The forget-me-not in my sock finally bloomed!
Forget me nots are also the official state flower of Alaska. A state celebrating 50 years of being just that this year.
Which brings me to my promised "in depth" discussion about McCane's (I've decided to call him this in all fairness to me calling Barack Obama "Oboner"--thank you Daily Show--as a designation of his advancing age. Cane-old men usually use them-get it? Yes, I couldn't think of anything more clever.) vice presidential pick.
I'll discuss it now early-on because seriously, she's just a VP. In a week, she'll be old news.
Hm. Where to start?Keep in mind these are my views, and no matter what you say, you're really not going to change my mind. Nor am I going to change yours.And my apologies in advance for the extremely loooong nature of this. Now that I've got a paid Flickr account, I can view the 115 pages of photos I have in there. I've sprinkled some in here to keep with the hooray America feel and to make your reading a little less tedious. Does she sway my fence-walking vote?
Because I wouldn't have elected her governor and I still don't think she's who I would choose
to represent me.Tell me more about her--what do you think?
Now keep in mind, I haven't lived in Alaska since December 31, 1999.
But Dr. Mad Scientist and I still have parents and many siblings up there. We also both read religiously the Anchorage Daily News online every day. (But I also read the Lansing State Journal, and he reads the Rocky Mountain News--the joys of living a nomadic lifestyle!). I get to hear mom bitch about political shit going down during our Sunday afternoon phone calls when I'm able to pry the phone away from Chunky so I can talk.
I feel like I have a one-up on the Average Lower 48er though in that I've followed Palin's story since she was in Wasilla. And honestly, her nomination didn't really surprise me--she's been on the VP speculation list for ages. I'm more surprised she made it to the top of the list.
I didn't really dig her when she was doing her thing in Wasilla--but I really didn't pay much attention back then because I lived in Palmer--about 10 miles from Wasilla. She came to be mayor of Wasilla right about the time I was starting my nomadic new life as Mrs. Dr. Mad Scientist.
I remember shushing Chunky on Babcock Avenue driving in Texas while NPR was giving the results of the last Alaskan gubenatorial primary so I could cackle when I heard how she defeated that old toad Frank Murkowski.
She did quite a bit to clean up the mess that fucknut created.
For those who don't know Alaska politics, it's a very Republican state. Murkowski, Don Young and the now-infamous Ted Stevens were the Republican Triad that ruled the House and Senate seats.
Murkowski after becoming Governor, appointed his daughter, Lisa, to his US Senate seat. And that's just the tip of the slimy global-warming iceberg. The man was a douche.
And she cleaned that up--for the most part.
But she's no saint. She's got her own hometown problems involving her sister and her ex husband and blah blah, the media's already covered it. I have a hard time following it--I used to have to draw myself diagrams with various custody cases at work back in Michigan when things got sticky. I probably need a diagram for this issue too.
But I give her props for having the balls to challenge one of the old-school Alaskan political figureheads.
Maybe it was a case of the right timing though and anyone could have done it. Who knows?God Bless Legos!Did you ever think she was just appointed to give the campaign a pretty face! She's a meat puppet!
Well, this is an argument that you can't win. As a woman you're either too pretty or too manly and not womanly enough. Your fucked if you do, fucked if you don't.
Yeah I agree it's a little disturbing she was Miss Wasilla/Alaska, but whatever. If you're going to hold that against her, lets start finding manly flaws with Oboner and McCane.
And of course she's a pretty face.
Either I'm getting more cynical in my old age, or this year has been extremely hype-a-licious to me compared to other campaigns. Oboner is being shoved down my throat everywhere I turn.
At least if McCane's going to be shoved down my throat too at least it will be pretty. Those McCane chipmunk cheeks are hard to swallow.She scares me! She's pro-life!!! (ETA: My bad! That was a typo!)
Oye. Was it Mags that brought up this point--Why is it we only hear about abortion during election time? (Maybe someone can bring up a good example of when that wasn't true and it seriously
looked like maybe the tide would change...I'm OK with retracting and eating crow.)
Democrats use abortion rights to scare people and Republicans use it to woo people.
I've been alive since 1978. That's 30 years.
Roe v. Wade was 1973.
In the 30 years I've been alive we've had the following regimes:
Carter (I was only alive for the last half of his term)
Bush (the Elder)
Bush 1 (the Younger)
Bush 2 (the Younger)
That's 2.5 Democratic terms and 5--twice as many Republican terms.
Now I don't know the congressional majority/minority make ups of all those terms, but what I'm saying is, in my short lifetime, I've always had the right to choose whether I'll bear a child to birth.
Granted I've been lucky to have been born into such an era and I really can't imagine having to sneak around to do something illegal like abort a baby (regardless of the fact that I personally would never abort a child--but I'm not going to hold it against someone if they do make that decision for themselves), but after 20 years of varying degrees of pro-lifers in the White House and abortion has yet to be outlawed.
I'm not saying it can't happen--but I think there are more important issues this country needs to address right now.What the hell does a picture of a dead mouse have to do with the Presidential race? I think you need to ask yourself what doesn't a dead mouse have to do with the Presidential race?!I don't think any woman should be campaigning when she's got a 4 month old!!
And some who say this (to cover their bases and not appear sexist) will say: "I would say the same thing if it was a man."
Hmmm....but it was OK for JFK to campaign while Jackie O. was pregnant? JFK, Jr. was born two weeks after his daddy was elected. Is it really right to campaign when your wife is pregnant and caring for a not even 3 year old (Caroline)?
Here's where I start to feel sorry for her. I've already seen people criticize her decision to skip her maternity leave to go back to work.
This is the paradox of being a woman. You're damned if you do, damned if you don't.
