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Monday, October 6th, 2008
3:05 pm
I'm starting to get a little stressed out about this economic crisis.
Sunday, October 5th, 2008
4:29 pm
Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
7:06 pm
Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
3:05 pm
I'm seriously considering shaving my head tonight.
Sunday, September 28th, 2008
11:46 am
Novelist Carl Hiaassen on Sarah Palin

Posted on Sun, Sep. 28, 2008

If Palin were a male candidate . . .

The vice presidential debate is set for next Thursday, and millions of voters will be watching to see if moderator Gwen Ifill of PBS behaves herself.

Most journalists are still getting accustomed to the Sarah Rules, as established and enforced by John McCain's campaign team. The most important is Sarah Rule No. 1: Don't treat Gov. Palin like a male candidate, or you'll be accused of character assassination.

Maybe this is why McCain has kept Palin sequestered from the press -- not because he's terrified she'll pull a Dan Quayle and say something goofy (as she did to Katie Couric), but because he gallantly wants to protect her from all the chauvinist meanies who would ask impertinent questions.

Likewise, the same right-wing gasbags who've trashed Hillary Clinton for 16 years have morphed into sensitive souls when it comes to their own hockey-mom candidate. Each unsettling news revelation about Palin is automatically decried as a sexist smear.

If Palin were a male candidate, Democrat or Republican, she'd be taking heat for ducking reporters when the election is only five weeks away. Yet, except for a few grumps, the media have reluctantly accepted the Sarah snub as the new order of things.

In the big debate it will be interesting to see if the rules are followed, or broken.

If Palin were a male candidate, for example, she would again be asked (as Charles Gibson did) why she took credit for killing Alaska's notorious Bridge to Nowhere, when in fact she supported the $223 million boondoggle until Congress turned against it.

If Palin were a male candidate, she might also be encouraged to discuss why she chose a high-school pal to head Alaska's Division of Agriculture at a $95,000 salary. Among her flimsy qualifications, the woman, a former real-estate agent, claimed an affection of cows.

If Palin were a male candidate, she'd be asked why she put another childhood friend in charge of a money-losing, state-subsidized creamery that was supposed to shut down until Palin reversed the decision. As The Wall Street Journal reported, the doomed dairy cost Alaskans more than $800,000 in additional losses before it was finally closed.

Explain $17,000 `per diem'

In fact, during her short stint as governor, Palin has appointed several school buddies to well-paying state posts. Her legislative director was in the same junior-high band with Palin. Another old classmate was operating a Mailboxes, Etc. franchise when the governor appointed him head of the state's economic development office.

If Palin were a male candidate who claimed to be a crusading, cost-cutting reformer, she'd be asked what made her any better than other politicians who hand out fat government jobs to cronies.

Maybe if she were a male candidate, she'd be pressed to explain why she billed the state more than $17,000 as ''per diem'' expenses -- for 312 nights she spent at her own home.

Palin's staff told The Washington Post that the governor is entitled to such payments under Alaskan law, but a male candidate would be quickly reminded that even members of Congress don't receive a per diem allowance for routine home visits.

A male candidate would be asked how he could promote himself as a ''maverick'' while dunning taxpayers on his expense accounts.

If Palin were a man, she'd be questioned closely about her professed aversion to pork-barrel government spending, since she has happily pledged $500 million of her state's money toward a 1,715-mile natural gas pipeline.

Speaking about that as-yet unbuilt project, Palin got on stage at the Wasilla Assembly of God and told churchgoers: ''God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies in getting that gas line built, so pray for that.'' As you might imagine, this is a popular clip on YouTube.

A male candidate would be ridiculed -- no, make that crucified -- for suggesting that the Lord has taken a personal interest in natural-gas extraction. Luckily for Palin, the Sarah Rules censure such commentary as anti-religious.

Imagine if her Democratic opponent, Sen. Joe Biden, had been videotaped while being solemnly blessed against ''every form of witchcraft.'' The Republicans would jump on it, running blistering ads to portray Biden as a whack job unfit for the vice presidency.

President Palin?

Wondrously, though, Palin has yet to face any questions about her weird anti-witch inoculation at the hands of one Pastor Thomas Muthee in 2005. It's sort of creepy to watch, but who knows -- maybe this stuff really works for future vice presidents. Maybe Spiro Agnew should have tried it.

Once upon a time, any person who sought the second-highest office in the land could expect to be grilled almost as unsparingly as a presidential candidate. Biden himself has been slammed during campaign interviews, not always unfairly.

Yet the Sarah Rules allow everyone to explain Palin's words and past actions except Palin herself.

