Friday, September 26, 2008

Come out! Come out! Wherever you are!

I'd like to report a missing person.
She's famous, but she's missing.
She's been seen, but apparently has lost her voice and can't speak.
Of course I'm talking about Sarah Palin, Vice Presidential Candidate.
I've got some questions for her, but from what I hear, I'll have to take a number.
Of course I could understand if she's too busy to take my questions.
After all, who am I?
But the press?
They have lots of questions, and all they seem able to do is shout them at her as she ducks into an SUV to be whisked away to another appointment.
I'm sure she's busy.
Aren't we all?
But I'd like to ask her about a NYT editorial this morning concerning billing sexual assault victims for rape kits in Wasilla, Alaska. Sarah was mayor there.
The Times editorial implies Sarah knew this billing was going on and did nothing about it.
She was likely too busy combing the shelves of the library for books that might give people the wrong ideas.
Ideas are dangerous, you know.
We can't have just any ideas floating around out there.
People might start to question things.
And we can't have that!
Did Sarah know of--and approve of--charging sexual assault victims for the rape kits that would gather evidence to try to catch their attackers?
And if she did know, why didn't she stop the practice?
Or, was it just low on her priority list?
A woman who could potentially be president someday who doesn't look out for women who are victims of sexual assault?
Do we really want to wait for answers to this and many other questions, hoping we'll catch up with her after the election?
I've heard enough. And she hasn't even said a word...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Keeping up is hard to do!

I directed someone to my blog this morning and discovered, to my horror, that my last post was in April!
Keeping up with blogging is something one almost has to schedule, much as you would schedule an appointment for a haircut or lunch with a friend.
Life has kept me busy since April.
I was awarded tenure in May.
Became chair of my department in August.
And now I'm settling into a fall semester and new duties and responsibilities.
Let's see if we can keep this thing going a bit more regularly, shall we?