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What a crazy and bizarre month it’s been. We’re down to the wire, and the candidates are starting to get loopy. I can’t tell if it’s election fever or some sort of Halloween candy-related hypomania. Here’s Joe Miller’s most recent ad:

He surely knows we’ve been calling Palin SWWNBN for years, right? [crickets]

And then there’s this mailer I got from Lisa Murkowski yesterday:

See Zombie Joe there on the right? Classic.

I got EIGHT mailers yesterday. Please, dear GOD make it stop.

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I saw this car on my way home today. It’s my new favorite license plate.

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God and Money, Updated

During the week, I sometimes find myself inspired by something I read or hear. I compose the post in my head but then I realize that I eventually wind up discussing the one person I have pledged to ignore. So I don’t write it. This explains my lack of posts as of late. Today, however, I heard something in church that made me think of not just her, but of the other people in her “circle”.

You see, I’ve decided something. I’ve decided that she is not a politician. She never was a politician. That’s why she was so bad at it. That is why she quit. She is an entertainer. She is a very good entertainer. She is entertaining people on both the right and the left. People on both sides just can’t get enough of her.

This morning, the sermon that inspired me to post was based on Luke 16:13, the Parable of the Shrewd Manager:

“No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”

This got me thinking about her and the other entertainers. They claim to serve God, yet their actions show that they serve Money. Actions speak louder than words, my friends. Beck was talking on the radio yesterday and said, “One guy sent me eight cents.” Since I just caught this snippet as I was hurriedly changing channels, I can only assume he was referring to one of his donors who had so little to his name that he took the few pennies he had and sent it to Glenn Beck, a millionaire. Beck went on to say, “I will not apologize for how much money I make.” How quaint. I believe that Beck and Palin are just like the televangelists that take money from the poorest and most (mentally) vulnerable among us.

If they truly loved and served God, as Beck claimed at his rally, they would have donated every cent they made. Instead, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation will only get whatever is left over after the rally’s bills are paid. How touching, Mr. Beck. I can tell where your heart lies.

In everything they do, they are serving Money. Look for yourself- see what their actions say. From the books, to the TV show, to the radio, to “Beck University” (ONLY $9.95 a month!! SIGN UP NOW!!) to advertising gold: it’s all about the Money.

Enough said.

Update: Check out this article over at The Immoral Minority, where a Tea Party candidate says exactly what I said above.

“State Representative Jeffrey D. Perry of Sandwich, who aligned himself with the Tea Party movement in a successful effort to win the Republican nomination in the 10th Congressional district, said in a television interview today he did not want the erstwhile Alaska governor and fellow Tea Party star campaigning for him this fall.

“I don’t want her to come down,” Perry said. “She’s an entertainer.”


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This Saturday, I volunteered to drive my best friend and her daughter to Girl Scout camp in the Valley. On the way, we passed Lake Lucille and what I’m pretty sure is her church. The camp was absolutely breathtaking. I wished I was eight years old again just so I could stay at the camp.

As we drove away, I noticed that the car in front of us had a McCain/Palin sticker on it. Normally when I come across cars with a Palin sticker (as I so often do here in Anchorage), I always look at the rest of the car to see if there are any other stickers or identifying features to help me understand the person driving the car. At first, I didn’t notice anything (that’s the sticker in the upper left-hand corner):

And then I looked closer, and actually gasped:

It’s hard to see, but the license plate cover says, “My president is a Marxist from Kenya.”

I felt equal parts embarrassed and furious. I am so frustrated with people like this. What The Hell, America?

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Joe McGinniss is like a marine biologist who says all he wants to do is observe the great white shark in its natural habitat. Joe the biologist made one fatal mistake, however: he got too close. He got in the personal space of the shark, and it attacked him, not surprisingly.

I don’t blame Joe, although he should have known better. The great white is known for its aggressive behavior. It has shown in the past to be extremely reactionary, paranoid, and hyper-vigilant, especially in its home waters. Joe should have known this, as a shark expert, and should have given it a wide berth.

Nor do I blame the shark. It is in its nature to react in an extreme manner- to attack when provoked.

So, now what does Joe do? Does he get out of the water to stop the attack? Does he stay and subject himself to more and more rancor and hatred? Does he let the shark’s fish friends continue to pick at him, little by little, just to expose their behavior to the light? Or does he swim away to fight another day?

Time can only tell, but one thing is for sure: we now know a little bit more about the great white than we did before, and it paints a very unflattering picture of the true nature of the beast.

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Gosh, I Kinda Like Taxes

It’s tax time, and as April 15th draws near, we’ll be inundated with tax-hating protesters who just can’t stand to see a single dime of their hard-earned money go toward taxes.

Heaven forbid that we actually give money to our government so they can take care of the things that the rest of us have neither the time, the skill, nor the money to pay for ourselves.

I was on a walk to the park last weekend with my daughter, and I realized that everything around me was paid for by taxes.

The playground equipment:

The public tennis courts:

The covered shelter:

We started to head home, and I kept looking around me, amazed just how much I (we) take for granted.

