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Ashley Todd, this is your fifteen minutes of “fame.” “Enjoy” it.
For those coming here for more information, Todd, with a black eye and a “B” carved into her cheek, claimed she was attacked by a 6 foot 4 black man at an ATM in Pittsburgh, Pa. Not a day after the story broke, police realized inconsistencies in her story and administered a polygraph test, the results of which have not been released yet, but to us nerds, we can assume an ‘epic fail.’
Todd, a Republican, was a member of the College Republicans. The CR released a statement (link to the Huffington Post) here, stating “‘When Ms. Todd initially contacted us claiming to have been attacked, our first reaction was obviously to be concerned for her safety,’ said College Republicans communications director Ashley Barbera. ‘We are as upset as anyone to learn of her deceit. Ashley must take full responsibility for her actions.'”
According to the same source, both John McCain and Sarah Palin called Todd to make sure she was alright. The Obama campaign even released a statement condemning the attack.
Additionally, Todd told police that her attacker, after “putting a knife to [her] throat” proceeded to leave…until he “noticed the bumper sticker on [her] car” and then came back and said “you’re with the McCain campaign? I’m going to teach you a lesson,” which led to her black eye and “B” carved into her cheek.
Was this some sort of attempt at inciting even more racial tension before the election? Leave your two cents below; I could use the spare change.
P.S – Look for her on Olberman’s “worst person in the world” tonight – something tells me she’ll be it.
Wow – McCain used that Joe the Plumber ‘name’ AGAIN.
Gets old fast…
Finished for the night; possibly a recap at some point tonight. Watching the rest from my friendly armchair. Comment if you wish; feel free to add lines that you thought were good.
“They know that she [Palin] is a role-model for Americans” – wait, what?
//FACEPLANT, part II.
“She’s a reformer through and through. It’s about time we had a breath of fresh air…she understands reform. By the way, she also understands special needs families…I’m proud of her…I can’t tell you how proud of her I am.”
Obama laughed (audibly) at McCain’s “my campaign is not about raising taxes,” etc.
Wow – a question about why a VP would be a better president than the other guy’s VP. Obama first. Touched on foreign policy; Biden from Scranton (another shout-out…nice). McCain’s coming next.
Obama: “(Aires [spelling?] is not part of my campaign…)
“ACORN…has nothing to do with us. The only I had to do with them was…helping them [establish some kind of ‘motor-voter-registration push].”
McCain brought up ACORN and “Mr. Harris.” Let’s see what boils over.
McCain has referenced “Joe the Plumber” almost an uncountable amount times.
Obama just did very well, I think, with the whole “terrorist / kill him / pal around with terrorists” thing at Republican rallies.
McCain: “Let me say that I am very pound of the people who come to my rallies.”
McCain: “I watched the Arizona Cardnials defeat the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday-”
Obama: “- congratulations.”
I’m still laughing.
Obama: “And 100% of your ads, John, 100%, have been negative-”
McCain: ‘-that’s not true.’
What a question. If you missed it, think of this: “Will you say everything your campaign and your running mates have been saying to your opponent’s face?” Wow. This will be good.
“Even Fox News disputes it, which doesn’t really happen with me” – Obama
“If you wanted to run against President Bush, you should have run four years ago.” – McCain had a zinger!
So the average American is now known as “Joe Six-Pack.”
We’re all alcoholics? Hockey moms? Sure, it’s a big thing in Alaska and she’s used to it, but come on.
That’s all I have, just..Joe Six-Pack? Seriously?
Oy…I have a feeling…
… I was going to say “have a feeling I’d be updating this as the night goes on,” but…
Palin just said that a $5,000 tax credit to individuals “won’t cost the government anything.”
Well, that’s $5,000 per family that the government will not receive, therefore – not receiving five grand per family.
Biden just ripped her apart on that, too – well played, Joe. “That’s what I call the Ultimate Bridge to Nowhere” remark – I laughed. Hard.
And Scranton got a shout-out. I live there. w00t!
Update from 9:25pm to 9:28 pm
Any question that deals with the economy? Palin refers to “Wall Street.” Good thing I’m not playing the VP debate drinking game.
Update from 9:28-9:40
“The chant is drill baby, drill.” And we hear it all across America at our rallies.” Senator O’Biden. Wow.
“A comment made in a ropeline was taken out of context.” Good, that’s cleared up. I’ll look for the full quote.
