Well, I guess we will all agree that this season of the Bachelor and our dear Jason have been turned on its head.  It’s a shame really, I was rooting for him and honestly I still am.   Did he look like a total prick last night? absolutely.  But if he and Molly make it and are happy then I will be happy for them.  

It takes a lot more guts to face that and do what you think is right than to run away and hide and I really want to give him the benefit of the doubt.

With that said, I have read the blog articles written by the “source” and by Chris Harrison and here is my two cents on what was said.  Please excuse the following rambling unformatted rant, but this is the exact IM message I sent Karli just a little while ago after he sent me these articles.  Thanks honey!

Very interesting. I guess I just don’t put anything past reality shows and it doesn’t surprise me at all that they made them break up on camera. Last night on kimmel, he said he “had to” and I believe that contractually he probably did. It would surprise me greatly though if Melissa didn’t know it was coming and was prepared for it. Sure it was ugly, but do you really think that they were going to pass up the opportunity to show something like that on camera. No way. My gut tells me that there was no big plan though. I think that something happened over the holidays that they spent together that he or both of them decided that they were not going to talk about on camera because it was too personal. The email is convincing, if it is real but there is absolutely no way for us to ever know if it is or not and this guy certainly doesn’t seem like he is above making stuff up to further his own agenda. Notice how he had to drop how he was quoted in US Weekly. He thinks he is going to become Perez. As far as the contract goes and the non-disclosure, I bet that is pretty standard in the reality show world. I bet the people that go on Survivor have to sign the same sort of thing, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t out there actually surviving, we know they are. The show has had a really good run and I just doubt they would do something so tainted and desperate as to completely jeopardize the show’s whole reputation.

When I learned of McCain’s VP choice, all I could do was repeat “The governor of Alaska?” over and over again. Who the hell is that? What is he thinking? I have hashed this over and over today. My take?

Of course he wants a woman to say ‘see, we can be historical too’ and try to play to women. I was surprised to hear today that the large majority of mothers vote republican. This blows my mind. How do they possibly think that the republicans are looking out for them and their children? I guess if your only concern is making sure that everyone in the country thinks the exact same way as you, then maybe you can overlook the rest. I don’t claim to understand it at all.

I would hope though that the Hillary supporters can see further than this woman’s gender. Would I love to see a woman in the white house? Of course. Do I want my daughter to know that she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to and have opportunities available to her that were not available to past generations. Absolutely. But, not like this. This choice, this woman, has nothing to do with any of that.

McCain also needs to make sure that the conservative right doesn’t stay home and I think this is what this is really about. If this group doesn’t care about experience or ability to rule, but only care about their own social agenda then this is a great match for them.

Another interesting point I just learned about her is that she (as are almost all Alaskans) is pro drilling in ANWR. She has stated clearly (see the article discussed below) that she will push the Alaskan agenda if elected VP. Just another notch in McCain drill drill drill belt. Hasn’t he been touting his environmental prowesses? HA!

Although I could rant for another hour about all of this, the author of Mudflats (an Alaskan political blogger) has written an elegant and entertaining article about the lovely Palin (she is quite pretty, right?). You must read this, It’s great.

What is McCain Thinking? One Alaskan’s Perspective

I have heard several discussions on the radio over the last couple of weeks that had a member of Just Say No Deal on the panel. After hearing the third separate member shock me with their bitterness and delusions, I just had to say something.

They say some of the most outlandish things I have ever heard. The last panel I was listening to, one member of there organization used the words “borderline fascist” when referring to the democratic party and the presidential nomination process.

They are so angry that their candidate didn’t win that they are willing to aggressively sabotage the election process. Would they really rather have McCain and every scary thing that that entails, such as the continuation of bush’s policies, appointment of more very conservative supreme court judges, more war, no addressing of the severely flawed and failing education in this country and a misguided approach to helping the economy recover, rather than have Obama in the White house, simply because Hillary didn’t win the primary fair and square.

Hillary ran a great race and although I truly believe that Obama is the better candidate and that he is better for America than Hillary would be, if Hillary had won the primary by following the existing rules (not the ones she made up), I would have been upset for a little while, but I would have gotten squarely behind Hillary, because she is certainly better than McCain or any other republican they could put out there.

Let’s get real here folks. I am glad that Hillary will get her roll call at the convention. It was close enough that this is clearly the right thing to do. But, why all the anger. Obama won fair and square, following the rules to a tee.

