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I’ve Been Bobbleheaded!

When my friend Linda called me from Washington D.C. recently while on a trip, she asked me what I wanted to her to bring back for me. For some crazy reason, what shot out of my mouth was, “An Obama bobblehead!” She wasn’t sure she could locate one, but she did!

The first thing my husband said was, “Why does he look like he’s saluting Hitler?” Good point. Does anyone think this was done intentionally, or are we just a wee bit sensitive?

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Isn’t it About Time?

I’ve heard stories over the past year about people who have sent out racist emails about our president and gotten in trouble for either creating them or passing them on. Just recently, a Colorado Department of Transportation worker was disciplined for forwarding an email of President Obama shining Sarah Palin’s shoes, using her state email account.

These kinds of stories have been in the news lately because they have involved state workers, politicians or other people in the public eye. I personally have never been sent one of these emails and I’ve never known anyone personally who was sent one. Until now.

My coworker called me over to her computer today to help her understand an email her brother sent her. Her brother is a cop who lives in South Carolina. As I peeked over her shoulder, and started reading the text, I saw the words “White House” and I thought to myself, “Oh, geez, don’t let this be racist.” She scrolled down and I saw this:

“This walk-in refrigerator at The White House is huge! Take a look below!

A peek inside the White House walk-in refrigerator”

And at the bottom of the email it says:

“Oh, shut up and lighten up …
I know you’re laughing!!!”

Not only is the picture offensive, but now we’re being chided for being uptight about being offended. Or even worse, the statement at the end is giving us permission to laugh and think it’s okay to send this kind of crap to our friends. Well, it’s not okay. I’m not laughing.

Yes, our president is black. Who the hell cares? I’m so tired of people making the President’s race an issue. Obama is intelligent, thoughtful, kind, generous and caring. I don’t care if he’s purple- I’m proud of him and would vote for him again in a heartbeat. I don’t agree with everything he’s done since taking office, but I do think he’s doing the best he can with the hand he was dealt.

Isn’t it about time we stop forwarding these emails and stop making it okay to laugh and make racial jokes?

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On Christmas morning, while over at my sister’s house for breakfast and present opening, my husband turned to me and said, “Before you open this present, make sure you tell me so I can get the video camera.” I wasn’t quite sure what that meant, but I made sure he knew when I was ready.

As I opened the present, I wondered just what treasure could be inside that he would need to videotape the opening. Just then I looked down and saw her peeking up from inside the box. With the camera trained on my face, I looked up and shouted, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!??” I grabbed the book and stood up to throw it into the lit fireplace while everyone in the room shouted, “NO, NO, NO!!” while laughing hysterically.

My husband then said, “Okay, here’s the deal: You get to destroy it any way you want as long as you let me videotape it and put it on YouTube.”

So, here’s my deal: I am going to open it up to all you nice people. Leave a comment below with suggestions about how I should destroy Sarah Palin. The most interesting idea wins a truly Alaskan prize, sent from me to you. I’ll take pictures of the destruction and post them here, as well as the link to the video.

This is my present to all of you for the loyalty and humor you’ve shown me this past year. You’ve made it sane, wonderful and bearable.

Thanks everyone, and do your worst!

A few ideas to get you started:

In the recycle pile

(My personal favorite)

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I saw this today and it made me smile:


I never thought to call her a douchebag, but now that’s my favorite pet name for her. Happy New Year, everyone!

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Oh, crap.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A California publicist and two co-authors have terminated a book deal with a former aide of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

San Diego-based Releve Marketing and PR announced Tuesday it will no longer represent or co-author Frank Bailey’s upcoming book “Renegade: Sarah Palin’s Hatchet Man.”

Christiana Grace, company co-owner and one of the co-authors, says she can’t elaborate on the reasons for the termination. But she adds it was not a falling out with Bailey, her close friend since college.

Any conspiracy theorists out there want to take a guess at why this particular book was dropped? Not because of Bailey, so…

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According to reports coming from both radio and online sources, President Obama will be stopping by Anchorage on his way to Asia next week. He will stop at Elmendorf Air Force Base, which is very close to where I work. Even though I will be no more than 10 miles from where he will stand, I won’t be able to see him. I am disappointed, but I’ll get over it. I’m just glad he’s coming.

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Sweet Deal for Sarah Fans

Get it while the gittin’s good, my friends. Hurry on down to the Wal-Mart, where you can pick up yer very own copy of Goin’ Rogue: An American Lie. Be sure to bring yer wallet, though, ’cause they ain’t given ’em away. They’s nine whole dollars.

