A Woman Didn’t Wear Makeup And This Is News

“The B#$%@ is coming from both sides of the political divide, and the fact that we’re still talking about the overemphasis on looks means that too many people still believe that they can pull the “you’re ugly” trump card when they don’t agree with a woman. You may not agree with a woman, but to criticize her appearance — as opposed to her ideas or actions — isn’t doing anyone any favors, least of all you. Insulting a woman’s looks when they have nothing to do with the issue at hand implies a lack of comprehension on your part, an inability to engage in high-level thinking. You may think she’s ugly, but everyone else thinks you’re an idiot.”

What We’re Really Talking About When We Talk About Hillary Clinton Without Makeup by Erin Gloria Ryan at Jezebel.com

Oprah’s Taking Heat Over Palin

I’ll admit it. I’ve been watching Oprah for many years. I’ve laughed and cried over the shows, and occasionally yelled at the TV in response to some knucklehead. A few years ago, my staff bought me the anniversary CD set and as I watched the shows…I laughed and cried all over again. In the dark ages, I recorded the shows on video tape (VHS not Beta) while I was at work. With DVRs, it’s so much easier to delete the programs with topics that don’t interest me.

Back in 2004, I made the mistake of watching the “Vote” show. It was blatantly political and biased towards John Kerry. If I remember correctly, the guests were: Cameron Diaz, Christina Aguilera, Drew Barrymore, and P.Diddy. The lowest point of the show came when Cameron Diaz got emotional (I’d like to think she was acting but I’m not convinced she knows how) and said:

“We have a voice now, and we’re not using it, and women have so much to lose. I mean, we could lose the right to our bodies. We could lo–if you think that rape should be legal, then don’t vote. But if you think that you have a right to your body, and you have a right to say what happens to you and fight off that danger of losing that, then you should vote, and those are the…It’s your voice. It’s your voice, that’s your right.”

In her little mind, a vote for George Bush meant rape would be legalized. Of all the shows I’ve EVER watched on Oprah, that one got me so steamed I actually posted a comment on the community board asking her to refrain from letting celebrities make idiots of themselves…or something like that. I heard Oprah say that the “Vote” show got more comments than any other show she’d done. Thousands of people, from both sides of the aisle, took the time to comment about the show.

“If you think rape should be legal,
then don’t vote.”
Cameron Diaz
(Oprah, 2004)

Now it’s no secret that Oprah is giddy over Obama. She’s had him on the show twice…and both times she was practically worshipping him. It was a bit much. Feeling nauseated, I hit the delete button a few minutes in to the show. But, I have to give her credit for sticking by her candidate. She believes he’s the man for the job and she’s still worshiping faithfully at his feet.

Drudgereport ran a controversial story about Oprah’s fans asking for a Sarah Palin interview. I went to Oprah’s website and found Oprah’s statement regarding the issue:

“The item in today’s Drudge Report is categorically untrue. There has been absolutely no discussion about having Sarah Palin on my show. At the beginning of this presidential campaign when I decided that I was going to take my first public stance in support of a candidate, I made the decision not to use my show as a platform for any of the candidates. I agree that Sarah Palin would be a fantastic interview, and I would love to have her on after the campaign is over.” – Oprah Winfrey, September 5, 2008

Let’s face it. It’s Oprah’s show. And more than likely, she chose not to use her show as a platform for candidates because of the backlash after the “Vote” show. But now fans are frothing and demanding she interview Governor Palin. She’s a woman. Oprah’s a woman. Blah! Gimme a break.

I may not agree with everything Oprah does and says, but I respect her ambition, her sticktoitiveness, and her passion. After all is said and done, I’ve watched more good shows than bad, I’ve seen her do some great things for people, and, well, I just like her. I’m choosing to give her the benefit of the doubt on this one and I’ll pray that she can withstand the storm.

An Interesting Character – William Fallon

I followed the link at the Drudge Report to a story at Esquire Magazine regarding the Head of Central Command, Admiral William Fallon. Whether or not the story is true, the author, Thomas P.M. Barnett, in his article entitled The Man Between War and Peace, paints an interesting story and manages to make Admiral “Fox” Fallon sound quite fascinating.

