And, Also, Palin

We thought the word “mavericks” dominated the debate. I enjoyed the many maverick references FriendFeeders dug up. It’s tough to say who’s cuter, Sarah Palin, Tom Cruise in Top Gun, or that awkward Ford that knew it could. There, however, was another word lurking in every nook and cranny…

There’s been a ton of fun with Palin’s words. From mad libs to sentence diagrams only an English teacher is mad enough to map out. If you missed the clips from the Couric interview, it looked something like this:

*Biden’s Wordle is available here.

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New Theme Song for the New James Bond

Have you heard the new Bond theme? You either love Jack White or don’t know what you’re missing so I encourage to give this a chance. I only recently saw Casino Royale and was completely blown away by the new bad ass quotient.

I think this theme song might be perfect for the new James Bond.

Palin-o-rama

I know it’s been far too long. Our two ardent readers let us know they missed us and for that, we thank them. So what hot-button issue dragged me back from the techmines (deep caverns where silicon and hot air are found in abundance)? Oh what do you think? It starts with a P and ends with an embarrassing McGovern-style withdrawal buried in a Saturday morning news cycle. As a blog that deals heavily in sharp women around the world, we’d be remiss not to address the candidate everyone’s talking about.

The core issue here, even more so with McCain’s advanced age and cancer history, is whether we want Gov. Palin to run our country. I’ve always found it odd, by the way, that such a vital position in our government is *not* left up to the voters; that it’s essentially determined by a team of lawyers and political strategists. But that’s what we’re stuck with for the moment, so let’s work with it. McCain’s team (and it’s known now that McCain wanted Lieberman instead) chose Palin for many reasons, some smart and some not so smart. Read the rest of this entry »

Hope Rhymes

NY Times blog, The Caucus, included just a short note on Ted Sorenson, once Kennedy’s speech writer. On a book signing tour, Mr. Sorenson responded with poetry when asked to compare Senator Obama and President Kennedy.

From a Seamus Heaney poem, “The Cure at Troy”:

History says, Don’t hope
On this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up
And hope and history rhyme

Sorenson added one final thought, ““I’ve seen it two times in my lifetime.”

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Reagan’s Wit and Occasional Wisdom

Citing President Lincoln’s quip, “If I didn’t laugh, I couldn’t stay in this job 15 minutes,” President Reagan used his own political wit to great effect. Some of his remarks are even funnier in retrospect. Don’t miss the line about the Taxpayers’ American Express card the big spenders never leave home without. Would he be talking about his own party today?

With all the recent talk about votes who want change, both in policies and in their pockets, I’d like to get that credit card back in my wallet! I’d also like to cut up the card that’s keeping Hillary’s campaign going!

Like Dancing with a Hurricane

This post has already weathered a number of incarnations. From celebrating a couple of tough women to hating their mangled faces to reveling in the independence they represent. I may still not know how this is going to end but it begins with yesterday’s Oprah show. The stage was set in Las Vegas and the show began with a sequence of clips celebrating the musical careers of Cher and Tina Turner.

Did you know Cher is the only female performer to have top ten hits in every decade since the 60’s? I didn’t but it doesn’t surprise me. From my perspective, it does seem like she has always been there.

It felt something like flipping through my mother’s forgotten album collection and I was too curious to stop looking. I haven’t been an avid fan of either of these ladies so I won’t be able to dance with you over their accomplishments. What I began to see, however, is the role these women played as touchstones. That too seems to be something stretching across generations.

When Cher claimed the stage with electric blue hair, she was the picture of celebrating who you and where you are. Who can’t fall in love with that? She sat down to talk to Oprah and I was struck by her soft and quiet responses. I think this has puzzled me before, this quietness that’s as solid as stone and says I’ll hold my ground against any of them. Oprah’s appreciation of Cher’s daring is present throughout the conversation. I think my mother, who completed her entire education at St. Wendelin’s Catholic School and Ohio Dominican College, secretly admired that brazen sexiness too. My mother would never admit it, but Oprah is now reveling in it. Her eyes are on fire throughout the interview as though she now has electric blue hair.

I remember Cher’s attempt to turn back time in the 90’s. I didn’t care much for the music but knew I wanted to be able to rock like that when I was 50, if that’s what I decided to do. As a young woman just starting college I wasn’t sure I’d have my own internal combustion engine. That’s what I saw in Cher, unbridled horsepower.

Next on the show was Tina Turner. Apparently these two women first performed together nearly 30 years ago and would sing “Proud Mary” together one more time for Oprah. Tina, now 68, sat next to Cher for a chat amongst girlfriends. Sonny and Ike were mentioned as only one event of their long careers. Oprah asked about the money either of them owed to their exes after the break-ups and Tina turned to Cher to ask, “How could you have owed Sonny anything?” These were two women who knew they had it and now wondered how they ever doubted themselves.

In this celebration of two larger-than-life divas, this was a perfect “every woman” moment. Cher spoke about her stage fright and how daunting it was to consider dancing on stage with Tina Turner, “it’s like dancing with a hurricane.” There is something more natural about Tina’s raw power. Read the rest of this entry »

My Thirty Cents on the Gas Tax

Hillary is trying to buy votes at the cost of $.30 a day by repealing the federal gas tax. That’s an annual price tag of $28 she has put on her desperate campaign and it’s an idea running on empty.

This sorely underestimates the intelligence of the voting public as well. Who believes oil companies will pay the gas tax reinvented as a windfall profit tax without raising the price at the pump? There’s nothing prohibiting the oil companies from adjusting their price after the government adjusts their costs. And, there are just a few of us who remember the gas lines the last time Congress tried to fix the price of gas.

On ABC’s This Week today, Hillary said she doesn’t need an economist’s approval to know this is an idea that works for working Americans. This is more governing from the gut directed towards earning the allusive political capital she thought she had in the bag. I’d like to hear the new ideas experts believe could work for all of us, something that works for the next three months and the next three years.

Hillary’s proposal isn’t just about the short term as she insisted. It’s simply short sighted. This proposed holiday will put a few extra pennies in the average American’s pockets for a few days but that change will continue to do less and less for us without real solutions.

She can keep my thirty cents because I want more. I want 50 mpg to be the norm the next time I shop for a car and I want a concern about global warming to drive government decision making like it drives my decisions at home. Is it hard? yes. Is it more expensive? Yes. But I believe I’m worth it and protecting our future quality of life is more important than empty rhetoric about punishing the oil companies.

This isn’t their problem, it’s ours. They’re the suppliers and we’re the addicts and those roles will persist until we do something to break that addiction. We don’t need a price break. We need an intervention.