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Enough About Race

I’m mature enough to get past all the things people say about Celts. We are dour, and not particularly forgiving, but we prefer to hold our grudges close to the vest. I don’t play the race card every time someone dyes their beer green and puts on a fake accent. Better to let fools suffer.

Still, there are some lines they shouldn’t cross. Like longitude. Sarah Palin’s people are dissing my coast, namely the East, and I don’t like it.

My America is just as real as her’s, and has been part of the USA since there was a USA. Which is more than you can say for Alaska, no offense meant to Seward’s Folly.

Alaska is very far West, it’s true, but also very far North. This must be a conflict with the real Americans in the South, unless they can accept diversity.

Let’s just agree to all get along. Everyone is exactly as real as everyone else.

Sarah Palin’s Genius

An interesting take on why her statements don’t come back on her. Most recently, she told a Canadian audience that her family used to cross the border for some of that government-run health care the Canadians somehow survive.

She is a genius of the incomplete sentence, the vague suggestion, the wink and the nod. She reminds me of Pentecostal preachers I heard as a teenager. Some of them could shout at the top of their lungs for an hour without actually saying anything. Glory! [followed by ten seconds of speaking in tongues] Let’s hear it louder people! Glory!!!

You can bang your head against the wall trying to argue with this kind of thing, but you’ll never win. They’re saved, you’re damned.

A witch, Margo Adler, once said that the challenge of our age is balancing the rational and the mystical. Sarah Palin is a powerful and effective communicator on the non-rational level. That’s her genius. She can say and do anything she wants. It will all roll off like teflon, just as it did for the brilliant and talented actor, Ronald Reagan.

ANOTHER REFUGEE FROM AMERICA: Rush Limbaugh has promised to move to Costa Rica if the health reform bill passes because Costa Rica has socialized medicine. Like many of us, he considers the present bill to be a disappointing compromise. Unlike those of us who love and will not leave America, he’s going to a place where he will not be rejected for his many pre-existing conditions.

Perhaps it’s just a rumor that he plans to use his fortune to establish a research center in Costa Rica dedicated to finding a cure for the scourge called ‘pilonidal cyst’. This dread condition prevented a young Limbaugh from serving his country in Vietnam, and may account for his many complaints related to the lower spinal area. Remember also, that sitting in a chair all day takes its toll. No sacrifice too great.

Talking Back to Sarah Palin

I don’t watch Family Guy, because even though Seth MacFarlane is local, he seems to have been deeply affected by Garfield cartoons. I just can’t get past that. Sorry.

He’s also offensive. I watched part of one episode and it struck me as creepy-racist-misogynist and I only lasted a few minutes. Sorry– I can’t justify it in an argument, it was just an impression. Maybe I’m wrong. Just an opinion.

We don’t all think alike. Sarah Palin took a recent episode of Family Guy as a slam on people with Down Syndrome. Andrea Fay Friedman, the actress who did the voice for the cartoon character, thinks otherwise. She herself has Down Syndrome, but she is an adult and too large to carry around as a prop and old enough to speak for herself. So read what she says here.

You may agree with her or not, but it’s good to remember that people with Down Syndrome are not God’s innocent angels sent here to teach us something about life, but actual people who have their own lives to live. Trig Palin will grow up, and I hope he will have a good life. Sarah Palin better hope she doesn’t pick up the NYT some day and see a best-seller called, ‘Drafted–My Life on the Campaign Trail When Mommy Went Rogue’, or ‘Going Rough–Missed Naps and Noisy Crowds in Days that Made History’. At least it’s not ‘Vice-President, Dearest’ –not yet.

Daily Kos has the startling news that Sarah Palin’s grandson receives health care coverage from socialized medicine.

TOUGH WEEK: Palin came in third runner-up in the Conservative Popularity Awards Convention (CPAC) Pageant. It seems unfair. She has way better hair than Ron Paul, who might want to consider having a little work done– nothing drastic, just a little lift. Mitt Romney is tough competition. I think he’s encased in some kind of impermeable wrinkle-proof plastic. He’d better wear Kevlar under the suit though, because Sarah Barracuda does not forgive or forget. Except for things Rush Limbaugh says or things she needs to not recall in testimony.

That’s Politics

‘Joe’ the ‘plumber’ feels used by John McCain? Well yeah, maybe, but he could have got his plumbing license straightened out and gone to work. Instead he ran around giving interviews and speeches, generally trying to be the real American working man without all that tiresome job stress.

