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The Anniversary of My Awakening

Wake up!

One year ago today, I woke up.

When I heard the word that Sarah Palin had been picked as John McCain’s running mate, it felt more like the stomach flu than a gentle nudge, but I do have to admit that I am a different–and much more aware–person than I was a year ago.

A year ago I didn’t even know who I was going to vote for.
A year ago, I hadn’t even watched the Democratic National Convention.
A year ago, I had neutral feelings about Sarah Palin.
A year ago, I was an idiot.

The past year has been a whirlwind of emotions, activism, joy and pain. I have made more friends because of politics than I know what to do with. I know that if I go on vacation anywhere from Hawaii to Australia to Wales to Ireland to D.C. to California, I will have someone to visit.

I am not a morning person. I hate to hear the sound of the alarm. This was one awakening that I’m so glad I listened to.

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A Little Something

School has started and I am beyond overwhelmed. Here’s a little something that takes very little brain power for me to post about. It’s a site called Photoshop Disasters, and I might have lost about two hours of my life looking at it. I also might have shot margarita out of my nose while perusing said website with some friends (hi Staci and Rondi!).

A sample of the hilarity within:

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Can you find the mistake? If not, you might want to get your eyes checked. Or go have a margarita.

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Murkowski Slaps Palin

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U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Tuesday told an Anchorage crowd that critics of health care reform, the summer’s hottest political topic, aren’t helping the debate by throwing out highly charged assertions not based in fact.

“It does us no good to incite fear in people by saying that there’s these end-of-life provisions, these death panels,” Murkowski, a Republican, said. “Quite honestly, I’m so offended at that terminology because it absolutely isn’t (in the bill). There is no reason to gin up fear in the American public by saying things that are not included in the bill.”

It doesn’t take much to look like the sane female politician from Alaska, does it?

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Please take five minutes and watch this eye-opening video about where the money that is supposed to go to the insured winds up. I am incredulous.

Click http://sickforprofit.com/ for more information.

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Thanks, Sarah!

Outside the special session, Bob Lynn faces supporters of overturning Palin's veto.

Outside the special session, Bob Lynn faces supports of overturning Palin's veto.

Thanks to Sarah Palin who decided to quit her job last month, the Legislature called a special session and voted to overturn her veto of energy stimulus funds. We were the only state in the nation to refuse the funds. We also had a major crisis in bush Alaska last winter due to…energy costs (along with other factors).

If Sarah hadn’t resigned, there wouldn’t have been a special session to confirm her appointee of Lt. Governor, Craig Campbell, and the legislature wouldn’t have been able to accept the stimulus money. In this case, I think we owe Sarah a big THANK YOU and a hearty slap on the back. You done good, girl.

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Does This Count?

Do you think Sarah Palin reads Mamadance? From the looks of her most recent Facebook message, perhaps so.

She writes:

Tomorrow begins an important week for Alaskans.

On Monday, state lawmakers will meet to override my veto of stimulus funds. As Governor, I did my utmost to warn our legislators that accepting stimulus funds will further tie Alaska to the federal government and chip away at Alaska’s right to chart its own course. Enforcing the federal building code requirements, which Governor Parnell and future governors will be forced to adopt in order to accept these energy funds, will eventually cost the state more than it receives. There are clear ropes attached, and Alaskans will soon find themselves tied down by codes which will dictate how we build and renovate homes and businesses. The state has hundreds of millions of dollars already budgeted for conservation, weatherization and renewable energy development. Legislators don’t need to play politics as usual and accept these funds and the ropes that come with them.

Also this week, Alaskans will join Senators Murkowski and Begich in town hall meetings to discuss the current health care legislation. There are many disturbing details in the current bill that Washington is trying to rush through Congress, but we must stick to a discussion of the issues and not get sidetracked by tactics that can be accused of leading to intimidation or harassment. Such tactics diminish our nation’s civil discourse which we need now more than ever because the fine print in this outrageous health care proposal must be understood clearly and not get lost in conscientious voters’ passion to want to make elected officials hear what we are saying. Let’s not give the proponents of nationalized health care any reason to criticize us.

– Sarah Palin

Yesterday, I wrote that whoever mans up first and stops the craziness wins. I even predicted that Sarah Palin would never in a million years be the one to do it. And today, she does it.

Doesn’t seem genuine though, does it? Not after refusing to calm down her supporters during the “kill him” campaign rallies.

So, does it count? Will she be able to calm the tide of crazy and appear to be the rational one? Who knows. After yesterday’s “death panel” message, I can’t see how that’s possible. But, I’ve been surprised before. We’ll have to wait and see.

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Angry protesters screamed, yelled and banged on windows as officers hurried to guard the entrances to the facility, where U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor was trying to discuss the various health care reform proposals being debated in Congress. One photojournalist said that a fistfight broke out inside the building, reports WTSP.

[H]undreds of vocal critics turned out, many of them saying they had been spurred on through the Tampa 912 activist group promoted by conservative radio and television personality Glenn Beck. Others had received e-mails from the Hillsborough Republican party that urged people to speak out against the plan and offered talking points to challenge supporters.