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Did you notice what “People Who Bought This Item Also Bought”?

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From Margaret and Helen, one of the best posts I’ve seen in awhile:

Honestly, if I could , I would put the entire Republic party over my knee and give them a good spanking. What does it say about our country if the biggest debate of the decade is no longer about the two wars we are fighting but rather about preventing children and families from having access to affordable healthcare? I’ll tell you what it says to me. It says the Christian Right never really was and Value Voters aren’t very valuable.

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Michele Bachman thinks healthcare reform is unconstitutional. I think Michelle Bachmann is as nutty as a fruit cake. Or as we say down here in Texas – Michele is one taco short of a combo plate. She is a few fries short of a happy meal. Her elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top floor. Her cord is too short to reach the outlet. The wheel might be spinning but the hamster is dead.

That woman just isn’t right in the head. I mean it. Really.

I love these ladies. I wish they were my family.

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When I first heard that Mark Begich would be holding a town hall meeting at Bartlett High School tonight, I figured I’d better stay as far away from that crazy as possible. Even though I want to support Senator Begich in the fight for health care, I knew that there would be a good turn-out of firearms from those either trying to make a point or those trying to intimidate.

A joint press release was just issued from the Anchorage Police Department and the Anchorage School District regarding the use of weapons in a school facility. The entire press release is reprinted below:

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***Special Press Release***
Subject – Firearms on ASD School Grounds

Anchorage Police Department has received unconfirmed reports that some individuals have encouraged persons attending the Town Hall meeting scheduled for Sept. 25, 2009 at Bartlett High School to carry firearms in support of the Second Amendment right to bear arms. This is in violation of both Alaska Statutes and the United States Code whether or not school is in session. Neither Anchorage School District nor its Chief Administrative Officer (Superintendent) has granted permission for deadly or defensive weapons to be possessed on ASD grounds. Persons violating this law will be subject to immediate arrest. Please see the following statutes:

Alaska Statute 11.61.210. Misconduct involving weapons in the fourth degree.
(a) A person commits the crime of misconduct involving weapons in the fourth degree if the person
(7) other than a preschool, elementary, junior high, or secondary school student, knowingly possesses a deadly weapon or a defensive weapon, without the permission of the chief administrative officer of the school or district or the designee of the chief administrative officer, within the buildings of, on the grounds of, or on the school parking lot of a public or private preschool, elementary, junior high, or secondary school, on a school bus while being transported to or from school or a school-sponsored event, or while participating in a school-sponsored event, except that a person 21 years of age or older may possess
(A) a deadly weapon, other than a loaded firearm, in the trunk of a motor vehicle or encased in a closed container in a motor vehicle;
(B) a defensive weapon;
(d) Misconduct involving weapons in the fourth degree is a class A misdemeanor.

US Code Title 18 Part 1 chapter 44 § 930 (q) (2)
(A) It shall be unlawful for any individual knowingly to possess a firearm that has moved in or that otherwise affects interstate or foreign commerce at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone.
(B) Subparagraph (A) does not apply to the possession of a firearm—
(i) on private property not part of school grounds;
(ii) if the individual possessing the firearm is licensed to do so by the State in which the school zone is located or a political subdivision of the State, and the law of the State or political subdivision requires that, before an individual obtains such a license, the law enforcement authorities of the State or political subdivision verify that the individual is qualified under law to receive the license;
(iii) that is—
(I) not loaded; and
(II) in a locked container, or a locked firearms rack that is on a motor vehicle;
(iv) by an individual for use in a program approved by a school in the school zone;
(v) by an individual in accordance with a contract entered into between a school in the school zone and the individual or an employer of the individual;
(vi) by a law enforcement officer acting in his or her official capacity; or
(vii) that is unloaded and is possessed by an individual while traversing school premises for the purpose of gaining access to public or private lands open to hunting, if the entry on school premises is authorized by school authorities.

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So take that, Mr. Joe Nut-Bag-Right-Wing-Freak-Show. Superintendent Comeau is comin’ ta getcha, so you best leave your gunz at home.

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My Dinner with the Palins

Here’s how it would go down:

Todd: Hey, nice to meetcha.

Me: You too. So, Sarah, why is it so impossible for you to tell the truth?

Sarah: Get her out of here.

And scene.

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