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Sarah Palin / Steve Jobs

Two things happened in the news yesterday – one was predictable and the other was, at least to me, shocking.

Yesterday, Sarah Palin announced that she would not seek the Republican nomination for President.  Did anyone actually think she would?  Mrs. Palin has a fairly nice life.  She writes books, makes television appearances and if she farts, the whole world knows about it.  Did you know that when she was governor of Alaska, she was actually a moderate?  I didn’t until recently when I looked into her record.  Personally, I don’t believe she’s as right wing as she appears – and I think the woman is media savvy.  Right wing is in and she’s willing to pick up her conservative banner and wave it all over.

This is not a criticism – it is merely an observation.  I would love someone to pay me to spout off my opinions around the country – so good for her.  She saw a market and she is exploiting it for her own financial gain.  Nothing wrong with that.  However; she can’t do that and run for President.  She’d have to give up her Fox News paycheck and five kids are expensive to feed.  Sarah’s no fool.  She’s been on the campaign trail with handlers and having to censor yourself.  She doesn’t want to do that.

And who could blame her?


In 1983, I was sitting in a classroom when they brought in an Apple IIe. The entire class was all up in arms regarding this new computer.  The computer room in high school had a sign up sheet.  The room had 15 or 20 Commodores, but only one Apple IIe.  You were only allowed so much time on the Apple because of the list of people waiting, but you could spend as much time as you wanted programming on the Commodores.

I’m an impatient gal and I don’t like to stand in line.  I never bothered giving the Apple a second glance.  I spent my computer time programming in Basic on the Commodore, which led me (after some detours) to Windows and, eventually, to my current profession – as a Report Developer.

So, you see, Steve Jobs is the reason I do what I do.  I am such a Microsoft gal, that – with one exception – I have never worked on Apples or Macs or anything with a i in front of it.  But, had he not created the Apple IIe, there would’ve been more people wanting to use the Commodores in high school, leaving me with less time on them.

I’m sure people will write better eulogies to the man who changed the way we do things in the world than I ever could.  So, let me say this:  Thank you, Steve Jobs, for all you’ve done in technology.  Without you, I couldn’t have done the few things I’ve done.

Sarah Palin: “I think I can win”

Well, what she actually told a report for Newsweek was: “I believe that I can win a national election.”

I would add something to this, but it is just too ridiculous to ponder.  Even among Republicans, Palin is far below nearly every other candidate out there as their choice.  Even a FoxNews poll conducted in June shows Palin losing to Obama 56% to 35%.

Hey, I’d vote for her in the Republican primary – it would guarantee an Obama re-election.

To be fair, the poll showed Obama beating every Republican Candidate (Romney, Gingrich, Pawlenty).  I was surprised that the poll didn’t include Bachmann.

You know what the sad thing about Sarah Palin is?  Besides the fact that she is a quitter, having resigned from being governor, when she was governor of Alaska, she mostly made decisions that can best be described as middle of the road or centralist.  90% of our nation’s problems could probably be solved by moving to the middle.  However; to make a name for herself or to get the base all worked up or whatever the reason is, Palin dropped her center road and moved very far to the right – not as far as Bachmann, but farther over than the state of Alaska would’ve liked her to be.

This far move to the right is probably the largest reason she doesn’t stand a chance.  The far righters turn off the independents and there are not enough Tea Partiers in the nation to elect a president that is too far to the right.

So, maybe she thinks she can win, but the truth is; she cannot and she couldn’t.

Run, Sarah, Run!

Palin’s Emails

Jon Stewart’s take on the dump of Sarah Palin’s 24,000 emails.

And, may I just add, since there was nothing in them, what the hell took two years?

 

Palin and Romney Top GOP Contenders for President

According to CNN, a Gallup Poll, Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney are the GOP’s top contenders for the Presidency.  Palin must be letting this go to her head because she’s going to rev up a bus and go on tour of the nation.  Here’s one thing with which Palin and I agree.  The best years of our nation are stretched out in front of us.  Here’s where we differ, if Sarah Palin is elected President, those days may never come.

According to the Poll, Romney has garnered “17 percent of Republicans and GOP leaning independents”, Palin has 15.  Quite frankly, people, that’s nothing to write home about.  15%?  Peanuts.  17% – not enough.  Besides, the position isn’t for President of the Republicans.  It is President of the United States.  Romney barely has a chance and Palin should save the bus fair.

