People do stupid things…

…People have always done stupid things, and people will continue to do stupid things, because people…ARE STUPID.
A viewer of some news show I used to watch (I really wish I could remember the show, because I know I had a huge crush on the guy who hosted it) sent in those words of wisdom.

Today I was reminded of that ever-so-inspirational quote when I came across this gem of a news story.

A man SECRETLY named his child “Sarah McCain Palin.” Instead of Ava Grace, the name his wife had previously chosen.
TRUE STORY.
He’ll be sleeping on the couch for some time, I’m sure. The shock hasn’t even fully set in with his wife, yet.
Can you change a baby’s name really easily? Particularly if it’s ridiculous? I hope so. I mean, maybe not Ava Grace, maybe something simple…even Sarah would work! A compromise of sorts.

When asked why he did something sooooo ridiculously stupid, the man replied that he wanted “to get the word out” about the McCain/Palin campaign. Because, you know, the presidential election that’s coming up? Yeah, apparently nobody knows about it. All that news coverage and all these blog posts? Getting nowhere, evidently.

Here’s the best part: “‘I took one for the cause,’ he said. ‘I can’t give a lot of financial support for the (McCain/Palin) campaign. I do have a sign up in my yard, but I can do very little.'”
Do you think he’s going to put his daughter in the yard with a nametag for all the world to see?

Published in: on October 20, 2008 at 10:14 am  Leave a Comment  
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Meet Jen the College Student

I tell you, I’m going to be really glad when the elections are over, even if Obama wins. I’m just sick of having nothing to write about other than politics.

Anyway, have you heard of Joe the Plumber? Joe the Plumber is ridiculously famous (real name: Joe Wurzelbacher).
Look, I’ll prove it!

Last weekend, while Barack Obama was canvassing for support in the small town of Holland, Ohio, the Democratic nominee ran into a tall, bald man, since dubbed Joe the plumber. He asked Obama if he believed in the American Dream — he said he was about to buy a company that makes more than $250,000 a year and was concerned that the Democratic nominee would tax him more because of it.

Obama explained his tax plan in depth, saying it’s better to lower taxes for Americans who make less money, so that they could afford to buy from his business. John McCain attacked Obama for this exchange, saying the Illinois senator is trying to “spread the wealth around.”

“We’re going to take Joe’s money, give it to Senator Obama, and let him spread the wealth around. I want Joe the plumber to spread the wealth around,” McCain said. He added, “Why would you want to increase anybody’s taxes right now? Why would you want to do that to anyone, anyone in America, when we have such a tough time?”

Joe the plumber was mentioned 11 times at the beginning of the debate, nine times by McCain and twice by Obama.

Hi! I’m Jen the College Student! Nobody really talks about me, but I exist. And I think that raising taxes is a way of life. Even if you find someone who’s willing to lower taxes, the lowered taxes will not last. Period.
So fine, tax me less right now, because I have No Income. Tax me more later, if I become a Rich White Girl. Tax me more right now if you must, because I’m a Poor White College Student, and we’re used to not having any money!
Let me just say, though, that if McCain is serious about not raising taxes, I’ll take it, even if it’s only temporary. And if he says it but doesn’t mean it, I don’t care, because it wouldn’t be a huge surprise.

Side note: Although Joe the Plumber evidently hasn’t disclosed who’s getting his vote, I got a kick out of Fox’s headline: Voter Confronts Sen Obama Over his Tax Plan. Makes it sound angrier than it actually was, see? Anyway, that’s irrelevant.
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You watch that debate? McCain’s doing better. According to the poll, Obama’s got the lead, but I happen to not trust the polls. I’ve never been polled, I believe in the Bradley Effect, and I think that while people are ready to vote in a black president, a lot of people are uncomfortable with Obama being the one.

Found an interesting article on Reuters comparing the body language of the two candidates. Here it is, complete with my opinions (it’s funner that way).

OBAMA

– Wore an American flag pin and a shiny red tie with white stripes. Lame! That is so lame. What’s even worse is that people might actually fall for it. If you want to be patriotic, BE patriotic. It’s like wearing a “WWJD?” bracelet all over again.

– Sighed occasionally and chuckled frequently when McCain said something with which he disagreed. Annoying.

– Laughed out loud when McCain said his campaign was about the economy directly after pressing Obama about his relationship with Bill Ayers, a 1960s radical. Rude and annoying.

