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Betty White, at 90 years old, is still appearing and wowing her audiences.  We should all be so lucky to still have our sense of humor at 90!

Betty White thinks Sarah Palin is “One Crazy Bitch.”

The recent  Celebration to honor Morgan Freeman reminded us of just how much we love her!

The President of the United States is obviously the single most powerful position in our American government. The most important power held by the President is the appointment of U.S. Supreme Court Justices. It is the United States Supreme Court that interprets the Constitution and thus defines the civil rights of American citizens. Because the appointments to the Supreme Court are “life-time” appointments, U.S. Presidents can affect the American way of life long after they no longer serve in office. Richard Nixon, who resigned in 1974, instead of facing almost certain impeachment, had previously appointed FOUR U.S. Supreme Court Judges. Those Justices remained on the Court even after Nixon brought dishonor to the Oval Office, and resigned.

When John McCain nominated Sarah Palin for the position of Vice President, it was crystal clear that the pick was made for political purposes, and it was totally contrary to the best interest of the country.

Not only were people petrified of the possibility of Sarah Palin serving as the President, but faith in John McCain was significantly diminished as his pick demonstrated that he was more committed to winning the election than to protecting our country.

Mitt Romney has made an equally egregious appointment. Robert Bork was appointed by Mitt Romney as the co-chair of his Justice Advisory Committee in an effort to demonstrate that he is conservative enough. Bork’s history of extremism is so apparent that his nomination to the Supreme Court was rejected with bipartisan support in the Senate in 1987.  Bork has been a vociferous opponent of feminism and reproductive rights.

Lawrence O’Donnell warns of the threat of Robert Bork.

Robert Bork :

1. is opposed to Civil Rights.

2. has indicated that there is no right to contraception, even within the confines of marriage.

3. opposed to the recognition of the Right of Free Speech for anything except political philosophy, and has specifically opposed the notion that science is protected by the First Amendment.

4. supportive of laws that attempt to control the identity of people with whom anyone can have sex.

5. committed to the notion that the Constitution does NOT shield women from gender discrimination.

Four of the current Supreme Court Justices are over age 70. One of these justices is a cancer survivor. So whoever takes the oath of office in 2013 will likely have the opportunity to fill several of these seats. Now that Romney has selected Bork as one of his chief judicial advisers, all Americans should be focused on the fact that Robert Bork could determine the identity of the next several Supreme Court Justices.

The late Senator Ted Kennedy declared on the Senate floor:

“Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is—and is often the only—protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy … President Reagan is still our president. But he should not be able to reach out from the muck of Irangate, reach into the muck of Watergate and impose his reactionary vision of the Constitution on the Supreme Court and the next generation of Americans. No justice would be better than this injustice.”

In March 2002, the Oxford English Dictionary added an entry for the verb “Bork” as U.S. political slang, with this definition:

“To defame or vilify (a person) systematically, esp. in the mass media, usually with the aim of preventing his or her appointment to public office; to obstruct or thwart (a person) in this way.”

Let us join together to “Bork” Mitt Romney in 2012.

Bob Cesca of the Huffington Post declares that Bachmann and Palin are actually “pro-choice.”Mr. Cesca documents the hypocrisy of Bachmann and Palin declaring that people should have a “choice” about the health care they receive, and at the same time saying that women should not have a choice about abortion, sonograms, or listening to a heart beat before having an abortion. Women will prove that we have a “choice” when we vote in November, and our choice will be clear.

I thought you might enjoy this sculpture and article, if you haven’t already seen it.

It’s a sad commentary on American politics when a previous nominee is married to a man accused in a nationally published book of being a pimp.

It’s also embarrassing when a former Vice Presidential contender is on trial for fraud.

John Edwards, a Democrat, and Sarah Palin, a Republican, both have come close to being a heart-beat away from the Presidency. Sarah Palin was McCain’s running mate in 2008, and Edwards was the running mate of John Kerry in 2004. Edwards also was a contender for President in 2004, and 2008.  Sarah Palin was only teasing that she might one day aspire to be the President. Edwards wrote a book,

Palin wrote two.

Edwards had a child out of wedlock,

Palin…well we don’t who the true birth-mother of Trig is.

Edwards had an affair while his wife was struggling with cancer.

Palin had an affair while Todd was trying to make ends meet.

Palin has her hair done at Big Hair Alaska.

Edwards has previously had stylists to whom he paid $400.00 to do his hair. Now that he is not running for any office, he goes to Super Cuts where he can get a cut for $12.95.

It is unclear if Edwards still pays attention to his hair now.

None of the jurors in his trial have been stricken because they didn’t like his hair.

Whether because of Rick Santorum’s Google problem, or his sweater vest problem, Rick has resigned from the Presidential race.  Mitt Romney is the presumed winner, and now speculation seems to be focused on that lucky person to be named his running mate.