If she were a man, they wouldn't be praising her for being a hockey dad. They'd be calling her a lightweight who shouldn't be a hundred heartbeats from the Oval Office, much less one.
Monday, September 22nd, 2008
12:51 pm
Saving Bristol
Comedian Doug Stanhope writes on this site:

Saving Bristol

Never in history has a woman been under more pressure to keep an unwanted pregnancy than Bristol Palin. She is the teenage daughter of Alaska Governor & Vice-Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin - a conservative, Creationist Christian power-vampire and pro-life huckster who has put Bristol and her un-welcomed fetus at the center of a politico-religious crusade to stop her exercising her constitutional right to terminate the pregnancy.

Rather than sit back and impotently bemoan Bristol's tragic, lonely circumstance, it is time for us - the silent majority - to unite behind this poor, imprisoned woman and save her from both a tyrannical household as well as the horrible nightmare of a forced childbirth.

These are not empty words. I, Doug Stanhope, am offering you, Bristol Palin, the sum of 25,000 dollars so that you can abort your child and move out of that draconian home. I have also set up a PayPal link so that others around the world can help increase this amount to ease the burden of starting out on your own at such an early age.

I was once in a similar situation where I'd accidentally impregnated a girl and she had to make that same fateful decision that now faces you. It was easy for her - she didn't have a fascist, oligarch parent, the entire Republican Party or the sneering eyes of the Christian Right to contend with, much less a daft, puppet boyfriend who's just waiting for the cameras to stop rolling so he can bolt like a gazelle.

We made the right choice and rather than end up bitter rivals in court battles over custody or support, we are great friends who high-five over our decision and have all the free time and disposable income that young mothers never know. I now pay it forward and offer some of that money to you.

You don't need to ruin your future in order to support the megalomaniacal self-promotion of a mother whose every action is rooted in a demonic ego and archaic superstition. Don't become victim of the same pressure that had your brother "volunteering" for duty in Iraq.

Please consider my offer as time is of the essence. You don't want this child, the father certainly doesn't want this child and the world doesn't need another wailing mouth to feed.

I empathize with the amount of attention, pressure and possibly out-right threats you are getting to give birth against your will and I understand that at your age, you may go through with it no matter how much you don't want to. Either way, you have inspired me to try to make a difference.

Even if you cannot take my offer, I will still use my money or money donated through this page to pay for at least one abortion for a disadvantaged teenage girl each year for the rest of my life in the name of your mother. And in my will, I shall have a good portion of my estate turned into the Sarah J Palin Abortion Fund that will help girls from all walks of life from destroying their lives and our natural resources by having children.

You are not alone, Bristol. There are many of us out here who care.

Please show Bristol you care by either donating or signing the guestbook to let her know that there is true love for her outside of her current surroundings.


So as to negate any rumor-mongering that I seek to profit from this, I have changed the link so that any donations will go directly to www.LilithFund.org, a group that assists woman who need assistance paying for abortions. And I'll raise my own offer to Bristol to $50,000 to keep up with the crashing US dollar.
Saturday, September 6th, 2008
10:14 pm
An interesting page on Palin

UPDATE: Nevermind. Factcheck.org disputes many of the claims listed on that page. Their article here.
8:32 am
The question I'd like a reporter to ask Governor Palin
I'd like a reporter to ask her to please name all the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.
Thursday, September 4th, 2008
8:33 am
...was my son's first day as a high-school student. It was actually only a half day, orientation and school photos and such. Today is his first day of classes. He has one history text book that's over a thousand pages long and feels like it weighs about five pounds - maybe more! We're both hoping he's supposed to keep that at home for reading and assignments and not carry it to class every day.

This is the first year he will have "free periods". He's thinking he will spend them on a computer in the library, or with a handheld game or possibly doing homework. I'm hoping he will start being more social during that time and start building friendships. I didn't have many friends in my first high-school but that all changed when I got to The Northwest School (which is where Jack attends.) I hope he develops friendships as rich as I did there.

The only other change was he allowed his Mom to help him a little with his style. (She has a good eye - better than mine.) This is the kid who never put much care into what he wore or how he looked and he's finally at least a little interested in looking good. He's changed so much in recent years, but it's going to be coming faster and furious-er now. Should be a ride.
Saturday, August 23rd, 2008
9:52 am
Juke Box Joes
While looking for good clips of Lindy Hop to respond to a comment in my last post (you can see the clips I picked here) I found this one which was so good I wanted to share it with all of you.

Friday, August 22nd, 2008
9:17 am
Meanwhile back at the ranch...
Last night was the final night of the beginning Lindy Hop class I've been taking. By the end of class I was felt like the basics were finally coming back to me. My normal m.o. would be to take the beginning class again a time or two to really work on the basics, but I think that's not the plan this time. I need to settle down my spending, for one thing. I've been overdoing it. Additionally, I think it's going to start coming back to me faster now. That's the way it felt last night. So I may jump to intermediate, or maybe I'll just try to get out dancing and practice on the floor.

