The Sarah Palin chronicles – Part 2

Eve Ensler, the American playwright, performer, feminist and activist best known for ‘The Vagina Monologues’, wrote the following about Sarah Palin.

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Drill, Drill, Drill

I am having Sarah Palin nightmares. I dreamt last night that she was a member of a club where they rode snowmobiles and wore the claws of drowned and starved polar bears around their necks. I have a particular thing for Polar Bears. Maybe it’s their snowy whiteness or their bigness or the fact that they live in the arctic or that I have never seen one in person or touched one. Maybe it is the fact that they live so comfortably on ice.Whatever it is, I need the polar bears.

I don’t like raging at women. I am a Feminist and have spent my life trying to build community, help empower women and stop violence against them. It is hard to write about Sarah Palin. This is why the Sarah Palin choice was all the more insidious and cynical. The people who made this choice count on the goodness and solidarity of Feminists.

But everything Sarah Palin believes in and practices is antithetical to Feminism which for me is part of one story — connected to saving the earth, ending racism, empowering women, giving young girls options, opening our minds, deepening tolerance, and ending violence and war.

I believe that the McCain/Palin ticket is one of the most dangerous choices of my lifetime, and should this country chose those candidates the fall-out may be so great, the destruction so vast in so many areas that America may never recover. But what is equally disturbing is the impact that duo would have on the rest of the world. Unfortunately, this is not a joke. In my lifetime I have seen the clownish, the inept, the bizarre be elected to the presidency with regularity.

Sarah Palin does not believe in evolution. I take this as a metaphor. In her world and the world of Fundamentalists nothing changes or gets better or evolves. She does not believe in global warming. The melting of the arctic, the storms that are destroying our cities, the pollution and rise of cancers, are all part of God’s plan. She is fighting to take the polar bears off the endangered species list. The earth, in Palin’s view, is here to be taken and plundered. The wolves and the bears are here to be shot and plundered. The oil is here to be taken and plundered. Iraq is here to be taken and plundered. As she said herself of the Iraqi war, ‘It was a task from God.’

Sarah Palin does not believe in abortion. She does not believe women who are raped and incested and ripped open against their will should have a right to determine whether they have their rapist’s baby or not.

She obviously does not believe in sex education or birth control. I imagine her daughter was practicing abstinence and we know how many babies that makes.

Sarah Palin does not much believe in thinking. From what I gather she has tried to ban books from the library, has a tendency to dispense with people who think independently. She cannot tolerate an environment of ambiguity and difference. This is a woman who could and might very well be the next president of the United States . She would govern one of the most diverse populations on the earth.

Sarah believes in guns. She has her own custom Austrian hunting rifle. She has been known to kill 40 caribou at a clip. She has shot hundreds of wolves from the air.

Sarah believes in God. That is of course her right, her private right. But when God and Guns come together in the public sector, when war is declared in God’s name, when the rights of women are denied in his name, that is the end of separation of church and state and the undoing of everything America has ever tried to be.

I write to my sisters. I write because I believe we hold this election in our hands. This vote is a vote that will determine the future not just of the U.S. , but of the planet. It will determine whether we create policies to save the earth or make it forever uninhabitable for humans. It will determine whether we move towards dialogue and diplomacy in the world or whether we escalate violence through invasion, undermining and attack. It will determine whether we go for oil, strip mining, coal burning or invest our money in alternatives that will free us from dependency and destruction.

It will determine if money gets spent on education and healthcare or whether we build more and more methods of killing. It will determine whether America is a free open tolerant society or a closed place of fear, fundamentalism and aggression.

If the Polar Bears don’t move you to go and do everything in your power to get Obama elected then consider the chant that filled the hall after Palin spoke at the RNC, ‘Drill Drill Drill.’ I think of teeth when I think of drills. I think of rape. I think of destruction. I think of domination. I think of military exercises that force mindless repetition, emptying the brain of analysis, doubt, ambiguity or dissent. I think of pain.

Do we want a future of drilling? More holes in the ozone, in the floor of the sea, more holes in our thinking, in the trust between nations and people, more holes in the fabric of this precious thing we call life?

Eve Ensler
September 5, 2008

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To women all over the world,

Pass this around. Let’s start a Think.Think.Think movement and stop this ‘abberation to womanhood’ get in a position where she makes important decisions.

