Tuesday, September 02, 2008

I Bust With An Exuberant Lust For Life

Hurtling towards the city and its roughly 8:30pm. That puts my work hours committed today up to roughly 12. Boo ya.
So the topic of discussion at work the last few days - at least with me - has been Sarah Palin. Here are a few stats on Sarah.
From Wikipedia:

"Palin served two terms on the Wasilla, Alaska, city council from 1992 to 1996, then won two terms as mayor of Wasilla from 1996 to 2002. After an unsuccessful campaign for lieutenant governor of Alaska in 2002, she chaired the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission from 2003 to 2004 while also serving as Ethics Supervisor of the commission."

"As of the 2000 census, (Wasilla's) population was 5,469, but the 2005 estimate gave a population of 8,471"

"In 1984, Palin won the Miss Wasilla beauty contest (playing the flute),[7][8] then finished second in the Miss Alaska pageant,[9] at which she won a college scholarship and the "Miss Congeniality" award.[6] Palin attended Hawaii Pacific College — now known as Hawaii Pacific University — in Honolulu for a semester in 1982, majoring in Business Administration. She transferred in 1983 to North Idaho College.[10] In 1987,[11] Palin received a Bachelor of Science degree in communications-journalism from the University of Idaho, where she also minored in political science.[12][13]"

Children's names: Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper, Trig

Number of votes she received in 1999 Mayoral race in Wasilla: 909 (73.6%)

And of course:
"Governor Palin announced on September 1, 2008, that her daughter Bristol was five months pregnant and intended to keep the baby and marry the father of her child, 17-year-old Levi Johnston.[134][135] Bristol Palin is a senior at Wasilla High School.[136] According to Wasilla High School Principal Dwight Probasco, Levi Johnston plays on the school's hockey team but does not attend the school. Johnston is home-schooled through the Mat-Su Correspondence Study School in Wasilla, Alaska.[137]"

Seriously, do I have to explain why this person is a bad idea to be anywhere near the president's seat let alone one tossed blood clot (in a dude who looks like he is about to pop half the time) away from the presidency of America? Give her a job in the cabinet. Let her be press secretary, something with lots of air time.
I think Mrs. Palin actually took longer in college than I did. Joe Bidden will tear her to shreds if they do a VP debate but (according to my mother) this actually worked to Sarah's advantage in the Governer's race in AK because voters thought that she was getting "picked on" when the other candidates tried to get her to state a position.

OK, whew, rant over. Good luck Sarah.
Weekend was good. Relaxed a lot, watched Tropic Thunder, which was pretty funny, but not awesome. Finished the Watchmen which was awesome. The ending was good, I was pretty worried about how they were going to end it, and they did a good job. I hope they do a good job in the movie version of capturing the cultural climate in which it was set (80s Cold War). I heard that Alan Moore (the author) walked off the set and told the producers to take his name off the movie. Yikes.
Hopping off the bus.


robert said...

There will be endless speculation about whether she tears up during the debates. I say a gigantic "yes!" There is no downside. On the other hand, it appears that Matthew's posting is being monitored by the internet police. What is going on with the fonts dude? I suppose this was only written for people who have had lasik surgery to improve their eyes beyond 20/20. Which harmonizes (now outdated musical term) with the whole Vincent Van Gogh/Iggy Pop/Heatish progression you've got going on.

nelson said...

I agree with your dad on the fonts. Do people tend to get pregnant in Alaska earlier? And what's up with names like Bristol and Levi?

Matthew Lewis said...

Oops, sorry about the font size. Scraping wikipedia proved a little more involved than originally expected.
On a different subject, I noticed that Sarah Palin's kids have dog names.

robert said...

All Sarah all the time: Is it fair to talk about Levi if he shows up on stage at the convention? Children as props. I'm going to vote for Sarah because I can empathize. Having used my children as props during my life, I believe that her life choices will be consistent with my own attitude. It was only after they began to outgrow the whip hand that I left off using their mug photos to convince clients that I knew anything about delinquency cases. It's a confessional era, and I'm now eligible for higher office.