Sep 9, 2008

Wrapping up and a little bit of politics

Sunday I started to notice a lot of pain in my jaw. It hurts to eat and to yawn. I think this maybe why I’ve been having headaches lately. Once again I missed work Monday. I swear from all my ailments and this pregnancy I would be surprised if I don’t get the boot. I am really trying to get 40 hours in 4 days so at least I can say that I made up my time. Losing my job at 4 months pregnant would really suck.
I am going to the dentist next week so maybe they can help me out with my jaw issues.

A friend of mine emailed this to me. I wanted to share this with everyone. I am not trying to push any of my political views, although I will say I am a democrat and proud of it.

Excuse the format. I cut and pasted it and didn't feel like going through and fixing it. Give me a break I am pregnant and lazy..

Share your thoughts on this if you would like...

DEAREST, BRILLIANT WOMEN FRIENDS,
I'm the least political person I know. And I've never been one to categorize myself as a "woman writer" or a "woman anything." But I've begun to lose sleep--literally--over the upcoming elections and the thought of what our country could become if McCain/Palin are elected. So I've decided to become more pro-active, if only to wear myself out so I can get some rest!


THERE ARE TWO LETTERS COPIED BELOW. I intend to answer the first, and I urge you to do the same. Take five seconds--send a reply to the email address at the bottom. And then forward it on (blind copies please!) to your own circle of amazing women friends.


The second letter lists the books Ms. Palin would prefer us not to read, including "Our Bodies, Ourselves" by Boston Women�s Health Collective, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "My Friend Flicka," and Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary. No kidding.


With love to all of you,
Lynn

Friends, compatriots, fellow-lamenters,

We are writing to you because of the fury and dread we have felt since the
announcement of Sarah Palin as the Vice-Presidential candidate for the
Republican Party. We believe that this terrible decision has surpassed mere
partisanship, and that it is a dangerous farce on the part of a pandering and
rudderless Presidential candidate that has a real possibility of becoming fact.

Perhaps like us, as American women, you share the fear of what Ms. Palin and
her professed beliefs and proven record could lead to for ourselves and for
our present or future daughters. To date, she is against sex education, birth
control, the pro-choice platform, environmental protection, alternative
energy development, freedom of speech (as mayor she wanted to ban books and
attempted to fire the librarian who stood against her), gun control, the separation of
church and state, and polar bears. What's more is that she has legislated in favor of aerial gunning of wolves and bears:
Despite strong scientific, ethical and public opposition to aerial hunting, Governor Palin has

� Proposed paying a $150 bounty for the left foreleg of each dead wolf.
� Approved a $400,000 state-funded propaganda campaign to promote aerial hunting.
� Introduced legislation to make it even easier to use aircraft to hunt wolves and bears.

To say nothing of her complete lack of real preparation to become the second-most-powerful person on the planet.

We want to clarify that we are not against Sarah Palin as a woman, a mother,
or, for that matter, a parent of a pregnant teenager, but solely as a rash,
incompetent, and altogether devastating choice for Vice President. Ms.
Palin's political views are in every way a slap in the face to the accomplishments
that our mothers and grandmothers and great-grandmothers so fiercely fought for,
and that we've so demonstrably benefited from.

First and foremost, Ms. Palin does not represent us. She does not demonstrate
or uphold our interests as American women. It is presumed that the inclusion of a woman on the Republican ticket could win over women voters. We want to
disagree, publicly.

Therefore, we invite you to reply here <mailto:womensaynopalin@gmail.com>
with a short, succinct message about why you, as a woman living in this
country (or in support of women living in this country), do not support this candidate as second-in-command for our nation.

Please include your name (last initial is fine), age, and place of residence.

We will post your responses on a blog called "Women Against Sarah Palin,"
which we intend to publicize as widely as possible. Please send us your
reply at your earliest convenience. The greater the volume of responses we receive,
the stronger our message will be.

Thank you for your time and action.

VIVA!

Sincerely,

Quinn Latimer and Lyra Kilston
New York, NY
womensaynopalin@gmail.com <mailto:womensaynopalin@gmail.com>

**PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY! If you send this to 20 women (and men too) in the next hour, you could be blessed with a country that takes your concerns seriously. Stranger things have happened.


Friends and family:


Let's spend a few moments browsing the list of books Mayor Sarah Palin tried to get town librarian Mary Ellen Baker to ban in the lovely, all-American town of Wasilla, Alaska. When Baker refused to remove the books from the shelves, Palin threatened to fire her. The story was reported in Time Magazine and the list comes from the librarian.net website.


I'm sure you'll find your own personal favorites among the classics Palin wanted to protect the good people of Wasilla from, but the ones that jumped out at me were the four Stephen King novels (way to go Stephen, John Steinbeck only got three titles on the list), that notorious piece of communist pornography "My Friend Flicka," the usual assortment of Harry Potter books, works by Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Twain (always fun to see those two names together), Arthur Miller, and Aristophanes, as well as "Our Bodies, Ourselves" (insert your own Bristol Palin joke here), and the infamous one-two punch of depravity: "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Little Red Riding Hood." But the cherry on the sundae, the topper, is Sarah Palin's passionate, religious mission to clear the shelves of the Wasilia Public Library of that ultimate evil tome: "Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary." That's the one with "equality," "free speech" and "justice" in it.


