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I am amused.

I was laying in bed this morning, surfing the morning’s headlines on my iTouch, when I saw the headline:

“Sarah Palin: McCain’s VP Choice”

I laughed out loud. Very loudly.

What began as an interesting campaign just got a hell of a whole lot more interesting.

My favourite part of this whole breaking news story is the fact it was so unexpected. Commentators have been scrambling to find any relevant piece of information about a little-known (until now) candidate. Even a Republican senator interviewed this morning simply said, “I don’t know anything about her.”

I must admit, though, that I was impressed by her introductory speech. She obviously admires John McCain very much and painted him as a compassionate man, a fatherly figure, the type of person America needs to lead them out of the Bush/Cheney doldrums. It was rather effective. She was very, very confident in front of a crowd of 15,000 people and made me rather jealous. I wish it had been my Hillary up there, accepting the Democratic vice presidential nomination. But I digress…

This might be one of my favouritest political moves ever. It’s shrewd, crude and ballsy. McCain is basically flipping Obama ‘the bird,’ saying, ‘Young’un, I sure as hell can still play the game.’ I may laugh about this for WEEKS.

What isn’t so funny, though, is the fact that if the Republicans lose, there’ll be millions out there blaming it on Palin, making it the woman’s fault. Could this possibly set women back? Another not-so-funny dimension of McCain’s choice is Palin’s record. She’s anti-choice, pro-gun, and anti-environment. She wants to drill the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge. WTF?? I could never ever in a million lifetimes vote for her. But, sadly, I think she’s been nominated for all of the wrong reasons.

Note the following comment by Adam of TAPPED:

The pick of Palin is dripping with transparent condescension, the notion that the enthusiasm behind Hillary was simply the result of her being a woman, that it had nothing to do with what she actually stood for, and in that sense it’s equally sexist. Palin is essentially a hard right ideologue, and therefore nothing like Hillary as far as substance is concerned. It’s not very different from running Alan Keyes against Barack Obama in 2004. The conservative media reaction has already engaged in paternalistic language, with FOX News reporting on television that “McCain broke the glass ceiling,” implying in fact, that the pick had nothing to do with Palin or her qualifications, but merely her gender. It’s fitting that the party positing affirmative action as a program that picks people exclusively based on race or gender rather than qualification should do something similar given an opportunity for political advancement. While Obama is promising change through policy, not simply through the circumstances of his birth, the McCain campaign thinks his appeal is simply visual and demographic, and therefore something they can exploit.

Amen. I completely agree. McCain’s pick is all about picking up those dissatisfied Hillary voters rather than making a statement that women can, and should, be political leaders at the highest levels. As one of the CNN commentators said this morning, “You can’t just put Hillary’s skirt on another woman.” Definitely the quote of the week.

Another of Palin’s problems is her lack of experience at the national level. BUT she does have more actual executive experience than Barack Obama. The Republicans could still technically win that fight. BUT, what pisses me off is the fact that commentators are already making a big deal about her lack of experience and the fact she’s ‘a heartbeat away’ (how morbid) from being President. Yeah, she will be if elected. And yeah, she hasn’t run a country. But what about Obama? He hasn’t even been in the Senate for four years, let alone had any executive experience. While he’s been campaigning to be President the past four years, she’s been actually RUNNING A STATE. She’s had to approve budgets, deal with other governors, etc. Why does her experience count less because she’s a woman? Why are we so concerned that she ‘might’ be President despite her lack of experience when Obama has NO executive experience and he’s actually running FOR President, NOT Vice President?!?!

I’m very, very intrigued by the now-upcoming Vice Presidential debate between Palin and Senator Joe Biden. Biden is a self-proclaimed ‘attack dog’ for Obama, who will now have to walk a very thin line in a debate with Palin. Giving her an ass-kicking may translate as being a ‘bully,’ while being too weak and reserved will make him look like a pansy.

Hee.

I was losing all interest in this campaign, but now I’m once again intrigued. Thank you John McCain. And thank you Sarah Palin. The Obama campaign will have to completely change their campaign strategy and tactics with only two months to go, which leads to this amazing point made by commenter Suzannah over on Feministing

TV & Media Love a Cat Fight. They Only Pit Women Against Women.

Didnt you notice how odd it felt to see Clinton and Obama sparring? Thats because when you see a female commentary making a point, it is usually another female who is used as the counter point. They still don’t let us play with the big boys, we have to stay in our sandbox and throw sand at only each other.

Now here is the BEST part for Hillary supporters: Obama is going to need to explain why he didnt pick the most qualified, popular, eloquent, and charismatic female politician in US history while McCain, a republican no less, picked a female right away. And since the news always and ONLY pits females against females in debates, Obama is going to need a female and ONLY a female to take on Palin. That makes Hillary Clinton his new best friend. He is going to have to call a LOT of favors, and after her being snubbed, I am THRILLED that he is going to have to rack up the favors with her.

As they say, ‘karma’s a bitch,’ people! The next two months are, at the very least, going to be entertaining.

Thank God – ’cause I’m going to need all the drama I can get out of the US Election, since Dictator Harper is forcing us to have yet another one…

Apparently I live my life in two year cycles. Consider the following:

  • In 2004 I moved to Vancouver and my life completely changed. I was a small town girl in a big city world. They weren’t the best years of my life, but there were great times. And I learned so much about myself.
  • In 2006 I’d had enough of Vancouver and singing, so I moved back to Saskatoon and enrolled at the U of S. I was hired at Walmart and have been working there ever since.
  • 2008…

The past two weeks have been rather eventful. I gave my two week notice at Walmart this afternoon. My favourite manager is moving to Winners, the front end is in shambles, the expectations placed on myself are far too great for the pay I’m receiving, the management team left won’t give a sh&t about the front, and – well, you get the idea.

