Are you ready for your close-up Mrs. Palin?

H.L. Mencken once said “A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of, with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in.”

This from a pundit and newspaperman whose been dead since 1956, but his words still hold true today – case in point, Sarah Palin, her weekend Tea Party convention and subsequent press coverage hinting at a run for the White House in 2012.  She’s got a spectacular three-ring act.

It seems when she isn’t making a horrific hypocrite of herself at the expense of her mentally disabled son, she’s reading crib notes from her hand. She got a lot of press coverage before her gathering of Tea Baggers (a happy coincidence it seems) after crucifying Rahm Emanuel, White House Chief of Staff, for his use of the word “retard” when dogging liberal Democrats.  She even went so far as to call for his resignation. And why the outrage? She claimed in her Facebook rant it was about decency, not politics. She quoted a friend and fellow parent of a mentally disabled child,  who said he wanted his child to “grow up in a country free from mindless prejudice and discrimination, free from gratuitous insults of people who are ostensibly smart enough to know better…” I couldn’t agree more.

  But, while I will agree with the outrage, fast forward to her interview with Fox News Sunday where she defends Rush Limbaugh’s use of the very same hideous word used to criticize the same group of Democrats by saying Rush “was using satire.”

By way of clarifying, she explained the nuance the rest of us missed: “I didn’t hear Rush Limbaugh calling a group of people whom he did not agree with ‘f-ing retards,’ and we did know that Rahm Emanuel, as has been reported, did say that. There is a big difference there.”

Really? A big difference? Here’s more of Rush’s satire: 

“Our political correct society is acting like some giant insult has taken place by calling a bunch of people who are retards, ‘retards.” Limbaugh said this on his show. He continued, saying, “These liberal activists are kooks, they are looney tunes. I am not going to apologize for it, I am just quoting Emanuel…”

Sorry, I don’t see the difference. Rahm Emmanuel’s comment was made in a closed door meeting of White House aides and leaders of special interest groups and reported secondhand- not anywhere near as damning as Obama’s own gaffe last year during an interview on the nationally televised Tonight Show with Jay Leno, or Rush’s intentional use of the R-word on his nationally broadcast radio show.

But, as awful as I think it was, Emmanuel did apologize for his comments, as did the President last year. He even went so far as to meet with Tim Shriver, head of the Special Olympics and six other disability advocates. He has also promised to sign an online pledge to end the use of the word.
But Palin’s pal Rush, on the other hand, has said unequivocally that he will not APOLOGIZE. He speaks directly to a wide fan base of politically conservative listeners – most of them Palin’s hoped-for voters – Republicans. Hmmm?  And, upon explaining why he felt no need to apologize, he used the same offensive word THREE more times. But for Palin, a mother of child born with Downs Syndrome,  it’s okay as long as it’s satire. For Rush, he excuses himself because he was quoting someone else, but then clarifies it by attacking the people who find the word offensive by saying “Our political correct society is acting like some giant insult has taken place. . .

But the absolute cherry on top was when Rush finished his diatribe with this little jewel: “So now there is going to be a meeting, there is going to be a retard summit at the White House.”

 Among the members of the “retard summit” to which Rush refers were Special Olympics head Shriver, Andrew Imparato, president of the American Association of People with Disabilities; Ricardo Thornton, a Special Olympics athlete; and, Peter Berns of The Arc. These fine people, who do the hard work of advocating for our special children every day, met with Rahm Emmanuel last Wednesday. Does Palin take any offense to them being called the “retard summit”? Apparently not – her hypocrisy is boundless.

What saddens me most about this is Palin using her son to further her political aspirations – this is the center ring of her media circus and it makes my flesh crawl.

Despite my low opinion of her, I think of what someone with her newfound political clout could do for the very population of people she stands on the backs of to get attention for herself. I wonder why she doesn’t truly champion the causes of the mentally disabled, but instead, uses her son’s disability when it is politically advantageous, and leaves it behind when it is not.

