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Currently out of work, fandom- and wedding-obsessed 23 year old woman. Expect to see lots of posts about wedding, job-hunting, moving across the country (MI to NY) and fandom!

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June 12th, 2009

Really, it's June and I still have to show you my thoughts on Sarah Palin?

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So the governor of Alaska is back in the news again (really, has she left since November?), this time because David Letterman made some off-color jokes about her and her family. Palin is demanding an apology on behalf of the women of America (oh, so now you care about us, Governor Palin? /snark).

A friend of mine on Facebook posted a long note that basically said "I expect Letterman to apologize when you apologize for being an idiot and letting your idiot daughter talk about stupid abstinence."

I may or may not be exaggerating the number of times "idiot" was used in his note.

A bunch of people agreed with said friend, but it really didn't sit well with me because...and this is hard for me...I think Sarah Palin is right.

Because my computer is buggy I haven't been able to actually watch Letterman's clip, but from the bits I've been able to read online, there are two jokes that were objectionable: a comment that one of Palin's daughters got pregnant by A-Rod during a Yankee's game, and Palin took time while in New York to buy new clothes to update her "slutty flight attendant" look. Palin's demands for an apology focus on the former joke (Letterman claims the daughter he was joking about was 18 year old Bristol, while it was Palin's 14 year old daughter that actually attended the game, meaning that the joke definitely has icky statutory rape undertones), but really it's the second joke that I have a problem with. Calling a woman a "slut" is about the lowest form of discourse we have in this country and one of those insults that has become so normalized that too many people (including pretty much everyone commenting on my friend's Facebook note) fail to recognize that it is even a disgusting, misogynist insult.

I actually had a rather stimulating debate in the comment thread with another woman about whether it was "worth" getting riled up over the slut remark - we had to agree to disagree because she absolutely thought there was nothing wrong with the joke (and also kept coming back to an argument about how we have to hold female, gay, and non-white comedians to the same standard of discourse we were holding a white guy...I'm not sure where exactly that tangent came from).

But the sort of comment that inspired me to come on here to rant (because I promised that I would stop hijacking the comment thread over there), is repeated calls for Palin to apologize for various remarks she made about Barack Obama during the campaign before it would be appropriate for Letterman to apologize. Like when she said being a small town mayor was like being a community organizer, except for having actual responsibilities.

Okay, I'm in agreement that I thought that was something really dumb to say because clearly I don't think being a community organizer is a bad or worthless thing. But it is on a totally different level of discourse than jokes about her sexuality or her daughters' sexuality because, faulty though Palin's reasoning may have been back during the campaign, it was an attack on Obama's record and past employment. It's the duty of politicians to analyze each other's records and keep each other as honest as they can - no the McCain/Palin camp didn't do a good job of that (in this democrats opinion), but things like the community organizer thread to their attacks was based in some sort of policy. Calling Sarah Palin a slut and talking about her family has absolutely nothing to do with her politics (and there are oh so many political ways to attack Governor Palin).

Basically what my feelings boil down to are 1) Palin doesn't owe anybody an apology for reasonable political beliefs and actions and 2) Even if she did owe an apology for her actions, that doesn't mean Letterman doesn't owe her (and/or all of America's women) an apology.

...And I think I'm done. Good night.

April 28th, 2009

Michael Steele is silly

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Specter says he's switching from GOP to Dems:
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said in a statement: "Some in the Republican Party are happy about this. I am not. Let's be honest: Senator Specter didn't leave the GOP based on principles of any kind. He left to further his personal political interests because he knew that he was going to lose a Republican primary due to his left-wing voting record. Republicans look forward to beating Sen. Specter in 2010, assuming the Democrats don't do it first."

...If Specter has a "left-wing voting record," wouldn't that imply that he has some sort of principles that do not mesh with the Republican party?

And what politician hasn't made a move because it would further her or his political interests?

Every time this guy makes a statement, he strikes me as more and more ridiculous.

January 16th, 2009

LOL

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ABORTION DONUTS

I don't even like Krispy Kreme, but I may have to see if they're out here in NY (land of Dunkin' Donuts. I really think we have more DD than Starbucks out here)

November 5th, 2008

Jesus Christ.

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Talked to my mom today and of course the election came up. For the record, somehow I came out of a family of conservatives. My mom's a lifelong Republican, and my dad claims he's a Democrat and certainly doesn't like Bush but hasn't cast a ballot for a Democrat the entire time I've been politically conscious.

When I talked to Mom on Monday, she wasn't sure who she was voting for, or if she would even vote. She didn't really like McCain, but certainly wasn't going to vote for Obama, and it wouldn't really matter anyway since Michigan is reliably Democratic.

Today she told me she figured out why Obama rubbed her the wrong way. He reminded her too much of Jimmy Carter, an ineffectual president, since he was smiling all the time. I was like, WTF, he's going to be a bad president because he's happy?!

She also wished that race and gender hadn't come into the election (fair enough) and that his acceptance speech sounded more like it was on behalf of his race than for what he stands for. I pointed out that McCain invoked the fact that this was a win for African-Americans in his concession speech, and then Mom asked if he even is African-American. Apparently she was hung up on the fact that his mom was a white woman from Kansas.

AND THEN she says there's still lots of questions about him - whether he's a Christian or a Muslim and I cut her off right there and said that he's a Christian, totally Christian.

