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Did Sarah Palin have an Abortion?

Posted in entertainment, Politics with tags , , on November 23, 2009 by Bitch Slap Poli

The most interesting segments of the latter half of The Last Frontier, the first chapter of Going Rogue, is Palin’s discussions of her pregnancies. Unlike Palin, I try to write accounts in chronological order because that makes most sense. So sorry, you’ll have to wait for the most controversial thoughts on her motherhood.

Peachy Perfect Life for Palin or Just Gaps in Information

When describing she and Todd Palin’s shotgun wedding, Sarah Palin left out one major point. That she was already pregnant at the time. I was actually shocked and dissappointed when she conveniently left this fact out when describing why they had a shotgun wedding.

But hey, Christian conservatives believe in abstenience only education so I see her reasoning behind the decision.

Still those who understand how dates and time work can easily turn the page and put two and two together. They got married on August 29, 1988 and had a kid on April 20, 1989. This is just one example of how Going Rogue has put Palin in a do-no evil sort of light.

The book is littered with all of Palin’s good, sound decisions, but has yet to cover in bad decisions she had made along the way in her life. Honestly, having two sisters who became pregnant out of wedlock themselves, I was hoping Palin would discuss this trying time in her life because it would humanize her.

We all make very poor decisions from time to time because we’re human. These mistakes aren’t just fodder for “biased, gotcha media” to latch on to and spin. They are a way of connecting with others, of showing that like everyone else you’re not perfect. It seems Palin would like you to think otherwise.

She took the easy way out and glazed over the whole single and pregnant episode, even going as far as to make it seem that the pregnacy occurred after the marriage. For example, a full page after giving reasons for the unconventional marrige Palin writes:

While he (Todd slimmed down, I porked up, pregnant with our first child.

I’m Not Saying She Had an Abortion, But Wow this is Strange. . .

Palin contradicts herself a lot in the book (big surprise) but the contridictions made from pages 50-55 are particularly confusing. She goes from discussing the hard to manage work schedules and living situation she and Todd had right before and after having their first son Track, to then saying “I loved the fact we had planned so well and that events were falling into place in our well-ordered lives,” upon finding out she would have another baby just a year after giving birth to her first child.

Then the shocker. Palin states that at the beginning of her second trimester she went for a regular doctor visit and found out the baby she was carrying was dead. My heart actually wrenched for her at this time, thinking of a friend who just recently went through the devastating ordeal herself.

But then Palin says something very strange while describing what happened after she elected to have a D&C rather than letting the baby pass naturally.

When the doctor’s bill arrived it came with a typo. In the box describing the procedure, someone had typed, “Abortion”. Instead of starting over with a fresh form, they painted over it with a thin layer of Wite-Out, and retyped, “Miscarriage”.

First of all, let me say, I’m not saying she had an abortion, but I’m asking the question of whether she did. The fact that she was the only candidate in the 2008 Presidential election that didn’t release her medical records makes me wonder even more.

At the time I thought ‘why not just release it’ when a big stink was made close to election day because she still hadn’t done so though earlier she had said that she would. Now I wonder.

First of all, wouldn’t using Wite-Out on a medical document be improper practice at the very least, if not illegal given the importance of such documents. And if memory serves me right from playing around with my Grandmother’s type writer as a kid you in 1990 type writers could actually go back and correct mistakes.

And given Palin’s staunch pro-life support, wouldn’t she get them to make another form that is correct so that there would be no question of such a controversial act taking place. If anything from a legal and health standpoint it would be a good idea to make sure you have accurate medical records that don’t look altered with wite-out.

Will We Ever Know the Truth?

There’s one solution that would clear up this mess so that it wouldn’t appear that Palin had done the wite-out and retyping on her own: she should release her medical records.

Sarah Palin Wants You to Know – SHE READS BOOKS

Posted in entertainment, reviews with tags , , , , on November 19, 2009 by Bitch Slap Poli

Sarah Palin gives herself a hand

When  the commitment to do a chapter by chapter review was made, I had no idea Sarah Palin’s book Going Rogue would only contain 6 chapters. Thank goodness she decided to divide up the chapters at least.

I’m only 16 pages, or 1/5 into the first chapter, and one thing has become abundantly clear; Palin wants to make sure you know that she does read. Literally every other page references that she loves reading and that the love began at a very young age.

Is it a coincidence that she later goes on to bash Katie Couric yet again, and more than once, for the question about what it is that she reads? I think not.

So far Palin is setting the stage to settle old scores. But still, the most important thing is that readers know she has read a book. Within 16 pages the mention of Palin’s love for the printed work comes up at least 6 times.

