Oh, we're gonna miss this little top 10 list when Lipgloss Lassie hightails it northward where the angry spirits of wronged moose and wolves will, one hopes, seek their revenge.
As bee-boy Thew observed in the first of these posts, this list is just the tip of a very vast (and melty!) iceberg when it comes to reasons to loathe this awful excuse for an American (yes, I am questioning her patriotism—it's not just about ranting and raving, it includes knowing a bit about the country you're so eager to defend).
Soon, we pray, all this idiocy will be behind us and we can then return to bees. In the meantime, check out the collected idiocies right here.
Yo, Sarah, here's the dictionary definition of terrorism, cause it seems you're (once again) a little confused:
the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.
People are coming to their senses right and left—or should I say, left and right!
This just in from the friendly folks at Huffpo:
Charles Fried, a professor at Harvard Law School, has long been one of the most important conservative thinkers in the United States. Under President Reagan, he served, with great distinction, as Solicitor General of the United States. Since then, he has been prominently associated with several Republican leaders and candidates, most recently John McCain, for whom he expressed his enthusiastic support in January.
This week, Fried announced that he has voted for Obama-Biden by absentee ballot. In his letter to Trevor Potter, the General Counsel to the McCain-Palin campaign, he asked that his name be removed from the several campaign-related committees on which he serves. In that letter, he said that chief among the reasons for his decision "is the choice of Sarah Palin at a time of deep national crisis."
And looky here: the Wall Street Journal gives us all the latest on the "flight to quality" on the right. "Obamacans" is what they're calling 'em.
My goodness, I've been so busy donating to the Obama campaign, dispensing cute "Boxers for Barack" pins to everyone we know, putting homemade Obama signs on our window, and gearing up to work the phones on behalf of That One, that I've fallen quite behind on my "Reasons to Loathe" list.
But Palin is the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to reasons to loathe, so our little list is back in business.
Here's Uncle Woman cogently explaining how she would trash our precious constitution with her quote "opinion" re one man and one woman or one dead moose and one pregnant teenager or whatever she's received her latest personal instructions from God about, even as—in the same dumb breath—she spouts that "compassionate conservative" nonsense about not "sitting in judgment."
I cannot wait until these horrible hypocrites are roundly trounced in two short weeks.
I found myself surprisingly moved by this thoughtful, well considered commentary on the two candidates, and the increasingly harmful and extreme positions being taken by the Republican party. Watch and listen:
In more ways than one, but today in this one particular way: the League of Conservation Voters ranks McCain as a “0” on its newly released 2008 National Environmental Scorecard on congressional eco-votes.
McCain managed to miss every vote of environmental importance in 2008, including: global warming, clean energy tax credits, energy prices, low-income energy assistance, public land protection, and environmental funding.
Guess he was too busy cooking up paranoid theories about “That One” and suspending his suspenders over the economy to get right with the ecosystem (a word I’m sure causes him to roll his Loony Tunes peepers).
Meanwhile, back in the reality-based community, Mother Nature’s patience is wearing thin. If people think the current economic meltdown is kind of a bummer, just wait till the eco-chickens come home to roost.
From the super-scary Make-Believe Maverick article in Rolling Stone:
"John has made a pact with the devil," says Lincoln Chafee, the former GOP senator, who has been appalled at his one-time colleague's readiness to sacrifice principle for power. Chafee and McCain were the only Republicans to vote against the Bush tax cuts. They locked arms in opposition to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. And they worked together in the "Gang of 14," which blocked some of Bush's worst judges from the federal bench.
"On all three — sadly, sadly, sadly — McCain has flip-flopped," Chafee says. And forget all the "Country First" sloganeering, he adds. "McCain is putting himself first. He's putting himself first in blinking neon lights."
This just in from Huffpo:
French film legend-turned-activist Brigitte Bardot took a swipe at Sarah Palin on Tuesday, saying the US vice presidential candidate was a disgrace to women.
"I hope you lose these elections because that would be a victory for the world," Bardot wrote in an open letter to Republican John McCain's running mate in the November vote.