– Smiled broadly and wished congratulations to McCain when the Arizona senator spoke about a home state sports team’s recent victory. Very nice.

– Referred to McCain by his first name, John. Okay, I guess. McCain did the opposite. I don’t have a strong opinion either way.

– Looked directly at the camera when making his opening and closing statement and when discussing many of his campaign proposals. Very good.

MCCAIN

– Wore a dark navy tie with white stripes. Not quite as bad as the American flag get-up, but pretty close.

– Referred to his opponent as “you” when looking at Obama but never called him by his first name, preferring “Senator Obama” instead. Again, no strong opinion.

– Seemed antsy in his chair, gestured frequently with his hands, and played with his “sharpie” pen. That’s adorable! I love Sharpie pens! But maybe he shouldn’t have fidgeted, as that’s distracting and makes him look unprepared.

– Addressed the camera directly and spoke to “Joe” the plumber, who took on a life of his own as an invisible third participant at the debate. Cool.

– Raised his eyebrows and occasionally interrupted when Obama said things he disagreed with. RUDE.

– Sometimes tripped over his words, saying referring once to “Fannie and Freddie Mae” when he meant mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Understandable; I do that all the time.

– Said “good job, good job” to Obama at the end of the debate when the two candidates shook hands again.  Very nice.

So, both candidates are capable of being jerks and being nice. Go figure. What did we learn? Nothing. Except that subliminal patriotic messaging should be banned.

Oh, and the best line ever? “Senator Obama, I am not president Bush. If you want to run against president Bush, you should have done so four years ago.”
Damn straight!

 

Published in: on October 17, 2008 at 9:37 am  Comments (1)  
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If McCain’s got the cancer, Obama’s got the bitterness

Title referencing this quote.

As promised, here’s a blog entry about McCain’s health; most of the information came from here. The way I see it, we have nothing major to worry about – being a Bush puppet should kill him long before cancer does.

First off, have you heard about the ad focusing on McCain’s health issues? You can watch the trash here. Unfortunately, it’s not an Obama-endorsed ad, so I won’t be able to rant on the evils of him quite yet (I’m biding my time). Nevertheless, the ad has been taken too seriously by crowds of people who are unable to research issues on their own time. Due to laziness.
After viewing the ad and posting this blog, I sent an email to the website that produced the commercial, inviting them read & respond. We’ll see if they do so.

Bill O’Reilly had to say this about the ad: of all the ads this season, this was “perhaps the most vicious political ad of the campaign.” For once, and this is pretty frightening, Bill & I are in almost total agreement (I still think the sex education ad was complete filth, but this might top it).
The commercial ends with the question, “Why won’t John McCain release his health records?” Here’s your answer: BECAUSE HE HAS.

McCain released back in May over 1,000 pages of medical documents to some reporters, who were given the privilege to look over these records for several hours. True, the reporters were not allowed to make copies, but they were allowed to take notes, and don’t you think they still would have released a news story if they had found anything worth releasing? There isn’t anything new to report; McCain’s last melanoma scare was six years ago.
In fact, the records evidently commend his strong heart and good health. And if that’s not enough, he gets a skin cancer check several times a year. I swear he’s in better health than me.

You know who hasn’t released their medical records? Obama. The best he’s done is release a one-page summary of the past 21 years, which is hardly enough for any in-depth details. I mean, 21 years? In one page? It’s a joke. In fact, it wasn’t even really a page. Would you like to know how many words were in the document, counting the introductory first paragraph? 276.
So let’s see…1,000 pages, which allowed outside sources a look, and a mere 276 words…which one do you think is more credible?

If you’re curious about McCain’s health, I suggest you visit this site, which provided an excellent and detailed synopsis of McCain’s current health issues.
For Obama’s more pitiful synopsis, check it out here.

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In other news, I received a phone call from Senator Joe Biden yesterday, complaining that I have yet to mention him. I explained to him that I am uncomfortable doing so, as his name offends me. He responded with a 23 minute rant that was mostly compiled of this: “Now, you listen to me, because this is the truth, I know for a fact that what I’m telling you right now is correct…” and so on and so forth. I told him that if he couldn’t control his loquaciousness, I’d rather him go back to plagiarism. I’m waiting to see if he’s going to take my advice or not.

Published in: on October 1, 2008 at 12:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Taking More than Nothing

Two of my favorite books are Alice in Wonderland andThrough the Looking Glass. The stories are filled with odd and witty conversations. You have to read almost every line at least three times before you “get it.”

