Drop-Outs? Palin’s Corresponding Spins

alaska-palin15_08-15-2008_dre1fm8.thumbnail.jpgFour days have passed since the birth of her first grandchild, and Gov GILF has yet to issue a formal statement about the blessed event or casually comment on the arrival of Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston. Yet she jumps up and calls People Magazine, leaving a phone message about Bristol and Levi’s educational standing:

You need to know that both Levi and Bristol are working their butts off to parent and going to school and working at the same time.They are certainly not high school dropouts.

People further reports that the Frost Lady of Alaska:

wanted to be clear about their continuing work toward high school degrees because any suggestion otherwise "harms Bristol’s reputation and Levi’s reputation and their chances for good work opportunities." 

Kinda veiled threaty, dotcha think? And so weirdly illogical, jobwise, since either a job requires a a certain degree or it doesn’t. Maybe Palin is concerned about her own reputation and "chances for good work opportunities."

Levi–who told the AP in October he had left high school (that would be "dropped out" in the vernacular) to apprentice as an oil field electrician–is now attending high school via correspondence courses,  according to what his potential future mother-in-law told the Associated Press today.  She also explained that Bristol is enrolled in regular high school and has taken correspondence courses in the past.

And no mention of  her feelings about the birth of her grandchild. Which sorta explains how she’s feeling.

Louisiana Family Values

As if  Louisiana has nothing better to do during this financial crisis and the Katrina recovery:

Louisiana officials said Wednesday they plan to appeal a federal judge's order to put the names of two adoptive fathers on the birth certificate of their Louisiana-born son. 

 Ironically, the federal judge that made the ruling is a Bush appointee:

 U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey in New Orleans ordered the state Office of Vital Records last week to put the names of Oren Adar and Mickey Ray Smith, a same-sex couple who adopted a boy born in Shreveport in 2005, on the amended birth certificate that is standard for adoptions.

 Louisiana's Tony Perkins' head must be spinning.  Not only are there GAYS in his backyard, but there are white folks trying to raise black babies.  I guess Tony gave contributions to David Duke for nada.

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Happy 2009, Everyone!

Plans? Anyone doing something fun?

Resolutions?

For us, a quiet evening… wind chill around Augusta ME already at -15 by 10 pm. BRR!!! Winds could get up to about 40 mph and really drive down the temps and chill further.

This year, we had a really nice dinner (hard-shelled lobster is $3.99 a lb this week!!) and staying home, where it’s warm. Done the big crowds/ bar scenes years ago and one memorable year in Inner Harbor in Baltimore, aboard our 50+ year old sailboat- Thermoses of cocoa laced with rum and watching the fireworks over the water. Cold but nice…

So kids are watching movies, loaded up with snacks, and gonna see in the New Year. Husband is already upstairs and I’m joining him in a minute when I convince the pug to wake up and climb the stairs- ah, the excitement of middle age… 😉

A quick question, though- who the heck is Carson Daly on the NBC show? Or Ryan Seacrest, who is working with Dick Clark? The names are familiar but only vaguely- I honestly have no clue who either of these yutzes are…

Gawd, I feel ancient.

A very Happy New Year to all the Blenders! (more…)

Late Nite FDL: Burress for Senate? Nevermind!!

What’s all this about Burress for Senate?  I don’t understand it, and I’m against it!

First of all, what has football got to do with making laws?  Oh, I know, some of you will tell me that football has a lot of laws.  I suppose it does.  I mean, there’s illegal use of the hands.  But then, we don’t need any more Mark Foley pervert or Rick Warren busybody type laws.  And catching passes doesn’t make you a senator, no sir.  Most senators I’ve ever heard of are always making passes, not receiving them.  I mean, look at them!

And then, who carries a gun into a club like that?  Plaxico Burress would have to be patted down every time he goes through one of those scanner things on Capitol Hill.  And what if he insults Jim Webb on the Senate floor?  It would be a shoot out, a bloodbath, Wild West!  That’s hardly appropriate for the United States’ Senate, I can tell you.  And Burress is up on charges and may go to jail, and Senators are not supposed to be indicted until AFTER they serve some time in office, as everybody knows!

And another thing. . .

"Um, Pach, that’s Roland Burris, not Plaxico Burress, and it’s Illinois, not New York."
 — The Editors

Oh. . . 

That’s different, then.

Nevermind.

Happy New Year!

A Rememberance of the first Democratic President of the 21st Century: Jed Bartlet

As this year draws to a close, and the final days of the final term of the Worst President Ever mark off with the deliberate thud of a nail gun driving its payload through a sheet of ply into a grid of two-by-fours, I invite you to remember here the ideal fictional counterpoint to the awful reality we had instead.

Please leave your memories of the spectacular achievements of the Bartlet Administration in the comments. I want to say that the West Wing showed us what an Administration could be and could do, and the contrast could hardly have been greater.

If you think there are parallels between the President Elect’s platforms and the policies that appeared on the West Wing, put them here too. For example, I think the plan to offer college scholarships to students who commit to teach is a direct lift from a plan Charlie presented, on Air Force 1…

Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars, And say ‘These wounds I had on denial-of-service day.’

