Well, we’ll start with the sexism/misogyny bits, as there’s soooooo much of that. Picking up from our Palin Sexism and Misogyny Watch (had to clean up a troll mess from CJMB in that post last night, since a certain cowardly misogynist left his yellowish spoo all over it), we find Not Your Sweetie reporting on the MILP, including this picture:
Why, oh why do Americans hate women? My husband said it best this morning, upon seeing that very picture: There’s something so Oedipal about all of this. The resentment toward women present in the culture right now is out of control, and absolutely unchecked. Will you check it on November 4? It’s really up to you. You can take it, or you can fight it. I just hope you don’t vote for it.They’ll be more empowered than ever if they think you’ll just take it.
Next up we have RKMK over at Adoxography, reporting on double standards:
Infuriated that Hendon had embarrassed her publicly on the Senate floor, Clinton walked over to her rival’s seat, witnesses said.
“She leaned over, put her arm on my shoulder real nice and then threatened to kick my ass,” Hendon said.
The two women walked out of the chamber into a back room and shoved each other a few times before colleagues broke them apart, Hendon and other witnesses said. Clinton and Hendon never talked about the incident with each other again, but they reached an awkward understanding. Hendon stopped teasing Clinton; Clinton started voting with Hendon more regularly. Hendon now supports Hillary Clinton for president.
That’s just to stoke your curiosity, of course, and isn’t even remotely the whole story, but admit it, you wanna look now, don’t you? You’re thinking, wtf? Clinton in a catfight? Go and see for yourself. You’ll be surprised. I was.
Ace of Spades reports on an AP reporters’ obsession with Palin’s legs, sharing this pic:
I just want to comment here that this is typical. It’s something I’ve been talking about in real life for a while. As long as men dominate the camera, and let’s face it, they do, we will be getting this kind of bullshit. Watch any sporting event on TV. The game itself is played be men, generally to a crowd that is disproportionately male. But watch who the camera comes back to time and time again during the down times. Women with big tits and slender waists, often dressed provocatively. The camera almost never lingers over the aged grandma, who’s most likely been a season ticket holder for a decade or more, or some ugly guy with a uni-brow. No, at almost every single televised event I’ve ever seen, the camera linger on women the camera guy would like to fuck. And that’s the way it will be, cameras and media feeding male privilege and fantasy to the masses, as long as we continue to take it. Are you gonna take it this November?
Alright, last up is an extraordinary post over at Acid Test. This is the truth portion of the blog roundup. Go read the whole thing. I know a lot of my readers, and I include myself here, have doubts about voting against Obama in a meaningful way (by which I mean your vote counting) because of what George W. Bush and his cronies have done to this country for the last 8 years, and, quite rightly, because of what Reagan and Bush I did. Just because you can’t vote for the Democrat this year does not mean you have to abandon what you know about those forces of evil in this world.
Once upon a time I was filled with sick horror at the thought of a McCain Presidency. Now? Not so much. He hasn’t changed. He does have a new running mate, but she doesn’t scare me. After Dubya, it feels petty to pretend that inexperience is some kind of showstopper. What’s changed for me is the growing sick horror with which I view an Obama Presidency.
Okay, so the 30% Solution is not enough for you, fine. (It is for me.) But have you considered this:
The other reason, the even bigger reason, is that I think Obama could do more damage to the country than McCain. People pretty much know what McCain stands for and whether they’re for it or against it. Good-looking governors make it a warmer ticket, but don’t change the fundamental equation. Obama, on the other hand, does one thing, says another, and enough people are so desperate to believe in him that they lie to themselves so that they can keep doing it. Look at the reaction on the left when he started promoting faith-based government. Suddenly the left, the left, was trying to find reasons why it wasn’t such a bad idea after all. The ability to make people believe night was day was Reagan’s talent. He succeeded in making selfishness respectable, and then even admirable. He could make people forget which way was up. It’s very hard to climb out of a morass if you can’t even see that.
Obama, judging by the evidence so far, has the same talent. Based on what he’s done rather than what he’s said, he’s a Republican. Maybe Republican-lite, but that’s not the important part. What scares me is the large majority who, a year ago, finally understood that they don’t want that crap. But he can make them think they do.
That’s why I think Obama may be a bigger disaster for the country than McCain.
We’ve got to think smart. We’ve got to think in terms of strategy. So the bail out threw you for a loop. It threw a bunch of us for a loop. Don’t let this weaken your resolve. Remember, we were right. The bail out didn’t help, because nothing can help this global-sized shell game they’re fighting about.
Obama will not help you economically–he will hurt you. McCain might hurt you too, but at least he offers women something more than the Progressive Dude Nation and Obama (see above for what they’re offering). And he won’t do near as much damage if elected as Obama for this simple reason: The best we can hope for, considering the whole fucking playing field is an insiders club for corrupt morons, is to divide the jokers and make them fight each other for the next few years, instead of unifying them so they can do even more damage. Imagine what Obama will do with a perfectly acquiescent Democratic Congress. Is that what you want? Or will you fight? Will you throw that electoral punch? Will your punch count, or will you throw it into the empty air with a third party vote?
Your vote is your own, of course. I respect that. I won’t judge you if you do vote third party, but I want you to consider what you’re doing, and I want you to consider it outside the box you have traditionally been in. We’re down to brass tacks, now. It’s time to figure it out, to flesh out how you really feel and think, and what your goals are. You’ve got roughly 3.5 weeks.