10 years ago, who also had a falling out with the brunette friend. I always thought the real blonde would make a good Lesbian.
8. RL - Gay friend and I are mentally ill; blonde and brunette are not.
9. RL - The restaurant reminds me of our local country club where Dr. W was a member. Blonde and brunette could easily afford it.
10. The brown suit looks like a suit he really did wear a lot but it wasn't polyester. It always amused me because he's even shorter than my dad and a salesman once told my dad not to wear brown because it makes you look shorter.
11. RL - Dr. W would never do this, ever. My dad was always very tan from working outside and his hair was black and peppered gray. Paging Dr. Freud.
12. When I was in the psych unit 20 years ago, the nurses told me Dr. W had gone through a playboy phase in the 1970s, when he was in his 40s. He had cheated on his first wife with the woman who became his second wife.
13. RL - No, I never wanted to have sex with him. But I did wish he would cuddle me sometimes.
14. Yes, I recognize the phallic significance. Short and thick and red and puffy, needs a ring to keep it up.
15. RL - Dr. W was extremely ethical - one of the things I admired about him. In Iowa, it's a crime for a psychiatrist to have sex with a former patient.
Footnote to this foot note: I knew the woman who lobbied the state to make a medical professional having sex with a client a crime because of what had happened to her. Coincidentally, she looked a lot like the blonde in the dream.
Footnote to the footnote to the footnote: When I was in the psych unit in the 80s, I used to look out my window and see this woman waiting in the parking lot behind her therapist's office. He'd come out and they'd get in the car and leave together. I knew he was her therapist and realized they were having an affair.
16. Real life - Dr. W's wife was my therapist for 3 years. She was a control freak and a genius at the mind fuck. After she dumped me, I became a hermit because I was afraid of running into her and I've hardly left my apartment since. That was 20 years ago. Even Dr. W said the way she treated me was abusive.
Footnote to this footnote: My therapist (Dr. W's wife) worked in the same office where the sex-abusing therapist worked. The associates all knew he was going out to dinner with clients and they did nothing about it. I even told my therapist what I suspected and she defended him. She was shocked - shocked I tell you - when she found out the truth. The bitch. She dumped me soon after. Maybe because she realized I could testify against her when all those clients sued. Which they did. And won.
17. RL - Dr. W's wife is several inches taller than him. She has a big sturdy frame - her shoulders are wider than his, and her hands are bigger.
18. This is a common dream theme for me, as a symbol for anxiety. I'll be the only waitress on duty and the restaurant suddenly becomes very busy. People are yelling at me and I'm scrambling around trying to get everything done. RL - I worked as a waitress when I was in college, often alone on the afternoon or overnight shifts, and that used to happen.
19. Bizarro was created when Lex Luthor attempted to make a copy of Superman but Bizarro turned out to be clumsy and destructive.
I didn’t expect you to be getting beat by John McCain and a Lancôme rep who thinks “The Flintstones” was based on a true story ...
That was a hell of a [Republican] convention ... The Us versus Them-a-thon. As a Democrat I was surprised to learn that I don’t like small towns, God, people with jobs or America. I’ve been a little out of touch but is there a mandate that the vice president be skilled at field dressing a moose ...
Brains made me look arrogant but they make you look uppity. Plus, if you had a black daughter ... who was 17 and pregnant and unmarried and the father was a teenager hoping to launch a rap career with “Thug Life” inked across his chest, you’d come in fifth behind Bob Barr, Ralph Nader and a ficus ...
Call them liars, because that’s what they are ... They have to lie — the truth isn’t their friend right now. Get angry. Mock them mercilessly; they’ve earned it.
Journalists need to do more than call the play-by-play this election cycle. We also need to blow the whistle on such egregious fouls calculated to undermine the political process and magnify the ugliest prejudices that our nation has done so much to overcome.
~ Nicholas D. Kristof, NYT op-ed
In conservative Christian circles and on Christian radio stations, there are even widespread theories that Mr. Obama just may be the Antichrist ...
John Green, of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, says that about 10 percent of Americans believe we may be in the Book of Revelation’s “end times” and are on the lookout for the Antichrist. A constant barrage of e-mail and broadcasts suggest that Mr. Obama just may be it ...
What is happening, I think, is this: religious prejudice is becoming a proxy for racial prejudice. In public at least, it’s not acceptable to express reservations about a candidate’s skin color, so discomfort about race is sublimated into concerns about whether Mr. Obama is sufficiently Christian ...
