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Sarah Palin or Leather Tuscadero

I was watching The Daily Show on Tuesday night, and Jon Stewart had a clip of Sarah Palin helping John McCain campaign for re-election for his Senate seat in Arizona.

Of course, Stewart made light of Palin taking a shot at McCain’s age when she suggested he was at the original tea party way back when in Boston Harbor.

But what got my attention was the leather jacket the former governor of Alaska was sporting. Stewart made an “Airwolf” comment, which of course brings back connotations of shooting Alaskan wildlife from a helicopter.

For me, that jacket and those hair highlights scream “Leather Tuscadero.”

Go back with me to that happy time in our past. No, not election day in November, but way back to “Happy Days” the television show that allowed Opie to grow up and move from Mayberry, RFD to Milwaukee.

Think about it, an aging cool hero, aka Fonzie or McCain, and that young rocker chick who brings him new street cred, aka Leather Tuscadero or Palin. I think you’re on board with me now.

And here’s Suzi Quatro in all her cousin-of-Pinky-Tuscadero glory, singing “Johnny B. Goode.”

The Squirrel Queen Of Soul’s Inauguration Hat

In case you didn’t notice on Tuesday, somebody wore a fancy hat to sing at the Obama inauguration on Tuesday.

Since then, it seems everyone wants to copy the Queen of Soul’s look.

There’s a whole Flickr group called Aretha Franklin’s Hat set up so folks can show off their big chapeaus.

However, with all these big bows attached cockeyed on the side of heads, did anyone else think of this?

William McKinley’s Eyebrows

I was perusing the new White House web site and opted to take a gander at all 44 of our presidents in close-up form.

Amongst all the mutton chops, mustaches and beards, the facial hair that really drew my attention belonged to our 25th president.

What is up with William McKinley’s eyebrows?

Presidential Inaugural Address Word Clouds

While we’re all still buzzing from the transition of power in Washington yesterday, I ran across this on ReadWriteWeb.

In addition to the word cloud of Obama’s 2009 inaugural address above, they’ve also got presidential inaugural address word clouds from George W. Bush’s second address, Bill Clinton’s second address, Ronald Reagan’s first speech as president and both of Abraham Lincoln’s addresses.

It’s all very interesting stuff to see what words and themes were hammered into the nation’s psyche.

I really didn’t expect to see “freedom” as the most frequent word in the Bush speech.

From Clinton’s words, you can tell the nation was preparing to head into a new millennium.

With Reagan, the focus was on “government”. No surprise there.

In Lincoln’s first address, “Constitution” rose to the forefront as our nation was obviously heading toward a conflict.

Obviously, his second speech was dominated by the “War” that ripped our nation asunder.

Very interesting stuff.

A New President

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Yesterday was about a dream.

Martin Luther King Jr. was honored on Monday for his personal sacrifice to advance civil rights in our nation.

Today was about a dream personified.

Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America.

Today was a glorious day.

Millions of citizens made the trek to Washington D.C. to witness history, to be able to say they were there. I wish I was one of them, but I had to rely on television to participate.

In his inaugural address, Obama spoke eloquently and to all, both here and around the globe. Many, including me, were eager to hear what he had to say.

Our new president was strong and purposeful with his words, stating an intention to return this great land to a path of progress through work and creativity.

He spoke pointedly of protecting our civil liberties, not eroding them in an acquiescence to fear-mongering.

Obama let the rest of the globe know that we will be a good neighbor to them, not a heavy-handed intruder.

Yet, he also made it clear that we will not let attacks go unchallenged.

He admitted the citizens of this nation also have much work to do to help restore our country. Our new leader challenged each of us to make wiser, tougher decisions for our own betterment.

Our new president’s shoulders must be broad for he has many burdens to bear. The task ahead of him won’t likely be completed in four years, but I believe he is the man we need to roll up his sleeves and get to work on an array of issues that is daunting.

I watched this historical speech with four other women. Snow swirled outside bringing with it an air of purity and freshness.

We were all rapt, hanging on the words of our new president – a man elected because he provided hope to us and the majority of the voters in this country. Obama offered us a chance to believe in leadership for the people instead of the minimization of the public’s voice. Over the course of our morning in a location more than 800 miles away from the actual scene of the swearing in, tears were shed, applause rang out and a hearty wave of goodbye/good riddance was sent to the former Commander In Chief.

I won’t be able to say I stood on the parade route when Barack and Michelle Obama strolled through Washington, D.C., but I can say I stood when he placed his hand on the Lincoln Bible and recited the oath of office.

Today really was a glorious day.

Tomorrow the work to heal our nation resumes.

Here is his eloquent speech (in two parts).

I’m Exercising My Civic Duty

It’s Nov. 4 and I’m traipsing along on the heels of Newscoma on this historic day.

I cast my vote for Barack Obama because I believe he will try to lead our nation toward progress instead of  stagnation or, even worse, regression.

It’s not about race or gender or age or Saturday Night Live.

It’s about who I believe is more capable of leading our country during this time of stress both here at home and globally.

I am choosing “hope over fear.”

You, too, should get out and vote today, no matter which candidate you favor.

