I just closed that tab and have intentions of staying away until I can bear it again.
At first, I thought it was just spam, but there are no links, and it seems to be responding directly to what I said in the post. And who else would give a shit, particularly on a post nearly four years old? And didn't one of Palin's teenage daughters (Bissel or Trap or whatever off-the-wall thing Palin named her) get in trouble not too long ago for her foul-mouthed defense of her mother on facebook?
Come on back and play, little Palin spawnling.
Edit: Comment now unscreened so it can be seen. Whoops! *facepalm*
The Teabagger Socialist-Free Purity Pledge
Daily Kos readers are awesome and send awesome emails:
I, ________________________, do solemnly swear to uphold the principles of a socialism-free society and heretofore pledge my word that I shall strictly adhere to the following:
I will complain about the destruction of 1st Amendment Rights in this country, while I am duly being allowed to exercise my 1st Amendment Rights.
I will complain about the destruction of my 2nd Amendment Rights in this country, while I am duly being allowed to exercise my 2nd Amendment rights by legally by brazenly brandishing unconcealed firearms in public.
I will foreswear the time-honored principles of fairness, decency, and respect by screaming unintelligible platitudes regarding tyranny, Nazi-ism, and socialism at public town halls. Also.
I pledge to eliminate all government intervention in my life. I will abstain from the use of and participation in any socialist goods and services including but not limited to the following:
State Children’s Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP)
Police, Fire, and Emergency Services
US Postal Service
Roads and Highways
Air Travel (regulated by the socialist FAA)
The US Railway System
Public Subways and Metro Systems
Public Bus and Lightrail Systems
Rest Areas on Highways
All Government-Funded Local/State Projects (e.g., see Iowa 2009 federal senate appropriations)
Public Water and Sewer Services (goodbye socialist toilet, shower, dishwasher, kitchen sink, outdoor hose!)
Public and State Universities and Colleges
Public Primary and Secondary Schools
Publicly Funded Anti-Drug Use Education for Children
Public Parks and Beaches
State and National Parks
Municipal Garbage and Recycling Services
Treatment at Any Hospital or Clinic That Ever Received Funding From Local, State or Federal Government (pretty much all of them)
Medical Services and Medications That Were Created or Derived From Any Government Grant or Research Funding (again, pretty much all of them)
Socialist Byproducts of Government Investment Such as Duct Tape and Velcro (Nazi-NASA Inventions)
Use of the Internets, email, and networked computers, as the DoD's ARPANET was the basis for subsequent computer networking
Foodstuffs, Meats, Produce and Crops That Were Grown With, Fed With, Raised With or That Contain Inputs From Crops Grown With Government Subsidies
Clothing Made from Crops (e.g. cotton) That Were Grown With or That Contain Inputs From Government Subsidies.
If a veteran of the government-run socialist US military, I will forego my VA benefits and insist on paying for my own medical care
I will not tour socialist government buildings like the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
I pledge to never take myself, my family, or my children on a tour of the following types of socialist locations, including but not limited to:
Smithsonian Museums such as the Air and Space Museum or Museum of American History
The socialist Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson Monuments
The government-operated Statue of Liberty
The Grand Canyon
The socialist World War II and Vietnam Veterans Memorials
The government-run socialist-propaganda location known as Arlington National Cemetery
All other public-funded socialist sites, whether it be in my state or in Washington, DC.
I will urge my Member of Congress and Senators to forego their government salary and government-provided healthcare.
I will oppose and condemn the government-funded and therefore socialist military of the United States of America.
I will boycott the products of socialist defense contractors such as GE, Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Raytheon, Humana, FedEx, General Motors, Honeywell, and hundreds of others that are paid by our socialist government to produce goods for our socialist army.
I will protest socialist security departments such as the Pentagon, FBI, CIA, Department of Homeland Security, TSA, Department of Justice and their socialist employees.