Some political quickies:
• Obama and McCain have spent a combined $94 million. The truly obscene part is that was just in August. And it looks like Sarah Palin has really motivated people. Reaction to her nomination helped Obama raise $65 million last month, compared to McCain's paltry $47.5 million.
• The Obama campaign is fighting the Republicans' planned voter suppression:
The Obama campaign filed suit in state court to block the GOP's "Lose your home, lose your vote" scheme, a plan to challenge the eligibility of voters whose homes have entered foreclosure - despite the fact that many remain resident in those homes ...
But the really interesting part of the filing is the effort by the Obama campaign to demonstrate, in a court of law, that this behavior is "part of a broader state and nationwide campaign by the Republican Party to suppress the vote." And, upping the ante, the filing alleges that "Defendant Republicans have a long history of engaging in coordinated, systematic campaigns to suppress and deny the right to vote of American citizens. Those campaigns are often targeted at various racial groups, language minorities, or individuals of low or modest economic circumstances whom Defendant Republicans believe are unlikely to support them in political campaigns."
... by intervening directly in a local case, the Obama campaign is signaling that a national campaign to disenfranchise voters will receive a national response. And by reframing a technical debate over local election laws as a broader discussion of fundamental rights, the Obama campaign has already won.
• Bet John McCain wishes he could take this back:
"Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation."
That's from an article he wrote that just came out this month.
• Check this out. It's hilarious, esp. the 2nd to last paragraph. Obama to Nation: “Fuck this shit, I’m outta here”
• The latest Gallup poll shows Obama leading nationally, 50% to 44%.
If you're tempted to violate the order, remember what happened to your former boss Richard Nixon and his henchmen. It wasn't the crime that got them in trouble - it was the cover up.
A federal judge on Saturday ordered Dick Cheney to preserve a wide range of the records from his time as vice president.
The decision by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly is a setback for the Bush administration in its effort to promote a narrow definition of materials that must be safeguarded under by the Presidential Records Act.
The Bush administration's legal position "heightens the court's concern" that some records may not be preserved, said the judge ...
The administration, said the judge, wanted any court order on what records are at issue in the suit to cover only the office of the vice president, not Cheney or the other defendants in the lawsuit. The other defendants include the National Archives and the archivist of the United States ...
This summer, Cheney chief of staff David Addington told Congress the vice president belongs to neither the executive nor legislative branch of government, but rather is attached by the Constitution to Congress. The vice president presides over the Senate.
History will catch up with you.
Turn offs: the knowledge that it's never going to happen
Saturday, September 20, 2008
From an op-ed by Hillary Clinton:
LAST month, the Bush administration launched the latest salvo in its eight-year campaign to undermine women’s rights and women’s health by placing ideology ahead of science: a proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services that would govern family planning. It would require that any health care entity that receives federal financing — whether it’s a physician in private practice, a hospital or a state government — certify in writing that none of its employees are required to assist in any way with medical services they find objectionable.
Laws that have been on the books for some 30 years already allow doctors to refuse to perform abortions. The new rule would go further, ensuring that all employees and volunteers for health care entities can refuse to aid in providing any treatment they object to, which could include not only abortion and sterilization but also contraception.
Health and Human Services estimates that the rule, which would affect nearly 600,000 hospitals, clinics and other health care providers, would cost $44.5 million a year to administer. Astonishingly, the department does not even address the real cost to patients who might be refused access to these critical services ...
The rule would also allow providers to refuse to participate in unspecified “other medical procedures” that contradict their religious beliefs or moral convictions ...
Many circumstances unrelated to reproductive health could also fall under the umbrella of “other medical procedures.” Could physicians object to helping patients whose sexual orientation they find objectionable? Could a receptionist refuse to book an appointment for an H.I.V. test? What about an emergency room doctor who wishes to deny emergency contraception to a rape victim? Or a pharmacist who prefers not to refill a birth control prescription?
Our country is on the verge of a complete financial meltdown and the Bush administration wants to spend $45 million so some fundie nut job can refuse to sell me the birth control pills I need to prevent excessive bleeding.
And I had never even heard about this until I stumbled across the op-ed. How about you?
Friday, September 19, 2008
There are court cases in France that could lead to the so-called "religion" of Scientology being banned. A woman is suing the church for fraud and illegal practice of pharmacy. A Scientology spokesperson says:
"We have never been found guilty of fraud by a court."
Now that's a non-denial denial if I've ever heard one.
• "He's certainly not Goldilocks." That's what a Montana judge said about the guy who broke into a house while the family was sleeping, ate their cheese, messed up their bathroom, and passed out in one of their beds.
• Also in Montana: A Billings couple were bound with wire and tape and tied together on a bed in their small apartment for three days before they were killed and their bodies were burned.
