I believe a shout-out is in order

I just learned today that my very dear friend, Ari Zeiger, has begun writing a blog. If ever the medium was invented for a particular individual, Ari was it. His writing style is self-reverential, filled with tons of big SAT words that I find myself having to look up.  There’s never a time when I read his writing that I don’t learn something.  That something may be a new word, something described in a way I never thought possible, or just how long-winded he can be.  Nevertheless, it’s something.

Let me be the first to welcome his blog onto this mess we call the internet. His first post, true to form, is a good one.  I encourage you to read and comment.  I know there will be many more.

Doesn’t everyone wear a $300,000 outfit?

Vanity Fair just put out a piece that priced out Cindy McCain’s outfit from Monday night at the convention. You ready for this?  Pricing it out piece by piece, the cost of the outfit was between $299,000 and $313,000!  

From the article:

Cindy McCain
Oscar de la Renta dress: $3,000
Chanel J12 White Ceramic Watch: $4,500
Three-carat diamond earrings: $280,000
Four-strand pearl necklace: $11,000–$25,000
Shoes, designer unknown: $600
Total: Between $299,100 and $313,100

I can totally see why they would call Obama an elitist.  I mean, sure, I figured the suits that he wears cost at least a half-a-million dollars.  Right?  I’m sure he goes into his favorite haberdasher and says, “I’ll take the one with the pinstripes.  Can you break a billion?”

Seven homes and $300K outfits… real ‘down-to-earth’ folks these McCains are.

Christmas may come early this year

So, I just read this article stating that the National Enquirer is about to release a story stating that Vice Presidential candidate and self-proclaimed ‘hockey mom with small town values, Sarah Palin, has had an affair with one of her husband’s business associates (see: another fisherman).  Oops.  Now, before you dismiss this by saying that it’s only the National Enquirer, they’re the one’s who broke the story of the John Edwards affair. Even more so, if there’s one truly politically neutral newspaper on the planet, I would say that it is the National Enquirer (they only want to make money, they don’t care who they smear).

The article isn’t out yet, so I haven’t read anything and there’s no verification that this is even true.  However, it would be great if it was.  Nothing like a sinking ship.

C’mon. Really?

There’s a chance that we’ll soon have a President who, admittedly, doesn’t know how to use a computer or the internet and a Vice President who’s been outside of this country exactly once. Now, maybe it’s me, but I’m not OK with that.  

I don’t want this to come out as a rant against small towns in this country, but Sarah Palin was right:  small town people grow our food, work in our factories, and fight our wars.  They don’t run our multi-national corporations, govern our large cities or, if there is any such thing as good karma in this world, have the ability to make decisions that effect billions of people.   I’d rather leave that up to the well-educated, not the barefoot beauty queens.

This woman looks and sounds like a New Jersey soccer mom.  That’s great, I’m not against them.  I am, however, against a New Jersey soccer mom in the number two spot in the country.  Speaking of the way she sounds, I can totally see how badly Saturday Night Live is going to make fun of her.  That nasally-annoying voice and robotic speaking pattern. I can’t wait.  But, I digress.

If the rest of the country can’t see through this sham, I feel sorry for us.  If the McBush/Stalin ticket is elected, we deserve everything we get.

Oh, and by the way:  they keep showing Bristol and her new ‘fiance’ (who I’m sure just JUMPED at the chance to marry her… must have been the shotgun pointed at him) on TV.  Such a good looking, well-mannered young man.  Here’s excerpts from his MySpace profile.  Yeah, good luck with that.