I like to use a football example (don’t ask why, I hate football). Just because the losing team makes a great and triumphant comeback in the second half and gets within one point at the end of the game, doesn’t mean that they deserved to win and the the win should be stripped from the winning team. That’s just absurd. Hillary made some major mistakes at the beginning of her campaign and just because she finally got it together at the end, but not enough to overtake Obama, doesn’t mean that she should win. She didn’t win. Get over it. There is nothing about Hillary Clinton that makes her more entitled to the nomination than anyone else.

Are the rules a little messed up? Maybe. That doesn’t mean you can change them to suit your purposes, it just doesn’t.  It is time to rally and get a democrat elected so that we can start fixing the atrocities that have happened over the last eight years.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, I get that, I have mine too obviously. But, why is this organization getting so much traction in the press? Why are so many people listening to such extreme views and obvious sour grapes? You got me.

I am glad to know that Hillary’s organization is denouncing this kind of behavior, although I think it should be done a little more directly.  If it were me, I would be a little more direct with addressing this organization because the sheer number of people that are falling for this crap.

Here are a couple of references…

Hillary tells Puma ‘NO DEAL’

Here is an article with Hillary denouncing Ricki Liebermann, but not PUMA directly.

I would think there would be more about this, but not too much was easily found.

I will not bless Puma or Just Say No Deal with a link from this site. If you are interested they are easily found on the internet.

Instead, I will post links to the blog portions of both the Clinton and Obama websites. I feel the blog sections are the most informative, and of course you can easily access the rest of their sites from their.

Barack Obama

Hillary Clinton

I have to say first that I am always surprised and aghast at most of George W says in public as I strongly disagree with his political views and could go on for about 30 pages on my soapbox about how terribly wrong I think the past eight years has gone, but this one really through me off a little.

I would also like to state that I am not a christian or a muslim or a buddist or a member or any other organized religious group, but I hold my personal spirituality very close to me. I grew up going to church with my family every sunday and have a good grasp on what christian values are all about, although that is not where my spiritual beliefs lie anymore. I also fully agree that anyone should be able to worship and believe whatever it is that they feel is right, but for God’s sake, keep it out of my government and don’t push your beliefs on me.

The way this country is moving and the fact that a very large portion of the American population believes that God created humans in his image less than 10,000 years ago when scientific research clearly shows over and over again that that is just ludicrous, scares me to death. But again, I digress and that is not what this post is about.

This post is about the George W and Bob Costas interview last night. The way that George W sees every situation through the lense of christianity simply just freaks me out. When asked pretty straight forward questions about the state of political affairs in China and the influence of the Olympics on that, he answered several questions with random unrelated statements about religion.

Here are a few exerpts…

Costas: If these Olympics are as successful as they are shaping up to be, most people believe this only further legitimizes the ruling party in the minds of most Chinese citizens. And even absent true liberty as we understand it, the lives of hundreds of millions of Chinese people are much better than they once were. Therefore, what’s the party’s incentive to reform?

Bush: Well first of all, if you are a religious person you understand that once religion takes hold in a society it can’t be stopped. And secondly I think the Olympics are gonna serve as a chance for people to come and see china the way it is, and let the Chinese see the world and interface and have, you know, the opportunity to converse with people from around the world. This is very positive development in my view for peace. You know, who knows how China’s going to progress. They have been through some very difficult political times, the Cultural Revolution for one, where the leadership actually created violent anarchy as the society turned on itself. All I can tell you is it’s important for the United States to be active in this part of the world, with all countries, and to stay engaged with China.

I do agree that it is important that we actively engage with countries, even if we disagree with their actions, but what does religion have to do with this. Yes, religious freedom is one of the many liberties missing in China, but interesting how this is at the forefront for Mr. Bush and that he makes such a bold religious statement at such a moment.

And after discussing Joey Cheek and China’s relationship with Sudan…

Costas: As you attempt to press these points with them, do you find Hu Jintao not just warm to you personally, but is he receptive? Do you sense any movement?

Bush: Yeah, it’s hard to tell. I mean, all I can tell you is that it is best to be in a position where a leader will listen to you. I went to church here. And I’m sure the cynics say ‘Well, you know, it was just a state sponsored church.’ On the other hand, and that’s true, it gave me a chance to say to the Chinese people, religion won’t hurt you, you ought to welcome religious people. And it gave me a chance to say to the Chinese government, ‘Why don’t you register the underground churches and give them a chance to flourish?’ And he listened politely. I can’t read his mind, but I do know that every time I met with him, I pressed the point.

Huh? What does that have to do with the question? When you don’t know how to answer the questions, just talk about how you would like Christians to be able to push their religion on the Chinese people just like they do everywhere else in the world?

Sigh, I just don’t even know what else to say.

Full Interview Transcript