"By denying the responsibility of man in global warming, by advocating gun rights and making statements that are disconcertingly stupid, you are a disgrace to women and you alone represent a terrible threat, a true environmental catastrophe," wrote Bardot.
The screen icon from the 1960s, who now heads an animal rights foundation, went on to assail Palin for supporting Arctic oil exploration that could jeopardize delicate animal habitats and for dismissing measures to protect polar bears.
"This shows your total lack of responsibility, your inability to protect or simply respect animal life," Bardot wrote.
In a final salvo against Palin, the 74-year-old ex-star picked up on Palin's depiction of herself as a pitbull wearing lipstick and said she "implored" her not to compare herself to dogs.
"I know them well and I can assure you that no pitbull, no dog, nor any other animal for that matter is as dangerous as you are," Bardot wrote.
I couldn't agree more on all counts...and the phrase "disconcertingly stupid" wins my vote for Palin-related pronouncement of the day.
As soon as this dang-blasted election is over and Obama nails it and Palin goes back to wherever it is she comes from with her tail between her legs and "Sweet Coconut" McCain goes to prison or whatever for being a big jerk.
In the meantime, I'm doing the "mavericky" thing by focusing on the icky urgency of now. Because yep, you betcha, the outcome of this election has everything to do with the prospects for honeybee survival and anything else worthwhile you might care to name. It's gonna be, to quote Uncle Woman, the "be all, end all."
In the meantime, let's enjoy the ride and try to keep our heads from exploding between now and election day. As an offering toward that end here's my #1 favorite Palin blog-post of the week. The post is written by the witty and wonderful Helen Philpot, who describes herself thusly:
My name is Helen Philpot. I am 82 years old. My grandson taught me how to do this so that I could “blog” with my best friend Margaret Schmechtman who I met in college almost 60 years ago. I have three children with my husband Harold. Margaret has three dogs with her husband Howard. I live in Texas and Margaret lives in Maine.
Check out Helen's blog.
As if the economic news weren't cheery enough, here's an update on what we're doing to the other denizens of our world, as reported in an article entitled One in Four Mammals Threatened, Study Finds, which appears in today's New York Times.
A fun-nugget of all the super-cool stuff We Of The Superior Intelligence have wrought:
An “extinction crisis” is under way, with one in four mammals in danger of disappearing because of habitat loss, hunting and climate change, a leading global conservation body warned on Monday.Ecosystems in which we, too, live, by the way.
“Within our lifetime, hundreds of species could be lost as a result of our own actions,” said Julia Marton-Lefèvre, the director general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, an international network of campaign groups, governments, scientists and other experts.
She called the findings “a frightening sign of what is happening to the ecosystems where they live.”
Of course, given all the deregulated chickens (and swine) coming home to roost these days, it should also be noted that 3 in 4 humans (or more) are threatened, too.
And speaking of humans (sort of), whatever will the likes of Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin find to shoot at if all the mammals go belly up, having been "drill, baby, drilled" out of hearth and home?
Additional fun (and horror) along similar lines can be found here, courtesy of Sara Benincasa and her adorable sidekick, Diana Heath-Barr.
Can someone help me understand why the racist John McCain is so proud to support a bill he thinks is so horrific? First McCain says, "This bill is putting us on the brink of economic disaster." Then he says he's proud he helped to pass it. Sneering moron.
We thought George W. Bush had permanently shattered the glass ceiling on arrogant ineptitude, puppetry, and the inability to formulate a coherent thought or sentence—but apparently he was only the opening act.
Caribou Barbie—a living, breathing parody of herself—attains new heights of arrogant ineptitude, puppetry, and blithe stupidity. Indeed, she renders parody obsolete, as you'll see in these twin examples of the house of unfunny mirrors that this election has become.
The New Yorker's Hendrik Hertzberg said it best: "This seems to be a case of incoherence of thought leading to incoherence of syntax."
"In the great history of America," indeed.
Check this out, from Scranton, PA. Practically everyone in the (all-white) room raises their hand for Obama and this dumb Fox reporter calls it a "split," and then the people in the room laugh derisively at his "fair and balanced" reporting.
This is what it "all boils down to" indeed!