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Anyone knowledgable about antiques? I got a couple of statues at an estate sale. I also scored two paintings one called Astroboy and the other Space(both have rockets on them) They will be for Aidan for Xmas. Some bird figurines that used to hold little amounts of Liqour.
Frustrated that I can have intellectually stimulating discussions with many fundy meany pooh pooh headed Christians but not with Liberals and some moderates without emotions and assumptions and crap getting in the way.

Seriously people

I mean frag I can argue that being Gay isn't any more sinful then being an adulter to a very firm Episcopalian and ergo his ickyness at Gay stuff is misplaced so why is he so against Gays but not Adulters and get him to agree. I can't get him to agree that Gay isn't a sin though, but damnit I got him to concede he is being harder on Gays then adulters on an emotional topic.

I can argue about Gays in the military with the self same fundies, or any of their deeply held beliefs, but God forbid I argue with many liberals on their deeply held emotional beliefs and then your a big bad meany, right wing extremist, or other name.

ARGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG

More aimed at stuff I've seen on facebook right now, but yeah.

I can even argue and get fundies to agree it's not fair about Gay people not being able to marry(they won't budge on marriage but will grudgingly admit on civil unions). But yeah the fundies are the ones who are intolerant, incapable of logic and the idiots in America.
pfft
moonwolf23: (Default)
( Nov. 1st, 2009 07:58 pm)
Autism, take five (Hubby the Grammar Nazi)
Autism, a personal perspective.

Professionals, who have experience in recognizing the symptoms, diagnose autism. Those professionals are pediatric neurologists, psychologists/psychiatrists, from which you get a referral from your primary physician to see, if you or the physician suspect autism. There are no cat scans, blood tests, urine samples, or any conclusive laboratory way to diagnose this difficult path in life. The diagnosis is all done by observation. The figures vary, depending on the organization, but the stats range from 1-166 to 1 in about a thousand kids have Autism Spectrum Disorder, abbreviated as ASD. It is unclear what causes ASD, though the speculation makes for some hot debates. One of the few medical treatments that have been proven to help ASD kids is applied behavioral analysis therapy, or ABA.




We've come a long way in the last ten years. After reading "Let Me Hear Your Voice: A Family's Triumph Over Autism" by Catherine Maurice, I've realized I hadn’t heard any strange psychotherapy, such as holding down your child to tell them how their inability to talk was affecting you; as if the afflicted child would immediately jump up and say, "Sorry, mom." Nor is the only option for dealing with autistic kids is to put them in an institution and feed them drugs. Now, specialists are identifying why autistic kids do what they do, and try to gently adjust their behaviors so they can live in society without drugs. Hopefully, in our generation, the cure for autism will be found; or at least a way to prevent it from occuring.


Lets take some time to talk about autistic symptoms.

Some common symptoms include, but are not limited to: difficulty speaking or understanding language, poor eye contact, flapping arms, standing on tip toes, aggression, inability to abide routine change, echoing words spoken to them repeatedly, lining objects up in strait lines. This list can be fairly baffling to a person who has never encountered a person with autism before. This list is really broad, and sometimes hard to understand, so I'll give examples of behaviors my son, who has autism, exhibits.

Poor eye contact didn't show up when he was being diagnosed, unless it was with professionals or people I was uncomfortable with. For instance, he wouldn't look the annoying neighbor who called the cops if someone drove slightly over the speed limit in the eyes. However, gregarious strangers who treated him like any other kid and didn't patronize him, were given perfect eye contact. Aidan still displays poor eye contact, especially when he feels he's in trouble. His eyes will traverse the room and seldom stay on one object. That makes it difficult for him to discern subtle body language cues.

Thankfully, my son doesn't display many aggression behaviors. My son will throw temper tantrums when he doesn't get his way and sometimes he bangs his head on the wall when he's punished for the tantrum. When he was a baby, he would cry until I picked him up. A visiting nurse told me that he wouldn't stop crying, since he didn't have a self-comforting mechanism. So the normal method, of letting him cry himself out, didn't work with him.


