Saturday, October 17, 2009
I love Thomas Paine in the American Crisis:
And who can forget Deborah, the female judge in the Old Testament, and Jael, the woman who put a tent stake through the enemy commander's head.
"In the Fourteenth [fifteenth] century the whole English army, after ravaging the kingdom of France, was driven back like men petrified with fear; and this brave exploit was performed by a few broken forces collected and headed by a woman, Joan of Arc.
Would that heaven might inspire some Jersey maid to spirit up her countrymen, and save her fair fellow sufferers from ravage and ravishment!"
And I love this article, published in the Alaska Report of all places, on August 21 of 2006 while Sarah was running for Governor. It's called, "Frank Murkowski: King Often Taken by Queenship":
The GOP side of the governor's race reminds one of a chess game, where right up until losing its King, the trailing team plunges forward - despite having been beaten far earlier. This one's a classic case of forgetting how powerful be the Queen.As you probably know, the Alaska Report has since turned into a hotbed of Palin Derangement Syndrome. I strongly suggest you stay away from the website that is now home to the likes of Jessie Griffen, a Trig Truther. But the '06 article includes a poem that was not written about Sarah Palin, but is used to draw some parallels.
Tuesday's the primary, so how about some political gamesmanship, regarding why you should elect someone outside the crony system - Sarah Palin. She alone can and will sweep the crony boards and help restore the People's rights....
Like a sure-footed hoofer Metcalfe, Sarah Palin already stood firm and helped scuttle the diagonal dealings of another GOP dark bishop (Randy Reudrich) earlier. We trust that Palin will also conquer the obvious moves of the big money-backed GOP rook (Mr. Binkley)....
Throughout the centuries, people have yearned for leaders in whom they could place their trust. And it is time to end Alaska's rule by dynstay-seekers too. We believe Palin will take the primary and that if elected Sarah will change the face of Alaska for the better.
It describes a king who is going out to grace his realm with his presence. He has everything; the land, the money, the power, the knowledge that his people would be nothing without him....but there is one thing he does not possess: their loyalty. In his travels he sees the Queen conversing with the people. She has this quality that the King is sorely lacking:
Beautiful and calm, as on foot she strolls,Such as a King should deserve. But he doesn't anymore.
Amidst her maidens-in-attendance: giggling at paupers,
As if not these peasants she by marriage controls,
For, at fruit stands whence she abides, she barters....
Respected stands this lady, as all confer to her,
Most respected loyalty, so earnest loyalty;
Such, through identity, and as no king could confer.
Heralding "Long live this Queen," shouted jubilantly....
She arrived from afar, in a not so awkward way,
Now here amongst these people for her willing to serve.
And showered with their gifts of love her every day.
Loyalty - regal and revered - such as a King should deserve.
Love and loyalty aside, the Party Boys should watch out, for we all know that the female of the species is more deadly than the male:
When the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride,
He shouts to scare the monster, who will often turn aside.
But the she-bear thus accosted rends the peasant tooth and nail.
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
When Nag the basking Cobra hears the careless foot of man,
He will sometimes wriggle sideways and avoid it if he can.
But his mate makes no such motion where she camps beside the trail.
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
When the early Jesuit fathers preached to Hurons and Choctaws,
They prayed to be delivered from the vengeance of the squaws.
'Twas the women, not the warriors, turned those stark enthusiasts pale.
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
Man's timid heart is bursting with the things he must not say,
For the Woman that God gave him isn't his to give away; but when
Hunter meets with husbands, each confirms the other's tale-
The female of the species is more deadly than the male.
Man, a bear in most relations - worm and savage otherwise -
Man propounds negotiations, Man accepts the compromise.
Very rarely will he squarely push the logic of a fact
To its ultimate conclusion in unmitigated act.
Fear, or foolishness, impels him, ere he lay the wicked low,
To concede some form of trial even to his fiercest foe.
Mirth obscene diverts his anger - Doubt and Pity oft perplex
Him in dealing with an issue - to the scandal of the Sex!
But the Woman that God gave him, every fibre of her frame
Proves her launched for one sole issue, armed and engined for the same;
And to serve that single issue, lest the generations fail,
The female of the species must be deadlier than the male.
She who faces Death by torture for each life beneath her breast
May not deal in doubt or pity - must not swerve for fact or jest.