Barnett says of Fallon:


When Fallon is serious, his voice is feathery and he tends to speak in measured koans [sic] that, taken together, say, “Have no fear. Let Washington be a tempest. Wherever I am is the calm center of the storm.”


As the admiral recounts the exchange, his voice is flat, his gaze steady. His calculus on this subject is far more complex than anyone else’s. He is neither an idealist nor a fantasist. In Pakistan, he has the most volatile combination of forces in the world, yet he is deeply calm.


The first thing you notice is the face, the second is the voice. A tall, wiry man with thinning white hair, Fallon comes off like a loner even when he’s standing in a crowd.Despite having an easy smile that he regularly pulls out for his many daily exercises in relationship building, Fallon’s consistent game face is a slightly pissed-off glare. It’s his default expression.


And in truth, Fallon’s not a screamer. Indeed, by my long observation and the accounts of a dozen people, he doesn’t raise his voice whatsoever, except when he laughs. Instead, the more serious he becomes, the quieter he gets, and his whispers sound positively menacing. Other guys can jaw-jaw all they want about the need for war-war with . . . whomever is today’s target among D. C.’s many armchair warriors. Not Fallon. Let the president pop off. Fallon won’t. No bravado here, nor sound-bite-sized threats, but rather a calm, leathery presence. Fallon is comfortable risking peace because he’s comfortable waging war. And when he conveys messages to the enemies of the United States, he does it not in the provocative cowboy style that has prevailed in Washington so far this century, but with the opposite–a studied quiet that makes it seem as if he is trying to bend them to his will with nothing but the sound of his voice.


The local Chinese commander was beside himself. It was the first time in his life he had ever met an American military officer, and here he was at the bottom of a jet ramp waiting for the all-powerful head of the United States Pacific Command to descend. Then, to his horror, he realized that Fallon had brought his wife, Mary, along for the trip. Scrambling to arrange the evening banquet, the Chinese commander brought his own wife out in public for the first time ever.When the time came for dinner toasts, after the Chinese commander thanked Mrs. Fallon for coming, the admiral returned the favor by thanking the commander’s wife for her many years of service as a military spouse. The commander’s wife broke down in tears, saying it was the first time in her entire marriage that she had been publicly recognized for her many sacrifices.


Admiral William J. Fallon has resigned his position and retired from the Navy. Was it the article in Esquire Magazine that became the straw that caused him to quit? Was he really at odds with the Bush admin? Only time will tell. Meanwhile, I can’t wait to see his character in a movie or a novel.

SA Kenneth Hosey and Client 9’s Dirty Little Secret

Tonight I read through the criminal complaint against The Emperor’s Club VIP and the four people alleged to have run it. As a result of the investigation, Client 9 (allegedly the Governor of New York) had his “meeting” detailed for all the world to see. Based on the pages and pages of info provided by SA Kenneth Hosey (FBI), it didn’t appear that they were targeting Client 9, just that he stepped in to the web and got stuck. I could be wrong. I’ve been wrong before.

I’m not excusing Client 9’s (alleged) actions, nor am I interested in following the case. It is was it is – Client 9 will have his day in court. But good grief, Agent Hosey was working overtime. The guy typed up 55 pages of AKA’s, dates, times, and more. You should check out his outline.

In his application for a warrant (pg. 9), Hosey says: “I have been a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (*FBI*) for approximately twelve years. During that period, I have participated in investigations involving surveillance, undercover transactions, the introduction of undercover agents, debriefings of informants, and reviews of recorded conversations and documents. I have also participated in numerous arrests.

He’s a busy guy. I wonder if he surfs the internet on his break? I wonder if he’s ever had lunch with Senior Agent Jack Malone? Ha! I hope they give Hosey a much needed vacation. Most of the attention for this case will go to Client 9…I just thought Hosey deserved a little attention.



 

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