My son struggles with complex sentences at five years old. His younger brother speaks in paragraphs. He does comprehend more then he says. At times, I'm not sure how much of it is he is playing dumb and how much he is struggling with. It is very important to note that he's far from unitelligent, however. He can fix the vacuum cleaner when its stopped up, can take apart the radiator face no matter how tightly it was put on, can disable child safety devices with a single smirk, and leave me a helpless puddle at the end of the night.

Aidan, if you observe him, will be seen playing by himself, even though his siblings are a foot away. You also don't see a lot of imaginative play (playing at being a cop, or a super hero) from him either. He prefers playing with trucks, toy airplanes, or digging holes in the lawn; most of his play directly relates to work that he sees his father or others perform. This makes household chores unexpectedly dangerous to perform around him: one day he came up to me, so proud of himself, with both fists full of my favorite flowers - he'd seen me weeding in the garden and wanted to help.

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Lets talk about the stims. A fancy medical term for behaviors we do to self-comfort ourselves. Autistic kids take those to extremes, probably because the world is so confusing. These stims include, rocking, flapping hands, turning in circles, chewing, lining up objects in a straight line, and yet more that I have to encounter. My son Aidan will walk on his toes, line up objects, chew on his clothes and any other object, he'll also lay on his side to stare to at wheels turning of his cars, and I'm sure he does others that I'm not aware of.

Other misc. frustrations: Erratic sleep patterns. Aidan is mostly ok, but every once in a while he wont' go to sleep till two and will wake at 6 a.m. When he was younger, I was always afraid he would wake up in the middle of the night and I wouldn't be able to tell, and he'd wander the streets. Other autistic children have dietary problems; many are on a low gluten or casein free diet. I know Aidan has sugar high stims, which splenda only makes worse. Many have sensory problems. They can hear the high-pitched hum of fluorescents. Doesn't bother Aidan so much unless they are really low and it's in an enclosed bathroom with tile on the walls. The echo of the tile on the floor and walls makes him uneasy, so he rarely uses the bathroom in a room with tile on the walls, nor does he like the bathroom fan or music being piped in. Another sensory issue is the clippers at a barbershop. Aidan will not tolerate those, so he gets his hair cut with scissors. Some kids wont' like tight clothes, loose clothes, certain fabrics, certain food textures, some don't want to wear clothes at all. Aidan if he can get away with it, likes to be naked as a jaybird. It doesn’t' matter if there is snow on the ground and it's 30 below. Another common frustration is many autistic people like a schedule. If you change that, they melt down. Some of my memories of my son when he was a toddler, was of him screaming from the time I began dinner, till it was on the table.


Before Aidan was diagnosed, I made excuses for him, in fact I'm still in the habit of doing so. Some of the ones I uses were: Oh he's just more left brained. He's just more visual then auditory learning. He's just the quiet sort. He doesn't say anything(ala John Wayne) unless it needs to be said. I couldn't find excuses for my confused outbursts. I caught myself yelling at Aidan, "Do I speak portugese?" It was one of those pivotal, I realised I had become my mother. Except, I wasn't sure my mother felt so lost and confused.


So, if your child acts, like your speaking an alien language, and or goes on for some length of time on some obscure fact, it might be time to evaluate his or her other actions. If they are always walking on their tiptoes, freaking out in grocery stores for no discernabile reason, or melting down because you didn't go home your usual way, it is a good idea to inform your Dr. If your considering hireing out your child as a demolition expert, or a electrician, but the only thing stopping you is their inability to be potty trained, and talk to the customer, They might have Autism. If they display any of the behaviors, I've written about, it maybe a good idea to discuss it with your primary physician. The earlier you can get intervention, from a reliable source, like ABA, the better off, your child will be.
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( Oct. 24th, 2009 06:12 pm)
Well, I made zuchinni bread and plan on making more. Kids liked the one in the cake pan. Had my daughter finish dishes. Swept living room floor. Made Vodka pork roast and oven baked mashed taters(with a bit of salt and parmesean cheese) and cucumber and green bean salad(with mayo and fig infused white balsamic vinegar).

