Saturday, September 6, 2008

Salve, Incitatus



Random observations on the woman from Alaska:

  • Leaving aside the question of the appropriateness of voting for a candidate because you want to bang her, have our tastes sunk so low that this appalling woman is a sex symbol? Then again, since Rachael Ray is so deemed, I shouldn't be surprised. This is a dark age for lust.

  • People in the Irish music community have been telling the pit-bull-in-lipstick joke about feis mothers for at least the last ten years. It's generally not intended as a compliment.

  • Somebody, anybody, please. Explain to me why gun nuts tend to be such rabid Christians. I went to my family's southern Methodist church pretty much every Sunday until I was in my teens, and damned if I can remember Jesus saying anything about the right to bear arms, let alone shooting wolves from aircraft. So what's the deal with the God 'n' Guns? How do Christians justify this?

  • "I think it's a shame that so many people are piling on the GOP VP designee; we are judging her too quickly and harshly and shooting too wildly from the hip, though she DID name her children Gat, Frib, Goop, Prab and Dingus. Also, she seems to think that The Pledge of Allegiance was written by our Founding Fathers." (Gene Weingarten)

  • "One of the great sights of American political life -- a YouTube moment if ever there was one -- was to see the doughboy face of Newt Gingrich as he extolled the virtues of Sarah Palin, a sitcom of a vice presidential choice and a disaster movie if she moves up to the presidency. ... It's a pity Gingrich was not around when the Roman Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, better known by his nickname Caligula, reputedly named Incitatus as a consul and a priest. Incitatus was his horse." (Richard Cohen, who I've forgiven for his wrongheaded column about tattooing a few weeks back.)

Update. Oo, oo, oo, did you see this? Maybe I should get my cable turned back on after all, just until the election.

16 comments:

T said...

Rob, the ending of your post leaves me with no other choice. Pun(itive) Bumper Sticker Idea of the Day: Just Say Neigh!

(Unnngh. I made myself groan with that one.)

Anyway, you had me in stitches, and it was a hoot to revisit the RayRay porn post and all its comments. As a Google draw to your blog, you've got RayRay, I've got Poony Poon....

Time for a beer.

Rob said...

Hah! Almost nobody would understand it, but it would be worth it for the few that would.

And I'm way ahead of you on the beer front, now that our little hurricane problem has passed.

T said...

I actually had to go out for my beer--I wasn't thinking ahead earlier when I ran out for milk. Hence my delay :-) Nothing like a little beer to make the hurricane go down better. Or, uh, the other way around....

mike said...

Okay, maybe you can settle a debate. I was reminded recently of the time my wife and stepdaughter saw, in the Northern Rockies, a flock of hundreds of bald eagles along a river. I mentioned this to my dad, and he said, "Which I'm sure Sarah Palin would like to shoot." I say that's not fair: Gov. Palin would only shoot as many eagles as she needs to feed her growing family.

hsempl said...

i wonder how many people are voting for obama because they want to bang him?

hsempl said...

i mean, besides obama girl (if she remembers)

T said...

Re the new clip--HA!

And an even scarier thought, which brings up something I'd rather not wonder: how many people are going to vote for McCain because they want to bang *him*?

mike said...

Well, I'm losing respect for Jon Stewart: his job is just too easy.

CNN's news ticker, on the other hand, stridently described Palin as "Alaska's most popular governor." Can't argue with that.

An Briosca Mor said...

how many people are going to vote for McCain because they want to bang *him*?

Well, there's Cindy. Maybe. Although she certainly didn't marry him for his money, so he must have somethin' goin' on somewhere, eh?

Di said...

In person she COULD be said to have the 'sexy librarian' look... but in photos she looks awful. And old. So yeah, I don't get the whole VPILF thing, either.

FWIW, I am a Christian who does NOT understand gun-worship.

Di said...

Heather - potentially me. Kidding. Not JUST because I want to bang him ;)

Ceilisundancer said...

Laughing, hey, leave us MAIDs out of this, otherwise known as Mothers Addicted to Irish Dancing (or, we have kids who feis). Alright, at least I'm not the pit-bull type and yes I know some MAIDs/DAIDs who are (outside of our ID school). I'm a vegetarian, environmentalist Christian. I believe God gave us this earth and creatures to care for them, not obliterate them, as do many other Christians I know. Not enough, but some of us.

Rob said...

Di: Yeah, and ordinarily I'm all about the sexy librarian thing. The woman from Wasilla repels me on all levels though. VPYLF, maybe, but never VPILF.

And I'm just going to ignore your second comment; otherwise I'll have to spend all afternoon washing my hands.

Ceilisundancer: well, exactly. Environmental stewardship is as much of a Christian priority as it is a liberal one. Or it should be. Likewise taking care of the poor and disadvantaged.

Have you all seen the video of SP exhorting members of her church to pray for the natural gas pipeline?

An Briosca Mor said...

I have to admit that when I first saw photos/videos of her, I said "I'd hit it." But then again, I'm a 54 year old long-time single guy, so I'm not too picky. But the first time I heard actual words coming out of her mouth, any such notions went away immediately.

Speaking of words out of her mouth, these videos would be fucking hilarious if they weren't verging way too close to the truth.

http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=G2gxrQrMGv0

http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=3VfR-g5LTaM&NR=1

Ceilisundancer said...

Rob -- pretty glad I didn't have to get nauseated seeing SP's video of her asking her church to pray for the natural gasline. Religions shouldn't be infused with politics... and, btw, some of us Christians are liberals, too. What a concept - caring for others and our environment.
And, belated happy b-day. May this new year of your life be awesome. -- Robin

Rob said...

Thanks! I think it will be.

I think religion can be a powerful political force, actually -- thinking of Martin Luther King, Thich Nhat Hanh, the Dalai Lama -- but when people start couching their sexism, homophobia, gun fetishism, and America-Uber-Alles-ness in religious terms, it makes my buddhistic serenity feel a little frayed. As for praying for a natural gas pipeline, that's just flat-out weird.