When your ego can outpace and outweigh the responsibilities you have as a special needs parent, it’s time to step out of the spotlight. Face it Sarah, your mask is slipping.

The Boom List – Trudy’s Favorite Things

5. Regretsy.com – If you like a good bit of sarcasm as well as funny parodies then you will love this website which is a spoof on Etsy.com, a website dedicated to the craftastic folks who like to buy and sell their handmade items.  At Regretsy, they come up with creatively crafty items that no one will buy, but will bust a gut reading about – such as this handmade matchbox spoof on “Charlotte’s Web” that reads “Charlotte’s Evil Twin” – the web message the evil twin has spun reads “Pork 49 cents a pound.”  But this was not as hilarious as a posting about vulvacrafts – priceless!

  

 

4. The Bissell Proheat Select Pet 2X – When you live with 4 dwarves on acid and a crackhead blunderhound, this thing comes in handy! Let’s say your ready to crawl in bed with a good book and a nice glass of Pinot Noir after a tough day of muttering under your breath. But your freshly bathed preschooler, upon seeing the pretty glass of  “juice” decides to climb the nightstand to investigate. It’s all over before you try to read the same chapter you tried to read last night . . . or is it? This thing is a lifesaver! One minute to heat up and three minutes later – no vino stain. Of course, if you cry too hard while you are cleaning your eyes will be too swollen to do any reading, but you will have enough energy left to get yourself a fresh glass of wine. And when you wake to find a mess of Blunderhound poo (induced by the Hickory Farms summer sausage stick the goat-dog gobbled up with the paper still on it) just take a deep breath, get those yellow rubber gloves you swore you would never wear and let the cleaning fun begin!!  Bissell Proheat Select Pet 2X, I love you!

3. Trudy’s Sock Sack – If you hate socks as much as I do, this could be a great way to find the love again.  I have taken to stuffing socks in a little gizmo I bought once-upon-a-time at a dollar store.  Sock-like in appearance, it was originally intended for storing plastic grocery bags. It has an elastic opening at both ends and a fabric loop at the top. I recently found some again at the grocery store, made by Brawny and strangely enough, called the SacSoc! I now have one for each kid and hang them on  door hooks. Prior to my genius idea, when time allowed I would sort the socks and dutifully stuff the children’s designated drawers with them, but more often than not it was a pair-at-your -own-risk-two-basket method, one basket for dark socks, one for white. It wasn’t a bad method, but with the new one my kids actually wear matching socks now, so that is a bonus!

2. Green Smoke – the electric cigarette! A friend of mine purchased one for his mother for Christmas – I thought he was pulling my leg and had to google it! The environmentally friendly advertising ploy kills me! I think it would make a nice gift for the smokers in your life – they get the nicotine hit without the bad benefits that come from a real cigarette – no chemicals, no tar supposedly. And they come with little battery chargers! They claim you can use these in restaurants since there is no real smoke! I’d like a video of someone explaining that to a waiter. I hope they try it on St. Paddy’s Day, then they can order a green beer to go with their smoke! If anyone one actually tries one of these things please post a full report!

1. Taking the Law Into Your Own Womb – In the state of Utah gays cannot legally marry and unmarried couples cannot adopt, i.e. gay couples cannot adopt. Apparently this rubs one Utah legislator the wrong way. Rep. Christine Johnson (D-Salt Lake City), perhaps knowing how slowly this state’s laws catch up with the rest of the country, has taken a rather vigilante approach. She announced this week that she is currently carrying a baby for two Salt Lake City men who were legally married in another state. She is already 4 months pregnant. She decided to become a surrogate for her friends and is accepting no compensation outside of the medical bills. She said, “I can very much empathize with their desire to become parents and share their lives with and open their hearts to a child. I’m immeasurably grateful to be a mother. Gender or sexual orientation is less important than children being welcomed into a supportive, loving home. This child is going to have an amazing life.” I must say, Rep. Johnson, you may go down in Utah history as the most innovative lawmaker this state has ever known, you go girl!