Upon reaching eligible retirement age, I will tear up my socialist Social Security checks.
Upon reaching age 65, I will forego Medicare and pay for my own private health insurance until I die.
SWORN ON A BIBLE AND SIGNED THIS DAY OF __________ IN THE YEAR ___.
Signed Printed Name/Town and State
Equally awesome, with extra-added Jared, here's the Friday the 13th trailer. OMG I CANNOT WAIT.
( Behind a cut for those who don't want any F13 spoilers )
By simply forcing McCain to work for North Carolina — and spend money here — Obama has already done more than some people in the state expected when the campaign first announced it would make North Carolina a priority. But it’s quite possible Obama will manage much more than that. One recent poll by a Democratic firm showed Obama winning the 828 area code, which covers the western part of the state. That one was probably a bit of an outlier, though. “If he does that in western North Carolina, this might be a slam-dunk,” Rep. Mel Watt, a Democrat who represents Greensboro, said with a laugh.
Western NC! Outlier or not, that's my area! \o/
If Obama wins NC, it'll be the first time the state has gone Democratic since 1976 and Jimmy Carter! Dude, this thrills me. Even if it means I have to deal with non-stop political advertisements and five political calls per day (no kidding).
Now I just need an Obama icon I love. For now, this one will do. :D
Pee ess, I've been offline all weekend due to work/homework. (Hooray for fall break and no homework this week!) Did I miss anything earth-shaking while I was gone? Ooh, maybe I'll actually get to write up the Misha Collins interview this week.
Randomly, Hannah is re-reading "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret", and it's making me snarfle.
Katie Couric: Why isn't it better, Gov. Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families who are struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries; allow them to spend more and put more money into the economy instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?
Gov. Sarah Palin: That's why I say I, like every American I'm speaking with, we're ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health-care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping the -- it's got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health-care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans. And trade, we've got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, scary thing. But one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today, we've got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.
Does anyone on this planet believe this woman knows what she's talking about?
Clearly, she's been given a few catch phrases and has no real understanding of the situation. If anything, she reminds me of that Miss Teen South Carolina candidate video that made the rounds a few months back:
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It honestly scares me that people would vote for Palin for any national office. To vote for her for the office a step away from the presidency (particularly when your presidential candidate is nearly 74) seems downright irresponsible.
I am not really sure what I think about Bristol Palin, except that I really love her first name. I think it's classy of everyone (including John McCain) to insist that Sarah Palin's daughter's pregnancy doesn't say anything about her ability to run a country. I am kind of struggling, though, with the idea that politicians' family lives aren't any of our business. I kind of feel like, if they get to make judgements and decisions and laws about MY family life - who I get to marry, what I get to do with my uterus, what my children are or aren't allowed to see or hear - then I should damn well be allowed to make judgements about theirs. In my opinion, a politician's family life will stop being relevant when said politician takes his or her hands out of our families.
Any more skeletons in Palin's closet?
I kinda feel bad for her family. I mean, it's hard enough to be a pregnant teenager without being shoved front and center for all the world to judge. And Mr. Palin's DWI conviction was 24 years ago. And obviously, everyone makes mistakes.
On the other hand, I'm remembering the Rupublican feeding frenzies that happened during Clinton's Lewinski situation, and more recently when John Edwards admitted having an affair, and a lot of my sympathy is kinda dissipating.
One nice thing is seeing that Obama's taking the high road, and declaring kids off-limits for his campaign and supporters. As opposed to back during the Clinton administration, when John McCain told a Republican gathering the following joke: "Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Janet Reno is her father."
"It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union."
-Susan B. Anthony
"That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain't I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman?"
"I am strong
I am invincible
I am woman."
"Those pilgrim women who ...
Who braved the boat
Could cook the turkey, but they ...
They could not vote.
Even Betsy Ross who sewed the flag was left behind that first election day.
(What a shame, Sisters!)