Go over to your book case and take down one of the books you'll find on the list (I know you've got a couple) and give it a read in honor of the founding fathers. Then tell me I'm not the only voter who doesn't want this woman within thirty feet of the United States Constitution.


Onward,
J.D.


Sarah Palin's Book Club
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L�Engle
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Blubber by Judy Blume
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
Carrie by Stephen King
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Christine by Stephen King
Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Cujo by Stephen King
Curses, Hexes, and Spells by Daniel Cohen
Daddy�s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Decameron by Boccaccio
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Fallen Angels by Walter Myers
Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) by John Cleland
Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Forever by Judy Blume
Grendel by John Champlin Gardner
Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer�s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Have to Go by Robert Munsch
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Impressions edited by Jack Booth
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
It�s Okay if You Don�t Love Me by Norma Klein
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Lady Chatterley�s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Love is One of the Choices by Norma Klein
Lysistrata by Aristophanes
More Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
My House by Nikki Giovanni
My Friend Flicka by Mary O�Hara
Night Chills by Dean Koontz
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
One Flew Over The Cuckoo�s Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women�s Health Collective
Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz
Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
Separate Peace by John Knowles
Silas Marner by George Eliot
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Bastard by John Jakes
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Devil�s Alternative by Frederick Forsyth
The Figure in the Shadows by John Bellairs
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
The Handmaid�s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Snyder
The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks
The Living Bible by William C. Bower
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
The New Teenage Body Book by Kathy McCoy and Charles Wibbelsman
The Pigman by Paul Zindel
The Seduction of Peter S. by Lawrence Sanders
The Shining by Stephen King
The Witches by Roald Dahl
The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Snyder
Then Again, Maybe I Won�t by Judy Blume
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Webster�s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary by the Merriam-Webster Editorial Staff
Witches, Pumpkins, and Grinning Ghosts: The Story of the Halloween Symbols by Edna Barth

7 comments:

Mary said...

Sorry, I just had to. As with most of those kind of forwards, they are false.....

http://www.snopes.com/politics/palin/bannedbooks.asp

I hope your jaw feels better and your headaches go away :)

Amy said...

I hope you are feeling better.

I just can't leave this one alone.... This email campaign is not only propaganda, but it's all lies. I would like to think that most people's extent of reading stretches much further than forwarded emails and blogs - unfortunatley I may be wrong. I am compelled to say that this email is completely false. I see Mary already provided the snopes link. This is a last ditch attempt by the left-wing. Obama is falling in the poles, and this email reflects that. I respect anyone's political opinion, but I don't respect those who are spreading these lies. (I am sure you aren't aware that these are lies so I don't mean you)

Perhaps people should google William Ayers. He is a radical left wing terrorist and friend of Obama's - scarey huh? Yes - he is part of a group that bombed the U.S. Capital, Pentagon, murdered a Boston Police Officer and murdered two New York State Troopers. You were probably not born then, but trust me this is the truth. These are things that the mainstream media refuses to report. People think a 17 year-old pregant girl is a scandal - I think being friends with a radical terrorist is far more scandalous.

Please don't take offense to this - I feel very strongly about this. I feel that its important to convey the truth. I can see that many honest people are being misguided in thinking this email is truthful.

Again, I hope you are feeling better. =)

Kim said...

Just so you all know.. I welcome all comments on this.. That is why I posted it. I only read it this morning and haven't had a chance to let it sink in or to even research it. I want everyone to feel very free to comment and to set records straight..

Kristi said...

I don't know about the political stuff since I seem to be totally out of the loop, but I do hope your jaw feels better. You know the crap I have been through with my jaw...thank goodness most of it is under control now! Seeing your dentist is a great place to start

Michelle Leigh said...

Well, I haven't seen this email and I do agree that most of these forwards are usually sent to stir things up. I will say however though that I am not a supporter of the McCain/Palin ticket for the sole reason that I just don't align with Republican views. I have tried to do real research on all candidates and I feel I have a firm grasp of the issues here. Good luck in shaping your opinion! It should be an interesting campaign!

Robyn said...

You might be grinding your teeth esp if you are under stress. You can try a mouth guard they sell them at box stores or drugstores.
I'm sure some of this is false, but people have tried to say obama is a muslim too. But there is something about her....

Fishsticks and Fireflies said...

I must admit that I really don't know what to think about Ms. Palin. I tend to lump her in with John McCain not simply because she is his running mate, but because she sometimes seems as out-of-touch with reality and the common man than he is. I read somewhere that she favors a pair of $7,000 glasses?! I don't know if that is true or not, but that is my mortgage for 1/2 the year!