Republican Candidates

I’m just going to say it now, I’m voting for President Obama in 2012.  There isn’t ONE viable Republican Candidate out there who could possibly make me believe for one tiny little second that they would be good for this country.

I thought, perhaps, Newt Gingrich.  Alas, the man let me down.  He attacked Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan – which honestly I don’t have an opinion on, yet – and then he lost his nerve and his cajones and APOLOGIZED after being attacked by the far and not so far right for being honest.  The man gave an honest answer to a question and then backed away from it, which sucks because Gingrich is a centralist and now he doesn’t stand a chance.  <sigh> Here are two of your Republican 2012 Candidates.

Michele Bachmann – Bachmann wouldn’t know the truth if it bit her on her ass and stayed there.  She is the new Sarah Palin – someone pretty that just distorts the truth.  Unfortunately, people who like her don’t bother to go and check to see if she’s telling the truth.  Want an example? According to both FactCheck.org and Politifact.com, “on Saturday, March 26th, 2011 in a speech at the Conservative Principles PAC Conference”, Bachmann said the following:

“One. That’s the number of new drilling permits under the Obama administration since they came into office.”

And, she’s wrong. She’s not just wrong by a little, like she said one and there was really 3 or 4. That I would call a mistake. She’s off by at least 199. That’s a lie. A baldfaced lie made to get her followers all up in arms and mad at President Obama.  Why wouldn’t you want to get your followers all up in arms about something Obama really did that burned your butt?  Nope, Bachmann relies on lies and distorted truth to get her point across.  I know there are smart women in the Republican Party, so why don’t one of them run?

Tim Pawlenty – Pawlenty just announced this past weekend.  Admittedly, I don’t know a lot about him.  So, I did what I always do and I started looking him up on the Internet, find out who his was (former Governor of our neighbor to the north Minnesota) and where he stands. I found a video on CNN.com where Pawlenty is speaking to CPAC.  I’d like to see the whole video, but I’m sure I can find it somewhere.  But, here’s the part that bugs the hell out of me:

“Our freedom is the very air we breathe and make no mistake, the policies of the left encroach everyday on the very freedom that has made this country great. We will never ever ever stop fighting for our freedom.”

Now, I understand that Pawlenty was speaking to a conservative group, so he’s going to lean very far to the right. However; over the last thirty years, (maybe more) the Republican Party has spent more time taking away your rights then they have spent protecting them. Just a couple of examples:

  • They have made it harder and harder to get an abortion. Perhaps you agree with that, but I’m sure if you do, you’ve never been in a spot to need one.
  • The Patroit Act – no comment needed
  • Um, Gay Marriage anyone?
  • Oh, and isn’t it the Republican Governors who are taking away worker’s rights.

Put it anyway you like, but it isn’t the Democrats encroaching on my life. It’s the Republicans.

I’ll review a couple more Republican Candidates soon. It’s gonna be one LONG year until the election.

Paying Attention to Sarah Palin

The headline on CNN’s Political Ticker boldly stated:  “‘I’m through,’ Palin says”.  Even the first sentence stated, “Sarah Palin says she’s done.”  I got all bubbly and excited inside.  ‘Finally!,’ I said to myself, ‘we won’t have to hear about Sarah Palin anymore!’

And, just like what happened in the tech and housing markets, the bubble burst.

Sarah Palin is sticking around. 🙁  She’s just not going to “whine about the media”.  Apparently, Palin is saying this after NOW came to her defense in regards to a “sexual slur directed her way from comedian Bill Maher”.  I’m paraphasing, but Palin went on to say that she doesn’t need NOW’s help.

She really doesn’t get it, does she?

Does Palin even know or understand the history of the Women’s movement in this country?  Does she understand that the whole reason the country (and the “lamestream” media) pays any attention to her is because of organizations such as NOW?  Her right to have five children or her right to not have five children is owed to the many women who came before her – is she aware of this?

I’m guessing she isn’t.

All five of my grandparents were born before women had the right to vote.  Two of my three grandfathers (two biological and one step) celebrated their 18th birthdays before women could vote.  I owe (and, my mother and grandmothers owe) the right to vote to the women who came before us.  I have the right to earn a living to the women who belonged to NOW during the Feminist movement.