The paved and plowed street:

The street lights (installed, maintained and lit by taxes):

The bus system:

The street signs:

It just kept going and going.

Imagine what our lives would be like if they government didn’t use our taxes to pay for these things. When the United States first became a country, each person in each household had to come together to work for the common good (uh oh, that sounds a lot like Socialism, doesn’t it?). They had to work together and use their time, energy, skills and money to get everything done. The signs would have to be made, the lights lit, the roads paved and plowed, the schools built…it goes on and on. No wonder life-expectancy was only 35 years.

These anti-tax people use government services every day, and I bet they don’t even think twice about it. I think it’s time to remind our Freedom-loving friends just what our taxes pay for. For more information about where our tax money goes, visit The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.

And just for fun, here’s a little protest sign humor to brighten your day:

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One year ago, Sarah Palin’s headlines read:

Palin headlines Right to Life banquet in Evansville tonight

Feds file new felonies against alleged Palin hacker

Major Announcement! Sarah Palin is on Twitter!

Palin Ethics Complaint #13…a Baker’s Dozen (Updated)

And now, these are the norm:

Palin’s show drops LL Cool J off list after Twitter post

Sarah Palin Encourages Road Rage

Letterman: Palin Looks Like Someone Jesse James Would Date

Sarah Palin Hunts People

Discovery Communications Buys Rights to Palin TV Show

Elizabeth Hasselbeck Calls Sarah Palin’s Crosshairs Ad ‘Despicable’

But then again, some things never change:

Palin Blasts ‘Media Lies’

Sarah Palin takes on ‘language police’

Palin Joins McCain on the Road

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In the fall of 2008, I went to an Obama rally and picked up an Obama 2008 bumper sticker. Now, I am not a bumper sticker kind of girl. I don’t have a single one back there. I decided, however, that it was time to stand up for what I believed in. Since I’m not crazy, though, I made the conscious decision to put the sticker on the side of my car, on the window, and not on the back bumper. You see, I live in a very red state with people who don’t take kindly to other people’s librul idears. I figured that it’s better to be driving next to someone who didn’t like Obama than in front of them.

In Nashville yesterday, my fears came true for a man and his 10-year-old daughter. Mark Duren was driving home after picking up his daughter from school when someone noticed his sticker and proceeded to run him off the road. Luckily, Mr. Duren and his daughter were unharmed, but this incident could have ended tragically. Not surprisingly, alcohol is a factor in this case, but that certainly doesn’t excuse the despicable behavior of this obviously unstable person.

You could write this off as some drunkard who can’t hold his liquor, but I see a pattern developing here. People are getting the impression that it’s okay to carry out acts of violence because they are standing up for what they believe in. Our elected officials are yelling into bullhorns to Take back our country! and Stand up for freedom! and Patriots, reload! GOP officials and other conservative supporters are asking people to commit hate crimes against their fellow Americans. They are inciting domestic terrorism.

The president should call out those that are causing people to act out their anger in violent ways and demand that they stop. Criminal charges should be brought against anyone who cause others, either through written or spoken words, to commit crimes and/or act violently. We are not in the middle of a civil war, and people need to stop acting like they are. Enough.

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Back on New Year’s Eve, I put out a call for ideas on how I should destroy Sarah Palin’s book, which was given to me as a gift for Christmas by my husband (thanks, Dear!). Lots of people made suggestions, such as shoot it from a helicopter, run over it with a bus and drop it down the hole of a port-a-potty. While very amusing, many of the suggestions were somewhat impractical. Others were possible, such as burn it in the fire, turn it into art or line the kitty litter box with it, but just didn’t sound like something I would do.

After much contemplation, I’ve decided not to destroy her book, but to send it back to her. A commenter named Ferob actually suggested that I send it back with a note saying that someone gave it to me by mistake. On the contrary, I want her to know that it wasn’t a mistake. I want her to know that it was a joke but that I’m not laughing. I’m going to sign my copy of the book and write a letter inside. I think it’ll go something like this:

“Dear Sarah,
My husband bought me your book as a joke for Christmas. I thought for a very long time how I could destroy it, as a representation of how I feel about your lies.

I’ve decided that no book deserves to be destroyed and that it would do no one any good. I’m returning this copy to you because I don’t want its toxic presence in my home any longer. Please do yourself, your family, and the rest of the world a favor and start telling the truth.

Oh, and thanks, but no thanks.”

In the end, as a lover of books and literature, I just couldn’t justify destroying any book, even one so full of lies. I wouldn’t be any better than those who ban books from the library or burn them in a bonfire. I may have unresolved anger toward Ms. Palin, but I shouldn’t take it out on the book.

My letter may never be read by Sarah or her ilk, but that’s okay. I really don’t care what Sarah does anymore. She has no power over me or my state.

Now, does anyone have her address?

(And Ferob, congratulations! You have an email in your inbox waiting for you to claim your prize.)