Whichever Republican leader stands up first and condemns the violence and hatred arising from the right will win the hearts and minds of not only moderate Republicans but many Independents as well. What this situation needs is a calm, rational person from within that can settle everyone down and lead the country in a reasonable, intelligent debate.

I was wondering this morning why President Obama hasn’t stood up and asked everyone to take a breath and chill out, and then I realized that it wouldn’t matter. It’d be like the substitute teacher who has already lost control of the class asking the unruly kids to sit down and be quiet. More than likely, the teacher would be pelted with spitballs and paper airplanes. What we need is for one of the kids to speak up and say, “Hey, let’s relax, everyone. Let’s listen to what he has to say.”

So, who’s it going to be? Palin? No way. She’s as polarizing as it gets. She has built her career on whipping up crowds and using fear to motivate her supporters. Romney? Maybe. I haven’t heard much from him lately. Actually, now that I think about it, I haven’t heard anyone speaking out against the town hall takeovers. Especially not Republicans.

So now we wait. It will probably get worse unless someone in the GOP stands up against it. It’s only a matter of time before one of them realizes that this is a golden opportunity to be the voice of reason and a strong contender for the Presidency.

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So, That Settles That

Remember when Sarah claimed that the reason Todd was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party (for seven years) was that he checked the wrong box? And then she freaked out? Remember the email she sent to Steve Schmidt, McCain’s chief strategist?

“That’s not part of their platform and he was only a ‘member’ bc independent alaskans too often check that ‘Alaska Independent’ box on voter registrations thinking it just means non partisan,” Palin wrote. “He caught his error when changing our address and checked the right box. I still want it fixed.”

The only problem is, there is no “Alaska Independent Box”.

You see, due to my recent move, I had to fill out the State of Alaska Voter Registration Application. This is the form you fill out when you register to vote for the first time, and you have to do it again when you have a change of address. So, while filling out the form, I noticed the “Political Affiliation” box.

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You can see that there is no way someone with average or above intelligence (I’m going to go ahead and assume Todd is at least average) would “accidentally” pick the Alaskan Independence Party when they meant declaring themselves an Independent. The main reason is that Independent is not a choice. You can choose from Nonpartisan or Undeclared. It clearly states that Nonpartisan means you have no party affiliation and Undeclared means you just don’t want to declare your party affiliation.

So, there you have it. Check off the box for another one of Sarah’s lies proven false.

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Kindergarten Wisdom

From Robert Fulghum’s All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten:

All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten.
ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW about how to live and what to do
and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not
at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the
sandpile at Sunday School. These are the things I learned:

Share everything.

Play fair.

Don’t hit people.

Put things back where you found them.

Clean up your own mess.

Don’t take things that aren’t yours.

Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.

Wash your hands before you eat.

Flush.

Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

Live a balanced life – learn some and think some
and draw and paint and sing and dance and play
and work every day some.

Take a nap every afternoon.

When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic,
hold hands, and stick together.

Be aware of wonder.
Remember the little seed in the styrofoam cup:
The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody
really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even
the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die.
So do we.

And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books
and the first word you learned – the biggest
word of all – LOOK.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere.
The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation.
Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.

Take any of those items and extrapolate it into
sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your
family life or your work or your government or
your world and it holds true and clear and firm.
Think what a better world it would be if
all – the whole world – had cookies and milk about
three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with
our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments
had a basic policy to always put thing back where
they found them and to clean up their own mess.

And it is still true, no matter how old you
are – when you go out into the world, it is best
to hold hands and stick together.

This week Gryphen over at The Immoral Minority was sent an email from Sarah Palin’s lawyer, Thomas Van Flein, threatening to serve libel papers at the Kindergarten class where he works (even though school is not in session). Mr. Van Flein didn’t say, “at your place of work” or “at the school where you work.” He said, “please let me know if you want to be served with the summons and complaint at the kindergarten where you assist or at your residence.” This is the same as saying, “I know where you work and I have no problem coming over there.” If that isn’t a threat, I don’t know what is.

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This led me to think about common sense and decency. I don’t think Sarah Palin or Mr. Van Flein have much of either. As I was reading the list, these are the ones I think they need to study:

  • Play fair.
  • Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them.
  • Clean up your own mess.
  • Say you are sorry when you hurt somebody.
  • Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
  • The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation.
  • Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.

I think I’ll send a copy of this book to both Sarah and Mr. Van Flein. They would do well to read up a bit on these items and do some soul-searching.

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Palin Divorce?

According to Gryphen at The Immoral Minority, there is a very good explanation for why Miss Sarah was not wearing her wedding ring to the Governor’s picnics last weekend: Todd and Sarah are getting a divorce. This would definitely help explain her sudden resignation (some pending scandal involving an affair perhaps?) and some of the other things that have happened lately.

As you can clearly see in this photo, she is not wearing her ring at the swearing-in ceremony in Fairbanks on July 26th.

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Go here for the full story and lots of other interesting Palin tidbits.

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