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The Palin Portfolio: Take 2

Posted Wednesday, September 10, 2008, at 5:48 PM

In this blog posting, I shall continue the Sarah Palin scrapbook, which I began with yesterday's posting, Miss Alaska 1984. As you may be aware, our blog formats do not allow us to post more than one photo at a time --- therefore, we have to eliminate one photo in order to post a new one, as I did on my Squirrel Nutkin blog. Since I'm sure some of you might have missed the first Miss America photo, I shall simply post a new blog. Problem solved!

The plot continues to thicken on the political battleground, with each party claiming lipstick descrimination of one sort of another.

This photo, though black and white (the standard back in the prehistoric age of the mid-eighties), clearly shows that the V.P. candidate is certainly skillful in applying her makeup, whether she be hockey mom or pitbull...

This second photo is dated at the same time as the red evening gown shot in the previous blog. Though this one is a head shot, I think it is far the superior of the two photos. In fact, this one is just pretty darned terrific, if you ask me. Her hairstyle even seems a bit more modern in 1984 than it does today...

Of course, to recognize the current Republican candidate, you might need to draw librarian-style glasses on her.

Do you remember the old Superman comics and movies, in which Clark Kent was totally unrecognizable as Superman when he sported those black horn-rimmed glasses? That never seemed believable to me, even when I was a kid...

I don't believe Superman wore any lipstick...

Stay tuned for more riveting lipstick photos tomorrow...

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MD, Looks to me like Super Sarah just has a naturally yummy complexion.

Let's see... SS can out-shoot Obama at hoops and out do him at bagging any kind of animal, she can beat him at bowling, she can out eat him at ice cream (since he hates the stuff), she looks way better in a strapless dress, and I really doubt he would fearlessly can an annoying ex-in-law from his State job after he threatened to kill a family member. And she can do all that while wearing glasses and lipstick! Just imagine what she can do when she takes her glasses off and start really kicking A**!!

Watch out Putin! SS can probably out arm-wrestle you with her right arm while holding Trig in her left arm! With or without glasses, and while wearing lipstick taboot! Wouldn't that make a terrific photo!

MD, you apparently left Fairbanks too soon. I just saw that SS is one her way there to hold a rally at the airport!

-- Posted by FJGuy on Wed, Sep 10, 2008, at 8:11 PM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
I see this morning that our lipsticked super heroine is back in Fairbanks, FJ. Judging from the coverage, the people there are absolutely wild about her. I haven't contacted my Fairbanks friends yet to see what they think of her. Must do that!

So Maddie, interested in your take here. Does Palin help the status of women in today's society more, the same, or less than someone like Hillary? Biden says that Palin is helping women take a step backwards. The mainstream media has ripped her right and left, up and down, and you seem to be poking fun at her and not taking her all that seriously. Just wanted to know what some other women think about all of this. Do you have to be a liberal suitcoat wearing cankles growing feminist to help the movement or no?

FJBoy...she is still HOOOOOOOTTTTTTT!!!!!!!

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Wed, Sep 10, 2008, at 10:52 PM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
I think it's obvious that she's a shot in the arm for the Republican party. My daughter-in-law in Minneapolis is wild about her - spent 4 days at the convention while my son babysat their 3 small children. This is a working engineer-mom, sharp as a tack. However, she was conservative to begin with...

For the women who genuinely supported Hillory, I can't see a switch-over to Palin. The two women don't support the same agendas; in fact, they're opposites on most issues.

I remember when the opposing forces critized Obama for being able to make a pretty speech. Now we have a GOP candidate who not only made a terrific speech, she's a real looker, to boot. It makes for some lively television coverage, for sure.

And, yes, it's easy to see the media bias: CBS has been working overtime to counter the various GOP allegations about Obama, and the network has also been presenting the other side of Palin's claims, such as the one about opposing "the Bridge to Nowhere." However, these media efforts should be transparent to most viewers, who should still have no problem in thinking for themselves.

As for myself, I have to distance myself from the ugliness of the political race, or I'll get completely depressed. That's why my blogs may sometimes seem so flippant.

She reminds me of the daughter of my old principle...hot.

-- Posted by Jim Morrison on Thu, Sep 11, 2008, at 1:07 AM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
I see that I didn't answer all of Hoon's question: Does Palin help the status of women? Of course. The fact that we have a woman as a vice-presidential candidate will pave the way for bigger and better offices in the future. In fact, she's probably a better choice in this position than Hillory, for the simple fact that she's more acceptable to all those men out there who find Hillory too unfeminine. She's probably just as pushy as Hillory, but she's so cute that the guys will swallow their objections - just to be able to LOOK at her!

Pretty good stuff....but not exactly what I was getting at. The hardcore crazy left wing feminists are threatened by Palin? I can see them being threatened by her positions (I enjoy most of her positions...slap my wrist) BUT how do they get away with trashing her as a fellow woman? Blacks do the same thing....a liberal, ambulance/media chasing black like Jackson or Sharpton is all about the "movement", but a conservative black man OR woman is trashed? Matt Damon, genius and smarter than you, me, and anyone on here because he knows how to act and lives in Hollywood, said that Palin on the ticket makes for a "bad Disney movie". This from a guy who thinks Obama is the greatest thing in the world and I we all know based on his support of the Hillbillies from AR, a Hillary LOVER. What gives?

