Camille Paglia digs Sarah Palin?

Today during lunch I had a conversation with a dear co-worker from the glorious nation of Kazakhstan, unlike Borat (below), she is actually from there.

She is a very kind hearted, elegant woman who is always good for a chat. The topic of Sarah Palin arose and my co-worker expressed her dislike for Mrs. Palin. She went as far as to call her an “extremist”.

I pressed her to explain to me what she meant by that. When we got down to the nuts and bolts of it, my co-worker just doesn’t like her because of her updo and rimless glasses. Reminding me once again how much of a student council election vibe a Presidential election can possess.

I’m not going to sit here and say that this perspective is representative of supporters of the Democratic ticket because it probably isn’t. Based on the following column by Professor Camille Paglia (self-professed Democrat, atheist, libertarian) it most definitely isn’t:

Fresh blood for the vampire

Paglia’s writing is excellent and her insight into the phenomenon that is Sarah Palin is surprisingly free of much of the animosity and vitriol that has been hurled the Gov’s way.

She even makes this bold statement,

Conservative though she may be, I felt that Palin represented an explosion of a brand new style of muscular American feminism. At her startling debut on that day, she was combining male and female qualities in ways that I have never seen before. And she was somehow able to seem simultaneously reassuringly traditional and gung-ho futurist. In terms of redefining the persona for female authority and leadership, Palin has made the biggest step forward in feminism since Madonna

Then on feminism she says this,

Feminism, which should be about equal rights and equal opportunity, should not be a closed club requiring an ideological litmus test for membership

While I could sit here and list quote after quote from this one piece, I thought this one particularly introspective towards Paglia’s preferred political party,

The witch-trial hysteria of the past two incendiary weeks unfortunately reveals a disturbing trend in the Democratic Party, which has worsened over the past decade. Democrats are quick to attack the religiosity of Republicans, but Democratic ideology itself seems to have become a secular substitute religion. Since when did Democrats become so judgmental and intolerant? Conservatives are demonized, with the universe polarized into a Manichaean battle of us versus them, good versus evil. Democrats are clinging to pat group opinions as if they were inflexible moral absolutes. The party is in peril if it cannot observe and listen and adapt to changing social circumstances.

Yeah I was kind of wondering the same thing during lunch today…

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Prayer Police

You’ve got to pray just to make it today

Not sure what the flamboyant M.C. Hammer (right) meant by that but prayer is an integral part of the Christian (and perhaps even the faux Christian) walk. In America, people (Christian or not) pray before football games, at church (of course), but not schools where the ubiquitous “moment of silence” reigns supreme.

Insofar as the Bible is concerned, there is no prescribed method of prayer. In God’s Word, people pray kneeling, standing, sitting, lying on the ground, with hands lifted up, or silently.

In America we prefer to do so with our eyes closed and heads bowed. Of course, this does not mean that all supplicants do it this way.

Exhibit A:

Original image by Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

This was taken during last week’s GOP convention (Gasp!). That guy wouldn’t fare too well in the theocracy Republicans are accused of lusting after.

When I saw this shot, it made me think that maybe we need prayer police in our churches. To make sure that some of the more recalcitrant among us, comply with our preferred method of prayer.

I’m not saying we should go crazy and make this a ministry or anything, but perhaps we can give church ushers some implement to enforce correct prayer posture. Doling out “prayer monitor” armbands wouldn’t be a bad idea either.

Just a thought…

Oprah: Biased? No Question. Racist? Hmm…

I create feelings in others that they themselves don’t understand. — Lightning McQueen

Well that’s one thing Barack Obama has in common with the Pixar creation. At least when it comes to the popular Ms. Winfrey, who said this after the Senator’s recent acceptance speech,

What I saw with Barack Obama was something that was transcendent and I felt transformational for me as a human being and for this country.

Hey, I hear you O! I’ve already given the best reasons that qualify Mr. Obama for the Presidency:

  1. He took the time to take pictures with the Texas football team
  2. He wears Asics

Those 2 trump what has been told to me : “he gives a good speech”, “he reminds me of JFK”, “he’s for change”

So now Oprah (unabashed Obama honk) is in the news for refusing to have Sarah Palin on her insanely popular show. Granted, O will have her on after the election (probably provided that the GOP doesn’t win) but not anytime before.

This prompted the good impartial folks over at ABC to ask the following question:
Is Oprah Biased? Host Won’t Interview Palin

Well of course she’s biased ABC (takes one to know one?) but the better question is, “Is she racist?”

I know it sound preposterous (it’s impossible for libs to be racist) but let’s play a bit of “A Time to Kill” pretend.

You have an immensely popular white talk show host who is endorsing a young, charismatic “biracial” GOP Presidential candidate (For example, George Prescott Bush, right). The Dems have a woman VP candidate on their ticket but said talk queen refuses to have her on the show.  Now imagine that the Democratic VP candidate is black.

How long would it take for the race-hustlin’ Sharptons and Jacksons of the world to cry bloody racism?

A shade longer than it took Mr. Cruise to leap into O history…

[For the record Ms. Winfrey, I don’t think you’re racist]

Sarah Palin Gets Some Love from the U.K.

Yes, despite the fact that the Republican Presidential nominee John McCain spoke tonight, it shall remain the Sarah Palin show here at Last Row (not to mention across the pond).

