A couple of political tidbits

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First of all, I am really happy to have learned that Obama didn’t give in to McCain trying to bow out of the first debate on the pretense that he feels the need to fix the economic problem. And I really like Obama’s answer to it:

“It’s going to be part of the president’s job to deal with more than one thing at once.”

Enough said, really. I mean, the debates take up a few hours of their time on a Friday evening. They can debate. Now is a good time to debate, with all that is happening! I want to know how they plan to fix it!

Okay, the next little tidbit. I ran across this newsy item earlier this week and found it really interesting. Jill Greenburg, the photographer who shot the cover of the current Atlantic Monthly, the one with John McCain on the cover, had a few outtakes that she shared on her website. Apparently she ask McCain to sit for a few more shots and lighted him in a menacing way, McCain not suspecting a thing.

While I kind of think the outtake photo is kind of funny (scroll down a little bit on that link), I do think that she was very wrong to do this. In the end it was really just in bad taste. Especially the Photoshopped images that she put on her blog (you can see them on this post here). I completely understand the whole concept of making a political statement via your art. But I really don’t think it is in good taste to do it on a client’s dime.

A word about Palin

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This is soooo last week but I’ve got to say it. WTF was McCain thinking with his V.P. Pick? I don’t understand it at all. I really don’t. I keep thinking that it has to be a joke, but it clearly isn’t.

Aside from the complete bizarre-ness of it, it is wrong and insulting on so many levels. Like I said, I don’t know why he did it (I don’t watch television and haven’t been keeping up with the talking heads) but if he did it to sweep in the Hilary supporters he’s very mistaken. Choosing Palin shows that he is absolutely clueless on women’s issues. People support Hilary because she has the experience and the intelligence to be president, not for the sole reason that she is a woman. As a woman and a feminist I am really insulted by this! Does he think that women are so stupid that we would blindly vote for someone just because she is a woman? Does he think that we don’t look at whether or not that woman is right for the job? Hillary would have been right for the job. Palin is not.

I read this post over at 10,000 Monkeys and it pretty much sums up my feelings on this matter very eloquently (and thanks to Dianne for pointing me to this blog!).

There are many other reasons to just be completely boggled over this choice. But I will give you one that is relevant to me as a librarian. Here is an excerpt from the article, “Mayor Palin: A Rough Record” in Time Magazine:

Stein says that as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. “She asked the library how she could go about banning books,” he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. “The librarian was aghast.” That woman, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn’t be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving “full support” to the mayor.

This New York Times article says that Palin actually did fire the librarian:

The librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, pledged to “resist all efforts at censorship,” Ms. Kilkenny recalled. Ms. Palin fired Ms. Emmons shortly after taking office but changed course after residents made a strong show of support.

This is very disconcerting. Censorship should not be tolerated in this country and for McCain to pick somebody who has actively pursued it is very alarming.