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A Prompt to Perusers: proffer your comments, please…

Prompt: n. something that reminds or incites to action

Peruse: v. to browse, to look over casually; to read carefully

Proffer: v.t.  to offer up or present for acceptance

Dear Perusers, Passersby, Lurkers and Regular Readers,

WordPress has a clever way of keeping track of how many folks visit a blog, which posts they looked at, which terms they used to find the blog or post, and which links intrigued them enough to link through.

So I know you’re out there. I know you stop by.

Some of you are friends and family, but most of you are total strangers. A couple of those who started as strangers comment often enough that I now think of them as real friends, and that feels really good.

I started “365 Words that Begin with P” to trick myself into a regular writing practice.  (The posts listed here will explain why “P”, etc.) I said that I didn’t care if folks read or commented on what I wrote because that wasn’t the point.

But evidently I lied. I do care.

Since April 6, 2008 I’ve written 292 posts, a number that astounds me (and yet hundreds of great P-words still remain untouched!). I’m having lots of fun.

Now I’d like to hear what’s on YOUR mind. Your favorite P-words and why. Your problems with practice productivity priorities people politics passion perseverence parenting pickles poodles or parsnips.

I have my own favorite posts, but they’re not reflected in in the WordPress stats, which are driven by what people are searching for or being linked to from a popular blog.  Mention a political controversy (all things Palin) or a celebrity (Randy Pausch and Paul Newman – both Unitarians who died recently) and I get LOTS of hits. Mention something of interest to ME (prunes, packrats, plethora) and maybe a hundred take a peek. Though who knew that a hundred people a month would want to read Patron – about the older men in top hats lurking/leering just offstage in the paintings of Degas and Fourain  (students googling “Degas” in preparation for a paper?).

So… in the new year, indulge me by commenting every now and then. I promise I’ll comment back. Let’s have more of a conversation!

Potpourri of Pros and Cons on Palin’s interview by Couric

Potpourri: n. a combination of various incongruous elements; a miscellaneous anthology or collection.

I can’t believe the nerve I struck a couple of days ago when I wrote about Palin’s interview with Couric in which she couldn’t name the newspapers or magazines she reads.  Thousands of hits and a hundred comments, some of which were too viciously angry to leave up.

To spare you plowing through all of them I give you a judicious selection from both ProPalin People and the PalinPhobics. Enjoy.

ProPalin: What a stupid question anyways. Do you see anyone asking any of the other candidates what newspapers they read?  Does Couric thinks they don’t have mags or newspaper in Alaska? What an insult.

Palinphobic: it’s true: sarah is just like you!! Many americans don’t read anything other than People and US mag, with the occasional Enquirer for the juicy stuff…sometimes USA today. But would you choose yourself to be VP?  Is it OK to want someone like the average joe to run this country? NEVER. that would be like having your average joe perform heart surgery on you. If that’s called elitist, then guilty as charged. but i’d rather call it leaving the complex jobs to those best qualified to handle it.The rest of us should just try to be good citizens.

Palinphobic: I bet she doesn’t read anything, that’s why she can’t even give us an answer. This lady probably just gets her news from Fox news and that’s it.   Her not reading any newspapers would explain a lot…..

ProPalin: Geez, she’s already stated in detail how she plans to deal with Russia’s new aggressive stance, she’s been able to beat back big oil in AK and give back some of the cash to the residents there…who in the world CARES where she gets her info?

Palinphobic: If Obama had answered the same question the way she did, people would assume that he wasn’t ready to be president. Palin is no different.

Palinphobic: What scares me is that Gov. Palin has not developed her own world view, over time, from reading and interacting with people outside of Idaho and Alaska. That’s a pretty slim slice of the planet to be the leader of the free world. She is holed up, learning all of it, memorizing vast chunks of the world according to handlers, with a focus on sound bites. I want a vice president who has experience with rural people and city people and foreign people and a significant minority population to understand the subtleties of governing the world today. Especially if we’re electing a president as old as Sen. McCain!

ProPalin: People, Sarah Palin is a Governor. She’s done something right somewhere. Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagon were Governors. From what I can tell she’s made it further in life than any one of us leving these comments. Please try to remember she’s running for VP not Pres. Remeber Al Gore, the inventor of the internet? I don’t think she can do any worse than that and we made it through just fine. The real fear in all of this is that a man the spent his most inpressionable years in a Muslim school becomes our President. That is very dangerous.

