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Sarah Palin is Anti-American

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

I am fed up with the nonsense about Barack Obama’s character.

The incessant question, “Who is Barack Obama?” The over use of his middle name and inferences to terrorists and the “unknown”, pathetic attempts to manipulate xenophobia and racial fears in the less educated. These are dangerous and irresponsible tactics which are failing to help John McCain, while putting Obama in harm’s way. The accusations brought against Obama by the McCain camp seem to be some strange new form of political projection. Not only are these outrageous accusations ridiculous and offensive, they are more accurately applicable to Senator McCain and Governor Palin.

Is their official campaign strategy to accuse Obama of anything they could LEGITIMATELY be accused of themselves?

“Obama is inexperienced” has Palin written all over it.

“Obama pals around with terrorists” Oh…look, Palin again. See above (Anti-American Alaskan secessionists)

“Obama wants to raise taxes” despite the repeated attempts to explain that 95% of American households and small businesses WILL NOT SEE A TAX RAISE but rather TAX CUTS under Obama’s economic plan!!!

John Sidney McCain is still using this as a talking point because he has NOTHING except lies and racial fear to use in a sad attempt to scare people into voting for him. Nobody really supports McCain. Most of his supporters support the Anti-Women, Anti-intellectual, Anti-reality Palin or are simply anti-Obama voters. An anti-vote may go in his pocket but it is not a vote of confidence in McCain’s ability to run the country or popularity.

The irony is that McCain’s own economic plan would not give relief to the majority of people and even the parts that resemble relief (tax cuts, etc.) for the majority of people are not well-defined or well explained. Funny, the only part that is laid out in a clear and concise manner is his tax-relief plans for the uber-rich, professional stock traders and corporate fat-cats shuffling money off-shore to avoid paying taxes. Furthermore, the minute cuts he proposes for the Joe population all have loopholes which will end up costing “Joe” even more (i.e. education with no funding, promised support for special needs children, veterans, elderly, etc. which are all contradicted by his “spending freeze”, $2500 for each family for health care rebates but then taxing employer provided health care, in essence discouraging employers from providing health care in the first place and despite the average family cost of $1200 for health care a year.)

BOTTOM LINE ON TAXES: McCain’s tax cuts will help the obnoxiously wealthy and I am not referring to Joe Sixpack, Joe the Plumber, Joe Blow, Sloppy Joes or Joe vs. the Volcano or any Joe that has a small business. Obama’s tax cuts will POSITIVELY effect the economy by putting money in American’s pockets… if we have money, we’ll spend it… and 95 (NINETY FIVE) 95 95 95 95 95 95 95 95 95 95 95 95 (do you get it yet?) 95% of people in our country will benefit. What part of this is so difficult? Just because McCain says something, doesn’t make it true. It actually, statistically, probably makes it untrue. Read for yourself his plan, read it thoroughly. Read them both.

Under Mr. Obama’s plan, the middle of the middle class, or those earning $37,595 to $66,354, would see taxes cut by $1,042 a year. Under Mr. McCain’s plan, taxes for people in that category would also fall, but by $319; the largest chunk of the benefits would go to those making $2.8 million a year or more.
Larry Rohter, Will the Real Tax-and-Spender Please ‘Fess Up, NY Times, Jun. 13, 2008.

McCain’s strategy has always been see what is working for Barack, steal it… change it only slightly, repeat Barack’s stance on it verbatim and claim it as his own under the mighty (and flimsy) shield of Maverick-ism. This is ridiculous. It is clear to see McCain does not have the best interest of any Joe at heart. And don’t even get me started on his policies for Jane.

BOTTOM LINE ON PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES AND DANGEROUS PALS: This, too, seems to be more a Palin thing than a Obama thing. He was 8 when this Ayers fellow engaged in horrific acts. I don’t think they were “palling” around. But who exactly is Palin’ around with anti-governmental Alaskan secessionists who believe that violence is acceptable to win the “war” they are waging against the U.S.? Shouldn’t you be more concerned with this woman and her shady ties or at least as equally concerned?

Who is Barack Obama? There is so much information out about him. Information-filled biographies; his website where he states clearly his stance on every issue and it has been consistent ALL ALONG. Stop being ridiculous. If you have doubts about who Obama is, um… then you either you are a closet racist or you are simply lazy. The information is a google search away or at your local book store. The same cannot be said about Mrs. Palin who avoids interviews, questions, etc and dodges answering anything directly even when she is cornered (i.e. the VP debate). She is a trained monkey keeping secrets while giving lip service to campaign words like “maverick” “change” “transparency”.

You cannot reasonably question whether you know Barack enough but believe you truly know Sarah Palin. We have had ten times the exposure into Barack’s life as we have into Palin’s. SO when you ask “Who is Barack Obama?” are you really asking because you can’t find out what you want to know? Or are you asking because it is your polite mavericky way of saying, ‘but he’s blaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacccccccccccccck’.

For all of you questioning who is Barack Obama but not who are Sarah Palin and John McCain (because I am quite certain you didn’t know much about him before this and maybe the last Presidential campaign and I would even venture to say you still don’t), I encourage you to look up the following:

Troopergate.