He liked the fame. Now the breakup has happened without a kiss goodbye. Even Sarah Palin isn’t giving him the love. Life is tough.

A MAN’S VIEW: from Mr. Ninjanurse out of the side of his mouth as he sits on the couch watching some game– ‘He’s a plumber so he knows what a tool is.’

Simple Decency

John Mc Ginley on Huffington Post says what should have been the first word, but in the political mudfight we call our national debate, simple decency got lost.

Don’t open this at work, because he lists some of the names we should stop calling people. I’ll just quote this excerpt…

People with Special Needs — and their families — do not need any help to make their lives “a little more challenging.” They already have plenty on their plate, thank you very much. And the last thing that any Special Needs family wants is to be assaulted with the R-word. It is already an uphill battle!

Dignity is inherent to the human condition. An individual’s dignity is not only an entitlement. It is a fundamental quality that distinguishes each of us and lends an informed significance to everything that we do. And any time a person’s dignity is stomped on, it is wrong! The R-word robs people with Special Needs of their dignity. And it is time to stop.

I think he might be a Unitarian, or at least might have been hanging out at coffee hour.

And here I want to thank Trig Palin, who though still in his infancy has served his country well. During the presidential campaign, when his mother was taking him out to huge noisy gatherings, exposing him to people who might have had colds, keeping irregular hours and traveling constantly– I feared he might get sick. We usually try to keep newborns away from those conditions.

After the first few weeks, Sarah Palin was emerging as more of a liability than an asset to John McCain. It’s a commonplace for politicians to use ‘time with the family’ as a way of getting out of untenable situations. I really worried for Trig. I thought the October Surprise might be a switch from Sarah Palin to Condoleeza Rice. I think it might have worked.

Anyway, the most recent photo I saw shows the little guy looking very healthy and rosy-cheeked. I hope he has a good, long and happy life. And I’d extend that wish to all America’s children, because how we treat our children is a measure of our worth as a nation.

And John Mc Ginley’s post about the ‘worth and dignity of every human being’ is a discussion we should continue.

The Morning After

I’m not going to snark at two nineteen-year-old unmarried parents. The teenagers should be in college or finding their way in life in work or adventure. The baby is real, and deserves parents who are able to care for him.

But these particular teenage parents are supposed to be a national model for whatever spin Sarah Palin’s fans put on the whole situation. Honestly, I get so confused between their abstinence message and the glory of teenage parenthood that I just have to tune it out.

Last time I went to buy groceries, Sarah and Bristol were on the cover of some mag with a headline about how they ‘chose life’. They represent the best possible conditions for being able to support children– rich, large family, huge fan club. In spite of that, money is short, and Bristol is suing for child support.

Paging Social Work Consult! Get someone with sense to mediate this situation. Both Bristol and Levi have had more cash thrown at them in a year than most people see in twenty.

‘Choose life’ is a great slogan. Parenthood is not so uplifting. It’s a commitment that is lived every day, always. Fights about money when the child is small are nothing compared to the challenges ahead. If the Palin family is able to set an example, let them work this one out with some dignity.

Other American families are facing the same challenges, without wealth or fame.

Applying the ACORN Standard to Sarah Palin

I’m not a fan of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, or his inspiration, Allan Funt of Candid Camera. It’s very easy to take people by surprise and make them look stupid, film them unawares and show them in the worst light.

I feel a little sympathy for Sarah Palin, who was ambushed by a comedian posing as a Canadian reporter asking for America’s help in fighting socialized medicine. If Palin had time to consider the issue, and maybe study up on it, she would probably not have supported dismantling Canada’s public health system. She would instead have tapped her gift for sounding forthright and committing to nothing, you betcha.

But she was caught with her guard down and spoke her mind. A unique mind seething with visions that her staffers try to keep her from revealing before the appointed time…

After being kicked out of the book-signing, [comedian Mary]Walsh and her crew then waited outside at a loading dock close to where Palin’s bus was parked. When Palin emerged from the Borders bookstore, Walsh said, Delahunty – dressed in a more toned-down version of her trademark warrior princess costume – called out to her.

“Hey, remember us, we’re the Canadians! We came all the way here from Canada!” Delahunty yelled. “When we asked you that question, we didn’t hear your answer.”

Palin strolled over, looking down on Walsh and her crew to tell them that “Canada needs to dismantle its public health-care system and allow private enterprise to get involved and turn a profit.”

