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Palin, Politics, and Something More Alliterative Than ‘Interview’ September 30, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — theradicalnotion @ 7:31 pm
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Oh, Sarah Palin. How you make me laugh. In a just-released clip, she makes fun of Joe Biden for being old and a familiar name in Washington, and then explains herself by saying that people want change and new ideas. Um, hello? Sarah? Think about what you say before it comes out of your mouth, okay? This is worse than McCain in the debate, when he said that Iran had a lousy economy because they had a lousy government. To make matters even more exciting, if I understood the CBS website correctly, there is footage from another Couric interview with Palin that is soon-to-be-released. This is, of course, in addition to the other footage that was never released from the first interview (in which, apparently, Palin is unable to come up with a single Supreme Court case other the compulsory pregnancy advocate’s case of choice, Roe v. Wade). So good things are coming!

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Fucking Disgusting September 29, 2008

Filed under: Domestic Terrorism,Politics,Racism — theradicalnotion @ 4:53 pm
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A terrorist act committed mostly or exclusively by Muslims makes all the headlines, but apparently terrorism targeted specifically at Muslims is not worthy of mention.

I couldn’t find the following story at any of the major news sites (MSNBC, CNN, FOX); a Google search turned up nothing either in the way of national media, save for the omnipresent Blogs.

Chemical irritant empties Islamic Society of Greater Dayton’s mosque

Update: Islamic Society baffled by incident at worship service

By Kyle Nagel

Staff Writer

Saturday, September 27, 2008

DAYTON — Baboucarr Njie was preparing for his prayer session Friday night, Sept. 26, when he heard children in the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton coughing. Soon, Njie himself was overcome with fits of coughing and, like the rest of those in the building, headed for the doors.

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Njie was one of several affected when a suspected chemical irritant was sprayed into the mosque at 26 Josie St., bringing Dayton police, fire and hazardous material personnel to the building at 9:48 p.m.

Someone “sprayed an irritant into the mosque,” Dayton fire District Chief Vince Wiley said, noting that fire investigators believe it was a hand-held spray can.

According to fire dispatch communications, a child reported seeing two men with a white can spraying something into a window. […]

The 300 or so inside were celebrating the last 10 days of Ramadan with dinner and a prayer session, but the prayer session was interrupted so those suffering from tearing, coughing and shortness of breath could receive treatment.

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“It’s very disturbing,” Sabagh said. “Something like this has never happened before.”

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Submit A Question For The Youth Presidential Debate

Filed under: Meta,Politics — theradicalnotion @ 3:38 pm
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By the time most people read this post, it will probably be moot, but until 4 PM Eastern, anybody is free to enter a question for the presidential candidates to answer here. Go!

Even if you get to this after the fact, it might be worth it to spend a couple of minutes on the site, as at a cursory glance it appears to have some useful information (such as registering to vote, if you haven’t already done so).

Hat tip to Samhita at Feministing.

 

Palin and Misogyny September 28, 2008

Filed under: Politics,Republicans,Sexism/Misogyny — theradicalnotion @ 11:01 pm
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If you don’t think Governor Sarah Palin has been inundated with misogynistic attacks since the announcement of her candidacy, you may be on the wrong blog. (Hint: Having trouble thinking of something? Go here for an enumerated list). It is of a different flavor, perhaps, than many of the attacks leveled at Senator Clinton (more shameless linkage: Hillary Clinton Sexism Watch. If you’re going to try to deny that Clinton faced misogyny, then you’re REALLY on the wrong blog). With Clinton, one was more likely to hear cable newscasters wax paranoid about how she elevated their castration anxiety, whereas with Palin it’s more about how bangin’ she looks in heels, and do those legs go all the way up? Zowee, once you go non-contiguous state, you don’t go back! And so on.