I feel bad for those I’m leaving behind; I work with some wonderful people. But I need to look out for myself right now, especially now that I’m starting my Master’s program. Work stressed me out far more than school last year, and that is unacceptable.

So, what will I do with myself? I’ve been hired at Winners, which will be a lot of fun! My TWO favouritest managers will be there – the one who just quit and the one who was unceremoniously booted out of Walmart (it’s a looooooooooong story). I wanted to work with them again because we have such a great relationship; plus, it’s a great opportunity to buy some fabulous clothes!

And my social circle has basically imploded, as it seems to do every two years. But this time it has nothing to do with me moving away or changing study paths. This time it’s because of one stupid, stupid boy who has decided (out of the blue) that he wants nothing to do with me. I don’t care one way or the other if we hang out or not, but I WILL NOT allow myself to be treated like dirt. I WILL tell him what I think of him. It won’t be pretty.

I’m getting pretty excited for school and for all of the changes a comin’. The only thing that would make it better is the Riders winning the Grey Cup this fall!


Today’s post is dedicated to my wonderful friends, Allie and David. I’ll try and give you lots and lots and lots of my opinions on the Riders for you to debate! Love you and miss you!

There’s an old saying in Saskatchewan that goes like this…

“Where are we going??” “HIGHER!!”

Technically it has absolutely nothing to do with the Riders (it’s the Telemiracle cheer – in case you didn’t know), but I can’t help but wonder if Gang Green has adopted the Telemiracle motto this season.

But – does it get any better than this?!?!

I have been a Rider fan since I can remember. I probably came out of the womb yelling, ‘DEFENSE!!’ And I cannot remember another time when I have been so excited and so proud to be a Rider fan.

I remember the hard times, those 3-15 seasons which seemed to stretch on for an eternity. I felt so frustrated because I knew the province and its people both deserved better and could do better.

How things have changed in the short span of 18 months.

But I don’t want to get into a whole analysis of how or why the Riders have turned things around. Suffice it to say, though, that three key people deserve most of the credit: Jim Hopson, Eric Tillman, and Kent Austin.

Now back to the present…

6-0!! 6-0!! 6-0!! 6-0!! The Riders’ best start since 1934 – and they were the Regina Roughriders back then.

I BELIEVE!!!!

Everybody’s talking about this ‘magic aura’ supposedly surrounding the Riders, but I beg to differ. What surrounds this team is an aura of love – love for each other, love for football, love for their fans, love for the competitive spirit, love for growth and learning. These guys just love what they’re doing and are having a hell of a lot of fun doing it. When your job is fun, you tend to perform better.

But what about the injuries? Well, some people are ‘pressure performers.’ They’re the people who show their true strength when adversity is at its highest. And the Riders are FULL of players who perform best under pressure.

The injuries have also been negated to a large extent by the solidity of the Riders’ offensive system. It’s a system which relies on role players, rather than star players. It’s designed so that ALL players can succeed, not just those with above-average talent. I don’t profess to know the ins and outs of this system, but it sure as hell seems to work!

But despite all of the ‘teamwork’ talk and the great coaching the Riders have, I do think there is one player on the team who is masquerading as a human; I say masquerading because his performance on the field often defies human explanation.

Wes Cates. Wes Cates! WES CATES!!

What can I say about this guy that hasn’t already been said? He’s strong, he’s agile, he’s a ‘pressure performer,’ he’s a team player, he’s fast, he’s smart, he’s got good hands. He’s the complete package. And he is my OFFENSIVE STAR for both the games against the Argos and the Stampeders. He was just dynamite, carrying the team on his shoulders after Darian Durant went down in the Argos game, and when the Riders lost Hughes, Dominguez AND Berman in the Stampeders game. He’s had 130+ yards in each of his last two games, bursting through the middle after patiently waiting for his blocking to set up, getting great 1st down yardage. The Riders NEED him to stay healthy. Please!!

As for my DEFENSIVE STARS, well, I’d like to give them to the ENTIRE defensive unit. And yes, I know it’s a bit of a cop out. But they ALL deserve it! Without their consistently stellar play, my Riders would not be 6-0. Sorry offense…

The defense has saved our asses on far too many occasions, but with the offense’s continuous string of injuries, what’s to be expected? And it’s not as if the offense has had real trouble scoring points this year…

As for SPECIAL TEAMS STARS, I’m giving the awards to Maurice Lloyd, Kitwana Jones, Anton McKenzie – the ’40s’ as I’m starting to call them. Those three guys are EVERYWHERE on the field. Wherever the action is, there they are – including the game-changing stop on Joffrey Reynolds in the 4th quarter of the Riders-Stamps game. And on special teams, they are always the first three guys down the field. They LOVE tackling and making the big stop. They’re so much fun to watch.

Now I’ll admit that I’ve been a little pessimistic in my picks the last couple of weeks. I wasn’t planning on winning the Argo game, and I REALLY didn’t think the Riders would go into McMahon Stadium in Calgary and pull it out.

And this week? I’m going to the game (already my 2nd this year!!), and I really want my boys to win, but…

I’m picking them to lose.

Why? I need to keep myself prepared for the eventual loss that will happen this season. Plus, I think this is the week the injuries finally take their toll.

But, stranger things have happened in Riderville, and I’m not going to count my boys out.

“Where are we going??” “HIGHER!!” If that’s even possible!

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