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The Week That Was Lipstick On A Pig

There has been much tragedy this week, and we honor and send out blessings to all.

Politically, in case you were in a rabbit hole — I wasn’t, just occupied — and missed what Obama handed us in lieu of practical statements about how he plans to save the country, let’s just say he’s up to par, and following in his own silent footsteps. His followers have been begging him to carry a big stick, but really Obama doesn’t need any prompting from them. In fact, he’s been serving up pigs on a stick all year.

Whereas Obamabots see hopenchange, I see kvetching. He doesn’t like this. He doesn’t like that. Oy! You know what? That never worked when my family did it to me. I’d just shut them out, and my ears would go mute. My kids hated it when I did it to them, too, although I swore I’d never act like my parents. (R U laughing yet?)

When I got older and a little wiser, I learned that people grow with the touch of encouragement. That’s how all my favorite teachers inspired my creativity. Predictably, you know where I’m going: that’s what Hillary had — a plan or a program to nourish each facet of our society and nix what might be holding it back.

To me, Obama’s way of kvetching, even with a wink and a smile, reminds me of how I felt when treated that way: doesn’t work for me. I don’t feel inspired. In fact, I see his style as a direct extension of the practices in his church. Although he didn’t hear anything for twenty years, he might have absorbed the approach anyway. It posits that: if we put others down, we’ll all be the better for it. Actually, Senator, that’s been bothering me during your entire campaign. What’s new about put down politics? That way of operating certainly goes against the change I’d like to see in the world.

My approach to religion — whether in temple, visiting a church, or sitting with a group in meditation — is to raise myself up high enough to be able to change whatever is not working in my life, instead of trying to debase others whom I could falsely blame. Sure, I falter, but I try.

Where’s the part where you talk about what you will do to help our struggling nation, Sen. O? Raise taxes, give another rebate, re-up the faith-based initiatives? That’s it? All I can remember are the smears. That’s right, Senator, keep hitting harder, as your bots say. It’s bound to inspire.


Obama’s Lipstick Smears on the Mirror:

My List of What’s Wrong with America, from My Speeches

  1. Clingy, bitter folks with guns or religion
  2. Small town Pennsylvanians or Mid-westerners
  3. Canada’s NAFTA
  4. 1 leftover fleck of dandruff on my suit
  5. Non-French speakers
  6. Gucci-loafer wearers
  7. Under inflated SUV tires
  8. Using heat not sweaters at home
  9. Mayors
  10. African American deadbeat dads
  11. Hillary makes my nose itch
  12. Parents don’t read to their children
  13. Seniors lack computer skills
  14. My low pay grade


Internal List of WWWA

  1. Gay-rights friendly SF mayor
  2. Candidates want to debate me
  3. US Constitution and Bill of Rights
  4. Bill Clinton was POTUS
  5. Bill Clinton was a popular POTUS, especially with African Americans
  6. McCain’s female staffers earn more than mine
  7. A confounding number of states
  8. Like I’m supposed to say know ? when life begins
  9. Foreign countries’ size to threat ratios
  10. White women think they’re entitled X that, the preachers said it
  11. Women keep stealing my spotlight
  12. Pit bulls and pigs are related?
  13. Soccer moms
  14. Fake columns


I think we can all rest assured that the Dem’s selection, Barack Obama, is the guy who can best answer those 3am phone calls. Don’t you agree?

In this latest of Obama’s backtracking incidents, we all heard him claim that he was talking about Senator John McCain’s policies in his “lipstick on a pig” remark at a campaign event. After watching Gov. Sarah Palin make her enormously popular debut and acceptance speech during the Republican National Convention, where she extolled the tenacity of soccer moms in her joke about lipstick and pit bulls, I got Obama’s meaning. It was unmistakable and immediate. Just like when he gave Hillary the nose finger, the audience laughed, so they heard him loud and clear, too.

I heard, “any woman but that one.” Palin’s initial popularity is the direct recipient of Hillary Clinton’s years of hard-fought work, and being used as a target in this campaign and throughout her many years of service. You might have just as well plastered the face of Sarah over the Hillary punching bag and said, “hit ‘er, boys!”

Not to get off topic, but I’m angered and ashamed when my feminist friends still imply “anyone but Hillary,” or that “she’s still pissed at Bill and should have left him.” Who are they to judge? Why do they lose their sense of sisterhood, and think it’s funny to put other women down — women of compassion and accomplishment — to say they’re evil or conniving? It feels downright cruel.

I’m not stupid, I get the policy differences, but when did they even try to help out Hillary? She’s the champion of “women’s rights are human rights.” She’s the one who would have really hit it home for women. Now that they’re Roe v. Wade scared, they care? Where were they when real change was possible?

I always thought that Dems were the party of compassion, but this year Republicans learned from their opponents’ mistakes. Democrats thought they were helping themselves to the Republicans’ game by learning to hit harder and avoid another Kerry wimp out. Instead, McCain/Palin and their Party’s down-ticket candidates will reap a harvest from the Democrats’ toss away of their real winner — a lady. Repub women and men stepped forward in defense of their own and said, “we’ve got your back,” and “sexist attacks will not stand,” and they benefited in the polls. Well, what d’ ya know!

While helping to propel a revolution, progressive women in the sixties still often felt undervalued in their roles, as if, “get me more coffee, will you, hon? I’ve got lots of work to do.” That’s what I hear when I listen to Obama, and it’s a mystery to me that my longtime feminist friends don’t.

Here’s the link to SNL’s hysterical Palin/Clinton 9/13/08 skit (sorry about the commercial.) Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t let me embed it, and NBC nixes all YouTubes for copyright infringement. I think it’s the perfect dessert for this post, as the Tina Fey/Amy Poehler parody illustrates my point perfectly. Enjoy!

[cross-posted from Lady Boomer NYC]

An Open Letter to Barack Obama

(Note: Good thoughts and hugs to those who are in the path of Hurricane Ike. May this season end soon.)

Lipstick On A Pig

Lipstick On A Pig

Dear Senator Obama,

I understand how difficult your childhood must have been. After all, you were partially raised by a middle-class woman who was single for about six months and who, at some point in her life, may or may not have been on food stamps. After that horror of poverty and privation, you were raised by your upper-middle-class grandparents, including your grandmother, who apparently was a typical white person (i.e., racist). (I’m wiping tears from my eyes as I type!)

Nonetheless, I am wondering if at any point in your life, these parental figures ever said to you the following, which I heard every day of my life:

“Now apologize and shake hands!”


“Two wrongs don’t make a right!”

You see, when you do something wrong, and everyone knows it, you are supposed to apologize to the wronged party. This is something every seven-year-old is taught, but somehow, it has escaped your consciousness.

Case in point: When you call your opponent’s vice president a pig and say she smells like fish, you do not try to pretend you didn’t do it. You did it, in front of God and YouTube. So apologize and move on, otherwise you will engender anger and resentment. Anger, on the behalf of Governor Palin and her supporters and sympathizers; and resentment, by those who realize that you have so little respect for their intelligence that you think they will swallow your unbelievably lame horseshit. No, that’s not rain; you’re pissing down our backs, Senator.

And yes, Senator McCain has also used the expression “lipstick on a pig.” But here’s a thought for you:


Even if McCain had done what you say he did (which of course, he did not, since he was referring to policy and not person, unlike yourself), how does that excuse your actions in any way? Guess what – it doesn’t.

In conclusion, Senator, you need to start remembering all those lessons your mom and grandparents taught you, and stop obsessing about your absent, bigamist father. You are becoming a national embarrassment.

Thanks ever so,