I am finally out of bed at 5:30 pm, having tried to sleep my hang-over away (it didn’t work, by the way).  

This is me last night, ecstatic and crying tears of joy, watching Obama’s speech:

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That’s it. I partied too long and hard afterwards in to the morning so I can’t do anything more right now.  I still keep having moments of “No way…really?!” and pinch myself and get a happy lump in my throat.

The Idiot is Dead.  Long Live Obama!

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You know, I really didn’t intend to start a blog that has become so mostly focused on the politics flying around right now.  I really didn’t.  I actually just wanted an outlet to formulate ideas and descriptions and be creative and generally just…I dunno.  Write.   About stupid stuff.  About the old man on the corner and how he gets through his day.  About the little dog peeing in the neighbors grass (we don’t really have lawns in this part of the city…it’s a population density thing…).  About how hung over I was/am this weekend and how much fun it was getting that way but, damn, what the hell was I thinking and how the hell do I make it STOP!

But this whole Election thing…the obsession, the excitement, the hopefulness, the fury…happens to me every friggin’ four years…since forever.  Okay, okay…not since forEVER exactly, but it’s been happening for a very long time.

I end up telling a certain story a lot lately, because it IS an election year and people you run into DO start talking about their hopes and fears, both for this time around and for other elections in the past.  The story I tell is about how when I was six years old, living in my home-town California-beach-town,  and I found out that I couldn’t vote that year.  It was 1972…(do the math if you want.  No, wait, please don’t)…do you remember who ran?  I do, that’s not the point.  The point is that I remember how upset, how downright devastated, I was…with my little-girl hopes dashed to bitty-bits on jagged rocks, because, well, hell!  Waiting until you’re 18 years old to vote was literally almost incomprehensible!  It was like saying, “in your next life”!  I have to wait HOW LONG?!?  I’ll never make it!  No WAY!

Not one to accept being told I “can’t”, at least not with a really good reason why not and age was not a really good reason to me at the time, I started really paying attention during big election years.  In hind-sight, I think doing so made me feel like I was proving to those that previously told me I “can’t” vote, that damn, straight!…I was qualified, up-to-speed, and not your usual “little-girl”.  Although I will admit the 1976 Election was a bit eclipsed for me by the whole media hoopla of the Bi-Centennial celebration and the fact that there was one or two (or three) really cute boys in my field of awareness, I have tried each time to self-educate myself on the issues to a higher level than the average bear (Hi-ya Yogi!), and I think I have done pretty well.  (Although,  I don’t think that I even now, by any means, have this 13-year old beat!  Forget FHA and FFA…this is one Future Political Analyst of America (FPAA?) in the making, for sure).  Consequently, with every election, I have gotten more vocal about it, more obsessed about it and, depending on how I see the candidates and how they are doing, I will get elated or angry in turns.  Case in point:  my blog.

Even so, I really wish I could get myself to pull my head out of the mish-mash flow of trash traffic that is everywhere!  Can’t I just turn myself away, just ONCE, from the Bandwagon Against Sarah Palin?  I know the issues, I know the candidates.  I know what I believe in and what America needs to realize (and finally is, I think) in order to save itself.   I also know, however, that all the world loves a parade…and you can’t turn away from something as awful as a train wreak.  Yep…even me, although it makes me tired for sure.

What do you think?  Eight days to go and almost home…but that doesn’t mean it’s time to sit down and shut up, right?  I mean…my mom always said “Do what you do well”, though she may not have realized exactly what she was telling me!  And for cryin’ out loud…it’s too late now for Dad to  “Turn this car right around now!”, so why sit in the back seat nice and quite?

Whatever you think, whatever you say here or elsewhere, just make sure you get out and VOTE.  I’ve done that already as much as they’ll let me (once, bah!), so I’ll just keep the watch and run my mouth and generally make a spectacle of myself (again…I think it gets easier every four years.  Just wait ’til I’m Helen’s age!  You won’t ever be able to shut me up!)

© 2008 D. Kessler

Antisocial personality disorder (APD) is defined by American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual  thus:

“The essential feature for the diagnosis is a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others…”

Further reading has led me to the these lists, with which we should be able to make an informed diagnostic guess regarding You Know Who from Alaska.  I have added, in parenthesis, whether I believe said person shows evidence of that particular symptom.

The Diagnostic Criteria
Three or more of the following are required:

  1. Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors (Check!)
  2. Deceitfulness, as indicated by repeatedly lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure (Double Check!)
  3. Impulsivity or failure to plan ahead (Check!)
  4. Irritability and aggressiveness (Hmm…ya think?)
  5. Reckless disregard for safety of self or others (Hello?! Leaking amniotic fluid but waiting almost 24 hours admit to the hospital DEFINATELY put her as-then unborn baby in danger of infection and resulting serious problems! So, yeah…she gets this one too.)
  6. Consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations (Yes, and Yes!)
  7. Lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another (Bingo!  Fly who where on who’s dime?)

