Monday, October 06, 2008

Pretty pictures: The 'Sarah Palin said what?!?' edition

Maybe a little bit Grandma-chic, but I think the asymmetrical wandering pattern of it all saves it and makes it more sculptural. One day, when I have enough wall space and lots of decorative plates (I'm well on my way and use them as coasters now) I'm totally going to do this.

Speaking of grandmas, my grandma is pretty awesome. In fact, she has the best wardrobe and I wear quite a few pairs of her cast-off shoes on a regular basis. Last time I was at her house, I found a sweatshirt that had the whole neck cut out like this: Much to Marc's chagrin, I wore it out to dinner on Friday night (with pants of course). No one called me Flashdance and it was roomy enough for me to eat a giant bacon blue cheese hamburger comfortably. I have to add, my grandma is 91, so the fact that she kept up with the styles and probably sported this in the 80s makes me so happy. When I was just a tyke, I definitely remember her sporting this awesome black and red Puma sweatsuit. She's so cool.

Anyway, as rad as Grandma was and still is, just for today, I wish my grandma was Madeline Albright. You see, Sarah Palin decided to use the quote she read on her Starbucks cup to put down all of the liberal women who won't be voting for her:

"At a rally on Saturday in California, Sarah Palin offered up a rather jarring argument for supporting the Republican ticket. "There's a place in Hell reserved for women who don't support other women," the Alaska Governor said, claiming she was quoting former Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

The statement came after Palin had recounted a "providential" moment she experienced on Saturday: "I'm reading on my Starbucks mocha cup, okay? The quote of the day... It was Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State [crowd boos] and UN ambassador. ... Now she said it, I didn't. She said, 'There's a place in Hell reserved for women who don't support other women.'"

But that isn't what Albright said:

"Actually, Albright didn't say that. The accurate quote is, 'There's a place in Hell reserved for women who don't help other women.'"

But Albright did have this to say:

"Though I am flattered that Governor Palin has chosen to cite me as a source of wisdom, what I said had nothing to do with politics. This is yet another example of McCain and Palin distorting the truth, and all the more reason to remember that this campaign is not about gender, it is about which candidate has an agenda that will improve the lives of all Americans, including women. The truth is, if you care about the status of women in our society and in our troubled economy, the best choice by far is Obama-Biden."

How to begin parsing this situation... Women who don't help women can go to hell? Does that include a woman who makes sexual assault victims pay for their own rape kits? The candidate (with a background in broadcast journalism, I might add) whose scant talents include delivering shallow sound bites and coming up with pithy folk-isms can't accurately remember and deliver one short sentence?

And who gets speech ideas from a Starbucks coffee cup anyway? That seems like Britney Spears territory to me.


Shannon said...

I can't stand her! It keeps getting worse and worse. It's like "professional" Barbie is running for VP.

Anonymous said...

"Does that include a woman who makes sexual assault victims pay for their own rape kits?"

Alison said...

Interesting article, but I don't see how it debunks the "myth." In fact, it seems to support it. A lot of the commenters seems confused on that point as well.

Jamie said...

I was so excited to see pretty shiny things. Not so excited to see anonymous commenters passive-aggressively linking to articles that don't say what they seem to believe they do.

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