You can put your career on hold or defer it to raise your kids--and find it harder to reenter the workforce and/or be seriously considered for jobs. Lord help you if you've chosen to stay home raising your children and something happens to your husband.
Or you can be a working mom who is torn between having to provide for her family/keep your foot in the work-door and raise your child and be criticized as being selfish and unloving because you put your job before your kids or that you had kids before you could afford not to work and take care of them.
But when you get down to it--each are valid choices for the women who make them.
When people make this point about Palin I feel it's the Mommy Wars rearing its ugly head.
Let's not forget she has a husband staying at home with the kids. It's not like she's Britney Spears and has a team of handlers raising her children for her.
She hid her pregnancy
until she was 7 months pregnant. I can't help but wonder if that was to minimize having to listen to people speculate about a pregnant woman governing a state a few less months? (And props to her--she might have a second career as a watermelon smuggler if this VP thing doesn't work out! Seven months--after four other kids? That's impressive!)
And as a funny aside, she went into labor with that child while at a Republican Governors Convention. Thank the lord she made it back to have her baby on Alaskan soil.
And oh holy shit, don't get me started on the whole invented scandal "that's her 16 year old daughter's baby--not her's" that's starting to float around. Have you lived in Alaska? It's like living in a small town where nothing is sacred. If that story is
true--kudos to the woman for keeping it quiet for that long. And congratulations to her for joining the Boy's Club of lying to cover up sexual indiscretion that both the Republicans and Democrats have members in.But she wants to drill ANWR!
Ok, I will admit. I'm against drilling in ANWR. I have always said Alaska needs to hold onto this asset as long as possible--not so much for an environmental slant. I sincerely think if Alaska ever did get enough crazies up there, they could secede and it would be nice to have some income. Ha ha!
However, if it does end up being drilled--I like the idea of an Alaskan having a hand in it. The idea of outsiders determining it should be done and doing it makes me sick.Dude, she's got no experience!
Yeah so? I will admit, one of my first major bones of contention with Oboner was this point.
But that was early in his campaign, I've gotten over it. (Hell, what kind of real experience did El Jorge have?) My focus has shifted from that to what he's saying. Some of the things I bristle immediately at. Clean coal technology? Hmmmm....
However, I can't judge what he's saying though without laying the same criticism on McCane.
They're both going to promise us the world and lollipops and candycanes. They're politicians trying to be elected--it's what they do.
I would love if someone said: Look, this is going to keep sucking for a few years while we get this economy shit sorted out, please have some faith that we're going to get through it for the better. Here's what I want to do and how I plan to do it....
So if you're going to play the experience card on one side--you have to play it on the other side or give it up all together.But she's got no foreign experience!
But I gotta say, how many other states abut Canada, are within walking distance to Russia (for a few months out of the year) and Japan is just a quick plane ride away? Alaska is constantly dealing with other countries.Damnit, we need CHANGE in the White House! McCane will just be a rerun of Bush!
That's very well possible.
And honestly the only part of Bush Redux that bothers me is the Iraq war. I will admit, I am happy that Palin and McCain have kiddies going to or have served in Iraq. Not that I wish anything bad upon them, but I think it gives a sliver of perspective to them on how the Average American Military Mom/Dad/Spouse/Sibling could feel having their kid/wife/husband/sister/brother over there.
But it's also possible that things won't happen the way we want them to in Iraq (and with other things too) with Oboner in office either.
I thought for sure with a majority Democratic congress taking control that they would have accomplished more with the war than they have.
But it's a sticky situation. I think we should pull out definitely, but that's a big production to just pack up onto the circus train overnight.Goddamn, all this boring politics-talk. We need more pictures--who can resist cake?Aw, McCane just picked her to troll for the disgruntled Hillary vote.
Well, duh! I can't deny this. Yes there are idiots out there that might vote for her because she's a woman and no other reason. But I've also heard interviews on the street with people that are voting for Oboner because he's black. Again, it goes both ways. Idiocy knows know party lines.
I think he picked her more as a strategic move. Obama had a pretty heavy "making history" card in his deck being the first black man to be nominated by a party for president. McCane flipped it--while the Female VP thing has been done before--he did a good job leveling the "making history" upper hand that I feel Oboner had.
But there's a lot of other perks to her too. She's not a Washington insider, she's the Republican version of hip, and she doesn't come with too much baggage because she hasn't been around too long.
If I was Oboner, I'd be a little miffed that McCane cramped my style in picking a VP that made up for all of my weaknesses. But last time I checked, you picked VPs that made up for your weaknesses and were the yin to your yang.
So who am I going to vote for?
I'm not sure. I've still got 'til November 4 to figure it out. I will say I'm not looking forward to the massive generalities being made about Alaska that simply aren't true. But I guess I've made my cracks about Texass and Jersey. Hee hee! But they weren't with the vitrol some of the jackasses I've see.
I'm still not feeling the love for Oboner--nor for McCane.
However I am still happy McCane picked Palin.
Because if the person I do end up voting for doesn't win, and McCane does--it softens the blow of having to deal with an Old White Guy/Old White Guy ticket winning.
And for the record, I would like to state that I have sported the:
(photo courtesty of Alaska Girls Clothing)
sticker in my back car window (after the Texans stole my first one on my bumper) waaaay before this election season!!
So what do you think? I'm interested in what the Average Lower 48er has to say (and Mom, you can comment too!). You guys are smarter than most of the other comments I've read on this pick (either in favor or against) so let 'er rip!
I will admit the Alaska-bashing at work has been pretty intense with this pick. But it's fun to watch people get all embarrassed when they learn they're bashing my homeland.
And many non-political posts to come (three in a row is pretty yawnarific)! Another FO! A K.A.Y.E. Winner! Labor Day happenings! School starting! A big announcement!