Saturday, September 13, 2008

A Little Smile

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Fashion week brought the shoes. They are incredible. Unfortunately one has to have the very long slender legs to get away with it; but they are fun to look at even if I can't wear them.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Nice Lines

I love this drawing - Sen. Clinton and some of her supporters may disagree with me, but on purely aesthetic grounds I think this is one of the better cartoon portraits of her I've ever seen.

The full comic is pretty good too - click on the image to go see it.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Quit Losing It.

John Scalzi sez:, "Quit losing your shit over Palin.

Wise words, and certainly what I've been thinking.

Now, this doesn't mean we need to stop with good, critical articles on Palin's hypocrisies and other poor decisions. Palin should be defined by her poor record, rather than her personality, family, & sex. And we'd better do it, otherwise the GOP will make her the Second Coming.

Palin is a wealth that we would have given our left gonad for during Fitzmas. But the utter panic, usually masked by hatred? Enough.

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Redefining Feminism

The Republican Party is redefining Feminism and they might just get away with it.

When I see Sarah Palin, I see the opposite of what women have been fighting for these last many decades. She is dangerous to feminism because she is a woman.

I wandered onto a Christian Homeschooling Site (I won't link there because no one needs to be exposed to that trash unnecessarily.) They posted pictures of Palin and Piper at work in the governor's office with captions such as "she is working while not neglecting her children." Because, obviously, if a woman goes to work and leaves her children in daycare, she is not a real mother or a real woman.

They posted pictures of Bristol with captions such as "my mother was married at 16" and "Bristol will love being a wife and a mother." Perhaps she will "love it" and maybe the marraige will be happy and last. But Bristol's situation is one of "making due" not one of "making choices."

Now we have this little story from her little town where she excercised all of that Executive Experience.

Not only will she force rape victims to be the incubators for the result of that rape, she made them pay for the rape kits too. Unbelievable.

There are pages and pages that can be written on the danger of their redefinition of feminism. It is really terrifying to think that she can single-handedly turn back the clock on the progress that women have made. Her policies and her attitudes are anti-women and to put her forward as some kind of "New Republican Feminist" is one of the most dangerous things that the Republicans could do to those of us who actually care about women's issues.

She is dangerous and she is not a Feminist - I fear that those who made the choice to push her onto the ticket knew that Redefining Feminism would be their greatest win in all of this. They might just get away with it.

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Monday, September 8, 2008

What Hockey, Asian Martial Arts, and Politics Have In Common

I've had a few days to think about this, and I can't help but think that Sean Quinn hit his points perfectly.
The fourth-line, no-scoring-talent, pest agitators (or as we now call them, “energy guys”) have a specific job. Skate in, take a cheap shot, make it after the whistle. Make it against the rules. Stir something up. Put a wet glove in the other guy's face and rub it. Get the outrage flowing. Get the opponent not thinking about the game, get them thinking about your shenanigans. And what happens? The “victimized” team loses its composure, hitting back. The guy who hits second is always the guy who goes to the penalty box.

Watching Sarah Palin this week, and the reaction to her by both sides, and all the talk of hockey mommery, I realized that this is who she is. She skates into the corner, throws up an elbow, and the Democrats cry: “Foul!”
Only it has one more twist - the fans for Republicans can then act indignant (and secretly smug) because they're the ones whom are the underdogs, the one whom are being picked on. And at the same time, they tug along those whom lean Republican, but maybe don't pay as much attention to political minutiae in the race. It's political jiujitsu at its finest as the Republicans have been practicing it since 1968. "Oh, we're persecuted!" "Oh, the media has it in for us!"

Meanwhile, Sarah, and the others like her have knee-capped a wingman and hemmed in a defender up against the boards.

Since Sean's post, I've run across a couple of similar themes from Athenae & Chez.

Working the refs is misnomer - even if it is part of the strategy - the real issue, is working the fans. Focusing on those whom are your natural base with one pitch, and the casuals or influenced with another secondary harmonic. Working your base into a state while working the opposition into a disorganized fury. And since the Democrats' motto is, "I belong to no organized party", their task is easier than democratic attempts to do the same to the Republicans.

It's interesting in how it played out with the media in regards to Palin's retreat after last week:
With McCain, Obama, and Biden all on the Sunday talk shows yesterday, the Democrats began saying that Palin was afraid to be interviewed by a serious reporter. To avoid having this charge become an issue itself, the McCain campaign has backed down and agreed to let her be interviewed by ABC's Charles Gibson. Republicans are hoping for a Larry-King-like softball interview with questions like: "Do you think you have enough experience to be President if the need should arise?" Democrats are hoping for more hardball questions like: "Do you really believe that if a woman is raped she should be forced to bear her rapist's child?" The structure of the interview--taped over a period of several days--is not the way political reporters normally work because it allows the interviewee to recover from a mistake by saying: "Let's try that one again." The reporter can't afford to have the interviewee walk off the set, so he is under pressure to be nice. In an interview broadcast live, there are no holds barred.

And I predict with Palin's media skills, this will be another smashing personal best for her. Not only will she be able to bloody a few noses, but her worst offenses for the refs will get conveniently edited out of the broadcast, just like those boring parts of the Olympics.

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Time is Ending

Or starting again. Or stopping. Or going backwards. Or some such shit.

I really did not feel like reading all about it. It is a whole lot of scientific mumbo jumbo, and it is early yet.

I know that the pictures are really cool.

I know that some big questions could be answered.

And, I understand that they are re-creating the Big Bang.

I have no idea what will happen when the Large Hadron Collider goes off (if that's what it does,) or starts up, or whatever. It may have absolutely no affect on any of us.

Still, I wonder, should these scientist really be fucking around with forces that they have no idea how to control?

(There is no more.)

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