Palinphobic: I also have a special needs child, and my husband and I quit my jobs and he he changed his to be free to provide the care she needed her first five years. I couldn’t bring myself to farm that out, so I can’t identify with Gov. Palin on that call either.

ProPalin: If she had named any mags, newspapers – in the left’s eyes they would have been the wrong ones, or let’s say she only named a few, then the left would have said – look she ONLY reads 3. If she had named a slew, the left would have said – look she is just a book worm (acting only on what she reads with no real thoughts of her own) and can’t see the forest for the trees. It was a no win situation. Damned if she did and damned if she didn’t.

Palinphobic: “She’s one of us”? Just think about the past 8 years with someonoe we thought we could relate to. Yes, I am sure that he’s a nice guy and all, but the fact remains that we need someone who DOES read newspapers from both the right and left, has a grasp of world issues (not just her own opinion) and can back up statements (not just with her own beliefs). …look where that’s gotten us the past 8 years.

ProPalin: The question was insulting because it insinuates that Alaskans have no access to worthwhile reading material. Furthermore, if she HAD answered, the media and some of the other constant critics would have picked apart each of the magazines and expostulated on why they aren’t suitable or how they show her lack of knowledge. She can’t win with those critics, and she knows it. No other candidate has to answer such stupid questions, and I’m glad she didn’t. If you continued to read the transcript, you would see where she tells Couric that Alaskans do have access to the same reading material the rest of us have access to.

Palinphobic: She could’ve said she reads the Anchorage Daily News. I’ve been on this newspaper’s web site almost daily since she became the VP candidate just to see her past positions and read what politics are like in Alaska – and I live in New Jersey.

Palinphobic: This is an important question because she said in a prior interview that she has formed her opinions and knowledge of the world, not by actually seeing the world for herself, but by reading different magazines and articles.The notion that what someone reads is not important is ridiculous; it gives us an insider perspective on the person.

ProPalin: Before you risk being guilty of intellectual snobbery, remember – while we sit typing about her and her “debatable intelligence,” she is running for vice-president. Something tells me she might be smarter than either of us.

Palinphobic: I was going to vote republican until the massive irresponsibility of McCain’s VP pick started coming to light. Come on fellow conservatives, all of this defending of Palin is making us look like a joke. A sad, pathetic, terribly unfunny joke!!

ProPalin: Seriously, focus on the issues people. The American media spins people into these types of “doubt scenarios” and it looks like a lot of you fall for it. Don’t be a puppet of trivia. Focus on who can solve problems using different approaches. Ex. NO TO SOCIALISM, NO TO CORRUPTION, NO TO GOVERNMENT SPENDING.

Palinphobic: Katie asked Palin that question because it’s clear she is not the brightest crayon in the box. Attending five different community colleges just to end up with a journalism degree shows that she is just like the average Americans. Which is the main reason she’s not ready for the 2nd highest position in this country.

Palinphobic: Palin’s ignorance and lack of curiosity are scary, but even more scary is the fact that it won’t make a difference to most Palin supporters who are blindly defending her with equally vague and uncompelling arguments such as “She’s great!”

Palinphobic: Please explain to me why Gov Palin and her people want her to get a free hall pass? I don’t care how stupid the question was… but you know what, regardless she should have answered the question, period. I am sick of hearing everytime someone assk her a question the response is a “gotcha question” and how dare s/he ask that question… She is running for VP and will possibly be President, so there are no stupid questions. There are no “gotcha” questions. If she can’t handle these questions how can she run the country?

ProPalin: Obama is a newcomer. Have you asked yourself how he rose to the postion he has as fast as he did? What President can you name that had the likes of George Soro’s, William Ayers, Acorn, etc, backing their campaign? Thus far, people are content to believe that Obama explained away Reverend Wright, William Ayers, his affiliation with Acorn, and the top two Democrats that walked off with millions of dollars that benefitted them from the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Palinphobic: I have seen several clips today of Ms Palin and in each of them she comes off like the poor South Carolina beauty queen of a couple of years ago, when asked about education in America. She started her answer quickly then stammered on and on and said exactly nothing that made any sense.

ProPalin: I don’t blame her for not answering. I wouldn’t either. SNL would have made a skit of it.

Palinphobic: No worries! Palin-McCain will soon be vaguely recalled like… “who was on that ticket that ran against Obama in his first term anyhow?Thank God we didn’t vote for them. Look how much our economy improved since Obama became President.”

Palinphobic: *sigh*  I’m not sure why I’m trying…   We are all stubborn aren’t we???