Hopefully have chased off an eye migraine. Yaye ibuprophen and hot bathes.

Watched my son drink my snapple tea

Earlier this morning did a happy dance as my son aidan slept in and I got to do a bit of scouting for eve.

Did some more sewing on the tinkerbell wall hanging for my daughters xmas present.

Mentally made plans to make calzones sometime this week. Now I only have to figure out where to buy premade pizza dough.

Completely ignoring my spelling as my head isn't completely free of pain, and not going to feel ashamed by it either.
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( Sep. 17th, 2009 10:36 am)
Lets see... Rescue stuffed rabbit from outside multiple times, as Aidan decided it was thirsty and needed a dish of water, check. Bring son inside, as he was trying to give the neighbors dog water, and then barked at them, and they barked at him. ch...eck Wake up husband to make sure he gave Aidan a hug for giving him Diet Dr. Pepper check. Grocery shopping and food making semi completed.
My good deed for the day.

I noticed what I assume to be a retired military guy, coming out of the Barksdale annex in Bossier city, he had a cane. I noticed him about 45 minutes ago, on my way to Shreveport to see if I can get a foot pedal for my Janome sewing machine(more on that later). So as I was coming back I noticed he was still walking somewhere. So I flipped a bitch, and parked on the side of the road to ask if he needed a ride. He didn't, but looked fairly surprised. Turns out he walks 5 miles every day to go to the post office to check his mail, and then chills out at a bar nearby and walks home.

Moonie

respecting her elders:)
Sorry but I get annoyed when I get emailed, ljmailed and have it show up in my flist.
Dear, when the person tells you they don't think you need to counter acorn targeting the college youth, you may want to heed that and understand your not going to high pressure sales them into giving you money. Especially if they've been adamant no donations until after they have moved and things are in place. Especially if they say they are sitting on their pennies. Especially after they told you to not burn your bridges with Liberals like Lieberman.
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( Aug. 27th, 2009 11:09 pm)
I've been watching Bravo t.v lately. But I can't stand Andy. He hosts that midnight thing after the housewives. Mind you, I watch the housewives of Atlanta, because I love to hate it.
Ok, some nice people, but it's where role players, fluffy bunnies and delusional magic users go to be undead(or something). The mods are overly strict. The chat rules are ridiculous. If you get gagged you have no recourse.

So don't waste your time unless you like arguing with those who believe wholeheartedly in Twilight and other ridiculous venues and go to other forums.

And yes in total honesty, I got gagged. I think I was there for two weeks:) Got gagged for arguing with a mod in chat about whether or not the rules you agree too are legally binding.
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( Aug. 14th, 2009 01:55 pm)
Magical Information




Now the preliminaries. Why should you believe me? I'm not entirely sure you should. What?!!! WTFBBQ??? Why would you say that? Simple, there are human and non human predators in our world. Read Issac Bonewits how to tell if your in a cult. Listen to your intuition. Interview, or do not be afraid of posing blunt questions. Listen to how the answers are given.

Generally those that know what they are talking about(both inhuman and human) aren't going to go around labeling themselves lord and lady(or prince) unptysquat. They will generally be Bob, Jim, or in the case of non humans may not name themselves. Names have power, they are links to you, and in the non human cases they do not think like humans and may not need names. Those that know what they are talking about have very few needs to puff themselves up. Those that don't know a hill of beans will. They don't have the inherent self confidence or have been through the fire, so often have elaborate names or stories to make themselves feel special.