So not only did her historic speech garner huge numbers (37.2 million viewers according to this story), now she is being compared, by at least one British journalist, to one Margaret Hilda Thatcher (the one on the left by the way).

You rock, no, you rock

Here’s British journalist Richard Littlejohn’s story:
A pistol-packin’ Looby Loo: the Left’s worst nightmare

An excerpt:

The way the Left, both here and in America, are contorting themselves is a joy to behold. Sarah Palin is every Guardianista’s worst nightmare.

It’s reminiscent of how they used to patronise Mrs Thatcher 30 years ago. What did this small-town girl know about anything?

How could any woman expect to run a country and raise a family? What does she know about foreign affairs?

Of course, they weren’t saying that a woman couldn’t be Prime Minister, you understand. Just not this woman.

Ann Coulter digs Sarah Palin

Republican Presidential hopeful John McCain’s choice of a running mate, Sarah Palin, has certainly struck a nerve with America. It doesn’t matter whether you are one of the faces of the seemingly left-leaning media houses (would Couric, Gibson and Williams been in NOLA had the DNC were ongoing? Pfft, please!), their adherents or someone on the other side of the proverbial aisle.

The pick generated talk, lots of it. At work we’ve gotten into discussions regarding the pick. I’ve had professing Democrats tell me that this woman is a poor choice because:

  1. She let her child get pregnant (“if you can’t keep control of your home…”)
  2. She has five children of her own (“How is she going to do her job effectively? Isn’t her teenage daughter’s pregnancy proof of that?”)
  3. She’s inexperienced (yes they said this with a straight face, must have forgotten just how junior the junior Senator from Illinois actually is).

Of course, given the fact that at least one of these folk is an unabashed admirer of President Clinton, I couldn’t help but bring up his dalliances while in office. To which my Clintonista co-worker replied with an ever thoughtful, “I love the guy”. Yeah…

Based on what she’s written, I’d have to say (for whatever it’s worth) that Ann Coulter (right) and I seem to have fairly similar worldviews. To be sure though, I don’t always agree with her methodology.

She recently penned a column (“The Best Man Turned Out to be a Woman”) in which in my humble opinion she deflates the liberal case against Sarah Palin.

Most striking is the following paragraph:

Then they attacked her daughter, who actually is pregnant now, for being unmarried. When liberals start acting like they’re opposed to pre-marital sex and mothers having careers, you know McCain’s vice presidential choice has knocked them back on their heels.

Zing!

For another well-written column on Mrs. Palin see,
A Time-Warped Sexist Assault

Politics according to Jason Whitlock

This quote comes from Mr. Whitlock’s latest column,

Let me make one thing clear: I am neither Republican nor Democrat, liberal nor conservative. I abhor politics because of its inherent untruthfulness. I have never participated in the political process. Never. I don’t share that with a great deal of pride. I’ve just found it impossible to participate in a process that is directly opposed to truth.

Do you agree with Whitlock? Is that last sentence accurate in its description of politics?

2007 Quotes of the Year

According to one Fred R. Shapiro of the Yale Book of quotations as cited in this story, here are the top 10 quotes of 2007,

1. “Don’t tase me, bro.” — Andrew Meyer, a senior at the University of Florida, while being hauled away by campus police during a speech by Sen. John Kerry. [I wonder if reaction would have differed had this happened during a John Cornyn speech…]

2. “I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don’t have maps and I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and [the] Iraq and everywhere like such as and I believe that they should our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S. or should help South Africa and should help Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future for us.” — Miss Teen South Carolina Caitlin Upton (below, yes the one on the right).

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The quote was Caitlin’s response during the Miss Teen America contest, after she was asked why one-fifth of Americans cannot find the U.S on a map. [I believe Ms. Upton might have written a book about her experience, see below]

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3. “In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country.” — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaking at Columbia University in New York. [And in Saudi Arabia I understand they don’t have thieves]

4. “That’s some nappy-headed hos there.” — radio personality Don Imus, referring to the Rutgers University women’s basketball team. [Had Imus been a rapper and dropped this line in a “song” this would have been a non-story]

5. “I don’t recall.” — former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ repeated response to congressional questions about the firing of U.S. attorneys. [Perhaps Roger Clemens should dump Rusty Hardin and hire Gonzalez]

6. “There’s only three things he (Rudolph Giuliani) mentions in a sentence: a noun and a verb and 9/11.” — Sen. Joseph Biden, speaking during a debate for Democratic presidential candidates. [Wait on it…]

7. “I’m not going to get into a name-calling match with somebody who has a 9 percent approval rating.” — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, referring to Vice President Dick Cheney. [I wonder what Harry thinks of Congress’ current approval ratings?]

8. “(I have) a wide stance when going to the bathroom.” — Sen. Larry Craig, explaining why his foot touched the foot of an undercover police officer in an airport men’s room. [I had a friend who shared with us that he also had a wide stance yet he never had the Senator’s problem]

9. “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” — Sen. Joseph Biden referring to rival Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama. [Biden is my “Person of the Year” for making it on the list twice, wonder if Sharpton would have ignored such a comment from a Republican?]

10. “I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history.” — Former President Jimmy Carter, referring to the Bush administration. [Is the man who handed Iran to Khomeini really going to critique other Presidents?]