The Keating 5 Scandal.

John McCain’s original 2008 Presidential Platform concerns. Note: His now adamant concern with the energy crisis is an extremely recent stance for McCain. It was just a few short months ago that he was making fun of Obama for his focus on energy reform.

All of the candidate’s voting records on a UNBIASED source. Pay particular attention to McCain’s voting record with regards to veterans, oil companies, deregulation, financial institutions and tax cuts.

And please use some common sense, think. Money must go into the pot before going out of the pot. If John McCain allows the multi-billion dollar corporations to skate past the post… well, there will be less money in it to spend, even for his conflicting promises to support veterans (not supported in his record) and special needs children. It is a sneaky way of spending folks and he has it down to an art.

So, ask if you must but then also ask, “Who is John McCain?” and “Who is Sarah Palin?” and why did he pick her anyways?

The end of my supply…

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

So, my Pearberry supply is dwindling. OH NO! Whatever will I do. I am down to six and 1/5th bottles. I know this doesn’t seem extremely low but it is too low for this germaphobic chronic hand-washer. I decided to go to the Bath & Body website to see if there happened to be any in stock, just in case, and much to my chagrin, there is not.

(See evidence below)

It is almost always “unavailable”. This is aggravating. (See related post)

*CRY*

Is this part of a secret and involuntary antibacterial-addiction Recovery Program? Or is it a Corporate-conspiracy to ration out the best-smelling soap in a devious attempt to drive up prices? Or is it simply poor planning on the part of Bath and Body?

Whatever it is…I fear this pearberry-drought will outlast my measly six-bottle supply and I will be forced to use Kitchen Lemon, which is not sooo bad but it is a distant 2nd to my sweet Pearberry or worse…BAR SOAP!

*GASP*

Disappearing goods…

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

I am a rational person, usually. I try not to take things too personal. Unpleasant happenstance and coincidences are not some form of punishment bestowed upon me by some benevolent being. However, it does seem there is a conspiracy against consumers by the product pushers. It seems whenever you find something you really like, it gets discontinued. One could argue… that I am just sooooooooooooo unique, everything I like is oddball and doesn’t sell well but this is not the case.

Take for example my favorite handsoap (and I don’t say this lightly as I am a chronic-handwashing-germaphobe), Deep Cleansing Pearberry Antibacterial Handsoap from Bath and Body Works. They have it in stores only twice a year and it sells out almost immediately. The salespeople explain they just cannot keep the pearberry on the shelf, it is simply too popular. However, when you ask why they don’t carry it all year round; they respond, “because it is being discontinued.”  Why then is a product that is so popular, you cannot keep it on the shelves, being discontinued? Why must I wait for the two sales a year it is available, hope to get to the store in time to buy a load of them just to have enough to last me until the next sale? Yes, this is what I am reduced to doing, buying in bulk. This is from my latest internet shopping trip:

Pearberry Antibacterial Hand Soap

and this is not even the entire order!!! I hope it will last me until the next ‘sale’ comes along. I didn’t even make it to the store in time. Every local store in an hours driving distance was out by the first day. I had to order these on the internet.

Now, I am by no means a marketing genius. Nor do I have a degree in Business. Can someone explain to me how it makes any sense for a business to discontinue such a popular product? Popular products = sales. Simples simple to me. I mean, I get the old ‘bait-and-switch’ but come on… do you really think we are this stupid? Do they really think if we pay $3-$5 for an 8oz bottle of fancy handsoap because we enjoy the way it cleans our hands and smells…that we will just buy a different fragrance, if they don’t sell the one we like? Do they really think if they make 742 other smells that do not sell, they can force us into buying them because they limit the one we like? It is not likely. It is more likely we will take our business elsewhere.

JUST GIVE US OUR PEARBERRY ALL YEAR ROUND AND EVERYONE WILL BE HAPPY. You will make money, we will have clean, excellent smelling hands… it is a no-brainer. And how about this crazy idea… if you can’t shove Wild HoneySuckle into our baskets or coerce us to buy SweetPea because you aren’t currently selling the scent we want, why not discontinue the new and unmovable scents and make more of what does sell? It is not rocket-science here. 

We, the consumer, are not as fickle as we are made out to be. The majority of us would stick with a company, if it would stick with us. We like something, don’t change and don’t discontinue it. Marketing departments spend billions of dollars every year trying to get their finger on the pulse of the consumer. Well, let me save you some money and tell you… we like what we like and we aren’t falling for the bait-and-switch. Make something we like, we’ll buy it. Then, the next part is simple: keep making it and we’ll keep buying it. Stop making it or change it and we’ll stop buying it. It is really that simple.

Ask Coca-Cola. Coke has been around a long time and when they changed their product… how happy were their consumers? Yes, well, back to the old formula it went. Coca Cola was intelligent in this way. They tried something new, it didn’t work out, they realized their mistake and went back to what the consumer wanted. And they make money hand-over-fist. Logic dictates this successful business plan. Who is dictating the corporations today?