That is not to say, of course, that it is impossible to speak negatively of Palin without it being misogynistic (contrary to what the McCain campaign would like to pretend). If, for example one says that being mayor of a town with <10,000 people is less compelling governmental experience than, say, a term in the Senate, that is not misogynistic. And of course, in this particular case, there are many, many, legitimate reasons to dislike Palin as a candidate, and they have been well-articulated in various media (at least in media that I read). And the reasons that I dislike her as a candidate have nothing to do with, say, her children, or history as a beauty queen, or _________. So, you’d think I’d be happy that being as far away from the Palin Bandwagon as possible is the new In Thing (even among conservative women!).

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Debatage: Tell Me More! September 27, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — theradicalnotion @ 7:18 pm
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For perhaps a more balanced and erudite yet still liberal take, Alternet has a good article that has commentary from 6 different people on what they felt the different candidates’ strengths were, where they each screwed up, and ultimately (because it’s Alternet) how Obama won.

Greg Laden’s Blog discusses how polling results favor Obama as well .

(to be updated as/if I find more good links)

 

On bias

Filed under: Uncategorized — theradicalnotion @ 6:59 pm
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The title and tagline alone of this blog should alert the casual reader that I make no claims of neutrality (fwiw, the tagline is tongue-in-cheek, paraphrasing a Pat Robertson quote, but the fact that I think it’s hilariously idiotic also betrays my not-moderate leanings). Clearly, I am not an Independent, nor anything close to conservative on, I would imagine, the vast majority of if not all issues. And I’m aware of this, and okay with it. It may be a tad difficult to pinpoint my political and social beliefs with complete precision, but something very left of center while not approaching, say, Communism would seem to be accurate.

So, as anyone who’s read some of my posts can attest, I view events through a certain lens. Inevitable bias creeps in, or stomps in sometimes. The psych major in me would like to point out that everyone looks at the world through schemata – specific preexisting criteria and beliefs that influence our perception of facts and events. Splitting, viewing things in complete ‘black-or-white’ terms, is a cognitive error seen in some mental illnesses (namely, borderline personality disorder) but is, in less extreme forms, a defense mechanism used by most people. It is easier, psychologically, to view things or people as all-good or all-bad, and more mentally taxing to have to think about subtleties and multiple truths and so on. One of the books I’m reading right now, (The Mismeasure of Women, by Carol Tavris), mentions that in periods of wartime, the general populace sees a decrease in mental illness, because it is psychologically beneficial to be able to focus on a defined ‘enemy’ and revel in patriotic solidarity with your fellow citizens, who might normally piss you off but at least aren’t Them.

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Debatage September 26, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — theradicalnotion @ 8:29 pm
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The debate is starting in less than an hour! ARE YOU PUMPED?!?!?!!1?!

Yeah, me neither. Maybe after I eat.

But! Are we all emotionally prepared? Let’s make up a drinking game! Yes, I don’t drink, but I do know at least one person who will be watching the debate from the Pub, which sounds like a splendiferous idea. Anything to dull the pain of our country’s impending voyage into the Sun.

Truth be told, I’m not quite as excited about making up a drinking game as I was when I first thought of it, because I saw a kickass one created by the gals over at Feministe. And I think we all know that, purely on principle, I could never equal anything from that magnificent domain. So why don’t you just go there. I will, however, excerpt a couple of my favorites:

  • Every time the candidate steers away from the question asked to highlight his own talking points (we call that a Palin), drink twice.
  • For every mention of failed bipartisanship efforts that failed because the opposing party are a bunch of sniveling assbabies, drink.
  • Every time someone mentions terrorism, drink. If someone mentions terrorists in a non-terrorist context, like the Iraq War, drink twice.
  • When McCain grumpily alludes to the more important things he has to do, chug.
  • Spit out your beer and yell at the TV if McCain insinuates Obama is a) Muslim or b) the antiChrist.

So yeah. You should totes go read the whole thing. See you in 30!

8:59 We’re watching this on NBC HD. How exciting.

9:00 How come my college doesn’t have an auditorium like that, suitable for a debate? Stupid private colleges. We’re reminded that Obama is black and McCain was a POW, like, thanks bud, I hadn’t caught that. I feel that, were I a drinker, I would already need to be throwing back a few.

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