Monday, October 20, 2008

Palin "Saturday Night Live;" Powell "Meet the Press" Saturday Night Live; Governor Palin Cold Open Colin Powell Endorses Barack Obama on Meet the Press copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert. "'Live from New York, it is Saturday Night Live.'" These words rang out on the 18th of October 2008. Just as they have on the sixth day of the week for years, this statement signaled a time for wit with perhaps a bit of wisdom unexpectedly sprinkled through a script. On this particular evening, 14 million viewers tuned in. All hoped to see Sarah Palin as she entered the entertainment scene. Two weeks before Election Day, the Republican Vice Presidential nominee took to the stage. For months, Tina Fey, with a satiric flair, played the Chief Executive. On this date, the humorist stepped aside. The actual Alaskan Governor was in the studio ready to spoof her self. While Sarah Palin preformed admirably on the set, the former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell did not applaud her performance. Indeed, the United States Army General, Powell who served under four presidents: Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and our current President Bush, stated that he was clearly troubled by the choice of Sarah Palin. While she was excellent for comic relief, General Powell does not think the possible Vice President is fit for the Oval Office. The respected diplomat reminded Americans that the position for which the "very distinguished woman" applies is one that carries great and grave responsibility. General Colin Powell expressed his sincere belief. Sarah Palin is not "ready to be president of the United States, which is the job of the Vice President." The Secretary of State Powell voiced his distress when he said, "(T)he party has moved even further to the right, and Governor Palin has indicated a further rightward shift." This...
Dear Red States Dear Red States copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert. Mail entered my inbox. No postage was necessary for this delivery. The carrier was not a pigeon or the United States Postal Service. The sender made use of the Internet. Jayne hoped for a speedier means to share what brought her such smiles. The enclosure began with an enthusiastic note from my friend. Jayne wrote of the glee she felt after she read "Dear Red States." Jayne was joyous. Who might have inscribed such a communiqué, she thought. Excited, as she studied the information offered in the script, Jayne was inspired to share the imaginative request for unity rather than investigate its origin. The passage was quickly forwarded to others, me included. Now, I share "Dear Red States" with you. Dear reader, resident of a Stated dominated by Republicans, or those amongst the Progressive population, you too may wish to pay particular attention to the text that has delighted many across America. Please travel through this "link" or follow along the path of words that will lead you to the ultimate "Dear Red State" recitation[s]. The first "Dear Red States" letter may have appeared on Craig's List in June 2005. Other variations have emerged as sentiments evolve. In 2008, as the nation is perhaps more divided or more desirous of togetherness rationalizations for secession and reasons to unite are revealed. Persons in the self-defined Red States may resent being but a fraction in a formidable county, one that is ostensibly "ruled" by a central government. These strong individualists perhaps, do not realize the benefits they reap by being part of a Union. People in the Blue States, may marvel a bit more when they consider what communities can produce when they recognize that each individual contributes to the greater good....

A being that believes . . . "thinking is the best way to travel!" [Mike Pinder, Moody Blues]

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