 

 

 

 

 

The Sarah Palin chronicles – Part 1

Palin’s Kind of Patriotism

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Published: October 7, 2008

Criticizing Sarah Palin is truly shooting fish in a barrel. But given the huge attention she is getting, you can’t just ignore what she has to say. And there was one thing she said in the debate with Joe Biden that really sticks in my craw. It was when she turned to Biden and declared: “You said recently that higher taxes or asking for higher taxes or paying higher taxes is patriotic. In the middle class of America, which is where Todd and I have been all of our lives, that’s not patriotic.”

What an awful statement. Palin defended the government’s $700 billion rescue plan. She defended the surge in Iraq, where her own son is now serving. She defended sending more troops to Afghanistan. And yet, at the same time, she declared that Americans who pay their fair share of taxes to support all those government-led endeavors should not be considered patriotic.

I only wish she had been asked: “Governor Palin, if paying taxes is not considered patriotic in your neighborhood, who is going to pay for the body armor that will protect your son in Iraq? Who is going to pay for the bailout you endorsed? If it isn’t from tax revenues, there are only two ways to pay for those big projects — printing more money or borrowing more money. Do you think borrowing money from China is more patriotic than raising it in taxes from Americans?” That is not putting America first. That is selling America first.

Sorry, I grew up in a very middle-class family in a very middle-class suburb of Minneapolis, and my parents taught me that paying taxes, while certainly no fun, was how we paid for the police and the Army, our public universities and local schools, scientific research and Medicare for the elderly. No one said it better than Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: “I like paying taxes. With them I buy civilization.”

I can understand someone saying that the government has no business bailing out the financial system, but I can’t understand someone arguing that we should do that but not pay for it with taxes. I can understand someone saying we have no business in Iraq, but I can’t understand someone who advocates staying in Iraq until “victory” declaring that paying taxes to fund that is not patriotic.

How in the world can conservative commentators write with a straight face that this woman should be vice president of the United States? Do these people understand what serious trouble our country is in right now?

We are in the middle of an economic perfect storm, and we don’t know how much worse it’s going to get. People all over the world are hoarding cash, and no bank feels that it can fully trust anyone it is doing business with anywhere in the world. Did you notice that the government of Iceland just seized the country’s second-largest bank and today is begging Russia for a $5 billion loan to stave off “national bankruptcy.” What does that say? It tells you that financial globalization has gone so much farther and faster than regulatory institutions could govern it. Our crisis could bankrupt Iceland! Who knew?

And we have not yet even felt the full economic brunt here. I fear we may be at that moment just before the tsunami hits — when the birds take flight and the insects stop chirping because their acute senses can feel what is coming before humans can. At this moment, only good governance can save us. I am not sure that this crisis will end without every government in every major economy guaranteeing the creditworthiness of every financial institution it regulates. That may be the only way to get lending going again. Organizing something that big and complex will take some really smart governance and seasoned leadership.

Whether or not I agree with John McCain, he is of presidential timber. But putting the country in the position where a total novice like Sarah Palin could be asked to steer us through possibly the most serious economic crisis of our lives is flat out reckless. It is the opposite of conservative.

And please don’t tell me she will hire smart advisers. What happens when her two smartest advisers disagree?

And please also don’t tell me she is an “energy expert.” She is an energy expert exactly the same way the king of Saudi Arabia is an energy expert — by accident of residence. Palin happens to be governor of the Saudi Arabia of America — Alaska — and the only energy expertise she has is the same as the king of Saudi Arabia’s. It’s about how the windfall profits from the oil in their respective kingdoms should be divided between the oil companies and the people.

At least the king of Saudi Arabia, in advocating “drill baby drill,” is serving his country’s interests — by prolonging America’s dependence on oil. My problem with Palin is that she is also serving his country’s interests — by prolonging America’s dependence on oil. That’s not patriotic. Patriotic is offering a plan to build our economy — not by tax cuts or punching more holes in the ground, but by empowering more Americans to work in productive and innovative jobs. If Palin has that kind of a plan, I haven’t heard it.

Politics : synonym for unethical and immoral?

This button was sold at one of the republican state conventions….DISGUSTING.

Just when you think the world is not so bad, you see and read such things which personifies everything immoral and unethical.

The source.

If you were a tree

What tree would you be if you were one? Here is an interpretation I came across in TIME. It’s just genius!

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It takes it away from the fun of realizing the meaning yourself if I give a key note below explaining each tree and why it so perfectly fits the respective personalities. Contact me if you need an explaination!

Dubya’s comedy routine

I was actually quite surprised by this speech. I have seen many Bush-isms before, many videos of his nonsensical slurs, mistakes etc  but NEVER a comedy routine from him!

I guess at this point he just wants to beat everyone else to the punch by humiliating, ridiculing and mocking himself, his government, his intelligence(or lack thereof) and this entire 8 year joke of a presidency, before someone else does.