While the Gods apparently love fools and will protect them from their own folly(I know, I've been a beneficiary a time or two), there is no need to purposefully put your head in the lions mouth. Before deciding to invoke or evoke something do a bit of research first. Have a care what you are dealing with before you decide the Necromomicon is more then a mere fiction book, and decide to summon ancient squid like Deities who think humans go well with ketchup. Is it truly wise to summon umpteem demons to do your homework? And while I do have a Patron God that is often misunderstood(Loki) not everything out there has been mislabeled by the ebil Christians or Conservative Jews because they think something is icky. Do some compare and contrasts in folklore before blithely going into the lions den. Listen to your subconscious and the reactions of your body(are you wanting to puke, heart racing, while facing the fuzzy wuzzy cute thing, your body is afraid and is showing it. Are you relaxed? Is Jaws playing in the back of your mind. ) Remember the lesson the guy who did the Grizzly Diaries showed. Sometimes they are your friends, and sometimes you are lunch.

Beware anyone that says they can, and they can teach you to do 17 impossible things before breakfast. Hell it took Hercules years to do his 12 labors, why is anyone else more special? While I agree that fireballs down main street may be fun to do, I'm not sure it can be accomplished without a brain aneurysm from concentration required to ignite all the particles(physics stuff). Lord it takes forever and a day to start a fire from two sticks and friction. The Gods gave us a brain and our brain gave us science. Lighters may be a better option then trying to see if you do a dungeons and dragons spell.

There is a fine line between UPG(Unverified Personal Gnosis often touted in the Reconstruction world. for better definitions see Galina Krasskova introduction to Norse religion) and delusion and someone that needs psychiatric care. A good dose of healthy skepticism will do you a world of good when dealing with the Astral, or spirit world and the drama that is inherent within. It's very difficult to tell the truth and when your playing into someones fantasy. Barnum of Barnum and Bailey said a sucker is born every minute. Experience, studying folklore, being very aware of how YOU REACT to pysic stuff, and knowledge of human psychology will help you a great deal.

What's left is often a very rich and wonderful world, that is a joy to get to know. I wish you good luck and happy travels. May your studying prove fruitful.

Moonwolf23

I'm going to post this here
http://www.spellsofmagic.com/read_topic.html?topic=5

Guys feel free to join and add any other pearls of wisdom.
Craigslist rental. If you google that email it takes you to many different craigslist rental places. They want me to send them 600.00 deposit to see the house, via western union in china. Apparently they are vacationing.

They just finished calling me. When I inquired about their different properties, I was told do you want to rent or not? Total hard sell(the guilt trip is below and her writing is also different for some reason).

So buyer beware. I do not know if it's a scam, but something smells. Many of their rental properties are near air force bases as well.


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( Jul. 30th, 2009 02:33 pm)
I'm idly thinking of using my photos and descriptions, hopefully sight words, to help autistic kids learn to read. It's frustrating when I go to the bookstore the types of books they have for beginning readers and the words in them that are often not at the level of beginning readers.


Autistic kids are very visual. So if I include pictures like what I'm thinking of right now on quilting, they can learn sandwich isn't just something to eat but a word that means something in between two covers.(errr something to that effect I'll have to look at websters)
This was written by a liberal feminist about Sarah Palin and the election.

linky
http://www.reclusiveleftist.com/2009/07/04/feminists-and-the-mystery-of-sarah-palin/


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Feminists and the mystery of Sarah Palin
By Violet · Saturday, July 4th, 2009 · I don’t usually comment on other blogs; I have little enough time to keep my own gig in working order. But the other day I was over at I Blame The Patriarchy, where I was dismayed to find in the comment threads some of the same Palin-bashing that has become drearily familiar from the rest of the inner tubes. Now, IBTP is just about the best feminist blog going, with a genius proprietor and a thoughtful commentariat. Hence my dismay. Even here? I thought. Fortunately, some of the commenters there did try to set the record straight, though they got significant guff from others.

This is the comment I left, which I’m dragging back here to the smoking lounge for your perusal (the first bit in italics is a quote from Jill):

“Mang, when I wrote this post, I sure never expected it would result in blamer support for a skeevy antifeminist politician.”

