Thursday, October 30, 2008

4. PS- Uh huh.
1. “Because of successful identity politics, people have come to identify profoundly with other kinds of groups — ‘I am a Jew,’ or ‘a French person.’ But it’s not likely with ‘I am an ugly person and let’s have a meeting of all ugly people.’ Most people in general would want to disclaim membership. It’s like declaring yourself a member of the clueless, " Sherry F. Colb, a law professor at Cornell said."

"Defining ugliness is difficult."

“Beautiful people are considered to be more intelligent, sexier, more trustworthy and they have more partners,” Dr. Synnott said. “And this implies that ugly people are assumed to be less trustworthy and less intelligent.”

I'm not saying that anything is wrong with the less pretty, but I thought that these were interesting quotes about the perception of ugliness.

2. Tina is back and not a moment too soon.

3. I really love the NYT.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

So today, I’ll say this about Ms. PayPay… I still don’t think she should be set loose in DC, but was it her fault that McCain’s handlers and RNC peeps went on a shopping spree? She was too busy prepping for her cut-throat interview with Katie Couric to go herself or to ask questions about where the items came from and how much was spent. PayPay is off the hook, in my book, for this infraction.

This is purely speculation, but maybe the shopping was directed by Cindy, who is suspected of having worn a $300K outfit at the convention. But really, do I blame Cindy? No, she’s rich and who wouldn’t want to get stuff from Saks. Have you seen their shoe department?

I haven’t gone soft though. I read a fantastic article on PayPay in the New Yorker this past weekend. The article mentioned that PayPay has long had her sights set beyond the elk and flannel of Alaksan politics. That’s fine (ok, that’s not fine because the woman worries me, but that’s another story), BUT if she’s had DC in mind for longer than she’s been the Veep nominee why hasn’t she done her due diligence? She’s not stupid and perhaps she really is an RNC rising star (argh!), but if she wants to compete and make a difference why has she not done her homework? Why didn’t she have a passport until 10 minutes ago, what can’t she name a single international newspaper that she reads, and why can’t she answer a question?

I find her so bothersome because she’s a total rookie and is in way over her and it makes me want to scream two things:

1. I feel like I’m taking crazy pills.
2. What? Do you think this is amateur night?

The good news is that I’ll think she’ll be spending at least the next few years in Juneau.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I've been meaning to post something for a while, but I don't want to bore any one with my obsession. The truth is that I didn't realize that "it" was an obsession until just now. I suppose that "it" should be called "she". And "she" could, should, might, ought to be called "Sarah Palin."

At the Emmy's Tina Fey so poignantly said, "I want to be done playing this lady Nov. 5. So if anybody can help me be done playing this lady Nov. 5, that would be good for me." I don't want to write or talk about her, but she keeps creeping into my thoughts. So, to go along with Tina's sentiments, I'll echo her and say that I want don't to keep thinking about her so if anybody, especially in the flyover states, could help me with that I'd appreciate it.

Back when life was simple (in early September), before the train wreck interviews had aired and Joe-six packs references were used, back when I didn't know how to conjugate estar, I had a candid discussion with my mother about Ms. Palin, who at the time, seemed like a passing guility pleasure of mine.

(And let's be clear- the guility pleasure was the scowl-browed interest, like reading People Magazine for politicians AND not in any way an admiration of her and/or her aspirations to ru(i)n the country.)

But I digress, I expressed my concern to my mom about SP's qualifications that are and were MIA and my perception that perhaps her children need her right now more than the country does (or ever will... again, I digress). My mother simply responded that I needed to therefore do a couple things in own life so as to not fall into the same trap:

Choose either 1. to go into politics OR 2. get married/have kids

(Ok technically we discussed that fact that I could be in politcs if my kids were older, but no baby bjorns with a business suit)

AND on top of that, create a really good single serving lemonade recipe.

I have made no choices, nor have I worked on the recipe. But at least I know what my options are.