By my count, she gets 7 out of 7…

Now for individual Symptoms
Characteristics of people with antisocial personality disorder may include (Yes or No? Is this ‘our’ Sarah?):

  1. Persistent lying or stealing (Yep!)
  2. Recurring difficulties with the law (I ‘d say Troopergate and unethical use of state funds count!)
  3. Tendency to violate the rights and boundaries of others (Oh, HELL yeah!)
  4. Substance abuse (can’t tell you on this one…)
  5. Aggressive, often violent behavior (Maybe not violent herself, but I think rousing rabble in PA cuts it darn close…)
  6. A persistent agitated or depressed feeling; dysphoria (I can’t say on this one, either…)
  7. Inability to tolerate boredom (? Don’t know…)
  8. Disregard for the safety of self or others (Yeah…again, the amniotic fluid episode counts)
  9. A childhood diagnosis of conduct disorders – this is not a symptom but “a history of”  (can’t say…)
  10. Lack of remorse, related to hurting others (If it walks like a duck…talks like a duck…)
  11. Superficial charm (Oh yes, DEFINATELY!)
  12. Impulsiveness (I’d say yes)
  13. A sense of extreme entitlement (VERY evident!)
  14. Inability to make or keep friends (couldn’t say…)
  15. Recklessness, impulsivity (Yep)
  16. People with a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder often experience difficulties with authority figures (Hey, just talk to the McCain camp!  She’s off on her own agenda, won’t take any advice from anyone…she’s gone ‘Rogue’ and showing no signs of remorse or need to “rein in”).

*DING DING DING DING DING!!* 

Falling Confetti

Sarah Palin, you score 11 out of 16!  Along with the 7 out of 7 scored in the first half, this means you have Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD) and are a SOCIOPATH!  Fortunately, this also entitles you to one GO BACK HOME TO ALASKA pass!  (Do not pass ‘Go!’, do not collect $150K)

So there…that’s my rant.  I’m tired now. Outta here.  Talk amongst yourselves…

Too tired, too angry, too something…so all I have to say today is this:

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Now, THAT is a man that knows not to squander money!  THAT is a man of the People, working for the People!  And THAT is the Man for the Job

And THIS, 7-year old Piper Palin with a $750.00 Louis Vutton bag purchased by the RNC, is proof of all that is just absolutely SICK and WRONG and MUST BE SENT HOME!

…and then I read this story from CNN that made me LAUGH OUT LOUD with glee…

That’s all folks…tired.  Time to sleep…if my mind will let me…

In what Universe is it appropriate for a 7-year old girl to be listed as  “in official capacity helping” and therefore have all her travel expenses covered by the state?  Oh, well, that would be the Twisted Wacky World of Sarah Palin, of course!

Somehow, Mrs. Palin has deemed it completely within reason to appropriate vast sums of the Alaskan taxpayers money to cover the air travel and luxury hotel accommodations of her 7-, 14- and 17-year old girls on numerous occasions, both within and outside the state of Alaska.  From what I can ascertain, the children had no real official business, were not expected to attend the functions to which they were traveling and therefore were not actually invited.  Although it appears that their mother may have inquired at times of the hosts/promoters of said functions if she could have one of her children accompany her, Sarah Palin is known to have showed up with more children than was concessioned, and the state had to foot the bill.  According to the Associated Press story, she actually did not usually even inquire but just assumed and brought along the brood.

Sound professional to you?  Not to me.  Hmm…let’s see…to start with, the wording “in official capacity helping” doesn’t even sound official, not to mention the fact that I can in no way can I fathom how a 7-year old (or 14-year old, etc) would fulfill duties included “in official capacity helping”!  Neither does the amended description of  “to draw two separate raffle tickets” make any sense!   Last I heard, the mere drawing of raffle tickets is not considered official state business that warrants the extra airline tickets and hotel accommodations.  Sounds like Mrs. Palin just wanted an extra edge to win that new snowmobile, flashy rod ‘n’ reel or matching high-powered scope-sight for her moose-shootin’ power rifle.  Hmm…maybe, too, she was trying to have a little getaway for “just the girls”.  I mean, has anyone seen the itemized bill from the hotel for things like the hotel’s spa/salon and room service?!.

Tony Knowles, Governor of Alaska 1994-2002, has said regarding this investigation:

“There was no valid reason for the children to be along on state business.  I cannot recall any instance during my eight years as governor where it would have been appropriate to claim they performed state business.”

