And even when your hope is gone, move along...
Tracks of my tears...

Who are you, who, who...

I have a question for you, why, in the modern age of information "acquisition" via the Web, would anyone want to be a celebrity of any kind?

Five days ago, I'd venture a guess that 90-95% of Americans had never heard of Sarah Palin, the two-year governor of our northernmost and largest state, Alaska. This would qualify her as pretty much a "nobody," wouldn't you say?

Now, ever since she was chosen as John McCain's running mate on the Republican ticket, we likely know more about her than she does. Let's recap what we've learned, shall we? I do not vouch for the accuracy of these statements; they are just what I've heard. And I also leave it up to you to decide if they are good or bad; I'm not passing judgment in my recapping of them.

  • SarahpalinShe's a MILF
  • She's a former beauty pageant contestant
  • She's a hunter
  • She's a supporter of the NRA
  • She can certainly handle an assault rifle and look good doing it
  • She has interesting taste in clothing from time to time
  • She's married to an Eskimo
  • She has five children
  • Her eldest son is shipping out to Iraq
  • Her youngest daughter has Down's syndrome
  • Her youngest daughter may actually be the daughter of her eldest daughter
  • Her eldest daughter is pregnant and it may or may not be her second child
  • She's embroiled in "Troopergate" which involved her brother in law (I think), abuse at the barrel of his gun, pressure applied to have him fired, and the ousting from office of the guy who refused to fire him (sound correct?)

The Modern Muckraking Machine (tm) is clearly set on lethally efficient, isn't it? I mean DAYAMN! I've seen people in the limelight torn asunder, but never this quickly.

No, this does not mean she's getting some sort of sympathy vote from me come November. She is a Republican, after all, and I think that means she's born with slightly thicker skin than many. But it doesn't mean I feel any less badly for her.

Totally Unrelated Aside (TUA): Oh if only you could've been a fly on the wall for Katie's and my games of Uno last night. You would've been privy to such gems as:

  • Fucker
  • Sonuvabitch
  • Kiss my ass
  • I hate you
  • Can I just win one fucking game?
  • I'd like to be able to say "Uno" just once, dammit
  • Someone doesn't want sex ever again

Yeah, "fun for the entire family," my ass.

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Sue

"Someone doesn't want sex ever again."

Laughing my ASS off! You guys play Uno like we do!

As for Palin... I don't know what to think of her anymore, and it's only been DAYS.

Robin

What I find fascinating, is that politicians somehow seem to have more skeletons in their closet that us "regular folks" what's up with that?

sizzle

Sounds like when the Fella and I play Uno. ;-)

Memarie Lane

And her kids have stupid names. But I appreciate that kind of creativity and bravado.

What bothers me the most is that people are saying that a woman who can't keep her teenaged daughter from getting pregnant shouldn't be running for national office. My parents have always been the epitome of all parents, and yet my sister ended up pregnant at 16. The only way it could have been prevented would have been to lock her in a barrel. Some things just can't be blamed on the parents.

kapgar

Sue, I'm not sure what to make of Palin either, but it's certainly been interesting to watch, hasn't it?

Robin, they really do, don't they?

sizzle, good to know we're not the only ones.

Memarie, you can't. If a kid wants to have sex, they're going to. All you can do is educate your kids and advise them to the best of your ability. You can't keep your eyes on them at all hours. Unless you LoJack 'em. That could be fun!

Sybil Law

I think we should never play cards with you two (my husband and I, that is) - it could get really ugly! :D
I really can't believe all the brouhaha over her, either. I never heard of her. Still - that woman did NOT look pregnant - not once. That's highly unlikely. It's a weird thing.
Either way, I don't feel bad for her. I mean, she knew to expect it, right?!
Eh.

kapgar

That's a good point. If you're putting yourself out there as a candidate, you've gotta come to expect the media scrutiny. If it has happened (and even if it hasn't), they will find out... or make it up. ;-)

tori

The game thing is killing me. When we play with my kids I always have to bite my tongue so I don't say something inapropriate! I'm not competitive in real life, but for some reason in games I am.

kapgar

I was thinking what wonderful parents we'll be cursing and swearing over Candy Land. Oh, and Katie and I both get viciously competitive in games. Not to the point where we truly hate each other. But that stink eye is ever prevalent!

Marie

Uno make me a very violent person. I'm only 5'2" and I can go whacko when I play it.

Did McCain write down the names of female politicians on pieces of paper and then pick one out of a hat? I mean really.

Sheila (Charm School Reject)

I must admit this - I've been doing some minor "look up stuff" (that's a political term, ya know) about various candidates that were in the running for VP. Honestly, McCain couldn't have picked a better person as his running mate. She is everything that McCain is not - I really believe that they compliment each other very nicely.

