Sunday, September 14, 2008

Tina Fey does Palin (Brilliantly)

This video is amazing, and I'm very angry that I can't figure out how to post the actual video itself in my blog. It's a Saturday NIght Live intro of Sara Palin and Hillary Clinton addressing the nation. It's done so brilliantly, I can't wait to show Zach when he gets home.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Women Against Sarah Palin

One week ago, the creators of this blog sent an email to 40 of their friends asking them to respond to Sarah Palin's nomination as the VP candidate. Those 40 friends forwarded the email to more friends, and to date, they have received over 100,000 emails from women expressing their varying degrees of dislike and disapproval for Sarah Palin and her political standing.

The fact that "Women Against Sarah Palin," which was created one week ago, and has had such a wide influence makes me feel very positive that we will not see the McCain/Palin pair take the seat in Washington. I hope that this blog, and every other form of media, is able to convince people not to vote Republican this coming November.

Here is an example of a few of the emails that have been posted on the blog:

As a woman and a registered Republican I am very concerned about the choice of Mrs. Palin as a vice-presidential candidate. I do not believe that she stands for most American woman as she is against a woman’s right to choose in medical decisions concerning her own body, she has demonstrated an intolerance for differing beliefs, she does not believe in birth control or sex education. I was planning on voting for McCain but the Republican ticket has lost my vote because of this choice.–Carol C., Tiverton, RI

Sarah Palin represents everything I fear and dislike about my own country—the anti-intellectualism, the arrogance, the divorce between style and substance. We have to rise up and show we're better people than this.–C. H., Fortuna, CA

First of all, thank you for doing this. Many of us have been pulling our hair out with fury, rage, depression, and disbelief that Sarah Palin received the Vice-Presidential nomination. Unfortunately we find ourselves at a moment in history where words and actions no longer have an equal relationship. Where the language of sincerity, thoughtfulness, and true intellect has been co-opted into a bad or suspect thing. Coupled with the sheer apathy and cynicism of American voters and their delusion that voting for someone "just like them" is actually a good thing leaves us at a potentially disastrous tipping point.

What is remarkable to me about Sarah Palin is that she seems to have no awareness that feminists of previous generations are what have made it possible for her to present her unwed, pregnant daughter without any public shame. As few as thirty years ago, Bristol would have been shipped off to have her baby in private and the child would have been put up for adoption. Because of Roe v. Wade feminists, unmarried women can now have children free from the shame of previous generations. Every generation of feminists has a burden or hurdle to overcome. Seventeen years ago Susan Faludi coined the term "backlash", but at this moment we are experiencing something infinitely worse: it's more like "whiplash". The powerful discrepancy between the image of a woman and what that woman represents is going to result in a dangerous election for all women.–Jana H., St. Louis, MOThe strongest impression that Sarah Palin has made on me so far is that she will say and/or do ANYTHING to get what she wants. And she has a long history of doing just that. Most of what she brags about in her speeches is an outright lie! The governor's private chef, the governor's private jet, and the bridge to nowhere, for just a few quick, easy examples. The rest of her claims to fame are at best distortions of the truth. The Alaskan legislature took to wearing buttons that said, "Where's Sarah?" because she spent so little time in Juneau. Once again, the GOP is deceiving the American people in a most callous and calculating way—just because they put a skirt on this time doesn't change a damned thing!–Peggy T., Lawrence, KS

These are just a few of the many many entries that are posted.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Floating Dogs

I found this picture on CuteOverload, and it completely made my day. Actually, it's made my week. And I've had a pretty great week.

I started classes (which are awesome), trained my replacement at Warm Biscuit (which I'm finishing at next week), started the marketing meetings at the Writing Center, and had my first UNV 101 class as a Peer Leader (which I am SO excited about).


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Fun New York Pics

I very often feel like I'm not taking full advantage of this amazizng city that I live in, so here are a couple pics to prove that I am.

The first picture I took when leaving Shea Stadium after seeing the Yankees play against the Mets there. The Yankees lost, which made it much less fun, but I got to spend the afternoon with my cousins and Zach, so it wasn't a lost cause.

The 2nd picture is of a waterfall coming out of the Brooklyn Bridge. No I'm not making that up. Yes it is really there. Well, it might be gone now because it was a summer thing, I think, but it was really there. It was some type of "art." There were a few of these giant waterfalls all around the area.

And McSorley's Pub! I love this place. Everything about it... the sawdust, the wishbones, the really old pictures layering every inch of the walls, the cheese platter, the mustard, and most of all... the light and dark beer. Oh, and the giant furnace in the middle of the floor that will actually burn you if you're not careful.

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