I realize that Palin doesn’t agree with NOW (the National Organization for Women), although I don’t understand entirely why, but no one is asking her to donate money or give a speech for them.  Palin used that old quote “I need NOW’s defense like a fish needs a bicycle” to show her disdain.

Actually, Sarah, you do need NOW’s defense.  It is groups like NOW who fought for our rights – who stood up when we couldn’t – who still fight for what’s right in our country.  What you really need is to get your head out of your ass and stop believing your own right-wing press clippings.

You weren’t ready to serve as Vice President in 2008 – you actually were reason #3 for why I didn’t vote for McCain – and you won’t be qualified or ready to serve as President in 2012.

Mike Huckabee, Michelle Obama and Sarah Palin

As I reported to you way back on November 23, Sarah Palin is all over Michelle Obama about healthy eating and our children.  She took cookies to a Pennsylvania school to protest the state’s decision to “double the amount of fruit and vegetables in their meals within 10 years”.  She keeps spouting off that this takes away parental decisions in their children’s life.  However; she’s wrong there.  Parents have never had a decision in what their children eat in a school lunch – unless they pack it themselves.  You either get what’s on that week’s menu or you pack your child’s lunch.  There’s no in between.

However; to Palin, this is Big Government and that makes it bad.

Isn’t that getting a little old?  Not everything the government does is wrong, nor is everything the government does good.  I think Sarah Palin shows how the fringes of our society have taken hold.  It demonstrates how holding on to a principle just to hang on to it is a ridiculous stance.  That holds true whether you are on the right of the aisle or the left.  Sometimes government interference in an individual’s life is bad – example; gay marriage – and sometimes the government interference is good – example; consumer lending laws.

I don’t think Sarah Palin gets it.  I don’t think she realizes that crying wolf at everything the government does isn’t going to capture her the White House.  It’s just going to leave her where she is:  a late night joke, a pretty face without a clue.

Anyway, bashing Sarah Palin isn’t the reason I started writing this article – it just turned out that way.  It’s so easy.  It’s like shooting fish in a barrel.

Why I started this blog post is to point out that Mike Huckabee might be more of a reasonable man than I originally thought.  I might have to spend a little more time reading about him. According to CNN, Huckabee said: “With all due respect to my colleague and friend Sarah Palin, I think she’s misunderstood what Michelle Obama is trying to do.”  An article on Huffington Post quoted him as saying:  “Michelle Obama’s not trying to tell people what to eat or not trying to force the government’s desires on people.  She’s stating the obvious, that we do have an obesity problem in this country.”  According to the CNN article, Huckabee has had a weight problem.  I didn’t know this.  He’s even written a book –  “Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork: A 12-Stop Program to End Bad Habits and Begin a Healthy Lifestyle” – which I think might be worth a read.  He apparently lost 110 pounds.  I think that’s pretty impressive.

It doesn’t appear that Sarah Palin really understands what is at stake here.  No one is going to come into your home and take away all of your ding dongs.  And, as that professor proved, you can eat just ding dongs and still lose weight.  What Michelle Obama is trying to do is to make parents and children more aware of what they eat.  That isn’t a bad thing.  Parents are very much responsible for teaching their children good and bad eating habits.  Quite honestly, I blame my mother for my bad eating habits and my weight struggle.  Yes, I am an adult now and I have been working to change my habits, but I don’t think I’d be such a big gal if my mother had chosen to teach good eating habits instead of being controlling about every aspect of my life – including my eating.  Then again, she didn’t learn any good eating habits from my grandmother either.  My grandmother was a big gal and my mother is a big gal.  Three big gals coming at you like three mack trucks!

Palin being so against this idea makes me wonder.  If First Lady Obama had come out against using drugs, like Nancy Reagan had during the eighties, would Palin be against that idea, too?

Get Sarah Palin’s New Book FREE!