In a recent poll, CBS showed that women don’t like Mitt Romney, by an astonishing 19 point margin. Women favor President Obama to Mitt Romney 57-38%.  When Mitt Romney suggested that he relied on his stay-at-home wife to help educate him about the woman’s perspective on economic issues, it didn’t seem to matter to him that Ann had not ever supported herself, or her five children. She was a woman. What more could women expect, than to have Romney rely on a woman to educated him about “woman’s issues?” It’s as if male members of the GOP think that all women care about is the gender of the person running for an office. When John McCain chose Sarah Palin it was clear that McCain picked her because she was a pretty young woman, and  had five kids.   Instead of attempting to identify issues important to women, and address those, McCain insulted women by choosing a woman that was not qualified, intelligent, or educated to run as his Vice President. The Republicans just don’t get it! In 2008 35,900.000 women voted for Obama and only 26,000,000 men voted for him. McCain had a woman on the ticket, and he LOST! The movie Game Change hadn’t been made. The book Game Change hadn’t been written. It was obvious to the 35,900,000 women who voted for Obama, that it was not the gender of the candidates that mattered, but their positions on issues. Duh!

Today ABC’s Matt Negrin publishes an article entitled “Sarah Palin’s Ghost Stalks Women on Mitt Romney’s President List.”  The obvious implication is that if Romney wants to fix the gender gap problem, he should pick a woman as a running mate, instead of trying to determine why women object to him.   Matt focuses on Kelly Ayotte and Nikki Haley as the two women who might be considered by Mitt Romney, but may not make the final cut because of their “Sarah Palin” problem. Matt focuses on the need of Romney to pick someone with more experience than Palin. Haley and Ayotte are too much like Palin. Both were endorsed by Palin.

Kelly Ayotte assumed office as the Senator from New Hampshire in January 2011, roughly 1 ½ years before she would be nominated. She is 44 years old.  Sarah Palin was 44 years old when she was nominated by McCain, and had served as Governor of Alaska for less than 2 years when McCain tapped her.

Nikki Haley is 40 years old, so she is even younger than Palin was in August of 2008. Nikki has only been in the Governor’s office since Jan of 2011

so she too has very little experience.

Both are attractive, young women. There may be many other more qualified older republican women who are not being considered. The clear indication is that when it comes to women, Republican men are considering age and attractiveness as the most important criterion, and not education, experience, or positions on the issues. Therein lies the problem. The “Sarah Palin Problem” is really the problem of the older male Republicans who evaluate the value of a woman by her age and degree of attractiveness. There is a reason Obama has a 19% margin of popularity among women voters, and it has nothing to do with the gender of his running mate. It has everything to do with the issues that affect women. 

Weighing in at over 245 pounds and standing 43 inches tall, George is the Guinness World Record holder for the Tallest Living Dog and Tallest Dog Ever. The Great Dane, now 6 years old, is almost 100 pounds bigger than other dogs of his breed, twice as tall as an average Golden Retriever and about the same weight as four German Shepherds, 11 Beagles or 26 Shih Tzus.

Words like “service,” “honor,” “devotion,” “duty,” and “integrity” have long been associated with the U.S. Military. My dad was in the Navy. My older brother was in the Air Force. What could be more noble than devoting your life to the protection of life, liberty, and freedom? It is because of the sacrifices of so many that our country is the leader of the free world. Every time we watch one of these videos, tears fill our eyes.

Oliver North speech-That’s What We Do, We are Americans

Marine Corp Band Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever

Silent Drill Platoon

The Warrior Song

It is with the utmost respect and appreciation of our military, that I am saddened by the recent scandal involving the secret service, and members of the U.S. military. It has nothing to do with politics, and everything to do with honor and moral values. It seems that eleven members of the Secret Service that included men from the Army, Navy, Airforce, and Marines were in Colombia when they hired prostitutes. They were in Colombia for the purpose of preparing for the President’s visit to Cartagena. This behavior has been reported as an “embarrassment” to the White House, the Secret Service, and to the military.  The Secret Service has had an initial reaction of revoking the top secret clearance of those involved. The President has said that he will be “angry” if the allegations are determined to be true.

However “angry” doesn’t begin to describe my reaction to the actions of our military. “Angry” doesn’t begin to explain my reaction to the exploitation of vulnerable women by Todd Palin, as in the matter of Shailey Tripp. As we contemplate the “War on Women” we tend to think about the effort of men to take away a woman’s right of choice, contraception, and even requiring equal pay for women. Yet the recent examples of the actions of the military in Cartagena, and of Todd Palin in Alaska, predictably result in despair and disillusionment of women in America.

This video of a Sergeant coming home to is 9-year old daughter is the epitome of all that is good in the military.

Members of the military paying for sex in Cartagena is the epitome of all that is bad in the military. Consider the plight of women and children in Cartagena.  

1. Girls, as young as 9 years old, in Cartagena, often resort to prostitution as their only method of obtaining food.

2. 58% of the 40 million people in Columbia are poor, defined as making $1.00 per day, or less.