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Winking Sarah Palin in Legos

We’ve all seen Sarah Palin wink whether in the actual vice presidential debate or in the video bits compiled from the debate or even Tina Fey’s winking on Saturday Night Live.

But here is a version you may not have expected – a Lego creation by ochre jelly.

You betcha you can see close-ups and other angles of the Lego Sarah, just click here.

Wandering McCain

If you saw any of the debate between Obama and McCain at Belmont University in Nashville, you saw an awful lot of the Republican candidate ambling around the stage like the chip in his head had gone bad.

He wandered aimlessly through the background of shots of Obama as the Democratic candidate answered his questions. He shuffled into the foreground while moderator Tom Brokaw was speaking.

After watching him wander the stage I now understand why nursing homes have alarms on their doors.

McCain provided plenty of fodder for the late night comedians from SNL to Conan.

Here’s a video of everybody from Leno to John Stewart and SNL and Conan riffing on the rambling man.

Beware of Scams

I got this in my e-mail from my aunt. Thought it was funny and wanted to share it.
Subject: MY DEAR AMERICAN FRIEND

MY DEAR AMERICAN FRIEND:

I AM NEEDING TO ASK YOU TO SUPPORT AN URGENT SECRET BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP WITH A TRANSFER OF FUNDS OF GREAT MAGNITUDE.

I AM MINISTRY OF THE TREASURY OF THE REPUBLIC OF AMERICA. MY COUNTRY HAS HAD CRISIS THAT HAS CAUSED NEED FOR LARGE TRANSFER OF FUNDS OF 700 BILLION OF YOUR DOLLARS (US). IF YOU WOULD ASSIST ME IN THIS TRANSFER IT WOULD BE MOST PROFITABLE TO YOU.

I AM WORKING WITH HIGHLY REPUTABLE MR. PHIL GRAM, LOBBYIST FOR UBS, WHO WILL BE MY REPLACEMENT AS MINISTRY OF THE TREASURY IN JANUARY IF MY POLITICAL PARTY WINS UPCOMING ELECTION, WHICH WE CERTAINLY WILL BECAUSE WE ARE IN CONTROLING OF THE HIGHEST SUPREME COURT. YOU MAY REMEMBER HIM AS A SENATOR AS LEADER OF THE AMERICAN BANKING DEREGULATION MOVEMENT IN THE 1990S.

I AM ALSO WORKING WITH HIGHLY REPUTABLE MR. BARNEY FRANK, MEMBER OF CONGRESS FROM PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF MASSACHUSETTS, WHO WILL BE MY REPLACEMENT AS MINISTRY OF THE TREASURY IN JANUARY IF OTHER POLITICAL PARTY, LED BY MR. BARACK OBAMA, WIN UPCOMING ELECTION, WHICH HE CERTAINLY WILL BECAUSE HE IS IN CONTROLLING OF VOTING IN ILLINOIS, OHIO, FLORIDA, AND MANY OTHER STATES. MR. BARNEY FRANK IS VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS OF ALL KINDS, AND FAITHFULLY TEACHES PRECEPTS OF MR. BARACK OBAMA (“FROM TINY A.C.O.R.N. GROWS GIANT FORECLOSURE OAK!”).

THIS TRANSACTIN IS 100% SAFE. YOU MUST TRUST ME COMPLETELY AND NOT ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TRANSACTION. YOU HAVE MY WORD NO ONE WILL DO ANYTHING WRONG WITH THE MONEY. THIS IS A MATTER OF GREAT URGENCY. WE NEED YOUR BLANK CHECK. WE NEED THE FUNDS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. WE CANNOT DIRECTLY TRANSFER THESE FUNDS IN THE NAMES OF OUR CLOSE FRIENDS BECAUSE WE ARE CONSTANTLY UNDER SURVEILLANCE. MY FAMILY LAWYER ADVISED ME THAT I SHOULD LOOK FOR A RELIABLE AND TRUSTWORTH PERSONAGE WHO WILL ACT AS A NEXT OF KIN SO THE FUNDS CAN BE TRANSFERRED.

YOU ARE THAT PERSONAGE.

PLEASE REPLY WITH ALL OF YOUR BANK ACCOUNT, IRA AND COLLEGE FUND ACCOUNT NUMBERS AND THOSE OF YOUR CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN AND THOSE YET UNBORN TO WALLSTREETBAILOUT@ TREASURY. GOV SO THAT WE MAY TRANSFER YOUR COMMISSION FOR THIS TRANSACTION.

AFTER I RECEIVE THIS INFORMATION I WILL RESPOND WITH DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT SAFEGUARDS WE PROMISE WILL BE USED TO PROTECT THE FUNDS AND PRODUCE A LONG-TERM RETURN ON INVESTMENT FOR YOU AND THOSE YOU LOVE.

YOURS FAITHFULLY

MINISTER OF TREASURY H. PAULSON

P.S.: YOU CAN REALLY TRUST ME. LOOK AT DOLLAR BILL. MY SIGNATURE IS ON THE MONEY.

McFail Flickr Group

If you want to see some more creative takes on the McCain Palin ticket like the ones above, visit the McFail pool on Flickr.