Saturday, September 20, 2008

Flawless PoliQs if I do Say so myself

I am in PoliQ bliss right now and in awe of FreidaBee and Randal. They have truly outdone themselves. Wait until you read what these two have cooked up. They are so in the loop politically and so damn smart and savvy.

FreidaBee's PoliQ. First of all, FreidaBee is one of my favey dames. I adore this woman. She's not typical, and not someone you can compartmentalize or categorize. She is her own woman through and through. Her brutal honesty is as alarming as it is exquisite.

FreidaB wrote from a very personal perspective about the environment, health care, economic equality, ending the war, eliminating the death penalty and preserving a woman's right to choice. Excellent points all around, especially these quotables, "End the War- Yesterday. Try Bush, et. al for crimes against humanity, please. I think killing is wrong. (Plus, quick look over at the counter over there in the sidebar. We've paid and gone into debt $555 trillion to do this murdering.)" And "It seems like he thinks that we (women) are so stupid that we won't know the difference between Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin. It is the sexist version of the provebial racist view that all people of color look alike." You have got to run and read this post now!

L'ennui Melodieux's PoliQ, I think I could start blogdating Randal, he's quite possibly more irreverent than I am and so inappropriately funny. When I say you have to read him, I mean you don't have a choice, but to read him. Why? He's insanely brilliant, or insane and brilliant. Regardless, he's fabulous.

This is my favorite quotable, "Everything is about control. Resource control, economic control, social control, body control -- and not in that Mary Lou Retton/Mikhail Baryshnikov kind of way -- all while being fed shiny bullshit in order to numb the cerebral cortex so even more control can be exerted, the whole sordid program done with a smiling face thereby preventing the need for jackbooted thugs better seen in black and white movies, video games and World War Two reenactments in various Idaho towns."

Oh, wait, found another, "Don't get me started on the fucking censorship shit. I don't have to read your Bible, you don't have to read my 69 Ways to Find Cheap, Quality Porn Online." Click away and read.

Palin: wrong woman, wrong message, By Gloria Steinem

Found on my girl PlainsFeminist' blog, a Gloria Steinem essay in the LA Times that you must, must, must read. Below are a few excerpts.

Palin's value to those patriarchs is clear: She opposes just about every issue that women support by a majority or plurality. She believes that creationism should be taught in public schools but disbelieves global warming; she opposes gun control but supports government control of women's wombs; she opposes stem cell research but approves "abstinence-only" programs, which increase unwanted births, sexually transmitted diseases and abortions; she tried to use taxpayers' millions for a state program to shoot wolves from the air but didn't spend enough money to fix a state school system with the lowest high-school graduation rate in the nation; she runs with a candidate who opposes the Fair Pay Act but supports $500 million in subsidies for a natural gas pipeline across Alaska; she supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, though even McCain has opted for the lesser evil of offshore drilling. She is Phyllis Schlafly, only younger.

I don't doubt her sincerity. As a lifetime member of the National Rifle Assn., she doesn't just support killing animals from helicopters, she does it herself. She doesn't just talk about increasing the use of fossil fuels but puts a coal-burning power plant in her own small town. She doesn't just echo McCain's pledge to criminalize abortion by overturning Roe vs. Wade, she says that if one of her daughters were impregnated by rape or incest, she should bear the child. She not only opposes reproductive freedom as a human right but implies that it dictates abortion, without saying that it also protects the right to have a child.

Run. Read. Now.

Coco Has a New Magazine

Courtesy of my good friend, JDC, who also penned this magnificent essay Sometimes I want to call Cindy McCain a Cunt, Too (remember voting ends tomorrow, Sunday! Run. Read. Vote. Now), sent me a Coco link. Anyone who reads The Vey knows how hard I OCD about Coco and her lipantics.

Guess what?!?!?

Our girl is starting her own magazine. Are you wondering what the name of it is? I bet you are, aren't you? I'm sure you'll be shocked to find out, too. The name is so, well, like nothing you'd ever imagine. She chose a unique name, really she did. Our girl is very, very, very clever. Click here to find out and then come back.

In true form, Coco has even given us a pictorial sneak peak of what's to come in the first issue. I wonder if they're looking for writers. Gee, I'd be fabulous. You disagree?

PoliQs Meem

Shalom Loverdeedo's. So. I've been thinking... Many of the finest polibloggers out there have participated in this meemish (THANK YOU!) I'd love to see it going until the election. I think it gives us an opportunity to sway voters on the fence, like independents and moderate republicans.

You've all tabled important issues and put so much thought and passion into your answers. Please help me keep it going! Anyone who participates, drop me a lil' e-stalk and I will post about it like I did here and here.

PoliQ's below:

1) What is your name (nickname, whatever you're comfortable sharing), your age (range), gender, occupation, income bracket (range), how you identify (gay/straight/whatever)? Married/Single/Divorced? Kids (how many)?

2) What are the most important issues to you in this presidential election and why?

3) Why do you think voters should vote for Obama/Biden, what differentiates this ticket from McCain/Palin?

4) If McCain/Palin wins this election, where do you see our country going in the next four years?

5) Economically, where do you think this country is today and how do you think Obama/Biden can make a positive impact?

6) In the past 8-years, how do you think this country has changed under the Bush regime? Have you been affected by these changes? If so, in what ways?

7) I have read that Palin is considered the new voice of feminism, which is offensive in my opinion. Of equal concern are her views on abortion and the removal of books from libraries. I'd like to know what you think about all of that and how you feel about McCain choosing Palin as a running mate. And what kind of message you think that sends to women?

Anything else you wish to add, please feel free to do so.

What do you say, chuckie'eggs?! Are you in?


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