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Thu, Sep 11, 2008, at 8:41 AM

Gotta love the 80's! Any more pics MD?

-- Posted by greer958 on Thu, Sep 11, 2008, at 9:40 AM

Maddie....Its Hill...A...ry! Or sometimes I spell it :


I think Hillary is easier to spell type though.

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Thu, Sep 11, 2008, at 10:25 AM

I don't think Palin's boost to the Republican party will last. It's nice, but I think it will settle down. The nomination of Geraldine Ferraro as VP brought a big boost to Walter Mondale's campaign - for a few months - but then it settled down too.

You can't count on any old die hard feminists (like me) to vote for her solely because she's a woman. That's a kind of descrimination, too. If I vote for her or any other candidate (I'm still undecided) it will be because of their opinions on the things about which I care. (yes, MD, I remember prepositions.)

I can laugh at the jokes and the trivia about the election, but when it comes down to actually voting I promise I won't pay any attention to legs, lipstick, gender, skin color, or musical ability on David Letterman's show.

-- Posted by Ducky on Thu, Sep 11, 2008, at 12:40 PM

I'd say it settled down...in the form of a landslide butt kicking.

As a die-hard feminist, who are your role models/heroes? It is hard for me to picture a die hard feminist who is NOT a liberal. Trying to figure out what the jokes and trivia are about with this election. In our David Letterman/Jay Leno dumb it down and hand it out society, it seems an election should be anything but trivial and funny.

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Thu, Sep 11, 2008, at 1:01 PM

I guess she is OK, but if I was her husband and if she ever called me "first dude" she would be a single dudette.

-- Posted by I.B. Le Truth on Thu, Sep 11, 2008, at 1:03 PM

Ducky, you bring up some good points. I can't imagine that any "feminist" supported Hillary Clinton in any part due to her gender, because she isn't a feminist. Hillary achieved "success" in life the old fashioned way -- she rode on the back of a very successful man ... her husband. Without Bill Clinton she wouldn't have been the first lady of Arkansas or the U.S., without him she wouldn't have had the name recognition and campaign fund raising network to have been elected a NY senator, and without him her presidential campaign would have been soon over (if it had ever been undertaken) because he was responsible for raising more than half the campaign's money, and when it ran out of money it was money that he made from his speaking engagements and book that kept it afloat. Although it nakedly demonstrates that Obama's judgment in important matters is very suspect if not just downright lousy -- he very well may have rejected Hillary as VP because Bill is an integral part of the two-fer package you get with her.

In contrast, Sarah Palin is a genuine "feminist" who hasn't been piggy-backed by a man. She has pulled herself up by her bootstraps (Has the "first dude" done much more than tag along for the ride?) And it is because she is a new age woman that she is undergoing more intense media scrutiny than McCain, Bidden and Obama put together. Although Obama has been the subject of many baseless Internet rumors, as has Palin, he has largely been given a pass from serious investigation or probing interviews because he is half-black, and any reporter/journalist digging deep for the truth about him would be branded a racist. Obama has not undergone any media interviews as intense as Charles Gibson's interrogation of Palin last week, and Gibson would never interrogate Obama like that because if he did his career would effectively be finished. The howls of racism against him would result in his demotion and marginalization as a reporter. If Palin had been a Democrat and picked by Obama the media scrutiny of her would be just as intense -- and much more than Obama has been subjected to. I would think it would be of concern to "feminists" that self-confident, "self-made" resourceful women in this society are considered as less "human" and treated less respectfully than blacks.

Some people might have objected to Jackie Robinson's selection to break the "color" barrier in baseball because he wasn't a larger than life figure and he wasn't a long ball hitter. Instead he was a speedy baserunner who hit for average, while keeping within himself. But he paved the way for any black with the talent to do so to become a major leaguer.

Listen to left-leaning radio and your ears will be singed by the Obama lovers passionate hatred of Palin because she is messing with his expected cakewalk to coronation, while on right-leaning radio the McCain lovers adore her because she gives him a shot at winning. But the bigger picture is that she is the first woman of her generation to have the opportunity on the national level to demonstrate that a woman can make it without depending on the crutch of a man. (At this point it seems that she is propping up McCain.) I think that any woman who doesn't factor that into her voting decision is as big a fool as the people who didn't favor Jackie Robinson as the right choice to break the major league's color barrier.

-- Posted by FJGuy on Mon, Sep 15, 2008, at 6:38 PM

Obama didn't need to be given "probing interviews," because he had already been subjected to a mortal hatchet job on the internet by forces too cowardly to identify themselves. The only part of the populace not on the internet are the old, and they're against him from the outset anyway.

There will be no "cake walk to coronation." The seething hatred expressed in this part of the country can't be an isolated instance.

Why you even bother defending the Palin/McCain duo is beyond me, since they will so obviously sweep as many red states as Bush did in the last election.

Forget the infamous "liberal media." They will have no effect whatsoever.

Fight a paper tiger if you want to, but it's all just wasted effort, as far as I can see.

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Sep 18, 2008, at 9:39 PM

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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at advancensc@sbcglobal.net.
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