3. 1.5 million people in Columbia are displaced from their homes due to violence.

4. Poor women and children often resort to prostitution as the only available way to gain money for basic needs, including food.

5. 40% of people in Cartagena do not have potable water, sewage, or electricity.

6. Prostitution in Cartagena is legal.

7. Prostitutes in Cartagena typically earn $5.50 for a sexual encounter with a local, and $32.00 from a man from the United States.

8. Prostitutes in Cartagena have to service 4-5 local men per day or 2 U.S. men to earn enough to provide for basic needs.

Knowing this information, it is even more offensive that the reason this scandal came to light was that a prostitute refused to leave the hotel room because someone had refused to pay her the agreed upon amount of money.

Shailey Tripp describes in graphic detail the fact that she was vulnerable to becoming a prostitute because she was so poor.

Her description of lacking funds to pay for toilet paper and sanitary napkins, were graphic illustrations of just what it means to be indigent and vulnerable. Like the soldier who refused to pay for sexual services in Cartagena, Todd Palin was described by Ms. Tripp as a customer who began taking advantage of sexual services without even being willing to pay for those services. What type of men would take advantage of a 9 year old girl, demanding sex, knowing that the child had the option of starvation or succumbing to the sexual demands of her client? What type of man would recruit the indigent single mother of two disabled children into a life of prostitution?

At the same time this scandal is coming to light, another scandal involving the military and women has made its way into headline news. Abuse of female members of the military by male members of that same military are “shockingly common.” Instead of being on the decline, rape and sexual abuse in the military is reported to be “on the rise.” Nineteen thousand incidents were reported last year alone. Given the fact that last year there were only 214,000 women serving in the military, 19,000 incidents seems to be an extremely high percentage, especially knowing that many incidents go unreported.

When members of the police force become corrupt, it is an attack on the fabric of our notion of justice. When members of our military attack and abuse children and women, they are no longer deserving of our respect and admiration. When any police officer evidences corruption, questions arise about the integrity of every member of the force. When one soldier abuses a woman, every soldier becomes tainted. The scandal involving the secret service and the military has cast doubt about the integrity of the very soldiers charged with defending the American way of life. The scandal involving Todd Palin casts doubt on the moral fiber of Todd and Sarah Palin. If Todd Palin was working as a pimp while standing behind Sarah Palin who was giving speeches as the Vice Presidential candidate of the Republican Party, the party of family values, then we should question our system of finding and electing candidates.

If members of the Secret Service were supposed to be working to defend and protect the President, while having sex with prostitutes in Cartegna, then we should question the safety and security of the entire country. If it should be tacitly condoned for members of the Military, or the First Dude, to abuse women, then men and women across the country must speak out in defiance of such reprehensible behavior. We have identified the economic problems, and political divineness, in our country as the most important threats to the safety, security, and future of the United States. However the tolerance for the abuse of women may be the more urgent, and potentially devastating, problem we face. When the leading contender for the Republican Party can’t support the demand for equality in the treatment of women,  it is time to recognize that we are fighting for survival of the American way of life. When it is acceptable for men to use and abuse women, then we are all at risk!

Describing the pick of Sarah Palin by John McCain as a “gargantuan” “blunder” the Atlantic Wire describe the job ahead for Mitt Romney of avoiding that mistake.   MSNBC discusses the lessons learned from Sarah Palin, suggesting that Mitt Romney can benefit from the mistakes made by John McCain. In case Romney missed the election results in 2008, the movie “Game Change” should have sent a clear message. Beth Myers is the person Romney has put in charge of the selection of his Vice Presidential candidate. She has served as one of Romney’s senior campaign managers,  while Governor of Massachusetts

Romney is moving forward as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee after rival Rick Santorum suspended his campaign last week. Meyers is a graduate of Tufts University in 1979, she is an attorney,  and worked in Texas with Karl Rove during the 1980s.

Little is known about Myers, but if she learned anything from Karl Rove, it should have been lessons regarding what it takes to be a serious Vice Presidential Candidate. Rove hasn’t minced words about Sarah Palin. He said:

1. She has “enormous thin skin.”

2. There is a difference between popularity with crowds that want to see you due to your celebrity status, and crowds that would vote for you to be their President.

3. Palin doesn’t have the “gravitas” to be the President. Rove explained that “With all due candor, appearing on your own reality show on the Discovery Channel, I am not certain how that fits in the American calculus of ‘that helps me see you in the Oval Office.'”

Thus, it would appear that Beth Myers will be more careful in vetting Romney’s V.P. pick than McCain was when he picked Palin. Names that may be considered include nAyotte, Martinez, McDonnell, Rubio, and Ryan.  Romney and Myers have until Aug 27th to pick their V.P. nominee. Let’s hope they use that time better than the McCain staff did during the 2008 campaign.

The following funny is from one of our regular readers.

Just Say NO to BS

The Ignorance of Sarah Palin

Rebuttal to the Rogue


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