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Maybe Sarah Palin’s new show should be on Comedy Central or perhaps Scyfy, because the whole idea is either a joke or a fantasy. Variety is reporting that Sarah Palin may be getting over a million dollars per episode to act like Vanna White and parade around the state showcasing Alaska’s tourist spots.

When Sarah Palin left office almost two years early, she said that she was doing it because she could do more good for Alaska out of office than in it. Now we know without a doubt why she really quit. Who could pass up that kind of scratch? Why would anyone want to actually tackle the important issues our state is dealing with when you can run off and sign books, go on Jay Leno and give speeches for hundreds of thousands of dollars a pop?

My question is, exactly what good will she be doing Alaska by pimping it on A & E? Is she trying to boost tourism? Is that really the “noble cause” she’s going for?

Palin’s Alaska is this idyllic place where everyone’s a “character”, where we all make moose stew for dinner every night and compete in snowmachine races for fun. While she’s wandering around the state winkin’ and blinkin’ and talkin’ all funny-like, the people of Alaska are dealing with some very real problems:

*Highest Use of Illicit Drugs Over the Age of 12: 12%
*Highest cost for Hospital Stay: $1,952.00 per day
*Highest Percent of Residents Needing but Not Receiving Treatment for Serious Drug Use in the Past Year: 3.48%
*2nd Highest Child Death Rate: 34 per 100,000
*Highest Teen Death Rate: 75 per 100,000 people
*Overweight and Obesity Rate: 59.5%
*Number of Occupational Fatalities per 100,000 Workers: 14.7 per 100,000 people
*Highest Chlamydia rate in the country: 605 per 100,000
*Highest Marijuana Use in the Past Month: 9.88%
*Highest Marijuana Use in the Past Year: 15.83%

Especially troubling:
*Suicide: ” Alaska’s suicide rate is consistently one of the highest in the nation. In 2002, Alaska had 131 suicides for a rate of 20.9 for every 100,000 residents, almost twice the national average of 10.6 for every 100,000. Nationwide, suicide attempts are more frequent than completed suicide, with estimates of 20 to 50 million non-fatal attempts.

Alaska Natives experience suicide rates that are nearly four times the national average. Alaskan males commit 86 percent of suicides and young males are especially inclined to take their own lives.

Rural Alaska has an especially high suicide rates — averaging nearly twice that of urban Alaska. In 2000, according to the Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics, the suicide rate of rural Alaska was 40 for every 100,000 residents compared to 14 for every 100,000 residents in urban areas.”

*Sexual abuse & Domestic Violence: “Alaskan women are 2.6 times more likely to be forcibly raped than women across the nation: in Anchorage 2.8 times more likely, and in Fairbanks 5.1 more likely. (Uniform Crime Report 2007, cited in a report to the Alaska State Legislature by Andre B. Rosay, Ph.D., Justice Center, UAA)

Of the 117 homicides reported in Alaska between 2003 and 2005, 22 percent were related to intimate partner violence. (Alaska Violent Death Reporting System 2003-2005). Of the 13 homicides reported in 2008, 69 percent were related to domestic and/or sexual violence. (Alaska State Troopers, Council on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Annual Report 2008)

Alaska led the nation in the rate of men murdering women in 2002, 2003, and 2004, fell to second place in the nation in 2005 and 15th place in 2006. (Bureau of Justice statistics, Council on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Annual Report 2008)

Three out of every four women in Alaska experienced, or know someone who has experienced, domestic violence or sexual assault. (ANDVSA Public Opinion Research Survey, Hellenthal & Associates, 2006)

Among students in Alaska public high schools, nine percent had been physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they didn’t want to and 12 percent were hit, slapped or physically hurt intentionally by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the prior year. (2007 Alaska Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Alaska Department of Health & Social Services.)”

*Child Abuse: Child abuse in Alaska is rampant, between neglect, mental injury, physical and sexual abuse, Alaska is not protecting its children.

*Lack of running water, flush toilets, access to fresh vegetables/healthy food, high cost of fuel: Many villages do not have running water, which leads to the absence of flush toilets and the use of honey buckets. Poor sanitation can lead to disease and other health problems.

Another problem is the high cost of fuel. At up to $8 a gallon, villagers cannot afford to heat their homes or put gas in their snowmachines. Without transportation, families have a hard time maintaining their subsistence lifestyle. They must then rely on food from the store, which sells packaged food for outrageous prices. Fresh fruit and vegetables are rarely available, and if they are on the shelves, they can cost 5-10 times more than you would find them for sale in Anchorage.

No wonder Sarah Palin left office. Being Governor is hard work. We have lots of problems here, and from what I can tell, the only thing she managed to do while in office is talk about the gas line (which is no closer to being built contrary to her introductory speech back in ’08).

Real Alaska is much more messy and complicated than “Sarah Palin’s Alaska”. Maybe she could help us by donating her millions of dollars of profit to help out the Alaskans she left behind. Only time will tell, but I’m guessing “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” is going to help Sarah more than it’s going to help Alaska.

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