If every other page tries to prove that Palin just had a brain fart during the now infamous Couric question, its going to be a long read. Especially given the run-on sentences of overblown description.

So what has Sarah Palin read (at least by age 10)?

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – technically her father read it to her
  • Cookbooks
  • Jokes in Readers Digest
  • Poetry by Ogden Nash and Robert Service – read to her by her mother
  • Biblical proverbs – read to her by her mother

If memory serves me right, Palin got ticked about Couric’s ‘what do you read’ question because she thought the question insinuated that Alaska was so far removed they wouldn’t have the reading resources that the rest of the U.S. has. Which makes this blurb from the book particularly hypocritical:

“When Lower 48 parents tell their kids “Go play outside!” there may be limited options in suburban backyards. But Alaska kids grow up fishing, the state’s 3 million lakes in the summer, and racing across them in the winter on snowmobiles, kicking up rooster tails of snow. We hike, ski, sled, snowshoe, hunt, camp, fish and fly.”

Yeah, in the Lower 48 deprived suburban kids never do any of that because they’re so far removed from nature. I guess getting ticks from running around in the Florida forests as a kid was a figment of my imagination.

BTW – Palin has an answer for that sharp description that she recalls so well; she revealed to Oprah that she has kept journals all her life since she was a young child. When Oprah pressed her with the question about the journals she said that she indeed still had them.

I wonder if those will ever surface.

The other trend in the first few pages; Palin is not beholden or married to the Republican party. Looks like someone is going to run as an independent in 2012.

Washington Post Pulls a Fast One with Pundit Contest

Posted in entertainment, Politics, Tech with tags , , , on October 31, 2009 by Bitch Slap Poli

My condolences to all you normies who entered the America’s Next Great Pundit Contest put on by the Washington Post. I had my misgivings about the contest from the start. Being that I work in online media day in and day out I knew the reasoning behind the contest.

I knew what the Washington Post was hoping to get out of it and the upside was even bigger than I imagined it would be.

Online Contests Mean Increased Traffic (At Least That’s the Idea)

Any contest you see online will award a winner with some sort prize whether it be something tangible or simply notoriety, but the site conducting the contest is typically rewarded with much more – increased visibility and traffic. Ultimately, no matter how nicely they spin it, in the end they have to be getting something out of it to make it worth their time.

The Washington Post has put together a contest that I have to applaud. Many times sites will get a short term bump in their traffic numbers from contestants just before and after the contest as they eagerly check the site for updates. In the case of Washington Post there were about 4,800 contestants.

However, the Washington Post understands there’s a way to better capitalize on online contests. By making it partially interactive in choosing the contest winner from 10 finalists not only will they get a boost during the entry period, but they’ll also see a little more traffic during the voting period.

Not to mention they get a lot of free content from contestant entrants.

Normies Never had a Chance at Winning

I was skeptical when I first heard about the Washington Post Pundit contest on NPR.  But I was excited after going on the site and reading more about it. The Washington Post positioned it as a contest where Joe Anybody was given the chance to speak their peace, that those on Main street had valid, valuable points of view that should be heard.

Though some critized the Washington Post for excluding those who had already written or contributed for a major publication, I thought it was genius. In this online world we’re starting to see the power of public opinion and that regular day people can provide insights that are extraordinary. (though a lot of insight is fairly shortsighted as well)

Still, in the back of my mind was nagging suspicion. It’s kind of like in The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy shows up to the Wizard’s joint and is told to pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Well, once you’ve worked behind the curtain there’s no way to ignore what you know is going behind the scenes even though you can’t see it as it’s happening.

After reading the bios and posts of the 10 finalists it seems to me that entrant’s credentials was the biggest determining factor in who made the cut. Don’t get me wrong all the contestants seem intelligent and some of the posts were good. But normies never had a chance. Despite excluding published pundits high credentials still seemed to be qualifying factors.

Courtney Martin must have read the same Time magazine report on women in the workforce as I did. BSP has a post in the works that examines how this shift in society has affected violence against women. I agree with the comments.

Burton Richter is a Nobel winner so, yeah. I like the facts, I’m big on facts so thank you for this piece.  While the whole ethanol boom has helped some of our nation’s farmers, it has also been a bust overall. Another example of business overriding science.

Darryl Jackson

Jeremy Haber

Kevin Huffman’s piece was a let down in that there’s a lot of important issues needing discussion and  political jabbing helps drown out the conversation. He does get a few points for creativity.

Lydia Khalil

Maame Gyamfi

Mara Gay

Mark Esper

Zeba Khan

Did the Washington Post Cave to Criticism?

Those who saw the online Q&A with Wa Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt a week before the end of the entry period probably remember he caught a lot of flack about not giving professional pundits an opportunity to enter.  They questioned the quality level and qualification level of those the Washington Post was willing to feature in their paper and online.