But I have to say the writers have done a fantastic job. And as for Dubya I really do applaud him ONLY because it is NOT easy to mock and humiliate yourself like this! They say you should laugh at your mistakes before people do, but this is at a whole different level. This was a little standup comedy routine and even a bit of roast of Obama and a few other candidates inbetween.

Entertainment value wise gold. But to me, its just mostly sad to see the leader of the so called free world who holds THE most powerful position as the President of the US, to stand there making a complete fool of himself. Sad and Pityful.

Need I say More?

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America to the Rescue

Just funny in an ironic way !

American foreign policy is claimed to be a delicate and intricately laid out web that requires masterclass experience, because it is said to affect world foreign policy. You decide!

How the Media/News Works

Here is a self-explanatory video on how media in this country works, although some parts of it are applicable to most media all over the world.

The cartoon makes it less politico I guess! It is a must watch enlightening yet entertaining clip.

Bye Bye Rove….

Karl Rove announced Monday that he is resigning as George W. Bush’s chief political advisor at the end of this month. Victory? Not really.

He was the man described as the brain behind the George Bush presidency. Often called Bush’s brain, Rove’s departure means he will not be around to help when the top US general and diplomat in Iraq deliver their progress reports on the administration’s “surge” strategy in September.

Rove spent all of last year trying to avoid indictment for leaking the name of CIA agent Valerie Plame after her husband criticised Bush’s justification for invading Iraq.  It all began when Joseph Wilson, a retired US diplomat, claimed Rove had illegally leaked to the media the identity of his wife, Plame. Wilson stated the leak had been planned in retaliation for his NYTimes article, in which he refuted a claim by the Bush administration that the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein had explored ways of purchasing uranium ore from Niger. The claim, made by Bush in his 2003 state of the union address, was widely used to justify the subsequent invasion of Iraq. An investigation into the Plame leak led to perjury and obstruction of justice charges, and subsequent conviction of Lewis “Scooter” Libby, a former chief-of-staff for Dick Cheney.

But prosecutors decided last year not to charge Rove with any wrongdoing.

More recently Rove has been subpoenaed by the Democratic congress to tell what he knows about the firing of federal prosecutors deemed insufficiently loyal to the Bush administration.  Bush has refused to allow Rove to testify.

Rove had enormous power in Bush’s white house. Former cabinet officials say every policy decision went through him. Rove’s style was known to be relentlessly partisan and hard hitting.  Rove’s dream was to create a permanent Republican majority, instead he leaves us with a failed presidency.

Here’s a great article covering this and more in NYtimes.

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Gun law ? – Yet another example

A 6-year-old boy is recovering after being shot Tuesday night. Milwaukee police said a 3-year-old girl found a gun inside a home near Teutonia Avenue and Chambers Street and pulled the trigger. Investigators said the bullet hit the 6-year-old in the stomach.

32-year-old man who lives in the house told police he stores a loaded gun behind the stove and that the girl got a hold of it somehow and walked into a room where two 6-year-old boys were playing.

The gun accidentally fired, striking one of the 6-year-olds in the abdomen and bicep, police said. According to police, the adults in the house fled with the exception of the 32-year-old man, who was arrested on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and leaving a loaded firearm within the reach of a child. Police recovered the weapon — a .32 caliber semiautomatic. The mother of the 6-year-old who was shot, baby sits for the 3-year-old. She claimed she was out for a walk at the time of the shooting, police said. The boy was taken to Children’s Hospital and was in stable condition Wednesday morning. Possible criminal charges could be filed but police have not been specific. Police said they know the boy and girl are not related.

How sickening and despicable is this? Why were these kids unattended at 10 at night? How did they have access to a gun, an illegal gun?

Here is yet another classic example of the effects of Gun laws (Rather lack thereof) in this country. I recently blogged about it just a month ago with yet another ridiculous news story like this. Read it here.

In 2006, there were 29,569 gun-related deaths in the United States, including almost 12,000 homicides, more than 16,750 suicides and approximately 650 unintentional deaths. This adds up to about 80 gun-related deaths in the United States every day. There were also approximately 70,000 non-fatal gun shot injuries in 2005 serious enough to require at least an emergency room visit. In addition, there were 477,040 victims of gun-related crimes in the United States in 2005.

How bigger of a wake up call do they need to make a change? When 3000 deaths in WTC fumed up such a huge war against the whole middle east, I wonder why ten times more(30,000) deaths every year doesn’t infuriate them or get them to take action. It’s ten 9/11′s every year.

Lets hope they wake up sometime.

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