“Basically, she said government should stop doing the work that private enterprise should do,” Walsh said.

In addition to those comments, Walsh said, she found it equally bizarre that no one was allowed to ask Palin any questions at the book-signing.

“It was great fun, but also very strange,” Walsh recalled.

“We’re in a bookstore, at a public event, in a place one would think was a bastion of free speech. And no one was allowed to ask questions. What are they afraid of?”

Well that should be obvious. They’re afraid of an unscripted moment, or a mis-speak, caught by the candid camera.

Palin is a master of the wink and the nod, but she has trouble when she has to stand by her words. She’s a politician who is a serious candidate for president, by some people’s standards. She’s experienced in dealing with the press and the public, she’s been tricked before by impostors, and should be better at spotting them.

But she’s only human. Anyone can have an unwary moment. And on film or tape you can replay that moment endlessly.

So if American politics is going to slow it’s long slide into incivility, meanness and ‘gotcha’ moments, we have to start putting the brakes on.

Consider the young, low-level ACORN staffers who were lured into giving advice to some young right-wing activists who posed as a pimp and a prostitute. They were surely unwarned, inadequately trained, and ACORN has paid dearly for that failure. ACORN has other internal financial problems and might not withstand the current investigations.

But to find the whole organization guilty of wrongdoing based on some employees falling prey to entrapment and secret taping would be as unfair as claiming that Sarah Palin has an agenda to dismantle the Canadian health care system, or that Newt Gingrich tried to sell intimate encounters with himself to strip club owners– just because his low-level staffers sent some letters. Interesting mailing list they have, though. That might bear some investigation.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, when speaking to constituents this Fall at the Butcher Block Deli, said that ACORN needed to be investigated, but that he did not support imposing the sentence before the trial.

If it’s all about sound bites, ‘gotcha’ and entrapment, could any of us stand up?

Everyone Loves a Secret

So I’m reading Margaret Atwood’s ‘Year of the Flood’,– a dystopia that is all too real. If Atwood doesn’t turn me vegetarian, she might at least put me off fast food. ‘Oryx and Crake’ had ‘chickie-nobs’. They looked like something deep-fried you would buy at the Colonel, and were efficiently produced by fowl that had been genetically modified to grow tumors all over their bodies.

In ‘Year of the Flood’, Secret Burger franchise has no problem with supply. Any mammal unwary or unlucky might end up on the menu, they have grinders on site. But don’t ask about that–remember their slogan– ‘Everyone Loves a Secret’.

In related topics, we say that in politics we love transparency. Secret meetings closed to the press happen all the time, but not usually on a large scale. Sarah Palin, the former governor who took TMI to new levels when she gave the Anchorage Daily News a detailed account of her labor with her youngest son– (incidentally setting off a number of conspiracy theories by people who were incredulous that any mother could be so reckless) has something to say to Wisconsin Right to Life. But it’s secret. No press, no cameras, not even any strollers. I really wonder about that. I’d think that parents would be welcome to bring their little ones to such an event.

I wonder what went into the grinder to cook up that speech. Isn’t it funny? If the text were on the front page I wouldn’t even bother to read it. But there’s something about a secret.

Valuing Himself

If the name ‘Levi Johnston’ rings a bell with you, you might be guilty of reading the ‘tabs’ when you’re stuck in line at the supermarket.

Unlike the women in the ‘spas’, he is not risking arrest for selling sex, because it’s ‘Playgirl’ magazine. Rumors are it’s the Full Monty. It’s art. Or literature. Or gender-studies research. Or a political manifesto. Or a triumph of marketing. God bless America. Enjoy your fifteen minutes Levi, eventually you are going to have to get a job.

Charisma

Some random thoughts. The New York Post says that Sarah Palin is not selling well on the lecture circuit. Maybe it’s her six-figure fee. But I’m not counting her out. Anyone who thinks she can’t fill a hall and rock a crowd is underestimating her and the Post will be proved wrong.

Her book is already a best seller. I’m more skeptical of that. Bookstores are stocking up, but when you check out the NYT best seller list, look for that little thingy that indicates bulk orders. One way to get to the top is to buy truckloads of your own book.

Ever hear of Aimee Semple McPherson? She was a player too–sexy, religious and patriotic. She founded the first megachurch and got very rich before she ran off the rails. It’s a hazard of being a mavericky rogue.

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