One of the best lines comes from a conversation between Alice and the Mad Hatter:
Alice: I’ve had nothing yet, so I can’t take more.
The Hatter: You mean you can’t take less; it’s very easy to take more than nothing.

What Alice means, of course, is that she can’t have more of nothing. The Hatter, perhaps inadvertently, twists her meaning, implying that she was saying you can’t have more than nothing.
Maybe it’s Alice’s fault; after all, she didn’t clarify. But I’m a bit cynical, so I like to think that the Hatter was tripping her up on purpose. He knew what she meant, that sneaky little Hatter, and he went and twisted her words anyway!

You know who else does that? McCain. Or, at the very least, McCain’s campaign workers (who are reflections of McCain, whether he wants them to be or not).
I’ll bet Obama does, too, but I’m not talking about him right now. I’ll rant about him another day.

There are two instances I’m stewing over. The first is the Lipstick Ad, which has been pulled off YouTube; I believe you can still access the ad on McCain’s site. The ad accuses Obama of calling Palin a “lipstick-wearing pig.” And at the end, there’s a quote from Katie Couric talking about the “continued and accepted role of sexism in American life.”
The ad closes with a picture of Obama & this caption: “Ready to lead? No. Ready to smear? Yes.” (Haha, lipstick smears! Pun!)

According to this ad, not only did Obama call Palin a “lipstick-wearing pig,” he also outraged Katie Couric by doing so. It certainly would be a smear tactic from Obama…if it were true.
Yet funnily enough, Couric wasn’t talking about Obama or Palin or McCain. She was discussing the Democratic primary coverage of Hillary Clinton.
As for the analogy of a lipstick-wearing pig, Obama said nothing about Palin. Here’s what he really said –

John McCain says he’s about change, too, and so I guess his whole angle is, “Watch out George Bush.” Except for economic policy, health care policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy and Karl Rove-style politics … That’s not change. That’s just calling something the same thing, something different.
But you know … you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig. You know, you can … wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change, it’s still going to stink after eight years.

They’re actually great analogies, although it would have been better for his image if he said, “You can put a golden ring on a pig, but it’s still a pig,” which is a Biblical reference.
Anyway, you can see from the quote that Obama was talking about McCain’s policies, not his running mate.

Obama’s response? “Keep in mind that technically had I meant it this way — she would be the lipstick,” and McCain’s policies would be the pig. I think it would have been kind of sweet if he called her lipstick. He could even pick out a nice, pretty shade to call her.

But keeping all of that in mind, don’t you think it’s a bit rich for McCain’s people to get all worked-up after the comment, considering that Palin recently compared herself, as a hockey mom, to a pit bull (“What is the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.”)?

Sadly, it doesn’t end there. McCain has also recently released another ad campaign focused on smear tactics, expressing outrage that Obama supports “comprehensive sex education” for kindergarten students. To understand this, you’ll have to travel back to 2003, when an Illinois bill hoping to modify the sex education laws was introduced. It received a fair amount of support, including from Illinois PTAs, State Medical Society, Public Health Association, and the Education Association.
And yes, Obama voted for it, but the bill wasn’t saying, “I know! Let’s hand out condoms in kindergarten! Yay sex!”
First, it would have made the sex education in question voluntary, allowing parents the option to withdraw their children, which makes sense.
Second, Obama said back in 2004 that the idea was to protect children from sex predators. He claims to known friends & family members who were abused sexually at a very young age (which I believe).
Third, the heavy topics – intercourse, homosexuality, and contraception/safe sex – would have been reserved for the older students.

The Lipstick Ad, that’s just annoying and slightly amusing, particularly since McCain got caught. The distortion of the sex education legislature, on the other hand, is sick and shameful. McCain’s people took a good, wholesome idea and proclaimed it to be something entirely different.

 

The Mad Hatter policy; that’s the McCain way.

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If you’re searching for a positive side about the whole sex education thing, at least McCain didn’t say anything as blatantly stupid as Mitt Romney. Check out this Romney quote (from http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/77496.php):

Sen. Obama is wrong if he thinks science-based sex education has any place in kindergarten. How much sex education is appropriate for a five-year-old? In my mind, zero is the right number.

Bully for you, Romney! You just implied that to teach kids the difference between “good touch” and “bad touch” is dangerous information.

Published in: on September 11, 2008 at 2:29 pm  Comments (1)  
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