"But then why does your dad say he asked to be sworn into the Senate on a Quran?"

In my head: Since when do we ever listen to what Dad says?

To my mom: "He wasn't sworn in on a Quran. He was sworn in on his own Bible."

The conversation ended shortly there after. I threw the phone across the room and just hung my head muttering "Jesus Christ."

How the hell did I come from my family? My parents are conservative people. Always have been. They've never been particularly politically active, either. I vaguely remember going with my mom to the polls once as a kid, and she wouldn't let me go in the voting booth with her because voting is a private matter. Then I just so happened to be back in Holland for this year's primary so we voted together - her in the Republican line, and me in the Democrat (where I voted for Hillary Clinton, after briefly considering writing in Stephen Colbert, since the Michigan primary didn't matter anyway).

I, on the other hand, regularly write to my representatives about various political issues. The most exciting thing for me about turning 18 was getting to vote for the first time (the 2002 was just a few days after my birthday and I got to vote for Michigan's first female governor). More than once I've considered getting into politics as a career, whether as a politician or in a supporting position like political speech writer. During my breaks from work last night, I wandered down to the concourse at Rockefeller center to see the cool setup NBC news had. If Billy and I hadn't had our pizza-date, I would have been watching the election reporting live.

Where on Earth did all of this come from? Most other politically-minded people I know learned it from their parents. I'm some weird anomaly.

A night to remember

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As soon as all of the customers were out of the store tonight my manager turned on the radio to a news station to hear election results.

I got home as fast as I could to eat pizza and watch the Daily Show/Colbert Report election night coverage.

At 11 o'clock, Jon Stewart announced that Barrack Obama had been elected president.

I watched the last two elections fairly closely. I know I stayed up as late as I could in 2004, but I didn't hear the official announcement until the next morning. This time, the election was called before midnight. That is amazing to me.

Also, I really have to give some kudos to John McCain. I watched his concession speech, and it was one of his most noble moments in this entire campaign.

And now, I sleep.

October 12th, 2008

Is it just me...

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Or does McCain's spiel of "Obama's not an Arab. He's a good, family man" imply that Arabs are not good family people?

The Republican campaign really, truly disgusts me right now.

September 8th, 2008

Interesting

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I've been wondering about this ever since I heard about Palin's acceptance speech at the RNC

Parents of special-needs children divided over Palin's promise to help

When I first heard that Palin promised to be an advocate in the White House for the disabled, my curiosity was definitely piqued. Not that it would be enough to get me to vote Republican (I could do a very long, ranty post about my decision on who to vote for this year), but as the sister of an autistic man (almost wrote boy, but at 21 Dan is old enough, chronologically, to be a man, and I know I'd hate it if anyone referred to me as a "girl" after the age of 21) I'm keenly interested in those who say they would help the disabled, and how they would do it.

Emphasis on the "how," since Palin has yet to say how she intends to help. From the NYT article, it seems clear that in her time as Governor, she hasn't been explicitly disability-friendly, but I could definitely see this being a relatively new interest of hers. There are a lot of people who aren't aware of how having a disable family member affects the family until it hits close to home. So if Palin's awareness about disabilities didn't arise until her son's diagnosis, I can definitely understand that.

I can't understand not laying out at least general plans for how she intends to be an advocate. Well, aside from her and the McCain campaign's desire to play ostrich and pretend that if they hide her head in the sand no one will notice that she hasn't spoken to the press yet and the campaign has seemed prepared to keep it that way as long as possible (I'm debating whether I'll actually watch the interview on ABC or just wait to see the highlights later on the blogs).

August 14th, 2008

Finally, something from Obama's team that I can really support

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Obama camp says Detroit mayor may be unwelcome in Denver

I have to admit, I haven't paid super close attention to all of the trials and tribulations of Kwame Kilpatrick. But it seems like the man is constantly in trouble. He spent a night in jail for taking a business trip to Canada (and thus violating his bond agreement). This is just the latest misstep. Hopefully enough people will start shunning this man so he is forced out of office sooner rather than later.

June 20th, 2008

Can we create a geek registry? Is that allowed?

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Because I'm poor right now and thus can't afford either of these shirts (one for me, one for Billy):





(Roslin would kick Obama's ass. Just sayin'. Most likely because she'd rig the election...but you know you want a prophet for president!)

They would, however, make wonderful wedding presents. His and Her geek shirts! Totally better than monogrammed towels.

June 8th, 2008

Goodbye, Hilary

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I've been in a funk all day. I think it's because today Hilary Clinton gave her concession speech. And it bums me the hell out. I haven't read the transcript/watched the speech 'cause I'm pretty sure I'd be a blithering mess of tears. Even reading some of the articles about it gets me choked up.

Obama won the nomination; I'll certainly vote for him in November. But that doesn't mean I'm not disappointed that my candidate didn't make it.

March 13th, 2008

US HAS SLID INTO A RECESSION

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Or so declares Yahoo! News. Something about the phrasing of that just
strikes me as being slightly off; as if they can pinpoint the exact date
and time the US hit recession territory, as opposed to just "slow
economic growth" territory as Bush has been trying to reframe it.

August 27th, 2007

Booyah

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Gonzales is leaving!

Just thought you should know.

(Have completed two parts of my list already; waiting for doctor to call me back. I am accomplished)

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