Oct. 5th, 2008

stinglikeabee: classic denny colt  (giornalista)
While everyone and their mother wants their opinion on Palin to be heard, I would single out this piece by Frank Rich as outstanding.

It’s against this backdrop that Palin’s public pronouncements, culminating with her debate performance, have been so striking. The standard take has it that she’s either speaking utter ignorant gibberish (as to Couric) or reciting highly polished, campaign-written sound bites that she’s memorized (as at the convention and the debate). But there’s a steady unnerving undertone to Palin’s utterances, a consistent message of hubristic self-confidence and hyper-ambition. She wants to be president, she thinks she can be president, she thinks she will be president. And perhaps soon. She often sounds like someone who sees herself as half-a-heartbeat away from the presidency. Or who is seen that way by her own camp, the hard-right G.O.P. base that never liked McCain anyway and views him as, at best, a White House place holder.

Palin as president is my idea of a dystopian future.
stinglikeabee: classic denny colt  (giornalista)
Well, it seems she sure lived up to that pit-bull moniker. Offtopic: I wonder what the original Pitbull-in-a-skirt rapper Eve thinks of Palin co-opting the image.

Governor Sarah Palin visited SoCal yesterday with a rally at Carson's Home Depot Center. Before her speech the President of the LA chapter of the National Organisation of Women (California NOW simply calls her a member) introduces Palin as 'what a real feminist looks like' and goes on to endorse the Republican ticket (via ABC News and LA Times).

Not only is this embarrassing as NOW has previously endorsed Obama/Biden, but it was deceptive as well -- news reports and blogs briefly reported the organisation is now supporting the McCain and Palin. [livejournal.com profile] ldragoon has posted more details here and urges like-minded supporters to demand Shelly Mandell, said member of NOW, to leave the position. Personally, I couldn't give a rat's arse what or who Mandell wishes to endorse but I am against her using the NOW title to suggest a support by mainstream feminists for Palin. Don't support NOW's position? Leave and make your views public. Mandell did not, and instead made this a deliberate attempt to undermine the organisation.

Secondly, Palin also managed to misquote former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (read off a Starbucks coffee cup) and said, 'There's a place in Hell reserved for women who don't support other women.' Again, [livejournal.com profile] ldragoon has the skinny here. Albright actually said 'There's a place in Hell reserved for women who don't help other women.' But let's get back to Palin's so-called point. Does she mean to suggest that if women don't vote for her, they will be sent to hell? If it's a threat, it's a damn good thing I'm an atheist who doesn't believe in hell, then. If Palin means those who won't vote for her deserve a special part of hell, then I point to [livejournal.com profile] hoppytoad79's letter to the McCain/Palin campaign here. The religious right's hypocrisy just *overwhelms* me.

Lastly, Palin managed to slide in some tripe about Obama being friends with terrorists. William Ayers is a former member of the Weatherman, a homegrown militant group involved in several bombings in the 1960s, and now is a respected professor (see Washington Posts' Fact Checker). Obama HAS denounced Ayers' history, and responded by saying these smears by Palin and McCain are just distractions plain and simple. In other words (via Swamp Politics.com):

"We're not going to let him hoodwink ya, or bamboozle ya," he said. "We're not going to let him run the okey doke on ya."

Awesome XD But we still need to hear from Obama that women voters can trust him, that fleeing to Palin is not in anyone's best interests. The sooner he reaches out to this demographic, the sooner Palin's words can be exposed for what they really are: shrill anti-woman rhetoric disguised as progressive.

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] parlance led me to this excellent essay on the real Joe Six Pack, not the make-believe ones touted by Palin.
stinglikeabee: classic denny colt  (facepalm)
And dearie me, I can't believe what I managed last year. It is unbelievably, laughably bad. I'm reading the first three chapters (ten more to go, whee!) and so far:

a) named the victim Jaime Reyes, after DC's new Blue Beetle (apparently this was the best I could come up with late at night)

b) dressed up one of the main characters as Denny Colt aka The Spirit, minus gloves and mask

c) stuffed in random reference to Clark Kent x5 (there's more I suspect)

d) overused 30s style slang (G-man, I kid you not)

e) named the killer after a long-ago classmate

Still, there are bright spots. I especially liked how consistent I made the language distinction between the city slickers and the islanders -- Perkins (islander) has the speech pattern of northern England accents, Mack (city) sounds middle-American with a bit of posh Brit slang thrown in. And it all makes me laugh, which is good right?

My favourite passage under the cut )

Hehe. But crap, I can't think of what to write this year. I was thinking of restarting on what I had for Janowrimo because it was so much fun to write (here) but I'm afraid everything I touch turns to aaaangst. Kinda like what's happening with Sean McKeever and the Teen Titans. Zing! I better get moving though -- 25 days to go!

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