The Washington Post certainly fooled them. They made sure the majority of the 10 finalists had accomplishments that answered the question of whether they could hang with the big media big leaguers. After all, they have a reputation to uphold.

Would I have done anything differently if I were the Washington Post? Probably not, at least not much.

‘Boy in the Balloon’ Kids Need a Spanking – And Police Should’ve Been More Thorough

Posted in breaking news, entertainment on October 16, 2009 by Bitch Slap Poli

Update: It appears BSP Politech contributor jwilhelmy may have been right about the boy in the balloon incident being a complete set-up. We also predict there will be a lot of boy in the balloon  Halloween costumes this year.

Today the media was ablaze with a whooper of  a story that only comes around every once in a while. A 6-year-old was afloat thousands of feet in the air in a home-made aircraft powered by helium. One of the boy’s older brothers alerted their parents that his brother had climbed into a box at the base of a home-made aircraft just before it took off into the air.

After hours of horrible anticipation and balloon tracking the world watched the aircraft slowly come to a nice, soft landing. However, the boy wasn’t inside.

These Kids Need a Good Spanking

Unlike some others I was very much hoping the kid wasn’t inside, no matter how it landed. The aircraft was powered by helium which meant after more than 2 hours there’s no way the boy in question, Falcon Henne, could have survived without an oxygen supply. But now there was the fear that he must have fallen off along with the small box at the base of the aircraft. (No one thought to mention the box compartment until the contraption landed.)

After several more grueling hours of police and emergency crew searches the boy was discovered in perfect health. It seems that the lad was hiding in the aircraft box in the family’s garage attic. Yeeeeeeah.

See I enjoy a well thought out prank, but my cousin did something every similar during a game of hide and go seek when we were around 6 years old oddly enough. It happened while we were at our Grandmother’s house for Sunday dinner and the whole houseful of adults and kids went on a frantic half out search involving  a call to the police before I found her wedged in the narrow gap between the couch and a wall.

That day all five of us kids learned a very valuable lesson as we watched Miranda get a good old fashioned spanking. The general relief  of all involved saved my cousin from reprimand for only a few minutes. What I took away from the situation is that the joke is over once someone mentions getting the police involved.

All joking aside the stunt today cost Colorado a lot of money. Taxpayers’ money. Not to mention that the aircraft could have gotten in the way of a plane’s flight path.

The one that needs the spanking isn’t Falcon. He’s the youngest of the group and stuck up in the attic he most likely had no idea how the situation had escalated, unlike his older brother. He’s the one that needs a good old fashion spanking, and a few ours of community service wouldn’t hurt either.

The Police are Also to Blame

I’ve got one question; how thoroughly did the police search the home before the whole damn county went into media saturated panic mode? Did you ask for a complete description of the aircraft so that you could rule out the possibility that he was in the balloon that everyone was chasing?

Because if you had, a few people could have chased down the balloon and that would be that.  The police could have then narrowed their search for the child to the family’s property and the local area. Then policemen, EMS personnel and reporters wouldn’t of had to stand around in a field today.

And the general public could have used that media coverage time for real news reports, like the issue of increased violence against peaceful protesters the world over.

What’s Your Favorite Walter Cronkite Moment?

Posted in breaking news, entertainment with tags , , on July 18, 2009 by Bitch Slap Poli

At 92, Walter Cronkite died yesterday, July 17, 2009 of cerebrovascular disease a result of dementia. A walter cronkite

painful twist of fate for one of the best American news journalists in history.

Growing up in a military family I personally have to say my favorite work of Cronkite’s was in his early days when he elevated his own exposure and credentials while covering WWII.  He got to help bomb the Nazis on their home turf, how awesome is that!? Some of the most touching and eye-opening of news coverage comes from those who put the truth above all else, even personal safety.

The way that Cronkite and his colleagues took to the lines alongside the soldiers on the ground and in the air is just what reporters like Graham Smith and David Gilkey are doing now during the war in Afghanistan.

This war coverage, showing the best and worst of humanity at all once, is the general public’s closest means to understanding exactly what it is our country is involved in – the actual costs and rewards to be gained and the people being directly affected on either sides.

The globalization of war through media has brought it closer to home. Anyone with interest can even see videos from the enemies or read blogs written by Taliban supporters if they want that take on it.

That’s what I think was Mr. Cronkite’s finest moments bringing us the news. But he accomplished quite a bit in his lifetime – he was a college drop out with a career, was the first person to ever be called an anchor man, hosted a game show, and let’s not forget CBS Evening News.

Feel free to add to the list of achievements.