The prosecutor explained why he decided not to seek the death penalty:
"As probably the only attorney in the state of Montana who has successfully sought and secured a conviction in a death penalty case, I know firsthand the turmoil it took on the surviving family member in that case ... The families of murder victims are cruelly deluded into believing that justice will be delivered with finality during their lifetimes."
That is one of many reasons I'm against capital punishment - cases are dragged through the courts, sometimes for decades, at great expense for the taxpayers and it's an emotional rollercoaster for the victims' families.
• And while I'm in the neighborhood: Narrow-minded, um, I mean morally upright citizens in Helena, Montana, are trying to get the book The Joy of Gay Sex banned from the local library.
Although it's been widely reported that Sarah Palin (oops, there I go back to presidential politics) was interested in banning library books when she was mayor of Wazilla, what isn't well known is that she talked about banning books when she was on city council. At the time, her church was campaigning to get the book "Pastor I Am Gay" removed from local book stores.
The Wasilla librarian left because "it was just too hard working for Sarah Palin" and her treatment by Palin was "very rough."
• A British TV producer gave a list of Top Ten Books Not to Read Before You Die. They include: Ulysses, For Whom the Bell Tolls, War and Peace, and Pride and Prejudice. Hmm.
• Stroke me, stroke me: A 35 year old woman in Illinois suffered a stroke while having an orgasm. It resulted from a rare combination of factors including a minor heart defect, a clot that was probably a side effect of birth control pills, and the increased blood flow caused by sex. But don't give up orgasms just yet - it can also happen from breathing out with the mouth closed and nostrils pinched shut or straining to poop.
(Note to self: Eat more fiber. Yeah, I know you so enjoyed reading that.)
• Fark headline of the day tells the whole story: If you feel the urge to sit naked on a milk crate looking at porn while masturbating with one hand and holding a beer in the other, you may want to do it somewhere other than on a public street during the lunch rush.
• Good advice from Fark: Do not wear a blond wig and basques, a thong, high heels, with stockings and suspenders to school. Especially when you're there to pick up your kids. And you're their dad. (The story)
Basque = a bustier or corset like the one in the picture. Just imagine her with a penis.
Turn ons: cross dressers
Turn offs: waffle pattern on your ass from sitting naked on a milk crate
Raines, who is black, is pictured in the ad. He released a statement saying that he is not an advisor to Obama and has never given him advice on housing or the economy. Obama's campaign also denied that's he's an advisor.
What gives away the true motives behind the ad is the fact that Jim Johnson actually was one of Obama's advisors, and that he's also a former Fannie Mae chairman who was caught up in the Countrywide Financial debacle. He's the one who should have been featured in the ad instead of Raines - if the ad really was about Obama's Fannie Mae connection. But Johnson is white.
Maybe I'm just obsessed with penises, but am I the only one who sees another example of big scary black phallus looming in this new ad?
Back in February, I posted about a Politico story that said the RNC was conducting polls and focus groups to see how much they could get away when attacking Obama without being accused of racism.
Looks like they decided they can get away with a lot.
From Ms. magazine, Spring 2008:
"North Carolina is one of a handful of states, including Illinois, Georgia and Arkansas, that charge patients for rape kits--which include a physical examination, collection of DNA evidence and tests for pregnancy and STDs."
I blogged about this back in February when North Carolina was addressing the issue. A quick google tonight showed that Obama, as an Illinois state senator, worked on legislation so that victims who don't have insurance can be reimbursed by the state. But they still have to take the step to file for the reimbursement.
Palin's not the only one who deserves to be held accountable for this injustice.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
It's not PC and probably not safe for work but it cracked me up.
The reason I was at YouTube was to look for this video, called "Ninja cat comes closer without moving." It starts out slow but by the end, I was laughing so hard I almost peed my pants.
Maybe it's not really that funny. I'm a little sleep deprived.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
* If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're "exotic, different."
* Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, a quintessential American story.
* If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.
* Name your kids Willow, Trig, and Track, you're a maverick.
* Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.
* Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.
* If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.
* If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive.
* If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.
* If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.
* If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.
* If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state's school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you're very responsible.
* If your wife is a Harvard graduate laywer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't represent America's.
* If you're husband is nicknamed "First Dude", with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.
*If while running for governor on a “build the bridge” platform and 2 years later and 1 month after receiving sharp criticism from John McCain you cancel the “Bridge to Nowhere” blaming Congress for not supplying enough funding and then go on to use a portion of the $25 million on a road to the place where the bridge would have gone so none of the money would have to be returned, then you are a reformer against pork barrel earmarks.