And no, this is not a “Career Day” scenario…’Oh, let’s go spend the day with Mommy and see what she does for a living!’  This is systematically and routinely using taxpayers funds for unofficial use, and then changing the records later hoping to make it fly.  This is the kind of thing that people in the REAL world get fired for ALL…THE…TIME!  “Inappropriate use of company funds” and “Misuse of company expense account” spring to mind as two official terminologies used on termination documents for such activity.  Buh-bye, So-long, Do not pass ‘Go’, Do not collect severance pay.  FIRED.

And interestingly, it appears that she didn’t feel the need to change the records until AFTER she was selected as John McCain’s running mate.*

Hmm…that stinks of “oh shit!” to me…

The McCain/Palin campaign talks a lot about “across the board spending freeze” and “accountability” and “transparency”…but I don’t see that happening with them.  I see the complete opposite of transparency.  I see a lot of LIES…and scrambling to cover up lies (that’s called MORE LIES).  Yeah, so I say “Oh, HELL NO!” to putting this woman so close to MY hard-earned and hard-paid tax dollars!   And I say “Oh, HELL NO!” to the “Straight Talk” that is actually Double-Talk and Bullshit.

*(Correction:   CNN sites the date Palin ordered the records changed as August 6th, three weeks before the official announcement of the VP running mate pick by the McCain campaign.  However, Palin requested the changes to the record AFTER Alaska reporters asked for the records.  Sorry.  Still stinks of “oh shit! to me…)

© 2008 D. Kessler

(Extended Revised Post)

Sarah Palin, October 17, 2008, Flight from Ohio to Indiana (full article at CNNPolitics):

QUESTION: Governor, the Washington Post and Peggy Noonan both said independently today that you are unqualified to be commander in chief. How do you respond to that?

PALIN: Well, we talked a lot already about my executive experience that will be put to good use as vice president and if heaven forbid, anything happened to John McCain, if we’re so blessed to be elected president and vice president, that executive experience will be put to good use, as coming from a mayor and a manager, small business owner and a governor and a regulator of oil and gas. That’s important, but as important is the world view that I share with John McCain and the intentions that we have there to put in place policies that will put government back on the side of the American people and we’ll win these wars and help secure our nation. Those things all put together will be put to good use and if I felt I was not ready I would never have said yes, I wanna take on this responsibility, this challenge, this opportunity to run for vice president as his partner.

There are so many things wrong with this response alone, I just don’t even know where to begin.  I’m so flabbergasted that all I can say is…Who the heck (if anyone) taught this woman to speak in public?!?  She can’t even talk coherently!

Now, Sarah Palin is technically only the Vice Presidential candidate, and not actually running for President.  The Vice President of the United States is in charge of presiding over the Senate (running the floor debates, etc).  In recent administrations, the VP has also taken part in a fair amount of diplomatic duties not originally included in the job description provided by the Constitution.  Therefore, with such responsibilities, don’t we need a Vice President who has a very good, if not exceptional, grasp of the English language…ESPECIALLY in terms of verbal usage and live speaking??

If her not-so-commanding use of her native tongue doesn’t prove how ridiculous it would be to put her in office as VP, add the oft-revisited-fact that she would be only one seat away from possibly having to step in as President should anything happen to John McCain (more cancer, death by old age…etc).  Let’s take a comparative look at the population statistics  for 2006, compliments of the US Census Bureau.  Since I live in Seattle, Washington (the other Washington), I included, for comparison, stats for Seattle, King County and Washington State, as well as the states of Delaware for Joe Biden and Illinois for Barak Obama.

People QuickFacts – US Census Bureau
Wasilla City     not available, however was 5,469 in 2000
Alaska                                670,053
Delaware                           853,476
Illinois                          12,831,970
Seattle                                582,454
King Co.                          1,826,732
Washington State     6,395,798
USA                             299,398,484

You’ll notice that Alaska’s total STATEWIDE population is only 87,569 more than the CITY of Seattle and is over 1 million LESS than King County, alone…and Washington State’s population is over 9.5 times larger than Alaska!

Larger population means more and larger, intricate and delicate issues.  So, the way I look at it, she isn’t even qualified for the job of King County Executive, let alone Governor of Washington State!  Yet, with a US population of over 200 million people she and the Republican party think that she can pull off the job of VP?!

Come on…This joke has got to stop…NOW.

By comparison, the state of Illinois, has over 19 times the population of Alaska…and Delaware has 183,423 more people (packed into only 2,489 sq miles) than all of Alaska (663,267 sq miles)!  So, um…who has the experience behind them to do the job?

Go HOME, Sarah.  PLEEEZ go HOME…You are by NO MEANS qualified for any office at the Federal level.  Hell, you’re not even qualified to be Mayor of… (insert major US city here)!

© 2008 D. Kessler