It seems that some blamers know that the bullshit published about Palin (and unfortunately repeated here) was just that — bullshit. Palin considers herself a feminist, and except for the abortion thing, she’s more explicitly feminist than the average American. When a regular Jane with that kind of background proclaims her feminist sympathies, it doesn’t seem terribly productive to ridicule her or indulge in the misogynist slander put out by the political hacks running against her. I mean, sure, by the standards of pure feminism, she’s an enabling godbag. But so are most American women. On the other hand, by the standards of the Republican Party or evangelical Christianity, she’s Twisty Faster.

Pheenobarbidoll responded that abortion rights are a cornerstone too important to overlook, to which I replied:

Abortion rights are important. But it’s interesting that Hugo Schwyzer, a male “pro-life” feminist and former member of and financial contributor to Feminists For Life, is allowed into the feminist community. He even blogs at RH Reality Check, and has been befriended by Amanda Marcotte.

Schwyzer’s awkward pro-feminist/anti-abortion stance is the same as Sarah Palin’s, yet only Palin is reviled and ridiculed. How dare she call herself a feminist!

Someone else then loftily announced that Palin cannot be a feminist since she “believes in keeping children ignorant of the facts of their reproductive rights and responsibilities.” To which I replied:

She doesn’t believe that. She’s fully in favor of sex ed and contraception.

I imagine you consider yourself a feminist. What I’m wondering is why, if you’re a feminist, you don’t even give Palin the courtesy of finding out what she actually believes, rather than simply accepting the lies created by political hacks? This is bizarre to me. It’s really not difficult to google and discover that Sarah Palin is in favor of contraception and sex ed, that the whole “abstinence-only” thing is a smear spread by Obama supporters.

It’s a bit weird to drag all this back here to the lounge, but it’s the setup for the giant, rambling brain dump that’s about to follow. Sarah Palin’s surprise resignation has brought out the crazy again, and reading through the blogs I’m reminded of how much pure bullshit has been said and believed about her and continues to be said and believed. I’m reminded of how so many feminists seem possessed of a wholly irrational hatred for this woman.

Why?

This isn’t going to be the kind of post where I sketch out a pattern and then give you The Key To Understanding It All. This is going to be more like a stream-of-consciousness tiptoe through the violets of my reclusive thought processes. I’ve been puzzling over this stuff since last August. One reason I’ve written as many posts as I have about Palin is because I’m so baffled by the reaction to her. I can’t figure it out. It’s like quantum entanglement or dark energy: I make myself sick trying to understand it and worry that I’ll die before I get it sorted. (I know: Xanax.)

Of course, the first answer you’ll get if you ask feminists why they hate Sarah Palin is that “it’s because she ____” — and then fill in the blank with the lie of choice: made rape victims pay for their own kits, is against contraception or sex ed, believes in abstinence-only, thinks the dinosaurs were here 4000 years ago, doesn’t believe in global warming, doesn’t believe in evolution, is stupid and can’t read, etc., etc., etc., etc.

But none of those things is true. None of them.

Which brings me to my first puzzlement: why don’t people bother to find out what Sarah Palin really believes? I don’t mean people as in the usual sexist freaks; I mean feminists.

Sarah Palin is only the second woman in the history of this country to run on a major party’s presidential ticket. That alone makes her, to me, a fascinating figure worthy of serious investigation. When McCain announced Palin as his choice for VP, I immediately tried to find out as much about her as I could. I wanted to know who she was, what she believed, what her politics were. It never occurred to me that this interest would make me in any way unusual among feminists, but apparently it did. Apparently most feminists — at least the ones online — are content to just take the word of the frat boys at DailyKos or the psycho-sexists at Huffington Post. That amazes me. Aren’t you even interested in who she really is? I want to ask. She’s only the second woman on a presidential ticket in our whole fricking history!

But even weirder is what happens when you try to replace the myths with the truth. If you explain, “no, she didn’t charge rape victims,” your feminist interlocutor will come back with something else: “she’s abstinence-only!” No, you say, she’s not; and then the person comes back with, “she’s a creationist!” and so on. “She’s an uneducated moron!” Actually, Sarah Palin is not dumb at all, and based on her interviews and comments, I’d say she has a greater knowledge of evolution, global warming, and the Wisconsin glaciation in Alaska than the average citizen.