* If, while mayor of Wasilla you inquire how to ban books in the children’s library and then threaten to fire the librarian, Mary Ellen Baker, for not giving her full support, then you are a guardian for children’s moral training.
OK, much clearer now.
Isn't a presidential campaign pretty damn stressful? What about being commander in chief when there are two wars going on? Then there's that little thing about several recurrences of malignant melanoma.
And look who he plans to leave us with.
Why can't people see this?????
All campaigns fall short, but some fall far shorter than others. And it is a phony evenhandedness, comfortable for journalists but ultimately misleading, that equates these failures without measuring the grossness of their deviation from the standard of decency ...
Both candidates are guilty of playing trivial pursuit in a serious season, campaigning from gotcha to gotcha ...
McCain's transgressions, though, are of a different magnitude. His whoppers are bigger; there are more of them. He -- the easy out would be to say "his campaign" -- has been misleading, and at times has outright lied, about his opponent. He has misrepresented -- that's the charitable verb -- his vice presidential nominee's record. Called on these fouls, he has denied and repeated them.
The most outrageous of McCain's distortions involve Obama on taxes. He asserts that Obama's new taxes could "break your family budget," and that an Obama presidency would inflict "painful tax increases on working American families." Hardly. Obama would lower taxes for most households, and lower them more than McCain would. The only "painful tax increases on working American families" would be on working families making more than $250,000 ...
Is there any reason to trust that a man running this campaign would go on to be an honest president?
Moreover, is there any reason to believe that he will actually survive his first term?
For years, the Republicans have done an expert job of fostering distrust of the mainstream media, but they've never gone as far as they're going this year. Any story the press puts out that is anything less than 100% flattering is immediately painted as a hack job by the "liberal" media. No matter how factual or how well documented the criticisms of McCain and his campaign are, they go on the offensive and try to convince people not to believe the "attacks."
And far too many voters are too fucking dumb to research any of this stuff themselves.
I keep smelling a strong chemical odor that reminds me of formaldehyde. It started yesterday afternoon and it's been getting steadily worse. The last time this happened was about 3 weeks ago and it only lasted for a day. I'm slightly manic - racing thoughts, typing faster than usual, not at all sleepy even though I've been up all night. Also having suicide thoughts and urges to cut myself. Same symptoms I was having last time I had these hallucinations.
There's research showing that bipolar disorder may be related to temporal lobe seizures and olfactory hallucinations are sometimes a symptom of these seizures. I'm trying to chart myself to see if there's a pattern.
• Dan won Big Brother last night by a unanimous vote. He's been my favorite all season so I was glad. (By the way, I'm making a resolution to stop apologizing for watching stupid reality shows.)
• Robert Redford was on Inside Edition last night. He rarely does interviews for shows like that but he's promoting awareness for organ donation. His son James (who's 46 and looks amazingly like his RR did at that age) had a liver transplant several years ago.
• I got "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" from Netflix last week. If I stuck to my normal schedule, I would've watched it Saturday night and sent it back. Didn't touch it. It's one of those movies I felt like I should see but I'm in the mood for something silly. I'll probably send it back unwatched so I can get another movie. To me, that makes more sense that letting it sit here. I can always order it again later.
• Survivor starts next week. So I do have something to live for.
GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is effectively turning over questions about her record as Alaska's governor to John McCain's political campaign, part of an ambitious Republican strategy to limit any embarrassing disclosures and carefully shape her image for voters in the rest of the country.
Republican efforts include dispatching a former top U.S. terrorism prosecutor from New York, Ed O'Callaghan, to assist Palin's personal lawyer working to derail or delay a pending ethics investigation in Alaska ...
O'Callaghan is just part of a cadre of high-powered operatives patrolling Alaska as reporters and Democrats scrutinize every detail of Palin's tenure in government, plus her family and friends. One strategy: Carefully coordinate any information that's released. The McCain campaign is demanding that it becomes the de facto source for answers about the operations of Alaska's government during the past 20 months.
Hmm. This couldn't possibly have anything to do with the fact that she keeps changing her story about Troopergate, now could it?
Why are the people of Alaska putting up with this circus? It hardly seems right that someone who was elected to serve as governor is bailing on the job when she's been in office less than 2 years. She's on their payroll - but how much work is she actually doing for the state right now?
If Palin can't be trusted to answer questions about her past, how in the hell could she handle being president?
This is insane. McCain is insane. The people who support him are the most gullible, ignorant and/or cynical people on Earth.
