• comment on a post "This Election is Not About Issues" over 5 years ago

    When is an election ever about issues?  There's a reason that the impoverished of this country consistently vote Republican.  Identity trumps issues every single time. It makes my head hurt.  Still, when I read this, it did give me a WTF moment.  

  • comment on a post Y'll don't give a shit over 5 years ago

    I agree.  Palin may be "fun" to talk about, but this is more in line with what I always thought grassroots sites should be about.  Can't rec yet, or I would.  

  • on a comment on The Ball In Hillary's Court over 5 years ago

    Nah, it's always a good day when I read stuff like this:

    "Just prior to discussing Iraq, Alaska's governor asked the audience to pray for another matter -- a $30 billion national gas pipeline project that she wanted built in the state. "I think God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that," she said."

    and this:

    "Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God," she exhorted the congregants. "That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan."

    oh, and this:

    "She asked the library how she could go about banning books," he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them.

    Not to mention the polls.  Happy, for once, today.  But thanks.

  • on a comment on McCain First part deux over 5 years ago

    Depends if the beloved MSM will pick up on the loads of resources it would take away from, you know, actually helping residents.

  • I borrowed this line of thinking for somewhere (I've been all over the Internet the past few days, so I can't remember,) but I think the other thing to think is that whether you agree with his qualifications or not, 18 million Americans thought he did well enough to become the Democratic nominee.  How many people voted for Palin?

    One.

  • on a comment on For Shame. over 5 years ago

    I never once mentioned my male students.  To be a fair teacher, I don't factor that into my decision.  I treat my students based on their professionalism and their academic performance in class.  I've failed football players on scholarships, if that's what you are insinuating.  I would get fired from my job if I didn't, and that's an insulting thing to say.  

    You say this:

    Arnold used his body to become a millionaire, marry into the right family...

    I'm sure that Maria Shriver married  her husband based on his body.  Wow, really, is that what you think?  I thought she was a smart, independent woman.

    And while we're on the subject of being insulting...

    Before you ask, no, I'm not someone who had to fight on the front lines of feminism, but I get to see the results every day.  I see more women than men in my science classes going on to high powered careers.  I see students treating each other with respect.  Sexism still exists, but you're badly mistaken if you think it's no better than it was even 20 years ago.  Young people just tend to thing that sexists and racists are irrelevant dinosaurs who need to die off.

  • on a comment on For Shame. over 5 years ago

    I am a woman, and teach science at the college level, and have done so for over ten years.  Most of my students (about 70%) are women.  Most of that 70% are serious about medical school, research, or teaching.  Most of them are in sororities, lacrosse, swimming, cheerleading, music, activism, and any other activity the campus has to offer.  Most of them are getting loans, scholarships, and working 1 or 2 jobs, as well as volunteering to be competitive for professions, and professional schools.  

    I am most certainly NOT condemning women for choosing a pageant to get money for college.  I am saying that doing so, and then crying sexism when someone points that out as part of a bio ("What's that have to do with my career?") is being more than disingenuous.  Posing (even tastefully) in a fashion magazine as a sitting governor, and appearing on a cover of a magazine as "Coldest State, Hottest Governor" is a fair thing to point out, since she made the decision to be there.  

  • on a comment on For Shame. over 5 years ago

    She chose that route, and it's one that many women don't choose either because they don't have the option or they don't want to.  There are lots of ways to get scholarship money besides beauty contests.  It's a double standard to be in the Miss Alaska pagent, and pose in Vogue, and then cry foul when someone points it out.

  • on a comment on The Coming Palin Backlash over 5 years ago

    Andrew Sullivan has a great argument agains the experience issue:  Could Palin have put together such a powerful campaign, have reached the presidency on her own?

    I think we know the answer to that.

  • on a comment on I have just one question over 5 years ago

    "I bet the first sentence is a sound bite in a McCain add[sic] inside of a [sic] two weeks." LOL, you don't understand women at all, do you?  Or history.  Or, apparently, politics.  Or spelling, for that matter.  

  • on a comment on I have just one question over 5 years ago

    Proof that you have no idea about what you're talking about.  You act like every woman who finds out she's going to have a disabled child automatically has an abortion.  It doesn't necessarily have to do with being pro-choice or not.  Lots of pro-choice women give birth to disabled children every year.

  • on a comment on I have just one question over 5 years ago

    And in no way qualifies her to run government at a federal level.

  • I don't want to wring my hands too much, either, but I agree that we should not crow landslide until we see how lower information voters react.  The empathy vote could be huge with her.  That said, I think this is worth repeating 1,000 times:

    (From Faux news):

    But the other thing about her, she does know about international relations because she is right up there in Alaska right next door to Russia.

  • on a comment on Sarah Palin is Spiro Agnew over 5 years ago

    Using sexist memes to denegrate her is the wrong way to go, but it would be also sexist to not attack her on her inexperience, her record, he lack of ANY foreign policy, etc.  She's an elected offical, she should be able to take it.

  • Being nice to some one is different than calling them out and demonstrating to the American public that she doesn't have the experience to lead.  

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