“Do I support same-sex benefits? ABSOLUTELY…It’s what the Constitution calls for…are gained the same Constitutional rights as heterosexual couples.”
Palin (about same-sex marriage and the like):
“…Not if it grows closer and closer to redefining marriage in America between a man and a woman, then no.”
She just stumbled all over her comeback.
“Will all due respect, I didn’t hear a plan. John McCain voted [with Obama] against funding the troops because there was a timeline.”
“John McCain…there is no end in sight to end this war.”
“Your plan is a white flag of surrender for our troops in Iraq. The surge works. Knowing again that we’re closer and closer to that end; that end that is in sight.”
Palin just called out “dangerous dictators” on being, well, crazy, not sane, and unstable. Wow. Awesome foreign diplomacy right there.
I’ll update this later on; possibly on a new post – I’m going to ‘enjoy’ the next half-hour away from my PC.
Now [this] is irony (and a bit of comedy for a good cause, as well):
Now, Palin is a starch anti-abortionist who not only made rape victims PAY for their rape kits, but she is also against abortions in the case of incest or rape, going so far as to tell people that had her own daughter been raped, she should not support an abortion.
The quote of the article lies at the bottom; from a Jeff Sadosky a communications director for the McCain camp: “This crass political stunt is yet another reminder that the Barack Obama campaign and its surrogates has given up on the ‘new politics of hope’ that they were so proud of a few short months ago.”
How Obama’s name even came into this I’ll never know, but hey, this is America; I guess overly-broad umbrella-like generalizations are ok, so long it’s not against you / your candidate / your cause / your beliefs. After all, screw everyone else, [you] are always right (I hate the saying, but no pun intended).
This genuinely suprised me when I first saw it.
I mean, it still does, but it suprised me then, too.
FOX News’ Megyn Kelly had some very poingient questions for McCain’s spokesperson…The video, as well as the full transcript, is in the link below. It’s worth the click.
This list may or may not be true; I have been researching it (the Webster’s Dictionary caught me off guard, to be honest) and this listing, again, may or may not be true. I will update again when I find out if this is kosher or if it’s a bunch of BS.
Regardless of the [contents] of the listing being (in)accurate, there is still a point to be had here – the story referenced in the above article IS TRUE – Palin did, at some point in time attempt to get books banned from public libraries.
// Update 2 [9/7/08, 5:51pm]
Turns out the listing of texts, along with Palin attempting to get books banned, was a bunch of BS. Nonetheless, Palin DID look into getting books banned, although she did not try to ban them. Just something extra to mull over.
// End Updates
Taken from comment #11’s list; posted here in case you don’t feel like scrolling down.
This list is not only huge, but if anyone has read these titles, please leave your thoughts below; I have read a multitude of these books and still cannot fathom why anyone would attempt to get these novels taken off of library shelves. “Shades of Fahrenheit 451…” was the first thing that came to my mind.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Blubber by Judy Blume
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
Carrie by Stephen King
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Christine by Stephen King
Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Cujo by Stephen King
Curses, Hexes, and Spells by Daniel Cohen
Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Decameron by Boccaccio
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Fallen Angels by Walter Myers
Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) by John Cleland
Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Forever by Judy Blume
Grendel by John Champlin Gardner
Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Have to Go by Robert Munsch
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Impressions edited by Jack Booth
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
It’s Okay if You Don’t Love Me by Norma Klein
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Love is One of the Choices by Norma Klein
Lysistrata by Aristophanes
More Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
My House by Nikki Giovanni
My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara
Night Chills by Dean Koontz
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women’s Health Collective
Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz
Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
Separate Peace by John Knowles
Silas Marner by George Eliot
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Bastard by John Jakes
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Devil’s Alternative by Frederick Forsyth
The Figure in the Shadows by John Bellairs
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Snyder
The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks
The Living Bible by William C. Bower
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
The New Teenage Body Book by Kathy McCoy and Charles Wibbelsman
The Pigman by Paul Zindel
The Seduction of Peter S. by Lawrence Sanders
The Shining by Stephen King
The Witches by Roald Dahl
The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Snyder
Then Again, Maybe I Won’t by Judy Blume
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary by the Merriam-Webster Editorial Staff
Witches, Pumpkins, and Grinning Ghosts: The Story of the Halloween Symbols by Edna Barth