McCain and company keep complaining that Palin and her family are being personally attacked. I think now that they're finally getting around to vetting her, they've found something that's going to destroy her politically. They're trying to keep a lid on it while they set up a scenario where she drops out because of the strain on her family.
Oh and get this. Cindy McCain is whining that the ladies of The View picked on her and John. Now I get why Phil Gramm said America is a nation of whiners - it's because he's been spending so much time around the McCains.
Update: Ooh, I think I may have figured out the secret that's going to do Sarah in. Tax evasion. No proof - just a theory.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
To think that Sarah Palin was a giggly schoolgirl caught completely off-guard by a phone call from John McCain putting her in the running for VP is to completely underestimate this woman of towering ambition and powerful political skills. You can bet that, from their first meeting, she was seducing him, saying exactly what she thought he wanted to hear, stroking his ego, preparing him to need her.
Now that he has taken her into his political bed, she has snuck in under cover of darkness, sliced off his manhood, and raced off to throw it out the window, positioning herself for the Oval Office, if not soon after he's elected and succumbs to heart disease or melanoma or whatever else is likely to shorten his life, then in 2012 ...
Once McCain realizes what happened to him while he was sleeping, he will move to push Palin to the back of the room, because his ego won't tolerate such a loss of power.
I've been watching clips of the rallies where McCain stands with his forced smile watching Palin out of the corner of his eye, while the crowds cheer for her. He's not going to put up with that for long.
In an interview filmed the afternoon of Sept. 3 and posted on the Web site LinkTV.org, Schwartz was candid about how he envisioned change under a McCain presidency.
"Less taxes and more war," he said, smiling. He said the U.S. should "bomb the hell" out of Iran because the country threatens Israel.
Asked by the interviewer how America would pay for a military confrontation with Iran, he said the U.S. should take the country's resources.
"We should plant a flag. Take the oil, take the money," he said. "We deserve reimbursement."
... He said an attack on Iran was needed to protect Israel, and he offered how it could be accomplished through "strategical airstrikes."
"Hopefully, just bomb the hell out of them from the sky. No troops," he said.
Schwartz was asked if he had a message to the protesters who filled the streets of downtown St. Paul.
"Get a job," he replied.
A few hours after the inteview, he met a hot chick in a hotel bar and took her up to his room. She told him to take his clothes off while she mixed a drink and that's the last thing he remembers. The next morning, she was gone, along with his $30,000 watch, a $20,000 ring, a necklace valued at $5,000, earrings priced at $4,000 and a Prada belt valued at $1,000.
Whether he was embarrassed because he didn't know if he favors insurance coverage for contraceptives or because he does use Viagra, we'll never know. It was one of his last Q and A sessions on the bus formerly known as The Straight Talk Express.
Now McCain is using Fiorina to act as a surrogate spokesperson for Palin. This morning, Carly appeared on a talk show in St. Louis. The host asked her if she thinks Palin has the experience to run a major company like HP. Carly said:
No, I don't. But you know what, that's not what she's running for. (Laughs) Running a corporation is a different set of things.
The TPM commenters got a kick out of that:
• Shorter Fiorina: Only I am brilliant enough to run HP, not that stupid Sarah Palin. But she's smart enough for government work!
• Though to be fair, Fiorina herself proved incapable of running HP, so perhaps this is just one of those it takes one to know one deals....
• Hey, HP is WAY more important, and WAY more complicated than the United States. Anybody can be the President of the United States.
• These are the true colors of a right-wing conservative if I've ever seen it. Running the country, setting economic policy, foreign policy, deciding between war and peace, overseeing a bureaucracy of tens of millions, etc. Anyone can do that, including your average hockey mom with a BA in communications.
• McCain is out on the stump blasting CEO's "Golden Parachute" severance packages, and yet still has Carly Fiorina and her $45M HP severance package as a top surrogate for him. Fiorina almost ran HP into the ground, and was caught spying on workers near the end of her stay there.
• Well, to be fair, McCain and Palin could certainly run Enron.
"I wouldn't vote for anybody that didn't honor our flag during the National Anthem!"
I just saw that in a poster's signature on a message board, under a badge that said "Women for McCain."
Those are the kinds of reasons I keep hearing people give for voting for McCain. Honestly, I've never heard an Obama supporter say anything as ridiculous as that, like, "I would never vote for a guy who called Hillary a Lesbian," or "I would never vote for a guy who called his wife a cunt."
Obama supporters can come up with a whole list of reasons to vote for Obama, and a whole list of reasons not to vote for McCain. The McCainaanites must be a little desperate if they have to try that hard to find even a shred of a reason to support him.