Thursday, October 16, 2008

Post-debate musings

McCain seems to disdain allowing abortion for reasons of the "woman's health," air-quotes and all. That's so effing disingenuous. You know the straw woman the anti-choicers always trot out—the woman who's feeling cranky about having a child and gets diagnosed with serious depression so she can obtain a late-term abortion on a whim? I think she's the same woman who makes false accusations of rape for sport, just to ruin men's lives. What's the percentage for either of these things, anyway? I'm guessing it's no more than 1/10th of 1% of all abortions or rape charges.

I take it personally when someone opposes health exceptions to abortion bans. I mean, I oppose all abortion bans, but the people who talk smack about exceptions to preserve the health of the woman infuriate me. I am one whose health would suffer greatly if I were to become pregnant. Yes, I take precautions to avoid getting pregnant, but if my contraception failed, it would be dangerous to my health to continue a pregnancy.


Joe the Plumber isn't registered to vote in Ohio. Hah! He may fret that Obama is gonna raise his taxes, but it's not as if he can vote against him.


Sarah Palin made a big thing about "you can't blink." McCain issued a big "screw you" to his running mate in last night's debate: He blinked two jillion times. I thought Palin's winking was obnoxious, but McCain's blinking was...well, it made him look angsty, or maybe trapped in a windy desert. Somehow Obama's eyes were immune to the Hofstra University sandstorm that afflicted McCain.


An NYT article on the debate included this line" "But Mr. Obama maintained a placid and at times bemused demeanor." Memo to NYT reporter Jim Rutenberg: bemused doesn't mean "amused," it means "bewildered." And I don't think Obama looked confused. I think he looked amused.


Anonymous said...

Wasn't there a study that correlated blinking with lying?

thenutfantastic said...

Yep, lying and blinking tend to go hand-in-hand. But Obama blinked, too, though not nearly as much as McCain.

How about the many erroneous gesticulations to Palin's kid who has autism? The dumbass didn't even know which disability his running mate's kid had. Seriously. I hope she gave him hell for that afterwards.

And that she's done a lot for kids with special needs? Her son is only 6 months old and I'm sure this wasn't an issue on her radar until she got those test results back.

Argh. I dislike them both.

Anonymous said...

I don't know, Orange --- maybe Rutenberg actually had the right word. I could see where Obama might be bewildered by McCain, because I certainly find him bewildering --- how he could go from the Straight Talk Express to the Obfuscation Express in such a short time, how he could pick La Palin as a running mate, how he could present himself as a "maverick" when he voted Bush's way 90 percent of the time....And so on and so on.