These be purely male diversions - not in these her honour dwells -
She the Other Law we live by, is that Law and nothing else.
She can bring no more to living than the powers that make her great
As the Mother of the Infant and the Mistress of the Mate.
And when Babe and men are lacking and she strides unclaimed to claim
Her right as femme (and baron), her equipment is the same.
She is wedded to convictions - in default of grosser ties;
Her contentions are her children, Heaven help him who denies! -
He will meet no suave discussion, but the instant, white-hot, wild,
Wakened female of the species warring as for spouse and child.
Unprovoked and awful charges - even so the she-bear fights,
Speech that drips, corrodes, and poisons - even so the cobra bites,
Scientific vivisection of one nerve till it is raw
And the victim writhes in anguish - like the Jesuit with the squaw!
So it comes that Man, the coward, when he gathers to confer
With his fellow-braves in council, dare not leave a place for her
Where, at war with Life and Conscience, he uplifts his erring hands
To some God of Abstract Justice which no woman understands.
And Man knows it! Knows, moreover, than the Woman that God gave him
Must command but may not govern - shall enthral but not enslave him.
And She knows, because She warns him, and her instincts never fail,
That the female of Her Species is more deadly than the Male.
- Rudyard Kipling
Now, a couple of Letters to the Editor on Dailypress.com:
Palin Knows Plenty:
In response to the Oct. 12 letter by Tom Hank, "Enlist Palin": Hank claims Sarah Palin knows nothing about war, that she is an "armchair warrior." Hank states, "Let's put a gun in her hand and let her get a taste of the front lines before running her mouth."
General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, had requested additional ground combat troops, including special operations forces. So, unless Hank knows something that Palin and McChyrstal don't know, I suggest he get a taste of the front lines before running his mouth.
I find it very interesting that Hank chooses to bash Palin, yet not write a word in his letter quoting the request by McChrystal. Palin has a son who was sent over there; she herself has been over to visit the troops, and until late she has been the governor of Alaska. I think she just might have a little bit more information than Hank.
I have a challenge for Hank. Go visit the troops overseas, put a gun in your hand and stand in the front lines. Then after much deep thought, approach McChrystal and tell him to his face that we do not need additional troops in Afghanistan.
Until that happens, I suggest Hank stay in his "cushy lifestyle" and continue to be the "armchair warrior" that he so vehemently blasted Palin for.
Why Attack Palin?:
In his Oct. 12 letter, "Enlist Palin," Tom Hank prattled that Sarah Palin was unqualified to state her opinion concerning troop numbers in Afghanistan, labeled her an "armchair warrior" (aren't all politicians?) and asked that a gun be placed in her hands so she could do the fighting (she can handle a gun). After that tirade, he disparaged her patriotism and derided her monetary achievement and financial status.
Sounds like Hank has a fairly large ax to gring. Last time I checked, everyone in this country has the right to free speech, the right to oppose the opposition and the right to better themselves through hard work and financial gain. As far as patriotism goes, did Hank forget that Palin's son Track just returned from a yearlong assignment with the Army in the Middle East that she and her husband, Todd, supported absolutely? Sounds like she has a "dog in the hunt" to me.
Palin agrees with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan, in his estimation that more troops are needed to support the war effort. Does he lack patriotism also? Was President Barack Obama unpatriotic for adding 21,000 troops to the Afghan theater when he had no prior war experience? I think I've just exited the theater of the hypocritical and absurd.
Sarah Palin is not faring so well in the field of public opinion, Gallup finds today, with the former veep dropping to a 40% approval rating since quitting her post as Alaska's governor.Oh, me, oh, my!
A quick word on all these stupid polls that obsess some people. First off, it's way too early for any polls to mean anything. Secondly, I hardly think that a 40% approval rating is "tanking." With the media picture that's been painted of Palin I'm surprised it's not lower.
I don't pay any attention to polls of anybody yet, including Obama. Some conservatives shout with glee over every percentage point Obama loses. Whatever. I don't care. People have very short memories, and what's happening today, won't necessarily matter tomorrow. Hate to break it to you, but that half a point drop isn't really going to be worth beans in 2012.