Then Susan B. Anthony (Yeah!) and Julia Howe,
(Lucretia!) Lucretia Mott, (and others!) they showed us how;
They carried signs and marched in lines
Until at long last the law was passed.
Oh, we were suffering until suffrage,
Not a woman here could vote, no matter what age,
Then the 19th Amendment struck down that restrictive rule. (Oh yeah!)"
Completely unrelated, but OMG college football season is upon us! \o/ My 'Cocks play on ESPN Thursday, and the BC team plays Saturday. Football season, how I love thee! Never leave me again.
Please, please, PLEASE, someone summarize anything important that happened while I was gone. LJ, news, fandom, entertainment, ANYTHING. I feel so out of the loop. *puppydog eyes*
I did hear this morning that Obama picked Joe Biden as his running mate. Obviously, I'm disappointed it's not Clinton, but to be honest, it's not surprising. There's some apalling (and undeserved) hatred for Hillary in this country, and from a strictly political point of view, she could've been a detriment to the Democratic ticket. Plus, Biden has the experience to balance out Obama's relative inexperience. On a purely personal note, Joe Biden lectured during a government class of mine back at USC about 20 years ago, and he impressed me a lot. So, I'm trying to move on from the disappointments of the Democratic race (Edwards dropping out, Hillary conceding defeat, Edwards' indescretions and the infuriating media frenzy over what should've been between Edwards and Elizabeth) and get excited about the Obama/Biden ticket.
Speaking of being excited, I can't even explain how happy I am to be taking classes again and working towards teacher licensure. That may change as the semester goes on, but for now, WHEEE, I'm a student again. :D Taking classes online is a whole new world, y'all; it's gonna take some getting used to. I've also gotta get my hands on a copy of Word, because assignments have to be Word docs. The copy on my laptop is the trial version, plus it's the 2007 version, which seems unnecessarily complicated. Anyone know where I can get a *cough*free*cough* copy of Word 2003?
I dunno what's going on with me; all of a sudden I'm wanting to spruce things up -- the house, my blogs, myself. I swear, it's like I'm nesting (first person who asks if I'm pregnant gets whacked over the head with a dead fish).
Anyway, I'm gonna dive into the flist and see how far back I can get. Later, classwork! Bwee!
Edit: Has anyone procured the SPN season 3 DVDs yet?
Edit II: What's this I hear about SGA getting cancelled?!
Edit III: Did I mention how grateful I am to my job for the mostly-free beach vacation? No? OMG SO GRATEFUL. What job pays for you and your family to go to the beach, and then only expects you to go to interesting workshops in return? THIS IS SUCH AN AWESOME JOB.
Helms was known as "Senator No" for his staunch opposition to an array of liberal causes, including affirmative action, funding for the arts, gay rights, and a holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
And that's all I have to say about that.
For the record, I will certainly vote for Barack Obama. The fact that I'm a lifelong Yellow Dog Democrat doesn't actually have much to do with it -- I do, by and large, agree with Obama's positions on most things, so I will not hesitate to vote for him. What set me off was not people celebrating that their preferred candidate effectively secured the nomination; it was people who felt the need to denigrate and belittle not just Clinton, but Clinton supporters as well, as a part of the celebrating. Some of the outright misogyny I saw (not just at Clinton, remember, but at me, as a Clinton supporter) was pretty horrifying. And last time I checked, we were all on the same side, here. To suddenly have the feeling that my side is not my side anymore is a deeply disturbing thing.
Also for the record, I'm not wild about how the campaigns have been conducted, and I thought Clinton should have dropped out awhile back. I still regret that my first choice, John Edwards, didn't do better than he did. After he dropped out, I struggled for quite some time to choose between voting for Clinton or Obama, because I like both of them pretty much equally.
At any rate, I apologize to any who were offended.
On a happier note, gramina is taking part in the Memory Walk to raise money for Alzheimer's disease research. If you'd like to donate, click here. :)