Apparently Palin went way overboard (more than the $150k reported) in her shopping spree. She was so bad that an aide for the campaign characterized it as:
"Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast,"
Suddenly I don't think 2012 is going to look too good for her...
Newsweek also has this fascinating article with behind the scenes coverage from the campaigns. Good stuff.
Now, WRT the various anti-gay marriage ballot initiatives that passed yesterday let me just say that anyone who voted in support of those vile, disgusting, stupid, and just plain evil pieces of legislation has forever earned my total and utter contempt and disgust.
I don't care if I know them or not, or if they read this or not. I'm not one to say things like this lightly, but I have zero respect for people who voted for those ballot initiatives and I hope that I don't ever know anyone who did because I doubt I would want to remain acquainted with someone who could do something that mindlessly cruel and un-patriotic. Generally I loathe people who hide behind the whole uber-patriot thing, but in this case, I think it's warranted to trot out that old horse. Those bills that passed are the most contemptible, pathetic, and embarrassing examples of un-American legislation that I have seen in a long time. Anyone who voted yes on those initiatives should be utterly ashamed of themselves. By trying to legislate something as ridiculous as "the sanctity of marriage" they've completely abandoned the principles of the very country they claim to love and the faiths they claim to believe in.
To my friends and family who are affected by this, all I can say is that I'm truly sorry you had to experience this. I hope that someday we'll look back on these various initiatives much as we look back on segregation and things like the Dred Scott vs Sanford case, bad decisions made by people who should have known better, but my heart goes out to those of you who are feeling like second class citizens in your country today. Many of us are horrified that something like this has happened in our lifetimes and for the moment all we can do is take comfort in the happy quirk of fate that those people who blindly voted out of fear, ignorance, hatred, and anger won't leave a lasting legacy in the world. For all of their machinations and schemes, we will move away from this garbage and all they'll have to show for their efforts is the fact that they've exposed themselves for what the are. Sad, pathetic people who look at other people's happiness and rather than enjoying and respecting it all they can do is try to legislate it away because it's something they don't understand.
Stripping others of something as basic as being able to have their love recognized by society at large does nothing to protect the sanctity of marriage. It demeans the very notion of it and hearkens back to the days of arranged marriages that cut love out of the equation entirely and it shows that these people really just don't understand love or commitment.