This week has been really busy and stressful at work and I don't see that changing any time soon, which sucks. I can tell it's affecting me because the other day I became really anxious and worried about something that A. I couldn't do anything about and B. didn't really matter very much. Sure that might be a problem inside my brain, but I really think it's just due to the work-stress.

I might have mentioned this, I'm not sure. But you know how a month or two ago I was bitching about not really "getting" Facebook (but liking it because it had helped me connect to a couple old friends (now a few))? Anyway, now I spend way too much time on Facebook. I play Packrat and Mobwars and occasionally use the IM to chat. If you're on Facebook and we're not friends there yet leave me a note (or if I wouldn't already know your real name send it to me at archie.goodwin @ gmail.com and I'll find you.)

Last thing I want to mention. There's something wrong with my appetite for tv. It's way down. Even shows that I'm pretty into (Mad Men is a good example) I just don't have much desire to watch. There are a few shows I'm watching with my son (Total Drama Island, The Middleman, Naruto) that I still look forward to, but on the whole I'm just not very into tv lately.

When I was a kid we were allowed to watch on Saturday mornings, PBS (Sesame st. etc) in the afternoons and one hour a week of our choice. That really wasn't much tv. I didn't get my first tv until I was 22 and I inherited that. I was only excited because I'd been going over to friends houses every week to watch this bizarre show Twin Peaks. But once I had the drug in my house I was in trouble. I had no resistance to the blue-cathode tube. I've been watching a fair amount (of what I like to think of as the good stuff) ever since. So this is a big change for me. And a mostly welcome one.

Now if I could just leave Facebook alone too.
Thursday, August 14th, 2008
6:11 pm
It's eighty six degrees outside.
The odds of me going to my Lindy Hop class are pretty slim. Sorry, retrogenesis.
4:41 pm
2:26 pm
Oh and by the way...
It's too hot. Too hot, baby. Gotta run for shelter, gotta RUN for shade.

(I hope that's stuck in your head too)
2:24 pm
My son is playing with Audacity
Not being audacious. Audacity, the audio recording and editing software. He's experimenting with some of the effects you can use. He just said to me, "What's tempo?"

"Speed." I said.

"Then how is that different from 'Change Speed?'"

"Good question."
Tuesday, August 12th, 2008
4:26 pm
The baby corgi from next door
The neighbors have asked we check in on him during the day, so we get to visit with him every day.

Big Yawn

You can't tell here but he hops around like a bunny.

Do I look tense? I think I look tense.

Playing with my son.
Monday, August 11th, 2008
8:46 am
The weekend
Saturday was uneventful except that I introduced my son to the deadpan comedy of Steven Wright, which was fun. I also started "Saga" by Connor Kostick, the sequel to his book Epic. My son had read both books (at my urging) and I waited until he'd finished Saga to pick it up.

I finished reading it Sunday. But that was at the end of my day. Before that, I figured out what was wrong with the fountain in my yard and fixed it (don't be impressed, no tools were actually employed in the job), figured out something in Adobe Premier Elements that had been stumping my son and me and so got my son working away on his video editing project, and finally he and I met the baby-corgi next door.

Our neighbors brought home yesterday this tiny six week old corgi puppy. It looked like a little bunny. My son and I got to meet it and hold it (it fits in one hand) and the pugs got to give it a sniff too. If I can get a good photo I'll post it here. It was a great Sunday. Some minor accomplishments and a corgi puppy. What could be better?
Sunday, August 10th, 2008
2:55 pm
Friday, August 8th, 2008
1:15 pm
Your weekly dance class update
It was hot and muggy in The Russian Center (where my Lindy Hop class is held) even before we got started. I somehow offended the fellow setting up the fans by suggesting they shouldn't all be in one location, which was weird, but oh well. I'd just been trying to help.

This class has had way more leads than follows every week but last night was especially bad. That's been about the only bummer of the course.

We worked on the swing-out, the circle, practiced some footwork and charleston. I'm still not getting quite as far around as I think I should but Chris (the teacher) encourages us not to worry about that. On the whole, I'm reasonably pleased with how well it's coming back to me. The heat and the activity quickly left me (and not just me) plenty sweaty, which is probably tmi, but oh well, you've already read it. What are you going to do, try to lose the image? There's a dance after the class each night, but I've generally felt too messy by that point to stay and ask people to dance. Maybe one night I'll wash my hands and face to cool off and stick around.

Meanwhile, I'm getting murdered at work today. I'm typing this in as I listen in on a conference call. I'm definitely ready for the weekend.
Monday, August 4th, 2008
6:15 pm
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