As far as her "scandalous pregnancy" - maybe the reason she didn't make a big deal over her pregnancy is because 1) she was afraid - seriously, she's pretty old to be havin' babies - and bc the baby has downs this was obviously a high risk pregnancy - she could've lost the baby at anytime. Who wants to annouce they're pregnant and then a month later have to tell the world you lost your baby. 2) pregnancy really isn't "that big of a deal" no need to hold a freakin' press conference. 3) Not everyone ever actually looks pregnant. I didn't get a pronounced baby belly until I was eight months. When I came back from maternity leave, there were people who never even realized I was pregnant. 4) Her daughter getting pregnant is no reflection of her as a parent. In some cases, yes it is the parents fault because they just don't care or pay attention - but that is usually not the case. If being a teenage mama gives my parents a scarlet letter, I've got a lot more apologizing to do than I thought. Geez - at least she's got a baby daddy.

Wow. I rambled there and got just a touch defensive, huh?

Well - I will warn you - never play boardgames, cards, etc. with me. I get a little ::cough::competitive::cough:: and you'd probably hate me for, oh, forever or so.

kapgar

Marie, I dunno about the whole drawing from a hat bit. She's a risky pick, no question. But I do find her oddly compelling.

Sheila, I agree with you on pretty much all counts. You don't always know when someone is pregnant, it's not always a reflection on a mother, the baby does have a daddy and mommy's gonna marry him, etc. And I do agree that Sarah adds some yin to McCain's yang (thank God that wasn't "wang").

Penelope

Interesting reading. Obviusly we're getting a lot of coverage over here although I'm not sure I've heard most of that!
In other news...LOVE the Uno game comments. Just brilliant! Especially whoever said "Someone doesn't want sex ever again" Hah!!

kapgar

Who do you think said that one?

Avitable

Her husband had a DUI, too. Don't forget that one.

martymankins

UNO has a way of bringing out the worst is us. I've had my share of "what the fuck!" blurted out of me during several heated games.

As for Ms. Palin, I think it's wild how much has come out since her VP candidacy. I personally think McCain should have done more vetting instead of getting this version of the surprise, much different than the surprise he was hoping for.

kapgar

Avitable, yeah, I didn't find out about that one until after posting this morning. The madhouse never ends, does it?

marty, he claims to have known about most of it. I hope it's not a smokescreen and that he really did know and still believes in her that much.

Kevin Spencer

I absolutely love UNO for these reasons alone ;-)

As for the vetting of Palin, or apparent lack thereof, the news this morning reported that today the McCain camp were sending a team of 15 people up to Alaska to "get to the bottom of things". Something that, I dunno, probably should have happened before he picked her as his running mate.

It's made for lighthearted entertainment if nothing else. I wonder if there are any other skeletons yet to come out of her closet?

MadIrishMan

I am a little baffled by McCain's choice. Some people have been slamming Obama for not having experience. So, McCains choice is a new comer to politics in a sense. I don't get it. Whether she will be good, who ever knows. It is a good thing though, to see women getting more opportunities for once in a higher office within the government.

I will never play cards with a spouse again!!!!!!! When my ex-spouse won, she gave me crap. Laughing, laughing, laughing. So damn happy!! A rare occassion!!! :) When I would win (hardly ever). I would catch hell for that.

kapgar

Kevin, I think this is the perfect time for any other politician to get their own skeletons out of their respective closets. If they rank anywhere lower than a VP candidate, no one will give a rat's ass.

MIM, I see both positives and negatives for Palin. On the negative is her experience level (but the same really goes for Obama). On the positive is that she brings to the table a lot of what McCain lacks: the female demographic, youth, vitality, energy, and good looks. And, honestly, I've never been one to slam a politician for lack of experience. Sometimes that's a big positive in a world of stalwarts who despise change, regardless of party.

Iron Fist

Holy sh*t, Uno negatively affects your sex life?! Count me out.

Whit

She has some crazy bullet points. Take that how you will.

kapgar

Iron Fist, potentially. But play at your own risk.

Whit, that she does.

whall

We don't play Uno, but do play backgammon (one on one) and pinochle (with a couple). Both have similar emotions displayed as your Uno game.

I love the Palin pick; she's vibrant, strong, couragous, smart, and brings her own positives to the campaign. Her "negatives" either wash out the opponents perceived strengths or strengthen themselves nonetheless. I was invigorated during her speech last night, and laughed out loud more than a few times.

kapgar

I need to learn (and actually remember) pinochle some time. I have a bad habit of learning new games, mastering them, and promptly forgetting them. It's a curse. I missed the Palin speech, but I heard it was very well received. I tend to tune out during conventions. I'm not a big believer in rhetoric and mud slinging which everyone seems to be so guilty of anymore. How I would kill for a clean campaign season. Ojala que si.

g-man

But at least she is nice to look at! I hate politics.

Game night sounds the same at the g-man estate too.

kapgar

g-man, it amazes me how many people say that their gaming experiences are relatively similar, at least when the kiddies aren't around.

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