In the trenches with the 101st Fighting Keyboarders – Kerning Division.

Recently, over at The Moderate Voice, Tony Campbell took the legacy of Bush and tried to make Bush-ade:

A bit about my history with the outgoing Bush Administration: I volunteered, worked as a paid advance staffer, and served in two transition teams for President George W. Bush from June of 1999 through the summer of 2002. I worked for him because I believed in his message of “Compassionate Conservatism” and I still think that he was the best candidate to become President of the United States in 2000. In 2002, I resigned from my presidential appointment because of White House’s change in direction for domestic policy.

I read with interest the transcript of the interview with Secretary of State Condi Rice and I have to agree with her assertion that history will take a much kinder look at Bush’s presidency than his current critics because of one unmistakable fact… we have not been attacked again. Yes, I know that the economy is in a shambles; our foreign goodwill is at an all time low; his approval rating is hovering around 25%; and he will not be up for any academic prizes in the near future, BUT all of that is secondary to the fact that we live in a world where there are organized people who have stated their wish to attack the United States again through terrorist activities and they have been unsuccessful.

Not so fast there lil leg-humper.

This morning: a devastating attack on our freedom and liberty and other God-given stuff:

Hamas H.Q. Bombed; Power Line, too (more…)

Foreclosing on 2008

The elegant mrs tbogg and I are off for New Year’s dinner at our favorite restaurant where they serve a boeuf Bourguignon that can knock your socks off.

On behalf of the whole tbogg clan we wish you a safe New Year’s Eve, smoke’em if you got ’em, don’t get any on you, hugs not drugs, and if Dennis Prager offers to buy you a drink called Up On The Roofie With My Pants Around My Ankles…, you might want to politely pass. Then kick him in the nuts.

Additionally, as is my duty and custom, just a reminder that this is your last chance for a menage a trois this year.

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I tell you, he that can lay hold of them
Shall have the chinks.

– B. Shakespeare … approximately

The Griffin Footbullet: Rocket Science at Its Finest

retro_rocket_2.thumbnail.JPGWow, talk about emasculating and meddlesome! This wife makes Dagwood‘s Blondie and Bewitched‘s Samantha Stevens look laudenum-dosed by their husbands’ work.  On Christmas Eve, Rebecca Griffin sent out an email asking friends to sign a petition going asking that her husband keep his job now that a new boss was coming in:

Folks,
Yes, once again I am embarrassing my husband by reaching out to our friends and "imposing" upon them. Sigh, what’s new? The number 1 fan is a role I have earned, because I know how hard my husband works…
If you are not interested, please delete this email and accept my apologies for bothering you. If you are interested, just log in to the web site shown below. And, if this is inappropriate, I’m sorry.
Merry Christmas, Becky.

Um, eeeuwww, on just so many levels: The faux self-abnigation, the pseudo-sympathy seeking, the manipulation, the utter wrongness on so many levels. Now maybe if her boss was named Ebeneezer and they had a Tiny Tim at home—naw, the three ghosts didn’t need no stinkin’ email or petition.

But Rebecca’s husband’s new boss is PEBO, President-Elect Barack Obama and her husband is NASA Administrator Michael Griffin. The good wife says she

couldn’t think of an easier or better way to let you know about this true "grass roots" endeavor that was set up by former astronauts to encourage the incoming Obama administration to consider keeping Mike Griffin on as NASA Administrator. 

The petition drive was organized by Scott "Doc" Horowitz who has been maintaining the online campaign and eliminating negative comments about Mike that have appeared on the Keep Mike petition. Once a petition like that hits the interwebs, well scientists are very passionate. "Keep Mike" has several hundred people’s signatures, including that of astronaut Mike Fincke who e-mailed his signature from the international space station. 

Horowitz’s petition calls Griffin:

one of the most technically and managerially competent administrators in NASA’s history…true rocket scientist and systems engineer and gifted administrator—is uniquely qualified to take NASA into the next era of space exploration.

Mike has been working hard to keep his GWB appointed gig. He had NASA print and bind at the agency’s expense 2,500 copies of his speeches at a cost of $57,000 and then used priority mail to make sure PEBO got one. No other past adminstrator has done that, and considering NASA, and the country, is sorta cash strapped right now, maybe that wasn’t the best move to impress the P-E.

A few people don’t seem to share Rebecca, Scott and Mike’s view that Mike should keep his job.   The vocal ones  started their their own Remove Mike petition, pointing out that he’s cost the agency and tax papers a lot more than just his vanity press book. The anti-Mike petition has just a few dozen signatures, mostly anonymous with some nasty comments, some criticizing the new space vehicle design.

But most damning are the reports in the Orlando Sentinel of  Griffin’s non-coopertation with Obama’s transition team. He reportedly told Lori Garver, a former NASA associate administrator, that she is “not qualified” to judge his rocket program and then:

a red-faced Griffin demanded to speak directly to Obama, according to four witnesses.

Maybe Former NASA Deputy Administrator Hans Mark, who recommended Griffin to the Bush administration, said Griffin and his friends are handling this wrong:

"Mike ought to play it the way (retained Defense Secretary) Bob Gates is playing it, which is to shut up," Mark said.