But after you’ve had a few of these myth-dispelling conversations, you start to realize that it doesn’t matter. These people don’t hate Palin because of the lies; the lies exist to justify the hate. That’s why they keep reaching and reaching for something else, until they finally get to “she winked on TV!” (And by the way: I’ve been winked at my whole life by my grandmother, aunts, and great-aunts. Who knew it was such a despicable act?)


The only thing Palin is commonly accused of that is actually true is her anti-abortion stance, though, as I’ve pointed out several times, her political position is that “the will of the people” should decide the law. She has also expressed sympathy for women choosing abortion and has said that she is totally opposed to any woman ever being criminalized for it. I’m not pretending she’s anything other than what she is (an adamant “pro-lifer”), but I am trying to be as clear and honest as I can be about her actual stance.

The fact is, that stance alone is not enough to explain the kind of frenzied hatred and feminist repudiation that Palin has attracted. Notice the example of Hugo Schwyzer, who, as I pointed out in my comment at IBTP, is allowed to call himself a feminist and even cross-post at RH Reality Check — while Sarah Palin is endlessly ridiculed and reviled for having the same beliefs. Notice, too, that the Republican Party (and even the Democratic Party) is full of other “pro-life” politicians, none of whom have ever been crucified and slandered Palin-style.

Speaking of slander, that brings me to my next big puzzlement: what is it with the feminists who just freely make shit up about Palin? The lies had to start somewhere, and they didn’t all hatch in the bowels of the Obama campaign (though a bunch of them did). Some of them were incubated by feminists, particularly the ones about Palin being an anti-sex “purity queen,” the kind of batshit Christian who believes in Purity Balls and abstinence pledges and is opposed to sex ed. None of that is true.

When I first started investigating Palin, I was very relieved to discover that she’s not nearly as nutty as she might be, given that she’s a Christian. I was pleased to learn that she’s not one of those fundies who thinks wives have to submit or that Adam and Eve rode on dinosaurs. She’s not into that whacked-out purity or abstinence-only stuff. That’s good. It’s good that she’s not a nutjob. So…why aren’t other feminists also happy that she’s not a nutjob? Why do they, in fact, spread lies to make her seem worse than she is?

Are people simply confused about the differences between Christians? Do they think all Christians are alike? I doubt it. I’m no godbag and I personally wish that Christianity would evaporate from the face of the earth, but I still recognize that not all Christians are alike. I think most other people do, too. I think most people in this country understand that Tennessee snake handlers don’t go to Catholic mass, and that the Quiverfull people are not the same as the Episcopalians. Being a Christian, even a conservative Christian, doesn’t automatically mean you’re a young earth creationist in a calico dress with a purity ring on your finger.

Besides, I know for a fact that the feminists spreading the lies about Palin knew they were spreading lies. Not to tell tales out of school, but: they knew. They were supplied with the correct information, and they chose to lie anyway. Why?

Was it just about electing Obama? Were feminists simply willing to commit any slander necessary to elect the Chosen One? That’s a likely explanation, but here again: we’re talking about feminists. Feminists doing this — slandering a woman, and doing so in unmistakably sexist terms. After all, caricaturing Palin as a purity queen (Bible Spice, Sexy Puritan) is just the flip side of caricaturing her as a porn queen. As I’ve said before, it’s like the NAACP sponsoring a lynching. The mind boggles.

Even more mind-boggling are the attacks that don’t even bother with false claims about policy or beliefs, but just go straight for free-floating misogynistic rage. Ridiculing her hair, clothes, makeup, voice, body, womb. “Sarah Palin is a cunt” — good one! Calling her a bimbo — good one! Calling her a fucking whore — good one! Fantasizing about her being gang-raped — good one! And all this from feminists. Forget the NAACP sponsoring a lynching; this is like the NAACP ripping off their masks to reveal that they’ve been replaced by white supremacist pod people.

