HEY! How y'all doing?
Don't worry, I'm not upset about Ken's new cell phone, and I always love pens! (They're gel pens...and they're metallic. Ooo! I did get a little odometer for my bike, too, for when it gets nice out and I can start riding.) He is canceling the service we use now and going with another provider, and we agreed that it's really sort of silly for me to have a cell now that I'm not working. I always liked having one for security reasons when driving to work in bad weather, but I'm not a phone talker, so I think I'll just not worry about having a cell phone. One less thing to put in my purse. I know that some can't survive without a cell. I'm thinking that I'll manage to muddle through somehow. Jeez, I hate talking on the phone at home enough as it is...I don't want to do it when I'm out and about!
Before I forget, I want to thank Lucy of What is Left of a Whole New Life for the gift of a Creative Blogger award (it originated in the Netherlands, so this might be my first international award!). She wrote to me that she doesn't know anyone more creative than me. To be honest, of all the words that I might use to describe myself (and no comments from the Peanut Gallery!), "creative" isn't one of them. But I do appreciate her thoughtfulness! As with other awards in the past, if I read you, I value you and your creativity, so please feel free to snag this award for yourself. Thank you, Lucy!
I'm still feeling pretty mellow, but this "news" story pissed me off. It's in reference to President Obama's remark on "The Tonight Show" in which he equated his poor bowling skills to being like "Special Olympics or something." That was definitely cringe-worthy, and when I heard it, I thought, "Did he really say that?" Apparently he knew it was bad and that he misspoke, and he issued an apology before the show even aired. Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who are very involved in the Special Olympics, said that they knew that he misspoke and that he did not mean anything bad by his remarks.
But Sarah Palin had to weigh in on it, and NO, I am not done with her, not by a long shot!
Sarah Palin said she was "shocked" to hear President Obama's offhand comment referring to the Special Olympics in an appearance on the Tonight Show on Thursday night.
"This was a degrading remark about our world's most precious and unique people, coming from the most powerful position in the world," Palin said in a statement released Friday.
"These athletes overcome more challenges, discrimination and adversity than most of us ever will. By the way, these athletes can outperform many of us and we should be proud of them. I hope President Obama's comments do not reflect how he truly feels about the special needs community."
Hey, Sarah! I'm shocked that you would use such an obvious misstatement on the President's part to further your own political career and keep your name out there !
Actually, I'm not shocked at all. Anyone who thinks that the President really feels contempt for developmentally disabled individuals is an asshat. It was a stupid remark to make, and a bad joke. And I'll be the first to admit that I have occasionally made jokes about someone riding the short bus. It doesn't mean that I feel contempt for special needs people or that I don't value them, any more than President Obama feels that way.
So thanks for taking time out from your wolf-killing, Sarah, so you could weigh in on this. I'm sure the wolves, at least, appreciate it.