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obstruuuuctionism! (rant)

Posted in politics with tags , , on Monday 2 August 2010 by amanda

Nan Hunter has a great breakdown of judicial nominations gone through here.  And please don’t bullshit me about how “the dems do it too, so it’s only fair!”  As indicated by the numbers, it was fairly evenly split b/t R & D when twice as many nominations were going through under Bush.  They’re just being jackasses and the problem is getting progressively worse.  We can revisit this issue of obstructionism if the R’s retake the houses and the Dem’s start obstructing.  However, let’s also remember that when the R’s are obstructing and the Dem’s make concessions, the R’s are just coming back with a big “fuck you, no.  we will not compromise, we will tell you to fuck off until we get exactly what we want.”

Everything being passed is so watered down that even though the Republicans won’t stop bitching about it, it’s certainly not worthy of being called a liberal agenda.


i love matt damon and all…

Posted in politics with tags , , , on Thursday 11 September 2008 by amanda

but i really think that he should not be the best person i’ve seen in the media, making the most salient points, about sarah palin’s candidacy. but here we are…

palin said nuk-u-lar.

Posted in politics with tags , , , , on Thursday 11 September 2008 by amanda

seriously.  she was talking about iran.  i listened 3 times to make absolutely certain i did not mishear.  i mean, after 8 years of hearing it wrong, sometimes i have to double check mentally.

 she would declare war on russia!  because that is such a good idea to just put on the table.  she is SO ready to be president.  when asked about foreign policy, she talks about alaska energy policy! (which, isn’t it interesting that they have a huge budget surplus, give every resident around $3000/year for living there, and take more money per capita from the federal government than any other state.  why take so much federal money when you have it anyway??  i thought you were against earmarks!)  

i just don’t get the feeling that she really has a full understanding of what she’s talking about.  she either needs to 1 – get a better understanding of the full scope of these issues or 2 – be a better speaker to get her points across in a convincing fashion.  of course, this is coming from the viewpoint of somebody who is already pretty skeptical about her, and wasn’t going to vote for McCain even before she ended up on the ticket.  Now, of course, I wouldn’t do it even at gunpoint.

why is it…

Posted in politics with tags , on Thursday 11 September 2008 by amanda

that we (americans) seem to just accept that politicians lie, and even are willing to accept those lies as total truth?  the bridge to nowhere, this new “sex education” ad about Obama…they are simply not true.  how is it that the McCain campaign is getting away with this crap?  is this the media, or is this americans not wanting to listen?

a letter from somebody that knows sarah palin

Posted in politics with tags , , on Friday 5 September 2008 by amanda

fascinating!  this letter was published in the washington independent as a comment to a story.  The letter asks that it not be posted to a website, but since i found it on a website, i’m guessing that’s irrelevant by now.  this is a private citizen’s opinion.  what i find most fascinating is that it seems, at least according to some people, that it’s dangerous to speak out against Sarah Palin.  If I myself had not grown up in a small town, and been from generations of small-towners, I might scoff at that.  But if her “barracuda” reputation, and even half of the stories about rancorous firings of people who made her angry are true, I can see it.  But I don’t like the idea of electing somebody to public office (anywhere, but especially the 2nd highest in the US) who leaves people in their wake who seem to be AFRAID to speak out.


here’s the link, too:


Dear friends,

So many people have asked me about what I know about Sarah Palin in the 
last 2 days that I decided to write something up . . .

Basically, Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton have only 2 things in 
common: their gender and their good looks. 🙂

You have my permission to forward this to your friends/email contacts 
with my name and email address attached, but please do not post it on 
any websites, as there are too many kooks out there . . .



I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska. I have known Sarah since 1992. 
Everyone here knows Sarah, so it is nothing special to say we are on a 
first-name basis. Our children have attended the same schools. Her 
father was my child’s favorite substitute teacher. I also am on a 
first name basis with her parents and mother-in-law. I attended more 
City Council meetings during her administration than about 99% of the 
residents of the city.

She is enormously popular; in every way she’s like the most popular 
girl in middle school. Even men who think she is a poor choice and 
won’t vote for her can’t quit smiling when talking about her because 
she is a “babe”.

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on sarah palin

Posted in politics with tags , on Tuesday 2 September 2008 by amanda

i do feel the need to put in my two cents about sarah palin.  in this post, i don’t want to talk about her as a mom or her family – i think that those are personal choices…i want to write about what seems to be getting less attention.  

1.  she’s under INVESTIGATION.  seriously?  how is this not totally THE headline?  if she was a dem it would be ALL the news!  mccain nominated a person that is currently under investigation.  doesn’t matter if it’s true – he has chosen as his running mate a person for whom there is enough evidence to warrant an investigation that wrongdoing while in office occurred.  a dem would be crucified.  have at.

2.  as mayor of Wasilla (population) around 6,000, she acquired, through lobbyists, etc, the same amount of earmarks funding as Boise, Idahok population 160,000.  Well, what’s wrong with that?  She advocated strongly on behalf of her community, and if she got a disproportionate amount of earmarks, then power to her.  yeah, except that now she is totally opposed to earmarks.  sorry, she just doesn’t get a pass when she was so incredibly blatantly in favor when it was in her favor and now she’s adamantly against.  it got called flip-flopping for john kerry, so same principle must apply here.

3.  okay, i said that i wouldn’t bring her family into this but i have to say one thing about it.  don’t make her out to be a hero because she has a child with Down Syndrome.  Many, many women each year choose to have their babies after finding out they have DS – she is not a special hero who did something amazing for her “poor disabled baby” – she is a MOM.  I say this as a mother – it’s an amazing thing, and hard enough when the baby is “normal” by societal standards.  I think it’s an insult to other mothers with children with different abilities to give such accolade to THIS one for not aborting her kid. (as a note, this one has nothing to do with anything that she per se is doing.  but i feel that it’s being exploited)

4.  Finally, it certainly does not further the interests of women to elect her as VP.  Her stance on issues that are important to women are incredibly conservative.  She is anti-choice, anti-pay equity, pro-government-pushed-marriage, against universal health care, and many other issues incredibly important to many women.

5.  a second finally.  she talked to the librarian about banning books in the library in wasilla when she ways mayor.  need i say more?  granted, she never actually took action, but she was interested in doing so.

karl rove is on the lam!

Posted in politics with tags , on Sunday 13 July 2008 by amanda

rove was supposed to testify before congress about how he’s helped Bush screw the American people, but instead fled the country.  he didn’t notify congress that he was planning to do so, either, even though this was a “long-planned” trip, and i’m pretty sure that he has people make sure that he doesn’t accidentally plan to be out of the country when the national legislature requests his company.

Here’s the link to a short article and video.