Oh, and buried somewhere in the comparisons of her and John Edwards is the whispered fact that she still enjoys a 69% approval rating among Republicans and a 41% approval among Independents. Of course, 72% of Democrats hate her guts, but what else is new?
Thursday, October 15, 2009
"I believe to this day that had she not been picked as a vice presidential candidate, we would have never been ahead, not for one second, not for one minute, not for one hour, not for one day."Too late, buddy, the book's already written.
Okay, well, I'm taking another day off. Who knows what will come down the pipe by tomorrow?
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman recently attracted major attention when he dramatically warned, as Rep. Nancy Pelosi had done earlier, that malicious words can lead to life-threatening violence. Yet both were silent about the wave of political violence that reached its peak a year ago this month in a series of crimes that were not deemed especially newsworthy, because they were committed by supporters of presidential candidate Barack Obama.
How many of us remember the McCain-Palin campaign bus coming under gunfire in New Mexico last October? Through sheer luck, neither McCain, Palin, nor anyone else was harmed by the bullet that shattered a window of the McCain/Palin Straight Talk Express. (For anyone who might argue that this was an insignificant crime, it's worth noting that the recent shooting of a moving bus with a BB or pellet-not an actual bullet-is being treated as attempted murder.)
Who remembers that the home of a Republican headquarters manager in central Florida was shot up that same week? Or the Molotov cocktail throwing, the cutting of McCain supporters' cars' brake lines, and other acts of vicious vandalism?.....
Feminists remained silent, as did the media, and did not seem to mind when vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was hanged in effigy in California.
The vilification of Palin, based largely on bigotry against her religion, reached its chilling logical conclusion when someone set fire to her church with women and children inside.
Although virtually no one in the media highlighted this crime's significance as attempted murder, it's no accident that anti-Palin vitriol-typified by former Air America radio-show host/actress Janeane Garofolo's comment that Palin "represents that lesser segment of the country" -- is reminiscent of white supremacists' characterizations of African-Americans as loathsome inferior beings. Such hate speech indeed breeds violence, as Pelosi and Friedman belatedly warn us. The Wasilla church arson of 2008 was a terrorist act as predictable, and as evil in intent, as the Birmingham church bombing of 1963.
Speaking of inflammatory rhetoric, it was candidate Obama who urged followers in June 2008, "If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun" (and he wasn't describing his policy toward Iran). Even though Obama's rallying cry was metaphorical, it nevertheless had the potential to incite a few unstable supporters, and it is difficult to imagine any other presidential candidate not being excoriated for the violent imagery (as Obama said during the campaign, "Don't tell me words don't matter"). Had McCain, Palin, or even Hillary Clinton, a Democrat not preferred by the media, made the same remark, it would have marked the first day of the Gun-gate controversy, which would have included demands to withdraw from the race. And if "bring a gun" were followed by actual shootings by supporters, as in Obama's case in New Mexico and Florida, such a candidate's chances would have been doomed.
While incitement and violence from right and left are equally evil, the latter has been rewarded with mainstream acceptance....
When Obama playfully greets pro-terror dictator Hugo Chavez and bows down to the Saudi king, while taking a hard line against America's democratic allies; when he awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who never tires of demonizing Jews and likening Israel to Nazi Germany, he confirms the concerns of everyone who warned about his alliances with extremists and terrorists last year. When his Justice Department blocks the case against New Black Panther Party thugs who violently intimidated voters on Election Day 2008, a green light is given to future criminal, racist violations of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which heroic Americans sacrificed their lives to create.
Pelosi, Friedman, and others are correct to have deep concern-concern that is shared across virtually the entire political spectrum-at gun-brandishing, Nazi and communist imagery, and racism by the rare lunatics who tarnish town hall meetings and tea party protests. But their outrage, and media coverage, is selective and breathtakingly biased.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Well, color me shocked. Snowe sold out. I'm stunned (not).
The Courting of Olympia Snowe had nothing to do with a need for one more vote. The bill passed committee by more than a Snowe margin. The White House was just desperate to get at least one "Republican" on board so that they wouldn't have to own it all themselves. They got the World Famous RINO, and only one, to sign on. Now they can slap themselves on the back for their breathtaking display of bipartisanship. "See, we're team players."
Olympia Snowe - the Levi Johnston of Congress. I wonder what it took to get her to stick a knife in our backs?