I was checking out a list of book signings and I saw the below ad.  I’ve never heard of Townhall Magazine.  According to its website, it “is the monthly news and opinion journal from the same team of right-thinking reporters, opinion makers, insiders and political leaders conservatives have trusted for 15 years.”  Andrew Breitbart is one of their contributors, if that means anything to you.  The subscription costs $34.95, which is (according to the site) 42% off the cover price.  And, now the ad…

So, here’s my question…Does Townhall Magazine’s giveaway of Sarah Palin’s new book count toward the amount of her books sold? I mean, how many subscriptions will they sell using this promotion? 100? 1,000? 10,000? And, if Townhall Magazine is purchasing them to give them away, how does that translate into the sales figures for Palin’s book? What if they receive one million subscriptions? Does that mean Sarah Palin’s book sales go up by a million?

This is a serious question.  I’m not trying to knock Palin’s book or the magazine, as I have read neither.  I’m just really curious as I have not seen a magazine use a book giveaway in this manner.  Yes, magazines give away books, but they’re usually books produced by the magazine’s own publisher; one example would be Consumer Reports will giving away their buying guide with a paid subscription.   I’ve seen others, but of course while I’m writing this, I can’t think of any.  If you have, please feel free to mention them below.  If you know whether or not this counts as part of her sale totals, please comment that as well.

Oh and if you are just dying to get your hands on a subscription of Townhall Magazine, but you all ready have Palin’s book – they offer other choices, as well.

Happy Reading!

Sarah Palin and Tax Cuts

On December 1st, Sarah Palin tweeted the following:

“Pls refer to Jan.1 tax changes appropriately: they’re OBAMA TAX HIKES & they’ll slam every American’s savings, investments & job opportunity”.

On December 2nd, she tweeted this:

“Dear Sen.Gregg:Yes, Obama’s tax policy means “generating massive revenues” but that means govt will engage in massive spends;that’s not good”

and this:

DC politicians: Trust businesses & families to spend our own hard earned $ wiser than you can spend it; I’ll tune in Obama Tax Hike talk…”

and this:

“today from here in Iowa @ book signing;No doubt hard working Iowa residents will agree that Obama Tax Hikes (29 days from now) will slam ’em”

And, she’s wrong. These aren’t Obama’s tax hikes – they’re President Bush’s. Like it or not, the Republicans in Congress didn’t have the 60 votes necessary to make the tax cuts permanent. And, now, those tax cuts are expiring. According to PoliticFact, my tax percent will be raised to 28% and someone who makes twice as much as I do, will pay the same percent in taxes. Isn’t that nice?

Apparently, despite what Glenn Beck says about making stuff up, you can just make stuff up and still have people listen to you.  It’s a shame that Palin’s 322,396 followers will just believe what she tweeted.  They won’t look to see if what she’s saying is true.  Nothing upsets me more than someone just making stuff up and spouting it as if it were actual fact.  I cannot believe that there are Americans in this country who are so enamored with this woman that they made her book number two on the New York Times Best Seller list.  (I know, I was shocked to find that her followers can read, but maybe it has a lot of pictures in it.)

Sarah Palin’s Alaska

It must be Sarah Palin’s day here at Top Of My Head – three articles in one day.  But, the Palins are headline grabbers, so here goes.

According to an article on MSNBC, the ratings for Sarah Palin’s Alaska are down – a lot.  I’m not surprised.  The show received a lot of hype, a lot of attention, Palin is a name, so ratings would be high for the original broadcast.  It isn’t unusual for any reality show to lose viewers.  I was speaking with my friend, Preston, this weekend and he said he couldn’t believe that I wasn’t watching the show.  I told him I wasn’t interested in Sarah Palin’s Alaska.  It isn’t my cup of tea.  To be honest, the show could be called Katie Couric’s Alaska and I still wouldn’t be interested.  I’m not a nature show watcher.

But, the article mentions Andy Almon, Willow’s boyfriend.  I guess he appears on the show, which makes me a little confused.  I thought Sarah Palin’s show was all about Alaska.  A travelogue, if you will, about what to see when you’re in Alaska.  I thought it would show forests and ice flows or whatever it is they have in Alaska.  So, what’s Willow’s boyfriend doing on the show?  How does he work into this?

So, if I’m reading the article right, the show is like “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” mixed with a pretty, woodsy outdoors?

I’m a little more than surprised. I would think that Palin would keep her children out of it as much as possible. A nice nature – come see Alaska – show would probably serve her better than to show family meltdowns and drama.

Am I wrong?

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