Think back to the reactions to Sarah Palin’s speech at the convention. Remember the gal at Jezebel whose head throbbed with hate blood as she listened to Palin speak? The one who said she wanted to “murk that cunt”? What the hell is that? I cannot figure it out. I look and look, and it’s like trying to see someone else’s hallucination. No matter how hard I squint, I can’t see whatever it is they’re looking at. What is so horrifying?

My own reaction to Palin’s convention speech was the polar opposite. I can honestly say that, aside from Nixon’s resignation speech, Sarah Palin’s address at the convention is the only Republican speech I have ever enjoyed. Or even been much interested in. I don’t agree with Republicans on politics — not by a long shot — but as a person, I found Palin charming in a Harry Truman, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, Erin Brockovich kind of way. How could you not? Especially after the goons had spent the previous weekend in a misogyny fest of lurid speculation and grotesque sexual insults about her and her family. I was proud of her for her courage, as well as for her personal accomplishments as a working-class regular person who went into politics and succeeded.

Her speech also delivered some welcome punctures to the national gasbag known as Obama. And that’s another thing: it has not escaped my attention that many of the things Palin is accused of, falsely, are actually true of Obama. This is a guy who, as a U.S. senator from Illinois, didn’t even know which Senate committees he was on or which states bordered his own. (And don’t even get me started on Joe “The Talking Donkey” Biden, who thinks FDR was president during the stock market crash and that people watched TV in those days.) I’m not saying Obama’s a moron, but he’s sure as hell no genius. People say Sarah Palin rambles; excuse me, but have you actually heard Obama speak extemporaneously? As for being a diva, surely we all remember the Possomus sign and the special embroidered pillow on the Obama campaign plane. The fact is, Obama is an intellectually mediocre narcissist with a thin resume who’s lost without a teleprompter and whose entire campaign had all the substance and gravity of a Pepsi commercial. Yet people say Sarah Palin is a fluffy bunny diva.

So: are we back to Obama after all? Is this a transference thing? Are people subconsciously frustrated by the fact that Obama is an empty suit, and are they transferring that rage to Palin?

As you see, I don’t have the answers.

Awhile ago I came up with what I think is the most plausible explanation yet when I said:

Sarah Palin is the Designated Hate Receptacle for self-described feminists. They know they’re not supposed to hate other women, but they do anyway because their feminism is not quite as strong as their patriarchal brainwashing. Sarah Palin is the culture’s designated Hate Receptacle.

I’m not entirely satisfied with that, but it’s the best I can come up with. If we add to that the subconscious Obama resentment-transference, perhaps on a kind of sliding rheostat thing, we may be getting close to a solution.

What’s alarming is that the need for a female Hate Receptacle exists, even with feminists. But that would explain why Palin haters are so reluctant to give up hating her. It would explain why they’re so resistant to the truth. They don’t want to find out that the lies are lies; they don’t want to be disabused. They need a hate receptacle, and so they need Palin to be the sum of all things they fear.

I guess.

One other observation, and then I’ll quit: it is striking to me how much of the political discourse in 2008 revolved around people who don’t exist. The main players last year, if you recall, were Obama, the genius messiah whose perfection and purity would save the planet; Hillary, the evil racist lesbian who killed Vince Foster with her bare hands before plotting the Iraqi invasion and then attempting to have Obama assassinated; and Sarah Palin, a crazed dominionist who hates polar bears and personally arranges for Christian girls to be raped by their fathers just so she can charge them for their rape kits.

None of these characters are real, of course. Yet, weirdly, people were much more interested in these fictional beings than they were in the real individuals who were vying for political office last year. There were times in 2008 where I felt that the entire national discourse had become one of those scripted faux-reality shows, where nothing is real and the producers edit everybody into barking stereotypes. And the people at home just watch and point and snicker. We’re actually having an election here, I kept wanting to say. These are the people who want to run the country. Don’t you want to know who they really are?
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