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Sarah Palin: Out Of Her League

Kathleen Parker, who once supported Sarah Palin, now says that Palin is “clearly out of her league”:

Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.

Townhall.com

I had a feeling we would start hearing that kind of thing from Palin supporters when the Republicans could now longer hide her from the media. I watched her interviews with Charlie Gibson and I actually felt a little sorry for her. As Kathleen Parker says, “she repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there’s not much content there”.

For example, she made the following statement to Sean Hannity:

Well, there is a danger in allowing some obsessive partisanship to get into the issue that we’re talking about today. And that’s something that John McCain, too, his track record, proving that he can work both sides of the aisle, he can surpass the partisanship that must be surpassed to deal with an issue like this.

What? I’ve made more coherent statements in my sleep after passing out drunk.

When Couric pointed to polls showing that the financial crisis had boosted Obama’s numbers, Palin blustered wordily: “I’m not looking at poll numbers. What I think Americans at the end of the day are going to be able to go back and look at track records and see who’s more apt to be talking about solutions and wishing for and hoping for solutions for some opportunity to change, and who’s actually done it?”

Um, did someone say something or do I hear flies buzzing? It may very well be flies, because we all know what flies are attracted to:

If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself.

Indeed!

But while some McCain supporters are calling for Sarah Palin to step down for the good of her party and the United States, I’m saying, keep her! Please!

And, by all means, let her keep tossing her word salad at the press.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


The Lesser Known Obama

[Edited to correct opening sentence and title. There don’t seem to be “a lot” of McCain supporters talking about this, as I had originally stated. My apologies for the mistake.]

It seems that a few McCain supporters are jumping at the chance to use George Obama’s life in Kenya for the purpose of attacking Barack Obama’s character. How can he abandon his own brother, leaving him to suffer in poverty while he lives like a king? What a hypocrite, some are saying.

Some of the stories would lead the less skeptical among us to believe that Barack has turned his back on a starving man in poor health who has no-one; that George begged for help and Barack kicked him instead. Of course this isn’t what anyone is actually saying, but it’s the kind of picture some bloggers seem to be keen to paint.

Skeptic that I am, I had to see for myself, and here is some of what I found:

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Stupider And Stupider

Not only was Obama accused of sexism for using a common turn of phrase, he’s now being accused of attacking the disabled. Here’s why:

Yeah, according to some McCain supporters, Obama is mocking McCain’s disability:

As a matter of public record, John McCain’s severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes.

Right. And as every 21st century cave-dweller knows, the inability to type on a keyboard renders a person completely incapable of sending email or even accessing the internet. It’s not because McCain just hasn’t bothered, and it’s not because he’s out of touch or behind the times. No, he can’t use a computer because he can’t type.

Listen up, McCainiacs: the notion that someone is incapable of sending an email or using the internet because he has a disability that prevents him from typing on a keyboard is what some people might find offensive. In fact, some of us might consider that to be the slur.

Have none of these people heard of voice recognition software? Some people who can’t type use it to write complete novels! And I’d be willing to bet that McCain has more money to buy the stuff than the people I know who use it. Yeah, he could have top-of-the-line!

And you will not convince me that the “journalists” who are spinning this enormous pile of steaming crap don’t know about voice recognition software. A lot of people who aren’t even disabled use it just because it’s cool or convenient or faster, or just because.

How dare these McCain supporters undermine the accomplishments of disabled people by suggesting that they’re helpless when it comes to modern technology? And just to score a few political points too! This not only shows their desperation, it shows how unscrupulous they are.

It’s shameful and disgusting, or it should be; I wonder if McCain and his lackeys are capable of feeling shame at this point.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Lazy Sunday Round-up

I would like to start today’s round-up by introducing a new blogger, who also happens to be my wonderful son. He blogs under the name of John and his blog is A Day in the Life of Me. John has recently become interested in Champ, also known as Lake Champlain’s Loch Ness Monster. John has written a little about Champ on his new blog. He is skeptical but open to learning more, and welcomes comments and feedback.

Keeping it in the family for now, my husband Mike has written a very good post about Sarah Palin and the McCain’s campaign refusal to allow Palin to give interviews or even speak to the press. Obama, Biden and McCain will all be interviewed this week, but not Palin. Why is that, and what message does it send? Read No interviews for you! for some very good answers to those questions.

Although I stand by what I said in The Obligatory Sarah Palin Post, Tee makes some very good points as to why Palin’s family should not necessarily be off limits in What is fair Game? at Curious Villager.

In Human Evolution and the Biblical ‘Kind’, the author of For Knowledge writes an interesting piece about how although “modern Creationists have more or less accepted evolutionary theory” (regardless of what they call it), they also engage in a sort of special pleading when it comes to humans.

For those of you concerned about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and being gobbled up by black holes, please read Tenth of September 2008 — End of the World (Reprise.) by Gary Murning. But I still think we should sell T-shirts for the apocalypse.

Last, but certainly not least, Why science matters in the campaign is a must-read by Ed Darrell, author of Millard Filmore’s Bathtub.

Gotta run. The coffee’s going right through me and I have a bus to catch.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Saturday Cartoons: McCain’s Gaslighting

Jane Smiley at The Huffington Post wrote an interesting piece entitled Gaslight.

Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse. It involves an increasing frequency of systematically withholding factual information from, and/or providing false information to the subject, having the gradual effect of making the victim anxious, confused, and less able to trust his or her own memory and perception.

Wikipedia

Someone who is gaslighting might also look you in the eye and lie to you about you, or about something he knows you know is a lie.

From Jane Smiley’s article:

Knowing that we know what they know, they now tell us we’re crazy, that black is white and cats are dogs and John McCain is a maverick and Sarah Palin is a tax cutter (hear the one about Sarah P. leaving the town of Wasilla with 19 million dollars in long term debt? You did? No, you didn’t, darling. You must be imagining things)

And now for our Saturday cartoon, Oh, McCain from Lunatics and Liars:


The Obligatory Sarah Palin Post

I wish people would stop making me defend McCain and company; it makes me feel like I need to scrub myself. All the mud-slinging in reference to Sarah Palin’s daughter is the kind of bottom-feeding, slimy tactics I would expect from the McCain campaign.

First, I would like to respond to claims that none of this would have happened if only Sarah Palin had stayed home and raised her kids. While some feminists have abused the term “misogynist” to the point of rendering it virtually meaningless, I can’t think of another word to describe this line of thinking. Well, “stupid” comes to mind, but that’s rather obvious.

Bristol Palin has a mother and a father! Why aren’t people outraged by the fact that he didn’t stay home and raise his children? It’s classic misogynistic thinking.

Then there’s the finger-wagging of “See what happens when you leave children unattended?”

Bristol Palin will be eighteen-years old next month! She is not a child. It’s not rational to think that someone her age should be “attended” around the clock. She’s perfectly capable of consenting to sex and of legal age to do so. The results of her consensual sexual activity are her responsibility and do not reflect on her mother, father or anyone else.
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