CBS's "Early Show" news anchor Maggie Rodriguez reported that "all of us here at CBS (are) just shocked to hear that our own David Letterman was reportedly being blackmailed by a CBS news employee."
This isn't the first time Letterman has had to apologize for his behavior. In June, during one of his ever-pungent monologues, Letterman made a comment about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter being "knocked up" by Alex Rodriguez while the Palins were taking in a New York baseball game. During the same monologue he said that Palin visited a popular department store to buy makeup so she could acquire that "slutty flight attendant look."
Letterman ended his apology to the Palins by inviting Sarah and her husband, Todd, to his show. Or, he suggested to Sarah on air, to "leave Todd at home." I suppose he thought Sarah might visit his private penthouse playground. She's got way too much class for him.
Letterman spent his Oct. 5 monologue making jokes about the fallout from his soul-cleansing confession of sleeping with subordinates. I'm sure his wife is not laughing. His first guest, Steve Martin, stated that Letterman's little affairs proved that he's "human." Give me a break! Letterman continued to make jokes about his predicament throughout the evening. He referred to himself as a "victim."
Letterman stated, "If you hurt a person and it's your responsibility, you try to fix it." He has a lot of fixing to do. The problem is he doesn't seem to want to take responsibility for the hurt he's caused.
"I would like to extend warm birthday wishes to Margaret Thatcher today. Baroness Thatcher continues to remain a role model to many people, particularly women, around the world. Her career is a collection of "firsts." She was the youngest female Conservative Party member to stand for election in history, she was the first woman to hold the title Leader of the Opposition, and she was the first woman to become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
"As Prime Minister, she took an active role in defending economic freedom and democratic ideals. Her push to privatize British industry and lower tax rates led to a substantial economic expansion in the United Kingdom. She was just as influential in foreign policy. Along with President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, Prime Minister Thatcher recognized the evil of Communism and worked tirelessly to erode the power and influence of the Soviet Union.
"Her life and career serve as a blueprint for overcoming the odds and challenging the "status quo." She started life as a grocer's daughter from Grantham and rose to become Prime Minister - all by her own merit and hard work. I cherish the accomplishments of Margaret Thatcher and will always count her as one of my role models."
- Sarah Palin
Methinks Palin sees a bit of herself in Thatcher's story. And methinks I see a touch of Thatcher in Palin. Many of these Thatcher quotes I can hear coming from America's fighting lady:
Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.
I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.
I just owe almost everything to my father and it's passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.
I owe nothing to Women's Lib.
I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air.
If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn't swim.
If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.
If you lead a country like Britain, a strong country, a country which has taken a lead in world affairs in good times and in bad, a country that is always reliable, then you have to have a touch of iron about you.
If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.
It may be the cock that crows, but it is the hen that lays the eggs.
Of course it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.
One of the things being in politics has taught me is that men are not a reasoned or reasonable sex.
Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.
Platitudes? Yes, there are platitudes. Platitudes are there because they are true.
There are still people in my party who believe in consensus politics. I regard them as Quislings, as traitors... I mean it.
There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.
This lady is not for turning.
We were told our campaign wasn't sufficiently slick. We regard that as a compliment.
What Britain needs is an iron lady.
It's about time America got its fighting lady.
Monday, October 12, 2009
If you're familiar with Sarah's background in Alaska, you'll find part two hillarious - let's just say Sarah's silence speaks volumes. She also answers the burning question of our time: what kind of drink should you buy her?
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Exhibit A: An interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune for an article that appeared in July of 2007. This was the interview that cinched my love for Sarah Palin. After hearing this, I was all in. Listen to her answers specifically about her state Constitution, state money going to Christian schools, and the gay benefits issue. These are her libertarian roots showing through. And this is the kind of platform an Independent could embrace. It's common sense before Common Sense was cool. This interview is the reason I think she could have a tremendous pull with moderates and Independents, if only her message is allowed to get out there. Those who were shocked at her "small-c conservative" Hong Kong speech are those who only listened to what the media told them last year and haven't heard things like this interview.
The article that was written from the interview is here. In part four, the interviewer asks her when she's going to run for President. Keep in mind, this is July of 2007. She hadn't even been governor for a year yet:
Listening to those, you understand why Ted Nugent had this to say about Sarah Palin: