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Sarah Palin is for Real
Twitter throws up the most amazing things sometimes. Occasionally you pick up something someone has said and it totally connects, other times you feel like you want to throttle someone for a 140 character Tweet they’ve squeezed an opinion into.
Then you get someone well known, either making themself more available and it feels goos, or as in the case of what I’m about to explain, making you feel sick to the core with disbelief.
Here’s what Sarah Palin tweeted last night in reference to Barack Obama announcing he wouldn’t be releasing any pictures of a dead Osama Bin Laden:
“Show photo as warning to others seeking America’s destruction. No pussy-footing around, no politicking, no drama;it’s part of the mission.”
Nice, eh? It’s the “…as warning to others seeking America’s destruction…” bit that I find most telling. Now, let me just say I’m no expert on US politics, but from that statement alone I know for a fact I would be a Democrat.
It seems to me that Republicans of her flavour will only be happy when America dominates the world through fear. God forbid any nation that crosses America’s path, for they will be wiped from the face of the Earth. Do they really want that kind of “respect”? Do these people actually like the thought of their country becoming the Mafioso of the international community?
The statement also shows the lack of intelligence this woman retains. Does she honestly think that terrorists give a damn about Bin Laden now he’s dead? Does she really think for a moment that those who wish to destroy America will see Bin Laden’s death pictures and say to themselves: “Oh no, maybe we should stop this Jihad thing now. After all, look what they did to Bin Laden’s eyebrows. Oh no – run lads!”
No. Terrorism will not go away as easily as those who scream loudest, and statements like Palin’s only make things worse by putting Westerners lives at risk. They only serve to embarrass those who want to live in peace, because there can be no peace while people like her are spouting anti-everything diatribe in the name of America.
This appetite for destruction and making threats to anyone that dare cross America’s path, displayed by Palin and her ilk, is the exact same portrayed by the Arab extremists only in reverse. West versus East in the perpetual harmony of war. Is it any wonder there are Arab nations that want to destroy America when Palin is coming out with stuff like that? No wonder Bush was so hated. I don’t know the answers but I know that promises to destroy and threats won’t work – we tried it with the IRA.
There are ways of doing things and while I don’t think there is any conspiracy behind this whole “where’s the body” thing, I do think Obama should have been able to provide some form of proof. My opinion would be to hand the evidence over to an Independent in the United Nations and let it be thoroughly examined. Then, when they are positive, this third and independent party can confirm that Bin Laden sleeps with the fishes. It’s the least the people deserve and might shut up the likes Sarah Palin, the most embarrassing and awful ambassador for a nation I think there ever was.
Scottish Election Day
My election comments from yesterday were picked up by The Guardian Edinburgh – check it out.
The crux of my post was that I don’t know which way I’m going to go in the Scottish Parliamentary election today—and I still don’t! Of the four main leaders none of them have anything to offer except Goldie, purely because she has the strength of character to do the job—I’m just not sure that job would be in the nation’s interests. So for my Constituency vote I’m probably gong to be undecided until much later in the day.
In the Regional vote I’m probably going to go for the Independent candidate Margo MacDonald because she is one woman in politics in a sea of grumbling inefficient men, that actually talks sense. Too often was she drowned out and turned down and I think this should be her time.
In the UK Voting Referendum, I’m probably going to vote for no to reform. The ‘First past the post’ system may not always work out the fairest to the lesser parties, but it does seem to work overall. Ok, so it meant that because we didn’t have AV the Lib Dems would have done better in last year’s General Election, but let’s face it, maybe that was a good thing; would we really have wanted Nick Clegg in overall charge?
Whatever way it goes, I am at the very least going to make the effort and vote.
Silly Poems 3
My evening work was dedicated to getting everything ready for meeting up with my proposed artist later today. I’m taking with me a copy of SP2, the new manuscript, and a couple of kids’ books with illustrations I like to see if they are any use.
The one thing I could not find—and this is quite alarming—is my notebook. It contains all the ideas, new poems and stories that I’ve written over the past few weeks. It just seems to have vanished and I’m now quite worried.
I retraced my steps and I definitely had it when I was out on Saturday morning. I never had it on Sunday morning. Somewhere in between it’s gone walkabout, and my worst fear is that I left it on a bus or in Costa, both of which though, seem very unfeasible give how much time I spend with it.
If you want to know how much a working notebook means to a writer, read The Red Notebook by Paul Auster.
I think that should do it for today. I’m away to think about who deserves my vote.
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