Miss Piggy Speaks Out About Pigs And Lipstick

I was pretty offended this week when I heard that Democratic presidential candidate, Barack Obama, had the nerve to say “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig!” It’s obvious, Obama never met my good friend (we go waaaay back), Miss Piggy.  As soon as I heard about what he said, I contacted the Pigalicious Diva and asked for her comment on the matter:

How Palin Screwed the Victims of Rape (revisited)

While Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla, rape victims had to pay for their own rape kits. __________ I wrote about this yesterday over at my place (from Feministing), and it’s nice to see the media — McClatchy and USA Today, for example — pick up on what is surely one of the more disgusting stories about Palin’s “executive experience.” Here’s USA Today: In 2000, Alaska lawmakers learned that rural police agencies had been billing rape victims or their insurance companies $500 to $1,200 for the costs of the forensic medical examinations used to gather evidence. They quickly passed a law prohibiting the practice. According to the sponsor, Democrat Eric Croft, the law was aimed in part at Wasilla, where … Continue reading

Ten Post Round-Up: Thursday, September 11

Unlike some folks, I actually look forward to work to get me away from blogging (as opposed to looking forward to blogging to wind down from work).  It’s not the blogging so much as the news.  And, when politics are involved, I really need a night or two away from the blogosphere.  Truthfully, it’s kind of like crack to me and like any addict, I know that I need to walk away but, sometimes, I just can’t.  I know they say that “crack is whack”, but “blogosphere,…I don’t know how to quit you!”  I guess I’ll try Pink Russian transference (the withdrawal symptoms will hurt a whole lot less). Today’s Ten Post Round-Up seems like more of the same ol’ … Continue reading

9/11: A Very Personal Memoir

I was in a coffee shop having breakfast when I first heard, from a pilot friend of mine, that a plane had hit the WTC. I told him to stop joking around about crap like that and then realized he was serious. Something impelled me to rush back to my condo and turn on the news. I knew something life changing was happening. I turned on MSNBC in fact. I watched in horror for the rest of the morning and into the afternoon hypnotized by the horror of the event and the heroic behavior I saw that day. An MSNBC correspondent Ashleigh Banfield, later the first female reporter to enter Afghanistan, didn’t run away from the disaster. She ran toward … Continue reading

Palin, Religion and Control

Sarah Palin never banned any books from her local library. But she did look into the matter- with the backing of her church- and fired a librarian that was shocked Palin would ask about such a thing (the librarian was rehired after a public outcry). There’s an implication that if there hadn’t been an outcry over the firing, some books might have slipped off the shelves and into a bonfire.  Via Steve Benen:  Yesterday, ABC News’ Brian Ross moved the ball forward a bit, with an interesting report. Ross emphasized an angle I previously hadn’t heard much about. Palin was elected mayor thanks in large part to the strong backing of her church, the Wasilla Assembly of God, which, right around the … Continue reading

Lies, Lies, Lies

There’s still more discussion today on the “lipstick on a pig” kerfluffle and how the “controversy is ginned up, a fraud, a lie.” Michael Kinsley points out on the WaPo that continuing to discuss it is “falling into the trap that McCain’s people have set and perpetuating this ridiculous controversy,” but he says: [...] the routine acceptance of obvious lies now corrodes our politics as much as the money that was the subject of McCain’s famous act of Republican apostasy: McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform. McCain has described his motive for McCain-Feingold as a giant mea culpa for his involvement in the Keating Five scandal. Maybe when this is over, one way or another, McCain will swear off corrupt lying the … Continue reading

FL Prepares to Screw Up (Another) Election

I, like many other Americans, have spent the past eight years trying to balance my love of my country and my hatred for its government. As a Floridian, I get to pull double duty on the land love, government hatred front. But surely this flatland that I love would learn from its past election season mistakes. Right?  Yeah, not so much:  State elections officials will resume enforcement of a controversial state law that requires Floridians to have their identification match up with a state or federal database in order to register to vote. Secretary of State Kurt Browning sent notice to the state’s 67 supervisors of elections on Friday that the 2006 law, which has been on hold for the last … Continue reading